Institute of Fundraising to go ahead with chartered bid

first_img Melanie May | 3 July 2019 | News Information on the IoF’s bid for chartered status can be found on its site. Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  152 total views,  2 views today The Institute of Fundraising is to go ahead with its formal application for chartered status following a successful member’s vote in favour of the move at this week’s Fundraising Convention.If granted by the Privy Council later this year, the new status will help to raise the profile and status of fundraising, and provide public recognition of the fundraising profession.The move will also pave the way for members to be formally eligible for individual chartered status in the years to come and on equal terms with other chartered bodies.The announcement was made at the IoF’s annual general meeting at Fundraising Convention 2019.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:“I am absolutely delighted that our members have voted overwhelmingly in favour for chartered status. This is a landmark moment for the Institute, our members and the entire fundraising community. The vote shows that our members value the benefits that chartered status will bring, including much deserved recognition and credibility to everyone in the profession. We will now immediately make our petition to the Privy Council to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.“I am also incredibly proud that we have continued to deliver our ambitious priorities for our members and the wider fundraising community. We continue to grow both our reach into, and the support we offer to, the wider fundraising community, including our new RAISE programme for the arts & cultural sector, as well as driving forward our important work on equality, diversity and inclusion.” Advertisement Institute of Fundraising to go ahead with chartered bid  153 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 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 read more

Taliban turn their sights on news media

first_img News Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation As Taliban angered by the coverage of last week’s shooting of the young blogger Malala Yousafzai continue to threaten national and international media, Reporters Without Borders has had access to confidential documents about the concrete measures that have been taken to alert and protect journalists in danger.According to the BBC, Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ordered subordinates to target news media in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad and other cities. The media that criticized the schoolgirl blogger’s shooting are being targeted in particular.Reporters Without Borders hails the speed with which the Pakistani police have reacted and their efforts to guarantee the safety of journalists targeted by the Taliban. At the same time, it condemns the death threats being made against journalists, which have the sole aim of creating a climate of terror in order to silence dissent.”Even if Malala Yousafzai’s prognosis continues to be uncertain, the media’s coverage of the attempt to murder this young activist and the developments in her state of health is essential,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Freedom of information must be respected and the Taliban threats must not serve as a spearhead for the imposition of self-censorship.”The organization is also relieved to learn that Yousafzai has been transferred to a hospital in the British city of Birmingham and that she is responding well to treatment there.The Pakistan interior ministry has stepped up security around media offices and religious schools that spoke out about the attack on Yousafzai.At the same time, the authorities are conducting an investigation with the aim of identifying those responsible for the Yousafzai shooting, which has been claimed by the TTP.Pakistan is ranked 151st out of 179 countries in the 2011/2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo credits: ARIF ALI / AFP PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News October 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Taliban turn their sights on news media RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

At least six hurt in shooting at California high school, suspect in custody

first_imgChiccoDodiFC/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — At least six people were taken to hospitals after a shooting at a high school in Southern California Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.A suspect has been taken into custody as students evacuate the campus and reunite with their parents.The number of injuries are fluctuating amid the chaos at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.While fire officials reported six people hospitalized, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at least three people, all students, were hurt, including at least one gunshot victim.Henry Mayo Hospital has received three patients in critical condition, hospital officials said.Villanueva said the suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital. The sheriff told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV earlier that the suspect was believed to be part of the student body.The shooting began at 7:05 a.m. local time, during what’s called “Zero Period,” roughly an hour before the school day officially begins at 8 a.m. and is often used for extracurricular classes and was before the bulk of the students were there for the start of the school day, police told ABC News.Sophomore Brooklyn Moreno said she was in the quad when she heard what she thought was a balloon popping.