Press release: Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, regulator reminds trustees

first_img Press office The Charity Commission says safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.It comes as the charity regulator publishes a report showing safeguarding concerns are an increasing feature in its regulatory compliance case work with charities.Tackling abuse and mismanagement, the regulator’s annual report of its compliance case work, reveals that safeguarding concerns featured in 302 regulatory compliance cases opened in 2016-17, up from 163 in the previous year. Disclosures with other agencies that have safeguarding responsibilities have increased by 30%, at 244 (up from 187 in 2015-16). Six statutory inquiries, the regulator’s most serious type of engagement with charities, featured safeguarding concerns.Over half of serious incidents reported by the charities to their regulator related to safeguarding concerns (1,203 of 2,182).The Commission recently updated its strategy on safeguarding in charities, which reminded trustees that they should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of their charity’s beneficiaries and take reasonable steps to ensure that their beneficiaries or others who come into contact with their charity do not, as a result, come to harm.Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement, said: We know that it is vital that trustees set a culture within their charity that prioritises safeguarding, so that the risk of safeguarding incidents is minimised, and so that it is safe for those affected to come forward and report incidents and concerns with the assurance they will be handled sensitively and properly. As our safeguarding strategy makes clear, everybody has the right to be safe, no matter who they are or what their circumstances are, and the public rightly expects charities to be safe and trusted places. Our wider compliance case work shows that problems in charities often result from basic failures by trustees to understand and fulfil their legal duties. In the area of safeguarding, this can include failing to recognise that your beneficiaries may be at risk or vulnerable in certain situations, or not taking proper steps to protect others who come into contact with your charity, such as staff members and volunteers. *the increase in statutory inquiries relates in part to a class inquiry involving 74 connected charities which opened during the year; in addition, more charities became part of the double defaulters class inquiry.The regulator also used its powers on 1,099 occasions; 13 of these were powers granted through the 2016 Charities Act. By the end of December 2017, the Commission had used these new powers on 80 occasions.The Commission has today also published an updated regulatory and risk framework; the updated document explains the Commission’s approach to risk-led regulation and sets out how it prioritises both reactive and its proactive engagement with charities, including the development of policy and guidance aimed at enabling charity trustees to run their charity effectively.The framework is designed as a guide for the Commission’s staff and as a reference tool and guide for those involved in charities, notably trustees, staff and professional advisers. The Commission is not responsible for dealing with incidents of actual abuse and does not administer safeguarding legislation. It cannot prosecute or bring criminal proceedings, but it can and does refer any concerns we have to the police, local authorities, the Disclosure and Barring Service (‘DBS’), and other agencies each of which has a particular statutory function. 1,664 new regulatory compliance cases (2015-16: 1,804) 503 new monitoring cases (2015-16: 424) 187 new statutory inquiries* (2015-16: 53) 2,182 serious incidents (2015-16: 2,117) Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787center_img Email [email protected] Last month, the Commission issued an alert to charities reminding them of the importance of safeguarding, following a number of reports of serious incidents, and growing public interest in and concerns about accusations of harassment in the work place, including media reporting about some safeguarding incidents which have affected charities.Tackling abuse and mismanagement also shows that in 2016-17 the Commission opened: Notes to editors I hope this report serves as a tool that enables trustees in managing their charities effectively.last_img read more

Colorado Is So Snowy, People Are Skiing At Red Rocks [Watch]

first_imgA late-March blizzard struck the state of Colorado yesterday, blanketing cities with as much as 24 inches of snow by some accounts. Denver, CO was hit with 19.5″ of snow, and the nearby Morrison, CO was absolutely covered by the blizzard conditions.As Red Rocks Amphitheatre is part of a state park, the venue is open for visitors even when there aren’t performances. Some winter sports loving fans made their way out to Red Rocks after the storm had cleared, using the venue’s natural slopes to ski freely through the mountainous range.Watch video of the skiiers at Red Rocks below, thanks to NicholasGianoutsos:last_img

