raises $109,000 in under a month raises $109,000 in under a month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis, the US auction online company, reports that in three and a half weeks in May it raised $109,000 though an online auction for the TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 20 June 2000 | News read more

Baker Tilly welcomes Joint Committee on Draft Charities Bill report

first_imgBaker Tilly welcomes Joint Committee on Draft Charities Bill report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Accountancy firm Baker Tilly has welcomed many of the recommendations in today’s report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill.Carol Sellwood, Director of the firm’s charities and education group, said: “There is a lot of very good news in this report. I am particularly pleased to read of the Committee’s recommendation to allow charities to trade more extensively. Trading is absolutely essential to ensure the healthy future of our charities in the UK. Last year the voluntary sector’s income in the UK was £16.5 billion, with one third of that arising from contracts and trading.”She added: “The Committee’s recommendation would allow charities to trade within the charity and enjoy tax exemption on trading income. The most important part of this is that the report recommends that this trading is subject to an overall limit higher than the current £50,000 small trade tax exemption.” Advertisement 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. Howard Lake | 29 September 2004 | News “The Committee has clearly listened to the evidence put before it and as a result has come up with a very sensible, practical change. Now we need to make sure that all not-for-profit organisations and charities take part in the suggested consultation and have their say on what the new upper limit should be. “There is a clear need to collate evidence on the amount involved in the various trade activities carried out by charities to ensure a practical limit is proposed.”Of the rest of the report, Sellwood said she was pleased to see so much decisive action being suggested. “There is a lot of good news in this report for charities. I am extremely pleased to see the recommendation that the Government consults the Scottish Executive on the implications for national charities of any differences between the two draft Bills. It is crucial that any anomalies and confusion between the two Bills are ironed out. “Only last month, following the progression of the draft Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill, we spoke publicly about our concern that all charities undertaking profile raising or fundraising activities in Scotland could face more red tape and costs by having to register with the newly formed Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). “Our concern was that charities would be following the Charities Bill in England and Wales, not realising that they also needed to be taking into consideration a draft charities bill in Scotland. The recommended closer working of the Government and Scottish Executive is hugely welcomed.”Sellwood added that she was also pleased to see the recognition for a definition of religion to ensure non-deity and multi-deity groups satisfy the definition of ‘religion’ for charitable purposes.last_img read more

10 more MPs give through payroll giving

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 September 2015 | News 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. 10 more MPs give through payroll giving  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Payroll giving agency Workplace Giving UK reports that 17 MPs at Westminster now give monthly, tax-effective donations to charity via payroll giving. This is 10 more than in 2013.Payroll giving (or workplace giving) has been available to MPs for 20 years. However, even with the new users, this still means that only 2.6% of MPs are giving via this method. The national average at employers who offer the scheme is 6% take-up by employees.Elena Joseph of Workplace Giving UK, which pointed out that:“if all 650 MPs gave their recent 10% increase to good causes via their Workplace Giving scheme, the charitable sector would receive an extra boost of £392,916 per month, which equates to an astonishing £4.3 million per year”.There was certainly an opportunity to increase the numbers when 69 MPs publicly stated that they would donate their recent 10% pay rise to charity.Nevertheless, Workplace Giving UK welcomed the increase, adding that the House of Commons now qualifies for the bronze payroll giving quality mark. To reach the silver mark they need to achieve 5% of take-up. Advertisement Photo: Houses of Parliament, London – by Claudio Divizia on Higher rate tax-payersIt is possible that MPs think they are giving tax-effectively by giving via Gift Aid. However, Gift Aid is only ever reclaimed at the standard tax rate – and all MPs are higher-rate tax-payers.For example, for every £10 donated via payroll giving, the gift is worth £16.66, compared to £12.50 via Gift Aid. This is a difference of £4.66 every month for charities.Workplace Giving UK had to resort to Freedom of Information Acts in 2013 and 2015 to acquire the information on whether MPs gave via payroll giving.This year’s Payroll Giving Excellence Awards will be held at ‘The Other Place’, as MPs refer to it, namely the House of Lords. Tagged with: Individual giving payroll giving Research / statisticslast_img read more

‘El primer prisionero ambientalista en el mundo’

first_imgJoe Piette, Bryant Arroyo y Ted KellySegunda y última parte de la entrevista con Bryant Arroyo, prisionero dentro del cárcel a SCI Frackville, Pensilvania.Años más tarde, cuando Bryant Arroyo encabezó un tipo de levantamiento sin precedentes en la prisión, fue su amigo y mentor Mumia Abu-Jamal quien lo apodó “el primer prisionero ambientalista en el mundo’.Escribiendo en el 2013, Mumia explicó el contexto. “En 1998, un ex gobernador de Pensilvania, Tom Ridge, invitó a un empresario del área a unirse a él en un viaje a Sudáfrica. El empresario John W. Rich Jr., era un operador de planta de energía y un terrateniente importante en el área del condado de Mahanoy Susquehanna, una región empobrecida y en dificultades donde las minas de carbón cerraron hace décadas. Rich se reunió e hizo tratos con la empresa de energía y químicos SASOL de Sudáfrica, y poco tiempo después, anunció planes para un importante proyecto de convertido de carbón a gas líquido, literalmente al lado de la prisión estatal en Mahanoy”.Un aviso oficial de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental captó la atención de Bryant entre lo que él llama una “vorágine” de otros avisos, regulaciones y anuncios clavados en el tablón de anuncios en Mahanoy. Lo sacó y le preguntó a uno de los desconcertados superintendentes que quería ver la declaración de impacto ambiental de esta planta de gasificación de carbón que estaba programada para construirse a 300 pies de la prisión a la que estaba confinado. Los resultados eran claros: esta planta iba a envenenar a todos en la instalación.Así que Bryant se enfrentó a SASOL, Bechtel, Chevron, Shell, Jack Rich, Tom Ridge y Ed Rendell. Calificó la campaña como una básica, caminando por el bloque de celdas y haciendo que otros prisioneros se unieran a él para detener la construcción de la planta. Consiguió que los reclusos más precariamente posicionados, las personas LGBTQ, las pandillas rivales y tanto las facciones negras como las racistas cooperaran entre sí.Si bien es ilegal circular peticiones entre prisioneros, Bryant no pudo encontrar ninguna razón por la cual no pudiera organizar a los presos para que enviaran sus propias cartas. Cambió el lenguaje en el texto de “nosotros” a “yo”, y “nuestro” a “mi” y “mío”. Los censores solo podían encogerse de hombros. Irónicamente, el individualismo proporcionó la salida para la acción colectiva revolucionaria.Cuando el periódico local publicó una historia en primera plana sobre la campaña liderada por los prisioneros para luchar contra la planta química, Jack Rich y sus compinches quedaron apopléjicos. Más tarde esa misma semana, los reclusos en Mahanoy podían oír ruidos ensordecedores de construcción cerca de las paredes. Desde ciertos puntos de observación en el patio, se veía claro que Rich estaba limpiando el área para comenzar la construcción, nivelando la tierra y talando árboles.Así que Bryant respondió consiguiendo que otros 500 prisioneros enviaran cartas. En total, hubo 902 cartas enviadas de una población carcelaria de 2.300. Para visualizar cuan asombroso fue este logro, imagínese caminando por un bloque de celdas de la prisión, sabiendo que cada tercera celda estaba ocupada por un prisionero que arriesgaba sufrir una severa represalia por escribir una carta inscribiéndose a este movimiento.Las contradicciones de clase eran tan crudas, que incluso algunos oficiales correccionales de la prisión aplaudieron en silencio sus esfuerzos, haciendo inusuales pequeños gestos de apoyo a los prisioneros. Bryant dice que aprendió “a juzgar a una persona por el contenido de su carácter, no por el color de su uniforme”. Después de todo, dice: “Todos estamos aquí encerrados juntos”. El sindicato de guardias se unió a la oposición del proyecto.Al final, el proyecto fue desechado. Bryant Arroyo luchó contra los estafadores corporativos, y ganó.Una casa, para todos nosotrosDe vuelta a Frackville, Bryant nos cuenta acerca de una entrevista que leyó de un astronauta que estaba en la Estación Espacial Internacional. Explica con elocuencia y en detalle lo que vivir en condiciones de gravedad cero le hace al cuerpo, cómo se expande la columna vertebral y cómo los astronautas en realidad son una o dos pulgadas más altos cuando regresan. Bryant quedó impresionado por la descripción que hace el astronauta de la experiencia trascendente y alucinante de ver la Tierra desde fuera de la Tierra y cómo las pequeñas barreras (muros, bordes, cercados blancos) nos distraen del hecho de que todos tenemos una sola cosa en común.Bryant, a su pesar, hace una pausa durante bastante tiempo. No puede continuar hasta poner en orden sus pensamientos. “Todos tenemos un hogar. Y no importa hacia dónde te diriges, siempre intentas ir del punto A al punto B. Todos intentamos ir a nuestra casa”.Bryant Arroyo tiene el corazón compasivo de un ecologista. Siempre cuando discutía los efectos tóxicos de la planta de carbón que ayudó a bloquear, él es inflexible en recalcar que se trataba de proteger a los prisioneros, a los guardias, a la comunidad en general, pero específicamente a nuestra “progenie” y las generaciones futuras. Bryant, siendo padre, está profundamente preocupado por salvaguardar la salud de los niños, que son tan vulnerables a la contaminación y al desperdicio tóxico. Es oportuno decir que el programa educativo que le permitió a Bryant obtener su diploma de GED lleva el nombre de Daniel Pennock, un niño de 17 años que murió en 1995 después de que se vertiera lodo tóxico al lado de su casa cerca de Reading, Pensilvania,“Cuando un niño muere”, escribió Mumia después del asesinato de Tamir Rice, “el orden natural se rompe, las estrellas lloran y la tierra tiembla”.Ya sea que envenenen al niño con lodo o plomo o polvo químico, o le disparen sin considerarlo dos segundos, los magnates corporativos son inhumanos en su desprecio por las vidas de los niños. Bryant es categórico en la lucha contra este tipo de inhumanidad.Mientras nos alejábamos de Frackville, garabateé apresuradamente notas en una libreta legal que había traído para la entrevista. A pesar de las múltiples garantías del personal penitenciario previo a la visita, a Joe y a mí se nos negó la autorización para traer papel y un bolígrafo. La autorización como reporteros fue misteriosamente eliminada del registro. Mientras escribía todo lo que podía recordar de nuestra conversación con este extraordinario individuo, volví a pensar en esa incomprensible cifra: hay 2,2 millones de personas más en las cárceles de Estados Unidos.Esta fue solo una historia. Una historia entre millones.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU addresses pedestrian safety

