There are a billion new reasons to invest in Whitbread shares

first_imgThere are a billion new reasons to invest in Whitbread shares Views expressed in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Michael Baxter | Monday, 15th June, 2020 | More on: WTB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I believe now is a good time to invest in Whitbread shares – and why is that? There are literally a billion reasons.You might be pleased to know that I am not going to go through the billion reasons to invest in Whitbread (LSE:WTB) shares one by one — instead, I will sum them all up in three words: one billion pounds.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Before Covid-19, Whitbread had a strong balance sheet what with the sale of Costa. Now it has raised another billion pounds, meaning its bank balance is bulging.I think the strength of the Whitbread balance sheet represents an outstanding opportunity. The reason is simple — it’s a great time to be cash-rich. Bargains will be plenty.Post-Covid-19No one knows what the economy will look like post-Covid-19. As for property prices — predicting how they will move is a mug’s game — but there is one area where I do expect to see bargains, and that is in commercial real estate.It is a sad inevitability that pubs will go out of business. Hotels will probably either be sold or put up for sale. As a result, prices will fall.But isn’t this how the economic cycle works? Any sector, whether it be oil, retail, or the hotel and pubs sectors that Whitbread operates in, follows a similar pattern. In a downturn, prices fall, they eventually become so cheap that demand rises pushing prices up, until they become too high, and another downturn begins.Those that have sufficient cash, and foresight to invest at times when the downturn is especially severe, can play the cycle to their advantage.That is why I like Whitbread shares.Whitbread shares long termWhitbread has been a good long-term play for years.If you had invested in the company back in the mid-1990s, when it was first listed on the stock market, then your shares would have increased by almost nine-fold at the beginning of this year. Factor in that the company usually pays reasonable dividends and you can see that Whitbread shares have been good long-term performers.Okay, shares have fallen this year. They are down by almost half, but even after this massive drop they have still doubled over the last decade and more than quadrupled since 1995.But this year’s fall in the Whitbread share price does make it look especially tempting.Solid performance, unique opportunityIt is the combination of Whitbread’s steady performance in the long term and what I see as a unique opportunity that makes the company such as a compelling investment.I expect it to grab market share such that when the economic recovery finally begins in earnest, Whitbread will be well placed indeed.That is why I think now represents such a great opportunity to invest in Whitbread shares. See all posts by Michael Baxterlast_img read more

5 takeaways from Fundsmith’s 2020 annual letter

first_imgIt’s worth noting that many Fundsmith stocks are benefiting from these trends.For those looking for investment ideas, I think these trends could be a good place to start. But, as always, lots of research is crucial. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Reckitt Benckiser and has a position in Fundsmith Equity. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Online working from remote locations using the cloud or distributed computing Online schooling and medicine Home cooking and food delivery E-commerce Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” One investment report I always read as part of my research is Fundsmith’s ‘Annual Letter to Shareholders.’ Fundsmith has delivered incredible returns for investors since its launch in 2010 (last year it beat the FTSE 100 by about 30%) and the annual letter is always an informative read. Additionally, this letter often contains some useful investment tips from portfolio manager Terry Smith. These tips can potentially make me a better investor.Last week, Fundsmith published its annual letter for 2020. Here are five key takeaways from the report.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Fundsmith likes highly profitable companiesOne of the secrets to Smith’s success as an investor is that, like Warren Buffett, he focuses on highly profitable companies. “Consistently high returns on capital are one sign we look for when seeking companies to invest in. Another is a source of growth – high returns are not much use if the business is not able to grow and deploy more capital at these high rates,” he writes in his latest report.In 2020, Fundsmith’s holdings generated an average return on capital employed (ROCE) of 25%. This was lower than in previous years. However, what’s interesting is that this was still 150% higher than the average FTSE 100 company’s ROCE.Fundsmith valuationsIn relation to valuations, Smith notes that the Fundsmith portfolio consists of companies that have higher valuations than the average FTSE 100 company. However, this doesn’t concern him because he doesn’t believe they are actually ‘expensive’.“It is wise to bear in mind that despite the rather sloppy shorthand used by many commentators, highly rated does not equate to expensive any more than lowly rated equates to cheap,” he writes.A K-shaped recoverySmith says in the annual letter that he became increasingly bemused last year hearing various commentators predict that the economic recovery would be ‘V-shaped’, or shaped like a ‘U’, an  ‘L’, or a ‘W.’However, he did like the idea of a ‘K-shaped’ recovery. This is a concept I discussed last year. A K-shaped recovery occurs when different sectors of the economy emerge from a downturn with sharply differing trajectories, like the arms of the letter K.Why Smith sold Reckitt BenckiserSmith also explains why Fundsmith sold its entire stake in FTSE 100 company Reckitt Benckiser in 2020.Reckitt Benckiser shares traded strongly last year as consumers rushed out to purchase increased quantities of household cleaning products, personal cleaning products, and OTC medicines.However, Smith and his team felt that the company’s rating did not reflect the pedestrian nature of the business in more normal circumstances or some of the issues it faces. So, they offloaded the stock. They could be wrong, of course, but it was an interesting move nonetheless.Growth trendsFinally, Smith touched on the fact that some trends have been accelerated due to Covid-19. These include:center_img Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 25th January, 2021 Automation and AI Pets 5 takeaways from Fundsmith’s 2020 annual letter Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Social media and communications Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

