News story: Make sure you know where your charity donations are going

first_img be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of or have no association with don’t click on links contained in emails – instead search online for your chosen charity to check you have the right web address and donate directly to them check there is a padlock symbol in the URL bar and that the web address starts with ‘https’ make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information and never share your pin number After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to the police; and if you think the collection is fraudulent report it to Action Fraud through their website or call them on 0300 123 2040. Safer giving online donation tipsApply the same checks online as you would in person, but also: If you think a collector does not have a licence – report it to the relevant Local Authority Licensing Team or the Metropolitan Police (if in Greater London). Also let the charity and Action Fraud know if you can If in any doubt, contact your favourite charity directly to find out how to make a donationcenter_img Giving to charity is a longstanding and important tradition, and the British public are generous when it comes to supporting charitable causes.Sadly, that generosity can sometimes be undermined by those who seek to intercept charitable funds for their own gain.We want to help donors know how to spot a genuine registered charity.By making simple checks part of the routine of donating, we can all become smarter and more conscious donors, and help promote public trust in the sector as a whole.Safer giving videoAdvice for the publicDo not be put off supporting the important work of charities, but make sure you are safely giving to genuine charity collectors by following our steps to safer giving: before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number on our register be more cautious about people collecting for general charitable causes, such as ‘it’s for local sick children’- make more enquiries about what exactly the money would be used for and by who when approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and that it is not damaged if in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity check a collector has a license to fundraise with the local authority or has the consent of the private site owner check that the charity follows the Fundraising Regulator’s guidance and Code of Fundraising Practice carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to find out whether they are from a genuine charity never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediatelylast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Casey Russell Talks Prince, Jazz Fest, & The Magic Beans

