This Saturday, March 19, Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots is holding its March membership meeting as a Candidates Meet & Greet for the upcoming May 3 primary elections for public office.The Candidates Meet & Greet will take place at the Evansville Public Library, Central Branch, 200 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Browning Room B at 1:00 p.m.Each candidate will have 10 minutes to introduce themselves and about the same time for questions and answers from attendees.Come to get to know the candidates better, why they seek public office and where they stand on issues. Make your vote count!This event is free and open to the public so bring family and friends. Also see details at www.vc-tpp.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
New England fans, take note! The Green River Festival is coming in hot from July 14th through the 16th, returning to Greenfield, MA for another exciting edition. Though the festival has only revealed two acts thusfar, we’re excited about both, as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Lake Street Dive are hitting the fun festival.According to the announcement, these are going to be the only area performances for either band throughout the summer, meaning that New England fans will have to come to Green River to catch Almost Dead and Lake Street Dive in action. We can’t wait to see what more Green River has in store.You can see the announcement artwork below, and head to the fest’s website for details.
Today, Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong announced the first string of their 2018 winter tour dates as well as details about the band’s annual music festival, Domefest. These announcements come on the heels of the release of the group’s fourth studio album, Pizazz.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Deliver New Tune At Paste Studio Session [Video]Pigeons’ winter tour starts with performances in State College, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, supported by Broccoli Samurai from February 7th through 9th. After a performance on February 10th with Juice at Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Stone Pony, the band hits a string of Midwest shows in Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota across February 27th through March 2nd withJoe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. To finish out the final half of the tour, Pigeons will continue with Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers for performances in Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado (two Colorado dates in Denver and Durango), Kansas, Missouri, and Michigan from March 3rd to 15th.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Cover The Doors, Beatles, ABB, Rick James, And More [Full Audio]Furthermore, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has also detailed more information about their annual throw-down Domefest. In 2018, the music festival will return to Fort Royale Farm in Bedford, Pennsylvania, for the third year running from May 17th through 19th. More information about Domefest will continue to be revealed via the festival’s Facebook, while tickets for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming winter tour go on sale this Friday, December 1st, at 10 am (local).[Photo: Ojeda Photography]
The yellow hand-held global positioning systems that his class uses are accurate within one meter. The funds to purchase the devices – which cost $5,000 each – came from a UGA Learning Technologies Grant.“It helps sometimes when you’re teaching to have something that looks like a Game Boy,” he said in reference to the GPS. “One of our long-term goals is to go online with this information,” much like a person can go online, map out road directions and, now, view the area’s geography. “It’s a lot of ‘wow, gee whiz’ practical stuff.”It’s practical because mapping trees isn’t just about building inventory. Realtors, planning committees and other organizations throughout the state compare this information, such as an area’s tree canopy, to the property value of a home. Having that information readily available, and giving significant trees “a unique point on the map,” would speed up the process. Mapping landmark trees also helps contractors know which trees to protect when they are developing land for residential or commercial purposes, Berle said.The class of eight students didn’t spend the three-week term mapping every single tree in the county. Instead, they hunted champion trees, historic trees and trees that have cultural significance.A champion tree is the “largest tree of a particular species … it helps citizens in the county to keep looking for the next big tree,” Berle said. Trees with historical significance include those in a former slave cemetery that started in an open field and over the centuries turned into a dense forest. Culturally significant trees include the Moon Tree, a pine tree whose seed was taken on an Apollo mission.Once a tree has been pinpointed on a geographic information systems map by several of the 23 American satellites orbiting the earth, Berle checks an Internet site 24 hours later for variances. The U.S. government put these safeguards in place to deter others from using GPS technology against Americans.Access to such satellite technology has only been available to the public since the early 1990s. It was developed for defense purposes in the 1970s. And now it’s being used by horticulturists, foresters and students to keep an eye on trees.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe GPS signal bounced from earth to space to earth in a matter of seconds. And when enough satellites lined up the coordinates, David Berle had pinpointed another tree to add to his inventory.The horticulture professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences spent a Maymester term teaching his students how to hunt trees and add them to a geographic information systems database. And although it was a class project, the study also helped Clarke County, Ga., foresters.“We mapped trees that already have significance,” Berle said. “The county had all the trees inventoried, but didn’t have a good map of them.”The timing was close to perfect. During that early summer term, a new Athens-Clarke County tree ordinance was finalized that included a landmark tree inventory. It went into effect Sept. 1.Many Georgia counties – including Fulton (Atlanta), Richmond (Augusta), Thomas (Thomasville), Berrien (Nashville) and Chatham (Savannah) – have similar ordinances.The Athens-Clarke County ordinance calls for two full-time foresters, as do others in the state. “This opens up a lot of positions for students,” Berle said. “It’s a good link in preparing students for the job market.“I teach it as a chance to learn technology,” he said. “And this technology has real world application.”
Inspired by the sailing trip I took with my four-year-old son, a solo parent of an almost five-year old and a five-month old wrote to me. She explained how she’s itching to go on an adventure and wants to plan something wild and unforgettable. Instead of feeling excited and empowered, she’s immobilized by overwhelming and self-defeating doubts.Sometimes perfectionism get the best of us, holding us back from participating in the life we most want to be living. The outdoor culture fetishizes big adventures, confusing longer, bigger, more beautiful trips with profound life-changing experiences. The two are not the same.These heavy expectations set the bar so high that it becomes impossible to imagine success, even in our dreams. If we can’t dream it, we won’t take the small actions that set our journeys into motion.There’s another way.Start small. More often than not my son balks at my grandiose plans on getting us outside. The more I have a vision of how I want things to go, the more he resists. He cries, sulks or lags behind.He has a way of reminding me that adventure can be simple.My son can’t pass a flower without stopping and taking a long inhale. Every night he looks up at the moon and points it out, looking at me to share in his delight. He can’t pass a puddle without splashing around, covering himself in mud.He’s asking for opportunities for wonder, wide-open time and space that allow him to explore his curiosity.Encourage your kids to smell flowers. Let our kids eat dirt and play in the mud. Help them climb trees. Splash your kids. Tickle them with the blades of grass. Pull your kids onto your lap and point to the moon and just stare.Let curiosity be your guide for adventuring with kids outdoors. Everywhere you look, you’ll find beauty and wonder. Not a day will be boring because of that.By spending more time outside on a daily basis, you’ll attract a community interested in raising their kids outdoors too. Time outdoors will lead to small adventures. Your kids will slowly get comfortable and will let you know when they are ready to push further into the wilderness. Your skills will grow together.Don’t wait to be ready for a big adventure to come together. Take the leap and get outside today. Be present for whatever nature comes your way. It might be a butterfly or a spider web or a raindrop. Let it energize and inspire you.More from Mountain Mama:
With the aim of making the fight against drug trafficking more effective, Bolivia will receive information from Brazilian unmanned aircraft conducting operations in the border region, the presidents of both countries agreed at a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Summit of Presidents and Heads of State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which concluded on December 3 in Venezuela. “It was mentioned by the (Brazilian) head of state that Brazil was prepared to provide information to the Bolivian authorities in order to fight drug trafficking more effectively,” said Bolivian Defense Minister Rubén Saavedra, who participated in the meeting between Evo Morales and Dilma Rousseff. Saavedra explained to state media outlets that Brazil is using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) on the border with Bolivia and other nations, and that the country offered to provide Bolivian authorities with the information generated by those aircraft. In late October, the Bolivian and Brazilian governments agreed to intensify their efforts to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking along the extensive border shared by the two countries, including joint military exercises. The defense minister also reported that at their first bilateral meeting, Morales and Rousseff addressed topics such as support in the energy sector and balance in trade relations. By Dialogo December 06, 2011
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit union marketers have difficulty telling the difference between a Facebook group and a Facebook page. Is there a tradeoff between using a Facebook group vs page? How are they different and which way should I go? If we were to conduct a digital marketing audit of the average credit union, Facebook groups would probably be absent from the mix. To clear things up, here are six compelling differences between Facebook groups and Facebook pages along with a few solid reasons to add a Facebook group to your credit union’s digital transformation roadmap.#1: Facebook Pages Are Required for Facebook AdvertisingBusinesses are required to have a Facebook page to run an add on Facebook’s network. If paid Facebook advertising is a part of your lead generation strategy your business must have a Facebook page.#2: Facebook Groups Create Deeper Relationships With UsersFacebook groups engender a deeper connection with your members and prospects. A Facebook page’s potential strength in building awareness is more than offset by a reduction in engagement behavior. Human psychology suggests that we are less willing to bare our souls in public comments, but we are more likely to open up about challenges in a private community like a Facebook group. Once you understand your member’s problems more deeply, your credit union is in a better position to serve them. continue reading »
Having a great product is no longer enough. Today’s consumers want to have an emotional connection with the companies they patronize, says Jeff James, vice president/general manager of Disney Institute.“Disney has been doing that for decades,” says James, who addressed the America’s Credit Union Conference Wednesday at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida. “It’s where you can differentiate. Customers are placing a higher value on the experience of using a product than the product itself.“In your world, the auto loan is just a widget,” he continues. “Your members will focus more on how you make the loan than they loan itself.”The challenge is that companies are competing with the best experience a consumer has had with any company, regardless of product or service, James says. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Jeff James at ACUC 2019
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Image source: Van OordVan Oord, an international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, has just released this beautiful photo of their trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Dravo Costa Dorada at work in the West African country of Liberia.“At this moment the Dravo Costa Dorada is carrying out emergency maintenance dredging operations in the Port of Monrovia, Liberia. Van Oord deepened this port in 2012 too,” Van Oord said in their announcement.The President of Liberia visited Van Oord’s project team earlier this month.The dredging project follows a SAFE MEMO reducing draft requirement– limiting the size of vessels that could come in because the entrance channel has reduced as a result of siltation buildup over a three year period.The dredging operations will be executed in line with best practice to accommodate larger and wilder vessels, provide for safe navigation and ensure improved trade and commerce.The Port of Monrovia was dredged only two times within the last eight years, between 2012 and 2017.