Governments to step up fight against financial crime

first_img OSFI reviewing its anti-money laundering rules Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter B.C.’s anti-money laundering effort flawed: C.D. Howe On the heels of British Columbia’s recent efforts to combat money laundering and related financial crimes, other Canadian governments are pledging to toughen their own financial crime-fighting efforts.Following a meeting, federal and provincial ministers with jurisdiction in this area pledged to boost law enforcement and to improve the transparency of beneficial ownership information, as B.C. has done in response to its widely reported money laundering problems. FINTRAC fines money services firm Keywords Money laundering Share this article and your comments with peers on social media To start, the ministers agreed to consult on making beneficial ownership information more transparent, “through initiatives such as aligning access through public registries,” they said in a joint statement.Earlier this year, B.C. announced plans for a new public land registry that would provide information on property owners, along with reforms requiring private companies to track the true owners of their shares.The measures are designed to eliminate the use of shell companies and other corporate veils to hide the true ownership of assets.“Our goal is to target criminals that use corporations to hide or launder money, without deterring the majority of good corporate citizens from conducting their regular business activities,” the ministers said in their statement.While consultations will provide an opportunity to raise privacy and compliance concerns, the governments also pledged to follow through with plans to shine a light into beneficial ownership information.“If legislative gaps in beneficial ownership transparency are not closed, they will continue to be exploited by organized crime groups and white-collar criminals,” they said.As for law enforcement, the ministers agreed that they “should intensify efforts to investigate and prosecute financial criminals, and recover proceeds of crime using criminal and civil processes.”They also agreed to develop cross-government anti-money laundering best practices by January 2020. tax inspector investigating financial documents through magnifying glass, forensic accounting or financial forensics, inspecting offshore company financial papers, documents and reports. 123RF James Langton last_img read more

