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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Technology ThankQ Advertisement 59 total views, 1 views today Howard Lake | 10 April 2011 | News Stonewall selects thankQ for CRM system Lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall has chosen thankQ for its CRM system, having faced the choice of upgrading its existing database or investing in a new system.ThankQ will help Stonewall integrate contact management across the organisation, which, following several years of growth, was a key requirement. The charity will use the system to map commonly held contacts with the aim of enabling more targeted and efficient marketing activity, including reducing attrition.thankQ Sales and Account Manager Michelle Durant said: “Because Stonewall wanted to integrate contact management across the organisation, it was important to reassure individual departments that thankQ was right for them. To do this, we ran workshops using supplied scripts to demonstrate how thankQ could seamlessly integrate with their everyday work”.www.thankq.co.uk 60 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Last year, Dranken reported asset management costs of 0.25% and administration costs of €207 per participant, which compared to 0.17% and €76, respectively, at Detailhandel.Pension contributions amounted to 27% of salary at Dranken, and 21.6% at the larger scheme.Dranken indicated that, given the difference in funding, there was a reasonable chance of a one-off pensions increase for its participants as a result of the merger.At July-end, its funding stood at 115.4%, whereas Detailhandel’s coverage was 111.4%. The €738m Dutch pension fund for the drinks sector – Dranken – plans to merge with the €20bn fund for the retail industry next year.On its website, the scheme explained that pensions accrual could be more effective and cheaper as part of Detailhandel.Dranken has more than 21,000 members affiliated with 300 employers, whereas Detailhandel has 1.1m participants in total.Last year, the industry-wide schemes for furnishing (Wonen), shoemakers (Schoenmakerij) and the textile wholesale sector (Textielgroothandel) all joined Detailhandel. The €329m sector scheme for the leather industry also plans to join next year.
LNG World News Staff LNG tankers Clean Ocean and Boris Vilkitsky at the Gate terminal in Rotterdam (Image courtesy of Gate)TMS Cardiff Gas orders XDF LNG newbuild at HHI, agrees time-charter with TotalTMS Cardiff Gas has agreed a seven-year time charter deal with Total for an XDF LNG carrier it has ordered at the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries.Philippines receive seven bids for LNG terminal developmentThe Philippines have received seven proposals for the development of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project with an estimated cost of $2 billion. Photo: Dutch Gate terminal in first-ever Yamal LNG transshipmentThe Gate terminal in the Dutch port of Rotterdam said it had performed the first-ever transshipment of a cargo sourced from the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic.GasLog books LNG newbuild at SHIMonaco-based LNG shipper GasLog has ordered a newbuild 180,000 cubic meter vessel with XDF propulsion from the South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.BW takes delivery of its first MEGI LNG carrierSingapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group said on Friday it took the delivery of the company’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) LNG vessel.
“We are always prepared for this race, we have one goal. Other teams go for stage wins, but our only goal is to try to win the Tour.”And Thomas is hopeful he and Bernal can pile the pressure on Alaphilippe, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider having never seriously challenged for Grand Tour glory before.”We’ll know a lot more about Alaphilippe after the second rest day, but he’s rode a great race so far,” the Welshman said. “We’ll see how he goes — it’s an unknown for him as well, so it’ll be an interesting second week.” Geraint Thomas feels Team INEOS has enjoyed a “great start” to the Tour de France but insists the squad will remain focused as he looks to reel in Julian Alaphilippe.Alaphilippe leads the General Classification race by one minute and 12 seconds, yet Thomas is his nearest challenger and INEOS teammate Egan Bernal is third, a further four seconds back. Defending champion Thomas believes INEOS is well placed but acknowledges there is a lot of work left to do, particularly with Alaphilippe still boasting a healthy advantage.”We feel we’re in a strong position,” he said. “A combination of everything coming together has helped us get to this point at the first rest day. We’ve made a great start, but we’re fully aware that there’s still plenty of racing left.”To have gained time on our GC contenders is massive and a really good bonus, but now the really tough stages start. It’s been a great 10 days. It would be better if we were a couple of seconds behind Alaphilippe, but we’re pleased with how we’ve fared so far.”Boys on fire today in the crosswinds Great to be up to second at the first rest day #tdf2019 pic.twitter.com/TA7BHGpGY3— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 15, 2019Thomas added: “We’ve got huge Grand Tour experience in this team, so we won’t allow ourselves to become complacent. We’ll just focus on each stage and give ourselves the best possible chance of winning when we get to Paris. I’m not feeling any extra pressure this year.”I’m enjoying the race so far, though; it’s been a good opening block of racing for the team, and the support we’ve had has made it even more enjoyable. We’ve got a lot of winning experience on this team, the guys know what it takes to get over the winning line at the Tour. That experience is massively important in a race like this.
