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  • Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces 2018 Artist Lineup & Unique Collaborations

    first_imgLast week, the fourth annual Brooklyn Comes Alive announced its return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Today, the one-of-a-kind, multi-venue event’s artist & band lineup was revealed exclusively on SiriusXM by radio personality and industry insider Stef Scamardo, who also announced SiriusXM Jam On curator Ari Fink as the event’s official host.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes and collaborate in never-before-seen formations for one jam-packed day in Williamsburg. Each attendee receives a wristband that grants access to every venue and makes hopping from set to set a breeze, recreating and paying homage to the club-hopping atmosphere of Jazz Fest by night.For 2018, Brooklyn Comes Alive has put forward an impressive lineup that features an impressive mix of musicians from bands such as Lettuce, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snarky Puppy, Pretty Lights Live Band, Turkuaz, The Meters, The Motet, Dopapod, The Nth Power and more.Tickets are on sale NOW on Eventbrite. Visit for more information.See below for the stacked lineup and a full breakdown of all of the cool sets that are in store for this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Purple Party: A Tribute To PrinceAfter an instant-classic, sold-out late-night performance in New Orleans during this year’s Jazz Fest, the Purple Party will come together once again to pay their respects to the one and only Prince at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The band is an embarrassment of riches, with an all-star cast of incredible funk players across the board. The sensational former Prince bassist MonoNeon will join forces with Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Ryan Jalbert and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Shira Elias and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Chris Bullock and Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Will Trask (Great American Taxi), and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia). Casey Russell (the Magic Beans) will play keys and act as musical director.As with previous all-star tribute shows at Brooklyn Comes Alive, you never know who might show up as a special guest…Cory Henry / Nikki Glaspie / Scott Metzger / MonoNeon / SkerikBCA veterans Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, WOLF!), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note) and Skerik will join the ultra-talented keyboardist Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles) for his debut performance at the festival, making for an unforgettable quintet.George Porter Jr. / Brandon “Taz” Niederauer / Adam Smirnoff / Jeff Sipe / Peter Levin / Elise Testone: In Honor Of Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, Gregg Allman, & Those We’ve Lost This special performance will see an all-star cast of musicians come together to pay their respects to guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederuar‘s three mentors-Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman-all of whom passed away last year. Joining Taz will be GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the iconic bassist George Porter Jr. (The Meters), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Jeff Sipe, the founding drummer in Aquarium Rescue Unit with Col. Bruce Hampton, keys/organ player Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band) and vocalist Elise Testone (American Idol, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band).Marc Brownstein / Borahm Lee / Alvin Ford Jr. / Khris RoyalMarc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits) will join forces with Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk, Pretty Lights Live) and Khris Royal (Rebelution) for a unique mixture of electronic music and New Orleans funk. Brownstein & Lee are BCA veterans, having played the event several times, including as part of [B]reaking [B]iscuits, one of BCA’s most celebrated ensembles to date.A Tribute To Steely Dan With Members Of The Motet, Turkuaz, The Nth Power, Snarky Puppy, & MoreA Tribute To Steely Dan will round out BCA’s tribute series, with Joey Porter (The Motet) serving as musical director. Porter will be joined by: Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates) and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) for a respectful tribute to the innovative musicians and songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.Johnny Vidacovich / Robert Walter / Eric “Benny” BloomA special one-off Jazz trio performance by New Orleans jazz drumming legend, Johnny Vidacovich, accomplished keyboardist Robert Walter (Greyboy-Allstars, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Mike Gordon), and the ultra-talented trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce).Adam Deitch QuartetCelebrated Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch will give a rare performance with his quartet – Adam Deitch Quartet – this year, joined by Wil Blades and Lettuce bandmates Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom. 2017 saw the ensemble’s first record, Egyptian Secrets, and there have only been a select few performances since the release.Karina Rykman Experiment featuring special guests Robert Walter & Dave HarringtonShe is best known for her touring chops in Marco Benevento’s band, but bassist Karina Rykman recently debuted her own band and she’s bringing a special rendition to BCA 2018. Karina Rykman Experiment will see Rykman and her band – featuring Adam November and Chris Corsico – joined by renowned keys and organ player Robert Walter and improvisational wizard, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Dave HarringtonSwitch HittersEarlier this year, a brand new band comprised of Wil Blades, Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) made its debut at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, followed by a much-talked-about late night at Jazz Fest. Now the Switch Hitters will make their East Coast debut at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018.Baby Jesus Peasant PartyThe beloved Jazz Fest late night brainchild of Lettuce bassist Eric “Jesus” Coomes will make its Brooklyn debut this year. Baby Jesus Peasant Party sees Jesus play alongside his drumming and producing brother Tyler Coomes, Borham Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), Ryan Zodis (Lettuce) and Khris Royal (Rebelution).Carubba Compa WindermanA blast from the past comes courtesy of Carubba Compa Winderman, the original trio lineup of Dopapod. Back in their days at Berklee College of Music, keyboardist Eli Winderman founded Dopapod with his fellow classmates, drummer Michelangelo Carubba, and guitarist Rob Compa. Carubba is now known for his chops in the live powerhouse ensemble Turkuaz, but after reuniting with Compa & Winderman earlier this year for a set in Philadelphia, BCA 2018 provides another special opportunity for the original trio to reunite.Shira Elias’ Soul TracksShira Elias (Turkuaz) will lead her own time machine set, Shira Elias’ Soul Tracks, which will see the singer perform soul music from across eras encompassing everything from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, to Erykah Badu and Hiatus Kaiyote. She will be joined by Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone Band) and Joél Gonzalez.KatharsisIn 2017, members of The Motet, Electric Beethoven, Dopapod, and Digital Tape Machine debuted a new side project, Katharsis, and they’re bringing their brand of psychedelic funk to BCA 2018. Katharsis is Dave Watts (The Motet), Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), Chuck Jones (Dopapod) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine).Wokes With Jokes: Stand-Up Comedy About The Jamband SceneFor the first time ever, BCA will also present a comedy set alongside their usual musical programming. Wokes With Jokes: Stand-Up Comedy About The Jamband Scene emerged in 2017 during Phish’s New Years run, followed by successful shows based around multi-night runs with Umphrey’s McGee & The Disco Biscuits. The comedy troupe – comprised of Brett Siddell, Walker Berry, Ariella Wallen, Pamela Mahler and MC Richie Alfson – will be making their BCA debut this year.Jam Cruise Presents… A Very Special Late Night In The JAM ROOMA staple of the beloved festival-at-sea, Jam Cruise will bring their beloved Jam Room to land for the first time ever at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018. The Jam Room gives artists the chance to collaborate in an open and relaxed atmosphere. Three hosts, who will be announced in the coming weeks, will be hand-picked to curate the special extended late-night jam sessions, for the first-ever land-edition of this fan and artist favorite.GA and VIP tickets are on sale NOW on Eventbrite. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Comes Alive website.All art by Jimmy Rector – Accepted Perspectivelast_img read more

