SNW has now been dissolved by the Commission and ceased to exist when it was removed from the Register of Charities on 15 February 2019.Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement said: An inquiry report published today (21 February 2019) has found that the trustees of Save the Needy Worldwide (SNW) are responsible for a series of failings at their charity amounting to serious misconduct and/or mismanagement. The Commission has removed one trustee and has disqualified another as a result.The inquiry was prompted by proactive engagement by the Commission in 2015 to identify how the trustees of SNW were complying with their legal obligations given the charity was operating in high risk areas internationally. The charity’s objects were the relief of poverty and financial need, in particular for those affected by natural or other disasters overseas.The Commission also identified that one of the charity’s trustees had been a trustee of another charity, Worldwide Ummah Aid (WUA), which is subject to an ongoing statutory inquiry.However, in July 2016, the Commission was informed by Bedfordshire Police that a trustee of the charity had been stopped at Luton airport with £3,260, which was seized by the police under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Commission obtained further information about the charity’s finances and as a result of concerns opened an inquiry.In order to protect SNW’s funds, the Commission made an order to restrict transactions and payments made by SNW’s trustees. The order prohibited certain cash collections and the withdrawal of charitable funds in cash from the SNW’s bank accounts.The inquiry found that there was misconduct and/or mismanagement by all of the trustees in relation to the administration and management of SNW and that the charity’s property was placed at risk by the trustees who: failed to comply with the Commission’s Action Plan in June 2016; failed to comply with a legal direction to supply information to the Commission; placed the charity’s funds at risk and subsequently lost them as a result of the removed trustee’s conduct; were not sufficiently aware of the activities of the charity (on the part of SNW’s two other trustees) and thereby enabled the removed trustee’s misconduct and/or mismanagement; and could not fully account for the charity’s funds in accordance with charity law. The Commission’s Order under section 79(4) of the Act to remove a trustee, was challenged at the Tribunal; the appeal was dismissed and a copy of the judgement can be found here. The full report of the inquiry is available on GOV.UK.EndsNotes to Editors SNW was a charitable incorporated organisation and was dissolved by the Commission in accordance with the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolutions) Regulations 2012. Press office The public rightly expects trustees to respect the trust afforded to them as custodians of their charity, as well as the privileged legal status charities enjoy. Our inquiry found that the trustees of Save the Needy Worldwide were responsible for a series of failings at their charity amounting to serious misconduct and mismanagement. It’s therefore right that robust regulatory actions have been taken against those responsible. The charity has also been dissolved as a result of our action. The Commission strongly advises charities against the use of cash couriering as a method to transfer charitable cash due to the risks involved. The effects of a cash seizure include the charities’ beneficiaries losing out, an impact on the charities’ activities and the loss of donor money – including the permanent loss of funds. In this case these risks materialised and there was a loss to the charity. Email [email protected]commission.gov.uk Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787
The Revivalists will close out 2018 with their annual New Year’s Eve show on Monday, December 31st at Mardi Gras World in their hometown of New Orleans, LA. Joining the local octet will be fellow Crescent City special guests Tank and The Bangas. This one-night-only event, “The Other Side Of Paradise”, promises to pull out all the stops for one giant celebration.It’s certainly been a big year for The Revivalists, who released their brand new album, Take Good Care, via Loma Vista Recordings last month. The follow-up to 2015’s Men Amongst Mountains, the 14-track studio record features a fan-pleasing mix of recent live staples including “Got Love” and “You And I” as well as “All My Friends“—which has already hit “#1 at Triple A Radio” and “Top 10 and climbing at Alternative Radio”—and an exciting variety of new tunes worth digging into and spending your own time with.The Revivalists are certainly known for their contagious live energy, but it’s their craft of honest songwriting that sets them apart from the rest of the live music circuit. The band’s newest album beautifully showcases their evolution since they began in 2007, as well as their undeniable movement toward becoming a household name. With a sense of togetherness serving as the centerpiece to The Revivalists’ everlasting curiosity, the new album explodes with sonic complexity, celebration, and catharsis.Beyond their infectious music, The Revivalists are also known for their tight-knit community of followers that surrounds them. Affectionately known as “The RevHeads”, the band’s fan club is annually celebrated around New Year’s Eve with an exclusive performance. Last year’s RevHeads Ball featured the band performing on a ground-level, slightly elevated stage in the middle of the room. The special show saw the band welcome a select number of die-hard fans to surround them in all directions and participate in the 360-degree experience. The setting made for a memorable evening of acoustic favorites, sing-along anthems, and even some unrecorded tunes and rarities.The 2018 RevHeads Ball will similarly feature an intimate acoustic performance by The Revivalists, along with hors-d’oeuvres, drink specials, an exclusive NYE merch bundle, and VIP entrance to the New Year’s Eve celebration, but is currently sold out. While the main event is why we’re here, we can all still appreciate The Revivalists’ indisputable willingness to connect with their audience on a deeper level—a mission of theirs that’s always been very clear.The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”“All My Friends” – Live @ Red Rocks[Videos: The Revivalists]The 2018-2019 New Year’s Eve bash will also feature special guests Tank and The Bangas, the NOLA-based sensations that gained international attention after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017. Mixing R&B, soul, hip-hop, and spoken word, Tank and the Bangas are as original as they come. Out of 6,000 entrants on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, they were the chosen ones (unanimously, we might add)—and with great reason.Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans. Comprised of Norman Spence on bass and keyboard, Joshua Johnson on drums, Merell Burkett on keys, Nita Bailey on percussion, and Tarriona “Tank” Ball on lead vocals, the group’s original music has stood the test of time, even earning a 2014 OffBeat award for “Best Emerging Artist”.EXCLUSIVE: Tank of Tank and the Bangas Contemplates Inspiration, Poetry, And ConfidenceIn the two years since Tank And The Bangas won NPR’s contest, the band has released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” and “Spaceships” via a major label (Verve Forecast), embarked on an extensive co-headlining tour with Big Freedia (including a Red Rocks date earlier this summer), and continued to garner international recognition for their exceptionally unique musical gumbo.It’s no wonder Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, the judge for the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, called them “a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans.”Tank and The Bangas are a force to be reckoned with, and a live show not to be missed.Tank And The Bangas – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – 2017[Video: NPR Music]“Spaceships”[Video: Tank And The Bangas]With both The Revivalists and Tank and The Bangas sharing the stage, Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA is a fantastic place to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.Tickets to the upcoming New Year’s Eve bash are selling out quickly, but you can still click here to reserve yours today. Additionally, all tickets purchased through AXS will come with a digital download of Take Good Care. See you there!
The only thing that will keep Kobe Bryant out of the 2016 NBA All-Star game will become his health. Otherwise, Bryant looks to be assured of making his 18th and final All-Star appearance on Feb. 14 in Toronto.Bryant leads all NBA players in All-Star balloting with a league-leading 1,262,118 votes in the second returns announced on Thursday by the NBA. That marks a considerable lead over Golden State’s Stephen Curry (925,789 votes), Cleveland’s LeBron James (636,388) and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (616,096).The Clippers’ Chris Paul ranks third among Western Conference points guards ((268,672), while the Clippers’ Blake Griffin ranks fifth among the Western Conference’s front-court players (298,212).Fans vote for five starters, while the 30 NBA coaches will vote for reserves. As of now, the Western Conference starters would include Curry, Paul, Bryant, Durant and Golden State’s Draymond Green (332,223). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error