Charity network – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:48:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://twnonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-7-120x120.png Charity network – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ 32 32 The Hotels Network launches 2021 vacation initiative to support hotel charities https://twnonline.org/the-hotels-network-launches-2021-vacation-initiative-to-support-hotel-charities/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 09:07:51 +0000 https://twnonline.org/the-hotels-network-launches-2021-vacation-initiative-to-support-hotel-charities/ The hotel network (THN), a direct channel growth platform for hotels, just announced its charity vacation campaign: 30 seconds. 100 dollars. You choose. We give back. The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, a time not only to celebrate and spend time with our loved ones, but also to help others and […]]]>

The hotel network (THN), a direct channel growth platform for hotels, just announced its charity vacation campaign: 30 seconds. 100 dollars. You choose. We give back.

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, a time not only to celebrate and spend time with our loved ones, but also to help others and give something back. With this in mind, The Hotels Network team decided to launch a campaign to support the continued recovery and sustainable growth of the hospitality industry.

Driven by this same motivation, the company launched at the beginning of the year BenchDirect, a direct channel benchmarking platform that hotels can use for free forever. And now, with this holiday campaign, THN wants to once again lend a helping hand to move the industry forward.

30 seconds. $ 100. You choose. We give back.

This holiday season, THN will donate to three hotel charities on behalf of hoteliers who demonstrate the company’s direct booking tools. The chosen charities help our industry to grow in a sustainable way while supporting the people who work in it, helping to make it so special:

Green destinations.

A nonprofit organization supporting more than 200 destinations in 60 countries to offer responsible tourism based on globally recognized principles and sustainable development goals.

Above and beyond.

A donation program provide financial assistance to frontline hospitality workers due to current hardships such as fatal illness or catastrophic events.

HSMAI Foundation.

A foundation raising funds for various hospitality initiatives around the world. These focus on attracting new talent, developing emerging talent and engaging existing talent, among others.

How does the initiative work?

The hotel learns about THN’s online booking tools. THN donates. It’s a win-win for everyone.

THN stands for Direct Channel Growth. More than 12,000 hotels around the world use the company’s tools to assess their performance and take action by personalizing the hotel website experience. While its hotel customers are seeing an average 32% increase in website conversions, THN wants other hoteliers around the world to benefit from these remarkable results as well.

When a hotel brand, which is not already a THN customer, demonstrates the THN product during the campaign period, THN will donate $ 100 to the charity of its choice. Hoteliers can find more details and support the initiative by simply requesting a product demonstration here. Hoteliers who are already THN customers can also participate by clicking on here and take a few seconds to refer a friend.

Juanjo Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of THN, commented: “With this initiative, we want to help hoteliers intensify their direct channel strategy while giving them the opportunity to support the hotel community as a whole. As we head into the New Year, now is a great time to come together as an industry to each do a little act of kindness that collectively can make a big difference.. “

About the hotel network

Working with more than 12,000 hotels worldwide, The Hotels Network offers its customers a comprehensive growth platform to fuel their direct channel. By leveraging a suite of built-in tools and analytics, hotel brands can attract, engage and convert guests across the user journey.

In addition to price comparison, review summaries, and a full suite of customization options, THN’s Oraculo product leverages machine learning techniques to predict user behavior, then automatically personalizes the message and l offer for each user. The company’s latest innovation, BenchDirect, is the first benchmarking product for the direct channel, providing hotels with unprecedented competitive data that completely changes the rules of the game.

THN’s mission is to improve the online booking experience, develop direct bookings and strengthen the relationship between hotel brands and their customers.

For more information visit: www.thehotelsnetwork.com or contact [email protected].


