Bamboo Airways buys 10 787-9s for international network

first_imgBamboo Airways has ordered 10 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3 billion at list prices to launch long haul operations.The order was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi, witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump and General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.“We are excited to be adding the new 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet,” said Mr. Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group and owner of Bamboo Airways.“Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe and North America and the Dreamliner will enable us to launch these long-haul operations. The 787’s superior operating economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger-pleasing interior of the Dreamliner, will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers.”Bamboo Airways, a startup airline founded in 2017, began commercial operations in January, offering flights linking the capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with cities in Vietnam. The airline plans on offering up to 40 domestic routes in 2019. Additionally, Bamboo is preparing to launch international service to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, before broadening service to other destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.“The 787 Dreamliner’s unmatched efficiency, range and, flexibility make it the perfect airplane for Bamboo Airways to achieve its long-range ambitions. We are excited to advance the partnership between Boeing and Bamboo Airways and we look forward to helping them connect Asia with Europe, North America and beyond,” said Kevin McAllister, president and, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling widebody airplane in history with more than 1,400 orders from 75 customers since its launch. Nearly 800 Dreamliners have entered service around the world, helping airlines save 33 billion pounds of fuel.Bamboo Airways is wholly-owned by the FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company, focusing on aviation, real estate, resorts, farming, and golf.last_img read more

Will We Be Able to Make the Case for HR De-Extinction?

first_imgMuch like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same:  small/medium-sized business or large business  industry A or industry B  traditional or cutting-edge  local or regional or global  stodgy industry or sexy industry  well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional.  We make assumptions that if Debbie HR Director worked for a local entity she won’t have the ability to understand the complexity of a regional, let alone global, organization.  This also manifests itself in job postings that require specific industry experience; the assumption being that even though Debbie spent 20 years leading HR functions in health care and technology she would not have the capacity to immerse herself into learning and understanding the banking industry.We pigeonhole people for any number of reasons; in an attempt to screen candidates, when creating an invite list for an event or conference or, quite frankly, when being cliquish and elitist.Now there is, I have to admit, one demarcation listed up there that makes sense to me although I may have used the wrong terms. Perhaps they should be:Traditional: dreary, tedious, humorless, out-of-touch, rooted in the past, focused on HR as compliance…primarily.  Focused on HR as compliance … only.Cutting edge: future focused, ever evolving, not content with the status quo. Restless, curious, excited.  Ready to challenge and be challenged.********I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit as I’ve been preparing to head to Cleveland this week for DisruptHR. We’re going to talk about talent, culture, technology and people – in a new way – because DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.Lord knows we needs some energizing.I’ve had a few moments over the last several weeks where, in various conversations with mid-career human resource professionals I hit anew a level of frustration.  Why, I wondered yet again, is there such aversion to acknowledging that the old-ways-you-learned-to-do-HR in 1991 are no longer sufficient?  Why, I marveled during one discussion, do HR practitioners sink in their heels and adamantly refuse to explore the potential benefits of change?Am I being cliquish and elitist myself?  Are those of us who attempt to push, pull and drag our colleagues to places where they don’t wish to go guilty of emphasizing these segmentations?I don’t think so.  Nor do I believe that’s the intent of any individual or group. Rather there’s a conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats; collective change is required for the survival of both the HR function and individual HR practitioners.At some point in the very near future the CEOs, COOs and CFOs who are hiring HR professionals will demand a different kind of HR. When the boomers in charge (finally) retire and the next C-level exec (born during the Reagan administration) in charge of hiring the HR leader takes over, s/he isn’t going to put up with traditional crap; no matter the industry.  No matter the size.  No matter the brand.  Stacks of spreadsheets, outdated and cumbersome hiring practices, love for command-and-control, and an aversion to technology already pegs many HR practitioners as out of touch dinosaurs; keeping up the same old same old means they will soon be merely fossilized remains.And if our profession perishes will anyone care enough to bring us back a la the Australian gastric-brooding frog?  Or will our business partners be happy to say good riddance – relegating us to museums to cuddle up alongside the skeletons of the wooly mammoth and the T-Rex?I don’t want to run the risk that someone, somewhere, will have to make the case for HR HR de-extinction. Unless we all push the boundaries a bit more I don’t think there will be a lot of support for the revival of the HR species.It’s time to face it; there’s already been disruption in the workplace.It’s time – well past time – to disrupt HR so we can catch up.To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here.last_img read more

When the going gets tough…You learn a lot about yourself

first_imgIf I asked 10 people to finish the sentence below, I bet many of them would answer in the manner shown in parenthesis:“When the going gets tough, (the tough get going)”In most cases I would agree and I think that is one of the hallmarks of many people, especially those who are successful in their worldly pursuits.  Life is not easy and I can personally say that I have learned much more from my challenges than I ever have from circumstances where I gained something easily.  I’ll cite a few cases in my life to illustrate these experiences.When I graduated from high school I chose to attend the United States Naval Academy for plebe summer.  I was well prepared physically, but I was not very mature for an 18 year old high school graduate who had never been away from home on my own.  My time at the academy was short and I learned a lot about myself in the next few years when I attended Murray State University and obtained my first degree.  As a result of my personal experience at that time I made a point to make sure that both of our sons had ample time away from home as teens where they had to deal with adverse situations.  These trips included many Scouting high adventure trips to the Grand Canyon and the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.  I hope these trips helped mature my sons in ways I had not been exposed to.  It seems to have worked.When I was 30 I learned that I had thyroid cancer.  Most types of cancer are very challenging and many are fatal.  I was fortunate because my type of cancer was very treatable and I have very few challenges today as a result of that experience.  I learned at that time to trust in the wisdom of others, especially those in the medical profession and I also learned the value of a supportive and loving spouse who stood by me every step of the way.  We navigated through that episode with God’s help.In 2009 and 2010 I was in the middle of growing my consulting practice and the downturn in the economy was not helping with this.  We also had two sons in college and we learned very quickly to determine the difference between essential needs versus wants.  We were fortunate to come through that segment of time unscathed and the lessons I learned then about avoiding debt and the dangers of being overly leveraged stick with me to this day.Tough circumstances test us.  We learn many things about others when times get tough, but we learn much more about ourselves when we have to make challenging and difficult decisions.My encouragement to you is to reflect upon those most challenging times in your life and see if you made decisions you would repeat again today.  If you would not, take time to consider what you would do differently if confronted with a similar situation in the future.People learn a lot about you during challenging times.  Even better, you learn a lot about yourself.last_img read more

Avoid Data Caps and Compress Your iPhone Data with Onavo

first_imgRelated Posts If you have to keep an eye on your iPhone data usage – whether it’s due to data caps or roaming fees – then you might like Onavo, a new app that will monitor and compress your data so you can use (and pay for) less data.Once you download the Onavo app and register your device, your data is routed through Ovaco’s services, which compress your data and help you track your usage, identifying for example which apps are data-download-intensive.Once installed the app runs in the background of your iPhone and automatically compresses your download data (not your streaming data, it’s worth pointing out). The app can be toggled on and off and will pause itself when you’re using a WiFi connection. You can also opt to turn off email compression so that data is ignored. Tags:#Apple#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The trade-off of saving money on data here is, of course, running your data through a third-party service. Onavo does say “we take our users’ privacy very seriously,” storing the minimum amount of data – all aggregated and anonymized. Some metadata is kept to be able to generate the reports. Onavo says it doesn’t story any data and can’t read HTTPS traffic, with the exception of Exchange Mail authentication info, something that users will have to explicitly approve in order to set up.The app works on iPhones and iPads and is coming to Android soon. It’s currently free, but the startup indicates this is just a limited-time offer and it will eventually charge a fee to use the service. In the meantime, Onavo announced today that it has raised $3 million in funding from Sequora Capital and Magma Venture Partners. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watterslast_img read more

