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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irish Cancer Society most popular for donations  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The survey showed that donations were unplanned and predominantly made through church gate and street collections.  Twenty four percent of those surveyed said they donated through door-to-door collections, with a similar number donating by direct debit. Of overseas charities, Concern was the most popular at 11% of donors while Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital received under 10% of donations. The research was revealed at Fundraising Ireland’s conference in Dublin last week. www.fundraising.iePhoto: Euro coins by Ivonne Wierink on Shutterstock.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Research by Fundraising Ireland has identified which charities and causes in the Republic of Ireland are most favoured by the public. Causes related to health, especially cancer, were the most popular for donations at 26% of all donations while the Irish Cancer Society was the most popular health charity with 8% of donors saying they made a recent donation. Local charities were the most popular with 26% claiming to have given money recently. Of all local charities, St Vincent De Paul came out on top at 20% of  donations. St Vincent de Paul was also the most favoured during the crucial Christmas period, attracting donations from 36% of respondents but this may be a product of the survey’s timing which asked people whom they had donated to the previous three months. Advertisement Howard Lake | 31 March 2013 | Newslast_img read more


first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that a three-person panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Olympic Games starting on Friday in Brazil.Last week the IOC said individual sports’ governing bodies must decide if Russian competitors are clean amid claims of state-sponsored doping.But it now says the newly convened panel “will decide whether to accept or reject that final proposal”.More than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete.The three-person panel comprises Ugur Erdener, president of World Archery and head of the IOC medical and scientific commission, Claudia Bokel of the IOC athletes commission, and Spanish IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, son of the ex-IOC president of the same name.The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had recommended all Russian athletes be banned after its independently commissioned report found evidence of a four-year “doping programme” across the “vast majority” of Olympic sports.The IOC stopped short of applying a blanket ban in a move criticised by Wada and others, while swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have become the first Russian athletes to appeal against their ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Olympics start in Rio on Friday.Meanwhile, Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has asked again for the IOC to reassess her exclusion from Rio.The 800m runner’s testimony helped shed light on the scale of doping in Russian sport, and she was to compete under a neutral flag in Rio.But the IOC ruled that she should not be allowed to take part as she had previously failed a doping test.In a letter to the IOC on Saturday, Stepanova and her husband Vitaly asked the body to “reassess the decision on Yulia”.The IOC responded by saying it had rejected any review of her case and had not discussed the matter at its executive board meeting.“The final decision has been taken already,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThe virtual world and the real business world merged today when over150 people from local small and medium sized businesses gathered in Letterkenny for a Boost with Facebook event.Facebook experts and like-minded business owners were in town for the event to give one to one training and advice on how to use Facebook’s tools to grow their business. Entrepreneurs participated in breakout sessions and talks which provided training on how to build effective online advertising strategies, create engaging ads for mobile and find new customers on Instagram.Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook. Photo Clive Wasson]As highlighted in a recent Seanad Report on Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland (published in May 2019), the SME sector is vibrant and diverse, accounting for 99% of active enterprises and 65% of all employment in Ireland – in excess of 1 million people nationwide and over 75,000 in the North West alone. This shows the huge importance of SMEs to regional economies. The same report notes, however, that SMEs have not yet fully embraced digital technologies with just 30% of SMBs selling products and services online. Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive WassonAt the event Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group at Facebook highlighted the benefits of adopting digital technologies like Facebook and Instagram into businesses: “There are 46 million people around the world connected to a business in Ireland on Facebook. Through Facebook, small businesses now have access to affordable marketing tools to grow their business and strengthen their communities. Through events like this, we want to help businesses unlock the potential of the global market and understand how tools like international Lookalike Audiences and multi-city targeting can enable them to connect with new customers, grow awareness of their brand, drive new sales and see their business flourish.”Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny Local Enterprise Office Staff Eileen Kelly, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook, Grace Korbel and Joanne Kilmartin. Photo Clive WassonDemonstrating how Donegal businesses can be successful online, panelists from Magee 1866 and I Do WoW Weddings shared their experiences and practical advice on how they have leveraged Facebook and its tools to grow their businesses on a local, national and international stage.Lisa Boyle, Business Owner at I Do WoW Weddings, told attendees how integral Facebook has been to the success of her business, “Facebook has provided me with a platform to reach new customers and to showcase my work. I set up the company in Donegal over 2 years ago, initially as a side venture. However, the business grew so quickly I left my role as a solicitor to focus on the business full time. I have always had a passion for creativity and was often told I had a talent for decorating. 90% of my client base is Facebook sourced and managed. With over 7,400 followers on Facebook and Instagram, my followers engage with me on a daily basis, by commenting, liking, sharing posts and leaving positive reviews. If it wasn’t for Facebook my business wouldn’t have grown the way it has.”Llocal business owner Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents, Michael Mac Ginty, MeanIt and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]For businesses looking to attend future Boost with Facebook events, the next event is on the 6th of December at the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Registration for this event is open now – go to Facebook Ireland page for more information. See all the photos from the event here: Seamus McNulty, FPS Tech, Luke Hoffman, Champion Travel and Luke McGrory, Guest Diary.com Photo Clive WassonBrian Higgins, ABC School Supplies, Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Mark Bundschu, ABC Schools Supplies and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Louis Boyce, Begin Coding, Anna Campbell, Bogman Beanie and Michael MacGinty Mean IT. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Patrica Greene,, The Web Club and Sahron Hearty, Lough Derg.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owners. Photo Clive Wasson]Local business owner Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Christine McGonigle, Women In Business Network. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Catherine Bond and Anne Marie McGee, Simming World.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Michael MacGinty, MeanIt and Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Amanda Clarke, Travel Donegal and Donon Harvey, Cathedrial Quarter. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner John McPhilimey and Stephen McPhilmey, JMP Furniture. Photo Clive Wasson]Business owners log-on to Facebook event in Letterkenny – Picture Special was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boost with facebooklast_img read more


