Two million more Direct Debits to charities set up in 2013

first_img  73 total views,  2 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: Bacs direct debit Individual giving regular giving Two million more Direct Debits to charities set up in 2013 Charitable giving by Direct Debit continues to grow, according to Bacs Payment Schemes Limited. The total number of Direct Debit donations to good causes grew from 56 million in 2012 to 58 million in 2013.The previous year saw growth as well, so from 2011 to 2013 the total number of Direct Debits being paid to charity has increased by four million, or around 7.5%.Value of Direct Debit donationsThe total amount pledged by Direct Debit has also grown, up by £110 million over the past two years to £1.1 billion in 2013.This growth is supporting by the findings of UK Giving 2012 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It reports that Direct Debit accounted for a third of total donations to charity by value, up from a quarter during the previous year.Causes generating most by Direct DebitSome charities and types of charity have been more successful than others at securing this kind of regular giving. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 13 March 2014 | News Educational charities secured the largest number of new Direct Debit donations at 6.7% in 2013, although this represented a value increase of only 0.1%.Animal charities on the other hand achieved a 5.2% increase in volume and a 4.8% increase in value.Old age charities achieved the best increase in total value at 9.2%, with a 3.4% increase in total donations.Health charities achieved a 4.6% volume and value increase. Environmental causes increased Direct Debit volume by 4.3% and value by 6.9%.Youth charities however suffered a decline, with volume down by 5.9% and overall value by 6.2%.Bacs’ charity sector specialist, Graham Callaghan, said: “This data again underlines the effectiveness and ease of Direct Debit as a method for supporting good causes, while we know that these type of payments are cost-effective for charities as they are cheaper to process than the likes of cash and cheque.”Bacs is currently running The Big Break campaign to promote Direct Debit and raise funds for charities. 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.last_img read more

Washington’s Saudi ally bombs Yemen

first_imgMarch 30 — The Gulf Cooperation Council, under Saudi Arabia’s direction, announced on March 26 that it began bombing Ansurallah positions in Yemen.At the same time, the Egyptian regime, product of a July 2013 military coup that ousted a Muslim-Brotherhood-led elected government, has taken steps toward forming a regional military force to intervene in the North African-Western Asian region.Behind these aggressive moves by regional powers is Washington’s military escalation in the entire region, aimed at expanding the corporate, financial and strategic interests of the U.S. super-rich.Earlier in March the Obama administration announced plans to keep a large occupation force in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the NATO-led war of regime-change continues in Syria where Islamic State fighters and other opposition groups seek to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The Pentagon has bombed inside Iraq and in neighboring Syria, and has deployed more than 3,100 U.S. troops to train the Iraqi army. Such “advisers” often pave the road to a land invasion.Like George W. Bush before him, Obama is using Pentagon terror to promote U.S. imperialist interests. With the U.S. military tied up with airstrikes and ground operations in Iraq and Syria, the administration is attempting to utilize regional pro-Western regimes to implement bombing campaigns and ground invasions designed to support U.S. interests — without using large numbers of U.S. ground troops.U.S. foreign policy destabilizes YemenThe Saudi bombing operation represents the collapse of U.S. foreign policy in Yemen. Recently, the Pentagon withdrew 100 special forces and diplomatic personnel. Jeff Rathke, U.S. State Department spokesperson, said, “Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, the U.S. government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen.” (BBC, March 25)Rathke stressed that the Obama administration would continue to support the state’s “political transition” and monitor “terrorist threats” emerging from Yemen, the most underdeveloped country in the region.Saudi Arabia occupies a vast territory with a population of 31 million people and enormous oil wealth concentrated in the royal family. The Saudi military buys hundreds of billions of dollars worth of U.S.-manufactured warplanes and other armaments. Impoverished Yemen’s territory on the southeast corner of the Arabian peninsula is only one-quarter that of Saudi Arabia, but Yemen’s population is large, at 25 million.The Pentagon’s withdrawal from al-Anad air base occurred March 20 after an alleged offensive by al-Qaida fighters in nearby al-Houta. Reportedly, al-Qaida was soon forced to retreat from the city as a result of Yemen’s military forces’ defensive operations.Pentagon military forces stationed at the base were conducting training operations for Yemeni soldiers allegedly to support their fight against al-Qaida. For years now the U.S. has engaged in drone attacks, targeted assassinations and other efforts aimed at suppressing any popular uprisings.The Gulf Cooperation Council consists of all the oil-rich reactionary monarchies of the Gulf, including Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates as well as Saudi Arabia. The Saudi monarchy has framed the current conflict as a battle against Iranian influence in Yemen. Saudi aerial bombardments have killed and injured dozens of Yemeni civilians.The Ansurallah movement, more commonly known as Houthi, has been in conflict with the Western-backed Yemeni government for more than a decade.Western media frame the struggle in Yemen, which involves the Houthi movement, as a proxy war guided by Saudi forces on the government side battling Iranian influence. Because the Saudi ruling class is Sunni and the Iranians are Shiite, this proxy war exacerbates sectarian hostility in the entire region and increases overall instability. Washington treats Saudi Arabia as a friendly client and supplies — mainly sells — weapons and military and intelligence support to its ruling family.In addition to the struggle of Houthi fighters against President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, a secessionist movement is rising in Yemen’s South, where a socialist-oriented republic existed between 1967 and the late 1980s. Large demonstrations were recently held where the flag was flown of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen.Recent events in YemenHouthi fighters took over Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, in September, including the parliament. Recently, they took over Taiz. Saudi Arabia took action when the Houthi movement was about to launch a major offensive in the southern port city of Aden.The International Organization for Migration announced on March 30 that 45 people were killed and 65 others wounded in air attacks on a displaced persons’ camp in the country’s northwest. (AFP)Pablo Marco, Doctors without Borders operational manager in Yemen, said civilian bodies and people injured in the airstrike were taken to Haradh Hospital near the camp in Hajja province. (pressTV, March 30)Press TV also reported that the al-Mazrak camp has sheltered Yemenis displaced by conflicts, which have intensified since 2009, calling the camp’s bombing an escalation of the Saudi operation: “The airstrikes began late Sunday (March 29) and continued unabated for almost nine hours. … Riyadh says it has launched the airstrikes, the first round of which was carried out on March 26, to defend the ‘legitimate government’ of Yemen’s fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled to the Saudi capital on the same day. Riyadh has vowed to press ahead with the bombing until Hadi is reinstated.”The Saudi monarchy has intervened in Yemen before, seeking to bolster former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government. He was forced to resign after a nationwide uprising in 2011.Recent reports suggest that Yemeni military forces loyal to Saleh have opposed Saudi airstrikes and are working with Houthi fighters. This alliance has given Houthi forces a decisive advantage in their offensive in the country’s south. (New York Times, March 25)Houthis are a Zaidi Shiite group located in Yemen. The movement takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched an uprising in 2004 and reportedly was killed by Yemeni army forces that September. Led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the movement made substantial gains beginning in September 2014 and continuing through today.Egypt calls for regional military forceEgyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi presented a proposal to the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28 to establish a regional military force that would intervene in states facing internal conflicts.Saudi airstrikes will not be enough to halt the Houthi fighters’ advances or to stabilize the security situation in Yemen based on U.S. interests. Al-Manar Television of Lebanon reported March 29 that Saudi Arabia is deploying thousands of Islamic Sunni rebels to fight against the Houthi movement.Al-Manar noted, “Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — backed by the U.S. have declared war on Yemen in a joint statement. … U.S. President Barack Obama authorized … logistical and intelligence support to the military operations, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. … She added that while U.S. forces were not taking direct military action in Yemen, Washington was establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support.”During the Arab League’s summit, Egyptian President Al-Sisi argued that a regional force was essential to “defend our [Arab] nation­.” (Washington Post, March 30) His Egyptian military regime, however, has been hostile to Palestinian Arabs and has cooperated with Israel, especially by locking down the border to Gaza.Since the bulk of arms and intelligence sharing for such a regional force in Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council will be provided by the Pentagon, it will be able to carry out only those actions that are in accord with Washington and Wall Street’s foreign policy aims.Azikiwe is the editor of Pan-African News Wire, where a version of this article was originally published.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Have a Pizzarific October!

