Have you noticed that everyone is involved in a major, hush-hush e-business or e-commerce initiative that will change the way they do business, transform their organisation and their careers? Your company will be no exception.The most important factor in any such project is people. Do they have the collective mindset to succeed in the new world? Above all, can your organisation unify its resources, focus and energies around these mission-critical projects, on which the future of your company will depend?This is great news for HR leaders, who can take on a powerful, new coordinating role, ensuring key people are recruited, retained and motivated. By working closely with IT and marketing you can bring together the thinking in your organisation like never before, increase your personal and departmental profile and ensure success.Too many organisations are not involving HR in these plans – that is a huge mistake. I know of companies that are full of internal politics and power struggles about who “owns” e-business. Such an attitude sounds the death knell for the future. The whole company must own these projects. While IT is outstandingly placed to make new technology initiatives succeed, and marketing understands the customer imperative, HR can adopt a strong, coordinating, cultural role. These three departments, supplemented by external skills, can translate all of the industry hype into commercial reality.Window of opportunityIf you are bypassed in planning and discussions on e-initiatives, you must act quickly. The window of opportunity for e-business to succeed is short, possibly only three months. But just as it is not enough to moan and shout that IT should, or has, an automatic right to be involved, HR leaders and teams also have to earn that acceptance.There are proven ways to achieve this: come up with the answers yourselves; make a joint board level presentation with IT and marketing on the possibilities that e-business holds for you as an organisation. Include real bottom line benefits in the areas of increased revenue, improved information and knowledge and/or closer alignment with your customers.Place people at the heart of everything – become a passionate champion of new thinking in your company by leading a programme of cultural transformation. • Schedule an external speaker to ignite your board’s interest in its possibilities. Make sure the importance of people and a one-company approach are emphasised.• Find out what your rivals are doing, and tell your CEO – make him/her paranoid.• Use this exciting new world as an opportunity to rename, reinvent and reposition HR.The front page headline in a recent issue of The Economist was, “Who owns the knowledge economy?” The answer is everybody who takes action and brings together the various strands of the Internet, technology and new business culture. As an HR leader, you are perfectly placed to do this. If you are not at the heart of your organisation’s thinking, planning and delivery, you are at the heart of nothing.David Taylor is president of the association of IT directors, Certus. [email protected] e-vangelist: Forget the hype, make it happenOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Training Programs Receive Recognition at 2012 ASTD Awards Ceremony Share this article View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: awards Navy training earned several awards during the 2012 annual American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) awards ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center, May 7.Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) subordinate commands were acknowledged for initiatives and programs developed in 2011 in career development, workplace learning, organizational learning and learning technologies.“These awards are a national recognition of the hard work and dedication of our instructors and support staff, as well as our partnerships with the fleet commands in identifying training needs,” said Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn, NETC commander.Accepting the awards on behalf of the Navy and NETC was Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) commander, along with staff members from the training directorates of NETC.“I could not be more pleased that the Navy’s commitment to training has again been recognized by the American Society for Training and Development,” said Steindl, who oversees 98 percent of all accessions training in the Navy. “To be recognized as one of the top training organizations is an incredible honor and validates the Navy’s investment in education and training.”ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. In 2010, Navy training was also recognized with five awards.There were 159 submissions received by ASTD from training organizations around the world in 2011. Nineteen award recipients were announced, with the Navy receiving three awards and three citations for Excellence in Practice. This category recognizes results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of workplace learning and performance.Applications are accepted for both new and proven practices in these categories: Career Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrated Talent Management, Learning Technologies, Managing Change, Organizational Learning, Performance Improvement, Technical Training, Training Management and Workplace Learning and Development.Steindl said some of the nation’s largest companies and some international organizations attended the awards ceremony.“The ceremony was very energetic,” Steindl said. “Many people I talked to afterward had no idea about the training initiatives of the Navy and were very impressed with the results of our programs. Maintaining NETC’s presence within this organization will continue to show the civilian sector the Navy’s cutting-edge training programs and practices in the future.”The ASTD Excellence in Practice award recognizes results achieved through learning and performance solutions that are proven to have delivered measureable results. All 159 submissions were vetted by an industry panel, with 19 awards and 61 citations handed out. Navy training had more Excellence in Practice Awards (3) than any other corporation or government entity.The three Navy ASTD Excellence in Practice award winners were:Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Newport was honored in the Learning Technologies and Training Management category for their development and use of technology to provide training in ship handling, engineering and surface warfare tactics. Among their technologies are the Conning Officer Virtual Environment Intelligent Tutoring System (COVE-ITS), and the Tactical Action Officer Intelligent Tutoring System (TAO-ITS) Learning Management System (LMS).COVE-ITS uses voice recognition technology with a virtual tutor to assist students who wear virtual head mounted devices in learning to recognize conditions requiring ship handling orders, anticipate responses of other crewmembers, and make the ship respond according to plan in a wide range of situations and environmental conditions. The system allows students to practice repetitions of basic level skills.Using TAO-ITS, SWOS instructors have the ability to review, evaluate and remediate a student’s overall performance following the completion of a tactical scenario. In addition to determining an overall grade, the LMS provides a performance review, which includes providing detailed feedback on a student’s understanding of key individual warfighting principles.The Center for Naval Engineering’s Basic Engineering (CNE) Common Core Course received an award for Performance Improvement. The course instructors noted an increase in failure rate and conducted an assessment on the course and remediation procedures. By restructuring the course and adding subject matter experts during remediation to work with Sailors, the staff was able to decrease overall non-graduation rate from 2.21 percent to .02 percent.In the Performance Improvement and Technical Training category, the Center for Naval Intelligence (CID) detachment in San Diego was recognized for their Business Case Analysis (BCA) on computer use and maintenance. The facility changed from a process of loading student workstation software classroom-by-classroom to one with a virtual desktop loaded from a centralized server, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in information technology (IT) support workload. A BCA was conducted examining the feasibility of extending the San Diego project to include the Virginia Beach facility.