Critters at nature center feed on donated produce

first_imgThat was a year ago, and since then Santana calls the nature center’s staff weekly to come pick up packaged salads that have passed the expiration date, tomatoes that are starting to wrinkle, apples or peaches that have been pinched and bruised, and just about any other slightly aging produce items. Everything except chiles and onions. “The food would just go to waste,” he said. “I would have to throw it out because it passed the expiration date or it’s not fit for the public to buy.” But it is a treat for the nature center’s animals, which include a great horned owl, an iguana, a tortoise, an alligator, lizards, a boa constrictor and three other types of snakes. “Joe’s been so nice about giving us the food,” said Colleen Mackey, a county regional park superintendent. MONTEBELLO – When Joseph Santana, the produce manager at the local Albertsons store, got a call asking if he had any food for animals, he naturally assumed it was a joke. “I asked them to send me a letter, just in case someone was playing a prank on me,” he said Friday, unpacking cartons of blueberries at the supermarket where he has worked for the past six years. Sure enough, a few days later, the letter of confirmation arrived. It was from officials at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, asking whether the store could possibly donate any vegetables or fruit that Santana was going to throw out anyway. Santana’s donation saves the nature center approximately $200 per month in food costs, she added. The animals each have their own food preferences. The iguana, for instance, loves blueberries and prefers butter lettuce and spinach over romaine. That’s good news for the tortoise, Mackay said, since it prefers romaine and mangoes. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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National Night Out celebrated tonight

first_imgPolice and residents tonight will participate in National Night Out – the recognition of police/community partnerships against crime – in neighborhoods across the Southland. Block parties, barbecues, marches and other gatherings will take place, beginning about 5 p.m. and ending about 10 p.m. in various cities and communities, including West Hollywood, San Gabriel, Lynwood, Hollywood, Inglewood, Long Beach, Huntington Park, Pasadena and Palmdale. “National Night Out is a time for all of us … to get to know our neighbors, our sheriff’s and fire personnel and to learn how to protect each other,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to attend the Southeast Community Police Station’s celebration and speak in Sun Valley at the Stonehurst Recreation Center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Hollywood from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will host an event at his field office at 6501 Fountain Ave. that will include tours of the nearby Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Station. In Inglewood at 5:30 p.m., city officials will hold a rally and “solidarity walk” at City Hall, One Manchester Blvd. And in Long Beach between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., police will host a “crime prevention and safety fair” in the Kmart parking lot, 2900 Bellflower Blvd. Orange County events are planned for Fullerton and Irvine. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

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Hudson never trails, knocks off Marshfield girls basketball

first_imgTigers drop to 2-5, host Oshkosh North on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Hudson scored the first six points of the game, and Marshfield never recovered as it dropped a 69-51 decision to the Raiders in the opening round of the 8th Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Marshfield High School.Hudson (7-2) cruised out to a 14-4 lead in the first 5:40 of the game, and the Tigers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.Lexi Jonas hit five 3-pointers in the first half for Hudson and finished with a game-high 17 points.Marshfield (2-5) closed to within 33-25 after a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan and a free throw by Jenna Jakobi with just more than two minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers would only score one more point in the half and trailed by 12 at the break.Hudson came out of intermission and scored the first seven points to push its lead to 19. Marshfield responded with six in a row, including a pair of baskets by Jakobi, and cut it to nine on a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan.However, Marshfield did not score for the next 3:20, turned the ball over on four-straight possessions, and fell behind by 15. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the loss and could not get Hudson’s lead back under double digits.Ema Fehrenbach scored 16 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, and Bryan added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Marshfield.Wausau West defeated Oshkosh North in the first game Wednesday and will play Hudson at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by North against Marshfield at approximately 3 p.m. Marshfield’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 69, Tigers 51Hudson 38 31 – 69Marshfield 26 25 – 51HUDSON (69): Lucy Fashingbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Izzy Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Cable 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Jonas 6-13 0-0 17, Lexi LeFever 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Uchytil 0-0 1-2 1, MaKenzie White 0-1 1-2 1, Ty Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla Gertschen 2-3 2-2 7, Kylee Christiansen 6-8 2-3 14, Shayla Wallin 6-14 2-4 16, Ashley Juza 4-7 2-2 10, Kassi Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Kaiya Sundeen 0-1 1-2 1, Elise Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-56. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Jonas 5-7, Wallin 2-4, Gertschen 1-1, White 0-1, Huber 0-1, Juza 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Wallin 11). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2.MARSHFIELD (51): Shantel Nienast 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 11, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Tremelling 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 4-11 1-2 9, Corianne Johnson 2-6 2-5 7, Maddie Nikolai 0-4 1-2 1, Ema Fehrenbach 4-11 8-10 16, Katie Osinski 2-4 1-2 5, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-2 2. FG: 17-48. FT: 13-23. 3-pointers: 4-8 (Bryan 3-5, C. Johnson 1-3). Rebounds: 27 (Jakobi 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5.last_img read more

