Knockout Know-how: The Aviva Premiership Semi-finals

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 26: Nick Evans of Harlequins celebrates with the trophy following his team’s victory during the Aviva Premiership final between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stadium on May 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images) Will it be try-time again for Saracens at Allianz Park in this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final?By Rugby World writer Katie FieldAS SARACENS, Leicester, Harlequins and Northampton prepare to do battle in this weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-finals, which set of supporters has most reason to feel optimistic?Smiling at SaracensThe self-styled wolf pack finished top of the Premiership table and so have been the most consistent side this season. You have to go back to 2007-08 to find a No 1 team losing in the semi-final, and that was when Gloucester were pipped 26-25 by Leicester. Saracens’ strength in depth, enhanced by their policy of rotating selection, stands them in good stead.Saracens have home advantage over Northampton in their semi-final and they haven’t lost a single game at home this season – a fact made all the more extraordinary by the number of “homes” they had, before they settled in at Allianz Park in February.Finally, it is the fourth year in a row that Saracens have qualified for the play-offs and although they lost 24-15 to Leicester in last year’s semi-final, they reached the two previous finals, losing to the Tigers in 2010 and beating them in 2011, so these boys know how to win a semi.Feeling TigerishThis is the ninth – count ’em – year in a row that Leicester Tigers have been in the play-offs and they have reached the final in every one of those previous eight years. They haven’t won the Premiership trophy since the 2009-10 season, when they beat Saracens 33-27, but as they approach a home semi-final against Harlequins, that won’t be in their minds. Semi-final success is in their DNA.Leicester scored more tries in the Premiership’s regular season than any other team (56) and conceded only 29, putting them joint second in the defence league with Bath and behind Saracens.There are no weak areas in the Tigers’ game and the fact they have six players in the British & Irish Lions squad underlines their quality.Nick Evans holds the Premiership trophy aloft after last season’s final triumphHarlequins aiming highOne major factor in Harlequins’ favour is the fact they are reigning champions. They beat Leicester 30-23 in last year’s Twickenham final so the winning formula is fresh in their minds. Quins haven’t been as consistently brilliant this season as last, but they won their last three Premiership games and so have built up some momentum. Taking on Leicester at Welford Road is not a challenge for the faint-hearted, but recent results between the two sides are all in Harlequins’ favour, as they won 22-9 at Leicester in September and beat the Tigers 25-21 at The Stoop in February.If Quins need any more motivation, their players who were overlooked for Lions selection will have a point or two to prove.Northampton – Never say never!The odds seem to be stacked against the Saints as they prepare to meet Saracens at Allianz Park. They have lost in the Premiership semi-final for the last three years and not since 2007-08 has the fourth-placed team beaten the top team in the knockout stages.To make matters worse, Northampton haven’t beaten Saracens at any of their various homes since 2004 and they lost home and away to them this season. This will also be the Saints’ first experience of playing on a 4G artificial surface.However, Northampton only have one trophy to aim for this time, unlike in 2011 when they were preparing for a Heineken Cup final. Also, their Premiership try tally of 55 for the regular season is bettered only by Leicester and shows they are a potent attacking force.The annals of knockout rugby are littered with surprise results, so never say never!Aviva Premiership semi-finalsSaturday 11 May: Leicester v Harlequins, Welford Road, 3pm (live on Sky) Sunday 12 May: Saracens v Northampton, Allianz Park, 3pm (live on ESPN)The June edition of Rugby World magazine includes interviews with Leicester Tigers, England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi and Saracens flanker Jacques Burger. Don’t forget to buy your copy!It’s on sale now, until 4 June. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

‘In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth,…

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest As a near-capacity crowd gathered in the cathedral, the same waxing crescent moon hung in the sky that people on Earth saw on that Christmas Eve, and the International Space Station passed overhead during the Dec. 11 event, Stofan noted.Images from space transform the exterior of Washington National Cathedral the night of Dec. 11, while inside, hundreds of people gathered to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceOn Christmas Eve 1968, the crew spoke to Earth’s inhabitants in what was then the most-watched TV broadcast. Anders began by describing the moon as “a rather foreboding horizon, a rather dark and unappetizing-looking place.”“We are now approaching lunar sunrise,” he then said. “And, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 have a message that we would like to send to you.”Anders began to read the biblical story of creation. After he recited verses 1-4 of the first chapter of Genesis, using the King James Version, Lovell read verses 5-8 and Borman read verses 9-10.“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close, with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth,” Borman concluded the broadcast. It lasted just more than three minutes and was heard by an estimated 1 billion people around the world.The mission commander, Borman, had been scheduled as a lector for the Christmas Day service at his parish, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in League City, Texas, until NASA moved up the launch date. “We kidded Frank about going to such lengths — all the way to the moon — to get out of … services,” the Rev. James Buckner told NBC News in 1999.