CCO “Living Outside The Box” Event Is Filled To Capacity

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Mike Stepto “Living Outside The Box” Speaker(Tucker Publishing joins the City-County Observer as a co-sponsor of this event)Steve Hammer the Chairman of the “Living Outside The Box” speaker series announced the sponsors of this event will be the City-County Observer and Tucker Publishing. This event will be held on Wednesday, June 26th in the private room at Pangea Kitchen at noon. This event is filled to capacity.We orginally planned to make this event an invitation only but it got out of control when we started to receive many requests from interested people that wanted to attend this event. We originally planned to invite 20 guest but it quickly mulipulyied to 40 guests.  Even more amazing is we now have a waiting list around 23 people who want to attend the next “Living Outside The Box” speaker series event.This month features speaker is Mike Stepto career spans over 25 years with the iconic Evansville family business, the Pet Food Centers.Mr Stepto is the the President and CEO of Pet Food Center a regional Pet Retail Chain.will be the City-County Observer and Tucker Publishing  “Living Outside The Box” speakers series on June 26, 2019 at PANGEA restaurant.Mike Stepto earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University Murray, Kentucky. earned his Associate of Arts Degree at Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, MO. Mr. Stepto and his family are member of St. Benedict Catholic Church.He’s a supporter of numerous charities; Vanderburgh Humane Society, Tri-State MS Society, PC Pound Puppies, It takes a Village, Memorial High School Athletics, Vanderburgh County 4-H, Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Knight of Columbus Chapter 12541, Holy Redeemer.Mike Stepto is married to Tiffany Nunn Stepto and they have two children, Alan Michael a Junior at Memorial High school and Phoebe who attends St Ben’s Catholic school.Event Chairman Steve Hammer stated “that our monthly speaker series will focus on home grown businesses successes and challenges. Mr. Hammer says; “Living Outside The Box” speakers series will feature unique and insightful stories of success and perseverance from prominent business leaders that tend to fly under the public radar.”Hammer also added; “We understand that there are a lot of successful entrepreneurs who, because of economic, technological, or political challenges, have experienced a negative impact on their businesses.”   “We are going to actively search for local business people who went through economic adversity due to bureaucratic restrictions, governmental intervention, or increased competition, but had the good business sense to “Living Outside The Box” to allow their products or services to continue to thrive. We also hope that this will turn out to be a great resource for local developing businesses.”For additional information concerning our next ‘Living Outside The Box” speaker event please contract Steve Hammer by calling him at 812-589-3802.FOOTNOTE: Get your own copy of “Living Outside the Box” on Amazon. read more

Stingrays coach Holder works to get more Blacks involved in swimming

first_imgPhysically demanding. Mentally draining. Those are a couple of sentiments that Pittsburgh Stingrays coach Hosea Holder offers about the sport that he fell in love with over four decades ago. HOSEA HOLDER (CENTER w/CAP) AND PITTSBURGH STING RAYS SWIM TEAM (Courier Photo/Erin Perry) “When you swim, air leaves the body quickly,” Holder said. “It’s such a tough sport that a number of athletes think they can all do at first. But they find out, just as quickly, that is not the case.”Holder, a 1955 graduate of Westinghouse High School, moved here from Birmingham, Ala. as a young boy. He said his first interest in swimming came when he would go to the Hill District’s Ammon Recreation Center pool and see it filled.“It was quite fascinating to see that tank full of folks up there,” he said.A former member of the 3rd infantry division, 35th armor, Holder served in the military for six years. As a part of his tour, he served in Frankfurt, Germany. He loved how they coveted his beloved sport.“That country wanted to implement a swimming facility for every 50,000 people,” Holder said. “They had amazing places to swim in Germany. It was amazing to see that culture.”After leaving the military, Holder officially began his coaching career in 1965. And for the past 47 years, it’s been his life’s work to educate and coach the area’s youth.But it came at a cost.During a time in which racism was prevalent, Holder reflected on how tough it was to be a Black man that was heavily involved in a sport that was predominantly White.“There were times in which rich Europeans had to intervene in situations that my White counterparts wouldn’t allow my kids to compete,” he said. “That was a tough thing to deal with because I knew my kids had what it took to be dominant.”Today, he coaches the Pittsburgh Stingrays, a competitive youth swimming team that houses youth in four age groups: 10 and under, 11-12 years, 13-14 years, and 15-18 years.They compete under USA Swimming, which is the national governing body for the sport. Regionally, the Stingrays contend as a part of Allegheny Mountain Swimming which administers competition in parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.Holder is proud to have coached for regional All-Stars, that during the 60s and 70s, competed in as far as Montreal, Quebec for nationally qualifying meets.The All-Stars had a hand in the development of Nate Clark—a South Hills high product, who as a member of Ohio State in1962, was the first Black to score a point in an NCAA final.“That was truly a golden time for our organization,” he added.But the current state of the economy doesn’t make it easy for kids, namely in the African-American community, to participate.“It’s so expensive to cover pool time these days.” he said.Previously, the Stingrays used Duquesne University as their practice venue—which according to Holder—costs upward of $15,000 per indoor swimming season and $1,700 for outdoor. The team is currently in the process of finding a new indoor venue.This summer, they’ve competed at Citiparks’ Highland Park pool.The cost per family for children to participate is usually somewhere between $500-$600, annually.In addition to the high financial costs, and unlike many sports, swimming has a 12-month season. The training hours aren’t ordinary. During the summer, practice runs from 9-11a.m. and for the rest of the year it goes from 5-8 in the evening.“It takes many commitments to be able to achieve in this sport,” Holder said. “Finances, time, physical, and mental. It is truly a huge commitment.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

