Friday, March 27, 2020

Fwd: Submit Your Video to PCTV!


Stuck at home?
Looking for something different to do? 
Make a video and send it to PCTV!

PCTV is looking for ways to help people get their voice heard during this difficult time. This is an open call to the Pittsburgh community to make a video and send it to PCTV. We'd LOVE TO air your content on PCTV's channel. Create content on your phone, computer, Zoom/Skype/Google Hangouts/WebEx /iPad or any other device or app that records audio and video, and then send it to us,

We want to know how you are dealing with COVID-19 closures, restrictions and isolation: how are you coping, what are you doing, and what strategies have you used to keep calm, clean and safe during this stressful time? Have a funny story? Have a good tip? Want to teach people how to do yoga in their living room?

Record a video and share it with the community! Now more than ever, your voice matters!
If you don't know how, learn how to record or edit a video using the resources below:

Ideally, your video would be HD (1920x1080, 48k audio, with a 29.97 frame rate, but if you aren't sure how to make that happen, send us what you have and we will convert it for you.

Then, submit your video to PCTV electronically by sending us a direct file link from Dropbox, Google Drive or YouTube to For assistance on how to do this, please contact Gladys Jelks at

If you are a current PCTV community producer who wants to re-air a show from what is already available in our programming system, send an e-mail to with Resubmission Process in the subject line. You will receive a list of available programming along with resubmission directions.
Please note that we cannot accept files via DVD, flash or external hard drives at this time. Submissions must be electronic only at this time.


John H. Patterson, Executive Director
Pittsburgh Community Television
Pittsburgh Commmunity Television |

Mark Rauterkus 
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 
Coach of the Duquesne University Club Swim Team

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Fwd: NZ Coach March 2020

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March 2020

Tips for our times

As you all know, Covid-19 is having an enormous impact on our lives right now. Work and social routines are significantly disrupted and sporting activity across the country, from community sport to high performance sport, has come to a halt. This isolating period is likely to be challenging for everyone, and it will challenge us to be inventive with how we stay physically active. Of course, for coaches and participants, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to do what you love. So from us at NZ Coach Mag, here are some tips on how coaches can make use of this unexpected break in sport.

Ngá mihi
The Sport Development Team


Tip 1: Read

For a start, there are dozens of great books on coaching and coaches. You can find a few here. Or, find a scientific article on an area of coaching that interests you. For example, go to Science for Sport. Of course, scientific articles can be long and impenetrable, so it might be helpful to watch 'How to read a research article quickly'.

Tip 2: Reflect

Reflection is a key piece in the 'how do I keep getting better' puzzle. So, take the opportunity to reflect on your coaching and identify an aspect of coaching you would like to improve, and why. Or perhaps consider how you would like to be coaching in five years. Read one coach's story about how reflective practice helped them here.


Tip 3: Connect

Connect with your club and team. Setup a Facebook page or Whatsapp group if you haven't already and check in regularly to give each other a boost. You could run a remote training or workout session, and doing a photo competition is another good idea. Try to be creative and stay connected with your team.


Tip 4. Ring

Call or Skype another coach you know, perhaps one at your own club or school, and have a conversation about coaching. Ask questions of each other like: Why do you coach? What has coaching taught you? What energises you about coaching? Share some tools or resources. And maybe even discuss what collaboration might look like. For a brilliant talk by Ken Blanchard on the power of collaboration (one of Sport NZ's four core principles of coaching) go here.


Tip 5. Register

Register for an online course. There are many sites (for example Coursera) offering free and self-paced courses on a huge range of subjects, including coaching-related subjects (e.g. Sport Psychology) for different levels of experience. Here are a few places to start looking:


Tip 6. Relax 

Take some time to relax and be inspired by watching a great movie on coaching. Or watch a short, funny coaching video. Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine.

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Mark Rauterkus 
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 
Coach of the Duquesne University Club Swim Team

412 298 3432 = cell

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fwd: A Message from PayPal’s President and CEO, Dan Schulman

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This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, the health of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives. As we all continue to navigate through these unique and evolving challenges, we want you to know that PayPal is here for you.

Coming together as a Community

In our more than 20 years of business, we've weathered with you the storms of the dot com bust, 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis and the recession that followed, major weather events and wild fires that have touched all parts of the world, and government shutdowns — and throughout this shared journey we have worked to support and sustain our employees, our customers and our partners. As we address a pandemic that will no doubt become a chapter in the history books, our commitment to you will not waver.

Many businesses today are stepping up to help, because no one business can do it alone. We're calling on companies across the financial ecosystem, to come together to help the most vulnerable during this crisis. We all need to support our employees and look for ways to help our customers navigate these waters. In the last few months, we've seen generosity and kindness, intergenerational support and solidarity, and remarkable fortitude. It is during times like these that courage and generosity and resilience make a difference.

We are here to help our customers

If you are a PayPal customer and are unsure of how you will pay your PayPal Credit bill this month, or need assistance on how best to send money safely and affordably to friends and family, we want to help. You can find immediate answers to your questions on the PayPal Help Center, or by clicking "Help" located on any PayPal page or email.

We stand ready to help you with safe, secure and affordable digital payment services as you navigate these uncertain financial times:

Person-to-person (P2P) payments are a quick, safe and easy way to send and receive money with PayPal and Venmo.

Xoom allows you to send money quickly, securely and safely to support your loved ones who live in other countries.

With PayPal you can donate online or on your phone to the charities helping fight the cause.

Look for Purchase Protection and Return Shipping on Us where available when buying and paying online. PayPal will never ask you for any of your personal information on an approved merchants' site.

If you are looking for other local product offerings that can help you, please go to your local PayPal or Xoom site, or PayPal, Xoom and Venmo apps, to learn more.

Supporting the small business community, the backbone of our economy

Digital payments have become a lifeline for businesses of every size as more and more businesses and their customers adopt new mobile and in-store technology. As businesses venture into new ways of selling, they are finding that digital payments are proving to be a trusted way to accept payments safely and securely. We are continuously exploring ways to help our small business merchants navigate these times with adjustments to existing products based on business conditions and customer needs. During this period of uncertainty, PayPal is able to provide access to 305 million active customer accounts around the world and ensure that you can transact safely and confidently, and with the highest conversion rates in the payments industry. We have been with you at every step along the way to provide the reliability, security and service you need, and we will stay at your side now.

If you are a PayPal or iZettle business and are feeling unusual pressure on your cash flow, our PayPal business financing solutions or iZettle Advance may be able to help. We have customer service experts that can help guide you, give recommendations and share advice. Go to the PayPal or iZettle website to learn more.

I hope all of you will join PayPal in supporting the community of merchants who are selling online, or are working hard to adjust their business models to support you.

Taking care of our employees, who serve you every day

Supporting our PayPal employees during this crisis period is critical to providing you with the services you need and expect. We have taken action as COVID-19 has spread, to protect the physical well-being and financial security of our employees so that they are in a position to care for their health while also supporting our customers. Many employees are now working remotely, and we will also be transitioning several of our customer service centers to this remote working structure. As these employees make the transition, we might see an impact on wait times for our phone or email service. During this time, you can find immediate answers to your questions on the PayPal Help Center. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this together. The commitments we have made to support and care for our employees will ensure that we are ready and equipped to also support our customers during these uncertain times.

How else can we help?

We know consumers and businesses of all sizes are under stress and that some of you are facing significant hardship. We are working to find new ways to meet your needs and will draw on our technology and resources to make a difference for you. Please visit the PayPal Newsroom Hub to find helpful resources to help you navigate our products and tools during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for being a PayPal customer – and for the trust you place in us every day.


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