Local architects set to design modern performing arts space for Goldfields school H+H Architects selected to design $500,000 upgrade to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School’s performing arts spaceThe new centre will provide opportunities for more than 800 students from Years 7-12Construction expected to start in early 2021 Goldfields based firm H+H Architects has been chosen to design the revamp of the performing arts space at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School.The $500,000 upgrade to the existing facility will give the school’s 835 current students the opportunity to hone their drama skills in a fresh and modern learning area.The renovations will include an upgrade to the performance space, green room, costume store and bio-box for lighting, sound and projection equipment.With the project now in the planning stage, work is expected to start in early 2021 and be completed by the middle of the year. The project is part of the McGowan Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:“This modern and refreshed performing arts space will give students an outstanding venue to encourage their creative skills to thrive.“I know this upgraded learning area will help Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School’s many talented students now and in the future.”As stated by Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn:“I am very pleased to see a local Kalgoorlie-Boulder firm has been awarded this tender.“Goldfields kids deserve top quality schooling experiences and this new performing arts centre will deliver the stars of tomorrow.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Arts, Australia, community, drama, education, future, Government, mining, Minister, project, quality, school, space, students, WA, Western Australia
Saudi Arabia confirms new MERS caseSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed a new MERS-CoV case today in the central city of Al-Kharj, the country’s fifth case in under a week.The new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case involves a 47-year-old Saudi man who had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for the disease. He is hospitalized in stable condition and is not a healthcare worker, the MOH said.Since the virus emerged in the country in 2012, the MOH has confirmed 1,288 cases, including 551 deaths.After Saudi MERS cases peaked at 126 in August 2015, they have dropped steadily, to 66 in September, 24 in October, 4 in November, 5 in December, and 7 so far this month.Jan 27 Saudi MOH update PAHO reports 3,000 new chikungunya infectionsAlthough Zika virus is garnering much media attention of late, the other surging mosquito-borne virus in the Americas—chikungunya—continues its steady increase, with 3,083 new cases reported last week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported today.The newly reported illnesses bring the total for 2015 and 2016 to 696,409 suspected and confirmed cases, PAHO said in an update posted today but dated Jan 22. The week before the agency reported 7,599 new chikungunya cases. The total since the outbreak began in 2013 is now 1,843,178 casesThe number of chikungunya-related deaths held at 71.The vast majority of new cases are in Guatemala, which noted 2,982 new cases and 32,739 total for 2015 and 2016. Peru logged 110 new cases over several weeks, bringing its 2015-16 total to 295.The vast majority of countries in the region, however, have not provided updates to PAHO for many weeks. The epidemic began in December 2013 with the first locally acquired chikungunya case ever reported in the Americas, on St. Martin in the Caribbean.Jan 22 PAHO update
Research shows that when a company embraces diversity, it can become more innovative and competitive. These traits are especially important for companies who continue to experience exponential growth, expand their applicant pool and hire more talent.Diversity is integral to the ecosystem of a company because it enables an organization to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment. Studies have also shown that a more diverse talent pool is pivotal to competitive advantage and economic success.As a global company, we work hard to support and leverage the diversity of our workforce. We also understand that in order to attract and maintain a diverse workforce, we must ensure that we have an inclusive culture.We recently conducted a study of 1,002 people currently employed in the technology industry, and 77 percent of respondents say it is very or quite important to have a diverse company, yet nearly a quarter (24 percent) felt that they had been personally discriminated against.Having a truly diverse and inclusive culture doesn’t happen overnight and it requires a broad and long term commitment to see results. Here are some of the things we are doing to help us achieve a dynamic and diverse workforce.Develop Programs that Source & Support Diverse Candidates:If you are constantly sourcing a diverse slate of candidates, you will increase the diversity within your company. Educate recruiters so they can focus on creating an inclusive and supportive work environment or find recruiters who have experience with diverse hiring practices.In order to source diverse candidates, however, it’s important to enhance efforts in creating a more inclusive environment, so that you can attract and retain a diverse workforce. We should all be thinking about how to recruit great talent with a diversity of skills, experiences, culture, background and abilities to contribute to the success of your company.Partner with Organizations that Are Experts in InclusionI’ve learned that we need to implement a wide array of action plans to move the needle, which includes partnering with the right academic institutions and organizations to create a diverse pipeline of talent.For example, we partner with a number of groups that are committed to increasing workplace inclusion, including Girls Who Code, StemConnector, Anita Borg Organization and Grace Hopper, to name just a few. These relationships have helped impact decision-making and success in achieving our inclusion goals, and we will continue to expand and grow this list.Openly Communicate with your Employees on Diversity & Inclusion PlansIndeed’s survey finds that 57 percent of people do not know what meaningful action their company is taking when it comes to diversity and inclusion, while 25 percent said their company is not taking any meaningful action.Employee education should be a main priority. This means we all need to do a better job communicating our initiatives and making people more aware of them. Organizations are responsible for inclusion. All employees need to be champions of inclusion, and by getting more people involved, we can help attract more diverse employees and create a workplace where all employees are respected and valued.Engaging in a holistic approach—from identifying conscious and unconscious biases that may exist in our talent acquisition processes to educating our hiring managers and all leaders on the benefits of a diverse workforce—is essential to creating and embracing inclusion in our overall business strategy. As employers, it’s our responsibility to make sure we have a supportive culture that’s committed to educating employees and investing in strategies to build a pipeline for the future.
