Meeting Nina and discussing face-to-face street fundraising tactics

first_img Howard Lake | 7 November 2012 | News Meeting Nina and discussing face-to-face street fundraising tactics Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual givingcenter_img  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Paul Crosland interviews Nina, a face-to-face fundraiser in London for the past two and a half years. She explains why she chose to do the job and why she is good at it. “Everyone no brings you one step closer to a yes” is indicative of her persistent and positive approach. 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

Dead & Company To Perform On Two Episodes Of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

first_imgOn Sunday, November 12th, and Tuesday, November 14th, Dead & Company begin their 2017 Fall Tour with a pair of shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the band’s first shows at The World’s Most Famous Arena since their debut run as a group back in 2015. As the band gets their latest run of shows on the rolling, they’ll also be stopping by the historic Ed Sullivan Theater to perform as musical guests on CBS‘s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.Two Years After Their First Shows, Dead & Co Will Return To The Garden A Band Evolved [Videos]According to a weekly schedule press release circulated today via CBS, Dead & Company–comprised of original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart as well as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti–will be The Late Show‘s musical guests for their Thursday, 11/16 and Friday, 11/17 broadcasts. Both the Thursday and Friday performances will be pre-taped in a session earlier in the week.Dead & Company Kicks Off Final Run Of Summer Tour At Wrigley Field [Photos/Videos]For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website. [UPDATE – 11/16/17: Tune in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight to catch Dead & Company! 11:35 pm ET/10:35 pm CT on CBS; new cover photo via Oteil Burbridge on Facebook]last_img read more

Humans Got Birdbrains by Convergent Evolution

first_imgScientists are learning that birds have brains remarkably similar to those of mammals.  This is contrary to a century of belief, PhysOrg said.  How did such similarities evolve for groups of animals so widely separated?  To explain it, evolutionists pulled out one of their common explanations: convergent evolution.    “For more than a century,” the article began, “neuroscientists believed that the brains of humans and other mammals differed from the brains of other animals, such as birds (and so were presumably better).”  Now, scientists at UC San Diego School of Medicine are finding that “a comparable region in the brains of chickens concerned with analyzing auditory inputs is constructed similarly to that of mammals.”  Specifically, “They discovered that the avian cortical region was also composed of laminated layers of cells linked by narrow, radial columns of different types of cells with extensive interconnections that form microcircuits that are virtually identical to those found in the mammalian cortex.”  This “revolutionary” discovery upends “this claim of mammalian uniqueness,” said Harvey Karten, one of the authors of the paper in PNAS.1    While it may be humiliating to find such similarities with chickens, it is even more of a problem for Darwinists.  “But this kind of thinking presented a serious problem for neurobiologists trying to figure out the evolutionary origins of the mammalian cortex,” the article continued.  “Namely, where did all of that complex circuitry come from and when did it first evolve?”  The researcher could only offer “the beginnings of an answer: From an ancestor common to both mammals and birds that dates back at least 300 million years.”  The laminar and columnar properties of cells in the neocortex “evolved from cells and circuits in much more ancient vertebrates.”  Neither the article and the paper used the term “convergent evolution,” but the implication is inescapable: since, according to the paper, birds are on “a parallel branch to mammals on the evolutionary tree,” their resulting similarities must have come about by convergence.1.  Wang, Brzozowska-Prechtl and Karten, “Laminar and columnar auditory cortex in avian brain,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print June 28, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1006645107.This “explanation” conveys no information; it merely pushes the required Darwinian miracle farther down the Tree icon.  Now Darwinians have to envision some primitive vertebrate ancestor, a lizard perhaps, getting lucky to receive a mutation pregnant with possibilities.  Some day, that mistake would lead to the song of the nightingale and The Song of the Nightingale (Stravinsky).  This double convergence involved both the cells of brains and their ability to produce musical output.  As long as we’re talking miracles, might as well splurge.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Improving Africa’s public service

first_img16 August 2005Public servants throughout Africa are to get a skills boost when a new pan-African management institute is launched in Johannesburg on Thursday. The institute aims to improve the ability of the continent’s public servants to deal effectively with management problems.Called the African Management Development Institute Network (Amdin), the initiative is to be launched by the Department of Public Service and Administration in partnership with SA Management Development Institute and management development institutes from other African states, under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).According to the Department of Public Services, Amdin will work to build the capacity of the continent’s management development institutes so as to improve public service.The need for Amdin was first discussed at the Nepad Management Development and Public Administration Institutes Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2000.At the conference it was decided to work towards the establishment of an African network of management development institutes that would provide a platform for collective efforts in solving management problems facing governments on the continent.African ministers have expressed their full support of the establishment and operations of Amdin, saying the new body will play a significant role in the development of Africa and its people.Amdin’s executive management committee, to be elected at the launch, will be presented to the conference of the Pan African Ministers of Public Service and Administration scheduled for 30 August.Among those attending the launch will be Public Service Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Nepad officials and directors of management development institutes from Botswana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Chair to unleash South African dreams

first_img“I want to be Hannah Montana,” saysyoung Zarah in Cape Town’s colourfulBo Kaap suburb. The chair in front of the tumulus atMaropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. “I just saw this chair and had to sit on it,it’s wonderful and makes me feel proud. Iwish for clean water. My children arealways sick because the water inKhayelitsha is so bad.” South African music legend Johnny Cleggtakes his turn in the chair. Claire Johnston of Mango Groove wascharmed by the work and care thatwent onto the chair’s construction. The Dream Chair overlooking theJohannesburg city centre.(Images: Dreams for Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Paula ThomsonThe Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust+27 31 765 5866RELATED ARTICLESWilma den HartighA spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves.The Dreams for Africa Chair is a project of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), situated in KwaZulu-Natal.The chair has become a nationally recognised initiative that has warmed the hearts of South Africans and given them the license to express their expectations and raise their hopes for the future. Some may even be inspired to go on and take action to bring their dreams to life.Unleashing South African dreamsAbout eight years ago, the HACT launched the highly successful Woza Moya (Zulu, meaning “Come Holy Spirit”) income generation project to help women affected by HIV/Aids to earn a living. KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s provinces that is most affected by HIV/Aids.A study titled South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey 2008 (PDF, 655KB) reveals that between 2002 and 2008, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence in the country.The original purpose of the chair was to draw more visitors to the Woza Moya stand at the 2010 Design Indaba, an annual conference and exhibition that brings together designers, architects, crafters, artists and other creative talents from all over the world.Besides showcasing their jewellery and small crafts at Design Indaba, Woza Moya wanted to create something spectacular to help raise funds of R1.5-million (US$214 000) for a new craft centre.Paula Thomson, who runs the project, described the dream chair as a revolutionary idea. “We realised that the women in the project had stopped dreaming about the future and we were saddened by this. Their circumstances, being HIV positive and living in poverty, didn’t leave much room for dreaming anymore,” she said.This thinking led to the creation of the “talking” chair. The entire chair, except the painted arms and legs, is adorned with beautiful handmade beadwork. Every woman in the project was asked to put her personal dream into the little beaded pieces that would become the chair’s patchwork upholstery.Thomson and the team envisaged that the wings attached to the chair would resemble wire angel wings. However, a German volunteer at the project came up with a much better idea – he constructed the wings from wood in the shape of the African continent, giving the chair a local twist on the classic wingback style.The next challenge was to find a suitable chair. “I was just walking past a skip bin one day and I saw four chair legs sticking out of it,” Thomson said. She rescued an old broken chair from the skip, it was glued back together and local upholsters were tasked with patching it up.The chair has now become a metaphor for the women who come into the project. “They come in broken and damaged and by working together there is transformation within.”After the chair’s first appearance at the Design Indaba in February earlier this year, it has toured the country.Thomson and Claudia Krumhoff, HACT marketing and public relations officer, and photographers Peter Upfold and Matthew Willman have visited many South African towns and cities. Every person who sits in the chair and shares their dreams adds to the character of this work of art.The photographers have generously donated their time and creative input to take photographs of anyone who wants to sit in the chair and share their dreams.Wherever it goes, people are curious about the chair. “The good thing about the chair is that it also connects people to HIV/Aids in a non-threatening way,” Thomson said.South Africans can take a seatHACT staff and patients in the respite care unit were the first to receive the honour of sitting in the chair. Thomson said that although some of the patients were too weak to walk, they still insisted on being carried to the chair.“This was an incredible experience because it was as if their dignity had been restored.”Many local celebrities and South African icons have since been photographed in the chair: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (famous as Zapiro), local band Freshlyground, radio personality DJ Fresh, musicians Lira and Johnny Clegg, and actors Leon Schuster and Shorty, to name but a few.Claire Johnston, vocalist of the ever-popular South African band Mango Groove, was recently photographed in the chair. She was amazed by its detail.“So much work and care had gone into making it; so much human feeling, which is what makes an object special. I was told that the chair had a certain magical quality, and that people who saw it were drawn to it and wanted to sit in it,” Johnston said.She also said that the chair has come to represent something very powerful: “It is definitely a symbol of what we all have in common, what unites as opposed to divides. I want to be like the chair – positive, bright and full of possibility!”The support of high profile South Africans is invaluable to the Dream Chair project, said Thomson, but it is also important to photograph ordinary South Africans, especially those who are doing outstanding work in their communities.Jessica Foord from Hillcrest is one such example. She survived a gang rape while walking with her father at a dam near Hillcrest in 2008. Foord didn’t want to remain a victim, so she established the Jes Foord Foundation to help people restore their lives after rape, to raise community awareness about rape, and also to support victims’ friends and families.South Africans’ dreams“We get to hear everyone’s innermost dreams. People have even asked if they can have two or three dreams. This shows that to some extent, we have all stopped dreaming,” Thomson said. There is no limit to the type of dream people can express, whether it’s for themselves, their communities or for the country.The dreams that South Africans have shared reflect the diversity of the country. They have been funny, uplifting, thought-provoking and unexpected.A mother from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape dreams of clean water for her children who are always sick; a three-year-old girl wants to be teen television character Hannah Montana; a young boy wishes to become a successful businessman and make his parents proud; and another South African would like wealth to be distributed more evenly in the country.While taking the chair to Robben Island, Thomson encountered a man on a Cape Town wharf whose dream was that South Africa would overcome its biggest stumbling block of people not talking to each other any more.Bursting at the seamsWoza Moya is currently housed in a garage, but is in need of a craft centre to inspire the women to come in and work. The garage also houses a sewing and pottery project and the venue is bursting at the seams. Although it is an incredible hub of creativity, said Thomson, the project is now at the stage where it needs larger facilities.Over 300 crafters are involved in the project. The team helps every woman who comes in to identify a creative skill such as beading, quilting, embroidery or sewing, which she can use to earn an income. The body of crafters grows every week, but infrastructure constraints are making it difficult to accommodate more women.A R1.5-million injection would make it possible to enlarge the craft room, build a second storey and do other renovations. Last year the centre raised R3-million ($428 000) for the crafters. “This proves that our crafters are at the centre of everything we do,” Thomson said.Getting involvedAnyone can hire the chair at a daily rate to photograph it on their premises. Many companies are hiring it as part of their strategic planning meetings as well as brand and team building sessions. Any photo shoot with the chair can be tailor-made to an organisation’s needs. The rate includes a set of postcards, which can be customised with the custimer’s logo, and extras may be bought for an additional fee.Prints of South Africans, celebrities and community leaders who have already been photographed in the chair can be ordered and prices vary depending on the size of the image. An extensive catalogue of the postcards, as well as rates, is available online.Woza Moya also sells dream-themed items such as tablemats, handbags and notepads directly from their craft shop in Hillcrest.  They plan to soon release a coffee table book of all the photographs and dreams.Thomson hopes that the Dreams for Africa photo exhibition will raise more awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa. “We’ve never really met anyone that hasn’t been moved by the chair,” she said. “It has been on an incredible journey and it just makes you feel connected to South Africa again.”/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314:jewelleryschool130032008&catid=44:developmentnews&Itemid=111last_img read more

Farmers still trying to plant beans as wheat harvest approaches

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill’s territory in southern Ohio, growers are still trying to get soybean planting wrapped up just as the wheat is getting ready for an early harvest. With the markets setting up nicely for soybeans, the planter may be right back out after the combine to put in double crop fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Thirty Students Graduate from Abilities Foundation

first_imgCONTACT: JENEVA GORDON Thirty students, some with severe hearing, visual, and physical disabilities, were presented with certificates on June 27, after successfully completing studies at the Abilities Foundation.Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held on the grounds of the institution, at 191 Constant Spring Road, Kingston, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Board Director, Sarah Newland-Martin, commended the graduates on their achievements, and implored them to continue striving for excellence.She urged them to maintain high standards in their endeavours, pointing out that despite their challenging circumstances, they are equally important to the society and capable of attaining and fulfilling their highest potential.Mrs. Newland-Martin also lauded the parents, family members, and caregivers who supported the graduates during their course of study, against the background of what she said are the varying challenges encountered over the years.“The work of the staff cannot go unmentioned, because they too have also contributed significantly to the overall success of the graduating class, and many others who have benefitted from the programmes,” she stated.While noting that the Abilities Foundation has made tremendous strides over the years, through its programmes, to meet the needs of more persons with disabilities islandwide, Mrs. Newland-Martin said its efforts to this end are, to some extent, constrained for various reasons. She also noted the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities, pointing out that these are often financial, educational, medical, social, marital, or psychological.Mrs. Newland-Martin, who is physically challenged, lamented that persons with disabilities tend, to some extent, to be ignored by society, with many encountering persistent discrimination. This, she pointed out, often results in this special group being marginalized out of the country’s economic and civil processes, among others.“Often times they are denied their rights to move freely, access social protection, and proper medical care, which causes them to live in poverty. They have a hard time in school, and also finding jobs, because of their conditions,” she said.Alluding to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which emphasizes, among other things, the need to break prevailing barriers encountered by the disabled so as to improve their welfare, Mrs. Newland-Martin said persons with special needs should be provided with the appropriate resources that facilitates their seamless incorporation into the society.Additionally, she underscored the need for persons in the wider society to be educated about developments relating to persons with disabilities, in order for them to fully understand the special group’s circumstances.Administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) since 1992, the Abilities Foundation currently caters to persons, aged 17 to 65 years, with physical and mental challenges.last_img read more

FNM Leader Says Fire Fitzgerald

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 24, 2017 – Nassau- Following the admission of reaching out for help with the Baha Mar resort on behalf of his father, Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald has come under attack from Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hurbert Minnis. Fitzgerald has also fired back.Fitzgerald lamented that the FNM leader did not attend the opening ceremony of the Baha Mar resort, saying “he should be ashamed of himself”, words Minnis used to describe Fitzgerald’s actions.Minnis has said if Fitzgerald was honorable he would resign, “but he has no shame and so I call upon prime Minister Christie to fire him so that he will not continue to sully the good name of The Bahamas.“Additionally, in the absence of the Prime Minister not firing him, I call upon all Bahamians to fire them all and vote them out”, he said. #MagneticMediaNews#FNMLeaderSaysFireFitzgerald Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM ON RECENT SHOOTING OF VISITOR Related Items:#fitzgerald, #fnmleadersaysfirefitzgerald, #magneticmedianews, Sheri-kae McLeodcenter_img American Tourist Shot in TCI, In Serious Condition at Hospital in Florida Recommended for you Dionisio D’Aguilar Introduced As CTO’s New Chairmanlast_img read more