THINK fundraising consultant

first_imgTHINK fundraising consultant It is a given that you have an amazing fundraising track record, considerable breadth and depth of fundraising and management knowledge, skills and experience and that you are a well-respected Director of Fundraising who has led the growth of at least one major national or global fundraising programme.Being a THINK fundraising consultant requires much more than this if you are to contribute effectively at senior levels within national charities and global INGOs. Your motivation, personality and preferred style of working will ultimately determine how effective you are at using your knowledge and experience to engage and support fundraising teams.Your personality:  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ARE YOU EXCEPTIONAL?If so, read on for a unique opportunity to join the THINK Consulting teamDo you have an exceptional range of personal qualities which have enabled you to shine in fundraising? If so, could you become an exceptional fundraising consultant? Advertisement 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.center_img Howard Lake | 19 February 2013 | News A thinker with intellectual curiosity, and an innovative approach Confident, with gravitas that makes people want to listen to you Engaging, at ease with people and an ability to build rapport Calm and reassuring at all times Analytical and problem-solving with great intuition and a strategic brain Motivated by supporting the development of individuals and the growth of teams Motivated by achieving goals and targets Empathy with a fundraising team’s position and perspective Respectful of the need for total discretion A trusted adviser and confidanteYour working style: Self-driving and proactive Comfortable working from home and often independently as well as in teams Highly organised with systematic project and time management Stimulated by working on multiple projects simultaneously Flexible and accommodating Enjoy working with clients one to one and in groups Enjoy audits, analysis and writing reports with great attention to detail Enjoy presenting and new business pitches High quality perfectionism in everything you doDoes this sound like you? If so get in touch at http://www.thinkcs.org/opportunities-with-think/to learn more about the opportunities at THINK.Applications will be considered between 25 February and 5 April 2013.All applicants will be contacted by the end of April. Tagged with: Londonlast_img read more

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Georgia prisoners resist psychological torture

first_imgAtlanta — The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, otherwise known as Jackson Prison, is being exposed for subjecting inmates there to extremely dehumanizing conditions.According to a recent report by psychologist Craig Haney, the conditions of solitary confinement in the E wing, or “special management unit,” are among the worst in the U.S. Haney, hired to investigate by the Southern Center for Human Rights, is a University of California professor specializing in the psychological effects of imprisonment. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 20)In this unit, inmates are cut off from physical and verbal contact. They are also deprived of natural sunlight and air. According to Haney, “The prisoners are in essence hermetically sealed inside their cells for the extended periods in which they are confined there.” (tinyurl.com/y8tejk3m)Locked up in 7-foot by 13.5-foot cells, prisoners receive a meager five hours of exercise time a week. Haney found that nearly 20 percent of inmates in the unit have been held for six years or more.Given that 70 of the 180 prisoners currently held in solitary confinement are considered to be mentally ill, the harsh conditions are a blatant form of psychological torture. Little wonder that two prisoners committed suicide there in 2017.Haney was hired to assess conditions in the prison’s “special unit” after an inmate filed a federal lawsuit about inhumane treatment while being held in isolation. This was followed by three other inmates filing lawsuits.All four inmates are requesting that their cases be treated as a class action lawsuit, which could potentially improve conditions for all inmates held in the special unit.While conditions in Jackson are harsh in the extreme, the aim of breaking human beings with prolonged psychological torture is characteristic of the whole ruthless U.S. prison system.The practice of solitary confinement illustrates the true nature and function of prisons, which are not geared toward rehabilitation or addressing underlying causes of what is considered criminal behavior. Rather, prisons function to inflict the cruelest treatment on incarcerated people and to break their will under the iron heel of the capitalist state. Whether exploited for slave labor or virtually cut off from the world, prisoners in the U.S. are systematically tortured and dehumanized.In Georgia, this is happening at an accelerated rate to people who are overwhelmingly poor, working class and Black. Between 1982 and 2002, the Georgia prison population more than tripled from 13,884 to 46,534 people, and is still growing. In 2013, 61.6 percent of Georgia prisoners were Black. (tinyurl.com/y9wytmvn)The upcoming nationwide prison strike represents the latest front where prisoners are asserting their own humanity.The strike is set to begin on Aug. 21, the anniversary of George Jackson’s assassination at San Quentin State Prison in California, and extends to Sept. 9, the anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising in New York state.The coming national strike is firmly rooted in the ongoing struggle for prisoners’ rights. In a press release by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a group of incarcerated people calling for the strike, their first demand is explicitly for “immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.”Outside support and pressure are absolutely necessary to make sure participating inmates are not subjected to the kind of treatment that is characteristic of places like Jackson Prison’s isolation unit. People on the outside must help expose the darkest corners of a prison-industrial system where inmates are repressed and brutalized with impunity.Supporters can connect to local prisoner rights organizations through [email protected] For more information, see “Prisoners call for national strike,” WW, July 26.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Mc Monagle urges people to think carefully before turning down a council house

