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  • Magazine for trustees

    Magazine for trustees  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The second issue of ThirdSector Trustee has just been published by ThirdSector and NCVO.The second issue of ThirdSector Trustee has just been published by ThirdSector and NCVO. Current articles include recruiting a representative board, knowledge of financial matters, deciding the chief executive’s salary, and improving board performance.Contact Third Sector Advertisement Howard Lake | 29 January 1999 | News read more

  • On the picket line

    first_imgAll out to support Charter/Spectrum strikers!The 1,800 Charter/Spectrum workers have been on strike since March 28. Members of International Electrical Workers Local 3 have been pounding the bricks for five months all over the New York metro area. They’re fighting to continue their medical and pension plans and to stop Spectrum from blaming them for its failure to update faulty equipment and for its inflated promises to customers.To dramatize the strike, Local 3 has organized a march across the George Washington Bridge “against corporate greed and unfair labor practices” for Aug. 25. A strong showing there — particularly from the many unions that sent Local 3 solidarity messages (posted on — will go a long way to help Local 3 in its next negotiating session on Aug. 29.When it comes to corporate greed, Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge is its poster child. Forbes magazine (“The Capitalist Tool”) identified Rutledge as the highest-paid CEO in 2016, with a total compensation package worth $98 million. His base salary is currently $2 million, but he receives millions in cash bonuses and millions in stock. (Aug. 11) Economist Les Leopold estimates the wage gap between today’s CEO and the average worker is 829 to 1. (Labor Press, Aug. 17)Though Charter/Spectrum is offering the workers raises to “compensate,” it claims, for cuts in medical and pension benefits, Local 3 sees through that ruse. In the long run, higher wages won’t make up for benefit cuts, given soaring medical costs and switching from a pension plan to a 401(k), based on the Wall Street crapshoot known as the stock market. “It’s union busting — 101 — definitely,” cable tech Ayobam Ouedapo told Labor Press. Sociologist professor Chris Rhomberg agreed, saying: “The Spectrum workers are at the forefront of a battle to defend good jobs across the economy, including the right to bargain collectively. The company is benefitting from its franchise agreement with the city, and it should negotiate fairly with its workers. This is a fundamental crisis that we ignore at our peril.”At, in addition to learning more about the strike from a worker-made video, there are two ways to help the workers. Sign the petition addressed to New York City elected officials to “immediately pull Charter/Spectrum’s franchise agreement with the City of New York.” Then file a complaint against the company on the NY Public Service Commission website. For updates on the struggle, visit Court to address attack on labor legislationPro-corporate interests and Trump administration lawyers are setting their sights on an important lifeline for workers. In October, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil (an Arkansas-based transnational corporation) which, if the business side wins, could have a devastating effect on workers. The case seeks to strip us of our ability to navigate workplace disputes collectively in court. (Economic Policy Institute, Aug. 10)This could have huge implications for the class struggle. The National Labor Relations Act codifies workers’ rights to act collectively, guaranteeing workers the right to stand together for “mutual aid and protection” when seeking to improve wages and working conditions, and that includes actions in court. However, corporate interests are arguing, bolstered by the business-friendly government tide, that workers should be forced to sign arbitration agreements. According to the EPI, that would force every single worker to hire their own private lawyer and navigate the legal process alone! If the Supreme Court rules against this case, it could have devastating effects for all U.S. workers. Stay tuned.Teachers reach agreement with D.C. Public SchoolsAfter five years of struggle, the Washington Teachers Union (American Federation of Teachers Local 6) has finally gotten District of Columbia Public Schools to negotiate a tentative contract. In a statement on the local’s website, President Elizabeth A. Davis urged its 5,000 active members to vote yes on the deal, which includes 9 percent raises over the course of the three-year contract, upgraded benefits and more say in the workplace. The agreement is retroactive to last October. Not every victory was won, Davis admitted, but the local fought to secure a much-deserved raise before the upcoming school year. Last year, teachers took to the streets to protest stalled union negotiations under the school board’s failing misleadership. (Washington Post, Aug. 14) Lesson learned: Direct action and input from passionate unionists brought the gains this contract offers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • United we stand for Hungary and the European Union

    first_img Follow the news on Hungary Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Receive email alerts News Members of the European Parliament will have to make a key choice for Europe’s future on 12 September, between ensuring respect for European values or allowing the Hungarian government to flout them and letting other European Union member states take the same road. Together with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Open Society European Policy Institute and other Hungarian and European NGOs, RSF calls on MEPs to vote “yes” to defend European values, especially respect for human rights, the rule of law and press freedom. Campaigns June 2, 2021 Find out more HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies September 7, 2018 – Updated on September 10, 2018 United we stand for Hungary and the European Union to go furthercenter_img Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Help by sharing this information February 10, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site May 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Government shuts down radio station following presidential threats against media

