Winter is coming…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The wisdom of taking five… or tenInspirationBy Don LindseyWith school in full swing again and my parents finally moved in and settled, things have picked up in our household.  That’s been a good thing and we’re adjusting to our new schedules but as I settled in for bed the other night, I realized that I have been so busy that I haven’t taken enough time to enjoy all of the great things that are happening around me.  The more I thought about it, the more I kept remembering the voice of my brother Jimmy who loved to say “take five” when he would see someone that he felt needed a break from working hard.  He passed away in 2008 and while I miss my brother dearly, he left with me a lot of wonderful memories and a unique way of looking at things.  He seemed to know when to slow down and enjoy life and as I look back on my week, I see nothing but a blur.  I’m starting to think that “take five” is more than an expression but actually a solid piece of advice that I need to apply to my daily life.The biggest problem I am finding with applying that philosophy, is time.  Between running all day and keeping up with things around our house when I am home, by the time I finally slow down at night it’s time for bed.  My wife has been expressing the same concerns and as we were commiserating about this topic the other night, she made a suggestion about spending some time playing with our family’s new kitten.  I dismissed that thought at first.  But the next morning when I went into my son’s room to check on the little 8 week ball of fur, who we’ve named Winter, I immediately realized what she had meant.WinterAs soon as I walked into the room the kitten ran up to greet me.  Tiny meows and pawing at my pant leg gave me the urge to sit down and fawn over her.  After a few seconds of petting her and letting her chew on my hand, we began to play.  For about ten minutes I worked her toy on a string and laughed as she bounced around the room trying to catch it.  When I realized that I had spent so much time with her and still had a day to get to, I left and took care of the tasks that I had on my plate.  An hour or so later, I came back in to find her cuddled up in the middle of the floor sleeping.  Apparently our play session had worn her out and I sat down on the floor next to her to pet her.  She woke up enough to see that I had joined her and proceeded to crawl onto my lap to continue her nap.  I spent the next ten minutes petting her as she slept and realized that I still had more in my day to accomplish.  As the morning and afternoon moved on, I found this process repeating itself and I was walking in to see Winter about every hour for some time with her.  Every time I would leave the room I felt a little more energized and even more focused on whatever it was I needed to do.  When the day had ended and I was settling in for bed, this time I did not look back on my day and see a blur, I saw one that was productive and filled with a lot of good moments.  It seems as if my taking five, or ten in this case helped me slow down long enough to see the things I was missing before.I’m sure we’ve all heard how important it is to enjoy the joyful times we experience.  Busy schedules and hectic lives can make that hard to accomplish, but what I’m learning is that finding those few precious moments to unwind during the day greatly increases my overall happiness.  There are a lot of things around me that bring me joy.  My wife, children, friends, animals, music, video games, and the list goes on, so the next time I find my day going by too quickly or I am just frustrated by how it’s going, I am going to take my brother’s advice and take five….or ten.  It works. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children,and community. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!center_img The Anatomy of Fear TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articlePrayer can change the worldNext articleThe wisdom of Star Trek… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

