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Guidance for public on fundraising for tsunami appeals

first_img Howard Lake | 11 January 2005 | News In the wake of the public’s response to the Asian tsunami appeals, the Institute of Fundraising has launched an informal ‘how to’ guide for members of the general public looking to raise money for charitable appeals.The two-page guide covers key issues such as where to collect, using collecting boxes, and counting money. It also directs readers to three of the Institute’s codes of practice relevant to public fundraising: The Handling of Cash Donations, The Management of Static Collection Boxes, and House to House Collections.Andrew Watt, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Policy and Standards at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “We have been receiving numerous calls from members of the public who are keen to raise funds for one of the tsunami appeals, but haven’t done any fundraising before. It’s great news that so many people have been prompted to get involved, but there is also a real danger that this money could be misappropriated, leaving charities short of vital funds. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Guidance for public on fundraising for tsunami appeals Tagged with: Community fundraising Giving/Philanthropycenter_img 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. “I’ve seen large, open buckets filled with cash along the high street and polystyrene cups on shop counters filled to the brim with coins, where there should be secure, sealed fundraising tins. This isn’t meant to be bureaucratic, it’s simply about making sure donations reach the people they’re intended for. This ‘how to’ sheet contains some simple do’s and don’ts to follow when raising funds for good causes.”The free guide can be downloaded from the front page of the Institute of Fundraising’s website.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Census results for both sides of the border published for first time

first_img Facebook News Previous article18-year-old shot five times in DerryNext articleTyrone make three changes for Ulster Semi Final News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Pinterest Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal For the first time, the statistics agencies on both sides of the border have published comprehensive census results for both parts of the island of Ireland in a single report.The report brings together analysis across a range of topics in areas such as demographics, households, place of birth, religion, health, housing and travel.The total population of the island of Ireland in 2011 stood at 6.4 million, comprising 4.6 million persons in the republic and 1.8 million in the North.In the Republic, the average age of the population was 34, the lowest of any EU Member State. The average in Northern Ireland, while 3 years higher at 37, was also considerably lower than the EU average of 41.Protestants and Other Christians represented 42 per cent of the population of Northern Ireland while Catholics accounted for 41 per cent, with the remainder made up mainly of those with no religion or not stated. In the Republic, the Catholic religion dominated with 84 per cent of the population while those with no religion made up 5.9 per cent.The results show that a total of 14,800 persons regularly commuted between the two jurisdictions for work or study, with 6,500 from North to South, and 8,300 travelling in the other direction. Census results for both sides of the border published for first time Google+center_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – June 13, 2014 WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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‘Court’ vs ‘Floor’: Constitutional Conflicts In Rajasthan

first_imgColumns’Court’ vs ‘Floor’: Constitutional Conflicts In Rajasthan Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu28 July 2020 9:30 PMShare This – xIt’s a paradox in Rajasthan. MLAs are neither in assembly nor in constituencies, but in resorts. Congress asks speaker to disqualify them. Pilot does not attend CLP (Congress Legislative Party) but goes to the High Court. High Court ‘requests’ Speaker to wait. Speaker wanted the Supreme Court to stay the High Court’s ‘request’. In return gets a direction from the Supreme Court to follow…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?LoginIt’s a paradox in Rajasthan. MLAs are neither in assembly nor in constituencies, but in resorts. Congress asks speaker to disqualify them. Pilot does not attend CLP (Congress Legislative Party) but goes to the High Court. High Court ‘requests’ Speaker to wait. Speaker wanted the Supreme Court to stay the High Court’s ‘request’. In return gets a direction from the Supreme Court to follow High Court. Supreme Court asked High Court to go-ahead but says its order will be under their purview. And High Court ‘directs’ Speaker for status quo. What a wonderful coordination! And status quo on horse trading must be implemented by all. If not, they can be punished for contempt of court! The political crisis caused by internal squabbles of Congress party and invisible hand of rival party to topple the government through horse trading has metamorphosized into constitutional conflict -Legislature vs Judiciary. Can the floor become the court? It is not the judgement of floor or court, but that of people which reflects a democracy. Both have a duty to secure the voter’s verdict. As basics are confined to classrooms, the dynamics of politics has become the law and order. The students of Constitutional law should study the constitutional conflicts in the High Court order directing the Speaker not to act. Point 13 can kill 12 points First and foremost, it is self-contradictory. Declaring and taking up the petition of Congress rebel Sachin Pilot as ‘maintainable’ is conflicting with the 13th issue framed in the same order – (xiii) Whether the judgment of the Supreme Court in Kihoto Hollohan’s case can be understood so as to bar the High Court from examining the aforesaid questions? The High Court bench genuinely doubts the bar operating against it on examining the 12 questions. If 13th question is answered yes, no other question stands. Is it possible to say ‘no’ to it? Second significant issue is, the age-old constitutional doctrine of administration of justice – the precedent in the 1992 judgment of the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court in Kihoto Hollohan Vs. Zachilhu validating the constitutionality of tenth schedule with specific reference to paragraph 2, has been ignored. It prevents all the courts including the Supreme Court to reopen the decided question unless a larger bench wanted it.Rajasthan Crisis : Can Governor’s Discretion Override Govt Demand To Summon Assembly Session? Stepping on the floor! Third issue is the sovereign status of Rajasthan Legislature as an independent estate is undermined with breach of doctrine of separation of powers or non-interference with legislative functioning. At the initial stage the High Court gave due respect to the Speaker by ‘requesting’ him not to act on petitions against Pilot and other 18 members, until 24th July. But, within three days the High Court treated him as subordinate and directed him not to act on petitions until the Court’s decides on the Constitutionality of the tenth schedule. Speaker’s authority is rooted in Paragraph 6(1) of the Tenth Schedule, which says: “If any question arises as to whether a member of a House has become subject to disqualification under this Schedule, the question shall be referred for the decision of the Chairman or, as the case may be, the Speaker of such House and his decision shall be final.” In Kihoto Hollohan vs Zachillhu And Others (1992), the apex court upheld the sweeping discretion available to the Speaker in deciding cases of disqualification of MLAs, with a rider that Speaker’s final decisions are subject to judicial review, however, it added, “having regard to the constitutional scheme in the Tenth Schedule judicial review did not cover any stage prior to the making of ta decision by the Speakers/Chairmen; and no quia timet (injunction orders like that was given by Rajasthan HC in this case) actions are permissible”. This is the statement of law by three judges binding precedent on any Constitutional Court, including the Supreme Court. It was reiterated in 2019, while hearing the Karnataka Legislators case on 17th July 2019 by a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi,Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose, which said that the discretion of the Speaker to decide on the resignations of the 15 MLAs “should not be fettered by any direction or observation” of the court. However, the bench held that the rebel MLAs “ought not to be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the…House… and an option should be given to them that they can take part in the said proceedings or to opt to remain out of the same”. The Supreme Court also examined in Kihoto whether it was fair to give so much broad powers to Speaker given that there is always a reasonable likelihood of bias. The majority (3-2) ruled yes. Justices M N Venkatachaliah and K Jayachandra Reddy answered: “The Speakers/Chairmen hold a pivotal position in the scheme of Parliamentary democracy and are guardians of the rights and privileges of the House. They are expected to and do take far reaching decisions in the Parliamentary democracy. Vestiture of power to adjudicate questions under the Tenth Schedule in them should not be considered exceptionable.” In Paragraph 42 the Kihoto explained it further: “In the result, we hold.that the Tenth Schedule does not, in providing for an additional grant for disqualification and for adjudication of disputed disqualifications, seek to create a nonjusticiable constitutional area. The power to resolve such disputes vested in the Speaker or chairman is a judicial power. That Paragraph 6(1) of the Tenth Schedule, to the extent it seeks to impart finality to the decision of the Speakers/Chairmen is valid. But the concept of statutory finality embodied in Paragraph 6(1) does not detract from or abrogate judicial review under Articles 136, 226 and 227 of the Constitution in so far as infirmities based on violations of constitutional mandates, mala fides, non-compliance with Rules of Natural Justice and perversity, are concerned”. The minority view in Kihoto was drastically different. Dissenting Judges Lalit Mohan Sharma and J S Verma, JJ. disagreed saying: “The tenure of the Speaker is dependent on the continuous support of the majority in the House and, therefore, he does not satisfy the requirement of such an independent adjudicatory authority.” Two judges further added: “An independent adjudicatory machinery for resolving disputes relating to the competence of Members of the House is envisaged as an attribute of the democratic system which is a basic feature of our Constitution… [the Speaker’s] choice as the sole arbiter in the matter violates an essential attribute of the basic feature.” This may be the weakest point of Tenth Schedule. But they did not invalidate Para 2 or the entire Tenth Schedule. At the most, High Court could have left the matter to be dealt appropriately with Constitutional Bench of Supreme Court with higher number of judges to overrule Kihoto judgment. Judicial discipline requires the High Court to comply with this mandate. Re-doubting the constitutionality Fifthly, the 1992 Supreme Court order upholds entire Paragraph 2 of Tenth Schedule including 2(1)(a), on constitutionality of which High Court wants to hear arguments. Kihoto order has specifically referred to paragraph 2(1) relating to a Member of the House belonging to a political party by which he was set up as a candidate at the election. Under Paragraph 2(1) (a) such a Member would incur disqualification if he voluntarily gives up his membership of such political party. In paragraph 20 of the judgement in Kihoto, the Supreme Court upheld Para 2(1) as follows: “We hold…that the Paragraph 2 of the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution is valid. Its provisions do not suffer from the vice of subverting democratic rights of elected Members of Parliament and the Legislatures of the States. It does not violate their freedom of speech, freedom of vote and conscience as contended…The Provisions of Paragraph 2 do not violate any rights or freedom under Articles 105 and 194 of the Constitution…The provisions are salutary and are intended to strengthen the fabric of Indian Parliamentary democracy by curbing unprincipled and unethical political defections”. Two years after Kihoto, in 1994 the Para 2(1)(a) was upheld and explained specifically by the Supreme Court in Ravi Naik v Union of India (AIR 1994 SC 1558), saying …the Supreme Court has interpreted that in the absence of a formal resignation by the member, the giving up of membership can be inferred by his conduct.  Two years after Ravi Naik case, the para 2(1)(a) was again upheld by the Supreme Court in G. Viswanathan Vs. The Hon’ble Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Madras & Another, AIR 1996 SC 1060,saying that members who have publicly expressed opposition to their party or support for another party were deemed to have resigned.,  The SC analysed: ‘it appears that since the explanation to paragraph 2(1) of the Tenth Schedule provides that an elected member of a House shall be deemed to belong to the political party, if any, by which he was set up as a candidate for election as such member, such person so set up as a candidate and elected as a member, shall continue to belong to that party. Even if such a member is thrown out or expelled from the party, for the purposes of the Tenth Schedule he will not cease to be a member of the political party that had set him up as a candidate for the election. He will continue to belong to that political party even if he is treated as `unattached’. The further question is when does a person `voluntarily give up’ his membership of such political party, as provided in paragraph 2(1)(a)? The act of voluntarily giving up the membership of the political party may be either express or implied. When a person who has been thrown out or expelled from the party which set him up as a candidate and got elected, joins another (new) party, it will certainly amount to his voluntarily giving up the membership of the political party which had set him up as a candidate for election as such member”. The fact that the Supreme Court has analysed para 2(1)(a) in this case should have been brought to the notice of Rajasthan High Court. Mere giving up of the membership of party which fielded him also might amount to defiance as a precursor to defect, by breaching the trust and pushing their own party government into difficulties especially when the margin of majority is thin. The resignations reduce strength and stability. When resignation is a form of defection Sachin Pilot is not just a dissident legislator, he is leading a rebel group threatening the stability of government, in defiance of the party discipline and verdict of the people. It is enough to attract disqualification, even without defection. As argued by the Congress leaders, Pilot had chance of exercising his freedom to criticise or show dissidence in CLP meetings which he chose not to attend. Every member is free to air any policy differences, administrative issues, corruption or leadership issues in party or government? Were they doing it? Avoiding the CLP meetings and herding its supporters in a resort is far beyond mere criticism and nearing the desertion of party. The tenth schedule aims at guarantying stability to democratically elected government from defecting groups often called rebels. There should have been a prima facie inquiry, especially after the audio clips exposing alleged attempts to bribe the legislators to defect. Such incidents strengthen doubts that this group of legislators were trying to pull down the Government with help of the rival party. The political experience in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where people’s verdict was against BJP, stands to prove that Congress Governments are vulnerable. The voter’s verdict was subverted in two states because of engineered resignations. Resignation is the new strategy to pull down an elected government. 22 legislators of Jyotiraditya Scindia’s group resigned in Madhya Pradesh. A legislator is free to resign for his own individual reasons. It was a mass resignation, an action in group, which is more than expression of dissidence and smacks of defection. Isn’t it obvious that their resignation resulted in immediate fall of ruling party’s strength which ultimately paved way for installation of BJP government? The developments proved that Scindia’s move was clear defection along with that of elected colleague MLAs of Congress party. Being not a member of any legislative house, Jyotiraditya Scindia is free to defect. His right to dissidence is constitutional. But he made 22 legislators to resign and the moment they were accepted by the speaker the strength of Congress was reduced from 114 to 92. In the last few weeks three more Congress MLAs resigned their membership in Legislature and Congress party to join BJP. One of the resigned Congress MLA’s, Lodhi was given the chairmanship of Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation within hours of joining the party. There will be by-elections for 24 seats in the Assembly. These Ex-MLAs might contest elections this time on BJP’s ticket. This is a clear case of disrespecting the people’s verdict with strategic defection. In Karnataka too the strategy of ‘resignations’ was used to pull down the coalition government. As the Speaker who belonged to Congress party was scrutinised the ‘voluntariness’ and ‘genuineness’ of resignations as per his Constitutional duty was rejected. The resignations were not based on individual reasons, but the strategy of a group who came in chartered flights and luxury buses straight from their five-star hotel resort to the Speaker’s chamber and went back. Later they were disqualified for defiance coupled with intention to defect. The Supreme Court agreed with Speaker on disqualification but made the legislators qualified to contest elections contrary to the objective of 91st Amendment to the Constitution. Supreme Court gave a verdict against the letter and objective of that Constitution (91st Amendment) Act. With this legal support, the disqualified MLAs contested elections and most of them have won. It is unfortunate that the defection strategists are using the courts of law as battlegrounds to gain more time for horse-trading. Judiciary is the only resort for democracy, to secure people’s verdicts from the conspiracies of rebels through defections and deceptive resignations. Views are personal only. (M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Dean, School of Law, Bennett University & former Central Information Commissioner.) Next Storylast_img
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No One Should Allege Bias, All Religious Places Should Remain Closed – Maharashtra Govt. Tells Bombay High Court In Jain Trust’s Petition