“Being recognized by the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development, and winning three Excellence in Practice awards and three citations is a great tribute to the instructors and staff that dedicate their careers transforming civilians into highly-skilled combat-ready warfighters,” said Michele Harrison, NETC planning and metrics branch head, who for the fourth straight year managed submission of the ASTD Excellence in Practice applications.Training programs also received citations recognizing excellence in training.The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Dahlgren received praise in the Organizational Learning and Performance Improvement area for their Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Advanced Warfare Training (AWT). According to the submission to ASTD, during a capabilities readiness assessment, a formal graded assessment process identified deficiencies in combat systems operations and maintenance training. Former personnel reductions resulted in insufficient manning. The Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) Advanced Warfare Training (AWT) and evaluation process was created as a comprehensive curriculum to correct these training deficiencies. It is delivered in three phases and is designed to be repeated on an 18 to 24 month cycle.The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N. C., received a citation for their excellence in Organizational Learning. The center used a continuous process improvement practice to identify and remove bottlenecks in the training progression while students waited for training. Prior to the review, the average wait time for students to begin training was 22 days. After the review and process changes, the average time has been decreased to less than 13 days.Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) received a citation for Learning Technologies and Organizational Learning, for its use of a Student Response System (SRS) during accession training at the Navy’s only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC), at Great Lakes, Ill., and Officer Training Command (OTC) at Newport, R.I.During the orientation phase, recruits and officer candidates endure long hours of training. As a result, they are often mentally and physically exhausted when entering the classroom. To improve learner engagement and retention, NSTC tested and implemented a practice incorporating the use of student response systems (SRS). The technology includes response pads which the students use to respond to questions created and integrated into the existing lesson plan. In addition to using SRS to create more collaborative environments, this practice has been designed to align with existing curriculum, reinforce learning objectives through research proven questioning methods, and provide immediate feedback to instructors and recruits.“I’m excited,” said John Drake, the director for learning strategies at NSTC. “It’s nice to be recognized for our efforts to improve the quality of Navy training. I appreciate the command has allowed us to continue to focus on these kind of projects and initiatives.”The ASTD Excellence in Practice awards marked the second time this year the Navy has received recognition for training initiatives. In February, the sea service was lauded as a top training organization and ranked 13 out of 125 for excellence in employer-sponsored workforce training and development by Training Magazine at its 2012 Conference and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.“One of our key strategic initiatives is for the Navy to be a Top 50 employer,” Drake said. “One of the [Chief of Naval Personnel’s] objectives toward obtaining that goal is to show that our training is on par with any other organization. Being cited for these awards by different organizations like ASTD and Training Magazine validates that the Navy is taking all the steps they can to ensure our staff and employees have the best training possible, and we’re doing everything we can to be that Top 50 employer. Anytime we can get recognized for our training initiatives at this command or out in the NETC domain, it is a feather in the cap of the Navy.”NETC’s vision is to be a global force empowered with the training and education to protect national security and foster peace and prosperity. The mission of NETC is to develop the Navy workforce through education and training that builds personal, professional, and leadership skills.The mission of NSTC is to transform volunteers into naval service professionals. NSTC instills and reinforces enduring core values, knowledge and skills to prepare them for the fleet.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 11, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: receive May 11, 2012 View post tag: ASTD Navy Training Programs Receive Recognition at 2012 ASTD Awards Ceremony View post tag: Programs View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: recognition View post tag: Training View post tag: 2012
Back to overview,Home naval-today US Warship Completes Ammunition Onload View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: completes US Warship Completes Ammunition Onload View post tag: Navy February 17, 2014 This evolution was an intricate part of the ship’s preparation to become fully operational for deployment.Sailors from weapons department worked around the clock, taking on approximately 878 pallets of conventional ordnance.“I am very proud of each and every ordnanceman and fire controlman onboard the USS Makin Island,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Mattie Hackney. “They worked more than 18 hours a day to ensure that the onload was completed safely and expeditiously. We had Sailors from the PCU America and the USS Peleliu to assist in this major logistical process that was necessary for the ship to become fully operational in its war fighting capabilities.”Teamwork played a major role in the success of the onload. The mission was completed by vertical replenishment with the assistance of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three (HSC-23) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two One (HSC-21) transferring ammunition from shore to Makin Island. “On a personal note, I feel that even though we all came from different ships, different training we all came together as a team to accomplish the onload no matter how tired we were,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Kana Boudreaux.Developing Sailors, training crews to fight and win, and providing warships ready for combat are the subjects of Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet”, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on warfighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.Makin Island has incorporated this vision into it’s day-to-day operations. “In order to prepare for the onload there was a significant amount of time spent training personnel and preparing our spaces and equipment for it,” said Hackney. “We had to ensure that each Ordnanceman was qualified in accordance with the qualification certification program to handle ordnance. There were numerous forklift classes and elevator classes conducted to ensure that we were ready for the evolution.”Commissioned in 2009, Makin Island is the Navy’s newest Wasp-class amphibious assault ship capable of utilizing surface and air assets to move Marine forces ashore. The ship is named in honor of the daring World War II raid carried out by Marine Raider Companies A and B, Second Raider Battalion, on Japanese held Makin Island Aug. 17-18, 1942. LHD 8 is the second ship to bear the name USS Makin Island.Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, February 17, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: US USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD-8)The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully completed an ammunition onload, Feb 14. View post tag: Onload View post tag: Warship View post tag: Ammunition Share this article
“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB” column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week. Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.Today’s “Readers Poll’ question is: If the election was held today for City Council Ward Five (5) who would you vote for?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail,“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB” column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week. Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.
The new location has 11,700 square feet of space and will offer a wide selection of grocery needs to the public. HOBOKEN–According to a spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s, Alison Mochizuki, the new Trader Joe’s location in Hoboken is scheduled to open in May of this year, although she did not yet know of a definitive date. The new Trader Joe’s will be located in the newly developed Harlow Hoboken building on 14th and Willow Avenue. ×
Hoboken council will vote on $135K settlement for man ejected from meetingWednesday’s regular Hoboken City Council meeting was cancelled on March 7 due to inclement weather. All agenda items have been carried to next Thursday’s scheduled special meeting, originally called to hear an ordinance on the possible acquisition of the former Union Dry Dock property for $11.6 million.Among those items, the council will vote on approving a settlement agreement with resident David Liebler, who filed a lawsuit in 2015 alleging his freedom of speech was violated at an October council meeting in which then-Council President (now Mayor) Ravi Bhalla ejected him for starting to ask questions about Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s husband.The lawsuit alleged that Liebler’s civil rights were violated when he was ejected. He was trying to discuss a news story that broke that week revealing emails between Zimmer’s husband, Stan Grossbard, and members of the Hoboken Housing Authority board that discussed terminating former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia. Grossbard was not a city official, and the HHA board is supposed to be autonomous from City Hall.Carmelo Garcia received a settlement from the HHA for wrongful termination this past November in the amount of $700,000. The Grossbard emails were part of his case.At that same meeting, Bhalla also asked resident Perry Belfiore to leave for starting to speak about Grossbard. Belfiore received a $50,000 settlement last year.Both men were forced to leave after Bhalla asked them to do so several times and they continued speaking.According to the resolution, the settlement is for $135,000, to be paid to both Liebler and Brach Eichler LLC.The meeting will take place Thursday, March, 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall at 94 Washington St. and is open to the public. 1 / 2 Hoboken resident Luke Rostan will compete as a semifinalist in the annual New Jersey National Geographic State Bee in April. (See brief.) 2 / 2 As part of the school’s year-long Arts Initiative, sixth grade students at All Saints visited Glass Roots in Newark to learn the fundamentals of glass making and glass blowing. Each student created their own glass mosaic and unique piece of jewelry. ❮ ❯ × 1 / 2 Hoboken resident Luke Rostan will compete as a semifinalist in the annual New Jersey National Geographic State Bee in April. (See brief.) 2 / 2 As part of the school’s year-long Arts Initiative, sixth grade students at All Saints visited Glass Roots in Newark to learn the fundamentals of glass making and glass blowing. Each student created their own glass mosaic and unique piece of jewelry. ❮ ❯ Hudson Reporter article on ‘fake news’ mentioned in Columbia Journalism ReviewLast weekend’s cover story that appeared in several of the Hudson Reporter’s newspapers – “The truth about fake news” — garnered more than 30,000 hits on the Reporter website in the five days after it was published, and was mentioned in a roundup of notable newspaper articles on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on March 7.The story looks at the dangers of fake news both to individuals and to democracy, how fake news about Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla spread after it was published in November, and how the president’s labeling fact-based news outlets “fake news” can make the country more open to propaganda.The article can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/fakevsfacts. All Saints Catholic Academy announces their Ninth Annual GalaAll Saints Catholic Academy will host their Ninth Annual Gala on April 21 at the Marriot Newark Liberty Airport. The event will celebrate the children and the Catholic community.This year’s honorees of the Bishop Thomas Donato Service Award are Director of Admissions at St. Peter’s Prep John Irvine for Service to Catholic Education, Executive Director of the Madeline Fiadini Lore Foundation and ASCA Advisory Board Member Carol Trojan for Service to the Community, and ASCA nurses Lorie Macanka and Lorraine Hansen for Service to All Saints Catholic Academy.Roughly 300 people will attend this event and there are a number of ways people can support it including sponsorship. Journal ads, silent auction donations, or by attending.For more information or to reserve a ticket email [email protected] or call (201) 443-8384.Online survey and community meeting for Hoboken Northwest resiliency park announcedResidents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback on two proposed design concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park at www.hobokennj.gov/nwparksurvey.On Feb. 27 community members joined the project team at the Wallace School to review the two design alternatives developed for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The presentation, video of the meeting, and more information on the two design alternatives are available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.After compiling community feedback from the meeting and survey, the project team will host another community meeting to discuss the preferred design alternative on Tuesday, March 27. The community meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria, 1100 Willow Ave.The Northwest Resiliency Park will be Hoboken’s largest park. For more information on the design process, visit: www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.United Synagogue of Hoboken to host concertThis Sunday, March 11 the United Synagogue of Hoboken at 115 Park Ave will host a free concert open to the community. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and attendees will hear a performance by the Radiance Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble will perform music by Mozart, Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn, John Williams, and more. Fashion design for kids hosted by Little City BooksLittle City Books, Hoboken’s independent bookstore, will host Marjorie Galen, author of ‘The Fashion Designer’s Handbook’ to teach a class for kids 6 – 12 on how to design, cut, baste, sew, and trim a chic A-line shift for their doll. All materials (and cookies) included. It all comes together on Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.A purchase of the book is required to participate. You can learn more athttp://www.littlecitybooks.com/book/9780761154792. To reach the store call (201) 626-READ or visit www.littlecitybooks.com.Help patients rebound by giving blood in HobokenIn March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The upcoming blood donation opportunity in Hoboken will be March 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hoboken Multi Service Center, 124 Grand St. New exhibit at Field ColonyField Colony at 1001 Bloomfield St. has now on display drawings and paintings in the exhibition “Out of Line” by Walter John Rodriguez.Rodriguez is a multidisciplinary conceptual and figurative artist whose work showcases the diversity of his range and includes mixed media drawings on paper and canvas and large-scale oil paints on canvas. His research-driven approach has produced bodies of work that fuse pop culture icons and known works of classical painting, creating layers of meaning recognized through a collective knowledge of pop culture.A closing reception will be held on April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Eugene Drayton chosen for state NAACP committeeHoboken NAACP President Eugene Drayton was recently appointed to the NAACP New Jersey State Conference Executive Committee. Richard Smith, president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, made the appointment at the NAACP State Conference Quarterly meeting in Trenton.“I’m humbled and honored to receive this great opportunity to be appointed to the executive committee,” said Drayton. “I have been a civil rights activist most of my life, working to ensure justice for all. This new appointment will enable me to continue that cause on a local, state and national level.” NJ Land Conservancy renews scholarship program for 2018The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is now accepting applications for its 2018 Scholarship Program. Two scholarships are available to college students who reside in New Jersey and are pursuing a degree in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, horticulture, park administration, or a related field. The application deadline is April 1. Applications can be downloaded from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey website,www.tlc-nj.org or can be obtained by calling (973) 541-1010 x14. Mustard Seed School student is semifinalist in geography beeFor the third year in a row Mustard Seed School student and Hoboken resident Luke Rostan has qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the annual New Jersey National Geographic State Bee.On April 6, Rostan will compete against other New Jersey fourth-eighth grade semifinalists at Rowan University in Glassboro.This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Rostan won the Mustard Seed School geography bee, then took a qualifying test. Now he studies throughout the week to prepare for the semifinals.The prize for winning the New Jersey National Geographic State Bee is $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent New Jersey in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters in May. Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disordersOn Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults. He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 pm using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area athttp://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.
Delice de France has been demerged from Aryzta through a management buyout (MBO), led by managing director Thierry Cacaly.Under the deal, Delice de France will continue an ongoing exclusive relationship with Aryzta, which it said would ensure customers had access to the full range of Delice de France products and services.“This bold move represents an outstanding milestone in the company’s 35-year history,” said Cacaly.The MBO follows Aryzta selling businesses including Signature Flatbreads last year, and agreeing the sale of a 43% stake in French frozen food business Picard.“As Aryzta moves to realign its business towards a more bakery-focused offering, it presented a fantastic opportunity for myself and my leadership team to return Delice de France to the renowned independent force within the food and beverage sector since 1984,” explained Cacaly.He added that the MBO would enable Delice de France to focus on delivering innovation and quality while growing as a business.“Our aim is for our customers to see us as the innovative partners of choice within the food and beverage sector and we, as a team, are committed to achieving this. I look forward to working and growing our business over the coming months and years, during what will be a very exciting and dynamic future for us all.”The Delice de France team will be contacting customers to enable them to discuss any concerns or questions regarding the buyout.
8. Nikes/Slugabed/DJ Earl/Sam Binga @ Surefire Showcase at BarcelonaThe technical delineations between juke, footwork, jungle, and dnb may be hazy to most music fans, even the diehards of those genres themselves, but whatever was going on down in Barcelona on Friday night represented the forefront of what’s happening in those worlds today. Here in town, we endearingly call Barcy “The Bass Cave,” due to its underground setting and the walls of speakers, and this year’s Surefire showcase made sure to put the sometimes-overwhelming soundsystem to good use. Nikes (of Austin’s 808k crew) had an arsenal of fresh tracks to get things going, blending originals and remixes together seamlessly, deliberately putting forth a set of future-facing bass music that was impossible to pin down. British bass maven Slugabed followed, also gleefully defying categorization, incorporating all sorts of asymmetrical, funky, generally absurd beats into his set. Chicagoan DJ Earl and Sam Binga from England, both leaders in the footwork genre, closed out the night, surely in style, but at that point I had already departed downtown for the Electric Church party at Sahara Lounge on the East Side. SXSW is just too crazy. There’s really no way to adequately describe the energy of Austin during those 10 days of March, you just have to experience it firsthand. There are parties all over the place, everywhere becomes a temporary venue, the city nearly doubles in size, street buskers and food trucks are everywhere, there are startup companies doing everything in their power to grab your attention, swarms of impassioned artists are feeling as if their careers will be made or broken while they’re in town (plot twist — life is actually a lot more subtle than that), and there are free drinks and free food available, barely below the surface, waiting to be discovered.Before I leave my house to bike into the bedlam every day, I typically write down 5-10 parties I’m interested in, and try and catch as many as possible. It’s important to remember that going with the flow is essential when things don’t go as expected, although there are also always ways to get what you really want at any given moment. It’s a roller coaster of a week and a half, an exhilarating free-for-all, a race to the prize, a call to rage, a smorgasbord of experiences, new sounds, and new friends, with musicians, filmmakers, and techies converging from around the world. Austin instantly becomes a hyper-expanded, distorted version of its typical, atypical self. It’s beyond chaotic, and definitely reliant on luck at times, but ultimately, you get back what you put out. And by the way, we call it “south by,” not “south by south west.”Here are my ten favorite parties from this year’s festivities, in no particular order.1. Milo/Zavala @ Fake Four Inc. at Karma LoungeKarma Lounge may be known locally as a club that leans towards the EDM side of things, but during SXSW, nothing is set in stone. They happened to grant themselves a great showcase on Thursday night of the fest, a night of talent from Fake Four Inc., featuring some midwesterners with a fascinating take on hip-hop. Milo is a rapper based out of Wisconsin, whose collaborations with unorthodox lyricists Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle have helped bring him into the national spotlight. He had a controller for his mic effects and rocked the stage solo, providing one of the most engaging, provocative, distinct approaches to alternative hip-hop. Chicago producer Zavala has been turning heads lately for his production work for the Seattle-based duo Dark Time Sunshine, but when he plays solo sets, he rearranges his moody boom bap suites into a smooth, funky blend of house and UK garage, vaguely similar to what Bonobo and Disclosure might present at their live shows. Both artists made a strong case for further exploration of their discographies.2. Botany/Flamingosis @ Magical Mondays at EmpireThe SXSW edition of Magical Mondays at Empire didn’t disappoint, featuring day sets from Botany and Flamingosis, and a wealth of talent on the nighttime bill as well. Botany, originally from Denton but now residing here in Austin, is one of my favorite producers in the instrumental hip-hop scene here, and he was especially on point for this indoor afternoon set. He’s got a propensity for incorporating organic textures into his beats that coalesce entrancingly with the thumping grooves, not unlike the way Teebs finesses bird chirps, bells, scratches, and all sorts of rustling into his cerebral tunes, ultimately giving the impression of an enchanted trek through a jungle at dusk. Flamingosis on the other hand, living in Brooklyn these days but still proudly repping New Jersey, eschews such density and depth for much lighter offerings, projecting the image of walking along a sunny beach with a boombox playlist that does no wrong. His beats have some serious bounce to them, that unmistakable funk, with elements of Latin music and late ’70’s-early ’80’s flavor throughout. Guaranteed good times when he’s on the decks. An extra, unexpected standout was The Halfways, a local psychedelic indie rock band with some tropical inclinations and artfully balanced progressive tendencies. Later on that night, the showcase also featured local favorites Magna Carda, R.A.S. (Riders Against the Storm), The Octopus Project, Henry + the Invisibles, and much more. 5. Dublab @ Exploded Records at JuicelandIf you’re looking for a thoughtfully curated, concise, sonically progressive record store in Austin, particularly one that features the latest releases from electronic fusionists like Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Warp, Brainfeeder, and the like, Exploded Records at Juiceland is the go-to spot. It’s about ten minutes north of downtown, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The shop is the latest manifestation of Exploded Drawing, a collective of experimental beatmakers who perform original music at warehouse gatherings on the east side, at a spot called the Museum of Human Achievement. Basically, Soundfounder, one of the two founders of the squad, is a Juiceland employee, the owner of Juiceland loves him some tasty beats and partying with great music, and the rest is now history. The other half of the record store is one of Austin’s many Juiceland locations, with a fantastic vegan ice cream shop in there as well. This year, Exploded Records, in collaboration with California radio station Dublab, featured a formidable supply of producers, all scheduled for mornings and afternoons in this variously refreshing setting. Over the course of six days, they brought in Robot Koch, Zavala, Mndsgn, Daedelus, Slugabed, Matthewdavid, Corduroi, and