INDIANAPOLIS – At least twelve organizations across Indiana will have the opportunity to serve more children, youth or families or improve their effectiveness through a grant program offered by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI).
The Capacity Building Coaching grant will give nonprofits serving children, youth or families an opportunity to overcome challenges they face in running their agencies. The grant matches consultants with agency staff and board members to develop strategies and implement best practices so the organizations can best deliver their services.
IYI will award 12 grants, but because collaborative applications between two agencies are encouraged, more than 12 agencies could benefit. Applications must be submitted via e-mail to IYI by Aug. 26.
Nonprofit community and faith-based organizations serving children, youth or families from any Indiana county are eligible. Geographic diversity of the 12 winning applications will be taken into account when the grants are awarded. The grants will be awarded this September and the grant cycle will run through next June. The winning organizations will receive:
· Up to 150 hours of professional consulting from IYI to provide strategic planning, board development, evaluation planning, fund development, marketing, executive mentoring, technology or other technical assistance that would increase the effectiveness of the organization.
· Registration for one to attend “Principles and Techniques of Fundraising,” a five-day overview course taught by The Fund Raising School at Indiana University in Indianapolis, all approved travel expenses paid.
· Registration for two to attend IYI’s Because Kids Count Conference in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-4, 2013, all approved travel expenses paid.
The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.
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It's been a little over a month since President Obama announced that he's not waiting for Congress to do something about climate change and Americans seem to be glad he's doing it. That's the result of the first poll of voters since the president unveiled his Climate Action Plan.
The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates and Chesapeake Beach Consulting for the Naturla Resources Defense Council, found strong bipartisan support with 61 percent if respondents approving of the plan--with a reported 68 percent from the Midwest.
Howard Learner with the Environmental Law and Policy Center says he expects to support to grow even stronger, "as people see that cars and trucks are becoming more efficient, as people see some of the old coal plant dinosaurs either cleaning up or retiring, I think you're going to see a lot of members of the public saying this makes sense." Even after being given the arguments for and against the plan, the voters supported it by a nearly two to one margin.
In addition to telling the voters that the plan will limit pollution from power plants as well as boost fuel efficiency in vehicles and energy efficiency in homes, the voters were told that the plan will invest more in wind and solar power generation. And they approved.
Learner said Illinois is one of many states that will benefit economically. "You know, the Midwest and the Great Plains are the Saudi Arabia of wind power," he said. "Iowa is the number two state in the country in terms of installed wind power development, Illinois is number four, Minnesota is number six." He said the Dakotas are producing more wind power as well. Meanwhile according to the Defense Council's website: http://www.nrdc.org, Indiana was ranked in the Top 20 states but is the third-fastest growing state in wind energy capacity
Learner sees the president's Climate Action plan as an important kick starter for the clean-energy industry. Even though the poll showed bipartisan support for most elements in the plan, Senate Republicans have introduced legislation to stop the EPA from regulating carbon emissions from power plants.
Poll results and more information is at ELPC.org.
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 23 year old East Chicago man was found not guilty of murder today by a jury in the death of a 21 year old woman and not guilty of attempted murder of the woman's boyfriend. The Times reports Antonio Perkins was accused of following the couple, after an altercation at an East Chicago gas station in July of 2011, and firing at their vehicle, striking the woman in the head. According to the article, the defense contended the evidence in the case did not hold up, as cell phone records indicated the victim had already been hospitalized when Perkins was alleged to have been shooting at the vehicle.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) voted against the Senate Fiscal Year 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and Financial Services Appropriations bill in today’s full committee markup.
Although Coats supported a number of amendments to these bills, he remains opposed to all of the Senate Appropriations bills because collectively they violate current law under the Budget Control Act.
“While these bills include amendments I offered and many worthy initiatives, I could not support the final legislation because the collective spending levels among all Senate Appropriations bills will violate current law,” said Coats. “The Senate needs to abide by the laws it enacts and stop playing games to avoid hard fiscal decisions.”
During the Senate Appropriations Committee markup, Coats along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) successfully included an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 State and Foreign Operations spending bill that would impose steep cuts on U.S. aid to the Government of Afghanistan if exit fees on American property continue during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The amendment would reduce foreign aid to Afghanistan by five dollars for every one dollar in taxes, fines or levies imposed on U.S. property exiting Afghanistan.
“Over the last twelve years, thousands of brave Americans have given their lives heroically to break the Taliban’s stronghold on the Afghan people and provide Afghan troops with military training and support,” Coats said. “We will not stand aside and allow the Afghan government to exploit the United States after all of the lives and resources our country has sacrificed.”
