Social investing to be made easier for charities

first_imgFoundations and charities in England and Wales could find it easier to make social investments after recommendations were published by the Law Commission.The recommendations built on an earlier report into social investment by charities, which resulted in a new statutory power for charities to make social investments that was enacted in 2016.The Law Commission – the statutory independent body that monitors the law in England and Wales – made two key recommendations with the potential to help increase social investment by charities.It recommended that trustees be given a statutory power to borrow from their permanent endowment by allowing them to spend up to 25% of its value, as long as they recoup that expenditure within 20 years. This would enable charities to borrow from permanent endowments to make social investments.  Secondly, it recommended that charities that have adopted a total return approach to investment in accordance with the Charities (Total Return) Regulations 2013 should be given the power to further relax the permanent endowment restrictions, allowing them to make social investments with a negative or uncertain financial return – which would not otherwise be permitted as investments.This would in turn enable trustees to offset – within limits – any losses arising from social investments against gains elsewhere in the investment portfolio.Elizabeth Jones, a partner at law firm Farrer & Co, said: “Assuming the UK government supports the recommendations and enacts the draft Charities Bill appended to the Law Commission’s report, the new powers are likely to further broaden the scope for charities to make social investment, particularly following the new powers available to most charities since 2016.” The UK government is due to respond to the recommendations within the next year.last_img read more

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USDA Offers Interactive Data Gathering Tool

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service now offers an online tool to gather information and data on farms.The interactive map displays state and county information from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.It features data about the number of farms and farmland in local counties, along with market value of products sold and livestock numbers.The website can be viewed here through the USDA website.last_img

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Twisters Post ‘W’ Over Cardinals

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy posted an 11-2 win over The Seton Catholic Cardinals of Richmond.SC-200 000 0.   2-4-1OA-201 008 x.   11-15-2For OA:Matty Hurm 2-4, 2 runs, rbiNick Bischoff 2-3, 2 runs, rbi, bbSam Gast 2-3, 2 runs, 2 doubles, 2 rbi, bb, sbTanner Alley 1-4, rbiClay Hunger runAaron Huber 2-3, run, rbi, bb, sbCory Schuman 2-4, run, double, rbiTyler Hesselbrock 3-4, run, 2 doubles, 2 rbiZach Pottschmidt 1-2, run, rbiTyler Hogg 7 IP, 2 runs, 1 earned, 4 hits, 3 bb, 4 k, 2 hbp.   Win.Varsity Record: 14-8Next game: Doubleheader at Switzerland County  (5-16).Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

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An Independence Day message from Luke Messer

first_imgShelbyville, Ind. — For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to gather with family and friends, cook out and enjoy fireworks—all great things to do.  But, too often, we fail to reflect on the underlying historic events that are the reason for our celebration; which is too bad because July 4, 1776, was a day for the ages! By renouncing their allegiance to the King of England and proclaiming the birth of a new nation, the brave signers of the Declaration of Independence started a chain of events that would change the world forever.Other than the Bible, the Declaration of Independence has been undoubtedly the most influential writing in the last 241 years. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”  These powerful words started a revolution in America that led to the fall of the European monarchies and motivated the human spirit to spread democracy all over the globe.What are these “revolutionary” concepts that changed history forever?First, that citizens are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and that governments derive their powers from the consent of those they govern. These were radical concepts in 1776.  Prior to that time, the Western monarchies were structured on a belief that all power flowed from God to a divine King who bestowed rights to the people. Our Founding Fathers instead argued that all rights flow from God to the citizens, who then may choose whether to grant certain rights back to the government.  This profound concept led to the end of many monarchies and the spread of legislative democracies around the world.Second, that certain rights are “unalienable,” meaning they can’t be forfeited.  Our Founding Fathers believed that certain rights like “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” were so important that they cannot be taken away under any circumstances.  This concept led to the establishment of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, which has served as the foundation of individual liberty in America for more than 200 years.Finally, that “all Men are created equal.” It would be nearly another 200 years before this concept became a reality for all Americans. However, this revolutionary statement in 1776 was the foundation for the abolitionist movement that ended slavery, the suffrage movement that gave women the right to vote and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.The Fourth of July is an extraordinary day in our nation’s history.  So, take a moment to remember the lessons of independence and remind your kids, grandchildren, neighbors and friends why we are celebrating.  Then fire up the grill and enjoy the celebration!last_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-13)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-13)Girls ScoresBatesville  45     Lawrenceburg  30Lady Bluudogs Win JV Game 43-42Connersville  47     Guerin Catholic  38Pendleton Heights  53     Rushville  49Boys ScoresOldenburg  55     South Dearborn  36Jac-Cen-Del  70     Waldron  39South Ripley  61     Switz. County  58Lawrenceburg  80     North Decatur  69  (2-OT)New Castle  78     Rushville  45Connersville  63     Muncie Central  36Union County  54     Eastern Hancock  52last_img read more

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Super Eagles job: Amuneke waves off interest

first_img “I have my own challenges that I have to face and see, I hope that post Covid-19 we will be in a position to see if we can reform our team and then get back to the plans we have in mind.” Amuneke started his coaching career with Nigeria U17 and guided the Golden Eaglets to win the 2015 World Cup in Chile. Promoted ContentBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You Loading… Former Golden Eaglets and Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke has insisted he has no interest in coaching the Nigeria national team at the moment. The 49-year-old has been linked with the Super Eagles job lately along with other ex-internationals as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to reach an agreement with current coach Gernot Rohr.center_img Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 After a stint with Al Khartoum, he was appointed as manager of the Tanzania national team and qualified the East African country for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 39 years. Amuneke was, however, relieved of his job following poor results at Afcon, where the Taifa Stars failed to win a single game in the tournament before joining El Makkasa. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Super Eagles winger is currently a sporting director with Egyptian club El Makkasa after leaving the coaching role and insisted he is focused on helping his side achieve greater success after the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m not seeking for Super Eagles job, I have made myself clear, and I don’t need to be repeating myself,’ Amuneke told Brila FM. “Nobody knows my life more than God like I said if it is the will of God one day, I will coach the national team. “You have a coach there in the team, and I have made it very clear, the coach himself has done very well so there’s no need for baseless rumours.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Champions Once Again

first_img Share Champions Once Again Nov. 4, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 3 West Florida (18-1-0) netted two late goals against rival No. 18 Montevallo (16-3-1) en route to becoming the first team in over a decade to repeat as Gulf Couth Conference Champions Sunday afternoon at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, Fla. The Argonauts extended their winning streak to 18 games in the physical match against a team they defeat a week ago, 3-2. It is the fifth conference title in school history.West Florida and Montevallo played to a scoreless first half during in the GSC Finals although West Florida had a good chance to score late in the half. Keith Savage carried the ball deep into the box drawing the defense toward the striker before he flicking the ball to Rohan Culley who’s first touch was a strike on goal. However, Falcons defender Jim Witherow wisely stayed home and cleared the ball near the goal line.West Florida outshot Montevallo 10-8, 4-1 in shots-on-goal, during the first half of action. It was the exact opposite in corner kicks as the Falcons had four to the Argos one. In the match West Florida has three more shots, 19-16, and Montevallo ended with the same margin in corners, 7-4.Nevertheless, it would be the Argonauts that made use of their corner kicks as they scored their first goal of the match in the 75th minute on a cross from Ben Woodland. Nolan Intermoia finished the play, rising above the pack of players and banging it past the Falcons goal keeper Melvin James Jr.All-GSC First Team member Jimmy McHenry put the game away when he took a perfectly place pass from Rafael Segal, that left the senior striker on breakaway, and buried the shot past James Jr.The Argonauts would hold on the 2-0 lead giving junior goal keeper Juan Garcia his 8th shut out of the year, a new West Florida single season record, and the 12th of his career, tying him with the school record.Garcia was also on of three Argonauts to be named to the All-Tournament team. Also named were Savage and McHenry, both for the second straight year. West Florida is the first team to become back-to-back GSC Champions since Alabama-Huntsville did it in 1996-97.West Florida will now wait and see who their first round fixture will be in the NCAA Division II Regionals, which will be chose tomorrow morning. The Argonauts will likely host the four team tournament after Lynn University, who was ranked second in the region coming into the weekend, lost the Sunshine State Conference Final to Tampa University. West Florida defeated Tampa 4-0 earlier this season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Florida looking to boost unemployment benefits $300 a week

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he is applying to participate in a federal unemployment assistance program so people currently receiving at least $100 in benefits can be eligible for another $300 a week.The Lost Wages Assistance Program was created by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is authorized to spend up to $44 billion in disaster relief money for unemployment benefits.If approved, benefits will be retroactive to Aug. 1. Benefits are eligible to people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgCOLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATENCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption caseUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team has been hit by numerous penalties by the NCAA infractions committee, making it the first school to be punished following the federal corruption investigation into the sport.Penalties include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program.The punishment comes the day former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans was found by the infractions committee to have violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers. TOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes. Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.The video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINAGamecocks march for Floyd CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died at age 91.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout.He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth.  Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Schools like Kansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, South Carolina and Southern California were investigated for corruption.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.”COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS STATE-RACISM ALLEGATIONSTexas State to look into allegations of racismSAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State has ordered an investigation into a former basketball player’s allegations of racist remarks by coach Danny Kaspar. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSRoss to miss 2020 season following back surgeryCLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery on Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season.Ross was being monitored for a shoulder injury suffered in March, but head coach Dabo Swinnery X-rays revealed that two vertebrae in his spine were fused and he had a bulging disc.Ross had a team-high 66 receptions last season for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. UNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for Tokyo — The University of Maryland will begin allowing its football players to begin voluntary, individual workouts under the supervision of the sports medial staff on June 15. Football players will be permitted to return to campus on June 8 for medical screenings. The athletes will be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis.— Italian top-flight soccer clubs are asking for no title winner or relegations if the season is stopped again. One of the ideas the Italian federation is planning in case of another stop is the use of an algorithm to decide the final classification. Italian media reported 16 of the 20 Serie A teams voted in favor of not relegating anyone and not assigning the league title unless it is mathematically certain. A final decision is expected to be made during the next FIGC council meeting on Monday.— The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches, although there will still be only three pauses to bring players off the bench. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary rules change when they resume next week. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes, they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time. The Italian Cup will be completed next week before Serie A is set to resume on June 20.— Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.— The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA (FEE’-fah) to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year. June 5, 2020center_img SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMemorial could be first PGA event with fans on handUNDATED (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July. That would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus. DeWine says plans submitted for the tournament were approved by local officials. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted the Reds’ second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by 25 points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHERPete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91 A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.”The video says “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesVIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLMore than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and football players joined others in a protest march from the Governor’s Mansion on Friday.The march of several hundred people went the nearly 2 miles from the governor’s residence to the State House. South Carolina quarterback Jay Ulrich carried a sign, “Matter is the minimum. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.” It is the seventh straight day of rallies in South Carolina following the death of George Floyd.NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causesBOSTON (AP) — The Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s officeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality. Update on the latest in sports: Athletic director Larry Teis calls the allegations deeply troubling and said the investigation would be handled through the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.Former Bobcats point guard Jaylen Shead posted the allegations on Twitter late Thursday, accusing Kaspar of singling out black players with racist taunts and threatening to have a foreign player deported.Shead transferred to Washington State before last season.INDYCAR-WINDSCREENIndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at Texas The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code.The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEOlast_img read more

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Root ‘proud’ despite 1-0 Test series defeat to New Zealand

first_imgCAPTAIN Joe Root says he is proud of the way England “learned lessons quickly” in their Test series defeat in New Zealand.Beaten by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test, England established a first-innings lead of 101 before the second Test in Hamilton was drawn.Root made 226 and opener Rory Burns 101 in England’s 476.“I feel like we’re a more rounded team for being out here,” Root, 28, told BBC Test Match Special.England, under new coach Chris Silverwood, collapsed from 277-4 to 353 all out in the first innings and were bowled out for 197 in the second at Mount Maunganui.At Seddon Park, they batted for 162.5 overs, as they passed 400 in the first innings for the first time since 2017.Centuries for Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, and rain on the final afternoon, ensured a draw that gave New Zealand a 1-0 series win.Root said: “We got ourselves in a position in that first game where we could have gone on and put them under huge amounts of pressure, made a big first-innings score, just like we did this week.“It could have looked very different. But one thing I’m really proud of is the way we learned the lessons quickly from that.”England took only 21 wickets in the series, although the pitches offered the bowlers little assistance.They end the year without a Test series victory for the first time since 1999, and have won only two of their past 11 away series.They next travel to South Africa for a four-Test series which begins on December 26.“We are a side that want to learn quite quickly and want to become quite resilient in these conditions,” Root said.“We want to become a much harder side to beat, first and foremost, and then go on and win games when it does get flat and hard.“Similarly, we want to go and make really big totals and put sides under pressure.”New Zealand, who are second in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, have not lost any of their past seven series.“We know how strong the England side are and the balance they have in the team,” captain Williamson said.“It was a great fighting effort, the amount of tight series we’ve had. The guys involved always want another game or two. It’s been great cricket to be a part of.”New Zealand face Australia in a three-Test series starting on December 12. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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