Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman today celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a day of service event and national bell ringing ceremony, both in Philadelphia.At the 24th Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College, Gov. Wolf called for peaceful action toward an end to gun violence, moving forward to safer communities, taking care of each other, and following the example of Dr. King.“We simply cannot accept gun violence as a normal part of American life,” Gov. Wolf said. “And now, we simply cannot wait any longer to act. We need to stand together as Dr. King showed us, stronger than hate and united against violence. “It is increasingly important that we all come together, from different communities and different backgrounds, to celebrate what Dr. King stood for, what this day represents. We can and should make a commitment to serving our communities and each other every day.”At the day of service, the governor and lieutenant governor participated in assembling “dream booths,” portable three-dimensional displays made of synthetic plastic pipe with panels of cloth with personal expressions of values and dreams of a world without gun violence called Dreamline Banners attached.The Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service is organized through Global Citizen, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement, community volunteering, civic responsibility, and sustained active citizenship among diverse groups, particularly young people. Global Citizen promotes democracy building, voter education, and participation, locally and globally.At the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. annual bell ringing ceremony, Governor Wolf’s remarks focused on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. “Dr. King’s example – his dedication to his community, to his incredible cause, and to his fellow man is truly awe-inspiring and I’m really pleased to play a small part in both preserving and moving forward his legacy,” Gov. Wolf said.“Moving forward – with peaceful yet powerful action and not passivity. This is a focus of my second term as governor of this great state; a state that celebrates and demonstrates its diversity, its commitment to family, to neighbor, to community every day. Nowhere is that more evident than in Dr. King’s legacy.”Dr. King’s widow, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, requested a national bell ringing ceremony to commemorate the first national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in 1986 as a means to further the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission’s mandate to “to provide advice and assistance to federal, state and local governments and to private organizations with respect to the observance of the holiday.”Laura Wooten, a longtime election day volunteer, was the official bell ringer for the ceremony. The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. was founded by Honorable Dr. C. DeLores Tucker and a group of local leaders in 1983, 17 years after the assassination of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The mission of the association is to preserve and advance the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through educating, interpreting, advocating and promoting nonviolent theory and philosophy. “Because Dr. King devoted his life to making our world better, let us follow his example by doing the same,” Gov. Wolf said. “And let us work to make the world fairer and our communities better every day.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 21, 2019 Governor and Lt. Governor Celebrate Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Events in Philadelphia
‘Tis the season to go shopping — for holiday gifts, that is. The holiday season is fast-approaching, and now is the time to begin making your list (and checking it twice). But, what should be a time of joy and celebration is often masked by stress and frustration, especially when it comes to the office gift exchange.Should you give all of your team members a present? What about your boss, for that matter? What is an acceptable amount to spend on a gift for a coworker? What is an appropriate gift for your boss?No one wants to be on either side of a gift-giving failure, especially at the office. To help you navigate the ins and outs of the workplace gift exchange — and avoid being know as the office Scrooge — here are a few things to consider (and give) to your colleagues:Your BossDeciding whether or not to give your boss a gift this holiday season is a common dilemma faced by a majority of employees. On the one hand, you don’t want to appear as though you’re trying to gain favoritism. On the other hand, you don’t want to be the only employee who doesn’t give your boss something for the holidays.As it turns out, workers who plan to give their boss a gift are in the minority. According to Spherion’s “WorkSphere” survey, only 34 percent plan on giving gifts to their bosses. Even so, that’s an increase from years prior (27 percent in 2013).The safest way to approach giving gifts to your boss is to make it a group effort. Suggest having everyone pitch in on a gift. This way, there’s no confusing gift-giving for brown-nosing, there’s less stress involved, and no one is left out of the mix.A gift card to their favorite restaurant, website, store, or coffee shopTickets to a local event, concert, or classSubscription boxes (like Graze, Club W or Craft Coffee)Your CubemateWe tend to spend more time at work during the week than we do anywhere else, so it’s only natural for workplace friendships to form. As such, you may be planning to gift your cubemate with something during the holidays.However, 43 percent of the workers surveyed by Spherion don’t plan to buy office gifts because they feel they would have to buy something for everyone and consider that to be “too much.” But don’t let that keep you from showing your work BFF a little love during the holidays — just be sure to give them their gift in private or outside of the workplace to avoid showing favoritism.Office-friendly gifts (like this beverage warmer or mouse pad)A gift card to the lunch spot you frequent togetherA replacement for the fancy pen you borrowed and brokeYour Secret SantaSecret Santa provides a perfect opportunity to give gifts in the workplace without having to stress about who to include or how much to spend. The key is to stick to the rules and the budget. When shopping for the person you randomly picked during the Secret Santa name drawing, look for a gift that is appropriate for the office and tailored to the recipient.Under $15: Starbucks gift cardUnder $30: Festive treats (like hot chocolate and marshmallows)Under $50: Tech accessories (e.g. personalized phone case, portable phone charger, etc.)Your TeamYou’ve managed to find the perfect holiday gift for your boss, work friend, and Secret Santa recipient — but what about everyone else in the office? Giving gifts to everyone you work with is a great way to show your appreciation. Fortunately, those gifts don’t have to cost and arm and leg. Baked goodsHoliday drink mix (Hot spiced tea, anyone?)Food gift basket for the staff loungeWhat are some other things to consider when giving gifts to your co-workers or boss during the holidays?
West Bromwich Albion has put forward a mammoth contract offer to Jonny Evans, according to The Sun.The Northern Ireland defender has been the subject of a £10m bid from Leicester City that was rejected by the Baggies.Despite the Foxes having secured a centre-back after signing Hull City’s Harry Maguire, they are still keen to rejuvenate their defensive stocks. However, Albion isn’t prepared to lose Evans and prepared to offer him £100,000-per-week over four years. The deal is worth £20m and will make the 29-year the highest paid player in the club’s history.Albion is desperate to keep the former Manchester United defender after losing captain Darren Fletcher, who signed with Stoke on a free transfer last month.
360i & WOMMA recently hosted a #WineWednesday panel called “Influencers as Storytellers: The Rise of the Digital Celebrity.” Panelists included photographer and award-winning Vine creator Meagan Cignoli, fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion and illustrator and style expert Dallas Shaw. 360i’s own SVP of Influencer Marketing, Rebecca McCuiston, served as moderator as panelists discussed how they achieved their “digital celebrity” status and what it’s like working with brands from Chanel and DKNY, to Lowe’s and HBO.Key takeaways from the panel include:Hobbies can turn into careers thanks to social media. The panelists’ passions for art and photography first started as hobbies. “Art was taught to be a hobby, so it was,” said Rodgers of Paper Fashion, “but then social media changed everything.” Many of the influencers launched their social presence by posting creative work to Facebook and Twitter. From there, brands started noticing and reaching out for collaborations and partnerships. “I would post a photo shoot to Facebook and get more work the next week,” noted Cignoli, who now focuses on six-second Vines and stop-motion animation.These days, the three women are using social media to connect with followers and brands; working to strike a balance between what they’re comfortable sharing, what their followers want to see and the goals that partnering brands want to achieve.When it comes to brand partnerships, authenticity is key. Some of the panelists admitted to turning down work with their dream companies because the specific projects just didn’t feel like perfect fits. Overall, it’s important for the influencers to work with brands that speak the same language they speak. As Shaw put it, “you have to know your brand and know when to say no.” However, the panelists agreed that they’re happy to work with unexpected brands that may not seem like a great fit on the surface, if they’re given more creative freedom and able to bring something new to the table. Working with diverse brands also provides a fresh outlook and inspires future projects.As the social landscape evolves, brands and influencers must evolve with it. There’s always another big social network or another dynamic app around the corner, and it’s important for brands and influencers alike to stay ahead of the curve. Influencers must decide if these new platforms make sense for them and the ultimate story they’re trying to tell. Two of our panelists, Shaw and Rodgers, noted that they’re looking to go beyond their 2-D illustrations and venture into video. For Shaw, it’s more about showing her personality and daily activities, which is what her followers are asking for, while Rodgers wants to use video to help her continue telling stories through watercolors. As for Cignoli, she’s always looking to think outside of social media, with sights set on television and using technology like GoPro.While Shaw noted that “no one sets out to become a social media celeb,” it’s clear that our group of panelists and others in the social space will continue making names for themselves for years to come. From the front row at fashion shows, to placements in traditional advertising, social media is redefining what it means to be a celebrity in the digital age.