Smile, the online banking service of The Co-operative Bank, has partnered with conservation charity WWF-UK to donate £50 for every new current account opened.The affinity deal lasts until 31 December 2004 and a donation will be made to WWF-UK as soon as each new account holder makes a credit transaction on their account.The bank is also incentivising the offer with a free prize draw to win a 10-night trip to the largest orang utan sanctuary in Borneo to view this endangered creature. Advertisement 30 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis WWF to earn income from new Smile bank accounts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 August 2004 | News The Co-operative Bank says that it is the only UK clearing bank with an Ethical Policy. 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.
News Help by sharing this information GreeceEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further April 29, 2021 Find out more News ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News Reporters Without Borders will be at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens to remind participants that free expression must be at the centre of any model of Internet governance, and to reiterate its positions on Internet neutrality and the need for Internet companies to behave ethically. Follow the news on Greece Organisation RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more GreeceEurope – Central Asia A Reporters Without Borders representative will take part in an IGF workshop on Internet filtering and free expression at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on 31 October (contact : [email protected]). Reporters Without Borders will be at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens to remind participants that free expression must be at the centre of any model of Internet governance, and to reiterate its positions on Internet neutrality and the need for Internet companies to behave ethically. The forum, taking place from 30 October to 2 November, follows on from the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis a year ago.“This event is an opportunity to remind governments that the free flow of information online must be one of the leading principles of any model of Internet governance,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Governments that censor the Internet and imprison Internet users will be represented at the IGF. It is vital that they should not decide the Internet’s future.”INTERNET GOVERNANCEThe debate: The United States currently controls the organisations that run the Internet, the leading one being ICANN, based in California, whose duties include managing domain names worldwide. This situation is criticised by virtually all other countries, which say it is unacceptable that the Americans should be in this all-powerful position. The reaction is understandable as ICANN’s decisions, despite seeming very technical, have direct political repercussions. To take just one example, ICANN could in theory completely eliminate the domain names of certain countries (such as .fr or .cn for example) from the Internet. Money is also at stake because the entity that runs the Internet could favour certain technologies, and therefore certain companies.The situation is open to criticism but the only clearly-defined alternative model at the moment comes from countries that do not respect online freedom of expression. China, Cuba and the world’s most repressive countries are trying to get the job of regulating the Internet assigned to an independent supranational organisation – the United Nations. But in view of the UN’s negligent attitude to human rights – don’t forget that its ad hoc commission was chaired by Libya – this is an alarming idea. Do we really want the countries that censor the Internet and jail cyber-dissidents to be in charge of the online flow of information?The European Union has also taken a position, proposing something mid-way between the Chinese and US positions. It says ICANN’s critical functions, those having direct political consequences, should be entrusted to a “collegial, multilateral structure.” Nonetheless, the European position is very vague and in no way defines a new model of Internet governance.The Reporters Without Borders position: It is not right that the United States should have sole control of the Internet’s regulatory bodies. So it is understandable that other countries should try to establish a new mode of Internet governance. But any reform must respect the following principles:- Do not give too much power to governments. The Internet must continue to be a network that is mainly developed by the private sector and civil society.- Ensure that repressive governments are not able to assume a dominant position within the Internet’s new regulatory structures.- Give the Internet management bodies the means to defend free expression. For example, give them the possibility of adopting sanctions against countries or corporations whose policies violate article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.HOLDING INTERNET COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOURThe debate: Many Internet sector companies that have operations in repressive countries violate the principle of the free flow of information. To take just a few examples:- Yahoo! censors its search engine in China and collaborates with the Chinese police so that dissidents and independent journalists can be arrested and convicted.- US companies Secure Computing and Fortinet sell filtering software to countries such as Tunisia and Burma that do not respect free expression.- The US company Verint Systems and its British competitor Silver Bullet sell equipment for tapping mobile phones to the Vietnamese police.The Reporters Without Borders position: Internet sector companies should be required to respect free expression in whatever country they operate. Complying with local laws can in no way be an excuse for violating international human rights standards. In view of the inability of these companies to establish serious ethical codes, we hold that: – The governments of democratic countries should regulate the activities of Internet companies to prevent this kind of abuse. There should, for example, be a ban on the sale of communication surveillance equipment to repressive countries. Internet companies should also be forbidden to operate e-mail services from servers based in these countries.