first_img Mc Monagle urges people to think carefully before turning down a council house NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly WhatsApp Facebook Facebook GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous article“The Finals” Countdown: Durcan says Donegal need to rise again for KerryNext articleCarthy concerned at long term impact of Russian ban on EU agri-food News Highland center_img By News Highland – September 17, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH A Letterkenny based councillor is urging people offered council houses to accept them after a recent meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District was told that dozens of council houses are being turned down.In many cases, the reason given was concern about the area the house is in, with prospective tenants concerned about possible anti-social behaviour, particularly in cases where young childrenare involved.However, Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, a former chair of the Letterkenny Community Development Project says in most cases, there is a strong community spirit in council estates. Speaking on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, he urged people offered a house to think seriously before turning it down………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/gmachouses.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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North West set to experience most of forecasted wintry showers

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews North West set to experience most of forecasted wintry showers WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Previous articleMcGlynn and Burke to fight for North West Cross crownNext articleVisiting restrictions remain in place at LUH News Highland Sleet and snow can be expected in parts of the country as the weather gets colder this weekend.The west and north-west are expected to see most of the wintry showers with temperatures dropping as low as minus three degrees.In addition, Met Eireann says we can expect some strong winds.Meteorologist Joanna Donnelly hasn’t ruled out a weather warning being issued:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/weather5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – December 13, 2019 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Meanwhile, Donegal County Council say gritters will be deployed to routes across the county from 8pm tonight. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebooklast_img read more

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Brundidge Rotarians plan for ‘Scholarship Season’

first_img This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Latest Stories Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Email the author In 2002, the R.L Godwin Scholarship was initiated and funded by the Johnston family.In 2003, a $500 scholarship was awarded to a student at the Troy-Pike Vocational Center. However, that scholarship was presented only one year.“The Wilburn Howard Rotary Scholarship was founded in 2009. Then, in 2011, one of the Ralph Dickert scholarships was renamed the Reynolds E. Wallace Rotary Scholarship,” Busbee said. “Another memorial scholarship the club awards is the Sara Spano scholarship which is funded by Rotarian Larry Shiver.” Published 2:55 am Thursday, January 15, 2015 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Spano, a retired teacher and past president of the Georgia PTA, was working at a newspaper where Shiver was working to earn money for college.“My dad had a stroke and was unable to work,” he said. “Sara Spano made it possible for me to pay my tuition. I wanted to do something to remember her.”Over the 21 years of its scholarship program, the Brundidge Rotarians have awarded 84 scholarships in the total amount of $81,000.“The funds for the Rotary Scholarship, which the club funds, are raised through the Boston butt sales, the Auburn/Alabama ticket raffle, a silent auction, the Douglas Botts Memorial Golf Tournament and several small fundraisers,” Busbee said. By Secrets Revealed As program chair for the Brundidge Rotary Club’s Wednesday meeting, Ben Busbee took the opportunity to present an overview of the club’s scholarship program and to discuss any updates, changes and clarifications from the 2014 program.Busbee, who is a member of the club’s scholarship committee, said the scholarship program was developed as a way to recognize outstanding graduating seniors at the local high schools.“The first Rotary Scholarships were initiated in 1994 and 1995, with two $1,000 scholarships in memory of J. Ralph Dickert, a longtime Rotarian,” Busbee said. “In 1997, another $500 scholarship was added in memory of Harold Rodgers and funded by the Donald Johnston family.” You Might Like New wiring to provide first responders back-up radio First responders for the City of Troy soon will have a back-up radio system in thanks to a rewiring of… read more Brundidge Rotarians plan for ‘Scholarship Season’ The club members discussed the club’s 2015 scholarship program and agreed that application for the scholarships will be made through the school counselor’s offices with three applications being accepted from each of five high schools: Pike County, Goshen, Pike Liberal Arts, Ariton and Zion Chapel. Children or grandchildren of club members will not be eligible to apply.The student applications will be judged on community benefit, community service, leadership potential, academic record, extra curricular activities and a personal interview.The student nominees will be invited to attend a meeting of the Rotary Club, as which time the personal interviews will be conducted.The awards will be announced at senior day programs. Checks will be sent to the colleges the recipients plan to attend.last_img read more

