Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 9, 2018:Address: 9 Adams StreetPrice: $659,900Buyer: Michael A. Bergeron & Kathryn BergeronSeller: Michelle A. BallouDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,216sfAddress: 7902 Pouliot PlacePrice: $415,000Buyer: Maggie Tabach-LopesSeller: Richard C. Trainito & Teresa E. TrainitoDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 4,356sfAddress: 150 Salem StreetPrice: $369,000Buyer: Jeffrey Tucker & Tanya TuckerSeller: Anita Arsenault Est. & Elaine TuckerDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,958sfAddress: 279 Shawsheen AvenuePrice: $390,000Buyer: John L. JacksonSeller: Paul J. Howell, Jr. & Gregory J. HowellDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 18,731sfAddress: 52 Washington AvenuePrice: $543,000Buyer: Kurtis A. DubeSeller: Rafik M. Bishara & Julie N. RheaultDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 47,045sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Dont Be Late for Poetry Black Chakra

first_imgInterview by Betty Harvin, Special to the AFROJacob Mayberry, a Baltimore spoken word artist, emcee, National Poetry Slam champion, Texas Grand Slam champion and teaching artist,  Black Chakra, sat with the AFRO to celebrate poetry with us a bit after “Don’t Be Late for Poetry” to give us some insight into his poetic journey. Named Black Chakra from a former lover, who considered his energy a combination of the auras  of the seven chakras (crown, third- eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, root). He is an artist who truly lives up to his name.Black Chakra (Courtesy Photo)Afro: How did you get your name?Black Chakra: Me and a poet were dating and we found out about an African culture whose tradition was naming people, which is extremely important because what you are named is what you’re adorned as. So we thought it’d be special if we gave each other poetry names. The name I gave her was Fire Angelou, and Black Chakra was the name she gave me. It perfectly describes what I do because the chakras are different colors and different spiritual measurements of energy and I represent all the energies in one because black is the combination of all colors. I thought that was a beautiful name and I kept it ever since.Afro: What inspired you to be a poet and when did you start doing poetry?BLACK CHAKRA: Since 11 my father told me, ‘If you’re going to do something you have to be the best.’ I asked him, ‘How to be the best?’ He said you have to study, practice, and know it better than anyone else. So I did those things. I read multiple poetry books. So, since 11 I started writing and started studying and by 13, I was rapping, nonstop. Then by 15-16, I wanted to understand poetry on a deeper level, so I got into spoken word and I just stayed in it. I’ve always been invested in writing, I’m always writing; it is one of the most healthy things you can do. Also, it grows your skill level because you learn different things about yourself. I can literally write a poem in seven minutes because I don’t second guess what I have to say. I just know what I want to talk about and it feels very comfortable. So, now that I’m 30, I’d say I’ve been doing poetry for pretty much all my life.Afro: This month, as you know, is National Poetry Month, and at the AFRO we are featuring poets from the past, present, and future. Of course you represent one of the bomb poets from our present, but are there any poets from the past that have inspired you?BLACK CHAKRA: How long you got?….Gil Scott Heron, ase. Amiri Baraka, ase. Maya Angelou, ase. The Last Poets, ase. Sonya Sanchez, ase. Nikki Giovanni, ase. Biggie Smalls, ase. Tupac, ase. I can do this all day there are so many black poets I’ve read; Saul Williams, ase. Talam Acey, ase. Lamar Hill, ase. These people, their poetry has changed my life. The first time I heard Slangston Hughes, ase, I was in high school and I didn’t even know poetry could sound like that and I was like, ‘I can fit here’. He let me know, you have space here, you can fit here and he is so powerful. He is my favorite poet. He gave me permission to be a dope Hip- Hop lyricist within a spoken word format. There are so many great poets from the past, James Baldwin, ase. Nas, ase. Big Daddy Kane, ase. Rakim, ase. Tragedy Khadafi, ase. We can do hip-hop alone and go for the next two days. Malcolm X because I sincerely consider him a poet, ase.Afro: Just by your answers, I’m receiving that poetry is a state of being.BLACK CHAKRA: Poetry is breath, poetry is breathing. Poetry is the reason you get up in the morning. Everything is poetry, there is nothing that isn’t poetry. The person that put this wall together is a poet because he understood shapes on a level that he had to be passionate about. The person who shaped this table is a poet because they had to understand math on a spiritual level. The person who made this carpet is a poet because they had to understand stitching on a different level. The understanding of life on a different level is poetry. That’s why a poet will look at a can and create a whole poem around it because of how you break down the world and discuss it into multiple terms. I am just a sad offspring of the everything, that is poetry.Afro: Poets as prophets….what’s your take on that?Black Chakra: My personal belief is that we are puppets, there is a voice that is speaking through poets. In certain chapters of the Quran, in Islamic belief, they believe that the poet has a direct line to God and you can summon the words of God through you, and I believe that. Statistically, more people suffer from stage fright than they do fear of death. Which means more people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy. So why is it that there are these people, these light bearers, who can get on stage and do this and channel words? I consider it a blessing, poetry is my proof that God exists.Afro: The poets from the past didn’t have such an opportunity, like the poets of our present, to directly pour into the poets of our future. How has teaching the poets of the future been for you?(Black Chakra calls over one of his students and now fellow poets,  20 y/o, Summer Knights to join the conversation)BLACK CHAKRA: I remember I gave a speech to the kids (in the poetry club), saying ‘Hey look, we won last year, if we don’t win this year, it’s not that important.’ She looked at me and said, ‘F- that’, none of us here play sports, none of us here do anything else, poetry is all we got. If we can’t be the best at this, than what’s it worth?’ It changed my life. She taught me that. Pouring into the kids has actually been them pouring into me because you’re not a teacher until one of your students teaches you something. Now she is killing the stage, on the same stages as me,  she is a two- time world poetry champion, I coached a championship kid yesterday and so did she. I literally went up to her and said, ‘I think it’s time for me to retire.’ This is all I’ve ever wanted in life, to inspire someone to inspire someone else. Each one, teach one. I called her over here because she is the living proof to your question. This is what happens when you pour into black children. She loves so fiercely, she’s a good sister, human being, a good coach, and teacher. I can die tomorrow and smile because I had a part in that, so I’m just very thankful to pour into youth and for them to be this.last_img read more