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt What we’re reading: Buttigieg drops out of the race and COVID-19 continues to spread in the US Mel Morris Will you be my quarantine? National Finals Rodeo heads to Globe Life Field this December Mel Morris Linkedin ReddIt Mel Morris Facebook Twitter Mel Morris Mel Morris Previous articleSMU rivalry holds more meaning than usual this year for footballNext articleWhat we’re reading: Trump speaks out, environmental issues persist Mel Morris RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Linkedin + posts printA TCU police officer monitors the crosswalk at University Drive during class change. Photo by Cristian ArgeutaSoto. TCU police officers have new assignment: ushering students through the crosswalks along South University Drive during peak crossing times. The measure is part of an effort to prevent traffic from backing up when students cross against the light, said Adrian Andrews, the assistant vice chancellor for public safety.Andrews said this was becoming a safety issue for pedestrians and drivers. The TCU police are working with a consulting group to study eight of TCU’s crosswalks, he said. Further decisions will be made after the conclusion of the study, which will last about one month.“We put our heads together and decided the best thing we could do is to put officers out there during high traffic times, and make sure everyone can get where they’re going safely,” Andrews said.Officers will be monitoring the crosswalks along University Drive 10 minutes before and after class change, Andrews said. Officers will be patrolling crosswalks during “peak hours,” which is 10 minutes before and after class change. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, South University Drive is at “average” for pedestrian fatalities. Several years ago, the university threatened to ticket jaywalkers. But Andrews said ticketing students is not the priority; their safety is. “The police have the right to give tickets, but we don’t want to do that,” Andrews said. “My thought is that we are here to keep everyone safe. To this date, we have not given out one ticket yet.”The assistance isn’t sitting well with some students. Senior psychology major Sydney Vandermeer said that the lights are very long and that it is especially frustrating to wait for extended periods when there is little traffic present. “Sometimes I don’t have time to wait five minutes when I’m trying to get to my next class,” Vandermeer said.A spokesperson for the city of Fort Worth said pedestrians along University Drive should expect to wait 80 seconds and two minutes to cross, depending on traffic. Andrews said he wants the city to shorten the light cycle when no cars are present. He said TCU and Fort Worth are discussing the timing of the traffic lights during peak traffic times. His goal is to make the crosswalks more efficient for both drivers and pedestrians.“We ask our young people to leave a little earlier, but we are going to work on the timing of the lights to make sure that it is more conducive to our students getting to their classes,” Andrews said.Kendalyn Ferner, a junior communication major, said she appreciates the police presence at campus crosswalks. “As a commuter, I appreciate the police presence when I’m driving through campus,” Ferner said. “I know that they’re keeping us safe, and it can get pretty scary sometimes. People would run across the street during green lights and it always made me nervous.”Andrews encouraged people from the community, faculty, staff and students to reach out if the police presence is not working. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU to host a mental health panellast_img read more

No injuries in bomb attack on Derry police station

first_img Previous articleEdinburgh Mary secures Dungloe crownNext articleIllegal waste to be transferred from NI to Donegal landfill News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 3, 2010 Twitter Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal A car bomb has exploded outside Strand Road PSNI station in Derry.In the early hours of the morning, a taxi driver was forced to bring the device to Strand Road police station early this morning by two hijackers, one of whom was armed with a gun. The device went off at around twenty past three. There were no injuries, but the station’s perimeter wall was damaged, with damage also caused to nearby buildings.Derry Mayor Cllr Colm Eastwood blamed dissident republicans for the attack, and claimed police didn’t have time to evacuate a nursing home or apartments right beside the police station.Foyle MP Mark Durkan says it’s extremely fortunate there were no serious injuries or fatalities.He is stressing that those responsible have achieved nothing….[podcast][/podcast]Donal Kavanagh reports on the reaction to the attack….[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img No injuries in bomb attack on Derry police station Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Skeletal remains returned

