Organization – Gloucester Downtown Association http://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:28:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Organization – Gloucester Downtown Association http://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/ 32 32 Organizations in the Ozarks prepare to help with Hurricane Ian in Florida https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/organizations-in-the-ozarks-prepare-to-help-with-hurricane-ian-in-florida/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 02:53:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/organizations-in-the-ozarks-prepare-to-help-with-hurricane-ian-in-florida/ SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Forecasters expect Hurricane Ian to hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane as early as Wednesday. And a few organizations in the Ozarks are ready to help. Convoy of Hope volunteers packed 5,000 bags of groceries on Monday. Volunteers plan to pack another 5,000 on Tuesday. The American Red […]]]>

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Forecasters expect Hurricane Ian to hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane as early as Wednesday. And a few organizations in the Ozarks are ready to help.

Convoy of Hope volunteers packed 5,000 bags of groceries on Monday. Volunteers plan to pack another 5,000 on Tuesday.

The American Red Cross Springfield chapter is already on the ground in Florida, eagerly awaiting the storm’s arrival.

“The Tampa area hasn’t seen an event like this in nearly 100 years,” said Stacy Lamb, senior director of US Disaster Services with Convoy of Hope. “With a landfall that is currently scheduled for Friday, it will likely take place on Thursday so we are just close enough to the storm to be there quickly.”

Convoy of Hope, based in Springfield, Mo., is pre-packing bags of relief supplies for its disaster service team to distribute after Ian reaches Florida.

“People of the greater Ozarks area, whenever a call comes out from Convoy to volunteer, we always get a great turnout,” Lamb said.

The Convoy of Hope packed up food, water, hygiene items, baby care kits and cleaning supplies and packed up and ready to go.

“I’m staying at a hotel in downtown Orlando and we arrived over the weekend in preparation for the hurricane,” said Kim Mailie of the American Red Cross. “When I returned to where I’m staying tonight the dark clouds moved in. The wind was picking up so I could tell something was brewing.”

Kim Mailies is from Neosho, Missouri, and is already in the field. She expects many other volunteers to follow him to Florida.

“There are emergency vehicles parked in Springfield, but we need them here,” Mailies said. “Volunteers from the Springfield area are probably starting to refuel these vehicles right now.”

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Nonprofit improves Concord with ‘Donkey Kong’ mural https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/nonprofit-improves-concord-with-donkey-kong-mural/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 22:25:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/nonprofit-improves-concord-with-donkey-kong-mural/ Nonprofit improves Concord with ‘Donkey Kong’ mural Updated: 6:25 PM EDT September 23, 2022 Hide transcript View Transcript HEIGHTS IN THE CAPITAL WITH A VISION. A LITTLE SPRAY PAINT AND AN ELEVATOR. MANNY RAMIREZ TO SEE THE BARI IN CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ ARE ABLE TO BRING BASE BRICK TO LIFE. BEHIND US IS A MURAL INSPIRED […]]]>