Vikings bar Peterson from all team activities

first_imgIn this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son and now could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system.The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. Several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson, prompting Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf to revisit the situation on Tuesday.“While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian,” the Wilfs said in a statement. “We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community.”Peterson was indicted last week in Montgomery County, Texas, after admitting to authorities that he struck his son with a tree branch. Peterson said he was disciplining his son the same way his own father disciplined him while growing up in Palestine, Texas, and didn’t intend to hurt him.The Vikings deactivated him for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday while they gathered more information. But on Monday they announced that Peterson was being reinstated and expected to play this weekend at New Orleans.The about face came after the Radisson hotel chains suspended its sponsorship with the Vikings, Papa John’s considered doing the same, and Anheuser-Busch said it was “disappointed and increasingly concerned” with the negative attention brought to the league by Ray Rice’s assault on his wife and Peterson’s arrest.Castrol Motor Oil, Special Olympics Minnesota and Mylan Inc. all severed ties with Peterson, and Twin Cities Nike stores pulled Peterson’s jerseys from its shelves.“This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances,” Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, told The Associated Press of the Vikings’ decision. “Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.”Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who spearheaded an effort to secure $477 million in public money to help build the team a new stadium, and Sen. Al Franken were among the many who called for the Vikings to reconsider their position.Peterson’s first court appearance isn’t until Oct. 8, and with the Vikings specifying that he must stay away “until the legal proceedings are resolved,” it appears there is a possibility that he won’t play again this year.The Vikings said they had deliberations with the NFL over the previous two days and informed the league they were revisiting the situation. Executives were at the team’s Winter Park headquarters late into the night on Tuesday, discussing how to respond to the avalanche of criticism.“After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian,” the Wilfs said in their statement. “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.“We embrace our role — and the responsibilities that go with it — as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.”What this means for Peterson’s future with the team remains to be seen. The 29-year-old has been the face of the franchise practically since he was drafted in 2007, one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL whose All Day Foundation charity is devoted to helping children.But the foundation’s website was shuttered on Tuesday, at one point posting a message that it “will re-engage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian’s philanthropy.”Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his NFL career. He won the MVP award in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards in his return from a torn ACL.“We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision,” the Wilfs said. “We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”___Online:AP NFL websites: and read more

Oceanic Bridge May Re-Open Early

first_imgRUMSON — Things are looking good on the Oceanic Bridge construction project, thanks in large part to the very mild winter weather. So good, in fact, that a county freeholder is predicting a likely completion date a little earlier than first anticipated.“We are definitely on a better track for completion,” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone said on Wednesday.The county drawbridge has been closed since October undergoing much-needed repairs to its malfunctioning bascule span and other work.That project, officials have projected would be completed by Memorial Day weekend, to accommodate summer traffic. When the project timeline was being drafted, those working on the project had included two additional weeks to account for bad weather.Given that, “Things are much better than we probably anticipated because of the way the weather has been,” Arnone said. “Because of the weather we would be able to increase our days with the completion of the project a little earlier.”Arnone, though, is keeping his fingers crossed. “But anything can happen. It’s almost like a jinx,” to offer a prediction, he warned.Arnone is the member of the freeholder board who oversees the Public Works and Engineering, and this week he said the bridge project has been going “absolutely fabulous.”“They did things I think were not expected to be done,” this time of year, he said. “It’s very encouraging.”“Thank you. I appreciate that,” said Marylouise van der Wilden, when informed of the news.She owns and operates Le Papillion, a clothing and accessories boutique, 7 West River Road, and acknowledged the bridge’s closure has had more of an impact on her business than she first thought.“We definitely noticed a big difference,” van der Wilden said. “We had people call and say, ‘I’d like to come over but it’s just out of the way.’”“I know the negative impact on the businesses over there and the detriment to the businesses not having that bridge open,” Arnone said. “I couldn’t be more excited or pleased the way things went this winter.” Weather permitting, work on the Oceanic Bridge may be completed ahead of schedule.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Students from Wildflower, South Nelson and Trafalgar

first_imgMallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the work of the students with Team of the Week honours.Prior to the classes hitting the streets, students stopped for a team photo by Madeleine Guenette. Three Kootenay Lake schools banded together to raise awareness for Earth Day 2013.Students from Wildflower, South Nelson and Trafalgar took to the streets of Nelson to stencil warnings on storm drains and pick up garbage on streets, tracks and parks in the city.last_img


first_imgA scene from the hospital. donegaldaily.comTHE HSE is dismissing claims that work wasn’t carried out on a stream as part of a planning process.Paul Connors, Director of Communications at the HSE, said work was carried out.A report today said that the work hadn’t taken place in 2002 as required by the council. If it had it would have had no effect on the flood three weeks ago as it was further downstream from where the small river burst its banks.However Mr Connors told a press conference today that the work referred to was carried out in 2006 and the HSE had the documentation showing this. WORK ON HOSPITAL STREAM WAS CARRIED OUT IN 2006 – HSE was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who does Klay Thompson prefer to play in the first round?

first_imgThe Warriors (48-22) enter Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers (44-28) at … Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!In a little less than a month, Klay Thompson hopes to go to Los Angeles. Then, the Warriors could play a first-round playoff matchup against the Clippers.“I would like to stay close to the Bay,” Thompson said. “L.A. would be nice because we don’t have to travel far.”last_img

The KD factor: Warriors thinking of Durant on ‘strange and unique night’

first_imgOAKLAND — Kevin Durant’s season-ending Achilles injury adds one more aspect to the multi-layered motivation the Warriors will take into Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.The Warriors, down 3-2 to Toronto, are fighting to stay alive in their quest for a third straight NBA title. They’re also preparing to play their final game ever at Oracle Arena, their Oakland home for 47 years.Related Articles Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other …last_img

Extrasolar Planets: Bigger and More Mortal

first_imgMany of the stars and planets found by the Kepler spacecraft are not earthlike.  Also, astronomers have seen planets destroyed by their stars.Earthlike Planet Pool ShrinksNASA’s Astrobiology Magazine reported that follow-up measurements of Kepler’s candidate earthlike planets show most of them are larger than thought; a quarter of them are 35% larger or more.  “By implication, these new results reduce the number of candidate Earth-size planet analogues detected by Kepler,” one researcher said.  Source: National Optical Astronomy Observatory News.  Historical note:  Johannes Kepler, a creationist, speculated on the habitability of other worlds.The announcement came just days after PhysOrg asked “How common are earths around small stars?”  Someone has found a way for earth-size planets to exist around red dwarfs (the most numerous category of stars), where tidal locking and flares were thought to rule out living conditions.  The brief article did not explain how those dangerous conditions could be overcome.Special CreationPhysOrg reported the discovery of a “dust trap” around a star that could allow a planet to accrete without migrating into the star.  If they could get the material to stick, this is the only way astronomers can account for rocky planets forming:Computer models suggest that dust grains grow when they collide and stick together. However, when these bigger grains collide again at high speed they are often smashed to pieces and sent back to square one. Even when this does not happen, the models show that the larger grains would quickly move inwards because of friction between the dust and gas and fall onto their parent star, leaving no chance that they could grow even further.Somehow the dust needs a safe haven where the particles can continue growing until they are big enough to survive on their own. Such “dust traps” have been proposed, but there was no observational proof of their existence up to now.The article did not discuss the sticking problem: dust grains do not stick together; they, too, are “often smashed to pieces” (see 2/03/04,  5/21/09).  Having a safe haven does not imply that anything good is likely to happen there.A paper in Nature claims that a new model keeps Mercury dry and Earth wet when they accrete from dust – that is, if plenty of tweaks are not overlooked:The authors’ model underscores the importance of the earliest accretion and solidification steps in determining the future evolution of the rocky planets. However, several crucial caveats need to be considered in applying this model. First, in extrapolating back in time, the faint young star’s radiation level needs to be considered. Second, initial atmospheres might not all be water-rich; the rocky building blocks for some planets might have produced atmospheres rich in methane and hydrogen, instead of steam. In the absence of a steam atmosphere, there would be no outgoing radiation limit to slow solidification and cooling. Third, forming an initial atmosphere above a magma ocean is not a simple process. The removal of volatile gases from magma might require a significant degree of supersaturation and might not occur until late in solidification. If this is so, then solidification would proceed to a high degree before a steam atmosphere formed and occluded heat flux.Planets Aren’t ForeverOld stars devour their progeny, New Scientist reported.  “A survey of ageing stars offers some of the first direct evidence that these cantankerous elders often rip their nearest planets to shreds.”  A JPL press release said that stars don’t obliterate their planets—at least, that is, very often.  It appears “often” is in the eye of the beholder.Scientific pronouncements are only tentative.  Often further observations call them into question.  Then later, more observations seem to confirm the earlier idea.  At any given time, the probability that scientists are wrong about what they confidently assert is non-trivial.If a model works, it does not follow that nature operates according to the model.  Models are simplifications of complex processes that are useful for exploring possibilities.  Who knows what omitted factors, no matter how inconsequential they might seem to the investigator, are crucial for the conclusions?  The less models can be tested against observations, the more they become computer games for the entertainment of humans, not for explaining reality. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

3 Things You can Learn about Video Marketing from Wipster’s CEO

first_imgLearn MoreThere’s so much more to learn from Wenlock’s Daily WiP series, so I’d highly recommend browsing this playlist. Video marketing is a dynamic field full of great opportunities and hidden missteps. Wipster’s CEO tells you what you need to know.Cover image via Shutterstock.For the past six months, Rollo Wenlock, the CEO of video review service Wipster, has been creating and sharing a YouTube video series called The Daily WiP. He’s almost hit 100 episodes, so it’s not quite a daily video, but it’s pretty close.There’s a lot to learn from Wenlock, not only because he’s practicing what he’s preaching (creating content, sharing ideas, and not worrying about the polish) but also because he’s also connected to a lot of media agencies, brands, creatives, and influencers — thanks to his role at Wipster.In this post, I’ve highlighted three of the many things I think Wenlock can teach video producers (editors, directors, producers, etc.) about video production and marketing.Offer More Than VideoIf you’re looking to improve your video production game in 2018, then you need to start thinking beyond your standard creative skill set. For example, how can you deliver an end-to-end solution for your clients — one that provides better outcomes for them and better income for you?This is the essential point Wenlock makes before jumping on a plane at the airport in episode 51 (remember sharing ideas is what matters, even if they’re unpolished).This kind of thinking could be especially profitable for anyone working with smaller clients who don’t have their own in-house teams or agency handlers (who might traditionally handle most aspects of the content pipeline after you’ve delivered the final files).Instead, can you take responsibility for the delivery and distribution of the content you’ve created? Wenlock gives the example of asking for the keys to their social media accounts.As Wenlock points out, this opens the door to deepening your client relationships through more regular contact on the basis of metric-based reporting and offers the opportunity to draw out lessons that could apply to their next commissioned video.I know that, as a freelance editor, I most often have no idea if a video turned out to be a success after I’ve handed it over. I just know that my clients come back for more, so something must be working. But really, that’s a very shallow view to take, especially when there is so much data to mine when it comes to audience engagement.If I got to see the viewing stats, how far into the video people watched, the comments, etc., I’d have a lot more information to draw upon for the next video for that particular client.Freelancers Working with BrandsBrands aren’t buying videos from you, they’re buying outcomes. —Rollo WenlockIn episode 21, Wenlock tackles the evolving relationship between brands and freelance creatives when every brand is turning into a content machine.He has some interesting suggestions to make about how you can better serve your clients, from up-skilling their in-house staff to switching to a subscription-based business model.If you can switch to a subscription model for which they pay you a monthly fee, then there’s a chance you might make more money — if you can handle all of your clients’ demands. The client may well be delighted to no longer sign off on per-production budgets. They might prefer to simply receive online content to share with their customers on a daily or weekly basis.There’s definitely a lot more nuance to this, but it’s worth taking the time to consider which of your own clients might be up for testing something like this. (Especially if they have designs on regularly engaging with customers via video.)A blend of subscription-based and per-production clients might bring your freelance business steadier cashflow, as you’ll have regular income to fall back on.The main challenge will be juggling all of your clients’ demands so that they feel like they have constant access to you — while also producing great videos within the subscription price.Look Back Before You Move ForwardIn this episode of the Daily WiP, which Wenlock says marks 80 videos in a row, he makes an important point about auditing your video history.Wenlock’s really talking to the brands producing video content, but as a creative serving these clients, this is a really useful thing to do, too, so you know what your client has done (and its impact) before you arrived.This can help you identify a few different things, which might include the following:Which videos were the most successful?Does an episodic approach work?What are the realistic benchmarks to measure against?By examining these things, you can develop any number of ideas:Topics that resonate with the client’s audience.Whether you should deliver a teaser or follow-up content — or a regular series.How many views or engagements are a realistic benchmark. Looking for more information on online video production? Check out these articles.Choosing the Best Aspect Ratio for Your Video5 Essential Tips for Editing Professional Interview Soundbites5 Ways to Improve Your Workflow with Client FeedbackHow Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect RatioCurate Your Soundtracks on the Go with the New PremiumBeat Applast_img read more