Benchmarking research into charities’ Internet use opens again A new facility allows you to complete the survey in several sessions: simply reclick on the link to the online questionnaire and it will you take straight back to the place in the survey where you left it, providing you use the same computer. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 June 2005 | News 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Promise, the annual research project into the use of the Internet by charities, is getting underway again for its fifth year, and charities are being asked to fill in its survey form.The research has been conducted since the first Virtual Promise report in 2001 by nfpSynergy. This year it is partnering with CITRA, the Charity IT Resource Alliance, to help improve the breadth and depth of the research.This year’s survey “should only take a few minutes”, say nfpSynergy, “and it will invaluable to us in understanding how charity use of the Internet has developed over the last 12-18 months.” The survey should be completed by 27 June 2005. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics
Many people think of Rosa Parks when they celebrate the victory of the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott that ended segregation in U.S. public transportation.Claudette Colvin in1952.But before Rosa Parks, there was a 15-year-old African American, Claudette Colvin, who on March 2, 1955, refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white rider. With her fierce and militant action, she was the first person to commit civil disobedience in the boycott struggle. As one local organizer commented at the time, Claudette “brought the revolution to Montgomery.”Colvin was on her way to Booker T. Washington High School that morning. School studies during February had concentrated on the U.S. Constitution and she was thinking over these lessons when a white rider boarded. No seats were available in front of her and other Black riders. Jim Crow law demanded that whites never sit behind African-American riders.Claudette Colvin in 2005, still defiant. Photo: Mickey WelshThe bus driver yelled at Colvin to move toward “the back of the bus.” She decided, “I wasn’t gonna take it anymore,” and refused. As white cops were dragging her by her arms off the bus and handcuffing her, she answered none of their questions but chanted over and over, “It’s my Constitutional right!”The cops charged her with violation of the state segregation laws, disturbing the peace and “assaulting an officer” — though she had been nonresisting.In later interviews, she made clear that her anger and will to resist had been building since her first memory of racism, at four years old. She was radicalized at 13, when a 16-year-old schoolmate, Jeremiah Reeves, was tried and falsely convicted of raping a white woman. In a 1953 trial riddled with the racist fraud and lies of segregation, he was ultimately sentenced to death.Colvin describes his conviction as “the turning point” in her life. She plunged into political activity — attending rallies, writing letters and raising money for his defense. She became active in the NAACP, ultimately becoming the youth secretary.By 1955, she had “formed a mission” for herself: She would become a lawyer and fight for her freedom and that of her people — like Harriet Tubman. She was also ready for action that March morning.Civil rights organizers, including Parks, had been advancing moderate demands to white Montgomery authorities to alleviate the racist verbal and physical assaults on Black bus riders.Then Colvin’s arrest angered the entire Black community and made a boycott seem possible.But movement lawyers and organizers were afraid they couldn’t win a boycott lawsuit with Colvin as its public face. There was intense pressure under violent segregation to maneuver using the “respectability politics” being challenged in the current era by the Black Lives Matter movement.Colvin was a proudly defiant teenager. Her background was thoroughly working class — her parents were a domestic worker and a gardener — rather than professional. The white judge in her case cleverly distorted her public image by dropping all charges except for “assaulting a police officer.” So organizers turned from Colvin to Rosa Parks as the test case of civil disobedience.A turn towards activismColvin continued to find her path to action and defiance. On a personal level, she anticipated the “Black Is Beautiful” movement by refusing to straighten her hair “to try to look white.”In political work, Colvin’s history-making action was finally acknowledged when she became one of four plaintiffs in the legal suit Browder v. Gayle, attempting to end segregation in public transport. Other plaintiffs included Amelia Browder, a college-educated seamstress, and Mary Louise Smith, a teenager also arrested, after Colvin and before Rosa Parks, for refusing to move to a segregated bus seat.Colvin’s testimony in federal court was decisive as she entered into verbal combat with racist attorneys. She specifically named the sexual and racist abuse of Black girls as part of her motivation to act. She spoke of her determination at the moment she had been put in an adult jail cell and heard the key turn in the lock.At that point, an African-American woman in the audience began to sob uncontrollably