Call for rapid implementation of charity reforms

first_imgCall for rapid implementation of charity reforms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities are urging the government to ensure that the proposals for reform of the charity sector contained in the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit report, published yesterday, should be implemented as quickly as possible.The sector’s response has largely been positive. Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), has called for a charity bill to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech next year.He said: “It is a great boost for the charity sector that the government’s strategy unit has decided to move in favour of a universal public benefit test and robust reform of the charity commission.”It is not clear however whether the reforms will result in the loss of tax advantages for public schools, religious organisations and private hospitals that currently have charitable status.Similarly there are concerns that the introduction of standard reporting returns might lead to league tables of charities. Many charities are concerned that comparisons based on such figures could be misleading and would need substantial explanation of the complexities involved.The recommendation for a new independent regulatory body for fundraisers has raised some concerns. Its relation to the Institute of Fundraising will of course be essential to iron out. Charging charities to become members of the body was criticised by a number of senior fundraisers who argued that this should be the job of government.The Strategy Unit will consult on its findings over the next three months. Howard Lake | 25 September 2002 | News Tagged with: Law / policy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Broadcasting council urged to drop Kanal D prosecution

first_img Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia October 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcasting council urged to drop Kanal D prosecution News News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urges the Radio and TV Supreme Council (RTÜK) to drop the prosecution it has brought against Kanal D, a privately-owned TV station critical of the government, for broadcasting the reactions of the families of ten soldiers who were killed in an ambush by members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).The station, which is owned by the Dogan group, is facing a possible fine of between 192,000 and 384,000 euros for allegedly contravening article 4 of the broadcasting law (Law 3984), which forbids showing “the terrifying characteristics of a terrorist organization.”The reactions of the relatives were shown on Kanal D’s news programmes on 20 and 22 June. The ten soldiers were killed in ambush by armed PKK members in the southeastern province of Semdinli a few days earlier.Two of the RTÜK’s members, Hülya Alp and Esat Ciplak, have publicly voiced their disagreement with the decision to prosecute. Alp said the broadcast contained no propaganda and just showed “the determination and unity of the Turkish people and soldiers in their defence of the motherland.”Reporters Without Borders can only agree with the criticism of the prosecution voiced by Kanal D’s leading presenter, Mehmet Ali Birand, on CNN Türk. Insisting that journalism was becoming impossible and that press freedom was being violated more than ever, he said: “What are we going to show if we cannot show the grief of families who have lost a son? We cannot give them the microphone? Do they want us to censor what they say? Do they want us to stop working so that others can say everything is perfect?”Turkey was ranked 138th out of 178 countries in the 2010 world press freedom index which Reporters Without Borders released on 20 October. Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Former Pasadena Councilmember, Current Assemblymember Chris Holden Elected to Chair the California Legislative Black Caucus

first_imgHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41) has been elected by his colleagues to chair the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC).Holden not only represents Pasadena in Sacramento, but lives here and was for decades a Pasadena City Councilmember.Lawmakers joining Assemblymember Holden to the newly elected leadership team include Assemblymembers Shirley Webber (AD – 78), vice chair; Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD – 54), secretary; and Kevin McCarty (AD – 7), treasurer.“I’m extremely proud to serve as chair for the Black Caucus,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Together with my colleagues, I look forward to continuing our efforts to advance equality, justice, and opportunity for all Californians.”This past year, the CLBC, held multiple “Black Minds Matter” informational briefings throughout the state with the Education Trust–West Organization to address California’s nearly one million Black Youth, including one hosted by Assemblymember Holden in Pasadena. The briefings brought elected leaders, educators, stakeholders and community leaders together in order to better implement policies that close the opportunity and achievement gap for California’s Black Youth.The CLBC takes policy positions on numerous bills, advances a two-part policy agenda – an education and black enterprise initiative, and provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for Californian’s Black Youth.Established in 1967, the mission of the CLBC is to provide full inclusion of California’s African American residents in every aspect of California life – from education, employment, housing, health, commerce and government services. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Former Pasadena Councilmember, Current Assemblymember Chris Holden Elected to Chair the California Legislative Black Caucus Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 12:57 pmlast_img read more

Inishowen project officer to get most from Derry’s year as City of Culture

first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest By News Highland – January 12, 2012 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Inishowen project officer to get most from Derry’s year as City of Culture WhatsApp Google+ Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Buncrana Town Council is to join up with Inishowen Tourism to try and reap the benefits from Derry’s year as City of Culture in 2013.Inishowen Tourism are to appoint a project officer, who will look at different initiatives, to see which ones are achieveble and what will best benefit the Northwest region.Buncrana Town Cllr and Chair of Inishowen Tourism, Lee Testone, says City of Culture organisers are in full support of the idea.Cllr Tedstone says Buncrana and Inishowen can reap the benefits of Derrys years as City of Culture:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/lee1pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebookcenter_img Previous articleDeputy Mac Lochlainn calls on Health Minister to open new Letterkenny A&E WardNext articleDonegal may become single constituency and lose one TD News Highland Facebook Google+ Twitter 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Employers’ asthma wake-up call

