British Red Cross donated goods appeal raises record £6.5m

first_img  112 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Howard Lake | 12 August 2015 | News The British Red Cross Clean Start Appeal, in which the UK government match funded income from the sale of goods donated to the charity’s shops, has raised more than £6.5 million in three months. This is the most money raised by the charity for a non-emergency appeal. Tagged with: DfID UK Aid Match Research / statistics Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 British Red Cross donated goods appeal raises record £6.5mcenter_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. International Development Secretary Justine Greening added:“The public response to the British Red Cross ‘Clean Start’ Appeal has been fantastic. With the UK Government matching pound for pound both cash and goods donations, we have helped public generosity go twice as far”.https://vimeo.com/124418652  111 total views,  3 views today The match funding campaign ran from 4 January to 3 April 2015. Dfid’s UK Aid Match promised to match goods donated or cash donations during this period up to a maximum of £5 million.The money raised will help deliver safer water, sanitation and hygiene to 380,000 people in Kenya and Bangladesh, where 37 million people currently live without access to clean water. Once those projects have been funded by government funding and the shops’ income, remaining public donations will be used for Red Cross work helping people in crisis overseas where the need is greatest.An average bag of donated stock is worth £25 and when sold for the Clean Start Appeal, attracting the matched funding, became £50 which could pay for a latrine set for two families in Bangladesh.Help from SpongeBobThe Red Cross partnered with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, with an appeal advertisement running in 408 cinemas across the UK. SpongeBob also starred in a digital poster which was seen in 91 cinemas across the UK. The space was donated for free by DCM and Primesight, and Paramount Pictures produced the advertisement alongside the Red Cross in-house creative team. https://vimeo.com/119530075Mark Astarita, British Red Cross Director of Fundraising, said:“We are delighted that we have raised more than £6.5 million and would like to thank our generous supporters and our loyal shop customers… We are pleased that so many people supported the appeal and over the coming months will update our supporters on the life-saving projects that they helped to fund.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law

first_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further 07.09.07 : Blogger Praya Pichai freed on bail, faces up to ten years in prison October 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Reporters Without Borders calls on the Thai authorities to explain the situation of the blogger known by the pseudonym Praya Pichai, who had been facing up to 10 years in prison under the new Computer Crime Act until charges were dropped for lack of evidence.“Even if the charges have been dropped, he has not been cleared,” the press freedom organisation said. “Anything he says or does on the Internet will be monitored for the next 10 years, during which he could be imprisoned if he posts another political comment on a website. Such control is excessive and his situation must therefore be clarified before more arrests occur.” Help by sharing this information ————————————————— Reporters Without Borders urges the Thai authorities to drop all charges against a blogger using the pseudonym Praya Pichai who was arrested last month under the new Computer Crime Act and who was released on bail yesterday.“The charges against this blogger must be withdrawn as soon as possible,” the organisation said. “They pose a threat to online free expression and highlight the abuses that can result from this new cyber-crime law.”According to the website Prachatai.com, the blogger has been charged under section 14 of Computer Crime Act, which provides for a sentence of up to ten years in prison for “false data” that can cause injury to persons, the public, national security or public disorder. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific center_img August 21, 2020 Find out more News 05.09.07 : Blogger reportedly held under new computer crime law Organisation Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the reported detention of a Thai blogger for the past 12 days under the new Computer Crime Act, which took effect on 18 July.“We call on the information and communications technology ministry to take an official position on this arrest, which would be the first of its kind since the adoption of the Computer Crime Act,” the press freedom organisation said. “It confirms our fears about the dangers of a law that is supposed to combat pornography but turns out to be a way of restricting and controlling press freedom.”The website site Prachatai.com quotes a “reliable source” as saying a 36-year-old computer programmer was arrested because of comments posted anonymously on web forums. The offending post appears to have been one deemed “critical of the monarchy.” After being held for six days at the Police Crime Suppression Division office, he was reportedly transferred to a Bangkok prison on 30 August.The Computer Crime Act allows the police to seize computer files from people suspected of circulating insulting or pornographic messages. Information and communications technology ministry spokesman Vissanu Meeyoo said at the time its aim was “to prevent the owners of computers from transmitting pornographic content or libellous messages. —————————————————– June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Sonic Drive-In Opens in Valley Stream

