Tens of thousands lose power from severe storms, tropical threat develops in Atlantic

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As a second night of rough weather blew through Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday night, Michigan also battled severe storms.Over 78,000 customers lost power in Michigan overnight as the powerful rain and winds toppled trees and downed power lines.Wednesday was also the second night of heavy rain for the Sioux Falls area. Some spots are seeing up to 6 inches of rainfall and many rivers are rising.In Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, at least three twisters — all EF2s — touched down Tuesday night. No serious injuries were reported.Powerful winds sent trees crashing into homes and tornadoes left shopping centers in shreds.These were the first tornadoes to touch down in Sioux Falls since June 2001.Forecast: Storms move eastAs the storm system moves east on Thursday, severe storms will develop in the afternoon from Wisconsin to Kansas.The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, with tornadoes possible in Iowa and southern Minnesota.Flash flood watches and warnings are stretching from Nebraska to Wisconsin where flooding is expected in the next 24 hours.Meanwhile, a system forming in the southern Bahamas has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next several days.The potential storm could move east of Florida or into the Gulf of Mexico.Regardless of its path, the system is not forecast to be very strong but heavy rain and gusty winds are forecast for the Bahamas and Florida into the weekend.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR holds the power in modernisation plans

first_img Comments are closed. HR holds the power in modernisation plansOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. HR will need to play a central role if the modernisation of public servicesis to be a success. This was the message from Sir Richard Wilson, Cabinet Secretary and head ofthe Home Civil Service, during a seminar on modernisation and change in publicservices. “It is important for HR managers to realise they are the most powerfulpeople in terms of the success of their organisation. You have the keyresponsibility for bringing about change,” he said. The Civil Service is two years into a five-year process of reform. Wilsonstressed that developing effective leadership had been an essential part of managingchange. “We need teams of people at the top who have the skills to run a moderndepartment,” he said. Wilson said the Civil Service is committed to recruiting and promoting staffon merit to ensure the best people are in the right jobs. Performance management including annual bonuses linked to departmentaltargets have also played an important part in changing the service’s culture. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Indiana Election Commission Order 2020-40

first_imgvotevote Today, the Indiana Election Commission voted unanimously to enact Indiana Election Commission Order 2020-40, implementing a number of emergency provisions for the delayed Primary Election now scheduled for June 2nd, 2020. The goal of this order was to provide clarity, guidance, and flexibility to county election administrators as they begin executing the June 2nd Primary.  The order, which is attached here, includes the following adjustments to the normal primary election process:Ensures that we will have an in-person election statewide on the planned June 2nd Primary Election Date.Limits the start of early voting in person from 28 days to 7 days prior to the election.  The period of absentee in-person voting will begin Tuesday, May 26th and end at noon (prevailing local time), Monday, June 1st. Re-enforces that there is no “home rule” authority to order or conduct elections in Indiana, meaning that all localities across the state must abide by state election laws and guidelines.Requires the Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Commission to provide to each county special procedures and guidelines for carrying out a safe election under the given circumstance.Advises counties that under Indiana Code, public buildings shall be made available to be designated as polling locations or vote center locations for the June 2, 2020, Primary Election. Gives county election administrators flexibility on the number of central count locations to allow for appropriate social distancing.Ensures that each vote center county will have at least one vote center per 25,000 active voters. Reiterates Indiana Code which allows for the consolidation of adjoining precinctsAllows for the nomination of any registered Indian voter as precinct election officers, absentee board members, and poll watchers.Throughout this order, we successfully advocated for maintaining the usual unanimous vote requirement needed to make changes to local election planning.  It is essential that our Indiana GOP Chairmen and their election board appointees are fully engaged in any discussions on consolidating precincts or vote centers and in setting the number of central count locations.  Having seen unsuccessful elections carried out in places like Wisconsin, it is clear that any effort to consolidate precincts should be done responsibly, with a focus on the public health and safety of voters and election workers.  Consolidation of polling locations and vote centers if not done responsibly, may lead to long lines, and increased health risk to both.  Proper attention should be paid to appropriate public health guidance (as included in Order 2020-40), social distancing, and hygiene throughout the election planning process. As usual, the Indiana Republican Party stands ready to offer guidance and advise as desired.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions about this or anything else relating to the June 2, Primary Election.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indiana’s Unemployment Rate Fell Once Again In October

