New Social Enterprise Growth Fund for Scotland

first_imgNew Social Enterprise Growth Fund for Scotland The Enterprise Growth Fund will provide grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 to support the long-term development of third sector social enterprises in Scotland. Grants can be spent on improving service delivery, responding to new opportunities, and on organisational capacity building. Grants will be given to enterprises with the greatest potential for growth and future sustainability. The future sustainability should be in the form of trading or other forms of income generation, with an enhanced ability to win contracts.As well as having robust business and development plans, successful applicants will need to be working with disadvantaged groups, providing services to disadvantaged communities or be providing environmental benefits.After the grant investment and support from the Just Enterprise scheme, grantees should also show improved efficiencies and greater social impact.Further information and how to apply.Applications to the Enterprise Growth Fund will not be accepted until late August 2011. By that time more detailed application ./guidance, eligibility criteria and other information will be available.The application process and decisions about grants will be complete by the end of January 2012 so that the money is available this financial year.If you have any questions about the Fund you should contact the Wise Group on 0141 303 3131 or e-mail [email protected] can be spent on improving service delivery, responding to new opportunities, and on organisational capacity building. As well as having robust business and development plans, successful applicants will need to be working with disadvantaged groups, providing services to disadvantaged communities or be providing environmental benefits.Applications to the Enterprise Growth Fund will not be accepted until late August 2011. If you have any questions about the Fund you should contact the Wise Group on 0141 303 3131 or e-mail [email protected] Tagged with: Funding Scotland social enterprise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 27 July 2011 | News  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1center_img Advertisement This piece is an abbreviated version of one of many funding opportunities first published this week at www.fundinginformation.org, the resource for up to date information about new grant making trusts, and new sources of grants, loans and donations for voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises and the public sector throughout the UK. The Scottish Government is making £4 million available to support a new Enterprise Growth Fund. Grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 will be available to social enterprises and other third sector organisations throughout Scotland that have a great potential for growth and sustainability yet require support now to develop their services and infrastructure. The Fund is being managed by the Wise Group.The Fund is half of a new programme funded by the Scottish Government to help social enterprises grow and operate more effectively and efficiently. In 2011-12, £4 million will be available across Scotland to help enterprising third sector organisations carry through on ambitious and sustainable business plans. A further £3 million is being put into a Just Enterprise programme for the period 2011-14, which will support social entrepreneurs and third sector organisations across Scotland, part of which will be spent on an online information hub. 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

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Cyber-dissident gets five-year prison sentence

first_img April 7, 2021 Find out more August 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident gets five-year prison sentence Reporters Without Borders protested at a five-year jail sentence imposed on Vietnamese cyberdissident Pham Hong Son, who has already been in prison for more than a year and half. Dr Pham was first sentenced in June to 13 years in prison, allegedly for “spying.” Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Follow the news on Vietnam News April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) protested today at a five-year jail sentence imposed on Vietnamese cyberdissident Pham Hong Son, who has already been in prison for more than a year and half.”Five years in jail for translating an article about democracy and posting it on the Internet is very heavy punishment,” it said, calling on the international community, especially the European Union (EU), to continue pressing for his release. Dr Pham, who works for a foreign pharmaceutical company, was sentenced in June to 13 years in prison and three years of house arrest, allegedly for “spying.” In an unusual move, the prison sentence was cut by eight years today by the Hanoi supreme people’s court on appeal, after the charges against him were reportedly changed to allow it.Reporters Without Borders said the reduction was a political decision and a sop to international criticism. Before the appeal, the organisation had called on the secretary-general of the Intergovernmental Agency of French-Speaking Countries, the French foreign minister and the European commission’s external relations commissioner to intervene and to ensure diplomats could attend the trial.The 26 August appeal, which lasted several hours, took place amid tight security. Journalists and a group of diplomats were not allowed in. Only the prisoner’s wife, Vu Thuy Ha, was permitted to attend.She said Pham left the dock in protest again the hearing being held in secret and that the judges had paid more attention to his lawyer’s argument, but added that her husband should have been declared innocent. he said she had been able to whisper to him in the courtroom that “we’re not alone. Many people are helping us.”Dr Pham has been held since March last year in a prison near the capital and his conditions of detention are not known. He was arrested on 25 March for translating and posting online an article from the local US embassy website called “What is democracy?” He has also written some articles himself which have appeared on Vietnamese online forums. He was held in secret for four months, during which neither his family nor his lawyer were allowed to see him.Five Vietnamese cyber-dissidents are in prison for their online activities. Two were sentenced last November and December to terms of four and 12 years in prison. A fifth is under house arrest. last_img read more

