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New Director of Operations at Charity Logistics

first_img Howard Lake | 16 February 2004 | 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. Charity Logistics has appointed Tony Simms as Director of Operations to help drive ahead a number of its new initiatives designed to help other charities.Simms comes from the world of Software and Project Quality Control and has worked as a consultant with companies such as BT, Merill Lynch and Cap Gemini. Although he has just been appointed to his new role, his involvement with Charity Logistics goes back over ten years when he worked for the charity on a voluntary basis.Speaking about his new role Simms said: “Charity Logistics is a growing organisation with a portfolio of great initiatives. With such a creative team around me, new ideas are being developed all the time. My role will be to bring order and control to all these initiatives and ensure that we deliver a quality service to our members.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Director of Operations at Charity Logisticscenter_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Management Recruitment / people  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity Logistics is a charity that provides a range of support services for the voluntary sector, including hardware, software, Web design, PR & communications, office furniture, insurance and disaster recovery.last_img read more

Cuomo Orders Testing Of Bethpage’s Ever-Creeping Toxic Plume

first_imgState testing could be expanded if necessary, officials said.Carey thanked Cuomo for granting the water district access to conduct sampling and stated he looks “forward to continuing to work with New York State to protect Massapequa’s water wells.”The Massapequa Water District has maps charting the plume’s path spanning more than two decades.Local and state officials have feuded for years as to how to contain the plume and protect water supplies, with officials from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) even supporting “post-wellhead treatment” for a time—allowing wells in the hazardous chemicals’ path to first become contaminated, then receive treatment.Critics panned the contamination-first strategy and demanded extraction wells to stop the spread of the toxic plume before it contaminated more public drinking water supplies and ultimately, the Great South Bay.In his statement, Schumer accused the Navy and Northrop Grumman of “stonewalling” the water districts in their attempts to test wells.The Navy has an agreement with the state DEC that calls for it to actively track down and remediate hot spots in the plume.Residents in the impacted areas are forced to deal with the effects of disposal practices dating back to World War II by the former aerospace and weapons manufacturer, previously known only as Grumman.Grumman was credited with helping the allies win the war, but its handling of waste has since come under scrutiny.In 1983, the 600-acre Grumman Aerospace-Bethpage Facility Site was listed in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiGov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the US Navy and Northrop Grumman to provide the state and a local water district access to monitoring wells so it can test for potential contamination caused by a toxic underground plume.Samples from the so-called “Grumman Plume”—the subject of a 2012 Long Island Press investigative multimedia report exposing its continuous southward journey and disastrous public health ramifications—will be tested for hazardous carcinogens by both the state and Massapequa Water District, Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday.“There have been too many questions about the extent of contamination caused by this plume and residents are frustrated with the lack of answers from the Navy and Northrop Grumman,” Cuomo said in a news release.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said testing of wells is “just what the doctor ordered” for residents in Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale—communities where the plume has threatened water supplies.The news may provide some relief to residents and water district officials who’ve been lobbying the state for years to act. The plume is essentially a 4.5-mile long by 3.5-mile wide cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals which has been traveling south-southeast unabated for decades. The underground plume first crossed Hempstead Turnpike years ago and is currently on the verge of creeping past the Southern State Parkway.As recently as last November Massapequa Water District President Stan Carey wrote a letter to the US Navy and Northrop Grumman asking permission to sample monitoring wells to test for the “correlation between the TCE in the monitoring wells and the TCE emanating from” the plume. TCE is short for Trichloroethylene, which is classified as a human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency.As part of the state’s plan, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will collect groundwater samples from monitoring wells in order to test for potential contaminants through a process called compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA), officials said. The Massapequa Water District will conduct its own independent analysis.last_img read more

Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha Vennam win Mixed-pair Gold

first_imgBangkok: India won their only gold at the 21st Asian Archery Championships on Wednesday as Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed top honours in compound mixed pair event. India bagged a total of seven medals.Verma and Vennam beat Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151 to win the mixed pair gold. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.Earlier in the day, Verma missed the compound team gold medal by one point when the side lost to Korea 232-233.In the compound women’s team event, Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar also lost to Korea, going down 215-231.Indian archer Atanu Das on Tuesday bagged a bronze in the men’s recurve individual event of the Asian Championships.Das got the better of Jin Hayek Oh of Korea 6-5 in the shoot-off in the bronze medal match.He had also won a bronze in the recurve mixed team event with Deepika Kumari on Monday. (IANS)Also Read: Archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam Takes India to 2nd Spot in Ranking Round of Compound ArcheryAlso Watch: Dokmoka Mob Lynching: Abhi-Neel case awaits justice after 1 ½ yearslast_img read more

