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Metallica To Fight Hunger Around The Country With Second Annual ‘Day Of Service’

first_imgMembers of the thrash-metal band Metallica will continue to help fighting hunger and bring more supplies into food banks around the country later this month when their second annual “Day of Service” takes place on May 22nd. The country-wide volunteering initiative is part of the band’s All Within My Hands charitable foundation, which launched in 2017.Related: Over 250 Musicians Gather In Russia To Perform Metallica’s “Sad But True”Over the last two years, All Within My Hands has raised a reported $7 million through the band and donations brought in from board members, in addition to $2 million in grant funding. Those are just the most recent numbers however, as Metallica has also spent the last two decades donating a portion of their ticket sales from every North American and European tour to benefit food banks. In addition to setting initiatives that combat hunger, All Within My Hands also provides workforce education.For the May 22nd event, the band encourages fans around the country to join them in volunteering to help those in need.“When we were talking about the mission of the foundation, it was really important to the band that fans be involved,” All Within My Hands board member Vickie Strate said about the overall goals of the band’s philanthropic arm. “We wanted people to feel like they could touch it without feeling like they needed to make a donation. That led logically to volunteerism.”Metallica – Second Annual Day of Service[Video: AllWithinMyHandsFoundation]Fans or anyone with some spare time on their hands on May 22nd can sign up to take part in this year’s event through the organization’s website, where they’ll also find a listing of participating food banks around the country. Walk-in volunteers will not be accepted. Participants can also enter the chance to win Metallica memorabilia by sharing content from their volunteering experience on social media.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

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Young adults report better health following Affordable Care Act

first_img Read Full Story According to a new survey, young adults are reporting better health since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. .in 2010, which allowed them to be covered on their parents’ plans through age 26. The study, co-authored by Kao-Ping Chua, a health policy Ph.D. student at Harvard and a pediatrician at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health, also found that young adults are paying less out of pocket for their medical care since passage of the health care law.The study appeared online June 17 in JAMA.The researchers used survey data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to compare the experiences of young adults ages 19 to 25, who were eligible for coverage under the law, to those 26 to 34, who were not. The study covered the eight years before passage of the health law and one year after.Insurance coverage increased markedly among the young adults, while declining slightly among the older group. At the same time, young adults’ annual out-of-pocket medical expenses declined, while those for the older group increased. The number of those in the younger group reporting that they were in excellent physical health rose from 27% to 31% after the passage of the law, while those in the older group reporting excellent physical health declined by 2%.last_img read more

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Hindsight to Insight: Why Digital Transformation is Not an Option

first_imgSlide 15: DT Index Executive SummaryIronically–the very reasons why businesses should transform; data privacy and security concerns, regulations and legislative changes, immature digital culture, and information overload, are now becoming the very reasons why they are struggling to do so.  This is a dangerous position to be in for two reasons.  First, digital transformation does not happen overnight.  Change takes time.  And our study depicts the slow advancement over two years.  Second, internal influences are easier to solve for than external ones.  External influences are unpredictable and are driven by many factors out of your control.In marketing, we see these changes firsthand.  Every month new tools and apps are being launched, and the amount of data we gather about our business is increasing by the day.  Part of my job is to ensure my team understands and leverages the data available to them to drive innovation that best serves our customers and delivers positive business outcomes.  Instead of driving a “one-size-fits all” marketing strategy, we leverage customer data to provide content that is tailored to our customer’s needs and aligned to where they are on their customer journey; driving towards our vision of personalization at scale.  None of which is possible without the ability to store vast amounts of data, secure the data and then analyze it to understand the valuable insights the data holds.In the fast-paced, always-on world we live in, it’s easy to forget that only a mere 23 years ago less than 1% of the world’s population had an internet connected device.  Today, every industry has been impacted by digital transformation.  Businesses need an offensive plan to survive and thrive in this digital world. Our study tells us that while progress is slow, business leaders around the globe are taking notice of the importance and potential implications of our digital world and the opportunities available to businesses that are poised to seize them.  Contrary to Luke, “I have a *good* feeling about this!” If you’re a Star Wars fan like I am, you have always been able to imagine a world where technology is at the heart of everything we do.  Today, a digital world is no longer the stuff of great sci-fi, it’s our reality.  Fueled by our thirst for knowledge and our ‘on-demand’ appetite; technology, and the data it’s creating, are advancing and increasing at exponential rates.  Like never before, businesses are able to tap into a rich pool of data to turn hindsight to insight, identifying unique trends and operating efficiencies that help to propel their business forward and provide a competitive advantage. Digital transformation is about making sure that your business is ready and able to tap into what the digital world has to offer.  It’s about having the technological power to unlock and capitalize on the value of your data.Earlier this year Dell Technologies launched the second edition of the Digital Transformation Index.  The study was commissioned to survey 4,600 business leaders from around the globe to analyze their organizations’ digital transformation efforts, as compared to the initial study done in 2016.  The results were surprising.  While there were some improvements from the study results two years ago, almost four in ten businesses are still spread across the two least digitally mature groups on the benchmark.Here are a few key findings that I found most interesting:Emerging markets are continuing to disrupt the business landscape and are scoring higher in digital maturity than developed markets, boasting more digital leaders. These businesses are entering the market with a huge competitive advantage; they are building their businesses with digital engrained in their DNA.  In fact, 53% of business leaders in emerging markets believe their business will “disrupt rather than be disrupted” within five years.In contrast, 51% of businesses in mature markets today believe they’ll struggle to meet changing customer demands within five years.The study indicates that many businesses are not ready for a digital world and it’s no longer just budget and resources holding them back. Today the data indicates that external influences are having a bigger impact on businesses and their digital transformation efforts.last_img read more

