Pay RangeCommensurate with Experience CampusSyracuse, NY Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. Job TitleLab Assistant III Physical Requirements Application Deadline Job TypeFull-time • Bachelor of science in chemistry, biology, materials science orother relevant fields Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Job Description Job CategoryStaff LocationSyracuse, NY Qualifications Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. The Lab Assistant III will assist the principal investigator withconducting experiments as well as some lab management duties (suchas preparation of laboratory reagents). About Syracuse University Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans Job Specific Qualifications Job Posting Date03/06/2020 In addition to completing an online application, please attach aresume and cover letter. Application Instructions Job #036470 Tools/Equipment Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit www.syracuse.edu. FLSA StatusNon-exempt Full Consideration By Message to Applicants About the Syracuse area DepartmentChemistry Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. Standard University business hours8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)Hours may vary based on operational needs. • Preparation and sterilization of various buffers, reagents, andmedia is critical.• Experience with synthesis of organic compounds isdesirable. Staff LevelS3 Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Quick Linkhttps://www.sujobopps.com/postings/83650 EEOC Hours • Prepare laboratory reagents and solutions• Set-up experimental apparatuses• Analyze data and prepare figures• Optimization of expression and purification of recombinantproteins• Assay development• Assistance with purchasing and requisition Posting Details Department Code21821-3040 Responsibilities
Documents Needed To ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscripts (unofficial)References (3-5 with contact information)Optional Documents Posting DetailsPosition TitleWeb DesignerJob DescriptionThe University Web Designer is responsible for the creation andmaintenance of content for the University website and itssub-sites, including visual design, usability, and collaboratingwith stakeholders on content creation. This position promotesimprovements to the site by examining web analytics, industrytrends, and features to improve the SEO ranking of the university.This position is University marketing focused, providing guidanceto stakeholders on ways to present information to prospectivestudents, parents, and community members, that promote the visionand mission of the university. The web designer is required to workclosely with the Technology Services department for updates to theCMS, web server maintenance, and campus communications tools.ESSENTIAL DUTIES●Create and maintain content for the university site and sub-sites,including visual design and usability.●Develop project timelines and production schedules and coordinatewith faculty/staff to implement changes in a timely and organizedmanner.●Provide communication/training to department stakeholders on howto navigate and use sites.●Coordinate the implementation and use of web analytics and SEO,and report recommendations for site improvements to universitystakeholders.●Collaborate with the Technology Services department for CMSupdates and feature improvements.Required QualificationsBachelor’s degree in web design, graphic design, or related field.2 years of web design or web programming experience.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:●Web page design and development●Content management systems, especially WordPress●Graphic design applications, including InDesign and other AdobeCreative Suite applications●Google Analytics and SEO●Demonstrated skill as a team member, and possibly a teamleader●Project management, time management and task prioritization●Communication, as applied to interaction with coworkers,supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange orconvey information and to receive work direction.Preferred QualificationsPhysical DemandsSedentary Work:Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligibleamount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pullor otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary workinvolves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walkingand standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentarycriteria are met.FLSAExemptAdditional DemandsHours of WorkM-F 8:00am – 4:30pmPosting NumberS124POpen Date12/11/2020Priority Deadline04/23/2021Open Until FilledYesSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Do you have a bachelor’s degree?YesNo What graphic design and web page design applications are youexperienced with?(Open Ended Question) How many years of experience do you have in this type ofposition?0-11-33-55-77+
Suit Takes Aim At Indiana Religious Charter SchoolsDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA Monroe County nonprofit organization has sued the state and a charter school, seeking to block its funding because the group argues that taking tax dollars from public schools for the benefit of private religious institutions violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.The Indiana Coalition for Public Education of Monroe County and South Central Indiana Inc. on Tuesday sued state education officials and the Seven Oaks Classical School. The K-8 school in Ellettsville opened in 2016 under a charter issued to Grace College in Winona Lake. But while the suit targets Seven Oaks, it also argues more broadly that religious institutions should be restricted from chartering schools that receive public money.ICPE includes Monroe County public schoolteachers and employees who will be harmed by the diversion of tax dollars to public schools, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The complaint “challenges the constitutionality of portions of the Indiana Charter Schools Act on their face and as applied to the authorization of a charter for Seven Oaks Classical School by Grace College and Seminary.”The suit asserts funding for the charter school, part of which is received by Grace College, violates not just the Establishment Clause but also the Indiana Constitution’s prohibition in Article 1, Section 6 against drawing money from the treasury for the benefit of a religious institution. The suit seeks declaratory judgments that sections of the Charter School Act are unconstitutional; that the charter issued to Seven Oaks is invalid; and an injunction blocking state money from being distributed to the school.Terry English, an attorney member of the board of directors of Seven Oaks, said Tuesday the school had not yet been served with a copy of the suit and would not immediately comment. But English said the school believes it’s on sound legal footing.“Seven Oaks has followed Indiana law,” he said. “Grace College is an authorizer under Indiana law, and we believe we followed the law in its entirety.”“Our chief concern is that Indiana law permits religious institutions like Grace College to decide whether to authorize charter schools,” Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, chair of ICPE–Monroe County, said in a statement announcing the suit. “Charter schools are taxpayer-supported and take money away from our school corporations, so only state and local officials answerable to the public should be able to authorize them.”ICPE said Grace College and Seminary describes itself as an evangelical Christian institution that applies biblical values to its educational mission, emphasizes a biblical worldview, and teaches students to recognize scripture as the inerrant and inspired word of God.The complaint also challenges a provision in state law that gives up to 3 percent of a charter school’s public funds to the authorizer — in this case, Grace College and Seminary. “That would seem to violate the Indiana Constitution, which says flatly that no money may be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious institution,” lead attorney Alex Tanford, professor emeritus at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said in the statement.The suit alleges three counts: that delegating the decision to authorize a charter school to a religious institution violates the Establishment Clause; that providing tax dollars to religious institutions for authorizing charter schools violates the Establishment Clause; and that giving public money to religious institutions violates the Indiana Constitution.Along with Seven Oaks, the suit names Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, who chairs the State Board of Education, as well as James Bentley, executive director of the Indiana Charter School Board. The case is before Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Download (PDF, 416KB)Download (PDF, 539KB) A presentation at a public meeting last week offered details on two of the big questions surrounding the proposed new skateboard park in Ocean City: “Where will it go?” and “What will be there?”The graphics above show the latest plans.Ocean City has $750,000 in hand and a site selected to replace a park that was dismantled in 2011. The project could possibly be complete as early as spring 2015. The meeting was an effort to provide information to the public and to solicit feedback that could help address concerns about the new facility (read more).City Council is expected to consider a bond ordinance authorizing the spending on the project at its meeting on Thursday. WHEREThe proposed 200-by-70-foot concrete would be constructed atop an existing parking lot to the north (toward Fifth Street) of the Ocean City Fire Department and the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet. The new skateboard park in Ocean City, NJ, would be constructed 13 feet to the north of the sidewalk that runs beside the existing Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet.A 13-foot buffer area would separate the skate park from the sidewalk that runs beside the Clothes Closet. A large portion of the existing parking lot would remain on the Fifth Street side of the park.The park’s other immediate neighbors are the Ocean City Primary School (across the West Avenue to the west), the Ocean City Tabernacle (across Asbury Avenue to the north) and a commercial property (Gabriel Building Group across Fifth Street to the north).Plans call for trees to surround the park. WHATThe new park design would be constructed of concrete and feature a bowl with extensions, a snake run and other features that would “lean toward the carving culture,” a style of skating more reminiscent of surfing.“Twinkie rollers,” “stairs with Hubbas,” an “A-Frame fun box,” and a quarter pipe are among the design elements.Helmets and pads would be required for anybody who wants to use the park. There would be no fee to use the park, which will be called the Cape May County Skate Park in OCNJ (because a county grant provides $500,000 for the construction of the park).Rules and plans to monitor the park are still being worked out. If bicycles are permitted to use the park, they would be able to do so only at times scheduled separately from skateboarders. Steel pegs on bikes would not be permitted and the park designer recommends against even plastic pegs.An ADA ramp would lead to a small spectator area. READ MOREGroup Zeroes in on Skate Park Site for Ocean CityNIMPS, not NIMBYs, in Ocean City Skate Park DebateOcean City Gets $500,000 Grant for Skateboard Park__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
