Volunteering opportunities available at IFC 2019 & IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference

first_imgVolunteering opportunities available at IFC 2019 & IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 20 May 2019 | News Tagged with: Events Volunteering About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Resource Alliance and IoF Scotland are both looking for volunteer helpers for events this summer.Resource Alliance is seeking 20 session leaders for IFC 2019, which takes place in the Netherlands on 15-18 October.  These are the first point of contact for speakers if they require any assistance before, during or after their session.In addition, session leaders will work as a group and act as an information point for delegates, speakers and the Resource Alliance staff.Resource Alliance is looking for people who work in fundraising, come from a country with an emerging philanthropic culture, and who may be from charities with a small training budget, or fundraisers starting out as consultants.If an application is successful, the session leader will be required to pay a discounted registration fee of by 31 August 2019. They will also be responsible for their own travel to/from IFC 2019, including all arrangements, payment and required travel documents.It is asking people to apply by 22 June 2019.IoF Scotland is also seeking volunteers, for this year’s IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference. It will place on the 1 and 2 October 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central.Volunteers for this event will receive:Free entry to both days of the IoF Scottish Fundraising ConferenceOpportunity to attend selected sessions on a range of fundraising topics and issuesValuable experience in team working and event managementNetworking opportunitiesRepayment of your travel expensesTicket to the Awards Gala Dinner on Tuesday 1 OctoberAccommodation for the duration of the event (if required)Applications open today (20 May), with a deadline for submissions of 26 July.  353 total views,  2 views today Advertisement  354 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more


first_img“Live issues in the wider food industry”, such as labelling and health, were debated at the Federation of Bakers’ (FoB) conference last week, as a panel session wrapped up the day’s proceedings. Panellists Gill Fine, director of consumer choice and dietary health at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Sainsbury’s trading director Mike Coupe, new Allied Milling & Baking group chief executive Brian Robinson and food writer Fiona Hunter took part in the session, chaired by The Grocer magazine editor Julian Hunt.Fine told 120 delegates an ongoing public health campaign on salt reduction was “a challenge for everyone in this room”. The FSA welcomes the proactive response and long-term commitments of the baking industry and it recognises there are technical challenges ahead, she said. The industry could look at reducing salt levels in products with comparatively higher levels, she said. Robinson commented that he believed there was further room for salt reduction, but this would require technical changes to the bread-making process. The industry was near the limit of what it could achieve under present circumstances, he said.On the question of the forthcoming public consultation by the FSA on possible fortification of bread with folic acid (British Baker, April 7, pg 3), Coupe said his own opinion was that it would be better to provide customers with informed choice, rather than legislating that folic acid be added as an ingredient across the range.And in terms of tackling the issue of front-of-pack labelling, Robinson stated a personal preference for keeping labels on the reverse of the pack, where consumers are used to seeing them, and for keeping labels simple rather than overcomplicating packaging. However, no final decision has been made, and his company would follow the industry trend on the matter, he commented.The panel also turned its attention to the news that the Office of Fair Trading is to refer the grocery market to the Competition Commission for investigation, following lobbying by industry groups, including the National Association of Master Bakers (British Baker, May 12, pg 3).Coupe wondered how the boundaries for what promises to be a complex investigation will be set. For example, as supermarkets develop their non-food offers, would the whole retail industry – rather than just grocery – need to be investigated? Robinson predicted the investigation will “cost a lot of money, achieve very little, and probably go on for years.”last_img read more

Guatemala and Peru Seek to Reinforce Trade and Ratify Anti-Drug Fight

first_img On July 18, during a visit to Lima, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros said that his country seeks to reinforce trade ties with Peru in order to promote investment and highlighted the two countries’ mutual cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking in Latin America. “Guatemala’s commercial sector has a positive view of the economic evolution of Peru, one of Latin America’s most dynamic economics,” Caballeros said after meeting with Peruvian businesspeople to talk about commercial exchange. “We have a wide-ranging business portfolio in front of us. I encourage you to join us in establishing alliances that can enable us to get to know the opportunities for investment to develop business proposals based on quality, innovation, and competitiveness,” the Guatemalan foreign minister said. Peru has a particular interest in intensifying its trade relations with Latin American countries in view of the difficulties confronting its partners in Europe and the United States, according to that country’s trade minister, José Silva. Separately, Caballeros and his Peruvian counterpart, Rafael Roncagliolo, signed a declaration ratifying their concern about the serious threat posed by illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. In the document, both foreign ministers stressed their commitment to consolidating South America as a region of peace, free from anti-personnel mines. The two countries increased their cooperation in October 2011, when they agreed to exchange information about the anti-drug fight and drug trafficking in the region. With regard to trade, Peru and Guatemala signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in December that is supposed to contribute to strengthening the economies of the two countries in the face of potential international crises. The FTA allows more than 5,000 products tariff-free access to the two markets, as well as providing facilities for the temporary entry of businesspeople and investors. By Dialogo July 20, 2012last_img read more