52 Social Housing Units in Nanterre / Colboc Franzen & Associés

first_imgArchDaily 2014 Bouygues Bâtiment IDF Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/561847/52-social-housing-units-in-nanterre-colboc-franzen-and-associes Clipboard France CopySocial Housing•Nanterre, France Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Project Managers:Floriane Bataillard, Géraud Pin-BarrasFluids And Structure:Bethac and IbatEconomy:Cabinet PoncetBudget:€ 7,314,147 excluding all taxArchitects In Charge:Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud SachetCity:NanterreCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Cécile SeptetText description provided by the architects. The Hoche ecodistrict is rising from the ground on old industrial sites. It has to mediate between the scale of the Chemin-de-l’Ile park and the A14 motorway that cuts through it, and the far smaller scale of an area of detached houses dating back to the 1930s.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe two plots selected for the development are a good illustration of the challenge. The housing is divided into housing blocks that are look onto public space and face the eight-storey towers between them and the motorway and a square, but in the centre of the block are houses of the same dimensions as the existing detached houses.Save this picture!© Cécile SeptetOn Rue Germaine Tillion, there are open staircases that cut through the buildings. Aside from offering views of the inside of the blocks, these openings let sunlight into the street and provide natural aeration and ventilation to the flats’ toilets and bathrooms. Breaking up the street side of the buildings helps to recreate the varying heights of the neighbouring buildings.Save this picture!© Cécile SeptetThe flats occupy the full width of the building and open onto loggias that look out over the landscaped central garden. Optimising the layout of the apartments has made it possible to offer large main living spaces. Storerooms adjoining the loggias provide tenants with versatile extra storage space. The roofs of the smaller blocks are occupied by tops of the split-level apartments.Save this picture!© Cécile SeptetThe rationale of the design process can be observed in the details. The metal cladding, caged ladders and lamps of industrial inspiration are set off by the warmer tones of the wooden window and door frames and loggias.A built strip along the square accommodates a number of three-storey flats. Its slate-grey façade is screened by a row of trees planted in a landscaped hollow, and is studded with balconies. Here too the apartments run from one side of the building to the other, with daylight and natural ventilation entering from the heart of the block.Save this picture!Third Floor PlanThe three-storey town houses have the most spacious dimensions of all. Their tall blocks are split to cast light into the bathrooms and onto the staircase landings. The outside of the blocks is a slate-grey colour to ensure that the plants stand out rather than the buildings. The gaps between the blocks are white to let light in and to bring life to the garden. The ground-floor roofs of the houses are generously greened to enhance the natural feel of the central court.Save this picture!© Cécile SeptetProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture for Humanity Announces Completion of Haiti InitiativesArchitecture NewsIndividual House / Elodie Nourrigat & Jacques Brion ArchitectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Hoche Avenue, 92000 Nanterre, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year:  2014center_img Photographs 52 Social Housing Units in Nanterre / Colboc Franzen & Associés Save this picture!© Cécile Septet+ 23 Share Social Housing photographs:  Cécile SeptetPhotographs:  Cécile Septet CopyAbout this officeColboc Franzen & AssociésOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingNanterreResidentialFrancePublished on November 08, 2014Cite: “52 Social Housing Units in Nanterre / Colboc Franzen & Associés” 08 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Area:  3800 m² Area:  3800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 52 Social Housing Units in Nanterre / Colboc Franzen & AssociésSave this projectSave52 Social Housing Units in Nanterre / Colboc Franzen & Associés ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/561847/52-social-housing-units-in-nanterre-colboc-franzen-and-associes Clipboard General Contractor: last_img read more

Online donations for DEC Sudan appeal reach £1 million

first_imgBrendan Gormley, chief executive of the Disaster said: “The DEC has been very lucky that organisations including Secure Trading and Streamline Merchant Services have donated their services for free, which ensures that 100% of every online donation goes directly to the appeal.” The Sudan appeal has broken all previous DEC records for online donations, and follows a growing trend in online charitable giving to its appeals. Over the last three years the DEC has seen the number of online donors increase by 130% and the value of online donations increase by 174%.The appeal raised £2.5 million in total on the first night alone, after launching at 6.30pm. Around 4,000 telephone lines were available for callers to make credit/debit card donations, and the total average donation was £44.This afternoon the appeal received a donation of £1 million from an anonymous donor, the first time the DEC has ever received a donation of this size. Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online donations for DEC Sudan appeal reach £1 million About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Over £1 million has been donated online to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Sudan appeal since it launched three days ago.This is the fastest online giving response to any DEC appeal. As with other emergency appeals, including those run by the DEC, online donations are significantly higher than telephone and postal donations. According to the DEC, online donations “are averaging 20% above those made by phone”. The appeal is now on track to reach a total of £15 million.The DEC’s Web site started handling online donations “within seconds” of the TV appeals on 20 July 2004 by Natasha Kaplinsky, Michael Buerk and Joanna Lumley highlighting the plight of Sudanese people forced to flee their home due to violence in Darfur. Advertisement Howard Lake | 22 July 2004 | Newslast_img read more

