Youth minister exhorts youth to appreciate internship program

first_img Share LocalNews Youth minister exhorts youth to appreciate internship program by: – June 8, 2012 Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Youth Minister, Hon. Justina Charles Youth Minister Justina Charles has called on five students of the Dominica State College enrolled in a Summer Internship Program to appreciate and take advantage of that opportunity.LIME Dominica announced on Wednesday that five business students of the college were participating in an internship program to assist them in obtaining hands on experience in the areas of sales and marketing.The students are; Jacqueline Breezy, Shaidah Cruickshank, Dillon Lawrence, Phillip Rolle and Sade Samuel.“I want to exhort all of you who are benefiting from this venture to demonstrate appreciation for the effort and the investment that LIME is now making in the young people. The best way to demonstrate this is by ensuring that the combined efforts bear good fruits”. LIME Dominica Summer Internship Program interns seated in the second row behind Miss Dominica, Nadira Lando and Asa Banton.The minister also encouraged the students to show their appreciation for the opportunity by implementing and practicing what they have learnt.“This effort should be evident in the quality of service that you give to others, your ability to mentor and to provide the support to the positive development of your peers and to help in understanding the challenges confronting our youth”. She further noted that LIME’s initiative to conduct this internship program is a good example of harnessing and promoting the potential of the youth.“Too often we magnify the few negatives aligned with our youth while we cast a blind eye to the numerous positive contributions that our young people make. Through this activity, LIME Dominica is reversing that trend by playing a major role in recognizing the youth in a very big way”.The students were also encouraged to “embrace the opportunity, make the best of it so that you wouldn’t be part of those who are unemployed”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Broward County Commission Meeting Closed to Public – Remote Participation Urged

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – To promote social distancing and avoid risk of additional community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the March 31, 2020 Commission Meeting, including the Public Hearing, will not be open to physical attendance by members of the public, the media, or general County staff.Only County Commissioners and those County employees required to attend the event at the express direction of the County Administrator, County Attorney, or County Auditor may be physically present at the meeting and public hearing.Interested parties can view the Commission meeting and Public Hearing in a variety of ways, including webcast, broadcast and live streaming on social media. Viewing Options.Members of the community who wish to speak on an item must utilize the new remote public participation option. This option promotes social distancing, while still offering interested parties the opportunity to participate in matters coming before the County Commission.In order to comment on an item remotely, you must have:Access to the internet (to register)A working email address (to receive your confirmation code)A telephone (to dial in to the meeting)For detailed instructions on how to participate, visit read more

Guyanese celebrate 181 years of Emancipation

first_imgThere was a kaleidoscope of colours and mixture of people from all walks of life at the National Park on Thursday as Guyanese turned out in their numbers to celebrate 181 years of Emancipation in unity. The blue skies were covered with thick clouds for most of the day which kept locals cool as they flowed into the Park to get a glimpse and taste of the rich African culture.There was obviously the smell of cook-up rice, along with other delicious delicacies.Besides the attractive colours, the flavours brought to Guyana all the way from Africa were widely celebrated by all walks of life.People were seen purchasing and indulging in dishes such as conkie, metemgee, and black and white pudding among a number of others.A few tourists who also visited the park expressed how happy they were to have stopped by with their families. They were seen taking photographs with locals and trying the famous Guyanese cook-up rice with fried fish.Families were all decked out in matching outfits as they picnicked in the warm afternoon sun, which barely peeked from behind the clouds.Guyana Times spoke with a member of an extended family as they picnicked in the Park. Merlin Kellman from Vigilance, East Coast Demerara, said she was having a great time with her relatives.“I’m here with my husband, my daughter-in-law, my son and my mother-in-law. We all came out to have a grand time and so far we are enjoying ourselves,” she said.Kellman said she usually visited the Park for the Emancipation celebration, but enjoyed her own cook-up featuring salted beef, pickled pork and even some chicken.An elderly woman, Pamela Gittens from East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, said she enjoyed herself as she performed a song by the legendary Bob Marley, for the celebratory programme.Shelly-Ann David, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, who was at the Park with her family, stated: “I am here with my mother, my grandson and we are having a wonderful time. We come out here every year. I just love Emancipation. So far I am enjoying it, especially the food, I love the pepper pot and fancy African dishes”.While some persons were busy shopping and enjoying the various dishes and items on display, some were busy cooking, as ANSA McAL had its annual cook-up rice competition.The Brand Coordinator for Chief Products at ANSA McAL, Tammy Ramsay, explained that this year, the competition expanded greatly as over 30 competitors participated compared to 13 in their first year.They were competing for $100,000 in cash in each of the two categories – namely vegetarian and ‘obstacles’ cook-up. In the second category, participants were allowed to add whatever their special ingredients were.The competition was judged in the afternoon by three judges: Odessia Primus, Head of Carnegie; Ms Lee and Gordon Moseley.ANSA McAL Managing Director Troy Cadogan said he was extremely proud of the event and the excitement it brought to people from all walks of life.“We are actually part of all the festivals in Guyana, so we teamed up with ACDA (African Cultural and Development Association)…Cook-up is a very widespread thing in the Guyanese culture and we felt that cook-up is good and Chief (company), which is our partner, have a cook-up seasoning and they were willing to partner with us,” Cadogan noted.In another section of the Park was ACDA’s cultural programme during which persons were entertained with songs, dances, poetry and a number of other items.The delegates for the Miss Emancipation Pageant were also present at the event.Emancipation is also referred to as Freedom Day in Guyana.In August 1833, the Slave Emancipation Act was passed, giving all slaves in the British Empire their freedom, albeit after a set period of years. It came into force on August 1, 1834, but it was not until August 1, 1838 after serving a four-year Apprenticeship that enslaved people in the British Caribbean finally gained their freedom.last_img read more

