Key legal changes for voluntary sector

first_img Howard Lake | 25 April 2001 | News What are the key legal changes that are affecting or will affect charities? What are the key legal changes that are affecting or will affect charities? Stephen Lloyd of Bates, Wells and Braithwaite outlined them at Charityfair.Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian summarises his briefing in Key legal changes affecting charities. Advertisement 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.  12 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Key legal changes for voluntary sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Interview With Chief of Defense Staff of Brazil, Gen. Elito

first_imgBy Dialogo August 11, 2010 The top Brazilian military official present at the second Annual South American Defense Chief’ Conference, which took place August 2-4 in Lima, Peru was Army Gen. JoséElito Carvalho Siqueira, Chief of Defense Staff (Ministry of Defense) and former Force Commander (Minustah). His previous experience includes commander of the United Nations stabilization force in Haiti (MINUSTAH), military commander of the Brazilian province of Amazonia, and command of the country’s Southern Region. The focus of this year’ South American Defense Chiefs Conference, co-hosted by the Armed Forces of Peru and the U.S. Southern Command was on military support to humanitarian assistance and disaster response in addition to security issues and threats, as the United States and regional partner nation’ work together to better address those threats. General Elito spoke about the current situation in Haiti, the Brazilian participation in humanitarian aid in the region and national security issues in this exclusive interview with Diáogo. Diálogo: You have just returned from Haiti. Can you give us a panorama of what the situation is now as compared to when you were the Force Commander, in 2006? General Elito: I was in command there before the earthquake, and I went back now six months after the tragedy. What we can say on the positive side is that you notice that there is movement in Port-au-Prince, which is really good. That complicated traffic all the time, people in the streets doing informal trading, which sometimes seems to be a chaotic situation, but which from my perspective, is very positive. In other words, people are wanting to have a way of life after the earthquake. Before, the same was also true; whenever the population or the country were doing better, the streets were crowded. The streets are clean; there is still a lot of debris in the areas of the houses, but the streets are clean, which is very good, because shortly afterward, there was a very complicated period on the roadways. On the other hand, we have information, for example, that the international resources did not really arrive as promised, and there are over one million people living in tents today, which is a permanent concern. However, these people are being taken care of and they have food and water. MINUSTAH is doing very interesting work with the police on their presence and intelligence, to avoid greater complications in the future in these areas. First of all there is concern about the hurricanes, which might come in the next two, three months, as well as a political concern, which is a natural concern in Haiti, as well as in any other countries, but particularly in Haiti, with the approach of the presidential elections scheduled for the end of November. So for the next six months there’s a double concern linked to the earthquake, which are hurricanes and the pre-election period, which is always very tumultuous in Haiti. I participated in the election of President Préval, and I know how complicated it is, because anything can generate consequences when it comes to elections. So, then, this is the situation, but from what I saw, despite all that destruction, the Haitian people are very strong. But these are people who have a goal, and I hope that all those who can help, really do help, and that Haiti can find its way. It’s really unfortunate that the earthquake struck after a year and a half of stability in Haiti. Everything was improving in Haiti when the earthquake happened. I think that Haiti deserves, and its people deserve, something positive; let’s hope it happens. Diálogo: Regarding BRABATT 2 (the 900 Brazilian troops sent to Haiti after the earthquake)–Those troops were expected to return to Brazil by the end of 2010. Is that still the plan, or will they stay longer? General Elito: BRABATT 2 is not an isolated unit within MINUSTAH. The UN mandates are renewed every six months to one year. BRABATT 2 arrived together with other units from other countries as a result of the earthquake. So we had companies from Japan, for instance, and troops from other countries, and we went with nine hundred men, which is BRABATT 2. So, before being a unit decision, this is a decision about the UN mandate. The mandate was for six months, and now it’s been renewed for another six months. Therefore, until January of 2011, at least, BRABATT 2 will continue, in the same way as the other units that were sent to Haiti due to the earthquake. There are currently 2,300 Brazilian troops in Haiti. Diálogo: Turning now to focus more on the humanitarian aspect that was the subject of the conference here. What is the Brazilian participation, if any, in other countries, rather than Haiti? General Elito: Well, Brazil also has many problems. We’ve just now experienced floods in Alagoas, Pernambuco; we’re in those areas today with over two thousand men from the army. Also in Santa Catarina, when the flood happened, in the beginning of the year… Therefore, humanitarian action really gives us an important experience, so that we are ready to help in any region in the world, including Brazil. So much so that we had no problem going to Chile, when that country was struck by an earthquake right after Haiti; we go anywhere that is in need of assistance, including here, in Peru. Diálogo: If Brazil also needs help, why do we see Brazilian troops in other countries, but not other countries’ troops in Brazil? General Elito: Brazil is a country, I would say, blessed by God. In other words, our problems are minimal compared to other problems we see in other areas of the world. We’re really in a position to handle our problems. It’s that the need was never there. We’re not a country that has earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc. Brazil would be open, should an extreme situation occur, to receive humanitarian aid from any other country. Diálogo: Let’s talk a little bit about national security in general. What is the situation regarding the Brazilian armed forces and the fight against illicit trafficking? General Elito: Congress passed a law in 2004/2005 that gave the Brazilian Army more of a police power, especially along the borders. Therefore, the armed forces – more particularly the army – are spread out in the far reaches of the country and many times represent the only state presence in those areas. It was a natural consequence of years and years of our presence there, which makes it a very logical law. It gives the Brazilian Army the authority to perform authorized police activities or actions within a 150-kilometer strip along the border. So, this was very good. And now this law is being updated; the supplementary law, which should be approved by Congress soon, extends this police power to the Navy and Air Force. Because the Navy also has some areas near rivers that need this, let’s say, special attention; and the Air Force had authority in its airspace, but whenever a clandestine aircraft would land, the Air Force would lose this authority. In other words, this is great, because it’s a matter of national security or national defense. Its great advantage, aside from its content, is the fact that it is a state document. It’s not a military document, or in other words, defense is no longer simply a military matter. Today, defense is a national matter. Every citizen is responsible for defense. The armed forces are the arm that will execute the defense, but the citizen is also responsible for it. Therefore, the fact of this integration or extension of the power of defense only helps the nation. It’s a great accomplishment, and I think that Brazil has made a large step forward in strategy. This strategy gives Brazil today, its inhabitants, its population a broader sense of defense, which is very important for us military professionals, that is, that everyone is involved with the problem.last_img read more

Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg could buy Ronaldo if they wanted to: Oliver Kragl

first_imgNaples: German defender Oliver Kragl believes his former Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg have the financial firepower to buy the services of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.Over the years, Red Bulls have spread it’s wings across club football as they are the owners of teams in Germany, Brazil, USA and Ghana.RB Leipzig are one of the best teams in Europe right now and are fighting tooth and nail with Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title. As for Salzburg, they have been the top dog in Austria for a while now and are no pushovers in the Champions League either.“Red Bull Salzburg made the reigning Champions League holders Liverpool give everything at Anfield and got a draw in Naples,” Kragl told Goal and Spox.“Red Bull could probably buy Ronaldo tomorrow if they wanted to. I think Salzburg could do well in the German Bundesliga.”After his trophy-laden spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo now plies his trade in Italy with Juventus. He won the league title in his maiden Serie A season.Ronaldo is arguably the biggest name in world football alongside long-term rival Lionel Messi. He has five Ballon d’Or crowns to his name and is the leading scorer in the history of Champions League apart from several other individuals and team honours. (IANS)Also Read: India’s Jehan Daruvala signed by Red Bull F1 Jr programmeAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

ACC honors exchange students

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Community College board of trustees held their meeting last night where two exchange students were honored for their contributions to the school.Social distancing was in place at last night’s meeting where members and trustees were finally able to gather.ACC President, Don MacMaster, gave recognition to two exchange students who attend ACC and work as the school’s landscapers.Runi Demirkol from Turkey and Musa Kabbah from Liberia were recognized for their hard work and the beautiful flowers they have planted on campus.Also addressed was a modification to the sexual misconduct policy which now changes the process of how investigations and allegations on college campuses are handled.The board also received some sad news as their Vice President of Instruction, Deborah Bayer, announced her retirement and what she’ll miss most about the school.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Fourth annual Poker Run, Walk, Trot fundraiser kicks-off Saturday, Aug. 29Next August is child support month in Michiganlast_img read more