DWP backtracks on volunteers’ lunch allowance

first_img Howard Lake | 25 August 2006 | News DWP backtracks on volunteers’ lunch allowance Tagged with: Volunteering  19 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 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. The Department for Work and Pensions has changed tack and decided that volunteers on benefits no longer have to pay for their own lunch.The department has been under pressure from Volunteering England and a number of other people in the sector to reverse its decision to offset lunch charges against benefits. Volunteers on benefits have always been able to claim out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, but meal costs were not included in this, meaning that people had to pay for them out of their benefits.Almost 90 MPs had signed up to Diane Abbott’s early day motion to have meal costs included, many people wrote individually and Volunteering England set up a Right to reasonable expenses lunch campaign. Head of information at Volunteering England Mark Restall said this was a victory for the sector as a whole. Advertisement The DWP said it was unfair to be penalising volunteers on benefits and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions John Hutton said We do not want a situation where individuals are put off from volunteering because they cannot afford to buy something to eat.The Department has not put a date on the changes but Hutton said it would be working solely with charities and volunteering organisations to implement the changes quickly and as smoothly as possible.last_img read more

Chelsea Physic Garden chooses ProgressCRM

first_img Tagged with: Technology Chelsea Physic Garden chooses ProgressCRM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanic garden, has selected ProgressCRM as its new fundraising and membership database.Project manager Neil Couzens explained: “In 2007 we started opening our ‘secret garden’ to the public more often, with a resultant major increase in the number of new members and other stakeholders so we needed a new database system to allow us to meet our increasingly complex needs”.The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673 in order to promote the study of botany in relation to medicine, then known as the ‘physic’ or healing arts.www.fiskbrett.co.uk  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 October 2008 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Charities encouraged to spread #TickTheBox message ahead of Gift Aid Awareness Day

first_imgThe firm is also running three free webinars in early November, which cover Gift Aid: Advertisement Melanie May | 6 October 2020 | News Charities encouraged to spread #TickTheBox message ahead of Gift Aid Awareness Day 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.  891 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 In the run up to Gift Aid Awareness Day this Thursday 8 October Sayer Vincent is encouraging UK-based charities to spread the #TickTheBox message.According to Charity Finance Group, the organiser of Gift Aid Awareness Day, £560 million goes unclaimed every year through people not ticking the box to Gift Aid their donation.Helen Elliott, Partner, Sayer Vincent said:“This year has been a particularly hard year for the charity sector due to Coronavirus, with donations drying up and one in ten charities facing bankruptcy. With Gift Awareness Day approaching, we urge charities to do what they can to spread the #TickTheBox message to maximise every donation to help support the sector.“Gift Aid is an important source of income for many charities and all charities, large and small should ensure they understand the rules around Gift Aid and claim what they are entitled to.”Sayer Vincent has a free downloadable introduction to Gift Aid and what it means for the sector, Gift Aid Made Simple Guide, which incorporates the new donor benefit limits and HMRC’s updated guidance on Gift Aid benefits.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 3 November – Gift Aid: the basics – to help charities understand the key issues to ensure Gift Aid Claims are valid4 November – Fundraising events (VAT & Gift Aid) – helping charities maximise income by understanding VAT and Gift Aid implications for fundraising events5 November – Corporate support & membership – getting the VAT status right and claiming Gift Aid where possible on corporate and membership incomeAll sessions will be delivered live in webinar format with a Chair to collate and structure the Q&A section. They will include a slide presentation, a video of the speaker, a live Q&A box and handouts will be shared during the session.For those unable to attend the live event, each webinar will be available on demand for a limited period afterwards. Tagged with: Gift Aid  890 total views,  5 views todaylast_img read more

Purdue Animal Sciences Professor Cautions Against ‘Panic Buying’ Chicks During COVID-19…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Animal Sciences Professor Cautions Against ‘Panic Buying’ Chicks During COVID-19 Pandemic By Purdue University News Service – Apr 1, 2020 SHARE Purdue Animal Sciences Professor Cautions Against ‘Panic Buying’ Chicks During COVID-19 Pandemic Previous articleGetting Ready for #Plant2020 in Northern Indiana and Corn Ethanol Industry Struggling on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleDFA Acquires Majority of Dean Foods for $433M Purdue University News Service A global pandemic is not the optimal time to start raising chickens, Marisa Erasmus, an assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue University, cautions.As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the country and the globe, food security and sustainability is increasingly on people’s minds as government leaders issue stay-at-home orders and grocery stores are frequently low on staples. Recent popular press reports have said that anxiety around the food supply may be causing an uptick in the U.S. of people ordering chicks so they might have a reliable supply of eggs. Many people jump into this undertaking blindly, not considering certain factors before placing that order for live chicks, Erasmus said.“If you’re thinking of buying chicks, do your work ahead of time,” she continued. “Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. These animals are going to grow up and have very specific needs. They are reliant on us to provide for them and we have to be sure we can do that.”Erasmus put forward several considerations to take into account before purchasing chicks:Chicks take roughly 5-6 months to mature, at which time they will start producing eggs.Chickens, while housed outside, need shelter from the elements, whether in the form of a hoop structure, a shed or a coop. The structure must be dry with good air circulation and adequate flooring to maintain the health of the flock. As chickens grow, they will need increasingly more space, roughly 2 square feet per bird.Other amenities like perches, where the chickens rest, and fencing to keep out wild animals are all necessary to raise healthy birds.At some point, birds will become injured or ill. Those rearing chickens need to have a plan in place to deal with this eventuality and need to be able to recognize signs of disease and deterioration.Chickens require specific feed based on their age and whether or not they are laying eggs. “They can eat some scraps but they do have specific nutritional requirements, which require supplemental feed to be met,” Erasmus said.Erasmus also recommended those considering chickens acquaint themselves with local ordinances, which many towns and counties have, regarding the rearing of poultry. In some places it is forbidden while other areas may allow it under certain conditions or require shelter specifications. Those hesitant about investing the time, energy and financial resources required to raise chickens should consider other ways to become more self-sustaining, from starting a vegetable garden to composting. Rearing animals unprepared threatens their quality of life and ability to be productive, Erasmus said.“Poultry, including chickens, sometimes have the reputation of being ‘bird-brained’,” Erasmus said.  “But anyone who has experience raising chickens will tell you they are intelligent and complex creatures who have the capacity to experience suffering and contentment.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Benin : investigative journalist Ignace Sossou must be released on appeal

first_imgAmnesty International, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Africtivistes (the Pan-African Network of Bloggers and Web Activists) and five other organizations regard Sossou’s detention since 20 December as arbitrary and as a violation of his right to free speech Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Benin’s authorities must overturn investigative journalist Ignace Sossou’s 18-month prison sentence, eight civil society organizations said today, on the eve of his appeal hearing tomorrow in the capital Cotonou. Benin boasts of its three decades as a “robust democracy” that promotes free speech and holds free and fair elections followed by peaceful handovers, but the signatories of this press release are concerned about the wave of arbitrary arrests of political activists and journalists, and the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, which have reached an alarming level. “This is the first time that a journalist in an ECOWAS member country has been given a prison sentence for correctly reporting comments that were actually made,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa bureau.“This sets an extremely dangerous precedent. If Ignace Sossou is not acquitted on appeal and quickly released, it would mean that any journalist working in Benin could henceforth be imprisoned for accurately reporting statements.” News Benin’s authorities must overturn investigative journalist Ignace Sossou’s 18-month prison sentence, eight civil society organizations including RSF said today, on the eve of his appeal hearing tomorrow in the capital Cotonou. Photo Facebook du journaliste d’investigation béninois Ignace Sossou. In his address to the workshop, the prosecutor described Benin’s Digital Communication Law as a “weapon” that could be used against journalists. He also commented on the government’s decision to disconnect the Internet during the April 2019 parliamentary elections. Sossou reported these comments on Twitter and Facebook as soon as they were made. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Amnesty International Pan-African Network of Bloggers and Web Activists (Africtivistes) Benin Bloggers Association Citizen Platform 229 Citizen Voice and Action Burkina Faso Bloggers Network Bloggers Association for Active Citizenship – Niger “By detaining Ignace Sossou, who simply reported a judicial official’s public statements, the Beninese authorities are just confirming their desire to put unjustified pressure on journalists and media freedom.” said Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s regional director for West and Central Africa. BeninAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment BeninAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Canal France International (CFI), which organized the 18 December workshop, initially wrote in a letter that it “clearly distances itself from these Facebook posts and practices of this kind, which are completely lacking in professional ethics and give journalism a bad name.” But CFI subsequently sanctioned those responsible for the letter, acknowledging an “internal error with regard to this matter,” and called for Ignace Sossou to be released without delay because his posts were “not in any way defamatory.” to go further In a trial held four days later, a court sentenced Sossou to 18 months in prison and a fine of 200,000 CFA francs (300 euros) on a charge of “harassment by means of electronic communication.” Sossou, who had acknowledged being the author of the tweets but denied harassing the prosecutor, was jailed in Cotonou’s main prison. “All the Digital Communication Law has done is create a climate of repression and restrict the right to freedom of expression in Benin,” Africtivistes president Cheikh Fall said. “No blogger or journalist should go to prison simply for doing their job. The authorities must amend this law’s draconian provisions and bring it into line with international standards on freedom of expression, above all by decriminalizing press offences including online ones.” May 4, 2021 Find out more The prosecutor filed a complaint against Sossou, claiming that his comments has been taken out of context, with the result that Sossou was arrested without a warrant on 20 December by members of the Central Office for Combatting Cyber-Crime (OCRC) supported by officers from the police station in the Cotonou suburb of Godomey. Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism Signatories Additional information RSF_en In the space of less than two years, at least 17 journalists, bloggers and political activists have been prosecuted under the Digital Communication Law, some of whose draconian provisions violate free speech and press freedom. Benin is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index, after falling 18 places in the past two years. November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Benin News On 19 February, on the 30th anniversary of Benin’s national conference, President Patrice Talon referred to those prosecuted under the Digital Communication Law. He said those who decide to violate the republic’s laws should be ready to be held to account for their actions In court. Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention News Sossou committed his alleged offence at a workshop on fake news during elections that the French media development agency, Canal France International (CFI), organized in Cotonou on 18 December 2019. Sossou and the Cotonou public prosecutor were among the participants. November 7, 2020 Find out more February 27, 2020 Benin : investigative journalist Ignace Sossou must be released on appeal Organisation “Ignace Sossou is unjustly detained, and this constitutes a flagrant violation of his right to freedom of expression. Journalists must be protected by their government, not criminalized. This appeal hearing must be regarded as an opportunity to carry out his immediate and unconditional release.”last_img read more

‘Arnab Goswami Not An Editor Or Journalist’ : Plea In SC For Perjury Against Republic TV Chief For Allegedly Misleading SC

first_imgTop Stories’Arnab Goswami Not An Editor Or Journalist’ : Plea In SC For Perjury Against Republic TV Chief For Allegedly Misleading SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 May 2020 9:35 AMShare This – xAn application has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to initiate perjury proceedings against Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV.The application filed by one Reepak Khansal states that Goswami made misleading statements in the writ petition filed by him in the SC seeking to quash the FIRs registered against him across the country.The applicant takes objection to the…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?LoginAn application has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to initiate perjury proceedings against Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV.The application filed by one Reepak Khansal  states that Goswami made misleading statements in the writ petition filed by him in the SC seeking to quash the FIRs registered against him across the country.The applicant takes objection to the claims made by Goswami in the plea that he is “a journalist and Editor”.It is stated that broadcasting employees and TV anchors do not come within the definition of “Editor” as per ‘The Press and Registration Of Books Act 1867’ and also under the ambit of ‘working journalists’ as defined under The Working Journalists And Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions Of service) And Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955.There is no law enacted till today to bring broadcasting employees / Anchors in the definition of journalist and electronic broadcasting channels in the definition of ‘PRESS, states the petition. Electronic media do not come under the ambit of Press Council of India as well, the applicant points out.On these grounds, the applicant argues that Goswami knowingly made a false claim on affidavit before the SC, attracting the offence of perjury under Sections 191,199 and 200 of the Indian Penal Code.Therefore, the petitioner urges the SC to initiate process under Section 340 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to prosecute the Republic TV anchor for perjury.Goswami had approached the SC on April 23 seeking to quash FIRs registered against him in various states over allegations that his reportage of the Palghar lynching incident amounted to creating communal disharmony.On April 24, the SC granted him three weeks interim protection from arrest, and consolidated all FIRs and transferred them to Mumbai.Goswami was later subjected to 12-hour long questioning by Mumbai police in the case.Click here to download petitionRead PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

Address crisis staff issue or face scandal, NHS told

first_imgAddress crisis staff issue or face scandal, NHS toldOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today A flu pandemic would cripple the NHS because the Government has nocontingency staffing plans, a leading doctor has warned.”I think there will be a crisis which could become one of these seminalevents. There will be a lot of people who will not get on ventilators and therewould be a massive scandal,” said Dr Michael Goodman, deputy chairman ofthe British Medical Association consultants’ committee.The comments reflect a belief in the health service that a major staffingcrisis was only narrowly averted during the recent flu outbreak, which did noteven reach epidemic levels. Goodman, also a hospital consultant, characterised the current system as”a hope-for-the-best, Dunkirk spirit approach”.HR directors believe the DoH policy of leaving responsibility forcontingency plans with individual trusts is inadequate.James Farrelly, personnel manager at West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust, saidexisting recruitment problems made it impossible for hospitals to plan for apandemic.”Any type of situation like this would have to be managed on afirefighting basis,” he said. “It is a situation that has to bemanaged as it happens.”Goodman said the Government’s plan contained just four paragraphs abouthospital care, two of them relating to securing drugs and gaining mortuaryspace.One strategy, he said, could be to establish a reserve of retired medicalstaff although this would require a system to allow them to update theirskills.A DoH spokeswoman said the Government had launched the “largestever” flu immunisation programme last October.By Helen Rowewww.doh.gov.uk/panflu.htm Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Ethnic staff figures still low

