Direct marketing agency Talk Fundraising reports that it has achieved a 96% retention rate after the first year on behalf of mental health charity Rethink. Talk Fundraising’s Steve Philliben claims that staff retention is at the root of his company’s success. He believes that high levels of staff turnover within professional fundraising organisations contribute to rising levels of supporter attrition. Such turnover makes it difficult, he argues, for these companies to invest in training programmes. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 September 2005 | News Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics Philliben said: “If you can keep your staff you can deepen your pool of expertise and become ever more sophisticated in developing your fundraising ethos. It is this ethos that defines your client’s representation, and it is that which impacts on attrition levels more than any other factor. 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. Talk Fundraising reports 96% retention rate for one client
Advertisement 53 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Here is a round-up of corporate charity partnerships announced or starting in August 2014.1. PR Newswire and Centrepoint Centrepoint, the charity that supports homeless young people, has begun a partnership with PR Newswire, who will provide its global PR and communication tools to help the charity raise awareness of its work and activities.The PR Newswire management team were taken on a tour of three Centrepoint hostels in London, including the building in which the charity began in 1969, and met staff dedicated to helping young people turn their lives around.Lisa Ashworth, President, PR Newswire EMEA and India, said: “PR Newswire has a record of working in partnerships that bring together not-for-profits, social enterprises and businesses to explore opportunities that have a positive impact on both the community and business performance”.The first story that Centrepoint and PR Newswire will be sharing focuses on a new app to help the 80,000 young people who experience homelessness each year ‘check out’ of hostels and into independent living. 10 corporate charity partnerships for September 2014 And one more…11. Network Rail and CLIC SargentGiant gold ribbon at King’s Cross StationNetwork Rail is partnering with CLIC Sargent to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The launch included the unveiling of a giant gold ribbon on the concourse at King’s Cross station in London.CLIC Sargent Director of Fundraising, Lucy Caldicott, said:“Every month, thousands of families deal with the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment and CLIC Sargent is here to provide vital practical, emotional and financial support.”“Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a great opportunity for people wear a gold ribbon to show they are standing by children with cancer.” Howard Lake | 10 September 2014 | News 3. Lycamobile and Cricket United DayLycamobile, the largest global provider of low-cost international mobile calls has continued its support of Cricket United Day with a £5,000 donation to the appeal.The second Cricket United Day, which took place at the Kia Oval on 16 August, aw Lycamobile along with players, fans, commentators and other key stakeholders come together to turn the KIA Oval blue to help improve lives through cricket.Cricket United, the joint fundraising appeal that brings together UK charities Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund in an effort to raise money to support the wider cricket community, has seen nearly £60,000 raised for the charities so far this summer. 9. BlackRock and Children’s Hospices across LondonCity-based asset management company, BlackRock, has chosen Children’s Hospices across London (CHaL) as its Charity of the Year partner for 2014/15.CHaL is a network of five children’s hospices, including – chYps at EllenorLions (Dartford), Haven House (Woodford Green), Noah’s Ark (Barnet), Richard House (Beckton) and Shooting Star Chase (Hampton and Guildford).This is the first City-wide partnership for CHaL. 6. Mask-arade and MSA TrustThe Multiple System Atrophy Trust (MSA Trust) has partnered with Mask-arade, the celebrity and personalised mask company. Founded in 2008 by three directors Ray Duffy, Chris O’Nyan and Dean Walton, the company appeared on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den.Ray Duffy has become passionate about raising awareness about multiple system atrophy since his father-in-law was recently diagnosed with the condition.For the next year, every personalised mask that Mask-arade produces will feature the MSA Trust logo and a unique text-to-donate code.7. Cage 4 All and CentrepointCage 4 All, the Community Interest Company delivering Cage Cricket as a resource for communities, schools, charities and employers, has partnered with the charity for homeless young people, Centrepoint.Cage 4 All will work with young people attending the 21 Centrepoint hostels, ensuring that each has their own Cage Cricket kit. This will enable Centrepoint staff and young people to not only have the opportunity to undertake some sport, but through the playing of Cage Cricket will see enhanced self-esteem, increased confidence as well as development in teamwork and communication. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 2. Scotmid and Anthony NolanLeft to right: Ally Boyle (Scottish Anthony Nolan supporter), Hardeep Singh Kohli, Paul Martin (Scotmid staff member)Scotmid Co-operative, and its brands Semichem, Lakes & Dales Co-operative and Scotmid Co-operative Funeral Directors, are raising funds and awareness for Anthony Nolan from September 2014 until September 2015.The year-long partnership will be a lifesaving match for people with blood cancer, raising funds and awareness of Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK bone marrow register. To represent the heroic nature of the partnership, a superheroes theme has been chosen.In 2012-2013 Scotmid chose Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres as its charity partner and it raised £260,000 for the charity. From 2013-2014 it has supported Prostate Cancer UK and has smashed the £150,000 fundraising target, hitting £265,000 to date. 5. Wallis and CLIC SargentWomenswear retailer Wallis has chosen CLIC Sargent, the cancer charity for children and young people, as its first UK-wide charity partner.The partnership was launched on 1 September, which also marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. CLIC Sargent is asking people to wear a gold ribbon throughout September to show their support for the thousands of families coping with the devastating impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment.Wallis will be selling the gold ribbon in all of its stand-alone stores and online at during September. All of the funds raised from the sale of these ribbons will go to CLIC Sargent. 4. Vue Cinemas and Blind Children UK[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTiFvPbspqE[/youtube]During September an inspiring short film featuring blind and partially sighted children, will be shown on big screens in cinemas across the UK.The film, entitled ‘Opening Up the World’, aims to help families and children understand more about the challenges of living with sight loss and the work that the charity does. The film lasts just 90 seconds and will be shown before each movie in all 80 Vue cinemas across the country. Joanne Webb, Vue Marketing and Sales Director said: “We are delighted to be able to support Blind Children UK and use our state of the art technology to raise awareness and share the inspirational tales that Blind Children UK sees every day.” 8. 99p Stores and Rays of SunshineAs it opened its 250th branch in the UK, discount grand 99p Stores announced its first national charity partner would be Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity which aims to brighten the lives of children aged three to 18 years old who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, by granting their wishes. 10. Telindus and Soldiering on Through Life TrustICT solutions provider Telindus is extending its continuing sponsorship of the Soldiering on Through Life Trust to become supporting partner of the Eight Voices One Story Exhibition at The Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 10th September.The Eight Voices One Story Exhibition was developed as a way to acknowledge the courageous journeys of the Soldiering On Awards winners and raise public awareness of the Armed Forces charities involved.The Soldiering on Through Life Trust is taking the exhibition to the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, where more than 400 competitors, from 14 nations, all who have served or are still serving in the Armed Forces will push their bodies to the limit to compete in nine adaptive sports in world-class venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 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.
2. Clear opt-out explanation on every address fundraising communicationEvery addressed fundraising communication will be required to carry a clear message explaining how donors can easily ‘opt-out’ of receiving future communicationsSection 6.6 of the Code, regarding Direct Marketing, now reads:a) Organisations MUST include on all fundraising communications sent to a named individual, clearly displayed details of how the recipient can, by a single step, opt-out of receiving such communications from the charity on whose behalf the communication was sent. This MUST be at least the same font size as the larger of (i) any text asking for the recipient’s personal details, or (ii) any text specifying the donation amount. If there is no text asking for personal details or specifying donation amount, this information MUST be in the minimum font size of 10.The two new standards are part of a number of changes that were announced in September, many of which were implemented within the Code in November.Although both changes come into immediate effect, the Fundraising Standards Board has agreed to a six month transition period before it will require organisations to have changed all their printed material to comply. Thus these changes will need to have been implemented by 10 June 2016.The Institute has published a list of frequently asked questions on these new changes. Two new requirements added to Code of Fundraising Practice Tagged with: Code of Fundraising Practice Direct Marketing Institute of Fundraising Law / policy 76 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Howard Lake | 11 December 2015 | News The Institute of Fundraising has added two further requirements to the Code of Fundraising Practice following its review over the past few months.The two changes are:1. Minimum font sizesThere are now minimum font sizes that must apply to all permission statements on all printed communications, including newspaper adverts and direct mail.Second 5.2 of the Code, covering Fundraising Communications and Techniques, now reads:o) All permission statements (opt-in or opt-out wording to gain consent for marketing purposes) displayed in fundraising materials MUST be at least the same font size as the larger of (i) any text asking for the recipient’s personal details, or (ii) any text specifying the donation amount. If there is no text asking for personal details or specifying donation amount, any permission statements MUST be in the minimum font size of 10. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 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.
