EVSC to Roll Out Texting Option for Parents

first_imgIn order to better communicate with families, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is officially rolling out text messaging as another avenue for communication and family notification. Text messages will officially begin Tuesday, September 20, and will be an addition to the phone calls and emails families receive.Families who wish to receive text messages from the EVSC and their school must opt-in to the service. On Tuesday, September 20, families who have a wireless number listed in their student’s account with the EVSC will receive a message from 67587 asking them to reply “Y” to confirm and to continue receiving messages.  Those individuals who do not wish to receive texts can disregard the message.  Any wireless number listed on the student’s account can opt-in to receive text messages.“This will be a great service to our parents and families,” said Jason Woebkenberg, EVSC Chief Communications Officer. “Our families communicate in so many different ways today and we know that one important way is through texts. Having the ability to quickly communicate with parents via text messaging will be important as we continue to refine ways we communicate with our families.”As always, messaging and data rates may apply and the frequency of text messages will vary. Individuals may call 812-435-EVSC with questions.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Michael Dean Bewley, 58

first_imgMichael Dean Bewley, 58, Columbus, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020 at his residence. Born, February 4, 1962 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Edward and Clara E. (Bokelman) Bewley.  Michael graduated from South Decatur in 1980.  He then joined the United States Marine Corp and served from 1983 through 1987 as a Lance Corporal.  He was a member of the Burney Baptist Church and the Columbus American Legion Post. He is survived by his parents, Edward and Clara Bewley, Greensburg; three daughters, Elana Bewley Camp, Muncie, Erin Bewley (Alex) Jobe, Columbus, Erica Bewley (Bartholomew) Fortner, Columbus; one brother, Richard (Lynn) Bewley, Greensburg; one sister, Sandra (Larry) Nieman, Greensburg; four grandchildren, Dean and Oliver Camp, Bernadette and Roland Fortner. He was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Bewley. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Graveside Military Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or to the Milford Cemetery Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

McLaren Holds Renault Talks

first_imgRenault bosses Jerome Stoll, Cyril Abiteboul and Alain Prost, accompanied by F1 boss Ross Brawn, held talks inside McLaren’s motorhome after Friday practice for the Italian GP.“It is very complicated,” McLaren team boss Zak Brown said. “There are a variety of pieces to the puzzle – some in our control, some not.“If everything was done we would have a decision and an announcement to make. There are some challenges ahead of us that we need to navigate.”Speaking to Sky Sports News, Brown added: “It can still go either way. It’s probably one of the biggest decisions McLaren have ever had to make.”The American later added: “We don’t have an agreement in place with anybody.”Although Toro Rosso have reputedly set a deadline of this weekend for a decision to be made on their own engine deal, Brown says his team have until mid-September to make their choice.But the McLaren boss was tight-lipped on his ongoing discussions with Honda. “I am not going to comment on any meetings with Honda,” he said.Honda are thought to provide McLaren with funding worth at least £50m a year. But after three years at the back of the grid from where they have failed to land a single podium, Brown says the team’s only priority for 2018 is being as competitive as possible.“The best thing for McLaren is to make the best sporting decision possible,” he said. “We are here to win so we are going to make a sporting decision.“We can’t afford not to be on the podium. It’s a big decision that has lots of elements to it and economics are one. But fortunately we have extremely committed shareholders which means we can make a sporting decision and deal with the economics.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram McLaren appear to be edging towards an engine deal with Renault although the team insists a decision on their 2018 power supply hasn’t been made yet.McLaren are believed to be intent on divorcing from Honda but their plans could be dependent on Toro Rosso agreeing a deal with the Japanese manufacturer that would enable Honda to stay in the sport even if they split from McLaren.last_img read more

Abuse of OT plagues county

first_imgBefore undercover surveillance investigators caught up with her, Probation Department secretary Debra Brown-Patton claimed 762 hours of overtime she never worked. She also falsely claimed 52 hours of compensatory time, cheating taxpayers out of a total of $20,640, Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller records show. “She was regularly modifying her time card after approval by her supervisor to add overtime hours,” said Robert Campbell, supervising investigator in the auditor’s Office of Investigations. Patton, 49, pleaded no contest in July to a felony count of grand theft and was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and repay the money to the county, prosecutors said. She was fired from her job. The case of Patton – one of a rapidly growing number of county employees fired and disciplined for overtime abuses – comes more than a year after the Board of Supervisors directed officials to rein in excessive overtime. And officials have again begun to question time card abuse as county overtime costs have continued to soar. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the county overspent its overtime budget by $48 million, with total overtime costs shooting up 14 percent from the previous year to $354 million. In January – a month that saw record flooding ravage the county – about 3,000 employees racked up overtime equal to 50 percent or more of their salaries, about 350 employees doubled their salaries and 16 tripled their pay. So far this fiscal year, in October alone nearly 5,600 employees earned overtime equal to half or more of their pay, 520 more than doubled their income, and 50 more than tripled their salaries, according to a new overtime report. Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the main reason the county overspent its overtime budget last fiscal year is because the understaffed Sheriff’s Department has had to ask deputies to work double shifts while reopening jails and trying to increase the amount of time inmates serve. The sheriff’s OT budget rose from $75 million in 2003-04 to $123 million last year. Meanwhile, the Probation Department’s overtime budget more than doubled from $6 million in 2003-04 to $13 million last year, primarily due to federal requirements the department increase its ratio of staff to youths in juvenile halls. In addition, however, more than a quarter of Probation Department staff also are off work on long-term disability claims, requiring employees to work more overtime. “Primarily, it’s an increase in workers’ compensation claims driven by a change in the state labor code, which provides more generous benefits to staff who are off work,” said Robert Smythe, chief of administrative services. But some officials also have begun to question whether even more needs to be done to curb time card fraud and rising overtime costs. “There is no question we have to get a handle on it,” said Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, whose district encompasses the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center, where numerous workers have been disciplined or fired for time card abuses. “I think overtime is often utilized on a friendship basis to give to some people as a perk. I think there is a lot of abuse in that way,” she said. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the soaring numbers of employees doubling and tripling their incomes with overtime makes it clear “extraordinary abuse” is occurring. “Perhaps at this point, a policy of no overtime whatsoever unless it’s specifically approved by managers is the policy they need to pursue,” Coupal said. The supervisors began cracking down on excessive overtime after the Los Angeles Daily News, a sister publication to this newspaper, revealed in June 2004 that 390 employees in the sheriff’s, health and probation departments boosted their salaries more than 50 percent with overtime and eight more than doubled their pay. In August 2004, supervisors directed officials to generate monthly reports tracking employees paid overtime in excess of 50 percent of their regular salaries. [email protected] (213) 974-8985 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Duct Leakage Testing

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. For years, Americans who would never put up with leaky plumbing pipes have been willing to accept leaky ducts. While water damage is hard to ignore, the damage caused by leaky ducts is more subtle. Yet leaky ducts not only waste huge amounts of energy — they can also lead to comfort complaints, moisture problems, mold, and rot.Most green certification programs require builders to pay attention to duct tightness. Now that duct testing requirements are starting to appear in some local building codes, more and more builders are asking questions about the ins and outs of duct leakage testing.If you’ve never had to worry about duct tightness before, you may want to read the “Forced Air” section of the GBA Encyclopedia.Most green builders already know their duct basics:A good duct system:Although model codes have included duct-sealing requirements for years, enforcement has been spotty or nonexistent. For example, a 2001 study of 80 new homes in Fort Collins, Colorado, found that the number of homes that complied with code duct-tightness requirements was zero. Astonishingly, the average duct leakage in the studied homes was 75% of total system airflow.Another 2001 study found that Massachusetts Energy Code requirements for duct sealing were widely ignored. Researchers who inspected 186 new Massachusetts homes reported that “serious problems were found in the quality of duct sealing in about 80% of these houses.”The 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) requires (in section N1103.2.2) that “Ducts, air handlers, filter boxes and building cavities used as ducts shall be sealed.” Elsewhere, in section M1601.3.1, the IRC requires that “Joints of duct systems shall be made substantially airtight by means of tapes, mastics, gasketing or other approved closure systems.” Hardware-store duct tape is not an approved tape.Builders will soon need to get up to speed on duct testing, since recent… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Being Overcommitted is a Sign of Being Uncommitted to Your Goals

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There is this story about Warren Buffett and his pilot. As the story goes, the pilot is talking about his goals and dreams, and Buffett gives him a three-part exercise. The first step is to write down his top 25 goals. The second step was to select his top 5 from the list, the ones that he wanted. When he finished, Buffet asked him what he was going to do about the other 20 goals, and the pilot suggested he’d work on them when he could. Buffett explained that that strategy was precisely wrong, that he should avoid the other 20 at all costs.Buffett is also famous for this quote: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”One of the challenges for people who are capable and who enjoy different projects is that they are easily seduced by the opportunity to participate and contribute to an endless parade of “opportunities.” When you know you can create value for other people, it’s difficult to refuse to help, especially when it makes you feel good to do so. And then, there is the fear of missing out.Over is UnderThe willingness to say “yes” to the 20, or 30, or 257 things that you might enjoy and that might be fun, interesting, and maybe even valuable means one ends up being overcommitted. Saying “yes” to the requests for help and potential opportunities is how you end up with so many commitments that it is difficult to manage them all, and difficult to do your very best work. As negative as those things might be, they are not the real negative outcome that comes from saying “yes.” What makes saying “yes” detrimental to your success is that it indicates that you are uncommitted.Imagine you have a metric that it made up of your time, your attention, and your resources (think money, energy, favors and help you need, etc.). Let’s call this Metric E, with the letter “E” representing your effort. Each day, you have 100 percent of Metric E to do the work to move all your projects forward, completing the most important tasks. Because you have agreed to participate in this project and that new initiative, none of which are anywhere near making the list of your top 3 priories (I have removed 2 from Buffet’s list), you start the day with commitments that account for about 50 percent of Metric E. You are, sadly left with only 50 percent for what you know to be the most critical projects, goals, and tasks.All these commitments that are not your own mean you are uncommitted, not overcommitted.Uncommitted to Your Goals and DreamsWithout meaning to, you can wind up overcommitted on your calendar and uncommitted to your goals and dreams. You can end up investing your time, energy, and resources in things that, while being fun and exciting and potential opportunities, strip you of the resources you need to move your own goals and projects forward. Your commitment to your goals and dreams is something less than your commitment to all the things that you might do that are not your own.Shifting your results here requires that you say no to the many other things that you might do, even the ones that you want to participate in so that you can devote yourself to what is most important. The way to make this shift is to increase your commitment to your own goals and dreams and to make that commitment so great that it crowds out your willingness to agree to devote any significant portion of your Metric E to things that don’t move you closer to what you want.Of course, you can still help others. You can still participate in things that might be fun and interesting and provide new opportunities, but not before you do what is necessary to keep the commitment that you owe yourself and your goals.last_img read more

