first_img Howard Lake | 10 January 2002 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis David Unwin QC is to join the board of five charity commissioners at the Charity Commission.David Unwin QC is to join the board of five charity commissioners at the Charity Commission. Commissioners are tasked with ensuring that charities in England and Wales adhere to their legal responsibilities. Mr Unwin takes up his new post on 14 January.Read New charity regulator named by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian. Advertisement New charity commissionercenter_img 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.  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img  44 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 August 2004 | News Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Elizabeth Day reports that online auction site eBay “is losing charity shops thousands of pounds each week because people would rather sell their possessions on the site than donate them to worthy causes.”Without naming specific charities, she claims that “medium-sized charities are facing losses of up to £50,000 a year – often as much as a 10th of the revenue from charity shops.”Ebay has certainly made a rapid and marked impact on the sale of second-hand goods in the UK. The online auction site has 9.31 million British users and sells £1 billion worth of clothes and accessories each year. The 6,500 charity shops in Britain sell around £300 million worth of all goods each year. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Tradingcenter_img Online auctions impact on second-hand charity shops Charities that have noticed a drop both in the amount and quality of donated items that are given to their shops include Marie Curie Cancer Care and Trinity Hospice. John Canessa, of Marie Curie Cancer Care, told The Daily Telegraph that: “there are fewer donations coming through the door. The rise of sites such as eBay is playing a part in this.”Of course, it is not just eBay that has caused this change. TV programmes that encourage viewers to clear out their attic and sell valuable items have no doubt contributed as well.What can charities with second-hand shops do about this? First, they should be aware of why this change has come about: eBay offers a solution that is easy – you don’t have to carry bags of second-hand items down to the nearest charity shop. On the other hand, you do have to carry them to the nearest post office to send them off, so criticisms by some eBay users that charities won’t collect donated goods might not be as valid as they appear.Ebay also offers the opportunity to make money from donated goods, whereas previously the only way to do that was to go to the trouble of setting up a stall at a jumble sale or car boot sale. Whether the person that wants to make money out of second-hand goods is the same as the person who wants to donate such goods to charity is a moot point. Nevertheless, the ease of making such a return is certainly tempting.Secondly, charities should be testing out selling some of their donated items using eBay or other online auction companies. Collectors’ items or other unusual and valuable items should certainly be tried. Some organisations, such as Oxfam, Amnesty International UK, and British Heart Foundation, already auction items online with eBay which has a dedicated charities unit. None of them were quick to do this, however, given that eBay’s UK arm opened in 1999.Of course, as a spokesperson from the Association of Charity Shops pointed out to the Telegraph, there have always been other options for making money out of second-hand goods, rather than donating them to charity.However, eBay and its ilk can not – and should not – be ignored by charities. If this trend is accurate, then charities which raise funds from donated items should be using online auction services to maximise their income. In addition, they should also test encouraging their supporters to sell their second-hand goods online themselves and donate all or some of their proceeds to the charity. 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.last_img read more

first_img 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. Does it matter that the words are wrong and misleading if the single can still achieve so much good work by selling in its millions? WDM argue that it does: “the lyrics are important and will be heard in every home and shop in Britain over the next couple of months” argues the organisation.WDM say that they don’t want to discourage people from buying the new version of the song, but they are encouraging people to come up with alternative and more realistic lyrics. They are hoping for “lyrics that inspire people to take powerful action and lyrics that explain the real reasons why Africa remains poor.”You can submit your improved lyrics at WDM’s Web site, or read some of those already offered. Howard Lake | 6 December 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis WDM calls for alternative Band Aid lyricscenter_img  67 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The new version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ might be doing fine work by generating income for the Band Aid Trust, but the World Development Movement (WDM) has condemned its lyrics for “promoting a negative and inaccurate picture of Africa and its problems.”WDM certainly have a point. The lyrics of the Band Aid single were naff in 1984, and there has been no attempt to correct or update them with the new version. “There’s a world outside your window, And it’s a world of dread and fear, Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears” together with “Where nothing ever grows”, “No rain nor river flows” and “(Here’s to them) underneath that burning sun” certainly give a misleading view of Africa and the reasons for poverty and food shortages. Advertisement Tagged with: Tradinglast_img read more

first_img 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. Queen makes personal donation to fire charity  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Fire Services National Benevolent Fund (FSNBF) has been granted a Royal Seal of Approval, as Her Majesty the Queen has given a personal donation to the charity’s Phoenix Appeal.Her Majesty has been patron of the charity for many years and donated to the Appeal after hearing about the Therapy revolution the charity is pioneering for its beneficiaries.Its state-of-the-art Therapy centre in the Lake District is amongst the most progressive and innovative therapy facility in Europe, providing a number of targeted treatments to support its beneficiaries back to full fitness. The appeal seeks to build an equivalent facility in the South of the UK. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 4 May 2005 | Newslast_img read more

first_img The rebranding of RNID’s Don’t Lose the Music campaign has won the Third Sector category of the Marketing Design Awards — voted for by an independent panel of judges from the marketing and design industries.The Awards, held on 15th November at the Dorchester, Park Lane, publicly recognise excellence in marketing strategies and brand design. Judges voted for a wide range of awards including best Product Design, Online and New Media and Direct Marketing.The Third Sector category was the largest in the ceremony, with seven nominees, Don’t Lose the Music defeating competition from the Ovarian Cancer Trust, DfES and StreetShine. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 16 November 2005 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis RNID wins marketing design awardlast_img read more

first_img 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. Mr Hyslop added: Simply by picking up a specially labelled ‘Food to Go’ sandwich, snack or smoothie, our customers can make a difference to the lives of many single people and families affected by homelessness this Christmas.Simon Communities director Conor Hickey said the charity was delighted to be associated with Marks and Spencer and this scheme which will help meet the extra costs they face this time of year.‘Food to Go’ products are sold at the 11 Marks & Spencer stores in Ireland.  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis M&S launch promotion for homeless This Christmas Marks & Spencer will donate 15 cents to the Simon Communities of Ireland from each specially labelled ‘Food to Go’ item sold in Ireland during the festive season. A similar on-pack promotion will support Shelter in the UK and the Housing Rights Service in Northern Ireland.All money raised from this initiative will help the Simon Communities of Ireland provide much-needed support for homeless and badly housed people.Neil Hyslop, Ireland Executive, Marks & Spencer said: We are delighted to offer our support to the Simon Communities of Ireland in the run-up to Christmas. The festive season is usually such a time of celebration, however for many it can be one of the most difficult times of the year and we were keen to show our support for those who need it most. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 November 2005 | Newslast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading Kent wildlife artist Brian Page has created a Christmas card for the Chatham-based British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWFB), the charity that provides specially adapted radios for blind people.The card features a cheeky robin popping in to listen to one of the charity’s old-fashioned radio sets.“We really admire Brian’s work and asked him if he would come up with a special card for us”, said Margaret Grainger, BWBF chief executive. Advertisementcenter_img “We are delighted with the result. ‘Listen with Robin’ is a wonderful Christmas scene with a cheeky robin. The card features the R300 set made by Roberts we used to provide in the 1950s. It is more evocative of a traditional Christmas setting than the highly specified sets we use today.“The card has proved incredibly popular with sales outstripping all our other card designs this year.”Brian lives in Crockenhill, near Swanley, and spends his weekends making sketches and taking photographs of local wildlife.The BWBF was launched by Winston Churchill in 1929 to loan radios to blind people in need. These days the Fund provides modern sets that include a new digital radio as well as sets that include CD and cassette players. Wildlife artist designs humorous Christmas card for radios for the blind charity Howard Lake | 3 December 2005 | Newslast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Citizenship Foundation receives £75,000 in core funding The Law Society Charity has given The Citizenship Foundation a one-off donation if £75,000 to support its core work.Nigel Dodds, Law Society Charity Trustees Chairman, explained the reason for the grant: “the Citizenship Foundation’s emphasis on law-related education and its aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law match perfectly with our policies”, he said. “We applaud the achievements of the Citizenship Foundation throughout the long period of our association.” Advertisement The Law Society Charity has supported the Foundation since it was established in 1989. Set up in 1974 it makes grants to a wide range of organisations and individuals with a view to directly furthering law and justice. 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. Howard Lake | 27 July 2006 | News  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Awards corporate Research / statistics At the the third Annual Companies and Communities Awards, Deutsche Bank and npower jointly received the Effective Giving Award, and ESS Support Services Worldwide the Innovation Award.The awards, which recognise and reward companies that are shaping the future of CCI, were hosted by radio and TV presenter Jenni Murray at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Russell Prior, Executive Director of Company Services at CAF, said: “The research published today and the high quality of award entries CAF received this year, signal how much CCI has advanced in recent years. It’s certainly embedded within many leading UK corporates and the challenge now is to give other organisations with less established programmes the tools to invest in the community effectively. “The CAF Companies and Communities Awards provide a vehicle for this communication, as sharing knowledge about best practice is vital.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities Aid Foundation announced new research findings at its 2006 Companies and Communities Awards ceremony this week which showed that education was by far the most popular object of support for the top companies that support their communities.The CAF Corporate Community Investment (CCI) study found that currently all of the top 30 giving companies detailed in the report invest in education, with youth related and environmental causes in second and third place at 93% and 80% respectively.Many of these companies are focusing their support on areas of education that directly reflect their core business activities, representing a “real shift in community investment” according to CAF. For example, Sainsbury’s focus on education aims to increase understanding of food, BT concentrates on communication activities with young people, and Severn Trent’s goal is to increase environmental awareness. Advertisementcenter_img Now all top 30 UK company givers support education Howard Lake | 7 December 2006 | News 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.last_img read more

first_imgCelebrities sign wellies for online auction for WaterAid Howard Lake | 30 October 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Digital Events Musicians including Jay-Z, Noel Gallagher, Groove Armada, The Verve and Amy Winehouse have signed wellington boots for an online auction to raise funds for WaterAid. The limited edition WaterAid welly was designed by Hunter Boot for the Glastonbury Festival, whose official charity is WaterAid.The money raised from the eBay auction next month will be dontaed to the ‘Hunter for WaterAid’ project, dedicated to helping people in remote regions of Madagascar.The signed boots will be available on from 13 November.www.ebay.co.uk/wateraid  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

first_imgNew trusts and major gifts fundraiser at The Sick Children’s Trust 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.  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 20 June 2011 | News Charles Coldman has been appointed as the new trusts and major gifts fundraiser at The Sick Children’s Trust, the charity which provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families whose children are seriously ill in hospital.Coldman, 27, is tasked with working with the head of fundraising, Jane Featherstone, to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to secure income, and to develop and maintain a strong network of donors to broaden the charity’s supporter base.He joins The Sick Children’s Trust after founding African Promise in 2008, a small international development charity, which works with primary schools in Kenya.He said: “I wanted to be an integral part of a small but ambitious charity where I can have a tangible impact. I’d heard about The Sick Children’s Trust through a family friend and this role ticked all the boxes. I’m hugely excited by the new challenge and at the prospect of helping with the exciting growth plans of the charity.”www.sickchildrenstrust.orglast_img read more

first_imgCharity Commission warns of possible scams around East Africa crisis appeal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Charity Commission DEC Law / policy The Charity Commission is advising the public on how they can ensure that they avoid falling for fake charity appeals set up around the drought and food shortage crisis in East Africa.The Commission is aware that such scams are likely, based on previous experiences with disaster appeals such as the Haiti earthquake and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. These fake appeals can take the form of fake appeal websites, email appeals that falsely use the name of genuine charities, or appeals from fictitious charities.The Commission is urging the public to keep giving but to be vigilant. It has issued the following advice for those who wish to make a donation:• Be careful when responding to emails or clicking links within them. Don’t “click-through” from suspicious-looking emails and beware unfamiliar or excessively long website addresses. If you want to donate online, type in the charity’s website address from your homepage.• Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes or clothing bags. This can also be a sign they are not genuine.• If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a request for donations that appears to come from a charity, don’t hesitate to contact that charity directly. Be wary of any appeals where contact details for the charity are not provided. You can find genuine contact details for charities on their websites or on the Register of Charities, which is available on the Charity Commission website www.charitycommission.gov.uk.• If you are in any doubt about a charity collector, ask for their identification and the charity’s name and registration number. If you are not happy about giving then and there, you can check to see if the charity is on the public Register of Charities.• If you are concerned that you may have been targeted by a fundraising scam, you should report this to Action Fraud http://www.actionfraud.org.uk and the police. You should also contact the Charity Commission – www.charitycommission.gov.uk.• Think about how you are going to give. If you are a UK taxpayer and donate directly to a charity – whether online, over the phone, by post or by handing in a cheque at the charity’s office or shop – it can claim Gift Aid to maximise your donation.The Commission also pointed out that there are laws around collecting money for charity in public which are there to protect donors and make sure that the money raised goes to a genuine charitable cause.It advises members of the public that, if they want to fundraise for those who have been affected by the crisis in East Africa, they should:• Have the necessary permission from your local authority or the Metropolitan Police if you live in a London borough.• Only collect using a sealed tin or container.• Always make sure you state the name and registration number of the charity you are collecting for.• Always make sure there is more than one person to count the collection proceeds and sign off the total amount.• Bank any cash as soon as possible, preferably straight into the charity account. Get a receipt from the Bank/Building Society.• Report back to your community so they are reassured that the money has reached the good cause. You may wish to put notices in shops/post offices, or let your local paper know how much you raised and thank people for their support.http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/FAQS/Running_a_charity/fundraising/766.aspx 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.  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 July 2011 | Newslast_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Digital Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis HelpAttack! encourages social media users to pledge to give a certain amount to their favourite charity for every tweet or Facebook update they post. HelpAttack! then sends them a reminder about how much they owe and invites them to make the donation via FirstGiving.com.Simple and straightforward, and of course it is scaleable. But the concept doesn’t feel to me as if it will generate substantial sums. There’s no connection with the cause. It’s another example of microdonations, and it’s clearly being used by some people, so we’ll see how it performs. Howard Lake | 1 December 2011 | News 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.  29 total views,  1 views today HelpAttack! – Always Be Givinglast_img read more

first_imgScarlett Johansson and Oxfam illustrate how to gift better this holiday season Howard Lake | 28 December 2011 | News  42 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity christmas Humour This humorous Christmas animation features actress Scarlett Johansson promoting Oxfam America’s virtual gifts as good ideas for Christmas presents, contrasting them with the all too frequent unwanted and inappropriate presents. She encourages people to give gifts that do good: books for children, a goat for a farmer, or a water pump for a village.According to Oxfam America Spurs Holiday Gifts With ‘Cheeky’ Campaign at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, by 22 December 2011, “4,724 people have clicked through the video to the site, resulting in more than $87,000 in donations from 778 transactions”.  41 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

first_img Howard Lake | 22 August 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Trinity increases fundraising income Tagged with: Finance Ireland 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.  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis One of Ireland’s largest educational foundations, Trinity, increased its pledges in 2011, according to the latest financial report.In 2011 the Trinity Foundation secured pledges of €15 million, an increase of just over €0.5 million on 2010. Cash received by the Foundation stayed level at around €8.4 million.The Foundation had operational costs of just over €2 million for both 2011 and 2010.The Foundation states that central to its continued success has been the contribution of their advisory boards and volunteer groups who operate in Ireland and overseas in support of the Foundation’s work.Trinity lists a wide range of private sector, public sector, individual donors and legacy gifts in its financial report. Since it was established in 1994, the Foundation has raised €215 million.www.tcd.ielast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Support Charity Not Crime leaflet “The campaign’s primary message is to promote charitable giving and the facilitation of collections. There is nothing more off-putting to donors to read news articles describing fraudsters taking money away from those whom need it most, particularly when that money is ending up in the hands of organised criminals and even terrorists. Some of the most pleasing outcomes from the campaign launch was the feedback from local businesses whom had previously not supported charities for fear of the money ending up in the wrong hands and whom now felt confident that making the quick and simple steps adovated in the campaign would mean they could now accept charitable collections on their premises.”Following the Muslim Aid fraud convictions, the Charity Commission provided new advice on the risk of fraudulent collections. Safer giving campaign to protect genuine charity street collections in London Howard Lake | 26 March 2014 | News Support Charity Not Crime leaflet The London-wide campaign follows the success of a similar standalone initiative by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea last autumn.There have been two high profile cases of individuals convicted of funding terrorism through fraudulent charity collections in the last two years. Last year, three men were convicted of posing as collectors for Muslim Aid, and in August 2012, twin brothers were convicted of using the proceeds of fraudulent street collections to fund terrorist training in Somalia.However, a spokesman for the London Prevent Network (LPN), which includes representatives of all those London boroughs, deemed priority areas by the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent Strategy (18 local authority Boroughs), told UK Fundraising the new initiative was not directly in response to a rise in terrorism-related charity fraud.“Although most of the money collected through illegitimate fundraising doesn’t go to extremism, there is still a significant risk of this happening. This [safer giving] advice has always been a long-term aim for us and the initiative in H&F and RBKC proved so successful that we decided to expand it throughout London.”‘Shocking’ state of collecting boxes on shop countersThe spokesman said it had been “shocking” to see the state of some collections boxes on shop counters. “Some have just had the name of an organisation written on a bit of paper and stuck to the box with blue tac,” he said.The campaign has been designed to have the primary aim of supporting charitable giving and the LPN spokesman commented: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Charity Commission Individual giving Law / policy London  155 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 [message_box title=”Charity Not Crime” color=”blue”]• Charity Commission press release on Charity Not Crime.• Fundraising Standards Board press release on Charity Not Crime.• Government policy on terrorism• Charity Commission guidance on safer giving.• Charity Commission toolkit on charities and terrorism.[/message_box] A new safer giving campaign supported by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board has been devised to ensure cash donations do not end up in the hands of fraudsters including even organised criminals and terrorists.The Support Charity Not Crime campaign has been developed and funded by the London Prevent Network – part of the Home Office’s Prevent Strategy aimed at countering extremism – and the Metropolitan Police to provide simple advice for people donating into collection boxes, and also those who facilitate collections such as shopkeepers who are asked to keep collection boxes on their counters.The campaign will provide safe giving messages – such as checking the collector’s ID and whether the charity is registered with the Charity Commission – delivered via social media to millions of Londoners and up to200,000 leaflets handed out to members of the public and businesses. 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.last_img read more

first_img The way charities react to public concerns about spending money on their fixed costs could be fuelling an “innovation slowdown” in the voluntary sector.Speaking at the Fundraising Insights conference in London last week, Warwick University’s Kimberley Scharf told delegates that fixed costs “present no special challenges for the private sector”, where the need to incur them in a competitive business is well understood.But she said the “peculiar way” that donors believe that charities ought not incur fixed costs, and that only variable costs are a measure of actual programme activities, “makes no sense from an economist’s perspective”.Fixed costs (or overheads), as opposed to variable costs, are those – such as IT and salaries – that do not scale up with output, but can nonetheless lead to efficiencies.Scharf, a professor of economics, said: “If donors are reluctant to pay fixed costs, and this is a situation that charities are faced with, then there is no guarantee that the most cost-effective charities are selected by donors and this leads to overall inefficiencies in the charity sector.“And if charities respond to donors’ concerns with inefficient strategies, we will see an innovation slowdown in the voluntary sector.”Scharf also presented results of laboratory experiments in which subjects had been given the option of donating to two charities where one was more effective than the other but incurred higher fixed costs to achieve that level of effectiveness. In only 63 per cent of cases did people give to the more efficient charity (the one with the higher fixed costs).Scharf told delegates this was because the public perceived fixed costs to be a “riskier” use of their donation. “It’s not the fear of the fixed cost itself, it’s the fear of how other donors might view them. If others don’t give to a charity with high fixed costs, then a donation you make to that charity could be inefficient.”As a result donors spread their donations across efficient and inefficient charities, even though those with the higher fixed costs could actually be the more efficient ones.Scharf said the way charities had responded to donors concerns in the past had been “mostly reactive”. She concluded: “If we know what donors’ problems [with fixed costs] are, then we can target what they really think, rather than what we think their perception is.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance innovation Management Research / statistics  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities’ reactions to concerns about overhead costs fuelling an “innovation slowdown” Howard Lake | 9 April 2014 | News 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.last_img read more

first_img The Information Commissioner’s Office is holding a free webinar for charities on its updated direct marketing guidance this month.It takes place on Thursday 14th April at 2pm and will focus on the changes made in March that specifically apply to not-for-profit organisations and charities. These include more guidance for marketing calls and texts, including the requirement to screen donors against the TPS, and on explicit consent and opt-in.Group Enforcement Manager, Andy Curry and Senior Policy Officer, Ian Inman will talk through examples and there will an opportunity to submit questions throughout the presentation.The new version of the guidance is available on the ICO’s site and registration for the webinar is here.  49 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Information Commissioner Law / policy ICO to hold free webinar on updated direct marketing guidance Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Melanie May | 11 April 2016 | News  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Melanie May | 29 July 2016 | News  52 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics Volunteering Community Life Survey shows volunteering & giving levels remain stablecenter_img Advertisement Volunteering and giving levels remain stable according to The Cabinet Office’s annual Community Life 2015/16 survey.The survey is commissioned by the Cabinet Office to provide official statistics on issues that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities, including volunteering, giving and community engagement.This latest survey reveals that people continue to volunteer on a regular basis (at least once a month), with overall volunteering levels remaining stable in 2015-16 at 47% compared with the same percentage in 2014-15. Annual volunteering levels have also remained stable, with 70% of people taking part in any volunteering in the past 12 months (69% in 2014-15). However, annual levels remain lower than those seen in 2013-14 (74%).41% of people participated in formal volunteering at least once in the past 12 months, remaining stable when compared to 2014-15 (42%). 60% of people informally volunteered in the past 12 months, which also remains consistent with 2014-15 (59%).Levels of charitable giving also remain stable, with 73% of people giving to charity in an average four-week period (compared with 75% in 2014-15). In 2015-16, the average amount given to charity within a 4-week period also remained stable at £22: the highest recorded level since 2005. 22% of people gave an average of £10- £19, which has decreased compared with 27% in 2014-15, however, those giving an average of £20-£49 has increased (28% compared with 24% in 2014-15).The full survey can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/community-life-survey.  51 total views,  1 views today 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Melanie May | 28 September 2016 | News Tagged with: corporate Fundraising Courses Online Virgin Money Giving Virgin Money Giving is hosting a series of free live online events next month, to help charities with their corporate fundraising skills.#VMGCorporatesLive runs from 5th-7th October, with the help of Cancer Research UK amongst others. A corporate fundraising toolkit with tips, case studies and tools is also available as a free download to help charities launch and develop their own corporate fundraising programme.Day 1: 5 October Corporate fundraising: Interactive workshops providing an opportunity to pick the brains of Virgin Money Giving’s team about their fundraising tools.Day 2: 6 OctoberApproach & pitch: Virgin Money Giving executive director Jo Barnett talks live with Cancer Research UK about giving the perfect pitch.Day 3: 7 OctoberBuilding long-term relationships: Virgin Money Giving commercial director Alex Heasley leads a panel discussion with UK charities and their corporate partners to debate strategies for building long term corporate relationships.Registration is at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/corporateslive/  67 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14center_img Advertisement Virgin Money Giving launches Corporates Live Week 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img Tagged with: auction Events Finance payment  247 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 27 March 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Advertisement Givergy switches to Stripe Connect for payment handling  248 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Auction and live event fundraising platform Givergy has now integrated with Stripe Connect for all its payment handling around the world, covering 136 currencies from its operations in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. This will enable them to provide a faster and easier transfer of funds raised through live event and online auctions to charities.With Stripe Connect, charities will now get paid automatically at the end of their payment collection period into their own secure sub-account. This will eliminate any risk of delayed charity payment by removing Givergy as the aggregator, and remove the need for manual reconciliation.Stripe allows both individuals and businesses to accept digital payments. It differs from other payment systems such as PayPal in that the user tends not to be aware that they are using Stripe. Stripe is typically used by developers to link to their systems via an API.Rachael Kirkham, Head of Client Services at Givergy, said:“Stripe is fundamentally changing the way we work with our charity partners. Anyone in the world can donate or participate in an auction at any point in time and the charity will receive their funds raised quicker and fully reconciled than ever before.”Givergy’s COO, Jon Douglas added:“To put it simply, Stripe will revolutionise the efficiency with which we connect the consumer and charity. This integration was not only a necessary step in improving our business here in the UK, but is integral to our ambitions abroad. By having one payment platform for all territories we can continue to deliver outstanding results for all existing and future clients.” 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.last_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  101 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 29 January 2018 | News  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Charity Commission politics Baroness Stowell tipped to join other Conservatives in top sector roles 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 www.thepurplepim.com. Tory peer Baroness Tina Stowell is the government’s preferred candidate for the next Chair of the Charity Commission, it has announced.Baroness Stowell of Beeston has been announced as the preferred candidate by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport following an open recruitment exercise. If appointed, the end of February will see Baroness Stowell replace outgoing Chair William Shawcross, also known for his support of the Conservative Party. Chair of the Fundraising Regulator Lord Grade is also a Conservative peer.However, should she be appointed to the role, Baroness Stowell has said that she will resign immediately her party membership, the Conservative Whip in the House of Lords, and become an independent, unaffiliated peer.Baroness Stowell was Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords from 2014-2016. She became a peer in January 2011 and joined the Government in September the same year. As a junior minister she led the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act through the House of Lords in 2013 before being promoted to Minister for Communities. She was promoted to Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal in 2014 and re-appointed to the same Cabinet post after the 2015 General Election. She is currently a member of the House of Lords Communications Select Committee.Until September 2010, before joining the House of Lords, she was the BBC’s Head of Corporate Affairs. She was previously a civil servant for ten years, working at the Ministry of Defence in London, the British Embassy in Washington and 10 Downing Street from 1991 to 1996. She left the Civil Service at the age of 28 and was awarded an MBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.The Select Committee for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport will hold a pre-appointment hearing with Baroness Stowell on 20 February before deciding whether or not to proceed with the appointment. Sir John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:“We congratulate Baroness Stowell on being named the preferred candidate for the position of Charity Commission Chair. We have long been supportive of the vital role the Commission plays in guaranteeing public confidence in charities. Baroness Stowell will bring to the role a wealth of experience in the sector and we at the Charities Aid Foundation look forward to working with her and continuing our strong working relationship with her colleagues at the Commission.”Peter Kellner, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, also commented on the announcement. He said:“I would like to warmly welcome the announcement of Baroness Stowell as preferred candidate for chair of the Charity Commission.“I am confident she will prove to be an excellent choice. Her many years of experience in high-profile public bodies, including the BBC Trust, itself a regulator, should stand her in very good stead in both this regard and in the role more widely.“We have often expressed concern that both of the Commission’s previous chairs have left themselves too open to potentially damaging accusations of party political bias. Baroness Stowell’s intention to resign her party whip and membership if appointed is therefore especially welcome. It will, I hope, enhance her reputation as determined, independent and pragmatic. I and everyone at NCVO much look forward to working with her.”last_img read more