- Any new worldwide Internet regulatory structure should establish international standards in this regard.THE PRINCIPLE OF INTERNET NEUTRALITYThe debate: Under the neutrality principle, operators such as Verizon or France Telecom are not allowed to make any distinction between people or organisations that provide a Net service. For example, Internet service providers would not be allowed to provide certain blogs or websites with a better service than they provide to others. US telecoms operators want to do away with this principle above all in order to be able to provide video on demand, which needs much more bandwidth. At present a blog uses the same network as the CNN website, so a step in that direction would mean creating two Internets: one high speed, for commercial concerns; the other slower for all those without the means to pay for the operators’ services.The Reporters Without Borders position: Abandoning the neutrality principle would have direct consequences for bloggers and Internet users throughout the world. If telecommunications operators are allowed to offer different services according to the price paid by content providers it is likely that small online publications, particularly blogs, will be relegated to a second-class Internet, with a bandwidth much smaller than that of commercial concerns. There would be a risk that websites without financial means would disappear to make space for big content providers. The neutrality principle has made the Internet an open, creative and free media. Reporters Without Borders therefore proposes that:- Neutrality is recognised as a fundamental principle for Internet regulation. It could even be included in the statutes of the bodies responsible for worldwide management of the Internet.CYBER-DEMOReporters Without Borders is organising a “24-hour online protest against Internet censorship” and calls on Internet users to be ready to take part.Where: www.rsf.orgWhen: from 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 7 November, till 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 NovemberFor more information The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom Receive email alerts October 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders will go to IGF venue in Athens to put free expression on agenda News February 2, 2021 Find out more
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The nor’easter slamming the East Coast is bringing up more than 2 and a half feet of snow, winds of more than 70 mph and coastal flooding.The highest snowfall was in Newton, New Jersey, where a whopping 32 inches of snow fell.Elsewhere, Nazareth, Pennsylvania got 31 inches, Harrison, New York got 24.5 inches, Danbury, Connecticut received 19 inches and Wilmington, Massachusetts ended up with 20 inches.Washington, D.C. had 2.6 inches of snow fall while Philadelphia had 6.8 inches, New York City got 16.3 inches and Boston ended up with 1.2 inches.There are 19 states that continue to be under winter alerts for snow and ice from Georgia to Maine on Tuesday as this slow coastal storm moves through.The heaviest snow on Tuesday will be in western and northern New York and into northern New England where more than a half a foot of snow could fall.A few more inches could even potentially accumulate on I-95 from Philadelphia to New York City.A new storm is expected to cross the country this week and could bring another bout of snow and heavy rain from the West Coast to the Northeast.This storm is hitting the West on Tuesday with rain from Seattle to San Francisco as well as some expected snow in the mountains where, locally, a couple of feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada Range in California again.By Thursday, this storm will hit the central U.S. with more snow and rain for the Midwest and the Great Lakes including Chicago and Minneapolis.By Friday, this same storm will move to the East Coast with rain for the I-95 corridor and snow for inland areas.Right after that storm, however, there could be another coastal storm just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, with heavy snow possible even for coastal cities such as New York City.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
USS Boxer, USS Kearsarge receive Battle “E” awards Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer, USS Kearsarge receive Battle “E” awards View post tag: USS Boxer Two U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships, USS Kearsarge and USS Boxer have received Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) awards.The officers and crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) were awarded March 3, while USS Boxer received its Battle E for the fifth consecutive year on March 6.The Naval Surface Forces Command (COMSURFOR) Battle “E” award is given annually to the best ships in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, and recognizes a command’s sustained superior performance.Battle “E” recipients must demonstrate mission excellence in six categories of battle efficiency: maritime warfare, engineering/survivability, command and control, logistics, safety, and efficiency excellence.Boxer spent several months performing maintenance and implementing systems upgrades. The Boxer crew also integrated with USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Commander Amphibious Squadron One and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to complete integrated training in preparation for deployment.Cmdr. Mark Scorgie, Boxer operations officer, said: “To be eligible for the Battle E, Boxer had to earn at least four of the five Command Excellence Awards, satisfactorily complete basic phase certification events for each warfare area on the first try, and do well on INSURV if it happens to fall in the calendar year. Obviously, the Boxer team knocked it out of the park.”Flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG), USS Kearsarge was evaluated throughout the past year and was recognized for its performance. Kearsarge earned four command excellence awards in maritime warfare; engineering/survivability; command, control, communication, and information warfare; and logistics management. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Kearsarge March 7, 2016
MARGARET WEIMMER To the Editor:As a parent of thee children who attend Henry E. Harris, I was always pleased with the sense of community felt there. This year it has gone to new levels, and the staff at this school should be commended for being such amazing, kindhearted individuals. In January we learned that our youngest would need to undergo brain surgery, at just 7 years old. From day one, the entire school has been so incredibly supportive, from helping us prepare for surgery, home instruction after, and returning to school. Mrs. Kazimir personally assisted us with anything that she could and assured us that she would be there every step of the way for whatever we needed. Mrs. Whitney helped me immensely with home instruction and his transition back into the classroom. From the school secretary to the guidance counselor, everyone made us feel a bit more at ease. We could not walk into the schoolyard to pick up our older children without a teacher or parent asking how our youngest was doing. The support was truly overwhelming and greatly appreciated. Our biggest supporter was his teacher, Mrs. Senerchia. She has helped us and supported us in ways that I could never express my gratitude for. Over the year, she became a friend to not only my 7year-old, but me. Her compassion for her students is what makes her an incredible teacher and what makes parents and children lucky to have her as a teacher. Thank you for being so caring, concerned, and supportive! We could never thank you enough for the gift you have given us this year, in making not only one of our most difficult times easier, but more important, our son’s most difficult journey. BBOED is lucky to have a teacher as wonderful as you.
With over 50 years’ experience in the baking and confectionery industries, Perrett and Kane Machine Services (Backwell, Bristol) has supplied the majority of celebration cake manufacturers with its machinery designs, including sheeters, horizontal cutters and shape stamping machines.Latest machine to join its range is the P&K 2D Shape Stamping, which has taken five years to develop and can produce a line of two-dimensional shapes in icing, pastry or marzipan every three seconds.Shape boards can be changed in minutes by an operator and are a fraction of the cost of conventional rotary machine change parts, claims the company. The 2D shape boards utilise a number of technologies in their design and are durable in everyday bakery use, adds the firm. All of the details in the customer’s original creation can be reproduced in the finished moulds.
New low-fat and reduced-salt bacon products are being developed by Northampton-based TMI Foods in conjunction with sandwich and food manufacturers in the UK and continental Europe, which the company supplies.TMI has also responded to Government directives to lower the salt content of foods and worked with customers to meet consumer demand for lower-fat products. “You have to retain a certain amount of salt and preservatives for it to be proper bacon, but we are able to provide a wide range of distinctive tastes through our precise curing techniques,” says TMI Foods managing director David Abbott.The company has invested heavily at its Coventry curing plant, installing the latest in smoke ovens to use natural smoking techniques with beech or oak wood and cure a variety of new flavours, including traditional dry cure, sweet, maple, cherry, apple and malt.“Sandwich manufacturers are always looking for new flavours and we have recently introduced pancetta, a long dry cure with herbs and spices, cherry wood and mild-cured succulent loin slices,” says Abbott. “We also produce a large number of different cook levels from traditional cooked bacon to crispy.
While the name Prince was certainly in the air after his recent passing, few artists have embodied New Orleans music like the late Allen Toussaint. For years upon years, Toussaint worked tirelessly with some of the greatest musicians of our time, writing countless songs and arrangements that were filled to the brim with the spirit of the Crescent City.With Allen Toussaint’s untimely demise on November 10th of 2015, it came as no surprise that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival would schedule an all-star tribute for Toussaint. The beloved pianist had appeared at the festival every year, and not many typify New Orleans jazz and heritage more than Allen Toussaint.On the final day of Jazz Fest, Allen Toussaint’s full backing band, including his son Clarence “Reginald” Toussaint on percussion and son-in-law Herman LeBeaux Jr. on the drums, served as the foundation for the tribute. The band welcomed out a number of guests throughout the set, including Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Jon Batiste, and Davell Crawford.Naturally, each musician sang songs that were written or produced by Toussaint over the years. Whether it was Dr. John’s “Life” or Aaron Neville’s “Hercules,” there was no shortage of emotional responses and great music.You can watch a clip of Aaron Neville’s song below:RIP, Maestro.[H/t NOLA.com]
Umphrey’s McGee is keeping fans ready for 2017! After announcing a major winter tour last week, the band has followed up that announcement with a brand new set of dates in the winter. They’ll be hitting Asheville, NC for three nights, February 17-19, with special guests Greensky Bluegrass on as support for the first two shows. Those two shows will be played at the Exploreasheville.com Arena, while the final night will see UM hit The Orange Peel for a more intimate performance.The UM dates come just a couple weeks after closing out a winter tour, which will see the band collaborate with Joshua Redman and get support from Spafford. Those winter tour dates can be found here, and they run from January 13th-February 4th. With today’s new announcement that UM will partner with Greensky Bluegrass in such a musical community as Asheville, NC, the stage is surely set for some incredible music and sit-ins across the board.UM tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 26th, with the general on sale this Friday, October 28th. Find out more information here.