“I just started running,” she told KABC. “There was girls falling in front of me and I tried to help them up, then just kept running cause I didn’t want to get hurt, either.”“I never thought this would happen at my school,” Moreno said. “I’m still kinda in shock right now. I’ve been shaking and crying a lot — I’m an emotional wreck.”One student told KABC he was headed to school when a few friends texted him to not go because they heard shots.“At first I didn’t believe it,” said the sophomore. “You would never think this would happen… I saw cops and I stopped and I called my mom and she told me to come straight home.”Students were led single file through the campus by armed officers. Multiple ambulances were spotted at the scene as worried parents jammed the streets.As the search for the suspect was unfolding, officials urged those who live in the area to lock their doors and other schools were placed on lockdown.Misty Wolf, a Saugus High School graduate whose 16-year-old daughter goes to a nearby school, said they were just arriving when her daughter’s school was placed on lockdown.“We were all getting there and parents heard shots — or what we thought were shots,” Wolf told ABC News. “The nice guy who waves us in the lot every morning started shouting at the kids walking to get out of the way get up the hill. …We were all trying to get out. People were confused.”“Having my kid, who is already dealing with things in life, being scared because I told her to duck down because they don’t know where the shooter is — is hard,” Wolf said. “There was another [school lockdown] a few years ago and she never wanted to leave her classroom after it. I’m worried that this will make her not want to be at school because she doesn’t feel safe.”Moments before news of the shooting broke, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was on the Senate floor calling on his colleagues to bring up a universal background checks bill that was passed by the House earlier this year.He asked for unanimous consent to pass the legislation dubbed the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019” that would establish new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties. The House approved of the measure in February in a 240-90 vote.His fellow Democratic Connecticut senator, Richard Blumenthal, was in the middle of his remarks on gun violence when he was handed a note informing him of the reported shooting.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Facebook killer commits suicide during police chase

first_imgFacebook killer commits suicide The man dubbed the Facebook killer, Steve Stephens, committed suicide on Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania as cops closed in on him.Stephens, 37, sparked a multi-state manhunt after he shot and killed Robert Godwin seemingly at random on Sunday, recording the encounter on his phone and uploading the horrific video to Facebook. Godwin’s family said he had no connection to Stephens or a woman Stephens mentioned during the incident.Stephens was spotted in a McDonald’s parking lot in Erie County just after 11 a.m. by a member of the public who quickly contacted Pennsylvania State Police. After a 2-mile chase, “troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle…As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” a state police Facebook statement said.Stephens was driving a white Ford Fusion, a picture of which had been circulated by police, when he was discovered.It was not suspected that Stephens killed anyone else during his nearly 48 hours on the run. His cellphone had reportedly “pinged” in the area on Sunday; however, a search for him there was futile and officials said the report appeared unfounded. Yet federal officials were back combing through the area again on Tuesday when Stephens killed himself.A patrolman involved in the pursuit of Stephens on Tuesday couldn’t stop his car in time and slid into Stephens’ vehicle, causing minor damage. No officers were injured, state police said in a statement.last_img read more

Man rushed to hospital after being struck by car

first_imgA man in his 60s has been taken to Sligo Hospital following an accident this afternoon in south Donegal.The man was walking on the N15 road between Ballintra and Rossnowlagh when he was struck by a car.He was rushed to hospital but his injuries are not understood to be life-threatening. Man rushed to hospital after being struck by car was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s universities