first_imgNews UpdatesNo One Should Allege Bias, All Religious Places Should Remain Closed – Maharashtra Govt. Tells Bombay High Court In Jain Trust’s Petition Sharmeen Hakim15 April 2021 4:57 AMShare This – xA day after the Bombay High Court refused a city mosque to open up for Ramadan prayers, the Maharashtra Government opposed a petition by two Jain trusts seeking permission for devotees to collect “pious boiled food” from the trust’s premises during the nine-day-long Ayambil fast. The State cited its April 13 circular, directing all religious places to remain closed for outsiders…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?LoginA day after the Bombay High Court refused a city mosque to open up for Ramadan prayers, the Maharashtra Government opposed a petition by two Jain trusts seeking permission for devotees to collect “pious boiled food” from the trust’s premises during the nine-day-long Ayambil fast. The State cited its April 13 circular, directing all religious places to remain closed for outsiders for the safety of citizens, due to the surge in the Covid-19 cases in the State. It informed the court that devotees may congregate for food collection. “Yesterday the Court refused the mosque to open. There should not be bias alleged on the part of the State. Our stand is clear, all religious places should remain closed.” The division bench of Justices SC Gupte and Abhay Ahuja then proposed a “workable solution,” asking the petitioners if they can arrange for a team of volunteers to deliver the food, like food delivery aggregators Swiggy and Zomato. The Court noted that the petitioners were not seeking opening up of the temple for prayers. “The team can take orders online, and the team of volunteers can deliver. The idea is there should not be a congregation. Your community consists of many good individuals who can communicate,” the bench observed before directing the petitioners and the State to respond to its suggestion on Friday. Arguments Shree Trustee Atma Kamal Labdhisurishwarji Jain Gyanmandir Trust and Sheth Motisha Religious and Charitable Trust filed the petition in the HC with the main prayer to quash the state’s directive and allow them and “other 48 Jain trusts” to open the premises by following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). During the hearing, Advocate PB Shah submitted that the petitioners were not seeking opening up of the temple only that pious boiled food is served for nine days of the Ambil fast, so devotees should be allowed to come and collect the food from the trust. Their fast would begin on Monday, and they would require two days to prepare. “Last year we were allowed to serve food in the 4,000 sq feet dining hall, however this year we are only seeking permission for takeaways,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately, restaurants and bars are allowed, but religious trusts are not allowed,” Shah said. The court said that the prayer seemed “reasonable,” and asked the State to take instructions, while also allowing the petitioner to amend the petition. Counsel for the State Jyoti Chavan said that she had taken instructions and the State was opposed to opening any religious place for devotees. She pointed out that only 25 people were now permitted in marriages and only delivery of food was allowed. “People are not allowed in restaurants,” she said. Chavan clarified that the bench had disallowed opening up the mosque on Wednesday and the State’s stand was clear that all religious places should remain shut till May 1, 2021. She further submitted that people cannot be allowed to collect food as they will begin to congregate. The Bench has now posted the matter for hearing on Friday. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Creativity & Innovation

