New website and social media presences for John Grain Associates

first_img Howard Lake | 15 July 2010 | News Fundraising consultants John Grain Associates (JGA) have relaunched their website and joined Twitter and Facebook. The new site is designed to be easier to navigate, and it retains the popular free download section of fundraising guides.The latest free download is ‘The A-Z of Getting A Direct Mail Appeal Out of the Door and Onto the Mat’. It is written for small and medium sized charities, and those who are contemplating direct marketing for the first time and want to avoid some of the many pitfalls that are out there.At the same time JGA has joined Facebook and Twitter at @JohnGrain.Director, Claire Newton, said: “At JGA we have been increasingly working with clients on online activities and initiatives and have been looking at ways to share some of the learning and research work that we have been engaged in. The new website and our new downloads, Facebook, and Twitter will help us do this more quickly and more effectively than ever before”.JGA was founded in 2004 as a specialist fundraising consultancy and creative agency.www.johngrainassociates.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  16 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital New website and social media presences for John Grain Associates 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

How to get a bigger tax refund next year

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We’re a month into the new year, and that means W2s are in the mail. For some, it means a nice bonus after the Christmas season. For others, it means keeping your fingers crossed that your tax liability won’t be more than what you’ve already paid. If you’re looking for ways to decrease your liability and increase your refund, here are few ways you might be able to just that…Increase your charitable giving: You can claim donations on your tax return if the organization you’ve donated to is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization such as a church or the  American Red Cross. And not only will you be able to claim the deduction, but you’ll be able to help out an organization that you’re passionate about.Change your filing status: If you’re married and filing jointly, you may be able to get a bigger refund if you file separately. While it might be more work to file separately, it could be worth it if you’re looking for a few extra bucks. If you’re not sure about changing your filing status, consult a tax professional and get their opinion.Increase your retirement contributions: When contributing to a traditional IRA or 401k plan, those contributions come from pre-tax dollars. By lowering your taxable income, you’re paying less to the government, while also putting more away for the future.Claim refundable tax credits: If you’ve got kids, you may be missing out on an opportunity to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. The amount of benefit you receive is dependent on your income and the number of children you have. This often-overlooked tax credit may be something you can take advantage of.last_img read more

ADNOC Dishes Out $3.6B in Deals

first_imgThe Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded multi-billion-dollar contracts for the procurement of casing and tubing as it drives value through its smart approach to procurement.The combined scope of the three contracts awarded is one of the world’s largest in this category, maximizing value for ADNOC across its drilling value chain and underpinning its strategy to deliver a more profitable upstream business.The contracts – which were awarded to Consolidated Suppliers Establishment, representing Tenaris; Abu Dhabi Oilfield Services Company, representing Vallourec; and Habshan Trading Company, representing Marubeni – have a combined scope of AED 13.2 billion ($3.6 billion) and the potential to achieve In-Country Value of over 50 percent.This includes more than AED 367 million ($100 million) in foreign direct investment, over the next five years, to establish a state-of-the-art oil country tubular goods (OCTG) threading plant and repair center, and a training academy in Abu Dhabi to enhance local expertise and generate value for the UAE.Under the terms of the contracts, the three companies will supply a combined total of 1 million metric tons of casing and tubing – which by comparison is equivalent to the distance from Abu Dhabi to Houston – over 5 years, to support ADNOC’s drilling activities.The award marks the first in a series of drilling-related procurement expenditures with an overall value of AED 55 billion ($15 billion) that ADNOC plans to make in the next five years and is part of its AED 486 billion five-year capital expenditure (CAPEX) approved by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) in November 2018. The other procurement categories – excluding this award – are Downhole Completion Equipment, Wellheads, and X-Mas Trees, Liner Hangers, Drilling Fluids, Directional Drilling, Cementing, and Wireline Logging.Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director, said: “The award of contracts with a combined scope that is one of the world’s largest for tubing and casing follows a highly competitive bid process. It underscores ADNOC’s optimization efforts to drive commerciality across our growing portfolio. In addition, it is testament to our targeted approach to engage with value-add partners to unlock value as well as enhance the performance and returns on our assets and capital.“These agreements will provide ADNOC with increased flexibility to proactively respond to the demands of the evolving energy landscape as we ramp up our drilling activities and deliver our 2030 strategy. They will also generate substantial In-Country Value and provide attractive foreign direct investment opportunities for the private sector, further demonstrating ADNOC’s commitment to creating sustainable value for the nation and its people, in line with the Leadership’s wise directives.”The contract awards followed a robust tendering process that included a rigorous assessment of how much of the contract value would support the growth and diversification of the UAE’s economy through ADNOC’s In-Country Value Program, which is aimed at nurturing new local and international partnerships and business opportunities, catalyzing socio-economic growth and creating job opportunities for UAE nationals.With more than AED 6.6 billion ($1.8 billion) value potential to flow back into the UAE’s economy, the awards will give significant stimulus to the country’s products and services and create additional skilled employment opportunities for UAE nationals.The combined scope of the awards is based on the forecasted requirement for casing and tubing across the ADNOC Group. The awards complement ADNOC’s substantial upstream growth plans and drive to deliver integrated drilling services as it plans to increase its conventional drilling by 40 percent by 2025 and substantially ramp up the number of its unconventional wells. This is part of its target to achieve 4 million barrels of oil production capacity per day (mmbpd) by the end of 2020 and 5 mmbpd by 2030.last_img read more

XPRIZE Winners Meet with Japanese Prime Minister

first_imgMembers of the GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team have met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wednesday, to explain the concept that won them the $4 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE for seafloor mapping and to talk about their shared vision to map the entire seafloor by 2030.The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team, made up of international graduates of The Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Postgraduate Training Program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), US, spoke with Prime Minister Abe about the technology that they developed, and how their model of international scientific cooperation can help to map the gaps that still remain in our understanding of the ocean floor.They demonstrated their winning concept to Prime Minister Abe with scale replicas of the vessels that they used, as well as 3D visualizations of the data that they collected during the competition, and presented the Prime Minister with a copy of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) 2019.Sattiabaruth Seeboruth, an alumnus of the Class of 2017 from Mauritius, said: “Meeting with the Prime Minister and Mr. Sasakawa and having them recognize our efforts is truly unbelievable. I know this will be a momentous moment in my life; it really is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.”Dr Karolina Zwolak of Poland, who graduated from UNH in 2013, hoped the meeting would “consolidate the cooperation between ocean mappers around GEBCO, alongside scientists from Team KUROSHIO and Japanese officials, to continue the global effort of mapping the ocean floor.”The GEBCO-NF Alumni prevailed over teams from around the world to win the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE with their concept for fast, efficient, and cost-effective seafloor mapping.Their entry utilized the SEA-KIT Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer, alongside the Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) System, leveraging new and existing technologies to optimal effect. SEA-KIT was able to autonomously launch and recover the Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN AUV, rated to operate at depths of up to 4,500 meters in Round 2, and act as a communication link during the latter’s subsea survey operations.The team also included Training Program alumni Dr Evgenia Bazhenova (Russia), Aileen Bohan (Ireland), Dr Mohamed Elsaied (Egypt), Andres Fitzcarrald (Peru), Tomer Ketter (Israel), Christina Lacerda (Brazil), Jaya Roperez (Philippines), Azmi Rosedee (Malaysia), Ivan Ryzhov (Russia), Hadar Sade (Israel), Neil Tinmouth (South Africa), Dr Rochelle Anne Wigley (US), and Dr Yulia Zarayskaya (Russia).“This win for the alumni-led team is a reflection of the ongoing investment in capacity-building by The Nippon Foundation, and reflects the passion of this global network to find solutions to help map our oceans”, said Dr Wigley, project director of the training program at UNH and an alumnus of the Class of 2008.The team’s SEA-KIT vessel USV Maxlimer was named after UNH Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Postgraduate Training Program alumna Maxlimer Anziani Vallee, who passed away following a car accident in January 2017. Since being used in the team’s XPRIZE entry, the vessel has completed the world’s first international commercial uncrewed transit, successfully traversing the world’s busiest shipping lane to deliver a box of oysters from the UK to Belgium in May 2019, GEBCO-NF noted.The Nippon Foundation is also jointly spearheading international efforts to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by the end of the next decade. The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project was launched by Sasakawa at the UN Oceans Conference in 2017, and more than 100 organisations are now contributing to the goal of producing a complete map.last_img read more

Video: Liverpool’s Milner goes viral, snaps coronavirus gloom

first_imgLiverpool star James Milner has become a social media star in playing up to his no frills image by filming himself doing domestic chores whilst the Premier League is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 34-year-old former England midfielder first posted images of himself sorting his tea bags one by one as a response to team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posting a glamorous video of himself and his pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards dancing on their stairs.The players have been left to their own devices after team training was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.”‘Hey @Alex_OxChambo Barrels of laughs here in Milner household as well – rationing the tea bags for the week #crazydays #somuchtogetonwith #notgotthemovestocompete’.” tweeted Milner on Monday.After rationing his tea bags, the 61-times capped Milner took to his garden and filmed himself nose down to the lawn clipping the grass with a pair of scissors and a ruler to ensure each blade was the same height.“Now the tea bags are sorted I’ve got time to level out this lawn,‘” he tweeted.”‘Wonder if I can borrow Anfield’s ‘Keep off the Grass sign’.” Loading… Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledgeThe Premier League is in abeyance since last Friday after both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.Liverpool have been left tantalisingly close to their first ever Premier League title – they are 25 points clear of two-time defending champions Manchester City with nine matches remaining.The English Premier League are due to meet on Thursday to consider their options with the postponement of Euro 2020 until next year at least giving them some leeway in resuming the domestic season.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Is Hachi, And He’s The Happiest Dog On Instagram8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more