first_imgThe Charity AwardsCivil Society’s The Charity Awards take place on 7 June this year with entries having opened on 1 December. There are ten categories, which recognise exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity and include a Grantmaking & Funding category. The shortlist for this year’s awards will be announced on 9 May. Third Sector Excellence AwardsCategories for the Third Sector Excellence Awards include Charity of the Year, Fundraising Campaign, Fundraising Event, and Big Impact Award and Early bird deadline is 3 May with the final chance to enter Thursday 7 June. Winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on Thursday 20 September.  The entry fees vary according to the charity’s turnover. IoF Yorkshire and Humber Fundraising AwardsNominations for the IoF Yorkshire and Humber Fundraising Awards are now open, and ask charities to nominate a truly exceptional fundraiser or fundraising team working in the region. The deadline for nominations is 4 May, with the award ceremony taking place on the evening of the first day of the annual conference in York on 10 May.The awards are free to enter and nominations are sought for:Best NewcomerFundraiser of the YearFundraising Team of the YearFundraising Leader of the Year The IoF National Fundraising AwardsThe shortlist for the National Fundraising Awards was announced last week, with the award ceremony taking place during the National Fundraising Convention, on 2 July. The awards opened for entries in January this year, with the introduction of a new category: Best Donor Experience. Fundraising awards round up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Melanie May | 30 April 2018 | News  163 total views,  1 views today  164 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 IoF Insight in Fundraising AwardsThe Insight in Fundraising Awards celebrate excellence use of data and insight, and had an April closing date for entries. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in June. This year its awards categories were divided into three sections: Technical Expertise, Use of Insight in Fundraising Disciplines, and Insight at Work.center_img Charity Times AwardsThe Charity Times Awards celebrate best practice and close for entries on 7 June. They have a whopping 27 categories including Fundraising Team of the Year and Fundraising Technology. ONES TO WATCHNorth East Charity AwardsThe Newcastle Chronicle’s The Journal and The Gazette have just announced that they are launching the North East Charity Awards for fourth year in 2018. The Awards are designed to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by local charities and individual fundraisers, whilst also celebrating the local businesses and employees who support their work. Last year entries closed in August. Tagged with: Awards IMMINENTIoF Scottish Fundraising AwardsThe Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Scottish Fundraising Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and reward fundraising achievements across Scotland and the UK.The nomination categories for this year’s Scottish Fundraising Awards are:Fundraiser of the YearFundraising Excellence AwardBest Individual Giving CampaignBest Marketing and Communications CampaignBest Partner Relationship (Corporate, Trust or Major Donor)Best Use of Event or Community Fundraising InitiativeVoluntary Fundraising Group of the YearVolunteer Fundraiser of the YearThis year, the awards are particularly encouraging people in a senior position to consider nominating team members/colleagues for Fundraiser of the Year and the Fundraising Excellence Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5pm on the 29 June. 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. The closing dates may have passed for this year’s IoF National Awards, the IoF Insight in Fundraising Awards, and The Charity Awards, among others, but there is still a plethora of awards coming up in the fundraising calendar. Here’s a round-up of opportunities available in the next two months, as well as other awards with fundraising categories to plan for. Hays NI Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland AwardsThe Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland is calling for nominations for its annual Fundraising Awards, taking place in Belfast on Tuesday 5 June 2018.Categories:Fundraising Event of the Year.Fundraising Campaign of the Year.Fundraising Partnership of the Year.Fundraising Team of the Year.The Bryan Walliker Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.Young Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.The Hays NI Institute of Fundraising Awards are open to all individuals and fundraising teams across Northern Ireland with deadline for nominations of Friday 18 May. Winners from each category will be announced at the Hays NI IoF Northern Ireland Awards luncheon, which is being held at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid fancy De Bruyne as Hazard alternativeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are planning a move for Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Real have De Bruyne under consideration as an alternative to Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.And adding to the story, Inda says Real intend to use Isco as a makeweight in negotiations.He said, “Madrid are going to try to put Isco in the operation for Hazard or in a possible operation with De Bruyne. “In the Bernabéu they say that he is not to be sold. “(But) the hard core of the locker room is not with Isco because they consider that he is loose and out of shape. In addition, they have seen the rudeness to the coach, although they liked it when he asked for forgiveness. “Real Madrid now wants to keep things in house because it knows that he is an asset of the club and his price can drop if it affects public opinion.” last_img read more

first_imgOhio State players tackling an Army player carrying the football.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this pic.twitter.com/Arsm3ZBLaX— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.last_img read more

