This month’s issue of Billboard Magazine has a particularly special note within the pages, sponsored and penned by John Mayer. The Dead & Company guitarist has been expressing gratitude to the music and culture of the Grateful Dead since he first started the gig in 2015, even calling it the best thing to ever happen to his career. Somewhat of a late-bloomer in this definitive style and genre of music, Mayer continuously finds new ways to let the fans know how grateful he is for these life-changing times.In a full page spread in Billboard, he writes quite simply,“To the band that changed my life, and for the music that keeps on coloring it in:Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your debut album.Forever Grateful, John Mayer”In March of 1967, the Grateful Dead released their debut album The Grateful Dead. The record included few originals, “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” and Jerry Garcia‘s “Cream Puff War,” along with some of their signature covers of “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Sitting On Top of the World,” “Morning Dew,” “Viola Lee Blues,” and more.It’s no wonder John Mayer felt the need to attribute these career-shaping sounds, as he continues to carry the torch 50 years later while performing alongside original members guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzman, and long-time percussionist Mickey Hart. The revitalized music is only accentuated through the bass wonders of Oteil Burbridge and the psychedelic keys of Jeff Chimenti. The six will hit the road again this summer. Check out the full schedule here!John Mayer will also be on solo tour this summer, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well. More information can be found here.See below for the page from Billboard Magazine:
In backyards all over Georgia, people can tell which way the wind isblowing just by identifying “that smell.”Landowners are building more homes near farm land. And more farmersare raising hogs and chickens to meet an ever-rising demand.Farm manure and chemical odors can travel long distances in the wind.We know that. What we don’t know is how to control how many odor particlesget into the wind.Monique LeClerc,a University of Georgia environmentalphysicist at the Georgia ExperimentStation in Griffin, Ga., said knowing how the wind affects particlesin the air can help reduce the problems caused by wind-borne smells.She raises a tethered, blimp-shaped balloon to a specific altitude.There it records wind speed, direction and other factors on how the airmoves. Recordings taken at various heights and times during the day showremarkable differences.”(The balloon) provides information on wind patterns that goes intoa mathematical model,” LeClerc said. “That model tells us how fast materialsand gases are transported across the Earth’s surface away from the source.”The research is helping LeClerc and her colleagues at the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences learn how to help farmers,and others who use farm chemicals, protect the environment and keep neighborshappier.For instance, LeClerc said chemicals travel much farther downwind atnight, when the air has less vertical movement to mix up any suspendedchemical particles.Farmers can make more informed, practical decisions on when to spraypesticides and even fertilizers, she said. This information can also helpthem decide when to clean out chicken houses or manure pits.LeClerc said farmers can time these operations to minimize the odormolecules carried downwind.But not just row-crop and livestock farmers can use this information.Groundskeepers in parks can use it, too. They can learn when to apply pesticidesand fertilizers to their lawns and gardens to get the job done and thenallow the products to disperse before visitors enter the area.If chemicals aren’t being blown away from where they’re applied, they’restaying put to do their job. That’s a more cost-efficient and environmentallyfriendly way to use them.LeClerc’s research can also help people who are considering buildingnear a farm. By studying and recording predominant wind patterns, landownersnear farms can learn whether their home is in the path of odor drift. Thatcan help them plan better.”Chicken-manure odor is an increasing problem,” LeClerc said. Poultryis the largest income source for Georgia farmers, and demand for poultryproducts rises every year. As more farmers build poultry houses, more nearbyhomeowners smell the natural by-product.But farmers can’t control all the smells or the wind. Sometimes, residentsjust have to accept farm smells as part of country life.
