first_imgLettersOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersDare Kearns take on CIPD debate? I was amused to see you still devote space to self-appointed HR strategyguru Paul Kearns (HR Viewpoint, 21 January), who seems capable of doing littleother than misrepresenting what other people write. I would respectfully suggest that if anyone is stuck in an out-of-date timewarp, it is he. Kearns seems blissfully unaware of the changes that haveoccurred in the profession, which your Delivering HR Strategy series hasillustrated. Everyday HR professionals make a significant contribution to the success oftheir organisations. Rather than “making up for lost time”, the CIPD has actually beenresearching these links for 10 years. As your piece in the same issue entitled‘Handling Accountability’ (Features, 21 January) illustrates, we are taking aleading position on the current issue of reporting on human capital in annualreports. Far from being a ‘black box’, our latest study Sustaining Success inDifficult Times uses a dozen case studies to demonstrate how these linksactually work in practice. The 400 delegates at our Harrogate Conference whoheard a senior nurse in the cardiac ward at Royal United Hospital Bath, and thesales director at Nationwide, describe how HR practices have made a significantdifference to their organisations would not agree with Kearns’ assertion thatour work lacks strategic impact. I accept that not every HR department in this country is at the leadingedge. Wouldn’t it be better if Kearns helped HR professionals in all types oforganisations – as the CIPD and I are doing – to practically improve theircontribution, rather than constantly carping and criticising from thesidelines? I challenge Kearns to debate with me, in public, private, print or person,just whether his backward-looking curmudgeonly pessimism reflects the realityof HR today. I gave up my job in a major consultancy because I believe in contributing atthe CIPD to helping the profession make the shift. What has Kearns ever done tohelp? Duncan Brown Assistant director general, CIPD Editors response: Paul Kearns is keen to have this debate and both heand Duncan Brown will be joining our Forum on Delivering HR Strategy. See boxbelow Firms benefit from private healthcare It is very tempting for employers to cut back on apparently unaffordableprivate healthcare plans schemes (HR Viewpoint, 28 January). The next big thing in the UK – following the US trend – may well be definedliability plans where employees have a capped annual amount to spend on privatehealth treatment. Private healthcare costs are increasing so rapidly because employees arechoosing to use private over NHS treatment. For companies, the benefit of this increased use, if targeted correctly, isthat employee illness is treated more promptly and periods of sickness absenceare consequently reduced, thereby increasing productivity. Therefore, rather than reducing healthcare treatment through definedliability plans, or other means, employers might consider an alternativeapproach – that of strategically investing in employee healthcare and managingthis more effectively as a way of reducing sickness absence. If they don’t, the narrow approach of cutting healthcare benefits willmerely increase employment costs elsewhere. Steve Clements European partner, Mercer Human Resource Consulting EC opt-out law can bring flexibility I read your fascinating report outlining the reaction to the potentialremoval of the UK’s opt-out of Working Time Directive regulations (News, 21January). It was no surprise that UK employers reacted negatively to the latestproposals. In the current climate any additional cost or pressure oncompetitiveness is unwelcome. What is perhaps more surprising is that this report also demonstrates thevalue employees place on flexibility and choice. There is an increasing demandfor systems to facilitate and manage flexible working practices, such as theintroduction of annualised hours and flexitime, and they can have a positiveimpact on recruitment and retention. This is particularly the case in highlyseasonal businesses that would perhaps be hardest hit by the rigidity of thecurrent Working Time Directive (WTD) legislation that averages hours workedover a 17-week period. Customers who have embraced the WTD have found their investment in thedetailed reporting required by the legislation most revealing and would notreturn to their previous staff scheduling practices. However, it is true to say that even where the WTD is in place, staffopt-outs often mean that staff schedules cannot be managed consistently. For apiece of legislation intended to protect the employee, it has received a verynegative reaction from the very people it was designed to protect. Demand for more flexibility in working practices from both employer andemployee is now a fact of corporate life which it seems they would rathermutually agree than receive from on high from Brussels. Keith Statham Managing director, Kronos Systems Delivering HR strategyPersonnel Today is drawing together a forum of experts on Delivering HRStrategy. Don’t miss our coverage over the coming months – we’ll be giving youthe opportunity to tell the forum about the strategic HR challenges you face,as well as providing practical guidance on how to deliver it  last_img read more

