Network for Good acquires ePhilanthropy Foundation

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 August 2008 | News Tagged with: Digital Network for Good acquires ePhilanthropy Foundation US online fundraising service Network for Good has acquired the ePhilanthropy Foundation, the education organisation set up by Ted Hart to help charities and nonprofits learn and use best practices for online fundraising and campaigning.Bill Strathmann, chief executive officer of Network for Good, said: “ePhilanthropy Foundation‘s groundbreaking progress in developing Internet ethics and best practices will do much to help nonprofits get the resources they need. Not only do our organizations want to help a greater number of nonprofits to raise money online, now we collectively will have even more tools to teach them how to do it well.”Network for Good provides online fundraising services and training to nonprofit organisations through fundraising tools, e-newsletter communications, free teleconferences presented by industry leaders and its Learning Center (www.fundraising123.org).It plans to integrate the ePhilanthropy Foundation’s knowledge and research of how properly to cultivate and support donors, ensuring that people feel secure donating online. The integration should be complete by the end of the summer.The Foundation’s Code of Ethics has proved popular, having been publicly endorsed by more than 100 organisations and individuals, including Charity Navigator and CFRE International.www.networkforgood.org 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

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Investigation stalls in case of nine detained journalists and bloggers

first_img June 17, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation stalls in case of nine detained journalists and bloggers RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Nine journalists who were arrested on 25 and 26 April continue to be detained pending trial. When the latest detention hearing in their case was held on 14 June, a judge gave the police yet more time to complete their investigation and finally determine the charges. February 10, 2021 Find out more Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation The nine journalists remain in jail waiting for the next hearing. Tesfalem Waldyes of Addis Standard, Edom Kasaye, a former Addis Zemen employee, Asmamaw Hailegiorgis of Addis Guday and Zone9 blog collective members Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella, Natnail Feleke and Zelalem Kibret have been held for more than 50 days.Immediately after their arrests, they appeared in court on charges of “working with foreign organizations claiming to be human rights activists to destabilize the nation” and “receiving funding in order to incite the public to violence via social media.”When the next hearing was held on 17 May (after a postponement), the court gave the police permission to hold them for another 28 days to continue investigating suspected violations of the 2009 anti-terrorism act, which can carry imprisonments sentences from 5 to 10 years. The 28 days expired on 14 June.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the court in the Addis Ababa district of Arada allowed the police to hold them in detention for another 28 days at the 14 June hearing. This decision was taken after the police argued that complications had arisen and they needed more time to gather the required evidence.For the third time since their arrest, the judge agreed to the request on the condition that the police complete their investigation and finalize the charges by the next hearing.Three of the Zone9 bloggers – Fantahun, Hailu and Wabella – did not appear in court on 14 June. Without explaining why, the police have decided that their case should be handled separately, with the next hearing in their case being postponed until 28 June.The next hearing for the other three Zone9 bloggers and the three print media journalists has been set for 13 July.——————————————————————————————–19.05.2014 – Journalists are not terroristsReporters Without Borders has learnt today that the court in Addis Ababa granted the police investigating the case against the 6 bloggers and three journalists, 28 more days for further investigations. The police notably claimed they were unable to access the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the detainees, which were reportedly disabled after the hearing on May 7th and 8th. According to the Eastern Africa Journalists Association ‘s Secretary general, Alexis Niyungeko. “The request by the police for more time to conduct further investigations clearly shows that the three journalists and six bloggers were arrested without sufficient evidence”. Following today’s hearing, the news providers are now being officially charged under the country’s infamous anti-terrorism proclamation of 2009, which can carry imprisonments sentences from 5 to 10 years. During today’s hearing, a witness said that Zone9 blog member Atinaf Berhane complained of sever torture and interrogation throughout the night. The detainees were able to see their lawyers for the first time on May 14th and May 16th, according the defense lawyer Amha Mekonnen. The next hearing is scheduled for June 14th. Organisation News Receive email alertscenter_img EthiopiaAfrica News ——————————————————————————————–29.05.14 – Rights to fair trial violatedReporters Without Borders is very worried by the conditions in which three journalists and six members of the Zone9 blog collective have been held since their arrests in Addis Ababa on 25 and 26 April 2014, and the way the legal process is being violated. The detention of the nine news providers, whose trial was initially scheduled for 7 and 8 May, has been extended after the court gave the police ten more days to continue their investigation. The accused are now scheduled to appear before the Arada district court in Addis Ababa on 17 and 18 May. Media citing government sources declared that the original charges of “working with foreign human rights organizations to destabilize the nation” may be changed to “attempting to use social media to incite chaos with the support of