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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis RAM PR offers pro bono public relations services to MS Trust 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The RAM Media Group is now over 11 years old, and is based in Harrogate and London’s West End. The Group provides a range of media services to more than 120 public and private sector clients across the country, including: media planning and buying, PR, web development, recruitment advertising, production and design and media research. Howard Lake | 16 August 2006 | News National multiple sclerosis charity the MS Trust has teamed up with public relations agency RAM PR on a pro-bono basis. The MS Trust’s fundraising team will be working with RAM to raise awareness of the charity and the ongoing programme of fundraising activities.One of the main events that RAM will be working on with the MS Trust is the launch of ‘My Supper for MS’ in September, where people all over the country will be invited to hold dinner parties to help raise money for the charity. RAM will also be involved with a rolling programme of activities including the promotion of the Trust’s Christmas cards, parachute jumps and the charity’s adventurous treks to Peru and China. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this By Rosa Miriam ElizaldeFrom Resumen EnglishDec. 10 − Invasions get bad press – those close-ups of foreign boots marching over a beach or a neighborhood like El Chorrillo in Panama in 1989, where they still don’t know the total number of people who the U.S. troops killed. After more than a century of relentless experience, U.S. military interventions in Latin America have fallen into disrepute, lost their glamor, gone out of style. Now they prefer to use soft coups.Cuban youth denounce the waging of a media campaign against the island as part of a soft coup d’état scrip financed by the United States, Nov. 30. Credit: Alejandro Azcuy DominguezThe soft coup consists of decorating a minority to look like a majority, broadcasting their complaints, stirring up controversies and confrontations, and wearing down the true majority running the government until it’s possible to take them down through some farce: a judicial one in Honduras, a parliamentary one in Brazil, or an electoral one in Bolivia, or forcing a foreign intervention, as they are attempting in Venezuela, and as some dream of doing in Cuba.The soft coup is more complicated than the coups done through invasions by the Marines, but, in contrast to that, it has modern-day local color, with archetypes of the evil dictators as the bad guys, a bunch of good guys with “freedom fighter” stereotypes, so that it looks like a re-edited version of an epic film and, complete with false narratives of civic heroism, and with all of them, good and bad guys, performed by actors in a Grade Z action movie to play on those great tools for domination: corporate media and social media platforms.Well, that’s what Cuba has been going through in these past days. Fake artists barricaded themselves in a house in the San Isidro neighborhood of Old Havana, in a context in which a lot of things have gotten all mixed up together: legitimate needs of dialogue with cultural authorities, confusions, political opportunism, the pandemic, and economic tensions aggravated by a whole panorama of measures the Trump regime imposed: cutting off remittances, stopping ships carrying fuel, financial sanctions. …In a few hours, the operation of the “artists” was deactivated without anyone suffering so much as a scratch. But from this starting point, we’ve seen another rerun of an old movie: the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Havana using his personal auto to transport these “artists,” while high-level functionaries of the State Department call these local employees of the soft-coup apparatus their colleagues. Some of those involved made a display of their liking for Donald Trump, whom they proclaim as their president, and of receiving financing from the U.S., federal government funds intended for the “promotion of democracy.”As researcher Tracy Eaton has documented, the United States government has spent between $20 million and $45 million annually since 1996, when a blank check was given, for financial support to local groups and international observers with the goal of instituting “regime change in Cuba” under Section 109 of the Helms-Burton Act.More than $500 million have been directed to these operations by this means, although this is not the only route for this money, nor even the most common one for stirring up “dissidence” in Cuba. No one knows for sure how much these undercover operations receive, nor what the total sum is that has been sent to San Isidro for this attempt to throw a lighted match into the gunpowder.A good chunk of change also goes to a cluster of online media platforms created by the U.S. government to do “dis-information” about Cuban affairs. Hundreds of internet publications have appeared in Florida since 2017 with “Cuba” as part of their online names. The objective is to add weight and volume to the toxic information about Cuba, repackaging the same agenda for different audiences and portraying the opinions of the United States as if they were something coming from Cubans themselves.This differs from other periods in the so-called Fourth Generation Warfare or Unconventional Warfare in that the new Soft Coup laboratories operate simultaneously in the physical, psychological, perceptual, and virtual realms, so that, after the confusion settles, only a cultural scorched earth remains.USAID calls the tuneThe Guardian recently interviewed the correspondent of one of these Florida digital media outlets, which had received a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) subsidy of $410,710. The ADN Cuba journalist told the Guardian, a British newspaper, that the measures taken last month by the White House to forbid remittances from being sent to Cubans by family members in the U.S. are “perfect,” because most of the money ends up in the state treasury — a shocking lie. [ADN is a Florida-based counterrevolutionary news agency.]“If I were in the United States, I would have voted for Trump,” added this “impartial reporter,” who has been carrying fuel to the San Isidro fire for weeks, just as many others have done. It’s not the same as invading a country, but it is still a flagrant attempt to disguise a violent minority as a freedom-seeking majority.In the midst of all this, the reality of what is actually happening in truly cultural terms in Cuba has been concealed from the poor misinformed world audience. Right now, more than 1,800 films and more than 800 scripts have been entered in the International Festival of New Latin American Film in Havana. We prepare this annual festival, which is intended to keep culture alive without allowing the effects of the soft coup to resonate beyond the dense mass of misinformation.“Hate is a long wait,” said French-Caribbean-African writer René Maran. And also, almost always, a big failure.Source: La Jornada, México, and Cubadebate; translated: Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau; edited: Workers World.
