Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Gaming Research / statistics NSPCC online raffle raises £16,000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 January 2004 | News Eight large companies including Computacenter, Scottish & Southern Energy, and Microsoft also promoted the raffle to their staff via e-mail. Staff were directed to raffle microsites that featured the branding of their employer.The online raffle raised £16,000, beating the three previous online raffles that NSPCC has run with CTT. This is the highest amount ever raised by a single CTT online raffle. Peter Sweatman, chief executive of CTT, said: “”As online as a medium for ‘cold giving’ is growing, £16,000 – predominately from cold prospects – was a large amount for a one-off campaign.” 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Revolution magazine features NSPCC’s online raffle last year as its campaign of the month for January 2004.The campaign, handled by Charity Technology Trust (CTT), ran for five weeks in July and August 2003. The NSPCC aimed to raise £15,000 via the raffle and to raise awareness of the promotion among staff and corporate supporters.The campaign involved a variety of e-mail messages. One was sent to 69,000 people, a targeted section of the NSPCC database, including any lapsed donors. A second, with the them ‘make the most of your holiday’, was sent to all subscribers to the NSPCC e-news publication. At the same time a button on the charity’s Web site’s home page linked to the raffle microsite. A third e-mail was sent to the 5,000 subscribers to CTT’s own raffle e-mail newsletter. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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2) Serve as a nucleus for people interested in mountaineering and wishing to associate with others of like interests, and The KMC also manages and maintains the four huts on the famous Bonnington Traverse.Highlights of the KMC’s year are the three-one week hiking camp sessions and the Kokanee Glacier ski week. Both are so much in demand that the club holds lotteries to select the participants.The club’s semi-annual socials are always popular for meeting friends and viewing members’ slide shows of some of their more exotic or adventurous trips.Some things have changed in 50 years. While the KMC frowns on motorized, off-road back country recreation, the back country is becoming increasingly crowded with quads, snow mobiles and commercial cat- and heli-skiing operations.The club doesn’t instruct technical climbing anymore, now relying on certified instructors to provide its members more advanced training.When the KMC isn’t in the back country having fun, some challenges of a different nature are taken on. In the early years, the club lobbied successfully for preservation of Kokanee Glacier Park and the formation of the Valhalla Provincial Park and the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.Today, the KMC is actively trying to keep the Jumbo Valley ‘wild’ and is rallying opposition to the resort’s development.Another concern is that, while access to the back country is better than it was in the 60’s thanks to logging roads, today many of the forestry roads are being decommissioned and some of the favorite hiking and climbing destinations are once again becoming difficult to impossible to access.On (Saturday) June 7 the KMC will celebrate its 50th anniversary and host the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC’s AGM in Castlegar.The club is partnering with the FMCBC to fill the 200+ seats in the Old Castlegar Theatre to hear guest speaker, Dave Quinn, the ‘Outdoor Guy’ on CBC Radio West, talk that evening about conservation issues and his adventures in the Kootenays.The KMC looks forward to meeting the FMCBC Directors representing 31 outdoor clubs from around the province and sharing concerns, solutions and inspirations.Check outKMC at: http://www.kootenaymountaineering.bc.ca 3) Maintain records of pertinent information on trips in the Kootenay area.The club still does all of this, but 50 years ago the logging industry had not cut many roads into the mountains and access to some of the most beautiful Kootenay country was difficult.The early years of the club saw much effort directed into cutting a trail into Mulvey Basin in the Valhallas from where, if not a first summit, then second or third ascents could be launched.Many trails were cut in the KMC’s early years and first ascents were made throughout the Kootenays by KMC members. Weekly rock climbing classes were conducted and early records abound with accounts of very technical climbs. Ski touring and hiking in Kokanee Glacier Park was and still is popular.The old Slocan Chief cabin, built in 1896 to service mining operations in the Kokanee Glacier area, hosted many KMC winter and summer outings.The cabin still exists but today it houses historical information displays and the luxurious Kokanee Glacier Lodge has become the main destination for overnight trips since it was built 10 years ago. The Kootenay Mountaineering Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.The KMC existed as a section of the Alpine Club of Canada for its first five years, but went its own way when it could not or would not persuade sufficient numbers to sign up with the ACC.Today, the KMC numbers over 300 members and schedules more than 100 outdoor trips and activities every year. Its membership resides primarily in the West Kootenays with most members residing within the Rossland-Trail-Castlegar-Nelson corridor.Fifty years ago the KMC’s constitution stated the objectives of the club were to: 1) Maintain a program of climbs during the summer season and ski touring trips in the winter and spring,
