Bishop Liam McDaid to celebrate golden jubilee of his priesthood

first_imgThe Diocese of Clogher will celebrate the Golden jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Bishop Liam McDaid on Sunday, July 14 at 8pm. Bishop McDaid is a native of Bundoran, Co Donegal, born in the south of the county on 19 July 1945.Having completed his studies at St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, and at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained to the Priesthood by the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid on 15 June 1969. He joined the teaching staff of St Macartan’s College, Monaghan in 1970 and was President of the college from 1981 until 1989.From 1990 until 1993 he served in the parish of Aghavea and Aghintaine (Fivemiletown and Brookeboro) in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh before being appointed Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese.Bishop McDaid was at the same time Administrator of the parish of Tyholland in County Monaghan from 1993 until 2010.Bishop MacDaid was appointed Bishop of Clogher by Pope Benedict XVI in May 2010 and ordained bishop on 25 July 2010 in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan. He led the diocese with great diligence for over six years until his retirement on health grounds was accepted by Pope Francis on 1 October 2016.Bishop McDaid is a lifelong member of the GAA and played with the now-former St Joseph’s club (Bundoran and Ballyshannon) with which he won several Donegal Senior Football Championship titles and an All-Ireland club title (then an unofficial competition) in 1968.He also won an Ulster Under 21 Championship medal with Donegal in 1966.Bishop Liam McDaid to celebrate golden jubilee of his priesthood was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shekhawati farmers withdraw agitation on loan waiver issue

first_imgThe farmers in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, largely comprising Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts, withdrew their 13-day-long agitation early on Thursday after the BJP government agreed to waive crop loans up to ₹ 50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here.After the marathon talks with a group of Ministers till late on Wednesday night, CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) announced withdrawal of agitation and appealed to farmers to lift the blockades put up at scores of places on the highways. The sit-in being staged in several towns of the region will also be finished and roads vacated.AIKS president and Amra Ram, who led an 11-member farmers’ delegation in the negotiations, said the State government had agreed to most of the demands regarding procurement of crops at minimum support price and removal of restrictions on the sale of cattle. He appealed to farmers to clear the blockades and allow movement of vehicles.In addition to the crop loan waiver of ₹ 49,500 crore, the farmers were also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report, free electricity for agriculture and increasing farmers’ pension from ₹ 500 to ₹ 5,000 per month.last_img read more

10 houses torched in Manipur village

first_imgFollowing a land dispute between two tribes, over ten houses were torched in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday at Makhan Khunou village in Senapati district of Manipur. A bridge, about 3 km away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, was also torched. Official reports said the land dispute was the root cause of the incident. “It is unfortunate… Preliminary reports suggest a misunderstanding stemming from land disputes,” said Chief Minister N. Biren, who holds the Home portfolio. “Cabinet Minister Thaissi has rushed to the affected area. I am waiting for a report from the Minister. A platoon of India Reserve Battalion has been sent to maintain law and order,” he said. Top police and civil officials and elected representatives of the district have gone to the troubled area. There is an old foot road between Maram and Makhan villages and this seems to be the bone of contention. Police said the intruders poured inflammable liquid on some houses at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday. A tribal woman was reportedly injured and is said to be out of danger.Protesting members of the Makhan People’s Organisation blocked traffic along the National Highway 2 that connects Manipur and Nagaland with Assam and other northeastern States. The organisation warned that the government should arrest the culprits within 24 hours, failing which an indefinite strike along the NH 2 would be launched.All districts in Manipur are put on red alert to prevent any untoward incident.last_img read more