Dear Editor,I write to offer a warm welcome back to my parliamentary colleague, Mr David Patterson; the Public Infrastructure man seems to have been hibernating in a back room, Patterson has returned to the pages of our nation’s newspapers in his inimitable splashy style. Mr Patterson announced a 188-megawatt natural gas plant would be built by the Government, no cost or feasibility study was referenced, it would seem with no parliamentary oversight in place, anything can be said or promised during the election season. Patterson was accompanied by Larry London (of D’Urban Park fame) when he turned the sod for the construction of a new Civil Aviation Authority headquarters, despite no source of financing yet identified for this impressive-sounding building. The Patterson style!While Mr Patterson is in ‘announcement’ mode, the people of Guyana would have been pleased if he could have explained how US$9000 from the Chinese Consortium appeared in his personal bank account and if he could have produced evidence of transfer of the said US$9000 to MARAD. The people await announcements that the Auditor General has found the $600 million missing from the D’Urban Park Project; A completion date for the CJIA extension project; an explanation of how the CJIA cost the taxpayers, millions of US dollars more for a smaller airport than originally paid for by way of ‘fixed price’ contract; he would have come clean on how the Harbour Bridge feasibility study has cost 10s of millions more than approved by Cabinet and which has now been referred by the Public Procurement Commission to the Auditor General for forensic investigation.Patterson has taken every other opportunity for ‘announcements’, a ‘Skype call’ from a Virgin-Atlantic Airlines executive was parlayed into ‘Virgin coming’. Mr Patterson fears no embarrassment, taking to social media to claim credit for the expected increase in rice production; the fact is the rice farmers have demonstrated great resilience and tenacity resulting in an upswing in production despite adverse budget measures of the APNU/AFC that include application of 14 per cent VAT on machinery, sending up cost of acquisition; increase of land and water charges; the lack of assistance with drainage and irrigation; the removal of fertilizer subsidies and the virtual neglect of farm to market access roads.The mango season is upon us and we can expect more glib statements and empty promises from Mr Patterson and his colleagues. The people of Guyana have seen this play before; Mr Patterson’s promises did not end well the first time, maybe he should have done a feasibility study before returning to the limelight.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A Edghill
SharePrint RelatedRing of Fire — Geocache of the WeekAugust 30, 2017In “Community”DIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden BeforeSeptember 8, 2013In “Community”Nananananananana BATMAN! — Batman’s Batcave (GC8413) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2013In “Community” Maybe this was the train Ozzy Osbourne was singing about in “Crazy Train”. Photo by geocacher Brasstax.This week’s Geocache of the Week was born from the depths a fiery train crash. You might be thinking, “Jeez, that’s kind of a bummer. I hope no one was hurt in the wreck.” Until, of course, you learn that the train wreck was all a piece of Hollywood cinema. If you’re up for a hike and a challenging find, Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) will show you a piece of movie history.In 1961, the film “Ring of Fire” was released. This film is a classic, campy story of boy meets girl, all while a giant forest fire rages through the Pacific Northwest. You can even watch the original trailer. Movie spoiler alert: The grand finale of the film occurs when a train is stuck on a flaming bridge. Eventually, the bridge weakens and collapses, sending the train cars tumbling into a ravine. While the movie is set in Oregon, the actual filming location for this stunt was in Washington. After filming, the crew did their best to remove the wreckage, but several pieces still remained. Several years later, geocacher ironman114 found the location and placed this geocache there.Check out the epic grand finale (skip to the 13 minute mark):A piece of wreckage from “Ring of Fire”. Photo by geocacher cougarcach24.Since then, many geocachers have found this difficulty 3.5, terrain 5 geocache and ended up with great stories. Geocacher crouchcrew had this to say in their log, “What an awesome, amazing cache for an awe-inspiring, epic milestone! He did good by picking this one. From the ropes, the climb, the railcars, the view, the history, the celebration, the beautiful day and finding the cache en masse made for a geocaching top 10 day! Thanks so much for placing and maintaining this consummate cache!”As a fan of old movies, the CO, ironman114, knew this spot would make a great geocache. Regarding the positive logs and favorite points, he says, “I derive a lot of satisfaction to see all the cachers enjoying the trek and hunt for this cache… If you get a lot of positive logs then you know you did it right.” He goes on with a message for other geocachers who plan to hide a geocache, “Location, Location, Location. Take time to think about it and if location is bland then make a good container or story to go with the geocache. Just because you can hide a geocache within feet of a full smelly pit toilet doesn’t mean you HAVE to!”Have you ever come across old wrecks, abandoned buildings or other once-inhabited places while geocaching? Tell us about it in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:More
