first_imgSmee & Ford to continue bequest notification service for at least 12 months “Ensuring the continuity of a reliable Wills notification service is an absolute priority for the charity sector, so we would like to thank HMCTS for their collaborative approach to resolving this matter.“The Will-writing environment is rapidly changing, which presents huge challenges and opportunities for good causes who rely on the public’s generosity of gifts in Wills. We look forward to continuing to work together with HMCTS and across government to ensure that any longer-term arrangements will build on these foundations and better support the needs of smaller charities and a wider range of causes.”  524 total views,  5 views today Tagged with: legacies Melanie May | 4 July 2019 | News  525 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11center_img Smee & Ford will continue to provide legacy notifications to charities for at least the next 12 months, it has been agreed with the HM Courts & Tribunal Services, until new, long-term arrangements can be put in place.The government announced in January that it was terminating its existing arrangement with Smee & Ford. Since then, it has been working with the Institute of Legacy Management and other organisations on ensuring a smooth transition and workable interim arrangement.While Smee & Ford will continue to provide the service for now, changes introduced by HMCTS will mean a fee increase. HMCTS has today (4 July) published an open letter from CEO Susan Acland-Hood, explaining that the Lord Chancellor has decided to amend a number of fees, including probate copy fees. These changes are due to come into force on 22 July 2019, and will mean that while the cost to anyone applying for a copy of an individual Will or grant will reduce as a result, Smee & Ford’s operating costs will increase from August as they will be obliged to pay the statutory fee for all Wills and grants.According to the letter charities will be asked to pay more for each notification received but the service will then also include of a copy of the relevant Will itself.In a statement, Smee & Ford said:“Whilst the charges for English and Welsh named notifications will increase as a result of higher operating costs, we have endeavoured to keep these as low as possible whilst at the same time improving the service by providing copies of English and Welsh Wills alongside the charitable notifications, thus enhancing the information available to charities at the earliest opportunity. These changes will take effect in August.“Over the past six months of uncertainty we have been encouraged by the strength of feeling about the service from the sector and the fantastic support from charities who value our work. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide a forum setting for charities to come together with us to discuss future improvements and how we can enable best practice with regards to legacy notifications and we are delighted to be able to continue to play our part in assisting charities to secure charitable gifts to fund their future work.”HMCTS is to continue to work with the charity sector and others to design longer-term arrangements to support legacy notification. This will include a workshop with charity representatives from the steering group on this issue later this month.Responding to the announcement, Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is embarking on an RV tour focused on hearing from farmers about the next Farm Bill. Perdue kicks off the “Back to Our Roots” RV tour on Thursday. This is the first of two RV tours that the Secretary will make this summer. The first tour will feature stops in five states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Along the way, Perdue will meet with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees,  and others, according to USDA. Secretary Perdue, in a statement, says the tour will allow USDA to hear directly from people in agriculture across the country, as well as from consumers.The Secretary will arrive in Indiana on Tuesday, August 8. His first stop will be the Indianapolis Colts training facility on the west side of Indianapolis.  Here he will participate in an event promoting USDA’s role in the NFL’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” program with retired football great and NFL Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk. Then he will attend the Indiana State Fair where he will meet with Governor Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron, and a select group of farm leaders. Previous articleCo-op Merger On TrackNext articleJuly Ag Sentiment Barometer Takes Big Jump Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Perdue to Visit Indiana on Farm Bill Listening Tour Home Indiana Agriculture News Perdue to Visit Indiana on Farm Bill Listening Tour SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 1, 2017 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Shadefest Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> From August 9th through 11th, Shadefest, the beloved independent jam-focused music festival, will celebrate its fourth year. The intimate, multi-night camping event tapped a number of fan favorites from the jam scene and beyond for their particularly impressive lineup. With the festival’s expansion to a new home in West Virginia, fans can expect the same community Shadefest has fostered over the years—one made possible through a grassroots effort and the event’s independent nature, which eschews larger corporate, cookie-cutter festivals in favor of building a collaborative entity among attendees and musicians.Heading the lineup is TAUK, the hard-hitting instrumental funk-rock fusion quartet out of New York City. Another staple on the scene, Consider The Source, will offer up a rare “intimate hybrid acoustic” set. Rounding out the top of the bill is The Southern Belles, the quickly rising Richmond-based quartet known for their psychedelic Southern rock-inspired tunes. Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s self-proclaimed purveyors of “Joyfunk,” CBDB, will also be on hand, in addition to Greensboro, North Carolina’s high-octane jam darlings, The Mantras, who have a special Beastie Boys tribute planned for the festival.Shadefest has always prided itself on being a premier independent music festival of the Mid-Atlantic. Each year, the festival curates an attractive lineup focused on jams and improvisation, mixing well-loved nationally touring artists with a diverse range of local and regional up-and-comers. Two fan-favorite acts reppin’ the hometown team high up on the bill are Washington DC’s Of Tomorrow and Charlottesville’s Kendall Street Company, both of which are known for their high-energy performances and tight-laced improvisations. Shadefest has also tapped a number of quickly rising bands like Goose, South Hill Banks, Zen, Toxic Moxie, and more, plus Of Tomorrow’s Mike Candela and Richmond’s stunning songstress, Anneliese Grant, will be on hand to sit-in and lend their fiery musical talents to a number of performances across the weekend as artists-at-large.Along with a lineup that continues to push Shadefest into the future, in 2018, the festival is moving to a new home at the Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins, WV. After three successful years in Avenue, Maryland, Shadefest has outgrown its former venue. Pegasus Farm—which some fans may know as the former host of the beloved, now-defunct music festival, Camp Barefoot—will allow Shadefest to continue increasing attendance and add an additional stage while still remaining accessible to its fervent Mid-Atlantic fan base.As Gordon Hughes, the festival’s organizer, explained,After three beautiful years in southern Maryland, we’re excited to bring the warmth and love of Shadefest Music Festival to Pegasus Farm, a historic venue that has hosted a variety of music festivals, and which shares our values of respect for the community and love of music. We are also excited to host a “local showcase” full of acts from around West Virginia on opening night of the festival. The festival moves to its new home at Elkins, West Virginia’s Pegasus Farm Campground this summer from August 9th to 11th. Check out Shadefest’s full lineup below. Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss out on this fan-favorite festival! Furthermore, the event has a partnership with the Richmond SPCA, meaning that a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the well-established, no-kill animal shelter.Tickets for Shadefest are available now and can be purchased here. For more information, head to the Shadefest’s website or follow the festival’s Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgThe World Cup will finally get underway on Thursday afternoon with Russia set to face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The game will be live on Joy 99.7 FM, with buildup from 2.45pm. Kickoff 3pm.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts, have been handed a favorable draw, with Group A consisting of Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia qualified for its fifth World Cup as runner-up in Group B, finishing behind Japan but ahead of Australia on goal difference (although the Aussies did eventually qualify via the playoffs). Both sides will fancy their chances of securing an early and vital three points on Thursday, in the first encounter between the two nations. Recent Form Recorded last six gamesRussia: DLLLLLRussia heads into the tournament on the back of an awful run of form, having won just five of their last 26 games. The Russian Football Union had organised two pre-World Cup friendlies against Austria and Turkey in the hope that victories against either side would instil some confidence ahead of the tournament, but the Sbornaya fell to defeat against Austria and could only draw with Turkey. Saudi Arabia: LLLWWLSaudi Arabia’s recent form – or lack of it – may not look too dissimilar from their opponents, but the Green Falcons have showcased some impressive performances of late, most notably against Germany in their final World Cup friendly last Friday.  Unlike Russia, they’ve had the advantage of playing in competitive games. They recorded six wins and three losses from their 10 games in Group B, scoring 17 goals (the most along with Japan) and conceding 10 in the process.  Interesting FactThe hosts are the lowest FIFA ranked team heading into the tournament.Saudi Arabia were the lowest ranked team to qualify for the tournament, although they are now ranked 67th, three places above Russia. Team News Stanislav Cherchesov will be without two of his preferred centre backs in Georgy Dzhikiya, who tore his knee ligament in January, and Viktor Vasin, who suffered the same injury whilst playing for CSKA Moscow in February. Zenit St. Petersburg forward Alexander Kokorin will also be missing from Russia’s squad after he too tore a knee ligament back in March.*Joy Sports’ Russia team profileJoy Sports’ Saudi Arabia team profile *Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

first_imgNA Technical Institute assaultThe Guyana Police Force has launched an investigation into a violent attack that occurred on several students of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute by one of their colleagues.Commander of B Division (Berbice), Paul Langevine told Guyana Times on Wednesday that one of the victims’ parents filed a report with Police in Berbice and a probe into the matter has been launched. He further noted that upon completion of the investigation the necessary actions will be taken.NA Technical Institute assault“I know a report was made, a parent came with their child. The report was made and the necessary actions will be taken,” Langevine said.Outraged ensued on social media on Tuesday when the video showing the beating went viral.In the video, the teen is seen taking off his belt and using it to inflict blows which were mostly targeted. The video angered many who viewed it and calls for the Police to arrest the student have been made. The student is also seen slapping one of the other students in a classroom. In a statement to the media on Tuesday, the Education Ministry said the investigation was launched after the video emerged on social media.However, sources at the school told Guyana Times that the incident occurred on Monday.B Division Commander Paul LangevineWhen the mother of the aggressor was contacted by this publication, she initially refused to give any comment on the matter. She however denied making any social media post justifying her son’s actions, adding that she is making efforts to reach out to the parents of the victims.Since the emergence of the video, social activists and religious leaders have condemned the act, calling for a heavy penalty against the student to discourage others from such violent behaviour.last_img read more

