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26 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Charities Trust is introducing ‘The Xtra Factor’ to its payroll giving scheme through which employees will be able to increase their payments by a small amount each year.The idea is being introduced at Home Retail Group – parent company of Argos and Homebase – with the first annual increase of three per cent coming into effect in June 2007. The percentage is a ‘suggested’ amount, but donors can choose their own level of increase. This is designed to counter the often static donations given via payroll giving. Many payroll giving relationships are long-standing and once they are set up, often not amended.Charities Trust sales and marketing manager Jason Doherty said: In 2005 payroll giving donations in the UK reached almost £100m. If every donor signed up to payroll giving and agreed just a small nominal increase of three per cent, for example, Th Xtra Factor would deliver a staggering £3m additional revenue for chariites and good causes. Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 December 2006 | News First index-linked payroll giving scheme from Charities Trust
13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 January 2008 | News Tagged with: Recruitment / people Fundraising recruitment service launched for regional charities John Grain Associates Ltd has launched a new recruitment service aimed at supporting regional charities who are wanting to recruit professional fundraisers.London still dominates the fundraising industry with many charities and fundraisers based there. As a result, outside the capital, many charities struggle to recruit fundraisers. They often have to turn to London-based agencies or non-specialist regional recruitment services.John Grain Associates’ new service is staffed entirely by experienced fundraising professionals. Director John Grain explained the need for the new service: “For some time now, charities have been asking for our support when recruiting new staff, or when looking for a career change so we are delighted to be offering this new service.”The recruitment service will be headed up by consultant Polly Symondson. She said: “Having been a fundraiser for many years, I know how difficult it is looking for a job outside of London. Knowing there are great fundraising positions out there, but not knowing how to find them can be extremely frustrating. Now both regional recruiters and job seekers can access a service specifically for them run entirely by fundraisers.”www.johngrainassociates.com 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Betsey PietteWW photo: Brenda RyanTaken from a talk by Betsey Piette, a Workers World Party organizer from Philadelphia, at the Nov. 17-18 WWP national conference in New York City. If you are worried about climate change the Marcellus Shale Coalition has good news for you: an alternative to burning coal and oil. It’s natural gas – the “clean energy.” Drilling for natural gas provides jobs and makes the U.S. energy-independent. We won’t need wars to take other peoples’ oil.Trust them. Fracking is 100 percent safe. If you fear your water’s contaminated, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will test it. So what if they don’t report on the fracking chemicals it contains – what you don’t know won’t hurt you.I’m not making this stuff up! Okay, the Marcellus Shale Coalition never said the part about not going to war for oil – but the rest is pretty much verbatim. Don’t be confused by the name; this coalition represents oil and gas industry executives, not anti-drilling fracktavists.The reality is that unregulated fracking for natural gas leaves a higher carbon footprint than burning coal. It requires more energy to extract gas. The methane released has 25 times the warming impact of carbon dioxide. A study by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research found that switching from coal to gas increases global warming.This issue goes beyond environmental concerns. To end fracking we must fight capitalism.In October the New York Times ran an article entitled “After the Boom in Natural Gas.” It wasn’t about pollution or ruined land values or jobs. Their concern? “The gas rush is a money loser so far for many of the gas exploration companies and their tens of thousands of investors.” Gas producers drilled too many wells too quickly, and the price of gas fell below the actual cost of production.The gas producers needed even more investment capital just to maintain their cash flow. The Times article called this a “Ponzi scheme.”But isn’t this how capitalism has always worked?Marx understood that the source of all profits under capitalism stems from the exploitation of labor. In a market economy, production is for profit, not human need.Competition for market control leads to the introduction of technology, which leads to increased exploitation of labor to maximize production. But more production can also drive prices down.To compensate, even more technology is introduced, resulting in a glut of products on the market and leading to overproduction. If capitalism can’t sell all it produces, and overproduction cuts into profits because prices dropped, production is halted and workers are laid off.Fracking may be exempt from government regulation but it can’t escape the laws of capitalism.A decade ago, the incentive for the heavy investments required for fracking was the high price of natural gas – over $13 per million Btu [British thermal unit]. Gas companies promised “a 100 year supply.” But with the sheer numbers of wells drilled, the price of natural gas dipped to an all-time low – $3 per mm [million metric] Btu. Wells panned out after a few years, so more were drilled. Drilling also requires workers with special skills whose wages tend to be higher. This doesn’t even take into account that fracking has gone global.Today there is so much cheap natural gas they’re building pipelines to export it to other industrialized countries. Many of these pipelines, like the one proposed for storm-ravaged Rockaway [in New York City], threaten environmentally protected zones and Indigenous lands.The natural gas industry expanded by targeting economically depressed communities from rural Louisiana to rural Pennsylvania — areas where globalization has driven out jobs. Now even the promised fracking jobs, especially in Pennsylvania, seem to be drying up. Like the coal industry a century earlier, fracking’s legacy will be a polluted and devastated landscape.There is no question that capitalism is at a dead end, and we know, as Marx said, “capitalism creates its own gravediggers.” That’s us. As we push this rotten system over the cliff and into its grave, we need to make sure it doesn’t take the health of this planet and future generations down with it.Stop fracking. Abolish capitalism. Build a workers world!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News August 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests and beatings as information war continues SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders continues to register cases of violence and arbitrary arrests in which the victims are anyone trying to provide information about what is happening in Syria. It also condemns the journalist Eyad Shorbaji’s trial, which is due to begin today in Damascus. The reason for his arrest and the charges are still unknown.“We fear that Bashar Al-Assad’s regime is locked into a repressive frenzy that has reached a point of no return,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Isolated internationally, especially since the withdrawal of many Arab ambassadors and the increase in international community pressure, the authorities persist in censoring any discourse different from their own, jailing netizens and journalists who have witnessed violence against protesters.“We would still like to convince the authorities that truth cannot be suppressed and that the policies they have chosen will only lead down a blind alley. Respect for free expression and media freedom is the only possible way forward.”In one of the latest cases, members of the security forces attacked London-based journalist Moussa Al-Omar’s family home in Damascus on 11 August. Omar has interviewed various Syrian opposition figures for the programme he hosts for UK-based Al-Hiwar TV. The attack is typical of the intimidatory methods that Syria’s diplomats and security services use with government opponents living abroad.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Myriam Haddad, a woman reporter for the magazine Mouqarabat, was kidnapped from Havana Café, in the centre of the capital, on 11 August. Intelligence officials arrested the journalist Sami Al-Halabi on 11 August in the southern city of Suwayda after giving him a severe beating. And Jehad Jamal, a blogger also known by the pen-name of Milan who has had several spells in prison, was jailed again for unknown reasons on 4 August.Reporters Without Borders is also extremely concerned about four journalists who were abducted by security agents on the morning of 4 August from a café in the southern Damascus suburb of Jaramana. They are Ebaa Monzer, a business reporter for the newspaper Baladna, Omar Al-Assad, who works for Al-Jazeera and the newspapers As-Safir and Al-Hayat and who was already arrested at the start of the protests, and the bloggers Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho.Monzer, a woman, may have been released but Reporters Without Borders has had no news of the other three aside except that Hamsho was reportedly tortured at intelligence headquarters in the northern district of Maysat after his arrest. There is also still no news of Hanadi Zahlout, a freelance journalist who has been missing since 25 July.Reporters Without Borders notes that Omar Koush, a writer and journalist who had been held since 2 May, was finally released on 6 August. But seven other journalists and bloggers are still detained (http://en.rsf.org/saudi-arabia-arab-spring-and-repression-04-08-2011,407…), in addition to those named above.With authorities cracking down so hard on journalists, new technologies offer the only way of providing an alternative to the regime’s propaganda. But netizens are also a priority target for the intelligence services.Abd Qabani, for example, was arrested in the capital on 8 August, and Ahmed Samir Naji went missing as he was driving to work the same day. The blogger and activist Fadi Zeidan was arrested for covering a demonstration in the central Damascus district of Sha’laan on 4 August and was held for two days.The netizen Ammar Sa’ib was arrest in Qasaa, a district east of the capital, on 1 August in still unknown circumstances. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Follow the news on Syria News Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more
Facebook By News Highland – September 24, 2018 Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp New Gaeltacht na hÉireann branding launched today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleDCC will not be nominating presidential election candidateNext articleDonegal cleans up in Tidy Towns competition News Highland Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 A new brand, Gaealtacht na hÉireann, Ireland’s Gaeltacht, has been launched today for the promotion of Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas and the excellence of their products worldwide under one inclusive brand.As part of the new branding a logo has been developed as a visual emblem and an agreed identity which will assist those located in the region tell their story and develop specific recognition in national and international markets.CEO of Udaras na Gaeltachta Michael Heeney says the new logo will provide a unique identity for companies and organisations in the Gaeltacht:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/udaras.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest
By News Highland – February 12, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleNo plans to revise advice regarding AstraZeneca vaccineNext articleTUI committed to finding solution to this years Leaving Cert News Highland Twitter Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Over 60 Covid patients being treated at LUH A member of NPHET has warned it’ll take a long time for hospitals to recover from the “shock” of the third wave of Covid-19.As of last night, 62 people with Covid-19 were being treated on site at Letterkenny University Hospital – 4 in ICU.The number of people with the virus being treated in hospital has fallen to 984 with 167 in intensive care units.Health officials say the numbers in hospital could drop to between 200 and 400 by the end of the month based on current trends.But HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, says it’ll be a slow recovery for patients already being treated:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/hentry9am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
ABC NewsBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the alleged target of a foiled kidnapping plot, says the threats against her and other officials haven’t stopped.“There is ongoing rhetoric. Even the president last night in his tweet storm won’t stop attacking me, and I think that it’s creating a very dangerous situation, not just for me but for people in leadership roles who are trying to save lives all across this country,” Whitmer told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview Friday on Good Morning America.The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges on Thursday against six men in Michigan allegedly involved in a months-long plot to kidnap the Democratic governor and violently overthrow the state’s government before the November presidential election. During a press conference that afternoon, a visibly angry Whitmer lashed out at President Donald Trump for “stoking” hate and called the suspects “sick and depraved men.”Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Michigan State Capitol has been the scene of numerous protests by right-wing activists, some armed and calling for Whitmer’s resignation due to the lockdown order she imposed. Investigators said several of the suspects were among those protesting the state’s lockdown.Trump took to Twitter Thursday night, saying Whitmer has “done a terrible job” and, regarding the foiled kidnapping plot, “rather than say thank you, she calls me a White Supremacist.”“Governor Whitmer — open up your state, open up your schools, and open up your churches!” he tweeted.In April, amid protests over coronavirus-related restrictions, Trump faced heavy criticism for tweeting, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”The FBI said it first learned of the suspects’ plot in early 2020 and began embedding confidential sources and undercover agents to monitor their activities.According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta started planning to take Whitmer and others hostage at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. They even planned to blow up a bridge and allegedly intended to hold Whitmer for a trial and then execute her. The men went to the governor’s vacation home on two separate occasions in August and September to conduct surveillance, the complaint said.During a press conference Thursday, Andrew Birge, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, said that the individuals were arrested Wednesday. Fox, Garbin, Franks, Harris, and Caserta are all residents of Michigan, while Croft is a resident of Delaware, according to the Justice Department.Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told reporters that seven other individuals “linked” to a militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen have been charged under Michigan’s anti-terrorism law.“The individuals in (state) custody are suspected to have attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, made threats of violence intended to instigate a civil war, and engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the capitol building of Michigan and to kidnap government officials, including the governor of Michigan,” Nessel said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
LordRunar/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco leaders voted to crack down on so-called “Karens” who use 911 calls to discriminate against minorities.The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Caution Against Racially and Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act on Tuesday, which amends the city’s police code and allows anyone harmed by such calls to sue.The bill, nicknamed for the slang term given to people who make the baseless calls, means violators would be liable in court to general damages of at least $1,000 plus costs and attorney’s fees, and punitive damages.Supervisor Shamann Walton, who introduced the bill in July, said in a statement that the act should make residents think twice before calling the police on their Black or minority neighbors over a non-emergency.“Rather than calling the police or law enforcement on your neighbor, or someone who you think doesn’t look like they should be your neighbor, try talking to them and getting to know them. Let’s build relationships in our communities,” he said in a statement.The act expands the city’s definition of a protected class “to prevent false emergency calls with the specific intent to discriminate against a person or otherwise infringe the person’s rights or cause the person specified harms on the basis of the person’s race, color, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight, or height.”Mayor London Breed has said she supports the bill, which would go into law 30 days after it’s signed.The false reports have gained more attention in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and the racial reckoning it prompted in the U.S.One of the most prominent cases came in May when a woman in New York’s Central Park called police on a birdwatcher who had asked her to put her dog on a leash. She claimed an “African American man” was threatening her and “tried to assault her” — neither of which was true. She is expected to plead guilty to falsely reporting an incident at a court date next month.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a similar bill into law Tuesday.The bill, HB 5098, expands the state’s definition of hate crimes to include “false 911 calls or reports to law enforcement against another person made on the basis of race, religious conviction, gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, or national origin.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