MBK Golf Tournament Raises Funds For Local Programs

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comIn their attempt to expand the vision and opportunities for young African American men, My Brothers Keeper (MBK) took to the links for the first time. MBK’s Prince George’s and Montgomery County chapters joined forces to tee off the inaugural My Brother’s Birdies charity golf tournament at the TPC Avenel Course in Potomac, MD.  The tournament was more than just a fellowship and networking event for avid golfers who took advantage of playing at a PGA tournament caliber course.  It was a chance for MBK to promote the success of young men in the MBK network and give them an opportunity to gain a broader perspective on what it takes to become a professional success. My Brother’s Keeper did their inaugural My Brother’s Birdies charity golf tournament at the TPC Avenel Course in Potomac, MD. (Courtesy Photo)“We want these young people to know the sky’s the limit,” Prince George’s County MBK Executive Director Robert Johnson told the AFRO.  “Bringing to them an event like this gives them a chance to look at business leaders as role models to help them reach their aspirations.”President Barack Obama launched the MBK program in February 2014. Since its inception, the goal has been to address issues facing young men of color and to ensure they are given an opportunity to reach their full potential. In 2015, the MBK Alliance was launched and in 2017 the  Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. As a part of the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where through local programs and private sector partnerships.The Prince George’s County chapter of MBK was established in 2016 and has taken a different approach than the others around the country, Johnson says.  Their concept involves connecting local businesses and other non profit organizations to leverage the collaborative resources for creating a pipeline of college students and to establish a network of mentorship programs throughout the county. MBK in Prince George’s County has developed and cultivated relationships by partnering with organizations such as Jacob’s Ladder, the Concerned Black Clergy and 100 Black Fathers. They have been very aggressive in developing a college to leadership pipeline where the professional businessmen help their younger proteges focusing on mentorship, college readiness, job creation and reducing gang violence.MBK’s college to career mentorship pipeline creates new mentors through building relationships with current professionals that establishes a generational network of men who give back to the community. Once the mentorship has been established professional business leaders take a college student under their wing for help in developing a professional persona and using teaching strategies to give them a perspective on succeeding in the corporate world.During their mentorship, college students reach back into the communities also.  They become the role models for high school and provide guidance and strategies that prepare them for the academic world beyond graduation.  That mentoring starts at places such as SAT leadership academies in Bowie and District heights and enrichment programs at Bowie High School. “Everyone pays it forward,” Johnson said.  “We take a collaborative approach through our mentorship programs to provide as many support networks as possible.” The golf tournament raised funds to benefit the programs that are being produced by the chapters in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Organizers hoped the event will generate a chance for new relationships to develop.“We’re using the game of golf to engage new community partners to rally around the critical initiatives and programs,” says Justin Harrison, program director with MBK Golf Classic. “The classic is a vehicle for the next generation of young men to learn and play golf, and provide mentors an opportunity to connect with them.”last_img read more