After tough PBA All-Filipino conquest, June Mar Fajardo spends hard-earned break fishing

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel, though, will plunge back into action in ongoing import-laden Commissioner’s Cup starting June 5 against NorthPort.It gets busier from there for  6-foot-11 Fajardo with Gilas Pilipinas duties coming up as the country braces for the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Since winning the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup crown last May 15 in a conference where he also bagged the Best Player and Finals MVP awards, Fajardo has been spending his off days on the sea. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess It is a well-deserved respite for Fajardo, whose Beermen had just survived a tough showdown against Magnolia Hotshots in the finals which went to seven grueling games. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too After the Game 7 win, the Beermen star center immediately went home to his hometown Cebu, where he has been hanging out with his family doing all sorts of fun things while aboard a boat.“For the rich there is therapy pero for the rest of us there is fishing!” said Fajardo in one of his photos showing off his catch.“Not only do you have fun, you get free food too!” he added in Cebuano. MANILA, Philippines– June Mar Fajardo is making most of his hard-earned break.center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ADVERTISEMENT View comments La Salle switches to half-court style under new coach Gian Nazario Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

4 Tips on Using Photos Online

first_imgAs promised in yesterday’s post, Bryan at Collective Lens has been kind enough to provide these tips, as well as these stunning photos, generously shared by the talented Shehzad Noorani and Kathy Adams.copyright Shehzad NooraniSathi’s (8 years old) face is blacked with carbon dust from recycled batteries. Often she looks so black, that children in her neighborhood call her ghost. She works in battery recycling factory at Korar Ghat on the outskirts of Dhaka. She earns less than Taka 200 ($3.50 approx) per month.Kathy Adams, Empowerment InternationalLook Mom, I CAN count! Empowerment International works with not just students in Nicaragua but also their parents. Getting the parents involved and supportive of their child’s education is one key to success in completing at least primary school (in a nation where only 50% of the enrolled 1st graders complete 5th grade).– Use photos to tell a story. “A picture is worth 1000 words,” as they say. Imagery can go much further than written text to bring out the events and emotions of a particular cause or issue. One photo can describe a pressing situation, warm the heart of the viewer, or cause your audience to react and respond. Furthermore, with multiple photos organized into a photo essay, an entire story can be told from the big picture to the smallest details in an efficient and effective manner.– Use photos to grab the attention of the viewer. In today’s media-driven society, words alone can not compete for the attention of your desired audience. With television, movies, YouTube, texting, and millions of competing websites, your message must make an instantaneous impact. This is especially true if you are vying for the attention of today’s youth. If your message is text only, you should not expect most people to read more than five sentences. Lead with a powerful photo.– Use photos to create an emotional impact. Human faces attract the viewer’s eye faster than any other subject matter. Use this to your advantage, and display photos that showcase the human impact of an important issue and the work that your organization is doing around it.– Copyright issues are extremely important. If you see a photo on the web, you are most likely not allowed to use it. The photographer has full copyrights to the photo unless otherwise noted. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask for permission! Many photographers would be delighted to hear from you, especially if you’re using the photo for a good cause. Keep in mind that the production of good photography costs money and is a career for many people. Also, many websites such as Collective Lens and Flickr allow photographers to mark their photos with Creative Commons licenses, and then allow the public to search for photos marked with these licenses. These licenses allow others to freely use the photos, but only under certain conditions, and always with attribution. For example, a photo marked with a Creative Commons Non Commercial license (CC-BY-NC) can not be used for commercial or advertising purposes. However, it is permissible to use it in an editorial story. It is also important to note that the people in the photos have rights as well. If a photo is to be used for commercial purposes, then every identifiable person in the photo must sign a release. If a photographer does not have releases, then he or she should have marked the photo with a Creative Commons Non Commercial license. Sometimes copyright rules can get complicated, but don’t let that deter you from asking questions if you have doubts about a photo. If all else fails, email the photographer and ask for permission.last_img read more

Successful Fundraising in Turbulent Times

first_imgThings seem to be falling apart all around us and it can seem that our organizations are going to fall apart also.  But, how bad is it for nonprofits?  And what can be done to strengthen our fundraising programs so that we can survive and maybe even grow?Check out this archived presentation to:Understand what this current economic situation will do to your fundraising and how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in this chaotic environmentLearn three or four things you can do immediately to raise money between now and the end of the yearKnow what are the main weaknesses of your own fundraising program and what you should do to address themAbout our speakerKim Klein is internationally known as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is the founder of the bimonthly Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She is also the author of Fundraising for Social Change (now in its fifth edition, 2006), Fundraising for the Long Haul (2000), which explores the particular challenges of older grassroots organizations, and Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Training Program for Religious Organizations or Projects, Raise More Money (2001) which she edited with her partner, Stephanie Roth, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis (2004). Widely in demand as a speaker, Kim has provided training and consultation in all 50 states and in 21 countries.last_img read more

The Joys of Google Grants, Part 1

first_imgWhen the National Women’s Law Center first applied for a Google grant – $10,000 worth of free advertising each month through Google’s AdWords program – my co-workers and I knew it was at least worth trying. It was free, after all.While we didn’t know what to expect from the program, once we got going we were amused by the idea of the $10,000 limit. Google AdWords charges are calculated on a cost-per-click basis. Check out the official guidelines. So to spend the full $10,000 monthly budget we’d been granted, we would have to generate $330 worth of clicks every day. Each click can cost up to $1, and we couldn’t imagine that our ads would ever generate 330 clicks in a single day.But a few months later, we were seeing our AdWords click-through rates of 600 per day. We were meeting that $330 a day budget, and sometimes even exceeding it by a few dollars. Now, we’re seven months into our Google grant, and with it we’ve been able to bring in more than 2000 new members to our e-mail database – with a cost-per-acquisition of zero. Not counting staff time, of course. Making Google Grants Work for YouIf your organization has been awarded a Google Grant but has not had much success yet, in terms of getting clicks or using your budget, then here are some suggestions:If you only have one campaign set up now, create multiple targeted campaigns and spread out your budget between them. Then, pay attention to which campaigns are getting the highest click-through rates and allocate more of your budget to them.Make sure your landing pages have a way to get visitors engaged – a sign-up box, a donation form – and that you’ve set up conversion tracking so you can find out which keywords and ads are leading visitors to complete those forms.Be timely. When your issue is in the news, start running ads on it, or tweak your existing keywords and ads to match the searches people are likely to be running. And plan ahead for holidays and other events. If your organization is offering Valentine’s Day eCards, start running ads now on Valentine’s Day-related keywords.Above all: Experiment. You’ve been given $330 a day to play with. Aim to use as much of it as you can. Run ads on everything you can think of. Throw the spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. And once you’ve found some ads that work for your organization, keep on experimenting. Getting StartedWhen our grant application was approved, we got to work right away. Our first step, after reading through the Google-provided “Google Grants Beginner’s Guide,” was to edit the ads that were currently running to make sure they fit our messaging.Choosing the KeywordsNext, we held a series of brainstorming sessions to come up with our topics and keywords. NWLC works on a wide range of issues, so we invited program staff, as well as our communications and outreach team to suggest search terms. We used Google’s helpful Keyword Tool to help fill in the gaps.We had to be careful to include keywords that matched both our internal policy-speak and the common terms for which people might be searching. For example, although NWLC always uses the term “child care” rather than “day care,” we used them both as keywords.Writing the AdsNext, we had to draft our ad text. Because Google Grants can’t be used for direct advocacy, our standard “Contact your lawmakers about this issue today!!!”-style messaging needed some finessing to make it Google-friendly. And fitting our standard talking points into Google’s very strict character limits required some very creative punctuation, to say the least. For example, a typical NWLC field message about child care and Head Start programs might read something like, “Congress is considering whether to include much-needed funding increases for child care, Head Start, and other key domestic programs that support women and their families. Please urge your Members of Congress to support these vital programs.” That’s 241 characters long. Once we took out the direct advocacy request and edited it down to an appropriate AdWords length, our 79-character ad read: “Child Care and Head Start: Learn more about why they deserve America’s support.”Campaigns & Landing PagesNext we created a separate AdWords campaign for each of our issue areas – Poverty, Reproductive Choices, Employment, etc. We divided our budget evenly between the campaigns, and created customized landing pages for each of them. We planned to use the ads for list-building and promoting our resources, as well as for advertising job openings and increasing brand awareness, so all of our landing pages included links to resources and a sign-up box to join our e-mail list.Did It Work?Our initial results were not what we had anticipated. For example, even though pay equity has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to Congress’ votes on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we didn’t see much in the way of impressions or clicks on the ads we ran on the issue. However, ads on some of our less timely issues, like child support enforcement, generated very high click rates.We also struggled with unexpected effects of Google’s algorithm, too. NWLC is well-known for its work on Title IX and gender equity in education, but when we tried to run ads on Title IX-related keywords, we quickly found ourselves priced out of the $1.00 CPC limit – even though, as far as we can tell, there’s only one other advertiser, a clothing store, running ads on those keywords.In our first month, we only “spent” $231 out of our $10,000 grant, and our click-through rate was only 1.08%. We still had to find our footing with the program, and to figure out which issues had the potential to generate clicks. And we had to get creative. Keywords like “health care” may have gotten us tons of impressions, but they were way out of our price range, while more targeted terms, like “insurance gender rating,” were affordable, but rarely searched. It took time for us to find that happy medium: terms people were frequently searching for that directly related to our work, but that weren’t already mobbed by other advertisers.center_img Source: frogloop, care2’s nonprofit communications and marketing blog – read more

More Than a Donate Button: Composing Your Online Fundraising Plan in ‘09

first_imgDownload the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below!There’s more to online fundraising than a “Donate Now!” button. At Network for Good we call that the “Field of Dreams Syndrome” – assuming that if you build it, they [donors] will come. So how will you attract these generous supporters who are turning their attention to the Internet to make their charitable gifts? What’s your plan for the upcoming year?Join special-guest presenter John Kenyon as he takes participants step by step through the process of developing an online fundraising plan. What you can expect:What to include in your planStrategies and tips for creating an effective planExample of a nonprofit online-fundraising planAn opportunity to get your questions answeredAbout our speakerJohn Kenyon is a nonprofit technology strategist who has been helping nonprofits for over 18 years providing advice, teaching and writing about effective uses of technology. He has worn many hats throughout his career: author, training and consulting manager, private consultant, adjunct professor and featured speaker in the US, England, Australia and online. His consulting practice concentrates on strategic uses of appropriate technologies with a focus on leveraging the internet.last_img read more

A Sample Donor Appreciation Certificate

first_imgWhat is the number one reason donors become “one-time” instead of “recurring”?Donors cite the number-one reason for ceasing their support as this: It was the way I was treated by charity, from not being thanked an avalanche of needy appeals.You need a thank-you message that says to your donors, “you matter,” and, “let’s start a conversation.” Think of the old marketing adage: It’s cheaper to keep a customer (donor/supporter) than to find a new one.Here’s an example of a unique way to thank your supporters from Save the Children, a donor appreciation certificate: For a memorable way to thank your donors, stay true to your mission and reinforce that connection between your donor and the impact they help create.last_img read more