Nonprofit improves Concord with ‘Donkey Kong’ mural



HEIGHTS IN THE CAPITAL WITH A VISION. A LITTLE SPRAY PAINT AND AN ELEVATOR. MANNY RAMIREZ TO SEE THE BARI IN CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ ARE ABLE TO BRING BASE BRICK TO LIFE. BEHIND US IS A MURAL INSPIRED BY DONKEY KONG. WHAT WAS ONCE A NORMAL TUBE, NOW A GIANT SCREEN PLAYING THE ORIGINAL DONKEY KONG FOREVER ONE TO ENJOY. ONCE MANNY AND CECILIA WAS STARTED, THE IDEA THAT THEY WERE GAME. WE HAVE BEEN PSYCHED. VERY EXITED. WE WERE READY FOR IT. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST AWAITED MURAL WE WILL BE MAKING ALL SUMMER. YEAH, AND I’M A HARD PLAYER, SO FOR ME, IT JUST NATURAL. SO WE REALLY WANTED TO GIVE CONQUERED THIS FUN EGG TO GET PEOPLE TO THE PLAZA STREET AREA. WHY RETRO DONKEY KONG? APPEARENTLY IT WAS THE TWO OWNERS OF THE BUILDING. THEY WAS BACK HERE DURING THIS PROJECT AND I LOOKED AT IT AND I REALLY THINK THE ARCHITECTURE REMINDED THEM OF DONKEY KONG LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY WHO COULD GET THEIR BUILDING TO A NEW HIGH SCORE. ELM GROVE FOUND POSITIVE STREET ART AFTER A QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH. WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. AND AND WHO CAME TO SEE IT ARE ALSO EXCITED. NOW I’M STILL TRYING TO BEAT DONKEY KONG MYSELF, BUT POSITIVE STREET ART IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO LEVEL NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH THIS FIVE STORY PROJECT. BELIEVE IT OR IT ONLY TOOK THEM A LITTLE OVER TWO WEEKS. YOU LOOK AT THIS AND YOU THINK HE JUST TOOK THEM. YOU HAVE A FEW WEEKS TO DO. I mean it seems to have taken them months. WE WANT TO ENHANCE COMMUNITIES AND BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER THROUGH WORKS

Nonprofit improves Concord with ‘Donkey Kong’ mural

With a vision, spray paint and an elevator, Manny Ramirez, Cecilia Ulibarri and Christian Ramirez of Positive Street Art brought the basic bricks of an elevator shaft to life.

With a vision, spray paint and an elevator, Manny Ramirez, Cecilia Ulibarri and Christian Ramirez of Positive Street Art brought the basic bricks of an elevator shaft to life.

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Entire Indianapolis Colts organization should expect scrutiny after ugly loss to Jacksonville Jaguars – Indianapolis Colts Blog https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/entire-indianapolis-colts-organization-should-expect-scrutiny-after-ugly-loss-to-jacksonville-jaguars-indianapolis-colts-blog/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:02:25 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/entire-indianapolis-colts-organization-should-expect-scrutiny-after-ugly-loss-to-jacksonville-jaguars-indianapolis-colts-blog/ 12:00 p.m. ET Stephen HolderESPN JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes things come full circle. Two hundred and fifty-two days since the Indianapolis Colts lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in stunning fashion, knocking them out of the 2021 playoffs, the Colts are back where they started. Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Jaguars dropped the Colts to 0-1-1. […]]]>

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes things come full circle.

Two hundred and fifty-two days since the Indianapolis Colts lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in stunning fashion, knocking them out of the 2021 playoffs, the Colts are back where they started.

Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Jaguars dropped the Colts to 0-1-1. But more importantly, it put everyone in the organization under a microscope. The results so far in 2022 seem to suggest the team hasn’t improved much, if at all, since that infamous loss in January.

There are a lot of questions right now. And if the Colts don’t produce substantial answers in a hurry, this season could turn into a referendum on everyone involved.

“Everything is evaluated, top to bottom,” admitted coach Frank Reich. “Coaches, players. I’m rated. Everyone is rated.

That seems fitting, as coaches, players and front office decisions all played a role in Sunday’s loss.

From a coaching perspective, there was a lot to question. For example, did the Colts attempt defensive adjustments as the Jaguars effortlessly roamed the field with quick, short throws from quarterback Trevor Lawrence? The Jaguars completed 25 of 30 attempts, neutralizing the Colts’ pass rush with quick three-step drops and one-read throws. Indianapolis is in its first season under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

“Very frustrating from a passing rush perspective,” defensive end Kwity Paye said. “We try to get back there, but they just let [the ball] go. We need to create a better plan up front, maybe have a bit more movement, raise our hands, try to do everything we can to get involved because they were getting the ball out very quickly.

