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Building Your Fund Raising Capacity Now!

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Building Your Fund Raising Capacity Now!

Most nonprofits are faced with significant fund raising challenges these days. As a part of the current Fiscal Crisis, donors have cut back, foundations have trimmed their grantmaking, and state governments are cutting a great deal.

In order to be a sustainable organization, able to weather these financial storms, nonprofits will need to develop fund raising plans. Then, they will need to implement the plan, focusing on those strategies that have the best opportunity for success. This article provides an outline of a fund raising plan, and a series of suggestions for areas of fund development that are working best for many agencies.

I.Fund Raising Plan

Your fund raising plan will guide staff, board and volunteers as they implement different goals and strategies — from the annual appeal to the events to major donor development.

Your Fund Raising Plan is made up of three simple building blocks:

A.Individual Donors

B.Institutional Donors

C.Earned Income

For each of the three building blocks, there are a wide range of strategies for developing revenue, as the following exemplify:

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A. Individual Donors

1.Direct mail (best for donors giving smaller gifts. Direct mail never makes money when acquiring donors – only through repeat gifts from those who are current donors. It is always a good idea to send out mailings multiple times each year).

2.Special events including events such as “AID and Comfort,” Rape Crisis Center’s “Hot Salsa” dance party, Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bowl for Kids Sake.” Special events require a 6-9 month lead time, a strong group of volunteers, active Board involvement, and corporate involvement to donate many items to keep costs down).

3.Small events can be house parties for major donors, thank-you events for donors and volunteers or other small events. Small events are excellent ways to involve new major donors, when current major donors are willing to serve as hosts and invite their friends.

4.Telethons (though people often cringe at the idea of calling people, phone contacts can be extremely effective when calling those who are regular, loyal donors. Agencies often send letters out in advance asking for a donation and letting people know the volunteers will be calling; often people send in donations. Calls should be short and to the point, thanking the person for their support. Always use volunteers.

5.Individual Solicitations (primarily for those giving larger gifts).

B. Institutional Donors

Institutional donors include all of the different institutions that provide grants, contracts and donations. These usually include:

1.Federal Government – grants and contracts

2. State Government – grants and contracts

3. Local Government – grants and contracts

4. National foundations

5. Local/regional foundations

6. Corporations and corporate foundations

7. Civic groups

8. Faith communities

C. Earned Income

Earned income includes all income received from sales of any kind. This would include patient fees, subscriptions, tuition, workshop fees, ticket sales and other sales. Most nonprofit earned income is considered to be “substantially related” to mission and not taxable under requirements of the “Unrelated Business Income Tax” law.

I.What are Many Agencies Doing?

Develop a fund raising plan by using these steps:

1.Analyze your current income. Do you have revenue from multiple sources? Are there areas where you do not receive income, but could potentially develop? Most nonprofits have limited income from individuals, and could significantly increase individual income by developing a plan to use appeal letters, events and direct contact with donors and prospects. (Approximately 85% of all philanthropic resources comes from individuals; foundations, corporate foundations and bequests constitute the 15% balance.)

2.Develop a plan with specific strategies for diversifying your revenue. Build support for the plan with your board, volunteers and staff.

3.Review the donor database. Send out more appeals, but make them targeted appeals. Develop small gatherings for major donors, and ask them to bring friends. Schedule meetings with major donors to discuss what they might be able to provide. Analyze where donors are lapsing or giving less, and develop responses.

4.Implement strategies in the priority areas. Share results and build in support. The staff and board may choose a few priority areas. Once those are chosen, give them all of your energy, and review progress. Continue with them as long as they are working.

5.Work with board members, donors and friends to recruit volunteers. Have volunteers work on community outreach, events, and other areas as appropriate.

6.Share your experiences with other nonprofits; tap into the expertise within your own network and the state fund raising professionals’ association. If you hire a consultant, check with peers for references, develop specific goals, and don’t develop a percentage arrangement.

About the Author: Anne Hays Egan is an organizational development consultant to nonprofits. She provides information, resources, newsletters, fund-raising plan outlines, and many other materials from her website, Nonprofits Online


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National Museum of Scotland reopens after three-year redevelopment

Friday, July 29, 2011

Today sees the reopening of the National Museum of Scotland following a three-year renovation costing £47.4 million (US$ 77.3 million). Edinburgh’s Chambers Street was closed to traffic for the morning, with the 10am reopening by eleven-year-old Bryony Hare, who took her first steps in the museum, and won a competition organised by the local Evening News paper to be a VIP guest at the event. Prior to the opening, Wikinews toured the renovated museum, viewing the new galleries, and some of the 8,000 objects inside.

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Dressed in Victorian attire, Scottish broadcaster Grant Stott acted as master of ceremonies over festivities starting shortly after 9am. The packed street cheered an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex created by Millenium FX; onlookers were entertained with a twenty-minute performance by the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on the steps of the museum; then, following Bryony Hare knocking three times on the original doors to ask that the museum be opened, the ceremony was heralded with a specially composed fanfare – played on a replica of the museum’s 2,000-year-old carnyx Celtic war-horn. During the fanfare, two abseilers unfurled white pennons down either side of the original entrance.

The completion of the opening to the public was marked with Chinese firecrackers, and fireworks, being set off on the museum roof. As the public crowded into the museum, the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers resumed their performance; a street theatre group mingled with the large crowd, and the animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex entertained the thinning crowd of onlookers in the centre of the street.

On Wednesday, the museum welcomed the world’s press for an in depth preview of the new visitor experience. Wikinews was represented by Brian McNeil, who is also Wikimedia UK’s interim liaison with Museum Galleries Scotland.

The new pavement-level Entrance Hall saw journalists mingle with curators. The director, Gordon Rintoul, introduced presentations by Gareth Hoskins and Ralph Applebaum, respective heads of the Architects and Building Design Team; and, the designers responsible for the rejuvenation of the museum.

Describing himself as a “local lad”, Hoskins reminisced about his grandfather regularly bringing him to the museum, and pushing all the buttons on the numerous interactive exhibits throughout the museum. Describing the nearly 150-year-old museum as having become “a little tired”, and a place “only visited on a rainy day”, he commented that many international visitors to Edinburgh did not realise that the building was a public space; explaining the focus was to improve access to the museum – hence the opening of street-level access – and, to “transform the complex”, focus on “opening up the building”, and “creating a number of new spaces […] that would improve facilities and really make this an experience for 21st century museum visitors”.

Hoskins explained that a “rabbit warren” of storage spaces were cleared out to provide street-level access to the museum; the floor in this “crypt-like” space being lowered by 1.5 metres to achieve this goal. Then Hoskins handed over to Applebaum, who expressed his delight to be present at the reopening.

Applebaum commented that one of his first encounters with the museum was seeing “struggling young mothers with two kids in strollers making their way up the steps”, expressing his pleasure at this being made a thing of the past. Applebaum explained that the Victorian age saw the opening of museums for public access, with the National Museum’s earlier incarnation being the “College Museum” – a “first window into this museum’s collection”.

Have you any photos of the museum, or its exhibits?

The museum itself is physically connected to the University of Edinburgh’s old college via a bridge which allowed students to move between the two buildings.

Applebaum explained that the museum will, now redeveloped, be used as a social space, with gatherings held in the Grand Gallery, “turning the museum into a social convening space mixed with knowledge”. Continuing, he praised the collections, saying they are “cultural assets [… Scotland is] turning those into real cultural capital”, and the museum is, and museums in general are, providing a sense of “social pride”.

McNeil joined the yellow group on a guided tour round the museum with one of the staff. Climbing the stairs at the rear of the Entrance Hall, the foot of the Window on the World exhibit, the group gained a first chance to see the restored Grand Gallery. This space is flooded with light from the glass ceiling three floors above, supported by 40 cast-iron columns. As may disappoint some visitors, the fish ponds have been removed; these were not an original feature, but originally installed in the 1960s – supposedly to humidify the museum; and failing in this regard. But, several curators joked that they attracted attention as “the only thing that moved” in the museum.

The museum’s original architect was Captain Francis Fowke, also responsible for the design of London’s Royal Albert Hall; his design for the then-Industrial Museum apparently inspired by Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace.

The group moved from the Grand Gallery into the Discoveries Gallery to the south side of the museum. The old red staircase is gone, and the Millennium Clock stands to the right of a newly-installed escalator, giving easier access to the upper galleries than the original staircases at each end of the Grand Gallery. Two glass elevators have also been installed, flanking the opening into the Discoveries Gallery and, providing disabled access from top-to-bottom of the museum.

The National Museum of Scotland’s origins can be traced back to 1780 when the 11th Earl of Buchan, David Stuart Erskine, formed the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; the Society being tasked with the collection and preservation of archaeological artefacts for Scotland. In 1858, control of this was passed to the government of the day and the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland came into being. Items in the collection at that time were housed at various locations around the city.

On Wednesday, October 28, 1861, during a royal visit to Edinburgh by Queen Victoria, Prince-Consort Albert laid the foundation-stone for what was then intended to be the Industrial Museum. Nearly five years later, it was the second son of Victoria and Albert, Prince Alfred, the then-Duke of Edinburgh, who opened the building which was then known as the Scottish Museum of Science and Art. A full-page feature, published in the following Monday’s issue of The Scotsman covered the history leading up to the opening of the museum, those who had championed its establishment, the building of the collection which it was to house, and Edinburgh University’s donation of their Natural History collection to augment the exhibits put on public display.

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Selection of views of the Grand Gallery Image: Brian McNeil.

Selection of views of the Grand Gallery Image: Brian McNeil.

Selection of views of the Grand Gallery Image: Brian McNeil.

Closed for a little over three years, today’s reopening of the museum is seen as the “centrepiece” of National Museums Scotland’s fifteen-year plan to dramatically improve accessibility and better present their collections. Sir Andrew Grossard, chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “The reopening of the National Museum of Scotland, on time and within budget is a tremendous achievement […] Our collections tell great stories about the world, how Scots saw that world, and the disproportionate impact they had upon it. The intellectual and collecting impact of the Scottish diaspora has been profound. It is an inspiring story which has captured the imagination of our many supporters who have helped us achieve our aspirations and to whom we are profoundly grateful.

The extensive work, carried out with a view to expand publicly accessible space and display more of the museums collections, carried a £47.4 million pricetag. This was jointly funded with £16 million from the Scottish Government, and £17.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Further funds towards the work came from private sources and totalled £13.6 million. Subsequent development, as part of the longer-term £70 million “Masterplan”, is expected to be completed by 2020 and see an additional eleven galleries opened.

The funding by the Scottish Government can be seen as a ‘canny‘ investment; a report commissioned by National Museums Scotland, and produced by consultancy firm Biggar Economics, suggest the work carried out could be worth £58.1 million per year, compared with an estimated value to the economy of £48.8 prior to the 2008 closure. Visitor figures are expected to rise by over 20%; use of function facilities are predicted to increase, alongside other increases in local hospitality-sector spending.

Proudly commenting on the Scottish Government’s involvement Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, described the reopening as, “one of the nation’s cultural highlights of 2011” and says the rejuvenated museum is, “[a] must-see attraction for local and international visitors alike“. Continuing to extol the museum’s virtues, Hyslop states that it “promotes the best of Scotland and our contributions to the world.

So-far, the work carried out is estimated to have increased the public space within the museum complex by 50%. Street-level storage rooms, never before seen by the public, have been transformed into new exhibit space, and pavement-level access to the buildings provided which include a new set of visitor facilities. Architectural firm Gareth Hoskins have retained the original Grand Gallery – now the first floor of the museum – described as a “birdcage” structure and originally inspired by The Crystal Palace built in Hyde Park, London for the 1851 Great Exhibition.

The centrepiece in the Grand Gallery is the “Window on the World” exhibit, which stands around 20 metres tall and is currently one of the largest installations in any UK museum. This showcases numerous items from the museum’s collections, rising through four storeys in the centre of the museum. Alexander Hayward, the museums Keeper of Science and Technology, challenged attending journalists to imagine installing “teapots at thirty feet”.

