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Commission issues advice to help older donors avoid fraud

first_img  237 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: charity fraud With HMRC data showing that 374,000 people over the age of 65 made donations in tax year 2017/18, totalling £1,092 million, the Charity Commission has issued advice to help older donors avoid falling victim to fraud.The Charity Commission also cites recent findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which show that almost 1 in 12 of respondents aged 65 and older reported being the victim of fraud in the last year: equivalent to more than 800,000 older people in England and Wales. Its own research from 2017 suggests just under a third of 65-74 year olds usually do checks on a charity before donating.It has issued general giving advice, and specific tips for street fundraising, clothing collections, and online fundraising:Always:Check the charity’s name and registration number www.gov.uk/checkcharity.Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.Ask the collector for more information if in doubt.Ask the collector for more information if in doubt.Never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately.Exercise the same caution every time you’re looking to support or donate to a charity.Street fundraising and clothes collectionsCheck whether street collectors are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and undamaged.Contact the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to find out more about their spending.Carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to ascertain whether they are from a genuine charity.Check whether fundraising materials are genuine. They should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number.Online fundraising Advertisement Commission issues advice to help older donors avoid fraud Be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.Make sure the charity is genuine before sharing personal or financial information.If someone thinks a collection or appeal is not legitimate, they are urged to report it to the police, and if they think a collector does not have a licence, to report it to the relevant Local Authority Licensing Team or the Metropolitan Police (if in Greater London), as well as to the charity if possible.Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy, Planning and Communications at the Charity Commission, said:“Donating to charity is a longstanding and important tradition in this country, and I value the generosity of people who have worked hard all their lives wanting to give back.  It is vital that this generosity does not lead to people becoming victims of crime.“The scams that we sometimes unfortunately see take advantage of people’s charitable spirit, and can seriously dent their trust in charity.“Making simple checks before you hand over your money or your details is an important way to ensure you are giving with your head as well as your heart. I want to encourage everyone to follow our advice, so that they feel empowered and more confident at spotting and avoiding scams.”  236 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 2 September 2019 | News 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 www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 15, 2021

Six years later, justice for Oscar Grant

first_imgPhoto: Daniel ArauzJan. 1 — On the sixth anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, by Johannes Mehserle of the Bay Area Rapid Transit police, the Oscar Grant Foundation held a vigil today at Grant Station (the Fruitvale BART station at which Oscar Grant was killed). Several hundred people came to honor him and celebrate his life. Speakers included his mother, Wanda Johnson, and his uncle, Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Phish Shares Full Stream Of New Studio Album, “Big Boat” [Listen]

first_imgWith their new album due out on October 7th, beloved jam band Phish has shared a full stream of their new release through the NPR First Listen program. Titled Big Boat, the new release features thirteen original tracks and was produced by Bob Ezrin.Of the songs that made the album, there are a number of some familiar tunes like “Blaze On” and “No Men In No Man’s Land.” There are a few songs on the album that were debuted in 2016, like the Jon Fishman sung “Friends” and the Trey Anastasio ballad “Miss You.” There are also a few brand new cuts, like “I Always Wanted It This Way,” “Running Out Of Time,” “Home” and “More.” The album ends with the 13-minute “Petrichor,” which was originally written as an orchestral piece and ultimately scaled back for Phish, though the band has yet to play it live.Though some fans got to listen to the album last week when it leaked, the NPR Music stream is the first full-length official taste of this new release. Stream it below and let us know what you think!Big Boat Tracklisting1. Friends (3:42) (Fishman)2. Breath and Burning (4:20) (Anastasio)3. Home (6:26) (McConnell)4. Blaze On (4:20) (Anastasio/Marshall)5. Tide Turns (4:21) (Anastasio)6. Things People Do (1:54) (McConnell)7. Waking Up Dead (4:15) (Gordon/Murawski)8. Running out of Time (3:32) (Anastasio/Marshall)9. No Men in No Man’s Land (4:59) (Anastasio/Marshall)10. Miss You (7:01) (Anastasio)11. I Always Wanted It This Way (4:29) (McConnell)12. More (4:22) (Anastasio)13. Petrichor (13:22) (Anastasio)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

