BREAKING NEWS: GOVERNOR HOLCOMB VETOS PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

first_imgApril 24, 2017The Honorable Brian C. Bosma SpeakerIndiana House of Representatives StatehouseIndianapolis, IN 46204MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR ERIC J. HOLCOMBDear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By the authority vested in me as Governor of Indiana, under the provisions of Article 5, Section 14, of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, I do hereby veto House Enrolled Act. No. 1523, enacted during the regular session of the 120th General Assembly and related to search fees for public records requests.center_img While I understand the intent behind the bill to offset the considerable time and expense often devoted to fulfilling public records requests, I view this proposed legislation as contrary to my commitment to providing great government service at a great value for Hoosier taxpayers.Providing access to public records is a key part of the work public servants perform and is important from a government transparency standpoint. I do not support policies that create burdensome obstacles to the public gaining access to public documents.I vetoed HEA 1523 for these reasons; however, I support the provision requiring public agencies to provide electronic copies of public records in electronic format (such as emails) if requested.Finally, I believe there are steps that can be taken administratively to streamline and improve the process for fulfilling public records requests, and I have charged my office to examine the best ways to provide public transparency and access to public records at the highest possible value to taxpayers.Sincerely,Eric J. Holcomb Indiana Governorlast_img read more

The Werks Release New Single & Disco Dance Anthem, “Stars Collide”

first_imgThe Werks have been on a non-stop grind in 2018, constantly touring, hosting their own independent and wildly successful Werk Out Festival, and working on new music. The band just debuted their first new single since the release of their 2017 album, Magic. “Stars Collide” is a funky dance groove, with catchy lyrics and a slice of that Studio 54-era disco club vibe via the tune’s well-placed string-arrangement sample. This latest song has the makings to lift off in the live setting.The Ohio-based jammers continue to grow as songwriters in the studio and as a live touring act, with a seemingly endless amount of energy to tour the country. The Werks have a full slate of shows throughout the rest of 2018 and will end the year at the Cutting Room in New York City on December 28th and Union Stage in Washington D.C. on December 29th with Moogatu, before joining Twiddle at The House of Blues in Boston, MA, on New Year’s Eve.Over the last decade, the group has transcended out of their funk-rock roots to become one of the most multidimensional improvisational bands in the jam scene today. With regards to “Stars Collide,” the group shared the following message, “Love can happen in an instant and last forever, just like when stars collide and create gold. This dance anthem captures the magic of that moment, the exhilaration you feel when you know you’ve found the one.”Live For Live Music is proud to feature The Werks’ newest single, “Stars Collide”, below. For the band’s upcoming dates and ticket information, visit The Werks’ website.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Werks 2018 Tour Dates:10/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Stache @ The Intersection w/ Trifocal10/20 Lansing, MI – The Loft w/ Stormy Chromer & Sherman Gepherd10/26 Cleveland, OH – The Agora w/ Manic Focus, Golf Clap, Capyac, Wanyama10/27 Covington, KY – Madison Theater w/ Hyryder10/31 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street w/ The Manor & Friends11/1 Buffalo, NY – The Iron Works w/ Ponder11/2 Erie, PA – King’s Rook Club11/3 Detroit, MI – Otus Supply w/ Act Casual11/9 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater w/ Flux Capacitor11/10 Huntington, WV – V Club w/ the kind of thieves11/21 Dayton, OH – The Brightside w/ Community Service11/23 Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside w/ Sun Stereo11/24 Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside w/ Flow & Friends12/27 Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar12/28 New York, NY – The Cutting Room12/29 Washington, D.C. – Union Stage w/ Moogatu12/31 Boston, MA – House of Blues w/ TwiddleView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates

first_img Related Vaccines may arrive in record time, but the virus has been faster “Our data show that a single immunization with Ad26.COV2.S robustly protected rhesus macaques against SARS-CoV-2 challenge,” said Barouch, who is also a co-leader of the vaccine working group of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness. “A single-shot immunization has practical and logistical advantages over a two-shot regimen for global deployment and pandemic control, but a two-shot vaccine will likely be more immunogenic, and thus both regimens are being evaluated in clinical trials. We look forward to the results of the clinical trials that will determine the safety and immunogenicity, and ultimately the efficacy, of the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine in humans.”Investigators at BIDMC and other institutions have initiated a first-in-human phase 1/2 clinical trial of the vaccine in healthy volunteers. Kathryn E. Stephenson, assistant professor of medicine at HMS and associate member of the Ragon Institute, is the principal investigator for the trial at BIDMC, which is funded by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention.Pending clinical trial outcomes, the vaccine is on track to start a phase 3 efficacy trial in 30,000 participants in September.Funding for the project came, in part, from the Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Additional support was supplied by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention BV, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, the Mark and Lisa Schwartz Foundation, Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness, and the National Institutes of Health. Panel outlines efforts to find COVID-19 cure, including phase 3 trials at BWH A single-shot vaccine for COVID-19 being developed by a group of scientists, led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) immunologist Dan H. Barouch, has proven successful in tests on primates and could begin phase 3 trials as early as September.The results of the tests on the vaccine, developed at BIDMC in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, showed that it promoted creation of protective antibodies and built on the team’s previous results. It is published in the journal Nature.“This vaccine led to robust protection against SARS-CoV-2 in rhesus macaques and is now being evaluated in humans,” said Barouch, who is director of BIDMC’s Center for Virology and Vaccine Research as well as the William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a member of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center immunologist Dan Barouch and his team have been working on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine since January. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photoThe vaccine uses a common cold virus, called adenovirus serotype 26 (Ad26), to deliver the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein into host cells, where it stimulates the body to raise immune responses against the coronavirus.Barouch has been working on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine since January, when Chinese scientists released the SARS-CoV-2 genome. The team developed a series of vaccine candidates designed to express different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, the major target for neutralizing antibodies.The researchers then conducted a study with 52 adult rhesus macaques, immunizing 32 with a single dose of one of seven different versions of the Ad26-based vaccine, and giving 20 animals placebo doses as controls. All vaccinated animals developed antibodies.The work was done by Barouch’s lab and collaborators from BIDMC; the Ragon Institute; Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, a research arm of Johnson & Johnson; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of North Carolina; and Boston Children’s Hospital.Six weeks after immunization, all animals were exposed to SARS-CoV-2. All 20 animals that received the placebos became infected and showed high levels of virus in their lungs and nasal swabs. Of the six animals that received the optimal vaccine candidate, Ad26.COV2.S, none showed virus in their lungs, and only one animal showed low levels of virus in nasal swabs.last_img read more

Report: Energy efficiency as a resource is two or three times bigger than commonly known

first_imgReport: Energy efficiency as a resource is two or three times bigger than commonly known FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:A new paper by the cofounder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) seeks to challenge conventional wisdom when it comes to energy efficiency, positing that the size and cost of the potential resource base is much larger and cheaper than previously believed.The misunderstanding is fundamental, according to physicist Amory Lovins. By examining individual energy-consuming technologies, rather than the whole buildings, vehicles and factories which they power, the industry is significantly underestimating the resource.“Most traditional analysts and deployers of energy efficiency see and use only a modest fraction of the worthwhile efficiency resource,” Lovins writes. “In energy efficiency as in geology, total reserves exceed proven reserves, and the resource base, increasingly exploitable as exploration and extraction techniques improve, far exceeds both.”The paper does not seek specific energy or economic conclusions of efficiency’s potential, RMI Principal Mark Dyson told Utility Dive in an email. However, he said RMI sees evidence of an energy efficiency resource potential that is two to three times larger than typically expected, “and often at lower costs, when using integrative design approaches.”More: Energy efficiency is fundamentally undervalued, RMI findslast_img read more

NSU offers new ‘Masters of Science In Education Law’

first_img June 15, 2006 Regular News NSU offers new ‘Masters of Science In Education Law’ NSU offers new ‘Masters of Science In Education Law’center_img Nova Southeastern University has established an online law program for educators.Offered through NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, the “Master of Science in Education Law” program addresses what the school calls “a critical need for educators to be conversant in the expanding body of regulations pertaining to education, school administration, and special education.”The program, which will be offered this July, teaches educators who are not attorneys to better identify, understand, and respond to complex legal issues, such as FERPA, IDEA, HIPPA, and No Child Left Behind, according to NSU. The curriculum focuses on the interrelationship between theory and practice.“The Master of Science in Education Law Program is designed to meet the demand for clear and concise instruction on current trends in education law that directly impact educators and school administrators,” said Timothy L. Arcaro, an associate professor at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center and member of the Florida and Pennsylvania bars who serves as the program’s director.All coursework was designed in conjunction with NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies and the Fischler School of Education and Human Services.“As a senior administrator with a law degree, I recognized that a gap exists between legislation regulating education and the abilities of those charged with interpreting and implementing strategies,” said Geoff Still, who developed the program concept. Still is the director of finance and operations at the Mailman Segal Institute and associate director of the M.S. in Education Law Program.The majority of the coursework is offered online through NSU’s Internet-based distance-learning technology. Students visit the campus during three annual institutes.For more information visit www.nsulaw.nova.edu/online/msedl/index.cfm or call (954) 262-6161.last_img read more

Starbucks prepaid program offers lessons for credit unions

first_imgGreat power comes from a great prepaid program. Since launching its first card in 2001, Starbucks has achieved tremendous success with its prepaid program. Today, the coffee mega-chain boasts more than $1.2 billion loaded onto its cards and mobile app.The volume of consumers’ cash stored on Starbucks cards is impressive in its own right. What’s even more impressive, however, is that this figure exceeds the deposits at many financial institutions (FIs). California Republic Bancorp, Mercantile Bank Corp and Discover Financial Services are just a few of the FIs outmatched by Starbucks’s deposits.To win back consumers prone to depositing their money in Starbucks accounts, credit unions should consider bolstering their prepaid programs with strategies straight out of the Starbucks playbook. These may include:Adopting a robust rewards program. By pairing rewards with prepaid cards, Starbucks has successfully transformed a transaction device into a program that attracts (and retains) loyal consumers. Rewards as simple as free beverages work wonders in increasing consumers’ card usage. 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Falk Jeff Falk is director of prepaid products for payments processor TMG. He oversees new product ideas and enhancements and manages TMG’s prepaid card product line. Jeff leads many of the … Web: www.tmg.global Details Integrating with a mobile app. Consumers receiving physical Starbucks prepaid cards can easily link those to their mobile accounts. They then have the option to make purchases with the card or the mobile app and reap the rewards. Establishing an “elite” group. For its highest rewards earners, Starbucks offers “gold level” status. Reaching this level comes with special perks including free refills, special promotions and a personalized card. Additionally, it fosters a sense of exclusivity among consumers.Credit unions looking to advance their prepaid offerings should take advantage of the lessons found in the Starbucks business model. The secret to success lies not only with the coffee, but also with a simple, incentivizing program.center_img Offering a variety of card designs. Each year, Starbucks releases prepaid cards with holiday themes, colorful designs and other embellishments. While these cards have the same functionality as less flashy ones, they may be more aesthetically pleasing to consumers. Additionally, they offer a personalized touch for consumers getting prepaid cards for special occasions. Introducing rewards points for a variety of behaviors. Starbucks does not limit its rewards points to purchases made exclusively in its retail locations. Instead, consumers are rewarded with Star Codes for purchasing specially marked Starbucks products at grocery stores.last_img read more

NAFCU advances CUs to Trump, key officials

first_img continue reading » As the industry’s Washington Watchdog, NAFCU’s unmatched relationships with lawmakers, regulators, and administration officials ensure credit unions’ voices are heard at the highest levels of government and industry issues are addressed by appropriate actions.To achieve a regulatory environment in which credit unions continue to grow and thrive, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger sent the association’s 2020 priorities to agencies and administration officials with whom NAFCU works closely and has strong relationships, including:President Donald Trump;Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin;Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell;U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Awarded the first label for the quality of accommodation in Lika-Senj County

first_imgApartments “Larma” in Senj, owned by Draženka Biondić, are proud owners of the first quality label for accommodation in Lika-Senj County called “Blue & Green Homestay”, with all three subbrands: Hike friendly, Bike friendly and Motorbike friendly.Family accommodation in Lika is developing more and more, but not spontaneously, but step by step, and there is a special focus on quality accommodation, and the best way to develop family accommodation is through the label of quality accommodation or labeling. Thus, the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County made a special quality label “Blue & Green Homestay”, with three sub-brands: Hike friendly, Bike friendly and Motorbike friendly.Capacity of 16 people, through 8 rooms and suites Apartments Larma include cooking facilities and free WiFi, and are located in a quiet residential area, 500 meters from the nearest beach. The property is 500 meters from the center of Senj and 1 km from the old Nehaj Fortress. Accommodation will provide you with a satellite TV and a balcony. All units have a private bathroom with a shower, towels and bed linen. Their average rating on Booking.com is 8.1.Apartments Larma, Senj / Photo: Booking.com“Blue & Green Homestay” quality labelThe logo on a blue and green background represents Velebit degenia, an endemic plant from the Brassicaceae family. It is a strictly protected species, the rarest plant in Croatia and is a symbol of Velebit and Croatia, and is located on a 50 linden coin. Get involved, find more information at the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Nova Istra Inspirit tells the story in the Municipality of Pićan: Roads live

