The Force is with eTapestry

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 Researching massive growth in giving. US fundraising database application service provider eTapestry is about to get some out-of-this-world coverage. Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars hosts the CNBC TV show .COM, and will be featuring eTapestry’s services to charities. Find out more about and visit UK Fundraising’s directory of software suppliers.  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Force is with eTapestry Howard Lake | 8 December 2000 | News read more

Small off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds

first_imgSmall off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Gogla has released a report showing the positive economic effects of deploying small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems in off-grid regions. More than half of the survey’s respondents reported having increased economic activity, with many of those starting new businesses or significantly increasing their household income.The data shows that 58% of the households, which had recently installed an off-grid solar system, worked more or developed their enterprises, due to the availability of electricity. Additionally, 36% of the households reportedly ramped up their average income by an additional US$35 per month. In the region in question, this is equivalent to 50% of the average monthly GDP of a household.Furthermore, because of electric lighting, the respondents reported that they could spend 44% more time at work or on chores. Previously, nightfall had prematurely interrupted these activities. This improvement generates income for the households and increases the economic activity of business owners, the report says.The report surveyed 2,300 people from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A range of companies delivered small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems, which comprised a solar panel, battery, LED lighting and potentially other devices, depending on customer needs.Koen Peters, Executive Director of Gogla said, “Gogla’s new report shows that the net economic and social benefits off-grid solar are a huge opportunity for national governments of the developing world. Governments tell us they are interested in jobs and economic impact. As this report shows, off-grid solar is directly delivering such impacts and significantly. We call on policymakers, treasury, and energy departments to work together with off-grid companies, banks, and institutions to break down barriers to off-grid solar and build a pathway to accelerate energy access.”More: Off-grid solar boosts income by 50% of household GDP in Africa – studylast_img read more

Shale slump drives U.S. producers to scrap fracking fleets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The downturn in shale drilling has been so steep and brisk that oilfield companies are taking the unprecedented step of scrapping entire fleets of fracking gear.With almost half of U.S. fracking firepower expected to be sitting idle within weeks, shale specialists including Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. and RPC Inc. are retiring truck-mounted pumping units and other equipment used to shatter oil-soaked shale rock. Whereas in previous market slumps, frackers parked unused equipment to await a revival in demand, this time it’s different: Gear is being stripped down for parts or sold for scrap.As stagnant oil prices and investor pressure discourage new drilling, the fracking industry that was growing so fast it couldn’t find enough workers as recently as two years ago now finds itself buried in a mountain of pumps, pipes and storage tanks. The contagion is spreading beyond fracking specialists to sand miners and the truckers who haul it. U.S. Silica Holdings Inc., the top supplier of frack sand, tumbled as much as 33% on Tuesday after announcing plans to shut mines on the back of disappointing quarterly results.More: Frackers Scrap Idled Equipment Amid Pullback in Shale Drilling Shale slump drives U.S. producers to scrap fracking fleetslast_img read more

Colombia and Ecuador Destroy Seven Drug Labs on Shared Border

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2012 On August 9th Colombia and Ecuador dismantled seven drug labs, found on their shared border during a joint operation, according to Ecuador’s Interior Ministry. In a press release, the ministry indicated that six labs were discovered on the Colombian side during the operation on August 8th, in which the district attorney’s office and police from both nations participated. The drug-processing facilities were located in the bordering area between the coastal province Esmeralda, Ecuador (northwest) and the Colombia’s Nariño region, in which authorities also destroyed coca crops. “Thanks to this collaboration, we were able to dismantle a drug processing network that thrived on the chemical consumption in Ecuador and the raw material (coca leaves) from Colombia”, he added. The operation left seven detained in Ecuadorian territory. Since last January, Ecuador has seized about 18.5 tons of drugs, mainly cocaine. The amount of drugs seized reached 26 tons in 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010 and the record of 68 tons in 2009. On July 25th, President Rafael Correa said, Ecuador, which borders with Colombia, is applying mechanisms to prevent the infiltration of international drug trafficking organizations.last_img read more

Legal fiction competition seeks entries

first_img March 1, 2005 Regular News Legal fiction competition seeks entries Legal fiction competition seeks entries Entries are now being accepted for the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.The purpose of the contest, sponsored by SEAK, Inc., is to encourage lawyers to become more interested in and adept at writing legal fiction.A short story or novel excerpt in the legal fiction genre should be submitted and should not exceed 2,500 words.For more information, contact Steven Babitsky at (508) 548-9443 or [email protected] or visit read more

Oil giants’ production cuts come to 1 million bpd as they post massive writedowns

first_imgOf those five companies, only Exxon Mobil did not book sizeable impairments. But an ongoing re-evaluation of its plans could lead to a “significant portion” of its assets being impaired, it reported, and signal the elimination of 20 percent or 4.4 billion barrels of its oil and gas reserves.By contrast, BP took a $17 billion hit. It said it plans to re-center its spending in coming years around renewables and less on oil and natural gas.Weak demand means oil producers must revisit business plans, said Lee Maginniss, managing director at consultants Alarez & Marsal. He said the goal should be to pump only what generates cash in excess of overhead costs.“It’s low-cost production mode through the end of 2021 for sure, and to 2022 to the extent there are new development plans being contemplated,” Maginniss said.London-based BP has previously said it plans to cut its overall output by roughly 1 million barrels of oil equivalent (boepd) by the end of 2030 from its current 3.6 million boepd.Of the five, Exxon is the largest producer, with daily output of 3.64 million boepd, but its production dropped 408,000 boepd between the first and second quarters. The five majors, which include Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA, also cut capital expenditures by a combined $25 billion between the quarters.Crude output worldwide dropped sharply after the market crashed in April. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia, along with allies including Russia, agreed to cut output by nearly 10 million barrels a day to balance out supply and demand in the market.Topics : The world’s five largest oil companies collectively cut the value of their assets by nearly US$50 billion in the second quarter, and slashed production rates as the coronavirus pandemic caused a drastic fall in fuel prices and demand.The dramatic reductions in asset valuations and decline in output show the depth of the pain in the second quarter. Fuel demand at one point was down by more than 30 percent worldwide, and still remains below pre-pandemic levels.Several executives said they took massive writedowns because they expect demand to remain impaired for several more quarters as people travel less and use less fuel due to the ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 people.last_img read more