Wings, Joe Cocker Guitarist Henry McCullough Has Passed Away

first_imgMcCullough was also involved with the music of Jesus Christ Superstar, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. He was also present in the studio while Pink Floyd was recording Dark Side Of The Moon, and famously uttered the line “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time” at the end of the song, “Money.”Aside from his illustrious session work, the guitarist had released 11 solo albums throughout his career, including the 2012 release Shabby Road. RIP McCullough. Beloved guitarist Henry McCullough passed away today at the age of 72. McCullough was a prolific guitarist and musician, appearing everywhere from the iconic “Live and Let Die” theme song to Woodstock to Dark Side Of The Moon. McCullough was from Northern Ireland, and got his start in the burgeoning 1960’s psychedelic movement. He would later join Joe Cocker’s band, where he found himself the only Irishman to perform at the legendary Woodstock Festival. His career continued when he linked up with Paul McCartney and joined The Wings in the early 1970s. While McCullough was only featured on one album, Red Rose Speedway, his work on “Live And Let Die” is unrivaled.McCartney shared some words memorializing the late great guitarist. “He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor… The solo he played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of the orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.”last_img read more

The Prodigious Reach of Ideas

first_img I am familiar with the area mentioned by Mr. President Pérez Molina. I think it is appropriate to clarify that Guatemala shares with the neighboring country 962 kilometers and not 900 as stated in the note. Also, there are not 4 departments (States) but 5 with which Guatemala shares a border with Mexico. The departments are San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quiché, Alta Verapáz and Petén, this latter with an area of 35,000 square kilometers.- Information operations officers from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, and the United States exchange lessons learned in order to counteract transnational organized crime. For their part, the representatives of Ecuador explained that their country’s Armed Forces organize courses for journalists working for the domestic press. In that way, they commented, they offer them a revealing look into the life of Ecuadorean Military personnel. Transnational organized crime brings mourning to Latin American families, disguises itself as a government in places where state presence is weak, tramples on moral values, and creates a climate of insecurity in which economic and social development do not find fertile ground. The Ecuadorean Army War College, in addition, already has an information operations course from which several Ecuadorean officers and a Brazilian Army major have just graduated, Villalba added. By Dialogo April 12, 2012 Finally, Colonel Miguel Hobbs, chief of SOUTHCOM’s Information Operations Division, suggested using the All Partners Access Network (APAN), a social-networking tool, to solidify the ties created during the event and learn from one another. And in that field, Colombia is ready to preach. Colonel Javier Molina Calero, director of Information Operations Planning (DIPOI) of the Joint Integrated Action Bureau of the South American country’s Armed Forces General Command, spoke about the success of the Integrated Action program in the battle to win Colombians’ hearts and minds. Over two days of presentations and debates, the participants insisted that information operations are a high-caliber weapon for regional military and security forces. Borders, nonetheless, turn out to be a wall that needs to be pulled down in order to allow passage to the free flow of experiences among regional military personnel and security forces. Following two days of dialogue, the information officers who participated in the event committed themselves to maintaining an active exchange of knowledge and lessons learned. Visits, regional workshops, and joint training were some of the options mentioned by the attendees. Say It Yourself As in the case of Colombia, it became clear to the remaining countries represented at the event that the challenge of getting people to trust military personnel is as important or more important now than ever. According to Colonel Rony Urízar, a spokesperson for the Guatemalan Defense Ministry, his country’s Army currently enjoys a positive credibility rating among 81 percent of the population. This achievement, he said, is due to synchronization between words and deeds, and transparency in the handling of information by military institutions. Urízar assured that telling the story first, before others shape it as they see fit, is part of the mission of his work team. “Say it all, say it in time, say it yourself,” he stressed, repeating the words of Eduardo Ramírez, who spoke on behalf of SOUTHCOM’s Office of Strategic Communications. Based on the idea that today’s wars are won with intelligence, more than with force, the program offers a combination of security and the presence of the state and its institutions in areas that have been at the mercy of guerrillas and drug traffickers for decades. The aim? To permanently uproot irregular groups and contribute to promoting social development with a holistic approach. “It’s very important that some of us unite and make use of our resources, our material assets, and our budgets focused on specific objectives, and your presence here, the fact that you’re meeting here and talking about these issues, is essential in order to move forward in our region,” Brigadier General Steve Arthur, deputy director of SOUTHCOM’s operations division, stated in his welcoming address. In the northern operational command, the mission of which is to protect 700 kilometers of border with Colombia, information operations are essential in order to counteract the messages of Voz de la Resistencia [Voice of the Resistance], the broadcaster operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Along those lines, Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Villalba, COMACO’s information operations director, highlighted the aid they have received, in the form of equipment and training, from the U.S. embassy’s Military Support Group. In the case of Ecuador, information operations serve as direct support to the military objectives of the Armed Forces Joint Command (COMACO) and the five operational commands distributed in different areas of the nation. Beyond the Borders Protecting the borders is also on the agenda of the Panamanian security forces. Since Panama is the port of entry to Central America from the south, preventing the nation from being used by organized crime and drug traffickers is the task of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT). Major Eduardo Araúz, an information operations officer with that organization, explained that his work concentrates on neutralizing the illegal activity of criminal organizations and working with the population to protect it from the influence of those groups. Part of this task concentrates on remote towns where the Colombian flag flew until recently. “We’re beginning to bring our tactical, humanitarian aid, and civil operations there, and information operations so that they feel Panamanian,” Araúz commented. “It’s important that they see for themselves that the state is present in each community, in each hamlet, and that we’re bringing them security,” he added. Organized by SOUTHCOM’s Information Operations Division, the event promoted the exchange of ideas and lessons learned among countries that share similar challenges, despite experiencing distinct political, economic, cultural, and social situations. In order to outline strategies and unite efforts against that adversary, lacking in scruples and rich in resources with which to finance its misdeeds, information operations officers from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, and the United States met at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, in early March 2012. Colombia, for example, said that the doors of the International Missions and Integrated Action School are open to students from other nations, while Ecuador offered help in planning, implementation, and the training of officers from Latin American countries that do not have information operations programs, as in the case of Mexico. However, pamphlets, radio stations, and other traditional tools are not sufficient to counteract decades of influence by guerrillas and criminal gangs, Col. Molina said. The department under his lead develops information operations campaigns that are intertwined with civic support activities to benefit the affected populations and serve to reinforce the Integrated Action program. Among those efforts, he mentioned the Faith in the Cause campaign, which highlights the morale and prestige of Colombian Military personnel, as well as others aimed at promoting demobilization, restoring trust in the legal system and the state, and preventing the recruitment of children, adolescents, and women. last_img read more

Two New York credit unions placed into conservatorship

first_imgThe National Credit Union Administration placed two New York-based credit unions into conservatorship, citing “unsafe and unsound” conditions at each credit union.According to a pair of announcements from the New York Department of Financial Services and the NCUA, Montauk Credit Union and Bethex Federal Credit Union were placed into conservatorship.The NYDFS actually took possession of Montauk Credit Union, which is located in New York City, and appointed the NCUA as its conservator.According to the announcement, the NYDFS placed Montauk Credit Union, which is a federally insured, state-chartered credit union with 2,893 members and assets of $178.5 million, into conservatorship because of unsafe and unsound conditions at the credit union.“While continuing normal member services, NCUA will work to resolve issues affecting the credit union’s operations,” the NYDFS said in its statement. “Members can continue to conduct normal financial transactions, deposit and access funds, make loan payments and use shares.”Additionally, the NCUA announced that it is taking Bethex Federal Credit Union in Bronx, New York, into conservatorship. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Canada gets China nod to bring home citizens amid epidemic

first_imgCanada’s top diplomat has gotten a nod from his Chinese counterpart to bring home nearly 200 Canadians from Wuhan — the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic — his office said Friday.In a rare telephone call with Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday night, Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne “asked for the collaboration of the Chinese government in helping those Canadian citizens who want to depart the region.”Wang “responded positively,” he said in a statement. Ottawa chartered a plane to bring back 196 Canadians who asked to be repatriated, but the airlift had remained in limbo this week even as the United States, Japan, South Korea and European nations brought home their nationals.With Wuhan locked down as part of a government effort to contain the epidemic, the Canadian flight required authorization to land in the region.Canada’s relations with its second biggest trading partner have been strained since the arrest on a US warrant of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December 2018 during a flight stopover in Vancouver.China has detained two Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation. It also blocked Canadian agricultural shipments.The first phase of a court hearing of a US request for Meng’s extradition as held earlier this month, and is scheduled to resume in April.Kovrig and Spavor, meanwhile, remain in China’s opaque penal system.Champagne’s office said he also raised the plight of the detained Canadians with Wang, adding: “The two agreed to remain in touch on issues of mutual importance.”Topics :last_img read more

Major pension schemes back Hermes PE co-investment fund

first_imgThe UK’s Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) has joined major pension funds from North America and Australia in committing assets to private equity investor Hermes GPE’s co-investment platform.The Hermes GPE PEC III Co-Investment Fund LP (PEC III) raised total commitments of $389m (€330m) from a group of investors that includes, besides LPP, the State Teachers’ Retirement System of Ohio, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Australian superannuation fund Hostplus.Private equity firm Ardian and a number of other UK and continental European investors are also involved.Including “sidecar” and segregated co-investment mandates, Hermes GPE has raised around $620m in total for the co-investment platform. The latter mandates come from longstanding Hermes GPE clients and will either invest alongside PEC III, or in separate co-investment and alternative strategies. PEC III has already committed $200m to 30 investments. The fund follows a thematic investment strategy, seeking to identify companies in niche markets or geographies where growth potential does not hinge on the wider macroeconomic cycle.Investors in the fund will contribute deal flow from their own private equity relationships alongside opportunities sourced from Hermes GPE’s network of general partner relationships.Hermes GPE is part of Hermes Investment Management – the asset manager wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme – and currently manages around $5bn of private equity assets. LPP is a £12.8bn (€14.3bn) collaboration between the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund. The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund provisionally agreed to join LPP but has yet to invest significantly in the pooled funds the partnership has launched so far.last_img read more

Eagles know World Cup qualifiers foes January

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Nigeria’s Super Eagles will know their group stage foes for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying series next month.The Super Eagles have featured in each of the last three World Cup tournaments and will be bidding to make it four in a row for the first time ever and seventh overall in Qatar in 2022.Nigeria will be joining 39 other African countries in the second round (group stage) draws, which has been scheduled for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on January 21, 2020.The second round of the qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round, which is scheduled for November 2021.The 10 group winners from Round 2 will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022, a format reminiscent of the 2014 World Cup qualifying race which saw Nigeria defeating Ethiopia en route to qualification.The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar between November 21, and December 18, 2022.last_img read more