Presented by City National Bank, the Cal Cup Turf Classic is one of five statebred stakes on annual Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anita ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Northern based Alert Bay heads a wide open field of 12 California bred or sired, 4-year-olds and up, in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic going 1 1/8 miles on the grass.Bred in California by Thomas Newton Bell and Ross John McLeod, Alert Bay will once again ship in from Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, CA in hopes of winning the Turf Classic for the second year in-a-row. Since joining the barn of Blaine Wright in November, 2014 Alert Bay has gone on to win the Grade II Mathis Brothers Turf Mile on Opening Day of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Dec. 26 in 2014, the Cal Cup Turf Classic by a neck over returning rival Boozer Jan. 24, 2015 and the Grade II City of Hope (Turf) Mile, Sept. 27.Alert Bay, who boasts the highest-ever Beyer Speed Figure in this group with a 105 from his City of Hope Mile win hopes to rebound from his most recent turf attempts. Seventh in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 27 and sixth in the Grade III Daytona here on Dec. 26, Alert Bay will stretch back out over a turf course that he seems to excel over.The 5-year-old gelding by City Zip out of the Dushyantor mare Hickory, is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd and will be ridden by Martin Garcia. Alert Bay is 6-4-0-1 over Santa Anita’s turf course and is 22-11-4-2 overall with earnings of $980,735.The complete field for the California Cup Turf Classic, to be run as the 9th race on a 10-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 121; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 126; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 119; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 121; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 126; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 124; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 121; Somethings Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 124; Poshsky, Flavien Prat, 126; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 121; Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 121. Also Eligible: Cowboy, Jose Varenzuela, 119. There is a special first post time of 12 noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m.
Anthony Martial 1 Manchester United fans have reacted in shock after it was revealed Anthony Martial had been named the Premier League’s player of the monthIt’s mainly underdogs who have starred so far this season with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet and Andre Ayew amongst the top performing players.But Martial, who hit three goals and made one assist in three appearances across the month, was the man picked for the award, and Red Devils supporters are enjoying the last laugh.The French starlet’s astronomical fee drew plenty of critics and as he proves the doubters wrong you can see what the Old Trafford faithful said on Twitter below…
Recently planted young citrus trees at MrsMtembu’s farm, Ntlaza. The Is’Bayaproject has helped plant over 50 000high-value fruit trees in over 1 500homesteads in 50 villages in the Transkei. Is’Baya director Peter Jones in a youngrosemary planting at Ncora. An Is’Baya herb-planting demonstration.High-value crops such as herbs take muchlonger to establish than ordinary cropssuch as vegetables and maize, but theyhave a long production life span and a farhigher return per volume.(Image: Is’Baya)Lusanda NgcaweniWhen food costs rise, the poor suffer most. The recent surge in global food prices is no exception, and highlights the need for sustainable local production as a buffer against food inflation, particularly in impoverished areas. In South Africa, an organisation called the Is’Baya Development Trust is helping some 50 rural villages on the outskirts of the Transkei region on their way to self-sustainability.Is’Baya, isiXhosa for “homestead”, is a rural development organisation working with villagers in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. It helps improve communities’ farming techniques to make productive land from the unproductive, and to provide them with the necessary basic services and support structures.A former apartheid-era “homeland”, the Transkei is one of the country’s most impoverished areas. Is’Baya was formed in 1989 by Monelo Bongo and Moshe Schwartz, who saw the agricultural potential of the region.“They wanted to show that the entire Transkei was capable of producing sufficient agricultural products, and even become the breadbasket of the country,” says Is’Baya director Peter Jones. “And the best place for development to happen is within the family home or homestead.”Over the years there has been major degradation of the land with no development from previous or current governments. “What Is’Baya aims to do is to solve that problem and remove the heavy weight of underdevelopment from the economy and society of the country as a whole,” sociologist and Africa development expert, Professor Herbert Vilakazi.“Rural poverty is now directly affecting the entirety of the South African economy and society. The failure of development in these areas is now forcing millions of people to leave rural areas and come to the cities.”High-value cropsThe project began with research by Is’Baya and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), one of South Africa’s parastatal science councils, into the Transkei’s potential for the cultivation of high-value crops. “High-value crops take much longer to establish than ordinary crops such as vegetables and maize,” says Jones, “but they have a long production life span and a far higher return per volume.” The study overwhelmingly supported the viability of cultivating citrus and tropical fruit, as well as herbs and essential oils.In 2000, Jones was approached to lead the project. With over 30 years’ experience, he comes from a rich tradition of self-reliance practice, working in the 1970s with activists such as Steve Biko and Dr Mampele Rampele for the Black Community Programmes, major community self-help schemes in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. In fact, all of Is’Baya’s trustees and the professionals they work with have been involved in community development since the 1970s.Working with the ARC, Is’Baya’s helped introduce the high-value crops over a wide area along the coast of the Transkei and further inland. “Currently, a total of over 50 000 fruit trees have been planted in over 1 500 homesteads in 50 villages in the Transkei,” says Jones.Training in new technologyThe ARC’s role has been mainly technical, as well as ensuring that the necessary technology available for agricultural production is passed on through ongoing training. “We concentrate on high-value crops, mainly fruit trees, which most of the farmers in the rural areas do have, but not the necessary technologies and necessary cultivars to use them commercially,” says the ARC’s Rosemary de Preez.“It’s really about an integrated farming system where high-value crops can play a role in that farming system, but still include vegetable production. And more recently we introduced herbs specifically for essential oils production. South Africa is an importer of essential oils, yet it is a crop that could be produced in rural areas.”Each farmer pays 50% of the cost of a tree. Is’Baya and the ARC’s costs, as well as the remaining 50% for the trees, are contributed by various government and non-government sources.Is’Baya helps communities achieve increased production for food security purposes, introduce and achieve high levels of production of the high-value crops, and underscore all of this with appropriate organisation, such as cooperatives.Before going into any rural villages, Is’Baya has to get buy-in from traditional leaders. “It’s a necessity and we’ve been hugely successful,” says Jones, “more so than any other government structure, including municipalities. We become involved mainly by specific invitation from the communities. At the moment we are involved quite deeply with the villages, all with their own functioning committees and management responsibilities.”Merging the modern and traditional“We believe our success lies in understanding people in the rural areas and making sure that we develop methodologies that are attached to their way of life and their traditional way of looking at development,” Is’Baya chairperson Pandelani Nefolovhodwe.“We merge the modern and the traditional and they understand the methods because these methods are worked out with them. Because we have been working together for many years, we understand each other. It is no longer a ‘we’ and ‘them’ situation, it is just us working together and making sure that development work must go forward.”Using their experience of working in rural areas, Is’Baya always gets consent to participate from traditional leaders and ensures there is interaction with all the participating homesteads. A village committee is formed of and liaison person appointed.Each committee must attend at least two training sessions per year manages its own financial affairs, including the collection and depositing of monies for the trees.This method of working together towards sustainability has obviously been popular in the villages of the Eastern Cape. A Mrs Mavithana from Hluleka village said: “This programme will continue being successful because the people from Is’Baya and the ARC are always available. They don’t just bring the trees and disappear, they check up on us at appropriate times. When something needs to be done at a certain time, they inform us. For example, even if your trees have got ants, you are able to ask them for advice.”“Before Is’Baya and the ARC taught how to farm, I was just farming using an old method, which did not progress that much,” said Andile Sondlaba, also from Hluleka village. “I think they are experts because ever since I started farming as a young man, I have never come across an organisation that works with people like this. The other organisations don’t even come to the outskirts, yet this one is able to come to the people and show them practically by using their hands. And that is how we learned to farm.“In our region there have been great changes. We didn’t even know that we could produce fruit juice with our bare hands, but they taught us how to and we are able to produce juice. I hope they never forget or abandon us.”Mrs Mthembu from Libode was also impressed: “Is’Baya and the ARC helped me in many ways, including farming these oranges. I ordered from them, they delivered to me, they even taught me the process and the do’s and don’t of digging a whole.” While Mr Nonqana from Noqwekwana said, “The one thing that impressed me about Is’Baya is that they helped to test the soil before I planted. I had to give them the soil sample to see if my plants match the soil, and also to see which fertilizer is suitable. There have been some great changes since their arrival. Even here on my land where I have built, there are now many households that grow oranges thanks to Is’Baya and the ARC.”Challenges include lack of waterWorking in the rural areas, there are bound to be many challenges. “One of our main challenges is that we don’t have water in this area,” says Mr Nonqana, who is almost 80 years old. “We have to fetch water from very far away using wheelbarrows.”