Western Union PASS football campaign to fund one million school days

Global payment services provider Western Union is to make a donation for every successful pass in this season’s UEFA Europe League to fund one day’s education for young people around the world. Its PASS Fund aims to fund one million school days.The campaign is fronted by former international footballer Patrick Vieira, and the donations start as the league kicks off on 20 September.The initiative will provide teacher training and student scholarships through NGOS with an initial focus on eleven countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, Russia and Turkey.“Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money,” said Hikmet Ersek, Western Union President and CEO.“According to UNESCO, 71 million bright, hardworking students globally are not enrolled in secondary or vocational education. It’s a tremendous loss of economic and human potential, since each extra year of school can increase an individual’s potential economic opportunity. Through PASS, we intend to harness the power of football to build awareness of this challenge as well as deliver on-the-ground support that will make a difference to young people and their communities.”Football fans around the world will also be encouraged to add to the fund during the season through an online campaign.PASS will run for the three years of Western Union’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League, until 2015.http://wu-pass.org/  68 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity corporate football Howard Lake | 16 September 2012 | News  67 total views,  3 views today Advertisement Western Union PASS football campaign to fund one million school days 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. read more


first_img February 6, 2021 Find out more News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Help by sharing this information The Internet was not censored under President Hosni Mubarak, but his regime kept a sharp eye on the most critical bloggers and regularly arrested them. At the height of the uprising against the dictatorship, in late January 2011, the authorities first filtered pictures of the repression and then cut off Internet access entirely in a bid to stop the revolt spreading. Journalists were also beaten. Mubarak’s fall is a chance to entrench greater freedom of expression, especially online. Landmark release, prosecutions and arrests under Mubarak’s ruleRelease of Kareem AmerBlogger Kareem Amer was freed on 15 November 2010, ten days after expiry of his three-year term after more than four years in prison.# He had been sentenced on 22 February 2007 for supposedly inciting hatred of Islam and insulting President Mubarak. On his blog he criticised the government’s religious and authoritarian abuses and he was arrested a first time in 2005. He also often wrote about discrimination against women and criticised the Sunni Al-Azhar University where he had studied law. Many support groups were set up around the world, encouraged by the Free Kareem Coalition, to demand his release. Reporters Without Borders awarded him its Cyber-freedom Prize in December 2007. Prosecution of bloggers and human rights activistsBloggers and human rights campaigners have been hounded and prosecuted in recent months but the cases were dropped. They included Gamal Eid, head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Ahmed Seif El Islam Hamad, founder of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre (HMLC), and bloggers Amr Gharbeia and Wael Abbas.A netizen too inquisitive about military mattersNetizen Ahmed Hassan Basiouny was sentenced to six months in prison by a military court on 29 November 2010 for putting secret defence documents and information about the army online. He had created a Facebook page in 2009 called “Enrolment and recruitment in Egypt and answers to questions from young candidates,” which provided information and advice about how to join the army. Basiouny was not involved in any subversive or harmful activity and in fact encouraged people to join up. His conviction showed how far the army was an off-limits topic, whether comment was favourable or critical.Khaled Said, victim and symbol of impunityKhaled Mohammed Said, a 28-year-old human rights activist, was murdered in Alexandria on 6 June 2010. He was beaten to death in the street after being arrested in a cybercafé by two plainclothes policemen, according to the café’s owner. Local human rights organisations said he has posted online a video about police corruption. The authorities claimed he died of a drug overdose. Two policemen, Mahmud Salah Amin and Awad Ismail Suleiman, were arrested and put on trial for killing him, but they escaped from prison in January 2011. The trial was due to resume on 6 March.Said became a symbol and several thousand people demonstrated for police to be punished for all brutality and violence. The protest was very strong online because of the problems of demonstrating in the street. Wael Ghonim, Google’s marketing director for the Middle East and North Africa, who was prominent in anti-government protests in February, admitted he ran a Facebook group called “We Are All Khaled Said,” which has nearly 100,000 members.Some saw the protests about Said as precursors of the Egyptian uprising.Bloggers fight censorship over electoral fraudCensorship was increased during the December 2010 parliamentary elections in a bid to conceal the fraud involved. Some websites were blocked for hours at a time, including that of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan Online) and its online forum Al-Moltaqa. Seven other sites were intermittently disrupted over 24 hours: shahid2010.com, shababelikhwan.net, sharkiaonline.com, amlalommah.net, nowabikhwan.com, egyptwindow.net and ikhwanweb.com.The authorities, mainly the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), which reports to the cabinet, was in charge of this censorship, working with Internet service providers TEDATA, ETISALAT and LINK DSL.Bloggers were very active during the election, organising networks to gather and put out news. They went to polling stations to watch the voting and take photos and videos. Some who saw fraud were pestered by police and sometimes briefly detained. The Internet and bloggers in the revolutionary fervourThreats, filtering, and cutting off the InternetWhen Egyptians took to the streets on 25 and 26 January 2011, inspired by the Tunisian revolution, the authorities did their best to keep the media away to prevent them taking and distributing pictures. They disrupted mobile phone networks at demonstration sites in Cairo on the first day.Twitter was blocked at the same day, along with the video-streaming site bambuser.com. The hashtag #jan25 (named after the