Why no fundraisers for Iraqi dead, asks Terry Jones

first_img Howard Lake | 14 January 2005 | News Python, film director and actor Terry Jones wrote in yesterday’s Guardian to ask why, given the public generosity to the south Asian tsunami appeals, there are no fundraising activities underway for the many civilians killed in Iraq? “Why aren’t our TV companies and newspapers running fundraisers to help Iraqis whose lives have been wrecked by the invasion?” asks Jones in his comment piece in the Guardian.He acknowledges the remarkable scale of giving in response to the tsunami disaster but is perplexed by the lack of any similar response to the widespread deaths in Iraq. “Of course it’s wonderful to see the human race rallying to the aid of disaster victims, ” he wrote, “but it’s the inconsistency that has me foxed. Nobody is making this sort of fuss about all the people killed in Iraq, and yet it’s a human catastrophe of comparable dimensions.” Advertisement Tagged with: Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Why no fundraisers for Iraqi dead, asks Terry Jones About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. UK Fundraising has certainly reported extensively on the fundraising responses to the south Asian tsunami, but we have found next to nothing to report on fundraising for Iraq’s population. Of course, the poor security situation and the withdrawal of international aid agencies has made the implementation and delivery of assistance remarkably difficult. Still, in the early days after the fall of the Saddam regime, when some aid programmes were still possible, there was very little fundraising activity for Iraq.Of course, the ability to generate media interest and public support for particular charitable appeals at the expense of others is nothing new, and no doubt many charities are concerned about the possible diversion of donations from their causes to the tsunami appeals. There are plenty of other emergencies in the world that cry out to be tackled in a large-scale and sustained manner, with the AIDS pandemic and poverty just two of them.Still, Terry Jones’ question needs to be aired.last_img read more

GreenPalm trades millionth certificate

first_imgGreenPalm, the certificate trading programme that enables businesses to support sustainable palm oil production, has announced the trade of its millionth certificate.The milestone comes just two years after GreenPalm’s first certificate changed hands. Since then, the initiative has drawn support from businesses internationally, including Marks & Spencer, Cadbury, Burton’s Foods, Asda and Tesco.GreenPalm, which is endorsed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, enables businesses to support sustainable palm oil production at its source by funding an equivalent amount of palm oil to that used in their products.Bob Norman, GreenPalm general manager, said reaching a million certificates is evidence that it is possible to help make the palm oil industry sustainable and responsible through the commercial power of big business.“When GreenPalm began, there were plenty of doubters telling us businesses wouldn’t go for it – they’d be scared of greenwashing claims, and they’d worry about the fact that GreenPalm doesn’t involve buying actual physical sustainable palm oil,” said Norman. “Now just look at the names that have signed up.”>>GreenPalm raises $4mlast_img read more

Discover new ways to connect to the credit union movement

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Grabicki Michelle has been with Numerica Credit Union since April 2001, and has 28 years of credit union experience.   Michelle oversees all training, member feedback and cultural initiatives at Numerica and … Web: www.cunacouncils.org Details The old adage “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is about to get turned on its head; at CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference—September 28-October 1, 2016 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas—what happens in the City of Lights will stay with you long after your flight home.While these two events, hosted together for the second year in a row, serve two distinct groups of credit union professionals, they are united by a common theme: “Creating New Connections.” And although the “connections” in question include those you’ll make with fellow attendees, this is much more than a networking event. These conferences are also a chance to connect game-changing ideas, unconventional perspectives and rewarding opportunities.In addition to the eye-opening keynote presentations and high-impact breakout discussion sessions, CUNA Councils has a series of creative, unconventional opportunities planned that will enable attendees to connect to new areas of the credit union movement. Here are three examples:Connect to PhilanthropyIt’s important for credit union professionals to stay tethered to the movement’s core principle of People Helping People. This year’s conferences will provide attendees with a fun opportunity to give back to children in need through a special charity raffle.Upon arriving at the conference, you’ll be able to buy tickets for $5 a piece (or $20 for five) and enter to win a suite of great prizes. In addition to the total gross from raffle tickets, the nationwide credit union network CO-OP Financial Services has pledged to match attendees’ donations up to $10,000, making this a potentially massive charitable opportunity.Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which funds research, training, equipment purchases and care for children at hospitals across the country. On the last day of the conferences, country singer Lindsay Ell will present a check to Children’s Miracle Network revealing the final fundraising total.“It’s always great to use an event like this to give back to the community,” says Michelle Grabicki, CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council conference chair and VP Corporate Culture at Numerica CU. “We’ve partnered with a worthy cause, and with our attendees’ support, we have the potential to make a real impact.”Connect to Pioneering CultureNestled within Vegas’ casinos, hotels and buffets is the corporate headquarters of Zappos, Amazon’s online clothing and shoes retailer with more than 1,500 employees worldwide. Regularly cited as one of the best places to work in the U.S., Zappos offers a culture model that unifies, optimizes and fully utilizes their staff—one that credit unions could benefit to emulate.In a special pre-conference workshop on September 28th, attendees will take a tour of the Zappos campus and view an in-depth presentation on the corporate philosophy and practices that allow this multi-billion dollar company to serve millions of customers across the globe. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Zappos culture experts questions and gain insight into the daily machinations of an organization that, surprisingly enough, faces many of the same challenges as today’s credit unions.“From time to time, we all need to step outside of our bubble and look at things from a different perspective,” notes Michelle Grabicki, CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council conference chair and VP Corporate Culture at Numerica CU. “Zappos has a nearly unequaled reputation for workplace excellence, and the prospect of witnessing their work culture in action is really exciting.”Connect to InnovationReturning to this year’s conferences are the ever-popular Speed Rounds, an annual competition of credit union vendors. In two sessions on September 29, top technology companies will present their latest innovations to conference attendees through live product demonstrations, but with a fun twist: entrants will only have five minutes to present their game-changing product and two minutes to answer questions from the audiences.At the end of the presentations, one company will be chosen by audience members as Best of Show, an award won last year by SMA Solutions’ data analytics management platform Ascern.There are countless other ways that CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference will connect you to unforgettable experiences. Ultimately, you won’t appreciate the full breadth of opportunity these conferences offer in a single article; to do that, you’ll have to join us in Las Vegas this fall.last_img read more

Sixth annual Sheen Memorial July 3, 4 at Cardinal Speedway

first_imgEUNICE, N.M. – Four IMCA divisions are featured at Cardinal Speedway’s sixth annual Kelly Sheen Memorial Topless Shootout on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,000 to win, Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for $1,200, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center SportMods for $1,000 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $750.The Modified feature is a 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. Modified and Southern SportMod drivers must remove all body panels above the deck, including the roof, sail panels and pillar posts.IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers; Southern SportMod drivers race for national and state points.Thirty laps is the feature distance for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods, 20 laps for the Hobby Stocks. Cash awards of $100 will be paid to the hard charger and to the driver making the longest tow in each division.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, the draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. both days. Spectator admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday; kids six and under get in free both days. Pit passes are $25.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 2. General admission is free while pit passes are $20. Food and beverages following in the pit area are provided by Kendall’s Kountry Meat Market.Overnight accommodations are available in Eunice at the Oil Patch Motel (575 394-2501) and the Five Star Inn (575 394-0720) and in Hobbs at the Best Western Executive Inn (575 397-7171) and Baymont Inn & Suites (575 964-8400).Drivers should request Cardinal Speedway rates. Spots are also available at the Finish Line RV Park (806 392-3902), which is within walking distance from the track.More information is available by calling promoters Chris Meyers at 806 392-3902 or Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.last_img read more

6 Microphone Pickup Patterns Every Filmmaker Should Know

first_img5. Lobar (Unidirectional)Perfect for: narrative film, controlled setsWhile there is technically no such thing as a true unidirectional mic, a lobar pattern is the most directional pickup pattern you can use. While it may be appealing to a filmmaker to get a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern, you should seriously consider how difficult it will be to use a lobar microphone.The only microphone that can have a lobar pickup pattern is a shotgun mic, so you’ll almost always need someone to assist you when operating a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern. If your boom pole is typically operated by a careless PA, you might want to opt for a supercardioid mic instead, as the pickup pattern will be more forgiving.Notable lobar mics:Sennheiser MKE 600 – $329Sennheiser MKH 8060 – $1,249 6. Bidirectional (Figure 8 Pattern)Perfect for: podcasts, radio interviewsA bidirectional microphone is a mic designed to pickup audio equally from the front and back of the mic. Typically, bidirectional microphones are used for radio interview recording or podcasting. You will probably not find much use for a bidirectional microphone on a film set, but they can sometimes be used as a backup mic for talk shows when placed on the hosts desk.Notable bidirectional mics:Blue Yeti – $99Studio Projects B3 – $159Rode K2 – $699 4. Supercardioid (Shotgun)Perfect for: reality television, scripted contentSupercardioid mics are the most popular types of microphones for indie filmmakers because they give users the ability to isolate audio while still allowing for a slight margin of error. Supercardioid pickup patterns are typically only found in shotgun mics which are used on boom poles or mounted to the top of a camera. It should be noted that a supercardioid pickup pattern does pickup some audio from behind the microphone. So if you mount a supercardioid mic to your camera, you’ll need to keep your operating noise to a minimum.Notable supercardioid/shotgun mics:Rode VideoMic Pro – $193Rode NTG2 – $269Schoeps Colette – $1,622 3. Hypercardioid (Mini-Shotguns)Perfect for: on-camera mics, documentary recording, and instrument recordingA hypercardioid pickup pattern is a directional pickup pattern that is great for isolating audio. While you may find some lav mics with hypercardioid pickup patterns, you’ll typically only see this pickup pattern in shotgun mics. While every brand is different, the biggest difference between a hypercardioid mic and a supercardioid mic is how much of the rear and side noise is picked up. Hypercardioid mics are typically used for instrument recording.Notable hypercardioid mics:Audix SCX1-HC – $479 Sennheiser MKH-416 – $999  2. CardioidPerfect for: documentary recording, weddings, eventsA cardioid pickup pattern is a highly flexible pickup pattern that is great for all-purpose use. Cardioid microphones come in all shapes and sizes. A cardioid mic, while slightly directional, should not be confused with a hypercardioid or supercardioid mic. Cardioid mics will still pickup background noise if they are not in a controlled environment.Notable cardioid mics:Polsen SCL-1075 Shotgun Mic – $55Rode VideoMicro – $59Audio-Technica Pro 70 Lavalier – $129 Don’t pick the wrong mic! Find out when to use certain microphones by learning these six essential microphone pickup patterns.A film is only as good as its audio. While it can be easy to get captivated by the visual side of a film, audio should be high on the priority list of any director or producer. Bad audio can quickly turn off an already distracted audience, so it’s important to pick the right mic for the job. Let’s take a look at six essential microphone pickup patterns that every filmmaker should know.There is no one-size-fits-all solution when recording audio on a film set. You will likely want to bring a good assortment of lavs and shotgun mics to accommodate different shooting scenarios on set.1. OmnidirectionalPerfect for: interviews, moving subjectsOmnidirectional mics are the easiest to understand. Simply put, omnidirectional mics record audio from every direction. Typically you will want to use an omnidirectional mic when recording audio that you can’t control very well (like ambience, a press conference, or a moving talking head). Omnidirectional mics are the most flexible mics, but they are also the noisiest. It’s certainly a balancing act when on set. In a filmmaking context, you will almost exclusively see omnidirectional pickup patterns in lav mics.Notable omnidirectional mics:Polsen OLM-10- $22Rode smartLav+ – $79Sennheiser MKE-2-PC – $399Sennheiser EW 112-P G3 Wireless System – $629 Overview of Mic Pickup PatternsIf you want to learn more about microphone pickup patterns (and hear audio examples of each mic in action), check out this awesome video created by Videomaker. The video touches on all of the microphones included in this post.What’s your favorite microphone to use? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

