British Gas fine of £11.1m to be donated to energy poverty charities

first_imgBritish Gas fine of £11.1m to be donated to energy poverty charities Howard Lake | 11 December 2014 | News 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. Photo: gas flame by Kozorev Vladislav on Shutterstock.com  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Energy regulator Ofgem has fined British Gas £11.1 million for failing to deliver household energy efficiency improvements on time. The money must be paid to charities serving vulnerable people facing energy poverty.British Gas had achieved only 62% of its 2012 target in its Community Energy Saving Programme, which was designed to help vulnerable households. It blamed bad weather for contributing to this delay.It also argued the subsequently it had over-delivered on its promises to vulnerable households.It is not clear yet which charities will share the £11.1 million or when the donation will be made. Nor is it clear from Ofgem who will make the decision on which charities should benefit.There is of course the British Gas Energy Trust, set up in 2004, which exists to “help individuals and families in poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts”. As a charity it is independent of the company.Why will the fine be donated to charity?[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR_oHeSv_2M[/youtube] Tagged with: corporate Funding Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Canadian judge denies bail for fashion mogul Peter Nygard

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A judge has denied bail to Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard. Nygard was arrested in December on U.S. charges alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them with promises of opportunities in fashion and modeling over the last 25 years. Justice Shawn Greenberg says she has concerns about a history of Nygard not showing up to court and using employees to tamper with evidence. He was arrested in December in Winnipeg under the Extradition Act and faces nine counts in the Southern District of New York.last_img

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NDSP investigates forcible fondling

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a weekend report of forcible fondling that occurred at a student-sponsored event in the late hours of Friday evening, according to an email alert sent to students Saturday. Forcible fondling is defined in the email as “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.” The definition is legally established by federal law, cited in the email as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics or the Clery Act. The incident, which was reported to NDSP on Saturday, occurred in a building on the north side of campus where a student-sponsored event was taking place, the email stated. “Forcible fondling … and other sexual assaults can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available from NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention online. To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity or another emergency, dial 911 from any campus phone or 574-631-5555 from a cell phone.last_img read more

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Olympics sponsors in limbo as year-end contract expiration looms: Sources

first_imgTopics : “The delay threw financial plans for the Games into disarray and many companies really don’t want to pay any more,” said one of the sources, an Olympics insider. Sponsors expect the contract extension negotiations to be fraught, said two more of the sources, both from sponsors.Tokyo 2020 raised a record $3.1 billion in sponsorship money from across corporate Japan through the intercession of sports marketing heavyweight Dentsu, but many companies are reeling from economic damage wrought by the pandemic.Reuters was not able to establish the potential size of the extension fees. Local sponsors’ contracts cover only Tokyo 2020, unlike a smaller number of worldwide sponsors.Tokyo 2020 is “asking our partners for their ongoing support in the process of extending the contracts,” organizers said, adding that although the pandemic has “had a certain impact… we will continue to make every effort to seek understanding and cooperation going forward.” Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers have not extended sponsors’ contracts set to expire at the end of the year, sources said, leaving some questioning whether to continue after COVID-19 forced a delay of the world’s largest sporting event.Postponing the Games for a year has created additional costs for sponsors, including fees to extend contracts, and some wonder whether it’s worth doing so, three of the sources said, declining to be identified because the information is not public.At the same time, sponsors fear damaging their image by abandoning a politically important national project.center_img Dentsu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Faced with sliding support for the Games – just 24% of Japanese are in favor of holding the event next year, according to a July poll by Kyodo news agency – the national mood further discourages Olympics promotional activity, said another source, an Olympics insider, and a fifth source from a sponsor.Companies are already trying to cut spending in the face of an economic slowdown, and some sponsors question what benefit there is to backing the event.”While some sponsors see benefits even with reduced attendance at the Games, for others its hard to see the point,” said one of the sponsor sources.The sponsorship contracts are one of many problems for Olympics organizers as they scramble to demonstrate the viability of the delayed Games and ensure safety for athletes and spectators.The success of the Tokyo 2020 is likely to be a top priority for the successor to outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, considered a favorite for the job, this week emphasized Japan’s resolve to hold the event.The status of the Games as a national project continues to exert pull over worried sponsors.”If other sponsors extend and only we don’t cooperate, that’ll make waves – that’s what we want to avoid,” said one of the sponsor sources.last_img read more

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Manchester United confident of keeping Ander Herrera despite Arsenal interest

first_imgManchester United confident of keeping Ander Herrera despite Arsenal interest Advertisement Herrera wants to stay at Old Trafford but is angered at the lack of urgency shown by the club (Picture: Getty)The board’s decision to hand Alexis Sanchez record wages of around £400,000-a-week raised eyebrows in the squad and their sense of injustice has only been heightened by the Chilean’s below-par performances since joining from Arsenal.Marouane Fellaini angered a clutch of team-mates by allowing his deal to run down to within a month of its expiry and he extracted an extortionate salary out of the club by threatening to walk away on a free transfer. Sanchez has failed to justify the club’s record outlay on him (Picture: Getty)The 29-year-old currently earns a base salary of around £100,000-a-week and Metro.co.uk can reveal United have offered him a new deal that, with bonuses and performance-related targets, could take his weekly salary to nearly £170,000-a-week.Herrera is privately dismayed that the club have prioritised contract talks with other members of the squad over the last 12 months, especially with colleagues who are not in the final year of their deals.Nevertheless, there is enough goodwill from both sides to resolve the issue and United’s latest offer is far closer to Herrera’s demands.In any case, Herrera is likely to seek a return to Spain if he’s forced into leaving the Theatre of Dreams and is unlikely to consider a move to Arsenal.MORE: Marcus Rashford makes decision on £100m Barcelona transfer Advertisement Sean KearnsWednesday 27 Mar 2019 2:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link590Shares I’m not going crazy about what is going to happen over the next four months because I don’t know if my stay here is over. I enjoy being at the biggest club in England, the fans love me, they have treated me phenomenally and I owe it to them to listen to what they say, but honestly I don’t know what is going to happen. All I see is trying to win against Watford next week. If you deserve things and if you are an honest and hardworking person, things happen.center_img Ander Herrera on his future at the club Ander Herrera is out of contract in July (Picture: Getty)Manchester United remain convinced that Ander Herrera will sign a new deal at the club despite interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has been allowed to enter the final six months of his deal without significant progression in negotiations over an extension.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reintegrated Herrera into United’s starting line-up since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December and wishes to keep the 29-year-old at the club.Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are both believed to be keen on signing Herrera on a free transfer, though the club have dismissed claims that the Spaniard has already signed an agreement to move on at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTUnited are confident that Herrera, who joined the club in 2014 and is settled with his young family in Manchester, wants to remain at the club but their kamikaze approach at board level over the last 18 months has complicated contract renewals with the midfielder and several other members of the squad. Fellaini allowed his contract to run until a month of its expiry (Picture: Getty) Comment In Fellaini’s instance, he utilised support from Jose Mourinho against the club to make him the third highest paid player in the squad behind Paul Pogba and Sanchez.Herrera, though not wishing to exploit the club, knows he can deploy a similar tactic.last_img read more

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LGPS to create compliance system for cost transparency code

first_imgLGPS funds and their providers are to transition to the CTI templates next year, but IPE understands that the compliance and reporting system the LGPS scheme advisory board is looking to establish is only intended for the LGPS, with the CTI yet to have decided on any kitemarks.Speaking at a media event last week, Jeff Houston, secretary to the SAB, said that once such a system was in place the board would then need a rule “to kick [managers] out of the code, and it’s probably going to be ‘three strikes and you’re out’”. The advisory board for the UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) has started the search for a provider to monitor and report on asset managers’ compliance with its cost transparency code.The scheme advisory board (SAB) said it was procuring a system “in order to fulfil its stated intention to police the code”. The LGPS was a major player in developing the UK’s new cost transparency reporting system.According to the tender notice, the board is looking for providers “who are able to design, build, host and support a system to validate/check for completion the templates received from the relevant fund managers for each of the relevant LGPS funds and/or pools”.The LGPS’ own cost transparency code was launched in May 2017, and helped pave the way for the formation of the Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI), an industry-wide body working on cost reporting standards for UK institutional investors. CTI templates are due to be unveiled in the coming weeks. The LGPS Code of Transparency badge“Part of making it public that you can be part of the code, and you can have the badge and use it in your marketing material… the other end of that process is ‘if you don’t do this we will very publicly take that off you’,” Houston said.As at last week, 117 managers were signed up the LGPS cost transparency code, representing the vast majority of the scheme’s managers, and listed assets of some £180bn (€208bn).Some managers have started to sign up to report costs in accordance with templates for alternative assets once these are ready.The contract for the cost transparency compliance and transparency system is for five years and is estimated at £500,000.The deadline for applications is 27 May. The SAB expects to award the contract during June and the core of the compliance system is likely to be operational by the end of 2019.Compliance system profileAccording to an SAB briefing note, the purpose of the compliance system was “to provide cost effective template data collection and LGPS Code compliance checking”.It would take the form of an online facility intended to:accept and store template data; check the timeliness of data submission and report late returns;ensure that data is signed off by managers as ‘true and fair’; andprovide a check against MiFID II cost figures submitted separately by managers to their LGPS clients.However, the system would also allow for some reporting and data comparison. For example, it could be used by LGPS clients to replace existing Excel format templates provided to them by managers, the tender notice said.In addition it could allow clients to “view a useful but limited set of on-screen reporting and comparison tools”, or give permission to other LGPS clients or trusted third parties to access and export their template data.The SAB said that in specifying the system it had “placed great emphasis on security and confidentiality”.last_img read more

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Union withdraws petition, drops charges against Roski

first_img“What this means for Roski and all other schools, is that Academic Senate, faculty committees and faculty councils remain free to work with administration on compensation, benefits and terms of employment,” Quick wrote in a letter to USC faculty. “Faculty can continue to speak for themselves on these topics, without having to get union permission.” Roski’s decision to withdraw representation follows a March D.C. appeals court ruling that decided non-tenured faculty at USC cannot form unions. Under the March ruling in the National Labor Relations Board v. USC case, non-tenured faculty positions are considered managerial positions. Previously,  a decision by the NLRB in 2015 said full- and part-time non-tenure track Roski employees had the right to form a union with SEIU, despite University protest. The Service Employees International Union Local 721 has withdrawn its petition to represent Roski School of Art and Design faculty, Provost Michael Quick announced June 19. The SEIU will also drop pending charges against USC regarding unfair labor practices. “After the January 2016 vote to have the SEIU be the exclusive bargaining representative of the English language teachers there, the union and USC have bargained in good faith but have not reached agreement on a contract,” Quick wrote. “We remain at impasse.” “Working with the Academic Senate, we have made important progress on salaries and employment conditions for both full-time and part-time faculty,” Quick wrote. “All USC faculty, tenured and [Research, Teaching, Practice and Clinical Faculty,] have representatives who play a vital role in making important decisions about our University. This will continue under President Carol Folt.” According to Quick, USC has yet to reach an agreement with SEIU over the International Academy. The University has made significant progress since 2016, Quick wrote. In 2016, eligible Roski faculty voted to join SEIU Local 721 along with faculty from the International Academy following complaints of low wages and few benefits. Faculty from Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences also voted but failed to unionize. Daily Trojan file photolast_img read more

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Glo Premier League has 8 players for Afcon

first_imgAs 16 nations confirm their provisional squads for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Glo Premier League’s player contribution is spread among two countries.The Ghanaian Premier League, among the best on the continent, has a representation of eight players so far as teams prepare towards the finals in South Africa.The eight players from the Glo Premier League have been included in the preliminary squads of Ghana and Burkina Faso for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Black Stars has six players from the domestic league while Burkina Faso have included two in their provisional 28-man squad.All six players selected into the Ghana squad have been drawn from five clubs – Asante Kotoko, AshantiGold, Chelsea, Liberty Professionals and Amidaus Professionals.Asante Kotoko and AshantiGold have a player each – Abdoulaye Soulama and Henri Traore in that order – in the camp of Burkina Faso. Selected players from the Glo Premier LeagueFatau Dauda (AshantiGold, Ghana)Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals, Ghana)Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana)Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana)Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus Professionals, Ghana)Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kotoko, Burkina Faso)Henri Traore (AshantiGold,Burkina Faso)last_img read more

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West Kootenay Boundary athletes shine at B.C. Senior’s Games

first_imgWest Kootenay Boundary finished with 67 medals at the B.C. Senior Games held recently in Burnaby.The zone tallied 22 medals of the golden variety led by the swim team that took home no less than 11 first-place medals.Lower Mainland topped the medal standings with an amazing 446 medals, more than 60 ahead of second place Fraser Valley.Vancouver Island North was third.West Kootenay Boundary finished in eighth spot.West Kootenay Boundary medal results:Gold medal winners:Swimming — Betty Brussel, Grand Forks (4), Marylee Banyard, Nelson (3), Swimming; Frank Webster, Christina Lake; Joan Hooper, Christina Lake; Barb Roberts, Rossland.Cycling — Olwyn Ringheim, Nelson (2).Horseshoes — Jim Arnold, Trail.Track and Field — Peter Johnstone, Castlegar; Don Currie, Slocan; Barb Saunders, Nelson; Jean Lancaster, Nakusp. Archery, Larry Podmoroff, Grand Forks.Silver Medal winners:Swimming — Barb Roberts, Rossland (2); Marylee Banyard, Nelson; Don Caskey, Grand Forks; Joan Hooper, Christina Lake; Betty Brussel, Grand ForksBadminton — Roger Kerby, Nelson; Susan Breedveld, Grand Forks (2).Cycling — Rino DeBiasio, Trail: Chris Dejardins, Nelson (2); Joan Thompson, Christina Lake (3); Cecil DuBois, Rossland.Track and Field — Gordon Gibson, Castlegar; Ken Lancaster, Nakusp; Cheryl Coskey, Castlegar (2), Barb Saunders, Nelson (2); Jean Lancaster, Nakusp; Lydia Kania, Winlaw; Don Currie, Slocan.Curling —Harry Davidson, Nelson; Russ Beauchamp, Trail; Don Bedard, Christina Lake; Gary Beaudry, Nelson.Bronze Medal winners:Swimming — Doreen Barlow, Christina Lake (2); Joan Hooper, Christina Lake (2); Marilyn Johnstone, Castlegar; Don Caskey, Grand Forks.Cycling — Rino DeBiasio, Trail.Golf — Alma McBain, Fruitvale.Horseshoes — Dorthy Harrold, Trail.Track and Field — Gordon Gibson, Castlegar; Glen Baber, Castlegar; Cheryl Closkey, Castlegar (2).Archery — Randy Grant, Castlegar; Cameron Watson, Grand Forks.For complete BC Games results go to: http://www.bcgames.net/resultsv1/results.aspxlast_img read more

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Beaudry rink gets some payback against Nichol at Meat Bonspiel

first_imgThe Garry Beaudry rink of Nelson got some payback against Senior’s zone winner Myron Nichol, defeating the Castlegar rink in the final of the Meat Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Beaudry’s rink of third Tim Schietel, second Will Burt and lead John Sherbinin brought home the bacon against the Kootenay Senior’s Champ.Brent Pihowich of Nelson won the “B” side with Ken Haynes of Nelson taking the “C” event.last_img

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