Hotshot: Glasgow Warriors flanker Matt Smith

first_img How did you get into rugby?I started in primary school, gave it up for a year to play football, then started again at high school and have been with Stirling County since I was 11.Did you play other sports?I enjoyed basketball and canoeing. I didn’t like the contact in rugby at first and people standing on my toes! But I didn’t like coaches shouting at you in football, so I went back to rugby!Your sister Hannah plays rugby for Scotland…Yes, she is older than me, 23. I’m chuffed to bits for her and my goal is to do as well as she has. We are the only two playing rugby in our family but our great grandad, Alex Smith, played for Rangers.When did rugby become your main focus?When I got into Scotland U18 I knew it was what I really wanted to do, and I joined Glasgow Warriors as an elite development player when I came out of the U18s.Who has mentored you?Millan Brown, the Stirling County U18 coach worked hard with me for two years. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Glasgow Warriors When did you first play openside?In the second year of U18s. I was a second-row before that but Eddie Pollock, the Scotland U18 coach, said I should be a seven and I played there a lot for Glasgow Hawks this year.How will Scotland do at the World Championship?We had a good win against England to kick off our Six Nations this year, so we’ll be looking to get one over them again. We should do okay and get out of our pool. Date of birth: 5 October, 1996. Country: Scotland On the charge: Matt Smith taking the ball up for Scotland U20 v Wales. (Photo: Inpho) RW Verdict: Smith started all five games of the 2016 U20 Six Nations and scored a try in each of the first four. An Open University student of electrical engineering, he hopes to make his Glasgow Warriors debut during the autumn.First published in the July 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.last_img read more

Anne Bolitho joins Fundraising Initiatives Group

first_img Anne Bolitho, formerly Director of Fundraising, Membership & PR at the National Deaf Children’s Society, has joined the Fundraising Initiatives Group as Head of Donor Development.Anne takes up this newly created position to spearhead the Group’s development of new services for the Sector.The Fundraising Initiatives Group provides a wide range of fundraising and donor development services including face-to-face fundraising, telephone fundraising, Payroll Giving, consultancy and personnel recruitment. Advertisement Howard Lake | 20 July 2005 | News Anne Bolitho joins Fundraising Initiatives Group Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img The Group consists of Fundraising Initiatives Ltd, Premier Contact Ltd, Silver Stream Fundraising and Communications Consultancy Ltd, Workplace Giving UK Ltd and Person to Person Ltd. 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  21 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Blackbaud to speak on best practice for nonprofit websites at Perfect Pitch

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Blackbaud, the provider of software and related services to nonprofits, has confirmed that it will be speaking on best practice for nonprofit websites at next week’s UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch – IT.The session will cover best practices for building an interactive website that will keep visitors coming back. It will explain how charities and voluntary organisations can build pages that will motivate visitors to take action – such as join, donate, and advocate. The session will also cover how to discover members’ interests in order to more efficiently connect with them though the web. Advertisement  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Jodi Davidson, Professional Services Manager, and Tim Bowden from Blackbaud Europe will present the session.This year’s Perfect Pitch – IT is free to attend. It takes place on Thursday 30 November from 09.45 to 14.00 at CCT Venues, right next to the Barbican tube station in London. It will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by Everyclick.The event is designed to allow charities, voluntary organisations and membership organisations to learn about IT products and services that can improve their effectiveness.There are still delegate places available. Tagged with: Digital Technology UK Fundraising’s Perfect Pitch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2006 | News Blackbaud to speak on best practice for nonprofit websites at Perfect Pitchlast_img read more

