Britain’s Top Real Role Model to recognise social entrepreneurs with £10k award

first_imgDirect selling specialists Amway UK Ltd are once again hosting the Britain’s Top Real Role Model awards. They aim to highlight and support business people across the UK who are setting up a business that will make a positive difference in their communities.The winner will receive £10,000 to help start up their social community project.Last year, the first time the awards were run, 110 nominations were received. The winner was Melanie Bryan, chosen for her work with charities and communities, helping them to achieve their objectives, often leading to saving local businesses or community facilities. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Britain’s Top Real Role Model to recognise social entrepreneurs with £10k award Howard Lake | 21 November 2012 | News  42 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Nominations for this year’s awards close at midday on 26 November 2012. UK or Irish residents over the age of 18 are eligible.www.britainstoprealrolemodel.co.uk Tagged with: Awards social enterprise 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.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders supports family’s appeal for release of cyberdissident Yang Jianli

first_img Receive email alerts March 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders supports family’s appeal for release of cyberdissident Yang Jianli News Reporters Without Borders is backing a family’s appeal to the Chinese authorities for the release of jailed cyberdissident Yang Jianli, who is reportedly on hunger strike in protest at prison conditions. June 2, 2021 Find out more News News The international press freedom organisation is also calling on US Secretary of State Colin Powell to put pressure on Beijing to release Yang, a permanent resident of the United States since 1992 and the husband and father of US citizens.In a letter to the authorities the family condemns his imprisonment as illegal under China’s criminal code. The cyberdissident has in fact been imprisoned in Beijing for 22 months. He was tried on 4 August 2003, and the verdict was adjourned for deliberation. The authorities had four months to make a ruling, in line with the criminal code. This deadline having passed, holding Yang in detention is an infringement of Chinese law.The family’s letter was handed over on 12 March 2004 to the permanent committee of the People’s National Congress. Since then a petition has been launched on the Internet site: www.yangjianli.com.Reporters Without Borders supports this petition launched by his wife, Christina Fu, an American national, and calls for his immediate release. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on China to go furthercenter_img Yang has asked to be allowed to speak to his Chinese lawyer Mo Shaoping, without the prison warders and security agents recording their conversation.He is also claiming the right to be allowed to write letters and has protested at being made to wait 14 months before seeing his lawyer.Yang reportedly began a hunger strike on 3 March to press his demands.Yang was editor-in-chief of the dissident electronic review Yibao (www.chinaeweekly.com). He was arrested in April 2002 after he returned to China using a friend’s passport to investigate workers’ strikes in the north-east. It was his first time back in the country since he was expelled for taking part in Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989.Officially arrested for “failing to have a valid passport”, Yang is in fact the victim of government repression of political dissidents. On 17 July 2003, he was charged with “illegal entry to Chinese territory” and “spying for Taiwan”. March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

Where the Election Fight Is Playing Out in the Courts

first_imgNevada: Any candidate or campaign can request a recount within three days of the final statewide canvass of results, regardless of the margin. There are no automatic state recounts. ObserversStatus: Pending in state court and resolved in federal courtOn Thursday morning, a Pennsylvania state court handed Mr. Trump a minor victory. A judge ruled that election observers from the Trump campaign, who were allowed to stand 10 feet from the vote counting at the Philadelphia convention center, could move closer, to six feet.By the end of the day, however, lawyers for the Trump campaign had filed an emergency petition in federal court claiming that election officials in the city were not abiding by the state court’s decision and asking that the count in Philadelphia be delayed.At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that “a nonzero number” of Republican observers had in fact turned up.“Then what’s the problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond asked.The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the question of the observers.Cured/Provisional BallotsStatus: Pending in state and federal courtsRepublicans have brought suits in federal and state courts alleging that Ms. Boockvar provided improper guidance to counties by allowing them to contact voters whose mail ballots had been rejected because of errors so that those voters could fix, or “cure,” their ballots or cast provisional ballots.Both cases focus on votes in Montgomery County, where officials say only 98 ballots might be affected..A judge in the federal case, who is also a George W. Bush appointee, expressed skepticism during a hearing on Wednesday about the validity of the Republicans’ challenge. A decision is pending. With Joseph R. Biden Jr. edging closer to victory in the presidential race, President Trump and the Republican Party have been intensifying efforts to halt the counting of ballots and to challenge the ballots of Democratic voters in lawsuits across the country.Nearly a dozen suits were already making their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, four key states where Mr. Biden leads or has won the vote count.- Advertisement – Mail-in Voter IDStatus: Pending in state courtThe Trump campaign has also sued Ms. Boockvar for her decision to extend by three days, to Nov. 12, the deadline by which mail-in voters must submit materials confirming their identity if they are first-time voters in certain districts. It is unclear how many votes that case would potentially affect. NevadaObservers/Signature Matching in Clark CountyStatus: Pending appeal at state levelMr. Trump’s campaign filed suit before Election Day seeking to stop the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The campaign alleged that county officials were failing to give Republican observers adequate access to monitor mail-in ballot processing and that the county’s signature matching system violated election equal protection laws because it was not being used elsewhere in the state.A judge denied the Trump campaign’s request earlier this week, citing a lack of evidence. An appellate court rejected Republicans’ request that it order an immediate stop to counting but agreed to hear arguments into next week.On Thursday, Republicans indicated that they would drop their case in return for an agreement from the county to expand their observers’ access to ballot counters, but Democrats refused to agree to a dismissal, so the case is still pending. Republicans have since filed a similar suit in federal court. Ineligible ballotsStatus: Resolved in federal courtIn an effective extension of the state lawsuit, two Republican House candidates in Nevada filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that there were “lax procedures for authenticating ballots” in Clark County and that more than 3,000 ballots had been cast by inelligible voters, including some cast “on behalf of deceased voters.”The case was assigned to Judge Andrew P. Gordon, an appointee of President Barack Obama’s, who dismissed it on Friday. The two Republican candidates who brought the case, however, can still appeal the decision. MichiganThe Trump campaign filed suit on Wednesday asking a state judge to halt vote counting, alleging that its observers had been blocked from meaningful access to counting rooms. The campaign also asked for access to surveillance footage of the state’s ballot drop boxes.A judge rejected that suit on Thursday, noting that the counting had finished. Mr. Biden won the state and maintains a lead of nearly 150,000 votes. But it is not clear whether the Trump campaign will appeal.RecountsGeorgia: Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, announced on Friday that the state would conduct a recount in the presidential race, saying the results would fall within the margin of a recount. “We are literally looking at a margin of less than a large high school,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, said.Wisconsin: Mr. Trump would be entitled to a recount in Wisconsin as long as the margin between him and Mr. Biden remained less than 1 percent of the vote. The state’s preliminary results show Mr. Trump trailing by about six-tenths of 1 percent.A recount request cannot be made until all 72 of the state’s counties submit their results to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which are due by Nov. 17. The Trump campaign would have to pay for a statewide recount unless the margin shrinks to less than one-quarter of 1 percent. Pennsylvania: State law requires an automatic recount if the result is half a percent or less. If the margin is larger than that, Mr. Trump could still request a statewide recount, but he would have to pay for it.Arizona: State law requires a recount if the margin is one-tenth of one percent or less — otherwise one cannot be requested. Status: At the U.S. Supreme CourtIn September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that election officials could accept ballots postmarked by Election Day but arriving up to three days later. Republicans subsequently sued, and the case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.But in late October, the Supreme Court declined to intercede, saying it was too close to Election Day to make such a ruling, but it left open the possibility of a decision at a later date.- Advertisement –center_img Here are the cases currently underway or facing a potential appeal. All of them have been initiated by Mr. Trump, his party or his allies.PennsylvaniaThe Postmark Battle- Advertisement – Arizona“SharpieGate”Status: Pending in state courtIt was one of the stranger claims of the election. Hours after polls closed in Arizona, a story ricocheted around online saying that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ballots across the state had not been counted because voters had filled them out with felt-tipped Sharpies and not with ballpoint pens.Even though cybersecurity officials from the Department of Homeland Security urged people to ignore the tale, crowds turned up outside of a polling station in Maricopa County, yelling about “SharpieGate.”On Wednesday, Laurie Aguilera, a Maricopa County voter, filed a lawsuit with help from a conservative legal group in Indiana, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, claiming that her ballot — and those of untold others — had not been read properly by vote scanning machines because she had used a Sharpie and “the ink was bleeding through.” Ms. Aguilera has asked a judge to let all voters who filled their ballots out with Sharpies to “cure” them.On Thursday, the Maricopa County Elections Department released a statement saying that Sharpies were in fact “recommended by the manufacturer” of the vote tabulations machines the county uses. Later that day, the state attorney general’s office issued a letter noting that the use of Sharpies in Maricopa County “did not result in disenfranchisement.”Georgia53 Late-Arriving BallotsStatus: Tossed by county courtThe Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday, claiming that a witness had observed 53 late-arriving ballots in Chatham County not being properly stored, potentially allowing for them to mix with timely ballots, and asked that ballot counting in the county be stopped.But Judge James Bass, on the Chatham County Superior Court, tossed the lawsuit on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that those 53 ballots had been received after the 7 p.m. deadline and that there was no evidence county officials had failed to comply with the law.There was no word from the Trump campaign or its Republican allies on Friday whether an appeal was pending. But none of them appear — at least not yet — to provide Mr. Trump what he would need to prevail: the rejection of enough Democratic ballots in enough states to reverse any Biden victory.If Mr. Trump and the Republicans cannot find those rejections through the courts, they could — and will — try to do so through recounts, but the bar is high there too. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:07 p.m. ET On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a motion to intervene in the case, and on Friday the Pennsylvania Republican Party sought to join the effort.But this fight may prove fruitless, as Mr. Biden’s lead in the state is based on ballots cast by Election Day and is expected to grow. Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, said on Thursday that there were not large numbers of late-arriving ballots. As of Friday night, there had been no further action on this case. – Advertisement –last_img read more

