New Horizons project update presented today

first_img TAGSHabitat for HumanityNew Horizons ProjectOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous article441 Resurfacing Project – Lane Closures This WeekNext articleWolf Lake without water and A/C Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply For families in Apopka affordable housing is now closer than ever.A partnership between Habitat Greater Orlando, Habitat Seminole Apopka, Homes in Partnership, and Orange County will provide affordable housing for families who meet certain income, needs, volunteer, and training requirements. The partnership will ensure the creation of the New Horizons, in South Apopka where 56 new homes will be constructed and sold to qualifying low-income households.The New Horizons community will be placed where the former Hawthorne Village once stood. The Hawthorne Village property was acquired by Homes in Partnership in order to build these new homes. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in February 2017. County Commissioner Bryan Nelson has scheduled an information session for today, Monday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the John Bridges Community Center in Apopka (445 W 13th St, Apopka, FL 32703).“We are also looking for input from the community as to how we want the New Horizons to look,” said Nelson. “Anyone who wants to contribute in any way to our mission of providing affordable housing is welcome to join us as well to learn about the numerous ways you can help families in our community.”County CommissionerBryan NelsonHabitat for Humanity has served more than 4,500 men, women, and children in our community by painting and repairing over 200 homes and building and rehabilitating more than 280 homes in our area.Habitat seeks to eliminate substandard or poverty housing and develop thriving communities by providing affordable home ownership for families in need.Alleviating overcrowding is also considered as a qualifying need. Families temporarily living with other family members or friends may also qualify. A need for housing can also be shown if a person or family is currently living in a government subsidized or unaffordable house.As part of the program, families must also show an ability to pay for maintenance, mortgage payments, and utilities. The family is required to have a stable income that falls between 30%-75% of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) median income, for a family of 4 the minimum income is $17,550 and the max income is $43,875. Other factors, such as budgeting, delinquent debt, and bankruptcy, hindering a family’s ability to pay are also taken in consideration.Lastly, families must agree to partner with Habitat for Humanity. This includes at least 300 sweat equity hours for a single head of household or 500 hours for a dual head of household. There are several ways for applicants to provide sweat equity, including working on construction sites and at events such as the Home Builders Blitz or Women Build. Another way to volunteer is to work at one of the Habitat for Humanity Restore locations. Another partnership agreement is applicants must currently be working and/or living in Orange County for the past year. Applicants must also be legal US residents and must save for closing costs.Click here and here for more information. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Guardian Christmas Appeal passes £1 million

first_img Howard Lake | 8 January 2005 | News Tagged with: Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian appeal for victims of the Asian earthquake and tsunami passed the £1 million mark yesterday with a donation of £250,000 from the Guardian’s owner, the Guardian Media Group.The corporate donation will be passed to Concern, one of the newspaper’s original charity partners for this year’s appeal, to assist communities in Sri Lanka devastated by the tsunami.The appeal has now raised nearly £850,000 for Concern’s tsunami disaster fund, plus £200,000 for its long-term work in Africa and Asia. A further £115,000 has been raised for nine local UK charities caring for the elderly. Advertisement Guardian Christmas Appeal passes £1 million 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Socialist solidarity matters in West Virginia