Van Gaal wants Di Maria patience

first_img Di Maria’s season has been interrupted by pelvic and hamstring injuries. He also had to move out of his house last month after he and his family were subjected to a terrifying attempted burglary. The midfielder, his wife Jorgelina Cardoso and their young daughter Mia were inside their Prestbury home last year when intruders tried to enter but they fled after the alarm was raised. Van Gaal thinks it would be too simplistic to blame Di Maria’s dip in form on the incident. “It is easy to say that, because I cannot prove that, it is not scientifically proven and I don’t want to speak about things I cannot say,” he said. Van Gaal has no qualms about selecting the 27-year-old for Wednesday’s trip to Newcastle. “Di Maria is not the only player who has suffered a bad day,” Van Gaal added on MUTV. “”He can be the best player in the world in the next match so I think everything is going well. He has trained very well and I don’t think there is any problem.” Van Gaal will not be able to call upon Robin van Persie for the game at St James’ Park and he is unlikely to risk Michael Carrick, even though he has overcome a calf problem and has trained with the squad this week. “I think it is too early for Michael Carrick, he trained now three training sessions with us,” said Van Gaal, who only put the midfielder on the bench for the 2-0 win over Sunderland because Phil Jones and Luke Shaw pulled out at the last minute through illness and injury respectively. The duo are available for the Newcastle match. Van Gaal was reluctant to say when he thought Van Persie would return from the ankle problem he suffered against Swansea 10 days ago. “It’s too early to say,” Van Gaal said. “We have to wait and see. I cannot say anything about that but it is not a heavy injury.” Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United fans may have to wait until next season before they see the best of Angel di Maria. Van Gaal broke the British transfer record to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer, but after a bright start his star has faded quickly. The Argentinian has not scored in the Barclays Premier League since the first week of October and has provided eight assists despite costing the club £59.7million. On Saturday Di Maria put in possibly the worst performance of his career against Sunderland and he was substituted at half-time. As Van Gaal pointed out, Di Maria is not the only player to have struggled at United this year. The Dutchman believes many of his summer signings have found it hard to hit the ground running and he believes they may all take 12 months to acclimatise to the Premier League and the surroundings. “The first season is always difficult,” the United boss said. “You can say it to every player we have bought: (Luke) Shaw, (Daley) Blind, (Ander) Herrera, (Radamel) Falcao and also Di Maria. “For me it is not a big surprise, it is more a big surprise (if) he (had) adapted as quickly as possible. “In the Netherlands, Spain and Germany I had the same experience with players. “We have to give him time, not just for him but to all the other players. “(The time frame) is dependable on the individual as there are so many different aspects of the game, of the match but also of the culture in the country.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Koeman had no doubts over duo

first_img Mane and Wanyama both started as Saints were held to a goalless draw at Vicarage Road, although Mane had to be substituted after just 25 minutes with a hip injury. The Senegalese has been the subject of interest from Manchester United this summer while Wanyama is reportedly attracting interest from Tottenham ahead of the transfer deadline. Koeman remains hopeful Mane will be fit in time for the club’s Europa League second leg against FC Midtjylland on Thursday and said he had no hesitation about starting either the forward, or Wanyama, against the Hornets. “No (I had no doubts), speculation doesn’t make me change my team,” Koeman said. “It is the feeling I have and the strategy we have as a club. Again, I say nobody is for sale. “They are Southampton players. That goes for everyone. Not just Mane and Victor, everybody.” Mane’s fitness will be a concern to Koeman, particularly given the absence of fellow attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic, who remained on the bench against Watford due to a lack of fitness. Southampton missed the sort of guile against Watford which the Serbian can provide, with Saints now having taken just two points from their opening three league games. They were arguably fortunate to come away with a draw too as Odion Ighalo and then Etienne Capoue both squandered excellent chances to snatch victory for the home side. “You like to win but after five goals conceded a clean sheet was something to chase,” Koeman said. Ronald Koeman insists he never had any doubts about playing Sadio Mane or Victor Wanyama against Watford despite the transfer speculation surrounding the Southampton duo. “We have had to make a lot of changes defensively since the start of the season so that was a positive. “I don’t think Watford created a lot. We were too strong today for both attackers – that’s a starting point because winning games are started by a good defensive organisation.” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores admits he thought his side had taken the lead when the ball reached Capoue two yards out, only for the Frenchman to head over. “Yes of course (I thought it was in),” Flores said. “Every time we got close to the goal, we tried to breathe deeply because it is very difficult to create. “We had a very good chance in the first half with Ighalo and we had a good chance in the second half with Capoue. But it’s football.” Scrutiny will also be placed on the Spaniard’s decision not to hand Matej Vydra even a place on the substitutes bench during the stalemate. Vydra scored 16 goals for Watford last season but the striker is yet to play a single minute in the league under Flores in the current campaign. “It is very difficult because we have a lot of players. It is not easy for me as coach, they all want to play,” Flores said. “Vydra’s future could be at Watford, it could be at another team. It is impossible to know because of the club and because of the player.” Press Associationlast_img read more