Tagged with: Law / policy Northern Ireland Raffles 206 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Howard Lake | 7 August 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 A sports club in Northern Ireland has been forced to cancel a major fundraising raffle to win a house following concerns over its legality.The draw offered a chance to win a three-bedroom home worth £150,000 and other prizes including a new Honda CRV vehicle, £10,000 in cash and a Mediterranean cruise.The raffle money was collected by specialist sports club fundraising company Klubfunder which has raised over £5 million for 700 clubs. A £100 fee was required to enter the raffle, with funds raised going towards extending playing fields and facilities at Mayobridge Gaelic Athletic Club (GAA).It is understood the competition was pulled because the prizes exceeded the maximum level permitted under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985. The competition, organised by Friends of Mayobridge GAC, had been running since October and was due to be drawn this month on August 17.The organisers, Friends of Mayobridge GAC, said it was “with huge regret that we need to inform you that our planned A1 House Draw is not going to proceed”. The club has offered to refund ticket holders.The PSNI confirmed to the BBC it had offered advice to Mayobridge GAC about their house draw without launching a formal investigation.“Our view was that this was a lottery competition with the result that it potentially breached a number of areas of the current legislation,” a spokesperson said.“This has again highlighted that this legislation does not reflect modern society or technology and is in urgent need of update.”The spokesperson added that they also met sporting organisations across Northern Ireland, including Sport NI, in recent months to advise about running lottery competitions. Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has also called for the reform of “restrictive and outdated” legislation that had placed Mayobridge GAC at risk of prosecution. Charity raffle falls foul of ‘outdated’ charity law 205 total views, 1 views today Advertisement Risk of possible prosecutionIf the draw had gone ahead, organisers could have been in breach of the order and faced possible prosecution. Rory McShane, solicitor for Mayobridge GAC, said the club was disappointed its fundraising efforts were “thwarted by legislation, which is totally outdated and not fit for purpose.”Mr McShane’s view was echoed by the governing body of the GAA which called on political representatives to make the reform of the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 an urgent priority as part of their ongoing programme for government negotiations.A spokesperson for the Department for Communities, which is responsible for charitable lotteries, said: “The Department recognises that the operation of a society lottery is an important means through which many charities, sporting clubs and other organisations raise funds.“The Department recommends that any organisation seeking to establish a lottery should seek legal advice before moving forward,” the spokesperson said.Neil Irwin, fundraising advisor and expert on charitable lotteries, said it is very unfortunate that Mayobridge GAC are unable to run a draw of this size in this way in Northern Ireland, especially considering the greater freedom in Britain.“It will be more galling for them to know the widespread scale of society lotteries in NI that also potentially break the law but run everyday,” Mr Irwin said.“We need the law to change urgently so hard working volunteers trying to keep their amateur clubs and charities going can use this fundraising tool to its fullest potential without the risk of investigation of prosecution,” he said. 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.
Organisation Receive email alerts News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en November 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Summary appeal hearing upholds blogger’s jail term News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison In yet another act of summary justice, a court in Dak Nong province took just 45 minutes today to confirm blogger Dinh Dang Dinh’s six-year jail sentence on appeal.Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the decision and calls on the international community to react quickly.“We urge Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, to condemn the latest sentences imposed on Vietnam’s cyber-dissidents and bloggers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If this crackdown continues, there will soon be no one left to criticize the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in this country.”During today’s hearing, which his wife and daughter were allowed to attend, Dinh insisted that he had “committed no crime” because he had just used his “right to freedom of expression, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”He also accused the police of pressuring him to sign a confession in February by telling him that he would thereby “secure a pardon and a reduced sentence.”_______________________11.20.2012: Court to begin hearing blogger Dinh Dang Dinh’s appealReporters Without Borders calls on the judicial authorities not to turn the blogger Dinh Dang Dinh’s appeal into the same kind of judicial farce as his original trial in August, when he was given a six-year jail sentence on a charge of anti-government propaganda. A court is due to being hearing Dinh’s appeal tomorrow.“We urge the court to overturn Dinh’s conviction and grant him an unconditional release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Using Article 88 to convict him was an abuse of the law. And his worrying state of health needs immediate treatment which Vietnam’s prisons are unable to provide.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Dinh has been mistreated by prison staff. Concerned about his health, his wife submitted a request for his hospitalization to the prison and police authorities. The request is all the more justified as prison officials often withhold medical treatment from political prisoners if they refuse to confess.A court in the central province of Dak Nong convicted Dinh on 10 August under Article 88-1 (c) of the criminal code in connection with articles he wrote about corrupt officials and about the bauxite mines operated by Chinese companies in Vietnam. His family could not afford a lawyer and the trial lasted just three hours,Many other cyber-dissidents and bloggers have received similar treatment. On 11 August, a Hanoi court sentenced the blogger Le Thanh Tung to five years in prison and four years of house arrest under Article 88.Nguyen Van Hai (who used the blog name of Dieu Cay) was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest. Ta Phong Tan, a female blogger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest. And Phan Thanh Hai (known by the blog name of Anh Ba Saigon), the only one to plead guilty, got 4 years in prison followed by three years of house arrest. Another blogger, Paulus Le Son, is also still detained.Because of its systematic use of cyber-censorship, Vietnam is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” It is currently also the world’s third biggest prison for netizens (after China and Iran), with at least 19 bloggers and cyber-dissidents currently detained. Help by sharing this information to go further News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Vietnam News April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific April 7, 2021 Find out more