Entries open for CSJ Awards 2017

first_img  84 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Entries are now open for the CSJ Awards, which recognise the achievements of local charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK which have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing a variety of entrenched social issues.Run by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the awards offer a prize of £10,000 to each winning organisation, plus a chance to have their work profiled at the awards ceremony in London to a large audience of politicians, celebrities, philanthropists, leaders from the private and voluntary sector, and the media.Previous winners of the CSJ Awards have included organisations that have helped to tackle modern slavery, rehabilitate ex-offenders and perpetrators of domestic violence, improve educational outcomes in deprived areas and bring isolated older people back into the community.The CSJ aims to help these remarkable organisations and the individuals that drive them get noticed, in particular in Westminster. The organisation continues to work with the winners to help their work achieve greater impact.Replicable projectsThe CSJ Awards judges look for outstanding grassroots charities and social enterprises that are effective in helping people find a pathway out of poverty and tackle the root causes of poverty. They are also looking for innovative solutions that are sustainable, long-term and replicable across the UK.How to enterThere are six categories in the awards.Six categories for the CSJ Awards 2017 Update 14 October 2016The deadline for applications has been extended to 11 November 2016. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Entries open for CSJ Awards 2017 Howard Lake | 10 October 2016 | Newscenter_img 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.  83 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Awards small charities social enterprise To be eligible to enter applicants must not exceed an annual turnover of £3 million and must be based in the UK. There is one application form per category.Application forms are available from the Centre for Social Justice.The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 28th October 2016. Advertisementlast_img read more

web site of the week

first_img It is as well not to believe everything you read on the Web, but this is one site where you can trust the sources. The on-line service from the Stationery Office, the official publisher of statutory, Parliamentary and government information, may err on the dry side, but it’s an invaluable on-line resource for HR managers who want to stay up-to-date with legislation and Government reports and commissions. You can buy reports direct from the site, check out on-line newsletters and immerse yourself in statistical information. There’s also updated news and parliamentary debates are available on-line the following morning. Useful links, include one to 10 Downing Street (check out Tony’s Internet broadcasts) and clicking on the blue Stationery Office icon at the top of the site takes you to the Office’s own site where you can find out about its services and sign-up for e-mail alerts on new titles. Finally, if you’re in a new job and a new area and want to find out who your MP is, this will help you track him or her down. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article web site of the weekOn 14 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Documents Portray Osama bin Laden as Frustrated Al-Qaeda Leader

first_img “Bin Laden wanted someone who had not pledged allegiance [to the U.S.],” said an unnamed U.S. government official who was familiar with the matter, according to the Times report. “He felt they were on stronger religious grounds,” said the former official. The documents analyzed the time span from September 2006 until April 2011. West Point analysts were careful to note that the papers, culled from a much larger trove, provide only a partial glimpse of bin Laden’s mindset and way of thinking over the past half-decade. Bin Laden urged renewed terrorist efforts in Afghanistan Instead, bin Laden saw the revolutions in the Middle East as an opportunity to begin “inciting people who have not yet revolted and exhort them to rebel against the rulers.” Shahzad later admitted he lied under oath when he promised not to bring harm to the United States as part of his citizenship ceremony. Despite his own hatred of America, bin Laden viewed the broken oath as an offense against Islam. Bin Laden believed an operative with a valid Mexican passport would have easier access to the United States without violating an oath. WASHINGTON – A trove of documents seized by U.S. Navy Seals during a daring raid of Osama bin Laden’s secret compound last year make no mention of al-Qaeda’s plans for Latin America, although a new media report suggests he hoped to recruit operatives with Mexican passports. Experts at the Combating Terrorism Center at the West Point Military Academy scrutinized and translated the documents over the past year, and released their finding publicly last week. “I really read all of this as [the writings of]a very frustrated man,” said Ahmed Rashid, a prominent Pakistani journalist and author of “Taliban” and “Pakistan on the Brink.” “Despite these huge efforts to write these letters and question everything, he was not in command, he was not an authority and he was not getting much of a response to what he was saying or suggesting.” “He was the world leader of Islamic jihad and nobody would question him then,” Rashid said. “Now, having some of these groups that are not very prominent, but very bloodthirsty, not listen to him must have been frustrating. His authority was less, and that must have been a big ego blow to him.” According to a source quoted May 2 by the Los Angeles Times, bin Laden was annoyed that al-Qaeda operative Faisal Shahzad took a sworn oath of allegiance to the United States before he tried to blow up an SUV loaded with explosives in New York’s Times Square in 2010. The interpreted documents portray bin Laden as frustrated by his waning influence outside al-Qaeda and marginalized by his top-secret whereabouts and a general inability to travel. The CTC analysis shows that bin Laden consistently urged his lieutenants to forgo domestic attacks that killed Muslim civilians and instead focus on the “desired goal” of permanently crippling the United States. Report indicates Osama wanted to infiltrate U.S. from Mexico, Canada “Bin Laden’s letter was littered with detailed instructions to be followed to ensure the safety and security of the remaining brothers even if the work ‘should proceed at a slower pace during this period’,” the report said. In Afghanistan, bin Laden wanted his fellow terrorists to continue their fight against the United States, the CTC report says. He believed that their efforts weakened America, enabling Muslims elsewhere to revolt against their rulers, no longer fearing that the United States would be in a powerful position to support these rulers. “Bin Laden’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told” from the released documents, the CTC report said. Al-Qaeda’s relationship with Iran questioned “On the operational front, the affiliates either did not consult with bin Laden or were not prepared to follow his directives,” the report states. “Therefore, the framing of an ‘AQC’ [al-Qaeda Central] as an organization in control of regional ‘affiliates’ reflects a conceptual construction by outsiders rather than the messy reality of insiders. Rashid said the bin Laden letters reveal a stark contrast to his bravado after a wave of deadly terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya, Nairobi and Tanzania in 1998, and then the 9/11 attacks on the New York and the Pentagon in 2001. The report says bin Laden was annoyed by what he viewed as incompetence among leaders of al-Qaeda “affiliates” in Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, and he resisted conferring on the groups the official al-Qaeda brand. The documents show bin Laden was unimpressed by their “lack of political acumen to win public support, their media campaigns and their poorly planned operations which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Muslims.” “This is some guy sitting in one room trying to intellectualize about his future and the future of the party, without any contact to the outside,” Rashid added. “It seems to me to be the actions of a man in acute frustration.” “Although references are made about ‘trusted Pakistani brothers,’ there are no explicit references to any institutional Pakistani support for al-Qaeda or its operatives,” the report says. While many outside observers might think that bin Laden’s objectives with respect to the United States aligned at least somewhat with Iran’s, the documents reveal deep distrust between the Iranian government and al-Qaeda leadership. However, he was not heartened by the possible ascension of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, whom he viewed as too moderate to accomplish radical change. In fact, Bin Laden saw little use for traditional politics. A review of documents released by the CTC shows that bin Laden spent his final years fretting about al-Qaeda affiliates in Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen because he thought their recklessness hurt the mission’s cause worldwide, according to documents released by the U.S. government last week. “The relationship between al-Qaeda and Iran is one of the least understood aspects about al-Qaeda’s history,” the CTC report adds. “References to Iran show that the relationship is not one of alliance, but of indirect and unpleasant negotiations over the release of detained jihadis and their families, including members of bin Laden’s family,” the CTC reports states. “The detention of prominent al-Qaeda members seems to have sparked a campaign of threats, taking hostages and indirect negotiations between al-Qaeda and Iran that have been drawn out for years and may still be ongoing.” “Far from being in control of the operational side of regional jihadi groups, the tone in several letters authored by bin Laden makes it clear that he was struggling to exercise even a minimal influence over them,” the report added. “In line with al-Qaeda’s traditional stance, bin Laden dismissed the Muslim Brotherhood [and similar Islamist groups], accusing them of being in pursuit of ‘half solutions,’” the report states. “This, in his parlance, means that although they raised the banner of Islam in their political discourse, they deviated from its teachings when they agreed to pursue their objectives through the electoral process.” CTC: Osama was encouraged by Arab Spring The report says discussion of Pakistan by bin Laden – at least in the documents released publicly – is “scarce and inconclusive.” The documents suggest al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists did not enjoy the kind of cooperation from official Pakistan that some observers suggest. “Bin Laden, it was said, could run but he could not hide,” the CTC reports states. “He seems to have done very little running and quite a lot of hiding.” U.S. authorities have long suspected that al-Qaeda wanted to smuggle operatives into the United States from it neighbors. The Times also cited a declassified CIA report written in 2003, titled “Al-Qaeda Remains Intent on Defeating U.S. Immigration Inspections,” that said specific information at the time demonstrated al-Qaeda’s “ongoing interest to enter the United States over land borders with Mexico and Canada.” By Dialogo May 08, 2012 The longtime al-Qaeda leader, killed in a covert U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a year ago, also brooded over the terror group’s contentious relationship with Iran – a squabble fueled in part by Iran’s detention of members of bin Laden’s family. “Pakistani authorities were beginning to exert pressure on us and closely monitor our movements, making it very difficult for Arab brothers and others to reach Afghanistan via Pakistan,” bin Laden wrote, according to the CTC report. Bin Laden also expressed deep concern about the 2010 drone killings of al-Qaeda operatives in Waziristan. He urged that his “brothers” in the region flee to safer ground, advising them to move on cloudy days when drones would be less likely to locate them. Report says Osama saw affiliates as incompetent Sayf al-‘Adl, one of al-Qaeda’s top-tier leaders, wrote in letters obtained prior to the Abbottabad raid that after the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, many al-Qaeda operatives traveled to Iran presuming they would be left alone. Instead, al-‘Adl wrote, Iran “began a campaign of arresting people and deporting them to their home countries,” which the al-Qaeda leader believed was due to U.S. pressures. Bin Laden viewed the so-called Arab Spring as a positive development in his quest to create a global Islamic state. He had long wanted to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and other Middle East governments, and establish an Islamic state according to Sharia law. Pakistani journalist: Osama was ‘not in command’last_img read more

Fair’s double-double leads Syracuse past Minnesota in Maui Invitational quarterfinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As blood squirted from C.J. Fair’s right cheek, the forward came alive. Fair darted to the rim from the left elbow with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Austin Hollins swung his arm to contest the inevitable posterization. His arm found Fair’s right cheek. The ball found the bottom of the net on a thunderous tomahawk slam.To that point, Fair had just two points, but the finish lit a fire.“I cut down the lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”Fair went to the bench, but didn’t sit long. He received treatment during nearly every timeout the rest of the way and The Post-Standard reported that he would get stitches after the game. When he was on the floor, though, Fair and Syracuse (5-0) surged out in front of Minnesota (5-1) and to a 75-67 win in the quarterfinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, plus three turnovers before the dunk, but finished with 16 and 10 to keep the No. 8 Orange unbeaten. Trevor Cooney chipped in 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will face California (5-0) in the tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.“I think they’re much better than they were last year, a much better team,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Golden Bears during the postgame press conference. “I really was very impressed with how they played. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”In both frames, Cooney drilled a 3-pointer on the Orange’s first possession. He started SU with a 3 to open the game — one of four he hit during the first half as Syracuse’s most consistent offensive threat — and just 10 seconds into the second half, another long-range jumper that gave the Orange a six-point lead. “They’re big momentum shifts,” Fair said.Then it was Fair’s turn. With a bloody patch struggling to keep his cheek closed, the senior sparked SU’s best stretch of the game.He traded jumpers with Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu and then attacked the rim to draw a foul and a pair of points at the line. A DaJuan Coleman miss on the next possession led to a tip-in opportunity for the senior forward and a 10-point lead. Fellow forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a reverse dunk off a pair of missed free throws by Coleman two possessions later to give Syracuse a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.“When you get dunks like that,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference, “it just pumps you up on defense and gets you motivation to get that next stop and keep going.”But the Golden Gophers hung around. Malik Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the half to cut the Orange’s lead to 56-52. Four straight free throws by Austin and Andre Hollins sliced it to 67-65 with 2:14 remaining. That was as close as Minnesota got. Tyler Ennis bailed Fair out after a near turnover at mid-court. Then Smith bailed out an Ennis miss with an overthrow in transition.And then Fair hit a mid-range jumper with 1:45 remaining to stretch the lead back to four. A pair of Jerami Grant free throws sealed the victory for the Orange in one of its best offensive performances of the season.Said Boeheim: “This was probably as good a win as we’ve had in a tournament.” Comments Published on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more