Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 August 2006 | News Advertisement 80 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 79 total views, 5 views today Italian aid agencies are working to set up a group based on the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the network which aims to co-ordinate fundraising appeals in the wake of major disasters.The Italian DEC is being set up with assistance from acevo, the UK’s Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Its International Programme recently brought together Brendan Gormley, CEO of the British DEC, Manuela Rossbach, CEO of the German ‘DEC’ Aktion Deutschland Hilft, and 11 Italian agencies in Rome to discuss the shape and functions of the committee.Brendan Gormley said: “This meeting has shown me that Italian NGOs want to work together for more effective humanitarian action. This project is not only about fund-raising, it’s about empowering the aid agencies.”Marco De Ponte, CEO of ActionAid International Italia, one of the Italian NGOs leading the process, said: This is a critical step towards the creation of an Italian DEC. Brendan and Manuela’s contributions were fundamental. We are also grateful to acevo’s International Programme for their help. I trust that this is the right path to correct the Italian anomaly, where citizens donate to the government, instead of to an NGO umbrella, like the DEC.”Participants discussed the possible size, functions, logistics and membership criteria for an Italian Disaster Emergency Committee. In a final vote, all participants stated a desire to take the project forward.The committee will act primarily to maximise donations as a central, non-partisan umbrella for relief organisations, allowing pooled funding and greater coordination for relief work.The need for such a body has been recognised in Italy since 2000 when the first comparative study was undertaken and the first proposal was made. However this meeting represents the most serious and positive attempt to establish a body which has proven benefits in a number of European countries.In recent years Italian NGO’s have struggled to raise sufficient funds for emergency relief, due to low public confidence in the wake of corruption scandals regarding the Arcobaleno mission during the Kosovo war.Following the tsunami in 2004 a lack of NGO coordination led to the ‚€47 million of public donations going to the government, who then gave 52% of this to NGOs. In the UK the DEC raised £430 million (‚€628million) following the tsunami, all of which went to its member NGOs.The next stage in the formation of an Italian DEC will be a meeting in Rome in September. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Italian charities to form a Disasters Emergency Committee
March 16 — The stock market collapsed today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average of stock prices lost nearly 3,000 points in just one day, despite the infusion of several trillion dollars into the market by the Federal Reserve Bank. Several times the market was shut down, but continued to implode once trading began again. It was a monumental event and the biggest one-day drop of stock prices in history.It will affect not just rich investors and capitalist owners, but anyone whose retirement plan or life savings are tied to the market. Businesses large and small will also start laying off workers and declaring bankruptcy in order to shield their owners from personal loss.This worst drop in history has made it crystal clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered a cataclysmic weakness within the U.S. capitalist economy. But that’s not what the politicians or moneymen are saying. They are blaming the coronavirus itself for causing the economic catastrophe. A closer look shows such a claim to be false.No economic crisis in ChinaThe virus has been around the world for months now. It first hit China very hard in December in the province of Wuhan. However, after suffering nearly 81,000 cases of the infection and more than 3,000 deaths, China now reports that new cases are down to about 20 a day and deaths to 13 a day — in the largest country in the world, with a population close to 1.4 billion people.In this period the Chinese economy has been hit hard and the affected areas virtually locked down, shutting much production. However, even though China has become the “factory of the world,” the severe hardships suffered by millions there for several months did not shut down the Chinese economy. Nor did they trigger a worldwide economic collapse.Now, some three months after the first cases were reported there, and after the Chinese government launched a massive effort to keep the virus from spreading, COVID-19 has largely been contained in China itself — thanks to the vigorous measures taken by the Communist Party. But the virus has emerged in 162 other countries and territories around the world, from Iran and Italy to the isolated Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic.Compared to what China went through, the COVID-19 pandemic has until now had a much smaller effect on the U.S. population. Without minimizing the seriousness of this disease, which will continue to spread, it should be understood that fewer than 5,000 cases have been reported here so far and just 87 people have died — a small fraction of what China has suffered.By contrast, the opioid crisis, which has raged in economically depressed areas of the U.S., killed over 60,000 people each year from 2016 to 2018 (the last year with complete statistics). (drugabuse.gov)Yet already there are dire predictions that the U.S. economy will now seriously contract and many, many workers will lose their jobs — perhaps millions — all supposedly because of the coronavirus. This is unlike China, where work has resumed even in areas most affected by the virus.A very high level of both personal and business debt in this country limits how long people and firms can stay above water in a recession, which at this point seems sure to follow the enormous collapse of the financial markets.So it is important to look at other factors, besides COVID-19, that are pulling down the economy.Profit greed brings overproduction In the buildup to the crash that has now swept Wall Street, the symptoms of global overproduction of vital commodities stand out. Particularly telling is the drop in the price of oil — a commodity that is central to both industry and transportation. Just a few months ago oil was selling for more than $60 a barrel on the international market. Now there is a glut of oil and the price has dropped to around $30 a barrel. This is well below what it costs to produce oil from fracking. This expensive and environmentally horrendous method of extracting oil from shale rock has grown exponentially in the U.S. and become a major source of this country’s oil production. Now fracking is on the verge of collapsing. (Fortune magazine, Feb. 15)The current glut of oil may help accomplish what the Indigenous and environmental movements have demanded for years: shutting down fracking. But it’s not because the U.S. oil billionaires have seen the light and embraced a greener planet. It’s because shale oil can’t produce a profit when prices drop this low.This is a classic example of capitalist overproduction. Overproduction is a built-in feature of capitalism and precipitates an economic crisis. It doesn’t mean that more is being produced than what people need. It means that more is being produced than can be sold for a profit. Overproduction is generated by the breakneck churning out of ever more commodities in order to beat out the competition. For the capitalists, profit greed dictates that they must expand or die — sell ever more of a product or service or go under. This has been the cause of periodic crises ever since capitalism became the dominant mode of production in the world. It is also what has driven capitalist countries to wage horrendous wars with each other as they have carved up the globe into their spheres of economic interest.This private ownership of the vast means of production by a small group of super-rich individuals and their banks is what underlies the current economic crisis. The coronavirus is just the spark that set off an implosion waiting to happen. The worst is yet to come. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Deputies Niall Collins and Willie O’Dea outside Leinster House at the start of the 32nd DailDeputies Niall Collins and Willie O’Dea outside Leinster House at the start of the 32nd DailAt Leinster HouseAs the opening session of the 32nd Dail gathered interest from family, friends and foes alike, the Limerick Fianna Fail duo, who were both returned to Leinster House on the first counts with a substantial share of the vote, said that were pleased the party was back in business.Pledging to support a sea-change of political reform, Deputy O’Dea said that they were encouraged by the will of the people to see the party back as the second biggest political force in the Dail and that they went to see politicians partake “in a new way of politics”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People are tired of ‘business as usual’ and tired of the ‘Punch and Judy show’”.Speaking ahead of returning to his Dail seat, Deputy Collins said that the formation of a new Government is a “very fluid situation and the outcome remains to be seen.”As the Dail reconvened to elect a new Ceann Comhairle in Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl by secret ballot, it went on however and failed in its bid to elect a new Taoiseach.Deputy Collins earlier commented that a number of possible combinations to Government could still work.“Fine Gael are the biggest party, we are the next biggest party and Sinn Fein are the third biggest party but they are just having a completely hypocritical stance in their approach as they campaigned to get Fine Gael out of office and to keep Fianna Fail out of office and now the seem to be happy to stand back and say the only show in town is Fianna Fail and Fine Gael”.Looking to Europe, both Deputies cited minority Governments that “work quite well” abroad as Deputy Collins said that the “ways of doing political business before are no more”.Earlier, Deputy Collins thanked the people of Limerick for returning him with a poll topping election result and hoped that both he and his party can provide real political change.With Enda Kenny formally resigning as Taoiseach this Thursday evening, the Dail was adjourned until after the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations and will gather again later this month before adjourning again to April to allow political discussions unfold on the formation of a new [email protected] Print TAGSDailfeaturedFianna Fáilgovernmentniall collinsTaoiseachWillie O’Dea Previous articleFresh Film Festival winner announced: It is a first in its 20 year historyNext articleStrong appeal issued to Irish Film Board and funders to support women in the industry Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter NewsBreaking news#WATCH Collins and O’Dea ready to do business for FF and LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 10, 2016 664 WhatsApp Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Advertisement Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Linkedin Email
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Bill Clinton heckled as he addresses crowds during Derry visit Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Former US President Bill Clinton has said Northern Ireland must finish the job and resolve the outstanding issues in its peace process.He made the comments during a speech at the Guildhall Square in Derry – he said countries around the world involved in conflict “looked to Northern Ireland for inspiration”:He also thanked former SDLP leader John Hume for his contribution to the peace process.Earlier, Mr Clinton was telling a crowd about world peace when he was shouted at by a member of the public about Iraq:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/15selfHECKLE.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleNorthern Ireland Affairs Committee to investigate On the Run lettersNext articleVictims of paramilitary violence and representatives from Amnesty International to speak to Oireachtas Committe News Highland By News Highland – March 5, 2014 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – September 19, 2017 WhatsApp Twitter The court of appeal in Belfast has given the go ahead for roadworks to go ahead between Castledawson and Randallstown, with work expected to begin later this year.The works on the nine mile stretch of the A6 Derry Belfast Road had been challenged by an environmentalist on the basis of the potential impact on protected swans.In a statment, Foyle MP Elisha Mc Callion says the decision is a welcome one.When completed in 2019, she says journey times will be greatly reduced, and the North West will benefit economically. Facebook Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Previous articleBusinesses being urged to improve security after Letterkenny and Laghey break-insNext articleECJ Ruling Means Big Changes in Cross-Border VRT Regime – Harkin News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A6 gets the go ahead after environmentalist loses appeal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21
The solar wind exhibits scaling typical of intermittent turbulence in the statistics of in situ fluctuations in both the magnetic and velocity fields. Intriguingly, quantities not directly accessed by theories of ideal, incompressible, MHD turbulence, such as magnetic energy density, B-2, nevertheless show evidence of simple fractal (self-affine) statistical scaling. We apply a novel statistical technique which is a sensitive discriminator of fractality to the B-2 timeseries from WIND and ACE. We show that robust fractal behaviour occurs at solar maximum and determine the scaling exponents. The probability density function (PDF) of fluctuations at solar maximum and minimum are distinct. Power law tails are seen at maximum, and the PDF is reminiscent of a Levy flight.
The Department of Physics at the University of Florida is searchingfor a postdoctoral assistant to work on the installation andcommissioning of the heterodyne detection system for the ALPS IIdetector. ALPS or the Axion-like Particle Search experiment is alight-shining-through a wall experiment that is located at DESY inHamburg, Germany.The successful candidate is expected to have relevant experience inlaser interferometry, in length/frequency and alignment sensing andcontrol and/or analog and digital control systems. Depending on thespecific experience and the needs of the project, the candidatewill lead one or two of the critical commissioning efforts andsupport others. The candidate will work as a member of aninternational team which includes multiple senior scientists, otherpostdoctoral assistants, graduate and undergraduate students. Theposition requires either to relocate to Hamburg or substantialtravel to Hamburg.PhD in PhysicsFor full consideration, applications must be submitted online athttp://apply.interfolio.com/76546and must include: a cover letter, CV, a brief description ofresearch background and motivation, and three confidential lettersof recommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfoliosubmission packet. This position will be initially awarded for oneyear, and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct andavailability of funds, may be renewed.Evaluation of the applications will begin June 25, 2020 and theposition will remain open until filled. Only complete applicationswill be reviewed at this time.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
COMMENTARYFreedom to Build Your Home Your WayA home of one’s own has always been part of the American Dream. Millions of Americans have considered building or moving into a smaller house. Some people want a true “tiny home” smaller than 400 square feet, a cultural phenomenon captured on shows like Tiny House Hunters. Others may just want a small house that’s right-sized and right-priced—for them. Recent action by the Vanderburgh County Commission, spearheaded by Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave, has given people considering a smaller house the right to build a house that’s right for them.To some, smaller houses mean the ability to live in a more ecologically sustainable way, using fewer resources. For others, smaller houses mean a continued ability to live within their financial means, rather than being forced to build a house that’s too large for their budget. And some people just prefer smaller houses to larger ones.Surprisingly, for decades, needless government regulations meant that such dwellings could not have been built in Vanderburgh County without a variance. County ordinances required new houses to be at least 720 square feet. At that size, tiny homes, and even many houses built in the early twentieth century, could not be built legally in Vanderburgh County.It took a year to repeal this excessive regulation. Commissioner Musgrave led the way as unelected bureaucrats in the Area Plan Commission dragged their feet. With the repeal of the 720 minimum square foot rule, Vanderburgh County residents now have greater freedom to live sustainably and affordably. Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Jeff Hatfield also supported this important rule change.“This rule change restores a little bit of freedom that had eroded away,” said Commissioner Musgrave. “Allowing smaller homes will make everyone better off by letting people choose the housing size that is right for them without the government restricting their choice arbitrarily.”New housing must still comply with state building codes and other ordinances. Anyone wishing to build a smaller house should still check with the Building Commissioner and other offices to ensure their plans comply with safety and other regulations.We commend Vanderburgh County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave for thinking outside the box and taking a common-sense approach against overreaching bureaucratic regulations. Oh, we are also glad that County Commissioner Jeff Hatfield and Ben Shoulders supported Mrs. Musgrave in this endeavor.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail