Contactless giving campaign opens to help homeless people in Cardiff

first_imgContactless giving campaign opens to help homeless people in Cardiff A two-week contactless giving campaign got underway in Cardiff today, inviting the public to make small donations to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.The campaign is part of Give DIFFerently, which was launched in November of 2017 to encourage people visiting and living in the city to think differently about how they give to those who are begging, homeless or at risk of homelessness. For every tap, a fixed fee of £2 will be put towards small grants for those who are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The grants will be distributed through the city’s frontline services and donations.No cash? No worries. You can still give to the people you want to help on the streets with the tap of a card #giveDIFFerentlyDim arian parod? Dim problem. Gallwch roi i’r bobl yr hoffech eu helpu ar y stryd trwy dapio cerdyn #CAERedigrwydd pic.twitter.com/Z255tdxQoX Advertisement  251 total views,  3 views today Give DIFFerentlyGive DIFFerently is a partnership between FOR Cardiff, The Big Issue Cymru, Cardiff Council, Community Foundation in Wales, Huggard, the Salvation Army, South Wales Police, The Wallich and Public Health Wales. It was established to shine a light on the variety of services provided to help combat rough sleeping across the city, as well as fundraising to provide grants for individuals at risk. Sam Warburton donates via contactless to Give DIFFerently in Cardiff Adrian Field, Executive Director, FOR Cardiff, the business improvement district for the city which funded the screen and contactless service, said: “Feedback from the businesses in the BID area is that cash payments are in decline and according to recent articles it is expected in the next eight to ten years it will only account for 21% of purchases. “This is why we have been working with the frontline services tackling street homelessness across the city to think about how we move with the trend and make sure the generous people of Cardiff can give to the people they see on the streets, even if they’re not carrying cash.”Out of home media owner Clear Channel worked with FOR Cardiff to bring the campaign to life, delivering the interactive screens and contactless payment mechanic, as well as aiding with the creative execution for Sam Warburton’s virtual double.Donations doubledDonations via the contactless giving scheme will be matched by the Four Acre Trust.Donations will be managed by the Community Foundation in Wales, where voluntary and third sector organisations can apply for grants from £250 – £750 to help individuals they know need it the most.Ten per cent of the fund will be ring-fenced for organisations working with those at risk of Adverse Childhood Experiences to prevent the next generation from becoming homeless or having to resort to street-based activities such as begging.Do you want to help reduce homelessness in Cardiff? Do you have a contactless card? #CarditForCardiff via our charitable contactless giving technology on the Hayes. Donate £2 towards small grants for those who are #homeless or at risk of #homelessness in a tap of a card pic.twitter.com/jUpdt9UsdP— GiveDIFFerently (@GiveDIFFerently) March 12, 2018 — GiveDIFFerently (@GiveDIFFerently) March 12, 2018center_img Beth Thomas, Regional Manager at The Big Issue Cymru, said: “With an increase in rough sleeping in Cardiff, we were keen to be involved in a multi-agency approach to helping people who have multiple and complex needs access support. We have seen the success from other homelessness alliances of contactless technology as an alternative way to give and wanted to bring that to Cardiff.”The public will be able to donate via the contactless technology until Sunday 25 March or at any time by texting DIFF20 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070. Howard Lake | 12 March 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis56  252 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis56 Tagged with: contactless homelessness Wales / Cymru Funded through FOR Cardiff, an interactive screen featuring Cardiff Blues’ Sam Warburton has been installed on the Hayes. Passers-by can use it to ‘Card it for Cardiff’ by tapping their card on the window at any time of the day or night. 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

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Hong Kong: Under the National Security Law, no journalist in the world is free from China’s violent retribution

