Tagged with: Events Advertisement Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Jim Jackson said: “The Care for a Curry? campaign is about using the great Scottish love affair with fiery foods from far-off lands as a means to help people with dementia and their carers by supporting Alzheimer Scotland.” Howard Lake | 9 April 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 47 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Curry King Charan Gill, MBE has launched the Care for a Curry? campaign to raise funds for dementia charity Alzheimer Scotland. Although the campaign doesn’t get underway until 15 May with an evening of fine Indian dining in the Chubara Indian Restaurant at the Quay complex in Musselburgh, Gill has himself sponsored two dementia nurses at a cost of £500 each which will pay for a whole week of specialised dementia care. www.careforacurry.org Curry King Charan Gill launches Care for a Curry for dementia charity 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.
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UPDATED SEPT. 23Police and National Guard Out of Charlotte and Black & Brown communities! Full amnesty for all arrestees! Smash racist police terror and the capitalist system into the ground! Sept. 23 — The revolutionary socialist Workers World Party presidential campaign of Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly expresses our full and complete solidarity with the uprising that broke out Sept. 20 in Charlotte, N.C. — the Wall Street of the South.The heroic Black and Brown youth on the front lines of this tremendous and growing rebellion are inaugurating a new period of heightened struggle against the police war on Black and Brown people and the intolerable conditions imposed on oppressed communities in the belly of the beast. To rebel is justified!At the time of this writing the rebellion is entering its fourth day after the city has been rocked by thousands taking to the streets, shutting down highways and expressing the righteous anger in response to the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott.The uprising in Charlotte comes days after the police execution of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., the tremendous strike against slave labor by prisoners on the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion on Sept. 9, three years after the police murder of Jonathan Ferrell by Charlotte cops, and on the heels of rebellions in Milwaukee, Baltimore, Ferguson, and elsewhere.We urge the rest of the movement to do whatever possible to come to the defense of the uprising in Charlotte in this critical hour as the state is carrying out a full-scale mobilization of all its repressive forces against the rebellion.During both nights of protest, the state has violently repressed the demonstrators by using chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, rubber bullets and mass arrests in an attempt to shut down the Black community that is in open revolt. The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in the city and has called in the National Guard and State Highway Patrol.But the people have so far prevailed.During protests on the night of Sept. 21, police shot Justin Carr, a Black man, in the head with a rubber bullet — he passed away from his injuries late Thursday night. The police — in collusion with politicians and the corporate media — have put forward an outrageous lie that this man was shot by another demonstrator. The Charlotte police have murdered 2 Black men just this week.We must be clear that this lie is an effort by the state to divide and distract from the central issue at hand — the escalating police war on Black and Brown communities that has created the conditions the masses of people are rising up against.The police are an occupying army in the Black and Brown communities. They are the most parasitic social grouping in society. They play the role of hired mercenaries of the ruling class to keep workers and the oppressed in complete subjugation.The cops’ job is to protect the class rule of the 1%, the banks and the corporations against the interests of the multinational working class and oppressed people. The police are one of the tools of repression and violence utilized by the 1% against the masses of people, along with the prisons, the courts, the military and the corporate media. We say: ABOLISH THE POLICE!The irresolvable crisis of the capitalist system at a dead end is to blame for racist state repression whose objective is to divide the working class and imprison and murder Black and Brown and other oppressed people with impunity.Charlotte is itself caught in a deep contradiction. The city is the second largest financial center in the U.S., home to huge multinational banks and corporations like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy. The tremendous wealth of these institutions — the product of wages stolen from the workers — stands in stark contrast to the intolerable conditions imposed on the working class and particularly on Black and Brown communities.We fight for a revolutionary socialist future that can abolish once and for all the rule of the capitalist class and their many agents of repression and finally rid society of all forms of oppression.We stand unequivocally on the side of the Black community that is rebelling in Charlotte against police terror! To rebel is justified!Black Lives Matter!National Guard Out of Charlotte!Full Amnesty for All Those Arrested!Abolish the Police & ICE!Abolish Capitalism! Fight for Socialism!