first_imgSouth Africa’s universities and other academic and technical tertiary institutions are some of the best on the continent and in the world. South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter At the cutting edge of research in various academic, technology, medicine, law and business spheres, the country’s public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for local and international students.South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. Smaller universities and technikons (polytechnics) were incorporated into larger institutions to form comprehensive universities.South African universities offer a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, while the country’s universities of technology focus on vocationally oriented education. Some also offer theoretically-oriented university degrees.While subsidised by the state and governed in terms of the Higher Education Act, South African universities remain autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than to the government.Here’s a summary of each South African university and tertiary institution.Traditional universitiesRhodes University Situated in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is over a century old. The university has over 7000 students (more than half living in residence), of which 1450 are international students from 57 different countries.Rhodes offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of humanities, science, commerce, pharmacy, law, and education.It boasts the highest academic staff to student ratio of any university in South Africa (1:15) and is world-renowned for its journalism and media studies department that has graduated some of the best journalists currently working in South Africa and abroad, including Haru Mutasa from Al Jazeera and Anand Naidoo formerly of CNN, now at CCTV.For more information, see the university’s website: UniversityNorth-West University was formed in 2004, with the merger of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West, formerly the University of Bophuthatswana. It is now one of South Africa’s biggest universities, with about 32 000 fulltime and distance students.It has three campuses in two provinces: the Mafikeng and Potchefstroom campuses are in the North West province, while the Vaal Triangle campus is in Gauteng. It upholds the promotion of multilingualism as a core practice, with key innovations in place to meet the needs of its diverse student body.For more information, see the university’s website: of Cape Town South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829, UCT has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town.The university is regarded as the top research institution on the continent, with more “A” rated researchers than any other South African university. It is the highest ranked African university in both the QS World and the Times Higher Education world university rankings.The university is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967, and lists five Nobel Laureates among its alumni.For more information, see the university’s website: of Fort Hare The University of Fort Hare, dating back to 1916, is the oldest historically black university in the country. It was the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.Fort Hare has two Eastern Cape campuses, in Alice and East London. It offers a range of degrees and diplomas in faculties of science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, and at the Nelson R Mandela School of Law.For more information, see the university’s website: of the Free State The University of the Free State, which was established in 1904, has its main campus as well as a second smaller campus in Bloemfontein. Its third campus is in Qwaqwa, in the Eastern Free State.With around 33 000 students, the university offers a full range of under- and post- graduate degrees and diplomas in the faculties of education, health sciences, including a medical school, the humanities, law, natural and agricultural sciences, theology, as well as economic and management sciences, which also houses the UFS business school. All classes are offered in Afrikaans and English.Under the leadership of its charismatic and erudite rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen, the university is committed to its vision of becoming an equitable multicultural and multilingual university.For more information, see the university’s website:>University of KwaZulu-Natal Incorporating the former Durban-Westville and Natal universities, the university covers four campuses in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg. With around 42 000 students, it comprises four colleges: agriculture, engineering and science; health sciences, including schools of clinical medicine and nursing; humanities; and the college of law and management studies.For more information, see the university’s website: of Limpopo The University of Limpopo has two main campuses: one at Turfloop, to the east of Polokwane in Limpopo province; the other at Ga-Rankuwa, just north of Pretoria. The university represents a merger between the University of the North and the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa), which was incorporated as a full medical faculty.Its other faculties are humanities; science and agriculture; and management and law. The university focus is on finding solutions to meet the needs of African rural communities.For more information, see the university’s website: of Pretoria Established in 1930, the university is one of South Africa’s largest, offering around 1 800 academic programmes in English and Afrikaans. It has the highest research output in South Africa, a position it has held proudly since 1997.The university