Turkuaz Leads The Funky Charge In Seattle

first_imgLoad remaining images Halloween weekend began perfectly last Thursday, October 29th, at Tractor Tavern in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA, with Turkuaz headlining and The Quick and Easy Boys and Fabulous Party Boys providing some funky support.When the Quick and Easy Boys took the stage, the crowd was thin and standing towards the back of the room. Within only a few short minutes, it was clear that they were not the type of band to let this get to them. Bassist Sean Badders wasted no time, filling the room with his deep, booming vocals while helping to create an infectious groove that got the small crowd moving. One song segued into another after a nice improv section, and Badders stepped back to the mic to deliver a wonderful falsetto. Anchored by guitarist Jimmy Russell’s harmony vocals, they pushed forward into more improvisation. Drummer Casey Anderson stole the show in this improv section with strong, jazzy cymbal work as he accelerated the tempo and pushed the band to new heights. The segment continued with Funkadelic inspired jamming, eventually giving way to a great cover of Frank Zappa’s “Willie the Pimp”.All in all, they did not pause once in the first 36 minutes after taking the stage, an impressive and unexpected feat. The deft segues and improvisational work left little doubt that this alt-rock trio is a jamband as well. At that point in the show, the Portland-based musicians introduced themselves to the crowd, and then broke it down again for another few tunes before leaving the stage with the crowd warmed up and ready to go.Seattle locals the Fabulous Party Boys took the stage next. The crowd had grown a larger by this point, and the band did a great job of keeping them dancing. Their wonderful horn section (including a tuba, trumpet and saxophone) gave them a nice, full sound that acted as the perfect bridge between the power trio jamming of the Quick and Easy Boys and the full wall-of-sound coming up next from the 9-piece Turkuaz. Vocalist Mama T was in the Halloween spirit a couple of days early with a shiny gold outfit and painted face. Her singing was soulful, but the lyrics were very fun and happy. Great tuba work by Jon Hansen allowed them to keep their groove remarkably smooth, and this helped them to totally pack the dancefloor area by the end of their set.At this point, the anticipation in the air was palpable. The crowd had gotten to dance quite a lot already, and people were ready to lose control of their bodies completely. As Turkuaz took the stage, with all 9 members each dressed in their own (different) solid color outfit, the atmosphere was electric. The band quickly launched into the first track off their latest LP, Digitonium, titled “Introduction”. This album saw them venture further into digital effects and wall-of-sound style production than their previous work, and that aspect was reproduced immaculately in the live setting. “Introduction” was stretched out a bit by a wind synthesizer solo from tenor saxophonist Greg Sanderson. Most of the crowd had never seen this instrument before and busting it out on the first song was a great indicator of how weird the rest of the set would become. Another Digitonium track, “Percy Thrills, the Moondog” came next and helped to really get the crowd moving again.The next segment saw some older material dusted off, with a resounding version of the title track of their previous album, Future 86. In the chorus of this song, frontman/guitarist Dave Brandwein states bluntly that “the future is coming now,” which is a statement that Turkuaz’s music certainly lends credence to. Their inimitable brand of funk is indeed far ahead of its time. Vocalists Sammi Garett and Shira Elias really took over as the band launched next into another Future 86 track, “Snap Your Fingers”.At this point nearly every member of the crowd was dancing with reckless abandon, as the power funk party came into full swing. The band masterfully dialed in a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Babies Making Babies”, which featured baritone saxophonist Josh Schwartz soulfully screaming out the end vocal section, which was positively shocking to all in attendance. There were points during this where his voice sounded as if he had never put down his saxophone. The cover segued into “Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ Good,” off their 2011 album, Zebert. This track is quite possibly their weirdest song, featuring a call and response style chorus of “Get out the womb! Get out the womb! Now cut the cord! Now cut the cord!” Guitarists Brandwein and Craig Brodhead used this weird energy to set the stage for an epic jazz style guitar battle. After a few minutes, drummer Michelangelo Carubba entered the spotlight as he began to interplay with the guitarists. His drumming was on display at its most powerful here as the three musicians worked through a complex series of synchronized pauses as seamlessly as if they were one person. They proved themselves unafraid to lay out the full extent of their Berklee education onstage, and the audience reacted with lots of enthusiasm.After a short pause, the band played a great rendition of Digitonium track “The Generator”. This song has some of the most impressive harmony vocals of any Turkuaz track, and showcased the full glut of vocal talent available onstage. The lyrical content of this song was particularly appropriate for the middle of their set, instructing the audience to start up the generator and keep chuggin’ along, even though it was getting late. Next up was a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1978 hit “Every1’s a Winner”. This feel good tune continued the excellent vocal work from the dynamic duo of Garett and Elias, eventually giving way to an excellent, grooving jam lead by bassist Taylor Shell.Dave Brandwein took the spotlight back over as the band moved into “Coast to Coast” from their 2011 self-titled album. This was perhaps the most infectiously groovy tune of the evening, with Brandwein’s distorted, spoken-word style vocals telling an autobiographical story of starting a band and “moving down the road” on tour. This track is one of the most characteristic of their unique style in their entire catalog.The next track was an unreleased original, “Gogo Mr. Dodo”. This tune was fairly horn-focused, featured a nice dual saxophone part, and definitely offered trumpet and keyboard player Chris Brouwers a chance to shine as well. The band returned to Digitonium next by playing “Digital Love”, an 80s disco-funk style track that featured heavy synthesizer use from Brouwers and Brodhead. The talk-box vocals were a really neat effect that helped this track act as a time machine to an 80s nightclub. To close the set, they chose to play “Chatte Lunatique”, another track off Zebert. This song was one of the most fun of the night, with Brandwein and Brodhead playing a super danceable dual-guitar funk riff throughout. By the end, the whole room was singing along about the “crazy cat.”The band took the stage once more, and Brandwein and Shell both smiled big and began a beautiful rendition of the Al Green song “Take Me to the River”, as per my request to Brandwein before the show. This classic was, of course, redefined when the Talking Heads covered it in a funk/soul/pop style on their 1978 album, More Songs About Buildings and Food. Turkuaz’s version draws the most heavily from that cover, and what we heard was unquestionably the most authentic Talking Heads cover. Brandwein, Garett and Elias absolutely nailed the vocal parts, and the atmosphere was positively jubilant for those of us who stuck it out until the end. All 9 band members went out of their way to recreate the dizzying, percussive effects seen onstage in the Stop Making Sense Talking Heads live film. It is always wonderful to see artists pay tribute some of their favorite influences, and this evening we were lucky enough to see takes on Turkuaz’s two biggest influences, Sly and the Family Stone and the Talking Heads.Following the conclusion of the encore, I got to stick around and meet the majority of the band. They were all extremely gracious and excited to talk to the fans. It was great to see that this level of interactivity was not just an onstage persona, but that they are all actually that nice of human beings. Seeing them take my song request made my entire day, and I will always remember this as the night that Turkuaz took me from a big fan to devotee status. If you have yet to see them, all I can say is that you should change that. This unstoppable freight train of a band will certainly be in a city near you sometime in the not-too-distant future. This time, you have been warned not to let anything get in the way of seeing one of the highest energy live performances out there.  Words by Coleman Schwartz, check out the full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Scott Shrader:last_img read more

