YouthNet aims to increase users by 500%


first_img online charity YouthNet will this month launch a marketing campaign to increase users of its youth advice site Following Vodafone’s recent pledge of £3 million, online charity YouthNet will this month launch a marketing campaign to increase users of its youth advice site TheSite.org by 500% and reach over three million users.Read YouthNet aims to boost users at Revolution. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 June 2001 | News YouthNet aims to increase users by 500%center_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists


first_imgToor, who is well known for social media posts defending the rule of law against abuses by the military and ISI, reported that the men who attacked him inside his home last week forced him to shout slogans in support of Pakistan, the military and ISI. The statement was presumably alluding euphemistically to reactions from the military to the address that Mir gave at a protest in the capital, Islamabad, on 28 May in support of Asad Ali Toor, a journalist who was beaten and tortured by three men inside his apartment for several hours on 25 May. His attackers identified themselves as members of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s feared military intelligence agency, Toor said. RSF_en Another journalist known for criticising the military, Absar Alam, was seriously wounded by a shot fired in broad daylight near his home in the centre of Islamabad on 20 April, as RSF reported at the time. No suspect has been identified in the six weeks since that shooting. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Violence January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan News Censorship forces BBC to withdraw news show from Pakistani TV January 25, 2021 Find out more Another step towards autocracy In his speech in support of Toor, Mir called for those behind this and other recent attacks on journalists to be identified and implied that he thought that Pakistan’s all-powerful armed forces were responsible. April 21, 2021 Find out more The host of Capital Talk, a current affairs programme broadcast every weeknight on Geo News, Hamid Mir was suspended summarily, without any form of proceedings. He told RSF that his channel’s management notified him that he would “not go on air” as from 31 May. A Geo News source confirmed to RSF that Mir was “sent on forced leave.” Hamid Mir (centre) has been taken off the air as host of the programme Capital Talk, as the screen grab on the left indicates. This act of censorship took place after Mir spoke in defence of Asad Ali Toor (right), a journalist who was tortured inside his home a week ago (photos: RSF – Eduardo Soteras / AFP). News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfirecenter_img News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder June 2, 2021 – Updated on June 8, 2021 Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts The Geo/Jang Group, which owns Geo News, said in a statement yesterday that a speech made by Mir “resulted in backlash from different segments of society.” Capital Talk will have a temporary host while “the editorial committee and lawyers will check for violation of policy and law,” the statement added. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled that Hamid Mir, the well-known host of one of Pakistan’s most prestigious TV programmes, has been taken off the air by his TV channel after saying at a protest that those responsible for recent physical attacks on journalists should be identified. An autocratic climate is steadily taking hold in Pakistan, RSF said. “It is extremely disturbing that a media group has been reduced to censoring its own star journalist simply because he defended his fellow journalists against violence by the security services,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “In his programme, Hamid Mir nurtured the flame of democracy and pluralism in Pakistan with courage and abnegation. His disappearance from the airwaves is another step in this government’s progress towards autocracy.” Matiullah Jan, a journalist who is well known for his critical coverage of the judicial system and the military’s attempts to control it, was kidnapped for half a day in July 2020 by men who tortured him and threatened to kill him if he continued his critical reporting. Organisation Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News Mir himself only narrowly survived being shot six times in a murder attempt that took place while he was on his way to Geo News in Karachi in April 2014. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Violence last_img read more

News story: Improving wifi in our criminal courts


first_imgGood and reliable wifi is important in our courts and tribunals to ensure court visitors and legal professionals can work effectively in our buildings. We currently see over 46,000 active users a week using our wifi networks, 30,000 in criminal courts and 16,000 in civil and family courts and tribunals, exchanging 66TB of data, equivalent to over 29 million typewritten pages, over 106,000 CDs or over 14,000 DVDs. That is why we have started work to put the infrastructure in place to deliver better wifi in our criminal courts.Our new full-building GovWifi allows more people to use the enhanced wifi network from a single logon – meaning easier access to online systems, less paper and improved ways of working for people who need to work out of multiple courts.Wifi is already available in all courts and tribunals. All civil and family courts and tribunals have already got enhanced full-building wifi coverage We are currently six months into a three-year programme to deliver faster wifi in all criminal courts by 2021. This new full-building wifi network will be in addition to the existing PCU wifi network already available in courts and tribunals.Feedback has been positive and the earlier than previously planned roll-out of GovWifi to all courts, even where wifi has not yet been upgraded to full-building coverage, has already benefited local authority advocates, youth offender teams, presenting officers, UK visas and immigration in the Home Office, CAFCASS, and legal professionals visiting our court and tribunal buildings. We recognise that where wifi has not yet been upgraded, the bandwidth is not yet sufficient for downloading large case files and video clips but this will be improved as the infrastructure programme is delivered.The following list shows where we now have full building coverage, improved bandwidth, and a resilient design in 31 criminal courts. We have prioritised Crown and Combined courts: Court visitors and professional users can text “GO” to 07537 417417 to set up a GovWifi account. Once an account has been set up it can be used at any GovWifi-enabled location. If a location you are visiting is using GovWifi it will appear as an available network to connect to on your device, and if your device is set up to connect automatically it will do so.Advice to legal professionals is to connect to the wifi ahead of going into court.If you have problems setting up the GovWifi account or connecting to the network please contact the helpdesk on 0845 600 6909.This upgrade is another important step in the ongoing modernisation of the courts and tribunals system as part of the reform programme, bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system. Birmingham Crown Court Bradford Law Courts – Crown Bristol Crown Court Cardiff Crown Court Chelmsford Crown Court Coventry Combined Court Croydon Crown Court Derby Combined Court Inner London Sessions House Crown Court Isleworth Crown Court Kingston upon Thames Crown Court Leeds Combined Court Leicester Crown Court Lewes Combined Court Liverpool Crown Court Luton Crown Court Maidstone Combined Court Manchester Crown Court – Crown Square Newcastle Combined Court Norwich Combined Court Portsmouth Combined Court Preston Combined Court Reading Crown Court Salisbury Combined Court Sheffield Crown Court Snaresbrook Crown Court Southwark Crown Court Teesside Combined Court Wood Green Crown Court Woolwich Crown Court Wolverhampton Combined Courtlast_img read more

Brazilian Army Tests New Assault Rifle Imbel IA2


first_imgBy Dialogo August 30, 2013 These weapons may be used with different accessories produced in the country, such as laser sights, infrared thermal sights, 40 mm- grenade launcher, bayonets, etc. We are positive that the Imbel IA2 will be the perfect substitute for the FAL, a weapon that has become a legend in the Brazilian Army,” the military officer stated. The commander of the Parachute Brigade, Brigadier General Roberto Escoto, confirmed that these weapons operated successfully during the tests. “Imbel IA2 is a national project with the goal of replacing the old FAL and PARA-FAL rifles. We jump on the Negro River fully equipped for combat with the new 5.56 mm version, which is lighter, more sophisticated, polymer-based, and highly reliable, as it was proven during the tests in different scenarios. The new assault rifles IA2 caliber 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm, designed by Brazilian military weapons manufacturer Imbel, are being tested before being introduced into the Armed Forces. The Brazilian Army received a batch of 1,500 of these weapons in order to be evaluated by different operational units at Operation Bumerangue II, an operation carried out by the Amazonian Parachute Brigade, an elite unit that jumped on the Negro River equipped with 5.56 mm IA2 rifles (precursor and free jump operation). The potential order for the Imbel IA2 for the Brazilian Armed Forces could be in the range of over 500,000 units, and the weapon, ready to be exported, has attracted South American, African and Asian countries. Congratulations to Imbel!! It was able to reinvent FAL and its derivates. It is the same rifle, but with a polymer pistol grip and a piccantiny rail, probably it has the same weight and other similar and obsolete characteristics. We shall wait to see how much it will cost, since the other IMBEL rifles are much more expensive than the imported “similar” ones. It is indeed very expensive to change the machinery, the production line and to invest in technology, but that’s the price to be paid if one wants a high-tech industry. The IA2 5,56 is a rifle totally new, with several modern characteristics, including the ability to shoot after being “submerged” in water.On the other hand, the IA2 7,62 is the FAL… Yes, it will use some parts of the OLD fal, as handle/barrel/triggers which substituted only “upper/lower receivers and the frontguard.last_img read more

