Short Takes: January 18, 2012

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Express Employment recognized 

Express Employment Professionals has been named the No. 1 staffing franchise in the U.S. by Entrepreneur Magazine as part of the magazine’s 33rd annual Franchise 500 list. Express also ranked in the top 100 on the magazine’s Top Global Franchises list in America. “We’re proud to be recognized as a leader not only in the franchising industry, but also in the staffing industry,” said Jean Phelps, franchise owner of the Express Northwest Indiana office. “This list has a lot of great companies on it, and for us to be ranked No. 1 among staffing companies is a tremendous honor.” This marks the fifth year in a row that Express has been named to the Franchise 500 and America’s Top Global Franchises lists. The lists measure companies based on several factors including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and the number of years a company has been in business. Express ranked No. 114 overall in the 2012 Franchise 500 list and No. 96 overall in the America’s Top Global Franchises list. The Northwest Indiana Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 1993 and serves the Porter, Lake and La Porte Counties with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, commercial, professional, and contract staffing. Worldwide, Express Employment Professionals puts nearly 300,000 people to work each year and has over 550 offices in three countries. Express provides expertise in evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources and works across a wide variety of industries. Sales for the Oklahoma City-based company totaled more than $2 billion in 2011. rx fluoxetine hcl order no prescription order uk northstar rx llc fluoxetine fluoxetine 20 mg street price fluoxetine price us  

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Program teaches healthy habits 

In the last ten years, obesity rates have increased 60%. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the current generation of American children could be the first to live shorter lives than their parents.  The Portage Township YMCA developed LAUNCH as a proactive approach to address the recent rise of childhood obesity. With funding from the United Way of Porter County, LAUNCH will provide the opportunity for each child in the School Age Child Care program (Y-Care) to eat fresh fruits and vegetables for snack after school at least three days per week, to participate in active play at least one hour each day, sometimes with special guests from the YMCA Sports & Wellness Departments, and to learn about health and nutrition with St. Mary’s nurse, Danny Gonzalez, so that they can prepare to make positive choices for themselves in the future. LAUNCH has its own core values associated with the program. These values are “People First,” “Be Learners” and “Be Excellent.” In teaching these values through the LAUNCH program, staff are helping children to focus on mutually respectful relationships with others as well as self-esteem and self-respect, learning a lesson from each experience they have in life – good or bad, and giving 100% effort in all they do. Each month, LAUNCH will focus on fitness related contests and award healthy prizes to the first place boy and girl from each Y-Care site. In the month of January, the fitness activity will be focused on hula-hoops. The boy and girl at each site who tracks the most number of completed hula-hoops will win a prize. The contest began Jan. 9th and ends Jan. 31st. Each student will be responsible for tracking their own progress daily and will be partnered up with another student to continue with YMCA core values or caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. February’s fitness activity will focus on jumping rope. Come join us at LAUNCH! As a leading nonprofit, the Portage Township YMCA strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is available to all, regardless of age, income or background. For more information, call 762-9622 or visit  . 


2nd – 5th graders welcome to join  

Any child that is currently in second through fifth grade and loves to sing is encouraged to join the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Children’s Chorus. This ongoing program is in its third year with Matt Nelson as the chorus master.  For children interested in joining this group plan on Tuesday evening rehearsals beginning at 6 p.m. at the Agape Christian Church located at 1601 I Street in La Porte.  Rehearsals began on January 10, but new students are being accepted.  The LCSO Children’s Chorus will be rehearsing for a program in its second year called Bloomin’ Melodies. This Broadway inspired, public recital will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Michigan City on March 18, at 3:00 p.m.  Call 362-9020 for more information.  For a full schedule of events that include other La Porte County Symphony Orchestra collaborations throughout the community visit . 

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Candidate filing begins 

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White and the state’s Election Division began accepting candidate filings in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Primary Election is open to Individuals seeking to become the Democratic or Republican Party candidates in November, for offices including President of the United States, Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S House of Representatives, Indiana General Assembly Senators and Representatives and county judges. Only candidates seeking to represent the Democratic and Republican Party in the November General Election run in Indiana’s Primary Election. Candidates intending to represent the Libertarian Party, independent and minor party candidates, and write-in candidates for the November election must meet specific qualification requirements and file their declaration of candidacy with the Election Division at various deadlines no later than July 16. The deadline for filing declarations of candidacy and verified petition signatures, if required, for Indiana’s May Primary is Noon (EST) Friday, Feb. 10. Though some Indiana counties observe Central Standard Time, the filing deadline is governed by Indianapolis local time. Official filing stamp clocks are synchronized with the U.S. Naval Observatory time clock in Washington, D.C.   6 days ago – atarax mg, buy atarax, buy atarax online, purchase atarax online, hydroxyzine 25 mg, cream prescription >> fda approved pharmacy. we offer wide variety of generic products – free coupon for estrace search  Declarations of candidacy and petition signatures, if required, can be filed at the Indiana Election Division office on the second floor of the Indiana Government Center South Building (302 W. Washington Street, Room E 204) or at the Secretary of State’s office in the Indiana Statehouse (Room  201). Details including qualifications for becoming a candidate, filing forms, the official election calendar and contact information for the Indiana Election Division is available on the Web at: and for candidates at  


