“SHARE THE WISH” FUND-RAISING FOOD FAIR BY THE KNOXVILLE TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER


Knoxville, Tenn.-– On September 11th, Sunday, between 11.00am – 6.00 pm the Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center will have its second annual “Share the Wish” Fund-Raiser by offering Turkish food delicacies, baked-goods and craft for the Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Door prizes, unique Turkish handcrafts, entertainment, live music performance, and delicious authentic Turkish food will be offered. The “Share the Wish” fund-raising event will be held in the parking lot of the cultural center at 7035 Middlebrook Pike. Admission is free.

The Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center conducted a short survey among a selected group of people to determine the non-profit organization in which this year’s fund-raiser should benefit. Participants’ majority vote was for the Tennessee School for the Deaf, a school that educates its students to be prepared to meet challenges in today’s society. Such fund-raisers help involve the center’s Turkish community members with charitable work and continue a Turkish long tradition of extending a helping hand to people in need. This upcoming event has the same objective of helping children and increasing interaction among people from different cultures and nationalities.

Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Turkish– Americans. Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center focuses on promoting dialogue among people of different backgrounds and cultures through educational, cultural, humanitarian, and specialty programs. The net profit of this fund-raising event will be donated to Tennessee School for the Deaf. For more information on this and other events organized by Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center, please visit

http://www.knoxvilleturkish.org.

Obama establece un cambio en la politica de deportaciones


WASHINGTON, DC —El Presidente Obama anunció un cambio de política, dictado por el sentido común, que hará del sistema de inmigración uno más justo e inteligente. “Me siento orgullosa de apoyar esta política, y espero que tú también,” dijo Katherine Archuleta, Directora Política Nacional  .

Bajo la dirección de la administración, los tribunales de inmigración se centrarán menos en casos de “baja prioridad”—como vienen siendo casos de jóvenes que llegaron al país cuando eran niños pequeños y no conocen otro hogar; o veteranos y parejas de aquellos actualmente sirviendo en las fuerzas armadas.

Entonces, el Departamento de Seguridad Interna, y el Departamento de Justicia, revisaran los casos de deportación pendientes para sacar aquellos casos de “baja prioridad” y crear más espacio para deportar a aquellos que hayan sido condenados por un delito, o que presenten una amenaza a la seguridad de la nacion. También se aseguraran que, desde un principio, estos casos de “baja prioridad” no entren al sistema.

“Son cambios estratégicos e inteligentes”, dijo Archuleta.

Reciclaje casero empieza en Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Miles de residentes de Knoxville se preparan para celebrar la puesta en servicio del nuevo programa de reciclaje casero que esta pautado para el primero de Octubre.

Unas 17,000 familias ya se han inscrito en el nuevo programa y aun quedan otros 3,000 oportunidades para ser parte de este novedoso servicio de reciclaje casero gratuito.

“Nuestra investigación muestra que el 75-80% de la basura de las casa de Knoxville se pueden reciclar, y esta es una forma directa de hacer un impacto”, dijo David Brace, director adjunto del servicio público de la ciudad.
 
Segun voceros de la administracion de la ciudad, este modelo de flujo de reciclaje simplifica el proceso. Los residentes no tienen que separar por tipo de material reciclable o ir a uno de los centros de recoleccion de reciclaje. La ciudad suministra un carro plastico y los residentes sólo necesita rodar el carro a la acera cada dos semanas para su recoleccion a partir del primero de octubre. Este modelo ha demostrado ser eficaz en todo el país para reducir la cantidad de material destinado al los basureros de la ciudad.

Gerardo Ortiz arrazando en camino a los Premios Billboard de la Música Mexicana


 

Los Ángeles, CA – Todo indica que el joven cantautor Gerardo Ortiz -conocido dentro del ambiente musical como El Fenómeno Máximo del Género Regional Mexicano- volverá a armarla en grande gracias a su incuestionable talento.  

 

Resulta que el día de hoy, en el programa ‘Levántate’ de la cadena Telemundo, se dieron a conocer los artistas nominados a recibir próximamente los prestigiados Premios Billboard de la Música Mexicana, y Gerardo Ortiz arrasó en prácticamente todas las categorías: Artista del Año, Artista del Año, Debut, Artista Masculino del Año, Artista del Año, Descarga Digital, Artista del Año, Discos , Artista del Año, Norteño, Compositor del Año, Disco del Año, Disco del Año, Norteño, Disco del Año, Norteño, Tema del Año y Colaboración Vocal.

 

Es el artista mas nominado!!

 

Y es que Gerardo Ortiz está incontenible.. Su más reciente sencillo, “Aquiles Afirmo”, fue dado a conocer hace apenas unos días y ya ha alcanzado una penetración y un éxito impresionantes entre el gran público latino de los Estados Unidos.

 

“Aquiles Afirmo” es el primer corte de ‘Entre Dios y el Diablo’, su más reciente producción, y es… ¡dinamita pura! Es un corrido progresivo muy poderoso, con una letra clara y directa, al más puro estilo innovador y vanguardista de Gerardo Ortiz. Sin duda será uno de los temas más impactantes del año.

 

El álbum ‘Entre Dios y el Diablo’ será lanzado el próximo 6 de septiembre.

 

Por su parte, la ceremonia de entrega de los Premios Billboard de la Música Mexicana será transmitida el jueves 27 de octubre por la cadena Telemundo, desde el Teatro Orpheum de Los Ángeles.

Amherst Automotive Service and U-Haul Rentals Are on Right Road


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Kenneth Ingram, owner of Amherst Automotive Service, located at 2309 Amherst Rd., recently added U Haul truck and trailer rentals to the automotive-repair business he has been operating since 2003.

Families needing the finest in moving services now will have increased convenience and a shorter distance to travel when moving, which not only will make their move easier but also will have the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. U-Haul partnering with business owners across North America to increase convenience for customers while helping our environment is just one of the programs that support U-Haul Company’s Corporate Sustainability initiatives.

Amherst Automotive Service can now offer its customers a variety of moving equipment and supplies designed specifically for moving household furnishings, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. Amherst Automotive Service also will offer sales items to protect their customers’ belongings and make moving easier, such as heavy-duty boxes, which are made of up to 90 percent recycled content and are available in a variety of sizes.

U-Haul is proud to be partnering with a quality independent business such as Amherst Automotive Service,” exclaimed Clay McQuade, president, U-Haul Company of Knoxville. “Kenneth is a great example of the type of successful business relationship U Haul has established in order to build and maintain a strong network of more than 15,000 independent dealers across North America.”

For more information, or to rent your moving equipment today, call 865-609-4054. Business hours of operation are: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. – Noon.

ACT Issues Report on Measuring Workforce Skills Gaps


Report Contains Gap Definition, Gap Analysis for
Four Industry Sectors and Recommendations

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT today released a research report designed to assist economic and workforce developers as they contend with the increasing mismatch, or skills gaps, between labor market supply and demand in America.

As the nation grapples with the effects of the deepest recession in recent memory, policymakers struggle to find ways to integrate the millions of unemployed workers whose current skills may not be adequate. The new reality is that a significant segment of today’s labor force does not have the requisite skills that employers demand.

The report, “A Better Measure of Skills Gaps,” proposes a simple definition to describe the skills gap phenomenon and sets forth detailed and specific measures to analyze skills gaps in four major industry sectors. With this paper, ACT recommends a balanced approach for skills gap analysis that incorporates rigorous quantitative methods with an eye for practical application.

“Far too often and for too long, economic and workforce developers have relied on educational attainment data extracted from government sources such as the U.S. Census or the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a proxy for skill level,” said Martin Scaglione, ACT president of Workforce Development. “We suggest that skills gap analysis must target accurate and identifiable skills, and that these skill levels can and should be measured independently of educational attainment. In fact, research since 2007 shows undeniably that work tasks and the skills needed to perform them have become a better predictor of employment and wage growth than either educational level or occupational title.”

Three of the key findings described in the paper include:

  • Significant foundational skills gaps exist for United States workers and job seekers tested with WorkKeys® skills assessments, possessing both middle and high levels of education, for jobs that require a similar level of education.
  • For manufacturing, healthcare, construction and energy-related target occupations requiring a middle or high level of education, the majority of U.S. WorkKeys examinees are not able to demonstrate the required skill level for locating information. This skill involves the ability to locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.
  • Caution should be used in considering indirect measures of skills as a substitute for actual skill level. The results of ACT’s analysis imply that level of education does not necessarily relate to gaps in foundational on-the-job skills; in fact, it seems that the gap in foundational skills demanded by employers widens as the level of education increases.

ACT has compiled an extensive database of occupational profiles to identify foundational skill levels needed for success in each occupation. These skill levels, based on ACT WorkKeys skills assessments and powering the National Career Readiness Certificate, provide a means to identify workforce capabilities as well as mobility within the workforce, as workers consider training for new, high-demand occupations.

To view or download the 22-page report in PDF format, go to http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/abettermeasure.pdf

For more information on ACT’s workforce solutions, go to act.org/workforce.

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Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, and dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people—nationally and internationally—in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses and government agencies. Find out more at act.org.

Spanish Filmaker Mariano Barroso visits Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will welcome Spanish filmmaker Mariano Barroso to campus on Friday, August 26, for a screening of his 1996 thriller Extasis, starring Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, and a Q&A session led by Associate Professor Charles Kanganis, head of the directing concentration at the Watkins Film School.   The screening begins in the Watkins Theater at 1:00 p.m., with the discussion to follow at 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free and the public is invited.

An internationally-feted producer, writer, director and editor, Mr. Barroso is currently head of directing at el Centro de Estudios Ciudad de la Luz film school in Alicante, Spain.  His numerous writing and directing credits include series episodic television, documentaries and feature films, most notably In the Time of the Butterflies, starring Salma Hayek, Hormigas En La Boca, and three collaborations with Mr. Bardem.

Mentored by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mr. Barroso is a graduate of the American Film Institute and the Sundance Film Institute, and has taught film in Los Angeles, Madrid and Cuba.