What young lad hasn’t dreamed of riding on a fire engine?The Ocean City Fire Department makes those dreams a reality each summer with its Junior Firefighter Program and Camp.This year’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for four days beginning July 18th through the 21st.The camp, for children aged 9-12, stresses fire prevention, safety and gives the campers a sense of what is like to be a firefighter in America’s Greatest Family Resort.Among other activities, the camps have the opportunity to ride in a fire truck, squirt the hoses, climb ladders, don the firefighters’ equipment, crawl around a “smoke” filled room, rescue a “victim” and learn and practice CPR. They also interact with firefighters up close and personal to see what a firefighter’s job is all about.The camp, which operates through the Ocean City Recreation Department, attracts a mix of summer visitors and local residents, according to OCFD Captain Vito Di Marco, the camp director.Parents interested in the camp may obtain further information and register by going to the City’s website: www.OCNJ.us and searching“We try to let them see what it takes to be a firefighter and to experience some of our activities,” DiMarco said. “Some of the kids have made friends with other campers and come back year after year and look forward to seeing the firefighters and their friends. We look at the camp as a great tool for community outreach and connecting with the people we serve.”Campers, usually about 30 in total, are broken into “companies” that work with specific firefighters. They experience action-packed days in which they go to different “stations” for specific activities and skills. One might deal with fire prevention and safety, such as learning how and when to call 911, eliminating fire hazards in the home and performing CPR. Another station could be climbing a ladder, another pairing up with the Ocean City Police for a ride on the police boat. They also get a lesson in boating safety, DiMarco added.Another station simulates a smoke-filled room, using machines that emit a non-toxic smoke. Campers use air packs to breathe as they crawl through the room and locate a mannequin “victim” and rescue it.Yet another demonstrates rappelling down from a height.“One of the things we do is try to keep the camp exciting and keep things moving along quickly,” DiMarco said. “Some of the kids might be nervious about climbing a ladder or getting on the boat. We try to help them gain confidence in themselves by letting them know they can do these things and overcoming their fears.”Now in its sixth year, the Junior Firefighter camp is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the firefighters, DiMarco said. “Each day we have as many as 15 firefighters working with us on their own time,” he said. Without that cooperation, none of it could happen. The guys are really great about helping out.”No matter how the activities are shuffled around, one thing remains a constant: “We give them a ride on the fire truck every day because the kids just really love that,” DiVito said.
The Salt Manufacturers’ Association (SMA) is reminding bakers of the benefits of salt, otherwise know as sodium chloride, and says that it should not simply be dismissed as unhealthy.The SMA says that as every baker knows salt enhances flavour, increases the shelf-life of baked goods and performs specific functions when combined with other ingredients, such as yeast.”Salt is particularly important to bakers,” said spokesperson Rachel Hedges. “Everyone knows it affects the action of the yeast, the fermentation of the dough and the gluten in the flour. Without it, loaves would be sticky and unleavened with large holes.”Salt replacements include potassium chloride, ammonium chloride, citrates, formates and glutamates.The SMA claims that taste testers, however, have complained about the bitterness of potassium chloride. The Scientific Committee for Food warns that its use could result in excessive potassium intakes, which may cause toxicity to develop in people with undetected renal problems.”Reducing the levels of sodium chloride in our food is far more complicated than we are led to believe,” said Peter Sherratt, general secretary of the SMA, who questions whether less salt in our diets will benefit the majority of people.He says: “These new salt substitutes have not been subject to long-term health assessments. Despite this, they are somehow considered safer than salt – the oldest preservative known to man and a naturally occurring mineral.”
