Prince & Stevie Wonder Secretly Jammed At The White House Last Weekend

first_imgAs if Prince jamming with The Alabama Shakes wasn’t enough…On Saturday night, The Purple One hosted a very special, secret concert at the White House for President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia. The concert was reportedly in celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month, though details remain scarce.The NY Post’s Page Six confirmed that Prince brought out Stevie Wonder for a surprise duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” during the show.We also know that Prince played “Purple Rain” and “Kiss,” and that Russell Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Ciara, James Taylor, Tyler Perry, and Angela Bassett were among the 500 people in attendance.The following night, Prince played two shows at Washington DC’s Warner Theatre as part of his spontaneous “Hit n Run” tour. He was initially only supposed to play one show, but the first sold-out, so he added a second. Wonder actually joined in for the second show, coming out to play some keys on his hit track, “Superstition.” Watch a fan-shot clip of that below (before Prince takes it down!)last_img read more

Group discusses new budget

first_imgMembers passed the new budget for the 2011-2012 academic year during the weekly Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. Student body president Nicole Gans opened the floor for the new budget by presenting the newest components. “We have had an overall budget decrease from last year of 30 percent and therefore adjustments have been made throughout the budget to accommodate these changes,” she said. Gans began the meeting by emphasizing its main goal was to pass the budget. “We really did not have as much rollover this year because of the decrease,” she said. “We did not have control over this. This cut just had to happen.” Since the College has had a decrease in enrollment the past two years, the budget had to be minimized, she said. The money for the budget comes directly from the money grossed by students, which is why the decrease was inevitable. Technology commissioner Maureen Parsons explained how each section of SGA would receive their own portions of the new budget. “We took the rollover from last year and took in the purpose of each board as well as events being planned for this year to determine what each group receives for the budget,” Parsons said. Executive treasurer Liz Busam stressed the importance of passing the new budget before the end of the night when more than one question rose from the governing body. “The longer we go without passing the budget, the more time goes by before we can give everyone her own budget for the year,” Busam said. After putting forth the motion to pass the new budget, 13 members of SGA agreed to pass it out of the 19 members who voted, reaching the required two-thirds majority. In addition to the budget, SGA also approved the bylaws and amendments of the governing documents.last_img read more

ND Votes adapts to COVID-19 restrictions ahead of elections

first_imgND Votes, a student-run nonpartisan task force committed to promoting civic engagement, is switching their programming to a virtual format ahead of the upcoming election season. Co-chaired by seniors Rachel Sabnani and Michael Marotta, the task force consists of liaisons from each dorm, representatives from several issue-based clubs and interested students without any specific affiliation. It is supported by the Center for Social Concerns, the Rooney Center for American Democracy and the Constitutional Studies Minor. ND Votes’s primary concerns are to increase voter education, mobilization and registration; moreover, according to Sabnani, a constant goal is to provide a healthy environment for civil discourse.“We have an underlying motive to promote civil discourse, so we partner with a lot of other organizations such as BridgeND, College Republicans, College Democrats and the Student Government to promote events that go well with civil discourse,” Sabnani said. The signature event of ND Votes is “Pizza, Pop and Politics” –– a lecture series in Geddes Hall which typically features Notre Dame professors lecturing about an issue related to civic engagement. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the task force has partnered with Notre Dame Student Media to broadcast the lecture series as a podcast dubbed “Pizza, Pod and Politics.”Marotta hopes the podcast will be an exciting way to stress the importance of civic engagement to the community.“Our goal with the podcast is to reach as many students as possible on campus and even outside the campus community to just spread that word that … civic engagement is important,” Marotta said. “It’s not just politics. These are matters that affect real lives.”The podcast plans to feature a variety of members from the Notre Dame community, including former head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw, in order to provide unique perspectives that expand community members’ understanding of the election. The task force also wants “Pizza, Pod and Politics” to be a hub for information about the election.Marotta said that he hopes the podcast will “make the entire process more accessible and more understandable.”With the election occurring in November, Sabnani stressed that voter registration is a “huge part” of ND Votes’s mission for the year.To aid students in registering to vote and requesting absentee ballots, ND Votes created a general election guide. The guide contains details for each state and territory on how to register and request a ballot. With mail-in voting expected to increase this year due to the pandemic, Marotta and Sabnani stressed the importance of Notre Dame students voting in a timely manner.“Notre Dame students typically vote by mail anyway, but now that everyone’s going to be voting by mail, it’s really important to get the ballots in way sooner,” Sabnani said.Following the first task force meeting, each dorm liaison and club representative received a QR code that can be scanned to provide access to the general election guide for students. Sabnani said the virtual guide is a replacement for information tables that are typically set up around campus and other in-person events that encourage voter registration. “That’s basically how we combatted the virtual nature of the semester, whereas normally we’re tabling in person to get people registered and handing them our own computers and all that sort of stuff, which is obviously not the best idea during the pandemic,” Sabnani said.Marotta and Sabnani, who have both been involved with ND Votes since their freshman years, said that the ultimate purpose of ND Votes is to help students understand the importance of their vote. Marotta urged students to not take their right to vote for granted.“To people who say that their vote doesn’t matter, I completely disagree,” Marotta said. “It matters every single time. You can’t tell me that your vote doesn’t matter because it always affects real people in real life.”Tags: 2020 election, 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, mail-in voting, ND Votes, Pizza Pod and Politics, Pizza Pop and Politicslast_img read more

Victim found dead on sidewalk, police investigate

first_imgStaff reportBEAUMONT — Beaumont police early Sunday responded to a call on Irving Avenue, where they found a victim dead on the sidewalk. An issued statement said the “check welfare” call came at 2:46 a.m. on Irving Avenue’s 2600 block.Beaumont Emergency Medical Services pronounced the victim dead. Cause of death was not known; an autopsy was expected.center_img The victim was identified as Eustiseu Rocha, 58.last_img

Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams taking on 2016 Cardiff Triathlon

first_imgVelindre will once again be the official charity of the Cardiff Triathlon; and Head of Fundraising at the cancer centre, Andrew Morris is delighted by the news. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Velindre Cancer Centre to be the official charity of the Cardiff Triathlon for the second year running,” Morris said.“After a tremendous event last year, which raised thousands of pounds for our patients and their families, we’re incredibly excited & grateful to be involved in what we’re sure will be another great success organized by the Always Aim High Events team!”The Cardiff Triathlon is located in the iconic Cardiff Bay area. Entrants will swim in Cardiff Bay, which has ‘exemplary swimming standards’. Then cycle on flat closed roads around Cardiff and finish with a run out to the Cardiff Bay Barrage. The event village and transition zone will be held on Roald Dahl Plass in front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.The Cardiff Triathlon will feature an Olympic (1500m/40K/10K) a Sprint (750m/20K/5K) and a brand new Super-Sprint (400m/10K/2.5K) race positioned for all abilities. The Cardiff Triathlon is a fully closed road event, so ‘you can really rack up the speed and smash it around the fast, flat roads of Cardiff!’Always Aim High Events Director, Tim Lloyd, is delighted to welcome Shane to the second instalment of the Cardiff race. “Shane Williams is a Welsh legend and we couldn’t be more excited to have him at our race. We are also very proud of our association with Velindre and it’s fantastic to have them on board once again.”Lloyd added, “The 2016 edition of the Cardiff Triathlon is set to be the biggest to date. Not only are we expecting hundreds more entrants, but we have had to split the race over two days to keep up with the demand.”He continued, “Not only do we get a lot of experienced athletes taking part in the race but it’s perfect for complete novices as well. If you’ve never taken on a triathlon challenge before then Cardiff is the event for you. The traffic free course makes it perfect for anyone nervous on the bike, and time of year means the water shouldn’t be too cold either! Not only that but we’ve added a super-sprint distance to ensure everybody has a race they can participate in!” Always Aim High Events has announced that Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams, will be competing in one of Wales’ top sporting events – the Cardiff Triathlon.The Cardiff Triathlon is a fast, flat triathlon held on completely closed roads around the iconic Welsh capital. The 2016 event will take place on 25-26 June and the organisers note that already hundreds of people have signed up to join Shane on the start line.Shane Williams will be competing in the Cardiff Triathlon to raise money and awareness for the Cardiff based cancer hospital, Velindre. Velindre Cancer Centre is the largest non-surgical cancer Hospital in Wales and has been providing support and care to cancer patients for nearly 60 years.Williams is looking forward to the challenge ahead. He said, “I’m delighted to be taking part in the Cardiff Triathlon, such a spectacular event showcasing our capital city! An amazing course for a triathlon! I’m really pleased that it will be supporting Velindre Cancer Centre, where I’m an ambassador, with a limited number of exclusive places and fundraising packages. I’m looking forward to being one of the thousands taking part.” Relatedlast_img read more

