Press release: Charity sector comes together to co-ordinate future response to national critical incidents

first_img Press office Email [email protected] Notes to editors The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work, see the about us page on GOV.UK. The following charities, umbrella bodies, fundraising platforms and regulators attended the event: British Red Cross Charity Commission for England & Wales Charity Commission Northern Ireland City Bridge Trust City of London Clement James Crisis Fundraising Regulator GoFundMe Just Giving London Community Foundation London Emergencies Trust London Funders Mind Muslim Aid National Association for Voluntary Community Action National Council for Voluntary Organisations National Zakat Foundation Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator P3 Rugby Portobello Trust Salvation Army UK Community Foundations Victim Support Wales Council for Voluntary Action The charity sector has come together to discuss their role in responding to future domestic disasters such as terror attacks, natural disasters, and other large scale national crises in the UK.25 large and small charities, umbrella bodies, fundraising platforms and charity regulators attended a roundtable convened and hosted by the Charity Commission on Friday last week. At the meeting attendees agreed to the principle of creating a collective framework to co-ordinate and enable future charity sector responses to national critical incidents. They also agreed to form a working group to develop the framework and operating principles behind any future disaster response by charities.The creation of the working group follows a number of tragic events in the UK last year, including the Grenfell Tower fire and the terror attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park. The events attracted significant amounts of public support and charitable donations and charities played a key role in providing support and services to victims.The group will work closely with other charities as well as national and local government where required to provide a swift, efficient and impactful response to any future disasters.David Holdsworth, Deputy Chief Executive of The Charity Commission said: Charities by their very nature help people in times of need and the tragic disasters that we’ve seen in the UK over the past year have highlighted the great work charities do to support victims and channel the public’s compassion and generosity. Charities’ experience and expertise, as well as their ties to local communities, often make them best-placed to respond in these situations. Advances in technology combined with the consistent sheer generosity of the British public makes it an opportune time for charities to consider how they can work together to maximise their support for UK citizens in times of need.last_img read more

Fish On!

first_imgFish On!I have heard these two words uttered in English, Spanish, with a southern accent, by a salty sea captain in the Gulf of Mexico, and many others commenting on the moment when fish and fly or fish and bait meet. This week my husband heard those words when a North Carolina Red Drum took his fly and ran.Fish On!For the recreational fisherman, the goal is not to catch the most fish. It is not necessarily even to catch the biggest fish.  Instead, the goal is to spend a day in communion with creation, where fish and man meet, say hello, then goodbye, and both are changed from the interaction.  The communion with nature and fish is real and lasting. I see the effect when my husband returns home from a day of trout fishing in a western Virginia mountain stream. Placing a small, colored, artificial bug in such a way on the cold clear water that a brook or rainbow trout would strike is nourishing to him.The connection to the particular place is often more fleeting, however.   When we travel, we drop into others’ worlds, and then move on.  Though our outdoor travel experiences give us great joy, they often lack the connection to place that we gain from fishing our home streams, or hiking or favorite local trails.  Fish on, then release, and then we plan our next trip that will involve fishing somewhere new and wonderful.This week however, my husband and his father had an opportunity to get more than just the passing glance at a new place, and much more than the isolated and fleeting “fish on” experience.   What started as a fairly standard guided fishing trip, ended up becoming an opportunity not just for them, but also for our whole family, to learn more about the place that we have visited many times before.Whit and his dad hired Captain Seth Vernon for a half-day’s fishing trip in the waters off of Topsail Island, North Carolina.  Seth was an outstanding guide, to be sure (as evidenced by the picture below), but he proved to be an inspiring advocate for his home waters.   After close to five hours with Captain Seth, Whit and my father-in-law had fish stories and the usual smiles and pictures to go with them.  What made this trip different, though, was the fact that they talked more about what they’d learned about the place where they fished than the fish they had caught there.  A good guide helps you catch fish, but someone who inspires a connection to the place separate and apart from the fish is truly unique.Red Drum pre releaseIn the coming weeks I will have a lot more to say about Captain Seth Vernon, the Red Drum, and the many issues that surround fishing and coastal preservation in eastern North Carolina.  In the meantime, if this has piqued your interest at all, check out Captain Seth’s website at www.doublehaulguideservice.com.  Please also check out www.redfishcantjump.com to learn more about a great film (that I will also write about more in the future) advocating for the preservation of North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast and North Carolina’s state fish, the Red Drum.Whit and a Red DrumPS – Thank you Whit for helping share your love of fishing and your introduction to Captain Seth this week.last_img read more

Jack Wilshere names ‘unreal’ Moussa Dembele as his toughest ever Premier League opponent

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link129Shares Wilshere named Fabregas as one of his best ever team-mates (Picture: Getty)On his best ever team-mate, Wilshere answered: ‘It’s tough, I played with some good players. ‘Probably Cesc [Fabregas] or Wazza [Wayne Rooney].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalElsewhere in the Q&A, Wilshere reserved special praise for Arsene Wenger for allowing him to express himself and play with ‘freedom’ in his early days at Arsenal. ‘He gave me freedom,’ the West Ham midfielder explained.‘He let me play how I wanted to play.‘Obviously there was some tactical stuff but in terms of me on the ball… he told me to express myself and just play.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacementMORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transfer Advertisement Jack Wilshere had plenty of encounters with Moussa Dembele during Arsenal’s clashes with Spurs (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has picked out Moussa Dembele as the best player he ever faced in the Premier League and admits he ‘always hated’ coming up against the Belgian during Arsenal’s clashes with bitter rivals Tottenham.Both Wilshere and Dembele have since departed north London to join West Ham and Guangzhou R&F respectively but the two midfielders are remembered fondly by Arsenal and Spurs supporters.The pair had numerous heated battles in various derbies down the years and Dembele, known for his combative nature and occasional hotheadedness, even tried to headbutt Wilshere during Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal back in January 2014.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTHowever, Wilshere clearly harbours no hard feelings towards Dembele and hailed the ‘unreal’ Belgium international during a candid Q&A session with his Instagram followers on Saturday evening. Asked to name his toughest ever opponent in the English top flight, Wilshere replied: ‘I always hated playing against Dembele from Tottenham.‘Obviously it was a derby and he was always up for the game and made it difficult.‘He was strong, you couldn’t get the ball off him and his dribbling was unreal.’ Jack Wilshere names ‘unreal’ Moussa Dembele as his toughest ever Premier League opponentlast_img read more

Finally, it looks like Shawn Michaels is making a return to WWE singles competition!

first_imgAdvertisementFormer WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels might finally return to in-ring singles competition. The rumors of his return have been swirling since his confrontation with the Undertaker on the 3rd September episode of Raw. And now, it looks as if it will finally come to fruition.Shawn Michaels’ glaring look made the fans wonder if he would come out of retirementIn case you don’t know, the Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels in a Streak vs. Career Match at WrestleMania 26. As a result, the Heart Break Kid was forced to retire and hasn’t competed in the ring again.On the 3rd September episode of Raw, the Undertaker confronted the Shawn Michaels only for the latter to claim that he hadn’t come out of retirement because he respected him. The Deadman replied that he wasn’t coming out of the retirement because of respect, but because of his fear to face him. Shawn Michaels had given a perplexed but glaring look which ignited the rumors of his return.WrestleVotes has now added fuel to the fire by tweeting that he will not only return for a tag team match at the Crown Jewel event but also for a singles match against the Undertaker at the Survivor Series or Royal Rumble.Hearing that Shawn Michaels will indeed wrestle more than just the upcoming Saudi Tag bout. A one on one match vs. The Undertaker is planned. While some want it at Chase Field for the Rumble, I’m told the discussion is centered around Survivor Series in LA.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) September 26, 2018WrestleVotes is a very reliable source when it comes to breaking WWE management’s plans. They were the first ones who had broken the news that the Shield would take on the team of Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, and Braun Strowman at the SuperShow Down before WWE had announced it officially. Let’s hope that this rumor also comes true.Advertisementlast_img read more

Best of Last Week – A way to measure variations in the

first_imgFigure of the “freezing surface” of quantum discord-type correlations. Credit: Marco Cianciaruso, et al. Citation: Best of Last Week – A way to measure variations in the speed of light, a slower universe and plucking hair (2015, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-week-variations-slower-universe-plucking.html (Phys.org)—It was a big week for physics. First, a trio of researchers proposed a method to measure variations in the speed of light—in alternative theories of cosmology where it has been theorized that time and space can vary. Also, another team showed that the “quantum freezing phenomenon” is universal—this describes conditions in which quantum correlations can be “frozen” in a constant state and remain that way in the presence of noise. Meanwhile another team suggested that “unparticles” may provide a new path to superconductivity—the hypothetical form of matter, the researchers suggest, could play a key role in mediating superconductivity. Explore further Absence of gravitational-wave signal extends limit on knowable universecenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Also, a team of astrophysicists working at the DOE’s Fermilab suggested that the absence of a gravitational-wave signal extends the limit on the knowable universe—they are working with equipment capable of sensing gravitational waves at frequencies in the range of a million cycles per second. Also, work by two different teams suggested that the acceleration of the expansion of the universe might not be quite as fast as theorists have thought—new data has come to light indicating that supernovae used to measure distances in the universe are more diverse than thought.In other news, researchers at Stanford University have developed an ultra-fast charging aluminum battery that offers a safe alternative to conventional batteries—they say it is less expensive, too. Meanwhile another team at Virginia Tech announced a new discovery that may be a breakthrough for hydrogen cars—a new way to create fuel cells using a biological method. A team of bio-researchers discovered a master protein that enhances learning and memory—similar, they say, to other proteins that allow for enhanced physical abilities. And another team has built a fully functional computer that is about the size of a grain of rice, which portends a time in the near future when computers may be embedded in virtually everything around us.And finally, for those people worried about losing their hair as they age, a team of researchers is plucking hair to grow hair—they found that plucking hair in a certain pattern on mice induced new growth in the surrounding area—evidence of environmental circumstances causing the body to react in unpredictable ways. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more