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Improve Donor Relationships with Gratitude

Improve Donor Relationships with Gratitude

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we thought we’d take a minute to talk about gratitude. Building strong relationships with your donor and keeping them engaged with your nonprofit comes down to three things: great communication, gratitude, and organized data.Building retention-focused donor communications is part of every fundraiser’s daily to-do list. Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to put it into action.Also, don’t forget to call your mom!Your Donor-Retention TimelineThis straightforward timeline from nonprofit expert Nancy Schwartz shows how and when to interact with first-time donors to ensure they stay engaged with your nonprofit.Upon Receiving An Online GiftShow your gratitude. Share your appreciation via a follow-up page as soon as your first-time donor finishes the transaction.The Same DayMake sure all donor and gift data is in your donor management system. Many data points, from the time of day the gift was made to your donor’s zip code, can help you customize upcoming donor communications and increase the probability of future gifts. A donor management system like Network for Good’s automatically syncs with online donations.Within One DayThank your donor in a brief, compelling email. Use your donor management system to automate this initial email.Mention the campaign or specific project your donor is supporting.Include a receipt.Send it from your executive director or star program staffer.Within One WeekReinforce your thanks with a warm, heartfelt follow-up email. Welcome your new donor to the cause.Share a specific impact story that their donation helped make possible to show the importance of their gift. This person gave to your organization because they found something you said appealing, so reinforce that. Use photos or video to make your message stand out.Tell the donor how and when you’ll be following up and that you’re looking forward to getting to know them better.Invite the donor to get in touch with you or a colleague with any questions or requests.Send future messages from your executive director, development director, or program director. Relationships are built from person to person; not from organization to person. Your donors will appreciate the personal touch.Within Two WeeksShare content with your donors suited to their interests. For example, note if the donor first gave on #GivingTuesday, lives near a program site, or donated at a specific event.Link your donor’s gift to the impact your organization is making across programs and services. You’ll strengthen the donor’s connection to the cause and your organization.Surprise your top-prospect segment with a handwritten (or even just hand-signed) thank you note, or phone call.For donors who gave offline: mail a second thank you/welcome note (hand-signed if possible, at least to higher-level donors) with a short newsletter or impact story.For donors who gave online: kick off your welcome email series, featuring a brief impact story in each email and regularly sharing other info about your organization’s unique impact and approach. Include calls to actions such as sharing an event on Facebook or signing a petition.For new high-value donors, reinforce your relationship with a hand-signed, printed welcome note.Within One MonthRegularly assess your donor data to learn about new donors to your organization. We recommend every two weeks.Determine which of your new donors fits into your donor framework (target groups and segments within each).For new donors similar to your current groups and segments, determine how you can customize your messages to match the relevant segment while integrating your welcome and appreciation messages.Note any donors who are similar to one another but don’t fit well into existing segments. Is a new segment needed?Articulate what’s unique about their wants and preferences. These gifts may signal the potential for more donors like them, but you need to know what “like them” is so you can look for it.Over The Next Three MonthsStay in close touch with relevant content. As with any new relationship, the first few months are everything. If you don’t engage your first-time donors within 90 days of their gift, you’re not going to resonate with them.The proven way to keep these donors engaged is to deliver content marketing that shows you “get” them.Check out The Donor Communications Mini-Guide for more tips on how to build a successful donor communications strategy for your nonprofit.last_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool yet to consider handing Lallana new deal

3 days agoLiverpool yet to consider handing Lallana new deal

first_imgLiverpool yet to consider handing Lallana new dealby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are yet to consider handing Adam Lallana a new deal even after his timely strike against Manchester United.Sunday saw experienced playmaker Lallana pop up to net his first Reds goal since the end of the 2016/17 season.Injuries have plagued the former Southampton man since then.But he still has a part to play in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season, having fought his way back into contention.Lallana joined Liverpool for £25m back in 2014, and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign, says the Daily Star.That would bring an end to his seven-year spell on Merseyside. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Son Of Former NFL Star Muhsin Muhammad Visiting Nebraska

