Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Devices Processor technology from companies including ARM, AMD and Intel was found to have a security vulnerability with the potential to allow access to sensitive information stored on smartphones, computers and other connected devices.Researchers at Google’s Project Zero uncovered the issue – which all parties maintain is yet to be exploited by criminals – in June 2017. Impacted vendors have been working on a fix since and a series of security patches are already available for some devices, Google said.In a statement, Intel said the company was set to make the issue public next week, but was forced to make a statement due to “inaccurate media reports”.Reports surfaced yesterday (3 January) with wide coverage from media across the world. In an interview with CNBC, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said phones, PCs and other connected infrastructure such as cloud applications could be impacted.ARM – whose technology is used in 95 per cent of the smartphone processor market – said the majority of its products were not affected by any of the three main variants of the vulnerability identified by Google’s researchers.However, the company confirmed its Cortex-A8, A9, A15, A17, A57, A72, A73, A75, R7 and R8 are vulnerable to both the first and second variant. The third variant could impact ARM’s Cortex-A15, A57, A72 and A75 it warned.ARM added: “It is important to note that this method [of attack] is dependent on malware running locally which means it’s imperative for users to practice good security hygiene by keeping their software up-to-date and avoid suspicious links or downloads.”Google said Android users with its latest security update were already protected, as were users of to its Pixel and Nexus devices. It added none of its apps were vulnerable. Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 JAN 2018 Tags Previous ArticleIdea Cellular set for funding drive ahead of mergerNext ArticleSpotify quietly files for US IPO – report Related EC clears SK Hynix to acquire Intel memory assets Author ARMIntelsecurity US chip funding tipped to top $150B Home Google uncovers smartphone security vulnerability Apple faces 5G modem wait
Tags: Ireland now has eight riders in World Show Jumping’s top 100 IN the official Longines World Show Jumping Rankings published today (Tuesday), covering competitions during the month of October, Ireland has eight riders in the top 100, one more than in September’s list.Tipperary’s Denis Lynch remains highest-placed of the Irish at No. 23, one position higher than in the previous rankings.Co. Down’s Conor Swail is also up one place at 33rd, while another Tipperary rider, Shane Breen, has jumped five places on the table to reach 38th.Olympic Bronze Medallist Cian O’Connor has also risen three places in the rankings to take 49th.Cork’s Shane Sweetnam holds his 54th place, while Wexford’s 18 year-old Bertram Allen is in 69th. Mayo’s Cameron Hanley jumps up ten places in this month’s table to 74th, while US-based Kilkenny rider Richie Moloney has improved by 17 places to enter the world’s top 100 at No. 93.The Longines World Show Jumping rankings measure the performances of over 2,000 international riders each month, and the current leader for the third month in a row is Britain’s Ben Maher, with the USA’s Beezie Madden in second and Germany’s Marcus Ehning in third place. Home » Disciplines News » Ireland now has eight riders in World Show Jumping’s top 100 5 November 2013, 09:07
INDIANAPOLIS — Addressing one of the biggest questions of the offseason, head coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence Wednesday that the Ravens will work out a contract extension with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.The five-time Pro Bowl selection carries a $16 million salary cap figure in the final season of a five-year, $61 million contract, but Baltimore is desperately trying to clear cap space by working out an extension that would lower his cap figure by several million dollars and allow the 2006 first-round pick to finish his career with the Ravens. Some have expressed doubt over whether the organization should invest more money in a 31-year-old defensive tackle, but Harbaugh sees plenty of good football in Ngata’s future.“Haloti’s going to play great. He loves Baltimore. He loves the fans. He loves the organization,” the eighth-year head coach told WNST.net at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “He wants to be here. We want him here. It’s just a matter of [senior vice president of football administration] Pat Moriarty and [Ngata’s agent] Mike McCartney coming to terms on something that Haloti feels great about and the organization feels great about. I’m real confident we can get that done. I really believe it will get done. I don’t have any doubt in my mind it’ll get done, but it’s got to get done.”The Ravens are hoping to re-sign the likes of wide receiver Torrey Smith, running back Justin Forsett, and tight end Owen Daniels before they hit free agency next month, making a Ngata resolution a must to clear cap room. After drafting defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan in the last two years, the Ravens have built substantial depth around Ngata, but it’s clear they want to continue the relationship at a price that makes sense for both sides.The Ravens would save $8.5 million in cap space by cutting the veteran defensive lineman.Harbaugh acknowledged it can be difficult assessing the value of cornerstone players approaching the latter stages of their careers, but he applauded the organization’s ability over the years to project how veteran players will perform in the future. This has led to long-term contract extensions for linebackers Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis, who were both past the age of 30, in the Harbaugh era.Despite a four-game suspension for Adderall in December, Ngata had his best season in a few years, making 31 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions in 2014.“Any contract is for what you expect. It’s not for what somebody’s [already] done,” Harbaugh said. “You never pay backwards. You pay forward, so you’ve got to take that into consideration. I think we do a great job of understanding that a lot of what a guy’s done kind of helps predict that in terms of who they are. You’ve got to make a determination.”