L’Office managing editor freed conditionally pending appeal

first_img to go further News In Senegal, arrest warrants that are never enforced are frequently issued by the courts. According to Sow’s colleagues, he never expected to be jailed. January 8, 2021 Find out more The publication director of “L’Office” was prosecuted for “defamation” against Bara Tall, CEO of a construction firm, whose name was cited in a case of over-billing and misappropriation of funds at building sites in Thiès (western Senegal). The prosecutor accused “L’Office” of publishing some 75 articles on the role allegedly played by Tall in this affair, which he characterised as media harassment”. During the trial, the plaintiff’s lawyers demanded 2.25 billion CFA francs (approx. 3.5 million euros). Moustapha Sow, the managing editor of the Dakar-based daily L’Office, was freed conditionally on 14 July pending the outcome of his appeal against his conviction on a charge of libelling Bara Tall, the CEO of a construction company. The release hearing should have been held on 7 July but was postponed a week by Dakar appeal court judge Boubacar Diallo. After being sentenced by a Dakar court to six months in prison in the Tall case in May, Sow began serving his sentence on 29 June and had spent two weeks in prison when the release request filed by his lawyers was finally held by the Dakar appeal court.———————————- 05.07.2006 – Publication director jailed for “defamation”Reporters Without Borders has denounced the incarceration, on 29 June 2006, of Moustapha Sow, publication director of the privately-owned daily “L’Office”, who was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence with no parole for “defaming” a businessman. The Thiès building site case shook Senegalese political life for several months, most notably when the former prime minister and mayor of the city, Idrissa Seck, was imprisoned for “corruption”. News Follow the news on Senegal “In Senegal, as elsewhere, journalists pay the price for political crises when the press laws are inappropriate. With the incarceration of Moustapha Sow, we have additional proof that a bad law creates injustice. Throwing a man of the press in prison, on the pretext of alleged defamation, repairs no harm and only serves to satisfy a desire for personal revenge,” said Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en Help by sharing this information July 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 L’Office managing editor freed conditionally pending appeal News RSF decries exceptional press freedom violations in Senegal Sow was arrested by police on 29 June on the basis of a six-month prison sentence pronounced against him by a Dakar court in February. An arrest warrant was issued, but had no effect until his summons to the police station. The journalist is currently detained at the Reubess detention centre. His lawyers have filed a request for his release to the Dakar Appeals Court. Reports Receive email alerts March 5, 2021 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF asks Senegal to amend its new press law Organisation SenegalAfrica SenegalAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Reproductive biology of caridean decapods from the Weddell Sea

first_imgData on reproductive biology are presented for five benthic caridean shrimps from the high Antarctic (Chorismus antarcticus, Notocrangon antarcticus, Nematocarcinus lanceopes, Lebbeus antarcticus and Eualus kinzeri). The first three species were very common on the Weddell Sea shelf and upper slope, whereas only a few individuals of the other two species were caught-but these did include some ovigerous females. Our measurements include size at first maturity, fecundity (total number and mass of eggs), individual egg mass, egg length, ovary indices, maximum size encountered and documentation of the reproductive cycle in spring and summer. Egg number generally increases with female size, and the largest species (N. lanceopes) also carries the highest number of eggs. The eggs of all high Antarctic species are large, the extreme being L. antarcticus with an egg length of up to 3.3 mm. For C. antarcticus and N. antarcticus, which have wide geographic distributions, a comparison is made with older published and unpublished data from the Subantarctic (South Georgia). High Antarctic representatives of these two species grow to a larger maximum size, attain sexual maturity later in their life cycle, and produce fewer and larger eggs in relation to both carapace length and female mass, than their Subantarctic counterparts. Data presented here were collected during the European Polarstern Study (EPOS) sponsored by the European Science Foundationlast_img read more

Lawrence Serves Up Surprisingly Badass Chance The Rapper/Justin Bieber Medley In Brooklyn [Watch]

first_imgIf you’re not up on Lawrence yet, it’s time to get familiar. The upstart eight-piece soul-pop led by the young brother/sister duo of Clyde Lawrence (keys, vocals) and Gracie Lawrence (vocals) has been rapidly gaining steam over the last year, when they released their fantastic debut album Breakfast, produced by renowned guitarist and Grammy-winning producer Eric Krasno and featuring guest spots by Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, and more.Lawrence Goes Old School In Their New Music Video For “Alibi” From Their Debut Album, BreakfastComprised of highly talented young performers, the band has a unique ability to bring their skilled musicianship to bear for soulfully fresh takes on contemporary hits. During the NYC-based band’s hometown performance last Thursday, May 11th, Lawrence treated Music Hall of Williamsburg to an unusual medley of covers by Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber that flat-out blew the audience away. After jamming on the gospel-flavored Chance tune “Blessings” (off his multiple Grammy-winning 2016 release Coloring Book), the band landed smoothly on Bieber’s “Sorry” (from his smash-hit LP Purpose). While Chance and Bieber may not be your bag (the band themselves referred to the pairing as “surprisingly badass”), this soulful one-two punch from Lawrence is too catchy to be denied.You can watch crowd-shot video of the Chance/Bieber medley from Lawrence’s 5/11/17 Brooklyn show below, via the band’s Facebook page:PREMIERE: Olivia Castriota Transforms Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” Into An Irresistibly Slinky R&B Gem That Even The Most Stubborn Jam Fans Can Get Down ToLawrence will be back in action on Sunday, May 21st at Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. After that, the band will head out on tour as support for Lake Street Dive, beginning June 2nd at Saturn in Birmingham, AL. For a full list of upcoming dates, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

HHS compromise leaves questions for University

first_imgThe revised contraception mandate, which shifts responsibility for funding contraception from religiously affiliated institutions to insurance companies, will apply to self-insured employers like Notre Dame, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week. However, Notre Dame professors say the Obama administration has not specified how this exemption would work for institutions like the University. “The problem is that, it’s not clear how this compromise is going to be handled for firms that self-insure, which are the majority of large firms,” economics professor William Evans said. Law professor Carter Snead called last week’s announcement a “vague, unenforceable promise.” “[The Obama administration] promised to try to ‘work it out’ for self-insurers,” Snead said. “No elaboration.” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said finding a solution for self-insured employers is among the “unresolved” issues University President Fr. John Jenkins and other religious leaders are working with the Obama administration to sort out. Evans said it would not be financially feasible for Notre Dame to buy health insurance from a provider as a way for the University to not directly fund contraception. “I think the costs would be prohibitive,” Evans said. “If it were a cost-efficient way to be providing health insurance, they’d be doing it right now and they’re not.” Evans said most large firms self-insure so risks are spread out among a large pool of employees. “It is a lot cheaper for them to be their own insurance company than to pay someone else,” he said. “You want a large risk pool. If you have some fairly high expenses, that’s going to be averaged out by people who have low expenses.” Brown said it would be “feasible, but very expensive” for Notre Dame to switch from self-insurance to an outside insurance company, adding this option was a “moot point” based on Sebelius’ announcement last week. Though the University is self-insured, Notre Dame works with Meritain Health, a third-party administrator that processes insurance claims and provides administrative services to the University. Donna Hofmeister, director of marketing for Meritain, said the company is “still evaluating” if and how the latest policy changes will affect Meritain. However, she said if the law requires Meritain to pay for contraception for Notre Dame employees, the company plans to do so. “We intend to fully comply with any obligations that result from this change,” she said. As it stands, Evans said the Obama administration has not figured out how to accommodate religiously affiliated employers that self-insure. “I have no idea what their path is going to be and how to get out of this box,” he said. “There is no easy solution to this.”last_img read more

Best of the Backcountry Gear

first_imgThere’s no time where gear means more than when you are out on your own in the wild. To that end, here’s the stuff that not only made the backcountry safer but also more enjoyable this winter.1. DPS Wailer 112RPIn the early ’00s, DPS’s Peter Turner worked with Shane McConkey to develop the legendary Volant Spatula, the original reverse-camber, rockered deep powder ski. The quick-turning Wailer 112 is the evolution of that now-ubiquitous aesthetic. It’s rockered, but unlike those prototypes it features lots of sidecut and a touch of camber. And we know we say this about every ski these days, but it really can do it all—on an early-season trip to Whistler it was  shockingly stable at speed and effortless in pow. But the deal-breaker is the weight—the carbon and nano verison ponies up at just 4.19 pounds each in a 190 cm ski, making it simple to schuss up the skin trail. $1,249 (Pure construction), $799 (Hybrid construction); dpsskis.com2. Black Diamond Carbon MegawattThis fat boy—125 mm underfoot—does not move like a Clydesdale. The carbon construction keeps the latest iteration of the popular Meg down to 9 pounds, 5 ounces in a 188-cm pair. The rockered tip and slightly rockered tail give it floatation. You just won’t find another ski this wide that tours this well. $829; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Liberty VariantAvon-Colorado-based Liberty skis added titanal along the edges of its new Variant (145/113/132). Pair that strength with the brand’s bamboo constructon and you get a big, stable touring ski that serves day-to-day duty in the wildly varying snow conditions of the Front Range backcountry. $839; libertyskis.com4. Jones Hovercraft SplitDon’t be fooled by the shorter length of the oddly shaped Hovercraft. This baby can lope thorugh deep powder fields just as easily as it can rip off freestyle moves on natural backcountry terrain features. The spilt capability makes it an effective mountaineering tool, too. $699; jonessnowboards.com5. Drift Innovation HD GhostThe HD POV cam has become required gear these days and the easy-to-operate Ghost will record video and snap off still photos on the go, thanks in part to a two-way LED remote control that makes it easy to focus on the riding at hand rather than futzing with camera controls. $399; 6. La Sportiva SpitfireTipping the scales at just 44 ounces per boot, the Spitfire wants to be the first up the trail. That makes it ideal for rando racing but a low profile Grilamid shell and a Carbon Reinforced Polymer cuff gives the boot enough downhill oomph for local exploration. Best of all, they switch from tour to ski mode with one easy flip of the top buckle. $899; sportiva.com7. Dynafit One PXDynafit took its wildly popular (but insanely minimalist) TLT5 and gave it a touch more downhill guts to create a light touring boot for the mainstream. Weighing in at just 27.5 ounces per boot, it features a similar one flip buckle for walk or tour mode, but it’s warmer, roomier and more confident on the downs. $640; dynafit.com8. Ortovox Zoom PlusHere’s an affordable beacon that’s basic and effecive. It uses just two buttons and a simple display screen but still takes advantage of Ortovox’s smart, three antenna system to locate victims buried at odd angles. $299; ortovox.com9. S.O.G. PowerlockMelding ski patrol and special ops, this is one multitool you will want in your pack when things go wrong. The clippers will cut through a quarter and the small saw is damn sharp. $114; sogknives.comlast_img read more

5 famous finance quotes and how to apply them

first_img“Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old.”-Henry FordThe father of American automobiles knows a thing or two about how to be successful. Many agree that investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Higher education, certifications or seeking out experience are some good examples. I assume that you don’t own a global, industry leading company though, so I wouldn’t forego the saving.“The four most expensive words in the English language are, ‘This time it’s different.’”-Sir John TempletonSir Templeton made his living as a financial investor. He was a pioneer of modern money making who seemed to adapt Einstein’s definition of insanity to finance. His message here is not just applicable to stocks, but also habits after recovering from debt, bad credit and even bankruptcy. Never do the same things with your money when in the past those result have been less than desirable.“A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.”-P. T. BarnumA business man, politician, author and one of the founders of the Barnum and Bailey Circus company, Phineas Taylor Barnum had a lot to say on money. Note that he also is quoted saying “there’s a sucker born every minute.” While his way of acquiring money may have been less than inspirational, no one can deny he knew how to save it. While getting yourself from the spending to saving mindset may be difficult, once you do it gets easier.“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”-Will SmithThe Fresh Prince himself provides an unfortunate social commentary on a large portion of our society. Never sacrifice your financial well-being to keep up with the Joneses. Buy things for youself, not for anyone else.Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,
But gold that’s put to use more gold begets.-William ShakespeareI was a thespian in high school and for the most part loathed Shakespeare, but there were a few lines that have stuck with me. This line from Venus and Adonis is pretty powerful. Let me ‘translate’ it from Shakespearian for you. If you are to hold onto your money it will just rot away, of course gold doesn’t rust, but treasure that isn’t used is wasted. If you invest or lend it however, you will get a return. 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Detailslast_img read more

PODCAST: Creating awareness through loyalty

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the best ways to fulfill your brand promise is to ask members how well you’re adhering to it, unconventional marketer Scott Stratten says.Often, you’ll discover a disconnect that impedes your success as an organization.“The brand’s identity is not kept by the company itself—it’s kept by your members and by the public,” Stratten tells the CUNA News Podcast. “What they think matters, and what we think really matters a lot less.”CUNA, leagues, credit unions, and industry partners have been working on the Credit Union Awareness Initiative, which will establish a new, national brand platform for the industry. CUNA will deliver an update on the initiative at the 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference, where Stratten will deliver a keynote address. continue reading »last_img read more