June 16, 2021

Fundraising research summary for April 2015

first_imgFundraising research summary for April 2015 DonorVoice Ask Less, Make More. Turning the “ask more, make more” adage on its head from DonorVoice Meanwhile, other researchThere are a few other research papers or resources that might prove useful to fundraisers.1. What is a Twitter favourite and how significant are they?Not everyone understands favouriting posts in Twitter, and those that do use the facility in a surprising variety of ways, according to More than Liking and Bookmarking? Towards Understanding Twitter Favouriting Behaviour.2. What should European universities teach about philanthropy?You can listen to a webinar from the European Foundation Centre focusing on the future of teaching philanthropy in European universities. It si a conversation between Michiel de Wilde, Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and Charles Keidan, a Philanthropy Practice Research Fellow at City University London.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK4LLbJn-O4[/youtube] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The volume of academic and commercial research that can benefit fundraisers continues to grow. Here is our first attempt to create a monthly summary of those that we have come across.1. Optimum length of email campaignsA blog post from email marketing platform ConstantContact reports on How Long Should Your Email Be? New Data for Nonprofit Associations, Membership Organizations, and Religious Organizations?“Nonprofit associations saw the highest click-through rates for emails with 25 lines of text. These click-through rates decreased gradually for emails that exceed 30 lines of text”. Advertisement 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.center_img 2. The dilemma of using pictures of bearded men to support homeless fundraising appealsShould fundraisers use stereotypical images that perform well in terms of generating income to support fundraising appeals? For example, bearded men convey homelessness to donors well and generate donations, but they’re not representative of the majority of homeless people.Drawing What Homelessness Looks Like: Using Creative Visual Methods as a Tool of Critical Pedagogy by Jon Dean at Sheffield Hallam University was published in Sociological Research Online.It derives from earlier research by Dr Beth Breeze and J Dean – Pictures of Me: user views on their representation in homelessness fundraising appeals published in the International Journal of Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.Jeff Brooks comments:“If you’re a fundraiser, your job is to raise funds. It’s not to change the way people think… Effective fundraisers meet donors where they are. Not where they want them to be”.3. Workers’ support for employers’ favoured social and charitable causesAre workers motivated by the greater good? According to research by Mirco Tonin of the University of Southampton and IZA (Germany), “employees show more commitment to an employer that promotes the greater good, and they work harder too”.Workers care about employers’ social causes, but “there is evidence for the public sector that paying people more or underlining the career opportunities (as opposed to the social aspects) associated with public sector jobs is instrumental in attracting a more productive workforce, without having a negative impact on intrinsic motivation”.4. Male donors respond better to fundraising appeals about poverty that focus on their self-interestAccording to the US authors of What drives the gender gap in charitable giving? Lower empathy leads men to give less to poverty relief, “we found that men reported less willingness to give money or volunteer time to a poverty relief organisation, gaps that were mediated by men’s lower reported feelings of empathy toward others”.However, they managed to re-align this gender gap when they tested “framing poverty as an issue that negatively affects all Americans”, suggesting that “while men were generally less motivated by empathy, they responded to a framing that recast charitable giving as consistent with their self-interest”.Similar reframing of the message on women however had the opposite effect, resulting in discouraging them from giving.5. Ask Less, Make More. Turning the “ask more, make more” adage on its head.DonorVoice argue that “ask more, make more” clearly doesn’t work, as fundraisers are doing exactly that but total charitable income is not increasing. Looking at average revenue and net income from appeals, “Both go down, a lot, as we increase the number of appeals”.“The reality is you can ask less, make same for some donors and spend less and net more for many other donors on the file”. If you respond to donors’ stated preferences and intent (about e.g. number of communications and asks received) then, DonorVoice argues, you can move from “ask more, make the same” to “ask more, make more”.You can view the full whitepaper here: Howard Lake | 10 April 2015 | News Tagged with: Research / statistics  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Dangers of covering corruption in Erdoğan’s Turkey

