Arizona grandmother and teen connected by accidental text spend 3rd Thanksgiving together

first_imgCourtesy Jamal Hinton(PHOENIX) — The Arizona grandmother who accidentally invited a teen to her Thanksgiving dinner — thinking it was her grandson — celebrated the holiday with that same teen again this year, for the third year in a row.The sweet holiday tradition began in 2016 when Wanda Dench, now 61, sent Jamal Hinton, now 19, a text asking if he and his girlfriend were coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year.“Let me know if you are coming,” the text to Hinton read. “Hope to see you all.”Hinton responded by asking for a photo to confirm if it was his own grandmother behind the text. The picture came in of a woman with blonde hair and glasses — not Hinton’s grandma.“You not my grandma,” Hinton wrote in the text exchange, with a laughing emoji. “Can I still get a plate tho?”When Dench responded with an “Of course you can,” Hinton showed up, and the strangers quickly became fast friends, spending their third holiday together this year.This year, Hinton posted a video on YouTube, documenting his very special holiday dinner.“Gaining a new grandma, I thought maybe I’d gain one getting married, but as a friend, it’s great,” he told local CBS affiliate KPHO-TV.In the video posted on YouTube of their dinner, Dench said “strangers were not strangers to me.”“I grew up in the military my dad was in the Navy and my husband … was in the Army and we moved around a lot so I was always going to new places,” she said. “And so strangers were not strangers to me.”“Family is more than blood,” she added. “It’s the people you want to be with.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Glass ceiling firmly in place in HR according to Personnel Today poll

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Glass ceiling firmly in place in HR according to Personnel Today pollBy Greg Pitcher on 3 Oct 2008 in Personnel Today More than half or respondents to a Personnel Today poll believe men are preferred to women for the top jobs in HR.Of 250 votes on the first four days of the online survey, 56% said men were favoured for top HR roles. This is despite women accounting for roughly seven in 10 HR professionals.It was revealed last week that the profession has a 20% pay gap – well above the 12.6% national average. A survey of more than 5,000 practitioners by the Chartered Management Institute and salary data firm Celre found that the median basic salary for men was £36,220 per year, compared with £28,893 for women.At HR director level, men earn £50,000 more than women each year (median figures). Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Bill Buckner dies at 69 after battling dementia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailStan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former major league baseball player Bill Buckner has died. He was 69.“After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. “Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”He is most known for his error in the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets when he was a first baseman for the Boston Red Sox.Buckner played 22 seasons in the league for five teams and finished his career with 2,715 hits, 1,208 RBIs and 174 home runs.He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968 and played 8 seasons with the team before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1977.Buckner won the National League batting title in 1980 and made his only all-star team in 1981. The Cubs then traded Buckner to the Red Sox in May 1984.Later on, he played for the California Angels and Kansas City Royals, before his final season in 1990 with the Red Sox.He is survived by his wife, Jody, and three children, Brittany, Christen and Bobby, who played baseball collegiately.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img May 27, 2019 /Sports News – National Bill Buckner dies at 69 after battling dementialast_img read more

South Bend middle and high schools to switch to all-virtual learning starting Tuesday

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews South Bend middle and high schools to switch to all-virtual learning starting Tuesday Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 20, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Google+ (Photo supplied/South Bend Community School Corporation) Students who attend middle and high schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation will be switching to all virtual classes beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24.The following release is from the South Bend Community School Corporation:Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings announced this morning that South Bend Community School Corporation high schools and middle schools will pivot to all-virtual instruction starting Tuesday, Nov. 24. Cummings did not indicate when in-person learning would resume, stating that data will be the determining factor.Consistent with health guidelines, South Bend’s elementary schools will continue with the current hybrid model of both in-person and eLearning. All middle and high school staff are also expected to report to their respective buildings for eLearning, just as the Mishawaka and Penn Harris Madison district staff are.The decision came following discussions with South Bend Community School Board members, principals at middle and high schools, and members of the corporation’s COVID-19 Task Force, which includes Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph County Health Department.“Obviously, this is a complex decision, but based on the information from area health experts, including Dr. Fox, there is strong evidence that elementary school students are not ‘efficient transmitters,’ meaning the risk of spread is low in elementary classrooms,” Cummings said.“The biggest piece of community transmission is happening at small to medium social gatherings like birthday celebrations and dinner parties, not at our schools,” Cummings said.“For the community, we encourage mask wearing, hand washing, staying home if ill, and maintaining social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.”Two groups of students will return to in-person learning: high school students who are part of the Career Technical Education programs and whose certification is dependent upon hands-on, in-person training; and any high school students whose grades put them at risk of not graduating.According to the new recommendations set forth by the St. Joseph County Health Department, all extracurricular activities should continue virtually and athletic events should limit spectators to only parents or siblings of participants. SBCSC is following these guidelines, though the Indiana High School Athletic Association is not calling for a pause in athletic competitions.“As we have for the past several months, we will continue to monitor the health data, decide on closures on a school-by-school basis, and base our decisions on that data, doing what we believe is best for our students and staff,” Cummings said.Empowerment Zone school families should refer to communications from the Empowerment Zone concerning Navarre Middle School. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articlePolice investigating shooting at Indian Springs ApartmentsNext articleCOVID concerns force the delay of the South Bend police tapes trial Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Kitchen Dwellers Release First Single Off Upcoming Album Featuring Mihali Of Twiddle

first_imgThe Montana-born bluegrass outfit, The Kitchen Dwellers, recently announced that their sophomore album, Ghost In The Bottle, will be released on April 21st. To get fans hyped for its debut, The Kitchen Dwellers let us get a sneak peak of the first single off of Ghost In The Bottle, a track called “Visions of More.” “Visions of More” is a soulful and soaring tune, which also features Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle, recalling last year when Twiddle and The Kitchen Dwellers teamed up for a number of dates during the fall. You can listen to the premiere of The Kitchen Dwellers’ “Visions of More” featuring Mihali Savoulidis for yourself below, exclusively through Live For Live Music!“Visions of More” along with the rest of The Ghost In The Bottle were recorded in Colorado at both Mountain Star Studio in Nederland and Desert Rose Studio in Durango. Produced by Leftover Salmon’s resident banjo magician, Andy Thorne, and mixed and masted by Grammy-winning sound engineer A.G. Lunsford, the album is a triumphant studio work for the Kitchen Dwellers, who haven’t released an album since their 2013 self-titled debut. The album has eleven tracks, and in addition to Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis, Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Bill Payne of Little Feat all make guest appearances on the record.To celebrate The Ghost In The Bottle’s release, The Kitchen Dwellers will hold two Colorado album-release parties, one on April 20th at The Fox Theatre in Boulder and one on April 21st at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, before embarking on an extensive summer tour to promote the album. You can pre-order Ghost In The Bottle off of the Kitchen Dweller’s website here. While you’re there, you can snag tickets for this upcoming tour, dates of which can also be found on their website or listed here below the album art.The Kitchen Dwellers 2017 Upcoming Dates3/17 Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino $3/18 Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Rafters Restaurant & Lounge4/6 Whitefish, MT @ Casey’s Whitefish4/7 Livingston, MT @ Pine Creek Lodge4/8 Billings, MT @ The Pub Station4/20 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre %4/21 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater %4/22 Breckenridge, CO @ The Historic Brown4/24 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern4/25 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works4/26 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s4/27 Albany, NY @ The Hollow4/28 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre ^4/29 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival5/1 Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room5/2 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed5/3 Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown5/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Doc Taylor’s5/5 Berkeley Springs, WV @ Sleepy Creek SpringDig5/6 Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House5/10 Cambridge, MA @ Toad Cambridge5/11 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall5/12 Hamden, CT @ The Space5/13 Blain, PA @ Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival5/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ James Street Speakeasy5/19-20 Scranton, PA @ Susquehanna Breakdown5/24 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live5/26-28 Cumberland, MD @ Delfest5/26-28 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival6/9-11 Haugen, MT @ Silver Cloud Campout6/22-25 Bond, CO @ Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival7/13-16 North Plains, OR @ Northwest String Summit8/3-5 Ozark, AR @ Homegrown On The River* w/ Robin Davis Duo# String Cheese Incident Pre-party$ String Cheese Incident After-party% Album Release Party w/ Part & Parcel and Kind Country^ w/ Cabinetlast_img read more