    first_img Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more UgandaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today called on the Uganda authorities to rescind the Broadcasting Council’s suspension yesterday of privately-owned radio station KFM’s licence for allegedly failing to respect minimum broadcasting standards. “Silencing a radio station is a serious action that aggravates problems rather than resolving them,” the press freedom organisation said. Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election RSF_en August 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government shuts down radio station following presidential threats against media January 13, 2021 Find out more Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges News Follow the news on Uganda Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called on the Uganda authorities to rescind the Broadcasting Council’s suspension yesterday of privately-owned radio station KFM’s licence for allegedly failing to respect minimum broadcasting standards.”Silencing a radio station is a serious action that aggravates problems rather than resolving them,” the press freedom organisation said. “Regardless of the charges against a news media or the gravity of the political context, we call on the body that regulates Uganda’s broadcast media to put dialogue before repression and to give journalists a chance to express their views before pronouncing sanctions.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Clearly issued under the impact of President Yoweri Museveni’s threatening comments against the media, this ban on KFM is an extraordinary punitive measure and worries us, and we call on the president to realise that such authoritarian measures undermine democracies.”In its letter yesterday announcing the suspension of KFM’s licence, the Broadcasting Council did not say how long the suspension would last, indicating that this would depend on the outcome of its investigation. The station belongs to the Kenya-based Nation Media Group.The news agency Reuters quoted information minister Nsaba Buturo as saying the decision was prompted by a programme broadcast on 10 August “that did not meet the minimum broadcasting standards as they are enshrined in our laws.”He was alluding to a discussion programme called “Tonight With Andrew Mwenda Live” in which speakers referred to President Museveni’s threats the day before to close down any news media that acted like “vultures” and “play around with regional security.”The death of former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang when the Uganda presidential helicopter he was travelling in crashed on 31 July, three weeks after he was sworn in as Sudan’s vice-president, caused a stir in Uganda, which declared three days of mourning. Since then the Ugandan media have been abuzz with speculation and conspiracy theories ranging from terrorism and sabotage to an act of war by a foreign army. Even Museveni did not rule out that the crash was “perhaps not” an accident.The Daily Monitor, which also belongs to the Nation Media Group, protested against KFM’s closure in an editorial today. “We are not infallible and as a responsible media house we are open to suggestions and open to improvement,” the editorial said. Stressing support for national and regional security, it called on Museveni to respect the constitution and called on the Broadcasting Council to target its sanctions. “Instead of closing the radio station, the Council could have suspended the ‘offending’ programme and initiated talks with the management over acceptable standards,” the editorial concluded. March 12, 2021 Find out more Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily News News News to go further UgandaAfrica last_img read more

  • HR driving performance with pre-season tune-up

    first_img“It is not just the cars that need preparing for theseason, it’s essential that the whole race team is focused on the same goal andis fully formed ahead of the first Grands Prix in Melbourne,” saidMarsden. Comments are closed. Activities were designed to bring the two cultures togetherand included an assembly exercise and an opinion poll to gauge team morale. HR driving performance with pre-season tune-upOn 25 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today The HR director at Formula One racing outfit BAR organised aSpanish pre-season tune-up for the team to ensure they hit the track at fullspeed.center_img Previous Article Next Article John Marsden said the 70-strong team (including driverJenson Button, pictured) and 25 engineers from engine supplier Honda, attendeda team-building event by specialist coaching firm Performance First Limited inValencia to ensure that British and Japanese members of the team bonded andperformed to their maximum potential. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

  • Diversity and species distribution of polychaetes, isopods and bivalves in the Atlantic sector of the deep Southern Ocean

    first_imgWe examined deep-sea benthic data on polychaetes, isopods and bivalves from the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Samples were taken during the expeditions EASIZ II (1998), ANDEEP I and II (2002) (depth: 742–6,348 m). The range between sites varies from 3 to 1,900 km. Polychaetes (175 species in total) and isopods (383 species) had a high proportion of species restricted to one or two sites (72 and 70%, respectively). Bivalves (46 species) had a higher proportion of species represented at more sites. Beta diversity (Whittaker and Jaccard) was higher for polychaetes and isopods than for bivalves. The impact of depth on species richness was not consistent among groups; polychaetes showed a negative relationship to depth, isopods displayed highest richness in the middle depth range (2,000–4,000 m), whereas bivalves showed no clear relationship to depth. Species richness was not related to latitude (58–74°S) or longitude (22–60°W) for any group.last_img read more

