Howard Lake | 13 September 2007 | 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. Community Assets Programme opens for applications The £30 million Community Assets programme, funded by the Office of the Third Sector and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, has opened for applications. It is designed to enable third sector organisations to have greater control over the assets they use, such as community buildings.The programme will offer grants of between £150,000 and £1 million for the refurbishment of local authority buildings, including community centres and other multi-purpose facilities, so they can benefit both local communities and the third sector organisations that take them on.Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector, said: “This is a real opportunity for community groups and local authorities to transform assets like community centres and other buildings into more vibrant and valuable resources of the whole community… Advertisement 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Taking on ownership of an asset will help third sector organisations to develop a base of independence and sustainability, which will enable them to grow and respond better to the needs of local people.”There will be a single bidding round for all applications, which closes on 15 November 2007.
In a lecture at the Eck Hall of Law, Ambassador David Robinson, assistant secretary and coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations the United States Department of State, discussed American foreign policy and the country’s role in the world under newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.“About two months ago, I was traveling through East Africa and I got the same question everywhere I went. It was put best by the chief of the military in Uganda: ‘What the heck is happening in the U.S. with the election?’” Robinson said.Robinson used this story to emphasize that the rest of the world is still deeply interested in political happenings in the United States, also citing the Women’s Marches that took place on all seven continents last weekend in response to President Trump’s inauguration.“Theories about U.S. losing primacy of position are overblown,” he said.“We are going through the most divisive and difficult election season since the 1820s,” Robinson said. “But what you’ll end up seeing is the U.S. institutions pull through like always. This is a country that runs on its institutions. People are saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s the end of the world!’ No, it’s not.”Robinson said he believes American institutions are, and will continue to be the backbone of the government. Noting the turbulent state of affairs the President has inherited, Robinson repeatedly said the “muscle memory” of government institutions are going to be critical to help the new administration in solving these problems.As a civil servant, Robinson said his opinion of the president does not matter.“I will try to make what the president wants to happen happen, unless it is illegal or unethical. It doesn’t matter if I don’t like him — that’s none of your business — but if he succeeds it will be through me,” Robinson said.Much of the lecture centered on United States foreign policy in recent years. Robinson said that since 9/11, American foreign policy has been, in his view mistakenly, geared towards military solutions.“You can’t bomb people into liking us,” he said.Robinson said he believes that security cannot be achieved simply with “bombs and bullets,” but through building institutions that will ensure stability and safety across the world.Robinson used the American experience in Afghanistan to make this point.“We killed the Taliban’s No. 2 guy something like 15 times. That approach didn’t defeat the Taliban,” Robinson said.While killing enemies is critical, Robinson said, it is also important to solve the political problems that are the causes of violence.Robinson said that he believes that the nonmilitary, and particularly diplomatic, wings of the government are “overlooked.”Tags: 9/11, Afghanistan, Bosnia, David Robinson read more
New South Wales reported just five new cases, while Victoria, where masks became compulsory in July after the state became the centre of the country’s largest outbreak, reported 279 new cases on Sunday, along with 16 more deaths.The daily number of new cases this week has been well below the peak of 725 on Aug. 5. Melbourne, the state’s capital, remains under a strict lockdown.Speaking before Victoria announced its daily tally, Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt said the state still has a long way to go.”But the signs now are that the trend is of progressive reduction,” Hunt told Sky News television.He also said the federal government is close to striking a deal that would permit the production of a vaccine in Australia, likely in 2021.”I am now, on the basis of our best advice, genuinely more optimistic,” Hunt said, without giving more details.Topics : Ardern is expected to resist a delay but has said she will decide by Monday..Health Minister John Hipkins told a media briefing on Sunday that the government was working to ensure adequate supplies of masks, which are currently recommended but not mandatory.”We could make it compulsory and spend a lot of time on enforcement, what we need here is a cultural acceptance amongst all New Zealanders,” Hipkins said.In neighboring Australia, which has also been struggling with a resurgence of the coronavirus in two of its largest states, New South Wales and Victoria, there were signs of a further downward trend. A new coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand is still growing, health officials said on Sunday, with the country that had an early triumph over the pandemic recording 13 new cases and putting the September general election in question.After stifling the virus earlier this year before it became a public health crisis and after 102 days without new infections, an abrupt resurgence last week in Auckland prompted an immediate lockdown of the country’s largest city.Sunday’s numbers bring New Zealand’s total active cases to 69, providing more ammunition to a conservative opposition that wants to delay a Sept. 19 general election, which opinion polls show Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party winning. read more