16 Jun

Mayor’s Fund for London merges Access Aspiration into organisation

first_img Tagged with: London Mayor of London Melanie May | 26 July 2017 | News  126 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 The Mayor’s Fund for London has announced that it has merged London provider of aspirational placements for state schools, Access Aspiration, into its organisation.Access Aspiration works with London schools to provide high quality work experience opportunities and in-school employment development, currently providing 24 schools with a range of work placement opportunities and practical school-based and employer-based training, mentoring and support to students aged 16-18 who face significant disadvantage.It also supports a network of London employers, including the Bank of England and EE, which have committed to improving skills, aspiration and diversity. The Mayor’s Fund considers the charity’s activities to be highly complementary to its Young London Working programme and its involvement in the Enterprise Adviser Network linking schools with employers.The Access Aspiration team has moved into the Mayor’s Fund offices at City Hall (pictured) and co-founders of Access Aspiration, Jenny Halpern Prince and David Meller, have joined the Board of the Mayor’s Fund for London.Jenny Halpern Prince said:“The link between social mobility and good career provision in schools, including work placements and other employer engagements, is well documented. It’s a sad fact that students from state schools, and particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive poorer quality placement opportunities than their independent school peers, who also benefit from strong family networks and connections. Being part of the Mayor’s Fund for London will help us to connect more young Londoners in more schools with high quality employers.”  125 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Mayor’s Fund for London merges Access Aspiration into organisation 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 www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6last_img read more

12 Jun

Paramilitary threats against journalists in Santander department show predators have not disarmed

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the media and, in particular, two journalists who have been threatened in Barrancabermeja, in Santander department, a region still exposed to the danger of paramilitaries and currently experiencing a new crime wave. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Reports ColombiaAmericas January 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Paramilitary threats against journalists in Santander department show predators have not disarmed April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders calls for greater vigilance by the authorities after threats and intimidation, apparently by paramilitaries, against journalists in Barrancabermeja, in the northern department of Santander, especially Alvaro Pérez Vides, the head of community TV station Tele Petróleo, and Diro César González, the editor of the regional daily La Tarde. “Those who prey on the press have not disarmed,” the press freedom organisation said. “Despite the demobilisation of the United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) from June 2003 to June 2006, the paramilitaries continue to pose a grave threat to civil liberties, especially in the provinces.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Pérez has a bodyguard and González is being protected by the interior ministry but this unfortunately does not remove the threat. As ‘demobilised’ paramilitaries infiltrate society, judicial actions pending against them need to be speeded up. Investigative work is also needed involving both the authorities and civil society, including the press.”Pérez was alerted twice by his bodyguard about the presence of paramilitaries around his home and the premises of the Barrancabermeja-based TV station he runs, Tele Petróleo. Two men on a motorcycle and three in pickup took up position outside the entrance to the station on 21 January. Notified by the bodyguard, members of the Department for Security Administration (DAS), an intelligence agency, arrested the three in the pickup (one of whom was a minor) and quickly identified them as demobilised AUC members. In the absence of an arrest warrant, the DAS released them.When the bodyguard came to collect Pérez the next day, he noticed individuals watching the house. Neighbours told Pérez the surveillance had been going on for several days. Their attire (ponchos and long boots of the kind used in marshes) was the same as that worn by the men outside Tele Petróleo. Some paramilitaries are recognisable by this kind of dress.Pérez attributes these threats to the judicial proceedings that were begun after his brother was murdered in 2006. Pérez has often spoken critically on the air this year about the presence of paramilitaries from the Bloque Central Bolívar (one of the AUC’s branches) in some of Barrancabermeja’s neighbourhoods. Paramilitaries have on occasions turned up unannounced at the TV station demanding to take it over. His family has also been threatened.González has also been targeted by paramilitaries and has been getting protection from the interior ministry for more than a year. His wife has nonetheless receiving threatening calls in recent weeks describing his movements. In November, he received a small bottle in the mail apparently containing blood and a death notice naming him as the deceased. Two months before that, a 9 mm bullet was found outside the door of his office.Twenty murders have been committed in Barrancabermeja since the start of the month in a new crime wave. Local human rights groups said: “The situation of the media is becoming increasingly tense because the victims (of violent crime) or those close to them do not want these cases reported at the national level.” Alluding to the paramilitaries, the human rights groups added that “the police and judicial authorities are doing nothing to investigate these people.” October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

12 Jun

Filipina journalist arrested for firearms planted by police

first_img Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped RSF_en When the police arrived at her home in a Manila suburb at around 9 a.m. on 10 December, they refused to let her contact her lawyer and made her turn her face to the wall while they carried out a search. Receive email alerts A hangover from the Cold War and, before that, from when the country was a US colony, “red-tagging” is a typically Philippine practice under which dissenting individuals or groups, including journalists and media outlets, are identified to the police and paramilitaries as legitimate targets for arbitrary arrest or, worse still, summary execution. Last July, the irascible and authoritarian president’s supporters in congress drove the final nails into the coffin of the country’s biggest radio and TV network, ABS-CBN, by refusing to give it a new franchise, after previously refusing to extend its 25-year franchise when it expired in May. “Red-tagging” “While I was forced to turn my back for an hour, they planted the evidence,” she managed to tell another journalist as she was being led away to a police vehicle. The police claim they found four .45 pistols and four grenades during the search. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment December 15, 2020 – Updated on March 5, 2021 Filipina journalist arrested for firearms planted by police Follow the news on Philippines “The police clearly planted the evidence to incriminate ‘Icy’ Salem in an utterly shameless manner,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “In view of their shocking methods, we demand this journalist’s immediate and unconditional release. This latest attack on independent media by the Philippine authorities just discredits President Rodrigo Duterte’s government on the international stage.” Relentless war News During a parliamentary hearing on 1 December, the government-run National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) formally labelled members of the Altermidya network as violent communist activists without presenting the least shred of evidence in support of this claim. Help by sharing this information center_img Like Manila Today, Eastern Vista is part of the Altermidya network of alternative media outlets that are committed to independent journalism and to defending the most marginalized sectors of Philippine society. As a result, they are routinely branded as communist by the authorities, a process known as “red-tagging.” The police used exactly the same method when they arrested Frenchie Mae Cumpio, the editor of the Eastern Vista news website in the eastern city of Tacloban on 7 February. Police officers planted firearms in her home when carrying out her arrest. News Organisation —————————————————————————-Update – 5 March 2021Today, exactly one month after a court dismissed the case against her, Manila Today editor Lady Ann Salem was finally released from prison. RSF condemns this arbitrary delay, which prolonged her detention, although the court had ruled that the search warrant that led to arrest her was “null and void’’.—————————————————————————– The co-founder of the alternative media network Altermidya and editor of the Manila Today news site, Salem – also known as “Icy” Salem – is now facing up to 20 years in prison on a trumped-up charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a charge that does not allow release on bail. News to go further Lady Ann “Icy” Salem is seen during her arrest on 10 December, 2020 (photo: Altermidya). Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Altermidya is the latest victim of the Duterte administration’s relentless war against independent media. Its targets include Maria Ressa, the founder and CEO of the independent news website Rappler, who had to post bail and appear in court on 4 December as a result of a new warrant for her arrest on a charge of online criminal defamation. Ressa is currently the subject of at least eight different cases by various government agencies. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment May 3, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate and unconditional release of Lady Ann Salem, a Manila-based alternative journalist who was arrested on a firearms charge at the end of a raid on her home in which the police planted the evidence. February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

