Abbey publishes new charitable priorities for 2004

first_img Howard Lake | 3 February 2004 | News Donations can range from £250 to a mximum of £20,000. The applications process remains straightforward and there are no deadlines as the trust operates a rolling programme. There is no formal application form.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Building society Abbey National plc has just published details of its Charitable Trust’s new charitable priorities for 2004.Abbey National’s grant-making turst has changed its charitable priorities: it has chosen to focus on nine key areas rather than spread its resources thinly across the whole of the UK.The Trust supports local communities, particularly in those areas where Abbey has a significant presence, by supporting disadvantaged people through education and training, local regeneration projects which encourage cross community partnerships, and financial advice which helps them manage their money. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Abbey publishes new charitable priorities for 2004 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.last_img read more

BookTrust teams up with children’s book characters for new fundraising campaign

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 BookTrust teams up with children’s book characters for new fundraising campaign “We are so delighted to have been able to create a fundraising activity that reaches so many people whilst celebrating the thing we are most passionate about – shared reading. Killer took our initial concept and turned it into something tangible and exciting – their energy, creativity and expert advice have been hugely appreciated and have helped us deliver a hugely successful multi-faceted campaign.”  401 total views,  2 views today Killer Creative developed the creative concept to connect the campaign to bedtime stories and children’s characters, with a focus on the famous children’s book characters dressed in pyjamas and with illustrator Quentin Blake, authors Jacqueline Wilson and Francesca Simon and publishers eOne providing bespoke illustrations of the characters free of charge.Rob Alcroft, Killer Creative Chief Operating Officer said:“We are immensely proud to have partnered with BookTrust on the creation and delivery of this brand new fundraising product. BookTrust had the initial idea around wearing pyjamas for the day as a way of generating income whilst raising awareness of the benefits of reading to children at bedtime. They challenged us to explore this notion and turn it into a viable fundraising product. It’s a beautifully honest proposition and together we’ve created a beautifully honest campaign to reflect it.”Gemma Malley, Director of Communications & Development at BookTrust commented: Advertisement 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 Tagged with: fundraising events BookTrust has launched Pyjamarama: a new national fundraising campaign that asks people to raise funds by wearing their pyjamas for a day, to help it ensure more children get a bedtime story.The campaign is the charity’s first major fundraising activity. The inaugural event took place on 7 June in schools and workplaces across the UK, and starred some of the world’s biggest children’s book characters: Matilda, Horrid Henry, Tracy Beaker, and Ben and Holly. It asked people to donate £1 to wear their pyjamas and join in some fun activities, and saw more than 7,000 sign ups including schools, individuals and over 500 businesses: double its original target for registrations.Pyjamarama’s objective is two-fold: to drive long-term predictable income for BookTrust with year-on-year growth potential, and to help raise awareness of the pleasure and behavioural benefits of reading to children at bedtime.The charity chose Killer Creative to develop its initial idea for the activity based on the agency’s work on mass participation events including CRUK’s Dryathlon, BHF’s DeChox and the London Landmarks Half Marathon.  402 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Melanie May | 20 June 2019 | Newslast_img read more

Former mayor acquitted again of ordering journalist’s murder

first_imgNews News to go further RSF_en News Luis Valdez Villacorta, the former mayor of Pucallpa (the capital of the east-central region of Ucayali), has been acquitted for the second time of masterminding the murder of radio Frecuencia Oriental journalist Alberto Rivera Fernández in Pucallpa on 21 April 2004. Valdez was acquitted on 8 February by a Lima criminal court at the end of a controversial trial marked by irregularities. The court said it “did not find sufficient evidence” to link him to Rivera’s murder. The court also acquitted Solio Ramírez Garay, a former Pucallpa official, on the same charge.Rivera’s family has accused the court of ignoring evidence presented during the trial. Carlos Rivera, the family’s lawyer, said no account was taken of the fact that the victim was murdered in connection with his work as a journalist. He added that the family would appeal against the acquittal.Alberto Rivera was gunned down shortly after accusing Valdez on the air of being involved in drug trafficking. The alleged hit men were arrested and convicted of carrying out the killing. Their statements pointed to Mayor Valdez as the person who ordered the murder. However, the court ruled that their statements were “contradictory” while at the same time it accepted as “reasonable” the claim that several news media had waged a campaign to discredit the mayor and “make him appear to be a drug trafficker.” Valdez was previously cleared in November 2007 of ordering the killing, but his acquittal was quashed by Peru’s supreme court, which ordered a retrial. Reporters Without Borders regards the latest acquittal as a grave development that could leave Rivera’s murder unpunished. It therefore supports the family’s call for it to be overturned.Valdez meanwhile continues to be held in Lima’s Castro Castro prison in connection with a charge of money-laundering. However, he could be released soon as other people facing the same charge have also been freed. The need for justice is urgent. Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information PeruAmericas February 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former mayor acquitted again of ordering journalist’s murder Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites PeruAmericas December 4, 2019 Find out more News April 1, 2020 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Follow the news on Peru Photo : Crónica Viva February 10, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

