Institute of Fundraising to go ahead with chartered bid

first_img Melanie May | 3 July 2019 | News Information on the IoF’s bid for chartered status can be found on its site. Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  152 total views,  2 views today The Institute of Fundraising is to go ahead with its formal application for chartered status following a successful member’s vote in favour of the move at this week’s Fundraising Convention.If granted by the Privy Council later this year, the new status will help to raise the profile and status of fundraising, and provide public recognition of the fundraising profession.The move will also pave the way for members to be formally eligible for individual chartered status in the years to come and on equal terms with other chartered bodies.The announcement was made at the IoF’s annual general meeting at Fundraising Convention 2019.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:“I am absolutely delighted that our members have voted overwhelmingly in favour for chartered status. This is a landmark moment for the Institute, our members and the entire fundraising community. The vote shows that our members value the benefits that chartered status will bring, including much deserved recognition and credibility to everyone in the profession. We will now immediately make our petition to the Privy Council to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.“I am also incredibly proud that we have continued to deliver our ambitious priorities for our members and the wider fundraising community. We continue to grow both our reach into, and the support we offer to, the wider fundraising community, including our new RAISE programme for the arts & cultural sector, as well as driving forward our important work on equality, diversity and inclusion.” Advertisement Institute of Fundraising to go ahead with chartered bid  153 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Skinning The Wolf of Wall Street: Victims Speak Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tom Pokorny was purging old documents inside his Illinois home last summer when he came across two-decades old files from his case with Stratton Oakmont.They were a reminder of a miserable time in his life, which he was glad to finally put behind him. Pokorny hadn’t thought about Jordan Belfort, Daniel Porush and their penny stock-pushing band of misfits in a long time, and for good reason.It “brings back bad memories,” he tells me.He eventually decided to toss the documents.“I try to block this out,” he admits.Not long after trashing the files did Pokorny learn that legendary director Martin Scorsese was releasing a $100-million film called The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, the founder of now-defunct Lake Success “pump-and-dump” brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, which one prosecutor at the time dubbed “the most famous boiler-room brokerage firm in recent memory,” according to The New York Times. The film, it turns out, was inspired by Belfort’s memoir of the same name, which he penned after serving 22 months in a federal prison for securities fraud and money laundering. (As legend has it, Belfort’s cellmate Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame who’d been busted for dealing mail-order bongs, convinced the penny stock fraudster to write a book.)Pokorny can’t recall the name of the broker who first made contact with him in November 1992 with a phone call that sent his financials plunging downward, fast. But he clearly remembers him having a distinct voice, which continues to irk him.“I can’t stand to talk to anybody with a New Jersey accent anymore. It’s bad to say that,” he says, managing a laugh. “It was just bad memories.”Pokorny was living in Naperville, Ill., when the obnoxious Stratton Oakmont broker first contacted him out of the blue. He was in his 30s and was running a commercial general contracting company he purchased from his father. The firm hounded him for a while before Pokorny was finally convinced to invest in an irresistible blue chip stock, Stratton Oakmont’s modus operandi. His first investment with the firm doubled its return right out of the gate.“The next thing I know, I kept on giving them more, and I was making money,” he recalls.Everything spiraled out of control in January 1993 when the firm, unbeknownst to Pokorny, used his money to buy other stocks without his permission, he says. His calls for them to stop recklessly using his money went unheeded. Finally, he had to get his lawyer involved, a counterstrike that led to the firm mailing him a check for about $200,000.But at that point, Pokorny was already in an $800,000 hole. Then came another crushing blow: “I ended up getting divorced over all this, too,” he says. “That was even worse.”His is not the only story of heartbreak and financial distress caused by Belfort. The former Wall Street charlatan—partly fueled by an insatiable drug habit, he professes in the book; mostly fueled by greed and reckless criminality, counter prosecutors—tricked then bilked countless victims out of millions, according to court documents, interviews with attorneys on the case, short-changed investors and his own book. In other words, the shyster not only lied, cheated and robbed unsuspecting people, but destroyed their lives.Louis E. Dequine, Jr., a former Golden Gloves boxing champion, got burned by Stratton Oakmont, according to his Northport-based attorney Timothy Dennin, and suffered a stroke years later under extraordinary stress. Both he and his wife have since died.“He had been persuaded to take his money out of the brokerage firm where he’d had a very long-term relationship and put it with Stratton Oakmont,” his son Dr. Louis E. Dequine III told the Times. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh gosh, he’s finally getting old enough where people are taking advantage of him.’ ”When Hollywood’s elite gathers for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2 to recognize the top films of 2013, among the nominees for Best Motion Picture of the Year will be Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It also secured nominations in several other prestigious categories, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for DiCaprio’s depiction of Belfort, who had received close to $1 million for the rights to his memoirs. The film, which grossed $113 million domestically as of Feb. 25, grabbed a total of five Oscar nominations.Not Buying It: Stratton Oakmont victim Robert Shearin of Manhattan Beach, Calif. used to get in screaming matches with the firm’s brokers over their reckless use of his money. He doesn’t believe the “Wolf” is a changed man.The film focused much of its attention on the drug-addled debauchery and testosterone-fueled romps and lavish parties, which almost always involved prostitutes and insane amounts of cocaine and other drugs, like Quaaludes, Belfort’s favorite. It failed, critics say, to portray the rotten way in which Belfort and his hooligans (“Strattonites,” as they’re called in his book) scammed people into throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own benefit. And by deciding not to offer a glimpse into the real-life implications of their fraud, they are glamorizing the serious crimes that led to some investors losing considerable portions, if not all, of their life savings, victims of the scam and those close to the original case charge.What’s playing out in real life at this very moment, however, could have far greater implications for the 1,513 victims recognized by the government.Nearly eight years since the self-professed “Wolf” was released from prison on April 28, 2006, only $11,629,143.64 has been repaid toward a court-imposed restitution totaling $110,362,993.87. The bulk, prosecutors and court documents say, has come from the liquidation of some of Belfort’s and Porush’s properties that the conniving duo forfeited as part of a plea deal.Many victims who have tried to put Belfort behind them, like Pokorny has attempted to do, may be shocked to learn that prosecutors are currently involved in ongoing discussions regarding Belfort’s restitution. Last October the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York moved to declare Belfort in default. Then they withdrew the motion following a sharp rebuke from the disgraced ex-con’s attorneys—who criticized the government’s letter for mischaracterizing the facts in the case. They’ve also argued that the former head of Stratton Oakmont was only obligated to pay 50 percent of his gross income until his period of supervised release ended in 2009. Belfort, for his part, has offered to turn over 100-percent of the proceeds from both books and the film, according to his lawyers and public comments he has made. The government, Belfort’s attorneys say, rejected that offer.In layman’s terms, Belfort is manipulating the legal system to stall, in an attempt to get out of repaying the people he ripped off so severely.“They’re in talks to find a resolution and seek a way for the victims in this case to get the restitution that they were granted by the court,” Robert Nardoza, the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, tells the Press. He declined to explain why negotiations are necessary despite the court-imposed restitution, and he didn’t comment on Belfort’s attorneys’ claims regarding his client’s obligations.Victims have no problem calling it as it is, however.Robert Shearin, a Stratton Oakmont victim who lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., which borders Hermosa Beach, the waterfront community where Belfort now lives, isn’t optimistic that he and other victims will ever be fully compensated.“The reality is the losses were real, the criminality was real, and I don’t think his compunction is real,” he tells the Press. “Or else he wouldn’t have been fighting this whole restitution order and have so little come into the fund.”Convict: Jordan Belfort, founder of now-defunct Lake Success brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, went to prison for securities fraud and money laundering. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)Wolf in Sheep’s ClothingJoel Cohen was the assistant United States attorney who prosecuted the case against Belfort and Porush, which led to a grand jury indicting the pair in September 1998, according to court records.For years federal prosecutors had been investigating Stratton Oakmont, which ran its high-intensity boiler room operation out of a large office building on Marcus Avenue in Lake Success, but the investigation that eventually led to the charges of securities fraud and money laundering really began in earnest around 1997, Cohen tells the Press. Investigators had previously attempted to go after lower-level Stratton workers by charging them with a crime and hoping that they’d turn on their bosses. But the firm was tight-knit, and brokers on the floor weren’t members of Stratton’s close inner circle. So, they pushed on.Their probe led them to Switzerland, where investigators were able to convince Swiss authorities to hand over documents naming both Belfort and Porush.“That was the moment we knew we really had it,” Cohen recalls.Belfort and Porush were both arrested on the same day, but at the time, neither of them was aware that the other was in custody. Prosecutors used that to their advantage. They interviewed Belfort while he was out on $10 million bail and sat down separately with Porush, who remained behind bars for several months following his arrest.“We always felt like we needed to confirm everything [Belfort] said because he’s a salesman,” Cohen explains. “There’s never a moment when you can be sure whether he’s being genuine or not; you’d have to confirm it all.”The tight-lipped Belfort that moviegoers were introduced to in Scorsese’s film isn’t at all the same man who wilted under pressure when the feds had him pinned. Never did he attempt to save Porush—or anyone for that matter—by revealing he was wearing a wire—which is depicted in the film and makes Belfort out to be a loyal protector of their collective sins.