June 16, 2021

Small charities win £1,000 in Charity Commission monthly draw

first_imgIn recent months, the £1,000 prize has been split between two charities, but from now on a single £1,000 prize will be on offer each month.Andrew Hind, the Commission’s Chief Executive, said: “Seventeen smaller charities have already won cash simply by using our online services to meet requirements they have to comply with anyway. £1,000 can make a big difference to your charity’s work so why not give our online facility a try?” 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  29 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission has announced the latest winners in its monthly online services prize draw for small charities.Since June 2006 the Commission has been holding a random £1,000 monthly prize draw to encourage smaller charities with an income of under £250,000 to use its online services. All smaller charities completing their annual returns, sending in their annual report or accounts or simply updating their details online are eligible to win.The Commission reports that over 18,000 charities have completed their annual returns online this year. All charities can access online services through a secure login. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 22 October 2007 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Small charities win £1,000 in Charity Commission monthly drawlast_img read more

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Mother denies putting daughter in danger of sexual abuse

first_imgMan charged with assault causing harm to shop worker after arrest on suspicion of coughing on victim WhatsApp Linkedin Print Man arrested after suspected gun and ammunition found following pursuit of car in Limerick Man arrested and €1,900 of Crack Cocaine Seized in Limerick Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] TEENAGER has claimed her mother knew she was being sexually abused by her stepfather but failed to do anything about it.The young girl told Limerick Circuit Court that around the time of her 14th birthday, her mother’s partner “regularly groped” her and asked to masturbate him so she could get a mobile phone.The 53-year-old stepfather denies 20 counts of sexually assaulting the girl at their Limerick city home between May 2008 and December 2009.The 41 year-old mother denies two charges of endangering her daughter by intentionally or recklessly placing her in a situation where there was a substantial risk of her becoming a victim of sexual abuse.The now 19 year-old daughter said her mother’s partner had ripped her underwear off after he slipped his hands inside her clothes. This happened on at least two occasions while her mother was in the same room. She said her mother was aware that the sexual abuse was ongoing but couldn’t recall her reactions to certain events.When her mother refused to get her a mobile phone, she offered to wash and clean the car to get the phone. Her stepfather said he would buy her the phone if she would masturbate him. She ran in home and hid behind a curtain only for her stepfather to come in and say that he was “only messing”.Her stepfather would ask both herself and her mother to sit on the couch with him and he would put his arms around their shoulders and refer to them as “my two whores”.Her phone would be taken off her every night from 10pm and she could get it back the following morning. One one occasion, she was in bed when her stepfather came into her room to to retrieve the phone. She turned to see him standing at the door with his pants open and his erect penis exposed.She screamed and later on, she heard her mother and stepfather screaming downstairs as “war was going on”. The next morning, “it was like nothing had happened”.She said she received a text message from her mother’s phone, with a photo of her stepfather’s penis.“I deleted it and when I went downstairs and asked what was going on the two of them were laughing,” she said.Her stepfather would come in to the bedroom regularly and lay on top of her and feel her front and breasts. This she said happened outside the covers.She was encouraged to drink alcohol, including vodka, and that often “it was the drink that was getting me by”.Prosecution counsel, John O’Sullivan, said that the case against the mother was that she knew the abuse was taking place but did nothing about it and had therefore acted intentionally or recklessly.He believed the injured party to be a truthful and reliable person but accepted “there is no doubt she had her difficulties”.The daughter agreed that after leaving home in 2009, she moved in with her biological father but had since moved out having made an allegation of a sexual nature against him.She denied a claim from defence counsel Anthony Samon SC that she set out to try and destroy her mother’s relationship.She agreed she had applied to have the trial moved to Dublin to allow her give her evidence via video link. This application had been refused despite her telling the court that she would not be able to give evidence against her stepfather if he was in the same room.” I had to be strong today and stand up here and tell everyone in public what happened”, she said.It was her only opportunity to “get her revenge” and she was not going to let the stepfather “get away with this”.Garda Tracey Draper told the court that the accused man was interviewed on two occasions in February 2010 when the allegations were put to him. He denied that he ever touched the young victim in an inappropriate manner and cried when he first heard of the allegations.He said that notions of sexual assault or any impropriety were “rubbish” and claimed that he caught the young girl taking naked pictures of herself with her phone and sending them to people.He added that he “only ever did good things for her”.“If anything I am guilty of it’s of being too good to her. She is only out to get me because i took her phone off her”, he told Gardaí.The mother of the young girl said her partner was a very respectable person and she wouldn’t stay with him if he did the things he is alleged to have done.She also denied telling a brother of her partner that he “keeps feeling my daughter”.A defence witness, three years older than the daughter, said she was a regular visitor to the house and that the claims made against the stepfather “never happened”.“We would have been very close at that time and if something was going on she would have told me”, the witness said.She added that she “always knew there was something sneaky about her – she would say stuff that wasn’t true”.After instruction from Judge Carroll Moran, the jury was still considering its verdict and will continue deliberations on Thursday. Facebook Twitter TAGSchild sexual abuseCourtendangerment center_img Email Advertisement Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report NewsCrime & CourtMother denies putting daughter in danger of sexual abuseBy Staff Reporter – February 5, 2014 1097 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 27 month delay in justice at Limerick courts Romanian man charged with murder of limerick pensioner, remanded in continuing custody Previous articleLimerick bar out of tune over music royaltiesNext articleSearch team seeking new members Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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Proposed Aer Arran / Aer Lingus alliance could benefit Donegal Airport

