Saturday, January 31, 2015

Western Pennsylvania LiveCodeUser Group, new open source support group forming

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Date: Jan 31, 2015 10:38 AM
Subject: Western Pennsylvania LiveCodeUser Group
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Here is what I sent to the Livecode lists.

Western Pennsylvania LiveCode User Group is calling its first meeting for 6 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Carnegie Mellon University's Modern Language Resource Center, Room 225c Baker Porter Hall. All those in and around Pittsburgh with experiences or an interest in the multi-platform, open source, software LiveCode ( are invited to attend the organizational meeting. Our meet and greet starts with pizza and includes a 20-to-30 minute presentation and demo from Marc Siskin of CMU on how he converts his LiveCode content into mobile apps that run on both iOS and Android devices. 

If you have any interest in the group, attend the meeting or else email or call 412-401-5623 as monthly meetings are expected.

This Girl Can. A wonderful PSA video

Friday, January 30, 2015

Open Data Event makes a call for papers

A big international open data event is coming, and I hope you can take part!

The 3rd International Open Data Conference (IODC) will be held in Ottawa,
Canada, from May 28-29, 2015. This conference, sponsored by Canada's
International Development Research Centre, the Government of Canada, and
the World Bank, will bring together experts and advocates from around the
world to take stock of the rapid evolution of the global open data
community and help chart its future.

The first two International Open Data conferences drew over 400
participants from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa, Chile, Italy, Argentina, and many others. We want to surpass the
previous conferences, and to do this we will need to have a strong program

To accomplish this we are holding a global Open Call for program content.

The Open Call is underway right now and will run until February 20th.
Details can be found at **. You can also visit the site to
register for the conference. I am pleased to be able to say there will be
no registration fees for the conference and, if you need help with travel,
the IDRC and the World Bank will have a limit number of travel bursaries

We want to make the IODC a truly global conference with a program
representative of where the open data community is at today, and where we
believe it could be tomorrow.

I would appreciate if you could help us spread the word, and of course if
you could come and join us in Ottawa in May!


Erik Waddell

Chair, IODC Steering Committee

Fwd: Invitation for Pittsburgh Artists: City Council Discussion on Public Art Law

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Invitation for Pittsburgh Artists:
City Council Discussion on Public Art Law
Post Agenda Discussion:
Pittsburgh Public Art Law

Thursday, Feb 12 @ 1:30pm
Council Chambers, 5th Floor, City-County Building
414 Grant Street, PGH, PA 15219

Public Money for Public Art
PGH4ART and Councilman Corey O'Connor invite you to a Post Agenda on Pittsburgh Public Art. Please join us in council chambers Thursday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. 

The revitalization of the city's 1977 Percent for Art law will be central to the conversation. The Post Agenda will feature Pittsburgh artists who make public art.   

Speakers include:    
• Carolyn Speranza, artist and Team Leader for the PGH4ART Campaign    
• James Simon, public artist    
• Diane Samuels, artist and co-founder of City of Asylum    
• Renee Piechocki, Director, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Office of Public Art     
• Morton Brown, Public Art Manager in the Department of City Planning 

PGH4ART is lobbying elected officials to rewrite and enforce existing Percent for Art laws. Laws on the books in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County call for 1% and 2% of the budgets of development projects constructed with public financing to be dedicated to public art. If enforced, these programs will translate into government contracts for artists, architects—and the people who will be doing the construction work. Many cities across the country have vital Percent for Art programs, and Pittsburgh could have one too!


Twitter: @PGH4ART


Curt Conrad
Acting Chief of Staff
Office of Councilman Corey O'Connor
Phone: (412) 255-8965  
Fax: (412) 255-0820

It's not too late to sign the Pittsburgh Percent for Art petition and share it with your friends:
About the Post Agenda

Post Agendas are informational sessions that give members of Pittsburgh City Council the opportunity to hear expert testimony that centers around one specific issue. Often, a Post Agenda is a prelude to introducing new, or expanding existing legislation. In preparing for this Post Agenda, Councilman O'Connor said, "All plans for public art should be presented early in the development process to make sure that the design and space allocation is realistically incorporated and all pieces under consideration should go through the Department of City Planning and the Art Commission." City Council Post Agendas are open to the public, and Pittsburgh residents are especially invited to attend. 

Called the "Percent 4 Art Movement" by Pittsburgh City Paper, PGH4ART is a grassroots campaign launched in early 2013. The campaign has received support and endorsements from Fight Back Pittsburgh, The Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh Student Government Council, Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School, United Rays Corvette Club of Pittsburgh and Nakturnal Guerrilla Marketing. Nationally we have been recognized by with a campaign grant and "Animating Democracy," a program of Americans for the Arts. The Art Newspaper featured the campaign in its investigation of public art programs across the United States, "Percent for Art schemes fail to deliver."

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Open Data Day Mico Grants

OPEN DATA DAY 2015 is coming and a coalition of partners have come
together to provide a limited number of micro-grants designed to
support communities organise ODD activities all over the world !

