New forum for charity and social enterprise leaders in Bristol and the South West

first_img Tagged with: leadership Management South West New forum for charity and social enterprise leaders in Bristol and the South West Howard Lake | 17 June 2016 | News Perez added:“I’ve seen the success of ella forums with CEO’s in Bristol and the surrounding area and thought this is something we need to deliver locally to senior managers also.” Chief executives and senior managers at charities and social enterprise are to benefit from a new forum group in Bristol and the South West of England. The South West Development Director’s Forum, led by Nancy Chambers, is launching an ella forums group in Bristol in September 2016. The group, facilitated by Jenny Perez, a former charity CEO, will provide an opportunity for senior managers from charities and social enterprise to come together monthly, hear topical speakers, discuss common challenges and receive one to one coaching.Ella forumsElla forums was launched in London by Brian Chernett and Mike Burnage, who spent 18 years founding and developing the Academy for Chief Executives, which uses similar techniques to support corporate leaders. Both recognised the need for better support for third sector leaders. Ella is a social enterprise.Nancy Chambers of the South West Development Director’s Forum explained:“Our members in the South West told us that there was a lack of affordable, accessible, sector-specific leadership development and so we’ve tailor made a leadership development programme with ella-forums to address this need.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  179 total views,  1 views today  180 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 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.last_img read more

The Nth Power Yearn For Us All “To Be Free” On New Live Album Release [Stream/Review]

first_imgLeaving behind outdated conventions of separation of studio and stage The Nth Power skipped the middle man on their newest album, Live – To Be Free. Known for their transformative performances, the decision to record their new album live gave The Nth Power a perfect platform to introduce their latest material, and the timing of the release couldn’t be better. As the nation is embroiled in divisive political turmoil with unrest in the streets, the message of unity, hope and love could not be more needed.Listen to the new Live – To Be Free album, streaming below, and follow along with our in-depth review.From the outset, the welcoming track “Freedom” sets a broad and hopeful tone for the selections to follow. Guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Cassarino takes the mic to passionately implore listeners to seek peace and to break the bonds that hold them back, but he is not alone in his musical quest. Bassist Nate Edgar promptly sets up shop on the low end of the spectrum, and never wavers in his steadfast adherence to providing a percolating pulse to the proceedings.In the clarity of Courtney J’Mell Smith‘s wondrously widespread organ fills and synth runs on the first track, the quality of the recording is revealed to be simply stunning. Make no mistake, this is no crowd chatter buzz filled live recording chopped into tracks and rushed out the door. The care and post production so clearly evident throughout this recording is a revelation that speaks volumes to the skill and dedication of everyone involved.With such a high standard in high fidelity sought and achieved, it is obvious that integrity is important to The Nth Power. On “Truth,” they speak to the heart of that very issue. The three performances that resulted in this live album were done during the heart of the recent political campaign, and “Truth” is a smartly written repudiation of the fear and obfuscation that were on sad display. These first new tracks will surely be emotional touchstones for fans to rally around in the strange years to come.The intensity lessens for a much needed respite with back-to-back uplifting tracks “Joy” and a special rendition of one of the most beloved tracks from their previous release Abundance, the testimonial “Right Now.” The sheer positiveness of these two tracks alone have the amazing ability to lift even the heaviest of hearts with the power of soul music unfettered. The other songs reworked here from Abundance, “Could It Be” and “Home”, reinforce the overall upbeat message of this collection of songs and truly benefit from these expressive live takes.The remaining new tunes, “More & More” and “Take My Soul”, merge the band’s spiritual side with their collective desire to kick a little booty while they spread the love. Drummer Nikki Glaspie unwinds ferocious drum rolls and furious fills that make her almost infinite energy on her kit a spectacle above and beyond the magic the band is making. A mid-song crescendo in “More & More” barrels like a runaway freight train thanks to the insane power of Glaspie and the thunder she brings.Closing out one last plea for love in a darkened world, the organ filled crashing mayhem of “Take My Soul” takes what would be a quieter message to the far end of the rock dial, finally ending with guitarist Cassarino letting loose with a jaw dropping reminder that he does far more than sing. Listening to the last strains of “Take My Soul” as Cassarino pledges himself to the cause of love with a howl from the core of his being you can’t help but want to join him in this impassioned quest. It’s hard to think of a better message than the love at the heart of To Be Free, or a band better suited to spread it than The Nth Power.Catch The Nth Power at The Blue Note NYC on 12/9-12/10 as the official Chick Corea/John McLaughlin late night shows. Get tickets here.last_img read more

