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CTT distributes new donated Cisco networking equipment

first_img In partnership with Cisco Systems and TechSoup, Charity Technology Trust is able to provide networking equipment donated by Cisco, specifically for use by small and medium sized charities working in the International Development field on projects that address basic human needs, access to education and healthcare provision.The donations are targeted at organisations with an annual turnover of less than £10m.The maximum donation value is £10,000 per organisation and recipient organisations must be registered UK charities. A small fee of 8% of the retail value of the donation is charged, which simply covers the administration of the donation.If you are a UK based International Development Charity with a turnover of LESS than £10 million and your organisation provides either basic human needs, education or heathcare provision, you can apply for the Cisco donation program. Advertisement 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. Tagged with: Technology Howard Lake | 20 May 2006 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CTT distributes new donated Cisco networking equipment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Kerala High Court DB Sets Aside Single Bench Judgment Which Quashed Rules Regulating Other-State Lotteries

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court DB Sets Aside Single Bench Judgment Which Quashed Rules Regulating Other-State Lotteries Lydia Suzanne Thomas16 May 2021 10:40 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has set aside the judgment of a Single Judge Bench that quashed the rules brought by the Kerala government to regulate sale of other-state lotteries.The Judgment, pronounced today by a Division Bench of Justices SV Bhatti and Bechu Kurian Thomas, upheld the validity of the Rules.”We are of the view that the except for rule 4(4) of the Amended Rules and to the extent indicated above, all the other rules enacted in 2018 by the State of Kerala are valid and do not contravene any provision of either the Constitution or the parent Act.”The Court upheld the State Government’s competence to enact rules for monitoring the conduct of lotteries by the Organising State within the territory of the Host State. Additionally, the Court has asserted that Rules allowing the State Government (host state) to take action against the Organising State would be valid, since the Organising State could not unabashedly exploit the subject of the Host State. if the Host State forms an opinion that the conduct of lottery by an Organising State within the territorial jurisdiction of the Host State is in contravention of the Act or the Rules, then it need not wait until the Central Government takes a decision in that respect, the judgment makes clear.In the event the organising state felt that the Host State was acting arbitrarily, it could seek redress in a Court of law, the judgment clarifies.However, the Court held Rule 4(4) ultra vires, in so far as it pertained to lotteries organised by other states. The said Rule empowers the Secretary to Government, Taxes Department or any authority as constituted under Rule 4(4) to conduct all lotteries organised by other States. “The words “including lotteries run/organized/promoted by other States” in Rule 4(4) shall stand severed from the remaining provision of the Amended Rules and the severed portion is hereby held as ultra vires the Act..”, the Bench held.The petition before the Single Judge was filed by an agent selling lotteries of the State of Nagaland in Kerala (Future Gaming and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd vs State of Kerala and others). The petitioner challenged the amendments brought by the Kerala Government in 2018 to the Kerala Paper Lotteries(Regulation) Rules, 2005, which gave power to Kerala government authorities to regulate and control lotteries run by other states. “No state can exercise its authority by making Rules in such a way to impact upon authority of other States to organise, conduct and promotion of lottery. That power is exclusively given to the Central Government under Section 6(of Lotteries Regulation Act). The Central Government alone has the power to regulate, control and interfere with lotteries, if it is run in violation of law”, a Single Judge Bench of Justice A Muhamed Mustaque had ruled then. Click here to download the judgmentTagsKerala High Court Justice SV Bhatti #Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas Lotteries Regulation Act Lottery Kerala Tax on Paper Lotteries Act Next Storylast_img read more

