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South Bend small- and medium-business COVID loan program begins prescreening

first_img Pinterest Twitter By Tommie Lee – January 7, 2021 0 297 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market South Bend small- and medium-business COVID loan program begins prescreening Google+ FILE – This April 3, 2019, file photo shows a tip box is filled with U.S. currency in New York. For millennials who are passionate about contributing to the greater good, there are ways to prioritize charitable giving and make the greatest impact on issues they care about (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) The City of South Bend is launching an online pre-screening for small businesses seeking to apply for a new loan program designed to help with the impacts of COVID-19.Earlier this year the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced an award of $7.7 million for the City to administer a new Revolving Loan Fund to make the loans to local businesses.The loans are designed to expand the city’s existing programs for small- and medium-sized companies attempting to restart, maintain, or expand their operations and keep their people on payroll.You can learn more at Facebook Previous articleElkhart Christmas Tree pickup underwayNext articleIndiana Health Dept. announces vaccine plan Tommie Leelast_img read more

Watch The Nth Power’s ‘Earth, Wind & Power’ Perform “Devotion” At Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgWe are approaching the one-year anniversary of The Nth Power’s tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, the late-night party that had everyone talking after Jazz Fest in 2016 (and it’s happening again on May 2, 2017!). A few months after its NOLA test drive, the band recruited a cast of characters for a revival at the second-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive in Brooklyn, New York, during October of last year. Dubbed “Earth, Wind & Power,” the show saw The Nth Power welcome an insane lineup of musical guests to help pay tribute to the iconic soul catalog of EWF. In honor of the late Maurice White, the band brought out Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and a killer horn section that included Eric “Benny” Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, and Farnell Newton to complete their lineup.The funk assassins of Earth, Wind & Power will return yet again to New Orleans on Tuesday, May 2nd at The Howlin’ Wolf, and they’re bringing a ton of special guests for this show including Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews Band, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Farnell Newton, Galactic’s Erica Falls, and Drew Sayers and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet (tickets). In honor of next week’s show, enjoy this performance of “Devotion” from the Brooklyn Comes Alive installation of Earth, Wind & Power.Earth, Wind & Power will be joined by Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans, also known as the All Brothers Band, as well as up-and-coming funk act Organ Freeman. Additionally, a number of awesome musicians will gather in The Den to pay tribute to Allen Toussaint. The band known as the “Allen Toussaint Jukebox” will consist of Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz, Sasha Brown from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds, and Eric Vogel from the Nigel Hall Band.Tickets for this special late-night performance are going fast and are available at this link![Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Advancing ingenuity

