first_img Howard Lake | 3 September 2006 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Barnardos in Ireland has started a scheme where it will sell new clothes donated from commercial retailers in its charity shops. ‘Barnardos Brand New’ will appeal to retailers and wholesalers to provide unsold or end of line goods.The scheme has been implemented on a trial basis in Barnardos Liffey Valley shop outside Dublin and bridal boutique in Dun Laoghaire. Barnardos now plans to roll out ‘brand new’ across all it shops.Barnardos shop sales were ‚€960,000 in 2005, down from ‚€1,077,000 in 2004. Net income increased, however, from ‚€151,000 in 2004 to ‚€229,000 in 2005. Shop sales represented 12% of total voluntary income in 2005. Advertisement Barnardos enters the new clothes market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland 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

first_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the “gratuitous and inexplicable” harassment of the daily L’Expression by the police for the past two weeks because of its coverage of opposition demonstrations last February in the west central city of Gagnoa and because it provided video footage of the ensuing violent reaction to the French TV news station France 24.“Our newspaper is being made to pay for its independence,” L’Expression editor Dembélé Al Séni told the press freedom organisation yesterday by phone from the Abidjan headquarters of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST), the police intelligence department where he was being interrogated.“Our credibility is proven,” Séni continued. “I suppose the authorities want us to toe the line. They are asking us all sorts of questions. Who finances the newspaper? Which political faction do we support? Where do we get our information? What are our intentions? But they have not denied any of the facts we reported. The demonstrations were widely covered in the press. Why are they picking on us?”Reporters Without Borders said: “We urge the Ivorian authorities, especially the DST, to explain why they keep summoning L’Expression’s staff for questioning. The newspaper’s correspondent in Gagnoa did a serious job of reporting. Harassing its staff in this manner is not normal.”After responding to a summons to present themselves to DST headquarters at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, Séni and L’Expression’s Gagnoa correspondent, David Gnahoré, spent the entire day there being interrogated by DST chief César Negbé and were not released until late in the evening. They were told to return at 11 a.m. today.Gnahoré already received a summons to report to police headquarters in Gagnoa on 7 May. While being questioned at the DST two days later, his home was searched and his laptop was taken away. It still has not been returned to him.Séni said the authorities are accusing L’Expression of “inciting violence” and “disseminating false information.” The offending article, published in the 20 February issue, was headlined: Mama militia opens fired: 5 dead, 19 wounded.”Another L’Expression journalist was summoned for questioning at the national gendarmerie’s department of investigations at the start of May over a report about an arms cache discovered in Abidjan. RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections RSF_en October 29, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alertscenter_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further May 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police hound staff of daily over coverage of opposition protests News October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Newslast_img read more

first_imgTravel retail business SSP, which operates brands including Starbucks and Upper Crust, has reported £221.m in operating profit.The company said the 12.1% increase in profit in the year ended 30 September 2019 had been driven by a combination of new contracts, operational efficiency and sales growth.Total revenue was £2,794.6m, up 7.8% at constant currency, and up 9% at actual exchange rates. Growth in air and rail passenger numbers drove a 1.9% increase in like-for-like sales.“SSP has delivered another strong performance in 2019,” said CEO Simon Smith. “Operating profit was driven by solid like-for-like sales growth despite some external headwinds, significant new contract openings and further operational improvements.”Smith added that SSP continued to grow its business in Continental Europe, India and the Philippines. It expanded into Brazil for the first time and planned to extend into Bermuda, Bahrain and Malaysia.“The new business pipeline is strong across all our geographies both this year and next, and we’ve announced a £100m share buyback, which further demonstrates our confidence in the future of the business.”Recent SSP activity in the UK has included a partnership with Warrens Bakery to open a store in Gatwick Airport. The company was forced to close its first Knead site, opened with Paul Hollywood at Euston Station, as building worked started on the High Speed 2 (HS2) development, but has not ruled out opening further sites under the brand.Smith added: “The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and, while a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short-term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create value for our shareholders.”last_img read more

first_imgtaylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#e-commerce#email#Groupon Is There A Daily Deals Bubble?Ask anyone who’s opted out of email alerts for half-price spa days and dinners for two: daily deals served up to your inbox every day can get old — and fast. Most of tech blogging’s upper echelons have already made a case that the daily deals phenomenon is a fad that’ll come and go with the speed of a limited time Groupon offer, and we’re inclined to agree. Indeed the daily deals space boasts all the trappings of a true tech mini-bubble, from 2010’s sky-high early valuation to today’s ringing silence where there once was the clamor of companies scrambling to get a piece of the half-off pie. With the buzz waning, Groupon and its ilk (Living Social, Google Offers) have become little more than a fly buzzing around your inbox — and swatting it away is as easy as clicking unsubscribe.The ultimate sign your business model might have jumped the shark? There’s a startup that exists solely to help people get the hell away from your product.  Toss systemic daily deals fatigue on a heap of flaws ranging from understandably disgruntled vendors screwed over by the Groupon model to a green CEO prone to YouTubing naked yoga sessions — and making stockholders squirm — and you’ve got yourself a hard sell. The demise of Groupon isn’t hard to imagine. As our own Cormac Foster wrote a few months ago when Groupon made our Death Watch list:“Ultimately, it’s likely to become the biggest fish in a much less important pond. It could easily end up as no more than an obscure division of some much larger, more diversified company.”Groupon’s Euro-ProblemGroupon’s problems arguably run as deep as its business model, but last week CEO Andrew Mason blamed the company’s poor performance in Europe — and the European debt crisis — for its woebegone earnings report.  “We followed a different playbook in Europe, focusing on rapidly capturing market share at the cost of investing in technology and innovation and, too often, the satisfaction of our merchants and customers. With a weak European economy, we didn’t have the necessary runway to integrate our international business before reaching a plateau in growth earlier this year,” Mason said.The weirdo animal print accessory of your dreams awaits.Can Groupon Sell Itself Again?Groupon might be flatlining, but it’s not quite dead yet. The company did recently expand into new-ish territory with Groupon Goods, a Woot-like version of its extant group buying model that serves up deeply discounted products (Yoga leggings! Microfiber duvets! Facelift cream!) rather than less stuff-like stuff.Just today Groupon announced free shipping and returns for any items bought through Groupon Goods — not a bad little holiday season incentive. Groupon is also gunning for Square with a mobile payments system for local vendors that promises to be cheaper than the competition. According to Foster, “If Mason can find new ways to leverage these assets across other products and services (for example, cross-selling full-priced flights or shore excursions at the point of purchase for a discounted cruise), it could build out a convenience-based commerce system and open up new partnership opportunities and compensation structures. If it sticks to online couponing, though, right now is probably as good as things will ever get.”In other words, let the Groupon fire sale commence.  Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification After losing 90% of its value from its IPO heyday, daily deals guru Groupon is looking more and more like one of its own deep discount coupons. Founded in 2008, Groupon went public last fall among 2011’s flurry of IPOs from hot-to-trot tech companies like LinkedIn and Skype. Now, the company’s stock is tumbling after it failed to meet analyst expectations for the third quarter of 2012.After already reaching an all-time low last week, Groupon is now trading at a rock-bottom $2.69 — a plummet from its early November valuation that hovered around $4.00 a share and an absolute nosedive from its $28-per-share opening price one year ago.The company also recently laid off 80 sales employees “as part of an effort to automate the way it handles its deals,” according to The New York Times. They’ve cut 648 in the past six months. Yikes.In 2010, Groupon turned up its nose at a whopping $6 billion offer from Google. If Groupon had gone along for the ride, it would have made history as Google’s second largest acquisition ever at about half of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy and over three times as much as the price Google paid for YouTube back in 2006.Instead the company stayed the course, insisting on remaining independent and confident that it could continue raking in a rumored $2 billion in annual revenue. Talk about seller’s remorse. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgThe Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have joined hands to set up the country’s first e-waste clinic here, that would enable segregation, processing and disposal of waste from both household and commercial units.Also Read Nearly 50,000 people make a living out of Seelampur’s e-waste  After inspecting the garbage and plastic recovery centres in Bhanpur here, CPCB officials discussed the clinic with BMC officials. A three-month pilot project, the clinic, if successful, would be replicated elsewhere in the country.“Electronic waste will be collected door-to-door or could be deposited directly at the clinic in exchange for a fee. The CPCB will provide technical support at the unit,” BMC Additional Commissioner Rajesh Rathore told The Hindu.At present, there was no estimate of the quantity of electronic waste generated in the city, he added. “Hazardous waste will be sent to Bengaluru for recycling,” he said.Door-to-door collection will happen in two ways. Either separate carts for the collection of e-waste will be designed, or separate bins will be attached to existing ones meant for solid and wet waste. The clinic is being conceived in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.In the absence of a safe disposal mechanism, electronic waste at present is being disposed of along with other waste, said Mr. Rathore. “A suitable site for the unit is yet to be identified,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThey aren’t exactly “begging” India to play against them but Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to “push” the BCCI into honouring the Memorandum of Understanding for six bilateral series between the two countries.”We are not begging them to play us. Please don’t get that impression. But they (BCCI) signed a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 and they didn’t meet their commitment,” Shaharyar told the media in Islamabad after attending a meeting of the national standing committee on sports.”It is our right as a cricket nation to push them to honour the MOU. They immediately owe us at least two home series as the last full bilateral series was played in India in 2007. In the MOU, Pakistan was to host four series between 2015 and 2023,” he said. (Pakistan will survive without playing India, says PCB chief Shaharyar Khan)Shaharyar, a former career diplomat, said that both countries have to play bilateral cricket according to the MOU signed in 2014 during the ICC meeting and the PCB depended on these series for huge financial boosts.He said Pakistan had lost huge revenue due to India’s refusal to play them and that was the reason the matter was also been taken up in the ICC executive board in Cape Town.”We have been consulting our lawyers on this issue of the MOU and we will be taking up this case of bilateral series at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting this month,” he said.advertisementShaharyar was recently elected Chairman of the ACC and will chair the next meeting in Colombo on December 17.Though the ACC meet is being held to discuss development issues and future schedule of tournaments, the PCB chief said he will be discuss the MOU with India.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.” last_img read more