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Vodafone in swipe at Apple


first_img More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ VODAFONE chief executive Vittorio Colao made a veiled attack on Apple yesterday as he called for greater openness in the mobile industry.He said he was concerned about firms creating so-called “walled gardens” around content, stressing “the importance of avoiding dominance in any step in the value chain”.Sources close to Vodafone confirmed the comments were intended to censure Apple, which dominates the mobile phone app industry. The side-swipe came as Apple announced it will cream off 30 per cent of any subscriptions sold through the app store. That means the likes of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp – which sells iPad subscriptions to the Times through the app store – will have to give almost a third of the virtual “cover price” to Apple. Until now, publishers and other developers could keep 100 per cent of subscription revenue. Colao went on to praise Google for creating another major player in the mobile sphere with its Android operating system, saying it is important to maintain competition.Addressing Vodafone’s ongoing tax woes in India, Colao called the treatment of his firm “erratic” and “not healthy”.He claimed the authorities were making a “misguided” attempt to tax his firm, which he said has invested heavily in the Indian economy. Sharecenter_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoPensAndPatronPrince Charles Finally Reveals His Thoughts On Marrying Princess DianaPensAndPatronUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Just Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndoTheFashionBallAthletes That Are So Beautiful They’re Also ModelsTheFashionBallUndoBrake For It39 1960s Cars, RankedBrake For ItUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoNinjaJournalistSilly Workers Caught In Unbelievable MomentsNinjaJournalistUndoThe Chef PickKelly Lynch Is 62 And This Is How She’s Living After RetirementThe Chef PickUndoAuto InquirerA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserAuto InquirerUndo Vodafone in swipe at Apple Tuesday 15 February 2011 8:17 pm KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more


Gaming Realms forecasts 55% revenue growth for 2020


first_imgBased on its performance and sales momentum in the period since publishing its first-half results in September, the developer said revenue for the 12 months to 31 December should reach £10.7m (€11.8m/$14.3m). Tags: Gaming Realms Online gambling content developer and distributor Gaming Realms has revealed that it expects revenue for its 2020 full year to increase 55% year-on-year, due to continued growth among its network of international partners. Full year results 2020 This came after Gaming Realms in the first half went live with Gamesys, Sky Betting & Gaming and 888 Casino in Great Britain, as well as with DraftKings in New Jersey in the US and Caliente in Mexico. 8th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher As a result, Gaming Realms said it also expects adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to reach at least £2.7m for the year. Gaming Realms forecasts 55% revenue growth for 2020 For the first six months of the year, revenue reached £5.2m, up 65.9% on the same period in 2019, as the developer noted growth in a number of business sectors. Analysing its performance in 2020, the developer said this forecast growth is down to the expansion of its partners around the world, as well as the launch of new Slingo games, and improvements across its other technologies. Revenue from licensing its content to third party partners reached £3.4m, up 103.5% on last year, while social gaming revenue rose 29.4% to £1.8m. Gaming Realms also noted that it has so far gone live with five new partners in the second half of 2020 – including Paddy Power Betfair in Europe – and rolled out four new titles using the Slingo mechanic. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Full year results 2020 Email Address In addition, the developer has applied for licences in Pennsylvania and Michigan in the US, with the aim of launching in these states during the first half of 2021. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more


Focus on Scotland: Coaching vacancy up for grabs?