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text Microsoft had an extremely successful transition to remote work in response to COVID-19. Managers were able to dramatically reduce the impact of this transition on employees lives, helping them prioritize the work that really matters and find work-life balance. Erik Anderson, Director of Workplace Intelligence at Microsoft and co-author of the recent Harvard Business Review article “Microsoft Analyzed Data On Its Newly Remote Workforce,” joined our recent webinar to share three big takeaways and some advice with the credit union industry.Erik is part of the team analyzing data from Microsoft’s recent transition to remote working, and he shared with us three major observations in the way people adapted to this disruption and change. He found that meeting norms changed quickly, that managers prioritizing wellbeing played a key role in team success, and that employees were very effective in maintaining human connections. He also shared a few recommendations that leaders can make to help facilitate successful remote working in their own organizations. Much of the data gathered is what Erik called “digital exhaust.” This is passively collected data around collaboration platforms that can give organizations insights into how employees are working together. Meeting Norms Changed Quickly In just 3-4 weeks after workers were sent home, new norms around meetings and the workday quickly formed. “We saw this phenomenon we called the rise of the 30 minute meeting,” said Erik. “Short meetings increased over 20%, and they tended to be smaller meetings. Longer meetings decreased, with meetings over an hour decreasing about 10%.” Microsoft issued surveys to better understand this trend, and found that people didn’t have the stamina to stay engaged with lengthy digital meetings that were previously held in conference rooms. The reason for scheduling meetings also shifted, with more employees meeting just to stay connected. Those informal meetings in breakout rooms or at coffee shops that could no longer take place during the lockdown effectively shifted to digital meetings. The time distribution of these meetings changed as well. As employees adjusted to working from home with schools closed, they found themselves needing to integrate more into their days. Parents, for example, often needed to help their kids with remote learning in the mornings. As a result, collaborations that usually took place in the mornings shifted to the afternoons, the usual lunch slowdown disappeared, and more meetings shifted into late afternoon. With these changes also came major changes to the workday. Managers Prioritized Wellbeing “The concept of traditional workday got thrown out the window,” said Erik. “And people started making their own workdays.” Nontraditional workdays and a shift to working later raised concerns about wellbeing and burnout. But the data showed an interesting trend – managers were stepping up and doing the heavy lifting to adapt to these massive changes. Manager collaboration time increased by eight hours a week, much of it spent in one-on-one meetings with their teams. And the results were incredible. “Employees that spent weekly time with their managers in a one on one setting, their overall working time throughout the pandemic increased 60% less than their peers,” said Erik. Through helping employees focus on prioritizing their work and finding work-life balance, managers were able to dramatically reduce the impact of the remote work transition on their lives. It turned out that managers’ response to change, and these one-to-one meetings in particular, were the biggest factor in team success. Employees Maintained Human Connections The networks that people build both inside and outside of their organization play a key role in enabling workers to be successful, leading Erik and his team to study how their employees maintained these networks outside of the office and how the networks evolved. “We’re interested in how networks help people do their work. So, if you think of a credit union, not every group is working only within their own silo,” said Erik. “There’s collaboration that has to happen across the whole credit union and people form networks when they do. We find that these networks of people are really strong enablers of them to be successful.”Erik’s team originally thought that these networks would shrink down to just the people they were closest with when everyone began working from home, and they were surprised by what they found in the data. “For the most part, everyone was able to maintain the network and the connections they had with other employees,” said Erik. Across the board, looking at all 90,000 Microsoft employees, the size of their networks remained constant. And those additional short meetings played a large part. Social meetings increased by 10% and one-to-one meetings increased by 20%. “The use of those meetings to stay connected was clearly being shown in the data,” said Erik. Embracing Change Erik shared some insights into how to achieve a successful transition to remote work. A big part of this is making sure to continue to do things differently, to try new things and stick to the strategies that work, as well as reimaging what the workplace needs to look like in the future. “A lot of it is just starting with things that are really small,” said Erik. “The emphasis on wellbeing and making sure everyone understands the resources they have at their disposal. The data about manager one-on-ones led to a campaign to say to managers ‘hey, make sure you do spend time with your employees.’” Microsoft also found success with a recharge Friday, where every other Friday there are no meetings and no Teams collaboration. People can use that for what they need to. It can be to do really deep focused work, it could be to tend to their families, and it could be used to catch up on other things. “We as an organization are saying it’s okay to take this time to manage what you need to do with your work-life integration,” said Erik. Empowering your employees and giving them the autonomy to choose how they work best, as well as giving them the leadership and support they need to work effectively, can have dramatic positive impacts on their successful transition to remote work. The full webinar recording is available on our website. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details
Remarks by Governor Wolf at the Launch of “It’s On Us PA” It’s On Us PA, Remarks, Videos Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown, PATRANSCRIPT:I am proud to announce “It’s On Us PA” – the first statewide effort to address the crisis of campus sexual assault.This builds on the White House “It’s On Us” campaign.This initiative has three goals.First, to improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems in the commonwealth.Second, to remove or at least reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting sexual assault.And third, to demonstrate that we are committed – at all levels – to the task of eradicating this scourge in Pennsylvania.This campaign is very important.We need to treat sexual assault in our schools and colleges as the serious problem it truly is.We need to agree that we’re not going to put up with it any longer.That’s because sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us. It clearly affects its survivors. It affects the friends, colleagues and family members of the survivor. It affects us all. And it happens a lot.Sexual violence is unfortunately pervasive in our society. It affects an estimated 1 in 5 college women.Nearly 20% of young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaulted — mostly by someone the survivor knows and trusts: a classmate, a supposed friend, a relative, or a family member.And the impact is serious and widespread.First of all, sexual assault – wherever it occurs – clearly imposes a huge burden on the survivors. The individual consequences are clear.Survivors are more likely to experience immediate and long-term health issues like:Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – 94%Depression – 75%And suicidal tendencies – 35-50%Survivors are more likely than their peers to abuse alcohol. They are more likely to drop out of school. They are likely to have a lower GPA in college.All of which leads to an average reduction in lifetime income of over $240,000. That’s a $15.1 billion cost for Pennsylvania over the lives of these survivors in our state. So there are clear costs to the survivors of sexual assault.But, there are also clear costs to those living and studying around them.When someone else is sexually assaulted it reflects – and often reinforces – a number of negative forces.It promotes a culture of unfairness and discrimination. It feeds on the pernicious idea that some people have clearer rights than others. That some are more equal than others.It builds an environment of fear among the community of friends, acquaintances and neighbors who know of the survivor’s ordeal. And this inhibits and restricts freedom of action on the part of that entire community.Sexual assault places a barrier between people who have become concerned about the possibility of sexual assault and those with whom they might otherwise interact freely. It dampens the open exchange of everything from ideas to feelings.Finally, sexual assault reduces the quality of life for us all.Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is a clear violation of that civil right. When that violation occurs for any member of a community, it violates the right of everyone to a safe society.A society in which sexual assault is a big problem is a society in which the core values we claim to hold dear – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – are little more that empty ideals.We need to end sexual assault.To this end, I have directed my administration to address this problem over the course of the next year.We have great partners in this effort. Over 40 colleges, universities and school districts in Pennsylvania have signed the pledge to join the “It’s On Us” campaign. And the hope is that many more will join this group.We also have a network of 50 rape crisis centers across the state ready and willing to work with our schools, colleges and universities.I am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world as to what committed citizens can do to make our world better.It’s truly on all of us to accomplish this.Let’s get to work.###Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 29, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August.The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices. The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9. The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols.Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 29, 2020 ___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues. The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Czech Athletics Federation has responded to loosened lockdown restrictions by organizing 173 meetings across the country in a single day — Monday. Associated Press ___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points. Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event. “We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’”___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff. The NHL, which is ironing out details to resume its season by jumping straight to a 24-team playoff format, released a memo this week saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol. It includes the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice.___The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises that have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the expiration on Sunday of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-prompted policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have said they’re promising payments through August. Other clubs have committed through June.The Twins also said Friday they don’t plan to release any minor league players, as several major league parent clubs have reportedly done this week. Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks. ___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August.The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.”The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.___The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website.The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls also committed $200,000 to support the fund in March. The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday.NBA teams have allowed players back at their training facilities for voluntary sessions since May 8, with more than half of the league’s franchises having already taken advantage of that opportunity. All age categories will participate, and three of the meetings will include the country’s elite athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova and three-time indoor world 400-meter champion Pavel Maslak.The initiative has been celebrated by World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.“It’s a really powerful template for all our other member federations,” Coe said in a conference call with Czech media on Friday. “A template how you engage the athletes, younger people, and the fans.”Gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed in the Czech Republic, which hasn’t been hit hard by the pandemic compared to some in Europe. The top two soccer divisions have already restarted, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won this week in the first of a series of tennis tournaments organized by the Czech Tennis Federation for local players.___ The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected. The Latest: Czechs set up 173 athletics meets for single day Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___ One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court. — Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans.The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans “it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains.”Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit. The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6