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Statement to Parliament: PM Commons statement on June European Council: 2 July 2018

first_imgIntroductionWith permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on last week’s European Council.The focus of this Council was on migration – and there were also important conclusions on security and defence.The UK made a substantive contribution to both. And our continued co-operation after we have left the EU will be in everyone’s interests, helping to ensure the long-term prosperity and security of the whole continent.MigrationMr Speaker, the consequences of mass uncontrolled immigration are one of the most serious challenges confronting Europe today.The problem is felt especially acutely by countries on the Mediterranean and the Aegean that are often where migrants first arrive.But this is a shared challenge, which affects us all.More than anything the situation is a tragedy for the migrants themselves – thousands of whom have now lost their lives.And at the core of all our efforts must be trying to prevent others from doing so.The UK has long argued for a comprehensive, whole-of-route approach to tackling migration, and the Council agreed actions in each of the three areas that we have championed.First, there will be more work upstream to reduce the number of people who undertake such perilous journeys in the first place.This includes providing more opportunities in the countries where economic migrants are coming from. And helping ensure that refugees claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.To support this, the UK will continue to invest for the long term in education, jobs and services – both in countries of origin and transit.We are also committed to the second tranche of the EU’s Facility for Refugees in Turkey, provided we can agree an appropriate mechanism for managing the funds.And we made a further commitment at this Council of 15 million euros to support the EU Trust Fund for Africa.Both are delivering on the UK’s call for more support for countries of transit and origin on the main routes into Europe – which is vital if we are to achieve the solutions we need to mass uncontrolled migration.Alongside our economic development and humanitarian support, we have also been stepping up our communications effort upstream, so that more potential migrants understand the grave dangers of the journeys they might undertake – and the criminal people smugglers who are waiting to exploit them.Second, there will be more work to distinguish between genuine refugees and illegal economic migrants.This includes exploring the concept of regional disembarkation platforms. It was agreed at the Council that these could be established on a voluntary basis. Key to their success would be operating in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor for further migration.There is clearly much more work to be done with the support of UNHCR and the IOM to establish whether such proposals are practically and legally viable.But we do need to be prepared to look again at new solutions given the gravity and intractability of this challenge.Third, there will be further efforts to strengthen borders to help prevent illegal migration.Last week I agreed with Prime Minister Tsipras of Greece that we would work towards a new action plan of UK support for Greek and European efforts, including a further Border Force patrol vessel to work with the Greek Coast Guard.The UK now has law enforcement officers in 17 EU and African countries as part of our Organised Immigration Crime Task Force.UK and French officers are also working together to build links between counter-trafficking agencies in Nigeria and Niger to strengthen this key border on the Central route.And I am keen that we should replicate this model with other states.Mr Speaker this is a challenge that faces the whole of our continent.And as I said at the Council, we will continue playing our full part in working together with the EU to meet it – both now and after we have left.For that is in our national interest – and in the interests of Europe as a whole.##Security and defenceThe same is true for security and defence – which is why at this Council I made the case for a new security partnership between the UK and the EU after we have left.We have seen over recent weeks and months that Russia and other hostile state and non-state actors are trying to sow disunity, destabilise our democracies and test our resolve.So we must work together to adapt our current defences to the new normal and take responsibility for protecting international norms and institutions.In this context, I thanked our European partners for their solidarity in the wake of the appalling nerve agent attack in Salisbury.The unprecedented co-ordinated expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers demonstrated our unity in response to this kind of disregard for global norms and rules, which poses a threat to us all.And at the March Council we agreed to do more to strengthen our resilience against such threats.Since then the UK has led work with our European partners to propose a package of measures to step up our strategic communications against online disinformation, strengthen our capabilities against cybersecurity threats and further reduce the threat from hostile intelligence activities.This Council agreed measures in all of these areas, including an Action Plan by December which must