Must read: the changing US consumer

first_imgThere is a great piece in Advertising Age online today from Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine (registration required to view the article). He writes about the changing face of consumers. Like me, they’re getting more wrinkly and set in their ways by the day.Here are a couple of the highlights (warning: sweeping generalizations ahead), along with thoughts on the implications for us. You can read the full article here (with registration).OLDER: A full 80% of the growth in US households in the next five years will be from those headed by people over age 55. Yep, that’s right — EIGHTY PERCENT. The average age of the US household is already only six months shy of 50. The first boomers hit 65 in less than three years. So what does that mean? The older set (65+), says Francese, tend to be risk adverse and inflexible in their attitudes. That means clever marketers will play to this world view with messaging about guarantees, safety and experience. Warranties, corporate history and testimonials work. So, nonprofit marketers, emphasize your organization’s storied history and great performance with these folks. Don’t be too cute or flashy. Meanwhile, the second fastest growing segment is folks 25-34 – a group that is increasingly diverse ethnically. The bigggest spending, best paid group — those 35 to 54 – is shrinking. Groan.ALL OVER THE PLACE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION: As you read this, I suspect you’re having the reaction that I did – sheesh, how are you supposed to reach such different groups? It gets even more challenging when you consider geographic segments. The West is getting younger and more multicultural while the Northeast is getting older and whiter. (I told you there would be generalizations – this is demographics, after all.) The answer? Segmentation of course. You’re going to need different positioning for different audiences — AND different message delivery vehicles. The latter is actually good news – it’s easier to target your message when not everyone is getting your messages the same way and when people are clustered into certain locations. There are people who live online and on their phones, and there are folks who stick to the newspaper. You need to look not only at the age of your audiences, but also where and how they live so you know the best way to reach them. Fancy marketers call this ethnographic research. Throw that into your next convo to look extra smart.last_img read more

This viral video will make your jaw drop

first_imgFirst Name: AARP 08 Video Last Name: Why it’s great: Incredibly audience centric. Very customized. Extremely fun. And you immediately want to pass it on.center_img You MUST try this out. Be sure to enter your name – it works better that way. Enter your name to see who can bring real change to Washington.last_img

Cranking Up Your Email Marketing for Fall Fundraising

first_imgGet more tips here: “10 Surprisingly Easy and Startlingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit E-Newsletter” And check out Kivi’s weekly webinar schedule for real-world, affordable training on a variety of nonprofit marketing topics.© 2006-2008, EcoScribe Communications Presentation OutlineCrank Up Your Email Marketing: Six Steps for a Successful CampaignWhether your email campaign is about grassroots outreach, advocacy, or fundraising, the basic steps you need to take to pull it off are the same.Get an email newsletter service provider.This is a must-do. There are several affordable services for nonprofits, including Network for Good’s EmailNow powered by Emma. You shouldn’t use Outlook or your regular email account for many reasons, including the potential that you’ll be labeled as a spammer.  Email newsletter service providers will also save you tons of time (and money too) and give you lots of extras, like sign-up forms and open/click-through reports.Get your current mailing list into shape.Do you know who is on your mailing list? Understanding the typical person on your list will help you develop great content that works for your supporters.  Also consider ways to segment your list. For example, do you have two or three distinct audiences who really aren’t interested in the same types of articles and info from you? Carefully managing your list is the best way to avoid spam filters. Send what people want only to the people who really want it. Cull out bad, bouncing addresses and import email addresses you have collected offline with permission.Make it really easy for people to join your list and manage their own subscriptions.Put your sign-up form on your website in a very obvious place – ideally in your template so it appears on every page. Offer incentives to encourage people to sign-up (explain what goodies come in your newsletter, offer special downloads, etc.). Consider letting people segment themselves on the sign-up form by interest or how often they’d like to be emailed. Encourage people to change their email addresses themselves (if your system allows it) and respect all opt-outs. It’s better to lose a subscriber than to have that person tag you as a spammer.Create an editorial calendar a few months at a time.Think about what’s going on in the next few months, not only in your organization, but in your community and on the calendar (e.g., holidays, changing seasons). Pick a schedule that works for you and the people on your list based on past experience, such as monthly, twice a month, or weekly. If you aren’t sure where to start, try every two weeks and adjust from there. Plan out some topics, mixing good information with advocacy calls to action and fundraising appeals. Be prepared to adjust your topics based on what’s happening in the headlines (that shows you are timely and current, which are big bonuses in email marketing).Write and design your email messages – always with your readers in mind.Pay very close attention to your subject line – make it benefit-laden or intriguing for the reader.Talk directly and personally to your readers. Write articles that are timely, helpful, and interesting to them. Also makes sure readers understand how important they are to your success.If you aren’t comfortable with HTML, start with a template from your service provider. Design for the preview pane (those first few inches at the top of your message are vital), and use mostly text with a few good images. Remember to appeal to skimmers: use headlines, subheads and short chunks of text.Measure the results and track over time.How many people are opening the email? How about clicking on links and which ones? Who is following through on calls to action, like donating? How many people unsubscribed and which addresses bounced? Analyze your results and adjust accordingly in future emails.Read the full version of this article with additional tips here:http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/email_newsletters/emailsteps/ Kivi Leroux Miller is president of www.NonprofitMarketingGuide.com and hosts a real-world, affordable weekly webinar series for do-it-yourself nonprofit marketing staff. Scroll down below to download the transcript and slides.Does your email newsletter have what it takes to turn casual observers into gung-ho supporters, and supporters into generous donors? Do they check their inboxes fervently and religiously chomping at the bit in anticipation of your organization’s next email? Or, rather than cracking open their wallets in search of the ATM card, are your email subscribers “filing” your emails away in the “read later” folder?During this Nonprofit 911 call, Kivi Leroux Miller, president of EcoScribe Communications and Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com, will cover the basics of effective e-newsletters, including answers to those pesky questions about what to send and how often.In addition the basics, what next-step topics can you expect?Segmenting your listsUsing auto-responders (trigger emails) to get your supporters more deeply involved with your causeWriting calls-to-action that get your readers clickinglast_img read more

Here’s a good fundraising appeal: I gave

first_imgI just gave them money. Good job, Imagination Stage. I often get asked by arts organizations how to make a case during tough times. I think this appeal is a great example.What’s to love?1. The gratitude2. The clear demonstration this is an organization that has tightened its belt and will stretch my dollar3. The tangible sense of where the money goes4. A reminder of why we love the arts and what it does for kids5. More gratitudeDear Friend of Children and the Arts, Thanks to your commitment, we were able to ride out last season’s financial storm. The combination of your generosity, and our internal prudence and resourcefulness, enabled us to end our fiscal year on August 31st in the black and $400,000 below our original budget. Thank you!Despite our best efforts to maintain ongoing programs and operations, we still have tremendous needs. Over the past two years our funding from the Maryland State Department of Education has been cut substantially from $300,000 to $161,000—a 46% reduction.This cut in funding has a direct impact on the 15,000 Maryland students and teachers who receive free or subsidized tickets to attend Imagination Stage field-trip performances each year. This concerns us, as studies have shown that exposure to and participation in the arts results in heightened academic achievement and greater life successes for children of all backgrounds. Please consider making a generous year-end gift to Imagination Stage to ensure these opportunities continue to be available for our most under-resourced schools. Consider giving $30 for our 30 years of service, but a gift of $100, $250 or even $500 will have a significant impact. We are grateful for any amount. Please donate now by clicking here.With a gift of $100 or more, you will become a Friend of Imagination Stage and enjoy exclusive benefits, including invitations to Opening Nights, opportunities to meet the actors, private backstage tours, $20 off an Imagination Stage class, and much more!There is nothing like the excitement, inspiration and joy on the faces of children who experience theatre and the arts at Imagination Stage. Making those special moments possible is our passion and mission. Please help us continue opening hearts, inspiring minds, and igniting imaginations by making a generous gift today. Thank you for your support of children and the arts and for being an important part of Imagination Stage.Gratefully,Mark Richardson Bonnie FogelPresident, Board of Trustees Founder and Executive DirectorP.S. Your gift – large or small – is deeply appreciated and will help more children experience the magic of theatre and the arts at Imagination Stage. Thank you.last_img read more

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

first_imgAbout the award: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Posted on February 3, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)To apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, visit the website. The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coachingTo foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurshipTo create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networkingEntrepreneurs play a central role in all economies. More than ever, we must support the next generation of men and women who have the audacity to create, to innovate and to imagine the future. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Since its inception in 2006, it has accompanied over 40 promising female business-owners and recognized 15 Laureates.Share this:last_img read more

Checking In: Young Champions Share Their Latest Developments

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Young Champions of Maternal Health have continued to contribute blogs on their progress implementing projects with Ashoka Fellows around the world. This month, the Young Champions share their insights into topics as diverse as striving toward sustainability and the continual pursuit of resources to continue innovating, the challenge (and excitement!) of implementing new maternal health programs in new geographic areas, some of the Young Champions’ goals for the new year and the remainder of their placements, and the importance of being part of the Young Champion community. All this and much more – including some exciting developments in more than one of our Young Champions’ own ideas, projects, and organizations! You can click through to their individual blog posts below. They will continue to blog about their experiences every month, and you can learn more about Ashoka, the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, the individual Young Champions, and the program here. Enjoy!“Building on Uncertain Ground” by Anna Dion“Butterflies” by Carolina Damásio“Hello Mzungu, Bye Bye Mzungu” by Faatimaa Ahmadi“The Next Chapter” by Faisal Siraj“An Old Man, a Young Boy, Cricket and… Maternal Health” by Hellen Kotlolo“What is a Mother Worth?” by Julianne Parker“World of Contrasts” by María Laura Casalegno“New Year, New Beginning and New Challenges” by Martha Fikre Adenew“Waiting to Take Off” by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi“Only in Africa” by Peris Wakesho“Try and Fail, but Don’t Fail to Try” by Sara Al-Lamki“Trying to Keep My Feet on the Ground” by Seth Cochran“Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…” by Zubaida BaiShare this:last_img read more

In Transition

first_imgPosted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Anna Dion, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Anna Dion, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I have had a Mercedes Sosa song playing in my head for most of this month, I think because it gives me some comfort as I navigate the many changes that this past month has brought.“Como todo cambiaQue yo cambie no es extrañoCambia todo cambiaCambia todo cambia”This has been a month full of change- both personal and professional. We have just finished an intensive pilot course for 15 birth companions, who will now begin the ‘real work’ of accompanying high-risk pregnant women across the municipality of Pilar from early in their pregnancy until 6 months after the birth of their child. Our goal is to eventually bring this model to scale across the entire municipality in an effort to improve the accessibility and services available to women and their newborns living in high-risk situations.It was truly inspiring to see the shift in perspective among many of the companions throughout the course- many of them starting from a position of wanting to correct the ‘bad habits’ that are often characteristic of many high-risk women. By the end of the course, the class had collectively shifted towards a more supportive and empathetic approach- understanding their own role in following the lead of their pregnant companion and helping them navigate health and social services in the way that best meets their own needs.Working with the diverse group of women in our class, I couldn’t help but be affected by their stories and experiences. Many of them have lived through situations of violence, abuse, isolation and discrimination. Ironically, these situations will likely make them better supports to the women they will accompany.Since the beginning of my Young Champion fellowship, I have also been in a perpetual state of change- and not only because of the work that I am involved with. I discovered early in my fellowship that I myself was pregnant, and my body and mind have been slowly getting myself ready for motherhood. While it has been challenging to be away from my family throughout all of these changes, I have felt very privileged by the love and support that I have received from so many of my colleagues and friends in Argentina. But now, 6 months into my fellowship and 7 months pregnant, I have to return to Canada to start building a home for our new arrival. I feel somewhat torn to leave Argentina, as I will be missing the true test of our program when our companions go out to start their work.However, this also gives me the opportunity to begin developing my original idea submitted to the Young Champion competition, and I can’t help but reflect on how I have changed over the course of this fellowship and how I will put these lessons into practice upon my return home. A lot of these lessons center on the belief in my own ability to develop and deliver a targeted and relevant program, adapting from my previous experiences as a Birth Companion in Canada, and our experience in developing a sister-program in Argentina. I have also developed a better sense the balance that I myself am comfortable with between analysis- building a program based on the best evidence available- and action.As my mind and body prepare themselves for this latest transition, I also can’t help but think about the many women who do not receive the basic care and support that everyone needs as they prepare to be a mother- whether it be for the first or the seventh time. More than ever before, I appreciate my own privilege, both as an expectant mum and as a young person given this unique opportunity to innovate, explore and shine.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more