JoCo commission approves $1.25 billion budget that holds mill rate steady — but worries about revenue linger

first_imgWith no small amount of angst, the Johnson County Commission approved a $1.25 billion budget Thursday.Commissioners repeated their concerns about upcoming court cases involving the property valuations of commercial properties that are under appeal, but ultimately gave a final okay for a budget that keeps the taxing rate steady at 26.013 mills as property values have increased.“It’s seven people trying to come together to look out for the overall interests for the county and it takes compromise. None of us are getting everything we wanted in this budget,” said Commissioner Steve Klika.Commissioner Mike Brown voted against the budget, saying the county was not planning sufficiently for the potential loss of revenue from “dark store theory” appeals.With the budget haggling over such things as parks and public transit completed, commissioners focused their comments Thursday on the potential of a crisis if big box retailers win their push to lower property values and other retailers follow suit. Several national corporations have won tax board appeals that challenged the method the county appraiser used to assign a value to their stores for taxing purposes. If they win the ensuing court appeals, the county, schools and cities could face shortfalls of at least $133 million, according to an analysis prepared last winter by the appraiser’s office.Commissioner Mike Brown, one of two votes against the budget, expressed disappointment that the county has not enacted a plan in case the stores win retroactive tax refunds. He called the budget “reckless and irresponsible.”“The taxpayer has been misled in my opinion by a disingenuous charade perpetrated by a former county appraiser and possibly others and it happened right before our very eyes,” he said.Former county appraiser Paul Welcome, who retired this year, has said that he followed the Kansas state guidelines in setting commercial property values. Commission Chairman Ed Eilert pointed out later that Welcome received high marks from professional appraiser associations.Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, the other no vote, interjected a calming note. Ashcraft recalled the worry five years ago over the phase-out of a paperwork filing fee on mortgages and the expected shortfall then. The county has managed to deal with those repercussions, he said.“Mr. Brown raises legitimate concerns but I have no doubt we will survive it. It may be painful, it may be difficult at some venues, but we will get through it,” he said.Commissioner Jim Allen was sanguine, pointing out that the county has delivered top quality services for its residents and has maintained itself as a place where people want to move. Continuing to support parks and libraries has been the right thing to do, he said.Chairman Ed Eilert also said the dire predictions of lost revenue don’t take into account the developments now under construction that will eventually add to the tax rolls.Before the vote, county budget director Scott Neufeld told commissioners it could take two more years for the first cases to make it to the Kansas Supreme Court. Although the county doesn’t have an immediate contingency plan, he said reserve funds could be a short term option. He mentioned the health care reserve as a possibility but added that it’s subject to sudden spikes in claims.Commissioner Becky Fast said she’d doesn’t like the idea of using reserves because they should be set aside for disasters like floods and tornadoes. “Reserves are when you have those kinds of extreme events, not for making up budget deficits.”However Fast said her constituents have been concerned and asked for more information. The commission will schedule a study session on the topic later this year.The county budget is only part of a homeowner’s total tax bill. Most of the property tax dollars go toward schools, and cities also take a piece.last_img read more

Assess with NPS

first_imgEvaluate new members’ service Karen BankstonAt the big-picture level, Net Promoter Score shows an overall view of member loyalty, based on the likelihood members would recommend the credit union to others. Now, Member Loyalty Group, Chicago, is tightening the NPS focus to help credit unions evaluate their new member onboarding experience and how quickly new members can become loyal.Among the credit union service organization’s 50 client credit unions, the “Relationship NPS” among new members averaged 69 percent at year-end, with higher-performing credit unions registering an average 6 points higher. Both groups are trending generally upward since these credit unions began focusing on improving the new member experience in 2009.These findings underscore “that it’s possible to build strong relationships with members from the beginning, instead of writing it off with the assumption that it takes a while to build loyalty,” says Member Loyalty Group Program Director Rebecca Secor, a CUES member.“As a point of comparison, we measure several other transaction experiences by asking members for their feedback immediately following various experiences with the credit union,” she explains. Figure I, below, shows the average NPS calculated for branch and new product experiences as well as for new members: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Partners in crime

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Pru’s Redhill centre full for first time

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Toyota’s Mark Saxonberg Elected NASTF Chair For 2017

first_imgMark Saxonberg, manager of alternate fuel vehicles and the environment for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. has been deeply involved in the development of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) for much of its 17-year history. NASTF members have elected Saxonberg to serve as the organization’s 2017 chair of the board.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementIn addition, five expiring directors were re-elected to serve additional three-year terms through Dec. 31, 2019.Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors, becomes immediate past-chair following his service as chair in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Steve Douglas, senior director of environmental affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, was re-elected as vice-chair and John Lypen, industry relations director for Motor Information Systems continues as treasurer/secretary.Re-elected to new three-year terms were: Saxonberg, Donny Seyfer of Seyfer Automotive, Bill Long of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, Claude Hensley of Lockman Locksmith of Florida and Aaron Lowe of the Auto Care Association.Directors continuing with unexpired terms include Scott Brown of iATN, Chris Chesney of Advance Auto Parts Pro/CARQUEST Tech Institute, Douglas, Doug Greenhaus of NADA, Bill Moss of Euro Service Automotive, Pennebaker, Lypen, Greg Potter of the Equipment & Tool Institute, Julia Rege of the Association of Global Automakers and Bob Stewart of General Motors/ACDelco.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.”  The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisementcenter_img Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament.last_img read more