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Family and friend claim Poppy seller distressed by fundraising appeals before her death

first_imgCode of Fundraising PracticePeter Lewis, Chief Executive at the Institute of Fundraising, said:“Olive was clearly an incredibly generous supporter of charities both in terms of her donations and as a fundraiser with the Poppy Appeal and we extend our deepest condolences to her friends and family.“All members of the Institute of Fundraising sign up to the Code of Fundraising Practice which sets the standards for all forms of fundraising.“It is absolutely clear in our Code that if an individual no longer wants to receive communications from a charity, in whatever form, they simply need to let the charity know. If the charity then continues to contact the member of the public it is a breach of our Code, and the person can take their complaint to the Fundraising Standards Board, who will investigate and if needs be adjudicate against the charity.”The Institute emailed its members this afternoon, highlighting relevant areas of the Code that they are required to adhere to, covering issues including Data Protection, telephone fundraising, direct mail and treating donors fairly. Howard Lake | 15 May 2015 | News 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. “Charity calls… did not drive her to her death”. Olive Cooke’s daughter interviewed by Bristol Post, 15 May 2015 Family and friend claim Poppy seller distressed by fundraising appeals before her death <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  174 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Law / policy Volunteering However, her daughter Kathryn King today “dismissed this to be the reason that Olive took her life”, according to the Bristol Post. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The death of 92-year-old Olive Cooke in a fall in the Avon gorge in Bristol has been linked by some of her family and a friend to the direct marketing and telephone fundraising tactics of some charities. Her lifelong involvement as a volunteer fundraiser has ensured that this sad case has received front page new coverage in the UK.However, despite the newspapers’ headlines, no-one has explicitly claimed that the distress she experienced contributed to her death, which police are not treating as suspicious.Cooke was one of the UK’s longest serving volunteer Poppy sellers, having raised funds for the Royal British Legion for 75 years, often standing at the entrance to Bristol Cathedral. Last year she was awarded one of the Bristol Post’s Gold Stars for her fundraising activities and a Lord Mayor’s award. “10 charity appeals every day”In October 2014 she herself told the Bristol Post that she received up to 10 charity appeals every day, collecting 267 in one month to show what she experienced. She said to the newspaper that she spends one afternoon a week sorting through the letters, adding:“I open and read every single one of them but my problem is I’ve always been one that reads about the cause then I can’t say no. The stories play on people’s generosity”. Advertisement IoF Standards Committee to review Code and GuidanceThe Institute has also confirmed that, following Olive Cooke’s death, its Standards Committee will meet to review the Code and Guidance to review what might be learned from the case. The Fundraising Standards Board, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), and charities have all agreed to feed into the review.Peter Lewis, said:“Fundraisers know that it is absolutely critical to maintain public trust and confidence in charities, and an important part of this is to fundraise in the right way and to the highest standards. The IoF Standards Committee – which sets the rules for fundraising across the UK – will review any learning following Mrs Cooke’s sad death to make sure that our rules and guidance for fundraisers are as robust as they can be.”Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), also extended his condolences to Mrs Cooke’s family and loved ones, describing her as “an incredible fundraiser and committed charity supporter”.He too pointed to the Code of Fundraising Practice, “which covers the requirement not to pressurise the public and reinforce data protection requirements”. The FRSB regulates fundraising practice against industry standards, specifically the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice, monitoring complaints about charity fundraising and working to resolve concerns raised by the public.He added:“The Code also makes it clear that charities need to be mindful of how they fundraise amongst people who may be in vulnerable circumstances and that organisations need to respect donor’s requests around the frequency with which they can be contacted.“What is critical is that if you’re unhappy about how a charity fundraises or you don’t want to be contacted in a certain way, our advice is to get in touch with the relevant charities and talk to them. They will listen and respect your views, and your feedback can influence how they do things in the future. Public feedback is vital to help identify and resolve any such issues.”Advice for donorsMcLean gave this advice to donors who wished to take more control over the volume of charity appeals received:· Sign up to appropriate preference services (including the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and Mailing Preference Service (MPS)· Keep an eye out for tick boxes on donation forms to opt out of unwanted contact· Speak to the charities concerned; they will listen and respect donor preferencesTributes to Olive CookeThe Royal British Legion paid tribute to its stalwart collector: people have set up appeals on JustGiving to honour her. She supported many charities over the years, but concluded:“I will continue to donate to charity, but I can only select a few which I think are most important.”Following Mrs Cooke’s death, her granddaughter Louise told The Guardian that “she believed pestering by cold-callers” had added to her grandmother’s distress before her death.Her son, Del Whelan, 62, told the newspaper:“It was the constant drip of the begging letters. I think she found it difficult to say no. She had just had enough.”He added:“She thought she had done something wrong.”A friend of Mrs Cooke’s, Michael Earley, said of her reaction to the requests for donations that she received:“I think she felt she had given so much – she couldn’t give any more… She felt guilty she couldn’t give in the same way she wanted to give. She felt tormented.”Not “the reason that Olive took her life”Both Mr Earley and Mrs Cooke’s granddaughter commented that Mrs Cooke had also been very upset by the theft of £250 from an envelope sent through the post. According to the latter, she also had health problems.Some news coverage, including the front covers above of The Sun and The Daily Mail, has drawn a direct link between Mrs Cooke’s distress over receiving charity appeals and her death:last_img read more