The number of new home buyers who would be influenced by energy or water efficiency has been stable over the last few years, at 80 percent or better, but a new finding shows many of them would actually be willing to pay more for the house providing they could enjoy lower energy costs.That’s the conclusion of the annual “Energy Pulse” study from Builder Online, which published the results late last month.As in past years, the percentage of people planning on building a new house in the next three years hovered around 15 percent. And 80 percent, roughly the same as the last several years, said energy efficiency would have “somewhat/very much impact” on their buying decisions.This year, Builder said, a new question was added: How likely would buyers be to spend more for a house if it were built to higher-than-Energy-Star standards?“We actually framed the question as a value proposition, asking, ‘How likely would you be to pay more for a home that is a high-performance home, built to standards that are higher than Energy Star?” the report said. “Your monthly mortgage payments might be slightly higher, but your ongoing monthly energy costs would be lower.”Seventy-one percent said they would be likely to very likely to pay more, indicating the potential market is sizable. But buyers don’t get the buzz wordsThe findings would seem to be good news for builders who specialize in high-performance designs, but Builder also added a warning: words and phrases common in the business are going right over the heads of many potential buyers.Builder provided the 2,000 respondents with a list of common terms and asked which ones they could explain accurately to a friend.Only 14 percent said they could explain “high-performance home” (oops — we just used that one), and only 38 percent said they could explain what an “efficient home” was. What’s a “green home”? Only 28 percent knew the answer, the same percentage that could explain “indoor air quality” and slightly more than could define “low carbon footprint.”“Your communication materials and sales team talking points are likely riddled with these terms, and they’re obviously not speaking the average consumer’s language,” Builder said. “So stop assuming they know what you’re talking about. “
MOST READ The 14-time major winner has blamed the DUI arrest near his home in Jupiter, Florida, on an adverse reaction to prescription medication.READ: Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involvedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHis police report, obtained and published by several media outlets, said Woods was “co-operative” and “confused” when found by police, with “extremely slow and slurred speech.”He initially told officers he had been driving back to Florida from Los Angeles but later stated “he did not know where he was.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NBA Finals coverage still hangs Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tiger Woods apologized on Monday, May 30, 2017, after he was arrested for driving under the influence. He denied alcohol was involved saying he was taking medication. The Palm Beach County (Florida) police released the mugshot of Woods. PALM BEACH COUNTY PHOTOMIAMI, United States — Tiger Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his car when he was arrested, police records showed Tuesday as golf legend Jack Nicklaus pledged support for the troubled former world number one.Woods, who issued a statement on Monday saying alcohol was not involved in the incident, needed to be woken by a police officer, his arrest report showed.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “It offers visual proof of the news, of another public embarrassment,” Sobel wrote.“There is no positive way to spin this story. No silver lining, no beneficial after-effects that might spring from it — the main takeaway here is sadness. Just pure sadness.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Tiger’s a friend,” Nicklaus told the Golf Channel. “He’s been great for the game of golf. He needs our help.“I feel bad for him. He’s struggling … He needs support from a lot of people. I’ll be one of them.”A police mugshot of Woods looking bleary-eyed and unshaven rapidly went viral after its release on Monday, underscoring the fall from grace of the superstar athlete once renowned as a clean-living, corporate pitchman.“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too,” Woods said in a statement issued late Monday.