first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Captive Breeding, Commentary, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Ex-situ Conservation, Extinction, Mammals, Megafauna, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Sumatran Rhino, Wildlife center_img The presence of near-extinct Sumatran rhinos in Indonesian Borneo was for a long time the stuff of legend, with no hard evidence to support it. Still, wildlife experts spared no effort to investigate every scrap of information.Those rumors eventually bore fruit with the capture of two individuals by conservationists in the past two years. The first rhino, however, died of injuries sustained before its capture.Today, a facility in eastern Borneo holds the other rhino, a female, with around-the-clock care from vets and experts, as part of a wider effort to kick-start a captive-breeding program.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. In 1982, an orangutan researcher working in Indonesian Borneo wrote to a colleague at the biology department at the National University in Jakarta. He told of meeting a traditional-medicine trader at the market in Pangkalan Bun, a city in Central Kalimantan province.“A whole Sumatran rhino head is immersed in coconut oil in a basin,” Muhammad Boang wrote. “That oil is later put into little finger-size bottles, and sold for 5,000 rupiah,” nearly $8 at the time. “It’s believed to cure various ailments. According to the trader, the rhino came from the forest in Tanjung Puting,” at the time a newly established national park.Three decades later, environmentalists from the Titian Foundation would once again get information of Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in Indonesian Borneo, this time in East Kalimantan province. In 2012, the foundation’s founder, Darmawan Liswanto, received reports of rhino sightings in the Mahakam Ulu foothills upstream of the Mahakam River. The area includes the Kelian Lestari protected forest, and was formerly a mining site spanning 67 square kilometers (26 square miles).The Indonesian part of Borneo island, known as Kalimantan, is shown in red. Image courtesy of Gunkarta/Wikimedia Commons.The presence of Sumatran rhinos in Indonesian Borneo was for a long time the stuff of legend, with no hard evidence to support it. The species was considered locally extinct, until WWF-Indonesia found signs of a rhino there in 2013.Early that year, an orangutan survey team from the NGO found fresh tracks believed to be from a rhino. The discovery prompted more intensive surveys, including setting up a camera trap and interviewing residents across West Kutai district, East Kalimantan province.The interviews indicated that there were pockets of potentially viable habitat for Sumatran rhinos in East Kalimantan. The surveyors identified these as Habitat Pockets 1, 2 and 3. Field surveys in Habitat Pockets 1 and 3 found signs of a rhino presence, including footprints, droppings, half-eaten vegetation, mangled branches, scuffed tree bark, and mud wallows. In mid-2013, a camera trap recorded a rhino in Habitat Pocket 1.On Oct. 2 that year, the forestry minister announced the rhino discovery at the Asian Rhino Range States Meeting taking place in Lampung, Sumatra. In 2014, a series of systematic and collaborative surveys were begun to uncover the rhinos’ population and distribution.In October 2014, locals reported finding rhino tracks in Habitat Pocket 3. The area was already under threat from human activity, including hunting, logging, clearing, burning, mining, and cultivation of oil palms.“The results of a 2015 survey by WWF-Indonesia and Mulawarman University indicate there are more than 15 Sumatran rhinos in Habitat Pocket 1,” Yuyun Kurniawan, from WWF-Indonesia, said in a Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA) presentation that year.Locals had also reported a rhino presence in Habitat Pocket 2 since 2013. But surveys by WWF-Indonesia and the Alliance for Forest Conservation (ALeRT) from 2016 to 2018 turned up no evidence of rhinos there.Since 2013, meanwhile, there were three rhinos known to live in Habitat Pocket 3, all females: Najaq, Pahu and Tenaik (Pahu’s calf). But conditions are increasingly dire for the rhinos there, surrounded by mines and oil palm plantations.Najaq was captured on March 12, 2016. She died on April 5, from wounds inflicted by a snare. There are no signs at present of Tenaik, believed to be about 5 years old. A Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) set up by WWF-Indonesia, the Indonesian Rhino Foundation (YABI) and the East Kalimantan conservation agency (BKSDA) found 250 snares and traps in a three-month period in 2016, set up to hunt wild boars and deer.Najaq before her death in April 2016. Image by Ari Wibowo/WWF-Indonesia.The morning of Nov. 25, 2018, was a memorable one for the Sumatran rhino conservation community. That was the day Pahu was successfully and safely captured. Three days later, she was transferred to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Kelian Lestari.Wiratno, the conservation chief at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said the translocation was an important first step in the effort to boost conservation of the Sumatran rhino. He said the government was fully committed not just to the capture of rhinos for conservation and captive breeding, but also to the protection of their habitats.“Our hope is that the population of the species will recover,” he said.At the Kelian Lestari SRS, a team of veterinarians and experts are keeping close tabs on Pahu, ensuring she remains safe and healthy in her new environment.The Sumatran rhino is one of the mammals most at threat from extinction. With a population of fewer than 100 individuals, the species is at a critical point. For years it was hunted and saw its habitat destroyed. The population that remains is now scattered, making it difficult for individuals to find each other to mate.As a result of this prolonged isolation, the captive-breeding effort itself poses a risk to the fertility of the rhinos. Whether the species survives depends on the conservationists’ ability to capture and transfer the rhinos to facilities specially built for their care.The Kelian Lestari SRS where Pahu now lives features a high diversity of plants. These include plants whose leaves or fruit the rhinos like to eat, such as blackboard tree (Alstonia scholaris), Vitex pubescens, bandicoot berry (Leea indica), purple simpoh (Dillenia excelsa), native hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus), and different kinds of fig trees (Ficus spp).Any rhinos kept here will only be given food that can be found in the nearby forest. Additional food is limited to jackfruit (Artocarpus integra) or rubber fig (Ficus elastica) leave, which can be obtained from nearby villages. Even then, the SRS staff have to ensure that the leaves don’t come from farms or plantations that use pesticides. Rhinos become susceptible to disease if their diet isn’t diverse enough or is contaminated with pesticides.If, over the next year, conservationists are unable to capture and move any of the rhinos in Habitat Pocket 1 to the Kelian Lestari SRS, an important decision needs to be made. One of the males currently at the Way Kambas SRS in Lampung, Sumatra, must immediately be sent to Kelian Lestari to mate with Pahu. It’s important that this happen for the Sumatran rhino conservation program to work as hoped.Pahu was captured from a forest in East Kalimantan by conservationists in an effort to protect the near-extinct species. Image courtesy of Sugeng Hendratmo/Sumatran Rhino Rescue.Haerudin R. Sadjudin is a senior rhino researcher who has been involved in rhino conservation program for over 40 years in Indonesia.The story was first published on our Indonesian site on Dec. 2, 2018.Editor’s note: For an alternative view of the capture of Najaq, see this 2016 commentary by Erik Meijaard.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

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first_imgSchadan and his wife Louise, look forward to becoming an integral part of the Conuma community.“I look forward to continuing to shape the success story that Conuma has started, and helping the Company achieve its growth targets in the future. We will continue the relentless dedication to safe operations, continued environmental stewardship, and pro-active stakeholder engagement to ensure that Conuma maintains its all-important social license to operate,” said SchadanFounded in 2016, Conuma employs nearly 900 people, being a growing employer in the province in the past three years. The company has three operations: Brule, Wolverine and Willow Creek mines, all of which produce high-quality, metallurgical coal, which is a key ingredient in steelmaking. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Conuma Coal Resources Limited (“Conuma”) announced that the Company has hired John Schadan as President.Schadan will be the second President following Mark Bartkoski who will step down from this position March 31, 2019.Conuma operates three metallurgical coal mines in the Peace River Coalfield of North Eastern British Columbia near the communities of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.