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Among young, trust in social media is low, poll says

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first_imgAs debate swirls about tech companies’ responsibility to protect their users’ data and Congress questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about third parties mining information about millions of site users, a new poll suggests that the romance between college-age Americans and social media may be cooling, or at least isn’t passionate.According to a national poll of 18- to 29-year-olds conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP), their trust in an array of public institutions, along with some of the world’s best-known technology companies — Twitter, Uber, and Facebook — is low.When it came to politics, the poll also found that young people are planning to vote in far greater numbers in this fall’s midterm elections.Before news broke that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of millions of Facebook users in the 2016 election, the Harvard Public Opinion Project dug into young Americans’ views of major technology companies.The poll found that Facebook, Twitter, and Uber are trusted much less than Amazon and Google. Only 26 percent of those surveyed said they trusted Facebook “all” or “most of the time,” while 27 percent and 28 percent said they trusted Twitter and Uber, respectively. Nearly a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds (22 percent to 24 percent) said they “never” trust these companies.The young people’s mistrust of tech giants appeared targeted, with Amazon and Google still held in relatively high esteem. Overall, 45 percent indicated they trusted Amazon, and 44 percent reported they trusted Google all or most of the time. Just 14 percent said they never trusted Amazon, and 15 percent said the same about Google.In sharp contrast, college and university administrators topped the list of most trusted institutions in the survey. Overall, 61 percent of college students reported trusting their administration all or most of the time, which placed colleges and universities ahead of the U.S. military (51 percent), the Department of Justice (45 percent), the Supreme Court (43 percent), and the FBI (42 percent).As in last year’s poll, the least-trusted institutions among young adults were Congress (only 17 percent trust it all or most of the time), the media (16 percent), and Wall Street (14 percent).On the heels of the March for Our Lives, the recent national gun-control protest led by young people, it’s perhaps less surprising that the poll found that young people are increasingly engaged in politics and, significantly in advance of this fall’s midterm elections, are planning to vote in greater numbers.Overall, 37 percent of those under 30 said they will “definitely be voting,” compared with 23 percent who said the same before the last midterm election in 2014, and 31 percent in 2010.“This is the most interest we’ve seen in midterm voting in the history of our poll,” which started in 1999, said John Della Volpe, the IOP’s polling director.Young Democrats are driving nearly all of the increase in enthusiasm, the poll found. A majority (51 percent) reported that they will definitely vote in November, an increase of 9 percentage points since November, and significantly more than the 36 percent of Republicans who said the same. At this juncture in the 2014 election cycle, 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans indicated that they would definitely be voting.Preference for Democratic control of Congress has grown since the last poll by the IOP, which conducts such surveys twice yearly. In the fall, there was a 32-point partisan gap among the most likely young voters, 65 percent preferring Democrats to control Congress, and 33 percent favoring Republicans. Now the gap has increased to 41 points, with 69 percent supporting Democrats and 28 percent Republicans.Saying that respondents expressed “an intensity unmatched in recent times,” Della Volpe predicted that this intensity is “likely to only grow hotter as the election draws near. Young people are angry, and every incumbent in America ought to understand this.”The poll “demonstrates that young people across the country are more engaged than ever,” and the findings have “enormous implications for policymakers and for those of us who care about civic engagement and student participation,” said Mark Gearan ’78, the IOP’s new director.Despite these shifts in voter support, President Trump’s approval remained the same as in the last IOP poll: 25 percent approved of his performance, while 72 percent disapproved.Trump’s highest marks came on his handling of the economy, where a third of respondents (34 percent) approved of his efforts (‒3 since fall), ISIS (31 percent now, ‒1 since fall), and tax reform (31 percent, +2 since fall). His lowest marks came on his handling of race relations (21 percent approved, ‒1 since fall) and gun violence (24 percent approved, ‒6 since fall).His approval ratings on both North Korea and health care were at 27 percent and on climate change at 22 percent. Approval of Congressional Democrats came in at 41 percent, (‒1 since fall) and of Republicans at 24 percent (+1 since fall).This poll of 2,631 18- to 29- year-olds, which was organized with undergraduate students from the Harvard Public Opinion Project, was conducted using GfK’s probability-based online sampling methodology between March 8 and March 25. The margin of error for the poll is +/‒ 2.54 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more

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Culturalist Challenge! Name Your Favorite Aaron Tveit Role!

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first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. You know we loved Aaron Tveit in Grease: Live! In fact, we love the superbly coiffed Broadway babe in everything he does. TV’s Danny Zuko got us thinking about other roles our Broadway boyfriend has nailed, so we’re asking you to tell us your favorite Aaron Tveit role. From conning the world as Frank Abagnale Jr. to his hydromatic hips in “Greased Lightning,” this is a hard one to rank. But it’s time to get serious about your membership in the Tveitertot fan club and tell us your top picks. Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

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Co-op Meetings.

