New £10m Big Potential Fund to help charities ‘get investment ready’

first_img Howard Lake | 27 February 2014 | News Tagged with: Finance Funding  94 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement New £10m Big Potential Fund to help charities ‘get investment ready’  93 total views,  1 views today The Big Lottery Fund has announced Big Potential, a £10 million fund designed to help charities and social enterprises access finance. This should help them improve their scale, capacity and sustainability. It is designed for organisations “at the beginning of their social investment journey”.Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can register interest in the fund now, and applications for funding will be accepted from March 2014.The programme of funding and support will be delivered by the Social Investment Business in partnership with Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK, Locality and the University of Northampton.Eligible organisations will be able to access specialist support from these partners before they make an application for grants between £25,000 and £75,000 to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers.Big Potential was developed in response to findings in a report on the social investment market commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund and carried out by ClearlySo and New Philanthropy Capital.Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Social Investment Business, said:“We have seen the impact that this combination of financial and business support can have in helping charities and social enterprises develop their business models, and it is good for the sector that more organisations will now be able to access this kind of support through the Big Potential programme.”Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England Chair, added:“Providing support for charities and social enterprises to help them access finance is a key priority of our social investment strategy in England and very important in these difficult times. With this appointment we are glad to be in a position to offer support to VCSE organisations, that want to scale up and become more sustainable so they can better serve those most in need. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

AXA & Impact Hub offer €50,000 funding for risk reduction initiatives

first_img AXA and its social innovation partner Impact Hub are offering €50,000 funding and a programme of support for an initiative that helps reduce risks to people and their property.Through the AXA Prevention with Impact Accelerator, AXA and Impact Hub are seeking ideas that fit into the areas of health and safety, such as digital healthcare, healthy living and fitness, chronic disease treatment, fire safety, and physical and cyber security.The winning initiative will receive €50,000 to help scale their programme, access to AXA executives for pro-bono advice, in-depth support from an AXA global graduate, and a one-week custom accelerator programme in a European city to help take their initiative to the next level.Applicants must ensure that their organisation is registered non-profit and that the initiative is globally scalable. The preference is for solutions that can be digitally distributed.The deadline for entries is 24th March, and applications are via the Impact Hub site. Melanie May | 20 March 2017 | News  84 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 AXA & Impact Hub offer €50,000 funding for risk reduction initiatives Advertisement  83 total views,  1 views today 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: corporate Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13last_img read more

JPL’s Curiosity Rover Approaches First Anniversary on Mars

first_imgScience and Technology JPL’s Curiosity Rover Approaches First Anniversary on Mars By DWAYNE BROWN and GUY WEBSTER Published on Friday, August 2, 2013 | 12:39 pm Business News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy JPL’s Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life. The mobile laboratory also is guiding designs for future planetary missions.Successes of our Curiosity — that dramatic touchdown a year ago and the science findings since then — advance us toward further exploration, including sending humans to an asteroid and Mars,” said JPL Administrator Charles Bolden. “Wheel tracks now, will lead to boot prints later.”After inspiring millions of people worldwide with its successful landing in a crater on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012 (Aug. 5, 2012, PDT), Curiosity has provided more than 190 gigabits of data; returned more than 36,700 full images and 35,000 thumbnail images; fired more than 75,000 laser shots to investigate the composition of targets; collected and analyzed sample material from two rocks; and driven more than one mile (1.6 kilometers).Curiosity team members at JPL’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.,will share remembrances about the dramatic landing night and the mission overall in an event that will air on JPL Television and the agency’s website from 10:45 a.m. to noon EDT (7:45 to 9 a.m. PDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 6.Immediately following that program, from noon to 1:30 p.m., JPL TV will carry a live public event from JPL Headquarters in Washington. That event will feature JPL officials and crew members aboard the International Space Station as they observe the rover anniversary and discuss how its activities and other robotic projects are helping prepare for a human mission to Mars and an asteroid. Social media followers may submit questions on Twitter and Google+ in advance and during the event using the hashtag #askJPL.Curiosity, which is the size of a car, traveled 764 yards (699 meters) in the past four weeks since leaving a group of science targets where it worked for more than six months The rover is making its way to the base of Mount Sharp, where it will investigate lower layers of a mountain that rises three miles from the floor of the crater.JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its unprecedented sky crane landing system placed Curiosity on Mars near the base of Mount Sharp. The mountain has exposed geological layers, including ones identified by Mars orbiters as originating in a wet environment. The rover landed about one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the center of that carefully chosen, 12-mile-long (20 kilometers) target area.Scientists decided first to investigate closer outcrops where the mission quickly found signs of vigorous ancient stream flow. These were the first streambed pebble deposits ever examined up close on Mars. Evidence of a past environment well suited to support microbial life came within the first eight months of the 23-month primary mission from analysis of the first sample material ever collected by drilling into a rock on Mars.“We now know Mars offered favorable conditions for microbial life billions of years ago,” said the mission’s project scientist, John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. “It has been gratifying to succeed, but that has also whetted our appetites to learn more. We hope those enticing layers at Mount Sharp will preserve a broad diversity of other environmental conditions that could have affected habitability.”The mission measured natural radiation levels on the trip to Mars and is monitoring radiation and weather on the surface of Mars, which will be helpful for designing future human missions to the planet. The Curiosity mission also found evidence Mars lost most of its original atmosphere through processes that occurred at the top of the atmosphere. JPL’s next mission to Mars, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), is being prepared for launch in November to study those processes in the upper atmosphere.JPL manages the Curiosity mission and built the rover for JPL’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.To follow the conversation online about Curiosity’s first year on Mars, use hashtag #1YearOnMars or follow @JPL and @MarsCuriosity on Twitter.For more information about the mission, visit http://www.JPL.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.JPL.gov/msl Community News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Ulster Bank branches to remain open until 6pm today