The redeveloped museum includes the opening of sixteen brand new galleries. Housed within, are over 8,000 objects, only 20% of which have been previously seen.

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The Window on the World rises through the four floors of the museum and contains over 800 objects. This includes a gyrocopter from the 1930s, the world’s largest scrimshaw – made from the jaws of a sperm whale which the University of Edinburgh requested for their collection, a number of Buddha figures, spearheads, antique tools, an old gramophone and record, a selection of old local signage, and a girder from the doomed Tay Bridge.

The arrangement of galleries around the Grand Gallery’s “birdcage” structure is organised into themes across multiple floors. The World Cultures Galleries allow visitors to explore the culture of the entire planet; Living Lands explains the ways in which our natural environment influences the way we live our lives, and the beliefs that grow out of the places we live – from the Arctic cold of North America to Australia’s deserts.

The adjacent Patterns of Life gallery shows objects ranging from the everyday, to the unusual from all over the world. The functions different objects serve at different periods in peoples’ lives are explored, and complement the contents of the Living Lands gallery.

Performance & Lives houses musical instruments from around the world, alongside masks and costumes; both rooted in long-established traditions and rituals, this displayed alongside contemporary items showing the interpretation of tradition by contemporary artists and instrument-creators.

The museum proudly bills the Facing the Sea gallery as the only one in the UK which is specifically based on the cultures of the South Pacific. It explores the rich diversity of the communities in the region, how the sea shapes the islanders’ lives – describing how their lives are shaped as much by the sea as the land.

Both the Facing the Sea and Performance & Lives galleries are on the second floor, next to the new exhibition shop and foyer which leads to one of the new exhibition galleries, expected to house the visiting Amazing Mummies exhibit in February, coming from Leiden in the Netherlands.

The Inspired by Nature, Artistic Legacies, and Traditions in Sculpture galleries take up most of the east side of the upper floor of the museum. The latter of these shows the sculptors from diverse cultures have, through history, explored the possibilities in expressing oneself using metal, wood, or stone. The Inspired by Nature gallery shows how many artists, including contemporary ones, draw their influence from the world around us – often commenting on our own human impact on that natural world.

Contrastingly, the Artistic Legacies gallery compares more traditional art and the work of modern artists. The displayed exhibits attempt to show how people, in creating specific art objects, attempt to illustrate the human spirit, the cultures they are familiar with, and the imaginative input of the objects’ creators.

The easternmost side of the museum, adjacent to Edinburgh University’s Old College, will bring back memories for many regular visitors to the museum; but, with an extensive array of new items. The museum’s dedicated taxidermy staff have produced a wide variety of fresh examples from the natural world.

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At ground level, the Animal World and Wildlife Panorama’s most imposing exhibit is probably the lifesize reproduction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. This rubs shoulders with other examples from around the world, including one of a pair of elephants. The on-display elephant could not be removed whilst renovation work was underway, and lurked in a corner of the gallery as work went on around it.

Above, in the Animal Senses gallery, are examples of how we experience the world through our senses, and contrasting examples of wildly differing senses, or extremes of such, present in the natural world. This gallery also has giant screens, suspended in the free space, which show footage ranging from the most tranquil and peaceful life in the sea to the tooth-and-claw bloody savagery of nature.

The Survival gallery gives visitors a look into the ever-ongoing nature of evolution; the causes of some species dying out while others thrive, and the ability of any species to adapt as a method of avoiding extinction.

Earth in Space puts our place in the universe in perspective. Housing Europe’s oldest surviving Astrolabe, dating from the eleventh century, this gallery gives an opportunity to see the technology invented to allow us to look into the big questions about what lies beyond Earth, and probe the origins of the universe and life.

In contrast, the Restless Earth gallery shows examples of the rocks and minerals formed through geological processes here on earth. The continual processes of the planet are explored alongside their impact on human life. An impressive collection of geological specimens are complemented with educational multimedia presentations.

Beyond working on new galleries, and the main redevelopment, the transformation team have revamped galleries that will be familiar to regular past visitors to the museum.

