Non-profits use open source software

first_img Open source software is low-cost and often runs well on slightly older computer hardware. No wonder non-profit organisations are taking an interest in it.Writing in Newsforge, the online newspaper on Linux and open source software, Grant Gross says that open source software and non-profits are a match made in heaven. One intranet software company told him “There’s probably more interest [in open source software] from non-profits than any other vertical we target.”The reasons for this interest include better products from Linux vendors, the use of Linux by more for-profit companies, and of course licensing changes at Microsoft and the cost of buying and running commercial software. Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 September 2002 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Non-profits use open source software Open Source tools for Web design and hosting are particularly popular with non-profits. Software in use includes Linux servers, Apache, PHP and MySQL.Read Open Source and non-profits: A match made in heaven by Grant Gross at Newsforge.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Law firm to run workshops on new Scottish charity regime

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. Law firm to run workshops on new Scottish charity regime MacRoberts, the Scottish firm of solicitors, is to offer workshops to bring charity trustees and directors up to date with the new regime since the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) assumed responsibility for the registration and regulation of Scottish charities a year ago.The OSCR is the independent registrar and regulator for 21,000 Scottish charities. Since it took over, charity trustees and directors have faced a daunting array of new legislation, regulation, reporting requirements and official ./guidance, according to MacRoberts. For example, from 1 April this year, the Charities References in Documents (Scotland) Regulations 2007 specified how charities must refer to themselves in printed material. The workshops will cover issues, including: Advertisement  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis * meeting the Charity Test and the Rolling Review * the new duties of trustees and OSCR’s ./guidance * trustee remuneration and trustee indemnity insurance * the interaction between HMRC and OSCR tax efficient charitable giving * the implications of the Companies Act 2006 The workshops will be held at:15 May 2007Excel House, 30 Semple Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BL09.30-12.3017 May152 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4TB 09.30-12.30These workshops are free of charge, but places will be limited. Howard Lake | 27 April 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Press freedom recommendations for President Mubarak’s fifth term

first_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information News February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom recommendations for President Mubarak’s fifth term Follow the news on Egypt RSF_en to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more In an appeal to President Hosni Mubarak after his presumably successful re-election bid yesterday, Reporters Without Borders today said reforms were essential and urgent in order to give Egypt more press freedom, and it voiced particular concern about the authoritarian and undemocratic measures against journalists of the past few months.“Free expression will not be guaranteed in Egypt as long as journalists continue to be systematically imprisoned,” the organisation said. “This is why the press law must be amended, as you yourself promised in February 2004, in order to decriminalise press offences and assure freedom of expression without discriminating against language, religion or political opinion.”Instead, Reporters Without Borders said it had seen a harsher attitude and behaviour towards the press in Egypt since the start of 2005.“We were shocked to see members of the security forces attacking journalists covering the demonstration held on 25 May by the Kefaya (Enough) opposition movement,” the organisation continued. “There were other intimidation attempts in May and several women journalists were attacked and sexually molested by members of the ruling National Democratic Party. None of these incidents was investigated.”Meanwhile, the authorities have closed down more newspapers than ever, and self-censorship is practiced in all the tolerated newspapers, whether governmental, opposition or independent.“We reiterate our appeal to President Mubarak to undertake the political reforms worthy of a democracy and to comply with the Arab Charter on Human Rights during his fifth term,” Reporters Without Borders concluded. In an appeal to President Hosni Mubarak after his presumably successful re-election bid yesterday, Reporters Without Borders today said reforms were essential and urgent in order to give Egypt more press freedom, and it voiced particular concern about the authoritarian and undemocratic measures against journalists of the past few months. News January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutionlast_img read more

Bottom-line bonus is the order of the day

first_imgBottom-line bonus is the order of the dayOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article When it comes to selling in flexibility to the board, warm soft benefits donot figure – directors want bottom-line bonus. In order to establish whetherflexible working is right for your business we have created a simple model thatreflects the traditional profit and loss account. The difference is in theaddition of “cost savings” as a third category.Revenue Let’s take revenue first, for which there are four main indicators:increased productivity from your existing resource, increased output from theadditional resource, positive corporate PR and the revenue which will accruefrom meeting the demands of 24-hour culture. The measurement for increasedproductivity from existing staff should be measured pre and post flexiblepolicy, or with control groups in a pilot study. This measurement can comprisefive or 10 indicators for each individual’s performance, which can then bemeasured against their dealings with colleagues, customers, suppliers andmanagement. Certain assumptions can then be made looking at low (5 per cent),medium (10 per cent) and high (25 per cent) increases in revenue per employeeas a target.The increased output from a new resource – such as that achieved by jobsharing – needs to be measured against a suitably adjusted scale. For example,a typical job share will yield the company a six, rather than five-day week,therefore if the target revenue per employee is £10,000 a month you will needto adjust it to £12,000 per month for each job share. With positive PR, you will need to borrow the methods of the communicationsindustry and estimate the number of opportunities to see that any publicitygenerates, and therefore the conversion to likely revenue. And, for 24-hourservice (if this is relevant to your organisation), opportunities for sales atvarious times should be researched and tested.OverheadThere will, of course, be overheads – in other words your budget allocation– but some will be one-off expenses such as creating a current audit status,what are you doing now, what the business needs are , what staff want, settingup a new system, training it in and internal communication. There may also beextra head count with attendant tax and National Insurance, and possibly extrastaff benefits including car, pensions and childcare allowance. The final itemin the overhead column should be operational logistics, the investment inremote access technology. When calculating the overhead remember that the Chancellor’s latest budgetgives business incentives to invest in research and development, so whether yougo it alone or bring in consultancy support, grants may be available.Cost savingWhen it comes to cost saving, there is more good news. Reduction in costs ofrecruitment and training through better staff retention, cost-effective officespace (will you need such big premises in the future, can you locate in a lessexpensive area, will your staff be able to hot desk?) and tax relief forimplementing a flexible policy.What all these P&L measurements should show is a realistic picture ofhow flexibility can drive your business through bottom line contribution.EasyJet can certainly show that it has driven its business: by creating abusiness environment which reflects its business strategy, it experienced a 60per cent increase in revenue and a 30 per cent reduction in costs – atraditional model would give it an increased bottom line of 200 per cent. By Carol Savage, Managing director, The Resource Connection Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hour

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The number of hours fathers are working in an average week is on the rise,research by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) reveals. The survey finds that during 2001 a father’s average working week was 47.3hours, an increase of nearly 5 per cent on 1998 when fathers worked an averageof 45.1 hours a week. Sixty-six per cent of fathers were working more than 41 hours per week in2001, compared with 62 per cent three years earlier. The proportion of fathersworking overtime, paid or unpaid, also increased by 2 per cent from 51 per centto 53 per cent. Commenting on the figures, released on Father’s Day (16 June), EOCchairwoman Julie Mellor urged employers to put more emphasis on work-lifebalance policies to give dads a chance to spend more time with their children. “Father’s Day is an opportunity for families to celebratefatherhood,” she said. “But dads are dads all year long, not just onone special day. These figures suggest that many children are seeing less oftheir dad than they used to. This is really bad news for families. “Despite growing awareness of the importance of achieving a balancebetween work and family, men are still missing out on the opportunity to beinvolved in caring for their children, and children are missing out on havingtheir dad around. The challenge for employers is to enable dads to break out ofthe straitjacket of long and inflexible working hours.” Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hourOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Latitudinal extent of the January 2005 solar proton event in the Northern Hemisphere from satellite observations of hydroxyl

first_imgWe utilise hydroxyl observations from the MLS/Aura satellite instrument to study the latitudinal extent of particle forcing in the northern polar region during the January 2005 solar proton event. MLS is the first satellite instrument to observe HOx changes during such an event. We also predict the hydroxyl changes with respect to the magnetic latitude by the Sodankyla Ion and Neutral Chemistry model, estimating the variable magnetic cutoff energies for protons using a parameterisation based on magnetosphere modelling and the planetary magnetic index K-p. In the middle and lower mesosphere, HOx species are good indicators of the changes in the atmosphere during solar proton events, because they respond rapidly to both increases and decreases in proton forcing. Also, atmospheric transport has a negligible effect on HOx because of its short chemical lifetime. The observations indicate the boundary of the proton forcing and a transition region, from none to the ‘full’ effect, which ranges from about 57 to 64 degrees of magnetic latitude. When saturating the rigidity cutoff K-p at 6 in the model, as suggested by earlier studies using observations of cosmic radio noise absorption, the equatorward boundary of the transition region is offset by approximate to 2 degrees polewards compared with the data, thus the latitudinal extent of the proton forcing in the atmosphere is underestimated. However, the model predictions are in reasonable agreement with the MLS measurements when the K-p index is allowed to vary within its nominal range, i.e., from 1 to 9 in the cutoff calculation.last_img read more

LeBron James day-to-day with groin strain

first_img Written by December 26, 2018 /Sports News – National LeBron James day-to-day with groin strain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James suffered a strained left groin during his team’s Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.The team announced on Thursday that James underwent an MRI to confirm the injury. He is expected to be listed as “day-to-day.”On Twitter, James posted that he had “dodged a bullet” and used the hashtag #BackInNoTime.James left the game in the third quarter after he said he “overextended” his groin while Warriors star Draymond Green poked the ball away from him. James said he “overextended” it further running to the defensive side of the court. He later told team medical staff that he “felt a pop.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Good news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for money

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Good news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for money previous nextAgencies & PeopleGood news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for moneyGetAgent research says 84% of vendors support traditional agents and that majority now believe fees are good value for money.Sheila Manchester3rd June 201901,511 Views It’s official! Traditional estate agents in the UK do provide good value for money despite the current slower market conditions, according to new research.84% of home sellers surveyed by estate agents’ comparison site GetAgent said that they used a traditional estate agent with 69% feeling the fee they paid represented good value for money. When asked to rate the service level provided while selling out of 10, the average score by those surveyed was a seven.However, wider market conditions are impacting home seller sentiment when it comes to price achieved and the time to sell, the poll results suggest. Just 40% of sellers achieved the sold price they wanted for their property, with 30% almost achieving the right price while a further 30% felt the price achieved didn’t meet expectations.63% of home sellers also felt that the transaction took too long, with 35% feeling it took the right amount of time and just 2% selling quicker than expected.When asked if they were likely to move again, 36% stated they were not planning another move, while 26% don’t plan to move for 10 years or more and 14% aren’t intending to repeat the process for five to 10 years.“While a low fixed fee may have seemed like the future of home selling and many may have sold successfully via that model, a number of high-profile company collapses along with a consistent string of customer service failures has seen the market share of online agents fail to live up to expectation,’ he pointed out,’ says Colby Short, CEO GetAgent (pictured, left).“Previously, the commission fee charged by traditional estate agents was seen as too high. I think the consumer is now starting to realise that you get what you pay for. To pay a few thousand pounds in commission to achieve a higher sold price while securing a buyer in current market conditions is ultimately much better value for money than a few hundred up front and no sale achieved at the end of it,’ he explained.Read more about GetAgent.GetAgent Sebastien Powell Sheila Manchester Colby Short Thum-Bonnano estate agents June 3, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Press release: Zac Goldsmith announced as Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference champion

first_img The British public care deeply about this issue, and UK aid is working to eradicate the trade in illegal wildlife which fuels corruption and insecurity. This is a win for developing countries, a win for the UK and a win for our planet. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook But wildlife crime does not respect borders. We must share skills and expertise worldwide. That’s why the London conference will be crucial in tackling international issues that allow the vile and illegal trade in wildlife to continue. The illegal wildlife trade is not only taking countless species to the brink of extinction, it is a serious organised crime and fuels some of the world’s worst organisations. The UK has led global efforts to tackle it, but the problem continues to grow and now is the time for us to significantly step up our efforts. I am thrilled to have been asked to play a part in making that happen. The Illegal Wildlife Trade is a serious criminal industry, estimated to be worth between £7 billion and £17 billion a year.The UK government has committed £26 million to tackle the Illegal Wildlife Trade. This includes around £14 million through the joint DFID/Defra Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund. The fund has been allocated to 47 projects since 2015 and demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to tackling the wider illegal trade in wildlife. Projects that have received support encourage the development of sustainable livelihoods, strengthening law enforcement, ensuring effective legal frameworks and reducing demand for products made from illegal flora and fauna.Mr Goldsmith has campaigned for many years on issues related to animal welfare through the Ecologist Magazine, which he edited for a decade, and as an MP since 2010. He is a member of the Environment Audit Committee and during his political career animal welfare has been a strong focus for him.The Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference will be co-hosted by the FCO, Defra and DFID between 11 and 12 October.Further information International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: The London conference is a once in a generation opportunity to produce a seismic shift in global attitudes to better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. Media enquiries Zac Goldsmith MP said: Protecting endangered species and tackling the criminal activity that threatens them also delivers opportunities for people to be lifted out of poverty. Zac will bring tremendous energy and drive to this new role. Through his extensive knowledge and experience of working with international environmental groups I am sure he will help to make the conference a huge success. We are introducing one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales and showing global leadership through international funding for enforcement projects. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Zac has the extensive knowledge of, and passion for, environmental issues to make the London Illegal Wildlife Conference 2018 in October as ambitious and successful as possible. On Tuesday 3 July, the government announced that Zac Goldsmith MP will play a key role in the preparations for an international conference about the illegal wildlife trade.As Champion for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference being hosted in London in October, Mr Goldsmith will help bring together global leaders, the private sector and wildlife experts in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, building support and partnerships among external stakeholders before the conference.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Email [email protected]last_img read more

LED lights shine on “Word of Life” mural

first_imgLast Spring, the popular “Word of Life” mural on the south side of Hesburgh Library was updated with new energy-efficient LED lights, said Paul Kempf, director of Utilities at Notre Dame. new lighting is part of the $10 million Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) project, begun in 2008 to support conservation initiatives, Kempf said. “[The ECM project] has had two phases … The second phase has been very focused on lighting,” Kempf said. “We’ve basically gone through all of campus with an eye towards replacing incandescent light bulbs … and large-diameter fluorescent light bulbs. We’ve upgraded almost 80 buildings on campus with new lighting technology.” The mural, originally illuminated with outdated mercury vapor lighting, also visually benefits from the new lighting provided by LED technology, Kempf said. “The LEDs give better uniformity than [the mural] had before, as far as how it illuminates the whole mural, and you get a better color rendering,” Kempf said, “The LED lighting is more akin to natural lighting and you see truer colors.” Kempf said another ongoing sustainability project involves updating the “sight lights” that illuminate the sidewalks and roads on campus, which also benefit from LED technology. “The LED also has a great advantage — that it’s a light that you can shape and direct much more than you can the older sources … We’re lighting the ground instead of lighting the sky and there’s less glare … less light pollution,” Kempf said. Energy savings from the use of LED lights also benefits the University financially, Kempf said. “It has a cost benefit to the University,” he said. “It has allowed the University to take the savings we’ve generated and actually roll it right back into the program and let us keep doing more and more by reinvesting in [the ECM project]. And that’s a logical approach to conservation or sustainability, to do the things that have an economic payback first.” Heather Christophersen, director of Sustainability at Notre Dame, said she also supports these new energy-efficient transitions. “The new lights save energy, which causes us to produce less carbon, which is one of our major goals — to reduce the carbon footprint of campus,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said she would like to see other campus icons receive sustainable lighting updates in the near future. “It would be really cool to change the lighting on the Dome to LED lights to make it, at night, have less of a green color and more true,” Christophersen said. The LED lights for the mural were a donation from Musco Lighting, with whom the University has had a long-time partnership in lighting campus locations, Christophersen said. Christophersen said she also hopes the new mural lighting will have an impact that reaches farther than the boundaries of campus. “I think changing to these more efficient types of lights on such a visible campus landmark that so many people know about and look at, it will help hopefully remind people how they can save energy in their own lives,” Christophersen said.last_img read more