Survey: new rules will hit bank profits

first_img KCS-content NEW rules forcing banks to hold more capital could permanently depress profits and hit tax revenues and jobs, a survey has found.Liquidity buffers three times their present size will increase banks’ costs sharply and permanently reduce profit margins, according to the Evolving Bank Regulation study from business and tax consultants KPMG.The moves will affect government tax revenue, pension fund income and potentially the level of employment in the financial services industry, the report said.Global chairman of KPMG’s financial services practice, Jeremy Anderson, said: “Banks have recently returned to profitability following two or more years of heavy losses due to the economic crisis.“But the signs are that regulatory developments will introduce an era of permanently lower profitability.“The regulatory efforts are designed to ensure that banking is more stable and conservative than before, in order to protect the interests of individual depositors and avoid the risk of national bailouts.“Banks recognise the challenges – but the scale of regulatory reform is daunting. Lower profits are recognized as one potential outcome.”European and US banks face the greatest challenges in the next two years, while banks in the Asia Pacific region will have to deal with considerably less pressure, the report said.Partner in KPMG’s financial regulation practice, Giles Williams, said: “Despite the language coming out of the G20 around creating level playing fields, the reality may well be different. One thing though is for sure – banks have a major task to deal with the changes and are already channelling considerable time and resource into doing so.”KPMG said the new liquidity rules from the Basel Committee of Banking Supervisors would force companies to hold liquid funds in low risk, low return assets such as government bonds yielding very small returns, further reducing profitability. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share whatsappcenter_img Monday 22 November 2010 5:21 am Survey: new rules will hit bank profits Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutelast_img read more

FACT CHECKER | WITH DAVID CROW

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp SHADOW chancellor Ed Balls will tomorrow force a House of Commons vote on fuel VAT, in a bid to earn political capital from soaring petrol prices. But George Osborne’s allies claim that cutting VAT on fuel is illegal under EU law. Rubbish, say Labour spinners: all Osborne needs to do is apply for an exemption. So who is telling the truth? VAT RATES AND THE?EUThe EU allows member states to have two separate rates of VAT: a headline rate (20 per cent in the UK) and a reduced rate (five per cent in the UK). A third rate of VAT at 17.5 per cent could be introduced on some items under EU law ?– but not fuel.The government could collect fuel VAT at the existing reduced rate of five per cent, but it would cost the exchequer some £4.2bn in foregone revenue. APPLYING FOR AN EXEMPTIONThe chancellor could apply to the EU for a so-called derogation. If the EU agrees, that would allow him to introduce a third rate of VAT for fuel. In 1997, the then Labour government applied for a third rate of VAT for domestic fuel. However, the EU rarely grants VAT derogations – in fact there are currently just three. Cyprus, for example, has a reduced rate of VAT on cylinders of liquefied natural gas while certain regions in Portugal pay lower VAT than others.THE VERDICT | Balls is perfectly right to claim that it would be possible to apply to the EU for permission to introduce a third rate of VAT at 17.5 per cent especially for fuel. However, that doesn’t mean the EU is likely to grant a derogation. John Whiting, the head of the Office for Tax Simplification, said it would be “unlikely the EU would grant a derogation on something as fundamental as petrol”. Lowering VAT on fuel is not a credible option. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople Todayautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediacenter_img Share More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Monday 14 March 2011 9:19 pm FACT CHECKER | WITH DAVID CROW Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014