to go further May 14, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist faces prison for criticising slowness of courts November 11, 2020 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News February 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) expressed concern today about the prosecution of journalist Saada Allao, of the Lebanese daily As Safir, for writing articles criticising the country’s legal system and demanded that action against her be dropped.”Why is this journalist facing three years in prison when she simply did her job by pointing out how the legal system was not working?” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Lebanese justice minister Samir El-Jisr.Allao appeared before the press court on 8 April accused of “disrespect towards the courts and making insinuations about a case being tried,” following a complaint by the chief state prosecutor.In a series of articles last November, Allao investigated the disappearance of a girl in Beirut during the 1990s soon after her family had put her in a convent. In one of the articles, published on 14 November, the girl’s mother said nothing had been done since she filed a complaint several years earlier about her disappearance and that court officials had told her the case documents had been lost.The station Future TV, which did a report on the situation last July, also quoting the girl’s mother, is not being prosecuted. Allao, who faces three years in prison or a fine of 20 million Lebanese pounds (about 13,500 euros), will appear in court again on 20 May. Follow the news on Lebanon Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car January 14, 2021 Find out more News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon RSF_en News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Receive email alerts
Twitter TAGS Pinterest Facebook Link Logistics Appoints Diane Morefield and Grace Vandecruze to Board of Directors Local NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– Link Logistics Real Estate (“Link”), a Blackstone portfolio company and operator of the largest portfolio of high-quality logistics real estate assets in strategic last-mile locations exclusively in the U.S., today announced the appointment of two new directors to its Board of Directors. Diane Morefield, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CyrusOne, and Grace Vandecruze, Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital LLC, will join the Board effective immediately. Phil Hawkins, Executive Chairman of the Link Board, commented, “We are very excited to welcome Diane and Grace to our Board and will benefit from their collective industry, financial and governance expertise. Diane is a seasoned real estate executive with a deep understanding of our industry, more than 40 years of financial and operational experience and proven success as a public company leader and board member. Grace’s strong financial acumen and expertise advising companies will add valuable insight to our Board. I look forward to working with both of them, and our entire Board, as we execute our strategy.” “Over the past year, we made great strides strengthening our portfolio of high-quality assets through strategic acquisitions and development activity,” said Link’s Chief Executive Officer, Luke Petherbridge. “We have significant opportunities ahead to capitalize on the unprecedented shift to e-commerce, as well as technology advancements in logistics. Diane and Grace make great additions to our Board, as they bring unique and complementary experience that will help us build on our success and advance our goal of building tomorrow’s supply chain.” “Link is an impressive company at the forefront of the real estate logistics industry, and I am thrilled to join the Board,” said Ms. Morefield. “I look forward to working with Phil, Luke and the entire team to help build on the Company’s momentum.” Ms. Vandecruze stated, “I am honored to be part of the Link Board as the Company capitalizes on the global e-commerce and logistics trends. Link is well-positioned to continue its growth, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.” An overview of Link’s Board of Directors and biographies for each member can be found on the Company’s website at www.linklogistics.com. About Diane Morefield Ms. Morefield served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CyrusOne, a publicly-traded data center REIT, from 2016 until her retirement at year-end 2020. During her tenure at CyrusOne, where she led all aspects of accounting and finance, she raised over $13 billion in capital markets transactions and achieved investment-grade status for the company. Prior to CyrusOne, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts and has served in a variety of financial, operating and investor relations roles for leading real estate organizations, including as Chief Financial Officer of Equity International and as Senior Vice President with Equity Office Properties Trust. Her earlier career experience includes real estate banking, consulting and public accounting. Ms. Morefield currently serves on the Board of Directors for Copart, as Chair of Nominating and Governance and on the Audit Committee, and on the Board of UDR Inc., as a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. She previously served on the Board and as Audit Committee Chair of Spirit Realty Capital from 2012 through 2018. She is Co-Chair of Nareit’s diversity and inclusion initiative and has served on other private and community boards. She earned her Bachelors’ degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and her MBA from the University of Chicago, and she is a Certified Public Accountant. About