New trustees for Institute

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New trustees for Institute Howard Lake | 7 July 2011 | News The Institute has four new trustees and one re-elected following the AGM on Tuesday.Stephen George of Maggie’s, Joseph Cuff of Diabetes UK (and the Institute’s Welsh representative) and Julie Hunt were elected as new trustees. Gordon Michie of Relationship Marketing is a new trustee for Scotland. Stephen Pidgeon of Tangible was re-elected for a second three-year term.Jo Swinhoe, formerly appeals director of the Alzheimer’s Society was elected a Fellow. 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.last_img read more

Common Core Critics Slam Confirmation Of John King As U.S. Education Secretary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a 49-40 vote Monday the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. Department of Education secretary, former New York State education commissioner John B. King, Jr., inciting harsh criticism from education advocates across New York, as well as a denunciation from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.“John King’s tenure in New York was very adversarial, leaving families, students and teachers without a voice on important issues, and therefore I cannot support his nomination at this time,” says Sen. Gillibrand, who voted against King, in a statement.New York’s other U.S. senator, Chuck Schumer, voted in favor of King’s confirmation.The split vote comes amid ever-growing protests against King’s nomination and the controversial education reform Common Core instigated by statewide education advocates, who had experienced firsthand the aftermath of his tenure. More than 240,000 students statewide “opted-out” of taking the exams last April. Sen. Gillibrand was the lone Democrat opposing King’s nod.King remains a controversial figure in New York education. Known for his unrelenting stance to stay the course on the Common Core rollout, he has been accused by critics of turning a deaf ear to students for whom the education reform failed. The Common Core Learning Standards, created by the National Governor’s Association and Council of State School Officers, was born from President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative, which granted funds to states that implemented the national reforms. New York received $700 million in Race to the Top funding.Common Core’s rollout was flawed from the start, with teachers given inadequate preparation for teaching the new materials, which were riddled with typographical errors and mistakes, confusing parents, educators and children. The new reforms were included in the state exams, given each April in math and English for grades 3 through 8. Critics blasted the tests for being shrouded in secrecy, its scores not released until the following school year, and the content developmentally inappropriate for the grade levels.Protestors took to forums and social media to voice their frustration and call for change. One event at Ward Melville High School in fall 2013 featured King and then-Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch in their first stop on a Common Core “listening tour” after they’d been shouted down by parents and teachers in Poughkeepsie.That night in Suffolk County, Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association President Beth Dimino told then-Commissioner King:“Psychologists are now diagnosing our children with a syndrome directly related to work they are doing in the classroom. I tell you, Mr. King, because you’ve awoken the mommies, you’re in trouble.”True to her word, protestors refused to let up on King, calling for his resignation after last year’s round of state tests. He left his post in New York to travel to Washington, D.C., to accompany then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, whom he has just succeeded.Jeanette Deutermann, a Long Island parent, founder of the Long Island Opt-Out Info Facebook page, and co-founder of nonprofit New York State Allies for Public Education, blasted King’s ascension Tuesday via her popular Facebook page.“It is inconceivable that a man synonymous with failed education policies could be promoted to the highest education post in our nation,” she slams. “The incompetence of John King as New York’s SED Commissioner was epic, and New York will be cleaning up the mess he made for years to come. The silver lining may be the igniting of an education uprising across the country the way his leadership, or lack thereof, ignited New York.”That “ignition” is the robust, pro-public education and anti-Common Core movement that sparked parents, educators, and students to organize, protest, and take action against the education reforms they believed were undermining public education.Michael Hynes, superintendent of Patchogue-Medford schools, finds the idea of King as U.S. Secretary of Education “beyond appalling.”“It’s really scary to think that that gentleman, and I’m being kind by saying that, has the potential to reframe or to move forward with what Arnie Duncan has started,” he told the Press in January. “This is a guy who is pro-charter, his kids go to Montessori school. I really believe he doesn’t know anything about public education. And now potentially he will set policy nationwide.”Marla Kilfoyle, a social studies teacher at Oceanside High School, outspoken Common Core critic and cofounder of the anti-Common Core coalition Badass Teachers Association, aka BAT, is “simply disgusted,” she tells the Press.“The appointment of John King is an unbelievable disappointment to parents, teachers, and students,” she blasts. “Thousands upon thousands of letters were sent detailing why he should not be appointed. The letters sent were from New Yorkers who have experienced his failed leadership which has subsequently destroyed education in New York State. The fact that he produced the largest parent testing revolt in the country and was promoted to be in charge of education at the national level flies in the face of good reason.”Also weighing in on the news of King’s confirmation Tuesday was Dr. Mark Naison, professor of history and chair of African and African American studies at Fordham University, an outspoken Common Core critic, who brands it a “shameful episode” in the history of U.S. education. He predicts its ramifications will be felt by Democrats in the 2016 presidential election.“The United States Senate, at the bidding of our President, decided to display its contempt for the collective voices of teachers, students and families who have been in revolt against the excessive testing being inflicted on the nation’s public schools,” he tells the Press. “By appointing John King, whose policies provoked the largest test revolt in U.S. history in New York State, as Secretary of Education, the Senate basically signaled to the nation that the voices of lobbyists, profiteers and privatizers count more than the opinions of those who actually spend their lives in the nation’s public schools.”A call to King for comment has not been returned as of press time.last_img read more