first_imgArrion Springs makes a big interception against Arizona State.Twitter/@EvanWebeck Those who stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. on the East Coast were rewarded by some crazy Pac-12 football. Oregon and Arizona State went to three overtimes, and were just a few yards away from making it four, when Oregon’s Arrion Springs picked off Mike Bercovici in the end zone to capture a 61-55 road win.Berco picked in the end zone. Oregon wins 61-55. pic.twitter.com/jmQFNWHqFj— Fabian Ardaya (@fardaya15) October 30, 2015INTERCEPTION. OREGON WINS! pic.twitter.com/FgmwwkgU0w— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) October 30, 2015The two teams combined for 116 points, 1,242 yards, and dozens of huge plays. While the two defenses were largely absent on Thursday night into Friday morning, it was the cornerback Springs who wound up with the game’s biggest play.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation’s massive disparities in wealth and income.The median net worth of all American families rose 16 per cent last year from 2013 to $97,300, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The median is the point where half of families fall below and half above. That’s the first gain for middle class households since the recession upended the economy nearly a decade ago.The figures echo data released earlier this month from the Census Bureau, which also showed middle-class incomes rising. Since 2015, the economic recovery’s benefits have been spread broadly, to nearly all income levels and racial and ethnic groups. But those gains arrived after the first five years of the recovery, when higher-earning households reaped most of the benefits. A low and falling unemployment rate has helped push up pay, while rising home prices have restored some wealth to middle income families.Even with the improvement, the Fed’s report, known as the Survey of Consumer Finances , starkly illustrates the depth of the nation’s wealth and income gaps. The disparities exist along lines of income, race and ethnicity, and between cities and rural dwellers.“You’re seeing a continuing pulling apart in the wealth and income data,” said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.It also points to why so many Americans remain frustrated with the economy: On many measures, most families still haven’t fully recovered from the 2008-2009 downturn. In fact, the median measures for wealth and income still trail their 2001 levels.Lael Brainard, a Fed policymaker, raised concerns in a speech Tuesday that long-running inequalities may hobble U.S. economic growth. Greater concentrations of wealth and income could slow consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity, because richer households typically save a larger proportion of a pay raise or other income gain than middle- and lower-income ones do.The Fed’s survey found that even as median net worth climbed 16 per cent, average net worth rose more quickly, by 26 per cent to $692,100. Those differences between the median and average figures mostly reflect stronger gains at the top of the income scale. Net worth includes the value of housing, stocks, mutual funds and other savings minus mortgages and other debts.Black and Hispanic families reported large wealth gains, but wealth gaps along racial lines barely narrowed. Median wealth for an African-American family was $17,600 last year, up 29 per cent from 2013. That’s a much bigger gain than the 17 per cent increase for whites.Yet median wealth for white families last year was $171,000, ten times that for blacks and roughly eight times that for Latinos.Median wealth for the richest 10 per cent of all families jumped 40 per cent in the past three years to $1.63 million.The 1 per cent richest families now hold nearly 39 per cent of U.S. wealth, up from 36.3 per cent in 2013, the Fed said. The bottom 90 per cent of families now own just 22.8 per cent of the nation’s wealth, down from 33.2 per cent in 1989.Similar patterns appear in the report’s section on incomes. Latino families reported a 15 per cent gain in median income to $38,500, while median income for African-Americans rose 10 per cent to $35,400. Median incomes for whites rose only 6 per cent, but were still much higher at $61,200.One reason more families are finally regaining some wealth is that home prices have risen steadily since 2012. Average housing wealth — the value of a home, minus mortgages and other debt — rose 20 per cent last year from 2016. That followed a slight drop in home values in the previous three years.Meanwhile, for those Americans who own stocks, the average value of their portfolios increased 23.4 per cent from 2013 to 2016. That followed an 18.2 per cent increase in the preceding three years, when average home values were falling.For the 10 per cent richest Americans, the average value of their stock holdings jumped nearly 37 per cent to $1.37 million.The Fed also broke down their measures by where families live. For families living in cities, median income increased 10 per cent, while those outside cities saw an increase of just 2 per cent.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaberlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. is investing in two contradicting areas of growing consumer demand for its bakery division — healthier baked goods and indulgent foods.Luc Mongeau, president of the food processing and grocery company’s Weston Foods bakery business, said Tuesday it is working on innovation in its artisan and alternative bread products, and recently built organic production capabilities into its Kitchener, Ont. facility.But Weston Foods is also focusing on goods of the less-healthy variety amid surging demand for products such as donuts.