Formerly known as the Ivy Wu Gallery of East Asian Art, the Looking East gallery showcases National Museums Scotland’s extensive collection of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese material. The gallery’s creation was originally sponsored by Sir Gordon Wu, and named after his wife Ivy. It contains items from the last dynasty, the Manchu, and examples of traditional ceramic work. Japan is represented through artefacts from ordinary people’s lives, expositions on the role of the Samurai, and early trade with the West. Korean objects also show the country’s ceramic work, clothing, and traditional accessories used, and worn, by the indigenous people.

The Ancient Egypt gallery has always been a favourite of visitors to the museum. A great many of the exhibits in this space were returned to Scotland from late 19th century excavations; and, are arranged to take visitors through the rituals, and objects associated with, life, death, and the afterlife, as viewed from an Egyptian perspective.

The Art and Industry and European Styles galleries, respectively, show how designs are arrived at and turned into manufactured objects, and the evolution of European style – financed and sponsored by a wide range of artists and patrons. A large number of the objects on display, often purchased or commissioned, by Scots, are now on display for the first time ever.

Shaping our World encourages visitors to take a fresh look at technological objects developed over the last 200 years, many of which are so integrated into our lives that they are taken for granted. Radio, transportation, and modern medicines are covered, with a retrospective on the people who developed many of the items we rely on daily.

What was known as the Museum of Scotland, a modern addition to the classical Victorian-era museum, is now known as the Scottish Galleries following the renovation of the main building.

This dedicated newer wing to the now-integrated National Museum of Scotland covers the history of Scotland from a time before there were people living in the country. The geological timescale is covered in the Beginnings gallery, showing continents arranging themselves into what people today see as familiar outlines on modern-day maps.

Just next door, the history of the earliest occupants of Scotland are on display; hunters and gatherers from around 4,000 B.C give way to farmers in the Early People exhibits.

The Kingdom of the Scots follows Scotland becoming a recognisable nation, and a kingdom ruled over by the Stewart dynasty. Moving closer to modern-times, the Scotland Transformed gallery looks at the country’s history post-union in 1707.

Industry and Empire showcases Scotland’s significant place in the world as a source of heavy engineering work in the form of rail engineering and shipbuilding – key components in the building of the British Empire. Naturally, whisky was another globally-recognised export introduced to the world during empire-building.

Lastly, Scotland: A Changing Nation collects less-tangible items, including personal accounts, from the country’s journey through the 20th century; the social history of Scots, and progress towards being a multicultural nation, is explored through heavy use of multimedia exhibits.

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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.

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Question: 1

The Microsoft Certificate Authority server is required for use in provisioning iOS devices in for management in SAP Afaria. Determine whether this statement is true or false.

A. False

B. True

Answer: B

Question: 2

When a device is moved from one tenant to another, the policies do follow? Determinate whether this statement is true or false

A. False

B. True

Answer: A

Question: 3

When preparing to manage devices, certain conditions may need to be satisfied for a device to be able to communicate with Afaria to enroll, receive emails, or install applications.

Determine whether this statement is true or false.

A. False

B. True

Answer: B

Question: 4

Where is Installed the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answer.

A. Is Installed in an Server Farm

B. Is Installed in an Internal Network

C. Is Installed in an External Network

D. Is Installed in a Demilitarized Zone

Answer: D

Question: 5

Which of the following devices do NOT use custom defined clients. Choose the correct answers.

A. Windows Mobile

B. iOS

C. BlackBerry

D. Windows (PC)

E. Android

Answer: B, E

Question: 6

Which are Questions to Help Define an Alert?

Choose the corrects answers

A. Will the system forward a run executable file for alert?

B. Who are the handling raised alerts?

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C. What events will trigger an alert?

D. Will system-defined events be used to trigger events or will events be defined?

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Which are the Activity Summary Views of the Afaria Data?

Choose the correct answers

A. Calls

B. Location

C. Data

D. Messages

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Question: 8

Identify which of the following is a Value is Specific to Tenant Configuration.

Choose the correct answers.

A. iOS Branding/Notification

B. Administrators

C. Certificate Authority

D. Access Control Option

Answer: A, C, D

Question: 9

Where is Installed the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answer.