even one of Germany’s most heralded krautrock acts, Faust. A rare opportunity to see such gifted musicians in an unhurried, intimate setting.6. Eureka the Butcher/Al Lover/Botany/DJ Nobody @ Hotel Vegas Annex (aka the Lazy Lizard)This showcase on the east side was an extension of a regular Monday night event at the Volstead, “Murda Mondays,” a generally mellow event where local DJ’s bring crates of records along and everyone cools out to some underground hip-hop and obscure funk. The SXSW lineup fit nicely in line with those intentions, offering a free show with some highly capable groove technicians. Botany played earlier in the day at Empire, but this location was far less ideal for his hypnotizing soundscapes, thanks to the droning psych rock bleeding over from the Hotel Vegas stage next door, twenty feet and one overmatched wall away. The producers surely didn’t know in advance that they’d be playing over some screaming guitars and all-out drums. Once that all ceased though, the sequence of artists were finally able to steal the show.Al Lover is best known around these parts for his contributions to Levitation Fest (FKA Austin Psych Fest) pre-coverage every year, via his eclectic compilations. His set was more catered towards beats than usual here. DJ Nobody is a resident deckmaster from LA’s Low End Theory crew, so he knows a thing or two about those crunchy electronic jams. Eureka the Butcher, aka Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, was a keyboardist and percussionist for the Mars Volta and Zechs Marquise, and has been playing shows with DJ Nobody for more than a decade now. He usually enlists the help of analog synths and drum machines for his dark instrumental tunes, as well as his bellydancing, sword-wielding muse Sadah Luna, but the excess was trimmed down that night. Expecting all artists to bring 100% of their typical stage setup for SXSW shows is a futile and naive approach; to quote William DeVaughn, sometimes you’ve just gotta “be thankful for what you’ve got.”7. The Tontons/Main Squeeze/DJ Logic @ Swan Dive (plus Anderson .Paak @ Stubbs & Erykah Badu @ Mohawk)Wednesday night was full of options, but there’s no denying a diverse lineup full of funk. Swan Dive’s showcase that night was ‘official’ as far as SXSW was concerned, but $12 took care of the lack of credentials. The Tontons were in town from Houston, and serenaded charmingly as always, presenting their unique take on an oldies sound that features big hooks, wailing guitars, and the soaring vocals of frontwoman Asli Omar. The Main Squeeze were next, a band i’d been hearing about, and unfortunately repeatedly missing, for years. I was told they’re a “Suwannee Band,” aka an act that fits perfectly in place within the context of my beloved Bear Creek Festival (RIP, for now), so i had high hopes. Expectations were met and exceeded. The Chicago-based jazz fusion group, initially formed in Bloomington, Indiana, were a true force to be reckoned with, rocking a huge, confident, aggressive sound. They put forth hard-hitting funk that turned tight corners as an ensemble, and consistently showcased brief moments of individual virtuosity when the moment called for it. My friends and I reluctantly pried ourselves away from the incredible set early in order to catch Anderson .Paak at a different venue, and eventually wound up skipping DJ Logic’s 1am set back at Swan Dive in order to scale a building, perch up on an adjacent rooftop, and see (mostly hear) Erykah Badu play at The Mohawk. DJ Logic’s jazz-infused turntablism is great, undoubtedly, but sometimes adventure is in the air, and risks must be taken. 10. The Electric Church @ Sahara LoungeAs it stands, the Sahara Lounge is one of the most interesting places in Austin to catch a show. It’s situated far east of downtown, with a prestigious past life as TC’s Lounge, which until recently was one of the East Austin’s most iconic old juke joints. With an emphasis on Africa, they provide a haven for international and experimental music, with jazz artifacts everywhere, and a wooden dancefloor that seems to live and breathe with passionate crowds, rocking and swaying and flowing to the groove. It’s always a good time in there.Enter the Electric Church. Based nearby, this East Side collective functions as a shapeshifting, notorious invocation to surrealism, hosting debaucherous, discombobulating gatherings, when they’re not busy pressing cassettes, making music videos, or performing as The Sun Machine and Black Liquid Drop. This was the second year they’ve enlisted the Sahara Lounge to be their epicenter of chaos, after an enormously successful collaboration last year. (HERE is a very high point from the end of that party). Indisputably central to the Electric Church/Sahara Lounge SXSW experience is the magnificently costumed Golden Dawn Arkestra, who are not only one of the must-see bands in the unfathomably dense Austin music scene, in our country of 300-something million, or even on the entire planet. They’re one of the premier acts anywhere in the universe, as far as I’m concerned. They evoke Sun Ra’s mysticism and awe-inspiring rituals, and distill them through a euphoric filter of African funk and disco, inciting a frenzied atmosphere that fosters transcendent feelings of unity among mesmerized audiences.The acts earlier in the night were intriguingly wide-ranging and captivated the crowded setting, but there was a tangible buzz of anticipation that crescendoed all the way to Golden Dawn’s back patio entrance procession, heralded by frontman Topaz McGarrigle on a majestic white horse. Yes they marched the horse right into the damn bar. Yes, it was a very good idea. (And yes, it went back outside after a few seconds.) Combine all of these volatile elements, drink specials, and a little backyard barbecue, and that dance floor was bouncing generously Friday night.Between the cult of Golden Dawn Arkestra, and the cult of the Electric Church, the night ended with a whole bunch of new believers in the mix, dazed zealots speaking in tongues, sinners seeking salvation (or more sin), much drinking of the Kosmic Koolaid, psychedelic disciples, evangelicals of funk, and a whole bar full of music lovers truly convinced they had seen The Light. I’m not inclined to argue.Honorable Mentions– Rick Wilkerson and his band’s tight funk fusion representing the jazzier side of Nashville’s scene, at the Historic Victory Grill’s Ultimate Louisiana Party– Impromptu parade and recording session by Minneapolis brass band New Sound Underground– All the amazing world music I intended to catch this festival, including bands from Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Cuba, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, Indonesia, as