Former Colombian Rebels’ Musical Project Will Tour Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo December 01, 2009 The Colombian government’s musical project “Sing with Me for Reintegration,” in which eight former rebels from that country participate, will tour London, Brussels, and Madrid in December, according to diplomatic sources. The twelve members of the group, who perform their musical compositions vocally and with instruments, will appear in Madrid on 10 December at America House, following a prior rehearsal in the Spanish capital on 5 December and the concerts scheduled in the United Kingdom and Belgium. The High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia, Frank Pearl, is expected to attend the Madrid concert, according to the same diplomatic sources. The program, which has issued a CD with thirteen songs with messages in favor of reintegration and social reconciliation, was developed by the Colombian government’s Office of the High Presidential Counselor for Reintegration and has the support of Colombian singer-songwriter Fonseca, the winner of a Latin Grammy in 2006. The nine men and three women who make up the group went through a two-and-a-half-month process of musical training, after being selected from among 153 hopefuls in auditions held in eleven Colombian cities. As a result of the Justice and Peace Act, in seven years more than 51,000 individuals have been demobilized, around 32,000 of them belonging to right-wing paramilitary groups and more than 15,000 of them members of the FARC.last_img read more

To what do you attach your brand?

first_imgMission Statement…Positioning Statement…Tag Line…Core Values…These branding efforts emanate from within an organization and form the foundation of the organization’s public image. Successful branding is an outward reflection of the internal messaging and vice versa.Imagine how disingenuous an organization would appear if outwardly it attached its name to that which is incongruent with its espoused values, mission, and positioning.To what do you attach your brand?The nation’s oldest, continuous academic quiz competition is embarking on its 70th season. Hi-Q began in 1948 as a high school radio quiz program founded and sponsored by Scott Paper, which was based outside Philadelphia, PA. After a generation or so and a few adjustments to the program’s format, Scott Paper brought the high school program to its hub cities around the country.When Scott Paper announced its sale to Kimberly-Clark, the future of this outlet for scholastically astute teenagers was uncertain, but several organizations immediately seized the opportunity to serve their respective communities by keeping Hi-Q alive. In the program’s birthplace, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) stepped up to help fund Delco Hi-Q, keeping the academic sport viable in 21 high schools.Steeped in financial literacy initiatives, “leading with education” was at the forefront of FMFCU’s community service. CEO John D. Unangst saw sponsoring Delco Hi-Q as a natural progression of the CU’s outreach. In 2006, FMFCU went all-in and began co-managing the program with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, which included raising funds to support Delco Hi-Q by forging relationships with organizations that shared their vision for bolstering education in the community.Today, Hi-Q is played in four states. Three of the four programs are sponsored by community financial institutions. Like FMFCU in Pennsylvania, New Horizons Credit Union attached its name to Hi-Q in Mobile, Alabama and Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust funds Hi-Q in Marinette, Wisconsin. Monroe Public Schools runs Hi-Q in Washington.The ROI for these supporting organizations is immeasurable. In the words of Ben Franklin, “an investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.”Internally, the message employees see and hear is that their employer walks the talk. The public message is, “we support our community.” The effort is congruent, it’s genuine, and it’s salable because more than a mere PR campaign, championing education makes a tangible, lasting impact on communities.Consider the consequences when deciding to what your organization will attach its brand and reputation. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

Gold Coast beach cottage held in the one family for 60 years hits the market

first_imgBrian and Janette Gibson have lived at 215 Hedges Ave since 2002. Brian’s mother originally purchased the property in 1958. Picture, John GassA FAMILY who bought a Gold Coast beach cottage for a few thousand pounds in the late 1950s stands to make more than $5 million on the sale of their property.Brian and Janette Gibson have reluctantly put their Mermaid Beach house, held in the family for 60 years, on the market at $5.3 million.215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach has stood the test of time. Mr Gibson’s late mother Barbie bought 215 Hedges Ave in 1958 after selling her Surfers Paradise property.The property was passed down to her three sons before Brian and wife Janette bought out his brothers by 1985.“She (Barbie) and her husband had a property in Surfers Paradise but as far as she was concerned Surfers was getting too busy and noisy,” Janette Gibson said.“Then she saw this Mermaid Beach property — at that stage there were only gravel roads.”The house was used as a holiday home for the Gibson family throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.Brian and Janette Gibson have lived at 215 Hedges Ave since 2002. Brian’s mother originally purchased the property in 1958. Picture, John Gass 215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach — what a view!center_img 215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our children and grandchildren have known it all their lives as a house for holidays,” Ms Gibson said.“It was always a lovely family area and that was why everybody loved it.“Growing up, there were a lot of children living nearby who were all similar ages to our four children.“I remember our eldest daughter had a birthday in January and we had about 25 children from the neighbourhood at the house.”In 2002, Brian and Janette decided to take up residence in the beachfront house.They said they could never have imagined what Mermaid Beach and particularly Hedges Ave would become.MORE NEWS: Gold Coast mega mansion sells in a deal worth more than $9 millionMORE NEWS: Tom Williams unlikely career change215 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach is in a prime beachfront location.“The changes to the suburb have been unbelievable. We’ve seen it go ahead in leaps and bounds,” Ms Gibson said.While the couple said they would be sad to leave the cottage, the time had come to sell.“All of our children’s friends have said ‘oh you’re not selling it’ and our friends have said the same thing,” Ms Gibson said.“They remember the lovely times we’ve had here and the times they have come and stayed here.”The cottage has been extended and modernised but is well-maintained with some of its original fittings.John Natoli of The Agency is marketing the 405sq m property — one of 29 corner blocks on the well-known “millionaires row’’.“It provides a rare opportunity to purchase a decreasing supply of beachfront land suitable for the creation of a beachfront mansion,” Mr Natoli said.Hedges Ave holds the record for the highest sale on the Gold Coast when, in 2008, BreakFree founder Tony Smith sold an uncompleted mansion in Hedges Ave to later-failed internet whiz Daniel Tzvetkoff for $27 million.last_img read more