Setlist: Keller Williams Solo at The Pour House, Charleston, SC – 10/20/16Set 1 – Mental instrumental : Bounty hunter(dead or alive>midnight rider) :Tubeless; She Rolls: Mountains of the Moon: More a Little: Positive: Short Show: People WatchingSet 2 – Cookie’s: Caddy>Return to Sender>Caddy; Job; Dobbie in pocket; Mantra; Gate Crashers; Shakedown StreetE: Making it RainSetlist: Keller Williams KWahtro at The Pour House, Charleston, SC – 10/21/16Set 1 – 2 minute jam; Moving Sidewalk; High; Baby Mama; Best Feeling; Song for Fela; Hategreedlove ; 6 Pack; Cheaper by the bail; Eyes of The WorldSet 2 – Off Time: Breathe>Drop>Breathe; Victory Song; Buena; Drum solo; Put another log on the fire (KW solo); Running on Fumes; In the Middle; ApparitionE: Scarlet Begonias The soulful styles of Keller Williams was on full display in Charleston, SC last weekend, as he sat down for two great shows at The Pour House on October 20th and 21st. With two nights to work his charm in Charleston, Keller delivered two totally unique performances. The first night saw him perform solo, backed by his typical and impressive display of multi-instrumental tape loops. The second night was a more traditional concert affair (though perhaps less traditional for Keller himself), as the guitarist was backed by his tight-knit KWahtro ensemble featuring Gibb Droll, Danton Boller, and Rodney Holmes.The first night of the run saw Keller mix his classic originals with unique covers, delighting fans with his one-of-a-kind solo performing style. The Grateful Dead’s music was on full display in the run, as Keller picked on “Mountains of the Moon” and “Shakedown Street” during the first show, and would bring out “Eyes Of The World” and “Scarlet Begonias” in the second. There were also a number of familiar favorites, like “She Rolls” and “Gate Crashers,” as well as “Best Feeling” and more with the full band.Thanks to yuforic on YouTube, we can watch a series of videos from the solo performance below. The full setlists from the two night run, as well as photos of KWahtro by Ellison White Photography, can be seen below as well. Load remaining images
View Videos/PhotosWatch The Lonely Island in the official Clusterfest preview video below. You can get your tickets here.Clusterfest Preview Video starring The Lonely Island[Video: Comedy Central] Now, to clarify—last night was not the group’s official “first-ever live performance.” That will come this coming weekend (June 1st–3rd) when The Lonely Island headlines Comedy Central‘s second annual Clusterfest in San Francisco along with comedians like Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies and music from Wu-Tang Clan, T-Pain, Third Eye Blind, Salt-N-Pepa, Action Bronson, and more. However, to make sure they were in top form for their official live debut, Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone announced a show last night, May 28th, at The Canyon at the Rose in Pasadena, CA billed as the “First Ever Warm Up Show For Our First Ever Concert.”The “first ever warm up show” wound up selling out the ~1,300-capacity venue, and the crowd was treated to sing-along renditions of The Lonely Island’s viral hits in their (unofficial) first time ever played in concert. In addition to old favorites—complete with wardrobe changes to match the respective song’s videos—The Lonely Island debuted a new song that centers on steroid use in sports. In it, Samberg and Schaffer present themselves as notorious home run hitters/juicers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire before Taccone emerges for a Shakespearian-style rap as Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. They also welcomed a number of celebrity cameos, including an amusing bit with singer Michael Bolton, who also had a key cameo in Popstar. You watch clips of the new song and the old favorites and take a look at some hilarious photos from The Lonely Island’s Pasadena show below: Last night, The Lonely Island played a show in Pasadena, CA. Yes, that The Lonely Island: the Saturday Night Live parody bit-turned-Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio who crafted a slew of celebrity-assisted viral videos for high-brow musical masterpieces like “Jizz In My Pants“, “I’m On A Boat” ft. T-Pain, “I Just Had Sex” ft. Akon, and a number of Justin Timberlake collaborations including “Dick In A Box”.The trio—which features Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone—has always been something of a simulation of a performing act, rather than an actual one. Millions of people have watched them pretend to be star musicians for years, and their pretending has frequently paid off in real commercial success, real albums, and real notoriety. However, before last night they’d never played a real live concert. Below, watch a clip from their 2016 parody film, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, in which the members of The Lonely Island portray the members of fictional 90’s boy band, Style Boyz:
With a shovelful of sod, a Harvard Summer School archaeology class kicked off its biennial journey into Harvard’s past on Wednesday (June 29), seeking clues about early life here among traces of the Indian College, which housed the School’s first Indian students and the continent’s first printing press.Class instructors Diana Loren, a lecturer on anthropology and associate curator at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Christina Hodge, senior curatorial assistant at the Peabody, said this year’s dig will focus on what appears to be a foundation trench uncovered during the last dig, in 2009. They believe that the trench, which was associated with building material, marks the eastern wall of the Indian College, Harvard Yard’s first brick building.To mark its 375th anniversary and recognize its roots as a School dedicated to serving both colonial and Native youth, Harvard this year honored one of the Indian College’s students, Joel Iacoomes, with a special degree. Iacoomes, a Wampanoag, had completed his studies in the spring of 1665, but died in a shipwreck before he could graduate. Iacoomes’ death left classmate Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck as the first and only graduate of the Indian College.The Indian College was founded in 1655, just 19 years after Harvard itself was founded, and stood until 1698.During a brief ceremony to open the dig, Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of history and literature and of folklore and mythology, said the Harvard campus inhabited by early Native students would have had some similarities and many differences from today. Most of the Yard’s buildings weren’t built, and cows would have been grazing nearby. Horses would have traveled the nearby streets, and breakfast might have been bread and beer. Students looking around from that same spot would have seen the College’s first brick building, heard the continent’s first printing press working inside, and perhaps seen Indian and English youth studying together.The class, “The Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” will dig on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Whereas classes digging in the same area in prior years took great pains to slowly delve deeper into the Yard’s soil, Hodge said that because the area above the trench feature is mainly fill from earlier digs, this year’s class will be able to reach the trench level more quickly, allowing students to spend more time exploring the feature. Though the trench is a primary interest of the class, students are also seeking whatever artifacts they can find at that level that might illuminate what life at the time was like.Though Summer School wraps up in August, Harvard College students will continue the work when classes resume in the fall.Summer School Dean Donald Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, also spoke at the ceremony and said the class is a good example of how the Summer School reaches out to the surrounding community. Not only are community members welcome to take Summer School classes, but the dig will prove something of a tourist attraction, as people passing through the Yard ask questions about what the students are doing.Shelley Lowe, director of the Harvard University Native American Program, one of the dig’s sponsors, said the organization is excited to see what kinds of things the students find that can illuminate the history of Indians at Harvard.“We hope that students find something really outstanding and exciting,” Lowe said.