first_img Email Address* Full Name* Message* 15 West 47th Street, 48 West 48th Street and 151 West 46th Street (Google Maps, Getty)Like most retailers, merchants in Midtown Manhattan’s Diamond District have had to grapple with the impact of the pandemic over the past year. But gem deals are still getting done — to the tune of $400 million per day, according to a Bloomberg News estimate from last summer.It’s not just jewels that are trading hands in the neighborhood. In December, the ELO Organization closed on its $110 million acquisition of the Chetrit family’s 15 West 47th Street, an 18-story, 130,000-square-foot office building that went into contract shortly before the pandemic.At the same time, ELO closed on $141 million in CMBS debt from Citi Real Estate Funding, not only to finance the acquisition but also to refinance two nearby properties: the 140,000-square-foot 48 West 48th Street, and the 66,000-square-foot 151 West 46th Street, both of which the firm has owned since 2001.Documents associated with the securitization provide an inside look at a cross-section of the District’s roughly 2,600 independent jewelry businesses, whose ties to New York real estate sometimes extend well beyond the leases they sign.As of November, the three properties were 95 percent leased to 242 office tenants and 48 retail tenants, most of which are “jewelry-related tenants, such as vendors, appraisers, and repairmen, which traditionally sign short-term lease agreements with minimal to no concession packages,” according to an S&P rating report.Most of the jewelry tenants occupy suites with sizes ranging from 100 to 5,100 square feet. The newly acquired property at 15 West 47th Street features an 8,700-square-foot “open-floor jewelry exchange” on the ground floor with 34 individual booths of 250 square feet each, subject to a master lease that extends through 2049.Given the small size of most individual jewlers, the top of the portfolio’s rent roll is dominated by restaurants. The tenant that pays the most is Cuban bar and restaurant Havana Central, which has been at 151 West 46th Street since 2004. The second biggest tenant is 24-hour fast-casual eatery Delis 48, at 48 West 48th Street.Read moreELO to buy Chetrit family Diamond District building for $115MExtell sues Diamond District neighbor over lot line disputeExtell makes its Diamond District hotel officialApril 2018 issue: How the global diamond trade shaped New York’s skyline At the beginning of the pandemic, ELO offered tenants at the 46th and 48th Street properties one or two months of rent concessions on a case-by-case basis, which were not required to be repaid. Tenants at the 47th Street property, which was still owned by the previous landlords at the time, were offered rent deferrals that had to be paid back.Rent collections in the portfolio dropped to 79 percent last March and bottomed out at 15 percent in April, but have since rebounded to above 100 percent (which includes repayment of back rent) as of November. The buildings are open and operating in accordance with city guidelines, according to S&P.Headed by Jack Elo, the ELO Organization has also been an active buyer elsewhere in Manhattan, having acquired two Garment District buildings for $37.3 million in 2016.A few doors down from the firm’s latest acquisition, ELO is currently involved in a legal dispute with Extell Development over that firm’s plans to build a 534-key hotel at 32 West 48th Street. Gary Barnett’s firm alleges that ELO has interfered with the development in an effort to preserve its “illegal lot line windows” at 29 West 47th Street.Contact Kevin Sun Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real Estatediamond districtELO OrganizationTRD Insights Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

first_imgOctober 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Football’s Jacoby Wildman Named As Wuerffel Trophy Nominee FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Utah State junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman was named as a nominee for the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy late Monday.This award is named in honor of former Florida star QB and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel.It is considered “college football’s premier award for community service” and is annually presented at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. to the college football player “that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.”Wildman is one of eight players from across the Mountain West Conference to be named to this watch list and one of only three Utahns to earn the distinction.The formal announcement will occur December 4 with the presentation to follow February 15th at the 50th annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet.The 6-2 265-pound Wildman is a junior out of Logan High School who has appeared in five games for the Aggies this season.He has amassed 12 tackles and two sacks on the season.He has also earned academic All-Mountain West honors and spends countless hours working with numerous organizations/groups on campus and in the Cache Valley community. Brad James Written by Tags: Cache Valley/Community Service/Jacoby Wildman/Logan High School/Mountain West Conference/Wuerffel Trophylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Landlord possession claims fall by 26 per cent in Wales previous nextAssociations & BodiesLandlord possession claims fall by 26 per cent in WalesThe Negotiator25th January 20170548 Views The number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has