Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 2-4

first_imgIndianaLocalNews During distributions, fresh, perishable items are offered free of charge on first come, first served basis.Food is distributed drive-thru style, so stay in your vehicle and pop open your trunk to receive your items. An area will be available to load items if your trunk does not open. By Brooklyne Beatty – August 28, 2020 0 499 Google+ Facebook (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for the week of August 31.Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE:  Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street, (Front Parking Lot), Warsaw, IN 46580 Pinterest WhatsApp Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Sept. 2-4 WhatsApp Friday, September 4, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Concord Mall, 3701 S. Main Street (by Carson Pirie Scott), Elkhart, IN 46517 TAGSdistributionElkhart CountyfoodFood Bank of Northern IndianafreeKosciusko CountymobileSt. Joseph County Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook Thursday, September 3, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 Google+ Previous articleDog food recall over salmonella concernsNext articleSouth Bend man sentenced to 4+ years for mail fraud, identity theft Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Performance as art

first_imgIn Andrea Fraser‘s provocative 2003 video “Untitled,” the performance artist films a sexual encounter with a private collector who paid tens of thousands of dollars to be part of her work.“He said he wanted to participate in an artwork beyond writing a check,” Fraser told a Harvard crowd on Wednesday (March 24). “That became very meaningful to me, and something that I took very seriously.”For the artist — who was well-established in the art world by the time she made the controversial video — the work became a metaphor for the selling of art as prostitution, where the artist becomes the prostitute. Rejecting the notion that she was exploited, Fraser said the piece was a reflection of a capitalist society where “all human relations get reduced to relations of economic exchange,” and represented those societal dynamics in a “very literal way, to an extreme, so as to hopefully encourage people to think about it and reflect on it.”The public can reflect on some of Fraser’s other works that are now on view at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. The current installation, “Andrea Fraser: Boxed Set,” consists of five video works made between 1989 and 2001. Each involves the concept of institutional critique, a cornerstone of Fraser’s performance work that casts a critical eye on art institutions such as galleries and museums, and frequently on the nature of art itself.The works on display were originally produced for specific sites and situations. “Museum Highlights” and “Welcome to the Wadsworth,” two of the five, were live performance tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn. Fraser explained that the performances in the “Boxed Set” built on her experience with appropriation art. But where she had previously borrowed images and texts for her artwork, in her live performances she instead appropriated “positions and functions within specific contexts and settings.”In an attempt to define the public’s relationships to “institutions and how we experience them,” Fraser adopts the role of a docent in “Museum Highlights,” using inflated language to describe not only the building’s art but also mundane aspects such as its water fountain and men’s room.Much of the work came out of what she described as a “fairly desperate psychological need to feel like I could pass.” A high school dropout, Fraser said she mimicked the language, posture, diction, and gestures of art critics and museum guides in her work in an effort to understand the “legitimate culture” of the art institutions that were foreign to her when she first moved to New York.It “had everything to do with my very painful sense of illegitimacy in relationship to these institutions.”Fraser’s work often elicits both laughter and tears, said Helen Molesworth, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, who took part in a discussion with the artist at the Barker Center. Molesworth, formerly the head of the Harvard Art Museum’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and its Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art, said she noted a Brechtian quality in the artist’s performance work, one that “balances on a knife edge” between humor and “deep psychological places of shame.”Yet while Fraser’s work often falls into the category of institutional critique, a trend that emerged in the late 1960s as a type of artist-against-institution movement, the artist said her performance work, which began in that vein, has morphed into a “defense of the function of art.”By staging her performances within those institutions, her work was a way of “defending” those sites as places of critique, culture, and critical self-reflection.“Andrea Fraser: Boxed Set” will be on view at the Carpenter Center through April 4.Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies and director of Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, also took part in the discussion. The talk was part of “The Church of What’s Happening Now: New Art, New Artists,” a series co-sponsored by the Harvard Art Museum and the Humanities Center at Harvard.The next lecture in the series will take place April 28 in Room 202, Harvard Hall, at 6 p.m., featuring artist Allan Sekula in conversation with Harvard’s Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Humanities Center, and Benjamin Buchloh, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more informationlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement address at Harvard