  • Principal Solar, INC. to acquire Zona Energy

    first_img Principal Solar, INC. to acquire Zona Energy. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. PRINCIPAL SOLAR, INC. (OTCPINK: PSWW) the “Company” or “PSWW” today announced that it has signed a binding term sheet to acquire Dallas-based Zona Energy, Inc. in a reverse triangular merger transaction, subject to FINRA approval, targeted to close in the 4th quarter of 2019 or early 2020.The binding term sheet, which is subject to the execution of a definitive agreement, shareholder approval, and FINRA approval, outlines many conditions to closing including: amendment of the PSWW Certificate of Incorporation to increase authorized shares to 300,000,000 with 2,000,000 shares designated as preferred and 298,000,000 designated as common; the execution by PSWW of a purchase and sale agreement with an affiliate of Zona Energy, Inc. for the purchase of various oil and gas working interests in approximately 15,000-20,000 acres surrounding the current Zona acreage position to create a large contiguous Zona block of 20,000 to 25,000 acres with a targeted closing prior to December 31, 2019; a name change of PSWW, symbol change, and new CUSIP number; amendment by PSWW of its certificate of incorporation to provide for a reverse split of 10 to 1; and the filing by PSWW of appropriate articles of merger between its newly formed subsidiary and Zona Energy, Inc. whereby Zona becomes a wholly owned sub of PSWW.  As a result of the merger, and post-reverse split, current Zona shareholders will receive 1 share of PSWW for each share of Zona held.  No assurances can be provided that the merger transaction and the accompanying conditions will be completed or close timely.The following information was provided by Zona Energy, Inc. and is based on representations of the management of Zona Energy, Inc.: Zona Energy, Inc. is focused on a generational opportunity in the independent oil and natural gas industry in the Permian Basin in West Texas. This basin, which is one of the major producing basins in the United States and the World, is characterized by an extensive production history, a favorable operating environment, mature infrastructure, long reserve life, multiple producing horizons, enhanced recovery potential and many operators.  Zona began operations in April 2018 with the acquisition of various oil and gas working interests in 3,915 net acres in the Delaware Basin of the Permian Basin in Pecos County, Texas. Zona has a zero-debt corporate philosophy and has internally financed its operations to date.  Zona functions as a lease-bank and sees debt-free acreage positions and data aggregation relating to such positions as capital to be deployed.  Zona controls its acreage positions with a cost basis it believes to be lower than any other oil and gas company. It avoids the risks implicit in the exploration, production, transportation, refining and marketing of hydrocarbons by monetizing the acreage by acting as a lease bank.  Zona does not engage in traditional energy exploration activities, is not a producer of hydrocarbons, is not an operator of hydrocarbon producing properties, is not a transporter of hydrocarbons, is not a marketer of hydrocarbons, nor is it a refiner of hydrocarbons.The Zona business model is to sell working interests in leasehold positions at significant profits through Zona provided seller-financing to unrelated companies or limited partnerships controlled by reputable operators who otherwise would not have access to prime acreage positions and who have expertise and experience with different formations and drilling environments in the Zona acreage positions.  These third parties fund the drilling of wells.  Zona tailors the seller financing to these companies or partnerships in such a manner as to ensure their investors’ return of capital, while entitling Zona to earn substantial revenue from gains on acreage sales, interest income, loan fee income, and revenue share in the form of profit participation in each well drilled, for the life of the well.  Zona does not carry the income statement burden and expense of drilling and production nor the balance sheet debt seen by typical exploration companies.  Zona does not require large staff to conduct their business, and instead outsources most, if not all services they require.PSWW was originally created as a solar power company to build and operate utility-scale projects. Source: Company Press Release Zona Energy, Inc. is focused on a generational opportunity in the independent oil and natural gas industry in the Permian Basin in West Texaslast_img read more

  • Dominic Raab quits as housing minister after seven months in role to become Brexit secretary

    first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Dominic Raab quits as housing minister after seven months in role to become Brexit secretary previous nextHousing MarketDominic Raab quits as housing minister after seven months in role to become Brexit secretaryProminent anti-EU and Brexiteer bruiser has followed a predictable political path into and out of the property sector – a short one.Nigel Lewis9th July 201802,290 Views Housing minister Dominic Raab is the latest short-lived incumbent in the role at the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government after he today replaced David Davis as Brexit secretary.Raab, who joined the DHCLG barely seven months ago in January this year, is a prominent and combative Brexiteer unafraid to criticise those who displease him in public.He is also a contentious but pragmatic choice for Theresa May. Michael Gove (left), who is another key Brexiteer within the Conservative party, had been tipped to replace Davis.44-year-old Raab’s most memorable contributions to the housing sector have been a few speeches and a claim earlier this year that immigration has helped increase house prices by 20% over the past 25 years, a claim his own ministry later distanced itself from.Raab’s remit at the DHCLG was a wide one, but a lot of his effort and time has been spent concentrating on managing the Grenfell Tower recovery programme and reforming the social housing sector.His opening remarks at last week’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference in London began with a joke that now seems prophetic, if not altogether not amusing for estate agents weary of the housing minister revolving door.“We seem to get through ministers almost as quickly as England get through football managers, although the current one is not doing too badly,” he quipped.No doubt civil servants were hoping that Raab was going to stick around – his boss Sajid Javid only left ten weeks ago to take up the reins as Home Secretary.“Housing has become the poor relation in British politics, a ministerial post that should have a well-oiled revolving door attached to the position,” says Russell Quirk, CEO of Emoov (below).“We are in the midst of a housing crisis – a deficit of 100,000 new homes each year and acute unaffordability, whereby first-time buyers will soon celebrate their 40th birthday before being able to buy a home.“We need consistency in the Government where the housing brief is concerned and it must be a proper cabinet position, not a junior role relegated to the corridors of Whitehall.”Brexit david davis dominic raab July 9, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

