Strategizing the Way Forward to National Development

first_imgI will begin this article with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Hail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and action of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless effort of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”As a child growing up in Monrovia, absolutely nothing would have convinced me then that Liberia, a nation with abundance of resources, would today be in a state of underdevelopment and backwardness. Notably, there are two fundamental reasons which account for this pathetic state. The first is the lackadaisical attitude adopted by our policy makers and planners towards implementing policies to positively impact the lives of ordinary Liberians; and the second is the attitude of passivity of ordinary Liberians in advocating for those basic rights and privileges denied them over the years.Irrefutably, achieving national development requires commitment and dedication on the part of both the policy makers and planners, and ordinary Liberians. Obviously, the way forward to national development must be based upon Liberians from diverse backgrounds coming together and reconciling their divergent views and actions.The blunt reality is that words are easily said than done. To embark on a new course, it is imperative we retrospect on Liberia’s past to discover where precisely our missteps occurred during our national existence. The question that naturally springs forth is, were the founding fathers of Liberia prepared to effectively and efficiently manage the nation? The answer is resounding, “No”.Clearly, the administration of Joseph J. Roberts which led Liberia after the nation hastily declared independence on July 26, 1847 felt short of establishing a solid political foundation. Consequently, this created a unique avenue for corruption, nepotism and other vices which are still prevalent in the governance of the nation even up to today.For the benefit of the reader, permit me to reveal an excerpt of a report of conditions in Liberia written by William Nesbit, a black American, who visited Liberia in 1854 during the era of Liberia’s first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts:“And it is humiliating to me to say it, though it must be said, that the majority of them, even including some of his cabinet officers, cannot read and are totally ignorant of the simplest duties belonging to their stations. Every thing is and must be done by the President. He performs the duties of judge, counselor, justice and constable. He receives, disburses, and keeps the accounts, in short, he is the government, the embodiment of Liberia; and when you speak of Liberia, you speak of President Roberts.”The problems in Liberia are aged old, formidable and seem to be defying solution. The case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to the fact that many Liberians have become accustomed to behavior patterns which are counterproductive and anti-developmental. As Martin Luther King rightly stated in his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’, “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.”In other words, development will never be delivered on “Silver Platter”, it will come when Liberians from all walks of life are willing and ready to constructively engage in sacrificial services that put the interests of the nation and its people above the selfish concept of “I, me and myself”. Without the shadow of doubts, most government officials are involved in systematic corruption which had heightened the levels of poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.I definitely do not wish to discredit the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration, which had made some gains in the areas of health, educations, road construction, etc. but these gains have so little impacted the living standards of ordinary Liberians.No wonder why almost every Liberian, you talk to will not hesitate to express the desires of seeking greener pastures in the U.S.A. or some advanced countries.Many Liberians have simply lost hope and confidence in what the future of their country holds for them.The way forward to national development is certainly not for ordinary Liberians to sit as spectators and leave their destinies in the hands of gluttonous government officials, but rather to play more pivotal roles in shaping or reshaping their destiny. Now is the appropriate time that all Liberians must work tirelessly to ensure that 167-year-old Liberia takes it rightful place amongst the comity of nations.Let me close with these wise words from Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”About the AuthorJahbulleh C. Dempster is former Co-Chairman for Operations of Saye Town. He is currently the Interim Secretary General of the Union of Liberian Artists. His letters as well as articles, which are usually published in the Daily Observer reflect his ardent desire for socio-economic reforms in the Liberian Society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

16th Annual Northern Classic taking over the NPCC tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Over 90 bodybuilders are getting ready to take the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday for the 16th Annual Northern Classic bodybuilding and fitness competition.The event will see contestants competing for a chance to head to Vancouver for the BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association provincial championships in three weeks’ time. Northern Classic organiser Jeni Briscoe says that this year’s Northern Classic has fewer contestants than last year’s record number of 120 participants, though that’s largely due to the BCABA having more shows for contestants to qualify for provincials. “It’s kind of nicer to have smaller shows,” said Briscoe. “They can go really long. Some of them, were getting up to two or three hundred people. Ninety’s a nice number, we’ll be done by 10 instead of midnight.” Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. – Advertisement -This year, Briscoe says that the show will have a more local feel, with Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro and fitness pro Debbie Clarke as this year’s guest poser at the main show, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Clarke has been competing in bodybuilding for 10 years, and currently trains at Today’s Techniques.Briscoe says that tickets are still available for both shows as of Friday afternoon. Tickets are $32.50 for the morning show, and $57.50 for the evening main event, and are available at Today’s Techniques.last_img read more

