My Sweetest Valentine: ecards from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

first_img  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Humour Individual giving My Sweetest Valentine: ecards from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People 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 Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 13 February 2013 | News  42 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are marking Valentine’s Day this year with a Facebook app that lets you send a puppy ecard to your loved one.You can choose from a range of puppies, each of who will grow up to become a fully-trained hearing dog “and form a life-changing partnership with a deaf person”.There’s no fundraising ask at the end of the process, but you are invited to give the charity your email address to hear more from them. And of course the Valentine’s ecard is available for sharing via Facebook. Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Encourage complaints’ to boost donors’ trust, charities told

first_img  44 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Complaints spread by social mediaMany consumers are not confident that making a complaint will achieve much. Of the 55% of consumers who have never made a complaint, 34% said that this was because they “didn’t think that it would make any difference”, 30% said they didn’t know who to complain to, 19% said they didn’t know how to complain and 13% said they regarded the complaints process to be “too much hassle”.However, consumers and donors do not hold back with sharing their experiences online. The research found that 76% of people that did complain shared their experience with others and 54% did so online.Good complaint handling also gets shared online: 30% of satisfied complainants posted about their experience online compared with 23% of dissatisfied complainants.The report’s author argues that monitoring social media for comments from customers and donors could prove a valuable ‘early warning system’ for them.Complaining isn’t easyAccording to the research, just 31% of people who did complain found the process to be “easy”. Yet complaints can provide valuable insight from donors and supporters.Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, commented:“One-to-one marketing techniques are often the most effective ways for charities to raise funds and engage supporters, but charities could benefit by encouraging more feedback from the public. Positive or negative, all consumer feedback is a valuable source of insight that can help inform future fundraising campaigns.”The report’s author, Nick Chiarelli, director of Future Foundation, added:“Brands have long understood the power of good complaints handling to build better relationships with their customers. People are now sharing their positive experiences with their social networks. To build greater consumer trust brands should encourage consumers to complain. This will certainly be of mutual benefit to brands and to consumers.”The report is based on a survey of public attitudes to marketing communications, completed by 2,003 UK adults in September 2014.Photo: complaints file by Zerbor on Tagged with: complaints donor Fundraising Standards Board Research / statistics ‘Encourage complaints’ to boost donors’ trust, charities told Brands should not only make it easier for consumers to complain about their marketing, but they should even encourage them to do so. According to research by the global consumer trends and insight agency Future Foundation, supported by the DMA and the Fundraising Standards Board, this will build trust and gain insight that will help improve their marketing effectiveness.The new research was published today in the report Bringing complaints in from the cold: exploring the role of complaints for the future of one-to-one marketing. It reveals that, although 65% of the UK public have “had an issue with one-to-one marketing communications” they received in the past year, just 16% have made a formal complaint.Complaints by channelTelemarketing attracted the most formal complaints, with doorstep approaches the least.• telemarketing – 36% of consumers who responded• marketing email – 13%• advertising mail – 12%• approach on the street – 12%• marketing text – 11%• doorstep approach – 10%Where are complaints directed?The research found that the majority (54%) of complaints are made to the brand responsible for making the one-to-one marketing contact. The rest are made to industry regulators, such as the ICO, Direct Marketing Commission, Fundraising Standards Board and Ofcom, or to suppression organisations like the Telephone Preference Service and Mailing Preference Service.However, just 17% of those consumers who have made complaints said that they were satisfied with the outcome. Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 February 2015 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Climatologies of nighttime upper thermospheric winds measured by ground-based Fabry-Perot interferometers during geomagnetically quiet conditions: 2. High-latitude circulation and interplanetary magnetic field dependence

first_imgWe analyze upper thermospheric (∼250 km) nighttime horizontal neutral wind patterns, during geomagnetically quiet (Kp < 3) conditions, over the following locations: South Pole (90°S), Halley (76°S, 27°W), Millstone Hill (43°N, 72°W), Søndre Strømfjord (67°N, 51°W), and Thule (77°N, 68°W). We examine the wind patterns as a function of magnetic local time and latitude, solar cycle, day of year, and the dawn-dusk and north-south components of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF B y and B z ). In magnetic coordinates, the quiet time high-latitude wind patterns are dominated by antisunward flow over the polar cap, with wind speeds that generally increase with increasing solar extreme ultraviolet (EUV) irradiation. The winds are generally stronger during equinox than during winter, particularly over the South Pole in the direction of eastern longitudes. IMF B y exerts a strong influence on the wind patterns, particularly in the midnight sector. During winter, B y positive winds around midnight in the northern (southern) hemisphere are directed more toward the dusk (dawn) sector, compared to corresponding B y negative winds; this behavior is consistent with the B y -dependence of statistical ionospheric convection patterns. The strength of the wind response to B y tends to increase with increasing solar EUV irradiation, roughly in proportion to the increased wind speeds. Quiet time B y effects are detectable at latitudes as low as that of Millstone Hill (magnetic latitude 53°N). Quiet time B z effects are negligible except over the magnetic polar cap station of Thule.last_img read more

Fishermen Help Panama’s National Aeronaval Service Fight Crime

first_imgSENAN officials work continually to combat this scourge; since January 1, SENAN has conducted 32 operations in different coastal areas, resulting in the seizure of 12,000 kilograms of drugs, including more than 11,800 kilograms of cocaine and seven kilograms of heroin. Fishermen partnering with the program have cooperated by providing information, which has been very helpful in confiscations, according to Lt. De León. In the Gulf of Panama for example, which includes the Las Perlas archipelago and Taboga Island, the program is active in 40 fishing communities; and so far, 4,050 fishers and their families have received training. Panamanian waters are a target for international drug traffickers who transport narcotics through Central America to Mexico, the U.S., and other destinations. Program improves the lives of fishermen Continuing training and education for fishers and their families have created an environment in which the community is actively involved with crime prevention efforts, according to Lieutenant Omar De León of the National Aeronaval Service (SENAN, for its Spanish acronym), the coordinator of Fishermen’s Watch. Panamanian security authorities are working with civilians to develop a culture of prevention in which the population works with officials to ensure public safety, and have even extended these efforts to coordination with the country’s fishers. Moreover, the common interests shared by security officials and fishers have worked to the latter’s benefit. Under one component of the program, authorities help participants maintain their boats — which they use to earn a living — in good working condition, in part so that the fishers can maintain their vigilance. Such assistance is crucial to SENAN’s efforts to fight drug trafficking. Fishermen help security forces with information Presently, Fisherman’s Watch operates in six of the 10 provinces that make up the political divisions of the country’s territory: Panamá Oeste, Colón, Panamá, Los Santos, Herrera, and Coclé. And authorities expect the other four provinces to join the program in the coming months. By Dialogo October 05, 2015 I believe collaboration is very useful, as long as it isn’t between politicians or lawyers because they lose patriotism, we should help in the struggle as non-paid volunteers. That’s how we don’t lose the country. center_img “Our purpose is to work every day to build a better country, and to do so we need the population on our side,” Lt. De León said. “These communications between the people and the authorities must be stronger and stronger, and this is what we are achieving with each fishing family that participates in Fishermen’s Watch.” “A fisherman’s life is difficult,” added Bravo, who has been fishing for approximately 50 years. “At sea, you have to fight many things, like bad weather and mechanical failures on the boats, among other things. But under this new program, everything has changed. Now we feel safer, not only because we speak often with SENAN officials, but because they have also taught us about prevention and security measures at sea. We are more confident and we know how to report anything unusual.” “The fishermen have received training on a variety of topics, from basic security measures when navigating to family therapy to strengthen the relationships within the home. In less than a year, since we launched the program, we have had more than 50 percent of the fishermen become legal by obtaining a license through the Panama Maritime Authority or renewing their fishing permits at the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority, which are the two institutions working with us on this initiative.” The initiative is having a positive impact for fishermen, said Daniel Bravo, the Fishermen’s Watch citizen coordinator in his community on Saboga Island. “The idea is for them to monitor their beaches and report anything unusual using the 108 emergency telephone line. This program has led to reduced theft of engines and boats. We have given talks on preventing consumption of alcohol and illegal substances on ports and ships. There are fewer cases of searches for abandoned ships due to mechanical problems and, very importantly, we have reduced the entrance and exit of illegal substances through the country’s ports and beaches.” Through Fisherman’s Watch, a program intended to create close communication between fishermen and authorities, participants are encouraged to report suspicious situations that may involve theft or drug trafficking to law enforcement officials. The initiative, which started on November 20, 2014, is designed to operate similarly to Neighborhood Watch, a community crime prevention and educational program launched by the National Police in 1995. Fishermen primarily aid in the effort by maintaining alertness and sharing information. last_img read more

Ireland to face England

first_img Ireland’s opening World Cup clash sees them take on Canada in Cardiff on September 19. Their other pool opponents are Italy, Romania and France. Ireland will conclude a busy World Cup warm-up schedule next year by tackling England at Twickenham. Press Associationcenter_img The Irish Rugby Football Union announced on Wednesday that head coach Joe Schmidt and his players will face a four-Test programme ahead of the tournament. Ireland’s opening game in the Guinness Summer Series will be against Wales in Cardiff on August 8, followed by successive home appointments with Scotland (August 15) and Wales (August 29), before meeting England on September 5. last_img read more

Column: NFL should wear less pink and more purple

first_imgIn this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) slaps hands with breast cancer survivors as he is introduced before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL’s fourth annual “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” kicks off Thursday night, Oct. 2, 2014, with the Viking at the Packers and runs through October. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)The NFL’s idea of outreach to women was once described as “shrink it and pink it.” That is, taking the same stuff the league was already selling to men, scaling it to size and then splashing on a lot of pink dye.That’s not enough anymore.Fans will see pinked-out fields this weekend for the start of the NFL’s version of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Keep in mind the league took in more than $9 billion last year from an audience in which women made up almost half (46 percent, or 93 million total viewers).The NFL’s fourth annual campaign, dubbed “A Crucial Catch,” is a good cause to be sure. Like any runway show — albeit one with violent collisions— the participants will be accessorized head to toe. According to the league’s own inventory, that means pink “cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, helmet decals, captains’ patches, chin straps, shoe laces, skull caps, sideline towels, eye shield decals, quarterback towels and mouth guards.”(OK, maybe not mouth guards, since players who agreed to wear them to endorse Crest toothpaste were allowed to opt out after corporate parent Procter & Gamble pulled out of the campaign in response to the league’s colossal bungling of the Ray Rice affair.)Fans won’t be shortchanged, either. In addition to being handed pink rally towels in some stadiums, they’ll be treated to pink goal post padding, cheerleaders waving pink pompoms, special pink ribbon game balls and pink-ribboned caps for coaches, team personnel and officials.You might think all that pink would translate into a lot of money.Maybe, maybe not. Depends on who you ask.The NFL donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of pink merchandise and game-worn items through an auction on In 2009, the first year of the program, that meant a check to the American Cancer Society for $310,175; last year, it was for $1.86 million. It’s not a direct comparison, but the society’s campaign with the Walgreen’s chain — which offers customers a chance to add a donation when paying for their purchases — raises about $5 million annually.The NFL has kicked in about $6.7 million total so far, and there’s no question their partnership with ACS has been increasingly effective at getting out the word. This year, in every NFL market, there will be free, on site-screenings and support staff to answer questions. The campaign has already provided 10,000 free screenings and educated another 72,000 women on its benefits. A survey last season found that 70 percent of the women who watched games during October got the message as well, and the number has been steadily climbing. But as far as tangible benefits that’s about it.Kellie Davis-Patton takes a selfie with a statue of a purple cow in Detroit on Sept. 14, 2014. Statues of purple cows around downtown Detroit are part of an effort to build awareness for cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball. The 13 life-sized cows are on display at locations including Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. The cows carry a message: “For a World With Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears)Cancer society spokeswoman Tara Peters says there’s no easy way to calculate the real value of putting that message in front of the audience that NFL games offer, which should be well north of 150 million viewers by the end of the month. There are sponsorship analysts who measure the impact of similar campaigns, and a few say there are better and perhaps more impactful opportunities out there.October also happens to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” though you’d be hard-pressed to find its symbolic purple ribbons amid the avalanche of pink. It’s also an effort that could benefit greatly from the NFL’s outsized reach, and in turn, restore some of the luster to the league’s image.“The fight against breast cancer is obviously a very well-supported cause. Just look at how many events coalesce around the pink ribbon,” said Jim Andrews, senior vice president for the sponsorship firm IEG. “That makes the NFL just one of many corporations that are part of the effort. … But domestic violence is a cause that needs help, both in terms of organization and financial backing.“Given the recent issues the league’s been dealing with, in terms of enlightened self-interest, that’s a cause the NFL could get behind and actually make a difference — imagine PSAs (public-service announcements) by some well-known players, a campaign to raise funds for local programs and shelters … If the NFL is serious about broadening their appeal to women, it’s an opportunity well worth looking into.”NFL commissioner Roger Goodell seems to be doing just that. Two weeks ago, he named three outside consultants to help shape league policies on domestic violence and sexual assault. Last weekend, he spent three hours at the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, following up on the league’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar pledge of assistance.Be wary, though, any time the words “NFL” and “enlightened self-interest” appear in the same sentence. This is the same league, after all, that’s plowed plenty of money into a program designed to convince mothers, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, that there’s a way to tackle that makes football safer for their kids.___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him at read more

Go to Wonderland with OlyBella and Gallery Boom

first_imgFacebook43Tweet0Pin0Submitted by OlyBellaThis year’s Girls Night Out participants will get the chance to visit Wonderland, thanks to a very special collaboration between OlyBella and Gallery Boom.  The Gallery is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed event from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017.  The event will feature live music with Holy Oly Tribe, yummy treats by Tasteful Joy, a Wonderland photo booth, a Dandelion Art Show “sitting garden”, puzzle pin craft activities, floral arrangements and crafts by Sugar Pine Floral, and a painting raffle. Gallery Boom artists will be dressed in costume and helping host the event.OlyBella at 2017 Spring ArtsWalk. Photo courtesy: OlyBellaOlyBella will also be giving away free samples of Chica Rosa Lip Butter (black cherry, vanilla bean and rose). The flavor is being re-launched at Girls Night Out (GNO) after a popular limited edition run earlier in the year. Special Mother’s Day Lip Butter packages featuring the flavor will be available for purchase. OlyBella owner Olivia Salazar de Breaux is excited about the opportunity to sponsor this event at Gallery Boom. When she approached the Gallery owner Christine Malek several months ago about participating in GNO, she shared the impact this event has on the community and on the women who attend. They talked about creating a space where all would feel welcomed; participants could relax and enjoy themselves, mingle and have fun, experience the rich offering of local artwork the Gallery has to offer, and make more memories.“Not only does this event bring a much-needed economic boost to our amazing downtown businesses, it is also a time to create lasting memories. My sisters and I attended our very first GNO in 2012 and made a pact to attend future events. Even after losing our younger sister – who passed away in 2012 months after GNO – we continue this tradition to pay honor and celebrate sisterhood. The energy and the excitement of this event is something that I am THRILLED to be a part of this year with Gallery Boom.”The Gallery Boom in Wonderland event is open to the public and all genders are welcome. Girls Night Out participants attend free, others pay $3 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Capsaicin Collective.last_img read more