PREMIERE: T Sisters Offer Gorgeous Harmonies And Raw Energy In New Video For “Too Late”

first_imgHailing from Oakland, California, the T Sisters—composed of sisters Chloe Tietjen (vocals), Rachel Tietjen (vocals, guitar, banjo), and Erika Tietjen (vocals, guitar) as well as band members Steve Height (upright bass), Andy Allen Fahlander (electric guitar, mandolin), and Marlon Aldana (drums)—have slowly but surely been earning a name for themselves nationwide on the Americana and folk circuit. On stage, the siblings’ powerful vocals, tight harmonies, and natural charisma as a unit are captivating, and watching the T Sisters breathe life into their catchy, genre-blending songs is a true treat.Recently, the T Sisters released a new five-song EP titled Live at Tiny Telephone, a work that earned its name after being recorded live at San Francisco’s legendary Tiny Telephone studios. Marking the band’s fifth release, Live at Tiny Telephone shows the T Sisters at their finest, capturing the group’s playful and unparalleled energy across the album’s three original tunes and two covers.Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere the music video for “Too Late” (video by Matthew Washburn and audio by Jacob Winik), which shows the T Sisters in the studio during the recording process for their latest EP. The song, which was written by Rachel Tietjen, showcases the sisters’ penchant for strong vocal harmonies as well as the tightness of the band as a whole. You can watch the new music video for “Too Late” as well as listen to their recently released EP Live at Tiny Telephone below. You can also check out the T Sisters’ upcoming tour dates below or head over to the band’s website here.“Too Late” Live at Tiny TelephoneUpcoming T Sisters Tour Dates:11.4 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club11.7 Hayfork, CA – Northern Delights11.8 Medford, OR – House Concert11.9 Portland, OR – Serenade PDX11.10 Mount Vernon, WA – McIntyre Hall (supporting Kuinka)11.11 Kingston, WA – Concerts in the Barn11.12 Detroit, OR – Breitenbush Hot Springs11.14 Redding, CA – Vintage Wine Bar11.25 Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre12.7 Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall12.8 Portland, OR – The Star Theater (co-bill with Hillstomp)12.9 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (Rex Foundation Benefit with Lebo plus members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, T Sisters and more)12.10 Morgan Hill – El Toro Social Club2.24 Bellevue, WA – Wintergrass Music Festival[Photo: Jessie McCall (Little Green Eyes Media)]last_img read more

John Harvard’s Charlestown

first_imgVisitors posing for photos with the John Harvard Statue may not know that the University’s namesake and first major benefactor may never have set foot in Cambridge, Mass. The English clergyman’s name is practically synonymous with this college town, but he actually lived and preached 3 miles away in Charlestown.There’s even another square named after him on the other side of the river, no doubt a source of confusion for the occasional tourist who stumbles upon the John Harvard Mall while looking for Harvard Yard.Harvard died of consumption in 1638 a mere year after he sailed to New England in search of religious freedom — but in his brief time here he left a lasting mark.After a recent snowfall, we explored his old neighborhood and spoke with historian Rosemary Kverek of Charlestown and Cambridge Historical Commission Director Charles Sullivan.last_img read more

Meet Deep Learning with Intel – The New Addition to the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI Portfolio

