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Successful Fundraising (Series on Higher Education)

first_img Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News Successful Fundraising (Series on Higher Education) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  11 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Shay Given set to join Middlesbrough on an ’emergency loan’

first_img Aston Villa have confirmed that former Irish International Shay Given is set to join Middlesbrough on an emergency loan subject to Premier League clearance.The Lifford man will join up with the Championship squad until the 29th of December and will be eligible for Boro’s home game against Bolton on Saturday.The 37-year-old has found his been out of favour under Paul Lambe since joining Villa from Manchester City.Given has mostly been called upon to stand in for Brad Guzan in Cup ties for Villa in recent times. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp NewsSport Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th O’Kane and McCarter take up coaching rules Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Shay Given set to join Middlesbrough on an ’emergency loan’ Donegal to get 50 tickets for Armagh but not for spectators Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 28, 2013 Facebook Previous articleCouncillor claims surge in computer and Revenue scamsNext articleDonegal campaigners welcome progress on enforcing Drug Driving laws News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegallast_img read more

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Teamwork pays dividends for St. Bernard’s girls

first_imgThe top two teams in the Division-5 playoffs will renew their rivalry at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco this evening, with the little matter of a North Coast Section championship up for grabs.No. 2 seed St.Bernard’s will play No. 1 Urban in the title game for the second straight season, although this time around the Crusaders will have to make the trip to the Blues’ backyard.And if last year’s showdown is anything to go by, today’s game will be a close and hard-fought affair between two …last_img

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Evolution in Person

first_imgFor a blind watchmaker, Evolution is quite the seer.  Science articles often personify Evolution into a wizard and worker of miracles.  This is odd, considering that evolution is supposed to be an aimless, purposeless process of chance and necessity with no goals in mind.Evolution, the Learner:  Evolution learns from past environments, we are told by Science Daily.  Scientists at the Weizmann Institute believe that evolution learns its lessons so well it can parry them into inventions by digging into its bag of mistakes.  The article states nonchalantly, “evolution can learn the rules of the environment and develop organisms that can readily generate novel useful traits with only a few mutations.”    The scientists admitted, however, that “The ability to generate novelty is one of the main mysteries in evolutionary theory.”  They came up with an idea of “facilitated variation” that supposedly brings useful inventions out of random changes.  At this point, though, their metaphor switched from evolution being the learner to the organism being the learner.  “They proposed that organisms can learn how previous environments changed, and then use this information for their evolutionary advantage in the future,” they said.  “For example, if the available seeds tended to vary in size and hardness along history, then bird species might have learned to develop beaks with an easily tunable size and strength.”  It got a little confusing: who’s doing the learning and inventing by chance?    Computer software came to the rescue.  The scientists sprinkled “computational organisms” into an environment that changed randomly and one that changed systematically.  “The organisms evolved under varying environments stored information about their history in their genome and developed a special modular design.”  It was still not clear who earned the prize for the inventions: Evolution or the organism.  They felt confident, though, that their work will “bring us another step forward towards understanding how the ability to generate useful novelties evolve [sic].”Evolution, the aged sage:  Evolution’s got wrinkles.  This can only mean that it has grown wiser with experience through its many years of inventing.  “Evolution’s new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective,” began an article on PhysOrg.  This article, though, spread the personification around even more.  Evolution, the organism, proteins, species and nature all were described in personal terms.  Princeton biologists elaborated on a suggestion by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1858 that species can put a “governor” on their own engine of evolution that can “steer the process of evolution toward improved fitness.”  Their joy at this insight knew no bounds: “The data just jumps off the page and implies we all have this wonderful piece of machinery inside that’s responding optimally to evolutionary pressure.”    Part of their support for this idea came from a realization that must be disturbing to traditional Darwinists: “Standard evolutionary theory offered no clues” about the “underlying cause for this self-correcting behavior in the observed protein chains.”  Personifying proteins helped overcome this difficulty: “proteins had developed a self-regulating mechanism, analogous to a car’s cruise control or a home’s thermostat, allowing them to fine-tune and control their subsequent evolution,” they said.  Developing a control mechanism might seem the opposite of chance, but the purposeful language is justified, they felt, appealing to Wallace contra Darwin for authority: “Unlike Darwin, Wallace conjectured that species themselves may develop the capacity to respond optimally to evolutionary stresses,” the press release states.  Some might be surprised that after 149 years of detailed evolutionary research, “Until this work, evidence for the conjecture was lacking.”    Are they overthrowing Darwin, then?  Certainly not: “Such principles are fully consistent with the principles of natural selection,” they said.  “Biological change is always driven by random mutation and selection, but” – and here is where personification enters the picture again – “at certain pivotal junctures in evolutionary history, such random processes can create structures capable of steering subsequent evolution toward greater sophistication and complexity.”These two articles have a couple of things in common that are illustrated in the following quote from the second article:“The discovery answers an age-old question that has puzzled biologists since the time of Darwin: How can organisms be so exquisitely complex, if evolution is completely random, operating like a ‘blind watchmaker’?” said [Raj] Chakrabarti, an associate research scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton.  “Our new theory extends Darwin’s model, demonstrating how organisms can subtly direct aspects of their own evolution to create order out of randomness.”One commonality in the two articles was the attempt to insert direction into evolutionary theory, so that it does not wander about aimlessly, but is able to make progress toward “greater sophistication and complexity.”  The other was to admit that standard evolutionary theory has been inadequate to explain the origin of novelty.The second article contains this incredible piece of absolute balderdash:The scientists do not know how the cellular machinery guiding this process may have originated, but they emphatically said it does not buttress the case for intelligent design, a controversial notion that posits the existence of a creator responsible for complexity in nature.Darwinist arrogance knows no limits.  They not only define ID wrong, setting up a straw man to knock down, they hide their ignorance behind emphatic bluster.    If you took the personification fallacy out of both these articles, the claims would collapse like a paper tower without scaffolding.  If you rapped the knuckles of these scientists every time they applied personal terms and ideas like steering, goal-directed behavior, learning and control to inanimate objects, they would have nubs instead of hands by now.    Natural selection has become a “Designer substitute.”  It may not be God anymore, but it retains many of His attributes.  No one can be a consistent materialist.  That is why Evolution is really a re-packaged form of pantheism – an “age-old” religion that should not receive preferred status in science or education.Exercise:  Re-write the two articles, but purge them of all personal and teleological language.  Can they stand on their own?  If they seem to, inspect the revised articles again.  Make sure you didn’t omit any subtle references to personality, purpose, or planning.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Can You Change Your Mind?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now A few days ago, a reader of this blog made an observation. After reading the blog for years, he noticed that from time to time I have written that I have changed my mind about something that I no longer believe to be true. This reader thought that this was noteworthy because he believes it is rare for people to change their beliefs, and that it is more noteworthy that I would write it here, where other people could see it.The truth of the matter is that if your beliefs aren’t changing, you aren’t growing.Consistency and InconsistencyConsistency is a critical attribute. It makes you trustworthy, reliable. If people know what they can expect from you, that predictability makes you someone who can be counted on. Having a core set of beliefs and values that are stable over time is also important.Inconsistency in word and deed can make you look flaky, flighty, and sketchy. It’s difficult to put your trust in people who can’t be counted on from one day to the next. You are unreliable, and that makes you a risk.But there is something worse than being inconsistent, and that is being consistent when it no longer serves you.Turn and Face the StrangeYou live in a time of constant, accelerating, disruptive change. Things that were once true, are no longer true, and some are just “no longer.” The beliefs that once served you are now dangerous beliefs to hold, and beliefs that would have at one time seemed reckless are now a safer bet. If you are unable—or unwilling—to change your mind, then you are not growing.The reason I leave the archives up on this blog is because it is a record of my growth since 2008. My writing is much better, and you need only go back and read anything from 2010 to see just how true this is. But more important still, my ideas have gotten better.As I have had new experiences and made new distinctions. I have changed what I believe to be good, and true, and beautiful. I have changed what I believe about what it takes to succeed in sales, and that belief continues to change over time. I have changed what I believe to be the right approach for prospecting. I have changed long held beliefs about money and success. I have changed my ideas about jobs and works, about the sales process, as well as a lot more personal beliefs.I keep a running list of all of the beliefs I have changed over time. It’s a way to see the trajectory and the changes over time. It’s an exercise worth your time.If you haven’t changed something you believed to be true and worth defending in the last couple of years, you are stagnating.last_img read more

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Congress suspends Suresh Kalmadi after CBI arrest

first_imgThe Congress party on Monday suspended Suresh Kalmadi hours after the controversial party MP was arrested by CBI in connection with irregularities in the Commonwealth Games projects.The axe fell on the 67-year old Lok Sabha member from Pune with the party’s Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) headed by senior leader AK Antony deciding his suspension.”The DAC of the party has suspended Suresh Kalmadi,” party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, indicating thereby that the leadership swung into pro-active mode to limit the damage after Kalmadi’s arrest.Kalmadi is the first Congress MP to face suspension since the UPA-II government came to power in May 2009. Rebel member Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was served a show-cause notice for anti-party activities after which the former Kadapa MP from Andhra Pradesh had himself resigned.CBI arrested the sacked CWG Organising Committee chairman for allegedly conspiring to award illegal contracts to a Swiss firm for Timing-Scoring-Result (TSR) system for the Games which caused a loss of Rs 95 crore to the exchequer.Kalmadi was removed as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) Secretary last year after corruption controversies hit the preparation for the Games being held by the Organising Committee (OC) headed by him. After the Games, the government sacked him as chief of the OC.Soon after his arrest on Monday, party spokesperson Manish Tewari clearly indicated that Kalmadi was in for more trouble saying, “Let there be no ambiguity…at an appropriate time, appropriate, demonstrable and visible action will be taken.”Meanwhile, the woes of Kalmadi only seemed to have grown following his arrest with pressure mounting on the Indian Olympic Association to elect a new president in his place.advertisementThe Sports Ministry wants the IOA to elect a new president as it feels that a person who has been arrested or chargesheeted should not head any organisation.”The person who is in jail or who has been charge-sheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore. As soon as official confirmation of his arrest comes, we are going to request the IOA to elect someone,” Sports Minister Ajay Maken said.– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Provinces territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial and territorial governments are asking the federal Liberals to loosen the strings tied to billions in upcoming infrastructure spending, including more relaxed spending requirements if it means too much of a hit to their budgets.The group is also asking Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to let provinces and territories move money between funding programs in case there are greater needs in one area, like transit, and leftover cash in another, such as cultural centres.The demands, delivered on the eve of a meeting between Sohi and his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa, add to the negotiations over how $33 billion in planned federal spending over the next 11 years will be used.The Liberals want to prevent provinces and territories from using federal dollars in place of their own. But the letter from Ontario’s infrastructure minister seems to push back at that idea, with Bob Chiarelli writing that federal funding “should not result in additional fiscal pressure on provinces, territories, and municipalities.”In an interview earlier in the day, Sohi said he was willing to talk with provinces and territories about how best to deliver the billions the government plans to spend.“This is a 10-year plan and having that kind of 10-year plan in place does give them more flexibility, does give them more time to plan and think about what kind of projects do they want to put forward,” Sohi said.Concerns about the wording of those funding agreements, and issues with spending the first tranche of the Liberals’ infrastructure cash, will make up the bulk of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.All those Phase 1 projects must be completed by March 2018, but Sohi said the government will grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. The provinces and territories want a blanket one-year extension, with additional time for small and remote communities given the “historic volume of projects” underway.“Project review and federal approval has taken more time than expected. As a result, many municipalities and First Nations are experiencing challenges meeting current federal timelines,” Chiarelli’s letter says.The slower-than-expected pace of work mirrors the pace of federal spending: The Liberals carried over $828 million in infrastructure money to this fiscal year.On Tuesday, the Finance Department said the deficit was about $5.2 billion smaller than the $23 billion projected in the first Liberal budget, largely a result of a $3.7-billion lag in spending that included infrastructure cash.Infrastructure spending historically falls short of federal budget projections because the government doesn’t dole out cash until after construction begins or ends on a project, meaning actual spending can happen months or years beyond federal spending projections.Sohi also plans to talk about how federal cash flows for new roads, subways and water systems during the face-to-face meeting. He argued lower-than-expected federal spending didn’t have a “negative impact on the construction timelines or the projects not being undertaken.”“The allocation of money is not a problem. The approval of projects is not a problem because we have done that and the vast majority of Phase 1 resources are allocated.”The problem appears partially to be a lack of urgency from federal departments holding the purse strings, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A March briefing note prepared for the deputy minister at Infrastructure Canada said agencies and departments didn’t see doling out the cash as a top priority, “and may consider this imperative among several other priorities.”The briefing note prepared for a meeting of senior officials from those eight agencies recommended that Sohi’s deputy minister prod his counterparts about the pace of spending, particularly with billions more about to become available through the second phase of the Liberal program.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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CEO out at cosmetics maker Coty

first_imgNEW YORK — The top executive at the New York cosmetics maker Coty is leaving less than a week after revealing that significant supply chain problems sapped revenue during the first quarter.The company said Monday that CEO Camillo Pane, who led the company for two years, resigned for family reasons.Pierre Laubies, who last ran JDE, a beverage company, takes over immediately. He will also have a seat on the board.Coty, whose brands include CoverGirl, Max Factor and Hugo Boss, named Peter Harf as chairman Monday. Bart Becht, who was chairman, will remain on the board.The company will also add two independent directors to its board.Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan wrote recently that Coty, in addition to near-term supply chain issues, will be wresting with underlying weakness in its consumer beauty unit for the next two to three years.Shares of Coty Inc. tumbled 22 per cent last week after reporting first-quarter earnings and they are down 57 per cent this year. Shares rose almost 6 per cent at the opening bell.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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