Ovechkin, Vokoun Lead Caps over Devils

first_imgAlexander Ovechkin scored the game tying goal in the middle frame, then in the third period Jason Chimera beat Martin Brodeur on a shorthanded break with a beautiful move to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at “The Rock” on Friday night. Marcus Johansson added an insurance tally by putting home a Karl Alzner point blast with just over nine minutes left in regulation. Rookie Adam Larsson scored the Devils only goal in the first period on Tomas Vokoun (32 saves), who was extremely solid in the victory. The Caps are now 10-4 and face the Devils at the Verizon Center in Saturday’s rematch.Here are the highlights and analysis of a grind it out Capitals victory:– Ovechkin was a force over the last 30 minutes of this game and it wasn’t because of end to end rushes and pretty passing plays. Nope, the Gr8 played what Canadian icon Don Cherry would call “North American” hockey. Alexander the Great went to the net to score his goal by being parked at the right post and putting in Dennis Wideman’s blast that initially hit Ovechkin in the stomach. After that Ovie was ultra solid defensively getting a ton of even strength ice time when Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau went to just three lines in the third period (Alex Semin and Cody Eakin were benched, but more on that later). Ovechkin was constantly moving his feet and hitting Devils all over the ice, including one on Larsson that will have Saturday’s birthday boy likely waking up in some pain. On two consecutive shifts in the third period with the lead, the Gr8 skated to center ice and dumped the puck in the offensive zone and then changed, something that tells you he is buying into what Boudreau wants his club to do with a third period lead. In addition, in the last minute he went down to block a point shot despite the two goal lead (not to mention this is a November regular season game). He also grabbed Devils tough guy David Clarkson in scrums on two separate occassions. It was a vintage captain-type performance by Ovechkin and he should be proud of how he played in this one after a poor game on Tuesday.– Vokoun was really strong after a shaky last start on Long Island. The Devils came out flying but #29 didn’t allow them to get a two goal bulge with solid positioning and good rebound control. As the game went on his teammates got better but he still had to make a few tough saves.– Boudreau has been preaching accountability, and so have the players, so when things weren’t going well for a couple of his forwards, he stopped playing them. Those two tonight were Semin and Eakin. #28 took a penalty in the first period that was a garbage call (which in my opinion was based totally on reputation), but instead of being mentally tough and coming back strong after that, the Russian enigma moped. He didn’t win one on one battles and didn’t even get a shot on net so the Caps bench boss lassoed him to the pine. Eakin just looked weaker compared to the hard working Devils. Part of that is that he is still young and physically maturing but he also wasn’t moving his feet and using his speed.“I thought a couple guys weren’t going so I shortened the bench a bit,” said Boudreau in his post game presser.– One of the big stories coming into this game was the return of Mike Green, but #52 took a cheap hit to the groin and left leg from Ryan Carter along the right wing boards late in period one. Green went down grabbing his groin area, finished the shift, and then went down the tunnel after going to the bench. He returned for one power play shift early in period two and according to Steve Whyno of The Washington Times has a “different soreness” than the right ankle injury that kept him out of the previous six games. He is day to day.– New Jersey was perfect at home on the penalty kill before this game and they did that again tonight against a very good Washington power play (3rd in NHL). The Devils prevented the Caps from getting set up in four man advantage situations and they only got five shots in those eight minutes of power play time. The Capitals passed the puck too much, especially on their first power play. Semin was set up for a perfect quick shot in the slot on a moving Brodeur (17 saves) but instead chose to wind up, wait, and then pass the puck. #28 needed to shoot there and he likely would’ve scored (and probably would’ve played a lot more too). The Caps need to get back to a simpler power play where they move the puck to the point, blast away, and go for rebounds.– On the positive side of the special teams ledger was the Caps PK unit. Washington went five for five and also scored when Chimera gathered the puck in the neutral zone, went around Larsson like he was an orange road cone, and then faked Brodeur to the ice similar to a move he put on #30 last season at the Verizon Center. Alzner and the rest of the defense did a great job of allowing Vokoun to see the shots and then they made sure no Devils forwards were able to get in position for any rebounds.– In closing, after the initial Devils push in period one and part of period two, the Caps seemed to be the stronger team despite the final shots imbalance (33-20). The Capitals three lines were skating well but more importantly, the five remaining defensemen, Wideman, Alzner, John Carlson, Roman Hamrlik, and John Erskine were excellent in their own end. Washington has the type of personnel that can wear a club out over 60 minutes and I believe that is what happened in this game. It is a recipe they used against the Ducks last week and one that works when your goaltender is playing well, like Vokoun was tonight.Notes: Semin only played 8:25 and Eakin 7:07. Officially Green logged 7:44 of ice time, but they credited him with two shifts in the 2nd period when he only played one…Wideman led all Caps players with a beastly 27:11 of ice time. Carlson and Alzner played 23:32 and 22:14, respectively, while Erkine and Hamrlik both received just over 17 minutes of ice time. #44’s ice time of 17:31 was his lowest total of the season and only the 4th time in 14 games he’s been under 20 minutes. Given the way he’s played lately, the reduction makes sense…Jeff Schultz was the healthy defensive scratch and Mathieu Perreault the lone healthy forward…Washington lost the face-off battle 24-22 but Nicklas Backstrom (1 assist) went 12-8 and had the key draw win on the Ovechkin goal…the NHL Off Ice officials who work Devils games only credited Ovechkin with two hits so I am not sure exactly what sporting event they were watching tonight.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, September 15, 2016:•1:14 a.m. Officers investigated driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs (subsequent), driving while license is suspended, defective tail lights, fail to maintain single lane of traffic, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2 a.m. Kyle J. Sisson, 32, Wichita, was arrested, charged and confined with driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs (subsequent), driving while license is suspended, defective tail lights, fail to maintain single lane of traffic, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.•4:19 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 1000 block S. C, Wellington.•4:19 a.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known subject(s) in the 1000 block S. C, Wellington.•7:45 a.m. Mallory J. McIntire, 31, Wellington was arrested and bonded on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•8:56 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 400 block N. West Road, Wellington.•9:53 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1300 block Michigan Ct, Wellington.•10:21 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 1500 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:20 p.m. Sabrina J. Kingsley, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 30 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•4:53 p.m. Noah H. Row, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 35 mph in a 20 mph zone.•5:10 p.m. Gary M. Owen, 62, Warsaw, Mo. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 36 mph in a 20 mph zone.•5:26 p.m. Victoria S. Jordan, 18, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 32 mph in a 20 mph zone.•6 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident that occurred on September 14, 2016 involved an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William P. Day Jr., Wellington.•7:33 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1100 block W. 4th, Wellington by known suspect(s).last_img read more

Saravana Bhavan murder: The rise and fall of dosa king Rajagopal

first_imgAt every Saravana Bhavan restaurant that you visit you will see a copy of Vetri Meedhu Aasai Veithen (I set my heart on victory) the autobiography of P Rajagopal, the promoter of the restaurant chain.Rajagopal, 72, the famous founder-owner of Saravana Bhavan set his heart on victory and astrology that he so believed in made him the king of dosas as well as a murderer.On Tuesday, Rajagopal surrendered at the Madras High Court after the Supreme Court refused his plea of more time to surrender on medical grounds.Son of an onion farmer in Tuticorin, Rajagopal came to Chennai to fulfil his dream of becoming successful. Having started off as a grocery store owner, Rajagopal entered the restaurant business knowing how few eateries were active.He was also following his astrologer’s advice in 1981 to start a business associated with fire.Even despite business advisers telling him to compromise on the quality or increase in the prices, Rajagopal stuck to his policy of providing wholesome food at Re 1. Though the initial few months saw Rajagopal incurring loses very soon his restaurant became famous.Soon after he opened other outlets and his chain spread across the country. In 2000, he opened his first international outlet in Dubai which was followed by other restaurants in various countries.Big Brother is watchingRajagopal who started his eatery business at a loss was sure about two things — one, no compromise on the quality of the food and two that his workers will be well taken care of.advertisementSaravana Bhavan employees are paid well and they enjoy benefits like pension, free health care, housing loans, a marriage fund for their daughters and magazine subscription among others.For most employees of Saravana Bhavan, the 72-year-old man is their “annachi” — elder brother. As the restaurant chain grew, the perks for these employees grew too. And through the highs and lows that Rajagopal has witnessed these employees have stuck with him as loyal as ever.Star-crossed religious manRajagopal is an ardent devotee of Lord Muruga (Shanmuga). It is no surprise then that traditional lamps and huge portraits of Lord Muruga were part of the decor in the Saravana Bhavan restaurants.He contributed generously to temples, especially to Muruga temples.As he says in his autobiography, Vetri Meedhu Aasai Veithen, he started his restaurants based on the advice of his astrologer. His downfall and the current conviction also can be attributed to the advice of an astrologer who told him to marry one Jeevajothi to become one of the richest in the country. Rajagopal then was already married with two wives.Kidnap and murder Jeevajothi was the daughter of an assistant manager at one of Saravana Bhavan’s Chennai branches. Despite Rajagopal’s advances and threats, Jeevajothi went on to marry one Prince Santhakumar, a man she loved.In October 2001, the couple was kidnapped and Santhakumar was murdered. His body was found by the forest department officials from inside the Tiger Chola forests in Kodaikanal on October 31.His post-mortem report had said the cause of death was asphyxia due to throttling. Soon after, police found the cloth used for the murder.In 2004, a sessions court in Chennai convicted Rajagopal and eight others for culpable homicide with 10 years rigours imprisonment. Rajagopal appealed to the Madras High Court. The high court convicted him for a life in prison in 2009.Rajagopal then appealed to the Supreme Court, and in March this year, the SC upheld the high court’s order. Though Rajagopal had pleaded for more time to surrender stating his poor health, the Supreme Court rejected his plea.On July 9, Rajagopal made a dramatic entry in the high court arriving in an ambulance with oxygen mask attached to his face. Rajagopal is now admitted to the prison ward of the Stanley Hospital in Chennai. He has been officially handed over to the Puzhal prison officials.Saravana Bhavan has over 39 restaurants in India and over 43 restaurants abroad. According to report, in 2017, Saravana Bhavan had a revenue of over Rs 29 billion.READ | Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal sports oxygen mask to surrender in murder caseWATCH | Blast from the past: When dosa king P Rajagopal was convicted of murderlast_img read more