well as Dutch and German producers and so many more…– CIA LSD psych rock party at Barracuda, Sunday day and night when SXSW was “technically” over (videos — Rotten Mangos & Hollow Trees)– Poliça at the Parish– Grupo Fantasma, free outdoor show at Auditorium Shores– Ethan Glass’s experimental bass at Barcelona– The Sun Machine at Hotel Vegas Annex (Lazy Lizard)– Green Oasis afterparty on Saturday night– Chop Shop/Create Culture’s crawfish boil party at Empire, Saturday during SXSW Interactive– The Waffle Bus, aka my downtown chicken & waffles HQ for the week. Only here for SXSW, from Houston. I will never forget you.This list was contributed by Jared Buchsbaum, who runs Truth Via Music. You can see his work here, and check out his full SXSW video playlist below: 3. CAPYAC Boat PartyThe first, and most important thing you must remember about this one, is that the entire thing took place ON A BOAT. It’s crucial to escape the concrete jungle of downtown every so often during SXSW, and hopping on one of the city’s many boat parties at some point is the best way to do so. That being said, Capyac are some of the best nautical hosts an Austinite could hope for, because they wield some of the fiercest, most infectious, freshest funk in town. They’re a live disco duo, who often enlist special guests in support of the cause, like crooner Collin “Oolaf” Finnigan, versatile latin percussionist Dario Aravena (aka Darth Vena), and Rudi Devino, who raps locally with Subculture Patriots, Sip Sip, and Retr0grade. Colin and Rudi were in the mix aboard, joined by the modeling troupe witchxxdoctor, silent alien seductresses who were in full splendor throughout the voyage, adorned in pink and silver, mostly dedicated to staying in character. They crept around alluringly with citrus and licorice on silver platters, one of which featured a jar full of extra-special jazz cigarettes, rolled in pink paper. A very nice touch indeed. Solstice Live sure knows how to throw a party. Did I mention the free whiskey? Did I mention THE BOAT??4. Keys n Krates/Break Science/Capyac/Lucky Chops @ Music Tech Mashup at EmpireIn general in Austin, when in doubt on a given night, it’s worth hopping over to Empire Control Room & Garage to see what’s going on. Shortly after being thoroughly funkified at sea on Thursday afternoon, it occurred to my crew and I that catching another Capyac show might actually be a great idea. It wouldn’t be the last time we concluded this during SXSW. Luckily, an extra large version of the group was listed within a stacked bill at Empire that same night for the Music Tech Mashup party (presented by Jukely and Heard Entertainment), along with Canadian traptronica trio Keys n Krates, rowdy brass band Lucky Chops, and electronic funk duo Break Science, who always manage to get everybody hyped. The packed crowd was at a fever pitch the whole time. I found myself especially drawn to Lucky Chops, who utilized technical proficiency, instrumental power, engaging song selections, and infectious energy to maintain the crowd’s attention. Their bari sax player also happens to be a rising star in the brass band scene, the fast-footed Leo P. of TOO MANY ZOOZ, a ‘brass-house’ ensemble who have taken NYC subway stations by storm, going viral for their irrepressible underground performances. They’re one of a select few bands in recent memory who have transcended the world of busking, and are now in demand for arena shows. Lucky Chops spent the rest of their festival doing pop-up shows around town, and if people were adequately coherent when catching them, I suspect those guys have a whole bunch of new fans from their time here. 9. Stones Throw @ EmpireSaturday night of SXSW is always a big deal. I skipped out on a show that night headlined by Snarky Puppy, along with solo sets from standout keyboardists/composers Cory Henry and Bill Laurance….so you know something major was going down. For the second year in a row, I dedicated my final “official” night of the festival to Stones Throw, Peanut Butter Wolf’s experimental hip-hop imprint from LA, one of the most creative labels out there. The bill was pretty insane this year, with six hours of creative greatness filling two stages. Too many inevitable conflicts of musical interest to even be mad.Mndsgn threw down early with his dusty, harmonically enticing mid-tempo take on esoteric jazz. Karriem Riggins (with the help of J Rocc on the decks) dexterously covered a bunch of J Dilla classics, with deep, personal familiarity, on his drum kit. Knxwledge flipped remixes with his characteristically bumpy, surreal style, chopping bizarre loops until his Nx Worries partner, Anderson .Paak, burst on stage and dazzled the crowd with his charismatic flow. He and Knx are hilarious counterparts for each other, constantly talking shit back and forth (mostly about the fact that Knx was dressed down, and Paak was dressed up), keeping the energy nice and loose. Ras G brought his heavy, hazy, club-shaking beats along for the masked Koreatown Oddity, a new partner in crime of his, to rap over. Seiho came all the way from Japan and stole faces with some futuristic uptempo house jams, ornamenting his rhythms with a spellbinding Korg keyboard that resembled a sort of slide piano. Samiyam transported us into a video game realm where everything was slowed way down and a final boss battle loomed ominously ahead. Deantoni Parks (formerly of the Mars Volta) blew minds by drumming with one hand and maniacally sequencing notes and melodies with the other. Daedelus, the wizard of the monome himself, and a true gentleman through and through, flung an endless supply of layers onto his frequently evolving hectic grooves as if he was hurling fireballs at the crowd. J Rocc of LA’s Beat Junkie crew gave us some old-school soul to chew on, along with plenty of Dilla originals, one track he suggested would be on Madvillain 3 (uhhh….release date?? Anyone??), and a thorough, seasoned mastery of the turntables.The head honcho himself, Peanut Butter Wolf, closed it out, using his set to pay tribute to the immense supply of talent he’s accumulated on his label. This included many who weren’t in the building, like Dåm Funk, DOOM, Dilla, and Madlib, and of course his ex-musical partner and best friend, Charizma, who tragically died young when the vision of Stones Throw was still barely a dream. The party concluded on a high note, with Opio of Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief joining PBW for a few tracks, including the classic ’93’ til Infinity.’ Stones Throw has been around for twenty years now, and there’s certainly reason to believe that their best years still lie ahead.