- Advertisement -Bartkoski, who has been with Conuma from the beginning, shared he has mixed emotions about leaving his adopted hometown of Tumbler Ridge in order to return to Ohio to spend more time with his family, including a growing number of grandchildren.“When I came to Tumbler Ridge nearly three years ago, I hoped that we could build a coal company with the values and integrity that we have instilled and developed at Conuma. We have succeeded thus far beyond my imagination’” said Bartkoski.Conuma’s board of directors shared they conducted a global search for a replacement and chose Schadan who has more than 30 years of experience in Canadian mining, including as President of Westmoreland Coal Company, as well as a mining engineering degree from Queen’s University. Schadan has held leadership roles previously with the Coal Association of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSpencer/Columbus to host Level 1 game; Stratford, Marshfield, Auburndale hit the roadBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAll four local high school teams have qualified for the WIAA football playoffs, which will begin with Level 1 games on Oct. 20.Play in seven divisions continues Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10 and will end with the 2017 WIAA Football Championships at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 16-17.Marshfield (6-3) is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, earning a No. 5 seed in one of the four Division 2 brackets.The Tigers, co-champions of the Valley Football Association West Division, will play at Holmen (7-2), one of three teams that tied for the Mississippi Valley Conference title. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com. The victor will play the winner of No. 1 Menomonie vs. No. 8 La Crosse Central in a Level 2 game Oct. 27.Stratford (7-2) and Spencer/Columbus (8-1) are both in the same Division 5 bracket.Spencer/Columbus is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Oconto (7-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spencer High School.Stratford is the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Bonduel (8-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Bonduel finished second to two-time defending Division 5 state champion Amherst (8-1) in the Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division.Amherst is the No. 2 seed, and Stanley-Boyd (9-0), the only team to defeat Spencer/Columbus this year, is the top seed in the bracket.Auburndale (5-4) is back in the playoffs for the second year in a row and is the No. 6 seed in a Division 6 bracket. The Apaches will play at No. 3 Crandon (7-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. Crandon was the undefeated (7-0) champion of the M&O/Packerland/Northern Lakes Small Conference.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 WIAA Football PlayoffsLevel 1All games Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.Division 1No. 8 Eau Claire Memorial at No. 1 Bay PortNo. 5 Stevens Point at No. 4 HudsonNo. 6 Wisconsin Rapids at No. 3 NeenahNo. 7 Green Bay Preble at No. 2 Appleton NorthNo. 8 Milwaukee Riverside University/Golda Meir at No. 1 KimberlyNo. 5 Oshkosh West at No. 4 Milwaukee MarquetteNo. 6 Milwaukee Samuel Morse/Marshall/Carmen Northwest/Juneau/Languages at No. 3 Hartland ArrowheadNo. 7 Milwaukee King at No. 2 Fond du LacNo. 8 Madison Memorial at No. 1 Sun PrairieNo. 5 Kettle Moraine at No. 4 VeronaNo. 6 Sussex Hamilton at No. 3 Madison WestNo. 7 Madison La Follette at No. 2 MiddletonNo. 8 Milwaukee Hamilton/Aubudon at No. 1 Racine HorlickNo. 5 Oak Creek at No. 4 MuskegoNo. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther at No. 3 Lake Geneva BadgerNo. 7 Janesville Craig at No. 2 FranklinDivision 2No. 8 La Crosse Central at No. 1 Menomonie (at UW-Stout)No. 5 Marshfield at No. 4 HolmenNo. 6 Pulaski at No. 3 Appleton WestNo. 7 Ashwaubenon at No. 2 Green Bay SouthwestNo. 8 Beaver Dam at No. 1 WaunakeeNo. 5 DeForest at No. 4 SlingerNo. 6 West Bend East at No. 3 HartfordNo. 7 Watertown at No. 2 MenashaNo. 8 Wilmot at No. 1 Monona GroveNo. 5 Burlington at No. 4 WaterfordNo. 6 Oregon at No. 3 StoughtonNo. 7 Germantown at No. 2 Waukesha WestNo. 8 Milwaukee Reagan at No. 1 Brookfield CentralNo. 5 Greenfield at No. 4 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong LearningNo. 6 Menomonee Falls at No. 3 Brookfield EastNo. 7 Milwaukee Washington/Academy of Science/Collegiate Academy at No. 2 Mequon HomesteadDivision 3No. 8 Medford at No. 1 AntigoNo. 5 New Richmond at No. 4 West SalemNo. 6 Mosinee at No. 3 OnalaskaNo. 7 Merrill at No. 2 Rice LakeNo. 