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Preparing for return of Festival of Nations to C-K

first_imgThe return of the Festival of Nations is fewer than two weeks away, and organizers are working hard to ensure it will be a memorable Canada Day weekend in Chatham-Kent.Other than paying for food and drink – with many cultural food offerings available – the entire event is free, Festival of Nations co-chair Tracy Callaghan said.“It was important for us to bring a family-friendly event,” she said, “and we wanted it to be at no cost to the community to celebrate the many nations that are here in Chatham-Kent.”She said the free entertainment includes a performance by popular Canadian rockers Loverboy on the night of Sunday, June 30, in Chatham’s Tecumseh Park, where most of the activities will take place. She added the Celtic rockers Mudmen will be the lead-in performers for Loverboy.After a 20 year absence, the three-day event kicks off on Saturday, June 29, with the Festival of Nations Parade, which begins on Sandys Street at 11 a.m.Callaghan said the parade route goes over the Lacroix Street Bridge and then turns left on King Street passing through downtown, leading into Tecumseh Park.There’s more room for parade entries.“We’d like people to be in the parade, even if they’re walkers,” Callaghan said. “We want to demonstrate the many cultures that are in Chatham-Kent.”To enter, go online to www.festivalofnationsck.com and fill out the parade application form.“It’s only $25 for a parade application so it’s pretty easy to do,” Callaghan said.The opening day will be filled with local bands and cultural entertainment alternating on a mains stage and secondary stage.“One of the highlights is the Japanese drums, which we’re pretty excited about,” Callaghan said.Other performers with a cultural flair to be featured on Saturday include the C-K Legion Pipe Band, the Portuguese Canadian Social Club of Chatham dancers and the C-K Asian Cultural Association dancers.A Canadian citizenship ceremony is also taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chatham, which is open to the public.Events wrap up on opening day around 9:15 p.m. to give people time to get over to St. Clair College for a spectacular fireworks show, courtesy of Waste Connections Canada. The 20- to 25-minute display will begin around 10 p.m.The Sunday, June 30, festivities begins at 9 a.m., with an interfaith church service, followed by plenty of local bands and other cultural entertainment happening, leading up to the big show by Loverboy and the Mudmen.Callaghan said Monday, July 1, will feature a free pancake breakfast served up by Chatham-Kent firefighters.“Monday is more of a focus on the kids,” she said, adding some Canada Day-related craft activities are planned.The Festival of Nations will wrap early in the afternoon on Canada Day with a performance by the Canadian Cowgirls, based out of T.J. Stables, led by Terry Jenkins.Callaghan said organizers are working hard to try to build on Festival of Nations for the future.eshreve@postmedia.com @Chathamnewslast_img read more


Details About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel

first_imgShare This!On Thursday, we finally got word of the name of the new Star Wars Hotel. It will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Guests will be staying on a ship called the Halcyon, which is owned by the Chandrila Star Line.Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will offer a two-night itinerary where all guests arrive and depart together, similar to Disney Cruise Line. Unlike the typical cruise, Guests will be able to have stories that unfold all around them and they will immediately become active citizens of the galaxy.The Halcyon is known across the galaxy for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. Onboard, you will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more.Throughout the journey onboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, you will be invited to delve deeper into your personal adventure by participating in onboard activities, interacting with characters, crew, other passengers you meet, and becoming part of the action.©DisneyGuests will start to get into the story when they arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World. Here you will enter a Launch Pod for transport into space. You’ll witness yourself “leave the real world” as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.When you dock with the Halcyon you will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium. This certainly feels very reminiscent of a Disney Cruise Line experience.©DisneyDuring your stay, you will participate in immersive experiences including things like wielding a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote, where you may discover your own connection with the Force. Or when visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about ship systems, as well as how to operate them, including navigation and defense. These skills may or may not come in handy during your journey. (Hint….they may.)©DisneyEvery window on the ship including those in each cabin will include a view of space, with ever-changing vistas as the ship sails from place to place.Make sure you really explore the Halcyon because there are hidden spaces to be discovered deep in the mechanics of the ship.Oh and like is supposed to happen with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the choices you make during your adventure will help determine how your personal Star Wars story progresses.This is just the beginning for the new Star Wars-themed hotel. Stay tuned to the blog for further details as we learn them.One thing is for sure though….when boarding the Halcyon, you’ll definitely be immersing yourself into a galaxy far, far away.last_img read more


