Tax bill is double that of its rivals

first_img Share Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Tax bill is double that of its rivals Thursday 24 February 2011 8:52 pm RBS and its staff paid £3.9bn to the Treasury in taxes last year, the bank has revealed. The amount is almost double the UK?tax bills paid by other banks like Barclays and Goldman Sachs, because of the bank’s size and its concentration in the UK.The high costs of its taxes is despite the fact that RBS did not pay any corporation tax because it made a loss. The bank’s profits were hit by staying in the government’s asset protection scheme (APS), an expensive insurance scheme for certain assets.RBS must pay £2.5bn to exit the programme, minus any fees it has already paid, and has therefore opted to stay in the APS until the fees it has paid are equal to the exit penalty. These fees alone cost the bank £700m last year.Chief executive Stephen Hester echoed calls by others, including Barclays chief Bob Diamond, chancellor George Osborne and JP Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon, by saying that the time for banker-bashing is over.“We have to move on from the crisis, from what went wrong and the recriminations around that,” he said. “Banks have a huge role as exporters, employers and taxpayers in the UK.” He added that it was time to start seeing banks “as economic engines” rather than as liabilities. whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Nation Media Group Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgNation Media Group Limited ( listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Nation Media Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nation Media Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nation Media Group Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileNation Media Group (NMG) Limited operates as an independent media house in East and Central Africa. Through its subsidiaries, NMG publishes, prints and distributes a variety of newspapers, magazines and online publications as well as manages radio and television broadcasting operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. It also provides courier and third-party printing services. Group publications include The EastAfrican, Daily Nation, Sunday Nation, Business Daily Africa, Daily Monitor, The Citizen, NMG Investor Briefing, Taifa Leo and Zuka. NMG owns a 76.5% stake in Monitor Publications Limited and 93.3% stake in KFM, a Kampala-based radio station in Uganda. It owns two television stations; NT Uganda and Spark TV and has a 60% stake in Mwananchi Communications Limited in Tanzania. In 2016, NMG commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press in Nairobi which has capacity to print 86 000 newspapers per hour. Nation Media Group Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

How I’m looking for dividends in a market with very few

first_img Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. How I’m looking for dividends in a market with very few Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Now does not seem like the best time for income investing. Many major stocks that previously paid out good dividends have cut or postponed them. Indeed, in my own portfolio, my best dividend plays have all dried up. However times like these can actually be a great opportunity. This is what I’m looking for.Not all goneFirstly it’s worth noting that not all shares have stopped paying dividends. There are still a number of potential plays out there that can bring in decent yields.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Of course, times are still very uncertain. A second lockdown seems to be looming. Covid shows no signs of slowing down, and a recession seems ever more likely. Those stocks paying dividends today may still have to cut them tomorrow.But even considering this, there is a way forward, I feel.Look to past dividends for the future outlookThe basic premise I now follow for finding dividends is looking at firms that consistently paid good yields in the past.I understand having to suspend dividends in times of trouble. In fact I almost always agree with the decision. As a long-term investor, I am glad to see management redirecting money into their businesses rather than keeping investors happy with dividends.Times may be bad now, but eventually things will get back to normal. When they do, those solid companies that paid dividends before will pay them again. What is even better, locking in those shares now when prices are under pressure, should mean the relative yield we get when dividends come back will be even better.Criteria to look forSo here are a number of criteria I look for. Firstly, I am looking at blue-chips with strong brands. Preferably companies that don’t seem to have too much trouble on the horizon.Short-term problems like low oil prices or bad loan provisions don’t bother me. These will see improvements eventually. But companies that may not survive a fundamental shift in their market, such as customers moving to online rivals, are perhaps ones to be avoided.Next, I am looking for shares that paid out dividends consistently in the past. The best guarantee of picking a future dividend stock that isn’t paying dividends at the moment seems, to me, to pick one that has almost always paid them in the past!A quick look at a company’s payment history shows this. What’s more, I would be looking for decent dividend growth year-on-year in the past. Anything over 2% or 3% seems about right.Lastly, I would be looking for previous yields in what I think of as the ‘Goldilocks zone’. This is between 4% and 6% yields as a general rule, though I have picked up oversold shares with dividends higher than 6% many times. Anything less isn’t worth it, anything higher is probably too much to sustain.It may not seem like the best time to find dividends right now. But with prices under pressure, we may in fact have a great opportunity to lock in strong yields when everything gets back to normal. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Karl Loomes | Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Karl Loomeslast_img read more

