Independent institute launches to help investors make a positive social impact

first_img 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  156 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Independent institute launches to help investors make a positive social impact Tagged with: Finance An independent institute that aims to make it easier for people to invest their money to benefit communities and society has launched.The Impact Investing Institute will look for more effective ways to combine financial returns with a social purpose, and encourage savers to choose ISAs, pensions and savings products that benefit issues they care about. These could include investments in organisations that provide housing to homeless people, renewable energy companies or businesses committed to delivering sustainable employment.It brings together the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (UK NAB) and the Implementation Taskforce on Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK (Implementation Taskforce), and is being led by their chairs, Sir Harvey McGrath and Elizabeth Corley.The Institute will be supported by private firms and foundations alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for International Development and the City of London Corporation.Elizabeth Corley, Chair of the Impact Investing Institute’s Management Board, said:“The Impact investing market has grown rapidly in the UK and around the world. Investing for positive impact goes beyond avoiding harm and mitigating risks, and is at the centre of a wider movement towards more responsible investing. The Institute will play a significant role in ensuring the UK continues to stay at the forefront of innovation in Impact Investing, enabling UK savers to invest in line with their values and have increased ownership over the social outcomes that their money generates.” Advertisement Melanie May | 4 June 2019 | News  155 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5last_img read more

Indiana Mother Who Lost Son in Grain Bin Accident ‘On a…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Mother Who Lost Son in Grain Bin Accident ‘On a Mission’… Indiana Mother Who Lost Son in Grain Bin Accident ‘On a Mission’ to Bring Awareness Indiana Mother Who Lost Son in Grain Bin Accident ‘On a Mission’ to Bring AwarenessShe says she’s a “momma on a mission”. A video of a grieving mother from Indiana appealing to the farm community about grain bin safety has been shared over 8,000 times on Facebook in recent days. Anita Howard’s son, Colten, was killed in a Montgomery County grain bin accident on November 22 of last year.“Now it is my mission to save one life. If I can save one life, save one family of a child from having to go through the grief that my family is going through, then my mission will be accomplished. I’ll never know if I’ve saved that life, so my job will never end. No family should have to say goodbye to their loved one to another grain bin fatality.”She says, like many other farmers, Colten never believed something like being engulfed in a grain bin could happen to him. Standing in front of a grain bin on the same farm where her son died, Howard said it was the perfect time to share her story since this is Grain Bin Safety Week.“I’m asking you today to share our story in hopes that a farmer will see or hear about it and when he recognizes a problem inside a bin, he will make a safe, conscious decision before entering. I want that farmer to go home to his family after a long day’s work.”Data on grain bin deaths for 2019 should be released soon according to Purdue professor and Extension safety specialist Dr. Bill Field. Speaking with him by phone on Tuesday, he told HAT that the number of deaths nationwide is up from 2018.Howard, her family, and the community continue to grieve the loss of Colten. Howard says you can’t take life for granted.“Colten lived a full life in his short 18 years, but I know he had a lot more to go. Your life is made up of two dates and a dash. Make the most of your dash.” SHARE Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Feb 19, 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleGetting a Seat at the Table for Ag in Sustainability and Climate ConversationsNext articleIndiana Mother Who Lost Son in Grain Bin Accident On Mission to Bring Awareness on the HAT Thursday Morning Edition Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Joint letter to Tajik director of communication services, Beg Zuhurov

first_img News News Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more Paris, Dushanbe, 7 August 2012Dear Mr. Zuhurov,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that campaigns for freedom of information, and its partner organization the National Association of Independent Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT), wish to inform you of their profound concern at the announcement by the Tajik government communications service that a group of observers will be formed to monitor online publications and websites for insulting or libellous content. Last month, you told journalists about your plans to create a “citizens’ organization” in the near future to control the content of websites.A group of volunteers, composed of highly-qualified IT experts from the main Internet service providers, will be registered with the justice ministry and will be responsible for identifying any libellous content. We are concerned that such a system of control could lead to the wholesale blocking of online publications and websites. While we agree defamation should be penalised, it should be dealt with by the courts, where defendants can put their case and have the right of appeal. We note that in recent years, the government’s communications service has regularly targeted the websites of leading independent news organizations, which has led not only to access being denied to content deemed to be defamatory, but also to entire sites being blocked for weeks at a time. In March this year, local Internet service providers were ordered to block access to several news sites, including and the Russian news agency sites Ria Novosti and recently, the leading independent news website Asia Plus was blocked for the third time in two months after it published articles about a conflict between government forces and rebels in the Gorno-Badakhshan region. When asked for a reason, your service cited technical problems or links to allegedly pornographic or extremist content.The lack of a clear definition of “insult” or “libel” arouses fears of abuse resulting from varying interpretations. We fear that access to the websites of the leading independent news organizations could be blocked again or closed down for publishing articles on important political figures or for opening public debate on sensitivies issues. This would seriously hamper the right of the Tajik people to access information about matters of public interest. We should like to remind you of the conclusions of the United Nations special rapporteur on the Right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, who expressed concern in his report in June 2011 at the propensity of some states “to increase their power to monitor Internet users’ activities and content of communication without providing sufficient guarantees against abuse”. Finally, we are seeking clarfication on a number of important points: • How will the volunteers monitor the websites? • Who will decide whether an item is insulting or libellous, and what criteria will be applied? • Once content is deemed insulting or libellous, what steps will be taken to remove it? How will the authors and host be informed and what action will they face if it is not removed promptly? • What safeguards will be put into place to prevent abuses for failure to comply with an order to delete content? In our view, putting all websites under surveillance could be dangerous and counter-productive. Reporters Without Borders urges you to reconsider this plan, which would constitute a breach of freedom of information.Olivier Basille Secretary-General, Reporters Without BordersNuriddin Karshiboyev Chairman, NANSMITPhoto : Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president May 14, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Tajikistan News Help by sharing this information center_img November 6, 2020 Find out more TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic August 7, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint letter to Tajik director of communication services, Beg Zuhurov News Organisation TajikistanEurope – Central Asia to go furtherlast_img read more

Five things you need to know today, March 27

first_imgLocal News By admin – March 27, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp People camped out in front of the Permian Homes sales office at 76 Berkshire Circle in Odessa, for a chance to get a contract for a lot and new home, Monday, March 26, 2018. Robert Heinin, the first person in line was camped out since 8am Saturday. Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, March 27. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at At the Odessa Board of Realtors, Executive Vice President Connie Coots said she could not remember a time when the inventory of existing homes was so low, including during the peak of the last oil boom a few years ago.2. Ector County Hospital District recently had their bonds downgraded by Fitch Ratings and received an Issuer Default Rating.3. Alpine Independent School District placed a school resource officer at all its campuses starting Monday.4. Odessa police arrested seven teenagers on Friday afternoon during an investigation into burglaries in northwest Odessa.5. Ector County Commissioners accepted the comprehensive annual financial report for the 2017 Fiscal Year on Monday morning, while approving other items during their regularly scheduled meeting. Twitter Facebook Five things you need to know today, March 27 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleHow high is housing demand?Next articleOPD seeks assistance in shooting investigation adminlast_img read more

Delhi HC To Conduct Interviews of Lawyers Seeking Designation of Senior Advocate Through Video-Conferencing [Read Notice]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC To Conduct Interviews of Lawyers Seeking Designation of Senior Advocate Through Video-Conferencing [Read Notice] Karan Tripathi30 Sep 2020 2:45 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has decided to conduct interviews of lawyers seeking designation of ‘Senior Advocate’ through video-conferencing. The notice issued by the Secretary, Committee For Designation of Senior Advocates states that: ‘In pursuance to the public notices dated 26.4.2019, 20.05.2019 and 14.08.2019 on the above subject, the Advocates/applicants, seeking conferment…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has decided to conduct interviews of lawyers seeking designation of ‘Senior Advocate’ through video-conferencing. The notice issued by the Secretary, Committee For Designation of Senior Advocates states that: ‘In pursuance to the public notices dated 26.4.2019, 20.05.2019 and 14.08.2019 on the above subject, the Advocates/applicants, seeking conferment of designation as Senior Advocate in terms of “The High Court ofDelhi Designation ofSenior Advocate Rules 20 J8”, are requested to join the interview interaction through virtual mode, from their respective residences/Offices, as per the schedule attached herewith. They shall also be at liberty to avail the VC facility from the premises of this Court, subject to prior intimation in this regard to the Secretariat.’ The said Committee for Designation of Senior Advocates is headed by the Chief Justice DN Patel of the Delhi High Court. Weblinks for the interviews will be shared with the concerned lawyers through Email. The interviews will commence from October 05, 2020. In case any Advocate/applicant does not receive the Web-link till 1 :00 p.m. on the day of interview/interaction or unable to connect the interaction, he/she may immediately contact Mr. Sarsij Kumar, Joint DirectorClick Here To Download Notice[Read Notice] Next Storylast_img read more

At least one dead, more than 20 injured in shooting at Trenton art show

first_imgGoogle Maps(TRENTON, N.J.) — At least one person is dead and 20 injured after a wild shootout at a 24-hour art event in southern New Jersey early Sunday.The shooting broke out at about 2:45 a.m. in Trenton, New Jersey, at Art All Night, an annual event to “promote artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning and appreciation of the arts,” according to the event’s website. The event, held at Roebling Market in the southern part of the city, which lies just across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania, was attended by an estimated thousand or more people, authorities said.The Mercer County prosecutor’s office said at a Sunday morning press conference that the one person killed, a 33-year-old man, is a suspect in the shooting. Another suspect is in custody.Of those injured, 16 were treated for gunshot wounds and four for other types of injuries, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.Multiple people opened fire in the shooting and multiple weapons have been recovered, authorities said.“It absolutely could have been worse given the confined space and the number of shots that appeared to have been fired,” Onofri said. ABC station affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported that “numerous people” were struck by gunfire and several ambulances were called to the scene to assist the injured. The Trenton Fire Department and police also responded.Eyewitness Angelo Nicolo told WPVI-TV, “All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, ‘You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said, ‘No, that’s gunfire.’ Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody’s running down the street.”Capital Health Systems, which operates Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, said numerous victims were being treated. The director of public relations at the hospital said they would not release numbers or conditions until all families were notified.Authorities said at least one of those being treated was in “extremely critical” condition.The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office homicide task force is taking the lead in the investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cleaning firms freshen up with ratings scheme

first_img Comments are closed. Cleaning firms freshen up with ratings schemeOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Initial Retail Cleaning has launched a new scheme based on categorisingcompetencies to help managers evaluate and utilise the skills and experience oftheir staff. The Door to Success programme is being delivered first to thecompany’s district managers and will be extended to all staff who managepeople. The scheme centres around district managers assessing the site managers whoreport directly to them and being responsible for categorising them accordingto competence. Using a combination of test papers to determine levels of skilland knowledge, evaluation based on customer input and their own objectiveassessment of individuals’ performance, district managers will award an overallscore to their subordinates. Scores will be translated into bronze (basic),silver (intermediate) and gold (advanced) categories of competence, withcorresponding certificates being awarded to the site managers. “Door to Success works in two ways,” said support servicesmanager, Valerie Dale. “It give us a good analysis of training needs andit gives us information on succession planning. We prefer to promote fromwithin when opportunities arise. If, for example, a site manager leaves andwe’ve got a gold-rated individual in that area we can identify a successor andit’s a good way of encouraging promotion from within.” As a company accredited to IIP, Initial Retail Cleaning sees the initiativeas a way of getting everyone working towards a common objective to help itachieve its business goals and strengthening its commitment to investing in itsemployees. “We’re trying to show managers that under IIP part of theirrole is to train and develop their own staff. We want them to recognisepeople’s potential and use them as an asset.” In addition to developing district managers and promoting their involvementin training and development, Door to Success is designed to reward employeesfor their levels of achievement and motivate them to progress to a highercategory. Site managers receive a bronze, silver or gold certificate along witha letter from managing director, Peter Lloyd, praising their attainment andreaffirming his personal commitment to their advancement. “We have atalented, intelligent and motivated workforce,” Lloyd said. “Door toSuccess enables us to benefit from our staff’s best qualities and encouragesthem to grow with the company.” No financial incentives are attached to the scheme but there is scope tointroduce bonuses or other monetary awards if the company wishes. “It’spurely motivational at present and not linked to pay,” Dale explained.”Employees see their certificates as proof that they have a level of skilland are competent in a particular field. We may develop the scheme further andintroduce badges but it depends on how much employees will gain from that interms of motivation.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Learning management systems: a critical issue

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. A report by research and analysis company Gartner says that learningmanagement systems (LMS) are critical to the deployment of e-learning and by 2005,70 per cent of large organisations will have an LMS. It also warns againstmaking a wrong purchasing decision given the size of the market and evaluates anumber of systems in the report. Evaluations are based on a range of criteria, including size of customerbase, level of customer satisfaction, length of customer relationship, numberof leading-edge customers, training resource management capabilities, contentprovider connectivity and strategic partner relationships. Among those highly ranked in the research are THINQ and Pathlore. Thereport, called 2002 E-learning LMS Magic Quadrant: Who Survives? can bepurchased for $95 from the Gartner site. Previous Article Next Article Learning management systems: a critical issueOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

