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Cian Healy poses with his modelsSo what do you think of Cian’s artwork? Cian Healy has unveiled his latest works of art to help launch Adidas’s new all Adidas campaign. The Leinster and Ireland prop, who enjoys painting when he’s not on the pitch, has found time during Ireland’s busy Six Nations campaign to put fellow Adidas ambassadors Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton onto canvas. He’s tried to depict the game face, and is hoping his team-mates will be pleased with his efforts.“I dipped in and out of them whenever I had a couple of hours to spare and I’d work on them for a few hours in a row. It’s more of a pleasure than taking note of the time though really. It was great to have something to take my mind off everything and to be able to go home and get into a bit of painting,” said Healy.“It was hard to get the faces looking similar to the lads, and I didn’t want to upset any of them either, so that was where most of the time went into, trying to get it right but they seem happy with them – thankfully.” Game face is just one part of Adidas’s All Adidas campaign, which is aiming to bridge sport, music and fashion. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Insight in Fundraising Awards 2016 winners announced Melanie May | 22 June 2016 | News Tagged with: Awards insight Institute of Fundraising Advertisement 122 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 British Red Cross, RNIB, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, Centrepoint, Macmillan Cancer Support and the University of Sheffield were among the winners of the fifth annual IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards this month. The awards recognise charities and suppliers for their work with data and insight in fundraising. The 2016 IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards took place at the Café de Paris in London on 8th June, with this year’s Outstanding Contribution Award going to Professor Adrian Sargeant.The winners:Most Powerful Use of Insight from Traditional Methods of Data Analysis:Winner: British Red Cross, and Highly Commended: NSPCCMost Powerful Insight Using Innovative Methods of Data Analysis:Winner: University of Sheffield, and Highly Commended (2): British Red Cross, and NSPCCBest Use of Data & Analysis in Digital Fundraising:Winner: RNIBMost Powerful Use of Insight Through Research:Winner: Cancer Research UK, and Highly Commended (2): About Loyalty, and University of SheffieldMost Powerful Example of Insight Sharing:Winner: NSPCC, and Highly Commended: Cancer Research UKMost Powerful Use of Insight by a Small to Medium Income Charity:Winner: CentrepointMost Powerful Use of Insight from a Long-term Strategic Project:Winner: Macmillan Cancer Support, and Highly Commended: RNIBTeam of the Year:Winner: Macmillan Cancer Support, and Highly Commended (2): Unicef UK, and Prostate Cancer UKSupplier of the Year:Winner: Qbase, and Highly Commended: Pebblebeach FundraisingRising Star:Winner: Jess Bebb – CAFOD, and Highly Commended: Jack Thornton – RNIBOutstanding Contribution:Professor Adrian SargeantJon Moxham, Insight in Fundraising Awards 2016 lead and business intelligence programme manager at British Red Cross said:“In this last year of uncertainty, it certainly feels that insight requires, and is starting to take, greater prominence within charities of all shapes and sizes. The work seen in this year’s awards goes a long way to furthering this by highlighting just what using data and insight can achieve, and in showing how we can monitor and evaluate these activities for the greatest effectiveness, as well as develop feedback mechanisms to help us better hear the voice of the supporter.”On the night, the shortlist for the IoF National Awards 2016 – Best Use of Insight was also announced, The shortlist is made up of six award winners from the core discipline categories of the Insight in Fundraising Awards. The winner will be announced at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Awards 2016 on 29th November. The shortlisted charities are: Cancer Research UK, British Red Cross, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, RNIB, and University of Sheffield. 121 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Editor’s note: A campaign has been initiated to demand that the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office drop the charges against Leslie Feinberg. Contact the office by phone (612-673–2010), or through their website at www.minneapolismngov/attorney/index.htm. A Sept. 13 court hearing is pending.This article uses the gender-neutral pronouns hir and ze.CeCe McDonald touches hands with Leslie Feinberg, WW managing editor, author and LGBTQ leader, through the plexiglass barricade during a visit in April 2012.WW photo: Leslie FeinbergLeslie Feinberg has been recharged, this time by the Minneapolis City Attorney for hir solidarity action in support of CeCe McDonald on June 4, the date of McDonald’s sentencing. Feinberg’s charge, which is classified as a “gross misdemeanor,” carries with it a possible 1-year prison term plus a $1,000 fine.The case of CeCe McDonald in Minneapolis roused support and solidarity from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activists and supporters around the country. This young, African-American, transgender woman was the victim of a violent, racist, anti-gay, anti-trans attack in June 2011. She and her friends were set upon by three bigots as they walked past a bar. One of her attackers smashed a bar glass into McDonald’s face, puncturing her cheek and salivary gland.A melee followed in which McDonald was the only person arrested. She