New Zealand: Katene Eruera named dean of Maori for St….

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Tags Eruera has been a priest since 2003 and is a veteran of bi-vocational ministry, working full time to support his ministry in both pastorate and hui amorangi settings. (Hui Amorangi covers the East Coast of the North Island.)He holds degrees in law and the arts, completing his Master of Theology with honors from Auckland University in 2007.Eruera has served as a military chaplain in the New Zealand Defence Force, and most recently in locum ministry in the Northern Territory of Australia.The Manukura/Principal of St. John’s, Tony Gerritsen, announced the appointment, noting that Eruera believes passionately in the core values of the Christian faith – faithfulness, service and integrity – as the framework for ministry formation and three-tikanga co-operation.“His new role allows him to build on these core values to provide an ethos, positive learning culture, and clear direction in ministry formation in the new ‘Three Tikanga, One Church’ strategic vision for St. John’s College,” Gerritsen added.In his spare time Eruera enjoys relaxing with whanau and friends, especially his fiancée Wendy, an organizational psychologist in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.His induction as dean will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, in the college’s Wesley Centre. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Indigenous Ministries, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing [Anglican Taonga] Maori students at St. John’s College in Auckland will soon have a new dean: the Rev. Katene Eruera. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By Taonga staffPosted Jul 30, 2013 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Zealand: Katene Eruera named dean of Maori for St. John’s College Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service People Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Anglican Communion, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH last_img read more

