DSC adds more facilities to governmentfunding site

first_imgThe Directory of Social Change is adding a bulletin board and a searchable directory of users to its governmentfunding.org.uk Web site.Governmentfunding.org.uk, the Web site that helps charities find and apply for funding from several government departments, has added a bulletin board facility. This lets registered users discuss issues related to statutory funding and the Web site itself. Given there are 9,700 registered users of the Web site, there are very few discussions so far. Only 14 topics of discussion have been started, with just 22 individual messages. Still, UK Fundraising, which has hosted a free discussion forum on all elements of fundraising for the past eight years, can confirm that online forums often experience periods of low activity. Advertisement DSC adds more facilities to governmentfunding site Howard Lake | 7 July 2004 | News The bulletin board currently welcomes discussions on general fundraising from government, the four government departments currently featured on the site, and specific grant schemes such as the Parenting Fund and Local Network Fund. This area has had the least activity, with five of the seven grant schemes listed having no messages at all. The bulletin board system allows users to search discussions and to request an e-mail alert each time a new message is posted to a thread of interest to them.However, it is a very bare bones system. It doesn’t for example indicate in any of the message lists the date of each post. Nor does the e-mail alert of new messages indicate which message or messages was new: you have to search through the whole site and try to remember which of the messages you’d read before. The lack of dates makes this an even more difficult task. “There have been new postings on the topics to which you have subscribed” reads the e-mail alert: given we’ve subscribed to every discussion forum, that is not too helpful.Later this month the site will publish a directory of its registered users. The Directory fo Social Change, which manages the site with funding from the Home Office Active Communities Directorate, says that this will “serve as a comprehensive directory of voluntary and community organisations and a useful networking tool for groups seeking funding.”Oddly, the DSC is still reporting how many “hits” that the site is receiving. Counting hits is of course a discredited method of measuring a Web site’s popularity or user numbers. For those of you interested in how many times the site’s graphic logo, javascripts and CSS files, together with its other pages have been requested, whether by humans or Google’s bots, then the figure is 2.8m hits since the site’s first stage went live in September 2003. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Tagged with: Digitallast_img read more

Federal Judge Denies Declaratory Judgment To Former Supreme Court Employee

first_imgFederal Judge Denies Declaratory Judgment To Former Supreme Court EmployeeOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA district court judge has officially denied declaratory judgment to a former Indiana Supreme Court employee alleging disability discrimination on the part of state judicial leaders.Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Thursday denied Andrew Straw’s motion for declaratory judgment against the state Supreme Court and its various officers, whom Straw said have repeatedly discriminated against him on the basis of his mental and physical disabilities. Straw filed the federal suit Dec. 25 in response to an Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission hearing officer report that recommended the suspension of his law license.Magnus-Stinson declined to intervene in the disciplinary proceedings against Straw and instead entering a show cause order as to why final judgment should not be entered. Under the doctrine of Younger v. Harris, 401 E.S. 37 (1971), the chief judge wrote that she was required to dismiss the case because federal courts are not permitted to interfere with state proceedings that are judicial in nature, involve important state interests, provide an adequate opportunity to raise federal claims and do not contain special circumstances that would make abstention inappropriate.The Indiana Supreme Court suspended Straw’s law license for 180 days without automatic reinstatement, effective Tuesday.In her Thursday order, Magnus-Stinson wrote that although Straw’s reply briefs ignored the Supreme Court’s Younger arguments in response to his motion for preliminary injunction, he attempted to extensively reject those arguments in response to the district court’s show cause order.“Mr. Straw’s arguments are instead akin to a motion to reconsider, but motions to reconsider ‘are not replays of the main event,’” Magnus-Stinson wrote. “Put another way, reconsideration ‘is not an appropriate forum for … arguing matters that could have been heard during the pendency of the previous motion.”In an email to the Indiana Lawyer, Straw said he had filed for appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Five ways to show your appreciation for others

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What does it take to be a really great giver of recognition in the workplace, or anywhere for that matter?In some shape or form I get asked this question often. Such as, “What do I need to do to get recognition right?” Or simply, “How do I get better at appreciating people around me, and meaningfully acknowledging what they do?”And the more I looked at these simple but concerning questions some people have, the more I realized the answer was right in front of them.And the Answer Is?The answer? You already have everything you need to be a great recognizer of others.My friends Peter Hart, CEO of Rideau Recognition Solutions, and David Zinger, Employee Engagement expert, expound upon this idea in their recently launched second book together called, People Artists: Drawing Out the Best in Others at Work. continue reading »last_img read more

