Lords Charities Committee to examine charitable sectors in devolved nations 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Law / policy Northern Ireland Scotland Howard Lake | 8 November 2016 | News 78 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The Lords Select Committee on Charities will today take evidence from charities and regulators in Northern Ireland and Scotland on the workings of charitable sector.It will explore how well charities, charity policy and regulation, and charity fundraising, work in those areas. In a series of evidence sessions the Committee has been assessing the sustainability of the charity sector, exploring the pressures and challenges that charities face, as well as the roles of governments and public bodies.There will be two sessions this afternoon. At 4pm the Committee will hear from Frances McCandless, Chief Executive, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, and David Robb, Chief Executive, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.At 5pm, the Committee will heave from Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, and Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.The committee members are likely to raise issues such as:• What role should Parliament and the UK Government have?• What are the main challenges facing charities in your area, and how are they different to other areas of the UK?• What impact have UK charity and fundraising scandals had in your areas?You can follow the Lords Select Committee on Charities‘ evidence sessions via Twitter using the #HLCharities hashtag. You can also watch the evidence session live online. Sessions are recorded and can be viewed later. Advertisement 77 total views, 1 views today
Illustration/Atmocean’s scaled wave energy system capable of producing both clean power, and fresh water from desalination (Photo: Atmocean) The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub that will focus on desalination R&D in low-cost alternatives that treat ‘non-traditional’ water sources to produce fresh water to cover the needs for the resource in the United States.The Hub will target early-stage research and development (R&D) of energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies, including manufacturing challenges, as well as the treatment of non-traditional water sources for multiple end-use applications.The “non-traditional” water sources, such as seawater, brackish water, and produced waters, will be considered for research as low-cost alternatives that could be exploited for use in municipal and industrial water supplies, or to serve other water resource needs through desalination.Rick Perry, the US Secretary of Energy, said: “By focusing R&D efforts on advancing transformational technologies that promote cost-effective desalination, we are working towards meeting the national and global need for secure, affordable water.”The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office will lead the Energy-Water Desalination Hub.The Hub team will work to achieve the goals of four technical topic areas, including materials research and development; new processes research and development; modeling and simulation tools; and integrated data and analysis.In March, Secretary Perry hosted a roundtable discussion at the White House to explore the use of prize competitions to drive technological innovation in critical water issues. DOE is working with interagency partners to develop prizes and associated R&D that will catalyze innovation at the nexus of energy and water.Energy and water systems are interconnected, according to DOE, as energy is required to extract, treat, and deliver water.On the other hand, water is used in multiple phases of energy production and electricity generation, from irrigating crops for biofuels to providing cooling water for thermoelectric power plants.Purifying water for these processes can be energy intensive and becomes more difficult as levels of saline increase. Successful research, therefore, can reduce demand on stressed freshwater supplies, according to DOE.Globally, fresh water scarcity is a major humanitarian and economic challenge that impacts all sectors of society, DOE warned.
Afterward, Rivers was asked what a victory like this can do for his team’s confidence.“Nothing, really,” he said. “I mean, we believe we’re good anyway. Honestly. And we know they’re good, too. We have humility, we understand they’re a great team. We believe we are, too.“Neither team really shot the ball well. What it really came down to was mental toughness, which team kind of had to hang in there. And we did that.”Indeed, whereas Rivers questioned his team’s toughness seven weeks ago, he didn’t do that after this one.“Yeah, it shows great growth,” he said. “It’s what I said before the game, we’re better than we were when we played them the last time. We’re just better mentally.”Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 15 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. Steph Curry scored 14 points while being limited to just 12 shot attempts, well under his average of 17.1. Marreese Speights and David Lee had 11 apiece and Draymond Green scored 10.Paul and Green were yapping at each other at times, which is not surprising because these teams do not like each other. Paul discussed their conversations.“They are a great team over there,” he said. “He (Green) was talking about how well he played against us in the playoffs last year, and he did. We will take the win. That was a great team. We beat a great team tonight.”The Clippers beat the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs this past season.When Rivers first entered the postgame news conference, he said, “Wow, that was ugly.”Making just one of your first 17 shots will bring those kinds of remarks from a coach.“Yeah, it’s one of those games,” Rivers said. “Sometimes, you can’t win; you’re in the way of yourselves. I thought we had a little bit of that going on. They were just as bad, too, at times. One of those nights.”Perhaps, but considering what happened in November, this was a big victory for the Clippers.