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Intuition is a Critical Skill for Great HR Pros

first_imgIntuition, awareness, or whatever you want to call it–it’s a critical skill if you want to be a successful HR pro. I’m a fan of examples to prove my point, so let’s dive in!Seeing the needs of new employeesRecently I was helping to onboard a new group of employees. We had won a new contract and needed to pull the new folks into the fold ASAP with no downtime or issues.The “standard” HR practice would be to gather all of the employees in a single place, give them a speech, hand out paperwork, and wait for it to roll in. However, that’s not how I handled it.Instead, we sat down with each individual employee. That meant the entire exercise took approximately 10 times as long; however, there were some conditions that I had examined that told me the one-on-one would be more beneficial across the board. Here’s where that intuition/awareness/whatever comes into play.They were coming from a “big company” employer that didn’t treat them as individuals or as highly valuable.In my one previous meeting with the group, there were a few people who felt their concerns were not addressed for one reason or another.Our history had always been that of a high-touch HR function, and this was the first chance to prove it.I knew that with contracts like these, the people were going to speak freely more often if it was a private conversation than if it was in a group.In the end, that was definitely the right answer. Each person got to spend some individual quality time talking about their hopes, concerns, and other thoughts.Developing your intuition muscleThis is one of those skills that is more difficult to develop. Some of us are just more aware of our surroundings, the considerations of others, etc. However, I believe it’s possible to learn to be more intuitive and aware of the things going on around you. Here are a few tips for making that a new focus:Especially in situations like the one depicted above where there will be many “first impressions” all at once, take some time to consider what impression you’re giving. How you interact is how they will expect the rest of the company to interact as well.In your day to day, think about how others will perceive and process what you have to say. Even if it doesn’t change what you say or how you say it, understanding how to predict the responses of others is critical for someone in this role.Once you have started honing your intuition skills, start sharing the insights with other managers and staff. For example, when I learn about a new policy rolling out affecting specific employees, I let the manager know generally what to expect from some of the people who might not respond well to the changes. That helps them to prepare for the response as well as making them more likely to rely on that advice again in the future, especially if it prevents an employee relations headache!What are your thoughts on this? I think intuition is a highly valued, yet relatively unknown, skill for HR pros to develop and maintain. Have you seen others value you for your intuition and insights? How did that play out? I’d love to hear your story. To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