Cards Welcome Margot Lawn

first_imgJustine Sowry on Margot Lawn”We are excited for Margot to join the Cardinal field hockey family. Her passion, excitement and enthusiasm for the game of hockey and our program is second to none. She loves the game, wants to be coached and is driven to be the best she can be. With her competitive nature, dynamic play and quick hands, our attacking play has the potential to elevate to another level. Margot already has years of junior USA experience and will be an immediate contributor this fall.” University of Louisville field hockey coach Justine Sowry has announced that Margot Lawn has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Cardinals in the fall of 2019. Lawn is part of a class of seven newcomers who will be announced in the upcoming weeks.Name: Margot LawnPosition: Midfielder/ForwardHometown: Pasadena, MDHigh School: Archbishop SpaldingClub: Nook Field Hockey Story Links Entering her senior season, she was named one of Max Field Hockey’s Top 10 Players in the Nation and was tabbed the NFHCA’s Maryland Offensive Player of the Year following the completion of her final season. Lawn earned Field Hockey Player of the Year honors from the Capital Gazette Communications and the Washington Post and was a Max Field Hockey Second Team All-American. Additionally, she was named to the Max Field Hockey All-Mid-Atlantic first team her junior and senior seasons. During her high school career, the two-time captain scored 89 goals and dished out 35 assists while helping her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) championship (2015) and three semifinal appearances (2016, 2017, 2018). In addition to her high school accomplishments, Lawn was a member of USA Field Hockey’s U17 National Team from 2015-17 and is a 2018 USA Field Hockey U19 Junior National Camp, Stars and Stripes and National Futures Championship selection. While playing for the U17 team, Lawn participated in the Uruguay Tour (2017) and the Ireland Tour (2016) – when she was the leading scorer for Team USA. In 2015, she was selected to play for the USA Field Hockey U18 All-Star team that faced the Scotland National Team, delivering a goal and an assist in the contest. The three-time STX Select team member (2015-17) and five-time U16 AAU/ Junior Olympics participant (2013-17) was also a member of the USA Women’s Junior National Indoor Team in 2014 and 2015.center_img The forward is a three-time NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic team member, a two-time IAAM all-conference and all-Maryland selection (2017, 2018) and earned Capital Gazette All-Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County Sun first team honors in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lawn was also named to the Washington Post’s first team in 2017 and 2018 and was a second team pick in 2016.  Print Friendly Version Margot Lawn on Louisville “I honestly fell in love with the school – the campus, the people, the team, the environment, and the coaching staff. I know they will push me to be a better player, but also prepare me for life at the same time.” Margot Lawn joins the Cardinals from Pasadena, Md., where she was a four-year varsity starter for Archbishop Spalding High School and was recently named to USA Field Hockey’s Under 19 national team after serving three years on the U17 team. She brings an impressive resume which includes three National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School All-America third team selections (2016-18). Lawn is also successful in the classroom, earning NFHCA All-Academic Team honors in 2018.last_img read more