first_img By News Highland – January 6, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ There are indications that a formal link between Aer Lingus and Aer Arann would facilitate passengers from Donegal who want to make connecting flights in Dublin.Two airlines are in talks about a ‘commercial alliance’ to operate joint flights, with the proposal expected to be discussed at an Aer Lingus board meeting on Friday.The extent of the link is not yet clear, but North West MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher says it should ensure that Donegal Airport is marketted through the Aer Lingus network.center_img News Google+ Proposed Aer Arran / Aer Lingus alliance could benefit Donegal Airport Facebook Previous articleUDA confirms decommissioning has taken placeNext articleLetterkenny General’s budget boost, Sligo General’s cut News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebooklast_img read more

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Late-season storm delivering heavy rain, snow to California

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A powerful new storm is slamming California later Wednesday with heavy rain and heavy snow in the mountains, creating conditions that could lead to flash floods, before it heads for the Midwest by the end of the week. The heaviest rain in San Francisco and central California is expected Wednesday night, as the Bay Area is experiencing its wettest May since 2015.Some areas in northern California could see 4 inches of rain, with the Bay Area expecting 1 to 2 inches.By Thursday morning, the heaviest rainfall will shift toward Los Angeles and Southern California, where at higher elevations snow is expected.Parts of the Sierra Nevada could see as much as 2 feet of snow.The storm is forecast to move east by Friday. Severe weather is expected in the central U.S., from Minnesota all the way down to Texas. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are all possibilities.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Rhino raises $95M and eyes IPO

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsRental MarketRhinostartups The company previously raised $37.7 million, according to Crunchbase. According to Jain, the new funding will allow Rhino to expand across the U.S. and to launch adjacent insurance and lending products.The once-staid insurance business has seen a flurry of investment and IPO activity over the past year.Lemonade, a digital insurance firm backed by SoftBank, went public in a blockbuster IPO in July. In November, home insurance startup Hippo raised $350 million, fueling speculation that it, too, could go public this year.Rhino is one of several startups offering new ways to protect landlords from tenants who damage rentals or quit their leases early. Others include TheGuarantors, Obligo and Jetty.Over the past year, they have gotten a boost as more cities and states require alternatives to security deposits to make moving cheaper for tenants. (Rhino enlisted a team of mayors and multifamily players to make the case that its products could be part of governments’ coronavirus response.)Rhino said it has experienced “explosive” growth over the past two years as landlords look to entice tenants with lower move-in costs and lawmakers seek to make housing more affordable.“Housing affordability was a challenge well before the pandemic, but [Covid] put it at the forefront for both landlords and policy makers,” Jain said. “It’s quickly becoming a standard across the country.”Rhino’s contracted annual recurring revenue hit $60 million this month, up from $4 million in January 2019. The company said it is on track to hit $100 million in contracted revenue by the third quarter of this year.Jain said Rhino is not profitable companywide, but is profitable on a per-unit basis.Contact E.B. Solomont Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Email Address* Rhino co-founders Parvaag Sarva and Ankur Jain (Getty; LinkedIn)Rhino, a startup offering an alternative to security deposits, has raised $95 million after a surge in demand sparked by the need for more affordable housing.The round, led by Tiger Global Management, values the New York startup at nearly $500 million, the company said Tuesday. Kairos and Lakestar also participated in the round, which is likely to be the final one before Rhino goes public, according to co-founder Ankur Jain.“There are 43 million rental households in the U.S. We have a lot of opportunities to keep going here,” said Jain, a former vice president at Tinder and founder of Kairos, a venture fund and studio that builds businesses to tackle housing and health care affordability.Rhino, which was incubated by Kairos, launched in New York in 2017 and was started by Jain and CEO Paraag Sarva. From the outset, its goal was to free up $45 billion in security deposits and put cash back into renters’ pockets. The company charges renters a small monthly fee, which covers an insurance policy for the landlord. (The fee is on a sliding scale; for a $1,000 apartment, a renter would pay $5 per month.)By partnering with major landlords, including Brookfield and Starwood, Rhino said it covers 1 million units in 46 states. It claims to have saved renters $250 million. “We’ve now crossed a growth trajectory where we don’t need to raise more capital,” Jain said.Read moreStartups take execs, mayors to pitch security deposit alternatives City formalizes push for security deposit alternatives Knotel, Rhino founders didn’t disclose family tie Message*last_img read more

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Danish, Korean Vessels Maneuver at Sea

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Danish, Korean Vessels Maneuver at Sea View post tag: ROKS Chungmugong Danish, Korean Vessels Maneuver at Sea Share this article View post tag: HDMS Absalon November 26, 2015 Danish Navy ship HDMS Absalon and the Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS Chungmugong joined forces for mutual training in the Gulf of Oman this week.The sea training began with replenishment-at-sea (RAS) navigation manoeuvres.HDMS Absalon made the first of these manoeuvres with ROKS Chungmugong standing in for a large tanker. HDMS Absalon made her approach before the roles were reversed with the Danish ship playing the role of the tanker and ROKS Chungmugong making its own approach.The RAS manoeuvres were followed by helicopter cross deck manoeuvres, where the two navy ships alternated between transferring and receiving personnel via helicopter. These evolutions were less challenging since both the Danish ship and the Republic of Korea ship operate Lynx helicopters.The training session concluded with a visit by the Commanding Officer of Chungmugong, Captain Jae-Man Yoo, to the Commanding Officer of Absalon, Commander S.G. Per Moll Petersen, onboard the Danish vessel.[mappress mapid=”17459″]Image: NATO View post tag: Ocean Shieldlast_img read more

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UK bread price in ranking rise