first_imgThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a staple the final week of April since 1970. Since its inception, the festival has expanded, with fans now treated to two jam-packed weekends of non-stop music and plenty of shows during the week between. The fun doesn’t stop when Jazz Fest’s main stages shut down at 7 pm; rather, Jazz Fest late-night parties serve as the main attraction for some people’s entire journeys down to New Orleans.Jazz Fest late nights are not just for the fans, instead, giving musicians a chance to collaborate and honor our most beloved heroes, both past and present. Almost exactly two years ago, America lost one of its greatest musical figures, Prince, the man in purple. It’s no easy feat to bring together a noteworthy cast of musicians to commemorate such a larger than life human, but Casey Russell from Magic Beans has done just that.To close out the final night of Jazz Fest, keyboardist Casey Russell has brought together an all-star band of funky players, including members of Prince’s band, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, and Mama Magnolia, to present a stacked tribute set to Prince dubbed the Purple Party. The late-night dance party on Sunday, May 6th, at the Maison on Frenchmen Street will immediately follow Joey Porter‘s tribute to Herbie Hancock. Fans are encouraged to come clad in purple.Live for Live Music’s Sam Berenson got a chance to sit down with musical director of the Purple Party, Casey Russell, for a chat about all things Prince, Jazz Fest, his musical roots, and more.Live for Live Music: The Purple Party is an extra-fitting event for you to be leading. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up.Casey Russell: I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, land of the purple funk, which also happens to be the home of Bob Dylan. Prince and Bob are two of the most influential musicians of all time. I grew up about five minutes from Loring Park, where Prince recorded the infamous Loring Park Sessions at the age of 19, and 15 minutes from his famous Paisley Park Studios. In Minneapolis, we show unconditional love for Prince. It’s an honor for me to be able to pay tribute to his music in such a capacity.L4LM: What significance has Prince played in your musical career?CR: His music has always been a huge inspiration. If you know me, you know I love funk. Prince’s inspirations were all the old school funk cats, like Sly and the Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, etc. He was able to expand upon their music, creating a sound of his own that would influence generations to follow. I’m a part of one of those generations. Prince has played a huge part in informing my decision on what’s funky or dope.Also, shout out to my dad, Jimmy Russell, who had the incredible opportunity to play with Prince in 1999 (and on the song “1999”) on New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis alongside George Clinton, Morris Day, and The New Power Generation. I was just a kid, but Prince has been on my radar ever since that night.The Magic Beans – Prince Tribute – Pittsburgh, PA – 9/20/2016[Video: Artpua]L4LM: What’s your favorite Prince album or era of Prince?CR: I’m all about the old-school funky records. A few of my favorite albums are For You, Dirty Mind, and the self-titled Prince album. We’ll be playing a bunch of tunes from those records. The Loring Park Sessions is right up there too, so we’ll be playing a few of those tunes as well. We’re even playing a hit by 94 East, one of Prince’s older bands in the late 70’s, named after an interstate that passes through Minneapolis.L4LM: Do you share any history with these fellow musicians partaking in the Purple Party?CR: I have played with Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Jeff Franca, Corey Frye, and Steve Watkins in Colorado a few times in the past. Megan Letts and Will Trask are my good friends and musical comrades. This will be my first time gigging with Sput, MonoNeon, Shira [Elias], Sammi [Garett], and the Snarky Horns. I’m very lucky to be a  part of such an incredible lineup!L4LM: What’s your favorite memory of New Orleans?CR: The first time I went to Jazz Fest. Magic Beans had a 10 p.m. gig at the Dragon’s Den just off Frenchman street. We finished the gig, and Joey Porter had put us all on the Motet guest list for the Motet show at the Maison at midnight. We had the best time ever! This was our first time at Jazz Fest and also our first time in New Orleans. We didn’t quite realize how late the party kept going. We were pleasantly surprised when our good friend who was going to Tulane at the time took us to the House of Blues at 2 a.m. to catch the New Mastersounds and then to the Maple Leaf to end the night with Johnny Vidacovich and company. We were getting very loose that night, but I will never forget it.L4LM: What does adding Mononeon of Prince’s live band add to this show?CR: Beyond having a member of the band who actually played with Prince for a time, it adds the funkiest bass-playing imaginable.L4LM: Changing gears, Magic Beans just released a new album, Casino Cabaret. How have things been going since your latest studio release?CR: Things in Magic Bean land have been great! We are very pumped on the album, and we’re gearing up for an East Coast tour right now, which will conclude with a date at the Fillmore in Philly supporting the Disco Biscuits on 4/20. Heady.L4LM: The current Magic Beans lineup has solidified over the past few years with the addition of bassist Chris Duffy, formerly of Dirty Paris. What are your goals as a band for 2018?Casey Russell: The same goal as every year: Try to take over the world!… Or at least play Red Rocks. We couldn’t be happier with Chris Duffy holding down the low-end!L4LM: Beanstalk Music Festival has a very special lineup this year. Are there any acts that you’re particularly excited to see?CR: Beanstalk is the best. I’m personally looking forward to Cory Wong. I just had the chance to see his band at Cervantes, and I also played with him the next night at the Dance Party Time Machine. He is one seriously talented individual. I think it will be a crowd favorite.L4LM: Who are three artists you’re listening to in your free time right now?CR: PHO from Minneapolis, Mama Magnolia, and The Runnikine, both from Colorado. Also, lots of Prince.If you’ll be in New Orleans For Jazz Fest, don’t miss Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince featuring members of The Main Squeeze, Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, and more at the Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

Russia: Reasons for Hope and Areas for Improvement

first_img At the sound of the final whistle against Mexico, the Russia players slumped to the floor, before picking themselves up again and heading over to the stands to acknowledge the support. There were still plenty of Russian flags being waved, as the team applauded the crowd despite exiting the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 at the group stage.The backing from the fans was probably the most pleasing outcome for the Russian national team. The Opening Match in Saint Petersburg drew over 50,000 to the stadium was followed by a sell-out in Moscow (42,759) and the Kazan Arena was almost at full capacity yesterday (41,585).However much criticism the Sbornaya received in some quarters, their fans were still prepared to go to games and cheer them on, even after a painful defeat to Mexico in a game that was panning out perfectly until the 30th minute.“We’ve tried to change how the fans view the team for the better and improve the atmosphere,” said Aleksandr Erokhin, who provided the assist for the opener against El Tri. “Of course, we should have picked up some results along the way as well. We’ll continue to work on that.“I thought we added something in every match. Psychologically we were very well prepared for these games. We left no stone unturned, but we just needed to take our chances and try to avoid any slip-ups, especially in a contest which was tantamount to a final for us. Minimising errors and scoring goals is what football is about.“We need to analyse everything, both individually and together as a team, in order to draw our conclusions and move forward. All our efforts must be directed on preparing in the best way possible for the World Cup.”Aleksandr Samedov, who scored Russia’s goal against Mexico, agreed with his team-mate: “Of course, these games weren’t in vain. This is a major tournament, held on home soil. I want to say a massive ‘thank-you’ to the fans for their amazing support and creating such a great atmosphere.“One positive is the way we built play, especially in the third match. It clearly didn’t work out completely for us, but there were some positive moments that will help the team move in the right direction. We created five or six good chances apart from the goal; it’s just a shame we didn’t manage to take at least one of them.”The squad returned to Moscow immediately after the game and are now on a short holiday ahead of arguably the most important season in Russian football history.“I’m not thinking about the World Cup just yet,” Samedov admitted to in conclusion, “because we’ve only just finished this big tournament. We’re disappointed but we’ll move on. There’s an important year ahead for the Russian national team. We need to draw the right conclusions and move in the right direction.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Austin Rivers wants you to hate him, it motivates him when you do

