Oxfam says “we don’t want your money”

first_img Howard Lake | 7 May 2003 | News Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving Oxfam says “we don’t want your money” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam’s latest advertising campaign for their Make Trade Fair petition is explicitly saying they don’t want donations.Instead, they are asking for SMS messages to add to their petition. The campaign is appearing online and in the national press. Oxfam hopes to generate a further 500,000 signatures to its Big Noise petition.Rejecting the need for donations is of course a rare message from a charity, and could prove risky if not handled well. Nevertheless, some charities such as Botton Village have opted for the transparent approach. Last year the charity, faced with sufficient funds, bravely wrote to its donors to say “Don’t give us any more, we’ve enough.” Advertisement  26 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

Inside the Shock Battalion

first_img “Regardless, it still gives you goose bumps,” Mateus says. “But you get used to it.” By Dialogo March 05, 2013 Since mid-February, security forces also have been carrying out Operation Cerco, which monitored 20 communities identified as potential escape routes or destinations for drugs and weapons from the territory being taken over. The occupation marks the beginning of the installation of Rio de Janeiro’s 31st Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). The re-entry of government forces into the region is also the first step toward the occupation of the neighboring Complexo da Maré, an area controlled by rival drug trafficking gangs. When he finishes his tour of the units, Beltrame proceeds to the Command and Control Center at the Military Police Headquarters in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Helicopters fly overhead, while 17 armored vehicles from the Navy, bulldozers and BOPE armored vehicles, known as “caveirões” (big skulls) patrol the streets. From there, the troops proceed without incident. After Beltrame moves on to another unit, Souza delivers his message: “Good luck! Let’s hope that everything goes well and we achieve our objectives.” Moreno says the equipment was first used in October 2012 in the operation to pacify Complexo de Manguinhos and Jacarezinho. The Command and Control Center features a modern system of equipment that includes cameras for transmitting live images of the region and a map showing the location of each vehicle used in the operation. It is hard to imagine any type of criminal reaction to a force of this size. Infosurhoy.com team accompanies the vehicle driven by 25-year-old soldier Thiago Moreira Mateus. Mateus and his fellow soldier, Cpl. Rafael Moreno, 29, are transporting the equipment necessary to install a live streaming link of the events taking place in the community, which will be transmitted to the Command and Control Center. In total, there are 1,300 officers from the Special Operations Center (COE), including the Shock Battalion, the BOPE, the Canine Operations Unit (BAC) and the Air and Sea Group (GAM). http://www.youtube.com/v/LayiNu45KAk&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6 Within minutes, the vehicle reaches the Conjunto Esperança court, which had been chosen for the installation of the live link and the raising of the flags of Brazil and the state of Rio de Janeiro. The occupation without resistance of this and other favelas in Rio de Janeiro is due to exhaustive intelligence work in the actions that precede the main operation, says Col. Alberto Pinheiro Neto, the chief of operations of the Military Police. Cars, armored vehicles and motorcycles leave the courtyard of the Shock Battalion and proceed towards the favela. As they pass by the guardhouse, the men repeat the battle cry. Infosurhoy.com followed every step of the operation, which began with the occupation of the 13 communities of Complexo do Caju and the neighboring favela of Barreira do Vasco in the port area of the city. His calm demeanor comes from experience. Souza has participated in the installation of all 30 Rio de Janeiro’s UPPs, first as a deputy commander of the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) and, since October 2011, as the leader of the Shock Battalion. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The siren of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police’s Shock Battalion went off at 2:49 a.m. on March 3, the call to gather the 200 officers who would participate in Operation Caju. “The security forces have been acting in that region since Feb. 14,” Neto, 48, says. “They were monitoring the existence of criminal groups, carrying out arrests and meeting with residents along with other initiatives to prevent any attempted reaction by criminals.” Click here for more photos from Operation Caju. “The link removes the need to change locations,” Moreno says. “It facilitates the visualization of specific items and helps monitor the operation.” The territory was divided into sections and each is the responsibility of a particular security force. At 5 a.m., the Shock Battalion’s vehicles enter the favela. Two large blocks of concrete have been placed at the entrance by criminals. The vehicles move so a bulldozer can clear the way. From there, he monitors the security forces’ actions. They are receiving support from 200 soldiers from the Navy’s Marine Corps, as well as officers from the Federal Highway Police and Civil Police forces. The officers respond with their battle cry: “Choque!” (“Shock!”). Rio de Janeiro Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame arrives at the Shock Battalion at approximately 3:30 a.m. Beltrame carries out the ritual of delivering a final address to the officers from the units taking part in the operation. In just more than two weeks, security forces arrested 284 adults and 36 minors. They found 112 weapons, including submachine guns and 24 grenades, 86 kilograms of cocaine and 263 kilograms of marijuana, 673 stolen motorcycles and 11 stolen vehicles, which were used to commit crimes. “I don’t believe we will encounter any resistance,” he says. “We’re relaxed, but we’re also prepared.” The operation lasted only 25 minutes. Without firing a single shot, another area that had previously been controlled by criminals – in this case, drug dealers and car thieves – is dominated by security forces. Once the obstacle has been removed, the caravan waits until one of their ambulances can move into a better position. “This is the result of planning, integration between the security forces and the accumulated experience from previous actions,” says Col. Frederico Caldas, 48, who serves as the PM’s coordinator of Social Communication. Standing in front of the Shock Battalion troops, the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Fábio Almeida de Souza, 43, issues the final instructions. last_img read more