Son Of Former NFL Star Muhsin Muhammad Visiting Nebraska

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)This week is crucial for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as they’ll host one of the top wide receivers from the class of 2020. Four-star recruit Muhsin Muhammad III will get to know the program during his unofficial visit.Muhammad will try to follow in the footsteps of his father, Muhsin Muhammad II. His dad was an All-Pro wideout for the Carolina Panthers and put together an outstanding career in the NFL.Although his father went to Michigan State to play college football, the four-star recruit will also take visits with rivals from the Big Ten. Obviously he could eventually choose to join the Spartans, but he does have plenty of options to choose from.The Charlotte native has offers from Auburn, Indiana and Illinois among other programs.Even though Muhammad has ample time to choose where he’ll play football next year, the race for his services will be in full speed from this spring. Fortunately for the Cornhuskers, it sounds like the Myers Park product is excited for his trip to Lincoln.Muhammad went on Twitter to confirm his two-day visit at Nebraska.Nebraska Tuesday & Wednesday . . BIG RED MAKE SOME NOISE ! #GBR🌽— Muhsin “Moose” Muhammad III (@MooseMuhammad) March 25, 2019Muhammad is the No. 28 recruit at his position according to 247Sports.He’d be quite the addition for Nebraska, which currently has one recruit in dual-threat quarterback Logan Smothers.last_img read more

Determined to prove Arthur wrong at World Cup: Wahab Riaz after Pakistan call-up

Determined to prove Arthur wrong at World Cup: Wahab Riaz after Pakistan call-up

first_imgDetermined to prove Arthur wrong at World Cup: Wahab Riaz after Pakistan call-upHaving been criticized for his ‘work ethic’, Wahab Riaz is ready to prove Mickey Arthur wrong after being selected in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cupadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service LahoreMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 11:43 IST Determined to ‘prove Arthur wrong’ at WC: Wahab Riaz. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSWahab Riaz’s last ODI was in the Champions Trophy 2017 against IndiaWahab last represented Pakistan in the Dubai Test against Australia in October 2018Wahab has taken 102 wickets in 79 ODIs, including 24 wickets in 12 World Cup matches in 2011 and 2015Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who has been named in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming World Cup, is raring to go and prove coach Mickey Arthur wrong in the showpiece event beginning May 30 in England and Wales.Wahab’s last ODI was in the Champions Trophy 2017 against India in Birmingham, while he last represented Pakistan in the Dubai Test against Australia in October 2018.Back in April 2018, Arthur had criticised Wahab’s “work ethic” and brought up the fact that he had not “won us a game in two years”.”I can’t explain in words the pain I have gone through, but I don’t want to live in the past. That’s history now,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wahab as saying at a press conference before leaving for England on Tuesday.”Now it’s about what we are going to do in the World Cup. Obviously, it’s the coach’s duty to get the best results from the players, and he wants players that can win matches for the team. I also wanted to be in the team, the only difference is I missed two years of (international) cricket. Now I am in and want to prove him (Arthur) wrong and justify my opportunity,” he added.The left-arm pacer has taken 102 wickets in 79 ODIs, including 24 wickets in 12 World Cup matches in 2011 and 2015.Wahab said he even had dreams about meeting skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad and Arthur.”I kept myself fully prepared for this World Cup even knowing that I am nowhere near the team. I even had dreams I was meeting Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmad, and sometimes they would pick me, and reject me at other times,” said Wahab.advertisement”Around 10 days ago, I had a dream that Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector) gave me a call and told me that I have been selected and this is my last chance. It was exactly how it happened when I was called and told about the decision. It is nothing less than make or break for a player who gets an opportunity to play in the World Cup,” he added.Talking about his game plan for the showpiece event, the 33-year-old said he will try to keep it simple on batting-friendly wickets in England.”It is important to keep things simple on batting wickets. Variations and reverse swing are key in the death overs. With the conditions dry and wickets hard in England, there will be a reverse swing and the team that does it better will have the advantage. I have expertise in the reverse swing so I will try to restrict the flow of runs in the final few overs,” he said.Along with Wahab, Pakistan has included Mohammad Amir in order to strengthen their bowling attack which seemed to be in total disarray in their recent drubbing against England in the five-match ODI series.Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on May 31Also Read | After nightmarish IPL 2019, Kuldeep Yadav ready to win World Cup for IndiaAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1979 – Viv’s miracle shot, Sri Lanka and Canada’s debutAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Wahab RiazFollow 2019 World CupFollow Mickey ArthurFollow Champions TrophyFollow Sarfaraz Ahmadlast_img read more