29 Nov

Rebisco PSL Manila falls to Sarmayeh Bank of Iran for 5th loss

first_imgBut the Philippines is still in the running of duplicating its best finish here if it wins against either Vientin Bank of Vietnam or Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei on Wednesday in the battle for seventh place.Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago once again served as heart and soul of the Philippine club, scoring 14 points, all on cross court attacks that sowed fear on Iran’s defenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRachel Daquis, the 29-year-old team captain, contributed 10 markers as she made her off-speed attacks count against the Iranians who are used to high-speed game.Head coach Francis Vicente said the team played with big fighting heart but it still “obviously in need of more experiences playing in this level.” LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Rebisco PSL Manila Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL Manila threw in a strong performance but still came up short at crunch time to bow to Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27, Tuesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.The Filipinos stormed to 23-22 lead in the first set and then to two set points in the third frame but on both occasions blew the opportunities to take their fifth defeat in as many matches here.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aby Marano tried to fuel the Filipinos with her sliding attacks, making nine points, while Kim Fajardo made four points aside from issuing 57 excellent sets.Sarmayeh was led by national player Esfehani Maedeh Borhani who accounted for 17 points, while Kolaei Mahdien Khaje added 13 markers.The match was tight in all three sets especially in the third where the Philippines went up from 12-16 to 19-17 as the Filipinos net defense held up and forced Iran to commit a string of errors.Santiago put Rebisco at set point, 24-23, but committed an error next and saw Mahsa Saberi scoring an ace for 25-24.Santiago and Daquis tried to make one final stand, putting the Filipinos 27-26 only to lose the next three points through receiving errors.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

20 Nov

Three more sports added to NTSN programme

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Encouraged by the positive response the National Talent Search and Nurture (NTSN) initiative received in its inaugural season, the organisers have added three more disciplines for the next calendar. The initiative for school children was conceived by School Sports Promotion Foundation [SSPF] and Sports Authority of India. “We are so pleased with the response to and success of NTSN in its inaugural season that we have added basketball, volleyball and athletics to our calendar,” SSPF Chairman Om Pathak said. “Last year, we had 23,486 boys competing in cricket and football. We are confident that we will have more than 10 times that number participating in NTSN competitions this time,” he said. Pathak said the support of the Sports Ministry and SAI encouraged them. SAI Executive Director (Operations & Finance) Hira Ballabh said the NTSN was a wonderful concept to create a culture of sports in the country. “It is a part of our objectives in SAI to promote school sports. SSPF is moving in the right direction, even if it has drawn upon its own financial resources.” The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in the first week of December. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

27 Oct

GIF: St. John’s Stars D’Angelo Harrison And Phil Greene IV Combine For An Awesome Bounce Pass Alley-Oop

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)No, this was not from a live game, and the basket does look a bit short in the shot, but St. John’s basketball stars D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV combined for an awesome alley-oop for a Big East Tournament video shoot. Harrison throws a perfect bounce pass which Greene collects during a mid-air spin for a big two-handed dunk. The slow-motion camera work definitely adds something here as well.Harrison to Greene at the #BIGEASTtourney video shoot #SJUBB pic.twitter.com/BOkNd6Vgw5— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) March 9, 2015St. John’s is a five seed in this week’s Big East Tournament. The Red Storm kick off the post-season against four-seed Providence at 2:30 on Thursday, March 12.last_img read more

27 Oct

North Texas Trolls Tennessee On Twitter Regarding Field Conditions

first_imgA North Texas fan paints the ground with green paint.north texas trolls tennessee on twitterNorth Texas is in town to take on Tennessee this Saturday, and it appears that the Mean Green aren’t impressed with what they’re seeing at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee’s field doesn’t appear to be in great condition, and people have noticed. North Texas appears to be annoyed enough to make a joke about it on social media too.Check this out:Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday. #GMG pic.twitter.com/IVtS2o1T4o— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) November 14, 2015Here’s more reaction – even Tennessee fans seem upset.You would think an SEC program could take better care of the grass on the field #Tennessee— John Chelf (@JohnChelf) November 14, 2015You would think there’s enough money at Tennessee to fix the field. This is awful.— Please win out (@Rick__Baird) November 14, 2015Time for the Tennessee donors to put a new field in it seems— Austin Comperry (@AustinComperry) November 14, 2015Tennessee currently leads 17-0 in the second quarter.last_img read more