New app can provide earthquake warnings

first_imgShakeAlertLA enforces greater safety precautions during earthquakes by sending “limited public notifications” to users seconds before the disaster. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan)Angelenos may now receive early warnings for earthquakes by using the ShakeAlertLA app, which launched Dec. 31, according to LA Curbed.According to the California Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey, California is ranked the second-most seismic state in the country. In its U.S. National Seismic Hazard Model update last year, the U.S. Geological Survey found that there is at least a 74 percent chance that California will experience earthquake damage in the next century. ShakeAlertLA notifies users seconds before an earthquake hits. Additionally, the app also records recent earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 3.0 and lists the proper protocol used to recover from an earthquake or prepare for one.According to ShakeAlertLA’s website, the app plans to send “limited public notifications,” alerting communities about earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or higher. These notifications will alert users in a similar fashion to Amber alerts.The Annenberg Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey and AT&T collaborated to launch the app, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti overseeing the development. Steven Goldfarb, fire safety and emergency planning specialist at USC, was involved in the beta testing — or the initial product testing — of the app. Goldfarb said that ShakeAlertLA will allow people to take quick, direct action to avoid injury and other potential damage.“Trains can be slowed down, fire station doors can be automated to open and hazardous activities could be stopped before the shaking begins,” Goldfarb said. Marshall Rogers-Martinez, a doctoral student in geological sciences, recently served as a teaching assistant of a USC course on earthquakes. Rogers-Martinez said that he has had previous experiences using the app in its beta form while visiting the Southern California Earthquakes Center.When he first tested the beta form, he found that the app alerts users when an inputted location undergoes a P wave — the first set of seismic energy to hit a location. “I’ve been in the SCEC office during a Shake Alert, and it was really cool,”  Rogers-Martinez said. “[The alert] showed an animation of the P wave emanating from the source overlaid on a regional map.” He said the app has the potential to make a difference, especially in local communities where buildings may be more susceptible to earthquake-induced damages.According to the Los Angeles Times, the city is home to 13,500 soft story buildings that could be susceptible to strong shaking during an earthquake. There are also approximately 1,000 inadequately reinforced concrete buildings that could face similar issues during an earthquake.“I think it’s really great that Angelenos will finally have access to an earthquake early warning system,” Rogers-Martinez said. “It has the potential to save lives.” However, the app does have some limitations it has yet to address. As with any notification, users will not receive alerts if their phones are off during the earthquake. The proximity of an earthquake may also cause further limitations, SCEC Associate Director Mark Benthien said.“If you’re very close [to the earthquake], you may feel it before you get the alert,” Benthien said.last_img read more

