Indulge in Gourmet and Help Feed a Child, Charity says

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Dining at top-notch restaurants just got more meaningful with a charity drive that hopes to turn gourmet meals across Asia into food for children in one of the world’s poorest nations, East Timor. More than 50 restaurants across Asia will donate 15 percent of their proceeds from special menus or promotions during August to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in East Timor. (Visit Reuters for the story) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Tree Service Comes to Rescue When Cat Adopted During COVID Gets Stuck in Tree With Thunderstorm on the Way

first_imgThe cat’s owners eventually arrived. The couple had adopted the cat from the local Pets Way during the pandemic, and named it Cheese.“It’s going to take a village to do this,” said Maloney, who launched a trending hashtag #SaveCheese. “Cat lives matter,” he joked with the Facebook audience.Then, Edgar arrived in a red pickup truck from Four Seasons Tree Service and hoisted a tall ladder to begin climbing the tree attached to a harness.LOOK: Dog Breaks World Record for Most Tennis Balls Held in His Mouth—And Social Media Users Are ThrilledMaloney urged people on Facebook to leave 5-star reviews for Edgar and Four Seasons, who “risked their lives” to save the one-year-old kitten, who was now frantically meowing from all the commotion.Jayson Maloney, FBAs Edgar was closing in on Cheese, a rainbow appeared in the sky, and clouds looked to be clearing.Once back on the ground, Edgar was hailed a hero—but he refusing to take any tips or money. “It’s not about that,” he said.Jayson Maloney, FBEven more amazing was the fact that Edgar said the tree company is back-logged with jobs for the next five months, but they took the time to assist some neighbors worried about a pet.WATCH the unfolding rescue in this video…SHARE the Neighborly Kindness With Your Friends on Social Media… (Especially the rainbow at the end!)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt was getting darker and darker by the minute yesterday when a neighbor started a Facebook Live video to try to get help for a stranded kitten. After more than 1,000 shares, a small businessman dropped everything to come out and save the day.Neighbors in Springfield, Missouri, gathered below the huge tree, including Jayson Maloney who started reporting from the scene on Facebook.The day started when Miss Betty, 91, heard the cat calling out in distress from her tree. Betty didn’t know whose cat it was, but she and her neighbor Maloney called the fire department and other tree services, who all declined to help.last_img read more

ASK A COP — Can I still drive with a missing passenger side mirror?

first_imgAnswer: You are correct in knowing that each state law may differ no matter how close the states are to each other. In the great state of Texas, there is NO law that states if you turn on windshield wipers your headlights must be on. I understand a motorist will turn on his or her wipers during inclement weather conditions. In Texas, there are three events that mandate the use of headlights: first, 30 minutes after sunset; second, 30 minutes before sunrise; and third, if visibility is less than a 1,000 feet, which equates to about three city blocks. Mary, with that said, it’s not a bad idea to turn on the headlights when it’s raining. Answer: I guess we need to make a public announcement for all motorists to “beware of garbage cans sitting on the side of the roadway; they are destroying side view mirrors” (smile). I have good news for you. If your driver’s side view mirror is in place, you are NOT in violation of the state of Texas Transportation Code. In the state of Texas all motorists are required to have at least one operable side view or one operable rear view mirror, where the driver can see behind them. Vehicles are manufactured with one rear view mirror and two side view mirrors. To be in compliance with the state of Texas, at least one of those mirrors have to be attached and operable. Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  as Officer Antoine discusses the Ask A Cop article. Feel free to call in and ask your question live at 409-982-0247. Remember to email questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Mary Ann from Opelousas asks: I visit Port Arthur often, and oftentimes my family and I find ourselves comparing law differences in Texas and Louisiana. In Louisiana, the police are very strict concerning the windshield wiper/headlight law. In Louisiana, when you turn on your windshield wipers, you must turn on your car headlights. Is that the same law here in Texas? Kennedy from Vidor asks: I recently had a small fender bender, where my side view mirror hit a garbage can and fell off. Obviously, I didn’t do any damage to the garbage can, but my passenger mirror fell out and I need a replacement. I have to drive to Port Arthur for work and this is my only means of transportation. If I get stopped by the police, will I get a ticket for my missing side view mirror? Paul from Port Arthur asks: I have a small sports car that’s pretty fast. Let me clear the air, I’m not a speeder, I just like my car. My question is, let’s say the speed limit is 50 mph and I’m at a traffic light that’s red. When the light turns green, is it illegal to quickly get up to 50 mph? Answer: I was impressed to hear you’re not a speeder, even though you have a sports car. If you’re stopped at a traffic signal that’s red and it turns green, as long as you “DO NOT” do what’s commonly known as burn rubber from a stopped position, there’s no law governing how fast you can get up to 50 mph, as long as it can be done SAFELY! So, Paul, enjoy your sports car, drive safely and always remember speeding kills.last_img read more