Jade Raymond Named Vice President of Google

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Raymond was named to the Variety 500 list last year for her impact on the video game and entertainment industries.Google will be hosting a keynote during this year’s Game Developers Conference. While Google has attended the conference and hosted events at the annual gathering since 2010, this will be the first time the company is holding a keynote. It’s unclear what the keynote will discuss, but the RSVP for the event says it is for “Google’s announcement” and a video posted today said it’s for the company to unveil its vision for the future of video games.center_img Games industry veteran Jade Raymond has been named a vice president of Google.Raymond announced the news over Twitter today. “I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!” wrote Raymond.She didn’t clarify what her role would be as one of the company’s vice presidents.Raymond got her start in the game industry as a programmer for Sony. She went on to work at Electronic Arts, then as a correspondent for The Electric Playground, and finally Ubisoft Montreal, where she was the producer of “Assassin’s Creed.” She went on to serve as the executive producer of “Assassin’s Creed 2,” “Watch Dogs” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.”She helped open the Ubisoft Toronto Studio and served as its managing director, helping to expand the studio. In 2015 Raymond joined EA and founded the Montreal-based Motive Studios. She left EA last year. In January 2019, she received the Legend award at the 8th Annual New York Game Awards.last_img read more

Pregnant Rani is perfectly fine Spokesperson

first_imgActor Rani Mukerji, who is expecting her first child with her husband filmmaker Aditya Chopra, was hospitalised here.Her spokesperson has confirmed that she is “perfectly fine and all is well”. She was taken to the hospital on November 14. It was reported that Rani was at a Diwali bash after which the Ghulam actor was left thoroughly exhausted and needed medical intervention.But Rani’s spokesperson has confirmed that she was hospitalised as she needed rest under “medical supervision”. “Rani Mukerji was admitted to the hospital as the doctor felt that she needed to rest for a few days under medical supervision. She was discharged, but has chosen to rest it out in the hospital for a few more days as the baby’s room is being prepared at home and she wanted to be away from the dust and noise. “She is perfectly fine and all is well,” Rani’s spokesperson said in a statement. The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai actress will be discharged on Thursday. Rani tied the knot with Aditya last year and is expected to welcome her first child in January 2016. There were reports of Pamela Chopra eagerly waiting to bring her grandchild home. Rani, who was last seen in ‘Mardaani’ was considered for a cola brand endorsement.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img Add to Queue Twitter January 18, 2017 Columnist at PCMag.com Twitter’s problems stem from being a modern tech company that isn’t growing fast enough. I have two solutions. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? John C. Dvorak How to Solve Twitter’s Biggest Problems Next Article last_img read more