Week 3: Autumn series talking points

first_img All about the execution: Owen Farrell will look to show his creativity Opportunity knocks for FordWith all the discussion of centred round George Ford – Owen Farrell reunion against Samoa, it’s been easy to overlook that the former is making his first Test start tomorrow.Despite the abilities he has shown in repeatedly opening up Aviva Premiership defences this season and last, Ford’s shot at being England‘s first-choice 10 for the World Cup has seemed unlikely with Farrell as the incumbent. But the Saracens man’s recent struggles for form and fitness have granted his former U20 partner an opportunity to prove that he can become England’s pivot on a permanent basis.In many ways Ford and Farrell are opposing entities, and the Bath fly-half needs to show why his qualities are the ones Stuart Lancaster needs to trust. His ability to orchestrate and fully utilise the backline is well documented, and will be a welcome prospect given England’s lack of cutting edge last time out – where they failed to score a try in the first half against South Africa despite enjoying 65 per cent of possession. There have been some doubts about his kicking proficiency off the deck on the biggest stage – a criticism that could never be aimed at the nerveless Farrell – but he has been granted responsibility of the tee ahead of his old friend tomorrow.With just eight games to the World Cup, it is getting late to be discussing new partnerships, so Ford is running out of opportunities to prove he can cut it in the Test arena so an immediate impact is required, and the young 10 is fully capable of providing the catalyst. Ball in hand: George Ford will be looking to unlock the Samoa defenceWales need to play a game of two halvesThere was more than a hint of frustration at the Millennium Stadium last weekend as Wales failed to score in the second half of their win over Samoa. Their point-less second half was a repeat of the display against Tonga last year, when the scoreboard read 17-7 at half-time and full-time, and added to the frustration of the all too familiar defeat to Australia, in which Rhys Webb crossed the whitewash after just two minutes.This weekend’s opponents, New Zealand, are the masters of maintaining the intensity that wins Test matches. In their 24-21 win at Twickenham earlier this month they dominated a rain-soaked second-half, staying level on points, even with 14 men, that allowed them to control and ultimately win the game.Warren Gatland‘s side need to react in a similar way up to 80 minutes and beyond if they are have any chance of nicking a first win in 61 years. In the Australian defeat, their share of possession and territory both dropped in the second half, and this unsurprisingly mirrored a drop in ticking the scoreboard over. There are countless challenges Wales face if they are to beat the All Blacks for the first time in 26 attempts, but ensuring they don’t lose their discipline and mental edge as the match reaches its denouement could prove far more important than the opening exchanges. After a mixed weekend for the Home Nations last time out, we take a look at some of the key issues ahead of this weekend’s international action LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Held: Wales could not break loose in the second half against FijiCan Ireland back up their rankings rise?November is threatening to turn into Christmas come early for Irish rugby fans. A rip-roaring 29-15 win over South Africa was followed last weekend by a new-look side putting Georgia away with a clinical second-half display, and a spot at third in the world rankings – the first time they’ve reached such heady heights since 2006 – was just reward for their recent endeavours.Joe Schmidt referred to Ireland‘s promotion above Australia and England as a ‘distraction’, but he must be privately thrilled at the performances his team are showing a year out from the World Cup. They have lost only once – against England – since Ryan Crotty‘s last-gasp try for the All Blacks last November, and a brave display under pressure in Paris, which saw them claim the Six Nations title in March, was testament to their big-game credentials. A visit from the Wallabies is the year’s final test, and the bulk of the side that beat the Springboks a fortnight ago is returning, with the experienced duo of Rory Best and Gordon D’Arcy also coming in to bolster the ranks. An alternative Ireland outfit showed promise against the Georgians, but the returning grunt and guile fits the occasion. A win tomorrow would cap a year of progress, and add weight to the view they’re genuine contenders for next year’s biggest prize. Green dream: Ireland have enjoyed a successful year to jump to third in the rankingsScotland must avoid Tonga horror show repeatTonga’s last trip to Scotland was a record-breaking one but not in the manner Scotland had hoped. The Pacific Island outfit’s 21-15 victory was their first ever win over the Scots, and ensured a swift exit for Andy Robinson.Two years down the line and there is a renewed sense of optimism around current head coach Vern Cotter‘s side, as they prepare to line up against the same opponents in Kilmarnock. Their five-try victory against Argentina – a side they also beat in Cordoba this summer – was impressive, despite the late defensive lapses that took the gloss off the scoreline. More impressive still was the nature of their defeat to New Zealand last weekend. So often in the past a Scottish defeat to southern hemisphere opponents has been labelled ‘valiant’, but Saturday’s display genuinely warranted the title. They competed for 70 minutes and they may have been in the realms of dreamland had Greig Laidlaw’s late penalty gone over. Scottish fans will warn you that such optimism does not last long however, and maintaining performance levels is Cotter’s new test. The Tongans will provide a destructive threat in contact, and come in to this clash off the back of a five-try defeat of the USA, so the hosts must front up in a way they couldn’t manage in 2012. A repeat of that result would undermine much of the tentative momtenum built in the previous two weeks. Scot better: Can Scotland continue to impress and avenge their 2012 defeat to Tonga?last_img read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in December 2020

