The Secret Sauce of Donor Retention: Gratitude + Great Communication

first_imgDonor acquisition is expensive! The cost to acquire a donor is five to six times the cost to retain an existing supporter. Increases in donor retention are powerful. In the table above, you can see that a 1.8x increase in retention, from 27% to 50%, results in a 6.6x increase in donors and donations!Give love to get love.There is a way to keep more donors engaged with your organization: Genuine gratitude combined with great communication.The first step is to make the commitment to communicate with donors regularly and meaningfully. Author and researcher Penelope Burk recommends as many as 12 touches per year when stewarding donors.Mix your methods and messages. Make thank you calls. Write personal notes. Share a client’s story. Extend invitations to events and client activities.Make it about the donor, not you. Genuine gratitude is not a stock “thank you for your donation” message. It is authentic and conveys the three Ms:You matter—your donation accomplished something tangible.You made a difference in someone’s life.Your gift was meaningful, no matter how big or small.Whenever possible, include visuals or a video. This video from ARC effectively brings to life the impact made possible through donors’ generosity.Need help with your thank you letters?Download our email template to help you get started. 1,00015%150223$1,500 If your organization is like most nonprofits, you concentrate your fundraising efforts on donor acquisition. That’s understandable! Donors are your organization’s lifeblood, and they need to be inspired each year to support your good work.The dirty little secret of development is that only 27% of donors in a given year will give again the next year. So, 73% of your hard-won donors love you one year and leave you the next.What does that equate to in real numbers? Here’s the eye-popping reality if you’re a development pro: A retention rate at the national average of 27% means only 19 of 1,000 donors will remain after three years. Starting Number of DonorsRetention RateDonors Remaining After One YearDonors Remaining After Two YearsDonors Remaining After Three YearsTotal Donations, with an Average Gift of $500center_img 1,00050%500250125$62,500 1,00027%2707219$9,500last_img read more

Affordable Student Housing Pilot Program

first_imgLow-income, single parents attending St. Francis Xavier University will have access to affordable rental housing thanks to a student housing pilot program created under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Rodger Cuzner, MP, on behalf of Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing announced today, Nov. 23 that rent supplements will be provided for up to five low-income single-parent students attending St. Francis Xavier University full time. “Access to affordable housing will help relieve some of the financial pressures for low-income single-parent students and their families while they attend university,” said Mr. Morse. “As a result of this pilot, we hope to learn more about the needs of single-parent students and how we can best support their efforts to attend university.” “The Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement is designed to support innovative, community based solutions,” said Mr. Cuzner. “By providing support to students attending St. Francis Xavier University, the Government of Canada is responding to the needs of this community.” Single-parent students attending St. Francis Xavier University full time are able to apply for a rent supplement to help them pay their rent. Rent supplements will be available for qualifying students whose apartments have been safety inspected and approved by the Eastern Mainland Housing Authority. This means families may be able to continue to live in their current place of residence. To qualify for the student housing program, applicants must be enrolled full time at St. Francis Xavier University, a lone custodial parent, eligible for public housing and approved for Nova Scotia Student Assistance. “This project addresses the needs of student-parents who attend St. FX,” said Jana Luker, vice president of student services with the university. “These students face the demands on every parent, with the added pressure and cost of attending university. We are pleased to work with the Department of Community Services to help alleviate some of the stress placed on these student-parents by providing access to affordable housing, ensuring a university education is possible.” The Department of Community Services has been working with universities in Nova Scotia to determine how to best support low income single-parent students attending university. A similar student housing pilot program was launched in September at Acadia University. To date, more than $25.8 million has been announced by the provincial and federal governments for the construction or renovation of 593 units in the province. A total of $56.18 million will be available under Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at .last_img read more

