Shops trading helps to boost income for Action Cancer

first_img Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer maintained its income levels in 2015 thanks to a strong performance from its charity shops, according to the latest accounts.Total income for 2015 was just under £4 million, marginally below the figure for 2014. Voluntary income last year fell from £1.6 million to £1.4 million but charitable trading grew from £1 million to £1.3 million.Voluntary income for Action Cancer included donations, which fell from £1.2 million to just over £1 million last year. This figure includes and in-kind value of £223,000 from bill board company Clear Channel.Legacies in 2015 came in at £219,000 from £334,000. The accounts note that they have free reserves of £3.8 million, more than double their reserves policy, because of ‘exceptional legacy’ income in recent years of £2.5 million. 68 total views, 1 views today 69 total views, 2 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 MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 7 September 2016 | Newscenter_img Image: Action CancerFundraising income, which includes a wide range of events and community activities, was about the same in the last two years at £1.2 million.Fundraising costs were up from £1.4 million to £1.5 million. The cost of the charity retail operations increased significantly, from £773,000 to £929,000.Fundraising and retail staff last year totaled 37. 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. Tagged with: Northern Ireland Research / statistics Trading Shops trading helps to boost income for Action Cancerlast_img read more

Access Group launches guide to help visitor attractions prepare for reopening

first_img Tagged with: Access Group COVID-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Access Group launches guide to help visitor attractions prepare for reopening 243 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Access Group has written a guide to help visitor attractions navigate the new landscape when they reopen.The free to download guide Welcoming your visitors after lockdown has been developed with input from the VE:Forum and contains practical advice on everything from staff engagement during the final weeks of lockdown and using technology to enable social distancing to ideas on marketing now versus how that will change when attractions open.It also covers insight from the BVA BDRC sentiment tracker and explores what this could mean for visitor attractions.Launching the guide, Simon Baines, MD of Access Not for Profit and Visitor Attraction Management commented:“As we see the first signs of our lockdown being eased, we realise it won’t be a case of just opening your doors. It’s important to start planning to make sure you’re as well placed as possible to provide the level of confidence that the public will need. Whether you’re a commercial attraction or not for profit, there will be opportunities for growth if the re-opening is handled well.“We’ve produced this comprehensive guide to help you with the planning process and included some tips on creating a great visitor experience. We understand that each attraction is different but hope that this guide proves practical.”Rachel Kuhn, founder of the VE:Forum added: Advertisement Melanie May | 11 June 2020 | News 242 total views, 2 views today “The Access Group’s experience of working with some of the UK’s leading visitor attractions has ensured that this guide is great starting point for thinking about reopening. It offers useful guidance and discussion points that should genuinely help attractions begin to formulate their operational plans for a post Covid-19 world.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Thinking workshop helps students find business solutions

first_imgDesigning a product with empathy is one of the skill sets students will learn at the design thinking workshop. Two participants took turns to show items in their wallets; they then interviewed each other before each designed a new wallet for the partner. printA design thinking workshop is now being offered to all TCU students.For the first time, the workshop will be offered to all majors, not just interns who are going to Ethiopia.There will be 23 total students attending the workshop.Professor of marketing practice at the Neeley School of Business Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau is coordinating with Cedric James, assistant director of TCU’s Idea Factory, to create a workshop where students can attend lessons in empathy, creativity and innovation in problem solving.Students will have the opportunity to interact with participants from different majors to reinforce the diversity of perspectives.“It’s important to have lots of different people from lots of different perspectives as opposed to just everybody who’s doing the same thing and same background,” Grau said.The students that will intern in Ethiopia can apply what they learn during the workshop to their trip. This workshop will offer tools to help the interns figure out how to create revenue-generating businesses for Ethiopian women.“I’m hoping it’s going to be useful for them when they get to Ethiopia,” Grau said. Tuyen Hoang is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tuyen is a transfer student from Brookhaven College. Tuyen is a junior journalism major and sociology minor at Texas Christian University. She serves as the administration reporter for TCU 360. ReddIt Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ TCU to send first student interns to Ethiopia Linkedin ReddIt Q&A: Three professors received the Deans’ Research and Creativity Award Twitter Twitter Facebook Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/center_img Facebook Tuyen Hoang Linkedin Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau attended Stanford University’s Design Thinking bootcamp in summer of 2015, and since then Grau has been working with faculty members to bring awareness about design thinking methodology to the TCU community.Grau said the workshop is about a “human-centered design.”The idea of human-centered design is to encourage students to observe, interview and develop empathy for the people whom they’re serving.At the workshop, Grau and James will instruct students to implement a full design cycle. The steps consist of empathy, define, brainstorm, prototype and test.Students will get hands-on experiences with each step by designing wallets for their peers.Grau said she will convey the significance of innovation in many fields and hopes to inspire innovative ways of thinking to all students’ disciplines.“Innovation is needed in education, sciences, social change organizations,” Grau said. “It’s a framework that can be applied in a lot of contexts.”The best way for students to understand the design thinking is to experience and find out how the creative solving-problem framework can be applied to their majors, James said.“All [are] welcome and just to see how this framework can be useful in their disciplines,” James said.Lunch and beverages will be provided at the workshop.To sign up for the workshop, students can contact either the idea factory or email Grau.The design thinking workshop will take place Feb. 26 in room Room 211 of Rees-Jones Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years + posts eHarmony co-founder speaks with TCU students Comedy group brings new approach of brainstorming to the Neeley School Previous articleTCU transfer students get more involved in transfer center’s leadershipNext articleN.J. Governor Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump at Fort Worth rally Tuyen Hoang RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

