About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam warns of hoax faxes for Tsunami earthquake appeal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam is warning supporters not to fall for a fax that appears to solicit funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).Oxfam has published a hoax fax alert on its Web site. “The DEC does not use faxes in its fundraising”, it points out. “If you receive any fax claiming to be from the DEC do not respond as it is a hoax.”In New Zealand another bogus email appeal has been uncovered, emanating from an organisation calling itself “The Solid Foundation Humanitary Organisation, Asia”. No record can be found of such an organisation, and its use of a free Yahoo! email address makes it look even more suspicious. Anti-spam campaigner Steve Streater found that the emails originated in Nigeria. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 6 January 2005 | News
What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Twitter What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Twitter + posts Corinne Hildebrandt Facebook Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Facebook Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printAfter an increase in hotline calls and hospital visits, the Women’s Center of Tarrant County put out a call for more TCU volunteers.The Women’s Center serves as a resource for women in the community who are in seek of hope, emotional support, counseling services and employment opportunities. Jenna Gleaton, the volunteer coordinator at the Women’s Center, said rape and victim crisis services were sent to the hospital to provide emotional support to victims 86 times in the month of August, which was 19 more visits than in August 2016. Victim Advocate volunteers also received 92 crisis hotline calls in July, which was approximately one-third more than the number of calls received in July 2016.There are several ways for volunteers to get involved:Victim Advocate – Provides emotional support and healing to sexual assault survivors at hospitals and on the Rape Crisis and Victim Services HotlineHelpline Volunteer – Answers helpline calls and provides assistance to people looking for community resourcesEmployment Advisor – Helps members of the community in search of a job by offering counseling and organizing mock interviews Department Support Volunteer- Assists staff members with tasks such as filing, sorting and data entryJunior Caroline Seta said she began volunteering at the Women’s Center her first-year because she always had a passion for raising awareness for domestic violence abuse. “I encountered a lot of women just throughout college who have been victims of not only domestic violence but also sexual assault,” said Seta. “I’ve almost been ashamed because I never knew how to help them, not only as a fellow woman but as a friend. So I knew I wanted to change that.” Seta volunteers as a victim advocate and works the crisis helpline, two of the volunteer programs the Women’s Center provides. As a victim advocate, Seta is on call at least three times a month and if a sexual assault victim is brought to the hospital she is sent to comfort the survivor. “I am there to guide them through and let them know that they have a support system,” Seta said. “That they can take control of the situation.”Gleaton said the Victim Advocate volunteer opportunity is a special program because they are the ones that are making a difference in the community. “They’re out there giving hope to people in a very hopeless situation,” she said. Volunteers interested in working at the Women’s Center don’t need to have any particular skill set. Gleaton said they just need to have an open-mind and be willing to work with a diverse population. Gleaton said she encourages students who are passionate to step out of their comfort zones and ask questions if they are unsure because the support the volunteers provide to victims is something that they never forget. “It’s a very empowering experience and I think anyone is qualified if they are willing to help people and bring them hope,” said Seta. Parking lot closures cause new problems for students Previous articleReagor’s Hail Mary catch gives TCU a spark against SMUNext articleHorned Frog soccer dominates SFA in 4-0 rout Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Linkedin ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025
Related posts:No related photos. Why immigration isn’t workingOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article An influxof immigrants could be the solution to the UK’s skill crisis over the next10-15 years. But to what extent canmigrant workers resolve labour shortages and how do they fit into the complexpicture of the changing workplace? JaneLewis reports in a six-page specialThankslargely to the impact of Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001 has long been a date toconjure with – one of those red-letter years in which anything was onceconsidered possible, a futuristic beacon of times to come. The reality, ofcourse, has been far more prosaic. Here in the UK, 2001 has so far been a dampsquib of a year.Perhapsthe best lesson to be learnt from 2001, therefore, is the inherent danger ofplacing too much trust in future projections – however scientific theirprovenance. As many of the policy experts canvassed for this article havenoted, even the best futurologists can become badly unstuck. While many displayan uncanny knack for correctly identifying key trends they often completelymisinterpret the impact these will have on society. Thus, although it isimpossible not to admire the prescience of Orwell and Huxley for 1984 and BraveNew World – interactive TV, test tube babies, the emergence of the drugculture, and the rest – the nightmarish worlds they thought would result fromthese developments have, thankfully, not happened – yet.Thesame has been shown to be true of many of the more optimistic projections ofthe past. As Stephen Bevan, associate director of the Institute of EmploymentStudies points out, 20-30 years ago futurologists were predicting a rosy futureof leisure for most of us. They thought that the main impact of IT would be toreduce the hours we spent at work. In fact, the acceleration of pace wrought bycomputerisation has had the opposite effect. “Theeconomy now is based on even longer working hours, and some people havevirtually no leisure life at all,” says Bevan. Similarly, as theInternational Labour Organisation’s World Employment Report for 2001 remarks,the onset of the mobile digital era, hailed as the facilitator of a betterwork-life balance for many workers, may turn out to be a double-edged sword.”Far from adjusting working needs to the needs of family life, there canbe a rising pressure to work everywhere all the time,” it states.Soit is with some trepidation that we embark on an analysis of the future shapeof the UK workforce in 10, 15 or even 20 years time when so many highly influentialfactors are as yet unknown. Even taking the broadest possible brush, as theWorld Employment Report seeks to do, it is impossible to predict futureoutcomes with any degree of accuracy. “The prospects of improving theglobal employment situation will depend mainly on whether the current expansionof the world economy can be expected to continue,” it reports. And that initself is hardly a given. “There are many uncertainties, including thetrajectory of the US economy (towards a hard or soft landing), the possibilityof Europe taking over as the global economy’s dynamo, the sustainability ofRussia’s upturn and India’s ability to maintain its high economic growthmomentum.” And that is before you consider the impact that a potentialsuperpower like China may have on world trade and security. ForBritain itself, it is clear that the most important “what if” will bethe extent of our future commitment to the European Union – particularly ifsome of the predictions for 2020 made by the Futures Observatory, a think-tankled by David Mercer of the OU Business School, are given credence. As “thefirst empire built not on military conquest, but on political ideals”(itself a hardly uncontroversial point of view) the think-tank predicts thefuture importance of the EU could extend to it becoming “the worldgovernment of the future”.Onthe whole, the picture painted by the Futures Observatory is highly optimisticacross the board. Life will be better in nearly all respects. We’ll behealthier, live longer and enjoy more control over our destinies. All in all,the projection is for a more “peaceful and prosperous planet”. Withinthe workplace itself, Mercer’s main prediction is the triumph of oestrogen overtestosterone. “It may become known as the ‘women’s century’,” heclaims. “We shall see women, who are better suited to the modernworkplace, taking more of the jobs, certainly at junior and middle managementlevel. We shall also see the spread of ‘feminine’ values – cooperation ratherthan competition – throughout society.”Incommon with many commentators, Mercer places particular emphasis on the impactof an ongoing “major skills shortage” which he believes will have aparticular impact on the relationship between companies and employees.”Organisations will have to market themselves as much to their ownemployees as to their customers,” he predicts. Moreover, this skillsshortage will also necessitate a longer working life for most individuals,”Retirement age will have to be raised to 70″.Indeed,of all the predictions made by the Futures Observatory, this is the one mostgrounded in hard statistical evidence – because it is linked to long-standingdemographic trends that point to a potential time bomb in Western employmentpatterns. The main problem relates to fertility. As the Nobel Laureateeconomist Gary Becker points out, although world population over the past fewdecades has doubled to one billion, birth rates in many high-income countries –including the whole of the EU – have fallen to unprecedented levels. “Theresult is a demographic divide between nations that will have enormouspolitical significance,” he says. Accordingto Dr Wolfgang Lutz, demographic analyst at the Vienna-based EU ObservationCentre for Family Policy, OeIF, with an average 1.45 births per female, some EUcountries are already filling more coffins than cradles and the birth rate iswell below the level needed to maintain the union’s 377 million population. Hepredicts that by mid-century the population could well drop by as much as 20per cent. By 2020, meanwhile, half of the population will be over 50 years old.The impact of this on the health of the European economy and its futurecompetitiveness is likely to be pronounced. Not only will there be dwindlingnumbers of workers to make insurance contributions to finance state pensionsand elderly healthcare, but productivity is also bound to suffer. “Anageing labour force is not particularly innovative or productive,”concludes Lutz, who backs the Future Observatory’s claim that most of us willbe forced to remain in the workforce until we are 70, “merely to supportourselves”.SomeUK commentators have used the seriousness of the pan-European situation as anargument against Britain’s continued membership of the EU. “It is extraordinarythat so many politicians seem obsessed with encouraging further integrationwith Europe when its markets will decl-ine sharply with shrinkingpopulations,” says restaurateur entrepreneur and Sunday Telegraphcolumnist Luke Johnson.Heargues that the UK is better placed than most of its European peers to dealwith the situation. Our future workforce will not fall as dramatically as thatof Italy or Germany – predicted to decline by 40 per cent over the next 30years. And Britain has two further advantages. First, “We havesignificantly greater pension provision than anywhere else”. With 16million UK nationals holding either occupational or private pension schemes, weown 52 per cent of total EU pension fund assets. Second, our fertility rate isstill substantially above the EU average. “Consequently Britain willexperience nothing like the decline in living standards faced by countries likeItaly over the next 50 years,” says Johnson.Butgiven the extent of the perceived skills shortage already afflicting the UK, itis clear to many government ministers that the short-term situation is seriousenough to merit immediate action. Moreover, even if our own long-termdemographic prospects are marginally better than those of our Europeanpartners, the situation is still grave enough. As a report published by theGovernment last year, Winning the Generation Game, makes clear, the UK’scontinuing youth-centric business culture, which has seen retirement at 50become increasingly the norm, has already cost the country dear. With anestimated 2.8 million of 50- to 64-year-olds out of the labour market, theeconomy has forfeited £16bn in lost the GDP since 1979, while the public pursehas had to stump up between £3-5bn in extra benefits and loss of tax.Althougheconomists such as Peter Robinson of the Institute for Public Policy Researchinsist that claims of widespread skills shortages have been over exaggerated,evidence on the ground demonstrates that employers are increasingly concernedabout short-term recruitment prospects. “The service sector is the worsthit, in particular banking and accountancy,” says Jason Cartwrightinternational recruitment manager at TMP Worldwide. The problem is we don’thave enough managers. Today’s managers are the graduates of nine to 10 yearsago. When they left university the country was in one of the worst recessionssince the war and they could only find jobs as taxi drivers.”Accordingto a pan-European survey conducted by TMP, almost half of the 350 managerssurveyed said that the skills shortage was having a severe adverse effect ontheir businesses, and four-fifths believed it was set to worsen. A leadinggroup of industrialists recently lobbied Europe’s ministers to take action tocounter the threat. Toa large extent the problem has been caused by prosperity – healthy economieshave outstripped local ability to supply qualified workers. But other factorshave also played a part. In France, for example, the imposition of a 35-hourweek means that more workers are needed to produce the same economic output.Meanwhile, over-lengthy training periods have spelled delays in gettingvaluable workers to the market in the first place. Themost obvious shortage across Europe is for computer engineers. It is estimatedthat by 2003 there will be a deficit of some 1.7 million IT specialists. Butunglamorous industries like construction and metalworking are also in trouble.According to Miriam Lewis, a construction industry account manager at theEmployment Service’s Large Organisations Unit, “There is a shortage ofelectricians, bricklayers, welders – all the core skills even down tosemi-skilled people like scaffolders and demolition people. Everyone in theindustry knows we need to have commitment to training, but no-one wants to provideit. There needs to be a whole culture change, a whole rethink.”Fewwould disagree. But the real debate centres upon exactly what