WHAT ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming WEDNESDAY ?Todays “primary election polling question is: Do you think Donal Trump will make America Great Again?TUESDAYPlease take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
This past weekend marked the transplanted return of Bear Creek, which opened up as the Bear Creek Bayou Festival at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. With thousands assembled for the exciting festival, many flocked to the Howlin’ Wolf for some late night fun, in the form of a funky tribute to the late great Bernie Worrell.Worrell sadly passed away due to cancer earlier this year, and an all-star crew of musicians came out to perform in his honor. The full lineup for the show included Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris.The musicians took turns sharing stories about the late Worrell, only adding to the emotional significance of the night. It was the music that shined through, as the band brought out countless classics from Worrell’s catalog. Among the many played was “Mothership Connection,” a P-Funk regular that featured Worrell’s iconic synth playing.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was on hand to capture this moment. Watch this all-star lineup’s great version of “Mothership Connection,” streaming below.For fans of Nikki Glaspie, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, be sure not to miss them perform a special tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a multi-venue music festival with over 50 artists performing throughout Brooklyn on October 22nd. All the information you need to know is located right here.
Harvard Professor of Economics Raj Chetty has been awarded the 2013 John Bates Clark Medal in recognition of his work, which combines empirical evidence and theory to inform the design of more effective government policies on everything from taxation to unemployment to education.Considered by many to be second only to the Nobel Prize in prestige, the medal is awarded annually by the American Economic Association (AEA) to an American economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. At 33 years old, Chetty is the second-youngest ever to receive the award; Paul Samuelson was 32 when he received the first Clark Medal in 1947.“I was very surprised, honored and excited,” Chetty said, of his reaction upon learning he’d been selected. “The list of past recipients of this award is incredible, and includes many of my colleagues in the Economics Department here at Harvard, as well as people who have served as secretary of the Treasury of the United States or as the president’s chief economic adviser, as well as many Nobel laureates — to be included in such a group is a great honor.”By synthesizing new evidence about human behavior with research from a wide array of economic fields, Chetty has been able to put new focus on a host of public policy issues ranging from how tax policy can affect savings to the impact teachers can have on students’ future earnings.“Raj Chetty is a remarkably productive economist whose contributions assimilate evidence using a variety of methodological perspectives to shed new light on important public policy questions,” the AEA wrote, in presenting Chetty with the medal. “His work extends basic price theory by incorporating behavioral and psychological aspects of economic behavior; reconciles results from different branches of economics; and employs data that are uniquely suited to answer otherwise unanswerable questions. He has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”As an example of Chetty’s work, the AEA pointed to one of his most-cited studies, “Salience and Taxation: Theory and Evidence,” in which he showed that consumers’ purchasing choices are based largely on the posted price of an item, and that sales tax plays little to no role in their decision whether to buy a specific item, contradicting a canonical assumption of theories of taxation.To conduct the study, Chetty and his co-authors convinced a large retail store to post prices that include sales tax for some items, while continuing to post only pre-tax prices on nearby items. The results showed that posting final tax-inclusive prices led to lower sales.In another oft-cited paper, Chetty studied the effects of elementary school teacher quality on student test scores and long-term outcomes such as college attendance and earnings by tracking 1 million children from childhood to adulthood. The results showed that better teachers led to a substantially greater likelihood of college graduation and higher earnings.“The driving motivation behind my research is to try to answer real-world social and economic policy questions using rigorous methods,” Chetty said. “My work uses tools from economics, psychology, and statistics to take a scientific approach to answering policy questions of current relevance.“There is considerable political debate about whether we should have higher tax rates on high-income people or about how we can improve the American educational system,” he continued. “In my view, one should be able to obtain scientific answers to such questions. For example, take the question of whether taxing the richest Americans at higher rates will significantly reduce the number of jobs in the economy. That question was hotly debated in the last election but ultimately has a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. I’m in search of data-based answers to such questions, as basing such policies on hard evidence rather than political preference can have very important impacts on millions of people’s lives.”Visit the American Economic Association website to learn more about Chetty’s work and the John Bates Clark award.