You’d like to be smarter, erudite, more successful, and happier. And you know that PRO Talks are full of lessons on how to get that way. In this series we bring to you an exclusive interview with the World’s Best Professional Wrestler awardee, Sangram Singh. You just need a few minutes to imbibe the amazing compilation of informative and educative talks that can make a lifelong impact on you.This covers everything from how to be successful to how your passion can turn out to be a beautiful gift to showcase the world.From being on a wheelchair for years to winning the World Wrestling Championship, Sangram Singh shares his thoughts on his ‘never give up attitude’ and on leading a successful career Q. Sangram, we all know you as a wrestling champion who never gave up but please tell us a bit about your school days. What were you like as a student?Sangram: To be honest, I was not very good in studies, I was an average student. I used to work hard whether it was for wrestling or studies as I considered myself not that talented. I used to mug up everything during exams.Q. Do you think that academics are the only important factor behind building a successful career? You were an average student and have still made it big, what is your take on this?Sangram: If you score well in academics, you have options to pursue your career in engineering or you can prepare for IAS or PCS, but according to me only that person can change the world from whom the world does not expect anything. Those are the people who set an example in front of the world. It’s good to get good marks but some students take it on their heart when they score less in future. But the average student, on the contrary, keeps on trying to do something or the other to achieve his goals. advertisementQ. What do you think is more important to lead an enriching and successful life- books or personal experiences?Sangram: I have noticed that most of the successful business men are not that educated. But they are the ones who hire highly educated employees to work for them. There are two things in your life which no one can take from you, one is your education and the other is your body, you cannot gain knowledge just by mugging books but you can definitely learn things from your practical experiences. Q. We often hear that setting goals helps achieve success. Do you agree?Sangram: If you have an aim to achieve something for your family, your village, your society and your country, god himself will open all the doors for you. Q. What is your advice for those students who want to pursue their career in sports?Sangram: The only advice I can give is that, you should never give up in your life. There are no such words as ‘NO’ and ‘END’, the word ‘NO’, according to me, means next opportunity and the word ‘END’ means ever never die. Nobody fails in life, because ‘FAIL’ means first attempt investing your life. If anyone says that you cannot do this work, that means you have the capabilities to do that work and the other person is just insecure of you. Follow your mind and heart, the right path in life is always very long and difficult. Q. You always give credit to God for your luck. But then, what about hard work?Sangram: You have your destiny in your hands; the more you work hard the more god will give you. I am thankful to god for making me what I am today, he has made me one of the world’s best wrestlers and my film is also releasing. Q. You’ve gone through a lot of physical struggle to reach where you are today. What keeps you going?Sangram: I am so grateful to god that the person who couldn’t even walk on his own is now achieving so much that I am also signing the death contract for wrestling. Always think positive, no matter what people say about you, but you should try not to hurt anybody. I am not a very big and famous personality but if any child wants to do something in life and his financial status is not allowing him to, I would like to help him in the best way possible. Q. We have seen that you do not restrict yourself to athletics but are active on television and in the domain of social service. Please tell us what it’s like outside the world of sports.advertisementSangram: After Bigg Boss, I got to know about Google, Facebook, Twitter etc. I am now interacting with the youth; I have been the brand ambassador for Wrestling Federation of India, Animal Planet, People For Animal, PETA etc. Once a child asked Swami Vivekananda what the biggest loss of life is. To this he replied, if you have lost the willingness to achieve something in life, that is your biggest loss. I would just want to say this to everyone that never give up in life, and also India has a great potential. Q. In what other profession do you really see yourself in, if not wrestling? Sangram: The profession which I admire the most is that of a teacher. According to me it is the most respectful job, because after god and our parents the person whom we respect is our teachers. They are the ones who guide us, teach us the right path so that we can prove ourselves and make the nation proud. A teacher is like a potter who makes a pot out of clay. I always wanted to be a teacher since childhood, but I was not very good in studies. If not a wrestler I may have been a teacher in a primary school.Q. What do you have to say about the parental pressure that children go through while making career decisions?Sangram: According to me, our parents are the best decision makers for us. Such pressures generally arise from our relatives and society