Akali Dal to contest Assembly elections in Haryana

first_imgThe BJP’s ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, on Tuesday declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.A meeting of the core committee of the party held here presided by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also passed a resolution saying regional languages serve as an inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity.Spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains said the party had decided to hold a workers’ meeting in Kurukshetra on September 22 to screen candidates interested in contesting the elections. “Interested candidates had already been asked to submit their applications by September 22.” Mr. Bains said a committee headed by senior leader Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder would hold negotiations with the BJP on seat-sharing in the polls which are due next month.The core committee also passed two special resolutions. “In one, the SAD urged the government of India to order an immediate release of all Sikh prisoners languishing in different jails throughout the country despite having served their stipulated sentence. In the other, it reiterated its strong and principled commitment to the perseverance and promotion of the Punjabi language. The party firmly believes that throughout the country the regional languages serve as inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity,” said Mr. Bains.last_img read more

PBA stars put family first on Christmas

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Stars such as Gabe Norwood, who is also a longtime national team player, had quite a hectic year having played abroad to represent the country in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian qualifers while also suiting up for Rain or Shine in the PBA .The holiday season, however, provides a much-needed respite and  opportunity to make up for lost time with family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes spend much of their time training and preparing for the next competition. They participate in one tournament after another and at times, travel out of town and overseas.That’s what some PBA players go through on a yearly basis.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Fellow PBA stars Chris Ross, Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa, meanwhile, spent the Yuletide season in the US.Ross, the six-time PBA champion from San Miguel Beer, went back to San Antonio, Texas where he played high school basketball to be with his family while dela Rosa, who helped Magnolia bag the 2018 Governors’ Cup title, had Christmas with his wife and two daughters in San Diego, California where he grew up.Barroca, who was the Finals MVP of the series, took a trip to New York City with his wife and daughter.Photo from Chris Ross’ Instagram accountPhoto from Rome dela Rosa’s Instagram accountPhoto from Mark Barroca’s Instagram accountADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Christmas 2018! 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️🧣 pic.twitter.com/d4TIQsdqNe— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) December 25, 2018 View commentslast_img read more

Calgary Chamber of Commerce announces finalists for small business awards

first_imgThe Calgary Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its annual Small Business Awards.Nearly three dozen entrepreneurs have made the list.President Sandip Lalli said the awards recognize contributions to the business community.“They’re trying to pull the rest of the Calgary business community forward,” Lalli said. “They also very much take pride in being in Calgary and being a business in Calgary.”Small Business Expo Week begins October 15. This year’s awards ceremony is October 19.All the nominees can be viewed at smallbusinessweekcalgary.comlast_img

CRA scammers continue to target the Peace region

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have received countless phone calls reporting aggressive contacts from people claiming to be collecting money for the Canada Revenue Agency.The scam often involves telling the victim that taxes are owed and they must be paid immediately or there will be a warrant for their arrest. The caller will then request payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards. Callers may even “spoof” a phone number so that the call will appear as the CRA on call display.Residents in the B.C. Peace are also sharing on facebook, copies of text messages that suggest in order to receive your child benefit payment, you should click a link to share your auto deposit information. Do not click the link. A copy of the text message being sent to area residents asking for banking information.Please keep the following information in mind:There is no legitimate agency, CRA, RCMP, or otherwise, that will accept payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.If you feel the call may be legitimate, hang up the phone and look up the number for the CRA to call and get verification. Do not call back the number on your call display.If the caller alludes to police or RCMP involvement, hang up and call your local RCMP or police detachment directly for verification.Please report any calls of this nature to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you’ve received a phone call like this and paid out money or gift cards, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment to file a report.last_img read more