On the picket line

first_img$15 minimum wage proposed for N.Y. state workersNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sept. 10 that the Wage Board has recommended the state minimum wage be increased to $15 an hour for all workers. The raise from the current $8.75 minimum wage would be phased in first for 200,000 fast food workers by 2018 and then for all workers by 2021. Thus far, this wage hike, demanded by low-wage fast food workers since 2012, has been adopted in four California cities — Los Angeles, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco — and in Seattle. (cnbc.com, Sept. 11) However, this proposal must be passed by the N.Y. state Legislature, which is dominated by conservatives opposed to major wage hikes. And Cuomo, who is rumored to want to run for president in 2020, may have taken this stance to brighten his otherwise dismal record on labor. Stay tuned.Verizon hasn’t budged on contract termsIt’s been eight weeks since the contract expired on Aug. 1 for nearly 40,000 Verizon workers, represented by the Communication Workers and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, from Maine to Virginia, and “Verigreedy” hasn’t blinked. The union-busting telecommunications company, whose monthly profits are $1 billion, wants to gut job and retirement security and sever all lines of communication between the two unions. During a town hall phone conference on Sept. 15, Vice President Ed Mooney of CWA District 2-13 reported that when the unions presented a study showing the company could achieve $100 million in annual savings in its current health care plan without raising what workers pay, the company dismissed it.But Mooney also reported that the company is closely monitoring the workers’ defiant fightback actions both on the job and in the streets. For instance, workers are wearing red on Thursday, with some also donning camouflage on Mondays. Locals are also conducting weekly pickets and rallies, like the one demanding that Bianca Cunningham — who helped organize Verizon Wireless workers at six Brooklyn stores to join CWA Local 1109 in 2014 — be rehired after a retaliatory firing in early September (sign a petition to reinstate her at tinyurl.com/psmt59j). Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam was confronted by pickets in front of a New York hotel before addressing a Goldman Sachs conference on Sept. 17. (cwa-union.org, Sept. 17) La lucha continúa.Support for unions increasesSupport for labor unions is on the rise, according to an Aug. 17 Gallup poll. The nationwide survey found a 5 percent increase in approval of labor unions between 2014 and 2015. After dipping to an all-time-low 48 percent approval rating in 2009, union support began a slow climb, reaching 53 percent in 2014, with a leap to 58 percent in 2015.The survey found higher union approval ratings among women, at 63 percent, versus men, at 52 percent. In the East and Midwest, the two areas of the country with the highest number of union members, at least two-thirds had favorable opinions of unions. In the South, where only 6 percent of workers have a union, support was the lowest at 45 percent. Respondents aged 18 to 34 were the most likely to approve of unions at 66 percent. (Gallup.com, Aug. 17) As the largely youth-led movement for a $15 minimum wage and union representation — with high participation of women and people of color — continues to gain momentum and win results, the upward trend is likely to continue.Appeal to unions for Mumia Abu-JamalAn organizing meeting was called in New York City on Sept. 11 by the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC) to mobilize pressure on the state of Pennsylvania to provide immediate lifesaving treatment to cure Abu-Jamal’s active hepatitis C. A resolution demanding such treatment — passed unanimously on Aug. 9 by the Delegate Assembly of the National Writers Union, United Auto Workers Local 1981 — was raised as an example of what should be done. (WW, Aug. 20) After NWU member Sue Davis raised that at a Workers World Party meeting, it was decided that a campaign for unions and other progressive organizations to pass similar resolutions should be initiated. For more information about this campaign, see Millions for Mumia at iacenter. org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Deep organizing key to historic Flint Sit-Down Strike

