Comcast to Move Trailers to Shelter Road in Ocean City

first_imgCustomers visit the Comcast trailers on a city-owned parking lot at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue on Monday, May 11.Comcast will move its customer service trailer in Ocean City to a new location on Shelter Road by Memorial Day Weekend, according to a company spokesperson.The temporary Comcast office will move from a city-owned parking lot at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue to a new city-owned site near the Ocean City Humane Society on Shelter Road, according to Comcast’s Jennifer Bilotta.Shelter Road is a side street off Tennessee Avenue (which runs off Bay Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets).Comcast is being displaced by construction of a new skateboard park that is expected to begin on Monday, May 18.Comcast maintained an office on West Avenue that was damaged by floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The cable TV company subsequently applied to the state Board of Public Utilities to close its Ocean City location altogether and to redirect customers to a central office in Pleasantville, 12.7 miles away.In an effort to maintain convenient services for property owners in town, the City of Ocean City agreed to let Comcast set up trailers at no cost on the city-owned property. A similar deal is expected to continue at the new site. (Read more: City Offers to Extend Free Ride for Comcast.)Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon did not return calls for comment on the details of the new arrangement.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims soar 700 in week after Irene

first_imgJuly  2011 June  2011 July  2010 June  2011 July  2010  Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted There were 1,179 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 707 from the week before in the wake of tropical storm Irene. The previous week saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 6,869 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 408 from a week ago and 1,233 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,470 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 5 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 739 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 4 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths in July to 5.7 percent. See story HERE.   Change to         July 2011 from    Total Labor Force359,800361,400360,200-1,600-400  Employment339,300341,500338,300-2,2001,000  Unemployment20,50019,90021,900600-1,400  Rate5.7%5.5%6.1%0.2-0.4last_img read more

Clippers’ Jamal Crawford confident he’ll find his rhythm in time for playoffs

first_imgWhen the Los Angeles Clippers’ Jamal Crawford gets in a shooting rhythm, he is outstanding. By that same token, rhythm guys usually aren’t going to come back after missing 17 consecutive games and make a lot of shots the first game back.Crawford on Tuesday played for the first time since suffering a calf injury March 2 at Minnesota. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting — 0 of 4 from 3-point range — in the Clippers’ 105-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.He’s not worried.“I think that’s what these games are for,” Crawford said. “I’m kind of a big-picture guy. I don’t get too high or too low. If I would have had 25, I wouldn’t have been too excited because I know it’s just a process.” “When you’ve been out that long, everybody wants you to come back and be that same guy right away,” Paul said, “but it’s going to take him some time and he’s going to work his way back in.”CP3 joins select companyPaul surpassed the 13,000-point plateau with his 19 points Tuesday. Now with 13,006 points, he became the fourth player in history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists (he has 6,921) in less than 700 games; he did it in 696. The other three are Oscar Robertson (614 games), Isiah Thomas (667) and Magic Johnson (673).Paul said he didn’t realize his accomplishment, but he was happy to learn of it.“Jamal Crawford said it the other day, ‘You’re always trying to make a lasting imprint,’” Paul said. “But I didn’t know that. It’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.”Jeremy Lin impressedLakers point guard Jeremy Lin had a rough time against the Clippers on Sunday, scoring six points while making just 2 of 8 from the field. He fared better Tuesday, going for 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting.Lin after Tuesday’s game raved about the Clippers.“They do a great job of putting each player in a position to win,” he said. “That makes it difficult for us when we’re trying to attack on defense against these guys. One moment we would have to try to prevent an alley-oop to DeAndre (Jordan), and the next moment we would have to chase J.J. (Redick) around.“They can also run misdirections with Chris (Paul) and Blake (Griffin) all night, which gives them open shots. Defensively, they move and attack well and are very active overall.”Smoking hot?Griffin went crashing into an advertising table outside the north end-line in the first quarter Tuesday. It resulted in him wearing a patch on his right shoulder that became bloody. Coach Doc Rivers was asked about it afterward.“I’m sure it’s not to get him to stop smoking,” he said, drawing laughs from reporters. With only three games left in the regular season for the Clippers (53-26), the next of which is Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies (52-25) at Staples Center. Crawford said he isn’t sure how long it will take to find that rhythm that makes him such a hot commodity.He knows he will, though.“I think for me, that’s why I play so much,” he said. “Even over the All-Star break, I like to stay in rhythm. It’s hard. If you take four or five days off for the All-Star break and come back to practice, you come back a little rusty and sloppy.“I had five weeks. So I’m trying to catch up really fast. But I have no doubt that I will be fine by the time the playoffs start.”His biggest fan — teammate Chris Paul — is also certain of that.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

ISL 2017: Jamshedpur FC sign Talla N’diaye

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: Jamshedpur FC sign Senegalese striker Talla N’diaye Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 18:50 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steve Coppell Subrata Paul Jamshedpur FC ISL 2017 Players Draft Edelman Indian Super League The newly formed club has signed their seventh foreign player and also their first recruit who has not plied his trade in ISL… Indian Super League new entrants Jamshedpur FC has announced the signing of Senegalese striker Talla N’diaye for the 2017-18 ISL season. Talla becomes the seventh foreign signing for Jamshedpur and also their first recruit who has not plied his trade in ISL.The newly formed club, which already roped in several of the super-hit names from the previous editions of the tournament, has now taken a new turn by signing a player who is completely new to the Indian crowd.Speaking about his switch to India and Jamshedpur FC, Talla said, ‘I can’t express my feeling in joining Jamshedpur FC. I wanted to play in India since a long time and finally, the opportunity presented itself and I couldn’t say no to it. I am happy to know that our gaffer Steve Coppell rates me high and wants me to make a difference to the team. I am looking forward to joining my teammates during the pre-season and work hard to achieve our ultimate goal. i.e. the championship.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Head Coach Steve Coppell was elated at the announcement and said “I am really pleased that Talla has agreed to sign for Jamshedpur FC and I am sure that he will do well for us. Talla is experienced and will provide the right balance to the team combination. This is an important signing for us as we continue the preparations to be ready for the new season.”The experienced forward will now line up under the tutelage of ex-Reading manager Steve Coppell in the Jamshedpur-based side’s first foray in the ISL.last_img read more

Sell the Issue, then Your Organization to Better Connect with Your Audience

first_imgAt least at the get go. That’s the most vital takeaway from my Cause Marketing 101 for Nonprofits workshop earlier in the year, and one that’s applicable to every communications strategy you use — at least for early passes and newer audiences.As session leaders Jay Aldous and Stevan Miller (both brilliant facilitators and cause marketing geniuses with the US Fund for UNICEF) pointed out, the immediate point of connection has to be on the issues. The issues shared by your organization and your audiences (be it a potential cause marketing partner, a prospective donor or board member, or a possible program participant), or their needs that your organization/products/services can address, are the first point of connection.Here’s a great UNICEF example, used to develop cause marketing partners for their immunization program. Immunizations don’t have emotional weight, but the right to a healthy childhood does, especially with moms. So UNICEF went after partners in the baby and child product arena (among others). Point of connection made.Once that connection is made, then jump in with your powerfully succinct summary showing (always stronger than telling) that your organization does it better — is the most effective in addressing those issues, satisfying those needs, with a concrete proof or two.Jay and Stevan, a million thank yous. Sometimes the simplest path is so hard to find.Source: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint.last_img read more

Seven Steps to Graphing Your Facebook Strategy

first_imgThere is an article on TechCrunch by Dave McClure called “7 steps to Graphing Your Facebook Strategy“.Here are seven major aspects of Facebook you can use to increase the visibility of your startup, business, product or service:1. Set Up Your Graph: Profiles & Privacy2. Make Connections: Networks, Groups & Events3. The Need for Feed: Your [Shared] Social Activity Stream4. Share Your Content: Share & People-Tag Your Stories & Media5. App to the Future: The Facebook Platform, APIs, & Applications6. Pay to Play: Ad Networks, Sponsored Stories, & Paid Distribution7. Show Me The Bunny: Gifts, Points, & Virtual Currency[Editor’s note: For important Facebook demographical information that can be crucial when starting or redesigning your Facebook strategy, view this slideshow posted by Beth Kanter on her blog.]Source: read more

Case Study: The Heifer Project

first_imgThe Heifer ProjectCreative Online AppealsThe Heifer Project’s online gift catalog offers site visitors a fun, meaningful way to contribute. In fact, it’s creative and informative enough to warrant being a cornerstone of the whole site. An image of the “cover” of the gift catalog is the dominant feature on the home page, and every page on the Heifer Project’s site includes a graphic for the gift catalog with text that says “Donate through our gift catalog.” Plus, “Giving Programs” is the top item in the site’s navigation, linking to a page with information about gifts of stock, special challenges, and ideas for other ways to give. Periodically the Heifer Project includes on the home page a special note of thanks to their online donors. The organization is raising $2 million a year online.How It WorksThe main gift catalog page is friendly and inviting. A short introductory sentence explains that gifts (i.e., your donation) from this catalog help families around the world. You then select from a variety of animals to donate to a family – chicks, goats, sheep, bees. Each page offers more information about that particular animal and several quick, easy options for donating. Plus, when you make the donation in honor of a friend or relative, you can customize the electronic or print notification card. NOTE: A shopping cart model for donations usually doesn’t work- it confuses the donor – but this is a clear exception!last_img read more

Case Study: The Red Cross

first_imgNo American nonprofit has been more in the news over the past few months (Circa September 11th, 2001) than the American Red Cross. The controversy over September 11th fundraising may have deflected some attention to what was a stunning success in ePhilanthropy. We sat down with Phil Zepeda, the Red Cross’s manager for online giving, and explored ways in which online fundraising has changed for the organization, the challenges it faces going forward, and some of the lessons it’s learned — lessons that other nonprofits can apply to their Internet It has been a difficult and challenging time for the Red Cross over the last few months, to say the least — how has online fundraising fared?Phil Zepeda: Our success was really unprecedented. In February 2001, after India and El Salvador earthquakes that happened days apart, we had raised a record $2.5 million online in two and one-half weeks. That, for its time, was amazing. Since September 11, 2001, our Web initiatives have raised more than $67 million online (with Web partners like Amazon, AOL and Yahoo!). Our database of online supporters, which began in 1996, went from 30,000 names to more than 700,000 names in four months. Again, an unprecedented feat for us.IF: Has the Red Cross adjusted its message to online donors? What are the considerations online in terms of donor cultivation and the transparency of philanthropy?Zepeda: Our most recent campaign has been to thank our online donors for their generosity, sharing a message from a family directly affected by the disaster in New York and helped by the Red Cross. This campaign did not include any fundraising “ask”; our goal was donor appreciation and gratitude. The online fundraising world has changed and there is a new “world order.” I think that as we look to send out future campaigns we’ll see a shift in our online messaging that will tell donors the direct impact of their donations and provide follow up that their donations did, in fact, make a difference.IF: As the leading nonprofit online fundraiser in the world, do you believe that Sept. 11 has unlocked the door to ePhilanthropy in general, or was it more of a one-time phenomenon?Zepeda: It’s hard to say, but I know that the next major event that shocks the online community will provide insights to that. So many people gave money to organizations after September 11. Since they made these sometimes overly generous donations and made them in a time of a declining economy, donors to any agency may not be able to give as much as they gave for the September 11 events, even if they are much worse.IF: In your opinion, does online giving bring in a new group of donors to nonprofits, or does it merely replace direct marketing fundraising in a new medium?Zepeda: It’s a mixture of both. I think savvy organizations may try to move their direct marketing supporters to an online environment over time. At the same time, there are people who want to maintain their relationships with a nonprofit solely off-line. So many of our donors were first time donors. And we offer them options to different support channels: our national headquarters, disaster relief funds, or the local chapter. Red Cross NHQ may feel more comfortable maintaining an online relationship with them while a local Chapter gets the face time. It’s all a matter of approach.IF: Given your experience, what advice would you have for smaller nonprofits just getting involved in online fundraising?Zepeda: Examine online potential. Know that even this early on, the competition is fierce. So examine all online channels for reach. Look at the value of your brand and what it can bring.IF: What trends do you see in ePhilanthropy in the coming year?Zepeda: I think you’ll see more online newsletters, annual reports, information bulletins, breaking news-formatted e-mails than ever before. It may be difficult for the end user to cut through the noise. Spamming has really just begun.You’ll see much more accountability online – organizations showing how contributions made a difference. Donors have now come to expect that and may hold you liable if you don’t tell them outright. My advice is to serve it up: avoid biting the hand that feeds you. Copyright: Internet-Fundraising.comSource: www.techsoup.orglast_img read more

The No-Neck View of the World: Network for Good Heeds its Own Advice

first_imgHave you ever noticed how very young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck? Have you wondered why?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is pretty low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms.I can’t think of a better analogy for marketing. Marketing mandates that we look at the world through the eyes of our audience and communicate from that perspective. It can be hard to tear ourselves away from the comfort of our long-necked world view, but we must.Believe me; I know how difficult it is firsthand. I forgot the very marketing principles I tout all the time. The brilliant folks out at ASU (namely a brilliant person by the name of Gregory Neidert) pointed out that I had been violating all my own marketing principles on Network for Good’s web site. Where was the audience perspective? Wouldn’t people who come to the site want it to know if it was safe or reliable? Wouldn’t they want to know if other people trusted the site? And why wasn’t the “search for your favorite charity”-the reason most people come to our site-the most prominent thing on the page? Well, because I forgot to do as I say.Here is the way our site was, and how it is now. Since we started working completely from the audience perspective, conversion is up 30%. If you haven’t read it, get this book from those ASU folks.last_img read more

Widgets: The New Black – More Useful Than Ever for Nonprofits

first_imgThe Web is increasingly turning into a sort of online mall with its boutiques filled with thousands of useful, off-the-rack accessories of every description and utility. In the age of openness, it’s suddenly very fashionable and sexy to accessorize Web sites with widgets: small applications that plug into bigger ones. There are a lot of really fun and innovative widgets out there that can add functionality and effective calls to action.The formal definition of a Web Widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate html-based Web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are akin to plugins or extensions in desktop applications. Other terms used to describe a Web Widget include Gadget, Badge, Module, Capsule, Snippet, Mini and Flake. Web Widgets often but not always use Adobe Flash or JavaScript programming languages.A few important questions to ask before your consider adding a widget to your blog or Web site.Does your Web site or blog publish excellent content on a regular basis?Do you ask good questions that lead to conversations online?Do you have strategies for encouraging those conversations and linking them to your content?Do you write blog posts that inspire lots of comments?Do you employ a social networking or online outreach strategy that engages your regular readers and enables new readers to discover you?Although using widgets is not yet a standard practice on nonprofit blogs and Web sites, many organizations are experimenting and learning. They have identified the benefits of widgets:Easy to use, you don’t need technical skillsCan help you extend or enhance the conversation on your blogCan help you “listen” by gathering feedback and other information from your blog readersCan help you easily link to other sites, content, or individualsCan help make your blog more “findable”They are lots of funBefore you go hog wild and install every widget known to mankind, consider the following:If most of your readers are following you via blog readers, they might not “pop” out of their reader to visit your browser.The more widgets you add to your blog or Web site, the longer it could take to load your site. Be sure to place your flash widgets at the top of page, and try to keep it to no more than three or four on a page.Many blogs end up being positioned higher in search engine searches, so there must be some blogs that are being discovered via the browser and not a reader. So, perhaps widgets should be designed to reach first-timers or new readers. Consider them as a strategy for point of entry. You need to know from where your audience is coming to your blog.Consider your audience when you select a particular widget. If you’re a podcaster and your audience is likely to have a microphone installed on their computer, then voice message widgets might make sense.The use of widget must be linked to the topic, content, or purpose of your blog or Web site, such as linking a poll to a post on the topic.Some widgets offer more control over the look and feel if you need to use particular color schemes. Not all widgets are ugly.Be sure to test these widgets to make sure they are installed and work.Source: read more