protests) was very active. Facebook has for several years been widely used by Egyptian dissidents and civil society to put out news and mobilise people, especially around the 6 April protest movement. Access to Facebook was blocked intermittently on 26 January, according to ISPs.Slower connections were also reported, especially to online newspaper sites Al-Badil, Al-Dustour, Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Badil and Al-Dustour, which were later blocked. The Al-Masry Al-Youm site was seriously disrupted and was down all of the afternoon of 25 January. These online media outlets played a key part in reporting the events in Tahrir Square. The bloggers and the demonstrators who became citizen-journalists were very important in covering the protests. They tweeted from Tahrir Square, posted videos on YouTube, and linked up to the Bambuser.com site to report on the situation, including the brutalities of regime supporters who came to the square.The government, feeling overwhelmed, cut off all Internet access and mobile phone service late on 27 January, with only the small ISP Nour able to continue for a while longer.But netizens found many ways round the blockage to get the news out. Foreign ISPs offered them modem connections, since fixed phone lines were still working. French ISP French Data Networks gave out a phone number (+33 1 7289-0150) available through a user-name and the password “toto.” Sweden’s Telecomix offered another number (+46 85 000 999 0) and the password “telecomix.”Google and Twitter joined the battle against censorship by setting up a system of voice tweets. Netizens could call foreign numbers +1 650 419-4196 or +39 0662-207294 or +97 316 199-855 and leave messages that were instantly posted on Twitter followed by the hashtag #egypt.Internet access was restored on 2 February after being down for five days. The OECD put the country’s economic losses resulting from the cut-off at $90m.At least 75 journalists have been physically attacked and 81 imprisoned since 2 February, according to Reporters Without Borders. Blogger Asma Mahfouz, who urged Egyptians to take to the streets on 25 January, told BBC TV on 5 February that she got many phone calls from Mubarak supporters threatening to kill her and her family. Blogger Kareem Amer was arrested on 7 February on his way home from a demonstration and was not released until three days later.New disruptions of mobile phone networks and Internet access from Tahrir Square occurred on 7 February 2011.After the revolution, freedom of expression?Egypt is preparing for constitutional reforms but the future of the revolution seems uncertain, with tension between the army and the protesters who forced Mubarak out. New clashes occurred in Tahrir Square on 25 February. The army apologised afterwards to the demonstrators, calling them “sons of the revolution” on its Facebook page, perhaps a sign that times have changed.The heavy filtering at the height of the revolution has reportedly ended.The Internet in Egypt is in full expansion and people who had never taken part in politics are joining online discussions about the country’s future and various causes. They are no longer afraid to speak up.But some bloggers are still worried about continued action by state security police against former regime opponents and dissidents.The government and the army must improve online freedom of expression and openly dismantle the Mubarak regime’s online spying apparatus and surveillance system. The Egyptian revolution has just begun and bloggers, the standard-bearers of free expression, remain alert. to go further Organisation News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Egypt February 1, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egypt January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This month’s newsCaring award TSL Group, based in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, has won a Caring about theCarers award for supporting an employee who is a carer of a multiple sclerosissufferer. The company won the workplace category in a national award run bycarers’ organisations. Mars man talks OH physician at confectionery firm Mars Dr Stephen Deacon will focus on themanagement of occupational health and safety in a European business at the IOSHannual conference, which will look at the challenges ahead for health and theenvironment next week.  www.iosh.co.ukAudio stress pack A team of Royal College of Psychiatry doctors, psychologists and counsellorshave joined forces with broadcaster and psychiatrist Professor Anthony Clare toproduce an audio pack of tips to help workers cope with stress.  Tel: 0151-632 0662  www.talkinglife.co.ukSafety seminars The British Chambers of Commerce and the TUC are running 24 seminars acrossthe UK promoting health and safety in the workplace as part of the the HSE’sGood Health is Good Business campaign.  Tel:020-7565 2020 Stress probe The RCN is calling for an investigation into the impact of post-traumaticstress on nurses at its annual congress next week in Bournemouth. Over 2,500nurses from across the UK will attend.  www.rcn.org.ukResearch funds The Mid Downs OH Group will award the Peter O’Malley research scholarship,worth £5,000, for research in OH nursing practice in the UK and Europe. Closingdate is 30 June. Contact Judy Baker-Rogers at Tesco, Delamare Road, Cheshunt,Herts EN8 9SL Resource site Occupational physician Rupert Hall-Smith has set up a comprehensivenon-commercial medical web site with links to occupational health related siteson the Internet.  www.helpdoctor.co.ukRoad task force A task group drawn from health and safety organisations, the police and roadtransport policymakers is to be set up to look at ways of preventingwork-related road traffic incidents and casualties. The group will makerecommendations to the Health and Safety Commission and the DETR. Manual revision The HSE has issued a revised version of its free leaflet, Getting to Gripswith Manual Handling. The updated publication is designed to complement theGovernment’s Back in Work initiative, launched in May 1999. Copies areavailable from HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165, fax: 01787 313995. Hearing test move Earlier tests for noise induced hearing loss are being proposed by the HSEfollowing the publication of a research report about measurement of otoacousticemissions (OAEs) by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at theUniversity of Southampton. Roving reps The TUC has called on the HSC to adopt a system of roving safetyrepresentatives to extend the benefits of union involvement in workplace healthand safety to small firms and mobile workforces. Such a system is already inoperation in Sweden. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Homestead facility for migrant children shutdown

first_imgMigrant children who were being housed at a detention facility in Homestead, Florida, are no longer there.The downsizing of the camp for unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally has been underway for days, reports say.The Homestead camp run by a for-profit company even came up during the recent Democratic presidential debate.Now all the children have been moved out.According to reports, four-hundred workers were terminated on Friday, and thousands more will be fired on Monday.The children are now at camps spread across the country.This story is developing.last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgIt’s the weekend.  And, ThurstonTalk is ready to help you relax and enjoy some time off with friends and family.  Here is a list of fun activities happening throughout Thurston County this weekend.The next speaker in the National Geographic Live series will arrive at The Washington Center on Friday.  Read more here.Engaged couples can check out the South Sound Wedding Show.  Event information can be found here.  Couples planning their wedding will also enjoy reading this story about how Hartley Jewelers crafted the perfect engagement ring.Local youth can sign up for Capitol Little League on Saturday which is the second day of in-person registration.  Check out the league’s philosophies and coaching model in this article.Families may enjoy a trip to Lions Park to hunt for 11 hidden lion statues throughout the park.   Or take a winter walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Looking for an adventure?  Try one of these snowshoe routes – just a quick day trip from Olympia.Or head out to Ocean Shores and coastal Washington for a razor clam dig.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

first_imgThe Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.Michaela Read scored the other goal for Greater Vancouver while Nelson’s Kelsey Paterson replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver then clinched the series as Gardiner once again scored the winner Saturday.Rebecca Clarke and Stefanie Wallace also scored for the Coments.Reece Hunt of Nelson and Lisa du Toit replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final beginning Friday in Coquitlam. The Capitals defeated Fraser Valley Rush in the other semi final series played in Prince George. Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.last_img read more

South Africans ‘must start saving’