Alan Pardew admits he’s worried after Newcastle’s latest loss

first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted his growing concern after his team’s poor recent run continued with a 2-1 defeat against Fulham.The Magpies, so impressive last season, have lost five of their last six league matches and their defensive shortcomings were exposed again at Craven Cottage.“I’m worried in as much as we’re not picking up points,” said Pardew.“Performances have been much improved – our attacking has more fluency about it – but it’s a worry that we don’t have enough points on the board.“We’ve got a tough run of games. We’ve put ourselves under pressure by losing two home games against Swansea and West Ham – that hurt us.”Pardew’s side have now gone seven months without an away win.“It’s difficult to put our finger on it,” he added.“Some performances have been good. We need to get back the resilience we showed last year away from home.”See also:Rodallega’s winner gives Fulham victoryPoor Magpies defending angers 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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

CTICC gets green makeover

first_imgThe Cape Town International ConventionCentre is getting an extensive greenmakeover. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), an award-winning building that has been honoured numerous times for its advanced facilities, is about to undergo a R1.4-billion (US$100-million) expansion – one that will turn it into the greenest building in South Africa.Known as Phase 2, the new extension will boast wind turbines to generate its own electricity, a water treatment system, on-site sorting and recycling of waste, and a growing roof, among other environmentally friendly features. When complete, the new-look CTICC will use 40% less electricity per square metre and 90% less potable water, and will send 25% less waste to landfill than its current version.In order to achieve the reduction in power consumption several techniques will be used, such as daylighting, which refers to the controlled placing of windows, skylights and other transparent structures to admit as much natural light as possible and reduce the need for electric lighting. The new wing will also have its own renewable energy sources in the form of solar and wind power generators.With the water treatment plant as well as the planned recycling of rainwater, collected during Cape Town’s fierce winter season, the CTICC will slash its reliance on piped water by a massive 90%.The larger part of the 30 000m2 extension will be dedicated to environmentally friendly services, while an extra 9 500m2 of exhibition space will augment the existing 11 200m2. To encourage the use of green transport, the building will be incorporated into the city’s cycle routes, while extensive bicycle facilities will be available for staff and visitors.Rashid Toefy, CEO of the CTICC holding company Convenco, said that the new wing will feature some of the most progressive environmentally friendly technologies available. “We expect the new building to set some of the best international standards in sustainable building design and management,” he said. “The future of South Africa’s conference industry will be tied to this country’s ability to reduce its carbon footprint.”In fact, added Toefy, the expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s increasing standing as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.Feasibility and economic impact studies were conducted over six months. The expansion will be built on the site of the old Customs House on the other side of the N2 freeway from the present centre, and will overlook Table Bay. Building is estimated to take three to four years.A valuable contributionIn the five years since its establishment the centre has grown from strength to strength, with conferences booked as far ahead as 2014. The CTICC has already contributed more than R9.5-billion ($1-billion) to the national economy and with the expansion it is expected to contribute a further R21.5-billion ($216-million) by 2013. In 2008 alone, according to economist Barry Standish and economic modeller Antony Boting of Cape Town University’s business school, the contribution to GDP was almost R2.7-billion ($273-million).In terms of job creation CTICC created 3 744 direct jobs in the Western Cape during 2008, with more than 5 300 indirect jobs created nationally. In total some 9 000 people have found employment through the CTICC.The centre has played a big role in the increased allure of Cape Town as a business tourism destination, and has also played host to a number of high-profile music and arts events. Besides the thousands of square metres of exhibition space the CTICC offers two stepped auditoria which seat 1 500 and 620 delegates each, a 2 000m2 grand ballroom which can accommodate up to 1 500 people, a roof terrace meeting room which overlooks Table Mountain, and 33 smaller meeting rooms which can hold from 25 to 330 people each.It also boasts three restaurants, a catering division run by a team of internationally trained chefs, and cutting-edge IT infrastructure. Situated conveniently close to the city centre and a number of major hotels, including the integrated five-star ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel, there is no shortage of nearby useful facilities for delegates and visitors.As green as can beConstruction of the CTICC’s new wing will be carried out to the requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. As green buildings, or buildings that are energy and resource efficient and environmentally responsible, become increasingly popular, the Council is leading the transformation of the local property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way for the benefit of all South Africans.Toefy expects the new CTICC to receive six green stars from the Council, which will begin its Green Star SA rating program in December 2008. This is the highest rating achievable.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janineeEmediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksCape Town International Convention CentreGreen Building Council of South AfricaGreen Buildinglast_img read more

HP’s New ElitePad Business Tablet Is All About The Accessories

first_img There’s a docking station, for example, with connections for an external monitor and other ports to turn it into a desktop. (Other options include a simple external Bluetooth keyboard, an optical drive and a Tablet Pen.)But by far the most interesting accessory is HP’s “smart jacket,” designed to add capabilities for specific roles. Slipping on the productivity smart jacket adds a hard-connected keyboard, a second battery, better speakers, more ports and more slots. Presto, you’ve got a fully functional laptop. Will the idea of using a tablet as a primary computing device take off in corporate America? That depends on pricing, of course, and HP is not saying how much any of this will cost when it hits the market early next year.But the bigger question is how well a Swiss Army knife of a computer can perform each task it attempts. If it fails significantly on any one of them, the whole value propostion crumbles.Either way, though, I give HP — and ultimately Microsoft, too — credit for at least trying to expand the category and to address computing problems. Since the introduction of the iPad, we haven’t seen that much innovation in form factor, but Windows 8 seems to be starting that process. Not all of the results will be pretty or successful but it’s still a good thing. Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#mobile fredric paul Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… If nothing else, Windows 8 is spurring some creativity in tablet design, even for business users. Hewlett-Packard’s new ElitePad 900, for example, offers an innovative expansion strategy and other accessories to try to position it as a primary business computer. One big question: How much will it all cost?I got a chance to play with the new ElitePad at a recent HP launch event in San Francisco, and I was intrigued by the sleek device and accessories designed to turn the tablet into a primary computing device. I instinctively support any attempt to expand computer and mobile-device options, and my initial impression is that this felt like a truly new approach that could add real value.But many questions remain as to whether professionals, who HP is aiming at with the ElitePad, will embrace the new model.First The BasicsThe ElitePad’s machined aluminum case holds Intel’s new Clover Trail processors,  a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen with 1280 x 800 resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen looked great in a dimly lit hotel room.There are twin cameras, a dual-array microphone and stereo speakers. There are 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. A service door opens to reveal slots for a SIM card (the ElitePad supports 3G, 4G and NFC wireless connections) as well as a MicroSD slot. (In a very un-Apple approach, many parts of the ElitePad are consumer-servicable, a perk that corporate IT shops will no doubt appreciate.)The whole thing weighs 1.5 pounds and is 9.2mm thick. But those numbers are misleading because the ElitePad doesn’t really get going until you start adding accessories.One Tablet For All Tasks?Because the ElitePad is fully compatible with Windows 8, HP wants to position it as a professional’s primary computer, but computing horsepower aside, clearly a tablet lacks all of the required connectivity and interface options. So HP has surrounded the tablet with a collection of options designed to configure it for whatever purpose is required at the time. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeat

first_imgEngland were totted as one of the hottest pre-tournament favourites to reach the semi-finals but 3rd defeat in 7 matches have the hosts in a bit of tricky spot in World Cup 2019.Before the World Cup 2019, England were known for their aggressive brand of cricket and having earmarked match-winners, specific to the ODI format under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.England fans were rejoicing their team’s pre-tournament favourites tag with the famous theme song,It’s coming home’ launched during football World Cup in Russia where the Three Lions lost the semi-finals. The Barmy Army’ were sure that Captain Morgan’s men will reach the distance this time.But England’s second consecutive defeat in the quadrennial event, have left them in a must-win situation from here on. They now need to win at least one of their remaining two matches against New Zealand and India to give themself a fair chance of making the knockouts.On Tuesday, Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Former cricketers and fans came down heavily on Eoin Morgan’s side after they failed on the big stage against Australia.England were awful at Lord’s today. Not sure what’s going on but fear it is nerves/panic rather than lack of talent or form.Worried about the World Cup & even more worried about the Ashes… the Aussies will be like a pack of hunting dogs after this. @HomeOfCricket #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/BZ5GHoGSIEadvertisementPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2019England Can’t Chase #CWC19 #EngvAusAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019England should do the honourable thing and blame their batting on Rabada’s IPL stint. #ENGvAUSPavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 25, 2019England in deep waters. Stuck at 8 points. Beaten comprehensively by Australia.Upcoming matches are against India and New Zealand. Huge task and pressure games!!#ENGvsAUS #CWC19Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 25, 2019These two photos have the same energy. #ENGvAUS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/kOd5OIHdooPrakash Shetty (@kitneka) June 25, 2019Curtains !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 25, 2019The England captain stepping to square leg when Starc bowled his first delivery to him made me think England could have a little problem over the next week or so.I hope not, but I’ve not seen a captain show such a weakness for a while…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 25, 2019Overwhelming favourites, now gasping to stay alive in a World Cup so many thought was theirs to own! #England #ENGvsAUSHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 25, 2019Also Read | Really? Excellent: Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen’s criticism post Australia defeatAlso Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso See:last_img read more