When asked if the issues were pattern or game related, cornerback Kenny Moore II said, “It’s a pattern upon a pattern. It’s a great question though. Why is the guy so open? »

Offensively, Reich was foiled by his former boss, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, with whom he won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. With Pederson, Lawrence shows greater composure and wiser decision-making than he did as a rookie last season. under Urban Meyer. Meanwhile, Reich’s offense hasn’t established consistency this season despite moving from former quarterback Carson Wentz to current starter Matt Ryan.

From the player’s point of view, failures accumulate. Take, for example, the much-vaunted offensive line that couldn’t create a clearing path for one of the NFL’s deadliest running backs – Jonathan Taylor – and repeatedly crumbled against the formidable Jacksonville defensive front.

The Colts have invested more money in their offensive line than any other team, including handing guard Quenton Nelson a record-breaking contract two weeks ago that includes $60 million in guarantees. For that, the Colts got a team effort that pressured 40% of Ryan’s 35 waivers on Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. This is the highest rate allowed by a team so far in Week 2.

A defense that has produced 33 takeaways in 2021, second in the NFL, has only managed one in two games (including none on Sunday). Even two major offseason additions, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, weren’t enough to turn the tide.

The role of the front office should not be overlooked in the current state of affairs. Colts general manager Chris Ballard — despite repeated questioning throughout the offseason — resisted the urge to make meaningful improvements to the team’s young and unproven wide receiver corps.

Two weeks later, that decision took center stage when No. 1 receiver Michael Pittman Jr. missed the game with a quadruple injury, and the other receivers and tight ends proved unable to overcome. his absence. Receivers who played against Jacksonville — second-round pick Alec Pierce also missed the game with a concussion — struggled to separate and make contested catches.

The decision to deploy journeyman Matt Pryor at left tackle didn’t go much better. Pryor had his hands full all day against top rushers Josh Allen and Travon Walker, the first overall pick in this year’s draft. He allowed constant pressure, including a sack-fumble from Allen.

This all comes less than a week after the Colts parted ways with kicker Rodrigo Blankenship after his missed game-winning kick in Houston in Week 1. The lack of more aggressive action to improve the kicking situation is on also in the front office.

The January loss to Jacksonville prompted owner Jim Irsay to immediately call a meeting with Reich and Ballard to demand improvements. Ballard later described it as a “chewing a–“.

On Sunday, Irsay was taken away when approached by reporters, declining to comment. But rest assured, he is watching. And whatever happens for the rest of the season will likely dictate what happens to the parties involved at the end.

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Newly established West Bank militant organization claims multiple attacks https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/newly-established-west-bank-militant-organization-claims-multiple-attacks/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:09:39 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/newly-established-west-bank-militant-organization-claims-multiple-attacks/ A fledgling Palestinian militant organization called The Lion’s Den (TLD) was established in the West Bank and released statements of shooting attacks against Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops. In late August, TLD issued its first official statement claiming responsibility for an armed clash against IDF soldiers in the Palestinian village of Rugib, located in the […]]]>

A fledgling Palestinian militant organization called The Lion’s Den (TLD) was established in the West Bank and released statements of shooting attacks against Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

In late August, TLD issued its first official statement claiming responsibility for an armed clash against IDF soldiers in the Palestinian village of Rugib, located in the West Bank. However, the Palestinian media reported on the group’s activities on August 15.

A few days later, the organization held what appears to be its first rally in honor of two militants who were killed in late July during an armed clash with IDF troops operating in Nablus.

Over the following weeks, TLD repeatedly claimed responsibility for shooting at IDF soldiers operating in Balata camp, al-Ain camp, and detonating an IED inside. of Har Braha, south of Nablus.

On September 9, Israeli police foiled a large-scale terrorist attack in south Tel Aviv. The budding terrorist was apprehended when he aroused the suspicions of the police. After his arrest, a rifle, two IEDs and a bandana bearing the logo of TLD was found on his person.

FDD Long War Diary contacted an Israel Police spokesperson for further information on the suspect’s possible affiliation with TLD and was informed that the investigation was being conducted by the General Security Services (Shin Bet), which prevented the spokesperson to comment on the case.