first_img There’s nothing new about creativity – without it we would still be living in caves. But organisations are trying harder than ever to channel creative ideas to give them a competitive edge. Creativity is defined as finding something that did not exist before, and innovation is finding a new, practical application for it. “The inventor of the transistor was creative; but the person who saw its potential and invented the Sony Walkman was innovative, ” says Professor Malcolm Higgs of Henley Management College.The story so farThe study of innovation began as part of economic theory, examining why one kind of business failed and another one started. Originally, academics in the 1950s saw creativity as a component of intelligence.The issue climbed up corporate agendas in the 1960s as America developed a neurosis about falling behind the Soviet Union in the space race. New educational theories were tested in schools, and institutions like the Stanford Research Institute in California investigated creativity in the workplace.By the 1980s creativity was thought more likely to be a trait of personality rather than intelligence. The latest development is the idea of “creative leadership” in which senior staff are supposed to foster learning organisations which end the blame culture and have systems to reward new ideas, and this is one of the training profession’s greatest challenges.The promiseThe promise is clear – in order to develop new products, companies need to harness the creativity of staff.“Because products are now cheaper, quality makes the difference,” says Bettina von Stamm, coordinator of London Business School’s innovation exchange, “innovation is needed to find new, high-quality products.”Russell Harper, sales and business development manager of the Oxford Psychologists Press/Sigma, adds, “If it’s properly understood, innovation should generate better products, improved procedures and better processes.”But Karen Giles, adviser on employee resourcing at the Institute of Personnel and Development, goes further.“Creativity and innovation aren’t just relevant to product development – they’re a critical factor in changing the way organisations work,” she says.Pros and cons Companies in every sector are being urged to take innovation seriously. The downside is that words like “creativity” and “innovation” sound good in company reports, but are frequently misunderstood. And there is a price to pay – to become “creative” organisations must learn to embrace risk.“Creativity is not cosy, it involves upheaval and change,” stresses Tudor Rickards, of Manchester Business School. “Organisations cannot survive without creative destruction – there’s no point saying whether it is good or bad, it is just necessary.”Who’s on board?BT runs schemes for staff to suggest ways of making profits or saving money. The company makes awards ranging from £25 to £30,000 for successful ideas, and staff ideas on improving efficiency have saved the company an estimated £1m per week.Ford also runs a suggestion scheme with cross-functional teams to generate new ideas and has given all UK staff a PC, printer and Internet access so they can help develop the firm’s Internet retailing strategy. Smaller firms actively promoting creativity include Carphone Warehouse, which encourages staff to propose how the business could be improved by rewarding all new suggestions with a small cash bonus. Hi-fi chain Richer Sounds runs a similar scheme publishing performance reports, which list suggestions received and the money they have earned.VerdictChanging work patterns, organisational fluidity and technological change will put a premium on creativity, says Tudor Rickards of Manchester Business School. “There will be more and more space for people to use their imagination. Also there will be more globally connected people. The future of creativity is closely linked to the future of technology.”If creativity is to make a real impact in the workplace, “empowerment” will have to be more than a buzzword, and the views of the rank-and-file foot soldiers will have to be heard. As Charles Handy has pointed out, senior executives tend to be blinkered, and ideas have to come from staff who are still dealing with customers rather than sitting in meetings. Creativity & InnovationOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Skills shortages as CRB crisis deepens

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Skills shortages as CRB crisis deepensOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Employers in the health and charity sectors are losing out on new staffafter having to wait for up to six months to receive clearance for recruitsfrom the crisis-hit Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). Tracy Myhill, president of the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management,said some members were reporting delays of between 12 weeks and six months forthe bureau to complete checks on new staff who will be working with children. “This has led to delays in appointments at a time when we cannot affordthem,” she said. Myhill is concerned the situation could get worse after the Governmentordered the CRB to ensure all school staff are cleared to work with children intime for the start of the autumn term following the Soham tragedy. The Home Office has redeployed 100 extra staff to cope with demand, but theCRB is struggling to cope with a backlog of 195,000 applications. Clare Smith, HR director of charity Leonard Cheshire, which employs 7,500people and provides care staff for the disabled, said her organisation iscurrently losing around 25 per cent of its new recruits who are findingalternative jobs because of the processing delays. The crisis is set to deepen over the coming months because the new NationalCare Standards mean existing staff will also have to be checked by April 2003. “Checks on existing staff will lead to a million new applications fromthe care sector alone,” said Smith. A spokesperson for the Home Office said the CRB had implemented a recoveryplan and was improving response times, although no date had been set forreaching the original target response rate of completing checks in three weeks.Plans to offer all employers basic checks on staff have been postponedindefinitely because of the huge backlog of applications. By Ross Wigham The CRB’s roleThe Criminal Records Bureau opened inApril 2002 to check the criminal records of staff working with children orvulnerable adults.It took over responsibility for the service from the police.It offers three types of disclosure:Standard: For staff working with children or vulnerableadults. This gives details of all convictions, including those that are spentas well as cautions and reprimandsEnhanced: Similar to standard but includes policeintelligence and information on suspected or alleged criminal activityBasic: All staff can be asked by employers to obtain acertificate of basic disclosure which will show all unspent convictions(postponed indefinitely)last_img read more

