Connect Assist to launch fundraising agency service

first_img Melanie May | 28 June 2017 | News Wales-based Connect Assist is to launch a fundraising agency service, backed by funding from the Welsh Government.Connect Assist’s new service will include the provision of emergency appeal response lines and fundraising appeals, and will also handle enquiries around the work that each charity client undertakes as well as enquiries around supporting charities. It will create 66 new jobs over the next eighteen months in the South Wales Valleys and is backed by £222,600 from the Government.Connect Assist recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and provides 24/7 multi-channel charity helplines, digital services, and consultancy for third sector organisations. It was set up with the main aim of providing opportunities for people living and working in the Valleys.Ron Moody, Connect Assist client services director said:“We are delighted to be launching this much needed ethical fundraising service. Having worked with the charity sector for over a decade helping charities to help their beneficiaries, this new fundraising and supporter care service is a natural extension to our offering. Support from the Welsh Government is a very important element to the launch and our objective of creating sustainable jobs.’’Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: Advertisement  174 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 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. Tagged with: supporter service Wales / Cymrucenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Connect Assist to launch fundraising agency service “The Welsh Government is pleased to support Connect Assist in launching this new service which will be creating a significant number of local jobs and offering a range of career opportunities for people. Connect Assist currently employs 100 people and its work over the past ten years has made a real impact, supporting and helping people into employment.”  173 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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After hurricane destruction: ‘Cancel Puerto Rico’s unjust debt!’

first_imgU.S. banks and financial institutions have strangled Puerto Rico’s economy. Here, protest outside Merrill Lynch in Orlando, Fla.Orlando, Fla. — Dozens of Puerto Ricans in Orlando, whose families are suffering on the island after Hurricane Maria, gathered on Oct. 4 with community allies in front of Merrill Lynch, one of the island’s debt holders, to demand immediate and sufficient aid to relieve and rebuild Puerto Rico. They also called on Congress to cancel the island’s $72 billion debt burden so that Puerto Ricans can focus on rebuilding their communities instead of having to first pay the vulture funds.The protest, which included a moment of silence for the people lost due to the hurricane, was part of a national day of action in 13 U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle; Hartford, Conn.; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.“While families are struggling to survive, the hedge fund vultures have continued to go to the courts to make sure they get paid,” said Ruben Sanchez, a Service Employees Union retiree. “Puerto Ricans have already been suffering for decades, first from a long recession and then from the public service cuts that came with the debt crisis. That left the island especially vulnerable to a storm like Maria. It’s time to recognize that the debt is unpayable.”The demonstration was initiated by Vamos4PR, a network of stateside organizations including SEIU and others supporting the struggle for a “fair economy for all Puerto Ricans.” (vamos4pr.org)This crisis is sparking a resurgence of the movement for independence from the U.S., with demands not only for canceling the debt, but for reparations for the damage and exploitation done to the people and the island.Solidarity spurs actionAcross the country and around the world, the devastation in Puerto Rico and lack of government response is sparking working people to take relief into their own hands. Unions are collecting funds and sending members to help. The Teamsters and AFL-CIO are working together to recruit truck drivers to travel to Puerto Rico to help distribute a stockpile of relief supplies. (cnn.com, Sept. 30)The AFL-CIO sent a group of 300 members to Puerto Rico, with over 17 tons of relief supplies, on a chartered plane Oct. 4 to assist in the recovery efforts. The group —  each of whom has volunteered two weeks of their own time — includes nurses, other health care professionals, transportation and construction workers, electricians, heavy equipment operators and other skilled workers, representing 20 unions from 17 states. The labor federation stated: “Our Union brothers and sisters remain in crisis in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. So many working families have lost their homes, their workplaces and are struggling to survive. In the labor movement, solidarity is our strength.” (alfcio.org, Oct. 4)Cuba, devastated by Hurricane Irma, has offered medical help, but it is unclear if Cuban health care professionals have been able to get to the island.A pompous, racist Trump finally visits Puerto Rico is a modern-day colony of the United States, whose 3.4 million residents, though U.S. citizens, daily experience the most virulent racism and economic injustice. This was apparent during Trump’s visit to the hurricane-ravaged island on Oct. 3.Speaking to reporters during a belated visit after two straight weekends spent golfing, Donald Trump offered these words: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.”Further unmasking his contempt for the Puerto Rican people, he was seen on television around the world throwing rolls of paper towels to those who had been selected to greet him, mocking the dire need for a major relief effort by the U.S. government. He ludicrously praised his efforts as “successful.”Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, pushed back against acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke’s outrageous assertion that relief work in Puerto Rico was a “good news story.” Yulín Cruz told CNN: “Damnit, this is not a good news story. This is a ‘people-are-dying’ story. This is a ‘life-or-death’ story. This is a ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story.” (Sept. 29)Trump used Twitter to criticize her leadership and make racist claims about the Puerto Rican people. Cruz then wore a T-shirt that read “NASTY” in response to his racist and sexist comments.Death toll undocumented and risingOmaya Sosa Pascual, a reporter with the Center for Investigative Journalism in San Juan, was doubtful about the government’s official death-toll figure of 16. She spoke to dozens of doctors, administrators, morgue directors and funeral directors and, after going public, finally got Puerto Rico’s public safety secretary to confirm that there have been dozens more deaths than the official statistic reflects.Sosa Pascual was told: “[T]he dead are at the hospital morgues, which are at capacity, and in remote places where the government has yet to go. In many cases, families are unaware of the deaths.” (vox.com, Oct. 3) The brother of a friend of this writer flew to the island to search in the mountains for their parents, who have not been heard from.Initially power was knocked out of almost all hospitals, leading to life-threatening emergencies. Those facilities that are now running on generators have serious issues due to lack of fuel distribution. These days, just about every interaction within health care systems involves electricity, including hemodialysis machines and ventilators.No electricity means no power to pump water into homes, no water to bathe or flush toilets. On Sept. 30, FEMA reported that only 45 percent of people have access to clean, potable water in their homes.Stranglehold of U.S. banks In May, Puerto Rico, which has a $103 billion economy, declared bankruptcy. It has since been trying to restructure more than $70 billion in debt. The island’s finances are currently controlled by a federal board, which has made just $1 billion available for relief.Just before Maria struck, a horrific austerity plan for Puerto Rico, which would plunge many more people into poverty, was imposed on the people. Part of it includes the privatization of state entities such as the PR Electric Power Authority, especially its electricity-generating capacity, which produces the most profits. (Workers World, Oct. 4)Certain U.S. policies have contributed to Puerto Rico’s economic deterioration. One of them is the Jones Act, an antiquated law that forces Puerto Ricans to pay nearly double for U.S. goods through various tariffs, fees and taxes. The act stipulates that any goods shipped from one U.S. port to another must be on U.S.-made-and-operated ships.Other Caribbean islands are going through similar crises after being hit by hurricanes Maria and Irma. The island of Barbuda has been completely abandoned, and residents still can’t return home. Twenty-seven people died in Dominica. (vox.com, Oct. 3)Ninety percent of the 100,000 residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are without power and drinkable water. The airport and only hospital were badly damaged.In Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello issued a blanket moratorium on public rent payments until January 2018. A spokeswoman for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, however, said no such arrangement was in place there. (theguardian.com, Oct. 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The Latest: Kansas businesses not to repay COVID loans

first_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  The Latest: Kansas businesses not to repay COVID loans WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 center_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Washington. Local NewsBusinessUS News Previous articleHanesBrands uitgeroepen tot een van de meest ethische bedrijven ter wereld in 2021Next articleStory’s time: Rockies shortstop focused on season, not deal Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Three men charged with terrorist offences in Derry

first_img By News Highland – December 9, 2012 Three men charged with terrorist offences in Derry Previous articleFormer AssetCo worker tells CPWP rally “I may have to emigrate”Next articleThree men to appear in Court in Derry over rocket find News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny WhatsApp News 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Google+ Detectives investigating dissident republican activity in Derry have charged three men with the possession of explosives, conspiring to murder and possession of terrorist equipment.It follows the recovery of an armour piercing rocket in a car stopped by police in the Creggan area on Thursday evening.The men, who are in their 40s, are due in court in Derry tomorrow. Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Pinterest Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

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Fine Gael by-elections bill defeated

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleCastlederg girl’s death “absolutely devastating”Next articleSpeculation continues on Terence Slowey’s future as a County Councillor News Highland Pinterest Fine Gael by-elections bill defeated Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Google+ Twitter Newsx Adverts WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook By News Highland – May 27, 2010 A Fine Gael bill proposing that bye-elections be held within six months of a vacancy arising in a constituency has been defeated in the Dáil.The Government’s side won the vote 72-68.Bye-elections are due in three constituencies: in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal South West.The Donegal South West seat has remained vacant for nearly a year.Fine Gael Environment Spokesman Phil Hogan said the Bill would take away from any Government the decision on holding a bye-election.Fianna Fáil TD Seán Power said he could see merit in a Fine Gael proposal to hold by elections within 6 months of a vacancy arising.Deputy Power said that the people of Donegal South West need their rightful representation but that the Fine Gael proposal needs more ‘flexibility’.The Bill was also supported by three Independents – Joe Behan, Finian McGrath and Maureen O’Sullivan and was voted last night. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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TroyFest features world-renowned musicians

first_imgLatest Stories “But table reservations aren’t necessary to enjoy the Chris Vadala and Billy Dees concert,” Metzger said. “You may bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. This is going to be an exceptionally good concert and we encourage everyone to make plans to come and enjoy the concert and Saturday evening in Troy with friends and neighbors.”The Vadala-Dees concert is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Skip Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Published 10:13 pm Tuesday, April 13, 2010 By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content You Might Like Pike’s Farm City Committee recognized The Farm-City Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce was recipient of the “Best Civic Club Activity” award for… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day TroyFest features world-renowned musicians Email the author TroyFest has quickly gained the reputation of, not only a first class arts and crafts show, but also a venue for world-class musicians.This year’s festival will feature world-renowned saxophone artist, Chris Vadala and songwriter and singer, Billy Dees in concert.Vadala will be in concert with Ray Smith and the Troy University Jazz Band at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in the parking lot next to Byrd Drugs on the square in downtown Troy. Vadala recently released his first solo album titled “Out of the Shadows.” He is a longtime songwriter and collaborator with Chuck Mangione. Vadala holds a PhD in music and is the director of jazz studies, a saxophone professor and a distinguished scholar-teacher at the University of Maryland.Billy Dees, who is best known as Roy Orbison’s collaborator and songwriter, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.The Troy concert will be a stop on Dees’ farewell tour and will be filmed for an upcoming documentary on the noted songwriter whose hits include “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “It’s Over,” which Roy Orbison took to the top of the charts. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Richard Metzger, executive director of the Johnson Center for the Arts, said the outdoor concert featuring Vadala and Dees is free and open to the public. However, the Johnson Center will have reserved tables for those who want to enjoy the concert picnic-style.“As with last year, tables will be set up under the tent and everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic or snacks to enjoy during the concert,” Metzger said. “The cost of a table, which seats eight comfortably, is $100. If you are a Centennial member of the Johnson Center for the Arts, there is a 10 percent discount. All proceeds will benefit the Johnson Center.”There will be a limited number of tables available, so Metzger said everyone is urged make reservations early.Reservations may be made at the Johnson Center or by calling 434-0411.last_img read more

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While many flee Hurricane Florence, others think about staying: ‘It’s not a thrill ride you want to be on,’ official says

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — Residents of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — a beach town devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Hurricane Hazel in 1954 — are bracing for what could possibly be the first direct hit by a major hurricane that they’ve had in decades.Hurricane Florence, a dangerous Category 3 storm, is barreling toward the southeast U.S., and it’s expected to bring massive amounts of rain and catastrophic flooding.The “biggest fear at this point is that the hurricane will come straight into the Myrtle Beach area ,” said city official Mark Kruea.For residents not listening to the mandatory evacuation notice, Kruea said, “I think they’re playing with their life.”“It’s not a thrill ride you want to be on,” he warned. “Get to some safety right now.”Myrtle Beach — known for being a vacation hot spot with a boardwalk and attractions that host 18 to 19 million visitors a year — is now a boarded-up ghost town.One of the biggest attractions along the Grand Strand is the SkyWheel, a 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel that advertises “miles and miles of beach views.” The problem is that it sits rights at the ocean’s edge — all 42 gondolas have been removed.City officials say it can withstand hurricane-force winds, but they are concerned about possible damages from storm surge.Many residents appear to have evacuated, but others say they will ride it out.Joan Noble lives on Pawleys Island, an area under a mandatory evacuation. Though she doesn’t live by the beach, her home is surrounded by water, including nearby creeks and a lake in her backyard.She is still debating whether to stay or go, but she knows time is running out, and she admitted that she’s nervous about the rain accumulation.“It’s not going to be one like Hugo, [which] came in, went right through [and] left its damage,” she said. “This one is not going to leave us for a while. So you wonder what that’s going to be like. Don’t know.”Hospitals in the area are also taking no chances.Doctors and staff of the city and county’s largest hospital, Grand Strand Medical Center, are working around the clock to safely evacuate patients.Several critically ill patients were taken out by paramedics and loaded into a large bus that was converted into an ambulance.Patients are being transported as far as Georgia and Florida.“It’s not safe to try to care here,” said Dr. Jon Pangia, the hospital’s Emergency Medical Director. “We’re trying to get everyone out, and as such we are shutting the hospital down.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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An evolutionary framework for the polar regions

first_imgAbstract: Our knowledge of the nature, generation and maintenance of largescale biodiversity patterns is still far from complete. This is particularly so in the Southern Hemisphere and in the marine realm, where recent taxonomic investigations of Mollusca and other invertebrate groups has cast doubt upon the existence of a simple cline in species richness between the tropics and the pole. Comparatively high regional diversity values for the shelled gastropods and other epifaunal taxa implies a considerable evolutionary legacy; this is supported, at least in part, by available evidence from the fossil record. Certain families within the living gastropod fauna maintain their prominence when traced back 40 m.y., and perhaps even longer; in addition, several Southern Ocean gastropod and bivalve genera can now be traced back to at least the late Eocene. Use of a variety of refugia may have enabled many taxa to survive repeated glacial advances. As we begin to revise our concept of the nature of latitudinal diversity gradients, so we also need to examine regional variations in evolutionary rates. Clearly this is a complex issue. but recourse to a pilot study based on the molluscan fossil record suggests that there may be no significant difference between the rates of radiation of tropical and cold-temperatdpolar taxa. The most diverse clades, which are all tropical, are simply the oldest. What data are available from the fossil record indicate that there is no appreciable latitudinal variation in rates of extinction either. Time, but not necessarily environmental stability, would appear to be crucial to the development of pockets of high taxonomic diversity. Recent improvement in our understanding of the biology of many polar marine invertebrates suggests that life in cold water is not an insuperable evolutionary problem. Of qual importance to any intrinsic properties of organisms which may have governed the differentiation of large-scale biodiversity patterns is the role of extrinsic processes. Foremost among these has almost certainly been repeated range shifts in response to Cenozoic climatic cycles.last_img read more

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Swedish Coast Guard MPRA Aircraft Completes Contribution to EU Naval Force

first_img View post tag: EU View post tag: Contribution View post tag: Defence View post tag: Swedish February 19, 2013 View post tag: coast Back to overview,Home naval-today Swedish Coast Guard MPRA Aircraft Completes Contribution to EU Naval Force View post tag: Defense View post tag: MPRA The Swedish Coast Guard MPRA aircraft left the Seychelles on 15 February 2013 after a productive four month deployment to the Seychelles as part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.The Swedish coastguard Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, joined the operation in October 2012 and left the operation on 15 February 2013. The MPRA conduct vital surveillance operations as part of the counter-piracy effort in the region. The officer in charge of the Swedish coastguard team commented:“The participation of the MPRA team in Operation Atalanta has been a great success for EU NAVFOR and the Swedish Coast Guard (Swe CG). The Swe CG is a civilian authority and it’s a bit special to work under military command, but thanks to good co-operation with the Swedish Air Force (who have supported the MPRA team with a liaison officer) it has worked very well. We are happy to see that the piracy has decreased so much. That gives a good hope for the future.”The departure of the Swedish team has been followed with the deployment of 2 Luxembourg MPRAs to the Seychelles, providing continuous surveillance capabilities to the EU Naval Force.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 19, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: completes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Guard View post tag: Naval View post tag: Force View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aircraft Swedish Coast Guard MPRA Aircraft Completes Contribution to EU Naval Force Share this articlelast_img read more

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