How to Port Your Phone Number to Google Voice

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#How To#voice#web mike melanson Google officially announcedtoday that, for a one-time $20 fee, Google Voice users could move their mobile phone number over to the service. The move was rumored when Engadget first noticed the feature’s availability last week, but Google said that it was only a test and that it planned to offer the feature to all users in the near future. According to some, porting your phone number over to the service can be an experience not unlike an LSD trip gone awry. If you want to avoid this, Google offers a few tips on how to make it an easy and smooth transition.When you port your number over to Google Voice, your existing phone carrier cancels your phone line. This is the first, and most important, thing you need to consider. This means that you can be subject to those $200+ early termination fees and you can likely be without service for a period of time. Google Voice, though a VoIP solution in many ways, will not work on your cell phone without cellular service, much as it won’t work on your 3G iPad.To this point, Google suggests that you contact your carrier prior to initiating the porting process and set up a second mobile number and service. “As soon as this second number is added to your account,” the company explains, “go to voice.google.com, click on Settings, and under Phones add this new, second number as a forwarding phone.” If you’re an SMS-addict, also take note that Google warns that you can experience “disruptions in sending and receiving text messages for up to 3 business days.”Now that you’ve been fairly warned about some pre-steps you might want to take, how do you make the switch?Go to Google Voice, click Settings in the upper right corner and choose Voice Settings from the drop-down menu.You’ll see your Google Voice number in the middle of the window with a link to “Change / Port”. Click on it.Fill out all the forms and you’re done.So, the actual porting process is simple. Currently, the feature is only available to existing Google Voice users and to mobile numbers, not landlines. Before you make the final leap, you might consider Danny Sullivan’s tale of Google Voice use for the past six months. According to Sullivan, the service provides a much more seamless experience on Android than iPhone. He also says that text messages can come in “very delayed” and that their integration into the phone is not complete, even on the Android side of things.What do you think? Does it sound worth it to you? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Report Maersk Eyes LandBased Acquisitions

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk World’s largest shipping company Maersk is reportedly targeting acquisitions on land to bolster its logistics operations as part of the group’s transformation from a conglomerate to an integrated global container logistics company.“The future will be very much about scaling the land side of the equation . . . We for sure have to do some acquisitions in the logistics space, primarily to gain capability and scale,” Søren Skou, Maersk’s Chief Executive Officer, is quoted by the Financial Times as saying.As reported, potential acquisition candidates are likely to include trucks, warehouses and other important segments of the supply chain management, but the company would refrain from making multi-billion deals and go after bolt-on acquisitions.The key reason behind taking a disciplined investment approach is in line with Maersk’s desire to reduce its debt at a time when operating costs, led by high bunker prices, exert high pressure on the company’s earnings.The remaking of Maersk Group is expected to last between three to five years. For the transformation to be completed, Maersk is yet to finalize the separation of its energy business, as structural solutions are still being sought for Maersk Supply Service.Namely, in November 2018, Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s Executive Vice President, said the group would not finalize the sale of its Maersk Supply Service business, which was expected to be completed by the end of the year.As part of its energy business separation drive, earlier this year Maersk announced its spin off of Maersk Drilling as a standalone company on Nasdaq Copenhagen in 2019.Furthermore, Maersk is in the middle of its integration process of the German liner company Hamburg Süd, which was acquired in November 2017.Danish shipping major said that since the integration is progressing faster than planned the company expects synergies from the merger to reach at least USD 500 million by 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Quebec woman among 12 killed in bus crash in Mexico

first_imgThe Canadian who was among 12 people killed in a bus crash in eastern Mexico has been identified by her family as Stephanie Horwood of Gatineau, Que.Carole Pommet Reinthaler tells The Canadian Press that her daughter-in-law was in Mexico with her husband and their two daughters aged nine and 11.All three were injured.Pommet Reinthaler says there will be two funeral services — one in Horwood’s native St. John’s, N.L., and the other in Gatineau.She says it was her son who called from Mexico to break the news of the tragedy.Horwood would have turned 42 next week.last_img read more

Imam says rise in hate crimes across Canada not surprising worries US

first_imgBURNABY (NEWS 1130) – New numbers out of Statistics Canada show the number of reported hate-related crimes has spiked to an all-time high.The agency says hate crimes targeting people from the Black, Jewish and Muslim communities account for most of the increases nation-wide, something that doesn’t completely surprise one religious leader.“This is something that we have unfortunately been witness to over the years,” Imam Yahya Momla with the Masjid al-Salaam in Burnaby explains. “However, I do understand that these hate crimes, they’re perpetrated by a minority of the general community, so it’s not something we’re extremely worried about. However, we are vigilant in this regard.”According to Statistics Canada, incidents involving Muslims more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, one year after police reported a decrease in hate crimes targeting that population.Hate crimes targeting black people accounted for 16 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada in 2017. They stayed the most common type of race- or ethnicity-related hate crime.Meantime, hate crimes targeting Jews increased for the second consecutive year and accounted for 18 per cent of all hate crimes nationally.Imam Momla points out much of the hate-related incidents involve verbal insults, things like people being told to “go back to their country” or aggressors hurling insults at women wearing hijabs.The biggest increases in reported crimes appear to be non-violent in nature, things like graffiti and vandalism targeting the groups aforementioned.Momla says many of the victims who are the targets of these kinds of crimes are often people who are new to the country, “people who may be feeling shy or out of place here in Canada.”He tries to remind people of the positives when it comes to their fellow Canadians, and adds it’s important for everyone to get engaged with the communities around them.“And make them feel that they are at home.”Admitting he’s no expert on the subject, Momla worries the spike in the number of reported hate crimes may be a result of growing racial tensions in the U.S. spilling over the border.He believes many Canadians aren’t actually aware of the racism that exists in Canada, “just because it’s such a fringe minority of the general community that engages in this type of behaviour.”The Imam says he’s personally come across some individuals who’ve experienced hate crimes and adds they can have lasting impacts on a person’s life.last_img read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State loses third straight against No 1 Long Beach

Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball against George Mason at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing two straight matches without winning a set, having to face the No. 1 team in the country on their home court is not the best way to end a losing streak. The struggling Buckeyes (4-8) were able to keep sets close early, but couldn’t gain enough momentum to get back in the match as No.1 Long Beach State (12-0) cruised to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the match in the third set after an attack error by Long Beach State gave them a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back aces by junior libero Chase Moothart bookended a three-point run that brought the Buckeyes over the 20-point threshold for the first time in the match. But a kill by senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco and an Ohio State service error closed out the third set, 25-21, handing the Buckeyes their third-consecutive straight-set loss. Ohio State was unable to establish a rhythm on offense in large part due to errors. The Buckeyes committed 33 errors on the night, 19 service and 14 attack, while the Beach had only 24, 16 service and 8 attack. Though the Buckeyes tallied 30 kills on the night, the 14 errors on 61 attacks limited them to a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Parker Mikesch had 26 assists and two digs as he continues his campaign as the Buckeyes full-time setter while senior Sanil Thomas is injured. Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan provided 10 kills for Ohio State, helping to fill in as a point finisher for the Buckeyes in the midst of sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes’ absence due to injury. Ryan got off to a hot start in the first set with two kills, helping the Buckeyes keep pace with the Beach. But a kill by senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and an attack error by Ryan gave Long Beach State a 4-2 lead, which they would stretch to as many as seven points en route to a 25-19 first set victory. Ensing and DeFalco combined for 21 kills, five digs, and an ace, leading the team to a .475 hitting percentage. Both teams had their share of success from the service stripe, as the Buckeyes totalled three and the Beach came up with five. After a close start to the second set, Long Beach used four Buckeye errors and an ace by redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Amado for five straight-points, taking a 16-9 lead. Though Ryan contributed five kills and sophomore libero Luke Meidel added an ace, Long Beach State used kills by Ensing and senior setter Josh Tuaniga to close out the set, 25-18. Ohio State returns to conference play against Lindenwood at 8 p.m. on Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri. read more

Dortmund director Sancho is going nowhere

first_imgSporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that Jadon Sancho will be at Borussia Dortmund next year, despite the growing interest from rival clubsThe 18-year-old winger’s stunning rise to stardom since completing an £8m transfer from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 has earned him plenty of suitors.Sancho is a regular member of the BVB squad leading the Bundesliga this season and his exploits in Germany saw him being handed a call-up to the England national team.But Dortmund, who have an unfortunate history for selling their star players to rivals, have no intention of letting Sancho go right now.“Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too,” Zorc told ESPN.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing.“He’s not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.”Sancho has managed seven goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season for Dortmund.The teenage star is contracted at Signal Iduna Park until June 2022.last_img read more

Vicente García Wins Best SingerSongwriter Album Latin GRAMMY

first_img Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Email Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech The other nominees in the Best Singer-Songwriter Album category were Satiago Cruz’ Trenes, Aviones Y Viajes Interplanetarios, Alex Cuba’s Lo Único Constante, Erika Ender’s Tatuajes, and Debi Nova’s Gran Ciudad. Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Read more Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com News Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Song JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Dominican takes home the singer/songwriter category at The Biggest Night in Latin MusicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 2:49 pm Dominican singer/songwriter Vicente García is having a big night at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin GRAMMY Twitter “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Facebook Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.comcenter_img See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Residente Wins Best Urban Song Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album vicente-garc%C3%ADa-wins-best-singer-songwriter-album-latin-grammy Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Prev Next Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 9:03 pm Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images “I am very happy and excited. I want to dedicate this award to my country, [my] fountain of infinite inspiration, [and] also to Juan Luis Guerra who has been for me a constant inspiration. I don’t know what to say. I am very excited. Thank you to the Academy, Eduardo Cabra, John Blaze [and] Wendell for working [from] the heart. … And … to all the people that helped me make this record. A million thanks.” — Vicente GarcíaFormerly the lead singer of the Dominican alternative rock band Calor Urbano, he left in 2010 to pursue a solo career. He has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, and Maná. Now that solo career is starting to pay off.García took home his first career Latin GRAMMYs at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs, including for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for A La Mar and Best Tropical Song for “Bachata En Kingston.” He is also up for Album Of The Year and Best New Artist later this evening. [Ed.: García ended up winning Best New Artist, upping his win total to three.] Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlightslast_img read more

Dance India Dance 7 premiere episode highlights Kareena makes grand entry cheers

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan with her Dance India Dance 7 co-judges Bosco Martis and Raftaar.Bosco Martis/InstagramDance India Dance – Battle Of The Champions Season 7 premiered on Saturday, June 22, in a grand note. The season’s major attraction is Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is making her debut in the small screen with the show.Kareena looked stunning in a yellow outfit as she danced with her co-judges and choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar. The episode also saw veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty as the Grand Master of the season and encouraging the contestants.Dance India Dance 7 has 18 contestants competing for the coveted trophy. The episode began with Kareena making an entry in style, dancing on a medley of her hit songs. The actress surely does know how to make her presence felt. She not only shook a leg with almost all the contestants right after their performances but also brought in a lot of positivity, enthusiasm, excitement and warmth to the show.Bebo performed on songs like Lungi Dance from Chennai Express and Mauja Hi Mauja from her film, Jab We Met.The Veere Di Wedding actress was seen cheering and encouraging the contestants. When a couple performed a slow romantic dance number, Kareena said that even she and her husband, Saif Ali Khan wouldn’t be able to pull it off with such grace.It was reported earlier that the remuneration per episode for Kareena was touted to be one of the highest in the field and the actress would be the highest paid actress to judge a reality show if the deal was sealed. Kareena Kapoor KhanInstagramlast_img read more

President PM pay tribute to liberation war martyrs

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pay tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war at the National Memorial on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, Dhaka on Tuesday morning, marking the 49th Independence and National Day, reports UNB.President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial followed by the prime minister.After placing the wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion, while the bugles played the last post.Ministers, advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.last_img read more

BlackRock to Host Rising Star Gala

first_imgAs BlackRock Center for the Arts will celebrate its growth in the community with its annual gala event “Rising Star” on April 25th. The Gala, taking place in BlackRock’s building in Germantown, will feature live entertainment by BlackRock students and professionals, an awards program, silent auction, Fund-a-Need and a cocktail hour and dinner. The Center will honor three individuals and companies who have been loyal and active stakeholders. Mark Friis of Rodgers Consulting, a former trustee and long-time donor will be honored as Outstanding Community Leader; the Art League of Germantown having provided years of volunteerism, artistic work and hands-on support will be honored with the Rocky Award; and Frank Ferrando, a longstanding and dedicated volunteer will be awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Melane and Tom Hoffmann and Mike and Cassie Knapp are the Gala Co-Chairs, and Montgomery County First Lady, Catherine Leggett is Honorary Chair. The gala is BlackRock’s most important fundraising event of the year, with a goal of $145,000. Proceeds from the evening directly support BlackRock’s arts education programs, outreach and scholarship initiatives, gallery activities, performances, and other programs that engage the community it serveslast_img read more