Franklin County Schools offering food for all county residents under 18

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County School Corporation is working to provide meals to students during the closure. To ensure that all Franklin County residents 18 years old or younger still have an opportunity to receive a meal, they have put a plan in place. The meals are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  There will be multiple sites available for pick-up throughout Franklin County.  They will be offering cold and shelf-stable sack breakfasts and lunches at each site.  Multiple days’ worth of meals will be sent home at a time.  So please prepared with a box or bag to transport the food home.  These meals are at no cost. On Mondays and Wednesdays, meals will be available at the following locations for pick-up:Laurel Elementary School-Rear Parking Lot- 8:30-9:30aLaurel Public Library-8:30-9:30aAndersonville Point-10-11 amMetamora Church of God-8:30-9:30aFranklin County High School-Student parking Lot 1-8:30a-9:30aBrookville Town Park-near pool-8:30-9:30aBlooming Grove Fire Department-8:30-9:30aParkside Plaza-10-11amSt. Peters Carry Out & Deli-10-11amMt. Carmel Elementary- 8:30-9:30aCedar Grove Fire Department- 8:30-9:30aNew Trenton Smyrna Baptist Church-10-11amlast_img read more

Student named Scholar of the Year finalist

first_imgSophomore Omar Garcia thought he may not go to college until he opened the white envelope labeled “Hispanic Scholarship Fund.” Now a chemical engineering major at USC, Garcia dedicated much of his high school career toward fostering a passion for STEM subjects in his high school and local community, a passion that earned him a Gates Millennium Scholarship and the opportunity to attend USC.Last week, he was one of 10 students honored as a Scholar of the Year finalist for recipients of Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards, which provide Hispanic-American students with the resources they need to obtain a higher education.“I remember when I got [the scholarship] I was so happy,” Garcia said. “I was screaming outside by my mailbox, calling my mom and yelling ‘I’m going to college.’ Before that moment, I had gotten into college, but since the cost of going to university is so high, I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to go.”Garcia spent his senior year of high school tutoring students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. For one hour each school day, he led a class, helping his peers in subjects ranging from chemistry to calculus.“I have always been passionate about education and I want to bring other minority students into higher education, specifically in STEM subjects,” Garcia said.Shortly after arriving at USC, Garcia joined SCout, an organization designed to promote scientific literacy on campus and in the local area. SCout volunteers visit nearby elementary schools to enhance their science curriculum by introducing supplemental instruction that fosters greater interest in the sciences, motivating students to consider careers as engineers, doctors, educators and scientists.“Our motto in SCout is ‘To teach kids, you’ve got to be a kid,’” Garcia said. “To me, this means that sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone to make sure the kids are having fun and being inspired to pursue their dreams.”This year, Garcia served as SCout’s experiment manager — creating lesson plans, purchasing and distributing SCout’s material inventory among three elementary schools and keeping a comprehensive science journal each semester. Next year, Garcia will take on an even greater role — that of club president.SCout’s current president, Kristen Zung, said that she believes Garcia will be a perfect fit for this position, citing his leadership qualities as evidence of his potential.“Omar possesses that charisma that makes you want to listen to what he has to say,” Zung said. “He also has a personable, easy-going energy about him that makes him very approachable. When Omar talks, you want to listen.”In addition to playing an active role in SCout, Garcia is also the co-director of volunteering for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, an organization that he says has provided him with a strong sense of community and support, especially when outside pressures began to overwhelm him.“There’s a lot of pressure on Latinos to do well because we are so underrepresented on college campuses,” Garcia said. “Everyone in SHPE wants to excel, not just academically but professionally as well. We know that a lot of people in the Latino community look up to us, so we feel that it is our job to make our families and community proud.”Fellow SHPE member and chemical engineering major Cecilia Quintana Baez praised Garcia’s dedication to service, noting that he is an inspiration to Hispanic students at USC and in the local community.“Omar is dedicated to supporting younger members of the Latino community through different outreach programs, especially when it comes to STEM,” Baez said. “He continues to raise the bar for all students, but specifically for Latinos and Hispanics at USC. He serves as an exemplary leader who balances academic excellence with community involvement, all while maintaining a positive outlook and bringing smiles to all who have the pleasure to meet him.”As a result of his involvement in various service and leadership-oriented programs, Garcia was invited to a dinner hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund last Wednesday at the JW Marriott Los Angeles.“The dinner was amazing because I was surrounded by this group of ambitious students who all had desires to make a positive impact on society,” Garcia said. “I know all the attendees are going to change the world in some way and I hope I can join them in that endeavor.”last_img read more

