Howard Lake | 3 June 2013 | 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. António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group said: “By providing the broadest range of internship and mentoring opportunities to our Scholars, and insisting that they each volunteer 100 hours per year, we have a platform to showcase the pivotal role banks, like Lloyds, are playing within their communities. This is critical and will ensure that the brightest and most able students continue to join our industry.”The Group invested £1.6 million in the Lloyds Scholars Programme during 2012 and announced its commitment to further expand the programme. Bath and Birmingham Universities join the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, UCL, Oxford, Sheffield and Warwick on the programme. 9 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lloyds Banking Group is extending its Lloyds Scholars Programme to two more universities, Bath and Brimingham.The programme offers students from lower income backgrounds a combination of financial support and, through mentoring and internships, the opportunity to develop their employability skills. Each student is required to volunteer 100 hours per year to help develop their skills and serve the local community.Applications open today at 9am and there are 120 places available. Advertisement Lloyds Scholars Programme expands to two more universities
RSF_en March 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading sports journalist attacked, left unconscious July 23, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts MoldovaEurope – Central Asia June 14, 2019 Find out more Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis Help by sharing this information to go further MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession News May 6, 2011 Find out more News News Moldovan reporters harassed by Russian soldiers on border with Transnistria Organisation News Follow the news on Moldova Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about a physical attack on sports journalist Ion Robu of the independent news agency BASA, who was waylaid as he was going to a gym in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on the evening of 16 March. His assailants used a blunt object to hit him hard on the head, causing him to immediately lose consciousness. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed concussion. He is no longer in danger.“The violence of the attack could have cost Robu his life,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigators should therefore not rule out the possibility that it was linked to his work and they must do everything possible to identify his assailants. The senior positions held by Robu and his criticism of the Moldovan sports lobby may have made him a target.” Robu said he believed he was attacked because of his work as a journalist. He told reporters he had two suspects but did not want to name them while the investigation was still under way. His assailants took nothing from him. Foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Slutu told the state news agency Moldpress that the central Chisinau police were handling the investigation.Robu is a member of the Moldovan Press Sports Association and is one of the leaders of the Sports Union of Moldovan Journalists. In his book “Athens Marathon,” published in 2004, he was moderately critical of the Moldovan sports lobby and the performance of Moldova’s athletes in the last Olympic Games.
Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture announced today the adoption of the Countywide Cultural Policy by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a county cultural policy that is the first of its kind in the nation. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to adopt the policy at the June 23, 2020 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.The Cultural Policy provides direction and guidelines for how Los Angeles County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture. The intent of the policy is to foster an organizational culture that values and celebrates arts, culture, and creativity; strengthens cultural equity and inclusion; and integrates arts and culture in LA County strategies to achieve the highest potential of communities and constituents across all aspects of civic life.The Cultural Policy calls for not only the Department of Arts and Culture but all LA County departments to strive to operate in a manner that supports cultural equity and ensures that all individuals and communities can participate fully and equitably in cultural life through the arts. County commissions, agencies and authorities, municipalities, and private sector partners are also encouraged to incorporate the principles of this policy.“In good times and in bad, the arts provide us the clearest window into the human experience. Equity is at the heart of Los Angeles County’s efforts to embrace and empower the voices of our local artists. Only they can unify and heal us at this critical moment through their artistic storytelling. Arts and culture play a critical role in the economic and social resiliency of LA County, not just in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest, but also in the long-term health and vitality of our community,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “By adopting the Countywide Cultural Policy, LA County prioritizes equity in the arts and recognizes that cultural inclusion is vital to the health and well-being of our communities.”“The arts have the power to provide joy, solace, and healing,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “This policy provides guidelines to make sure that every resident in this diverse county has meaningful access to that joyous healing power.”“Everyone has the right to participate fully in the cultural life of their community, to enjoy the arts and to benefit from them,” said Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture Director Kristin Sakoda. “Arts and culture have a role to play in addressing complex issues and supporting inclusion across sectors of our civic lives, from education, youth development, justice, and workforce to infrastructure, neighborhood revitalization, economy, health, well-being, and more. Investing in the arts is investing in our communities—now is a time to expand the ways we do that with a view to cultural equity.”“In my role leading the County’s Economic Resiliency Task Force Arts and Culture Workgroup, I heard from many of the region’s arts organizations and they are reeling from the impact of this pandemic,” said Los Angeles County Arts Commissioner and Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee co-Chair Tim Dang. “The arts are not a luxury; they are embedded in the very fabric of our lives. Artists and creative workers are uniquely situated to help us imagine our future post-pandemic. I thank my fellow CEII co-chairs, Helen Hernandez and Maria Rosario Jackson; the CEII Advisory Committee; the Economic Resiliency Task Force Arts and Culture Workgroup; my colleagues on the Arts Commission; the Department of Arts and Culture; and the Board of Supervisors for their visionary leadership in championing the arts.”“As a longtime member of the Arts Commission, I am thrilled to see this milestone in the County’s work to advance arts, culture, and creativity for all,” said Arts Commission President Eric Hanks.In June 2017, after an 18-month public process, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl to fund five of the thirteen recommendations included in the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII) report. One of those recommendations was to establish a Countywide Cultural Policy rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and access that would advance the gains made through the CEII process and would serve as a road map for how all LA County departments can contribute to cultural life for the residents of the region.To ensure that the Cultural Policy represents the needs and opportunities inherent to LA County, the Department of Arts and Culture sought input from hundreds of community stakeholders and partners, as well as national policy experts. Arts and Culture staff documented and integrated stakeholder feedback, leveraged concurrent stakeholder engagement activities, and worked closely with the Board and County Departments to draft the Cultural Policy.In this inaugural year of the newly established Department of Arts and Culture, the adoption of the Cultural Policy is another milestone in the County’s support of the arts. Arts and Culture will provide leadership, accountability, and coordination to support implementation and ensure arts and culture are utilized in the pursuit of the policy’s goals.The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout Los Angeles County. It provides leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross-sector creative strategies that address civic issues. 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WhatsApp Concern over Donegal’s small schools as review process nears conclusion By News Highland – March 18, 2011 Newsx Adverts Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleBrothers amongst four stabbed in StrabaneNext articleKillybegs Fishermen’s Organisation displeased with new fish discard rules News Highland Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The Department of Education will receive final representations today from interest groups concerned about the future of small primary schools.It has begun a review of all schools with fewer than 50 pupils to examine whether they represent value for money.Today is the deadline for submissions.The McCarthy report recommended amalgamating all of these schools with others to save an estimated €18m however the Irish National Teachers Organisations disputes this.INTO Vice-president Jim Higgins says the move would hit rural areas hardist:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/jimrschoolspm1.mp3[/podcast] 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal
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Gender reveal photo shoot pyrotechnics caused one of this weekend’s California wildfires: Firefighters
ABC NewsBY: IVAN PEREIRA(OAK GLEN, Calif.) — A gender reveal photo shoot allegedly caused one of this weekend’s destructive wildfires in California, according to firefighters.Representatives from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, aka Cal Fire, said a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device that was used during the photo op on Sept. 5 allegedly sparked the El Dorado fire, which is burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County.The couple, their younger children and an adult with a cellphone, allegedly used colored smoke devices that are typically long cylinders with a fuse and burn, according to Cal Fire.The fire began around 10:30 a.m. in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa and spread north, according to Cal Fire.As of Monday afternoon, the El Dorado fire has spread over 7,386 acres, damaged some structures in Oak Glen and forced evacuations of several residences, Cal Fire said. The blaze was 7% contained as of Monday afternoon, firefighters said.Cal Fire said the family has been cooperative with law enforcement and firefighters. The county district attorney’s office will determine if they will face charges, according to Cal Fire.The El Dorado fire was one of several wildfires ravaging the state, which has been experiencing record heat over the weekend.The Creek fire has forced Fresno and Madera County mountain communities to evacuate as the blaze has encompassed 78,790 acres so far according to Cal Fire. The Valley fire has damaged 11 structures near San Diego and has encompassed 10,258 acres so far, Cal Fire said.The Bobcat fire near Los Angeles has encompassed 4,871 acres so far. Smoke conditions from the fires were visible as far east as Utah, according to maps from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The U.S. Forest Service closed down several forests in Southern California Monday and prohibited the use of ignition devices in all forests throughout the state to prevent more fires from erupting.California has been seeing a surge in wildfires since Aug. 15 due to excessive heat and thunderstorms, according to officials. Since that date, the fires have burned over 1.7 million acres, forced over 22,000 people to evacuate and destroyed over 3,300 structures, Cal Fire said.In 2020 alone, 7,563 fires have affected over 2.1 million acres in the state, a new record, according to Cal Fire.ABC News’ Jenna Harrison contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Landlords are a much-maligned breed, exemplified by Alexei Sayle’s Harry the Bastard in The Young Ones, who would regularly pop up to put his jackboot through his tenants’ TV, proclaiming, “That’s £700 you owe me!” But the tables are being turned on the Harrys of commercial property, who have grown accustomed to dictating terms and demanding rent increases.The commercial retail rental property market is in freefall. It is forecast to decline by 15.7% in 2009 and a further 13.4% in 2010 (source: DTZ Research). The vacancy rate for retail premises is mixed across the country, but Experian published a report in February estimating the UK shop vacancy rate at the end of February 2009 to be 10%. This was predicted to grow to 15% by the end of 2009.While some retailers will be hit by declining footfall, does the predicted one-in-six vacancy rate present an opportunity for expanding or renegotiating existing leases? High rents were third on the list of coffee shop executives’ top 10 challenges facing the market, following the economic downturn and consumer spending (Allegra Strategies’ survey, May 2009). Still, big chains like Starbucks are beginning to see some slack from landlords. “There’s a lag effect [in recession] and property is typically the last one to catch up,” says Starbucks UK and Ireland MD Darcy Willson-Rymer. “I think the property market is responding and we are seeing a lot more flexibility. What the landlord wants is security of tenure, a long lease and a good covenant.”Paul May, MD of Druckers/Patisserie Valerie agrees that a strong brand will attract better rates. “Most people like our brand and that helps with negotiations,” he says. “Our personal rent levels – what we’re prepared to pay – have fallen by about 30%.”Meanwhile, 14-shop Wenzel’s the Bakers is being attracted into premium London high street and train station locations by six- to nine-month rent-free periods and crashing rates – in one instance, dropping from £80,000 to £49,000. “Before, you were having to pay premiums for good locations,” says Sarah Wenzel, whose business owns the freehold on many of its sites, making it cash-rich to expand. “Having rent-free periods helps us with the cost of shop-fitting.”There are also opportunities off the beaten track, says Igor Bekaert of eight-shop Belgique, which plans to grow to 25 outlets around Essex and London in three years, usually at the end of high streets. Landlords now offer Bekaert nine-month rent-free periods, especially as he’s willing to sign 15-year leases. “We now ask for 20-25% below asking price – we wouldn’t have done that in the beginning,” he says. “They see that we improve the building and their investment, and the value goes up, not only on the shop but on their whole parade. I have a principle whereby I won’t pay more than £25 per sq ft and the agents know that where the landlord is asking maybe £27, they can convince them to lower it once they’ve seen one of our shops.”While strong covenants may suit the bigger chains, there are ways for smaller operators to negotiate. Tom Herbert, director of Bristol-based Hobbs House Bakery, negotiated a two-month rent-free period on his new shop. He also got a stepped agreement, whereby they pay a little more each year. “I did push for more and wonder whether I could have got it, but I so wanted the location that I didn’t push it any further!” he says. “I’ve heard of businesses in Bath being offered rent-free for a year – for the right brand.”But there is a mixed picture across the UK. Druckers’ Paul May says rent drops have yet to emerge in premium areas. “I was rubbing my hands 12 months ago,” he says. “I’d hoped we’d see a lot of properties coming on the marketplace, but in the good areas where we want to be, we haven’t seen the rent drops – especially in London. However, we have found some really good results in Bristol, Oxford and Kingston upon Thames. In shopping centres there are huge incentives, particularly new shopping centres, though we’re not looking to go there.”Even with high vacancy rates in towns, local rents have not always dropped. Dawn Van Rensburg of Gerrards in Wrexham, says that, despite big gaps on the high street, “there’s not much being done by the landlords to recompense that; we’re not seeing any give or take.”Widespread rent problemSo how widespread is the problem of landlords refusing to drop rents? “Unfortunately too widespread,” comments Barry Lewis, senior partner at accountant Harris Lipman. “There is a huge reluctance by landlords to reduce rents, because what they don’t want to do is create a precedent in a row of shops. Once one tenant is heard to say they have had their rent reduced by 20%, it travels like wildfire.But while landlords are taking this hard line, they could actually be worse off if businesses shut down. To find another tenant is not so easy, especially in small operator shops.”How, then, can retailers best convince landlords to rethink? “If you’re renegotiating an existing lease and your business is viable, you’re stuffed,” says Henry Ejdelbaum, MD of accountant AIMS Partnership. “If your business struggles, you have a better chance, because the landlord does not want an empty shop.” This is because landlords now have to pay full rates for empty properties; previously they paid 50%.”There is no rule of thumb as far as incentives go and it is down to individual negotiations depending on location and length of lease – the longer the term, the better incentives the landlord is likely to offer, though this is of course a double-edged sword for the tenant,” adds Nick Walton of property services provider DTZ, which advises the British Shops and Stores Association.So while the day has not yet arrived where you can, metaphorically speaking, put your boot through Harry’s TV, there are deals to be had, and they are only going to get better as the recession bites.—-=== The art of negotiation ===Existing rentsl Be transparent and don’t bluff with your landlord. Have a clear, realistic strategy of what you want to achieve before making contact.l Always go armed with numbers: if turnover is down, compare takings from a year or two ago with the last six months.l The landlord would be worse off with an empty unit than with a tenant, as new tenants are harder to come by; they would have rent arrears, no rent coming in, would have to pay 100% rates, insurance, security and maintenance.l Offer a win-win: negotiate a deferment of rent on your existing property rather than a rent reduction. If you have a five-year lease, ask to defer for 18 months, by which time an economic recovery should be under way. For example, if you are paying £50,000 and you offer to pay £30,000, you would begin repaying the outstanding £20,000 in 18 months’ time over the remainder of the lease.New leasesl Do your homework. The demand of an area and footfall defines rental value, so don’t expect massive freebies on Oxford Street in London!l If there is high demand in an area, your negotiating powers are less. According to Experian, Holyhead and Milford Haven in Wales have the highest number of empty shops at 39%, followed by Beckton (Greater London) at 37% and Chelmsley Wood (West Midlands) at 36%.l Agents may, pro rata, get you a better deal. Hypothetically, if you have a local agent who is prepared to work for £1,500 and gets the rent down £1,250, you have a big saving over five years.l Alternatively, going solo can pay off. Wenzel’s the Bakers checks local areas once a month for new vacancies and does its own negotiating, saving agency fees.
Minister of State for Housing, Kit Malthouse MP, said: I am delighted to be appointed as Minister of State for Housing. Building the homes this country needs is a top priority for this government. I am keen to build on the real progress that has been made and start working with the sector so we can deliver more homes, restore the dream of home ownership and build a housing market fit for the future. I’m also committed to continuing the important work of supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ensuring people are safe, and feel safe in their homes.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police have taken to the streets of Dutch towns and cities in force in an attempt to prevent violent rioting that has shaken the country for three successive nights since a nationwide curfew was introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus. By late night Tuesday, the increased police presence appeared to have paid off, with no major rioting or clashes between youths and police reported. Police in Rotterdam said they arrested a total of 33 people for minor offenses and vandalism. Local broadcaster Rijnmond reported that riot police had been deployed in the south and west of the city, but police did not immediately report any major disturbances.
More than 41 students and academics from the Colombian War College (Escuela de Guerra) visited the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as part of a tour of the country’s military institutions. Major General Juan G. Ayala, SOUTHCOM chief of staff, welcomed the delegation headed by Rear Admiral César Augusto Gómez Pinillos, head of naval education for the Navy of the Republic of Colombia. During question-and-answer sessions, the Colombian military personnel obtained first-hand information about the mission carried out by the Southern Command in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Ambassador Paul Trivelli, SOUTHCOM civilian deputy commander, also met with the team. “The presentation we received about SOUTHCOM’s mission of institutional collaboration, training, solidarity in the event of disasters, and humanitarian aid is very useful for the students, as the future commanders they will become. I believe that this visit was very valuable from the professional point of view,” Rear Admiral Gómez Pinillos affirmed. Before arriving in Miami, the Colombian War College students toured U.S. Army South headquarters, Fort Hood, and Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas. The final stop on this educational tour was the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach, Florida. By Dialogo September 14, 2011