The U.S. military is gradually reducing its presence in Afghanistan as more responsibility is passed along to the Afghan security forces. The Government of Afghanistan reportedly has fined the U.S. up to $1,000 per shipping container that does not have a corresponding invoice of its contents. Recently, the U.S. special investigator for Afghanistan informed Congress of nearly $1 billion in business taxes and penalties imposed by the Afghan government on contractors and warned of hundreds of millions of dollars in additional future costs if the exit fees remain.
Coats also backed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services Appropriations bill to prevent funding for implementation of the individual mandate in the president’s health care law.
“The Affordable Care Act is proving to be anything but affordable,” said Coats. “I consistently hear from Hoosiers across Indiana about the negative impacts this law is having on family budgets and job creators. Rather than force an unwanted and unpopular law onto the people, let’s regroup, reset and deliver effective health care reform for all Americans.”
The amendment failed along party lines during the committee markup.
The Senate Fiscal Year 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and the Senate Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services Appropriations bill cleared the committee and will now be placed on the Senate calendar for consideration at a later date.
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(Photos Courtesy of the Indiana State Prison)
A program to provide fire fighting training to inmates of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City is scheduled to conclude tomorrow. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Department of Corrections says the program, which began on Monday, provides entry-level knowledge for participants to meet performance requirements and perform basic tasks, in the classroom and through hands-on lessons in topics such as fire behavior, forcible entry and ventilation. Indiana State Prison Superintendent William Wilson says this is the first time that certified fire training has been conducted inside the facility, and upon graduating, the inmates will be certified to fight interior fires which benefits them when they return to their communities so they can give back.
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Two people aboard a small home-built plane are receiving treatment for their injuries after it crashed into a home, which caught fire as a result, near the Columbus Municipal Airport in downstate Columbus, around 9:30 this morning. Authorities say the pilot, 81 year old Gerald Clayton, of Columbus, and his passenger, Dennis King, whose age and hometown have not been released, are in serious and fair condition respectively at last check in an Indianapolis hospital. Officials say a woman was in home when the crash occurred, but was not injured.
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Washington, D.C. –Today, Senator Joe Donnelly questioned nominees for General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Inspector General of the Department of Defense, and two Assistant Secretaries for the Navy about military suicide prevention, improving the Department’s investigation of sexual assault cases, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane’s model of joint basing with the Army, which reduces costs for taxpayers.
Watch Senator Donnelly’s questions here.
Senator Donnelly’s ">first bill as U.S. Senator was the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2013, which would establish a pilot program in each of the military services and reserve components to integrate annual mental health assessments into a servicemember’s Periodic Health Assessment and identify risk factors for mental illness so that servicemembers can access preventative care. More recently, Donnelly successfully advocated for a study in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that would assess the design and possible implementation of the pilot program in the Jacob Sexton Act.
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence today announced that flags at state facilities across Indiana be flown at half-staff this Saturday, July 27th, in honor of Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Governor Pence is also asking businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff as well.
President Bill Clinton proclaimed July 27 a national day of recognition in 1998 to commemorate the more than 37,000 U.S. service personnel who lost their lives during the 37 months of combat in Korea, from 1950 through 1953.
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The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed police testimony regarding a Lake Station man's confession during his trial in 2012 in a 3-0 decision. 38 year old Jason King had appealed his attempted murder conviction, stating questioning by officers should not have continued when he asked if he needed an attorney, which the appeals court determined was not actually exercising the right to demand an attorney be present. The court also determined the 45 year prison sentence King received for shooting Woodrow McGuire, of Gary, in the face in February of 2011, was justified, in light of his significant criminal history, and the disturbing motive of the crime, in which King shot McGuire, a total stranger because, “he was black” and due to the fact McGuire had asked King to stop leaning against him while at a South Haven bar.
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law that moves forward plans for a third major Chicago-area airport. The new law lets the Illinois Department of Transportation enter into a public-private partnership for the development, construction and operation of a south suburban airport in Will County and will allow the state to spend about 71-million dollars on land acquisition near Peotone. The state is still awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration on a master plan for the proposed airport.
Human cells can't metabolize oxalate, an acidic chemical found in nearly all plants we eat, so any oxalate we absorb from food must be excreted from the body. Calcium-oxalate urinary stones can form when oxalate reaches a high concentration in the kidneys. About 80 percent of kidney stones are composed of insoluble calcium oxalate.
T. Joseph Kappock, assistant professor of biochemistry, and his research team made the discovery during a study of genes in Acetobacter aceti, a harmless bacterium that is typically used to convert wine to vinegar. Acetobacter aceti, which normally lives on plant tissue, thrives in acidic conditions that easily kill most other bacteria, Kappock said.
The researchers were searching for other acids in addition to acetic acid, the acid present in vinegar, that the bacterium can metabolize.
