2017 NYC September Hardwrap

first_imgView your copy of the 2017 September Hardwrap Magazine now!The Hard Wrap Magazine is published by Touch Football Australia on a bi-annual basis and is devoted to the events and news that have been making headlines.Catch up on the latest news and information in the touch world from the past six months.  Check out our Around the Grounds segment, teams lists, Masters Trans Tasman team previews and much more!Hardwrap E-Zine versionlast_img

How to figure out what you want to do: the jealousy test

first_imgIt’s the time of year when a lot of us (including me) take stock. Why are we here? What should we be doing in 2013?A few years back, I was lamenting to my wise cousin Elisabeth that I wasn’t sure where I should focus my work. What was the best job for me? What was I meant to be doing with my life?She told me her method for figuring that out. She pays attention to when she feels jealous. If she hears about a job someone’s taken or a project someone has started and feels envious, that’s a clear sign it’s what she most wants to do. We’re not talking about the nasty kind of envy – as in the deadly sin where you feel diminished by others’ success and want to derail someone else’s good fortune. And I don’t mean longing for the fame and money that can be a side benefit of professional success. I simply mean the telltale twinge you feel when you hear about someone’s endeavor and wish you could do that, too. Stop and wonder: What about that activity creates a craving in you? Was it something you’ve always longed to try? Something you’ve been afraid to try? Maybe you can and should attempt that very thing.It’s a clarifying feeling. Jealous? Maybe you should be chasing that dream yourself.last_img read more

Our Top 10 Posts from 2014

first_imgWhy the #IceBucketChallenge Works Tops 6 Donor Communication Mistakes to Avoid BONUS: Even though this post is from December 2013, it was #11 on our list: 10 Ways to Thank Your Donors On behalf of the Network for Good team, thank you for being loyal readers of the Nonprofit Marketing Blog. We wish you a happy holiday season! 5 Rules for Thanking Donors 10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers 11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day Why Recurring Giving Matters [Infographic]center_img 6 Types of Stories That Spur Giving 3 Steps to a Powerful, All-Organization Team of Messengers Here at Network for Good, we’re reflecting on 2014 and planning for the upcoming year. We’re locking down webinar topics and presenters for next year, putting the finishing touches on some incredible—and free!—fundraising eGuides, getting posts queued up for this blog, and brainstorming ways to help nonprofits raise more money online (because that’s what we’re here for!).But before we dive into 2015, we want to share with you our top blog posts from 2014. Drumroll, please… Creating the Perfect Campaign for #GivingTuesday 7 Ways to Make 2014 the Year of the Donor Have any ideas for posts you’d like to see in 2015? Share your suggestions in the comments.last_img read more

5 Big To-Dos for Monthly Giving Programs

first_imgOne of my favorite breakfasts is the Big-To-Do at Friendly’s. French toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon well-done! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!While this is not breakfast, it’s even more important to ‘enjoy’. So, if you’re serious about your monthly giving program, make sure that you follow these 5 Big To-Dos.Big To-Do 1: Ask for Small Monthly AmountsI have done a number of ask amount tests and time and again, I see that the low monthly ask amounts beat the higher monthly ask amountsThe key with any monthly giving program is that you’re building up the program and your goal is to bring in as many new monthly donors as possible. Once they get ‘hooked’ and see how easy and affordable it on for their wallet, you can absolutely upgrade them later!Remember that monthly donors are typically those donors who cannot write the big checks. You can start your first ask as low as $5 or $10. You really can upgrade donors later. Just think of it this way. If you can convert a one-time $35 donor to a $10 a month donor, you’ve just tripled their annual gift to a nice $120 a year! So don’t be too greedy at first… Ask Low!Big To-Do 2: Organize the BasicsBefore you send out your first promotion, you must have the basics in place. That means writing the thank you letter, updating the email thank you, the auto-responder message and make sure that everybody in your organization knows that you have this new monthly donor program in place.Also make sure that you always, always, test the process yourself. So sign up with a gift and see what happens. How’s the experience, how does everything look? I’ve seen huge organizations that did not do that and their thank you emails were totally wrong! What a way to lose a new monthly donor.Monthly donors do not need monthly thank you letters each time their gift is processed. They’re rather you spend the funds on your mission. But do consider a tax letter every January with information about the donor’s donations for the year. Make sure you have written the procedure for your data-entry department. And think through the process for what happens if someone’s card expires. You can download a free sample tax letter template and sample email from A Direct Solution, and download free Recurring Donor Communication Templates from Network for Good.Just take a little extra time to think through the process before you think about your marketing and you don’t have to worry about it later. You can market to your heart’s content because everything is in place!Big To-Do 3: Make It EasyI often talk to organizations that created a special monthly giving page, but when I go to look for it on their website, I can’t find it. There’s no direct link from the home page. So how can you expect your donors to find it? In this day and age, donors can either go to the website on their own accord or you can drive them there. If you drive them via social media or email, you can put the link to the page, which makes it a lot easier.But if someone is new to your organization and your site and he or she is considering a donation, the easier you make it, the more likely it is that the donor joins your monthly giving program. So, the first step is to make sure to add your monthly giving option as part of your pull down menu on ways to give, right from the home page.Then, if you really want to start growing your program, put the recurring giving option front and center, right on the one-time donation page, so donors can’t get around it. Make it the first option! Make it easy to find and donors will join.Big To-Do 4: Think Long Term and Make a PlanBuilding a monthly giving program takes time. It’s not something you build overnight. It’s really a long-term approach, aimed at your smaller donors and it will truly improve your donor retention rates and thus impact your organization’s revenue.You’re asking your donors to make a long-term commitment (for example, I’ve seen organizations with monthly donors who have been giving that way for 20 years). So, make sure you have that same long-term commitment.Think how you can convert your donors to monthly donors, this year, the next and make a plan. I’m a strong believer in written plans and goals. Those organizations that consistently work towards a monthly giving goal and make sure that the program is part of their overall communication strategy, and stick to the plan, they’ll reach their goal! Just think, if you currently have 1% of your donors giving monthly, what would happen if you could increase that to 5% or 20%?(If you’re interested in making some projections of your potential, download my free monthly donor calculator).Big To-Do 5: Ask, Ask, and Ask AgainNow that you’ve started a monthly donor program, it’s crucial to start asking and asking and asking. It’s like anything we do with fundraising. If you don’t ask, you’re not going to get.Most of the organizations I work with don’t ask enough. Once a year does not cut it!Of course it has to fit in with your overall communication strategy, but those that are really growing their program build in a monthly donor ask in every email, every mailing, every phone call they make (as long as the donors fit the criteria). Email communication is cheap. Even if you’re only sending an email newsletter every month, make sure that there’s always a link to your monthly donor program. Use a testimonial and find a few opportunities to send out messages with one story, one ask, join our monthly donor program, linking to your monthly donor payment page and see what happens! What do you have to lose?The general rule of thumb applies: If you ask donors to join a monthly giving program, they will. So, start asking, as soon as you possibly can.I hope you enjoyed this Big To-Do Breakfast. There are definitely a lot more Big To-Dos on the menu, but these are the most important ones. I’d love to get your feedback if you have any you’d like to see discussed in future blogs. Just contact me at erica@adirectsolution.com And, if you’re interested in getting some help with your monthly giving program, where you can book half an hour or an hour to discuss your specific monthly donor challenges, simply check out the Monthly Giving Help Line at www.adirectsolution.comAbout Erica Waasdorp Erica Waasdorp is one of the leading experts on Monthly donors aka Sustainers aka Recurring Giving.She is author of the book: Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant, and as President of A Direct Solution serves nonprofit organizations with their fundraising and direct marketing needs with a focus on Monthly Giving, Annual Fund and Grant writing.Erica Waasdorp has helped the nonprofits she works with raise millions of dollars through monthly giving programs. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofits and direct response. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She writes regular guest blogs and presents webinars on monthly giving and she is happy to answer any questions you may have about this great way of improving the retention rates for your donors. You can reach her via email or by phone at (508) 776-1224last_img read more

NPR Reports on the Critical Role of Midwives in Conflict Zones

first_imgPosted on July 30, 2013February 16, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)NPR’s Shots recently ran a story, How midwives have become critical in war-zones, that discusses the role of midwives in conflict and post-conflict settings. According to the piece, in addition to the critical role they play in delivering babies, midwives are also key to encouraging exclusive breastfeeding, caring for newborns and promoting kangaroo care, supporting women who have been victims of sexual assault, providing access to family planning, and more.From the story:In a conflict zone, getting the basics — food, water, shelter — is a constant challenge. And it likely involves being on the move.Now imagine pregnancy. There might not be a functioning medical facility for miles. And the environment makes the woman and her baby more susceptible to complications.Aid groups are increasingly relying on conflict midwives to help women in these situations. In dangerous and unstable regions, midwives’ jobs are more than delivering babies: They often have to help women who have experienced sexual violence and have reproductive health issues.Take Emily Slocum, a midwife with Doctors Without Borders who worked with women affected by the violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some women traveled days to reach her.The Congo war lasted from 1998 to 2004, but as NPR’s John Burnett has reported, ongoing conflict continues to disrupt daily life. The country has millions of displaced people.Slocum worked at a hospital in South Kivu, where the conflict still lingers, from November 2011 to May 2012. She tells Shots that one of the challenges was keeping underweight newborns warm. Without an incubator, the best practice is to have the mother hold the baby to her skin to keep its body temperature up, she says. She had to teach nurses and mothers to do that when she arrived.“The baby was immediately sort of taken away and assessed by the nurse and sometimes not given back to the mom immediately,” she says. In Syria, an MSF midwife encountered a similar problem, and to improvise, she heated IV fluid bags in the microwave to make small hot water bottles to warm the newborns.Breastfeeding is also critical in situations where potable water and food access is limited and general hygiene is poor, the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health says.Read the full story on NPR’s Shots.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

UNGA Week Shows Maternal and Newborn Health Are Central to Development Challenges

first_imgPosted on October 22, 2014June 12, 2017By: Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Interim President of Global Advocacy, Family Care InternationalClick 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)This year’s UN General Assembly was full of high-profile moments that reinforced the need for investment and action to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH): the launch of a Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health; the release of reports tracking stakeholders’ fulfillment of commitments to Every Woman Every Child; new data on maternal, newborn and child survival from Countdown to 2015; and a plethora of side events focusing on strategies and country progress toward MDGs 4 and 5. For Family Care International—which advocates for improved reproductive, maternal, and newborn health—this unprecedented level of attention to women’s and children’s health is a welcome sign that our advocacy is having an impact, and that global commitment to ending all preventable maternal and child deaths is stronger than ever.RMNCH was a key theme in many other important discussions during the week, demonstrating the centrality of the health of mothers and newborns to a range of development challenges.Events began with a Climate Summit that brought together leaders from more than 120 countries. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health noted during the Summit that “women and children are the most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate, and those who are more likely to suffer and die from problems such as diarrhoea, undernutrition, malaria, and from the harmful effects of extreme weather events such as floods or drought.”There was a special session to review progress towards achieving the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action. The ICPD agenda highlights the importance of ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and the importance of quality and accessible maternal health care, recognizing that healthy girls and women can choose to become healthy moms of healthy babies.The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting where President Obama called for swift action on the Ebola epidemic that is destroying lives and decimating African health systems. This crisis highlights already-fragile health systems that lack sufficient health workers, supplies, and essential medicines; the same failures that contribute to maternal and newborn mortality. A recent news story details how pregnant women who are not infected with Ebola risk dying in West Africa due to lack of access to maternal health services, and the same risk exists for newborns and young children. The loss of skilled healthworkers, particularly midwives, could have enormous long term impacts on the ability of women, newborns and children to access life-saving care.Finally, the UNGA week included high-level meetings on humanitarian crises in Syria, South Sudan and many other countries. According to the State of the World’s Mothers 2014 report, more than half of all maternal and child deaths occur in crisis-affected places. Discussions of humanitarian response in crisis settings included recognition of the disproportionate impact on women and children of violence, including gender-based violence, displacement, lack of access to food and lack of access to crucial maternal health services and early interventions for newborns. These crises and fragile health systems make achieving the Every Newborn Action Plan recommendations on ensuring quality care for mothers and newborns during labor, childbirth and the first week of life more difficult, but also more critical.While this long list of world crises may seem overwhelming, there is some good news on maternal, newborn and child survival. As the UN Secretary-General reminded us, the world is reducing deaths of children under the age of five faster than at any time in the past two decades and significant declines in maternal mortality have occurred in the past 10 years. As the world works together to shape the post-2015 development goals, these experiences during UNGA show that the new agenda must prioritize continuing to address maternal, newborn and child mortality which is linked to many of the world’s pressing development challenges, including poverty. As a recent editorial in The Lancet says, “As governments slowly come to an agreement about development priorities post-2015, it is clear that maternal and newborn health will be essential foundations of any vision for sustainable development between 2015 and 2030.”This post originally appeared on the Health Newborn Network Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Get More From Mobile Giving with Donor Management

first_imgKnowledge is power. For nonprofits, harnessing that power comes in the form of a donor management system, or DMS. Using a DMS allows you to effectively gather and analyze information that would be very time consuming or impossible to access without one. A DMS allows you to see what parts of your organization’s mobile fundraising campaigns are effective and where you’re falling short. This information helps you make better-informed decisions on where to dedicate your limited resources for maximum effect. A DMS will also help you improve the elements of your campaign, making them more effective. The right DMS makes tasks simpler, freeing you up to spend your time on other things.In order to get the most from your mobile giving campaigns, you’ll need a DMS that provides the right tools. Here’s what you should look for:Mobile-Friendly Templates for Donation PagesMobile device use is rising quickly. A recent Pew Research study found that 77% of Americans own a smartphone. People are increasingly using their devices for everything from entertainment to social media to making mobile donations. Choose a DMS that allows you to easily create fully mobile-responsive donation pages that automatically resize text and images properly for mobile screens.Makes Text-to-Give SimpleText-to-give is a popular form of mobile giving that nonprofits can use in a variety of creative ways. You’ll want to be able to set up text-to-give campaigns quickly, including creating your text-to-give numbers and trigger words.Robust Tracking ToolsThe ability to track and manage your active giving campaigns in an easy-to-understand interface is one of the most important features any DMS should have. This is where you’ll see, at a glance, which campaigns (and which tactics you used within each campaign) performed well, and which ones generated less interest than you expected. Connecting with what matters to your donors is vital to ensuring the survival of your mission. The data you gather here can be used to spur discussions inside the organization on what direction future efforts should take.Pledge ManagementMany nonprofits lean on pledges for support. Any DMS you consider should contain a pledge management system, too, and allow your mobile giving campaign to accept pledges. Pairing pledged contributions to actual donations helps you manage your plans for future growth. Knowing who has pledged but fallen behind on fulfilling that pledge tells you who needs to be reminded of their commitment via an email or postcard. It also makes thanking those who have followed through easier.Flexibility For Multi-Channel CommunicationsOne size never fits all when it comes to fundraising. Often you’ll be integrating mobile giving into multi-channel campaigns. A good DMS allows the user to take advantage of a range of ways to communicate with potential donors. Features like bulk text messaging, the ability to create and track email campaigns, and mail merging and direct mail integration are all essential for effectively communicating with supporters in their preferred method.If you’re shopping for a DMS, be sure to evaluate how it will help you streamline your mobile fundraising activities and how robust the tracking is. A well-deployed DMS provides you the tools you need for smart decision-making as an organization. By bringing many of the pieces that previously existed separately into one platform, you’ll conserve your finite resources and be better positioned to grow your organization and better fulfill your mission and the community you serve.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.last_img read more

Ground to be Broken for $1.75 Billion Hotel in Kingston

first_img Ground will be broken later this week The Prime Minister also announced other large scale investment projects Work is progressing on strengthening links between hotel construction and local manufacturers Story Highlights Ground will be broken for the construction of a new $1.75 billion Courtyard Marriott Hotel in New Kingston later this week.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, announced that the groundbreaking will take place on Thursday July 25, as she addressed the closing Gala Banquet and Presentation Ceremony of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations’ (NAJASO) 36th Annual Convention, at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay, on July 20.She also informed of other large scale investment projects, which she says shows positive signs of growing investor confidence in the country’s economy, such as the Riu Palace Hotel in Montego Bay which is currently under construction at a cost of over $3 billion; and a major commercial development project for downtown Kingston that is “on the horizon”.At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that work is progressing on strengthening the linkages between hotel construction and local manufacturers, as well as with local farmers in respect of food supplies for the hotels.She added that while the private sector was proceeding with commercial investments, the government, through its agencies, was moving ahead with housing solutions for middle income and public sector workers, as well as for those contributors at the lower rung of the income ladder.She pointed out that these activities are important in moving the country towards goals of economic growth and national development.“I have likened our current Economic Reform Programme to working out our business plan. I speak of creating a profitable enterprise for all our citizens. I always speak of the importance of ‘balancing the books while balancing people’s lives.’  This requires, among other things, placing emphasis on poverty alleviation and eventual poverty eradication,” the Prime Minister said.She emphasized that poverty reduction and eventual elimination had to be a central plank of the country’s policy if it wanted to achieve growth and development.“I believe in the Jamaican people.  I know we are a tough and tenacious people. …There is much we can accomplish if we apply our collective energy; our best ideas; our creativity as well as our capacity for hard work to driving the development agenda,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.last_img read more

David Guetta Joins With United Nations For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgThe world needs more love, according to international music producer and DJ David Guetta, who has partnered with the United Nations to raise money for aid relief in Typhoon Haiyan-stricken Philippines and other humanitarian needs, and who released his new music video last week.David Guetta (left) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“Music is a powerful way to connect and to bring people together,” said Mr. Guetta.Together with the UN and international aid organizations, he launched in New York a specially-produced video for his new track ‘One Voice’ in support of “The World Needs More___” campaign.“If we can make a change just by saying what the world needs now and raise money to help the UN – wow. That’s incredible,” Mr. Guetta noted.Launched on World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, the campaign allows leading brands and individuals to sponsor a word.The music video was last week projected onto the exterior of the world body’s iconic New York Headquarters building at a special event that featured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Guetta.Mr. Ban, who started last week with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, and who sees the divisions, atrocities and wars of the world, thanked Guetta for his “courage to change and create a new future for us all.”The new video for ‘One Voice’ can be seen on both Guetta’s Facebook page and the campaign website, where the video will be featured exclusively.Following the broadcast of the music video, the building was used as the backdrop for an interactive Twitter wall, becoming the canvas for tweets from around the globe.“When I play, people are as one on the dance floor. I want the same for the world. No matter how busy you are or where you are, we all share this planet and help each other. We should be as one.”The French musician has already sponsored ‘#love’ and each time the word is shared on Twitter or through the campaign website www.theworldneedsmore.org, it unlocks a dollar towards aid efforts in the world’s most underfunded crises – literally turning words of support into financial support.The campaign is a collaborative effort between the United Nations Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and advertising agency Leo Burnett New York.By supporting a sponsored word through the double hashtag #theworldneedsmore #yourword, $1 will be donated to the efforts. In the United States only, individuals also have the options to contribute $10 by texting ‘ONEVOICE’ to 90999.Mr. Guetta said he hopes his fans – some 47 million followers on Facebook and 16 million on Twitter – can help raise the millions needed in the Philippines, “I created the video especially for this campaign, and use it to reach out to fans.”“I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how, so I went to the people that do,” he said about producing the music video for his new song. “Working with the UN, with the people who really are in charge, has been an inspiring and humbling experience.last_img read more

New tax incentives for investment could increase Canadas emissions

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition — including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies.However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals look to infrastructure bank to finance rural remote broadband internet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections.Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever influence they have with the Canada Infrastructure Bank to get it to fund broadband internet projects, particularly in rural and remote locations.The Liberals created the bank late last year to take $35 billion in federal financing, and use it to leverage three-to-four times that from the private sector to help pay for major highways, bridges, and water and electrical systems to ease the financial burden on public coffers.Provinces argue broadband yields a long-term revenue stream that would be enticing to any private investor willing to pay the connection costs.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says a single broadband line into one rural community is unlikely to grab the attention of large institutional investors, such as pension funds.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Champagne says he is looking at how different revenue models could entice private backers or bundle several smaller projects into one large proposal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Enbridge selling Midcoast business to AL Midcoast for 144 billion

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell Midcoast Operating LP in the United States for about $1.44 billion.The Calgary-based company says Midcoast, which has natural gas and natural gas liquids gathering, processing, transportation and marketing businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, is being bought by AL Midcoast Holdings LLC for US$1.12 billion.Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco says the sale of Midcoast is an important step in the company’s shift to a pure regulated pipeline and utility model. The sale was the second big deal announced by Enbridge today. In a separate agreement, the company is selling a stake in a group of its renewable power assets to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $1.75 billion.Enbridge has set a goal of selling $3 billion in non-core assets this year.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.last_img read more

Strike grips ignored southern Tunisia region

first_imgTOZEUR – Tunisia’s southern Tozeur region ground to a halt on Wednesday, as the latest in a growing number of strikes around the country was called to protest a lack of development.“This movement is taking place because the authorities have ignored our demands,” the UGTT trade union confederation’s regional chief, Haroun Bouagga, told AFP.“If the authorities do not reply to us or begin a dialogue, we will adopt more intense forms of protest,” he warned. The strike organisers, who include the Utica bosses’ organisation as well as the UGTT, estimated that 98 percent of public offices, shops and businesses observed the strike in Tozeur, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of Tunis.Several thousand people protested in the town, shouting slogans against the Islamist Ennahda party and the coalition government it leads.The UGTT and Utica are demanding state aid to develop the tourism and agriculture sectors, the two main employers in the oasis town, which lies on the edge of the desert, not far from the Algerian border.Tunisia’s tourism industry has taken a battering since the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali nearly three years ago, as the transition has run into trouble and jihadist-related violence has surged.Poverty and the underdevelopment were driving forces behind the protests that toppled Ben Ali and inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.Last week, strikes were observed in three other regions of Tunisia that complain of neglect by the central government, sparking bloody clashes with police in two of them.last_img read more

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more

Minor Flooding Observed On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The remnants of Typhoon Maliksi has brought heavy rain to much of the Kenai Peninsula causing water levels to continue rising throughout the area, especially in the Seward area. DOT is also advising drivers of minor flooding on the Sterling Highway at MP 52.5 (Gwin’s Lodge) and at Sawmill Creek. They are advising drivers to be aware of water on the roadways. The City of Seward has been notified that the State of Alaska Department of Transportation has closed the main runway of the Seward Airport for 24 hours due to flooding. Photo courtesy of DOT: flooding on the Seward Airport runway and on Sterling Highway The National Weather Service has also issued a ‘flood watch’ for the Kenai River area in Cooper Landing. The flood category was changed from no flood to near flood stage as of 6 a.m., this morning. City of Seward Public Works suggests that a combination of high tide and several days of rain flooding the Resurrection River have contributed to the flood event. Reopening will be reevaluated after 2 more tide cycles. At this time, the water is 12 feet from the center line and has started to over top the rock embankment.last_img read more

Watch a pack of SpotMini robot dogs tow a huge truck like

first_imgThe SpotMini has just upped the stakes.  Boston Dynamics Ten SpotMini robots have demonstrated their strength by hauling a truck across a parking lot. Boston Dynamics, the company behind robots like the SpotMini, Spot and Atlas, posted the video on YouTube on Tuesday. Boston Dynamics wasn’t immediately available for comment but said in the video’s description that the robots are being developed for a range of applications. Last May, the company’s president, Marc Raibert, said SpotMini robots should be ready for sale this year. The SpotMini is a four-legged robot that handles objects, climbs stairs and is capable of working in office, home and outdoor settings. The robot can carry about 31 pounds, weighs about 66 pounds and stands at just 2.6 feet. SpotMini has a battery life of about 90 minutes, depending on the task. Boston Dynamics says the SpotMini is the quietest robot it’s built.  Robots,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Sprint 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 1 $60 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Angela Lang/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Best Buy See It $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Watch this robot identify and sort recycled goods Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon Turo Rylo The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags $59 at eBay Share your voice 2:30 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Tags $155 at Google Express $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Boost Mobile Sci-Tech Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidallast_img read more

Air India gets Rs 1500cr loan from Bank of India for working

first_imgAir India flightsReutersThe debt-ridden state-owned airline finally received a loan worth Rs 1,500 crore from Bank of India to meet urgent working capital needs. This is the second time in the recent months the carrier has received loans from a public sector lender, PTI reported.Earlier in October, Air India put out a requirement for government guarantee-backed Rs 1,500 crore short-term loans to meet urgent working capital requirements. The company then said that tenure of the loan will be one year and the amount proposed will be drawn in two or three tranches.The loan was required as part of efforts to revive the ailing carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore.The disinvestment-bound national airline is facing some serious headwinds with only IndiGo showing interest in buying the international business of the carrier that has huge debt in its book and also roadblocks in selling non-core assets.Experts estimate that around Rs 30,000 crore of working capital debt needs to be written off for potential buyers to consider acquiring the airline. However, writing off the Rs 30,000 crore debts will lead to serious financial implications.The central government is currently at the final stage to decide the contours of the company’s strategic disinvestment. Air India is surviving on taxpayers’ money under the bailout package extended by the previous UPA government in 2012, reported the news agency.Prior to this loan, back in September, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders—IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank.In nearly three months, at least two public sector lenders—Bank of India and Punjab National Bank—have provided loans to the airline to keep it afloat.As part of the turnaround plan, and to continue with the operation the national carrier is to receive as much as Rs 30,231 crore from the government over a 10-year period subject to meeting certain performance thresholds, according to the report.last_img read more

India calls off meeting with Pakistan foreign minister

first_imgPakistan`s new foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi listens during a news conference at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan on 20 August 2018. Reuters File PhotoIndia called off on Friday a planned meeting of its foreign minister with her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later this month.India has decided to drop the idea of the proposed meeting, the first such high-level talk planned in years between the nuclear rivals, to protest about the killing of Indian security personnel and the glorification of a militant and militancy by Pakistan, India’s foreign office said in a statement.The ministry had announced the meeting after Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, suggesting their foreign ministers meet in New York.But the statement said that since its announcement “two deeply disturbing developments have taken place”.It cited “the latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities” and the recent release of postage stamps by Pakistan which it said glorified “a terrorist and terrorism”.Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi blamed Indian politics. “Some elements don’t want resumption of talks between India and Pakistan. The elections in India are near and it appears that internal politics have influenced the government,” he told the local Samaa TV channel.An Indian general election is due by May.The Modi government has insisted that Pakistan act against anti-India Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil before it can resume peace talks to resolve long standing differences over the Himalayan region of Kashmir and other disputes.Pakistan denies aiding and abetting attacks in India including in Kashmir and says it is fighting militant groups for its own security.last_img

Harris County Early Voting Kicked Off Tuesday

first_imgERIK HERSMAN / FLICKRYou can look up if you’re already registered to vote at the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Early voting starts on Feb. 20.Thousands of early voters cast ballots Tuesday in Harris County – kicking off the nation’s first primary election.According to the County Clerk’s office, about 18,000 ballots were cast in Harris County, including more than 73-hundred done in-person at the county’s 46 polling places.And from now until March second, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. that could be helpful for some Harvey victims– who may still be displaced. But on Election Day, you’ll have to go to your assigned polling place.Early voting runs through Friday, March 2nd. Election Day is March 6. Sharelast_img read more