first_img Community News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS October is Pizza Month in the US. Why the big deal? Well, consider these fun facts:– Pizza is a $30 billion industry in the United States– Pizzerias make up 17% of all restaurants in the United States (61,269 pizzerias to be precise)– A whopping 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly…– While a staggering 93% have eaten pizza in the last month– Which explains the approximately 100 acres of pizza eaten a day (or 350 slices a second!)Given the love affair Americans have for pizza, it’s no surprise that 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US every year. Which makes Pizza Month a pretty huge deal. Pizzas are part of American culture (and diet), so celebrating it with its own month isn’t that far-out an idea.What better way then to commemorate our passion for pizza than by ordering one from Domenico’s today? Domenico’s is a 3rd generation family restaurant that’s known for making pizza the way YOU want.At Domenico’s, you can order a plain cheese pizza, or add one, two, or three toppings of your choice. You can even double the topping portions if you’re extra hungry.Toppings you can mix and match include: onions, artichoke hearts, black olives, Canadian bacon, meat balls (beef & pork), sliced fresh tomato, bacon bits, bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, jalapeños, fresh garlic, chorizo, broccoli, pepperoni, sausage, salami, anchovies, and seasoned beef.How’s that for pizza customization?If you’re pressed for time and need a pizza right away without having to fiddle with ingredients, you can order some of Domenico’s own pizza flavors like the Big “D” Special (cheese, pepperoni, sausage, onion, mudhrooms, bell peppers, black olives), or Calabrese (Parmesan, oil, garlic, and mozzarella).For the health conscious, there is also a Vegetarian Pizza (cheese, onion, mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers, sliced fresh tomato), while BBQ lovers will find it hard to resist John’s BBQ Chicken Pizza (cheese, BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, and red onions).Come join the festivities. Be happy and full. Celebrate Pizza Month this October with one of the best pizzas in town at Domenico’s.To learn more about Domenico’s and see the full menu, visit http://www.originaldomenicos.com or call (626) 797-6459.Domenico’s is located at 2411 East Washington Boulevard. More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Restaurant Reviews Have a Pizzarific October! October is Pizza Month in the US, and what better way to celebrate it than with Domenico’s famous pizza? By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 1:51 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribelast_img read more

Several storms will impact Northwest as much of US sees little significant weather

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A quick moving storm brought snow to parts of the Plains on Tuesday, including over a foot of snow in parts of Southwest Kansas. Thirteen inches of snow was reported outside of Liberal, Kansas, with 9.0 inches reported in Liberal itself.That storm has moved off to the east and is bringing a quick burst of snow to parts of Missouri Wednesday morning, where locally 1-2 inches of snow will be possible — especially between I-70 and I-44. No major accumulation of snow is expected, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect due to the slippery conditions.A large part of the U.S. is seeing relatively tranquil weather. Although there are disturbances out there, they are moving too fast to become truly organized, and additionally there is a lack of cold air across much of the country.The continued pattern of storms in the Northwest, diving down across the Rockies, will also bring several more rounds of gusty winds to the Southwest, especially Los Angeles and San Diego. Winds could gust 40-60 mph in the higher elevations of Southern California on Wednesday, and lingering into Thursday and Friday. The strong gusty winds could cause power outages and issues for high profile vehicles.Another storm slides into British Columbia on Thursday, before an atmospheric river reaches extreme northern Washington and southern Canada on Friday. There is still uncertainty about the exact track of the heaviest rain, but 1-3 inches of additional rain is possible over the weekend in the lowlands, and as much as 4-7 inches of heavy rain could be coming to parts of the Washington Mountains.The very wet pattern for the Pacific Northwest, as well as Southwest Canada, will cause rivers to rise over the weekend and into early next week. There is potential during this time frame for some of the rivers to reach moderate or higher flood stage in parts of Washington. With soils in the Northwest becoming increasingly saturated, the threat for landslides will also be increasing.KOMO-TV’s Scott Sistek is reporting in Seattle that the onslaught of storms will likely cause Seattle to at least tie its “all time record of most frequently rained-on month,” with 28 days of measurable rain in January.As some of these disturbances move through the Rockies and across the country, there is some potential for a couple of ingredients to come together to develop a storm near the East Coast this weekend. However, the latest forecast guidance is showing that the timing is off a little bit with the cold air to phase with the coastal low that will develop, thereby preventing the development of a significant weather event.While some uncertainty remains, it appears that the storm might be just far enough offshore to bring some rain showers, and then at times a couple of snow showers over the weekend. Therefore at this time, we are not expecting anything very significant.This has been the case most of the winter so far in the Northeast. Timing of the ingredients have been off for significant snow in the major cities. Additionally, like a large part of the country, much of the Northeast has seen periods of mild air.A particular note is that Boston and Philadelphia have both had more 60 degree days so far this winter than highs below freezing.And the relatively quiet and tranquil January is not just happening in the U.S. Across the entire Northern Hemisphere, the cold air is bottled up in the high northern latitudes of Alaska, Northern Canada and Russia. Considering we are in the peak of winter, it is notable to see that the cold air continues to not make significant surges into the mid-latitudes. A look across the globe shows not much cold air across the United States, China or Mongolia. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more