Getting Brexit done may mean more space to push other issues up agenda, finds NCVO

first_img 246 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: NCVO research AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Pressure on funding will continue and charities will need to carry on navigating changes in the political landscape as the country moves into the next phase of its exit from the EU. However, there may be more space to push other issues up the political agenda, according to a new report from NCVO.Published today (27 January), The Road Ahead 2020 provides NCVO’s annual analysis of the pressures facing the charity sector in the next 12 months. While it says Brexit will continue to consume substantial government resources as the country moves into the transition period, charities may now find they have more political space in which to campaign for social change, although progress could be slow.The report also warns that the UK’s economic circumstances are likely to remain deeply uncertain with key areas of charity activity – including poverty relief, social care provision, homelessness support and welfare reform – remaining in high demand.However, Extinction Rebellion and other decentralised movements provide one potential model for securing support and engagement from the next generation of volunteers, with the report suggesting that charities may look to learn from emerging models driven by younger donors and volunteers who are engaged by the cause but agnostic about the sector delivering it.Using a PEST analysis to outline the different drivers in society and politics and their likely impact on charities, The Road Ahead 2020 also looks at the opportunity for charities to be influential local voices as the political focus moves to ‘left behind’ towns and cities, the digital future for charities, and the future of fundraising.Sarah Vibert, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO, said:“While we must not underestimate the continued challenges Brexit and the economy will pose for charities over the next 12 months, I am tentatively hopeful we will see the beginnings of a different operating environment this year.“The government is keen to move on from Brexit monopolising public debate and this gives the sector an opportunity to push other issues higher up the agenda. We also need to hold the government to account for the spending promises of the election and push for this to translate to more money at community level.“Charities have a crucial role to play in reducing social isolation, providing places for people to come together, and hosting causes around which to unite. NCVO will work with the new government to ensure our sector is central to shaping the country’s future.” Melanie May | 27 January 2020 | News 245 total views, 2 views today Getting Brexit done may mean more space to push other issues up agenda, finds NCVO 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 read more

RFE/RL’s Baku bureau falls victim to crackdown

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan News Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh to go further News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more News Radio Azadliq, the Azerbaijani service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, became the latest victim of the government’s campaign to stamp out media pluralism when inspectors raided its Baku bureau today and then placed it under seal as they left.They confiscated documents after breaking open the office safe. They also took two laptops, the office’s main server, cameras and video cameras, memory cards and other information storage devices.“Words fail for describing the scale of the crackdown under way in Azerbaijan,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “President Ilham Aliyev’s government is methodically crushing each of the remaining independent news outlets one by one. International bodies and Azerbaijan’s foreign partners need to respond firmly to such determined ruthlessness.”The inspectors arrived at around 10:30 a.m. with a warrant issued as part of an investigation into several NGOs and media that receive foreign funding. They did not however show any document authorizing them to place the office under seal and they did not say how long the closure would last.As soon as the inspectors arrived, the office’s phone and Internet lines were disconnected and most of the journalists were herded into a single room and were forced to stay there until the end of the operation, when they were escorted out of the building. “This operation is clearly designed to block the activities of our Baku bureau and threaten our journalists,” Radio Azadliq director Kenan Aliyev told Reporters Without Borders.In a statement, Radio Azadliq co-director and editor Nenad Pejic said: “The order comes from the top as retaliation for our reporting and as a thuggish effort to silence RFE/RL.”The station added that it intended to continue operating in Azerbaijan. RFE/RL has been banned from broadcasting since 2009 but continues to reach the Azerbaijani public via the Internet.In a separate development, a Baku court today rejected a request for the conditional release of Khadija Ismayilova, a leading investigative journalist and human rights defender who used to be Radio Azadliq’s Baku bureau chief.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for signatures to its petition for the immediate and unconditional release of Ismayilova, who was arrested on trumped-up charges on 5 December.The closure of Radio Azadliq’s Baku office follows similar measures against Azerbaijan’s leading media support NGOs in August, when the offices of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety, the Media Rights Institute and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) were all raided and place under seal.The past few months have seen an unprecedented crackdown on Azerbaijan’s independent journalists, bloggers and netizens, as well as the NGOs that support them. No fewer than 15 journalists and bloggers are currently detained in connection with the provision of news and information, without their right to due process being respected. This makes Azerbaijan Europe’s biggest prison for news providers.Even before this latest crackdown, Azerbaijan was ranked as low as 160th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. center_img News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts December 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RFE/RL’s Baku bureau falls victim to crackdown June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Organisation last_img read more

Election Drop Box Accepting Ballots

first_imgMail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 general election have been sent to registered voters in Ocean City. One of the options for returning completed ballots is via a secure drop box located outside the Ninth Street entrance to City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue).This drop box is installed and accepting ballots now.This 7-minute video provides step-by-step instructions and options for returning your ballot. More information on the election is available at Voters may still cast their ballots at drop box locations throughout the county, such as this one at City Hall in Ocean City. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)last_img

Muslim Student Association hosts annual Islam Awareness Week

first_imgIn order to educate the Notre Dame community about their faith, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) kicked off its annual Islam Awareness Week on Saturday and is hosting events through this Friday.“Generally, the week is here to raise awareness about Islam and answer questions about it,” sophomore and MSA vice president Douha Morchid said. “We’re inviting students to actually ask us questions. Where sometimes they might be shy to do so on a daily basis, this is an opportunity for everyone to actually come and ask us.”On Monday, the club hosted a “Hijab Day” and handed out free hijabs and donuts in LaFortune Student Center.“People usually have a lot of questions around hijabs, and I guess the best thing is to make them try it and see how it feels and also answer their questions,” Morchid said. “And as a hijabi on campus it feels good to see more hijabis around, at least for a day.”Last year, Morchid said, the event was so popular hijabs ran out by the early afternoon.“Last year, I remember at 1 p.m. I didn’t find any hijabs for my roommates,” she said. “So people actually interacted more with it than I expected. I think last year was the first time that I experienced this — which is a nice thing — and I feel like the Notre Dame community is open to trying things, which is actually nice.”The group aims to continue discussion throughout the week, Morchid said, with an Islam Awareness Week Dinner on Tuesday, a Quran halaqah — or study session — Wednesday and an interfaith discussion with the Jewish Student Association and Iron Sharpens Iron on Thursday.Morchid said the halaqah will allow students to learn more about the Quran, Islam’s sacred text.“[We] technically just get together with Muslim and non-Muslim students [to] just discuss some verses from the Quran,” she said. “It’s just an open discussion and everyone is invited if they have questions. It’s really open and we don’t really have someone who knows a lot about the religion, but we just want to [generate] discussion about maybe some controversial verses in the Quran.”Abdul AlJumaily, a graduate student and member of the Muslim Student Association, said his favorite event of the week is the Friday mosque visit.“We have a religious belief that if you attend Friday prayer and then you attend the following prayer, that if you follow the main commandments in our religion, all your sins for that previous seven days are wiped clean, as long as you abstain from major sins,” he said. “It’s also a great time for community to interact with our fellow students.”More than anything, AlJumaily said, MSA aims to engage the Notre Dame community this week and dismantle misconceptions about their faith.“Islam more than any other religion has been misrepresented in terms of extremism and violence, so it’s great to come out here and interact with the community and show a friendly face and do the Lord’s work,” he said.Tags: halaqah, Hijab Day, islam awareness week, Muslim Student Associationlast_img read more