first_imgAntoine Dupont received the ball with every player on the park in front of him and ends up making this try look easyImpressive 45-23 BP win for Toulouse over Bordeaux in the game of the weekend in the Top 14— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) December 27, 2020It may be early in his career and this column has a history of jinxing players, but Dupont is one of those once-in-a-generation scrum-halves.England dripping with backrowThe cliché would be to say that Eddie Jones has ‘an embarrassment of riches’. But it is far from embarrassing. If I was Eddie, negotiations would be well underway regarding an MTV Cribs-style show, dripping with my diamond-encrusted back-row options.To call his back-row options golden is a drastic undersell. Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Jack Willis, Ben Earl, Billy Vunipola, Lewis Ludlam, Sam Simmonds, Alex Dombrandt, Ted Hill, Courtney Lawes and Alfie Barbeary is a list of metal beyond precious. And that’s a list that excludes plenty of other excellent players who are so far down the depth chart list that they’re nearly in the Mariana Trench. Pointing the way: Shaun Edwards issues instructions to his France players (Getty Images) Then there are a small section of young players who you spot and think, ‘He/she’ll be in the Rugby Hall of Fame’. Antoine Dupont is one of those.He looked good the first time we saw him and three years later he’s arguably the best scrum-half in the world and a contender for Player of the Year. He is one of those who moves beyond the holy trinity of a ‘triple threat’ kick, pass and run player, which is rare in itself.Dupont is in the bracket where he looks like he can do whatever he likes, whenever he likes, and there is nothing you can do about it.In December he scored a try for Toulouse where he stepped a forward, fended a forward, then spun the last defender into such a mess that when Dupont passed him, the defender was looking into the opposite stand. The Shaun Edwards coaching blueprintEvery coach has a unique playing style. Teams coached by the likes of Warren Gatland, Chris Boyd, Pat Lam and Rob Baxter have a blueprint so strong that it is evident in every game they play.But there is only one coach in the world whose blueprint is so obvious that you could spot his presence at a club even if you didn’t know he was coaching there. And that is Shaun Edwards.Edwards’s fingerprints are so evident on the current France squad that they would be permissible in a court of law. Edwards has instilled his 90% minimum tackle completion almost overnight and turned what was a lethargic defensive unit, which could easily lose a game in three minutes flat, into a team that defends as vociferously as a Republican election official.During the autumn international period, it was France’s attack that delivered the YouTube moments and rightly so. But just because Edwards’s defensive sets don’t generate the social media likes, it doesn’t mean they aren’t as important. They’re arguably more important.France have a very realistic chance of winning their home World Cup in 2023 and if they do, Edwards will be the reason why.Your support really does matterThere have been very few positives from Covid, obviously. But within rugby there has been one aspect that should never be forgotten, even after we have ditched the masks and ‘two metres’ once again becomes the standard height of a second-row, not a distance by which we measure every moment of our waking lives.As December’s results proved, particularly in Europe, crowds matter. There have been unprecedented levels of away wins during Covid rugby and it is something that supporters should really take to heart.Missed: A smattering of supporters at Kingsholm last month (Getty Images)Your presence in the stands matters. It isn’t some empty rhetoric from the marketing team about you being the 16th player. You aren’t just another tick in the ‘buy a pint, a pie and a programme’ column. Your shouting, screaming and mere presence not only motivates your team in a scientifically provable way but it also, according to some statistics, affects refereeing decisions.So, in a few months, when the virus has been choke-tackled, remember that support for your club is felt in every scrum, lineout, tackle and whistle blow.Why are club teams spinning it?The difference between elite club rugby and Test rugby is often visible. Barring only a handful of club/regional/provincial squads in the world, there is a small but clear difference in performance. But can that gap explain why at Test level, in the Autumn Nations Cup, we saw swathes of largely ‘negative’ rugby, but in the European Champions Cup we saw a level of distribution only matched by Amazon?To watch the northern hemisphere club teams, compared to their Test teams, almost looked like two different sports. Where we saw Test teams terrified to use the ball in their own half, and even on the opposition’s 10m line, we saw club teams zipping passes to the 15m channel with the carefree abandon of Trump on Twitter.Is it that Test-level defences are that much more organised? Are the players that much fitter and stronger? Or are Test coaches more nervous in a bubble where defeats mean job losses in a cash-strapped market?The negativity at international level was made all the more unusual given that there was little to play for – the RWC 2023 rankings were decided – whereas in European club rugby the results had a very real impact.It will be interesting to see if the gap in style between club and country persists in 2021.Antoine Dupont is ‘Hall of Fame’ goodOne of the joys of watching rugby over a period of decades is seeing young players emerge at the beginning of their careers. There’s a real buzz in spotting the youngsters and saying: “He/she’ll play for Wales”, “He/she’ll captain England one day”. Paul Williams kicks off the new year with a look back at the big talking points at the end of 2020center_img Sam Simmonds picking up exactly where he left off! The Simmonds brothers combine for a beautiful @ExeterChiefs score!#GallagherPrem— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 20, 2020Sam Simmonds is the obvious outlier. Quite what he must do to get some game time for England doesn’t bear thinking about and his exclusion is even more peculiar when you consider Jones’s occasional desire for a ‘hybrid’ player. If Simmonds isn’t a forward/back hybrid, then what is?The four-yearly debate over the British & Irish Lions back row is usually more hotly contested than an Underhill breakdown. But this time around (or in 12 months’ time), it may not be. Curry and Underhill will take some upstaging and provide Eddie with a core of back-rowers that nearly rival Sir Clive Woodward’s options – and that is praise indeed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Archbishop Desmond Tutu discharged from hospital

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events By Gavin DrakePosted Sep 15, 2016 Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Africa, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Tags Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Archbishop Desmond Tutu discharged from hospital Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has been discharged from hospital after undergoing what has been described as “a minor surgical procedure.” Tutu was admitted to hospital three weeks ago for treatment for a recurring infection. Last week, he underwent surgery “to address the cause of the infection,” the family said in a statement.Full article.last_img read more

Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight over the advertising boards

first_imgThursday Jan 24, 2008 Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight over the advertising boards All Black Carlos Spencer and Wallaby Stephen Larkham get to grips with each other and end up over the advertising boards in this Tri Nations game from a few seasons back. ADVERTISEMENTIt’s not often we see two number 10’s going for it. In all honesty, my money would be on Spencer if this one lasted a little longer. Although, Larkham did get a few cheeky shots in there.Watch how the photographer tries to take evasive action, watches for a bit, then eventually realises he has the best seat in the house to snap away.  Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyMen, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill If You Do This (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Pandemic triggers lowest ever cancellations rates for Direct Debit donations

first_imgPhoto by Nick Fewings on Unsplash About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 11 November 2020 | News  127 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cancellations of Direct Debit donations to UK charities fell to their lowest ever levels between May and September this year.The average cancellation rate was consistently under 2% over this five-month mid-pandemic period, with a record low of 1.32% seen in July, compared to 2.45% in July 2019.Regular giving donations set up online saw a 37% increase compared to the same period in 2019. Overall though, the volume of new Direct Debit sign-ups dropped by more than a quarter (26.6%) than for the same period in 2019, reflecting the impact of the pandemic in stalling fundraising acquisition activity, as well as the acceleration of digital growth.The findings are the focus of new research Regular Giving Update & Recommendations: Autumn 2020, released today by charity payments specialist Rapidata, part of The Access Group. It shares the latest data on regular giving, as well as practical recommendations for charities needing to protect this income stream as the UK moves into the second wave of the pandemic.Rapidata noted that the cancellations rate made an initial high jump in March – the beginning of lockdown – but then immediately swung back toward its usual trend line in April. Since then, the report shows that UK charities have seen an unprecedented drop in donation cancellations over the summer.Scott Gray, Rapidata lead and Head of Payments for The Access Group, commented:“While the very low cancellation rates of the past few months can be largely attributed to lockdown stalling donor acquisition activity – because we know the majority of cancellations happen immediately after sign-up – more positively it also shows a steady trend that committed supporters are continuing to give to the causes they care about.”In addition, the update analyses online giving data from the wider Access Group for the last six months, comparing one-off donations to the same period in 2019.Commenting on the report’s findings, Dan Fluskey, Chartered Institute of Fundraising Head of Policy and External Affairs said: Advertisement Pandemic triggers lowest ever cancellations rates for Direct Debit donations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: direct debit Rapidata Services plc “While growing regular giving is hard at this time of limited fundraising activity, the growth of one-off donations demonstrates that people do still care and very much want to give.  Donor loyalty can never be taken for granted however but needs to be earned. Over recent years we have seen a real focus from charities in developing supporter relationships. This latest research shows not only that this work is now paying off, but also how vital it will continue to be for encouraging and retaining regular giving support as we traverse the challenging months ahead.”last_img read more

Black & Latina workers resist nonprofit racism

first_imgThe Black and Brown Workers Collective and supporters took to the streets on June 1 to call out racist, classist, transphobic and homophobic policies and practices in the HIV/AIDS nonprofit sector in Philadelphia. Marchers chanted: “No more racist organizations!” and “Blood in our communities! Money in their pockets!”The protest specifically targeted Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS service agency, for raising the money for its expenses off the needs of Black and Brown communities while discriminating against workers who come from these communities. BBWC represents current and former workers at FIGHT, the Mazzoni Center, GALAEI (the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) and other nonprofit agencies.Led by Black and Latina workers who lost their jobs for speaking out against oppressive work conditions, the march stopped by outreach offices of the nonprofit in Center City Philadelphia. FIGHT had put its main office in lockdown status in response to the protest, which came six weeks after BBWC presented FIGHT director Jane Shull with a list of proposals to improve conditions for workers of color. Shull was informed that BBWC would return if she failed to respond.The June 1 protest began at the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office of the Philadelphia Department of Health, one of the FIGHT funders. BBWC demonstrators delivered a list of demands that included the firing of Shull.The BBWC “Call to Action” enumerated 18 institutional practices at FIGHT that adversely affect Black and Brown workers, particularly those who identify as transfeminine.Demands included immediate compensation for overtime labor of Black and Brown workers; an immediate stop to FIGHT sharing the medical history of Black and Brown employees with other frontline workers; and additional pay for bilingual workers for translation services they provide, which are currently not compensated.Other demands include evaluation of FIGHT’s hiring and firing practices to more equitably represent communities most impacted by the current HIV/AIDS epidemic; termination of specific staff whose policies were cited as particularly racist and offensive; and funded equal access to ongoing professional development for Black and Brown workers.Black and Brown workers have been targeted and even fired for speaking out against FIGHT’s oppressive practices. Shani Akilah, who is one of those fired, said: “Workers are united to demand justice and a change in organizational culture. FIGHT has a long history of this type of discrimination. We are tired of the retaliation. Workers who are still on their jobs are united with us.”Victoria Lopez worked at FIGHT as a phlebotomist for three years and then was forced to leave because of sexual harassment unaddressed by management. She was also asked to provide translation services with no additional compensation.Viviana Ortiz, another former FIGHT worker, was sexually assaulted and harassed by a participant in the program. She charged management with failing to protect her and other Black and Brown employees. Speaking outside FIGHT’s Center City office, Ortiz asserted that if she were a “blue eyed, blonde-haired staff person, the client would be long gone.”While specifically targeting Philadelphia FIGHT, BBWC organizers emphasized that discrimination in hiring and promotion of Black and Brown workers permeates nonprofit agencies serving as “gatekeepers” for community services.In Pennsylvania, the private nonprofit sector employs almost 15 percent of the state’s workforce, more than any other sector. In Philadelphia and surrounding counties, employment in private nonprofits is closer to 40 percent. A 2013 study by Nonprofit HR Solutions found only 32 percent of U.S. nonprofits reflect the diversity of the communities they serve in hiring and promotional practices. ( the BBCW workers marched through Center City, they received an outpouring of support from people on the streets. Members of the Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, Philadelphia Black Lives Matter, the Womanist Working Collective and Workers World Party joined in the action. For more information, contact [email protected]EmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Who’s Running for Student Body Officer Positions?

first_imgReddIt Patton Maynard“We, not Me”Junior Political Science and Theatre double major“I wish to unite the TCU community by building and strengthening our traditions. I believe that we have an opportunity next year to start a new campus culture that touches every student on campus, not just a chosen few.”Involvement: TCU Dutchmen, Theatre, Phi Kappa Sigma, Alpha Psi OmegaPlatform: Create events to foster community and tradition, enhance presidential visibility with public speeches and continue to support mental health, DEI, and It’s On Us funding. Previous articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: RecoveryNext articleThe Skiff: April 11, 2019 Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Olivia Wales Linkedin Linkedin Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Twitter Lessons of perseverance Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Ryan Chandler“Do More”Sophomore business marketing major“I believe that to whom much is given, more is expected. SGA is given an abundance of money and resources, and we cannot let that go to waste. We cannot settle, we must grow and do more for this campus.”Involvement: SGA Chairman of Student Outreach Committee, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, owner of Philia Clothing, Frog AidesPlatform: Advocate for student representation on the Board of Trustees, free feminine hygiene products in bathrooms on campus, and full usage of SGA funds. Ontario Brown“Coming together, working together and staying together. That’s the vision!”Sophomore secondary education and mathematics double major“I am committed to ensuring that SGA serves as a true resource for every type of student. It is the necessity to ask students what their vision is for this campus and do everything in our power to make that vision come into fruition.”Involvement: Chancellor’s Leadership Program, World of Truth Gospel Choir, Black Student Association, College of Education Dean’s Advisory CabinetPlatform: Cohesion among students and SGA members, representation for the underrepresented and conversing with other Big-12 schools. Facebook Facebook Olivia Wales ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Matt WilliamsJunior finance major“I want to advocate for something that the student body as a whole can rally behind. If we as students are in unison advocating for ideas, our collaborative voices can truly be heard.”Involvement: SGA Finance Committee Chair, Student Foundation, Beta Theta Pi, Neeley Fellows, Frog Camp FacilitatorPlatform: Tuition affordability, student success through more study spaces and inclusion. Olivia Wales Josh Witkop“Serve On”Junior biochemistry major“I firmly believe that from our unique positions as students, classmates, roommates, friends, and leaders, each of us can take what we do in day-to-day life and shift our mindset to work to uplift and value others. When we reconfigure our fundamental life actions, big and small, to uplift and value others, we serve on.”Involvement: Student Foundation, Frog Shadow, Beta Theta PiPlatform: Engage against sexual assault, improve pass-no credit options and unite the TCU community. Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Paige Shiring“Pink is Powerful”Sophomore finance major“I want to serve the student body in a transparent and honest way. I plan to empower organizations that personally touch the lives of every student, no matter how small.”Involvement: Neeley Fellows, Kappa Alpha Theta Chief Financial Officer, TIP Board. Shiring passed a House Bill this semester that supported the creation of a fixed tuition plan.Platform: Transparency and affordability in tuition prices, budgeting and communicating with administration. + posts Jack Leonhard“Believe in Better”Sophomore finance major“Over this next year, I would like to develop deeper ties with the City of Fort Worth as a student body and engage not only individual students, but student organizations, both tasks that should be in the wheelhouse of the VPE.”Involvement: Connections Mentor, Frogs First leader, Real Estate Club, former president Phi Kappa Sigma FraternityPlatform: Elevate the campus experience through dining options, engage the local community with streamlined off campus housing and empower students. Olivia Wales printGet to know the candidates before student body officer elections on Thursday, April 11. PresidentPatton MaynardMatt WilliamsJosh WitkopVice President, ExternalOntario BrownJack LeonhardVice President, OperationsRyan ChandlerTreasurerPaige Shiring Olivia Wales read more