Video: The Lights Went Out During The Michigan vs. Rutgers Game

first_imgLights go out during Michigan-Rutgers game.It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DjuypIi3gw— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.last_img read more

Andrew Harrison Apologizes For Racial Slur “Used In Jest” Towards Frank Kaminsky

first_imgandrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.last_img read more

Fate of truck driver in Humboldt bus crash will test sentencing system

first_imgA legal expert says the punishment for the truck driver responsible for the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash will put Canada’s sentencing provisions to the test.Jennifer Quaid, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said she believes it will be difficult for a judge to arrive at a proportionate sentence for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.“It’s a real test of our sentencing regime,” said Quaid. “This is sort of the nightmare scenario where you have a mixture of … factors that point in different directions if you look at our sentencing law.”Sidhu admitted he caused the collision that killed 16 people and injured 13 when he barrelled through a stop sign in his transport truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sidhu was not hurt.He pleaded guilty to 29 dangerous driving charges and is to be sentenced March 22.In a sentencing hearing this week, the Crown argued Sidhu should serve 10 years in prison and be banned from driving for 10 years. The defence, although citing cases with shorter sentences, did not propose a specific alternative.Judge Inez Cardinal’s task will be to find a sentence that strikes a balance between the consequences of the offence and the blameworthiness of the offender, said Quaid.While Sidhu pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, it was not a hit and run, he wasn’t impaired, nor was he speeding, or texting and driving, Quaid noted.On the other hand, she said, the outcome of his actions was horrific.“On the one side you got terrible consequences. On the other side you have a mistake that is not the worst of the mistakes,” she said.“What’s the right answer?”She believes the Crown is taking a hard line in proposing a 10-year prison sentence.“It doesn’t seem proportionate to his moral blameworthiness,” said Toronto criminal defence lawyer Daniel Brown. “It doesn’t seem proportionate to his actions.”Brown said determining a proper sentence for Sidhu will be challenging because the judge lacks comparable cases.He also said the typical signs of bad driving are missing. That makes it tough to craft a sentence that discourages people from a specific action, such as drinking and driving.  “How do we deter other people from missing stop signs?” Brown said.“He wasn’t distracted by his cellphone,” he said. “He simply missed the traffic signal.”Both Quaid and Brown said another significant factor Cardinal must  weigh is Sidhu’s guilty plea.“This is a person who has exactly the reaction that we hope … every person convicted or found guilty of a crime would have — to have this deep reflection, this absolute acceptance of responsibility,” Quaid said.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrity Supporters And 16000 Partners Rally Behind GivingTuesday