Australia opens pop-up coronavirus test clinic at Bondi Beach

first_imgTopics : “We can’t let our foot off the pedal, we can’t relax,” New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney. “It doesn’t take long for things to get out of control.”NSW, the country’s most populous state, is responsible for almost half of the national cases and has imposed the strictest penalties for anybody found breaching the rules restricting movement.At Bondi Beach, health workers wearing masks and plastic gloves greeted people at the pop-up testing clinic. NSW officials said earlier this week the virus may have been transmitted in the Bondi community via an infected backpacker who was not aware they were carrying the disease.”Bondi is one of those places where we are seeing local transmission, and we have seen cases among backpackers in recent days,” NSW Health director Jeremy McAnulty said in Sydney on Wednesday. Bondi made headlines in March when thousands of people were seen ignoring social distancing rules at its world-famous beach.Official data showed that young people aged 20-29 account for the highest rates of coronavirus infections across the country, followed by those in their early 60s. Experts told local media the former were most likely to travel or socialize in groups, while the latter represented the cruise ship demographic.The rate of growth in new infections across Australia has slowed to just under 10% over the past three days, from 25-30% a week ago, raising hopes that Australia is starting to “flatten the curve”.”Whilst there are still more cases each day, we’re not seeing the scenes and the kind of growth in cases that so many other parts of the world are experiencing right now,” Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, the country’s second most populous state, said in Melbourne.The federal government has planned for up to 100 pop-up clinics across the country to ramp up testing in transmission hot spots.In South Australia, the Barossa Valley wine region has closed schools and facilities this week due to a localized outbreak, while six baggage-handlers working at the state’s Adelaide airport have also tested positive to COVID-19.Barossa council mayor Bim Lange said that put pressure on vineyards and related businesses at the height of the grape-picking season.”We’ve had three years of drought, and now this,” Lange told Reuters.A single aged-care facility in Sydney accounts for a quarter of the national death toll.Economic fallout The Reserve Bank of Australia warned on Wednesday the country’s A$2 trillion ($1.23 trillion) economy would likely experience a “very material contraction” in economic activity that would spread across the March and June quarters and potentially longer. The RBA held an out-of-cycle meeting on March 18 when it reduced its cash rate to a record low 0.25% and embarked on a bond buying program to try and shield the economy from the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Like many countries, Australia’s financial and jobs markets have been roiled by the outbreak, prompting the government to unveil several stimulus packages, including a A$130 billion ($79.9 billion) six-month wage subsidy.center_img Australian authorities opened a pop-up coronavirus testing clinic at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday, as the country’s central bank warned the economic fallout from the pandemic could last for more than a year.Authorities were zeroing in on specific areas that have reported clusters of infections, following a sustained slow down in new cases in recent days to around 4,700 nationally. The death toll stands at 20, after a steady creep upward in recent days.Officials have stressed the need for continuing strict social distancing measures despite the slowdown, including restricting the number of people meeting in public to just two and the closure of parks, beaches and gyms.last_img read more

China’s economy shrinks for first time in decades as virus hits

first_imgChina’s economy recorded the first contraction in decades in the first quarter as the coronavirus outbreak shut down large parts of the world’s second-largest economy and dimmed the global outlook.Gross domestic product shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the worst performance since at least 1992 when official releases of quarterly GDP started, missing the consensus forecast of a 6 percent drop. Factory output fell 1.1 percent in March, retail sales slid 15.8 percent, while investment decreased 16.1 percent in the first three months of the year.The sharp contraction underscores the pressure that Chinese policy makers face as they attempt to revive the economy without nullifying efforts to contain the virus. The continued spread around the world also threatens to add fresh downward pressure on China’s exporters in a feedback loop that could throw millions out of work. “The first quarter contraction is not a surprise, considering the nationwide lock down in late January and February,” Robin Xing chief China economist at Morgan Stanley Asia, said on Bloomberg TV. “Most major economies are still in the lockdown stage. As a result, growth in the second quarter will be shallow, just marginally above zero.”China’s markets held gains after the release as investors digested the data. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.7 percent at 10:02 a.m., while the Chinese currency was 0.2 percent stronger versus the dollar. The Hang Seng Index climbed 2.4 percent in Hong Kong.China’s economy was forced into a paralysis in late January as the epidemic that first started in Wuhan spread across the country. The economy remained shuttered for much of February with factories and shops closed and workers stranded at home. The process of resuming business has been disappointingly slow and the return rate only inched up to around 90 percent at the end of March, Bloomberg Economics estimates.To cushion the economic blow, China has unveiled a range of support measures, although not on the scale of other nations.That includes 3.55 trillion yuan (US$502 billion) in low-cost funding provided to financial institutions, 1.29 trillion yuan in pre-approved local government special bonds, and 1.6 trillion yuan in cuts to various fee taxes, according to the nation’s cabinet.The central government is also mulling other policies like raising the deficit-to-GDP ratio, issuing special sovereign bonds and increasing the local government special bond quota, in order to fuel a faster economic recovery, according to a recent article from a senior official.Exports fell less than expected in March as production capacity was gradually restored, but economists warn bigger headwinds lie head as the rest of the world shuts down and external demand diminishes.Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal

first_imgDavid Luiz is set to become a key part of Arsenal’s defence (AMA/Getty Images)Paul Merson believes Unai Emery is working towards playing a three-man defence at Arsenal following the arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.Luiz was a surprise signing from Chelsea on deadline day, while the Gunners also strengthened their left-back by landing Tierney from Celtic in a £25 million deal.Tierney is currently injured while Luiz was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.But Merson believes both players will eventually become a key part of Emery’s system at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at them and you’re naming them players, I wouldn’t be surprised if he started going to a three at the back,’ Merson said on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ show. Advertisement Comment Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic (Getty Images)‘Play them two and David Luiz in the middle of them.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can come out and play, you’ve got Tierney playing as one wing-back.‘I think it suits all of the defenders.‘If you have three centre-halves playing there it gives all of them something to fall back on.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Tierney can get forward he can play, so he’ll want to get forward.‘They’ll want to bomb forward down the other side and they can score goals.‘I’m looking forward to Arsenal this season. I was quite impressed [against Newcastle], I was quite impressed.‘It was a hard game, going to Newcastle, first game of the season, a couple of new players.‘For me it was comfortable and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang what a goal, what a goal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Aug 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Still Square Dancing With The Middletown Ramblers

first_imgBeverly and her husband, Richard, graduated from the square dancing program in 2005.She likes the activity because, “it helps you physically and mentally.” The dancing provides low-stress aerobic exercise, which is good for any age, and having to work on remembering the different movements and working with others in a square is a good problem-solving exercise, Beverly said.Along with those benefits, “It does keep me out of trouble,” she said, offering a little smile, then adding, “I still get in a little trouble around here.”There are about 78 basic calls dancers learn, such as the do-si-do (or dosado), swing your partner, promenade and grand square, which are the more commonly known ones. And while it takes time to learn the basic moves, “All you have to do is pay attention,” to begin to understand and do them, Frechette said. “There’s no dancing ability needed.”Another appeal of square dancing, participants explained, is that unlike, say, ballroom dancing or tango lessons, you don’t need to bring a designated partner to take lessons or join in the dances. “I think people think you have to know how to dance,” said Bill Smith, Port Reading. “You don’t.”Or have the partner. There are women who regularly dance the man’s part, if there is a shortage of males on a given evening. All it takes is to have eight dancers to form the square, Frechette said.Yackel said she can dance both men’s and women’s parts. But that has its difficulties, she acknowledged. “The hardest thing to remember is to move right or to move left,” she confided.Smith, who started square dancing thanks to friends in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recommended it to him. “I went to a barn dance and enjoyed it and here I am.”Smith enjoys the exercise and said, “You get to meet different people you wouldn’t get to meet other wise.”The music ranged from some classic pop tunes, swing-era standards to even Jimmy Buffett. “Whatever the caller wants,” explained caller Gotta.Gotta, North Brunswick, has been square dance calling for 54 years. The caller’s role, she said, is to “create the dance pattern and communicate it to the dancers.”“If I stop calling everything stops,” Gotta said.“Not that it’s about power,” she kidded with a small wave of her hand.Gotta has been square dancing since she was 5, attending dances at the Metuchen YMCA. “A lot of us started dancing when we were young,” she noted. “So pretty much anyone can do it without tramping on their own feet.”Red Bank resident Phyllis Lamarche was “looking for an activity to do solo.” She wound up meeting Ted Inge, Freehold, when they both started taking classes as part of the SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) program conducted at Monmouth Mall, in Eatontown. Now “We’re dance partners, at the very least,” Lamarche said.And that was a good selling point for her. “The best part is all the friends you make,” she said.The Middletown Ramblers was founded in 1970 and decided, first jokingly, to take its name from the type of car owned by three of the original members, the American Motors Rambler.The group will be holding an open house, offering an introduction to square dancing, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, 805 Newman Springs Road/County Route 520, Lincroft. Story and photo by John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Swinging your partner and do-si-do’s have had members of the Middletown Ramblers coming together for more than four decades, enjoying the shared wonderful company, the activity and of course the pleasure of square dancing.“It’s the best activity you can find for the body and the mind,” insisted Prudence Frechette. Frechette, an Eatontown resident who likes to be called Pru, has been square dancing for 35 years and really appreciates the physical activity and “the social part.” On top of that, Frechette said, what she likes is its way of leveling the playing field, its democratization on the dance floor. “When you’re on the square,” she said, “nobody knows who’s the street sweeper or the CEO.”Frechette was one of about 50-plus who squared off to the commands of caller Betsy Gotta last Friday evening at the township’s senior center, at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, in the township’s Leonardo section, for the group’s regular dance.Beverly Yackel, a River Plaza resident and the Ramblers’ coordinator, said those attending the Friday night dance, were “plus” dancers, Yackel explained, who have reached a certain accomplishment level. Club members have reached “a higher level” of square dancing that comes when they complete the nearly year-long set of two programs conducted by the Monmouth County Park System at a cost of $50 per person for each set of 12 two-hour sessions. Lessons are held at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Highway 36 and Avenue D, Leonardo. Classes for the next session begin on Sept. 27 and the first class is free.last_img read more

