Vodafone gives charities 100% of text donations

first_img Tagged with: Digital mobile sms Telephone fundraising Vodafone gives charities 100% of text donations Howard Lake | 9 July 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  46 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Vodafone this week became the first mobile operator in the UK to pass on 100% of all charity donations made via SMS. UK charities will now receive the full amount donated by Vodafone customers when they give £1 or more via a five digit ‘short code’ number which starts with 70.Libby Pritchard, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation at Vodafone UK, said: “Customers find donating via SMS an easy and simple way of supporting charitable causes. Now they can do so knowing that every penny they donate will go to the charity of their choice”.John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, welcomed the development, saying: “This is terrific news. It is very generous of Vodafone to commit to processing donations for free. Donating by text is popular because it is instant and easy for donors but in the past high charges have put donors and charities off. Charities will celebrate this announcement.”Michael Carlin, Managing Director of instaGiv, a mobile donation solutions provider which exhibited at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention this week, agreed that this was “wonderful news”. He said: “All operators are now passing 90% + of text donations on to the charities and we hope that Vodafone have set the new benchmark. With the exponential growth and ease of text messaging and direct access to 66m UK mobile phones, donating by text is now a viable fundraising mechanism for charities of all sizes”.There is no change to Vodafone’s SMS rates: customers will continue to pay their standard rate for the SMS to make the donation.The news prompted a call from Irish fundraising consultant and blogger Conor Byrne for Vodafone Ireland and indeed all Irish mobile networks to match the 100% figure (100% donations from 100% of networks).www.vodafone.co.uk 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

Imperialism and the right to self-determination

first_imgThis is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the“What Road To Socialism?” webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16.One of the five features V.I. Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution, laid out in his 1916 book, “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism,” was the completion of the “territorial division of the whole world among the biggest capitalist powers. Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capital is established.”The 1968 pamphlet, “Expanding Empire,” written by Workers World Party founding member Vince Copeland during the Vietnam War, states: “The investment of capital in a foreign country should be regarded somewhat like sending a huge suction pump there, which pulls out the metals from the ground, the products from the soil and the fruits from the trees — with the help, of course, of the labor of the [workers] working on this suction pump.“It is as if the pump were connected to pipes that run back to the ‘home’ [capitalist] country, via the banks and big corporations. All the rich products are showered from the pipes into the treasuries of these institutions, in the form of profits.  Whole nations are drained by these great suction pumps — or ‘investments.’ And the profits are so great that rival groups of big business, led by small cliques of big banks, go to war with each other over the exploitation of these nations.”Both Lenin and Copeland, over a span of 50 years, were describing the same imperialism as rich capitalist countries getting richer off the systematic underdevelopment of oppressed nations that get poorer with the theft of resources, debt crisis, war and occupation.  There are oppressed nations within the U.S. of Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples, who are disproportionately poorer compared to whites.   Imperialism has created a war both at home and abroad.This super-exploitation is the economic basis for countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and oppressed nations at home having the right to sovereignty or self-determination.  That means the right to determine how best to develop their economies, societies and communities to meet the basic and cultural needs of their populations without the bullying interference of the corporate bosses and the military. Self-determination includes the right to separation from the oppressor nation, political autonomy or assimilation.The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped off the bandaid of this cancerous, monstrous system which has left billions more workers and oppressed people even more vulnerable to suffering and death due to a lack of health care, food, shelter, clean water and more — on a global scale, including right here in the belly of the beast.  Hunger is predicted to take more lives during the pandemic on a global scale than the coronavirus.Intensifying the class struggle inside the U.S. is the most effective method for socialists and revolutionaries here to show political solidarity with oppressed peoples inside and outside the artificial borders.  The so-called “crimes”  of oppressed peoples have been their fights for economic independence and political equality through national liberation struggles by any means necessary.With no other option, some countries have turned toward socialist reconstruction as the only answer to underdevelopment — and more will do so.Moorehead (she/her) is a WW managing editor and editor of the book, “Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle.”  She is a former presidential candidate of WWP.  Moorehead met the party in the early 1970s in Hampton, Va., through the work of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Youth Against War & Fascism.  She is a member of the New York branch.    FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Three people due in Donegal court over major drug seizure