go even further in co-ordinating our response to the challenge of disinformation.This effort to adapt our defences to protecting international norms should also enable us to respond robustly to events beyond Europe when they threaten our security interests.So this Council welcomed the agreement reached by my Rt Hon Friend the Foreign Secretary in the Hague last week, enabling the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons use.And the Council reinforced this by agreeing with President Macron and myself in calling for the adoption of a new EU sanctions regime to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.The Council also agreed to roll over current sanctions on Russia in light of its failure to fully implement the Minsk Agreements in Ukraine.In the context of online threats from the full range of state and non-state actors, President Macron and I joined together in pushing for further action to tackle illegal content, especially terrorist content, online.Finally on security, Mr Speaker, we looked ahead to the NATO Summit next week, which will be an important moment to demonstrate Western unity.The NATO Secretary General joined this discussion at the Council where we agreed that Europe must take greater responsibility for its own security while complementing and reinforcing the activities of NATO.Far too few of our allies are currently meeting the commitment to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence.And at this Council, I urged them to do so, in order that, together, we can meet the full range of targets that challenge our interests.Mr Speaker, for our own part, we have the biggest defence budget in Europe and the biggest in NATO, after the United States.We are investing more than £179 billion on new equipment. That means, among other items, new aircraft carriers and submarines for the Navy, new cutting edge F35B aircraft for the RAF and new Ajax armoured vehicles for the Army.We are leading throughout NATO – whether that is deployed forces in the Mediterranean, air policing in Eastern Europe or our troops providing an enhanced forward presence in Estonia.And we are operating with our allies to defend our interests all over the world.In April, RAF aircraft took action to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their future use.Over 1000 personnel are deployed in the fight against Daesh – and we are the second largest contributor to the coalition air campaign in Iraq and Syria.In Africa, UK troops have built and now operate a hospital in South Sudan supporting the UN mission there; they are training security forces in Nigeria, and our Chinook helicopters are deploying to Mali in support of the French this week.Two Royal Navy vessels are deployed in Asia in support of sanctions enforcement on North Korea, working closely with the US, Japan and others – with another to follow, the first Royal Navy deployments to the Pacific since 2013.Our submarines are silently patrolling the seas giving us a nuclear deterrent every minute of every hour, as they have done for 50 years.Our Modernising Defence Programme will ensure that our capabilities remain as potent in countering the threats of tomorrow as they are in keeping us safe today.We are the leading military power in Europe with the capabilities to protect our people, defend our interests, and project our values, supporting the global rules based system.And the government that I lead will ensure that is exactly how we remain.BrexitTurning to Brexit, Mr Speaker, I updated my fellow leaders on the negotiations – and the 27 other Member States welcomed the further progress that had been made on the Withdrawal Agreement.With the exception of the Protocol relating to Northern Ireland, we now have agreement or are close to doing so.There remain some real differences between us and the European Commission on Northern Ireland. So Mr Speaker, on the Protocol on Northern Ireland, I want to be very clear. We have put forward proposals, and will produce further proposals, so that if a temporary backstop is needed there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.We are absolutely committed to the avoidance of such a border. And we are equally committed to the avoidance of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is an integral part of our country and we will never accept the imposition of a border within our United Kingdom.We all agreed that we must now urgently intensify and accelerate the pace of negotiations on our future relationship.I warned EU leaders that I do not think this Parliament will approve the Withdrawal Agreement in the autumn unless we have clarity about our future relationship alongside it.I will hold a meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday and we will publish our White Paper on the future partnership with the EU next week.The EU and its Members States will want to consider our proposals seriously. We both need to show flexibility to build the deep relationship after we have left that is in the interests of both our peoples.Our White Paper will set out detailed proposals for a sustainable and close future relationship between the UK and the EU – a partnership that means that the UK will leave the Single Market and Customs Union, but a partnership which supports our shared prosperity and security.It will mark an important step in delivering the decision of the British people. And I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

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Pink Talking Fish, Kung Fu, and Members of Turkuaz Tribute David Bowie and Prince At Wanee [Video]

first_imgThe 2017 Wanee Music Festival seemed to be all about the tributes. Allman Brothers’ Butch Trucks was the center of attention, but tributes to Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Phish, Prince and David Bowie were overriding during the festival-closing Saturday afternoon and night.Pink Talking Fish (performing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish) played the Saturday afternoon slot on the Mushroom Stage, welcoming out special guests Rob Somerville (Kung Fu, saxophone) for “Money” and Shira Elias and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) singing “Genius of Love.” Kung Fu and Turkuaz both dominated the Saturday slot Mushroom Stage performances, and stuck around to collaborate with their fellow musical companions throughout the night.Later that evening, Pink Talking Fish joined forces with Kung Fu for the festival-closing “Pink Talking Fu: Prince/Bowie” set, which eventually became “Pink Talking Fu Kuaz” with members of Turkuaz joining the 9-piece ensemble. The music of David Bowie and Prince were well-received in the foresty night, as the crowd got their dance on after a slower two-set Bob Weir & The Campfire Band performance.Thanks to CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, you can watch “Space Oddity > Sexy MF” below:Here are the setlists for Pink Talking Fish and Pink Talking Fu:Setlist: Pink Talking Fish | Wanee Music Festival | Live Oak, FL | 4/22/17Nothing But Flowers>Simple>Money*>Thank You For Sending Me An Angel**Tennessee Jed/Ocelot Mashup>Fearless***>Halley’s Comet>Burning Down The HouseDivided Sky>Another Brick In The Wall>Psycho Killer>Another Brick In The Wall>Divided SkyGenius Of Love%Have A Cigar>This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)Frankenstein*w/ Rob Somerville on Sax**w/ Runaway Jim tease***w/ Bug tease%w/ Shira Elias & Sammi Garett on vocalsSetlist: Kung Fu | Wanee Music Festival | Live Oak, FL | 4/22/17Do The Right ThingScorpionKid CharlemagneSfvendago-Chop SueyI Got The NewsCookie MonsterHey 19The GetdownReeling In The YearsSetlist: Pink Talking Fu | Wanee Music Festival | Live Oak, FL | 4/22/17MusicologyFame>1999Golden Years>Take Me With YouUnder Pressure*Kiss*%+>Drums+Young Americans*%+I Wanna Be Your Lover*+Let’s Dance%%+Let’s Go Crazy+Space Oddity+Sexy MF%%+HeroesPurple Rain+%+E: All The Young Dudes+*w/ Shira Elias on vocals%w/ Sammi Garett on vocals%%w/ Greg Sanderson on sax and Chris Brouwers on trumpet+w/ Michelangelo Carubba on percussion[photo courtesy of Kerry Barbato] Other highlights from the weekend include Trey Anastasio sitting in with Bob Weir, Marcus King joining Widespread Panic for “Mountain Jam,”, Trey’s emotional tribute to Butch Trucks, and Jack Pearson’s 19+ minute Jeff Beck jam with Gov’t Mule.,Other highlights from the weekend include Trey Anastasio sitting in with Bob Weir, Marcus King joining Widespread Panic for “Mountain Jam,”, Trey’s emotional tribute to Butch Trucks, and Jack Pearson’s 19+ minute Jeff Beck jam with Gov’t Mule.last_img read more