By Manuel Ordoñez/Diálogo September 01, 2016 Since July 1st, 2004, a section of cloud forest located in the northern department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, has served as a United Nations foreign military training center for peacekeeping missions. Known as the Regional Training Command for Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ, for its Spanish acronym), the training center is certified for Staff and Military Observer Courses by the United Nations. Because all the countries comprising the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym) send their officers to these facilities for Peacekeeping Operations training, CREOMPAZ has the characteristics of a “regional training center,” according to Lieutenant Colonel Karen Pérez, spokesperson for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense. Troops that have passed through CREOMPAZ classrooms have carried out missions in several countries, including Haiti, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Congo, South Sudan, North Sudan, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Lebanon, and Nepal. CREOMPAZ facilities are located in a place previously called the Army Instruction and Training Center, which was used by the Guatemalan Army’s Artillery School, Professional Non-commissioned Officer School, Public Relations, and Peacekeeping Operations School. “They are prepared to be in Peacekeeping Operations environments or wherever their countries decide to send them, according to their acquired specialization and capacities,” Lt. Col. Pérez added. As a member of the General Directorate for Integral Risk-Reduction Management of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, retired Colonel Luis Fernando Román went through the training offered by CREOMPAZ. A unique experience Col. Román’s experience at the helm of the Humanitarian Rescue Unit led to his participation in a team that provided assistance following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010. “The training at CREOMPAZ allowed me to be able to speak the same language as colleagues from other armies who also served during the emergency. We all knew what to do and how to do it, without putting ourselves or the civilian population at risk,” explained Col. Román. “At CREOMPAZ, we all go through a common training, which consists of standards and protocols for all the peace forces to follow – whether they are observers, military police, or others – to be able to coexist with the civilian population and the other troops. Afterwards, they take the specialization courses,” added Col. Román. The Guatemalan Army participates in peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, as well as in Haiti, where the troops serve as military police for the UN peacekeeping forces. In addition to in-person classes at the school, CREOMPAZ has a partnership with the U.S.-based Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) to offer online courses on peacekeeping completely free of charge.
Microsoft’s Office 365 provides unparalleled productivity for private users, students, and businesses alike. However, because it’s a relatively new product, some are reluctant to adopt it. Here are a few benefits of moving to Office 365.And before we go too far, let’s get a few things straight. We don’t condone moving to a platform just because it’s new, nor do we recommend rethinking business strategies every time a company releases a new product. In fact, we know that there’s very little “new” about Office 365 in general, aside from an update to its business model.With that said, it’s time to take a real look at how you can benefit from moving to Microsoft’s Office 365.Simplified LicensingOne of the things that Microsoft has dealt with over the years is in regard to licensing and version control. With different open volume enterprise licensing agreements comes different conditions, prices, and renewal commitments.With Office 365, Microsoft has done away with that. Instead of essentially selling different versions of the same product to different people, they’ve moved to a per-user subscription model.Before, a credit union with 50 employees will have about 75 to 90 computers, all of which require their own Microsoft Office license. That’s a lot of money. It adds up. Currently, with Office 365, the credit union needs to buy only enough licenses to pay for each user rather than each computer. This means that credit unions can save a hefty chunk of change by buying licenses only for those who will use Office 365 devices, rather than for each computer that needs to run it.If an employee has a desktop, a laptop, and a home PC for work, that’s only one license instead of three. That’s almost enough for an endorsement on its own from us.SupportHere’s what we’ll say about support, though. Because Office 365 is cloud-based, and because it encompasses so many different things, including productivity software, Skype, email, and so on, you know it’s going to have basically the same accessibility and functionality it always has.However, if for any reason you’re having trouble with your email, your teams, or your productivity, you can rest assured that Microsoft’s IT personnel will be there to assist you. They’re always going to make sure that their product is functioning perfectly, and they’ll always be ready to assist you if your version of their software isn’t performing up to snuff. As a bonus, this will free up your own IT personnel to work on more pressing matters.Change is InevitableSome things are just meant to be. Other things are more like the steamroller: we can see them coming from far off, but we can’t quite get out of the way.We think those that allow progress to roll them over and crush them are being silly.At some point, all Microsoft Office licenses will be Office 365 licenses. We see no reason to prolong the inevitable. It’s a good, stable platform. Your credit union might as well take advantage of that on your own terms, rather than when the steamroller finally arrives.Click here to learn more about the Microsoft Office 365 Solution at Ongoing Operations. Originally from Princeton, NJ, Amy received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Indiana University. At IU, she volunteered as a mentor to incoming female Kelley School of Business students … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amy McCaughey