BBC iCan service to change its name

first_img Howard Lake | 6 October 2004 | News BBC iCan service to change its name The BBC is to change the name of its iCan service, the Web-based initiative that aims to help people get involved in civic life.Although the site is under a year old, the BBC said: “we’re looking for a name which expresses better the breadth and purpose of the site, and which attracts people to get involved.”The site is attracting 100,000 visitors a month, say the BBC. Advertisement  42 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 MoreAddThiscenter_img The site’s name was bound to cause confusion, as there is already a very well established children’s communication charity called ICAN, and now an Ican Foundation. It is odd that the BBC either failed to take these into consideration or just ignored them.So, if you have any ideas what to call the site, the BBC would like to hear from you by 25 October 2004. Tagged with: Digital Volunteering 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

Planning ahead

first_img[email protected] replaces William Reed Business Media’s longstanding Baking Industry Exhibition, incorporating bakery more firmly into the wider Foodex show. It is designed to give exhibitors greater exposure to a wider range of buyers from across the food manufacturing and retailing industries. Among many other events, the British Society of Bakers will host its annual dinner on the second night of the show.last_img

In OT thriller, Harvard upends Columbia, 77-70

first_imgKeith Wright scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and had eight rebounds, while Kyle Casey had 19 points, as the Harvard men’s basketball team earned a 77-70 win in overtime on the road at Columbia Friday. The Crimson improves to 25-4 overall, a program record for wins, and 11-2 in the Ivy League, and holds a half game lead over Penn (18-11, 10-2 Ivy) with a game remaining.Harvard will conclude the regular season by visiting Cornell Saturday evening in a game that will be shown live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. A Crimson victory would clinch at least a share of the program’s second straight Ivy League title, while a Harvard victory combined with a Penn loss to Yale Saturday or a Quaker loss at Princeton Tuesday would clinch the outright Ancient Eight crown and the NCAA tournament automatic berth for the Crimson.Brandyn Curry dished out eight assists for Harvard, while Oliver McNally went 7-of-8 from the line, finishing with 12 points. Brian Barbour led Columbia (14-15, 3-10) with 23 points. The Crimson shot 56 percent for the game (27 of 48) from the field, while controlling the boards, 28-23.To read the full story, visit read more

Body Along Appalachian Trail Identified

first_imgEarlier this week, Blue Ridge Outdoors reported an unidentified body found near the Appalachian Trail at Black Rock in South Mountain State Park, Boonsboro Maryland. The body has since been identified as Michael Joseph Mack, 58, of Hanover, Md. Two hikers discovered Mack’s body on Monday, July 10, and called 911 around 3:45pm. We spoke with Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, and Sergeant D. Brandon Garvey, the incident commander on the scene, both of whom graciously provided us with more recent details.The subject was found off-trail, in an extremely rugged, boulder-strewn area.  Authorities’ original plan was to lift the subject out via helicopter, but quickly discovered that helicopter access to the area would be impossible.  Instead, the local fire department from Washington County cut a trail to approach the site from below.  After a 35-minute ATV ride, search and rescue personnel then had to pick their way across the boulder field to where the body had been prepared for extraction. Sargent Garvey, the incident commander, said that his Tactical Response Team (TRT) rigged a tension line across the steep terrain and carried the body out in a stokes basket, first 350 feet down the slope, then an additional 400 yards back to the ATV’s. The whole operation took over six hours with a team of about seven TRT members and at least twelve local officers. Even with minimal ropes training, Sergeant Garvey – who specializes in maritime rescues in the Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake – said that the extraction, though very strenuous, actually didn’t take as long as he expected. “We’re a very fit group,” he said, “and there were no injuries on the way out.”Captain Brian Albert, regional commander for Western Maryland, said that the Tactical Response Team was immensely helpful in the operation, though they are normally deployed for search and rescue or woodland tactical missions for missing persons, children, or suspected despondent persons on state property. He also said that the TRT used their skills and empathy to bring closure to the subject’s family.Though the body was originally unidentified due to the extent of natural decomposition, a missing person’s report was filed shortly after the extraction, which turned out to be the subject, Michael Joseph Mack. The report was filed with Anne Arundel County by Mack’s son, who spoke to him last on July 1. Mack’s identity was officially confirmed when the Baltimore Medical Examiner found his driver’s license. The physical autopsy has confirmed that Mack’s death was accidental, due to multiple injuries. There is no evidence to suggest suicide or foul play.Shortly after the extraction, Mack’s vehicle was found on US-40 at an Appalachian trailhead, typically used by day hikers. Mack was carrying a day pack and a chalk bag for climbing or bouldering. He would have hiked about four miles from his car before his accident. Candy Thomson said that the subject was an avid climber and had outdoors experience, but was not dressed or equipped to be on the trail for more than an afternoon, and was definitely not a thru-hiker. She also says that the incident is still under investigation, and authorities are researching local weather conditions, particularly on the 4th of July, when Mack was off work.last_img read more

Complaint management and a review of NCUA’s complaint process

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello, compliance friends! As a millennial, before trying a new restaurant, traveling somewhere new or even a joining a new credit union, I like to at least do some research. Normally, I try to read reviews from various sources to ascertain a broad sense of the market’s feedback. As people continue to grow more reliant on the opinions of others, I want to explore what this may mean for credit union complaints and how credit unions can potentially mitigate this risk.From a reputational risk perspective, a member complaint going viral presents a huge threat to credit unions. To mitigate this risk, a well-designed and properly implemented complaint management program is a tool that can uncover noncompliant business practices. Strong complaint management programs also can improve member service by providing members with an easy-to-use method of resolving issues.Note: as a credit union considers their complaint management system, the credit union may also want to review and define what constitutes a “complaint” so that staff understands when escalation to the complaint resolution process is necessary. The credit union may also want to institute appropriate training on these policies for any staff members that resolve complaints or may have the opportunity to receive a complaint from a member. It is also important for policies and procedures to include how and when responses should be made, including any regulatory time limitation, i.e. Regulation E’s error resolution process. continue reading »last_img read more

Gold rings, geese-a-laying are cost drivers

first_imgThe good news this holiday season? Paying for all the gifts included in the Christmas classic the Twelve Days of Christmas is nearly unchanged in 2019 from 2018.The Grinchish news? It still costs nearly $40,000.The big cost increase drivers? The cost of gold rings and geese-a-laying.For the 36th consecutive year PNC Financial Services has released its PNC Christmas Price Index that tabulates what it would cost today to purchase all of the gifts listed in the popular holiday song, from a partridge in a pear tree to drummers drumming.According to PNC, the 2019 price tag for The PNC Christmas Price Index is $38,993.59, a negligible $67.56 or 0.2% more than last year’s cost, but less than the government’s Consumer Price Index, which increased 1.8% through October in year-over-year measurement before seasonal adjustment, the company reported. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

first_imgSanctions, compensation Increasingly US officials are discussing punishing China and seeking compensation for the costs of the pandemic.In April the US state of Missouri sued China’s leadership over what it described as deliberate deception and insufficient action to stop the virus.On Tuesday Republican senators proposed legislation that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the coronavirus outbreak.”Their outright deception of the origin and spread of the virus cost the world valuable time and lives as it began to spread,” Senator Jim Inhofe said in a statement. “China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” they said.The two organizations gave no examples to support the allegation.But the warning added to the battle between the superpowers over the outbreak that began in China and has killed at least 293,000 worldwide, and more than 83,000 in the United States.President Donald Trump has accused China of hiding the origins of the virus and not cooperating in efforts to research and fight the disease. Asked on Monday about reports that the US believed Chinese hackers were targeting US vaccine research, Trump replied: “What else is new with China?… I’m not happy.” US authorities warned Wednesday that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus data on treatments and vaccines, adding fuel to Washington’s war with Beijing over the pandemic.The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said organizations researching COVID-19 were at risk of “targeting and network compromise” by China.They warned that Chinese government-affiliated groups and others were attempting to obtain “valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing.” Spies, academics targeted The warning Wednesday also underscored that Washington believes China has continued broad efforts to obtain US commercial and technology secrets under President Xi Jinping’s drive to make his country a technological leader.In February the US Justice Department indicted four Chinese army personnel suspected of hacking the database of credit rating agency Equifax, giving them the personal data of 145 million Americans.On Monday the Department of Justice announced the arrest of University of Arkansas engineering professor Simon Saw-Teong Ang for hiding ties to the Chinese government and Chinese universities while he worked on projects funded by NASA.The indictment said Ang was secretly part of the Xi-backed Thousand Talents program, which Washington says China uses to collect research from abroad.Also on Monday Li Xiaojiang, a former professor at Emory University in Atlanta, admitted tax fraud in a case focused on his hidden earnings from China, also as a participant in the Thousand Talents program.Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said such cases combined with the coronavirus are forcing China to change its tactics.”Beijing has shifted its recruitment efforts for the Thousand Talents Program online, and it has increased efforts to hack US medical research institutes for COVID-19 information,” he said. Race for a vaccine Beijing has repeatedly denied the US accusations.The FBI warning comes as dozens of companies, institutes and countries around the world are racing to develop vaccines to halt the coronavirus.Many more groups are researching treatments for infected patients. Currently there is no proven therapy.An effective vaccine could allow countries to reopen and potentially earn billions of dollars for its creators.Most expert believes it will take more than a year to get a vaccine fully approved, and much longer to produce enough of it.Government-backed cyber operators in Iran, North Korea, Russia and China have been accused of pumping out false coronavirus news and targeting workers and scientists.Britain said last week it had detected large-scale “password spraying” tactics — hackers trying to access accounts through commonly used passwords — aimed at healthcare bodies and medical research organizations. Topics :last_img read more


first_imgAustralia: Ove Arup & Partners is to study options for a 40 km rail link to serve the coastal resorts of Caloundra and Maroochydore north of Brisbane.Austria: ÖBB has ordered 1314 electronic door mechanisms from Faiveley, which is also supplying 120 doors to LHB for LINT railcars being built for DB.Brazil: MRS Logistica SA has contracted Tecfer to overhaul 7 GE diesel shunters; the 720hp Cooper-Bessemer engines will be replaced by rehabilitated Alco/Hatch & Kirk 1000hp 6-251B units.Canada: CN and CP are planning to outsource jointly brake component maintenance, following earlier joint communications and control tenders (RG 7.97 p437).France: Alcatel Alsthom has won a Fr1bn turnkey contract to supply a long-distance communications network for SNCF and Cegetel, for commissioning by 2002.SNCF has exercised an option for 16 double-deck TER2N two-car EMUs to be built by ANF Industrie and GEC Alsthom for Fr425m, bringing the total fleet to 76.Great Britain: BT Global Technology & Consultancy has won a £5m five-year contract from Siemens as part of a programme to implement cab radio for Railtrack in southern England.New Zealand: Tranz Rail is buying 16 coaches from Auckland’s Mainline Steam Trust and 45 ex-BR MkII coaches from Britain to augment its fleet.Slovakia: ZSR has bought 10 air-conditioned 160 km/h Type WLABmee couchette cars from DWA; they were built in 1994-96 for RZD, but not delivered.Sweden: Nordwaggon AB has ordered 100 close-coupled wagons from Deutsche Waggonbau Niesky for delivery in 1999.Syria: Wagon Pars Co of Iran is building 500 tank wagons for CFS.Taiwan: TRA has called tenders for supply of train radio equipment, including 36 base stations and 60 sets of on-train transmitter/receivers.Thailand: Cogifer and Italian Thai Development Public Co Ltd have won a US$15m contract to double SRT’s 61 km Klong Rangsit – Ban Phachi line.Turkey: TCDD has extended a deadline to tender for construction of 60 electric locomotives to August 20.USA: Bombardier and GEC Alsthom have won a C$52m contract to build six ’American Flyer’ electric locos to operate MARC commuter trains in Baltimore; the 200 km/h locos will have stainless steel bodies with a crashworthy cab design.On July 11 New York MTA signed the US$907m contract for Bombardier to supply 680 R-142 metro cars (RG 6.97 p362). Deliveries are to start in 1999.Wisconsin Central has ordered 100 hi-cube boxcars from Greenbrier for $7m.MBTA has awarded a $7m contract to ABC Rail Products subsidiary AST Inc for signalling on its 16 km commuter rail extension from Ipswich to Newburyport.Uruguay: AFE plans to call tenders for lease of additional rolling stock to work suburban services in Montevideo.last_img read more

The New Spectacle: Night of setting the Guinness and World Records

first_imgTaekwondo club “Bosna“ Visoko is working intensively at the organization of the State Championship in Visoko that will be held on 25th April 2015, and after the competition day, “Night of setting Guinness and World records“ will take place.“Besides the national championship, duel of representatives of Germany and BiH for attempt to break Guinness record – duel hand-hammer, a Guinness record holder Muhamed Kahrimanovic against volunteers, will be held, and the prize is 500 euros“, said the director and trainer of the Taekwondo club “Bosna“ Visoko, Edin Kajevic, who will try to set a new world record that night.As a reminder, popular Kaja, at the end of November last year, succeeded to break a Guiness record by breaking 40 coconuts in one minute with an elbow.(Source: read more

Canucks Drop Decision to Phoenix Coyotes in Potential Playoff Preview

first_img Garry Valk at Sportsnet opined after the game that some of the breakdowns were a result of the new D pairings.  While I think that the old pairings were just fine, I think it was a bit of a reach.  None of the goals were really related to any mixups between the defense pairings, they were more the result of bad rebound control and poor forward defensive play. There will be a lot of attention paid to both Bieksa and Luongo after tonight’s game.  Bieksa finished minus-3 and clearly didn’t play the kind of game that he can.  Luongo gave up a couple of poor rebounds and wasn’t overly strong on a couple of the goals. That said, the defensive breakdowns tonight were a team effort.  I lost count of the number of odd-man rushes the Canucks gave up throughout the game, and the backchecking by the forwards, as a whole, left a lot to be desired.  This poor backchecking was a culprit on all the Coyotes’ goals at even strength, perhaps the worst being when Doan was allowed to stand at the side of the night jamming at the puck without being hit or moved away.On the positive front, if the Canucks and Coyotes play this game 10 times, the Canucks are going to win nine of them, based on their superior offensive talent.  The team generated more scoring chances tonight, with more regularity, than in any of their most recent efforts. Vigneault’s new line combinations appeared to rejuvenate some of the players.  Daniel and Henrik Sedin, held to one point combined in their last eight games, recorded three points tonight, playing with oft-maligned Mason Raymond.  Alex Burrows, jettisoned to the third line with Sammy Pahlsson and Jannik Hansen, was one of the team’s best forwards on the night, generating a number of scoring chances and recording six shots. I don’t believe these moves are permanent, however, Vigneault achieved what he desired – a more consistent effort from some of his top players.Overall, the Canucks played much better offensively tonight and this was a step in the right direction compared to recent efforts.  They generated a lot of shots and scoring chances, the twins looked like they returned to form, the power play got going, and all lines contributed offensively.  What felled the Canucks tonight was some bad luck and some poor goaltending, those problems not likely to happen frequently.  To channel my inner Alain Vigneault:  “It’s all part of the process.” GAME OBSERVATIONS While Luongo was not helped by his team, in reviewing the five goals allowed, two of them were a direct result of massive rebounds put into the wrong spot while another was a relatively weak goal which fluttered into the net from the blue line.  He also didn’t look great on Doan’s goal, as Luongo put himself out of position and Doan out-waited him and was able to jam it into the net.  Luongo will need to find a way to get back to his previous form before the playoffs. Also lost in the shuffle of this loss is the fact that the power play looked very good and finished the night two for three.  This is the first multi-power play goal game for the Canucks since the Boston game on January 7. As good as the new-look third line was, Kesler’s line was again the team’s best and most consistent on the night.  They’re doing a great job of getting the puck into dangerous areas and taking it to the net.  Kesler hit the crossbar again tonight and was stoned by Phoenix goalie Mike Smith on a first-period power play. Jannik Hansen actually appeared to play the game tonight, which is a step in the right direction.  Perhaps it was the addition of Burrows to the third line, but Hansen was the Hansen of old, using his speed to get in on the forecheck and deliver hits – he led all skaters with seven on the night. I’m not sure anyone noticed, but in the first game back after the recent NHL GM meetings, the referees called a few more obstruction penalties than we have seen recently.  Phoenix took three and at least two of them were the types of calls we haven’t been seeing lately.  The Canucks took only the Bieksa slashing penalty and a too-many-men bench minor. It looks like the days off did the team some good.  The passing was much more crisp and they moved the puck a lot faster than they have been recently.center_img Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.After having a couple rest days off, the Vancouver Canucks hosted the also-struggling Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.  In an atypical high-scoring affair for these teams, the Coyotes left Vancouver with a 5-4 win.The Canucks came out very strong in this game.  Coach Alain Vigneault juggled his lines and defensive pairings after giving the team two full days off, and the new combinations appeared to provide some spark throughout the lineup.  Vancouver jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. Unfortunately, defensive lapses let Phoenix back into the game, as they tied it up at two after Rusty Klesla and Shane Doan replied for the visitors.  The Canucks probably felt unlucky going into the locker room tied, as they outshot Phoenix 18-13 and were carrying the game physically and possession-wise.The Canucks scored a power play goal in the middle of the second period when David Booth converted a nice give and go with Chris Higgins.  That goal, however, was bookended by Coyote goals from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Gilbert Brule, which sent the Canucks into the third period down 4-3.  The period was more even as Phoenix was able to create a few odd-man rushes in their favour, but that said, the Canucks carried the play again for large stretches and outshot the Coyotes 15-13.Early in the third, Kevin Bieksa, who didn’t have a strong game on the stat sheet, took a marginal, but ill-advised, penalty when he slashed the stick out of Daymond Langkow’s hands. The Coyotes scored the eventual game-winner just nine seconds into the ensuing power play as Antoine Vermette beat Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo after Luongo kicked a rebound to him in the slot.  Dan Hamhuis scored with just less than eight minutes left to get the Canucks to within striking distance, but they were unable to complete the comeback. Hopefully the Sedins are now “off the schneid”.  Their line was very dangerous tonight, and they looked very much better on the power play. The fourth line of Lapierre/Weise/Kassian was pretty good tonight, but again, Vigneault held them to under 10 minutes of icetime. As I noted, Bieksa was minus-3 tonight.  He was on the ice for all three even-strength goals against, but can’t be faulted on the first or third.  On the first, he fell victim to one of the aforementioned rebounds by Luongo.  The second was the Doan goal, and he didn’t play that one well.  On the third, he had just led a three on one down the ice offensively and was understandably behind the play when it went back up the ice.  That’s a goal where the high forward has to stay back a bit to cover for him. Kevin Woodley, who reports on the Canucks for, noted on Twitter that he overheard a Canuck player telling an ex-teammate on the Coyotes (Labarbera, Torres, or Pyatt, presumably) that “they haven’t played a game that mattered in three weeks since the Detroit game”.  That is very telling as to the team’s mindset and lends credence to the view that they will get things going at the right time. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEIf this had been a playoff game, I believe the Canucks would have won.  They seemed to have higher intensity than did the Coyotes at a number of times throughout the game.  If it had been ramped up at all at other times, or another goal went in during the dominant first period, the game could have been over very early. The Canucks hit two posts as it was, and too many things went well for Vancouver tonight for them not to be rewarded for a game like this.  There were a couple defensive lapses and some questionable goaltending, but ideally those will not be a concern come playoff time. PARTING SHOTSChecking in on the Standings:  The Canucks remain solidly in second place in the Western Conference and are third overall.  In what I believe is the most important metric, only the two teams ahead of them in the standings (New York and St. Louis) have fewer regulation losses than does Vancouver (the Canucks sit with 20 to the others’ 18).  There are a couple other teams within a couple of games of that.Therefore, while Vancouver is now in the midst of its worst stretch of the year (2-4-2 in their last eight games), they are holding steady in the standings and, for the most part, are not losing ground.  Many of the league’s best teams are struggling at the moment, and Vancouver still ranks quite high when considering regulation losses.Broadcast Observation of the Night:  Sometimes I just don’t get where Garry Valk is coming from.  Tonight, he chose to throw blame on Bieksa and on the defensive pairings. I just didn’t see that these guys played that poorly.  I don’t think Bieksa would ever say he played “well” when he’s minus-3, but as I pointed out, the goals were far from being his fault.  As for the D pairings – in general, I thought they went pretty well and Edler was much better tonight than he has been of late.  That said – I have to agree with Valk on one point – I see no reason to split up Bieksa and Hamhuis on a long-term basis, they are arguably one of the best pairings in the league.Looking ahead: The Canucks play host to the scintillating Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.last_img read more