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this These slightly edited remarks were given at a July 9 Workers World Party webinar on “Introduction to Revolutionary Deep Organizing.”   There is a medical definition for “inoculation”: a set of methods of inducing immunity against various infectious diseases. The capitalists inoculate people against unionization. So what does it mean for us in the context of the class struggle? What are the potential infections, and where and who do they come from? How do we inoculate ourselves and our constituents from these dangers that can impede the struggle?As it is medically, inoculation is basically preparation for the hazards we face. What kinds of preparations are needed to inoculate against defeat and to win against capital? And how has today’s labor movement failed in this area? That’s a factor in a series of defeats for workers, resulting in givebacks and concessions — even now, when the wealthy class is richer than ever and can easily afford to meet our demands.There are great examples of class struggle unionism, of left-led unions in history which engaged and prepared the rank and file for fierce class battles. We can learn a lot from the 1930s, from the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937, where communist leadership proved decisive.There are some misconceptions about this historic strike, which began on Dec. 30, 1936, and ended on Feb. 11, 1937 — when General Motors agreed to do something it swore it would never do: recognize the United Auto Workers union. The big misconception is that the strike was a spontaneous event — that there was no preparation, that angry workers just stopped work and took over the plants.Flint Sit-Down Strike children’s picket line, Feb. 3, 1937. Not only the strikers inside, but their families, had to be ‘inoculated’ against GM’s intimidation tactics.Communists prepare for GM strikeIn fact, UAW Vice President Wyndham Mortimer, a member of the Communist Party, arrived In Flint, Mich., in June 1936, and immediately began preparing for a showdown with GM. He managed to get the addresses of GM workers and then mailed them weekly mimeographed letters.  They were smuggled into the plants and passed hand-to-hand down the assembly line.Mortimer made house visits and phone calls, slowly signing up and building a nucleus of union supporters. He went out of his way to bring Black and immigrant workers into the organizing drive. And he held a secret meeting in a Black church by candlelight in the wee hours of the morning.Regular meetings were held at the UAW headquarters in the Pengelly Building, where a number of left-wing parties also had offices. One of the educational leaflets discussed there was titled “What to do in case of a sit-down.”UAW President Homer Martin, who was hostile to the left forces,, maneuvered to have Mortimer transferred out of Flint. But the replacement was Bob Travis, also a CP member, who had distinguished himself as a skilled organizer at a GM plant in Toledo, Ohio.On Nov. 13, 1936, there was what union organizers deemed a “dress rehearsal.” Bud Simons, another CP member, was a union organizer inside Fisher GM Body Plant Number One. When management tried to cut the number of workers on a particular job — an example of the hated speedup, a major motivating force in the union drive — some workers began arguing with the foreman and stopped working for a short time, shutting down the assembly line.The next day two workers came to work to find their time cards pulled. They had been fired. The foreman tried to fire a third worker involved in the dispute. All the workers in the area stood still.  They stayed inside the plant, but refused to work. Before production resumed, the worker who was still in the plant was not fired.  The other two workers were located in town and put back on the job.This kind of preparation is inoculation against fear and intimidation. According to the law, the workers had the right to organize.  But in reality, GM was using the threat of being fired to keep the company union-free. Workers could be fired for the slightest offense. Union supporters wore their union buttons inside their shirt collars.To overcome the fear, the workers had to feel their own power — the power to stop production — and win in a short skirmish with the boss.Workers occupy plants, more sit-ins followAll this was necessary to prepare workers to occupy the plants. Once the occupation began, Travis continued deep organizing among the workers, their families and the community to build strike support. He had a system of folders. One was for spouses — who proved instrumental in winning the strike through the Women’s Emergency Brigade and the Women’s Auxiliary.  Both were led by left-wing women. Another folder was for children, and another for school teachers.  One folder was for bus drivers, who were also on strike at the time. And so on.Simons and Joe Devitt and Walt Moore, his comrades inside the Fisher Body plant,  were also key. Henry Kraus, the chief propagandist during the strike, wrote: “They were very good organizers, not only natural organizers. Part of their political training was organizational. You do these things; you have to. Communists are that way, you know. … You have to have a committee to do this and a committee to do that. Before you could say the word ‘go,’ they had everything on the way.”This high level of class-conscious organizing helped bring the world’s largest corporation to its knees. This led to a whole slew of union victories after workers sat down in factories, stores, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and other workplaces.Unfortunately, the kind of leadership that led the militant fights of the 1930s was driven out of most unions during the McCarthyite witch hunt. McCarthyism gained steam in 1949, after the victory of the Chinese Revolution struck fear in the hearts of the ruling class.The union-busting Taft-Hartley Act, passed in 1947, had a clause that made it illegal for Communist Party members to hold elected union office. TheCongress of Industrial Organizations, which led the struggle in the late 1930s, was now led by Philip Murray, who embraced class collaborationism. All member unions were ordered to adhere to the Taft-Hartley stipulation. The 11 left-led unions which refused were expelled from the CIO.The other unions embarked on a massive purge of CP members, as well as members of the Socialist Workers Party — even though Taft-Hartley didn’t apply to them. They also campaigned to have the left unions decertified through National Labor Relations Board elections and replaced with anti-communist unions.Today, only two of the 11 radical unions have survived: the United Electrical Workers, which still upholds the model of rank-and-file driven unionism, and the International Longshore Workers Union, which shut down the ports all along the West Coast on Juneteenth. You can bet it takes a deep style of organizing to get workers to partake in that form of class struggle!The working class is rising. Power to the workers and oppressed!Grevatt, a UAW member, retired last year from working 31 years at Fiat Chrysler.last_img read more

