Corporate partnerships in April 2015 Here is our monthly round-up of corporate partnerships with charities, including results, charity of the year announcements and other CSR activities.1. Pearson commits £1.5m to Save the ChildrenPearson and Save the Children have launched an ‘Every Child Learning’ partnership, to help out-of-school children caught in the Syrian refugee crisis access quality education.The Syrian conflict is now entering its fifth year. More than two million displaced children are no longer in school and are more vulnerable to the risks of child labour, early marriage and recruitment into militia groups.Pearson has committed £1 million over three years to co-create these solutions with Save the Children which can then be adapted, scaled and replicated in other emergency and conflict settings. Pearson has also donated £500,000 to support two Save the Children education centres in Amman.2. Eden Springs and People Help People-One WorldEden Springs supports clean water initiativesTo mark World Water Day on 22 March, workplace drinks provider, Eden Springs, will help to fund the construction of clean water wells in Uganda. It will make a donation for every bottled water cooler installed in March to help its charity partner, People Help People-One World, to build even more wells in Uganda.Raanan Zilberman, CEO of Eden Springs, said: Advertisement Tagged with: charity of the year corporate “By making an additional donation for each bottled water cooler installed in March to People Help People-One World, we are sure that we are helping to improve access to fresh drinking water sources in Uganda.” Howard Lake | 23 April 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. 3. LivingSocial and Comic ReliefLiving Social raises funds for Comic Relief by donating £1 for each of its online deals.Local discovery search engine LivingSocial has donated £20,000 from online transactions to Comic Relief. It expects to donate more over the coming weeks.The company teamed up with 76 UK businesses to create a range of special deals, from which it donates £1 per transaction to the cause.LivingSocial’s partnership with Comic Relief began in 2013, providing customers with the chance to donate, not by digging in their own pocket, but by simply booking a fun activity, trip or experience. Combined with previous contributions, the total LivingSocial has donated to the charity is more than £50,000.Steven Marritt, CEO of LivingSocial UK & IE, said:“Many of the specially-sourced deals will stay live until the end of the month and visitors to the site can also choose to donate in denominations of £2, £5, £10 or £20, so we urge everyone to help us make this year a donation record!”4. SLI365 and ABF The Soldiers’ CharityArmed Forces life insurance provider SLI365 is extending its ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army.SLI365 is backed by the MOD and provides Regulars and Reserves serving in the British Armed Forces with guaranteed life and terminal illness insurance whether they are on or off duty. As part of the partnership, SLI365 makes a donation to the charity every time a new Army member joins the scheme. 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Two leaders of the Boston School Bus Drivers, Steelworkers Local 8751, arrived in Chicago on April 2. Union Trustees Fred Floreal and Frantz “Fanfan” Cadet came to tell over 2,000 union activists attending the Labor Notes conference about their great victory against the Veolia/Transdev transnational corporation.After 26 months of struggle, this union-busting company was forced to reinstate four unjustly fired union leaders. The union won an excellent contract.The brothers received a tremendous response when they spoke to over 100 people at a transit workers meeting during the conference. After the conference, at a meeting hosted by Local 8751, they led a rich discussion about the victory with labor, political and youth activists.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Plunge in Oil Good for Consumers and Ag By Andy Eubank – Oct 16, 2014 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Low gas good for AgPlunging oil prices in the U.S. are a pleasant surprise for motorists and it’s mostly good news for American farmers too. American Farm Bureau senior economist Bob Young says the good news after years of higher oil prices is lower input costs.“Whether that be for the direct purchase of energy to run the tractor or heat the houses with the animals in it, as oil prices pull down it does tend to put downside pressure on all the energy inputs. So some of those energy related, some of those fertilizer inputs etc. might also be affected if these prices stay down for the next several months as well.”That leaves more money in producer and consumer pockets. But Young says on the negative side, “As we do talk about lower gasoline prices that does lower the margin on ethanol sales, so it might end up with some impacts on that side of the house. But I think overall you have to view this as a positive thing for US agriculture.”And while lower fuel prices may be of limited help with $3.50 corn prices, Young says livestock producers already reaping gains from lower feed cost will be helped more. But the bigger picture for oil drilling and exporting could be dimmer.“We might back off on our drilling, even suggest that maybe the time has come to cap some wells. We know that it’s down there so let’s just let it sit down there for awhile. Internationally too you do have some countries that are dependent on oil being up at that $100 a barrel range in order to support some of their domestic programs and they’re going to come under some pressure.”Those countries include Venezuela, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Sinking oil prices also signal a slowing global economy and, Young says, the prospect of less demand for some U.S. farm exports, including meats. Home Energy Plunge in Oil Good for Consumers and Ag Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleRecord Crops Mean Some Harvest Delays Andy Eubank