first_imgEthnic staff figures still lowOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Leading UK companies continue to have an under-representation of ethnic minoritystaff and many exaggerate the effectiveness of their diversity policies,according to a study of FTSE 100 firms by consultancy Schneider-Ross.The report found a serious lack of representation of black and Asian staffin company management with only 1 per cent of senior managers and 3.2 per centof junior and middle managers coming from ethnic minorities. Although the report does not name companies with a poor record,Schneider-Ross has highlighted only a small number of the FTSE 100 forimplementing good practice. Overall, 65 out of the 100 took part in the study.Robin Schneider, managing director of Schneider-Ross, said, “Thesectors that are behind are those that are that much more distant from theconsumer.”More worrying for many HR professionals will be the fact that in a number ofcompanies there was a divergence of views between staff and management on therepresentation of ethnic minorities in the organisation. Schneider said many companies which believed their procedures to bemerit-based were actually imbued with definitions that were culturally biased. Another developing trend is the concern among ethnic minorities about beingrelocated to other European countries such as Germany, Austria and to a lesserextent France. In contrast there were generally favourable perceptions of theUS and Canada.But Schneider said most multi-national companies had not even startedthinking about implementing group-wide strategies.By Tom PowdrillGood diversity records• Barclays• Boots• British Airways• BT• HSBC• LloydsTSB• NatWest Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Fifth Avenue will look different after Trump leaves office

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Security around Trump Tower to be reduced after 45th POTUS leaves office. (Getty, The Trump Organization) President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to an end, and so too are the days of heavy security surrounding Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.The blocks around Trump’s flagship tower, on East 56th and 57th streets, have been heavily guarded since the president took office in January 2017. The 58-story mixed-use building houses the headquarters of the Trump Organization and Trump’s private residence, and has been a frequent target of anti-Trump protesters.But once Trump leaves office on Wednesday, the NYPD plans to reopen nearby streets that have been closed, and patrols of the area will be adjusted, the Wall Street Journal reported.Read more“No man’s land”: How Trump Tower became Chicago retail’s biggest failureReal estate trade groups reconsider donations after Capitol unrestThese are the companies dumping the Trump Organization Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address*center_img That could be a boon for Fifth Avenue retailers, whose business has been impacted by a double whammy of increased security measures that block access to their storefronts, and then the Covid-19 pandemic.“Anything that normalizes the use of the street is going to be a good thing for the neighborhood and visitors alike,” said Jerome Barth, president of the Fifth Avenue Association, a business improvement district. “We won’t be sad to see the barricades and concrete blocks leave the neighborhood.”The NYPD will work with federal authorities to come up with a new security program for the property. The location of Trump’s primary residence after he leaves office and any security threats facing Trump are things to be considered to construct the new measure, officials told the Journal. It’s been rumored that Trump will flee New York City for Palm Beach, Florida, where his Mar-a-Lago club is located. (Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reportedly bought property nearby recently).For now, Trump Tower remains a target for protests, but interest in the building may wane after Wednesday’s inauguration, said Rob Byrnes, president of the business improvement group East Midtown Partnership.“Eventually Trump Tower will become just another building in New York bearing the name Trump,” Byrnes said. “There are multiple other buildings around the city that have that name and they have not been the site of protests.”[WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Message* TagsCommercial Real Estatefifth avenueRetail Real Estatelast_img read more

Cairn Energy provides drilling update in Mexico

first_img Cairn Energy provides drilling update in Mexico. (Credit: kmans from Pixabay) Operations have been completed on the Eni operated Ehecatl-1 exploration well on Block 7, located in the Sureste Basin Offshore Mexico, in which Cairn has a 30% working interest through wholly owned subsidiary Capricorn Energy Mexico.The exploration target of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in the Lower Miocene.  The well did not find reservoired hydrocarbons and it has now been permanently plugged and abandoned.Logging, sampling and data collection during the well operations will help the joint venture calibrate the seismic data and develop an improved understanding of the Lower Miocene target and the information gathered will be integrated to improve the understanding of the Block and inform the second well decision.The well is located 65 kilometres offshore and was drilled by the Valaris 8505 semi-submersible rig in water depth of 426 metres and reached a total depth of 4,451 metres. Source: Company Press Release The exploration target of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in the Lower Miocenelast_img read more