fallen by 26 per cent over the past two years.An analysis of Government statistics by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) found that the number of possession claims made to county courts in Wales fell from a 203 in the first quarter of 2014 to 150 between July and September 2016. This represents 11 per cent of all claims.In the third quarter of 2016, social sector landlords made 999 claims to repossess a property in Wales, 75 per cent of the overall total.The figures were revealed as the Welsh Assembly debated a motion calling on the Government to work with local authorities, “To ensure that no households with children face eviction in Wales.”The RLA says that whilst every instance of a child losing a home is tragic, landlords need to retain the right to regain possession of a property where a tenant is not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.The RLA’s Director for Wales, Douglas Haig, commented, “No landlord will ever want to lose tenants who are paying their rent and taking care of their property.“That said, landlords and lenders need the confidence that where a tenant is not behaving or is failing to pay rent they can regain possession of a property. Sadly that will sometimes involve children.”Residential Landlords Association landlord possession landlord possession claims private sector landlords repossession claims January 25, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgJohn Hood has encouraged British school teachers to dispel prejudices among pupils as to what studying at Oxford is like. In an article published in the Daily Telegraph, Hood discussed the efficacy of Oxford’s admissions service and expressed concerns about the proportion of state-school and independent-school educated pupils who are given places at Britain’s top universities. He placed particular focus on the current drive to diversify the social and educational backgrounds of candidates applying to Oxbridge, saying, “the wider challenge is about much more than Oxford and a handful of peer institutions; … further real progress [in encouraging state-educated applicants] will require some bigger shifts of attitude and approach. True equality of higher-education opportunity is a vast socio-economic project stretching back towards birth.” He also defended Oxford’s admissions policy but added, “the idea that everything would be fine if a few of our top universities ‘sorted themselves out’ on access and admissions is absurd.” The Vice Chancellor suggested that one way of promoting a realistic and demystified image of Oxford among students at a grassroots level might be to invite school teachers to experience life at the University. “At school, the educational aspirations of young people are made and unmade. We are looking at mixing regional events for teachers with the possibility of time here in Oxford for those who want to experience the institution and its academic community for themselves. More needs to be done to harness the power of mentoring which can do so much to transform aspiration,” he said. James Lamming, Vice-President of Oxford University Access and Academic Affairs, maintains that there is still some problem persuading state school applicants to think of Oxford as a viable option and admits that Oxford is still an institution beset by mistaken belief and false impression. Lamming said, “in Hilary term, the Sutton Trust published a report that provided evidence about misconceptions many teachers had about Oxford and Cambridge that was leading them to provide inaccurate advice to their students. Lower than expected numbers of state school students apply because of myths that put them off Oxford. Bad advice that propagates out-of-date or simply false myths about Oxford unsurprisingly puts students off applying.” Max Haimendorf, Biology graduate from St Hugh’s, has been involved in mentoring students since he joined the independent charity, Teach First, shortly after leaving Oxford in 2002. He echoed Lamming’s point of view saying that the attitude in some schools is that “our kids wouldn’t fit in in Oxford.” Haimendorf claims that the Teach First program, which encourages top graduates to work in a challenging secondary school for at least two years, is effective at tackling the issue of creating relationships between schools and universities. “In order to educate young people as to what Oxford is about it is necessary to combine various strands. Both parents and teachers need to be involved. In some communities it is very hard for parents to know how to help their children get in to university. It is not because they don’t want the best for their kids; it is just outside the realms of their experience,” he said. He added, “our role was to inspire people to think about Oxford in a different way. As recent graduates and closer in age to the students, Teach First teachers have a unique position to influence pupils. We were there not as replacements to the existing university guidance, but as much needed additional support.” The drive of both the Teach First and the Access program is, as Hood stated in his article, “to bring in [to Oxford] the brightest and the best.” Lamming added, “if we can tackle the prejudices and misconceptions, we should attract more talented applications. Oxford wants the very best students; there is no conspiracy designed to keep certain applicants out of our dreaming spires.”last_img read more