“Apollo 8 was full of surprises. We knew we were going to the moon. But hearing the story of creation beaming down to us on Christmas Eve, even the steely-eyed flight directors in Mission Control wept,” said Stofan. “Some of our bravest pilots and sailors, riding atop repurposed weapons of war, delivered a message of peace for all humankind. That was the spirit of Apollo.”The nave of Washington National Cathedral was bathed in blue light and stars on the night of Dec. 11. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceDuring the cathedral program, images of stars were projected on the vaulted ceiling of the nave and celestial images covered the building’s exterior. The Cathedral Choir performed “The Firmament,” which matched singing with a recording of the historic broadcast.The iconic photo was a scramble to capture“Earthrise” has been credited for inspiring the beginning of the environmental movement. It was included in Life magazine’s 100 Photographs That Changed the World issue. Anders once told NASA that the crew was just starting to go behind the moon when he looked out of his window and “saw all these stars, more stars than you could pick out constellations from.” Suddenly, “I don’t know who said it, maybe all of us said, ‘Oh my God. Look at that!’” as they saw the Earth rise.The vision set off a scramble to record the scene as the astronauts searched for a color film camera for Anders. The transcript relays the fear of any photographer of missing the shot.“We came all this way to explore the Moon,” Anders once said, “and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.”Curry mused on God’s reaction to Apollo 8. “I wonder if when they saw it, and then later we saw it, and when they read from Genesis, if God kind of gave a cosmic smile,” Curry said. “And I wonder if God said, ‘Now y’all see what I see.’ God says ‘y’all.’ It’s in the King James Version of the Bible.”Curry urged those gathered to rededicate themselves to exploration, and to the preservation of Earth.“My brothers, my sisters, my siblings, may this commemoration be a moment of re-consecration and dedication to mount on eagles’ wings and fly, to explore new worlds, to seek out vast knowledge, and then to mobilize the great knowledge of science and technology and the wisdom of humans to save this oasis, our island home,” he said.Curry then began to sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” the song that had been his refrain during his remarks. The Cathedral Choir slowly joined in, and at Curry’s urging, many in the gathering began to softly sing along.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry discusses Apollo 8’s impact on the world Dec. 11 while the Washington National Cathedral Choir listens. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas/Washington National CathedralThe Apollo 8 mission had many dimensionsThe mission and the Christmas Eve broadcast came at the end of a very trying year for a country that was “shaken by division and civil unrest,” in Stofan’s words.The Tet Offensive in Vietnam at the end of January had shown the falsity of official claims that the war’s end was in sight. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and riots broke out in more than 100 U.S. cities. Robert Kennedy was murdered in June after a presidential campaign appearance. Anti-war protests roiled cities and college campuses.Officially, the mission was designed to test the Apollo command module systems and evaluate crew performance on a lunar orbiting mission. The crew photographed the lunar surface, both far side and near side, obtaining information on topography and landmarks, as well as other scientific information necessary for future Apollo landings.The three Apollo 8 astronauts, left to right, James A. Lovell Jr., command module pilot; William A. Anders, lunar module pilot; and Frank Borman, commander, pose Nov. 13, 1968, beside the Apollo Mission Simulator at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASAIt also aimed to give the United States a huge lead in the space race with the Soviet Union. The desire to beat the Soviets to the moon was precisely what made NASA decide, based on intelligence it received in mid-1968, that the USSR might be able to send astronauts to orbit the moon by the end of that year. In August, NASA turned Apollo 8 from an Earth-orbit test flight into a lunar mission. It was dangerous, and the three astronauts were, among other things, “Cold War warriors,” Bridenstine said in a press briefing before the event.“Their Christmas Eve broadcast reached not just almost all of America, but tens of millions of people behind the Iron Curtain where Christmas was still illegal — and they reached them with a Christmas message,” Bridenstine said during the program. “That is an amazing tool of national power, of soft power. The idea that we can change the perception of people all around the world towards the United States with space exploration and discovery and science, and that’s what NASA did in the Christmas of 1968.”The NASA administrator said the cathedral program was also about the future of America’s role in space exploration. He noted that President Donald Trump has told the country it is going back to the moon. “I want to be clear,” Bridenstine said. “We’re going forward to the moon. We’re doing it in a way that has never been done before. This time when we go, we’re going to stay.”He described “sustainable, reusable architecture” that will utilize the resources present on the moon, including “hundreds of billions of tons of water ice at the poles of the moon.” Astronauts will repeatedly go to the moon with commercial and international partners, he predicted, because that water can sustain them and can be used to produce the rocket fuel needed to get home.Rather than the “contest of ideas” that marked the first race to the moon, Bridenstine said this future effort’s technology will be open-sourced and available to any nation, as well as to companies or private individuals “that also want to plug into that architecture in a commercial way.” He also predicted that the moon effort would be replicated “in our journey to Mars.”Artist Rodney Winfield of St. Louis, Missouri, created the design for the cathedral’s Space Window to symbolize the macrocosm and microcosm of space, and to show the minuteness of humanity in God’s universe. It is the