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Ethical records on top corporate donors published

first_imgVisitors to ECIS’ stand at Charity Fair 2005 exhibition were presented with a league table that highlighted the true ethical performance of the top corporate donors to charities.The league table was based upon the Ethiscores compiled by the organisation’s Corporate Critic database and the Directory of Social Change’s own table that appeared in its recent edition of ‘The Guide to UK Company Giving 2005’.Helen Middleton, Business Development Director at ECIS, said: “fundraisers were surprised if not alarmed to discover that some of the leading corporate donors didn’t always have the most ethical records. Accepting money directly, or embarking upon corporate sponsorship and marketing arrangements with the ‘wrong’ partner, could present long-term reputational problems for charities”.The portfolio of the top 25 Corporate Charitable donors includes organisations such as Unilever, Marks & Spencers and Northern Rock plc.In addition to this free listing, ECIS’ subscription-based Corporate Critic database is now available at a “substantially lowered” rate.The Top 10 UK Corporate Charitable DonorsRank Company Ethiscore1 Lloyds TSB Group plc 52 Northern Rock plc 13.53 The Royal Bank of Scotland plc 4.54 Barclays plc 1.55 Unilever UK 16 Diageo plc 87 HBOS plc 8.58= Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc 12.58= Marks & Spencer 3.510 GlaxoSmithKline plc 3.5 Howard Lake | 26 May 2005 | News 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.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ethical records on top corporate donors published Note: The company Ethiscores are out of a total of 15. The lower the score, the worse the ethical performance. Tagged with: Research / statistics Information on the ethical records of the UK’s top 25 corporate charity donors is now available online at no charge from Ethical Consumer Information Systems.Access to this information will enable charity fundraisers, campaigners and policy makers to scrutinise the ethical records of some of the UK’s largest organisations.Fundraisers might be surprised at the records of some of the top corporate donors to charities, based on Ethical Consumer Information Systems’s (ECIS) information. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Exciting Opportunities with TFA!

first_imgTouch Football Australia have recently opened applications for three new and exciting roles that are integral to the growth and development of Touch Football across the country.We are looking for forward thinkers with energetic personalities to assist us in taking Touch Football to the next level nation-wide.Our current vacant roles are all based out of Rugby League Central in Sydney, giving you the opportunity to fully leverage the relationship TFA has with the NRL and achieve greater unity between the sports.To find out more about these roles, please click here.If you would like to discuss any of these roles in more detail, please call Grace Bryant on 02 6212 2800.last_img read more

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11 days agoEx-Arsenal manager Wenger to have autobiography published

first_imgEx-Arsenal manager Wenger to have autobiography publishedby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to have an autobiography published.The Frenchman has long been linked with book deals that would see him explain the inner workings of his 22 years at Arsenal.And it was announced this morning by publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson that Wenger will reveal all next year after agreeing to publish his autobiography.The book, titled ‘My Life in Red and White’, will be released in the autumn of next year and is Wenger’s first autobiography.The Frenchman is expected to discuss his life as “one of the greatest and most influential coaches and managers of modern times”, including his time as the longest-serving manager of Arsenal. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Out with the new in with the old Edmund picks 6 used

first_imgBuying a used car instead of a new one has long been a surefire way to save money. Someone else takes the initial depreciation hit — between 25 to 30 per cent on average for the first year — so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.But some vehicles depreciate faster than others. And if you can key in on these relatively new used models, you can potentially save up to 60 per cent off what you’d have to pay for this year’s new model. You could practically buy another vehicle with the savings.We’ve identified a handful of 3-year-old used models that offer a significant discount over their new-car equivalents. All are luxury vehicles, which tend to have higher depreciation rates for a couple of reasons. One, they are typically leased rather than purchased, which drives up the rate of depreciation. And two, their primary customers always want the latest, usually expensive, features. While cool, these features don’t do a very good job of supporting the car’s value.For used-car buyers, this is all good news. The worst depreciation already has happened, and the car’s value will remain fairly consistent in the years to come.There are a few caveats to keep in mind when buying a used luxury car. Your insurance might be more expensive, so make sure you get a quote beforehand. Also, maintenance and parts will likely be costlier than with a non-luxury-branded vehicle. Still, if you’re aware of what you’re getting into, you can get a posh car while saving tens of thousands off the price you’d pay if you bought the new version.Lincoln NavigatorAverage 2018 new transaction price: $89,146Average 2015 used transaction price: $35,237 (60 per cent less)The Lincoln Navigator got a substantial refresh for the 2015 model year, including a more efficient turbocharged V6 engine, revised styling, and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. This is one of the few luxury SUVs that can tow a trailer, carry up to eight passengers, and still ride comfortably on the road.Audi A6Average 2018 new transaction price: $57,742Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,305 (54 per cent less)The Audi A6 is an elegant, well-rounded midsize luxury sedan with a strong array of available engines and nimble handling on the road. Our editors were impressed by the A6’s upscale interior, quiet cabin and its standard safety features. Most A6s come with all-wheel drive, too.Cadillac XTSAverage 2018 new transaction price: $52,975Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,424 (50 per cent less)If you like the idea of a full-size luxury sedan in the classic American mould, the 2015 Cadillac XTS is the car for you. The XTS is notable for its ultra-comfortable ride, numerous standard features and spacious rear seats. It also has one of the largest trunks available, which is perfect for extended road trips.Volvo XC60Average 2018 new transaction price: $49,319Average 2015 used transaction price: $25,419 (48 per cent less)The Volvo XC60 was one of Edmunds’ top recommended compact luxury SUVs for 2015. It has attractive styling, a distinctive cabin design, supportive seats and handling that is more fun than you’d expect from a Volvo. Our editors recommend avoiding the sluggish 3.2-litre engine. The other available engines are more than up to the task.BMW 3 SeriesAverage 2018 new transaction price: $44,036Average 2015 used transaction price: $22,796 (48 per cent less)The 2015 BMW 3 Series is a small luxury sedan or wagon. You can find the 3 Series with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and with gasoline, diesel or hybrid-electric engines. Whichever variation you choose, you will be pleased by its sharp handling and composed ride quality.BMW X3Average 2018 new transaction price: $51,823Average 2015 used transaction price: $27,246 (47 per cent less)Another option from BMW is the 2015 X3. It’s one of the standouts in the small luxury SUV class and is an excellent pick for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and family-friendly utility. As a new vehicle, the X3 is on the pricey side, but it becomes a more compelling package when it’s used and nearly half off.EDMUNDS SAYS: Used luxury cars can get you more bang for your buck if you are aware of the pros and cons. If you’re concerned about the long-term reliability, opt for a certified pre-owned vehicle, which offers more warranty coverage than a typical used car. And if you need more peace of mind, it’s worth considering buying an extended warranty. Just make sure to get warranty quotes from a few dealers to get the best price.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— 2015 Lincoln Navigator https://edmu.in/2FRSTIa— 2015 Audi A6 https://edmu.in/2Q2aHVI— 2015 Cadillac XTS https://edmu.in/2E6oqnY— 2015 Volvo XC60 https://edmu.in/2zxzRkK— 2015 BMW 3 Series https://edmu.in/2AAKSS5— 2015 BMW X3 https://edmu.in/2DU5196Ronald Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Wetsuweten members say pipeline company removed cultural property

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation are alleging the company trying to build a natural gas pipeline through its territory “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” cultural and private property this weekend.In a statement issued Monday, members of the nation say the area in question is not included in Coastal GasLink’s plans and the company has not provided copies of any work permits for the area.It is the same area along a logging road leading to the company’s planned work site where RCMP enforced an injunction on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people and removing a barrier on the road. Coastal GasLink says in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.It says the property in question was a tent structure on the road, plus two other tents in a pullout area that were deemed unsafe or unstable by crews.It says the areas are active work zones and any obstructions impeding crews from safely accessing them is in contravention to the court order.last_img read more

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Chetwynd Hospital to experience temporary diversion over Labour Day weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Northern Health has issued a notice in regards to the operation of the Chetwynd Hospital this Labour Day weekend.According to Northern Health, the Chetwynd Hospital must go on diversion for 12 hours this weekend.Northern Health says this temporary suspension of emergency room services will be from 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1 to 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, and is due to a lack of available registered nursing staff. During this time, community members requiring urgent medical care are asked to call 9-1-1 for ambulance assistance or to make their way to the nearest hospital of their choice.People who need non-emergency health advice and information can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, or visit healthlinkbc.ca.last_img read more

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‘NRC a plan hatched by BJP to displace Gorkhas from Hills’

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the most debatable issue this election in the Darjeeling constituency.The TMC and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allege that it is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas. BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Alipurduar had recently threatened to implement NRC in Bengal to throw infiltrators and illegal immigrants out. “This is a very well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas from this region. One should carefully analyses the sequence of events. We should all unite against it,” alleged TMC leader NB Khawas. The TMC leader said despite repeated assurances the BJP had failed to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities in the ST list. They made multiple committees to examine the demand. The recommendations of the committees were not made public. Later, they assured that a bill would be tabled to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities. This too did not see the light of day. “Finally an RTI was filed to find out the status. The reply to the RTI clearly stated that granting of ST status would lead to an influx of immigrants from Nepal. This shows the Union Government’s actual stand and why they don’t want to grant the ST status,” Khawas said. The TMC leader said following this when the demand was being raised by the public that a son of the soil (Bhumiputra) should be fielded from the Darjeeling constituency, the sitting BJP MP of Darjeeling stated that whosoever are raising this demand are all Nepal born. “Following this BJP President threatened to implement NRC in Bengal. The National Register of Citizens has made thousands of Gorkhas in Assam D-voters or Doubtful voters. Their names have also not featured in the NRC. He wants a rerun of Assam in Bengal. The Gorkhas will have to prove their citizenship with land documents and even their family tree. They are just trying to create unrest and displace the Gorkhas,” Khawas said. BJP candidate Raju Bista while campaigning in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling town on Tuesday claimed that the NRC would not effect the Gorkhas in anyway. “On the contrary it will act as a security for the Gorkhas and will drive away the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from the state,” Bista said. “How can Bista say this? He should know better and explain how it will not affect the Gorkhas. He should study the history of the land to get a clearer picture,” said GJM president Binay Tamang. Tamang said 87.2 per cent of the people residing in the Hills live in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, forest villages, DI Fund land, and municipality leased land. “They do not have land right documents so how will they produce land documents required for NRC. We are fighting for land right document for the Hills,” Tamang said. He further said PM Modi should clarify the BJP’s stand on Gorkhaland and how NRC will not affect Gorkhas during his election campaign in Siliguri on Wednesday. “We are eager to see what new dream he shows the Gorkhas this time,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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Israeli Newspaper: Palestinian Land Doesn’t Belong to the Jews

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- According to the Palestinian Safa News Agency, the Hebrew language newspaper Yated Ne’eman published an article Thursday morning under the title: “This land is not registered in the Land Registry for the people of Israel,” refuting the Israeli and Jewish people’s claim to the land.The newspaper, which is affiliated with the United Torah Judaism movement, a Jewish orthodox movement, posed the following question: “The pressing question is to whom does this land belong?” The author provided an answer to his query saying, “We should not make a mistake; this land is not registered in the Land Registry in the name of the Israeli people and the Jewish people have no legal claim to this land, so this land is owned by others.” A snapshot of the articleAccording to the same source, the article generated “scathing criticism from other Jewish parties,” accusing the newspaper’s editors of “serving Hamas’s agenda through publishing such an article”.The author of the article quoted Moti Yogev, a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home party, which is a far-right and religious zionist political party in Israel, as saying, “We must first and foremost answer the pressing question: who are the owners of this land?”Following the latest round of discussions led by John Kerry to revive the peace process between Israel and Palestine, US attempts have be unfruitful, following Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian prisoners and to stop its settlements activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.last_img read more

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How FiveThirtyEights NCAA Tournament Forecasts Did

We love making predictions at FiveThirtyEight, but we know that they’d be meaningless if we didn’t check to see how accurate they turned out to be. Over the past month, we forecast every NCAA college basketball game for the women’s and men’s tournaments, updating our numbers almost a hundred times as 132 teams were pared down to two champions.So let’s relive the NCAA tournament not through “One Shining Moment” but through a vetting of FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts.MEN’SOne way to assess our accuracy is to pit ourselves against Vegas, the gold standard of sports predictions. We took our final probabilities from before each March Madness game — converted to a point spread1The calculation for converting a win probability to a point spread in R: -qnorm(win_prob, mean = 0, SD = 10.36). That standard deviation is derived from a model Nate Silver built several years ago, based on about six years’ worth of tournament games. We then rounded to the nearest half point. — and used them to place hypothetical bets on the final Vegas line. For example: Vegas had Texas at -2.5 over Butler, but we gave the Longhorns just a 54 percent chance of winning. This implied a line of -1, so we bet on Butler to cover. (And we won!)Here’s how our hypothetical bets did through the round of 64. Note that if our implied line matched Vegas’s exactly, we wouldn’t place a hypothetical bet on that game.A 17-13 record is strong — enough to maybe make some money. More importantly, our model performed well when it differed significantly from Vegas. In seven games, marked in gray above, our model had a perceived edge of three points or more — a sizable gap in forecasting between the two basketball forecasts. In these games, our bets went 5-2.After the round of 64, things didn’t go so great:Through these last 31 games, our spreads tracked Vegas very closely. We disagreed on the favorite just once (correctly picking Notre Dame to beat Wichita State), and there were no games where our perceived edge was three points or greater. In 21 games, our edge was half a point to a point, a relatively small advantage to place actual money on. Luckily we didn’t, as these hypothetical bets went 6-15. When our perceived edge was greater than a point, our bets went 3-3. That gave us an overall March Madness record of 26-31, with 10 no bets.Betting against Vegas is great, but we’re aware that many of our readers stopped looking at our forecasts the moment they turned in their bracket. This means that the performance of our first, pre-tourney predictions was especially important.If you built a men’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 70 percent of the games correct. It’s hard to tell if we should be happy with that number — it’s certainly not going to impress sammyholtz16 or anyone else on top of the ESPN Bracket Challenge leaderboard. A better way to assess probabilistic forecasts is a calculation known as a Brier score, which we can use to compare ourselves to other models like Ken Pomeroy’s, Jeff Sagarin’s,2Sagarin just produces a power ranking, so for that model we used the converted probabilities that appeared in The New York Times. The Power Rank, ESPN BPI, and numberFire.A short, but still mathy, example of how Brier scores work: Our initial predictions gave No. 6 seed Xavier a 26.5 percent chance of advancing to the Sweet 16, while Ken Pomeroy’s log5 model gave them a 24.8 percent chance.3It’s sort of unfair to compare our forecast to Pomeroy’s, as our model incorporates his numbers as one of our variables. Pomeroy’s ratings and Jeff Sagarin’s power rankings can be used to forecast the tournament, but they were built to be useful throughout the entire college basketball season; they’re intentionally more generalized. Xavier did advance, so our Brier score for that event was (1 – 0.265)^2, or 0.54, while Pomeroy scored a 0.57. Being closer to zero is better, so we were (slightly) more accurate for that prediction.We calculated each model’s average Brier score for each round of the tournament. To benchmark all the results, we added a “chalk” model that assigned a 100 percent probability to the higher seed winning each game.4For games between teams with the same seed, the S-curve was used as a tiebreaker. Not every model predicted the play-in games, so for consistency we used every site’s predictions from before the First Four, but only measured the accuracy of predictions from after those games were played. Here are the results, including an overall average:FiveThirtyEight came in third, and all the models beat the chalk. Our forecasts started strong, with the lowest Brier score for the round of 64. We assigned the highest probabilities to Georgia State’s and Dayton’s upset chances — 24 and 38 percent, respectively. The Dayton pick — calculated before the play-in games began — was a coup for the geographic component of our calculations: Dayton had a home game against Boise State for its play-in, and then had to travel just a few dozen miles for its round of 64 matchup.NumberFire came in second, leaning heavily on favorites throughout the tournament. This killed numberFire early on — it gave Iowa State a 96 percent change over UAB — but this confidence paid off as the bracket became chalkier and chalkier. Other models, like Pomeroy’s, consistently underrate the favorites’ probability of winning, leading to weaker Brier scores.Once Duke started rolling, The Power Rank pulled away. Among the models we looked at, the site gave the Blue Devils the highest probability of advancing to the Sweet 16 (88 percent), Elite Eight (71 percent), Final Four (46 percent), and Championship game (27 percent). Duke was given a 12 percent chance to win the title at the tournament’s start. To compare, our model and numberFire each put Duke at six percent, while BPI had it at just three percent. Given that Duke is traditionally undervalued in bracket pools, fans who built their brackets on The Power Rank’s numbers likely had a pretty good tournament.WOMEN’SVegas might be the gold standard of sports predictions over in the men’s tournament, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a reliable source of betting lines for the women’s NCAA tournament (nor could we find them for any games other than the championship). This year was the first time we made March Madness predictions for the women’s tournament, and we knew there would be less data available for making the women’s model.Because there’s no major alternative we can use to judge our forecast, we were left with an imperfect measure: Did it do better than if we had just picked favorites? It’s a draw! if you built a women’s bracket using only FiveThirtyEight’s initial numbers, you would have gotten 84 percent of games correct, compared to … 84 percent if only favorites won.But Brier scores can help settle the tie. Here’s what happened when we compared our probabilistic results to the all-favorites picks.Our model outperformed the chalk model in the opening rounds (as it should have), but in some matchups it did more than just outperform. We gave DePaul, a No. 9 seed, a 77 percent chance of upsetting Minnesota, a No. 8 seed, and the Blue Demons won by seven. In the Spokane region, we gave Gonzaga a 48 percent chance of upsetting George Washington, nearly a coin toss, and sure enough, Gonzaga made a strong run all the way to the third round.We didn’t predict the Dayton upset of Kentucky (we gave them only a 22 percent chance of making it that far), and by the Sweet 16, the chalk model began to outperform us. Perhaps our model’s biggest oversight was placing too much weight on South Carolina making it to the national championship over Notre Dame, which was due in part to the geographical advantages we assigned to their playing in Greensboro. Both teams were No. 1 seeds, but Notre Dame was the higher 1 seed. We gave South Carolina a 40 percent chance of making it to the finals, and Notre Dame only a 34 percent chance. This was a very chalky tournament to begin with, however, with heavy, heavy favorites like UConn and the rest of the No. 1 seeds dominating the bracket.In total, however, we outperformed the chalk, and we’re pleased with how our first women’s March Madness predictions did. We’ll have more data to build on for next year, plus a better understanding of the fat-tailed distributions particular to the women’s tournament — and we’ve got a pretty good idea of who our model will favor again.CORRECTION (March 15, 2016, 12:10 p.m.): An earlier version of the first footnote in this article misstated the equation used to calculate implied point spreads from win probabilities. This calculation used a mean of zero, not one. The numbers that appeared in the article were not affected. read more

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Spalletti no longer wants to discuss the Juventus controversy

first_imgIt has been discussed a lot lately in the Italian football as Juventus managed to turn around the match against Inter in the final minutes and some of the decisions of the referee were really doubtful.However, Luciano Spalletti insisted that it is time to move on and focus on the upcoming game against Udinese as Inter have to fight for the top positions and the defeat against Juventus didn’t help him at all.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s next game as he said, according to Football Italia:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.It has not been an easy week and the result of the Juventus game speaks for itself.”“Clearly we are not happy, but we have to react. We are playing these final weeks of the season thinking that everything still depends on us. That means we have to win in Udine.”“I don’t want to answer any more questions on Daniele Orsato, that case is closed. We showed against Juventus that we are a very strong side, but we shouldn’t need something exceptional to prove that. We ought to prove it every time.”last_img read more

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