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Network Group Partners With Mental Health Charity Andy’s Man Club To Remove Stigma In Tech Community – PCR https://twnonline.org/network-group-partners-with-mental-health-charity-andys-man-club-to-remove-stigma-in-tech-community-pcr/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:53:28 +0000 https://twnonline.org/network-group-partners-with-mental-health-charity-andys-man-club-to-remove-stigma-in-tech-community-pcr/ Last month, Network Group hosted its exhibition, gala and awards. The charity partner chosen for the event was, Andy’s Men’s Club, a mental health charity offering free nationwide discussion groups for men going through an emotionally turbulent time. Andy’s Man Club was created by former Leeds Rhinos player Luke Ambler in 2016 in memory of […]]]>

Last month, Network Group hosted its exhibition, gala and awards. The charity partner chosen for the event was, Andy’s Men’s Club, a mental health charity offering free nationwide discussion groups for men going through an emotionally turbulent time.

Andy’s Man Club was created by former Leeds Rhinos player Luke Ambler in 2016 in memory of his brother-in-law, Andy Roberts, who committed suicide at the age of 23. In an attempt to try to prevent other families from leaving following a similar trauma, Luke started a group in Halifax that has rapidly grown to some 69 groups across the country today. The sessions are held weekly and encourage the men to talk to each other about any issues they are facing.

The charity was introduced to Network Group by Leon McQuade of the member company Think Cloud. As a director of Andy’s Man Club, he said: I am determined to help break the stigma associated with mental health. These stigmas – weakness, burden and embarrassment – are what keep men from speaking out. Through my work with Andy’s Man Club, we help men know that#ITSOKAYTOTALK. “

We were also joined by Paul Longley, a volunteer as the main animator of the Hull club, who said The gala was amazing; the support that I and Andy’s Man Club received was fantastic. The money raised and the awareness created simply save lives. Speaking to the Network Group family confirmed how their business community wishes to support mental health. Being able to share AMC’s story on such a stage was humbling and so rewarding; thank you very much for the opportunity and for choosing Andy’s Man Club to be your chosen charity. “

With the IT industry still predominantly male dominated, we felt Andy’s Man Club was a particularly relevant charity this year, with many struggling with multiple blockages, lack of interaction, and changes in all. aspects of life. To help show our support and raise much-needed funds for the charity, we started the evening with our traditional game of “tosses and tails,” followed by our raffle and auction which raised a prize. total of £ 7,870 for Andy’s Man Club. We would like to warmly thank our supplier partners and members who donated prizes and to all those who bid during the evening. Your enormous generosity will provide truly life-saving services for Andy’s Man Club. Many thanks to ConnectWise, Datto, Epson, Mi-Crow, MJD Systems, Pax8, Terra and Urban Network for the prizes which included driving experiences, Lewis Hamilton signed goods and a trip to Abu Dhabi.

Perry Ashby, Chairman of the Network Group, said: It’s incredibly hard not to be inspired by the work Andy’s Man Club has done across the UK. Seeing the positive impact they have on the lives of so many people is very moving; I am incredibly proud that Network Group is helping to spread this important message in the industry in which we operate and to fight the stigma of mental health.”.

This most recent partnership is one in a series of Network Group initiatives over the past 12 months that contribute to our ongoing efforts around mental health, designed to help support the well-being of our membership community.

At the end of last year, Network Group announced Angry coffee as a charity partner for our November member event. Frazzled Cafe provides a safe and confidential space where people who are feeling exhausted can meet to talk and share their personal stories.

Earlier this year, a new member benefit was announced, teaming up with Wake up with zest, an online wellness center that offers 24/7 access to a host of articles, videos and podcasts on a variety of topics designed to improve well-being at work. The focus is on the four pillars of vitality – sleep better, eat healthier, be fit and be resilient – which are fundamental to well-being.

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Men’s basketball passes Kentucky Christian https://twnonline.org/mens-basketball-passes-kentucky-christian/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:58:34 +0000 https://twnonline.org/mens-basketball-passes-kentucky-christian/ The Lipscomb men’s basketball team won a competitive but comfortable decision over the Kentucky Christian University Knights 86-67 on Sunday afternoon. After a home win earlier this month over Division III Birmingham-Southern, Lipscomb moved up to 2-0 against a non-NCAA Division I opposition. The Knights are members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA. […]]]>

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team won a competitive but comfortable decision over the Kentucky Christian University Knights 86-67 on Sunday afternoon.