first_imgPresident Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world,I’m honored to be with you today because, let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!I’m an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we’re technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I’ve learned about our generation and the world we’re building together.But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing Civilization and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. I was late so I threw on a t-shirt and didn’t realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn’t figure out why no one would talk to me — except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it. We ended up doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. And that, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to “see me”. Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all time romantic lines, I said: “I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.”Actually, any of you graduating can use that line.I didn’t end up getting kicked out — I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook. It wasn’t. But without Facemash I wouldn’t have met Priscilla, and she’s the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.,We’ve all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families. That’s why I’m so grateful to this place. Thanks, Harvard.Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”.Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.You’re graduating at a time when this is especially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.As I’ve traveled around, I’ve sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go. I’ve met factory workers who know their old jobs aren’t coming back and are trying to find their place.To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch’s with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn’t know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you’re sure someone else will do it. But they won’t. You will.But it’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we’d build.A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn’t want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn’t agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone.That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.Now, years later, I understand that *is* how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It’s up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.First, let’s take on big meaningful projects.Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together.Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon – including that janitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover dam and other great projects.These projects didn’t just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things.Now it’s our turn to do great things. I know, you’re probably thinking: I don’t know how to build a dam, or get a million people involved in anything.But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started.If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.It’s good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it’s impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there’s always someone who wants to slow you down.In our society, we often don’t do big things because we’re so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can’t keep us from starting.So what are we waiting for? It’s time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don’t get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?These achievements are within our reach. Let’s do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role. Let’s do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we’re all entrepreneurial, whether we’re starting projects or finding or role. And that’s great. Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.Now, an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn’t the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools and music players. I’m not alone. JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing Harry Potter. Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo. The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail.But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don’t have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don’t do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.Let’s face it. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don’t know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven’t pursued dreams because they didn’t have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society. Now it’s our time to define a new social contract for our generation.We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren’t tied to one company. We’re all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives.And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn’t free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well and you should too.That’s why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity. These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when.Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity.But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week — that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.Maybe you think that’s too much time. I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher, and before she’d do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: “Well, I’m kind of busy. I’m running this company.” But she insisted, so I taught a middle school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club.I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it’s like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison. I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I’ve been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower. And next year they’re going to college. Every one of them. First in their families.We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says “everyone”, we mean everyone in the world.Quick show of hands: how many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we’re talking. We have grown up connected.In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn’t nationality, religion or ethnicity, it was “citizen of the world”. That’s a big deal.Every generation expands the circle of people we consider “one of us”. For us, it now encompasses the entire world.We understand the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations — to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It’s hard to care about people in other places if we don’t feel good about our lives here at home. There’s pressure to turn inwards.This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations, it’s a battle of ideas. There are people in every country for global connection and good people against it.This isn’t going to be decided at the UN either. It’s going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now.We all get meaning from our communities. Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or music groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.That’s why it’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter. That’s a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else.But I know we can rebuild our communities and start new ones because many of you already are.I met Agnes Igoye, who’s graduating today. Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones in Uganda, and now she trains thousands of law enforcement officers to keep communities safe.I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain, graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from illnesses with people in their communities willing to help.I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today. David, stand up. He’s a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality — even before San Francisco.This is my story too. A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world.Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this — your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It’s up to you to create it.Now, you may be thinking: can I really do this?Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn’t sure he could go because he’s undocumented. He didn’t know if they’d let him in.Last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said “You know, I’d really just like a book on social justice.”I was blown away. Here’s a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn’t know if the country he calls home — the only one he’s known — would deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. He wasn’t even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he’s going to bring people along with him.It says something about our current situation that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk. But if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:“May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us *find the courage* to make our lives a blessing.”I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.last_img read more

Contributions of Harvard Chan School postdocs, research associates celebrated

first_imgPostdoctoral researchers, research associates, and their faculty mentors celebrated together at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s “Postdoc Appreciation Day” on Sept. 20, 2017 in the Kresge Cafeteria.The annual event was organized by the School’s Postdoctoral Association (PDA) with the support of the Office of Faculty Affairs.In her opening remarks, Dean Michelle Williams thanked the attendees for their significant contributions to research endeavors at the School and expressed gratitude to their faculty mentors. She thanked the leaders of the PDA and cited the energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, and “can do” attitude of the more than 450 postdocs and research associates. About 40% are U.S. residents and 60% are international, representing more than 40 countries.Christian Suharlim, MPH ’14, research associate in the Center for Health Decision Sciences, emceed the event. Ending his three-year tenure as PDA president, he presented leadership awards to PDA Council members Mudit Chaand, Jacqueline Cohen, and Aisha Dickerson for their dedication to the postdoc community.Alkes Price, associate professor of statistical genetics, was presented the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year award. The award honors outstanding faculty members who are exemplary role models and have provided consistent guidance, emotional support, and motivation to their postdoctoral fellows. Finalists included Rebecca Betensky, Caroline Buckee, James Butler, Jorge Chavarro, Robert Farese Jr, Edward Giovanucci, Yonatan Grad, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Karestan Koenen, Francine Laden, Josiemer Mattei, Murray Mittleman, Sam Myers, Zachary Nagel, Kristopher Sarosiek, Tobias Walther, and Marc Weisskopf,The event was held in conjunction with National Postdoc Appreciation Week.– Marge Dwyer and Christian Suharlim, MPH ’14 Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dining Hall manager arrested