While last night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards seemed to make an effort to deservedly highlight the many wonderful female artists and artists of color in today’s music world, perhaps the most pervading storyline to emerge from the ceremony seemed to highlight the ceremony’s continued representational shortcomings.In the leadup to the event, one of the dominating narratives had been the many high-profile artists who declined to participate. As widely reported, several of hip-hop’s biggest names—including Drake, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar—turned down invitations to perform at “music’s biggest night.” Each of those three artists was nominated for multiple awards. Kendrick wound up taking home a statue for “Best Rap Performance” for “King’s Dead”. Gambino would end up winning for “Best Rap/Sung Performance”, “Best Music Video”, “Song of the Year”, and “Record of the Year” for his Internet-breaking track, “This Is America“, though neither artist was in the building to accept the awards themselves.It was widely reported that Drake would also not be in attendance, but when his name was called as the winner of the “Best Rap Song” category for “God’s Plan”, the Toronto native surprised those watching by emerging from backstage—rather than from musicians’ customary place in the audience—to accept the award. Though noticeably a little surprised to hear his name called, Drake quickly used his acceptance speech platform to reinforce many artists’ views of the Grammys.“I definitely did not think I was winning anything… I want to take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to the kids that are watching this that are aspiring to do music, all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth: I wanna let you know we play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. So it’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions and won the games. This is a business where, sometimes, it’s up to a bunch of people who may not understand, you know, what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say, or a fly Spanish girl from New York (Cardi B), or a brother from Houston (Travis Scott). … You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you. You already won.”The show went to commercial quickly from there, seemingly cutting Drake off from the rest of his speech after downplaying the significance of the award. While the Recording Academy has since clarified that cutting off the end of the speech was a mistake—they say it seemed he had reached a “natural pause”—it seemed to drive home Drake’s sentiments even harder.Drake – 2019 “Best Rap Song” Grammy Acceptance Speech[Video: Boogiedownfinest]As the show’s longtime producer, Ken Ehrlich, told The New York Times in an interview last week, “The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world. When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”This issue has become more polarizing as hip-hop continues to take over as one of popular music’s most successful genres. As The Guardian notes, “The last 12 months have seen hip-hop continue a commercial domination of music that began in 2017 when Nielsen Soundscan figures from the US suggested eight of the 10 most listened to artists in the world were rappers.”The Grammy Awards have long had issues with the hip-hop world. The tensions date back all the way to 1989, when several high-profile hip-hop acts boycotted the ceremony after learning that the newly added “Best Rap Performance” category would be among those not televised during the broadcast. The Academy has continually come under fire for perceived mishandlings of the hip-hop world’s recognition in the years since. In 2016, commercial darling Macklemore took home the award for “Best Rap Album”, but quickly publicized his views that Kendrick Lamar was more deserving of the award for his critically-acclaimed album, good kid, M.A.A.D. city. Just last year, Jay-Z, one of the biggest names in the hip-hop world, was nominated for 8 awards for 4:44, but wound up going home winless. He also elected not to attend in 2019.While the continued disparity between the Grammys’ award choices and the opinions of listeners was once again highlighted this year, the hip-hop community did score some notable cross-genre wins. Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” became the first rap track to ever take home “Song of the Year” honors—despite somewhat inexplicably not being nominated for “Best Rap Song”.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group says its fighters have shot down an Israeli drone over a southern village near the border with Israel. The Israeli military did not confirm Hezbollah’s claim but said a drone has crashed on Lebanese territory. It says there’s no risk of breach of information. Monday’s downing comes after months of rising tensions amid Israeli airstrikes on Iran-backed fighters in neighboring Syria. Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV claims the drone was shot down after it entered Lebanon’s air space. It says the drone crashed in the village of Blida, near the border with Israel, and that Hezbollah fighters now have the unmanned aircraft.
