first_img  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis British Transport Police officers investigated his activities after commuters had complained of suspicious behaviour by him and his collectors. Full extent of actions not knownFollowing a search of his office in Dagenham he was arrested in November 2010. The police discovered that he had been contacting charities and offering his services to recruit teams to collect donations at railway stations. He then secured authorised positions for collectors from various train operation companies.The charities however were not aware of what he was doing in their name.British Transport Police say that “the full financial extent of Bardy’s actions are not known” but officers did find evidence for 81 incidents where collections on behalf of two charities took place or were planned to take place.Although some of these collections may have been legitimate, Bardy admitted some money collected had been taken for himself. “A manipulator, and a dishonest man”Judge Henry Blacksell told Bardy: “You saw an opportunity to make money from charities which you manipulated to your advantage. You made multiple fraudulent, deceiving transactions over the years. It was a breach of trust and a representation which causes people to suffer.“You are a manipulator, and a dishonest man.”Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, congratulated the British Transport Police for securing the successful prosecution. He said: “Although any instances of charity fraud are incredibly rare, they are deeply concerning. Such acts not only deceive supporters and divert much-needed funds from good causes, but carry an even greater cost of damaging public trust and future charitable giving.”www.btp.police.ukPhoto: copyright British Transport Police Howard Lake | 5 February 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Individual giving Law / policycenter_img A man who stole commuters’ donations to charity across eight counties has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.Roy Bardy, 48, of Dagenham, Essex, was sentenced yesterday at Blackfriars Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.For a period of three years Bardy recruited volunteers and employees to stand at rail stations across the country to collect money for many local charities. These activities took place in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and Merseyside. Advertisement Bogus charity collector jailed for 13 months 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img Strategy, communications, and fundraising are the functional areas sector leaders most need to focus on as we enter the new decade, according to the 2019 data aggregated by the Charity Sector Data Store.The Charity Sector Data Store aggregates the data collected through the Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit, which supports charities with their governance and compliance by providing the means to assess and manage performance across key areas, as well as work out where to make improvements, tracking more than 20 key metrics.The Charity Excellence Framework launched with a pilot in 2018 and will begin scaling this year, with the Charity Sector Data Store already holding over 1500 completed questionnaires offering insights into areas where more focus could be beneficial.According to creator Ian McLintock, the 2019 results are broadly comparable to the 2018 data, and suggest that while those using the system report the weakest functional areas as strategy, communications and fundraising, charities are performing better in the areas of compliance and keeping people safe from harm, and at managing finance.The data highlights that while lack of resources is a major issue, there are a number of areas where more can be done to build resilience without more funding: such as responding proactively to relevant issues in the outside world, thinking about and evaluating alternative options to increase impact and ensuring that plans and targets are realistic and cost effective.Under governance, the weakest areas overall were organisational purpose and board effectiveness, suggesting that boards should review their strategy and effectiveness if they haven’t already done so recently.In terms of keeping people safe from harm, while the data suggests that charities are performing well here overall, it also suggests that many boards lack effective oversight of safety issues and whistleblowing.Under diversity, encouraging under-represented groups when recruiting board members comes in as the lowest scored metric.Under fundraising, the data identifies one key opportunity to be investing in developing fundraising skills and understanding, both within fundraising teams as well as more widely and including at board level. The data also shows opportunities in how charities identify and engage lapsed, existing and potential future funders, and in assessing the merits of using increasingly accessible technology options, such as those in communications above.The lowest rated metric here was having a CRM system that is easy to use, provides the functionality and reporting to exploit data well, and which is also cost effective, while having a sufficiently large and engaged pipeline of funders was 8th bottom.Overall however, communications was the lowest rated area, with 33 of 43 indicators at amber, and many charities still missing out on opportunities such as contactless, text donations and the Google Ads Grant, as well as basic analytics.  