has nine faculties spread over seven campuses – economic and business sciences; education; engineering; built environment and information technology; health sciences; humanities; law; natural and agricultural sciences; theology; and a faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort, which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.Its business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, was established in Johannesburg in 2000. GIBS was ranked as the top MBA in Africa by the Financial Times in 2011.For more information, see the university’s website: of Stellenbosch Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, 60km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch University has four campuses: the main campus at Stellenbosch, which hosts the faculties of arts and social sciences, science, education, agrisciences, law, theology, economic and managements sciences, and engineering. The health sciences faculty is at Tygerberg Hospital, while the business school is in Bellville, and military sciences faculty in Saldanha.The university, home to around 26 000 students, is committed to using and sustaining Afrikaans as an academic language in a multilingual context. So while predominantly Afrikaans, many courses are lectured bilingually, and students are allowed to write their assignments and exams in English. At postgraduate level, the language of tuition is determined by the composition of the class.For more information, see the university’s website: of the Western Cape Originally established in 1959 as an ethnic college for coloured students, the university now provides facilities for more than 12 000 students across 68 departments and 16 institutes, schools and research centres.Based in Tygerberg, just north of Cape Town, the university has faculties of arts, community and health sciences, dentistry, economic and management sciences, education, law, and natural sciences. UWC is dedicated to the research and development of free and open-source software. It is the only African member of the Open Courseware Consortium.For more information, see the university’s website: of the Witwatersrand Based in Johannesburg, Wits University is one of the country’s leading research institutions, attracting students from across Africa. Wits has produced more than 120 000 graduates across a range of disciplines since being granted full university status in 1922.The university, with about 28 000 students, offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment; science; the humanities; health sciences; as well as commerce, law and management. The highly regarded Wits Business School is one of the oldest in South Africa.Wits is also home to one of the largest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and its Institute for Human Evolution is dedicated to palaeoanthropological research.For more information, see the university’s website: universitiesUniversity of Johannesburg Established in 2005, the University of Johannesburg incorporates the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand, and Vista University’s Johannesburg campuses. It offers both technical and academic programmes to around 50 000 students.There nine faculties spread over five different campuses: art, design and architecture; economic and financial sciences; education; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; humanities; law; management; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: Mandela Metropolitan University The university, with its 25 000 students, has five campuses in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and one in George in the Southern Cape. It incorporates the former PE Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth, and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth campus.As a comprehensive university, it offers vocational and professional training across the faculties of arts; business and economic sciences; education; engineering, the built environment and information technology; health sciences; law; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: of South Africa Unisa is one of the largest open distance-learning institutions in the world and has more than 300 000 students in 130 countries. Its roots stretching back more than 130 years, a “new Unisa’ was formed in 2004 when it merged with Technikon SA and Vista University’s distance education division. Based in Pretoria, but with regional offices in all nine provinces, it offers distance education programmes – both academic and technical.For more information, see the university’s website: of Venda Established in 1982, the University of Venda for Science and Technology is in Thohoyandou in Limpopo. It offers academic, professional and career-focused programmes in the fields of education; environmental sciences; agriculture; health sciences; human and social sciences; law; management sciences; as well as mathematical and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: of ZululandThe University of Zululand is a rural-based comprehensive university, with its main campus in Kwadlangezwa, just south of Empangeni, a second campus in Richards Bay, as well as other off-campus centres. With just under 9 000 students, it offers career- focused programmes and courses that have been structured with potential employees