first_imgPerhaps professional courtesy is, rather surprisingly, preventing two coaches who are known to be fond of donning a tie and presenting themselves to board members from flirting with the SRU. Perhaps they are unwilling to tread on Johnson’s toes; affording him time and space to meet Dodson without external pressures. Perhaps we should cast our eyes skyward and wait for the swine to fly.Ambition would mean that any coach desperate to break into the international scene would have no qualms with getting in touch, but there are other ways of going about it instead of just facing down a camera and saying that you want a job.It would not suit Scotland to throw names about at this point anyway. Johnson may have added a few pounds to any prospective contract thanks to the talk from Australia about him, and the rumours of jobs within the ARU are widely expected to be true. However, if he does go, Scotland have to be wise with their process.It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Dean Ryan had absolutely no interest in being anything other than an interim forwards coach with Scotland – something made clear from the start and protected as he rarely ventured out into the Scottish glare – yet he is more than happy to throw his lot in with perennial Premiership strugglers Worcester Warriors.Reputation: Ewen McKenzie is a long shotIf Johnson left there would be a need to start again. The last 6 Nations would be rendered almost completely irrelevant, bar nodding to the public morale engendered by improved performances. Systems and staff would be completely overhauled again. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Decision time: Rumours abound that Scott Johnson is attracting interest Down Under but will he choose Scotland?By Alan DymockTHERE IS a coaching job available. There is no velvet rope cordoning-off the hot seat and there is not a flashy pop-up spamming every ambitious coach around, but there is a job there for anyone willing to fight for it.A little more clarity, we are not talking about the Ireland job.While knickers are untwisted, Irish fans can be assured that nothing will be made of Jake White of the Brumbies talking and Ewen McKenzie of the Queensland Reds beaming in with an audition tape for the role. McKenzie is certainly an option for the international post and Leinster’s own Joe Schmidt is much coveted – indeed his own captain Leo Cullen admitted he would be good for the post, recently – and he is due to talk with the IRFU. Ireland, it seems, have plenty of suitors.However, it is interesting to note that not one of these men have ever declared an interest, publicly and strongly, for the Scotland job.Schmidt, in fairness, is strongly engrained in the Irish game. He would be the popular choice anyway, maybe not the ‘people’s choice’ yet, but not far from it. Yet it must be questioned: what happens to McKenzie if he is knocked back? Does he fade into the ether, or does he shuffle apologetically to the back of the seemingly short queue for the Scotland job, trying to pretend that it was a top choice all along and not the hairy-knuckled bridesmaid to an emerald bride?Hands up: Yet Dean Ryan chose WorcesterThe problem is that nothing can be said about the Scotland job until after caretaker coach Scott Johnson’s sit-down with the boss, CEO Mark Dodson. The matter is cloudy in uncertainty and not helped with news from the south signalling that Johnson may be a wanted man on his own shores. People in the know down under suggest that the ARU may come a-courtin’ and with the Melbourne Rebels coach already told he will have to re-interview for his own post next season and with McKenzie jumping from the Reds ship, there are options opening up for Johnson to make his glorious return south. The silence may be telling. Dodson and his rugby advisors have to pitch to Johnson, rather than the other way around. If that falls through they have to wait for the fall-out of the Irish wrangling. If Johnson goes and Schmidt is holding up a green jersey for the cameras at the Aviva Stadium, Murrayfield will become a place of action.Somewhere in the bowels of the ground Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor, formerly a Red staffer, will be sitting in a hot seat of his own in front of a computer, frantically trying to find Ewen McKenzie’s Skype address. BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 23: Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie of the Reds watches on during the round two Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) last_img read more