was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and eventually accepted a plea deal that allowed her to avoid possibly decades in prison for a crime she says she did not commit. For defending herself against a violent attack, McDonald was given a prison term of 41 months.Feinberg is an award-winning author, transgender warrior and trailblazer in the LGBTQ liberation movement. Ze is also a revolutionary Marxist and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Despite being in poor health, Feinberg traveled to Minnesota to visit McDonald in jail prior to her sentencing, and again for McDonald’s June 4 sentencing. A large “noise” protest took place outside the county jail that night to let McDonald — and her state captors — know she was not alone.Feinberg was arrested and jailed for three nights without bond for hir participation in the actions outside the jail. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg’s release and the dropping of felony charges.McDonald’s case and unjust incarceration were raised at Pride events in June around the U.S. and in several other countries. “Free CeCe McDonald!” has become a rallying cry for many in the struggle for LGBTQ liberation, against racism, and for the right to self-defense against violence fueled by hateful bigotry.On Aug. 30, Feinberg announced the recharging on hir Facebook group page. “I hope to see friends and other activists in court,” Feinberg wrote. “As defendant, I welcome parents and other caregivers bringing children of all ages, including infants and toddlers. I’ll bring crayons and drawing paper. Please wear purple/buttons/t-shirts in solidarity with CeCe McDonald! I’ll be wearing the free CeCe t-shirt designed by artist/activist Ricardo Levins Morales.“I’ve made a sign in support of CeCe to take with me to court. If you make and post your own sign in support of CeCe McDonald and/or have already posted one online, send me a copy of the photo/credit/location via social media and I’ll do my best to include your solidarity in the multimedia dedication to CeCe.”Feinberg has been ordered to appear in court on Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m., at the Hennepin County District Court, 401 S. Fourth St., in Minneapolis.‘I will not be silent!’Feinberg gave the following statement, noting, “These words below are the only statement I can make at this time — the best I can do. I also include my June 4 statement below.” (See tinyurl.com/95nbv9y for the complete statements.)I will not be silent!As a revolutionary activist, journalist/author, and proud member of the National Writers’ Union/UAW Local 1981 — I will not be silent!STOP the WAR AGAINST TRANS WOMEN of COLOR! FREE CECE McDONALD NOW! supportcece.wordpress.comTO NATIVE NATIONS: MY GREETING of RESPECT I send my greeting of respect to Indigenous Nations on the land now claimed as “Minnesota.” I vow to continue to defend your land and treaty rights, rights to sovereignty and self-determination, and defense of this planet that sustains all life. I am a proud neighbor of the Onondaga Nation.As violent weapons of rule by the 1%, the police, prosecutors, judges and prison officials invoke “law.” I recall that in 1862, this racist injustice system proclaimed it “legal” to lynch 38 Dakota men in a mass execution in Mankato, after convicting the defendants of “war crimes” after 15-minute trials.The Dakota people were forced to march into concentration camps, and many were deported to reservations far from the land of their ancestors.STOP DEPORTATIONS: NO WORKER IS ‘ILLEGAL’ I send my heartfelt solidarity to immigrants who are courageously defying apartheid passbook laws. Stop racist apartheid laws, ICE immigrant-bashing, detentions & deportations!STOP BRUTAL POLICE OCCUPATIONS in OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES! End racist profiling, the school-to-prison pipeline, racist, mass incarceration, the Prison-Industrial Complex, and prisons for profit!FBI: HANDS OFF ACTIVISTS! stopfbi.netFREE MICHAEL WILLIAMS NOW!Solidarity with Muslims & Sikhs in the U.S. and around the world! facebook.com/events/429647060388717/STOP ENDLESS WARS for PROFIT!Solidarity with Pakistani sex(es)/gender(s)/sexualities in Sukkur who protested Pentagon drone attacks. Those killer drones leave from the same small airport in Syracuse, N.Y., U.S., as the plane that will take me to Minneapolis, MN.Bring all the troops home! Disband private corporate armies! Free Pfc. B. Manning! Hands off Assange & Wikileaks!JOBS, HOMES, FOOD, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION! NOT PRISONS & PENTAGON WARS!JAIL the real criminals: the 1%!Supporters are urged to write McDonald to let her know she is not forgotten and that the struggle for her release continues. Please address correspondence to: Chrishaun McDonald, OID #238072, Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud, 2305 Minnesota Blvd. S.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304. Visit supportcece.wordpress.com for more information on the struggle to free CeCe McDonald.ERRATA: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office — which had brought the earlier felony charges and then dropped them — had recharged Feinberg.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Hundreds of activists marched and rallied outside Chicago City Hall on June 15 to demand the mayor and city council amend Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance — which makes it a sanctuary city — to eliminate “carve-outs” allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to continue its abusive and devastating raids and deportations of immigrants and migrants. Speakers from organizations representing Latinx, Asian, Arab and African-American communities described the terror felt by the victims and their families of these raids and urged continuing street actions until the current ordinance is strengthened and ICE is banned from Chicago.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
A hearing for a proposed class action lawsuit was conducted in San Francisco Oct. 26 on behalf of 8,300 women who had worked for Google in California since September 2013 in such jobs as product management, software engineering and technical writing. The case follows a major inquiry by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2017, which reported that its audit of Google revealed “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” The inquiry came after Google, a federal contractor subject to equal opportunity laws, refused to hand over employment records to the DoL. Google was subsequently ordered to disclose salary documents to DoL, which found that Google was paying women less than men doing similar work, while denying promotions and career opportunities to qualified women.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago To BFCP or Not To BFCP: That Is the Question The name change for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been put on hold for now by Kathy Kraninger, the agency’s new director, reversing a decision of her predecessor, Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney, of renaming the bureau to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP).According to the Washington Examiner, in a memo to agency staff, Kraninger said, “As of December 17, 2018, I have officially halted ongoing efforts to make changes to existing products and materials related to the name correction initiative.”“The name ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’ and the existing CFPB logo will continue to be used for all other materials,” Kraninger said in her memo. “In other words, we have a legal name but will be using our colloquial name and the branded acronym ‘CFPB.’”However, she noted that the Bureau’s official seal and the BCFP name would continue to be used in all of the agency’s legal filings, required reports, and items specific to her office.Kraninger’s memo comes a day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an investigation into the attempted name change. “Changing the agency’s name and acronym would make it harder for consumers to find the agency’s website, file complaints, and seek help,” Warren said in a letter to the Fed and the CFPB requesting the inquiry.The bureau’s changed name had been at the center of much speculation over the past few weeks. Just before Kraninger’s confirmation, an article in the Hill had cited an internal analysis that found that a name change would have cost the agency approximately $19 million and financial firms approximately $300 million in expenses for changing the agency’s name from CFPB to BCFP on their databases and documents.In April this year, Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney had announced plans to alter the bureau’s name to the one that was used when the agency was originally created under the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. “I’m trying to get in the habit of now saying the ‘BCFP,’” Mulvaney had said at an industry event at that time. “The CFPB doesn’t exist,” he added. “The CFPB has never existed.” Previous: The Burden of Mortgage Next: Why Prepayment Activities Have Declined The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / To BFCP or Not To BFCP: That Is the Question The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post December 19, 2018 1,901 Views About Author: Radhika Ojha Related Articles Tagged with: BCFP CFPB Elizabeth Warren Kathy Kraninger Mick Mulvaney Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago BCFP CFPB Elizabeth Warren Kathy Kraninger Mick Mulvaney 2018-12-19 Radhika Ojha Subscribe
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Share Save Fannie Mae Examines Economic and Housing Trends Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Affordable Housing Economy Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Homes HOUSING Inventory loans mortgage Rate Cuts Refinance Previous: Gen Z Home Loans Catching Up Next: Mortgage’s Share of Household Debt More rate cuts are on the horizon. At least that’s what Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group has projected in its latest report on economic and housing trends.The report projected two more rate cuts by the Fed—one in September and one in December. It also indicated that a stronger than expected first half had pushed the GDP growth forecast for 2019 to 2.2%, despite “escalating trade conflict and the associated risks of financial market volatility, labor market weakness, and loss of consumer resiliency.”Despite the strong signs of consumer demand, the report revealed that “residential fixed investment dragged for the sixth consecutive quarter.” Business investment also “turned negative in the face of increasing trade and geopolitical uncertainty.”“Though the current expansion recently became the longest on record, reverberating trade tensions and general economic uncertainty continue to weigh on growth,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “The persistent trade tensions between the U.S. and China threaten to further reduce business investment, disrupt equity markets, degrade household wealth, and diminish consumer spending, the country’s primary economic engine of late.”While the demand for housing remains strong, The ESR Group found that limited inventory, especially for affordable housing, continued to remain a challenge for homebuyers. This, despite Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index suggesting strong homebuyer interest after recording a new survey high in July.The report also suggested an uptick in refinance activity as mortgage rates nearing new lows. The report indicated that the share of refinancing activity had risen from 29% in 2018 to 35% in 2019.