RNID appoints two fundraising staff

first_imgRNID has appointed new new staff to its fundraising team.Patrick Holmes has been appointed Director of Fundraising. He joins the RNID from Macmillan Cancer Relief where he was the Regional Head of Fundraising, managing a team of 60 staff and more than 300 volunteers. Before that he worked as Regional Fundraising Manager at RNIB and Marketing Director of CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood). Michelle Chambers has been appointed RNID’s Director of Regional and Statutory Fundraising. She was previously the Managing Director of the Museum in Docklands, part of the Museums of London Group. Her previous not-for-profit roles include Income Generation and Commercial Development at the British Red Cross. Advertisement RNID appoints two fundraising staff 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis RNID has a team of over 50 people working across all main income streams including events, corporate, trust, individual and statutory sources.center_img Howard Lake | 16 February 2004 | News  47 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Management Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Supreme court upholds one-year jail terms for five netizens

first_img November 25, 2016 Find out more March 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court upholds one-year jail terms for five netizens Receive email alerts Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Follow the news on Oman OmanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News News OmanMiddle East – North Africa October 18, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Related documents 130308_cp_oman_ar-2.pdfPDF – 72.29 KB December 27, 2016 Find out more News Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns last week’s supreme court ruling upholding one-year jail terms and 200-rial fines (400 euros) for five netizens who were convicted of cyber-crime and insulting the sultan. The five are Ali Bin Hilal Al-Muqabali, Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Habsi, Abdullah Bin Salem Al-Siyabi, Hilal Bin Salim Al-Busaidi and Abdullah Al-Abdali. As Abdali is a medical student, the court released him so that he can finish this year’s course, but told him he will have to begin serving his jail sentence as soon as it is over.Reporters Without Borders strongly regrets the supreme court ruling, handed down on 25 February, because it deprives these men of their freedom for the sole reason that they used online social networks to call for political, social and economic reforms.Five other netizens – Khalfan Al-Badwawi, Sultan Al-Saadi, Hatem Al-Maliki, Khalid Al-Nofali and Mohamed Al-Fazari – are currently been prosecuted on the same charges – cyber-crime and insulting the sultan.As they told the court that is trying them that their Facebook accounts were hacked and that they were therefore not responsible for what was posted on them, the court has requested an expert testimony.A hearing scheduled for 27 February was postponed until 5 March and then until 20 March to allow the expert to prepare his testimony. The expert designated by the court is none other than Dr. Hossein Bin Saeed Al-Ghafri, a lawyer and adviser to the Oman’s Information Technology Authority (ITA), and a member of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention.“One can only wonder about the neutrality and objectivity of the expert chosen by the court to issue such a crucial opinion,” Reporters Without Borders. “An independent expert must he appointed.”Appeals by 11 persons convicted of illegal assembly were accepted by the supreme court on 4 March. Their lawyer, Khalifa Al-Hinai, said that they will be retried before appeal courts and that he meanwhile plans to request their release on bail.The appeals of three others were rejected on procedural grounds but they plan to submit new appeals which Al-Hinai thinks will be accepted.Reporters Without Borders points out that Oman fell 24 places in its 2013 press freedom index and is now ranked 141st out of 179 countries.There were several waves of arrests of Omani human rights defenders and activists in 2012 after they voiced support for oil company employees in the Fahoud oil fields in a desert region to the southwest of Muscat who have been on strike since 24 May 2012.In all, more than 40 Omani activists were prosecuted last year on charges of illegal assembly, cyber-crime and insulting the sultan. No fewer than 28 of them were convicted on appeal in December alone.On 16 January 2013, an appeal court sentenced eight writers and bloggers to jail terms and fines on lèse-majesté and cyber-crime charges. It also upheld the convictions of three other bloggers and activists.Around 20 detainees in Muscat’s Samayel prison staged a hunger strike from 9 to 24 February in protest against their imprisonment and the time taken by the supreme court to consider their appeals. Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders RSF_en last_img read more

MLAX : Syracuse dominated by Virginia in faceoff X; Drew plays for 1st time this season

first_img Comments Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm It was the type of play that doomed Syracuse all day.Virginia midfielder Ryan Benincasa won the faceoff and rushed out in transition. UVa attack Owen Van Arsdale caught the ball on the attacking line, drew the defender and fed the ball to Mark Cockerton, who had an open lane and fired a shot past SU goaltender Matt Lerman.Another opportunity for Virginia. Another goal.‘It was a grave concern going into the game in terms of how the faceoff piece was going to play out,’ Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. ‘I think it may have been the singular difference in the game. I think the additional possessions that we got, there was no way you would have predicted that was going to work like that going into the game.’Virginia dominated the faceoff X throughout the game, holding a 20-of-28 advantage over the Orange during the course of the game. Syracuse midfielder Chris Daddio entered the game with a remarkable 25-of-37 (67.6 percent) faceoff rate, but went just 4-of-15 Sunday. Benincasa was impressive for Virginia, taking all of his team’s faceoffs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Cavaliers capitalized on their opportunities and beat the Orange in transition off the faceoff several times.Although Daddio was able to control the trajectory of the ball on many of the draws, Syracuse defender Brian Megill said he felt the team simply struggled to corral the ground balls in those situations.And with the struggles at the X, Virginia controlled possession for much of the game and took care of the Orange on offense.‘It was popping out and their wings, I think they outhustled our wings a little bit, and that’s another thing we’re going to work on in film — work on groundballs, work on boxing out a little bit better,’ Megill said. ‘Virginia is a tough team, they hustle a lot and props to them.’Drew makes season debut after suspensionSyracuse midfielder Kevin Drew returned to the field Sunday in the Orange’s 14-10 loss to No. 1 Virginia. Drew had been suspended indefinitely after an arrest for driving while intoxicated in the fall.Drew started the game, playing at one of the wings during the opening faceoff and seeing significant minutes for the rest of the game.‘I thought he did good,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘There were some things that you could tell he was rusty on. He was out there quite a bit during the game. We relied on him to cover people and start some transition for us, wing on the faceoffs.’Drew received a harsh welcome back to the field early in the game when Cavaliers midfielder Matt White beat Drew and put the ball past SU goaltender Matt Lerman.Drew rejoined the team at the start of spring practice, but he was held out of Syracuse’s first two games against Albany and Army.On Sunday, he took two shots and scooped up a ground ball.‘We asked a lot from him. He’s definitely not in midseason form,’ Desko said, ‘but he still did a lot of very good things for the team today.’Change in expectations for SyracuseWhen Syracuse played Virginia, one year ago to the day, it had the winningest class in college lacrosse history. The Orange had every reason to expect to beat the Cavaliers, and it did so in the Carrier Dome, 12-10.This season, seven starters are gone. Dotting SU’s 2012 roster are players who are finally getting their chance. And on Sunday, it was evident just how different Syracuse’s expectations are from last season. While SU certainly believed it had a shot against UVa, the Orange was the underdog.‘I think to have the experience these guys got today,’ Desko said. ‘More than half the group had never been on this field today. To be here to have that experience, to be on the road and play the tempo that we played, … I think we’re getting better, and we played a very good lacrosse team today.’Despite the loss, midfielder Bobby Eilers said this type of game — in which SU played Virginia virtually down to the wire — can give the team’s younger players plenty of confidence for the rest of the season.‘Just fuel for the fire,’ Eilers said. ‘We came out and played with the No. 1 team in the country. We have a lot of new guys. They have a lot of returning players.’[email protected]@syr.edu  center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rayo Vallecano throw out Derek Boateng

first_imgSpanish club Rayo Vallecano announced on Monday that they have terminated their contract with Ghanaian international Derek Boateng and have agreed to let him join newly-promoted Eibar.Boateng only joined Rayo in June this year and was looking to establish himself in the first team.AllSports reported a few days ago that there had been concerns over the fitness of the 31-year old, and this may be one of the reasons he may have been shown the exit door.A statement from Rayo on their official website read: “The Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and Derek Boateng have reached an agreement for the termination of the contract between both parties. The player will play in SD Eibar. From the club we wish him well in the new phase begins.”Derek Boateng represented Ghana in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. In his long career, he has played in various European countries including Greece, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and England.Between 2009 and 2011 he played for Getafe and had a loan stint at Fulham in the English Premier League last season.last_img read more