Los pintores hispanos ofrecen observaciones coloridas en la Convención General


first_img Por el personal de ENSPosted Jul 8, 2012 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Enedina Vasquez de San Antonio, Texas, es la pintora en residencia del Equipo de Ministerios Hispano en la Convención General.[Episcopal News Service — Indianápolis] La Convención General es por lo general un mundo de palabras, sin embargo la pintora Enedina Vasquez está ofreciendo una interpretación visual con pinturas coloridas que reflejan su experiencia en la reunión de Indianápolis de este año.Vasquez, quien reside en San Antonio, en la diócesis de West Texas, se encuentra en la Convención como pintora en residencia del equipo de Ministerios Hispanos que dirige el Rdo. Canónigo Anthony Guillen, misionero de los Ministerios para Latinos/Hispanos de la Iglesia Episcopal.Enedina Vasquez ha creado una serie de pinturas que ilustran las “Cinco Marcas de la Misión” de la Comunión Anglicana, las cuales han sido aprobadas por la Iglesia Episcopal como los principios rectores. La Cuarta Marca está ilustrada aquí.El trabajo artístico de Vasquez y sus observaciones escritas pueden encontrarse aquí.Vasquez realizo servicios de similar capacidad en la conferencia de la Nueva Comunidad que se llevó a cabo en San Diego, a principios de este año.Fue en esa conferencia donde Vasquez empezó a dibujar en su iPod observaciones coloridas de los temas que se debatieron en la reunión, los cuales se centraron en los Ministerios Étnicos y Emergentes de la Iglesia Episcopal. Por ejemplo, cuando ella participó en la ceremonia nativoamericana en que bendicen la salvia y el aguar, ella pinto una mata de salvia con gotitas de agua que manaban de esta, con una puesta al cielo azul. Cuando uno de los oradores mencionó que la Iglesia Episcopal debería de “cambiar nuestro contexto o al menos considerar cambiarlo…” Vasquez pinto el escudo Episcopal con solo unos trazos de red, blanco y azul, como si estos se encontrarán en movimiento, fluyendo en el aire.En el segundo día de la Convención General, Vasquez pinto la reacción perpleja de un asistente a la Convención General que estaba tratando de ubicarse.Vasquez es una profesora jubilada, que tiene su negocio propio donde produce piezas de arte en cristal fundido. Su trabajo artístico se ha exhibido en museos muy importantes de los Estados Unidos, México, Japón y Alemania. Ella es además autora con trabajos publicados, poeta y dramaturga. Su obra teatral Te Traigo Estas Flores Y Marshmallow Peeps fue producida por Joseph Papp en el Festival del Teatro Shakespeare en Nueva York.Ella se graduó de la Universidad de Sewanee, Programa de Teología de la Universidad del Sur, y es además miembro de la organización religiosa laica Hijas del Rey [Daughters of the King]“En esta época de tecnología rápida, con jóvenes que envían con rapidez de sus teléfonos textos sobre las noticias del día, sobre lo que les interesa, y sus miedos, entonces la Iglesia Episcopal debe ir en esa dirección para poder captar a los jóvenes para que ellos puedan recibir la buena nueva de Cristo”, dijo Vasquez. “Nosotros debemos crear y enviar noticias que sean instantáneas, al minuto, coloridas, fantásticas, cortas, directas. En el 2012 hay maneras creativas y disponibles en Facebook y Twitter (para mencionar algunos) — y son los artistas quienes a través de la historia han reflejado las noticas verdaderas para todas las edades y épocas”. 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González to join CDSP as assistant professor of Old Testament


first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis González to join CDSP as assistant professor of Old Testament Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted May 5, 2015 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Theological Education Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC [Church Divinity School of the Pacific press release] Church Divinity School of the Pacific has named a Colombian-born scholar with a special interest in how biblical texts have been used to provoke and justify violence as assistant professor of Old Testament.Julián Andrés González Holguín, who is finishing his Ph.D. at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, will take up a joint appointment at CDSP and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, the seminary’s dean and president, has announced.“Julián González offers a fresh new voice in the world of scholarship and teaching in the context of theological education,” Richardson said. “We were impressed with his capacity to communicate some of the going concerns in Old Testament scholarship today.“Julián, a native of Colombia, will bring new cultural awarenesses to bear in our community,” Richardson added. “He is very integrative in his approach to studies in sacred texts, looking for contemporary analogies to the experience of God in the ancient Middle East. It is a hermeneutic of lively immediacy that will bring new insight from scriptural studies.”González, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, received his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University in 2010. He had previously earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia in 2006 and worked as a software engineer for Shell Oil in Colombia.“Julián González will make a wonderful addition to CDSP and PLTS as well as the GTU,” said the Rev. Alicia Vargas, interim dean and associate professor of multicultural and contextual studies at PLTS. “He is a Hispanic Theological Initiative Scholar and comes deeply committed to the multicultural study and teaching of the biblical text. He is ready to come to Berkeley and share his exceptional teaching skills and sharp biblical scholarship with PLTS and CDSP students. We await his arrival in the fall with happy anticipation!”González said he came by his interest in the rhetoric of violence through experience. “My country has been in violence since the late 1940s and early 1950s,” he said. “I have had experiences myself that have led to an interest in looking at the texts of violence in the Bible and how we interpret them, how we deal with them and how we use them nowadays.”“Biblical interpretation is never ideologically neutral,” he added. “Neither is the Bible a static artifact, but rather it is a discursive object that is continually recreated and reflected by each receiving community in its own time and place.”González will begin teaching at the seminaries in August. 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The ‘real’ St. Valentine was no patron of love