first_imgNot enough fans hate Austin Rivers yet. He’s patient. It will come.He went to Duke, the leading cause of hypertension in college basketball, because he’s so comfortable with contempt.He drove high school crowds up all four walls when he played at Winter Park (Fla.), It bothered him so much that he won four consecutive state titles.Now comes the final frontier: the NBA. “It would be weird,” Rivers said, “if people weren’t cheering against you. It would be boring. You want them to say crazy, bad things. That’s the way it’s always been, but it’s not personal. On the street, they always say, ‘Hey, man, I was just messing with you.’”Rivers messed with San Antonio in Game 4 of the Clippers’ first-round series. He burst for 16 points in 17 minutes, and L.A. tied a series 2-2 that it would win 4-3.Then Rivers went Vesuvian in Game 3 against Houston. He basically went one-against-the-world in a 15-point third quarter, and wound up with 25 points in 23 minutes, and suddenly Chris Paul didn’t have to push his hamstring into the red zone.He is averaging 14.4 points against Houston, but it’s his willingness to try hard shots in hot moments that makes you watch him. There’s a little Kobe Bryant there and a lot of Doc Rivers, his dad and coach. Stardom, and the quest for it, doesn’t scare him.Spencer Rivers is the youngest brother. He plays at UC Irvine. Jeremiah is the oldest. He played at Georgetown and Indiana and now works at Interscope Records. A sister, Callie, was an All-America volleyball player at Florida and works for Creative Artists Agency.There was a backyard court and at times it couldn’t contain Austin and Jeremiah, who was bigger and a better defender.“Those 1-on-1 games would last forever,” Spencer said. “Fouls, arguments, tense games. Austin had a hard time beating him. But I never beat Austin, and he never went at a slower pace.”“I think that helped me,” Austin said. “I had to figure out how to score on Jeremiah. Once I did and I got with my age group, it was like playing against little kids.”Austin savored every moment of his high school career. Spencer knew something was up when people began asking, “Are you Austin’s brother?” Before, they asked if he was Doc’s son.“One school found a newspaper story about Austin’s worst game and blew it up and handed out copies to everybody,” Spencer said. “Austin got 30 that night. They’d yell, ‘Where’s your daddy?,’ all that stuff. He would barely even hear it.”Austin was such a celebrity in high school that a mixtape producer named Ryan Curry followed him around his senior season.But he resented the easy conclusion that he was riding his dad’s coattails.“I was always Little Doc,” said Austin, who is named after Austin Carr, the Notre Dame and NBA star. “And in the sixth grade I was the worst player on the team. People said I was only on the team because of my name. That (ticked) me off, lit a fire under me.“I’d sneak out and work on my game at midnight. The neighbors would call and say, turn the lights off. I went from the worst player to the first guy off the bench to the best player on my ninth-grade team, and then it took off.“But after a while I said, ‘You know what? I’m proud of what my dad did.’ That’s what I tell Spencer. Accept it, be proud, do something so your kids will be proud of you.”Doc started 605 NBA games in 14 seasons, made an All-Star Game, and was among the league leaders in steals and assists. The father and son are equally glib, and both enjoy stirring the pot.When Austin committed to Duke and was asked about the North Carolina rivalry, he wondered how it could be a rivalry if the same team (Duke) kept winning. Then he drilled a buzzer-beater, with Doc in the seats, to win in Chapel Hill.“I trust my hard work, so why wouldn’t I be confident?” Austin said. “If there’s a move I’ve practiced a hundred million times, I’m going to be as confident as hell.”And the mixtapes?“The guy (Curry) has footage nobody’s ever seen,” Austin said. “But they do it now with everybody. Back then you had to actually do something to get that. I don’t watch anybody’s tape online anymore.”He heard the echo of his words and laughed.“I say back then,” Rivers said. “That was just four years ago.“Things change quickly.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more