8 Seymour at No. 1 West De PereNo. 5 Berlin at No. 4 Fox Valley LutheranNo. 6 Luxemburg-Casco at No. 3 Green Bay Notre DameNo. 7 New London at No. 2 KewaskumNo. 8 Monroe at No. 1 New Berlin EisenhowerNo. 5 Jefferson at No. 4 PewaukeeNo. 6 Evansville/Albany at No. 3 Mount Horeb/BarneveldNo. 7 East Troy at No. 2 Waukesha Catholic MemorialNo. 8 Milwaukee Lutheran at No. 1 Whitefish BayNo. 5 New Berlin West at No. 4 PlymouthNo. 6 Port Washington at No. 3 WhitnallNo. 7 St. Francis at No. 2 GreendaleDivision 4No. 8 Nekoosa at No. 1 OsceolaNo. 5 Ellsworth at No. 4 BloomerNo. 6 Northwestern at No. 3 Gale-Ettrick-TrempealeauNo. 7 Mauston at No. 2 St. Croix CentralNo. 8 Peshtigo at No. 1 WrightstownNo. 5 Wautoma at No. 4 Appleton XavierNo. 6 Omro at No. 3 Little ChuteNo. 7 Winneconne at No. 2 FreedomNo. 8 Mayville at No. 1 LodiNo. 5 Beloit Turner at No. 4 PlattevilleNo. 6 Lakeside Lutheran at No. 3 Lake MillsNo. 7 River Valley at No. 2 Racine St. Catherine’sNo. 8 Milwaukee Obama SCTE at No. 1 Sheboygan FallsNo. 5 Chilton at No. 4 Two RiversNo. 6 Martin Luther at No. 3 University School of MilwaukeeNo. 7 Kohler/Sheboygan Area Lutheran/Sheboygan County Christian at No. 2 KielDivision 5No. 8 St. Croix Falls at No. 1 GrantsburgNo. 5 Durand at No. 4 CumberlandNo. 6 Spooner at No. 3 Chetek-WeyerhaeuserNo. 7 Mondovi at No. 2 Elk MoundNo. 8 Wittenberg-Birnamwood at No. 1 Stanley-BoydNo. 5 Stratford at No. 4 BonduelNo. 6 Oconto at No. 3 Spencer/ColumbusNo. 7 Colby at No. 2 AmherstNo. 8 Brookfield Academy at No. 1 ClintonNo. 5 New Glarus/MonticelloNo. 6 Westby at No. 3 LancasterNo. 7 Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy at No. 2 Lake Country LutheranNo. 8 Horicon/Hustisford at No. 1 Cedar Grove-BelgiumNo. 5 New Holstein at No. 4 KewauneeNo. 6 Valders at No. 3 Howards GroveNo. 7 Laconia at No. 2 Southern DoorDivision 6No. 8 Lake Holcombe/Cornell at No. 1 Melrose-MindoroNo. 5 Webster at No. 4 UnityNo. 6 Fall Creek at No. 3 Eau Claire RegisNo. 7 Whitehall at No. 2 Spring ValleyNo. 8 Mishicot at No. 1 Iola-ScandinaviaNo. 5 Crivitz at No. 4 Wabeno/LaonaNo. 6 Auburndale at No. 3 CrandonNo. 7 Niagara/Goodman/Pembine at No. 2 MarathonNo. 8 Darlington at No. 1 MarkesanNo. 5 Pecatonia/Argyle at No. 4 FennimoreNo. 6 Brookwood at No. 3 Mineral PointNo. 7 Pardeeville at No. 2 Cuba CityNo. 8 Reedsville at No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s SpringsNo. 5 Dodgeland at No. 4 Johnson CreekNo. 6 Cambridge at No. 3 Manitowoc LutheranNo. 7 Belleville at No. 2 Racine LutheranDivision 7No. 8 Elmwood/Plum City at No. 1 Clear LakeNo. 5 Hurley at No. 4 Turtle LakeNo. 6 Frederic at No. 3 AbbotsfordNo. 7 Owen-Withee at No. 2 LoyalNo. 8 Athens at No. 1 EdgarNo. 5 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption at No. 4 PittsvilleNo. 6 Hillsboro at No. 3 Independence/GilmantonNo. 7 Royall at No. 2 BangorNo. 8 North Crawford at No. 1 Black HawkNo. 5 Iowa-Grant at No. 4 IthacaNo. 6 De Soto at No. 3 Wauzeka-Steuben/SenecaNo. 7 River Ridge at No. 2 Potosi/CassvilleNo. 8 Cambria-Friesland at No. 1 Wild RoseNo. 5 Hilbert/Stockbridge at No. 4 Almond-BancroftNo. 6 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first_imgMaine Revenue Services (MRS) has issued the individual income tax withholding tables for 2017. Also included in the tables publication are the employer withholding calendar and instructions.2017 Withholding Tables for Individual Income Tax, Maine Revenue Services, December 2016, ¶200-855last_img

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first_imgColumbia’s Brian Treece and the mayors of Missouri’s other big cities were set to talk crime in their communities with Governor Parson on Friday.Parson told ABC 17 and other local media in Columbia on Thursday afternoon that it’s important for the state to work with cities to improve things.“We’re going to put all the resources we can on the table. I’m going to do what I can as governor, and stay within my lane to try to help the cities where I can to help curb this violent crime. It’s not something we want to be talking about all the time.”Treece pointed to the new Rocheport bridge and funding for Columbia Regional Airport as examples where the state is already helping out our area.“There’s so many things that we can work together on, but it takes all of us working together to make those improvements.”Treece and Parson said they covered many other issues besides crime during their closed-door meeting Thursday, including transportation, infrastructure, and jobs.last_img read more