first_imgEmployers’ asthma wake-up callOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Too little is being done to prevent occupational asthma and employers mustaddress the problemAsthma could cost employers £3bn over the next decade because they arerefusing to substitute asthma-inducing products with safer ones, warns the TUC.Employers are continuing to be forced to pay out billions of pounds in loststaff days, lower productivity and high compensation payouts as a result, itadded. The study, published in its Risks Health and Safety bulletin, highlights theNHS as one of the worst offenders, particularly over the continued use in somehospitals of powdered latex gloves which have been blamed for causingallergies. Nearly 1,000 safety reps were surveyed, who reported that only 8 per cent ofemployers were substituting asthma-causing substances with safer alternatives. The most common preventive tool used was respiratory protective equipment,which should be the last thing employers reach for when protecting theirworkforce, said the TUC. It estimated there were more than 150,000 people in the UK with occupationalasthma, with between 1,500 and 7,000 adults developing asthma because of theirwork every year. Workers were most commonly exposed to glues and resins, wood dust and latex.Other common substances they were exposed to included isocyanates (widely usedas a bonding agent, in spray paints, for instance), solder/colophony, flour andgrain and the disinfectant glutaraldehyde. TUC General Secretary John Monks said: “Too many employers seem tothink that asthma won’t cost them any money because the NHS will pay fortreatment – but the NHS itself is an employer that loses millions by notcontrolling asthma at work, and they are currently part of the problem, notpart of the solution. “Employers need to wake up and stop their workers sufferingneedlessly,” he said. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Calanoid copepods from South Georgia, with special reference to size dimorphism within the genus Pseudoboeckella

first_imgThree species of calanoid copepods, Boeckella michaelseni, Parabroteas sarsii and Pseudoboeckella poppei were recorded from 6 freshwater localities in the Husvik area, South Georgia. Of the latter species two distinct size morphs occurred, with no overlap in size even in closely situated populations. The large morph was recorded in lakes, the small was found in ponds. The small morph did not coexist with the large predatory P. sarsii, and we suggest predation pressure from this species as the major cause for the observed distribution of these morphs. The pronounced size segregation as well as small morphological dissimilarities suggest that these morphs are reproductively isolated. While the large morphotype corresponds to that of P. poppei, the taxonomic affinities of the small morph are uncertain.last_img read more

Taxonomic implications of morphological complexity within the testate amoeba genus Corythion from the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgPrecise and sufficiently detailed morphological taxonomy is vital in biology, for example in the accurate interpretation of ecological and palaeoecological datasets, especially in polar regions, where biodiversity is poor. Testate amoebae on the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) are well-documented and variations in their population size have recently been interpreted as a proxy for microbial productivity changes in response to recent regional climate change. AP testate amoeba assemblages are dominated by a small number of globally ubiquitous taxa. We examine morphological variation in Corythion spp. across the AP, finding clear evidence supporting the presence of two morphospecies. Corythion constricta (Certes 1889) was identified on the AP for the first time and has potentially been previously misidentified. Furthermore, a southerly trend of decreasing average test size in Corythion dubium (Taránek 1881) along the AP suggests adaptive polymorphism, although the precise drivers of this remain unclear, with analysis hindered by limited environmental data. Further work into morphological variation in Corythion is needed elsewhere, alongside molecular analyses, to evaluate the potential for (pseudo)cryptic diversity within the genus. We advocate a parsimonious taxonomical approach that recognises genetic diversity but also examines and develops accurate morphological divisions and descriptions suitable for light microscopy-based ecological and palaeoecological studies.last_img read more