What are you scared of?


first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We’ll do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure.” Whether we’re talking about our personal experiences or professional endeavors, this insightful quote from Tony Robbins rings true. Think about your life at home and at work. We have goals. We have dreams. We also have fears. And all too often, our fears keep us from chasing those goals and dreams.Dr. Seuss wrote about fear in his obscure book, What Was I Scared Of. Throughout the book, the main character continuously sees a pair of empty green pants that seem to be chasing him. He runs away scared, trying to avoid the pants. Eventually, the protagonist and the pants wind up in a snide bush together, and he discovers the mysterious pants were just as frightened of him as he was of them.For most of my life, I was afraid of needles — an unfounded fear based on nothing. So, when I was writing my bucket list several years ago, I placed “overcoming my fear of needles” at the top of that list. I even came up with a plan to accomplish my goal. I would get a tattoo. Pretty brave, right? I should also mention that since that time, I avoided tattoo shops like the Dr. Seuss character steered clear of the rogue green pants. And much like his unfounded fear of those pants, my illogical fear of needles gave me angst. I tried to avoid it. I tried to forget about it. I tried to pretend it didn’t exist. But no matter what I did, the fear kept nagging me. What was I scared of?I spent three years avoiding my fear, but this past weekend, I finally had enough. While I was in one of my favorite cities, I decided it was time to take action. I walked past the tattoo shop twice. As I passed by a third time, it looked busy, so I wandered in assuming the wait would be too long. I was wrong. They had an opening on the schedule. I was out of excuses, and I was standing face-to-face with my personal version of those empty green pants.last_img read more

Economic Update examines pandemic, incoming administration


first_imgCUNA Senior Economist Jordan van Rijn discusses the latest on the pandemic’s economic impact, as well as the effects next year of an incoming Biden administration in CUNA’s latest Economic Update video. As van Rijn notes at the start, the pandemic continues to be the most important thing in the economy.“With any economic forecast we have to make a few assumptions, and with all of this uncertainty we’re going to assume basically the next few months will be the worst of the pandemic,” he said. “The combination of upward trends of the virus, the colder winters months when people are inside, COVID fatigue, all of this is going to lead to more business closures, restrictions, school closures and all will have a negative effect on the economy.”van Rijn said he expects some kind of stimulus bill with relief targeted to families and businesses to be enacted early in the new administration, though on a smaller scale than in 2020.“We do expect that to help the economy somewhat starting next year,” he said. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The island of Hvar was declared the best island in Europe


first_imgCondé Nast Traveler i ove je godine, po 32. put organizirao izbor najboljih svjetskih otoka, a za Nagradu po izboru čitatelja glasovalo je više od 600 tisuća glasača.The announcement of the awards took place on Monday, October 7, 2019, when the laureates were announced across the continents, and it was the island of Hvar shone at the top of the European list of the best islands. Side dish: The Best Islands in the World: 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards HVAR TOURIST BOARDS ASSOCIATE! SIGNED AGREEMENT ON DETERMINATION OF LOCAL TOURIST BOARDS IN THE AREA OF THE ISLAND OF HVAR The island of Hvar received another international recognition, a great award from the readers of the renowned magazine Condé Nast Traveler, whose votes ranked it at the very top of the best islands in the world and brought the title of the best island in Europe! Photo: TZ Hvar / Jakša Kuzmičić, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr “This award is a kind of crown to our successful season behind us. We are honored to be in the company of the world’s best islands – this is a reward for all tourist stakeholders in our city and our island. In the Tourist Board of the town of Hvar, in the post-season we continue to position our town on the world map of year-round destinations with a diverse offer, and we believe in further tourist growth. “points out Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board.Along with Hvar, the five best islands include the Greek islands of Crete, Paros and Mykonos, and the Danish island of Bornholm. Condé Nast Traveler points out that Hvar is an excellent destination to visit all year round, especially due to warm summers and mild winters, and points out the well-known Hvar statistics – that this is the sunniest island in Croatia, with more than 2800 hours of sunshine a year. This world-renowned magazine also highlights the rich historical heritage of the town of Hvar – highlighting the 13th-century Fortica Fortress as an unavoidable cultural monument. Also, the editors write about the famous harvest of Hvar lavender, which becomes one of the main attractions in the summer months. INCREASED NEWS:last_img read more