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first_imgMercedes India has launched three new models in India from its international line-up, the S 500 Coupe, S 63 AMG Coupe and the G 63 AMG (already present in India) in a new Crazy Colour.The design for the S 500 Coupe has been inspired from the elegant S Class and it has been priced at Rs 2 crore (ex-showroom Delhi), whereas the more sportier S 63 AMG Coupe will cost Indian buyers Rs 2.6 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) . The G 63 AMG which has been launched in a new crazy colour sports a carbon fibre interior trim and will cost Rs 2.17 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).The S 500 Coupe is powered by a 4.7-litre, twin-turbo, V8 engine which creates 453PS power and a mind-numbing 700Nm of torque. The S 63 AMG definitely takes it to the next level with a 5.5-litre, biturbo, V8 engine putting out 577PS of power and a scary 900Nm of torque coming out from under the hood. The car can do 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds.The S 63 AMG Coupe features the ‘MAGIC BODY CONTROL ‘ suspension system which is making its debut in India. The G 63 which was already present in India but has been launched in a new colour sports a  5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine, which muscles out 544 HP and generates a torque of 760 Nm. It will be available in three Crazy Colours, Solar Beam, Sunset beam and Alien Green.Along with the new models, Mercedes is also bringing its Designo programme to India. The Designo programme  allows buyers to customize their cars according to themselves up to great lengths by choosing from exquisite paint, leather and interior trim options.advertisementThese new launches have taken the number of new Mercedes-Benz models rolled out in India in 2015 to 9. This is the first time Mercedes has launched three cars in a day for the Indian market,To catch a glimpse of our GLA adventure, click here .last_img read more

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first_imgBad Habit No. 6: Being allergic to changeDiscipline is an important part of success, but it’s not everything. We’re standing at the edge of a new era for nonprofits. Our old donors are inexorably passing away. Their demographic niche is being filled by a strange, new tribe: the boomers. Their motivations for giving are different from their elders’. The way we talk to them has to be different — and we’re only beginning to understand the difference.At the same time, a powerful, new communications medium — the Internet — is crowding in on the print, broadcast and direct-response media. The techniques and tactics of the Internet are different in some surprising ways.The electric combination of a new type of donor and its new preferred medium puts us in a scary position: Change or die. Some are going to die.Yes, change is risky. New ventures fail more often than they succeed. But change is our only viable long-term strategy. Embrace change, and you have a long and hopeful future ahead of you.The good news about all these bad habits: They are merely mental — less constraining than cobwebs. They can be changed in the twinkling of an eye. The bad news: Mental chains can be the hardest to break.Source: This article originally appeared in the April 2008 edition of FundRaising Success magazine, www.fundraisingsuccessmag.com. Bad Habit No. 2: Talking to yourself, not your donorsThis is a tough habit to break because it requires you to think outside yourself. Truth is … your thoughts, your experience, your education, your relationship with the cause, and (most likely) your demographic and psychographic profiles are very different from your donors’. The moment you do (or don’t do) something in fundraising because it would appeal (or not appeal) to you, you are on shaky ground.Don’t create messages that would motivate you. Seek to understand your donors, and create messages for them. In fact, if something feels slam-dunk persuasive to you, take that as a warning sign that you’re missing your donors. Bad Habit No. 1: Being ashamed of fundraisingIt’s odd, but many professional fundraisers have an insidious belief that asking people for money is annoying, embarrassing or disrespectful.This puts them in confusing territory, where they need their donors to fund vital programs — but they don’t want to admit it. That bends their fundraising messages into pretzel shapes that look something like this: “Maybe you’d be interested in giving. It’s OK if you don’t give. We’re a very well-run organization, and we have many other sources of funding. You’re a small fish anyway, to be honest. But, you know, if you think of it, a gift would be a nice gesture.”That’s an exaggeration, but it’s not far from how shame-based fundraising operates. Besides its basic dishonesty, this type of fundraising fails to respect the reality of donors and their gifts.Donors want to be wanted. They need to be needed. They intend to make the world a better place. Coming to the rescue makes them happy. So if you need your donors, go ahead and tell them. Let them know the urgency and the stakes. Be direct. Don’t hide your need behind a mousy veil of pseudo-politeness.If you’re burdened with an attitude that asking for money somehow gets in the way of a real relationship with donors, you’re missing an important fact: For nearly all donors, giving is the medium through which they relate to you and your cause. Their gifts are the way they translate their values into action.Philosophical musings or high-level theory about the cause is beside the point for most donors. Giving is the main event. Asking is a great service. Be proud of it. Bad Habit No. 5: Being addicted to changeI know it’s boring to hear this, but a huge part of success in fundraising involves plodding along with proven programs, making changes in incremental and disciplined ways. It means saying the same thing over and over, even though you’re getting out-of-your-mind tired of it.Many a nonprofit has set aside lifeblood fundraising programs because it got tired of them — and suffered crippling revenue losses as a result. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay disciplined! When fundraisers are ineffective, it’s almost always because they are the victims of their own mental habits. These bad habits are more harmful than lack of resources, bad economic times or even stupidity. Conquer these habits, and you’ll raise a lot more money. Bad Habit No. 4: Basing decisions on fearBad things happen. And when they do, we often kick ourselves for failing to anticipate them. That’s why many people and organizations put prodigious energy into anticipating problems.Trouble is, you seldom anticipate the actual problems that happen. Instead, you build walls that are better at keeping innovation out than keeping you safe. Decisions made in fear do far more harm than the things you’re afraid of. Cast out your fear! Bad Habit No. 3: Making decisions on instinct, not factsInstinct can do you a lot of good in life, like warning you not to walk down the wrong street in a neighborhood you don’t know. But sometimes instinct is flat-out wrong. Here are some common instinctive beliefs that may feel true:Don’t ask someone who recently gave. Donors need to “rest” between gifts.Don’t call the donors; everybody hates telemarketing.Nobody reads long letters anymore.I can almost guarantee you that all three of these statements are completely wrong. Your results, as they say, may vary. But overwhelmingly, the facts will show these instincts to be false.When your instinct tells you something, use that as a starting point. Call it a hypothesis (that’s all it is) until you can verify the facts. You could end up shocked at how wrong your instincts were. That happens all the time. 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first_imgThree things to do if you’re not feeling inspired:1. Explain to a child what your organization does. This is a great creative jump-start if you have a hard time explaining the essence of your organization in your communications. Use what you said to the kid, it will be better than 90% of your messaging.2. Find a person your organization helped and tell that person what an honor it was to do so. They conversation you have will remind you of the difference you’re making.3. Imagine this is your last day of work and you only have a few hours to make a difference in some way. What would you do? Do it, even if you intend on working at your job forever.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you haven’t noticed here on the blog, I’ve been posting some visuals lately. The reason? One, it’s something different, which is usually a good thing. Two, I’m hosting the next Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants here at Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog next week, and the theme is: Chart Fun. Send me your insightful, funny, creative graphs. You may just get highlighted on October 15! That’s when I’ll post the best of the best. But even if yours isn’t in the top seven, I’ll be sharing the best of the rest in the days following.HOW TO ENTER: Use the form here (be sure you are submitting the the carnival of nonprofit consultants on the dropdown) OR link to your graph in the comments of this post.Seeking inspiration? Check out GraphJam. It’s fab.last_img read more

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