direction thisrethink should take. Indeed, the Labour Government is itself split on theissue. Some ministers, most notably Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, have come outopenly in favour of tailoring immigration policies to fill the skills deficit.In what has become widely known as his “tikka massala” speech – acelebration of the strength of the UK’s multicultural heritage – Cook claimsthat legitimate immigration is “the necessary and unavoidable result ofeconomic success” and “a condition of growth and prosperity in themodern world”. Thereare many others prepared to sign up to the view that the free movement ofpeople is the missing link in globalisation and, far from costing hostcountries in terms of increased benefit expenditure, actually boosts revenuesand productivity. “Self-selection by migrants is likely to mean they aremore resourceful, entrepreneurial and ambitious than the norm,” saysimmigration minister Barbara Roche. Indeed, some academics, most notablyJagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics at Columbia University, believe thatthe US will remain predominant in the 21st century economy, precisely because”other countries cannot reproduce America’s attitude to immigration”.Butthe political barriers to even a controlled process of immigration in the UKand Europe are huge. Germany was criticised when it announced a specialimmigration programme for 30,000 computer engineers from India – unionsprotested and opponents called the move discriminatory. Consequently the schemewas scaled back. By the end of January this year, fewer than 5,000 workers hadsigned on and most of these had come from Eastern Europe. Moreover, withunemployment still running at 8.1 per cent across Europe as a whole, manycommentators believe it would be “political dynamite” to suggest thatimmigration is the answer to shortages.Thisis certainly the view taken by Cabinet ministers such as trade minister, KimHowells, who believes the emphasis in the UK should be on training indigenousworkers rather than on bringing them in from abroad. Others, most notablyInternational Development Secretary Clare Short, have argued that encouragingeconomic migration would “cream off” high-fliers from poorercountries, where their talents are needed more urgently. ButProf Bhagwati disputes this claim, maintaining that the wealth generated byemigrants invariably benefits their home countries. It was the Taiwanese andIndian computer experts who migrated to Silicon Valley who, in the end, wereinstrumental in building up the industries of their home countries. And somecountries actually bargain on training up more staff than they need, precisely sothat they can export them – Filipino nurses being a case in point.Whatis clear is that all over Europe there are examples of ad hoc arrangements tocircumvent strict immigration laws in favour of a more pragmatic approach. TheFrench economist Jean-Pierre Garson claims that the most innovative approach isbeing shown in the UK, where both public and private sectors have long taken apragmatic approach to shopping around for missing skills. Moreover, theGovernment is often prepared to “drop eligibility criteria and replacethem with fast-track work permits,” says Garson.Meanwhile,research by the Recruitment Confidence Index last year showed that many UKcompanies are achieving this themselves. During the six months to August 2000,more than half the organisations surveyed were employing non-UK citizens –primarily to fill gaps in management positions. Butwith immigrants estimated to make up no more than four per cent of Europe’stotal population over the next five years, it is clear too that drastic actionneeds to be taken on the home front to counteract the demographic time bomb.”We’re going to see a lot of social change, but the underlying theme is afundamental labour shortage which will remain for a long period,” saysJohn Purcell, professor of HRM at the University of Bath.Themost effective short-term means of tackling this is by removing barrierspreventing older men and women from participating in the labour market. Labour employmentminister Margaret Hodge announced in February that the Government intended toabolish compulsory retirement at 65. Meanwhile, by 2006 it will havelegislation in place that effectively outlaws age discrimination. According tothe Employers’ Forum on Age work also needs to be done to scrap inflexiblepension rules which prevent older workers claiming part of their pensions.Ideally, says the EFA, we need to revise the way we see retirement – instead ofbeing an unequivocal cut-off date, it should be phased in gradually in a”decade of retirement” it says.Somecritics, most notably CBI director general Digby Jones, have argued that it maybe irresponsible to employ people over retirement age. Others have suggestedthat older workers are more likely to be in poor health, are more resistant tochange, less creative, more cautious, less responsive to training and moreresistant to technological change. But there is increasing evidence that – hardeconomic realities aside – employers are beginning to warm to the merits of amore diverse workforce.Thependulum is beginning to shift away from the cult of youth, which reached aclimax in the 1990s, when 35-year-old women and 42-year-old men routinely foundthemselves classified as “older” workers. As one commentator remarks,in potentially tough economic times, “employers want to seebattle-scars” and much of the attraction of youthful workers has waned inline with the new economy principles they preached. Ideally, of course, youneed a balance of ages. Predictingfuture outcomes is about as inexact a science as is possible to devise. The onething that seems to unite commentators – despite all contrary evidence aboutthe inherent conservatism of human nature – is a belief that life in 2020, formost of us, will be very different to the way we perceive it now. As John Bank,professor of HRM at Cranfield concludes, the gap between the “haves”and “have nots” both in the UK and across the world generally, is setto increase still further. Butfor those of us in the fortunate position of being able to enjoy it, “Ireally do think it’s going to be a pretty radical future”.Whereshortages hit homeHighemployment levels are proving to be a nightmare for those seeking skilledstaff. This is a snapshot of the sectors most affectedAlthoughthe monthly statistics indicate a slight decline in skills shortages since thelast quarter, nearly two-thirds of firms across the UK and Ireland report theyare continuing to experience problems, says James Reed, chief executive ofrecruitment specialist Reed. “The year-on-year rising trend indicates asteadily increasing problem for business.”Moreover,there is clearly a discrepancy between the figures, which the experts claim areimproving and the experience of those on the ground. A recent survey of 150 topHR professionals at a CIPD meeting showed that 90 per cent identified skillsshortages as a major problem for their businesses.Interms of regions, Reed reports that Thames Valley has now been overtaken bydemands of the fast-growing service sectors in Wales and Ireland and Scotlandwhere between 68-73 per cent of organisations are experiencing recruitmentdifficulties.But,as the Recruitment and Employment Confederation monthly survey points out, thesituation is still tight in the South East, with only 1.6 unemployed peopleexisting for every unfilled Job Centre vacancy.TheREC claims that the most acute shortages have shifted away from technical andengineering skills to support staff. Nearly a quarter of employers saidsecretarial and administrative positions were particularly hard to fill, butonly 17 per cent reported problems with IT.IT sectorAlthoughthe outlook is brightening for IT, there are still key skills in short supply,most notably consultants, technicians, Java, C++ and CRM programmers, softwaredevelopers and Web designers. High-level database skills such as Unix and Linuxare also in demand. A chief problem in recruitment is that the profession isstill seen as a male domain – only 5 per cent of young women canvassed in onesurvey consider entering IT.VoluntarysectorThisis beginning to feel the highest pressure with 67 per cent of thoseorganisations polled having difficulty finding suitably skilled staff, up from44 per cent the previous quarter. “Charities are being forced to be farmore lateral in the way they look for staff,” says a spokesman.RetailThesurvey found 42 per cent of firms are reported as having difficulty fillingsales vacancies.Hoteland cateringPermanentand temporary assistant managers, housekeepers, chefs, waiting staff aretreated as gold dust, despite the downturn caused by the foot-and-mouth crisis.There are currently 30,000 vacancies for chefs in this country.Executive/professionalAbig shortage of graphic designers, and continuing dearth of good managers meanssalary levels continue to rise way ahead of those of more junior staff. The USdownturn has mean that skills shortages in the City – most notably for accountants,bankers and legal personnel – are now easing.Engineeringand constructionThisis considered one of the most critical sectors in terms of a long term shortageof engineers of all disciplines. But there is also a pronounced shortage ofblue-collar workers: bricklayers, crane operators and drivers. The winding downof many apprenticeship schemes in the 1980s and ’90s is beginning to be heavilyfelt.PublicservicesForty-threeper cent report problems recruiting accountancy staff.Teachers:Recruitment ex-perts put the shortfall at around 10,000 nationwide andpredict the situation will worsen because the number of pupils in secondaryeducation will continue to rise over the next four years. This is the mostserious shortage of teachers there has been for at least a decade.Nurses: Estimates suggest that the UK iscurrently short of some 20,000 nurses.Doctors: There is a deficit of some 5,000doctors. Socialworkers: According to a recent survey, there is now a 16 per cent vacancyrate, rising to 20 per cent in London. Comments are closed.
Students at the Clarendon Elementary school work on graphs using Lucky Charms cereal. See briefs for more information. Elementary school students learn about graphs with Lucky CharmsFirst graders at the Clarendon Elementary School recently learned about graphs by using Lucky Charms cereal. Each student received a handful of different marshmallows to sort out. They were allowed to sort the cereal by color, shape, or size. After sorting them out, the students had a choice as to whether or not to make a pictograph or bar graph to record numbers for each type of marshmallow. After finishing, they used the data they compiled from their graphs to answer questions.Then, finally, they ate the finished product.Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrationSecaucus will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 25 in the North End parking lot, located across the street from the Huber Street School (itself located at 1520 Patterson Plank Road). The event will feature live music, a beer garden, food trucks, kids’ games, and even Irish dancers. Musicians such as DJ Sir William; and comedians Craig McLaughlin, Laz Vic, and Andrew Lee, will help provide the entertainment. The event runs all day, from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Visit the town website at http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.Registration for Beyond the Bell program openSecaucus’ recreation department will be bringing back its “Beyond the Bell” afterschool program for spring 2017. The program will feature new initiatives for kids, such as Cookless Cooking, DIY Jewelry, and Website Development. Each class will be taught by local district teachers. The start date is April 7th. The program will run for eight weeks, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Parents can register online at http://secaucusnj.gov/government/departments/recreation/recreation-program-registration.html through March 30th. Visit the town’s website at http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.Cocktail party for autism researchThe 6th annual Blue Cocktail Fundraiser for autism research is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the Elks Club, located at 1005 Washington St., Hoboken. Tickets are $20 pre-sale person, or $25 at the door. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks on behalf of Xavier’s Trailblazers. Fireman’s Auxiliary to hold fundraiser at local Wendy’sThe Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Secaucus Exempt Fireman’s Association will be holding a fundraiser March 28 at the Secaucus Wendy’s, located at 16 Meadowlands Parkway, from 5 to 8 p.m. A percentage of all sales during the event will be donated to the auxiliary. ×Students at the Clarendon Elementary school work on graphs using Lucky Charms cereal. See briefs for more information.
COVID-19 testing in Ocean City will be done at the Community Center’s parking lot. The Cape May County Department of Health will bring its mobile COVID-19 testing trailer to the Ocean City Community Center parking lot located at 1735 Simpson Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.The tests are available to anybody, but appointments are required. Individuals can call 609-463-6581 (then use prompt 2 and then press 1) to ask for additional information and make an appointment.See more information on the county’s mobile testing program.
Improve has cancelled the conference due to take place today, Tuesday, October 30 at the Bakers Hall in London. It will be rescheduled to take place during the Baking Industry Exhibition in April 6-9 at Birmingham NEC. Further details will be announced when the new date and time is confirmed.