terrorist organizations.” Defence lawyer Amha Mekonnen told media that he had not been allowed to visit his clients in prison and was therefore unable to properly prepare their defence. ‘‘I have repeatedly tried to see my clients but my requests were denied,’’ he said, hinting that he might cease to represent them if access continued to be impossible.Visits by family and friends have also reportedly so far been denied in clear violation of article 21 (2) of the Ethiopian constitution, which guarantees the detained ‘‘the right to communicate with and be visited by spouse, close relatives and friends, medical attendants, religious and legal counselors.’’Two of the detained Zone9 bloggers, Befikadu Hailu and Abel Wabela, told the court they had been subjected to torture. Although the police denied their claims, the court noted that any form of torture was unconstitutional. “The conduct of this case so far offers no guarantees of a fair trial and violates the constitution,” declared Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Furthermore, the amended charges send a worrying signal as it would show that the government is again treating journalists and bloggers as terrorists. We urge the government to respect its international obligations and guarantee freedom of information by dropping all charges.”The much-criticized anti-terrorism law that Ethiopia adopted in 2009 as repeatedly been used to prosecute and imprison journalists.Ethiopia is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.——————————————————————————————–28.04.14 – Nine news providers arrested on charge of inciting violenceReporters Without Borders is appalled by the arrests of a total of nine journalists and bloggers at the end of last week on a charge of inciting violence.Six members of the Zone 9 blog group’s– Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella, Natnail Feleke and Zelalem Kibret – were arrested during coordinated police raids and searches of their homes on 25 April and were taken to the Addis Ababa police investigation centre known as Maikelawi.The operation came just days after Zone 9 announced earlier last week that blogging was resuming on the site.Tesfalem Waldyes, a journalist who freelances for the weekly Fortune and the monthly Addis Standard, was also arrested on 25 April, while two other journalists were arrested the next day. They were Edom Kasaye, who used to work for the government newspaper Addis Zemen and is now active on Twitter, and Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, the senior editor of the independent Amharic-language weekly Addis Guday.All nine were brought before the court on Sunday, 27 April, on charges of “working with foreign organizations that claim to be human rights activists and (…) receiving finance to incite public violence through social media.” None of the nine has so far had access to a lawyer or been able to contact their family. The next hearings have been set for 7 and 8 May.“We call on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately release these six bloggers and three journalists, who are not guilty of any action designed to destabilize state authority,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“This wave of arrests is a flagrant violation of article 29 of the Ethiopian constitution, which guarantees the right to ‘seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.’ By means of their blogs and articles, the people who have been arrested helped Ethiopian citizens to reach plural and informed opinions.”Kahn-Sriber added: “Jailing journalists and bloggers has the effect of nipping democratic development in the bud. At a time when the situation in Ethiopia is about to be the subject of a Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, we urge the government to respect its national and international obligations to guarantee freedom of information.”Waldyes is respected by colleagues for his integrity and sense of moderation. At the time of his arrest, he was finishing an article on Ethiopia’s textile industry. After working for the Addis Neger newspaper until its closure under government pressure in 2009, he fled to Uganda and continued working there until his return to Ethiopia in 2012.Hailegiorgis’ newspaper, Addis Guday, is known for its acerbic criticism of the government and was fiercely criticized itself in a recent article in the government daily Addis Zemen, which questioned the ethics of seven independent print media. Addis Zemen often functions as the government’s mouthpiece in smear campaigns that sometime presage more heavy-handed measures against independent media. This was the case with Addis Neger in 2009.Zone 9 describes itself as “an informal group of young Ethiopian bloggers working together to create an alternative independent narration of the socio-political conditions in Ethiopia.” Several media professionals consulted by Reporters Without Borders said the group did not hesitate to criticize but believed in peaceful change through dialogue.The blog was blocked by the authorities within Ethiopia soon after its creation in 2012 but remained accessible abroad. The group continued to post information and comments on social networks but, after constant harassment by the authorities, suspended activity seven months ago and did not resume until last week.Harassment of news providers is not new in Ethiopia. Ever since the parliament adopted an anti-terrorism law in July 2009, freedom of information has been repeatedly suppressed in the name of national security and there have been frequent arbitrary arrests.According to Reporters Without Borders’ tally, at least seven other journalists (including two Eritreans) are currently detained in Ethiopia. They are Asfaw Berhanu, Reyot Alemu, Woubeshet Taye, Saleh Idriss Gama (Eritrean), Tesfalidet Kidane Tesfazghi (Eritrean), Shiferraw Insermu, and Yusuf Getachew.Online surveillance is also widespread, with an entire government agency dedicated to this task, according to the recent Reporters Without Borders report on Enemies of the Internet.Ethiopia is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en News May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopialast_img read more