Grace Vandecruze Ms. Vandecruze is the Founder and Managing Director of Grace Global Capital LLC, a financial services firm specializing in financial advisory, restructuring, and valuation services to corporations and organizations worldwide. Throughout her career, Ms. Vandecruze has executed over $25 billion in M&A and financing transactions. She brings extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising in both the private and public markets for financial institutions. From 1999 to 2006, she served as Managing Director at Swiss Re, where she was responsible for the firm’s regulatory advisory practice in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Ms. Vandecruze was a Vice President at a private equity firm specializing in the insurance industry and an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Vandecruze serves as a director at M Financial Group, serving on the Audit Committee, and a director at The Doctors Company. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pace University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA. About Link Logistics Link Logistics, established by Blackstone in 2019, is a leading national provider of logistics real estate solutions designed to meet the needs of the modern supply chain. The Company operates the largest portfolio of high-quality logistics real estate assets located exclusively in the U.S. Link Logistics has more than 5,800 customers and 400 million square feet of logistics facilities across key distribution markets, particularly strategic last-mile locations in the U.S. Link Logistics has the scale, geographic footprint and logistics expertise, as well as a heightened focus on sustainability to power the supply chain of tomorrow. For more information regarding the Company, please visit www.linklogistics.com. 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Home / Daily Dose / PHH Moves Forward With Updated Servicing Standards Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily January 3, 2018 1,506 Views In a statement released Wednesday, PHH said they will implement new servicing standards as part of a settlement with a multi-state group of state attorneys general, as well as following a “testing and reporting process to ensure compliance with the Servicing Standards for a period of three years.”The $45 million settlement was reached between PHH and the Multi-State Mortgage Committee, a group consisting of state attorneys general from every state except New Hampshire, as well as mortgage regulators from 45 different states.PHH’s statement read that they “ … have agreed to resolve concerns raised by the MMC arising from its servicing examination conducted in 2010 and believe that settling this matter is in the best interest of PHH and its constituents. Our decision to resolve this legacy matter under the terms of the settlement agreement and consent orders is not an admission of liability or that we violated any applicable laws, regulations or rules governing the conduct and operation of our Servicing business during the relevant time frame.”PHH also said that, while they would adhere to the mandated servicing standards, but that they largely already line up with PHH’s own current internal servicing standards. “We have made and will continue to make the necessary enhancements in our operations to ensure we remain compliant and continue to serve our customers in a fair and appropriate manner.”In a Wednesday press release, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “The foreclosure crisis continues to devastate communities across New York. We have zero tolerance for the types of practices that helped create the crisis—and will hold mortgage companies to account.”The complaint by the attorneys general states that, during the period between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2012, PHH “threatened foreclosure and conveyed conflicting messages to certain borrowers engaged in loss mitigation.” PHH is also accused of charging unauthorized fees for their services. The settlement does not address any conduct occurring in 2013 or later.Of the $45 million settlement, $30.4 million will go to affected borrowers, $8.8 million will go to state mortgage regulators, $5 million will go to states that took lead on investigating and working out the settlement, and $1 million will go toward claims administration.Borrowers who lost their homes due to foreclosure during the indicated time period will be eligible for a minimum payment of $840. Those who were foreclosed upon, but did not lose their home, will receive a minimum payment of $285. PHH Moves Forward With Updated Servicing Standards Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Average Credit Scores for Potential Homebuyers Dip Next: Rental Property Management: Beware of Fraud Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Servicing Foreclosure Housing Crisis mortgage servicing Multi-State Mortgage Committee PHH Corp. PHH settlement Settlement Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Default Servicing Foreclosure Housing Crisis mortgage servicing Multi-State Mortgage Committee PHH Corp. PHH settlement Settlement 2018-01-03 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Subscribe
Residents who live within the Ithaca City School District already pay a 4% tax on home energy sources including natural gas, propane, electricity, steam, oil, coal and wood used for heating. (City of Ithaca residents pay a city tax; outside the city, Tompkins County collects the tax.) The school district is allowed to levy an additional 0.5-3% tax on natural gas, propane, electricity and steam. In addition, the district is allowed to collect sales tax of 0.5-3% on “intrastate telecommunications services” — meaning home and cell phone bills could go up. Devon Magliozzi According to an ICSD news release, the district is considering taxing utilities as a way of generating revenue beyond property taxes. “Despite New York’s equalizing state aid system, there remain significant disparities in fiscal resources available to support education among school districts, primarily due to the varying ability of districts to generate local property tax revenue,” the bulletin reads. ICSD says the new sales taxes are necessary because of a statewide property tax cap, which limits school district property tax rate increases to 2% in 2019-2020. According to ICSD, “Unlike property taxes that disproportionately impact the district’s property owners, the utility tax would be a tax of general applicability, the burden of which would be shared by all users of utilities on an equitable basis.” The 2019-2020 district budget projects about $90.2 million in property tax revenue, in addition to about $36.6 million in state aid, fees and revenue from other sources. Last year, ICSD spent about $23,300 per student, based on district enrollment and budget data. That’s about on par with the statewide average, which tops the nation according to the Empire Center for Public Policy’s analysis of the most recent Census data available. Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi ICSD would join 25 New York school districts if it were to levy a utility tax. There are 57 districts that are authorized to impose the tax; to be eligible, the largest city in a district must have a population of less than 125,000. ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca City School District is considering imposing a new sales tax on utilities to maintain the quality of educational programming in the district. The tax would hit electricity, natural gas and phone bills and, according to New York law, can be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Education. A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 to gather input from community members. “The Ithaca City School District’s own ability to assess property taxes is limited each year by the New York State tax cap. Additionally, shortfalls in foundation aid paid to the district, combined with wage increases included in negotiated contracts, have necessitated that the ICSD seek out alternative revenue sources in order to sustain quality instructional programs,” the news release reads. Correction: An earlier version of this article stated 28 New York school districts impose utility taxes; 25 school districts currently impose utility taxes. Tagged: board of education, ithaca city school district, public hearing, sales tax, utilities If the ICSD Board of Education votes to approve the tax, the soonest it could take effect would be Dec. 1, 2019. Members of the public can offer comments at the Public Hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the ICSD Board Room at 400 Lake St. Those who are unable to attend can send public comments and testimony by email to the district clerk, Tricia Beresford, or can mail comments to Tricia Beresford, District Clerk, 400 Lake St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Rather than directly targeting property owners, the sales tax would impact anyone who pays for electric, gas or phone utility bills. Government agencies and non-profit organizations that are generally exempt from sales taxes, however, would also be exempt from utility sales tax.
Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Gardai urge caution on roads with weather warning in place By News Highland – May 3, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Previous articleUCC Professor believes local lockdowns would be going too farNext articleBuncrana Gardai make a number of arrests for drug driving News Highland The south and west of the country is being battered by strong winds and heavy rain.A yellow wind and rain warning is in place for 11 counties, including Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Wexford.The alert will stay in place until 10 o’clock tonight.Gardai in Donegal say road conditions remain poor in many places today.They are urging all road users to drive with caution. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook
I was subject to an unlawful border search and together with the @ACLU I’m filing a civil rights complaint against @CBP https://t.co/6Mp08ffdMm— andreasgal (@andreasgal) April 2, 2019“They wanted to see my itinerary on my smartphone. I offered to email them my itinerary and they insisted on seeing it on my smartphone. This was very alarming for me. These are not regular consumer devices. These are special devices used by Apple software and hardware engineers,” Gal said.Apple declined to comment for this story.“That seemed to aggravate these customs agents and they started getting very upset with me and they said they had the right to access my devices and I had to turn over my passport,” Gal said. “I told them I wanted to talk to an attorney and my employer so I could understand my responsibilities with regard to this NDA.”The agents threatened to criminally charge Gal under accusations that he was in violation of U.S. Code § 111, he said. That section of federal law relates to assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain government agents.Gal’s detention and alleged threats by the CBP agents, resulted in a civil rights complaint filed on March 28 by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) of Northern California against the United States. The complaint alleges that the search of Gal’s possessions violated the Fourth and First Amendments, which protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures and protects free speech.In the 10 years prior to becoming a citizen, Gal said he made about 100 international trips, all without incident.“They told me at the border, even as a U.S. citizen, I don’t have any rights to an attorney,” Gal, who became a U.S. citizen three years ago, said. “I told them I wanted to speak to an attorney. Then they said they would keep my devices and I said I don’t consent to it but I would comply.”“I think by me resisting their unlawful demands, I think at some point they saw there’s nothing further they can do or say to change my mind and then they decided to let me go,” he said. He said in the end he was able to keep his devices and never unlocked them for the agents or handed over his passwords.As Gal was leaving, the CBP agents confiscated his Global Entry card and revoked his status. Global Entry is a program administered by CBP which allows pre-screened, low-risk international travelers to skip security lines upon arrival in the U.S.On his next return from Europe, Gal noticed the code “SSSS” on his boarding pass, indicating a secondary security screening. Prior to the November incident, Gal was never subject to a secondary screening in any of his border crossings back into the U.S., he said.A spokesperson from CBP told ABC News in an email that they could not comment on Gal’s situation as it is “currently under investigation.”“However, in general, all travelers arriving to the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection. This inspection may include electronic devices such as computers, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones and other communication devices, cameras, music and other media players and any other electronic or digital devices,” the spokesperson wrote, in part.The CBP spokesperson also said that travelers who do not provide the items requested by their agents “may result in the detention and/or seizure of the electronic device.”Between 2016 and 2017, CBP had a 59% jump in the number of searches of electronic devices, according to the agency’s data.“Approximately 0.007 percent of arriving international travelers processed by CBP officers (more than 397 million) had their electronic devices searched (more than 29,200). In FY16, 0.005 percent of arriving international travelers (more than 390 million) had their electronic devices searched (more than 18,400),” a CBP spokesperson wrote in an email.One of the reasons Gal said he filed the complaint was to find out why he was flagged for detention.“Why me? I’m a boring, middle-aged white male software executive. I’m very average. It’s not something I would have expected to experience, to get yelled at by three armed men just because I return home,” Gal said.Gal charged that his stop by CBP agents may be because of his work at Mozilla and the company’s views on opposing the government’s warrantless mass surveillance.“In the past two years I’ve been very outspoken on the Trump administration’s policies on social media, particularly with respect to Customs and Border Protection and immigration,” said Gal.The ACLU complaint states that such searches may unlawfully curb the behavior of citizens like Gal.“Furthermore, singling out a traveler for invasive questioning and search on the basis of his avowed political viewpoints threatens to chill the traveling public from exercising their First Amendment rights publicly as well,” the complaint read, in part. “Those who expect to travel internationally may self-censor what they say in public, knowing that CBP officers might target those with disfavored political viewpoints for questioning and searches at the border that go beyond immigration or customs matters.”Gal said the experience invoked a fear of traveling.“It was a very alarming experience for me,” he told ABC News. “There’s no such thing as a cursory inspection of the contents of your cell phone…This is essentially my entire life for the last 10 to 15 years I’m carrying with me on my cell phone. And CBP seems to believe without a court-issued warrant they can inspect the last 10 to 15 years of my life just because I’m travelling internationally.”Gal had also alerted his Congresswoman, Jackie Speier, about the incident. Speier contacted CBP about the situation and the agency stood by their inspection of Gal, according to a letter whose contents were shared with ABC News.“If being searched and threatened with criminal prosecution by three armed men for an hour and denied access to a lawyer and then having your Global Entry card and status taken is ‘an inspection without incident’ I don’t want to know what an ‘inspection WITH incident’ looks like,” Gal wrote in a text message to ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Courtesy Andreas Gal(SAN FRANCISCO) — When Apple employee Andreas Gal returns from an international trip, he said he’s usually on his way home within minutes.But when he arrived at San Francisco International Airport last November, he was detained for an hour by three armed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, who demanded access to his iPhone XS and MacBook Pro laptop, he said.“They insisted on searching the contents of my cell phone and my laptop that were issued to me by Apple,” Gal told ABC News. “Which put me in a difficult situation because I signed NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) for those devices. They are owned by Apple and they contain proprietary information from Apple.”The border patrol agents asked about Gal’s work at his former employer, Mozilla – the company which makes the Firefox internet browser – as well as his current work at Apple and his business trip to Sweden, Gal said.