All the details from the Open Knowledge Foundation:
More ...

Here are the emerging events:

If you want to get involved, join their online group:!forum/open-data-day

Also note Code Across events as well:

You need to check with wiki, map and the Code Across list to see what
is emerging this is as OKF puts it "As a volunteer led event, with no
organisation behind it, Open Data Day provides the perfect opportunity
for communities all over the world to convene, celebrate and promote
open data in ways most relevant to their fellow citizens."

See the 2014 sheet for events from last year too - starting one in
your city with other who did this before is worth at try:

Lastly, as part of the Coalition supporting this effort with some
in-kind promotion, note our tips on digital outreach for unconferences
and hackathons. If set up an event, these very tactical tips will help
to get people in the room!

Steven Clift - Executive Director, E-Democracy

* Support E-Democracy. Pledge drive to raise $10,000 US: - Only $890 to 2015 Goal

Support 21st Century Community Learning Center Funding

We need you to act today to save the only federal funding for afterschool. The current Senate draft to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) eliminates the funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC). We have until February 2 for public comments on the draft bill. More on the draft ESEA bill and impact on 21st CCLC can be found here.

Send a letter to Pennsylvania's federal senators asking them to support 21st CCLC. Click here to download the letter to send to Senator Casey and click here to download the letter to send to Senator Toomey. Please sign, print your full name and address, and mail into the senators' local offices by Monday, February 2. You can also email the committee at expressing your concerns about the elimination of 21st Century funding by Monday, February 2.

APOST will keep you updated as the draft bill is put forth by the House in the coming weeks. Contact us with any questions regarding this bill and what it means moving forward at

Fwd: Invitation: EPLC's 2015 Regional Workshops for School Board Candidates

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EPLC 2015 Regional Workshops for School Board Candidates


The Education Policy and Leadership Center, with the Cooperation of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), will conduct A Series of Regional Full-Day Workshops for 2015 Pennsylvania School Board Candidates. 

Incumbents, non-incumbents, campaign supporters and all interested voters are invited to participate in these workshops.


Registration is $45 and includes coffee and pastries, lunch, and materials.  For details and registration information, please click here.


Pittsburgh Region

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 East Waterfront Dr., Homestead, PA 15120

Harrisburg Region

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania School Board Association Headquarters, 400 Bent Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Philadelphia Region
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 2 W. Lafayette St., Norristown, PA 19401


Registration Fee - $45
Registration fee includes workshop, coffee and pastries, lunch, and materials.
To register, please click here.

Workshop Agenda:

8:00 a.m.    Registration and Coffee
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Morning Sessions

    PART I - Legal and Leadership Roles of School Directors and School Boards
    PART II - State and Federal Policies: Implications for School Boards

Noon   Lunch and Networking

 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Afternoon Sessions
    PART III - Continue State and Federal Policies: Implications for School Boards
    PART IV - School District Finances and Budgeting

    PART  V - Candidates and the Law
    PART VI - Information Resources


PARTS II and III "State and Federal Policies" section includes, but is not limited to:
K-12 Governance
PA Standards, Student Assessment, and Accountability
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements
K-12 State Funding
Early Education
Student Choices (Non-Public, Home Schooling, Charter Schools, Career-Technical, and more)
Teacher Issues
Linking K-12 to Workforce and Post-Secondary Education
Linking K-12 to Community Partners

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The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP)

"The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) are proud to stand with the Alliance for Police Accountability (APA) in their efforts to help bring about justice, fairness and equity in the operations of our Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.  Please support their fundraiser this coming Wednesday, Jan. 28th at the beautiful Savoy restaurant. Tim Stevens"

Concert in Oakland with Calliope. Black Fathers of American Folk Music

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A Tribute to Lead Belly and Josh White 
Black Fathers of American Folk Music
with Josh White Jr. and Rev. Robert B. Jones
Special Guest Radoslav Lorkovic

January 31 at 7:30 PM
Calliope Main Stage in Oakland

An evening of genius, a night never forgotten. Three legends on one stage, one evening, one moment in time. Josh White Jr., writer, singer, actor, performer. Rev. Robert B. Jones, thrills you with his tales, blended with harmonica, fiddle, banjo, guitar. Radoslav Lorkovic, elegant, prestigious styles. Master of them all. Altogether, a Tribute to Leadbelly.
Tickets & Info
The Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer
February 28 at 7:30 PM
Calliope Main Stage in Oakland

Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.  -NY Times
Tickets & Info
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6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 361-1915


Monday, January 26, 2015

Time for Letter to US Senators


Re: Continue Federal Support for Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs

Dear Senator:

Please ensure that any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) includes continued support and authorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative that provides funding to local school-community partnerships in order to provide quality afterschool and summer learning programs to children. These funds provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

I am concerned that in the ESEA draft bill Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015 proposed by Sen. Alexander, eliminates all the funding currently supporting thousands of students in afterschool and summer programs in Allegheny County. This year the 21st CCLC brings in over 6 million to support afterschool and summer program. 86% of parents support public funding for afterschool and summer programs.