first_imgReporters Without Borders (RSF) was itself censored just for referring to a sensational Paradise Papers press case. On 3 July, an Istanbul court ordered the blocking of an RSF tweet announcing that the independent daily Cumhuriyet was being sued by President Erdoğan’s powerful son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, who was recently appointed finance minister. July 17, 2018 Dangers of covering corruption in Erdoğan’s Turkey News Follow the news on Turkey The already worrying state of Turkey’s media has become critical since that abortive coup. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. A successful suit would put Cumhuriyet’s survival in even greater danger as the newspaper already has major financial problems and is still being tried on a charge of “support for terrorist organizations.” Dangerous investigative reporting She is currently being sued for a total of 3 million Turkish lira (530,000 euros) in two cases for drawing attention to apparently rigged government contracts. She discovered that the same company systematically won contracts ranging from the Istanbul metro to some profitable tomato export deals. RSF went to Ankara for the first hearing on 19 June. The case is due to resume at the end of the year. Albayrak is suing Cumhuriyet, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, over revelations about offshore investments that it published as part of its Paradise Papers coverage. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Paradise Papers on trial this week Help by sharing this information Cumhuriyet reported in November 2017 that Yıldırım’s two sons were the main beneficiaries of five shipping companies registered in Malta for tax optimisation purposes. Without denying the report, the family brought a suit against the newspaper accusing it of trying to “create a false and partial perception by public opinion.” to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Corruption has become an extremely sensitive story ever since the government was shaken in December 2013 by a major scandal that the authorities now portray as an initial destabilization manoeuvre by the Gülen movement prior to the July 2016 coup attempt. Sarı is also facing a possible six-year jail sentence in a trial about her coverage of the Paradise Papers revelations about President Erdoğan’s son-in-law and his family, in which the verdict is expected on 25 September. RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, observed the latest hearing on 13 June. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionConflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Çiğdem Toker, a journalist who joined Cumhuriyet in 2013 when the newspaper Akşam was placed under state control, is also often in court. Regarded as one of Turkish investigative journalism’s leading figures, she has specialized in scrutinizing major construction projects such as Istanbul’s third airport that are touted by the government as prosperity symbols. The Cumhuriyet journalists being sued by the finance minister, Pelin Ünker and Orhan Erinç, will also be in court tomorrow in a suit brought by former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s family, which is seeking 500,000 Turkish lira (90,000 euros) in damages. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionConflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Çağrı Sarı, the former editor of the left-wing daily Evrensel, and cartoonist Sefer Selvi are due in court on 19 July in connection with their coverage of the same story, for which they are being sued for 40,000 Turkish lira (7,000 euros). Selvi’s cartoon made fun of a repeated statement by Yıldırım: “I have always kept my sons at a distance from affairs of state.” Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts “It’s the political trials that often make the headlines but investigative journalism is also being persecuted. We urge the Turkish authorities to stop branding it as ‘destructive’ and ‘anti-patriotic’ and instead to protect it in the name of the common good.” “Like many citizens, I earn the minimum wage and I pay my taxes,” Sarı said. “I don’t see why this country’s leaders can be exempted from this obligation and allowed to evade taxes. Ninety-five percent of the media don’t address these issues. Do the courts expect us to do the same? That’s out of the question!” Credit: ICIJ News Organisation News April 2, 2021 Find out more “The decision to censor a tweet about a trial and about civil society solidarity with the defendants shows the degree to which coverage of corruption is now off limits in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. Several investigative journalists are to appear in court this week in Turkey in connection with their Paradise Papers coverage but, despite a massive purge, a handful of independent media continue to put their survival at risk by doing investigative reporting on corruption. April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Steve Demetriou Appointed Chairman of the Jacobs Board; Linda Fayne Levinson Named Lead Director