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Subscribe Travel the world with just a spoon and ice cream scoop. Get a flavor of the delicious variations countries around the world have to offer with Choctál. This gourmet single origin chocolate and vanilla company will take your tastebuds on a journey to eight countries around the world.Nancy Hytone-Leb, one of the founders of Choctál gave us the inside scoop on the Pasadena-based company. Although they don’t have a storefront parlor, you can find Choctál all over the city.Since moving here 11 years ago, Hytone-Leb says that the Pasadena food scene has become much hipper and there are many more options for dinners. “[It’s] the types of places that are moving into Old Pasadena and even to other areas we see Pasadena expand beyond Old Pasadena. We have much more new and interesting fare,” she said. Now is prime time for a gourmet ice cream experience.Think of single origin ice cream like wine of coffee – by using cocoa and vanilla beans from one place, you can really taste the unique characteristics of the beans. “We’re trying to work with smaller farmers, smaller suppliers and then it’s much more, it’s a much better relationship and we feel that we can do more for them also,” said Hytone-Leb. Choctál works with farmers in 8 different countries and produces 4 chocolate and 4 vanilla ice creams.In the future, Choctál plans to expand into more dessert territory. Hytone-Leb explains that they may soon make cocoa nibs or crunchy ice cream toppings. “I coined a new term in the food industry I think, I use the term “Ice Cream Accessory,” she said.But getting back to the main course, the ice cream. Choctál’s ice creams are a world trip and not the budget-backpacking-through-the-Amazon kind but a luxurious, leisurely world tour.The taste experience begins with the indulgent, fudgey, dark Ghana Chocolate and transitions to smooth, warm and slightly caramel-like Kalimantan Chocolate. Next, the Dominican Chocolate is a less intense but equally flavorful ice cream with hints of mocha. The chocolate tour ends with luscious Costa Rican Chocolate. Savor the flavors as they transition from intense and slightly bitter to sweeter and smoother chocolate.Embark on the Vanilla tour starting with the classic, creamy Indonesian Vanilla and then travel to Madagascar with the smooth vanilla- speckled ice cream. Next, savor the intensely vanilla Papua New Guinea Vanilla with a notes of cherry and florals. Finish with the icy Mexican Vanilla with hints of cinnamon and a hint of coconut. Enjoy this tropical tour from indulgent creaminess to subtly spiced flavors.So even if you can’t actually travel the world, grab a spoon and some friends, and savor your way around the globe. As Hytone-Leb said, “You can’t not eat ice cream and be happy.”Look for Choctál in a store near you or check out their website and order online at www.choctal.com/index.php/shop. First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Business News Cover Story Travel the World in Chocolate From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 10:12 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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Previous: More Young Americans Joining the Real Estate Industry Next: Industry Leader Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, NeighborWorks America, and More July 19, 2018 1,928 Views The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, NeighborWorks America, and More Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News From new appointments and partnerships to new technology and product expansion, get the latest buzz on the industry in this weekly update.The StoneHill Group, an Atlanta-based, veteran-owned provider of quality control, due diligence and mortgage fulfillment services has expanded its mortgage lender support services to help lenders, including banks and credit unions for cost-effective operations.Since hiring and training staff is time-consuming and expensive, lenders often outsourced underwriting, processing, and other origination tasks when loan volumes fluctuate, StoneHill said that its expanded services for mortgage lenders offered variable cost structure for its services so that clients only pay for the work they need.“Almost every day, someone asks me how they can save money originating loans in this environment,” said David Green, Founder, and CEO of The StoneHill Group. “For many, the best option is to outsource some or all of their origination work to The StoneHill Group. Once they do, they can stop worrying about whether they have enough staff, and they can rest assured that their critical processes will be completed on time and within budget.”San Diego-based ClosingCorp, a leading provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, has announced that it is enhancing its SmartFees® service by incorporating the CoreLogic Property Tax Estimator. This service will help further improve the accuracy of loan estimates (LEs) in the origination process, and provide better data to mortgage professionals. The integration will be complete and the service will be available third quarter 2018.