Mater Dei Seraph Fund Stands at $962,000

first_imgFollowing Saturday night’s gala at which $95,000 was raised, the Save the Seraphs Fund now stands at $962,000. The goal is to raise $1 million.Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairwoman for the Save the Seraphs Fundraising committee, said that the money came from ticket sales, raffles, silent auction items and even sales of Mater Dei Prep Pandora bracelet charms at its gala at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, which drew a crowd of 455 people, including NBC News’ Brian Williams.With this momentum, hitting the $1 million goal seems within reach, said Wulfhorst.“We’re so excited. It means basically we can move forward,” she said in an interview Sunday evening. “The million dollars is what we need to get to be financially viable.”The fund has about $350,000 in cash donations, and the balance in pledges. It recently acquired 501(c)(3) status. “Now we’re going to start turning those pledges into donations,” she said.She declined to identify who the big donors are, saying that the school treasures all of the donations the campaign has received. “We’ve had a lot of generous donors,” she said.The school community is striving to raise $1 million to close a funding gap, or face closure in its 50th year as a regional parochial high school in Middletown, NJ.— By Muriel J. Smith and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Budding Rumson Star Comes to the Basie

first_img“Alexandra does a fantastic job,” she said. “She’s a very talented young lady. She was so excited and eager to perform and she really nailed it.” By Mary Ann Bourbeau One of the leads in the national tour is Jill-Christine Wiley, who takes on the role of Maria von Trapp. The fourth grader at Rumson Country Day School auditioned for several shows this year and was excited to learn she was cast in “The Sound of Music,” which makes a stop at the Count Basie Center for the Arts for four performances Feb. 23 and 24. Her parents, Colin and Sarah, join her on occasion but with three other children – two of whom are also actors – their life is quite busy. Colin, 13, is the oldest and prefers sports over theater. Catherine, 11, was featured in the National Broadway tour of “A Christmas Story Musical.” Aubin, 8, performed with her sisters in a New York City Kids of the Arts production of “High School Musical.” Set in 1938, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is the story of a young woman in Austria who is sent to the home of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. The Academy Award-winning score includes many memorable songs, such as “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “Climb Ev’r y Mountain” and, of course, the title song. “It’s such a connecting piece of musical theater,” she said. “I was screaming,” she said. “I was so happy!” Showtimes are 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $45 to $79 and can be purchased at thebasie.org. Alexandra is currently on a nationwide tour that includes more than 30 stops. A tutor and a nanny go along with her, but sometimes she gets a little homesick. Alexandra’s other credits include the off-Broadway productions of “Dance Divas” and “Legally Blonde” as well as a ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” She is a member of the NYC Tap Crew and the Project Dance competition team and hopes to continue on this career path. Wiley has nothing but praise for Alexandra, especially after seeing her pull off two different roles in one day. “I just want to do what I’m doing now and be an actor, and maybe be on the Disney Channel,” she said. “I’m really excited that the tour is coming to Red Bank. I hope everyone in school wants to come see it.”center_img “Jill is really fun to work with,” said Alexandra. “She’s nice and sweet and very good at the role. And she’s sort of a mother to all of us.” “It’s really fun when we all perform together,” said Alexandra. “I first watched ‘The Sound of Music’ in kindergarten,” she said. “When I saw the role of Maria, I was totally starstruck. My mother said I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I knew right then I wanted to be on stage singing, acting and dancing.” After two years studying musical theater at Pace University, Wiley was offered a role in the national tour of “Beauty and the Beast.” She is excited to now be following in the footsteps of Mary Martin and Julie Andrews, bringing “The Sound of Music” to a whole new generation. RED BANK – Alexandra Bradley is a swing performer in the national tour of “The Sound of Music.” As a swing, she performs two different roles in the ensemble, filling in whenever another actor is out. The 9-year-old Rumson resident plays Gretl and Marta von Trapp, which means she is responsible for learning the dialogue, songs, staging and choreography for both roles. “It can be challenging sometimes,” said Alexandra. “But the time I played two roles in one day, I was more excited than nervous.” A swing is one of the most difficult jobs in the theater. An actor never knows when he or she will go on, sometimes up until the show begins. Alexandra had the unique opportunity recently of performing both roles in the same day – Marta in the matinee performance and Gretl in the evening. “I miss my family, my bed and my stuffed animals,” she said. Alexandra Bradley of Rumson performs two different roles in the ensemble of “The Sound of Music” national tour. Alexandra is equally pleased to be working with Wiley, who plays the governess to all the von Trapp children. Arts and entertainment reporter Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] times.com.last_img read more

Big first for WI Women

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women stormed into their first ever final of a Twenty20 World Cup when they outplayed New Zealand Women by six runs in the second semi-final of the 2016 edition at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.Having previously gone out at the semi-final stage of the last three T20 World Cups, the Caribbean girls made no mistake this time around, rattling up a challenging 143 for six off their 20 overs and then bowling well to restrict the Kiwis to 137 for eight.Sent in, West Indies Women were propelled by a top score of 61 from Britney Cooper, who fashioned her maiden half-century in T20s.She faced 48 balls and counted five fours and two sixes and put on 60 for the second wicket with captain Stafanie Taylor, who scored 25. Cooper added another 44 for the third wicket, with Deandra Dottin, who got 20.Seamer Sophie Devine was the best bowler, producing a career-best performance of four for 22 from her four overs.In reply, New Zealand Women were undermined by Taylor, who claimed three for 26 with her incisive off-spin, while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher proved economical, conceding just 20 runs from her four overs and taking one wicket.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCESara McGlashan top-scored with 38 from 30 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite struck 24 from 29 balls, while Devine chipped in with a cameo 22 from 14 balls, to complete a solid all-round performance.New Zealand Women were threatening victory at 108 for three in the 17th over with McGlashan and Satterthwaite involved in a 59-run fourth run stand.However, Taylor removed both in successive deliveries to deal the Kiwis a fatal blow and hurt their momentum as five wickets tumbled for 29 runs.The victory set up a meeting with nemesis Australia in Sunday’s final, following the reigning champions’ five-run win over England Women in Wednesday’s first semi-final.last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Man City 0

first_imgNew manager Rafael Benitez was barracked by disgruntled Chelsea fans as he took charge of his first game.It has been an emotion-charged afternoon at Stamford Bridge following the sad news that legendary ex-Blues boss Dave Sexton died today.Benitez, unpopular among Chelsea fans from his time at Liverpool, was greeted by jeers before a rousing minute’s applause for Sexton, who led the club to their 1970 FA Cup triumph and the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year.And on 16 minutes the home crowd demonstrated their feelings by chanting the name of sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, who wore the number 16 shirt during his time as a player at Chelsea.On the pitch, the first half produced little of note before Sergio Aguero missed a great chance to put City ahead when he headed straight at keeper Petr Cech.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: American Legion Area One tournament begins in Arcata Wednesday

first_imgArcata >> The city of Arcata will host the 17-and-under American Legion Area One Tournament beginning Wednesday and running through to Sunday’s championship game.Two local teams, the Humboldt Knights and Northern Humboldt Giants, will tussle with teams representing Chico, Napa, Davis, Oroville, Auburn and either Redding or Shasta in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The Giants defeated the Knights 10-0 to win the district championship on Saturday at Redwood Fields in Eureka.Games …last_img