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first_imgThe meetings start in Americus Jan. 22 and continue across the state in Vienna, Tifton, Hartwell, Dublin, Midville, Calhoun, Statesboro, Baxley, Quitman, Bainbridge and Perry and end in Leary on Feb. 2.Contact your county extension agent to learn more about any of these meetings or growing oilseeds. A series of meetings in January and early February will help gauge farmers’ interest in becoming part of a cooperative that processes and markets oilseed products.The cooperative focuses especially on products from canola and soybeans. It offers farmers the power to not just grow, but also process and sell those crops for 15 percent to 30 percent more income.”Farmers in Georgia have to stop thinking about producing oilseeds by the bushel, and think about producing sellable oil by the ounce,” said Randy Hudson, coordinator of the Emerging Crops and Technologies Center for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This could empower them beyond the farm gate and into the market.”Other topics at the meetings will include: How the new cooperative can provide value-added income.An in-depth look at a recent feasibility study on an oilseed cooperative structure.Comments and advice from farmers in similar cooperatives.The structure and procedures of the closed co-op.Legal issues surrounding a cooperative.Potential support from the state.last_img read more

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Move East Young Brewer: Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

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first_imgBy now you’ve probably heard the rumor that Deschutes Brewery is scoping out Asheville as the future home of their new East Coast distribution hub.Asheville is one of a number of sites Deschutes is looking at, but all of the sites listed in the original Citizen Times article are here in the Southern Appalachians.Which means another kickass brewery is probably coming to town. By my latest tally, that means that roughly, well, a lot of the West’s most lauded craft breweries are now setting up shop here in our humble mountains. Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada are already here, New Belgium is building out their massive brewery, Green Flash and Stone are moving to Virginia…and now Deschutes is looking for real estate.I don’t want to think about what would happen to the economy in a town like Asheville if the craft beer market tanks. Like, if everyone in America wakes up one day and goes, “you know what? I’ll just have a Bud. Or Sangria.”We’d be screwed.But I’m a glass half full kind of guy, so I’m not going to think about that. Instead, I’m going to think about all the great beer that’s going to be produced here in our hills and readily available in local markets. Beer like this: Stone Brewing Co.’s Ruination Double IPA.If you’re not a fan of the IPA, then just move on. Don’t bother reading anymore, because this is a beast of an IPA. Pop the cap and you can smell the hops from across the room. Dank and fruity and earthy.You might expect Ruination to be a bitter bomb like the IPAs of the past that were so caught up with tipping the IBU scale, that most other aspects of the beer were sacrificed at the Altar of the Hop. But the beauty of big IPAs these days, is that they’re not just bitter bombs. Thanks to new hop strains and more refined brewing practices, we can now have a monstrous IPA like Ruination that’s sweet and tangy as well as hoppy. Think of it like a seven layer dip. Individually, each layer is pretty good. Put them all together, and those layers make a party.last_img read more

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The future of the member experience

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Britney Bailey Britney Bailey is the Marketing Director for Excel Federal Credit Union.  She has a decade of experience in marketing, public relations and sales.  Prior to joining Growth by Design, Britney’… Web: https://www.excelfcu.org Details Everyone can agree, the world looks very different amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations have adapted quickly to enable remote working, some restaurants and businesses have found ways to continue to serve guests without storefront access. Consumers have learned to survive in a world where toilet paper is scarce. It is clear “back to normal” will not mean “back to the way it was before.” Now is the time for credit unions to adjust practices and develop a model for member experience going forward.One fact determined during the COVID-19 environment has been digital banking is a requirement, not an option. With shelter in place orders discouraging consumers from visiting brick and mortar establishments, credit unions were forced to quickly adjust operations to allow members remote access to their funds. Whether this included extended telephone banking hours, developing new ways to process applications without wet signatures or expanding functionality of online and mobile banking, credit unions found themselves innovating member engagement to find a safe way to remotely serve membership.Moving forward, member service experiences must translate over a digital medium. This need won’t expire with the shelter in place orders. The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped consumer behavior to more readily adapt to digital service and credit unions have a unique opportunity to continue to reinforce this engagement even after reopening. By putting in place best practices for digital member service such as online chat, text messaging, video chat and even social media, credit unions can continue to extend the personal service members have come to expect without requiring in-person interaction.Moreover, by transitioning to a digital-enabled member experience, credit unions may find opportunities for brick and mortar to be reshaped and repurposed. The need for multiple branch locations may be found unnecessary, allowing those teams to transition to phone, chat or text support rather than daily branch operations. This isn’t necessarily an opportunity to reduce staff, but to repurpose to support the growth in use in the new platforms.The most valuable takeaway from the shift in operations should be consumers are adaptable.  Prior to COVID-19, many credit unions believed their membership would not respond positively to online or mobile banking and therefore did not invest in these platforms – assuming members prefer to come into the branch to conduct business instead. However, it has been proven in the last couple of months that given the opportunity, members will adapt to digital conveniences. This behavior should not be abandoned when shelter in place orders expire. Instead, this is a great opportunity to expand these offerings and find ways to be more accessible to members at their convenience, 24/7.While the world waits to return to some semblance of normalcy, credit unions have an opportunity to develop unique member experiences moving forward. Take advantage and develop best practices to set your institution apart from the rest!last_img read more

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Child’s H9N2 flu case probably from birds

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first_imgMar 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials concluded that a baby girl who was recently infected with H9N2 avian influenza—a strain believed to have pandemic potential—probably contracted it from birds, according to recent reports.A 9-month-old girl who was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms twice in recent weeks tested positive for an H9N2 infection Mar 20. The girl had only a mild illness but was treated in isolation at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Hong Kong Department of Health reported in a Mar 22 statement. At the time of her second hospitalization she had respiratory syncytial virus, the statement said.Dr. Thomas Tsang, controller of the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, said tests had ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission in the girl’s case, according to a Mar 24 news release from Hong Kong’s Information Services Department.Tsang said genetic analysis of the H9N2 virus showed that it was entirely of avian origin, suggesting that the child contracted it directly from a bird, the release said. Because the girl had no contact with wild birds before her illness, she may have caught the virus at a bird market that she visited several times with her family, Tsang said.He also said tests on respiratory specimens from a healthcare worker and three children who were in the same hospital cubicle with the baby in early March tested negative for H9 viruses, and her family had no symptoms.Meanwhile, leading virologist Robert Webster warned this week that H9N2 is an “insidious” virus that needs close monitoring because it could trigger an outbreak in humans, according to a Mar 27 Bloomberg News report.H9N2 is far less known than the deadly Asian strain of H5N1 virus, which has killed at least 169 people and millions of poultry in Asia and Africa in the past few years. But Webster told Bloomberg, “H9N2 is an insidious virus. This is the one that’s far more dangerous in some ways. It doesn’t get much attention because it doesn’t kill chickens and doesn’t kill humans.”He said H9N2 can spread among pigs and infects chickens without making them sick. On the “hit list” of viruses, he added, “H5N1 is at [the] top, and H9N2 is right behind. Then come H7N7 and H2N2.”At least three cases of H9N2 illness, all of them mild, have occurred in Hong Kong children in recent years. Two girls were infected in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy had the virus in 2003.Robert L. Atmar, MD, a Baylor College of Medicine professor who has participated in clinical trials of an H9N2 vaccine, said human H9N2 illnesses may be less rare than the record suggests. Seroprevalence studies in China in the 1990s found H9 antibodies in 2% to 3% of the population, which suggests that some cases are missed, he told CIDRAP News via e-mail.Atmar, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, also commented that the finding of a case in a 9-month-old child was “a little surprising unless she was toddling around the market. Usually, cases of avian influenza have followed close contact with infected poultry. H9N2 viruses are common in bird markets.”See also:Mar 20 CIDRAP News story “Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu”Journal of Clinical Microbiology report on Hong Kong H9N2 case in 2003last_img read more

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Over 80% of Britons not heeding COVID-19 self-isolation rules: Study

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first_imgThe research, led by King’s College London, found that only 18.2% of people who reported having symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days had not left home since the symptoms developed, and only 11.9% requested a COVID-19 test.It also found that only 10.9% of people told by the NHS Test and Trace scheme to self-isolate after close contact with a COVID-19 case had done so for 14 days as required.The government last week introduced fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($12,780.00) for breaking self-isolation rules, and are offering a 500-pound support payment to low-paid workers who lose income from quarantining.The researchers said that financial support for self-isolating could encourage adherence. Over 80% of people in Britain are not adhering to self-isolation guidelines when they have COVID-19 symptoms or had contact with someone who has tested positive, a study has found.A majority were also unable to identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.The research raises major questions about the effectiveness of England’s Test and Trace program as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to keep a lid on rising infection numbers with new restrictions. “Our results suggest that financial constraints and caring responsibilities impeded adherence to self-isolation, intending to share details of close contacts, and quarantining of contacts,” they wrote.Johnson promised a “world-beating” test and trace system, but it has been dogged with problems, regularly failing to meet a target of reaching 80% of contacts. A tracing app finally launched on Thursday after four months of delays.Reasons for non-compliance ranged from not knowing government guidance to being unable to identify the symptoms, the study found.Just under half the participants were able to identify the key symptoms of COVID-19 of cough, a fever and a loss of sense of taste or smell.The study used data collected between March 2 and Aug. 5, and was based on 42,127 responses from 31,787 participants aged over 16.As of Thursday, Britain had the highest death toll from COVID-19 in Europe, at 41,902. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces 78 New Jobs with Relocation of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Facility in Franklin County

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces 78 New Jobs with Relocation of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Facility in Franklin Countycenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS), a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate its operations from Maryland to a renovated facility in Washington Township, Franklin County. The move will create 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“Cumberland Valley Analytical Services chose to relocate its operations to Pennsylvania for several important reasons, including our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome this family-owned and managed business to the commonwealth. The services it provides help support our dairy sector and promote a safe food supply for our residents.”CVAS will renovate an existing facility at Wharf Road Industrial Park in Waynesboro. The company plans to invest $4.6 million in the project, which will include purchase of the 30,000 square-foot building, completion of facility improvements, and procurement of new equipment and fixtures. CVAS has also committed to the creation of 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“We are excited for the relocation to the Wharf Road Industrial Park. It is a total win for us. We obtain critically needed space for expansion in a state where agriculture is a valued key industry,” said Ralph Ward, CVAS founder and owner. “The involvement of the DCED and the Industrial Development Authority has allowed us to make the financing of this project a reality. The support that we are receiving from local government and industry has been amazing.”CVAS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $156,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1,726,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).“The decision of Ralph Ward to consolidate CVAS is reflective of Pennsylvania’s pro-business climate and the collaboration of local community stakeholders, including the Washington Township Supervisors, Waynesboro Area School District, and the Franklin County Area Development Corporation,” said Mike Ross, FCADC president. “CVAS has a stellar reputation in the Ag industry and as one of Pennsylvania’s leading agricultural counties, we welcome CVAS to Franklin County and look forward to a long-term relationship.”CVAS was founded in 1992 as a small chemistry forage lab serving the local dairy industry in south central Pennsylvania and Maryland. Since then, it has grown significantly by providing cutting edge forage evaluation services in a quick, accurate, and cost effective manner. Today, CVAS has more than 90 employees and is the largest chemistry-based feed labs in the nation.For more information on CVAS, visit www.foragelab.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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19-year Sunman defense attorney moves to the other side, in Dearborn County

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first_imgVersailles, In. — Sunman attorney, John Watson has announced his intention to take a job as deputy prosecutor in Dearborn County. Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel expressed great respect for Watson and forwarded his thoughts to WRBI News.This week marks the end of an era in the Ripley County criminal justice system.  After spending 19 years across the courtroom from an adversary and a rival John Watson, an attorney from Sunman, has accepted a position in the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor, and will leave criminal defense work.For those in our community who don’t know, John has represented more criminal defendants than any other attorney in the Ripley County criminal justice system during my tenure as prosecuting attorney.  Over the years, I’ve prosecuted and he’s defended countless misdemeanors and felonies in our courts.  We haven’t always agreed and our clients had differing interests most every time.  However, we always had an amicable and professional relationship even in the factually and legally difficult cases, the worst of the worst.   John took the tough cases and the not so tough cases handling appointments throughout this entire time period for those who could not afford to hire their own attorney.  He made sure that Constitutional Rights were protected and that everyone had their guaranteed protections met.Over the years I have tried many cases and handled thousands of others.  A good percentage of those had John Watson’s fingerprints all over them.  He fought hard, but he fought fair.  In our time together his word was his bond, and I am grateful for that.  I will miss seeing him across the courtroom from me but maybe someday we’ll prosecute a case together and sit at the same counsel table.  I think we’d be a tough team to beat.  So long my friend, I wish you the best.  Ripley County will miss you.last_img read more

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Dubuque Speedway to host Tri-Track Challenge

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first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa – Dubuque Speedway will host a special night of racing featuring the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge.Out Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models will tackle the high banks of Dubuque Speedway on Sunday, May 29 with a 50-lap main event headlining the racing program with the winner pocket­ing a cool $2,000.In addition to the high-powered Late Models the Merfeld Brothers Auto IMCA Modifieds, GSI Colli­sion Specialists IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Stock Cars will all be in action.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with the first race scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Following the races a fan apprecia­tion party will be held in the Beer Garden with music and refreshments being provided by SPI Promotions.last_img

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