UK government increases Asian disaster donation to £50 million

first_img  20 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 UK government increases Asian disaster donation to £50 million Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 30 December 2004 | 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. The UK government has increased its funding for relief work for the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster from £15 million to £50 million.The Department for International Development today announced a further £35 million to help the victims of the Asian earthquake that struck on Boxing Day. This brings the UK’s total contribution to £50 million, making the UK the largest bilateral donor to the relief effort.The World Bank today made the largest gift to date, totalling $250 million (£130 million). The UN estimates that governments and individuals have pledged nearly half a billion dollars to the relief effort in the four days since the earthquake and tsunami occurred. This figure does not include in-kind gifts and donated logistical support. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hurricane season

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe probability of Georgia being directly hit by a hurricane in any given year is low. Regardless, Georgians should prepare just in case. Because when one does hit, it will be devastating, says the state’s climatologist. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June1 and runs to November 30. But tropical systems and the bad weather that comes with them can hit outside of the official season, said David Stooksbury, climatologist and associate professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Get a weather radioThe No. 1 way to stay informed of threatening weather is to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio. A NOAA weather radio sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure you buy one with the Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties. “You can buy NOAA weather radios at most electronic stores and even some grocery stores,” Stooksbury said. Prepare a survival kitAll Georgians should prepare for stormy weather by assembling an all-hazards kit. As seen with hurricane Katrina, it may take days for help to arrive after a natural or man-made disaster. So, prepare a kit with supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for three to seven days without electricity and clean running water. The most critical supply is at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days. More water is needed for cooking and hygiene.Besides water, an all-hazards kit should include nonperishable foods, a hand can opener, first-aid kit, important papers, battery-powered radio, NOAA weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A detailed list of recommended contents for an all-hazards kit is available at http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html. Purchase flood insuranceIt is not only important to have an all-hazards kit, many Georgian’s should look into buying flood insurance, too. “The entire state is vulnerable to impacts from tropical systems,” he said. “While storm surge along the coast and wind damage receive the most attention, inland flooding is a concern statewide, from the coastal plain to the mountains.” Most homeowner insurance policies don’t include flood damage, so it is necessary to purchase an additional policy just to cover these damages. But most policies are fairly inexpensive. Just be sure to purchase a policy at least 30 days before you need it, so it has time to take effect. “Almost any place in south Georgia has a possibility of flooding,” he said. “As we’ve seen this year, heavy rains can flood the lowland piedmont region and cause significant damage.” Don’t forget tornadoesWhile hurricane season is starting, tornado season hasn’t really ended. “Tornadoes are always a risk in Georgia,” Stooksbury said. “While they are more common in the spring and fall, they can occur at any time.” In the event of a tornado, seek shelter in a sturdy building. The lowest level away from windows is the safest place, he said. If one isn’t around, lie down in a ditch or low spot where cars or trees won’t blow on top of you. Don’t stay in a car. “Regardless of where you seek shelter, protect your body, especially your head and neck, from flying debris,” he said. “Use pillows, blankets, coats or whatever you can find to protect yourself.”last_img read more

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Tayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community Affairs

first_imgTayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community AffairsMONTPELIER, Vt. A longtime advocate for the home construction industry has been named the new Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs.Tayt Brooks takes over the second slot at the department following the departure of interim commissioner Molly Dugan, who left earlier this fall to take a position with Cathedral Square Corporation.”I’m very pleased to have Tayt join our team at this time,” said Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn, whose agency includes DHCA. “His knowledge of housing issues and familiarity with many of the stakeholders in this arena will be invaluable as we work to address Vermonts housing challenges.”Dorn cited Brooks’ experience working with the Legislature during the consideration of both the Growth Centers and New Neighborhoods bills. DHCA has the responsibility for administering both of these important programs.Brooks, 33, was born and raised in St. Albans and after graduating from Bellows Free Academy in 1993, he enrolled at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he earned a B.A. in history with a Canadian studies minor.Since June Brooks has served as Executive Director for the Vermont Republican Party. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders’ & Remodelers’ Association of Northern Vermont.The move comes a week after the administration of Gov. Jim Douglas announced its intention to merge the Departments of Economic Development and Housing and Community Affairs, and that Betsy Bishop, currently Douglas’ Deputy Chief of Staff, would be appointed Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.Bishop is slated to lead the initiative to merge the two departments into the new Department of Economic and Community Development, a move that will result in the elimination of one commissioners position and a roughly $100,000 savings.More at: www.dca.state.vt.us(link is external)###last_img read more

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