Appeals court upholds federal tax exemption for clergy housing expenses

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service] In the latest installment in a nearly decade-long effort to have the Internal Revenue Service’s clergy parsonage exemption declared unconstitutional, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled just the opposite.A three-judge panel said March 15 that the principal effect of the tax exemption is “neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion, and it does not cause excessive government entanglement.”Judge Michael B. Brennan of the 7th Circuit, writing for the unanimous panel, said, “Any financial interaction between religion and government – like taxing a church, or exempting it from tax – entails some degree of entanglement.” But, he wrote, only “excessive entanglement” violates the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause. The clause in the First Amendment prohibits the government from establishing an official religion, unduly favoring one religion over another, favoring religion over non-religion or vice versa.The opinion marked the second time that 7th Circuit has overturned Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, who has ruled that IRS Code Section 107(2) is unconstitutional. That section allows the exclusion from taxable income of cash housing allowances to “ministers of the gospel,” if certain conditions are met. Certain nonreligious housing allowances also are exempted from tax, such as for military personnel.The Justice Department called the ruling a win for the religious protections enshrined in the Constitution.“The tax code treats ministers the same as hundreds of thousands of nonreligious workers who receive tax-exempt housing for their jobs – that’s not special treatment, it’s equal treatment,” Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of various ministers, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Freedom from Religion Foundation leaders Annie Laurie Gaylor, Anne Nicol Gaylor and Dan Barker have claimed for years that the IRS “parsonage exemption” violates the U.S. Constitution by providing preferential tax benefits to religious leaders. (Anne Nicol Gaylor has since died and been replaced in the suit by the personal representative of her estate, Ian Gaylor.)The plaintiffs say that, although the foundation gives them a housing allowance, IRS rules deny their attempts to claim the related expenses under the parsonage exemption because they were not deemed “ministers of the gospel.” Annie Laurie Gaylor is a layperson, as was Anne Nicol Gaylor, her mother. Barker, the foundation’s public relations director, is an ordained minister who, the foundation says, “gradually outgrew his religious beliefs.”Reacting to the latest ruling, Gaylor called the exemption “so clearly a handout to churches and clergy, and it so clearly shows preferential treatment and discriminating in favor of ministers.”Brennan, a President Donald Trump appointee who has been on the court since May 2018, wrote that the foundation says the exemption “‘renders unto God that which is Caesar’s.’ But this tax provision falls into the play between the joints of the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause: neither commanded by the former, nor proscribed by the latter.”The foundation said the court’s reasoning “shows that ministers are not entitled to the benefit, therefore Congress could repeal it.”“It’s an injustice not just to us, but to taxpayers who have to pay more than their share because clergy pay less,” Gaylor said.Gaylor told the Associated Press that the foundation was weighing whether to ask the full Seventh Circuit to review the case or take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Kelly Laco called the ruling “a win for the religious protections enshrined” in the Constitution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.The case, originally titled Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Geithner and Shulman, was filed in September 2011. The original suit named then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and IRS head Douglas Shulman as defendants. The current filing replaced them with their successors, Steve Mnuchin and John Koskinen.There are also intervenor-defendants: the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America and a minister of one of its churches; the Chicago Embassy Church and its pastor; and Holy Cross Anglican Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and its rector, the Rev. Patrick Malone.The other judges on the panel were William Bauer and Daniel Manion.How the tax exemption worksThe employers of most but not all clerics who do not live in church-owned housing designate a portion of a cleric’s salary as a housing allowance. However, if such clerics plan to seek the IRS-allowed parsonage exemption, they must have their employers officially declare (by way of a resolution passed by the organization’s governing body) a specific amount of money that the cleric intends to claim on his or her taxes in the following year.If the cleric can later document the amount of eligible expenses, that amount may be deducted from the cleric’s taxable income. Those expenses include furnishings, maintenance and repair, and certain supplies. For instance, if the enabling resolution sets the amount at $10,000 but the cleric can only document $9,000 in allowed expenses, then only the smaller amount can be deducted. If the cleric had $11,000 in allowed expenses, only $10,000 can be deducted. There is no tax penalty for overestimating the parsonage allowance.Clergy may use the exemption for rent or mortgage as well as for home improvements and maintenance up to the fair market rental value of their home. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that the exclusions allowed to ministers for housing costs amounted to $3.8 billion between 2013 and 2017.Retired and disabled clergy can continue to claim the annual exemption, and in fact, all retirement benefits from the Church Pension Fund come to recipients with the IRS-required housing allowance designation.More information about how parsonage allowances work is available in the 2019 tax guide offered by the Church Pension Group.The case, which will be litigated for several years and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, does not apply to clergy who live in church-owned housing, such as rectories. Loss of the tax exemption would have a major financial impact on clerics of all faith traditions who do not live in church-owned housing.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 18, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Appeals court upholds federal tax exemption for clergy housing expenses Decision could be appealed to the Supreme Court Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL last_img read more

America’s Second Harvest gets 42% response for click-to-give campaign

first_imgAmerica’s Second Harvest gets 42% response for click-to-give campaign  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 30 May 2003 | News Second Harvest hopes to secure 20,000 clicks by 5 June, which is National Hunger Awareness Day in the USA. Quaker has promised to give up to $20,000.Donordigital describes it as “one of the coolest cause-related marketing pieces we’ve seen in awhile”, crediting Second Harvest Online Project Manager Gabriela Fitz.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis America’s Second Harvest expects to generate $20,000 from food manufacturer Quaker in its click-to-give campaign, according to Donordigital.The latest newsletter of US online fundraising and marketing agency Donordigital reports that Quaker will donate $1 every time the lunch bag graphic is clicked on in an HTML e-mail sent by food bank non-profit America’s Second Harvest.The e-mail read: “No such thing as a free lunch? There is now…for KIDS! Click the lunch bag below, and Quaker will donate $1.00 to help provide a lunch to hungry children and their families.” It was sent to 18,000 online donors and activists on 22 May 2003, and more than 7,500 clicked on the lunch bag. Advertisement 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

Government cuts funding to Bond by 50%

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. “UK Aid Connect allowed Bond to help make UK civil society better coordinated and more effective and has helped us maintain a strong and thriving network. Over the years, Bond has brought the sector together to provide a united voice and delivered support and services to NGOs, big and small, in areas such as safeguarding, advocacy and fundraising. We will now need to weigh up how we will continue to deliver these important areas of work.  587 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis One programme, with the aim of supporting the learning for 13 consortia, has been closed completely. This, the Learning from Consortia programme, was due to run for 21 months from April 2020-December 2021 and aimed to learn from the experiences and insights of the 13 consortia to draw out good practice in consortium working, as well as helping donors understand how they can best support consortia. The programme is led by Bond and The Partnering Initiative, along with an academic advisory board, with the consortia all supported by the UK’s Aid Connect funding stream.  Advertisement The cut is across the two programmes that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office supported as part of the Aid Connect programme. Bond, the UK network for organisations working in international development, has had its funding from the government cut in half, it has revealed. Stephanie Draper, CEO of Bond, said:center_img Government cuts funding to Bond by 50% The other affected programme, Bond’s Civil Society Collective programme, has been cut by nearly 50%. This programme has sought to help strengthen civil society organisations’ ability to adapt to fast-changing environments, including adapting programmes to COVID-19. The funding has also supported the organisation’s efforts to advocate for better humanitarian and development policies and practices on behalf of the sector, as well as encouraging collaboration amongst NGOs. “However, the reality is, the government’s cuts to Bond’s work are nowhere near as devastating as the cuts many NGOs are facing to programmes around the world that keep girls safe and in school, deliver healthcare, as well as food and clean water to people facing war or global pandemics in countries like Yemen and India. Melanie May | 6 May 2021 | News Tagged with: Funding International “Regardless of the government’s cuts to Bond, with support from our members and our other donors, we will continue to support the humanitarian and development sector in their crucial efforts to help make the world a fairer, safer, healthier and more sustainable place.”last_img read more

The Dailymotion video-sharing Website is accessible again

first_img Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more December 26, 2019 Find out more Organisation Omar Mestiri, the editor of the opposition online newspaper Kalima , is the victim of judicial harassment, Reporters Without Borders said today of a libel suit that could result in a three-year prison sentence. The organisation also called on the authorities to stop blocking the video-sharing site Dailymotion, which has been inaccessible in Tunisia since 1 April. RSF_en Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa The video-sharing website Dailymotion is once more accessible within Tunisia. Access had been blocked from 1 April. Censorship of news media that comment on the political situation in Tunisia is unfortunately frequent. Omar Mestiri of the online opposition newspaper Kalima is still facing a possible three-year prison sentence for libel. ———————————02.04.07 – Opposition online journalist accused of libel, video-sharing site blockedOmar Mestiri, the editor of the opposition online newspaper Kalima , is the victim of judicial harassment, Reporters Without Borders said today of a libel suit that could result in a three-year prison sentence. The organisation also called on the authorities to stop blocking the video-sharing site Dailymotion, which has been inaccessible in Tunisia since 1 April. “The lawsuit against Mestiri is absurd because it is based on an online article that cannot even be accessed from within Tunisia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we take this case very seriously. The three and a half year sentence imposed on lawyer Mohammed Abbou in April 2005 for an article posted online showed how the Tunisian courts are controlled by the government and how a libel suit can lead to a heavy sentence.”The press freedom organisation added: “The censorship of Dailymotion’s website shows that the government, which is as paranoid about the Internet as it is about the traditional press, is ready to ban tens of thousands of inoffensive videos in order to block a handful it does not like.”The suit against Mestiri was brought by Tunisian lawyer Mohammed Baccar over an article posted on 5 September 2006 accusing him of fraud and forgery. Mestiri was summoned by the deputy state prosecutor to respond to a charge of libel on 29 March. Mestiri’s lawyers have challenged the suit’s legal basis on the grounds that Kalima’s site is blocked in Tunisia and the article could not have been accessed there.The blocking of the www.dailymotion.com site may have been prompted by the posting of a number of videos on the political situation in Tunisia, such as:www.dailymotion.com/generationtunezinewww.dailymotion.com/tunisietunisiewww.dailymotion.com/c-iom13 www.dailymotion.com/tounishourra www.dailymotion.com/tunisiawatch www.dailymotion.com/Saber_ch For more information on imprisoned lawyer Mohammed Abbou Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia News News News April 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Dailymotion video-sharing Website is accessible again Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Campbell calls for talks following latest vandalism incident at City Cemetery