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Microsoft Works to be Offered as Free, Ad-Supported Desktop Suite – No Browser Version?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web#Web Office richard macmanuscenter_img A few reports are circulating that Microsoft will offer a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite, within the next few months. However the kicker is that it won’t be a browser-based offering – as the rumor was back in September 2006. The free version of Microsoft Works will be a desktop app; and Microsoft will go back to its tried and true tactic of pre-installing it on PCs – it’s not known yet which PC makers will be involved. Adverts will run within the programs, including the flagship word processing and spreadsheet apps. The BBC reports that the service will debut with Version 9.0 of Works, which is due to launch by the end of the year. BBC says that “the ad-supported version will have a store of adverts it will show to people while they put together documents or spreadsheets. The store of ads would be refreshed every time that computer goes online.”This is just a “trial” that will run until mid-2008. The object is for Microsoft to find out if it can generate enough cash to support such a service. The usual retail price of Works in the US is $39.99, so to be frank this isn’t much of a risk for cash-heavy Microsoft to take.On privacy concerns, ArsTechnica notes that Microsoft won’t use contextual analysis to place ads, quoting a Microsoft statement that “appropriate ad placement will be based on general Works users demographics.”Our TakeIt’s a little disappointing that Microsoft is not releasing Works as a browser-based suite. OK, Microsoft’s strength is in desktop apps and they want to leverage their Windows stronghold (i.e. tap into PC makers yet again). But making Works available as a free ad-supported desktop suite? It seems like a half-baked solution to the Web Office threat facing Microsoft Office. Google Apps is improving all the time, although as yet it has a fair way to go to compete with Microsoft Office (the premium office suite, not Works). I use a combination of Google Apps, Zoho and ThinkFree these days to do all my docs and spreadsheets, partly because I am currently using a Mac and for some reason Parallels (which I run Vista on in my Mac) goes very slow for me.Admittedly there are a number of niggly little things that online word processing and spreadsheets don’t do as well as Microsoft Office. Even so, the fact that I can do word processing and more in the browser on any PC – and share documents and spreadsheets with my workmates and others – that’s the reason I use Web Office products. Microsoft Works as a desktop suite mostly misses out on those benefits.The reality is that Web Office suites aren’t quite there yet in terms of functionality to compete with Microsoft Office. But they are quickly catching up – and Microsoft doesn’t seem willing to offer any of its office products as a browser-based app. That strategy of sticking with the desktop may well win out in the end, based on Microsoft’s huge market share in office software, but it seems like they’re missing an opportunity to head off Google at the pass here. It’s like the America’s Cup, where two yachts enter a tacking duel and both go in separate directions. Who will come out on top? It depends on vagaries like wind shifts and other weather factors. In other words, the environment. But usually the safe tactic is for the leader to cover the other boat, by tacking the same way as them. I would’ve expected Microsoft to do that too – to at least match Google in browser-based office software.The ever-changing office environment will play a big part in office software over the next few years – which way will the winds blow? Will Microsoft regret letting Google go off in a new direction with Office software, without covering them?Image: cruadinx 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Forever proud to be an Indian: Saina

first_imgMy first memories of the Independence Day date back to when I was in the third standard. I used to remember August 15 as a day when we used to get sweets. Also the school principal would address us and this was followed by a cultural programme.That was what the Independence Day meant to me when I was a youngster. Beyond that I could not make out the significance of the day.It was only later when I moved to Hyderabad in 1998 that I understood the significance of the Independence Day. I realised it went far beyond mere celebrations.It is all about pride-pride in oneself, in the country and in being an Indian.I was the group leader of one of the ‘houses’ in my school and I knew that on this day, India became independent.I used to take immense pride in singing patriotic songs. Even today when I reflect on those school days, I get a huge thrill. I get excited even now at the prospect of shouting hoarse while chanting Vande Mataram. In fact, I remember after our family moved to Hyderabad, I became more conscious of August 15. I was not fully aware of the importance of this day until I saw the serial Jhansi Ki Rani. It was while watching this serial that I came to know a lot about the history of our struggle for freedom from British rule. Also I distinctly remember asking my father a lot of questions about our freedom struggle, about how our freedom fighters staked their lives to earn our independence from the British.advertisementI do not carry the tricolour with me when I go to play international tournaments. I get the flag from the fans at the venue. My sense of pride in being an Indian goes up when my fans manage to get me the tricolour when I win a title.There is a small incident which comes to my mind. I was playing in the Beijing Olympics during the Independence Day week. I was losing my third round and the crowd shouted ‘Saina, you have to win for India’. I also remember the tricolour being waved and a group of Indian supporters egging me on.All this had a terrific effect on me.I was a transformed player and went on to beat Wan in three games and qualify for the quarterfinals.I feel had I not seen the tricolour in the crowd, I could have very well ended up losing that match to Wan.It was as if that flag had acted as a catalyst for me to beat Wan-someone I had never beaten before.But it was also on Independence Day that I had to experience one of the saddest moments of my life.I was playing Indonesian Maria Yulanti for a place in the semifinals and a win there would have ensured me a bronze medal at the Olympics.But somehow, I was not in the zone that day and a strong drift added to my woes as I went on to lose my match to the Indonesian in three games.That defeat is one of my biggest disappointments. In fact, after winning the Singapore and Indonesian Super Series this year, one of the first things that I did was to wrap myself in the national flag.I cannot tell you the feeling I get once I drape myself in the tricolour. You feel you are on top of the world. The feeling is just unbeatable.Now, I feel that it is time to leave all the controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games behind.I am solely focussed on winning the gold medal at the Delhi Games. There is nothing more fulfilling than winning gold in front of my home fans.Also a gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou is my next target.No Indian shuttler has won a gold at the Asian Games and I am eager to break that jinx.I wish my fellow Indians a very happy and auspicious Independence Day.last_img read more

