The new services will be designed for “charities of all sizes that want to receive online donations from the public,” say Poptel, “and currently have a merchant ID.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital 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. Poptel develop online donation tools Howard Lake | 31 October 2000 | News Co-operative Internet Service Provider Poptel has announced that it is developing a “new range of online fundraising tools” for charities.Poptel is working with The Co-operative Bank, Amnesty International UK, Christian Aid and NCH Action for Children to create these tools which will include a “secure payment hub.”The ISP is keen to offer charities the opportunity to receive online donations from overseas as well as the UK. Advertisement
by: Brian DayWorldwide more than 500 million people use Facebook Messenger, an instant messaging service and software app. Facebook recently announced Messenger users now have the option of using the app to make person-to-person (P2P) payments. Messenger Pay will allow individuals to connect a debit card (only MasterCard or Visa debit cards issued from a U.S. financial institution) to the app and tap a “$” button to send friends money via iOS, Android and desktop. Credit cards, prepaid debit cards and PayPal aren’t supported at this time.The social media giant has experience in payments, as it processes more than 1 million payments daily through ads and games platforms. The network has experimented with e-commerce in the past, through the use of a “buy” button for purchasing items directly on its site. Regarding Messenger Pay security questions, Facebook reports payment information and transactions will be encrypted, and Messenger Pay will receive additional anti-fraud monitoring and control. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
nick saban press conference sec media daysWednesday morning, Alabama head coach Nick Saban raised a few eyebrows at SEC Media Days when he mentioned that NFL Draft grades, which are delivered on December 15, might have caused some of his players to play “not to get hurt” during his team’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State. The comments were perceived by many, including ESPN’s Danny Kanell, as an excuse for his team’s loss. Saban doesn’t appear to agree.This afternoon, Saban joined Paul Finebaum and defended his statement, clarifying that he wasn’t making an excuse for his team losing the game. He wasn’t thrilled with the whole situation.Glad Finebaum asked Saban to address whether this draft distraction thing was an excuse. Saban accepted blame for the loss. Clears that up.— David Ching (@ESPNChing) July 15, 2015Saban: “It wasn’t an excuse at all for losing to Ohio State. There’s no excuse.”— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 15, 2015Saban: “It kind of surprises me that somebody in the media would take it that way when you make a suggestion that would make things better.”— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 15, 2015Whether Saban meant to sound like he was making an excuse or not, that’s the way it came across to many. That being said, he does make a decent point – when players see how much money they can make if they stay healthy, they are naturally more incentivized to preserve themselves. Whether it’s ethically right to move the day back is up for debate.
MARACAY, Venezuela – Kellogg Co. closed operations in Venezuela and laid off 300 workers Tuesday at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation.The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said in a statement that it ceased operations as a result of the “current economic and social deterioration” in Venezuela.The move drew an angry rebuke from socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who accused the company of trying to sabotage his chances of getting re-elected in Sunday’s presidential vote. He said he had ordered the company’s plant in the central city of Maracay to be turned over to Kellogg’s workers so they can continue to produce cereals.“Why are they doing it today? Because we are four days away from elections and they think it will spook the people,” Maduro said at a campaign rally, adding that he would seek the international arrest of the owners of Kellogg’s Venezuelan subsidiary. “Imperialists! Oligarchs! Nobody can scare our people.”Workers arriving Tuesday for the early shift at Kellogg’s factory in Maracay were surprised to find a notice taped to an iron gate informing them the company had been forced to shutter the plant. As news of the layoffs spread, Venezuela’s labour minister showed up to speak with the workers.The factory, with a giant figure of Tony the Tiger lording over the entrance, produces 75 per cent of the breakfast cereals consumed by Venezuelans, according to the company’s website. A spokeswoman for Kellogg’s said its market share was lower than 75 per cent but declined to say by how much.Omar Rodriguez, who had spent 26 years working at Kellogg’s, said he didn’t know how he would feed his three children without his job.“It’s going to be a tough blow,” Rodriguez said, expressing anger that the company had decided to let go of its workforce in such an impersonal manner. “What am I going to bring home? Nothing.”The company said it looks forward to resuming operations once conditions improve. The company has been producing cereal in Venezuela since 1961 and the market had at one point been its biggest in Latin America after Mexico, although in 2016 it deconsolidated its Venezuela business from the company’s overall earnings results.Kellogg’s joins multinationals including Bridgestone, Kimberly-Clark and General Mills that have closed or reduced operations in Venezuela amid hyperinflation, shortages and a recession deeper than the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested for beating up a youth to death at Kalighat. The son and father duo has identified as Kanai Patra and Bapi Patra.According to sources, Bapi was arrested earlier. But later from his statement and local witnesses police came to know that Kanai was the prime accused. He had badly beaten up Sankar Mondal (25). Kanai confessed to crime on Sunday morning. Police came to know that a few persons had threatened Mondal on Sunday and in the next morning his body was found. Police also came to know from local witnesses that a few local residents tied Mondal to a tree and asked him to return a mobile phone. A source of police identified Kanai from the CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMondal was beaten around 2:30 am on Saturday night. He was tied to a tree and assaulted by more than one person. Some locals informed the police about it. Sleuths found the CCTV footage but it was not clear enough to identify any person, sleuths are trying to find who were present there at that point time. Some locals alleged that he was being beaten for allegedly stealing a mobile phone. But no mobile phone was found on Saturday night when Mondal was beaten up.