Receive email alerts Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Iran March 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime continues to crack down on journalists, media freedom defenders RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Islamic Republic’s continuing serious violations of the rights of journalists and those who defend freedom of information. Human rights activists have been given long jail sentences in the past few days, journalists are still being arrested, and the health of two imprisoned journalists is currently the source of grave concern.Jailed human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was notified yesterday that a Tehran revolutionary court has sentenced him to 18 years in prison and 20-year ban on working as lawyer. One of the founders of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Soltani was arrested on 10 September 2011 during a raid by plain-clothes officials from the intelligence ministry. He was previously arrested on 16 June 2009 and was held for 70 days before being released on 100 million tomans (90,000 euros) in bail.An appeal court today upheld a six-year jail sentence for another of Ebadi’s colleagues, Narges Mohammadi, a woman journalist who acted as spokesperson of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders.Several other human rights lawyers are serving jail sentences on charges of “meeting and conspiring against the Islamic Republic,” anti-government propaganda and “collaborating” with the centre. They include two of its founder members, Mohammad Seifzadeh, arrested in April 2011 and sentenced to nine years in prison and a ten-year ban on working as lawyer, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, arrested in September 2010 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.One of the latest journalists to be arrested in Ali Mousavi Khalkhali, who worked for the Irdiplomacy news website and who is a nephew of Ayatollah Hakim, a senior Shiite cleric of Iranian origin in Iraq. Khalkhali was arrested by intelligence ministry officials at his home on 24 February and is now in Tehran’s Evin prison.Nazanin Khosravani, a journalist who writes for several reformist newspapers such as Norooz and Sarmayeh, was summoned before a judge yesterday and was taken off to Evin prison to begin serving the six-year sentence she received from a Tehran revolutionary court on 19 April 2011 on charges of anti-government propaganda and activities threatening national security. Originally arrested at her home by intelligence ministry officials on 2 November 2010, she had been released after 135 days in detention.Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the health of Issa Saharkhiz, the jailed editor of several independent newspapers including the now-closed monthly Aftab (Sun), who was taken to Shariati Hospital’s intensive care unit after an argument with a guard in Rajishaha prison. This is the second time he has been hospitalized in two months.Arrested on 4 July 2009, Saharkhiz was initially sentenced by a Tehran revolutionary court to three years in prison on a charge of anti-government propaganda. Then, in August 2011, he was given an additional two-year jail term in connection with his journalistic activities prior to his arrest. He has had serious heart problems several times while in detention.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the physical condition of Mehdi Khazali, the editor of the blog Baran, who was arrested on 9 January for the third time in less than two years. According to his family, his health worsened after he went on strike in protest against his arrest. He was sentenced on 5 February to four years in prison and 10 years of exile in the southern city of Borazjan on a charge of insulting government officials. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020
Wells Fargo & Company is teaming with several housing organizations to announce the formation of the Cincinnati chapter of the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program, an initiative designed to offer $5.2 million from Wells Fargo to improve Cincinnati neighborhoods and increase homeownership in the area.Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America, The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, and Cincinnati Mayer John Cranley joined together earlier this week to announce the formation of the new program, which will begin with a two-day free homebuyer event on November 21 and 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.”Making homeownership more affordable and revitalizing our neighborhoods will help make Cincinnati a stronger community,” Cranley said. “This terrific public-private collaboration will make a tremendous difference for families and neighborhoods through sustainable homeownership.”Out of the $5.2 million Wells Fargo is committing to the program, about $4.2 million will go toward down payment assistance grants, which are available to eligible homebuyers designed to help them overcome the barrier of putting forth a sufficient down payment to own a home. To receive a $15,000 down payment assistance grant, a homebuyer must have an annual income that does not exceed 120 percent of the Cincinnati area median income (about $82,000 for a family of four).The prospective homeowner must also meet other criteria to receive the down payment assistance grant, including completing an eight-hour homebuyer education session with The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati or another approved agency. To receive the full amount of the LIFT program grant, the homeowner must commit to live in the home for five years and qualify for a first mortgage. Homeowners may also use