“We are innovating in indulgent product,” Mongeau said on a conference call discussing George Weston’s latest quarterly results. “There is a strong demand for product that delivers greater indulgence, and we are benefiting and growing in these areas with our portfolio.”The bread industry has been under pressure in recent years as consumers look for healthier or artisan versions of the food staple, while also grappling with increased competition from discount retailers.Mongeau’s comments on growing demand for certain segments came as George Weston raised its dividend and reported a first-quarter profit of $180 million. The company says it will now pay a dividend on its common shares of 49 cents per share, up from 45.5 cents.The increase came as George Weston reported its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $1.40 per diluted share. That was up from $108 million or 84 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.However, on an adjusted basis, which excludes a number of one-time items, George Weston says it earned $178 million or $1.38 per share compared with $184 million or $1.43 per share a year ago.Sales in the quarter totalled $10.74 billion, down from $10.80 billion in the same quarter last year. Weston Foods’ adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the quarter slipped to $44 million, down 27.9 per cent compared to a year earlier.Galen G. Weston, who is chairman and CEO of George Weston, said the quarter was “marked by significant headwinds.”He told analysts that Loblaw, in which George Weston is the largest shareholder, delivered solid results amid “external pressures from minimum wage and health care reform.”“Weston Foods business performance has been impacted by challenging inflationary pressures and cost relating to the transformation program,” he said.In November, George Weston launched a three-year transformation plan which includes restructuring the organization and simplifying operations.In this most recent quarter, Weston Foods recorded restructuring and other related costs of $15 million, largely related to the transformation program and the previously announced closure of an unprofitable manufacturing facility in the U.S.BMO Capital Markets analyst Peter Sklar said Weston Foods’ results were further below its estimates than expected.“While we were anticipating a deterioration in the bakery’s EBITDA in Q1/18, we were not anticipating this significant of a decline,” he said in a note to clients.George Weston said that it anticipates flat sales this year compared to 2017, with improvement in the second half of 2018 to balance out an under-performing first six months.“The second half of 2018 will need to be significantly stronger than we were previously estimating in order to achieve this,” said Sklar.George Weston has also been under pressure after its admission last year that it and its main subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd., had participated in what they say is an industry-wide arrangement to co-ordinate the price of bread for at least 14 years.Weston addressed the issue at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, telling shareholders that “there is no excuse” for what occurred, but could not comment in more detail due to the ongoing investigation by the Competition Bureau.“I believe, that when something like this happens, you must take accountability,” he said in his opening remarks. “We discovered the scheme, we reported it immediately to the authorities and have taken steps to make sure that it never happens again.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WN, TSX:L, TSX:CHP.UN)last_img read more

first_imgIDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.Officials say 10 nuclear fuel tests have gone smoothly at the Transient Reactor Test Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho since its restart late last year.It’s part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by increasing nuclear power initiated under the Obama administration and continuing under the Trump administration.Officials say the Idaho test reactor could help develop accident-tolerant fuels and more efficient nuclear plants needed to replace aging plants that produce 20 per cent of the nation’s energy.Keith Ridler, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgPutrajaya: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two leaders were speaking after annual talks Tuesday aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries, airspace management and the price of water that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news. Singapore took nearly two years to deliberate on the issue before the government unveiled a bill in parliament last week to combat fake news, he said. The law allows the government to remove online content it deems as false and includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. “This is the problem of fake news and deliberate false statement being proliferated online. It is a serious problem which confronts many countries,” Lee said at a joint news conference. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Singapore is not the only one which has taken legislation on this issue. The French has done so, the Germans have done so. The Australians have just done so, something similar and very draconian. The British are also thinking of doing this as well. So Singapore had to do this and we had a long process… finally we have this bill and it will be debated in the house and I hope eventually it will become legislation,” he said. Lee rejected criticisms from rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders which had voiced fear the law could further stifle free speech in Singapore, which already has stern laws on public protests and dissent. “They criticized many things about Singapore’s media management but what we have done have worked for Singapore. And it is our objective to continue to do things that will work for Singapore. And I think (the new law) will be a significant step forward in this regard,” he added. Mahathir, however, said his government will repeal Malaysia’s law against fake news as it promised. An earlier effort to do so was blocked by the opposition-led Senate but the government is expected to push it through again. “For us, we need to learn how to handle such fake news. When we have laws that prevent people from airing their views, then we are afraid the government may abuse the law as it has happened in the last government,” Mahathir said. “We do not want any government, whether this or succeeding governments, to make use of this law in order to tell and create fake news in order to sustain themselves. Of course it will be difficult to handle, but we believe we can accept the challenges and we can handle that.”last_img read more