The barrel of the gun was pointed at Dawood Ibrahim’s heart. The gunman had been training his focus for a long time. He was waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger. The gunman had only one chance. If the bullet missed the target, the man at the other end would certainly gift him a not-so-exquisite death. The man pointing the muzzle at Dawood had been sent by his arch-rivals from the underworld. The gunman was accompanied by his cronies, who were huge, hefty men called the Pathans, with Peshawari and Afghan ancestry. Since the1950s, the Pathans, known for their moneylending habits, had taken to crime. Cousins Amirzada and Alamzeb wanted Dawood dead. The man was a menace. An audacious chit of a boy, he challenged the Pathan hegemony, and since the time he had emerged in the area as a small-time criminal, was proving to be a headache for the Pathans. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalIn the 1970s, the turf war among the mob generally ended with some serious skirmishes. But the Pathans were so furious with the tenacious Dawood Ibrahim that they decided to investigate his sources of power. They found a nexus between local newspaper-owner and crime reporter Iqbal Natiq and Dawood. The two shared an amazing rapport, with Dawood invariably spending a couple of hours every day at Natiq’s office in BIT Blocks in Dongri. And Natiq’s newspaper—Raazdaar (The Confidante)—exposed the Pathans often, which brought the police to their doorstep. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceAs retribution, the Pathans killed Natiq brutally. Dawood and his brother Sabir Kaskar swore revenge. Their first target was Saeed Batla. They did not kill Batla, preferring, instead, to maim him and amputate his fingers, something unheard of in the Indian underworld in those times. Before they could proceed with such ‘special treatment’ for the other Pathans, the police picked them up. However, the Kaskar brothers managed to secure bail on attempt-to-murder charges. Upon receiving bail, as is routine in any police prosecution case, Sabir and Dawood were supposed to intermittently present themselves at the Nagpada police station in central Bombay (now Mumbai). They had to assure the cops that they were not up to any mischief and that they were miles away from any criminal activities. The slang for these routine police-station visits is haazari lagana (marking one’s attendance), where the accused meet the police inspector, answer a few questions and leave within a few minutes. Dawood preferred the formality of the official haazari to the cold walls of the prison and, of course, it helped that these visits ensured that the police did not land up at their house and complain to their father, Ibrahim Kaskar, who was also a cop. Kaskar senior was an absolute disciplinarian who was known to reserve his leather-belt treatment for the unbridled Dawood, his third child. On that cool afternoon in October 1980, a defenceless Dawood, along with Sabir, was the target. The Pathans—Amirzada and Alamzeb—knew that Dawood would not be carrying any weapons to the police station. They decided to take advantage of this particular visit to finish off Dawood, because under no other circumstances would they find him unarmed. But what they did not see coming was another Pathan, Khalid Khan, who shepherded Dawood to the police station that day. Built like a mountain, with a towering height of 6 feet 2 inches and a brawny physique, Khalid was very attached to the promising young Dawood. Earlier, Khalid had cut his teeth in crime with another don, a local strongman by the name of Bashu Dada. But that was long before Dawood endeared himself to him. Khalid was very protective of Dawood, and that particular day his instincts told him that Dawood would be vulnerable and in a tight spot around the police station. He rationalized that since Nagpada was closer to Kamathipura and Tardeo, the stronghold of the Pathans, they might make a play for Dawood. Khalid cancelled all his engagements scheduled for that day and decided to follow Dawood to the police station. He also decided to escort him back to his headquarters at Musafir Khana, safe and unharmed. Since Khalid’s name was not in the First Information Report (FIR), he could safely accompany Dawood and also carry a weapon on the sly. The cops would not frisk him for weapons, he surmised. After Dawood and Sabir signed their attendance and completed other formalities, they saluted the cops—there was a lot of respect for the uniform; it came from their father—and were on their way towards the exit. They were oblivious to the face of death staring at them from the opposite building and were nonchalantly walking out unaware that their lives would irrevocably change after a few minutes. What transpired in the next few minutes, however, changed Dawood forever, making him invincible. Khalid, who was extremely alert and looking around, scanning the perimeter, eyes darting like a panther after its prey, suddenly sensed the movement even before he saw the gun. He spotted the barrel of the gun, held by a man at the ground-floor window of Memnani Mansion next door. Khalid knew the man wanted Dawood first, not Khalid or Sabir. In that split second, both the gunman and Khalid acted swiftly. The gunman pulled the trigger and a bullet flew out, whizzing towards Dawood.’Dawood, hato!’ Khalid screamed.Khalid moved with amazing speed and, before the bullet could complete its trajectory, he managed to push Dawood aside and, in the same moment, whipped out his revolver hidden in the small of his back. Amirzada’s bullet, which was meant for Dawood’s heart, grazed Khalid’s left arm. Khalid began firing at the gunman. Amirzada, who was firing at Dawood, was oblivious to Khalid and Sabir. He had to kill Dawood and kept firing at him. By the time he realized that Khalid had retaliated, he had already been hit below the hip and the bullet got lodged in the flesh. His crony, Alamzeb, saw the blood gushing out and realized that their game was up. In the meanwhile, Dawood and Sabir, not ones to cower and hide, went straight for the shooter. The brothers charged towards the building, Khalid close behind them. Memnani Mansion, an old V-shaped building located at the cusp of Nagpada Junction, is renowned for the world-famous Irani hotel Sarvi, located on its ground floor. (The establishment is over ninety years old and serves the best seekh-kebab rotis in the city.) The exchange of bullets right outside their compound alerted the Nagpada police as well, and the men rushed out to find out the source of the gunfire. Amirzada and Alamzeb, who, by now, knew they were outnumbered and outsmarted, ran for their lives. A team of police officers yelled, ‘Udhar Sarvi ke aage nikle hain, dekho’ (Look, they are running towards Sarvi). Coming back to October 1980, the Pathans were now running berserk in this melee, violently shoving people aside and brandishing a gun and chopper. They knew that if they didn’t escape today, it would be the last day of their lives. Just a few feet away, a furious Dawood, Sabir and Khalid were closing in on them. Occasionally the Pathans turned and fired at the chasing trio, and Khalid returned the fire from his own revolver without breaking his rapid strides. Even as these goons were chasing each other, a few uniformed cops were spiritedly following them in hot pursuit. The bystanders watched in astonishment, perplexed. People later said that they thought they were witnessing some scene from a film shooting, and the crowd was trying to spot some film star among all the extras. After all, 1980 was the year which witnessed the maximum number of action blockbusters, including multistarrers like Shaan, Qurbani, Dostana, among others. It was easy to believe that what the people saw on the busy street could be an enactment of an action scene for some forthcoming movie. (Honestly, it might have been difficult for films of the time to capture such a high-octane chase sequence.) It never occurred to them that the men were actual gangsters shooting with real guns and that the underworld’s gang wars had spilled on to the streets, a sign of the times to come. An officer from the Nagpada police station later recounted that by the time they reached the turn for Alexandra Cinema, the Pathans had halted a cab, Alamzeb pushed a limping Amirzada into it, and escaped from the spot. They were terrified of Khalid, who would never have hesitated to empty his gun in to them. Dawood and company gave chase till Cafe Andaz, an Irani joint behind Alexandra Cinema, and stopped in front of the A to Z Tailor shop. Ali Akbar Seth, the owner of the Irani hotel, and the masterji (tailor) could never forget the famous chase in their area and often recounted the whole incident with flourish. Just beyond the Irani hotel lay the brothels of Kamathipura. Dawood, Sabir and Khalid gave up the chase and walked back and met the police party, which had already stopped opposite Maharashtra College and was trying to disperse curious onlookers. The students had come out on the road after hearing the gunfire and saw the police team and gangsters in the middle of an animated discussion, punctuated by the aggressive waving of hands and a generous use of cuss words. The whole episode was over within a matter of minutes, but remained etched in the minds of the Nagpada residents, shopkeepers and visitors. It was the first time that Khalid had saved Dawood’s life and taken a bullet for him. Khalid’s presence of mind, courage and agility had saved Dawood from certain death. This was the first such attempt from the Pathans on Dawood’s life, which was only averted because of one man’s daring. Much later, people realized that Dawood owed his life to Khalid not only that day but, subsequently, on several other occasions as well. In fact, Dawood’s rise to power could be pointedly attributed to Khalid. Khalid Khan, alias Khalid Pehelwan (meaning ‘wrestler’), scripted Dawood’s story and pushed him to do bigger things. Khalid Pehelwan made Dawood the numero uno mafia mobster of India. (Excerpted with permission from Dawood’s Mentor; written by S Hussain Zaidi; published by Penguin. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘The Pathan Threat’.)