first_imgBetween academic discovery and product development lurks a lull in research funding that inventors call the “chasm of death,” where a prototype or a proof of concept can feel just out of reach.To address that development gap, five projects initiated by faculty at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have been selected to receive funding of between $70,000 and $100,000 each, through Harvard’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator (PSE Accelerator).The funding is designed to support a burst of activity on a specific project to bring it to a development milestone at which an industrial partner or investor might become engaged, for example, by sponsoring further research, licensing the technology, or launching a company.“The ability to attract an industrial or venture partner is often ‘make or break’ for an emerging academic technology, if you want to see it become a useful product in the outside world,” said Mick Sawka, a director of business development in Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD). “We’ve found that a relatively small amount of very targeted support can help faculty demonstrate that a new invention is ready to break out of the lab.”Professor David Weitz has developed a microfluidics platform to analyze and sort nanoliter-sized droplets of liquid or gel. Credit: Lloyd Ung and John Heyman/Weitz LabEstablished by OTD in 2013, the PSE Accelerator awards funding annually, through a competitive selection process, to Harvard research projects that have demonstrated some initial results and have clear potential to develop into technologies and products with impact. Over the course of the year, investigators work toward predefined milestones, with access to industry advisers, dedicated guidance from OTD on intellectual property protection, and a comprehensive commercialization strategy that encourages entrepreneurship.The projects receiving support from the accelerator this year:— Stephen Chong, professor of computer science, has created a shell scripting language, called Shill, that offers strong and flexible security for complex tasks such as system administration, through a combination of programming language design and “sandboxing” technology. Developed with postdoctoral researcher Christos Dimoulas and graduate student Scott Moore, Shill could improve the security of enterprise and cloud-based system administration.— Graduate student Frederick Chang, in the engineering and physical biology track of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and his mentor Nancy Kleckner, Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology, have invented a highly sensitive pattern-detection algorithm that, in combination with a suitably designed microscope, will enable three-dimensional time-lapse imaging of living systems at the molecular scale. By giving researchers a better view inside cells, the system could, for example, enhance the process of evaluating drugs for clinical trials.— Charles Lieber, Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has invented polymer-like mesh electronics and a method of delivering the electronics by syringe injection into living organisms. These biocompatible electronic implants can be used to record activity from and deliver electrical stimulation to the nervous system, and could potentially be used to treat neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.— David A. Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, has developed a microfluidics platform to analyze and sort nanoliter-sized droplets of liquid or gel. These droplets are ideal for functional analysis of individual cells. The platform will enable rapid isolation of immune cells that recognize infected or cancerous cells.— George M. Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, has invented a paper-based respiration sensor that can characterize sleep apnea. Combined with wireless electronics, the sensor could transmit results to a health care professional, enabling diagnosis of sleep apnea at home and at low cost, with less need for conventional sleep studies in the initial characterization.“The research projects stand out for their imagination and creativity,” said Senior Associate Provost Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer. “Each one is challenging the state of the art in science, technology, or health care. The accelerator model we’ve pioneered through the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator and the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator takes a strategic approach to advancing technologies like these while they’re still in the lab, incubating them a little longer to ensure they thrive.”The PSE Accelerator has catalyzed the launch of several startup companies in recent years, including Voxel8, RightHand Robotics, Calculario, and Validere, as well as licenses to companies such as Green Energy Storage, which is developing a flow battery technology.OTD will begin accepting preproposals for the next round of funding in mid-summer. The recipients are selected by an advisory committee.last_img read more

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein Bound for West End

first_img Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is heading to the West End. The tuner will land in London in the fall of next year after playing at the Newcastle Theatre Royal from August 26, 2017 through September 9.Based on the Oscar-nominated 1974 film and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Brooks will once again collaborate with Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, see’s Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma —does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?Full creative team and casting will be announced at a later date. The musical bowed on Broadway in late 2007, with Roger Bart as Frankenstein, Megan Mullally as Elizabeth, Christopher Fitzgerald as Igor, Sutton Foster as Inga, Andrea Martin as Frau Blucher, Shuler Hensley as The Monster and Fred Applegate as Inspector Kemp. The production ran for 30 previews and 484 regular performances. ‘Young Frankenstein’ View Commentslast_img read more

Stephanie Styles, Drew Gehling & More Announced for Broadway-Aimed Roman Holiday

first_img This casting is the stuff of classic Hollywood dreams! Newcomer Stephanie Styles and Waitress star Drew Gehling are set to play Princess Ann and Joe Bradley, respectively, in the previously announced pre-Broadway engagement of Roman Holiday. Based on the iconic 1953 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the new musical will premiere as part of SHN’s 2016-2017 season this summer. Directed by Marc Bruni, the new musical will play SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco beginning on May 23, and run through June 18 ahead of a fall 2017 Broadway opening.Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) and TV and stage star Sara Chase (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will round out the principal casting.Stephanie Styles appeared this past fall in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Kingdom Come. Prior to that, she headlined Disney’s first National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Disney’s Newsies. Gehling created the role of Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway production of Waitress. His other Broadway credits include On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in A Minister’s Wife, Billy & Ray, I Believe, and Anne of Green Gables. On screen, he has been seen in Succession, Elementary, 30 Rock and Smash.Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical will feature Cole Porter classics such as “Night and Day,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “Easy to Love.” The book is by Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman and Paul Blake.In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life—to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever. Stephanie Styles & Drew Gehling(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows Roman Holidaylast_img read more

