St Dunstan’s appeal reaches £1 million

first_img Howard Lake | 24 March 2004 | News St. Dunstan’s, the charity for blind ex-servicemen and women, has raised over £1 million in a single appeal for the first time.The charity’s Christmas appeal’s target was £789,550, so it has surpassed it by almost 30% and still has six weeks left to run. The response rate amongst St. Dunstan’s active donors currently stands at 45%.The appeal to the warm donor base is the first launched by St. Dunstan’s Head of Marketing, Rosemary Cottrell, along with their newly appointed agency, Cascaid. Advertisement  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img St Dunstan’s appeal reaches £1 million Alan Clayton, MD of the Cascaid Group and creative lead on the appeal explained the reasons for the success. “We used a motives-based analysis of previous donor behaviour”, he said, “to create a proposition and appeal which was driven by the different needs of different segments of donors. For many, this meant returning to the key messages they responded to at point of acquisition. This obviously worked – even the lapsed segment responded at 12%.“For other segments, the messages reflected a close link with the services and a very close relationship with St Dunstan’s itself. A very personal appeal from the President of St. Dunstan’s (himself a blind ex-Serviceman) has performed particularly well to the High Value Donor segment.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Journalists at centre of heated exchanges between Fatah and Hamas

first_imgNews PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts March 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists at centre of heated exchanges between Fatah and Hamas News Journalists are being used to an unprecedented degree by the main political factions in the Palestinian Territories and around 10 have been arrested since the start of the year. The media are at the centre of the dispute between the Islamist party Hamas, controlling the Gaza Strip and President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, Fatah, in the West Bank.“Relations between the press and the two rival ruling parties are very tense throughout the Palestinian Territories,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Both journalists affiliated to one or other of the parties and those who claim to be independent are being targeted in the duel between Fatah and Hamas leaders, who often claim to be defending press freedom when settling political scores. Political leaders and media representatives must get together to seek a way to defuse the tension.”Various journalists associations affiliated to Fatah or Hamas have spoken out in recent days about press freedom violations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Spokespersons for both parties have also issued statement blaming their political adversaries for the violations.In the meantime, journalists are paralysed by threats and acts of intimidation by politicians. In the latest example, Amer Nawaf of the Ramattan news agency was arrested in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 12 March. The Palestinian Authority’s security forces accused him of being a member of Hamas. He was freed the next day without being charged.In the Gaza Strip, a court sentenced two journalists with the pro-Fatah daily Al-Ayyam on 6 February to six months in prison for libel.Click here to read the chapter on the Palestinian Territories in this year’s annual report on press freedom worldwide, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 13 February. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News News RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Palestine to go further May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgWholesale milk supply has shown a 2.2% rise in December on the previous year, with the marketplace seeing a higher demand for powder over fats.According to the latest wholesale dairy report by DairyCo, UK deliveries of milk stood at 1,095m litres in December 2011 23m litres higher than 2010 with GB milk production rising by 1.5% compared to the previous year.Cream appears to have suffered the most despite some stabilisation, with prices falling 15.2% from Christmas, when it was £1,450/tonne (t) to £1,230/t in January. Butter has also weakened, as it has throughout Europe, with a 3.3% fall to £2,900/t in January from the previous month, and a 9.4% drop since January 2011 when it was priced at £3,200/t. But the report said the situation may become easier when applications for putting stock into private storage aid begin this month.Despite seeing a 2.4% decline in price from December 2011 (£2,100/t) to January this year (£2,050/t), skimmed milk powder has shown a 5.1% increase since last January, when it was priced at £1,950/t.Cheddar prices have shown no movement from December 2011 to last month, but since January 2011 they have shown steady growth, with mild cheddar increasing by 6.4% to £2,925/t, and mature varieties up 4.9% to £3,200/t.last_img read more

Colombia, US Improve UAV Flights

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 20, 2018 A U.S. Air Force delegation visited the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Academy (EBART, in Spanish) at the Third Air Combat Command in Barranquilla, Colombia, July 16-27, 2018. The objective was to exchange knowledge and experiences in the formation, training, and instruction of pilots and operators of ScanEagle drones. “The experience exchange was made possible through the ScanEagle Pprocessing, Exploitation, and Dissemination Course, based on the experience of the United States,” FAC Major Daniel Eduardo Martínez, deputy director of EBART, told Diálogo. “The course was a guide to conduct ISR missions [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance], and taught us how to guide an unmanned aerial vehicles [UAV] for this type of missions and make a briefing to conduct a mission.” Together, nine Colombian officers and the U.S. delegation learned how each air force operates UAV in conventional and asymmetric warfare. “The training will help us improve the doctrine for unmanned aerial vehicles, modernize manuals, strengthen flight operation planning, and improve surveillance, reconnaissance, and intelligence missions,” FAC First Lieutenant Brayan Higuera, ScanEagle course instructor at EBART, told Diálogo. FAC operates the tactical surveillance and reconnaissance system since 2006 to support the fight against illegal armed groups and terrorists. The system brought significant results in the identification, surveillance, and reconnaissance of targets, aerial surveillance, support of special operations units, and search and rescue. The highly autonomous aircraft of U.S. manufacturer Boeing Insitu are designed to conduct continuous missions of more than 15 hours and have the capacity to collect and transmit large numbers of images in real time. Improving the mission During the course, service members of both countries analyzed mission briefings to obtain good results with the systems. “We focus on the machine and the crew,” Maj. Martínez said. “[U.S.] officers found it interesting that technicians are included in the Colombian briefing to discuss the system status. Their briefing is between the analyst and the pilot but don’t involve a technician to report flight hours left for the unmanned aerial vehicle,” 1st Lt. Higuera said. The Colombian squadron learned how U.S. Air Force officers use “exhaustive information” when carrying out missions. “As soon as they have information coming from any human or technical source, they go out and conduct persistent surveillance, meaning around the clock,” 1st Lt. Higuera said. “We should also focus on persistent information.” New way to operate aircraft After the course, FAC opted to modify its operation of ScanEagle aircraft to adapt to those of the U.S. Air Force, with target-persistent surveillance. “The course helped [our] air institution promote a new way to operate the aircraft,” Maj. Martínez said. With this change, FAC will be able to show its UAV platforms to the Colombian Army, Navy, and National Police to increase intelligence efforts and sustained focus on a target. The UAV will also be able to submit more information than what security forces can currently achieve with human intelligence, such as images, video, and target surveillance for tactical maneuvers. “Air authorities study how the change in operations can help identify and eradicate illegal crops in the country,” Maj. Martínez said. “The ScanEagle can be an important tool in the current fight [against drugs].” Latin American benchmark FAC expects to obtain the Boeing Insitu certification by the end of 2018. “The idea is that with the certification, plus the experience we have, EBART will become Latin America’s school for unmanned aerial vehicles. This year [2018] we trained Peruvian personnel and last year [2017] we trained personnel from Chile. Also, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica are interested in training their crews here, now that they started acquiring unmanned aerial systems,” Maj. Martínez said. Within a year, EBART plans to include naval personnel in the faculty. Their experience with UAV launched from ships will strengthen the training to be offered to the Colombian Armed Forces and other nations. The school also studies the possibility of bringing instructors from the U.S. Air Force. “We developed the new unmanned aerial vehicle aviation with the help of the U.S. Air Force. We received a lot of help from them. It’s important because it’s becoming increasingly developed, with more prominence in aviation worldwide,” Maj. Martínez concluded.last_img read more