LeaseLock raises $52M for security-deposit alternative

first_imgLeaseLock founders Reichen Kuhl, Derek Merrill (Photos via LeasLock; iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The pressure is on to ditch rental security deposits.California-based LeaseLock is the latest startup to raise money for a security deposit alternative, pocketing $52 million from investors, the company announced Wednesday. The Series B was led by Westerly Winds, a London-based firm started by founding partners from BlackRock, and Wildcat Venture Partners.SoftBank Ventures Asia also participated, along with Vertex Ventures US, Liberty Mutual, American Family Ventures, Moderne Ventures, Strata Equity Group, Veteran Capital and Mucker Capital.Founded in 2013, LeaseLock offers insurance to landlords, replacing the need for a traditional security deposit. The product is integrated into a property management system for multifamily owners and managers. Renters can choose between three plans, starting at $19 per month to cover a $2,500/month apartment.Read moreRhino raises $95M and eyes IPO NYC pushes for security deposit alternatives Is it time to ditch security deposits? Share via Shortlink TagsrentalsRhinosecurity deposit Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Email Address* There is an estimated $45 billion tied up in security deposits, according to industry sources, a problem that a slew of startups has tried to tackle in recent years.“The market is shouting for a better solution to upfront housing costs,” LeaseLock’s co-founder and president Reichen Kuhl said in a statement. The funding will let the company double down on its security deposit product, and create new insurance and payment tools.In the wake of the pandemic, the company said demand for affordable housing paired with a consumer cash crunch caused a spike in demand for its product.In 2020, LeaseLock quadrupled the number of homes on its platform to 1.5 million. Customers include Greystar, Cushman Wakefield, Goldman Sachs, Harbor Group and others.Founded in 2013, LeaseLock received $1 million in seed funding in 2016 from American Family Ventures, the VC arm of the $12 billion insurance giant. It closed a $10 million Series A in 2018.It’s one of several startups pitching security deposit alternatives, along with The Guarantors, Rhino, Jetty and Obligo.In November, Obligo raised a $15.5 million Series A from investors including 83North, 10D, Entrée Capital and Viola Credit.Last month, Rhino raised $95 million from Tiger Global Management, Kairos and Lakestar. The round, which valued Rhino at $500 million, is likely to be the final one before the company goes public, co-founder Ankur Jain said.Rhino charges renters a small monthly fee to cover an insurance policy for landlords. For a $1,000/month apartment, the monthly fee would be $5.Contact E.B. Solomont Full Name*last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/7

first_imgJanuary 7, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/7 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls BasketballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Tambrie Tuttle amassed 24 points and the Emery Spartans blitzed Richfield 46-34 in Region 12 girls basketball action Thursday. Nicole Willardson and Rebecca Poulsen had 11 points apiece in defeat for the Wildcats.MONROE, Utah-Janzie Jensen had 15 points and the Carbon Dinos knocked off South Sevier 48-35 in Region 12 girls basketball action. Presley Chappell scored 10 points in the loss for the Rams.Region 14NEPHI, Utah-Jadee Dutson stepped up with 16 points and the Delta Rabbits drilled Juab 41-28 in Region 14 girls basketball action Thursday. Hallie Worwood’s 13 points led the Wasps in the loss.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Katie Larsen and Heidi Jorgenson had 12 points apiece and the Manti Templars routed American Leadership 61-26 Thursday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Alexis Webster netted 9 points in defeat for the Eagles.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Riley Richards scored 10 points to lead Union to a 48-28 win over North Sanpete in Region 14 girls basketball action Thursday. Tylee Henrie had 10 points in the loss for the Hawks.Region 20BICKNELL, Utah-Abby Stevens posted 18 points and the Wayne Badgers gashed Bryce Valley 51-44 in Region 20 girls basketball action Thursday. Brooklyn Syrett netted 23 points in defeat for the Mustangs.MILFORD, Utah-Jannie Hoyt led the way with 24 points and the Valley Buffaloes downed Milford 59-56 in Region 20 girls basketball action Thursday. Analise Wiseman and Tayleah Spaulding had 12 points apiece for the Tigers in the loss.ESCALANTE, Utah-Mikki Prows netted 12 points and the Escalante Moquis edged Water Canyon 41-39 Thursday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Shana Barlow had 12 points in defeat for the Wildcats.Non-RegionSALINA, Utah-Avery Brown had 18 points and the Beaver Beavers drilled North Sevier 58-40 Thursday in non-region girls basketball action. Mila Torgerson’s 13 points led the Wolves in defeat.WrestlingBEAVER, Utah-The Millard Eagles dominated South Sevier 70-9 at a tri wrestling event in Beaver. Camden Moat, Sam Rasmussen, Conner Hem, Trayton Teeples, KC Whitaker, Danny Garcia and Zech DeHerrera all earned pins for the Eagles. Mason Gardner had a pin for the Rams in the loss.BEAVER, Utah-The Beaver Beavers won its match over Millard 41-23 Thursday at a tri wrestling event in Beaver. Hagen Mayer, Carson Reynolds, Brian Evans, and Kyler Boren earned pins for Beaver. Millard was led by Jed DeGraffenreid and Danny Garcia with pins. In the biggest match of the night Millard’s Camden Moat earned a major decision 13-3 win over Beaver’s Tavyn Hollingshead.BEAVER, Utah-Beaver won all but two matches in a dominant performance over the South Sevier Rams at a tri wrestling event in Beaver.DELTA, Utah-The Delta Rabbits earned a dual win over Union 41-30 Thursday in Delta. The Rabbits were led by Taelyr Gray, Cesar Gonzalez, Samuel LeBaron, Brandon Dutson and Jake Nickel all with pins in the victory. Union had four pins in the loss. Written by Tags: Rounduplast_img read more