SP protests against detention of Azam Khans son

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party staged protests at the gates of the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday as soon as the news of party MLA Abdullah Azam being taken into police custody reached here. SP leaders, led by state party President Naresh Uttam, reached the Raj Bhavan and staged a demonstration when they were not allowed entry. They demanded to meet Governor Anandiben Patel but were denied entry because they had not sought any appointment. As the number of SP members swelled, police from various police stations was called in to maintain law and order. Some SP leaders were involved in a scuffle with the policemen too. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The SP leaders were taken into custody and later released. Uttam told reporters that the state government was victimizing party MP Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam by implicating them in false cases. He said that the SP will hold protests at all district headquarters on Thursday to protest against “unfair” action being taken against Azam Khan and his son. Earlier in the day, SP President Akhilesh Yadav met the Governor and apprised her about the accident of the Unnao rape survivor. He demanded that accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar be shifted to a jail outside Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

Calgary truck company owner sorry for hockey bus crash that killed 15

first_imgCALGARY – The owner of a trucking company involved in a horrific collision that killed 16 people on the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus says the tragedy has upended his life and he’s not sure what the future holds for his business.“It changed my whole life, this incident,” Sukhmander Singh told reporters outside his suburban Calgary home Wednesday.The soft-spoken and visibly tired man said he doesn’t know what his next steps will be, as an investigation continues into the collision, which happened near Tisdale, Sask. on Friday.“Lots of pressure on my mind,” he said. “My work is gone. My other truck is shut down now.”Alberta Transportation said Tuesday it had ordered Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. to keep its only other truck off the road. The move is standard when a company has been involved in a serious accident, the province said.Transportation Minister Brian Mason said the company started operating last fall and hasn’t had any violations or convictions and hadn’t been in any collisions, until this one.Singh said he hadn’t spoken to the driver about what happened, but that his 30-year-old colleague had been going to the doctor every day.Singh said the driver, whose name he did not provide, started working for him about a month ago. Singh said he and the driver, who is also from Calgary, are the only people working for the company and that the two know each other through their circle of friends.Singh said he had checked the driver’s credentials before hiring him.“I’m just sorry for everything,” he told The Canadian Press by phone earlier Wednesday. “Tough time for everybody.”The Broncos were heading to Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when their bus and a semi truck carrying a load of peat moss crashed at an intersection. There were 29 people on the bus. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured.The driver of the truck was not injured. RCMP said he was initially detained, but was released and offered counselling.The cause of the crash is still unknown.Saskatchewan RCMP said Wednesday officers continue to investigate. They said they have done dozens of interviews and vehicle computer data is being recovered and analyzed.“Investigations such as this can take significant time,” the Mounties said in a release. “However, we have dedicated the necessary resources to ensure this investigation can be done as expediently as possible.”last_img read more