Nothing desultory for reigning spelling bee champ Ronan Howlett of Middlebury

first_imgRonan Howlett bested 42 other students from across Vermont to win the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Howlett, an eighth grader from Middlebury Union Middle School, and last year’ s winner, will now compete against top spellers from every other state in the nation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in June.  The winning word was ‘ desultory,’ an adjective which means ‘ marked by absence of a plan; disconnected; jumping from one thing to another; digressing from the main subject; random.’  Emily Ballou, of South Royalton School, came in second. Nicholas Knudsen, of Frederick H Tuttle Middle School came in third. In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, Ronan Howlett received a trophy, an iPad and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by FairPoint Communications, Vermont Lake Monsters, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Agency of Education. For more information on the national bee, visit is external). Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who participated in the bee already competed in their regional bees this winter. Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals’ Association introduced the event, which was held in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’ s College. Adam Silverman of the Burlington Free Press served as pronouncer for the event. Peter Gilbert, Executive Director, Vermont Humanities Council; Mike Smith, State President, FairPoint Communications; and John Fischer, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Education served as judges this year. Linda Wrazen of the Vermont Humanities Council and Deputy Commissioner Fischer presented the awards.2013 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants Albany Community SchoolAutumnPerronAlbert D Lawton Intermediate SchoolIsabellePetrucciBarre City Elementary Middle SchoolCarliHarrisBarre Town Middle Elementary SchoolJuliaJaminetBethel Elementary SchoolGrace LaFromboiseBrighton Elementary SchoolColbyWorthCamels Hump Middle SchoolBecketHillCharlotte Central SchoolAbigailPostlewaiteChrist The King SchoolEsaAndersonCrossett Brook Middle SchoolHarley Miller-RowleyDanville SchoolChelsea CarcobaDority Home SchoolFinnDorityDothan Brook SchoolJessicaPatersonEdmunds Middle SchoolJuliaDrummondFlood Brook Union 20 Elementary SchoolCorynnWasylikoFrederick H Tuttle Middle SchoolNicholasKnudsenHarwood Union Middle/high SchoolErinMagillLyndon Town SchoolKayannaBurnsMain Street Middle SchoolAsaRichardson-SkinderMater Christi SchoolTracyFergusonMiddlebury Union Middle SchoolRonan HowlettMill River Union High SchoolEmilyBusheyMilton Elementary SchoolSamuelDooleyMt Anthony Union Middle SchoolTuckerBeaudoinNewBrook Elementary SchoolFairen StarkRichford Junior Senior High SchoolJosephWillsRiverside SchoolKaciCochranRutland Intermediate SchoolWilliamLatkinShelburne Community SchoolThomasDaleyShrewsbury Mountain Elementary SchoolOliviaSukerSouth Royalton SchoolEmilyBallouSt. Mary SchoolColinDowdStowe Middle High SchoolRosalieWasserThaddeaus Stevens SchoolLucindaStorzThetford AcademyRaphaelOrleck-JetterThetford Elementary SchoolOwenDeffnerTunbridge Central SchoolConnorLambertTwin Valley Middle SchoolDylanFlorenceWalden SchoolAzariahThomaWaterford Elementary SchoolLindseyWoodWestshire Elementary SchoolLoganGarrWilliston Central SchoolNatalieDurieuxlast_img read more

How one credit union effectively uses Pinterest

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A hot marketing topic is the wide variety of social media platforms and how marketing professionals use them. We recently visited with Brenna Kowall, Digital Marketing Specialist with Firefighters Community Credit Union ($200 million assets, 27,500 members) in Cleveland, Ohio to find out more about her efforts using Pinterest.1) How long has your credit union been involved in Pinterest and what prompted you to join?Our credit union joined Pinterest about two years ago. We recently went through a rebranding campaign and saw Pinterest as a good way to reach out to both existing and potential members and the communities we serve. We find Pinterest, among other things, is a good outlet for improving our brand identity and also a great member engagement tool. Pinterest is not just another social media channel we have our name on. It’s an amazing marketing tool that helps us connect with our members and potential members and the community.2) How has Pinterest helped your credit union better connect with members and potential members?We’ve found people that use Pinterest (our Pinners) tend to take over the job of sharing information for the credit union. When we share something of interest, our Pinners take the initiative to pin, re-pin and share with their networks. You don’t usually see that kind of interaction in traditional marketing and we want to take full advantage of it.3) What challenges have you faced using Pinterest?The elephant in the room when it comes to Pinterest is the heavily female-skewed demographic. Honestly, if you’re looking to reach a mostly male audience, Pinterest is not the best outlet for your social media efforts. The way we look at it, though, women control the budgeting and purse-strings in many households these days, so using Pinterest to reach them makes sense. continue reading »last_img read more

CPI Closes Deal on 88,774 SF Industrial Property

first_imgCommercial Properties Incorporated (CPI) announced the sale of an 88,407 SF Industrial property located in Phoenix.John Soldo and Leroy Breinholt of CPI’s Industrial Team represented the buyer, Chrisman Lock Chiang, in the recent purchase of 43 North 48th Ave. in Phoenix.“Chrisman Lock Chiang is a tool and manufacturing owner/user from California who purchased this building for cash.  The property sits on approximately 4 acres of land,” Soldo commented.The sale was valued at $2.5 million ($28.27 per square foot). Jerry McCormick and Cooper Fratt of CBRE represented the seller, Atkinson Land Holdings, LLC in this transaction.last_img read more

Heroes tend to downplay their actions and new psychology research might explain why

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Share on Twitter Three separate studies were conducted to test whether heroic actors are more likely than observers to downplay the burdens associated with a heroic act. Researchers also tested whether heroes rate themselves less positively than observers do.Experiment 1 had 251 participants read one of 42 real news reports describing a heroic act. Each report included a quote from the hero reflecting on their actions. Participants were then questioned on the news reports and results showed that, overall, subjects believed that the heroes underrated themselves when it came to being heroic, admirable, and extraordinary.Experiment 2 randomly assigned 240 subjects to write about a heroic act they had either performed or witnessed. When participants were asked to evaluate the prosocial act in question, results showed that participants evaluated heroic acts that they had performed less positively than they evaluated heroic acts committed by others. They also rated heroic actions as less taxing when they were the actors rather than someone else.Finally, Experiment 3 had 296 participants watch one of three real-life videos that depicted a heroic act resulting in one or more lives being saved. Subjects were assigned to either evaluate the actions of the hero in the video or to imagine themselves in the shoes of the actor and rate the heroic action as if they were the performer. Results showed that subjects gave less positive ratings to the heroic act and rated the personal burden as lower when they were imagining themselves as the actor, rather than when they were simply evaluating the actor in the video.The author suggests that their findings reveal that heroes tend to rate themselves less positively than outsiders rate them and also tend to downplay their sacrifices. The author discusses a few possible explanations for this difference in appraisal.“First,” he explains, “actors may judge themselves relative to what they could have done to help, whereas observers may judge actors based on what they have actually done.”“Second,” he continues, “actors’ self-evaluations may be affected by the objective outcomes of their actions to a greater extent than observers’ evaluations. When outcomes are not uniformly positive (a firefighter who saved several people but not everyone caught in a fire), actors may evaluate themselves less positively than observers would.”The author concludes that it seems likely that heroes do not perform for the accolades. He says, “Heroes’ shunning of exceptional praise suggests that reputation may not be a key incentive for extreme prosocial actions.”The study, “Heroes Perceive Their Own Actions as Less Heroic Than Other People Do”, was authored by Nadav Klein.(Image by 272447 from Pixabay) Sharecenter_img Those who commit acts of extreme heroism are often observed modestly brushing off their efforts. A recent study provides insight into the self-evaluations of heroes, suggesting that they consistently rate themselves as less heroic, admirable, and extraordinary than observers do. The study was published in Social Psychology and Personality Science.The study’s author, Nadav Klein, wanted to explore why heroic individuals so often downplay their actions when compared to observers. He suggests the explanation lies in the way either party perceives the situation. Those who perform acts of heroism focus on the situation rather than their personal burdens when evaluating the heroic act. Observers, on the other hand, form their evaluations while focusing on the sacrifices of the hero.Klein uses an example to illustrate this. “Observing a person running into a collapsing building to rescue another leads one to focus on the personal risk the actor undertook.” By contrast, “The person who runs into a collapsing building may be less likely to focus on his or her own personal risk than on the victim’s safety.” LinkedIn Pinterestlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Tempeh outbreak link confirmed, dog food recall expands, healthcare-associated infections

first_imgMay 7, 2012Tests confirm Salmonella outbreak strain in tempehTests conducted at North Carolina’s public health laboratory have confirmed that a Salmonella strain that prompted a recent tempeh recall matches a strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B that has so far sickened 46 people, according a May 4 statement from the Buncombe County Department of Health (BCDH). The BCDH said even though the food source has been identified, it is continuing to receive illness reports due to person-to-person transmission of the outbreak strain. It repeated its advice for the public to wash their hands before preparing food and to properly prepare food. Some of the patients have gotten sick by exposure to food items that were contaminated by uncooked tempeh. Lab tests have also revealed that the Salmonella Paratyphi B strain involved in the outbreak causes nontyphoidal Salmonella infection that can be severe, but not as severe as another strain that testing first indicated. So far seven hospitalizations have been reported, none of them fatal.May 4 BCDH press releaseSalmonella concerns spark recall of 11 more dog food brandsDiamond Pet Foods has recalled several more brands of dry dog food made at its Gaston, S.C., production facility where three other brands were made that have been linked to a multistate Salmonella Infantis outbreak. In a May 5 statement, the company said additional products subject to the recall have tested positive for Salmonella and that products are being pulled from store shelves as a precaution. The nine brands are Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, and Kirkland Signature, according to the recall notice. The brands were manufactured between Dec 9, 2011, and Apr 7, 2012. Diamond Pet Foods has set up a Web site to share information with customers on the recalls, which also lists two additional recalled brands, Canidae and Apex. On May 3 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 14 people in nine states have been sickened from the outbreak strain, which was first identified in routine product sampling by Michigan officials.May 5 FDA recall noticeStudy: Healthcare-associated infections lead to higher readmission ratesPatients who contract healthcare-associated infections may be at a higher risk of readmission to the hospital, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). University of Maryland researchers analyzed data from 4,737 patients who had positive clinical cultures for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), or Clostridium difficile after more than 48 hours following hospital admission. They found that patients with these infections were 40% more likely than other patients to be readmitted to the hospital within a year (hazard ratio 1.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.33-1.46). The increased risk held after adjustment for variables such as age, sex, length of stay, and illness severity. “The potential to reduce readmissions along with other known benefits—lower patient morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs—may provide additional impetus to reduce healthcare-associated infections,” lead researcher Jon Furuno, PhD, said in a SHEA new release.June Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol studyMay 4 SHEA news releaselast_img read more

Airgas fulfils urgent oxygen requirements

first_imgSource: Airgas Aviator’s Breathing Oxygen (ABO) cylinders, typically used as an onboard backup or supplemental oxygen source for pilots and flight crew, were selected to fulfil a critical quality control step in the manufacture of ventilators being undertaken at the site by the partnership of GM and Ventec.“On Friday, April 2, a driver out of Evansville transported the first 23 ABO cylinders to our Indianapolis plant 175 miles away,” Airgas explained in a recent social post.“Then, after making his scheduled Friday deliveries, our Kokomo driver Jamie Baker picked up the cylinders in Indianapolis and made the first safe and successful delivery to the GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana by Friday afternoon.”GM-Ventec’s first shipments of finished ventilators took place in mid-April and the site now has approximately 1,000 people working on all phases of ventilator manufacturing, with the goal of producing 30,000 ventilators at Kokomo.last_img read more

Dreaming of a warm Christmas

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more