Even the Littlest Hands Help at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair

first_img“I wanted to show them that volunteering and service to others is part of life,” said Meg Chrisner-Keefe, who volunteers and brings her four children, ages 7 and younger, to help. The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, the annual fund drive for the fire department, runs through Saturday, Aug. 31. “It’s summertime so we’re competing with beach clubs, friends and, well, summer!” FAIR HAVEN – They arrive on foot, on bike and in their parents’ cars descending on the quiet fairgrounds at 8 a.m. Each morning up to 40 children of all ages and sizes come to pitch in to make the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, the oldest firemen’s fair in New Jersey, a culinary success. The help is invaluable, according to Nancy Ostrander, who coordinates the effort, keeping the young volunteers safe and equipped with tools. What’s become somewhat of a rite-of-passage for many, children as young as 2 will join in the community project. Parents accompany the littlest ones and often kids come every summer until they leave for college. When the rescue truck pulls up with the morning’s vegetables, the kids stand ready to shuck the corn, peel the eggplant, restock the condiments and bread the fish – whatever tasks are needed. The eager volunteers are rewarded with ride or meal tickets. Some tips for prepping food from the kids: If you’re breading fish, it helps if you like to eat fish. And for peeling the sometimes slippery eggplants, “get a good peeler.” By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez | Photos by Nancy Ostranderlast_img read more

Bombers blast past J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsFreshman point guard Garrett Perry had a breakout game as the L.V. Rogers Bombers blasted the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 76-44 in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball League action Thursday night at the Hangar.Perry checked in with 20 points, but it was his fine distribution of the ball that caught the attention of Bomber head coach Blair D’Andrea.“Garrett stepped up at the point guard position,” D’Andrea said. “He hasn’t been playing with a lot of confidence of late but tonight he distributed the ball well and hit a lot of his shots.”“He deserved the 20 points he got tonight,” he added.Bombers turned a close game early into an easy win, especially after struggling Tuesday against Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Jason D’Andrea led all scorers with 24 points, including three from three-point land. John Zak had 18 points before spraining an ankle.Maverick Seed was a force on the boards for LVR. Jesse Zak also left the game with an ankle injury.“I’m happy with my UN (United Nations) team on the bench,” D’Andrea said with a chuckle. “They (David Chen, Jae Tak and Leonard Batubura) all chipped in with valuable floor time.”LVR is idle until Feb. 4-5 when the Bombers host a four-team tournament. The event is combined with four girls teams.On the boy’s side are Mount Sentinel, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Kalamalka Lakers of [email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Neptunes

first_imgSilver was the medal of the Kootenay Regional Swim Championships for the Nelson Neptunes held recently in Colville, Washington.The Neptunes, led by coach Rebecca Afford, won more silver than most countries competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the swimmers overcame hot, hot conditions in the Washington State City. Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the medal haul with Team of the Week honours for Team Neptunes.The team includes, Sage Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Olivia Cowan, Coach Afford, Samuel Matthew and Matthew Holitzki. Front, Madeline Holitzki, Elissa Centrone and Jaylen Rushton. Missing, Emma Borhi.last_img