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Thursday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-74]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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St. Bernards prepares for first season in Big 5

first_imgSt. Bernards is in its second week of preseason practice and head coach Matt Tomlin is busy at work molding his young team into regular season form. St. Bernards varsity football will open its 2018 season in unfamiliar territory as the newcomer to the Big 5 Conference. St. Bernards will contend with Eureka, Del Norte and Fortuna for the Big 5 crown come this fall.“Going up against bigger schools gives these guys all the motivation they need,” Tomlin said. “They are excited, and we’re going to …last_img read more

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SA property sector worth R4.9-trillion

first_img20 September 2012 The South African property sector is worth R4.9-trillion, according to research released by the Property Sector Charter Company in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It is the first study of its kind about the size and shape of the country’s property industry. “The research creates a hub of knowledge about the property sector, consolidating information and developing a common and consistent understanding,” chief executive officer of the Property Sector Charter Company, Portia Tau-Sekati, said in a statement. “By determining the size of the South African property sector, we are moving towards a proper baseline measure to assess market size and its components, the scale of different services and activities within the sector.” The sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy and in 2009 comprised 8.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to a South African Property Owners Association research report entitled “the economic impact of the property sector in South Africa”. According to the Charter Council’s study, only 1% of the country’s land is urban and residential, about 73% is natural pasture, approximately 12% is agricultural and the remaining land is comprised of conservations and reserves. It also indicates that about two-thirds of the property owned in South Africa is residential and worth R3-trillion, while commercial property is worth R780-billion. Undeveloped land that is zoned for development is valued at R520-billion and publicly owned property, including national, provincial and local government and state-owned enterprises, is worth R570-billion. “Retail property has the highest value of the commercial property sectors in South Africa at R340-billion, followed by office properties at R228-billion and industrial properties at R187-billion,” the Charter Council reported. “Representing a small comparative value of R25-billion is hospitality, leisure and ‘other’ property.” The study will be an annual one and the Charter Council aims for it to become the benchmark against which progress in the industry is measured. “The study is a useful tool for understanding the South African property market and its dynamics,” Tau- Sekati said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Brand South Africa lauds women’s contribution to democracy

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 17 October 2013 – Brand South Africa celebrates the contribution women have made to South Africa’s democracy, and welcomes the formation of the ‘1000 Voices’ movement on Friday 18 October at Emperor’s Place in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.The movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life to profile and eradicate gender based violence. It also intends to create a conversation around the meaning and impact of ‘freedom’ for South African women, 20 years into democracy.Brand South Africa’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, Wendy Tlou, reflecting upon the role of women in driving a nation’s development said, “It is inspiring that more than 1000 participants – male and female – from all spheres of society will participate in this launch.  We hope that this launch will kick-start a movement, geared towards empowering women to play their part to implement the National Development Plan.    It is imperative that we recognise the value of gender, along with race and geographical location, when proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.”Brand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela will deliver an address under the theme: “Women 20 years into democracy” and will also participate in the event as a panellist.  Leo Makgamathe, Programme Manager: Civil Society will also represent Brand South Africa at the event.Panel discussions will take place under the following themes:Celebrating women empowerment and the role of Open Government Partnership;Playing Your Part in fighting abuse and stopping rape;The role of young people in stopping abuse‘1000 Voices’ is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership, Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. At the event, Ms Dlodlo will also launch the Open Government Partnership SA plan.Other panellists on the day include: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Political Economist Lebohang Pheko, activist and radio host Leila Benelli and Controlesa Chief Patekile Holomisa, amongst others.Note to EditorsAbout the Open Government PartnershipThe Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people by promoting more transparent, effective and accountable governments—with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. Openness is the most powerful lever for achieving this. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. To achieve these objectives, OGP brings together governments and civil society organisations.  Currently South Africa is a member of the OGP Steering Committee and also the OGP Learning and Peer Support sub-committee, which seeks to promote knowledge sharing on open governance matters. 57 countries are currently members of the OGP partnership.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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AGCO introduces White Planters 9800VE Series Planters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, recently unveiled the new White Planters 9800VE Series planter.The 9800VE Series planters are the result of AGCO’s latest investment in planting technology available from Precision Planting. The planters feature a new seed meter, electronic drive, automated downforce plus monitoring and data management technologies which take industry-leading White Planters to an unprecedented level of seed placement performance.“Researchers continue to learn and quantify the yield benefits of accurate seed placement. With that understanding, our customers are demanding technology that will allow them to capture the full yield potential of every seed planted,” says Conor Bergin, tactical marketing manager, Application, Seeding and Tillage. “The 9800VE Series planters are equipped to do just that, in addition to providing the long-lasting durability and simple maintenance and operation White Planters has provided for more than 40 years.”The 9800VE Series row-crop planters are available with a full range of options and attachments and may be configured to fit any production system. The Series offers three models with 30-inch row spacing in 12-row, 16-row and 24-row configurations: the 9812VE-30, the 9816VE-30 and 9824VE-30. The planters are built upon three-section frames that flex 21 degrees up or down at each wing for consistent planting depth across irregular terrain and that fold for convenient movement from field to field.vSet meterThe new planters are equipped with the proven and reliable vSet meter, which offers the industry’s most consistent seed singulation plus outstanding reliability for minimal downtime. This meter features a flat disk with a single vac setting and a floating, 5-lobed singulator that makes sure no two seeds of any kind can occupy the same hole. It handles virtually any seed size or shape with a minimal amount of tweaks to vac pressure, disk or singulator settings and delivers nearly 100 percent accuracy.DeltaForce hydraulic downforceDeltaForce hydraulic downforce control matches field conditions on-the-go to provide consistent seed depth placement for each individual row. The downforce of each row unit is adjusted automatically to minimize soil compaction or prevent shallow placement, for a seed environment that delivers uniform emergence leading to maximum yield. It compensates for soil variation caused by wheel tracks, changes in soil type, soil moisture and varying amounts of crop residue across the field.vDrive electronic driveThe vDrive electronic drive system on 9800VE Series planters allows row-by-row control of the vSet seed meters so they adjust independently around headland curves. This precise control ensures the desired population is planted, saving seed and ensuring equidistant plant spacing for optimum yields. In addition, the vDrive allows prescription planting that matches plant population to the soil’s yield potential as well as row shut off to prevent over planting of point rows and end rows. The vDrive is self-contained and virtually maintenance free compared to traditional mechanical systems with sprockets, drive chains and bearings.20/20 SeedSense monitorWhite Planter’s 9800 are equipped with the fully integrated SeedSense monitor which tracks population, speed, skips, doubles, row unit ride, down force and ground contact on the go. The information is immediately displayed on a color screen, allowing the operator to make adjustments needed to seed precisely, maintain depth, avoid compaction and troubleshoot mechanical problems.Optional FieldView data collection and mappingFieldView data collection and mapping is an iPad-based solution to real-time, high definition mapping and data collection. It integrates seamlessly with SeedSense and is available as a factory-installed option. With data captured through SeedSense, producers can see exactly what the planter is doing in real time and save the data to use for future decision making.Options and attachments fit individual needsAs with other planters in the Series, the White Planters 9800VE series planters may be equipped to fit the needs of nearly any production system. For full details about the new White Planters 9800VE Series, visit your nearest AGCO dealer or visit www.agcocorp.comlast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 35 | Livestock robotics, Christmas trees, and veal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Joel Penhorwood, and Matt Reese come together to talk agriculture and the Ohio State win in episode 35 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.A number of topics in this weeks meeting, including Ty Higgins with Jeff Sizelove of Zoetis talking developments in agriculture, partly the further involvement of robotics down the road.Matt Reese hears from Al Divencenzo, president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.Joel Penhorwood talks upcoming veal housing requirements ready to go into effect January 1, 2018. He hears from Dr. Marissa Hake of the American Veal Association.All that and much more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

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Federal Agencies Begin Efficiency Policy Rollbacks

first_imgMore than 600 days into the Trump administration, amid constant reports of regulatory rollbacks, there’s been surprisingly little damage to energy efficiency… yet. But now the administrative winds are starting to blow, rulemaking procedures are underway — with a couple of open comment periods — and we are working hard to hold onto the energy savings we have been helping to build. The Obama administration had some remarkable successes on energy efficiency. We estimated that its appliance, vehicle, and power plant standards alone should save over 10 quadrillion Btu per year by 2030 (equivalent to about half of U.S. home energy use), and should cumulatively save consumers over $2.5 trillion in energy bills by 2040. How resilient are those policies and programs? Here are some local weather reports:RELATED ARTICLESNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsPresident Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency StandardsStates Step Up for Progress on Efficiency StandardsCalifornia Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency StandardDoes Cheaper Solar Mean We Can Forget Efficiency? Vehicle standards are facing a gale The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed to roll back the fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for 2021-2025 (EPA had already determined that the standards set in 2012 are too high), and to block California and other states from implementing higher standards. This would waste 14 billion gallons of fuel a year. The draft is open for comment through October 26, and ACEEE already gave preliminary testimony. EPA is chopping away at the standards for heavy trucks as well, issuing a proposed rule to exempt gliders (new trucks with old engines), and considering repeal of the standards on truck trailers. There already are lawsuits related to all of the vehicle standard issues, with a stay on the trailer standards. Clean Power Plan EPA last year proposed repealing the rule on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and recently proposed a much weaker replacement rule that would only seek modest efficiency improvements at the plants (and gave it a different catchy name, the Affordable Clean Energy rule). It is open for comment through October 31. Meanwhile, the Clean Power Plan also is blocked by a court stay. Appliance standards frozen in place Due to a unique provision in the law, the Department of Energy (DOE) cannot weaken existing standards, so most of the standards appear to be safe. But the agency also has not proposed a single update and has now missed a dozen legal deadlines. And four standards that the Obama DOE had issued but not yet published in the Federal Register remain in limbo after 20 months (DOE has appealed a court order to publish these standards). Worse, DOE is preparing a draft rule that could try to roll back one of the biggest-saving rules ever — a definition that applies 2020 light bulb standards to a wider range of commonly used bulbs. Mysteriously, a document on full repeal of the definition appeared on, and then quickly disappeared from, DOE’s website. Such a rollback would be taken to court. DOE is also working on procedural changes that could weaken the program. Manufactured housing standards A 2016 DOE draft rule based on a consensus agreement between manufacturers and efficiency advocates has never been finalized. Now DOE is considering a weaker standard or maybe no standard at all, while the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers weakening the existing HUD code for manufactured homes (in which the energy provisions have not been updated since 1994). All of the above are proposed or potential actions. There have been a couple small final actions. HUD reversed its earlier support for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, barring the Federal Housing Administration from insuring mortgages on homes with PACE assessments. And DOE issued a required determination (only a few months late) that ASHRAE 90.1-2016, the model standard for commercial buildings, saves energy. This will encourage more states to update their commercial building energy codes. Meanwhile, federal energy efficiency programs continue working despite roadblocks. Energy Star is still the leading mark of energy efficiency, and has set and updated some product specifications, despite a White House attempt to end it and a draft bill that would have gutted it. Congress seems set to pass level funding for the second year in a row. And although the administration proposed drastic cuts to DOE efficiency programs, Congress actually increased funding for this year when it finally passed a bill in March, and has slightly increased funding for next year. Although the money is there, getting it out the door has been an increasing problem, made even worse because there still is not a Senate-confirmed assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at DOE. While the near-term forecast does not look good, we are working to limit the damage as much as we can. And as unpredictable as the course of a storm may be, we know that the one certainty about the weather is that it will eventually change.   Lowell Ungar is senior policy advisor at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared at the ACEEE Blog.last_img read more

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