VLS to Honor John Casella With First Green Inventors Award

first_imgCasella Waste Systems Inc,John Casella, chairman and chief executive of Casella Waste Systems, started his Rutland-based business in 1975, working with his brother and one garbage truck. In 1977, Casella Waste opened Vermont’s first recycling center.Fast forward to 2009: The company has grown into a national leader in recycling, reduction of landfill greenhouse gas emissions, and the generation of renewable energy. At its five gas-to-energy landfills, Casella Waste captures the methane that is produced by waste and converts it into electricity that can be distributed over the grid. The 25 megawatts of power produced by methane capture is enough to power 25,000 homes and results in substantial emissions reductions.These achievements and others have prompted Vermont Law School to choose John Casella as its recipient for the first annual Green Business Innovators Award, which will be presented at the law school on February 27 at 4 p.m. in Oakes Classroom 012. Following the award presentation, Casella will address VLS students, faculty and guests. The public is invited to attend.In January, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program honored Casella Waste Systems with its 2008 Industry Partner of the Year award for its work in reducing methane emissions. John Casella is a charter member of the EPA Climate Leaders program.”We believe that waste is no longer just a throw-away, but is instead a raw material for manufacturing new products and a resource for producing clean energy.” – John Casellalast_img read more

Just what do you love?

first_imgby: Anthony Demangone Sure, we complain about our jobs sometimes. But I’m guessing down deep, we love what we do. What is it that you love about your job? I’m not talking about the trappings of the job, such as pay or the title. But what characteristics do you like?Is it the challenge?The flexibility to attack your day as you see fit?Does it push you to be creative?Ownership and responsibility?I don’t need to know why you you like it. But it is something for you to think about.Now, here’s the thought of the day.Take the things that you like about your job. Can you replicate those things for others at your credit union? Can you photocopy your job’s characteristics, and give them to other positions?Just a thought. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

Will CFPB make handling delinquent loans even more difficult?

first_img continue reading » by: Henry MeierThey may-at least in relation to mortgage loans involving bankrupt borrowers.Let’s recall  that in passing Dodd Frank and promulgating its regulations Congress and the CFPB wanted to minimize potential dual track foreclosures whereby a bank  agrees to modify a mortgage loan on a Friday only to foreclose on the same house the following Monday.  As a result, the 2013 Mortgage servicing rules mandated that   mortgage servicers make a “good faith efforts to establish live contact with a delinquent borrower not later than the 36th day of the borrower’s delinquency and, promptly after establishing live contact, inform such borrower about the availability of loss mitigation options if appropriate.” In addition servicers are required to provide to a delinquent borrower a written notice alerting a delinquent borrower to loss mitigation opportunities not  later than 45 days of a borrowers delinquency (12 CFR 1024.39)But what happens if the delinquent borrower has declared bankruptcy? What happens if the mortgage is owed by co-borrowers only one of whom has declared bankruptcy? These are the type of arcane riddles that keep compliance folks tossing and turning at night.  They are very legitimate questions because trying to collect a debt subject to an automatic stay is illegal. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The location of the ancient forum of ancient Cibala was found in Vinkovci