The drop in Brisbane unit values has finally slowed

first_imgUnit values halted their downward slide during January.THE drop in Brisbane unit values has finally slowed with new figures revealing some subtle growth in January.The latest CoreLogic home values figures revealed that unit values increased 0.1 per cent during January.This was on the back of a 0.9 per cent drop during the past quarter and a 0.7 per cent drop last year.The median unit value for Brisbane was now $384,551.Brisbane’s median house value actually dropped by 0.1 per cent during January to $532,395.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the unit market was still dragging down Brisbane’s results as a whole as a result of concerns around supply and buyer caution.According to the latest Jones Lang LaSalle, Brisbane apartment market report, market fundamentals for the unit market are expected to remain difficult in the short to medium term as a high level of stock is absorbed.“Downward pressure on apartment values and rents is expected to be maintained, but ease slightly in the short-run,’’ it said.“Any recovery in the inner Brisbane apartment market will be dependent on the continued growth of the Queensland economy and any subsequent increases in population growth stemming from that improvement.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: January quarterly00:34last_img read more

Tee off within minutes from this Clontarf home

first_imgThe home at 35 Bradley Rd, Clontarf.This modern house comes with dedicated space for the golf buggy and direct golf course access.Jeannie and Colin Gower have owned the property for about 18 years and built their dream home on the block 10 years ago. “We bulldozed the old worker’s cottage and built the house of our dreams,” Mr Gower said. “We went through three sets of plans before we got it right. We were over the moon with the finished product. The kitchen at 35 Bradley Rd, Clontarf. Picture: supplied“We thought this would be our forever home so we put the best of everything in it.”Mr Gower said he loved the house so much he couldn’t pick a favourite space but he did particularly like that nearly every room had a view of the swimming pool or Redcliffe Golf Course. “We’ve been members of the golf club for over 30 years,” he said. “We absolutely bought the block for its location. It’s in a great spot overlooking a pond, between the third and eighth tee, so we don’t have people teeing off at our back door.”The house is set over two levels with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor opening to a patio over-looking the golf course. The formal living and dining space opens to the poolside courtyard. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe pool area at 35 Bradley Rd, Clontarf. Picture: supplied.There is also a laundry, powder room, bathroom and guest room on this level, along with a double-car garage at the front and a golf buggy garage at the back. “I can drive straight out on to the golf course and the club house is a two-minute buggy ride away,” Mr Gower said. Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and a private balcony. The two remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom. The Gowers are selling to make a sea or tree change.last_img read more

October 5, 2017 Police blotter

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Warriors run goes on

first_img Ulster appeared to have taken hold of the game with three penalties by Paddy Jackson in the middle of the first half but he had an important miss in the 31st minute and Glasgow closed the half with a fine try from Sean Maitland. The conversion by Finn Russell added to his earlier penalty allowing Glasgow to go in leading 10-9 and they dominated the second half, scoring tries through Tommy Seymour and man of the match Mark Bennett, with Russell converting both and adding a penalty. Glasgow can now look forward to an exciting end to the regular season as they seek a top-two finish, with a previously-postponed home game against Edinburgh next Saturday followed by Treviso away and Zebre back at Scotstoun. The pressure is now on Ulster to retain a top-two place to ensure they get a home tie in the play-offs. They have the difficult all-Irish run-in of Leinster at home and Munster away to wrap up the regular season. On a beautiful Glasgow spring evening the first scoring chance fell to Ulster number 10 Jackson but he sliced his effort from a central position on the home 10-metre line. Glasgow looked the more likely at this stage with good work from Maitland and Seymour. In the ninth minute full-back Peter Murchie broke to the Ulster 22, won a penalty which was tapped and when interfered with, the advanced penalty was hit home by Russell. Ulster were sloppy but as the first quarter ended they got their act together. The renowned Glasgow defence was put under pressure and three close-in penalties were conceded, struck home by Jackson in the 21st, 25th and 28th minutes. The second of those saw Glasgow number eight Ryan Wilson pick up Glasgow’s 10th yellow card of the season, sent to the sin bin by referee John Lacey. Jackson missed a tricky penalty in the 31st minute and Glasgow hit back in the closing minutes of the half to go in ahead. A break initiated by centre Mark Bennett was halted two metres out thanks to a brilliant tackle on Peter Horne by Luke Marshall. But Glasgow kep the pressure on and a wonderful pass from youngster Russell put in Maitland for a 40th-minute try converted by Russell. Within 10 minutes of the restart Glasgow led 20-9. First Russell kicked a penalty, with Ulster flanker Sean Doyle sin-binned. Then a Glasgow line-out drive, with backs attached, ended with one-time Ulster winger Seymour getting the touchdown and Russell converting from the touchline. Ulster came back and Andrew Trimble was cut down under the Glasgow bar before a line-out drive was referred to the television adjudicator, only to be disallowed. Glasgow, boosted by their defensive effort, got upfield and following a line-out drive, centre Bennett came back against the grain to reach the Irish line. Again the TV official was given work to do and this time he awarded the try, which Russell converted. Glasgow closed out the game in the Ulster half, with only a fine tackle from Trimble preventing them from getting the try bonus point. An outstanding performance from Glasgow Warriors took their unbeaten run to five matches as they beat Ulster 27-9, while also moving them to within a point of their second-placed opponents in the RaboDirect Pro12. Press Associationlast_img read more