NCVO group publishes recommendations on donor consent

first_imgNCVO group publishes recommendations on donor consent Howard Lake | 6 October 2016 | 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. Tagged with: Fundraising Regulator Law / policy NCVO opt-in regulation  99 total views,  1 views today A working group of major charities and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published its recommendations on how donors can be given better control over how charities use their personal data. In particular it has focused on how they give consent to the fundraising relationships with the charities that they support. It has recommended standards that will let donors decide if and how they are contacted by the charities they give to.Proposals include:charities that buy data would only call people if they had specifically given their permission to be contacted by that named charity, not simply from agreeing to being ‘happy to receive marketing from selected third parties’. Charities that call their donors or members of the public would also regularly ask them if they are happy to be contacted in the future.fundraising letters should only be sent where the charity has a positive reason to believe that the potential donor has an interest in hearing from charities or that they have an interest in the particular cause. They would always have an opportunity to opt out of future mailing.The group argues that such moves would “significantly cut down on direct mail and unwanted calls and put members of the public back in control of who contacts them”.The recommendations “go above and beyond the legal minimum”, according to the NCVO, setting higher standards for the charity fundraising sector than those adopted by other industries for their marketing.The group was commissioned by NCVO in part because one of the recommendations made by the review of fundraising regulation, chaired by NCVO’s Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington, was that charities should review their relationships with donors and consider which principles should underpin their approach. In particular they should consider the use of their donors’ personal data for fundraising purposes.“Freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent”The group was given the task of developing proposals on what steps charities should take to move to a system which is based on an individual’s ‘freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent’ to be contacted.The group says that research it commissioned shows that seven in 10 donors think the amount of contact they get from the charities they support is ‘about right’, but donors say their trust in charities would increase if they were given more control over whether and how they were contacted.The charities that took part in the group include the British Red Cross, Shelter, Oxfam, Beating Bowel Cancer, and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Advertisementcenter_img Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said:“It’s vital charities demonstrate to their donors that they are operating to the best possible practice. These principles are an important step in that direction, and I hope colleagues across the sector will them pick up enthusiastically.”You can download the 21-page Charities’ relationships with donors: a vision for a better future from NCVO. Presenting to the Fundraising RegulatorNCVO will formally submit the report to the new Fundraising Regulator “as the recommended good practice to be incorporated into the Code of Fundraising”. It will then be for the Fundraising Regulator to review it, consult appropriately and issue new guidance.The proposals have been welcomed by the Fundraising Regulator.Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said:“We welcome this report as a positive contribution that will help charities understand the requirement to secure proper consent from their donors as a key part of restoring public trust and confidence in fundraising. We will review the report and consider how we use it to prepare appropriate guidance for charities and in our development of the Code of Fundraising Practice.”Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross and chair of the group, said:“I want people to know how seriously charities are taking this issue. We have come up with proposals that balance the needs of charities to get in contact with supporters and potential supporters with the public’s right to have control over how they are contacted.“We heard from the public that they are most concerned about unwanted phone calls. So these proposals would mean that charities would never phone members of the public unless they had clear permission to do so.”Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:“This is a complex area for charities. The working group have taken the time to untangle the legal and regulatory issues involved in using the public’s contact data in order to come up with guidelines that are practical and demonstrate that charities take their responsibility to work to high standards seriously.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19  100 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19last_img read more