and had to leave the courtroom.One of the lawyers for the plaintiffs said later, “If there was a star witness in the boycott case, it had to be Claudette Colvin.”The three federal judges took 10 minutes to decide, 2-1, in favor of Colvin and the other plaintiffs, that segregation in U.S. public transport was unconstitutional — a ruling upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision as momentous as Brown v. Board of Education.By the time of the court case, Colvin had become a single mother. Despite the historic court victory, she was under law a felon, having been found guilty of the false charge of assaulting a cop. Known throughout town as “the girl who got arrested,” she was unable to get steady work in Montgomery, as violent white-supremacist threats, murders and bombings continued.Colvin finally moved north to New York City, where she still lives, finding work there as a nurse’s aide until she retired. In a 2005 interview, she said of her action: “Mine was the first cry for justice, and a loud one. I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’ And I did.”Background information and quotes in this article are from Phillip Hoose’s book, “Claudette Colvin” (2009).FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ Nick is a senior journalism student from Cleveland, Ohio. He covers the TCU soccer team for TCU 360. Nick is an honors student and is minoring in music. High school hoops: FWCD falls, Paschal and Arlington Heights win nail-biters Twitter ReddIt High school hoops: Paschal and FWCD fall, Arlington Heights wins road tilt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ Linkedin Nick Stephenshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-stephens/ High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survives Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Shake It Up feat. electionsNext articleCourse for Spanish speaking employees doubles in size Nick Stephens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin printGoalkeeper Emily Alvarado takes a goal kick against Baylor on September 28, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.TCU’s hope for a third consecutive trip to the Big 12 tournament championship game was dashed Sunday in heartbreaking fashion: penalty kicks.The Horned Frogs’ trip to Kansas City ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of Texas Tech, who won the penalty shootout 5-3.Jade King converted the match-winning penalty to send the Red Raiders through to the semifinals, where they will face Baylor.The first half was relatively uneventful, but the best chance of the half fell to TCU in the 30th minute from a corner kick. Kayla Hill fired in a cross to Karitas Tomasdottir, who saw her shot blocked by a defender. Tara Smith and Tijana Djuricek each had their follow-up shots saved as well.McKenzie Oliver dribbles into space against SMU on August 26, 2018. Photo by Jack Wallace.TCU’s best second-half chance came through McKenzie Oliver, who watched her shot on goal hit the crossbar.“I thought that our second half was much better than our first half,” said TCU head coach Eric Bell. “We gave ourselves the chance to win in that second half.”Neither team could break the deadlock in extra time. Texas Tech had the better of the chances, but a number of timely interventions by TCU defender Cachet Lue kept the match scoreless heading into penalties.The match’s defining moment came in the second round of penalty kicks. McKenzie Oliver stepped up to the spot for TCU and missed the target, putting her shot over the bar.Texas Tech capitalized on the mistake, finishing each of their five penalties with precision for a 5-3 victory.“When it comes down to penalty kicks you never know what’s going to happen,” Bell said. “Congrats to them for being able to make all five.”Cachet Lue steps up to slot home a penalty kick against Butler on September 16, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Despite their elimination from the tournament, penalty defeats are recorded as draws, which moves TCU’s record to 12-4-3 on the season.All eyes now turn to the NCAA tournament. The Frogs will hope to secure an at-large bid and their rating percentage index (RPI), which is a metric used by the NCAA to rank teams, of 23 has them in a comfortable position despite Sunday’s outcome.The NCAA tournament’s field of 64 will be announced Monday, Nov. 5. ReddIt + posts Nick Stephens Goalkeeper Emily Alvarado takes a goal kick against Baylor on September 28, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the incidents that marred yesterday’s presidential election – won by Ilham Aliev, the son of outgoing President Heidar Aliev – and today’s opposition demonstration. Many journalists were beaten by police, detained or insulted.”We are very alarmed by the surge of violence against journalists and we remind you that free press coverage of an election is one of the criteria considered by the international community before recognising its legitimacy,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to interior minister Ramil Usubov. According to information gathered by Reporters Without Borders, at least 25 local and foreign journalists were badly beaten by the security forces during today’s opposition demonstration in Baku. Several had to be hospitalised.They included Zafar Guliyev of the news