5 July 2013Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula honoured Springbok star Bryan Habana on Thursday for his feat of becoming the first man to score 50 test tries in the green and gold.Habana reached the milestone two weekends ago when he scored twice against Samoa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series decider at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which South Africa impressively won 56-23.“Since making his Springbok debut in 2004, Bryan has been an inspiration on and off the field, and it is very well-deserved that his name will forever live in the annals of the game as the first Springbok to reach this special milestone,” South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said at the time.DonationDuring an event held in Johannesburg on Thursday to launch the Nelson Mandela Sports Day, Habana received a special trophy and R50 000 from the Department of Sports and Recreation. He donated the money to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.“I feel privileged to be honoured in this manner by our minister of sport,” the flying winger said.“However, I think it’s only appropriate that I share the accolades with my team- mates, without whom I would not have been able to score any tries. To get one try for the Springboks was amazing. To reach 50 is almost unreal.”‘Madiba did so much for us’Commenting on his donation, he added: “Madiba did so much for our wonderful country, and this donation is just a small gesture to help his legacy live on forever.“We all know how close children have always been to his heart, and I think the building of this new hospital will ensure the world will forever know what Nelson Mandela was all about.”Habana scored on his test debut against England at Twickenham in 2004 and has gone on to become only the sixth player in test history to score 50 Test tries.Top test try scorersJapan’s Daisuke Ohata tops the list with 69 five-pointers in 58 tests. Australia’s David Campese scored 64 tries in 101 tests, Shane Williams scored 60 tries in 91 tests for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, Hirotoki Onozawa of Japan scored 55 tries in 80 tests, and Rory Underwood scored 50 tries in 91 tests for England and the Lions.Habana was named the IRB’s World Player of the Year in 2007 after South Africa lifted the Rugby World Cup, during which he equalled Jomo Lomo’s World Cup finals record of eight tries in the tournament.He is also a three-time South African Rugby Player of the Year, having received the accolade in 2005, 2007 and 2012.
State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, July 17 at the following times and locations:7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Durand City Hall, Council Chambers, 215 W. Clinton St. in Durand; and4:30 to 6 p.m. at the River Rapids District Library, 227 E. Broad St. in Chesaning.“I’m looking forward to connecting with members of the community at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Frederick said. “Talking with people about issues that matter to them is the most rewarding aspect of my job as a legislator.”No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or email at [email protected] 07Jul Rep. Frederick to host July office hours Categories: Frederick News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 22, 2014; Fast CompanySome people looking to leave their job for good might feel the best way is to run out the door and never look back. Or how about creating a viral video to share your employment agonies with the world:But before making any drastic moves, you may want to consider planning out your exit strategy. Leaving on good terms can allow you to keep important work connections and references, which could be beneficial to your career down the line.To make certain you have a more graceful exit, here are eight suggestions from Fast Company on how to leave your job while ensuring professionalism:Contacts: Before checking out at work, you’ll want to check that your personal contact list is up-to-date. Make sure you have connected with any potential references or anyone you want to stay in touch with via LinkedIn, email, or telephone.Personal Belongings: To avoid making a scene on your last day, make sure you plan to remove some personal items in advance. Some organizations also require you clear out your office immediately upon resignation for security reasons, so going through your files at work to ensure that you aren’t leaving any important personal information behind is also a smart move.Keep Calm: Relax. A decision to leave your organization is bound to ruffle some feathers. Some coworkers may be afraid of the change that will come afterwards, and some people might even be envious of your decision to move on to new endeavors. Don’t take comments to heart, and don’t let backhanded comments or the opinions of others impact the personal career choices you have made.Put Your Resignation in Writing: Even if you plan on speaking to your supervisor and staff in person, composing a letter of resignation for your organization’s records is recommended. The letter should be positive and to the point, briefly explaining your reason for leaving but also letting the organization know you have valued your time with them.Give Notice: Losing an employee can really shake things up at an organization, specifically at smaller scale nonprofits. Looking for a replacement, scheduling and holding interviews, and going through the hiring and training process all take time and resources. So make sure you give your organization ample notice before springing the news on them. Founder of career blog Jobacle.com Andrew Rosen suggests that two weeks’ notice is the “bare minimum” for entry-level and low-level managerial jobs.Be Honest: An exit interview is your greatest opportunity to let the organization know what they need to improve on. If there was a part of your job that was making you miserable, let them know so they will have the opportunity to make the experience better for the next person who takes the position. Do be aware of the difference between constructive criticism and just flat