Raúl Rivero gives support to Arroyo, who ends hunger strike

first_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved by imprisoned journalist (photo) Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona’s decision on 4 October to end the hunger strike he had begun 25 days before. But the organisation is still very worried about his state of health. It is publishing a letter of support that was written by exiled Cuban writer and journalist Raúl Rivero before Arroyo called off the hunger strike. to go further RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago RSF_en October 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Raúl Rivero gives support to Arroyo, who ends hunger strike Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News News News Follow the news on Cuba Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today at the decision by imprisoned Cuban journalist Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona on 4 October to end the hunger strike he had begun 25 days before, but the organisation stressed that it was still very worried about his state of health.“We are reassured by this news but at the same time we stress that prison conditions for Arroyo and the 22 other journalists detained in Cuba continue to be deplorable,” Reporters Without Borders said.Arroyo’s wife, Elsa González Padrón, was allowed to visit him on 4 October. Doctors told her he was delirious when he was brought to Holguín hospital the day before and thought he was still in Guantánamo prison, in eastern Cuba.It was only after he finally realised he had been removed from the prison that Arroyo agreed to be put on a drip, thereby ending his hunger strike. One of his demands when starting the hunger strike was to be rid of a Guantánamo prison guard known as Armesto who subjected him to psychological torture.Arroyo is beginning little by little to eat again, but he is still in a critical condition, like Félix Navarro, a political prisoner who began a hunger strike three days after Arroyo and ended it when he has been transferred to Bamayo in the southeastern province of Granma.While he was still refusing to eat, Arroyo’s response to those who asked him to end his hunger strike was: “I am not gambling with my life, I am trying to save it.” As going on hunger strike often seems like a last chance to make onself heard in desperate situations, Reporters Without Borders has decided to publish a letter of support for Arroyo which fellow journalist Raúl Rivero wrote just before he called off the hunger strike. Rivero, who is also a writer and poet, has been living in exile in Madrid since April.The text of Rivero’s open letter follows:Death offers only relief in Cuban prisonsAfter 25 days on hunger strike, journalist Víctor Rolando Arroyo is in a critical condition. He is part of a group of 75 dissidents imprisoned by Fidel Castro.At this very moment, Arroyo is in the process of dying. He began his 25th day on hunger strike this morning. He went on hunger strike to demand that interior ministry officials rid him of an officer called Armesto who has had the job of persecuting him in Guantánamo prison since the spring of 2003.Arroyo was born in December 1952. He is serving a 26-year sentence. He is one of the 75 Cubans who were imprisoned after a wave of arrests ordered by the Castro regime. The others, fellow independent journalists or activists in peaceful movements that form the internal opposition, were also given long prison sentences.Guantánamo is at Cuba’s easternmost tip. The Arroyo family lives in Pinar del Río, no less than 1,074 km from the spot at Guantánamo where hundreds of prisons are kept in a concrete and steel hangar called “El Combinado.”As soon as Arroyo arrived at the prison more than 30 months ago, Armesto was put in charge of “taking care of him.” This is the euphemism used there for the treatment inflicted on political prisoners – harassment, surveillance and control.Abusive and humiliating treatmentIn December 2003, while I was still in prison serving a 20-year sentence, I learned that Arroyo was beaten on New Year’s Eve. We later learned from his family about the abuse, humiliation and degrading treatment he was receiving at the hands of Armesto. His letters were kept from him, he could not make phone calls although this is permitted under prison regulations, and he was not even allowed to receive visits from his family.A search of personal effects was due to be conducted a while back. Knowing the prison world, Arroyo refused to let it take place without his being present. He feared that Armesto would slip something compromising into his personal effects with the result that he might face another trial on additional charges.Arroyo refused to leave the wing and sat on the ground. With the help of two other guards, Armesto dragged him all the way along the corridor to another cell, where Arroyo announced that he would go on a hunger strike to the death.Felix Navarro is another political prisoner. He is serving a 25-year sentence. Although from the western province of Matanzas, he has also been shut away in Guantánamo. He saw Armesto drag Arroyo along the corridor and decided soon afterwards that he would go on hunger strike too, in solidarity with Arroyo.Of course, all the attention is on Arroyo because of the extreme gravity of his state of health. He was imprisoned for the first time in 1996. He spent a year in prison for writing an article criticising tobacco farming methods in his province, which is the kingdom of the famous Havana cigars.He was back in prison in February 2000. This time he was given a six-month sentence for an offence that has become obsolete. He had bought toys with dollars in the special dollar shops as presents for poor children on the Day of the Three Wise Men. The money had been donated by Cuban organisations and families based in south Florida. He was accused of hoarding public goods and the toys were confiscated. In Cuba, the Wise Man had been travelling on a bicycle instead of a camel. He found himself in a rural prison called Kilo 4 in the western part of Cuba where Cuba almost touches the Yucatan and you can see the prison’s two wings, the north and south wings, from the main highway.When sentenced in 2003, he was the director of the Union of Cuban Independent Journalists and Writers (UPECI). He ran a library with nearly 5,000 books that was not under state control.In the past few days, we have received reports of his family, who are extremely anxious. His wife, Elsa González Padrón, went to seem him in Guantánamo and get direct news of him. They let her spend two minutes with him. A doctor known by the name of Chediak (no one gives their complete name) told her that, although he was making an exception this time, she “was not authorised to see him or anything.”She asked for him to be moved to another room in case his condition suddenly deteriorated. The doctor replied: “He is here because he wants to be. We are not going to use a bed that someone else may need. If he wants to die, let him die.”In view of the gravity of his condition, Cardinal Jaime Ortega called on the three prisoners on hunger strike to abandon their protest and their demands. Last Thursday, the European Union asked the Castro government to take measures to improve the situation of the three dissidents on hunger strike.I have received a message at my home in Madrid that came direct from Pinar del Río. It is signed by Pedro Pablo Arencibia and his family, who are friends of Arroyo. He writes: “We are desperate. Marta, Arroyo’s mother, knows nothing. Elsa has remained in the eastern part of the country. It is very sad. He is a brother who is in the process of dying.”Raúl RiveroIn collaboration with Cuban Democratic Actionwww.adcuba.org May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight

first_img Local News OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight Twitter OC employee of the year always learning By admin – May 19, 2018 Previous articleELDER: Democrats’ war on capitalismNext articleCOLLEGE GOLF: Odessa College men finish fourth at Division I championship admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Home Local News OHS Evening of Percussion set for tonight WhatsApp Odessa High School Broncho Band has scheduled the 14th annual Evening of Percussion at 8 p.m. today at the OHS Performing Arts Center, 1301 Dotsy Ave.The event features percussion students from OHS and Crockett, Bowie and Ector Middle Schools.Special guest artists include Lalo Davila, world percussion educator and arranger at Middle Tennessee State University; Andres Forero, drummer for the Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”; and Paulo Stagnaro, percussionist for Ricky Martin and Paquito D’Rivera.General admission is $10. Children age 5 and under get in free.For tickets, call Jimmy Olague at 456-2092 or 553-1130.center_img OHS logo Pinterest Facebook Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

first_img Twitter Smithsonian curators discuss their effort to preserve artifacts found on the National Mall the morning after the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and the historical significance of using physical evidence to document what happened. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Twittercenter_img TAGS  Facebook Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach Previous articleTexas State looks to extend streak vs La.-MonroeNext articleFlipp Retains Alida to Help Drive Continued Growth Through Customer Experience Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsUS News Pinterestlast_img read more

Time for a change of leadership within Fianna Fail – Senator O’Domhnaill

first_imgNews Time for a change of leadership within Fianna Fail – Senator O’Domhnaill Pinterest Previous articleKeavney believes Irish government commitment to A5 is now “irreversible”Next articleOyster fishermen hold protest on waters of Foyle today News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Fianna Fail TDs are expected to consult party supporters in each of their constituencies this weekend on Brian Cowen’s position as party leader.It follows the former Minister for Foreign Affairs call on the party’s TDs to reflect on their support for the Taoiseach in Tuesday’s confidence vote.Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domnhail says he believes huge damage has been done to the party in the past week, and thats been reflected by members of the organisation in the constituency…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/br1.mp3[/podcast]And the Donegal South West General Election candiate also said it’s time for a change of leadership……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/br2.mp3[/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ By News Highland – January 22, 2011 last_img read more