Real Madrid contact Chelsea over Hazard move as Zidane returns

first_imgReal Madrid have made contact with Chelsea about a summer deal for Eden Hazard, the UK Telegraph reports.The LaLiga club is already planning Zinedine Zidane’s first big transfer, after his return was confirmed on Monday.It is believed Real made contact with Chelsea about Hazard, shortly before they announced Zidane would be their new head coach on Monday.Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.Chelsea’s transfer ban could block Hazard from joining Real, as Chelsea would be unable to sign a replacement. However, the club is hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will overrule FIFA’s decision to snub a request to freeze the suspension during the appeal process.The Blues value Hazard at £100million, even though his current deal expires next summer.Zidane has reportedly been handed a £300m transfer kitty.last_img read more

The latest twist in the Pogba-Man Utd saga from agent Raiola

first_img Manchester United, through executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have began talks with the Italian side regarding a transfer for Pogba.  If United to do not end up signing Pogba, who started the Euro 2016 final for France on Sunday (a 1-0 defeat to Portugal), they will turn their attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi, who is also represented by Raiola. “There is a lot of talk about Paul’s future, but maybe he will not leave Juventus. He is in no rush to leave, and Juventus do not want him to go. They want him to renew his contract,” Raiola told The Times.  United are offering the player a five-year deal with a salary worth around 13.5 million euros per season.  Raiola, who has confirmed there are “various clubs interested in [Pogba]”, said that “maybe he will not leave Juventus in the end.” In addition to those two, United have also completed a deal for Villarreal defender Eric Bailly.  11/07/2016 Raiola has already done business with Woodward and United this summer, with Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan, both of whom are represented by the Italian, moving to Old Trafford.  Pogba, 23, is one of the players who Manchester United and Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in this summer.  The French player, who played for United between 2009 and 2012, would cost the English side around 120 million euros, converting him into the most expensive player in the history of football, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.  EFE CEST Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, assured on Monday that the midfielder is “very happy” at Juventus and could renew his contract with the Serie A champions.  “There are various big clubs interested in him, but Paul is not desperate to move. We are very happy at Juventus and they are a club that want to keep their star players.” Upd. at 21:47 last_img read more