A. Is Installed in an External Network

B. Installed in a Server Farm

C. Is Installed in a Demilitarized Zone

D. Is Installed in an Internal Network

Answer: C

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Which are the Features Enabled by the Relay Server?

Choose the correct answers.

A. Secure communications for Web Traffic

B. Load balancing

C. Accepts a single, inbound connections for Afaria client devices

D. Failover protection

Answer: A, B, D

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Which are the Supported Device Type for Enrollment?

Choose the correct answers

A. Symbian

B. Windows CE

C. Windows XP, Vista, 7

D. Windows NT

Answer: B, C

Question: 12

Which are the Key Points about Tenants?

Choose the correct answers

A. Is placed in is dependent on the enrollment policy that is used to enroll the device

B. Is prompted with an acceptance message

C. Some server configuration values can be tenant specific, other cannot

D. Ability to move devices from one tenant to anothe

Answer: C, D

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Which are the Examine Error Logs?

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A. Replication Log

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C. The Most Common Log

D. iOS Connections Logs

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Which are the Server Properties of the SAP Afaria Server?

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A. Replication Screen

B. Server Type Screen

C. Server Farm Screen

D. SMS Gateway Screen

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Which are the apple components requiring for configure in SAP Afaria?

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A. Certificate Authority Serve

B. Communication with Apple Push Notification Services


D. AAICA Certificate

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To upgrade from SAP Afaria 6.6 to SAP Afaria 7.0 SP3. several conditions must be met.

Select the correct changes from the options.

A. Changes to the restrictions to the supported upgrade path

B. Changes to the profiles used in the Profile Manager channels

C. Changes to the upgrades on the Symbian device type

D. Changes to the supported databases for the back-nd SAP Database

Answer: A, C, D

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Which of the following items are attributes of the Self Service Portal Configuration file?

Choose the correct answers.

A. Contains codes specified during installation

B. XML Structured

C. Users are not limited to codes in this file

D. Used with configuration of the GCM serve

Answer: A, B, C

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What port is used by SAP Afaria to connect with Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to send outbound notifications to devices?

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A. 80

B. 5223

C. 5228

D. 443

Answer: D

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Which of the following are valid SAP Afaria server device communication protocols?

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A. soap

B. http

C. smtp

D. xnet

Answer: B, D

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Maria de Jesus, the world’s oldest person, dies at age 115

Friday, January 2, 2009

Portuguese Maria de Jesus died Tuesday, at 115 years and 114 days old. The vegetarian, non-smoking, teetotal farmer had only visited a hospital once in her life, outliving her husband by 57 years, and two of her five children. The cause of her death is either unknown or has not yet been released.

De Jesus had five children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She had no need for a mobility scooter — instead she lived on her farm and moved with a walking frame, declining nursing care. However, due to sight and hearing problems, she could not easiliy recognize her family, including daughter Madalena, 84, with whom she lived.

She never went to school, and could not write, but one of her children said of her that she never “fell ill, nor took any medication.”

She became the world’s oldest person after the November 26 death of American Edna Parker, who was 115 years and 220 days old. Her position as the world’s oldest person has now been taken by American Gertrude Baines, 114.

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Demonstrators protest Condoleezza Rice’s trip to Australia

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Anti-war demonstrators in Sydney, Australia on Thursday dubbed U.S. Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice a “war criminal” and “murderer.” Two protesters were evicted and five people were arrested during protests against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Dr Rice, on a three-day trip to Australia, said she understood why people found it hard to be positive about Iraq when all they saw on their television screens was violence.

Soon after Rice began her speech at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, two protesters shouted from the rear of the auditorium, “Condoleezza Rice, you are a war criminal,” and “Iraqi blood is on your hands and you cannot wash that blood away.” Standing with their palms towards her, the young man and woman repeated their accusation until security intervened to remove them from the hall.

About 15 minutes into Rice’s address, a third protester appeared at a balcony door, interrupting her speech as she referred to freedom. “What kind of freedom are you talking about? You are a murderer,” said the demonstrator before he was quietly escorted from the hall. “I’m very glad to see that democracy is well and alive here at the university,” she said.

In her speech, Rice sought to justify the U.S. occupation of Iraq, describing Iraqis as now more free. One student asked about abuses committed by U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. She said the abuses had made her “sick to her stomach.” However, she defended Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where human rights groups say detainees are held in inhumane conditions and in detention flouting international laws.

Before Rice began her speech, about 50 protesters were gathered at the front gates of the Conservatorium. The group were confronted by police on horseback and by police dogs. Police used the horses to charge into the group of activists and push them back, as a police helicopter hovered.

A police spokeswoman said the group was blocking pedestrian access to the building and that police had spent more than 20 minutes warning them to move. The police then moved in and pushed the crowd back 20 metres. Police say five people have been charged with “hindering police in the execution of their duties.”

The “Stop the War Coalition” says Rice is a “war criminal” and is not welcome in Australia. The group’s spokeswoman, Anna Samson, says the protest is one of many planned in the lead-up to the third anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq on March 20.

Paddy Gibson, from the University of Sydney’s Student’s Council, says the protest is in opposition to the Iraq war, and to the use of the University of Sydney’s campus to host Rice, “the most powerful woman in the world,” who they say is a war criminal. “They’re saying, ‘… you’ve got Sydney Uni’s support to stand up and peddle your murderous hate speeches,’ which is what we see it,” he said.

“You’ve got 180,000 people killed, as we said, for no other reason than strategic control of the region’s oil resources. And the anti-Muslim racism that’s been whipped up to justify this war is being felt by Sydney University students,” said Mr Gibson.

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Make Closet Doors Disappear With Paint

By Jessica Ackerman

The entrance hallway or bedroom often comes with large closet doors that in most cases are utilitarian in design. While great for hiding all the clothes, linen, and other storage items you may have, the plain white doors can be an eyesore. This is particularly true if you have painted the walls in your favorite color and decorated around the closet with pictures and artwork. Your closet doors may appear to chop up the space and draw unwanted attention.

For these reasons, you will probably want to make those doors disappear, or at least look far less imposing than they do now. If the doors of the closet are a stark white, wood veneer, or any other color or finishing, it is an easy project to make them fade into the background using paint and a little creativity.

Blend them into the wall: Paint the closet doors the same color as the surrounding wall to make them disappear. You will have a continuous expanse of pleasing color in your room, instead of color that stops and starts abruptly. If your closet doors are framed in trim, make sure you paint the trim as well, otherwise the contrasting color will stand out.

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If you have painted your walls in stripes, paint the closet doors with the same stripes. If you have stenciled a pattern across the walls, continue it on the doors of your closet. If you have wood paneled walls, you can create faux wood grain effects on the doors using glaze and a wood graining tool. Applying stain to wood closet doors is another option to make them darker, such that they blend in with dark-colored walls.

Reflect the colors and artwork in the space: Your closet doors do not need to be a single block of color. In fact, they may stand out more if the rest of your bedroom is covered in bold and bright patterns, for example. If you have a large art piece displayed on the wall opposite your closet, try reflecting the colors and shapes featured in the piece on the doors of your closet. Use painter’s tape to help create straight lines and geometric designs, or paint a picture with free hand.

Give them the look of furniture: With the variety of faux finishing painting techniques out there, you can give your closet doors a customized look. Think about creating a finish similar to the other furniture in your room, so your closet will appear to be just one piece of a set. Use the appropriate paint tools, techniques, and colors to create the look of dark mahogany wood or light bamboo. Add matching doorknobs and molding to enhance the look.

Imitate the look of fabric: Contemporary homes tend to incorporate natural fabrics and various textures into their design, and you can imitate the look of these materials on your closet doors. For instance, if you have linen shades covering the windows, paint the closet door with a faux linen finish. Other finishes like faux grass cloth and faux leather can make these doors blend in seamlessly with the decor.

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Wikinews Shorts: November 7, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, November 7, 2008.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Labour Party candidate Lindsay Roy defeated the Scottish Nationalist candidate by 6,737 votes, to win the UK parliamentary seat for Glenrothes in Scotland. Opinion polls had predicted a close race, but personal campaigning by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and a high turnout of 52% in Thursday’s vote, secured a high margin for the UK’s governing party.

  • Agence France-Presse. “Labour snatches unlikely victory in Glenrothes by-election” — Google News, November 7, 2008
  • “Glenrothes by-election: ‘The win has bought Brown some time'” — The Scotsman, November 7, 2008
  • “Labour victorious in Glenrothes” — BBC News, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

28 people were wounded and at least 11 are dead after an explosion in the centre of Vladikavkaz, capital of the North Ossetia region of Russia.Local authorities suspect that Thursday’s explosion was caused by a female suicide bomber.

  • Tony Halpin. “Suicide bomber in North Ossetia kills 11” — The Times, November 6, 2008
  • Haroon Siddique and agencies. “North Ossetia bus stop bomber kills 12” —, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

At 0719 UTC (6.19 on Friday evening local time) a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 120 kilometres (75 miles) north east of the South Pacific island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.It was followed by several less powerful aftershocks. Reports from the US geological service placed the focus of the quakes at a depth of 35 km.Press reports say that no tsunami warnings were issued.

Vanuatu experienced a similar earthquake on Wednesday, near the island of Efate. That event had a magnitude of 6.3.

  • “Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia hit by earthquake” — Wikinews, November 7, 2008
  • “Two strong earthquakes rock Vanuatu” — Wikinews, August 1, 2007
  • “Strong earthquake hits near Vanuatu” — Wikinews, August 7, 2006

  • “Magnitude 6.4 – VANUATU 2008 November 07 07:19:39 UTC” — US Geological Survey, November 7, 2008
  • “Latest Earthquakes Magnitude 5.0 and Greater in the World – Last 7 days” — US Geological Survey, November 7, 2008
  • “Earthquake strikes near Vanuatu” — The Australian, November 7, 2008
  • Agence France-Presse. “Quake strikes off Vanuatu” — Google News, November 7, 2008
  • “Magnitude 6.3 – VANUATU 2008 November 04 18:35:45 UTC” — US Geological Survey, November 4, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008 17:46:00

American car manufacturer General Motors has lost 2.5 billion US dollars in its third quarter of 2008. The hemorrhage of cash has prompted GM to suspend talks of a “strategic acquisition” that some business analysts say may be referring to a possible buyout of Chrysler. Revenue has fallen nearly 5.8 billion dollars, greatly due to the recent global economic crisis which has caused consumers to sharply cut back on spending. The report indicates that GM could go bankrupt in 2009 without government assistance.

  • Matthew Dolan and Jeff Bennett. “GM Posts Loss, Warns of Cash Squeeze” — Wall Street Journal, November 7, 2008
  • Associated Press. “GM reports $2.5B 3Q loss, says it’s running out of money, suspends Chrysler takeover talks” — Newsweek, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

World stock markets posted another drop at close of trading yesterday.Blue chip indices showed losses of 3.55% in Tokyo and 6.84% in Frankfurt.Oil prices echoed the trend, falling to $60.77 per barrel, down 6.94%.

Index Country Wednesday close Thursday close Change +/-
CAC 40 France 3618.11 3387.25 -6.38 %
DOW JONES USA 9139.27 8695.79 -4.85 %
Nasdaq Comp USA 1681.64 1608.70 -4.34 %
SBF 120 France 2590.99 2426.35 -6.35 %
Dax Xetra Germany 5166.87 4813.57 -6.84 %
FTSE 100 UK 4530.73 4272.41 -5.70 %
Nikkei 225 Japan 8899.14 (Thu) 8583.00 (Fri) -3.55 %
Crude oil USA 65.30 60.77 -6.94 %

This story incorporates translated text from a story in French Wikinews: “Crise financière : nouveaux replis des places boursières le 6 novembre 2008” (November 7, 2008) which has a license that is compatible with English Wikinews.
  • “Nikkei” — Les Échos, November 7, 2008 (French)
  • “FTSE” — Les Échos, November 6, 2008 (French)
  • “cours du brut” —, November 6, 2008 (French)
  • “Vue générale des marchés” —, November 6, 2008 (French)
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