  • Man on a Wire: Edward Yates

    first_imgBy Stuart PeckFor most people, stringing a piece of webbing over a 100-foot-wide canyon and trying to balance while walking across seems like a bad idea; Edward Yates isn’t most people.“People tell me I’m crazy all the time,” he said.Even Yates admits, when he was first introduced to the sport by his college roommate at Appalachian State, 10 years ago, he thought it was an activity for “circus freaks”. His attitude and enthusiasm quickly changed, and when he jumped on a slackline for the first time he was instantly addicted.Yates has a degree in mechanical engineering and a passion for doing what he loves: highlining, rock climbing, and living a life free of constraints, schedules, and deadlines. Talk to the professional highliner and he’ll be the first to tell you he’s loving life, living in a Chattanooga garage not far from where he grew up on Lookout Mountain. He’s traveled the world in search of great lines, including an Asia tour and a European tour. He’s also one of the few highliners who did the famed Rostrum highline in Yosemite National Park during its early days. Now he says the 75’ line, while still a great highline, is not as trendsetting as it once was.“At one time it was a cutting edge line… back when I did it,” he recalls. “It is still one of the tallest.”Slacklining and highlining were born out of boredom. They became popular rest day activities for rock climbers. Terms like free soloing and first ascent have been bridged between the two sports, and some of the better known highliners are also rock climbers, like Dean Potter and Ammon McNeely. Yates explains that highlining is basically the same thing as slacklining except you’re a lot farther from the ground and usually crossing a body of water or a natural gap like a canyon—or in Yates’ case, two peaks on a building.“The Tennessee Aquarium is the most iconic structure in Chattanooga,” says Yates. “It made people realize that highlining is safe. I fell a lot on that line but it’s mind control over muscle. It is probably the most extreme event that has happened in Chattanooga.”In October Yates walked a 200-foot-long highline between two of the glass peaks of the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga. It was part of the 2014 RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games which take place in the city each year. Before he ever climbed onto the roof of the unique structure he says he had to walk a different tightrope, trying to convince management of the facility to let him pull off the stunt.“The aquarium is an extremely legitimate organization,” Yates said. “I went to them and it was a very long process, let me tell you. It was really a couple months of who knows how many emails. I actually had to create a lot of intense legal documents for liability reasons, procedures, a safety plan to convince them. This was so off the scale of what people do day to day there that it was hard for them to even consider.”Eventually after a lot of coercion, Yates found himself climbing the glass mountains and rigging two lines that he’d cross. It involved removing several panels of glass and setting up one of the most complicated rigs he’s ever built for a line. After performing the “first walk” as he calls his first ascents, it propelled him into the spotlight as a highliner, and he hopes it leads to other similar events at locations around the region.So what does Yates do when he’s not walking across thin pieces of webbing? He spends a lot of time working to get his slacklining business, CobraPrime Slacklining, off the ground. He also moonlights as a tree climber and trimmer, welder, and artist. Yates is also big into personal sayings and is working to create a line of t-shirts with his quotations. Some of his favorites: Love the whipper, (don’t be afraid to fail); the time is always prime (the best opportunity to try something is the present); and master the mechanism (Yates calls the human body the best mechanism in the known universe).Yates is taking some of that motivation to Chattanooga’s parks department where he’s been in talks about creating a slacklining park in the city. At this point, he says the concept isn’t being accepted by the city and now he’s turning to a petition on the website and Facebook to try and gain support for the idea.“I feel like it should be mainstream,” Yates exclaims. “The beauty of slacklining is that you can do it anywhere. This sport has so much potential to grow, it just takes getting people’s minds open to the idea.”Just like Yates didn’t give up when he first stepped onto a line strung across his front yard in college, he says he’ll continue to push toward bringing this mostly underground sport to the forefront of people’s minds. No time is more prime then right now… or something like that.last_img read more

  • Calf of critically endangered whale born + 87-acre tract of land conserved in NC after 20 years of effort

    first_imgThis marathon runner has a training partner that turns headsSarah Hites and Penny the goat Photo from Runnersworld.comSarah Hites of Tuttle, Oklahoma sets out for her runs with an unusual running buddy named Penny, a 1.5-year-old Nigerian Dwarf goat. Hites told Runners World that she adopted the goat when it was just a baby because her daughter wanted to make goat lotion, milk, and soap. It wasn’t until later that they realized the goat had to be mated in order to do that, so she just became a pet. One day while Hites was starting her run she noticed Penny chasing after her. It happened a few more times before Hites let the goat come along on the run. Hites reports that Penny can make it about 4 miles before she starts “huffing and puffing,” at which point Hites sends Penny back to the house on her own. The runs are clearly good for both Hites and Penny, but they bring a lot of joy to other people too. “People slow down a lot when they see us,” said Hites. “They’ll wave or laugh or give a thumbs up.” Second right whale calf of the year spotted off the coast of FloridaA critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf and its mother have been spotted off of the coast of Florida. The sighting marks the second confirmed newborn of the winter birthing season. Scientists, researchers, and conservationists were hoping that right whales would be born this year after there were zero documented births last year. The estimated population of the right whale is only 411. The natural lifespan of a North Atlantic right whale is longer than 30 years but they can and often do die earlier when struck by ships or wrapped in fishing rope. Researchers have linked the decline in birth rate to female whales exhausting their energy while swimming entangled in fishing rope. Animal conservationists also warn that pending seismic tests along the east coast could have a devastating effect on the right whale.   After 20 years of effort, 87-acre tract of land conserved in Madison County, NCThe town of Mars Hill, NC has purchased an 87-acre tract of land on 3,500-foot Bailey Mountain. The property will be added to a 197-acre tract on the southern slope of the mountain to create a public park. Protection for Bailey Mountain became a priority in the 90’s as housing developments began popping up in Madison County and around Western North Carolina. Hoping to protect the iconic peak, the Richard L. Hoffman Foundation bought the initial 197-acre tract of land in 1996. The newly purchased 87-acre tract borders the originally protected tract of land. The town of Mars Hill is now working on a recreation plan. Due to the cold winter weather, any grand opening celebration for Bailey Mountain Park will be scheduled sometime in the summer.last_img read more