first_img Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Holy Week/Easter, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm As usual, the PB has done a fine job! Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC April 9, 2014 at 12:47 am Coming from someone who rarely agrees with her about anything, this is actually pretty good. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN John Zachritz says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel wm Paul says: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Christopher Johnson says: Kurt Hill says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Where and how will we look for the Body of Christ, risen and rising?,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presents in her Easter Message 2014. “Will we share the life of that body as an Easter people, transformed by resurrection and sent to transform the world in turn?”The following is the Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2014.Easter Message 2014The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is.  Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home.  Mary stays behind, weeping, and then fails to recognize the risen one before her.  As the days pass, each resurrected encounter begins in surprise or anonymity – the disciples fishing all night without catching, Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach, the two on their way to Emmaus.  Nobody recognizes him at first sight.Clearly the risen body is not identical to the Jesus who was crucified.  People mistake him for a stranger.  He enters locked rooms.  He walks along the path to Emmaus for a long time without being recognized.  Crucifixion, death, and resurrection result in a transformed body – with evident scars, but changed nonetheless.  When he reminds others of God’s banquet, meant for the whole world – when human beings are fed and watered, delivered from prison, gathered from exile across the earth, and healed and reconciled into a community of peace – his companions discover that he has once again been in their midst.What does that resurrection reality mean for the Body of Christ of which we are part?  How does the risen Body of Christ – what we often call the church – differ from the crucified one?  That Body seems to be most lively when it lives closer to the reality of Good Friday and the Easter mystery.  In the West, that Body has suffered a lot of dying in recent decades.  It is diminished, some would say battered, increasingly punctured by apathy and taunted by cultured despisers.  That body bears little resemblance to royal images of recent memory – though, like Jesus, it is being mocked.  The body remembers and grieves, like the body of Israel crying in the desert, “why did you bring us out here to die?” or the crucified body who cries, “My God, why have you forsaken me,” or “why have you abandoned us?”  In other contexts the Body of Christ is quite literally dying and spilling its lifeblood – in Pakistan and Sudan, in Iraq and Egypt – and in those ancient words of Tertullian, the blood of martyrs is becoming the seed of the church.The Body of Christ is rising today where it is growing less self-centered and inwardly focused, and living with its heart turned toward the cosmic and eternal, its attention focused intently on loving God and neighbor.  This Body is rising to stand in solidarity with criminals sentenced to death, with widows and orphans, with the people of the land who slave over furrows and lettuce fields to feed the world.  This Body can be found passing through walls and boundaries that have long been misused to keep the righteous “safe” and “pure.”  The Body is recognized when the hungry are fed – on the lakeshore with broiled fish, on the road to Emmaus, on street corners and city parks, in food pantries and open kitchens, in feeding neighbor nations and former enemies, and as the Body gathers once again to remember its identity and origin – Christ is risen for the sake of all creation.Where and how will we look for the Body of Christ, risen and rising?  Will we share the life of that body as an Easter people, transformed by resurrection and sent to transform the world in turn?Christ is risen, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Christ is risen indeed!The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchMensaje de Pascua del 2014de la Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal[7 de abril de 2014] “¿Dónde y cómo vamos a buscar el cuerpo de Cristo, resucitado y levantado?” La Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori presenta en su Mensaje de Pascua del 2014. “¿Vamos a compartir la vida de ese cuerpo como un pueblo de pascua, transformado por la resurrección y enviado a transformar el mundo a su vez?”A continuación el mensaje de Pascua del 2104 de la Obispa Presidente.Mensaje de Pascua del 2014La tumba está vacía, y nadie sabe dónde está el cuerpo. María Magdalena les dice a los demás acerca de la misteriosa desaparición, pero se dan por vencidos y vuelven a casa. María se queda atrás, llorando, y luego no reconoce el resucitado ante ella. Al pasar los días, cada encuentro del resucitado se inicia en la sorpresa o el anonimato – los discípulos pescando toda la noche sin lograr coger pescados, Jesús cocinando desayuno en la playa, los dos con rumbo a Emaús. Nadie le reconoce a primera vista.Es evidente que el cuerpo resucitado no es idéntico al del Jesús que fue crucificado. Las personas lo confunden con un extraño. Él entra en habitaciones cerradas. Camina por el camino a Emaús por un largo tiempo sin ser reconocido. Crucifixión, muerte y resurrección resultan en un cuerpo transformado –  con cicatrices evidentes, pero no obstante cambiado. Cuando Él  recuerda a otros del banquete de Dios, esto significó que era para todo el mundo – cuando los seres humanos son alimentados y se les da agua, son liberados de la cárcel, reunidos desde el exilio en toda la tierra, sanados y reconciliados en una comunidad de paz – sus compañeros descubren que una vez ha estado en medio de ellos.¿Qué realmente significó esa resurrección para el Cuerpo de Cristo del cual formamos parte?  ¿Cómo el cuerpo resucitado de Cristo – lo que a menudo llamamos la iglesia – diferente del crucificado? Ese cuerpo parece estar más vivo cuando vive más cerca de la realidad del  Viernes Santo y el misterio de la Pascua. En el Occidente, este cuerpo ha sufrido una gran cantidad de muerte en las últimas décadas. Está disminuida, algunos dirían maltratado, cada vez perforado por la apatía y burlado por aborrecedores refinados. Ese cuerpo tiene un poco parecido a las imágenes reales de la historia reciente – aunque, como Jesús, está siendo burlada. El cuerpo recuerda y se aflige, como el cuerpo de Israel clamando en el desierto, “¿por qué nos has traído hasta aquí para morir?” O el cuerpo crucificado que clama: ” Dios mío, ¿Por qué me has abandonado?”, o “¿Por qué nos abandonaste?  “En otros contextos, el Cuerpo de Cristo está literalmente muriendo y derramando su sangre vital – en Pakistán y Sudán, en Irak y Egipto – y en esas antiguas palabras de Tertuliano, la sangre de los mártires está convirtiéndose en la semilla de la iglesia.El Cuerpo de Cristo está levantándose hoy en donde está creciendo menos egocéntrico y enfocado hacia el interior, y viviendo con el corazón hacia lo cósmico y eterno, su atención se centrada intensamente en el amor a Dios y al prójimo. Este cuerpo está levantándose para estar en solidaridad con los criminales condenados a muerte, con las viudas y los huérfanos, con el pueblo de la tierra que esclavizan sobre surcos y campos de lechuga para alimentar al mundo. Este cuerpo se encuentra pasando por paredes y límites que siempre han sido empleados mal para mantener al llamado  “ justo” lejos de todo aquello que no es “seguro” y “puro”. El cuerpo se reconoce cuando los hambrientos son alimentados –  en la orilla del lago con un pez asado, en el camino a Emaús, en las esquinas de la calle y los parques de la ciudad, en las despensas de alimentos y cocinas abiertas, en alimentar  naciones vecinas y antiguos enemigos, y como el cuerpo se reúne una vez más para recordar su identidad y origen – Cristo ha resucitado por el bien de toda la creación.¿Dónde y cómo vamos a buscar el Cuerpo de Cristo, resucitado y levantado? ¿Vamos a compartir la vida de ese cuerpo como un pueblo de pascua, transformado por la resurrección y enviados a transformar el mundo a su vez?Cristo ha resucitado, ¡Aleluya! ¡Aleluya!, ¡Cristo ha resucitado!Reverendísima Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadoLa Iglesia Episcopal April 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm Thanks for the thoughts, and for the excellent translation into Spanish. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Posted Apr 7, 2014 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Featured Events April 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm The church, quite simply, is not the Risen Body of Christ. She is always dodging his lordship, aseity, and self-possessing freedom, to say something about us. Never will she say the resureection was a vindication of his claims for immediate and thorough allegiance, and an open, public manifestation of his lordliness. He chooses to make himself known on the way to Emmaus….that is testimony of NT. She prefers to give to feeding, sharing (important as they are) a revelatory efficay in themselves. Always she does this. Always. So we are to look for experiences of “risen and rising”? Rising? She is as ever too clever by half. He is risen. Forever. And ascended. And he turns to us via the spirit in freedom. (and as ever note the dropping of the def article…not The resurrection…but resurrection. Just like it’s incarnation, relationship, etc. with her to avoid the singularity of the incarnation, and the relationship with God.. Ugh . New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Bupa Great Run partnership raises £1.5m for Diabetes UK

first_img Howard Lake | 10 December 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Events Barbara Young, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK added:“Next year we will be offering more fantastic fundraising opportunities including places in the Great North Run and the London Bridges challenge”.Prize-winning partnershipThe partnership’s achievements were also praised at the British Medical Association (BMA) patient information awards 2014, at which part of the education work funded by the events won the award for the ‘long term conditions’ special category. Bupa Great Run partnership raises £1.5m for Diabetes UKcenter_img  36 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Over the past three years over 20,000 participants have taken part in over 33 runs to raise £1.5 million for Diabetes UK as nominated charity of the Bupa Great Run series.Since Bupa chose it as its nominated charity partner in 2012, Diabetes UK has seen its runners cover 206,557 miles between them – the equivalent of running around the world more than eight times.Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow, funded by income raised in Bupa Great Run seriesThe money raised from the partnership has funded 216 Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows across the UK. At these, almost 46,000 people were given free risk assessments to help them understand the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.Almost 24,000 of those assessed were found to be at moderate to high risk of developing this devastating condition. Consequently, Diabetes UK stated that “every single great runner, who ran for Diabetes UK, has helped to encourage at least one person at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to talk to their doctor”.Diabetes UK runners[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oVOB_Fowi4[/youtube]Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director, Bupa, said:“We chose Diabetes UK as our nominated charity partner because raising awareness of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes and advising on lifestyle changes to reduce that risk, strongly supports our vision to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. We are delighted that we have been able to help so many thousands of people take that first important step towards a healthier life and would like to thank Diabetes UK for making this such a successful partnership.” Advertisementlast_img read more

ACT Foundation offers Friends of the Elderly £500,000 in matched grants scheme

first_img  393 total views,  1 views today Steve Allen, Chief Executive at Friends of the Elderly said: “We are delighted that The ACT Foundation has chosen to support our grants service. This transformational donation will help us to further expand the number of older people who so desperately need our help. What is really important is that every single penny of the money given by The ACT Foundation will be distributed to recipients and for those people; it really will make a vast difference to their lives.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  394 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The ACT Foundation has selected Friends of the Elderly to receive a £500,000 donation towards its grants service, which supports older people living in financial difficulty.Starting from last month, The ACT Foundation is match funding Friends of the Elderly’s grants funding over a five-year period, to the value of £100,000 per year. It is estimated that through this, Friends of the Elderly will be able to increase the number of older people supported by the grants service by 48% over the five years.One-off grants, of an average of £300 each, offered by Friends of the Elderly help older people over state retirement age living on a low income in England and Wales. Grants are awarded towards household adaptions, the purchase and replacement of essential items, the cost of equipment to get online, and utility bills. Grants are offered for help with:Home essentials – to cover the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations.Digital connection – can be used towards the cost of equipment, such as tablets and smartphones, as well as broadband costs.Financial support – to help with unexpected bills and large costs, such as utility bills, funeral costs or moving fees.Caroline Kendall, ACT’s Operations Director said: “We are delighted to have formed a new five year partnership with Friends of the Elderly. With their expertise we will be able to reach out to many more older people who are living on a low income. Our grant, which will be match funded by Friends of the Elderly, will help fund everyday items and small home repairs and adaptations that will go a long way to enabling people to continue living independently in their own home for longer.” Advertisement Tagged with: match funding Melanie May | 10 May 2018 | News ACT Foundation offers Friends of the Elderly £500,000 in matched grants scheme 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.last_img read more