The ‘Let’s Talk’ program starts a new conversation about mental health at TCU

first_imgTAGSmental health Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ 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. Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Facebook Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Parking lot closures cause new problems for students What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Facebook + posts Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleTCU keeps gender ratio, looks to increase diversityNext articleOh the places they’ll go: Seniors face challenges post-graduation Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA challenge to make a difference at TCU may change the campus conversation on mental health. “Let’s Talk,” a program designed to remove the stigmas centered around formal counseling was introduced on campus this semester. The program offers confidential counseling sessions across campus, including walk-in appointments for students who might just need to talk. The push comes as the number of students seeking help continues to rise. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 over the past three years, the counseling center experienced a 32 percent increase in the number of students seen, according to a report published by the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center. Providing more alternatives for counseling and actively encouraging students to seek help might alleviate the level of anxiety among students, said Chuck Dunning, director of the senior year experience, who is the professional consultant for “Let’s Talk.” “For a lot of our students, they feel it is very important to keep up an image for their family, for their friends, for their professors and for their future employers that they are perfectly capable of dealing with everything in life all on their own,” Dunning said. “Let’s Talk” is meant to remove some of the barriers to access for care. For example, students seeking mental health services won’t have to fill out paperwork or schedule appointments, as the primary focus is on walk-in appointments. Hopefully removing the formal process will encourage more students to ask for help who otherwise might not have, said Joe Spellmeyer, a junior accounting major, who worked with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull to establish the first counseling outlet on campus. Spellmeyer said he became interested in mental health while completing his Impact Project for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.“Our professor challenged us to find a problem in the community that we cared about and kind of do something about it,” Spellmeyer said. “Mental health in adolescence and TCU particularly was something that really nagged me as an issue I wanted to do something about.”Dunning’s office, Tucker 003H, is the first “Let’s Talk” site on campus. “We’re also in a location that is more convenient for students,” Dunning said. “We are where they are now.”Dunning said providing an alternative for formal counseling is important. “Not all students need formal counseling,” he said. “They just need someone to sit down with to talk to and have a quick check-in to come up with some coping mechanisms for whatever it is they’re dealing with.”Students are still guaranteed the same privacy and confidentiality as formal counseling. “Let’s Talk” is a good first step for students who don’t want to schedule an appointment at the mental health center, said Annie Beeson, a junior supply chain and business information systems double major. “It makes it a lot less scary, especially if it is your first time,” said Beeson, who was also part of the Impact Project. “Then if you realize how helpful it is going to the actual counseling center won’t be as terrifying.”Dunning said even though the counseling sessions take place outside the walls of a traditional counseling center, students will still receive an experience that is focused on them. “I think the main thing is that we want to see more students take advantage,” said Dunning. “But in terms of them personally, I want them to see that TCU is an institution that is interested in finding ways to meet them where they are and to provide services that meet their needs.”In 2012, TCU was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Wolszon said the grant sparked an increase in mental health prevention throughout campus.“It’s getting teachers, parents, friends and faculty to tell students it’s okay to seek help,” said Wolszon. “Basically, we’re asking students to seek help and they are.”Removing the stigmaSchools across the country are working to implement alternative options for mental health services as a way of removing the social stigmas that are centered around formal counseling. Dunning said the stigmas originate from society’s attitude that asking for help is a sign of weakness. “There are a lot of students who for one reason or another are hesitant to seek formal counseling,” said Dunning, which is why he said removing the documentation associated with routine appointments will urge more people to get the help they need. Spellmeyer said one of the main reasons behind bringing “Let’s Talk” to TCU was to help uncover and disassociate the stigmas that stem from formal counseling sessions.“I think that’s a great benefit of ‘Let’s Talk’ is that you don’t have to worry about running into someone in the waiting room or worry about people seeing you going in and you don’t have to schedule an appointment ahead of time,” he said. Wolszon said she believes the solution rests on the continuation of open conversation.“If we stop talking about it, if we just decide okay we don’t need to talk about it, then I think the stigma would rise because people would just start kind of thinking if you don’t talk about it then it must be unspeakable,” she said. In hopes of sparking a spiral effect, Beeson said effective dialogue starts with the sharing of personal stories.“One of our goals is to try and be very open with our own mental health struggles so that if we talk to somebody else about it they might have the courage to go and talk to someone else about it,” said Beeson. “I think something big is just getting the students the help that they need.”last_img read more

Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers

first_img News June 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers February 10, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia to go further EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica Organisation May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the mounting repression against journalists in Ethiopia, reporting that it has registered five cases of arbitrary punitive measures and 10 arrests during the past week, in which the country has been awaiting final results in the recent legislative elections.”The government is riding roughshod over Ethiopia’s democratic guarantees in full view of the international community, especially the African Union, which has its headquarters in Addis Ababa,” the press freedom organisation said.”Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers during this period of political unrest and the government is clearly unwilling to tolerate any criticism,” the organisation added. “It is vital that foreign governments and international bodies with any influence over Prime Minister Meles Zenawi should intervene at once to try to stop this spiral of repression.”The editors and deputy editors of four privately-owned newspapers in Addis Ababa received summonses from the Central Federal Bureau of Investigation on 1 June to report to the police the next day. When they went, they were held throughout the day and were finally set free in the course of the night, without any explanation.The eight editors concerned were Zelalem Gebre of Menilik and his deputy Serkalem Fassil, Abiye Gizaw of Netsanet and his deputy Dereje Abtewold, Mesfin Tesfaye of Abay and his deputy Fekadu Indrias, and Fassil Yenalem of Zena and his deputy Simret G. Mariam.Two journalists with the US news agency, the Associated Press, photographer Boris Heger and reporter Anthony Mitchell, were arrested during deadly clashes on the campus of Addis Ababa university on 6 June and were held for seven hours. The memory card was confiscated from Heger’s digital camera.Finally, the public television station ETV last night broadcast an information ministry statement withdrawing the accreditation of five Ethiopian journalists working for the Amharic-language services of the German public radio, Deutsche Welle (DW), and the US government’s Voice of America (VOA). The five – Helen Mohamed, Bereket Teklu and Temam Aman of VOA, and Asegedech Yiberta and Tadesse Engdawde of DW – were accused in the statement of producing “irresponsible, baseless and invalid” reports.Despite a government ban on demonstrations in the capital, hundreds of students have been protesting against provisional results issued by the electoral commission giving the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies party a narrow victory in the 15 May legislative elections.Polling has had to be reheld in various places because of fraud or irregularities. The two main opposition parties have challenged the results and have been accused by the authorities of encouraging the student protests.Reporters Without Borders also noted that Shiferraw Insermu and Dhabassa Wakjira, two journalists who used to work for ETV’s Oromo-language service, have been detained without any justification for more than a year in Addis Ababa. A former colleague now living in exile said they were arrested in Addis Ababa on 22 April 2004 along with other Oromo employees of ETV who have since been released. Their arrests were apparently prompted by the broadcasting of a report about the violent dispersal of an Oromo student demonstration on the Addis Ababa university campus on 4 January 2004 in which many were arrested, especially members of the Macha Tulema social assistance group who were protesting against the government’s decision to move Oromo regional bodies from Addis Ababa (called Finfinne by the Oromos) to Adama (also known as Nazret), 100 km east of the capital. News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the mounting repression against journalists in Ethiopia, reporting that it has registered five cases of arbitrary punitive measures and 10 arrests during the past week, in which the country has been awaiting final results in the recent legislative elections. last_img read more

