Wilmington Police Is Raising Funds For Breast Cancer Research Foundation

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department has joined the Pink Patch Project to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations. The Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union created the patches. Patches can be purchased at the Public Safety Building’s Front Desk for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone FundraiserIn “Police Log”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”NEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”last_img read more

Harris County Offers FirstEver Voter Registrar Training In Vietnamese And Chinese

first_img 00:00 /00:47 Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaVietnamese-Americans in Houston learn how to register voters at a Harris County deputy voter registrar training.Harris County is offering volunteer deputy voter registrar training in Vietnamese and Chinese for the first time ever. More than 25 people attended the first training in Vietnamese this week to become certified to register voters in the county.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Those deputy registrars will be able to register voters for the upcoming elections on November 5. “We have a large Vietnamese community and there’s a lot of language barriers. To be able to have it in Vietnamese, really helps a great deal to really understand the importance of voter registration,” said Janette Diep, executive director of the Vietnamese-American non-profit Boat People SOS, which hosted the training.Houston has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country, with some 91,000 people. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaVolunteer deputy voter registrar training is now offered in Chinese and Vietnamese.Diep said she’s seen how language barriers can get in the way of voter registration. “A lot of times they [Vietnamese-Americans] get the card in English and they’re afraid to fill it out because it might be incorrect and then they don’t submit it. With this, when you have someone to assist you and to also hand it in to the registrar’s office, means this person’s going to be registered and they’re going to get a voter card,” said Diep. The push for training sessions in Vietnamese and Chinese came, in part, from the civic engagement group Houston in Action. “Earlier this year, Houston in Action members, as part of our Take Action Houston report, identified a gap in training opportunities for non-English speaking volunteer deputy voter registrars,” said Frances Valdez in a written statement.“Members of the Empowering Constituencies Initiative helped bring voter registration opportunities to Harris County’s Vietnamese and Chinese speaking communities, communities who have the right to vote, but who have, historically, not had the same access as others,” she said.Community organizer AJ Durani, said the next step is to have registrars start registering voters ahead of the next election. “We will take volunteer deputy voter registrars and identify locations where community members gather and register voters on a regular basis,” said Durani, who is chairman of civic engagement group eMgage. He said he believes this could be the first-ever voter registrar training in Vietnamese in the state.  Xlast_img read more

How Jack Mas Crazy Management Style Built a Technology Empire

first_img Register Now » 6 min read East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”–Rudyard KiplingMore than 100 years ago, Rudyard Kipling wrote those words before the world had shrunk back into a new Pangaea, reconnected by fiber-optic lines, global-supply chain networks and global brands.Alibaba and its kinetic leader Jack Ma have blended the best of Western and Chinese technologies, culture and management to create the world’s largest ecommerce company and perhaps soon to be biggest and most diversified global technology enterprise. The company’s Sept. 19 IPO raised more than $20 billion and gave Alibaba a market cap of $240 billion. It also made Jack Ma, already the richest man in China, one of the most wealthy men in the world with a net worth of more than $18 billion.Alibaba is not just an ecommerce company. While its three main platforms Taobao (a consumer-to-consumer company) Tmall (a business-to-consumer firm) and Alibaba.com (a business-to-business operation) generated more than $250 billion in transactions and $7.9 billion in revenue in 2013 in China, the company also has interests in electronic payments, cloud computing, streaming entertainment, supply-chain infrastructure and investment funds. It is poised to expand its technology interests and platforms on a global basis.So how did a former English teacher from Hangzhou, known as “Crazy Ma” because of his unorthodox management philosophy, build one of the most valuable companies in the world in just 15 years? He did it by blending the best of Western and Eastern technologies, operational practices and management styles.The following are four elements of Ma’s management style that entrepreneurs and small-business owners can follow to build the next Alibaba.Related: How Alibaba’s Jack Ma Became the Richest Man in China1. Be like Forrest Gump.Jack Ma relates to the naive innocence with which the character Forrrest Gump approaches life. Ma watches his favorite film Forrest Gump over and over and over again. Indeed Ma never let himself get down, even when he made $15 a month as a teacher while supplementing his income peddling on the street.Nor did he become discouraged when KFC, a hotel and the police turned him down for jobs. He kept on believing that if someone sticks to his principles and works hard, anything was possible. Like Forest Gump, Ma has always seen the world and its possibilities almost as if through the eyes of a child, believing technology could be magic and life truly a box of chocolates — but one that a person never knows what he will get inside.Successful entrepreneurs do not let setbacks get them down and they see both what’s impossible and possible, but the difference is that they focus only on the possible.  Related: Is Competition a Catalyst for Innovation?2. Innovate on the shoulders of giants.Ma has consistently understood that  innovation is not always synonymous with invention. Like Steve Jobs, who did not invent the digital music player, and Bill Gates, who did not invent computer operation systems, Ma built his most successful properties on the foundations of what came before. For example eBay had long been established as the largest and most successful consumer-to-consumer ecommerce site in the world when Ma launched Taobao.What Ma did was adapt the concept specifically for China, knowing that culture, history, philosophy and mind-set were as important to success as functionality. That is why he included a real-time chat function on Taobao, so that buyers and sellers could build a relationship and trust and negotiate in real time. In China every transaction is personal.To be like Jack Ma, entrepreneurs should believe that pure invention is not necessary to be an innovator.3. Soar with eagles.Jack Ma has surrounded himself with the smartest and most capable and innovative executives and managers he could find. He never believed that he was an expert at everything and that as a founder he had earned the right to micromanage every aspect of his business. At a time when it was very unusual, Ma was open to bringing in foreign executives to further his goal of blending East and West.He also befriended Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, and Masayoshi Son, chairman of Japanese telecom giant Softbank. Both were early investors in Alibaba and helped the company grow more quickly. Yahoo and Softbank were repaid handsomely on IPO day. Entrepreneurs need to let others have control and should do what is right for their business not their ego.4. Take your business but not yourself seriously.Ma has worked hard from Day 1 to build a unique culture at Alibaba. Yes that sounds like a cliché and old-fashioned management-speak, but it has proved to be one of the most important factors in Alibaba’s success.Ma has built a culture of participation, inclusion and fun. He exhibits high energy and is outspoken, fun loving and charming. He has ensured that all those personal traits have become company traits and is well known for singing karaoke with employees, holding company retreats for 15,000 (focused on fun not work) and dressing in outlandish outfits when addressing management.He has created an atmosphere such that Alibaba employees treat him like a combination of father figure, inspirational guru and band leader. The result is a super loyal, hardworking group of executives, managers and employees who would follow Ma to the ends of the Earth.It’s of paramount importance that entrepreneurs build a brand and culture simultaneously and not take themselves too seriously.None of this was an accident. Ma spent years studying Western culture, management concepts and successful businesses, took what he needed and left the rest. He combined that with his love and understanding of China’s culture and consumption habits to create an all-encompassing technology success that is positioned to become the first truly global Chinese brand.Ma has proved through his unique management style for Alibaba that East and West can meet and when they do something beautiful can come of it. Related: Who Knew? Charismatic Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Moonlights as a Singer (Video) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. September 29, 2014last_img read more