George Smith – wordsmith

first_img  34 total views,  1 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 George Smith – wordsmith Tagged with: obituary Recruitment / people George Smith, the author, incisive thinker, and passionately practical contributor to the direct marketing and fundraising professions, died yesterday.Here are some early comments and thoughts on how much he helped change and develop the fundraising profession.[View the story “George Smith – an inspiration to fundraisers” on Storify] Howard Lake | 3 March 2012 | News 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

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Martin & Co launches post-lockdown expansion push with multiple acquisitions

first_imgMartin & Co says its franchisee network has been making a major bid to expand their businesses since the lockdown ended, including so far rivals and property portfolios acquired in Falmouth, Solihull and Rotherham. It also says there will be ‘more announcements to come’.In Falmouth this includes franchisees Jon and Felicia Sampson buying their fifth portfolio in just 18 months after it cut a deal with The Mather Group. This takes their portfolio to over 800 properties.In Solihull local franchisee Andy Powers has acquired a lettings portfolio from rival Hallway Letting Agent including a member of staff, his fourth and largest to date.Martin & Co Rotherham has grown its portfolio by almost 60% after acquiring Beechfield Properties in the South Yorkshire town.“There are opportunities out there despite the ongoing pandemic and these branches have worked tirelessly to adapt to changing requirements and to capitalise on arising opportunities,” says parent company TPFG’s CEO Gareth Samples (left).“The Property Franchise Group’s high levels of support helps our franchisees to set their sights on maximising those opportunities.“We’re not letting up in our pursuit of meaningful acquisitions and, not only do we have several others in the pipeline heading towards completion, but we are also looking for more.”Franchisees are clearly making hay while the sun shines – in a recent interview with The Negotiator, Samples warned that the current boom would continue until March next year before, he thought, running out of momentum after that.Visit Martin & Co.solihull rotherham Gareth Samples Martin & Co martin and co Falmouth October 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co launches post-lockdown expansion push with multiple acquisitions previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co launches post-lockdown expansion push with multiple acquisitionsFranchises in three different places hoover up rivals, or their lettings portfolios, with more announcements to come.Nigel Lewis20th October 202001,279 Viewslast_img read more

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Katerva Award Nomination

first_imgAgriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, but a growing population’s increasing demand for drinking water means farmers need to know how to grow more with less water.A nationwide team of researchers — including scientists, engineers and economists from University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, Cornell University, University of Maryland-Center for Environmental Science, Antir Software and Decagon Devices — is developing a new method to make agricultural water use much more efficient. Their work has attracted international attention, resulting in a nomination for a Katerva Award. Katerva promotes and recognizes collaborative approaches to solving global problems, and has recognized these researchers’ collaboration to develop hyper-efficient irrigation systems. The Smart Farm project was not chosen for the last round of the competition, but the researchers felt honored to have been one of just a few dozen projects nominated.The research and development team from UGA includes horticulture professors Marc van Iersel, Matthew Chappell, Paul Thomas and John Ruter; technician Sue Dove; and UGA doctoral students Mandy Bayer and Alem Peter. They have studied how to best use soil moisture sensors for irrigation control. On-farm testing at Evergreen Nursery in Statham, Ga., and McCorkle Nurseries in Dearing, Ga., has shown water savings of up to 83 percent, while saving labor and improving plant quality. “Being nominated for this award is a great honor and shows that our team has done outstanding and important work” says van Iersel. The team developed an economically viable system that uses remotely accessed soil and weather sensors to help farmers decide when and how much to irrigate their crops. The sensors relay information to a website that farmers can use to adjust their irrigation plans and schedules based on actual crop water needs, rather than timers or other less precise irrigation control methods. The group developed the precision irrigation concept with the help of a $5.1 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative, along with a $5.1 million in matching contributions from the collaborating institutions, companies and horticulture industry. Seed grants from the Horticultural Research Institute, American Floral Endowment and the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation helped pay for much of the early work. Their system is currently being tested in eight greenhouse and nursery operations in Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. While the initial trials are on a small scale, the system is designed to be scalable, so that growers can easily expand it. “By making the system scalable, growers can try it out in a small area,” said John Lea-Cox, a nursery industry research and Extension specialist with the University of Maryland “If they decide they like it, it will be easy to implement it on a much larger scale.” Decagon Devices partnered with the Smart Farm project to develop commercially available hardware and software systems to help the horticulture industry implement this new irrigation approach. According to the non-profit, “Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game entirely.” Katerva was founded as a British non-profit in 2010 to promote and recognize innovative ideas for solving global environmental and humanitarian issues. The international news organization Reuters has called the Katerva Awards “the Nobel Prizes of sustainability.” Those looking for more information about the Smart Farm project can visit www.smart-farms.net. For more information about the Katerva Awards, visit www.katerva.org.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Vetoes Republican Stopgap, Calls on Republican Leaders to get Serious about Pennsylvania’s Future

first_img September 29, 2015 Governor Wolf Vetoes Republican Stopgap, Calls on Republican Leaders to get Serious about Pennsylvania’s Future Schools That Teach,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed the Republican stopgap budget and called on Republican leadership to get serious about negotiating a final budget that moves the commonwealth forward. Governor Wolf released the following statement:“Instead of seriously negotiating a final budget that funds education with a commonsense severance tax, fixes our deficit without gimmicks and provides property tax relief for middle-class families and seniors, Republican leaders passed a stopgap budget that once again sells out the people of Pennsylvania to oil and gas companies and Harrisburg special interests. Republican leaders are intent on Harrisburg politics as usual and embracing a failed status quo that is holding Pennsylvania back. Just like their sham budget in June, this stopgap budget makes it clear that Republican leaders not only want to do nothing to move the commonwealth forward, but they are intent on taking us backwards. If the Republican budget became law, our deficit would balloon to $3 billion, and instead of restoring education funding, even further cuts would become necessary, and our credit rating would become junk status – that’s unacceptable.“Throughout negotiations, I have tried hard to compromise, and recently, I offered historic reforms to the liquor and pension systems, two areas Republicans say are priorities, and in return, I have received nothing on education, a severance tax or fixing the deficit. Despite the political posturing and blatant obstruction by Republican leaders, I know there are rank and file Republican legislators who understand the importance of investing in education and there are rank and file Republican legislators who support a commonsense severance tax. Now is the time to come together to accomplish that goal – Pennsylvania cannot wait any longer.“At every turn, Republican leaders have prevented serious negotiations because they are unwilling to take on oil and gas companies and Harrisburg special interests to make the long-term investments in education and the changes needed to help Pennsylvania families.”For a copy of Governor Wolf’s veto message, click here.# # #center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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16 Filipino workers granted royal pardon in Bahrain

first_img“This act of humanity by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa provides renewed hope and an opportunity for our countrymen and women to build new lives,” the Chief Executive added. MANILA – Sixteen overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) detained in the Kingdom of Bahrain are bound for home after being granted a Royal Pardon by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. In a statement on Sunday afternoon, President Rodrigo Duterte extended his gratitude to Al Khalifa for the Royal Pardon on 16 Filipino workers, including two who were reprieved during Eid’l Fitr. President Duterte further said that the Royal Pardon is a “testament anew to the abiding ties between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Bahrain and the deep and strong relations with His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.”center_img “His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa’s forgiveness paves the way for the release of these 16 Filipinos and their return to the Philippines in the due course,” President Duterte said. The President also said that he values his friendship with Al Khalifa and vowed to continue working closely to further deepen bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest between the two countries./PNlast_img read more

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