“There is no plant material available because all the trees that have been planted by the farmers up until now are part of our programme,” says Du Preez. “Which means about 50 000 trees have been brought in from other parts of the Eastern Cape and as far as Limpopo and Mpumalanga. A lot of topsoil is lost annually into the rivers and down to the sea through soil erosion. Also, people don’t have access to the water. There are perennial rivers but there’s no access to that water.”Is’Baya has been awarded a key planning grant by the Eastern Cape provincial government. “The objective of the grant is to design a holistic and comprehensive rural development programme – the Integrated Village Renewal Programme (IVRP) – based on the work of Is’Baya and the ARC, which can be applied on a mass scale in the Eastern Cape and beyond, and is due for completion at the end of May,” says Jones.“We are hoping that once the IVRP is ready for implementation, it will be applied to these 50 villages that Is’Baya has already mobilised. We also hope that the national government will become involved in a major way to ensure that the IVRP becomes a national programme.”“Our future aims and objectives are to make sure that this programme is understood by national government and all the various departments that deal with rural development so that this can be replicated nationally,” says Nefolovhodwe, “and become a national programme that can assist rural communities.”Useful linksIs’Baya Development TrustAgricultural Research Council
Day 1Arrival Day 2Welcome cocktailMinister Collins Chabane: Minister in the PresidencyInternational Marketing Council Day 3CommutaNet tour of JohannesburgExperience by a South African favorite lunchTopic Energy and Transport: visit to SasolPark StationBoard a train to DurbanDinner with guest speakerWine / whiskey tasting and entertainment Day 4Durban Port for tour by boat of harborTopic: Energy and transportMoses Mabida stadium visit Day 5Richards Bay per busVisit Community Project en routeTopic: Tourism in South AfricaDinner at game reserve and game drive Day 6Richards Bay MineralsRichards Bay PortOR Tambo International AirportGautrainTopic : “Geared for Growth”Dinner with economic knowledge leaders Day 7Experience SA’s TaxiCompetition CommissionJohannesburg Stock ExchangeDesigningSA: Panel discussion Day 8Apartheids MuseumFlower farmSowetoSA Beer tasting << Back to Media Tour 2010
Nongcebo McKenzie, Ukhozi FM presenter is inspired by the South African Constitution and the fact that our right to speak the language of our choice is enshrined.Nongcebo McKenzie, Ukhozi FM presenter tells us why she loves talking and listening to South Africa’s 11 official languages. (Image: Nongcebo McKenzie, Facebook)Nongcebo McKenzieI’m lucky enough to work for Ukhozi FM; the biggest radio station in South Africa. Also the second largest station in the world, Ukhozi FM is a national isiZulu radio station that is part of the SABC Public Broadcast Services portfolio of radio stations.I love working for the Ukhozi FM brand because as a public broadcast services station, we get to create nutritious and tasty content that empowers and educates our listeners. More than that though, I love broadcasting in isiZulu – it’s just so colourful for me. My job is to share information with 7.5-million listeners in a language that they love and enjoy; isiZulu. A truly beautiful language that is so rich with its many shades.That’s the beauty of our African languages; whether it be Tshivenda (which I really would love to learn one day) or Afrikaans (which I find so rhythmic) or the way SeSotho speakers roll the ‘r’ from the back of their throats, I find our African languages fascinating.I enjoy listening to our SABC sister station Umhlobo Wenene and I particularly enjoy their live sport commentary because I love the isiXhosa analogiesI’m glad that I live in a country with a Constitution that guarantees the right to speak all our 11 official languages and makes them all equal. The South African Constitution provides for 11 official languages in our beautiful country: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, sePedi, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, tshiVenda and xiTsonga.Section 6 of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to use the language and participate in the cultural life of his or her choice – though no one may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.Ngiyaziqhenya ngokuba ngowaseNingizimu Afrika. Ngiyaziqhenya ngoMthethosisekelo wezwe lethu, meaning, “I beat my chest with pride because I am a child of South Africa. I stand tall when I know that ours is the best Constitution in the world”.I am inspired by my Constitution.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Betas are a good way for end-users to report bugs and give feedback to developers. Just keep in mind that you’re not downloading fully functional software.Cover image via fedota1.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Getting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkActual Documentary Tips You Can Learn from Popular Mockumentaries7 Things Clients Look for in a Video Production CompanyOn the Market: Five Great Key Lights for Five Different Budgets10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets Compared It’s always exciting when the latest version of your favorite editing program comes out. But should you download it right away?A variety of questions run through your head as you download the beta release of your favorite editing software: What new features are included? Did they fix that render issue? I hope they haven’t removed tool X.Sometimes, however, the software isn’t fully polished, and the developers need beta testers to put the software to the test — to find bugs and problems. Betas are exciting, especially closed betas, as your feedback directly affects the software — which makes you no longer feel like a customer but, rather, part of the team — in that you have directly helped the software’s development. (And, in all honesty, beta tests also feel like a game demo that you get to play before everyone else.)With most closed betas, you must sign-up to