FHA Announces New Deputy Assistant Secretary

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Goldman Sachs: New IPOs Require Diversity Next: ‘Burdensome’ Laws, Regulations Impacting Housing Growth The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHA Announces New Deputy Assistant Secretary Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced Joseph Gormley as its new Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Single-Family Housing, effective January 21. Gormley has held several positions at both the FHA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 2017. He most recently served as the Chief of Staff to Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery, where he served as the principal advisor to the FHA Commissioner and other senior HUD leaders. He previously served as the AVP and Regulatory Counsel at the Independent Community Bankers of America, where he was the policy lead on legal and regulatory issues, including consumer financial protection laws. This position was filled previously by Gisele Roget, who announced her departure from HUD in November 2019. Roget left to become the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations at the National Credit Union Administration.In December, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking approved Montgomery’s nomination as HUD’s new Deputy Secretary. Montgomery was approved by a final vote of 20-5.  His nomination will now move on to the Senate for approval.Montgomery was nominated for the position by HUD in October. He has served as HUD’s Assistant Secretary and managed the day-to-day operations of the agency and assist the Secretary in leading the department’s nearly 8,000 employees. He is also the Commissioner of the Federal Housing Agency.Montgomery said during the nomination hearing in October that he would continue to run the Federal Housing Agency until a replacement is named. He served as FHA Commissioner from 2005 to January 2009 and stepped back into the role in May 2018. Share Savecenter_img About Author: Mike Albanese Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. January 24, 2020 1,194 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago FHA Announces New Deputy Assistant Secretary Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: FHA  Print This Post FHA 2020-01-24 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Bus hijacker leads police on chase, killed in shootout with officers

first_imgChiccoDodiFC/iStock(RICHARDSON, Texas) — Police shot and killed a man who allegedly opened fire inside a public transportation bus, hijacked the vehicle with people inside and engaged in a firefight with officers.The incident began on Sunday around 11 a.m. in Richardson, Texas, just north of Dallas, when the suspect allegedly entered the DART bus and fired shots, shattering several windows, according to police. The alleged gunman, who has not been identified, then ordered the bus operator to move, police said.There was one other passenger inside the bus during the incident. The bus drove through several neighborhoods on the President George Bush Turnpike including Garland, Rowlett and Rockwall, and officers engaged the suspect at multiple locations, police said.“You could not have asked for a worse situation,” Pedro Barineau, a spokesman for Garland police, told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA-TV.The suspect allegedly shot a Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department officer and Garland Police Department member during the chase, but their injuries were non-life threatening, according to police. Police told WFAA that the suspect also hit a patrol car during the chase.Officers then set up spikes on the road in Rowlett, which forced the bus to stop on the northbound PGBT between State Highway 66 and Liberty Grove, police said.The suspect allegedly exited the bus, began a shootout with cops and was shot dead, according to police. The driver and the other hostage were not hurt, police said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lifestyle offers keep workforce happy

first_imgLifestyle offers keep workforce happyOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Africa seems largely untouched by the current economic slump, at least asfar as recruitment and retention go. Some companies provide benefits such asstaff hospitals and schools for the children of employees, reports Alan HoskingThe global economic slowdown has not affected staff recruitment or retentionin Tanzania – at least not as far as John Aclan, managing director of De Beersdiamond mine in Tanzania, is concerned: “When I advertise for staff I getkilled in the rush,” is how he bluntly puts it. When recruiting local nationals in Africa, the law of supply and demandallows employers to be highly selective. There are simply more people thanjobs. When Aclan assumed responsibility for the mine, he had to reduce itsstaff from around 1,400 to just fewer than 500 to ensure the operation’s costeffectiveness. Such actions put the balance of power in the employer’s hands, which meanslocal nationals can be recruited quite cheaply. But ‘cheap’ is a relative term.Because of inherited employment practices that are rooted in paternalism, Aclanprovides a full range of benefits to local employees which include a school fortheir children and a fully functioning hospital for staff and their families. The lack of good healthcare and other infrastructures in Africa has led mostlarge multinational employers to provide such facilities for their staff. Thecoin has two sides: one involves social responsibility and good corporatecitizenship, and the other is a business imperative to ensure a workforce’shealth and well-being, enabling the company to meet its production targets. A substantial skills gap typically exists between local and expatriateemployees, therefore recruitment and retention practices differ for the twogroups. Expats in Africa are attracted not only by financial rewards but alsoby lifestyle factors, enhanced for most with a ‘six weeks on, two weeks off’clause in their contracts. South Africans are particularly keen to work elsewhere in Africa as they canearn US dollars and adjust to life fairly easily in an African country for atwo-year contract. Locals, on the other hand, are attracted simply by theopportunity to earn a living. Locals fall into one of three categories: Unskilled (the majority); thosewho have a few basic skills acquired from local job experience; and those whohave been fortunate enough to have been educated elsewhere, such as in the UK,US or South Africa, and who have also gained working experience in a developedcountry. Highly skilled locals are attractive to employers because of their expertiseand knowledge of local customs, cultures and languages, and are therefore morelikely to have greater job mobility. Unskilled and semi-skilled locals dependheavily on their employers, and are less likely to have job mobility. In Africa’s more remote locations, employers provide considerableinfrastructure, such as schools and hospitals for their employees, so theconcept of ‘one job for life’ is not too unrealistic – at least for locals. When Aclan first took over the De Beers mine he also found himselfresponsible for running much of the town in which his employees lived. He tooksteps to privatise shops, for instance, and other measures to encourageentrepreneurial activity. Statistics from a 2001 economic survey in Kenya indicate that the domesticeconomy’s poor performance in 2000 adversely affected employment creation inall sectors. In such an environment, HR directors are not under pressure tofocus on retention strategies. Locals in Kenya face further grim prospects in the wake of the globaleconomic situation, restructuring initiatives in both the private and publicsector as well as businesses downsizing or even closing. As a result, localworkers will take what little work there is. Thousands of university graduateswith what are referred to as ‘baroque degree certificates’ who cannot beabsorbed into the severely constrained job market are also roaming the streetsin search of any kind of work. These ‘baroque’ qualifications are often awardedin obscure and out-of-date fields, and are effectively useless in today’sbusiness world. A much-discussed trend in the Middle East involves the targeting of certainnationalities to fill specific job categories. In a region where there is stilla strong demand for suitably qualified IT professionals, recruiting andretaining them appears to be a science of its own because of the complex andheterogeneous information contained in systems being built. The IT recruitmentindustry apparently refers to such hard-to-find people as ‘purple squirrels’. The trend to recruit from specific nationalities is based on severalfactors: – because different countries use particular software which makes it easierfor nationals from that country to operate a company’s systems – for communication reasons – where specific language skills such as Frenchor Arabic are required – for financial reasons – in that people from the west are inclined to bemore expensive than their counterparts from the east – because the company may already be employing a large number of nationalsfrom a particular country who may resent nationals from another country beingtaken on. With regard to retention in the Middle East, the main reason given by ITprofessionals for remaining with a company was the opportunity to take part in‘interesting, challenging and experience-gaining projects that have concretegoals’. Pay depends a lot on a company’s size. Two people from different companieswho have the same responsibilities could easily have very different packages ifone is employed in a government or multinational organisation and the other ina small- or medium-sized business. According to Arnett and Associates, the ‘menu’ approach to expatremuneration packages that can include a long list of allowances and benefits,even to the point of compensating an expat for money lost in the sale of thefamily car, is changing. Pressure to reduce costs has resulted in expatriates being allocated a sumof money that can be used in whatever way the expat feels appropriate. This hasshifted the contracts away from the ‘don’t worry, we’ll take care ofeverything’ approach to ‘you’re going to have to play your part in making thisa success’. Further legal Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Government to close loophole over ‘controlling mind’

first_imgThe Government has announced its intention to close the legal loophole thatallows large employers to escape conviction for killing workers. The law on involuntary or ‘gross negligence’ manslaughter has been made byjudges in such a way that convictions can only be secured where the prosecutioncan identify an individual “controlling mind” responsible fororganisational failings that led to the death. This has proved so difficult, given the complex network of responsibilitiesin large organisations, that only three companies – all of them small – haveever been found guilty. The Government intends to legislate so it is enough to show deaths were theresult of a “management failure” which constituted conduct falling”far below” what could reasonably be expected of an undertaking inthe circumstances. Home secretary David Blunkett said a timetable for the legislation andresults of a regulatory impact assessment would be available by autumn. Employers’ bodies welcomed the Government’s decision to tone down its originalproposals – particularly those which would have allowed individual directors ormanagers to be held personally liable for deaths. But other commentators have expressed concern about aspects of thelegislation. David Bergman, director of the Centre for Corporate Accountability,criticised the Government’s intention to judge the severity of manage-mentfailures by reference to standards in that particular industry – whether or notthose standards were acceptable. Corporate killing – the proposed law– Prosecutions could be brought where a management failure hadresulted in one or more deaths and that failure constituted conduct falling farbelow what could reasonably be expected of an organisation in thosecircumstances– A management failure means the way in which activities aremanaged or organised fails to ensure the health and safety of those employedin, or affected by, those activities– Such a failure would be regarded as the underlying cause,even if the immediate cause (such as missing a red train signal) was down to anindividual – It would not cover very minor acts or omissions but”substantial and operating” causes including widespread negligence ofhealth and safety requirements – It would not be necessary to show risk of death was obvious – It should apply to all organisations, not just corporatebodies– Action could be taken against parent or other group companiesif it could be shown their management failures were cause of death Comments are closed. Government to close loophole over ‘controlling mind’On 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Comment on Agency recruitment is not dying. It’s growing! by Adam Gordon

first_img Ok so if we’re agreed a chunk of traditional rec agency work’s gone (probably forever) where’s this growth coming from? Read full article Comment on Agency recruitment is not dying. It’s growing! by Adam GordonShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

Reflection in Solidarity with the African-American Community In Response to the…

first_imgAaron MorrillWendy Paul Samuel PottChristine Wyble Nimbus Dance Board of DirectorsJennifer Morrill – PresidentMark Censits – Vice PresidentHali Epstein – SecretaryMadeleine Giansanti Cag – Treasurer Ning HolmesHannah Kwon •     •     • Stephanie DanielsReinfred Forson Over recent weeks, and in recent years, we have witnessed instances of brutal murder of African-Americans by white men, some of whom were in positions of authority. These killings, only the most recent in a long legacy of brutality that has defined the most basic underpinnings of our nation, have provoked intense anger, sadness, and desperation throughout the country. These instances of violence on African-Americans have occurred in the midst of a global pandemic that is laying bare vast discrepancies in access to healthcare, in financial stability, employment, housing, and education. The time is now to focus on rectifying past and present injustice, identifying prejudice and bias – both overt and inherent/unconscious, and envisioning and working towards a future of peace, justice and equality.     The killing and violence enacted on African-Americans must stop. Our society must end the incessant racism and violence. We stand in solidarity with the African-American members of our company, staff, board, school families, audience members, and community members, in demanding change.     We acknowledge that our organization operates within a system of inequity where privileged status is granted, consciously or unconsciously, to white people, to upper socioeconomic status, to hetero-normative gender identity, and to other divisive classifications. We are proud that Nimbus’ mission and foundation are based in inclusivity and access to the arts. This Spring Nimbus pledged $100,000 in scholarship funds to support Jersey City youth from every socioeconomic background to participate in the arts.     But we know we all can do more. So much of our work as artists and arts educators hinges on empathy, respect, and communication across difference. This allows the essential safe space for learning, collaboration, curiosity and creativity. This work is ongoing and as much as we promote inquiry among others – audiences, students, community members – we must be willing to turn the mirror on our own practices and perspectives. For honest equitable dialogue, we must identify and address our own pervasive and insidious biases, prejudices, racism and sexism.     At Nimbus we are invested in equality and equity. We are proud of what our organization has been able to accomplish through the committed work of our diverse staff, board and company of dancers, arm in arm with the Jersey City community, one of the most diverse in the nation. For Nimbus, the diverse makeup of our organization and community is essential to who we are and the future we are working towards. We pledge to continue to employ the arts as a common ground for authentic communication and expression, across racial, cultural and economic differences.During this time of turbulence across the country and world, let us find strength to bring about justice and peace.In love and solidarity,    Nimbus Stafflast_img read more

Draft Budget Calls for Decrease in School Tax Rate

first_imgOcean City High SchoolA preliminary draft of the Ocean City School District budget for 2015-16 anticipates a small cut in the tax rate for Ocean City property owners.The Ocean City Board of Education on Wednesday saw an outline of a proposed budget that will ask for the exactly same amount of money from taxpayers — $21,965,332 — that it did in the 2014-15 budget. But because the total value of taxable real estate increased this year (Ocean City’s ratable base climbed to about $11.3 billion), Ocean City’s tax rate would fall by one-third of a penny.The owner of a $500,000 home would expect to pay about $16.54 less in school taxes, if the budget were approved as is.The full budget detail will be introduced to the board on March 18, and a public hearing and vote on a final budget is expected to take place April 29.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________Salaries and benefits account for about $31.8 million of the overall $40.5 million budget, and that figure remains flat compared to last year, with planned retirements offsetting contractual increases, according to interim Business Administrator Mark Ritter.School Choice Aid also is expected to remain flat at about $2.3 million. There will be no expansion of the program that allows out-of-district students to attend Ocean City schools with the state paying the tuition.Tuition rates paid by sending districts in Upper Township, Sea Isle City and Longport will increase slightly at the high school level — from $14,957 to $15,537 — under the draft budget.At the same time, the city government recently introduced a municipal budget that calls for only a 1.32 percent increase to the tax rate. City taxes, school taxes and county taxes make up the overall tax bill.last_img read more