the down payment assistance grant to purchase a home that needs improvement by utilizing a new mortgage purchase 203k renovation loan. The down payment assistance program may be combined with other down payment assistance programs.”This innovative collaboration between NeighborWorks America, our network member, The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., and Wells Fargo will put more Cincinnati families and individuals on the path to homeownership,” said Corinne Cahill, senior relationship manager of the Midwest Region at NeighborWorks America. “The required housing counseling and education classes, provided by certified professionals, have been shown to help homebuyers achieve successful and sustainable homeownership.”In addition to the money Wells Fargo is putting up for the down payment assistance grants, the bank is offering $500,000 toward the stabilization and improvement of Cincinnati neighborhoods.”Like many communities, Cincinnati neighborhoods were significantly affected by the housing crisis,” said J.R. Huber, area manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “While mortgages are available at relatively low interest rates, many families are unable to buy a home because they struggle with making the down payment. The NeighborhoodLIFT program can help local mortgage-ready homebuyers realize their dreams of owning a home.”Wells Fargo has now committed a total of $220 million to 30 housing markets through its LIFT programs with the addition of Cincinnati’s Neighborhood LIFT program. LIFT programs have helped more than 7,850 homeowners purchase homes since February 2012. Cincinnati is the eight city to receive the program in 2014.”The Home Ownership Center is proud to help families qualify for the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program down payment assistance grants,” said Rick Williams, president and chief executive officer of The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati. “This investment will help individuals and families become homeowners, and support our larger community. It’s a smart time for families to invest in homeownership and to be first in line to access the down payment grants, people can register to start working with The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Homeownership in Cincinnati Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Down Payment Assistance Home Ownership LIFT Program Ohio Wells Fargo 2014-10-29 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Homeownership in Cincinnati Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 29, 2014 874 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. 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Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Pinterest By News Highland – June 14, 2012 Previous articleGardai arrest two men in Carndonagh as part of bus theft investigationNext articleCalls for investment and concern about expansion mark Global Wind Day News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Donegal County Council will have the power to bring legal proceedings against households who haven’t paid the household charge.That’s according to the Household Charge Management Authority – the body responsible for collecting the 100 euro charge.Over 670-thousand households have yet to pay – while a further 40-thousand have paid fines of between 11 and 13 euro for registration after the March 31st deadline.Meanwhile, the Local Government Management Agency says it’s begun to analyse data to identify those who’ve yet to register. Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter County Council can take legal action against those not paying household charge Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+
Broadly speaking, the city wants similar goals from all four areas. All districts are open to mixed-use developments. There’s an emphasis on new housing with either senior, for-sale, and affordable low-moderate income housing (50-120% area median income) options. Other wide-ranging goals include public access to the waterfront, encouragement of multi-modal transportation (bikes, buses, pedestrians) and the fluff word of every municipal planner, “vibrant” spaces, meaning that the waterfront is welcoming at all times of the year.Cherry Street is one of the few remaining areas where the city is open to light industrial uses, and in fact, the zoning prohibits housing south of Cecil B. Malone Drive. However, poor traffic circulation, increasing land costs and difficult soils (as Emmy’s Organics discovered) pose major barriers. Along with a desire for new low-impact industrial uses, city planners also envision live/work spaces (like the Arthaus project) and commercial buildings designed with a nod to the area’s industrial character.The main goal for the West End / Waterfront District is to improve traffic flow and enhance non-auto travel options. Some of the goals include building connections to the waterfront trail, working with TCAT for improved bus routes, adding better lighting, crosswalks, and bike lanes, and signage to help visitors get to their destination without tying up local traffic as much. Historic structures like the former train/bus depot are to be protected, and mixed-use infill is encouraged.The new GreenStar Co-Op under construction.The Market District is largely made up of Carpenter Park and the NYS DOT parcel, both of which the city identifies as prime opportunities for redevelopment. This is also where the new GreenStar flagship store is being built. Projects here should explore “synergies” with the wastewater plant (like using the plant’s excess heat to supplement energy use) and the Farmer’s Market.Lastly, the Newman District is seen as a good opportunity for mixed-use projects that embrace being on the water and keeping the waterfront accessible to the public – marinas, promenades, and Waterfront Trail enhancements (like a loop trail through the golf course). In the long-run, the city wants to explore moving its and TCAT’s facilities to allow for re-development. This is where City Harbor is proposed and is working with the city to obtain grants to build a public waterfront promenade.These all sound like a bunch of cute, high-minded goals, right? Think of it as a carrot-and-stick approach. The more boxes a project checks off – net-zero energy, affordable housing, preservation of historic structures – the more accommodating the city is likely to be for a tax abatement (via CIITAP) or flexibility on the zoning (via PUDOD). As for the stick, try getting a project through the planning board that no one likes – it might be more fun to throw money into Cayuga Lake because the result will be about the same.What’s next from here is acceptance by the Common Council as a formal guidance document, which barring any big pushback, would be likely at their October meeting. From there, it becomes official guidance. It states goals of a traffic study, facility relocation and other long-term city initiatives, but nothing explicitly changes.It’s a document meant to serve as a reference over the next decade as projects big and small come forth for parcels along Ithaca’s shores and in the Greater West End. Hopefully, those landowners and developers will give this a read-through and take its advice to heart, so that they end up spending less time revising plans and more likely to deliver something with benefits to them and to the Ithaca community.Read the draft plan here. Brian Crandall Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Tagged: city of ithaca, common council, comprehensive plan, development, waterfront neighborhood plan Your government news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — If you follow local development news regularly, you’ll know there has been growing interest in Ithaca’s waterfront. As such, the city has drafted a plan to help guide future projects, encouraging affordable housing, mixed-use development, public access to the waterfront, and multi-modal transportation options.City officials are reviewing the final draft of the planning department’s Phase II Comprehensive Plan for the Waterfront and near-Waterfront blocks. The plan has been in the works since Ithaca’s citywide Phase I Comprehensive Plan was approved by Common Council in September 2015.Now, you might be looking at this article, and thinking, “didn’t they just update the zoning down there?” And, the short answer is yes, they did, back in August 2017. Since then, the city’s waterfront was identified as a high-priority area for a neighborhood-specific comprehensive plan not long after Phase I wrapped up. Updating the zoning was priority one of the working group of planning staff and community members when they began meeting in Fall 2016, and all the working meetings and open houses that followed.Once the zoning was approved came part two of the task – providing guidance for what the community wants to see there, in the form of the Waterfront Plan. Zoning is prescriptive and detail-oriented – say, a building can be up to four floors and its footprint can cover 40% of its lot. Meanwhile, the Comprehensive Plan speaks more to broad desires, challenges and goals.Think of it like this. Say you’re looking at buying a house. You want one floor to age in place, you want a garage so you’re not brushing 10 feet of snow off the Volvo in January, and you don’t want a house on Main Street with its traffic noise, but you want to be close by for the easy commute.The Waterfront Plan is a lot like that. It’s what the city wants and doesn’t want. The whole point of it is, if someone’s eying the waterfront for some dream project, the city wants to have this 66-page document handy so that they can consult it to make sure their goals mesh with the city’s. The hope is that it saves both the developer or landowner and the city from a lot of grief in the long-term. No one wants $50,000 thrown at designing and engineering a project only to have that proposal make its Planning Board debut and go over like a lead balloon.Just like the zoning, the Waterfront Plan divides up its analysis into four separate areas – the “Cherry Street District,” the “West End / Waterfront District,” the “Market District” and the “Newman District.” The plan establishes three overarching themes in its recommendations, relying on ecological sustainability, social equity, and collaboration between the community, government, and major institutionsSome of the ideas expressed in the plan are standard fare – protecting and enhancing neighborhoods, growing and building a more equitable economy, engaging and embracing diversity. The bigger question is, what does the city and its stakeholders want to see, and where do they want it? Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. More by Brian Crandall
iStock/Jetlinerimages(NEW YORK) — A suicidal woman tried to open the door of a Delta Airlines flight Friday afternoon, but the plane managed to land safely, a law enforcement source said.According to the source, the woman made comments about wanting to take her life aboard Delta Airlines flight 5935, from Raleigh-Durham to LaGuardia Airport in New York.She then allegedly tried unsuccessfully to open an emergency door.The flight landed safely at LaGuardia, where the woman was taken off the flight.Authorities stressed that regardless of what the woman tried to do, the aircraft door was designed not to open mid-flight because positive pressure inside the cabin will not allow the door to open.“We’re aware of the social media report related to the flight and are looking into it,” Republic Airways, which operated the flight, said in a statement. “But what I can tell you now is that the flight landed uneventfully and proceeded to its gate.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.