Currys feels the heat as KF fight ends

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Cruyff blames Balotelli’s clubs

first_imgJohan Cruyff has blamed Mario Balotelli’s former clubs for failing to educate the Italy international. The 24-year-old has been in the spotlight for his actions on and off the pitch for several years now, and his behaviour is under renewed scrutiny at Liverpool where he is yet to score in the Premier League following his £16million move from AC Milan in the summer. Balotelli recently made headlines for his late-night partying habits, but Dutch great Cruyff is not blaming the player himself. Cruyff believes these clubs should have taken a firmer stand with the temperamental striker. “You educate people and if one does not wish to be educated, he doesn’t play,” the former Barcelona coach said. “It’s as easy as that. “The ones that have made the mistakes are the ones to blame. “The mistake is in the roots, not in the final product.” Balotelli is currently on international duty with Italy preparing for Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia. The Liverpool striker was a surprise inclusion in Antonio Conte’s Italy squad given his recent form. Balotelli had not featured for his national team since Italy’s first-round elimination from the World Cup. “We always speak about people but I like to speak about the education of people,” he said. “How have they educated him (Balotelli) in the clubs he has played for? “It’s too simplistic to say, ‘He doesn’t behave well’. But one should follow that up with, ‘Why is that?’ “If it is down to education, how is it possible that he has played for Italian clubs for the past five or six seasons and he doesn’t behave well? “For me it’s the fault of the team not of the person.” Balotelli made his Serie A debut at the age of 17 with Inter Milan, and three years later he moved to Manchester City where former Inter coach Roberto Mancini – seen by some as a father figure to the player – had been keen to reunite with him. However, his poor disciplinary record continued and a bust-up with Mancini led to Balotelli returning to Serie A in January 2013 with Milan. The Palermo-born player, who competed for Italy at the World Cup in Brazil, scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Rossoneri. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ashley Cole named England captain against Ireland

first_imgChelsea left-back Ashley Cole will captain England for Wednesday night’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland as a tribute for reaching 100 caps.Manager Roy Hodgson had told a news conference Cole would lead the team out, but Frank Lampard would be captain in Steven Gerrard’s absence.But the England camp later insisted Cole, 32, was skipper.Hodgson said: “He has been a fantastic servant, not just for Arsenal and Chelsea but for England as well.”Cole will be making his 102nd appearance for England at Wembley on Wednesday after becoming the seventh player to reach a century of caps, against Brazil, in February.The Republic visit Wembley for the first time since 1991 as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations, a schedule that also includes a game in Brazil on Sunday. Hodgson said: “Frank’s always been the captain in Steve’s absence. I appointed him when I started over a year ago.“But in actual fact tomorrow – Frank and I have discussed this – Frank’s happy for Ashley to lead the team onto the field in celebration of his 100th cap, which he’ll receive tomorrow.“It’s actually his 102nd appearance. Frank and I are happy that he will lead the team out there but Frank still remains the captain of the team.” The FA later clarified Hodgson’s comments and insisted to BBC Sport that Cole would be skipper throughout the game.Lampard said: “The way he has performed, he has been the most consistent left-back in world football. The gesture is very much deserved and I am very happy for him.” Meanwhile, Hodgson has written to England supporters urging them to avoid any religious or political chants at Wembley.Crowd trouble marred the last time England and the Republic of Ireland met 18 years ago.“It’s very important,” Hodgson said. “It almost goes without saying that you want fans to respect the opposition and I’m hoping that happens, because tomorrow night is such an important part of the Football Association’s celebrations and I hope our fans are going to come and cheer us to victory.“I was very happy to send out the letter to try to make sure that the game is played in the right spirit, as I know it will be on the field.“I hope the fans, and the Irish fans, show the level of respect that we would expect for a game of this type. “I’m looking forward to it very much. Not only have the Republic of Ireland got a fantastic record, but they’ve reached major tournaments and have shown they’re a difficult team for any opponent.“I think it’s very fitting that we now play one of the other home nations and we know we’re going into the kind of quality game that will help us prepare for our important games in October.”last_img read more

Post and Telecom Minister Tours NAPAS Project

first_img(Third from left) Post and Telecommunications Minister Kruah and other officials of the ministry touring the NAPAS project.The Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, has toured the National Postal Address System (NAPAS) project currently ongoing from the various communities Sinkor to Vamoma House.The project is phase one of the ministry’s strategic plan to provide schools, clinics, hospitals, homes and offices across the country numbers with postal and street addresses.According to Mr. Kruah block “A” of the physical numbering projects begins from the UN compound on 1st Street, Sinkor and ends on 7th Street. Block “B” starts from 7th Street and ends on 13th street; followed by block “C”, which ends on 17th Street; and block “D” starts from 17th street and ends at Vamoma House junction.Min. Kruah said the project, when completed, will make it easy for mail delivery and the identification of properties during emergency situations.“The project, which is near completion, is an innovative localized addressing system designed to help the postal service increase the number of homes it is capable of delivering to,” Mr. Kruah said.As a country with a population of less than 5 million, Liberia is noted for its poor addressing system that allows fewer than 20 per cent of its inhabitants to receive their mail at home.To redress the situation and improve its services, Min. Kruah said the ministry is working tirelessly to roll-up the NAPAS project across the country.“Improving Liberia’s address system is key to our agenda, which aims to transform, innovate, and deliver more services to more people all over the country. Postal services have a critical role in building a strong economy and we are firmly focused on the future, taking steps to modernize and grow their capacity and range of services. A postcode system does exist, but only 5 per cent of mails get properly addressed with the postcode, hampering the efforts of the Ministry to improve its quality of service,” Min. Kruah added.Meanwhile, the NAPAS project director Dixson Gwion has disclosed that that about 958 buildings has been numbered since the inception of the project, with more expected in the coming months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Douglas Rushkoff’s Open Source Economy: A ReadWriteWeb Interview