first_imgGrace Boyle is going back to her roots to officially launch her election campaign.The former Donegal GAA County Board official and community activist will stake her claim to a county council seat when she launches her campaign in the Ramelton Town Hall on Saturday at 8.30pm.The well-known keep-fit fan has been heavily involved in local issues down through the years and continues to give freely of her time to numerous charity events including the North West 10K. Grace is running on the Fine Gael ticket and is one of a growing number of female candidates putting their voices forward to be heard.Grace said “There are exciting times ahead. I am surrounded by a great team and we are working hard on our plans and strategies for the coming months,” she said.Everyone is invited to tomorrow night’s launch.  THINGS COMING TO THE ‘BOYLE’ FOR GRACE AS ELECTION LAUNCH NEARS was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalelection launchGrace Boylelast_img read more


first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Wang’s ultimate point is that everything has changed. The business model is different. The need to differentiate IP has new importance. All barriers are breaking down, be they cultural, geographic or architecturally. It’s all a different game. And there will be all kinds of affects, including a lot of people finding that they don’t fit in this new world of the cloud. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Breaking down the different aspects of a cloud computing platform can be no simple feat. That’s especially true with Windows Azure. The service has multiple components. Ray Wang, an industry analyst, broke down the different components in a research report for companies in the vast Microsoft partner ecosystem gathering this week in Washington, D.C. for the Worldwide Partners Conference.About 14,000 people are attending the event. Microsoft executives said the record attendance is due to a few factors, in particular the interest in how Windows Azure will play out for the future of their businesses.Wang breaks down Azure into its three categories:Microsoft Windows AzureMicrosoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services)Microsoft Windows Azure Platform: AppFabric (formerly .NET Services)He points out that companies need to really focus on what layer of the service they plan to focus their energies. Those four layers include infrastructure, orchestration, creation, and consumption.Wang spoke to 71 partners for the research report they produced, which details the benefits and risks of the new models that come with Windows Azure.The AdvantagesWang provides six benefits of Windows Azure:Faster deployment times and client adoption. Greater pool of development resources. Recurring revenue streams. Improved TCO and margin for differentiated IP. Opportunity to break out of the Microsoft client base.Lower application lifecycle costs. And six risks:Potential loss of account control to Microsoft. Increased competition for development resources. Shift to volume business. Decline in upfront profit and revenue collection. Accelerated globalization and market competition. Increased self-hosting and integration costs. In terms of advantages, the potential for a recurring revenue stream and the total cost of ownership and differentiated IP are clear opportunities. On recurring revenue streams:“A key component of SaaS/Cloud is utility pricing. Partners that build IP and solutions will move to a more stable subscription revenue model. Most billing will move from upfront to monthly or quarterly.”And total cost of ownership:“The cost of development and time to market will decrease. The result – improved margins and better ROI for new product development. Partners can test scenarios with the Microsoft Azure ROI calculator.”As for disadvantages, costs and competition are going to be a huge struggle, especially as pricing models change. Subscriptiopn services provide long-term benefits but the changes are signiicant for companuies used to getting half of its revenues up front. Competition will only intensify, making mindshare a critical aspect of drawing customers. That’s a sign that community management will become increasingly important.Risks associated with self-hosting:“Partners that self-host will face long term cost challenges. As Microsoft, Amazon, and Google build out large scale data centers, their cost of delivery will reach 1/10th of a partner’s ability to host by 2015. Moreover, data, process, and metadata integration among various cloud platforms remains the most complex challenge. Partners who can not scale in integration and data center costs will find themselves burdened with a new legacy cost structure.”And with increased competition:“With SaaS/Cloud, every partner, ISV, and SI solution offering is competing for mind share. Competition for solutions goes global, cross-platform, and cross industry. Partners must prepare to compete for mind share among all the technology vendors offering solutions.”last_img read more