After a home win earlier this month over Division III Birmingham-Southern, Lipscomb moved up to 2-0 against a non-NCAA Division I opposition. The Knights are members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

First-year forward Jacob Ognacevic paced the Bisons offense with 27 points in 27 minutes, hitting 9 of 15 from the field and making 7 of 8 free throw attempts. A freshman transfer to Valparaiso from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Ognacevic added 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists for the Bisons. He led the team in points and rebounds for the afternoon.

Alongside Ognacevic, junior guard Greg Jones scored four 3-pointers en route to 17 points for Lipscomb, also adding 5 rebounds.

Although 5th year junior center Ahsan Asadullah did not adjust for Lipscomb due to a minor injury suffered in a loss to Tennessee Tech last week, the Bisons have controlled the paint, mainly via the graduate student. Parker Hazen. The Columbia City, Indiana-born forward contributed 6 of Lipscomb’s 12 points in the paint, finishing with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

“I’m happy with the team’s efforts,” said Hazen. “Obviously you look at a stats sheet like this, and there’s a lot about basketball, but one thing you can’t put on a stats sheet is effort. So that’s something we’ll be working on; obviously we play a great team on Thursday and [again] on Sunday.”

Effort will be key against Belmont and Chattanooga, both of which are top mid-level programs and rivals in the state who will test the Bisons more than KCU on the NAIA side.

“I think we got off to a very good start in those first five minutes,” said assistant coach Tyler Murray. “We had a bit of a disappointment and never really got back to this start that we had.”

Continuing on a one-season storyline, turnovers were the disappointment Lipscomb experienced as the game progressed. The Bisons spat possession 14 times, leading the Knights to be 24 points behind on turnovers.

Despite the turnovers, Lipscomb led 41-33 at halftime behind 9 3-pointers. Overall, the Bisons shot 43.8% in the first half to create their 12-point lead at the break.

Kentucky Christian remained competitive throughout the second half, reducing the deficit to 12 several times early in the second half, but Ognacevic and Jones helped the Bisons out with a consistent score.

Second-year forward Kaleb Coleman, who also finished with 13 points off the bench, also added goal juice down the home stretch. The Orlando second had only registered a minute of action before today, but was second on the team with 24 minutes against KCU, adding 8 rebounds and 2 blocks to his 13 points on 3-6 shots on. 3 points and a perfect 2-2 mark from the charity band.

“[Coleman] stepped up today, ”Hazen said of his fellow striker. “I’m proud of him; he’s a guy who is in the gym every day, who works out.

“We have to keep improving and improving in some areas,” said Murray, “especially with these next four or five games to come. We’re going to have to really lock ourselves in to give ourselves a chance in the next few weeks with the upcoming schedule that we have. “

With the win, Lipscomb improves to 5-2 over the season. They play against their rivals Belmont on Thursday at the Curb Event Center on the Belmont campus, with a call scheduled for 7 p.m.

This match will be broadcast live on the bison, the Lipscomb campus radio station.

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The network of tunnels hidden under a country park near Kidderminster https://twnonline.org/the-network-of-tunnels-hidden-under-a-country-park-near-kidderminster/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:31:03 +0000 https://twnonline.org/the-network-of-tunnels-hidden-under-a-country-park-near-kidderminster/ It may not sound like it, but the beautiful and quiet Kingsford Country Park in North Worcestershire has a dark but fascinating secret. Hidden in the forest, behind closed doors, is the entrance to the infamous Drakelow tunnels, an underground military complex that stretches for five and a half kilometers. The pitch black, empty tunnels […]]]>

It may not sound like it, but the beautiful and quiet Kingsford Country Park in North Worcestershire has a dark but fascinating secret.

Hidden in the forest, behind closed doors, is the entrance to the infamous Drakelow tunnels, an underground military complex that stretches for five and a half kilometers.

The pitch black, empty tunnels have a long history, having been first used by automaker Rover in the 1940s before becoming part of a network of “highly classified” nuclear bunkers scattered across the country. during the Cold War.

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With a history often associated with war and bloodshed, it may come as no surprise that the resort has attracted several ghost hunters to the area in recent years, many of whom believe there are spirits lurking in the huge tunnel rooms.

Haunted Happenings, which offers ghost hunts across the country, said of the tunnels: “285.00 square feet of sheer terror – that’s probably the best way to describe the Drakelow tunnels in Kidderminster.

“These tunnels are pitch black and empty and desolate.

“They are terrifying to be there even during the day. Once the door is closed behind you, it’s like being in a whole different world.

A tour of the tunnels indeed offered a fascinating glimpse into the past and allowed visitors to see dormitories, storage areas, workshops, electrical equipment, a BBC studio and a communication center, all dating back to several centuries. decades.

After being built between 1941 and 1942, the tunnels were used during World War II to aid in the war effort and parts for aircraft engines were made there.

It was in 1961 that the British government then converted half of the tunnels into a top secret facility, designated the regional seat of government.

This meant that in the event of an all-out nuclear war, Drakelow, along with 12 other facilities hidden across the country, would be the place from which the British government would exploit the country. It served as a bunker for almost 30 years until the end of the Cold War.

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This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever, as we’ve partnered with our # Toys4Birmingham partners including Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from #Brumwish Amazon Wish List here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts on special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

New or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charitable partner to be used to fill in any gaps or purchase specialized toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to donate.

According to the Drakelow Tunnel website: “In 1980 the tunnels were also modernized and blast doors and airlocks were installed to bring the complex to nuclear bunker status.

“Throughout the 1980s, Drakelow operated in secrecy until the end of the Cold War in 1990.

“In 1993, the Ministry of Defense deemed the facility to be surplus to requirements, and the entire complex was decommissioned and sold. “

So what future for one of Worcestershire’s most historic sites?

Earlier this year, London City Bond’s (LCB) plan to turn the tunnels into a warehouse and distribution center for 10,000 tons of wine was approved, despite the initial refusal by the Wyre Forest District Council planning committee in September 2019.

The entrance to the Drakelow tunnels

The company has also obtained permission to provide a small museum at the site, which will be dedicated to the Cold War and Drakelow’s role in the conflict.

This means that tunnel tours are now a thing of the past.

In a Facebook post after the LCB’s planning request was approved, the Drakelow Tunnels Society said, “Paranormal, Airsoft, and any other venue rental events are gone.

“The only spirits that will roam Drakelow now will be the bottled variety!”

“When underground work begins to convert the site, this will unfortunately also end our visits beyond the boundaries of our museum.”

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U2’s Edge runs rock memorabilia sale to help musicians https://twnonline.org/u2s-edge-runs-rock-memorabilia-sale-to-help-musicians/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 22:30:18 +0000 https://twnonline.org/u2s-edge-runs-rock-memorabilia-sale-to-help-musicians/ NEW YORK (AP) – When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unnoticed as he watched guitarist Ron Wood in the front row. “I have to say that one of the perks of wearing the mask is that it’s like a cover-up device if you’re a famous face,” […]]]>

NEW YORK (AP) – When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones perform recently, his mask allowed him to go unnoticed as he watched guitarist Ron Wood in the front row.

“I have to say that one of the perks of wearing the mask is that it’s like a cover-up device if you’re a famous face,” the U2 guitarist recently told The Associated Press while promoting his Music Rising charity and his famous guitar auction on December 11. and other rock memorabilia to support New Orleans musicians hit hard by the pandemic.

“Ronnie donated a beautiful guitar to our auction. So, I was so happy, ”he said.

Founded by Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, the association was formed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina to replace instruments lost in flooding. Once the pandemic took hold, she found a new mission.

“We want to try to reestablish the live music scene where it suffered some kind of major setback. So in the post-Katrina era, we replaced the instruments. Now we are not that specific. We’re actually prepared to finance just the livelihoods of the people, ”Edge said.