first_imgTags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Douglas Rushkoff — author, documentarian, and teacher — is a man on a mission. As a step towards getting “people to see the software-like code lying underneath how they interact,” his latest book, Life, Inc., explores the nature of money, our economic system, and how a corporate mindset has shaped who we are as people in modern society. As a media theorist who’s written about some of the most influential ideas of the digital age, Rushkoff is second to none. In Life Inc., he describes not just corporations, but how we all can change to an “open source economy” that favors decentralized value creation over banking and central currency. We spoke with him to ask more about what this new economy would look like and how the Web is involved. How The Web Broke The EconomyReadWriteWeb: I was particularly struck by how you position the Web as a way for individuals to create things of value for each other, as the door to an open source economy. Can you describe what an open source economy looks like, and what role software and the Web have to play in that?Douglas Rushkoff: This program written by central banking and corporatist monopolies was created to favor people who had money and wanted to make money without creating value. Technology broke the monopoly centralized banking had on value creation by allowing people to develop things at low cost. The gift economy that really the real Internet was built on is anathema to the GNP.RWW: Will enterprise software follow the same trend? What role is there for business-to-business transactions in the decentralized economy you’ve laid out?R: When I’m at the supermarket, every once in a while the cash register crashes and they restart it and they see Windows. I get the feeling that the manager and the cashier and everyone in there thinks that this shouldn’t be running Windows. They’re thinking, oh my god, they’re using amateur-level software. You want to think that these are proprietary perfect registers. My feeling is that businesses and the IT of business are going to want a higher order of quality. They are going to proprietary super-pro enterprise OS’s. I feel business is going to want something like the business-only IBM computer, and I think that’s not a bad thing. Localized Currencies & TechnologyRWW: You tell a fascinating story about investing in a local restaurant called Comfort, where you created “comfort dollars” that gave the owner cheaper capital and your community more food. Do you see that kind of special currencies as being viable for technology investment? Can the Internet be used for localized currency?R: I certainly hope so. The great thing about software is that you don’t need a bank. But you do see every transaction, software is just really really good for that. You can see how money if flowing, how transactions are flowing. The problem with our economy is that when speculators are extracting currency, money comes first. In a distributed system money is the result of transactions. The main thing standing in the way of it is that people don’t believe its possible. It’s not they can’t do it, it’s that they can’t see it. It’s like when you show someone Linux for the first time. A New, Collaborative MindsetRWW: In the book, you make a connection between the Renaissance, with both social change and the art and science that focused on the ideal of a master painter or scientist, and the individualistic mindset that allows modern capitalism to function. Do you see social networks and collaborative software has having a comparable effect on our mindset?R: Renaissances tend to reverse whatever the last one created. This one is towards decentralized partner collaboration and the sharing of value. So for sure, and we’re going to get different kinds of discoveries. I think that the computer may be the most central thing to making all of this happen.A Word for Developers & EntrepreneursRWW: What message would you give to people who are going to be building the software to run this open source economy?Rushkoff: My biggest message to them is this…There’s this prevalent notion that the reason you get involved is that you create a business that you then sell. I would argue that is not the path to greatest fulfillment, that it’s not the path to the greatest technology. The less you borrow, the less you will be required to grow, and the closer you can stay to those growth metrics that are more appropriately scaled. Life, Inc. is in bookstores now. If you’re seeking a primer on the book and Rushkoff’s conception of what corporatism means, be sure to watch the short Life, Inc. The Movie below Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

CJI Ranjan Gogoi to visit Srinagar if necessary

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Monday said he will visit Srinagar and oversee the functioning of the High Court. This, after allegations that the high court was not accessible for litigants.”It is a very, very serious matter if people are unable to approach the High Court, I will myself visit Srinagar,” Gogoi said. The top court also directed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice to submit a report on whether the High Court is accessible to litigants or not in the wake of restrictions put in place following the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Justice Gogoi also warned the petitioners to be ready to face the ‘consequences’ if the HC chief justice’s report was contrary to their plea. The plea was filed by child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly alleging difficulty in accessing the High Court. The Supreme Court was hearing a bunch of petitions regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Centre revoking the special status granted to it under Article 370 of the Constitution. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The court granted permission to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah and Jammu districts to enquire about the well being of his family members. In a separate plea, the top court issued notice to the Centre on the detention of former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The top court also directed the Centre to ensure normalcy is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more