Kerala High Court To Operate Virtually From May 17, Guidelines Notified For E-Filing [Read Notifications]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court To Operate Virtually From May 17, Guidelines Notified For E-Filing [Read Notifications] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 May 2021 7:14 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court will be functioning virtually from May 17 onwards upon resuming work after the summer vacation, with filing also slated to go online. Following the e-filing rules notified last week, the Kerala High Court has issued general instructions to enable e-filing on the web portal https://ecourts.kerala.gov.in/. Advocates, Party-in-persons, Counsel for the State have been directed to file cases through the e-filing system, with amounts towards Court fee, Legal benefit fund fee, Welfare Fund stamps are to be paid online using e-payment option in the portal.The High Court has directed all those who file cases through the e-filing portal to submit the physical copy of the case to the Registry filed within 45 days of the case being filed. Once the lockdown is lifted, a physical copy of the cases filed virtually will have to submitted on the same date of filing.Click here to read the notification of filing and sitting arrangements Click here to download the e-filing instructionsTagsKerala High Court E-filing COVID -19 Next Storylast_img read more

Priest for Cornell and Ithaca College being investigated for sexual abuse claim

first_img ITHACA, N.Y. — A priest who has served at both Ithaca College and Cornell University has been temporarily suspended after an allegation surfaced this weekend that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. UPDATE (March 4) — This story has been updated with additional information from USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits. Tagged: cornell university, ithaca college, USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Featured image: Muller Chapel at Ithaca College by Aimee Dars Ellis/Flickr According to Cornell, Martensen has worked in campus ministry at Cornell and Ithaca College since 2007. Martensen’s information is no longer on Ithaca College’s website, but a bio preserved on an internet archive site states that Martensen is a Jesuit priest who was ordained in 1977. Before becoming a priest, he held several jobs including a childcare worker at the Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie. He has also worked on several other campuses, including Northern Illinois University, Fordham Prep, and Saint Peter’s College, the bio states.center_img “I know that those within our Catholic community as well as the wider Ithaca College community will find this news upsetting and difficult to process,” Hierald Osorto, director of the office of religious and spiritual life at Ithaca College said in a message to the campus community. “While the Diocese stated that it has never received an accusation against Father Carsten from his time in the Diocese of Rochester and that a full investigation is pending, this allegation is nonetheless deeply troubling to me, to President Collado, and to the college’s senior leaders, and we want to make sure above all else that our community receives the support that it needs.” Cornell University and Ithaca College sent out similar messages to their campus communities Sunday, March 3, stating that Rev. Carsten Martensen has stepped down and has been temporarily suspended by the USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits while an investigation is conducted. On Sunday, Ithaca College said it “recently received notice of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against the Reverend Carsten Martensen, dating from the 1970s.” Read the message from the Ithaca College community here. Members of the Cornell community who need support are asked to contact Cornell United Religious Work. The USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits and all of the U.S.-based provinces of the Society of Jesus have been releasing the names of priests with a “credible allegation” of abuse against a minor or vulnerable adult since 1950. The list is available here. Martensen is not included on the Jan. 15, 2019 list, but Ithaca College said it was notified of the allegation by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester this weekend. “Even though this allegation against Fr. Martensen dates back to the 70’s, the Jesuits take all accusations of abuse seriously and will open a full investigation that will be reviewed by our third-party review board comprised of mental health and legal professionals, often those who serve or have served in law enforcement. If they conclude that the allegation is credible, Fr. Martensen will be impeded as a Jesuit priest and permanently pulled from all public ministry. If the charge is concluded not credible, he may return to ministry,” Gabriele said in an emailed statement. Michael Gabriele, director of communications for USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits, said the allegation against Martensen was made after the Jan. 15 list.last_img read more

Court blocks Alabama from executing Muslim inmate without his imam present

first_imgKuzma/iStock(ATLANTA) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama after the state refused to allow his imam to be at his death instead of a Christian prison chaplain. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit granted an emergency stay of execution for 42-year-old Domineque Ray one day before he was scheduled to be put to death for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Tiffany Harville more than two decades ago in Selma, Alabama. The Alabama attorney general’s office has asked the United States Supreme Court to vacate the stay and let it proceed with the execution scheduled for Thursday evening, according to court documents. “The central constitutional problem here is that the state has regularly placed a Christian cleric in the execution room to minister to the needs of Christian inmates, but has refused to provide the same benefit to a devout Muslim and all other non-Christians,” a panel of three district judges wrote in their decision Wednesday. Ray has been held at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, since he was convicted and sentenced to death in 1999. He has been a devout Muslim since at least 2006 and has been meeting with his current imam who has provided religious ministry to Muslim inmates like Ray since 2015, according to court documents. On Jan. 23, two weeks before his scheduled execution, Ray met with the prison warden who, apparently for the first time, explained the practices and policies that the Alabama Department of Corrections adheres to during executions. Among other things, the warden told Ray that a Christian chaplain employed by the department would be in the death chamber as a lethal cocktail of drugs is administered. The inmate’s designated witnesses, along with any spiritual adviser other than the prison chaplain, may be seated in a witness room, separated from the execution chamber by a large window, according to court documents. Ray asked if he could bring in his imam in place of the prison chaplain, but was told his request couldn’t be honored due to the department’s policy. Ray and his attorneys filed a civil rights complaint and an emergency motion for stay of execution on Jan. 28, claiming the policy violated his constitutional rights. The Alabama Department of Corrections has agreed to exclude the prison chaplain from the death chamber, but a district judge on Friday denied Ray’s initial request for a stay of execution. The judge wrote that Ray waited “until the eleventh hour” to make his legal claim, it’s a matter of safety and security, and Ray’s imam, who is not a department of corrections employee, is “untrained, inexperienced and outside the state’s control.” Ray filed an appeal and the court overturned the denial. “We welcome this decision and hope Mr. Ray will ultimately be provided equal access to spiritual guidance,” Ali Massoud, the government affairs coordinator for the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement Wednesday. The three-judge panel wrote in their decision that it was “exceedingly loath to substitute our judgment on prison procedures,” but that “it looks substantially likely to us that Alabama has run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” “What is central to Establishment Clause jurisprudence is the fundamental principle that at a minimum neither the states nor the federal government may pass laws or adopt policies that aid one religion or prefer one religion over another,” the judges wrote. “And that, it appears to us, is what the Alabama Department of Corrections has done here.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Short-term stability of the microbial community structure in a maritime Antarctic lake

first_imgSpatial and temporal changes in the microbial community structure in a maritime Antarctic freshwater lake were investigated over a single day/night cycle in December 1999. The community structure of key microbial planktonic groups varied with depth and this was related to both physical and chemical stratification. However., in most cases, the community structure observed at specific depths did not change over the time period studied. These results suggested short-term stability in community structure, with only some minor effects of the diel changes in irradiance on the vertical distribution of planktonic organisms. This is in marked contrast to medium- and long-term studies, which show significant changes in microbial community structure with both time and depth.last_img read more

Timmy’s Pies launches crowdfunding campaign

first_imgTimmy’s Pies, the luxury pie producer, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund growth plans.Located on crowdfunding website Angels Den, the campaign hopes to raise between £80,000 and £100,075 to pay for a some key pieces of kitchen equipment including a new oven, dough shooter and blast chiller. The company is also looking to hire more staff, both in the kitchen and administration departments.Angels Den works by getting experienced investors to thoroughly survey the business model and pitch of any company hoping to raise money through them. These investors then make an initial investment by buying shares before opening the opportunity up to the public. Timmy’s Pies is offering a maximum of 20% of the company’s shares, with a minimum individual investment of £500.Timmy’s Pies is primarily a wholesale company, supplying a variety of London delis, cafes, pubs and bars as well as the Selfridges and Harvey Nichols food halls. It also sells from several London food markets and its own website.Timmy Wilkes, founder of the company, said: “We have a three year business plan to get us through a growth period so the revenue would come in there with the sale of the business or dividends.”He added the company would like to enter the retail market more but that any plans were firmly in the future.He said: “Bricks and mortar is something we would love to try but that would involve bringing someone on board with more experience in that area.”last_img read more