Jonathan Hagman steps up as leading scorer in junior year

first_img Published on October 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Entering the season, Syracuse needed to replace 64 percent of its offensive production after losing three of its top four scorers. Kenny Lassiter, a forward expected to expand his role, transferred to La Salle.The Orange looked toward midfielder Jonathan Hagman. In a season filled with slow offensive starts and just one clean sheet defensively, Hagman has been a bright spot for a Syracuse (5-5-2, 0-3-1 Atlantic Coast) team that looks to win its first ACC game on Friday night against North Carolina State. The junior has already tied his goal total from a season ago with five, and in eight fewer games. Hagman’s often found offensive success with his ability to find open space in the penalty area and finish near the net.“We always know he’s going to be at the right place at the right moment,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “… He’s not a creative player and people won’t talk about him a lot. He does a lot of work behind the scene.”Unlike most players, Hagman’s goals have not come shooting off the dribble. He “outsmarts” opposing defenders, junior defender Kamal Miller said, finding open space and wriggling away from defenders with his off-ball. That intelligence off-ball is the main reason for his increase in productivity, Miller added.Down a goal against Virginia, Delhommelle took possession and pushed upfield. He passed to Johannes Pieles, who after a few touches fired a through ball that split two UVA defenders and found Hagman in stride inside the penalty area. With a defender draped over his back, Hagman one-touched and fired past the goalkeeper. Hagman’s 83rd-minute goal gave SU a tie, its only point in conference play to date.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHagman’s knack for finding open space provides his teammates with extra time to settle the ball and look toward the penalty area. When players try to cross the ball in front of the net, normally a forward is the lone player in the box, sophomore defender John Austin-Ricks said. But the team can count on Hagman to push upfield, find a spot and be on the receiving end on those crosses. All five of Hagman’s goals have been assisted.“You know (Hagman’s) going to be around no matter what,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just his ability to read the game and get into those areas to get easy tap ins.“His awareness of the game is world class.”Hagman’s goals often come in big-time moments for Syracuse. In the team’s season opener, he tied the game in the 80th minute before a Tajon Buchanan game winner. He added the second and third goals against Northwestern in what became a 3-1 win. He’s the only player with more than three goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.“From a productivity perspective,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said, “he’s scored some important goals for us. … It becomes a natural habit of finding your way into the box at the right time.”In Hagman’s freshman season, he went scoreless in 11 games. The following year he scored four games in, but after back-to-back goals midway through the year, he was held scoreless in 11 of Syracuse’s last 12. This year, his longest goal-scoring drought has been three games.Syracuse’s offensive productivity is 0.15 goals per game less than the year prior. That’s without three of the top goal scorers from last season. A large factor in SU maintaining a similar mark comes from Hagman’s offensive prowess and ability to find the ball in front of the goal.“If you’re not fast,” Hagman said, “you have to figure out something else to do well on the pitch.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Continent 8: The impact of the Cloud for sports betting operators