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Comparing the Careers of James Washington and Tylan Wallace

first_imgTD1216 Through two seasons in Stillwater, I’m not sure Tylan Wallace has been better than James Washington, but the fact that it’s a debate is pretty amazing.In his first season with the Pokes, No. 28 played on that lousy 2014 team that afforded him the opportunity to run around and develop away from the spotlight. He posted a superior freshman season to Wallace’s freshman season, but then in 2015 things got real in a hurry. OSU started 10-0, and Washington was tops on a laugh-out-loud receiving corps. Look at how many pros are on this list!Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 4.06.51 PM.pngFor Wallace it went a little bit the other way. His freshman year team was loaded, and Kasey Dunn recently said he only played because they recognized the talent but that it probably hurt his development that he had so many freaks ahead of him.Then last year he was on a 6-6 team (like Washington in 2014) and he took off, posting better single-year numbers than anything Washington did until his senior season. Add it all up, and here’s where they are after two full years at OSU. After Year 2WallaceWashington Catches9381 YPC17.319.0center_img Yards16091543 Wallace actually has more yards through 18 games than Washington had in 25, which is wild when you think about how good Washington was so early on.Dunn was recently ask to compare the two, and he was candid about their strengths.“Tylan is a better route-runner,” said Dunn. “He’s got equal ball skill. That includes downfield. James just had this explosiveness, power that was unmatched. He was so strong to the ball.“Tylan is a better route runner. James was better down the field making that longer ball play. Tylan makes some great ones down the field too. James just had this ability because he weighed 220 to hold his line and outmuscle a guy for it. Tylan is more finesse down the field.”What’s going to be interesting, Dunn noted, is how he responds to being The Guy. It’s one thing to post 1,500 yards when you’re an unknown playing for an afterthought of a contender in the Big 12 race. What about when you’re the man on a team trying to contend from the jump?“One thing I told him — and I’m sharing this with you — this is a ‘prove it’ year for him,” said Dunn. “That’s the mantra we’re using right now with him. ‘Hey, back it up from last year.’ Everybody says, ‘Was it a fluke? How was that last year? What’s going on? You came out of nowhere.’ At the end of the day, ‘Let’s prove it, let’s back it up.’He’s got the skill set to do it. I’m not so concerned about that. I want him to have a little bit of chip on his shoulder to back up a year like last year. Getting 1,500 yards, that’s not easy. It’s hard to do and certainly it’s hard to back up.”It’s something Washington did after both his sophomore and junior seasons. His numbers continued to get better as he continued to learn the game. It’s maybe the most impressive part of his amazing career.Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 4.13.09 PM.pngI think Wallace gets there, too, but it will be tough with a new QB1 and all the attention. And like Dunn said, it’s not like it’s going to prove itself. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Stat of the Week: Oklahoma State’s Three-Year Big 12 Record is 😐