and employers in mind. It has four faculties: arts; commerce, administration and law; education; and science and agriculture.For more information, see the university’s website: Sisulu University Billing itself as a “developmental university’, Walter Sisulu University’s location in the Eastern Cape presents it with unique challenges and opportunities. Since its 2005 merger with the former Border and Eastern Cape technikons and the University of the Transkei, the university has around 20 000 students spread across its campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha.It offers a range of degrees, certificates and diplomas in four faculties (science, engineering and technology; health sciences; business, management sciences and law; education). It hosts an MBChB programme in Mthatha.For more information, see the university’s website: of technologyCape Peninsula University of Technology Incorporating the former Cape and Peninsula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with more than 32 000 students on four campuses in and around Cape Town and a fifth in Wellington. CPUT emphasises in-service training, which often comes in the form of a six-month internship.For more information, see the university’s website: University of Technology Incorporating the former Technikon Free State and Vista University’s Welkom campus, the university is based in Bloemfontein. It has a regional learning centres in Welkom and Kimberly in the Northern Cape. Almost 50 programmes are offered in three faculties: management sciences; engineering, information and communication technology; and health and environmental sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: University of Technology Incorporating the former ML Sultan and Natal technikons, the university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi. As a university of technology, DUT focuses on applied research as well as on technological innovation.It operates on five different campuses in Durban, and two in Pietermaritzburg, offering tuition through its six faculties of accounting and informatics; applied sciences; arts and design; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; and management sciences. It also has a Business Studies Unit.For more information, see the university’s website: University of Technology Mangosuthu University of Technology was established as a technikon in 1979 by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, then the chief minister of KwaZulu, a “homeland’ created under apartheid. It is based in Umlazi, 25km from Durban. Now a university of technology, it has 10 000 students studying in three different faculties: management sciences, engineering, and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: University of Technology Incorporating the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons, Tshwane University of Technology offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas. It has campuses in four of South Africa’s northern provinces and annual student enrolment is around 60 000 students. There are seven faculties: engineering and the built environment; science; humanities; management sciences; information and communication technology; arts; as well as economics and finance.For more information, see the university’s website: University of Technology The university has around 21 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses, which include the Sebokeng campus of the former Vista University. It has four faculties: engineering and technology; applied and computer science; human sciences; and management sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: published: January 2005Reviewed: October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Property Taxes on the Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — The big fight in the Nebraska Legislature this year is over plans to reduce property taxes, which has the state’s farm lobbies pushing lawmakers hard for some relief.Numbers taken from the 2017 Ag Census show Nebraska farmers have more reason to complain about property taxes than farmers in nearby states.Farm income nationally fell between 2012 and 2017, and land values fell in some states during that time. Property taxes nationally for farmers went up $2 billion over that five-year stretch, jumping from $7.4 billion to $9.4 billion. The average property-tax increase nationally was $21.3%. Just one state, Rhode Island, collected less in property tax from farmers and ranchers over that five-year stretch, according to the Census figures.Property taxes paid by farmers are listed among farm production expenses on a major initial data set for the 2017 Ag Census, which USDA released last week.California remains the highest state for taxing farmers’ property. In 2017, the 65,129 ranch and farm operations in California paid $1.126 billion, an average of $17,299 per farm. And California farm property taxes rose $300 million over that five-year span despite losing 6,297 farms. California property taxes paid rose 26.5% from 2012-2017.Nationally, 1.92 million farmers paid $9.4 billion worth of property taxes in 2017, up $2 billion from five years earlier, a 21.3% increase. The average property tax paid by farmers nationally was $4,902 in 2017, compared to $3,752 per farm in 2012.Texas was the second-highest