Peruth, Nakaayi eye first Ugandan women’s medal since Inzikuru

first_imgUganda’s Gold medal favourite  Joshua Cheptegei (left) will run the 10,000m final seven days from now, on the final day October 6, a day after Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.Uganda has participated in IAAF World championships in Athletics since 1985 and won 2 Gold medals by Dorcus Inzikuru Helsinki 2005 and Stephen Kiprotich Moscow 2013; 2 Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017, and Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing.Ugandan team in DOHA – Women (10)400 MetresLeni SHIDA800 MetresHalimah NAKAAYIWinnie NANYONDO1500 MetresEsther CHEBETWinnie NANYONDO5000 MetresSarah CHELANGAT10,000 MetresRachael Zena CHEBETJuliet CHEKWELStella CHESANGMarathonLinet Toroitich CHEBET3000 Metres SteeplechasePeruth ChemutaiMen (12)1500 MetresRonald MUSAGALA5000 MetresOscar CHELIMOStephen KISSA10,000 MetresJoshua CHEPTEGEIJacob KIPLIMO 1Abdallah Kibet MANDEMarathonStephen KIPROTICHFred MUSOBOSolomon MUTAI3000 Metres SteeplechaseAlbert CHEMUTAIBenjamin KIPLAGATBoniface Abel SIKOWO Share on: WhatsApp Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai wins the Women’s 3000m steeplechase heats at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on September 27, 2019.PHOTO AFP TODAY  9.50pm 3000 M Steeplechase final (Peruth Chemutai) 10.10pm 800 M Final (Nakaayi, Nanyondo)Prizes Finalists win…. $60,000 $30,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000Doha, Qatar | THE INDEPENDENT | Going by her performance in the heats, Peruth Chemutai will be one of the favourites to make it to the podium when she runs her first World Athletics Championships 3000m steeplechase final today.Twenty-year-old Chemutai easily won one of three heats on day one to make the final in a race that brought Ugandan Dorcus Inzikuru glory, way back in 2005.On August 8 2005, Dorcus Inzikuru stunned the world with her victory in the 3000m steeplechase women’s final, ending a 33-year-wait for a global athletics title for Uganda. The national anthem had last been played at a world athletics event in 1972, legend John Akii-Bua having won gold in the 400m hurdles.Of Uganda’s six medals at the worlds, Inzikuru’s is the only one by a woman, a feat Chemutai can match today, if she gets it right in an experienced field.Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech is the favourite having set a magnificent world record last year.  She is unlikely to make the mistakes of two years ago in London where Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs went 1-2 in the women’s steeplechase after a series of bizarre events.Also eyeing a podium in their debut World Championships final are Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi , who showed in the semis that if they are in the leading pack in the final 200m, have the pace to match the best.last_img read more

Rough ride for Mount Sentinel at UBC/O Tournament

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats took it on the chin at the UBC/O High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.The Cats finished in the bottom half of the 50-team tournament, dropping five of six matches in the process.“Not really sure what happened, but we just didn’t play well (compared to last weekend) and the only explanation that makes some sense is that we are a very young team (5 grade 10’s),” said coach Joe Moreira.“On a positive note we did play good teams –not great teams – and we did extend a few matches to three sets, but for the most part it was very difficult to recognize the team on the floor.”“Same uniforms as last week but very different play,” Moreira added.The Cats started the weekend getting swept in two games by South Kamloops. Next up, Correlieu from Quesnel. The same result, just in this match Mount Sentinel was able to take a game, losing 2-1.Princess Margaret of Penticton they defeated the Cats in straight games 2-0 before NorKam of Kelowna outlasted Mount Sentinel 2-1.“This was the crossover (game) and it kind of stung because we lost 16-14 in the third,” Moreira said.Vernon made it five straight losses for the Wildcats, beating the Kootenay squad 2-1. Moreira’s squad managed to finally win a match, dumping G.W. Graham of Chilliwack 2-0.“On another positive note, we are back in Kelowna at Best of West tournament (Friday),” Moreira explained.“This event is very much like the UBC-O tournament – lots of teams and some very strong teams. We clearly hope to be more competitive.”[email protected]last_img read more

Panko-Dool, Sabo spark Nelson to Rossland Mini title

first_imgNelson captured the Rossland Mini title for the second time in 30 years.“You know you have performed well as a club when you take home the Team Trophy,”  Stewart said.“It’s an achievement all the girls can share in and something the club can show off for a year,” adds Christine Defouw, Nelson’s competition chair.With Rossland in the rear view, the club is looking ahead to the Regional Qualifying Competition in Beaver Valley on January 22-23. Performances at the Regional event will determine the top four skaters in each category to represent this region at the Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook from March 4-6.Defouw is excited that the season’s culminating event is being hosted so close to home.“It’s a big opportunity. The fact it’s taking place in the Kootenays makes it much more affordable for skaters from our region to attend.”Simpler logistics means coaches and parents can focus on honing routines, deepening confidence and reminding the skaters to enjoy the experience.With the competition season drawing to a close in March the club is starting to focus on its end of season Ice Gala to be held in Nelson in late February. Shaen Panko-Dool and Morgan Sabo topped the medal count to lead Nelson to the overall title at the Rossland Mini Figure Skating Competition Saturday in the Golden City.The Rossland Mini event is the first competition of the New Year for the Nelson skaters.”Our skaters did very well,” said a smiling Nelson Figure Skating head coach Rachel Stewart. “They displayed confidence on the ice, which is a reflection of the hard work and preparation they have invested.”Panko-Dool and Sabo led the club with two gold medals and a silver each. The two skaters, along with fellow club members Charly Defouw and Soleil Babcock, dominated Preliminary Dance winning gold and silver respectively, all the more impressive for being their first year competing in that category.Other gold medals were awarded to Christina Champlin in Junior Bronze Skills, Sophie Borhi for Preliminary Freeskate (10 and under), and Erica Tolles in Junior Bronze Freeskate (13 and over).last_img read more

Townsend is called up

first_imgAndros Townsend has been named in the England squad for the Under-21 European Championship.The winger, on loan at QPR from Tottenham, has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road in January.He has been relegated Rangers’ stand-out performer in a number of their matches and has been tipped to establish himself as a Premier League player by Harry Redknapp.R’s boss Redknapp, who also managed Townsend, 21, at Spurs, said: “He’s proved to himself now that he can play at that level.“He’s a great lad and I think he has got a bright future ahead of him. He’s done fantastically and will go back to Tottenham a better player.”Townsend will link up with Stuart Pearce’s squad on 27 May for a training camp in Antalya, Turkey.The finals start on 5 June. England will face Italy and then Norway and hosts Israel.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Watch: Steph Curry says goodbye to Oracle one last time

first_imgThe Warriors paid homage to Oracle Arena all season during their final year in Oakland, but, for old time’s sake, Stephen Curry literally gave the only NBA home he’s ever known a shout out.While driving north on I-880 on Sunday afternoon, the two-time NBA MVP shot a video he later posted on Instagram of him cruising past the old arena while listening to E-40’s Warriors version of “Choices.““I’m gonna miss that place!” Curry shouted above the Oakland rapper’s lyrics. “I’m gonna miss you.”St …last_img read more

England’s Fisher claims Tshwane Open

first_img “It’s been coming for some time, but the putting has just let me down a bit. This week I holed more putts than I have for a very long time. I’m excited for the rest of the year.” Van Tonder’s best Van Tonder achieved his best ever European Tour finish after closing with a six- under-par 66, while Hoey finished with a four-under-par 68. Fisher is up to 14th place in the Race to Dubai standings after his victory. Nedbank Challenge winner Thomas Bjorn occupies first place, followed by Sergio Garcia, Victor Dubuisson, and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.LEADERBOARDRoss Fisher (Eng) 268 (-20) 66, 65, 67, 70Danie van Tonder (RSA) 271 (-17) 66, 70, 69, 66Michael Hoey (NIR) 271 (-17) 69, 65, 69, 68Carlos Del Moral (Esp) 272 (-16) 68, 65, 71, 68Hennie Otto (RSA) 273 (-15) 71, 65, 69, 68Chris Wood (Eng) 275 (-13) 67, 68, 72, 68Darren Fichardt (RSA) 275 (-13) 66, 68, 71, 70Kevin Phelan (Ire) 275 (-13) 68, 69, 68, 70Merrick Bremner (RSA) 276 (-12) 69, 69, 67, 71Trevor Fisher jnr (RSA) 277 (-11) 65, 69, 71, 72Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 277 (-11) 70, 65, 70, 72Simon Dyson (Eng) 277 (-11) 65, 68, 71, 73 5 March 2014 Englishman Ross Fisher brought South Africa’s domination of European Tour events hosted in the country to an end when he captured the Tshwane Open at the Els Club at Copperleaf on Sunday. Fisher’s victory came after Dawie van der Walt (Nelson Mandela Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (Volvo Golf Champions), George Coetzee (Joburg Open) and Thomas Aiken (Africa Open) had won the four previous European Tour tournaments in South Africa. South African Sunshine Tour events The Tshwane Open, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, brought to a conclusion a record number of eight European Tour events hosted in South Africa on the 2013/14 schedule. Of the eight events played in the country since the season-opening South African Open in late November 2013, five were won by South Africans, the other winner being Charl Swartzel in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The victory was Fisher’s fifth on the Tour and his fifth in a different country, following his wins in the KLM Open (The Netherlands) in 2007, the European Open in 2008 (England), the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009 (Spain), and the Irish Open in 2010 (Ireland).Winning total After leading by five shots heading into the final round, he finished on 20-under-par 268, after rounds of 66, 65, 67 and 70, three shots clear of South Africa’s Danie van Tonder and Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey. “I would have liked to have had all four rounds in the 60s, but I’m really pleased to be getting the trophy,” Fisher told the Sunshine Tour after securing the title. “I knew I could win, given my third place in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and top 10 in the Joburg Open. I was playing very well, and everything about the way this week unfolded just felt right,” he added.last_img read more

Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prosecutors had two arguments to make to the court. First, they needed to apply for permission to appeal Pistorius’ sentence. They were asked by the judges to also present their arguments for why, if their appeal is allowed, his sentence should be increased.This is the second time prosecutors have gone to the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein to challenge a decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius’ trial.In 2015, prosecutors successfully appealed against Masipa’s judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder. The court overturned Masipa’s verdict of culpable homicide — or manslaughter — and convicted Pistorius of murder.Legal analysts say, however, it is more difficult to get the court to change a sentence.After the manslaughter conviction was overturned, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murder, a term just one year longer than her original sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutors called that sentence “shockingly” light.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Judges can deviate from prescribed minimum sentences if there are compelling circumstances. The prosecution says there were no compelling reasons.“What we are saying is the court exercised its discretion inappropriately,” prosecutor Johnson said, calling the six-year sentence “unjust.”She said Pistorius still had not shown “genuine remorse” for killing Steenkamp and that Masipa put the athlete’s personal circumstances and his disability ahead of the need for “retribution” when she sentenced him.Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 when, without his prosthetic legs on, standing on his stumps and feeling vulnerable, he shot four times through the cubicle door.Masipa’s initial sentence was appropriate in the circumstances, Pistorius’ defense lawyers said, and his disability was not exaggerated. Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition.“Of course his disability is mentioned, but it can’t not be mentioned,” defense lawyer Kelly Phelps said. “It is one of the factors of this case. 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Tagalog NPA Read Next FILE – In this Tuesday, June 14, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after his sentencing proceedings. The Pistorius case is back in court, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, with prosecutors seeking a longer jail sentence for the double-amputee athlete after he was found guilty of murder for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — A judge “overemphasized” Oscar Pistorius’ disability and was far too lenient on the double-amputee athlete, prosecutors said Friday as they tried to convince a South African court to more than double his prison sentence from six to 15 years for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.“Murder is murder,” chief prosecutor Andrea Johnson told a five-judge panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. She asked them to overturn Pistorius’ initial sentence and give him the prescribed minimum of 15 years. There is no death penalty in South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding If the court agrees with prosecutors that he deserves a harsher sentence, Pistorius, now 30, could remain in prison until after he turns 40.The judges did not deliver a decision on Friday. Typically, Supreme Court judges take a couple of weeks before the senior judge returns to read out the decision, which is made through a simple majority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNearly five years after the once-admired Olympic runner first appeared in court for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door at his home, Pistorius’ fate is still not certain.He was not present at Friday’s hearing as he serves his sentence at a prison near the capital, Pretoria. He has served more than a year of his six-year term. Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, did attend. Speaking outside the courthouse, her lawyer said the Steenkamp family supported prosecutors’ attempt to get a longer sentence. View commentslast_img read more