  • Find your voice as a board member

    first_img“A credit union is not an ordinary financial concern… it is the expression in the field of economics of a high social ideal.”– Alphonse DesjardinsThe credit union movement has seen some significant changes since the days of figures like Alphonse Desjardins at the turn of the 20th century. One thing that’s never changed, however, is the need for informed, passionate voices to motivate, mobilize and drive real change.Credit union board members play an integral role in filling this need. As an active board member, you’re uniquely positioned to advocate for both your organization and other credit unions across the country. Of course, taking your first major steps into the world of credit union advocacy can be intimidating. Fortunately, board members have a wide array of resources available to become more involved in the dynamic world of credit union advocacy.Become more active in the credit union communityTo fully immerse yourself within the credit union movement, its culture and philosophy, you can’t beat the largest annual credit union advocacy event in the country.CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is hosted every year in Washington D.C., and it’s not just credit union die-hards who take notice. Join in the tradition and Hike the Hill alongside industry leaders, and make sure your congressperson hears about the issues most important to your credit union and our movement. If you want to see as well as take part in an event felt throughout Washington and the rest of the country, set aside March 10-14, 2019 in your calendar and start making plans to attend.You can become more active at home in your community as well, encouraging advocacy among your members. CUNA Member Activation Program provides you with the tools to become an effective advocacy leader to your members. Keep up with the latest industry issuesStaying active in advocacy is critical but staying informed is what makes your actions effective. The credit union industry moves fast and knowing your way around current hot-button issues can be difficult when you have limited time to research.Fortunately, you can receive daily news and information through CUNA News to help you stay one step ahead. For a board-focused angle on current industry events, add Credit Union Directors Newsletter to your reading list.Find your footing and unique voiceOne of the greatest things about our movement is our ability to come together to deliver a unified message, and each individual voice brings its own nuance and perspective to the whole.Finding the answers to challenging questions in our industry will never be easy, but by working together year-round and sharing insights, board members can innovate and inspire as a group and as individuals. Discovering the right community to bring out your best can take time. Start by checking out CUNA Credit Union Board of Directors Community, a diverse and growing network of active board members.The first step is always the hardestWith so much to do and so many options available, deciding where to start is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. Once you build up momentum, though, the rest is sure to follow.Get involved today. To begin your personal journey to stronger credit union leadership and advocacy, visit 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Chip technology helped reduce counterfeit fraud by 80 percent

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Visa set the path for the U.S. payments industry to begin the shift to EMV® (which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip cards in 2011. One of the leading factors of encouraging the adoption of chip technology in 2015 was its effectiveness in reducing counterfeit fraud, which was the primary type of fraud in the United States at the time. Since the EMV shift, the adoption of chip technology has reduced card present (CP) counterfeit payment fraud by 80 percent at chip-enabled merchants.During the most recent period ending in December 2018, Visa saw continued growth across the number of chip cards and chip-enabled merchants, payment and transaction volume since before the shift to EMV chip launched in October 2015. Counterfeit fraud also declined sharply.last_img read more