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Gail’s Bakery eyes sites outside of London

first_imgGail’s Artisan Bakery has revealed plans to expand out of the capital, but has turned down opportunities to go into travel locations.Tom Molnar, joint founder of Gail’s, told British Baker he had ambitions to open sites within 50 miles of London, in places such as Oxford, Cambridge, St Albans or Guildford.Molnar said: “We are talking about the greater metro area – that’s all the scope I have really thought about seriously. If I were to go any further, I would have to think about moving everything over.”When asked about travel locations, Molnar said he would rather stick to what he refers to as “neighbourhood” locations.He explained: “I think the whole travel location thing is changing, so it may be more interesting to us later, because they are becoming places rather than just through-places, but until they become that, I like neighbourhoods. I’ve said ‘no’ to a lot of them.”Gail’s now has 19 sites throughout the capital, and will open a 20th in Abbeville Road, Clapham, in the near future.The company has also set up a delivery service to provide catering for business meetings in London.last_img read more

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The Disco Biscuits Announce Great Openers For Three-Night Philadelphia Run

first_imgAfter an incredible New Year’s run down at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, The Disco Biscuits are now setting their sights on a triumphant return to their hometown of Philadelphia from February 2nd-4th. There’s never any shortage of fun when the Biscuits hit their hometown, as the energy in the room is always palpable whenever the band hits the stage. The group will return to The Fillmore Philadelphia for the run, and today has announced stellar supporting acts for each night of the three-night stand.Watch The Disco Biscuits’ Full Performance On Night Two Of NYE Run [Pro-Shot]Joining the Biscuits will be up and coming jam band Aqueous on February 2nd. The group is coming off a stellar 2016, having released two EPs and recently rang in the New Year with Twiddle. The Buffalo-based, high-energy band is poised bring it in 2017, and will prove to the Bisco faithful why they are the real deal.On February 3rd, the fiery Philly funk extravaganza that is Swift Technique will get things heated up at The Fillmore nice and early. The band has supported everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to The Meters, and Turkuaz to The Motet, and more for a reason. They bring that straight up F-U-N-K right to your trunk.And on February 4th, what else needs to be said about long-time friend and Electron cohort Tom Hamilton and his American Babies that hasn’t been said already? The Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist is one of the busiest musician’s in the scene, between that project, Billy & The Kids (with Aron Magner), playing with Bob Weir, and….do we really need to keep going? Tom Hamilton’s American Babies is one of the best original projects going in the scene, hands down.Whenever the Disco Biscuits ascend onto Philly, the shows tend to be of epic proportions, and these shows are sure to be no different. With old friends and new, expect some exciting collaborations to punctuate an awesome three night hometown run. Tickets for all three shows are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional show information and updates, check out the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

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Java in the genes

first_imgAn international research team has found six new genes underlying our coffee-slurping ways.The work, led by Marilyn Cornelis, a research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found a total of eight genes, two of which had been identified in prior work by Cornelis and others. Two of the new genes were related to metabolism of caffeine and two were related to its psychoactive effects.The two remaining genes are related to lipid and glucose metabolism, but their role in coffee consumption is unclear. They present a possible avenue of investigation, Cornelis said.The discoveries provide insight on why caffeine affects people differently, and how these effects influence coffee-drinking behavior, Cornelis said. One person, for example, may feel energized on a daily cup of coffee, while another might need four cups to feel the same effect. If the one-cup-a-day person consumes four cups, Cornelis said, he or she might feel jittery or experience digestive issues, discouraging that level of consumption going forward.The new genes explain about 1.3 percent of our coffee-drinking behavior, which is about the same as that reported for other habitual behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Photo by Julius Schorzman/Creative CommonsThough there has been disagreement over coffee’s health effects in the past, Cornelis said evidence of its benefits has been mounting. In fact, Cornelis herself — who never liked coffee — has been persuaded to try to cultivate the habit.“I’m not a coffee drinker; I hate the taste of it,” Cornelis said. “If there were more people like me in the study we wouldn’t have found those genes.”The new genes explain about 1.3 percent of our coffee-drinking behavior, Cornelis said. Though that may seem like a small amount, it is about the same as that reported for other habitual behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, she said.Culture is a probably sizable influence, researchers said, but there’s also a strong chance that additional genes remain to be found, perhaps many more. The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.The work was conducted by the international Coffee and Caffeine Genetics Consortium, which was launched two years ago, Cornelis said, by investigators who had published parallel work on caffeine-related genes. The researchers joined forces and recruited additional investigators, with each team contributing DNA samples and data sets, including surveys of the coffee-drinking habits of 120,000 people of European and African-American ancestry.The analysis involved searching for consumption patterns and single “letter” changes in the genetic code called single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs. The study’s senior author, Daniel Chasman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said in a statement that the work is an example of how genetics can influence habitual behaviors.The genes found so far might represent only the tip of the iceberg on coffee consumption, Cornelis said. Not only may there be more genes involved in caffeine metabolism, coffee is rich in active compounds in addition to caffeine, some of which may also have physiological effects.“The next question is who is benefiting most from coffee,” Cornelis said. “If, for example, caffeine is protective, individuals might have very similar physiological exposure to caffeine, once you balance the metabolism. But if coffee has other potentially protective constituents, those levels are going to be higher if you consume more cups, so they might actually be benefitting from non-caffeine components of coffee. So it’s a little bit complex.”last_img read more

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3 Ways to Build Your IT Skills as Data Centers Modernize

first_imgTechnology marches on. And so must we.As IT professionals, we need to be agile: constantly transforming skills to adapt, if not anticipating, the constantly changing business and technology landscape.Today, that means you need to learn new skills along with data center infrastructure transformation and digital transformation of businesses.  These modernization trends are clear:Instead of integrating separate compute, storage and network components themselves, more and more IT teams are buying pre-engineered/pre-manufactured converged systems.Instead of relying on traditional brick-and-motor business models (run on traditional CRM, ERP and financial applications), more businesses are turning to service-oriented business models run on social, mobile and big data applications.This white paper from the Enterprise Management Associates analyst group outlines IT/business transformation trends and includes in-depth interviews with two enterprises who successfully transformed.Here are three important use cases that you need to keep in mind as you tune up your skills to ride this wave along with IT and business.Use Case 1: Must Modernize Data Center to Support Core Business AppsProblem: Infrastructure supporting core business applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, vertical industry-specific suites) is aging.  The data center needs a refresh and more capacity, but space, support staff and budget for OPEX are limited.Solution: Converged infrastructure systems, pre-engineered and manufactured with the latest technologies (storage arrays, compute blades, network and hybrid cloud for “anything as a service”) give you the latest technologies. This delivers the performance, headroom and resiliency that mission critical applications require, while requiring less hand-holding (i.e., OPEX) and a smaller footprint.Skill Transformation: Less effort to “keep the lights on” frees you to become more consultative with customers and more agile, so you can upgrade and deploy new services faster – be recognized for it.Use Case 2: Must Scale-out the Data Center for Digital Business TransformationProblem: Need to provide infrastructure and environments for “third platform applications”  that deliver revenue-generating services via web, social media and mobile devices.Solution: Rackscale hyper-converged systems that start small, scale-out massively, and support native hybrid cloud platforms for rapid application development and deployment.Skill Transformation: Master the art of  the software-defined data center, so you’re not left behind the next phase on infrastructure evolution and are recognized for helping drive your business to its next reincarnation.Use Case 3: Must Assure Infrastructure Meets Stringent Operating Level and Security ObjectivesProblem: Revenue, customer satisfaction and loyalty and IT’s reputation depend on round-the-clock application availability and no service degradations. Traditional siloed IT processes are too slow when new capacity needs to be reallocated, when security bugs strike without warning and when you need to upgrade firmware to address a technical issue.Solution: Converged infrastructure management tools with cross-silo intelligence, automation and visualization.Skill Transformation: Learn how to manage, support and sustain compute, storage and network resources as a single system and multiple systems as a unified pool of resources. This will make you a more valuable player who is collaborative across silos, proactive and solves problems faster.last_img read more

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