You Cannot Run Out of Ideas

first_imgWhat follows is a true story. The client said to the salespeople sitting in his office, “Wait here, I have to run and get this project I need help with. Our current partner said they don’t have any ideas.” Their existing supplier told them that they were at a complete loss for ideas.This incumbent is in deep trouble. The company—and the people who work there—need help, and their incumbent partner believes that they have no new ideas to share. Because they think they have no new ideas, it’s true for them. Moreover, without ideas, the incumbent partner is ripe for a competitive displacement. They have forced their client to look elsewhere for help by giving up on a problem that is surely not intractable.One of the things that makes you consultative is your ideas. Ideas aren’t the same as what is now popularly called “insights,” those being mostly about making a compelling case that the client should—or must—change. Ideas are more about “how to change,” and “how to deal with this challenge” or “solve this problem.” The ability to generate new ideas, to think laterally, combining ideas from one domain with another, is an attribute that is necessary for success in sales (there is a full chapter on ideas in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need titled Resourcefulness).The other attributes and skills you need to develop to prevent your running out of ideas is business acumen, which is a general understanding of how businesses work.  That understanding can help you understand a problem and challenge and recognize potential ideas that are worth considering. Maybe even more important, however, is situational knowledge, the ability to see the patterns of what works, what doesn’t, and because you can draw from your experiences serving other clients and the people you serve within those companies.Lately, there have a been a rash of young bucks on LinkedIn suggesting that one derives no value from reading business books. In their myopic view, they believe that anything that is known isn’t going to have value now, mistakenly believing that anything known is not disruptive enough. By eliminating ideas, they remove the ability to think laterally, to mix and match ideas from different domains, and to explore what might be possible. When you don’t read other people’s view and their account of their experiences, you deprive yourself of the ability to connect the dots. If you have to choose between being well and widely read or being poorly read, choose the former.Fortunately, your brain does a pretty good job of ideation all the time, mostly when the ideas are challenging to capture, like when you are in the shower or driving. Sitting down with a legal pad and writing ideas down will help you come up with all kinds of new things to explore. Even better, putting an ideation task force together and locking yourself in a room with a whiteboard for two hours is likely to generate more ideas than you could execute. You need only one good one to solve your client’s most pressing challenge to go from “at risk of being displaced” to “strategic partner.” At least until your client is once again challenged, which should be shortly after you help solve the one you are working on now.last_img read more

Fast-track courts in Tripura to try POCSO cases

first_imgThe Tripura government has designated several courts as first-track courts to try pending proceedings under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A special court has been set up here and nine more across districts have been designated for the purpose, a law department official said. Five such courts have been set up to try cases of crimes against women. Around 350 cases lodged under the POCSO Act are awaiting final disposal by courts. Many cases are as old as four years. Complaints are mainly about sexual abuse and hostility.The State’s Law and Education Minister had earlier said that the special POCSO court here will be launched on September 16. It will deal with litigations under west Tripura district limit.last_img