first_img Sylvia Jensen – Oracle Marketing Cloud – Its time for Marketing to step back & understand its ecosystem May 19, 2017 Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 FSB Technology boosts platform scalability capabilities with Rackspace partnership July 20, 2016 Cloud technology comes in many forms. The most well-known are the ultra-scale cloud providers like Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure.The benefits of cloud from these providers are clear, writes Justin Cosnett, Head of Solution Architecture at Continent 8 Technologies. Unlimited compute and storage capability charged on a usage (OPEX) basis. Arguably it’s “cheap” too – I’ll come back to that.Online gambling companies, as with other online businesses, utilise cloud, and have done for a few years for various purposes; whether test and development or business analytics or content delivery. Regulation has usually limited ambitions to opt for an “all cloud” model in the past, with the potential cost savings in maintaining, managing and hosting infrastructure encouraging many to consider moving as much to the cloud as they can.As regulators look at cloud and its potential impact on the future, it’s a topic of discussion we have with our customers, competitors and even internally regularly. After all, Continent 8 has several cloud products, albeit more specifically designed towards the online gaming industry than the ultra-scale providers.Justin Cosnett, Continent 8I’d best address the “cheap” statement – cloud provision can mean that an operator doesn’t have to purchase, maintain, manage and host infrastructure. Usually, no capital expenditure (CAPEX, every 4-5 years) on equipment, reduced internal staffing (or outsourcing) to manage infrastructure, and no hosting and power fees.  In addition, and perhaps the most important part for a sports betting operator, that infrastructure, staffing and hosting needs to be scaled to cover the potential maximum usage.  Examples like a Football World Cup, NFL Super Bowl or UEFA Champions League where the infrastructure must be able to perform and scale to the consumer base. The rest of the time that equipment and staffing, whilst not “idle”, isn’t being used most efficiently.This is where many chief technology and finance officers will begin a conversation when reviewing cloud migration – the efficiency of “pay for what you use, have limitless availability” is seemingly very appealing.Note: Ultra-cloud providers are also now providing platform as a service (PaaS) and containerised development tools which can be consumed on demand with no underlying “server” infrastructure interaction at all. Some of this software is proprietary to the cloud provider, with obvious potential cost implications in the long term.It’s for this reason that Continent 8 initially enabled customers’ journey to the cloud through private cloud connectivity (CloudConnect) several years ago. As discussed in a recent white paper, this connectivity offers financial benefits in reduced cost to Internet Bandwidth and therefore reduced DDoS mitigation costs, and technological benefits in reliable, low latency, private dedicated connectivity direct to the cloud providers network. Our first customer on this journey was a sports betting operator, utilising (Microsoft Azure EU) cloud for “burst compute” – to provide a scalable infrastructure capability during international sporting events to add scale.  Movement “to Cloud” has been occurring (mainly) in Europe, where operators have either designed a “split” infrastructure capability to enable regulatory adherence and make use of cloud (a hybrid model), or where applicable used cloud in specific jurisdictions. Continent 8 similarly offers “incloud” capability in most European regulatory jurisdictions.However, cloud should not ALWAYS be considered “inexpensive” – the scale of efficiency will vary dependent upon utilisation, and in fact most enterprise or “heavy” compute and storage consumers can actually spend more over a 3-4 year period than if they used dedicated, hosted equipment.  Cloud usually benefits the smaller operator or new market entrant, or as a burstable commodity available to large enterprises in a hybrid model. The Continent 8 Malta ‘start up Cloud’ being a good example. There are challenges for regulators, as well as compliance officers, in the use of cloud and where data is stored, the service level agreements and its impact on “substance”. Some of these considerations were covered in previous white papers from Continent 8, and we expect to see further moves in regulation and supplier activity which could change the operating environment in Europe.As ultra-scale cloud providers “capture” more data and compute through models which encourage data storage upload (for free in many cases), there can be more punitive data download or export models to be considered, and how those models will fare as the NEW cloud customer market starts to shrink. There is, however, a new dynamic which Continent 8 has been facilitating; the move “from cloud”. Mostly beginning in the USA to fulfil the new regulatory environment – Continent 8 has seen an explosion in operators seeking a non-cloud OR dedicated (private) cloud option.  A combination of new market entrants or software designers bringing “developed in the cloud” solutions, and, previously non or less regulated “Fantasy Sports” providers “grown in the cloud” now need to create implementations in specific states or even facilities.  In many cases these companies do not necessarily have in-house skills or experience in procuring and managing and hosting production online gaming infrastructure, and so are looking to either bring in these skills or seek services from providers to produce a “cloud” experience on dedicated infrastructure. Continent 8 meets this USA challenge with our private cloud solution, we take a customer’s cloud requirements (compute, memory and storage) and translate them into a fully managed dedicated infrastructure stack which is hosted and powered in a suitable environment.This solution enables customers to concentrate on running the software and virtual instances, whilst Continent 8 managed the hardware infrastructure; including storage, maintenance, break-fix, networking and monitoring.Combining this private cloud solution, with private connectivity to public clouds, customers are still able to reap the benefits such as data upload, whilst maintaining regulatory adherence to service this new market avoiding punitive data download.In summary, any sports betting operator not already utilising cloud is likely a minority or soon will be. However, the move to cloud isn’t necessarily an end result, and care should be taken to ensure that access to assets and the ability to move them to another supplier or even to dedicated hosted equipment should be considered or even maintained as an option when reviewing spend and future development.last_img read more