first_imgThe manager of North Dining Hall at Notre Dame has been arrested and charged with incest and sexual misconduct with a minor, according to an ABC 57 report published Monday.The manager, Jose Cortes, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with “a relative under the age of 16,” according to the report, which also claimed Cortes admitted to several instances of “inappropriately touching” the girl. The report said the girl is either 14 or 15 years old.University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email that Notre Dame has placed Cortes on leave while the case progresses.Tags: arrests, North Dining Hall, sexual misconductlast_img

Bigger Peaches.

first_imgLeft to its own course, a peach tree will bear many more fruits than it can grow to adequate size if they all make it through the late frosts. But proper hand-thinning or judicious pruning can lead to an optimal backyard peach crop.Generally, we advise homeowners to remove fruits to a spacing of 6 inches along shoots on the outer portion of the canopy and 8 inches along shoots in the shaded portion.That sounds pretty easy. But there’s more to thinning a tree than just dropping some fruits on the ground on a Saturday afternoon.Timing Is Everything”Timing is everything,” they say. And in the case of thinning peaches, that’s absolutely true. As fruits develop, every week after bloom that the tree carries too many fruits can cost 3 percent to 6 percent in fruit size.Earlier thinning also improves the crop yield and fruit size you can expect the following year. This is because the following year’s fruit buds are being produced while fruit is still on the tree.So earlier thinning will allow more water and nutrients to be available not only for this year’s crop, but for next year’s as well.Thin Flowers CarefullyIf you’re thinning blooms, be careful to leave more flowers to hedge bets against a late frost. Thin to two or three flowers every 4 inches along a shoot — two near the end of the shoot and three close to the base.You can follow that practice two to three weeks later by removing small fruits to the 6- to 8-inch spacing. Making two trips to the tree is laborious and time-consuming. But it’s effective.Or you can use yet another method of reducing the fruit load per tree. Pruning during the dormant season (after Valentine’s Day to avoid a tree-damaging freeze) can reduce the amount of hand-thinning by 10 percent. Best of all, if you do it properly, you can increase the tree’s yield by 12 percent or more.Less Is MoreYou may wonder why removing shoot tissue that could bear fruit will improve the yield. There are two reasons. The crop load to which the tree will be distributing water and nutrients will be lowered to a level the tree’s systems can handle.The amount of unnecessary vegetative (shading) growth will be reduced. In other words, this pruning can bring a tree into a balance that favors optimum fruit growth. Properly thinned peaches are better able to reach their optimum size. Photo: CAES File Photo Research has revealed that removing all shoots less than 12 inches long resulted in greater numbers and size of fruits and in many more pounds of fruit per tree.Besides removing these smaller shoots, if you also reduce the length of the remaining shoots by 50 percent, the yield on some varieties increased by 30 percent and the size by up to 16 percent in some years, compared to trees that aren’t pruned.It’s worth the effort. A little extra time this spring will bring fruitful results this summer.last_img read more

Stimulus checks

first_imgYou must have a valid Social Security number to receive a check, he said.People who are not normally required to file a federal tax return will not receive a stimulus payment unless they take the extra step and file, Rupured said. “As long as they have more than $3,000 in income they’ll need to file to make sure they get a payment,” he said.Some people are not eligible, he said. If you have less than $3,000 in income or if you have income above a certain level, you are not eligible. The Internal Revenue Service Web site has a calculator to determine how much you will receive. You will need your 2007 federal income tax return to use it. The payment schedule is there, too. By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaThe U.S. government is giving money away this summer. But to be eligible for it, people must file a 2007 tax return. As part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, the U.S. government plans to return money to U.S. citizens in an effort to charge the country’s economy, which is tittering on the verge of recession. Eligible people will receive up to $600. Parents will get $300 per child under 17 years old.“The stimulus is targeted to a broad number of consumers, so there are a lot of people who are eligible for at least some portion of the stimulus payment,” said Michael Rupured, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer economics specialist. “For most people, all you need to do is file your 2007 income taxes.” last_img read more

