Advertisement 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. Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Giving/Philanthropy NCVO Research / statistics The Giving Campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 November 2011 | News Wealthiest still donate smaller proportion than less well off, says CAF and NCVO research 104 total views, 5 views today The wealthiest people in the UK continue to give less to charity as a percentage of their income than those less well off, according to analysis in the soon to be published ‘UK Giving 2011’ research produced by NCVO and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). On average, those earning under £32,000 give over 1% of their income to charity, while those on over £52,000 give just 0.8%.As a result, John Low, Chief Executive of CAF, has called for the wealthiest members of society to take a lead in increasing giving by pledging to give at least 1.5% of their income to charity.This is the percentage quoted in 2004 at the end of the three-year government-funded The Giving Campaign. The campaign organisers concluded that the average percentage of income that individuals give to charity should increase from 0.7% to 1.5%, with the wealthiest giving at the top of that range. Seven years on, not all of them clouded by recession, the wealthiest have on average stuck to the lower end of that scale.Furthermore, The Giving Campaign also recommended that by 2014 donations should have doubled in real terms. NCVO and CAF estimate that since 2004 the total amount given to charity in real terms has only increased by 15.2%.John Low announced his call yesterday at a House of Lords reception to mark the end of the Giving Forum. He said: “We should continue to strive towards the aspirations of the Giving Campaign and call for people to give at least 1.5% of their income to charity every year, with the percentage rising for those with greater wealth.He spoke on the same day as the launch of Legacy10, a campaign to persuade the public and particularly those likely to pay Inheritance Tax to leave 10% of their estate to charity.Low added: “Today’s Legacy 10 launch is a great start, with high profile people publicly talking about their giving. We would like to see a wide-spread Giving (while living) pledge led by those in positions of influence; with the wealthy encouraging each other in the way that Gates and Buffet and others have shown can work so well.“We want to see Ministers loudly championing and celebrating philanthropy and sending a strong message through their own giving, where business and charity leaders follow suit and where everyone across the UK can play their part.”www.cafonline.org 105 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
By Dialogo December 18, 2012 The Bolivian police seized 121 kilos of liquid cocaine wrapped in condoms and stored in cans of hearts of palm that were to be shipped to Africa and Europe, after passing through Chile, a prosecutor reported on December 14. Counter narcotics prosecutor Miguel Trigo Rocha, told local TV channels that operations were carried out in Cochabamba, 560 miles east of La Paz, where they found empty boxes of condoms that were used to wrap the drugs in a private home. “We found several empty boxes of condoms, which were placed (with the drugs) inside cans of hearts of palm, and sealed afterwards,” said the prosecutor, who also confirmed that a counter drug authority had said in previous versions that the liquid drug amounted to 121 kilos. The drugs were canned in Cochabamba and taken to Oruro, near Chile. Regional anti-drug commander Colonel Iván Tapia, stated that the substance found on December 16 “was inside 1,499 cans of hearts of palm” on a busy road northbound to Chile. Prior investigations by the prosecutor’s office showed that the drugs were destined for Africa, before being sent to Europe. According to the United Nations, Bolivia is the third largest cocaine producer, after Peru and Colombia.
Three members of the US Congress have tabled legislation extending the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which is set to expire in 2020.Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Senator Marco Rubio, both representing Florida, recently unveiled the “Caribbean Basin Economy Recovery Act.”The proposal extends the CBTPA, which allows Caribbean countries aligned with the US federal government in battling drug trafficking and with high labor standards to export goods containing American dyes and fabrics into the US duty-free. The CBTPA was established in 2000.Senator Bill Nelson introduced billNelson introduced the bill, which was then sent to the US Senate Finance Committee. “These trade programs are a lifeline for some of our closest allies, which also happen to be some of the poorest countries in the Caribbean,” Nelson said.Stability in Caribbean “Extending this trade program not only helps provide stability in the region, it also helps the Florida businesses that rely on international trade.”Rubio said that “extending these targeted trade preferences helps boost key American exports and solidifies fragile economies, like Haiti’s, in a crucial region for US security.“This bill will help reaffirm the US commitment to developing deeper economic relationships with our regional allies, and supporting stable and democratic political institutions in the Caribbean,” he said.Congressman Sewell introduces similar billAlabama Democratic Congressman Terri Sewell also introduced a similar bill in the US House of Representatives last week, with Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo as the chief sponsor on the Republican side.“This bipartisan legislation to promote US trade with Caribbean island countries is needed as many islands begin to recover from the devastation of recent hurricanes,” Sewell said.“Economic growth in Alabama is one of my top priorities, and this bill represents a great opportunity to expand my home state’s trade with Caribbean basin countries,” he added.Sewell said that reauthorizing CBTPA until 2030 and improving trade with Caribbean countries encourage future investment, promote job creation, and lay “the foundation for economic development for decades to come.“Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to build a stronger, more competitive US economy, and today’s bill takes a big step towards that goal,” he said.
Share on: WhatsApp New York mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he doesn’t want to see large-scale sporting events and concerts with fans come back for a long time.“Those big events should be one of the last things we should bring back online. The last thing we should do is gather 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” de Blasio told CNN.“That is the opposite of social distancing, so I think it could take quite a while.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his California city might not host large gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, before 2021.– More will die –“It would be very difficult to see that,” Garcetti said when asked if events would resume in this calendar year.Also, Jeffrey Smith, the chief executive for Santa Clara County in northern California, told ESPN that more people will die if events are staged too early and that only a “major miracle” could lead to the 2020 NFL season starting on time.“It puts the entire country at risk,” said Smith, who overseas the area that includes the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks as well as several US college teams.“The fundamental thing is sports is not a local event. If you have people travelling from all over and you have no way of knowing whether they’re infected or not — I mean, 50,000 of them in a stadium is not a good idea.” Dr Anthony Fauci says widespread testing, social distancing and empty stadiums are the key to getting US sports up and running againLos Angeles, United States | AFP | The top US health and infectious disease specialist says the key to reopening professional sports leagues in America is to have the athletes play games in front of empty stadiums.Anthony Fauci, who is helping coordinate the US response to the global coronavirus pandemic, said reliable antibody testing and fast results are also crucial to the return of sports.“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told US Snapchat show “Good Luck America.” “Nobody comes to the stadiums. Put (athletes) in big hotels, wherever you want to play.“Keep them very well-surveilled, but have them tested like every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their families, and just let them play the season out.”Professional sports leagues are in gridlock due to the pandemic that has so far killed nearly 28,000 Americans.The National Basketball Association is pondering a similar model for getting their 2019-20 season restarted in either Las Vegas or the Bahamas.The NBA shut down on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, and the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour quickly followed suit.The PGA is reportedly considering a return on June 11 without fans in attendance, starting with a tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, which was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 21-24.The matches would not be played in front of fans, and the PGA may have to play on gallery-free courses for at least the months of June and July.Eight Tour events were postponed on March 17. The PGA Championship and Masters were rescheduled for later in the season.Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, which was due to start March 26, is on hold, as is the LPGA tour and motor racing, while the National Football League is just hoping it will be able to start its season on time in September.