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Wheeling, W.Va.March 16 — In the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, socialist consciousness and solidarity with socialist countries is extremely crucial. Readers of Workers World are probably aware that the World Health Organization has commended People’s China for its meticulous and effective handling of the pandemic, when compared to other countries. A March 5 article in WW, “How Cuba’s Antiviral Medicine Is Helping China,” pointed out that revolutionary Cuba has developed an antiviral vaccine called Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec) that China is using to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The bridge in West Virginia that the USSR helped build.Now COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire throughout the capitalist United States. But it is certain that Cuba will not be able to provide the same assistance with vaccines to the U.S., since the current White House administration has viciously reversed the détente relations set up by the previous U.S. administration.This is yet one more example of how the capitalist profit system is actively blocking ways to fight the virus. U.S. leaders should be tried by a people’s tribunal for allowing the virus to spread, as well as for maintaining a profit-driven health care system that ranks lowest in the developed world.Capitalist countries — particularly the U.S. — have an anarchy of production, based on greed and exploitation. Socialist countries have a centrally planned economy that is able to meet the needs of its citizens — and assist other struggling countries and communities as well. Here is one example.How the former USSR once helped a rural West Virginia communityAlmost no one nowadays knows that in 1977 the Soviet Union assisted a small West Virginia town, Vulcan, in a crisis that U.S. state and federal authorities had turned their backs on. Vulcan — not far from Matewan, one of the Mine War battlegrounds of West Virginia — was ravaged by the closings of coal mines in the 1960s. The few workers who remained relied on a dilapidated wooden bridge to commute across the Tug Fork River to Kentucky.In 1975, the bridge collapsed, leaving families on both sides of the river stranded. Vulcan community members made an appeal to both state and federal officials to build a new bridge, but the request was ignored. There was no financial incentive for Big Business.Then the people of Vulcan decided to do what no U.S. community had done before: They made an appeal for help to both the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic through those countries’ embassies in Washington, D.C. A New York-based Soviet journalist, Iona Andronov, heard about the plea and went to Vulcan to interview the townspeople. The Soviet Union also sent representatives from its D.C. embassy, announcing its intention to help the community build a new bridge. As Andronov publicized the situation, governmental inaction became a huge embarrassment to the United States. The West Virginia state government quickly allocated $1.3 million, and the bridge was built. (Appalachian Magazine, Feb. 23, 2014)West Virginia and COVID-19By March 15, the bourgeois corporate press has reported that West Virginia is the last state in the U.S. to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19. What is not being mentioned is that the state is even less prepared and equipped than the rest of the U.S. for testing and treatment. By mid-March, only 31 people in the state had been tested, with 26 tests coming back negative and 5 still pending.This author has been told by local health care workers that people are not being sufficiently tested, including health care workers themselves. The workers cite the arbitrary criteria for symptoms and the fact there are next to no test kits. Several cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in neighboring communities in states bordering West Virginia.On March 13, bigoted billionaire Gov. Jim Justice conducted a press conference where he announced state public schools would be closed on the coming Monday. Later that day, the state superintendent of schools ordered all school workers to continue to report, leading to a pushback by education workers. As of this writing, some superintendents have ordered teachers to go back to work without students present, while most have not. All school districts are asking “essential employees” — support staff including food service workers, bus drivers and custodial staff — to still report.What makes the medical crisis even more appalling is that several hospitals have recently closed throughout the state because the corporations that controlled them were not raking in enough profits. Meanwhile, People’s China, under a centrally planned system, was able to build two hospitals within 10 days each to meet the COVID-19 crisis.Unlike socialist countries, U.S. leaders, along with West Virginia state officials, are incapable of meeting the needs of the people who live here. The focus of U.S. leaders is on supporting and bailing out banks, big businesses, Wall Street and war creators.Marxist-Leninists do not have a crystal ball to predict the future, but in contrast to the capitalists, we revolutionaries understand that it is important to plan and prepare for all the needs of workers and oppressed people. History teaches us that the only way to provide adequate health care and to ensure quality infrastructure is not through decaying capitalism — but through revolutionary socialism. last_img read more

5th Sunday Gospel Brunch Fundraiser Set at Historic Friendship Pasadena Church

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Click on flyer to enlargeFriendship Pasadena Church, one of Old Pasadena’s historic landmark is the location of the next 5th Sunday Gospel Brunch on March 29 at 12:30 p.m. This promises to be another fabulous event of delectable southern cuisine plus riveting gospel and soulful sounds from local entertainers.All proceeds from the afternoon’s event will benefit the Pasadena Friendship Community Development Corporation’s (PFCDC) affordable housing and community service programs. The PFCDC is a 501( C ) 3 non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to provide affordable housing and services for seniors and families-at-risk.Starting at 12:30 pm on the 29th enjoy a delicious Southern brunch of shrimp and grits, chicken, and waffles, assorted breakfast meats and fresh fruit along with other tasty brunch favorites at 80 West. After brunch proceed upstairs to Friendship’s historic Sanctuary for an unforgettable gospel concert with a jazzy vibe which begins at 2:30 pm.Varetta Heidelberg from Altadena, a classically trained musician will bless the audience with an upbeat gospel genre on Saxophone. Heidelberg says, once she was saved by the Holy Spirit she heard God saying, I have something for you to do which includes your instrument.The soulful sounds of The Hill Family in Song is our second group. Spanning several generations, the Hill family ensemble delivers a unique and joyful body of song.Finally, Friendship’s very own Nichelle Holliday, author and distinguished poet will share her profound and lyrical poetry that packs meaning and relevance into today’s life.Tickets are $40 for both brunch/$20 for the concert only are available at Pasadena Church is located in the heart of Old Pasadena at 80 West Dayton Street(corner of DeLacey and Dayton Streets) Pasadena, CA 91105. Seats are limited. For more, contact Pasadena Friendship CDC at (626) 793-1062 or [email protected] . Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 101 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion News 5th Sunday Gospel Brunch Fundraiser Set at Historic Friendship Pasadena Church STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 11:04 am Top of the News Make a comment Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