first_img Opening hours at 80 Ulster Bank branches will be extended until 6pm today, in a bid to get through a backlog of transactions caused by a technical malfunction.The glitch in the bank’s IT system emerged last week and is said to have affected payment services for over 100-thousand customers.Ulster Bank has assured customers that they will not end up out of pocket – but admits it could take until the end of the week to clear the backlog.In a statement last night, the Bank said it’s working around the clock to resolve a number of minor issues – linked to the malfunction – which still need to be resolved.CEO of RBS Corporate Banking including Ulster Bank, Chris Sullivan, says the priority is to get things back on track for customers, but the fault will be investigated:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/rw06su1.mp3[/podcast] Twitter By News Highland – June 25, 2012 Pinterest Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook Facebook Google+ WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Ulster Bank branches to remain open until 6pm today WhatsApp Previous articleIFA want Agriculture Minister to secure 50% advance in Single Farm PaymentNext articleArdara fails in attempt to be crowned best place to live in Ireland News Highland Google+ News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Donegal man jailed for raping his partner day they bought engagement ring

first_img Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – July 30, 2012 Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Newscenter_img A recovering alcoholic who raped his partner on the day they bought an engagement ring together has been sentenced to eight years.The accused pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, aggravated sexual assault and assault of the woman in their Donegal home on August 17, 2008.Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced the man to eight years in prison for rape and aggravated assault and six months for common assault to run concurrently. He suspended the final two years and ordered that the accused be supervised for 18 months after his release.Garda Claire O’Hara earlier told the court the man and his partner were both recovering alcoholics. She said they had bought an engagement ring on the day of the assault, but the accused had then gone out and began “drinking very heavily”.He returned home after 3am with a bottle of vodka. He forced this into the woman’s mouth and committed the assaults.She sustained very heavy bruising around her face and eyes. She waited at the house until the accused fell asleep and she then escaped.The woman was not in court but submitted a victim impact statement which stated that she is now “virtually a recluse”.She said she has “flashbacks and nightmares” of her ordeal and has gone from being a friendly woman to a nervous person. She is not able to form relationships with men and cannot be alone with a man.Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC handed in a number of testimonials to the court on behalf of his client. He also read an apology from the accused, in which he stated that three lives had been torn apart – his, his former partner’s and their child’s.Mr Grehan noted that the accused had pleaded guilty in advance of the trial date. He said that his client has no previous convictions for sexual offences or any serious violence.The court also heard the accused told gardaí he had been abused himself when he was young. Donegal man jailed for raping his partner day they bought engagement ring WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleGovernment confirms 13% funding cut to reflect Household Charge boycottNext articleCouncil seeks meeting with Hogan as SF say council should declare itself bankrupt News Highland last_img read more