Trojans fall to Arizona with O’Neill suspended

first_imgIt might not have been under ideal circumstances, but longtime assistant coach Bob Cantu finally got the opportunity to lead the Trojans.Cantu, the associate head coach who has been with USC (19-14, 10-8) for 10 seasons under five different head coaches, was promoted after Athletic Director Pat Haden suspended head coach Kevin O’Neill for the remainder of the Pac-10 tournament following an incident with an Arizona fan at a local hotel.Cantu’s first test came against the top-seeded Wildcats (27-6, 14-4) in the semifinal of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday, as the Trojans fell despite a late rally, 67-62.USC refused to place the blame for the loss on O’Neill.“[O’Neill] is a big part of our team, but he is not going to go out there and play for us,” said junior forward Nikola Vucevic.Displaying leadership in his coach’s absence, senior guard Marcus Simmons, a captain, posted a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.“Everyone who knows Marcus knows what he is capable of,” said junior guard Jio Fontan. “He broke out today.”The team responded well initially under Cantu, who only found out that he was coaching the squad three hours before tipoff. With Arizona deciding to double-team Vucevic, Simmons found himself open, and scored eight points in an 11-0 USC run that gave the Trojans an early 15-9 lead.By halftime, the Wildcats led 33-28 on 56 percent shooting from beyond the arc.Arizona led by as many as 12 points in the second half. The Trojans, however, battled back, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to three with 48 seconds left on a three-pointer by Fontan.After two free throws by Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams, Vucevic converted a lay-up, making the score 65-62 Arizona with 4.7 seconds.Williams then made two free throws to put the Wildcats up five points, and with no timeouts remaining, USC did not have enough time to make up the deficit.Vucevic bounced back after only recording seven points and five rebounds in the quarterfinal game against Cal. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds, recording his twenty-first double-double, which leads the Pac-10.The Trojans’ lack of depth hurt them down the stretch. Arizona had 10 players log seven or more minutes, compared to only six for USC. The Wildcats had 23 points off the bench, while the Trojans had four.Williams, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, appeared motivated after the Trojans held him to a season-low eight points in the last meeting between the two squads. He finished with 20 points and six rebounds.Arizona advances to the championship game of the Pac-10 tournament to face the winner of No. 7 seeded Oregon and No. 3 seeded Washington on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Staples Center.The Trojans must now wait until Selection Sunday to find out if they are one of the 68 teams chosen to play in the NCAA tournament, or if they will compete in the NIT tournament.“We have some great wins,” Cantu said about USC’s tournament resume. “Everybody’s saying we have bad losses, but I personally think that great wins mean more than the bad losses when you look at the big picture.”last_img read more

WBA to deal with Odemwingie internally

first_imgWest Brom have confirmed that they will deal internally with striker Peter Odemwingie’s latest Twitter outbursts against the club.Odemwingie was disciplined after releasing a series of social networking outbursts against the Baggies in January after they rejected his transfer request. The 31-year-old launched another series of attacks after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day only for the move to QPR to fall through.And on Sunday, the Nigerian international hit out at being omitted from the starting line-up for the past four games. While the majority of Odemwingie’s tweets have since been deleted, an Albion spokesman said: “The club are aware of what Peter has said and we will deal with it internally.”West Brom also confirmed that social networking activity is governed by the club’s disciplinary code of conduct.Odemwingie tweeted: “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did to me on the 31st (of January). New advisors told me to say its all my fault cos its better for me.“A normal team will never let a player who acted like I did come back. Why keep me still. If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play. “Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.”Odemwingie added: “Want to treat me like an average player. The abuse and praise I get is average? So get some extra from me too.“I am not at peace. Took steroid injections numerous times when team needed me back quick. Commitment still in doubt.“More reasons? Should still stay loyal? Even if it sounds childish. It’s a lot. People I should trust normally hold meetings. Before that I was a proper gentleman in the team and trusted everyone. I tried to leave quietly. Didn’t work.”last_img read more