Field Report: Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack

first_imgWhen I was lucky enough to get a call from Howler Brothers asking if I’d like to test a new pack from their latest collaboration with the Colardo-based Topo Designs, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a big fan of Howler Bros. products for awhile now, and I’d been hearing a lot of good things about Topo Designs. Here are my biggest takeaways from several days in the field and the office with this durable and versatile pack.27559296204_f5bc161d7f_o_2048x2048Durability and SizeThese are usually the first two things I look for when selecting a good pack, and the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack delivers on both counts. Large enough to hold a pair of waders, a fly rod and reel, and a few fly boxes, the pack also features a “water-resistant truck tarp base” which keeps its contents safe and dry no matter where you happen to set it down. It’s just as handy on the fly fishing stream as it is on a lengthy day hike, and they’re hand made in Colorado. #Merica26096600250_03019ce7b7_k_2048x2048AestheticsUnlike some of the major pack companies which tend to sacrifice style in the name of  technical performance, Howler Bros. and Topo Designs sought to implement both form and function into the design of the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack. Topo based the design for the pack on their tried and true Mountain Pack, already a popular item in its own right. Whether you’re pedaling your commuter bike to the office or summiting a southern Appalachian bald, you’ll look sharp while doing it. 26277100352_feb3a386a1_k_2048x2048VersatilityThis could be my favorite aspect of this pack because I don’t like having multiple items that essentially perform the same function. Less stuff equals more freedom right? I’ve already used this pack out on rivers during fly fishing excursions, hauled it around on hikes, and toted my laptop to the office and coffee shops almost daily.26096629820_f261c81b0e_k_2048x2048ComfortIn addition to all its other attributes, the Topo Designs X Howler Brothers Mountain Pack is light and sits comfortably on your back. When it comes to work, it blows the satchel I was previously using out of the water, and the sternum and waist straps make long treks make it the perfect companion on long, uphill treks.MSRP: $198.00Learn more here.Related Content:last_img read more

Honduras and U.S. Seize More than One Thousand Kilos of Cocaine on Boat in the Caribbean

first_img On 12 May, Honduran and U.S. authorities seized more than one thousand kilos of cocaine on a speedboat in the Caribbean, on which they detained three Hondurans and one Colombian, a Honduran government source announced. Defense Minister Marlon Pascua indicated at a press conference that the detentions took place off Gracias a Dios Cape, on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, after a pursuit that lasted more than two hours. “The average cargo carried by these speedboats is estimated to be a ton and a half,” the minister said, specifying that the exact amount of drugs confiscated will be determined following an inventory. The highest-ranking Honduran military commander, Gen. René Osorio, explained that the arrest of the four crew members “took place in the framework of Operation Blue Shield,” conducted jointly with the U.S. government. “It’s another blow that we’re striking” at the drug traffickers, he said. The drugs were in thirty-seven bales, equivalent to around 1,000 to 1,500 kilos, and there were also ten empty fuel drums in the vessel, “implying that those people were coming from South America, from Venezuela or Colombia,” he indicated. Osorio said that the confiscated drugs and the arrested crew members will be taken to Caratasca, in the department of Gracias a Dios, around 700 km east of Tegucigalpa, where there is a naval base. “The authorities will possibly arrive there, and counting the drugs and interrogating the detainees, to see what information they give us, will begin tomorrow (Friday) or tonight,” he added. By Dialogo May 16, 2011last_img read more

Gastro Hvar is a new sales center for Mediterranean delicacies

first_imgSource / photo: Dalmatian portal; Facebook: Gastro Hvar The company “Gastro Hvar” specializes in food distribution in the HoReCa market segment, and its basic task is to distribute quality products in an adequate way, thanks to highly educated staff, who honed their knowledge and skills through decades of experience in all segments of food supply . The company’s mission is to enrich the offer of all professional cuisines on the island of Hvar, with high quality food and gastronomic delicacies. In order to show boaters the beauty of Mediterranean food and drinks, the newly opened center will also supply yachts. Brands such as Centaurus doo (Gastro Ribarnice Brač), Škokić doo (Mesnice Škokić), Fistonić doo (Fruits and vegetables), Purex doo (Croatian village products), Acrobat doo (Wine distribution), Nirs doo will be on sale. trade and distribution), Zigante Tartufi doo (Production, trade and distribution) which will enrich the entire offer of premium groceries on the island. The diverse range of products, from a diverse selection of fresh and frozen fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, includes a selection of world-famous cheeses, a rich delicacy program, the most prized alcoholic beverages, champagne, premium water, truffles and catering accessories. As an imperative in business, an individual approach is set for each customer, in order to meet their needs, then timely delivery and fulfillment of the requirements of valued customers, and the most important task is to provide excellent partner service to chefs, F&B managers and restaurant owners. In an effort to offer residents and tourists of the island of Hvar only the best gastronomic products, “Gastro Hvar” was opened, a retail and wholesale center, at the very entrance to the town of Hvar, reports the Dalmatian portal. The new shopping center will certainly improve the gastronomic offer of the island of Hvar, which is one of the most desirable destinations for island and nautical tourism.last_img read more