a month ago​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL success

first_img​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL successby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris does not believe they are of the profile necessary to win the Champions League.”I think with a lot of humility there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris said to reporters.”They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham.”But as we saw last year, everything is possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?”But obviously we have a different profile to that type of club – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. That type of club.”It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent in front of us. We don’t want to look too far forward.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Stakeholder Support Being Lobbied to Create Agro-Economic Zone in St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Hutchinson noted that Noranda Jamaica has initiated a number of engagements to spur the growth of agriculture in St. Ann, where the entity’s mining operations are located, citing this as commendable.Against this background, he encouraged the firm to give consideration to supporting the agro-economic zone’s establishment, “whereby you will take up everything that the farmers in your area can produce and you carry it straight to the value chain”.Meanwhile, Mr. Hutchinson welcomed the level of engagement and collaboration between Noranda Jamaica and farmers in the company’s operating areas, which he said are contributing to the country’s social and economic development.“Noranda has developed a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the thousands of farmers that make up its host of communities. I welcome and congratulate Noranda for its various initiatives, [to] include the land reclamation programme that restores land after mining,” he stated.The inaugural expo, which was held under the theme: ‘Agriculture meets Mining’, displayed the bauxite industry’s mining, agriculture, land reclamation, greenhouse farming, land titling, safety, and environment control models, and social and economic contributions. Meanwhile, Mr. Hutchinson welcomed the level of engagement and collaboration between Noranda Jamaica and farmers in the company’s operating areas, which he said are contributing to the country’s social and economic development. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is calling for a public-private partnership to be forged to create an agro-economic zone in St. Ann.center_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is calling for a public-private partnership to be forged to create an agro-economic zone in St. Ann.He says the zone will help to boost the parish’s agricultural productivity and ensure a reliable supply of crops for the local and export markets as well as value-added processing.“With this agro-economic zone, you find that the farmer produces whatever he wants and there is nothing that is left in the field to spoil. Everything is taken off and, with that, we find that the farmer is making more money,” the Minister outlined.He was speaking at the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners Community Council Agriculture, Education and Industry Expo and Fun Fair on the grounds of the Port Rhodes Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, on Thursday (May 30).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. JC Hutchinson (2nd right), and Minister of Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (right), examine items on display at the Lime Tree Gardens Peanut Industry/Brown’s Town St. Ann booth, during the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners Community Council Agriculture, Education and Industry Expo and Fun Fair on the grounds of the Port Rhodes Sports Club, Discovery Bay, St. Ann, on Thursday (May 30). Sharing in the moment (from left) are, employee at the Lime Tree Gardens Peanut Industry, Rosemarie Brown; and Public Relations and Community Relations Superintendent at Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, Kent Skyers. The inaugural expo, which was held under the theme: ‘Agriculture meets Mining’, displayed the bauxite industry’s mining, agriculture, land reclamation, greenhouse farming, land titling, safety, and environment control models, and social and economic contributions.last_img read more

Mnuchin says markets negative reaction to Fed overblown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.”Mnuchin says the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down further. In a Fox Business interview Thursday, Mnuchin says that he believed markets were disappointed in Powell’s comments at a news conference following the meeting.The Fed boosted its key policy rate for a fourth time this year but lowered its projections for further rate hikes from three to just two. However, this failed to calm investors’ concerns that the central bank is not taking into account warning signs that the economy is slowing.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