News August 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze named March 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more Three policemen — Valery Kostenko, Mikola Protasov and Oleksandr Popovych — were accused by the prosecutor-general’s office on 8 August ofkidnapping and murdering journalist Georgy Gongadze nearly five years ago. A fourth suspect, Olexi Pukach, is still being sought with an international arrest warrant. Prosecution officials said they would try to identify those who ordered the killing as soon as investigation of those who carried it out was complete.——————————————————–14 April 2005 Former intelligence chief alleged to have personally strangled Georgy Gongadze Two Ukrainian colonels who were arrested on 1 March in the Georgy Gongadze murder investigation, and who have not been named, reportedly told judicial investigators that Gongadze, the editor of the online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, was strangled by Gen. Olexi Pukach, the former head of the interior ministry’s intelligence service. This was revealed by Kiev deputy prosecutor, Gen. Victor Shokin, in an interview for the Segodnia daily newspaper on 12 April.Gen. Pukach, who was already suspected of ordering the destruction of documents about persons, probably policemen, who followed Gongadze for several months prior to his disappearance in September 2000, is therefore now personally and directly implicated in his murder. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Pecherski district court in Kiev on 25 January. He is believed to be currently residing in Israel.The two detained colonels and a third person under house arrest in Kiev who has also not been identified, are charged under article 93 of the Ukrainian criminal code with “murder with aggravating circumstances” – the aggravating circumstances being that they were together at the time. Until Ukraine signed the sixth protocol of the European human rights convention in February 2000, this was punishable by death.————————————————————31 March 2005 Human rights court declares Gongadze case admissibleA complaint to the European Court of Human Rights by Myroslava Gongadze about the September 2000 murder of her husband, journalist Georgy Gongadze, was declared admissible by the court yesterday. Gongadze’s widow, who now lives in Arlington, in the United States, has accused the Ukrainian authorities of “failing to protect his life” and “failing to investigate the case in a coherent and effective manner.” The complaint invokes article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) and article 13 (right to an effective remedy).Meanwhile, Oleksander Turchynov, the head of the SBU (the Ukrainian secret services), yesterday said former interior minister Yuri Kravchenko’s death was almost certainly suicide. Kravchenko was found dead in his garage with two gunshot wounds to the head on 4 March. He had been due to be interrogated that afternoon by the Kiev prosecutor’s office about the Gongadze case. Turchynov said, “today there is no other version but suicide.”———————————————————–15 March 2005 Former President Kuchma questioned in Gongadze investigationFormer President Leonid Kuchma was formally questioned on 10 March by members of the office of the Ukraine public prosecutor who are investigating the 2000 murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. No details have emerged about Kuchma’s interrogation and the former president’s only public comment was to again deny any role in the murder. Mykola Tomenko, an aide to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, met on 8 March in Warsaw with a former member of Kuchma’s security services, Mykola Melnichenko, to discuss recordings that were made in Kuchma’s office before Gongadze’s murder. The former security agent could be a witness in court. The prosecutor meanwhile charged two colonels on 7 March, a week after they were summoned for questioning by judicial investigators.The government has also confirmed that President Viktor Yushchenko will travel to Washington next month to meet Melnichenko, who was given political asylum in the United States in 2001.———————————————————–7 mars 2005 Controversy flares around the “suicide” of former interior ministerLeonid Kuchma in the firing lineFormer Ukrainian interior minister, Yuri Kravchenko, a key witness in the Gongadze case who was found dead on 4 March, reportedly left a note that blamed his suicide on former president Leonid Kuchma and those around him. The ex-president, now under the spotlight, cut short his holiday in the Czech Republic to return to Kiev on 5 March, in the knowledge that he could have to respond to legal questioning. Since 2000, the opposition, now in power, has accused Kuchma of ordering the murder of Géorgiy Gongadze. The former president has said he is innocent “before God, the people and his conscience”.Evidence from a former officerElsewhere, Mykola Melnichenko, a former officer in the Ukrainian presidential guard now exiled in the United States, who made recordings that pointed to the ex-president’s guilt in the murder of the journalist, said on 6 March that he did not believe that Kravchenko’s death was suicide. He pointed the finger at Leonid Kuchma, but also at parliamentary speaker, Volodymyr Lytvyn, and Sviatoslav Piskun, general prosecutor for the Gongadze case. Speaking in Warsaw where he was due to meet Urkainian leaders about his possible return to Kiev to give evidence, he said that he feared even more for his life today than before.The press asking questionsThe Ukrainian press has since 5 March been questioning the truth of the reported suicide of Kravchenko. The daily Komsomolskaïa Pravda said in its 6 March edition,” It is not an established fact”, given that for example traces of two bullets were found at the ex-minister’s temple.Final respects paid to KravchenkoAround 100 people, including former president Kuchma, paid their final respects to Yuri Kravchenko on the morning of 7 March in a central Kiev theatre. No representative of the current government attended. The prosecutor’s office has still not officially announced its intention to question the former president, who is falling under ever greater suspicion of having, through Kravchenko, been behind the 2000 murder of Gongadze. Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority ———————————————————-Yuri Kravtchenko believed to have committed suicide 4 March 2005Former Ukrainian interior minister, Yuri Kravtchenko, called for questioning by the prosecutor’s office as a key witness in the Géorgiy Gongadze murder case for 10pm on 4 March, was found dead the same day in his country house in Kontcha Zaspé, south of Kiev. He appeared to have committed suicide using his own gun to fire two bullets into his head. His body was found by relatives early in the morning. He was wearing a thick jacket, and showed marks of gunshot wounds to the temple. The president, Viktor Yushchenko, said he believed that Kravtchenko had “sentenced” himself.Several communist deputies on 4 March called for the immediate arrest of ex-president Leonid Kuchma after this “mysterious death”. Kuchma is currently holidaying in the Czech Republic.A commentator on Kanal 5 said on 3 March that the prosecutor’s office was far from having “cleared up all aspects” of the case and had above all carried out a “public relations coup”.—————————————————————Prosecutor Piskun confirms that the Gongadze case has been solved3 March 2005Prosecutor General, Sviatoslav Piskun, told a press conference in Kiev on 2 March 2005, that the person who ordered the murder of Géorgiy Gongadze was “known to the investigators” but he did not however reveal his identity. “The murderers carried out a criminal order”, Piskun said, ruling out the possibility of a group acting independently. The Ukrainian official also confirmed that the two people arrested on 1st March were the “direct murderers” of the journalist. He added that a third person had been told not to leave Kiev and that former intelligence chief at the interior ministry, General Olexi Pukach, was being actively sought. The general, suspected of ordering the destruction of files relating to those, probably police officers, who were following the journalist several months before his death, was investigated in connection with the case in 2003 before being ruled out of the inquiry.Piskun added that ex-president Leonid Kuchma’s former interior minister Yuri Kravchenko, would be questioned in relation to the investigation on 4 March.The prosecutor general revealed some details about the murder itself. First results showed that Gongadze died from “strangulation”. He was apparently abducted from outside his home, bundled into a car, “where he was beaten” before being “sprayed with petrol and burned alive”.Sviatoslova Piskun offered a public apology to the mother and family of the victim for the failings of the investigation from the very beginning.———————————————————-President Yushchenko says Gongadze murder is solved1st March 2005Reporters Without Borders welcomed President Viktor Yushchenko’s statement today that the killers of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, whose decapitated body was found on 2 November 2000, had been arrested and the murder solved but called for caution in view of past errors in the case.Yushchenko did not say who had been arrested for killing the journalist, who edited the online anti-government paper Ukrainska Pravda (www.pravda.com.ua) and who disappeared on 16 September that year. Oleh Yeltsov, editor of Ukrayina Kryminalna (Ukrainian Crime), said on the TV station Kanal 5 today that police sources had told him Gongadze’s head had been found in a lake near the river Dniepr, just outside Kiev, and that three policemen had been arrested. The Interfax news agency quoted the SBU security police as saying they arrested two unnamed men today who were “directly involved” in the killing. The SBU refused to confirm if Gongadze’s head had been found.”We welcome the positive progress towards solving this murder,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But we remain very cautious in view of the countless very serious errors and changes in the investigation of this case over the past four years. We await solid evidence that will convict the killers. The government must see the investigation is completely impartial.”Yushchenko told a press conference in Kiev today that the murder was solved and that several people had been arrested and had confessed. He said former President Leonid Kuchma’s regime had protected them. “My job and the police’s job is to go right to the end of the road, right to those who ordered and organised the killing,” he said.He said he learned the terrible truth about the murder the previous day (28 February) when he saw a video made for those who ordering the killing. “Gongadze died a terrible death, worse than medieval,” he said. Addressing Gongadze’s mother, who he recently met, the president said: “We promised to solve the murder and we have.”Yeltsov quoted his sources as saying that those arrested were police Gen. Mykola Astion, former head of Kiev’s organised crime division, and two colonels. The SBU refused to confirm this, citing legal confidentiality rules. Yushchenko’s statement came after conflicting news on 24 February when Yushchenko told a press conference in Strasbourg that “the two witnesses in the Gongadze case have been killed. But I understand that the investigation will proceed quickly. It’s a matter of honour.” Interior ministry spokeswoman Inna Kysel said on 27 February that investigators had identified the car used to kidnap the journalist and also those responsible. A few hours after her announcement, a key witness in the case, Yuri Nesterov, was reportedly seriously wounded in a grenade while under police escort. Follow the news on Ukraine Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Organisation Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media to go further News News February 26, 2021 Find out more
View post tag: submarine The construction of submarines with nuclear propulsion systems is on the agenda of the Iranian government, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi was cited by semi-official Fars News Agency as saying. Explaining that many countries in the world are using nuclear propulsion technology, Khanzadi said: “certainly, the development program of nuclear submarine propulsion is on the agenda of the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”According to him, no international treaties prohibit a country to use “peaceful” nuclear energy.“None of the international pacts ban using peaceful nuclear energy but the peace we are talking about doesn’t find meaning without maintaining defense readiness,” Khanzadi stressed.“When there is no deterrence and readiness for a defense, no peace and stability will be established and so the Armed Forces of the country are present to ensure sustainable peace.”As informed, all the country’s organizations are working within the defined framework regarding the Iranian nuclear program. However, no further details have been unveiled.Last year, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Saleh said the country had made progress in developing nuclear propulsion systems for vessels and submarines.AEOI reportedly planned to mark the National Nuclear Technology Day by unveiling 122 new products of Iranian nuclear scientists earlier this month. However, the organization decided to postpone the event as Iran is battling the coronavirus pandemic.In the future, marine nuclear propulsion could gain widespread use as fossil fuel regulations are being enforced. Nuclear power is suitable for vessels which need to remain offshore for longer periods without refueling as well as for powerful submarine propulsion.Naval Today Staff View post tag: Iranian Navy View post tag: Nuclear-Powered Photo: Illustration. Photo: Pixabay Share this article
Artist Jim Pollock has been an important visual component of the Phish scene for the entirety of the band’s career, creating the album artwork for Junta and dozens of show posters throughout the year. Pollock’s unique linoleum technique and 19th century style makes his artwork instantly recognizable, and his talents have been used by countless artists, festivals and more throughout the last three decades.With Phish’s two-night run at Chicago’s Wrigley Field set for June 24-25, the local Galerie F has announced a very special ’30 Year Retrospective’ exhibit featuring Pollock’s work on display. There will also be a new design for the Chicago Cubs, to be released on June 15th!The exhibit will feature 500 of Pollock’s works over the last 30 years, with the option for fans to purchase some of the posters on display. It’s a great way to remember some of Pollock’s incredible artwork, as well as some of the events for which Pollock was commissioned.For more information about the exhibit, be sure to head to Galerie F’s website.