first_imgThe UK may still be one of the cheapest countries in the world for bread. But the average price of a loaf in Britain isn’t quite the bargain it was six months earlier, according to the latest figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) supplied exclusively to British Baker.Prices in the study are worked out for each city by taking the weight and cost of a typical loaf of bread and calculating price per kg.In a league table of bread prices in 128 countries across the globe, gathered by mystery shoppers in March 2007, London, with an average price tag of £1.19 per kg of bread, is in 72nd place compared with its placing of 81 in the EIU’s September 2006 list. Then, on average, a 1kg loaf would have been priced at £1.09 in the capital.Manchester, the only other UK place surveyed, ranked 88 in March this year with a 1kg loaf fetching an average of £1.02. Last September, a loaf weighing the same would have cost customers there 88p on average – giving the city a ranking of 103.The figures reveal wide variations in UK prices between supermarkets, such as Asda, where the price of 1kg of bread costs as little as 73p in London and 66p in Manchester, to top-end stores, such as Harrods, where prices are £1.69 in London and £1.25 in Manchester. In some European cities, by contrast, the statistics show the gap between bread prices at bargain basement stores and luxury retai-lers is much smaller.In Warsaw, for example, it is only 4p. In a Far Eastern city like Kuala Lumpur it is even smaller, with a difference of merely 1p. And in San Francisco, there is no difference at all, with a 1kg loaf of bread retailing at £1.55 everywhere, according to the evidence supplied by the mystery shoppers.Food and drink analyst and EIU survey editor Jon Copestake said he thought the UK’s movement up the rankings table was likely to be a reflection of sterling’s position against other world currencies. “You also have to bear in mind that when you’re comparing bread prices in the UK with those in other cities like Vienna (which topped the EIU’s world league of bread prices), you’re not neces-sarily comparing like with like,” he said.Copestake said supermarket-bought bread in the UK was of a different quality to commonly eaten bread in other nations, which explained the disparities in prices between Britain and those markets.Economies of scale – where typically in the UK 800g loaves are picked up, as against other European states where 400g loaves are the norm – were also a factor, he added. But he agreed that the trend for healthier eating could lead to more UK consumers opting for more expensive, locally-sourced bread, resulting in Britain occupying a higher position in future price rankings. nlast_img read more