Scottish triumph for England pair

first_img Teenagers Samantha Fuller and Matty Lamb defied the conditions to claim a double England victory in the prestigious Loretto School Scottish boys & girls U14 stroke play championship at Buchanan Castle. In hugely difficult conditions in the wet west of Scotland, both players (image © Andy Forman) claimed the scratch title in their individual categories. Fuller, the English U13 girls’ champion from Roehampton, made it third time lucky after previously finishing fourth in the event in the last two years. She posted two superb rounds of 72 for a level par total and won by two strokes from defending champion Susana Vik (Norway). Carolin Kauffman from Germany was third at five-over-par. The success followed her recent record-breaking fourth win in the US Kids Golf European Championship at Gullane, Scotland, The 13-year-old commented: “I just played really solidly and it’s great to win after coming close before.” Meanwhile Lamb, from Hexham, fired fine rounds of 69 and 72 for his one-over-par total, holding off his playing partners Teodoro Soldati (Italy) and Herman Loubser (Mount Murray, Isle of Man). Soldati was three-over, with Loubser one shot behind. Lamb ultimately claimed his success with birdies at the 15th and 16th, but was given a late scare as Soldati chipped in at the 18th while he bogeyed. The 14-year-old, off a three handicap, continued his success this year after his unique double in May’s Northumberland county schools golf championship when he scooped the U16 title and also won the overall U19 county title. “This is my biggest win,” he admitted. “It’s my first national success. I felt the pressure a little bit, but I played well at the end to win. Given the weather, the greens were soft and you had to play the course differently.” 11 Jul 2012 Scottish triumph for England pair last_img read more

Beware of Scams While Recovering From Storm Damage

first_imgTRENTON – Governor Chris Christie, Attorney Gen­eral Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Con­sumer Affairs have warned consumers to beware of home improvement scams and charity scams perpetrated by offenders who prey on the desperation of those working to recover from disasters.“Our immediate priority today is our work at the state and local levels to ensure the safety of New Jerseyans in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said. “How­ever, we know from past experience that fly-by-night contractors who are incompetent, dishonest, or both, will descend upon the storm-affected areas in the coming days and weeks, seeking to capitalize on those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. Consumers must be extremely wary and do their due diligence before they hire anyone, sign any contract, or pay any money for home repair.”The Division of Consumer affairs offers tips for consumers on “How to Avoid Disaster-Related Scams” in English at: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/disaster/floodtipsflyer_1.pdf and in Spanish at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/disaster/floodtipsflyerSP_1.pdfTips include:Beware of fly-by-night oppor­tunists who may have come in from out of state – or those who may live locally but lack the skills and honesty you need for a significant repair job. Learn whether the contractor is properly registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs.Call the Division at 800-242-5846 to learn whether the contractor is duly registered, and whether the business has been the subject of consumer complaints. You can also check the Division’s online listing of legal filings to learn whether the business has been the subject of legal action by the Division.Before hiring a contractor, demand a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance policy, and contact the insurer to make sure the policy is valid.It is customary not to pay for the entire home improvement project in advance. The general rule of thumb is to pay no more than one-third beforehand, one-third halfway through, and one-third upon completion.Never give your credit card number or financial information to strangers over the phone or on the Internet.In addition, you should demand identification before you let anyone who claims to be from a utility company inspect your home.“No matter how urgent or desperate your need for repairs, you must stop and take the time to learn all you can about any contractor who solicits you,” Chiesa said. “Contact the Division of Con­sumer Affairs to learn whether the contractor is registered in New Jersey, and learn whether he or she has been the subject of consumer complaints. Ask people you know to recommend a contractor who has a solid reputation and a track record for honesty and good service. If the person is an opportunist who came in from out of state to earn money from the misery of those affected by the storm, your best bet is to stay away.”The attorney general also noted that the Division of Consumer Affairs last year launched an undercover operation based at a home damaged by Hurricane Irene, in partnership with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Lynd­hurst Police Depart­ment, in order to identify unregistered contractors soli­ci­ting in the wake of that disaster. The initiative resulted in criminal and civil charges against a total of 11 allegedly unregistered contractors – one of whom had a California driver’s license, Massachu­setts license plate, and New Jersey post office box. The unregistered contractors advertised through flyers posted in the grocery stores of storm-affected areas, or through online listings. (Further details: www.nj.gov/ oag/ca/press/01042012.htm).“Consumers who suffered damage to their homes are naturally feeling the desperate need to start the repair process as quickly as possible – but you must take the time to make smart decisions, and not fall prey to scammers,” said Eric T. Kanefsky, acting director of the state Division of Consumer Affairs. “Take the time to fully assess dama­ges. Remember that it is more important than ever in these circumstances to obtain multiple opinions and quotes before deciding to hire someone.”Christie, Chiesa, and Kanef­sky also warned about charity scams that have been known to prey upon the generosity of those wishing to help during times of disaster.Many charities are legitimate, but it pays to “Investi­gate Before You Donate:”Before donating to a charity, find out whether the charity is registered to solicit funds in New Jersey, or is exempt from registration (certain religious and educational organizations, and charities who raise less than $10,000 annually in contributions, are exempt).Find out how exactly the charity plans to use your money. Learn how much the charity spent during recent fiscal years on program costs, management costs, and fund­raising. Learn about the charity’s stated mission.The charity should readily provide all of this information to you. Verify the information by calling the Division of Con­sumer Affairs’ Charities Regis­tration Hotline at 973-504-6215, or the Charities Registration page.Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.  Con­sumers can also visit www. njconsumeraffairs. gov/LVinfo.htm to learn whether a contractor is duly registered with the division.last_img read more