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first_imgCoffee kiosk and cafe operator Puccino’s Ltd has gone into administration, following the sale of leases for 43 of its units to Puccino’s Worldwide. Its 29 remaining units ceased trading immediately.Puccino’s, which previously had 86 coffee kiosks and cafés, entered into an agreement with Puccino’s Worldwide on 8 December 2009, said administrator Tenon Recovery. Under the agreement it sold “parts of the business and certain assets” to Puccino’s Worldwide, which included the leases for 43 units, which are mainly located at train stations in the south-east.“Over the months prior to this, Puccino’s had already closed 14 of its units,” added Tenon.Kenny Craig & Tom MacLennan of Tenon Recovery were appointed as joint administrators of Puccino’s Ltd on 10 December 2009.In its financial statement for the year ended 31 December 2008, the company experienced a loss before tax of £1,657,251 compared to a loss of £793,762 in 2007. Turnover stood at £4,086,926 compared to £4,072,028 in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgGood morning everyone.The British Library is a monument to ingenuity, to knowledge and to creativity.If you go to the excellent Treasures exhibition here you can see manuscripts from Mozart, sketches from da Vinci and lyrics handwritten by the Beatles.Fragments of paper showing how a germ of an idea can turn into something that has a lasting impact on the world where we live in.But the British Library is also a symbol of how rapidly technology can transform everything we take for granted.Thirty years ago the British Library was one of the world’s largest collections of human knowledge, because of its millions of printed books.Now it has embraced digitisation and has been partnering with tech firms to bring their collection to more and more people, for the public good.The tech for good movement is critically important. Important to the future of the tech sector and to harnessing its potential to help us solve the major issues facing us all.And today I wanted to talk about four areas I see as vitally important if it is to keep going from strength to strength.Safety and ethicsThe first is making sure safety and responsibility are central as these new technologies develop and evolve.One of the primary roles of any well-functioning society is to protect those within it.As a policymaker and as a parent, I welcome efforts by the industry to embed features that protect against harm into their products and platforms.Last year, Government came together with Microsoft and engineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms to develop a prototype tool that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between child groomers and children.As more and more of our interactions move online, it is imperative that technology companies are designing systems that are safe, secure and that protect privacy from the very start.In October we published a Code of Practice, a set of guidelines to help ensure that the Internet connected products we use in our homes are built to standards that protect our privacy and safety.And recent events have confirmed what we already knew. That technology companies need to do more to keep people safe online.We have all heard about the tragic case of Molly Russell and we will all feel condolences for her family.And I am sure we all feel huge respect and admiration for the dignified way her in which her father has not just borne his family’s loss but also sought to see something good comes of it.And you will know too that the Government will soon bring forward a White Paper which will in essence set out the responsibilities of the online companies, how these responsibilities should be met and what should happen if they are not.Every new technology creates its own debates around ethics, from the Industrial Revolution raising questions about working conditions, to the motorcar leading to formalised rules of road safety.Although we are thinking about the newest technologies, this is an age old question.How can we maintain the exhilarating flow of ideas and information that we love about new technologies, whilst developing the necessary rules of the road?Especially as the rise of artificial intelligence driven products and services has posed new questions that will impact us all.Our Digital Charter is a rolling programme of work to agree norms and rules for the online world and put them into practice.As part of this work, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will help us confront these critical issues.This pioneering body has been established to help government understand the challenges and opportunities presented by AI, and the steps we need to take to ensure those technologies deliver for the good of society.Talking to all those who have a stake in the way these technologies are developing – citizens and consumers; industry and regulators; civil society and research centres – the Centre will identify how and where we need to regulate to ensure AI is safe, ethical and trusted.This programme of work is critical. Because trust is the lifeblood of any digital economy. And building that trust should be a shared objective.Trust is increased if people can see the work done to ensure the risks of technological development have been mitigated, but just as importantly if people can see the good tech can do.Incentivising responsible technologyAnd so the second area I want to speak