Japan reports two more virus-linked deaths, urges public events cancelled


first_img“In light of the significant infection risks, we will ask that national sporting or cultural events that will attract large crowds be either cancelled, postponed or downsized for the next two weeks,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a cabinet task force meeting on the outbreak.Workers in protective clothes stand before passengers disembarking off the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. ( AFP/Philip FONG)-Concerts cancelled After the announcement, the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization said its unofficial spring games through March 15 would be held in empty stadiums before the official season opens on March 20.Some top Japanese musicians — including all-male group Exile and female trio Perfume — cancelled concerts, while the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show on Saturday will be held with no audience, according to their organisers.The virus has also forced professional football, rugby, golf, tennis and other sports to reschedule games or to hold events with no fans in attendance.The sumo association will hold an emergency board meeting on Sunday to discuss whether to hold their sold-out March tournament in Osaka in western Japan.The government has also asked state-operated museums and theatres to consider closing or cancelling shows.Abe and cabinet ministers have repeatedly said that the coming weeks will be critical in limiting the spread of the virus in Japan.But those measures have been largely advisory, including recommending that people work from home or commute off-peak.The governor of Hokkaido, where at least 38 people have been diagnosed, said he was asking local municipalities to close public schools for one week from Thursday.In Tokyo, meanwhile, the regional education board said public high schools could start late to spare students travelling on packed commuter trains.The outbreak has raised fears that the Olympic Games to be hosted in Tokyo this summer could be cancelled, a possibility government officials and organisers have rejected.”We have not thought about it. We have not heard about it. We have made inquiries, and we were told there is no such plan,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told reporters.”Our basic thinking is to conduct the Olympics and Paralympics as planned. That’s our assumption.”Along with at least 165 infections across the country, Japan has dealt with lingering worries about those who disembarked from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.The government has contacted 813 former passengers of the ship and found “45 people had certain symptoms”, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told parliament.”We asked all of them (who have symptoms) to see a doctor and to take tests.”Japan has come under increasing pressure over its handling of the crisis on the vessel.Those allowed off the ship after a 14-day quarantine were asked to stay inside, but no formal measures restricting their movement were imposed.Around 970 people were allowed off the boat last week after testing negative for the virus, but several have subsequently been diagnosed with the illness.Opposition lawmakers have blamed the government for failing to implement a fresh 14-day quarantine after the passengers left the cruise ship — as was required by countries that repatriated citizens from the boat.Topics : He had not travelled to China recently and there was no sign he had contact with known infected individuals, it said in a statement.Another elderly person in the Hokkaido region of northern Japan died of viral pneumonia, the ministry said.Testing done after the death confirmed the infection of the individual, whose details have not been released at the request of the family.Seven deaths linked to the virus have now been reported in Japan — four of them former passengers from the Diamond Princess — while the country has also recorded more than 700 infections from the boat and at least 160 off it. Japan reported two more deaths linked to the coronavirus Wednesday as the government called for organisers to reconsider holding major events in coming weeks to limit the outbreak.The news came as dozens of passengers allowed off a virus-stricken cruise ship were reported to have developed symptoms including fever, and will be asked to be re-tested for the virus.A Tokyo man in his 80s who tested positive for the infection died of pneumonia, the health ministry said.last_img read more

Why are Black NFL coaches expected to be perfect?


first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier One of the recent sports headlines that I read on www.nbcsports.com that I wasn’t sure I was reading correctly was, “Should the Steelers trade Mike Tomlin?” Another “cerebral” gem was, “Steelers trading Mike Tomlin could solve some of the franchise’s problems.” The last goodie was, “How the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin created a giant mess.”What mess has Mike Tomlin created? Did he show up with a mink coat on a 60-degree day not dressed to play football? Did he say that he couldn’t really relate to a lot of the younger players in his locker room? Was he the cause of one of his most valuable players almost being paralyzed by an untimely injury?Wait a minute. Mike Florio posted this article on profootballtalk.nbcsports.com on Dec. 2, 2014: “Teams can still trade for head coaches. The league office has confirmed that trades can indeed be made of head coaches. When coaches are traded, it doesn’t happen the same way players are traded.”Why would the Steelers make a trade for another coach when their current head coach has never had a losing season? There has been a precedent established in Pittsburgh sports as far as trading a player for a manger but that was initiated because of dire circumstances.Let’s rewind the clock for a minute. Richard Paloma posted this article on whitecleatbeat.com in 2016. “In November 1976, Finley made an unheard of deal: he sent his manager, (Chuck) Tanner, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000. This was only the second time in MLB history where a manager was part of a baseball trade. In 1960, Indians manager Joe Gordon and Tigers manager Jimmie Dykes were traded for each other. The Pirates were in need of a skipper, with Danny Murtaugh retiring from his fourth tour of duty as manager after the 1976 season due to stated health reasons. Only three months after stepping down as manager Murtaugh would die from a stroke in December of 1976.”Let’s break this down a little bit. The Pirates wanted to their organization to remain stable so they made a very bold move to at least attempt to assure the continuation of smooth sailing for their franchise. The Pirates were not a losing organization. They were not in the process of rebuilding, they only needed a manager to step in and keep the ship sailing. When Danny Murtaugh was alive and in good health, Pittsburgh had their manager.The current Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, is alive and well. Tomlin has not even reached the age of 50. Why would the Steelers want to trade him? He has never had a losing record. At the time that he coached Super Bowl XLIII, he was the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Danny Murtaugh was 59 years old when he died. The final World Series that Danny Murtaugh won was in 1971 at the age of 54. The Pirates traded for Chuck Tanner because of the death of Danny Murtaugh. It now seems as if a significant segment of the Steelers’ fan base is trying to kill and bury the career of Mike Tomlin. Why? Well, just because. Why? Well, because the leadership of certain key players is not leadership at all. It’s “Me-dership” as well as the pseudo-leaders being infected with the, “throw their teammates under the bus syndrome.”It seems that if you are an African American NFL head coach, the fans and many of the sports writers don’t just expect you to be exceptional; they demand perfection….do dah.***Correction: In my “Voices from the Wilderness” column from Jan. 9, I must clarify that Chris Moore’s “Black Horizons” show was the longest-running African American TV program until it was canceled in 2012.last_img read more

Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally


first_imgOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena. Six Mississippi basketball players take a knee during the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nathanael Gabler/The Oxford Eagle via AP) With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two other players later joined them.“The majority of it was just that we saw one of our teammates doing it and didn’t want him to be alone,” Ole Miss scoring leader Breein Tyree said. “We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school.”The Confederacy demonstration took place a few hundred feet from the arena. In the aftermath of violence at a similar rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Oxford community has been on alert.Various student groups held counter-protests on campus Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s march, led by Pro-Confederate groups Confederate 901 and the Hiwaymen, also drew counter-protesters. The march began at the Confederate monument on the city square and ended at another Confederate monument in the heart of the Ole Miss campus.“This was all about the hate groups that came to our community to try spread racism and bigotry,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. “It’s created a lot of tension for our campus. Our players made an emotional decision to show these people they’re not welcome on our campus, and we respect our players freedom and ability to choose that.”Kneeling during the anthem has become a popular way for athletes — starting with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — to protest racial injustice and inequality.Ole Miss beat Georgia 72-71.last_img read more