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India Day 2016: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Cultural Diversity

first_img Asian Pacific American Affairs,  The Blog Since 2014, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs has teamed up with Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania (AIACPA) to co-sponsor the India Day Community Fair at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). This past Saturday we welcomed over 15,000 attendees to the India Day Community Fair.Watch this video from India Day 2016 at HACC, where Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were among the visitors:AIACPA has held programs for many years to celebrate India’s Independence Day, which falls annually on August 15. Many Indian communities around the commonwealth put together celebrations to commemorate this day. However, you may be asking yourself — aside from the beautiful cultural programs and delicious Indian food, why are these festivals and fairs important?One of our key priorities as the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is to share our vibrant and diverse Asian Pacific American cultures, traditions, histories and stories with our local communities here in Pennsylvania.The goal of supporting events such as the India Day Community Fair is to further cultural understanding and promote Pennsylvania as a welcoming state and a great place to live and work.If you are interested in taking part in an upcoming India Day celebration, please check out: Saturday, August 14th India Day – Unity in Diversity 11:30am-3pm @ Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, PittsburghOur very own Vice Chair Kannu Sahni will be hosting this event with the University of Pittsburgh and the Indian Nationality Room join in for festivities which include a parade flag hoisting, cultural programs and delicious food!Saturday, August 20th Festival of India – 1-6pm @ the Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing, PhiladelphiaEnjoy authentic Indian dance, music, cuisine and experience a glimpse of Indian culture and heritage.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf India Day 2016: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Cultural Diversity August 09, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairslast_img read more

Blizzard reduces staff by 600

first_imgWhenever any company claims to be reviewing its “current organizational needs,” it may ultimately be good for the future health of the company, but it usually translates to either massive cuts or hires in the workforce. Unfortunately, after video game developer Blizzard Entertainment reviewed its “organizational needs” for the year, it has decided to take the former route, resulting in a layoff of 600 employees.As of a few months ago, its global workforce was said to be around 4,600 people strong. The meat of these layoffs (about 90 percent) is coming from non-game development related departments–or you could read those numbers as Blizzard letting go of 10 percent (60 employees) of its workers involved in game development. It all depends on whether you want to look at it as glass half empty or half full. Blizzard was, however, quick to point out that game development and publishing schedules will not be affected.Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, did release a statement wishing all of the now unemployed staffers well on their future endeavors. But I’m sure, as anyone who has been laid off may understand, those words can ring hollow when you’ve just lost your job. He did also admit that Blizzard was having to make some “difficult decisions” due to the “changing needs” of the company.It’s uncertain why Blizzard has called for around 12 percent of it employees to be let go. No doubt most critics will jump to the recent decline of nearly 800,000 World of Warcraft subscribers Blizzard suffered (from 10.3 million to 10.2 million during the 4th quarter of 2011) as a reason. However, Blizzard hasn’t cut the WoW development team, suggesting this is more about changing times in the industry and Blizzard reacting to them generally.via GameSpotlast_img read more