about is the need to incentivise those who want to use their skill and scale to tackle weighty social issues.It is no coincidence that DCMS has responsibility for both digital policy and for civil society. The intersections between the two are great and the rewards are vast.We already know how much digital infrastructure like broadband, and 4G and 5G contribute to the growing economic health of the places where we live and work.Market towns and coastal communities apparently left behind by changes in our economy are reviving because people are able to live there and stay in touch with the big cities, and indeed with clients around the world.Churches are finding new ways of becoming literally beacons of social connection – by fixing broadband transmitters to their spires.Government alone cannot achieve thriving communities and social value, but government can help to bring together and support civil society to do so.And one way of doing this is through using the convening power of Government to support those organisations that are really making a difference.That is why the UK’s Industrial Strategy set four Grand Challenges to harness the power of innovation to benefit society.Our technology and civil society sectors are, at their core, all about shaking up established conventions and solving problems.And there are so many social issues where technology can play a part.Take loneliness, one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.Up to a fifth of all UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time. And there is evidence showing loneliness can be as bad for our health as obesity or smoking.We have already seen some fantastic work here.For example, Goodgym, which matches regular runners with isolated older people who they can visit as part of their daily exercise.And Activage, a pilot led by Samsung, which aims to reduce social isolation through using the latest Internet of Things technology to monitor falls and vital statistics, so older people can live independently in their homes and communities for longer.To keep this momentum going, we are investing a million pounds to drive social tech innovation in civil society, to help develop solutions to tackle loneliness and bring communities together.This Tech for Good Challenge Prize will set inspiring targets to focus the efforts of industry, civil society and government.Successful participants will be rewarded with a cash incentive and ongoing business support.I am also proud that we will be supporting this year’s Digital Agenda Impact Awards as its official government partner.These awards, taking place in London on 7th March, will showcase the best innovations in responsible ‘Tech for Good’ from across UK businesses, government and non-profits.And we don’t just incentivise tech pioneers through grants and awards.But also through showing the world that we have the best possible environment for businesses to succeed.And one way of doing this is through embracing innovation friendly regulation.The Financial Conduct Authority’s Green Tech Fintech Challenge is a strong example of that.It supports a number of firms, including many of our dynamic start-ups, in developing products and services to help our transition towards a greener economy.The challenge provides guidance and live market testing, which can be essential in helping a product overcome the hurdles faced by businesses that want to try something different for the greater good.And while investment in UK tech continued to be the highest in Europe in 2018, social tech ventures can often find it challenging to raise appropriate capital at the right time.We need to encourage greater access to capital as these ventures scale and grow their social and environmental impact.So we are supporting the foundation of a fund of up to 30 million pounds of equity investment in social tech ventures.This fund will be run by the Social Tech Trust who have almost ten years of experience in supporting socially-transformative technology.It will focus on three key areas; communities, health and financial inclusion, where the targeted funding has the potential to transform society.It is imperative that we get our top talent working on solutions to these issues, and the big social challenges that concern us all.And if we succeed, responsible technology can be seen as an attractive pathway for those who want to stay at the cutting edge.Breaking down barriersThe third way we will support tech for good firms is through breaking down barriers.Data is a good example of that. The flow of data sits behind all of our online interactions.Of course, not all data can, or should, be made open. But there are lots of untapped opportunities here.Currently organisations looking to access or share data can face a range of barriers, from trust and cultural concerns to practical and legal obstacles.To address them, we are exploring new mechanisms for data sharing, in particular data trusts, which were recommended by the AI Review and committed to in the Industrial Strategy AI Sector Deal.The Office for AI is working with the Open Data Institute to explore how data trusts can help organisations increase access to data while retaining trust in its use.Data trusts operate by allowing multiple individuals or organisations to give some control over data to a new institution – the trust – so that it can be used to deliver benefits, for themselves or other people.That benefit might be to create new