Finally, Tuesday morning, TLD published a statement and documents claiming responsibility for a shooting attack on the settlement of Har Braha near Nablus.

Not much is known about the background of the organization. However, the Dheisheh camp, located south of Bethlehem, has often been referred to as “the lion’s den”, suggesting that the group may have originally been founded by members of the camp. Additionally, it remains unclear whether TLD is a splinter organization from an established militant group such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad or the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. However, some clues suggest their affiliation with the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

On several occasions, TLD has published its logo with the photo of two militants killed in late July, Muhammed al-Azizi and Abdul Subh, both members of the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Additionally, TLD said in a statement released on September 3 that Azizi and Subh were its founding members. Evidence suggests that TLD follows the same pattern as other sub-groups that have been formed this year that are affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

The power of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in pockets of the West Bank has weakened over time, leading militant organizations to strengthen their positions and expand their activities in a handful of Palestinian towns. While militant activity has not grown to the level it was during the Second Intifada, the growing trend of violence presents a significant challenge that will likely continue unless major changes are implemented by the IDF and the military. ‘AP.

Joe Truzman is a contributor to FDD’s Long War Journal.

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Key words: Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, IDF, Israel, PIJ, The Lion’s Den, West Bank

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100 Thieves is more than just an esports organization for Ssumday – it’s a “family” https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/100-thieves-is-more-than-just-an-esports-organization-for-ssumday-its-a-family/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:46:10 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/100-thieves-is-more-than-just-an-esports-organization-for-ssumday-its-a-family/ This is Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho’s fifth year as 100 Thieves. League of Legends player, but the 26-year-old remains loyal to the organization which, according to an interview with Nerd Street, has allowed him to grow as a person and a player. Ssumday feels at home in North America, and that’s mostly thanks to 100 Thieves’ […]]]>

This is Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho’s fifth year as 100 Thieves. League of Legends player, but the 26-year-old remains loyal to the organization which, according to an interview with Nerd Street, has allowed him to grow as a person and a player.

Ssumday feels at home in North America, and that’s mostly thanks to 100 Thieves’ competitive approach and healthy relationship with its players, the top laner explained.

The Korean-born player said he wanted to return to his country after his freshman year in NA, but 100T changed his mind. “When 100 Thieves said they wanted me too, I chose to stay in North America,” he said. Ssumday added that he quickly felt at home in his new organization and was grateful for it. “It was just like a family and not a business.”

For Ssumday, being part of the Los Angeles-based organization means more than just competing in the LCS. It’s also a fantastic place to grow as an individual, which he treasures very much. “100 Thieves is the one who really helped me a lot both as a player and as a person outside the game. I trust them because they took care of me and they trust me,” said said Ssumday. This gratitude makes him “want to keep giving it back” for as long as he can.

Ssumday has been a key part of 100T’s success in the LCS over the years, making two appearances at Worlds. He also played a pivotal role in 100T securing their first and only LCS title in the 2021 LCS Championship.

This year, Ssumday will continue to help his team on the international stage at Worlds 2022, which begins on September 29.

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Small Business Owners’ Data Organization 101 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/small-business-owners-data-organization-101/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 08:00:24 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/small-business-owners-data-organization-101/ Big data management has become a critical part of the success of many different businesses. However, not every company has the same amount of resources as large companies like Microsoft to properly organize their data and many may find executing this key strategy somewhat challenging. According to Dom, a single Internet user is expected to […]]]>

Big data management has become a critical part of the success of many different businesses. However, not every company has the same amount of resources as large companies like Microsoft to properly organize their data and many may find executing this key strategy somewhat challenging. According to Dom, a single Internet user is expected to generate 1.7 megabytes of data per second over the next year. Clients and customers produce such large amounts of data that it’s hard for small businesses to keep up with the constant flow. Finding ways to implement data organization as part of data management is becoming increasingly critical.

