The Historical Association (THA) has chosen Fisk Brett’s ProgressCRM and its membership module for its new contact relationshipss management (CRM) database.The national history charity has 6,000 members including teachers, academics, local historians and history enthusiasts.Membership Officer Matthew Woodman said: “Progress will not only enable us to manage our members and 50 local branches around the country, but also improve promotion of our ‘life long learning’ and enjoyment of history, and increase our fundraising with legacies and major gifts.”THA plans to integrate its website with ProgressCRM using Fisk Brett’s web-service software.www.fiskbrett.co.uk Tagged with: Individual giving Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Historical Association chooses ProgressCRM 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 August 2008 | News
Twitter Pinterest PERRYMAN: U.S.-Mexico Border region symbiotic relationship is often not well understood Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The cost of raising kids, batteries not includedNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Feb. 23 through Feb. 28 admin Twitter By admin – March 4, 2018 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. While rich in economic diversity, the vast border region between the United States and Mexico shares many complex and inextricable linkages. Geographic proximity and centuries of interaction have brought a unique social, familial, cultural, and economic melding that transcends the two countries. In particular, since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the mid-1990s, the level of economic interaction has increased markedly.We recently conducted an in-depth study of the border region (more on that in future columns). One fact that is abundantly clear is that future quality of life and prosperity in the U.S.-Mexico border region (and, in fact, throughout both nations) depends on proactive efforts and working together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. Here are some facts about the region.The U.S.-Mexico border is almost 2,000 miles in length and includes 10 states: the U.S. states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and the Mexico states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. If the area were a single country, it would be among the five largest economies in the world. Nearly 97 million people live in the region, almost 76 million of them in the United States and more than 21 million in Mexico.The Mexican population tends to be younger, with a median age of 27 (compared to 38 in the United States). A higher proportion of the Mexican population has only completed high school/compulsory education, while the United States has a larger population that has started or completed post-secondary education.There is a wide disparity between the average monthly household income and expenditures in the United States compared to Mexico. Although average monthly income in the United States is much higher, the cost of living in Mexico is lower (though a substantial gap remains). The access to technology also varies widely, with far more people in the United States having access to computers and the Internet than in Mexico.Both the United States and Mexico are approaching or at full employment. Unemployment in the United States has been trending in the range of 4 percent, with an even lower rate of less than 3.5 percent in Mexico. Both nations’ unemployment follows the general trend of peaking in 2009 following the financial crisis and has now recovered to pre-crisis levels.The United States has a higher overall labor participation rate. The disparity is due to Mexico’s significantly lower participation rate among women (about 43 percent compared to over 57 percent in the United States). Mexico has a notably higher participation rate among men, largely reflecting the fact that Mexico’s population is younger and therefore a greater proportion of the population is of working age. Employment in Mexico tends to be concentrated in manufacturing industries, particularly in the border states.There are 48 border crossings between the United States and Mexico, organized administratively into 26 ports of entry (POE). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2016, 5.8 million trucks crossed the border into the United States, 2.1 million of them at Laredo, Texas. More than 10,400 trains entered the United States, containing 508,300 loaded rail containers, 487,100 empty rail containers, and nearly 14,500 passengers. About 88 percent of train crossings into the United States occurred along the Texas-Mexico border, primarily through Laredo and Eagle Pass.There were also approximately 181,300 buses and 75.6 million personal vehicles that entered the United States from Mexico in 2016, for a total of 143.0 million passengers. The largest number of buses crossed at Laredo, Texas (41,900), though San Ysidro-Tijuana (13.7 million) and El Paso-Ciudad Juárez (12.5 million) had the most personal vehicle crossings. Nearly 42.2 million pedestrians also crossed the border into the United States. The busiest crossings were the San Ysidro-Tijuana and the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez, with 7.4 million and 7.0 million pedestrians in 2016, respectively.The large numbers of vehicles, trucks, trains, and pedestrians crossing the border each year are a clear sign of the strong ties between the United States and Mexico. In addition, the two nations are among each other’s top trading partners. Many issues affecting one country also affect the other, such as security concerns, infrastructure, and border crossing efficiency. At the same time, the differences between the two present opportunities to work together to improve conditions for all through increased integration and enhanced cooperation. This symbiotic relationship is often not well understood, especially in areas distant from the border, but it is an integral part of the economies of both the United States and Mexico. Local NewsBusiness
iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — The state of Maryland has stumbled across a novel way to satisfy gun-control opponents: create a licensing process that cannot be put into practice.Maryland lawmakers had sought to ban bump stocks, the controversial rifle accessory used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. But in writing the law, a clause allowing some gun owners to keep them may have backfired. The new law allows bump stocks and other “rapid-fire trigger activators” to be owned by people who get special dispensation from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).But the federal agency has no process or authority to offer that dispensation and, indeed, was never even told of the Maryland law, the ATF told ABC News.The law allows Maryland residents who apply for authorization by Oct. 1, 2019, when the law takes effect, to keep their bump stocks. After that date, bump stock owners who have not received ATF authorization would be in violation of the law.But the ATF asked Maryland residents in a public advisory to refrain from filing “applications or other requests for ‘authorization’” from the agency.The new Maryland law, signed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, prohibits “possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing or receiving” rapid-fire trigger activators in the state of Maryland. Residents who own the devices after the law takes effect Oct. 1, 2019, could face a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.A bump stock attaches to a gun to simulate an automatic weapon, capable of significantly increasing the number of rounds it can fire. A gunman using bump stocks opened fire last October on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the span of 10 minutes, resulting in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The law’s original draft banned bump stocks outright and offered no ATF loophole, Maryland Delegate Lewis Moon, who proposed the measure, said. Instead, he told ABC News, the ATF application was added to appease Republican opposition to the bill.“The original draft never had a grandfather clause — that was added down the line by the Republicans,” Moon said. “We decided to compromise, to allow residents who currently own these devices to authorize them with the ATF.”Moon was not in contact with the ATF while drafting the measure and was unaware of the ATF’s statement until contacted by ABC News, he said. He did not know the ATF is unable to accommodate the Maryland law, Moon said.Still, Moon added, he sees no reason to change the legislation. “Our timeline stands,” he said. “The ATF has until Oct. 1, 2019, to create an application process for current owners of rapid-fire trigger activators.”Moon reiterated that if the ATF does not create an authorization process, bump stocks and other rapid-fire trigger activators will be banned in the state of Maryland after the law has taken effect, regardless of current ownership.In a statement, the agency said it “regrets any confusion and inconvenience caused by the provisions of the Maryland statute that mistakenly indicate ATF has the authority to approve possession of devices covered by the statute.”The agency has no plan to create an authorization process to fit the law’s description, ATF spokesman Frank Kelsey told ABC News.The ATF is in the process of deciding whether to classify bump stocks as “machine guns,” he said.After the February massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump called for a nationwide ban on bump stocks. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in March that both the Department of Justice and the ATF were in process of reviewing the classification of bump stocks.If bump stocks are classified as “machine guns,” it would be illegal under federal Law for people to buy or own such devices, even if they are not attached to a firearm. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 25. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer.The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the early forecast looks sunny and warm.The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”). Everybody is invited to participate in the Business Persons Plunge. It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash. Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge.The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.Saturday morning (May 26) brings the Memorial Beach Challenge, a spectacle to behold as athletes complete a 2.5-mile obstacle course that covers much of the beach between Fifth Street and 15th Street. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. The race begins at 8 a.m. near the Ocean City Music Pier and is followed by a kids fun run. Call 856-905-0583 or visit memorialbeachchallenge.com for more information on the races and for registration.The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert on the loggia of the Ocean City Music Pier at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of show tunes and patriotic favorites.Ocean City’s Memorial Day Service starts at 11 a.m. May 28 at Veterans Memorial Park on Wesley Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street. All are encouraged to attend. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Eric J. Duckworth. In the event of inclement weather, the service will move across the street to the Ocean City Tabernacle.The National Moment of Remembrance is also set for May 28. Established by Congress, the event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for one minute. The moment of remembrance will take place on the Boardwalk as Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America sounds Taps to commemorate the moment.GUARDED BEACHES OPEN FOR THE SEASONThe Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches starting Memorial Day Weekend (May 26): St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 26th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street. OCBP strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. More beaches will be added throughout the following weeks.Also a reminder: Seasonal beach tags will be on sale for a discounted $20 only through May 31 (the price goes up to $25 on June 1). Tags are available online at www.ocnj.us/beachtags and at eight locations in Ocean City. Follow the same link for details.COMING UP IN JUNEOCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (June 1 to 3): See beautiful commercial, amateur and kids displays at the Ocean City Music Pier. Show times are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 609-399-6111.CAPE SHORE CHORALE CONCERT (June 3): Cape Shore Chorale, directed by Scott J. Breiner, will perform music from around the world. Refreshments after the free concert. Showtime is 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2998 Bay Avenue. For more information, visit capeshorechorale.org or call 609-861-2311.WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT WONDERLAND PIER (June 7): Free fireworks show following an evening of discounted rides at Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The company is celebrating 89 years of rides on the Ocean City Boardwalk.ARTISANS FAMILY WEEKEND (June 8 to 10): The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection will hold their 73rd annual Family Weekend in Ocean City. The highlight of the weekend will be the Miss Artisan Pageant and a show by the Original Hobo Band to be held at the Music Pier on June 9. The Hobo Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Artisan Pageant at 8 p.m. Admission is free.RESTAURANT WEEK (June 8 to 15): Fixed-price specials at participating Ocean City restaurants. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and special treats for the whole family. Visit www.eatinocnj.com for list of participating restaurants and specialty shops.SKATO WITH KATO (June 8): Event runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the skateboard park in Ocean City (Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue). All-skate warm-up with music by the Sheckies starts at 4 p.m. All-ages skate competition starts at 5:30 p.m. Kato, everyone’s favorite white German shepherd rescue dog, presides over the fun. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org.BARKS ON THE BAY (June 9): Dress up your pirate pooch and join all your mates for a fun day of music (Cosmic Charlie of Dead Reckoning), games, contests, prizes, costumes, food and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Humane Society of Ocean City, 1 Shelter Road. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org.COP CHASE (June 9): Five-kilometer race and 2-mile fitness walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Proceeds benefit Ocean City Po¬lice Benevolent Association scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas toy drive, and distribution of free bike helmets. For more information, call 609-525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (June 13 to 16): The Miss New Jersey Pageant includes a Boardwalk Parade (June 13), preliminary competitions, and the finals (June 16) at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information, visit missnewjersey.net. Big crowds and beautiful weather blessed last years unlocking of the beach.