"We were very excited when we realized E. coli has the same genetic setup as Acetobacter aceti," said Kappock, whose findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Kappock and doctoral students Elwood A. Mullins and Kelly L. Sullivan found that Acetobacter aceti and E. coli each contain an enzyme with a previously unknown function, called YfdE in E. coli.
DNA sequencing had identified related genes in each bacterium, but provided little insight about its function.
"When we look at a bacterial genome by DNA sequencing, we can't tell what many of the proteins in the organism do," Kappock said. "I compare it to knowing that a vehicle has an internal combustion engine. You don't know if it's in an Indy car or a diesel truck. DNA sequencing tells us we have an internal combustion engine in this organism, but we don't know what it's for or what it can do."
Many other bacteria have the same genes but don't seem to be capable of using them.
"A few bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract eat oxalate, and we think we know how those work," Kappock said. "But we don't know why so many others are killed by oxalate, even though they have genes that would seem to be able to protect them. Oxalate is a very hard nut to crack. It's a very stable molecule that is difficult to decompose. The enzymes that process it are pretty specialized and don't seem to connect to normal bacterial metabolic pathways in an obvious way."
The researchers determined which chemicals are processed by the YfdE enzyme, following a hunch that it would use oxalate. Their results connected oxalate degradation to the core of bacterial metabolism.
Assigning a function to YfdE may help identify beneficial bacteria that could serve as probiotic agents in the human gastrointestinal tract to reduce the risk of kidney stone formation. Kidney stones, which affect more than 5 percent of the U.S. population, can cause painful blockages of the urinary tract.
"If we understand what bacteria need to degrade oxalate, then we might have a better idea how to identify strains that can do that, and thereby suppress the uptake of dietary oxalate" he said. "There are probably bacteria out there that have engineered themselves to do this for us."
Genome-sequencing information will increase the speed of the search, Kappock said.
"Because we've figured out what the gene product does, we will be able to find it in any organism and can zero in on those that might be beneficial," he said.
The researchers used X-ray crystallography to pinpoint the most important regions of the YfdE enzyme.
Kappock said the information has other applications, as well. Scientists and engineers who are interested in mapping and reprogramming microbial metabolism now know what one more gene product does.
"Our one piece of the puzzle will help others understand other metabolic networks," he said.
Agricultural Research at Purdue, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy funded the research.
News Release/Purdue University
Indianapolis International Airport has announced new, nonstop flights to two tropical island destinations. Beginning December 21, Delta Air Lines will operate weekly nonstop service between the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).
"Delta Air Lines is the largest provider of non-stop destinations at IND, and we are pleased with their decision to offer our passengers new, convenient choices for popular winter travel destinations," said Chris Matney, air service director for the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA). "Adding to our international leisure markets diversifies the destination variety and connectivity that IND provides our community."
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brennen Coles (left) and Seaman Nicholas Konopka of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor place a bouquet of flowers in the Chicago River Wednesday during a ceremony marking the 98th anniversary of the SS Eastland disaster, one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. The SS Eastland capsized on the river in 1915 with more than 2,500 onboard. Eight-hundred-forty-four people perished.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brennen Coles (left) and Seaman Nicholas Konopka of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor prepare to salute after placing a bouquet of flowers in the Chicago River during a ceremony marking the 98th anniversary of the SS Eastland disaster.
[U.S. Coast Guard photos by Auxiliarist Jonathan Roth]
Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor, Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr., and Scott Amo, Teleperformance Americall Site Director at the Wednesday, July 24th, press conference/tour announcing the hiring
Teleperformance Americall is to hire 300-400 employees in the next 30 to 60 days. According to a press release from the City of Hobart, two new contracts have been signed with new clients withAmericall looking to hire both Full Time and Part Time employees. Although some work is tempoary running through December, it has the ability to become full time year round for the company.
The jobs will be 95% inbound customer service/sales. Americall says it's excited to announce an increase in their wages on these programs and are hiring in at $10/hr. with sales compensation on top of that as well with Insurance Agenst starting at $13/hr. with compensation as well.
The company adds that this is a great opportunity not only for the community but the company as well as it is in the process of refurbishing the office as well, which will be in a few phases over the next 60 days.
Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen Jr., praised Mayor Snedecor and the Hobart Town Council for their hard work in providing an inviting atmosphere for comapnies like Teleperformance Americall to locate a facility in Northwest Indiana.
Teleperformance Americall is located at 1901 Northwind Parkway in the back of the complex just off Mississippi and 61st Avenue.
For more information on hiring log onto the campny's website: www.teleperformance.com and click on the Hobart location.
The City of hobart will also be sponsoring a recruiting fair at Festival Park Community Center located at 111 E. Old Ridge Rd. in Hobart, on Tuesday, July 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teleperformance Americall call center Hobart, facility
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One Communications)
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