Latest Tax Briefing Provides Update on Affordable Care Act Developments

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportDevelopments have continued at a fast pace over the past year on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148). The IRS is proposing reporting form changes for 2016. Congress has provided some welcome excise tax relief, narrowed the definition of “employee” for purposes of determining applicable large employer status, and clarified the status of expatriate health plans. In the regulatory field, the government is still searching for the right balance with respect to the religious employer accommodation for providing contraceptive coverage. Market reform transition relief largely expired in 2015, but transition relief is still available under some circumstances. Marketplace exchange rules have been tightened somewhat to reduce the availability of special enrollment periods.Wolters Kluwer has prepared a Tax Briefing on all these recent ACA development. This Tax Briefing, 2016 Affordable Care Act Update, is now available at: http://www.cchgroup.com/media/WK/TAA/PDFs/news-and-insights/federal-tax-legislation/2016-affordable-care-act-update.pdflast_img read more

This cuckoo catfish tricks other fish into raising its head-chomping young

first_img This cuckoo catfish tricks other fish into raising its head-chomping young Like the cuckoo bird it shares a name with, the cuckoo catfish shirks its parental duties. The East African lake swimmer abandons its eggs to the care of other species. Now, researchers have learned how it pulls off this trick, and how its offspring get in on the action.More than 90 species of birds, including cuckoos, are “brood parasites.” They don’t build their own nests; instead, they rely on other birds to care for their young. But the cuckoo catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus) seems to be the only other vertebrate with this strategy. In East Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, the catfish has a very particular target: thick-lipped cichlid fish that use their mouths as nurseries to raise their young. When the cichlid lays her own eggs, which she then scoops into her mouth, riotous catfish couples sneak under her to lay and fertilize their own eggs at the same spot. In the chaos created, the cichlid scoops up both her eggs and theirs.Last year, researchers showed that some cichlid moms are smart enough to avoid picking up the catfish eggs. Now, those same researchers—along with a second team—have shown how the catfish are fighting back. In their laboratory at the University of Colorado in Boulder, evolutionary ecologist Marcus Cohen and his colleagues compared the development of the catfish and the cichlid eggs. Catfish eggs developed faster, hatched sooner, and were bigger than cichlid eggs laid at the same time, which puts the catfish young at an evolutionary advantage, Cohen’s team will report next month in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Those differences are bad news for the young cichlids, who start to hatch just about the time the catfish embryos need to start to feed. The catfish intruders use their wide jaws and extra teeth to devour the new hatchings headfirst. If the catfish run out of cichlid hatchlings, they start to chow down on each other.Meanwhile, another team has discovered that bigger eggs and faster development give the young catfish a second advantage. Martin Reichard, a biologist at the Czech Academy of Sciences Institute of Vertebrate Biology in Brno, and his colleagues found that catfish eggs that were rejected or missed by the cichlid parent end up hatching and developing just fine outside the cichlid’s mouth. But when the cichlid mom lets her brood out while she feeds, the young catfish can jump inside when she scoops her fry back up, Reichard’s team reports in the same issue of the journal. By Elizabeth PennisiMar. 22, 2019 , 9:00 AM The cuckoo catfish is a deadbeat parent, leaving care of its young to others.center_img Roberto Nistri/Alamy Stock Photo This two-stage ability for the fish to invade sets them apart from parasitic birds, says Sheena Cotter, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the work. “That definitely doesn’t happen in birds.”This ability of catfish young to survive on their own also suggests the catfish—unlike the cuckoo—has not yet fully evolved a dependence on the cichlid to raise its young, Reichard and his colleagues write. The tendency for the cichlids to take in catfish young may have even encouraged the evolution of this dependency in the first place, they add.These papers should encourage researchers to look for more examples of brood parasitism, Cotter says. “It’s entirely possible you can get this happening in other systems.”last_img read more

3 tips for being calmer and more creative

first_imgHBR has a nice post this week on quieting your mind – and recharging it. You can check out the whole article here, and I’ve posted a quick summary. Try one or all of these three practices:1. Mini-meditation: For 10 minutes on public transportation each morning, close your eyes and imagine a relaxing scene like a tree or waterfall. Try to focus only on that. If you drive to work, arrive 10 minutes early and do this in the parking lot. Says author Matthew May, “People who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy.” Sounds like a good reason to try this!2. Pulsing: Take breaks between stretches of 90 minutes of work. You just spent a lot of energy – now recharge for five minutes by doodling, listening to music or taking a brief stroll.3. Daydream walks: Find 20 minutes or so to let your mind wander. A lunchtime walk or morning jog are good times to try. Do not think about work but rather something you like to imagine, like a dream trip. You’re taking care of your creative brain – and the benefits will extend to all of your life.last_img read more

Trying to motivate people to change? Reward them.

first_imgIf you’re familiar with marketing, you know the principle of a benefit exchange: a reward offered in return for taking an action. A benefit exchange answers the question: What’s in it for me?For example: If I buy Nikes, I’ll feel like an athlete. If I go to your meeting, I’ll get some face time with senior staff.Benefit exchanges are useful for all kinds of situations. Like getting someone at work to agree to your proposal, encouraging people to change their habits or inspiring someone to donate to a cause.But we often get the benefit exchange wrong. We don’t offer a strong enough reward – or a sufficiently clear call to action.So here’s a mini-marketing refresh on strengthening the reward part of your benefit exchange. If you’re trying to persuade someone to do something, think about sharpening the “what’s in it for me?” answer with a better reward.A compelling reward has five important attributes: It should be immediate, personal, reflective of your audience’s values, better than competing rewards, and credible.Immediate: The best rewards are available to our audience right away. Few of us take action based on a reward that we expect to receive in the far future. It is human nature to seek instant satisfaction over distant gratification. So think about what your call to action will do for someone in the short term. Eating a hamburger satisfies our hunger, drinking beer makes the ball game more fun, and wearing cologne makes us feel sexier. Donating to charity makes us feel we made a difference for one person, today. How can you show an immediate result may be possible?Personal: The reward needs to make people feel their life will be better as individuals or within their tight circles of friends, family and community. Take the attributes of what you want people to do and sell them as benefits. What will recycling or sidewalks or education policy do for your audience? At the end of the day, the personal connection, not the grand concept, grabs our attention.Grounded in audience values: We can’t easily change what other people believe, but by plugging into their existing mind-set we unleash great power behind our message. Make sure the reward you are offering is something others seek – not just what you want. Those two things are rarely the same, but we often imagine they are!Better than the competition: Think competitively about your reward. Is it better than what people get for doing nothing – or something else? Don’t forget there’s a reason people aren’t taking action. They may be deriving benefits from those behaviors. How can you make your reward better than what people get from maintaining the status quo?Credible: Last, you need to make sure the claim of your benefit is believable. People need to believe they can get the reward. Show other people gaining the promised benefit or telling a good story can bolster your case. Make the promise change credible.If people aren’t doing what you want, you may find out why by reviewing this list. Are you making your offer sufficiently irresistible? Or could you sweeten the reward in one of these areas? It’s worth the effort to consider, because a great benefit exchange makes it far easier (and faster) to get to yes.last_img read more

3 Special Ways to Show Your Donors Some Love

first_imgSending thank you notes and providing tax receipts are important steps to building good donor relationships—but they’re just the beginning. Here are three ways you can go above and beyond with your donor appreciation.1. Say happy birthday!Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette, Indiana, asks a surprising question on its donation page: What is your birth month and day? No, there isn’t a legal age for donating. Food Finders is collecting birthday information so that they can send donors happy birthday ecards in 2014, says Food Finder’s Director of Development Cheryl Precious. Contacting your donors to celebrate lets them know that you care and keeps you in mind.2. Feature their stories in your newsletter or on your website. Each month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a different volunteer. Why should your nonprofit promote its donors? Highlighting the people you support and the people who support you keeps your mission front and center for everyone. “Donors commit their hard-earned money and time to your cause, so emphasizing them says thanks and gives your nonprofit more credibility,” says Network for Good’s Senior Communication and Success Specialist Annika Pettitt.3. Host a special event.Giving donors a behind-the-scenes experience or hosting programs for them is an exclusive experience that shows your gratitude. The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, hosts donors for a quarterly luncheon and discussion series, as well as special tours. Annika says that unique activities are an extra fun way to encourage a relationship with donors and keep them involved.Image Credit: Shambhulast_img read more

10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIs one of your 2014 goals to get your social strategy in order? Here are 10 fun stats on social media that can help you decide how to spend your time.73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites. Source: Pew Tweet this.Roughly one-third of the world’s population is now online. Source: We Are Social Tweet this.68% of Instagram’s users are women. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.50% of nonprofit communicators label social media as a “very important” communication tool. Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet this.Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets. Source: Buffer Tweet this.71% of U.S. online adults are now Facebook users. Source: Pew Tweet this.55% who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. Source: Waggener Edstrom Tweet this.In the U.S., users spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. Source: 9Clouds Tweet this.40% of Facebook users surveyed say they log in to the social network multiple times per day. Source: Pew Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to leverage social media for your nonprofit’s outreach strategy? Download this free guide from Network for Good, Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits.last_img read more

The Secret Sauce of Record-Breaking Year-End Campaigns

first_imgPrep your team to:Be confident in sharing year-end messages.Be ready for a flood of requests for help and info, especially in December.Immediately share important feedback they receive on any component of last-minute marketing so you can correct the course if necessary. Go!Like most tasks, implementing your year-end campaign is a lot easier (and will be so much more successful) when based on a research-based plan. Don’t skip that step.Write right.Make sure your tone is personal and your call to action clear and easy to act on. Consider these five steps to a successful year-end email campaign.This last recommendation is so important. If you skip it, you’ll risk undermining campaign success. If you do it, you’ll do great. Get on it!That’s my year-end campaign secret sauce. What can you add? Share your tried and true practices in the comments below!With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. Outline Your Plan Every connection you squeeze into 2014 allows you to deepen the relationship just a little more! So clarify your goal, think through what will be top of mind for these folks, and start reaching out right now.Do more of what has worked best to engage your most loyal supporters while you have their attention.Your trends analysis will also highlight the channels and messages that hit a positive nerve with each audience group. These are the ones you’ll want to replicate in the remaining weeks of this year. Use that info to shape some year-end-specific messages.Go beyond online channels to share those messages. Although email is a timely and relatively low-cost format for targeted campaigns, print and social media campaigns can be great complements if resources allow. There is still time to get another postcard out the door, if it makes sense.Ramp UpLine up your team and budget.Although the stats indicate that year-end is a productive fundraising time, you’ll have to work better and harder than ever from the get-go to generate gifts, because all fundraisers are onto the same stats.Spend a few minutes with colleagues in your organization, ideally one-on-one, to ask for their help and to thank them for their help in making marketing a success (even if their role is very indirect).Then, get your website, donation processing, and colleagues ready to respond.Make sure your site features:Recent stories about programs, including some programs introduced pre-2014 (to connect those folks who haven’t checked in much this year).A big donate button on every page, with a “phone in your gift” number.A recently tested online giving process.Consistent messages and look-and-feel across your entire site, including the donation page. Avoid confusing donors; make it easy for them to feel confident in giving by making your donation process match the rest of your materials.center_img Come in close and listen hard. This is a secret I don’t want to broadcast to the entire world.The secret sauce to ensuring year-end campaign success that I’ve seen work time and time again is this year-end checklist. Year-end campaign creation and management is a busy, often overwhelming process fraught with anxiety. This checklist is the best antidote I know, and it doubles as a surefire tool to propel you to your year-end victory lap.Pinpoint Where You Are Right NowRoll up your sleeves and take a long, hard look at this year’s fundraising results to date, both quantitative and qualitative. Note: If you have no idea what your results are, designing ways to measure success is a must for 2015.Assess results against your benchmarks. Review year-to-date results, and compare them to your benchmarks to see what’s working as hoped and what’s not.This is easier with hard numbers, like those associated with online petition signing or registration, online giving, or other actions that you can directly track to their source. More challenging, but equally important, is drawing insight from quantitative information such as client, volunteer, or donor feedback and stories from the field.Identify meaningful trends:Which matches are working? Which target audience is responding to what campaigns, channels, and messages?Who else should you be in touch with? Have any surprise visitors—groups you didn’t expect to engage with your organization—surfaced this year?Who fell off your radar that you need to rekindle the relationship with before it’s too late? Who was a loyal supporter in previous years but has been significantly less responsive this year?last_img read more

Your Four-Step Plan to Conquer Social Media on #GivingTuesday

first_imgNonprofit Social Media StrategyWhy is there an emphasis on using social media for #GivingTuesday campaigns?  Because social media is immediate and is built for engagement. On a day of giving like #GivingTuesday campaigns, social media will help you:Communicate updates quickly.Create a sense of urgency.Spread your campaign to people inside and outside of your traditional networks.This post is not meant to be the magic key to making your #GivingTuesday campaign go viral. Instead, use these four steps to help set yourself up for social media success on December 1.Step One: Draft your plan.Nail down these three things to get your basic plan in place:1. Focus on your story. The theme or major story that you are communicating through your #GivingTuesday appeal should be an integral element of your social media messaging.For example, Badass Brooklyn Animal Shelter posted social media updates on #GivingTuesday about a group of dogs they were rescued during the first week of December. They featured stories of these pups throughout the day and reiterated that donations saved these dogs’  lives. The images were branded with the #GivingTuesday logo, a call to action to donate, and a short URL that lead directly to Badass’ donation page.For more on multi-channel messaging, check out this blog post from Vanessa Chase.2. Stay consistent with messaging. Map out your social media posts from November to the end of #GivingTuesday. If you draft all your content all at once, it’s easier to see the natural progression of your posts while keeping your campaign’s theme consistent. Line this messaging up with your email campaign, phoneathon, or other mediums you are using to ensure your message is consistent and clear.3. Pace yourself. Don’t stay glued to Facebook the whole day. Pace yourself or give yourself a break. If you’re planning on doing all the social media yourself, please don’t! If you typically have an active social fan base and anticipate needing help, recruit a volunteer or colleague you trust to help you monitor social media or work “shifts” throughout the day.I highly recommend that you schedule the majority of your “donate now!” posts beforehand and create updates on campaign milestones as they are available. In addition to asking for gifts and updating supporters on your campaign’s progress, use social media to thank donors, interact with your ambassadors, and answer questions.Step Two: Recruit some social media ambassadors.To get the most out of your social media efforts, recruit social media ambassadors to help spread your message on #GivingTuesday. Start asking your most loyal social media fans to share and post original content on their pages as a way to drive donations on #GivingTuesday. Better yet, send them pre-made tweets and Facebook posts that they can simply copy paste and post!If you want to take it a step further, ask these ambassadors to launch their own peer fundraising campaign on behalf of your nonprofit.Step Three: Get a tool to automate content posting.You’re going to be quite busy on #GivingTuesday, and you shouldn’t be pausing every hour or so to update your nonprofit’s social media accounts. Luckily, there are many tools out there to help you automate this process so you don’t have to be glued to Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few to look into:BufferSprout SocialHootSuiteTweetDeckSocialOomphThese tools can help you update your Facebook and Twitter accounts with a steady stream of shareable content during the week leading up to and on #GivingTuesday.Step Four: Get some graphics going.Your social media followers respond to images:  with images get two times the engagement and Facebook posts with images have an 87% interaction rate. Images are definitely the way to go!But, keep in mind, not all images get the same rate of attention. Be sure to post images that are relevant to your audience. And, “images” doesn’t necessarily mean “photos.” These images can be calls to action to donate, an infographic highlighting the impact of your work, or be part of your storytelling campaign. Free tools like Canva or PicMonkey are great for creating your own images. Just be sure to use consistent branding throughout your images so it’s obvious that these visuals are supporting the same message and the same campaign on #GivingTuesday.Here are a few social media images created by nonprofits for their #GivingTuesday campaigns:Have questions about leveraging social for #GivingTuesday? Reach out to me on Twitter and let me know how I can help.Need more help with #GivingTuesday in general? Download our essentials guide to plan a successful campaign from start to finish.last_img read more

10 Reasons to Celebrate the Health of Moms—and Those Working to Improve Maternal Health—this Mother’s Day!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 11, 2012March 14, 2018Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 daysThe World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.Please add to the list in the comments!Share this:last_img read more

New Study Takes a Closer Look at Which Birth Control Works Best

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 25, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 24th, found that the effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraception is superior to that of contraceptive pills, patch, or ring. This is important news for the global health community–especially in light of Melinda Gates’ recent announcement of her decision to make family planning her signature issue and primary public health priority.From the Time Magazine article about the study:The study involved 7,486 women participating in the Contraceptive Choice Project, run by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The women, aged 14 to 45, were given their choice of contraception for free and then tracked for up to three years for unintended pregnancy. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that longer-lasting contraceptives were up to 20 times more effective — that is, women using IUDs, implants or hormone injections were up to 20 times less likely to get pregnant — after three years than the shorter-acting methods of birth control.Read the study here.A number of news organizations have written about the study:Time Magazine, Which Birth Control Works Best? (Hint: It’s Not the Pill).The Wall Street Journal, Long-Lasting Birth Control Cuts Pregnancy RateABC News, Birth Control: New Research Gives Boost to IUD EffectivenessShare this:last_img read more

Planning Beyond the 2015 MDG Deadline to Reduce Maternal Mortality

first_imgPosted on January 16, 2014November 7, 2016By: Himanshu Bhushan, Maternal Health Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of IndiaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Point 1:India has the largest annual birth cohort of 26 million babies. In 1990 our maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 600 deaths per 100,000 live births which declined to 200 in 2010India achieved 66% decline compared to 47% of global decline.We have wide variations in the states. Uttar Pradesh in 1997-98 had MMR of 606 while Kerala had 150. UP came down to 309, while Kerala came down to 81 in 2007-09.The point decline of UP was 297 while that of Kerala was 69. UP declined by 49% whereas Kerala only 46%.Now the point is: targets for UP and Kerala cannot be same.Point 2:The targets and goals for MDGs were set in the year 2000, but its active monitoring by international and national organizations and countries began only after an initial 5-7 years passed. The countries started monitoring the achievement in the past 5-7 years.While keeping next MDG goals and targets and in view of our experiences with different states/provinces it is suggested that:There should be different goals for countries depending upon their present level of achievement since further reduction after achieving a low/very low MMR will not be easy.Percentage reduction (differential) for different groups of MMR i.e. MMR between 500 to 400 . . ., 100 to 20. . . can be one of the options.Every country can then give a differential target or goal to the States and population within their country.For each such group of MMR, the broad strategies should also be decided as a suggestion for the states so that the states having less than 100 or 50 MMR have a clear vision what additional focus is neededWhile preparing strategies, socioeconomic factors should be taken in account along with clinical causes.Process indicators for every 5 years and its part for every year should be simultaneously decided so that the countries know and concurrently monitor where they stand if they have to achieve a certain level within the defined time period.Finally, we need to discuss what should be our ultimate commitment for maternal mortality, whether it should be limited to reduction or should be a commitment like achieving a zero level, at least for preventable deaths – as in the polio programme.The points raised above are at present not the view policy of the government of India but my thought process based on experiences in the implementation and seeing the ground realities from close.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

7 Tips to Make Your Donors an Irresistible Fundraising Offer

first_imgCLOSING EXAMPLE:Imagine your fundraising offer, in a nutshell, is to donate a meal that costs you less than $2.00.Your specific, simple, emotional, rewarding, leverageable, urgent, actionable appeal works like this (I’ve offered a few variations to show there’s no one right way to do this, but you’ll succeed if you include all the compelling elements):Your $2.00 gift will feed Joe a hot nutritious Thanksgiving dinner in the company of caring friends. Please give before Monday to reserve Joe’s place. Donate a $2.00 meal before next Monday so Joe gets a hot, nutritious Thanksgiving dinner in the company of caring friends this Thursday.The choice is yours. Joe can be cold, alone and hungry this Thanksgiving. Or warm and fed, in the company of a caring community. It all depends on you.Give the gift of a nutritious, hot Thanksgiving dinner, served in the company of friends. Just $2.00 received by Monday will reserve a place for Joe.Specific problem – You can show a photo of it. Donor can easily visualize the impact.Simple solution – Your reader is asked to do one thing. S/he doesn’t need to know all the reasons that bring Joe, and folks like him, to your mission. Or how you provide the meal. Or what ancillary services you provide (though you may hint at that in noting Joe will be “in the company of friends”). Offer up the information about additional support services you provide in your future donor communications.Emotional need – Fulfills human urge to help/make an impact; to connect with others.Reward – Feels good to help a real person. Now. Implication is that when you help someone in your community it makes the community betterLeverage – Good deal. Inexpensive. Fed someone, and then led to other “ripple effects” (implication Joe will get not just nutrition, but also other supportive care).Deadline – Feed someone a holiday meal, at a time people can feel very depressed and alone.Call to action – Do it now, here’s how, and it’s easy.Ready to Create Your Own Irresistible Fundraising Offer?Simply include these seven elements and you’ll be ahead of the game.And remember to keep it simple and focused.Black and white is good when it comes to offering options to join you (or not) in your mission. Your donor should think “Yes, I’ll help” or “No, I won’t help.”And, since your offer is so clear and compelling it would be unthinkable for them to say “no.”Right? 1. Specific ProblemSomething you can visualize happening. Or not happening. Not something broad and generic like “support our cause.”  If you’ve had success in the past with a generic appeal, I understand. That can work, especially with folks who already ‘get it,” but that limits your reach and appeal.  To expand beyond folks who already love you requires greater specificity. And, to be frank, when you’re more specific you’ll secure larger gifts. So stop leaving money on the table and describe a specific fundraising goal and cost to achieve what you propose.ACTION TIP:  If you know it costs $20/month to feed a senior, I’d like to know that.  In fact, in deciding how much I should give, I need to know that! It might cause me to give $240 to feed a senior for a year.  If you just ask me to “support our senior nutrition program with a gift of any amount,” I may just give you $25.#NFGtips: Before you send out any appeal, make sure your donation page makes it easy for donors to give.2. Simple SolutionSomething capable of being easily grasped by your audience.  Not all the underlying complexities.  Your fundraising offer is not a place to educate your donors. Or try to explain them into giving. Don’t feel compelled to expound on every nuance of what you do. Or every piece of the puzzle.  Get right to the most important part of what you do.  The demonstrated outcome.ACTION TIP: Donors simply want to show you they care. They want to make the happy ending come true. They want to see themselves as heroes.  Giving becomes a reflection in the mirror of who they are: compassionate, generous, values-based people. Donors will give when they’re persuaded that doing so is an excellent expression of who they are. If you want to tell the rest of the story (and you should), do it after the fact. In your thank you letters, emails and year-round communications. By the time next year rolls around, they’ll have a whole story bank in their minds and hearts, and will likely give even more passionately.Think of your fundraising offer as lighting the first spark. Then let your stewardship communications over the ensuing year fan the flames. 7. Call to ActionAsk early and often. Think about the single, most important thing you need to communicate; then tie your opening to your reason for writing as quickly as possible. It may be only thing your prospect will read before deciding whether or not to continue reading, or simply toss you into trash.ACTION TIP: Make your ask explicit. Spell it out in black and white. Force a decision with introduction that triggers an “I’ll help/I won’t help” decision.Every morning Jim dreams of getting onto a basketball court again. But his war injury means this will never happen. Unless you help.Isabelle dreams of being 1st in her family to go to college and ‘make something of herself.’ Instead she’ll probably get a minimum wage job right out of high school. Unless you help.Offer multiple ways to give (e.g., via remit piece and envelope; link to your website; telephone number). Make branded giving pages user-friendly and mobile responsive. Assure the landing pages include the campaign-specific call to action. Begin with “YES! I’ll help _________.” This seals the deal and helps the donor feel warm and fuzzy about their decision to help. 4. Donor BenefitsHuman beings always ask themselves: “What’s in it for me?” Always show your donor what the benefit will be if they give. Remind them they’ll feel really good.  Studies show merely contemplating giving releases “feel good” dopamine. Everything about giving –thinking and doing –is good for us!ACTION TIP: Tell prospective donors giving will save a life… lead to a cure… offer a resource for them and their children… make their community a better place. You can also add in benefits like tax deductions, inclusion in a giving society and even token gifts (like invitations to free events, being entered into a raffle to win something, etc.). Perhaps one of the biggest benefits you can offer is to make your donor feel like a hero. 3. EmotionalPeople give when their hearts are touched.  Usually from ONE compelling story.  Often from a photo that depicts this story, accompanied by a compelling caption. A zingy, succinct opening line can help as well.ACTION TIP: Come up with something memorable and “sticky” with which folks can easily connect. Usually the best way to do this is through storytelling. Don’t make it an educational lesson or intellectual exercise. Something people will struggle to remember. People don’t give because of the fact that 27,000 people in your community are hungry. Or 200,000 birds are soaked in oil and can’t fly. They don’t give to statistics. They don’t give with their heads. They give when something tugs at their heart strings. One hungry child. One oil-drenched, grounded bird. One wrong they can believably right with their gift.center_img 6. DeadlineStrike while the iron is hot. You’ve worked hard to trigger folks’ emotions. Don’t let them put off giving until a future time, when their ardor may have cooled.  Offer deadlines.ACTION TIP: Create a sense of scarcity.  No one likes to lose out on a good deal. Matching grant deadline.  Doors about to close deadline. People waiting in line deadline.  Year-end tax deduction deadline. Even if you can’t find a natural “scarcity” deadline, give some kind of deadline like: “Do it by next Monday.” 5. LeverageOffer the donor a “good deal” – show them how they get a bigger bang for their buck than may seem to be true at first blush.  People love to S-T-R-E-T-C-H their dollars.ACTION TIP: Describe how their dollar goes further than they might imagine. One meal provided in the third world will seem relatively cheap. One dollar given that will be matched dollar-for-dollar due to your matching grant is alluring.  One dollar given that has ripple effects, helping not just the recipient, but their entire family, is tempting. How to Create a Nonprofit Fundraising Offer That Can’t Be Refused Do you know what the 40/40/20 rule is? It’s something long preached by direct mail experts, and it reveals that the key to success with your fundraising appeal is not the thing most nonprofits spend the greatest amount of time on.Alas, it’s not the “creative.”Here’s how the “40-40-20 Rule” goes:40 percent of a direct mailing’s success is dependent upon the list; 40 percent of the success comes from the offer; and 20 percent of the success is due to the creative.40 – Mailing list (audience you’re talking to)40 – Offer (what you’re asking audience to do)20 – Creative (words, pictures, fonts, colors and design)Today we’re going to talk about the offer. Because if you don’t make it clear and easy for folks to take the exact action you desire, then the rest of your mailing has little purpose.7 Compelling Fundraising Offer Essentialslast_img read more

