Tagged with: Awards Office of the Third Sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The deadline for nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2009, “the National Honour equivalent to an MBE”, is 10 October.The Award recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups that devote their time voluntarily for the benefit of others. More than 600 groups have already been recognised since the Award was created to mark the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.The Office of the Third Sector is seeking to build on this and is encouraging new nominations for voluntary groups, including those involved with youth, minority and rural communities.Groups must be nominated for the Award: you can not nominate yourself or your own organisation. You can nominate a group (two or more people) if it is based in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.Seventy nine volunteering groups from across the UK were selected for the 2008 Award in June from over 379 groups nominated by members of the public.www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk Howard Lake | 8 October 2008 | News 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Last call for nominations for Queen’s prestigious volunteering group award 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.
Dear Friends,Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and I’m happy to see the return of special events in Ocean City. After a year of so many sacrifices, it’ll be good to get back to some family fun.The Boardwalk Merchants Association will sponsor two Great Egg Hunts on March 27 and April 3. The traditional beach event moves up onto the boardwalk this year with kids collecting eggs at participating stores. Easter Sunday (April 4) will include the interdenominational Sunrise Service, an outdoor Dueling Pianos show and our annual Fashion Stroll at the Music Pier.We’re looking forward to the return of as many events as possible this year, but health and safety will always be our top priority. We may not be able to hold all of them, and some may look different. Every event that happens will be in full compliance with current public health guidelines and require masks and social distancing.Because outdoor gatherings larger than 50 people are still prohibited by executive orders from the governor, the April 17 Doo Dah Parade will be canceled. We had been holding out hope that restrictions on outdoor events would be relaxed by this time, but the parade requires advance planning on the part of both the city and participants. The Mr. Mature America Pageant, which had been scheduled for that evening, will move to September with Barry Williams (who starred in “The Brady Bunch”) still on tap to be the host.We will be able to host a Comic Book and Memorabilia Show on April 10 and a Sports Memorabilia Show on April 24 at the Music Pier, where capacity limits will be in place.Many have asked about the Spring Block Party, tentatively scheduled for May 1. There will be an announcement about that event shortly.The Ocean City Utilities Advisory Commission will sponsor two virtual sessions that will explain how water bills are determined. Representatives from the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (6:30 p.m. March 25) and the New Jersey American Water Company (April 8) will make the presentation.The lights along the Ninth Street causeway bridges were lit purple last night in recognition of Trisomy 18 Awareness Day, and they will be lit blue and yellow on Sunday for World Down Syndrome Day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by these genetic conditions.Finally, I want to wish a happy birthday to Juanita Moore, who turned 100 earlier this month. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and a 60-year resident of Ocean City. I hope you all will join Michele and me in wishing Juanita continued health and happiness.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
In my post last month on Thought Feast, I talked about the struggle organisations seem to be having with Cloud adoption. It was then very timely that, on 10th June, I was at the Forrester event in London talking to CIOs and Senior Architects from some of our customers and saw David Goulden, EMC President and COO, deliver his keynote on Cloud workloads. David called out the fact that, historically, enterprise IT has only really focused on capacity and hasn’t had discussions with the business about performance and SLAs when considering where to host application workloads.Moving forward, organisations need to consider performance and the desired SLA to correctly determine where to host their workloads – especially when thinking about performance or service levels when using a Public Cloud. This perspective was met by much scribbling in notebooks or tapping on iPads and some photographing of the slides, indicating that David’s message clearly resonated with the audience.David went on to describe the filters (economics, risk and functionality) that should be used to define the enterprise Cloud strategy and ensure workloads are hosted in the right Cloud environment. Correct application of those filters actually demonstrates that, for many workloads in the typical enterprise, a well-managed Private Cloud is more cost effective than using Public Cloud offerings. This also seemed to strike a chord with the audience, and it was a hot topic of discussion at the dinner EMC hosted with customers that same evening.In the current climate of austerity, IT organisations are under pressure to reduce operating costs, and many people have jumped to the conclusion that the use of Public Cloud can save money compared to hosting the workloads themselves. Appropriate analysis is needed to ensure the performance and SLAs meet business needs at a price point that is desirable.Or, put another way, it is very much a case of “buyer beware” as Cloud service contracts seldom address security, commit to SLAs or have termination rights. All these things need to be factored into the decision-making process.