In history, the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is depicted as a powerful, independent woman. Her bust, on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, is one of the most reproduced works of ancient Egypt.But Jacquelyn Williamson, visiting lecturer on women’s studies and Near Eastern studies and women’s studies in religion program research associate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), suggests that Nefertiti wasn’t quite who people imagine she was, and eventually was revered as something of a sex goddess.Nefertiti is “often represented as a powerful and independent figure,” said Williamson, and has a “reputation as being a uniquely strong queen.”“I expected images of her smiting the heads of the enemies of Egypt, an act usually reserved for the king,” said Williamson, who has identified a temple that she believes was the queen’s. “She is shown in the tombs of the elite at Amarna at a natural height to the king.”Amenhotep IV became king when Egypt was wealthy and its empire was strong, covering territory from as far north as Syria to as far south as Sudan. He worshipped the sun god Re, whose visible manifestation in the daytime sky was known as the Aten. He gave this god prominence. When Amenhotep took the throne, he became Akhenaten, or “one who is effective for the Aten.”Akhenaten married Nefertiti early in his reign. She wasn’t a royal, but was most likely the daughter of nobles. Then came the changes. Akhenaten created a religion that worshipped a single god. He declared all gods except Aten to be false. Akhenaten denounced the belief systems of his people, including their burial rites. He eradicated the names and images of other gods, including the god Amun.Aten, Williamson explained, was once represented as a man with the head of a hawk and a sun for a crown. Akhenaten changed him into a “hovering sun disk with rays of light streaming from it. Each ray of light had a hand, which upheld Akhenaten” and Nefertiti. Aten’s blessing was depicted as being for the king and queen alone. Akhenaten had a new city built for his family and his god at Tell el-Amarna.The queen’s traditional role was to assist and support her divine husband’s rule. Queens were also associated with Maat, “a goddess and concept that governed the way the universe functioned,” and with Hathor, “a goddess of sexuality, fertility, and rebirth.”“Queens, through their semi-divine magical fertility, are celebrated for their ability to offer rebirth to the king and the cosmos, thereby ensuring eternal life,” Williamson said. “Female goddesses were essential to the rebirth of the cosmos, which Egyptians believed happened every day at dawn.”Under Akhenaten’s reign, Nefertiti and her daughters took the place of those goddesses, and “were perhaps all used to satisfy the need for a female divine presence associated with sexual rejuvenation.” Nefertiti wore the crown of Hathor, elevating her status “as a sex goddess, able to manifest the regenerative power of sexual rejuvenation.”Nefertiti also took the position of Isis on the king’s sarcophagus. Traditionally, the goddess Isis embraced these tombs, but she was replaced at this time by Nefertiti. Thus the queen became the embodiment of the goddess Isis’s magical and sexual abilities.Williamson presented her findings at the HDS lecture “A Sex Goddess and a Queen: The Discovery and Analysis of the Lost Temple of Nefertiti,” on Wednesday to an audience of about 40 that included local Egyptologists.Nefertiti’s “capacity as a creator goddess” was employed to “safeguard, and perhaps even bring about, the rebirth of the sun every day,” Williamson said.She believes that the sunshade temple at Kom el-Nana, excavated in the 1980s and ’90s, is Nefertiti’s. Through her research, Williamson has identified thousands of sandstone fragments engraved with hieroglyphics and other markings. She has pieced together their story, which she said identifies the temple as the queen’s.“The house of the Aten and the mansion of the Aten have long been identified as the great and small Aten temples… However the third, called the ‘Sunshade of Re’ and dedicated to Nefertiti, had long been considered lost. Organizing these fragments into coherent scenes and formulating and understanding the decoration was a challenge,” she admits.Her discovery questions the generally accepted views of the queen.Instead of being a powerful near-equal to Akhenaten, “she is almost less than half the height of the king,” Williamson said. “In Egyptian art, size matters. The larger you are in a scene, the more significance and power you are accorded. Her diminutive size … seems to emphasize not her importance in her own temple, but rather, her subordination to Akhenaten. Nefertiti’s status, as conveyed by her iconography, may have been emphasized or de-emphasized according to Akhenaten’s cultic or political needs.“We should not be so quick to assume [the powerful, independent] representations [of her] were a reflection of reality. It is tempting to place a feminist and anachronistic interpretation on the evidence. After all, we want to see Nefertiti as equal to Akhenaten. That impression should be nuanced with the understanding that she was presented as powerful and strong when Akhenaten wanted her to be so.”After Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s reign ended, the single-god religion was abandoned, as was the city they’d built.