out complaining, but take advantage of this moment to reflect and let your supervisor know where there is room to make progress.Transitioning: To make the transition smooth, be sure to finish up any projects or tasks that are in need of your assistance. Also, double-check that you are passing on all the knowledge you can to the next person who will fill your role, including any needed instructions or training manuals that you found valuable. Offering to give contact information to your replacement if they end up in a crisis and are in need of help could leave you highly respected and regarded by the organization.Following Up: Make sure to thank the people that you really enjoyed working with before leaving. Sending emails to check in or simply letting them know how appreciative you were of their hard work can go a long way.Nonprofit HR’s 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practice’s Survey data showed that turnover was the greatest human resources challenge facing nonprofits. Making this transition process easier for your organization as a whole will not only allow you to keep on good terms with networks and references, but it can also allow your organization to become more successful as you move on.—Aine CreedonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
A group of Democratic senators have introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the U.S. census and the country’s largest survey to start directly asking about sexual orientation and gender identity.If the Census Equality Act becomes law, sexual orientation and gender identity questions would have to be added to forms for the census by 2030 and for the American Community Survey — a survey that about 1 in 38 households are required by federal law to complete every year — by 2020.Forms for both the American Community Survey and the census — which the Constitution requires every person in the U.S. to take part in — have long allowed people to select “male” or “female” as their sex.In March, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the 2020 census questionnaires will include new relationship categories differentiating between “same-sex” and “opposite-sex” couples. That change, some demographers say, could produce the most comprehensive national data yet on same-sex couples.The new bill — introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Tom Carper, D-Del. — could expand that data set further to include LGBTQ people who are not in relationships as well as people whose gender identities do not align with the sex assigned to them at birth.”The spirit of the census is that no one should go uncounted and no one should be invisible,” Harris said in a written statement. “We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LQBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided.”Harris and the other Democrats behind the bill say this information could help more LGBTQ people get access to Medicaid, Section 8 housing vouchers and food aid through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP. According to a 2013 report by the Williams Institute, income levels of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more likely than those of heterosexual people to fall below the federal poverty line.More comprehensive data about LGBTQ people could also help better enforce civil rights protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and prove those cases in court.Still, some data privacy experts worry the information could be used against LGBTQ people, especially when many states do not have laws banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate bill would require the Census Bureau to protect all sexual orientation and gender identity information it collects under the same privacy standards for other types of data. Federal law prohibits the bureau from releasing any census information that would identify individuals until 72 years after it is collected. But the agency can release anonymized data about specific demographic groups at levels as detailed as a specific neighborhood.While the bill defines sexual orientation as either homosexuality, heterosexuality or bisexuality, it is not clear what response options for sexual orientation or gender identity would appear on the Census Bureau’s questionnaires. The agency would be asked to conduct research to come up with a plan to develop the new questions within a year after the bill becomes a law.During the Obama administration, federal agencies formed a working group to discuss how best to collect sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, information on federal surveys. One of the group’s reports notes the challenge in deciding how to word these questions given the varying terms used by different generations and cultures.”Careful attention must be paid to the translation of SOGI questions because other languages may not have terms for the SOGI concepts or only have terms that are offensive,” wrote members of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Improving Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Federal Surveys.Prior to the election of President Trump, four federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Justice Department, had asked to add these questions to the American Community Survey; the Census Bureau decided to not move forward with the requests, as NPR has reported. “Valid, reliable, and nationally representative data on sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to HUD fulfilling its mission,” then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro wrote in a June 2016 letter to former Census Bureau Director John Thompson. The Justice Department’s request said that among the reasons it needed that data is “to enforce the prohibition against unlawful employment discrimination” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.But after DOJ officials under the Trump administration stood down on the agency’s request because it “requires thorough analysis and careful consideration,” Census Bureau officials concluded there was “no federal data need.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.