“New IRA” planning escalation in attacks on PSNI – Sunday Times

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ “New IRA” planning escalation in attacks on PSNI – Sunday Times Pinterest Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – December 13, 2015 center_img Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th It’s reported today that a Dublin based group styling itself the “New IRA” is planning an escalation in its activities.Gardai and the PSNI believe the group has been responsible for a number of attacks against PSNI personnel in recent months.According to the Sunday Times, a group of republicans based around Crunlin in Dublin has been involved in a number of incidents in recent months. They include a gun attack on an unmarked PSNI car in West Belfast last month, and an attempt to bomb a car belonging to a married couple, both of them police officers, in Eglinton in June.Three people, at least two of them from Dublin, were subsequently arrested in Ballybofey. They were later released without charge.These incidents are part of what the paper is describing as an upsurge of dissident activity on both sides of the border, which it is linking to a group calling itself the ‘New IRA’.It’s made up of the Real IRA, what have been described as disaffected provisionals and anti drugs vigilantes. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleLetterkenny Rovers face FAI Intermediate Cup ReplayNext articleThree teens arrested after Derry Peace Bridge attack are freed on bail admin Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

‘We Don’t Plan To Supplant Wisdom Of Govt With Our Wisdom’, CJI Says On Relief Measures For Migrant Workers

first_imgTop Stories’We Don’t Plan To Supplant Wisdom Of Govt With Our Wisdom’, CJI Says On Relief Measures For Migrant Workers Sanya Talwar7 April 2020 12:09 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned till April 13 the hearing of the PIL seeking directions to the Government for payment of wages to migrant workers belonging to the unorganised sector amid the lockdown.A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & Deepak Gupta took note of the Centre’s status report on the said issue and listed the matter on Monday, April…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned till April 13 the hearing of the PIL seeking directions to the Government for payment of wages to migrant workers belonging to the unorganised sector amid the lockdown.A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & Deepak Gupta took note of the Centre’s status report on the said issue and listed the matter on Monday, April 13, 2020.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the Petitioner(s), urged that the Court must pass directions so that migrant workers are paid wages at this stage so that they can send money back to their families at home.In response, the bench asked Bhushan to refer to the status report submitted by the Central Government, and respond by next Monday.”By Monday, many people will die. The people who are registered with the Government need to be given some money to send to their families” asserted Bhushan.The CJI led bench, however, refused to pass any directions in this regard, stating that policy decisions were the “prerogative of the Government”. The bench also added that a helpline for taking up such complaints can be created by the Government.”We do not plan to supplant the wisdom of the Government with our wisdom” – said Chief Justice SA Bobde.”There’s a dispute on facts and on the best course to be adopted. How can you say the government is not doing anything when you have not seen the status report of the government?”, CJI asked BhushanCJI: We cannot take a better policy decision at this stage. We don’t want to interfere in government decisions for the next 10/15 days. SG Tushar Mehta adds: Except vague assertions there is no fact in this PIL.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 7, 2020A bench comprising Justices LN Rao & Deepak Gupta on April 3, 2020 had issued notice on the Public Interest Litigation petition filed by activists Harsh Mander and Anjali Bharadwaj seeking directions to the government to pay wages to the migrant workers in the unorganized sector amid the national lockdown.Apropos this, the bench, while taking note of the plight of migrant workers and the dire straits they are in, had directed the Centre to file its reply on the last date.The bench had also observed that it was particularly concerned about the plight of migrant workers in the unorganised sector in “this time of crisis”.In the last two days itself, a very large number of migrant workers have been thrown out of their dwelling by landlords, even after the government orders, Mander stated in an affidavit filed in the SC.The affidavit, inter alia, stated :”the lockdown and the subsequent orders of the government to prevent their migration back to their homes, have left these migrant workers in a state of unimaginable distress and misery. The government has ordered that the employers should pay wages to all labourers employed with them. But where are these labourers going to get the wages from if they have left the cities they were working in?In such a situation of immense distress due to the lockdown, The State is certainly obliged to ensure the minimal facilities to these workers for survival in a dignified manner.”Mander stated that the “only practical and effective manner in which the migrant workers can be provided the means of survival in a dignified manner is for the State to immediately make direct transfers (in cash at their door steps or through their banks accounts) of at least minimum wages to all these workers during the period of the lockdown”.The SC had passed an order on March 31 regarding general welfare measures for migrant workers. In that case, the union government stated that about 21,064 relief camps have been set up across the country for migrant workers and about 6,66,291 migrant workers have been provided shelter in these camps.Mander stated that, even assuming these numbers are correct, there are several times that number of migrant workers in Delhi alone (estimated at 1.5 million).Referring to various press reports, he stated that many of these migrant workers are still in the cities where they work, but in abject conditions, deprived of the means to work, any wages, money and thus access to food.Next Storylast_img read more

