Small charities still “missing out on online donations”

first_img Howard Lake | 7 January 2015 | News Online giving growth for Harrison’s FundHarrison’s Fund is a small charity that has benefited from starting to accept online gifts. The charity, which is working to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has used Charity Checkout to offer credit and debit card processing since October 2012. Since then the charity’s online giving has grown to over £10,000 a month.The charity’s founder, Alex Smith, said:“We have seen a sharp increase in the number and value of donations being made to the charity over the last year. Since investing in online fundraising with Charity Checkout we have experienced a wave of support for the charity, which has begun to spread virally across the internet. This new-found funding will enable us to fund even more research to stop Duchenne.” Tagged with: Digital Small charities still “missing out on online donations” Many small charities are still not accepting online donations via their own website, according to research by charity payment processing specialist Charity Checkout. Their survey of 5,214 charities over the past two years found that 71% do not accept online donations.Charity Checkout’s founder Chester Mojay-Sinclare says that the contrast between national charities and local ones has never been so stark. He said:“Whilst the majority of local charities are do not accept credit and debit card payments online, large charities are investing more in technology year on year. We must reduce the technical and financial barriers to payment processing for smaller not for profits, or it will not be too long until we start to lose our local community based charities entirely.”Charity Checkout aims to make online payments accessible to all good causes, irrespective of size. Last month it expanded its service to social enterprises and very small charitable organisations.Over 55% of its charity clients are new to online fundraising and more than 75% have previously never offered regular giving via their website.Mojay-Sinclare argues that local charities can no longer rely on donations in cash and cheques alone. A recent report by payments association Apacs states that 2015 will see the number of payments made by cash in the UK overtaken by other methods of paying. Charity Checkout reports that the average online donation on its site has grown by 32% over three years to £69.70, whilst the number of gifts is increasing. Charities that are not accepting online donations should, Mojay-Sinclare contends, be preparing for this now. Advertisementcenter_img  91 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported Sunday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Two additional cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Sunday.Health officials say the new cases involve a woman in her 30s and a man in his 70s.There is now a total of 74 cases with 27 active.So far, 43 have recovered, up three from Saturday. Since the outbreak began four people have died from COVID-19 in the county.last_img read more

UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Kieron Laurent. Photo credit: FacebookPolice Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that the body of Twenty-three year old Kieron Laurent, a resident of the United States has been recovered by the Coast Guard. 88 Views   4 comments Tweet Share LocalNews UPDATE: Tragedy disrupts Allan family reunion in La Plaine by: – July 18, 2011 Mr. Laurent who was on the island in celebration of the Allan family reunion of La Plaine, went out on a boat with some other young men when a huge wave reportedly struck them at a beach in La Plaine.Family members describe Kieron as an intelligent young man who was loved by all.Dominica Vibes News extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kieron Laurent. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

$30, 000.00 bail granted to Bagatelle man for gun and drug related charges

first_img Share Share LocalNews $30, 000.00 bail granted to Bagatelle man for gun and drug related charges by: – December 28, 2011 15 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA Bagatelle man has been granted $30, 000.00 bail by Magistrate Evelina Baptiste on three gun and drug related charges.Steven Nehemiah Roberts of Bagatelle pleaded guilty to for possession with intent to supply 1406 grams of Cannabis, possession of a 12 gauge shot gun without license and possession of 17 rounds of ammunition on Friday 23rd December, 2011.Joseph Fontaine, a development officer and cousin of the accused told the Court that he is willing to stand as surety for the accused, he has sufficient control over him and will ensure that he attend Court hearings.Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste warned the accused of his bail conditions which is to report to the Grand Bay Police Station every Monday and Friday between the hours of 7am ad 7pm and that he does not commit any other offense while on bail.He will return to Court on the 28th of February, 2012 for the commencement of the trial. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Segregation in Red Bank Schools: How It Happened and What Can…