Two of Edge’s guitars that he has played extensively on tour with U2 will be among those sold, including the instrument he calls the “One”.

“It’s a beautiful Les Paul and it’s actually music that goes up to Les Paul, which is part of a limited edition of 300.”

The other is a custom designed Fender Stratocaster, used on tour to perform “Bad” and “Still Haven’t Found I’m Looking For”.

“These are real serious guitars that I spent a lot of time playing on and I will miss them.”

Other guitar gifts include Slash, Lou Reed, Steve Miller, and a Paul McCartney bass. During the interview, Edge held up a vintage photo of McCartney playing the guitar given in a studio while Stevie Wonder played the drums.

“These are two of my big heroes in the one shot and this bass guitar is going to be in the auction.”

Erzin, who has produced a litany of classic rock artists from Alice Cooper and Aerosmith to Pink Floyd and Kiss. Everyone donated memorabilia at the auction. But Erzin says guitarist Paul Stanley must have personally looked for his gift.

“Paul Stanley went down to the warehouse to find the guitar because his guitar technician had died of COVID, in fact, and he had to go and get the guitar he wanted to give us himself,” Erzin said.

Some of the offerings are currently on display in the Van Eaton Galleries in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.

“We think it’s a good time as the venues are just starting to reopen to give these musicians the chance to put their equipment back on and start playing again,” he said, noting that many musicians had to sell their instruments to survive.

As for U2, Edge says the group has no plans to hit the road again. It’s been fine with him since being in a “songwriting and songwriting” phase that coincided with the lockdown and the pandemic.

“I suffer a bit from the survivor’s guilt because, you know, we didn’t have to cancel the tours,” he said. “We didn’t have anything public that we planned for this period. And it just forced me to be home to work on new songs, which is exactly what I had to do.

When U2 hits the road, he said he wanted to make sure it was safe for the fans. He differs from other musicians like Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Travis Tritt, who have resisted efforts from venues demanding proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test.

“I find it hard to understand why you would be against it,” he said. While there is no plan for U2’s next tour, Edge said that “there is no doubt in my mind that this is how, how we should handle this. And I just don’t see any logic not to support the very idea of ​​vaccinations. “

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Families rejoice as South Australia’s borders open to travelers https://twnonline.org/families-rejoice-as-south-australias-borders-open-to-travelers/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 00:59:51 +0000 https://twnonline.org/families-rejoice-as-south-australias-borders-open-to-travelers/ South Australians welcome family and friends once again as the state borders reopen and the first flight lands in Adelaide. After closing the borders for months as the state struggled to bring vaccination rates under control, Adelaide welcomed its first passenger flight from Melbourne at 9 a.m. this morning. As the South Australian government prepared […]]]>

South Australians welcome family and friends once again as the state borders reopen and the first flight lands in Adelaide.

After closing the borders for months as the state struggled to bring vaccination rates under control, Adelaide welcomed its first passenger flight from Melbourne at 9 a.m. this morning.

As the South Australian government prepared to open the borders at midnight, the state received more than 29,000 requests for entry yesterday afternoon.

Stay up to date with the latest news with The SA Briefing – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the region as they arrive.

Of the 29,000 applications, more than 15,000 were from low to very low risk LGAs across the country.

There were also visible queues of cars at the Bordertown checkpoint waiting to cross after midnight.

The influx comes after the state made the decision to close its borders for 153 days to New South Wales and Victoria.

The South Australian government has called for opening the borders to fully vaccinated interstate travelers who have applied through the EntryCheckSA system.

Travelers from “high risk” areas will still need to be quarantined for seven days after arriving in South Australia, while those traveling from low risk areas will be required to return a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to their arrival. arrival in South Africa.

As Prime Minister Steven Marshall says the state has prepared for the inevitable influx of Covid cases, the University of Adelaide has released modeling that reflects the state is not ready for the 5 000 cases of Covid expected within 300 days.

The state currently has a double dose rate of 77.4%, which is only slightly below the original target of 80%.