1 in 16 women forced or coerced into firsttime sex in the

Many American women are physically forced or coerced into having sex for the first time, and a new study suggests these women have a higher risk for developing sexual and general health problems.Researchers surveyed 13,310 women, ages 18 to 44, between 2011 and 2017 and found 6.5% of them were forced to have sex during their first experience with intercourse. Nationwide, that translates into 3.35 million women who were assaulted or coerced to become sexually active during the study period.seThe average age at which women became sexually active when they were forced was 15.6 years, compared with 17.4 years for women who reported a voluntary first sexual experience.And women’s first sexual encounters were with much older men when they were forced: 27 years old on average compared with 21 years with voluntary sexual initiation.“We’re talking about girls here,” said Dr. Laura Hawks, lead author of the study and a researcher at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School in Boston.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We need a dramatic cultural shift to make sure young girls of all races are safe in their homes and schools, that we have an environment where they can seek help when it’s needed, and that we have resources readily available to provide treatment when violence occurs,” Hawks said by email. “Movements like #MeToo have started the conversation, but in my opinion have a lot of work to do to get to a place where girls and women are safe from sexual violence.” Feds commit $2.8 million to anti-workplace sexual harassment project Only 4 in 10 countries criminalize marital rape: UN study Compared with women who voluntarily had sex during their first experience, women who were forced were almost twice as likely to have an unwanted pregnancy at some point and 50% more likely to have an abortion.When they were coerced, women were also 60% more likely to have endometriosis, a painful condition in which tissue that’s supposed to grow inside the uterus grows outside instead.Women who were forced were also more than twice as like to develop another painful condition, pelvic inflammatory disease, which happens when bacteria spread during sex travel from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries.Coerced women were also 80% more likely to have menstrual problems, the study found.Non-gynecologic problems were also more common.When women were forced during their first sexual experience, they were more than 3 times more likely to use illegal drugs, twice as likely to have fair or poor health, and more than twice as likely to report difficulty completing tasks because of physical or mental health conditions.It’s possible that women might have experienced some of these negative health outcomes even before they had sex for the first time, the study team notes. But the young age when girls were forced to have sex makes it likely that many of the problems developed afterward, researchers point out in JAMA Internal Medicine.“Obviously a forced sexual experience can result in physical trauma to the genital areas of the body, transmission of a HIV or another sexually transmitted disease, or an unwanted pregnancy,” said Dr. Alison Huang, author of an editorial accompanying the study and a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.“But for many women, it’s likely that the most severe or enduring consequences of this event are not directly related to one of any of the above,” Huang said by email. “Instead, they may arise from the emotional trauma that women experience from being forced or coerced into sex at an early and vulnerable time in their lives.” read more

Video games and champion rowing reunions join UN arsenal in war on

In “Food Force,” a video game unveiled today by the World Food Programme (WFP) at the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, children will be faced with a number of realistic challenges to urgently feed thousands of people on the fictitious island of Sheylan, piloting helicopters on reconnaissance missions, negotiating with armed rebels on a convoy run and using food to help rebuild villages.“Communicating with children today means using the latest technology,” WFP Director of Communications Neil Gallagher said. “Children in the developed world don’t know what it’s like go to bed threatened by starvation. In an exciting and dynamic form, Food Force will generate kids’ interest and understanding about hunger, which kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.”The PC-based video game is available as a free internet download from, currently in English, with translation into other languages planned. The website is designed with a dedicated area for kids to post their high scores. “How to Help” section provides ideas on fundraising and community involvement. For educators, WFP has teamed up with the “Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger” website to provide downloadable teachers’ lesson packs in multiple languages.“Food Force is a game that parents will encourage their children to play at home, and that teachers will find stimulating to use in the classroom,” Mr. Gallagher said. “So many parents complain about the blood and gratuitous violence that kids are so frequently exposed to in video games. This is a fun and action packed alternative.”Before each mission begins, the player is presented with an educational video segment about the reality of WFP work in field, allowing them to learn and understand how WFP responds to actual food emergencies – where food originates, its nutritional breakdowns and how it is delivered. Then, it is the players turn to take the mission challenge. Each challenge reflects one key element of the food delivery process – from emergency response through to building long-term food security for a community.Meanwhile Great Britain’s most successful rowers will reunite next month to race together one last time, in a recreation of the historic “Redgrave 5th Gold” Sydney 2000 race, to raise money to feed children in areas affected by December’s Indian Ocean tsunami earthquake disaster.For the first time since their victory in the coxless four at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster will compete together, in the original boat, in The National Lottery Legends Sprint. Joining them in the race, to take place during the Rowing World Cup on 28 May at Dorney Lake, Eton, will be crews from Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia and United States, all of whom competed in the 2000 Olympic final.“I am delighted that the original GB rowing crew – and all of the international crews – have agreed to come together for this cause,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said. “It is testimony to them as individuals that they are giving up their time in order to raise vital money for the World Food Programme’s school feeding projects in these areas of the world that suffered the greatest impact from the tsunami.” read more