Indiana picked as site for global security conference

first_imgTel Aviv, Israel – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined leadership of Cybertech, one of the world’s largest cybersecurity conferences, in Tel Aviv, Israel, as they announced plans to host the inaugural Cybertech Midwest event in Indiana this fall.“We’re thrilled to host the first-ever Cybertech Midwest conference in our capital city,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our trip to Israel demonstrated collaborative potential Indiana has with Israel on cybersecurity issues, and no one hosts major events better than Indianapolis. We look forward to showcasing Hoosier Hospitality to cybertech leaders from around the world.”Israel is a global leader in cybersecurity, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the world’s GDP related to cyber technology. Cybertech was started in Tel Aviv and it remains its largest summit, attracting more than 15,000 attendees in 2018. The conference has expanded globally, hosting events in Tokyo, Singapore, Panama and Rome, and will now hold its first summit in the Midwest, attracting international industry experts in cybersecurity to Indiana, sharing best practices in cyber technologies and innovations.In 2017, Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order establishing the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity (IECC). Council and advisory members are focused on evaluating Indiana’s cyber risk profile, establishing a strategic framework of cybersecurity initiatives and leveraging the state’s assets to remain on the forefront of cybersecurity. One of the council’s priorities was to attract Cybertech and its global network of businesses, investors and experts to Indiana.“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the Cybertech to Indiana for our flagship U.S. event,” said Amir Rapaport, founder of Cybertech (pictured). “We see Indiana as the ideal location for our Cybertech event due to its vibrant cyber eco-system, with incredible involvement and passion from the state, industry, academia and local government when it comes to cybersecurity, protection and innovation.”Cybertech Midwest will kick off in 2018 with a one-day conference on Oct. 23 in Indianapolis, which is expected to attract more than 700 attendees with speakers and panels focused on global cyber strategies in sectors like logistics and transportation, utilities, defense, healthcare, financial services, business and local government. Cybertech Midwest will also follow up with a multi-day conference and exhibition in June 2019. More information about the conference is available online.As critical infrastructure and systems become digitally interconnected across the state, Indiana recognizes the need to advance strategic cybersecurity initiatives leveraging assets like its universities, research centers and business community. More than 30 Indiana universities and colleges offer cybersecurity courses, creating a talented employee pipeline. In addition, companies like Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Cummins, Pondurance and Defcon Cyber have formed business units focused solely on cybersecurity.“Securing Indiana’s information technology infrastructure and industrial control systems is beyond the reach of any single entity,” said Bryan Langley, chair of the IECC and executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “That is why the efforts of the council and partnerships is so imperative to address cybersecurity comprehensively and effectively in Indiana.”Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Holcomb’s economic development mission to Israel with the goal of strengthening global business ties and sharing best practices in emerging technologies and innovation. During the trip, the governor and delegation attended the Agritech Israel summit, met with a number of businesses, signed an MOU with the Israel Innovation Authority to advance 21st-century solutions, and met with Israeli government officials to discuss Indiana-Israel economic ties and share best practices.More information on the state’s relationship with Israel is available here.last_img read more

Heaslip returns for Wales game

first_imgThere’s no place in the match-day squad for Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell despite a strong performance against England. He’s replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy who drops out of the starting fifteen to make way for the returning Heaslip. An unbeaten Ireland take on Wales this Saturday and will be looking to keep their Grandslam aspirations alive. Paul O’Connell, will captain the side and win his 100th Test cap for Ireland and lines out alongside second row partner Devin Toner.  The front-row is made up of Jack McGrath, Mike Ross and Rory Best. Heaslip is joined in the backrow byPeter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien.The backline is unchanged with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, who will win his 50th cap, paired at half-back and the combination of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne links up again in midfield. Rob Kearney is joined in the back three by Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo.Cahir’s O’Donnell is replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy with the remainder of the replacements unchanged: Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones.last_img read more

Novel pairing in Tipp cup final

first_imgTown have the won the trophy on multiple occasions while their opponents are seeking to lift it for the first time.The match is being played at The Complex, Clonmel.Kick-off is at 2 o’clock.last_img