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the upcoming holiday season, shopping will almost certainly become a daily event, and those credit and debit cards will surely be getting a workout. In an environment where card fraud and security risk is increasingly prevalent, is your card management product ready for all that action? More importantly, how are you marketing your card controls to your members? Recent card control developments have come about that can not only help your members get a grip on all that activity but also allow them to more closely monitor exactly what is happening with their accounts. However, if members are not aware that they exist, and are therefore not using them, what good do they do? Take a queue from a Utah credit union who infused humor into their social media feed to illustrate to members the capabilities of their mobile banking app to protect them: continue reading »
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To date, credit unions have been faced with the choice of providing credit card processing in-house or outsourcing. Historically, only big credit unions ran in-house credit card processing. Smaller CUs shied away from credit card processing due to a variety of factors: It was expensive to do so in-house, and outsourcing was often difficult to integrate with the core. Furthermore, the rewards programs were not up to par with those of banks and larger FIs, which made them less desirable to members. Now, with increases in integration capabilities and decreases in cost, credit unions of all sizes are incorporating integrated processing capabilities. Here’s why credit unions big and small have opted for integrated credit card processing.Now that more credit card processors are on the market, and core technology has evolved, the integrations between the two continue to improve. With better connections to the core, a higher volume of member data is now accessible on member spending habits. Understanding how members shop and use their cards, credit unions can structure rewards programs around their members’ habits and interests. As a result, members are more engaged with CU credit cards than ever before.For credit unions that are wary of taking on the burden of in-house processing, there are vendors who can not only manage the process, but customize solutions to the needs of the CU. When choosing a vendor, it’s important to consider the goals in offering integrated processing. Whether it be better rewards programs to attract new members, more features, or improved reporting capabilities – these aspects will help guide the selection process when considering vendors. continue reading »
Apr 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Poultry deaths due to the H5N1 avian influenza virus are spreading in some parts of the world as cases decline elsewhere.In Pakistan, the health of four poultry workers was being tracked following an outbreak of H5N1 on a farm near Islamabad, according to a story today by Reuters news service. About 3,500 birds on the farm were culled recently. Authorities were asking people in a 3-mile radius of the farm if they were experiencing any avian flu symptoms, the story said.Although they haven’t found any human infections since the poultry outbreaks began in February, officials expressed concern because a lack of resources is affecting monitoring, Reuters reported.”An effective system needs money, and that is what we don’t have,” said Rana Ikhlaq, deputy commissioner of the agriculture ministry.The Pakistani Agriculture Ministry confirmed the poultry outbreak on Sunday.Concerns about a potential outbreak in the West African country of Ivory Coast rose earlier this month when five dogs died after eating poultry carcasses from a large bird die-off in the town of Bondoukou, according to the Independent Online (IOL) Web site from South Africa. Bondoukou is 500 kilometers east of the city of Abidjan.Authorities in Ivory Coast today announced that local tests showed the outbreak was not related to the H5N1 virus, according to Today Online of Singapore. The tests were conducted at Bingerville laboratory in Abidjan. The results have not been confirmed at a World Health Organization (WHO) lab. In addition, authorities did not offer an explanation for the rapid deaths of more than 200 chickens found dead at the end of March in the village of Soko.Two villages in Cambodia have confirmed the influenza virus in poultry since Mar 20. About 700 birds were involved in an outbreak in Tuol Prich village in Kompong Speu province, and about 247 birds died or were culled in Kamakor village of Kompot province, Cambodian authorities confirmed Apr 13 in a report to the WorldOrganization for Animal Health (OIE).In Russia, the H5N1 virus is waning, according to a story today in Russian News and Information Agency Novosti (RIA Novosti).”The bird flu situation has now improved, and the number of quarantine zones has been sharply reduced,” Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said. “Birds are being vaccinated in migration stopover areas for wild birds.”Fourteen towns in four regions continue to have avian flu outbreaks in Russia today, the agriculture ministry announced today, according to RIA Novosti. About 1.1 million birds have died and roughly another 300,000 have been culled, the story noted.See also: Apr 13 OIE report from Cambodiahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.php