We shall overcome

first_imgDear Editor:Surati for Performing Arts stands in solidarity with our fellow African American artists, performers and community, who have been victims of racism, discrimination and violence over the years, especially here in the United States. The recent events propagating racial injustice and killing of members of the community has moved us all. We are angry and hurting deep inside. We mourn the recent loss of Black American lives and pray for their families.The repercussion has been unprecedented and while we are well within our rights to raise our voice in peaceful protest, we are stunned by the meaningless violence and looting.Keeping in mind the current times, we feel the need to call upon our Shakti (power), the inner strength, to stand tall against injustice and inhuman brutality, speak up for the oppressed, minority and underprivileged or spark the guiding light when there is darkness and ignorance. Surati is proud to be a part of the Jersey City Community, which is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. On Tuesday, June 2nd, Surati was proud to stand with its black brothers and sisters at City Hall, Jersey City, during the march against injustice and racial inequality.As performing artists and community workers, we cultivate empathy in our hearts and feel our guts wrenched when we see humans turn against humans. Violence begets violence and this senselessness must be contained and eventually eliminated. We all need to think and act rationally because it’s a priority right here right now. “America the beautiful” is bleeding and needs our help. Our country needs us now. Let arts show the way.We have employed artists from diverse social-economic backgrounds, multicultural racial backgrounds and we have demonstrated time and time again that United We Stand.All Surati performances, festivals and programming, though rooted in Indian culture, highlight and reflect diversity and inclusion. Surati’s essence lies in its “Unity in Diversity – be it through it’s motto of Surati Holi Hai “When everyone is colorful, no one is different”, a festival performance like “In Full Color” – stories by Women of Color, festival performance by an Aztec dance group that highlighted the theme “Colors” or our running musical Ramaavan that included Black Americans along with a multi-ethnic cast transcending borders of racism, gender and inequality.We hope to continue employing the arts as a powerful medium for explicit communication and vibrant expression, across and beyond racial and cultural differences. However when there is no justice, there can be no peace. And we as artists, need peace to keep creating and making art. This is not a time to be silent and passive.As the Founder and Artistic Director of Surati, I urge the Indian American Community and the Surati extended family to join us as we ask our larger communities across the United States to be purged of the prejudice, bias and inequity in which it is steeped.With love, peace, unity and fortitude,Rimli RoyFounder & Artistic Director ×last_img read more

Ainsleys grows delivery fleet

first_imgLeeds-based bakery chain Ainsleys’ delivery service has grown from a single van a year ago to a fleet of 10 this month and has recorded turnover of £1.5 million, according to sales and marketing director James Ainsley.He told British Baker that the Ainsley Delivers vans had been “very successful” and profitable because they involved low overheads and offered flexibility while the high street is having “a tough time”.He said the company had been forced to close its store in Selby because of a dramatic reduction in footfall in the North Yorkshire market town following the closure of coal mines. “When we opened in Selby seven years ago it was a very vibrant town with good footfall but with the pits gone the footfall has been reduced,” he added.The company faced competition in the town from Greggs, Cooplands, Thomas the Baker and subway as well as “a host of cafes”. Running the Selby store in Gowthorpe had also entailed high distribution and management costs.Ainsley said that while the company had no immediate plans for further retail outlets it remained “constantly on the look out for other units”. He said Ainsleys, which already supplies some of the major multiples, would also continue to explore further wholesale opportunities.last_img read more

First Heston Easter egg

first_imgSupermarket chain Waitrose is to follow the success of its Christmas products to launch its first Heston Blumenthal Easter egg.The first Heston from Waitrose Easter egg is made with 65% dark chocolate, has been sprayed with chocolate, and contains six mandarin ganache chocolate eggs on vanilla-flavoured shredded edible paper.Costing £20, availability of the egg is limited with only 8,000 being made.Chris Moore, buyer at Waitrose, said: “Premium Easter eggs are rising in popularity, so it was definitely the time to introduce a Heston from Waitrose egg. We’ve been working with Heston for over a year to create an egg that will really stand out from the crowd. There’s nothing else quite like it!”According to the supermarket, premium Easter eggs sales increased almost 13% last year, compared to the same period in 2012.Acacia honeyOther items available in the Easter range include a pack of two acacia honey and ginger hot cross buns (RRP £1.65).The buns have been placed eighth on The Independent’s ‘Top 10 hot cross buns’ list for 2014. The top spot was taken by Aldi’s Specially Selected Luxury Hot Cross Buns costing 99p for 4, followed by Yorkshire business Bettys Large Hot Cross Bun at £5.50.last_img read more

Women Engineers host 5k race

first_imgNotre Dame’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will hold their annual Trick-or-SWEet 5K on Thursday evening to raise money for the Best Buddies organization.Sophomore Michelle Galarneau said she and sophomore Yomara Acevedo started to plan the Halloween-themed race during the past summer. Galarneau is SWE’s outreach director and Acevedo is the chair of the Trick-or-SWEet Run.“SWE hosts this race around Halloween because it’s always such a fun time of the year,” Galarneau said. “People wear costumes and we hand out Halloween candy and apples. It’s a great fall event here at Notre Dame.”Acevedo, a participant in the race last year, said the event was both enjoyable and rewarding.“It was one of my first 5Ks,” Acevedo said. “I had a lot of fun and saw some pretty crazy costumes.“Trick-or-SWEet is a great way for us to simultaneously promote health, engineering and the Best Buddies, which is a great cause.”The race, which consists of a course running across campus, will kick off at 6 p.m. outside of Cushing Hall. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes. At the finish line, runners can receive a t-shirt, an apple and a Halloween treat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners and the runner with the best costume. A $10 entry fee will support the Best Buddies organization and the annual event SWE hosts for the charity.“We host an event for the Best Buddies later on in the year,” Galarneau said. “We bring some of the kids to campus and do some engineering activities with them. Some of the proceeds from Trick-or-SWEet fund this, and some are donated directly to the organization.”According to the Notre Dame chapter’s website, Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that pairs people with intellectual disabilities with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to provide opportunities for individual friendships and integrated employment.“We get to integrate engineering with helping the community,” Galarneau said. “It fits right in with the Notre Dame mentality to use the things we learn for a good purpose.”Runners can register for the race on the link posted to Trick-or-SWEet Run Facebook event.Tags: best buddies, society of women engeineers, SWE, trick of SWEet 5k, trick or sweet 5klast_img read more

Charitable donation account and benefits pre-funding basics

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In December 2013, the National Credit Union Administration amended regulations §703 and §721 to allow federal credit unions to contribute to charitable donation accounts using previously impermissible investments. Since then, many states have allowed their state-chartered credit unions to do the same.This means your CU can invest CDA funds in certain corporate bonds, securities, and business-owned life insurance that couldn’t be used for that purpose before.NCUA’s CDA rule change gives CUs the flexibility to increase investment earnings while helping to limit risk to their overall financials. The rules also ensure that the majority of earnings are donated to charity. Key requirements for CDAs include: the aggregate annual investment in a credit union’s CDAs is limited to 5 percent of its net worth; assets in a CDA must be held in a separate custodial account or special-purpose trust; a CU must distribute a minimum of 51 percent of the CDA total returns to charities at least every five years; donations must be to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities; and accounting for CDAs must follow GAAP principles.NCUA also requires that CU boards document their policies relating to CDAs to clearly show how they will adhere to regulations and to establish their investment strategies and risk tolerances. continue reading »last_img read more

LUMA faces uncertain future after a loss in sponsors

first_imgEven with the bad news, Bernard says they’re still working on solutions in hopes of bringing back the event next year. (WBNG) — LUMA, the projection light show that dazzles downtown Binghamton may not go forward in 2020. “We are still speaking behind the scenes to the folks that had to pull out to see if anybody else is out there, to see if anybody else can increase their sponsorship,” said Bernard. “It’s a very difficult time.” “The economy has just retracted so much due to COVID-19 that people weren’t able to come through on their commitments,” said Joshua Bernard, co-founder of LUMA. Including sponsors, the festival also relies on money from the community through kickstarter funding. With many sponsors backing out, sole funding from a kickstarter wouldn’t be enough according to Bernard. “Traditionally, a kickstarter only makes up a portion of what it costs to do LUMA each year. Even if we were able to raise that amount of money, it wouldn’t alone allow us to move forward,” said Bernard. With more than one hundred sponsors, some backed out, including their biggest supporter. center_img Typically, the event draws tens of thousands every year. According to LUMA’s website, the estimated one-night impact of the event is around $900,000. Organizers say a cancellation would be a huge loss. “It’s devastating to us that we’re in a position now this late, this close to when we were going to launch our features, that we just can’t move forward and it puts a real question mark about the future of LUMA,” said Bernard. “It really put us in an incredibly difficult position, because we were already halfway through these projects, we had a number of contracts with artists,” said Bernard. With the loss in sponsors this year, LUMA’s future looks even more grim, organizers say it may be over for good. If you would like to contribute to the festival, you can contact Joshua Bernard at [email protected]last_img read more

Dozens tested after state secretary’s expert staffer tests positive for COVID-19

first_img“[The test result came out] either on Saturday or Sunday. [The person] has been isolated,” Setya said on Monday.The close contacts of the infected person, including Pratikno, have undergone swab tests, Setya added.“A total of 29 people have gone through swab testing. All the results came out negative,” he said.As of Monday, Indonesia has confirmed 141,370 COVID-19 cases, with 6,207 deaths and 94,458 recoveries, according to the Health Ministry. (syk)Topics : An expert staffer to State Secretary Pratikno has tested positive for COVID-19, an official has said.This development has prompted immediate contact tracing and coronavirus tests to detect possible exposure within the office, which stands in close proximity to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s office at the State Palace.State Secretariat secretary Setya Utama confirmed the information, saying that the staff member learned the result of her COVID-19 test over the weekend.last_img read more