The Lightning Could Make History For All The Wrong Reasons

Less than a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were heavy betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. The Bolts entered the playoffs on the heels of one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. They tied the record for the most regular-season wins1Their 62 wins matched the total of the Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96. and finished with the fourth-highest point total in league history. Forward Nikita Kucherov scored 128 points and will almost surely win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, and Steven Stamkos had the best season of his already illustrious career.As a team, the Bolts were unparalleled — they paced the league in goals scored, power-play goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage. If the team that Steve Yzerman built was ever going to acquire some silverware, this would surely be the year.Unfortunately for the Lightning, their astonishing regular-season form hasn’t carried over to the postseason, and now they find themselves on the precipice of an unprecedented failure: If they lose Tuesday night in Columbus, they’ll be the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round of the postseason in history. Even if they aren’t swept but merely lose the series, Tampa’s collapse would be monumental — devastating for any team but especially so for a club that’s been knocking on the door of Stanley Cup glory for several years. How have things gone so wrong for the team from the Gulf Coast?For starters, Tampa’s high-scoring superstars seem to have forgotten what the net looks like. Stamkos hasn’t recorded a point, neither has Brayden Point, and the only thing Kucherov has recorded is a one-game suspension for an extraordinarily dirty hit on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for the Jackets: Matt Duchene and Artemi Panarin — subjects of a major trade and a major nontrade, respectively — are scoring at will, while Zach Werenski is providing service from the blue line.Things aren’t much different between the pipes. Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been uncharacteristically abysmal: He has stopped just 86.6 percent of the shots he’s faced so far, which ranks second to last in the postseason among qualifying goalies. This is somewhat stunning, especially given the Russian’s previous postseason form: In 29 postseason appearances between 2014 and 2018, he stopped 91.9 percent of the shots he faced. This spring’s regression couldn’t have come at a worst time.On the other side of the ice, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been nearly unbeatable, stopping 94 percent of the shots he’s faced — which is good for second-best. None of this bodes well for the Bolts because save percentage is the single most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason, and therefore the key to a playoff run.As if circumstances could get any worse, Tampa is unraveling against a team that has never won a playoff series. In fact, Columbus had never won more than two games in a single postseason before this one. It’s one thing to be swept by a franchise that has won four Stanley Cups, as may happen to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the hands of the New York Islanders; it’s an entirely different thing to get bounced by a franchise that’s never advanced to the second round.We wrote last week that anything short of lifting the Stanley Cup in June would feel like a failure for the Bolts and would put them in the same company as the 1995-96 Red Wings, another set of historically great losers. But if the Bolts are dispatched in four games, their failure would have to be considered more embarrassing. After all, that Red Wings team advanced to the conference finals before crashing out of the postseason. This Bolts team might not even win a game.Only four teams have managed to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. If any team is up to the task, it’s this immensely talented Bolts group. But first, they’ll have to remember how to put the puck into the net of their opponent. Otherwise, they will make history for all the wrong reasons. read more

No deja vu Secondhalf comeback fails for OSU

The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 15-game home win streak and nine-game conference win streak came to an end Wednesday night after a 60-57 loss to No. 4 Purdue. The story of the game was Purdue’s first-half dominance. In front of the first sell-out crowd of the season at the Schottenstein Center, the Boilermakers jumped out to an early lead and led for all 40 minutes of Wednesday’s game. With just more than seven minutes remaining in the first half, junior Evan Turner converted a three-point play and for the first time all night the capacity crowd erupted. The jubilation was short lived, however, as Purdue’s Keaton Grant immediately responded with a four-point play at the other end. The crowd again rose to its feet when junior Jon Diebler made the team’s first three-point basket with less than a minute ago. But again, the Boilermakers answered, this time with a three-point play. In the first half “they made some shots and some of us didn’t have our heads right,” Turner said. “As a unit we didn’t execute how we were supposed to.”Purdue led by 13 at the break and although the Buckeyes got as close as 48-46 late in the second half, the first half struggles proved to be too much to overcome. OSU had one last chance in the waning moments when Diebler took and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired. “I got a good look,” Diebler said. “I should have knocked it down. There’s really no excuses.”Unlike in last month’s game at Purdue, the Buckeyes did a much better job of containing junior Robbie Hummel. Hummel torched Ohio State 35 points in the first meeting, but was held to just four Wednesday.However, OSU simply had no answer for junior JaJuan Johnson. After scoring a season-low four points in the first meeting between these two teams, Johnson led the way offensively for the Boilermakers. He scored a team-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting. “He made shots and those were some tough shots,” Diebler said. “That’s a heck of a basketball player right there.”As expected, Turner handled the bulk of the load for the Buckeyes and scored a game-high 29 points. With the loss, OSU dropped to 10-4 in conference play, but the Buckeyes have little time to regroup. They travel to East Lansing, Mich., Sunday to play the Big Ten’s first-place team. “You have to be honest with yourself and say ‘OK what didn’t we do well?’ but we have another tremendous challenge down the pipe,” coach Thad Matta said. “I told the guys after the game, we have to be a better basketball team on Sunday.” read more