Charities’ insurance fears “are unfounded”

first_imgThe research by FWD was carried out in June 2007 and involved a sample of 100 charities with a range of incomes and purposes. It found that one in five charities is worried about rising insurance premiums, and one in ten is worried about claims made against their charity by the public. Ecclesiastical’s Chief Underwriting Manager, Chris Lees, said: “Despite what people might think, insurance isn’t a major stumbling block for charities. They can get the cover they need at a reasonable price and insurance concerns don’t get in the way of organised events.“If charities use proper risk management techniques, keep in touch with their broker and use a specialist insurer they can be confident they’re properly protected.”Ecclesiastical has re-launched its specialist charity insurance policy with improved levels of cover. These include automatic cover for charity trustees up to £100,000, equipment breakdown in the event of electrical or mechanical breakdown, and fidelity guarantee to cover exposure to fraud and dishonesty from employees and volunteers. Charity insurance company Ecclesiastical reports that only 5% of charities think that insurance claims against them will be a serious threat facing them in the future. Many more (64%) are primarily concerned with the risk of withdrawn funding.New research commissioned by Ecclesiastical has found that, despite the perception that insurance worries are the reason for cancelled events, only 3% of charities have actually cancelled an event. After the risk of withdrawn funding, charities surveyed were more concerned by protecting their image and reputation (17%) and changes in social policy (9%). Advertisement Howard Lake | 3 July 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Financecenter_img  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities’ insurance fears “are unfounded” 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.last_img read more

Union leaves members out in the cold awaiting EU debate

first_imgMany Oxford Union members queued outside the venue’s debating chamber for hours in advance of this evening’s debate ‘This House believes Britain and the EU are better together’ which began at 8:30pm and boasts floor speakers Nigel Farage MEP, Nick Clegg MP, former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and William Cash MP.Cherwell understands that at its longest, the queue extended along St Michael’s and exceeded 450 people, the stated capacity of the main Debating Chamber, meaning those who joined the queue later risked waiting for hours only to be turned away at the gates. The temperature has also dropped close to zero in recent days.At about 7pm, Union officials shut off the queue, preventing any more students from joining at the back.However, Anna Corderoy, a third-year Catz English Literature student, posted on the event’s Facebook page at around 4:30pm, “Yeah it’s quite disappointing to hear that the queue is already large 4 hours in advance,” her post read. “We pay so much for Union membership these events shouldn’t be restricted to those who have the time to cut their working day short.”Shakeel Hashim, a PPEist, went further, commenting, “At the very least, they could have the decency to tell people that it’s full. But instead their usual lack of communication and frankly elitist sneering at members has struck once more. Yet another demonstration that Union committee are in it for their own self interest (I hope they’re enjoying their lovely dinner with Farage and Clegg that they can put on their cover letters now) rather than even bothering to pretend that they want to work for their members.”Those with positions in the Union do not have to queue for events and many will, as Hashim suggested, be dining with the speakers ahead of the debate.  Some of the queue for the @Nigel_Farage vs Barosso at the @oxfordUnion tonight pic.twitter.com/UfxAJE4dwS— Gawain Towler (@GawainTowler) November 23, 2015 “There were, additionally, significant issues with security and the monitoring of the queue at the event, and for that we also apologise. Security was not present at the event early enough, and therefore could not ensure the queue was orderly or that those queueing beyond the venue’s capacity were informed early enough that they would not be able to get in. This is unacceptable, and will be far better handled in future.” Meanwhile, students on Twitter noted that the entire front of the chamber was reserved before the debate, further reducing the number of seats available.The entire front is reserved. Will @OxfordUnion be able to justify this with so many waiting in the cold? pic.twitter.com/m6bx8qtpCw— Jonathan Goddard (@jonathangoddard) November 23, 2015Dan Walker, a third-year Catz PPEist, commented on his own critical post to the event page, tagging a member of the Union’s Secretary’s Committee and writing, “Can you or anyone else at the Oxford Union answer me? Or are you all too busy enjoying your hot chocolate indoors whilst you watch the peasants queue up outside.”Liam Saddington, a Union member and Geography undergraduate at St Catherine’s, told Cherwell, “I’ve been queueing since 3.15pm. Others have been here since 2pm. At 3.15pm there were already around 20 in the queue. [The temperature] has been near zero all day, with no communication at all from the Union until 6.10pm.“The queue has been beyond a joke. People have been pushing in constantly. Very disappointed at the poor level of organisation from the Union.” “We also understand that there were concerns over the quantity of reserved seating for this event. This particular event was organised in association with the Europaeum, without which the lineup for the event simply would not have been possible. In return for their help organising this event, they asked for a number of reserved seats. We are committed to making sure as many members find a place in the venue for our events as possible, and we will continue to make efforts towards achieving this goal by minimising reserved seating requested by associated organisations who bring high profile speakers to the Oxford Union wherever possible. The Oxford Union gave the following statement to Cherwell regarding the queues. “The Oxford Union would like to apologise for the way the entry for the EU debate was handled. It was not acceptable, it was not efficient, and it was not a fair way to treat our members.center_img “One of the major issues that has been raised was the lack of a ballot system for entry. Though we have kept this as an option for this term, we have been hesitant to implement it due to a number of complaints from members at past events when such a system was used; many believe that the fairest way to allocate the spaces is entirely through queuing given that it enables members to express how strong their preferences are for attending a certain event. However, due to the obvious demand from our members, we commit to trialing this system again, and improving upon it until it is both fair and effective. To that end, in the future, when there is clearly far more interest in an event than capacity within the venue, we will implement a system in which half the available seats in the chamber are balloted to members at random and the other half are allocated through our traditional first-come-first-served queue basis. One such student was OUCA President Jan Nedvídek, who spoke at the debate (though he does not hold a Union position).[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%12460%%[/mm-hide-text]The Oxford Union posted on the event page at 5:53pm, addressing the posts of members from earlier in the afternoon, stating, “We are delighted that there is such interest in this debate! “We’re very conscious of how cold it is outside, and are just waiting for various television crews to arrive – we will let members into the Chamber as soon as they are installed. Security will be arriving shortly to prevent queue jumping, and we hope that everyone has an enjoyable evening!”During the debate, which ended with the chamber voting in favour of the proposition, ‘This House Believes Britain and the EU are Better Together”, 45 tweets were sent from the Oxford Union Twitter account. However, none of them addressed the concerns of members who had queued.A petition on Change.org has already garnered 131 signatures, calling on Union President Charlie Vaughan “to review the way in which admittance to the Union for popular events is provided”.There have also been questions as to why this event has not had half of the tickets balloted for in advance, as regularly occurred last year for the most popular events. Indeed, various different suggestions for alternative ticketing systems have been put forward on the event page.There have been fresh calls for the Union to enable live streaming for members to watch. After repeated requests for information, the news filtered out through friends of Union committee members that highlights would be shown tonight on BBC News. “While we understand that there is significant demand for a livestream, this is unfortunately not something that we can commit to at this time, but we will certainly investigate the feasibility of a livestream and other options to increase access to our events in the future. “The logistical issues today on our end are not acceptable, but we are committed to working hard for our members to make changes that will make access to our events fairer in future.We would like to thank all our members for being patient as we explore new ways to make the Oxford Union better than ever.”Tom Carter has written a response to these events.last_img read more

France’s EDF to close 580MW Havre coal plant in early 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:France’s 580 megawatt (MW) Havre coal power plant will close on April 1, 2021, the energy ministry said on Friday.The closure is part of the government’s plan to phase out its remaining 3,000 MW of coal generation capacity by the end of 2022 to meet its target of curbing carbon emissions from the energy sector, while boosting renewable sources of energy.The Havre generator operated by state-controlled utility EDF, is one of the five remaining coal-fired generators in France.EDF also operates the two 580 MW coal generators at the Cordemais coal power plant. It is working to convert those to burn biomass instead of coal, which could enable it to continue operations beyond 2022 with government approval.France’s two other coal-fired plants, the Emile Huchet 6 and Provence 5, with combined installed capacity of 1,200 MW, are owned by Central European energy group EPH, which bought them from German utility Uniper.[Bate Felix]More: France to close Havre coal power plant in April 2021 France’s EDF to close 580MW Havre coal plant in early 2021last_img read more

Alleged Sinaloa cartel member arrested in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan anti-narcotics officers arrested alleged Sinaloa cartel member Walter Alirio Montejo Mérida, alias “El Zope,” on June 10 in the city of Huehuetenango, 275 kilometers (171 miles) northwest of Guatemala City. Montejo Mérida, a Guatemalan, has an extradition order to the United States, where he faces drug trafficking charges, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of the Interior. The suspect allegedly moved drug shipments from Huehuetenango to Mexico. He also is suspected of working with the Los Lorenzana drug cartel. After his capture, “El Zope” was taken to a prison in Guatemala City. [AFP, 11/06/2012; Prensalibre.com (Guatemala), 11/06/2012]last_img read more

Nine players from West Kootenay off to U16 BC Cup in Duncan

first_imgThe Nelson and District Community Complex played host to the B.C. Hockey Under-16 Evaluation Camp this past weekend.The camp attracted 20 players, run through practice and games, competing for 19 spots at the B.C. Cup set for later this season in Duncan.”Obviously is was very difficult for coaches and evaluators having to choose one player that was not moving on,” said evaluator and Kootenay Wildcats coach Cary Fisher.”The numbers were 10 selected from the East kootenay and nine selected form the west,” he added.Castlegar and Cranbrook led the list of selections.From Castlegar were Emilie teBulte, Reece McCrory, Kendra Waterstreet, Kaile Horner along with Emma Wheeldon and Merissa Dawson, both of Nelson, but play on teams from the Sunflower City. From Cranbrook were Tiana Ewasiuk, Tarin Kelly, Caylee Lazar, Kennedy Sterzer, Tyra Shrubsall, Tyler Carver, Chloe Luke, Bailey Park, Jessica Owen, and Lindsay Weech.Katilna Harland was the lone player from Kaslo while Madaline Vockeroth-Fisher is the only player from Rossland.Haley Herridge is the final player from Nakusp.The BC Cup attracts  teams from Vancouver (2), the North, Okanagan, Kootenays and the Island. The players are all housed together and they participate in Practices, seminars and games. All meals are together and they are scheduled just as thought they were a National team member. “It is a great experience and we are all very proud of the girls that are represnting the Kootenays,” Fisher said.last_img read more

Arcata girls soccer claims comeback win over Eureka to stay in race for league title

first_imgARCATA >> With its streak of consecutive league titles getting as good of a challenge as its gotten in years heading down the home stretch, the Arcata girls soccer team’s final four regular-season games have subsequently turned into must-win situations.Wednesday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Eureka allowed Arcata to control its own destiny, as the Tigers got second-half goals from senior captains Maya Zambas and Claire Bareilles within a 15-minute span to claim a hard-fought comeback victory over …last_img read more

Bafana show they’ve got what it takes

first_img26 June 2009South Africa and Brazil dished up an entertaining clash in the semifinals of the Fifa Confederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Bafana Bafana didn’t take a step back against their more illustrious opponents, and Brazil needed a late goal to snatch a place in Sunday’s final against the USA.It was a very impressive performance from South Africa, who looked like they belonged on the field with A Seleçao, as the Brazilians are known.The strong showing from Bafana Bafana will have allayed the fears of some that the team will struggle at next year’s Fifa World Cup; against Brazil, the South Africans looked like a top tier team.Some of the stars of the world’s fifth-ranked side found the going tough against Bafana. Benson Mhlongo did a superb job keeping Kaka, the 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year, in check, while Robinho was ineffective out on the left.World classSteven Pienaar, in the South African midfield, proved once again that he is a world-class talent, while 22-year-old SA goalie Itumeleng Khune played with far more maturity and assuredness that one would expect from such a young man.Most impressive, however, was the teamwork and high workrate of the South African team, who were clearly undaunted by facing the mighty Brazilians, and were determined to follow in the steps of the USA, who had shocked world number one Spain the night before.Afterwards, coach Joel Santana declared himself “very happy with Bafana Bafana”. The crowd, despite the disappointment of the loss, clearly agreed with him that the national team had produced a great and entertaining effort.Thanked supportersSantana thanked the supporters and his team, who he said worked very hard in training and showed good discipline on the field.Bafana Bafana made a positive start to the contest, holding onto possession nicely as both teams tried to find their rhythm.It took until the 12th minute for the first shot to be taken. Fabiano tested Khune, who stopped the ball comfortably, low to his left.A minute later, Bernard Parker fired off South Africa’s first shot. It flashed across goalkeeper Julio Cesar and wide of the net-minder’s right hand upright.Between the tenth and twentieth minutes it looked as if Brazil had found some fluency in their passing as Bafana’s deep defending gave them room to operate in, but South Africa weren’t standing back for their highly-rated opponents and were giving as good as they got, especially in the midfield.Oh so closeIn the 21st minute captain Aaron Mokoena came oh so close to giving his team the lead. A free kick picked him up, steaming through from defence, five metres from the Brazilian goals and just left of the upright. He couldn’t keep his header down enough, however, and his effort flew just over the top of the crossbar.After 28 minutes, SA were awarded another free kick for a foul by Lusiao on Parker just outside the Brazilian box. Siphiwe Tshabala struck the ball well, but his shot was too straight and Cesar palmed it away for a Bafana corner.Three minutes later, Sibuniso Gaxa intercepted a pass to break up an attack by the South Americans. He found Teko Modise in space on the right, but the midfielder scuffed his shot, dragging it across the goalmouth.A Brazilian attack shortly afterwards saw Andre Santos firing a powerful left-footed volley from outside the South African box, but SA goalie Itumeleng Khune saved comfortably to his left.Kaka on the chargeKaka then showed how dangerous he could be when, after picking up a pass on the left, he cut inside and shot. His effort scraped past Khune’s left-hand post.Five minutes later, the newly-signed Real Madrid man was again on the attack. Breaking out from deep after a South African offensive was halted, he shot low to the goalkeeper’s left, but Khune was up to the challenge.A minute after that, Steven Pienaar shaved Cesar’s right hand post with a super strike from long range that left the midfield ace holding his head in his hands.Tsepo Masilela then picked up a yellow card just before the break after a late tackle on Andre Santos.Half-timeAt half-time it was nil-nil. Possession favoured Brazil, but only by 51% to 49%. The teams had produced an equal number of shots on goal.Two minutes into the second half, Robinho blasted harmlessly over the top of the South African goal from 30 metres, his shot like so many of Brazil’s on the night coming from long range.Kaka then managed to round Mokoena on the left, but his low, centering cross was cut out by Pienaar.After 58 minutes, some sharp passing by the South African midfielders created some space for Modise just outside the Brazilian box. He shot to the right of Cesar, but his shot was deflected back to the left. The goalkeeper scrambled across to make the save, but the ball hit the post and went behind for a corner.Santos was shown a yellow card after an hour when he stopped a promising South African counter-attack with a foul on Modise.DeniedLuis Fabiano was then denied by Khune after a shot from the right hand corner of the box, as the SA goalkeeper continued to look assured and convincing.In the 73rd minute, Siphiwe Tshabalala created some space for himself on the left and his cross passed only centimeters over the head of Parker, who was 10 metres from goal in the middle of the field.With eight minutes to go, the first substitution of the contest was made with Daniel Alves replacing Andre Santos.GoalFive minutes later, Alves was entrusted with the ball after SA skipper Mokoena fouled Ramires on the edge of the Bafana area. Alves then picked out the only open area with his shot, striking it powerfully inside the left hand post – just – and into the side netting to put Brazil into the lead.South African coach Joel Santana responded with a few substitutions, but it was too late to turn the result around and the five-time World Cup winners progressed to the title decider.South Africa next face Spain in the playoff for third and fourth in Rustenburg on Sunday. The United States and Brazil will meet in Johannesburg on the same day for the title.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

YouTube Gets a Makeover: Launches New Video Player and Video Pages

first_imgNew Ratings SystemYouTube also did away with the old ratings system. Instead of rating a video on a 1 to 5 star scale, YouTube moved to a “Like/Don’t Like” model. According to Google, YouTube’s users only gave 1 and 5 star reviews to videos anyway and skipped over the intermediate ratings.What do You Think?To us, the new pages are a welcome departure from the crowded old YouTube pages. What do you think? Is this a step forward for YouTube or will it be a failed experiment? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… YouTube just launched a streamlined video player and redesigned video pages. The new video pages give YouTube a more minimalist and streamlined look, with a stronger focus on the video. For now, these new features are opt-in only. It is not clear when Google plans to make this new design the default theme for YouTube.You can join the experiment by clicking on this link and you can opt out again by clicking here. Tags:#Google#news#web center_img New Video PagesAs Google emphasized in the announcement today, the new pages put the video at the center of the experience. The new video pages are very stripped down and somewhat reminiscent of the YouTube “Feather” experiment Google launched last December.The description of the currently playing video has moved underneath the video, leaving more space on the sidebar for related videos or a list of other videos in the current playlist. The new pages also put a larger emphasis on related videos. If you start a search on YouTube while a video is playing, the results will appear right on the same page without interrupting the video that is currently playing. Search results appear on the right side of the screen, while the video continues to play in a smaller player on the left side of the page.Improved Video PlayerThe player itself has also been redesigned. You can now switch between different player sizes. Switching between different video qualities (SD, HD or 1080p) is now done through a drop-down menu. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken A two-pointer by Bronchard stretched the gap to eight, 16-8, before Charly Pontens sealed the dominant victory for France, which leads Pool B with a 2-0 record, with still one minute and 27 seconds to spare.The Filipinos, who were forced to take contested shots outside due to France’s size and solid defense, split their first two games in the tournament after a 21-15 win over Romania earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Paras, Ravena lead PH over Romania Fiba 3×3 World CupJR Quiñahan gave the 18th seed Philippines a 2-1 edge, but France quickly answered with a two-pointer of its own and the Filipinos never led again. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Castro says Texters must play as a team against Beermen Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The Philippines will try to bounce back against No. 2 Slovenia early Wednesday morning. The game is set at 1:40 a.m before wrapping the elimination round with a duel against No. 15 El Salvador, which was also clobbered by France, 21-5, earlier.The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Angelo Tsagarakis of France drives against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines during the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. Photo from Fiba.comFrance outclassed the Philippines, 22-11, to gain early lead in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup early Monday morning (Manila time) in Nantes, France.Led by big man Charles Bronchard and speedy guard Dominique Gentil, No. 10 France raced to an early advantage that the Philippines couldn’t recover from.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more