Volunteers make the difference

first_imgOriginally posted on Ryan Search and Consulting blog. I write this to you today while at the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  I have been a member of SHRM for over 20 years and have served in some type of volunteer role for SHRM in some capacity for many of those years.  The friendships I have gained cannot be measured only in a quantitative sense.  The value of those linkages is immeasurable and I am extremely thankful for who I have come to know and how they have been so helpful to me in my professional career.While I have been a volunteer for many years, this is the first time I have come to this annual event that gathers hundreds of like-minded professionals who seek to advance the HR profession through their association with the world’s largest human resources association.The world of HR continues to shift and some of the key changes I have heard of in general sessions as well as individual conversations include the following:keeping pace with advances and changes in the Talent Acquisition worldproviding resources for volunteer leaders to interface with the SHRM headquarters and other volunteersfinding ways to engage and re-engage more senior HR professionals in activities that are supported by SHRMdetermining the best methods to integrate and leverage technology in the HR professionI feel fortunate to be part of this group of leaders who seek to make HR and the workplace not only better for today, but also for tomorrow.Volunteerism is a cornerstone of what has made my life so enriching and rewarding.I hope you too find a way to engage and give back to your profession and the careers of your colleagues. last_img read more


What Bomb Cyclone? When Work Works Winners Weather Storms with Workflex

first_imgSevere weather events, like the recent “Bomb Cyclone” along the Eastern seaboard, can negatively impact organizations disrupting productivity and derailing employees’ ability to get to their jobs. However, employers who utilize effective workflex practices can help alleviate many of the problems and stresses caused by weather emergencies.For example, some of the recent When Work Works (WWW) Award winners with worksites located along the East Coast experienced minimal disruption of business continuity. These organizations had already implemented effectual workplace policies and reported little impact on work productivity while keeping employees safe.BlumShapiro, based in New England, saw very little impact from this weather event, because it had invested in technologies allowing most employees to work remotely.“Years ago our firm instituted workflex polices with the technology to support them,” said Sara A. Bell, CHRO, BlumShapiro, West Hartford, CT. “In some cases, firm members have jobs that are unable to be done remotely, so they can use a weather-related time code in place of using PTO.”EisnerAmper LLP employees in affected offices were instructed to take computers and necessary work home in case they could not travel safely.“Although our offices stayed open, we told people to use their judgment and not come in if weather posed dangerous travel conditions,” said Nancy Greenfader, Director, EisnerAmper, New York, NY. “If an employee is unable to work remotely due to their job responsibilities, they can charge an “inclement weather” code, so their paid time-off is not affected. We expect employees to communicate with their team and complete work whether in the office or at home.”Greene Resources in Raleigh, NC, implements workflex practices allowing employees to address unexpected life events no matter the situation. Workplace flexibility is part of the firm’s culture every day.“We want our employees to feel safe above all, so it is important that they are fully informed about how to plan for weather situations,” said Mikio Anderson, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CPC, CTS, Vice President of Human Resources, Greene Resources, Raleigh, NC. “Our company culture prioritizes understanding, empathy, and effective communication to ensure our employees have the support and flexibility they need in times of crisis, while also ensuring business goals and objectives are met.”Greene Resources’ employees across North Carolina experienced hazardous travel conditions. However, the firm did not have to adjust policies because of a thorough inclement weather plan already in place. Hallam-ICS also did not experience disruption at their Raleigh worksite due to workflex practices.“Our North Carolina leadership is proactive and encourages employees to work from home, take time off or flex their hours when the weather is expected to be bad,” said Linda Kronoff, HR Generalist/Recruiter, Hallam-ICS, South Burlington, VT.With more extreme weather events likely, organizations that embrace workflex practices can proactively address employee needs, minimize disruption, and promote productivity. To learn more and see additional When Work Works Award winning best practices visit www.whenworkworks.org. The WWW initiative is a project of SHRM grounded in results and based on data from NSCW and the National Study of Employers.last_img read more


Customer Data Platforms vs. Data Management Platforms

first_img HomeDigital MarketingCustomer Data Platforms vs. Data Management Platforms Data solutions are the number one type of tech currently being implemented by Enterprise companies. And with data-driven businesses experiencing 30% more growth than their competitors, who could blame Enterprises for jumping at the chance? Not every business is getting data strategy right, but the ones that are are thriving.But here’s the catch: With a fast-growing, ever-evolving MarTech market, it’s toughto know what kind of data platform is right for your business. What’s the differencebetween data platforms? They make similar promises about more customer insights.They all claim to organize and center around data. And they all promise big results.So how do you figure out what’s best for your company—what’s going to move youtoward your business goals?The first step is understanding the difference between Customer Data Platforms and Data Management Platforms. This latest white paper from Lytics explains what CDPs and DMPs really are and how they’re different, and outlines the unique value of each technology.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download “CDPs and DMPs: Demystifying Data Management for Marketers .”The post Customer Data Platforms vs. Data Management Platforms appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Customer Data Platforms vs. Data Management Platforms Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Customer Data Platforms vs. Data Management PlatformsYou are here: Posted on 28th September 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more