first_imgVinkovci. The oldest city in Europe. The birthplace on which the Sopot culture flourished. This is where it all started.Located in an attractive location on the northern edge of the Bosut lowlands, they have always attracted more people. The continuity of existence, under this or another name, is 8.300 years old, while its longest history is recorded in the Neolithic, or Neolithic. Also, Vinkovci is from 6.300 BC. Kr. meeting place of many cultures: Sopot, Baden, Lasinja, Kostalačka, Vučedol, Vinkovci, Vatina, Belegiš, Celtic-La Tène, Roman, Avar-Slavic and later, he states in his book “Stari Vinkovci” Martin Grgurovac.He was found in Vinkovci the oldest Indo-European calendar, the so-called Orion with prominent astronomical symbols on it. This extremely valuable and significant vessel was found by Aleksandar Durman in 1978 on the site of today’s Hotel Slavonia, while the creation of the mentioned artifact is dated to the time of the Sumerian and Egyptian calendars.In the last quarter of the 8th year BC. Kr. the Romans came to the area of ​​Vinkovci. In the area of ​​earlier prehistoric cultures, the then Cibalae were formed, which were named after the pre-Roman name for the hill. Over time, Cibalae became an increasingly important Roman center, and gave birth to as many as two Roman emperors: Valens and Valentinian.During the reign of Emperor Hadrian, Vinkovci received the status of a municipality, and in the time of the North and his son Karakula, the status of a colony. Until after 378, when the reign of the Western Goths ended with the rule of Cibala. Numerous Germanic tribes, such as the Huns, the Gepids and the Eastern Goths, settled in the area of ​​the city.Despite everything, the Roman Empire left a lot of material evidence of its existence on this coast of Bosut, and this is confirmed by the last two archaeological sites. It was found in one a collection of ancient silver of great cultural value, and in another early Christian complex from the 4th and 5th centuries.Vinkovci’s ancient collection of silver consists of forty-six items, of which forty-five are silver and one undecorated gem made of semi-precious onyx stone. The most significant item in the pantry and one of the most significant late antique items ever found is certainly Tantalus’ bowl, and a tray depicting a shepherd and a building stands out.”It is silver that is a thousand and a half years old. Its market value is around 200 to 250 million kuna, and after the conservation, the price will continue to rise. Thus, the material value of silver is enormous, while its cultural value is invaluable. This is not only the heritage of the Republic of Croatia, but of the entire human race”, Explained the archaeologist and curator of the Archaeological Department of the City Museum in Vinkovci Hrvoje Vulić.CSI: ForumCibale continues to fascinate the public, so four years ago the City of Vinkovci, as part of the plan to restore the central city park in the city center, conducted preliminary geophysical surveys, which sought to determine what is below that historic area without trial archaeological research.Namely, according to the preserved records from the 18th century, it was recorded that the soldiers had to fill the remains of the Roman walls with sand for the purpose of building a training ground and a parade area at that location. This is the reason why the City of Vinkovci ordered recordings from the Slovenian company Gearh doo, in order to determine the existence of architectural remains from the Roman period.Based on the results of geophysical surveys, archaeologists from the Vinkovci Museum conducted soundings in the park and found remains of architecture and movable finds in almost all of the soundings. The most notable finding is that in the triangle between the Vinkovci Museum, the court and the parish court, an ancient forum was buried, ie the ancient central town square where all major and public events in the Roman city took place.”In 2015, we started researching the area of ​​the park on Ban Josip Šokčević Square and found excellently preserved architecture at several locations, with special emphasis on the area in front of the museum, court and parish court. This is a large open paved area where we found the remains of an altar, and this fits in with the previous data we have. Namely, from the time of construction of today’s court building in the late 60’s, we have a record that a large Roman inscription was built into the foundations, which is most likely the foundation of the imperial pillar. Imperial pillars were usually found on the forum. It also fits in with the discovery of the city’s main road, a 1993 discovery following research conducted on the building of today’s Foto Rachel. Having confirmed the existence of an open paved space, we can finally confirm that the Roman Forum is located on the northwest corner of Ban Josip Šokčević Square.”, Vulić summarized this extraordinary discovery.The position of the main Roman square in Cibale has been one of the key issues addressed by many researchers for many years. There were several assumptions, but they all more or less revolved around the space of today’s central city park. The park is one of the few places in the city where nothing has been built in recent history, which served as an indication that beneath the surface are preserved Roman architecture. Also, Vulić pointed out, the area of ​​the square would be an ideal place for the presentation of the found ancient material. Despite the fact that this is an urban protected area, the City of Vinkovci supports this project and expressed a desire to provide these valuable archaeological sites to citizens and the rest of those interested in a worthy presentation of Roman architecture.In the following, the museum wants to conduct additional research at these locations and then, as far as possible, make its presentation to the public. In the near future, new protective research will be carried out, which means opening the mentioned area and researching the space under it.”We hope to collect new valuable materials. The most significant discovery in this research venture would be the eventual discovery of preserved parts or entire imperial sculptures and inscriptions. This is valuable information and matter that we chronically lack in the area of ​​Cibala”, Concluded Vulić.RELATED NEWS:VINKOVCI AS THE OLDEST CITY IN EUROPE MUST BE THE MAIN STAR OF EUROPEAN TOURISMSPECTACULAR DISCOVERY IN CROATIA – THE OLDEST CALENDAR IN EUROPE FOUND!STUDY “BRANDING OF VINKOVAC AS A TOURIST DESIRABLE DESTINATION”TOURISTS IN SEARCH OF TRUE ROMAN TREASURElast_img read more