Legislation (HR 195) passed and signed into law on January 22 temporarily ended the federal government shutdown. Also, among its other provisions, it delays collection of three taxes under the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148 ). Meanwhile, the IRS issued additional guidance on the new “transition tax” under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. And, a safe harbor for meeting the continuity-of-interest rule for certain reorganizations.White HousePresident Trump signed legislation (HR 195 ) on January 22 to delay the medical device excise tax, the health insurance provider fee and the excise tax on high-dollar health plans. All three taxes were delayed in a temporary funding bill.President Trump is expected to release his fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget on February 12. The president is likely to renew his call to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) taxes. Also, the FY 2019 budget may ask for more IRS funding to help the agency implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97 ) and tax incentives for infrastructure spending.IRSCorporate Reorganizations. The IRS issued a revenue procedure that provides safe harbor valuation methods for valuing certain stock of an issuing corporation received by a target corporation’s shareholders in a potential reorganization for purposes of determining if the continuity of interest (COI) is met (Rev. Proc. 2018-12)Transition Tax. The IRS provided additional guidance dealing with the “transition tax” on the untaxed foreign earnings of U.S. companies’ foreign subsidiaries. The transition tax was enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97 ) (IR-2018-9 , Notice 2018-13 .Social Welfare Organizations. The IRS issued a new application form for organizations applying for tax-exempt status under Code Sec. 501(c)(4) : Form 1024-A, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Rev. Proc. 2018-10).Insurance Companies. The IRS provided insurance companies with tables setting forth the unpaid loss discount factors and salvage discount factors for the 2017 accident year for use in tax year beginning on or before December 31, 2017 (Rev. Proc. 2018-13).Earned Income Credit. In marking Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Week, the IRS issued a series of news releases and tax tips reminding various taxpayers of the EITC. These groups included:Native Americans (IR-2018-12 );members of the military and veterans (IRS Tax Tip 2018-12);individuals with disabilities (IR-2018-11);rural taxpayers (IRS Tax Tip 2018-11);hurricane victims (IR-2018-10 ); andgrandparents (IRS Tax Tip 2018-10).By George Jones, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Virtually every aspect of India’s massive defeats Down Under has been dissected. In less than 48 hours, the Adelaide Test begins and there are no signs of VVS Laxman being ready to back off at this stage despite a string of failures.Back home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India maintains its usual silence. None of its office-bearers or selectors is having sleepless nights, though the same cannot be said about the discerning fan who still loves to wake up at odd hours to catch the live action.Sports View by S . Kannan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will sit out of the Adelaide Test as he has been penalised by the ICC for a slow-over rate. And it’s even more chilling to note that the man who is now going to lead – Virender Sehwag – is perhaps in the middle of a huge crisis vis-a-vis his own batting.Some of the statistics which were brought to my notice have been nothing short of a revelation. Of the 274 cricketers to have played Tests for India, Dhoni happened to be the 251st.He made his debut in 2005-06, so that means 23 players have played for India after him. The most surprising aspect is how in the last six years, out of these only three have been middleorder batsmen – S Badrinath, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund got brief stints as openers but the rest of those earning India caps were bowlers.Raina did not do too badly with a century on debut and six half tons, but in 15 Tests he averaged less than 30. Once the verdict was passed that Raina was suspect against the short- pitched stuff, he was out of the Test reckoning.advertisementAt a time when calls for the heads of Dravid and Laxman have reached a crescendo, it is clear the Indian board has just not worked on a succession plan. While the Indian cricket fan is passionate and can put his stars on a pedestal one day, the next day he can run them down mercilessly.Yet, AS far as the Board officials are concerned, it is not a matter of concern. To be sure, if one looks at the ODI side, from the time Greg Chappell was the coach of the Indian team, he had discussed a succession plan with the then chairman of the selection committee, Kiran More.However, as far as the Indian Test side is concerned, it is clear we kept persisting with the golden oldies and never thought of grooming batsmen, especially in the middle order. As it were, after Sourav Ganguly retired, the No. 6 slot has been shaky.We keep talking of how the Aussies have been unbeatable over the years, but if one goes back to the eighties when Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg Chappell retired, there was a crisis. However, Chappell came back as a selector and, with Bob Simpson, worked on building a team for the future.Similarly, in 2007, when Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Shane Warne retired, the Aussies faced a crisis. It worsened once Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden also called it a day. The Aussies lost the Ashes at home and took time to find their feet.So to say that the Aussies were always unbeatable is untrue. They also made mistakes and then learnt.Sadly in India, the fringe players are never given