What has IT done for HR

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. What has IT done for HROn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Technology is becoming increasingly important to HR. Keith Rodgers looks at the areas it hasbenefitedCentral HR management The emergence of employee and manager self-service comes as a welcome relieffrom HR administrative functions that have wasted time rekeying data orproviding employees with basic information. Opening access to central systems allows employees and managers both to viewdata (such as benefit entitlement or compensation history) and amend it. MostHR processes – including recruitment, payroll and training – can now benefitfrom some element of self-service. But while self-service grabs the headlines, it’s important not to forget thecore HR management (HRM) system that drives HR transactions. In many cases,these application suites contain components that users haven’t implemented,particularly modules designed to support basic HR disciplines such ascompetency management and succession planning. Although it will cost money to implementthem, the license fee will usually have been included in the original price –so if you’ve paid for it, why not use it? Strong reporting functionality is also essential here, as the central HRdatabase contains key data to establish HR metrics. Many vendors supplementtheir core reporting tools with separate analytical applications, designed bothto measure HR efficiency and provide broader business metrics, such as rates ofattrition. One alternative to managing these administrative processes in-house is tohand them over to a business process outsourcer. It may not be noticeablycheaper, particularly in the short-term, but outsourcers do bring with thembest practices for HR processes. Payroll Self-service has also crept into the payroll domain – many organisationsallow employees to view their pay history securely online and some distributepayslips electronically. Not only does this cut the cost of printing, it alsousually means that pay advice arrives earlier – an important benefit for employeeswhen a mistake needs correcting. Outsourcing payroll remains a popular option for many HR functions, althoughsome fear for the security of their data and remain concerned that the functionwill lose control over a highly-sensitive process. But unless the payrollfunction is providing unique services to the business, it’s usually worth atleast considering a third-party service provider, whether simply to manage theIT application or to take on the entire payroll function. While vendors often claim to support payroll across a range of countries,it’s worth checking the small print to understand their ability to meet tax andregulatory requirements and the degree to which different country payrollapplications are integrated. Recruitment Face-to-face interviewing is so critical in recruitment that manyorganisations don’t even consider internet-based recruitment or processautomation. But while it will never fully replace traditional techniques,internet-based recruitment extends the reach of organisations way beyondtraditional print advertising, and at a lower cost. Allowing candidates to apply for jobs online – either directly or throughthird-party sites – is merely the starting point. Companies can ‘sell’themselves online through techniques such as ‘virtual tours’, and sendpersonalised information about future vacancies when candidates register ageneral interest. Recruitment process automation is another cost saver, particularly whereorganisations can manage CVs electronically and automate scheduling. Training and learning Most HRM systems contain some kind of training management capability, andthere are often gains to be made in centralising training administration andsign-up procedures. Organisations are also increasingly focusing on trainingmetrics, from basic data such as the level of course completion to moresophisticated analysis that attempts to determine the business impact oftraining. E-learning has yet to live up to the hype, but it demonstrates the hugepotential for providing and managing training information. Ultimately, anysystems should accommodate the learner’s needs – from a two-day residentialcourse to a 10-minute burst of sales information distributed to a shopflooremployee. Skills planning It is still hard to believe how many companies go through an exhaustivefinancial budgeting process, yet fail to apply the same principles to peopleplanning. Many companies have only a tenuous grasp of their people capability,so some kind of competence measuring system is essential. It should includedata on part-time workers and contractors, who often comprise a sizeableelement of the workforce. Workforce planning is no different from financial planning – it’s aboutassessing the potential of the existing workforce, and establishing where newskills need to be developed or acquired. The latest software applications caterfor ‘what if?’ modelling – allowing organisations to test scenarios – and alsolink into budgeting applications so the financial costs of different scenarioscan be assessed. Performance management At an individual employee level, automating the appraisal process may not betop of your HR IT agenda, but it has its benefits. Like recruitment automation,the aim is not to replace the face-to-face experience, but to ensure that theconclusions of the appraisal are acted upon. Rather than filling out a form,filing it in a cabinet and pulling it out one year later, appraisal actionpoints can trigger requests for training and be used to update competencymanagement applications. Performance management, however, goes way beyond the individual. Ultimately,it’s about measuring performance in the context of corporate goals. A range ofapplications exists to help organisations set metrics and measure theircorporate performance – including balanced scorecard applications – as well asdistributing them to employees. That’s where the concept of an employee portal– effectively, an in-house home page for employees – really comes into its own.Incentive and reward It’s impossible to separate performance from incentive and reward. Incentivemanagement, often viewed from the perspective of sales but actually applicableto other roles, is an emerging area. The idea is that organisations should beable to consolidate the different systems used by sales managers and finance,manage them centrally, and model different incentive packages. Compensationshould then be linked to successful performance, which requires some level ofintegration between the relevant applications. last_img read more

Effects of VLF transmitter waves on the inner belt and slot region

first_imgSignals from very low frequency (VLF) transmitters can leak from the Earth‐ionosphere wave guide into the inner magnetosphere, where they propagate in the whistler mode and contribute to electron dynamics in the inner radiation belt and slot region. Observations show that the waves from each VLF transmitter are highly localized, peaking on the nightside in the vicinity of the transmitter. In this study we use ∼5 years of Van Allen Probes observations to construct global statistical models of the bounce‐averaged pitch angle diffusion coefficients for each individual VLF transmitter, as a function of L*, magnetic local time (MLT), and geographic longitude. We construct a 1‐D pitch angle diffusion model with implicit longitude and MLT dependence to show that VLF transmitter waves weakly scatter electrons into the drift loss cone. We find that global averages of the wave power, determined by averaging the wave power over MLT and longitude, capture the long‐term dynamics of the loss process, despite the highly localized nature of the waves in space. We use our new model to assess the role of VLF transmitter waves, hiss waves, and Coulomb collisions on electron loss in the inner radiation belt and slot region. At moderate relativistic energies, E∼500 keV, waves from VLF transmitters reduce electron lifetimes by an order of magnitude or more, down to the order of 200 days near the outer edge of the inner radiation belt. However, VLF transmitter waves are ineffective at removing multi–megaelectron volt electrons from either the inner radiation belt or slot region.last_img read more

Oxprentice produces an iPhone application

first_imgA University-wide competition to design a new iPhone application has had entries of such high quality that there were two winners.One winning design was an app which tells you how many minutes it will be till your bus arrives, using existing GPS technology already on buses in many UK cities. The other is a business organisation tool, which allows users to give objects, for example emails on their phone, a voice tag to make them easy to find again.In “The Oxprentice”, a competition organised by Oxford Entrepreneurs society, ten participating teams brainstormed an idea for an app. They then considered what were the necessary features, designed the app, and came up with a marketing strategy.The competition was in partnership with technology firm Inside Mobile. Teams also received advice from marketing company Happen. The winning apps will be developed by Inside Mobile and sold in the iPhone store. Although the teams will not be paid for their ideas, they will stay involved in the creation and implementation of their apps.Karl Curtis, designer of the winning bus timetable app said, “The information on when your bus will arrive is already on bus stops, but would be much more useful if it were portable. You would be able to see it in the pub or when you are leaving for work, and so not waste time waiting for the bus.“The day was very useful; the experts advising us were very informative and knowledgeable about the industry as a whole. For instance, it is useful to look at Japan, which is more technologically advanced, to see where the UK mobile industry is heading. Lots of apps make very little money in the iPhone store, and are primarily used to raise brand awareness.”Jordan Poulton, President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, said that the organisation was “trying to reinvent the traditional workshop model. We want to give students the opportunity to experience business in the real world, so that they can make things actually happen, rather than just make-believe. All our events aim to give students the opportunity to do real business.”Future Oxprentice events include a competition to invent and market two new flavours for popular Oxford ice-cream parlour G and D’s. The winners will have their ice-cream sold throughout Oxford.last_img read more

Cuteness Captured at Ocean City’s Baby Parade

first_imgSisters Shannon, and Kendall Donnelly, 1, of Egg Harbor Township, were crowd pleasers in Ocean City’s Baby Parade in 2018. By Maddy VitaleThe cute factor ran high as babies adorned in adorable outfits, dressed as princesses, cowboys and even “the claw” arcade game, rolled down the Ocean City Boardwalk in the 109th Baby Parade, one of the oldest in the country.The parade began at Sixth Street and kept onlookers entertained through 14th Street Thursday morning.Crowds lined the Boardwalk to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. They “oohed and “aahed” at the inventive, very colorful and creative floats, wagons and strollers. Isla Sykes, 2, of Ocean City, waves at parade participants.Isla Sykes, 2, of Ocean City, and her family found a comfortable spot under a gazebo to watch the parade. But the last thing the little girl wanted to do was sit. She jumped up and waved at the parade participants. “This is fun,” she said.Some kids in the parade really got into their roles. Kevin Kohlmann, for example, entertained the crowd from his western themed float: “Cowboy Kevin on the Tail East.” He took off his brown felt cowboy hat and waved it at the crowd. Another crowd favorite was the float “Ocean City Knows This is the Greatest Show.” The judges liked both floats, also making them winners in their individual categories.Thane Messick, 11 months, of Middletown, Pa., has a cool ride.Pam Donnelly toted her girls Kendall, 2, and Shannon, 1, of Egg Harbor Township, in their “princess” carriage, which also was a crowd and judge pleaser. “This is the Princess Tea Party,” Donnelly said with a laugh.The girls pretended to pour some tea, while seated in their carriage, amid lots of “aahs” from spectators.Baby Parker Cornick, of East Windsor, is a winner as “The Pearl of Peck’s Beach.”Liz Cornick dressed up her five-month-old daughter Parker in a seafoam green outfit.“She is the pearl of Peck’s Beach,” Cornick, of East Windsor, said with a chuckle. Blue and white balloons surrounded the baby, who appeared unfazed by all the hoopla. She was asleep in her glittery attire.Former Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel has fun emceeing the event.Former Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel enthusiastically emceed the event from the main viewing area in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. At one point, a winner of another pageant who was in the parade shouted out to Schoeffel, “I miss you.” Schoeffel laughed and replied into the microphone, “I miss you, too!”Throughout the parade there was something for everyone, from floats to watching lively performances from bands and the OCTC Spotlight Performers Show Choir. The Give and Take Jugglers engage the crowd.Spectators also caught a glimpse of something you don’t see every day – The Give and Take Jugglers. A man and woman amused the crowd with their antics. The man rode a unicycle, weaved around other parade participants, engaged the crowd and waved streamers. At one point he slowed down to high-five a child. The woman juggled nonstop and smiled a lot. The OCTC Spotlight Performers Show Choir revved up the crowd with a dynamic performance. Other parade participants included Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto, who rode in a blue sportscar, flashing a bright smile. Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly was aboard an Ocean City lifeboat, while Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman waved from cars. Mr. Mature America Bill Quain was also involved and interacted with spectators.Netflix series “Maniac” star Aaralyn Anderson, 8, and the Ed Coles Band and Queen Infanta 2018 also entertained the crowds.Miss New Jersey 2018 Jaime Gialloreto is all smiles.This float was a crowd pleaser.Spectators enjoy the vibrant floats.Kids have fun.Baby Scarlett Bernacki with mom Janae, of Pemberton, is in her “Miss Scarlett Fresh From the Gardens” float.OCBP Twins Tyler and Summer Freeman capture the crowd with their cuteness.This elegant princess appears content.The circus comes to Ocean City with this fun float.This little girl is the queen bee.last_img read more