16 Oct

Master Chefs Roca Brothers Appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors

first_imgInternationally acclaimed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, from Spain, were appointed last week as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to work closely with the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F).Jordi Roca, Josep Roca, UNDP Associate Administrator Tegegnework Gettu, and Joan RocaCredit/Copyright: Freya Morales / UNDPThe Roca brothers will generate support for the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by world leaders to achieve a future by 2030 where hunger, unemployment, inequality, and climate change are a thing of the past.The only siblings to be jointly appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and the first to specifically focus on the SDGs, the brothers will lend their voice and expertise to advocate for enhanced food security and access to nutritious food. They will also advise on improving food industry and agricultural practices to protect the environment and create jobs.“We are honoured to work with UNDP and the Sustainable Development Fund to advance the vision of a future where everyone has access to healthy foods,” said Josep Roca. “The mandate of the new Sustainable Development Goals is clear. Creating prosperity means securing a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive.”Owners of the critically acclaimed El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Girona, Spain — twice named the world’s best restaurant by Restaurant Magazine — the brothers are known for emphasizing the importance of growing and producing food locally and in an environmentally conscious way, using traditional ingredients and practices, and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy nutrients. As Goodwill Ambassadors, the brothers will advocate for better nutrition and food security to promote sustainable development and how food choices, or lack of choices, impact health and the environment.“The Roca brothers are the first UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to be appointed following the launch of the new 2030 sustainable development agenda, which will guide our work towards eliminating hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change,” said UNDP Associate Administrator Tegegnework Gettu. “The brothers will lend their vision, creativity and expertise to support our longstanding mission to end poverty and protect our planet.”Food is a central component of the 2030 agenda for sustainable developmentIn addition to raising awareness of key global issues, the Rocas will also advocate for improved practices in the production, distribution and consumption of food, advising on sustainable techniques to reduce food waste through affordable preparation and conservation, support local food sourcing and minimize environmental damage.“While working on sustainability issues is an arena that is not always immediately associated with great chefs or leaders in the culinary field, the Roca brothers will be important drivers of change in the food security arena. They will also help support our efforts to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how food can help enhance innovation and economic growth,” said Paloma Duran, Director of the SDG Fund.The Roca’s social and environmental commitmentFar from their famed kitchen nestled in the hills of Spain, the Roca brothers are dedicated to building awareness of the critical issues linked to food security and nutrition and will play a critical role in promoting the use of local and sustainable food products.“We believe that there is a critical need for the world to focus on food, health and environment. Food security and access to nutritious food intersects with other key areas like climate change, agricultural production and labor. Food security means more than expanding harvests or yields – but also providing a chance for communities to gain new insight into how to protect their local crops and culinary traditions, all of which impact other areas,” said Joan Roca. “We as chefs can work with a new generation of partners to get our message across and provide knowledge that can be useful for larger communities. In terms of advocating for food greater food security and fighting malnutrition-this is also our responsibility.”As part of their first foray into working with the United Nations, the three brothers have committed to establishing a stronger understanding of issues to help farm communities boost productivity. In rural areas, especially in many developing countries, the role of smallholder farmers is critical for not only growing the local economy and providing the bulk of employment opportunities but also for bearing the greatest hunger burden. The Roca brothers, are eager to bring smallholder farmers into the dialogue and show how sourcing local ingredients and other innovative practices can boost harvests and improve livelihoods.The Roca brothers will support the SDG Fund in establishing a network of training centers — which will pilot in Africa — in an effort to increase sustainability, reduce waste and improve market conditions for farmers and small businesses, as well as create new jobs, promote gender equality and provide skills training.last_img read more