Megabox le service musical de Kim Dotcom ressurgit

first_imgMegabox : le service musical de Kim Dotcom ressurgitRévélé en janvier dernier, lorsque le fondateur de Megaupload a été arrêté, le projet Megabox ressurgit. Kim Dotcom, alias Kim Schmitz, affirme en effet sur twitter que loin d’avoir renoncé à ce service de téléchargement de musique, une plateforme cette fois censée être totalement légale, il s’apprête à la lancer.”Les maisons de disque pensaient que Megabox était mort. Artistes réjouissez-vous. Il arrive et va vous libérer de vos chaînes”, vient de promettre sur Twitter le fondateur de Megaupload, Kim Dotcom. Un tweet illustré d’une capture écran de la page d’accueil de ce fameux site. Son nom a pour la première fois été évoqué au début de l’année, lorsque Kim Schmitz a été arrêté, tandis que la plateforme de téléchargement illégal dont il était le créateur a été fermée par la justice. Megabox est, rappelons-le, un projet de service musical visiblement totalement légal. Il consiste en la création d’une plateforme d’écoute et de stockage de musique gratuit, et illimité. Mais cette fois, et malgré la gratuité du service, les artistes seront rémunérés. Décrit comme un concurrent direct d’iTunes, il doit en effet être basé sur un modèle économique tout à fait différent de ce qui est aujourd’hui pratiqué par les sites existants. Kim Dotcom promet aux chanteurs et musiciens un taux de rémunération de 90%, et ce, sans aucune participation des maisons de disques. Une idée permise grâce au système publicitaire Megakey, qui remplace 10 à 15% des publicités s’affichant sur l’écran des internautes par des annonces issues de la régie MegaClick. “De cette manière, nous génèrerons suffisamment de revenus publicitaires pour fournir des services premium gratuits et des contenus sous licence, afin que nos utilisateurs puissent les avoir gratuitement”, se félicitait le fondateur de Megaupload il y a quelques mois.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Kim Dotcom n’en dit pour l’heure pas plus au sujet de ce fameux Megabox, se gardant bien d’annoncer une date de mise en ligne du service. À nouveau autorisé à utiliser Internet, depuis le mois d’avril, il se contente pour l’instant d’en profiter comme il se doit, en multipliant les publications, des photos personnelles mais aussi des critiques vis-à-vis des accusations qui pèsent contre lui, sur les réseaux sociaux. Rappelons que le fondateur de Megaupload a été libéré sous caution à la fin du mois de février. Assigné à résidence en Nouvelle-Zélande, il attend le mois d’août prochain, moment où est prévue sa prochaine audience. Il devrait alors être fixé sur son sort, au sujet de sa possible extradition vers les États-Unis. Là-bas, Kim Dotcom risque une très lourde peine pouvant aller jusqu’à cinquante ans de prison.Le 22 juin 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Causes de lobésité découverte dun anticorps qui retarde la sensation de satiété

