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Government response: Charity Commission statement on Motability

first_imgThe Charity Commission has issued a statement in response to concerns raised in the media and in Parliament about the Motability scheme. The statement clarifies its regulatory role and remit. We also made clear, following the conclusion of our review last year, that we consider the level of operating capital held by the company in order to guarantee the scheme to be cautious, and agreed with the charity, as part of its oversight of the scheme, that it would ensure that this matter is kept under continuous review. Email [email protected] We are aware of the issues reported in the media and indeed recently undertook a detailed review of the charity’s financial accounts and of its relationship with the non-charitable company Motability Operations. That review did not identify regulatory concerns about the charity’s governance or its relationship with the commercial company. It is not for the Commission to comment on the pay of the CEO of a large non-charitable commercial company. However, we have made clear to the trustees of the charity Motability that the pay of the CEO of its commercial partner Motability Operations may be considered excessive and may raise reputational issues for the charity. These reputational issues are for the trustees to manage.center_img Press office Motability Operations Group is not a charity and does not come under the Charity Commission’s jurisdiction as charity law regulator. The company provides a commercial service to the charity Motability which in turn oversees the Motability scheme. As many have stated, the Motability scheme provides an absolutely vital and important service to thousands of people across the UK.last_img read more

Gorillaz Live Stream Songs Off Their New Album During Their First Concert In Five Years

first_imgGorillaz are performing their first concert for the first time in five years today in a secret location. The band is premiering their long-awaited new album, Humanz, before it is formally released on April 28th. Tickets for this concert were no doubt hard to lock down with all the hype around the band’s return and their new material. Luckily for us, the band has been live-streaming footage from the show sporadically to keep fans from around the globe dialed in to what’s going on. You can check out the live-streamed clips below, and keep an eye out on Gorillaz’s Facebook feed for more videos as the night goes on.last_img

Witnesses to history

first_imgIn 1942, Lidice, Czechoslovakia, was erased from the landscape.German soldiers occupied the small village and executed the men by firing squad. Most of the women were sent to a concentration camp, most of their children to an extermination camp. The village’s buildings were burned to the ground. What was the rationale for this almost inconceivable crime against humanity? Retaliation for the killing of a high-ranking SS officer. German officials believed that those who assassinated him had ties to Lidice.The horrific story of the condemned town is just one of many remembered in a new digital archive at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), one that evokes the horror of the Holocaust and the courage and hope of a small group of organizations that united to provide succor to its few survivors.“This collection tells stories that have never been told,” said Fran O’Donnell, the library’s curator of manuscripts and archives, who is managing the project. “One of the big stories it tells is of the many small organizations that worked together to help refugees from the Second World War.”The newly digitized records include the contents of 260 boxes of documents and photographs from the library’s official archive of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a relief organization that distributed food, established orphanages and aid centers, and helped to relocate hundreds of European refugees displaced by the war.The new project makes the material readily accessible.“Up until now, these records were only available to those who could travel to Cambridge and work with them here,” said O’Donnell. “Now they are digitized; people can access them from the comfort of their own living rooms from anyplace in the world.”For the past four years, several members of the library’s staff have organized and prepared the information for scanning, created digital specifications for the collection, and developed ways to make it easily findable online.A company in Frederick, Md., is scanning the more than 250,000 documents and 3,100 photographs in the collection, which date from 1938 to 1960. It will complete the work later this year.The collection includes correspondence from people looking for family and friends, as well as a host of images, many taken after the war, of the refugees who remained in the centers and homes established by the service organization. The records also include case files of the thousands of people whom the organizations helped relocate to the United States during and after the war.The project began when the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., contacted the Divinity School’s library in 2006, seeking access to its records of the Unitarian and Universalist service committees. (In 1963, the two organizations merged to become the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.) The Holocaust Museum selected 29 collections for digitization.Jointly funded by the museum and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, the project’s newly digitized records help to put a human face on the events of the Holocaust.“One hundred and six children in Lidice have been dragged away from their mothers,” reads one dispatch from a surviving resident of the town, who recounted her story to Martha Sharp, a social worker who, with her husband, the Rev. Waitstill Sharp, helped to form the USC. “Only a dozen of them have been found after an exhausting search. The Nazi terror continues to wreck the lives of those mothers who have survived the concentration camp; they will never know what became of their children, or if the child returned to them is really their own. The Germans were thorough in everything, in devising torture.”In a handwritten letter yellowed by time and dated Aug. 28, 1945, a woman pleads for help in locating her missing husband. “The only information I have is that he was on a mission to Paris, France and that his plane … was damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire while flying over the French Coast. … I have tried many ways to gain any information at all, but have had no luck so far.”“You read about World War II in a history book, but to actually pick up a letter from someone who’s describing her own family — it just makes it seem so much more immediate,” said O’Donnell. “It brings the whole situation to life; the history is alive in these boxes.”The collection is also a valuable research tool for scholars. The new book “Rescue & Flight: American Relief Workers Who Defied the Nazis,” by Susan Subak, includes many photos from the archive.But while some records recount lost life and sorrow, they also offer rays of hope and comfort to those still seeking help.Recently O’Donnell used the archive to provide a woman orphaned during the war with information about her birth mother. In addition to assisting World War II refugees, the Service Committee’s office in southern France helped many refugees from the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. The Spanish government has agreed to pay reparations to those who can prove they were victims of the conflict. Using the records, O’Donnell was able to help a man from Argentina prove that he was a child refugee from Spain who was relocated to a home established by the USC in France.“If the records can touch some people, and give some people some closure about what happened to their family members and loved ones, I think that is a great service we can offer,” said O’Donnell, adding that the electronic records also capture the sense of collaboration among the many groups that were committed to helping those whose lives were turned upside down by the war.“This archive shows that there were so many small organizations doing so much good,” she said, “in a very quiet kind of a way.”last_img read more

Veggie nap

first_imgDuring the fall, add organic matter such as composted grassclippings, manure and leaves to the garden. Bury the organicmatter and debris by turning the land. Then plant a cover cropfor the winter.This will help to prevent any soil erosion and can build up thesoil when you turn the cover crop under in the spring. A grainsuch as rye or wheat works well for this. Finally, don’t forget to order your seed catalogs by the end ofthe year and begin planning next year’s garden. Getting your seedordered early in the year will better your chances of getting thevarieties you want.Do these things and your garden will have a cozy winter nap. Anddon’t fret. Spring will be here before you know it. And yourgarden will awake refreshed and ready for those summer veggiesonce again.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences) Clear and cleanOnce all the obstacles are out of the garden, run a rotary moweracross the garden to chop up any plant debris that remains. Thisallows this debris to dry down faster and keeps weeds from goingto seed before frost. Applying a burn-down herbicide after mowingis even better.center_img By William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaYou’ve harvested the last of the summer veggies, and you’re readyto hang up your hoe and spade for the winter. But don’t abandonthe garden spot before the job is finished. Gardens need to beput to bed for the winter.Some fall maintenance will help you avoid several problems nextspring.The end of the season is the best time to make good notes aboutthe past season before you forget. Take note of the varietiesthat performed particularly well or not so well. Make a map ofgarden areas that had problem weeds. Identify the weeds if youcan. Note any areas that stayed wet or didn’t produce well.This is an ideal time to take a sample for nematodes, too. Thehighest populations are while the weather is still hot and plantsare still growing.Take noteMark your calendar to take a soil test within the next couple ofmonths so you’ll have time to apply any needed lime well beforespring planting.Remove any trellises you’ve put up. Store them in a dry place.This will help to preserve the life of the trellis materials.Remove any string or plant debris and knock off any excess soil.If you have an irrigation system in the garden, get it ready forwinter, too. Remove hoses, sprinklers, drip tape, etc. Storethese out of the elements for the winter, too, after removing anyexcess soil or plant debris.Be sure to repair, sharpen and lightly oil garden implementsbefore storage as well.last_img read more

New report says installed solar capacity worldwide could hit 1.3TW by 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The global PV market is forecast to see a 25% increase in new deployments this year, according to the Global Market Outlook for Solar Power published by SolarPower Europe.According to the Medium Scenario presented in the report, which the association sees as the most likely outcome, new global capacity additions will reach 128 GW this year, up from 102.4 GW in 2018. China is still expected to be the largest market with around 43 GW and the authors of the report claim that the Chinese government is now acting faster than previously anticipated with the restructuring of its incentive scheme for solar. They say that this could lead to sustained growth, despite the weak numbers for new solar deployments that have already been announced this year.Under the Medium Scenario, the U.S. and India are expected to install more than 10 GW this year — 11.8 GW and 12.9 GW, respectively. Europe is forecast to install approximately 20.4 GW of new solar in 2019, which would represent an 80% increase from the 11.3 GW the Old Continent added last year.“2018 was a unique year for the entire global solar industry, as we exceeded the magic installation mark of 100 GW per year for the first time, which led the solar power sector to grow to over 500 GW or 0.5 TW (terawatt),” says the association’s president, Christian Westermeier.SolarPower Europe’s Medium Scenario also envisages that global solar demand could grow by 12% year on year to 144 GW in 2020. In the following three years, new additions could reach 158 GW (+10%), 169 GW (+7%), and 180 GW (+6%), respectively. If those numbers are achieved, the world’s cumulative installed PV capacity would increase from around 600 GW at the end of this year to 900 GW in 2021, 1.1 TW in 2022 and about 1.3 TW by the end of 2023.More: Global cumulative PV capacity may reach 1.3 TW in 2023, SolarPower Europe says New report says installed solar capacity worldwide could hit 1.3TW by 2023last_img read more