FEMA Increases Funding to Reimburse Area Towns

first_imgBy John BurtonArea towns hit by Super Storm Sandy and still working to return to normal are going to get a little extra federal help.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week announced it is increasing the amount it will approve for reimbursement to communities for what they have spent on recovery costs from the October storm from 75 percent to 90 percent.The mayors of towns that will be getting the funds are appreciative of the extra help.“We’re very pleased,’ said Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, one of the shore communities still working to rebuild. “It’s going to make it easier to proceed with the recovery now that our contribution will be 10 percent.”At the request of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama this week authorized the increase in the federal cost sharing, according to Maria Pardon, a FEMA spokesperson.Under federal disaster aid guidelines, when needs meet or exceed a set amount per resident – currently set at $133 per person – the president has the authority to increase the reimbursement to the 90 percent threshold, Pardon said.The money, earmarked for state and local government and some private not-for-profits, is to offset the cost of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repairs. The remaining 10 percent will become the responsibility of the state, county and local or private entities, according to FEMA.“It’ll be happily received by all the towns, especially Highlands,” said Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, as his town along the Bayshore was one of those significantly damaged by the storm.Recovery work has been done on a “pay as you go” plan, with local governments then submitting the bills to the federal government, Nolan saidHighlands Borough Council initially bonded $2.5 million for immediate cleanup.“We’ve only done our most urgent items” so far in Monmouth Beach, as the town evaluates the costs and ways to pay for it, Howard said.With the additional reimbursement, “it’s going to allow us to go forward with our recovery plans with confidence of what the fiscal impact is,” Howard said.“We’ve been hoping all along that this event would go to a 90/10 reimbursement,” Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said. Because its ratable base had been so dramatically impacted by storm damage, Sea Bright has been prioritizing its rebuilding project, “and in some cases pushing them off altogether,” as the town has tried to watch its pennies, Long said. “We’ve been looking at doing things year-by-year, instead of trying to get it all fixed at once.”With the extra reimbursement funds, a town working on a $1 million project will pay a $100,000 share of costs instead of $250,000. “That’s huge,” Long said, for a town where a penny on the tax rate equates to $44,700. The additional money could be applied to another necessary project.“It’s an issue of keeping property taxes under control,” Howard said.Highlands is looking at $10 million to $15 million worth of infrastructure repairs, with a tax base that has decreased by approximately 20 percent from storm damage.Nolan said his financial people have said the town is looking at taking about 10 years to fully recover.Sea Bright so far has identified about $10 million in infrastructure repair projects. “We’re still tabulating,” and the price tag is likely to go up, as officials look at its sewer system and seawall repairs and other projects being evaluated, Long said.So far FEMA has approved more than $556 million in Public Assistance grants for rebuilding communities, according to FEMA-provided information.last_img read more

Coronavirus Cases Rise to 14 in Monmouth County

first_imgA sign in the window at Brookdale Higher Education Center in Hazlet indicating its closure. “Please remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Departments of Health and Human Services. “If you, or someone you know, are struggling with dealing with this unprecedented situation, please call the crisis counselors available at the County’s Health Department hotline.” All Monmouth County employees are available to residents by phone and by email, officials say. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is working, in conjunction with the Monmouth County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management, with State partners to respond to and mitigate this evolving situation,” said Arnone. He urged residents to continue efforts to defend agains COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, by hand-washing, covering sneezes and coughs and practicing social distancing. Monmouth County library branches and public programs run by the Monmouth County Park System are closed until further notice. The parks and golf courses remain open. The hometowns of the patients were not disclosed in the announcement Monday by Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. FREEHOLD – There are 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, officials say. Crisis counselors from the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health are available through the phone banks to help county residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to the evolving situation.  Public access to county buildings is restricted as of Monday, except for the Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS) at 3,000 Kozloski Road in Freehold. There are protections in place to prevent physical contact between Monmouth County employees and residents seeking services, the freeholders said. The Monmouth County Health Department phone bank is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 732-845-2070. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.last_img read more

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