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Suzanne Monteverdi via QNS.comBurgers, shakes and roller skates! A new Sonic Drive-In location officially opened for business within the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on Monday, Feb. 20.Sonic Drive-In serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a selection of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and sides, as well as an assortment of milkshakes, frozen drinks and sodas. The fast-food chain is known for its 1950s drive-in style, which enables customers to order their meals from their cars and have it delivered by servers on roller skates.The new Sonic is located within the shopping center at 2034 Sunrise Highway and will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.The fast-food joint has one other location further east on Long Island in North Babylon, which opened up in 2011.Green Acres Mall is home to more than 150 stores and restaurants, including Macy’s, Best Buy and Target. For more information about the location, call 516-561-1157.Related:LI’s Fast Food Invasion: Quick, Popular Eats Take Island by StormTwo New Chick-fil-A Locations to Open on Long IslandWahlburgers Opening First Long Island Locationlast_img read more

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Clippers’ Rivers says Pierce has always been underrated

first_imgRight frame of mindAlthough Doc Rivers has not made it official, there seems a strong possibility Pierce will come off the bench for the first time in his career, with Lance Stephenson starting at small forward.Therein lies perhaps the best thing about Pierce at this stage of his career – his willingness to do something he’s never done for the good of the team. In 17 seasons, he’s started 1,240 of the 1,250 games he’s played.“Everybody understands the big picture,” Pierce said. “Everybody wants to win. We have a lot of guys here who have made a lot of money in their careers and played a number of years and trying to find what is left.“For me, it’s trying to win another championship. I try to tell the guys the same things and guys really need to accept those roles.”CP3 enjoyed comebackIt may have been an exhibition game, but Chris Paul was thrilled to be part of Thursday’s comeback, which came after the Clippers trailed 64-29 midway through the second quarter.“It was fun,” said Paul, who had eight points and eight assists. “The energy and excitement of our team was huge. Everyone was genuinely excited about what was going on. Now we just need to stay the course.”This and thatDoc Rivers listed Jamal Crawford as day-to-day after Crawford missed Thursday’s game with a right triceps contusion. … The Clippers open the regular season Wednesday at Sacramento. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When he plays, he just does nothing fast, so you don’t think that he’s quick. You don’t think he can jump, yet he can. He just chooses not to. He doesn’t have to. So when you coach him up close, you see how good he is. I think our fans here will appreciate him more, especially at this age.”Rivers marveled at what Pierce did Thursday.“He was getting shots on 24-year-olds today and he just knows how to score,” Rivers said. “He’s a professional scorer.”Austin Rivers was funny after the game, telling reporters Pierce is not one bit fast. In his case, it’s not needed.“You can’t teach his footwork,” he said. “I ain’t never seen nobody have footwork … he’s probably one of the best footwork small forwards of all time. Seriously.”center_img It was late Thursday night at Staples Center. The Clippers had just come all the way back from a 35-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-109 in their final exhibition game.Paul Pierce, who turned 38 on Oct. 13, was one of many heroes. He scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. He made four of his five 3-point baskets in those final 12 minutes, including on three consecutive possessions to pull the Clippers 96-95. His fourth long-distance basket of the quarter gave his team a 113-107 lead with 1:23 left to play.Could it be that the Trail Blazers just didn’t think Pierce could do that at his age? According to coach Doc Rivers, Pierce has perhaps been underestimated for a long time. “I think he has been underrated his whole career, in a strange way,” said Rivers, who coached Pierce for nine years in Boston, the two winning a title there in 2008. “I even told that to him when I first took the job in Boston, that I underrated him. I knew prior that he was good. I just didn’t know he was that good. I never knew he was athletic.last_img read more

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