Repairs of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) are set to continue this week in response to a flood that damaged the lower level of the building on Dec. 12.The flood was caused by a break in a six-inch water line that served DPAC’s fire protection system, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said. The exact cause of the water line break is unknown, he said.“There are currently several theories as to why [the break] occurred, but we may never know the exact cause,” Brown said. “We have taken several measures to reinforce this connection and are evaluating similar connections in other buildings.”Brown said mechanical and electrical equipment in the DPAC mechanical room, as well as lower level floors and walls were damaged. The flood also resulted in a 45-minute delay of a football awards ceremony being held in the building, DPAC facilities manager Alex Scheidler said.Scheidler said there were initially six inches of water in most rooms on the lower level of the building and three feet of water in the mechanical room where the break occurred. A quick response by the University prevented further damage, he said.“It was amazing because by that night, the first response team stayed all night,” he said. “So they arrived at about 10 p.m. give or take, and they were here until 6 in the morning – and then another crew came and replaced them and they worked through the day Saturday.”Film, Television and Theater (FTT) department chair Jim Collins said because of this quick response, the flooding did not impact students’ final exams. The impact of the damage will continue to be minimal for both students and faculty, he said.“Since the flooding occurred on the Friday night before exam week, the response crews were able to make significant head-way over the weekend,” Collins said. “The impact on FTT courses was limited to moving final exams to other locations in the DPAC on the Monday of exam week. The classrooms on the lower level were at least operational for test-taking the rest of the week. We’ve been given the “all-clear” to go back to using the classrooms as we did before but we’ll know more after the first week of the semester.”However, there is still more to be done in the coming weeks, Brown said.“There are still repairs going on as the baseboard material had to be ordered, some of the floor tiles became loose and needed to be replaced and the carpet in several offices is being replaced,” he said.Scheidler said what’s been accomplished so far is already impressive.“The response on the University’s part … the fire chief said he’s worked at other places and he said in the real world, this wouldn’t be happening, Scheidler said. “… Normally, in another building somewhere in town if this had happened, you’d just have caution tape and no one would be going in the space except the people working to clean it up. So it was remarkable to have all the resources and a quick response.”But the flood still provides an opportunity for improvement, Scheidler said.“I think there’s a great opportunity to improve things, as far as evacuation and things like that,” he said. “There are things we are able to improve — they went well, but it’s an opportunity to see what could be better. That’s the good that comes out of it.”Tags: DPAC, DPAC Flood, Facilities, FTT
PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT/PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION5-19-2003John Davis & Associates, CPAs, PLC is pleased to announce Bret L. Hodgdon has been awarded the professional license of Certified Public Accountant. The CPA license is earned through education, examination, and completion of two years of practical public accounting experience. Mr. Hodgdon is a 1998 graduate of Lyndon State College with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business Administration.
The police of the Colombian city of Cali have seized four tons of marijuana that were going to be transported to Venezuela, their commander, Gen. Miguel Ángel Bojacá, said on 4 January. The contraband, valued at four million dollars by the police, was discovered in a truck traveling from this city, in the southwestern part of the country, to the port of Buenaventura, on the Pacific coast. The driver of the vehicle and another individual who was accompanying him were arrested in the operation. Bojacá also highlighted the “hydroponic” character of the drugs: the marijuana was grown in greenhouses in the department of El Cauca (in southwestern Colombia) using hydroponic techniques, which make it possible to manipulate the plants and, due to their quality, to sell them for a higher price. “We are once again concerned about the rise of hydroponic marijuana cultivation. This year, these are the first four tons of hydroponic marijuana seized. Last year, we seized twenty-eight tons in the same region,” Bojacá said, quoted by the Cali daily El País. In November, the police seized four tons of marijuana in Palmira, also in the southwestern part of the country. The Colombian police indicated at that time that up to that point in 2010, they had seized two hundred tons of marijuana, “which works out to a daily average of more than 630 kilos.” This figure, the police specified, was 38% higher than that recorded the previous year. This is the second blow struck against drug traffickers by the authorities since the beginning of the year, following Monday’s seizure by the police of 1.5 tons of cocaine in the Caribbean beach resort of Cartagena (in northern Colombia). The drugs were hidden in the ceiling of a container headed for the United States on a vessel expected to make stops in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. By Dialogo January 06, 2011
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Social influence, or social proof, is a term used to describe an acutely human behavior – the means by which humans reproduce or reflect the actions of others when they are unsure of how to behave. It also describes the behavior that humans exhibit when they believe that others have unique knowledge about a given situation. In either case, social proof can drive a form of imitation that humans use to help make decisions and determine how one should act.Monkey See, Monkey DoYoung mammals tend to learn by copying the actions of others. Human babies learn successful (and – for that matter – unsuccessful) behavioral traits by watching what their parents and guardians do – what to eat, and what not to eat; how to avoid pain and get pleasure; how to communicate their wants and needs; and so on. Likewise, in situations where desirable behavior is unknown to us, we often look to the actions of others outside our family group in order to determine how we should act. As we mature, we intentionally seek out the advice of others before we make difficult decisions. Occasionally, these basic instincts render humans susceptible to external influences that may not be detected by our social radar. continue reading »