The ABCs of Donor Prospecting

first_imgVirtually every nonprofit has high-capacity donors hiding in plain sight. A whopping 40% of donors in a recent study admitted they could give more than they currently are. Our job as fundraisers is to identify those prospects so we can start moving them up to greater levels of giving. Here’s how to start making that happen.The Myth of the Donor PyramidFirst, let’s talk about the donor pyramid—what we think it looks like, what it really looks like, and the opportunities it holds for your nonprofit. We think our donor list is a pyramid. You’ve probably seen the donor pyramid a million times and think your donor files look like this: a strong base of general fund donors, a solid but somewhat smaller core of midlevel gifts, and a few major donors on top. What we’ve learned, however, is that the pyramid isn’t really a pyramid at all. In reality, it looks more like a sombrero: many people giving small amounts and a few people giving large amounts, with very few midlevel donors. Most donor lists are more sombrero than pyramid. This missing middle isn’t because of our donors’ behavior. It’s because of ours. We have prospects for every level hiding in our general fund, but most nonprofits don’t have an intentional midlevel strategy. These folks need to be identified and given more love and attention to encourage them to move up to midlevel and eventually major gifts.Who Are Your Midlevel Donors?Midlevel donors are sort of like the forgotten middle child—the “Jan Brady” of donors. They might look like low-level givers. They could be volunteers or have attended your events. They’ve probably engaged with you but just haven’t made a gift. Thing is, these prospects are very likely to give on the first ask—but they need personalized attention to get there.Most major donors actually begin at the bottom of the pyramid. Annual fund donors are strong prospects for moving up to midlevel giving. These are your future major donors, so it’s worth investing your time and resources in moving them up.What’s your favorite strategy to find more donors?Direct mail and/or online acquisition campaignStaff and board brainstorm names of prospectsProspect researchAll (or some) of the aboveA combination of these is the most popular strategy, closely followed by brainstorming names. Brainstorming sounds like a great plan, but it can become derailed by magical thinking—“If we only had this particular mega-millionaire donating to us”—while you overlook great prospects already in your own backyard.ABCs of Identifying ProspectsThere are opportunity costs associated with cultivating donors in terms of time and money, and we have an obligation to be good stewards of our nonprofit’s resources. This means learning the ABCs of prospecting:Access: People we already know or with whom we share a solid connection.Belief: People who share similar interests or already believe in our mission.Capacity: People with the ability to move up the giving pyramid.Effective prospecting begins with Access—prospects we already know. Unfortunately, we often skip ahead to Capacity and start with who’s rich. And that’s where we get into trouble. Capacity does not equal interest (Belief), nor does it equal generosity.If you don’t have Access to a big donor, or if the big donor doesn’t already have interest or Belief in your mission, despite their Capacity, pursuing them may come at the expense of missing the “millionaires next door” already in your files.Prospecting Tips for Greater GivingHere are some final points to consider when identifying and cultivating general fund donors to move up to the next level of giving:Longevity: How long has the donor been on your files? Long-term giving could mean moving a donor into planned, recurring, or major gifts.Cumulative giving: Be sure to look at cumulative giving, not just the amount they give each year. A donor who gives $2,500 four times year tends to be more receptive than one who gives an annual lump sum of $10,000.Engagement: This is huge. Are they volunteering? Are they reading your emails and newsletters? How involved are they in your organization? People who are investing time in your nonprofit are great candidates for moving up the pyramid.Referrals: People who were referred to your organization by another donor, especially major donors, meet the Access requirement right off the mark.Remember: Donors give for their reasons, not ours. For greater success, start with the folks you already know.Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar Find High-Capacity Donors Hiding in Plain Sight, with Rachel Muir, founder of Girlstart and vice president of training at Pursuant.last_img read more

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John Abraham and MS Dhoni tried jumping over a wall. What happened next was not very pleasant

first_imgJohn Abraham is back on the big screen today with his film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran. The film, based on India’s nuclear tests in Pokhran in 1998, is in theatres today and stars John and Diana Penty in the lead roles.During the promotions of Parmanu, John narrated an interesting anecdote about cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and how his fitness bowled Bollywood’s fittest man over.”We once went to my office to get the bikes out and found that the watchman had fallen asleep and the main gate was locked. So, we both jumped from the side and went in,” said John.”But while coming out, we had to go over the gate. I don’t know how he did it, but in a few jumps, he made it over the gate easily. I thought if Mahi can do it then so can I, so I ran and did the exact same thing. My pants got stuck in the gate and tore,” narrated John.”Honestly, he’s really athletic,” the Welcome Back actor said about Dhoni.John and Dhoni are thick friends and well-known bike enthusiasts. The two take time out to meet each other and take their favourite beasts out for a spin.During the promotions of his film Shootout At Wadala (2013), John had said in an interview how Dhoni was oen of his closest friends.”I follow cricket as and when I have the time. Besides that (MS) Dhoni is one of my closest friends, so even if I wanted to I wouldn’t be able to stay away from cricket,” John said, when asked why he was invested in sports like football but not as involved in cricket.advertisementOn the work front, John’s Parmanu is the big Bollywood release today.ALSO SEE | John Abraham on parting ways with Prernaa Arora over Parmanu: There was a lot of collateral damageALSO WATCH: John Abraham on his fallout with Prernaa Arora and Parmanulast_img read more