“[Belfort] flipped on him within 36 hours,” Cohen says. (Translation: Belfort was more of a rat than a wolf.)The probe culminated with the greedy duo both copping pleas for reduced sentences.There was also the fiery scene that played out in the Stratton Oakmont broker room floor when the filmmakers, apparently trying to bolster their mythical depiction of the Quaalude-popping philanderer, made it seem as if Belfort refused to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).“That never happened,” Cohen says, bluntly.In the real world, Belfort has claimed that Stratton Oakmont targeted wealthy investors, but Cohen says the firm’s victims “ran the gamut.”“Some of them were wealthy, some of them were not,” he says. “Obviously you have to have enough disposable money to be able to take calls from a broker and invest it, but there were people that invested fifty or a hundred thousand dollars and a considerable portion of their life savings or their children’s college fund or their pension money. So there were many people who lost a sizable amount of their income. Belfort would like you to think that this is just rich people who were throwing money away and don’t feel sorry for them, but they weren’t.”Diane Nygaard, a Kansas City, Miss.-based attorney, represented or spoke to more than two-dozen Stratton Oakmont victims who invested hundreds of thousands of dollars.The first call from Stratton Oakmont broker was fairly polite and serious, Nygaard tells the Press.“You’d invest in the stock and you’d get your statement and it would’ve tripled in a month and you’d get your next statement and it’s up more,” she says. Before investors knew what was going on, “The guy’s calling you and tells you, ‘You better buy more, it’s going to go public pretty soon,’ ” she continues.“Once the money walked in the door, it’s like the No-Tel Motel, it’s not going to come back out,” she says, adding: “None of my clients have received any money from any voluntary restitution payment made by Belfort or Porush. Nothing.”Dennin, the Northport attorney, represented about 20 victims himself—he estimates to have recovered money for half his clients—and said the culture depicted in the film closely resembled life in the Stratton Oakmont broker room floor.Young brokers, some who Belfort claimed in his book didn’t even graduate high school, were instructed to never take no for an answer, and used “scripts” to dodge all types of objections, Dennin says.In one of the scripts Dennin obtained during his work on the case, titled “Straight Line Philosophy” (inspected by the Press; which happens to also be the name of Belfort’s current product in his motivational speaking business), brokers were told: “The introduction is the hook to catch the prospect’s interest and his attention. The first attempt might not always work, nor the second or the third, but before moving on make sure he bites.”“Remember,” the next line screams, “the bigger the fish, the harder the fight.”Brokers would “make representations about ‘I’m not pressuring you now but down the road if I have an opportunity there’s a stock that we may be bringing to market that’s only available to certain select investors,’ ” Dennin says. “And get them to bite. If they agree to buy, then they get all enthusiastic, then they got the room screaming.”Eventually, scores of investors were burned for hundreds of millions of dollars.Publicly, Belfort has stated that he’s a changed man after his prison stint. He’s now a motivational speaker and his greatest priority is “to settle his fines,” according to a letter sent from his now-fiancé to U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, who’s been overseeing the case since its inception.“Jordan has turned his life around,” she wrote. “Our business and our family rely on his reputation of being an honest and honorable man.”Neither Belfort nor his attorney Robert Begleiter, with Manhattan-based Schlam Stone & Dolan, returned a request for comment for this story.In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan shortly after the movie’s debut, Belfort told the host: “I try daily to right the wrongs I committed.”How does he feel toward his victims? “I feel terrible about what happened,” he told the host, adding that he lives not with shame, but with remorse.His victims aren’t buying any of it.Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?Dr. A.E. Vitt, 81, a retired dentist who lives in Heath, Texas, was practicing in tiny Seneca, Kan., two decades ago when Stratton Oakmont got him on the line. At the time, they were pushing Nestle stock. He was caught in the same trap as hundreds of others.“They were very persistent,” he tells the Press. “They wouldn’t take no for an answer.”The firm wanted more money, so Vitt ended up taking out close to $100,000 in loans from the bank just to continue his investments.He also blames himself.“I’m sort of a dumbass,” he says, his voice getting lower, “so it took a couple trips thinking it was good and then after that, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was going nowhere fast.”Two years had gone by before he realized the firm was playing him.Vitt, who has only been able to reclaim less than $8,000 of the quarter-million dollars that Stratton Oakmont stole from him, still decided to buy a ticket to see Belfort’s purported real life story.“I thought it was the most vulgar and sex[ual] thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says from Texas. “Plus, the way he treated everybody…I thought he was a glamorized S.O.B.”“I can’t understand why he can still get away with it,” he adds.Shearin, the Manhattan Beach, Calif., victim, is also retired. He lost several hundred thousand dollars with Stratton Oakmont, but worked hard to make the money back—though he estimates he’s only recovered 17 percent of what he lost.Things got heated between Shearin and his broker once he realized they were trying to pull a fast one on him.“I would end up in screaming matches when I finally kind of figured out that I’m just getting screwed here,” he tells the Press.“Somebody else would get on the phone and just be screaming back at me, calling me a fucking asshole and an idiot and too stupid to make money,” Shearin recalls. “Just screaming at me. So we would have these screaming matches in the middle of my work day when I’m trying to run my business… They don’t show that [in the film].”Shearin has spotted Belfort cheering on his kid at the local soccer field. But he’s resisted the urge to approach him.“What’s the point?” he asks. “What am I going to do? Walk up to him and ask him to please write me a check? I don’t need to be around him. He’s not in my circle of friends and I don’t want him to be.”The Harvard Business School graduate, now 66, says his brother once told him that he serves as a cautionary tale because he should’ve had the educational background to notice someone was hustling him.And Shearin, too, opened up his wallet to see the movie but he never intended to walk out of the theater with a better understanding of Belfort’s life.“Going to a movie to see truth would be like going to Oliver Stone’s JFK to learn about the Kennedy assassination,” he says. “So I didn’t walk out thinking , ‘Oh, that didn’t tell the truth.’ ”“[It was a] one-sided rollicking frolic through hedonism,” he says, “but it sure left out a lot of the story.”last_img read more

Misreading Evidence for Early Man

first_imgPaleoanthropology has a long history of misinterpreting evidence and committing spectacular blunders. Are we seeing more examples right now?How leading experts can be fooled.In his latest book, Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries (CMI, 2017), Dr Jerry Bergman documents the long history of ‘fake science’ that fooled the world’s experts, sometimes for decades. The episodes are almost comical if they had not been so misleading to the public. Piltdown Man and Nebraska Man are just two of the more famous frauds he details, but there were many others. If the experts of the past could be so wrong, shouldn’t we expect today’s experts can also be wrong? We should expect exactly that, since they share the same worldview assumptions that led earlier anthropologists astray. As Bergman demonstrates, the strong desire to confirm evolution often led scientists down the primrose path into error. All the while, they lambasted creationists who doubted their so-called evidence. But the creationists were right. And tragically, generations of students grew up accepting evolution based on fraudulent “evidence” presented by self-proclaimed experts.Bergman quotes experts bluffing with an air of certainty about what turned out to be outright frauds. Such statements were made by world experts like Henry Fairfield Osborne (head of the American Museum of Natural History) and Sir Arthur Smith Woodward (head of the London Natural History Museum, who built his career on Piltdown Man). Their statements are laughable in hindsight, but it wasn’t just a few who goofed. Someone estimated that 500 scientific papers were published about Piltdown Man before it was exposed as a shoddy forgery!—and that is beside other statements in textbooks and popular articles not only in America but around the world (Bergman, p 140). Visitors to natural histories were treated to displays of Piltdown Man for years before its exposure in 1952. It was touted as evidence for evolution at the Scopes Trial, as was Nebraska Man, the fictional ape-man built out of a pig’s tooth.Let’s look at some recent examples that show today’s experts might have not fully recovered from the tendency to make evolutionary mountains out of evidential molehills. As usual, we will be quoting only pro-evolutionist sources.Sporadic sampling, not climatic forcing, drives observed early hominin diversity (PNAS). This surprising open-access paper by Maxwell, Hopley, Upchurch and Soligo in America’s leading science journal pulls the rug out from under a story long told by paleoanthropologists. The story is that climate change drove human evolution. For instance, a warming climate in Africa, they say, drove apes out of the trees onto the ground, where they learned to walk and evolved upright posture. That’s just one example of interpretations about ‘hominins’ based on climate change. Climate had little (if anything) to do with human evolution, these four warn. From their mathematical analysis, they find that paleoanthropologists made unwarranted inferences due to sampling bias. The diversity they found, that they have assumed was due to climate change, is more a matter of (1) how easy it was to reach the fossils and (2) how hard teams worked to collect them. Notice that this paper is by believers in human evolution and millions of years.Paleoanthropologists have long been intrigued by the observed patterns of human evolution, including species diversity, and often invoked climatic change as the principal driver of evolutionary change. Here, we investigate whether the early hominin fossil record is of suitable quality to test these climate-forcing hypotheses. Specifically, we compare early hominin diversity to sampling metrics that quantify changes in fossil preservation and sampling intensity between 7 and 1 million years ago. We find that observed diversity patterns are governed by sporadic sampling and do not yield a genuine evolutionary signal. Many more fossil discoveries are required before existing hypotheses linking climate and evolution can be meaningfully tested….We find that apparent relationships between early hominin diversity and indicators of climatic instability are, in fact, driven largely by variation in suitable rock exposure and collection effort.Human-like walking mechanics evolved before the genus Homo (Science Daily). Behold a just-so story in the making: “Ancient footprints help researchers date the switch from a crouched to more straight-legged gait.” Yep; the old Laetoli footprints are back. Those are the famous prints supposedly made by relatives of Lucy that look just like modern human footprints (22 March 2010). This should not be. Because of the mismatch between expectations and reality, evolutionists are forced to explain how an ape evolved modern feet. Here we go, Tontology and all: “A close examination of 3.6-million-year-old hominin footprints discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania, suggests our ancestors evolved the hallmark trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism substantially earlier than previously thought.” Who thought that? Certainly not creationists, who deny that the prints are 3.6 million years old.Well, if scientists could write scientific papers about Piltdown Man in the 1920s, they can write scientific papers about fictional apes with human feet today. Why? They need those millions of years for apes to become people. If the feet are jumping the selectionist gun, they must somehow be forced into the timeline. Notice how the authors draw the public into their own deception, implicating innocent bystanders in errors committed by evolutionists:Ever since scientists realized that humans evolved from a succession of primate ancestors, the public imagination has been focused on the inflection point when those ancestors switched from ape-like shuffling to walking upright as we do today. Scientists have long been focused on the question, too, because the answer is important to understanding how our ancestors lived, hunted and evolved.Were you focused on that? Don’t let fallible experts blame you for their faults. The shameful quotes in the article, sounding so certain (see Bluffing in the Baloney Detector), could have been written by Henry Fairfield Osborne. Today’s paleoanthropologists cannot bring themselves to admit that they were wrong. No way can they bring themselves to believe that actual modern humans walked across that plain, when their dating system requires that the layer is millions of  years old!Genomics study in Africa—demographic history and deleterious mutations (Pasteur Institute via Phys.org). Raw data are getting in the way of a good Darwin story again. Evolutionists know that mutations should accumulate in small groups. They predicted that the pygmies and Bantu peoples of Africa would show differences in accumulation of mutations based on the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the former, and the agricultural lifestyle of the latter. Well, they were wrong. Notice the phrase, “Against all expectations”—but it was not against creationist expectations! Notice also the assumption of natural selection, and the Darwinists’ favorite phrase, “shed light” on evolution:The scientists focused their research on a comparison of populations that lived through one of the most significant socio-cultural transitions in human history: the transition to agriculture. By comparing the genome diversity of more than 300 individuals from groups of forest hunter-gatherers (pygmies) and farmers (Bantu-speaking peoples) in western and eastern Central Africa, the study aimed to shed light on the way in which demographic changes associated with the Neolithic transition also influenced the efficacy of natural selection. “We therefore characterized the genetic structure of these populations using exome sequencing data [editor’s note: the exome is a fraction of the genome that contains protein-coding regions] and used computer modeling techniques to reconstruct changes in population size over the past 200,000 years,” continues Lluis Quintana.Against all expectations, his team observed that the current groups of forest hunter-gatherers are descendants of prosperous ancestral populations with a genetic size comparable to that of the farmers’ ancestors. Simulations also indicate the existence of genetic admixture between the groups more than 20,000 years ago.This cannot be. In a desperate theory-rescue operation, the authors invoked “purifying selection” to explain why “the current burden of mutations is similar in the two groups, despite their different demographic histories and lifestyles.” Purifying selection is to natural selection what an eraser is to a pencil: it erases mutations, which are supposed to be the raw material for monkey-and-typewriter Shakespearean plays. And lo and behold, what do you know, but that there had been “a strong and constant admixture with farmers” by the pygmies! I.e., they intermarried. So that, dear public, is why “No differences were detected in the number and severity of mutations carried by forest hunter-gatherers and farmers.” But never forget: evolution is a fact!Bergman’s book is excellent. Get it. Read it. Learn how wrong evolutionists have been, can be, and still are. 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Why Businesses Need to Switch from Manually Signing of Docs to Digital Signing

first_imgHarsh Gala If your business manually signing documents, then you might have faced immense pressure with the bulk signing, risk of documents being tampered, etc.? This is the time when your organization should be looking for digital signing software solution as a business practice.The particular fact says that the employees are wasting about 20-30% of their time weekly in managing the document and signing it. It also highlights the cost incurred in papers.As punctuality plays a significant role, its reputation funnels down to the part where signing a document and handing over on time has been very crucial, it’s funny because we still find a business using the physical signing of the document in this era of digital transformation.So what’s the fix to this problem as the signing of Document is necessary?In today’s fast-paced world, going paperless with digital signatures is the way forward. Government legislation has ensured that digital signatures have the same legal validity as a handwritten signature.Here is where the digital Signing Software comes into existence. This helps in signing substantial business documentation with high-speed multi-signatory digital signing.What is Digital Signing Software?Digital Signing Software is a window application or software which allows signing PDF file using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). Once configured the Signature Profile the digital signing software signs PDF file automatically according to your preferred location without any human intervention.Learn more about document signing software and why organizations should use this as their work process.  Every organization has that vision to move in the direction of paperless office; however, with the lack of proper awareness it gets a bit hazy. Let us dwell dipper into the next aspect that will help you realize the benefits of digital signing.Also, read How to convert the page to PDF file using PDFBook extensionAdvantages of Digital Signing Software1) LegalityMost important of the thing in a contract is, it should be legally valid across all parts of the world. And must be mutually agreed by the parties.According to the sources, there are more than 25 countries who have made this legal across country borders to make business easy. Digitally signed documents are legally valid in court-of-law. These new laws, if true, makes digital signing adaptation easy across business operations.2) SecurityAs you know, the manually signature on the documents can tamper for forgery. These documents can be misplaced or damaged during any unforeseen events.The benefit of signing documents digitally is, it can not tamper. The documents can be saved in digital ways to protect from different disasters. Digital signing uses a PKI technology that keeps your signature secure from been tampered.3) Bulk signingThe bulk Signing of the document is one of the features of the digital signing software which allows the user to sign bulk documents automatically. Where the user has to sign the bulk document, then they have to sign documents overnight back and forth.Once placed your document in a folder the software will sign your documents from that folder automatically and place in other folders.4) Time ManagementThe physical signing of the document is very much time-consuming. In the corporate world, all the documentation are done on the mail, which leads you to print, sign and then fax as per business processes. This is a very time-consuming process.As you do not have to print and scan documents for signing, you automatically save an enormous amount of time.5) Cost ManagementDigital Signing Software is much cheaper. Not having to pay postage, courier, storage, management, and other document handling fees is a plus.Through the software, the quantity of documents that can be signed is much cost effective.  This also eases your burden to sign multiple documents; hence your management can now focus on other vital issues.Having understood the advantages of digital signing software, business needs to try this software for their specific use cases. During this phase, they need to evaluate within inter-department and functionalities of any application.  Intelligent software that allows the creation of multiple signing profiles and enterprise capabilities to integrate within an SAP environment is the ideal choice for businesses.It would be amazing to know your experience of moving towards the paperless office. Harsh Gala is working as a Digital Marketing Executive. The passion for Technology has driven him to read and write an article on technology and other digital things. Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags: #Digital Signing#Document signing Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

RPI to contest 10 seats in Haryana

first_imgBJP ally Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale on Friday said that his party will contest 10 Assembly seats in Haryana while it would support the BJP on the other 80 seats.Mr. Athawale, who is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, was here to review schemes pertaining to his Ministry.“In Haryana, we are not very strong but we want to contest at least 10 seats in the upcoming Assembly polls. We will be contesting against the Congress and by fielding our candidates we will only benefit the BJP. Also, all our candidates who will win would support the BJP government,” he said talking to reporters.Terming Narendra Modi a “dashing” Prime Minister, Mr. Athawale said the decision to abrogate Article 370 was historical, which Pakistan has not been able to digest. “Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to rake up the Kashmir issue. It (Pakistan) should now hand over PoK to us as it would be in Pakistan’s interest,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari defends his players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari defends his playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has defended his players ahead of facing Real Sociedad.Madrid meet La Real on the back of a 2-2 draw with Villarreal.Solari said, “We’ve got a really busy month ahead of us, because we now have a game once every three days. The most important thing is that we keep our energy levels up in the matches and that we start to welcome the injured players back. It’s also important that we don’t pick up any more injuries.”Footballers aren’t machines. It’s tough when you have to play a game every three days and we have to be ready for that and go out and compete. The key thing in the league is that we continue to climb the table, we’ve moved up from ninth to fourth and have to keep closing the gap because it’s a battle right until the end. It’s in situations of adversity that your character shines through. The LaLiga season and the campaign will be a battle until the end.” last_img read more

Government Signs Loan Agreement for EMEP

first_imgStory Highlights He said the goals of the EMEP are consistent with the Vision 2030 plan as outlined in relation to National Goals, which speak to ‘Energy Security and Efficiency’ and ‘Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources’, and include solar and wind energy. An initiative of the Government, the EMEP has been designed to promote and facilitate energy efficiency, security and conservation engagements within the public and private sectors, and reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels. The Government has signed a loan agreement for US$15 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to assist with the cost of rolling out the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).The contract was signed at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in downtown Kingston on November 10 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; and General Manager, Country Department, Caribbean Group, IDB, Therese Turner-Jones.An initiative of the Government, the EMEP has been designed to promote and facilitate energy efficiency, security and conservation engagements within the public and private sectors, and reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels.It is being initiated as the ideal programme that will strengthen efforts being made by the Government to diversify the energy mix in creating a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy sector.Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Shaw said the EMEP is estimated to cost the Government approximately US$30 million and will be financed by both the IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).“Additional resources of approximately US$10 million in grant funding will also be provided by the European Union Caribbean Investment Facility (EUCIF). The second co-financing loan agreement for US$15 million from Japan is scheduled to be signed on November 23, and the grant financing agreement of US$10 million between the Government and the European Union is expected to be signed shortly thereafter,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw said the EMEP is important for the nation to reduce its dependency on imported fossil fuels.“Jamaica has experienced significant challenges with the high costs associated with the provision of energy solutions to the largest users within the Jamaican economy, including the ministries, departments and agencies of the Government. The Energy Management and Efficiency Programme is the ideal project that will strengthen the efforts being made by the Government to diversify its energy mix to create a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy sector, as well as reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuel,” he pointed out.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion.“The objective of the EMEP is to bolster the Government of Jamaica’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and energy conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” the Minister explained.He said the goals of the EMEP are consistent with the Vision 2030 plan as outlined in relation to National Goals, which speak to ‘Energy Security and Efficiency’ and ‘Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources’, and include solar and wind energy.The EMEP will comprise three components. Component one consists of retrofitting the Health, Education and Public Agency (HEPA) government facilities. This component will target energy efficiency and conservation measures in 73 HEPA government facilities, comprehensive retrofits in 23 government facilities and light emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits in 50 facilities.Component two involves the implementation of an Urban Traffic Management System (UTMS). This component will finance the purchase and installation of equipment to complete the UTMS in Kingston, which includes a central control platform for traffic monitoring, upgraded traffic controllers, closed-circuit television cameras and training of National Works Agency (NWA) staff.Component three focuses on support for electricity planning. This component will provide the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) with additional expertise and system capacity, and, in particular, training, contracting of technical experts in energy efficiency, and demand side management and technical studies to support the implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP),Meanwhile, Mrs. Turner-Jones said her organisation is pleased to be partnering with the country to fund EMEP.“Today is a great moment because it not just focuses on energy efficiency in bringing $7 million worth of savings to your budget every year. We see this as one really small component in terms of what the bigger energy plan and policy for the country will deliver over time. A large portion of Jamaica’s import bill goes to importing fuels, so, right now, that’s heavily weighted on heavy fossil fuels. Jamaica really is the country that is setting the pace for reforms,” she said. The Government has signed a loan agreement for US$15 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to assist with the cost of rolling out the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).last_img read more

BC asks court to affirm right to protect environment from heavy oils

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.Kinder Morgan said it wants clarity on its ability to build in B.C. and the protection of its shareholders.“The comments and proposed legislation put forward by the province of B.C. today signal the province’s continued intention to frustrate the project,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the move discriminatory and redundant and “just another stall tactic to tie the project up with more red tape after Ottawa gave in the green light 18 months ago.”The group said in a news release that the government of Canada now needs to exercise its Constitutional authority and move the project forward.Business groups said B.C.’s anti-pipeline tactics tell investors around the world that Canada, despite a robust environmental approval process, is a difficult place to build major projects.“The process counts, the rules count,” said Chris Gardner, president of B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “Premier Horgan is saying it doesn’t count. That’s wrong and that’s not how we do business in Canada.”B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he could not put a timeline on any decision for the reference case, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kinder Morgan has curtailed spending on the project, blaming B.C. for the decision as it set the May 31 date for getting some guarantees it can proceed without disruptions.Horgan said the province isn’t working to Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“I don’t work for Kinder Morgan,” he said. “I work for the people of B.C.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly vowed that the project will go ahead.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government will seek intervener status at the court hearing.“The powers that they (B.C.) are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock,” she said.Notley said she has difficulty understanding why B.C. wants the courts to rule on new shipments of diluted bitumen that would be sent through the expanded pipeline but has no concerns about a piece of infrastructure that has been in place for 60 years.“It makes no sense,” Notley told reporters on a conference call from Slave Lake, Alta.Alberta has retaliated to B.C.’s position, even banning wine imports from its neighbour at one point. It has also threatened to slow the flow of oil and natural gas to B.C.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has yet to determine if it will seek intervener status in the case, but he called on the federal government to assert its jurisdiction over the project that Ottawa approved in 2016.“We’ll see where all this goes,” he said.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is willing to address some of B.C.’s environmental concerns, but added that Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and creating five new emergency response stations.McKenna released a letter that said the federal government will consider forming a joint scientific advisory panel with B.C. to take stock of the research available on oil spills, including current models of how to respond in the event of an incident involving a number of different petroleum products.B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said B.C. has been meeting for months with federal officials on spill prevention issues and the province has already invited Ottawa to participate in a science panel on bitumen in the environment.In addition to asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the province the authority to regulate the impacts of heavy oils, the province will also ask if federal legislation would override its changes to the law, he said.Eby said the reference case does not apply to oil tanker traffic, which the provincial government has said will increase seven-fold if the pipeline expansion is completed.“Ships were excluded for a couple of reasons, one was practicality, the other is simply it appears to be an area of federal jurisdiction,” he said.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, compounds the risk of a major spill.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton and Ryan McKenna in Regina.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

Mens Basketball No 23 Ohio State dominates Cleveland State 8962 in return

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson defends a shot from Cleveland State sophomore guard Tyree Appleby on Nov. 23 in St. John Arena. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn its first return to the only home court it has hosted a national championship season in, Ohio State did not disappoint.After failing to pull ahead substantially to open the game, the No. 23 Buckeyes poured it on in the second half, defeating Cleveland State 89-62 in the team’s first game in St. John Arena since 2010.In front of the sold-out crowd, Ohio State shot 53.1 percent, made seven 3s and forced 16 turnovers against the Vikings.For junior forward Kaleb Wesson and sophomore forward Andre Wesson, the moment was even greater because of the history that their dad, Keith, had as a player for the Buckeyes in the 1980s.“It was special, just everybody, there was a lot of hype around this game,” Kaleb Wesson said. “It was even more special for me and [Andre] because my dad played here.”After starting the second half with a nine-point lead the Buckeyes opened the half with a 10-1 run, extending the lead to 48-30 with 16:44 to go in the game.From there, Cleveland State began to bring the pressure with a few buckets on the other end. But Ohio State countered all of them, connecting on seven of its first nine shots from the field in the second half.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann still was not pleased about the play in transition.“We had three or four possessions where it was, we score they score, we score they score, and we got beat in transition a couple times,” Holtmann said. “I thought we were really fatigued, and we got really loose defensively.”That was all it took for the Buckeyes to take charge.Ohio State shot 59.4 percent and 5-of-8 from deep to outscore the Vikings 51-33 in the second half to seal the victory.Of the Buckeyes first 56 points, 51 were scored by the starters. All starters except sophomore forward Kyle Young, who had eight, scored in double figures. The bench shot 8-of-20 and 3-of-7 from 3.Kaleb Wesson led all scorers with 19 points, followed closely by senior guard C.J. Jackson, who had 17.Wesson shot 8-of-16 and brought in six rebounds, tied for the team high, while Jackson shot 7-of-10 and 3-of-4 from 3.Wesson said he has found a stride this year because of the play of the guys around him.“I feel I have more opportunities because of my teammates, you know my teammates stepped up really in a year,” Kaleb Wesson said. “I feel like if more people step up I’ll get more shots.”Ohio State led Cleveland State 38-29 at the half, with Jackson leading all scorers with 10 points.The Buckeyes held the Vikings to 34.4 percent shooting overall in the first half, but struggled from behind the arc, making only two of their 11 3-point attempts.“I thought they really, physically challenged us and were the tougher team, certainly for 20 minutes of the game,” Holtmann said. “It was good for us, good to see us respond.”Young started the momentum early for Ohio State, making all three of his shots for six points and three rebounds in the first nine minutes of the game.The Buckeyes’ defense started out hot as well, forcing five turnovers in the first 10 minutes and nine overall in the first half.Ohio State moves on to face Syracuse at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. read more