The Math Says Time for State Ag Statistician Matli to Retire

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Matli-retiring-from-NASSGreg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is calling it a career. His final day on the job is March 28, 2020, capping a long career looking at a lot of numbers.“I started out as a field enumerator for NASS back in 1985, so it’s been 34 years from an enumerator collecting the data, out talking to farmers to going back and getting some statistical classes to become a statistician. It’s been a great 34 years,” he told HAT.One hallmark of Matli’s years at NASS has been a willingness to get out from behind the desk and meet farmers and discuss issues and concerns with them.“You know the farmers are a great group of guys and gals to talk to. We don’t try to hide anything on how we do anything, so as long as they’re willing to meet us at the table and talk with us, we’ll explain exactly how our processes work, and it’s really not our report. It’s their report. It’s their numbers to provide that equal and level footing on the playing field since they can’t compete with the large corporations that can gather data on their own.”And being willing to meet with his constituency has meant facing some harsh words on occasion.“There’s sometimes I walk into a room and I know it’s going to be a loaded room, like this past August,” he said. “I knew when I walked into a room then it was going to be some harsh words to USDA. I don’t take them personally, but just give us an opportunity to explain how we do it. Like I tell them, we go to the horse’s mouth, we go to the farmer to get the data.”Retirement means moving back to Illinois to help Matli’s father on the farm, helping his brother with his catering business, and helping his daughter as she begins a goat dairy operation. No replacement Indiana state statistician has yet been identified. Matli says that could be set by late summer to early fall.Matli took over as the state statistician when Greg Preston moved to USDA/NASS in Washington in 2013. Congratulations and good luck in retirement Greg! Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 10, 2020 SHARE The Math Says Time for State Ag Statistician Matli to Retire Home Indiana Agriculture News The Math Says Time for State Ag Statistician Matli to Retire Previous articleINFB Honors County Young Farmers & Ag Professionals at 2020 ConferenceNext articleSome Improvement in Indiana ARC/PLC Enrollment, but not Enough Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Events held to mark 200th anniversary of HMS Saldanha tragedy

first_imgNewsx Adverts Events held to mark 200th anniversary of HMS Saldanha tragedy By News Highland – December 3, 2011 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further A series of events take place in Donegal this weekend  to mark the deaths of over 250 sailors who were drowned when the HMS Saldanha sank off the coast of Lough Swilly almost 200 years ago today.Today (Saturday) there is a gathering at The Abbey Graveyard, Rathmullen where the Captain of the fateful ship, Captain Pakenham, is buried.There will also be a talk from historian John O’Raw.On Sunday people  are requested to assemble at the lay bye along the Knockalla Coast Road at 2 o’clock overlooking Ballymastocker Bay which is reputed to be the last sighting of the vessel.A granite Memorial Stone will be unveiled thereAnother talk will be given in The Stores at Portsalon by John O’Raw at 2.30pm) on other aspects of that fateful event and then all will walk via the Golf Course to where the reputed mass grave site is along the 18th Fairway.It is also anticipated that the huge Beacon at Fort Dundree will be lit on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a very dramatic and poignant event, as it is rarely used. Previous articleU-21 final postponed due to tragedyNext articleFlanagans of Buncrana has 8.4 million euro in debts News Highland WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Zion Oil & Gas drilling rig loaded on ship and en route to Israel

first_img Zion Oil & Gas rig and equipment being loaded on a BBC Chartering ship, BBC Bangkok, on November 4, 2020. (Credit: PR Newswire.) Zion Oil & Gas announces the departure of drilling rig and equipment from Constanta, Romania and en route to Haifa, Israel.“Despite logistical challenges and Covid-related restrictions, we are encouraged that Zion’s rig and equipment are on their way to Israel,” stated Zion Oil & Gas CEO, Robert Dunn. “We anticipate seamless movement through Israel’s customs and safe movement to our drilling location by mid-November.”ZION OIL & GAS DRILLING RIGZion expects the rig to reach the port of Haifa, Israel, by November 13. Upon customs clearance, the crew is scheduled to satisfy certain protocols required by Israel, and, barring unforeseen circumstances, Zion expects to spud the Megiddo-Jezreel #2 well at our current well location near Bet She’an by early to mid-December 2020.All necessary equipment and personnel required to perform the complex drilling operation are either en route or already in country. There is an aggressive drilling schedule planned on the Megiddo-Jezreel #2 (MJ02) well location. All parties are working closely together to ensure a seamless and professional operation.OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTSOur experienced rig crew has been assembled from Eastern Europe and is completing Israel’s quarantine period. This crew has been with the Zion drilling rig (named “I-35”) for several years prior to Zion’s purchase of it in March 2020.The crew will undergo an intensive Israeli-required safety training course designed to educate each employee on working with and moving heavy equipment, as well as working from heights.In addition to the safety training for drilling operations, the crew will undergo an intensive Covid-19 protection and prevention training seminar. Zion Oil and Gas has taken all necessary precautions to ensure each crew member’s health and safety during this unprecedented time.In addition to the experienced rig crew, Zion is hiring twelve Israelis to begin training and gain experience as Zion moves toward building an indigenous drilling crew to support Zion’s future drilling operations.“It is an exciting time to be part of God’s plan for exploring for oil in Israel,” Zion’s VP of Operations, Monty Kness, expressed. “The next few months will bring exciting operational developments, and we are thankful for the faithful investors, the believers in Zion Oil and Gas’ operations, and we ask for continued prayers for a safe and successful drilling operation.”Zion Oil & Gas, a public company, traded on OTCQX Best Market, explores for oil and gas onshore in Israel on their 99,000-acre Megiddo-Jezreel license area. Source: Company Press Release The crew will undergo an intensive Israeli-required safety training course designed to educate each employee on working with heavy equipmentlast_img read more

