Blackbaud Inc. laid off 150 employees today, including about 50 workers at the software company’s Daniel Island headquarters. A company spokeswoman said the job cuts stem from the still-sluggish economy and Blackbaud’s acquisition last year of Convio, a former competitor based in Texas. Convio’s legacy business has not performed as expected. Karoline McLaughlin, the spokeswoman, said the cuts are spread across the company’s offices, but only “a handful” of positions were cut at Convio’s former headquarters in Austin. [Snip] Following the cuts, Blackbaud will have about 2,600 employees. About 1,150 work on Daniel Island.
Comments: I wouldn´t call the company "giant," but the lay-offs might be a problem for those being let go in Charleston, at least. This is one of the companies that assisted in the Democrat presidential campaign. See
There was a spooky photo on that page but it´s gone now. It reminded me of The Prisoner.
As for the lay-offs: I guess the company didn´t get any contracts from the Obama administration. If you check it out at glassdoor.com, don´t read the first five or six most recent reviews. They look like fakes to this rigid skeptic.
The union representing officers with the US Capitol Police (USCP) has called for a congressional inquiry into the decision to pull a Swat team from the scene of a mass shooting in September. A USCP tactical response team arrived first at the Washington Navy Yard but was told by a supervisor to leave instead of entering the building. Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former US Navy reservist, killed 12 people. The USCP union called a department investigation into the matter "flawed". ´Biased´ - The Capitol Police Labor Committee, which represents hundreds of officers, has called for closed hearings conducted by the House of Representatives
The middle class: the first ones slandered as bigots and louts and the first ones billed for all the latest schemes. Too rich to be poor, too poor to be rich. Too little power to rewrite laws in their favour, too much power to be gushed over by champagne socialists and metropolitan editorial boards. [Snip] Now, no nation does anger like the United States. Unlike most government programmes, which conduct their wealth-siphoning out of the public eye, the effects of Obamacare are starkly visible, especially to those it needs to exploit the most. You can complain about welfare and affirmative
The Obama administration has released the first specifics about health insurance enrollment through the federal marketplace and the numbers are very low. In South Carolina, only 572 residents were able to successfully select a marketplace insurance plan. The numbers are even lower in other states. Only 42 North Dakota residents were able to select a plan. The federal government estimates that 11,249 residents in South Carolina were able to submit paper or electronic applications to begin the enrollment process. The U.S. Census estimates more than 700,000 residents in this state have no health insurance. Most of them will need to enroll in a
The woman who was ridiculed across the nation after becoming the face of Obamacare´s shambolic website has lashed out against the ´cyberbullies´ in her first interview. The ´Mona Lisa of healthcare´ revealed herself only as ´Adriana´, a married mother of one originally from Colombia, in an interview with ABC, weeks after speculation first swirled around her identity. She said she finally decided to come forward so she could stand up for herself and set the facts straight about who she was and how her picture came to feature on the beleaguered website. Adriana´s face was mocked by late-night comedy shows, photoshopped and shared
The threat of attacks from a shadowy group of Communist rebels forced authorities to abort the mass burial of typhoon victims on Wednesday, five days after disaster struck the central Philippines. On Wednesday morning, The Telegraph was travelling with a military convoy that was attempting to deliver 34 putrefying and unidentified bodies to a mass burial site northeast of the city centre. The three-vehicle convoy--carrying rifle-toting soldiers, forensic experts and members of the Philippines´ answer to the FBI, the National Bureau of Investigation--left a tourist shopping centre that has been transformed into a giant open-air morgue at 10.30am local time.
The last Labour Government made a “spectacular mistake” by relaxing immigration restrictions on Eastern European migrants, former Home Secretary Jack Straw has admitted. The Government lifted the restrictions on Eastern European states such as Poland and Hungary when they joined the EU in mid-2004, allowing migrants to come to Britain to live and work. The former Home Secretary described the decision as a "well-intentioned policy we messed up". In a column for his local newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn MP Mr Straw said: "One spectacular mistake in which I participated (not alone) was in lifting the transitional restrictions on the Eastern European
They gather on the streets after dusk, ‘making noise, dropping litter and being a nuisance’. [Snip] Racial tension and fear of civil unrest is growing, and to make matters worse there are the first signs of vigilante action against the new Roma arrivals. Some residents with strong views about their unwanted neighbours have begun patrolling the streets at night to ‘gather evidence’ of anti-social behaviour and possible criminal activity. In addition, the local Pakistani community association is running ‘official’ warden patrols between 8pm and 10pm every weekday with the intention of ‘educating’ the Roma population about ‘how to behave in
A third of all adult Americans should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to the first such new guidelines in a decade. It is estimated that 33 million Americans--44% of men and 22% of women--would meet the threshold for taking statins, under the advice issued by two leading US medical organisations. The drugs are currently recommended for 15% of adults. The guidelines for the first time take aim at strokes, not just heart attacks. Under the current advice, statins are recommended for those who have total cholesterol over 200 and LDL, or "bad cholesterol", of over 100.
Afghan opium cultivation has reached a record level, with more than 200,000 hectares planted with the poppy for the first time, the United Nations says. The UNODC report said the harvest was 36% up on last year, and if fully realised would outstrip global demand. Most of the rise was in Helmand province, where British troops are preparing to withdraw. One of the main reasons the UK sent troops to Helmand was to cut opium production. The head of the UN office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, said that production was likely to rise again next year, amid uncertainty
The average price of regular gas has fallen to $3.19 a gallon, with drivers in eight states now able to fill up their cars for less than $3. Prices have been dropping by about a penny a day, according to AAA, with another six states close to falling below the $3 mark soon. The fall in prices has been credited to a strong flow of cheap crude coming from Canada and North Dakota. ´In almost half the states, you don´t need to make a great effort to find gas at $3 or less,´ Tom Kloza, an oil analyst, told CNN Money.
Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul drew applause from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets on Tuesday when he said Hillary Clinton should be disqualified from running for president because of the Benghazi affair. “Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again,” Paul said of the former secretary of state in connection to last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city. While the comment was one of several applause points Paul, R-Ky., received during a 20-minute speech, it was also one of the more
It is almost 25 years since the detective Hercule Poirot, created by Agatha Christie and played by David Suchet, made his debut on ITV. The first of 70 episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, a minor short story called The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, was broadcast in January 1989. Tonight, Curtain--Poirot’s Last Case brings this long televisual life to an end. Even those who view the Christie oeuvre as irredeemably lightweight may feel a sense of momentousness, a tug of poignancy, at the death of a character who has been part of our national life for a generation.
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will ask two oversight agencies for a full-blown investigation into the problems surrounding the ObamaCare launch. Hagan, who is up for reelection in 2014, is asking her Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter asking two agencies to conduct “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.Gov.” “These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan writes in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it
We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance. This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans,
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano