Gift Aid and digital giving consultation closes this month

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 10 September 2013 | News  12 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Responses to the government’s consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving are due by 20 September.The 54-page consultation paper was published in July 2013. It looks at how the levels of Gift Aid take up can be increased when people give online, via mobile or via text. It also looks at other improvements to Gift Aid, including the wording of the Gift Aid declaration, and the idea of a database of universal Gift Aid declarations.HM Treasury and HMRC staff have held a series of consultation meetings over the summer to explore these issues. Advertisement Gift Aid and digital giving consultation closes this month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis These proposed reforms are in addition to recent improvements such as Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, Gift Aid Online, and the simplification of rules for charity shops who claim Gift Aid on donations from the sale of goods.Responses should be sent by 20 September via email to HM Treasury or toGift Aid Digital consultation Personal Tax team HM Treasury 1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQlast_img read more

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South Korean photographer held without trial for two months

first_imgNews Organisation to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 South Korean photographer held without trial for two months June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information 03.31.2003 Charge against Korean photographer confirmed, Seoul requests his releaseA member of the prosecutor’s office in Yantai confirmed to the Associated Press on 31 March that South Korean press photographer Jae-Hyun Seok has been charged with “trafficking in humans.” An indictment against him and four other South Koreans accused in the same case has been sent to the city’s intermediate people’s court.The same day, the South Korean government urged the Chinese authorities to release Seok. “We request humanitarian treatment for Seok, who was acting as a journalist or as a human rights activist, without trying to derive any financial benefit,” South Korean foreign ministry spokesperson Kim Han-jyu said.————————————-03.18.2003 Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) repeated its call today for China to release South Korean freelance photographer Jae-Hyun Seok, who has been held without trial for the past two months after reporting on North Korean refugees trying to flee their country.  It urged China’s new foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing, to see that he was immediately and unconditionally released. March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison The journalist, who works regularly for the US daily the New York Times, is being held in Yantai (Shandong province, opposite the Korean peninsula).  He was charged on 4 March with involvement in “illegal human trafficking” and faces a heavy prison sentence if convicted.He was arrested in Yantai on 18 January in a police trap set to catch a group of North Korean refugees. Police had pretended they would help the refugees leave China but then rounded them up and took them to special detention centres to be sent back to North Korea. Seok’s wife, Kang Hyemon, told Reporters Without Borders he had been visited by his lawyer and the local South Korean consul but had not been allowed any mail or newspapers.  She said that she is very worried about him, and that he was just doing his job as a photographer. April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Suicide Watch app to highlight mental health services

first_imgNewsCommunitySuicide Watch app to highlight mental health servicesBy Louise Harrison – September 12, 2018 3259 TAGSCommunityLimerick CityNews LIMERICK Suicide Watch (LSW) have launched a new mobile phone app which is designed to provide a one-stop-shop for many of the mental health service providers in Limerick City and County.The app, which will be updated regularly, will make it easier for families and people in distress to access information on any services they need.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LSW public relations officer Lucy O’Hara told the Limerick Post that the group had noticed that many people they come in contact with are simply not aware of the many services throughout Limerick that are available to them.We are hopeful that the app will create the awareness of these services that may save a person’s life,” she explained.The group initially used the app to help with scheduling nightly patrols and rosters, but decided to develop it further for public use. It will be frequently updated with local event details such as self-care workshops, exhibitions, family fun days and plans for Limerick Mental Health Week.“We are extremely grateful to Declan Hayes and his team from Appiercom who are based in Castletroy, for supporting and creating this magnificent app for us free of charge,” said Lucy.LSW chairman Colm O’Byrne said the app is designed to be user friendly and is geared towards all ages from teenagers to senior citizens from all walks of life.“The intention is to make it easier for everybody to access information regarding services and tools to manage their own mental health,” he explained.Colm said LSW currently has 62 volunteers and a waiting list of people who want to join. The group currently patrols the Shannon four nights a week, but plans to increase this to seven in the near future.Established in May 2016, LSW volunteers patrol the bridges and rivers of Limerick City. They rely entirely on donations from the public, which goes towards training, insurance and equipment.All members have Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) training, they have taken courses in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), defibrillator training, First Aid, Self harm Awarness and child protection courses.There are normally have ten members on patrol each night consisting of three teams. Two foot patrols of four on each team and two bikes on patrol. After an intervention, support is offered to all members and there is a counsellor available to them. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Print Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Twitter Previous articleCollege Radio gets totally wired for Record Room live showNext articleA new plan rises on the horizon for problem Limerick site Louise Harrisonhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employers

first_img Previous Article Next Article UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employersOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Nearly one-third of UK employees feel they are going nowhere in their jobs –costing their employers up to £200bn in wasted potential. The finding, by Foundation Degrees, finds almost half of the 571 employeessurveyed think they are undervalued, and four in 10 believe they are wastingvaluable skills and experience. Nearly 40 per cent of staff are frustrated at the lack of opportunity to trynew things and half want their jobs to be more challenging. Margaret Hodge, minister for lifelong learning and higher education, saidthe research shows the importance of continuing education and development.”Too much talent and ability is going to waste because employers arefailing to develop the potential of the people they have and appreciate thereal value of on-the-job learning and experience,” she said. “Foundation degrees can help people move out of career ruts and intobetter and more interesting jobs by equipping them with the technical know-how,academic knowledge and transferable skills that employers demand.” The research shows most employees believe employers are to blame for failingto fill skills gaps. Nine in 10 respondents believe employers are responsible for ensuring thereare enough skilled employees in the workplace. A similar proportion feel employers should give existing staff theopportunity to take on different skills and more responsibility beforerecruiting new people. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Police in Portage warning Xfinity customers of scam

first_img Police in Portage warning Xfinity customers of scam Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) Police in Portage are warning Xfinity customers of a scam in the area.Last week, a Portage resident reported that a scammer claiming to be with the company contacted them and said there was a service issue at the resident’s ZIP code.According to police, the scammer offered to remotely download software that would resolve the issue and reduce their monthly bill for up to two years.The scammer then asked for $270 upfront. When the resident asked more questions, the scammer eventually hung up.Phone numbers associated with the scam include 219-752-0343 and 747-877-3901.Anybody who wants to report a suspected phone fraud must contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or at ftc.gov. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 28, 2020 0 551 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSuspect in University Park Mall deadly shooting turns himself in to policeNext articleReaction, both for and against, regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Sherry Turkle to give centennial year Lowell Lecture May 14

first_imgSherry Turkle, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, will give this centennial year’s Lowell Lecture, titled “The Tethered Life: Technology Reshapes Intimacy and Solitude,” on May 14 (8 p.m., Lowell Lecture Hall), hosted by the Harvard University Extension School.Turkle, a featured media commentator on many network and cable news programs, has focused her research on psychoanalysis and culture and on the psychology of people’s relationship with technology, especially computer technology. Her focus has been on what computers do to our relationships, families, and ways of thinking about what is special about being human. Turkle considers the significant impact technology has on our personal and political lives, including the effect on our children, our families, and society’s notions of privacy.For more information about the lecture and other upcoming events, visit the Harvard Extension School Web site.last_img read more

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Master Gardeners Milestone

first_imgFor the past 40 years, Georgians have been helping their friends and neighbors build better landscapes, plant healthier gardens and protect their local ecosystems through the University of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program.Since its founding in 1979, the Georgia program has grown to include 2,700 volunteers who gave more than 180,000 hours of time in 2018. The program’s success is due to the dedication of the Master Gardeners, as well as the sense of community that this army of volunteers has built over the years.“Every program is a little bit different, but it doesn’t matter because it’s the same premise,” said David Gibby, Master Gardener program founder, when he visited Georgia in April to celebrate with the UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. “The premise is people who love people and love gardening doing a lot of service for people who need it. That is the whole key to it.“In 1972, Gibby was a Washington State University (WSU) Extension agent in charge of answering homeowner gardening questions from more than 5 million people in the metro Seattle area. It was an impossible task.Frustrated, he drew on the tradition of volunteerism that he learned growing up in the Mormon church and decided to recruit garden club members he worked with to help expand the number of people served by WSU Extension in the area.He called these volunteers “Master Gardeners,” from the German word “Gartenmeister,” which means “having a top proficiency level in horticulture.” They held clinics and workshops at shopping malls and community centers, and the program flourished.  After just two years as an agent, Gibby left Extension to work in reforestation for Weyerhauser, but his revolutionary idea took root. Between 1976 and 1980, Master Gardener programs expanded to Cooperative Extension systems across the country. It expanded to Canadian provinces in the 1980s and South Korea in the early 2000s. There remains a growing interest in the idea of Master Gardener volunteers in other countries around the world.“Within a year or so of us starting, it was already gaining traction all over the country,” Gibby said. “Now it’s even starting to gain international attention. I think you’re going to see it all over because it works. People see something that takes care of a really big problem. Anybody who is in the profession of trying to teach people how to garden wants something that’s going to help; they want any kind of help they can get.”Nationally, there are more than 90,000 active Master Gardeners. In 2016, state programs in the U.S. reported more than 5 million hours volunteered in support of Extension’s consumer horticulture programming. Additionally, these dedicated volunteers spent more than 700,000 hours training and learning about horticulture in support of their volunteer service.Since 2012, Gibby has been actively visiting states with Master Gardener programs, meeting their volunteers and sharing the story of the program’s early years.In Georgia, the program is active in 60 counties across the state. Volunteers focus on answering questions fielded by county UGA Extension offices, establishing demonstration gardens, and teaching at schools, parks, camps, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, farmers markets and community gardens.Gibby has always been excited to talk to his Extension friends to find out how large the program is becoming. Today, he’s amazed by the program’s endurance and its power to change people’s lives.“Most of these (volunteers) who’ve been in it, they’ve enjoyed it,” Gibby said. “It doesn’t matter if they’ve been in for 10 or 20 years or if they’ve been in for two years. They’re hooked and they like it because they know they’re doing good. They know they’re helping people. They’ve seen it … And the nice thing is that, once they’ve done that service, they feel good about themselves. They feel they’re making a contribution to their community and to themselves. “For Sheri Dorn, state coordinator for UGA Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, being part of this legacy of service makes what her volunteers do on a daily basis even more rewarding.“Extension Master Gardeners are extraordinary people. They are passionate and energetic, often bringing to life the programming that Extension is offering,” said Dorn. “They love sharing with others about plants and gardening, helping people to find answers to their horticultural questions. As a result, our communities are enriched, not just from the interaction with these terrific volunteers, but by the numerous personal and community benefits of plants. Ask a Master Gardener how long they intend to be a Master Gardener, and they’ll tell you, ‘For life!’ ”For more information about becoming a Master Gardener in Georgia or to find answers to your gardening questions, visit www.georgiamastergardener.org.For more information about the history of the Master Gardener program, visit Gibby’s website at mastergardener.net.last_img read more

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Telemark Workshop at Timberline

first_imgAs we wrap up January and move into the first weekend in February, now is the time for a little reflection. New Year’s Resolutions are long gone and probably forgotten, but don’t let the same be said for winter. True, the Southeast and mid-Atlantic did see an unseasonably warm week with temperatures in the 50s and pushing 60 in some parts, but this is not atypical for the first month of the year. This is a time for reflection because we are at the turning point. You can either pack up the ski equipment and start getting the spring wardrobe out of the attic, or you can double down on winter and hit the slopes this weekend. I vote for the latter, as Punxsutawney Phil will be making his annual climate prediction on Saturday, Groundhog Day, and anything could happen: he could see his shadow, not see his shadow, bite the mayor’s nose off, hold out for a better contract, relive the same day over and over, relive the same day over and over, etc. Better get your turns in now, while you still have your sanity.Timberline Ski Mountain outside Davis, West Virginia is preparing for a return of winter proper as a low pressure system swinging in from the West will collide with the warm air pumping in from the South to hopefully drop the temperatures and some snow this weekend. Look for fresh tracks, but also to try something new as on Saturday, they will be hosting a telemark ski workshop. There will be clinics, lectures, discounted lift tickets for those participating and a limited amount of rental Nordic gear available so show up early and try your hand at something new, and definitely different.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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Digital IDs will make card payments & cash transactions irrelevant

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even a routine purchase like putting gas in the car requires consumers to think through how they will make the payment. Will they use a credit card, debit card, cash, or a digital wallet?Once they decide, they have to navigate through their wallet (digital or physical) and make the payment. Usually that requires an additional digital entry or even paperwork before they can pump the gas.While people are used to this routine (and others like it) there is a better way. Consider this simplified scenario: A consumer pulls up, pumps the gas and drives away. That’s it.The payment is made without anything being done by the driver. This type of “invisible transaction” may become common sooner than many think. Already a variation of it is in use at Amazon Go stores in several cities where people can buy goods and “just walk out” — no checkout required.Here’s what has to happen to enable this type of frictionless payment in an open environment, such as the gas pump scenario: continue reading »last_img read more

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201 S and Main St., traffic are re-opened following car crash

first_img12 News reporters on the scene say that traffic heading Southbound toward Vestal is being redirected onto Route 17 west and traffic headed Northbound toward the Oakdale Mall is not being impacted. 1:32 A.M. UPDATE: The road is re-opened again following a crash. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Police have confirmed they have responded to a motor vehicle crash at Route 201 and Main Street in Johnson City Sunday evening. —– This is a developing story, stay with 12 News as we get more information.last_img read more

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