Business Grants Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems from USDA Rural DevelopmentBy David H. RobinsonBusiness Programs Director Energy conservation and renewable energy production are increasing the bottom line for businesses in Vermont and New Hampshire. USDA Rural Development can pay for up to 25% of eligible efficiency or renewable energy system costs with grant funds and help finance an additional 50% of the project costs with a guaranteed loan. Biofuel production equipment is also an eligible program purpose. The maximum grants are $500,000 for renewable systems and $250,000 for efficiency projects.In many cases, USDA RD can help a business structure a deal that requires no ‘out-of-pocket’ cash. Examples of Vermont and New Hampshire renewable energy and energy efficiency projects previously funded include installation of energy efficient lighting, development of biomass boiler systems, improvements to HVAC, upgraded refrigeration systems, geothermal heating systems and installation of reverse osmosis equipment for maple producers.USDA RD grant and loan guarantee funds may be combined with grants or loans from other private, state or local sources such as bank loans, efficiency rebates or renewable energy generation incentive programs.Businesses interested in learning more about the program and to determine if they qualify, should contact USDA Rural Development in either Montpelier, VT at 802-828-6031 or Concord, NH at 603-223-6045.- End –
Deer local brewers,First, let me say thanks. I like beer. You make beer. It’s like a Romeo and Juliet relationship, but without all the killing and family drama. Keep my deep appreciation of your efforts in mind when I say this: you’re dropping the ball. The super hoppy IPA’s are great, the seasonal brews with local fruit are great. I dig the hip brewery tasting rooms with obligatory corn hole in the parking lot just outside the garage doors. It’s all great. But for the love of hops, where are the brewery trucks? I don’t mean delivery trucks. I mean the brewery trucks. Like food trucks, but with beer. Picture this: you’re at your favorite food truck rodeo, and right there in the between the artisan grilled cheese truck and the Korean fries pedicab is a converted U-haul van with taps coming out of the bumper.Why the hell isn’t this a reality? It seems like a great way for home brewers and nano breweries to dip their toes in the market. Keep the overhead low, brew in small batches and show up on weekends at parks, food truck gatherings, popular trailheads, traffic jams in Atlanta—you know, the places I always wish I could get a beer. Picture a beer truck that runs through your neighborhood, playing a catchy tune like the ice cream trucks we grew up with, selling pints of frosty craft beer to dudes mowing their lawns and tinkering with their bikes and cars on weekends! If that’s not what our Founding Fathers meant when they wrote “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” into the Declaration of Independence, then I don’t know what is.There are probably some legal logistics to overcome regarding the sale of alcohol out of the back of a van, but if thousands of people willingly sign up for races where they get electrocuted and have to sign a “possibility of death” waiver, I’m sure some smart lawyers can make shilling beer out of a moving vehicle work. I found something close in San Francisco. The BrewTruc, a converted school bus that pours home, micro, and nano brews whipped up in the Bay Area. From what I can tell, they don’t brew their own beer, but their heart is in the right place: mobile beer. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Southern brewers take a similar giant leap for mankind and mobilize their brewing efforts.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com
By Nike Ching / Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff April 24, 2020 The United States is condemning authoritarian governments around the world for suppressing people with severe human rights “violations and abuses” to control any activities that might threaten their power.“Experience teaches that government officials who oppress, abuse, and tolerate the denial of the human rights of their own people are also responsible for creating social environments that are ripe for both economic and humanitarian crises, and that encourage corruption, violent conflict, and terrorism,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a March 11 statement unveiling the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.IranOn Iran, the U.S. report highlighted the widespread protests that began last November after a fuel price increase.The Tehran government “blocked almost all international and local internet connections for most of a week, and security forces used lethal force to end the protests, killing approximately 1,500 persons and detaining 8,600, according to international media reports. There was no indication government entities were pursuing independent or impartial investigations into protester deaths,” said the State Department.Supporters of Juan Guaidó confront Venezuelan security forces preventing them to continue on their way to the National Assembly in Caracas, on March 10, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Lanza / NurPhoto / AFP)The U.S. report detailed a grim picture in Iran, citing significant human rights abuses including executions for crimes not meeting the international legal standard and without fair trials of individuals.The State Department also said Iranian government officials materially contributed to human rights abuses in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, through military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and pro-Iran militia groups.ChinaOn China, the State Department’s human rights report focused on Chinese Communist Party officials’ intensified campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang).“In China, the Chinese Communist Party uses high-tech surveillance systems to monitor potential dissidents. It’s imprisoning religious minorities in internment camps, part of its historic antipathy to religious believers,” Pompeo told reporters at the press briefing.The State Department report says Chinese authorities reportedly have “arbitrarily detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims in extrajudicial internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities.”The report said official repression of the freedoms of speech, religion, movement, association and assembly of predominantly Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, and Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), was more severe than in other areas of the country.Washington also notes that in China, human rights issues include arbitrary or unlawful killings, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention by the government; harsh and life-threatening prison and detention conditions; physical attacks on and criminal prosecution of journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners, and others as well as their family members; and the forcible return of asylum-seekers to North Korea.VenezuelaOn Venezuela, the report cited restrictions on political participation and the stifling of free expression.“For more than a decade, political power has been concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive exercising significant control over the judicial, citizens’ power, and electoral branches of government,” said the State Department, citing that the reelection of Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president is “neither free nor fair” and deeply flawed.The State Department report also pointed to issues including unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings by security forces of the Maduro regime; forced disappearances; torture by security forces; arbitrary detention by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; unlawful interference with privacy; and lack of judicial independence.The U.S. report said the Maduro regime restricts freedom of expression and of the press by routinely blocking signals and interfering with the operations of, or shutting down, privately owned television, radio and other media outlets.
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