first_imgThe third annual #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on December 2, and celebrities and partners are rallying behind the growing movement of social giving.Supporters include actors/activists Edward Norton and Hugh Jackman, actor-mompreneur Jessica Alba, fashion mogul Kenneth Cole and Golden State Warriors’ basketball star Stephen Curry, each of whom offered comments on their participation in this global celebration of giving back:Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company will be fundraising for FoodCorps in support of healthier foods in elementary schools nationwide.“Part of creating a safer, healthier future for our children includes fostering a lasting, healthy relationship with food,” said Alba. “With so many of our holiday traditions centering on food and cooking, it felt like a perfect time to make a commitment to nutrition education with FoodCorps. We hope everyone will join us in sharing fun, healthy recipes that can not only improve their family’s health but also improve the lives of thousands of kids nationwide.”“For more than 30 years our brand has addressed not only what our customers look like on the outside, but who they are on the inside,” said Kenneth Cole, “and not just what they stand in but what they stand for. This year for #GivingTuesday we are asking fans to take action to end homelessness as a reminder this holiday season that there are too many people who would love to be in your shoes.”On #GivingTuesday, Kenneth Cole is asking people to read and sign the petition asking the federal government to continue funding the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program, as part of the company’s larger Look Good, for Good program, which supports projects of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, HELP USA and the Sundance Institute.Hugh Jackman, whose Laughing Man Worldwide donates 100 percent of its profits to Projects for All, said, “The holidays are, first and foremost, about goodwill and compassion. That’s why #GivingTuesday is a great way to not just remember that but live it as well.”Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who leads a season-long Three for Three Challenge to support the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, plans to Gift a Net in honor of each of his teammates, sending lifesaving nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa.“#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world,” said Curry. “I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 bed net makes all the difference.”Other celebrities who have pledged to join or support the movement include: • Jon Bon Jovi Soul Food Foundation • Katherine McNamara, Girl Up’s SchoolCycle Campaign • Maria Shriver’s A Woman’s Nation Foundation • Queen Latifah and the Queen Latifah Show (queenlatifah.com) • Trey Songz’s Angels With Heart Foundation • Jo Frost, Global Advocate, Shot@Life campaign
Partners continue to join the global movement of giving and generosity, and are expected to announce #GivingTuesday plans up through December 2. Some of the latest companies, organizations and interests to declare their support include:• This year, After-School All-Stars is raising support for afterschool programs and camps that make a difference for its kids all year long with #UNselfies to be shared on #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season. The organization is also teaming up with corporate partners such as Fox Sports in Ohio, San Diego, and Florida and Westime Watches to promote #GivingTuesday and a general year-end appeal through in-game media promotion, phone-a-thons and social media support. • Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. has been a #GivingTuesday partner since 2012. This year for #GivingTuesday the foundation is launching a fundraising campaign and sharing seven stories that reflect the impact of its work in Asia and Africa: a small child learning far from school; community groups pooling their savings; microfinance lending in Cote d’Ivoire and more. These stories are supplemented by #HowISeeChange stories that colleagues in Asia and Africa have shared to inspire #GivingTuesday donors to share how they, too, see change. • Powered by data from Gallup’s World View World Poll and commissioned by the Charitable Aid Foundation (CAF) America, the World Giving Index report is being released ahead of the annual “Giving Tuesday” – a celebration of worldwide philanthropy held every year after Thanksgiving in order to help the movement to analyze data ahead of and after December 2, 2014. The World Giving Index is the largest study ever conducted of charitable behavior around the globe and ranks nations on three variables: charitable giving, volunteering and willingness to help others. The United States is the only country ranked in the top ten across all three variables. Scores were calculated from Gallup data collected across 135 countries representing 95 percent of the world’s population as well as International Monetary Fund data on GDP. • Camp Kesem, a nonprofit organization supporting children through and beyond a parent’s cancer, will launch its #HelpCampKesem photo campaign at 62 collegiate chapters nationwide. On December 2, Camp Kesem’s passionate college students will operate on-campus photo booths, inviting fellow students to take and share photos using the #GivingTuesday and #HelpCampKesem hashtags to inspire their peers to give back and help extend Camp Kesem services to more children nationwide. • Clear Channel Outdoor strives to be a responsible member of the communities it serves by taking a proactive role in making those neighborhoods better places to live. Leading up to December 2, 2014, Clear Channel Outdoor will amplify the #GivingTuesday message on its digital billboards in Times Square, and across its digital out-of-home media network. This in turn will help create a greater awareness for giving back to charities and ultimately influence a powerful societal change by inspiring citizens to make a difference within their own communities. • CVS Health will recognize its colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism and support the inspirational community-based work being done by nonprofits nationwide on #GivingTuesday. As part of its campaign, CVS Health is inviting colleagues to nominate a charity in their local communities for which they volunteer for a grant from the CVS Health Foundation. In response to the overwhelming success of last year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, this year the foundation is more than doubling its commitment and will award a total of $100,000 to 50 organizations nationwide. • Dress for Success and Fergie Footwear have teamed up once again to turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay, when women are encouraged to donate their professional women’s shoes to their closest Dress for Success affiliate to help get the disadvantaged women of their communities back to work. The top 10 individual shoe donors throughout the world will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday-edition Raegan heels from Fergie Footwear, and the brand will also donate a gift of new shoes to the three Dress for Success affiliates that collect the most total shoe donations, meaning that when a woman donates her shoes, she’s doing double good. • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is doing whatever it takes to reach moms, babies and their families who need lifesaving HIV care and treatment the most. The organization is fundraising to gain more resources to ensure families, no matter where they live, have access to these lifesaving tools. This #GivingTuesday, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar, bringing us two times closer to making an AIDS-free generation a reality! • Ellevate is a global professional women’s network dedicated to the success and economic engagement of women. Ellevate’s community is made up of tens of thousands of successful, motivated and passionate professional women who believe that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. Ellevate will use its social media and digital presence to encourage its community to support #GivingTuesday by giving back. On December 2, Ellevate’s President, Ally McDonald, will host a live webinar on the topic of Effective Giving. • The Family Dinner Project’s mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun and conversation together. It need not be fancy; the point, in fact, is to return to a simpler and more meaningful way of being. The Family Dinner Project will formally kick off #familydinnerforward on #GivingTuesday December 2, an initiative to inspire families to give—within the family to one another and/or to those outside the family. To participate, simply snap a dinner/giving-related photo and share it via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #familydinnerforward. • Fazoli’s: Quick-service Italian restaurant Fazoli’s wants you to join the #GivingTuesday movement this year and help Feed the Children while feeding your family! Join them for $5.99 All You Can Eat Spaghetti on December 2nd at participating Fazoli’s restaurants and $1 from your meal goes to Feed the Children. Follow Fazoli’s on social media for more ways to give back and do good for those in need! • Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company is teaming up with FoodCorps to bring nutrition education and healthier foods to elementary schools nationwide. In honor of #GivingTuesday and to kick off the holiday season, The Honest Company will provide 4,000 children with cooking and gardening lessons and support to get healthier foods into their school cafeterias. Throughout December, the Honest Company will share healthy, kid-friendly recipes from FoodCorps on social media, and for every share, re-pin and like received, it will donate $2, providing another month of nutrition education to a child served by FoodCorps. The Honest Company has also challenged FoodCorps to raise $25,000 for #GivingTuesday, offering to match with an additional $25,000. • In partnership with #GivingTuesday, Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) will launch its first-ever #1for70 campaign. Starting on #GivingTuesday, JAF guarantees that for every $15,000 raised through the end of the year, the foundation will accomplish more than $1 million of youth-led community impact. JAF engages the nation in millions of hours of public service, and trains, activates and celebrates the achievements of Americans ages 5-105. • On #GivingTuesday, the kids at Jeremy’s Heroes will be giving joy to housebound elderly residents in their community. The kids are hard at work writing letters and drawing pictures that will be included with the residents’ meal deliveries this holiday season. Jeremy’s Heroes, named for 9/11 hero Jeremy Grack, teaches the importance of teamwork, leadership and discipline both on and off the athletic field. • The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer cancer in adults and children. As part of #GivingTuesday, the Jimmy Fund will share inspiring patient stories and will ask its supporters for financial contributions to further research patient-care initiatives and, ultimately, create a world without cancer. The fund raised nearly $200,000 in 2013 connected to #GivingTuesday and hopes to raise even more in 2014. • National Geographic will focus its #GivingTuesday efforts on helping to save lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and other big cats, many of which are facing extinction in the wild. Through the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program supporting on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign, we can help restore big cat populations and habitats, ensuring long term survival for these majestic animals. More information is available at causeanuproar.org. • On #GivingTuesday Ronald McDonald House Charities is launching a national campaign that asks people to help families stay together, close to their hospitalized child by donating $25 to Ronald McDonald House Charities and talking about their support using the social media hashtag #forRMHC. A mother’s kiss. A child’s smile. By donating a gift from December 2 to December 31, supporters make everyday-family moments possible at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms around the world. Gifts of togetherness help strengthen families during difficult times. • StumbleUpon, 5by and its employees are thrilled to support #GivingTuesday this December 2. As a partner for this year’s movement, StumbleUpon and 5by will leverage its platforms, apps, official blog and social media outlets in order to draw attention to the important role this day plays in allowing people, brands and organizations to uniquely support any charity or cause in any fashion they choose. • Studio Design is extremely excited to support #GivingTuesday this year. Studio Design helps anyone show support for a cause by allowing them to remix the cause’s design with their own photos. For #GivingTuesday, studio design will leverage new design techniques to help make the #UNselfie photo become something that is easily sharable via various social networks. • 2014 has seen an unprecedented number of crises around the world, affecting more than 50 million people. Men, women and children have fled their homes due to violence and war that arrived on their doorsteps. This year for #GivingTuesday, USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is partnering with CrowdRise and celebrity supporter Kat Graham to raise money for Refugees as the cold months approach and needs skyrocket for more blankets, tents and warm foods. • TOMS – in response to the growing number of refugees around the world, TOMS is partnering with #GivingTuesday this year to raise funds for USA for UNHCR and our work together. For every $75 purchase or more on #GivingTuesday, $5 will go toward the life-saving work of the UN Refugee Agency. And don’t forget – TOMS matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need, every day of the year. One for One.For a complete list of #GivingTuesday partners, click here.last_img read more