first_imgAccording to Ivor Zidarić, president of the Val kultura Association, further development of the interactive tour The paths of living squirrels has great potential precisely in cooperation with IRTA doo, within which the Istra Inspirit project is being implemented, which has the possibility of networking stakeholders at the destination in cooperation with project partners. Considering the previous experiences of Istra Inspirit, which began to revive the stories, myths and legends of central Istria and whose performances in Pazin Castle were the motive for the arrival of a large number of domestic and foreign visitors, choosing it to interpret the legends of central Istria proved to be very good. and a clever train. In Pazin Castle, the cooperation of project partners in designing an interactive tour called Paths of Living Strigaria was presented, during which the legends of central Istria are staged, all as part of the integrated cross-border cultural and tourist project “Živa coprnija – Živa štrigarija”, Interreg Slovenia Croatia 2014-2020 .  The interactive tour is designed to start in Pazin, in front of Kaštela, where the performers of Istra Inspirit stage a legend in the creation of the Pazin Cave and the giant Banu Dragonja. Visitors of the tour also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the legend of ostriches and Krsnik in Katun Lindarski, where they can try the famous Pazin candies with a glass of Malvasia and other Istrian delicacies prepared for their guests by the Šajina family from Ograda agritourism. This is followed by a trip to Žminj where the legend of the Orcs and the Moors is performed.  The tour can also include the road to the Sopot waterfall, which is associated with the story of the villas that built the Arena and the mischievous Macmalići, and an unavoidable part is the staging of the legend of St. Nicephorus and the dancers in Pićan. A multi-hour interactive tour with elements of fun and education ends in Gračišće, in front of the Church of the Mother of God on the Square. center_img “Impressions after the first interactive tour were very positive, which shows that in the field there is a need to create such products that revive the intangible heritage that becomes tangible and “alive” through the interpretation of experts in the manner of storytelling. The importance of developing such a tourist product that unites stakeholders in the destination, creating a new motive for arrival, is to the mutual benefit of all involved, said Slavica Tobok Kandic, director of the Istrian Development Tourism Agency – IRTA doo and added: More information about the project “Živa coprnija – Živa štrigarija” can be found on the official website website.last_img read more

Messi’s toughest task as Barcelona face up to Bayern Munich

first_imgLionel Messi might never have been faced with a more daunting task at Barcelona than engineering a victory against Bayern Munich in Lisbon on Friday.The only surviving former winners of European club football’s greatest prize — with five titles each — meet in a heavyweight Champions League quarter-final behind closed doors at the Estadio da Luz.It is not often that Messi’s Barcelona come into such a big European tie as the underdogs, but they have this time, with Quique Setien’s team having lost out to Real Madrid in the Spanish title race while Bayern appeared flawless on the way to winning a German league and cup double. And he was part of perhaps the tournament’s greatest comeback, the 6-1 destruction of Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 after Barcelona lost 4-0 in the first leg of that last-16 tie.Yet this time threatens to be different.With Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann alongside him, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets behind him and Jordi Alba out wide, Messi should not be on his own.Even in defense, Gerard Pique still has a claim to be the best defender in La Liga and Marc-Andre ter Stegen is among the most impressive goalkeepers in the world.”Bayern are playing really well and are full of confidence but we have the weapons to beat them,” Griezmann told Barca TV. Topics : Isolated Argentine But the sense remains that Messi must perform if Barcelona are to defeat Bayern, widely seen as the favorites to lift the trophy on August 23, at the end of the express knock-out tournament in Lisbon.It will take something very special not only to lift his own team out of the doldrums but also to neutralize an opponent that many believe are the most complete side in Europe.Barcelona therefore must first of all hope that Messi shows no ill effects from the ankle knock he suffered in last weekend’s last-16, second-leg win over Napoli — he has been back training normally.The Catalans should certainly wonder how it got to this point, given they spent more than 500 million euros ($590m) over the last three seasons, bringing in players that should have complemented, not isolated, the Argentine.The worry is that Bayern might not just beat Barcelona at the Estadio da Luz, but humiliate them.If they do, Setien is likely to pay with his job, even if he only took over as coach in January, replacing Ernesto Valverde, who was also unable to shake this current crop into life.The alternative is a statement performance that vindicates Setien, establishes him for next season and sends Barcelona into the semi-finals with the kind of momentum that could even take them all the way. “We have to be optimistic, we are in good shape,” said Setien after the Napoli game.However, it would be a surprise to see Barcelona go on and lift the trophy, and it seems unthinkable they could do it without an intervention from Messi, who must be wondering too how the club that won the treble five years ago have come to rely on him so completely.The challenge is not beyond Messi. But Barcelona must know he deserves more. Messi is now 33, yet Barcelona appear more reliant on him than ever.He scored twice against Bayern in the quarter-finals in 2009 when Barcelona went on to win the Champions League under Pep Guardiola.He hit four against Arsenal the following year and five against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 but on both occasions, Barca were favorites.Messi also sank Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2011 when his double in the first leg of the semi-final, including one of the finest goals the competition has ever seen, transcended a rivalry that had been dragged to its ugliest point.last_img read more