Real as a heart attack, almost

first_img“What am I today? I’m spitting up blood.”Cory Scott was matter-of-fact about his condition, as he sat at Harvard Medical School’s Tosteson Medical Education Center in January. “I have a heart condition because of rheumatic fever I had when I was a kid.”Such an admission, on a campus surrounded by physicians — both accomplished and still in training — might ordinarily set off a rush to action, but Scott is no ordinary patient. He trained hard for his upcoming exam, to be performed by a student doctor in a nearby examination room … and then by another student doctor in the same room … and then another.One might say Scott has been preparing for this serial examination — to be conducted by a total of seven student-doctors over more than two hours — for 14 years.Scott works at the intersection of classroom and clinic. Trained as a “standardized patient,” he is part of an unsung group of actors who role-play the sort of diagnostic puzzles regularly faced by practicing physicians. The exercise keeps with the mix of clinical training and classroom learning that defines students’ four-year journey at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Ed Krupat (pictured) shows a set of rooms in the center designed as standard exam rooms with observation areas. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerLessons are set at the Clinical Skills Center, a high-tech suite of examination rooms. Each room has a table, desk, and chair, along with equipment typically found in a doctor’s office. These rooms, however, are also stocked with two cameras, a one-way glass observation window, a red-glowing digital clock marking the 20 minutes given for each encounter — and a patient like Scott.“For most [students], it’s an opportunity to put on a white coat, walk into an office, operate independently, and get immediate feedback,” said Edward Krupat, director of the School’s Center for Evaluation, which administers the simulated-patient program. “The idea is that students should feel that this is real.”Patients are recruited and trained by the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, which provides standardized patient services for schools across New England.While UMass runs the service, individual schools create the scenarios patients memorize to become truly “standardized” and provide a common experience for each student with whom they come in contact. A given scenario includes the patient profile — sex, occupation, and age — the medical issue involved, and details such as whether information should be revealed right away or held back to make the student doctor dig for it.Patients go to great lengths to be believable, Krupat said, remembering a particular performer who broke down and cried at bad news — back pain was due to metastatic cancer — only to quickly compose herself in time for the next student. Another standout was a man portraying a Big Dig worker despondent over a construction-site death. When Krupat chatted with him during a break, he was thrown.“I was so shocked at how normal he was,” Krupat said. “I couldn’t believe the difference.”Students take the standardized patient examinations twice during their medical school careers, once in the second year and once just before the fourth. They are evaluated on communication, ability to take a medical history, and physical examination skills. Each student sees seven different patients during the examination, while patients eventually see all of the roughly 170 students in a class, according to Agnieszka Jackson, assessment coordinator for the Center for Evaluation.As an actor living in Leicester, just outside of Worcester, Scott said he’s “completely blessed” by the work. In 14 years, he has come to see the exercises as more than a way to help cover the bills. Standardized patients, he said, are aiding the development of generations of doctors, in part through feedback.That feedback is crucial, Krupat said. Students hear from the standardized patients on issues such as communication and interpersonal skills, and from faculty members about the more technical aspects of their performance. Faculty members view each encounter from the hallway outside the room, through the one-way window. Each session includes 15 minutes for patient examination and five minutes of feedback, before the student moves on to the next room and a new situation.Betty Paulsen (left) from Auburn and Cory Scott from Leicester speak about their work as SPs at the center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“No student likes being tested and watched and observed, but students say they love this,” Krupat said. “They ask why can’t they do more. They’re getting immediate feedback from someone who’s knowledgeable.”The Clinical Skills Center could be the set of a medical drama, with white-coated students standing or pacing nervously outside examination rooms, stethoscopes draped around their necks. Inside, the standardized patients sit on the edge of tables, some reviewing notes and others just waiting, like thousands of patients in medical offices across the country, for the doctor to come in.Betty Paulsen of Auburn, Mass., has been a standardized patient for 32 years and been to HMS “many, many times.” Paulsen, on this day suffering depression, said she’s seen a transition in the student body, from mostly male students to about half male and half female.“Some of them are absolutely marvelous and some have a lot to learn,” Paulsen said. “Some, I say, ‘In 10 years, I wouldn’t mind them being my doctor.’”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Spanish soccer league to resume in June

first_imgTeams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8. While the top tier, La Liga, will be allowed to play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. May 23, 2020 Associated Press Spanish soccer league to resume in Junelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 2, 2020


first_imgSTATE-BRED FEATURE TO HIGHLIGHT 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA SMOOVE IT: Trained by Doug O’Neill, she was second, beaten 3 ¼ lengths in the 6 ½ furlong Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf here on Jan. 28, which marked her first start after being away since late May of last year.  Winless in five tries on dirt, this 6-year-old Square Eddie mare is 27-5-6-4 overall with earnings of $371,265. Cuddle Alert–Agapito Delgadillo–119Smoove It–Mario Gutierrez–124Late ‘n Left–Edwin Maldonado–118Kiss At Midnight–Flavien Prat–120Sunday Rules–Tyler Baze–126Allsquare–Santiago Gonzalez–120First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santanita.com. THE SPRING FEVER HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTcenter_img SUNDAY RULES: Trained by Phil D’Amato, this lightly raced 6-year-old mare by Tribal Rule defeated state-bred males three starts back going six furlongs in the California Cup Sprint here on Jan. 30, 2016 and she’s won eight of her 11 starts, including three out of four, at the Spring Fever distance.  Fourth as the 1-5 favorite in this race on July 4, Sunday Rules would appear to be the quickest of the quick as she breaks from post five with top weight of 126 pounds.  She has earnings of $541,840. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2017)–Idle since July 4, Nick Alexander’s highly accomplished homebred Sunday Rules looms large among a field of six older fillies and mares bred or sired in California in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap, to be contested at six furlongs over Santa Anita’s main track.  Sunday Rules will be facing several sharp distaffers, including Reddam Racing’s homebred Smoove It, who hopes to transfer her recent turf form to dirt.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: February 24, 2019

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