“ClosingCorp has a strong focus on quality and accuracy and we are excited to help further that effort,” said Nancy Langer, Executive, Real Estate Tax and Payment Solutions at CoreLogic. “Lenders nationwide have specifically requested that we integrate with ClosingCorp to deliver a seamless process within the origination workflow and we’re pleased to be able to deliver our service through this highly reliable channel.”Washington, D.C.- headquartered national, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America, recently announced the appointment of Marietta Rodriguez, as President and CEO of NeighborWorks America. Jeffrey Bryson, who served as interim President and CEO for the nonprofit since September 2017, will remain on board until August 17, according to a statement by NeighborWorks America. Bryson, who previously served as NeighborWorks America’s general counsel and corporate secretary, has been with the nonprofit for 31 years and plans to retire after the transition.Rodriguez has been with NeighborWorks for 20 years and most recently, she worked as interim SVP for national initiatives, where she managed a national down payment assistance program totaling more than $300 million to support over 17,000 new homebuyers since 2012. Additionally, she created an innovative business practice, enabling NeighborWorks organizations to operate their homeownership programs sustainably. Participating member organizations increased homeowners by 64 percent while decreasing service delivery costs 43 percent, and increasing revenue by 101 percent more than their own baseline.“NeighborWorks America is pleased to welcome Marietta into her new role,” said Grovetta Gardineer, Chair of the NeighborWorks America’s Board of Directors and Senior Deputy Comptroller for Compliance and Community Affairs at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. “Marietta brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the position, with a proven record of leadership and accomplishment, and I look forward to working with her in this new role.”Costa Mesa, California-headquartered SaaS loan origination technology solutions provider, LendingQB, has announced a partnership with the STRATMOR Group to provide lenders with the MortgageSAT Borrower Satisfaction Program. This management tool gives lenders the control, visibility and context they need to manage and improve the borrower experience.This integration will help customers of LendingQB survey every borrower within 24 hours of closing. Direct, instant borrower feedback, along with deep insights about the loan process and the people involved, will enable lenders to pinpoint sources of borrower dissatisfaction and quickly take corrective action. MortgageSAT scores everyone (the loan officer, processor, underwriter, and closer) and measures the borrower’s perception of the entire loan process with analysis by region, branch, and the individual employee. The MortgageSAT program launched recently with select lenders across the country.Through this integration, lenders who were previously limited to measuring success based only on internal measurements and historical results will now have access to benchmarking data that shows how their satisfaction and Net Promoter Score (NPS) compare to their peers. MortgageSAT’s National Benchmark data is available 24/7 in a real-time web portal. Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Kristina Brewer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2018-07-19 Kristina Brewer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
By News Highland – July 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleIreland in ‘precarious position’ in relation to Covid-19Next articleDonegal features high on people’s staycation list News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Education minister has shown utter disrespect for Leaving Cert students according to the Labour party.It was revealed last night that Calculated Grades would not be available until September 7th, three weeks later than normal.Labour’s Education Spokesperson is criticising Norma Foley for announcing the news through a press release, despite being asked about a date in the Dail earlier in the day.Deputy Aodhan O’Riordan says it’s unfair that students will hear about it through the media.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/oriorfgdgdfgdan8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Minister criticised over delay in Leaving Cert results Google+ Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