3 Smart Year-End Email Fundraising Strategies

first_imgEditor’s note: Want more email fundraising tips? Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm EDT for a 30-minute webinar, #NFGTips: Your Email Strategy for Year-End. Can’t make that time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Click here to save your spot!In my last article I discussed the importance of getting all your year-end ducks in a row.Today we’re going to take a quack at assuring your year-end email series gets opened and acted upon.A quack at it?Yes! Because I’m guessing you don’t have your ducks lined up to make this year’s email appeal worth all your effort.  What do I mean? I mean the majority of folk receiving your email will simply hit ‘delete.’ And that’s just not going to pay your bills.You need to get all your email duckies in a row. And I know exactly which three are missing.I’ve been in that duck pond. I know where your world-wide webbed feet are taking you.You’re painstakingly wordsmithing the appeal message… agonizing over just the right tag line… angsting over which photo is the most compelling… meticulously crafting your killer call to action… thoroughly assuring your donate button link is working… worrying about your colors and type face… and distressing about how you’ll measure your results. All essential things. But your email is still going to drown.Yup. Your poor little email is just a sitting duck for that delete button.Unless… you shift some of your energy to three simple, yet too often overlooked or back-burnered, things: The “From” line The “Subject” line List segmentationLet’s Start with the “From” LineThis is arguably the most important part of your email. According to a Constant Contact study, 64% of people open emails because of the organization it is from; compared with 47% of people opening emails because of what’s in the subject line. To avoid having your precious email wind up in the trash bin, you need to use the ‘Just Ducky! ’ Rule. And the ‘From’ line is at the heart of this rule. Let me explain.When folks see an email from you in their inbox you want them thinking “That’s just ducky!  An email from _____. She always has something interesting to say.”Whose emails do you open first? Chances are good that when you open your email box a majority of the messages are of little interest to you. You don’t know who they’re from, they look like junk, or they’re coming from someone who doesn’t interest you enough to compel you to open their message.  If you have time, maybe you will.  If you don’t, maybe you’ll hit “delete.”Who the email is from is often what motivates people to open it.  Your email should come from a person or brand your targeted reader knows, trusts and, ideally, likes.  Often this will be the E.D.  It could also be another beloved staff member or lay leader. Even when you have a trusted brand, you’ll likely get a better response from the person at the brand. People give to people, not institutions. If you’re not sure about this, it’s certainly something worth testing!Don’t duck out on this responsibility, please. Think about who the email is coming from before you begin to write.  Don’t leave it until the very end. Too often no one thinks about it; then the IT person or the administrative assistant is assigned to “launch” the email. Typically they do one of two things: (1) simply launch the email from a corporate account, or (2) innocently ask “Who’s it coming from?”The first is not so good, because it’s a thoughtless approach.  The second is not so good, because it’s an afterthought (and I’ve seen more than one occasion where the appeal was delayed because it took awhile to find a signatory or to create a new “from” email account that would work).Put a feather in your cap by planning ahead so that when your reader opens their inbox they exclaim: “Just Ducky!”Let’s Make your Subject Line a Real Firequacker!The subject line is the window into your message. 33% of email recipients open emails based on the subject line alone (Source: Convince and Convert).To be a great e-mallard you’ve got to give the reader a reason to open the email. Waddle you gonna do about this? You’re gonna make your subject line one or more of these things: urgent; intriguing; exciting; specific; useful; compelling; emotional, shocking or funny (even daffy). That’s what it takes to get folks flocking to you.Here are a few real examples:Four pounds, that’s what’s up This led to email about how a food bank client had gained weight after receiving nutritious food at an on-site pantry at her senior apartments.) Intriguing/FunnyAbandoned by budget cuts, they’re counting on usThis led to e-appeal to fund home care for seniors who were losing critical lifeline services due to budget cutbacks). Urgent/SpecificWhy the cheerleaders shaved their heads This led to a message from Indianapolis Colt’s coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia. Shocking.Get into your donor’s head as much as you can, and try to make it about the donor rather than your fundraising goals. For those who’ve given in the past, how about a simple: Did you forget you made this possible? This also has the subtle psychological benefit of reminding them they already did something. (Remember, one of Robert Cialdini’s 6 Principles of Influence is “commitment and consistency.”).  Compelling. Specific. Intriguing.Is it all over between us?This was suggested by grassroots fundraising guru Kim Klein. Emotional. Compelling.You have only a few seconds to capture attention. Subject lines with less than 50 characters have open rates 12.5% higher than those with 50 or more, and click-through rates are 75% higher. So generally plan to keep your subject line to 50 characters or fewer.For more inspirations, check out some holiday email subject lines here. If you happen to use MailChimp they have a  free tool to test the strength of your subject line. They also help you add emoji’s, and they suggest words that will negatively affect your open rates – You may be surprised – two of them are: ‘Help’ and ‘Reminder.’You can find a whole duck boat-load of ideas – many of which are as good as they’re quacked up to be — in 200 More Email Subject Lines from End of Year Fundraising. Just avoid those that could be coming from any nonprofit (e.g., “Just 48 hours left” is not great. “48 hours left to rescue drowning ducks” is better).But don’t mislead. That will make you a dead duck. Folks don’t mind being teased a little, but they don’t like being lied to. If folks open your email, but then see it’s not at all about what you promised, they’ll toss you right out.While we’re at it, consider your pre-header.  That’s an extra tool to convince your subscribers to quack open your email. What is it? It’s the snippet of text at the top of your email (or a link to the online version) that your subscribers see first, sometimes even before they open the email. Because even if you get your email open, studies show that 51% will delete your email within 2 seconds of opening it.  Aargh!Most email clients display the pre-header right after the subject line. This means if you’re using images, you absolutely must include an ALT description of the image for those folks (most) whose images are blocked. Talk to your IT folk if you don’t know what I’m talking about. And keep in mind the typical inbox preview pane will only show 30 to 40 characters (the typical mobile device shows around 15 characters). So make your lead-in count.Segmentation can Make or Break your Campaign.Imagine you’re an animal rescue agency. Half of your supporters love dogs; half love cats. Wouldn’t it make sense to devise tailored messages for each segment?The same holds true for folks who gave big gifts vs. small ones. And folks who gave for the first time vs. ongoing donors.You want to tweak your appeal slightly to show people you know them.You also want to customize your asks (and your donation landing pages) to match the language in your appeal.The more specific and targeted you can be, the better.Once you get these three things nailed – “From” and “Subject Line” plus List Segmentation – getting your email opened will be like water off a duck’s back.Hasn’t this been pun? Want more email fundraising tips? Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm EDT for a 30-minute webinar, #NFGTips: Your Email Strategy for Year-End. Can’t make that time? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Click here to save your spot!last_img read more