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Girls’ Network expands in the city https://twnonline.org/girls-network-expands-in-the-city/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/girls-network-expands-in-the-city/ The Girls’ Network, a charity that supports girls aged 14-19 from less advantaged communities, is enlisting female mentors as they expand to Southampton. Launched in 2014, The Girls’ Network is a national equality charity that pairs girls aged 14-19 with a mentor who is a professional woman. They connect mentees to professional experience opportunities, exclusive […]]]>

The Girls’ Network, a charity that supports girls aged 14-19 from less advantaged communities, is enlisting female mentors as they expand to Southampton.

Launched in 2014, The Girls’ Network is a national equality charity that pairs girls aged 14-19 with a mentor who is a professional woman. They connect mentees to professional experience opportunities, exclusive networking events and workshops, as well as a one-year mentoring program. The basis of this is the mentors and the charity has opened the recruitment for women in the city to register and train to become a mentor for a teenage girl.

“Mentoring is a simple but effective tool for empowering girls. It works best when women and girls share the journey on the basis of mutual connection and we are delighted to invite women from Southampton to join us as mentors.

“If you have experience in the workplace, have the time and the drive to help a girl overcome obstacles and seize opportunities, contact us,” said Paula Falck, Network Manager for Portsmouth and Southampton at the Girls’ Network.

Mentors can help girls overcome a variety of barriers, ranging from limited confidence to lack of access to role models who are women. The charity seeks applications from female volunteer mentors who are easily able to build relationships with others, committed and reliable, and good at problem solving.

The Girls’ Network asks mentors for a commitment of at least one hour per month, over a year. In return, they are fully trained and supported by the association.

To learn more and to register to become a mentor, visit thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/become-a-mentor.


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Launch of a new network for people with disabilities and caregivers https://twnonline.org/launch-of-a-new-network-for-people-with-disabilities-and-caregivers/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 11:11:14 +0000 https://twnonline.org/launch-of-a-new-network-for-people-with-disabilities-and-caregivers/ To mark the start of Disability History Month * in November and December, Suffolk Constabulary announces the official launch of the new Disability and Carers Network (DCN). DCN is an internal network of staff and its purpose is to help agents and staff with disabilities and those who care for a person with a disability […]]]>

To mark the start of Disability History Month * in November and December, Suffolk Constabulary announces the official launch of the new Disability and Carers Network (DCN).

DCN is an internal network of staff and its purpose is to help agents and staff with disabilities and those who care for a person with a disability thrive in the workplace through its members.

DCN will promote equal opportunities for members to ensure that high quality officers and staff are selected from the widest possible talent pool. He will also play a vital role in ensuring that members are treated openly and fairly, with dignity and respect.

While the DCN is primarily an internal support function for officers and personnel, membership is also available to anyone who supports the strategic objective of the DCN – they may be retired from the force, or be a member of the staff of the DCN. ” a partner agency, charity or community group that supports people with disabilities or cares for a person with a disability.

DCN President Insp Gary Chapman, who works in the Contact and Control Room said: “I am extremely proud to lead the new DCN. We are determined to act as a credible presence for officers and staff in relation to disability and care issues and to act as an advisory and advisory body.

“Collectively, we want to overcome all obstacles so that policing in Suffolk is an attractive and inclusive profession where diverse talents are encouraged and supported. “

For more details on how to join, please email: [email protected]

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Israel condemns Spanish woman for helping banned group https://twnonline.org/israel-condemns-spanish-woman-for-helping-banned-group/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:31:27 +0000 https://twnonline.org/israel-condemns-spanish-woman-for-helping-banned-group/ JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli military court on Wednesday handed down a sentence reduction against a Spanish woman who admitted in a plea bargain to raising funds for a West Bank charity that were diverted to a banned militant group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Juana Ruiz Sánchez was sentenced to 13 […]]]>

JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli military court on Wednesday handed down a sentence reduction against a Spanish woman who admitted in a plea bargain to raising funds for a West Bank charity that were diverted to a banned militant group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Juana Ruiz Sánchez was sentenced to 13 months in prison and fined 50,000 shekels, or approximately $ 16,000. With a credit for time already served, she could be released in the coming weeks.

Israel tried to use this conviction as evidence that it was justified to label six Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist groups last month, all because of alleged links to the PFLP.

But Ruiz’s employer, the Health Working Committees, was not one of those six groups. And in the plea bargain, she said she was unaware of the alleged fundraising program and was not involved in any PFLP activist activity.

His lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said the plea agreement “made it very clear” that Ruiz was not involved in the money transfer to the PFLP and had no idea the alleged transfers had taken place. He also accused Israeli officials of slandering his client and said he would demand that they withdraw statements implying that she was an agent of the PFLP.

“The whole affair is a political affair. They tried to use it to justify banning human rights organizations, ”he told The Associated Press after the hearing at the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank.

The PFLP is a secular leftist political movement with an armed wing that has carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. Israel, the United States and the European Union consider it a terrorist group.

Ruiz was a longtime worker for Health Work Committees, a Palestinian nonprofit group that provides medical services in the occupied West Bank.

Prosecutors say she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the group from foreign donors, an unspecified amount of which was later diverted to the PFLP. One charge was that she had collected $ 4,000 for what she believed to be medical equipment which was then directed to the PFLP. Few details of other alleged embezzlement were available.

Ruiz was quoted in the documents as saying that she was not aware of any wrongdoing and that she “just got it wrong”.

But prosecutors noted that she continued her work for the health work committees even after learning that a colleague helped finance an attack and after Israel declared the organization illegal in early 2020. And illegal money transfers to the West Bank.

Feldman said his client, who is in her 60s and jailed since her arrest in April, accepted watered down charges to help close the case and get out of jail. He said he plans to appear before a parole board to seek a reduced sentence that could get her out in about two weeks.

Her daughter, Maria Rishmawi, said the family were eager to put the episode behind them. “We can’t wait to have him at home,” she said.

Israeli officials, referring to Ruiz by her married name of Juana Rishmawi, trumpeted the condemnation as a victory in their war against the PFLP. Israel says the group is raising funds from unwitting Western donors under the guise of humanitarian work.

Last month, Israel designated six Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist groups, claiming they were linked to the PFLP. So far, he has yet to take further action against the groups. But Wednesday’s plea bargain could serve as a model for future moves.

All six groups, some of which have close ties to rights groups in Israel and abroad, deny the claims. They say the terrorist designation is intended to muzzle criticism of Israel’s half-century military occupation of the territories the Palestinians want for their future state.

A confidential Israeli dossier detailing alleged links between the groups and the PFLP contains little concrete evidence and relies almost entirely on the interrogations of two former workers on the company health committees.

Feldman, Ruiz’s lawyer, said Israel appears to be targeting groups that seek to bring war crimes charges against Israel through the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The ICC has launched a preliminary investigation into Israeli practices in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

“This is part of a global effort to ban any organization in the West Bank that genuinely cooperates with international law in The Hague,” he said.

The Spanish government, which provided consular assistance to Ruiz during the trial, said it had controls to prevent aid money from reaching militant groups. He gave no immediate reaction to Wednesday’s conviction.

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AP video journalist Ami Bentov contributed reporting.

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Interview with Venkatesh Ramarathinam, MD, Vuram Technologies Solutions https://twnonline.org/interview-with-venkatesh-ramarathinam-md-vuram-technologies-solutions/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:10:56 +0000 https://twnonline.org/interview-with-venkatesh-ramarathinam-md-vuram-technologies-solutions/ By Rusen Kumar Organizations operate within the communities around which they operate, sharing resources and led by people directly or indirectly. In these unprecedented times, many families have suffered greatly as those who earn bread lose their jobs. Vuram, an IT company has taken a step forward and launched a “Upturn Fund” initiative to provide […]]]>

By Rusen Kumar

Organizations operate within the communities around which they operate, sharing resources and led by people directly or indirectly.

In these unprecedented times, many families have suffered greatly as those who earn bread lose their jobs. Vuram, an IT company has taken a step forward and launched a “Upturn Fund” initiative to provide financial support to individuals and families to continue medical treatment, cover education costs, and more. The business has benefited more than 340 families across India.

In talks with Rusen Kumar, editor-in-chief, India RSE; Venkatesh Ramarathinam, MD, Vuram Technologies Solutions on their CSR initiatives and new developments that help society and individuals. Here is the discussion below:

Please tell us about the company and the services provided?

Vuram is a hyperautomation services company specializing in low-code business automation. Since its creation in 2011, Vuram has maintained 100% customer success and 100% customer referrals. Powered by 800 passionate people, we have served 135 satisfied corporate customers and successfully created 1,000 applications. We have been recognized as a hot HFS supplier (Q3 2020) and ranks among the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States by Inc. In 2021, our company ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in India certified by the Great Place to Work® institute. Our hyper-automation technology stack encompasses business process management (BPM), robotic process automation (RPA), optical character recognition (OCR), document processing and analysis.

Why are CSR initiatives essential for businesses in the world we live in?

Organizations operate within the communities around which they operate, sharing resources and led by people directly or indirectly. Organizations need to look beyond the business and nurture the environment in which they operate. By creating a nurturing and sustainable environment around which organizations operate, the organization ultimately contributes to the common good allowing communities and people to grow alongside the organization and see a better future.

Please let us know about the Trackable app and how it helps the government manage vaccines.

In the fight against COVID-19, high level visibility, accuracy, accountability and efficiency are needed to ensure that the efforts of healthcare professionals and frontline workers are pointed in the right direction. This inspired Vuram to create Traceable, a highly customizable, flexible and adaptive application for live tracking of vaccine distribution, other lifesaving equipment and resources with location pinpointed on a map with all required information.

The Vuram team behind the app won first place for Trackable in the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon for the idea. Customized live tracking component ensures users 100% visibility into where vaccine doses are at all times, including, who delivers, and analytics on demand areas, and more. in one application. Trackable’s analytical capabilities can manage vaccine demand and forecast trends, while being able to be customized to meet the changing needs of the crisis.

How are the CSR initiatives you took during the pandemic and how have they brought about a change in recent times?

During the pandemic, Team Humane of Vuram supported the needy by providing essential resources to stay safe from COVID. The Vuram team collaborated with the Networking and Development Center for Service Organizations (NDSO) by providing oxygen concentrators.

Vuram has developed and deployed Humane Life, an app that makes the donation process easier and fraud-proof. The Humane Life is a non-income generating social initiative founded and managed by a team of engineers from Vuram. It connects donors and volunteers with validated nonprofit organizations. Once the request has been reviewed and validated by a team of volunteers, they can start posting their requirements under the goods and services categories on the app, and even track progress.

Donors can donate goods in any of the following ways:

1. Buy it and deliver it personally

2. Buy online and get delivered via vendors in Humaane who are mapped to NGOs

3. Choose a volunteer to pick up and deliver the goods

Once the organization receives the goods or services, it is encouraged to make a video thanking donors and share it on social media pages or directly to spread the word. By using the app, we add transparency with feedback looping communication, including videos shared by NGOs which are not available on many charity platforms.

In addition, Vuram has created a new app called Humane Shop to promote the business of small sellers who have lost their businesses due to the pandemic. Other projects implemented by the organization include the COVID Tracker, to track and collate updates of the COVID -19 pandemic around the world from other resources, and a new website called Oxygen Hall which contains data from all oxygen providers across India linking people to providers for vital supply.

What are the company’s plans?

Vuram’s focus areas include the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call to action recognizing that ending poverty and other deprivation must go hand in hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequalities and stimulate economic growth – while fighting climate change and working to preserve our environment.

(Rusen Kumar is a CSR leader in India. He writes regularly on CSR and sustainability. You can reach him at editor@indiacsr.in)

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