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Public school segregation. It conjures up stark images of a defiant George Wallace in the early 1960s; frightened young students of color with books under their arms flanked by armed National Guardsmen as they enter uninviting school buildings in the 1950s and ‘60s; and of angry white families shouting as school buses bringing young African American students to schools in white enclaves in 1970s Boston.But school segregation isn’t some relic of the pre-Civil Rights era and the Jim Crow South. And the discussions of the Red Bank Charter School’s expansion proposal have elicited accusations that Red Bank is one of the most segregated public school districts in New Jersey – a state even in the “post-racial” era has a terrible record on this issue.“Here we are in 2016, dealing with the same issues that were dealt with in Brown versus Board of Education,” observed Gilda Rogers, a community activist, educator, writer and borough resident, referencing the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down racially separated schools. “It’s sad; it’s ridiculous.”The Current BattlePublic school officials have continued to argue that the plan to increase the charter school’s enrollment to 400 students – doubling its current size – over a three-year period will exacerbate an already segregated school system and negatively impact the public schools efforts to provide much needed programs. Charter school officials have been stressing, given the school’s standing waiting list, the availability of additional facility space and some state changes for a weighted lottery to improve diversity, make this a good time to expand and address a need.But many have been raising the troubling specter of segregation in the schools and the numbers only reinforce those concerns. The current numbers – which are fluid, but don’t change that substantially – show public primary and middle schools, with a combined enrollment of approximately 1,425 students, made up of 7 percent white, 79 percent Hispanic, with a 44 percent limited English-proficient population and 9 percent African American. Eighty-eight percent of the overall school qualify for free or reduced cost lunch, most qualifying for free lunch; qualification for that program is a traditional measurement of socio-economic standing.By contrast the charter school has a 52 percent white population, 34 percent Hispanic, 12 percent African-American, and an economically disadvantaged population estimated at 40 percent among its current 200-student enrollment.Public school proponents and those voicing opposition to the proposed expansion have been arguing that the charter school plan would exacerbate the existing disparity in school populations, as well as other issues related to the public school budget and its programs and staffing.Kevin King, a charter school parent who was serving as a volunteer spokesman for the school, said last month that the charter school accurately represents the overall community, as required under the state statute signed into law by then Gov. Christie Whitman in 1995.Charter School Principal Meredith Pennotti said recently, “Our school represents the rich place that Red Bank is.”Charter School officials also continue to stress that a recent state change will allow for improving the school’s student diversity. Charter schools can now use what’s called a weighted lottery in student selection. Families that can show they’re lower income, rely on public assistance for housing and food, are given additional weight in the school’s annual random lottery to select students.As for the school’s and community’s makeup, the charter school does relatively closely represent the overall community, according to information available from Rutgers University’s Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Newark (though the school has a somewhat higher white population than the overall community).Current Observations and BackgroundBut that disparity is of concern to many.The Greater Red Bank branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has come out in opposition to the charter school proposal. On top of that, the West Side Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of African-American clergy, joined the NAACP in opposing the proposal.“It’s a troubling issue any way you look at it, not just in the school system but in the community itself,” said the Rev. Zaniel Young, pastor of the Shrewsbury Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, and chairs the ministerial.While he is more than willing to celebrate the achievements of both the charter school and public schools, “What I cannot celebrate is hearing that Red Bank is the most segregated school system in New Jersey,” Young said.That charge has been regularly leveled during this debate. But is it true?Paul Tractenberg is a professor emeritus at Rutgers Law School and has been looking at this issue in New Jersey for more than 40 years.New Jersey, his work has indicated, has done a terrible job and has a record that ranks as one of the worst for school integration.As to whether Red Bank can lay dubious claim to being the “most” segregated in the state, “I don’t know what that means,” Tractenberg said, believing “There’s a lot of competition for that title.”Tractenberg had worked with those at U.C.L.A. on a comprehensive study on the issue titled “New Jersey’s Apartheid and Intensely Segregated Urban Schools,” published in October 2013. Based upon the authors’ analysis, Red Bank public schools would qualify “as intensely segregated,” Tractenberg pointed out. According to co-author Gary Orfield, public school districts with less than 5 percent white population amount to literally “apartheid.”This issue dates back for many years in this state, with the “white flight” of families, their large exodus, with any families with the means moving from urban to suburban and exurban areas. At that point many of the state’s city public schools became almost or exclusively minority, as seen in Newark.“Because – not all – white people didn’t want their children to go to school with black kids,” believes Rogers. “It’s still the same.”This situation has been perpetuated by a de facto unofficial policy for many of the most exclusive residential enclaves, with local zoning in these communities ensuring exclusiveness by requiring large lots for single-family homes. The idea behind that, Tractenberg had heard some former state elected officials say, was to make the locations attractive to captains of industry, who would have company offices and facilities located in the areas, attracting jobs and other affluent residents – winding up with mostly, if not exclusively, white school in those communities.The lack of affordable housing in much of the state is one of the root causes, said Adrienne Sanders, first vice president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference and president of the Asbury Park/Neptune branch of the civil rights organization. “If we’re not going to desegregate neighborhoods in terms of affordable housing,” Sanders maintained, “we’re going to continue to see these results.”Sanders said about half of African-American students attend segregated public schools and roughly 38-40 percent of Hispanic students.The state Department of Education doesn’t compile information directly on this or issue reports directly looking at segregation in the state or comparing the state to others, said department spokesman David Saenz Jr. But Saenz said, “The NJDOE is dedicated to ensuring and delivering a full and effective education to all New Jersey students without regard to race, color or national origin.”“The state is not adequately addressing this problem,” Sanders said.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna moved to Red Bank from his native Italy when he was just a young child, not speaking a word of English, and went through the borough public school system. Growing up, Menna recalled the school population was made up of about 40 percent Caucasian and 40 percent African-American, with the other 20 percent made up of students from other groups. At that time the schools were largely working class and “We had no problem with each other,” Menna recalled.But in more recent years, with the rise of property values, multigenerational African-American families began selling homes and leaving the community. That saw a rise in absentee landlords who began renting to the large influx of Hispanics who relocated.At about that time, the public schools had taken on a persistent reputation as a failing district, scaring off white families who had the ability to relocate or send their children to private schools, Menna said. That reputation is “being driven by old wives’ tales,” the mayor stressed, believing the current schools are as good as many of the others in the area.The issue for Red Bank segregation had come up before, when the Board of Education raised these arguments believing the charter school’s plan to include additional grade levels and increase its enrollment for all grades would compound the situation. The commissioner of education at that time approved the expansion and when the board of education took the issue to court, a state Superior Court of Appeals dismissed the board of education’s argument, upholding the state’s charter renewal and expansion approval.“That’s the final word on it,” for this issue, responded Roger Foss, vice president of the charter school board of trustees.Red Bank Superintendent of Schools Jared Rumage, who’s been with the district for approximately 18 months said he doesn’t have the expertise to discuss the issue with any authority.Separate but not equalThe problem with having this divide is that the education is separate but certainly not equal in different communities in the eyes of many.“It is the pedagogical piece,” observed Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, who has been studying the state’s school funding formula, especially as it relates to charter schools.With this divide comes a socio-economic component, which can translate into higher numbers of special needs students, who require more services – services that cost more money, money these districts don’t have and wind up underserving their populations, Rubin noted.“Our kids continue to struggle,” in these environments, NAACP’s Sanders said.On another level, “In an ideal world we’re preparing students to function effectively in an even more diverse world,” Tractenberg said. But if students don’t have the experience of coming into contact with people who don’t look like them, “I’m not sure they can come to terms with the steep learning curve that comes with confronting diversity in higher education or in the workplace,” he added.“If you don’t attend school with other people who make up the world,” Rogers offered, “that’s a terrible disservice. That’s the danger.”Tractenberg believes a remedy could be the creation of countywide public school districts with students attending schools out of their immediate community, what was called busing about 40 years ago.Solutions“Education needs to be revolutionized,” and not just in New Jersey, Rogers said, needing a complete restructuring to level the playing field for all. However, Roger conceded, that’s not likely to happen immediately, leaving kids currently in the classrooms disadvantaged. “It’s discouraging,” she said.The Rev. Terrence K. Porter, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Shrewsbury Avenue, said he was calling on educators and elected officials to convene to address the situation that goes beyond the schools. “The thing we need to do as community leaders, I believe whole-heartedly, we need to have a conversation about race with the two groups so there can be a resolution of mutual respect,” he said, referring to both charter and public school officials.Porter is a member of the West Side Ministerial, but remained neutral in the ministerial’s decision to oppose the charter school plans.“That conversation has to start at the top,” the Young said, agreeing with Porter, and holding all parties accountable for addressing the situation.“It’s starts with being honest,” Rogers said, acknowledging that honesty isn’t always easy–or pretty.last_img read more

Saints move up the BCIHL charts after pulling off weekend sweep of Eastern Washington Eagles

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints experienced its best weekend in school history as the Castlegar-based club swept a two-game weekend series against the Eastern Washington Eagles — and B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League rookie-of-the-month, Jordan Wood was right in the middle of the scoring.Wood had three points during the weekend to lead the Saints to a pair of identical 4-1 victories, Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Centre and Saturday at Eastern Washington.“It was a great weekend (for us),”  Selkirk Athletic Director Kim Verigin told The Nelson Daily.Scott Traverse, Castlegar’s Scott Jago and Sandro Moser, the latter two coming on the power play, scored in the second period to power the Saints to the win Friday.Eastern’s Bret Kellogg cut the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes.But Garrett Kucher padded the Selkirk lead in third Spencer Wong shutout the Eagles the rest of the way to bring home the two points.Selkirk out shot Eastern 46-37 as former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standout for the Spokane Braves, Jason Greenwell was busy in goal.Saturday, Wood, named the game’s first star, scored a power play goal in the first period to get Selkirk out of the gates on a positive note.The score remained the same until the third when the Saints exploded for three goals in a span of six minutes late in the frame to put the game away.Adam Makaroff, Kucher and Nithen Dhallwal scored for the visitors.AJ Saunders spoiled the shutout bid by Wong in the third, scoring at 19:01 of the final frame.The weekend sweep moves Selkirk, 3-5, into a three-way tie for third in BCIHL standings with Kelowna’s Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops.Simon Fraser leads the league with a 6-0-1 record. Eastern Washington is second two points ahead of Selkirk.Selkirk is back on the ice this weekend when the club hosts Trinity Western University of Langley.Game times are 7:30pm Sat and 1:30pm Sunday at Castlegar Rec Centre.MARCHING NEWS: Jordan Wood quickly emerged as the Saints’ go-to offensive option during a first month in the BCIHL that was highlighted by a hat trick in a 4-2 home ice win over the University of Victoria. The former Kelowna Chief and Westside Warrior then added another eight points over his next four games, including three assists in a narrow loss to Okanagan College and a pair of goals on the road against SFU. Wood closed out the month tied for second in BCIHL [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgGARY STEVENS, TARIS, SECOND: “I was really happy with the race. She settled nicely for me and I was surprised when Tara’s Tango ran by me. When I turned into the stretch, she switched over to her right lead and she kicked. As you could see I was giving her a nice hand ride and when I saw that grey head come up I said, ‘really?!’“It’s funny because it felt like 1:48 and change; it didn’t feel like 1:50.00. I thought it was nice. She had such a good kick and she did kick, I just got outrun on the day, period.” NOTES: The winning owner is Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. RAFAEL BEJARANO, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “The blinkers made a big difference today, they helped me a lot from the gate. I was able to put my horse into position right away. I waited for the opportunity and when we got to the stretch, she gave me a big turn of foot and I knew I could beat the favorite.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: On her wearing blinkers for the first time: “When (Martin) won on her last time (in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 13), he said she was running in spots and suggested the blinkers. They’re just small ones, but they helped. It was an exciting race and I’m very proud to get the Grade I for the owner (Stonestreet Stables). She got a good trip and showed a lot of heart running down the favorite.”Noted that Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount since Garcia committed to ride Cupid for Bob Baffert in today’s $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which he won, Hollendorfer said: “I’m glad for both of them. It worked out well, a win/win situation.” TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img BARBARA BANKE, OWNER/BREEDER OF TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We’ve always known she had a lot of ability, from when she won her first start at Del Mar (in July, 2014). Today, we knew she could get the distance and she just keeps trying and she never stops. This is very special; I’ve got my son, Christopher, and my nephew, Nick, here, and it’s been great.” JOCKEY QUOTES -30-last_img read more

Letter from the editor-in-chief

first_imgOne of history’s more romantic parables claims that the shape of the shallow champagne glass was derived from wax moulds made of Marie Antoinette’s breasts, so that her consort king, Louis XVI of France, could always sip champagne from her bosom. Legend or not, it is curious that where royalty,One of history’s more romantic parables claims that the shape of the shallow champagne glass was derived from wax moulds made of Marie Antoinette’s breasts, so that her consort king, Louis XVI of France, could always sip champagne from her bosom. Legend or not, it is curious that where royalty is concerned, even the most farthing pieces of history appear strangely robust. Those who find amusement in records of luxurious extravagance would probably enjoy the indulgence and razzle dazzle glamour that defines all things royal.With heritage and hedonism as twin goals, Spice celebrates its sixth anniversary in honour of the fervid relentlessness of perfection that contours imperial pomp and splendour. From jewellery to food to fashion, royal luxury salutes the nostalgia of the beautiful and timeless-never-changing, ever-changing, trends, tokens and traditions that pay homage to heritage, yet retain an enduring charm that lulls the passage of time.When art bedecks life, jewellery is the piece de resistance: Spice strings together the lure of the eternal as history plays mannequin. From allegorically imposing to the sublime, we recreate the haunting allure of royal jewellery from south India. The highly evolved and involved lapidary styles were inspired as much by 11th Century temple sculpture as by local creative sensibilities.Superlatives may define the spectacle of pirouetting gemstones, but nothing invokes memories more evocatively than the wafting aroma of gourmet food. No wonder then, Spice journeyed to the heart of royal Rajputana for some gentle reminiscing and fearsome desert recipes.While the no-frills Jungali Maas, Laal Maas, Paanch Minute ka Titar, Paansla and Khad Khargosh were popular; they are all very rudimentary and prepared exclusively for the Shikar camps. Royal Rajasthani recipes were more exotic. Old records of the royal Rasowara or the kitchen section abound with curious tales of how it was a matter of great pride for the Maharaja if his kitchen could prepare an unusual meal that would better that of another royal kitchen.If a neighbouring prince served a full wild boar that had a live sparrow flying out of its stuffed insides, the royal cook received instructions to better the performance with a pigeon, if not a bigger bird, fly out of a goat or a similar animal.It was not just ego but passion that inspired competition and defined desire. If food was a favourite with the royals, excitement rode high on equestrian sport as well. At the height of its power, the Udaipur palace housed as many as 500 stables. Spice rode in rhythm with the legendary Marwari horses at Shikar Badi, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar’s prized stables on the outskirts of Udaipur.If horses proved loyal companions; fashion was a fickle, albeit favoured, lover. Starting with the wispy French chiffons and Basra pearls that were the trend du jour popularised by the royal Zenana of Rajasthan; the Sherwani and the Achkan have also inspired many contemporary couture renditions. Spice traverses the dusty annals of heritage fashion to explore the trends that have stirred genres and generations. After all, a parchment of the past is often a preview of the future.On another celebratory note, I am happy to report that one of our writers, Yvette Cardozo, has won a gold and silver award at the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) in Florida for two Spice features.advertisementlast_img read more

Smith Excited For Elite Eight Series At Home

first_imgFor the 17-year-old, who lives in Port Macquarie, the opportunity to play in the inaugural Elite Eight series in her home city for the New South Wales Country Mavericks is a very exciting prospect.  “It will be a great opportunity to play at home in front of the home crowd and hopefully they get behind me. It will just be a great experience at home with the Elite Eight,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s a big honour to play with some of the players around me. It’s going to be a great experience over the week and I’m really looking forward to it.”Smith is the youngest player in the Mavericks line-up and the opportunity to play with a number of Australian Women’ Open representatives from other country areas is something she is very grateful for. “There are a fair few Aussie players in there (the team) and some that are vying for (World Cup) selection. Players like Nicole Beck and Ash Dobbins, they are pretty good players and watching them perform at training has been pretty exciting. Growing up I’ve been watching them and it’s going to be a really good experience to play beside them because they are really top athletes and know the game really well so it should be a good experience.”Smith recently represented the Australian 18’s Girls team that defeated New Zealand 3-0 at the Youth Trans Tasman series in Canberra in January. She says that it was a great experience, and says her game has definitely benefitted after playing against the Kiwis.“It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had playing Touch Football. I worked pretty hard to try and get into the team. I didn’t think I’d make it after I broke my finger last year but the coach gave me saying I got in and it was just unreal and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Winning it with the girls was pretty outstanding and I could do it again!”“There was a lot of people there supporting me and players like Louise Winchester, who I really look up to was on the sideline giving us pointers. I think that really helped our team a lot. The coach and assistant coach were really good support, just everyone in general did a really good job.”The Mavericks have been touted as one of the favourites to take out the Women’s Elite Eight title due to their impressive line-up on paper, but Smith and her side are taking it in their stride. “Everyone is saying that we are the team to watch out for but it’s the Elite Eight and it’s a tournament where everyone is going to be good all over the park. It’s going to be hard whoever we come up against, it’s just going to come down to who is the best on the day I guess.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information throughout the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, from websites to social media, by clicking on the following links:NTL website – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comTFA website – – Twitter – – read more

5 hours agoMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henry

first_imgMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henryby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka aspired to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was a youngster.The 21-year-old instead developed into a promising fullback, earning a 50m move to Manchester United over the summer.”Growing up I looked up to Henry,” the Englishman told Joe.”I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger.”I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more