state for property taxes at $698.2 million, a 20.6% hike from 2012. But those property taxes were split among 236,030 total farmers, so the average property tax paid was $2,958 per farm.Nebraska fell in as the third-highest state for property taxes in 2017 with 42,502 farmers paying $686.5 million, a 30.2% hike from 2012. On a per-farm basis, that breaks down to $16,151, second only to California.Nebraska policymakers want to reduce property taxes, but Gov. Pete Ricketts has pushed back against efforts by the nonpartisan unicameral Legislature to offset property-tax cuts with higher sales taxes or other tax hikes. Ricketts has aggressively held public events with various businesses that could be forced to tax their products or services. Farm groups, though, are part of a coalition seeking property-tax relief.“It’s the No. 1 issue in the legislative session,” said John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union. “It’s our organization’s No. 1 issue, and I would say it is the No. 1 issue for most every ag organization I know.”More than 91% of Nebraska’s agricultural property taxes, about $625.7 million, were paid by just under 40% of the state’s larger farm and ranch operations. Those farms each reported paying more than $10,000 in property-tax expenses. The state-level data for each state breaks down farm expenses, including property taxes, into a range of reported levels.South Dakota farmers paid an average of $9,568 per farm in 2017, the third-highest rate in the nation. The 27,308 farmers in 2017 in South Dakota also saw their property taxes increase 24.6% in the five years since the 2012 Ag Census.Kansas farmers saw their property taxes increase 29.7% during that time — the third-highest jump in percentage — as they paid an average of $5,831 in property taxes.Illinois farmers also saw a 25.5% hike in their property taxes from 2012-2017 to an average of $6,379 per farm.Iowa farmers collectively pay the fourth-most property taxes by state at $538.3 million, or an average of $8,589 for the 79,926 farmers on the 2017 Ag Census. Iowa property taxes rose 18.7% over that time.Ohio farmers paid $411.7 million, which comes out to an average of $5,518 per farm. But Ohio farmers saw the largest increase in property taxes by percentage over the five years of the Ag Census. Property taxes for the 74,609 Buckeye farmers rose nearly 43% from 2012.Alaska, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii and Nevada collected the smallest amount of overall property taxes in the country. According to the Ag Census, Rhode Island was the only state to see a decline in property taxes, collecting 6.7% less from farm operations than 2012. Of the smallest states with farm property taxes, though, Rhode Island government entities collected an average of $7,419 per farm.The 2017 Census of Agriculture:… Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mystery woman in the Indian contingent was a volunteer for the London Olympics: Report

first_imgThe woman, Madhura Honey, who walked with the Indian contingent at the opening parade of Olympics 2012 in London, was reportedly a volunteer for the Games and she managed to sneak into the team using a pass.According to reliable sources, Madhura Honey, who hailed from Bangalore, was pursuing her post-graduate studies in the UK. She had enrolled as a volunteer for the Games. She studied in a reputed college in Bangalore in 2009 before moving to UK.”She had informed her parents that she would be seen on the big screen during the inaugural ceremony of the Games. We knew that she was part of the cast group and a volunteer. But all of us were shocked to see her walking along with our country’s contingent,” one of Madhura’s friends, who did not wish to be identified, said.Madhura had even put up her special pass to the Olympics on her Facebook account. She deactivated her account after she hogged the limelight for what is being considered as a major security breach.According to Madhura’s friend, her family, which is in Bangalore, is worried about her future. “They have stayed away from their friends after their daughter was seen on the TV during the live telecast of Olympics. So far, the parents have not been contacted by any representative of the Indian government,” she added.Apparently, Madhura was too excited about the Games and had informed her friends in Bangalore about her being part of the entertainment group. “She had shared her excitement with a common friend. But we don’t know how she managed to obtain the pass,” the friend said.advertisementlast_img read more

NEC cries for funds as new project launch gets affected