The lowest rated communications metric however was having clear, powerful messages that engage audiences, with having realistic outcomes and clarity on what these are both identified as opportunities to achieve more.This year will see a number of new upgrades for the Charity Excellence Framework, including a micro charity module, making the resource base fully searchable and open to anyone, and the launch of social franchising. This will enable groups of charities, as well as large multi-site charities, to access the core system, to create and control new functionality.  446 total views,  2 views today Strategy, communications & fundraising revealed as key areas requiring sector leader focus Advertisement  447 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: compliance data governance Technologycenter_img 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 Melanie May | 3 January 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

first_imgDuring the week of Dec. 7, the South African government changed its minister of finance twice, bringing South Africa’s economic crisis into focus.First, the African National Congress government in South Africa under President Jacob Zuma summarily dismissed Nhanhla Nene, appointing David van Rooyen in his place. Bond-rating agencies quickly lowered the value of South Africa’s credit worthiness to a level just above junk status. Protests from opponents and allies and a 15 percent drop in the rand’s value to 16 against the U.S. dollar forced Zuma to replace Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan, who had served as finance minister from 2009-14.This decision comes amid a worsening economic crisis in the country. Africa’s most industrialized state has seen a sharp rise in unemployment, the decline of the rand, reduced energy generation and water shortages. The country has narrowly missed entering a recession with less than 1 percent growth.The South African economic crisis is a reflection of the downturn among numerous emerging states which experienced substantial growth over the last decade. A decline in commodity prices, including oil and other natural resources, illustrates the continuing dependency on the existing capitalist dominance of the world economic system. What must be recognized is the need for a reorientation from a neoliberal economic policy to one that is focused on the needs of the working people, farmers, youth and ­jobless.After Zuma said Gordhan would return as finance minister, the rand rose around 5 percent to 15.10 against the dollar on Dec. 14. Gordhan’s subsequent statements quoted in the international media for the benefit of the global centers of finance capital were designed to rebuild confidence in the ability of South Africa to halt the decline in the economy.Political response in and outside the ruling allianceElements in the Congress of South African Trade Unions, which is commemorating its 30th anniversary in 2015, criticized the decision to terminate finance minister Nene. COSATU, a key ally of the ANC, held its 12th National Congress recently, at which it called for reforms in the national economy.In a statement issued from its offices in Braamfontein on Dec. 10, the COSATU federation said, “The unemployment rate is going through the roof and the blight of capital flight is back in full swing. To maneuver this economic minefield and smooth transition, we needed the stability, continuity and the experience that Cde Nhlanhla Nene provided. COSATU also feels that what is wrong with treasury is that the mandarins and technocrats have too much power and they are neoliberal hardliners.”South Africa’s ruling ANC party in its Dec. 14 statement about the finance ministry said, “The ANC further appreciates the explanation provided by President Zuma on the reasons behind the initial reshuffle of Comrade Nhlanhla Nene, who is the country’s nominee to serve as head of the African Regional Center of the New Development Bank/BRICS Bank. The decision underscores the importance of BRICS as a game changer in the world economy. … The ANC commends the public for vocal engagement [with the] government on the appointment of the Minister of Finance.”The third key ally in the tripartite ruling alliance, the South African Communist Party, spoke favorably about the government’s response to the widespread criticism over the changes in the ministry. A statement issued by the SACP on Dec. 14 noted, “This is very important, and the SACP welcomes it.”Opposition parties, including the largest, the Democratic Alliance, used the reshuffling and the decline in the currency value and bond ratings as a political wedge against the Zuma government. Nonetheless, no real alternative economic policies are being advanced by these organizations, which occupy the parliament in Cape Town along with the ANC.Job losses to escalate class struggleThe appointment of successive finance ministers has been met with trepidation by the corporate interests. Meanwhile the Anglo American mining conglomerate announced it would eliminate 85,000 jobs in a major restructuring plan. These developments represent an ongoing process of job losses in the extractive industry, a major source of employment and foreign exchange earnings in South African and regional economies.Anglo American’s announcement in preparation for shedding some of its assets and downsizing its workforce indicates that similar actions could follow in other coal and gold companies during 2016.These decisions will intensify the already escalating class struggle in South Africa. For the last four years, there have been numerous strikes in the mining industry, which have impacted the financial crisis emanating from the unresolved necessity for redistribution of wealth during the postapartheid period.Mamokgheti Molopyane, a labor relations and mining analyst, predicts that the long-term effects of Anglo American’s restructuring plans in the platinum, coal and gold sectors will become clearer during 2016.“Anglo is not the only company that announced possible job cuts,” said Molopyane. “The gold and coal sectors [will be impacted], so you can rest assured that next year it’s going to be a battle between the employers and the workers.” (Eyewitness News, Dec. 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgHome News Feed Gibson County Corn May Average 50 bpa Facebook Twitter SHARE Gibson County Corn May Average 50 bpa Listen to the complete report with Brian Hirsch on the DuPont Pioneer agronomy page and in the audio section of the HAT Smartphone app. SHARE USDA officials from Washington will be touring fields in Indiana today, looking at drought-damaged crops.  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse will visit Allen and White Counties on Wednesday and Johnson County on Thursday. If they were to go further south, they would see a very desperate situation. HAT farmer field reporter Brian Hirsch, in Gibson County, says for many in his area the corn is a total loss, “On some of the poor ground yield will be a total zero.” Hirsh says, on some of the better ground, growers will get a  crop but with very poor yields, “On some of the better ground, I think I will get about 90 bpa.” He told HAT that the Gibson County average corn yield will be around 50 bpa. By Gary Truitt – Jul 17, 2012 Facebook Twitter There have been reports that some growers in Southern Indiana have decided to give up on this year’s crop and just disc it under. Hirsch says very few farmers in his area are giving up on the corn crop, “I think this is the exception rather than the rule. Most folks around here are going to stick it out and see what kind of yield they get.” In an attempt to get some kind of a crop, a few producers in Gibson County are planting double crop soybeans into wheat stubble right after some of the scattered showers that have move through the area.  Hirsch admits it is getting sort of late for this kind of move, but he said folks are getting desperate. Previous articleUSDA Designates Additional Fourteen Counties in Indiana as Primary Disaster AreasNext articleDrought ’12 Setting Records for Poorest Crops Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_img News Organisation Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediately release of Arifur Rahman, a cartoonist with Aalpin, the daily newspaper Prothom Alo’s weekly satirical supplement. He was arrested at his Dhaka home on 17 September over a cartoon that was a play on the name Mohammed. The government’s press department said the cartoon “hurt religious sentiments.” All copies of the supplement were seized. Prothom Alo apologised and fired the supplement’s deputy editor.”The play on words had no intention of attacking the Prophet,” Reporters Without Borders said “It was a joke about a cultural custom. The government should not yield to pressure from extremist leaders who are trying to politicise the case. Rahman should not be made a scapegoat. He must be freed.”The cartoon appeared on page 6 of the 17 September issue. Entitled “Name,” it made harmless fun of the custom in Muslim countries of putting the name Mohammed in front of one’s given name. The drawing was accompanied by this dialogue:- Boy, what’s your name?- My name is Babu.- It is customary to put Mohammed in front of the name.- What is your father’s name?- Mohammed Abu.- What is that on your lap?- Mohammed cat.Religious leaders have called for the cartoonist to be severely punished and for Prothom Alo, one of the country’s leading dailies, to be closed. Copies of the newspaper have been burned outside one of the capital’s mosques. Help by sharing this information News News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Follow the news on Bangladesh February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage to go furthercenter_img September 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cartoonist arrested over harmless play on name Mohammed Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en last_img read more

first_img Campaigns November 7, 2020 US: RSF calls on President-elect Biden to take an immediate stand for press freedom Help by sharing this information November 2, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States With Joseph Biden now projected to win the US presidential race, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the President-elect to act immediately to begin to reverse the extensive damage done to the US’ press freedom record during Donald Trump’s presidency. United StatesAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence United StatesAmericas Freedom of expressionViolence US — RSF remains deeply concerned for journalists’ safety in run-up to historic election Organisation September 28, 2020 Find out more US – Ahead of Election Day, dozens of candidates have pledged to protect press freedom by signing RSF’s Press Freedom Pact US — RSF launches #PressFreedomPact ahead of November 2020 elections In the wake of a historic election, RSF calls on President-elect Biden to take an immediate stand to protect press freedom and the safety of journalists at home and abroad by supporting the Press Freedom Pact. Following four years of steady deterioration of the US’ press freedom record, hostility towards the media has never been worse in a US electoral context – and has resulted too often in real-life violence and aggression. To address these alarming trends, RSF called on candidates from all parties to affirm their commitment to protect press freedom; dozens have signed on so far.“The world will be closely watching President-elect Biden’s next steps, and we urge him to seize this opportunity to take a stand for press freedom. There has never been a more crucial time for strong leadership to address the extensive damage that has been done to the US’ press freedom record – starting by sending a clear signal that violence and aggression towards the media will no longer be tolerated, and taking steps to begin to restore safeguards for press freedom, which is vital to American democracy,” said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.After detailing extensive press freedom concerns during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, when the results came in from the November 2016 elections, RSF called on him to respect press freedom in the presidency. Instead, he used the office to attack journalists, spread disinformation, and steadily erode the US’ position of international leadership on press freedom – which has served to weaken protections for press freedom globally.Trump’s hostile rhetoric towards the press – whom he has labelled as “enemies of the people” – contributed to an environment of real-life violence for journalists. In June 2018, a shooter opened fire on the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland, killing five people (including four journalists) and injuring two others. This year, journalists across the country faced extensive aggression and violence while covering Black Lives Matter protests. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker – of which RSF is a partner – has tallied more than 880 aggressions towards the press in 2020 alone. At least 37 incidents were tracked against journalists while reporting on the elections.The United States is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News News October 20, 2020 Find out more to go further Newslast_img read more

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first_imgTwitter Previous articleLimerick steelworker’s life changed forever after near fatal workplace accidentNext articleIn Pics – INTO Mini Sevens GAA Editor NewsEducationLimerick students win big at national multimedia awardsBy Editor – April 12, 2017 1280 Linkedin Print Advertisement REPRO FREE 07/04/17Students from third level colleges were awarded in the Belltable Theatre yesterday, for creating fantastic videos, animations, audio pieces, radio ads and poster illustrations for the National Transport AuthorityÕs annual Multimedia Awards.Pictured at the award ceremony at the Belltable Theatre was third place in the audio category, Sean Murray and Christy O Brian from LITThe entries produced by students, encourage other students to consider choosing ÔsmarterÕ modes of transport; particularly walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing. The awards are supported by colleges nationally and in particular in Limerick by Limerick Smarter Travel.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaPictured at the award ceremony at the Belltable Theatre was third place in the audio category, Sean Murray and Christy O Brian from LITStudents from Limerick’s third level colleges have been honoured at this year’s National Multimedia Awards.Overall winners in the video/animation category were Donal Kearns, Patryk Lewandowski and Carmen Vitour from the University of Limerick. Keith Walsh from Limerick Institute of Technology won the poster/illustration category and the audio category winners were James Connolly, Graham Moloney and Ray Mooney, also from Limerick Institute of Technology.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The winners and winning entries can be viewed“We are delighted with the quality and variety of entries, and our judges were equally impressed.  The students’ multimedia entries were both entertaining, and captured the positive aspects of making smart transport choices for the journey to college” said Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer, National Transport Authority.One of the judges, Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent, RTÉ was “very impressed with the overall standard and quality of the entries. Collectively, they showed creative conceptual thinking, clever writing and skilled technical execution”.Winners, Donal Kearns Patryk Lewandowski and Carmen Vitour said, “We had an amazing experience, met some inspiring people in our journey to promote smarter travel. We had great fun and would definitely recommend other students to participate in this competition.”Roisin Crowley, of Limerick Institute of Technology, said, “I’m delighted our Music Technology and Production students have had such success in the Smarter Travel Multimedia awards. We are always eager for opportunities to collaborate on industry-related projects with companies and institutions beyond LIT and this competition was a great fit with our