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The Sound and the Fury Extends Again Off-Broadway

first_imgThe Sound and the Fury has extended once again off-Broadway! The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, began previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14 and will now run through July 12; it had previously been set to shutter on June 27.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast includes Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez, Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Pete Simpson and Ben Williams. View Commentslast_img read more

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Don’t Let Rain Stop You, Get Your Outdoor Thrills Indoors

first_imgWe’ve all been guilty of planning to go out and hike, climb, run, or take part in some form of outdoor recreation and let dismal weather be the excuse to not go for it. It’s in times like those that it is good to know what options you have to still get your adventure on, but under a roof. Here are a few options for outdoor enthusiasts that don’t want the rainy days to hold them back.By no means do these options compare to the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and thrill that the outdoor experience provides, but they do give you a great way to keep your body in motion, practice some new skills, and build strength all while increasing the level of confidence in your skills.An inside look at Louisville’s Mega Cavern inside mountain biking course.Photo by Team Neon VeloIndoor mountain bike courses are an incredible find, but are not found as easily as indoor stationary bikes. With these courses, you get to have the full body experience and dirt-to-wheel connection that is so rare to find anywhere indoors. These courses are a favorite for bike junkies to have a place to pedal throughout the winter months as well. Indoor mountain bike courses to look for in the Blue Ridge include The Wheel Mill of Pennsylvania and Kentucky’s Mega Cavern.Rock climbing gyms are all over the Blue Ridge and are ideal for people of any skill set from first time climbers to those with extensive experience. Rock climbing can burn between 500 to 900 calories per hour making these gyms a great option for summer workouts. An added bonus is that you’re harnessed in with a staff supervised belaying system with mats underneath, providing a safe and forgiving environment in the event that you fall or make a mistake.Paddling pools are unique in that with limited space and the right equipment, they can simulate a real rowing experience you would find in open waters. From kayaking to rowing, paddle pools hold still water for you to paddle through and test maneuvers through classes and events such as roll clinics where you get to practice how to get right side up in the event that you flipped over in your kayak going down a river. More recently, some of these indoor paddling pools feature rowing tanks. With the intention to improve endurance and technique, the tanks mimic the conditions of open waters as rower sit in fixed positions and different aspects of the moving waters in the tank can be shifted to attempt to recreate specific water types and conditions. Depending on the paddle pool near you, there may even be options to paddle board as well.Check out what indoor recreation options you have in your area and before you know it, you’ll be hitting the water, climbing rock faces, and shredding the trails all while being inside.last_img read more

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The British pick up trial tips at Bennett training program

first_imgThe British pick up trial tips at Bennett training program September 1, 2003 Regular News The British pick up trial tips at Bennett training programcenter_img There will be no frying-pan waving back home in England, as the young American lawyers did using the evidence during closing arguments in a mock attempted murder trial.British lawyers are not allowed to touch the evidence.“You stand very still. You are far more concise and objective and neutral, really,” said Thomas Wright, of London, one of four Brits among the students at the Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program.“You can be quite forceful. You can use quite strong terms. But I think the British jury would just feel a little bit wary of somebody who is being too expressive. They would think it is a little bit of an act and be less inclined to believe you were being genuine.”In lilting Queen’s English that seems to add 20 points to his IQ, Wright continues: “The main thing is how exuberant an American jurist is. He’ll stalk around the courtroom, he’ll pick up exhibits and wave them around and use very emotive terms. As I say, he’ll wander around and be very expressive physically. And that’s just not something that happens in an English courtroom.”That’s not to say Wright didn’t enjoy the show during the mock trials.“To see a good American practitioner doing this job well, it’s still very good. You don’t have to wander around the courtroom and jump up and down to get across the whole idea. It’s the same principle. You are still trying to win the jury over. Sometimes some of the mannerisms are helpful, the immediacy of the language, the colloquialisms are very effective — used in moderation.”While the week-long training brought together young assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders, Wright explained there is no such distinction in his homeland.“We have a slightly different system, whereby we can prosecute and defend. All barristers are self-employed, and we do whatever case is given to us. It might be the Crown Prosecution Service, and you prepare prosecution cases. Or it might be by the Defense Solicitors and you might meet with defendants and talk with them and prepare their cases for trial. We pick up the papers, usually, when it’s all ready for trial. And we just do the trial advocacy. The more serious cases you might meet with your client once and you might have more to do with the preparation of the case and the gathering of evidence. But by and large, we just do courtroom advocacy.”Paul Zacks, chief assistant state attorney in the 15th Judicial Circuit and on the faculty for the training, said having the Brits as students is part of an exchange program whereby American trial attorneys go to Oxford.While Zacks was drumming on young lawyers to step away from the podium, in Britain it is a rule to stay at the podium.“What you find is because they are not allowed to do all the gesturing that we do, their command of the language is so good, because they can only beat you with their words. They can’t be acting. They can’t get up in people’s faces. Their word choices are perfect.”Jury selection also is a whole different game across the pond.“They don’t pick the juries over there,” Zacks explains. “If the person is qualified under the statute, they sit. They could be the defendant’s best friend and they could sit. They’re not even allowed to ask that question.”While the trial court systems are very different here, there were common pointers to take back home.“It’s advocacy, really,” said Wright.“What will persuade a jury in one country will persuade one in another. So it’s really helpful to put a case very effectively. I think it’s done very differently here, and it’s helpful to pick up stylistic behaviors.”last_img read more