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India A beat France A 3-2 in second women’s hockey match

first_img Press Trust of India GorakhpurFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 19:23 IST India women’s hockey A team defeated France A 3-2 in their second match of the 4-test series (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMariana Kujur, Lalremsiami and Mumtaz Khan scored as India A beat France A 3-2Mickaela Lahlah and Guusje Van Bolhuis scored the two goals for FranceIndia will play their third match against France ‘A’ on Tuesday in Lucknow The India ‘A’ women’s hockey team came back from a goal down to beat France ‘A’ 3-2 in the second match of the series on Sunday.In the first-ever international match played at the Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College ground here, Mariana Kujur (19th minute), Lalremsiami (30th) and Mumtaz Khan (34th) scored to eke out the win for the hosts after Mickaela Lahlah had given France ‘A’ lead in the 14th minute.The visitors showed some resilience in the last quarter and found a second goal through Guusje Van Bolhuis (58th), but the home team held on to register the series-levelling win.After the defeat in the first match, India ‘A’ team made a solid comeback to beat the visitors, but it was not the start that the hosts would have expected as the French team took the lead in the 14th minute through Lahlah, who finished off a brilliant team move to give her side the lead.Constant pressure on the Indian defense towards the end of the first quarter resulted in the first goal but the Indians were quick to equalise in the second quarter as they utilised a penalty corner in the 19th minute through Kujur’s well-executed drag-flick.Young striker Lalremsiami then registered her name on the score-sheet as she scored a field goal at the end of the second quarter to give her team the lead.India’s continuous pressure on the French defense resulted in their third goal just four minutes into the third quarter.Playing in her home state, it was Mumtaz, who produced a calm finish to extend India’s lead to 3-1.advertisementTrailing by two goals, the visitors constantly tried to make inroads into the Indian striking circle, but could only find only one goal late in the last quarter through Guusje Van Bolhuis, who scored off a penalty corner.India ‘A’ will play their third match against France ‘A’ on Tuesday at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.Also Read | India bids to host men’s or women’s hockey World Cup in 2023For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow India AFollow France AFollow Women’s hockeyFollow Gorakhpur India A beat France A 3-2 in second women’s hockey matchMariana Kujur, Lalremsiami and Mumtaz Khan scored as India women’s hockey A team defeated France A in their second match of the 4-test seriesadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

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FinMin ratifies 865 pc interest on EPF for 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry has approved 8.65 per cent rate of interest on Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for 2018-19 as decided by retirement fund body EPFO, benefitting more than 6 crore formal sector workers. “The Department of Financial Services (DFS), a wing of Finance Ministry, has given its concurrence to EPFO)decision to provide 8.65 per cent rate of interest for 2018-19 to its subscribers,” a source privy to the development confirmed.last_img

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Hungarian Journalist Charged with Disorderly Conduct Faces Prosecution

Casablanca – The Camerawoman who tripped a Syrian refugee in Hungary last year faces prosecution. One of the most memorable incidents of September of last year is the scene of a Hungarian camerawoman kicking a Syrian refugee who was carrying his son as he ran from the police. The incident caused tremendous furor at the time, and resulted in the camerawoman being sacked from the TV station where she worked.Exactly one year after the incident, Hungarian prosecutors have filed charges against Petra Laszlo. A referendum will decide whether or not Hungary should accept European migrant quotas scheduled for October Laszlo, who received a wave of criticism on her Facebook page last year, was charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ while her prosecutors denied that the assault on the Syrian refugees was an act of racism.“While filming she kicked a young man in the shin with a swift kick of the sole of her right foot, and also kicked young girl around the knee with her right foot,” said the prosecutors in a statement reported in The Guardian.Laszlo was not prosecuted for kicking the Syrian man who was carrying his child:“[Laszlo] kicked toward a man carrying a child in his hands, but the kick did not reach the man. The man carrying the child still fell, because … one of the policemen tried to catch and restrain him, and he lost his balance as he broke free,” continues the statement.Petra Laszlo expressed her regret at the misdeed last year when she was fired from N1TV due to “unacceptable behavior.” She said in a statement quoted in the Russian tabloid RT in October last year that her “life was ruined.”As to the fate of the Syrian man who fell to the ground, Osama Abdul Mohsen, he had been offered a job position by Cenafe, a football academy in Spain, where he works now as a mediator between the Arab and Spanish football worlds. read more