first_img Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Steve Demetriou (l) and Linda Fayne Johnson (r)Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today Steven J. Demetriou, Jacobs’ president and CEO, has been appointed to the additional position of chairman of the board effective immediately. Demetriou becomes the third chairman in the company’s 69 year history. Noel G. Watson, presently the non-executive chair, will retire from that position but remain on the board. Concurrently, Jacobs announced its board of directors has elected Linda Fayne Levinson to serve as lead director.“The board concluded it is in the best interest of the company and its shareholders to combine the roles of chairman and CEO,” said Watson. “As chairman and CEO, Steve can more effectively deal with our major global customers and their large projects,” Watson added.Watson joined Jacobs in 1965 and served as chief executive officer of the company from November 1992 to April 2006. He also served as the company’s president from 1987 to 2002. Levinson has been a Jacobs director since 1996. As lead director, among several responsibilities, she will serve as the board’s central point of communication with the chairman and CEO and preside over executive sessions of the independent directors.“As CEO, Noel led Jacobs through a period of tremendous growth and business success, strengthened critical client relationships and established the diverse and global company we have today,” said Levinson. “As chairman, Noel refreshed the board membership and brought important industry expertise to the board,” added Levinson.“I’m honored to step into the lead director role. I am confident the lead director structure, combined with our strong, independent and fully-engaged board members, will ensure Jacobs’ tradition of sound corporate governance. Along with my board colleagues, I look forward to working with Steve to forge a new strategy and create value for our shareholders.”Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs 60,000 people and operates in more than 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com. Subscribe Business News Steve Demetriou Appointed Chairman of the Jacobs Board; Linda Fayne Levinson Named Lead Director From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 2:41 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Higher rents show government needs a reality check on housing

first_imgJan O’SullivanLIMERICK people in search of rental accommodation will find no comfort in the latest report from property website Daft.ie — with an annual increase of 17.1 per cent — the highest in the country.Limerick City TD and Labour Party spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan claims that the figures illustrate the absolute failure of the Government’s Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) model to slow the pace of increases in the rental market. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The Daft.ie report, showing an annual average rent rise of 11.5 per cent, clearly illustrates that current measures are not working and Government needs to be a lot more radical to protect renters,” she declared.“The Labour Party has introduced legislation to the Dáil that would, amongst other measures, see the Residential Tenancies Board publishing actual rents so that new tenants would know if unlawful increases were being charged. Our legislation will also extend rent pressure zones throughout the entire country.“The situation in Limerick, which remains outside the Rent Pressure Zones, shows how necessary extending the rent pressure zone nationwide is, as Limerick’s annual increase is 17.1 per cent, higher than anywhere else in the country.“The Dublin figure of 12.4 per cent also shows that, even within Rent Pressure Zones, urgent changes are required.“The rate of rent increases is completely out of control with no reference towards affordability, salaries or the inflation rate in the economy as a whole. This Government needs to take a reality check and wake up to the fact that thousands of people are frightened that they will be the next to be faced with homelessness. Their ideological objection to intervening in the market can no longer be maintained,” she said.The latest Daft report indicates that for the twenty third quarter in a row rents have risen and – despite a nominal cap of rent increases of four per cent – the annual rate of rental inflation has been above ten per cent nationwide for over two years.“Rents have now risen by 70 per cent on average from their lowest point. Across the country, rents are significantly higher than a decade ago, even though general prices have hardly moved at all in the same period,” Ronan Lyons of Daft.ie explained. Print Email Advertisement Twitter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin NewsHigher rents show government needs a reality check on housingBy Alan Jacques – May 10, 2018 1263 WhatsApp Previous articlePaddy Mulcahy: From Water EPNext articleTeaching award for University of Limerick lecturer Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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American PAPR Receives Full Approval From NIOSH for High Efficiency (HE) PAPR