JEOL: Lançamento do novo cromatógrafo de gás – espectômetro de massa por tempo de…

first_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 JEOL: Lançamento do novo cromatógrafo de gás – espectômetro de massa por tempo de voo (time-of-flight) JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha – o mais recente GC-MS com desempenho e facilidade de operação superiores TAGS Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Facebook Previous articleWilliams takes lead late lifting Purdue past Michigan St.Next articleJEOL: Lanzamiento del nuevo cromatógrafo de gas —espectómetro de masas de tiempo de vuelo JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha— el mejor GC-MS con desempeño superior y facilidad de operación Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

The Silver Lining: Natural Disasters and Tech

first_img Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Silver Lining: Natural Disasters and Tech The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Common pitfalls of cloud computing: On-premises apps do not always transfer since many older apps were not developed with cloud-based services in mind making it difficult to “forklift” them to the cloud with minimal or no changes.Lack of training and awareness: New development techniques and approaches require training and willingness to utilize new services. When cloud-based environments are required/requested, this may introduce challenges with IT staff.Lack of documentation and guidelines: Best practices require developers to follow relevant documentation and methodologies. Given the rapid adoption of evolving cloud services, this has led to a disconnect between the CSP and application developers on how to utilize, integrate, or meet vendor requirements. Complexities of integration: Integrating new applications with existing ones is a key part of transitioning to the cloud. When developers and operational resources do not have open access to supporting components and services, integrations can be complicated, and troubleshooting becomes difficult. Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features The USA felt the brunt of the world’s three costliest natural disasters in 2018 with damages totaling more than $46 billion. The deadly Camp Fire in California was number one, with Hurricanes Michael and Florence coming in second and third place. Those disasters may have monopolized the headlines, but there are so many more homes and businesses destroyed each year by tornadoes, flooding, and fires. With storm season right around the corner, many firms in the hurricane belt spend the first quarter of each year testing their business continuity/disaster-recovery plan (BCP/DR). All too often, however, firms assume they are in a “safe zone” and fail to adequately plan, prepare, and test.The reality is that no firm is in a “safe zone.” Natural disasters themselves are not necessarily what will put your business in a risky situation. These are the top causes of data loss or downtime during such events: Hardware failure (45%)Power loss (35%)Software failure (34%)Data corruption (24%)External security breaches (23%) Accidental user error (20%)The real costs associated with such data loss or downtime include: Reputational risk: Your clients rely on you to be operational and available. Incurring a significant outage implies a lack of planning and lack of proper infrastructure.Loss of productivity: If your payroll is $200,000 per month, every business day of downtime could cost you approximately $11,500. Legal risk: There are critical functions that must be performed within your practice. Certain tasks have an extremely high level of risk associated with them if you should miss even one (military search, hearing attendance, foreclosure sale attendance, etc.).While there are various statistics available on the subject, some studies indicate that 90% of companies without an effective disaster-recovery plan who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year. A Cloud ComparisonFor many years, firms have been apprehensive to use the mysterious “cloud” as a strategy in their BCP/DR plan or overall data management, largely due to perceived compliance concerns or a general lack of understanding as to how to choose the right solution. There are many drivers that may cause you to think about cloud computing as the best solution. They typically include: CostRisk reductionScalabilityAgility (mobility)Many are skeptical of cloud computing because of assumptions that it is less secure or carries greater risk. However, this theory can only be considered true if you have completed a direct and comprehensive comparison between the cloud provider’s environment and your on-premises infrastructure. Factors to be compared include:Technological componentsRisk-management processesPreventative, detective, and corrective controlsGovernance and oversight processesResilience and continuity capabilities Multi-factor authenticationUntil you have had an expert truly weigh your internal environment against the cloud, it would be premature to assume one is safer than the other. What’s Your Plan?Regardless of whether you choose the cloud as part of your strategy or not, you need an effective plan. When putting together an effective BC/DR solution, you must start with the basics:Know specifically what assets are important (data and processing).Consider the current location of assets (on-premises, co-location facility, cloud service provider).Understand the details of the network connection between the assets and the processing sites. Having a reliable cloud computing site that you cannot reach because your ISP has failed does not provide you the coverage you need Know your requirements and understand your environment: Whether you handle your own backups, use a cloud service provider (CSP), or a combination of both, your objective is to ensure you are protected against the risk of data not being available or business processes not functional, leading to a breach of your service level agreements, lost revenue, and damaged client relationships. It is important that you understand the specific requirements set forth by your clients. They include: Recovery Point Objective (RPO), which helps determine how much information must be recovered and restored. It includes asking questions such as, “Is it okay to have quick access to your case data and documents, even if your non-case-related documents are not available for several days or are lost altogether?” What do your clients require? Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is a measure of how quickly you need each system to be up and running in the event of a disaster or critical failure.Recovery Service Level (RSL) is a percentage measurement of how much computing power is necessary based on the percentage of the production system needed during a disaster.Data Replication: Maintaining an up-to-date copy of the required data at a different location can be done on a few technical levels and with varying degrees of granularity. It is important to know your replication requirements. For example, data can be replicated at the block level, file level, or database level. Replication can be in bulk, on the byte level, via file synchronization, database mirroring, daily copies, etc. Each alternative impacts your RPO/RTO and has varying costs including bandwidth requirements. Functionality Replication: This includes the ability to re-create processing capabilities at a different location. Depending on the risk to be mitigated and the scenario that’s chosen, this could be as simple as selecting an additional deployment zone or as involved as performing an extensive rearchitecting. Examples of simple cases are environments that are already heavily virtualized. The relevant VM images can then simply be copied, where they would be ready for service restoration on demand.An ideal infrastructure cloud service provider will likely have the application architecture described and managed in an orchestration tool or other cloud infrastructure management system. With these, replicating the functionality can be a simple activity.The worst recovery-elapsed time is probably when functionality is replicated only when disaster strikes. A better solution is the active-passive form, where resources are held on standby. In active mode, the replicated resources are participating in the production. Planning, Preparing and Provisioning: This is the functionality around processes that lead up to the actual DR failover response. The most important factor in this category is adequate monitoring so that more time is available. Failover Capability: Appropriate load balancing is required to ensure that redirection of the user service requests occurs properly and in a timely manner. Smarter SolutionsIt is easy to see why many firms elect to make the cloud part of their solution. According to the 2017 Legal Technology Survey from the American Bar Association, cloud usage grew more than 40% from 2016 to 2017, from 37% to just over 52%. If you are ready to make that move, there are some things you need to consider.Assessing the risks associated with a cloud service provider (CSP) The elasticity of the CSP: Can the CSP provide all the resources if BCDR is invoked?Contractual issues: Will any new CSP address all contractual issues and SLA requirements?Available network bandwidth for timely replication of data.Available bandwidth between the impacted user base and the BCDR locations.Legal and licensing constraints that could prohibit the data or functionality to be present in the backup location. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Jan Duke is the COO and lead consultant at a360 Firm Solutions. She provides strategic leadership for the company and utilizes her extensive industry experience to create customized solutions to resolve operational challenges for clients. Her primary focusis consulting in the areas of management, business-process improvement and technology. She also oversees business development efforts, solutions delivery, and provides operational leadership guidance. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Make sure your CSP has service level agreements that align with your needs:Availability (for example, 99.99% of services and data)Performance (expected response times versus maximum response times)Security and privacy of the data (encrypting all stored and transmitted data)Logging and reporting (audit trails of all access and the ability to report on key requirements and indicators)DR expectations (worse-case recovery commitment, RTOs, the maximum period of tolerable disruption)Location of the data (ability to meet requirements or consistent with local legislation)Data format and structure (data retrievable from the provider in a readable and intelligent format)Portability of the data (ability to move data to a different provider, or to multiple providers)Identification and problem resolution (help desk/service desk, call center, or ticketing system)Change-management process (updates or new services)Exit strategy with expectations on the provider to ensure a smooth transition The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: GSE NPL Sales: Working Toward ‘Favorable Outcomes for Borrowers’ Next: A Look at Securitized Trusts and Diversity Jurisdiction Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 18, 2019 1,285 Views The cloud is the future, but it must be embraced wisely. 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$200k worth of jewelry gone in 30 seconds by a duo of Georgia mall thieves

first_imgGwinnett County Police Department(ATLANTA) — Two men allegedly used a hammer to smash through a glass display inside a Georgia jewelry store and got away with $200,000 worth of diamond rings, according to police reports.On April 15, one of the suspects walked into the Crescent Jewelers inside the Sugarloaf Mills Mall and expressed interest to an employee in necklaces. The man then left the store and returned with the second alleged suspect inquiring about diamond rings, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. In less than 30 seconds, one of the men allegedly brandished a hammer from his waistband and broke the display case with the diamond rings.“The witness stated the suspects who had on back packs grabbed several trays containing diamond rings and placed them inside the bags,” according the police report.The store’s owner told ABC affiliate WSBTV that the thieves dropped several of the rings as they were leaving the store.The robbers — described as black, between 25- to 35-years-old with tattoos on their faces — allegedly walked out of the Lawrenceville, Georgia, mall into the parking lot where they fled in a black Mitsubishi SUV.The police are asking for the public with any information about the suspects to please contact their case detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit their website. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New index topped by housing markets where prices have skyrocketed

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Realtors said that homebuyers are attracted to the quality of life and small-town feel of Coeur d’Alene. Many buyers are targeting new markets thanks to the emergence of remote work.The No. 2 emerging housing market was Austin, Texas, followed by Springfield, Ohio; Billings, Montana; and Spokane, Washington.While sellers in these markets cash in, locals are finding themselves priced out by all-cash buyers from high-earning cities.“It will prove increasingly difficult to attract teachers to our school district if they cannot find reasonably priced housing here,” said Scott Maben, spokesman for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools told the Wall Street Journal. “We are greatly concerned.”The Journal and Realtor.com reviewed data for the 300 most populous core-based statistical areas, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. The analysis looked at real-estate markets and economic health. Those areas consist of eight indicators: real estate supply, real estate demand, unemployment, wages, regional price parities, amenities, commute, foreign-born residents and small businesses.Missing from the index’s explanation was the usual disclaimer: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”[WSJ] — Keith LarsenContact the author homebuildersHousingResidential Real Estate Tags Email Address* Share via Shortlink Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (iStock)Buy high, anyone?A new methodology from the Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com to track the nation’s “most attractive” housing markets puts smaller, cheaper cities in places such as Idaho and Montana dominate the rankings.But prices have risen rapidly in these areas, putting some homes out of reach for locals. Powering the phenomenon are — you guessed it — urbanites from expensive markets like Seattle or Los Angeles.The index ranked the top metro areas for home buyers looking for an appreciating housing market and lifestyle amenities. Although it claims to identify areas that are not just nice places to live but also good investments, it was dominated by cities where home prices have already shot up.Topping the first monthly edition was Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where the median sales price shot up 47 percent from a year ago to $476,900, according to the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors.Read moreAustin home market seen as hottest of 2021 These small U.S. cities have exploding luxury markets Smaller cities look to cash in on shift to remote work Full Name* Message*last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/17/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEOakland 5, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 1Houston 7, Atlanta 3Pittsburgh 8, Boston 1NY Yankees 7 Philadelphia 3Detroit 3, Atlanta 2San Francisco 7, Kansas City 2Texas 7, Arizona 2Cleveland 9, Cincinnati 9Arizona 7, Chi White Sox 3San Diego 6, LA Angels 2AMERICAN LEAGUEBoston 3, Tampa Bay 2NY Yankees 5, Baltimore 3Toronto 9, Minnesota 8NATIONAL LEAGUEWashington 10, NY Mets 5Miami 4, St. Louis 2Milwaukee 9, LA Dodgers 8Colorado 7, Chi Cubs 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONNY Knicks 124, L.A. Lakers 123Miami 93, Charlotte 75Philadelphia 130, Milwaukee 125Detroit 110, Toronto 107Sacramento 129, Chicago 102Orlando 101, Atlanta 91L.A. Clippers 119, Brooklyn 116Houston 117, Minnesota 102NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColorado 3, New Jersey 0SO Buffalo 4, St. Louis 3OT N-Y Islanders 3, Minnesota 2SO Vancouver 3, Dallas 2OT Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1Anaheim 3, Florida 2Vegas 6, Edmonton 3TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(6) Michigan St. 65, (10) Michigan 60(22) Auburn 84, (8) Tennessee 64(24) Cincinnati 69, (11) Houston 57MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERLos Angeles FC 2, New York City 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by March 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/17/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more