first_imgIn a terse reply to social activist Anna Hazare’s letter which charged her party with running a smear campaign, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said she had already made her views clear on the issue in an earlier communique.”I received your letter dated June 9, 2011. Since I was not in Delhi I could not reply to your letter. In the meantime, you have also made it public. I will get information in this regard. As far as the questions about the issues raised in the letter are concerned, I have already made my views clear in my letter dated April 19, 2011,” Gandhi said.Hazare had written the letter to Gandhi complaining against Congress media department head Janaradhan Dwivedi calling him an RSS-BJP “mask”. The social activist had refuted these allegations and challenged the Congress, through this letter, to prove their charge.He had termed this a “conspiracy” of the Congress and the UPA ministers to defame him, so that he loses his support.He had informed Gandhi that he was hurt by these comments.In her reply to Hazare on Sunday, Gandhi has mentioned the April 19, 2011 letter to him in which she had said made clear that she does not support smear campaigns against anybody.”As for statements appearing in the media, let me assure you that I do not support nor encourage the politics of smear campaigns,” Gandhi had said in her earlier letter.She had also said that the Lokpal Bill is very much a part of the agenda of National Advisory Council, headed by her.advertisement”I believe there is an urgent necessity to combat graft and corruption. You should have no doubt of my commitment in the fight for probity in public life. I strongly support the institution of a Lokpal that is consistent with the practices and conventions of our parliamentary democracy,” Gandhi had said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


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first_imgCrystal Palace winger Townsend happy playing for Hodgsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is happy playing for manager Roy Hodgson.Hodgson gave Townsend his first cap as England manager.Speaking on the former England boss, Townsend said, “Even before he joined Palace, he’s a manager who’d always put his faith in me whether I was in the team at Spurs or out of the team, he’d always selected me for the England squads and given me game time. Nine times out of 10 I’d repay that faith.”Coming here, he’s been no different, it’s just been on a daily basis. He’s very hands on on the training pitch, he likes to do a lot of shape work. He likes to drill into your mind what you’re going to face on a Saturday afternoon. It’s working for us and long may that continue!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: State-run lender Bank of Maharashtra on Monday reported a standalone net profit of Rs 72.38 crore during the quarter ended March 31 on a year-on-year basis. The lender had reported a standalone net loss of Rs 113.49 crore in the same period last year. Besides, net interest income for the lender during Q4 FY19 rose by 13.47 per cent to Rs 1,000 crore as against Rs 881 crore for Q4 FY18. However, for the fiscal, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 4,784 crore against a net loss of Rs 1,146 crore reported for the corresponding previous financial year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This increased loss is due to higher loan loss provisions on impaired assets… Increase in depreciation on revalued assets as per revised AS – 10… Increase in expenses due to wage revision provision of Rs 109.80 crore,” it said in a statement. “Net Interest Income increased by 10.14 per cent to Rs 3,733 crore for FY19 in comparison to Rs 3,390 crore for FY18.” Further, the bank reported that its gross NPA (non-performing assets) decreased by Rs 3,109 crore from Rs 18,433 crore as of March 31, 2018 to Rs 15,324 crore as of March 31, 2019. “Gross NPA and Net NPA ratios are 16.40 per cent and 5.52 per cent as of March 31, 2019 as against 19.48 per cent and 11.24 per cent as of March 31, 2018,” the bank’s statement said. “There is reduction in Net NPA by 53 per cent from Rs 9,641 crore as of March 31, 2018 to Rs 4,559 crore as of March 31, 2019.” Consequently, the provision coverage ratio improved substantially to 81.49 per cent as of March 31, 2019, it added.last_img read more


Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Visibly exhausted, battered and bruised, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller stood covered in grass stains in front of his locker at Sun Life Stadium with a forlorn look on his face. He and his team had just come up short against No. 12 Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, falling to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1) 40-35.After the loss, Miller said he planned to discuss with coach Urban Meyer and strength coach Mickey Marotti about whether he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.“(I have to) just think it out throughout the whole process and how it will go,” Miller said after the loss about his upcoming decision. “I don’t want to make no decision I really didn’t do my research on.”It looks as if the Buckeye signal caller will come back for one more year, though, according to reports by both ESPN and SI.com. No official announcement has been made by OSU. An OSU spokesman had no information about Miller’s decision when asked.Miller was sacked five times in potentially his last game as a Buckeye, taking plenty of hits and scrambling for control as he tried to rally OSU (12-2, 8-1) to its first postseason win in four years. The first sack of the game did the most damage, Miller said, injuring his shoulder.“On the first sack they had against me, I injured my shoulder. I know I landed on my elbow, but it shot right up to my shoulder, and it was hurting real bad,” Miller said.Miller said the injury nagged him all game and his pain level was “about like a nine and a half” on a scale of one to 10, but the last thing he wanted to do was come out.“You fight through it, because you’re a competitor,” said Miller, who did come out for a two-point conversion play after finding senior running back Carlos Hyde for a 14-yard touchdown that gave OSU the lead in the fourth quarter, 35-34.Meyer said he asked Miller if he could go after injuring the shoulder, getting a brief response from the junior: “I’m fine.”“He’s a soldier,” Meyer said during a postgame press conference. “I think on the two-point play he had to come out, but he said he was ready to go.”Miller’s toughness did not go unnoticed by his opponent either.“You tip your hat to a guy like (Miller),” Clemson redshirt-sophomore linebacker Kellen Jones said after the game. “You have to anticipate his move before he makes it, because before you know it, he’s out of there … He’s a great talent and it was great going up against him.”The Buckeye signal caller finished with 234 yards passing, completing 16 of 24 passes for two touchdowns, and running for two more scores. The second of his two interceptions all but sealed the win for the Tigers, though, as he was picked off by junior linebacker Stephone Anthony while trying to hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown over the middle with less than 90 seconds left.“I didn’t see (Anthony). It was good coverage, I’ll give him props,” Miller said about the interception. “That’s why he’s on the field too, he got a scholarship as well. He made a good play on the ball and I thought I had a man wide open, and he jumped right in front of it.“I thought I had Philly on a bender, and it was my mistake,” Miller said. “I’m not going to complain about anything, I’ve just gotta fix it.”It appears that Miller is planning to fix those mistakes in Columbus as he prepares for his senior season, despite alluding to the possibility of leaving early over the past month.“Oh, yeah. Of course. Definitely,” Miller said Dec. 18 when asked if he felt like his skills translated to the professional ranks. “Just like I came from high school. Coaches going to get you prepared, get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for. It’s another step in life.”If he does stay, Miller knows one man will play a huge part in getting ready for the next stage of his life.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.” read more

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