‘He needs our help’The arrest is the latest gloomy episode to hit the athlete, who once towered over his sport before being engulfed by turmoil in his private life and a series of debilitating injuries.His return from a year-long injury layoff was cut short in February when he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic after the first round because of back pain.News of Woods’ arrest was pored over in detail by US media on Tuesday, with many commentators unable to resist comparing the golfer’s disheveled mugshot with images of the fresh-faced superstar in his heyday.“What happened to the young man we all thought we knew…Where has he gone?” asked USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, contrasting the mugshot with an image of Woods from one of his most famous victories, winning the Masters in 1997 at the age of 21.“What a stunning contrast these two photos are, taken 20 years and seven weeks apart,” Brennan added. “They chart the rise and fall of a man who had it all, then watched it crumble away, all of it self-induced.”ESPN writer Jason Sobel commented that the mugshot “offers tangible representation” of Woods’ decline in fortunes. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The golfer was unable to complete various roadside sobriety tests which included standing on one leg and the “walk and turn” test.However contrary to reports on Monday which said Woods refused a breathalyzer test, the golfer agreed and “blew zeroes” indicating there was no alcohol in his system.Woods also told police he had been using four prescription medications including the powerful painkiller Vicodin, which is commonly prescribed following surgery.Woods has undergone four separate surgeries on his back since 2014, with the most recent procedure taking place in late April.News of the 41-year-old’s arrest has triggered alarm throughout the golfing world. 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Katrina Kaif captured a nation’s imagination with her tantalising performance in the wildly popular item song Sheila ki Jawani in December last year. The film, Tees Mar Khan, quickly faded into obscurity but Katrina’s sexy display of flat abs for five minutes might well have started, or at the very least cemented, a new fashion trend. For long, a voluptuous body and revealed cleavage defined what was sexy for the Indian woman. Now, thin is in. The navel is the new cleavage.Bollywood, always a quick assimilator of new fashion trends, was on to it. In March, early promotional posters of Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum featured only the exposed midriff of Deepika Padukone. The film didn’t make a splash but Padukone’s navel baring performance in a remixed version of the iconic Dum Maaro Dum song drew millions of fans. Padukone soon emerged as the leader of the flat abs brigade, twirling her bare waist in Nescafe’s Rs 30 crore “Shake it, Baby” advertisement campaign. Padukone readily agreed to do a photo shoot for this issue of INDIA TODAY showing off her perfect midriff.Away from the big screen, the rise of the navel has led to the re-emergence of the sari. Clearly, stories about the death of the sari-pushed into oblivion by the ubiquitous salwar kameez, jeans, and trouser suits-were greatly exaggerated. And it is the younger crop of Indian fashion designers who have pushed the sari back into the mainstream. The 36-year-old Kolkata-based Sabyasachi Mukherjee is perhaps the best known of the lot. Along with saris, the midriff-revealing ghaghra-cholis have made a comeback. Designer Manish Malhotra’s Fashion Week collections regularly highlight low waisted ghaghras accompanied by short cholis. The creations of Sabyasachi, Malhotra and their fellow designers have found a market. At evening parties in Mumbai and Delhi, the very women you might have expected to sport a skirt and top two years ago now sport the old sari in a new avatar. It’s the new style statement.Our cover story written by managing editor Kaveree Bamzai traces the emergence of this new fashion trend. It is also a social trend. Indians have become more health and fitness conscious. Says fitness specialist Leena Mogre, “No one has a full figure any more. Everyone is on a diet and fitness regime.” In 2009, when Rujuta Diwekar, a celebrity nutritionist from Mumbai, who advised Kareena Kapoor on how to get a size-zero figure, published a book titled Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, the first 20,000 copies sold out in less than a month. At least some people might have anticipated the rise of the navel well before Katrina and Deepika danced their item numbers.Curiously, the south Indian film industry has been navel gazing for a long while now. But there is a difference in aesthetics. In the south, they prefer some flesh around the abs. Says actor Priyamani who has worked in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies, “The size-zero phenomenon would not be appreciated down south.”To each their own. Variety is the spice of life and fashion.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?