first_imgCauses de l’obésité : découverte d’un anticorps qui retarde la sensation de satiétéDes chercheurs français de l’Institut de la Santé et de la Recherche médicale (Inserm) viennent de découvrir comment le sentiment de satiété est retardé chez certaines personnes souffrant d’obésité. Les personnes souffrant d’obésité sont pour la plupart victimes d’une hyperphagie, c’est-à-dire qu’ils ont une prise alimentaire trop importante. En principe, c’est l’hypothalamus qui adapte la quantité de nourriture nécessaire en fonction des réserves du corps et de ses besoins. Chez les personnes obèses, ce mécanisme est déréglé, ce qui les pousse à manger en excès par rapport à leurs besoins.Toutefois, les mécanismes impliqués dans ce dérèglement restaient relativement flous, du moins jusqu’ici. En effet, des chercheurs de l’Inserm semblent avoir trouvé le responsable de cette hyperphagie : un anticorps qui retarderait le sentiment de satiété. En s’y intéressant de près, l’unité de recherche “Nutrition, inflammation et dysfonction de l’axe intestin-cerveau” a découvert que l’immunoglobuline impliquée dans ce phénomène ralentit l’hormone de la faim : la ghréline. Chez les obèses, le taux de ghréline reste normal, voire bas.Une faim qui dure  Dans l’étude publiée par la revue Nature Communications, les scientifiques expliquent : “les immunoglobulines, dirigées contre la ghréline, ont des propriétés particulières dans le cadre de l’obésité”. Concrètement, l’anticorps agirait en se fixant sur les molécules, ce qui aurait pour effet de bloquer la dégradation dont elle est normalement victime. Les quantités d’hormone seraient donc plus importantes.Le professeur Pierre Déchelotte, directeur de l’unité de l’Inserm, explique : ces immunoglobulines “permettent de capter plus de molécules de ghréline et de la protéger contre la dégradation rapide qui a lieu habituellement. De ce fait, la quantité d’hormones qui va pouvoir être libérée au niveau de son récepteur dans le cerveau va être plus importante”. Comme la sensation de faim perdure, les anticorps retardent également la sensation de satiété, alors même que les besoins réels sont déjà comblés. Les personnes continuent donc de manger, ce qui se traduit naturellement par une prise de poids. Ce mécanisme a été confirmé par une double expérience (in vitro et dans un modèle expérimental chez l’animal), précise Néanmoins, d’autres facteurs, notamment la flore intestinale pourrait jouer un rôle. Par ailleurs, en mars 2012, des chercheurs américains avaient déjà annoncé être parvenus à identifier un gène qui pousserait à manger plus que nécessaire.Traiter l’obésité et d’autres troubles alimentairesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Mieux comprendre les origines de l’obésité et des troubles associés pourrait fournir de nouvelles pistes pour aider les patients. Suite à leur découverte, les chercheurs espèrent pouvoir parvenir à contrôler et réguler les anticorps identifiés. Cela permettrait d’influencer les taux de ghréline et d’aider les personnes obèses à perdre du poids en diminuant la prise alimentaire. “Si on arrive à modifier les propriétés des immunoglobulines, on va pouvoir diminuer l’intensité de l’hormone de la faim”, Alpha MSH, estime le Pr Pierre Déchelotte. Mais ce n’est pas tout. D’autres troubles alimentaires pourraient également bénéficier de cette découverte. En rétablissant l’équilibre entre les hormones de la faim et celles de la satiété, des maladies telles que l’anorexie ou la boulimie pourraient également êtres prise en charge. Selon le chercheur, ces pathologies n’ont pas qu’une origine psychologique. Aussi, “on pourrait essayer de restaurer l’efficacité de la ghréline au cours de l’anorexie mentale en manipulant ces immunoglobulines”, estime le professeur. Le 29 octobre 2013 à 18:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salah prefers Champions League glory over PFA award

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has revealed that he would rather win the Champions League than any individual awards this seasonThe Egypt international was announced as the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after a remarkable debut campaign for Liverpool with Salah having scored an impressive 31 goals in the Premier League this season.Liverpool are now set to host his former club AS Roma for the first leg of their semi-final tie tonight.But for the 25 year-old, nothing takes priority over the Champions League with Salah determined to finally win Europe’s premier club competition.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“100 per cent. It’s different, it’s something where you say: ‘Wow’. Winning the Champions League would be amazing for the city, the fans, the fans around the world. I can’t even compare between individual awards and the Champions League. No way.” Salah told Sky Sports.“It’s something huge to win the Champions League. It’s something unbelievable. I’m sure we’re going to fight for that, we’re going to give more than 100 per cent.”The last time Liverpool won the Champions League was in Istanbul 2005, where under Rafael Benitez they produced a shocking comeback from three goals down to beat AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out.last_img read more

