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Poor box yields €2m for Irish charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy Research / statistics  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 August 2015 | News Poor box yields €2m for Irish charities Photo: poor box by stevendepolo on Flickr.com 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. Charities in Ireland received over €2 million in 2014 from offenders who were ordered by judges to pay into the court ‘poor box,’ according to research by the Irish Times.Poor box orders are used most often when, while the prosecution has proven its case, the judge deems it not appropriate to enter a conviction.The largest beneficiary of the poor box was the Society of St Vincent de Paul, with 92 branches receiving almost €130,000. Sightsavers and the Christian Blind Mission received the next highest payments, each receiving €120,000 from Tralee District Court.The court district of Kerry accounted for the most poor box payments, at 40% of the total number: 70 people were directed to make payments totalling €880,000 to charity.A similar amount was donated in 2013.End of the poor box?There is currently no specific law governing court poor boxes but its days may be numbered. Concerns have been raised over the need to ensure equal treatment for offenders from different economic backgrounds, while others have pointed out that the scheme deprives the government of fines that could otherwise be imposed.Last year the Irish Government approved measures to get rid of the court poor box system and replace it with a statutory reparations fund. Offenders would pay into this to help provide support to victims of crime.last_img read more


Gay Marine helps change history

first_imgHe was the first American injured in the Iraq War, hit by an exploding land mine that broke his left leg, caused long-term nerve damage in his right hand, and so severely impacted his right leg that it had to be amputated to save his life. He had been in Iraq for only three hours.While those injuries were severe, they were not the only things tormenting Marine Eric Alva while he served his country. As a gay man, had his sexuality been known, he would have been discharged from the Marines.Alva was the final of three speakers for the academic year’s last Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues, “Overcoming Obstacles: Managing Complex Intersectionality.”“It’s an interesting story, the intersectionality of my life,” said the retired staff sergeant. “I am a gay man. I am a United States Marine. … I am also disabled and I am also Hispanic.”Alva decided he wanted to join the Marines while he was still in high school. After graduation, he went to the local recruiters’ office. At 5-foot-1 and only 90 pounds, he said the Marine recruiters “laughed at me and told me ‘the Air Force is down the hall.’” That was frustrating, he admitted, “being told ‘we don’t want you.’” But he persisted and finally got into the Corps in 1990, a year after graduating from high school.After he returned from Iraq Alva received enormous media attention. He was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in People magazine during his recovery and even as he took his first steps a year after his injury. With the notoriety came “invitations,” he said. Being a part of a Hispanic family, his parents would get inquiries from friends. “’Eric is still going to live a full life. He’s still going to get married. He’s still going to have kids.’“Of course, my parents already knew I was gay,” he said.But most people outside the immediate family did not, and Alva went to great lengths to keep it that way, even buying a framed picture of a woman for his nightstand. Friends would ask who she was and he would make up a name. But, he said jokingly, they could not understand why he had films like “Beaches,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Joy Luck Club” on his shelf.Alva said he finally came out when Texas, his home state, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He said he did not think the negative rhetoric surrounding the issue applied to him. “I turned a cheek and said that does not apply to me, but I was wrong.”Later, as he heard others refer to “those people” as diseased and promiscuous, “it started to eat me up, because it’s like, ‘They’re talking about you, Eric,’” he said. With that, in 2006, Alva decided to do something. He called the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Its leaders wanted him to work with Congress, including Massachusetts Rep. Martin Meehan, who introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, designed to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.Alva said it was his military oath that made him decide to testify before Congress. “At 19, when I took that oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic, it meant every single walk of life. That meant every individual, whether male or female, young or old, whether gay or straight, whether black or white, whether Hispanic, whether able-bodied, disabled. … Those rights don’t belong to just the selected few,” he said.Americans must move past irrational fears, Alva said. “We’re seeing change and it’s for the better good of society, the better good of furthering our ability to intersect with each other and to make sure that people are treated with dignity.” As for the next steps, he said, “I think it’s great to have these sessions, it’s wonderful for people to uncover, to share their experiences. The more we tell these stories, the more we learn about each other, the more tolerant we become.“We need to change hearts and minds,” he concluded.Following the talk, Cammi Valdez, assistant director in the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, said Alva “did a phenomenal job of showing how intersectionality has been important in his career and ways that his narrative and perspective has made a difference in policy. I left this FAS Diversity Dialogue feeling inspired and ready to insert intersectionality into the forefront of my work.”Chris Serwacki, assistant director of University-wide Alumni Engagement and Events, Harvard Alumni Association, added, “Eric Alva was a wonderful capstone to a year of intersectionality. His inspirational tale of overcoming tragedy, accepting his disability and himself, and using these to help challenge and change the laws for the LGTBQ community in the military really spoke to me, and many others in attendance.”The Diversity Dialogue was offered in partnership by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more


Man Utd to reignite interest in £90m defensive powerhouse

first_imgManchester United remain hell-bent on bringing Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford, with the Napoli centre-half reportedly viewed as the perfect partner for Reds skipper Harry Maguire at the back. Koulibaly The Sunday Mirror reports that Koulibaly is at the top of their transfer targets list and that the Red Devils will resume their efforts to sign him in the summer. United’s hierarchy have so far failed in their attempts to lure the 28-year-old to Old Trafford, but the report adds that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make Koulibaly the top-paid player at the club should he join. They will also have to shell out a hefty transfer fee, with the Senegal international rated at around £90million.Advertisement Koulibaly is one of the top-rated defenders in Europe, and understandably has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs such as PSG, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham. Indeed, PSG were willing to offer the player a £10.2million-a-year salary in January, but that deal never materialised. read also:Man Utd Treble winner supports their swoop for Odion Ighalo The report adds that Solskjaer wants Koulibaly team up with Harry Maguire and form his dream centre-back partnership at Old Trafford. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And SkillsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more