Please support a dedicated funding stream like 21st CCLC that leverages the resources of for-profits, faith based organizations, community based organizations (CBOs), tribal organizations, non-profits, local government, colleges and universities in addition to school districts, to provide students the support they need to succeed in school and life.

Given these concerns, we strongly urge Congress to maintain authorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative and strengthen it as proposed in the bipartisan Afterschool for America’s Children Act.


Mentoring Twitter Party Invite

January is National Mentoring Month! As an annual effort, Pittsburgh Public Schools (@PPSNews) will be hosting an exclusive Twitter party to celebrate mentoring programs across the city. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 4-5PM, Allies for Children (allies4children), YouthPlaces (@YouthPlaces), and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA (@MPSWPA) are partnering with the District to make this the BIGGEST Twitter party ever! Using hashtags #PPSMentorsMatter and #WeArePPS, tweets will include information regarding mentoring initiatives, mentor shout outs, fun facts, and successful mentoring stories.

Also, on Wednesday, We Promise, one of the District’s mentoring programs, is hosting their second summit at Duquesne University. Entitled “Key Tools for your Journey Ahead”, the Summit will provide our scholars the opportunity to collaborate with other young men in their grade level, from around the district in structured development workshops designed to enhance soft and hard skills essential for the various spaces of life. In connection with the Summit, the Twitter Party will take place after the event to keep the conversation about the importance of mentoring.

The goal for this Twitter party is to promote positive awareness around mentoring in Pittsburgh. Our last Twitter party reached almost 4 million people. As a result, this Twitter party is an opportunity for your organization to be heard on a larger platform.
To all of you new Twitter ‘peeps’, I have attached a Twitter guide with helpful tips on how to successfully be a part of the party. Also, attached is the official invite. Please feel free to share this email with others and post the invite on your social media pages.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the information below.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fwd: Sunday: CMU Philharmonic with David Effron and Siu Yan Yap

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Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director

The Philharmonic will return to Carnegie Music Hall on Sunday, Jan. 25 under the direction of guest conductor David EffronEffron's 50-year-career has included appearances with major symphonies and opera companies throughout North America, Europe, Mexico, and the Far East. For 18 years, he was on the conducting staff of New York City Opera where he conducted performances in New York as well as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Sunday's concert will include Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute, Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38 and Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. This concert features 2014 concerto competition winner Siu Yan Yap on William Kraft's Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra.

Malaysian percussionist Siu Yan Yap has been an active performer in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States since 2009 having played with Resonance Works, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia. Siu Yan is currently completing the second year of her master's degree in the studio of Chris Allen, Jeremy Branson, and Paul Evans.

In addition to the concert, the Art of Audience Engagement class will have a number of activities available in the lobby that are designed to enhance the concert-going experience. Come at 6:45 pm to check out the offerings, mingle with musicians, ask questions, and explore the instruments presented by members of the CMU Philharmonic.

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Preview Party @ 6:45 pm
Concert @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

$5 General Admission
All students, along with CMU/Pitt faculty and staff, are free w/ valid ID at the door.

Carnegie Mellon School of Music
5000 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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Re: New 10U and 12U rule modifications

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Dear Grant,
At our most recent General Assembly, USAWP announced rule modifications for our youngest athletes in the 10U and 12U age groups. A summary of the new rules can be found here: 10U & 12U RULES

The impetus behind these rules derives from a broad international and domestic basis. Here are some points of discussion to give a little background on the reason for the changes:

- These rules have been successfully implemented for over a decade in all of the developed water polo countries around the globe. In fact, at the moment the USA is the
only developed water polo country not to use modified rules for 10u and 12u.

- These rules are used by the largest development water polo league in the world "Haba Waba", and have gained full support from FINA, LEN and UANA. The countries using these rules to develop their athletes have a grown larger interest in our sport and developed some of the best athletes in the world.
Haba Waba playing rules.

- In California, the "Ironman Water Polo League" has been using these rules for the last two years with successful implementation amongst coaches, referees and athletes.

- Modified rules for these age groups is common amongst most youth sports in the world. USA Soccer, USA Field Hockey, USA Ice Hockey, USA Basketball and the USOC were all consulted during this process.

- For example, most 10u basketball leagues ban zone defenses. This rule is in place to help athletes develop the crucial one on one defensive skills necessary for fundamental success in the sport.

The overriding goal of rule changes at these age groups is to de-emphasize the focus on winning, by concentrating on fundamental athlete development, and in turn attract a larger base of athletes to our great sport.

Rules regarding the size of the goal for 10U athletes remains the same as established in 1/2014. Implementation the new goal size for 12Us is being phased in to allow coaches and clubs time to adjust. 12U will not go into effect until September 2015 for USA Water Polo National Events, and January 2017 for all other sanctioned events.

With the exception of the 12U goal size outlined above, these new rules are effective immediately and will be used for JO Qualifying Tournaments, JOs, Rock-tober 2015.

All My Best,

Christopher Ramsey
Chief Executive Officer
USA Water Polo
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