Travel agency Pointers Adriatic brought the first bus of German tourists to Slavonia

first_img“These are people older than 60+ who came exclusively to Slavonia. We are located in Đakovo, we visit Slavonian cities, introduce them to the local way of life, the offer of local wines and local gastronomy. The first day is planned in Osijek and Valpovo, the second day Đakovo and surrounding villages, and after that there is a tour of Vukovar and Ilok, then Baranja, Kopački Rit and Karanac”Weinpert points out and adds that Slavonia has a huge tourist potential, but that we need synergy and to start dealing with market development. He also adds that it is absolutely possible to bring tourists from Germany to Slavonia, among other things, they have shown this concretely, and that the guests are delighted with what they have seen so far. Last year, the tourist agency Pointers Adriatic from Osijek was founded, the goal of which is to bring organized tourist groups from Germany exclusively to Slavonia.  Pointers shows that the digitalization of destinations (raising visibility), which is one of the business segments of the company, leads to the desired goal, which is the arrival of not only individual tourists but also the arrival of organized tourist groups. Specifically, the first tourist bus that came thanks to the Pointers Adriatic agency is just touring Slavonia, and they are located in Đakovo as a central place or “Heart of Slavonia” from which they travel every day along and across Slavonia. “The German market is a huge potential that Slavonia can and should use to activate its economic activities. Our common goal in the future is to organize as many such trips as possible, which we believe that together we will realize”Concludes Weinpert. Cover photo: TZ Đakovo / Photo by Maja, Photo: Pointers Adriatic / Group visiting Osijekcenter_img By the way, Pointers is known for digitizing tourist destinations through an excellent application Pointers, whose project is also recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and ITB Berlin, and recently founded the aforementioned travel receptive agency for Slavonia. This trip is focused on enogastronomy as a tourist product, tasting traditional delicacies, Slavonian wines and the culture and history of the area, getting to know the life, work and sights of this part of Croatia, says Krunoslav Weinpert, owners of Pointers Adritic from Osijek. The result of this work is the arrival of the first luxury bus with 38 tourists from Berlin targeted to Slavonia, who are currently touring the same. During the six days of their stay, from 18 to 23 March 2019, they will be introduced to the most important tourist destinations in Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. “For the first time we are more active in the direction of the German market and we are actively involved in bringing tourists from Germany directly to Slavonia. I spent five months in Germany and founded a travel agency in Berlin (Pointers International) exclusively with the aim of bringing German tourists to Slavonia. I claim that only we can bring more than 50 buses to Slavonia every year, we just need synergy and that the marketing budget is invested, ie directed so that it results in activities that will surely bring the mentioned number of buses to Slavonia. I know I can do that and I stand strongly behind that statement”Emphasizes Weinpert.last_img read more

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