first_imgGhaziabad: In a tragic incident, two youths were killed when a speeding Mahindra pickup truck rammed into their car from behind at elevated road in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on early Thursday morning. Cops said that the truck driver was arrested later in the evening as he fled the spot, leaving the truck behind, fromthe spot. According to police, the incident occurred around 5 am at Hindon elevated road when the duo of victims were travelling from Raj Nagar extension to Delhi. The deceased were identified as Akshay (24), a resident of Shalimar garden in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad and Karan (22), resident of Laxmi Nagar in delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The information was conveyed around 5:15 am by a passerby who reported the incident to police. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and took the victims to max hospital in Indirapuram where both the victims succumbed to injuries while getting treatment. Both the victims received severe head injuries in the incident” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station. The officer further said that the truck driver was later arrested from Indirapuram area in the evening while a case under relevant sections Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsof IPC has been registered against him. “Following the incident, police registered a case under sections 279 (punishment for Rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of Indian Penal Code. Police have seized the truck while the accused driver will be produced before the court and will be sent to the jail” added Singh. Police said that the accused driver has been identified as Pramod kumar (28), a native of Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. Kumar was moving towards Ghazipur area in delhi when the incident took place. Meanwhile, deceased Akshay’s uncle Pradeep Maheshwari told Millennium Post that Akshay had went to a his friend’s place in Raj Nagar area to attend a party. “Akshay’s father had also expired in a road accident around three years ago while his mother was looking after the family and was working at a private company in Noida. In February he had undergone a tuberculosis surgery and got discharged from the hospital after getting treatment. We are saddened with his demise and want strict actions to be initiated against the accused” said Maheshwari.last_img read more

first_imgWashington: Pakistan, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in its struggle against India, a former top American spymaster has said. Former CIA acting director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Pakistan has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in their struggle against India, Morell said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampbell, the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs and Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, now regularly host ‘The Tealeaves’ Podcast of the Asia Group. “What they don’t realise is that it’s impossible to keep those terrorist groups under control. And that eventually comes back to bite you. You know, I believe that Pakistan, at the end of the day, maybe the most dangerous country in the world,” Morell said. Morell who played a key role in the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden — the al-Qaeda chief and mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States — in a safe house in Pakistan, said that the population of this South Asian country is exploding, and the demographics are awful. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The economy’s going nowhere. It simply can’t provide the jobs that need to be provided for the young people who are entering the labour force. The education system is literally broken. I went to Pakistan more often than I went to any other country when I was deputy director,” he said, referring to his impression about Pakistan when he was the deputy head in the CIA during the Obama administration. There’s no wonder that many Pakistani parents send their kids to madrasa and one knows what happens to a small percentage of the kids who go there. “The extremism is growing from a societal perspective. It’s growing within the military. So, it is not impossible, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but five years from now, 10 years from now that you could have a color revolution, Arab spring style movement in the streets of Islamabad that ends up with an extremist government there with nuclear weapons. That’s what so scary,” Morell said. According to Morell, then president Barack Obama’s Pakistan policy in his first term was to get the Pakistanis to see their strategic environment in a real way. “They still see India and, I think, for foreseeable future, will see India as an existential threat to the state of Pakistan. It’s not, it’s just not. India stopped focusing on Pakistan a long time ago. They’re focusing on their economic future,” he argued. But because the Pakistanis are so obsessed with this perceived existential threat, they’ve both organised their society in order to protect themselves from that threat. So, they’ve given an immense amount of power to the military, and much less power to the civilian government, he said. “The government therefore makes choices that I don’t believe, and many people don’t believe are in the best long term interest of Pakistan. Pakistan has spent more money on nuclear weapons than they do in education. “And they use terrorism as a tool against the Indians… and then also in Afghanistan, because they fear Indian influence in Afghanistan. So they’ve created terrorist groups, right to be a tool of theirs in the struggle against India,” Morell added.last_img read more