Awards for All still “extraordinarily under-applied for”

first_imgLuke FitzHerbert, Senior Researcher at the Directory of Social Change, reports that, due to a lack of applications, charities stand a very good chance of getting a grant from Awards for All, but only if they act this month.In an article entitled “The Easiest Money Ever?”, Luke reports that “in most if not all English regions there is enough money for all eligible applications to be successful, so the ‘regional priorities’ are no longer being applied”. Indeed, he adds that some regions in the programme have received so few applications that their funding has been transferred to another region.Awards for All is the Lottery grants programme aimed at local communities.Why the lack of interest? It could be because Awards for All’s current maximum grant is for £5,000 in any 12-month period. Still there are plenty of charities for whom that is far from small beer.This maximum will double to £10,000 in April, but Luke advises charities not to wait for that for two reasons. First, just get the money now because you can, and secondly the new system might have change the funding requirements that means your organisation is no longer eligible.Now is the time to start taking advantage of this opportunity. You will need to supply original or certified copies of three months bank accounts, part of an attempt to tackle fraud. But as Luke commnts: “£5,000 is well worth a morning or two’s work for all charities, isn’t it?”  36 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Awards for All still “extraordinarily under-applied for” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 March 2006 | Newslast_img read more

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Death threats made against Radio France International correspondent

first_img to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more Death threats were made against Radio France International correspondent in Togo, Guy Mario Abalo, after he broadcast a report involving two former government members in a corruption and fraud case. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to do everything possible to protect him.”Messages left on Abalo’s answer phone the evening his report was broadcast (25 March), are very worrying,” said the international press freedom organisation. “They warned him that his reporting ‘will not go unpunished”, adding, “your life is in danger”. Some sources lead us to conclude that the calls came from young supporters of the former political leaders exposed by the journalist,” it said.”The authorities should do everything they can to protect him,” said the organisation.Abalo’s broadcast related to the report of an anti-corruption commission on a property project in connection linked to the holding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in the capital Lomé in 2000.The project, Cité OAU 2000, was headed by Saibou Samarou, the then Secretary of State for the private sector and former housing minister Agboli Hope. The journalist reported that the two ministers apparently appropriated some buildings for themselves and may have accepted bribes from companies seeking building contracts on the Cité project. News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders urges authorities to do everything possible to protect Guy Mario Abalo, correspondent in Lomé for Radio France International, who received death threats after exposing corruption among former government members. Organisation Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says TogoAfrica TogoAfrica March 30, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats made against Radio France International correspondent September 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Togo News March 8, 2021 Find out more Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension News Receive email alertslast_img read more

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CEOs on measuring marketing success

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union marketing professionals produce lots of measures—return on campaign, response rate, click-through, new loans generated and the list goes on. Which measures merit the most attention and deliver comprehensive value, according to credit union CEOs? While diverse, responses from dozens of CEOs (as part of ongoing focus groups for CEOs’ perspectives) fell into two distinct categories: tactical measures (“We can prove it”) and practical measures (“We just know it”). Let’s explore the most common tactical and practical measures of marketing success.The TacticalMarketing response rate led the way among tactical metrics cited as worthy by CEOs. It’s the most quantifiable answer that indicates if members are listening, responding, and acting upon marketing messages. One CEO said that persuading members (existing and potential) to try the credit union was a key goal in marketing initiatives. Campaigns create leads; leads create sales opportunities; and, sales drive revenue and loyalty. Getting members to take a first step with the credit union is marketing’s Job No. 1. continue reading »last_img read more

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The Museum of Illusion conquers America, and soon the whole world, through a franchise model

first_imgLast year, after Zagreb and Zadar, the Museum of Illusion expanded to Ljubljana and Vienna through a franchise model. Thus “modestly” began the story of the expansion of the Museum of Illusion through a franchise model outside the borders of our beautiful country.After the last conversation with Rok Zivkovic from the Museum of Illusion, which took place a little over a year ago, pointed out that there are already concrete interests from other European countries, and he dreamed that the long-term goal would be to offer this attractive and successful model worldwide. Brave, ingenious and phenomenal, I was dizzy, a real entrepreneur who believes in his product and vision, and most importantly has a proven and attractive successful business model, which he developed in Croatia and confirmed through the expansion to Slovenia and Austria.”We saw that there was room for expansion, and we chose the franchise model as the most acceptable to us. Through the franchise in cooperation with the partner, we offer him help through all phases, from the first contact, the book of standards, employee education, all the way to the opening and later through the entire development process. It’s been a process for a year. Also, the Museum has additional income through souvenirs and didactic toys for which we are also distributors.. “Said Zivkovic a year ago.Today, after only a year, the Museum of Illusion through its franchise model has opened its first Museum in New York, and will soon open in Kansas City as well! In what words to describe this phenomenal news. Undescribable!On the news that the Museum of Illusions has opened in New York, I immediately go to the official website of the Museum of Illusions, where an even bigger positive shock follows. The one when you fall off the chair!In the meantime, in the space of a year, the Museum of Illusion, in addition to Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana and Vienna, has spread all over the world! Today, the Museum of Illusions is present in Muscat / Oman, Belgrade / Serbia, Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia, Dubai / UAE, Athens / Greece and in Berlin / Germany.But there is no end to the enthusiasm because soon the Museum of Illusions will literally conquer the whole world! Thus, the opening of this successful Croatian story was announced soon in Kansas City in America, Hamburg and Stuttgart in Germany, Toronto in Canada, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Doha in Qatar, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Tbilisi in Georgia.This is news for all headlines in all media! The news of a brave vision and success on the global scene, through the franchise model that started in Croatia. Something similar was achieved through the franchise model by Andrija Čolak with his Surf’n’Fries, which is expanding all over the world from month to month.”If you can dream it, you can do it. ” said Walt Disney, and Živković and Čolak are real proof that one should dream awake and that everything is possible, of course with a lot of effort, sacrifice and self-belief. A floor-length hat and my deep bow. Wake up to dream.See more about the conditions of the Museum of Illusion franchise in the attachment:WANT TO START YOUR OWN MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY! RELATED NEWS:INTERVIEW / ROKO ŽIVKOVIĆ, MUSEUM OF ILLUSION: MUSEUM OF ILLUSION EXPANDS TO LJUBLJANA AND VIENNA THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODELINTERVIEW / ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYSlast_img read more

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Army fights move to quit £100m barracks

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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Andre Ayew expects “tough” tie against South Africa

first_imgBlack Stars skipper, Andre Ayew, has warned his team mates to get ready for a difficult tie against South Africa on Thursday, November 14 in round one of the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers in Cape Coast.Ghana and South Africa are locked in Group C together with Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe and the two established nations will hope to start the journey to the next AFCON in Cameroon on a positive footing.The Black Stars started training on Monday and they will head to Cape Coast on Tuesday to continue their preparations before the match on Thursday.Speaking after the first training session on Monday, Ayew said that the South Africans would pose a huge challenge to the Stars especially as the Ghanaian team is meeting for the first time since the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt where they exited at the Round of 16 stage.“We are ready for the match against South Africa. It is true that we did not meet in the last two international breaks and so, it will be challenging for us but that is no excuse.Our job is to make sure that we get the three points and start the qualifiers well.The group we are in is a tough group with the likes of Sudan and South Africa. We have met the Bafana Bafana a lot of times and so, we have to make sure we deal with their qualities while bringing ours to bear.”After the match against South Africa, Ghana will travel to face Sao Tome and Principe on November 17 in round 2 with the rest of the qualifiers resuming in 2020 between August and November.last_img read more

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Seahawks squawk proudly about stealing 49ers’ keys, signals in overtime win; but this isn’t over

first_imgMore fallout from Monday night’s delightfully intense 49ers-Seahawks spectacular: Seattle defenders have told Crackerjack NFL reporter Jim Trotter that they were deciphering Jimmy Garoppolo’s signals late in the game.Interesting insight from the Seattle locker room after OT defeat of the 49ers: If it looked like the D had a good read on Jimmy G late, LB Bobby Wagner told me it was in part because he and KJ Wright … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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Geophysics Not Rock Solid Science

first_img(Visited 467 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With observation, instruments and models, you would think geophysics is hard science.Plate Tectonics May Have Been Active on Earth Since the Very Beginning (University of Tennessee at Knoxville). For years, geophysicists have claimed that plate tectonics began billions of years after planet Earth formed. Not so, say these revisionists at U Tenn:A new study suggests that plate tectonics—a scientific theory that divides the earth into large chunks of crust that move slowly over hot viscous mantle rock—could have been active from the planet’s very beginning. The new findings defy previous beliefs that tectonic plates were developed over the course of billions of years.Astrobiologists may get excited about this revision to become a big factor in discussions about habitable planets.“Plate tectonics set up the conditions for life,” said Nick Dygert, assistant professor of petrology and geochemistry in UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and coauthor of the study. “The more we know about ancient plate tectonics, the better we can understand how Earth got to be the way it is now.”The geophysicists are also revising beliefs of how Earth got its Helium-3/Neon-22 ratio. Giant impacts couldn’t do it, they say, so the ratio must have come about by mantle recycling (plate tectonics).The new belief will undoubtedly become textbook orthodoxy till some future geophysicists change it again.Gaia 2.0 (Science). When James Lovelock first came out with the Gaia hypothesis (the idea that earth and its life actively support each other), the majority of scientists considered it a nutty idea. After all, wasn’t the notion named after the Mother Earth goddess of the Greeks, who gave birth to the Titans through an incestual relationship with her father Uranus? Bad metaphor for science! Now, according to Timothy M. Lenton and Bruno Latour, “Gaia 2.0” is becoming respectable. At least Science (AAAS) gave it good coverage. The main reason seems to be that politically correct scientists can now bang the climate drum, warning humans again about how they are messing things up.According to Lovelock and Margulis’s Gaia hypothesis, living things are part of a planetary-scale self-regulating system that has maintained habitable conditions for the past 3.5 billion years. Gaia has operated without foresight or planning on the part of organisms, but the evolution of humans and their technology are changing that. Earth has now entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene, and humans are beginning to become aware of the global consequences of their actions. As a result, deliberate self-regulation—from personal action to global geoengineering schemes—is either happening or imminently possible. Making such conscious choices to operate within Gaia constitutes a fundamental new state of Gaia, which we call Gaia 2.0. By emphasizing the agency of life-forms and their ability to set goals, Gaia 2.0 may be an effective framework for fostering global sustainability.Let’s get this straight: Gaia 1.0 operated “without foresight or planning,” but humans are supposed to use intelligent design by making conscious choices? Is this for moral reasons, in penance for “the global consequences of their actions”? We’re supposed to set goals? Are humans not organisms that evolved without foresight?The origins of the High Plains landscape (ETH Zurich, via Phys.org). Texans, listen up: your flat land may look dull and uninteresting, but it has a claim to fame:There is nowhere else in the world quite like the High Plains. There are, of course, gigantic alluvial plains in South America as well, and in the part of the Himalayas located in India. “But the High Plains have been inactive for nearly five million years, whereas the other large alluvial fans are still in the process of formation,” says the researcher.It is also the largest aquifer in North America (the Ogallala aquifer), measuring 450,000 square kilometers, making it good for farmland. The plains are dotted with ephemeral lakes that benefit migrating birds.The High Plains are in a process of transition, these geologists say. “It will take five or ten million years until the High Plains have completely eroded.” But why? Earlier, they called it a “preserved ancient landscape.” Do they really know what’s going on? Can inferences about unseen tens of millions of years be made about a land only observed by scientists for around 200 years?Update 10/02/18: Another article shows rethinking in geophysics, this time concerning something believed for over 100 years. Science Daily announced, “Researchers challenge our assumptions on the effects of planetary rotation: Coriolis effect can influence eddies in wakes as small as 10 meters.” An oceanography professor who co-authored the paper said, “We have discovered some major — and largely overlooked — phenomena in fundamental fluid dynamics that pertain to the way the Earth’s rotation influences various geophysical flows.”Real science is a lot more interesting than the Myth of Progress, because humans are more interesting than rocks. Humans are like the Blind Men with the Elephant. It’s fun to watch them get things wrong over and over, seeing parts of things for short periods of time, and pretending to have “understanding.” The pursuit of understanding is a worthy goal; don’t misconstrue the statement as cynical. But like the pursuit of happiness, one rarely seems to catch it. Taking the blindfolds off helps.last_img read more

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Virgin Australia wins major awards

first_imgVirgin Australia has taken out two major passenger awards in AirlineRatings.com 2015 Airline Excellence Awards.AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the awards are a pinnacle of these efforts.The website is visited by millions of passengers from 232 countries and its safety rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The AirlineRatings.com editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, awarded Virgin Australia Best New World Carrier and Best Cabin Crew.A new award for AirlineRatings.com the Best New World Carrier acknowledges airlines that are making game changing initiatives to redefine travel to meet rapidly changing passenger expectations.The inaugural winner Virgin Australia has redefined what an airline can achieve by morphing from Virgin Blue, Australia’s low fare pioneer, into an airline that blends low cost efficiencies with a first class product. A true New World Carrier.“The airline has taken what really matters to passengers and given it a makeover and the result is spectacular,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. The airline’s domestic business class on its A330s is the world’s best and betters most international offerings.Another inaugural award Best Cabin Crew was another win for Virgin Australia. “The airline’s cabin crew treat every passenger whether in row 1 or 31 as a special guest,” said Mr Thomas. “Their commitment to their passengers is outstanding and is a benchmark of what cabin service should be.”To read about a special Virgin Australia delivery flight click here.last_img read more

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Compassionate Care Programme for More Hospitals

first_img This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 5. The Ministry of Health’s Compassionate Care Programme is to be expanded to 12 other hospitals across the country this year.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 5.“Part of the challenge that we face in the public sector is that we have great doctors and nurses [and] we deliver good care, but more often than not, the missing component is delivering clinical care with compassion, delivering care in a manner that projects the customer service component, the empathy,” Dr. Tufton said.“We are going into 12 hospitals this year improving the facilities, training front-line staff and preparing our clinical team to recognise and to empathise with patients as we treat with them,” he added.A Compassionate Care and Volunteerism Programme was launched recently, and a policy was developed and approved by Cabinet to guide this process.The initiative aims to, in the first instance, enhance the waiting areas in hospitals, including improving the quality of critical infrastructure like bathrooms; train front-line staff in basic customer service for the hospital setting; recruit and structure volunteer support for patient care in health facilities; and establish a patient comment infrastructure to lodge complaints, suggestions or commendations.So far, the Ministry has trained over 60 front-line staff at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals. The programme was officially launched at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in March 2018. The Ministry of Health’s Compassionate Care Programme is to be expanded to 12 other hospitals across the country this year. “Part of the challenge that we face in the public sector is that we have great doctors and nurses [and] we deliver good care, but more often than not, the missing component is delivering clinical care with compassion, delivering care in a manner that projects the customer service component, the empathy,” Dr. Tufton said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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