Central America The Most Violent Region

first_imgBy Dialogo October 23, 2009 A United Nations report recommends applying “smart authority” to curb insecurity in the region, where the levels of routine violence are the highest in the world. Central America – the region with the highest levels of routine violence in the world – should open spaces for citizen security and human development using a “smart authority” that is neither harsh nor weak, according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Report on Human Development in Central America 2009-2010 indicated that “smart authority” should be implemented using preventive and coercive actions that “show congruence with the justice system and respect the establishment of the values of civility.” “Opening spaces for citizen security and human development asserts that the keys to success for this new security strategy include, among other measures, real political will, clear leadership, and continuity from one government to the next,” according to the UNDP. The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, who chaired the event marking the release of the report, said that it is first necessary to know what the problems are, admit them, and “never deny them,” in order then to be able to solve them. Central America has become the region with the highest levels of ordinary violence in the world, according to the report. “Approximately 79,000 people have been murdered in the region over the past 6 years,” according to the information presented, principally in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. “Despite the significant differences among the region’s countries, the average murder rate reached 33 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008, three times greater than the global average.” In Honduras, there were 58 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008. In El Salvador 52 homicides were reported, and in Guatemala 48 per 100,000 inhabitants. Belize follows with 32 homicides, then Panama with 19, Nicaragua with 13, and Costa Rica with 11. The world average is 9, according to the UNDP. The principal problems that affect these countries and raise the levels of insecurity are drug trafficking, gangs, and organized crime. “Violence is affecting one of the essential forms of freedom,” said Rebeca Grynspan, the director of the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. “No aspect of human security is as basic as keeping the population from being victimized by fear and physical violence,” she added.last_img read more

The challenge of talent management

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Attract. Develop. Retain.Those three words are a common refrain at credit unions. As consumer expectations of retail service continue to rise, a capable, knowledgeable staff whose members also understand how their role supports the credit union’s larger goals is key to organization success.Talent management has always been important, and competition today is as intense as ever. The national unemployment rate has hovered at or below 4% since March 2018. Some markets have even dipped below 3%. But the scarcity of workers highlights a deeper need — credit unions aren’t looking for just anyone to fill open positions; they’re looking for the right skills and fit.Skills that are desirable in front-line staff, specialist roles, and executive positions are continually evolving. So, how are credit unions tackling the challenge? There’s no single answer. Instead, credit unions are deploying multiple, ongoing initiatives. No credit union claims to have it all figured out, but the range of approaches indicates the industry is doing what it can to keep up with changing demands.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas insists Mikel Arteta has ‘much harder job’ at Arsenal than Chelsea’s Frank Lampard

first_imgCesc Fabregas insists Mikel Arteta has ‘much harder job’ at Arsenal than Chelsea’s Frank Lampard Comment Coral BarryMonday 15 Jun 2020 10:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Advertisement Arsenal’s squad has faced strong criticism (Picture: Getty)‘I think he’s done well [so far] and I’m sure he’s brought back some values to the club that was needed. ‘Obviously it’s a much harder job than Chelsea in terms of rebuilding the squad, and they are very young, and they had problems because [Arteta] started much further down the line than Chelsea, but I’m positive that they will pick up very soon and that next season could be the one for them.’Chelsea and Arsenal will be back in action this week as the Premier League gears up for a return action.Arsenal headline the first night, with Arteta set for a reunion with Guardiola when the Gunners take on City on Wednesday night.Arteta has been asked to launch a final assault to qualify for the Champions League, but Chelsea are currently sitting in fourth spot eight points ahead of their local rivals.MORE: Why Napoli star Dries Mertens turned down Chelsea transferMORE: Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian WrightFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arteta and Lampard are rivals in the dug-out (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas believes Mikel Arteta has been tasked with the far harder job than Frank Lampard.The Premier League legends are now both at the helm of their former clubs despite having very little head coach experience.Arteta took the helm at Arsenal after several years as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 at Manchester City, while Lampard was hired off the back of his first year as a manager with Derby County.Lampard had to deal with a transfer ban in his first season in charge, while Arsenal’s finances is set to seriously restrict Arteta’s plans to rebuild Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTComparing the squads, Fabregas – who played for both clubs – thinks Arteta’s job is tougher than Lampard’s.‘Chelsea took a gamble with Frank because it was only his second year as a main coach and he’s done very well,’ he told the Guardian.‘With Mikel it’s a little bit of the same. He’s been with Pep [Guardiola] for three years, and I’m sure he’s like a master for any young coach that wants to start being a manager. Advertisementlast_img read more

Chevrolet Performance renews lucrative cash bonus program with IMCA through 2019

first_imgGRAND BLANC, Mich. – Chevrolet Performance has renewed a lucrative cash bonus program rewarding IMCA drivers and sanctioned tracks through the 2017-2019 race seasons.Drivers winning track championships while competing exclusively with 602 or 604 crate engines receive a $250 bonus. Tracks sanctioning any combination of the Modified, Hobby Stock and SportMod divisions and displaying Chevrolet Performance banners become eligible for cash bo­nuses of their own.“This is a program that paid cash back to our drivers and sanctioned tracks to the tune of $75,000 last year. It is easily our biggest cash bonus program for drivers,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “This is a big deal. A lot of money will get paid directly to drivers and tracks that support IMCA and Chevrolet Performance.”Driver bonuses will be paid after point standings become official; track bonuses will be paid through­out the season.The Chevrolet Performance IMCA crate engine bonus program originated in 2005 with cash awards to eligible Northern SportMod drivers finishing in the top five in track standings.It expanded to include Modified, Hobby Stock and Southern SportMod divisions and began paying track championship bonuses in 2010.One hundred and twenty-one drivers earned Chevrolet Performance bonuses last year. The pro­gram has seen more than $200,000 paid to IMCA drivers in its first 12 seasons.“It’s important to note that four of Chevrolet’s biggest dealerships in the United States are IMCA sponsors,” Yoder said. “I would encourage our member drivers to return the support of Karl Chevro­let, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, Friesen Performance and Kupper Chevrolet when they have the opportunity to do so.”Information about the Chevrolet Performance bonus program is available from Yoder at the IMCA home office, 319 472-2201.last_img read more

Mark Hughes happy to see Stoke in contention at the right end of Premier League

first_img Hughes’ side face league leaders Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday currently occupying seventh spot and they are only four points off Tottenham, who sit in the final qualifying berth for a place in next year’s Champions League. With Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace all also in touching distance of one of those four spots, England could be represented by a surprise team in Europe’s premier competition next season. Press Association The unpredictable nature of this year’s Barclays Premier League means Mark Hughes is adjusting Stoke’s targets this season, with a top-four finish now not out of the question. “The squad is strong, we’ve proved over the last couple of years that the depth that we have should be able to maintain us. It certainly did last year and it’s looking like it will again this year. “If we’re going to improve then we need to get those players that can make a difference. It’s key players who can make a difference, those are the ones we’re looking for.” Switzerland international Shaqiri will not face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners after suffering a hamstring injury while Geoff Cameron is highly unlikely to return because of an ankle problem. And while such a feat seemed improbable before the start of the campaign, Hughes is beginning to think a historic season might be possible for Stoke. “It wasn’t what we were aiming for at the beginning of the season but, as the season progresses and the league takes shape, your realistic targets change,” the Welshman said when asked if a top-four finish was achievable. “It’s fair to say we’ve changed our targets in terms of what we think we can achieve this year. I’m not necessarily saying we’re going for the Champions League at all, but you never know? It’s one of those seasons. We could get to a point in March, April where we’re very much in the mix and we’ll have a go. “For our part, we’re really pleased where we find ourselves at the moment, it’s higher than we anticipated before the beginning of the season. “At the end of the season we hope we can look back and pat ourselves on the back by virtue of the fact we’ve beaten our previous total over the last two seasons. If we do that, it’s fair to say we’re progressing.” The Potters are yet to wade into the January transfer window and Hughes is happy with the strength of a squad that is still competing in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. That is why if he does make an acquisition to bolster a Champions League charge this month, it will likely be a marquee name to rival the likes of previous recruits Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri. “I think it’s fair to say that,” Hughes noted. last_img read more