“It’s a great win,” Griffin said. “It’s great because there’s a lot of distraction, especially for the home team because you’ve got all your family in town (for Christmas). You’ve got a million things to do.“To come out and get a win, take care of that, it’s big for us. Especially with dropping the last two games, last three out of four.”The Warriors were coming off a stunning 115-105 loss Tuesday to the Lakers.Golden State was without starting post Andrew Bogut (knee) and the Clippers were again without backup post Spencer Hawes (knee).The Clippers next play host to the high-flying Toronto Raptors on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Raptors are 22-7 and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Wednesday marked seven weeks since the Clippers ventured to Oakland on Nov. 5 and were routed by the Golden State Warriors by 17 points. It was worse than that, though, as Golden State led by 27 after three quarters before coasting to victory.Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was steaming and intimated his team was soft.The rematch was Thursday – Christmas night – and it figured things might be a bit different.“Oh, we’re better, we’re way better than that,” Rivers said before tipoff. “No matter what happens, we’re a better team.” The Clippers were way better than they were in early November, and the result was a 100-86 victory over the Warriors before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (20-10) had lost three of their past four. The Warriors (23-5) had won 18 of 20 but have now lost two consecutive games.Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 22 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 11. Crawford sealed Golden State’s fate with a 3-point basket for a 20-point lead (97-77) with 2:55 left in the game.The Clippers led 20-18 after one quarter and 42-41 at halftime before leading 73-70 after three quarters.Los Angeles made just one of its first 17 shots, yet finished the game shooting 39.1 percent from the field. Golden State shot 42.5 percent, but the Clippers made 23 free throws to 12 for Golden State. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newcastle, who haven’t won the FA Cup since 1955, host fellow Premier League club Watford in the fourth round.– Wednesday book Chelsea clash –In the night’s other third-round replays, Sheffield Wednesday booked a trip to holders Chelsea as the second-tier strugglers won 1-0 at League One side Luton.Wednesday are without a permanent manager while they wait for Steve Bruce to take charge on February 1.But the Championship outfit avoided an upset at Kenilworth Road against a Luton team who are chasing promotion after a 13-match unbeaten run.Atdhe Nuhiu won it for Wednesday when the striker’s effort was deflected past James Shea in the 46th minute.Luton came close to levelling with 13 minutes to go when James Collins diverted Sonny Bradley’s header on to a post.Bradley’s header was then nodded off the line by Nuhiu in the closing moments.Luton’s previous manager Nathan Jones recently left to take charge at Stoke, but his first home game in charge of the Championship side was ruined by third-tier Shrewsbury’s remarkable 3-2 win.Jones’ team appeared to be cruising after a first-half double from teenager Tyrese Campbell, the son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.However, James Bolton netted 19 minutes left before Fejiri Okenabirhie equalised from the penalty spot in the 77th minute.Josh Laurent capped the stunning fightback when he struck in the 81st minute to earn a fourth-round home tie against Premier League side Wolves. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s third-round replay.Rafael Benitez sent out an under-strength line-up featuring eight changes from Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.The stand-ins made a fast start when Sean Longstaff scored his first goal for Newcastle.The 21-year-old found the net inside the first minute with a deflected strike from outside the penalty area.Callum Roberts, handed his first Newcastle appearance since January 2015, doubled their lead in the 22nd minute with his first goal for the club.But Blackburn pulled a goal back 12 minutes before half-time through former Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong.And Republic of Ireland international Darragh Lenihan equalised for Blackburn with a header in first-half stoppage time.It took extra time to settle the tie, with Blackburn’s Bradley Dack missing a golden chance before Joselu pounced to slot home in the 105th minute after Rovers goalkeeper David Raya spilled Fabian Schar’s drive.Blackburn complained in vain that Joselu was offside.Ayoze Perez completed Newcastle’s escape act moments later when he cut in from the right and fired home.“We went 2-0 up and then Blackburn did well, but we reacted so I’m pleased with the effort and the commitment of the players. The young players did well,” Benitez said.Yet injuries to defenders Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles will cast a shadow over the win for Benitez.“We need to wait tomorrow and see how they are, and if they cannot play then we will bring another one in,” Benitez said. Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Rafa Benitez
Police in Port St. Lucie have arrested a 15-year-old high school student after he reportedly brought several knives to school with the intention of stabbing a classmate.The student was arrested at Port St. Lucie High School on Thursday.According to the report, a witness told a school resource officer that the teen was armed and planned to harm someone. When the resource officer confronted the teen, the teen admitted that he a knife in his pocket and two in his backpack. He then confessed that he planned to stab another student in the neck because the student had been bullying him in school and online for months.The student has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon on school property, and intimidation to threaten, kill or injure.Authorities are also investigating the student’s allegations that he was bullied.
Prince Harry made his first public appearance since he and Meghan Markle announced their plans to step back from senior royal duties.The Queen has given her blessing for the couple to live in Canada part-time during the transition.Canada’s biggest newspaper, The Globe and Mail, out with a scathing editorial, reading in part, “Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal.” The article goes on to say: “If they were ordinary private citizens, plain old Harry and Meghan from Sussex, they would be welcome. But this country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident – the Prince is sixth in the line of succession – is not something that Canada can allow. It breaks an unspoken constitutional taboo.”The Royal Family issued a statement on Monday that said there would be a period of transition as the Prince steps back. His wife Meghan Markle is already in Canada with their son, Archie. The Prince also issued two video statements today on mental health and the Invictus Games.The editorial arguing it isn’t appropriate for the country to house senior royals as a member of the Commonwealth, the family of nations where the Queen is head of state. But that might be exactly the reason why it makes sense: in 2018 she made Harry Youth Ambassador for the Commonwealth.By the way Meghan and Harry picked a great place to put down roots because a new global survey says Canada is the world’s best country in which to live behind Switzerland. Canada has moved up to number two in this year’s survey, and Japan has slipped down to number three.
As visitors from around the country and beyond descend on South Florida this week for the Super Bowl, doctors at one local hospital are implementing new guidelines in order to screen patients for the deadly Coronavirus.The flu-like illness originated in Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in Australia, Germany, France, Canada, and the United States.There are no known cases in Florida.“We are on the side of caution in order to provide the best care for our community,” says Dr. S. Raymond Golish, who practices at Jupiter Medical Center. “Know there are no known cases here at this time, but we are prepared in the unlikely eventuality that such a case occurs.”He adds that the hospital is now following new CDC guidelines to conduct additional screenings for patients who display flu-like symptoms such as fever and coughing.Those patients will be asked to answer questions about their travels and contact with others during the previous two weeks.If doctors suspect the Coronavirus, those patients will then be placed in isolation and local health officials will be notified immediately.Dr. Golish says a sample would be sent to the CDC for testing.There is currently no antiviral treatment for the virus and no vaccine to prevent it.So far, there are more than 6,000 cases in China, and 132 deaths.
10North Carolina State94.6%48.5%+46.2 WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. Which other games need to go right for Clemson and Washington?The non-Tigers, non-Huskies matchups that have the most leverage on each team’s playoff chances WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 13Washington State98.073.4+24.7 Each week in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. This week’s edition is a double feature starring the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies, each of which fell out of the AP Top 5 after suffering upset losses last week.Current situations: After Clemson and Washington lost to Syracuse and Arizona State, respectively, the two teams’ College Football Playoff odds were dented pretty badly. According to FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model, the Tigers now have just a 29 percent chance of making the playoff (down from 55 percent going into the weekend), and the Huskies are at 24 percent (down from 43 percent). Six teams are currently ahead of the Tigers and Huskies in our CFP probabilities, and Clemson isn’t even the favorite to win its conference anymore. (Miami has slightly higher odds of winning the ACC.) The relatively straightforward paths for both teams to return to the CFP have now run into major complications.What the Tigers and Huskies can do: As always, winning out is paramount to getting into the playoff. If Clemson runs the table — which our model gives a 20 percent chance of happening — it will have a 97 percent probability of making the CFP, a near-lock. The Tigers’ trip to NC State on Nov. 4 is easily their biggest obstacle to that; they win that game in 95 percent of our simulations that have them going to the playoff, while they only win it 49 percent of the time in sims where they don’t make the CFP. (That 46 percentage point difference makes it the highest-leverage game left in Clemson’s season.) It should also be noted that these numbers assume that Clemson’s star QB Kelly Bryant is healthy; he was knocked out of the Syracuse loss but seems to be progressing quickly in his recovery.For Washington, the odds of winning all its remaining games are a bit higher (21 percent), although the Huskies also have a less guaranteed playoff path — only 87 percent CFP odds — even if they do win out. Washington’s most important game comes at Stanford on Nov. 10, a matchup the Huskies win 96 percent of the time in their playoff-bound simulations but only 40 percent of the time in universes where they don’t make the playoff. 11Notre Dame def. Miami49.546.5+3.0 9Georgia Tech93.675.0+18.6 Washington:PROBABILITY BY WASHINGTON OUTCOME Washington gamesWASHINGTON WIN % BY OUTCOME 10Virginia Tech def. Miami36.832.5+4.3 13South Carolina90.167.3+22.8 8Notre Dame def. USC66.563.9+2.6 12California def. Stanford17.9%14.3%+3.6 13South Carolina def. Clemson28.225.5+2.8 9UCLA95.282.0+13.2 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 9Arizona State def. USC34.531.7+2.9 12Citadel100.099.9+0.1 10Washington St. def. Stanford40.537.8+2.7 10Arizona def. USC28.225.6+2.6 12Wake Forest def. N.C. State44.6%38.2%+6.4 13North Carolina def. N.C. State18.114.5+3.6 10Oregon94.578.4+16.0 11Stanford95.6%39.5%+56.1 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 13Notre Dame def. Stanford48.946.2+2.7 11Auburn def. Georgia47.844.4+3.5 12Michigan def. Wisconsin28.325.7+2.6 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 11Boston College def. N.C. State26.622.3+4.3 Which of Clemson and Washington’s remaining games hold the most weight?Remaining 2017 matchups, ranked by the amount of leverage on each team’s playoff chances. Based on two sets of simulations: one where the team makes the playoff and one where it doesn’t. 11Florida State93.562.3+31.2 Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 12Utah96.782.0+14.7 12Virginia def. Miami17.214.4+2.8 13Georgia Tech def. Georgia30.227.2+3.0 Clemson:PROBABILITY BY CLEMSON OUTCOME Clemson gamesCLEMSON WIN % BY OUTCOME Where they need help: As mentioned above, Clemson doesn’t need much in the way of outside help — as long as the Tigers win, they’re still almost guaranteed to make the playoff. They could benefit slightly from anything that boosts their odds of winning the ACC, however, including losses by NC State and Miami. And any wins by Auburn will automatically help Clemson because of its head-to-head victory against those other Tigers in September.Washington, on the other hand, could use more of an assist from afar. There are two categories for these kinds of games: Some — like Stanford losing to Cal in Week 12 — tend to be entangled with implications about the strength of a team’s own opponents.1For instance, consider a situation in which Team A and Team B are conference rivals. Team B might be less likely to win an unrelated game in a simulation where Team A makes the playoff, because Team B is also likely to be weaker in a universe where Team A beats them head-to-head. (Arizona State beating USC also fits this category, because it makes Washington’s loss to the Sun Devils look less bad.) But the more interesting ones come where the connection isn’t obvious: Georgia Tech beating Georgia, for instance, helps Washington because it hurts an undefeated Bulldogs team that currently sits ahead of the Huskies in our playoff odds. One good piece of news for both Clemson and Washington is that, of the six teams ahead of them in the CFP probabilities, all but likely Big 12 winner TCU hail from just two conferences: the Big Ten and SEC. Since the playoff selection committee puts an emphasis on conference championships, some of those teams will by definition see their odds plummet before the Final Four is chosen — we just don’t know which ones yet. So there aren’t many universes where both, say, Alabama and Georgia make the playoff, or both Ohio State and Penn State (to say nothing of Wisconsin).But Washington and Clemson may also find themselves as enemies down the season’s final stretch; with one loss apiece, they could very likely be competing for the same CFP slot. Indeed, Clemson only makes the playoff in 23 percent of the simulations where Washington is in, versus 31 percent of the sims where Washington misses out. (That same split is 18 percent versus 25 percent from Washington’s perspective.) With only four teams standing at the end of the season, every loss counts — a lesson the Tigers and Huskies might have learned the hard way last weekend.Check out our latest college football predictions.
The Ohio State field hockey team will now be waiting on the edge of its seat Tuesday night when it will be finding out if it claimed one of the at-large bids into the 2011 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes (12-8, 4-2) fell to the host-school, Penn State, 1-0 in a defensive battle on Friday afternoon. By losing in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes will now need their season resume to make their case as they now stand on the bubble of being a tournament team. The Scarlet and Gray advanced to the semifinals after they defeated Michigan State, 2-1, just the day before when they scored two second-half goals against the Spartans to pave their road to their eventual loss to the Nittany Lions in the next round. The Buckeyes’ play was hindered by the strong Nittany Lions defense, which ranks at the top of the conference. “It’s tough when you are going against a goalie like theirs (Ayla Halus), who was just selected as First Team All-Big Ten this season,” senior captain Ally Tunitis said. “They are a really good team, but we played to the best of our ability.” It was clear heading into the Big Ten tournament that the team truly needed to capture the title as the No. 2 seed and a frontrunner to make it a lock to be in the NCAA Championships. “The automatic bid is what we are going for,” head coach Anne Wilkinson said prior to the tournament. All the Buckeyes can do now is sit and wait as they will be unsure of the future of their season until the selection show, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a live stream on NCAA.com. “It was unfortunate it had to end on one stroke,” Tunitis said. “If we don’t get the bid to the tournament, we will still be proud of how we played.” Penn State will now face top-seeded Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday in the championship game as the Buckeyes will await their destiny.