Dodgers’ Brandon McCarthy is a strikeout pitcher now

first_imgBrandon McCarthy’s first impression as a Dodger wasn’t great.Four batters into his April 8 start against the San Diego Padres, Justin Upton stood in with a runner on base. McCarthy was trying to go inside with a 94-mph sinker after setting up Upton on the outside corner, but the ball caught a lot of home plate. Upton turned on the pitch, launching it 371 feet to left field for a home run. Suddenly the Dodgers were trailing 2-0. The Dodgers came back to win the game, and McCarthy made a comeback of his own. In the fifth inning, Upton stood in with two outs and runners on first and second. The Padres were trailing 5-2, so another home run would tie the game. McCarthy tried setting up Upton on the outside corner again. He got ahead 1-2 then came back inside, this time catching even more of the plate. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Upton is one of 25 strikeouts McCarthy has recorded this season, which was one behind teammate Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead when the week began. Not bad for a pitcher who’s never averaged more than a strikeout per inning in his career. “There will be days where maybe I need to go get ‘em, days like today where I’ll take outs any way I can,” McCarthy said after hurling six shutout innings Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. “Last year in New York I started getting more strikeouts, a little bit more swing-and-miss. It’s something the more I can do, the better, but I’ll take five-pitch innings with no strikeouts all day long.”When McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers in December, it was seen as a bit of a gamble. His 2014 season went well — 200 innings pitched, 175 strikeouts compared to just 33 walks — and it particularly improved after he was traded to the Yankees in July. It was also the first time he’d been healthy enough to make at least 30 starts in a season. From 2007 to 2013, various injuries limited him to an average of 18 starts a year.Since McCarthy was the Dodgers’ biggest off-season splurge (at least until they signed Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, whose $62.5 million contract still is not official), it stood alone as a measuring stick for the Dodgers’ free-agent acumen. And it seemed risky.So far, as a snap judgment, the McCarthy from New York seems to have carried over to Los Angeles. The fearlessness might be what teammates and opposing hitters notice, but it’s a direct result of the extra velocity he gained last year. That, in turn, was a result of the muscle mass he added in the gym.“What you recognize most is the way guys are swinging through the fastball, the way guys are reacting to it,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Facing him in the past, you never really felt like that was a pitch you really had to have in the back of your mind as something he can do. He told me that (Yankees catcher) Brian McCann really brought that to his attention last year when he went to New York. He started to run with it.”Said McCarthy: “it feels like something I can really let go of, which is something I never really had in the past.”Only five qualified pitchers posted a higher ground-ball to fly-ball ratio last year than McCarthy. It’s possible the Dodgers are getting a different pitcher than even they counted on, one who can rely equally on the groundout or the strikeout to escape trouble.“I always pictured him in my mind as someone methodical who pieces his way through a game,” Ellis said. “After seeing him in spring training and catching his last two starts, you see a guy who’s just coming at you like a freight train, going to keep pounding the strike zone.”That comes with a consequence. The closer a pitch is to the middle of the plate, and the faster it’s thrown, the more potential it has to travel a really long way. Sure enough, only one pitcher had allowed more home runs than McCarthy at week’s end. Each time he’s allowed a home run, McCarthy blamed his location.Sunday, he limited a powerful Rockies lineup to three singles and no runs in six innings. His day ended when the most powerful hitter of them all, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, grounded into an inning-ending double play.That’s a powerful last impression and a much better one than the first. The real Brandon McCarthy of 2015 might lie somewhere in the middle which, at least, should be fun to watch.center_img It was a challenge pitch, 94 mph at the belt. Upton swung but couldn’t catch up. Strike three, inning over, crisis averted.McCarthy threw another six pitches in the sixth inning, never with the same zip, and didn’t record an out before he was pulled.“That’s something now with throwing more four-seamers, I just try to let it go,” he said after the game. “I don’t know if I went a little bit too hard. I don’t know if I did a little too much, but at that time, that was the out I needed to get.”That mindset gets to the heart of the first impression McCarthy has made on his new teammates. Sure, he’s a gangly intellectual with a good working knowledge of analytics and a dry wit that plays well on Twitter. That’s been true for years. McCarthy’s first three starts of 2015 have also revealed his fearlessness — a degree you might not expect from a 31-year-old pitcher who’s made nine separate trips to the disabled list in his career.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand 1st test results: Hosts make short work of woeful Indian…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyAdvertisement 17m1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ymWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j3kWould you ever consider trying this?😱dgt6Can your students do this? 🌚zuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s tour of New Zealand is going downhill since the 3-0 ODI whitewash, and now adding salt to the wound, the hosts have snatched victory in the first Test with an easy 10-wicket chase win in the second innings today at the Basin Reserve cricket ground. Starting from 144 for 4, India’s middle to lower batting order gave up in front of a dominating Kiwi bowling attack, ending their run on a score of 191. In the second innings, it was a walk in the park for New Zealand as they had to score just 9 runs.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyIndian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari resumed the visitors’ innings, and a late effort was seen from India’s wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, but all fell victim to the astounding performance from New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee.Boult secured his 4th wicket of the Test by picking up Rahane at 29, while Southee secured his 10th 5-wicket haul in the red ball format.Advertisement Along with picking Mayank Agarwal yesterday, the 31 year old veteran pacer dismissed Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah in the end.Pant only managed to score 25 runs with four boundaries, and the in-form Ishant Sharma had some input in the later overs with scoring 12 with two fours. However, the latter was sent to the pavilion against Colin de Grandhomme.Advertisement With just a minuscule target of 9 runs, the Black Caps had a prompt finish with just 10 balls, as openers Tom Latham (7) and Tom Blundell (2) wrapped up the innings.The win marks a historical feat for New Zealand as their 100th Test cricket victory. On the other hand, this was India’s first defeat in the World Test Championship. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not taking the defeat heavily.“We know we haven’t played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” Kohli said in the post match interview.Ranked 1st in the ICC Test batting rankings, Kohli scored 19 in India’s second innings. However, the 31 year old is keeping a positive mindset for the next games to come. “For some people, it might be the end of the world but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high,” he added.The second Test, concluding India’s tour of New Zealand is scheduled on 29th February at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-India vs New Zealand Day 3: Hosts press advantage as Virat Kohli falters againVirat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more