Sweetwater Union schools providing free meals to students this summer

first_imgSweetwater Union schools providing free meals to students this summer Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: June 18, 2018 June 18, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRelated: San Diego Unified to provide free lunch for students all summer long 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSweetwater Union HSD officially kicked off the Seamless Summer Meals program last week, offering free lunches to any child 18 and under.This year, a new partnership with Westfield Plaza Bonita and National City Police Department allows the schools to reach kids where they are: out and about, enjoying their summer break.Elizabeth Alvarez was live at Plaza Bonita to check out one of the free lunches. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police Man arrested for shooting at tow truck driver

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who police said fired shots at a repo man in Hollywood was arrested Friday morning.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Frank Sylvera Mathurin Jr. was arrested Thursday and has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon.Hollywood Police responded to the scene of Wednesday night’s incident in a Walmart parking lot, located along the 300 block of South State Road 7, just before 8 p.m.Related: Hollywood tow truck driver says he was shot at while trying to repossess SUVThe tow truck driver, Jason, who works for Heat Recovery, said he was getting ready to repossess a silver Nissan Murano when, police said, Mathurin Jr. pulled out a gun and fired shots at him.The tow truck driver was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska Court of Appeals Denies Rachelle Waterman Appeal

first_imgMore than a decade after the original crime took place, the Alaska Court of Appeals denied Rachelle Waterman’s appeal of her conviction in the death of her mother.Download AudioWaterman was found guilty in a 2011 retrial of criminally negligent homicide for telling two men she had been dating- that she wanted her mother dead, and then failing to warn her mother or alert authorities when she found out that the two men were, indeed, planning to kill Lauri Waterman.The two former boyfriends, Jason Arrant of Klawock and Brian Radel of Thorne Bay, confessed to the 2004 murder, which took place outside of Craig on Prince of Wales Island.For her role in the crime, Waterman was sentenced in July of 2011 to three years in prison.The basis of Waterman’s appeal is that as a 16 year old she should not have been judged based on the standard for an adult.Waterman’s attorneys argued that juveniles’ brains are not yet fully developed, which affects their judgment.Alaska’s high court said state law stipulates that for the most serious crimes, including homicide, defendants as young as 16 years old are treated the same as adults.last_img read more

Infosys Sensational board meeting proceedings involving exCFO Rajiv Bansal over Panaya acquisition

first_imgAn employee walks past a signage board in the Infosys campus at the Electronics City IT district in Bangalore, February 28, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileInfosys continues to hog the limelight for all the wrong reasons. A whistle blower, claiming to be close to former CFO Rajiv Bansal, had written to select media outlets in addition to regulators Sebi and US SEC on how the overpriced acquisition of Israeli firm Panaya was opposed by Bansal.Read: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka to meet global investorsInfosys had announced the acquisition on February 16, 2015 for an enterprise value of $200 million, much higher than its purported value of $162 million by one of the firm’s investors, Israeli Growth Partners. But something sensational happened a day earlier.”The Board of Infosys blindly approved the deal. The CFO of Infosys at that point of time, Rajiv Bansal, refused to sign off on the deal and, in fact, walked out of the discussion during the board meeting to approve this deal,” the anonymous email claimed, referring to the board meeting that took place on February 15, 2015, the Mint reported.The acquisition was defended by the Infosys top management at a press conference as recently as on February 13, 2017.  “…Rajiv (Bansal) was the certifying officer and he has certified the accounts. The Panaya acquisition was done through a process. We have got Duetsche Bank valuation done, which is third-party valuation and within the band of the valuation that they gave the prices determined,” R Seshasayee, the non-executive chairman of Infosys, said at the conference.Bansal quit in October 2015 but his exit triggered a controversy over another issue, his severance pay of Rs 17.38 crore (equalling 24 months of pay). Mohandas Pai, one of the company’s former HR head, questioned it. “As far as I know, no CFO in India has got a 24-month separation. There is no case for a special treatment for anybody,” the former Infosys board member said. Earlier, former co-founder of Infosys, N R Narayana Murthy, had claimed in a television interview that he had received 1,800 emails raising concerns over various issues at the second-largest Indian IT services exporter.Infosys shares were trading flat at Rs 999 on the BSE  at around 1.55 pm on Monday.last_img read more

