first_imgAmmado put into liquidation with €3.8m of donations unaccounted for 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 Tagged with: Finance online fundraising sites  422 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis125 Global online donation platform Ammado was wound up this week after liquidators were called in following a High Court hearing in Dublin.According to the hearing, the Revenue Commissioners first petitioned to wind up the Dublin-based business last September. Myles Kirby of Kirby Healy accountants was last month appointed as liquidator of Pembroke Dynamic Internet Services, which previously traded as Ammado Internet Services.The court hearing came after the company failed to pay the Revenue around €400,000 of debt.Donations amounting to €3.8m made to charities through Ammado are also said to unaccounted for, as is Managing Director Peter Conlon although it is believed that he may be in custody in Switzerland.Charities Institute Ireland has opened an inquiry into the business and issued advice on 31 January, suggesting that any charities affected by the liquidation log into their accounts and take screengrabs showing money owed before the site is shut down.center_img Melanie May | 1 February 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis125 The Irish Red Cross has posted a statement on its website, assuring the public that their donations to the charity had not been affected. It said it became aware of issues at Ammado in April last year, when it stopped using the platform as a result:“The Irish Red Cross was made aware of issues at the fundraising service provider by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in April 2017. The IFRC and many of its national societies, including the Irish Red Cross, had been using the Ammado service since 2011, but last April the IFRC alerted all national societies of business conduct issues with the platform and advised all national societies to immediately suspend their use of Ammado.“The Irish Red Cross took immediate action and closed down its Ammado account. All monies raised for the Irish Red Cross on the Ammado platform had been collected prior to the closure of the account so there are no outstanding monies owed to the Irish Red Cross by Ammado.”Ammado launched in 2005 and offered online fundraising and donation services for both non-profits and companies, which could set up their own fundraising campaigns through the site to benefit one or many charities. According to its site, it facilitated donations in over 80 currencies, 20 payment methods and numerous languages, and worked with thousands of charities worldwide including Amnesty, Medicins sans Frontieres and UNICEF.With 2015’s Nepal earthquake for example, it helped both charities and companies launch appeals through its platform, raising millions from donors in 135 countries for Save the Children, Oxfam and Red Cross Red Crescent among others. It also offered additional services such as its donations cards, launched first for corporates and giving companies the opportunity to buy donation gift cards for employees or clients and in 2016, to engage young people with philanthropy through the Ammado Philanthropy Academy, which enabled people to buy donation gift cards for children who could choose from a selection of charities to give to.  421 total views,  3 views todaylast_img read more

first_imgAn Indiana youth center honored University President Fr. John Jenkins Wednesday as a role model making a significant difference in the lives of young people, according to a University press release. The Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center recognized Jenkins with its 2011 national Catalyst for Change Award at a ceremony and dinner Wednesday, the press release stated. “Wernle is a family-focused, child-centered agency that provides opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families — individually, interpersonally and socially — through caring programs and healing relationships,” the release stated. Located in Richmond, Ind., the center annually works with about 200 children and families from Indiana and Ohio. The Catalyst for Change Award recognizes national, region and local honorees, a philanthropist of the year and an alumnus each year. Jenkins, who is being recognized for his work as a University faculty member and administrator, delivered the keynote address Wednesday evening. “The recipients are positive role models for children, teens and adults dedicating their own lives to better the lives of youth, especially those at-risk,” the organization’s website stated. Wernle’s president and chief executive office is Darrell “Flash” Gordon, a member of the 1988 Irish national championship football team. According to the release, Gordon earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1988 and 1989, respectively. Other recipients of the award from the Notre Dame community include alumni Regis Philbin and Nicholas Sparks, as well as former Irish football coaches Lou Holtz and Charlie Weis.last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO, California (CMC) – Second-half goals from Romario Williams and Darren Mattocks propelled Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz to a comfortable 2-0 victory over fellow Caribbean side Curacao, to make a winning start to their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign here Sunday night.Playing at the Qualcomm Stadium, the 2015 Gold Cup finalists overcame a goalless first half to find the target in the 58th minute through Williams and in the 73rd courtesy Darren Mattocks.Jamaica lie second in Group C on three points behind leaders and defending champions Mexico who brushed aside El Salvador 3-1 in the other game.With the game going nowhere at the half-time whistle, Jamaica asserted their dominance on resumption resulting in Williams’ strike approaching the hour mark.Je-Vaughn Watson, who plays for New England Revolution in the MLS, produced some good work down the right to set up Williams whose volley from a sharp angle gave goalkeeper Eloy Room little chance.Custodian Andre Blake then preserved the Reggae Boyz’ lead, saving well from Gevaro Nepomuceno long range bombshell.The save proved vital as Jamaica doubled their lead 10 minutes later through Mattocks, who collected Kemar Lawrence’s cross in the box before firing a left-footed drive past Room.Jamaica will take on Mexico in their second fixture on Thursday at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, in a re-match of the 2015 Gold Cup final.last_img read more

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___3:15 p.m. On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic tries to remain unbeaten in 2020 when he plays Kyle Edmund. Djokovic is 24-0 this year, has won 18 of his last 19 matches in Grand Slam tournaments and is heavily favored to pick up his fourth U.S. Open title.The weather could play a factor, given the chance of rain, especially through early afternoon. Temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) are predicted.___More AP tennis: and Associated Press This is her first Grand Slam tournament.She will face No. 8 Petra Martic in the third round.___2:05 p.m.Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that his been her most elusive. September 2, 2020 Kvitova beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes Wednesday, overcoming her nervousness in the first set. This is her 14th U.S. Open. It’s the only Grand Slam tournament where she has failed to reach the semifinals. She reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. She has two Wimbledon titles.___1:05 p.m.Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016. The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round.The women’s bracket also had an upset Wednesday. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes. ___The second round of the U.S. Open is underway with a cloudy sky and a chance of rain at Flushing Meadows.Seventeenth-seeded Angelique Kerber is getting things started in the women’s bracket against Anna-Lena Friedsam, ranked No. 109 in the world. Former champion Naomi Osaka plays Wednesday night after a day off to rest a worrisome left hamstring. This is quite a comeback.No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory while leading 6-1, 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva in the second round of the U.S. Open — and lost.Mladenovic let that huge lead slip away, failing to convert four match points along the way, and eventually, Gracheva came all the way back to win 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0.Said Mladenovic: “She was brave and she went for it.”Gracheva is a Russian who is ranked 102nd and is a month past her 20th birthday. The Latest: Mladenovic blows 6-1, 5-1 lead in US Open losslast_img read more