New Delhi: A GoAir plane, carrying 151 passengers, to the national capital was diverted to Nagpur due to a “technical glitch” in the pressurisation system, according to the airline. The A320 ceo aircraft was flying from Bengaluru Friday. In a statement, the airline said flight G8-7001 was diverted to Nagpur after the pilot “suspected a technical glitch on the pressurisation system” and that the aircraft had a normal landing. The airline also said the 151 passengers were provided with refreshments, dinner and options for accommodating on alternate GoAir flights or full refund.
Whether Michigan State junior running back Le’Veon Bell will be a contender for this year’s Heisman Trophy remains to be seen, but Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has already compared Bell to a former Wisconsin running back who won the award in 1999. “(Bell) reminds me of Ron Dayne, even a little more athletic,” Meyer said. “Extremely strong, powerful guy, and times up his blocks very well, and runs through tackles, and then we see the athleticism that usually people that size don’t have.” Bell, a native of Columbus who played high school football at Groveport Madison High School, will be starting at running back for the No. 20 Spartans when they play his hometown No. 14 Buckeyes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. OSU’s defense is tied 34th nationally in rushing defense with 117.5 yards allowed per game, but it could be facing its toughest test on Saturday in Bell. Bell, a 6-foot-2, 244-pound running back, ranks second among all Football Bowl Subdivision running backs with 610 rushing yards through his first four games of the season, and is coming off of a career-best 253-yard rushing game in a victory against Eastern Michigan last Saturday. OSU co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said the skill set that has made Bell so productive this season. “He’s a patient runner. He does a nice job of setting up blocks within their offense in the power game, and I think he does a nice job of cutting back,” Withers said. “He knows where the soft spots in the defense (are), he knows when to take it on the edge. He does a nice job with a stiff arm out on the edge. He will lower his shoulder inside. He’s built for an I-back inside runner, and I think it fits what they’re trying to do offensively.” The worst day for OSU’s rushing defense thus far this year came on Sept. 15 versus California, which ran for 224 yards against the Buckeyes, 160 yards of which came from sophomore Brendan Bigelow on just four carries. Meyer said the Buckeyes cannot allow Bell, who has already gone for more than 200 yards in a single game twice this season, to do that again on Saturday. “If it turns into a 200-yard rushing day,” Meyer said, “then we’re going to lose the game.” Withers explained what the OSU defense must do to keep Bell’s rushing yards in check. “We’re going to have to make sure we keep him sideways and not let him go north and south,” Withers said. OSU redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson said that the key to tackling Bell, considering his combination of size and athleticism, is to “get him before he gets to you.” “You definitely want to get to him before he gets started because he’s real top-heavy, so you know he’s going to run downfield,” Johnson said. “He’s got good feet, so you just can’t chop at him, but you just got to make sure you’re going to get up there, you’re going to wrap him up.” As a sophomore in last year’s matchup with the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium, Bell only ran for 50 yards on 14 carries. At that point, however, Bell had only run for 217 yards through his first four games of the season, and was splitting carries with then-junior running back Edwin Baker. This season, with Baker having moved on to the NFL, Bell has become the Spartans’ workhorse at running back. Bell already has 117 carries this season, with no other running back having more than 15 attempts through the first four games. MSU coach Mark Dantonio said during the Spartans’ weekly press conference on Tuesday that Bell has progressed as a running back since last year’s matchup with the Buckeyes. “Where (Le’Veon’s) grown is as a complete football player,” Dantonio said. “He’s always been very, very good. But he’s gotten bigger, stronger.” OSU senior fullback Zach Boren, who said he tackled Bell in high school when he was playing on both sides of the ball for Pickerington High School Central, said Bell has “stayed true to himself from high school to college.” “In high school, they would feed him the ball 30 to 40 times a game, and that’s the same at Michigan State,” Boren said. “He’s a great player, he’s a powerful runner.” In addition to lining up at running back, Bell has also returned three punts for a total of 18 yards for the Spartans this season. Meyer said the fact that Bell has been used as a punt returner is a testament to his athleticism. “He might be the biggest punt returner in the history of college football,” Meyer said with a laugh.
Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Big Ten schedules for the next four seasons were released Tuesday, nearly completing Ohio State’s full schedules up to 2021. A pair of nonconference matchups in 2020 and 2021 remain the only two yet-to-be determined opponents for the Buckeyes.Ohio State will only play games on Saturdays for every game announced through 2027, unlike 2017 when Ohio State had opened up on the road against Indiana on a Thursday. And in 2021, Ohio State’s first game will be on the road against Big Ten opponent Minnesota, the team’s only scheduled conference matchup to start a season. Nebraska is scheduled to play Ohio State every year from last season’s matchup in Columbus and 2021, marking six straight seasons the two teams will match up against one another. Ohio State won last season’s game 62-3 and is scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 14.Ohio State also will play host to Iowa in 2020, which will be the Hawkeyes’ second visit to Columbus since 2013.Upcoming Schedules2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 – Oregon StateSept. 8 – RutgersSept. 15 – vs. TCU*Sept. 22 – Tulane Sept. 29 – at Penn StateOct. 6 – IndianaOct. 13 – MinnesotaOct. 20 – at PurdueOct. 27 – Off Nov. 3 – NebraskaNov. 10 – at Michigan StateNov. 17 – at MarylandNov. 24 – MichiganDec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game *AT&T Stadium; North Dallas 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 – Florida Atlantic Sept. 7 – Cincinnati Sept. 14 – at IndianaSept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) Sept. 28 – at NebraskaOct. 5 – Michigan StateOct. 12 – OffOct. 19 – at NorthwesternOct. 26 – WisconsinNov. 2 – Off Nov. 9 – MarylandNov. 16 – at RutgersNov. 23 – Penn StateNov. 30 – at MichiganDec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game2020 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 5 – Bowling Green Sept. 12 – at OregonSept. 19 – TBDSept. 26 – RutgersOct. 3 – OffOct. 10 – Iowa Oct. 17 – at Michigan StateOct. 24 – at Penn StateOct. 31 – NebraskaNov. 7 – Indiana Nov. 14 – at Maryland Nov. 21 – at Illinois Nov. 28 – Michigan2021 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 4 – at MinnesotaSept. 11 – Oregon Sept. 18 – Tulsa Sept. 25 – TBDOct. 2 – at NebraskaOct. 9 – PurdueOct. 16 – OffOct. 23 – at RutgersOct. 30 – Michigan StateNov. 6 – at IndianaNov. 13 – MarylandNov. 20 – Penn State Nov. 27 – at Michigan
Real Madrid are reportedly both keen on Napoli midfielder Piotr ZielinskiThe Poland international has also been linked with moves to both Manchester City and Liverpool, despite only recently signing a new long-term contract at Napoli.Zielinski is believed to have a new buy-out clause of €120m inserted into the deal.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Real have stepped up their interest in Zielinski after learning that both City and Liverpool have made contact.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Premier Leagues sides are both desperate to sign the 24-year-old and are determined to take the fight to Real for his services next summer.Zielinski joined Napoli from Udinese in the summer of 2016 and managed seven goals and three assists in 47 appearances across all competitions for the Italian giants last season.The versatile midfielder has also added six goals and eight assists for Poland in 37 games.