An ocean of concern

first_imgClimate change may not have been as prominent in the headlines in the 1980s as it is today, but it was certainly on the minds of engineers designing a new sewage-treatment plant for Boston.Today, the massive Deer Island plant can boast of being one of the first major coastal projects that had a nearly 2-foot rise in sea level designed into its construction. That is good news to area residents because the plant — one of the nation’s largest — handles sewage from 61 Boston area municipalities and 2.5 million customers.Built to clean up Boston Harbor, partly in response to a major lawsuit, the plant was designed to withstand a 100-year storm, then was raised an additional 1.9 feet in anticipation of possible sea-level rise. Its outflow tunnel, which disperses treated wastewater into the ocean nine miles offshore, was made larger to account for changes to the dynamics of the gravity-powered system as the sea level rises.A group of students from Harvard and Brazil toured the plant and spoke to officials there about its design and operation. The Jan. 16 visit was part of a two-week, cooperative winter program sponsored by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the University of São Paolo in Brazil.This year’s subject, “Urban Adaptation to Climate Change: Resilient Cities,” brought students to Deer Island and to New York, where they toured areas affected by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, including the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and the South Ferry Station.The program is the latest in an annual series that began five years ago. The collaborative program between Harvard and one of Brazil’s most prestigious engineering schools alternates visits to Cambridge and Brazil, drawing roughly half of its 29 students from each institution.Patrick Ulrich, assistant director for undergraduate studies in environmental science and engineering at SEAS, said this year’s topic was selected as a natural sequel to last year’s program on energy and climate change, which was held in Brazil. This year’s program went well, Ulrich said, with students from different countries meshing and forming friendships.“They’ve been fantastic. The students are a really good group. They integrated … right off the bat,” he said.Lindsay Woodson, a master’s degree student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, said she enjoyed getting to know the course’s Brazilian students and listening to the perspectives they brought. The New York excursion to view the recovery from Sandy was most interesting to her, she said, because her academic focus is on risk and resilience.Steven Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and one of the program’s core faculty members, said a main purpose of the effort is to give engineering students direct exposure to people in the field who work daily on issues the students are learning about.“I think it’s been spectacular,” Wofsy said. “It’s hard to decide which is the high point.”Students spent about an hour touring Deer Island, viewing the giant, egg-shaped digesters, flares for burning off excess gas, and primary and secondary treatment areas. The visit included a talk by Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, director of planning for the Metropolitan Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which runs the plant, and Dave Duest, manager of process control at the plant.Estes-Smargiassi gave a brief history of the plant and an overview of the MWRA system, which not only collects and processes wastewater, but also provides clean drinking water from its reservoirs. Deer Island, Estes-Smargiassi said, is in many ways a huge recycling plant because it treats and reuses much of the effluent it takes in.The egg-shaped digesters convert much of the waste into natural gas, which is harvested to provide 64 percent of the plant’s power. Much of the remaining solid matter is sent as sludge to a plant in Quincy, where it is dried and processed into fertilizer. Some 10 million gallons of treated wastewater are recycled through the plant, providing a source of water for tasks — such as tank cleaning — where non-potable water can be used. Of an average 260 tons of sludge that come into the plant each day, just 10 tons are released into the ocean as treated effluent, while 105 tons are made into fertilizer. The rest is digested and converted to gas.In addition to natural gas produced in the waste processing, the plant also uses renewable energy, provided by a solar array and two giant wind turbines.Though Boston was spared the worst effects of Superstorm Sandy, Estes-Smargiassi said that was partly because it passed through the area at low tide, while it hit the New York region at high tide. Projections, however, show that if it had been high tide in Boston, there would have been historic flooding, something that prompted the MWRA’s board of directors to embark on a new appraisal of the flood-vulnerability of the authority’s facilities.The analysis, Estes-Smargiassi said, evaluated the impact of both a 100-year flood and 2.5 feet of sea-level rise. He said the exercise showed that although a handful of facilities would not be affected, including Deer Island, quite a few would be — some significantly. By analyzing each facility’s purpose and whether it had redundancy within the system, the authority has begun prioritizing changes, seeking temporary mitigation measures, and designing more permanent changes as part of systemic upgrades across the authority’s system.That way, Estes-Smargiassi said, facilities across the system are gradually made better able to withstand flooding and storms so that, even if the 2.5-foot rise proves overly optimistic and is revised upward again, the system in the end would be better prepared.“If it looks like 2.5 feet isn’t good enough, we’ll pick a better benchmark,” he said. “That may mean some facilities are not as well-protected as the new ones, but we will be better off.”last_img read more

Lindsay Whalen

first_imgLindsay Whalen took over coaching duties at the University of Minnesota for the women’s basketball team.  It is interesting, because she is still playing for the Lynx for the WNBA.   She will retire at the end of this 2018 season.  She is the career leader in the number of games won for an WNBA player.Lindsay is a native of Minnesota having played high school ball in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  She then led the University of Minnesota’s women’s program to national prominence.  During her playing career at Minnesota, attendance grew 10-fold from about 1,000 a game to 10,000 a game.After a very successful pro career she has returned to her home state, and in the the first game they played this year her team filled the field house to standing room only.  Women’s college basketball has grown under such greats as Sylvia Hatchel of North Carolina, Pat Summitt of Tennessee, Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, Tara Van Derveer of Stanford, and Muffet McGraw from Notre Dame.  Will Lindsay Whalen follow in their footsteps?last_img read more