businesses, help medical research or empower a community.By reducing the friction costs of data sharing, we can encourage the safe, fair, ethical and legal sharing of data.And I am pleased to announce today that we are exploring the use of data trusts to help us make an impact on major social issues. And let me give you two examples.In partnership with the WILDLABS Tech Hub and conservation charities, we are investigating if a data trust can help make wildlife data from across the globe more accessible, to help us tackle the illegal wildlife trade.This is ranked as the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, weapons and human trafficking with an estimated annual revenue of up to 17 billion pounds.Through sharing image data, we can train algorithms that could help border control officers around the world identify illegal animal products from their smartphones.Whilst audio data can be used to train algorithms to detect sounds, like gunshots, our the noise of illegal fishing vessels, and share real-time alerts with field rangers.We will also be working to address another critical issue – that of food waste.It is estimated each year 100,000 tonnes of food from retailers and food manufacturers – equating to 250 million meals – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten each year in the UK.We will be working with WRAP and leading food and drink businesses to investigate if a data trust can improve the ability of organisations to track and measure food waste.This will support global food waste reduction efforts and delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal. It would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage.This is exciting, innovative work, where the Open Data Institute will be working in the open with a wide range of interested organisations to design something that is ethical, fair and innovative.The aim of this first stage is to work with these partners to develop a blueprint for a data trust and then decide how best to take forward the development of the actual trust itself.These partnerships encapsulate the approach we need to take when it comes to new technologies.Bringing together government, technology and civil society, to pioneer new approaches to making the world around us safer, cleaner and more fulfilling.A strong foundation of digital skillsMy final point today is about our people. After all, our people are our greatest tech resource.And the best way to futureproof our economy amidst a time of unprecedented change is to to make sure we have a digitally skilled workforce.Digital technology is continuing to transform the nature of work and the skills that are valued by employers.Digital skills are not only essential for those who want to work in our thriving tech sector.But they are essential for everyone.Britain needs stronger digital skills at every level, from getting people online for the first time, to attracting and training the world’s top coding talent.Our Digital Skills Strategy has made huge strides in this area.This month we announced the beneficiaries of our new Digital Inclusion Innovation Fund.That 400,000 pound fund focuses on tackling digital exclusion amongst disabled and older people, two of the groups most excluded and slowest to adopt basic digital skills.One pilot project that the fund will support is creating ‘smart homes’ in rural West Essex.This innovative project will see home owners trained to help their peers improve their digital skills.They will receive a digital assessment, before having their homes kitted out in the latest tech.Supported by younger digital ‘buddies’, they will then teach their peers how to make the most of this smart technology.But there is always more we can do.If we are to make technology a force for good, we need to make sure that everyone has access to these skills, whatever their background.Just as we encourage diversity in public life, as it improves decision making and leads to a greater diversity of thought, the same applies for technology.This was the thinking behind the Tech Talent Charter, which gives organisations tangible actions and principles to adopt to help them change their hiring practices.The Charter has recently celebrated its first anniversary with the publication of its first report, benchmarking diversity in tech roles across industries.We now have over 290 signatories, from international tech giants right through to start-ups, SMEs and charities. All UK Government departments have signed up.So change is underway. And it is moving fast.Automation will have a profound impact on the nature of work, but it will also create new jobs in every sector.In November, we announced a fund to improve digital leadership skills in the social sector through awarding grants from our one million pound Digital Leadership Fund.Doteveryone is one of the recipients and there are many more too.Digital leadership will grow the resilience of the social sector so that charity leaders up and down the country can make informed digital choices and understand the impact of tech on their beneficiaries.And we are also working with the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and its wide network of cross-sector partners.Through this partnership, we will explore how we can best provide charities with the support they seek to embed digital in their strategy, services and culture.By doing so, we can ensure that social sector organisations are able to harness the huge