confidence. If it is captaincy, quite often we find that there has been no succession plan. If today it is Dhoni, tomorrow it could be Sehwag.But a closer look at the Indian Test team is quite scary. The ideal situation would have been to phase out Laxman and at the same time ensure there were a couple of batsmen who could fill in his boots.Obviously in the twilight of his career, we don’t expect Dravid to continue too for long and this will be his last tour to Australia. So can one imagine what goes through Mr Sachin Tendulkar’s head when he is going to be without his two senior colleagues.We keep talking of all the ills but nobody has worked on a succession plan. From the Indian board to the selectors and also the Indian captain and the coach, everyone should have put their heads together.Sadly, that has not been the case and planning has been done only on a series- to- series basis. There is already talk as to how in 2012 the biggest events ahead are the Indian Premier League and the ICC World T20 plus the Asia Cup.advertisementWe know that at home and on the lifeless wickets we can still win Tests, whatever be the opposition. It’s already too late that nothing has been done on grooming middle-order batsmen who can replace Laxman and Dravid.This is a bit like other sporting disciplines as well in India where we keep relying on the golden oldies. At 38-plus, Leander Paes happens to be a medal chance at the London Olympics and so does Mahesh Bhupathi, a year younger. In tennis, we know for sure the cupboard is bare.But in Indian cricket, there is no dearth of talent. The problem lies in the lack of planning and how those who at the helm have suffered from acute myopia. To borrow an ophthalmic term, a correction is needed. It’s just that we seem to have nobody with the [email protected]
Send Regular UpdatesAfter you’ve thanked your donors, send them regular updates detailing the ongoing impact of their gift. They’ll be pleased to know that their donation is being put to good use and might even be inspired to give again! If yearly holiday appeals are the only time you contact your donors, chances are good that they aren’t feeling needed or cherished. So stay in touch—very close touch. Here’s how:Send AppealsWhen you first make the ask, let your supporters know why you need them. You can ask your donors to help in any way that they can and let them know how their help will lead to the achievement of your mission.Send Thank You NotesMake sure your thank you letter is timely and lets donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit in the future. Consider sending a second thank you note that asks for feedback and shows your continued appreciation. Send NewslettersNewsletters are a great way to describe what your organization has been doing. You can report on the impact of all donor contributions and help maintain your supporters’ interest. Don’t forget to remind your fans how important they are to you.RepeatRepeating this cycle of communication won’t annoy your supporters-it will make them feel involved in what you’re doing. To learn more about staying in touch with your supporters, check out our webinar Nonprofit 911: Turn First-Time Donors Into Repeat Donors with Tom Ahern and Jay Love.
Donors feel they have no connection to your charity.For your appeals to be effective, you must answer the question of “Why me?” Your need alone is not enough. You are competing with many messages and many appeals. Think about why your cause is personally meaningful to your audience. Here’s how to do it:Understand why your donors give. Invite them to tell you their stories to gain insight on what motivates people to support your programs. In-person events, thank you phone calls, and online surveys are all easy ways to collect this information.Segment and target appropriately. Don’t use the “spray and pray” method of marketing to win support for your cause. Segment your audience and tailor your messages to speak to each group. (Learn how you can appeal to your audience’s sense of identity.) In a recent review of U.S. Trust’s Insights on Wealth and Worth report on wealthy donors, The New York Times shared three key reasons why donors don’t give. While the report focused on those who have at least $3 million in investable assets, it’s not hard to imagine that these reasons are similar for donors of all income levels. Here are three reasons donors may opt not to give to your organization this December, and some ways you can address their concerns:Donors are concerned their gift will not be used wisely.If a donor is unsure about how their gift will be used or if there is any question that their gift will be put to good use, they’re not going to respond to your fundraising appeal. It’s critical that you let donors know the impact their gift will have. Here’s how to do it:Be clear about how their gift will be used. Give would-be donors tangible examples of how their donations will be used to address the problem you’re trying to solve. Let them know how their dollars will make an impact and be clear about the expected result. (More ideas on how to show the impact of a donation.)Show your results. Highlight what results have already been made possible by other donors and continue to report on your organization’s work. If it’s not easy to find stories and photos that illustrate your progress, donors may assume you have none to share.Share your ratings. Include your ratings and endorsements in your fundraising appeals, on your website, and in printed materials. These ratings reassure donors and let them know that you’re a reputable organization.Make your information readily available. Make your ratings, annual reports, program information and other financial reports easily accessible from your website. Don’t make potential donors have to hunt for the information that will help them make a decision about your cause. Be sure to also update your information on 3rd-party sites, like Charity Navigator and Guidestar, where many donors will go to research your charity. Donors don’t want to be on a “solicitation list.”I’ve heard many donors of all giving levels echo this sentiment, which means we’re not doing our jobs as fundraisers and marketers. It’s our responsibility to balance our fundraising asks with updates and other messages that give back to the donor. This ultimately goes back to the first two points: by being good stewards of donors who feel a connection to your cause, you’ll be creating a community of supporters who will welcome your updates, and even your next fundraising appeal. Here’s how to do it:Have a solid stewardship plan that focuses on building long-term relationships with your supporters. Go beyond a standard thank you letter to keep your donors up to date on the impact of their gift and make donors feel like part of your community. Pamela Grow has some great advice on how to create “wow” experiences for your donors that will make them look forward to hearing from you.Set clear expectations. Let donors know what to expect once they donate. Will they hear from you monthly? Should they expect to receive a newsletter in the mail? Be upfront about your communication frequency—and then make good on your promise.Put the control in the hands of the donor. Obviously, no one ever wants to have a donor opt out of their communications, but you must make it easy for them to do so if they come to that decision. By highlighting the fact that they can easily control their contact preferences, you’ll actually make donors feel more at ease about giving you their contact information. For more tips on connecting with donors this holiday season, don’t miss out on our next free webinar. I’ll be leading a session on how to create an effective appeal for the last few weeks of the year. I’ll share some great examples and take your questions. Here are the details:Free Webinar: Create Amazing Last-Minute Fundraising AppealsTuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1pm ESTRegister Now(Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway and we’ll send the recording of the presentation straight to your inbox!)
Want to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year?One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Here’s why: people are more likely to give when asked by a friend or family member, and thanks to the multiplier effect, these supporter-fundraisers will increase their lifetime value to your organization by giving and bringing new donations to your cause.So, how do you do it? How do you inspire donors to create personalized fundraising campaigns and raise money on your behalf? Here are 11 tips for turning donors into fundraisers.Make it easy.First and foremost, you must make setting up a peer fundraising page and asking friends to donate dead simple to do. The same rules apply for getting donors to give as they do for getting supporters to ask their networks to give to your cause. The easier it is to do, the more likely they will be to do it. Focus on removing any roadblocks for your supporters-turned-fundraisers.Offer portable outreach. Arm your supporters with pre-written emails and social media posts. Provide grab-and-go templates so your advocates can focus on reaching out to their friends.Be clear. Make sure you are clear on what you’re asking your supporters to do when you recruit them to be fundraisers. Make your instructions short and simple. If there are too many steps or complex requests, they’ll get confused and give up. Simplify their part of the process as much as possible, and if you can do some of the steps for them, even better.Be realistic. You want your goals to be exciting and motivating, but requests don’t feel do-able will just turn potential fundraisers off. Make your ask feel possible so your supporters can see they can succeed and make an impact for your work. If possible, share other fundraisers’ good results to illustrate that a successful campaign is achievable.Have the right tools. Having the right software in place makes these types of social fundraising campaigns a lot easier for you, and your fundraisers. Focus on tools that empower supporters, offer built-in sharing options, and make your fundraisers look good. Schedule a personalized tour of Network for Good’s peer-to-peer fundraising software and learn how you can easily create campaigns that will extend your reach and attract new donors.Make it relevant.Giving back is often very personal, for both donors and fundraisers alike. Reinforce this important tie to your work by making the idea of fundraising for your organization tailored to your supporters.Think about their connection with your cause. Some donors have an affinity for certain projects or programs, or they have a story that shares a unique perspective. When asking supporters to join as fundraisers, make sure you connect these preferences to the campaign you’d like them to help spread. If a donor has always supported your senior meal delivery program, tap them to start a fundraiser to help fund a new van to distribute even more meals.Personalize your request. Use the details you have in your donor database to personalize your invitation to participate. Yes, start with getting their name correct on the emails, but also include relevant details about their history with your organization and how this makes them the perfect fit for your fundraising team. A request that seems generic or worse, disconnected, won’t inspire donors to get involved.Make it about the impact.Everyone wants to know they’re making a difference, and your fundraisers are no exception. Get your advocates on board by illustrating the impact that their efforts will have.Show the big picture. Give prospective fundraisers a clear view of how their efforts will add to your bigger goal. What is the vision that your campaign will make a reality? Paint a picture of how your supporter-fundraisers will make a difference and include this in your recruitment communications.But also get specific. Now that you’ve set the vision, break down what each campaign, donor, and donation can do. This will help fundraisers and donors alike understand how they can achieve the goals you’ve set, one step at a time. Will $20 help feed a family for a day? Does a $2,000 fundraiser goal equal a new refrigerator for your food pantry? Let supporters know exactly how their gifts will be used so they can visualize their specific impact.Make it fun.Social fundraising campaigns can create a deeper connection with your supporters … and they’re fun! Don’t forget to use this fact when you recruit and motivate fundraisers for your projects.Leave room for personalization and creativity. Give your fundraisers ownership over their campaigns and allow them to customize their communications and fundraising pages with their photos, stories, and video. Not only does this make their efforts feel more personal, these individual touches will make donors more likely to give as it evokes their recognition and relationship with the fundraiser.Offer motivation. Keep your supporters going with updates on how the campaign is going and how their contributions are adding up. Check in with encouraging words and tips for making their outreach more effective. Don’t forget: a little competition among your fundraisers is healthy and can drive extra participation. Consider offering an incentive for the best campaigns or when fundraisers meet certain milestones.Create goals and deadlines. While you want your goals to be realistic (see above), you do want to set some targets and track milestones to help motivate your fundraisers and drive a sense of urgency. This helps your supporters stay engaged and can spur them on to encourage more donations.Network for Good’s peer fundraising software will help you do all of these things and more. You can create beautiful campaigns that inspire donors to fundraise on your behalf and motivate their networks to give to your organization.
Look at Cumulative DonationsPrioritize donors by cumulative amounts rather than one-time gifts. If you define a major donor as someone who has given $1,000, for example, your list will include donors who are giving a total of $1,000 over time, not just a single donation at that amount. This is where you clearly see how cultivating recurring gifts makes a nice impact on your fundraising efforts. Examine Behavioral DataWe have access to a lot of behavioral data from our donors. Donations tell part of the story, but your most loyal supporters might not be giving a lot or at all—yet! Take a look at your email data, social channel insights, and real-world interactions.Who’s reading your newsletter? What links are they clicking?Who’s watching your videos?Which donors like your Facebook page or consistently share your posts and tweets?Who attends your events or volunteers? Do they bring friends?Many actions can indicate a person’s appetite to engage more deeply with your organization. Mine that donor data regularly, because all those engagements reveal the people who love you the most and will be the most responsive to your fundraising needs.For more great tips on building long-term donor relationships, download the archived webinar presentation Turn Year-End Donors into Year-Round Supporters.Need a smarter donor management system? Say goodbye to wrangling spreadsheets and say hello to easy, modern donor management software that dramatically reduces data challenges. Get a demo of Network for Good’s donor management system today! Donor Management Dashboard Activity HighlightsReturn to article. Long DescriptionAnalyze Past GivingDive into your donor database software and start looking at your donors’ giving patterns. This step alone will give you some great leads to begin your cultivation efforts.Who has given the most? This includes cumulative donations as well as big individual gifts.Who is the most loyal? Look for years of annual donations or recurring gifts.Who upgraded, such as a making a larger annual gift or switching to monthly donations?Who downgraded their gift? You might target this group with a survey to find out why. Boosting donors to the next level of giving is key to sustainable fundraising. But where to begin? Who are your best prospects? We learned a few simple ways to prioritize your donor portfolio from Rachel Muir in our webinar Turn Year-End Donors into Year-Round Supporters. Here’s how to mine your data to target your ask more effectively. (Not sure you have the right tools to manage your donor data? Check out our donor database software.)
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 7, 2014November 7, 2016By: Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)USAID sent out a press release yesterday announcing the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and the Population Council. We, at the Maternal Health Task Force, look forward to working with EngenderHealth to reduce the incidence of fistula around the world.Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. Obstetric fistula, a hole that develops between the birth canal and one or more of a woman’s internal organs, is caused by obstructed labor without access to timely and skilled medical care, such as cesarean section. Delaying the age of first pregnancy and increasing access to contraception are also critical to the prevention of fistula. Fistula results in chronic, uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces, a devastating lifelong disability that affects a significant number of girls and women in Africa and Asia. New cases, all preventable, are continuing to occur. Often women who have fistula from obstructed labor also bear the sorrow of the loss of the baby.To read the entire press release, please click here.Share this: