WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2014 — Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued the following statement on June’s job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The survey was conducted in June and reflects the responses of 672 sampled NFIB members:
THIS REPORT TEXT COMPARES JUNE FINDINGS TO MAY FIGURES.
“NFIB owners increased employment by an average of 0.05 workers per firm in June (seasonally adjusted), the ninth positive month in a row and the best string of gains since 2006. Seasonally adjusted, 12 percent of the owners (up 1 point) reported adding an average of 3.3 workers per firm over the past few months. Offsetting that, 13 percent reduced employment (up 1 point) an average of 3.1 workers, producing the seasonally adjusted net gain of 0.05 workers per firm overall. The rather substantial dent in first quarter growth did not have much of an impact on Main Street
The remaining 75 percent of owners made no net change in employment. Fifty-three percent of the owners hired or tried to hire in the last three months and 43 percent (81 percent of those trying to hire or hiring) reported few or no qualified applicants for open positions.
Twenty-six percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period (up 2 points), suggesting more downward pressure on the unemployment rate. Fourteen percent reported using temporary workers, unchanged for several months.
Job creation plans continued to strengthen and rose 2 percentage points to a seasonally adjusted net 12 percent, approaching “normal” levels for a growing economy (even with no growth last quarter). Not seasonally adjusted, 18 percent plan to increase employment at their firm (down 3 points), and 5 percent plan reductions (unchanged).
On a seasonally adjusted basis, job creation plans continued to improve as did the percent of owners reporting hard to fill job openings. This signals that the jobs numbers will be solid and the unemployment rate will fall.”
*Travelers Are Called to eBay to Bid on a Week in Paradise*
Phuket, Thailand (July 2, 2014) – TODAY beginning at 11am EST, the newly opened Iniala Beach House will launch Inspirational August, a ten-day campaign in which 100% of the month’s room revenue will go to charity. From July 2 through July 11, guests will have the opportunity to bid on August vacation packages to Thailand’s most luxurious and imaginative hotel via eBay. Top bidders will experience Iniala for up to 70% off the standard rates.
Travelers can explore the vacation packages and bid here: http://www.iniala.com/InspirasiaAuction
Iniala Beach House is a 10-suite private residence available to rent entirely, or by individual villa or Penthouse Suite. It is situated on the unspoiled Natai Beach just 20 minutes north of Phuket Airport. It’s comprised of three villas, each with three suites and their own spa, and one spectacular Iniala Penthouse Suite. The residence is a masterpiece of design fusing traditional Thai architecture with organic, contemporary forms created by designers from Thailand, Spain, Ireland, Britain, Brazil, Russia and the USA. Every bedroom and living space is completely different, a unique expression from masters of contemporary design from around the world.
Weingard set up the Inspirasia Foundation in 2002 as a response to his girlfriend’s death in the terror bombing of a Bali nightclub. The businesses he has been involved in have donated more than USD 10 million to date for the disadvantaged across Indonesia, Thailand and India.
July 16 Event to Feature NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, and a Panel of Top NYC Media Personalities, Distinguished Thinkers, and Trendsetters Who Will Explore Ways to Boost the City’s Economy
NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 – On July 16, the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities (scps.nyu.edu/icic) will join forces with the Office of the New York City Comptroller to host an event that will focus on new approaches to growing New York City’s economy, from the ground up, by taking advantage of its greatest strength—its innate creativity.
NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida will be joined by a panel of top New York City media personalities, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and trendsetters to discuss and define ways in which the City can prosper by refocusing its efforts on building “onramps of opportunity” that will open new pathways to all New Yorkers who want to join the City’s creative economy and harness its full strength and potential.
The event will serve as the official launch of the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities, a newly established think tank. Under the direction of international best-selling author and NYU Global Research Professor Richard Florida, and Initiative Director and Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Steven Pedigo, the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities will train the next generation of 21st century city leaders, conducting the research and generating the ideas that will mold our urban future. Through events, research, and educational programming including a new noncredit Certificate in Economic Development, the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation will offer city officials, economic development professionals, and other community and business leaders around the world, the professional development, networking opportunities, and advising needed to become more proficient city builders and innovators.
“Without a doubt, New York City is the world’s creative capital,” explained Florida. “But, it is critical that we find ways to tap into the creativity of all New Yorkers, including those working in our service and industrial sectors, to build an even more creative and inclusive economy. This event and the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities will serve that purpose.”
At the event, Comptroller Stringer also will announce the formation of an Emerging Business Cabinet that will bridge the gap between the private and public sectors by making government more responsive to the changing needs of the 21st century entrepreneurial economy.
“This event will bring together the most innovative minds in the City, and will set the stage for a thoughtful and open discussion on ways to encourage economic growth by planting and nourishing the seeds of creativity and entrepreneurship in communities throughout the five boroughs,” said Stringer.
“We are thrilled to be working with Comptroller Stringer on an inaugural event that speaks to the very heart of what the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities is all about—finding ways to better understand the complexities of cities, while taking advantage of their creative assets to allow them to grow and to flourish,” noted Dennis Di Lorenzo, the dean of the School.
“Onramps of Opportunity: Building a Creative + Inclusive New York” will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor, New York, NY, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will be followed by a reception.
To request media credentials to cover this event, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at email@example.com.
For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities, please visit scps.nyu.edu/icic.
About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Publishing; Professional Writing; Human Resource Management and Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Management and Systems, Advanced Digital Applications, Graphic Communications Management and Technology, Project Management, and Accounting, Finance, and Law; Liberal and Allied Arts; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Applied Politics; and Health Information Management.
More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit scps.nyu.edu.
NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 — Employees of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits, hosted a flash event on June 11 to show support for The New York City Police Museum (NYCPM), which, like Guardian, was displaced from its home following the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy. However, unlike Guardian, the Museum has yet to return to its home at Old Slip due to the extent of the storm-related damages.
Over 100 Guardian employees performed a dance routine at Old Slip Park (adjacent to The NYCPM’s permanent home at 100 Old Slip) for about 3-4 minutes, then quickly dispersed. The official video can be viewed on YouTube (http://youtu.be/NT5NUOfEGWo). In addition to creating the event, Guardian also donated $25,000 to the Museum.
The goal of the flash event was to raise awareness of The New York City Police Museum’s need for support to maintain its outreach efforts to the communities of New York. Guardian was displaced from its Financial District headquarters for 11 months following Superstorm Sandy. The employees empathize with the Museum’s prolonged displacement and believe their awareness efforts can play an important role.
“For more than 153 years, Guardian has actively given back to the communities where we live and work, extending a helping hand to those in need and demonstrating what it means to be a good neighbor,” said Deanna Mulligan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Guardian. “The flash event is an opportunity to showcase what makes Guardian such a special place to work, help The Museum – and have some fun at the same time.”
“The New York City Police Museum is a vibrant part of the downtown community, having welcomed over 90,000 visitors and 15,000 school children each year prior to Hurricane Sandy,” said Julie Bose, Executive Director at The New York City Police Museum. “The Museum is now housed in a temporary location at 45 Wall Street and is looking forward to returning to its historic 100 year old landmarked building at 100 Old Slip which was the original First Precinct Stationhouse. We need the help of our community to continue to sustain the work of The Museum and serve all New Yorkers and thank Guardian for their efforts to both support and help raise awareness for our cause.”
A mutual insurer founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life, disability income and dental insurance products, and offer funding vehicles for 401(k) plans, annuities and other financial products. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than eight million employees and their families at 115,000 companies. The company has approximately 5,000 employees in the United States and a network of over 3,000 financial representatives in more than 80 agencies nationwide. For more information about Guardian, please visit www.GuardianLife.com.
About The New York City Police Museum
Incorporated in 1998, The New York City Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the New York City Police Department, one of the world’s largest and most famous police service. The Museum strives to be an accessible resource for all the communities of the city of New York. Through its exhibitions, collections and educational programming, the Museum illustrates how the policies and culture of the NYPD have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the City. The Museum serves as an educational institution, living memorial, and bridge of understanding between the various communities of New York, the international community and the New York City Police Department. The Museum is temporarily located at 45 Wall Street as it works to rebuild its 100 year old landmarked building that was greatly impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m-5 p.m. Please visit us at: www.nycpm.org.