  • UK, US Navies Join in Pirate Role Play

    first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Indian Ocean Authorities View post tag: IMCMEX Royal Navy Sailors and Marines practised taking down pirates in the Indian Ocean.Plymouth-based HMS Bulwark and Portsmouth-based HM Ships Chiddingfold and Penzance, as well as Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, have been training with the US Navy’s minehunters USS Dexterous and USS Devastator.It was all part of the ongoing International Mine Counter Measures Exercise (IMCMEX) which takes place over two weeks every 18 months in the Middle East.A key element of the exercise was maritime security training, enabling ships to practise procedures such as defending commercial shipping and carrying out board and search operations.Royal Marines from 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (4ASRM), embarked in HMS Bulwark, played the role of pirates making use of Bulwark’s landing craft and sea boats to threaten the minehunters involved in mine clearance and to harass the task group.One of the boats also posed as a civilian yacht to ensure the military reaction was tempered.Captain Theo Hogg of the Royal Marines, said:The idea was for the minehunters to notice that one craft was no threat and just had inquisitive civilians onboard, who, as per real life, will often come in close and ignore warnings so they can get a good photo.The second craft, on the other hand, arrived from a different direction with weapons manned and approached at speed. The crew did incredibly well, recognising the threat posed by the pirates and taking the correct actions to protect their ship from the incoming danger.Following successful completion of the minehunting operations, HMS Bulwark shifted roles to act as a merchant vessel, giving the US Navy guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Gridley an opportunity to practise the skills necessary to protect commercial shipping from pirate attacks.The exercise began with scenes reminiscent of Hollywood blockbuster Captain Phillips, with a distress call from the ‘MV Bulwark’ requesting assistance after suspicious boats attacked and tried to gain entry to the merchant vessel.The suspected pirates were driven off by the US Navy destroyers before the US Navy’s boarding teams searched the merchant vessel to ensure that no pirates were onboard.At the end of the exercise, HMS Bulwark and USS Gridley joined the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland and the US Navy’s destroyer USS Dewey in the Gulf of Aden.Press release, Image: UK Navy View post tag: News by topic November 18, 2014 View post tag: US View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: middle east Share this article View post tag: Navies Back to overview,Home naval-today UK, US Navies Join in Pirate Role Play View post tag: Role Play UK, US Navies Join in Pirate Role Play View post tag: UK View post tag: Join Pirate View post tag: americaslast_img read more

  • Somerville Choir to tour India

    first_imgOn the 10th of December Somerville College Choir will leave for Goa and Mumbai, working in partnership with charities Songbound and the Karta Initiative to teach classical songs and carols to disadvantaged children.The 30 students will also hold an exclusive performance for local children around the country, as well as performing at the TATA Theatre in Mumbai’s National Centre for Performing Arts, making them the first Oxford University student choir to perform in India.On their trip, Somerville students and tutors will take part in university-related workshops organised by the Karta Initiative, a charity that aims to encourage disadvantaged students from developing economies to apply to top universities.Speaking to Cherwell, the chapel’s director of music, William Dawes, said: “We are really looking forward to meeting the children that the Karta Initiative is working with, to give them a glimpse of the Western choral tradition and some insight into life at Oxford.“By closing the distance between them and our university, I hope that the Karta children will be encouraged in their ambitions: whether that means applying to Oxford – we do offer a range of scholarships for Indian students – or seizing opportunities closer to home.“I want our singers to return to Oxford mindful of the incredible opportunities that they have had so far and inspired by what outreach work can achieve.”The Somerville Choir has attempted to raise donations for the trip in a number of ways, for example, organising a “24-Hour Music Marathon” concert from 12th-13th October and setting up a crowdfunding page, with donor rewards including a selection of photos from the India tour, a conducting lesson taught by Dawes and a choir concert exclusively dedicated to anyone pledging £5000 or more. Their efforts succeeded in raising almost £11,700 from 96 backers.The Choir will perform in three venues in India from 13th-15th December and are set to return on the 18th.Updated 6/12: The Choir managed to secure the funding from Somerville JCR, so the referendum did not need to take place.last_img read more