first_img27 July 2006South Africans, caught up in a tendency to “borrow to spend”, have been warned to start saving and to prepare to pay more for interest on their debts as well as for general goods and services.The warning comes from analysts after the latest consumer inflation figures were released on Wednesday – showing inflation up from 3.9% in May to 4.9% in June – and ahead of next week’s meeting of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.Adjusted fuel prices are also expected to be released on Friday, with a likely increase, prompted by higher international oil prices, set to add to the pressure on South African consumers.Expect another rate hikeThe Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee sets the repo rate – the rate at which the Bank lends money to the country’s commercial banks. When the MPC hiked the repo rate by 50 basis points to 7.5% in June, continued high consumer spending was one of the main reasons cited.University of South Africa economist Philip Mohr told BuaNews that another interest rate hike was “highly likely”, but that people should not over-react to this.“A few months ago analysts were saying there would be none this year, but now they are predicting hikes all the way following the pressures on emerging markets and the devaluing rand,” Mohr said.“It is not inconceivable that the rand could in fact increase in value again this year.”The Reserve Bank highlighted this pressure on emerging markets in its quarterly report in June, saying investors had lost some of their appetite for exposure to emerging markets in the second quarter, resulting in the depreciation of a number of emerging market currencies, including the rand.‘Borrowing to spend’ the problemMohr also said it was not South Africans’ supposed lack of a savings culture, but their tendency to “borrow to spend”, that threatened the country’s economic growth rate.“There is a misconception about the effect of savings on economic growth,” Mohr said. “Some of the world’s fastest growing economies have a huge current account deficit, such as the United States for example.”The real problem, Mohr said, was that South Africans were “borrowing to spend”, which had a much more negative effect on economic growth than a straightforward failure to save.“When people borrow to spend, it basically amounts to dis-saving. This increased spending exerts an upward pressure on prices and of course leads to people having to pay more for their goods.”South Africans were in fact saving through a number of schemes, such as contractual savings in the form of pension funds, Mohr said. Many in this group, however, were also borrowing to save.“This translates to a net position were they aren’t saving at all but in real terms the money is there, secured in the contractual savings.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BC Naturals Resource Forum in Prince George

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – 16th Annual Natural Resource Forum is set to take place January 22nd to the 24th, 2019.The 2019 Program will focus on innovation and collaboration in the resources sector. The event will host moderators, panellists and keynote speakers that are covering a range of topics such as;Innovation and TechnologyUnlocking Potential Within Indigenous CommunitiesMining: Excellence in InnovationsCharting Forestry’s FutureThe Future of Energy – Canada’s OpportunityTransformative Influences in the Resource Sectorand more!The Tradeshow Forum will also include a diverse range of speakers offering informed perspectives on innovation in BC’s resource sector. This is an opportunity to connect with; natural resource delegates interested in developing resource projects; resource companies active in northern BC; consultants; engineering firms; equipment suppliers and service companies; First Nations and communities; government representatives; and labour, trade, and safety professionals. The event includes an opening Banquet on Tuesday evening, the Resource Ministers Breakfast on Wednesday, two Keynote Luncheon, networking breaks and receptions, high-profile speakers and a 72-booth tradeshow.For more information on the forum CLICK HERElast_img read more

16 FIRs registered so far against AAP BJP Congress Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three political parties — the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party — have been booked for defacement of public property in various areas of the national capital, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Monday. “Total 16 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered under Defacement of Public Property Act which is also a violation of model code of conduct. Nine FIRs were lodged against the AAP, six against the BJP and one against the Congress,” Singh said, adding that the matters are related to the West, North and New Delhi districts.”The Delhi Election Commission in its special drive, between March 10 and 24, booked total 28,113 people under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Delhi Police Act. A total of 169 illegal guns and 2,198 cartridges have been seized and 51 FIRs were registered for violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Singh said. “Our 210 flying squad and ground teams are removing posters, banners and other outdoor advertisement material in entire Delhi. Around 2 lakh banners, posters and hoardings were removed,” Delhi’s CEO said. Praveer Ranjan, State Nodel Officer of Election said: “Delhi Police on Sunday booked around 50-60 persons for violating the Model Code of Conduct for displaying the signage boards of a political party in Connaught Place area outside a Metro station.” Speaking about a group of people who were displaying a board written ‘Chowkidaar’ on it at IGI-airport, Singh said that he will look into the matter and will take action as per the law. Singh also requested people to get themselves enrolled in the voters’ list as the last date for applying for Voter ID cards whether offline or online — April 12 — is approaching. He also appealed to youth to reschedule their outstation trips according to the election schedule. “Currently we have over 2 lakh people under the age group of 18-19 in Delhi. People who have planned any outstation trip are requested to cancel or reschedule it after or before polling date — May 12,” CEO of Delhi said. “Currently we have 1,40,25,415 voters registered in Delhi,” he added. He said 425 FIRs have been registered so far under the Excise Act and 424 persons have been registered for violation of the Excise Act. Over 1.68 lakh quarters of illicit liquor has also been seized, he added.last_img read more