first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSValentines Day Previous articleHoly rabies! It’s bat season in Orange CountyNext articleHow Will Florida officials avoid another election debacle? They aren’t saying Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! By Lisa Bitel, Professor of History & Religion, University of Southern California and first published on theconversation.comOn Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But as a historian of Christianity, I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?Early origins of St. ValentineAncient sources reveal that there were several St. Valentines who died on Feb. 14. Two of them were executed during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269-270 A.D., at a time when persecution of Christians was common.How do we know this? Because, an order of Belgian monks spent three centuries collecting evidence for the lives of saints from manuscript archives around the known world.They were called Bollandists after Jean Bolland, a Jesuit scholar who began publishing the massive 68-folio volumes of “Acta Sanctorum,” or “Lives of the Saints,” beginning in 1643.Since then, successive generations of monks continued the work until the last volume was published in 1940. The Brothers dug up every scrap of information about every saint on the liturgical calendar and printed the texts arranged according to the saint’s feast day.The Valentine martyrsThe volume encompassing Feb. 14 contains the stories of a handful of “Valentini,” including the earliest three of whom died in the third century.St. Valentine blessing an epileptic. Wellcome Images, CC BYThe earliest Valentinus is said to have died in Africa, along with 24 soldiers. Unfortunately, even the Bollandists could not find any more information about him. As the monks knew, sometimes all that the saints left behind was a name and day of death.We know only a little more about the other two Valentines.According to a late medieval legend reprinted in the “Acta,” which was accompanied by Bollandist critique about its historical value, a Roman priest named Valentinus was arrested during the reign of Emperor Gothicus and put into the custody of an aristocrat named Asterius.As the story goes, Asterius made the mistake of letting the preacher talk. Father Valentinus went on and on about Christ leading pagans out of the shadow of darkness and into the light of truth and salvation. Asterius made a bargain with Valentinus: If the Christian could cure Asterius’s foster-daughter of blindness, he would convert. Valentinus put his hands over the girl’s eyes and chanted:“Lord Jesus Christ, en-lighten your handmaid, because you are God, the True Light.”Easy as that. The child could see, according to the medieval legend. Asterius and his whole family were baptized. Unfortunately, when Emperor Gothicus heard the news, he ordered them all to be executed. But Valentinus was the only one to be beheaded. A pious widow, though, made off with his body and had it buried at the site of his martyrdom on the Via Flaminia, the ancient highway stretching from Rome to present-day Rimini. Later, a chapel was built over the saint’s remains.St. Valentine was not a romanticThe third third-century Valentinus was a bishop of Terni in the province of Umbria, Italy.St. Valentine kneeling. David Teniers IIIAccording to his equally dodgy legend, Terni’s bishop got into a situation like the other Valentinus by debating a potential convert and afterward healing his son. The rest of story is quite similar as well: He too, was beheaded on the orders of Emperor Gothicus and his body buried along the Via Flaminia.It is likely, as the Bollandists suggested, that there weren’t actually two decapitated Valentines, but that two different versions of one saint’s legend appeared in both Rome and Terni.Nonetheless, African, Roman or Umbrian, none of the Valentines seems to have been a romantic.Indeed, medieval legends, repeated in modern media, had St. Valentine performing Christian marriage rituals or passing notes between Christian lovers jailed by Gothicus. Still other stories romantically involved him with the blind girl whom he allegedly healed. Yet none of these medieval tales had any basis in third-century history, as the Bollandists pointed out.St. Valentine baptizing St. Lucilla. Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)In any case, historical veracity did not count for much with medieval Christians. What they cared about were stories of miracles and martyrdoms, and the physical remains or relics of the saint. To be sure, many different churches and monasteries around medieval Europe claimed to have bits of a St. Valentinus’ skull in their treasuries.Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, for example, still displays a whole skull. According to the Bollandists, other churches across Europe also claim to own slivers and bits of one or the other St. Valentinus’ body: For example, San Anton Church in Madrid, Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Prague, Saint Mary’s Assumption in Chelmno, Poland, as well as churches in Malta, Birmingham, Glasgow, and on the Greek isle of Lesbos, among others.For believers, relics of the martyrs signified the saints’ continuing their invisible presence among communities of pious Christians. In 11th-century Brittany, for instance, one bishop used what was purported to be Valentine’s head to halt fires, prevent epidemics, and cure all sorts of illnesses, including demonic possession.As far as we know, though, the saint’s bones did nothing special for lovers.Unlikely pagan originsMany scholars have deconstructed Valentine and his day in books, articles and blog postings. Some suggest that the modern holiday is a Christian cover-up of the more ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia in mid-February.Lupercalia originated as a ritual in a rural masculine cult involving the sacrifice of goats and dogs and evolved later into an urban carnival. During the festivities half-naked young men ran through the streets of Rome, streaking people with thongs cut from the skins of newly killed goats. Pregnant women thought it brought them healthy babies. In 496 A.D., however, Pope Gelasius supposedly denounced the rowdy festival.Still, there is no evidence that the pope purposely replaced Lupercalia with the more sedate cult of the martyred St. Valentine or any other Christian celebration.Chaucer and the love birdsThe love connection probably appeared more than a thousand years after the martyrs’ death, when Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales” decreed the February feast of St. Valentinus to the mating of birds. He wrote in his “Parlement of Foules”:“For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”It seems that, in Chaucer’s day, English birds paired off to produce eggs in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season. For example, the French Duke of Orléans, who spent some years as a prisoner in the Tower of London, wrote to his wife in February 1415 that he was “already sick of love” (by which he meant lovesick.) And he called her his “very gentle Valentine.”English audiences embraced the idea of February mating. Shakespeare’s lovestruck Ophelia spoke of herself as Hamlet’s Valentine.In the following centuries, Englishmen and women began using Feb. 14 as an excuse to pen verses to their love objects. Industrialization made it easier with mass-produced illustrated cards adorned with smarmy poetry. Then along came Cadbury, Hershey’s, and other chocolate manufacturers marketing sweets for one’s sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Day chocolates. GillianVann/Shutterstock.comToday, shops everywhere in England and the U.S. decorate their windows with hearts and banners proclaiming the annual Day of Love. Merchants stock their shelves with candy, jewelry and Cupid-related trinkets begging “Be My Valentine.” For most lovers, this request does not require beheading.Invisible ValentinesIt seems that the erstwhile saint behind the holiday of love remains as elusive as love itself. Still, as St. Augustine, the great fifth-century theologian and philosopher argued in his treatise on “Faith in Invisible Things,” someone does not have to be standing before our eyes for us to love them.And much like love itself, St. Valentine and his reputation as the patron saint of love are not matters of verifiable history, but of faith. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more


Blackbaud Europe launches new consultancy bb1


first_imgBlackbaud Europe has announced the formation of bb1, a new consultancy that serves charities and not-for-profit organisations with strategy, creative and digital services.The bb1 team includes a combination of Blackbaud and former Convio consultants. It offers organisational analysis, design strategy andservices, change management, and strategy services.Martin Campbell, Blackbaud Europe’s director of innovation and strategy, said that the new consultancy had been set up “to help charities better use Blackbaud and other open source technology and move to a more multi-channel and integrated approach in fundraising, communications and delivering services.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 29 October 2012 | News Blackbaud Europe launches new consultancy bb1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis He added: “These are challenging times for charities and whilst Blackbaud has an excellent track record in providing the software to deal with those challenges, we were also aware of a gap in the way charities adapt internally and use the technology”.Eltham College in south east London is the first client of the new consultancy. Bb1 carried out a comprehensive digital review for the institution.www.bb-1.co.ukcenter_img Tagged with: Blackbaud Consulting & Agencies Technology  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more


Fidel Castro remembered in the former Soviet Union


first_imgFidel CastroWorkers World is sharing these reports from the Donbass-Cuba Friendship Society and I.B. Khlebnikov Workers’ University to mark the first anniversary of Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s death. The text was translated by WW contributing editor Greg Butterfield.Donetsk: On Nov. 25, an evening of memory for Fidel Castro was held in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic, under the slogan #YoSoyFidel (I Am Fidel). The event was organized by the Donbass-Cuba Friendship Society. The memorial brought together different kinds of people — supporters of leftist and anti-fascist ideas, students and schoolchildren, workers, journalists — all united in their interest in the history of Cuba and Latin America, as well as respect for the personality of Fidel Castro, who inspired thousands of people to fight injustice.Svetlana Licht, a member of the Friendship Society, not only prepared a report about the personality of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, but also made Russian subtitles for an interesting video about the life of the Comandante and the #YoSoyFidel campaign. We learned a lot of new things, saw how he appeared in the eyes of ordinary Cubans, how he interacted with people and how it changed their lives. Many participants gratefully recalled the assistance provided by Cuba to the Ukrainian children who suffered from the Chernobyl disaster.After taking pictures with Cuban flags, we continued to talk about Fidel, Cuba and the whole situation in Latin America. Despite the fact that the occasion was sad, the atmosphere at the meeting was warm and at ease.Moscow: November 25 is a sad date. It’s exactly one year since the great son of the Cuban people passed away, perhaps the last of the giants the 20th century gave mankind. A person who, in his lifetime, became a legend — Fidel Castro.On a frosty November evening, in a small room of the Workers’ University, hung the state flag of Cuba and the flag of the 26th of July Movement. A heavy minute of silence was observed, and we watched a solemn and sad video of the changing of the guard at the Comandante’s tomb.The evening’s program was very rich: a fiery speech by the secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the Russian Federation, Oscar Redondo; speeches by social scientists (A.V. Kharlamenko, A. Lepeshkin) about the high moral and humanistic level to which the revolutionary movement rose thanks to Fidel; the development of the revolutionary process in Cuba today; the life of the working people of the Liberated Island and the place Fidel occupies in it in the memories of E. Letova; the revolutionary songs performed by D. Chernov; and poems from the heart read by L. Rebrova.The initiators and organizers of the meeting were the New Communist Movement, the I.B. Khlebnikov Workers’ University and Red TV. Representatives of various left parties, Moscow students, musicians, a large number of foreign guests from different countries of Latin America, all gathered — with a burning desire to pay tribute to Fidel, reaffirm the ideals that he embodied and express readiness to move along the trail he blazed.As one of the guests wrote in the memorial book: “Fidel did not die, he dissolved into humanity.”Original: https://prometej.info/blog/obyavleniya/pamyat-nuzhna-zhivym/FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Turner MacLean leads Frogs in Nike Collegiate Invitational


first_imgTCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Twitter Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Facebook Previous articleTwo students start ‘Uber for trash’ serviceNext articleTCU Rifle kicks off season with record setting weekend Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ printFort Worth native Turner MacLean enters the final round of the Nike Collegiate Invitational tied for ninth place after shooting a career-best three-under par- 68.The career-best marks the second time for the junior shooting under 70. In the first round of the tournament Sunday, MacLean shot a 69.MacLean has shot 28 pars over the two rounds, the most of all participants in the tournament.Two of MacLean’s teammates also shot under 70. Juniors Stefano Mazzoli of Italy and Pierre Mazier of France both shot a three-under 68. The juniors each earned eagles Monday to contribute to the successful round. Mazier recorded his eagle on par 5 hole No. 4 and Mazzoli’s tallied his eagle on par 5 hole No. 18.Mazzoli is tied for 21st in the tournament with a five-under 137, Mazier is tied for 54th overall with a four-over 146, junior Triston Fisher is tied for 48th with three-over 145 and junior Hayden Springer is tied for 60th at six-over 148.Springer shot six birdies in the second round, five of which were in the front nine. Springer’s par 3 average of 2.7 is tied for the third-best in the field.Overall, the Frogs shot six-under 562 and is tied with the Clemson Tigers for seventh place in the 15 team field. Four teams in the field were national semifinalists from last season, including the Stanford Cardinal that lead the tournament.The final round of the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and the Frogs will be matched up against Clemson and the Texas Longhorns.center_img ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ What to watch during quarantine + posts Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Robbie Vaglio last_img read more


Watch House Cross Library to spearhead Age Friendly Access in Limerick


first_imgTwitter Mary O’Brien, Librarian at Watch House Cross in Limerick receiving the Age Friendly Library Charter from Minister Michael Ring, Department of Rural And Community DevelopmentWatch House Cross Library in Limerick is one of a number of libraries across the country to be nominated as an Age Friendly Library.As part of a novel project to recognise and adapt to the needs of older people, Age Friendly Ireland initiated a process with the Libraries Development Committee and the County and City Management Association to encourage libraries to develop in a more age friendly way.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each local authority nominated one library [Watch House Cross for Limerick] to become their Age Friendly Library and Age Friendly Ireland provided training in age friendly principles to 48 libraries nationally.Data from the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) survey showed that many older people were not using their public libraries with many reporting finding them difficult to access.The proportion of older people is increasing in almost every country of the world and as life expectancy increases, the need to ensure that Ireland becomes a great country in which to. grow old is increasing too.Minister Michael Ring from the Department of Rural and Community Development officially launched the National Age Friendly Libraries Recognition Programme and presented Watch House Cross Library with an Age Friendly Charter to recognise the great strides taken to make the Library more accessible to people of all ages.Working with the libraries to develop them in a more Age Friendly way very much ties in with the policy of the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Public Library Strategy ‘Our Public Libraries 2022’ which was published this year builds on recent technological and service developments to focus on improving access, use and the position and status of public libraries in the community. The strategy seeks to develop the libraries as the ‘go-to’ places for a range of sustainable, integrated public services.There have been huge advances in library programming, with Healthy Ireland, digital skills training, business supports and a national public library catalogue as well as online resources and e-learning courses.Making libraries more Age Friendly is another layer of evolution that contributes to the overall strategy for libraries and embeds them more deeply in the communities they serve.Minister Michael Ring said: “The public library strategy focuses on removing barriers to access, improving accessibility, and providing a welcoming and inclusive space for all. Age Friendly Libraries are enhancing the services and facilities and making sure that we are meeting the needs of older people in our communities. We want to make Ireland a great place for people to live and grow old in and I’m delighted to say that our libraries are here to help this. They are providing digital skills classes, health and wellbeing classes, hosting intergenerational activities and providing supports for people with dementia. I am delighted to launch the National Age Friendly Libraries Recognition Programme.”Mary O’Brien, one of the Age Friendly Champions in Watch House Cross Limerick said: “By becoming Age Friendly we will help build sustainability into the library service. It will increase the ease with which older people engage with our services and help us to grow our customer numbers – it is very much aligned with the ethos of the ‘Our Public Libraries’ strategy.”The Department along with Libraries Development Committee and the County and City Management Association and Age Friendly Ireland planned to expand this initiative to other libraries across Limerick and the rest of the country. Advertisement Facebook NewsCommunityWatch House Cross Library to spearhead Age Friendly Access in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – October 30, 2019 231 Linkedincenter_img Previous articleGardaí appeal for information after thieves steal thousands from “all-inclusive” play centre in LimerickNext articleSlow Riot’s debut finally released Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Email WhatsApplast_img read more