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 28 (PTI) The North Eastern Council is facing acute shortage of funds, hampering implementation of several of its dream projects like setting up of educational institutes, skill development centres and sports academies.”We have so many dream projects to implement, but there is no money. Whatever little money we receive, it has over 99 per cent utilisation. So, we need more money,” North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary Ram Muivah told PTI.Fund allocation to NEC substantially decreased after 9th Five Year Plan from 5.12 per cent of the total outlays for the North East to 0.03 per cent in the current fiscal, he added.”When NEC was established in 1972, the first years fund allocation was Rs 500 crore, which was a big amount then.However, it has increased to just Rs 950 crore in 2016-17.Out of that, Rs 150 crore directly goes to North-East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS),” Muivah said.Besides, every year NEC gives Rs 3 crore to Border Roads Organisation, Rs 47 crore to Alliance Air as Viability Gap Funding for operating flights in loss making routes and Rs 100 crore to North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for sustainable livelihood programme, he added.”So practically, we are left with only Rs 600 crore in this fiscal. Out of this amount, around 70 per cent goes to ongoing projects or to clear liabilities, which currently stands at Rs 2,100 crore,” he said.That means, only 30 per cent of Rs 600 crore is left for new projects and this amount needs to be divided between eight states,” Muivah added.advertisementNEC has nine different sectors under it to work upon, but has not been able to take up any important new project only due to lack of funds, he added.Muivah informed that the North East-specific organisation wants to set up a number of educational centres as per global standards, including an international institute of mass communication and a school of architecture and planning, along with an institute of music, art and theatre. MORE PTI TR SUS KK MKJ LNSlast_img read more

State League Wrap

first_imgThe Stingrays claimed the overall regional championship by just five points from the Vipers, who they met in both the Premier and B Division grand finals. The Vipers got one back on their rivals however, causing a major upset in the B Division grand final, 5-4.In the Premier Division, both the Stingrays and the Vipers were evenly matched throughout the season, finishing the round games on even points. The two teams met once during the season prior to the grand final, with the Vipers beating the Stingrays 4-2 in round three.  The Stingrays got out to an impressive start in the final, taking a 4-1 lead before heavy rain set in. The Vipers made the most of the conditions, scoring twice to get themselves back into the game before two more touchdowns to the Stingrays put the game beyond doubt, winning by three touchdowns.In the B Division, the Stingrays were favourites going into the final, having not lost a game throughout the season. This didn’t bother the Vipers however, who went to the half time break leading 3-2. Both teams scored twice in the second half, with the Stingrays unable to capitalise on good field position in the dying seconds to give the Vipers a one touchdown win. The South West Wolves’ Gino Geracitano and the Central Scorpions’ Caroline Pillman were rewarded for their strong seasons in the Premier Division, taking out the Most Valuable Player award. The Vipers’ Stuart Gregory and the Wolves’ Tara Naige were named the best players in the B Division, while Chris Denison-Smith was awarded the MVP for the best referee.VT LeagueThe Port Melbourne Soccer Club will host the finals series of the VT League on Saturday, 28 November 2009.The final rounds of the VT League were hosted by Bendigo Touch Association, with teams determined to finish the regular season in the best ladder position heading into finals. In round 14 of the Men’s Division, the Bayside Vipers were five touchdown winners over the Uni Blues, while the Northern Falcons and the Western Dodgers were both 9-6 winners over the Casey Cougars and the Melbourne City Lions respectively. In round 15 of the Men’s Division, the Blues were four touchdown winners over the Cougars, as were the Vipers over the Lions. The Dodgers were also winners in the final round, with their 10-7 win over the Falcons. After 15 rounds, the Vipers finished the season on top of the ladder, with 13 wins and two losses. The Dodgers finished in second position, with 10 wins and 5 losses from the 15 games, followed by the Blues in third position – just missing out on a top two finish by two points. The Lions finished in fourth place, closely followed by the Cougars in fifth, while the Northern Falcons finished in sixth position. In round 14 of the Women’s division, the Lions continued their dominance, recording their 14th consecutive win of the season over the Dodgers, 13-3. The Vipers also continued their good form, with their 5-1 win over the third placed Blues. The Falcons were also winners in round 14, with their seven touchdown win over the Cougars. In the final round of the Women’s division, the Vipers ensured that the Lions wouldn’t head into finals undefeated, winning by two touchdowns. The Blues cemented third spot on the ladder, with their three touchdown win over the fourth placed Falcons. The Dodgers were also winners in the final round, with their 5-3 win over the Cougars. Despite their round 15 loss, the Lions finished the season on the top of the ladder with 14 wins and one loss, closely followed by the Vipers with 12 wins and three losses. The Blues sit four points behind the Vipers on 35 points, with the Falcons finishing the season with four wins and 11 losses. The Dodgers finished with three win and 12 losses, while the Cougars finished in sixth position. In addition to rounds 14 and 15 of the VT League, Bendigo’s first ‘take away’ 20/20 Mixed Touch