beta test a program (like Adobe, who have just launched a beta application for Photoshop on the iPad). However, in recent years, we’ve also seen a growing trend of software companies (not only those who produce NLEs) that offer a public beta for download before the full official release of the new version. (“Public beta” meaning anybody can download and install the software).Blackmagic recently did this with Resolve 16 — as they have done with the past few versions of Resolve. (If you keep an eye on your social media platforms, you’d think Resolve is setting the users’ computers on fire.)The screen capture above comes directly from the Resolve Beta forums, where bugs are supposed to be reported. The Resolve Facebook group, however, is a different story, with a number of users not understanding why the software isn’t working properly. Is this an issue with Resolve, or quite simply due to a general misunderstanding of the nature of a beta release? Perhaps a bit of both.WhatIs.com defines a beta as follows:In software development, a beta test is the second phase of software testing, in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out.Beta testing is also sometimes referred to as User Acceptance Testing (UAT) or end-user testing. In this phase of software development, applications are subjected to real-world testing by the intended audience, for the software. The experiences of the early users are forwarded back to the developers, who make final changes before releasing the software commercially.There isn’t much more to say about that. Essentially, betas are how developers can get their software into the hands of real people, using different machines, with a variety of different file formats — and for the users to provide feedback. More often, betas are generally only sampled to a small audience. When a beta release is open to public access, it’s usually advertised as such, and offered as an alternative download to the primary version. That can be why users get stumped by crashes and bugged features — they just didn’t realize the software was a beta version. Blackmagic, for example, referred to Resolve 16 on Twitter as beta, but on Facebook they didn’t. And on the download page, the beta is only mentioned in the download link.While it’s common sense to double-check to see what you’re downloading, from the echoing cries across the internet about a “broken platform,” it would appear that many missed the memo.So, what can you expect from a beta version of your software? Well, you have to understand that you’re going to be downloading software that isn’t 100 percent operational. However, that’s not to say you’re going to be unable to edit, it’s just that you’re going to run into bugs and glitches — such as not being able to apply a tool because the button doesn’t respond to a mouse click, or crashes when you try to export in a specific format. These are the sort of problems one should expect when using a beta, and these are the problems that you need to report to the developers. A beta isn’t just a means to get your hands on some software before anybody else — it’s to help the developers build out the software.As such, it’s essential to make sure you don’t install a beta if any of the following apply:You’re in the middle of a project.You’re on a deadline.You’re dependent on a specific tool.And, most importantly, back up your projects before you download the beta.In Resolve, there are two ways you can back up a project. You can back up the database, which is useful if you have multiple projects to back up and save. To do this, open the database panel, which you do by clicking the icon and selecting back up database. Then save the project.Alternatively, if you have just one project in your database, you could right-click on the project and select export project. This will take all of the timelines, bins, and project settings and export them into a file that you can later import into the new version.
It isn’t easy to change. Our brain tends to shut down the desire to improve ourselves and our situation as soon as we are comfortable. As long as we don’t experience too much pain, we don’t change. Even if we know we are capable of more, if we could gain pleasure, we still don’t take action.Here’s your motivation (not that you need to be motivated or inspired).Building Your OwnMost of the reason we don’t take the actions we need to to take is because we are afraid.We fear that we will fail and lose the comfort of our identity. We fear being mocked, criticized, or ostracized and lose our connection to the herd. As much as we love novelty, most of us love the warm comfort of the status quo even more. We’re afraid to lose it. But there are outcomes you should fear more than this little list of horribles.You should fear not living up to your full potential. You should fear leaving this place before you realize your dreams. Or before you even attempt them.You should fear failing the people who count on you. You should fear not investing as much as you can in those relationships that are most precious to you.You should fear not making the contribution you know that you can—and should—make. You should fear walking away the fight that had your name all over it. You should fear lying down.You should fear living a lie, living a life of mediocrity, or living someone else’s purpose instead of your own.This is the list of horribles you should fear. This is your burning platform.Light the MatchEach day when your alarm goes off, the fears above are what should motivate you. They represent real and unrelenting danger.Don’t wait for or wish for motivation. You already have everything you need within you right now. And what you don’t have you are resourcefulness to go and discover.You’re holding the match. Go ahead and catch yourself on fire. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now