WhatsApp Social housing plans for Ramelton at advanced stage By News Highland – November 15, 2019 Pinterest Donegal County Council has confirmed that the acquisition of unfinished properties in Ramelton is now at an advanced stage and it’s hoped to have contracts signed in the coming weeks. The next stage is to prepare a schedule of works for each of the 18 properties and to subsequently tender the works.It’s anticipated that the properties will be ready for allocation in the latter half of next year.Cathaoirleach of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr John O’Donnell says it will make a huge difference to the housing list locally:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ramedfgdfgdfgdfltonhouses.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Previous articleCalls on Council to take lead on Changing Places toilet facilitiesNext articleHSE’s Service Plan won’t be enough – McConalogue News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+
Previous Article Next Article Social business represents a significant transformational opportunity for organizations. Many companies, after initial forays into external social media, are now realizing the value of applying social approaches, internally as well as externally. Related posts:No related photos. Social business can create valued customer experiences, increase workforce productivity and effectiveness and accelerate innovation. But many companies still wrestle with the organizational and cultural challenges posed by these new ways of work. A new IBM Institute for Business Value study, based on responses from more than 1,100 individuals and interviews with more than two dozen executives from leading organizations, reveals how organizations can use social approaches to create meaningful business value. The question surrounding social media today is not whether you are doing it, but whether you are doing enough. Getting your 100,000th “Like” on Facebook, or having your latest pearl of wisdom retweeted 200 times an hour is all well and good, but are these activities driving revenue, attracting talent and bridging the collaboration gaps in your organization? Is your use of social media allowing your organization to engage with the right customers, improve their online experience and tap into their latest insights and ideas? Does your social approach provide your customer-facing representatives with the ability to search the globe for expertise or apply learnings?The answers to these questions are essential as social approaches become the new norm. Today, roughly half the world’s population is online. Almost all of these Internet users are mobile. And their use of social media tools to shop, spend, and share insights is increasing. Facebook, for example, has reached more than 1 billion active accounts; LinkedIn is used in almost every country in the world; more than 100 million people Tweet regularly. Both companies and public sector organizations are seeing the value of participating in the social world. According to public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, almost three-quarters of the Fortune Global 100 firms have a presence on either Facebook or Twitter. Social has become mainstream and ubiquitous. It is no longer simply a “sandbox” for the under-30 generation…Follow IBM Social Business on Facebook and Twitter. Comments are closed. The business of social business: what works and how it’s doneOn 22 Apr 2013 in Personnel Today
Increasing amounts of anthropogenic debris enter the ocean because of mismanagement in coastal communities and, despite a global ban on deliberate dumping, also from vessels, endangering wildlife. Assessing marine plastic pollution directly is challenging, and an alternative is to use seabirds as bioindicators. Our analyses of long time-series (26-years) revealed substantial variation in the amount, characteristics and origin of marine debris (mainly macroplastics and mesoplastics, and excluding fishing gear) associated with seabirds at South Georgia, and, for two species, long-term increases in incidence since 1994. Annual debris recovery rates (items per capita) were 14 × higher in wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans, and 6 × higher in grey-headed albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma and giant petrels Macronectes spp., than in black-browed albatrosses T. melanophris, partly related to differences in egestion (regurgitation), which clears items from the proventriculus. Although some debris types were common in all species, wandering albatrosses and giant petrels ingested higher proportions that were food-related or generic wrapping, gloves, clear or mixed colour, and packaged in South America. This was highly likely to originate from vessels, including the large South American fishing fleets with which they overlap. Debris associated with the two smaller albatrosses was more commonly shorter, rigid (miscellaneous plastic and bottle/tube caps), and packaged in East Asia. Grey-headed albatrosses are exposed to large and increasing amounts of user plastics transported from coastal South America in the Subantarctic Current, or discarded from vessels and circulating in the South Atlantic Gyre, whereas the lower debris ingestion by black-browed albatrosses suggests that plastic pollution in Antarctic waters remains relatively low. Current plastic loads in our study species seem unlikely to have an impact at the population level, but the results nevertheless affirm that marine plastics are a major, trans-boundary animal-welfare and environmental issue that needs to be addressed by much-improved waste-management practices and compliance-monitoring both on land and on vessels in the south Atlantic.