only stained glass window in the cathedral that incorporates all three lancets into a single image. The night of the Apollo 8 celebration, the window was illuminated by three spotlights mounted on tall scaffolding outside the south side of the cathedral. Photo: Washington National CathedralNational Cathedral has a cosmic connectionThe cathedral has long honored space travel. Its so-called “Space Window” contains a 7.18-gram basalt lunar rock from the Sea of Tranquility, donated to the cathedral by the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins). The window was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin’s lunar landing, July 21, 1974.Hollerith, during his opening remarks, said the cathedral is “blessed to be stewards” of the 3.6-billion-year-old rock.In January 1986, hundreds of mourners spontaneously came to the cathedral and laid wreaths of flowers beneath the window as a memorial to the scientists and technicians that it was designed to honor after the space shuttle Challenger exploded on liftoff. Then, 17 years later, the cathedral hosted the national memorial service for the seven-member crew of space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated upon re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003.Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, was honored after his death in 2012 at a public service in the cathedral.In a more prosaic vein, since 1986, a Darth Vader gargoyle, also known as a grotesque, has reigned over the dark north side of the cathedral from its perch high on the northwest tower.Apollo 8 Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr. was the last speaker in the Dec. 11 event. He is seen here on one of the television screens used to help the gathering see the speakers. The cathedral’s Space Window, containing a piece of the moon, can be seen above. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas/Washington National CathedralApollo 8 headed home with big newsShortly past midnight on Christmas morning, after just more than 20 hours and 10 orbits of the moon, the crew made history again when it ignited an engine burn to leave lunar orbit and start for home. Again, that firing had to take place on the moon’s far side, out of radio contact with Mission Control. People there listened anxiously for confirmation that the burn had powered Apollo 8 out of lunar orbit and toward Earth.“Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus,” Lovell radioed.Read and see more about itThe on-demand broadcast can be viewed here.The booklet for the Dec. 11 program is here.The museum’s Apollo 50 page is here.A NASA gallery of images from the Apollo 8 mission is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Featured Events By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Dec 12, 2018 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] In the heyday of America’s space program, the Apollo 8 mission that went aloft 50 years ago this month was a first in all of human exploration, not just that of space.Humans left Earth’s orbit for the first time and headed to the moon nearly a quarter-million miles away. Just shy of three days later, on Christmas Eve 1968, William A. Anders, Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. put their spacecraft into lunar orbit and became the first people to see the far side of the moon. Later that day, they became the first to see the Earth rise over the lunar horizon.“Look at that picture over there! Here’s the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!” astronaut William A. Anders said on Dec. 24, 1968, as he, Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. rode the Apollo 8 space capsule through their fourth orbit of the moon. “The hair kind of went up on the back of my neck,” he later recalled. Anders grabbed a Hasselblad camera and snapped one of the most iconic images of the Space Age. As Anders saw it, the Earth “rose” from the moon’s side, not over the top as usually depicted. Photo: NASAThe astronauts did not keep secret their discoveries. They conveyed them from space to the people on Earth who were following their mission and changed the way humans viewed their place in the universe.As they came around the moon, the astronauts had a new vision of Earth, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told a large crowd gathered at Washington National Cathedral on the evening of Dec. 11. “I wonder if, at some level, God whispered in their ears and said, ‘Behold. Behold the world of which you are a part. Look at it. Look at its symmetry, look at its beauty. Look at its wonder. Look at it. Behold your world,’” Curry said.In addition to Curry, “The Spirit of Apollo” program at the cathedral featured Lovell, who also flew on Apollo 13, Gemini 7 and Gemini 12; Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator; Ellen R. Stofan, director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; and the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the cathedral. The five were invited to explore the spiritual meaning of exploration and the unity created by the mission’s Christmas Eve broadcast and the iconic “Earthrise” photo taken by one of the astronauts.The program at the cathedral is one of a series of “Apollo 50” events leading up to a five-day celebration, July 16–20, 2019, at the National Air and Space Museum and on the National Mall to commemorate Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. The museum received $2 million from the Boeing Corp. to help pay for the cathedral event and all of the commemorations.A view from the Apollo 8 spacecraft shows nearly the entire Western Hemisphere, from the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, including nearby Newfoundland, to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. Central America is clearly outlined. Nearly all of South America is covered by clouds, except the high Andes mountain chain along the west coast. A small portion of West Africa shows as well. Photo: NASAHollerith suggested that Apollo 8 was “a holy journey not only for what it accomplished, but for what it revealed to us about our place in God’s grand creation.”Curry mentioned that some believe “that moment changed human consciousness forever,” and he added that the view of Earth from space showed “we are a part of it, not the sum total of it.”Lovell agreed, describing how he realized that his thumb could cover up the entire Earth as he saw it through the space capsule’s window. “In this cathedral, my world exists within these walls, but seeing the Earth at 240,000 miles, my world suddenly expanded to infinity,” he said.“Just think: over 3 billion people, mountains, oceans, deserts, everything I ever knew was behind my thumb,” he said. “As I observed the Earth, I realized my home was a small planet. It is just a mere speck in our Milky Way galaxy and lost to oblivion in the universe.”Lovell, who received sustained applause and a standing ovation as he approached the lectern to begin his remarks, said he began to question his own existence, asking, “How do I fit into what I see?” Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Bath, NC Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Environment & Climate Change, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Tags Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 ‘In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form and void’ National Cathedral program considers spiritual dimension of exploration and Apollo 8’s unifying mission Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Fundamentals of fundraising: why people give

first_imgFundamentals of fundraising: why people give Erica Waasdorp, Vice President Fundraising at DMW Worldwide in Plymouth, Massachusetts, looks at why people give to charities.At a recent nonprofit conference, with some 1,000 attendees, I asked the question: Why do people give? The bulk of the answers were only partly correct. “Because they want to contribute.” “Because they went to the college.” “Because they know the organisation.” Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving. The real answer to the question is simply: people give because you ask them to give. How you ask them is secondary. In person, via the telephone, through direct mail or internet. That’s where fundraisers like you and I come in, to look at revenue, cost and return on investment to determine the most cost-effective ways to ask that pertinent question.Let’s look at the overall fundraising picture, the donor giving pyramid and the communications you’re sending to your supporters. If you have many donors in the top of the pyramid, but your donor base is declining, you are probably not feeding in any new donors to replace those donors, who stopped giving (or passed away). Some organisations may see drops of 25 to 35% in their number of donors from year to year. It’s important to keep bringing in new donors, reactivating those who stopped giving and upgrading existing donors to higher levels to bring in more money for your nonprofit. Review the breakdown of your donors. How many donors give less than £100. How many give more than £1,000? How often do you communicate with your donors now? What are you asking for? And, what are the trends? Why do some organisations mail every two weeks and others only mail an appeal four times a year? How can they make money that way? It all depends on the mission of the organisation and the cases for giving. What it really comes down to is: how many stories can you tell that motivate your supporters to give and how many donors do you have that like to hear from you?What have your supporters told you? If you ask them how many times they’d like to hear from you and you listen and ‘grant’ that wish, you may end up getting more money than ever before. Use all the tools available to communicate with your donors. Mail, phone, in person, depending upon the giving level of the donor and his or her desire. A few simple but practical ways to get more money from your donors: Add a reply envelope to a thank-you letter and see what happens. It’s not a hard ask and it may generate more than enough to pay for the thank-you letters. If you have a newsletter, put a reply envelope in it and see what happens. Most of the clients who tried it have made money on it. Make sure that you tell your donors what their money has done. It has been proven that by telling a donor the difference their contribution made, will tremendously help the next time. Finally, there are golden rules, there are techniques that work for all organisations. However, every organisation is different and therefore, a final word of advice: test what works for your organisation, and track results to make the right decisions in the short- and the long-term. Erica Waasdorp has been with DMW Worldwide since May 2000 where she works with clients ranging from the Salvation Army to the American Humane Association to international Animal Rescue, UK. Erica can be reached via [email protected] or 001 (774) 773- 1200 ext. 224.  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 12 January 2004 | Newslast_img read more

PR in Fundraising group to hold first meeting on 13 June

first_img A group of people interested in the issues of PR in support of fundraising will meet for the first time on 13 June in London. The PR in Fundraising Special Interest Group of the Institute of Fundraising will meet at the Phoenix Artists Club, 1 Phoenix Street, off Charing Cross Road in London’s Soho, from 18.00.The meeting will be an informal affair, open to members of the Institute of Fundraising and non-members, and there is no charge to attend.A drinks reception will be followed by a meeting to decide the direction members want the group to take and what roles they would like it to fulfill. It could, for example, become a member support group, a peer networking group, or perhaps focus on advancing best practice in, and generally raise awareness around, PR in support of fundraising. Advertisement Howard Lake | 9 June 2007 | News  18 total views,  2 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 Researching massive growth in giving. PR in Fundraising group to hold first meeting on 13 Junecenter_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving Topics that the SIG might tackle include:* identifying which areas of fundraising are likely to or actually do attract the most media criticism* look at whether there is any difference in how fundraising, as opposed to charity in general, is portrayed in the press* unpick fundraisers’ attitudes and expectations of the media, and, unpick the media’s attitudes to fundraising* develop standard arguments in defence of various methods of fundraising * examine how fundraising dovetails with charities’ PR strategies * compile a compendium of best practice case studies. The inaugural meeting is being organised by Ian MacQuillin of TurnerPR. To help ascertain numbers, please register your attendance by emailing him in advance. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Women defend Standing Rock and Indigenous Sovereignty

first_imgStephanie TromblayThis article was edited from a talk given March 18 at the Workers World Party forum in New York City in honor of International Working Women’s Month. Let’s start by acknowledging that we are on stolen Lenape land. This land is not covered by any treaty. If you have heard over the years that this land was sold to the Dutch by the Lenape for beads and trinkets in the value of 60 guilders, ask yourself if permanently losing all of this island could possibly have been their intent.Many of you here have followed the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I will talk about that and also put that struggle in the context of women’s roles in the many Indigenous struggles of the past and present.The heroic struggles against the pipelines raging on the Great Plains right now were begun and are led by Native women and youth. The corporate media may often focus on the role of largely white environmental organizations and leadership, but the true leadership on the ground is Indigenous women.The Standing Rock youth movement began with a young Lakota woman and her cousins who were demanding a safe space at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for youth who face social conditions of oppression from the colonial-settler state forcing Native peoples onto reservations. There they were introduced to alcohol, impoverishment and bourgeois values of misogyny and abuse. This goes back to Ben Franklin, who called for the introduction of alcohol to subjugate the Indigenous nations of Great Turtle Island.These youth activists went to the anti-Keystone XL camp, met Indigenous Environmental Network activists, the Native women in leadership, trained in direct action, and the camp became their safe space.After the KXL was halted due to the widespread struggle against it, the youth focused on Standing Rock. There, they — along with Ladonna Brave Bull Allard and other traditional Lakota and Dakota women — established the Sacred Stone camp in the pathway of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline was considered too hazardous for the water supply of mostly white Bismarck, N.D., so it was moved above the Standing Rock Reservation’s water supply at Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. Lake Oahe was created from a previous land grab by the U.S. which expelled Lakota ranchers and homes.Traditionals from the reservation then joined and set up a Council Lodge, not done since before the Oceti Sakowin, the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota had been reservated, and began to work with the youth to embrace elements of their original culture and values. Youth were even deputized as akicita, warriors who protect the people.Women and youth will fight and winIn Oceti Sakowin society, tradition held and it was foretold that the seventh generation — that is, the youth of today — would fight a black snake threatening the life of the people and that they would kill the black snake. Also, traditionally the women are responsible for protecting the water and leading the people, and the men stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them.The Standing Rock youth embraced the old traditions of runners to carry news, and they ran to Omaha and then to Washington, D.C. to deliver petitions to the Army Corp of Engineers opposing this threat to the waters of the Standing Rock reservation. They are theirs under a legal doctrine pertaining to waters of reservations (known as Winters Rights).The call from Standing Rock women and youth to all the Native Nations was heeded, and Indigenous people dropped their daily lives and came to the camps from great distances — from the Dine in the Southwest Four Corners, many Oklahoma-based nations, Pacific coastal nations, even Native peoples from the Land of the Condor, South America. Allies poured in as well from the Four Directions.Knowing that any show of military resistance could be met by extermination and massacre, as happened uncounted times in the past in the unceasing Indian wars of this colonial-settler state, all was done peacefully and in prayer. Women and youth stood up to company goons to protect sacred sites and ancestral graves and were attacked with G4S dogs, tear gas, mace, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, LRADs that can permanently damage hearing, even water cannons in freezing wintry conditions.In November and December as the repression intensified, some of the older women sent the youth home to protect them. The hundreds of arrested include many elders and many, many women. One of the last arrested as the camps were finally cleared entirely in late February was Regina Brave, who is 80 and a veteran of the Wounded Knee takeover in 1973.Many people took grievous wounds as a result of the military repression at Standing Rock. Just to mention a few, a young Dine mother of four, Vanessa Dundon, lost sight in an eye after being shot in the face with a tear gas canister. Sophia Wilansky, a young white environmentalist ally from the Bronx, N.Y., had her arm blown up when goons threw a concussion grenade at her. She is still recuperating. Wilansky has noted that the media largely paid much more attention to her because she is white than to the many Indigenous people who were wounded.The Trump administration greenlighted the DAPL, and oil may run through it very soon. But the struggle has spread. Many of the water protectors have joined other pipeline struggles around the country, from the Trans-Pecos in Texas to the Sabal Trail in Florida. People are fighting the Pilgrim pipeline in New York, which is planned to run close to the Indian Point nuclear plant.Fights against pipelines and all extractive industries began long before the Dakota Access struggle, and will continue long after, too.Struggle continuesWe should support