Portland’s people out organize fascist groups

first_imgPortland, Ore.People in this city — the scene of many past rallies by violent fascist groups — squared off once more against far-right groups, led by the Proud Boys, on Sept. 26. Pro-fascists organized under the banner of combatting the mass anti-racist movement, which has persisted in this city and across the country since Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd in late May. Anti-racists won today’s confrontation.Portland’s anti-fascists outnumber Proud Boys on Sept. 26. WW Photo: Lyn NeelyThe right-wing rally took place just weeks after an anti-fascist activist, in defense of a Black friend under deadly attack, gunned down a far-right aggressor at a similar event downtown. Police and federal forces later summarily executed the anti-racist shooter in a raid south of Seattle, Wash., without even the pretense of a fair trial before a judge.Only 200 people attended the Sept. 26 fascist gathering, which had been projected to bring thousands of far-rightists to a historically Black neighborhood in Portland’s north quadrant. Wide sectors condemned the fascist mobilization. Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also police commissioner, released a statement condemning the rally, as did Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown. Brown declared a state of emergency in Portland, positioning herself as an ally of those opposed to racism and fascism.Yet Brown’s declaration was welcomed by the Proud Boys. A state of emergency allows police to deploy tear gas against protesters, and the police have shown time and again that they will cooperate with far-right groups against leftist demonstrators. The Trump administration has attacked Brown and Wheeler, both Democrats, calling them too soft on protesters. Nevertheless, after unprecedented amounts of tear gas were used against anti-racist protesters over the summer, Oregon’s state and local leaders faced a barrage of criticism from anti-racists for their complicity in the irresponsible, repeated tear gassing of crowds and neighborhoods in the state’s largest city. To tamp down the outrage, Oregon’s leaders have issued orders restricting the use of tear gas and other repressive police methods, yet persistent loopholes allow the police to continue on, much as before.Fascists target PortlandFor several years violent fascist demonstrators, who see the city as a leftist stronghold, have targeted Portland. The fascists aim to provoke conflict with anti-fascists and cause chaos in order to advance their far-right ideology, which they disguise as free speech. These demonstrations have become more frequent and more violent over the years, with the White House now fanning the flames of violent racism. Portland, along with Seattle and New York, was recently declared an “anarchist jurisdiction” by the Justice Department. Trump has built his re-election campaign on a “law and order” platform that paints a distorted portrait of cities under siege by allegedly violent leftists. The president and federal officials have targeted Portland in particular, as they attempted to quash the anti-fascist movement, without success.The relatively weak Sept. 26 fascist mobilization drew over a thousand counterprotesters at two separate parks. The event remained mostly calm, and as it concluded the police directed the pro-fascist participants onto the freeway and out of the state. ‘Proud boys better hide’The New York Times spoke with one of the counterprotesters, who was with members of Workers World in a group called Portland Labor for Black Lives Matter. “Doreen McGrath, a 63-year-old activist, said she had driven in with a group of about 25 people from Seattle. Their group stood on the outskirts of the gathering, chanting and waving signs. ‘Hey there, Proud Boys, you better hide,’ they chanted. ‘We can see your fascist side.’’’Anti-fascist and anti-racist activists had organized yet another successful show of force against far-right agitators in what has become an all-too-common event in Portland and other cities. As soon as the Sept. 26 event was called by fascist groups, Portland leftists began coordinating and organizing their response. While many centrist liberals argue that far-right groups should just be ignored, or even accommodated for their “freedom of speech,” time and again the workers, students and oppressed peoples of this city have turned out in massive crowds to stand united against fascism and denounce racism. They know the fascists use their speech to freely mobilize to repress others.The police protect far-right groups and coordinate with them. Leftists know that the people must keep each other safe and must always fight fascism whenever it arises. The future will surely bring more fascist rallies and violent escalations. With Sept. 26 as an example, the left has shown it will abandon no battlefield to the enemy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Braun Arrives in Washington Amidst Shutdown and Trade War

first_img SHARE Previous articleAfter Decades There’s a New Leader at Indiana Dairy CheckoffNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for January 21, 2019 Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Braun Arrives in Washington Amidst Shutdown and Trade War Braun Arrives in Washington Amidst Shutdown and Trade WarIndiana’s freshman Senator Mike Braun has arrived in Washington in the middle of a government shutdown, a tough farm economy, and a trade war.  With the government shutdown entering yet another week, the Evansville Republican and former state legislator said Washington is dysfunctional and needs to begin to operate more like Indiana state government.“It is almost comical the way we address things in Indiana state government compared to what happens here in Washington,” he stated. “We stayed within guidelines of balanced budgets and still took on tough issues like long term road funding, but here the process is so dysfunctional.”Braun has been appointed to the Senate Ag Committee continuing Indiana’s tradition of having representation and influence of farm policy. Braun told HAT that lessening government regulations on agriculture along with finding new markets are two of his top priorities for the Senate Ag Committee.The committee has a heritage of bipartisan cooperation, and Braun said he will continue that tradition, doing what is best for farmers despite the politics.“When it comes to ag issues, if it is out of line with what I feel is good for Hoosier farmers, I will go against my own conference in the Senate or against the President.” During his campaign, Braun promised not to be a yes man for Donald Trump.One of those issues that might test his resolve could be trade.  Braun said, when it comes to growing new markets for U.S. farmers, a long term approach is needed rather than a kneejerk, quick fix approach.“We have got to find new markets,” he said. “Running my own business over the years, I was always looking 3 to 5 years down the road at new markets and new sources of revenue. While I have no silver bullet, I think this is the way we solve some of agriculture’s current problems.”Braun said he supports a new approach and new language to the Waters of the U.S. rule and will be keeping a close watch on the actions and regulations from the EPA as they impact Indiana farmers. Braun Arrives in Washington Amidst Shutdown and Trade War Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 20, 2019 last_img read more

An Agence France-Presse photographer wounded at Deir Al-Balah

first_img Reporters Without Borders has called on Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, to hold an “impartial, swift and rigorous” investigation into the shooting of Agence France-Presse photographer Mahmoud Hams, 25, in the Gaza Strip on 5 May. The international press freedom organisation said it had recorded at least 58 incidents since September 2000 in which journalists have been shot and wounded while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “In the overwhelming majority of cases Israeli shooting was to blame,” it said in its letter to the defence minister.”In total, five journalists – two foreigners and three Palestinians – have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces. It has refused for months to give the family or to publish the conclusions of an investigation ordered by the military prosecutor-general, Menahem Finkelstein, into the death of British cameraman James Miller on 2 May 2003 in the south of the Gaza Strip.””The Israeli Army does not take the presence of journalists on the ground sufficiently seriously and fails to do its utmost to protect them. Instructions given to soldiers in the field lack clarity. No steps have been taken following numerous incidents involving the army and journalists,” Reporters Without Borders concluded, calling for an end to this state of affairs.Mahmoud Hams was shot in the left thigh while taking photos of young Palestinians throwing stones at soldiers, during an Israeli Army incursion into the central Gaza town of Deir Al-Balah. He was also injured by shrapnel in his right thigh and was being treated at Deir Al-Balah hospital. Late on 5 May doctors said his condition was stable. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers reacted to the stoning by opening fire in the direction of the demonstrators. These same witnesses said there had been no exchange of fire in the sector when Hams was injured. He was wearing a helmet and a flak jacket that clearly indicated he was a journalist.An Israeli Army spokesman told Agence France-Presse the same day that the army was trying to check reports, adding he could not say with any certainty at this stage that he was hit in firing by the army. He said that armed men often mingled with young stone-throwers. And that when terrorists open fire while mingling with the civilian population, it is very difficult to tell the difference. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Israel IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders called on Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, to hold an “impartial, swift and rigorous” investigation into the shooting of Agence France-Presse photographer Mahmoud Hams, 25, in the Gaza Strip on 5 May 2004. The organisation said it recorded at least 58 incidents since September 2000 in which journalists have been shot and wounded, in the overwhelming majority of cases by Israeli shooting. Organisation IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News to go further News May 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An Agence France-Presse photographer wounded at Deir Al-Balah May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Newslast_img read more

RWB condemns harassment of Vietnamese blogger and family

first_img Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts November 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB condemns harassment of Vietnamese blogger and family April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders deplores the harassment of the blogger Pham Minh Hoang and his family, which led to an assault on the French consul-general in Ho Chi Minh City on November 5. RSF_en News News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Organisation to go further April 22, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison The diplomat, Emmanuel Ly Batallan, was assaulted by gangsters supported by plain-clothes police when he tried to assist Pham Minh Hoang, a Franco-Vietnamese blogger, and his mother in Ho Chi Minh City.Five days ago, a group of thugs accompanied by plain-clothes officers moved into a house close to Hoang’s home and that of his mother, in which the cyber dissident Nguyen Bac Truyen also lives. The gangsters have been putting pressure on both men and Hoang’s mother. At the request of the blogger, the French consul went to see the gangsters to ask them to end their intimidation. As soon as he entered the building, he was grabbed from both sides and assaulted. “Such violence is unacceptable, especially when police are involved,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “Pham Minh Hoang and Nguyen Bac Truyen have served their prison sentences, although they were invalid and entirely disproportionate. The endless harassment, intimidation and stabbing threats, to which the bloggers and their families have been subjected, must end immediately.” Just before the assault, Hoang’s wife, Le Thi Kieu Oanh, a French national, asked the thugs to leave the premises only to be threatened herself by a knife-wielding man. The continual harassment of Hoang’s family has taken its toll on the health of his mother, who was admitted to hospital suffering from high blood pressure.The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry was reported to have been informed of the assault and to have advised the consul to protest through diplomatic channels.Hoang was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in 2011, followed by a further three years’ house arrest, for “attempting to overthrow the government.” He remains under house arrest.Truyen received a four-year prison term in 2007 for anti-state propaganda.Huang, a politically committed blogger known by the pen-name Phan Kien Quoc, has published numerous articles on education, the environment and Vietnam’s sovereignty disputes with China which have been widely circulated online.He participated in a campaign against Chinese mining of bauxite in Vietnam’s central highlands and his name was at the bottom of a petition on this issue, which attracted a lot of support in Vietnam. He is a member of the pro-democracy party Viet Tan, which has been banned by the one-party communist government. Vietnam is ranked 174th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific VietnamAsia – Pacific News Newslast_img read more

LEO Limerick celebrates biggest ever National Women’s Enterprise Day

first_imgPrint WhatsApp Linkedin National Womens Enterprise Day “Making it Happen” Mid West Region at Dromoland Castle, Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare..Pic Arthur Ellis.Limerick’s female entrepreneurs are continuing to make business happen despite economic difficulties as the largest-ever programme of events for National Women’s Enterprise Day has took place across the country.An annual initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), including LEO Limerick, the theme for this year’s event was ‘Making It Happen’ with the aim of inspiring more women in Ireland to start and grow their own business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The networking event for entrepreneurs in Limerick took place in Dromoland Castle and was organised in partnership with the LEO Clare and LEO Tipperary.More than 160 local entrepreneurs and businesswomen participated and speakers included: Sonya Lennon – Designer, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur, Fiona Steed – Group Lead Allied Health UL Hospitals, and Jackie Gowran- Business coach, trainer and mentor.Other special guests on the day were Jean Mc Cabe, owner of Willow Boutique, Caroline Mitchell of Caroline Mitchell Knitwear, Florrie Purcell of The Scullery and Birgitta Curtin, Director & Manager of the Burren Smokehouse.Pat Breen T.D., Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection said: “It is important for Ireland as a country that there should be a far greater participation of females in our entrepreneurial landscape and it is very positive to see the stats moving in the right direction. Events like National Women’s Enterprise Day play a key role in continuing that momentum.  Ireland has a marvellous entrepreneurial culture that is evident across the world and we need more females to become part of the journey. It is about celebrating those who have already done it and encouraging others to take the first step. I would encourage all budding female entrepreneurs to contact their Local Enterprise Office and check out the range of supports that are available.”Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise at LEO Limerick, said: “Now in its thirteenth year, National Women’s Enterprise Day is an important milestone in the Local Enterprise Office calendar. It gives us the opportunity to highlight the success stories of women in Limerick who continue to do amazing things in business, across every sector.  It’s also an opportunity for businesswomen to network, engage, share tips and advice and to find out what supports are available for their business through their Local Enterprise Office.National Women’s Enterprise Day has grown year-on-year with 17 events taking place across the country with over 1,700 female entrepreneurs in attendance.  This growth in popularity has been reflected in the national growth in female entrepreneurship across the country.  There was an 18% increase in female entrepreneurs taking Local Enterprise Office training programmes last year as almost 22,000 female entrepreneurs and businesswomen engaged with their LEO on supports in 2018.”The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report for Ireland also shows that nearly 40% of new business owners in 2018 were women.National Women’s Enterprise Day is just one of the initiatives of the Local Enterprise Offices aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and assisting companies to start up and grow. Others include Local Enterprise Week, the National Enterprise Awards, the Student Enterprise Programme, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), Local Enterprise Showcase in the RDS and the Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships.Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities are funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland, check out www.localenterprise.ie for more details. NewsBusinessLEO Limerick celebrates biggest ever National Women’s Enterprise DayBy Staff Reporter – October 31, 2019 170 Emailcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Facebook Previous articleWheelchair waiting list as finances are used upNext articleDance Limerick double bill of new works Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more