Volunteer groups recognised with Queen’s Award

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 June 2011 | News Tagged with: Awards Volunteering 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. Volunteer groups recognised with Queen’s Award The winners of this year’s The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service have been announced: 130 volunteering groups have been awarded with “the MBE for groups of volunteers” for their excellent work in the local community.The winning groups include a London-based children’s performing arts mentoring programme, a Fife museum conserving historic boats and the history of Scotland’s fishing industry, and a scheme helping the long-term unemployed in Glastonbury find work and education opportunities.Members of the public nominated 413 groups for the Award, which is overseen by the Office for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said: “Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service helps all of us recognise the benefits those winning groups bring to others’ lives, while celebrating their achievements.”Winners will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants in the counties at special ceremonies arranged by the Lieutenancy offices. Groups have also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the summer.The annual Award was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Over 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received the Award.www.direct.gov.uk/qavs  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Censorship catching up with Bianet, RSF’s partner in Turkey

first_img Receive email alerts August 6, 2019 Censorship catching up with Bianet, RSF’s partner in Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeInternetJudicial harassment News RSF_en News to go further Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unreservedly condemns the persecution of its Turkish partner, the news and information website Bianet, which is about to be blocked. The Turkish authorities must rescind this arbitrary and draconian decision at once, RSF said.Censorship seems to have finally caught up with this leading source of information about human right violations in Turkey, as its blocking is reportedly imminent under a three-week-old court decision that RSF learned about today.Bianet’s Turkish-language version is one of the several dozen websites and social network accounts that are to be blocked under an order issued by a “peace judge” in Ankara on 16 July. The order says they “threaten national security” but provides no explanation and cites no content, simply mentioning a police investigation. Other media outlets, including the left-wing news agency ETHA, are among those targeted.“Describing Bianet as a threat to national security is the height of absurdity,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s representative in Turkey. “Ever since its creation, this site has promoted peace journalism. We strongly condemn this latest act of arbitrary censorship, which contradicts promises recently made at the highest level, and we urge the authorities to rescind this draconian decision without delay.”President Erdoğan said at the end of May that, under a series of reforms that had just been submitted to parliament, it would no longer be possible to block an entire website because of a single item.Bianet has been a trailblazer in human rights journalism ever since its creation in 1997, specializing in the most sensitive subjects, including Kurdish issues, freedom of expression, violence against women and LGBTI rights. Its publications include quarterly reports by RSF’s Önderoğlu on persecution of the media in Turkey. And it has developed a training centre to promote the best journalistic practices throughout the country.Turkey’s “peace judges”, created in 2014 as part of the government’s efforts to rein in the judiciary, have been criticized by the Council of Europe for issuing poorly supported decisions against which the possibilities of recourse are limited.Bianet has successfully appealed twice to Turkey’s constitutional court against the blocking of individual articles, obtaining favourable rulings in December 2018 and April 2019. But this time it is the entire site that is being blocked – all of the approximately 200,000 articles that have been posted in the past 22 years.The already worrying situation of Turkey’s media has become critical since an abortive coup in July 2016. Many media outlets have been closed summarily, without any effective form of recourse, mass trials are being held and Turkey holds the world record for the number of professional journalists in prison. It is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeInternetJudicial harassment April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists on hunger strike in protest against press freedom violations

first_img Help by sharing this information News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News April 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists on hunger strike in protest against press freedom violations June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders supports the hunger strike that a group of journalists have been staging for the past week in protest against violations of free expression and the imprisonment of three of their colleagues. Human rights activists and opposition politicians have joined in the protest, which was launched by imprisoned newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev on 26 March.The press freedom organisation hopes the authorities will heed their call for the release of all political prisoners, including journalists. The hunger strikers are also calling on international organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe (of which a delegation is currently in Baku until 5 April) to intercede and help to put a stop to violations of free expression in Azerbaijan.“We regret that journalists have been driven to this extreme in order to draw the outside world’s attention to the constant persecution of the press and we urge the international community’s representatives to raise this issue in each of their meetings with Azerbaijani representatives and to remind them of the undertakings their country gave when it joined the Council of Europe and OSCE in 1992 and 2001.”The editor of the opposition dailies Gundalik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan, Fatullayev was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in October 2007. He began his hunger strike in his cell on 26 March to demand the reexamination of his case and to demand the release of Ganimat Zahidov, the editor of the daily Azadlig, who was sentenced to four years in prison on 7 March, and the release of Sakit Zahidov, an Azadlig reporter who was sentenced to three years in prison in October 2006.Journalists with the newspapers Yeni Musavat, Gundalik Azerbaijan and Bizim Yol are among those who have joined the hunger strike. Human rights activists such as Arzu Abdullayeva and politicians such as Liberal Party president Avaz Temrikhan and Popular Front party vice-president Fuad Mustafayev are now also on hunger strike. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

Mary shows spark of Solidarity in council debut

first_img TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook Linkedin Newly co-opted Solidarity councillor Mary Cahillane with party colleague Paul Keller.NEWLY co-opted councillor Mary Cahillane, who replaces Solidarity’s Cian Prendiville in the City North district, used her first day on the job to propose a motion on the Cervical Check scandal.Speaking at this Monday’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Cahillane announced herself with a bang as she hit out at Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for the privatising and outsourcing in the health service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A greedy, ideological decision ten years ago by Mary Harney, Health Minister in a Fianna Fáil-led coalition, has now killed 21 women in Ireland,” she declared.“The current Fine Gael Health Minister Simon Harris and the HSE continue to sell our smear tests to private laboratories abroad. Private companies’ priorities are to make profit, not to protect women’s health. The real costs of privatisation in our health service cannot be measured in euro and cents, it costs lives.“It is our duty to demand on behalf of people a free, publicly funded, properly resourced, democratically accountable health service that meets the needs of everyone and not just those who can afford it.”Following the meeting, Solidarity councillor for City East, Paul Keller welcomed Ms Cahillane’s confirmation as a councillor and warned other parties that there was “more to come”.“Mary is a trade union activist of long standing and a formidable fighter for working class people. I have been hugely impressed by her politics, energy and capability since she returned to Limerick from living and working in Belfast for many years.“She has helped organise important protests in Limerick around the Cervical Cancer scandal and, as you can see today, she’s prepared to take that fight into the council chamber,” Cllr Keller commented.Councillors took the opportunity to welcome Cllr Cahillane to County Hall this week.“Your predecessor is a tough act to follow. I wish you well,” said Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan.Also wishing her well for the remainder of the term on the Council, Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan said: “I didn’t always get on particularly well with Cllr Prendiville, but that’s politics.”Independent councillor Brigid Teefy felt it was “nice to see another female” in the council chamber. NewsPoliticsMary shows spark of Solidarity in council debutBy Alan Jacques – December 3, 2018 1245 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleLimerick goes wild for tourism campaignNext articleTen thousand names expected to go up on remembrance tree this year Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

New York Lawmakers: Mortgage Forbearance Is Not Enough

first_img April 23, 2020 1,161 Views Forbearance 2020-04-23 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago New York Lawmakers: Mortgage Forbearance Is Not Enough Previous: VP Mike Pence Addresses Industry Stakeholders on COVID-19 Response Next: Measuring Homeowner Financial Strain Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share 1Save A few New York lawmakers are proposing additional relief for homeowners who are struggling financially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the mortgage loan forbearance measures already in place through the federal and state governments are simply not enough.On Monday, State Senator Todd Kaminsky and State Senate Housing Chair Brian Kavanagh proposed a measure now endorsed by Congresswoman Kathleen Rise to essentially prolong the life of mortgage loans, adding missed payments on to the end of the loan life.Under the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, homeowners are offered three months of forbearance on federally-backed mortgage loans. New York Governor Cuomo also signed an executive order giving all homeowners in the state forbearance for 90 days.However, at the end of these 90 days or 180 days—depending on the loan type—homeowners are expected to pay all missed payments in a lump sum at their next due date.“I’m hearing from people that are dreading it,” Kaminsky said, according to an article published on WCBS 880 News Radio. “They’re saying, ‘I don’t know how this is possible if I don’t have the money now to make payments, how am I going to suddenly come up with the money when this emergency period ends and have three months’ worth of money just sitting around.’ I mean it’s ridiculous.”Instead, the proposed legislation would simply add the missing payments onto the end of the loan, extending the loan life by three months.“I’ve heard from countless homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rice said in a press release earlier this week. “During this unprecedented crisis, Long Islanders should be solely focused on keeping their families safe and healthy, not worried about losing their homes.”The three New York lawmakers wrote in an article on Newsday, “Our goal as policymakers should be to offer homeowners as many flexible options as possible to suit each individual family’s needs.”They continued, “This [proposal] allows homeowners to catch up on their payments at their convenience, without fear of foreclosure actions or damage to their credit. For many, it could be the difference between losing their homes and keeping them.”While the state senate is currently not in session, state lawmakers are pushing to vote on this and other bills aimed at helping New Yorkers weather the current crisis.Another state senator, David Carlucci, is promoting a bill aimed at preventing individuals from having to turn over their federal stimulus payments to creditors, according to a recent article from Spectrum News. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Krista F. Brock Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / New York Lawmakers: Mortgage Forbearance Is Not Enough Tagged with: Forbearance Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. last_img read more

Employer progress in absence control

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Employer progress in absence controlOn 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Most employers are making an effort to manage sickness absence, IPD research shows.Of companies with more than 2,000 employees, 91 per cent have an absence policy, according to the institute’s first sickness absence survey, published last week.The return-to-work interview was seen as a particularly useful tool, used by eight out of 10 respondents.Just under half of organisations train managers in handling absence, a third provide counselling services for staff.Other measures used include health promotion programmes, adopted by one in three employers, and rehabilitation programmes provided by a quarter. One in 10 offer staff physiotherapy sessions.A third of respondents said allowing staff to work flexibly had reduced absence.The survey of 1,684 organisations, employing just under two million people concluded that a third of sick days are taken by staff who are not genuinely ill. This accounted for three days per employee at a cost to the economy of £4bn.The survey put the average sickness rate at 9.3 days, though it was higher in larger organisations, the NHS and the food, drink and tobacco industry.However, a third of employers said their absence level has decreased in the past two years compared with one in five who said it had increased.“Organisations with poor management, low morale and increased work pressures will see employees take increasing amounts of time off as sick leave,” said Diane Sinclair, IPD adviser in employment relations. “Employers need to focus on people management and development strategies.”www.ipd.co.uklast_img read more

Born & Bread: Marriage’s Millers

first_imgMarriage’s Millers was born almost 200 years ago on a family farm and is now one of the UK’s leading suppliers of a wide range of baking flours.,Marriage’s Millers was created in 1824 by twin brothers William and Henry Marriage, who were just 17 years old when they inherited their father’s mill.The family had several mills, the main one being Broomfield Mill, in which a steam engine was installed to drive the millstones in 1836.“We’ve always had high standards for wheat. We’re in a good wheat-growing area, and we have lots of farmers who we’ve dealt with directly for generations,” says company director Hannah Marriage, part of the sixth generation of the family to work in business.William Marriage’s sons Sampson and Phillip, and Henry Marriage’s son Henry, joined the business in 1865 and, in 1899, it moved its HQ to Chelmer Mills in Chelmsford, where it remains today.The site had its own railway siding that allowed coal and grain to be delivered, and flour to be sent to London. The site has seen a number of updates, with electric power installed in 1952 to replace a steam engine, a new feed mill in 1970, and Chelmer Mill remodelled in 1998. It has a bakery on-site so it can work with customers if they want to develop new products or troubleshoot.Henry Marriage’s sons Henry and Llewellyn, and Sampson’s son Sampson Percival were the third generation to join the business, while the fourth consisted of brothers Sampson David and Steven, as well as their cousin Henry.Sampson David championed organic flour, which Marriage’s started supplying in 1986, followed by a range of artisan flours in 2012, and the expansion of its home baking flour capacity in 2013.The fifth generation of the business comprised George Marriage, who has been president of the National Association of British & Irish Millers (Nabim) for the past two years, his brother Peter and their cousin Simon.George’s daughter Hannah became the first woman in the family to join the business when she took on the role of marketing executive, becoming a company director in 2013. The sixth generation is made up of Hannah and her cousins James and Sam.Recent developments have included a Golden Wholegrain range, made from a wheat variety naturally high in fibre, and an artisan range with spelt, rye and barley flours.“We want to build on our history, retain our good reputation, quality products and personal customer service,” concludes Hannah. “We want to continue responding as the market changes in the future.”Timeline1824: Business founded by William and Henry Marriage at Broomfield Mill1891: Modern roller plant is installed at Moulsham Mill by William and Henry’s sons1899: The mill moves to newly built site Chelmer Mills1952: Electric power is installed1970: New feed mill built1986: Organic flour introduced1998: Chelmer Mill remodelled2012: An artisan flour range is launched2013: Home baking flour capacity is expandedlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Swift Technique Premieres New Music Video For Latest Single, “Reason To Be”