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Indianapolis – Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement as Indiana’s unemployment rate fell once again in October and now stands at 4.4 percent. The October decrease marks a 4 percent decrease in unemployment since January 2013.“In Indiana, we have worked hard to balance our budgets, keep taxes low and reduce the burden of government regulations on employers,” said Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence. “That work is paying off in communities around the state as our economy grows and Hoosiers continue to find gainful employment. As we look toward the future, let us not be satisfied with these initial successes. I know that with continued leadership at the state level that supports hardworking Hoosiers and encourages companies to start or expand here, the best is yet to come here in Indiana.”BackgroundThe Indiana unemployment rate stands at 4.4 percent. Since January 2013, Indiana’s private sector has grown by 156,200 jobs. Indiana’s total private employment has grown by nearly 27,000 jobs so far this year. Total private employment is now at 2,649,100. The highest levels of growth occurred in the following sectors: Private Educational & Health Services and Trade, Transportation and Utilities. October is the 16th consecutive month that Indiana has recorded private-sector employment above the March 2000 peak.last_img read more

BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

first_imgA Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice – just before the busy Christmas period.The business, which was a finalist in British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards 2012, told a customer on Facebook that the closure of its Griffiths Drive shop was due to ‘staff illness’.According to local paper, the Express & Star, the associated Done’s Craft Bakers wholesalers near Penkridge is still operating.A spokeswoman for the company told the paper: “The shop in Wednesfield will be closed until further notice. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”The firm has operated within the Done family for 147 years, and has served customers from Wednesfield and Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton since 1867.The bakers were involved in fundraising for the Make a Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ week.last_img read more

Get Nostalgic And Catch The Legend Of Zelda Symphony On Tour This Year

first_imgThe Legend Of Zelda is a truly epic game that has held a special place in many of our hearts for decades, with its newest installment, Breath of the Wild, being released a full thirty years after the franchise’s first game was released in 1986. Music has always taken a central role in the game, with many of the original compositions of Nintendo composer, Koji Kondo, still immediately recognizable to fans of the game. Thus, in between summer and fall tour and festivals in between, maybe you can catch The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of Goddesses this summer, as the 57-piece orchestra and 20-person choir hits the road and brings the music of the video game to life.The two-hour orchestra performance is officially approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and is in its fourth year. However, this year’s piece includes updates including music from the newest game in addition to tunes from across the game’s catalog over the year. For those who make one of these symphony performances, there’s also visuals to accompany the performance, which will help you recall some of the more nail-biting moments from the various games if it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a controller. Tickets for the symphony presented by MGP Live are available here, and a full tour schedule can be found below. For access to 5% discount, enter the code “LOZ17” at check out at any time before 11:59 PM on 3/20.The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses 2017 TourSan Diego, CA – July 21 – San Diego Civic TheatreSan Francisco, CA – August 4 – Davies Symphony HallToronto, Ontario – September 15 – Sony CentreSeattle, WA – September 22 – Paramount TheatrePortland, OR – September 23 – Keller AuditoriumLos Angeles, CA – September 30 – Dolby TheatreKansas City, MO – October 6 – Kansas City Music HallMemphis, TN – October 7 – The Orpheum TheatreDes Moines, IA – October 8 – Des Moines Civic CenterNew York, NY – October 20 – United Palace TheatreBoston, MA – October 21 – Wang TheatreSan Antonio, TX – October 27 – Majestic TheatreBaltimore, MD – November 3 – Lyric TheatreCleveland, OH – November 4 – State TheatreColumbus, OH – November 5 – Ohio TheaterPhoenix, AZ – November 6 – Phoenix Symphony HallJacksonville, FL – November 9 – Times-Union CenterDurham, NC – November 10 – Durham Performing Arts CenterNorfolk, VA – November 11 – Chrysler HallAtlanta, GA – November 16 – Cobb Energy PACKnoxville, TN – November 17 – Knoxville Civic AuditoriumChicago, IL – November 18 – Auditorium TheatreLondon, England – November 21 – Eventim ApolloDusseldorf, Germany – November 24 – Mitsubishi Electric HallBarcelona, Spain – November 25 – Auditori ForumFlorence, Italy – November 26 – Mandela ForumVancouver, BC – November 30 – Queen Elizabeth TheatreEdmonton, AB – December 1 – Northern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumCalgary, AB – December 2 – Southern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumMontreal, QB – December 8 – Place des ArtsPittsburgh, PA – December 14 – Heinz HallNew Orleans, LA – December 15 – Saenger TheaterOklahoma City, OK – December 29 – Civic Center Music Halllast_img read more