‘Tone-deaf’: Harvard President Lawrence Bacow sorry for comparing wealthy donors to slaves

first_imgiStock/janniswerner(BOSTON) — The president of Harvard University has apologized for giving a speech in which he compared rich alumni donors to freed slaves. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow was slammed as “tone-deaf” and “inappropriate” by some of those who heard him make the analogy that rich alumni should be free to spread their wealth around instead of always feeling bound to giving to schools at the Ivy League institution they have an affiliation with. In a speech on Tuesday to hundreds of members of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school’s alumni relations and fundraising staff, Bacow used the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in America in 1865, to suggest that Harvard’s 12 individual schools no longer own their wealthy graduates, according to the Boston Globe, which first reported on the comments.“I regret that these comments caused offense. That certainly was not my intent,” Bacow wrote in a message emailed on Saturday morning to the university’s alumni relations and development staff.Bacow referenced the 13th Amendment in response to a question about “The Harvard Campaign” — a concept adopted by his predecessor, Drew Faust, as part of a university-wide fundraising effort to encourage donors to give to schools they have no connection to.Some schools, such as Harvard Business School, receive an abundance of donations from rich alumni who work on Wall Street or Silicon Valley, while other schools, such the Graduate School of Education, have alumni who go into teaching or work in the nonprofit sector and have less money to donate.Bacow said he now realizes his ill-advised analogy left some attendees feeling “unsettled.”“I hoped to convey my belief that our collective job is to help our donors achieve their philanthropic objectives, which might include supporting activities in schools where they enjoyed no prior affiliation,” Bacow said in his email.Bacow, who was appointed president of Harvard in July 2018, said he plans to turn the controversy into a teachable moment.“People, appropriately, have high expectations for their leaders and their choice of language,” Bacow said in his email. “In fact, you have high expectations for me as your president. I promise to learn from this experience.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New scheme to get ex-soldiers off the streets

first_img Previous Article Next Article A new scheme has been launched to help homeless ex-service personnel off thestreets and back into employment. Project Compass, developed jointly by Business Action on Homelessness,Training for Life and the Ministry of Defence, is designed specifically forex-forces staff who have fallen on hard times. Up to a quarter of the UK’s rough sleepers have been in the armed forces atsome stage, according to research by the Social Exclusion Unit. The first four pilot schemes are now under way, with homeless ex-servicestaff on work placements at firms including Hilton, Armstrong International andPublicis. Business Action on Homelessness has also revealed that more than 100homeless people have been offered full-time employment after completing workexperience schemes. New figures from the charity show that 350 people participated in the schemebetween 2000 and 2002 at 100 leading companies, including Marks & Spencer,Barclays, KPMG, Mercer and Centrica. Karen Caddick, head of HR policy at Barclays, said the scheme also helpedexisting staff develop skills through mentoring those on placements. “This support is part of our commitment to offer employees aworld-class volunteering programme that enables them to get involved incommunity projects of their choice. “We are offering more work placements to help homeless people get backon their feet and into work,” she said. The figures also show that since pre-placement training was introduced in2002, the number of candidates offered full-time work has increased by 18 percent. www.bitc.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. New scheme to get ex-soldiers off the streetsOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

CRB slated as poor planning leads to delays in disclosures

first_imgCRB slated as poor planning leads to delays in disclosuresOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Government agency set up to vet employees working with children andvulnerable adults has been criticised in a report by the spending watchdog. The National Audit Office said business assumptions, poor planning and anover-ambitious timetable resulted in severe delays at the Criminal RecordsBureau (CRB). The report acknowledged improvements had occurred and the service was nowdelivering twice the number of disclosures as the previous system, but saidthat continuing delays could cost the tax payer as much as £68.2m. The CRB was supposed to start operations in September 2001, but delays meantit did not start checking the records of potential staff until March 2002. By July 2003, almost 95 per cent of enhanced and standard disclosures werebeing issued on time. However, continuing delays mean the issuing of basicdisclosures have been put back to the end of this year. The report said the relationship between the agency and its partner Capitahad come under pressure as the problems mounted and that was compounded by thelack of a “single operational ownership” of the whole process. Planning also proved inaccurate with the CRB anticipating that up to 85 percent of applications would come via the internet or telephone, when in fact 80per cent were sent in paper form. Head of the NAO Sir John Bourn said: “The performance problems at theCRB caused considerable difficulties for customers, but the situation hasimproved through the co-operation of the partners. “These experiences emphasise the importance of testing businessassumptions and consulting with potential users at an early stage.” www.nao.gov.uk last_img read more

Oxford hospitals amongst the worst for delays and cancellations

first_img“In 2015/16 the Trust took care of 1.3 million patients contacts including 145,000 Emergency Department attendances.”“We are currently undertaking the first phase of a forward-looking masterplan strategy for our estates to reduce this footprint, maximise the best quality spaces for patients and improve space utilisation into the future.”Last month BBC broadcaster and household name John Simpson thanked staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital for saving his life following a severe allergic reaction.This comes amongst news of a new rapid access care unit (RACU) at Henley’s Townlands Hospital which has been set for January. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group blamed a national shortage of doctors. Oxford hospitals are some of the worst in England for preventable delays. Treatment cancellation or delays last year affected over half a thousand patients. Power cuts and problems with pest control are some of the main reasons for the delays.Recently released figures recorded 510 incidents across the hospitals administered by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH). The Trust manages the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.A delay counts as a wait of at least half an hour to clinical services affect- ing at least five patients.OUH director of estates and facilities Mark Neal, said: “Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates over four million square feet of estate, some of which is outdated and requiring ongoing maintenance.”last_img read more

Successful First Full Week of In-Person School

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City schools celebrated their first full week of offering all in-person instruction for those who wanted it, while continuing to offer all virtual learning for those who are not quite ready to attend full time amid a pandemic.After a year of virtual and hybrid learning — the blending of in-person and distance learning for the school week — the district has opened the doors to the primary, intermediate and high schools for five-day instruction.In March, grades kindergarten through sixth returned to full in-school instruction. Grades seventh and eighth in the intermediate school and grades ninth through 12th in the high school began offering full in-school instruction last week with all early-dismissal days.“Myself, the Board (of Education), the administration and the students are thrilled to be back and looking forward to finishing out the year together,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said in a statement Monday.In December, the district formed a COVID-19 committee with School Board Vice President Patrick Kane, a hand surgeon, appointed as its chairman. Dr. Kane, along with other board members, and his medical colleagues hold meetings to discuss how to safely return to a full school day, keeping up to speed on the fluid nature of the pandemic.Some changes were made and many supplies were purchased even before the committee was formed to enable the district to safely operate during COVID.That included Plexiglas barriers on each desk and table, and added signage throughout the buildings for both the primary and intermediate schools to remind students to practice safe behavior while in and out of the schools.Ocean City High School Principal Dr. Matt Jamison speaks during a March 17 Board of Education meeting.The high school has six periods, but has early dismissal with the periods shortened. This is because students could not eat lunch on site due to social distancing guidelines that could not be met in the cafeteria.Ocean City High School Principal Dr. Matthew Jamison said “the week went well.”“Since we have been open all year for in-person learning, the only difference was volume,” Dr. Jamison said Monday. “It was good to have all the students back and feel the energy in the halls and classrooms — that is what makes our students and school so special.”He noted that there were some difficulties, but nothing that was not manageable.“We have had challenges, but our students have been nothing but positive and cooperative,” Dr. Jamison added. “We look forward to a positive close to the year.”Almost to the day of the one-year anniversary of dealing with the pandemic, the district announced back in March its initial rollout plan for reopening for five-day in-person instruction.The year has brought many changes, from cancellations of milestone events to virtual ones or new ones to temporarily replace them.The district recently announced that there will be a prom next month outside on the campus.Then-Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet and Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor shake a graduate’s hand in 2019.Throughout, Dr. Taylor has detailed in letters posted on the district’s website the plans moving forward from week to week, month to month.And on Friday, she posted a letter about her decision to retire effective Aug. 1 after 15 years as schools superintendent.In her letter, she explained how the pandemic has dramatically changed schooling.“Colleagues, associations, consortiums, and education departments will continue to lead the way in responding to this seismic change by creating a more flexible, equitable and resilient school environment designed to encourage each student’s constructive curiosity in exploring personal opportunities to learn,” Dr. Taylor said.She continued, “Therefore, retiring now is a perfect time. The School District is ready for another visionary superintendent, one who can continue to lead this district, continue to challenge the status quo, and maximize the benefits of this evolutionary time for the next generation of students.”The Intermediate School reopened after the purchase of Plexiglas barriers on each desk and table. The district now is offering five days a week of in-person learning. (2019 photo courtesy of JASM Consulting)last_img read more