Hudson County Community College to Host Four Virtual ‘Choose Your…

first_imgFrom 5 to 7 p.m., Student & Academic Support Services will provide information on admissions, financial aid, testing, advising and transfer services, campus events, clubs, and organizations, registration and transcript evaluations, academic support services, the HCCC Library and services, career services, Hudson Helps, the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), international students, disability and accessibility services, and health and wellness.Those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Business, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Early College, Year Up, Veterans, and Enrollment Services should attend the Wednesday, November 11 event from 5 to 7 p.m.Topics will include details about the College’s award-winning programs; the Division of Academic Development and Support Services; how high school students may take college courses; the Year Up Program, that pairs talented young adults and top companies to launch careers, power business, and build communities; Question and Answer session; and a celebration of Veterans’ Day.Humanities & Social Sciences, English and ESL, Nursing & Health Sciences, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and Enrollment Services will be highlighted at the Thursday, November 12 event, from 5 to 7 p.m.Topics will include the Honors Program, the College’s Secaucus Center, the Department of Cultural Affairs, enrollment and academic advisement services, and information pertaining to the programs in the major courses of study listed.For those who are unable to attend any or all weekday sessions, a Virtual Open House will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will include information on admissions, financial aid, testing, and academic advisement. For information on accessing the sessions, go to www.hccc.edu/openhouse or email [email protected]ccc.edu.About Hudson County Community CollegeHudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility. HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education. Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has scheduled four unique Virtual Open House events that allow an attendee to “Choose Your Own Destination” based on academic interests or a general overview of programs and services.The first event will take place on Tuesday, November 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees will be welcomed by the College’s President, Dr. Chris Reber. The event also includes a General Information Session and open Question & Answer Panel during the first hour. ×last_img read more

Jersey City Voted to Support the Arts; Now What? Samuel Pott,…

first_img ×Samuel Pott Samuel Pott, Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance, offers ideas from the creative communityJersey City expressed broad support for the Jersey City Arts Referendum on November 3rd, voting in an arts referendum to support a small percentage real estate tax that will amount to an estimated $800K to be allocated to Jersey City arts. The campaign prevailed based on the undeniable benefits that the arts provide to the community: improved quality of life, economic and tourism development, improved educational outcomes for youth, higher property values, better retention of long term residents, and more. It is gratifying to know that, even in these trying times, people recognize the value that the arts bring to the community. Samuel Pottcenter_img Now the question of how to allocate, disburse, and ensure successful management of the funding needs to be addressed. Here are my thoughts, influenced and enhanced by many including: Meredith Burns, Justin Cosme-Perez, Hannah Weeks, Stephanie Daniels, Wendy Paul, Sharnita Johnson, Baraka Sele, Robinson Holloway, Kyle Marshall, Katelyn Halpern, Summer Dawn Reyes, and many others.Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? Definitely, But Let’s Be Strategic:Representation of diversity in all its facets (racial, cultural, religious, gender identification, and viewpoints/genres) should be supported in the arts and culture sector by highlighting diverse artistic voices, in administrative and board leadership, and, most importantly, in the people actually served by the arts in the community. The arts, especially when supported by a public funding source such as this, should not exist in an elite “ivory tower”, inaccessible to regular citizens; neither should they exist in a silo of offbeat “artiness”, events/project that serve small insular, artist crowds – disconnected from normal folks. Arts education, proven outreach to specific communities (elderly, neighborhoods, school communities), documentation of audience demographics, are ways to ensure that arts remain relevant, accessible and not exclusive.With the growing emphasis on greater diversity and equity in the distribution of arts funding, there has been a lot of lip service paid to these ideas. But a commitment to diversity goes deeper than a public statement of support, or a token minority artist. For true equity, diverse representation needs to be present at all levels of organizations and in the audiences served. Let’s support organizations who embody this goal and whose work is part of the solution for immersing diversity and equity in the arts sector.Where Is the Business Plan? Let’s Move Beyond “Tax and Spend”:The Arts Trust Fund represents a singular local investment in the arts, sorely missing in Jersey City for decades; how can we get maximum mileage out of it? Ultimately, the incoming funds from the Arts Trust will only stretch so far in making the arts available to the Jersey City community. How can artists and arts organizations leverage this funding to bring in more arts dollars to support our sector locally? Arts funding breeds more arts funding – we’ve learned that the hard way: Jersey City has been systematically disenfranchised by the state’s institutional funding sources: New Jersey State Arts Council, private foundations, and corporations who have reserved the lion’s share of their arts dollars for more established arts organizations in well-heeled (often white and suburban) portions of the state. Applicants for arts fund dollars should provide robust business plans so that we build sustainable organizations and arts businesses that move beyond a “tax and spend” mentality for the Arts Trust.501c3 Arts Nonprofits Are Best Positioned to Make the Funding Go Far; But Aren’t the Only Structure for the Arts:Like many crucial sectors to a healthy community (schools, hospitals, religious institutions, libraries), the arts need subsidy to survive and flourish. The 501c3 non-profit structure is specifically designed to be able to raise tax-deductible donated income to support service to the community. A for-profit, or an individual artist, cannot receive tax-deductible donations, grants from the State Arts Council or County, or most foundation grants. A 501c3 abides by multiple levels of accountability to its public service mission, which for-profits, or individuals, are not required to adhere to: annual audits, a board of directors, annual reporting. Therefore, while arts practitioners exist within a myriad of business structures, 501c3 non-profits are best suited to provide sustainable, scalable arts programming to the community – especially where programming is not viable without subsidy, such as: youth programming for low income populations, experimental arts programming, and arts genres with less mainstream attendance/support such as poetry, dance, and others. 501c3 non-profits (or applicants who operate under an umbrella non-profit) should be prioritized in the Arts Trust fund because of their ability to leverage additional funding for greater impact, and because of the accountability and transparency the non-profit structure guarantees.At the same time, Jersey City must invest in its emerging arts organizations, artists and arts leaders so that more entities become self-sustaining and professionalized. A portion of arts trust funding should be dedicated to professional development for the field, including cohort-based learning. Arts funding is not a zero sum game: the more we support the field broadly, the larger the pool of funding grows, and the more that the community benefits from access to the arts.Support Excellence, Support Integrity, Support Local:Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but in the field of grant-making several principles are imperative: 1) outside neutral panelists who are experts in the arts field; 2) assessment of grant applications around clear rubrics which I believe should include: artistic excellence, impact on local audiences/population, professionalism of management/finances, record of action on diversity and equity; 3) Clear, well-managed processes for grant applications and reporting that are not onerous for applicants, but ensure integrity of follow-through and expenditure of funds.Jersey City’s history of quid pro quo politics have left many doubtful about the successful implementation of a transparent processes for the Arts Trust Fund. I support partnership with an outside entity which has the experience, track record, qualified staff, and already existing processes, to successfully manage the implementation and grant-making process. The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Community Foundation are potential credible partner organizations that would help ensure that the Arts Trust fund is managed to achieve its goals of supporting arts in Jersey City in a transparent fashion.A Beginning, Not an End:The Jersey City Arts Trust potentially marks a new era for arts in Jersey City. However, transformative change to our local arts field will require much more than an injection of funds. I hope this new funding will serve as a catalyst for strategic action in the following areas:Greater partnership and support among Jersey City arts groups and artistsA more meaningful role for artists and arts leaders as part of city planning decisions that impact the artsIncreased focus on professionalizing among Jersey City’s arts organizations – including better fundraising, communications, audience development, and 501c3 incorporation. Striving for the highest standards of quality in program content should be a given.Greater focus on supporting local arts groups among Jersey City’s larger institutions: Jersey City public schools (field trips, guest artists, partnerships), New Jersey City University and Saint Peter’s University, Dept of Recreation, and others.More funding support from Jersey City’s corporate community – especially real estate developers who benefit directly from cultural organizations in their neighborhoodsGreater advocacy for geographic equity in funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey’s private foundations.Let’s Break out of the Arts Echo Chamber:Understandably, artists and arts groups have strong opinions about how arts funding should be distributed. The conversation within the arts community has been robust and valuable. What it has not been is inclusive of the very public that the arts funds are intended to serve. We must move beyond the silo of the arts community and incorporate input and feedback from the general public. I recommend a survey distributed widely through Jersey City to residents of all backgrounds, ages, and neighborhoods. Information gained from the “end users” of the arts funding should inform the granting process and allocations, not just vocal individuals from within the arts community.last_img read more