Data management helps companies stay aligned with their goals, data reliability, make smarter decisions and become more aware of changing market trends. Small businesses typically don’t have enough manpower or knowledge to effectively navigate the data organization space. Yet they are looking for data-driven solutions that could empower their teams as well as their leadership. We’ll go deeper into organizing the data below so small business owners can stay on top of this crucial business strategy.

What is data organization?

Data curation is generally referred to as data governance, which is a method of categorizing, classifying, and organizing raw data sets to make them more useful and efficient. Certain policies, processes, and organizational structures need to be in place before data organization even begins. The next step is to find ways to analyze structured and unstructured datasets. Unstructured data is raw, unformatted data. Some common examples include dates, filenames, and other basic information. On the other hand, structured data tends to be tables that can be run in a database and then analyzed by a wide range of software.

Despite significant investments, only 15% of organizations claim to have succeeded in transforming their big data analytics into an efficient and reliable customer experience according to the harvard business review. Effective data organization practices can help even the smallest business overcome this hurdle. Data organization is an offshoot of data management, which collects, ingests, stores, shares, analyzes and organizes data within an enterprise. Data management is known to activate the power of a company’s data, which allows a company to improve its customer engagement over time. This inevitably reinforces the reliability of the data, helps companies to better adapt their messages to their customers and to be in contact with the heart of their market.

The benefits of organizing data

Good data organization has many benefits for small businesses, so it’s no wonder companies are spending more time and energy on the practice. Poor data organization practices can negatively impact a business in the long run and decrease data reliability. When done correctly, organizing data benefits small businesses by saving time in the workplace that can be allocated to other areas, improving efficiency and improving teamwork. throughout the company. Other benefits include high return on investment, increased accessibility to information, increased productivity, and scalable data expansion. This gives businesses the ability to make more informed decisions and track progress through data.

Data organization process

Organizing data is a time-consuming and sophisticated practice that is usually performed by a team of dedicated data analysts and data engineers. Sometimes small businesses have a limited number of team members who can handle this data so they can hire a company that specializes in organizing the data. It is important for companies to find ways to increase data reliability both for business success and for them to adhere to governance standards. These governance standards can be considered a kind of standard operating procedure for a business.

Businesses generally aim to organize their data sets in the simplest, most logical, and orderly way possible. This is accomplished by organizing and classifying data through consistent file versioning, creating data dictionaries, using simple naming conventions, and shortening filenames. Many companies are investing in a wide range of tools, resources, and software that simplify this process and help build data reliability.

Conclusion

The datasets contain valuable information such as which links customers click on, demographics, age of certain groups, which products customers buy the most, and more. Organizing data is an essential part of companies’ data management plans, leading to more informed business leaders, data transparency, and deeper scrutiny of their customer base. Data organization is a complex process, but can be carried out by the right team and the right tools. This data is organized in a logical way that is easy to understand and access for everyone in the business. If you’re a small business owner, investing your time and resources in organizing data can increase data reliability, increase the longevity of your business, and generate greater profits in the future.

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Local Drug Organization Takedown Officer of the Year https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/local-drug-organization-takedown-officer-of-the-year/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 06:16:02 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/local-drug-organization-takedown-officer-of-the-year/ LEFT TO RIGHT: LR: Officer Gaspar, Mayor Roth, Officer Nahale, Officer Won (photo courtesy of Hawaii Police Department) Officer Justin Gaspar was named “2022 Police Officer of the Year” by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee on Thursday, August 25. According to the police, Officer Gaspar was able to dismantle a local drug distribution organization, which […]]]>

LEFT TO RIGHT: LR: Officer Gaspar, Mayor Roth, Officer Nahale, Officer Won (photo courtesy of Hawaii Police Department)

  • Officer Justin Gaspar was named “2022 Police Officer of the Year” by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee on Thursday, August 25.
  • According to the police, Officer Gaspar was able to dismantle a local drug distribution organization, which was supplied by a Mexican cartel. He recovered 5 pounds of methamphetamine, over 7,000 fentanyl tablets and one kilogram of pure powdered fentanyl, all with a street value of over $1,000,000.

From the Hawaii Police Department:

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee named its “2022 Police Officer of the Year” on Thursday, August 25. This year, the honor went to Officer Justin Gaspar, who was named Officer of the Month for March 2022.

On November 1, 2021, Officer Gaspar of the Area II Vice Section initiated a narcotics investigation beginning with a vehicle interdiction that escalated into a major narcotics investigation. By developing and exploiting cooperating informants and defendants, working closely with his peers, internal experts and external agencies, Officer Gaspar was able to dismantle a local drug distribution organization, which was being supplied by a cartel Mexican. During his investigation, Constable Gaspar wrote over nine search warrants, which resulted in the recovery of 5 pounds of methamphetamine, over 7,000 fentanyl tablets and one kilogram of pure powdered fentanyl, all worth merchant over $1,000,000.

Officer Gaspar’s investigation identified a Big Island drug trafficking organization and prevented a large amount of narcotics from entering our island. The investigation resulted in the arrest of one of our island’s main narcotics suppliers and the cutting off of several other narcotics distributors. Additionally, through this investigation, Constable Gaspar was able to work with the Youth Aid Section to help identify a suspect in a child death.

A 12-year veteran of the department, Officer Gaspar is also a K9 handler and works with narcotic dog Boyke. Dedicated to narcotics recovery and the betterment of the Big Island community, Officer Gaspar strives to ensure that the Big Island is a safe place to live, visit and do business.

2020 Officer of the Year Wyatt Nahale and 2021 Officer of the Year Elijah Won were also honored at the recognition ceremony. Although both of these officers have already received their awards, neither has received the proper recognition due to the pandemic.

Each month, the Kona Crime Prevention Committee honors a Western Hawaii police officer as Officer of the Month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors in the various police districts and a winner is selected by the KCPC board. All officers selected for Officer of the Month are eligible to be selected as Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Year.

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Helping local humanitarian organizations with overhead costs is fundamental https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/helping-local-humanitarian-organizations-with-overhead-costs-is-fundamental/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 15:25:54 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/helping-local-humanitarian-organizations-with-overhead-costs-is-fundamental/ What do you do when people give you something you really need—but insult you or hurt you along the way? You smile, thank them, and quickly walk away to hide your feelings. That’s how it is when a local organization like ours receives a grant that does not include funding for its overhead costs — […]]]>

What do you do when people give you something you really needbut insult you or hurt you along the way? You smile, thank them, and quickly walk away to hide your feelings.

That’s how it is when a local organization like ours receives a grant that does not include funding for its overhead costs — for what we call Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR). A grant that only covers the direct costs of a given project, in other words.

WHY ICR MATTERS

People often describe ICR as the money that allows organizations to pay rent and keep the lights on, and it’s true. But it means so much more.