first_imgSwift Technique, Philadelphia’s self-described “fiery funk extravaganza,” is sprinting into their ninth year at full speed. With the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley backed by the group’s bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, and driving guitar and keys, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship, and pure feel-good fun. Plus, with their recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, Swift Technique is commanding national attention.PREMIERE: Swift Technique Defines Contemporary Funk With “Lucky Bump” Music VideoIn the last year, the nine-piece outfit’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, and hip-hop, along with their relentless showmanship including more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. The band has already made waves with the release of their single “Lucky Bump” and the Soul Train-style music video that came along with it.Recently, the band also a second single, “Reason To Be,” off their latest studio effort. Says trombone player Ian Gray, “‘Reason To Be’ is an inspirational soul anthem with vocal performances that will surely uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. Never getting too far from their roots, the tune also features the band’s signature tight horns and heavy funk-rock riffs. The message of this track can’t be denied and fits right alongside all the classic soul songs it draws influence from.”Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the new video for Swift Technique’s “Reason To Be.” You can check out the video below. You can see a list of upcoming Swift Technique tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website. Plus, keep an eye out for Swift Technique’s upcoming New Year’s and 10th anniversary plans, which will be announced in coming weeks.Upcoming Swift Technique Performances:7/28 Camden, NJ – XPonential Music Fest8/12 Fairfield, CT  – The Warehouse at FTC *8/26 Boston, MA  Rocks – On Concert Cruise10/7 King of Prussia, PA – KOP BeerFest Royale* – with Lettucelast_img read more

Portugal scrambles for virus beds; health system threatened

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — A January pandemic surge has stretched medical services in Portugal to its breaking point. By size of population, Portugal has been the worst-hit country in the world for more than a week in terms of daily new cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Portugal is now facing an alarming problem: as soon as new beds come available, they are quickly filled and more are needed. And while extra beds and new wards are relatively quick to produce, trained medical staff aren’t. Experts predict Portugal’s surge will peak only in mid-February, raising the specter of a collapse of the country’s health care system.last_img

‘Chronicles of Narnia’-themed, Lenten lecture series to begin

first_imgFor many Catholics and Christians, the final day before Lent is a time to eat as much food as possible in preparation for the fasting of Ash Wednesday. For the McGrath Institute for Church Life, however, it is the time to kick off a new lecture series, “‘Chronicles of Narnia’: A Spiritual Journey from Lent to Easter.”The first two lectures will be delivered Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. A one-credit course is being taught concurrently in order to offer students a chance to read C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” and engage in deeper conversations about the themes of the novels. Although the course is not open to the general public, everyone is permitted to attend the lectures and join the spiritual journey.Theology professor Leonard DeLorenzo — who is teaching the corresponding course — said the lecture series will provide an opportunity for people to connect and reflect.“Our idea here was to allow people to get together and take something of a literary pilgrimage during the liturgical season [of Lent],” he said. “People are invited to read along, and we bring in speakers who can draw out the theological themes [and offer] some spiritual reflection on the works that we are reading.”Theology professor David Fagerberg will be delivering the first lecture in the series, which will offer an overview of the “Chronicles,” and how Lewis came to write them. Following Fagerberg’s talk, DeLorenzo will present the second lecture focusing on the “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first novel in the series.DeLorenzo said he wants his lecture to convey the importance of being truly engaged in the story.“I have read the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ many times … but it was in the experience of reading these stories to my 5-year-old that I came to a deeper appreciation of the real treasure here, which is to be actually engaged in the story,” he said.He explained the goal of reading the texts should not be analysis, but rather immersion.“[You should] allow yourself to be drawn in and surprised. Children do that most naturally. … They don’t ask about the author’s intention [like] we adults do,” DeLorenzo said. “For us adults, there’s something really refreshing [about] allowing ourselves to be led by children into a story like this. [My lecture] is about engaging this particular story, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ in that [childlike] way.”Fagerberg echoed the importance of reading a story that was intended for children as an adult.“I was pulling material together, and Lewis says in one place that, ‘[The ‘Chronicles’] would be a bad story if it was only read by children, and a bad story if it was not read more than once,’ so I think that we are trying to bring people back to reading the ‘Chronicles’ again,” he said.Fagerberg said the importance of reading these stories during the Lenten season — as the Christlike qualities of the story’s hero, Aslan — can offer a deeper reflection on one’s image of God.“There is an exchange between Aslan and Lucy in the second chronicle … and he says, ‘Each year you grow older, you will find me bigger,’” he said. “Aslan is Christ, and as you grow older, you find Christ bigger. Most of us are stuck with a very small and childish picture of God … and that’s what [we] want to talk about … and give an opportunity to do: to encounter face-to-face the mystery of Aslan.”Recorded versions of the lectures will be available online. A full schedule of the lecture series is also available on the McGrath Institute’s website.Tags: Lent, McGrath Institute for Church Life, spirituality, The Chronicles of Narnialast_img read more