President Xi and David Cameron to seal huge business deals

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his second Day of his four-day state visit to the UK.Cameron is expected to offer cheap visas for Chinese tourists and welcome billions of pounds in business deals with Beijing, including in nuclear power.The second day of President Xi’s state visit will be taken up by trade summits and a bilateral meeting in Downing Street, with the two countries heralding £30bn of new business deals between them.The biggest of these deals is likely to be an investment by China’s state nuclear power companies in two new plants being built by the French firm EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset, rumored to be worth about £8bn per plant.George Osborne, the chancellor, has been seeking money from the Chinese for the HS2 rail line, advertising £11.8bn of contracts on his recent trip to the country, and for the so-called “Northern powerhouse”, an array of developments in the north of England.last_img read more

Reds in the red

first_imgLiverpool have reported a £21.8million increase in their debt – now £87.2million overall – and a loss of £40.5million in their annual accounts. A restructuring of their accounting period to align it with the football season means the figures apply to the 10 months between August 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. They show that although commercial revenue increased, so did the club’s overall liabilities. However, managing director Ian Ayre played down the significance of a rise in debt levels. “It’s definitely not something I believe anyone should be worried or concerned about. It is seasonal – our debt goes up and down,” he told the Liverpool Echo. Press Associationcenter_img “We have money to pay out and money coming in, just like any business. The difference in football is some of the swings are significant, so if you look at player trading, we may need to make investments as we do in the summer before our key revenues come in: big sponsorships cheques, big ticket revenues, all the media revenues etc. “You come to Christmas when you maybe have less revenue coming in but you have got money that needs to go out, both on playing deals that you are doing at the time but also on historic player deals. Debt has increased but I think it’s a factor of doing business in the time and place we are. “We need to continue to improve our squad and what a lot of people won’t relate to perhaps is that when you are improving your squad and making that investment, you have knock-on costs that will create debt in the short term. But hopefully in the long term we’ll improve our position and we are very aware of that. “We will continue to invest in the squad – I think that is what our fans would expect. But the most important thing is that we do it prudently and in a sustainable way that is affordable.” Other contributing factors to the increase in debt were player instalment payments plus exceptional payments of just over £9.5million – relating to matters such as the stadium project, general restructuring and pay-offs to senior employees who left the club. “We see a big charge within the accounts for amortisation (depreciation in value) of players that have been disposed of within the period that perhaps came in on a higher cost,” added Ayre. “We’ve made losses as a result of selling them but at the same time we’ve improved our longer-term position in terms of our wage bill by reducing the wages for those particular contracts. We’ve in the same period refinanced our lending facilities, which gives us ability for working capital to operate as a business.” last_img read more

Attendance at alumni networking event increases drastically

first_imgAs employment rates drop, attendance at USC’s “Pink Slip networking parties” has skyrocketed.The first “Pink Slip networking party” — a networking event for USC alumni sponsored by the Alumni Association — had about 100 alumni attendees. But just three months later, about 500 alumni crowded into the venue at the Remedy Lounge in downtown to exchange resumés and attend career-oriented workshops Thursday night.Making connections · About 500 alumni exchange resumés and attend workshops at a Pink Slip networking party at the Remedy Lounge, downtown. Attendance increased 500 percent from the first event. – Ben Rolnik | Daily Trojan“These are essentially networking events for alumni seeking job search or career placement advice,” said Scott Mory, associate senior vice president for alumni relations. “We decided to start the parties because there was an interest among alumni.”The program, which is open to all USC alumni, was started as a joint effort between the alumni association and Scott Turner, associate director of USC Marshall Alumni Career Services.Peter Giulioni, executive director of Marshall’s Keenan MBA Career Resource Center, said the economy caused the attendance increase.“The economy is horrid; [many] are unemployed and some of those people are going to be Trojans,” Giulioni said. “Unemployment is devastating both economically and personally and what better resource than the Trojan family helping alums review resumés and developing job searching strategies?”Ginger Van Hook, an alumna from the Annenberg School for Communication who attended the Pink Slip party, said the event appealed to her because it was a “new way to recruit.”“It was a completely different venue than I usually expect USC Alumni Association events to be,” Van Hook said. “I like it — it emphasizes networking in a fast-paced environment and that kind of environment is the way the world is now.”At the party, alumni attended workshops about making themselves more marketable for the job search. They also went to one-on-one, 10-minute sessions with career counselors who saw their resumés and made suggestions on how to improve them.“The 10-minute session was really beneficial,” said Ryan Dudasik, who majored in political science at USC. “They took my resumé and gave great advice on making it more specific, which is what you need in this economy.”Some attendees came not to work on resumés or find a job in the Los Angeles area, but to bounce employment ideas off other unemployed Trojans.“I’m hoping to leave Los Angeles and move to Seattle,” said Kathleen McElhenny, who recently lost her engineering job. “It’s always good just to talk to people who are in the same situation because they can have good ideas.”This event was only geared toward USC alumni because current seniors and other students already have networking opportunities through the Career Planning & Placement Center, Mory said.Despite these networking opportunities, some seniors still feel nervous about the job market ahead of them.“I think we feel nervous about the job market regardless of the alumni parties because the job market is really bad,” said Crystal Cheng, a senior majoring in business administration. “It would be nice if more of those events were held on campus and seniors could go so that we can get to know the alumni on a more personal level.”last_img read more