Iran ends rescue operations battles to shelter quake survivors

first_imgA damaged building is seen following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran. Photo: ReutersIran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported.“The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV.Sunday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected.State television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors to come after some 193 aftershocks.A homeless young woman in Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest-hit towns, told state TV that her family was exposed to the night chill because of lack of tents.“It is a very cold night… we need help. We need everything. The authorities should speed up their help,” she said.Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday and called on government agencies to do all they could to help those affected.Iranian police, the elite Revolutionary Guards and its affiliated Basij militia forces were dispatched to affected areas on Sunday night. President Hassan Rouhani will visit the area on Tuesday, state TV said.Television showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake. But Iranian officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were extremely low.BITTER COLDHospitals in nearby provinces took in many of the injured, state television said, airing footage of survivors waiting to be treated. Hundreds of critically injured people were dispatched to hospitals in Tehran.Iran’s Red Crescent said emergency shelters had been given to thousands of homeless people, but lack of water and electricity as well as blocked roads in some areas hindered aid supply efforts.Local authorities said traffic chaos on roads, caused by people from nearby provinces who were rushing to help, further hampered the flow of aid to quake-hit areas.“People in some villages are still in dire need of food, water and shelter,” governor of Qasr-e Shirin Faramarz Akbari told state television.More than 30,000 houses in the area were damaged and at least two villages were completely destroyed, Iranian authorities said.Houses in Iranian villages are often made of concrete blocks or mudbrick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake.Photographs posted on Iranian news websites showed rescue workers digging people out of collapsed buildings, cars smashed beneath rubble and rescue dogs trying to find signs of life under the twisted remains of collapsed buildings.“More people will die because of cold. My family lives in a village near Sarpol-e Zahab. I cannot even go there. I don’t know whether they are dead or alive,” Rojan Meshkat, 38, in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj told Reuters by telephone.Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed some 31,000 people.The quake, centered in Penjwin in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, killed at least six people in Iraq and injured more than 68 others. In northern Iraq’s Kurdish districts, seven were killed and 325 wounded.last_img read more

Pasteurised milk lab test reports submitted to HC

first_imgHigh CourtSeveral reports were submitted to the High Court on Tuesday after testing samples of pasteurised milk of 14 companies at three laboratories, reports news agency UNB.Reports of tests at BCSIR, ICDDRB and Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute labs were filed. However, the report of National Food Safety Laboratory is yet to be submitted.BSTI’s lawyer submitted the reports.The bench of justice Syed Refat Ahmed and justice Iqbal Kabir asked the lawyers to keep the subject matter of the reports within themselves.Barrister Sarkar MR Hassan stood on behalf of BSTI while lawyer Tanveer Ahmed stood for the writ petitioner.On 14 July, the High Court ordered testing pasteurised milks of BSTI-approved companies at four labs and file reports within a week.Lawyer Md Tanveer Ahmed filed the writ petition enclosing the clipping of the media reports on milk contamination.The court on 21 May ordered forming a committee of experts and researchers to test pasteurised milk available in the market and file a report.On 25 June, the BSTI lawyer filed a report and claimed that no harmful material was found in the products of 14 companies.On the same day, Dhaka University professor ABM Faroque announced finding traces of detergent and antibiotics in samples of pasteurised and unpasteurised milk produced by several companies.During a hearing on 14 July, the BSTI admitted before the court that it lacks the capability to detect antibiotics.Later, the court ordered the BSTI to have the milk samples tested at four labs and file reports.last_img read more

