BBC Children in Need uses ESiT’s thankQ

first_img BBC Children in Need is this year using ESiT’s thankQ CRM solution to handle its fundraising and marketing activities, as it aims to beat its record fundraising total last year of £39 million.Anna Bennett, Director of Finance and Operations at BBC Children in Need said: “We were looking for a proven partner, as we had some very tight deadlines to meet.”ESiT was able to implement the system within two month of the initial proposal. It also provided other support in cleaning and enhancing fundraising data imported from two different sources.Kevin Weaver, ESiT’s Project Director said: “Having already worked with Comic Relief, we fully appreciate the work and commitment that goes into delivering a national telethon event and we are equally committed to providing BBC Children in Need with the level of expertise and support needed to ensure the project continues to run smoothly to the given deadlines.” 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 Researching massive growth in giving. BBC Children in Need uses ESiT’s thankQ  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 November 2010 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Events Technologylast_img read more

Routine antibiotics should be reconsidered for malnourished children

first_imgA new study suggests that the current recommendation to treat severely malnourished children with routine antibiotics does not increase the likelihood of nutritional recovery in uncomplicated cases. Given this finding, the study’s authors say that routinely using antibiotics may not be necessary or beneficial for severely malnourished children being treated at home when there is adequate local health infrastructure.Reducing routine antibiotic use would be prudent given global concern over the problem of antibiotic resistance, say the researchers.The study appears in the February 4, 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).The new findings challenge the World Health Organization’s (WHO) current guidelines that children with uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition (SAM) always be given antibiotics, whether or not they need them.“Our results from Niger were surprising, as they challenge the current WHO recommendations and a recent well-conducted trial from Malawi. It’s an exciting step forward though, as we hope that this new evidence will motivate a deeper review of current recommendations and the evidence on which they are based,” said Sheila Isanaka, assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and lead author of the study.SAM contributes to high child mortality in many places throughout the world, affecting about 34 million children under age 5. Read Full Storylast_img read more

​Swedish pension firms plead for more time for IORP II implementation

first_imgSwedish pension providers want more time to adapt to new rules resulting from the EU’s IORP II directive, according to responses to a government proposal.Insurance Sweden (Svensk Försäkring), which counts the country’s main pension providers as its members, said the transitional rules that are to apply following the 1 May deadline for implementation next year should remain applicable for three years, not just the two months envisaged in the draft.“In order for insurance companies to be able to make decisions and gain knowledge of more detailed business conditions, Swedish insurance requires the transitional rules to be extended for occupational pension providers up to and including 2022,” the association said.As well as this, it said the government could consider putting the new rules into effect slightly later than 1 May “in order to ensure that the regulation is appropriate”. The Swedish occupational pension fund association, Tjänstepensionsförbundet, also called for the transitional rules to remain in force until the end of 2022.“The time pressure risks leading to less rational solutions as well as unnecessarily high adjustment costs,” the association said.Insurers split on definitions, solvency rulesHowever, there were differences of opinion on the draft regulation among the members of Insurance Sweden. The association said it did not have a unified position to put forward relating to some basic questions to do with the draft law.“It concerns whether or not the activity of the occupational pension companies is considered to be an insurance business, and some proposals go beyond what is required to implement IORP II,” Insurance Sweden said, referring to this as  “gold-plating”.Separate responses to the consultation were presented by Insurance Sweden members AMF, Alecta, and others.The new draft rules go beyond the IORP II directive to include a tougher set of solvency rules. These include a risk-sensitive capital requirement, in line with the requirement in the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s ‘traffic light’ funding model.The new rules also stated that providers of occupational pensions in Sweden should be able to change their pensions business into a new type of company.Providers – including insurance companies, workplace pension savings institutions or friendly societies (tjänstepensionskassor) – could be converted into a new type of entity, known as an occupational pension company, or tjänstepensionsföretag, under certain conditions.Sweden’s government closed its consultation on local implementation of the IORP II directive on Friday.last_img read more

Agriculture ministry update on white potato production and availability

first_img Share 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Agriculture ministry update on white potato production and availability by: – April 20, 2012 Tweet Local white potato productionWhite potato (solanum tuberosum) represents a large proportion of the total imports of Non-traditional agricultural crops into the Commonwealth of Dominica. The local demand for white potatoes is satisfied by seasonal local production and through importation. The annual consumption of White Potato is estimated to exceed 200 tons.The cultivation of white potato is an important agricultural activity within the Southern Agricultural Region (Giraudel, Bellevue Chopin and Morne Prosper) grown by more than one hundred (100) farmers with annual yield of between 350 – 400,000 pounds (lbs).This year attempts were made to extend the growing of white potatoes to non-traditional areas. Plots were set up in Grand Bay, La Plaine and Woodfordhill at the agricultural stations, as well as, on the individual holdings of farmers in certain areas: Layou Park, Paix Bouche, Riviere Cyrique, Vieille Case, Delices, Petite Savanne, Petite Soufriere, etc.Permanent Secretary Samuel Carette speaking to farmers and Agriculture Technical StaffThe monitoring of crop development has always been a focal point of interaction between the extension field staff and farmers. On Monday 16th, April 2012 the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Samuel Carrette along with Technical Staff of the Division of Agriculture, including the Director of Agriculture, Mr. Ricky Brumant, participated in the field tour to the traditional growing communities of Giraudel and Bellevue Chopin to ascertain crop cultivation, start of harvest and to speak with a number of farmers about challenges faced during the 2011-12 planting season and prospects for future white potato production. Based on field sampling, observation and information from farmers as to dates of field establishment, local production should become available in April with the majority of production available for local consumption during the months of May and June. An estimated production of just over 300,000 pounds (lbs) is expected from this year’s cultivation.From all indications, farmers are satisfied with the harvestswith some yields as high as 10:1 as a ratio of pounds established. Farmers are looking forward to the 2012-2013 planting season with renewed vigour. The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to work closely with farmers to ensure that the crop does well and that farmers’ investments are secured. Press Statementcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more