16 Oct

Richard Gere To Host Impact Insight Benefit For The Garrison Institute

first_imgRichard Gere is hosting the Impact & Insight Benefit for the Garrison Institute featuring special performances by composer Laurie Anderson, cellist Rubin Kodheli and composer and instrumentalist Jesse Paris Smith.WHERE: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NYWHEN: November 1, 2016 at 6:30pmWHY: A dinner to benefit the Garrison Institute, honoring New York Times best-selling author Dr. Dan Siegel and the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar Gelek Rimpoche.MORE INFO: garrisoninstitute.org/benefit.The Garrison Institute demonstrates and disseminates the importance of contemplative practices and spiritually grounded values in building a more compassionate and resilient future.last_img read more

28 Sep

Ohio State mens basketball sends Michigan back north with a 6449 loss

Going into the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s matchup against Michigan, the Buckeyes had yet to be tested at home. That changed Sunday. The Buckeyes battled the Wolverines in front of a sold-out Schottenstein Center and emerged with a 64-49 victory. Michigan jumped out first with a 5-0 run, but the Buckeyes quickly responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead. In the first half alone, there were seven lead changes and four ties. Neither team led by more than four points throughout the first half after Michigan’s initial 5-0 burst. “We knew going in it was going to be a hard fought battle,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We haven’t had those. We’ve had sizable leads going into halftime. Hopefully we’re a better team because of it.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger picked up two fouls in the first half and was limited to just 12 minutes, but sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. did his best to make up for Sullinger’s presence on offense and on the boards. With under five minutes remaining in the first half and OSU trailing 19-15, OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas missed a 3-pointer, but sophomore guard Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and finished inside. On the ensuing Michigan possession, two Michigan players were in position to get an offensive rebound, but Smith Jr. leaped over his taller opponents to get the rebound and found Thomas streaking down the court for a layup. Thomas was fouled and made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to one. After a timeout, it was Smith Jr. who put the Buckeyes back on top, 20-19, with a layup from the left block. Smith Jr. said he was focused on doing the little things to help his team win. “I knew that was going to be our edge, rebounding and just doing the little things,” Smith Jr. said. “I stuck to that early and just got myself in a position where I could get the rebounds.” Smith Jr. had four offensive rebounds and seven total in the first half to go along with nine points. Matta said Smith Jr. is a “jack of all trades” and his versatility causes problems for opposing defenses. “Lenzelle is a winner,” Matta said. “He really understands his role.” With just over a minute remaining in the first half the game was tied at 21, but a 3-pointer from the right corner by OSU senior William Buford gave OSU a 24-21 lead. That score held going into halftime. The Buckeyes, who shot just 36 percent in the first half, started off the second half on a roll, connecting on six of their first 10 shots from the field. With OSU leading 38-33, Buford intercepted a Michigan pass and finished on the other end with a one-handed jam. Buford fist-pumped and the crowd erupted in cheers. The next OSU possession, sophomore guard Aaron Craft crossed over Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke, dove left, absorbed a foul, and finished with his left hand. The sequence gave OSU a 42-33 lead and was part of a 14-2 run by the Buckeyes. A pair of free throws by Deshaun Thomas gave OSU a 13-point advantage, but Michigan wouldn’t go away. Three-pointers from Burke and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. helped Michigan whittle down OSU’s lead back to seven. But with under five minutes remaining, a Craft steal on the defensive end led to a Sullinger dunk in transition. OSU continued to look for Sullinger offensively as the Buckeye big man converted two more buckets inside to give his team a 12-point lead. Sullinger finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds. The Wolverines never threatened again and OSU pulled away for the victory. Smith Jr. led all scorers with 17 points and also added 12 rebounds, eight of which were offensive. The win moves the Buckeyes into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and improves their record to 19-3 overall. But Sullinger refused to speculate on his team’s place in the standings. “Game on Saturday against Wisconsin,” Sullinger said. “That’s the biggest focus right now.” OSU next contest is Feb. 4 when the Buckeyes will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. Tip is set for 2 p.m. read more