‘Death of fun’ ongoing at Jesus

first_imgAn email has been sent to all Jesus College undergraduates saying that tutors’ approval is needed for those who want to participate in activities outside of degree study. This is part of a new College ethos described by Jesus students as part of the “drive for five”, referring to the College’s aim to be ranked in the top five places of the Norrington Table.Last October Cherwell reported that JCR members passed a motion to allow a week of mourning for the “death of fun” at their college, a motion which accused Senior Tutor Dr Alexandra Lumbers of using “scare tactics” to raise academic standards and to clamp down on extra-curricular activities in which the students participated.Luke Eaton, Access and Academic Rep for the Jesus JCR Committee, said that “this has not, however, signalled the death of fun. Dr. Lumbers is an extremely diligent and hard working member of staff, about whom I have heard no complaint during my year as Access and Academic Rep. If anything I have always found her welcoming and open to my input. Jesus remains a place of fun and the friendliest college in the University.”“We’re here primarily to do work- if you’re going to take on something huge then you need your tutors’ support. Dr. Lumbers isn’t looking to stop people from being blues- she’s looking to remind us why we applied here in the first place.”Tom Rutland, OUSU Rep , commented that “it’s important that university life is rich and varied, and staff should remember that although academia forms the main part of the university experience, it should not form the entirety of it. Oxford University is not just the best place to continue your education beyond secondary school as an undergraduate, but its wide range of clubs and societies make it the best place to further current interests or develop new ones in sports, politics and creative arts.That being said, students should obviously focus on their work in this unique place of academic excellence.”He went on to detail how “the initial reaction to the changes made to the by-laws by Governing Body has been quite negative, and we feel students were not properly listened to”, but said that the JCR Committee “are yet to see many people affected by these changes, which is reassuring. Jesus prides itself in its involvement throughout university-wide societies. “Ollie Capehorn, Treasurer of the Jesus JCR, stated that “although some of the measures and policies are prima facie a little heavy handed, and an uncomfortable step towards to micro managing the lives of undergraduates, I know that Dr Lumbers is well-intentioned. Jesus is still a great place to be, and many enjoy a considerable extra-curricular schedule. Fun is by no means dead yet.”One third year undergraduate at the college who wishes to remain anonymous reflected on last year’s motion, saying that the JCR body “thought that it had all blown over” since the week of mourning last October, but that the email from Lumbers “has ignited it all again”.He went on to state that “I don’t think that the character of the college has changed enormously….but it’s certainly on the way to doing so…college can try as hard as you like to make people work forty or fifty hours a week, but we’re still university students, after all.” He described himself as “one of the worst” for taking on activities outside of degree study. Dr Lumbers was unavailable for comment on the email or on the views of undergraduates.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at Oxford human rights conference

first_imgFormer US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at today’s conference marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the University’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.The conference, entitled “Confronting Illiberalism: The Role of the Media, Civil Society and Universities,” explores the forms of illiberalism faced by these three key institutions of liberal democracy, as well as the manner in which different societies are responding to illiberalism.In her address, Clinton told an audience of academics and distinguished guests: “I hope the people of Europe and the European Union will resist the [illiberal] backslide we are seeing in the East [primarily Russia and China].“It’s disheartening to watch conservatives in Brussels vote to shield Viktor Orbán from censure, including British Tories. They’ve come a long way from the party of Churchill and Thatcher.“The slide toward autocracy is at least as grave a threat to the European Project as the financial crisis or Brexit. It’s also a threat to NATO.”She also expressed her concerns about impending Brexit: “On both sides of the Atlantic, we have to address the challenge of migration with courage and compassion. “Here in Europe, I add my voice to those warning of the risks of giving up on Schengen and the great benefits that freedom of movement has delivered.“Nations have a duty to control their borders in concert with their boarders. But we can’t let fear or bias force us to give up the values that have made our democracies both great and good.“Our goal should be to build societies that are secure and welcoming, where everyone counts and everyone contributes. People who are newcomers to our lands, and people who have lived in the same place for generations. “Obviously, I realise these priorities will be more difficult to achieve because the current American administration values the flattery of dictators more than the solitary of democracies. And Europe’s woes compound our challenge.“Without leadership from governments that we’ve counted on in the past, the role of civil society, the press, and the business community in advancing human rights is more important than ever.”Further to yesterday’s comments criticising Putin’s role in the last US presidential election, Clinton said: “The whole world now knows that Putin’s Russia is waging cyberwar and manipulating social media to influence elections and referenda, and to polarise and cripple democracies across the West. Kremlin-backed hackers and propagandists have sought to inflame divisions and advance an extreme right-wing agenda.“Here in the UK, senior lawmakers, like Damian Collins, a Tory, and Labour’s Tom Watson, have called for a full and independent investigation into Russia’s role in the Brexit referendum. Collins, who has led the parliamentary inquiry, warns of a crisis in British democracy: “Based on the systematic manipulation of data support the relentless, targeting of citizens.’”Clinton’s speakership follows her unveiling of a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Bonavero Institute, which Roosevelt was instrumental in drafting, yesterday. She became an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College at the same event.Oxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson will speak on a panel, “Universities and Illiberalism,” at the conference later today.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Gets Brass Lovin’ From The Soul Rebels In New Orleans [Watch]

first_imgThe Soul Rebels are known for their diverse and impressive collaborations with artists and bands from all genres and worlds of music, including Marilyn Manson, Gov’t Mule, Metallica, Lettuce, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Joey Badass, Talib Kweli, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rakim and beyond. Meanwhile, Vulfpeck is one of the fastest-rising groups in the scene today, bringing their potent brand of funk wherever they go. Don’t miss The Soul Rebels throughout Jazz Fest! The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists and Vulfpeck teamed up to present one epic night of funk, soul and good times during New Orleans Jazz Fest festivities. The three bands performed together at the Orpheum Theatre last Saturday, April 23rd, bringing some great music to one stellar stage. Among the many highlights from the night, the funk was taken up a notch when Vulfpeck brought out brass sensation The Soul Rebels for two songs; “Funky Duck” and ” Outro”.Thanks to the Soul Rebels, we have some pro-shot footage of both covers. Groove out on the Vulfpeck tunes below:last_img read more