first_img Facebook NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — American PAPR LLC, a New York City-based manufacturer, today announced that it has received full approval from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the FELIX-200, a loose-fitting, powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with a High Efficiency (HE) classification. The FELIX-200 is the second PAPR released by the manufacturer. The FELIX-100 was deployed across the nation early in the response to the pandemic in 2020. PAPRs are respirators that protect the user by filtering out 99.97% of contaminants in the air. It uses a battery-powered blower and custom filter to provide the user with clean air. In addition to the battery, filter, and blower unit, the FELIX-200 has a loose-fitting hood with a visor. “As a start-up company based in New York City — the U.S. ground zero of the COVID-19 pandemic — we are proud to provide protection to the hard-working health care workers putting themselves at risk each day to serve the public during this crisis,” said Daniel Cohen, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of American PAPR. “The American PAPR team appreciates the challenging emergency conditions that first responders, healthcare workers, and government agencies (such as NIOSH and FDA) have endured as they work to protect both COVID-19 patients and those who treat them.” The ease of airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission has resulted in a surge in hospitalizations across the country, resulting in a well-documented shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), especially respiratory protection, for healthcare workers and emergency responders. The benefits of PAPRs include reusability, comfort for the wearer due to the loose-fitting nature and cooling effect from the flowing air, as well as the elimination of fit testing requirements. The use of PAPRs can provide higher levels of protection compared to N95 masks and also offset the critical supply shortages of these masks. “We are particularly grateful for the outstanding service offered by NIOSH throughout the approval process,” said Cohen. “Their responsiveness to us was impressive, and made all the more notable given the more than 100-fold increase in their workload during this pandemic. Their individual and team efforts are deeply aligned with the commitment to protect workers.” The approval process required a qualification review by NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) which included both an inspection of manufacturing facilities and quality assurance processes. American PAPR gained FELIX-200 NIOSH full approval with a perfect site qualification score. This is a testament to American PAPR’s strict quality standards. American PAPR is now one of only 14 U.S. companies holding NIOSH full approval for PAPRs. About the FELIX-200 PAPR The FELIX-200 provides a minimum of 99.97% filter efficiency against airborne particles. It has received full NIOSH approval under Federal Regulations for Public Health Title 42, Part 84. About American PAPR LLC American PAPR LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of 3DBio Therapeutics, is a personal protective equipment manufacturer based in New York City, and recently moved their HQ and manufacturing facility to a new space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. American PAPR meets the industry’s strictest quality standards per 42 CFR Part 84 and is committed to providing high quality, state-of-the-art respiratory protection to medical professionals. 3DBio Therapeutics 3DBio Therapeutics is a biologics and bioprinting company with a focus on regenerative medicine that manufactures living tissues to treat patients. 3DBio has developed unique capabilities toward the creation of living tissue implants for therapeutic applications. The technology platform includes a full suite of features to meet the FDA’s requirements for therapeutic manufacturing, including novel and proprietary 3D-bioprinter (GMPrint™), bio-ink (ColVivo™), and cell processes. In preclinical studies, the platform has demonstrated the ability to generate functioning living tissues. Certain information set forth in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those addressed in such forward-looking statements. Thus forward-looking statements are provided only as an opportunity to understand management’s beliefs and opinions in respect of the company’s future prospects. 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The Long, Hard Road to GSE Reform

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Long, Hard Road to GSE Reform Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post For some time, policymakers and industry executives have thrown around the idea of reforming and recapitalizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but is it possible at this point?With every proposal for GSE reform being shot down at every turn, the chances of change occurring remains slim but not impossible.Alex J. Pollock, Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute and former President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, wrote in an essay released by the Urban Institute Tuesday that the American housing finance sector is “as important politically as it is financially, which makes it hard to reform.””More than seven years later, America is still unique in the world for centering its housing finance sector on Fannie and Freddie, even though they have equity capital that rounds to zero. Now they are primarily government-owned and entirely government-controlled housing finance operations, completely dependent on the taxpayers. Nobody likes this situation, but it already outlasted numerous reform proposals,” Pollock explained.Pollock’s assessment that GSE reform is unlikely is bad news for taxpayers—especially in light of a speech by FHFA Director Mel Watt, conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, at the Bipartisan Center in February. Watt spoke of risks facing the GSEs that are “certain to escalate” the longer the conservatorships continue, with the chief risk being the fact that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are required to have zero capital by January 1, 2018.Watt noted that a disruption in the housing market or period of economic distress could cause the need for another draw on Treasury by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—i.e., another taxpayer-funded bailout similar to the one the GSEs had to take in 2008 to avoid insolvency. Watt also pointed out, however, that not only would GSE reform be extremely complex, but so are the conservatorships themselves.“We know that the stakes are high for the housing finance market and for the broader economy,” Watt said in the speech. “However, as I have indicated in my remarks today, there are substantial challenges and risks associated with the unprecedented size, complexity, and duration of the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”While Watt’s remarks caused some to speculate that the end of the conservatorships is near, the Department of Treasury issued a statement a week after Watt’s speech stating that a so-called “recap and release” (recapitalization of the GSEs and releasing them from conservatorships) was not going to happen in the near term.“Taxpayers injected $188 billion into the GSEs to stabilize the housing market and lay the groundwork for our economic recovery,” a Treasury spokesperson said.  “Director Watt’s remarks underscore the Administration’s consistent position regarding the GSEs’ conservatorship:  the best long-term solution is comprehensive housing finance reform. Until then, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue to rely on the $258 billion of taxpayer provided support to sustain market confidence.”In his analysis, Pollock suggested seven ways to approach housing finance reform:Turn Fannie and Freddie into SIFIs at the “10 percent Moment”Enforce the law on Fannie and Freddie’s guarantee feesEncourage skin in the game from mortgage originatorsForm a new joint FHLB mortgage subsidiaryCreate countercyclical LTVsReconsider local mutual self-help mortgage lendersLiquidate the Fed’s MBS portfolioYet another theory of why GSE reform may not be possible anytime soon is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earnings are holding back recapitalization. Establishing enough capital with earnings would take decades, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal by John Carney.”The question is likely to remain a theoretical one for the foreseeable future. The chances of the companies being released from conservatorship is extremely low,” Carney wrote. “A far more probable outcome is that the companies eventually get wound down and replaced by a new system.”Carney continued, “This brings us full-circle, demonstrating that there is no realistic scenario under which the companies will be released from conservatorship in the foreseeable future. That leaves us with either a situation in which the conservatorships last in perpetuity or the companies get wound down and replaced with something new.” Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform 2016-04-05 Brian Honea April 5, 2016 1,524 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform Home / Featured / The Long, Hard Road to GSE Reform in Featured, News, Secondary Market The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: SFR Securitizations Keep Delinquency Rates Low Next: JPMorgan Chase RMBS Deal First to Qualify Under Safe Harbor About Author: Xhevrije West Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days agolast_img read more

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HSE responds to damning HIQA report on Sean O’Hare unit

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 29, 2016 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Pinterest The HSE has implemented a service improvement programme in response to inspections of disability services at Ard Greine Court, Stranorlar, Donegal in March and May 2016Ard Greine Court, formerly Sean O’Hare Unit, Stranorlar, Donegal was established in 2008. It is comprised of 7 individual housing units. It provides residential facilities for adults with mild to severe Intellectual Disability ranging in age from mid twenties to early seventies.The HIQA inspection identified areas of concern in relation to Safeguarding, Healthcare and Management of the service. The HSE has liaised with all the families/guardians of the residents in Ard Greine prior to the publication of the reports to brief them on the contents and work which has been completed in response to the reports.A detailed action plan is being implemented under the direction of Jacinta Lyons, newly appointed Acting Service Manager of Intellectual Disability Services in Donegal.In particular the following actions have been taken to date:1. A clearly defined management structure has been put in place. Ard Greine has been reorganised into four designated centres with a Nurse Manager identified to manage each centre to ensure consistency and effective monitoring. Management of the Centre is supervised by the A/Service Manager of Intellectual Disability Services.2. All Incidents of abuse, be that peer on peer or involving staff, are dealt with as per HSE policies and procedures and reported to the relevant bodies including HIQA.3. A review of behaviour support plans has been completed involving a multi disciplinary team to identify causes of behaviours of concern and provide Individual supports to reduce the impact of behaviours of concern on others. A process was agreed and implemented by a senior multidisciplinary team to safely manage situations for a small number of residents who require occasional physical intervention by staff to protect themselves or others.4. Risk Management processes in the service have been reviewed and are being strengthened, improved and monitored on an on-going basis by management within the centres.5. The HSE Fire Officer has completed a full review of the fire policy and procedures. All staff have received up to date fire training so they to know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.6. Training has been delivered to all staff in safeguarding awareness, managing behaviours of concern and fire safety. Management training and risk management training has been completed by all new management at Ard Greine.7. A Community based Day Service is at planning stage which will facilitate residents to avail of a wide variety of community based activities if they so wish. A Residents Forum has been established and a Consumer Forum involving residents, family representatives and staff will commence in September to promote and support a person centred community model.Jacinta Lyons Acting Service Manager of Intellectual Disability Services in Donegal stated “I am working closely with management and staff at Ard Greine to ensure that all the concerns identified by HIQA are addressed with robust governance, quality and safety arrangements. The safeguarding of residents is our number one priority. We will continue to improve and develop services, to learn from mistakes and promote the best possible quality of life for each resident”.The HSE remains committed to respecting the rights and dignity of each resident in its care and is working to ensure residents in its care have the maximum choice and control possible in accordance with each individual’s wishes. Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th HSE responds to damning HIQA report on Sean O’Hare unitcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Previous articleHIQA find abuse allegations weren’t investigated at Donegal centre for people with disabilitiesNext articleThe bodies of a family of five, including 3 children, discovered in Cavan News Highland Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Characterization of the mantle transcriptome in bivalves: Pecten maximus, Mytilus edulis and Crassostrea gigas

first_imgThe calcareous shells secreted by bivalve molluscs display diverse and species specific structural compositions, which indicates possible divergent biomineralization processes. Thus, studying multiple mollusc species will provide a more comprehensive understanding of shell formation. Here, the transcriptomes of the mantle tissues responsible for shell deposition were characterized in three commercially relevant bivalve species. Using high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics tools, de novo transcriptome assemblies of mantle tissues were generated for the mussel Mytilus edulis, the oyster Crassostrea gigas and the scallop Pecten maximus. These transcriptomes were annotated, and contigs with similarity to proteins known to have shell formation roles in other species were identified. Comparison of the shell formation specific proteins in the three bivalves indicates the possibility of species specific shell proteins.last_img read more

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Blockchain-based new property portal OpenBrix goes LIVE

first_imgHome » News » Blockchain-based new property portal OpenBrix goes LIVE previous nextProducts & ServicesBlockchain-based new property portal OpenBrix goes LIVEAfter nearly two years of development and financing the first agents are now using its ‘secure ledger’ tech with more to join soon.Nigel Lewis4th February 202001,622 Views A ‘world first’ new property portal that has ambitions to rival Rightmove launched in ‘beta’ mode yesterday and is now being tried out by several ‘pioneer’ agents.OpenBrix utilises blockchain to create a linked network of agents to upload listings and run it via a more democratic system by enabling agents to vote on key business decisions and take control of their own customer leads.By creating a de-centralised network there is no single owner who controls the money, data or rules of the portal, the company behind the property portal claims.“We think it’s time for an improvement to the way that agents and portals work together,” says Adam Pigott, CEO of OpenBrix.“The relationship should be mutually beneficial, a two way street not just a one sided endeavour – and you’ll start to see that come to life as we progress”.“We’ve been talking to a number of agents that are very enthusiastic about our proposition and they have asked to be the first to test the OpenBrix platform and we’re really excited that we’ve reached this stage so quickly and with such support from agents. Additional interest is welcomed.”Crypto reputationOpenBrix nevertheless has some obstacles to overcome, not least investor and industry worries over blockchain’s difficult back-story.“At the moment the race is on to use blockchain as a supposedly secure ledger system to store data that no one can get into but everyone can see, but cannot be tampered with,” says proptech consultant Andrew Stanton.“Unfortunately blockchain as a concept is tarnished because lots of crypto scams used it, or rather said it was blockchain when investors just paid money in.”OpenBrix has also announced its team which, as developer and tech investor Piggott, includes blockchain guru Shahad Choudhury, and lettings and new homes player Andrew Taylor. openbrix Adam Piggott blockchain February 4, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Merton outrage at forced retirement of a porter

first_imgMerton alumni have voiced concern over the forced retirement of college staff, with some even threatening to withold donations to their College.The College’s policy to reitre employees at 65 has come under scrutiny this year, as two popular members of staff reach this age. Both members of staff have requested to extelast_img

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