Brenda Williams Appointed to National Women United Board

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyBrenda Williams, owner of TAGS Awards and Specialties and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Thurston County, has been appointed to the board of the national United Way Worldwide Women United.Olympia business owner and community volunteer Brenda Williams has been appointed to serve on the board of the national United Way Worldwide Women United.  She is the first woman from Washington State to be appointed to this countrywide board. Williams, who is co-owner of TAGS Awards and Specialties, and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Thurston County, has lived in Olympia since 1993. Her interest in women’s issues started when she attended the all-women Smith College.“Representing not only Olympia, but the entire Northwest on this national stage is an honor and a privilege,” notes Williams. “I am eager to share what we have been working on in Thurston County as well as learn about other projects across the nation and bring those ideas back home.”“Brenda’s local leadership has been essential to the success of the Women’s Leadership Council,” states Patricia Hart, Development Director at United Way of Thurston County. “We are thrilled to have her representing us at the national level.” About Women’s Leadership CouncilThe United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), also known as Women United, isa global network of more than 70,000 women in 155 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities. Nationally, these women make up the single most successful organization of its kind. Since its inception in 2002, the Women’s Leadership Council has raised more than $1 billion to drive real and lasting change. The contributions of these women leaders go well beyond financial donations: they get involved, shake things up and make a measurable difference in their own backyard and around the world. Women’s Leadership Council members speak up, unite and take action on issues that hit closest to home-by giving, advocating and volunteering. Members’ ages, ethnic backgrounds, professions and interests are diverse. The one common denominator is a belief in the power of community change: by working together to take on complex challenges, we all benefit. Beyond making an annual financial contribution, members invest their time, professional expertise and talent to advance causes they care passionately about, while connecting with other powerful, committed women in the community. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council aims to be the most recognized, esteemed and flourishing network of its kind, maximizing the contribution of women to the Council and their communities on all levels-local, national and global.last_img read more

Fair Haven Asks State to Review Open Records Law

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The borough is joining other public entities around the state in the coming weeks in a call to reexamine and reform the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), claiming that excessive requests are tying up town hall. The borough council took action by resolution Monday, Nov. 25, encouraging the state Legislature to form a commission of stakeholders to review the demands of OPRA on local governments. The resolution, distributed by the Municipal Clerks’ Association with the support of the League of Municipalities, states that OPRA, as it approaches its 20th anniversary, “has outgrown its original intended use and has become ripe for comprehensive review and reform.” The association distributed 700 sample resolutions to its members to urge support for the initiative about a month ago. To date, Popkin said 200 have been endorsed by local governments around the state. “I’m betting we get 500 of these by Christmas,” he said. Fair Haven received 241 requests in 2019 as of Oct. 31, compared to the 244 received in 2017, and 202 in 2018. Some are more complex than others. The staff has collectively spent about 400 hours responding to OPRA requests this year as of Oct. 31, Fair Haven stated in the resolution. OPRA was established in 2001 to make government records accessible to the public unless permitted otherwise or deemed confidential. “We are as open and as transparent as we can be,” Cinquegrana said. OPRA requests must be responded to within seven days. “We have no problem with the average person coming in, requesting a copy of a budget or ordinance,” said Joel Popkin, executive director of the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ. But, he said, businesses are using OPRA to prospect potential customers, and gadflies are using OPRA to demand historical records. Some clerks in small towns can’t keep up. “A couple of weeks ago, someone wanted all the emails from the mayor from last eight years,” Popkin said. Some requests are short and simple; others require the clerk to request a time extension to complete them. Some examples of requests include: information from 1996 to February 2019, such as emails, voicemails, letters, etc.; the histories of ordinances, like copies of the first Land Use Ordinance through current times; multiple requests from the same person for the same information provided numerous times; past and current Land Use applications such as resolutions and exhibits; businesses and solicitors looking for vendor information; requests for borough employees’ email history; media requests for police internal affairs reports or settlements; vendor contracts; and much more. “It’s constant,” Allyson M. Cinquegrana, the municipal clerk in Fair Haven, said of OPRA requests. As the custodian of government records in the borough, she has completed 20 OPRA requests this month alone, as of Nov. 26. Most requests come in electronically through the borough’s website, but some people also make them by fax or in person. Electronic requests are easier to respond to in general, she said. Fair Haven is not the only municipality experiencing an uptick in OPRA requests. In 2018 a public school in Spring Lake considered hiring a part-time assistant solely to handle OPRA requests. The school’s superintendent at the time said the influx of requests was keeping administrators and secretaries from their day-to-day tasks. Salary and property information are among the more popular requests for information, Cinquegrana said. Requests are free of charge unless the information is more than 20 pages. After that, it’s 5 cents per page. If the office sends out plans for an OPRA request, it’s about $1 per sheet. Suggested members of the commission would be mayors, municipal clerks, municipal managers, attorneys, police chiefs, open government advocates, privacy experts, media members, citizens and other stakeholders, the resolution states. Copies of the resolution were sent to Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13); Assemblymembers Amy Handlin (R-13) and Serena DiMaso (R-13); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Senate majority leader; the executive director of the Government Records Council; and Gov. Phil Murphy. Sea Bright clerks have seen similar increases over the years as well. According to Christine Pfeiffer, municipal clerk, she has seen a slight increase in OPRA requests over the years. The types of requests “run the gamut,” she said.last_img read more

Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively.  How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.”last_img read more

6 thoughts from the Warriors’ 120-92 loss to the Thunder

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell took a wide step to his right, bounced off Thunder guard Chris Paul and made a contested floater before hitting the floor. Then, believing he was fouled, Russell popped up and made a bee-line for referee James Williams and unloaded a verbal onslaught. Russell was ejected from the game. At the time, five minutes into the second half, the Warriors trailed by 32 points. Russell later admitted his emotions got the best of him. After all, it’s been a …last_img read more

HootSuite Moves into Social Analytics

first_imgHootSuite is launching a social analytics platform for monitoring Twitter, Facebook, Google and other services through 30 individual modules accessible through a new design bar.The modules are available to all users, including Basic, Pro and Enterprise customers.The modules are made accessible through a point system HootSuite developed. Points are used to purchase the modules. More complex modules cost more points. Users may use the points at any time for any combination of modules.Modules include:Track Twitter brand mentions.Measure Twitter profile follower growth.Examine Facebook Likes and demographics.Overlay social link clicks and website visits through Google Analytics and from within the HootSuite dashboard. Tags:#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The service is designed to fulfill the more common requirements that comes with the advent of social technologies. As companies engage more, there will be a requirement for a new form of social analytics that give an overall sense of volume, visibility and perception about what is being tracked.The service is integrated into the HootSuite environment. It can be skinned for the company or the client. Reports can narrow in on specific campaign elements or give an aggregated view of all user profiles within various networks. The reports are fully integrated with Google Analytics and Facebook Insights and a HootSuite short URL. Reports may also be edited and shared. Earlier this week, introduced Service Cloud 3, which ties in social analytics. Radian 6 is considered a top competitor in the market. But overall, the space is just emerging, giving HootSuite a position to extend its popular service deeper into companies and agencies that monitor social media campaigns. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Philippines won a gold in the men’s fours and a couple of silvers in the women’s fours and women’s triples. Thailand came in third in the men’s pairs to complete the podium. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines scored its fourth lawn bowl medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the men’s pairs events Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Angelo Morales and Pancho Marcelito lost in the final against Malaysian duo Hizlee and Fairul Izwan, 20-13, in the gold medal match. ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn’t be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad’s practices.Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UST rules UAAP Season 80 poomsae Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I’m in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince being dealt, he has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of the former Slam Dunk champion.In a tweet last November 12, Ellis seemed to be bidding his fans goodbye. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img “I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!”Sy admitted that the Blackwater camp still tried to get a hold of Ellis as much as they could, to no avail.“I’ve been asking around — both MVP and SMC group, I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest. We offered some trade but there’s no takers, so let us stay as is and let’s see what he’ll do on his own career,” he said.Ellis’ contract expired last August, and if he decides to play once more in the PBA, the Elite will retain his rights.The high-flying forward averaged 6.4 points3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his five-year run with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Sport Development Webinar Series

first_imgOn Thursday, 20 June the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is hosting another free webinar in its recent series on the sporting industry.Titled ‘Getting Your House in Order – Organisational Development Models that Work’, the webinar will look at how sports organisations can thrive in what is an increasingly complex business environment.The webinars are available to anyone, however participants must register to confirm their attendance.The webinars are run by sporting industry professionals of whom attendees will have the chance to ask questions. Registered participants will also have access to all webinar material following the event.In order to register for this webinar or view the upcoming webinars in the series visit: LinksWebinar Serieslast_img read more

New Japanese Ambassador says he Will Work to Strengthen Relationship

first_imgThe new Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, says he will work to strengthen the relationship between both countries.During his call on the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at the Ministry on Hagley Park Road in Kingston on January 25, the Ambassador said he is pleased about several aspects of his country’s assistance to Jamaica.He pointed to the Grassroots Human Security Project and its impact in the various sectors, including education and health.The Ambassador said before being appointed, he was involved in the investment sector in Japan, and he would seek to use his knowledge and expertise to further strengthen that aspect of the relationship.“I would like to be a bit more active in this area, to be a bridge of the investment side between Jamaica and Japan,” he added.Ambassador Yamazaki said he is eagerly looking forward to working with Minister McKenzie and the team from the Local Government Ministry.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the relationship with Japan is one that he warmly welcomes and will strive to maintain and strengthen.“I welcome the new Ambassador, and we will continue the relationship that has developed over many years. Discussions have been held about the possibility of us obtaining some fire trucks.  There are a number of fire trucks that have already been donated to Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth,” he said.The Minister further noted that the Ministry has also been successful in negotiating two trucks from Japan to boost the fleet of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).last_img read more

The night the RCMP secretly kept an eye on future prime minister

first_imgOTTAWA — He was almost a decade away from becoming prime minister but the two RCMP constables on surveillance duty that January night seemed to have no difficulty recognizing Pierre Trudeau, even if they misspelled his name.The Mounties in the shadows diligently noted he was among eight people who entered a Montreal home in the early evening 60 years ago this Wednesday.A four-page RCMP memo says Pierre Elliot Trudeau (the constable who wrote up the report omitted the second ‘t’ in Elliott) arrived at the home of artist Jean Palardy, who lived in an apartment not far from Mount Royal.The declassified, though still heavily censored, memo provides a glimpse into the workings of the national police force’s attentive Cold War security apparatus.The RCMP would later keep a watchful eye over Trudeau, who became prime minister in 1968, to protect him from harm. They would also become well-acquainted with his children, including young Justin, who followed in his father’s political footsteps.But on Jan. 16, 1959, the Mounties secretly took note of the 39-year-old Trudeau’s presence at the Friday gathering of prominent members of the era’s cultural intelligentsia.The future Liberal leader was then a university lecturer and public intellectual, playing a key role in the influential journal Cite Libre. Just days earlier, a plaster cast had been removed from the leg he’d broken in a skiing accident.The Canadian Press obtained the RCMP memo, filed under “Revolutionary & Subversive Activities — Montreal, Quebec,” from Library and Archives Canada through the Access to Information Act. It was among hundreds of pages the force’s security branch compiled on another Quebec luminary, Rene Levesque, who would become Trudeau’s prime foil in the national-unity battles to come.Levesque, a journalist with the French-language CBC at the time, was not there that winter evening, nor is he mentioned in the portions of the memo made public.However, his CBC colleague Herbert Steinhouse and wife Tobie — a painter whose work now hangs in many fine galleries — were among those who arrived at Palardy’s home, as the Mounties duly recorded, between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.Other guests were poet and legal scholar Frank Scott and wife Marion (misidentified in the RCMP memo as Miriam), who was behind the wheel of their green Meteor sedan. Trudeau had been friendly for more than a decade with Scott, a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner of the NDP.Documentary filmmaker Jim Beveridge and wife Margaret, who met while working at the National Film Board, arrived at the soiree in their grey Chevy station wagon.The focus of the RCMP’s attention, however, appeared to be Abdelkader Chanderli, the North American chief of the liberation movement fighting for Algerian independence. He had travelled from New York to speak to a meeting of Quebec’s Social Democratic Party.Chanderli, the Steinhouses and an unidentified woman left Palardy’s home at 8:30 p.m., climbed into a 1952 Hillman and headed to the speech at the nearby Workmen’s Circle Centre, the RCMP memo says.Herbert Steinhouse, a senior CBC producer, was keenly interested in strife-torn Algeria, having travelled extensively in North Africa in the late 1940s. Steinhouse’s well-received 1958 novel “Ten Years After,” drew on his knowledge of the troubled French colony.The author was in great demand at the time among the couple’s circle of acquaintances, Tobie Steinhouse, 93, recalled in an interview. “They were anxious to speak to my husband because his book had just come out, and there was great fuss about the book at the time.”She crossed paths with Trudeau from time to time during those years and remembers his “wonderful mind” and seemingly boundless curiosity. “He could encompass all kinds of things and all kinds of people.”The fact Trudeau was mentioned in the RCMP memo — though not the focus of attention — suggests he was a target of security-service interest to some degree, said Steve Hewitt, a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and co-author of the recent Just Watch Us, a history of RCMP scrutiny of the women’s movement.The Mounties viewed social connections as a kind of spiderweb, following strands to see who might warrant further investigation, said Hewitt. “So in this case Trudeau is known to them, he is under surveillance. He doesn’t seem to be the main target, but they certainly were able to identify him without any trouble.”The RCMP security branch’s widespread surveillance of people and groups suspected of challenging the established order would not become commonly known until two decades later.Dubious tactics — such as unauthorized break-ins and opening of mail — would lead to disbandment of the RCMP security branch and creation in 1984 of the civilian Canadian Security Intelligence Service.Upon learning the Mounties were watching that evening in Montreal decades ago, Tobie Steinhouse voiced some uneasiness, suggesting it’s even easier to keep tabs on people in the current age of advanced electronics.“You never know who’s looking over your shoulder, or for what.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter  Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more