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Skeletal remains returned By News Highland – May 5, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twittercenter_img Pinterest Newsx Adverts Previous articleOrana plan developments for Bridgend, Derry and StrabaneNext articleAttempt to move by-election writ defeated on casting vote of Ceann Comhairle News Highland Google+ Pre-Christian skeletal remains which went missing after being found in Gweedore at the weekend have been recovered.It’s emerged an unidentified person removed them because he was concerned about people in the area. Other items, reportedly found in the same area, have also been returned.Caroline Carr, from the Donegal Museum, confirmed they recieved the bones in the past few hours, but is not sure who it is that has returned them…..[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This 12-year-old started a meal program that now feeds 25 families in his community

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — A 12-year-old boy from Texas has made it his mission to give back to his community by feeding the hungry and currently helps supply three meals a day for two dozen families every weekend of the school year.Matthew Reel, 12, of Conroe, Texas, was honored for his hard work and selflessness on Good Morning America on Wednesday with a surprise visit from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who proclaimed July 10 “Matthew Reel Day.”When asked if he ever thought he would have his own day in his hometown, Matthew quickly replied, “No,” and also spoke about what he wants to accomplish next.“I want to be the first student-run BackPack Program where kids donate the food and then the kids in that school district get the food back,” he said, explaining that the BackPack Program is “where kids go after [school] on Friday to get food and bring it home to their families that are in need.”Matthew started his project of buying food and loading up “blessing bags” for the less fortunate in his community on his eighth birthday.“We had attended a church function and they were making blessing bags to hand out,” his mom, Tammy Reel, told GMA.“We drove up to a man, and he handed it to him, and the man said, ‘God bless you, little boy,’” she said. “He said, ‘mom I don’t want a birthday party this year. I don’t want presents.’”Instead, he wanted to use the resources for a party or presents to feed more in need. Eventually, Matthew came to realize that some of those closest to him in his community are the ones who needed help the most.“He goes, ‘I think that I’m supposed to be helping the kids that I go to school with,’” Reel recalled.Since he started his project, which emerged into the nonprofit Matthew’s Birthday Wish, Matthew has helped provide meals for 25 families every weekend of his school year. He brings the bags of food he bought to his school and counselors send the supplies home with children whose families are in need of it.Denise Cipolla the coordinator of guidance and counseling, told GMA that Matthew’s work has “really spoken to other students to give to their communities as well.”Even the smallest donation to his cause is a big help, his mom said.“That little boy can shop on a budget,” Reel said of her son. “He had a young woman walk up to him once, and said, ‘I want to help, but I only have a dollar to spare.’”“Matthew reached over, hugged her, and said, ‘M’am, do you know what I can do with a dollar?’” she recalled.The 12-year-old’s generosity is turning into an inspiring movement in his community and beyond.“I don’t like to use the word proud. I like to say humbled,” Reel said of how she feels about her son’s good deeds. “He looks at the world in a completely different way than anybody else does and to be able to walk in his shadow and see his care and compassion for those that are in need, it’s an awesome thing.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgDoor Knockers Are Pays $80 A Day plus Free Hotel AccommodationsOur movement to retire ‘Liberal Larry’ Bucshon is growing! We’re hiring a handful of people to help knock doors and spread the word.Do you know someone who might be interested? A bit about the job:Full-time and part-time opportunities April 28-May 7Pays $80 a day plus free hotel accommodationsStationed in Terre Haute and EvansvilleMust have reliable transportation and a smart phonePlease, share this with your friends and family. Interested parties can apply or learn more by contacting the campaign at [email protected] or (812) 205-1226.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Passage Of FOIA Reform A Victory For Democracy

first_imgBy: Ari Goldberg Director of Communications, POGOThe Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today applauds House passage of the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Obama has pledged to sign.This legislation enhances the public’s ability to hold its officials accountable and understand the workings of our government. Its most important provisions include: the codification of the presumption of openness; curbs to the excessive use of Exemption 5; improved dispute resolution; and requirements to make more preemptive disclosures.Elizabeth Hempowicz, Policy Counsel at POGO, said:“On July 4th of this year, FOIA turns 50. There is no better way to celebrate a half century of this important law than by combating the erosion to FOIA that we have been witnessing in recent years.The Freedom of Information Act is meant to be an effective and efficient tool for granting the public access to government information; however, it has become increasingly difficult for citizens to obtain information through the FOIA process. Through these much-needed reforms, we believe the law will be closer to being implemented as Congress originally intended.POGO is grateful for the bipartisan leadership on this issue from House Committee on Government Oversight Reform Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more