House of Lords committee further examines the role of charities in civil society

first_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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 October 2016 | News The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities will tomorrow continue its scrutiny of the charitable sector within civil society by holding an evidence session.Members will hear evidence from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and The Baring Foundation. They will be represented respectively by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, and Mr David Cutler, Director.The Committee was set up in May this year “to assess the sustainability of the charity sector, to look at the pressures and challenges they face, and to examine the roles of governments and public bodies”. It has previously heard evidence from the Charity Commission, and last month fundraising think-tank Rogare submitted its evidence to the Committee. Tagged with: Law / policy •    What is the role and purpose of charities within civil society?•    What is the role of the state in civil society?•    How can charities, as part of civil society, play a role in supporting social cohesion and dealing with the effects of economic inequality?•    How has the increasing role of the charity sector in public service delivery affected its role in civil society?•    How should charities as civil society organisations respond to increasing demands for accountability?Tomorrow’s evidence session starts at 4.00pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords. You can watch the session live online, or a recorded version after the event. You can also follow on Twitter via the #HLCharities hashtag. The Committee, chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley, is exploring questions such as:center_img  46 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  45 total views,  1 views today House of Lords committee further examines the role of charities in civil societylast_img read more

President’s threats leave journalists no room for free expression

first_img July 23, 2019 Find out more News News News January 27, 2020 Find out more July 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President’s threats leave journalists no room for free expression Help by sharing this information GambiaAfrica Follow the news on Gambia News to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Organisation Receive email alerts August 6, 2020 Find out more GambiaAfrica Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the seven journalists, all members of the Gambia Press Union, who are being tried for criticising President Yahya Jammeh. The verdict in the trial, held partly behind closed doors, could be issued today, just a week after Jammeh said outspoken journalists would be dealt with “severely.” “The press freedom situation in Gambia is the most serious by far in all of West Africa,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Repressive legislation, arbitrary arrests and generalised fear – nothing is spared the country’s few independent journalists. Daring to express an opinion or criticise the authorities is immediately regarded by the government as an attempt to besmirch the country’s image.” A participant in last week’s demonstrations in the United States to condemn Gambia’s human rights violations, Reporters Without Borders added: “It is about time President Jammeh’s repeated provocative comments were condemned by the international institutions to which Gambia belongs. We express our unwavering support for the courageous journalists who continue to work in such a hostile environment and we call for the acquittal of the GPU members.”The seven GPU journalists have been tried on charges of defamation and “seditious publication” before the Banjul high court. Originally assigned to Justice Joseph Wowo, the case was transferred to Judge Emmanuel Fangbele at the request of the defence lawyers. The journalists have had two spells in Banjul’s Mile Two prison since mid-June but are currently free on bail. See this release The defendants include Pap Saine, the editor of the independent newspaper The Point, who is also accused of disseminating false information in case dating back to March in which he was initially acquitted.President Jammeh warned journalists against “tarnishing the country’s image” in an interview for state-owned GRTS on 22 July, the 15th anniversary of the coup that brought him to power. “Any journalist who thinks that he or she can write whatever he or she wants, and go free, is making a big mistake,” he said. “If anybody is caught, he will be severely dealt with.”Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) participated in demonstrations organised by Amnesty International outside the Gambian embassy in Washington and the UN secretariat in New York on 21 and 22 July to protest against the regime’s human rights violations including its arrests of journalists. The Gambian government calls the 22 July anniversary “Freedom Day.”The 2004 murder of The Point editor Deyda Hydara (who was also the Reporters Without Borders Gambia correspondent) and the disappearance of reporter “Chief” Ebrima Manneh of The Daily Observer following his arrest on 7 July 2006 are the two most serious press freedom violations of the past five years.The authorities have always refused to carry out a proper investigation into Hydara’s death and deny ever arresting Manneh although several witnesses say the saw him in Mile Two prison before he was taken away to an unknown location.last_img read more

Gaethje dominates in UFC’s return as Trump congratulates promoters

first_imgJustin Gaethje (left) of the United States delivers a punch to Tony Ferguson in a interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 in FloridaMiami, United States | AFP |  The Ultimate Fighting Championship Saturday became the first major American sporting event held since the US coronavirus outbreak, with President Donald Trump congratulating the promoter.The controversial card put the UFC in the spotlight like never before, but did not go off without a hitch after middleweight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was dropped when he and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.The main event saw Justin Gaethje dominate Tony Ferguson with a fifth-round technical knockout victory in the lightweight division. Gaethje finished his opponent off three minutes and 39 seconds into the fifth to earn the interim lightweight crown.“It worked out great,” said promoter Dana White. “I am happy with the way it went tonight.”In a pre-recorded video shown during the undercard fights, Trump — who in November attended a UFC card — congratulated White for the sport’s return.“Get the sports leagues back, let’s play,” the president said. “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports. We want our sports back.”The fights were staged in an empty 15,000-seat VyStar Veterans Memorial arena in Jacksonville, Florida, after earlier attempts to hold it in New York and California failed due to pandemic restrictions on live sporting events.The global outbreak has largely shut down the American economy, but Florida authorities have deemed professional sports — including mixed martial arts — essential businesses.White downplayed the negative impact of Souza’s positive test and insisted it showed they were on top of things.“Obviously the system that we set up works. We found out he was positive and all the other tests were negative,” he said.“We have two more fights this week. We will do over 1,100 tests.” He has also announced cards for Wednesday and next Saturday in Jacksonville — despite stating he expects to see more positive coronavirus tests this week.“When you are testing that much I am sure we are going to find somebody else who is positive,” White told ESPN.– Step towards normalcy –With the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all suspended — along with the US PGA Tour and LPGA — White is touting the return of UFC as a step toward normalcy and a boon for sports-starved fans.Post-fight interviews on Saturday were conducted inside the ring without masks. Outside the Octagon many personnel — but not all — were wearing some protective equipment.“I wanted to look them in the eye. I didn’t want it to be some impersonal thing where he is 100 feet away from me,” said Joe Rogan, interviewing inside the ring.Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer wore a mask cage-side, removing it for introductions and results while inside the ring.Gaethje pummelled Ferguson from the opening bell, swelling both his eyes and cutting him on the cheek. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after Gaethje landed a solid left that wobbled Ferguson.Both main event fighters made weight on Friday at a weigh-in where media members and most UFC staff were kept at a distance, those closer to the fighters wore masks and the scale was sanitized.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bombers blast Lakers en route to Kootenay Soccer Zone title

first_imgEarlier in the day LVR blasted Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar 6-0 to claim the three-team, round robin tournament.Bekka Schrader led the Bomber charge against the Lakers with three goals while Morag Paterson, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Erica Augsten and senior defender Brittany Wheeler added singles.In the opening game against the Rockers, senior Andrea Stinson scored twice along with Paterson. Chloe Kuch and Keegan Paterson each scored single goals.Keeper Kat Garbula was her steady self in goal to register two shutouts.The Bombers travel to represent the Kootenay Zone May 31 to June 2 in Kamloops.The tournament is hosted by Sahali Secondary and played at McArthur Island Park. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.A day after the Bomber boys captured the Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title, the girls did the same — also in convincing fashion.The Bombers routed David Thompson Lakers from Invermere 7-0 en route to the zone crown Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Ipswich 0

first_imgJunior Hoilett was in the thick of the action as Bartosz Bialkowski kept QPR at bay during a largely one-sided first half at Loftus Road.The Ipswich keeper produced a double save after just 30 seconds, pushing away Matt Phillips’ shot and Massimo Luongo’s follow-up.And Hoilett missed a great chance for Rangers when he was unable to find a way past Bialkowski after Phillips’ low cross fell to the Canadian at the far post.Hoilett then had a long-range effort saved and, on 27 minutes, elected to shoot rather than square the ball for Phillips or Conor Washington, and again Bialkowski made the save.The lively Hoilett also curled an effort wide of the target five minutes before the break, and James Perch fired into the side netting following good work on the right by Phillips.In the final minute of the half, Hoilett was involved yet again, this time volleying wide after being teed up by Sebastian Polter’s lay-off.Washington is making his full debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – who is still waiting for his first home win as R’s boss – having opted to start with both the recent signing and Polter up front in a 4-4-2 formation.New signing Nasser El Khayati is among the QPR substitutes.QPR (4-4-2): Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Faurlin, Luongo, Hoilett; Washington, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Chery, Mackie, El Khayati, Angella, Tozser, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Erli Bird: A Startup Connecting Other Startups With Early Adopters

first_imgtim devaney and tom stein China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#social media#startups How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img Related Posts Don’t listen to customers, develop your products in secret and make every decision yourself.This approach worked for Steve Jobs. But it won’t work for your startup because you’re not Steve Jobs. (Heck, even Steve Jobs wasn’t Steve Jobs.)If you want to succeed today, you need to put your product out on the market, collect user feedback and keep tweaking it to make sure you’ve got a winner.You Can’t Trust Your FamilyTo do that, you need to attract early adopters, people who will sample your product or service and tell you what they think. No, not just your immediate family and Facebook friends. Real customers, users who will test-drive what you’re selling and give you an honest assessment. They’re vital. They’ll keep you from traveling down dead-end avenues and save you a lot of time and money.The problem is finding them. Erli Bird is working to solve that problem.Erli Bird is a website where beta users can discover new startups, try their products and give feedback. It works for startups, because you get customer insight to keep you on course. And it works for users, because they get to check out your cool new product, provide constructive criticism and brag to their friends that they’re helping to develop it. (Early adopters… You know the type.)Failure Is A Good Teacher“The idea came out of an experience this spring when I applied for a spot in Y Combinator,” says Erli Bird founder Mike Siegler. His startup at the time was a dating site based on the Pinterest concept and “it was not very good,” Siegler admits. He was rejected. But he was inspired. How about a startup that doesn’t solve a problem for customers but one that solves a fundamental problem for other startups?Erli Bird showcases about seven new startups on its homepage every few weeks. It offers slots for early adopters to sign up and test the products. In return for their participation, users earn points that they can redeem for products from other startups. Neat.“I’ve founded a number of companies,” Siegler says, “and I always thought there should be a service where you could get early users to test out your site and tell you what they think. Some of the startups I launched in the past, I had no idea what I was doing. I would spend time and money on development and get it out there and then nobody would use it.”There was his dating site. There was a logo-design marketplace. There was a social network for oenophiles called Wine McGee. All of them went sour.Finding Feedback Loops“My biggest problem was just getting my product in front of people,” Siegler says. “Even getting in front of 100 people is hugely beneficial. And feedback – without a formal feedback mechanism most people will not tell you what they think, won’t say, ‘Hey, I don’t understand this tab on your site,’ or, ‘This button should be on the left side, not the right side.’”Erli Bird is an inexpensive way for startups to gather this valuable information. Wahooly, for example, takes a piece of equity before it matches your startup to 5,000 “brand advocates” or social media influencers. BetaBait is free, but the email-based diretory service doesn’t provide direct feedback tools.Erli Bird has a freemium option that connects your startup with around 100 beta users for free. You can connect with more for a fee, which Siegler wants to keep low to avoid the appearance that he’s selling users.Erli Bird launched in June and now has 70 startups participating. They include Glyder, an iPhone app for small businesses built by a Zynga designer and an OpenTable cofounder, and Capriza, which lets users make their own mobile apps in less than three minutes. Erli Bird has a Kickstarter feel, with a window where the early adopters can meet the company founders.“You’re creating a product and maybe this is your first time in front of customers,” Siegler says, “but you will get honest feedback and know what you need to do to change course a lot sooner than you would have before – and in the process save a lot of time and money and, ultimately, have a much more successful company.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

4 days agoGiggs raps Man Utd defender Rojo for Liverpool goal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Giggs raps Man Utd defender Rojo for Liverpool goalby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Ryan Giggs has criticised Marcos Rojo for his role in Liverpool’s late equaliser on Sunday.The Englishman was free to tap-in the ball from close range after being allowed space by Rojo.”[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has not played a lot of games, maybe if he was a little bit fitter and sharper he would have got out quicker,’ Giggs told Optus Sport.”But for Rojo to actually go past [Harry] Maguire is strange. If he holds his position maybe he can clear it. ‘Ash [Young] never really gets goal-side.”But if you watch Rojo he just anticipates where the ball is going to be instead of staying with his man.”I think it’s a poor goal to give away. But Liverpool, for that five and ten minutes, were knocking at the door and there you see Robertson crossing the ball a lot further up the pitch.”Where for the majority of the game, him and Trent Alexander-Arnold were crossing the ball from 40, 45 yards out.” last_img read more

Mikmaq report denounces Mother Canada statue

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by a Mi’kmaq scholar denounces the controversial Mother Canada statue.The statue is part of a war memorial proposed for a National Park in Cape Breton, N.S.Critics say the statue will pave over a pristine part of the Cape Breton Highlands.The Mi’kmaq say it will also pave over Aboriginal rights and title.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Namgis First Nation MMA fighter tough determined and humble on road to

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsIn the wide world of sports, there is no doubt that mixed martial arts, better known as MMA fighting, is one of the toughest and brutal events to watch.And this past weekend in British Columbia, a fighter from the Namg’is First Nation showed he has what it takes to compete with the best – and made history.“I first got interested watching it on tv and I eventually got into competing to get away from binge drinking and like hanging out on the streets and gettin up to no good.”[email protected]last_img

Pembina to expand Peace pipeline system

first_imgThe Phase VI expansion includes upgrades at Gordondale; a 16-inch pipeline from LaGlace to Wapiti and associated pump station upgrades; and a 20-inch pipeline from Kakwa to Lator, Alberta. The approximately $280 million Phase VI expansion is anticipated to be in service in early 2020, subject to environmental and regulatory approval.“It is exciting to announce another expansion of our Peace Pipeline,” said Mick Dilger, Pembina’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As producers continue to develop the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, our assets are strategically located and readily expandable to provide a fully integrated service offering to support our customers’ future needs.”Pembina is continuing to secure long-term contracts on its Peace and Northern Pipeline systems and currently expects peak firm volume commitments will reach approximately 830,000 barrels per day in 2019. CALGARY, A.B. — Pembina Pipeline Corp. says it will be launching the Phase VI expansion of its Peace Pipeline system to support growth in the Montney and Deep Basin resource plays. The Company said its Pipeline Division has continued to receive strong demand for its services. Pembina’s Phase III expansion in July 2017 expanded capacity in the corridor that transports crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids into the Edmonton area market. The Company is also currently progressing construction of its Phase IV and Phase V expansions, which are adding capacity between Fox Creek and Namao, and reducing pipeline bottlenecks upstream of Fox Creek. Pembina said it expects both projects to be placed into service in late 2018.Following the completion of Phase IV, the Company will have approximately 1.1 million barrels per day of total capacity for delivery into the Edmonton area market. Pembina has the ability to further expand capacity to at least 1.3 million barrels per day through the addition of pump stations and other upgrades between Fox Creek and Namao.last_img read more