A Section Of Montrose Tries Out A New Parking Plan

first_imgMontrose Management District Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share A new rule is giving businesses more flexibility when it comes to off-street parking. Under the old rules, off-site parking spaces had to be within 250 feet of a business. But under a plan approved by Houston City Council, some new Montrose businesses can have parking up to 500 feet away, even further if they’re using valet parking.Tony Allender does urban planning for the Montrose Management District. He says the goal is to encourage more businesses to share the existing parking lots.“We have a number of churches in the area, a number of office buildings that are done at the end of the workday but have ample parking spaces,” explains Allender. The management district says it also wants to keep visitors from taking up spaces in residential neighborhoods.“At the same time, by placing the parking within the commercial areas it gives people the opportunity to shop a number of different stores along the way,” says Allender. “So it’s not only a parking opportunity. It’s also an economic development opportunity as well.”The new special parking district encompasses about 24 blocks along Westheimer between Taft and Mandell Streets.center_img X 00:00 /01:08last_img read more

More Spectacle Than Sport Remembering The Battle Of The Sexes At The

first_img Listen Getty ImagesThe “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in 1973. 00:00 /05:51 X center_img The new movie, Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, tells the story of the infamous tennis match of the same name between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Now, if you’re not a big sports fan – or weren’t around here back in 1973 – maybe you’re unaware the match took place right here in Houston at the Astrodome.It was significant because it pitted a man – the 55-year-old aging pro tennis player in Riggs – against a woman – the 29-year-old rising star in King. Winner of the match would take home $100,000, which King claimed with a victory in three sets.It was a huge moment for women’s equality, women in sport, women’s tennis, and for tennis in general. Millions watched it on ABC at a time when tennis matches weren’t televised very often.At the time, Dan Lovett was a sportscaster for KTRK Channel 13 here in Houston, and he was sent to cover the match. He was stationed on press row, right next to Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, who were broadcasting the game nationally.These days, Lovett is retired and living in Cypress. He shared a few of his memories of the event with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty. Lovett said the match at times seemed like more of a television spectacle than real sporting event.APBillie Jean King and Bobby Riggs smile during a news conference in New York to publicize their upcoming “Battle of the Sexes” match at the Houston Astrodome. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

EEs Drones Balloons Provide Cell Service in Rural UK

first_img Move over, Mark Zuckerberg. British mobile provider EE plans to use high-flying balloons and drones to connect rural communitiesPatent-pending technology will service the most remote parts of the UK, providing coverage in the wake of natural disasters.In a recent demonstration, the company showcased mini mobile sites attached to a helium balloon, dubbed “Helikite,” to provide 4G mobile coverage where it does not exist. The balloon can be fully inflated and launched in 50 minutes, and stays airborne for weeks at a time.Drones, meanwhile, can reach heights up to 300 feet and broadcast to a radius of more than half a mile; operational for nearly an hour, the unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to provide targeted coverage in search-and-rescue operations.“We are going to extraordinary lengths to connect communities across the UK,” EE CEO Marc Allera said in a statement. “Innovation is essential for us to go further than we’ve ever gone, and deliver a network that’s more reliable than ever before.“Rural parts of the UK provide more challenges to mobile coverage than anywhere else, so we have to work harder there—developing these technologies will ultimately help our customers, even in the most hard-to-reach areas,” Allera added.EE’s “air mast” solutions, which make use of small cells connected to its network via satellite or 4G spectrum, are expected for deployment sometime this year.As well as aerial solutions, the firm is also launching a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) to support its new Emergency Services Network, helping to ensure police, fire, and ambulance services stay online. With one eye on present needs, the firm is also looking into the future.“I see innovations like this revolutionizing the way people connect,” Allera said, tipping EE’s concept of “coverage on demand.”“What if an event organizer could request a temporary EE capacity increase in a rural area, or a climber going up Ben Nevis could order an EE aerial coverage solution to follow them as they climb?” he theorized. “We need to innovate, and we need to think differently, always using customers’ needs to drive the way we create new technologies.” Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone Stay on targetlast_img read more

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