“Mortgage rates are approaching the lowest level in recent decades, and as they have moved lower more and more homeowners are finding incentive to refinance,” Duncan said. “We estimate that 35% of outstanding mortgages are now ‘in the money,’ meaning borrowers may realize significant cost savings by refinancing; as such, we expect the share of refinance originations to grow through the remainder of the year.”However, he added that these benefits were mostly being enjoyed by existing homeowners. “Many would-be homeowners, and the purchase mortgage market generally, remain unable to capitalize on the favorable rate environment due to the chronically limited supply of homes available for sale,” Duncan said. August 15, 2019 1,650 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Examines Economic and Housing Trends Affordable Housing Economy Fannie Mae Federal Reserve Homes HOUSING Inventory loans mortgage Rate Cuts Refinance 2019-08-15 Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Police investigate approach of 9 year old girl in Derry Pinterest By News Highland – November 26, 2015 Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Facebook Police are making enquiries in the Creggan area of Derry today (Thursday) following reports of an approach to a young girl.At around 4.15pm on Wednesday, a nine-year-old girl was in the area of the Creggan library when a white van stopped near her.One of three men in the van asked her to get in, but she refused and ran home.Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said police were trying to establish the circumstances of the incident and are appealing for information.“The young girl did exactly the right thing in running home and alerting her parents.Police can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLetterkenny Institute of Technology lecturers protest over funding and educational concernsNext articleBarr family say Strabane bridge name controversy should not have financial cost for the town News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Back to overview,Home naval-today USFF Shares His Vision USFF Shares His Vision View post tag: Navy Authorities October 10, 2012 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) held a second all-hands call with his staff Oct. 9 to discuss the command’s mission, his vision, and the guiding principles that provide focus and direction.As Adm. Bill Gortney described, the USFF mission has not changed with his arrival. USFF will continue to man, train, certify, and provide combat-ready Navy forces to combatant commanders around the globe. Those forces must be ready to conduct prompt, sustained, joint, and combined operations in support of U.S. national interests.However, with always challenging operating environments: decreasing resources, increasing operational demands, evolving capabilities, and emerging threats, Gortney said USFF must develop an integrated approach to executing the command’s mission. “We can no longer afford to limit ourselves to working with the resources and staffs traditionally aligned under USFF control. We must broaden our scope to ensure our policies, resources, and products are what we need to execute the Chief of Naval Operation’s Sailing Directions and the Fleet Response Training Plan.”As a first step in the process, Gortney, who took command in mid-September, categorized the Fleet Force’s mission into five “lines of operation:” joint and fleet operations; warfighting and readiness; global force management; Sailors, civilians and families; and safety.He realigned USFF staff structure and established an enhanced battle rhythm that allows unprecedented collaboration between the USFF staff, the type commanders, system commanders, the fleets and the Navy staff in support of the lines of operation.To successfully manage these supported and supporting relationships requires more than just communication and coordination, explained Gortney. It requires the full integration of schedules, priorities, and staffs to achieve a common end. The USFF is now composed of two elements – a maritime headquarters and a maritime operations center – operating on a single, integrated battle rhythm. “Our common end is the mission of providing ready and capable naval forces,” said Gortney. “We must deploy the best-trained, most capable Sailors with the best equipment. We can only accomplish this through an integrated process that we call ‘The Readiness Kill Chain (RKC).”The RKC is all about ‘ends, ways, and means.’ The means include personnel, equipment, supplies, training, ordnance, installations and networks. Understanding how the means will be used must take into consideration training, procurement and acquisition. These are the ‘ways.’ When the Navy’s ways and means are properly organized and synchronized across the entire Navy, the ends can be achieved more efficiently and effectively. “Using this integrated approach we can standardize readiness processes, drive costs down, increase readiness effectiveness, harness the power of properly trained and aligned staffs and synchronize actions and messages to produce successful results,” said Gortney.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 10, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USFF Shares View post tag: News by topic View post tag: His View post tag: Naval View post tag: VISION Share this article