competition was also held last weekend.The 20/20 concept has been popular in Victoria, with tournaments being played in Traralgon and Bendigo in conjunction with the VT League throughout the season. With a maximum of seven players per team, the tournament is run as per the TFA drop off rules. The draw is random and drawn from a hat. Each team has three lives and once they have been beaten three times they are eliminated. A big day of finals will take place on Saturday, 28 November with elimination, semi and grand finals to be played in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The finals will commence at 2.00pm, with the Women’s elimination finals. In the first elimination final, the Falcons will take on the Dodgers, while the Blues will play the Cougars in the second elimination final. The Women’s semi finals will follow at 4.00pm, with the Lions to meet the winner of the Falcons versus Dodgers game, while the Vipers will play the winner of the Blues versus Cougars match.  The grand final will be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s finals will begin at 3.00pm, with the Lions taking on the Cougars, and the Blues to play the Falcons in the elimination finals. The Men’s semi finals will be played after the Women’s semis, with the Vipers to play the winner of the Lions versus Cougars game, while the Dodgers will meet the winner of the Falcons versus Blues match. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm, with presentations to follow at the conclusion of the final. For more information, please visit the following Super LeagueIt is also finals time in the ACT Super League, with the Canberra City Bears and the UC Otters qualifying for the grand final in the Women’s and Men’s grand finals respectively in two weeks time. In the Women’s division, round four saw the Canberra City Bears beat the previously undefeated Tuggeranong Valley Vikings by two touchdowns. In the other match, the Woden Eagles were 6-4 winners over the UC Otters.In round five, the Bears continued their impressive form, beating the Eagles by five touchdowns, while the Vikings were two touchdown winners over the Otters. In the final round of the regular season, the Bears were three touchdown winners over the Otters, while the Eagles and the Vikings played out a four-all draw. After six rounds, the Bears finished the season on top of the Super League ladder, with five wins and one loss. After winning their first three games of the season, the Vikings followed closely on 18 points, with four wins, one loss and one draw from their six games. The Eagles sit in third position, with the Otters in fourth place on the ladder. The Vikings will face the Eagles in the qualifying final on Thursday, 26 November 2009, with the winner to meet the Bears in the grand final on Thursday, 10 December at Deakin Touch fields. In the Men’s division, the Vikings were big winners in round four, with their seven touchdown win over the Bears. In the other match, the Otters defeated the Eagles 7-3.In round five, the Bears received their second big loss in a row, losing to the Eagles by 12 touchdowns. The Vikings and the Otters played out a seven-all draw in the other match of round five. In the final round of the season, the Otters continued their undefeated streak, beating the Bears by three touchdowns, while the Eagles defeated the Vikings 8-5. The Otters finished the six rounds with four wins and two draws, closely followed by the Eagles. The Vikings finished in third position, while the Bears finished in fourth place on the ladder. Like in the Women’s division, the Vikings will play the Eagles in the qualifying final, with the winner to take on the Otters in the grand final. For more information, please visit the following TOYOTA STATE LEAGUERESULTSPREMIER DIVISION GRAND FINALEastern Stingrays 6 def Northern Vipers 3B DIVISION GRAND FINALNorthern Vipers 5 def Eastern Stingrays 4VT LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND 14Northern Falcons 10 def Casey Cougars 3Bayside Vipers 5 def Uni Blues 1Western Dodgers 3 def by Melbourne City Lions 13WOMEN’S – ROUND 15Melbourne City Lions 3 def by Bayside Vipers 5Casey Cougars 3 def by Western Dodgers 5Uni Blues 10 def Northern Falcons 7 MEN’S – ROUND 14Uni Blues 3 def by Bayside Vipers 8Northern Falcons 9 def Casey Cougars 6Melbourne City Lions 6 def by Western Dodgers 9MEN’S – ROUND 15Western Dodgers 10 def Northern Falcons 7Bayside Vipers 10 def Melbourne City Lions 6Casey Cougars 3 def by Uni Blues 7ACT SUPER LEAGUEWOMEN’S – ROUND FOURCanberra City Bears 5 def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 3UC Otters 4 def by Woden Eagles 6WOMEN’S – ROUND FIVECanberra City Bears 8 def Woden Eagles 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 6 def UC Otters 4WOMEN’S – ROUND SIXCanberra City 8 def UC Otters 5Woden Eagles 4 drew with Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 4MEN’S – ROUND FOURCanberra City Bears 4 def by Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 11UC Otters 7 def Woden Eagles 3MEN’S – ROUND FIVECanberra City Bears 2 def by Woden Eagles 14Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 7 drew with UC Otters 7MEN’S – ROUND SIXCanberra City Bears 4 def by UC Otters 7Woden Eagles 8 def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 5last_img read more