Hodgson review of Charities Act calls for stronger self-regulation

first_imgHodgson review of Charities Act calls for stronger self-regulation Howard Lake | 17 July 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: face-to-face Law / policycenter_img Sector reactionAlistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, welcomed the review, saying: “The past five years have shown that there is a real appetite for self-regulation of fundraising, both within the charity sector and amongst the public. We welcome these new recommendations, which set out a clear path for strengthening the scheme, ensuring the public can give to the good causes they care about with confidence.”Self-regulation of fundraising, run by the FRSB, was first launched in February 2007. To date, more than 1,420 charities and suppliers are signed up to the FRSB, raising around half of all voluntary income raised in the UK.Review documentsThe Review and an accompanying document can be downloaded as PDFs from the Cabinet Office website.Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities – Review of the Charities Act 2006 (pdf, 1.02mb)Public perceptions of charity – A report for the Charities Act 2006 review (pdf, 809kb) Lord Hodgson has published his review of the Charities Act 2006 and set out a number of recommendations covering fundraising and charity management. His eight-month review of the legislation was presented yesterday to MPs, and featured 113 proposals in its 159 pages.Fundraising regulation* transferring face-to-face fundraising for direct debits to the local authority licensing regime* a single self-regulatory body covering all elements fundraising should be established this year* membership of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) should be encouraged. It should be compulsory for charities with annual incomes of over £1 million.* a standing committee should be created to establish a straightforward fundraising licensing regime.Charity finance and managementRecommendations included:* raising the income threshold for compulsory registration for charities from £5,000 to £25,000* charities should complete a single form to register with the Charity Commission and HM Revenue & Customs, not two separate forms 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

Radio France Internationale and Reporters sans frontières correspondent briefly detained and released

first_img May 11, 2021 Find out more News News to go further Moussa Kaka, a local correspondent for Radio France Internationale and Reporters sans frontières and the director of the private station Radio Saraounia, was released on the night of 23 to 24 August 2002, after being interrogated for almost 10 hours. He was arrested on the morning of 23 August and taken to the Niamey National Police Station’s High Command. The journalist was interrogated about a mutiny by soldiers in early August in the south-eastern region of the country and about his sources.Following the mutiny, the president declared a state of alert in the countryand introduced measures limiting press freedom and freedom of expression. A decree was passed banning “the dissemination, by any communications means, of reports or allegations liable to cast doubt on national defence operations.” The authorities threatened to punish journalists who did not respect the new measures.Reporters sans frontières recalls that another journalist has been imprisoned at Niamey’s civilian prison since 18 June. Abdoulaye Tiémogo, publication director of the satirical weekly “Le Canard déchaîné”, was sentenced to eight months’imprisonment for “defamation”. Prime Minister Hama Amadou filed a complaint against the journalist following the publication of three highly critical articles in “Le Canard déchaîné”. The journalist accused the government leader of seeking to bribe the speaker of the National Assembly in order to retain the post of primeminister. News Help by sharing this information The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism NigerAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en center_img Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom Follow the news on Niger August 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio France Internationale and Reporters sans frontières correspondent briefly detained and released Reports NigerAfrica Receive email alerts Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more July 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

UL researcher awarded €1.5m European grant for energy research

first_imgRecently awarded EU funding, Dr MicheáL Scanlon will continue his research work at the University of Limerick University of Limerick researcher Dr Micheál ScanlonA University of Limerick (UL) researcher is to benefit from an European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to the tune of €1.5m in the further development of clean energy.Electrochemist Dr Micheál Scanlon is to further develop his research into unfurling a new way of imitating photosynthesis in the leaves of plants to generate clean electricity or solar fuels such as hydrogen gas.The UL researcher is the only ERC award recipient in Ireland in the area of physical sciences, and one of only three Irish-based researchers to be funded this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The research is aimed at finding solutions for the world’s rapidly growing energy consumption which will double over the next 30 years.Dr Scanlon’s research into solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is deemed vital to achieve environmentally sustainable progress.Within the next 15 years, the solar PV market in Europe alone is projected to be worth €10bn per annum.The new approach taken by the UL researcher aims to eliminate the use of solid materials and instead achieve solar energy conversion using a liquid-to-liquid interface.“Liquid-liquid interfaces are found everywhere in nature, including in the membranes of cells in plant leaves, which are photosynthetic. There are light-harvesting molecules called chlorophyll in these membranes.“The liquid-liquid interfaces I use have the fantastic ability to trap and bring molecules together, especially molecules that are similar to chlorophyll. By coating these interfaces in all sorts of light-harvesting molecules, I can create an artificial photosynthetic membrane capable of producing energy.”The funding grant will go to assisting Dr Scanlon’s goal to study the interaction of light with the artificial photosynthetic membranes he is creating.The grant was welcomed by Dr Mary Shire, vice-president of research at UL.“Receiving a European Research Grant is a tremendous accolade for any researcher and this year, Dr Scanlon is one of only three Irish-based researchers to receive an ERC award. We look forward to the progress and findings of his research at the Bernal Institute in UL.” Previous articleFunding secured for Limerick tidal energy turbine projectNext articleLimerick gets set for a feast of Pig ‘n’ Porter Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp TAGSDr Micheál ScanlonERC grantfeaturedUniversity of Limerick Print Linkedin Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick NewsUL researcher awarded €1.5m European grant for energy researchBy Staff Reporter – July 13, 2017 956 Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May center_img Advertisement Facebook University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Twitter Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success last_img read more

Olympics: Doping showdown comes to a crunch at WADA summit

first_imgLausanne, Switzerland | AFP |Sports leaders are at loggerheads over how to fight the war against performance-enhancing drugs as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) goes into a key reform summit this weekend.Who should control the global doping watchdog? What powers should it have? Who should pay? A welter of questions have been raised as the Olympic movement and sports federations seek to redeem their names after the Russia doping scandal.The WADA Foundation will have to come up with at least the start of some solid answers after its meeting in Glasgow on Sunday. A new report on Russia is due out within weeks, which could heighten pressure to clean up sport.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach last month called on WADA to set up a new independent unit to manage testing around the world. He promised more money if the reforms are carried out.The IOC blames sports federations for letting cheating flourish and wants to eliminate their role in testing, while transferring sanction-taking to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told AFP that the Lausanne-based CAS was currently holding “consultations” with federations and would release a plan on its proposed new sanctioning powers, likely by January.The IOC has also criticised WADA for failing to act quickly on doping allegations in Russia, which was accused of operating a state-sponsored scheme over several years.But there is widespread resistance to the IOC plan outside of WADA, with powerful federations indicating they want to be exempt from the reforms.A system for all? The head of FIFA’s medical commission, Michel D’Hooghe, said world football’s governing body would not surrender control of its drug testing to a new entity.“We respect the WADA and IOC proposals but they concern the smaller federations,” he said.In contrast, Tom Dielen, who heads World Archery, said there would only be a small impact on smaller sports.“We outsource our controls already,” he said. While some federations have said the IOC proposals are too vague, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said that “it will be up to the IOC to convince federations to be part of (the new system), just as it will be up to the IOC to finance it one way or another”.He later told AFP that WADA officials in Glasgow would aim to agree on a “timetable” for implementing the IOC reform, including specifics on how to move forward.Despite tensions between WADA and the IOC, an Olympic source told AFP that the IOC was backing WADA president Craig Reedie’s re-election, guaranteeing that the 75-year-old Scot will be tapped for another three-year term at Sunday’s meeting.But in the latest uncomfortable episode between WADA and the IOC, Reedie was forced to apologise to furious Olympic officials this week over the timing of a decision to suspend Qatar’s doping lab.WADA revealed on Monday that the laboratory’s work would be suspended for four months — just as more than 1,000 officials descended on Doha for the annual meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees.“I apologise fully that this happened. It was not, I promise you, intentional,” Reedie said on Wednesday.Paying the bills The IOC already funds half of WADA’s $27 million (25.2 million euros) budget.Bach said last month that if WADA leads the reform drive it would require “a substantial increase in financing”.Financing from whom remains an open question.One idea calls for federations, freed from their drug-testing responsibilities, to allocate their anti-doping budgets to WADA and the proposed new testing agency.But if key federations like FIFA and the International Cycling Union opt out, it seems unlikely that contributions from minnow federations like archery and judo would be enough to support a new organisation.One proposal was to see broadcasters contribute to the new unit, as they stand to benefit if the public sees competition as drug-free. Bach distanced himself from that idea last month.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more