Delivering on our Promise: Simple. Predictable. Profitable.™

first_imgPartners, you roared through the first half of the year – shattering expectations, raising the bar, and winning on a whole new level and at a whole new pace. In Q2, you drove 22% channel revenue growth Y/Y and a trifecta of share gains in storage[i], servers[ii] and PCs[iii]. In the first half of the year, you brought in over 30,000 new customers. For all of this, we thank you.While the wind is at our backs, we know we still have much more work to do. We’re continuing to listen to your feedback and every day we’re striving to further deliver on our promise of Simple. Predictable. Profitable.™ Recently we introduced a number of updates that are designed to make it easier for you to deliver remarkable results for your customers. Partners can watch the full broadcast replay here, and below we’ve highlighted a few of the key announcements.Expanded Partner Preferred ProgramIn August we launched the Partner Preferred Program in the enterprise segment. Now we’re extending this program into approximately 20,000 commercial whitespace accounts where we’ve identified tremendous upside. We want you to take the lead in these accounts, hunt for new business and show these customers the power of Dell Technologies.To enable your success in these applicable accounts, we are offering more competitive pricing, investing in a compensation true-up for the Dell EMC sales teams and offering partners formal protection via our new partner of record designation. This program is designed to provide predictability of engagement and greater opportunities for you to win new business. You can find more information on our Partner Preferred Program here.DP4400 Accelerate Channel ProgramAnother way we’re driving storage and data protection with partners is through the DP4400 Accelerate Channel Program. You’ve been asking for higher front-end margins and enablement techniques for a long time, and we’re excited to be delivering on your requests.In order to aggressively take the DP4400 to market, we have added additional coverage with dedicated Data Protection Solutions sales and presales ambassadors. We’re offering training activities, including funded seed units for targeted partners to help drive demos, enablement, and ultimately, pipeline, plus a new DP4400 Virtual Instructor-led course that counts towards program complianceStorage, Converged & Hyper Converged Revenue Tier MultipliersWe have extraordinary momentum in the storage, data protection, converged and hyperconverged markets, and we’re not letting up . In Q3 and Q4, Partners will earn a 3X multiplier towards Partner Program Revenue Tier Attainment for selling storage and data protection, and a 1.5X multiplier for Converged Infrastructure or Hyper Converged Infrastructure solutions. Continue to leverage your Benefits & Requirements document for more details.Dell Technologies Advantage for PartnersFirst introduced at Global Partner Summit, the Dell Technologies Advantage for Partners will fast-track your ability to deliver transformational solutions across the full Dell Technologies family of brands.We’re about to kick off the pilot phase, where select partners will help us test new agreements, resources and processes.  Next year we will release this to an expanded set of partners, and in FY21, we plan to be fully operational.Clearly this framework is a multi-year plan, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to sell the full Dell Technologies portfolio. We are already selling integrated solutions like VxRail, VxRack, Ready Stack and Pivotal Ready Architecture; and we’re enabling select partners to earn VMware rebates while purchasing VMware licenses through Dell EMC. We’ve also aligned sales rep incentives across Dell EMC and VMware to better your field engagement experience around DPS and VXrail. We’ve enabled MDF usage across the family of brands; and we are well on our way to delivering on our new Dell Technologies certification badges.Last week we introduced our first co-skilled partner badges, bringing together Dell EMC Proven Professional and VMware Certified Professional certifications. Today these badges are for individual Administration and Design capabilities across converged and hybrid cloud, and in the future we will launch services implementation and deployment badges across the portfolio.If you’re one of the 10,000 partners that are enrolled in both the Dell EMC Proven Professional and VMware Certified Professional training programs, contact your account team to determine your qualification for these new badges. Wear your badge with pride!President’s Circle LeaderboardThe Dell EMC President’s Circle Leaderboard is now live! If you’re listed here, keep up the great work… you won’t want to miss a phenomenal trip to South Africa. If you’re not yet listed here, it’s not too late. Concentrate on storage, services and growth to secure your spot between now and February.A Fierce Second HalfIn the Dell EMC Partner Program our mission is to be the best, in the eyes of our partners. Today we’re one step closer to that goal, but we are not done yet! All of these initiatives – plus our announcements around new tools, training and enablement, IoT and services – were built based on your feedback and guidance. Thank you for your guidance, partnership and extraordinary drive. You absolutely crushed it in the first half of the year and we are honored to work with you and earn your business every day.Let’s seize the momentum and continue the outstanding work, together. [i] External Storage Revenue Source: 2Q CY18 IDC External Storage data as of Sep 6[ii] Mainstream Server Revenue Source: 2Q CY18 IDC Mainstream Server data as of Sep 5[iii] PC Unit Source: 2Q CY18 IDC PC data as of Aug 10; starting in 2Q CY18.last_img read more

ND/SMC students promote ‘Love your Melon’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Riley Chelsky Notre Dame students visit Memorial Hospital in South Bend to give hats to children battling cancer and their families on March 18.Since its inception in 2012, the Love Your Melon Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer, has built a network of over 900 ambassadors nationwide.The ambassadors, dubbed “Campus Crews” by the Foundation, help to advance the mission of Love Your Melon (LYM) to put a hat on every child battling cancer. The Foundation produces high-quality winter hats, beanies and baseball caps, and for every hat sold by ambassadors, another identical one is given to a child with cancer.Notre Dame has its own Campus Crew led by Crew Captain freshman Riley Chelsky. Chelsky said he introduced the program to Notre Dame this year.“One of my friends was part of Love Your Melon at Marquette, and so I decided to bring it here,” Chelsky said.Junior Leah Ramaekers said she started a Love Your Melon campus crew at Saint Mary’s this semester.“LYM campus crews do a lot of promotion with social media,” Ramaekers said.Ramaekers said if the Saint Mary’s LYM campus crew reaches 120 credits — 120 hat purchases credited to SMC online — the campus crew will host a donation event at the local hospital and hand out 120 hats to local patients.With the help of sophomore Paige Russell, Chelsky said he recruited 18 members to join the Notre Dame chapter.On March 19, the Notre Dame group visited South Bend Memorial Hospital and gave away hats to children and their families undergoing treatment for cancer.“We had 150 hats to donate,” Chelsky said. “It was a great donation event, and just seeing the smile on kids’ faces really made a difference.”Chelsky said he lost his own father to cancer and understands the strain of hospital life.“My dad really hated being in the hospital, so I can only imagine how much little kids hate being in the hospital,” he said.Typically customers support Campus Crews by purchasing Love Your Melon products online and selecting to support the Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s chapter at checkout. Customers will have the opportunity to purchase products on Notre Dame’s campus on April 8 at the Bald and the Beautiful graduate student event at Legends from 5 to 8 p.m.Ramaekers said students should buy a hat to benefit kids in local hospitals battling cancer.“I think it’s important for students to be involved with a campus crew to promote the ‘Buy One. Give One’ philosophy,” she said. “We have seen similar companies like TOMS promote this, which is great. I think the more we can promote and create awareness for ‘purchases with a purpose,’ the better community we can create.”Chelsky said the Notre Dame ambassadors are also helping with the women’s softball Strike Out Cancer event in April.“We are just trying to continuously grow and spread the word about Love Your Melon,” Chelsky said.Similarly, Ramaekers said she is hoping to develop the club over the next year and gain awareness on campus.Further information about the Notre Dame Campus Crew and its events are available on Instagram (@ndlymcrew), Facebook (University of Notre Dame Love Your Melon Campus Crew) and Twitter (@ndlymcrew).For interest in the Saint Mary’s Campus Crew, email [email protected]: cancer patients, hats, Love your Melon, Love your Melon campus crews, Notre Dame, saint mary’slast_img read more

THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News From The Blue Ridge And Beyond

first_imgConservation Groups in North Carolina Stand up for Red Wolf WelfareMembers of the Red Wolf Coalition, Inc., Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute have announced their intent to sue the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for the ahency’s perceived mismanagement of North Carolina’s rare red wold population. That mismanagements includes the authorization of the killing of a breeding female, one of only 50-75 red wolves known to be in existence today. The conservation groups will be represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 11.00.18 AM“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has violated the law and its responsibility to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves which now numbers only 50-75 animals,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the SELC. “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must rededicate itself to ensuring the survival of America’s rarest wolf and restore the former successful recovery of this endangered species.”Learn more here.Jurek Battles BaxterAccording to a story published in Runner’s World earlier this week, Scott Jurek may be headed to trial in Maine to fight three summonses he was issues immediately following his record breaking Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Juke’s Maine-based lawyer, Walter McKee says that each citation carries a potential fee of $1,000.The citations were issues as a result of Jurek’s mountain top celebration after he set the Appalachian Trail speed record previously held by Hendersonville, N.C. native Jennifer Pharr Davis. Authorities cited him for “littering, traveling in a group larger than the park’s limit, and drinking alcohol in public”, but Jurek disputes the charges saying in his personal blog that “the Park administration has chosen to paint a disparaging and inaccurate picture of what truly happened.”Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 11.03.26 AMPhoto by Jenny JurekClick here for more up to date info.Obama Heads to Alaska to Adress Climate Change and Meet Bear GryllsDuring a recent three-day trip to Alaska intended to address and raise awareness about the growing threats of global climate change, President Obama stepped away from his traditional presidential duties to film an episode of ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’.  Watch the video to learn more.A Walk in the Woods Hits Theaters Bill Bryson’s famous A.T.-based saga ‘A Walk in the Woods’ has finally been adapted to the silver screen and is playing now at theaters near you. Read our Appalachian Trail mega-feature to find out how the Appalachian Trail Conservancy plans to address the expected surge in A.T. visits following the release of the film.last_img read more

Colombia Declares Municipalities Free of Anti-personnel Mines

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo May 22, 2018 The Colombian National Army declared another 37 municipalities mine-free. The announcement took place April 4th, on the United Nations’ International Anti-Personnel Mine Awareness Day. “Today, we take an unprecedented leap in the task of demining Colombia,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated at the official ceremony in Puerto Inírida, in southeastern Colombia. “We now completed 33 percent of the baseline total set out in the 2016-2021 strategic plan, which identified 673 municipalities as being contaminated by mines to some degree.” The Army’s First Brigade of Humanitarian Demining Engineers cleared 43,415 square kilometers of anti-personnel mines. The task required 4,930 certified personnel, 3,061 deminers, 36 monitors, 165 supervisors, and 948 leaders, among others, according to a brigade press release. “With these results, Colombia drops from being the second country in the world with the most anti-personnel mine victims to the tenth,” Army Colonel Giovanni Rodríguez, commander of the First Brigade of Humanitarian Demining Engineers, told Diálogo. “With these municipalities cleared, we begin to see that the government will keep its promise to the world, as the number of victims drops compared with the past.” The Ottawa Convention When Colombia signed the Ottawa Convention in 1997, it agreed not to use, manufacture, or transport anti-personnel mines. Ratified in 2000, the agreement dictated that Colombia establish goals to free the country from mines. “Things were complicated during the first decade because of the armed conflict,” Col. Rodríguez said. The task began in 2004 with one platoon. By 2006, it grew to involve an entire company, and, in 2009, the 60th Demining Batallion Colonel Gabino Gutiérrez was formed (BIDES, in Spanish). “BIDES operated from 2009 to 2016. When the peace accords were signed, its commitments included greater urgency regarding humanitarian demining,” Col. Rodríguez said. Colombia’s goal is to be mine-free by 2021, requiring that 51 million square meters of territory be cleared. “In 2017, we declared 13 municipalities mine-free, and, in 2018, we completed 37 more [by April],” Col. Rodríguez said. “We hope to reach a similar number in the following quarter. Our goal is to have 119 mine-free municipalities by December [2018].” The cleared municipalities are distributed among 14 departments. The latest occurred on April 19th in the municipality of Granada, in western Antioquia. The Army’s demining personnel dedicated eight years to clearing the municipality’s 485,000 square meters of territory. “During those eight years, 190 explosive devices were destroyed,” Col. Rodríguez said. “Manual demining [is] important because it allows us to determine that there was a high level of contamination, and the result directly benefits the 9,800 inhabitants of Granada.” Field work In each municipality, contact is made first with civil authorities and victim networks, who have statistics on persons affected by anti-personnel mines. “The community’s support is really the most important thing. Our mission is to free them from antipersonnel mine threats,” Army Second Lieutenant Laura Melisa Martínez García, head of the Community Networks and Non-Technical Studies of the First Brigade of Humanitarian Demining Engineers, told Diálogo. “We hold community meetings to explain the entire demining process so that they can tell us where there’s contamination.” Deminers then work eight-hour days in dangerous territory using that information. “[Deminers] may activate a device at any time. With great professionalism and care, they begin to check the land [for devices], centimeter by centimeter,” 2nd Lt. Martínez said. Then, various government programs, such as land restitution for those displaced by violence, are brought to the demined territories. “Our mission is to save lives,” 2nd Lt. Martínez concluded. “For us, what matters is that our work makes the community safe and, obviously, that our country thrives once again.”last_img read more