opportunities that tech provides, so they can become more resilient, collaborative and responsive to their users.Because it is essential for the social sector to play a fundamental and leading role in the digital revolution.ConclusionFrom creating the next generation of digital leaders to developing solutions to tackle loneliness, we are supporting the tech pioneers who will chart our new path.Tech for good isn’t a nice-to-have, a beneficial byproduct of the fourth industrial revolution.This is the revolution.So we need to work with new technologies, to maximise its awesome potential, whilst protecting its users from emerging harms.It is not an easy balance to strike.But in this country, we are blessed with a pioneering tech sector and thriving civil society.And forums like this, bringing together people who care about technology and its positive impact, will be crucial.So thank you for all the work you are doing and for the leadership you have shown on this.Please keep investing, innovating and inspiring so we can all make the world a better place.Thank you very much.last_img read more

first_imgLast night, Hot Rize played the first night of three shows celebrating their 40th anniversary at the Boulder Theater. Often called “America’s Bluegrass Band,” featuring Tim O’Brien (mandolin), Nick Forster (bass), Pete Wernick (banjo), and Bryan Sutton (guitar), the Boulder, Colorado locals welcomed friends Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Stuart Duncan to join in on the celebrations. Originally Del McCoury was also scheduled to play the pickin’ party, but due to a medical procedure on one of his eyes, doctors advised him not to fly for four to six weeks. Early in the show, Tim O’Brien told the crowd that Del is recovering quickly and bummed he could not make the trek out to the mountains.Hot Rize played their first show January 18, 1978, at The Hungry Farmer in Boulder. From 1978 to 1998, Hot Rize was Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and Charles Sawtelle. Following the untimely death in 1999 of original guitarist Charles Sawtelle, the band took a break from touring and performing. They regrouped in 2002, adding Asheville, North Carolina flatpicking-legend Bryan Sutton on guitar, and the band has been performing and writing new music ever since coming back sixteen years ago.Grounded in the bluegrass traditions of artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, Hot Rize’s musical tastes embraced other American roots pathways as well. Honing their sound in Colorado bars and small concerts, they were soon appearing on Prairie Home Companion, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, and more. Their stage show gained steam, featuring their strong and soulful bluegrass combined with their wacky but musically deft “alter-ego” country swing band, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, which the Boulder Theater got a taste of during the second set last night. The group has performed in almost every state, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia. We’re here forty years later, and Hot Rize is still selling out three-night runs at the Boulder Theater.Friday night’s bluegrass extravaganza opened up with 1979’s “Blue Night,” off of their debut self-titled album. With Tim O’Brien leading the way on vocals, the string-maestros traded off scorching hot solos to get the soldout crowd on their feet. The band weaved through beloved originals, before inviting Sam Bush (mandolin/fiddle), Jerry Douglas (dobro), and Stuart Duncan (Fiddle) onstage for the Pete Wernick original, “Sky Rider.”The three famed guests sat in for the majority of the show, helping out on “Western Skies,” “You Were On My Mind This Morning,” “Country Blues”, and also assisting in Hot Rize’s theatrical portion of the show featuring their musical alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. The goofy country swing band had some extra fun last night with their guests, as the seven bluegrass-legends got to take a breather mid-second set and have some fun. Second set also saw the likes of traditional “Deep Elum Blues,” Hot Rize original “Nellie Kane” (which many have grown to love through Phish incorporating it as a staple cover), and the catchy “Radio Boogie,” ending the first of three nights in a high-spirit fashion.Make sure to catch two more nights of Hot Rize and friends at the Boulder Theater, tonight and tomorrow night. You can find ticket and show information for the next two nights here!last_img read more

first_imgOn July 24th, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado, will host the “Green Industry Affair“, a special gathering of conservation groups, outdoor retailers, and cannabis companies who plan to work together to address and combat global warming. Featuring a performance from the psychedelic electronic act BoomBox, the night combines live music with philanthropy—a venture that event organizers Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli know well.Two friends deeply entrenched within the music scene, Gleason and Pittarelli recently embarked on a new mission to leverage the relationships they’ve made in live music and use them to benefit the greater good. In 2017, Gleason launched level—a philanthropic consulting firm that helps businesses and bands connect with meaningful charity initiatives—quickly signing on Pittarelli as an event producer.level’s mission is simple. The organization works with