Middle school student arrested for the shooting death of a St. Lucie man

first_imgAuthorities in St. Lucie County say they have arrested a 15-year-old for the shooting death of an 18-year-old man.The incident occurred on April 23rd in front of the victim’s home on 900 block of Fra Mar Place.A neighbor told detectives that they heard gunfire around 2:00pm and when they went outside, they found Jeremy Porter laying dead in his yard.In a press conference on Monday, Sheriff Mascara told reporters that the teen suspect went to the victim’s home to conduct some sort of transaction, however, during the transaction, the teen pulled out a gun and shot Porter once before fleeing the scene.Officials has since located the teen and have taken him into custody on a homicide charge.Authorities are also reporting that they are still investigating the incident, and that other arrest may be made.Porter leaves behind a 1-month-old.If you believe you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office at 772-462-3230, or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.last_img read more

Lamontagne thriving on speed, looks to develop decision-making as Syracuse heads to Miami

first_img Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Liam: [email protected] What Alex Lamontagne has can’t be coached.In the constant movement of soccer, an extra burst of unmatched speed is highly valued by coaches. It’s why Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon is excited by the freshman forward and what she’s brought to the team so far this season.“You can teach the technical part of the game, but her speed, that’s what separates her from other players,” Wheddon said. “She’s certainly been very, very dangerous because of it.”Lamontagne’s speed often puts her in one-on-one situations, but she’s still refining her split-second decision-making skills. Sometimes she takes too many touches and gets closed down by defenders instead of releasing the ball to a teammate sooner, Wheddon said. It’s those finer, technical points that she’ll be looking to sharpen when the Orange (3-4-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces Miami (2-7, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cobb Stadium in Coral Gables, Florida.While she’s recorded three goals and an assist this season, the continued learning and improvement will have to happen in a trial by fire of sorts as SU gets into the second half of its schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLamontagne has started eight games and played in all 10, but with the team’s last nine regular-season games coming against the ACC — largely regarded as the best conference in women’s college soccer — Syracuse will need its second-leading scorer on the field producing and getting better.“My teammates have been pushing me a lot in practice and games,” said Lamontagne. “They want me to be the best I can be.”Lamontagne said her teammates often pull her aside in both practices and games in order to help her learn — especially about decisions where she has to quickly either pass or shoot. She credits a lot of the success she’s enjoyed so far this year as a freshman to her teammates and their level of communication on and off the field.In the team’s last game, a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati, Lamontagne started at outside midfielder. Her responsibilities included covering the entire right side of the field, helping track down players defensively while still creating and making runs forward on offense.“My style of play is technical,” Lamontagne said. “I try to use my speed to get past some defenders, be aggressive and use my body to push into the ball.”If the Orange is going to reach the ACC tournament this season, the team is likely to need more production and finishing. And Syracuse may look to Lamontagne, whose average of two shots per game is third-best on the team.“She’s definitely exceeded expectations since getting here,” sophomore defender Maddie Iozzi said. “There’s always room for improvement though and I feel like she’ll get a lot stronger throughout the year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

JK police did commendable job in probing terror cases: DGP

first_imgSrinagar, Dec 30 (PTI) The police had done an appreciable job in probing the cases related to terrorism and law-and- order over the last one year in Jammu and Kashmir, which had helped bring the perpetrators of the crimes to justice, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said here today.He was addressing the police personnel at a programme held in DPL, Srinagar.”I am proud of the achievements of the Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, whose efforts have brought laurels. The work and dedication of our police have been recognised by the citizens of the country and top functionaries of the government.”The police have done an appreciable job in investigating the cases related to terrorism, law-and-order in the past one year, which has helped bring the perpetrators of the crimes to justice,” the DGP said.Highlighting the welfare measures taken by the police with the help of the state government, Vaid said some proposals with regard to rank promotions and health were under the consideration of the government.He added that he and his team would continue to strive for more welfare measures in the coming year.Vaid said the Centre had agreed in principle to provide funds for the construction of 3,000 quarters at Srinagar and 2,000 at Jammu for the safe housing of police personnel.For their work, 93 officers and jawans were decorated with ranks and conversion orders of 146 special police officers (SPOs) as constables were distributed on the occasion.Meanwhile, at another function, Vaid expressed the desire that the kin of those policemen killed in action be invited as chief guests and honoured at police-public partnership programmes.advertisementSpeaking at the valedictory function of the Zonal Police Level Sports Festival-2017, held at the Sher-i-Kashmir indoor stadium here, where Zohra Rashid, the daughter of assistant sub-inspector of police Abdul Rashid Shah, who was killed by militants in south Kashmirs Anantnag in August, was the chief guest, the DGP complimented the police for inviting her. PTI SSB RClast_img read more