How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop The laptopocalypse is coming. In one of the most insane tech and travel related decisions I’ve ever seen, the Department of Homeland Security is considering banning any electronic device larger than a smartphone on a wide range of commercial flights.I won’t get into the purported security rationale for this, except to say that we wouldn’t be “completely safe” in the air even if we all flew naked; terrorists could just put bombs where the sun don’t shine. In terms of 2017, flying without laptops and tablets makes business travelers feel pretty naked. In fact, airlines have downgraded their in-flight entertainment offerings over the past few years assuming that travelers are bringing their own gadgets.The mechanics of any future ban will probably play out like the ban on large electronic devices on flights from the Middle East, just on a much larger scale. Middle Eastern airlines have rallied by providing laptops and tablets to business and first-class customers. That doesn’t help coach class passengers on a 10-hour flight, though.Being forced to check expensive electronics would create all sorts of security and liability concerns. Right now, most airlines disclaim liability for damaged electronics in luggage. That means they won’t pay you if the baggage handlers break or steal your laptop.Airlines affected by the current Middle East laptop ban, for example Qatar and Etihad, have changed that policy. Hopefully, other affected airlines would as well. But even then, airlines may not pay you the full value of your damaged electronics: according to the Montreal Convention treaty, airlines are only responsible for about $1,560 worth of luggage per passenger on international flights.Pick the best airlineWith no laptop in the air, in-flight entertainment systems become more critical than ever. Every hour you spend watching that seatback screen is an hour you aren’t stressing about your laptop.So, first of all, don’t accept any flight without seatback screens. For transatlantic flights, various reports have said that Air Canada, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic are all good choices. Of the major U.S. based airlines, Delta gets the nod for best in-flight entertainment from Skytrax.Your mobile office: phone, keyboard, touchpad If your airline doesn’t lend you a laptop, it’s time to get used to working on your smartphone.Android and iOS phones support Bluetooth keyboards, and the Microsoft Office apps on these devices aren’t half bad. For email, web browsing and document management, you can get quite a lot done on your phone. Use a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or OneDrive for your documents, so you can access them on your home computer, your phone and any computers you get access to at the other end of your journey.You can get more done with a keyboard. The Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard works with your phone and includes a groove that will prop up your phone at the right angle on a tray table. There are a lot of smaller, weirder Bluetooth keyboards out there, but we really like this one.Not having room on your tray table for a mouse can be a problem, though. I tend to use a keyboard and the phone’s touch controls. Android users could also upgrade to the Logitech K830 keyboard, which has an integrated touchpad. iPhones don’t support Bluetooth mice or touchpads, alas.Stunningly, I think we’ve also just found a real use for Dex, the new desktop dock for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phones. Bring a Dex dock with your S8, and you’ll be able to turn it into a desktop computer on the other end of your flight.For the kids: iPod touch Since the DHS ban applies to anything larger than a smartphone, that puts the tablets we use to entertain kids into peril. Even the Amazon Fire Kids Edition won’t hold up to this ban.Enter the iPod touch. Now available for $199, this will be family frequent fliers’ best friend: a small, portable entertainment device for kids that doesn’t require phone service and isn’t larger than a phone. Download movies from Netflix or the iTunes Store before leaving on a trip.There is no high-quality Android equivalent to the iPod touch. There were in the past, but they’ve gone off the market. If you don’t want an Apple product, your best bet is to get an inexpensive unlocked Android phone such as the $139 Moto G4 Play, and just not install a SIM card.How About Reading a Book?Books are good. Try one. Just not on an e-reader. They’ll be banned, too. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock Flights 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article center_img June 12, 2017 4 min read Sascha Segan Banning laptops on flights in 2017 is an insane idea, but here’s how to deal if it happens. 90shares Lead Mobile Analyst Apply Now »last_img read more