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Neurons in youth

first_imgHave you ever wondered why infants can learn foreign languages easily, while older children and parents struggle? Or why your third-grader can fix your computer, but you can barely check your email? The answer, scientists have long known, lies in the way brains develop. All children experience what researchers call “critical periods” —windows early in life when the wiring in their brains is more flexible than that in adults, meaning they are more able to learn new skills.Led by Takao Hensch, professor of neurology and molecular and cellular biology, and funded by a $9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a group of Harvard researchers from the Harvard Center for Brain Science (CBS) and the departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology is working to map how that brain wiring takes place in an effort to pinpoint the causes of — and potential treatments for — schizophrenia, autism, and a host of other disorders.The work — aimed at giving scientists a first-of-its-kind look at how the brain’s wiring is created, how it may go awry, and how it might be corrected — will take advantage of Harvard’s wide range of specialists.“I would not have pursued this work if it weren’t for the unique environment,” Hensch said. “I came to Harvard because I wanted to work with the exceptional investigators that are here. This research represents a dovetailing of our interests — an unusual opportunity where these cutting-edge methods are assembled in one place at one time — something that could only be found here.”Although he’s been researching the role critical periods play in brain wiring for nearly two decades, Hensch said technology now exists that will allow scientists to answer a question that has thus far eluded them: Exactly what is happening in the brain during this re-wiring process?To answer that question, Hensch will focus on a single type of cell, the parvalbumin (PV)-positive GABA neuron, in the brains of mice. Though relatively sparse, the neurons are believed to play a key role in triggering the start of critical periods early in life. Impairment of the normal development and function of these cells can contribute to a variety of mental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia.To get the up-close-and-personal view of the neurons needed for deeper insight, Hensch will collaborate with a number of colleagues, including Catherine Dulac, chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology.In earlier research, Dulac identified as many as 1,300 genes affected by “genomic imprinting” — the phenomenon of a gene having different levels of expression depending on whether it was inherited from the father or mother — many of which appear to be linked to autism and other mental disorders.Understanding the precise role those imprinted genes play in brain development, however, is tricky. The brain contains dozens of cell types, including many different types of neurons. To study the entire brain, or even a single region, would require sifting through a vast amount of data in search of the few truly important results.  What was needed, Dulac said, was a focus on a single, critical cell type.“As it turned out, Takao was working on this very interesting population of neurons, and he has demonstrated that the maturation of this cell type is particularly important, because abnormal development can lead to mental disorders,” Dulac said.Using lab mice, Dulac will alter those imprinted genes and study how the changes affect brain development and the incidence of mental disorders.To understand how those genetic changes alter the brain’s wiring, Hensch turned to Jeff Lichtman, Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and his “Brainbow” imaging technique. By tagging cells with fluorescent colors, the technique allows researchers to map the thousands of connections to and from each neuron. Lichtman is also developing a new electron microscopy method that will greatly speed the ability to draw detailed neuronal maps.“What we are trying to do with this work is to better understand the way the central nervous system is organized,” Lichtman said. “We want to learn about the basic organization of these cells from a physiological, anatomical, and genetic perspective, and then compare normal and disordered brains to see if there is a difference.”Also involved in the imaging is Xiaowei Zhuang, professor of physics and chemistry and chemical biology, who created STORM, a super high-resolution system of optical microscopy. Using the two imaging techniques, researchers will be able to study images of individual neurons, and see for the first time how the brain’s wiring changes in response to genetic alterations.“We look forward to collaborating with Takao and applying new imaging capabilities to the study of parvalbumin-positive neurons and mental illnesses related to them,” Zhuang said. “This work provides an excellent opportunity for a number of exciting collaborations.”Rounding out the team involved in the research is James Cuff, director of Research Computing for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who will help oversee efforts to process the vast amounts of data that will emerge from the project.The result of work to study the genetics of the cells, visualizing their connections, and ultimately capturing the functionality of individual neurons, Hensch said, should be an understanding of how brains become incorrectly wired, and the development of therapies to reverse the damage.“It’s a bit down the road, but we are optimistic that focusing on these cells will have an immediate payoff,” he said. “If we know how a cell’s connectivity starts out, and how it is supposed to end up, we can look at the disease model and trace it back to see where things went awry and how we might fix it.”The grant also requires that researchers make a commitment to training the next generation of mental health researchers by involving students at many levels — even high school students – in the project. Building awareness of mental illness throughout the community is another aspect of the grant, one Hensch fulfills through his work with Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child.“I’ve been fortunate to be part of the center, which brings together people from all the Schools to look at early childhood as both a window of opportunity as well as vulnerability,” Hensch said.“I am convinced, as Takao is, that the development of an animal is a critical time for its brain,” Lichtman said. “In humans, it’s even more critical, because more than any animal our behavior is related to what we’ve learned. It’s a pretty safe bet that the thing that is changed by experience is the wiring diagram.“If these were simple problems, we would already have solutions to most of the abnormalities of the brain,” he continued. “The fact that we have solutions to virtually none of them suggests how difficult this is.”last_img read more

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Watch Lea Michele Find Her Way Out of the Darkness in Her Powerful ‘Cannonball’ Video

first_imgLea Michele has finally released her first music video! It feels like just yesterday that the Glee star-turned pop singer was teasing the world with photos from her video for “Cannonball,” but now we can see all of its stunning, sexy and sensational glory. Naturally, Michele does an amazing job at capturing both the vulnerability and strength in the Sia-penned tune. The video starts with Michele trapped in the dark, but our star soon finds release as the light pours through the cracks in the windows. Michele’s debut solo album, Louder, is scheduled for release on March 4. Check out the video below! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Lea Michelelast_img read more

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Photos! Kick It with the Cast of London’s Bend It Like Beckham Musical

first_img View Comments Bend It Like Beckham is bringing the world of football (no, American readers, not those sweaty guys in shoulderpads running into each other) to the West End in May—but before kicking off the new musical, Natalie Dew, Lauren Samuels and the cast took a field trip to Southall, West London, where the story takes place. Check out these kickass photos of Dew and Samuels (above) and Tom Millen, Jamal Andreas, Daniel Bolton and Jorell Coiffic Kamall (below) by Uli Weber, then catch Bend It Like Beckham beginning May 15 at the Phoenix Theatre!last_img read more

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