“Huge opportunity” for clean energy transition in the North SeaThe report notes that there is a “huge opportunity” in the North Sea but warns that uncoordinated development “poses a risk”.It added that offshore wind is currently driving a low-carbon energy revolution in the basin, but acknowledges that to reach net zero, offshore wind will need to grow alongside investment in low-carbon hydrogen and CCUS, which the North Sea is “also central to developing”.Policy Exchange said offshore wind is currently driving a low-carbon energy revolution in the North Sea (Credit: Flickr/Phil Hollman)However, the UK’s seas are increasingly crowded and there is a risk that uncoordinated development of offshore wind farms could prevent areas of the seabed being used for hydrogen and CCUS in the future.Policy Exchange believes economic development in the North Sea also poses environmental risks, through “negative impacts on the seabed and on birds”.It said net zero requires investing in new technologies and in the low-carbon networks of the future, while collaborating across borders to “optimise the development” of the North Sea. Government must deliver a “Strategy for the North Sea”The analysis calls upon the government to deliver coordinated growth through a “Strategy for the North Sea”.It said that developing the basin requires a holistic approach to the full range of economic activities and necessary environmental protections.But the think tank believes that once the government has a coordinated vision for the region, they should use markets and competitive procurement wherever possible to “reduce the costs of hydrogen and CCUS, building on approaches used for offshore wind”.It added that the nation’s policymakers must also engage with international partners in the EU, Norway and Iceland, particularly for “cross-border energy projects”.The report notes four recommendations for the UK government to take on board, which include creating a new “Net-Zero Triangle’ integrating Humberside, Teesside and Leeds; establishing a “UK Seas Authority” to coordinate offshore development and environmental protection; introducing an offshore wind community benefits scheme; and creating a new “Minister for North Sea Development”.To fully exploit the potential of the North Sea, it said the government must “act within this parliament”, which would accelerate the basin’s low-carbon energy boom, protect the marine environment, and create tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of investment in communities along the North Sea coastline. UK-based think tank Policy Exchange said the basin, which is synonymous with Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels, is “strategically central” to the UK meeting its legally-binding net-zero emissions target by 2050 Norway’s new carbon plan will affect oil and gas producers (Credit: Geograph.org.uk/Simon Johnston) The clean energy transition in the North Sea could deliver up to £20bn ($26bn) in investments every year, according to a report.The analysis by UK-based think tank Policy Exchange said the basin, which is synonymous with Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels, is “strategically central” to the UK meeting its legally-binding net-zero emissions target by 2050.By fully developing offshore wind, the report added that the North Sea could provide one-third of Britain’s energy needs, and that this proportion will grow if low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) are also “fully developed”.Policy Exchange’s report said the transition could generate £20bn per year of investment in coastal regions and could lead to a net increase of 40,000 direct jobs connected to the North Sea energy industry.It added: “This would help to ‘Level Up’ regions along the East coast of Britain but only if the government overcomes a number of barriers, including resolving spatial conflicts in the UK’s increasingly congested seas.“To address these barriers, the UK government should bring forward a new Strategy for the North Sea.” Net-zero target a “driving force behind the transformation in the North Sea”Policy Exchange believes the government’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 is a “driving force behind the transformation in the North Sea”, which is currently a hub for high-carbon oil and gas but will “increasingly become the engine of the UK’s low-carbon economy”.It said parliament has spoken extensively about its desire to “Level Up” areas of the country that have been “left behind economically” – including many of the regions along the North Sea’s coastline, presenting an opportunity to “achieve the levelling up agenda through net zero”.The think tank believes the North Sea in 2050 will look “very different to how it does today, especially in terms of energy”.It said there will be “significant growth” in offshore wind, CCUS, electricity interconnectors, and hydrogen production.The report notes that despite the “continued decline” of the North Sea’s oil and gas industry, growth in the other areas has the “potential to offset job losses in oil and gas” and generate £20bn per year in economic benefits.