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Measuring Rents With Single-Family Demand

first_img Measuring Rents With Single-Family Demand About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Measuring Rents With Single-Family Demand Tagged with: Investment Rent September’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) September 2019 Real Rent Index increased 0.2% over August’s reading after essentially no growth between June and August, NAHB reports. NAHB constructs a “real” rent index to indicate whether inflation in rents is faster or slower than overall inflation, providing insight into the supply and demand conditions for rental housing. A previous NAHB post shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in September was flat from August on a seasonally adjusted basis, and “core” CPI rose by 0.1 percent during the same period.Single-family rents are making up a larger portion of rents. According to the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, there were 11,000 single-family built-for-rent starts for Q2 2019. According to a post on the NAHB’s Best in American Living blog, renting by choice–instead of owning outright–is becoming increasingly popular among millennials.The blog said that this was where newly constructed built for-rent single-family homes came into the picture. These homes, according to the blog, present millennials “with a terrific opportunity to live the American dream–without the additional responsibilities and stress of homeownership.”The blog indicated that one of the key reasons for the rise of these built-for-rent homes was diminishing affordability.The post, written by BSB Design, said that transitioning from a multifamily property to a single-family home was a “move-up” solution for families that desired “to have the flexibility to travel, live a low maintenance lifestyle, or avoid financial burdens.”Another recent NAHB study indicated that renting was more popular in some cities than others. The study, which examined the type of rental structures people live in and their spatial distribution said that the number of renters expanded to reach 34% of the population between 2007 and 2017. The share was at 30% in 2007.The reasons, the NAHB study said was the disruption of home construction during the Great Recession and the more recent declining affordability to own homes. In fact, single-family rentals or detached rentals accounted for 40% of all the rental stock between 2007 and 2017 more than any other structure type. The Southeast and the West, the study indicated, had the highest concentration of renters, especially for single-family homes according to data from the 2017 American Community Survey. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Investment Rent 2019-10-11 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 11, 2019 979 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: Federal Reserve Board Finalizes Risk Profile Rules for Banks Next: What’s Behind Racial Disparities in Homeownership? in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

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Original Cake Company announces acquisition

first_imgLincoln-based The Original Cake Company has acquired Nottinghamshire firm Special Little Cakes.As part of its plans to grow the business, it has also recently invested £250,000 in a new factory, which will be up and running within a few weeks.The Original Cake Company produces hand-finished fruit and loaf cakes, supplying the wholesale trade and speciality retailers, while Special Little Cakes claims to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of miniature greetings cakes.Established 25 years ago, Special Little Cakes had been looking to expand, and from this month, the trade and assets of the business, will come under the new ownership of The Original Cake Company, taking the combined staff total to 35.“Both companies complement each other really well and we are looking forward to supplying an increased range of beautifully baked and skillfully decorated hand-iced cakes,” commented Simon Woodiwiss, general manager of The Original Cake Company.He said that the company had outgrown its current site and was struggling for capacity, prompting the decision to invest in a new factory. He added that the new site would enable the business to get to a higher level of accreditation – BRC. “It will open us up to a whole new spectrum of opportunities,” he said.Woodiwiss said the two cake businesses would be run separately for the foreseeable future, but added that the acquisition would help iron out the seasonal spike in production that the Lincoln firm had been experiencing.last_img read more

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Thorco Lineage Refloated, Drifting off Raroia

first_imgThe recently grounded general cargo ship Thorco Lineage was refloated from its resting place on the Raroia Atoll, French Polynesia, on June 27.The French navy’s vessel Bougainville, which was sent to the site to assist the 16,500 dwt ship, attached a tow line to Thorco Lineage in the evening hours of June 26 and started maneuvers to free the vessel.Bougainville managed to free the cargo ship from the reef, however, the salvage mission was interrupted as the towing cable broke soon after. The team made a number of failed attempts to reattach the tow line.Thorco Lineage is currently drifting in the open sea, south-west parallel to the west coast of Raroia, according to a statement by French Polynesia’s High Commissioner, René Bidal. The vessel is being monitored by Bougainville.Joint Rescue Coordination Center French Polynesia (JRCC Tahiti) informed that, according to its drift prediction models, Thorco Lineage should continue drifting offshore in the Southwest.A specialized tug, sailing from the port of Papeete, is on its way to the site. The unit is scheduled to reach the drifting vessel in the evening hours of June 28 and tow it to Papeete.The team at the site managed to conduct an underwater inspection, discovering damage on the hull and the ship’s propeller, but there were no signs of pollution. The ship is believed to be suitable for several days of towing.Additionally, the salvage team requested for an ocean-going tugboat to be sent from the United States to Papeete to tow the ship to a port with adequate repair capabilities later.The 2014-built Thorco Lineage, operated by Danish shipping firm Thorco Projects, ran into trouble on June 23 after experiencing engine problems.At the time of the incident, the cargo ship was on its way from Maryland, United States to Hobart, Australia.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: French Polynesia’s High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Swedish Trends in Criminal Assaults against Minors since Banning Spanking, 1981-2010

first_imgLifescience Global 25 April 2013Robert E. Larzelere1, Taren Swindle2 and Byron R. Johnson3International Journal of Criminology and SociologyThis study uses Swedish trends in alleged criminal assaults against minors to investigate whether societal violence has decreased since their spanking ban in 1979.The rates of all assaults increased dramatically. Compared to 1981, criminal statistics in 2010 included about 22 times as many cases of physical child abuse, 24 times as many assaults by minors against minors, and 73 times as many rapes of minors under the age of 15. Although the first cohort born after the spanking ban showed a smaller percentage increase in perpetrating assaults against minors than other age cohorts, those born since the spanking ban had almost a 12-fold increase in perpetrations altogether, compared to a 7-fold increase for older age cohorts. Although some increases might reflect changes in reporting practices, their magnitude and consistency suggest that part of these increases are real. Recent increases may be due to expanding proscriptions against nonphysical disciplinary consequences. Future research needs to identify effective alternative disciplinary consequences to replace spanking. Otherwise, proscriptions against an expanding range of disciplinary consequences may undermine the kind of appropriate parental authority that can facilitate the development of impulse control in oppositional children and appropriate respect for others, especially the physically vulnerable.http://www.lifescienceglobal.com/home/cart?view=product&id=529last_img read more

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