the hundreds of people arrested at Standing Rock, especially those facing extreme charges such as Red Fawn Fallis from Denver. She was assisting the medics and protecting people who had been injured when she was targeted for arrest. Cops and goons planted a gun on her, and now she faces felony charges.A continuing tactic in the pipleline struggles is to get individuals and cities to divest from Dakota Access and Keystone XL, especially investors and lenders such as TD Bank and Wells Fargo, in order to put a financial squeeze on pipeline companies. Seattle and other municipalities have already taken steps to divest. San Francisco voted to divest on March 14, and Los Angeles may be next.For the first time a Native nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, called a national demonstration in Washington, D.C. Many Native nations joined them for a four-day presence, ending with a march for Standing Rock on March 10.The next day, USA Today ran online coverage with the headline “Women of Standing Rock aren’t backing down.” Sometimes corporate media have made it seem as though Native women being in leadership is a new thing, but it’s not. In traditional Indigenous societies, communities were almost all matrilineal — some of them matriarchal, in fact. These traditions survive to some extent in many Native nations.The original white feminists in Seneca Falls, who were a movement on the ground in colonial upstate New York, were inspired by the Haudenosaunee women — the Mohawk, Seneca, Tuscarora, Oneida, Onondaga and Cayuga nations — the so-called Iroquois people.Many white feminists met, studied and wrote about their Haudenosaunee neighbors; even their bloomers were modeled on Haudenosaunee women’s clothing. Progressive suffragist Matilda Gage, who lived in  Onondaga territory, was particularly influenced by the role of Haudenosaunee women.Native women have kept traditions going and kept families together for centuries in the face of multiple and ongoing forms of genocide — massacres by settlers, starvation and disease, destruction of our languages and ceremonies, cultural genocide, displacement from ancestral lands, rape, murder, kidnapping, sterilization abuse, exposure to uranium and other devastating toxins created by mining, and much more.Twentieth century life has been fraught with devastation caused by colonial capitalist society, including mass theft of children sent to boarding schools, and nowadays into foster care, in attempts to destroy Indigenous families and cultures and to eliminate pre-class social values and structures, language and community, and spiritual practices.On March 15 Trump laid a wreath at Andrew Jackson’s gravesite to honor his hero, a genocidal monster. I call him the “Hitler of the Trail of Tears.” He’s the man responsible for the Indian Removal Act, which forced 70,000 Indigenous people to relocate west of the Mississippi between 1838 and 1839. More than 4,000 Tsalagi/Cherokee and other men, women and children died on the Trail of Tears.United States presidents from Jackson to Trump have thought that Native people were going to be swept away under the wheels of manifest destiny — but they were and are dead wrong. In fact, the sense of Indigenous unity and strength right now, and the drive and movement to decolonize, are the strongest they have been in decades.Native people are fighting back against forced assimilation and erasure. All U.S. history has been written and taught in a way to eliminate and erase Native nations altogether. Immigrants arrive now and never learn even the rudiments of who lived in that place before they arrived.The fight is to defend the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations and the enforcement of treaty rights for those nations that have treaties — and many do not. The fight is to protect the water, the earth and life itself, the biosphere.I can’t begin to name all the amazing and bold Indigenous women who have fought back because there are so many. So I will just say that Workers World Party salutes ALL the Water Protectors and the Land Defenders.Free Red Fawn Fallis! Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Robert C. Davidson, Jr. Re-elected, Third Term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Art Center College of Design

first_img 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Robert C. Davidson, Jr. Re-elected, Third Term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Art Center College of Design Alumnus and Co-founder Bruce Heavin Joins Board From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 20, 2014 | 3:34 pm Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a commentcenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday The Board of Trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that Robert C. Davidson, Jr. has been re-elected to a third term as board chairman. The unanimous vote of confidence by his peers represents an endorsement of his exceptional leadership, deep commitment to the strategic growth of the College and unwavering dedication to delivering the best education possible to each individual student.Davidson is the first African-American to serve as board chairman at Art Center, and among the first African-Americans to assume Board leadership of a member institution within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.“It’s abundantly clear that the College—and the Board itself—has thrived under Bob’s leadership,” said Dr. Lorne M. Buchman, president of Art Center. “The Board and I unanimously voted to re-elect him to ensure the forward momentum he has so thoughtfully facilitated.”“My guiding principal in every decision we make is always to ask how will this strengthen student learning,” said Davidson. “It is paramount that we provide our future creative leaders with resources to maximize their long-term success.”Davidson has served on the Board since 2004. As chairman since 2010, he has contributed significant guidance and oversight to numerous committees, including Executive, Advancement and Lead Gifts, Audit, Governance and Compensation. During his Board chairmanship, the College initiated a five-year strategic plan already realized, in part, through the launch of four new degree programs, thoughtful campus expansion, Board growth and engagement, and record-breaking financial support from Board members and alumni.The Board also announced today the election of Art Center alumnus and co-founder Bruce Heavin as a Trustee. Heavin, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, will serve on the Board’s Academic Affairs and Facilities committees.“I’ve realized that everything the College has achieved in recent years is in direct support of its students,” Heavin said. “I’ve been a staunch advocate and longtime supporter of my alma mater, and now it’s especially rewarding to join the Board during this important era of growth and advancement in Art Center’s history.”“Bruce’s knowledge and expertise will be extremely valuable as the College builds a robust curriculum in the virtual space online,” said Fred Fehlau, provost at Art Center. “The goal is to make our unique brand of rigorous art and design education available to the global community of students who desire to become the culture makers, professional influencers and leaders of the creative economy.”About Art Center College of DesignFounded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design ( is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

SC Issues Notice On BSP’s Challenging Rajasthan HC’s Refusal To Stay Speaker’s Approval Of Merger of 6 BSP MLAs With Congress

first_imgTop StoriesSC Issues Notice On BSP’s Challenging Rajasthan HC’s Refusal To Stay Speaker’s Approval Of Merger of 6 BSP MLAs With Congress Radhika Roy7 Jan 2021 3:37 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea filed by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) against a judgement of the Rajasthan High Court and an order passed by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, wherein the former held that the Speaker’s order was an administrative and not an order adjudicating the claim of merger. A Bench of Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and KM Joseph heard the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea filed by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) against a judgement of the Rajasthan High Court and an order passed by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, wherein the former held that the Speaker’s order was an administrative and not an order adjudicating the claim of merger. A Bench of Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and KM Joseph heard the matter and proceeded to issue notice. Senior Advocate Satish Chandra Mishra appeared on behalf of BSP. The SLP was filed against the 24th August, 2020, judgment of the Rajasthan High Court which had held that the 18th September, 2019, order of the Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly was an administrative order and not an order adjudicating the claim of merger – “…without considering the substance of Order dated 18.09.2019 wherein the Speaker in unequivocal terms has given benefit of para 4(2) of the Tenth Schedule to recognize the claim of merger made by Respondent Nos. 3 to 8, dehors the adjudication on disqualification under para 6 of the Tenth Schedule”. Stating that the decision of the Speaker to approve the merger done in the most “arbitrary manner, without even issuing any notice or granting any opportunity of hearing to the Petitioner herein/BSP, which is the ‘Original Political Party in terms of Para 4 of the Tenth Schedule and the affected party”, the plea contends that the actions of the Speaker were “legally impermissible”. “Neither the Rules 1989 nor the provisions of Tenth Schedule empower the Speaker to decide the claim of merger. The findings recorded by the Speaker with respect to provisions of para 4 of the Tenth Schedule cause serious prejudice to the rights of the Petitioner as they were recorded without hearing the Petitioner who is the affected party and would come in the way in disqualification proceedings against Respondents Nos. 3 to 8”. The plea then goes on to state that the High Court has erred in holding the Order of the Speaker to be an administrative order and that the same has been done only on a “mere presumption/assumption without there being any such purpose evident from Order dated 19.09.2019”. It is also submitted that the High Court further erred in holding that the grant of an opportunity of hearing to the Petitioner would amount to an inquiry which was not warranted at the stage of recording the claim of merger, despite the fact that the findings of the Speaker in itself amounted to an inquiry. In light of the above, the plea seeks for the setting aside of the Rajasthan High Court order dated 24th August, 2020. In September 2019, the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, Dr. CP Joshi, had allowed merger of six BSP MLAs with Congress. These six MLAs had been elected to the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly in December 2018 on the ticket issued by BSP. An Application was submitted by them to the Speaker in September 2019, who allowed for the merger. Challenging the Speaker’s decision, BJP MLA Dilawar had moved the Rajasthan High Court in March 2020 under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, seeking for a stay of the same in order to restrict the six MLAs from attending proceedings in the House while was the matter was pending in Court. This plea was later withdrawn. After that the Speaker passed an order on 28th July dismissing Dilawar’s petition to disqualify the BSP MLAs. This was further challenged by Dilawar before the Division Bench of the Rajasthan High Court. Both the Single Bench and the Division Bench of the Rajasthan High Court refused to order interim stay of the Speaker’s decision. A plea was then filed before the Supreme Court on behalf of Dilawar which was then dismissed on grounds that it was infructuous as the Rajasthan High Court had rendered a decision. In the meanwhile, a Transfer Petition was filed by the six MLAs, seeking a transfer to the Supreme Court, the petition filed in Rajasthan HC challenging the Speaker’s order approving the merger with Congress. During a previous hearing, Advocate Amit Pai had withdrawn the transfer petition.Next Storylast_img read more

Suspect hunted in vandalism of California synagogue being investigated as a hate crime

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — Beverly Hills Police are hunting a suspect involved in an overnight break-in and vandalism of a Los Angeles synagogue and are investigating the incident as a hate crime.Authorities were called to the Nessah Synagogue, one of the largest Iranian-Jewish synagogues in the city, at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning when an employee arrived for work to discover that the premises had been ransacked.After a preliminary investigation, police are looking for a lone suspect described by the Beverly Hills Police Department in a statement as “a male white, 20-25 years of age, short dark curly hair, thin build, possibly wearing prescription glasses, shorts, low top shoes (possibly Pumas), and carried a backpack and pulled a rolling suitcase.”Authorities say that the suspect forced his way in at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday morning and moved through the synagogue heavily ransacking the place.“The suspect disrupted the furnishings, and contents of the synagogue by overturning furniture and distributing brochures and materials throughout the interior,” said the Beverly Hills Police Department. “The suspect damaged several Jewish relics, but fortunately the synagogue’s main scrolls survived unscathed.Although it does not appear the suspect stole anything from the premises during the rampage and the suspect left no markings or other overt signs of anti-Semitism, police have cause to investigate the incident as a hate crime.“This cowardly act hits at the heart of who we are as a community,”” said Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. “It is not just an attack on the Jewish community of Beverly Hills, it’s an attack on all of us. The entire city stands behind Nessah, its members and congregants. We are committed to catching the criminal who desecrated a holy place on Shabbat of all days and bringing him to justice. We are equally committed that our city will continue to be a welcoming place for Jews and for all members of religions and groups.”Several members of the police involved in the investigations have helped with the clean-up efforts and will also provide additional patrols throughout the Sabbath.The Nessah Synagogue plans to reopen its doors to congregants and worshipers on Sunday.Investigations are ongoing and significant efforts are underway to find and locate the suspect involved in the vandalism of the synagogue. @BeverlyHillsPD – The Beverly Hills Police Department is actively investigating a series of vandalisms that occurred in the City of Beverly Hills overnight at Nessah Synagogue.— Beverly Hills Police (@BeverlyHillsPD) December 14, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Record breaking heat in continues in parts of the Southwest

first_imgiStock/enter89By: DANIEL MANZO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Saturday was another day of record-breaking heat in parts of the Southwest U.S. In Texas, Both San Angelo and Midland hit a scorching 104 degrees, setting new daily records. Lubbock hit 100 degrees, breaking their old record of 97. Abilene hit 100 degrees, tying their old record from 1927. El Paso hit 96 degrees, setting a new record there as well.In New Mexico, Roswell hit 101 degrees which smashed their old daily record of 95 degrees set back in 2012.Today, record heat will be possible again in El Paso, Midland and San Angelo. Monday will be another very hot day across parts of Texas but on Tuesday, temperatures are set to drop from 20 to 30 degrees in some spots and places like Midland could drop from a high of 103 degrees on Monday to 76 degrees on Tuesday.Another round of heat will build in the desert in the Southwest and Southern California by midweek. Temperatures will once again be in the 90s for parts of southern California while triple digits will be likely in the desert from Palm Springs to Las Vegas to Phoenix. Daily record highs are likely on Wednesday and Thursday for portions of the region.Meanwhile, for the eastern half of the nation, a cold front will slide into the Tennessee Valley and stretch back towards parts of the Northeast today. While a couple of showers will be possible in parts of New England, New York City and New Jersey, most of the region will be in the warm sector and will see another warm afternoon with some sun breaking through.However, along the cold front, some strong storms will form in parts of Indiana and Ohio this morning. By this evening, a line of strong storms will form from Kentucky and Tennessee into parts of the Maryland and Delaware. These storms aren’t likely to turn severe but they could pack some gusty winds, heavy rain and lightning.Tomorrow, a new system will emerge in the plains and bring the next round of severe weather to parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. There is a slight risk for severe weather in parts of that region including Oklahoma, Tulsa, and Springfield. Strong winds and large hail will be the main threat. A couple of brief tornadoes will also be possible.Of note, today is 21st anniversary of the May 3, Moore, Oklahoma tornado. The F5 tornado was on the ground for 38 miles and killed 36 people as the violent storm moved through central Oklahoma. The weather event would become a significant influence in terms of tornado preparedness and prediction. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Racial bias still rears its head during recruitment

first_imgRacial bias still rears its head during recruitmentOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. • A survey of higher education institutions reveals asignificant percentage of people claiming racial discrimination during therecruitment process.Of the five cases in higher education that have been takento an industrial tribunal in the past three years, three have been upheld. Inall three cases the complainant received compensation.The survey, Ethnicity and Employment in Higher Education, isthe first major study to look at biasin the sector. It found thatthree-quarters of institutions routinely monitor job applications by ethnicity.But only a quarter said they ever take any policy decisionson the basis of those statistics.Monitoring other aspects of employment is rare, with only 26per cent of respondents tracking ethnicity and internal promotions. The figurefor grievance and disciplinary procedures is 11 per cent.last_img read more