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Moroccan Army to Get New Uniforms for MAD 91 Million

Rabat – Lieutenant General Abdelfattah Louarak, the inspector general of Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR), has announced tenders for four contracts worth an estimated MAD 91.3 million to acquire new military uniforms, reported Maghreb Intelligence on March 9.FAR will award one contract for camouflage combat clothing (MAD 22.5 million). The second is for camouflage parkas (MAD 42.4 million). The third is for embroidery (MAD 22.5 million). The fourth contract is for new belts (MAD 3.9 million).FAR will award the contracts on April 18. The army will get its new look just in time to match its new recruits.In February, King Mohammed VI asked the government to recruit 10,000 Moroccans into obligatory military service, beginning in September 2019. The newly established compulsory military service is expected to cost Morocco MAD 500 million annually.The Moroccan government approved two decrees to implement the law on obligatory military service in January. The military service is expected to start in September.The FAR has seen several revamps since General Louarak took office.In January, Louarak appointed new military officials to high-level military positions in Morocco’s southern provinces.The general had sacked some officers and sent others into retirement in 2018 over “misconduct,” according to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae.Also in January, Middle East Monitor reported that Louarak instructed the military to modernize “its technological and counter-espionage capabilities.”King Mohammed VI appointed Louarak as inspector general of FAR in January 2017.The same month, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) boss Abdellatif Hammouchi changed the uniforms of DGSN staff as part of a strategy to modernize the police.The new service uniform included a metal badge on the chest to indicate the identity and number of the security agent. read more

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BCIJ Dismantles 5 Member Terror Cell in Northern Morocco

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled on Tuesday, June 18 a five-member terror cell operating in Tetouan, Northern Morocco.A statement from the BCIJ said that the five suspects, aged between 23 and 33,  are under investigation for links to ISIS.During the arrest, BCIJ seized several electronic devices, knives, and military uniforms. Preliminary  investigations show that the suspect pledged allegiance to the self-styled “emir” of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Read Also: Morocco’s BCIJ Dismantles New IS-affiliated Terrorist Cell in MoroccoThe suspects, according to BCIJ, are also accused of promoting terrorism and extremist propaganda.  The cell is suspected of having links with terrorists in conflict zones, such as Syria and Iraq.The group are suspected of plotting terror attacks across the country. The statement added that the five cell members will be brought to justice immediately after investigation.Today’s operation is part of Morocco’s national and international counter-terrorism initiatives. BCIJ has carried several similar operation throughout the year. The latest operation was on  June 3, when BCIJ dismantled a three-member terrorist cell operating in several cities in the region of Draa-Tafilalet.Following the 2003 terror attacks in Casablanca and the 2011 attack in Marrakech, the Moroccan security services announced several counter-terrorism initiatives.The programs were praised by several international allies, including the US.In March, Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior announced the repatriation of eight Moroccan terrorists who were operating in Syria.The move pleased the US, which said that Morocco “is a highly capable partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” read more

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Crosswalk vandalism a call to action against hate says Calgary Pride

Emily Ophus and Blake Spence walk with their dogs Lola and Basil at the pride flag crosswalk at the intersection of McDougall Rd and 9th Street N.E. in Bridgeland on Monday August 19, 2019. Repeat vandalism of downtown Calgary LGBTQ pride crosswalks should trigger deeper support for the minority community, a leading activist said Monday.Two separate graffiti attacks on rainbow crosswalks last week — the most recent one on Sunday being a misspelled violent and homophobic phrase — should be met with a greater volunteer turnout for Pride Week, which begins Friday, said Calgary Pride executive director Parker Chapple.“These people that hate, who are homophobic and transphobic, they’re willing to take action and the only real response is to support our community,” said Chapple.“People are always asking me if we still need Pride Week … This draws attention to why we have Pride Week, to present to the community to get allies.”The vandalism highlights what members of the LGBTQ community regularly encounter, but has further heightened fear, said Chapple.“The reality is, this is an example of what our community is facing every day; it’s a very visual and public example,” said the activist.“There’s violence, discrimination … My own son is transgender and is terrified of going into public washrooms.”The vandalism began at 4:15 a.m. last Wednesday when city police said surveillance video captured a person dressed in a white hard hat and construction clothing set up orange road cones and a road closed sign at Stephen Avenue and Centre Street. There, the individual defaced with spray paint the pride and transgender crosswalks, leaving the words “lust” and “lost.”Police say that person stopped a motorist who tried to turn onto Stephen Avenue and might have also been seen by a jogger and several passing taxi drivers. They’re hoping to speak to those witnesses.It’s believed Sunday’s vandalism, also captured on video, was committed by a different suspect.“These acts of vandalism are committed by cowards who do not have the courage to stand behind their words,” said Sgt. Craig Collins of the Calgary police hate crimes unit.”I challenge them to come forward and take responsibility for their actions.“We’re not going to stand for hate and bias.”The initial graffiti attack, he said, appeared well-planned, with passersby likely thinking it was legitimate work taking place.If caught, the offenders would face an offence of mischief to property, possibly joined by a hate bias charge “that could lead to an increase in the sentence,” said Collins.Any further vandalism attempts on the crosswalks, he said, will be well-covered by a battery of existing cameras at that intersection.“If you go and damage those crosswalks, you might as well look up and smile at the cameras,” he said.Reported hate incidents against the LGBTQ community are holding steady in their numbers, but Collins said some victims are likely not coming to police.“I recognize there’s still a lot of mistrust in the community, for the community coming forward,” he said.Chapple said the LGBTQ community won’t be intimidated by the vandalism and will continue to stand behind the rainbow crosswalks.“We’re an incredibly resilient community and we’ll continue to champion change,” said Chapple.In the meantime, another pride crosswalk has been placed at McDougall Road and 9th Street N.E. by the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, which says it’ll both promote tolerance and slow down motorists. City of Calgary Gavin Young / Postmedia The marquee event of Calgary Pride Week, the downtown parade, will be held Sept. 1.BKaufmann@postmedia.comOn Twitter: @BillKaufmannjrn Police have released images of a possible suspect wanted in connection for vandalizing the rainbow crosswalk in downtown Calgary on August 18. read more

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Fifth fantastic goalkeepers summer was held in Makarska

← Previous Story “Beach Handball as Olympic Sport” battle starts in Lausanne Next Story → VIDEO – Henrik Mollgaard joins PSG: Dream comes true! The fifth International Handball Goalkeepers Camp was held last week in the Croatian summer resorts Makarska and Tucepi. Project who attracted young goalkeepers from 23 countries (over 100 participants) was led by one of the most important names in the goalkeeper’s world. The names of Danijel Šarić, Marin Šego, Nikola Blažičko, Mirko Bašić, Nebojša Grahovac, Dragan Jerković, but also goalkeeping coaches as Vlatko Djonovic (ŽRK Budućnost), Vanja Radic, Vladimir Vujović (Ex ŽRK Vardar) and Haris Porobić (MKB MVM Veszprem) proved the high quality of work during the Camp and gave a lot of good advices and nice memories to the youngstars.Good training sessions and mental coach practice with Norwegian mental coach Karina Andersen Aas weren’t only high points of the six-days handball event in beautiful Croatian coast. The organizing team with Mario Caljkusic as the leader organized the Charity match to celebrate the fifth year of the project.The list of fantastic players began with the special guest – German superstar Stefan Kretzschmar followed by one of the best ever on their positions – legendary Croatian and FC Barcelona left wing Patrick Cavar, his compatriot Mirza Dzomba, currently the best world’s goalkeeper Danijel Šarić, his colleague Mirko Alilovic, but also Croatian NT players Manuel Štrlek, Zlatko Horvat, Jakov Gojun, Igor Karacic, Davor Dominkovic, ex-NT coach Slavko Goluza and many other famous Croatian and Bosnian stars…The match between “Camp’s friends” and “Golden years” team from Metkovic (former EHF Cup winner) ended 26:26. The best player was Kretzschmar, TOP scorer Cavar and best goalie Saric. read more

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WWE Worlds Collide Results – 5/1/19 (NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live compete in…

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Kurt Angle Cesaro Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp WWE Worlds Collide results courtesy of WWE.com.WWE Worlds Collide results, May 1, 2019: NXT reigns supreme as Strong and Belair win Battle RoyalsBrand pride was on the line as the spheres of NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live overlapped in an evening of Battle Royals. The competition was fierce, and the action was unbridled, but when the smoke cleared, NXT’s black-and-gold flag was raised in victory not once, but twice.Bianca Belair won the Women’s Battle Royal“I’m on my own, against the wall” might be the opening lyrics of Bianca Belair’s entrance song, but those words also tell the story of her triumph in the Worlds Collide’s Women’s Battle Royal. With no allies in sight, and 17 opponents eying the same victory circle, The EST of NXT powered her way to one of the biggest wins of her career.As talented as Belair is, besting a loaded field of NXT and NXT Superstars was far from the easiest task. The Horsewomen’s Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir operated like two wolves from the same pack, joining forces to send other Superstars flying, until a miscommunication caused Shafir to accidentally knock Duke to the floor and out of the match. Former Mae Young Classic competitor Reina González emerged as a huge threat as well, using her Texas-bred brute force to oust multiple Superstars, from Kacy Catanzaro to Kavita Devi.Aliyah & Vanessa Borne were prominent agitators, too, until they ran into NXT UK powerhouse Piper Niven, who flattened them with a cross body block. Borne & Boujee recovered enough to eliminate the Scot, but admired their handiwork for too long and wound up being dumped to the floor by Io Shirai and NXT U.K. Women’s Champion Toni Storm.That dual elimination reduced the field to four final competitors: González, Shirai, Storm and Belair.The Genius of the Sky’s speed helped her stay ahead of, and eventually topple, González, ridding the Battle Royal of its most physically dominant Superstar. Much to the disappointment of the WWE Universe, Storm suffered elimination after Belair countered the Storm Zero.Dueling chants of “Let’s go Io” and “E-S-T” filled the arena as familiar foes Shirai and Belair came to blows. Although Shirai’s aerial offense put Belair on her heels, The EST of NXT managed to sidestep Shirai’s springboard dropkick and press Shirai high overhead before throwing her out of the ring, leaving now doubt that, on this night, The EST of NXT had the best strategy of all.Roderick Strong won the Men’s Battle RoyalUndisputed ERA have experienced their share of setbacks lately, but Roderick Strong made sure Worlds Collide wasn’t one of them. Strong’s world-renowned ring conditioning helped push The Messiah of the Backbreaker past 19 of NXT UK, 205 Live and NXT’s best and brightest to prevail in the Men’s Battle Royal.Just as Strong’s victory cannot be disputed, the mayhem that took place before his hand was raised cannot be ignored. The action erupted from the opening bell and rarely let up. The highlight-reel moments came in rapid succession and ranged from the convivial (Eric Bugenhagen gifting Matt Riddle an air guitar so they could rock out together at ringside) to the daring (Dominik Dijakovic inviting the rest of the field to “come and get some” after he eliminated Fabian Aichner and Akira Tozawa).Superstars from opposing brands came into conflict, creating intriguing standoffs, such as when Riddle and Dave Mastiff plastered each other with strikes. The Forgotten Sons and Joe & Mark Coffey found strength in numbers, while other alliances were strained, as Rinku Singh found out when he was eliminated by his own teammate, the massive Saurav Gurjar. The bodies continued to fly until only four Superstars remained: NXT’s Strong, Riddle and Gurjar and NXT UK’s Tyler Bate.Collectively identifying the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Gurjar as the next obstacle to be removed, Strong, Riddle and Bate all went after the big man. Gurjar shook them off and even booted The Original Bro over the ropes and out of contention, before Bate channeled his inner Big Strong Boi and muscled Gurjar out of the ring, ending the Indian Superstar’s impressive WWE Network debut.From there, it was a mad dash between Bate and Strong. Both Superstars tapped into their reserves and clobbered each other with their signature offense as the WWE fans chanted “This is awesome.” After several close calls, Bate, who was on the apron, tried springboarding his way back into the ring, only to be drilled by Strong’s knee strike. The Undisputed ERA member quickly capitalized on the predicament and dropkicked Bate to the floor.While it’s doubtful that Strong would consider the result a victory for NXT so much as a win for The Undisputed ERA, such semantics matter not. Strong once again shocked the system, but this time the jolt reverberated through the black-and-gold brand and beyond.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Gen. George C. Marshall leadership awards nominees announced

first_imgEight Clark County adults and 22 high school seniors have been nominated for this year’s Gen. George C. Marshall leadership awards.The two 2017 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on March 22 at the Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd.Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will be keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony.The awards honor the legacy of Gen. Marshall, who lived in Vancouver from 1936 to 1938 as commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army. He was secretary of state from 1947-1949 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.The leadership awards are a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust.Adult award nominees:Katie Archer, Archer Public Affairs; D. Max Ault, Columbia River Economic Development Council; Alex Major, Army National Guard, Evergreen High School DECA; Whitney McMillin, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington; Sean Philbrook, Identity Clark County; Michael Pond, Young Democrats of Clark County; Bradley Richardson, Clark County Historical Museum; Jenny Thompson, Police Activities League.Youth award nominees:Morgan Dunn, Camas High School; Sydney Fox-Middleton, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Sydney Friauf, Skyview High School; Dana Fulham, Skyview High School; Andrew Hill, Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School; William Janney, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Nick Jokela, Columbia Adventist Academy, Youth Commission; Nicholas Krane, Skyview High School; Isaac Larson, Skyview High School; Ethan Mayers, Hudson’s Bay High School; Sarah Mitchell, Mountain View High School; Sophie Muro, Camas High School; Courtney Nuttal-Nester, Hudson’s Bay High School; Alyssa Peterson, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School; Julieta Rendon-Mendoza, Union High School; Aidan Ryan, Seton Catholic High School; Alexis Sabatini, Camas High School; Daniel Scalberg, Union High School; Benjamin Shannon, Battle Ground High School; Morgan Ustick, Ridgefield High School; Akiva Wells, Hudson’s Bay High School; Ernesto Zurita, Heritage High School.last_img read more

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Irwin Mitchell reports a 128 mean gender pay gap

first_imgLaw firm Irwin Mitchell has reported a 12.8% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Irwin Mitchell’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017 is 15.9%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 18%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 20%. Over this period, 24.5% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 28.6% of male employees.Under two-thirds (63.8%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Irwin Mitchell are female, compared to 73.1% in the second quartile, 78.6% in the third quartile and 75.6% in the lowest pay quartile. Of its partner population, 42% are women.To address its gender pay gap, Irwin Mitchell is continuing its commitment to diversity and inclusion by extending its range of internal networks to provide greater levels of support to staff. This includes the recent introduction of the IM Modern Families group and the IM New Parents group. Furthermore, the law firm will continue to roll out agile working across its offices and promote flexible working opportunities for all employees across every level of the business.Irwin Mitchell will additionally monitor gender pay through its promotion processes and pay and bonus review cycle, as well as implement leadership development programmes for existing and potential leaders within the business.Andrew Tucker, group chief executive at Irwin Mitchell, said: “At Irwin Mitchell, we have a long-standing commitment to fairness, equality and inclusion and our aim is for everyone to be able to build a successful career with us. Our employees via regular engagement surveys agree that Irwin Mitchell is an inclusive and diverse place to work.“We are proud that our pay gap is better than the UK national average and better than the legal sector average. However, we will continue to work on understanding the factors that influence our relatively small pay gap and ensure that we take action to improve this over time. Our policies on recruitment, promotion, pay and bonus have been effective in managing our pay gap but we will continue to focus on further improvements.“We are focused on monitoring and improving our gender pay gap and are confident that the initiatives we have in place will support this.”last_img read more

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SpaceX Starhopper rocket prototype takes giant leap for Elon Musk

first_img It looks like Star Hopper lost a COPV/Nitrogen tank (screenshots from @Erdayastronaut’s stream) pic.twitter.com/QjNBEm11iR— Jared-Base | IDK (@baserunner0723) August 27, 2019 2:41 Sci-Tech If hopper were a Disney princess it would be Cinderella – because it’s lost its shoes. pic.twitter.com/BjqTMrr9eO— Scott Manley (@DJSnM) August 27, 2019 23 Photos Originally published Aug. 26.  Update, Aug. 27, 3:09 p.m. PT: Adds that Starhopper made its hop. Update, Aug. 27, 4:01 p.m. PT: Adds more details on the successful launch.  Starhopper is the first test prototype for a next-generation spacecraft Musk plans to use to send people around the moon and to Mars in the next decade. After the flight, observant viewers on Twitter noted that the hopper seemed to lose a few of its parts during its brief hop.  The small test rocket, which looks something like a flying water tower (as noted by Musk himself), previously performed a brief hover at a height of 20 meters (66 feet) after dark on July 25. Share your voice Prior to both the Monday and Tuesday scheduled test times, residents near the company’s Boca Chica, Texas, facility were warned that a potential malfunction could unleash pressure waves strong enough to break windows in the area. Locals were advised to vacate all buildings and bring their pets outside during the test window to avoid the risk of flying glass. Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Congrats SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/duckYSK0D4— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 27, 2019 16 Photos SpaceX aces Starhopper rocket testcenter_img 17 I have received another hand delivered Alert notice as SpaceX will conduct Space Flight Activities today, August 27, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 🤠🔥🚀🔥@NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/Av8adezZby— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) August 27, 2019 Can you confirm this will be the last flight of StarHopper? Onto Starship prototypes next, right?— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) August 24, 2019 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Every Elon Musk project right now Musk has said that this will be the final test flight for this particular prototype and that it will be converted into a test stand for Starship’s Raptor engines. With this last test of Starhopper in the books, Musk has said his next move will be to hold a presentation to update the world on the design of Starship and any changes to his plans for the biggest SpaceX rocket yet. Musk has said the final Starship will have a total of six or seven engines and be paired with a new SpaceX Super Heavy rocket, creating a launch system to rival the Saturn V rocket that carried NASA astronauts to the moon.In previous years, Musk has shared plans to use the super heavy launcher (also previously known as BFR or Big Falcon Rocket) to help set up shop on Mars, send artists on a trip around the moon and even provide transcontinental flights on Earth via orbit.   Comments Elon Musk Space SpaceX On Monday, Starhopper’s first attempt at a long hop was aborted at the last second. The test had already been pushed back from earlier in August. Musk cited a wiring or connector issue with the igniters as the reason for the Monday delay. GIF by Alexandra Able/CNET After a few false starts, the prototype of Elon Musk’s Mars rocket made a spectacular but short flight on Tuesday.The Starhopper single-engine version of the SpaceX Starship rose nearly 150 meters over the Texas coast before coming back down for a soft landing. SpaceX livestreamed the event, which starred what looked a little like a small water tower or perhaps a giant R2-D2 rising above the Gulf coast for less than a minute.”Congrats SpaceX team!!” Musk tweeted. last_img read more

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Regulators Issue Trespass Notices for Kuskokwim Vessels

first_imgThe ‘Shanks Arc’ has been stuck in the middle of Steamboat Slough for more than a year. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK-Bethel)State regulators are issuing dozens of trespass notices for old vessels sitting in the Kuskokwim River. Some of the barges and boats pose navigational and safety hazards, while others are just tied up on state land without a permit. Officials say it’s the first step toward getting owners to take responsibility for vessels that are causing problems.Download Audio:Barbara Anvil has a longtime fish camp right below where barges park in Steamboat Slough, just outside Bethel. She says, besides getting in the way of people, the barges and other vessels are blocking fish.“We noticed that our fish aren’t coming up that slough anymore. We get less and less each year. We used to be able to put out our net and get a whole bunch of em.” Anvil said.Earlier this month, state officials and the U.S. Coast Guard met a packed house of Kuskokwim residents who want to get rid of vessels that are piling up and causing problems. Emily Haynes, with the Department of Natural Resources outlined the basic concerns:“Number one, contaminants aboard. And that’s where we all play a factor. Navigability, in Steamboat Slough, mostly,” Haynes said.DNR counted 20 vessels stored in Steamboat Slough during their visit, up five from last year. Historically, the slough has been a parking and storage spot for boats and barges, but as Bethel has grown, the number of vessels has increased. One high profile barge named ‘Shanks Ark’ has been stuck in the middle of the waterway for more than a year.The barge is owned by Bethel-based Kuskokwim Lighterage and Trucking and was being operated by Faulkner Walsh Constructors, according to DNR. The two companies disagree about who is responsible for removing it. Haynes says the first step towards getting the barge out of way is issuing trespass notices for vessels in the slough.“It’s not very widely known that we issue permits for barge storage or any vessel storage on state-owned lands. But that is something that we do do. And now we’re working towards gaining compliance from all of these vessel owners,” said Haynes.There has not been much enforcement, until now. And the process takes time. Bob Carlson works in the Bethel Department of Environmental Conservation‘s office.He says DEC and DNR officials contacted Faulkner Walsh, about another tug boat that grounded in Steamboat Slough in 2012, named the ‘Saint Michael’, which was leaking fuel. He says he followed protocol and wrote the company a letter asking for action but they did not respond. It took another year to get a DEC notice of violation issued.“They removed some of the contamination this spring. They removed the engines and some of the contamination. Some still remains in the boat. We were up there yesterday. So the next step would be, in my agency is a referral for enforcement. We would mean we would ask the Department of Law to take criminal or civil action against the company. We have not done that,” Carlson said.Martin Andrew is president for the tribe in Kwethluk. He says a gravel barge named ‘Delta Chief’, also belonging to Faulker Walsh sunk near his village two years ago and is a navigational hazard. He also says the barge, which contains heavy equipment and fuels, sits right above a popular source of drinking water.“Last December when I went out and got my water from our communal watering hole, I was shocked to see a sheen of oil in the watering hole and I told my boys, I don’t think we’re going to be getting our water from here anymore,” Andrew said.At the federal level, the Coast Guard gets involved when there’s pollution or if the barge becomes a navigational obstruction. They can issue fines, up to $40,000 per day or three times the cost of cleaning up the mess. Coast Guard Petty Officer Patrick Brown says the law is intended to force responsible parties to clean up.“At the end of the day, our job is to make sure the cleanup gets done. So if that means we compel the responsible party or the owner of the boat to do so then that’s what we’ll do. If they’re not available, can’t find ‘em or they just won’t clean up then we’ll go ahead and do it ourselves,” Brown said.DNR says they began to post trespass notices for 33 vessels in the Bethel area during their visit. Alaska DNR has never pursued a civil case or criminal charges for abandoned or derelict vessels obstructing navigable waters, according to officials, but they’re considering it if Faulkner Walsh does not remove the vessels.Representatives from the company did not attend the public meeting, but did meet in private with DNR, DEC and Coast Guard officials during their visit to Bethel. When asked during a phone interview how many vessels the company has in Steamboat Slough, Harry Faulkner, one of the owners, disputed DNR’s count of around 10 vessels and had this to say:“I know what the count is, I own them. Well, I just want to get the facts right, so you have how many barges? I’m sorry I’ve got to take another call. See you later,”  Faulkner said.The Coast Guard can, through a less lengthy administrative process, issue a ‘notice of federal action’, their first step toward fines they hope will compel Faulkner Walsh to clean up their vessels that are polluting.last_img read more

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Four tribals stuck in flood water in Warangal

first_imgFour tribals hailing from Muttaram village of Venkatapuram mandal were caught in flood water in Mulugu three days ago. The incident came to light on Thursday. Five people who had gone to cattle grazing into the forest were caught in a stream overflowing flood water. Of the five, a person managed himself to get out the water and the four were stuck in the flood. On learning it, the people from the nearby village launched a hunt for them around the water stream. The people caught in the stream were identified as Thati Pentamma, Thati Erraiah, Badisha Kannaiah and Lakshmaiah.last_img read more

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Evolved minds and art

first_imgPainter Tanish Karmakar’s exhibition To Yearn of an Evolved Mind was on display at AIFACS in the Capital. Showcased from 30 July to 5 August, the exhibition got some glowing reviews from art lovers and critics. A 16 year old, student of class 11, Karmakar played with his observation on human interpretation in his works.  A simple boy of few words, Karmakar has deep insight into his world of dreams.  According to him, ‘If science evolves our life, art should evolve our mind. But again, besides being thought provoking, art also needs to be relaxing, something to energize us while we take on the challenges of life. My paintings are not just mere illustrations to adorn your walls, they, I sincerely hope, are the catalysts to evolve your psyche. This, is my purpose for art.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition was inaugurated by the eminent artist KR Subbana, Vice Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademy. Furthermore, the event was  blessed by the presence of Art Legend Padamshree awardee Ram Sutar. The boy was blessed and encouraged by many well known personalities. Karmakar’s art journey began with his participation in a painting competition at the age of three where he won the first prize. Since then, numerous prizes have followed including ones from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Environment and Forests just to name a few. While attending workshops at NGMA, Bal Bharti his works got widely appreciated. Though he is just a 12th grader, Karmakar wants to give art and its purpose a whole new meaning.last_img read more

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Indiaheavy US firm Cognizants OctDec net rises 12

first_imgIT services major Cognizant on Wednesday said its net profit rose 12 per cent to $362.89 million for the quarter ended December 31, helped by increased traction from consulting, digital and business segments.It had posted net profit of $324.33 million in the year-ago period, the US-based firm said in a statement. A large part of the company’s workforce is based in India. Revenues rose by 16 per cent to $2.74 billion in the October-December quarter of 2014, as against $2.36 billion in the year-ago period. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe company follows January-December as its fiscal year. Cognizant expects revenues in January-March quarter of 2015 to be at least $2.88 billion. For the entire year, it expects revenues to rise to at least $12.21 billion.The firm expects currency exchange rates to negatively impact its revenues in 2015 by about 2 per cent. Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza said, “Despite unfavourable European currency movements during fourth quarter, we finished 2014 with strong revenue performance and believe we are well positioned to continue that momentum into 2015 on strength of integrated consulting, technology, digital and business services capabilities.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe firm added (net) about 11,800 employees, including TriZetto and the year-end headcount was around 211,500. Cognizant President Gordon Coburn said, “Integration of our $2.8 billion acquisition of TriZetto, completed in the fourth quarter, is well underway and we’re excited by the healthcare opportunities we see.” In September last year, Cognizant said it will acquire US-based TriZetto for $2.7 billion in an all cash deal, a move which will help the IT services firm tap the lucrative healthcare IT software and solutions market. “As we crossed 200,000 employee mark, we’ve been able to recruit top talent from around the world and believe we are in a unique position in the market to address a wide range of opportunities fuelled by digital transformations across all of our industry segments, service lines and geographies,” he added. On the outlook, the firm said: “In the first quarter 2015 revenue are expected to be at least $2.88 billion. Full year 2015 revenue are expected to be at least $12.21 billion, up at least 19 per cent compared to 2014.” For the entire 2014, net profit rose by 17 per cent to $1.44 billion compared to $1.23 billion in 2013.last_img read more

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Waze Costa Rica among the worlds worst countries to drive

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Vehicle restriction in San José suspended for holidays next week Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltway Traffic Police launches surveillance operation for mid-year school vacations Facebook Comments The popular navigation smartphone appWaze listed Costa Rica as the 10th worst country in the world to drive a vehicle in its first Global Driver Satisfaction Index, released Thursday.El Salvador is the worst country for drivers, according to Waze, followed by Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Romania, Indonesia, Panama, Philippines and Costa Rica.The list is heavy on Latin American countries due to the frequency and severity of traffic jams, lack of driver services, and poor road infrastructure, according to Waze.Waze evaluated the driving experience of 50 million users in 32 countries and 167 metro areas for the index. The index assigns countries and cities a single numerical score, from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).Costa Rica scored 4.5 points while El Salvador obtained 2.1 points. In Latin America, Argentina ranked as the best country to drive in with 7 points, followed by Mexico with 6 points.The evaluation took into account six factors, including traffic level by frequency and severity of traffic jams; road quality and infrastructure; driver safety based on accidents; road hazards and weather; and driver services, like access to gas stations and easy parking. It also looked at socioeconomic factors, including access to cars and impact of gas prices, and finally the “Wazeyness,” or the level of helpfulness and happiness within the Waze community.The 10 countries that offer the best conditions and best driving experience for their drivers are the Netherlands, Latvia, USA, Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary and Slovakia.last_img read more

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