first_imgNews RSF_en ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges democracies to do everything in their power to compel Beijing to withdraw the law that allows it to charge any journalist writing on Hong Kong of endangering national security, an accusation that can result in life imprisonment, or even the death penalty if tried in China. center_img On June 30th, in blatant violation of its international agreements, Beijing went through with the introduction of its national security law in Hong Kong which deems “terrorist activities”, “secession”, “subversion” and “collusion with a foreign country” punishable by life imprisonment, or even by the death penalty if the case were tried in China. This punishment is applicable to all journalists regardless of where in the world they are based. In China, most of the 114 journalists and press freedom defenders currently detained have been arrested or sentenced on similar accusations.”This grotesque regulation, that is widely open to interpretation, not only gives the Beijing regime a tool to harass and punish journalists in Hong Kong under appearances of legality, but it also allows China to intimidate and threaten news commentators abroad with incarceration, says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head, who calls on democracies “to take immediate action to prevent Beijing from stifling Hong Kong’s press freedom and establishing the ‘new world media order’ it has been pursuing.” This new law, just as ambiguous and vague in its original Chinese version as the English translation, has entered into force immediately after its enactment and has the potential to be applied to any journalist writing on Hong Kong, no matter whether or not they are based in the territory (Article 38). In the case of trial in Hong Kong, journalists face consequences as severe as life imprisonment and, although the word “extradition” is never mentioned, the law reserves the possibility for trials to be conducted in the People’s Republic of China, where crimes against national security are punishable by the death penalty (Article 55). The law also reserves the right for certain trials to be held out of the media and public gaze (Article 41).Under these “catch-all” crimes, the writers of Headliner, a satirical television show recently cut from the public media group Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) for mocking the police, could have been charged with the crime of “subversion”. Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times, who was expelled from Hong Kong in 2018 for having served as a moderator at a debate held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club featuring a pro-independence activist, could have been accused of promoting “secession”. The journalists Ma Kai-chung and Wong Ka-ho, who currently face charges of rioting for documenting the brief occupation of the Legislative Council building last year, could have been charged with “terrorist activities”. In order to enforce the new law, the Beijing regime plans to establish an Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong (Article 48) in charge of supervising the media and the activity of foreign correspondents (Article 54). It also plans to create a Committee for Safeguarding National Security (Article 12) operating out of the jurisdiction of local courts (Article 14) and that therefore will be able to freely engage in intimidation and surveillance of journalists and their sources.Hong Kong, a former bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in the World Press Freedom Index in 2002 when the Index was first created, to its current positioning in 80th place; the People’s Republic of China remains near the bottom of the index, ranking 177th out of 180 countries and territories. Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 10, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News News July 2, 2020 Hong Kong: Under the National Security Law, no journalist in the world is free from China’s violent retributionlast_img read more

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Richard “Easy” Pickens

first_imgRichard “Easy” Pickens, age 84, of Indianapolis, passed away on Monday October 29, 2018.  He was born on August 18, 1934 the son of the late Bruce Pickens and Marquerite (Risk) Pickens Winters in Orange County Indiana.  He moved to Osgood and grew up being raised by step father Clifford and Marquerite Winters. He graduated from Osgood High School and enjoyed representing the Osgood Cowboys on the basketball floor.“Easy” worked in the manufacturing field for years around Cincinnati and Osgood.   In 1992 he moved to Indianapolis and worked with his brother Donald.  The two of them managed several different properties around Indianapolis before retiring last fall.He is survived by significant other Fran Fischer, brothers; Donald Pickens of Indianapolis and Larry (Carol) Winters of Osgood, son Mark Pickens,  several grandchildren and  great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by son Kevin and daughter Lori, and brothers Henry and Gene Winters.Visitation will be held on Friday November 2, 2018 from 12-2 pm., with Funeral services being held at 2:00 pm. all at Neals Funeral Home in Osgood.  Burial will follow at Cliff Hill cemetery in Versailles.  Memorials can be given to Osgood Museum in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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M’town Students Hoping Designs are ‘Shore’ Winners

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A group of art students at Middletown High School South have demonstrated their love for the Jersey Shore and the impact Super Storm Sandy had on their lives – and that could mean $50,000 to the school.Art teacher Christen Tummillo’s students have entered a contest, sponsored by the Vans sneaker company, using the shore and the destruction Sandy wrought as their theme. Now the students are among the semifinalists in the contest and the public can cast ballots online though May 13 for their favorite designs.Middletown High School South students and their teacherdisplay the designs they have submitted to a Vans sneaker design contest and are among 50 semifinalists. They are, from left, Nina Mitarotondo, Jesse Price, Amy Mader, art teacher Christen Tummillo, Taylor Franzreb and Meghan Heigelberg.Taylor Franzreb, a student in Tummillo’s Advanced Placement art class, said she and the other students wanted to convey on a pair of sneakers how they felt about the storm’s impact. “It was like a part of our broken youth and how it could be fixed,” she said.Ultimately, Tummillo and students in her advanced placement class and Art I student Jesse Price created a design depicting images of the damaged Seaside Park rollercoaster and a wrecked boardwalk with its stark image juxtaposed with an idyllic summer’s day.“We tried to capture bold elements of New Jersey,” Franzreb said.“That was the first (design) we decided on,” Tummillo said of the Sandy-related artwork. “The hardest part was narrowing down with what we wanted to put on to it.”The storm, “especially for high school kids,” had a real affect on them, the teacher said.The contest is Vans’ Cus­tom Culture shoe customization art contest, now in its fourth year. Students from schools around the country participated by designing shoes for four themed areas.The Middletown High School students’ designs have been selected as one of 50 semifinalists from 1,500 submissions.The public now can cast votes for the entries until May 13 by going online to www.vans.com/customculture/vote/.The vote will help Vans whittle down the selection to the five top vote-winning schools. The student finalists will be invited to New York City June 10-12 for various activities and for the final decision by a yet-unnamed panel of celebrity judges, according to the company’s website.The semifinalists are competing for the top prize for their art department. Tummillo acknowledged the $50,000 would go a long way to helping the department. Runners-up could win $4,000 “which would be great because we’re out of blue paint,” Franzreb said.The Sandy-themed sneaker was submitted for the local flavor category that requires participants to offer their take on their surrounding community, city or state.The other categories are art, music and action sports that Vans has determined to be sports without bats or balls.For music the students chose jazz; for action sports they selected paddle boarding; and for art, Price lobbied and won for his idea of zombies. “Zombies are very in,” Tummillo said.The winner will see their design used and marketed on a Vans brand sneaker, according to the company.The money would be great and getting their shoe design sold in a mall would be awesome, the students said.But they said there is something else a win would do. “It sort of validates what we do,” especially since the high school is competing against some prestigious art schools, student Meghan Heidelberg said.“There is extreme talent in our school here that is sometimes overlooked,” student Nina Mitarotondo said.Tummillo is obviously proud of her students and the work they have done. “I couldn’t be involved with better students for this,” she said.last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors show depth in NBA playoffs win without Curry

