June 16

8th edition of Voluntary But Not Amateur highlights significant changes in law and best practice

first_imgJacki commented that they had taken the decision to remove a detailed fundraising section part way through the project simply because it would have been so large it might have detracted form the core focus of the book. Ruth added that in order to give readers the best support, they had decided to focus on just the legal aspects of operating a NFP organisation, including some core best practice advice to augment the legal coverage. – Lotteries, raffles and bingo – Sponsorship – Door to door and street Collections – Obligations under The charities Act (2006) – Confidentiality ISBN 978 1 906294 07 6 – Data protection  55 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis – Gifts and legacies – Criminal Records checking – And so on… Both Jacki and Ruth were involved in the first edition, launched in 1985, and Ruth put the raft of legislative changes into context by explaining that the first edition comprised 68 pages which included a section on best practices for fundraising. The newest edition is 310 pages and, whilst there is a section covering the legal aspects of fundraising, there is no longer an in-depth focus on best practices. Specific fundraising aspects covered do include: – Employment law – Payroll giving The 8th Edition was compiled by the authors with the support of many experienced third sector practitioners and the law firm Bates Wells and Braithwaite. The publisher is the Directory for Social Change (DSC). 8th edition of Voluntary But Not Amateur highlights significant changes in law and best practice Howard Lake | 27 May 2009 | News – Financial procedures for managing funds raised Advertisement Tagged with: Law / policy Management AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis – Gift Aid – Trading Officially launched on the 20th May, the 8th edition of the best-selling book Voluntary but not Amateur highlighted exactly how much has changed in the NFP sector from a legal perspective. Positioned as a guide aimed particularly at smaller charities, the book’s authors Ruth Hayes and Jacki Reason explained that their focus was on providing the best advice around the plethora of legal, best practice and other regulatory issues faced by NFP organisations.Plethora is the right word. www.dsc.org.uk Since 1985 there have been changes across practically every aspect of the law relating to running organisations and significant sections are now included covering: 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

May 7

Boomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industry

first_imgBoomin founder Michael Bruce has launched a forensic attack on rival Rightmove, criticising its huge profits, lack of tech investment and unhealthy dominance of the property portal market.Bruce has made the comments on the morning that the portal reveals its latest results, claiming that its shareholders will be delighted by the firm’s return to ‘business as usual’ following its fees suspension, which ended in October.As The Neg reported recently, Rightmove has returned to increasing its monthly fees even though, Bruce claims, its agents face a choppy business environment this year as the stamp duty holiday ends and the real state of the economy is revealed post-Covid.“The property portal market has been broken for the past decade, lacking meaningful competition,” he says in an open letter.“Rightmove is an example of market failure. By its own admission it has a market share approaching 90%. Impressive? The consequences for now and into the future are anything but.“And Rightmove’s profits don’t reflect the housing market. Between 2008 and 2019 the volume of annual housing transactions has fallen 27% – while their average estate agent customer has been hit with fee hikes totalling some 350%.”Bruce also blasts Rightmove for its lack of investment in new tech; £14 million over the past decade while at the same time making a profit of £1.3 billion.Bruce claims that without ‘meaningful competition’ – a sideswipe at Zoopla and OTM – Rightmove will continue to increase its fees.“Continuous innovation and fair competition are essential for any properly functioning market and for the good of the estate agency industry that we all serve,” he says, claiming – unsurprisingly – that Boomin has the marketing and financial muscle to take on Rightmove.Boomin Purplebricks Michael Bruce OTM Zoopla February 26, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentCuan Ryan, Butler Sherborn Butler Sherborn 26th February 2021 at 9:43 amI’m pretty sure my view will be unpopular but I am a fan of Rightmove, not because they are startlingly advanced with their technology and not because they appear to be greedy ‘bar-stewards’ but because they fought their way to the top and could lay claim to carrying circa 96% of all available UK property. Before the dominance of Rightmove there was no single place to show a client’s property where you could be sure that it would/should be seen by almost all currently active buyers – there were endless sites/portals offered by newspapers and others, all wanting hefty payment and not producing the goods – the only option was to advertise property on a wide range of sites in the hope of getting the coverage. The recent anti-Rightmove movement with every man and his dog now claiming to be setting up the best ever property portal is going to take us back to where we were 20 years ago – a large number of Wannabe property portals offering discounts, claiming the earth and not delivering. They may all be infinitely more sophisticated than the current leading portals but until the public adopts one as their ‘go to’ property search portal, agents will be left wandering which way to turn, spreading themselves thin as they try to back a number of ‘horses’. If and when a winner emerges we will all breathe a sigh of relief as the winner ups their charges and becomes every bit as greedy as the current market leaders.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Boomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industry previous nextMarketingBoomin founder – Rightmove dominance is ‘not healthy’ for property industryIndustry’s marmite figure Michael Bruce claims only his platform has the financial and marketing muscle to prise consumers away from Rightmove.Nigel Lewis26th February 20211 Comment756 Viewslast_img read more

March 1

Promising therapy for stroke patients

first_imgA noninvasive electric stimulation technique administered to both sides of the brain can help stroke patients who have lost motor skills in their hands and arms, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).Described in the Nov. 10 online issue of the journal Neurology, the findings showed that stroke patients who received bihemispheric transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), coupled with a regimen of physical and occupational therapy, had a threefold greater improvement in motor function compared with patients who received only physical/occupational rehabilitation and a placebo form of stimulation.“We think that the key to this therapy’s success in improving stroke patients’ motor function is based on its ability to affect the brain activity on both the stroke-affected side of the brain and the healthy side of the brain as patients work to relearn lost motor skills,” says senior author Gottfried Schlaug, the director of the Stroke Service in BIDMC’s Department of Neurology and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS).In the brain of a healthy individual, the left and right sides of the motor cortex work in tandem, inhibiting one another as needed in order to successfully carry out such one-sided movements as writing or teeth-brushing. But, explains lead author Robert Lindenberg, an HMS instructor of neurology at BIDMC, when a person suffers a stroke (as might happen when an artery to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or atherosclerotic deposit) the interaction between the two sides of the brain involved in motor skills changes.“As a result,” he explains, “the motor region on the unaffected side of the brain begins to exert an unbalanced effect onto the motor region of the brain’s damaged side.” And, as Schlaug and Lindenberg further explain, this leads to an increased inhibition of the stroke-damaged motor region, as the remaining intact portions of this region try to increase activity in the motor pathways to facilitate recovery.tDCS is an experimental therapy in which a small electrical current is passed to the brain through the scalp and skull. Because previous studies had determined that tDCS could improve motor function if applied to either the damaged or undamaged side of the brain, Schlaug’s team hypothesized that applying tDCS to both sides — while simultaneously engaging the stroke patient in motor skill relearning activities — would further speed the recovery process.“tDCS works by modulating regional brain activity,” explains Schlaug. “In applying this therapy to both hemispheres of the brain, we used one direction of current to increase brain activity on the damaged side, and used the reverse current to inhibit brain activity on the healthy side, thereby rebalancing the interactions of both sides of the brain.”Schlaug and his collaborators studied 20 patients who had suffered an ischemic stroke at least five months prior to the onset of the study. Participants were separated into two groups: Half of the subjects received a 30-minute daily treatment session of electrical stimulation, while the other half received a “sham” placebo treatment designed to mimic electrical stimulation. Both groups of patients concurrently received 60 minutes of occupational and physical therapy. The treatment was repeated daily for five days.By using sophisticated MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques, the researchers were able to “map” the positions of the stroke lesions in relation to the brain’s motor system. “This helped us to very closely match the two patient groups,” notes Schlaug. “Not only did the two groups of patients outwardly exhibit similar motor impairments, but we could tell from the MRIs that their lesions were positioned in similar areas of the brain. This novel approach strengthens the results, since no other between-group factor could explain the therapy’s effects.”The results showed that the patients treated with tDCS exhibited a threefold improvement in motor outcomes, such as an improved ability to grasp or perform wrist and finger movements, compared with patients who underwent physical and occupational therapy coupled with placebo stimulation. In addition, functional brain imaging showed that the therapy’s effect was correlated with increased activity of the brain’s nondamaged motor parts on the side of the stroke hemisphere.“This is the first time that stimulation therapy has been administered simultaneously to both brain hemispheres and coupled with physical/occupational therapy,” explains Schlaug. “Both sides of the brain play a role in recovery of function [following a stroke], and the combination of peripheral sensorimotor activities and central brain stimulation increases the brain’s ability to strengthen existing connections and form new connections. It is a testament of just how plastic the brain can be if novel and innovative therapies are applied using our current knowledge of brain function.”This study was supported, in part, by grants from the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

September 25

10 die in road mishaps each month in Iloilo

first_imgThe top violations of motorists, hesaid, were driving without a license, not using seatbelts, failure to carry orhaving expired Certificate of Registration of vehicles, and not wearing helmets(for motorcycle riders). According to Vilela, most of thevehicular accidents involved motorcycles but there were also passengerjeepneys, private vehicles and taxis, among others. The 150 cops came from 42 towns andthe component city of Passi. ILOILO – Each month an average of 10persons die in vehicular accidents in this province, data from the IloiloPolice Provincial Office (IPPO) showed. Apprehending persons not licensed todrive and unregistered vehicles were ways to address the problem, he said. Allmust follow Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,stressed Police Executive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge ofthe Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo. “We intend to remove all illegalvehicles and unauthorized drivers from our highways,” stressed Vilela. Last month, according to Vilela,police units under the IPPO were able to apprehend 4,010 traffic violators. FromJanuary to September over a hundred vehicles (including motorcycles) have beenissued with notices of violation by the HPG’s Provincial Highway Patrol Team –Iloilo.  The training was held in CampSumagaysay in Santa Barbara town, the IPPO headquarters. For two days, Oct.15 and 16, LTOtrained 150 policemen in the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.center_img Periconsaid the Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo goes around and checks roadsand the traffic situation in Iloilo city and province. Early this month, the Highway PatrolGroup (HPG) in Iloilo of the Philippine National Police appealed to drivers tofollow traffic rules and regulations. RA4136 is the law on traffic violations, traffic management and traffic enforcement.It also gives mandate to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to “get rid ofall illegal parkings and traffic obstructions along the highways.” He also agreed that the Land TransportationOffice (LTO) deputize IPPO policemen to enforce traffic laws. Periconobserved that what’s mostly lacking among drivers is awareness on the properuse of public roads. “We must do something to stem therising statistics on vehicular accidents and deaths,” stressed Police ColonelRoland Vilela, provincial police director. To date since Jan. 1 this year, theIPPO already recorded 102 road mishap fatalities. Yes,he said, there are indeed “pasaway”drivers. “Indi man tanan pero maymga drivers kulang gid ‘ya sang education with regards sa paggamit sang karsada. Like mayma-overtake sa solid line whichis indi puede. Pag-abot sa city may ‘Slowdown’ sign pero sige or wala sila naga-respond.May ‘No Parking’ sign pero naga-park gid,” lamented Pericon./PNlast_img read more

September 20

Memphis Man Arrested in West Palm Beach for Sex Trafficking

first_imgA Memphis man was arrested in West Palm Beach early Saturday for alleged human trafficking.Last Friday, detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to the LaQuinta Hotel on Okeechobee Blvd. in regard to a human trafficking complaint.Upon arrival, detectives discovered that an 18-year-old woman was being held against her will.They determined soon afterward that the suspect, 30-year-old Derrion Kirby, had traveled through several states with at least two female victims, arranging sexual encounters and then taking all the money.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeKirby would allegedly threaten violence and withhold the victims’ documents as a means of controlling them.Derrion Kirby was ultimately charged with two counts of sex trafficking, as well as two counts of deriving proceeds of prostitution.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday, and was scheduled to make his first appearance in front of a Palm Beach County judge on Sunday morning.last_img read more