Nominations Open For 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards

first_img7. LEADERSHIP AWARD (STUD EMPLOYEES)An award to an individual in a supervisory or managerial role in a thoroughbredstud farm who has displayed leadership and team spirit, shown talent forhorsemanship, consistency and reliability (examples include: head stallionstaff, barn managers, etc.). Qualities:• Observant and intuitive in relation to horse care and welfare• Sets clear goals and cultivates a team-oriented approach to achieve them• Motivates and mentors fellow employees and is valued as a role model in theworkplace• High standard of management skills including organisation and communication• Examples of positive influences on an individual’s and/or a team’sperformance• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the yard, on theroad and at the racecourse• Examples of contribution to employer’s success REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** EDITORIAL USE ONLYIrish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2018, Knightbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath 21/5/2018A general view of the Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff AwardsMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy Nominations are nowopen for the 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards and can be madeonline at www.studandstablestaffawards.ie. The awards encompass 10 categorieswhich carry prizemoney of over €80,000. 2019 marks the fifth year ofGodolphin’s sponsorship of the Irish Stud and Stable Staff Awards which willtake place at The Curragh Racecourse on Tuesday October 29.Godolphin, the global racing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed binRashid Al Maktoum, is the principal sponsor of the Irish Stud and Stable StaffAwards in association with the Irish Stablestaff Association, the Racing Postand Horse Racing Ireland. Godolphin also sponsors the equivalent Stud andStable Staff Awards in America, Australia, Britain and France.Sandra Hughes, Godolphin’s Irish Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ambassador willbe visiting racing yards and stud farms and attending race meetings andbloodstock sales to encourage as many nominations as possible. In addition tonominating online, every trainer, breeder and point-to-point handler willreceive a nomination form. Nomination forms are also available from HorseRacing Ireland’s Head Office at Ballymany, Newbridge, County Kildare. BernardCaldwell from the Irish Stablestaff Association (ISSA) and his colleagues will bedistributing nomination forms at upcoming race meetings. The nomination form isalso available to download from www.studandstablestaffawards.ieNominations are open until Monday June 24 and must be completed online orreturned to the Marketing Department in Horse Racing Ireland by 5pm that day.Joe Osborne, Managing Director, Godolphin Ireland, said: “Godolphin isdelighted to sponsor the Irish awards for the fifth year. The Godolphin Studand Stable Staff Awards showcase the skills, experience and dedication of thehardworking men and women in our industry.”Bernard Caldwell, Irish Stablestaff Association Chairman, said: “The IrishStablestaff Association is very grateful to Godolphin for their continuedcommitment to our stud and stable staff. The awards are a brilliant platform toacknowledge and reward all our dedicated staff working around the country. I would encourage all trainers, breeders, owners and managers to nominatetheir colleagues by Monday June 24”. 2. RACING AND BREEDING SUPPORT SERVICES AWARDAn award to an individual who works in any non-administrative, support servicerole within the thoroughbred racing and breeding sectors. This includes, but isnot limited to, veterinary practices, farriers, horse transport, grounds staffin sales companies or racecourses, horse dentists and physiotherapists. Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s stud to bedivided amongst stud employees. The other two finalists and their studs willeach receive €1,000. Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s yard/stud tobe divided amongst yard/stud employees. The other two finalists and theiryards/studs will each receive €1,000. 6. IN THE SADDLE AWARD (STUD AND STABLE EMPLOYEES)An award to an individual working in a thoroughbred racing yard or stud farmwho has shown exceptional horsemanship, dedication, team spirit and skill inthe saddle such as breaking horses and/or riding-out. 9. DEDICATION TO RACING AND BREEDING AWARDAn award for an individual who has worked for a minimum of 20 years in afull-time position in any area of the thoroughbred breeding and/or racingsectors. Nominees must be currently working in the industry, although personscurrently working part-time (minimum 20 hours per week), having previouslyserved 20 years full-time, may be included. 