China’s Policy Shift likely to Benefit Processors

first_img Facebook Twitter China’s Policy Shift likely to Benefit Processors By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 3, 2016 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News China’s Policy Shift likely to Benefit Processors Facebook Twitter SHARE While China’s plan to let the market set corn prices beginning with the 2016-2017 marketing year will likely slow imports, the policy change should aid the nation’s struggling corn processors. Many food processors in China have been sitting idle for years, as they have been operating under losses. More than half of China’s corn starch industry capacity is sitting idle, as well. The policy change should also lower feed costs for China’s pig industry and lift ethanol producers’ profits. China has accumulated an estimated 250 million metric tons of corn in state reserves, and some analysts say it may take years for the nation to draw down the supply. However, as the U.S. Grains Council previously indicated, the stored corn quality could be poor enough to force the nation to continue importing feed grains.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSo, What the Heck are We Going to do With All This Corn?Next articleSeed Treatments Proving Their Worth Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

New car sales fall sharply in Donegal as Scrappage Scheme ends

first_img Google+ Pinterest New car sales fall sharply in Donegal as Scrappage Scheme ends Facebook WhatsApp The number of new cars sold in Ireland last month was down 35% on the same period last year following the end of the scrappage scheme in June.In Donegal, the drop was even more stark, falling by 54% from 186 to 86.Nationally, new car sales for the year to date are still up 10% compared to the first seven months of last year. Again, Donegal bucks the trend, with 1,906 cars sold so far in 2011 compared to 1,965 in the first seven months of last year, a fall of 3%.Alan Nolan from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry says the figures show the importance of the scrappage scheme………. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleFive people arrested for attempted ATM robbery in Co.DerryNext articleInquest hears how u-turn led to fatal crash News Highland By News Highland – August 3, 2011 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Newsx Advertslast_img read more

How Many Vehicle Passes Were Given For Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s Wedding?, Karnataka HC Asks State

News UpdatesHow Many Vehicle Passes Were Given For Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s Wedding?, Karnataka HC Asks State Mustafa Plumber29 April 2020 6:28 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to place on record the policy on giving passes to vehicles during the lockdown and how many passes were given to allow people to attend the wedding of Nikhil, son of Former Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy. On April 21, the court had asked the state government to inform whether social distancing norms were followed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to place on record the policy on giving passes to vehicles during the lockdown and how many passes were given to allow people to attend the wedding of Nikhil, son of Former Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy. On April 21, the court had asked the state government to inform whether social distancing norms were followed during the wedding held at Kumaraswamy’s farm house in Ramanagra district. The direction was given after advocate Geetha Misra made a complaint to the court of breach of social distancing norms. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna orally said the high court had received several pleas through emails from various persons from within and outside Karnataka on the breach of social distancing norms and grant of vehicle passes for the wedding. “Is it the policy of the government to grant passes for a wedding during the lockdown. If yes then everyone will apply for passes?”, the bench remarked. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on May 5. Next Story read more

New York City teen arrested for killing, robbing man for $1 on Christmas Eve

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A New York City teen was arrested Tuesday in the death of a 60-year-old man who was attacked and robbed for $1 on Christmas Eve.Abu Conteh, 18, was charged with murder and gang assault after video showed him and several other men punching and stomping Juan Fresnada, who later died from his injuries, according to the New York Police Department.Fresnada was with his husband in the Bronx at around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 when at least six suspects approached the men and and demanded money, police said. When they refused, they were attacked, and the suspects fled after pocketing just $1.Police released surveillance footage from the scene on Friday that showed one of the suspects swinging Fresnada onto the ground before punching him in the face and stomping him repeatedly. Other suspects also are seen kicking the man while he was on the ground, while another hit him with a metal garbage can.Fresnada died at a local hospital three days after the brutal assault. Fresnada’s husband refused medical attention at the scene, police said.Conteh was charged with second-degree murder and gang assault in the first and second degree. The NYPD released another video from a nearby surveillance camera that showed the suspect’s faces and asked anyone with information to contact the department.Police reportedly have identified two other men involved in the attack, according to local news outlets, but the NYPD declined to confirm those reports. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CIMIC Group’s UGL secures $302m oil and gas maintenance contracts

first_imgUnder one of the contracts, CIMIC Group subsidiary will offer structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation integrated services extensions to existing clients UGL wins contract extensions for Gorgon, Wheatstone and other projects in Australia. (Credit: Pixabay/gloriaurban4) CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded contracts worth approximately AUD450m ($302.8m) to provide maintenance, turnarounds and project services for projects in the oil and gas sector.Under a contract, UGL will be responsible for extension of maintenance and turnaround services at Chevron-operated facilities as well as the extension of integrated services for existing clients in oil and gas sector in Western Australia and Victoria.UGL to provide services for Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone facilitiesThe scope of contract includes delivery of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and access services for maintenance, plant turnaround and brownfield execution services at the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone facilities in Western Australia.Said to be one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, the Gorgon project has a total daily production averaging 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 18,000 barrels of condensate in 2018.Australia’s first natural gas hub, the $34bn Wheatstone project comprises an onshore facility located at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area, west of Onslow in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.At full capacity, the Wheatstone project is expected to produce 8.9 million metric tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG over an estimated 30 years of operation. The project comprises two LNG trains and a domestic gas plant.Chevron subsidiary owns 64.14% stake and is the operator of the LNG project. Other partners in the project include Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration (13.4%), Woodside Petroleum (13%), Kyushu Electric Power (1.46%) and PE Wheatstone, part owned by JERA (8%).CIMIC said that the contract will support on-going employment for the workforce of up to 1,000 people as well as provide new upskilling and apprenticeship opportunities.Additionally, UGL will offer structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation integrated services extensions to its existing clients.CIMIC Group CEO Juan Santamaria said: “These contracts exemplify the strength of UGL’s solid client relationships and its position as a market leader in the delivery of maintenance and mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services to the oil and gas industry.”last_img read more

PetroTal concludes third horizontal well at Bretaña oil field in Peru

first_imgPetroTal has used autonomous inflow control device valves in completion of 6H well to maximise oil production PetroTal has completed 6H horizontal well at Bretaña oil field. (Credit: Pixabay) US-based oil and gas company PetroTal has completed its third horizontal well 6H in the Bretana oil field located in block 95 in north-east Peru.The well, which reached target Vivian formation at the estimated vertical depth of 2,698m, was drilled to the west of 5H, slightly downdip of the crest of the structure. The Bretana oil field is currently producing 5,750 barrels of oil per day (bopd).In a press statement, PetroTal said: “The 1,178m horizontal section inside the main productive oil reservoir makes the 6H well the longest horizontal well drilled to date in Peru.”The 6H well has been completed using autonomous inflow control device (AICD) valves to maximise oil production.PetroTal president and CEO Manolo Zuniga said: “PetroTal is pleased to announce another strong drilling result, with 6H being our third horizontal well drilled on time and under budget.“The 6H well complements the performance of the 4H and 5H wells, and over the next few months, PetroTal will focus on optimizing production from our seven producing oil wells and preserving the Company’s capital position.“PetroTal is fortunate to have loyal and understanding partners amongst its many contractors and related Peruvian government ministries and agencies and we are pleased to have already achieved an increase in netbacks to $12 a barrel.”During the first 10 days of production, 6H well has achieved an average oil production of approximately 4,500 bopd.PetroTal commissions Bretaña central production facilitiesPetroTal has also commissioned the enhanced Bretaña central production facilities (CPF‐1), increasing the overall oil production capacity to between 16,000 bopd and 18,000 bopd.The firm, however, is planning to defer the completion of the CPF-2 facilities to reduce its overall 2020 capital expenditure budget by 33% to $66m.PetroTal completed its second horizontal well, 5H well in the Bretaña field in December 2019.last_img read more

Country Style acquires Schwan desserts plant

first_imgRAPIDLY expanding bakery supplier Country Style Foods has bought the former Schwan Global Cake Company frozen desserts factory in Bridlington, which was closed last month.Leeds-based Country Style said it had no immediate plans to re-open the site, following its asset purchase from administrators. Chairman Tony Wood said in a statement: “It is the widely held view, that in the light of fierce competition and over capacity in the industry any attempt to revive a viable frozen desserts business on the site would be unrealistic.”But the company believes the 240,000sq ft Bridlington site, which formerly employed 200 people, does have long-term development potential.It is “enthusiastic” about the possibility of developing the site to meet the future demands of its business and, in due course, creating employment opportunities at the site.County Style Foods, a family business, operates plants in Leeds and Grimsby, as well as the former Hibernia Foods plant in Stockton. It also owns the former Hibernia Foods site in Peterlee, Country Durham, which is currently unused.It produces own-label part-baked breads, patisserie and doughnuts, as well as roulades, speciality breads, bagels, croissants and pizza bases.last_img read more

Tesco steps up to bridge gap for Poppy Appeal

first_imgIn a bid to rectify a shortfall in donations to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, due to its decision to delist more than 10 Hovis lines, Tesco has pledged to donate “tens of thousands” to the cause.As referred to in British Baker editor Sylvia Macdonald’s ’Viewpoint’ (pg 3, 22 October), Hovis is to donate 4p, to the appeal, from every Seed Sensations loaf sold until 16 November. Macdonald wrote: “It would be a shame if this worthy cause were to lose as much as a penny.”A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We are aware that some bread lines not sold at Tesco are raising funds for this great cause, so we are making a further direct donation to the Poppy Appeal to offset this and ensure the charity does not miss out.”The retailer would not confirm the exact amount, but the total donation is believed to be around £40k.In a discussion regarding Premier Foods’ interim management statement, announced on 28 October, chief executive Robert Schofield confirmed the firm was in the process of trying to resolve the dispute with the retailer. “Tesco has delisted some of our smaller lines and we are talking to them to try to resolve that,” he said. He also confirmed that, following discussions with all retailers of its products, Premier has now completed its repricing stategy, in both Grocery and Hovis “to recover the sharp rise in wheat prices”.In the financial statement for the three months to 30 September 2010, Premier’s Hovis division saw branded bakery sales up 1.2%, a rise of 1.1% in its bakery arm, and 3.9% within milling, compared to third-quarter figures in 2009. Non-branded sales were down 18.4% for the same period.In conjunction with Hovis, Rank Hovis will be making a flat donation of £10,000 to the Poppy Appeal.>>Supermarket giant Tesco delists Hovis bread lines>>Tesco versus Hovis: Viewpoint>>Hovis sales are up, announces Premier Foodslast_img read more

The Bakehouse revamps to become Flour & Bean

first_imgNorfolk craft bakery chain The Bakehouse is rebranding its shops as Flour & Bean, with a greater focus on freshly prepared coffee and food, in an effort to attract younger customers.The company has already refurbished four of its 14 shops under the new bakery and coffee shop brand, with the rest due to be completed in the next two years, along with its fleet of five Jiffy vans. Lorraine Langchild, who runs the business with her husband, David, said the impact of the new brand, which was developed in conjunction with retail design consultants CDA Option One, had been very good, with one store seeing an increase in sales of 85% year-on-year.In-store theatre is an important element of the new concept, with freshly prepared sandwiches and products baked-off in front of customers, while Fair-trade coffee is made using traditional espresso machines.”Flour & Bean’s primary focus is now freshly prepared food and the coffee offer has been significantly enhanced. It’s a natural step away from traditional bakery shops, but still retains the bakery image, and provides an offer that attracts a younger customer,” said Langchild.She added that training was fundamental to the new concept to make sure coffee and bakery products were made to a high standard.”Allowance has to be made for more labour than before, especially to prepare coffees,” she said. “It is now easier to attract better-quality staff as it is a place people want to work.”last_img read more