first_img By News Highland – March 11, 2019 WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Three people due in Donegal court over major drug seizure Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three people are due to appear before Donegal District Court this morning at 10.30am, charged in relation to a drug seizure at Cloonloo, Co. Sligo.Gardaí arrested three people, a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s, and seized cannabis herb and cannabis plants, with a estimated street value of in excess of €200,000, at a house at Cloonloo, Co. Sligo on the 9th Match. Google+center_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleSevere overnight frost leaves Donegal routes treacherousNext articleHopes that extra Gardai coming to Donegal for ‘right reasons’ News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Is this the future of lettings after the ban?

first_imgThe looming fees ban has prompted several suppliers to the lettings industry to significantly re-appraise their offering, and the latest to announce changes is Let Alliance.The referencing and insurance firm, which is based in Chester, has announced the first products to emerge from its ‘Fit for the Future’ initiative announced in April. It’s launch follows consultations with over 200 independent agents.Fee banThe new package of products, which the company says has been developed to help agents combat changes brought about by both the tenant fee ban and the way properties are being rented out, includes three key solutions – a ‘Nil deposit’ scheme, free tenant referencing and its existing monthly rent guarantee scheme.The Nil Deposit scheme offers an insurance-based deposits scheme that provides a guarantee of up to six weeks’ rent when a claim is made against a tenant – paid for by tenants via a fixed fee.“The Nil Deposit Scheme presents a very different offering to other schemes currently on the market as we replicate the terms and conditions of the current cash deposits registered in the official schemes,” says Andy Halstead, CEO of Let Alliance (pictured)Let Alliance is also offering a rent guarantee product that includes free referencing, as well as the opportunity to introduce tenant liability and contents insurance to tenants.The company says three agents have already signed up to the package including London agent Martyn Gerrard, North-West based Ryder & Dutton and Essex and Suffolk firm Boydens.Between them thy have 30 offices servicing 8,000 tenants and 3,000 landlords.“The Let Alliance ‘Fit for the Future’ service presents a unique offering for a market being tested by government regulation and red tape,” says Simon Gerrard, Managing Director of Martyn Gerrard (pictured, right).“We look forward to being one of their first partners, and believe it will bring a multitude of benefits to both our business and customers.” Let Alliance Martyn Gerrard Andy Halstead July 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Is this the future of lettings after the ban? previous nextProducts & ServicesIs this the future of lettings after the ban?Let Alliance says its suite of insurance-based products and free referencing is the way forward.Nigel Lewis6th July 201701,709 Viewslast_img read more

UK: BAE Systems Hands Over HMS Duncan

first_img UK: BAE Systems Hands Over HMS Duncan HMS Duncan, the sixth and final of the UK’s sophisticated, new class of Type 45 Destroyers, has been formally handed over to the Royal Navy by shipbuilder BAE Systems, the MOD announced todayThe 7,500 tonne vessel, armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defence system, sailed to her new home in Portsmouth where she will undergo a series of trials and tests before being declared suitable for operations next year. Her arrival at the Naval Base marks the end of a successful 12 year build programme to provide the Royal Navy with a fleet of the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers it has ever received.Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne said:“The arrival of HMS Duncan in Portsmouth today marks the culmination of the Type 45 programme with the UK shipping industry to provide the Royal Navy with a fleet of world class destroyers.“Together these vessels are a formidable force and will play an important part in allowing the Royal Navy to protect our interests wherever needed around the world.”Head of the Ship Support Alliance for the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support Organisation, Commodore John Newell said:“This achievement represents the end of a huge amount of work by both the MOD and BAE Systems and I am delighted that all six ships are now in the hands of the Royal Navy and will soon be ready for deployment wherever that may be.”Commander James Stride, HMS Duncan’s Commanding Officer, said:“My team of Royal Navy personnel have been ‘standing-by’ the build of the ship since the launch in October 2010 and the numbers have now grown to the full complement of 180 men and women who are all now focussed on preparing for our sea training and trials phase under the White Ensign, prior to joining our sister ships on operations around the globe.”The first Type 45, HMS Daring, arrived in Portsmouth in January 2009. She has been followed by HMS Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and now Duncan. They will all be based in Portsmouth.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Industry news March 22, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Duncan Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: BAE Systems Hands Over HMS Duncan View post tag: Defense View post tag: Hands View post tag: HMS View post tag: BAE View post tag: over View post tag: Systems Share this articlelast_img read more

Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia

first_img Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia View post tag: Daring Training & Education HMS Daring has left Australia’s largest city after a week in the spotlight taking part in the country’s centennial celebrations of its navies.On a rather gloomy spring day, tugs helped the 8,500-tonne destroyer under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the equally-famous Opera House as vessels attending the International Fleet Review departed.Darings leaves Sydney with plaudits from Britain’s High Commissioner Paul Madden – in Commonwealth countries, the equivalent of an ambassador – who says the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th birthday has been supported “in style”.The Portsmouth-based destroyer is officially 49 per cent of her way through her global deployment – the first by a Type 45, and the first visit to Australia by the RN’s new breed of air defence ships.Since arriving in Sydney last Friday, Daring has taken part in two ceremonial reviews – the first recreated the entry by the inaugural RAN Fleet in 1913, the second was a more traditional fleet review witnessed by Prince Harry – services of commemoration for Australian sailors killed in the line of duty and a parade through the heart of Sydney with 4,000 seafarers from around the world.Mr Madden says all the Royal Navy’s participants in the week-long events in Sydney had been a credit to the country.“Britain turned out in style to support the event,” he stressed.“The Band of HM Royal Marines drew many admiring glances as they marched through the streets of Sydney on parade with 4,000 sailors.“Their musicianship and the precision of their drill demonstrated clearly why they are generally held to be the best military band in the world.”Daring hosted various receptions for business and political leaders in Sydney and Melbourne and will do the same in Adelaide, and welcomed a lot of media aboard – resulting in considerable coverage for the RN Down Under.“HMS Daring was busy all week. We really took advantage of having such a splendid Royal Navy asset in town,” Mr Madden added.He spent two days aboard the Type 45 sailing into Sydney Harbour when the ship arrived – “a spectacular experience” – and was impressed by the “seamanship and camaraderie” of the 200-plus sailors aboard.Among the more symbolic acts of Daring’s stay in New South Wales was the return of a plaque which once hung in Sydney’s Admiralty House.At a special reception aboard the Type 45, Britain’s most senior sailor First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas and Jonathan Perceval-Maxwell, the great grandson of Admiral Sir George King-Hall – regarded as the father of the RAN – presented the ‘Admiral’s Office Australia’ plaque to Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, today’s head of the Commonwealth nation’s Navy.The plaque was affixed to Admiralty House during Britain’s command at the Australia Station and spent a century in the UK after Admiral Sir George King-Hall, the last British Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station in 1913, returned with it to England when the Royal Navy departed Australia.At the request of Sir George King-Hall’s family, the plaque, carved from a single block of wood, was returned to the Royal Australian Navy.[mappress]Press Release, October 14, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Gallery: HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, Australia center_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Leaves October 14, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Sydneylast_img read more

Physician-PsyD-Psychology – Berkeley Medical Center

first_imgEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c) Neuropsychology Assistant Professor – WVU Eastern DivisionWest Virginia University is seeking an Assistant (or higher)Professor with specialization in adult neuropsychology. Thisposition is full-time and will be based out of Martinsburg, WV atUniversity Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. Job duties includeneuropsychological assessment and consultation as well asteaching/supervising psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows,medical students, and residents. Scholarly activities are alsohighly encouraged. Applicant must possess a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Degreeand have successfully completed an APA/CPA-accredited psychologyinternship training program with an emphasis in neuropsychology. Acurrent license to practice psychology in the state of WestVirginia is required by start date. Academic rank will becommensurate with experience. WVU offers a highly competitive andcomprehensive recruitment package which includes occurrence-basedmalpractice.Martinsburg, with a population of 17,000 residents, is the fastestgrowing city in the state of West Virginia. Located in the heart ofthe Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg is often referred to as the“gateway to the Shenandoah Valley.” Approximately 75 miles outsideof Washington, DC and 90 miles outside of Baltimore, MD,Martinsburg balances the proximal benefits of being close to amajor metropolitan area with the relaxed nature and beauty of asmall town. It offers breathtaking views and beautiful scenery.Martinsburg is conveniently located between Maryland and Virginia,offering the ability to travel into all three states within 30minutes. The Eastern Panhandle of WV is located in a richhistorical area, with easy access to the C&O Canal Trail, theAppalachian Trail, and Antietam National Battlefield. Further, thearea is home to several recreational, cultural, and arts festivalseach year, including the Apple Harvest Festival and the LeitersburgPeach Festival.To apply, submit your CV, cover letter, and 3 letters of referencedirectly to Tina Stover, Director of Physician Recruitment, at:[email protected] is an AA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – andis the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.This position will remain open until filled.last_img read more

Volunteers Serve Up Kindness, Meals for Christmas

first_imgOver Christmas, some of the extra dinners were handed out at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. By MADDY VITALECommunity spirit, fellowship, generosity and what the true meaning of Christmas just may be about were found at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Ocean City on Friday afternoon.More than 150 people went to the church at 501 E. Eighth Street for a “Christmas Dinner Served by the Community.”People waited in a line for their free dinners of ham, green beans and sweet potatoes and desserts, all courtesy of local businesses.Bags filled tables inside of St. Peter’s stuffed with sides from coleslaw to applesauce and bread to go along with the Christmas feast.“We are so fortunate to have enough. We can share. We should share,” said church member and volunteer for the dinner, Bob McNamara, of Ocean City.Kathy Thompson, a member of St. Peter’s Church, passes out bags for people to put their dinners in.Patty and Jon Talese, owners of the Ocean City restaurant, Jon & Patty’s Bistro, helped hand out the dinners.“This is what we should be doing,” Patty Talese said. “And this year there is a greater need. Hopefully there is enough food for everyone.”Dave Boston, of Ocean City, stood in line for the dinner, just as he had last month, for Thanksgiving.“It hasn’t been a good year,” Boston noted. “What they do at St. Peter’s is really good, though. I am appreciative of what they do. This will make Christmas a little better.”Boston works in the restaurant industry, but like some others who came to St. Peter’s on Christmas Day for the meals, times have been tough for a while. COVID-19 has made it even harder to find work, especially in industries that suffered long shutdowns during the pandemic.Dave Boston, of Ocean City, speaks with volunteer, Jon Talese, as he takes his holiday meal.Karry Jorge lives in Atlantic County, but she comes to St. Peter’s for the meals each year. She has children ages 12, 13 and 22. She lost her job and her unemployment is running out.“It’s been hard – especially this year,” Jorge said. “With three kids it is hard. You worry about them having enough. We are very thankful for these Christmas dinners, though.”And the day before, local families opted to spend their Christmas Eve doing something to help others.The Fasy, Young and Wisnefski families delivered more than 150 dinners to Wesley by the Bay, Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor housing complexes.Families get ready to give residents of Pecks Beach Village holiday dinners.All of the meals handed out at St. Peter’s and delivered by the local families were courtesy of Bill McGinnity, of Nobil Catering, and other local businesses, as well as the charitable organization, OCNJ CARE, headed by resident Drew Fasy.Jen Bowman, who is in charge of the food ministry at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and a host of other church members and volunteers, took over providing the dinners after organizers Mike and Peaches Lukens retired last year from the event they created 30 years ago.Fasy, who often works with Bowman, who is also a member of OCNJ CARE, said, “The Christmas dinner event, we felt, was an important Ocean City tradition to continue — even if done differently this year. The food is one aspect, the fellowship and care is the more important piece. We did not want that to be missed, especially this year.”Stacks of side dishes line tables inside St. Peter’s church.“Jen Bowman organized this and did an amazing job. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers and partners who so generously helped us,” Fasy added. “Cousin’s Restaurant prepared beautiful meals.”He continued, “Arlene’s, Bennies, and Wards all contributed. Jon & Patty’s and Spadafora’s, the people at St. Peter’s — there was a lot of support for this effort. I think everyone understood the importance of keeping this tradition alive.”And in all of the dinners, St. Peter’s Pastor Eric Hall left a message of hope for the recipients.“The blessings and gifts we share with each other remind us of friendship and community. This Christmas meal is an expression of our love for you and we hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with peace.”The families load up the food at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. (Photo courtesy of Drew Fasy)Drew Fasy, chairman of OCNJ CARE, takes a selfie with other volunteers in the background. (Photo courtesy Jen Bowman)Allison and Ken Wisnefski, of Ocean City, and their children, Anna, Anderson and Alec, get ready to drop off meals. (Photo courtesy of Drew Fasy)The Youngs make the deliveries a family affair. (Photo courtesy of Drew Fasy)last_img read more

Sixty-six job losses at Coffee Republic

first_imgTen out of the 20 Coffee Republic (UK) Ltd-owned stores have now closed, resulting in 66 redundancies, announced administrators KPMG Restructuring today.The coffee chain went into administration earlier this week, following the suspension of its shares amid rumours the chain was facing collapse.The company-owned store in Gloucester Road, London, closed shortly before the administrators were appointed. The nine remaining company-owned stores are continuing to trade as normal. The 70 franchised stores, along with 97 concessions that are not in administration, are also trading as normal. Richard Hill KPMG partner and joint administrator said that, following an assessment of the Coffee Republic (UK) Ltd-owned outlets, the decision was made to close stores that were “no longer viable”. “We are now in discussions with interested parties with a view to selling the remaining business as a going concern,” continued Hill. “There has been huge interest already from potential purchasers and I remain confident of achieving a sale during the course of next week.”last_img read more

This Technology Gives Disabled Patients A Chance To Make Music With Their Minds [Watch]

first_imgThe technological advancements in music-making have truly soared over the last couple of years. Among the newest projects is one run by researchers at Plymouth University and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, where they’ve given patients who are unable to walk or talk the ability to use electrical signals from their brains to select musical passages that are played by musicians in real-time. Ultimately, this gives the disabled musicians a way to express their musical creativity despite their inabilities to speak or physically interact with instruments.It all came together when Professors Eduardo Reck Miranda and Joel Eaton created a Brain-Computer Music Interface to measure brain activity in the visual cortex by combining an EEG with a computer. According to Discover Magazine, “The computer displays four musical sequence options, and each option has a corresponding matrix of flashing lights. The four musicians choose the desired sequence by concentrating on the light matrix that corresponds to their choice. The choice is then sent to another musician who physically plays the part. The members of the ensemble could even modulate the volume by changing the intensity of their concentration.” These advancements are simply incredible.Scientists Have Discovered The Area Of The Brain That Responds To MusicIn addition to interacting with instruments, the disabled musicians are also able to interact with each other, allowing them to get involved with something musical at the same time, or as we like to call it, “jam.” Dubbed the Paramusical Ensemble, these musicians are making some serious moves in the jam-band world.So how does this work? Each patient wears a cap on their head that is wired with electrodes, one specifically above the visual cortex. “When an image is held in the brain, the visual cortex produces a unique electrical pattern that the Brain-Computer Music Interface System identifies. By concentrating exclusively on the marker accompanying the piece of music they wish to play, the EEG can read and translate their brain activity into commands,” DM explains.The Paramusical Ensemble’s piece, entitled “Activating Memory,” was composed by Professor Miranda and was performed for the first time last July with the physical accompaniment of the Bergerson string quartet. Watch how it goes down:Paramusical Ensemble – Trailer from PACMF-2015 on Vimeo.[via Discovered Magazine]last_img read more