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The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis

Posted by lbanner on April 16, 2009

Along the lines of the This American Life’s Giant Pool of Money show, this is a great video by Jonathan Jarvis explaining the credit crisis:

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Appreciation to: Doug Fisher

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What our local United Way does and its roots in the business community

Posted by lbanner on February 27, 2009

Kim Connolly has a post on the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area‘s Living United blog profiling what it is that the United Way does locally. It’s a valuable brief on this organization — an organization who’s mission and purpose is often misunderstood, in fact, because of the diverse areas in which they affect change within our community.

Her profile includes the oft unknown fact that our local United Way was formed in 1943 by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Charlottesville and Albemarle War and Community Fund.

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Better Living’s Golden Apple Award for Teachers: Deadline March 4, 2009

Posted by lbanner on February 25, 2009

Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture is sponsoring their 9th Annual Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teachers from our school systems.  These awards are presented to faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City, including CATEC.  Eligible private schools are those that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Nomination forms are available from the local schools or online at Better Living or from the County School’s web site.

One candidate is selected to represent their school and receives a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses.  As a “Golden Apple” teacher, each candidate is then eligible to receive a Golden Apple Grant ($1000).  Grants are awarded to eight (8) candidates: 3 elementary, 2 middle, and 2 high school candidates of the public schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City and CATEC, and to 1 candidate from the schools that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  The grant award is used to support the candidate’s continued professional development.

Candidates are faculty members at any level (pre-school through grade twelve) and teach any discipline. Candidates for this award have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school.  See Nomination Criteria.  Previous Award recipients are not eligible for nomination.

Deadline for Nominations: March 4, 2009 (return nomination forms to the local school as they must be signed by the principal)

QUESTIONS? Contact Regina Kirk, Albemarle County Schools, 434-296-5820, or at rkirk@k12albemarle.org

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Christmas Price Index highest ever – who knew?

Posted by lbanner on December 19, 2008

The Christmas Price Index is out — who knew it even existed? Apparently its been calculated since 1984. Estimating how much the cost would be to buy all the items in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” this year’s total is the most expensive ever. The cost went up 8.1% ($1,500) over last year. I discovered this information on the Jackson Blog (Jackson Library – Stanford Graduate School of Business) and they note the biggest culprits raising this year’s index: High cost of energy and swans which were up 33.3% due to their scarcity. Read more [PDF release]. Visit the 2008 CPI.

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Virginia cruises at #2 in PC Mag’s “SurfSpeed” ranking

Posted by lbanner on December 18, 2008

PC Magazine has produced an interesting overview of “high speed” Internet service throughout the US — and Virginia ranks #2. “Virginia’s 7.7 million residents are surfing the Internet at near record speeds, averaging 765 Kbps statewide,” says PCMAG.com. Nevada came in at #1.

The piece includes pretty cool clickable regional maps.

PCMAG.com describes how they did it, “Over 17,000 users across the country ran our SurfSpeed application for a total of nearly a quarter of a million times, helping us to determine the speed of Web browsing in each of the 50 states.”

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Transforming Art Into a More Lucrative Career Choice

Posted by lbanner on December 5, 2008

Some artists have begun to figure out ways to make money and make art — aiming to end the notion that “starving” and “artist” are necessarily linked.

From the New York Times > Read it.

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SNL Financial Creates Foundation to Benefit Local Communities

Posted by lbanner on October 21, 2008

From eMediaWire:

SNL Financial has announced the formation of the SNL Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization providing corporate-level support for charitable causes selected by SNL employees as a positive way of contributing to the global communities where they live and work.

With initial funding from SNL of $100,000 for calendar year 2008 supplemented by elective contributions from clients, the SNL Cares Foundation will make donations to Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations based on employee recommendations.

The Foundation has already contributed to several charitable events in Charlottesville, Va., home of SNL’s corporate headquarters, including this past weekend’s 2008 Start! Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. The Foundation donated $10,000, serving as the Learn From Me – Get Fit Sponsor. In addition, a team from SNL Financial joined thousands of walkers from throughout Central Virginia to raise money and awareness for this country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.

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Another Frightening Show About the Economy

Posted by lbanner on October 10, 2008

If you appareciated and learned from This American Life’s The Giant Pool of Money, you’ll want to listen to their follow-up, Another Frightening Show About the Economy with Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast.

They’ll explain what happened (recently), including what regulators could’ve done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place.

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Animated Dilbert daily

Posted by lbanner on June 3, 2008

Dilbert, the cartoon creation of Scott Adams, has for years represented the humorous face of business – and now you can enjoy it animated. Through an exclusive agreement with United Media, RingTales has signed an agreement to distribute daily animated versions of Dilbert. The first animations were produced on Dilbert.com and MSN, but starting today, you can see the animates on YouTube and on iTunes podcast.

Appreciation to: The DailyCartoonist.

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Weakest Summer Job Market for Teens in Decades

Posted by lbanner on May 27, 2008

The New York Times reports:

This deterioration is jeopardizing what many experts consider a crucial beginning stage of working life, one that gives young people experience and confidence along with pocket money.

Little more than one-third of the 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States are likely to be employed this summer, the smallest share since the government began tracking teenage work in 1948, according to a research paper published by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. That is a sharp drop from the 45 percent level of teenage employment reached in 2000.

The rates among minority young people have been particularly low, with only 21 percent of African-Americans and 31 percent of Hispanics from the ages of 16 to 19 employed last summer, according to the Labor Department.

Retailers, a major source of summer jobs, are grappling with a loss of American spending power, causing some to pull back in hiring. Restaurants, also big employers of teenagers, are adding jobs at a slower pace than in previous summers, said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president for research at the National Restaurant Association in Washington.

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