Perfect score earned  

A team of five Purdue University Calumet management students tied for the top ranking in a worldwide, online, simulated business competition involving 4,247 teams from 288 colleges and universities. Comprising the Purdue Calumet team were Mary A. Gross of Valparaiso, Sarah Moen of Hobart, David Ramsey of Hammond, Aaron Shultz of St. John and Allauddin Abdulghani of Glendale Heights, Ill. They collaborated in The Business Strategy Game, published and marketed by McGraw-Hill/Irwin, to achieve a perfect score in overall performance relative to managing their virtual shoe company, Team Amazing Shoes. The students teamed up during a senior-level, strategic management capstone course taught last fall by Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Derek Ruth. The course is part of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative, in which students integrate traditional and applied learning in a real-world manner. Student teams competing in the game apply best business practices to develop competitive strategies for successfully operating their simulated shoe company. “Overall performance is a combined score,” Ruth said, “that gives 50 percent weight to two different and broad measures: teams’ places within their current industry and whether or not they are meeting shareholder expectations.”  Such performance categories as Earnings per Share, Return on Equity, Stock Price, Credit Rating and Image Rating are scored. Each week, the student teams input hundreds of decisions relating to such aspects of business management as assessing market conditions, determining how to respond to competitor actions, forging long term strategies and direction, and forecasting upcoming sales volumes. More specifically, decision-making affects human resource benefits and training, financial management, production management, product development, sales projections, pricing and marketing, all with respect to selling shoes globally in internet, retail and private label markets. “Each week represents a year of business,” Ruth said. “At the end of each week, each team’s business decisions are run through a complex simulation program that takes into account such factors as exchange rates, prices, shoe quality and competitor decision-making. Simulated company performance reports are generated and accessed by the teams. The simulation is based on real-world research and experience; it is designed to be as realistic as possible.” Eight other Purdue Calumet student teams also competed last fall and placed 19 times in the Global Top 100 List. Assistant Professor of Strategic Management Arifin Angriawan also taught sections of the Strategic Management 45000 course. In 2010, a team of students in Angriawan’s class achieved a No. 1 world-wide ranking in the Return on Equity category during the week of Nov. 22-28. 


Local recommendations  

After traveling to 27 counties for roundtable discussions with local elected officials, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman released a report containing local government recommendations that could be addressed as early as this year. The report touches on items from fiscal flexibility, to professionalism standards, to joint purchasing expansion. “These ideas come straight from local elected leaders, who witness firsthand all the benefits and consequences of state government and legislative action,” Skillman said. “As a former county official and legislator, I know collaboration can lead to giant leaps forward in the way we provide services to Hoosiers.” In July, Skillman embarked on her “Hoosier Crossroads Tour”, which will eventually take her to all 92 counties by the end of 2012. Thus far, she has met face-to-face with nearly 200 mayors, county commissioners and local elected officials, seeking their advice on how the state and locals can better work together. She was joined at the press conference by representatives of the Association of Indiana Counties and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Not surprisingly due to the recession, the most common challenge reported by local governments was lack of sufficient revenue. While Skillman insisted the property tax caps that have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars must stay in place, she is advocating fiscal flexibility at the local level. Flexibility measures include allowing transfers of surplus revenue to maintain roads and streets, a change in the 911 funding mechanism, broadening the options for legal advertising, and a referendum process for local units of government that need more operating revenue, similar to existing processes for schools. More joint purchasing options and pre-approved infrastructure plans from the state could also save local taxpayers millions of dollars. Skillman also strongly supports adoption of anti-nepotism and conflict of interest statutes for local elected officials, additional streamlining of township government, and a standard of excellence certification for local officials and units of government that meet model state standards. “Today, it’s a necessity for every official to seek ways to streamline government and improve services,” Skillman said.  “By working in partnership, we can create more efficiency and continue to move our communities forward.”

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