LAS VEGAS — KIPP Schools is the winner of the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools and will receive $250,000 to support college-readiness efforts for their students, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today at the National Charter Schools Conference.
In the 20 years since starting its first school, KIPP Schools has demonstrated its ability to scale and to bring an increasingly high-quality education to thousands of low-income students and students of color who otherwise might not have had the opportunity. KIPP serves 50,000 students in 141 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, with the majority of that growth coming in the last five years. More than 86 percent of KIPP students come from low-income families, and 95 percent are students of color. Nationally, more than 93 percent of KIPP students who completed eighth grade have gone on to graduate from high school, and more than 83 percent have gone to college, according to KIPP.
“With 50,000 students—larger than 99 percent of school districts in the country—KIPP Schools is providing a quality education to low-income students and students of color on a scale that naysayers of public charter schools thought was impossible,” said Bruce Reed, president of The Broad Foundation, who announced the winner to an audience of more than 3,000 public charter school leaders attending the national conference in Las Vegas. “For 20 years KIPP has shown that when it comes to ensuring every student the opportunity to a great education, there can be no excuses. Every school and school system has something to learn from KIPP’s success.”
The Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize for Public Charter Schools is an annual award that honors the public charter school system demonstrating the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color.
An eight-member review board of prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives from around the country evaluated publicly available student achievement data on 20 large established public charter school systems. They selected the top three public charter systems—Achievement First, IDEA Public Schools and KIPP Schools—and ultimately found that KIPP Schools deserved recognition for its ability to provide a high-quality education to students across the country, particularly noting the network’s ability to scale, adapt to new locations and pursue continuous innovation by bringing technology into the classroom. The Broad Foundation did not play a role in selecting the winner.
“In the third year of The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, we looked not only for strong academic results but also for a charter network that has demonstrated a sustainable track record of scale, an admirable commitment to provide a high-quality education for more and more students over time, and evidence of continuous improvement,” said Jane Hannaway, vice president of the American Institutes for Research and the director of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. “KIPP Schools has done just that. The network is a leader in the public charter school movement and, because of its size and ability to expand while maintaining a high quality bar, the network is a particular inspiration for CMOs and traditional public school districts alike.”
KIPP’s philosophy—built on its five core principles of believing in all students, working toward the goal of college graduation, a focus on academics and character, and the importance of visionary leadership and excellent teachers—has helped drive its strong student learning outcomes. Among the reasons KIPP Schools won the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools:
As the winner of The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, KIPP Schools will receive $250,000 to support college-readiness efforts for low-income students, such as scholarships, speaker series or campus visits.
In selecting the winner, The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools review board examined data since the 2009-10 school year collected by RTI International, a leading global research institute. The review board considered student outcomes, scalability, size, poverty and demographics, and selected the charter management organization that it believed showed the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps. No formula was used. For more information on the methodology, visit http://www.broadprize.org/publiccharterschools/FAQ.html.
Charter management organizations eligible for the 2014 award operated a minimum of five schools for at least four years, had at least 2,500 enrolled each year since the 2009-10 school year—an increase of 1,000 students compared to last year’s criteria—and served sizeable percentages of low-income students and students of color. Organizations cannot apply for the award nor be nominated. For a list of eligible organizations, visit http://www.broadprize.org/publiccharterschools/eligible.html. The list of organizations eligible for the 2015 award will be released this fall.
“Congratulations to KIPP Schools for winning this much-deserved award,” said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees. “Over the past 20 years, their schools have given tens of thousands of students access to a high-quality education and their results continue to impress. Because of KIPP schools, many students have gone on to brighter futures and many more are on their way. Charter schools like KIPP have shown us what is possible—that every student can succeed.”
The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools is the sister award to The Broad Prize for Urban Education that is awarded to traditional public school districts. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation launched both awards to help schools and school systems across America learn from innovative public school systems producing the strongest student outcomes. The Broad Foundation will release data summary analyses on all organizations eligible for the award next month, followed by the research-based best practice findings from a site visit to KIPP Schools this fall.
Founded by entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive. For more information, visit www.broadeducation.org.
NEW YORK, NY (July 1, 2014) Its no secret that music can help you feel better. Thats why Musicians on Call brings live and recorded music to the people that need it most- hospital patients. This year to support the cause, Kaia Wine Bar, a local South African themed wine bar in Manhattan, is hosting a charitable fundraiser for the organization called Sip to Support.
At Kaia, giving back to our local community is a big part of who we are as a local business. Each year we host a fundraiser for an organization that is making a difference in our community. Musicians on Call is a non-profit whose mission we feel very strongly about and wanted to work with to show our support, said Suzaan Hauptfleisch, owner of Kaia Wine Bar. Everyone knows someone who has been in the hospital at one point or another. Right now my own mother is battling cancer, so this mission hits home. To know that organizations like Musicians on Call are out there for those going through tough times is an amazing thing.
To support Musicians on Call programs, MOC created a Young Professionals Committee (YPC) a fundraising subset of MOC, to help raise funds and awareness among young professionals and volunteers. The YPC has partnered with Kaia for this fantastic event and hopes to create awareness about their cause.
Musicians On Call is grateful for the work of our amazing YPC volunteers and excited about the opportunity to work with Kaia Wine Bar for this event. Its the perfect opportunity to share our mission with the community and raise funds to support our program, said Pete Griffin, President Musicians on Call.
The Sip to Support Musicians on Call event will take place at Kaia Wine Bar on July 23rd from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Tickets for attendees are $40 and include two glasses of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Musicians On Call. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.musiciansoncall.org/ypc.
For more information, hi-res photography, interviews and complimentary press passes to the Sip to Support Musicians on Call event, please contact Becki Cooper at Becki@rebeccaadele.com or at 440-227-8794. For more information on Musicians on Call, please visit: http://www.musiciansoncall.org. For more information on Kaia Wine Bar, please visit http://www.kaiawinebar.com/.
Lake Forest, CA, July 1, 2014 – When Shmack Happens: The Making of a Spiritual Champion from Neben Px4 publishing company shows what it means to be a champion in God’s eyes.
Have you ever been through a hard time in life? Ever wonder why bad things happen? Amber Neben has you covered in her latest book, When Shmack Happens. The two-time Olympic cyclist for Team USA knows a thing or two about “shmack” — her word for describing adversity that comes our way in life. Follow Amber’s journey as she overcomes major obstacles both on and off the bike — and encourages you to join her in developing the perseverance, patience, perspective, and power that only Christ can give us.
Very few people may know or understand what road cycling is, but everyone knows what it means to be an Olympian. The champion road cyclist chronicles her disappointments and failures, as well as amazing comebacks and victories — while thrilling readers along the way with gripping stories of faith and hope. After reading When Shmack Happens, you’ll feel equipped and encouraged to face life’s tough moments, and find yourself cheering for Amber to get back on the bike …one more time. Learn what it means to be a spiritual champion in God’s eyes.
But it doesn’t stop there. Amber has a vision for helping children, even those with disabilities, to realize that they too can live their dream. Through the Dare To Be Project she encourages them and helps them to understand that no dream is too big, or too high, or out of reach – least of all – that no dream is impossible.
Amber started The Dare To Be Project out of a passion to make a lasting impact on a child’s life through a gift and a message, just as that baseball player did for her over 30 years ago. She wants to reach out to underserved kids with a bike and a message of encouragement. She wants to inspire them to keep fighting, to get up off the mat again, to work hard or even harder, and to Dare To Be whatever it is they dream to be.
The Dare To Be Project, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity founded by USA Olympic cyclist Amber Neben, aims to make lasting impacts on children in need through an unconditional gift and an inspirational message — to Dare To Be a doctor, a teacher, the President … whoever or whatever it is they dream to be.
The Dream Builders Project lends helping hand to orphanage in Mexico
Jul. 1, 2014 – WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Dream Builders Project traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to provide repair and construction services to Eunime, an orphanage that gives HIV-positive children a loving and supportive home. The orphanage, which relies solely on charitable donations, offers a wide range of services to the children and their families including medication, support groups and education on the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
The Dream Builders Project gathered a team of contractors, doctors and volunteers from University of La Verne to participate in the remodeling of the facility. Upon arrival, The DBP brought toy donations, paint, supplies and brand new fixtures for the remodeling trip. On June 29, 2014, The DBP painted three bathrooms, the laundry room, all of the facility doors and every cabinet in the building. Other reparations included installing fire alarms, fixing broken doors and installing new door handles.
Founder Mayer Dahan hoped that this visit would not only provide the children with a safer and cleaner environment, but also encourage other organizations to contribute to worthy causes outside the US. This initial international trip left volunteers inspired wanting to do more.
“Working with them was so much fun! I wish we had done more work and spent more time with the kids because it was a great opportunity” – Tahil Sharma, ULV student
About The Dream Builders Project:
The Dream Builders Project is a non-profit charitable organization formed by Mayer Dahan, CEO of Dahan Properties, in October 2013. The DBP strives to serve the less fortunate by hosting charity events as well as providing donations, fundraisers and volunteer assistance to other charitable organizations who are committed to giving back to the people. The Dream Builders Project the daughter organization of Dahan Properties, an umbrella corporation that houses companies in various industries. Find out more at http://www.dahanproperties.com
Eunime is non-profit organization and the only orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico that provides care for HIV-positive children who have been abandoned by their parents.Find out more about Eunime here: http://www.eunime.org/.
SPLASSH will use funds to develop an engaging, real-time outreach tool designed for students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share their water projects
Atlanta, GA, June 30, 2014 – SPLASSH (http://splasshdata.meteor.com), an organization that captures and shares information about water collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers in an effort to better understand the condition of our waterways, today announced the official company launch and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on http://experiment.com.
The raised funds from this campaign will support the development of a gamification feature for SPLASSH that is designed to attract users to share their water projects and recognize them for their contributions.
“Leveraging social networks to connect people and their efforts to work on water sustainability projects together is important to shaping our water future. After all, we’re all connected by water and downstream from one another. I’m excited that Lisa Adams and SPLASSH are engaging youth on this,” said, Alexandra Cousteau, Founder and President, Blue Legacy International, Washington, DC.
“Some of the biggest global challenges that we face involve the sustainable use of water, and the key to water conservation is better understanding the condition of our water, which affects our public health, environment, and economy,” said Lisa G. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University and Founder of SPLASSH. “The funds we raise will be used to help harness the untapped workforce that collects vast amounts of information about our waterways. SPLASSH will be the platform that captures and shares valuable information about water that is collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers. With their help, we can learn more about our blue planet.”
“Valuable water information is often hidden in nooks and crannies in the web or beyond reach in a file cabinet. SPLASSH provides a simple yet powerful tool that frees up that water information so it can be shared, discussed, and leveraged, empowering us to create a more sustainable water future.” – Don McEnhill, Executive Director, Russian Riverkeeper, Healdsburg, CA.
SPLASSH hopes to change the way we think about water and will use part of the funds to attend and present SPLASSH at the American Geophysical Union’s 47th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco this December.
SPLASSH is a socially driven network that crowdsources the condition of our waterways. The mission of SPLASSH is to inspire water conservation through awareness by engaging students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share, discuss, connect, and visually consume information about water. SPLASSH’s goal is to serve as a platform where students, citizen scientists, and researchers can post their water projects, be recognized for their contributions, and connect with other water investigators. SPLASSH is an education and dissemination tool for anyone that wants to share water projects or learn more about the most important resource we have: water.
For more information about SPLASSH, please visit http://experiment.com, look for the SPLASSH campaign, and help SPLASSH tap into the power of the people.