  • Member service: If you’re not elating don’t bother participating

    first_imgElate: To make someone ecstatically happy.I’ll fully own the cheesy rhyme in the title of this article. What I will not own (and what credit unions cannot afford to own) is something as mundane and trivial as member satisfaction.What’s that? Member satisfaction is not a good thing? Of course it is. Gartner research shows that marketing directors across multiple industries are now spending an average of 18% of their total marketing budgets on consumer experience. Clearly, it’s a good thing. Just like a baseball player batting .300 is a good thing. Just like your local weather person getting the forecast right maybe half the time is a good thing. These are “good” things. But they’re not great. They do not elate. A baseball player batting .400 elates his fans. A weather person getting the forecast right 90% of the time would elate her viewers. Satisfying a consumer is, indeed, a “good” thing. However, it is not elation.Why this fixation on elation? Over Christmas a colleague of mine purchased a cool little artificial intelligence robot for his children. He had some trouble getting it to hook up to their home Wi-Fi and contacted the company for support. As he relayed the story, the company quickly replied and resolved the issue and then followed up with an email asking if he was “elated” by the service he had received. My colleague says he stopped and reread that sentence several times and noted, “I know what elate means and I’ve seen it in the dictionary, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever seen it in a piece of consumer marketing.”Member satisfaction? Boring.Member elation? That’s the ticket.According to Digital Onboarding, only one in 10 financial institutions successfully engages new members after they open a checking account. And that’s just the beginning of the relationship. Unless your member service experience goes for elation every single time, you’re not going to stand out from the competition. Unless your member service experience strives for elation on a daily basis, your members will have little reason to remember you. Unless your member service experience achieves elation at every member interaction, you’re pouring water into a leaky bucket. Sure, you’ll probably keep adding members at the relatively slow pace most credit unions do. However, those you lose to attrition (the idea of that leaky bucket) are wandering off, seduced by your competitors with marketing tales of how much greener the grass is on their side. Had you wooed them, had you gone for more than satisfaction, had you achieved member elation, there’s a much better chance they would’ve stayed in your bucket.Credit Union Times reported that more people leave financial institutions due to poor experience than to fraud. similarly found that for the first time banks are beginning to pass credit unions in customer satisfaction ratings. Credit unions must find ways to enhance member experience. Go back to the very first line of this article — the dictionary definition of the word of elate. Honestly answer the question “How many members left my credit union today feeling ecstatically happy?” If you’re being honest, the answer is probably a relatively low number. How much higher could it be? How much higher should it be? How much higher must it be in order for your credit union to thrive in this ridiculously competitive and ever-changing financial services marketplace?Credit unions that truly seek to elate their members and cement their future as a growing and dynamic financial institution focus on the member experience with an eye toward elation. If your credit union does not look to every single telephone call, online chat, social media interaction, drive-through intercom conversation and (yes, they still happen) lobby interaction as a member elation opportunity, your participation in our little niche of the financial services marketplace is, frankly, not needed and potentially damaging to  those progressive credit unions that do seek to relate their members.Which culture would you choose? Member satisfaction or member elation? The answer to this relatively simple question is a good indicator of whether or not you should bother opening your doors tomorrow morning. It may sound blunt and probably is but it’s also the truth. Credit unions that seek to stand out and make their members ecstatically happy are those that will still stand in this gladiatorial arena of financial services. Those that do not should exit stage left, satisfied (defeated) but not elated (ecstatically victorious). 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Detailslast_img read more

  • Rents remain steady at Lakeside

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  • Eade on: Flour mills and pigeons

    first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

  • Girl power driving property market: report finds more women than men buying homes

    first_imgWestpac has released its latest Home Ownership Report. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.Women’s attitudes towards home ownership have also seen a major shift in the past year, with 43 per cent of female first home buyers strongly believing that ‘owning your ownhome is a reflection of your success in life’, compared with 22 per cent of men. Westpac head of women’s markets Felicity Duffy said the survey findings foreshadowed a spike in home loan applications from women over the next five years. UNIT PRICE DROPS SLOW HOW TO AVOID AN AIRBNB NIGHTMARE RENTERS FLOCK TO BRISBANE ‘BURBS She said women faced “unique financial challenges”, including income inequality and having to take time out of their jobs to have children or care for elderly parents, which impacted their short- and long-term security.“They’re taking matters into their own hands and increasingly investing in property as a potential way to secure their financial futures,” Ms Duffy said. Women are taking the lead when it comes to property, a new report reveals. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.While traditionally buying a home was something a woman did with her partner, more were entering the market on their own as they became financially independent and got married later in life, she said.Kate Harder is not your average 19-year-old.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoInstead of travelling the world and hitting the pubs and clubs like her peers, the ‘budding property tycoon’ is building her empire.“I’ve always dreamt of building and owning my own home and plan to build more down the track,” she said.“My Dad is a builder and I’ve grown up with that mindset.”Ms Harder is purchasing her first block of land and building a custom designed three bedroom and two bathroom home at Monterea Ripley, a residential village that will feature 900 new homes on about 60ha in Ripley Valley, near Ipswich. Kate Harder has just bought her first property at 19 and is one of the women who are leading the way when it comes to buying, selling and investing in property. Picture: Adam HeadWOMEN are winning the battle of the sexes in the property sphere as financial challenges like the gender pay gap and taking time off work to have kids push them to find alternative income streams.This is the finding of Westpac’s latest Home Ownership Report, which reveals Aussie women are now significantly more likely than men to be planning some sort of real estate action in the next five years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This included buying a home (28 per cent of women versus 20 per cent of men), buying an investment (16 per cent, 13 per cent), selling a property (17 per cent, 14 per cent) and renovating (29 per cent, 27 per cent), according to the survey of more than 1000 Australians.First home buyers of the fairer sex were twice as likely to consider buying an investment property in the short-term. Ripley Town Centre is expected to create 20,000 new jobs for Ripley Valley. Monterea Ripley director Jamie Martin and developer Gerry McHale.Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic said women in couples also often took the reins in the hunt for family homes.“‘I’ll have to talk to the boss’ is a common phrase used by a husband discussing investment options if his wife isn’t present,” he said.“Women are much more focused on leaving a legacy for their children given the challenges of getting kids into the market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne.”THE PROPERTY BATTLE OF THE SEXESConsidering a housing action in the next five years (71% women vs. 61% men) including:—Buying a home: 28% vs. 20%—Renovating: 29% vs. 27%—Buying an investment property: 16% vs. 13%—Selling a home: 17% vs. 14%Among first-home buyers:—Considering buying an investment property in the next five years: 22% women vs. 11% men—Strongly believe owning their own home is a reflection of their success in life: 43% vs. 22%, up from 34% vs. 29% in 2016—Strongly believe owning a property is a pathway to wealth: 31% vs. 20%(Source: Westpac Home Ownership Report 2017, based on a survey of 1000 Australians)last_img read more

  • Diaspora groups donates books worth EC1.1 million dollars to Dominican schools

    first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 163 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews Diaspora groups donates books worth EC1.1 million dollars to Dominican schools by: – February 7, 2012 Share A student of the Dominica Community High School receiving a symbolic token of the books from Rachel Amantrading of the Foundation while Dr. Wendel Thomas looks on.Two Diaspora groups; the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph which has been in existence for over ten years and the Global Literacy Project, have collaborated in donating a 40 foot container of books to educational institutions in Dominica.A total of 11, 265 books will be distributed to schools on the island including the Dominica State College and the University of the West Indies Dominica Open Campus.At a handing over ceremony on Monday, one of the representatives of the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph Angelic Baptist noted that the donation of books is a milestone for Dominica and although the organization has assisted Dominicans in many areas; education is their major priority.“We have catered to our fellow Dominicans in every capacity, such as providing hospital supplies, elderly care materials, assistance to the homeless and home for the aged; Grotto and to the St. Joseph Health Centre but education is our major priority.”Angelic Baptist of the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph.Baptist highlighted the assistance which the Foundation has given to the St. Joseph School among other schools on the island in the form of books stating that, “We as a family take pride in doing so because we believe that is a right of every child to have an opportunity to be educated. I believe that there should never be a limit to learning or achieving one’s goals. I also believe if we help the children take pride in education we will build a society and a better Dominica”.She announced that her Foundation and the Global Literacy Project “have worked hard to bring high quality, large quantity books to our country” and thanked Ambassador Vince Henderson and Kelver Darroux for their facilitation of this donation. “Today I am proud to announce to you we have 11, 265 brand new books having a value of US$401, 597. 00 the equivalent of EC$1.1 million. These books will be distributed to Dominican schools and will be given to the children to take home.” President of the Gloabl Literacy Project, Dr. Wendel ThomasPresident and Founder of the Global Literacy Project, Dr. Wendel Thomas who hails from the village of La Plaine, told Monday’s ceremony that his organization has been working hard to provide quality books for Dominica.“We have been working hard and I must say that the books and materials that we have are of the quality that Dominica is accustomed too. Strangely enough there are other standards in other places and because I’m a native I am well aware of our standard; and this standard is at the premium these books are actually hot off the press, they are brand new. I have never seen them because they came from the publishers through another NGO to my organization.”Meanwhile Co Founder of the Global Literacy Project Nigerian Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa said “we believe very strongly that the progress of any country depends on the ability of that country to produce smart people who can help lead the country”. He believes that the donation of books will assist in that regard. Co Founder of Global Literacy Project, Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa.He also complimented the island on being the most beautiful country as he said prior to his visit here, he though Rio De Janeiro was the most beautiful country but has to change this mindset as Dominica is indeed a very beautiful country. Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux said, “We must commend people who give back to their communities”.He explained that the donation will assist the government in realizing its goals to help develop young people in Dominica.Students of the Dominica Community High School and the Orion Academy were present to receive a symbolic token of the books as well as a representative of the Dominica State College and UWI Open Campus Dominica.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more