Council has power to increase tax

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsPoliticsCouncil has power to increase taxBy admin – September 5, 2013 715 Twitter Print Emailcenter_img Previous articleAfter Dark – Opening of Vines Bar and GrillNext articleGCN’s Mother Club to play Limerick Pride admin Advertisement Linkedin A LIMERICK local election candidate has warned that householders are in the dark about a clause which would allow the local authority increase property tax by 15 per cent.Fianna Fáil candidate, Jim Hickey, said that while more than 1.2 million householders have paid their property tax, “most cannot afford to because of unemployment, austerity charges, indirect taxation and welfare cuts.”Householders budgeting for the next three years do so on the basis the charge will remain the same until 2016 Mr Hickey said, “except it might not stay the same. Buried deep within legislation is a provision for Local Authorities to increase the property tax by 15 per cent. They can do that by the end of 2014.They can also reduce it by 15 per cent, but that will never happen”.The candidate said that legislation enacted in 2012 “sets in stone the Government’s entitlement to increase a tax the people simply cannot afford. Yet the booklet every householder in Ireland received by post suggests otherwise”.“It reads: ‘The market value of your property on the 1st May 2013 will form the basis for calculating the property tax for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.’ Ordinary people assume their property tax will remain the same until 2016”.He said that the Government “is banking on the fact the majority of ordinary people reading this booklet do not understand it. This is an underhand clause, typical of the Government that framed and legislated for it”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up last_img read more

K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: FIRST REAL TEST FOR JASON BLACK AS HE REACHES 6,000 METRES

first_imgJason BlackAudio Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/msg-42.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jason Black has been tested for the first time in his quest to climb K2. The mountaineer suffered some altitude sickness as he claimed to 6,000 metres to Camp 1 during acclimatisation runs. Hear how he got on in his own words by simply clicking the arrow in his epochal audio dispatch for Donegal Daily.K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: FIRST REAL TEST FOR JASON BLACK AS HE REACHES 6,000 METRES was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

Greening it up in Cape Town

first_imgA tranquil scene in the Company Gardens, situated in the heart of Cape Town next to the parliament precinct. (Image: City of Cape Town) The Green Point stadium in July 2009, with Table Mountain in the background. (Image: City of Cape Town) A selection of the icons that will soon become familiar to everyone using the Cape Town green map. (Image: Green Map System) Janine ErasmusGreen-minded Capetonians and visitors can now rest assured that their living, working and playing impact on the environment will be minimal, thanks to the Cape Town green map.The map is a 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy project initiated by the City of Cape Town as part of its Green Goal 2010 action plan. Green Goal 2010 aims to make the upcoming World Cup as gentle on the environment as possible.The green map joins other projects in one of nine Green Goal target areas, this one set to specifically promote environmental awareness, sustainable lifestyles and environmentally efficient building practices.Projects include an anti-littering and waste recycling campaign, a campaign to encourage drinking of tap water rather than bottled water (as the quality of local tap water is more than sufficient), and green buying for events related to 2010.Plans are underway to include the green map in the 2010 visitors’ and event guides, thereby promoting responsible tourism.And as a 2010 legacy project, the map will endure as a valuable resource for residents, visitors and the commercial sector.Leading the wayLaunched on World Environment Day in June 2009, the green map is currently only available online, but a print version is expected before the end of 2009.Cape Town is one of the few cities on the globe to lie within a national park and according to city management, is therefore perfectly positioned to lead the way on the continent with a green map. Not only is the initiative the first in Africa, but it is also the first to map the city from a green perspective.As one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, Cape Town is bracing itself for a surge of football- and nature-mad tourists over the months of June and July 2010, and beyond. Cape Town is a 2010 host city, and now boasts a state-of-the-art, newly renovated venue – the spectacular Green Point stadium that is scheduled for completion in December 2009.The region is also home to the Cape floral kingdom, the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, but by far the richest. At least 70%, or about 6 200, of the 9 000-plus plant species of the Cape Floral Kingdom are found nowhere else on Earth. There are six endemic species of birds, four of mammals, 22 of reptiles, 16 of amphibians, and 14 of freshwater fish.This unique environment and wealth of biodiversity is one of the city’s greatest assets. The development of the green map aims to help protect that environment by guiding visitors and residents in ways of sustainable living.It also points out the greenest spots in Cape Town and offers an ever-growing directory of green products and services. These include green spaces, alternative energy sites, green accommodation, green markets and eateries, green events, recycling sites and drop-off points, and much more.Global communityCape Town is now part of a worldwide network of 566 similar maps in 55 countries in the Green Map community.One of the project’s outstanding features is that it is powered by the open source Green Map system, which combines a globally accepted set of standard icons with Google’s advanced mapping technology. Users are encouraged to submit their favourite sites for inclusion.The green map’s icon set is divided into three categories – culture and society, sustainable living, and nature. These cover everything from eco-clubs to sources of organic local food to community gardens, bicycle paths, fairtrade companies, green map availability points (for the printed version), amphibian habitats and scenic viewpoints.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesCape Town “best city on the world”Cape Town: a sustainable cityCape Town makes elite listUseful linksCape Town green mapGlobal green map systemGreen Goal – City of Cape TownBiodiversity hotspotslast_img read more

Schwab in the running for America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board created the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year contest in order to recognize the best in pig farming. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to the pig farmer who demonstrates and lives by the We Care ethical principles. Lauren Schwab from Butler County is 

representing Ohio in this national effort.“I want to share my experience as a farmer with consumers and further their understanding of how farmers produce food,” Schwab said. “It’s important to actively engage with consumers on a large scale and tell our story.”Lauren Schwab proudly works as a second-generation farmer on the 230-acre farm founded in 1977 by her father, Jeff. The farrow-to-wean farm is home to 12 independent barns that house 1,100 sows. The modern barns provide the proper environment for the sows, which are individually cared for and observed daily to assess their needs. The sows produce about 30,000 piglets a year, which are then sold to other farmers for finishing.Through Sept. 10, the public can vote once a day per person/email address for their favorite finalist at AmericasPigFarmer.com. The winner will be announced Oct. 7. 

The winner of this contest will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the pork industry over the next year all across the country. This is an awesome opportunity for Ohio’s pork industry. Click here to vote for Lauren and help Ohio serve as a nationwide voice for agriculture!last_img read more

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgThis communication is to outline information related to the compulsory transition to Touch Football Online. Days Remaining: 47 Touch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website –www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015. In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme. As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. Through a strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1 January, 2015). TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payments/financial details, but also track member data and facilitate more effective engagement and communication with members. Regardless of the size or scope of your affiliate, TFO can build new efficiencies into your business processes (e.g. vastly reduced paperwork), saving you time and enabling you to manage your competition information the most effective way. It is important to note that associations who are using the Sportzware Central program, that this program is being phased out and there will be no further development of this product, so it’s time for users to join TFO. TFA has invested in and are continuing to invest in communication, training and education of these changes, by making available the Touch Football webinars and learning resources for affiliates whom excel in transitioning to the new systems. To learn how you can prepare for moving your association to TFO, and to arrange your conversion, please email [email protected] or contact the TFA office on (02) 6212 2800. For more information, please click on the attached flyer. Related Filescompulsory_transition_to_tfo-pdftouch_football_online_flyer-jpgRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow Lite versus PayPal

first_imgNeed to start online fundraising? Have you checked out PayPal or Google Checkout?It’s time to consider a better (but still free!) solution. Network for Good provides a free online fundraising service to registered 501(c)3 organizations — DonateNow Lite.How does DonateNow Lite compare to Paypal?Donor experience is heightened because of Network for Good’s use of a donation form (rather than a shopping cart).Donors receive automated tax receipts and online donation history.You can accept recurring donations.You can track donations with online reports.Our service is registered to process donations for nonprofits from the residents of all 50 states + DC — PayPal is not. (While Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states, we recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)Network for Good is a nonprofit like you are.We offer our subscribers free fundraising training & resources at www.fundraising123.org.Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!last_img read more

How to Convert One-Time or Annual Donors into Monthly Givers

first_imgRevisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation-monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors. (Read more about the four parts of a great fundraising appeal.) Make sure your donation form offers a recurring giving option. Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift. (Need a donation form that allows and encourages donors to set up monthly giving? Find out more about DonateNow.) Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month. Remember: To increase charitable donations, you should appeal to the heart–not the head. Thinking about monthly giving is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. At Network for Good, we find that 30-40% of the online donation volume coming from a nonprofit’s website is monthly giving. It would be wonderful for nonprofits to thank people every month instead of asking them for donations every few weeks.How do you do that? How do you turn your annual givers into monthly supporters? Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” This can be done when asking for another gift later in the year, but consider this: First-time online donors are more likely to turn into monthly donors within three days their original online gift. Think of using this strategy during the holidays when you’re experiencing high traffic of one-time donations!Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.”last_img read more

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