first_img Facebook By admin – July 18, 2016 Pinterest Previous articleMan dies following workplace accident in OmaghNext articleLogue urges vigilance on Lone Moor Road after tragic death of toddler admin Pinterest Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Google+ A Derry Councillor has called for a discussion on security measures at the City Cemetery following the latest spate of vandalism there over the weekend.Numerous graves were vandalised by youths believed to be between 13 and 16 years of age.The incident occurred on Friday night at around 9pm and police are continuing to appeal for information.Local Councillor Kevin Campbell says talks need to be held in a bid to address this issue once and for all:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/kevincampbell.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Campbell calls for talks following latest vandalism incident at City Cemetery 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

“We are at tipping point” – Health Minister

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews “We are at tipping point” – Health Minister Facebook Previous article48 hour wind and rain warning in place from 8pm tonightNext articleNo change in timetable for possible pub openings – Taoiseach News Highland The government has warned the country is at a ‘tipping point’ as new restrictions come into effect to tackle the spread of Covid-19.Public transport should now be avoided where possible and those over 70 are being asked to restrict their social circles.Visitors into homes are now limited to six people from three households while outdoor gatherings of no more than 15 are allowed.Gardaí are also to be given greater powers to enforce the rules.All measures are to remain in effect until September 13th and come as 190 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the country’s at a crucial moment with the virus…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06donnelly-virus-lead.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, restrictions could also be reintroduced across the border following a tenfold rise in cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the beginning of July.Health Minister Robin Swann had this warning last night…………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/07swan-virus-ni.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 19, 2020 last_img read more

Net advantage

first_img Comments are closed. If another year has passed you by without you having explored the Internet, thenadd it to your list of resolutions now. Here we present a beginner’s guide. ByXpertHR resourcesPUT YOUR XPERTHR LINKS HEREPUT YOUR XPERTHR LINKS HEREPUT YOUR XPERTHR LINKS HEREHeather FalconerA little knowledge can be a dangerous thing in healthcare. But according to a recentarticle in the British Medical Journal (http://www.bmj.com) the vast oceans ofit available on the Internet are set to have a profound effect on the waypatients and healthcare providers interact.The Internet will “foster a new level of knowledge among patients, enable themto have input into making decisions about their healthcare, and allow them toparticipate in active partnerships with many groups of decision makers,”says Alejandro R Jadad of the health information research unit at McMaster Universityin Hamilton, Ontario.Jadad also points out, however, that one of the key challenges in bringing about thisrevolution is to improve the ease, affordability and availability of access tothe Internet for both consumers and clinicians “in all settings wheretheir interactions occur”.Whichleads to the inescapable conclusion that this year occupational healthprofessionals can no longer put off that job of getting to grips with theworldwide web. To make the prospect less daunting, Occupational Health has puttogether a beginner’s guide to the technology and some of the resources itoffers.ThesoftwareFewcompanies are now without some form of Internet access, though it might berestricted by an explicit “Internet policy” to prevent abuse. The softwareone uses to access information on the worldwide web is called a browser and thechances are you will have one of two installed on your PC or Apple Mac:Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator currently account for 97 percent of all use. PCs running Windows 95 or 98 will almost certainly haveInternet Explorer ready installed, the most recent version being 5.0.There are other smaller browsers such as Lynx, Neoplanet, Opera and Surf Monkey forPCs, and ICab and Hotjava for Macs. These offer some interesting facilities:Surf Monkey, for instance, lets you “blow up” web pages while Lynxoffers a text-only facility to cut the time taken to “download” ortransfer information from the Net onto your machine.Mostbrowsers are straightforward to use: if you have a particular web site in mind,you simply type the address in the box provided, then click “Go” orpress the “Return” key. The first page to appear is what is known asthe site’s “Home Page” which contains links to other pages. Hence theterm “web”. A “Home” button on the toolbar allows you to goback to the original page you viewed from wherever you are in the web.Otherfacilities include the “Back” button which takes you to the last pageyou looked at, and “Stop”, which you can hit if you decide you do notwant to view the page that is loading.Thebrowser also lets you save the addresses of sites you may want to visit again,so that you don’t need to type them in every time. In Internet Explorer you usethe “Favourites” option, while in Netscape it is“Bookmarks”. You can also use Favourites to store a page or an entiresite on your computer so you can revisit it regularly without having to goon-line. You can even ask the browser to revisit the site automatically fromtime to time to download fresh versions so you are always up to date.Ifyou do not know the name of the site you want to visit, and just wantinformation on a particular topic, there are many different “searchengines” which will help you to find what you want.SearchfacilitiesAccordingto market researcher Media Metrix, the most popular of these is Yahoo, visitedby 53.9 per cent of work-based web users. Behind Yahoo comes MSN, Netscape,Go/Infoseek, Lycos, Excite, AltaVista and many more. But this is a fast-movingmarketplace with new services being created all the time.Strictlyspeaking, not all the brands named above are genuine search engines. Some, suchas Yahoo, are directories compiled from short descriptions of entire web sites.True search engines, such as the up and coming HotBot, carry out an automatedsearch using a virtual “spider” or “crawler” which visitsmillions of web sites and follows all the links. Anything it finds goes into agiant index which is then sifted using search engine software. The main advantagesof a search engine is that the search will cover a wider area and will look atindividual pages, and the spider will go back over the web sites every so oftento look for changes making for more up to date matches.Thesearch facilities also vary in terms of user-friendliness and the breadth anddepth of search they allow. AltaVista, for example, has a wide range of“power searching” commands making it a favourite among professionalresearchers and academics, while AskJeeves is more basic.Mostoffer a range of options such as “Related Search”, which invites youto click on terms related to your original query; “stemming” whichsearches for variations on the words you typed in based on their stem; a daterange to restrict the search; real names links; and advanced search pages toguide you in more complex queries.Thebest way to find one that suits you is to try a few out. You can also get lotsof useful information and tips for all levels of search from beginners’ toadvanced from www.searchenginewatch.com which can be accessed via www.Internet.comResourcesAsJadad admits, “We are far from achieving information nirvana”. Herecognises that the information on the Internet is of variable quality and thatcoding systems are still primitive. To help users cope with the overload hesuggests more intelligent retrieval systems; more predigested or distilledsummaries of health information; more “engaging” messages and morelinks to other clinical computing applications such as electronic medicalrecords. He also proposes “effective strategies to help us integrateinformation with values and circumstances in ways that prevent an overemphasison any one element”. A tall order.Inthe meantime, there is a huge array of web sites devoted to health and medicinefrom the BMJ site to www.genochoice.com,which invites you to place your thumb on the screen for your DNA to be“probed to identify negative genes”. The site also offers a pricelist of “genetic correction treatments”.Accordingto The Net magazine – which offers lots of help and advice for web surfers atwww.thenetmag.co.uk – the BMJ site is an excellent launching pad for healthresearch with a “first-rate search facility” and a useful resourcescolumn.Thereare several other important database sites (see box).Asfor the many more obscure sites available, The Net offers a couple of caveats.First, the provenance of the information is important: many sites, forinstance, are US designed and oriented, which could affect the usefulness ofhealth information to the UK user.Itis also worth checking how current the information is; many sites have a“last updated” note which will give you an idea of the regularitywith which the website is refreshed.Lastly,can you contact the source of the information?“Therequest for feedback is a good sign,” it says, “unless it is to gethold of your e-mail address to sell you something, of course.”Usefuldatabase sitesGeneralMedlinewhich dates back to 1966 and covers medical, nursing and healthcare informationwww.medline.comTheCumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature which gives access toa large number of English language nursing and allied health journals  www.cinahl.comTheBritish Nursing Index which indexes articles from the most popular nursingjournals in the UK www.bni.org.ukComplementarywww.homeopathyhome.comwww.altguide.comwww.osteopathy.org.uk/index.htmOfficialOfficialsites include NHS Direct at www.doh.gov.uk/nhsexec/direct.htm and the BMA at www.bma.org.uk, which also has a number ofhealth-related web site links.Usefuladvice and information can be obtained from interest group sites includingwww.backpain.org, the official site of BackCare – formerly the National BackPain Association – the British Heart Foundation’s www.bhf.org.uk, the BritishPregnancy Advisory Service site at www.bpas.demon.co.uk,and Weight Watchers’ www.weightwatchers.com,which has a chat forum as well as information on the famous points diet. 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