Maersk Line Orders 11 20,000 TEU Boxships

Maersk Line Orders 11 20,000 TEU Boxships

first_imgzoom Maersk Line has signed a shipbuilding contract with Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for 11 plus 6  optional second generation Triple-E container vessels with a capacity of 19,630 TEU each. The contract has a value of USD 1.8 billion. It was signed by Mr Sung-Leep Jung, President and CEO of DSME, and Mr Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line, at a ceremony at Maersk Line’s headquarters in Copenhagen.The vessels will have a length of approximately 400 meters (m), width of 58.6m, and a 16.5m draft.This is the second new-building order in Maersk Line’s investment programme, following the seven 3,600 TEU feeder vessels announced earlier this year.Over the coming five years, Maersk Line is planning to invest USD 15 billion in new-buildings, retrofitting, containers and other equipment. Maersk Line said that the order will enable it to maintain the necessary capacity to grow with global demand as well as replace less efficient tonnage.“I am very happy with this order. These vessels will help us stay competitive in the Asia – Europe trade and will be key in our strategy to grow with the market. It is the second order this year and we expect to order more vessels, which we can add to our fleet from 2017 and onwards,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer (COO) in Maersk Line.The new vessels will be the largest in Maersk Line’s fleet and are intended for the Asia – Europe service. The vessels will replace smaller, less efficient vessels.The order builds on a close relationship between the liner company and DSME, as the shipbuilder built the pioneering Triple-E vessels. The last (out of 20) will be delivered in June 2015.The 11 new vessels will join Maersk Line’s fleet between April 2017 and May 2018. They will sail under Danish flag.“I am very confident placing this order with DSME. The company has a very good track record. Together we can leverage our Triple-E experiences to further improve performance, not least energy efficiency,” says Søren Toft.DSME and Maersk Line are working on amplifying the features of the Triple-E vessels (efficiency, economy of scale and environmentally improved) in the new vessels.World Maritime News reported earlier in May that DSME was in talks on a mega order worth up to USD 1.7 billion that would entail up to 11 containerships.Market sources said that Maersk Line was behind the order, however, the liner refused to confirm the rumors at the time.last_img read more

LS passes amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

LS passes amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Sabha on Thursday passed amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, with the government asserting that the spirit behind the law is not to allow companies to die. Rajya Sabha has already passed the bill and with its passage in the lower house, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code is set to be amended. Responding to the debate on the bill, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the liquidation of a company is not the sole agenda of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. As many as seven sections of the Code are to be amended. Once the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) begins, it has to be completed in 330 days, including litigation stages and judicial process, the minister said, citing proposed amendments.last_img

Celebrities Doodle For Epilepsy Action

Celebrities Doodle For Epilepsy Action

first_imgCelebrities who put pen to paper to raise much-needed cash for charity have raised over £9,000 for national charity Epilepsy Action.A host of famous faces had their scribbles auctioned on eBay over ten days, with Martin Clunes’ doodle going for the highest price at £500.The celebrities donated their doodles as part of the National Doodle Day fundraising campaign, which kicked off on Friday 7 March. Clunes’ drawing, of an elephant from the rear, ranked highest of the top ten doodles, including those of Eddie Redmayne, Karl Pilkington, former Dr Who Colin Baker, pianist Stephen Hough, Emma Freud, Terry Gilliam, illustrator Axel Scheffler and artist Mark Kaiser.National Doodle Day, supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, aims to get as many people doodling as possible. The event raises money to help support the 600,000 people across the UK with epilepsy.Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action said: “Every year we are overwhelmed with the positive support that we receive from celebrities and members of the public alike. The celebrity doodle auction is always a terrific success, raising thousands of pounds in much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action. It really does make a huge difference to people with epilepsy and their families.”Members of the public still have until Friday 4 April to get in on the act by creating their own masterpiece and donating a pound to Epilepsy Action. There will be prizes for the best doodlers including arts and crafts vouchers and custom-made 3D doodles. All winners will get a certificate and will have their work displayed in the doodle Hall of Fame on the National Doodle Day website. Information on the celebrity auction and competition can be found at nationaldoodleday.org.uk.Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps around one million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk.last_img read more

Toronto stocks down despite gains in energy sector, U.S. stock markets lower

Toronto stocks down despite gains in energy sector, U.S. stock markets lower

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down in late-morning trading as a broad-based retreat more than offset gains by energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.83 points at 16,353.32.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 105.17 points at 26,319.82. The S&P 500 index was down 4.87 points at 2,887.87, while the Nasdaq composite was down 10.43 points at 7,928.26.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.05 cents US compared with an average of 74.70 cents US on Friday.The May crude contract was up US$1.10 at US$64.18 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up 3.9 cents at US$2.70 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$8.50 at US$1,304.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was up 3.6 cents at US$2.93 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

UN nuclear agency meetings inspire American artist

UN nuclear agency meetings inspire American artist

Many artists draw inspiration in nature, but the latest works of American painter Lisa Ruyter have been impelled in an unlikely place: the meetings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governor’s meetings.Granted access to these gatherings as a journalist, Ms. Ruyter was able to observe the action and take photographs, which she used as a blueprint for her series entitled “Atoms for Peace.”Using bright shades and cool tones, her technique is similar to fellow American artist Andy Warhol’s.Currently, 17 paintings from the series – which has transformed seemingly normal images of IAEA Board of Governor’s meetings into extraordinary artwork – are on display at the Georg Kargl Fine Arts Gallery in Vienna, Austria.“What at first appear simple but giant paint-by-number works slowly reveal themselves to be complex arrangements of flat colours with poignant, powerful subject matter,” the Gallery said in a press release. 30 December 2008Many artists draw inspiration in nature, but the latest works of American painter Lisa Ruyter have been impelled in an unlikely place: the meetings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governor’s meetings. read more

DR Congo UN peacekeepers meet with traditional chiefs in volatile east

DR Congo UN peacekeepers meet with traditional chiefs in volatile east

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has launched a series of meetings with traditional chiefs to strengthen its relationship with communities in the militia-ridden Ituri District, where security remains precarious and humanitarian access has been severely reduced in recent weeks.The meetings, which began on 20 April and have so far engaged 49 such chiefs, are meant to reinforce MONUC’s ability to protecting the civilian population, to streamline the Mission’s support to the election now scheduled for 30 July and to resolve numerous other nagging problems, the mission said today.MONUC added that the discussions are already starting to bear fruit: on the basis of the information exchanged, MONUC’s military personnel in Ituri have proceeded with several joint operations alongside the national Congolese army, FARDC. The operations are at applying pressure on the remaining militamen in Ituri whose illegal activities threaten the sizeable achievements gained in the pacification of the District, which had been the scene of inter-ethnic violence and other clashes following agreements to end a civil war estimated to be responsible for some 4 million deaths. Following the first meeting, the traditional chiefs issued a joint press release stating their full commitment to working in the larger interest of the country, and MONUC’s senior civilian and military management in Ituri said it is encouraged by the good faith and prowess demonstrated by local leaders there. The meetings are to continue throughout the electoral period, coordinated with an awareness campaign just launched by the DRC’s Independent Electoral Commission, designed to inform the local population about the electoral process. In the interest of cementing stability in the country, the preparations for the vote for a president and parliament constitute the largest and most complex UN electoral-assistance mission ever undertaken, the Organization has said. read more

Ban condemns horrific bombing of mosque in northern Nigeria

Ban condemns horrific bombing of mosque in northern Nigeria

In a statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday in New York, Mr. Ban condemned the deadly attack on what media reports are describing as one of the largest mosques in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Dozens of people were killed and scores mores were injured when gunmen reportedly set off multiple bombs and fired on worshipers at the mosque. The Secretary-General conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and to the people and Government of Nigeria and wishes swift recovery to the injured. Calling on the Nigerian authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice, Mr. Ban in his statement reiterated that there can be no justification for attacks on civilians. “The Secretary-General reaffirms the full support of the United Nations to Nigeria’s efforts to fight terrorism and to provide security to the population consistent with international law and Nigeria’s human rights obligations,” the statement concluded. Yesterday’s attack comes as the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported that an attack earlier this week earlier this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak, for which the group Boko Haram claimed responsibility, left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to the Diffa region in neighbouring Niger. The agency says that violence in Nigeria has also pushed more than 39,000 Nigerians to flee to Cameroon since then as well as 2,800 to Chad. In Nigeria, some 700,000 people are internally displaced in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, according to Government figures. read more

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

Columbus Crew draw English Premier League team Crystal Palace FC

The Columbus Crew hosted English Premier League team Crystal Palace F.C. in an international friendly at Crew Stadium Wednesday and a game with unlimited substitutions resulted in a 2-2 draw between the American and British sides.Forward Adam Bedell drew first blood for the Black and Gold on an arching assist by defender Eric Gehrig in the 15th minute, but the opposition was not deterred as Palace’s Glenn Murray equalized with a 36th minute strike.The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the visiting Eagles engage a tighter defensive stance of contesting for possession, likely inspired to battle after their forward evened the game for them.“From the start, they sat back a little bit. That’s just the way that they, that’s just their game plan,” Bedell said after the game, speaking to what the Premier League squad did differently from the Major League Soccer defenses the Crew face every week. “A good block of eight, good defending … MLS teams, when the game’s 0-0, you just play. You don’t see that, that block of eight very often so I think that was the big difference.”Another Crystal Palace goal by substitute midfielder Jake Gray in the 70th minute of play occurred following a scuffle in the box, during which Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson pled his case for having been interfered with on the play. The goal stood to give the guests the 2-1 lead after they had been threatening in transition for the majority of the evening.One of the Crew’s three defensive halftime substitutions saw a homegrown player from Bexley, Ohio, in Ross Friedman get his first career action in a Black and Gold kit when he came in for fellow defender Chad Barson.Friedman, 22, had been playing for the USL-PRO affiliate Dayton Dutch Lions but got the call to suit up as a Crew reserve against a top-flight international team.“I think going out at Dayton and trying to do the little things right — not slacking in any way — you know, prepares me for situations like this,” Friedman said. “This opportunity proves to show we can get called at any point. Situations happen and you’ve got to be ready. So I felt happy with my preparation and I’m ready to build off of it.”Columbus notched an 80th minute goal, however, to tie the game once more.Crew center midfielder Agustin Viana delivered a lofting assist from 35 yards away and his attacking counterpart, Daniel Paladini, fought to contact the ball in midair for the equalizing header. The tie game endured through two minutes of second-half stoppage time.“Adam (Bedell) was fantastic. He had a great header and Danny (Paladini) made a nice run trying to get midfielders running into the box. I was pleased over all,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said.Berhalter, who played as a defender for Crystal Palace from 2001-02, added that “the defending could have been a bit better.”The game marked the first of three stops on Crystal Palace’s American tour before the Premier League season kicks off in August.The Crew are slated to resume MLS play when they travel to Foxboro, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup Saturday.Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. read more

March Madness Obama Has Lville IU OSU Fla in

March Madness Obama Has Lville IU OSU Fla in

President Barack Obama, a dedicated basketball fan, made his annual NCAA Tournament selections Tuesday, predicting No. 1-seeds Louisville and Indiana along with Florida and Ohio State will make the Final Four in Atlanta in two weeks.Obama filled out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments Tuesday in an exclusive interview with ESPN.The President’s complete men’s bracket will be unveiled at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday morning on “SportsCenter.”This is the fifth consecutive year Obama has filled out a men’s bracket. He correctly picked two Final Four teams — Ohio State and Kentucky  — last season, but his national champion selection of North Carolina lost in the Elite Eight.This year, Obama picked Louisville, the tournament’s top overall seed, to reach the Final Four out of the Midwest Region. Obama believes the Hoosiers will win the East Region as the only other No. 1 seed in the Final Four.Obama likes Ohio State for the second straight year, picking the second-seeded Buckeyes to win the West Region. He went with the third-seeded Gators in the South Region.The President has No 1 Baylor with Brittany Griner, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California in the Final Four of his women’s bracket, which will be unveiled in its entirety Friday. read more