agency TURAN, who was injured in the head; Emin Huseynov of TURAN, hospitalised with concussion; Ilkin Guliyev of TURAN; Fuad Hasanguliyev of Interfax-Azerbaijan, hospitalised with head injuries; Sabina Iskenderli of Interfax-Azerbaijan; Agil Jamal of Azadlig; Hayal Babayev of Azadlig; Azer Hasrat, the general secretary of the federation of journalists; Shirhan Agayev of Prognoz; Sarkarda Sarkhanoglu of Hurriyet; Nabi Alishov of Hurriyet, hospitalised with head injuries; Adil Huseynov of Hurriyet, hospitalised with head injuries and Tahir Aliyaroglu of Hurriyet, hospitalised with head injuries.They also included Tebriz Sadayoglu of Hurriyet; Nidjat Daglar of Baki Habar, hospitalised in a serious condition; Kenul Veliyeva of Baki Habar; Metanet Muslimgizi of Baki Habar; Vasim Mamedov of Baki Habar, hospitalised with head injuries; Eynulla Umudov of Galanjak Gun; Etibar Savalan of Galanjak Gun; Elza Abishova of Cumhuriyyet, hospitalised; Mansura Sattarova of Cumhurriyet; Lala Musa Gizi of Cumhurriyet; Afgan Gafarov of Cumhurriyet and Kenan Rovshanoglu of Cumhurriyet. Azer Garachenli, a correspondent with Avropa, was arrested by the police.At least 15 journalists were prevented from covering the elections in normal manner yesterday and a total of six journalists were beaten. Elnur Sadikhov, a correspondent with Azadlig in Ganja (in the north), was beaten by police and barred from a polling station. Kenul Salimgizi, Safar Humbatov, Murshud Hasanov and Salim Azizoglu, correspondents with Yeni Musavat, were manhandled at polling station No. 25 in Baku. Fahraddin Hajibeyli of Radio Free Europe, was beaten by employees of the polling station at Agdam (350 kms from Baku). Two journalists were detained as they were covering the polling: Parviz Hashimov, a correspondent with Uch Nogta, held for three hours in Ganja, and Mushfig Mamedli, a correspondent with Baki Habar, detained by police in Baku.Three journalists were denied access to polling stations: Firudin Guliyev, a correspondent with Garbin Sesi, who was barred by police from entering the polling station at Shemakha (120 kms from Baku); Vidadi Bayramov, a correspondent with Hurriyet, who was insulted and refused entry to the polling station at Salyan (140 kms from Baku) and Abbasali Rustamli of Azadelig, who was turned away from the Sabail polling station in Baku.Seven journalists were insulted by the staff in charge in different polling stations: Aslan Abdullayev, correspondent with Molla Nasreddin, was insulted by the president of the polling station at Ujar (200 kms from Baku); Matanat Aliyeva, a correspondent with Impuls, was insulted in the Nasimi polling station No. 22 in Baku; Eynulla Garayev, a correspondent with Fedai, was insulted at the Ujar polling station; freelance journalist Medina Aliyev was insulted at polling station No. 38 in Baku; Tahir Pasha, the director of the Association of Military Journalists, and Yeni Musavat correspondents Mubariz Jafarli and Mahir Mamedli were insulted at the Sabail polling station No. 15 in Baku. News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the incidents that marred yesterday’s presidential election – won by Ilham Aliev, the son of outgoing President Heidar Aliev – and today’s opposition demonstration. Many journalists were beaten by police, detained or insulted. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News October 16, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential election : many journalists beaten or detained “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News
News News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica Imprisoned Forty human rights and free speech NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have sent a joint open letter to Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, calling for the release of two journalists, Eskinder Nega and Temesgen Desalegn, and nine other political prisoners. News EthiopiaAfrica Imprisoned Eskinder, a columnist for the diaspora news website EthioMedia, and Temesgen, a columnist for the magazine Fact, were arrested along with nine other bloggers and opposition leaders during a meeting on 25 March to celebrate the recent release of 750 political prisoners.Eskinder was freed on 14 February after being jailed for six years on a charge of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Desalegn, who was held for two years for publishing information about “politicians and journalists linked with terrorist groups,” was released last October.As well as calling for the release of the 11 detainees, the joint letter condemns the arrests as “contrary to international human rights law,” calls for an end to all forms of harassment against journalists, and urges the government to revise the terms of the state of emergency declared on 16 February.Ethiopia is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.The joint letter (in the original English) and the names of the organizations that signed it can be seen below. Follow the news on Ethiopia May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Ethiopian jounalist Eskinder Nega with Temesgen Desalegn after being released from Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa on February 14, 2018 ©Yonas Tadesse/AFP Related documents joint_civil_society_letter.pdfPDF – 250.14 KB March 29, 2018 RSF calls for release of two Ethiopian journalists in joint letter to go further Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out more