first_img6TCU37 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 5TCU12 1Oklahoma22 This is problematic, especially because it’s not difficult to imagine Baylor (and maybe even Kansas State?) passing OSU by the end of the year. Tech likely won’t catch them, but at the end of 2019, OSU could have one of the three worst three-year records in Big 12 Conference games.On the flip side, beat TCU and West Virginia and you could have one of the four best. Still, counting on an optimistic ending to what has been a frustrating year just to beat mediocrity in this league is never what you want to be staring at with Halloween just over the horizon.So I think this is where a lot of the frustration with Mike Gundy comes from. It’s not a reaction to one or two games or even a single season. Rather it’s a standard (that he set) that he’s not living up to. OSU fans (myself included!) got pretty comfortable in that second slot in the league, and looking at No. 6 or No. 7 or worse isn’t all that exciting a proposition for the future of this program. 9Texas Tech7 5Texas45 14Colorado2 7West Virginia34 3Iowa State14 8Texas Tech29 8Baylor8 11Texas A&M10 Oklahoma State, anchor of the second-best program in the Big 12 over the past decade has been an anchor in this league. Beyond OU, the Cowboys have been the most consistent and best team for 10 years running.A streak that might be about to come to an unceremonious end.But before we get to the bad news, here’s some good news. This is conference wins since 2010. There is mildly conflicting data on this from CFB Reference and Team Rankings, but I went with Team Rankings because it looks to be more ackrut.Here are the Big 12 teams ranked by conference wins since 2010. 8Iowa State29 3Kansas State48center_img Kansas is 5-79 in this span. Texas A&M, Missouri and Nebraska — none of which have been in the league for at least seven years — all have more Big 12 wins in the last decade than Kansas does. This is incredible and never ceases to amaze me.OSU is currently maintaining a healthy lead on Kansas State, Baylor and Texas but the latter two are closing in on them. Still, it’s overwhelmingly likely that the Pokes end the 2010s with the second-most Big 12 wins behind OU. That’s good.Onto the bad.Here’s a look at conference wins over the last three years. That’s 2017-2019 in Big 12-only games. 2Oklahoma State54 12Nebraska6 RankTeamWins 7Kansas State9 13Kansas5 RankTeamWins 6Oklahoma State10 4West Virginia12 1Oklahoma72 10Missouri11 10Kansas1 2Texas15 3Baylor48last_img read more

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YouTube redux: recycle or you’re lazy

first_imgUPDATE 11/14Wise Scott of Catalyst has such a good comment I’m elevating it to a PS to my post:If a Great Environmental Ad Plays in the Forest and No One is There to Hear It…. Does it Really Matter? This is a great ad – but like many non-profits if there is no marketing strategy you have wasted valuable time and resources. While YouTube may seem like a phenomenon – it is not! People that have networking skills and list building skills thrive. And those that do not– do not! I cannot emphasize this enough. Simply putting out an ad on YouTube does not drive traffic to the ad. Organizations need to drive traffic to the ad themselves– and people need to start forwarding the link to their friends in order to generate buzz. I know this seems like obvious stuff– but shockingly few organizations spend money in marketing these campaigns or generating buzz about their new ad. Organizations need to do more to get young voters engaged in their cause than simply put up an ad on YouTube. I got some heated reaction to my last YouTube post, so I am ready for some more! Reader of this blog, Kelley has shared her new spot for 18-34-year-old YouTube viewers to encourage recycling. I really like it, because it’s entertaining (and you gotta be on YouTube). And it provides a reward for taking action. That’s my mantra – you have to give people an immediate, relevant, personal reward for taking the action you ask. This spot tells us we get the benefit of not looking like a lazy fool. I think it works — do you? Make Free Online Polls No! I’m ambivalent Yes! Do you like this spot?last_img read more

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Your donor wants to feel important

first_imgHere’s the most interesting (yet unsurprising) thing about our Six Degrees site: people love it, and keep coming back to it, to see their own pictures and stories online. Celebs might be the hook, but the audience’s own role is the sticky part. People like to feel important. They want to feel powerful. They need to know they made a difference.This is such an important perspective to keep in mind when you’re marketing to your supporters.Here’s a really good comment to that effect from Tom Ahern in On Philanthropy today:Donors aren’t ATM machines. I don’t think successful fundraising is about keeping the staff paid and the lights burning. It’s far more about giving your donors a vivid sense that they’re changing the world. It’s about recognizing that people want to feel important — something Carnegie learned from Sigmund Freud and philosopher John Dewey. And one way we feel important is when we feel we’ve made a difference, by making a gift to a terrific organization. I think fundraising’s real job is to give donors a powerful sense of accomplishment.Yes, yes, yes.last_img read more

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