3. ADMINISTRATION AWARDAn award to an individual who works in an administration role within thethoroughbred racing and breeding sectors. This includes, but is not limited to,racing yard and stud farm secretaries, racecourse administration staff,veterinary practice secretaries, sales companies, Horse Racing Ireland, IrishHorseracing Regulatory Board, any other racing/breeding administration bodies. Qualities:• Enthusiasm and motivation• Evidence of a desire to improve and progress skills and knowledge• Team spirit approach in the workplace• Willingness to learn with examples of involvement in industry events andactivities Prize: Trophy and €2,500 to the winner and €1,000 to the winner’s yard/stud tobe divided amongst yard/stud employees. The other two finalists will eachreceive €500. The Newcomer Award winner will also receive a five dayeducational tour to Dubai with flights and accommodation included. 8. LEADERSHIP AWARD (STABLE EMPLOYEES)An award to an individual in a supervisory or managerial role in a thoroughbredracing yard who sets and maintains high standards of horsemanship, peoplemanagement, communication skills and attention to detail (examples include:head lads, head girls, travelling head staff, etc.). Nominations open until Monday June 24 Qualities:• Dedication to horse welfare and rehabilitation in the workplace• Observant and intuitive with good attention to detail• Ability to work on own initiative• Patient and flexible with good communication skills• Positive influence in the workplace with good team spirit approach• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace• Examples of working with sick and injured horses 10. IRISH RACING EXCELLENCE AWARDWill be presented to one of the winners of the Administration, Horse Care, Inthe Saddle, Leadership (Stud), Leadership (Stable) and Dedication to Racing andBreeding Awards who is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most deservingof recognition for their commitment, hard work, and ongoing contribution to thehigh standards and reputation of the Irish thoroughbred industry. Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s organisationto be divided amongst employees.The other two finalists and their organisations will each receive €1,000.center_img Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s yard/stud tobe divided amongst yard/stud employees. The other two finalists and theiryards/studs will each receive €1,000. Prize: €2,500 to be spent on upgrades of facilities which will benefit stableemployees. 1. RACECOURSE AWARDThe Racecourse Award will be chosen by the Irish Stablestaff Association basedon a quality programme evaluation. The survey evaluates each racecourse on arange of criteria relating to facilities available to stable employees. Theracecourse with the highest score will be selected as the recipient of theGodolphin Stud & Stable Staff Racecourse Award. Qualities:• High standard of organisational, time-management and communication skills• Attention to detail and systems/process driven• Suggests innovations and efficiencies• Positive interactions in the workplace with a team spirit approach• Examples of contributing to employer’s success in breeding and/or racing Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s yard/stud tobe divided amongst yard/stud employees. The other two finalists and theiryards/studs will each receive €1,000. Qualities:• Observant and intuitive in relation to horse care and welfare• Sets clear goals and cultivates a team-oriented approach to achieve them• Motivates and mentors fellow employees and is valued as a role model in theworkplace• High standard of management skills including organisation and communication• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace• Examples of positive influences on an individual’s and/or a team’s performance• Examples of contribution to employer’s success Qualities:• Commitment, dedication and enthusiasm• Extensive industry experience• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace• Examples of how the nominee plays or has played a pivotal role in theiremployer’s success Qualities:• Consistently high standards of work• Positive interactions with stud and racing stable personnel• Examples of contributing to employer’s and/or client’s success in breedingand/or racingPrize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner. The other two finalists will eachreceive €1,000. 10 award categories with over €80,000 prizemoney Qualities:• Works well as part of a team with good communication skills• Consistently observes high standards of health and safety in the workplace• Willingness to learn• Examples of exceptional horsemanship and riding skills TEN AWARD CATEGORIES Prize: Trophy and €4,000 to the winner and €2,000 to the winner’s yard to bedivided amongst yard employees. The other two finalists and their yards willeach receive €1,000. 4. NEWCOMER AWARD (STUD AND STABLE EMPLOYEES)An award to an individual who has been working in any area of the thoroughbredracing and/or breeding sector for less than five years as of Monday February18th, 2019 and who has shown commitment to and ambition for a career in theindustry including a desire to improve and progress their skills and knowledge. 5. HORSE CARE AWARD (STUD AND STABLE EMPLOYEES)An award to an individual working in a thoroughbred racing yard or stud farmwho has shown talent for horsemanship, dedication, reliability, team spirit andattention to detail in their care of horses. Prize: Trophy and €5,000 to the winner and €5,000 to the winner’s organisationto be divided amongst employees.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Julia’s Best Week Ever, July 28, 2016: Summer is too Short!

first_imgShare This!Like most parents, I had all sorts of plans for my daughter over summer break. There would be play dates, arts and crafts, vacations, local field trips, and so much more. There would be time to read books and learn as much as possible. We’d go surfing tidal waves, creating nanobots, or looking for Frankestein’s brain. Finding a dodo bird, painting a continent, or driving each other insane. (Thanks for setting such high expectations, Phineas and Ferb. We almost nailed that last one, though.)Locally, school starts on August 15, and needless to say, many of the plans for greatness never happened. And with the start of school looming ever closer, I decided it was time to play hooky from work and spend a mommy and me morning at the Magic Kingdom.We got up at the crack of dawn to try and make it to the 8 AM rope drop. With the monorails not running, we boarded a ferry boat right at the stroke of 8—not bad at all, all things considered. It was a beautiful summer day, with blue skies and not a cloud on the horizon.I try not to take pictures of other people when I’m in the parks, but I had to snap this one on the way over. Seeing this young girl, not much older than my daughter, seeing the castle for the first time and being so amazingly excited as it got closer and closer—that’s what this whole experience is about.I had booked a couple FastPass+ options the night before, but we had plenty of time to make those happen. Even at 8:15 in the morning, Main Street was still a bustling center of excitement.It is both a surprise and a shame in my view about how many people skip the performers on Main Street. The show is only a couple minutes, but their happiness really can set the right tone for the day.Once we arrived at our first FastPass+ selection, I decided to play a little guessing game with people following the @TouringPlans Twitter account. I tried to see how many people could guess the attraction from this picture.There were some good guesses, and some people got it right from the start. This was clue #2.For anyone who was in doubt what it might be, clue #3 was a total giveaway.Because some people had guessed Winnie the Pooh, and because crowds were still pretty non-existent for anything but the major headliners, we decided that would be our next stop. With no wait whatsoever, we did take a few minutes to play in the interactive queue. (Minus the “honey wall”, because there’s not enough hand sanitizer in the world for that…)My daughter has never been a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, and so this ride isn’t a favorite on her list. Let’s face it, the Heffalumps and Woozles section is more than a little creepy, right?Once we got off of that, it was time for one of her favorite rides, it’s a small world. It was now about quarter of 9, and there still were no crowds to speak of.Some people may be a little unnerved about the ability to pull names “out of thin air” at the end, but it’s something that is rather enjoyable for kids.With her favorite ride done, it was time for my favorite ride—the Haunted Mansion. Again, we played in the interactive queue on the way in because, why not?Truth told, this ride scares my daughter a bit—not because of the ghosts or anything spooky like that, but because of the part where you ride backwards. (She has the same dread of riding Spaceship Earth for the same reason.) Still, somehow we made it through the ride in one piece, with only minimal terror.At this point, it was time for a drink break, and a good time for breakfast. I personally love the waffles at Sleepy Hollow more than Mickey Waffles (yes, I should have to turn in my Disney Fan Card over that). How can you not love this for breakfast, though?We had a second FastPass+ for the day, and my daughter surprised me by choosing the Jungle Cruise. Our skipper was awesome, and dealt very well with the woman sitting next to me who wanted to have her umbrella open during the ride while she was on the boat. Just to be my own kind of weird, I too a picture of the FRONT side of water. You’re welcome.A glance at my work e-mail while my daughter was hunting for hidden Pascals at the Rapunzel tower area let me know that my presence was being….sorely missed. Still, one more ride wouldn’t hurt, right? It’s often a tradition for us that the last ride we get on during a quick visit to the Magic Kingdom is the Peoplemover. No reason to break with tradition….And yes, for those who are wondering, we are riding facing backwards because apparently riding backwards on trams and in the Peoplemover is awesome in my daughter’s mind. Everything else is certain doom.Out of curiosity (and research for an article that I was finishing up), I checked to see if you could access any Pokestops on the Peoplemover. The answer—yes, you can.We grabbed some drinks at Starbucks and made our way back to the tram, our fun-filled mommy and me morning coming to a close. We may not have given a Yeti a shower this summer (seriously, Phineas and Ferb, you set the bar really high!), but we’ve had some fun and made some good memories in a whole summer filled with the Best Week(s) Ever.EPILOGUEFor my daughter’s birthday, she received a LEGO cupcake store kit, which she built during this summer. After a visit to Sprinkles at Disney Springs, she felt that her cupcake store looked a lot like it, except it didn’t have a cupcake ATM. Over the weekend, we went to the LEGO store, she picked out the parts she needed, and designed and built her own working cupcake ATM window to go on the kit that she has. I was so proud of her for coming up with the idea, figuring out the parts she needed, and putting it together so that it looks like it came with the kit, that I had to share the results here. Way to go, Lily!last_img read more

Trump says White House to fight House subpoenas

first_img(AP) President Donald Trump says his White House will be “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by House Democrats in their investigations into his administration.Trump is criticizing those investigations and telling reporters at the White House that he “thought after two years we’d be finished with it.”Democrats have stepped up their inquiries in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.Trump says “it’s enough” and that “we’re fighting all the subpoenas.”One congressional subpoena the administration is expected to challenge has gone out to Don McGahn, former White House counsel who cooperated with Mueller.And the White House is pushing back on other fronts, including House Democratic efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns and his business’ financial records.last_img read more

Top Nonprofit Tips for Social Media

first_imgEditor’s note: Did you miss Social Media Week? Don’t worry, every week can be Social Media Week for your nonprofit with the advice in this guest post from Social Media for Nonprofits founder Ritu Sharma.If your organization is looking to get in on the action, here’s a day-by-day breakdown of some easy-to-implement, yet highly effective tips to get your social engine humming.Monday: Create an Editorial CalendarThe typical nonprofit only allocates .25 full time employees to social media, and actually, you’re better off if this is split between several people with different perspectives and areas of expertise. Let those voices shine. How do you coordinate efforts? A content or editorial calendar is a simple tool that clarifies who is posting what, where, and when: a simple spreadsheet or a Google calendar suffices nicely.Tuesday: Find Your Killer Pix & VidsFacebook and Twitter posts with photos attract twice as many likes, comments, shares, and retweets. Imagery is key to both grabbing attention and engaging folks: in fact, charity:water’s Photo of the Day tweets are a huge part of what drove them to 1.4M followers. And videos? Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on video storytelling to help bring the impact of their work to life in their Season of Giving campaign. Sharing these clips on social media has increased the number of responses and prompts others to tell their story. Wednesday: ABT— Always Be TaggingSocial Media for Nonprofits keynote Guy Kawasaki says that taking the extra time to tag supporters in photos and videos is crucial. And think about it on a personal level: when’s the last time you got an email from Facebook saying you’ve been tagged and you didn’t click through to make sure it wasn’t a horrible photo of you? Once you get people to your page, then the engagement can begin and they can help take your message viral.Thursday: Keep it SimpleRemember to keep your posts pithy and to the point: less is more. The optimal tweet is 130 characters says Facebook for Dummies author John Haydon, and incredibly, he discovered that Facebook posts should be kept to 80 characters to maximize impact. So keep it simple and short: that’s part of the secret to going viral and engaging the “Kevin Bacon” effect, says Nonprofit Management 101 author Darian Rodriguez Heyman. But end those posts with a question to double response rates— people are much more likely to chime in if you ask vs. tell them something.Friday: Follow the LeadersMany nonprofits find Twitter perplexing. The simplest, cheapest, and best way to grow your follower base there is to follow others, especially those who are leaders in your field (i.e. other nonprofits, academics, journalists, etc.). Typically 20-30% of these will follow you back, plus you’re also creating a pool of resources that can give you a sense of what’s going on in your industry. Be sure to be a good twitizen and retweet valuable posts: it’s a great way to build up social currency.About Ritu Sharma:Ritu Sharma is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Social Media for Nonprofits. Under her leadership, the world’s only series dedicated to social media for social good has earned a 92% approval rating from over 4,500 nonprofit leaders across the world. She is a public speaker, consultant, and event planner and heads up programming, marketing, and event logistics for the series. Previously, she produced Our Social Times and Influence People’s North American Social Media Marketing and Monitoring conference series and started a web development and social media business, which leveraged an international team of programmers and designers across India, Romania, and the US.last_img read more