Helpingemployees to balance their work and home lives is one way to reduce staffabsence, writes Caroline HornAbsenteeismand poor time-keeping cost UK business nearly £12bn in 2002, with around£1.75bn of that due to staff ‘pulling sickies’. While figures from the CBI showthe number of lost working days (166 million) is down on previous years, risinglabour costs mean that businesses continue to pay heavily for absenteeism.Companieshave used a number of tools to help reduce absenteeism, from ‘back to work’interviews, to giving senior managers responsibility for absence management.While effective, these measures have not necessarily tackled the main causes ofabsenteeism, and a more sophisticated management approach could produce betterlong-term results.Investorsin People (IiP) has recently launched a Work-life Balance Model that could helpaddress some of the issues behind absenteeism, says chief executive RuthSpellman. “Management has to look after the workforce and ensure that itis productive. Addressing issues such as maternity leave and flexible workinghours and putting proper processes in place will help,” she says.Thefirst step towards creating a work-life balance is to canvas opinion amongstaff about what they would find useful, says Spellman. “Employees in acity-based company might want a more flexible start-time, while women withchildren might want a facility to leave early at the end of the day.”WellingboroughCouncil, a small district council, piloted the IiP’s Work-life Balance Model inFebruary to address the varied needs of its staff. After a process ofconsultation, it adopted a range of measures, including a ‘flexitime’ schemeand home-working. Mike Scott, head of HR at the council, says: “We havebenefited from higher staff retention and a more productive workforce.”Thenumber of employees taking sick leave and absenteeism generally have also beenreduced.Anumber of companies that have applied the IiP’s Work-life Balance Model arestarting to see benefits in these areas, but many are also reporting broaderbusiness benefits. Mark Holt-Rogers, product development director ofBusinesshealth Group – which provides employee health programmes – says itsmain aim is to match the needs of staff to the business. He says a moreflexible working environment will help morale, but should also make thebusiness more effective.Worcester-basedRabjohns Business & Tax Advisors, which provides advice to localbusinesses, established flexible working patterns in 2002, but used theWork-life Balance Model to evaluate the success of these. It found theworkforce was more prepared to be flexible, and that this resulted in a numberof business benefits. For example, one of its ‘front-of-house’ team was able toopen the office earlier, benefiting customers who could visit before theirbusiness day began. “Havingflexible working hours and people working from home does bring benefits to theorganisation, but there needs to be very clear guidelines and mutualrespect,” says Jacqui Henderson, executive director of the Learning &Skills Council, London Central.Spellmanemphasises that any new system must be clearly communicated to employees.”Like every contract, you have to set it up properly with realisticexpectations,” she says.Jury’sInn, a 190-room hotel in Belfast, had approached work-life balance on an ad-hocbasis before introducing the Work-life Balance Model earlier this year. Now ithas a systematic approach to flexible working, including a new shift system. Thecompany is proactive in communicating with staff – letting them know what theyare entitled to and letting senior management know what should be possible.Withflexible shifts and improved communication, staff no longer need to resort toabsenteeism when they need time off, says Michelle Hagan, personnel andtraining manager. “We have boosted morale and improved retention,”she adds.Casestudy: Rebecca Massingberd, HR directorMassingberdGroup plc operates car showrooms that sell and repair Audi Volkswagens acrossthe UK.Employeesoften needed to work long hours to fit in with customer needs, and thisimpacted upon the punctuality of staff. While absenteeism was not a significantproblem, it did incur heavy costs; if a technician called in sick, hiscustomers for that day would have to be cancelled.HRdirector Rebecca Massingberd felt a formal structure was needed to helpemployees establish the right harmony between life at home and at work, and tohelp avoid the need for staff to work seven days a week during busy periods. Aflexible working system would also help make the company a local employer ofchoice.Aperiod of consultation established that workers wanted to have more time tospend with their families, although their needs varied – some wanted to startwork later to drop their children off at school in the mornings, while othersneeded to stay late to deal with customers. Newmeasures have now been introduced, including flexible working, job-sharing andattendance bonuses. Flexible hours mean staff can be flexible with time outsidetheir core hours, and can also accrue time off, while the attendance bonus hashelped the company reduce sporadic ‘sick leave’ days, says Massingberd. Staffare also more prepared to multi-skill to cover for other employees duringholidays.Thecompany is currently evaluating the impact that flexible working has had onother areas, such as retention and morale. Beating absenteeismOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
A previous attempt to ban Bullingdon members from OUCA came in Hilary term of this year, in the wake of negative coverage of the drunken behaviour of the Association’s members. However, the amendment was voted down by members.In June 2017, the club was barred from taking its traditional picture on the steps of Christ Church, much to the amusement of onlookers.At the time, then OUCA President and supporter of the amendment, Timothy Doyle, told Cherwell he believed some members “feared [a ban] would lead to maliciously-targeted prescriptions of student societies to prevent individual members’ holding office”.Concerns have been raised about the attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, with one anonymous OUCA member telling Cherwell that Etty had “packed the meeting”.Eleven non-committee members from the President and Political Officer’s colleges were present to vote on the Bullingdon ban.They reportedly left the meeting immediately after the motion had passed.One OUCA member, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell: “Student politics is decided by who has the most friends who can be bothered to turn up, and, as ever, in this case a good 15 such random friends who never turn up to council did.”Another added: “It’s just some petty ideological war between the current president and political officer, and most of OUCA. It’s a pointless change but they think it’s good for their image.”During the council, the President responded to concerns about effectively enforcing a ban on the secretive society, saying “we only need reasonable doubt”. Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) has added the Bullingdon Club to its list of “proscribed organisations” in order to avoid embarrassment, Cherwell can reveal.At OUCA council on Wednesday, OUCA President Ben Etty justified the proscription of Bullingdon members on the grounds that “if there was another story in the national press, it would be my face on it.”This comes despite his public claim that the ban was intended to “symbolise our desire to become a more inclusive association.”At a meeting of top OUCA officials, the President was criticised for breaking a past promise not to call another vote on the Bulling don Club, and his Treasurer asked: “Is the President lying to us?”Etty has twice before supported failed motions to ban the club’s members from OUCA. Etty told Cherwell: “This was not a personally-motivated proposal, but was done in the best interests of the members of this association and the wider Conservative Party.“In my view, this is something that was very long overdue for any self-respecting political organisation, and I’m confident that the vast majority of our members agree with me.”The Bullingdon Club is an exclusive, men’s-only dining society founded in 1780. Members have been known for their wealth and debauchery. The club has become a symbol for Oxford’s excesses and elitism, with the 2014 film The Riot Club taking inspiration from it.Many of the Bullingdon Club’s past members have gone on to join the ranks of Britain’s political establishment. These include the likes of former Prime Minister David Cameron, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and for mer Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
New Year’s Eve revelers will be entertained by an array of family-friendly entertainment, including this show by the Franklin Institute. (Photos courtesy City of Ocean City) OCEAN CITY MUSIC PIERTHE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE – Want to experience the Franklin Institute’s brand of interactive science right here in Ocean City, N.J.? Experience the magic of science with the Franklin Institute’s high-energy, family-friendly and energetic Traveling Science Shows. Live science shows are some of the best ways for people to see experiments and demonstrations of how science impacts our everyday lives.DISNEY’S IMAGINATION MOVERS – The Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers bring their interactive, family-friendly rock concert to the Ocean City Music Pier for First Night 2020. Get ready for some high-flying toilet paper, ginormous balloons, vortex cannons, streamers and music, music, music. You’ll hear all your favs – like “Jump Up & Brainstorming” – and some new songs, too. This concert promises to be an amazing, interactive concert the whole family can enjoy.THE TRAMMPS – Philadelphia’s disco band THE TRAMMPS will headline the Music Pier. The band’s first major success was with their 1972 cover version of “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.” The first disco track they released was “Love Epidemic” in 1973.However, they are best known for their Grammy winning song, “Disco Inferno,” originally released in 1976, becoming a U.K. pop hit and U.S. R&B hit. After inclusion in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the song was re-released in 1978 and became another hit.OCEAN CITY SPORTS AND CIVIC CENTER INFLATABLES – Visit our indoor carnival with giant inflatables!THE LEGACY BAND – With over 20 years of combined experience in the music industry, LEGACY delivers the hottest party package in the Tri-State Area and beyond.This 9-piece professional lineup packs a high-energy, feel-great punch of a performance to keep the dance floor packed at any type of event. From party classics to the top hits of today, the band carries out the legacy of the most popular dance music throughout the decades, captivating an audience of any age.LEGACY boasts performance and recording credits with Pat Benatar, Eddie Money, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, John Legend, Will Smith, DMX, Jadakiss, A Flock of Seagulls, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.For those who remember the Trammps and for others who never heard them perform, get ready for a show.OCEAN CITY SPORTS AND CIVIC CENTER OUTSIDE BASKETBALL COURTICE RINK – The best synthetic ice-skating rink surface in the world! Skates are supplied for this 40’x88’ rink. Come join this winter wonderland fun as a DJ spins the hits of yesterday and today!GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIERBOARDWALK RIDES – Amusement rides with the family in mind! Fun for everyone. Rides will be open 5-9 p.m.OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUMHARLEM WIZARDS – Get ready Ocean City, NJ: A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town! The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit for an evening of great fun that will ring in 2020 with variety of fun, dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways and more.HEGEMAN STRING BAND – A 10-time champion string band brings a unique style and sound to Philadelphia’s Broad Street on New Year’s Day and to performances year-round. With more than 40 members, Hegeman is committed to bringing music and entertainment to people of all ages.HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (OCHS Auditorium)“ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S ‘WE ARE IN PLAY’ ” – Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books. The Ocean City Theatre Company production will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long! In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play,” Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure that is perfect for young audiences.Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk will offer fun and adventures for families on First Night. (Photo credit Wiki commons)“LET’S ROCK”: A FULLY STAGED TRIBUTE TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – This rock-and-roll theatrical experience features a live band, lighting, costumes, dancers and spectacular choreography! Audience members will be transported back in time as we celebrate the music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s! Musicians, singers and dancers will rock the Hughes PAC with classic rock anthems that will have you dancing in your seats. A perfect way to bring 2019 to a rockin’ end!AUXILIARY GYM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLCHAD JUROS MAGICIAN – Chad Juros is an award-winning magician who has been honored to share his magic with audiences around the world for over 20 years. Chad has brought his talents to such places at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, the Island of Aruba and numerous regions in Canada.You may have also seen Chad on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the CW Network’s “Penn & Teller FOOL US” and A&E’s “Criss Angel Mindfreak.” Chad is one of the longest-running entertainers at Ocean City’s First Night is honored to bring his magic back year after year.COMMUNITY ROOM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLANDREW HINK – A lifelong pianist and singer-songwriter, Hink is an Ocean City native and University of the Arts graduate.In March 2018, Hink debuted his first full-length original musical The Shoobie Show, which is about life by the beach and boardwalk. As 2019 draws to a close, enjoy the sounds of all 88 piano keys through the years. Come see live piano classics such as Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu,” “The Entertainer, the “Super Mario” theme, plus originals and more!ROBIN GAZZARA – This 30-year-old singer-songwriter hails from South Jersey. Touring the country from the ages of 18 to 22, she has performed piano/guitar/vocals with the bands I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Ace Enders and a Million Different People, and shared the stage with bands such as Angels and Airwaves, Copeland, Cute Is What We Aim For, Steel Train and many more.Starting her songwriting career at 14, Gazzara’s song “Identity” was featured on The Early November’s “Friends of the Early November” CD that was sold worldwide. Following that release, she fronted a band named OneTwoThreeFour before taking the road as a touring musician. She has been performing locally at venues all over the South Jersey, mixing covers of current songs to classics, while also operating the Robin Gazzara Music Studio.Chad Juros is back to entertain by popular demand.ORIGINAIRE – Entwining soulful strings with sweetly blended male/female vocals, Originaire captivates audiences with heartfelt original songs performed with engaging chemistry and seamless musical precision. Originaire keeps an audience captivated from the first note to the last and leaves them wanting more.CAFETERIA OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLKARAOKE PARTY – You sing the hits as Center Stage Entertainment brings their top-of-the-line karaoke set up to the high school cafeteria. Free and fun for the entire family! Join up with friends to belt out your favorite songs or just come be entertained by the karaoke singers or by the lively “KJ,” who will play dance favorites in between song selections!OBSERVATORY OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLOCHS OBSERVATORY – View the stars through the 700-times magnification telescope. Please note this is weather-permitting.OCEAN CITY PRIMARY SCHOOLILLUSIONIST ANTHONY SALAZAR – Back by popular demand, Salazar presents an exciting show geared for the family audience! Witness amazing illusions choreographed to high-energy music, and a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy, dance, mind-reading, and audience participation that will leave you breathless!THE PHILLY KEYS DUELING PIANOS – Bringing you all the fun and good vibes of the dueling piano mentality with song requests, sing-along favorites, crowd participation, and great musicianship, this new concept is revolutionizing weddings, corporate events and private parties. The Philly Keys are leading musicians in the Tri-State area.OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE AUDITORIUMTHE DUPREES WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS – The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. Starting out in the early 1960s in Jersey City, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records.Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford’s 1950’s ballad “You Belong To Me” with big band arrangements. It was an instant national hit and the group’s first million seller. Backed by our professional Ocean City Pops Orchestra, this show will have you singing and dancing into 2020!HYMN SING – Sing in the New Year with a joyful time of praise and worship accompanied by the Tabernacle’s own Carolyn Lothian on piano and Jeff Seals on organ. This musical First Night stop is sure to lift your spirits and put a song in your heart.All of the entertainment at First Night is good for all ages.OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE YOUTH CENTERTHE BEACH STRUMS – This ukulele group is going to demonstrate the versatility of the ukulele by playing songs from the Hawaiian Islands to Vaudeville, as well as popular American standards and selections from the Doo-wop era. The program will consist of vocals and instrumentals. During parts of the performance, the group will encourage audience participation.ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SANCTUARYTHE CAPE SHORE CHORALE – Founded in 2005, the Chorale has approximately 50 dedicated volunteer singers from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Their repertoire includes both secular and sacred music.In addition to annual winter and spring performances, the Chorale has performed with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, at First Night Events in Ocean City and in many other local venues. Since its inception, the Cape Shore Chorale has been under the direction of Scott J. Breiner, one of the most respected musicians in South Jersey. The Chorale rehearses regularly at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Their First Night presentation is entitled “American Classics: Cole Porter/Gershwin/Hoagy Carmichael.”THE MEN OF BROADWAY II – The men of the Ocean City Theatre Company will return after last year’s hit show. Be wowed by the sounds of Broadway as leading men perform classic selections by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Webber, as well as contemporary selections from today’s hottest Broadway shows.ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH’S STAINTON ROOMJOHN PIZZI, VENTRILOQUIST – One of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, Pizzi has brought his unique brand of family-friendly comedy to audiences around the country! You may remember him from Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.” He was an opening act for entertainers like Jerry Vale, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Joy Behar, Weird Al Yankovic, The Trammps, The Regents, Al Martino, Clint Holmes and many more! He also has been a national headliner at comedy clubs, resorts, colleges, and theaters across the United States.OCEAN CITY AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTERPOOL OPEN – It is open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center’s 25-meter indoor pool.OCEAN CITY LIBRARY LECTURE HALLOCEAN CITY HISTORY – Learn about the early history of Ocean City: as a whaling waypoint, a part of the Lenni-Lenape way of life and a home to the first settlers. The lecture includes a presentation on the US Lifesaving Station No 30.THE TESTOSTERTONES – This vocal group hails from St. Augustine Preparatory School under the direction of Mr. Matthew Wolf. The all-male a cappella ensemble is in its fifth year and has performed and competed in various events across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including many events here in Ocean City. The TestosterTone’s repertoire features strictly a cappella music with an emphasis on contemporary music.QUIZZO LIVE TEAM TRIVIA – Quizzo is a 7-round, 70-question trivia contest between teams. The game rounds include General Knowledge, Celebrity Picture Identification, Sports, Geography/ History, Entertainment and a Bonus round. Teams can guess (they don’t lose points) and they can choose to double the point value in a single round by using the “Joker.” Spelling does not count and the only rules are no cheating (using phones etc) and never call out the answer.OCEAN CITY LIBRARY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY ROOMSTORYTELLING – Laura Kaighn of Lady Hawke Storytelling will be sharing stories of celebration, peace and promise. Perfect for the young and young at heart.OCEAN CITY COMMUNITY CENTER ATRIUMDJ AND FUN – Celebrate the end of 2019 with a dancing, crafts/activities and family fun in the atrium.OCEAN CITY SENIOR CENTERDAN CAIN MENTALIST – Cain has specialized in the art of mentalism for over a decade. He is the only person in the history of mentalism to predict the winner, final score and specific highlights of Super Bowl 46 — three months before the game!There will even by some country line dancing.COUNTRY LINE DANCE EXPERIENCE – Have a boot-scootin’ fun time with our interactive country line dance experience. The evening will feature country music and professional country line dancers who will teach everyone the hottest country line dances!OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM OC HISTORICAL MUSEUM – The mission of the Ocean City Historical Museum, Inc. is to delight, inspire and educate the public about the story of Ocean City and to collect, preserve and promote items relevant to its heritage, traditions and memories. Come visit, explore and learn!OCEAN CITY LIFE SAVING STATION OCEAN CITY LIFE SAVING STATION – First Night attendees will get an opportunity to visit the newly restored U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at the intersection of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.The station operated in Ocean City from 1885 to 1915 as part of the U.S. Life Saving Service, a precursor to the modern Coast Guard. Lifesaving stations up and down the U.S. coast were positioned not only to rescue ships and sailors in distress but to serve as places of shelter and medical clinics on shorelines that were often sparsely inhabited and remote.They were staffed with men whose motto was, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” The Ocean City station will become a living history museum that will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like there in 1905.
If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. We have listened carefully to Dame Judith Hackitt and we are taking action to strengthen building regulations guidance, which could mean that the use of ‘desktop studies’ are either significantly restricted or banned altogether. This demonstrates the tough measures we are prepared to take to make sure that cladding tests are as robust as possible and people are safe in their homes. Tough new rules designed to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings were published for consultation today (11 April 2018) by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid.The consultation, which aim to improve building safety, will look at restricting or banning the use of ‘desktop studies’ as a way of assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems.The revisions come directly as a result of the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her interim report from the review into building regulations and fire safety published last year. Government is also going further by asking whether ‘desktop studies’ should be used at all.The consultation is seeking views on whether ‘desktop studies’ are appropriate for all construction products, wall systems (cladding) or for any other purpose.If ‘desktop studies’ are deemed appropriate, the proposed changes include improving the transparency of assessments, enabling proper scrutiny of results and ensuring that the studies can only be carried out by properly accredited bodies that have the relevant expertise.These proposals are subject to a full consultation that will end on 25 May 2018.Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid said: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Further informationDesktop studiesAssessment in lieu of tests, also known as ‘desktop studies’ are an established part of the system for classifying the fire performance of construction products and systems set out in paragraph 1b of Annex A of Approved Document B.Their use is being considered as part of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety established by government following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Her final report will be published in the spring.See further details of the consultation.The deadline for consultation responses is 25 May. Once closed the department will consider all the comments received and provide a response as soon as possible.New British StandardGovernment has commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to draft a standard for the extended application of BS8414 results. This will provide detailed rules for assessments relating to cladding systems, in support of the new proposed requirements. Once the new British Standard is introduced for cladding systems, following it would be the expectation. Media enquiries Email [email protected] Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg