Virgin Money Foundation opens first grants round

first_imgVirgin Money Foundation opens first grants round Tagged with: Funding North East Howard Lake | 14 August 2015 | News The Virgin Money Foundation has announced its first round of funding, which is open to organisations that achieve long term impact in communities in the North East of England.The funding will be for organisations that:• enable homeless people or people at risk of homelessness to find a home, especially through increasing the supply of affordable rented properties.• provide opportunities for youth education, training and enterprise.• create and support community and social enterprise.• fund feasibility studies into larger capital projects that will bring people and money into a deprived community.Applications are invited for funding from £10,000 to £50,000 from organisations working in  the local authority areas of Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton on Tees, and Sunderland.Grants are for running costs, not capital costs. They are for one year only.The closing date for applications to the Virgin Money Foundation’s first funding round is 28 September 2015.The Foundation, the creation of which was announced last year, will subsequently extend its funding activities across the UK.“Not enough” says Labour MPThe North East of England was where the Northern Rock Foundation was active before it closed. Virgin Money took over the Northern Rock bank following its nationalisation in 2012 following the financial crisis of 2008.Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne, criticised the amount being provided by Virgin Money Foundation, contrasting it with the work of the Northern Rock Foundation. She said:“Before it got caught up in the consequences of casino type financial speculation, Northern Rock reflected the values of the North East by generously investing in local good causes. I would like to see Virgin Money do the same.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

World Cup hasn’t loosened Russia’s grip on media freedom, RSF says

first_img News Pursuing the football metaphor, Deloire added that the Kremlin “fixes matches by arbitrarily changing the rules of the game.” What with penalizing defamation and “offending the feelings of religious believers,” the laws are getting more repressive all the time, and their broad and vague wording allows the referees to apply them in a selective and arbitrary manner. No one ever gets a red card for tackling journalists from behind. From police violence to murders of journalists, impunity is the rule. At least 34 journalists have been killed in connection with their reporting in Russia since Putin first became prime minister in 1999. In the vast majority of these cases, the investigations go nowhere and the masterminds are never identified. News On the eve of the start of the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today launching a campaign to draw attention to the Kremlin’s increasingly tight grip on Russian journalism and to pay tribute to the journalists who continue to resist. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Press freedom NGOs are now being criminalized, foreign media are under threat, and the formerly free Internet is in the process of being throttled. To help draw attention to the situation and stimulate the public’s interest, RSF is also distributing stickers of detained journalists such as Alexander Sokolov and Igor Rudnikov for insertion in a book. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go further Download the sticker bookDownload the campaign visual May 21, 2021 Find out more “The intense public interest aroused by the World Cup must not eclipse the unfair match between the government and independent media in Russia,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said at a press conference. Help by sharing this information Campaigns Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Russiacenter_img In Crimea (annexed in 2014) and Chechnya, no rules at all are enforced. With the Kremlin’s blessing, these regions have been turned into matches behind closed doors. News The Kremlin controls the leading media outlets in Russia, using them to inundate the public with propaganda. Despite determined resistance, independent journalism is losing ground. Whenever an independent media outlet succeeds in reaching the general public, various methods are quickly used to side-line it. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation The campaign will continue with other visuals during the weeks to come with the aim of preventing the year’s biggest media event from being used by Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine to disguise the steady decline in media pluralism in Russia. Related documents dp_en.pdfPDF – 508.03 KBrsf_russia_poster_en.pdfPDF – 2.38 MBdp_russie_4.pdfPDF – 5.09 MB June 12, 2018 – Updated on June 13, 2018 World Cup hasn’t loosened Russia’s grip on media freedom, RSF says The centre-piece of the campaign is a fake football pitch in Paris with life-size photos of the seven journalists currently detained in Russia. More professional journalists and bloggers are in prison now than at any time since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independenceEvents CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureImpunityPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independenceEvents CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureImpunityPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Receive email alerts “Press freedom is being trampled more now than at any time since the Soviet Union’s fall. To prevent the biggest media event of the year from being reduced to a Potemkin sham, we are spotlighting the faces of the journalists who embody the resistance to the Kremlin’s control of the media.” Читать на русском / Read in RussianСкачать альбом наклеек May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

United we stand

first_imgIn the news last week came reports that the government will be reintroducing home economics. Fifteen years ago they didn’t want to know and now all the teachers have dropped out. It’s like shooting an athlete in the foot before they begin a race.In our own industry the Doomsday clock stands at three minutes to midnight. It is important you all know that colleges have not had a free hand with the direction it has taken. Our industry lead body tells us what we can teach and the government tells us how much money they will give us to do it with. Every year there has been some form of cut in funding to contend with. And I suspect the colleges will have difficulties with the new skills framework.The Anglo/Welsh training scheme had experts, some industry backing and co-operation from some colleges, but was not economically viable.There is a dearth of skilled bakery educated staff. My view is that we should have a bakery skills centre, locate it central to the country, near the motorway and have it governed by reps from all the industry sectors. The centre would set its own standards, have funding via a tax on a raw material, such as flour, and use colleges and training providers (working together) to fill the widening skills gap.BB has provided a forum so you can make your views known and the Association of Bakery Students & Trainees has worked out a formula for a National Skills Aca-demy for Bakery (BB, 25 January, pg 16). Let’s unite behind this model and provide a new, united bakery training provision. === Skilled workers are in short supply ===There is a massive shortfall in the level of skills in bakery, with many employees being functionally illiterate and over 50% falling below Level 2 qualifications (five good GCSE passes). If the industry is rise to the consumer demand for better and more innovative products at a competitive price, this area needs to be challenged.The primary focus may be apprentices. Last year, there were 96 bakery apprentices from a workforce population of 96,000. Improve, the skills sector council says the apprenticeship route has been reviewed and the new pathways are intended to enable candidates to develop into skilled craftspeople, managers, supervisors, machine operatives etc. This route aims to allow the sector to develop its own talent and deliver the people in the right place with the right skills at the right time.last_img read more

Man Utd’s scheme to deny De Gea a Real deal

first_imgTransfers Man Utd formulate £14m De Gea salary offer to deny Real Madrid star goalkeeper Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent 18:07 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) David de Gea Manchester United Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Premier League David de Gea The Spain No.1 came close to leaving Old Trafford in 2015 and there are fears the move could materialise this summer When David de Gea somehow kept out Luis Muriel’s header shortly before half-time in Manchester United’s Champions League visit to Sevilla last week, it was a familiar collective sigh of relief which was heard on the away terraces.Not only had he done similar moments earlier to deny Steven N’Zonzi, but the Spaniard has become recognised as the world’s best goalkeeper on the back of countless such interventions over the past five years.Having struggled during his early months at Old Trafford, De Gea has been United’s most consistent player since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson brought about greater pressure on the Red Devils’ goalmouth on a weekly basis. The 27-year-old won the club’s Player of the Year award in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, prompting Jose Mourinho to announce shortly after his arrival at the club in 2016: “If season after season the goalkeeper is Player of the Season, it means that something is wrong. Hopefully he’s not player of the season this season but hopefully he keeps making important saves for us.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But De Gea continues to stand out, and his form has continued to catch the eye of Real Madrid. The European champions attempted to sign the ex-Atletico Madrid star from United in 2015, only to be foiled by a matter of minutes, and there is a real belief that they could launch another bid for him this summer.And, with former United star Paul Scholes admitting to Goal  that he can understand if De Gea wants to leave for the Spanish capital , many of the club’s fans are bracing themselves for a nerve-shredding summer as they look to hold on to the man Gary Neville claims is “United’s only world-class player” .Below, Goal looks at the situation and how it could play out…De Gea’s deadline day fax machine farce It was a bizarre twist of fate that United fans still celebrate to this day. On August 31, 2015, United agreed to sell De Gea to Real Madrid for around £30 million and began the formal process of arranging a transfer which would see Keylor Navas arrive at Old Trafford in return.De Gea had been left out of the first six games of the 2015-16 season by Louis van Gaal, who was worried about his keeper’s frame of mind against the backdrop of the continuing transfer talk linking him to Madrid. However, it took the Blancos until the final day of the transfer window to make their first official approach, offering Navas in part-exhange in order to help fill the gap left behind by De Gea in United’s squad.But Madrid missed the deadline by 28 minutes after a faulty fax machine delayed the processing of the transfer documents, leaving both players in limbo and the two clubs pointing accusatory fingers back and forth. Within days, United had tied De Gea down to a new four-year deal with a club option for 2019-20 and they will be hoping against hope that they are not dragged into another ridiculous saga this summer as they attempt to lock in the goalkeeper with another long-term contract.David de Gea Keylor Navas Spain Costa Rica 11062015What are Real Madrid’s goalkeeping plans?Since their near-miss with De Gea, Madrid have won two Champions League titles with Navas keeping goal. The Costa Rican has become a huge favourite of coach Zinedine Zidane, and there is a general belief in the Spanish capital that Los Blancos would be more than happy to retain the 31-year-old as their first choice into at least the 2018-19 season, if not beyond.Madrid goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis has a great relationship with Navas, having also worked with him at Levante before the keeper made headlines with his national team and the 2014 World Cup and won a €10m move to Real Madrid as a result.Navas himself has made it clear that he has no desire to leave the club this summer, regardless of what Madrid do in terms of bolstering their goalkeeping stocks. While there had been speculation over his future when Madrid made a move for Kepa in January, Zidane made it clear that the approach for the Athletic shot-stopper was likely to come at the expense of second-choice keeper Kiko Casilla rather than Navas.The Blancos will again consider a goalkeeping target this summer and, with Kepa having recently signed a new seven-year deal at Athletic, De Gea is likely to be considered once more since Madrid have concluded that their next purchase between the nets should either be a young player with great talent or one of the very best in the business if the opportunity arises.Any long-term plan could be thrown into jeopardy if a poor finish to the season persuades the powers-that-be at the Santiago Bernabeu to part with two-time Champions League-winning coach Zidane, but it is also felt that the emergence on the market of a goalkeeper of the calibre of De Gea or Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois will attract Madrid’s attention regardless of who is leading them from the bench.Zinedine Zidane Keylor Navas Real Madrid press conferenceWhat do Man Utd & De Gea want? Simply put, United do not want to lose De Gea and there is talk that they have prepared a deal worth around £275,000-a-week (£14.3m salary) to keep the goalkeeper in Manchester for the forseeable future.Mourinho has already made it clear that the club will pick up their option to retain the No.1 for the 2019-20 season, but they see it as being in everyone’s best interests to ensure that De Gea is presented with a firm offer for a new deal well in advance of that time.De Gea, meanwhile, is thought to be keen to stay on at United so long as he can see a turning point in the club’s fortunes in the months ahead. With the 20-time English champions destined for a fifth straight year without a serious title challenge, De Gea is hopeful of a decent Champions League run this season to help United’s case as a force to be reckoned with once more.Having told his agent, Jorge Mendes, last year that he is more than happy at Manchester United and saw no need to look elsewhere, that viewpoint would appear unlikely to change this summer unless the club are dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla and suffer a poor end to the campaign.On a personal note he is more than happy with life in Manchester, despite his girlfriend Edurne Garcia having famously conceded the city was “uglier than the back of a fridge” on a light entertainment show in 2015. De Gea even admitted to the Star on Sunday recently that he is enjoying veteran status among the current United squad.”To be honest I am just really happy,” he said. “I feel like an important player in the dressing room. I am one of the oldest in the team. It makes me happy to see the younger players coming through – and trying to make United big.”As long as United can convince De Gea that they are continuing to strive for the kind of success he craves, it would appear that there is little chance of him leaving Old Trafford this summer. Now it is just a case of delivering the kind of results that can persuade both their star goalkeeper and the outside world that they are ready to become a giant once more.last_img read more

Latest College Football Playoff Rankings Revealed By Selection Committee

first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.College Football Playoff BracketThe top quartet from last week’s College Football Playoff rankings — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa — all won over the weekend, so not much change was expected at the top of this week’s list. However, with No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Michigan losing to No. 9 Stanford, No. 19 TCU and No. 8 Ohio State respectively, some shake-up beyond the top group was inevitable. The major story line of tonight’s rankings unveiling? Which teams sitting outside of the top four are most likely to benefit from any chaos this coming Saturday. The selection committee just debuted its fifth rankings of the year on ESPN. Here’s the full Top 25:1. Clemson— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20152. Alabama— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20153. Oklahoma— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20154. Iowa— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20155. Michigan State 6. Ohio State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20157. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida State 10. North Carolina— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201511. TCU 12. Baylor 13. Mississippi 14. Northwestern 15. Michigan— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201516. Oregon 17. Oklahoma State 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Southern California— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201521. LSU 22. Temple 23. Navy 24. Utah 25. Tennessee— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 2015What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

Wilhemsens Smart Rope Steals the Show at SMM

first_imgVisitors at this year’s SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany, have been challenged to walk a mile in seafarers shoes and test out Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s smart rope system.The rope was put on display at the company’s stand and visitors were invited pull the rope and see what they are made of as the system provides real-time pull load results.The system, dubbed Timm’s Smart Ropes, is constructed using the company’s Timm Acera range and an embedded load sensor. It provides real time information about usage, tension and overall health of the rope ushering in a new era for mooring practices that have been pretty outdated.Wilhemsen said that the digital system reduces the chances of mismanagement prolonging the life of a mooring rope.The system is accompanied by an interactive dashboard intended for the ship’s crew, called the Digital Mooring assistant, that provides the information on the state of each rope in real time.Aside to the smart mooring rope for ships, that stole the show at the fair, Wilhelmsen Ships Service presented a host of digital products at SMM today.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

BC Chamber of Commerce call for Nominations 2019 Board of Directors

first_imgIf you or know someone that would be suited to or would like to join the Board yourself, read the nomination package CLICK HERE The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM, Friday, February 4, 2019. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce has one vacancy in the Northeast without an incumbent.The BC Chamber of Commerce is seeking people that want to help shape the Chamber’s future through their actions, words and principals to serve on the 2019 Board of Directors.They seek dynamic individuals to serve as leaders in their pursuit of advocacy, insight, and influence.last_img read more

Modi is Pradhan Prachar Mantri Priyanka Gandhi

first_imgBanda (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Pradhan Prachar Mantri” and accused the BJP of “wasting drinking water” to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh’s Budelkhand region. Priyanka Gandhi’s comments drew a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said her statements show that the fear of defeat has gripped the Congress. The Congress’s attack on Modi and the BJP came a day ahead of the prime minister’s visit here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to “welcome our Pradhan Prachar Mantri (chief publicity minister)”, she claimed. This is happening at a time when “the entire Bundelkhand, the men and women living there, school going children, crops, birds and animals are facing the spectre of drought,” the Congress general secretary said. In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Is he a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) or a ‘shahnshah’ (emperor) coming from Delhi.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The prime minister is schedule to address an election rally here on Thursday. Rebutting allegations, Adityanath said, “The fear of defeat has gripped the Congress so much that it can be proved from the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has termed an 11 seconds of washing of keechad (mud), as the washing of an entire road.” In a tweet, he said, “The Congress is a factory of lies. Even after tendering an apology in the Supreme Court, these Congressmen are not mending their ways.’ His reference was to Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remark “chowkidar (watchman) Narendra Modi chor hain” in connection with the Rafale judgment.last_img read more

For Some MLB Playoff Teams Theres No Place Like Road

In our quest to solve baseball riddles, we sometimes turn to our friends on Twitter for assistance for topics worth tackling. This one, from @ursus_marit, got our attention. In the eight days since this question was posed, home teams have enjoyed some moderate success. Still, the broader point stands: Road teams are faring unusually well this year. We’re on pace to see the fourth-smallest home-field advantage in the past 20 years, with home teams winning just 52.7 percent of games. There could be any number of reasons for this happening, from random chance to the possibility that Major League Baseball’s closer supervision of umpires is curbing Eric Gregg-level home-cooking calls on balls and strikes. It’s all interesting fodder for backward-looking conversations.What interests us more are the forward-looking implications for this statistical anomaly. Every October, we hear about the challenge of winning games on the road during the playoffs. Could the biggest outliers — the teams performing much better on the road than at home — have an advantage in the postseason?To conduct this experiment, we looked at the entirety of the League Championship Series era (starting in 1969) and tallied home and road winning percentages for every team during the regular season. We then gathered the results of every playoff game during those four-and-a-half decades from, noting which teams played at home and which ones played on the road.We controlled for obvious variables, such as overall record and opponents’ record. We then asked our fundamental question: Is there a significant effect that improves playoff outcome predictions, if we also include how much better or worse a team tended to play in a particular location?The answer is: Yes, pretty much. Here’s the quick, slightly gorier math: Looking at all postseason games from 1969 through 2013, we found a marginally significant value to the road team’s road winning percentage minus its home winning percentage, even after controlling for its overall winning percentage. The p-value came in at .07, above the .05 threshold at which we define statistical significance. For every one standard deviation in road winning percentage minus home winning percentage, we can add or subtract nearly 3 percent1To be more precise, 2.9 percent. from the road team’s chances of winning a playoff game.For the 1969-2013 period, the home team won 55.8 of all playoff games.2Compared to 53.9 percent for regular-season games during that period. But make the road team one standard deviation better than average based on road vs. home differential, and the home team wins only 52.9 percent of the time. Make the road team one standard deviation worse, and the home team wins 58.6 percent of the time. We can see how that relationship works in the chart below:The 1969-2013 playoff team with the biggest positive gap between its regular road and home records is the 1981 Kansas City Royals. That’s a bit of a cheat, because that was a strike-shortened season that saw a couple of mediocre teams play into October, thanks to an impromptu rule that granted playoff spots to the best teams from the first and second half of that season. So the Royals cracked the postseason that year, despite posting an overall record that was three games under .500, with a terrible 19-28 home record that netted a .404 home winning percentage.The table below shows the top 20 playoff teams since 1969, as ranked by biggest positive gap between road and home records:Now here’s the million-dollar question: Which potential playoff teams are playing much better on the road this year than at home?Here again, the Royals make an appearance, this time as the playoff contender with the third-biggest positive road-to-home split. Kansas City sits at 42-32 (.568) on the road this season vs. 40-35 (.533) at home, a gap of .035. The Royals are battling for their playoff lives, holding a two-game lead in the race for the second wild-card spot — not counting a soon-to-be-completed suspended game in which they trailed 4-2 in the 10th inning before rain pushed the game’s end to Sept. 22. That means if the playoffs were to start today, Kansas City would travel to Oakland for a one-game playoff. With veteran ace James Shields potentially getting the call for that game,3Depending on how the schedule plays out and if the Royals juggle their rotation. the A’s limping to the finish line, and KC being tough on the road, that could be a favorable matchup for the Royals.Bachelor No. 2 is the Los Angeles Dodgers. They own the best road record in the National League, a stellar 46-29 (.613), but a more modest home record of 40-35 (.533) — a gap of .080. The Dodgers sit just a half-game behind the Washington Nationals for best overall record in the NL, meaning they have a chance to secure home-field advantage until the World Series. On one hand, this would lessen the importance of being world-beaters on the road. On the other, having an unusually strong road record in the regular season correlates to overall success in the playoffs, not just road playoff success.But the most intriguing sleeper might be the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners own the best road record in the American League, a gaudy 42-29 (.592), but just a 38-40 (.487) mark at home — a huge gap of .105 that would be the fourth-largest for any playoff team in the past 45 years. The Mariners are the team on the Royals’ heels. They have a killer one-two starting pitcher combination of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma,4Granted, Iwakuma has slowed down in his past few starts, including a rough outing Monday in which he allowed four runs in just 4.1 innings. potentially setting up Iwakuma to start a one-game playoff on the road (assuming the schedule holds and King Felix starts the final game of the regular season). They also face a remaining schedule that could bode well in their quest to crash the postseason dance: a tough four-game set in Anaheim, then three against a weak Houston Astros team, four against a Toronto Blue Jays team that will probably be eliminated by then, and three final games against the Halos — who will almost certainly have clinched the AL West, setting up a potentially easy series against second-string talent while the Angels’ stars rest. And more than any other team, Seattle won’t bat an eyelash at the severe home/road split left in these final two weeks; 10 games on the road vs. just three remaining at home could work out great for the Mariners’ playoff hopes.So, keep an eye on these road warriors as the regular season enters its home stretch. If history is any guide, they might surprise in the playoffs … assuming they get that far. read more