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When should you call 911 during coronavirus pandemic?

first_imgThrough this pandemic they will be here for the community. “If you feel like there are too many people, keep an eye out for a minute. See if they are actually hanging out for a while because a lot of time it is nothing,” she says. “During the past week people are getting a little cabin fever I guess and things like disputes are picking up a little bit,” said Peak. “Everybody in the community has the uncertainties of the pandemic, and they are interacting with the community all day long and then they have to go home and face those same uncertainties at home,” said Ponticiello. “It’s way you find yourself in an emergency situation that you are not able to solve with the resources that you have at hand and there is a life safety risk,” Ponticiello told 12 News Wednesday. He said this a good time to recognize the work of the 911 dispatch. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – April 12 to 18 is National Public Telecommunications Week. Jess Peak has been a 911 dispatcher in our area for the past year. “I think the most exciting is not knowing what your’e answering when you pick up a phone,” Jess Peak says. Peak said she has seen a decrease in overall calls since the coronavirus pandemic got in full swing but they have seen an increase in a certain area. Broome County Emergency Services Director, Mike Ponticiello, said the appropriate time to call 911 hasn’t changed even with the pandemic. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. She said when it comes to calling about social distancing you should wait a minute and keep an eye out before making a call. last_img read more

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Zaprešić is richer by 10 guides of heritage interpreters

first_imgThey realized how important it is to include visitors in the story because it can reach their hearts, and because of that experience the visitor will not forget how he felt and what he experienced in the New Palace, said the licensed trainer of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Ivana Zrilić who held this training and added: “Proud and happy that I had the opportunity to educate a top storytelling master, creative and owner of the Entertainment Laboratory – Dijana Zorić. Vlatka Pehar Matić, the top guide of the Zadar County, awarded by the CNTB, who delighted with the presentation of intangible heritage, and which is usually not recommended for beginners. Then the pearl of the Zaprešić Tourist Board, Lara Purgar Hadžić, such a hard-working, smart, young lady who presents the New Palace with dignity, and baked us Sofia’s kisses. A special costume designer who lives the history of Novi dvori, Lidija Gašpar, who awakened our senses through plants and bouquets. Tourist animator and experienced guide Mihaela Žugec Saračević, who also made the poster, read the poem, and in a humorous way presented the ban and the inspirational one. And finally, a small walking encyclopedia and tourist guide Tanja Mirić, who gave a lot of information in such a short, given time.”Zrilić pointed out and noted that she was especially happy that there were two pensioners in the group, each of whom enriched and gave their contribution in their own way. Licensed trainer of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Ivana Zrilić, who held this training, pointed out that all participants are very satisfied with the dynamics, pace, practical exercises and experience they had. This 40-hour licensed training was intended for museum guides, nature park staff, tour guides and all those who have the opportunity to personally present the heritage to visitors. Over the course of five days, participants discovered various phenomena, gave them deeper meanings and sought hidden messages, and connected with heritage – all in the spirit of storytelling. The focus is on an experience that the visitor will not forget The first training for certified guides organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić and the European Association for Heritage Interpretation Interpret Europe was completed in Zaprešić. “I am extremely pleased that we have launched a training in Zaprešić for guide interpreters, in cooperation with the European Association for the Interpretation of Heritage Interpret Europe, which has not yet been held in the Zagreb County. The response was excellent and most importantly, the participants were extremely satisfied with the acquired knowledge and experience. This is only the first training in a series of activities that we plan to organize within our TZZ academy, and I hope that other trainings will be equally successful.”Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Zaprešić Toni Ganjto. All participants successfully passed the written exam and their interpretive speeches and showed that they have learned the skills of heritage interpretation, adds Zrlić. The last step to the official promotion is the final work that participants must send, so Zaprešić will receive 10 certified guides of heritage interpreters from the association Interpret Europe.last_img read more

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Brighton rock around the clock

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The Few Towers

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