Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help preserve Morecombe Bay Melanie May | 15 June 2017 | News 49 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Funding grants Heritage Lottery Fund The University of Cumbria, along with Natural England, the Forestry Commission and Cumbria Wildlife Trust, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the development of the South Cumbria species restoration programme.Development funding worth £174,500 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to a project aimed at developing the area’s landscape through a community-led species restoration programme, which could see species such as the pine marten reintroduced to the Morecambe Bay area.Through the funding, a virtual ‘eco-museum’ focused on a specific area involving supporters drawn from local communities, will be created. There will also be a scheme to share knowledge about the area among different generations, and there will be opportunities for local schools, colleges and universities to participate in a ‘living laboratory’ of natural heritage restoration.Professor Ian Convery, professor of environment and society and research director, Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, said:“Nature, culture and heritage are deeply entwined, and this project will bring together all three concepts through the restoration of a suite of locally extinct native species as key natural heritage features of the South Cumbria and particularly Morecambe Bay landscape. We’re delighted to receive the award from the National Lottery which will enable us to make a difference before it’s too late.”With Heritage Lottery Fund grant requests, there are no deadlines for applications under £100,000. This includes all applications under the Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage, Young Roots, First World War: then and now, and Resilient Heritage programmes. There are deadlines for all other applications however. The deadline for the next round of Heritage Grants or Heritage Enterprise under £2 million is 21st August 2017 for a decision in December 2017.The Heritage Lottery Fund is also offering grants of £100,000-£5 million for the conservation of public parks and cemeteries through its Parks for People programme. The programme is jointly funded with the Big Lottery Fund in England, and the next round of funding has a deadline of 1st September 2017 for a decision in December 2017. 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. 50 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5
Lack of funds slows bias study 10-year retrospect project Jan Pudlow Associate EditorLack of funding has stalled a 10-year retrospect project on the 1990-91 report and recommendations of the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission. Nearly a year ago, members of the original commission and new voices gathered in Tampa to try to answer these questions: What recommendations made in 1990-91 were not implemented and why not? Are there new recommendations that should be made to ensure greater fairness to all who participate in the justice system? But on the way to seeking answers to those ambitious questions, a whole new question has been raised: Is there any funding to continue the effort? “Those reports gained national prominence,” said 10-year retrospect project member Raul Arencibia, of the original headline-grabbing reports that documented racial and ethnic bias in the court system — ranging from the impact of the death penalty on minorities to the dearth of black judges. “They were used for various purposes by other states and other courts in advancing projects to ease racial and ethnic bias. Unfortunately, my understanding is there is no funding available at this point to continue on with a very worthwhile project, which is looking back at those reports and doing an analysis to see how far we’ve come and how much further we need to go.” Arencibia, former chair of the Bar’s Equal Opportunities Section, added: “New areas have come up in the meantime, for example, the DNA issue, the disenfranchisement of felons by taking their voting rights away. Those are additional areas that need to be looked at, in addition to the issues that were raised, such as diversity of The Florida Bar, diversity of the judiciary, and now, with the change of the judicial nominating commissions, to make sure that diversity continues. At this point, the Supreme Court doesn’t have any funding. It’s something that needs to be done and must be done.” Frank Scruggs chaired the original commission that produced a report that sparked national attention, raised consciousness, and prompted landmark legislative action. He also chaired the meeting a year ago to launch the 10-year retrospect project and said at that time that his goal was to “contribute to the public debate in a way that’s profound.” He challenged participants to “be stewards to do grand-scheming. This can’t be done casually or inexpensively. We should not aim too low in our scope.” Since then, Scruggs has resigned his position as chair, declining to give reasons, other than to say: “With the conclusion of the national conference in Orlando, my role on the retrospect project concluded, at my request,” referring to the 13th Annual National Consortium of Task Forces and Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts held in May. He referred further questions to Debbie Howells, executive assistant at the Office of the State Courts Administrator, who said Scruggs did not give the court a reason for stepping down, but she acknowledged the funding problems. “What we did was on a shoestring budget,” Howells said of the incomplete 10-year retrospect report found online at www.flcourts.org (click on “What’s New”). “The Supreme Court hasn’t decided what is next,” Howells said. “The court intends to keep working on these issues. But it will be a scaled-down version, not a replication of what we did 10 years ago with three full-time staff people.” While there is no separate allocation to work on this project, Howells said, she has suggested that half of the $40,000 allotted in the budget for the Fairness Commission be applied to racial and ethnic projects. Her suggestion has not yet been acted upon. Arencibia, however, said to do the job right would take substantial funding. “We’re talking about in the $100,000 range,” Arencibia said. “I’m not sure another round of public hearings is absolutely necessary, but we do need to do a report with the necessary editorial and writing staff and statistics people to prepare a thorough, concise, and accurate report. I think we need to try to raise the funds to do that.” It is clear from reading the 10-year retrospect report that the lack of funding is at the heart of moving forward: “While much progress has been made in the last 10 years, much remains to be done. State and national research, as well as daily news reports, indicate that racial and ethnic bias in the justice system continues at an unacceptable rate,” according to the report. “It is time to reflect on these issues, take stock of Florida’s successes, and renew the judicial branch’s efforts to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all our citizens, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin. It is time for the Florida justice system to return to the forefront on these issues and make every effort to move our justice system forward in ensuring full racial and ethnic equity.” Then comes this telling sentence: “To fully assess the implementation status and develop a comprehensive action plan for moving forward, the Florida Supreme Court must secure adequate resources – including both staff and expense monies.” While many recommendations made a decade ago have been implemented, as documented in the report, the status of many other recommendations are unknown, and often these words followed: “Due to limited time and resources, this preliminary assessment was unable to ascertain what improvements, if any, have been made.. . . ” In the meantime, Chief Justice Charles Wells has asked each circuit court to prepare a local action plan for addressing racial and ethnic issues and submit it to the court by the end of the year. September 15, 2001 Associate Editor Regular News Lack of funds slows bias study 10-year retrospect project
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Submit Following investigations by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), former Pakistan international cricketer Nasir Jamshed has been sentenced to 17 months in prison after implementing spot-fixing practices in a variety of T20 tournaments in Bangladesh and Pakistan.In a statement issued by the NCA on Friday, it was revealed that Jamshed alongside British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz admitted conspiring to spot-fix multiple Bangladesh Premier League games in 2016.As opposed to match-fixing, spot-fixing refers to illegal activities in a sport that is unrelated to the final result, however, could be bet on. An obvious example in cricket could be how many no-balls a cricketer will throw in a match.The NCA detailed in a statement: “Using an undercover officer, NCA investigators identified that the group were plotting to fix elements of the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament which Jamshed was due to play in.”The test batsmen joins a growing list of cricketers who have been jailed due to spot-fixing. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed prison sentences in Britain in 2011 for plotting to hinder their performances during 2010’a test match against England.The cricketer had already been banned from competitive play for 10 years in 2018 after being a major participant in 2017’s well documented Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. Judge Richard Mansell QC, during the sentencing at the Manchester Crown Court, added: “By far the most insidious consequence of these offences is the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of the sporting contest, not simply in the individual match directly affected but in the game of cricket generally.“Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time.”Following Jamshed’s convictions, Anwar was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison, whilst Ijaz was issued with a 30-month sentence. Jamshed’s wife Dr Samara Afza, wrote via Twitter: “Today is the most difficult day of my life. I’ve felt the need to write this in the hope that others learn from Nasir’s mistakes.“Nasir could have had a bright future, had he worked hard and been committed to the sport than gave him so much, but he took a shortcut and lost everything, his career, status, respect and freedom,“He would have got UK nationality and played county cricket, and he threw his chance away. He would do anything to turn the clock back and not lose everything. I hope all cricketers look at his example as a deterrent against corruption.” Share MGA and ICC form data-sharing collaboration April 21, 2020 SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020
DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addressed hundreds of supporter Saturday night in Des Moines, telling the crowd keeping America safe means more than just “hugging the flag.”“When I’m president, the United States in the world will not just be one more country scrapping for advantage like all the others,” Buttigieg said. “We will restore US leadership and credibility before it is too late.”Buttigieg and other Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa this pat weekend expressed horror at Turkey’s invasion of Syria. Buttigieg accused President Trump of betraying Kurdish allies in the region.“What we are seeing is a fast, unfolding process that betrays the core strength of America, which is that we are a country that had been perceived as a country that could be counted on by our allies and our adversaries,” Buttigieg said. “When we loose that, there is a terrible price to be paid and it makes America less safe.”Buttigieg, a former Navy intelligence officer, did a tour of duty in Afghanistan. California Senator Kamala, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters what’s happening in Syria is the result of “irresponsible behavior” from President Trump.“It is yet again another display of Donald Trump’s inability to understand the role and responsibility of commander-in-chief, which includes standing with our allies,” Harris said following her appearance at a neighborhood block party in Des Moines.The Kurds have been left “open to slaughter” according to Harris.“This is, yet again, another display of Donald Trump’s unilateral actions based on unknown motivations,” Harris said, “but clearly not being motivated by America’s national security and our interests in maintaining our security through the relationships we have around the globe.”Former Vice President Joe Biden described the situation in Syria as “an absolute disaster” as ISIS fighters escape prisons that had been guarded by the Kurds.
According to John Calvert writing for Access Research Network, Kansans defeated two pro-evolution candidates for the state school board, electing instead Kathy Martin and Steve Abrams who both oppose the “evolution-only” policy. Martin won against Bruce Wyatt, an incumbent who based his entire campaign on the need to keep intelligent design or creation out of the classroom. Apparently voters tired of Wyatt’s one-issue campaign and took more of a liking to Kathy Martin, an experienced school teacher who tried to keep the campaign focused on the needs of students instead of letting it get bogged down over the “E” word. Despite her efforts, Wyatt and the media kept returning to the evolution vs. intelligent design issue, reminding everyone what a horrible decision the school board made in 1999 when they “downplayed” evolution. The strategy apparently backfired. Calvert feels the vote is significant because “it also reflects a defeat of the media that seemed to try their best to hinder the election of Martin and Abrams.”Darwin Party hacks should realize that the public may tire of their tirades, and demand that their board stop the haggling and focus on educating their kids to read and write and learn to become productive members of society. But the new board members had better get their armor on; round two of the Kansas Ooze-slinging Attack Campaign will begin as soon as they give any faint hint of a suggestion of opening minds to doubts about Charlie darling.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
2 May 2013 Team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa’s first UCI-registered Professional Continental cycling team, is the most successful and largest multi-discipline cycling race team in Africa, comprising 24 men and women of varying African nationalities competing in road, mountain bike and BMX racing. MTN-Qhubeka races a full professional UCI-continental road and mountain bike schedule throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In March, it became the first African team to line up in a World Tour race when it took part in the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. In the team’s follow-up race, the classic Milan Sanremo – at 298km the longest one-day race in world cycling – MTN-Qhubeka’s Gerald Ciolek claimed the first victory for an African team at World Tour level, while Songezo Jim became the first black South African rider to race a World Tour event.‘Mobilising change – one bicycle at a time’ The team’s focus, however, is as much on youth and community development as it is on winning races – although the vehicle in both cases is the bicycle. Through its partnership with South African non-profit organisation Qhubeka, the team helps rural African communities by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community: for every 100 trees grown to at least 30 centimetres, or for every ton of waste collected, Qhubeka donates one bicycle. No ordinary bicycle, either, but a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle, engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements, designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago, USA and assembled and tested in South Africa. Qhubeka, in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, has distributed more than 40 000 of the bicycles since 2004, in the process making a massive difference in the lives of rural communities lacking a fundamental element of development: transport. “Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility,” Qhubeka notes on its website. “In South Africa, of the 16-million school-going children, 12-million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day.”Creating community ‘tree-preneurs’ Providing bicycles is a quick, effective and economical method of addressing this problem, while doing this in return for growing trees helps to nurture community “tree-preneurs”, who grow trees from seed and then barter them for food, clothes, education support – and bicycles. Eleven-year-old Katlego, who lives in Vosloorus in South Africa’s Gauteng province, is one of many who have used the opportunity to become a savvy micro-entrepreneur. Having grown 100 trees in a milk bottle nursery in her family’s small yard, Katlego went on to grown 600 tree seedlings and bartered these for six Qhubeka bicycles. One of these she uses to cycle to and from school, drastically reducing her commute time and so giving her more time for homework. The bicycle, designed to carry up to 250 kilograms, also makes it easier for her to fetch water, give someone a lift, or transport groceries. And the other five bicycles? Katlego rents these out to community members for two hours at a time, bringing in money that has significantly boosted her family’s income. “Qhubeka believes that human well-being is dependent on environmental health,” the organisation says. “Through our partnership with Wildlands Conservation Trust we are actively pursuing a world that is not only greener but provides more opportunities for those at the bottom end of the economic scale.” SAinfo reporter
23 September 2015This Heritage Day, Africa’s myriad cultures will be celebrated in New York City when brain gain company Homecoming Revolution hosts its annual Speed Meet in the Big Apple. The gathering is held in affiliation with Brand South Africa.Captains of industry, African professionals, celebrities and media will meet for the two-day event, which starts with a VIP Heritage Day dinner at the trendy Kaia Wine Bar in Manhattan on 24 September. This is followed by a full-day interactive networking event at the Thomson Reuters headquarters in Times Square on 25 September.Among the invited guests are South Africa’s consulate-general Thulisile Nkosi; media executive Alex Okosi; Brand South Africa board member Thebe Ikalafeng; Paralympic footballer Ibrahima Diallo; artist Ibiyinka Alao; and fashion designer Farai Simoyi.Angel Jones, the chief executive of Homecoming Revolution, said the Speed Meet aimed to inspire Africans living in the US to come home. It would show them that the continent was full of opportunity. “We feel incredibly privileged to be playing such an important role in building our continent’s prosperity. The ‘Africa Rising’ dream can only be fulfilled if there is a significant brain gain on the continent.“There are amazing opportunities on the continent, from jobs to investments to entrepreneurial ventures. Now is the time for global Africans to fulfil their destiny of success and significance.”Speed Meet New York will introduce Africans living in the US to top employers back home, as well as provide advice on returning, property investment and relocation.The gathering in New York follows Speed Meet Jozi, which took place in August. At that event, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on the African diaspora to return.Brand South Africa has entered into an agreement with Homecoming Revolution in order to leverage opportunities for its Global South Africans (GSA) programme. The agreement, which consists of a number of engagement platforms, including the Speed Meet, will provide exposure for the GSA programme, and assist with growing the network.For more information on this and Homecoming Revolution’s other global events visit the organisation’s website.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the first round of planting and heavy rains and colder weather shortly thereafter, farmers around Ohio have had to make some tough decisions about what to do with fields that didn’t do so well in the early going. Now that the calendar is getting ready to turn, the choices on what to do in those fields are becoming more limited. Account Manager Brad Ott talks about the replant decision process as June approaches in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.