first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks laterRED-faced Portugese police officials are insisting they have not launched a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – but have now promised to help English police trace and interview more than 30 ‘persons of interest’ in the case.No detectives involved in the original investigation into her disappearance on the Algarve in May 2007 will be taking part in the new probe.The ‘persons of interest’ were named in a document put together by Scotland Yard as part of a review of the case. With Maddie’s father Gerry having strong links to Donegal, there is considerable interest here in the case.Madeleine visited the county with her family just weeks before she disappeared.Recently a taxi driver in Portugal came forward to claim that he had told police he had seen Maddie with a couple in his taxi on the night of the disappearance.He is among those who will now be interviewed properly. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the UK police review of the case has said he believes Madeleine is still alive. PORTUGESE POLICE PROMISE NEW MADELEINE McCANN ‘PROBE’ was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Algarvedonegalmadeleine mccannportugallast_img read more

first_imgQPR have had an offer for James Perch accepted by Wigan.The 29-year-old is expected to move to Loftus Road in the next 48 hours after the two clubs agreed a fee.Meanwhile, Steven Caulker has moved on a season-long loan to Southampton, who paid a £1.5m loan fee.And the R’s are giving a trial to former Reading goalkeeper Jonathan Henly.Romeu scored against AldershotChelsea are assessing Diego Costa’s latest hamstring problem following their pre-season friendly against Barcelona.Costa appeared to be in some discomfort when he was substituted during the second half of the game in Washington DC.Chelsea’s Under-21 side have also been in action – Oriol Romeu scored one of the goals in a 5-1 win at Aldershot.And in cricket, Middlesex were edged out by Lancashire despite strong performances from James Harris and debutant Junaid Khan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East gunner Alvin Pasaol will be a marked man as La Salle tries to stretch its winning run against the resurgent Red Warriors on Wednesday, while Adamson seeks to get back on track in UAAP Season 80 at Mall of Asia Arena.Pasaol exploded for a season-high 49 points the last time the two squads meet and UE coach Derrick Pumaren expects the Green Archers to pay extra attention on his prized forward when they collide at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Letran coach Napa looks ahead to next season, targets title Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “I’m sure they will work on trying to stop Alvin (Pasaol),” said Pumaren, whose team has won three of its last four games, including a 73-64 triumph over University of the Philippines on Sunday.“Probably they’re thinking that if they stop Alvin, they’ll stop UE. I’m sure there’s a lot of pride at stake because he got his record of 49. We’re expecting (Ben) Mbala to defend him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Falcons hope to gain some separation from three other teams in the Final Four race as they clash with the winless University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m.With a 6-4 record, the Falcons are in solo third, but Far Eastern U, UP and National U are hot on in their heels just a game behind.With a Final Four already out of reach, the Tigers are looking for a strong finish to the season. Mbala has been largely credited for neutralizing the league’s best scorers, including Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines. But while Pasaol’s explosion has sparked UE’s turnaround in the past three weeks, the Warriors have been getting solid contributions from across the squad to stay in contention in the Final Four race.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it, then we still have a shot,” said Pumaren. “We just have to stay positive with what’s going on. We just have to keep playing as one unit.”The Archers have won back-to-back games to start the second round—against Final Four contenders Adamson and Far Eastern U.With Mbala cooling off after a strong start to the season, Ricci Rivero and Santi Santillan stepped up to power the Archers past the Falcons, 80-74, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino admits Tottenham gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Tottenham gave up in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich.Spurs let in three goals in the last 10 minutes to cap off a terrible night at home.”The feeling at the end, when we conceded the three goals, it was like the team was tired and gave up a little bit,” Pochettino said. “Maybe that showed a little bit our frustration in the game because up until 83 minutes the team were alive, we were fighting, trying to create chances to score a third goal and we were still in the game. But they were very clinical.”Of course we are so disappointed. I cannot say another thing other than I feel very very disappointed. I feel so bad because when you concede seven goals it is tough, but you need to face up to this type of situation.”When you play the final of the Champions League, it was nice to put your face up after the wins we had at Manchester City and Ajax. Now I have to put my same face up and accept we were not as good as we expected.” last_img read more