The three landmark cases that shaped assisted suicide law in Ireland

The three landmark cases that shaped assisted suicide law in Ireland

first_imgYESTERDAY, DUBLIN WOMAN Gail O’Rourke was charged with assisting the suicide of another woman between 10 March and 6 June 2011.The case was sent forward for trial which will begin on 13 December.There is very little precedence for these kinds of cases in Irish law though it is made clear that assisting another person to end their own life is a criminal offence.The sentence for this can be up to 14 years in prison. While O’Rourke’s case is the first of this kind – where a person is actually being prosecuted for assisting a suicide – there have been three landmark cases both here and in the UK that are likely to have a bearing on her case.Natural deathThe first time a court made a ruling on this was in 1995 when the Supreme Court decided that the right to die included the right to die a natural death. In this case, the woman involved had been in a near-persistent vegetative state for over two decades.Though permission was given to remove the woman’s feeding tube so she could die naturally, the court stressed that it would not condone any attempt to end a person’s life through positive action.Debbie PurdyTen years later, a case in the UK set the agenda for Ireland with a woman with Multiple Sclerosis, Debbie Purdy, attempting to ensure her husband would not face criminal charges if he played a part in her death. She argued that she had a right to know whether he would be prosecuted if he accompanied her to a Swiss clinic where she wished to die if her condition worsened.Debbie Purdy with her husband, Cuban violinist Omar Puente, at the High Court in 2008 (Image: Tim Ireland/PA).She won on appeal in 2009 and, in response, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued guidelines recommending that a person assisting another in committing suicide should not be prosecuted. The full list can be read here but they include an examination of the motivation of the person assisting the suicide.However the DPP made it clear at the time that relatives actively helping a person to die would not be covered by the guidelines and individuals could still be expected to be charged with murder or manslaughter.Marie FlemingThe most recent case and the one that has been described as the most significant in this area of law in Ireland was that of Marie Fleming, a former UCD lecturer. The 58 year old had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was in the terminal stages of the illness when she and her partner Tom Curran mounted a legal challenge against the State.Fleming no longer had the use of her limbs and said she wished to die at the time of her choosing and with the assistance of her partner as she was not physically capable of taking direct action herself. However she did not want to risk the potential legal repercussions for her partner, who could have faced 14 years in prison for assisting her.At the end of Fleming’s court battle earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not contain either a right to suicide or to arrange for the end of one’s life.Gail O’Rourke’s caseSharon O’Connor, who is a solicitor with Beauchamps Solicitors, told TheJournal.ie that Fleming’s case was “hugely significant” and “really shaped where we are at the moment”.“This will be the first type of case before the courts like this so it will be interesting to see what happens, ” she said.O’Connor said the UK guidelines are also likely to be considered this case as the court looks at O’Rourke’s motivations and at the capacity of the woman she assisted, Bernadette Forde, to make the decision.There are very few countries in which assisted suicide is legal but groups have been lobbying for years for a referendum on the issue and the government is considering bringing legislation into being. O’Connor said this case will now play a part in shaping Irish law on assisted dying in Ireland.Read: Woman charged with assisting suicide in Dublin>Supreme Court: Ireland has a right to life, not a right to die >Poll: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide? >last_img read more

Geek deals Dell Vostro 3555 quadcore laptop for 524

Geek deals Dell Vostro 3555 quadcore laptop for 524

first_imgAt one time you were about as likely to find a pot of gold on your doorstep as you are of finding a quad-core business laptop under $600. But, as excellent configurations become more commonplace (and slimness and weight become the true PC bargaining chips), it’s not nearly as hard as it once was. Meet the Vostro 3555.This deal on a 15.6-inch Dell Vostro quad core laptop represents this shift in priorities. It’s not light — despite being a “business portable,” it currently sits at the not-so-travel-friendly weight of 5.24lbs. However, that extra weight does get you a few goodies such as a backlit keyboard, a two megapixel webcam, and Bluetooth 3.0. In short you’ll get a heavier machine, but it’ll carry tools for conference calling, travel, and multi-tasking that mobile professionals need.The display, while HD (1366×768) could use a 1080p upgrade, but then again, this PC is meant for business, not gaming or kicking back and watching Game of Thrones. It’s use of AMD’s quad-core A6 processor is a powerful incentive, but the dearth of internal memory (only 4GB) keeps this machine from achieving its true multitasking potential. The 320GB hard drive isn’t exactly huge, but it’s enough. And there’s always the one free year of DataSafe Online Backup (granted, only 2GB), if the built-in space doesn’t cut it.This Vostro works as a desktop replacement and but for $524 it’s one of the cheapest travel laptops for small businesses available.Check out this deal at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets

Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets

first_img Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 4:45 PM Video shows how quickly a fridge fire can spread when it gets set alight The one minute video shows a plastic-backed fridge quickly being engulfed in flames. Share60 Tweet Email2 Feb 28th 2017, 4:45 PM By Sean Murray 14,662 Views Source: London Fire Brigade/YouTubeMAKE FRIDGES FIREPROOF was the call from the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) today, as they shared a video from the London Fire Brigade showing the difference between a plastic and metal backed fridge when it catches fire.The video – which lasts just over one minute – shows how quickly a fridge with plastic backing can get set alight, and how quickly that fire can spread.The creators of the video urge manufacturers to make their fridge freezers fire-resistant to reduce the damage that could be caused through a fire in the home.There is a sharp risk of white goods – including fridges – catching fire and spreading across homes according to London Fire Brigade, which said that one fire a day is started in the UK capital due to a household item such as a fridge or dryer.The London Fire Brigade has started a campaign called Total Recalls, which aims to reduce the number of deaths attributable to kitchen appliances.Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: “We have written to UK fridge and freezer industry representatives calling on them to urgently review their proposals so they don’t compromise public safety.“Currently, they still allow for a large area of the highly flammable insulation foam inside to be unprotected from flames.”IFESA’s Ros Mac Cobb told TheJournal.ie that fire brigades in Dublin and across the country are often called to attend such scenes caused by fridges and freezers in homes, as well as dryers and other electrical goods.“Malfunctions in electrical appliances can happen,” he said. “They can even happen in your hot press. It’s really important to heed any product recalls and make sure your product is safe to use.”Just over a week ago, several people were rescued by Dublin Fire Brigade after a washing machine caught fire in a utility room at a house in Donaghmede.Mac Cobb added that a good, working smoke alarm was essential in the areas where electrical goods are often left plugged in overnight, like fridges often are.Read: Customers warned over fire-risk tumble dryersRead: Warning over tumble dryers after London high-rise blaze 11 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3263721 Short URLlast_img read more

Poll Should the fouryear time period for divorce be reduced

Poll Should the fouryear time period for divorce be reduced

first_img No, it should stay the same  (1563) Yes, to one year (8175) Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 9:29 AM Mar 26th 2019, 9:30 AM 46,261 Views https://jrnl.ie/4561147 31 Comments Share333 Tweet Email1 Yes, to two years (4484) Image: Shutterstock/ThiagoSantos Image: Shutterstock/ThiagoSantos By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: THE CABINET WILL today agree on the wording of what the Irish electorate will be asked to vote on in the upcoming divorce referendum.If the referendum is passed, the government would introduce primary legislation on the time period before you can get a divorce, rather than having it in the Constitution which must be put to a public vote when changes are proposed.Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years. The new proposals would see that reduced to two years, with the Oireachtas providing the legislation for this.The referendum is due to take place on 24 May, the same day as the local and European elections.What do you think: Should the four-year minimum time period for divorce be reduced? I’m not sure (340) Poll: Should the four-year time period for divorce be reduced? Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years. Yes, to two yearsYes, to one yearNo, it should stay the same I’m not sureVote Short URLlast_img read more

Trump Administration Aims To Loosen ObamaEra Truck Safety Rules

Trump Administration Aims To Loosen ObamaEra Truck Safety Rules

first_img Share Don Ryan/APEarly morning traffic backs up on Interstate 5 during a Jan. 11 snowstorm in Portland, Ore. Truck drivers say such conditions, combined with limitations on their working hours, cost them a lot of money because of their mileage-based pay.The Trump administration is hitting the brakes on a range of Obama-era trucking safety regulations, and some truckers are hoping for a last-minute reprieve from another safety mandate scheduled to take effect next month.But advocates worry this rolling back of safety rules will make highways more dangerous.Truckers, who complain they work in one of the nation’s most over-regulated industries, will make the case for deregulation at a House Small Business Committee hearing today that is meant to “explore ways to provide regulatory relief to the industry.” Dubbed “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry,” the hearing will feature testimony from individual owner-operators as well as owners of small trucking firms.“Federal regulators simply don’t have a clue,” says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, a trade group. “They don’t have a clue what truckers do, how they go about doing it, the environment that they live in, the schedules and things like that, the demands of the job.”Take the federal hours of service rule, for example, which limits truckers to driving for 11 hours per day within a 14 hour period, followed by 10 hours of rest.“Once your work day starts, then 14 hours later, it has to end,” Spencer says. “It doesn’t take into account delays that you may encounter at a shipper or receiver, or as a result of construction or congestion, or maybe a crash on the road.”Such delays can waste several hours while a driver is on the clock — and that’s a huge problem for truckers because most are paid not by the hour, but by the mile. So while most truck drivers are working around the schedules of everyone else, Spencer says “the regulations sort of fly in the face of that. It’s just nuttiness.”And in a few weeks the government may be able to better track truckers’ hours, because they’ll be required to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs. In the process, the industry will eliminate the use of old paper log books to track hours, a system that dates back to the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. The documents sometimes are called “comic books” because they’re so easily fudged.Many midsize and bigger trucking companies are on board and already use ELDs across their fleets, but many independent drivers and owner-operators balk at the mandate, citing the cost of the devices — the most popular of which run nearly $500. They’re asking the Trump administration for a delay and exemptions for drivers with good safety records.Safety advocates say there is good reason for the ELD mandate: Fatigue is a common factor in truck-related crashes.“We see these issues in crash after crash, and we’re tired, yes we are tired, of seeing commercial drivers being tired,” said Robert Sumwalt, chairman the National Transportation Safety Board. He made the comments at a recent NTSB hearing on a horrific crash involving a tour bus and a semitrailer outside of Palm Springs, Calif., in October of 2016.Rodrigo Pena/APWorkers prepare to haul away a tour bus that crashed into a semitrailer in October 2016 on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, Calif. Officials believe the accident, which killed 13 people, involved the drivers of both vehicles falling asleep behind the wheel.In the pre-dawn darkness, police briefly stopped traffic for crews doing some utility work. When the highway reopened several minutes later and traffic started moving again, the semi remained still. Investigators say the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel.Two minutes later, a tour bus heading back to Los Angeles from a nearby casino with 43 people on board crashed into the truck, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others.It’s a crash the NTSB’s Sumwalt says should have never happened.“On that October morning, on I-10 outside of Palm Springs, the system failed and we had one of the most deadly highway crashes we’ve seen in recent times,” he said.The truck driver allegedly had falsified his log book to indicate he’d slept more in recent days than he actually had.Investigators say the bus driver, who was killed in the crash, may not have seen the stopped truck in front of him because he too may have dozed off. They found that both drivers likely suffered from undiagnosed, obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that often causes fatigue.Under the Obama administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulators were drafting a rule to mandate that drivers be screened and treated for sleep apnea, but in August the Trump administration abruptly reversed course.“It is unacceptable that they have pulled this rule back,” Sumwalt says, referring to the FMCSA. “And here’s a case where people just riding on a bus, just paying money to go to a casino and back — they died because of obstructive sleep apnea in two drivers in two separate vehicles.”The sleep apnea rule is not the only safety regulation halted in recent months. The FMCSA also killed a revamp of the motor carrier safety rating system and and halted development of a rule requiring speed-limiting devices on trucks. Efforts to require underride guards on trailers — which would stop a car in a collision before the passenger compartment could wedge under the trailer — and automatic emergency braking on trucks are also now on hold.“I find the current climate troubling,” says John Lannen, executive director of the Truck Safety Coalition, who says the Trump administration is undermining safety at a time when the number of serious truck-related crashes, injuries and fatalities are on the rise.“All the numbers are trending the wrong way,” Lannen says. “We’re over 4,000 deaths a year now in truck crashes. It’s been going up steadily and we need to do something now.”Whether more safety provisions could be cut once a new FMCSA administrator takes office isn’t yet clear. President Trump’s nominee Ray Martinez is expected to be confirmed by the Senate in coming weeks.But with the president vowing to repeal two regulations for every new one that’s approved, even more rules designed to improve highway safety could wind up on the chopping block.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Baltimore Homicides Reach 200 for the Year So Far

Baltimore Homicides Reach 200 for the Year So Far

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Eight months into the year, Baltimore’s homicide count has hit 200.In this July 30, 2015 picture, a man walks past a corner where a victim of a shooting was discovered in Baltimore. Murders are spiking again in Baltimore, three months after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody sparked riots. This year’s monthly bloodshed has twice reached levels unseen in a quarter-century. In May, Baltimore set a 25-year high of 42 recorded killings. After a brief dip in June, the homicide is soaring again. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)August’s 11th slaying, the fatal shooting of a man Monday, pushed the city’s homicide total to 200 — a dramatic rise from 2014, when the city saw 211 killings for the year. This grim milestone comes on the heels of another: with 45 homicides in July, Baltimore saw its bloodiest month since 1972.Killings began to spike dramatically in May, with 42 in a single month. There was a brief dip in June, with 29, then another rise in July. The uptick comes after rioting in the spring over the death of Freddie Gray, the black man critically injured in police custody.The rise has prompted interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to form a task force with 10 federal agents imbedded with homicide detectives.last_img read more