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Carlos Morales, Senior Director of Deep Learning Systems, AI Products Group, IntelThe new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI – Deep Learning with Intel accelerates AI insights, optimizes TCO and offers a fast on-ramp for deep learning workloads.In a quest to bring the promise of artificial intelligence to life and capitalize on the massive amounts of data generated on a 24×7 basis, many organizations are rushing to pull together the different technology elements needed to power deep learning workloads. Today, this quest just got a lot easier with the launch of a new Ready Solutions for AI based on Dell EMC and Intel innovation.The Deep Learning with Intel solution joins the growing portfolio of Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and was unveiled today at International Super Computing in Frankfurt. This integrated hardware and software solution is powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC PowerSwitch networking, and scale-out Isilon NAS storage and leverages the newest AI capabilities of Intel’s 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor microarchitecture, Nauta open source software and includes enterprise support. The solution empowers organizations to deliver on the combined needs of their data science and IT teams and leverages deep learning to fuel their competitiveness.Dell Technologies Consulting Services help customers implement and operationalize Ready Solution technologies and AI libraries, and scale their data engineering and data science capabilities. Once deployed, ProSupport experts provide comprehensive hardware and collaborative software support to help ensure optimal system performance and minimize downtime. Additionally, Education Services offers courses and certifications on data science, advanced analytics and more.AI simplifiedThe new Deep Learning with Intel solution simplifies the path to AI-powered applications with the fully featured container-based Nauta deep learning platform which offers an innovative template pack approach that eliminates the need for data scientists to learn the intricacies of Kubernetes. In addition, Dell EMC’s data scientists have built use case examples for image recognition, natural language processing and recommendation engines to help customers understand the capabilities of the solution’s architecture.Deep Learning with Intel is also pre-configured with the TensorFlow distributed deep learning framework, Horovod and all the requisite libraries for data modeling. This simplified path to productivity is both easy to setup and easy to use and empowers your data scientists to spend their time building models that generate value instead of wrangling with IT infrastructure.Faster, deeper AI insightsOnce the Deep Learning with Intel solution is up and running, you’re positioned to accelerate model training and testing with the power of 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® scalable processors. This next-generation processor is at the heart of Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers used in the Deep Learning with Intel solution, and together with the newest software optimizations for TensorFlow and supporting libraries, model training time is greatly reduced. The processor also includes new Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) that radically speeds up deep learning inference workloads with more efficient 8-bit integer data formats and instructions to power through four times as much data as was possible with 32-bit single precision floating point methods.[1]The solution is integrated with the multi-user open-source Nauta software platform that enables containerized training workloads which ran up to 18% faster than the same workloads on a bare metal system. As your organization needs grow, the Deep Learning with Intel solution enables near-linear scaling, achieving 80% of theoretical maximum performance when the number of compute nodes is scaled from one to 16.[2]Enhanced TCOFinally, the new Ready Solutions for AI is great from a total cost of ownership perspective, especially when compared to cloud and hardware-accelerated solutions. For deep learning training workloads as an example, the three-year TCO is 24% less on Deep Learning for Intel relative to a leading public cloud service, while providing double the compute time (24 hours per day versus 12 hours per day), and ten times the storage capacity (100TB versus 10TB).[3]Public cloud AI service costs can vary widely, and monthly charges can be surprisingly high when inadvertent mistakes lead to runaway processes that consume excessive CPU time or generate massive volumes of data. On the other hand, the Dell EMC Deep Learning with Intel on-premises solution provides managers and financial accountants with known and predictable expenses, while enabling your organization to drive standardization and control over your infrastructure and data.Key takeawaysThe new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI – Deep Learning with Intel is an ideal choice for organizations looking to leverage container-based environments to run both single node and distributed deep learning training and inferencing workloads. It simplifies the path to productivity for data science teams and IT and delivers better-than-bare-metal performance. And like all Dell EMC Ready Solutions, this solution is based on a linearly scalable building‑block approach so your deep learning environment can grow to meet your changing needs as time goes on.Here’s the bottom line: With the included software, servers, networking, storage and services, all optimized for AI workloads, the Deep Learning with Intel solution gives you just about everything you need for an AI-powered organization. Just add data and stir.To learn moreFor a closer look at the capabilities of the Ready Solutions for AI – Deep Learning with Intel, visit[1] Intel news release, “Intel Shows Breadth of Data-Centric Platform with Cascade Lake Advanced Performance and Xeon E-2100,” November 4, 2018.[2] Enterprise Strategy Group Technical Validation Report, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with Intel, April 2019[3] Enterprise Strategy Group Technical Validation Report, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with Intel, April 2019last_img read more

Argentina: More than 1 Ton of Marihuana Seized on Border with Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo May 17, 2011 The Argentine Gendarmes (border police) seized 1.2 tons of marihuana hidden in a vehicle that tried to evade a security checkpoint in the town of San Ignacio, near the border with Paraguay, the security force announced. In the vehicle, which was abandoned after the occupants failed to stop at the checkpoint on a road in the province of Misiones, the gendarmes found “fifty-four bags containing 1,315 packages of Cannabis sativa ‘marihuana’ with a total weight of 1,206 kilos 500 grams,” the agency indicated in a statement. The value of the cargo found in the vehicle was estimated “at five million pesos” (1.2 million dollars), the security force added. The Gendarmes specified that the vehicle’s occupants “ignored” orders to stop and fled until the vehicle was found on a road near San Ignacio (Misiones), 1,200 km northeast of Buenos Aires, according to the statement, which did not specify whether any detentions took place.last_img read more

6 ways credit unions can slay their digital demons

first_img continue reading » Financial institutions face so many demands for change, that sometimes sitting back and waiting for it all to sort itself out is tempting, especially when profits and return on assets are strong.That’s a temptation banks and credit unions must resist, however. Given the many shifts in competition, technology, and consumer and business needs and expectations, what’s the right path, then? What are the new strategic “must do’s” for financial institutions today?There are six strategic factors for a community financial institution to thrive and remain relevant with consumers, small businesses, and even with employees and communities. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more