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA most valuable player.They would rather have him, of course, but the defending champions have believed in their depth all along. Golden State played short-handed down the stretch of the regular season on the way to a record 73 wins.”We’ve relied on our depth all year, not just when Steph’s out,” Draymond Green said. “I think we’re the deepest team in the NBA.”Thompson scored 34 points and dished out five assists as the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series despite no Curry, sidelined because of an injured right ankle.EDGED THUNDERThe Mavericks levelled their Western Conference play-off series 1-1 by edging the Thunder 85-84, with a putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review.In the Eastern Conference playoffs, Toronto ended their postseason losing streak at seven games with a 98-87 win over the Pacers to level their series 1-1.At Oakland, Curry cut short his pre-game warm-up routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting little pressure on the tender ankle.”Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there,” Thompson said. “I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, added 18 points with four three-pointers and Green had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He didn’t commit a turnover in 39 minutes, his longest stretch without one in the regular season or play-offs.Now, Curry has until tomorrow’s Game Three in Houston to get healthy. But the Warriors aren’t going to push it.”We want to make sure Steph is right and that his foot is fine and healthy,” coach Steve Kerr said.James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State. He made 13 of 15 free throws after not attempting one in the opener.Harden considered it a missed opportunity.”Yeah, for sure. We just didn’t do enough to get a win,” he said.last_img read more

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49ers barely outlast Lions to win home opener 30-27

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Well, the 49ers won’t have to wait until Week 10 to notch their first win this season. After starting 0-9 last season and losing their opener a week ago, the 49ers escaped Sunday’s home debut with a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions.A defensive holding penalty against the Lions saved the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo from a costly interception — and an embarrassing collapse — in the final minutes.On the …last_img

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‘Enough is enough’ say McAuley House students

first_imgEvery Friday, students at McAuley House in Johannesburg stage a silent hour-long protest; they stand outside their school, right hands raised, palms out, in solidarity with victims of abuse.Their stand is part of the school’s Kwanele Kwanele – Enough is Enough – campaign to raise awareness of abuse against women and children.Kwanele Kwanele was initiated in 2013 by school principal, Eleanor Hough, an abuse survivor, who “could not take the hurtful moments anymore”. She says, “I was in my car driving within the heart of Durban and a part of me just could not take the hurtful moments anymore; my bleeding heart said shout ‘enough is enough’ which was my turning point.”The campaign is advocating for support for more stringent penalties for convicted abusers, and a more sympathetic justice system in which victims are always treated with dignity. It also aims to provide access to information for victims and survivors of abuse.The campaign also supports national non-governmental organisation POWA, People Opposing Woman Abuse (Images: McAuley House Facebook page)“We want to educate more people about … the … abuse that is within our country,” said Hough.“Even though we are a private school, most of our learners come from places where they see the abuse, are abused or know someone who is being abused; however most of the youth in our school have now found their voice to say ‘no’ and to come talk to us if they can’t find someone at home to talk to,” she said.The campaign also supports national non-governmental organisation POWA, People Opposing Woman Abuse, through funds raised from t-shirt sales. The t-shirts – sporting the Kwanele Kwanele logo – sell for R40 each and are available through the school.Hough hopes to involve more schools in the campaign and set up initiatives to promote Kwanele Kwanele; she wants to set up a solidarity walk and encourage pupils and their families to volunteer at local women’s shelters. She also invites speakers to talk to communities around the school about what constitutes abuse and how it affects victims and their families.PLAY YOUR PARTTo learn more about the Kwanele Kwanele campaign, visit McAuley House, or call Wendy Neervoort or Iva Brennan on +27 (0) 11 726 1310.last_img read more

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Ghaziabad police cracks down on illegal liquor wanted criminals

first_imgGhaziabad: In the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Ghaziabad police has made a major crackdown on illicit liquor and wanted criminals within past 24 hours and seized around 10,050 litres of illegal liquor from various police station areas of the district, while eight persons were also arrested during the drive against liquor mafiyas. Cops said over three dozen other criminals, who were wanted in various cases of heinous crimes, were also arrested by police. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticAccording to police, the drive was undertaken keeping in mind the upcoming elections where sale and distribution of illegal liquor goes up. “Amid the drive against ferrying of illegal liquor in the district ahead of elections, police teams from different police stations pursued vigilant checking and arrested eight persons with over 10,000 litres of liquor from four police station areas. The largest amount of illegal liquor was seized by police station Masuri where two person were arrested with a truck carrying 805 boxes of Haryana-based liquor bottles costing around Rs 70 lakhs,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further informed that in Muradnagar police station area, two persons were arrested while police managed to recover 30 boxes with 180 litres of Arunachal based illegal liquor from two cars. “Around 141 litres of Haryana based liquor was recovered by Loni border police while 72 litres of illegal liquor was seized by Sihani Gate police,” added Kumar. “All the police units have been asked to remain vigilant about ferrying of liquor and keeping a special watch on the SUVs and mini trucks that can be used to transport smaller quantities of illegal liquor. A closer watch on major inter-state transit points will be done in coordination with other police units,” said Kumar. Meanwhile, police have arrested 19 persons who are booked under gangster act while seven persons under sections of arms act were also arrested by police. “Tightening noose on wanted criminals, police teams from around all the police stations of the district conducted raids and arrested a total of 26 persons under gangster and arms act. All these accused were wanted in criminal activities such as chain snatching, robbery, cow slaughter and illegal weapons. Apart from this, 17 wanted criminals were also arrested for heinous criminal activities such as murder, rape, kidnapping and dowry death,” the officer informed.last_img read more

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21 councillors to move noconfidence motion against Arjun Singh

first_imgKolkata: Twenty one Trinamool Congress councillors will move a no-confidence motion against Arjun Singh, chairman of the Bhatpara Municipality.The councillors met Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food and Supplies minister and president of the North 24-Parganas unit of the party and Partha Bhowmick, party MLA from Naihati on Monday afternoon. A letter bringing no-confidence motion against Singh and signed by 21 councillors was sent to the SDO. A copy of the letter was sent to Singh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhatpara Municipality currently has 34 councillors. To retain the municipality, Trinamool Congress needs the support of 17 councillors. Mallick said the councillors have informed that they had received full support from party supremo Mamata Banerjee and had no intention to cross the floor and join Singh. He said four councillors who were still in two minds, would settle for Trinamool Congress. As per the Municipal Rules, the chairman of the municipality will have to convene a meeting to discuss the no-confidence motion within 15 days. In his absence, the vice-chairman can convene the meeting. The councillors will cast their votes in secret ballots. Bhowmick said that the councillors had formally decided to bring no-confidence motion against Singh on Sunday and the matter received a formal approval on Monday. Singh said that the secret ballot would clear the picture. Interestingly, he has not yet submitted his resignation from the position of MLA.last_img read more

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Haryana CM addresses election rally in Gurugram

first_imgGururgam: Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar on Monday addressed the election rally along with Rao Inderjit Singh who is now certain to be the LS candidate for BJP. The election rally was held at Kukrola village in Panchgaon along the KMP expressway. Speaking at BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Sabha Haryana CM said, “We are taking our achievements of the past & plans for the future to the people, but the opposition has no achievements to speak of, so they can only criticise.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Chief Minister emphasised on his government had ensured that there was balance development in all the regions of the state. Hoping to win from Guugram for the record fifth time Rao Inderjit Singh also highlighted how the Central Government had ensured holistic development in Gurugram by ensuring huge investment in road infrastructure, connectivity and transportation. In an area that has also given a lot of soldiers who have served Indian Army Rao Indrajit also raised the issue of national security. Even as no candidates have been announced by either party, it is widely expected that Congress is planning to put up a strong candidate against Rao Inderjit who is almost certain to get the candidature again.last_img read more

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