second-year syllabus.” LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. TAGSLITNational Multimedia Awards 2017UL International Women’s Day LIT WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Google+ WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ News Twitter Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Gardai in Buncrana say they’re conccerned for the safety of a 65 year old man who’s been missing from the area since early yesterday afternoon.John Mc Bride from Ballymagan is 6 ft 2 inches in height, of thin build with sandy, grey streaked hair. He was wearing dark trousers and possibly a blue V-Neck jumper. He normally wears a shirt and tie.Gardai are particularly interested in tracing the movements of the Mr Mc Bride’s car, a light blue Vectra, registration number 98 DL 5293.Gardai believe Mr Mc Bride may have been in Lifford between half past seven and half past eight last night, and say he may be confused and unsure of his surroundings. Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Buncrana gardai concerned for safety of missing mancenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – August 7, 2010 Pinterest Previous articleCall for large attendance at hospital rallyNext articleThousands attend hospital rally News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesSpecial Court To Pronounce Orders Tomorrow On Bail Applications Filed By Rhea Chakraborty And Her Brother Showik Nitish Kashyap10 Sep 2020 2:26 AMShare This – xA Special Court in Mumbai has reserved the Orders in bail applications filed on behalf of actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in NDPS Cases registered by Narcotics Control BureauThe Court will pronounce the Order Tomorrow.Rhea has pleaded before the Sessions Court in Mumbai alleging that she is being framed in the case and several serious allegations against the Narcotics Control…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Special Court in Mumbai has reserved the Orders in bail applications filed on behalf of actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in NDPS Cases registered by Narcotics Control BureauThe Court will pronounce the Order Tomorrow.Rhea has pleaded before the Sessions Court in Mumbai alleging that she is being framed in the case and several serious allegations against the Narcotics Control Bureau have also been made.The 28-year-old actor was arrested yesterday by the NCB for allegedly procuring drugs for her boyfriend late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and her judicial custody was granted till September 22, 2020.It has been alleged in Rhea’s application that during her questioning which ran into more than 8 hours at a stretch on September 6,7 and 8 by the NCB, she was coerced into making self-incriminatory confessions. Moreover, multiple male officers of the NCB interrogated her and there was not a single lady officer who interrogated her, the application contends. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Sheela Barse Vs State of Maharashtra wherein it was held that interrogation of females is to be carried out only in the presence of female officers/constables has also been cited.The application states-“The applicant is innocent and has not committed any crime whatsoever. The applicant has been falsely implicated in this case.That the Applicant has been arraigned for an offence punishable under Sections 8(c) read with 20(b)(ii),22,27A,28,29 and 30 of the NDPS Act, 1985. Given that no drugs or psychotropic substances have been seized from the present applicant and the allegations, if any, would pertain strictly to small quantities and given that though Section 27A has been applied, the ingredients thereof have not been made out, the bar under Section 37(1) of the NDPS Act would not apply under the present circumstances. Thus, the offence, if any, is bailable in nature and the applicant ought to be enlarged on bail forthwith.”Referring to the NCB’s remand copy, wherein it is alleged that Rhea ‘procured drugs for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput for consumption purpose’ and ‘managed finances for procurement of drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput’, the applicant contended-“On the basis of these two allegations, the respondents have alleged that the applicant is an active member of a drug syndicate connected with drug supplies.The Respondent’s case is silent as to the amount of financing, quantum of drugs and type of drugs allegedly procured and financed by the present applicant. The case of the Respondents in layman terms is that the applicant would co-ordinate the delivery of drugs for her then boyfriend and occasionally pay for them herself. In essence, her alleged role, if any, is the purchase of a small quantity of drugs for her then boyfriend which would squarely fall within the ambit of Section 20(b)(ii)(A) which is punishable with maximum punishment upto one year or fine or both.”Respondents have used these basic facts to spin a false narrative that portrays the applicant as being someone who finances the illicit traffic and harbouring of individuals under Section 27A of the NDPS Act, the applicant has alleged.Also, the application states that there is a serious threat to Rhea’s life if she were to be unduly detained in judicial custody as she has been at the receiving end of hundreds of death and rape threats. Thus, expeditious disposal of the said application is sought.Next Storylast_img read more