Charities call for access to full assets left to them in legacies

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Unclaimed Assets Charity Coalition – which includes Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Royal British Legion, RNIB, RNLI and the RSPCA – is calling on the Government to make a number of changes to resolve this.The Coalition wants to see the proposed 15 year period of dormancy to five years, the adoption of a comprehensive definition of unclaimed assets (beyond dormant bank accounts), and the introduction of a mandatory obligation on financial institutions to surrender the unclaimed assets they hold to the rightful owners.In addition the coalition is asking for the creation of a comprehensive national register of unclaimed assets to ensure that both charities and individuals have full access to information to enable to them to find the money they are owed.Finally coalition members want to see “a full and open consultation” with the public and with the charity and voluntary sector about how remaining unclaimed assets are reinvested in society.Gordon Crowe, Legacy Controller at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, said: Since one in seven of all people that make a will leave money to charity, we expect the sector will be owed a considerable proportion of the total value of unclaimed assets in the UK. The changes we hope to see made in this area will have a significant impact on charity income.The Unclaimed Assets Charity Coalition is being coordinated by Cancer Research UK’s Public Affairs team. Howard Lake | 7 June 2006 | 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. A new coalition of charities are asking the government to help them access the hundreds of millions of pounds in assets bequeathed to them which have remained unclaimed by estate executors.An alliance of leading charities say that they are missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds promised to them in legacies but which are still languishing in bank and share accounts because the deceased donors’ executors have not claimed them.The charity sector receives 30% of its voluntary income from legacies. However, if an executor fails to find details of all the assets of an estate such as old bank accounts and shares, charities will miss out. This is particularly important when charities are promised a proportion of the value of an estate. Advertisement Charities call for access to full assets left to them in legacies  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

The project of complete reconstruction of the Fortress of St. Nicholas

first_imgThe fortress management plan was presented by a research associate of the Institute of Tourism, Ph.D. Renata Tomljenović who pointed out that the plan is an instrument for the sustainable management of the fortress and its contact zone. “This includes protection, sustainable use, management and visiting, and funding, education and collaboration. The goal is to make the fortress world-famous for its impressive architecture in a unique natural environment, but above all to preserve its authenticity, manage it sustainably, for the benefit of citizens, visitors and future generations. Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante in Šibenik is a unique monument of Renaissance fortification construction and a top example of our architectural heritage. Since July 2017, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the nomination “Defense Systems of the Republic of Venice in the period from the 16th to the 17th century.” “In sports terms, we reached the semifinals. We have come a long way, but the most important matches are just ahead of us. This project prepared all the documentation and created the preconditions for obtaining funds for the complete and final reconstruction of the fortress. The next step is to include the project in the list of strategic projects of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia”Concluded Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk. These documents are not only a tool for obtaining new funds from EU funds, but also a guarantee that at the end of the process we will get the originally renovated fortress in its full glory, said the director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, M.Sc. Anita Babacic Ajduk she added: “We have received top-notch documents that place emphasis on protection, conservation and sustainable use. This is in accordance with the principles of operation of our institution and the recommendations of UNESCO. Our concept and guiding thought in the planning, past and future implementation of projects is integral sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage. ” She presented the main and detailed design for the rehabilitation and arrangement of the fortress Ana Škevin Mikulandra, chief designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute: ,,The project provides a solution for the rehabilitation of dilapidated and damaged building structures of the fortress. Conservation and restoration works, construction rehabilitation and equipping of the space are included. The design approach is based on conservation principles with the aim of preserving the integrity of monuments and monumental values, with reversible modern interventions, all in order to contribute to the creation of new values ​​and position the fortress in accordance with world importance.. “center_img The results of the project of complete reconstruction of the Fortress of St. were presented to the public. Nikola, within which the documentation for the complete reconstruction and sustainable management of the Fortress of St. Nikola and the contact zone, which will be used to apply for EU funds in the new budget period. Photo: Public institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County Project “Tourist valorization of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante ”, worth 2,6 million kuna, was conducted by the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County with partners: Šibenik-Knin County and the Public Institution Development Agency of Šibenik-Knin County. The project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion.last_img read more

New recruits will have big shoes to fill

first_imgAs the college football recruiting circuit heated up, the Trojans were the interests of potential top recruits this past weekend, with five-star defensive end Rashan Gary, four-star athlete Trevon Sidney and three-star defensive end Connor Murphy stopping by.Among these four big recruits, Rashan Gary is the most impressive for the Trojans considering his 6-foot-5, 293-pound frame and impressive motor. As it stands, the defensive tackle is being recruited by every top school in the nation, but has only officially visited Michigan, Ole Miss, Auburn and, most recently, USC.“Gary took an official visit to USC from Thursday to Sunday along with his mother, Jennifer Coney, for what was the fourth of Gary’s five permitted official visits,” ESPN insider Tom VanHaaren said in an ESPN.com blog post. “According to Coney, the visit may have put USC — widely believed to be a long shot -— very much in the picture for the No. 1-ranked prospect.”As for the other prospects who visited this past weekend, defensive end Murphy could become a Trojan this fall.Murphy cited his visit this past weekend as a nine out of 10 due to USC’s diverse and intellectual campus. Potential USC recruit of the same surname, four-star recruit Byron Murphy, is still expected to visit USC at a later date.Other recruits interested in being Trojans include four-star tight end and defensive end Devin Asiasi, five-star defensive end Jonathan Kongbo and three-star athlete Evan Hinson.USC has already established 14 total commitments from 11 four-star and three three-star recruits, with only six more scholarships to give considering the five redshirt freshmen returning to the team in 2016.After a disappointing Holiday Bowl loss at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, USC is looking forward to the future in their 2016 recruiting class as well as their returners.What the Trojans are not looking forward to are the losses of several starters and 20 overall players due to expiring NCAA eligibility and the upcoming NFL Draft.On defense, USC’s defensive line is a virtual ghost town due to the departures of starters Antwaun Woods, Delvon Simmons and Greg Townsend Jr., along with reserves Claude Pelon and Cody Temple who combined for 173 of USC’s 1,052 total tackles.Replacing them will be one of USC’s most talented defensive lines in the Pat Haden era with returning freshmen Rasheem Green, Noah Jefferson, Jacob Daniel, Kevin Scott, Christian Rector, fifth-year senior Jordan Simmons, fourth-year junior Kenny Bigelow Jr. and third-year sophomore Malik Dorton.Along with a potential signee in defensive tackle Rashan Gary, Liam Jimmons from Huntington Beach, Oluwole Betiku from Gardena Serra and Keyshon Camp from Lake Gibson Senior in Lakeland, Florida, all verbally committed to USC this year.USC has three-star OLB Jordan Iosefa and four-star cornerback C.J. Pollard to assure USC’s secondary, which will be losing inside linebacker Anthony Sarao and cornerbacks Keyvon Seymour and Ryan Dillard.On the offensive side of the ball, running back Tre Madden, tight end Cyrus Hobbi, fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner and wideouts George Katrib and David Mellstrom are not returning in 2016.Besides Madden and Pinner, none of the other offensive losses should hurt USC considering JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis, Steven Mitchell Jr., Adoree’ Jackson, Darreus Rogers, Jalen Greene, Justin Davis and Tyler Petite are all returning.The team will, however, be losing three big players on the line of scrimmage with quarterback Cody Kessler, center Max Tuerk and offensive guard Erick Jepsen all leaving.The Trojans should not be concerned with the offensive line, though, with a majority of their 2015 starters coming back in 2016, including center Khaliel Rodgers.As for the quarterback situation, redshirt junior Max Browne is considered the most-likely starter amid a multitude of passers such as redshirt senior Conner Sullivan, sophomores Sam Darnold and Michael Bowman and four-star recruit Matt Fink.Although Browne has the height and experience to lead this Trojan football team, dual-threat Sam Darnold could shake up the competition with his running and throwing capabilities.“There will be a position battle in spring between Max Browne and Sam Darnold that should be a lot of fun to watch,” ESPN and WeAreSC.com writer Garry Paskwietz said in an ESPN.com interview. “The one twist is that there will be a new offensive coordinator in Tee Martin which means Browne and Darnold are both starting from the same beginning point in that system.”If Darnold gets the starting job as a dual-threat, he could pave the way for 2016 commit Matt Fink, who also thrives with his legs.And while Darnold threw for 2,985 yards and 39 touchdowns and rushed for 785 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final high school season, Fink showed during his senior season with Glendora that he could also drive the ball with his legs and his arm, amassing 1,258 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air and 1,106 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.Regardless of who is under center for the Trojans come fall, USC is going to have some exciting young players catching passes, including four four-star wide receivers: Tyler Vaughns, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Michael Pittman and Velus Jones.Out of the four wideouts,  Pittman had the best senior season in high school statistically, catching 81 passes for 1,990 yards and 24 touchdowns. Vaughns, however, could outduel Pittman for a potential starting role considering his soft hands and unbelievable catching abilities while airborne.With spring practices in full swing and the official spring game just months away, head coach Clay Helton and the rest of his new coaching regime have a lot of work on their hands, but they won’t be without some talented freshmen come Sept. 3 in Arlington.last_img read more