The Intranet Grows Up

first_imgTechnology Sarah Pierce From MySpace-style profiles to video blogs, check out the cool new things businesses are doing with their intranets. It wasn’t too long ago that intranets–internal company websites–were considered the redheaded stepchild of a business’s technology efforts. Once reserved for HR policies and company documents, intranets took a back seat to the company’s website as an underdeveloped–and rarely used–tool for employees.But many are turning their attention back to their intranet and discovering cool new ways to engage employees. Whether it’s MySpace-style profiles or video sharing, intranets have expanded from a corporate bulletin board to a social networking tool.Intranets in ActionInteractive promotion company ePrize, based in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, expanded its intranet nearly 18 months ago to include more employee-centric features, including an area called the “Water Cooler” where employees can sell personal items, such as extra concert tickets and homes, and post announcements, such as needing a sub for the company’s softball team. Employees can also log into the system each morning to order from a daily lunch menu. The $4 lunches are automatically deducted from their paycheck and delivered that afternoon.Another new feature ePrize employees enjoy is the ability to create personal profile pages that include contact info, languages spoken, birthdays and wedding anniversaries.”The intranet is the way we stay connected and network within our company,” says Alesya Opelt, senior marketing director. “It isn’t a place reserved for boring HR guidelines and document sharing. We use our intranet as a place to interact, build and document our culture, and to get to know each other beyond just an e-mail address.”Developing intranets that allow employees to interact using the same tools they’re used to outside the workplace is a new trend many businesses are exploring successfully. Lois Paul & Partners, a public relations company headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, recently expanded its intranet from the usual company announcements, info and links to resources, by creating an “LP&P Underground” blog. The blog serves as an outlet for employees to talk about topics that interest them outside of work, such as the latest in pop culture, TV shows, music and other random topics.”It’s a nice way to take a break from the busy day to talk about something fun,” says Kristin Cronin, senior account representative. “It’s also a good way to get to know fellow employees a little bit better.”Cronin adds that the blog has been a great way for newer employees to engage with employees that have been with the company longer, and despite business owners’ fears, it hasn’t cut into productivity. “People here work hard and know when they have a few minutes to browse the latest blog posts and when they don’t,” she says. “Blog entries can be a quick thing that the multi-tasking Gen Yers, and even the Gen Xers, can handle with little interruption to work.”The AppealThis attempt to reach twentysomething employees is the crux of the new “social” intranet movement. As more and more Generation Y employees enter the workplace, employers have to find new and different ways to get employees involved.”What’s happening is people are gathering in intranet chat rooms to have events people used to have in a conference room,” says Richard Laermer, author of Punk Marketing and CEO of RLM PR, which helped its client Comcast be recognized as one of 2007’s “10 Best Intranets” by the Nielson Norman Group. “It’s a fun way to participate without having to go to a sock hop or company picnic, which is hard for people these days, who work more than they ever did,” Laermer adds.He encourages business owners to let employees share industry-related stories and video on the intranet. He refers to this as “edutainment”–the ability to blend educational material about the company and its field.”The last thing employees want to see on the company intranet is the company handbook,” he says. “Have a good time with it–put up videos and hold online chat sessions instead of meetings. Employers who set up intranets need to remember, it’s not supposed to be a brochure; it’s supposed to be ‘intra’-active.”Dr. Gerry McCartney, CIO of Purdue University, agrees. While other CIOs are trying to discourage viewing video online, he decided that if that’s how people want to communicate, then that’s the medium he should use. His video blog, Vignettes, engages his staff more than any e-mail or newsletter ever could, he says.McCartney sees the increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies as the future of the intranet. He predicts that as we move toward communicating more on mobile devices, businesses will begin delivering communication to employees via text messaging and providing access to the intranet through employees’ cell phones.Whatever stage your intranet is in, it’s time to pull it out of the past and start treating it as the valuable tool it is. Whether you’re connecting employees to important information or connecting them to each other, the intranet has become a powerful new way to internally strengthen your business. The Intranet Grows Up The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –shares Apply Now » 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 20, 2007 Next Article last_img read more

What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Targets SoldOut Collaboration

first_img What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Target’s Sold-Out Collaboration Add to Queue –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Nina Zipkin Enroll Now for $5 Retail April 20, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article 3 min read Lilly Pulitzer’s headquarters in King of Prussia, Penn., is nicknamed the Pink Palace – but shoppers who hoped to get their hands on the preppy apparel maker’s line for Target might be feeling blue.That’s because the 250-piece limited-edition collection sold out almost immediately yesterday – in stores and online – with no plans of it coming back.The collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer is the most recent in a long line of designer partnerships between Target and high-end brands like Altazurra, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and, of course, Missoni, which also had the distinction of crashing Target’s website when it debuted in 2011.Related: Can Target’s New CEO Re-Energize the Big Retailer?Items in the vibrantly patterned Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection ranged from $2 to $150, with the most expensive dress going for $44 dollars. Dresses in Lilly Pulitzer’s main collection retail from $88 to $348 and are sold at high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as through the company’s website.Many of these high-low collaborations have been wildly popular, but do they actually help or hinder brands in the long run? Laura Ries, co-founder of branding consultancy Ries & Ries, says while this latest collection sold instantaneously, she wonders how it will impact Lilly Pulitzer’s core business – and if future high-low partnerships could end up devaluing it down the line.Related: You Don’t Create Your Company’s Brand — You Discover It.”The more popular it is at Target, the worse it is for Lilly Pulitzer the brand,” she says. “You see the same things happen with the outlets for some brands. Look at what happened to Coach; their outlet business went like hotcakes because you were getting Coach bags at the third of the price and, long term, it hit the exclusivity of their core business. Part of what drives high-end fashion is exclusivity.”Denise Lee Yohn, a retail consultant and the author of What Great Brands Do, says that though the prices were considerably lower, the limited nature of Lilly’s line at Target could end up bolstering the company’s exclusive reputation. “Even among the mass consumers that have an opportunity to buy it, it’s pretty much guaranteed they are going to get shut out…It almost makes the brand even more in-demand.”Related: How Can I Tell If There Will Be Strong Demand for My Product?Lee Yohn says she thinks that the collaborations are often a win-win, the designers can promote their brand and reach a different customer base while the Targets of the world can elevate their retail brand by association with the high end and exclusive. However, there is a downside to the frenzy: the reselling (and requisite marking up) of these hot-ticket items on sites like eBay. “That is less of a win for the retailer and the designer, because then it diminishes the strategy they are trying to implement.”Lee Yohn said that while it might inspire a raft of social media criticism, to protect the equity of the brand, next time, Target might want to look into setting a limit on how many items people could purchase. “In the long run, it might be a smarter way to do it.” Related: 7 Innovators That Changed Retail Forever Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Targetlast_img read more

Rutgers receives 42 million federal grant to improve mental health services

first_img Source:https://news.rutgers.edu/news-release/rutgers-school-health-professions-awarded-42-million-improve-mental-health-services/20181030#.W-Rz0XpKi4Q Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 9 2018Rutgers School of Health Professions has received a $4.2 million federal grant to train mental health practitioners as part of a new effort by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services to improve mental health services nationwide.With the grant, Rutgers’ Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling is creating a regional Mental Health Technology Transfer Center – one of 10 nationwide – to support practitioners and provider organizations that offer treatment, prevention and recovery services.”One of the federal program’s key goals is to expedite the transfer of evidence-based research into practice,” said Kenneth Gill, chair of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling and the grant’s principal investigator.On average, Gill said, there is a 17-year lag in implementing evidence-based research into practice in health care settings, and that delay is typically longer in the area of mental health.”There are problems that are seen as unsolvable. But we have ways to address them – such as strategies for reducing homelessness, chronic unemployment, and unnecessary incarceration among people who are mentally ill – and they are not being used,” Gill said. “If the research-based practices are better implemented, there will be better outcomes for people with serious mental illnesses.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration established the national network of centers as part of a new approach to making effective mental health disorder treatments, support services, and evidence-based practices widely available to people with mental illness.The Rutgers center’s regional area of service includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where increases in depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder have been reported in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.Related StoriesParticipation in local food projects may have positive effect on healthHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance type‘Climate grief’: Fears about the planet’s future weigh on Americans’ mental healthWorking with providers, state administrators, community organizations, service participants, teachers, administrators, school staff and families, the center will determine workforce development needs and provide in-person and online training, technical assistance and resource dissemination, said Ann Murphy, program director of Rutgers School of Health Profession’s Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and the grant project director.It will also focus on the needs of the Hispanic population, creating English and Spanish online repositories for information, materials and resources.The center, which will be located on Rutgers School of Health Profession’s Piscataway campus, will launch its work in November with conferences, train-the-trainer training and online courses. It is expected to be fully operational in 2019, according to Gill.”Rutgers Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling has been a national leader in innovative practices, with a community focus, for people with serious mental illnesses,” said Dean Gwendolyn Mahon. “It has provided educational and technical assistance services to New Jersey for 17 years, and more recently, New York and Washington states, and the City of New York.”Gill is a leading researcher in New Jersey in the field of mental illness, specializing in the areas of health and wellness, education and employment among people with serious mental illness. His research on jail diversion for those with mental illness led to the establishment of jail diversion programs in multiple New Jersey counties. He has authored a textbook entitled Psychiatric Rehabilitation.last_img read more