Howard Lake | 4 November 2013 | News 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Four year jail term given for £885,000 Gift Aid fraud 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. A series of 13 fraudulent Gift Aid claims to HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) has resulted in a man from South Wales being sent to prison for four years.Mark Lewis, CEO of the Welsh Independent School of Climbing and Mountaineering Trust (WISCM), and later the MSL Mountaineering Trust Ltd, was found guilty of using fictitious charity donations to commit an £885,000 Gift Aid fraud.A south Wales man has been jailed for four years after using fictitious charity donations to commit an £885,000 Gift Aid fraud. His wife, Elizabeth Lewis, was found guilty of laundering the proceeds of the fraud. She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.At the time of the offences she was a fraud investigator for the Department for Work and Pensions.The fraudulent claims were made between June 2007 and July 2010. The couple used some of the proceeds to buy a house in Stoke, which they renovated and converted into flats for rent. They also paid a £53,000 deposit on a second house in Stoke, and used the equity to help buy their current home in Porth.The case first came to the attention of the Charities Commission, which undertook its own enquiries and referred its findings to HMRC.Michelle Russell, Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: “This is an excellent example of two government bodies working together to bring those who abuse both charities and the tax system to justice. The Commission provided evidence to HMRC based on its own extensive investigations, which has helped to secure these convictions.”Colin Spinks, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Over a three year period Mark Lewis submitted false claims knowing full well that it was an abuse of a scheme designed to help genuine charities in need. When arrested, both he and his wife blamed everyone but themselves. Our investigations proved, however, that the orchestrator was Mark Lewis, and the couple were the only beneficiaries.”
818 total views, 8 views today Howard Lake | 23 May 2019 | News Urgency of appealThe joint public appeal comes in the wake of evidence of the urgency of the climate crisis. Last year’s IPCC report advised that we have 12 years to cut global emissions by 45% or face an existential threat, while this month’s UN report on biodiversity, revealed that human activity is threatening the existence of over a million plant and animal species. 819 total views, 9 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis73 Tagged with: environment Funding Law / policy Environmental funding is too lowThe scientists point out in their joint letter that, despite a recent slight growth, grants by UK foundations to environmental issues and organisations is still less than 3% of their total giving – just £105 million out of £4 billion.In addition, the majority of this focuses on conservation activities and not on climate change and supporting efforts such as moving to a net zero carbon economy.The letter was co-ordinated by Angela Terry, Founder and CEO of Climate Alliance, and signed by scientists including Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science at University College London, and Professor Joanna Haigh, Emeritus Professor of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment.Angela Terry said:“The world is facing a perfect storm of challenges that together threaten the future of our society. But the work being led by the scientific community to counter these threats is desperately under-funded.“Together, the foundations and individuals we have written to today have the power to change the course of history for us and for future generations. This is why we are calling on them to mobilise their resources, whether through endowments, personal wealth or grant giving, to halt our ecological crisis.” Advertisement ‘Unprecedented appeal’The letter is described as ‘unprecedented’ as it is the first direct plea to charitable funders issued by the UK’s scientific community.The letter states:“As scientists across disciplines, we are writing to you to ask that you look at, reflect upon and then act with all possible resources to respond to the extraordinary ecological collapse that is happening now.“The work that is being led to counter these threats is desperately under-funded and we are writing to request that you consider an extraordinary increase in your funding to these causes for this critical ten-year period.”It gives examples of what they might do, including:supporting civil society and social movementsgreen investment in research and innovationstrategic litigation and public educationIts authors are no strangers to grantwriting, and acknowledge that the foundations and individuals “will be stretched with the fantastic work you are already supporting”. They simply ask “that you find space to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and respond in kind to prevent infinitely greater social need in the future.”They argue that, if UK funders can take a lead role in increasing giving to support transition to a sustainable model, this will influence and inform similar funders around the world. Why they signedProfessor Joanna Haigh CBE, FRS, FRMetSProfessor Joanna Haigh CBE, award-winning physicist, lead author of the 2001 IPCC report, and contributor to all subsequent reports, explained why she signed.She said:“I signed this letter because climate change is already damaging human lives and livelihoods across the globe, in addition to its increasingly apparent impact on the natural world, and action across all sectors is urgently needed to minimise the damage. Philanthropic giving could contribute in a very significant way to addressing the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities as well as supporting innovative approaches to mitigating its effects.”Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Winner of the Edinburgh Science Medal 2008, said:“As the disruption to Earth’s natural systems accelerates, we need to do much more to connect scientific knowledge with societal action.“The critical nature of this challenge, combined with inadequate resources to address it, puts at risk our wellbeing and that of all future generations.“But by marshalling and delivering new funding at scale, the UK’s incredible civil society, charity and research sectors could transform the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss.“Our community of scientists has not previously appealed in such a direct way to the country’s wealthiest, but these are unprecedented times and we need to find new ways to convert knowledge to action.”The scientists point to changes in public attitudes to the climate crisis and the need to take action. For example, according to a YouGov online poll on 28-29 April, only 30% of the British public now think charities should be allowed to invest in fossil fuel companies, compared to 46% who think they should not be allowed.Another poll, the Gov UK BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker: Wave 29 (which is conducted by in-home interviews), indicated that 80% of the public are concerned about climate change – the highest proportion since records began (35% very concerned; 45% fairly concerned). Eleven leading UK scientists have published an open letter to major philanthropists and grantmaking foundations, calling on them to increase the amount they allocate to address climate change and preventing ecological collapse.The letter has been sent to the CEOs and Chair of the UK’s 100 largest charitable foundations and the 100 highest net worth families. Invest more funding to tackle climate change, scientists urge funders Eleven signatoriesThe 11 scientists who signed the letter are:Professor Myles Allen, Head of the Climate Dynamics Group, Oxford University.Professor Achim Dobermann, Director & Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research.Professor Nick Eyre, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, Oxford University, Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Energy at the ECI and Oriel College, and Director of the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand.Professor Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change and Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds.Professor Joanna Haigh CBE, Emeritus Professor of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London.Sir David Anthony King, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007; Full-time UK Climate Envoy, 2013-2017.Professor Matt Leach, Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems, University of Surrey.Professor Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA, Professor of Climatology, University College London.Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science, University College London, Winner of the Edinburgh Science Medal 2008.Professor Julia K. Steinberger, Professor of Ecological Economics, University of Leeds.Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Cardiff University. Funders who have changed to focus on climate changeSome foundations are already reallocating funds to address environmental threats.Kristina Johansson, who founded the Solberga Foundation, said: “In the last year our family foundation made the decision to focus most of our funding on climate justice work – we see climate change as so inherently linked to inequality that social justice funders need to be involved in supporting a just transition to a low carbon society.”Sophie Marple, founder of the Gower St Foundation, said:“Our foundation never previously focused on climate change but I’ve been shocked, given the enormity of the threat, how under-resourced the space is. We feel a duty to act and will commit a significant portion of our funding to critical environmental work moving forward. As this letter from scientists shows us, there’s no longer any space for separation between ‘environmental’ and ‘social’ philanthropy.”Jen Hooke, CEO of the Thirty Percy Foundation, said:“As a charitable foundation that exists for public benefit, we’ve decided we must invest in ways consistent with our purpose and with a just transition to a post carbon society. With the IPCC report last year and Greta Thunberg’s incredible leadership, we’re finding more and more foundations are excited to connect and explore how our sector can be at the forefront of meeting this challenge.”The Environmental Funders Network welcomed the initiative, with the following statement:“The Environmental Funders Network welcomes this powerful call to action from those who know best what humanity is up against. There are so many solutions at hand to the climate emergency; we need dramatically more funding and investment into all of them, now. We wholeheartedly agree that philanthropic foundations should be directing a far greater proportion of their resources to addressing a crisis that will touch on all their charitable aims. We are here to help support any new funders looking to see how they can help!” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis73 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.
News Receive email alerts to go further Organisation MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Follow the news on Mexico Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the decision announced on 2 June by the state of Quintana Roo in south-eastern Mexico not to respond to a request from the federal justice ministry to issue arrest warrants against seven current and former officials in Puebla state, southern Mexico, implicated in the unfair arrest of freelance journalist Lydia Cacho in December 2005. Judge Benjamín Navarrete said that the charges in question – “torture” and “forging documents” – should be notified to the suspects by the justice system in their own state of Puebla.The federal justice minister in April this year also asked for an arrest warrant to be issued against textiles magnate José Camel Nacif, accused by Cacho of alleged membership of a paedophile ring and whose defamation suit against the journalist led to her arrest. The courts in Quintana Roo have never ruled on the case of this businessman, close to Puebla state governor, Mario Marín, who is also suspected of ordering the arrest and transfer of Cacho from Quintana Roo state, where she lives, to Puebla state. The Puebla governor was for his part cleared of all charges by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, the country’s highest jurisdiction, on 29 November 2007. _______________________________03.04 – New attempt by Puebla authorities to censor Lydia Cacho highlights difficulty of covering paedophiliaReporters Without Borders is worried about the fate of journalists who try to cover paedophilia in Mexico, especially after the authorities in the southern city of Puebla obstructed preparations on 30 March for a presentation by freelance journalist Lydia Cacho, a specialist in the subject, of her new book on 5 April.Two other journalists, Sanjuana Martínez of the Monterrey-based regional daily Milenio Diario de Monterrey and Carmen Aristegui of W Radio, have also run into problems over paedophilia-related reporting since the start of the year. Martínez’s regular column was scrapped after she linked church figures to paedophilia cases, while Aristegui was fired after revealing how Cacho was arrested in December 2005 on the orders of Puebla’s governor. “We do not as a rule get involved in a news organisation’s internal decisions but the explanations given by Milenio Diario de Monterrey for the withdrawal of Martínez’s column and by W Radio for Artistegui’s dismissal are not very convincing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “And we see yet again that Cacho continues to pay dearly for investigating paedophile networks in which leading figures were involved.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is clearly not a good idea for journalists to talk about paedophilia in Mexico. The presentation of Cacho’s new book with her two colleagues in attendance, coming at a time when the media are subject to strong pressure as soon as the subject is broached, is an act of courage that we salute. It is vital that nothing should mar this event.”A wall poster announcing the presentation of Cacho’s new book was removed at the behest of the Puebla police on 30 March. The authorities said it “did not meet safety standards.” Another poster immediately replaced it. The new book, “Memories of Infamy,” published by Random House Mondadori, includes an account of her December 2005 arrest and the various attacks and intimidation attempts to which she was subjected after the publication in 2004 of her book “The Demons of Eden,” in which she exposed the alleged involvement of well-known figures in paedophilia cases including José Camel Nacif, a textile entrepreneur close to Puebla governor Mario Marín.Random House Mondadori told Reporters Without Borders that six local radio stations and newspapers called at the last minute to cancel interviews scheduled with Cacho to talk about the new book. At the same time, Mario Alberto Mejía, the editor of the news website Quinta Columna, reported that access to his site had been blocked in Puebla government offices.The storm over Cacho’s arrest broke when W Radio and the national daily La Jornada revealed the content of an alleged phone conversation between Nacif and Governor Marín as Cacho was being transferred in an armoured truck from the eastern state of Quintana Roo, where she lives, to the state of Puebla. The two men reportedly “joked” about raping her during the trip. Despite the damning evidence, the National Supreme Court of Justice, Mexico’s highest court, dismissed charges against Marín on 29 November 2007.Aristegui, who was the person responsible for breaking the story on W Radio, was dismissed for “editorial incompatibility” on 3 January although she had her own programme on the station for five years.“Restructuring of the pages” was the reason given by the management of Milenio Diario de Monterrey when they told Martínez on 29 February that her weekly column was being dropped. When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, managing editor Roberta Garza Medina was adamant that it was not a case of censorship. While acknowledging that she was not absolutely sure, Martínez pointed out to Reporters Without Borders that she had just written a story about a priest suspected of paedophilia who was still working and was being protected by his church superiors. Garza is the sister of the vicar-general of the Legionaries of Christ, an ultra-conservative Catholic organisation that has itself been tainted by this kind of scandal.Members of women’s organisations staged a protest in Monterrey on 1 April against the withdrawal of Martínez’s column. Like Cacho, she has become well known as result of writing two books – “Manto Púrpura” (Purple Robe) and “Prueba de fe” (Proof of faith) – that were the product of extensive research into paedophilia in the Catholic church. RSF_en News June 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State justice refuses to issue arrest warrants against key suspects in journalist torture case May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies
Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – April 14, 2011 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly News Pinterest Google+ The Standards in Public Office Commission has found that Donegal Councillor Terence Slowey acted recklessly in double claiming for expenses when he attended two conferences in Cork and Kerry on the same weekend in 2008.After a hearing a month ago, the commission finds Cllr Slowey breached ethics guidelines by claiming twice for the journey, and by failing to attend the entire conference in Killarney.During the initial hearing into the case last month, Cllr Slowey’s lawyer said there was no question that he had claimed double expenses. However, he stressed it was not done intentionally, and the money was returned as soon as the error was detected.In its report, the commission says it had to determine whether the contraventions of the Local Government Act were committed inadvertently, negligently, recklessly or intentionally;In each case, the Commission finds that the contraventions were committed recklessly, and they were, in all the circumstances, serious matters.The Commission concludes that the claiming of unwarranted expenses is unacceptable, and is a serious matter. The Commission also finds that Councillor Slowey did not act in good faith in relation to each of the contraventions.Copies of the Commission’s report are now being sent to Donegal County Council, and to the Ministers for Finance and the Environment.Meanwhile, Mayor of Donegal Cllr Cora Harvey has looked at the report.It’s likely the report will have to come before the Council at its next meeting.And she says that it will be more clear what the process will be in relation to Cllr Terence Slowey in the coming days……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cora1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Report into Cllr Slowey expenses likely to come before council Previous articleCouncillor walks out of Buncrana chamber in row over report delayNext articlePSNI granted another six days to question suspects in Kerr murder News Highland Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny
AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Twitter KFO hit out over Minister’s rejection of please for Covid support Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleSligo memories as Coleman returns with EvertonNext articleCar seized in Letterkenny after just being sold News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 22, 2020 Facebook Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 The Killybegs Fishermen’s organisation says Minister Michael Creed has effectively turned his back on the fishing industry in his decision to reject pleas for specific Covid supports for the sector.There’s been a reported drop of between 50% and 70% in some sales over the past few weeks.Earlier this month, the Minister announced a Covid-19 Voluntary Fleet Tie-Up Scheme which the CEO of the KFO says is completely unfit for purpose.Sean O’Donoghue says they are already in a desperate situation:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/kfoweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
iStock(CHICAGO) — A Jane Doe who suffered “barbaric brutality” and was found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield 20 years ago has now been identified, and authorities say her suspected killer is in custody.The “brutally abused body” of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson was discovered on July 21, 1999, in a cornfield in the town of Raymond, about 75 miles north of Chicago, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.The young woman was unidentified until now.Johnson had been brutalized “by many means” over a long period of time, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said at a news conference on Friday.He did not elaborate on the abuse but said, “the utter barbaric brutality inflicted on this young woman is something that none of us will ever forget.”Johnson was about 18 years old, cognitively impaired and on her own when she went searching for help at a medical clinic in McHenry, Illinois, the sheriff said. There she met Linda Laroche, a registered nurse, who recognized her disability and took her into her home, Schmaling said.Johnson, who was never listed as a missing person, lived in McHenry with Laroche for the last five years of her life, Schmaling said.“There she suffered long-term and horrific abuse at the hand of Linda Laroche,” he said.Laroche was taken into custody Tuesday in Florida for Johnson’s murder, the sheriff said. She has waived extradition and will soon be transported to Wisconsin, he said.“Year after year we plugged away at this case,” the sheriff said. As a Jane Doe, Johnson’s DNA was entered into a nationwide unidentified victims’ database, her DNA was submitted for genealogical testing, and her body was exhumed for chemical isotope testing, he said.“A number of weeks ago” information led to Johnson’s identification, the sheriff said, though he did not elaborate on what that information was.Arrangements will be made for Johnson to be laid to rest as her true identity and buried alongside her mother, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Snorre A platform has been upgraded under the Snorre Expansion Project. (Credit: Bo B Randulff – Even Kleppa – Woldcam / Equinor ASA) Equinor has commenced production from the Snorre expansion project, an increased oil recovery project in the Norwegian North Sea, taken up with an investment of NOK19bn ($2.17bn).According to the Norwegian oil and gas company, the expansion project was originally slated to begin production in the first quarter of 2021.Equinor said that the production has been achieved ahead of schedule despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which impacted deliveries, closed borders and plants, and workforce.Equinor development and production Norway executive vice president Arne Sigve Nylund said: “This is a result of excellent teamwork, both internally with own employees and safety delegates, and with our suppliers and partners. In a very unusual year many have gone to great lengths, been constructive and solution-oriented to ensure that the project was delivered.”The Snorre expansion project is estimated to add nearly 200 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves, while helping in extending the productive life of the Snorre field through 2040.The Snorre field, which is located in the Tampen area, was estimated to produce until 2011–2014. The field has been producing oil and gas since 1992.Snorre expansion project involved drilling 24 new wellsAs part of the Snorre expansion project, 24 new wells were drilled for recovering the new volumes from the oil and gas field. Of the 24 wells, 12 are for production, while the other 12 are for injection.The expansion project also involved the installation of six new subsea templates for production and alternating water/gas injection, pipelines and umbilicals between the subsea templates and the Snorre A platform.As per the plan for development and operation (PDO) filed in 2017, Snorre A has also been upgraded for receiving the new production from the subsea templates.The Snorre field along with the Gullfaks field will be powered by the 88MW Hywind Tampen project, which is expected to begin operations in Q3 2022 through its 11 floating wind turbines.Equinor Energy is the operator of the Snorre field with a 33.27% stake. The company is partnered in the offshore Norwegian field by Petoro (30%), Vår Energi (18.55%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (9.6%), and Wintershall Dea Norge (8.57%). The expansion project at the Snorre field will add nearly 200 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves and help extend its life through 2040
Image of the Day: TACTS Towers Survey Share this article Follow @navaltoday October 3, 2014 View post tag: TACTS View post tag: News by topic Authorities TACTS towers were constructed in 1987 to provide aircrew training and performance evaluation in air-to-air combat but are now functionally obsolete.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas S. Tenorio US Navy’s Builder 1st Class Carlos Hernandez, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) conducts a structural and environmental survey of Tactical Air Combat Training System (TACTS) towers for future demolition operations. View post tag: Naval View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: survey View post tag: americas View post tag: Towers Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: TACTS Towers Survey View post tag: Navy