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B’way Grosses: Hamilton’s Three Million Things to Be Thankful for

first_imgDaveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments There may be a million things he hasn’t done, but Alexander Hamilton can at least cross off making over three million dollars in a single week. The smash hit Hamilton led the box office grosses over Thanksgiving weekend as one of 13 shows to make seven figures over the holiday that typically does gangbusters for the Great White Way. Other shows in the Millionaire’s Club include Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (with Josh Groban back in the spotlight following a brief illness) and the Andrew Lloyd Webber hat trick: The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and School of Rock. At $35,280,355, this was the highest-grossing Thanksgiving weekend in recorded history—hardly a turkey in sight.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 27:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($3,260,089)2. The Lion King ($2,496,332)3. Wicked ($2,286,976)4. Aladdin ($2,047,065)5. School of Rock ($1,590,032)*UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Les Liaisons Dangereuses ($428,583)4. Heisenberg ($312,461)***3. The Cherry Orchard ($284,434)2. The Encounter ($259,068)1. In Transit ($257,037)****FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.03%)2. Hamilton (101.74%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (99.80%)*****4. The Lion King (99.52%)5. Aladdin (98.81%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science (68.85%)4. Paramour (68.64%)3. The Encounter (65.00%)2. The Illusionists: Turn of the Century (64.38%)**1. On Your Feet! (60.84%)* Number based on nine regular performances** Number based on seven regular performances***Number based on six regular performances****Number based on eight preview performances*****Number based on seven preview performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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Fitch rates Vermont’s $82 million GOs ‘AAA’; outlook stable

first_imgVermont’s ‘AAA’ rating for its general obligation bonds reflects its low debt burden which is maintained through adherence to debt affordability guidelines, conservative financial management, and sound reserves. Outstanding debt, which is nearly entirely GO and matures rapidly, has declined from previously moderate levels. The state budgets conservatively, and its diverse revenue stream includes a state property tax for education. Reserves in each major operating fund as of the close of fiscal 2010 were fully funded at 5% of prior-year appropriations. Fitch Ratings assigned an ‘AAA’ rating to the following State of Vermont general obligation (GO) bonds:–$49 million 2010 series D (Federally Taxable – Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds – Direct Payment);–$33.395 million GO refunding bonds, 2010 series E.The bonds are expected to sell via competition on Oct. 14, 2010.In addition, Fitch affirms the ‘AAA’ rating on the state’s outstanding GO bonds.The Rating Outlook is Stable.RATING RATIONALE:–Vermont’s debt profile reflects nearly exclusive use of GO debt and amortizes rapidly. Debt ratios have declined in recent years and are now low; affordability planning is employed.–The state’s revenue stream is diverse, and reserve funds remain funded at statutory maximum levels.–Vermont’s economy has diversified but remains narrow and somewhat vulnerable to the cyclical manufacturing sector.KEY RATING DRIVERS:–Maintenance of fiscal balance and conservative management practices.–Maintenance of a low to moderate debt burden.SECURITY:The bonds are general obligations of the State of Vermont and secured by the full faith and credit of the state pledged.CREDIT SUMMARY:Vermont’s ‘AAA’ rating reflects its low debt burden which is maintained through adherence to debt affordability guidelines, conservative financial management, and sound reserves. Outstanding debt, which is nearly entirely GO and matures rapidly, has declined from previously moderate levels. The state budgets conservatively, and its diverse revenue stream includes a state property tax for education. Reserves in each major operating fund as of the close of fiscal 2010 were fully funded at 5% of prior-year appropriations. The state’s enacted budget for fiscal 2011 contemplates maintaining the reserves at their maximum statutory levels; the education fund reserve will be funded slightly below the 5% level but still within the maximum statutory range of 3.5% to 5%. The relatively narrow state economy is supported by larger than average manufacturing (albeit less so than in the past), tourism, and health and educational services sector employment. Vermont has a relatively small income base with an older and well-educated population.Vermont lost less than 1% of its jobs during the recession earlier this decade; by 2004 it had exceeded its pre-recession annual employment peak, in sharp contrast to the steep and protracted recession of the early 1990s. Employment growth since 2005 has lagged the nation, and declines registered in 2008 and 2009 were less severe than those experienced nationally. August 2010 data indicate state employment continues to contract as national employment has returned to slight growth. Manufacturing sector employment, led by an IBM facility near Burlington, still exceeds the national level on a percentage basis, though both employment and personal income reliance on this sector have dropped in recent years. State unemployment has historically been below the national level and Vermont’s August 2010 unemployment rate of 6% is well below the national rate of 9.6% for the same month. Vermont has been challenged by the aging of its population; the median age of 41.5 years is well above the national 36.9 years and is exceeded only by Maine. Per capita personal income in 2009 totaled $39,021, ranking Vermont 22nd among the states at 98.5% of the national level.Conservative practices and well-stocked reserves sustained healthy finances during the recession earlier this decade, with the state using some reserves and reducing appropriations in fiscals 2002 and 2003 when revenues softened. Operations were subsequently favorable, and reserves were restored to their maximum level by the end of fiscal 2004. Surpluses in fiscals 2004 through 2008 were largely used for reserves, additional pension contributions, property tax relief, and carryovers into ensuing fiscal years. Fiscal 2009 general fund revenue expectations were reduced several times and ultimately declined 8% from fiscal 2008 figures. Personal income tax receipts were down by a significant 14.8% while corporate income taxes and sales and use tax receipts were down by 11.3% and 5.1%, respectively. Measures to maintain balance during fiscal 2009 were promptly implemented and Vermont ended with an operating surplus of approximately $15 million.Fiscal 2010 revenue expectations were revised downward early in the fiscal year, and $28 million in spending cuts, balance transfers and application of a portion of the prior year’s surplus were employed to maintain balance. Subsequent revisions resulted in slight increases to revenue expectations, and preliminary results indicate fiscal 2010 closed with a slight operating surplus. Actual general fund revenues were slightly ahead of January 2010 forecast levels, falling 5.8% from fiscal 2009. Personal income tax receipts were 6.1% below fiscal 2009 levels, while corporate income taxes and sales and use tax receipts were down by 5.1% and 3.1%, respectively. The enacted general fund executive budget for fiscal 2011 addressed a $154 million budget gap, primarily through human service agency cuts, $38 million in cuts across other agencies, $15 million in savings generated through a series of pension reforms, and through an increase in the hospital provider tax. The budget maintains the state’s three reserve funds within their respective maximum statutory levels. Through August 2010, fiscal 2011 revenue performance is running ahead of budgeted expectations.Vermont’s tax-supported debt is nearly exclusively GO, and it amortizes rapidly. The state’s debt burden is low. As of June 30, 2010, net tax-supported debt totaled $464 million, equaling $747 per capita and 1.9% of 2009 personal income. Debt has declined since the 1990s as a result of debt affordability recommendations, and while annual issuance levels are expected to grow, debt ratios are expected to remain low to moderate. Vermont continues to appropriate required contributions to its pension systems although funded ratios have recently declined in part due to asset valuation declines.Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com(link is external).In addition to the sources of information identified in the Tax-Supported Rating Criteria, this action was additionally informed by information from the Financial Advisor and IHS Global Insight.Applicable Criteria and Related Research:’Tax-Supported Rating Criteria’, Aug. 16, 2010.’U.S. State Government Tax-Supported Rating Criteria’, Dec. 28, 2009.For information on Build America Bonds, visit www.fitchratings.com/BABs(link is external).Applicable Criteria and Related Research:Tax-Supported Rating Criteriahttp://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=5(link is external)…U.S. State Government Tax-Supported Rating Criteriahttp://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=4(link is external)…ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. Source: NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitch Rating. 10.1.2010last_img read more

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Female Unit Protects Minors in Panama

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo May 11, 2018 On the far eastern edge of Panama, a female officer with a camouflage uniform and yellow reflective vest controls traffic at a crosswalk at the corner of a school. When a student approaches, she waves to her and stops vehicles to help her cross the street. Later, she’ll join the classes to participate in activities with the children. Her goal: win the trust of the most vulnerable members of the population and rein in any external negative influences. The officer is one of 50 female troops comprising the Integrated Action Unit (UAI, in Spanish) of the National Border Service of Panama (SENAFRONT, in Spanish). Created in early 2018, UAI has for goal to reach out to young people to prevent harmful situations in family, school, and personal environments, and avoid situations involving drugs and gangs. “[They are] border officers working toward a culture of prevention,” UAI Captain Zuly Rodríguez told Diálogo. “Integrated Action is an operative unit responsible for developing activities with children that lead them to form ethical, social, and civic-patriotic values based on a culture of peace, to prevent children from falling into risky social situations.” The UAI began operating in March 2018 in the province of Darién, which borders Colombia. Female troops deployed to various schools in the remote jungle region, where the unit will focus their initial efforts. “In 2017, there was a high dropout rate, and, because of that, we designed this strategy with a female unit,” explained Commissioner Eric Ávila, national director of operations for SENAFRONT. “We also took into account the opening of the new highway [around 102 kilometers of the Pan-American Highway were restored in January], thus the need to begin road safety education.” Critical region The Panamanian province of Darién is a dense rainforest of over 200,000 hectares. The jungle region extends to Colombia, and its 575,000 hectares are known as the Darién Gap. The only way to get around is by river, a few narrow paths, and the Pan-American Highway, which stops in Yaviza on the Panamanian side of Darién, and resumes some 100 km later in the Colombian town of Lomas Aisladas. The inhospitable place serves as a refuge for transnational organized crime groups involved in narcotrafficking and smuggling of undocumented migrants headed to the United States. Meanwhile, communities in the region experience food scarcity and lack of healthcare. According to the Panamanian Labor Foundation, a research center for social equity, 87 percent of local families live in conditions of extreme poverty. The latest data from the Republic of Panama’s Office of the Comptroller indicates that almost 18,000 minors were enrolled in Darién during the 2015 school year, which represents about 32 percent of the population. A positive school experience The officers’ work begins early every morning monitoring vehicle traffic near the schools and helping children and their families cross the streets safely. Although they appear to focus on road safety, the officers watch for suspicious passers-by and communicate their findings to their superiors. During classes, officers give talks on basic knowledge, from crossing the street safely to personal hygiene, and how to identify bullying. They also address issues related to narcotrafficking and gangs. And they participate in educational and recreational activities, such as planning parties to contribute to a positive experience at school. “[The goal of UAI] is to serve as a support system to educational centers, to improve student safety,” said Deputy Commissioner Juan Córdoba, head of the José de Fábrega Battalion based in the district of Santa Fé, in Darién. “And [is] to prevent criminal elements from attempting to recruit students at their schools for illicit activities.” Successful program As representatives of SENAFRONT, the officers contribute their professionalism to the institution while gaining the trust of the children and the rest of the population. Shortly after they deployed, officers made some major strides and were accepted as part of the team at schools, with a major advantage: their uniforms represent law and order. “I can see the change because [students] take the advice the officers give them and put it into practice,” said José Bazán, director of the Santa Fé General Center of Basic Education in the district of Santa Fé. “The youth receives direct education. We want to thank them for the help and support we receive, because it directly benefits the students.” For UAI Officer Melissa Aldrete, assigned to the José del Mejía Educational Center in Yaviza, the experience with one child in particular was a success. “Papelillo was a child I always saw by himself. He was a very rebellious child,” said Officer Aldrete. “Today, the child goes to school. He is much more sociable and even calls us aunties.” SENAFRONT plans to add more troops to UAI to boost the deployment in Darién. The institution also plans to increase the coverage area to include the province of Chiriquí and the township of Guabito—both on the border with Costa Rica—and the district of Guna Yala on the Caribbean coast. “Directors, teachers, students, and parents took well to the program,” concluded Deputy Commissioner Córdoba. “Although it’s fairly recent, they obtained information from the kids themselves on cases of bullying, both inside and outside of school, and they found the help needed to stop it.”last_img read more

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