Dislocation

first_imgDefinitionA dislocation is a separation of two bones where they meet at a joint. Joints are areas where two bones come together.A dislocated bone is no longer in its normal position.Alternative NamesJoint dislocationConsiderationsIt may be hard to tell a dislocated bone from a broken bone. Both are an emergency. You will need the same first aid treatment.Most dislocations can be treated ina doctors office or emergency room. You may be given medicine to make you sleepy and to numb the area.Sometimes, general anesthesia in the operating room is needed.When treated early, most dislocationswill not result in permanent injury.Injuries to the surrounding tissues generally take 3 – 6 weeks to heal. Sometimes, surgery to repair a torn ligament is needed.Injuries to nerves and blood vessels may result in more long-term or permanent problems.Once a joint has been dislocated, it is more likely to happen again. Follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon is recommended after a dislocation.CausesDislocations are usually caused by a sudden impact to the joint. This usually occurs following a blow, fall, or other trauma.SymptomsA dislocated joint may be:Accompanied by numbness or tingling at the joint or beyond itIntensely painful, especially if you try to use the joint or bear weight on itLimited in movementSwollen or bruisedVisibly out of place, discolored, or misshapenNursemaids elbow is a partial dislocation common in toddlers. The main symptom is refusal to use the arm. Nursemaids elbow can be easily treated in a doctors office.advertisementFirst AidCall 911 before you begin treating someone who may have a dislocation, especially if the accident causing the injury may be life-threatening.If there has been a serious injury, check the persons airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing, CPR, or bleeding control.Do not move the person if you think that the head, back, or leg has been injured. Keep the person still. Provide reassurance.If the skin is broken, take steps to prevent infection. Do not blow on the wound. Rinse the area gently to remove obvious dirt, but do not scrub or probe. Cover the area with sterile dressings before immobilizing the injury.Splint or sling the injury in the position in which you found it. Do not move the joint. Be sure to immobilize the area above and below the injured joint.Check the persons blood circulation around the injury by pressing firmly on the skin in the affected area. It should blanch white, then regain color within a couple of seconds. Avoid this step if the skin has been broken, to reduce the risk of infection.Apply ice packs to ease pain and swelling.Take steps to prevent shock. Unless there is a head, leg, or back injury, lay the victim flat, elevate the feet about 12 inches, and cover the person with a coat or blanket.Do NotDo NOT move the person unless the injury has been completely immobilized.Do NOT move a person with an injured hip, pelvis, or upper leg unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are the only rescuer and the person must be moved, drag him or her by the clothing.Do NOT attempt to straighten a misshapen bone or joint or to change its position.Do NOT test a misshapen bone or joint for loss of function.Do NOT give the person anything by mouth.Call immediately for emergency medical assistance ifCall 911 if the person has:A bone projecting through the skinA known or suspected dislocation or broken boneAn area below the injured joint that is pale, cold, clammy, or blueSevere bleedingSigns of infection, such as warmth or redness at the injured site, pus, or a feverPreventionPreventing injuries in children:Create a safe environment around your home.Pay careful attention to preventing falls by gating stairways and keeping windows closed and locked.Supervise children carefully. There is no substitute for close supervision no matter how safe the environment or situation appears to be.Teach children how to be safe and look out for themselves.Preventing dislocations in adults:Avoid falls by not standing on chairs, countertops, or other unstable objects.Eliminate throw rugs, especially for the elderly.Wear protective gear when participating in contact sports.For all age groups:Keep a first aid kit handy.Remove electrical cords from floor surfaces.Use handrails on staircases.Use nonskid mats on the bottom of the bathtubs and avoid bath oils.ReferencesBrowner BD, Jupiter JB, Levine Am, Trafton PG, Krettek C., eds. Skeletal Trauma. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008.advertisementChapman MW. Fracture healing and closed treatment of fractures and dislocations. In: Chapman MW, Szabo RM, Marder RA, Vince KG, Mann RA, Lane JM, et al, eds. Chapmans Orthopaedic Surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: 2000:chap 10.Foley KA. Knee dislocation. In: Rosen P, Barkin RM, Hayden SR, Schaider JJ, Wolfe R, eds. Rosen and Barkins 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2007.Brabson TA, Greenfield BS. Prehospital Immobilization.In:Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Roberts: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine.5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009: chap 46.Ufberg JW, McNamara RM. Management of Common Dislocations.In:Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Roberts: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine.5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009: chap 49.Review Date:4/12/2012Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youth

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to put his faith in youth – despite their struggles.United’s 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League stretched their winless run away from home to 10 games in all competitions under Solskjaer, going back to March.“We’re not in the 90s now,” said Solskjaer. “It’s a different era, a different group that we’re building.“We know there are going to be ups and downs. I’m ready to see these boys blossom. There’s not many clubs with our stature that play the young players that we do.“They’ve got a chance to come through and we’re sure some of these will be part of a successful team. I don’t know what the opponents think of us. I just know sometimes when you walk off games, we’re not doing bad here.“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times, but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us.“We will need to improve and that is what we have to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BJPbacked goons rough up TMC workers at Nandagram

first_imgKolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists received injuries after they were attacked allegedly by a group of BJP-backed miscreants. Some of the injured persons have been undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.The incident, which took place at Nandagram village of East Burdwan district on Monday morning, has triggered tension among the local residents. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that elections were conducted at Burdwan East Lok Sabha constituency on the same day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some BJP-backed goons tried to influence the voters at Nandagram village on Monday morning, when the Trinamool Congress workers intervened. As they tried to dissuade the miscreants, it led to a heated altercation between the TMC workers and the BJP assisted goons. The miscreants soon overpowered the Trinamool Congress workers and beat them up. They fled immediately after the incident, before the local residents could reach the spot. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe injured victims were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by the local people. Senior TMC leaders later visited the hospital to see the injured workers, who are stated to be in a stable condition now. In another incident, a party office of Trinamool Congress at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas was set on fire by some miscreants. The district party leaders of TMC have accused BJP of setting the party office on fire, which was badly damaged in the incident. The BJP leaders from the district have, however, denied the allegations.last_img read more