Related Shows Tony-winning mega-hit The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 12,000 Broadway performances on November 28. The company, including leading players Jordan Donica, Ali Ewoldt and that masked man himself, James Barbour (see below), gathered together to celebrate with some splashy balloons, marking 12,000 times the chandelier has fallen, 12,000 masquerades and 12,000 chances to see the man behind the mask at the Majestic Theatre. Take a look at the celebration, and be sure to catch the Great White Way’s longest-running musical live! from $29.00 The company of ‘The Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments The Phantom of the Opera
One of my favorite things to do here at Trail Mix is premiere songs. There is something about being out in front of the curve, offering up a tune from artist for the world to hear for the first time.Today, it is my pleasure to bring you “Out To Sea,” the brand new track from Decatur, Illinois based singer/songwriter Ashley Riley.Riley released her first record in 2008, about the same time she began hosting open mic nights in her home town. Since then, she has released two more records, drawn well warranted critical praise while earning comparisons to Americana icons like Patty Griffin and Stevie Nicks, and is readying herself for the release of her latest record, a project nearly two years in the making, next month.“Out To Sea” is a song, says Riley, that had the songwriter a bit outside her comfort zone.“It was a fun song to write. It was a reactionary song, actually, which is not my usual style, but it worked out. This time, anyway. I heard something negative that someone had said about what I was doing musically at the time and it irritated me. I love music and writing songs – that’s what I do – and I also believe that when people are hating on someone, it says more about them than the person they are talking about, and that’s the point of “Out To Sea.”Perhaps we should thank whoever it was that got Ashley so riled up, because it’s apparent she writes some dandy tunes when her dander’s up.For the first time ever, please take a listen to “Out To Sea.” Stay tuned for the brand new long player, Through The Thin, which drops on April 8th.You can catch Ashley Riley live at The Black Sheep Cafe in Springfield, Illinois, on April 15th. You can bet she’ll be playing a host of tunes off of Through The Thin. For more information on Ashley Riley, the new record, and when she will be coming to your town, please check out her website.[divider]More from the Trail Mix Blog[/divider]
By Dialogo February 13, 2012 More than 4,000 members of criminal gangs, including important leaders, were neutralized by Colombian Government forces in the last 18 months, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón reported during an accountability event held at Nariño House. “Year to year, arrests of members of those organizations have been increasing, and several of them have been killed in the course of legitimate police operations or legitimate Military operations. During 2011, 3,856 members were neutralized, and in January, 333 members of those organizations were neutralized,” Pinzón announced during the meeting at the presidential residence. The minister highlighted the neutralization of alias “Cuchillo” [“Knife”], a major leader of ERPAC, alias “Valenciano,” head of the “Los Paisas” criminal gang, and alias “Giovany,” the top-ranking leader of “Los Urabeños.” He also emphasized the dismantling in September 2011 of the “Alta Guajira” [“Upper Guajira”] criminal gang, responsible for countless criminal acts in the northern part of the country. Finally, Pinzón made special acknowledgement of the commanders of the Military and the director of the National Police, and through them, each and every one of the men and women of the Armed Forces. “The reason for being of the Defense Ministry, of the Military, and of the National Police is to protect the human rights and the constitutional rights of all citizens, without any distinction whatsoever, and to defend the sovereignty and interests of the nation; this is a task that our Military and police personnel carry out without rest, 24 hours a day,” the minster affirmed.
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Members Group Brandon Bolger and Brandon Kuehl (Team Brandon, if you will) recently penned a white paper entitled: “U.S. Participates in the Global Fight Against Card Fraud.” One would hope we would be leading that charge, but that’s another story for another time.To dive in deeper on this topic, we invited half of Team Brandon, Brandon Kuehl, to give us the latest on this fight that we seem to be barely ahead of. We discussed such topics as EMV deadline — and its ramifications on the exploding digital payment arena, tokenization supplementing EMV, tokenization going beyond Apple Pay, EMV obsolete (before it even gets started in the U.S.), fraudsters foiling tokenization, and much, much more.It’s an information-packed interview with Brandon on a white-hot topic in which 100% of credit unions should be interested. Don’t miss it — and let us know your thoughts on this topic, as it seems to evolve daily. continue reading »