Islamic Relief Worldwide adopts automated phone hotline

first_img Islamic Relief Worldwide is using an automated phone system from VoxGen to boost income from calls to its donation hotline and avoid missing calls at peak periods.The charity realised it need to streamline the telephone donations process in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. Unprecedented numbers of people calling in to make donations resulted in a spike in call traffic which caused staffing problems for the charity, and also resulted in calls being missed.The charity then approached telephony self-service specialists VoxGen. Its automated service has, according to the charity, both reduced the costs of administration and increased call volumes. Advertisement Islamic Relief Worldwide adopts automated phone hotline  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 April 2007 | News 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.center_img Simon Loopuit, CEO at VoxGen, said: “VoxGen’s products and services were developed to enable its enterprise and government customers to improve service while reducing costs. We are delighted that these same products have been able to resolve one of the key dilemmas facing all charities – how to make it easy for the public to donate in a cost effective manner.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Technologylast_img read more

The race for the U.S. Senate has voters on close watch

first_imgTwitter Facebook What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina ReddIt Linkedin Twitter printOf the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate, 35 are in play for this year’s midterm election. The outcome will determine the balance of the Senate’s power for the next two years. The Republican Party currently controls the Senate with 51 seats. If Democrats can claim a majority, the conservative agenda will be stunted as the Republican Party won’t have the same ability to send proposed bills to the president based on their votes alone. This interactive map breaks down each Senate seat up for re-election. The map ranks states based on whether they are likely to stay safe to their current political party or at risk of flipping.The incumbent Democrats who are considered safe are represented by dark blue states. The incumbent Republicans who are considered safe are represented by dark red states. The lighter shades show contested races in which the incumbent could lose.编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多此交互式图像使用ThingLink创建。在thinglink.com上查看此图像。接触图片分享图像…全屏Source: 270toWin Parking lot closures cause new problems for students What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Facebook Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Corinne Hildebrandt The BLUU may no longer be able to host an early-voting site due to a new state law. (Photo courtesy: Brandon Kitchin) Corinne Hildebrandt Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Kavanaugh, Kavanuagh, and more KavanaughNext articleCouple from ‘The Bachelor’ visits during Live Free Weekend Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Corinne Hildebrandt What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. + posts Linkedin Corinne Hildebrandt ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

Journalist sentenced to three months in prison for defamation

first_img The Warsaw Supreme Court has upheld a three-month prison sentence for defamation against Andrzej Marek. The verdict runs contrary to the recommendations of the UN and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that press offences should not be punished by jail terms. News PolandEurope – Central Asia Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns RSF_en News Warsaw’s Supreme Court on 22 June upheld a three-month prison sentence against Andrzej Marek, editor of local weekly Wiesci Polickie, for libelling a local official.”There can be no justification in a democracy for the imprisonment of a journalist for defamation,” said Reporters Without Borders, in a letter to President Aleksander Kwasniewski.”This sentence runs contrary to the recommendations of the UN and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), that press offences should never be punished with prison sentences.””As a last resort, we urge you to pardon the journalist and to undertake urgent reform of your legislation to bring it in line with European standards,” it added.Marek was sentenced in November 2002 then, on appeal in November 2003, to a prison sentence that was suspended on condition that he made a public apology to the complainant. On 6 February 2004, Judge Marcin Jedrzejewski sentenced Marek to three months in prison for refusing to apologise.In an article headlined “Promotion of scheming”, that appeared in February 2001, the journalist said he suspected Piotr Misilo, at the time head of communications for Police town hall and spokesman for the local authority, of using his position to promote the advertising agency that he owned.In it’s 22 June verdict, the Warsaw Supreme Court decided that Marek’s accusations against Misilo were unfounded.A court in Szczecin, north-western Poland on 23 March suspended the start of the sentence for six months because the journalist’s wife was undergoing a high-risk pregnancy.After 4 March, Reporters Without Borders had urged President Kwasniewski to grant Marek a pardon. On 11 March the ombudsman Andrzej Zoll made an official request to the supreme court for an appeal. The head of state then told the press that he was minded to begin the pardon procedure, but not before the supreme court had given its verdict. January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU PolandEurope – Central Asia June 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to three months in prison for defamation News Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more News With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland to go further Follow the news on Poland June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Business Matters Ep 5 – Annette Houston / Johnny McGuinness

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article‘Common sense approach’ will be taken with PUP paymentsNext articleBreaking: Firefighters battling major blaze in Derry admin By admin – July 29, 2020 Google+ Business Matters Ep 5 – Annette Houston / Johnny McGuinness WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img AudioBusinessMattersHomepage BannerNewsPlayback RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Business Matters Presenter Ciaran O’DonnellIn this week’s edition of Business Matters, Annette Houston, Managing Director of FM Services Group, talks to Ciaran O’Donnell about how the lessons of the last recession, and her decision to complete a Masters Degree in Leadership and Innovation at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, have helped sustain her business.Ciaran also speaks with Johnny McGuinness of McGuinness’ Bar in Culdaff who is waiting patiently to reopen, having served his last pint back in mid-March. Johnny makes a passionate plea to government to allow public houses like his own, which was established back in 1792, get back to looking after their locals.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

10th child dies from devastating fire that tore through Chicago home

first_imgWLS(CHICAGO) — A tenth child has died from a blaze that erupted in a Chicago home early Sunday.The victims range in age from 3 months to 16 years old and are from at least two families, according to ABC station WLS in Chicago.The death toll first stood at eight, with two teenagers in the hospital in critical condition. But one of the survivors, a 14-year-old boy, died on Monday, according to WLS. The second survivor died on Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The children were at a sleepover when the fire started, 15-year-old Marcos Contreras told The Chicago Tribune.“By the time we got here, the whole house was on fire,” he said. “They were taking out my cousins and my brothers.” Contreras lost brothers, sisters and cousins in the blaze, WLS reported.“It just feels like my whole world is crashing,” he said. “We stuck together like glue. Nothing could separate us.” The home did not have any working smoke detectors, according to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.“The fire began in the rear and the exit to the front was clear but without working smoke detectors the occupants were not awakened in time to get to safety,” the mayor said in a statement Sunday. “Our thoughts go out to not only the families of those who perished but to members of the department who pushed as hard as possible to reverse the deadly fate of the eight who are now gone,” the mayor added.The cause of the fire is under investigation, WLS said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Relation between alkalic volcanism and slab-window formation

first_imgRidge crest-trench interactions along continental destructive plate margins may result in the development of slab-free windows beneath the continental margin. Slab windows were generated at various locations along the Pacific margin of the Americas and the Antarctic Peninsula during the past 70 m.y. Slab-window formation is temporally and spatially associated with mafic, alkalic volcanism. Lavas erupted above the loci of slab windows are geochemically indistinguishable from some ocean-island, plume-related basalts. However, generation of slab-window basalts from deep-seated mantle plumes requires the fortuitous initiation of plume activity following cessation of subduction. Asthenospheric upwelling and associated decompressional melting following slab-window formation are probably promoted by removal of subducted oceanic lithosphere from beneath the continental margin following the cessation of subduction. Major lithospheric extension is not a prerequisite for alkalic volcanism in this case. The close association of subduction-related volcanism and within-plate alkalic volcanism within the geologic record may also be explained by this mechanism.last_img read more

the innovation award

first_imgWinner: Genius Gluten Free Loaf, United Central Bakeries, Bathgate, EdinburghIt was the incredibly strong consumer emotions attached to Genius bread which made it a winner for the judges. Described by commercial director Paddy Cronin as “the first fresh gluten-free bread”, the 400g unsliced loaf can be used as ordinary bread; consumer feedback revealed real joy in the ability to eat a freshly-cut sandwich, rather than having to toast a pre-sliced alternative.Genius was developed by United in conjunction with chef Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, whom the judges called “a true innovator”. The loaf uses potato starch and cornflour and its gluten is replaced with egg proteins. On sale in a national multiple, it is due to roll out later this year.United Central Bakeries is part of the Finsbury Food Group and produces both conventional bakery and gluten- and wheat-free products for the major multiples and foodservice. It has 120 employees and a £10m turnover.Finalist: TascasLa Pizza Company, Midhurst, West SussexLa Pizza Company has been supplying authentic Italian-recipe pizza bases, dough balls and garlic bread to the foodservice industry for 14 years. Now with 26 staff and a £2.5m annual turnover, the company has added speciality breads such as focaccia to its products.Its new Tasca is a soft bread pocket for sandwich fillings, available in red onion, Caesar, plain and wholemeal varieties. The product is baked individually in circular pans, then folded over to a half-moon shape; it is treated before, during and after proving to ensure it never cracks down its seam and that it always peels apart. Chris Dickinson, operations and NPD director, describes it as providing consumers with a “very different spin” on an ordinary sandwich. “It is convenient but unusual, easy to handle but also has great cachet,” he says.Finalist: Hot RapRapid Action Packaging, Mortlake, LondonFirst-time entrant Rapid produces packaging solutions for the food-to-go industry, including flexible food wrap, cartons, paper and film. Its products are generally for cold food, such as baguettes, wraps and sandwiches, but the increasing popularity of ’grab-and-go’ hot food led the company to develop its Hot Rap solution.”The problem has always been glue melting in hot cabinets,” explains sales executive Benn Ely, “but the Hot Rap is a combination of a flexible wrap and ’pop up’ corrugated pack, which negates this.”The Hot Rap has been taken up by one multiple to pack its breakfast bap. Ely says it is particularly suited to baps, sausage rolls, savoury slices and pasties. “It’s a new product for a rapidly growing sector and it has few competitors it sells itself.”last_img read more

A Traveling Exhibit Of Kurt Cobain’s Artwork Is Coming Soon

first_imgKurt Cobain was known as quite the prolific songwriter in his 27 years, but the grunge icon was also a revered artist. In an NYT profile piece on Jeff Jampol, head of Jampol Artist Management, the executive revealed plans to take Cobain’s artwork on the road for fans everywhere.Jampol works with the legacies of artists who have passed, like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Doors and more. His newest client is the Cobain family, and he is working with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain in hopes to bringing this artwork to life. The exhibit will apparently feature “Kurt’s works and his art and his possessions,” and is scheduled to appear across the country.“He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of,” Jampol said, and added that Cobain’s work “going to be relevant for centuries.”This story really begins in 2010, when Courtney Love signed over Cobain’s life rights to their daughter. Frances Bean Cobain has been instrumental in creating Montage Of Heck, the documentary that HBO released last year, and various other exhibits. The work of Cobain is crucial to the history of music and culture, and we can’t wait to see what this exhibit brings.last_img read more

Hear The First Single From Charles Bradley’s Newly Announced Posthumous Final Album [Video]

first_imgCharles Bradley was 63 years old when his first full-length album, No Time For Dreaming, was released via Daptone Records in 2011. Despite its title, the old school soul and R&B vocalist had spent much of his life chasing dreams, including his dream of putting out a record and performing for packed audiences night after night. These aspirations were what kept Bradley going during what was often a very difficult journey to stardom. Sadly, Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life. While we won’t get to see his infectious smile on stage anymore, his music will always be here for all of us.A month before what would have been his 70th birthday, Daptone and their Dunham Records imprint have announced the posthumous release of The Screaming Eagle of Soul’s final album, Black Velvet, due out on November 9th. Black Velvet features ten previously unreleased tracks, pulled from the recording sessions for Bradley’s three albums, including No Time for Dreaming, 2013’s Victim of Love, and 2016’s Changes.The new album includes covers of Nirvana‘s “Stay Away”, Neil Young‘s “Heart of Gold”, and Rodriguez‘s “Slip Away”, as well as a duet with LaRose Jackson called “Luv Jones”, a full-band take on “Victim of Love”, and more. The album’s title track is an instrumental by Menahan Street Band, for which Bradley never got the chance to record vocals.Below, you can watch the official music video for the album’s lead single, “I Feel A Change”, featuring clips of Charles’ performing years, which was released today:Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” [Official Video][Video: DaptoneRecords]Culled from Bradley’s Victim of Love sessions, this new version of “I Feel A Change” features organ and horn parts that were added later. As Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, frequent collaborator and friend of Bradley, explains of the song,The lyrics are 100% Charles. Personal yet abstract. Directly from the heart. He truly loved the expression ‘going through changes’ and this was a few years before we would record our rendition of Sabbath’s “Changes” with the Budos. Sadly Charles never got to hear the finished version of this beautiful song.You can see the full tracklisting for Charles Bradley’s Black Velvet below. For more information, hit the Daptone Records website.Charles Bradley Black Velvet Tracklist:01. Can’t Fight The Feeling02. Luv Jones03. I Feel A Change04. Slip Away05. Black Velvet06. Stay Away07. Heart Of Gold08. (I Hope You Find) The Good Life09. Fly Little Girl10. Victim Of Love (Electric Version)View Tracklistinglast_img read more

Gary Clark Jr. Shows Off Diverse Musical Styles On New Album In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut [Watch]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Gary Clark Jr. made his musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live. The SNL spot came as the Texas-native Clark continues his media blitz in promotion of his new album, This Land, due to be released on March 1st via Warner Bros Records.The new album marks a noticeable departure from the blues-focused style for which Clark is known. As Clark explained in This Land‘s initial announcement video late last year, “When I started off on the record, it was really about the drums. If the drums aren’t poppin’, you’re wasting your time. … I got all the colors, I’ma paint with all of them. … My punk edge comes from really just wanting to be a punk. Reggae influence? Yes. It goes back to that fusion thing. … When I was growing up, a lot of music venues played lots of different types of music every night. A lot of influences. A lot of stuff going on. It’s in what I do, I guess. … I’m not gonna give you my whole recipe, but the only person who can put rules on it is yourself.”The two new songs Gary performed on SNL embodied that consciously diverse approach. First, he dug into “Pearl Cadillac“, the LP’s falsetto R&B power ballad with plenty of fuzzed-out guitar licks and cresting crescendos. For his second number, Clark went with the album’s title track, “This Land”, the fiery, hip-hop tinged number that made waves when its striking, racial bigotry-focused music video dropped last month. You can check out videos of both numbers below:Gary Clark Jr. – “Pearl Cadillac”[Video: Saturday Night Live]Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”[Video: Saturday Night Live]Gary Clark Jr. also recently announced a lengthy crop of 2019 summer tour dates. For a full list of Clark’s upcoming tour dates and more information about This Land, head to his website.last_img read more