and sometimes parents unwillingly impose things on their kids. But you have just one life, one should at least try once so that you do not regret later about the path not chosen. Q. You have won so many people’s hearts and respect, but have you ever faced any criticism?Sangram: People talk bad about you, they will be jealous of you and they will leave you alone amidst everything, but once you are successful they are the ones who will say that we knew it you will make it that big someday. So one should not take tension of such pressures.Q. Experiences, talents, movies, reality shows etc. You have given a great platform to your career. How did you possibly manage all of it?Sangram: Experience is the best teacher and victory in itself. You should give chance to every new talent because we have the best talent in India. I am working in a movie with senior actors such as Om Puri, Kirron Kher etc. I am not an actor but I believe no one can teach you how to act, your self-confidence is what makes you do things, you can only learn certain things like how to talk, how to behave etc.Q. Everyone has some or the other talent but they need to get noticed, was it the same with the famous wrestler of today’s time?advertisementSangram: Talent is in every one, recognition is required. I am a very less talented artist, I am here by god’s grace but I wish that before I close my eyes I am able to help as many children as I can.
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If you want to feel happy – and wonderful about yourself – science has the answer. Do something for someone else.Researchers Lalin Anik, Lara Aknin, Michael Norton and Elizabeth Dunn have shown that people who commit random acts of kindness are significantly happier than those who don’t, and spending money on others makes you happier than spending money on yourself. They also have discovered happier people help others more, and they give more. A positive mood makes you nicer! This makes a circle: giving makes you happy, and when you’re happy you give more, which makes you happier, which makes you give more.I bring up this selfess circle of happiness now because Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. Black Friday in stores and Cyber Monday for online shopping are behind us, and we’ve arrived at the day to do something for others.Here are two ways to celebrate.1. Go into work today feeling like a star of the movement. If you read this blog, you are making the world a better place in some way, and you live #GivingTuesday every day of the year. You are wonderful, and so you should take a moment to feel joy at the difference you make. I, for one, am so happy for what you do.2. Encourage others to support your cause – or whatever cause they love – today. For example, give and get your gift matched here! (Thanks to partners the Case Foundation, Crowdrise and Six Degrees.)Thanks for being a part of #GivingTuesday – and the circle of happiness – with your great work for good.
As the so-called Snowquester flakes fall outside my window here in Washington, DC, I thought I’d share a timely piece of research about storms.The wonderful team at Influence at Work this week covers a study with surprising findings about inspiring disaster relief donations.Apparently, people are more likely to donate to storm relief efforts if their name sounds similar to the name of the storm. I am not making this up: “People were more likely to donate if the initial of their first name matched the name given to the hurricane. For example, those whose names began with the letter R, such as Robert or Rosemary, were 260% more likely to donate to the Hurricane Rita relief appeal than those whose name didn’t begin with the letter R. A similar effect was noted after Hurricane Katrina with folks whose name starts with a K significantly more motivated to donate.”*In addition, says Influence, Adam Alter, a Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern Business School, suggests, “If people are more likely to donate to hurricane relief programs that share their initials, then the World Meteorological Organization which is responsible for naming hurricanes has the power to increase charitable giving simply by giving hurricanes more commonly occurring names.”Anyone have contacts at the WMO?This research reminds me of studies I read that people choose professions close to their names. There are apparently many dentists named Dennis.So maybe it’s impractical to start naming hurricanes John Smith, but in all seriousness there is a lesson here. As Influence points out, we always pay more attention to anything involving our name. You’ve experienced this in a noisy room where you’re tuning out conversation – until you hear your name mentioned. I think it’s therefore useful to test using people’s real names in fundraising appeals (better than Dear Valued Supporter) or naming initiatives or campaigns after common names or initials. It’s easier to try out than naming storms!(By the way, I donated to Katrina but not Rita relief so there you go.*)
Email + Social = SuccessRemember that whether someone is a fan on Facebook or a subscriber on your email list, they’re a member of your online community. These are people who have opted to receive updates from your organization and are eager to show their support.By combining the power of social media and email marketing, you’ll be able to grow your community and get more from your marketing efforts in the years to come! 1. Make it easy to connect on your websiteThe first step to combining your social media and email marketing is making it easy for supporters to sign up for your mailing list or find your social networks directly from your website. Put buttons on your homepage for both so that when visitors find you, they can decide how they want to be engaged. Hopefully they’ll choose both!Tip: Need more help perfecting you nonprofit website? Check out this free eguide! As Constant Contact’s Content Developer, Ryan Pinkham helps small businesses and nonprofits recognize their full potential through marketing and social media. 5. Get more from your newsletter contentSharing your email newsletter content on Facebook or Twitter is a perfect opportunity to fill your social media content gaps.It’s also a chance to make better use of the content you’re already creating and get it the exposure it deserves. Sites like Facebook and Twitter will enable you to open your newsletter up to a whole new audience—not only your current fans, but also their friends who’ll see your content when someone else engages with it.And if the content in your newsletter isn’t time sensitive, you can wait a few days before you share it. This gives your emails a longer shelf life before you send another.Tip: If you’re thinking about taking your newsletter from print to digital, follow this guide. 4. Use consistent brandingWhether someone is visiting your website, connecting with you on Facebook, or seeing an email in their inbox, the experience they have with your content needs to be consistent. Not only in the quality of the content, but in the look and feel of your marketing materials.One way to do that is by using the same logo on Facebook and Twitter as you use in your email newsletter. That way, when someone does click through to become a fan or to read your newsletter, they immediately recognize that they’re in the right place.You should also pay attention to the colors you choose. The color scheme on your website is likely the scheme you’ll want to use in your email newsletter and, when possible, on Facebook. Color Cop is a free and easy-to-use tool that enables you to pull the exact colors from your website so you can implement them on other marketing content. 3. Demonstrate your valueIf you want fans and followers to sign up for your email list, you need to make sure you’re demonstrating the value of doing so.In addition to having a clear call to action like Join my List!, you also want to include a description on the sign-up form telling people exactly what it is they should expect to receive. What type of content will you be sending them? How frequently will they get it? Is there any bonus or discount for subscribing? Tell people exactly what you plan to deliver and highlight why it’s great.The same applies when linking your newsletter to your social networks. Don’t just ask people to Like us on Facebook, explain why! If you’re already using email marketing and social media to promote your nonprofit, it’s important to unite your online communities—giving supporters the opportunity to stay connected with all the stuff you’re doing online and giving you the opportunity to better engage your target audience. Start by having your digital tools work together, here’s how: 2. Bring your audiences togetherEven if you’ve already connected your website to your social media pages or email sign-up form, it’s likely you still have some people who are seeing your content only via social media or are only receiving your newsletter.It’s crucial that you’re able to bridge that gap and bring those audiences together. One way is to include links to share content in your newsletters. Much like with your website, this will help turn readers into fans.On the flip side, you’ll also want to make it easy for fans to sign up for your announcements. Do you have a way to sign up for your newsletter on your Facebook page and in your Twitter bio? When someone sees all the interesting content you’re sharing through social media, don’t make them search for a way to sign up.Tip: If you’re a Constant Contact customer, you can easily add an email sign-up form to your Facebook Page.
Each year, our Digital Giving Index shows that the online donation experience matters. Donors are more likely to give (and more likely to give larger donations) when they are presented with a donation page that keeps them in the moment of giving. In this video, Annika Pettitt from Network for Good’s Customer Success Team shares three key elements that will make your online donation page more effective and help you reach your fundraising goals.For expert guidance on creating a donation page that inspires donors to give more, register for the free Ultimate Donation Page Course.
Arsenal title winner Smith: Holding better option than Sokratisby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith says Rob Holding is best suited to being David Luiz’s defensive partner.Smith wrote for the London Evening Standard: “…I’m a big fan of Rob Holding, who could possibly get a run out in central defence. “Holding offers a steadier option in an area of the pitch where Sokratis can be hot-headed and David Luiz unpredictable. To put it mildly, that’s not an ideal combination.”For me, Holding’s calmer presence and good reading of the game make him a better partner for Luiz. “The lad has been dreadfully unlucky with injuries so far, but if he can only stay fit, the 24-year-old has the ability, I think, to become an Arsenal regular for several years to come.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say