Monthly Gifts Checklist

first_imgAccording to M+R’s Benchmarks Study for 2018, monthly giving revenue increased by 40 percent. A monthly, or recurring, gifts program builds a community of loyal, engaged donors; while simultaneously providing the regular income you can depend on.Recurring gifts are also the best prevention against lapsed donors. Someone who commits to a regular gift to your organization is with you for the long haul.By the NumbersFollow this step-by-step checklist to keep your monthly donors connected and engaged.Customize your online giving page to reflect your monthly recurring gifts program.Make the giving process obvious, easy, and transparent.Feature your donate button prominently on your website and include a link in all of your online outreach.Provide the option to choose monthly giving in every ask, appeal, and campaign in order to help donors realize giving more is possible.Add impact labels to monthly giving levels to illustrate what a gift can do.Create a special membership program to foster a sense of belonging.Design a special thank you and stewardship program for monthly donors.Include updates on your monthly giving program in your annual report, newsletters, and on your organization’s website.Plan a dedicated monthly giving campaign to target donors who may be more likely to give on a monthly basis.Develop ways to upgrade monthly donors to new giving levels over time.Track your progress and measure which methods are most successful in creating new monthly donors.Share results, stories, and updates on the impact of your recurring donors.Download our eGuide, “How To Enhance Your Donor Engagement,” for more on how to engage your donors.last_img read more

Key Takeaways for Maternal Health from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2018 Annual Meeting

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 27, 2018July 27, 2018By: Merce Gasco, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.; Natalia Vartapetova, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) held its annual clinical and scientific meeting in April 2018 in Austin, Texas. It was encouraging to see that woman-centered care and disparities related to health were part of this year’s conversation.In addition to disparities, the meeting addressed family planning services and postpartum contraception risk-management. Presentations and discussions centered around underlying causes and prevention of maternal mortality as well as the growing knowledge base and recommendations for cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment.The focus on women’s preferences, values and goals—such as shared decision making, preference-sensitive care and non-directive counseling—in addition to medical knowledge and evidence, prioritizes well-woman care and applies to emerging areas of work in low- and middle-income countries.Health disparitiesIn the United States (U.S.), the risk of pregnancy-related death for black women is three-to-four times higher than that of white women. As such, we were pleased that there was deep analysis of the social determinants of health by socioeconomic background, race and age. ACOG is a leader in developing guidelines and protocols in the U.S., and it is promising to see positive results in maternal outcomes and improvement in health services for women who continue to receive poor quality care. ACOG is now expanding its program and adapting its guidelines and protocols to address the specific issues found in low-resource settings, including rural and urban areas of poverty in the U.S.Family planning risk-managementWhen it comes to providing a contraceptive method to women, and adolescents in particular, ACOG encourages clinicians to consider the benefit of providing a contraceptive method immediately (preventing unintended pregnancy) and not to postpone contraception while waiting for test results or gynecological examination. If there are no evident contraindications, its new guidance suggests that providing contraception at the time a young woman asks for it is preferable. This is a significant step for women, and we hope providers adjust their protocols using these new recommendations.Postpartum family planningPostpartum family planning was emphasized as a way to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. There are a variety of options available. For example, as long-acting methods such as the intrauterine device (IUD) have become more acceptable for providers and women over the last few years, and postpartum insertion proven safe and effective, more obstetricians and gynecologists are being trained in the method. There has also been increased advocacy for the method, and insurance companies in some states are now covering the cost of a second IUD after the first is expelled postpartum.Postpartum hemorrhageAs previously stated, there are concerns related to the World Health Organization’s weak recommendation of the use of tranexamic acid for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). ACOG supported treating PPH with misoprostol and oxytocin. The title of one of the sessions, Rethinking Postpartum Hemorrhage Management: The role of Simple Technologies in Expanding Access to PPH Management, emphasized continued use of proven treatments.We are pleased that ACOG continues to evolve on issues from social determinants of health to guidelines that meet women and girls’ immediate needs. The information shared at the ACOG meeting is very useful for agencies working to improve maternal health in the U.S. and globally.—Access key resources from the meeting>>Watch conference-goers discuss key takeaways from ACOG 2018>>Learn more about maternal health in the United States>>Share this:last_img read more

Imperial Oil reports first quarter profit down from year ago raises dividend

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 percent as it reported that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The Calgary-based energy company says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 19 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Kruger says improved upstream realizations were more than offset by reduced downstream margins.last_img read more

Tennis Finally Crowns An American Woman Not Named Williams

Saturday marked the first time since 1998 that the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was won by an American not named Serena or Venus. Sloane Stephens, who was ranked 957th in the world in July and entered the tournament unseeded, beat fellow American (and good friend) Madison Keys handily, 6-3, 6-0. Stephens, Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe, all of whom made at least the semifinals at this year’s Open, are all 25 years old or younger and have tons more tennis to play in their primes. Could they be the players who finally take the torch carried so long by Serena and Venus Williams?Before Thursday, it had been 36 years since every player in the semifinals of the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was an American. And before Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift the U.S. Open trophy was Lindsay Davenport, who dominated the game from 1998 to 2000, finishing the 1998 WTA season as the top-ranked player in the world and nearly collecting a career Grand Slam over the course of just three seasons.1Davenport now coaches Madison Keys. Not a bad influence to have in your box. The Williams sisters’ dominance notwithstanding, American women have had a rough go of it at the U.S. Open — and have seen less success at every other major as well — during the past two decades. But that wasn’t always the case. During the first 20 years of the “Open era,”2The Open era began in 1968 when the French Open decided to allow professionals to play alongside amateurs. the women’s draw at the U.S. Open saw 15 champions from the U.S. It took American women three years to capture their first U.S. Open title in the Open era (Virginia Wade of Great Britain was the first to lift the trophy, in 1968, and Australian legend Margaret Court, who along with Billie Jean King is the only woman to win the U.S. Open in both the pre-Open era and the Open era, won in 1969 and 1970). But after that slow start, American women won 15 of the next 17 titles. King won in 1971, 1972 and 1974 (her last time) before passing the torch to Chris Evert.Evert dominated the tournament from 1975 to 1982 — her six titles in that span are tied with Serena Williams’s for the most in the Open era.3Helen Wills Moody — also an American — still holds the all-time record, with seven titles. Tracy Austin picked up two titles, in 1979 and 1981, and Martina Navratilova, who became an American citizen in 1981, won four of her own from 1983 to 1987.4She lost in the 1985 U.S. Open final to Hana Mandlíková.This American pre-eminence carried over to the other majors as well. From 1971 to 1987, U.S. women won at least one major in each season.51988 and 1989 were busts for anyone in women’s tennis not named Steffi Graf. In 1988, Graf asserted herself as the best tennis player on the planet by winning all four majors — and Olympic gold. In 1989, she won three of the season’s four majors. And from the beginning of the Open era through 1984, 12 different Americans made it to at least one Grand Slam final (and five of those 12 won at least one Grand Slam).The parity that once existed in U.S. women’s tennis dwindled a bit in the years that followed Navratilova’s final title at Wimbledon, in 1990 — at least in terms of the number of players who made it to a Grand Slam final. In the subsequent 27 years, just nine Americans have made at least one Grand Slam final. But of those nine, six have gone on to win at least one Grand Slam.Before Stephens did it on Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift a trophy at a major was Jennifer Capriati, who knocked off Martina Hingis at the 2002 Australian Open. Fifteen years is a huge gap in parity, but the work of the sisters alone in this period — particularly Serena Williams, who won 23 titles — still meant that this would go down as one of the most dominant eras of American women’s tennis. The pair have won 30 of the last 75 finals and have combined for eight U.S. Open trophies.In the end, it’s fitting that the final major of the 50th season of Open-era play would go to an American — of the 199 majors contested over that span, 85 have been won by an American, by far the most of any country. And if Stephens, Keys and Vandeweghe have anything to say about it, that number should only grow. And above all, parity in American women’s tennis appears to be on the upswing again. read more

ExItalian FA commissioner Mancini wasnt my choice

first_imgFormer Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini revealed that while he likes Roberto Mancini, he wouldn’t have picked him to become the new Italy coachMancini agreed on a two-year deal to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the new Italy coach following their failure to reach the World Cup.However, the former Inter Milan boss has overseen just two wins in his opening seven games in charge of Italy and appears to have done little to convince Fabbricini of his credentials.“Mancini was a good choice, which I shared, but not mine,” Fabbricini told Foglio Sportivo.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Alessandro Costacurta was given full responsibility for the matter by CONI. He went ahead at 1,000km/h with only three candidates: Carlo Ancelotti, his preference, Roberto Mancini, and Gigi Di Biagio.“I’d have considered some Serie A Coaches, maybe Marco Giampaolo or Gian Piero Gasperini. Also [Claudio] Ranieri.“Costacurta didn’t listen to us though, he said: ‘don’t make me laugh’.”The Azzurri will be back in action on November 17 at home to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League before hosting the United States three days later.last_img read more

Rohingyas to stay in Bhasan Char if their stay prolonged

first_imgRohingyas would be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali if their stay in Bangladesh is prolonged. AFP File PhotoThe government of Bangladesh is making arrangement temporarily for providing food and shelter to Rohingya people who fled Myanmar atrocities in Rakhine state.However, a minister said, if their stay in Bangladesh is prolonged, they would be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali.The number of Rohingyas who fled Myanmar due to repression in recent times has exceeded 450,000, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain told newsmen after the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees Filippo Grandi met him on Monday.The minister mentioned that the government is ready to take assistance from UNCHR office in providing support to the Rohingya people.He said the UNHCR has agreed to provide Tk 350 million for making internal roads in Cox’s Bazar where the Rohingyas have taken shelter.Money will be available soon and the army will start construction of the roads, the minister added.About the newborns of Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, the secretary of the ministry, Md Shah Kamal said their birth registration is being completed and they would be considered Myanmar citizens.Asked if the Rohingyas would be considered as refugees, he said they are currently being considered as infiltrators. If it is found during the bilateral discussion that the matter is a long-term issue, we will then review their status, he added.last_img read more

This Doll May Be Recording What Children Say Privacy Groups Charge

first_imgBrian Naylor/NPRPrivacy groups have filed a complaint about My Friend Cayla dolls to the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that they spy on children.Tech toys have become popular holiday gifts. Many are interactive; some even claim educational benefits. But one such toy has privacy advocates very worried this year.It’s called My Friend Cayla. It’s a doll and looks pretty much like most dolls do. She is available in various skin tones and hair colors, and according to her website, she is the smartest toy you’ll ever have.But My Friend Cayla also has some issues. She sings, talks and listens — maybe a little too well.“We’re very concerned about the fact that these dolls are essentially spying on your kids’ private conversations,” says Claire Gartland, director of the Consumer Privacy Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington nonprofit that advocates for consumer privacy.The problem with Cayla, Gartland says, is that everything a child tells the doll can be recorded, in the guise of having an interactive conversation.Ask her, say, “Can I tell you a secret?” And the doll responds: “Sure go ahead; be very quiet, though. I promise not to tell anyone; it’s just between you and me because we are friends.”But Gartland says anything that’s said to Cayla isn’t really secret at all. If the doll is connected to a smartphone — as it’s designed to be — that information can be sent to the toy’s makers.“There’s all kinds of intimate details of their personal life, their parents’ personal lives. We know how kids at younger ages don’t necessarily have the same social filter,” Gartland says, “so these children could be chattering on about anything, really.”Gartland says the conversations that Cayla records are sent to servers at a company called Genesis, which makes the doll, and to another company called Nuance, which makes voice-recognition software for this any many other products. Nuance also has a database used by law enforcement and military and intelligence agencies that matches voiceprints.In a blog post, Nuance says it does not share voice data collected from its customers with any of its other customers. Genesis did not return calls for comment.Gartland says parents are not being sufficiently notified of My Friend Cayla’s capabilities, “and more importantly they’re not consenting to this, and that’s where some of our legal regulations come into play.”The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires companies that collect and use private information from children age 12 and younger to notify their parents and get permission first.Gartland’s group and other privacy advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about Cayla. Ideally they’d like to see the toy and its sibling, i-Que Intelligent Robot, taken off the shelves in the United States, as has happened in some European countries.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Sued Over Housing Discrimination

first_imgFLICKR CREATIVE COMMONSFacebook is being sued over housing discrimination.The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with affiliated groups in San Antonio, New York and Miami, have sued Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act.The lawsuit says the company “continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar families with children, women and others from receiving rental and sales ads for housing.”The suit comes as the social media company continues to deal with charges of the misuse of data, belonging to 50 million of its users.Read the entire lawsuit The lawsuit said Facebook allows advertisers to “target” its audience by allowing them to “include” or “exclude” specific types of people.To test its case, the NFHA submitted a fictitious ad in San Antonio for an apartment for rent, using Facebook presets that allowed them to exclude “parents with toddlers,” “parents with preschoolers,” “parents with early school-age children,” “parents with teenagers,” and “parents with preteens,” while targeting “men.”The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio created similar fictitious ads to exclude “corporate moms,” “stay-at-home moms” and “fit moms,” while using Facebook presets to include “men” and “no kids.”“They are giving housing providers the tool to discriminate,” said Sandra Tamez, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio. “It’s problematic especially in a city like ours where we are segregated so much.”A Facebook spokesperson told Texas Public Radio the lawsuit was without merit, and that there is no place for discrimination on the platform.Meanwhile, the lawsoh uit said Facebook has been “on notice for more than a year,” citing an investigation by ProPublica in 2016 that its advertising platform violates fair housing laws. In a second article in November, Propublica found Facebook housing ads that specifically excluded people based on race and religion, as well as people with disabilities.Paul Flahive contributed to this reportVince Kong can be reached at vince@tpr.org or on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Smithsonian Honors Black Womens Bravery in HiddenHerstory

first_imgWashingtonians have a few more reasons to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) as it launches a new social media campaign, #hiddenhistory, and offers four public programs to celebrate the role of women in the struggle for civil rights. Events will explore the journeys of inspiring women like Harriet Tubman and Recy Taylor and feature a combination of film, theatre, and panel presentations.NMAAHC honor Black heroes during Nationan Women’s Month (Courtesy photo)The screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” on Friday, March 16 appears timely as the growing national “Me Too” movement continues a conversation about about sexual assault and discrimination. The film tells the story of Taylor, a rape survivor, in 1944 Alabama, according to a Smithsonian press release. After identifying her six White assailants, her struggle is joined by the NAACP’s chief rape investigator: Rosa Parks.The museum’s Women’s History Month commemoration concludes on Thursday, March 29 with “Harriet’s Daughters: An Evening of Conversation and Celebration,” a panel presentation and keynote exploring Harriet Tubman’s legacy and impact on American life. Panelists will include Barbara Arnwine, president and founder of Transformative Justice Coalition and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, artist and activist. The keynote speech will be given by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, one of the academic leaders in intersectionality theory.Museum staff will use the hashtag #HiddenHerstory to honor women artists, women activists and women educators who have shaped American history through a commitment to ending discrimination, the release said.All events will take place in the Oprah Winfrey theater. Events “strongly encourage” registration, but are free and open to the public.last_img read more

Varsity Eight Takes Second at Sunshine State Invite

first_img Print Friendly Version 2V8+ Petite Final1. Clemson, 6:47.402. Louisville, 6:58.313. Miami, 6:59.194. Jacksonville, 7:10.635. Old Dominion, 7:31.286. Stetson, 7:55.59 Fans can follow Louisville rowing on Twitter (@UofLrowing) at http://twitter.com/uoflrowing, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UofLRowing and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/uoflrowing. RESULTSV8+ Grand Final1. Alabama, 6:30.202. Louisville, 6:33.423. UCF, 6:35.434. Kansas State, 6:37.825. Kansas, 6:38.886. SMU, 6:39.61 V4+ Grand Final1. UCF, 7:21.302. Alabama, 7:26.093. Kansas State, 7:27.204. Tulsa, 7:31.115. Louisville, 7:33.276. SMU, 7:44.19 In its first event of the morning, the crew of Perie Howard, (coxswain), McKenzie Sweeney, Lucie Heranova, Mahalia Shand, McKenzie Vaughn, Misia Partyga, Claudia Figueiredo, Violette Legrand and Leah van Eeden placed second in the grand final, finishing three seconds behind first-place Alabama. The Cards also took second in the second varsity eight petite final, turning in a time of 6:58.31. In both the V4+ and 2V4+ grand finals, the Cards placed fifth with times of 7:33.27 and 7:44.73 respectively. SARASOTA, Fla. – With a time of 6:33.42, the University of Louisville rowing varsity eight crew posted a runner-up finish Saturday morning at the FIRA Sunshine State Invitational at Nathan Benderson Park. Story Links The Cards will now turn their attention to the Clemson Invitational on April 19-20. This will be the first of two regattas at Lake Regatta, with the second coming in the ACC Championships on May 18. LINEUPSV8+: Perie Howard (coxswain), McKenzie Sweeney, Lucie Heranova, Mahalia Shand, McKenzie Vaughn, Misia Partyga, Claudia Figueiredo, Violette Legrand, Leah van Eeden2V8+: Rosie Devine (coxswain), Kimberly Dil, Katie Beiler, Caroline Lynch, Madison Luette, Samantha Stoll, Grace Herbert, Abbi Fitts, Abigail DaviesV4+: Margaret Geraghty (coxswain), Mallory Burnett, Victoria Goldin, Haylee Judge, Emily Corso2V4+: Audrey Sholiton (coxswain), Sarah Thurson, Morgan Senogles, Madeline Dodd, Jordan Kraski 2V4+ Grand Final1. Alabama A, 7:33.102. Kansas State, 7:38.893. UCF A, 7:40.074. Miami, 7:43.345. Louisville, 7:44.736. SMU, 7:45.337. Kansas, 7:47.45last_img read more

Its all about her

first_imgCoinciding with the International Women’s Day and at a time when issues about women’s safety and their place in society are raging issues, the show brings to you a multimedia interactive exhibition on the topic, right in the heart of Delhi, at Palika Parking Rooftop CP and Dilli Haat.The artists Cécile Plantin and Gael René create a magical environment with 100 curtain like translucent veils, each carrying video projections images and music. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner. The public can listen to many testimonies by women and navigate from ‘veil’  to the other. Head over and hear the stories of these aspiring ladies.The performance lasts for three hours (6 to 9 pm) with short  breaks of 20 mins. During these breaks the artists capture testimonies from the audience and give voice to your view weaving them into their next projection…interactive and an innovative in its intent. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner.last_img read more

Singer Carlisle to drive rickshaw in India for charity

first_imgFormer lead vocalist of music band Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle has revealed plans to drive an auto-rickshaw across India to raise money for charity.The 56-year-old ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’ singer has just got her motorcycle license in Los Angeles in preparation for the 1,135 mile journey.“I’m doing a rickshaw ride in India in March from Kolkata to Udaipur,” Belinda shared in a video shot in her LA living room with her pug Bam Bam.“So why not make a donation in somebody’s name this holiday season – that person who is impossible to buy for.”  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenCarlisle has a fund-raising goal of USD 25,000 to help the Animal People Alliance (APA), which works to improve the lives of slavery survivors with economic empowerment and education strategies.The charity helps to “train and employ vulnerable youth and women as veterinary technicians, dog handlers and animal caregivers” in India.Fans of the singer can donate to get signed copies of Carlisle’s studio albums, a Skype call from the star and a chance to ride the rickshaw with the singer on the last day of the journey.last_img read more

Art space

first_imgMobel Grace in collaboration with Gallery Stupa 18 present Jugalbandi – an art exhibition that brings together paintings and art inspired furniture. The artists who are part of the show include Sudhir Tailang, Alka Raghuvanshi, Vilas Kulkarni, Shridhar Iyer, Manisha Gawade, Partha Sengupta, Anita Kulkarni and Ranjit Singh. The show is on from March 20 to April 15 at 343 Sultanpur, near Pillar NO 28-B, Sultanpur Metro Station in the Capital.The show is a jugalbandi of furniture and paintings as they co-exist together in our spaces.  “Art used in private and public spaces in residences and offices must have a balance of aesthetics so that their common link is visible. Paintings are integral part of interior designing and we strongly recommend it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In this show we have tried juxtaposing them together so that the two can be viewed in unison and we have chosen art works that speak the same language as our furniture,” says the interior designer Meenakshi Goyal and director Mobel Grace. “The artists featured in this show all believe that the elements of paintings and furniture work in tandem to bestow a unique character to space. Alka Raghuvanshi’s vibrant and metallic colours add grandeur to the space. Anita Kulkarni’s works showcase passionately flowing colours which breaks the monotony of straight lined walls. Manisha Gawade’s lingering and bold lines blended with sophisticated colours hold the viewers thoughts,” says Varsha Bansal, director of Gallery Stupa 18. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSimilarly Shridhar Iyer’s elegance radiates energy and blends with the space wonderfully. Vilas Kulkarni unifies the traditional as well as modern to compliment the natural shades of the space. Sudhir Tailang’s pithy drawings are perfect for the study and coffee table area where one can ponder upon life experiences. Ranjeet Singh’s paintings capture the expression of children portrayed in bright hues. Partha Sengupta’s bold and expressive countenances are energetic and reflect people’s personality. “Art has a universal language that it can be experienced by all those who view it. Given India’s vast history and culture of paintings dating back to cave paintings from Bhimbetka they are an integral element to energise spaces – be they work arenas or home spaces.  “Art can either be a statement or can blend sympathetically with a room’s design and colour palette. It is a way of personalizing a space,” says Deepak Goyal, the managing director Mobel Grace.last_img read more

Shattering the unbroken view of society

first_imgCelebrating the talent of fresh and new makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. Such is the case of exhibition ‘Panorama-9’. Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, this exhibition will host over 30 artists who will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues.The exposition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through the mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanisation and industrialisation have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. As each artist touches upon subject the subjects that have been paralysed by the society, their canvas becomes a window for us all to explore the possibilities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn a one of its kind initiative, this five-day exhibition is wholly funded by the participating artists. The participating artists are Meghna Agarwal, Shalini Varshney, Shyam Porwal, Mahua Sinha, Jolly Sharma, Meena Wason, Babun Ghosh, Mahesh Kumar, S.K Chouhan, Vatsala Ranjan, Jasmeet Khurana, Gaurav Dahiya, Kritika Mitra, Aman Anand, Rama Sharma, Ram Kumar, Amit Kumar, Tapan Das, Abid Zaidi, Sheikh Abdullah, Uma Bardhan, Alpana Kataria, Mridul Chakraborty, Nilay Sarkar, Pulakesh Mondal, Ravi Verma, Veena Singh, Punam Rai, Darshan Sharma, PurnenduMondal, and Archana Das.Dabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance. The colours, shapes and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital, and together they will converge at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre this autumn from September 11-15.last_img read more

Man taken to hospital after police called to man in distress on

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA man was taken to hospital after emergency services were called to a bridge over a busy Stoke-on-Trent dual carriageway in the early hours of the morning. Police and paramedics were called to the bridge over the A500 in Etruria at around 2.30am today (Wednesday April 10) after the man was spotted on the wrong side of the railings by an off-duty paramedic. The road was briefly shut while the man was persuaded to come down. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a man in distress on a bridge on the A500 in the early hours of this morning at 2.30am (10 April). Read MoreNorth Staffordshire couple killed in motorbike crash with tractor   “Officers attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service. “The road reopened 20 minutes later.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added:  “An off-duty paramedic was heading back and spotted a male on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge over the A500. “They quickly called the police. “We attended and the man was assessed and taken to hospital by ambulance.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more