  • It supports strong partnerships. For an organization to survive – let alone thrive – it must pay its office rent, maintain its equipment and systems, and employ people to perform a range of roles not directly related to funded projects. If this money is not available from its grants, the group may have to close. INGOs and other donors who do not understand or pretend not to understand this cannot hope to earn the respect and trust of local organisations.
  • This makes fair labor practices possible. Our staff must work for free. Often. It is as painful and as simple as that. When a project is underway, we sometimes work 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week, for months. And there is never enough money left over to pay project staff for the report they have to do after the project is finished. Long hours may be unavoidable, but ICR can allow us to pay people for ALL their work.
  • This reduces staff turnover. Organizations that limp from grant to grant with no money for overhead must lay off key staff after each project ends. This is extremely hard on project staff and damaging to organizational morale. It is also a financial waste: we invest in staff training and then have to let the trained employees go.
  • This can help prevent discrimination against women in the workplace. A small organization working under tight and inflexible budget constraints cannot afford something as basic and essential as offering female employees maternity leave.
  • In politically charged contexts, this allows aid to be neutral and impartial. Organizations that align themselves with political parties receive financial rewards for doing so, and they have the security of knowing that the party has their backs, no matter how many mistakes they make. Agencies like ours, committed to delivering aid based on need – not politics – and delivering high-quality responses, play a critical role in emergencies. But we pay a high price for our independence, neutrality and impartiality, and without ICR, our survival is still at stake.
  • It allows staff to take care of themselves and their families. It is difficult to describe the stress of our daily life. We work long hours, putting aside the needs of our families. When grant budgets are insufficient, we spend our own money to fill the gaps. We work under such pressure that we inadvertently injure ourselves. (“It’s your fault the project is late!”) All of this takes a toll on our mental and physical health, but without ICR we are chronically – often extremely – understaffed and overworked. .
  • It is an investment in sustainability. Achieving sustainability means investing time and money in creating stable funding, building a staff that is both well-trained and well-paid, and continuous learning and capacity building. These are just a few examples of what the ICR makes possible.
  • This allows local leaders to truly lead. The pressure to assign our staff all the time to narrowly targeted grants prevents local leaders from growing professionally and building our organizations’ influence and networks. Participate in forums, engage in advocacy, work on localization, be part of humanitarian country teams and make our voices heard.
  • It represents trust. We know how to spend money wisely and we don’t need anyone to tell us how important it is to keep our costs down while providing help to those in need.

A BADGE OF HONOR

Some funders refuse to grant us an ICR and also, through strict budget guidelines and monitoring, effectively cut off any further possibility of charging our indirect costs. What are they thinking? Do they imagine that the indirect costs are not real, or that they somehow represent corruption? Do they think projects will go better if we close our offices and do our work from public benches, using paper and pencil? Or are they just reluctant to share and refuse to see the consequences?

In Iraq, Oxfam has proven to be an ally on this issue. They strategized with us on how to qualify for the ICR; they recently negotiated for 7% ICR on a large grant given to us by a western government-funded agency; and in the grants they give us, they build flexibility into the budgets that allows us to allocate indirect costs. Yet, although Oxfam encourages its affiliates around the world to share the ICR with local partners, it does not require it. We hope and trust that they will continue to move forward on this issue, both in their advocacy work and through their own example, to provide leadership on CI around the world.

The ICR is not just an administrative complement. It represents and enables much of what we all care about in this work. I look forward to the day when INGOs and other donors generously share the RCI and wear it as a badge of honor. When they proudly say, “we care about equity, strong partnerships, aid effectiveness, sustainability, impartiality, trust, women’s rights and well-being and fellow workers, local leadership, healthy organizations and waste reduction, so OF COURSE we provide local organizations with the KPI they need.

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Scrappers appeal to the World Trade Organization https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/scrappers-appeal-to-the-world-trade-organization/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 05:15:17 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/scrappers-appeal-to-the-world-trade-organization/ New Ken Chee Hing 2 hours ago President of the TT Scrap Iron Dealers Association Allan Ferguson. Scrap Iron Dealers Association PRESIDENT Allan Ferguson has written to the Switzerland-based World Trade Organization (WTO) asking for its intervention to get the government to end the six-month ban on exports of scrap. Ferguson sent the letter to […]]]>

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President of the TT Scrap Iron Dealers Association Allan Ferguson.

Scrap Iron Dealers Association PRESIDENT Allan Ferguson has written to the Switzerland-based World Trade Organization (WTO) asking for its intervention to get the government to end the six-month ban on exports of scrap.

Ferguson sent the letter to WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a statement from the association said Monday evening.

In the letter, Ferguson said he was appealing for help from the WTO given that Trinidad and Tobago has been a member of the organization since 1995 and therefore the government must adhere to the guidelines and policies of the WTO.

The ban went into effect on August 12 and will run until February 23. It was applied as a means of cracking down on the export of scrap metal, the demand for which fueled an upsurge in crime, including theft of items such as manhole covers, TSTT copper cables, pipe fittings metal belonging to WASA and even a church bell.

The ban, the association said, came even as it tried to liaise with the government to implement a new policy aimed at deterring crime and vandalism.

The association said it has been pleading with the government since 2013 to formulate and implement a new policy to regulate the industry.

The ban, Ferguson said, has already had a negative impact on the livelihoods of thousands of people – the majority from the lower income bracket – who depend on the industry for a living.

The ban has also affected many Caricom citizens, Ferguson said, who depend on exporting scrap metal from Trinidad.

Ferguson pointed out that at a meeting in 2019, Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon hinted at the importance of the scrap metal industry to TT’s economy.

He said data from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) showed scrap metal exports increased from $69 million in 2009 to more than $216 million in 2019.

For 2020, TT exported $20 million worth of scrap metal, making it the world’s 75th-largest exporter of the commodity, Ferguson said.

“TTSIDA regards your intervention as important because this six-month ban is detrimental to the existence of the scrap industry in TT and to its future,” Ferguson said in his letter to the WTO.

“In light of this, we ask that you consider this matter given the information provided and the much needed help or advice our association is seeking at this time.”

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According to Info-Tech Research Group, the right IT organizational structure can reduce turnover and increase innovation https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/according-to-info-tech-research-group-the-right-it-organizational-structure-can-reduce-turnover-and-increase-innovation/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/according-to-info-tech-research-group-the-right-it-organizational-structure-can-reduce-turnover-and-increase-innovation/ TORONTO, September 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Global IT research and consulting firm Info-Tech Research Group has released its latest research-based plan, Redesign your IT organizational structure. Digital technology and information transparency are pushing organizations to reorganize around customer responsiveness. As businesses aim to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace, organizational design must be forward-looking […]]]>

TORONTO, September 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Global IT research and consulting firm Info-Tech Research Group has released its latest research-based plan, Redesign your IT organizational structure. Digital technology and information transparency are pushing organizations to reorganize around customer responsiveness. As businesses aim to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace, organizational design must be forward-looking and ready to adapt to rapid pivots in technology and customer demands.

Info-Tech reports that the current IT structure of many organizations does not align with strategic objectives and that inefficiencies in the current operation of the IT function may be present. As a result, IT employees are unaware of their roles and responsibilities resulting in inconsistent service.

However, many organizations find it difficult to redesign their IT organizational structure as they often create a new org chart without including the IT leadership team and business members in these changes.

“An organizational structure is much more than an organizational chart with titles and names,” says Allison Tracker, research director at Info-Tech Research Group. “It defines how the organization operates on a day-to-day basis to enable the successful achievement of the organization’s IT and technology goals. Additionally, organizational design looks beyond the people who might play a specific role.”

According to research and insights from Info-Tech, understanding the drivers, context, and strategies that will inform structure are all crucial factors for a successful IT organizational redesign. An organizational design is a change initiative that will require buy-in and requires identifying gaps in delivery, sourcing strategies, customers and degrees of centralization to be successful.

“Redesigning an IT organizational structure can be a small transformation or a big change for your organization,” explains Lutes from Brittany, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group. “Create a structure that is also aware of the opportunities and constraints that may exist and ensure that it will drive the organization towards its vision with successful implementation.”

IT design should support business goals, not just IT needs. The Info-Tech resource outlines several benefits of a computer design. These benefits include:

  • Enable IT to fulfill an organization’s strategic mission and vision for all technical and digital initiatives.
  • Help the company clarify who and where to address concerns or questions.
  • Reduce the likelihood of turnover costs as IT employees understand their roles and their importance.
  • Create a method to communicate how the organizational structure aligns with strategic IT initiatives.
  • Increase the organization’s capacity for innovation.

Before embarking on an organizational redesign, business leaders should ensure that they engage in change management practices that are necessary from the outset to ensure the implementation of an organizational structure.

The entire Redesign your IT organizational structure plan can be downloaded and viewed now.

To learn more about Info-Tech Research Group and to download the latest research, visit www.infotech.com and connect via LinkedIn, Twitterand Facebook.

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