their clients, determining what humanitarian issues are most important to them, then doing the heavy-lifting and taking the guesswork out of connecting a given organization to relevant non-profits and helping them get involved. From there, level coordinates with the company and the charity, playing to the company or artist’s strengths and using the client’s resources to build customized long-term non-profit campaigns with a lasting impact.As Hilary Gleason noted, “We have been amazed by the support of our community through this whole endeavor. You have to find out what you’re passionate about, what resources you have, and who you can lean on. Use that to make a difference.”Both women are well suited to lead an innovative organization like level. Gleason has a strong background in humanitarian endeavors. At 17 years old, Gleason helped form a neurosurgical partnership between Duke Hospital and Kampala, Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital, helping to grow the medical program with bi-annual trips to Africa with a team from Duke. Over the years, she’s continued to be invested in international development issues, working with both Barbara Pierce Bush’s Global Health Corps and the United Nations Foundation.Pittarelli, on the other hand, has been working in event production for most of her adult life. Her successful startup, The Mischief Collective, combines her love of silversmithing with live music, serving as a music blog, online jewelry shop, and home base for an ever-growing community of similarly minded music lovers. While The Mischief Collective frequently leads fundraising endeavors for important causes, Pittarelli brings a deep knowledge of event planning, having worked with Colorado’s ARISE Music Festival and Envision Festival, and a laundry list of fan-favorite regional artists.While longstanding friends, Gleason and Pittarelli first worked together at the world-renowned Global Citizen Festival, a 60,000-person music festival in New York City’s Central Park that boasted headlining performances by Beyonce and Pearl Jam and speeches from former First Lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. From there, the seed was planted, with the two women continuing to find opportunities to merge activism with music in their home of Colorado.In the time since, Hilary Gleason, Tory Pittarelli, and level have remained busy, consistently organizing events—like the upcoming Green Industry Affair—to benefit specific charities and leading campaigns. For their first event, the ACLUstic Brunch, the pair raised funds for the ACLU through a special acoustic brunch show, which saw performances from Elephant Revival‘s Bridget Law paired with seminars from well-known civil rights lawyer Faisal Salahuddin, a partner at Frank & Salahuddin LLC who serves as affiliate counsel with the ACLU of Colorado.The ACLUstic Brunch opened the door for the pair’s numerous other benefits like the bluegrass-oriented Corduroy Classic, benefiting victims of the brutal hurricanes at the end of 2017, and leading Colorado Earth Day, which took place on the steps of Colorado’s capitol building and benefitted the Sierra Club. level has also worked with funk juggernauts Lettuce and music-focused voter registration group HeadCount for the recent “Participate Tour” and coordinated with British jazz-and-funk-fusion group, The New Mastersounds, to connect them with Denver’s Urban Peak, which provides aid to Colorado youths experiencing homelessness.As Tory Pittarelli explained to us,Anyone that has worked in the nonprofit world knows that some days the work can be soul-crushing, plain and simple. And some days you get to work and you question yourself, and you question why you’re doing what you’re doing. But then when the big event day rolls around, there’s no feeling quite like it, and you remember why—for the unbeatable feeling of being able to make a difference, no matter how small, for a cause that matters.level’s upcoming “Green Industry Affair” at Cervantes’ on July 24th was born out of the duo’s past event, the Colorado Carbon Fundraiser, which featured The Infamous Stringdusters’ Travis Book and Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck as headliners. The event raised thousands of dollars for the state’s official carbon-offsetting program and provided guests the opportunity to offset their homes and vehicles. After the successful inaugural launch, for 2018, level sought out a new partnership with the world’s first cannabis marketing agency, rebranding the event to the Green Industry Affair and expanding to target outdoor retailers and cannabis companies in addition to signing on conservation groups.Given their extensive resumes and past work, it’s clear that Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli are doers. Though in their late 20s, the two have carved out successful professional lives for themselves that highlight both women’s passion for live music and giving back. Thanks for all you ladies are doing for the music community and beyond. To learn more about level, head here.You can support Gleason, Pittarelli, and level’s work for yourself on Tuesday, July 24th, at Cervantes’, when the two women host the Green Industry Affair featuring performances by BoomBox and Mikey Thunder. Tickets are currently available here, with a limited-ticket option to upgrade to VIP and with the first 20 purchases receiving an exclusive artist meet and greet.last_img read more