Cassini Has Not Made Saturn’s Rings Old

first_imgAfter 13 years in orbit, Cassini data still show conflicting interpretations for the age of Saturn’s rings.Scientists like to hope that new spacecraft data will confirm their beliefs. Before Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, ring scientists fretted over Voyager data that suggested that the rings were young (much younger than Saturn, according to conventional models). Would Cassini help lengthen the age? Here are some of the latest papers and articles:Ancient Young Rings: Saturn Still Puzzles Astronomers (Space.com). Astrophysicist Paul Sutter reviews the history of ring observations, finally getting to “The contradiction of Saturn” – i.e., evidences that go in opposite directions about the age of the rings. The purity of the rings indicates they must be young. But to keep them old, Sutter only can offer the idea that the best time for Saturn to have formed rings was when the planet formed: “Ergo, these are old rings.” Observation should trump imagination.Surface roughness of Saturn’s rings and ring particles inferred from thermal phase curves (Icarus). While not addressing ring age specifically, this paper reminds readers that the rings are dynamic systems, subject to clumping, erosion and roughening. Could that go on for 4.5 billion years?Saturn’s surprising rings: The fascinating mysteries Cassini has solved (Fox News Science). Reminding readers of the age conundrum after Voyager, this article reminds readers that the ring particles constantly jostle one another, clump up and disperse. The F-ring, especially, is frequently subject to bombardments by Prometheus, which “pokes” the thin F-ring and sends out streamers of particles. Also, the rings are far brighter than they should be if old. And if they are only 100 million Darwin Years old, as data suggests, Cassini has shown that they could not have been produced by a single event, such as an asteroid breakup.Direct detection of gaps in Saturn’s A ring (Icarus). Nearly half a million gaps have been detected in the A-ring of Saturn by the ultraviolet spectrometer. While not addressing ring age, this find shows that the structure and dynamism of these gaps, caused by self-gravity wakes according to models, adds to questions how the structures could persist for billions of years.Saturn’s rings and associated ring plasma cavity: Evidence for slow ring erosion (Icarus). Based on just four hours of data in 2004, the Radio and Plasma Wave Spectrometer (RPWS) team has extended the ages of the rings: “we conclude that A-, B-, and C- ring lifetimes in the space environment can extend back to the formative periods of planet. Losses via the space environment will not limit ring lifetimes to the short 10′s of Myrs time scales.” But this is based on only one factor, the erosion rate by micrometeoroids, which they determined in that small window of time was slower than previously thought. They also admit that the erosion rate may be episodic, and they say that much more data is needed to determine the rings’ age. Their conclusion includes other caveats:Admittedly, the Cassini RPWS is not sensitive to submicron and nano-sized grain impacts, and the loss of these particles cannot be determined. Also, Cassini passed over the northern portion of the rings, and the loss via the instability is expected to be largest in the southern hemisphere. However, there should still be a population of unstable ions, appearing as a ‘fountain’ of ions from the B/C ring boundary and C ring, on the northern side as well (see Fig. 2b of Tseng et al., 2013). Evidence for such an ion fountain is not observed in the corresponding electron density as detected by the RPWS plasma waves.We conclude that the lack of the ion fountain and lack of substantial loss along the B-C ring boundary suggests some other inter-ring process, like local grain cohesion and/or electrostatics, is maintaining stability, offsetting the forces that create the instability and loss.A single measurement that could possibly extend the lifetime of the rings does not overthrow other measurements that constrain the age. For instance, collisional spreading should undo much of the fine structure of the rings, sending some particles outward and others into the planet as particles bump into each other. The “propeller” structures in the rings indicate the wearing down of large ring particles that should no longer exist after billions of years. And over such a long time period, impacts by large bodies should have removed ring particles and discolored the ones that remain. Sunlight pressure, sputtering and other processes can additionally erode the rings.As Cassini completes its final high dives through the D-ring gap, data are being collected that should surpass that gathered by the RPWS team in 2004. It will be interesting to see papers on the new high-resolution images and data taken during this final phase of the mission that ends on September 15.(Visited 372 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more