first_img  166 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30 WATCH: Lizzie’s story[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt01FW-S3lE[/youtube] Cure Leukaemia raised a record amount in 2017, breaking the £2m barrier for the first time to achieve a gross income of £2,222,720, with a team of just five staff.The total raised by Cure Leukaemia was an increase of 50% from previous years. The charity’s primary objective was to raise an additional £1m to complete the £3.4m funding required to expand the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and double its capacity. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) granted £2.4m towards the project with the Cure Leukaemia team of four full-time members of staff and one part-time employee committing to raise the remaining capital by December 31. It achieved this through a combination of trust and foundation grants, major and community fundraising events and generous donors.Chief Executive James McLaughlin said:“We resisted the temptation to recruit more staff when we committed to this because we knew that by utilising our multi-skilled and commercially experienced team of five staff we could deliver the additional £1m. Developing a clear strategy for our £1m appeal was key to delivering these results.”The expanded Centre reopened to treat patients on January 8 and has doubled its capacity for patients from 10,000 to 20,000 per year. It has also doubled its capacity for clinical trials for blood cancer patients that have exhausted standard care for the disease and also for specialist research nurse positions. A new day unit has also been created. Main image: Deutsche Bank staff visiting the Centre for Clinical Haematology left to right: Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin, Steve Turner, Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, Ian Melia, Nicole Lovett, CML patient Mark Nicholas, Krysia Kozniewska, Paul Anderson  165 total views,  1 views today 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 www.thepurplepim.com. Patient Lizzie Dean (with her mum) being treated by Cure Leukaemia funded specialist research nurse Donna Walsh in the new day unit at the Centre for Clinical Haematology.10% of the additional £1m came from the fundraising efforts of Wolverhampton Wanderers and its fans in support of their goalkeeper Carl Ikeme after his leukaemia diagnosis last July. The charity also applied to become one of Deutsche Bank’s Charities Of The Year for 2018 and 2019. The process began in May when Cure Leukaemia submitted its application alongside 90 other UK charities. It became one of the six charities put forward for the organisation’s 11,000 staff to vote for in October, and received vocal support from well-known figures in both business, sport and entertainment including Gareth Southgate, Gary Lineker, Andy Street CBE and comedian Adil Ray OBE.Cure Leukaemia’s campaign was successful in becoming Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year for 2018/19 alongside Rays of Sunshine. The partnership has the potential to be worth £2m and the focus for Cure Leukaemia now is to not only maximise the potential of the Deutsche Bank opportunity, but also see out further national support over the next two years.CEO James McLaughlin added: Advertisement Melanie May | 16 March 2018 | News Cure Leukaemia raises over £2m with staff of just five Tagged with: fundraising and regular giving Fundraising ideas “The Deutsche Bank partnership will undoubtedly prove transformational for Cure Leukaemia and the work the charity supports and it will also lay the foundations for sustained growth in the future.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30last_img read more

first_img  112 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Melanie May | 4 May 2018 | News  111 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Tagged with: Finance legacies “Charities and their beneficiaries are increasingly reliant on legacy income, which funds vital services that make a real difference to our lives, ranging from finding a cure for cancer to providing emergency services and more. We know that inheritance tax exemption and reductions can be an effective incentive for legacy giving and that – because of this – solicitors regularly raise the option of legacy giving with clients. So we would be deeply concerned that the removal of these incentives could threaten one of the sector’s most significant income streams.”The Office of Tax Simplification launched its consultation on IHT last week. The consultation closes on 8 June 2018, with a report due for publication in the Autumn. Remember A Charity is preparing a response to the consultation, which will emphasise the importance of legacy income to UK charities.Last year, Remember A Charity proposed the introduction of a VAT exemption on the cost of writing any Will that includes a charitable gift, aiming to make tax benefits available to all those who choose to donate in this way. Remember A Charity calls for inheritance tax review to take legacy income into account Remember A Charity is calling for the review of Inheritance Tax to consider legacy income and to give the charity sector a voice in any reform.Legacy income generates approximately £2.8 billion each year for the sector, and the tax relief system means that any legacy gift to charity is currently exempt from Inheritance Tax (charged at 40%) and a lower rate of tax (36%) is applicable on estates where 10% or more is donated.However, a report from the think tank Resolution Foundation published this week proposes scrapping Inheritance Tax and replacing it with a new system of Lifetime Receipts Tax. The report follows last week’s Government-funded launch of the Office of Tax Simplification’s consultation into IHT.While Remember A Charity has said it welcomes review of the Inheritance Tax system and the potential to introduce a more fair and level tax system, it is also highlighting the need for the charitable sector to have a voice in reform. The consortium emphasises the importance of building understanding around the impact of gifts in Wills and the role of IHT relief in incentivising people to leave legacies to charities.Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said:“It is critical that any review of the current inheritance tax framework fully considers the importance of gifts in Wills and impact on beneficiaries. The benefit of the current rate relief goes well beyond the immediate financial impact, creating an environment where conversations about charitable giving are becoming more commonplace. Government has long supported legacies and there is a need to ensure that future policies continue to encourage and inspire giving.”Cope added: Advertisement 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 15 October 2020 | News Four out of five people who have used Gift Aid on a recent donation support a temporary increase in the tax benefit for charities, according to a CAF survey.The research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), questioned 1,107 people and revealed that 84% of donors who had used Gift Aid on a donation in the last four weeks or over the previous 12 months supported the change.The polling by CAF also suggests that Government incentives, such as Gift Aid and match funding, play a role in increasing amounts given to good causes.A coalition formed back in July including more than 200 UK charities is calling on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed to help keep charitable services running during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.The proposed Gift Aid change would mean that a £100 donation from a UK tax payer would increase to £133.33 for the charity once Gift Aid had been claimed. This compares to a current £125. As a result, the Gift Aid claimed on every eligible donation would increase by one-third, up from the current one-quarter, which could bring in an extra £450m. The group has called for the increase to be in place for two years.A number of MPs are also supporting the campaign, including Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East; Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham; and Neale Hanvey, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde, Policy Manager at CAF, said:“Charity donors clearly recognise the value of Gift Aid and support the call for a temporary increase. This change would help charities large and small as they continue to suffer a drop in donations and struggle to cope with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the financial help already announced, it is clear that donors want Government to consider other ways to support the vital work of charities during this challenging time.” Advertisement  537 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: Gift Aid  538 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Survey shows public support for temporary Gift Aid increase 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_imgAmiri BarakaAmiri Baraka — an award-winning poet, playwright and Black revolutionary — died on Jan. 9 at the age of 79 in Newark, N.J., following a short illness. He was a supporter of many left-wing causes, including the ongoing struggle to free political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. In 2009, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture held a 75th birthday tribute event for Baraka in Harlem, N.Y. A memorial and funeral were held for Baraka at Newark Symphony Hall on Jan. 18, where thousands of people attended to celebrate his life and immeasurable political and cultural contributions. The following are excerpts from the obituary that was distributed at the memorial.Amiri Baraka (aka Imamu Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones) was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J., to the late Coyt Leroy Jones and Anna (Russ) Jones. He left Howard University a semester short of graduating and later joined the Air Force, where he was discharged because of his affiliation with reading material that was considered subversive.After leaving the Air Force, Amiri moved to New York, where he took an editorial job at a music magazine, The Record Changer, and settled in Greenwich Village. He co-founded a literary magazine, Yugen, which published his work and that of Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac. With the poet Diane di Prima, he established and edited another literary magazine, The Floating Bear. He also started a small publishing company, Totem Press, which in 1961 issued his first collection of verse, “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note.”“Mr. Jones considered himself a largely apolitical writer at first. His poetry was concerned more with introspection, but he was radicalized by traveling to Cuba in 1960, the year after Fidel Castro came to power, to attend an international conference featuring writers from an array of third world countries. As a result, he later said that he came to believe that art and politics should be forever linked.” — Margalit Fox, New York TimesHis political awakening was soon manifested in his work. His first major book, “Blues People,” published in 1963, placed black music — from blues to free jazz — in a wider socio-historical context.Baraka’s reputation as a playwright was establish­ed with the production of “Dutchman” at Cherry Lane Theater in New York on March 24, 1964. The con­troversial play subse­quent­ly won the Obie Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and was made into a film in 1967. The critically acclaimed play was revived by Cherry Lane Theater in January 2007 and has been reproduced around the world.In 1965, Baraka moved to Harlem where he founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School. BARTS lasted only one year but had a lasting influence on the direction of Afro-American Arts. BARTS sent five trucks a day into the Harlem community, full of artists and poets, to display artwork and perform poetry readings, music and drama. Performances were given in changed locations each day. Vacant lots, playgrounds and housing projects pushed art that would be “Black as Bessie Smith,” mass-based, revolutionary and taken to the people; reflecting the intensity of the entire Black Liberation Movement. In 1966, when BARTS was dissolved, Baraka returned to Newark, his hometown.In 1966, Amiri married Amina Baraka, formerly Sylvia Robinson. Together they inaugurated The Spirit House and the Spirit House Movers that brought drama, music and poetry from across the country to Newark. The Barakas founded the Committee for Unified Newark and the ­Congress of ­Afrikan People. Both CFUN and COAP led support in the election of Kenneth A. Gibson as the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city, spearheaded by the 1972 Gary, Ind. convention. In 1968, Baraka co-edited “Black Fire: Anthology of Afro-American Writing,” with Larry Neal.Amiri and Amini Baraka founded ­Kimako’s Blues People, a multimedia arts space, from a small theater in their Newark home. Amiri founded the jazz/poetry ensemble Blue Ark, which played at the Berlin Festival and throughout the U.S. His jazz opera, “Money,” with Swiss composer, George Gruntz, was performed in part at George Wein’s New York Festival in the early 90s. “Primitive World,” with music by David Murray, was also performed in part at same New York Festival, at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe and the Black Drama Festival in Winston Salem, N.C. His Bumpy: Bopera, with music by jazz drummer, Max Roach, was performed in 1991 at Newark Symphony Hall and at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Amiri founded the New Arkestra, a big band working to produce a living archive of this music.In the fall of 2002, Baraka, who had been named New Jersey Poet Laureate by then Gov. James McGreevy, came under fire from the New Jersey Office of the Anti-Defamation League, the New Jersey Assembly and others after a reading at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s annual poetry festival in Stanhope, N.J., of his controversial poem, “Somebody Blew Up America,” about the 9/11 attacks. Baraka’s $10,000 stipend was rescinded and the poet laureate position eliminated in 2003 by Gov. McGreevey, who resigned in disgrace in 2004. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Baraka’s case in which he asserted his First Amendment rights were violated. Baraka was also the poet laureate of the Newark Public Schools in 2002.Amiri Baraka taught at Yale University, Rutgers University and George Washington University and spent 20 years on the faculty of the State University of New York in Stony Brook, where he retired as Professor of Africana Studies in 1994. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995.His book of short stories, “Tales of the Out and the Gone,” was published in 2007. “Home,” his book of social essays, was re-released by Akashic Books in 2009. The Before Columbus Foundation selected Baraka’s “Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music” as winner of the 31st Annual American Book Awards for 2010. In 2012, Baraka received the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgGarry MurchisonBoston’s school bus drivers are entering the most intense phase yet of their struggle against the notorious labor-busting Veolia Corporation.Four leaders of the drivers’ union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, remain fired and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Veolia and the city of Boston have blatantly violated contract rules in giving out more than 100 summer jobs to non-union companies. The current school bus drivers’ contract expires on June 30. Hanging above everything are massive austerity cuts in education for Boston schoolchildren.Among the responses by Team Solidarity — the voice of United School Bus Union Workers — is a call for a mass rally, called Solidarity Day III, on June 30 in front of Veolia’s corporate offices.It is clear that Veolia is planning to ramp up its wholesale attack on Local 8751. The school bus drivers’ strong contract, which has evolved over 40 years and 11 strikes, is the nationwide envy of transportation unions. This in itself makes the contract and union leaders prime targets of Veolia. The local is also playing a leading role in opposing racist austerity cutbacks in public education, recently turning a school “implementation meeting” into a raucous indoor rally against the cuts.Andre FrancoisThe Boston School Department and school bus contractor Veolia are seeking to eliminate school bus rides, returning to the pre-1974, racist “neighborhood school” assignment plan and busting USWA 8751. It is part of a strategy to turn back the clock and rip away decades of anti-racist progress in Boston.It is especially outrageous that these cutbacks are happening on the 40th anniversary of federal Judge Arthur Garrity’s order to desegregate the Boston School system, using several remedies, including busing, to provide students of color access to better, more equipped schools. Some of Local 8751’s bus drivers drove students past stone-throwing white parents 40 years ago and helped organize the historic Dec. 14, 1974, March Against Racism of 25,000 people that put an end to racist mobs opposing equal education. Local 8751 continues to be involved in current community opposition to resegregation of schools.Steve GillisIf the Boston School Committee goes ahead with $107 million in education cuts, a racist student assignment plan would deny Black and Latino/a students equal access to the best schools. Over 4,500 seventh and eighth graders and many sixth graders would be pushed off yellow buses and onto the city’s mass transit system. Student safety would be sacrificed, and hundreds of school bus drivers would lose their jobs.The budget cuts would also eliminate nearly 250 teachers, classroom aides and other school-based positions. These mean-spirited cuts would cause overcrowding and the elimination of needed school programs.On May 22, parents, students, members of Team Solidarity and other labor and community activists packed a Boston City Council hearing to speak out against “neighborhood,” separate and unequal schools, as well as an end to bus transportation for thousands of young students.Hundreds of angry community activists turned out again at Roxbury’s Madison Park High School on June 2 to demand that the Boston School Committee, the City Council and Mayor Marty Walsh keep sixth – to eighth-grade students on school buses.Steve KirschbaumLong lines of impacted community members took the microphone, including two of Local 8751’s fired leaders, Garry Murchison and Steve Kirschbaum. The Boston City Council must approve a school budget by June 30, the same deadline as the school bus drivers’ contract.Community-oriented unionThe company and the Boston city establishment are very mindful of the fact that the Team Solidarity slate swept all eight elected positions on the union’s negotiating committee by a landslide, with the fired leaders topping the ballot. Veolia officials will have to sit across the negotiating table from Steve Gillis, Andre Francois, Steve Kirschbaum and Garry Murchison — the four union officers unjustly fired after Veolia locked out bus drivers on the morning of Oct. 8, 2013.Veolia is facing a highly mobilized, rank-and-file immigrant and African-American workforce that holds almost daily yard rallies for contract justice and the reinstatement of the four. “We are relying on united rank-and-file action to beat back Veolia’s attack on our contract and the community,” says Team Solidarity leader Steve Kirschbaum.At the Step 2 grievance hearing against the firings on April 14, over 150 workers marched on the corporate office and set up a virtual picket-line gauntlet. As the bosses and their lawyers inched through under heavy police escort, the message of the ranks was clear: “Reinstate our leaders NOW!” Hundreds of workers have signed up to testify that the company, not the union leaders, were responsible for the lockout in October.No negotiation meetings have yet taken place.Veolia’s labor relations officer is Thomas Hock, who was responsible for last year’s transit strikes in San Francisco/Oakland and previous strikes in Arizona, Colorado and Florida. Hock also reportedly ordered the termination of drivers at Veolia-owned SuperShuttle fleets at Baltimore and Denver airports, who were resisting wage cuts of 30 percent demanded by the company.Early skirmishes in the war known as contract negotiations were won by the union, which successfully halted the company’s bidding session on summer bus routes that was supposed to take place on June 7. The projected bids totaled over 100 fewer routes than last year. The city administration and Veolia contracted out bus services to non-union companies, a blatant job-killing violation of the current union contract and agreements with the mayor.Veolia has rescheduled the bogus bid for June 14. The rank and file have pledged to fight on to restore the “scabbed-out” work and make the company comply with all contract bid provisions.Over the past eight months, labor/community support has grown, including from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Greater Boston Labor Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222, Black Educators Alliance, Coalition for Equal Quality Education, radio TOUCH 106.1 and a broad spectrum of other groups.Solidarity Day III will be the third citywide, community-labor protest in support of the school bus drivers’ union and the fired leaders and against cuts in programs that benefit Boston schoolchildren. Hundreds of community and labor activists attended last year’s rallies outside the Veolia headquarters in the Dorchester section of Boston. Solidarity Day III will take place there on June 30, the day the contract is set to expire.Local 8751 has been involved in community struggles for decades, from Boston’s long struggle for equal, quality education to organizing with fast food and other low-wage workers; joining rallies demanding “Jobs not jails;” hosting trade union leaders from Columbia, Nicaragua and India; building solidarity with revolutionary Bolivarian Venezuela and Cuba; joining protests in solidarity with Palestine; marching against a U.S./NATO war in Ukraine; marching in Boston’s lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer parade; and supporting the current fight to keep Boston’s Black community radio, TOUCH 106.1, on the air.Members of Local 8751 are not only a vital source of community activism, they are the community. They are an example of how union and community can work together for the benefit of the whole working class.Participation in Solidarity III can help guarantee that USWA 8751 militancy continues into the future. Make donations out to Friends of the School Bus 5 and mail to P.O. Box 141, Stoughton, MA 02072 or contribute online at www.­bostonschoolbus5.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgYes, slavery existed in the North, too. New York was one of the largest centers of slaveholding in the U.S. In 1991, a gravesite was discovered during a dig for the construction of a new federal building in New York City’s Lower Manhattan area. It was 300 years old then. An 18th century map of the area revealed the site was the location of a “Negros Burial Ground” covering six acres, approximately five city blocks.Africans began arriving in New Amsterdam, a Dutch settlement, in 1625. They were forcibly brought there from the Caribbean and Africa. In 1664, New Amsterdam became the British colony of New York.Thousands of enslaved Africans and the small number of free Black people were buried in the Burial Ground. They were forbidden to inter their dead in any church graveyard or within the boundaries of the settlement. Other restrictions were also placed on them. For instance, they could not bury their dead at night, as was the African burial ritual custom; and no more than 12 people were allowed in a procession or at the gravesite. In 1673, the burial ground land was sold for house lots, and in 1795 the burial ground was closed.When the African-American community became aware of the gravesite discovery, they and local politicians protested and demanded a halt to further digging. They appealed to then Mayor David Dinkins, who ordered construction halted in order to investigate the findings and preserve the site.Excavation by archaeologists found the remains of 419 bodies of women, men and children. It is estimated that many thousands more bodies of African and Indigenous peoples exist under buildings and sidewalks throughout the area. In 1999, nine mostly intact African skeletons were found during construction of a new sidewalk nearby.In the disintegrated coffins, some skeletons were nearly complete; some were buried with pins, beads, buttons and shells, in the African tradition. They were sent to a laboratory at the Historically Black College of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where the federal government had contracted for anthropologists, scholars and scientists to examine the bone fragments and relics.Their research indicated that nearly half the graves contained children, suffering from malnutrition and many with bone deformities from physical labor. Adult bone injuries were attributed to strenuous physical labor and brutality. All bodies revealed short life spans.Honoring the ancestorsIn 1993 the African Burial Ground was designated a NYC Historical Landmark. On Oct. 1, 2003, the bodies were returned to New York City in new wooden coffins traditionally carved in Ghana. Concurrently, some of the coffins were ceremoniously received with “Rites of Ancestral Return” commemorations in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; Wilmington, Del.; Philadelphia, Pa; and Newark, N.J. where slave labor had been used to clear the land, build roads and construct infrastructure for European colonization.In New York City, the coffins arrived by boat at the foot of Wall Street, the former site of an African Slave Market, where slave labor built an actual wall to keep out the Indigenous. Upon arrival, a ceremony paid tribute to the ancestors with interfaith prayers, African drumming, singing and dancing, followed by a libation, the singing of the “The Negro National Anthem,” a welcome and introduction.African dignitaries, community organizations, politicians, artists, groups of school children, South African healers and spiritual leaders, New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors were present. High school students, including those from South Africa, participated in singing performances and shout-out calls for respect, honor and dignity. “A Letter for the Children” by South African Bishop Desmond Tutu was read. Speakers included the South African Ambassador to the U.S.The coffins left Wall Street in large horse-drawn, glass-enclosed carriages, followed by a large procession through the streets to the Burial Ground.The next day’s ceremony at the Burial Ground began similarly, included spoken word and several readings of poetry by the late African-American poet Langston Hughes. Several tributary statements were made and others read, including one from Nigeria’s President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Soil from the Burial Ground containing ancestral spirits was collected to be taken back to Freedom Park, a final resting place of anti-apartheid fighters in South Africa. After closing remarks, a benediction was given by an Indigenous community representative.The coffins were then lowered into the ground, with flowers and written messages to the ancestors. Subsequently, all coffins, many in crypts, were reburied in their permanent resting place.The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem organized the ceremonies celebrating the heritage of Africans in the U.S., their lives, culture and the role they played in building the country.In 2006, the Burial Ground was declared a national monument; in 2007 a permanent memorial sculpture was dedicated on the site. Project materials and records were transferred in 2009 from the National Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers to the Schomburg Center. Samples of the Burial Ground remain at Howard University. In 2010, following completion of the new federal building nearby, the African Burial Ground Visitors Center was opened, which contains permanent artworks and an installation about the history of slavery and Black Americans in Lower Manhattan.Sources for this article include “A Burial Ground and Its Dead Are Given Life” (New York Times, Feb. 26, 2010) and “The African Burial Ground” at gsa.gov/portal/content/101077.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgMay 2 protest in Baltimore.WW photo: Joseph PietteThe Baltimore People’s Power Assembly called a special rally and march for May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, to demand justice for Freddie Grey and general amnesty for the hundreds of Black youth who were arrested during the April 27 rebellion following Grey’s funeral.Other important demands included the end of a five-day curfew and the immediate withdrawal of thousands of gun-carrying National Guard troops called out by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to occupy the Black community.Not even the presence of the police and the Guard at McKeldin Square could quell the militancy of the crowd.The May Day march attracted a multinational crowd of more than 10,000 mainly young people, including children, who took to the streets following a brief gathering and rally at McKeldin Square. The square was the site of the Occupy movement’s two-month occupation back in 2011 and is designated as a free speech zone.In 2013, a historic march of 10,000 people demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American murdered by vigilante George Zimmerman in 2012, was also held at McKeldin Square before the assembled masses took over City Hall for four hours.The May Day march for Grey, the 25-year-old African American tortured to death by six Baltimore police officers, was the largest organized since the one held for Martin.  The protesters spontaneously marched to a nearby prison complex, which is presently incarcerating the youth arrested during the April 25 demonstration, those allegedly taking part in the April 27 rebellion, and those arrested subsequently for curfew violations.Among the many signs in the crowd were ones that read, “Our youth are not thugs and looters.” These messages countered the racist, demonizing labels that the mayor, the police and the media are using against rebellious Black youths.The march then continued on to Pennsylvania and North avenues on the West Side, known as ground zero of the rebellion, where the crowd had swelled to at least 15,000.  There was so much jubilation in the air.It was at this site on April 27 that a CVS drug store was liberated of goods denied to the Black community, a community that has been decimated by a lack of jobs, water shutoffs, and inadequate food, housing and other necessities of life.As Colleen Davidson, a leader of Baltimore’s revolutionary youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) and an eyewitness to the rebellion, wrote, “Men, women and children were coming into the stores with empty hands and leaving with bags and boxes of the basic necessities of life. Food, drinks, toilet paper, baby food, diapers, etc. — all things that they never had free access to under capitalism. Children were getting their first pairs of new shoes and coming out of the stores smiling with fruit and candy.“Community members came together and took as much as they could to give out to the people, especially the elderly who weren’t able to come out. This all was happening at the end of the month, as food stamps are running out, the stamps being a grudging form of assistance which has already been reduced by the ruling class to the point where most people in cities like Baltimore are hungry and desperate.”  (workers.org, April 30)The five-hour march ended at City Hall.  There, hundreds of youth stayed at City Hall to hold a speakout and discuss whether to conduct a civil disobedience action to break the curfew, which officially began at 10 p.m. and ended at 5 a.m.At approximately 9:45 p.m., a group of 90 youth sat in a wide circle discussing civil disobedience to the curfew.  Steven Ceci, a PPA organizer who was a part of this group, told WW, “Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera waded into the group picking fights.  At exactly 10 p.m., without warning, police charged into the group, beating people and arresting 50 youth.”Since martial law was established on April 28, the right to habeas corpus has been suspended, meaning that the police and local officials can hold protesters in jail for an indeterminate amount of time without the right to a hearing or an attorney.On May 2, the Baltimore PPA and its supporters from other cities joined community residents at Presbury and N. Mount streets in West Baltimore, the corner where, on April 12, Grey was videotaped being dragged to a police wagon. There, the demonstrators held a short rally followed by a several-mile march of hundreds to City Hall to join thousands for a rally protesting police brutality. People had travelled from New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to join the march.At the May 2 march, the police viciously attacked protesters and arrested those who defied the curfew. The arrests included legal observers and medics.  The curfew officially ended on May 3 as growing protests and challenges to it were intensifying and the monetary losses of local businesses forced to close early were skyrocketing. The governor announced that the national guard will be pulled out in increments. Sharon Black, a volunteer organizer with the PPA, told Workers World, “It is crucial that we keep the pressure on to demand amnesty for all arrestees.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgProtest in New York City, Feb. 15.Hundreds of Palestinians and their supporters across the U.S. demonstrated on Feb. 15 to protest a meeting and press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. It was the first such meeting since Trump’s election.In New York, dozens gathered for a rally organized by the NY4Palestine coalition outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue before merging with a march from Grand Central Terminal and proceeding, several hundred strong, to Trump International Hotel and Tower on Central Park West.New York City Students for Justice in Palestine Co-chair Nerdeen Kiswani and activist Mohammed Abdel with American Muslims for Palestine, New Jersey led chants of “It is right to rebel! Netanyahu, go to hell!” and “There is only one solution: Intifada, revolution!”“We’re here alongside our Palestinian brothers and sisters, and all oppressed nationalities of the world, to demand sovereignty and self-determination,” Nina Macapinlac, BAYAN USA northeast regional coordinator, told the crowd. (fightbacknews.org, Feb. 18)Outside the White House, 200 people chanted “Bibi, go home!” and dozens more rallied at Boston’s Government Center before marching to the offices of the Israeli Consulate General. (middle­easteye.net, Feb. 16)“Simply because of my religion, I am denied entry to the city where I grew up for the first 13 years of my life,” Yamila Shannan, a Palestinian native of Jerusalem now living in Dorchester, told protesters in Boston. (bostonglobe.com, Feb. 16)In Chicago, 300 protesters marched on that city’s Trump International Hotel and Tower. “To be committed to social justice means to consistently stand up for those values,” said Eli Massey, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, Chicago. “One cannot attend a protest against Trump’s Muslim ban on Monday and be conspicuously absent from the Palestine protest on Tuesday and claim to be an agent for social change.” (chicagomonitor.com, Feb. 16)At least 16 demonstrations were held throughout the country to protest the meeting. Many targeted common elements of the two leaders’ policies, particularly their support for torture of “enemy” prisoners, the use of walls to restrict movement and bans on the entry of citizens from a number of predominantly Muslim countries.Israel’s Magal Security Systems, which helped build the occupying state’s walls around the Gaza Strip and through the West Bank, is even angling for new business as Trump moves to expand existing barriers along the border with Mexico. “We have the right product and we have the experience in Israel that helps in showcasing our product,” said company CEO Saar Koursh on Jan. 26. (bloomberg.com, Jan. 29)“President Trump is right,” Netanyahu tweeted two days later. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”Trump used his own notorious account on that social media platform to cite Israeli policies — and Democratic politicians’ hypocritical support for them — in defense of earlier proposals. “Hillary Clinton said that it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in the U.S.,” the then-presidential candidate tweeted on Jan. 2, 2016.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with ­Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgNew York, April 20 — A lunchtime civil-disobedience action blocked traffic in front of the Manhattan Federal Building today, as a thousand people protested at a “No Cuts-Housing” rally. This was prompted by President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut $6.2 billion from the budget for public housing. One hundred city workers from DC 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were at the protest, which was called by many tenant and homeless organizations.The cuts are planned for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, while over 60,000 homeless people suffer in New York City where affordable housing is sorely needed. The cuts include 43 percent in public housing, 23 percent for veterans, 20 percent for people with disabilities and 10 percent for seniors.Some 85 percent of homes receiving federal rent assistance in New York include seniors, people with disabilities and children. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, by 2035 low-income seniors may use more than half their income for housing.At today’s event, Katie Goldstein, of Tenants and Neighbors, said that Trump’s proposed HUD cuts “really is a homelessness plan for low-income New Yorkers!” The next meeting of the group will plan for more fightback as another attack is anticipated from the racist president. The working class gets the connection between tax funding for war and the rich while most struggle with low-paying jobs and impossibly high rent. “Hands off HUD!” was heard loud and clear in today’s chants.With the increase in gentrification leaving working-class communities devastated, it is not surprising that protests demanding affordable housing are getting attention in local media. More people from these communities, which are majority Black and Latinx, are participating in such protests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgActivists along with Venezuelan delegation attend June 3 film New York City showing, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ as part of national days of solidarity with Venezuela.National actions are being held in response to a call by the International Action Center for Emergency Days of Solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela, from June 1 through June 10. The IAC’s appeal states in part:“Make no mistake; what has been happening for the last two months in Venezuela is a counterrevolution by the most reactionary forces of the opposition to President Nicolás Maduro’s government. It is no different from what the U.S. did with [dictator Augusto] Pinochet in Chile in 1973, with the ‘contras’ in Nicaragua in the 1980s and more recently against Libya and now in Syria. It is a ‘regime change’ effort.“The corporate media — the voice of the Pentagon and White House — have set up an international campaign of blatant lies that try to present the terrorist actions of the fascist hordes as repression from the Revolutionary Government [of Venezuela]. The truth is that these terrorist acts are directed against the state’s buildings and agencies and against the supporters of the revolution. The aim of these protests is to create chaos in order to declare a ‘humanitar­ian crisis’ and demand U.S. intervention.“State agency buildings have been destroyed, an entire fleet of public buses burned, a health facility for women and children attacked. More than 60 people have died and hundreds wounded during these protests. These are not ‘pro-democracy peaceful’ protests, as the media try to portray. Criminal groups and thugs are involved; children, paid by the opposition with U.S. aid money, are also involved. The fascist, hateful and racist character of the attacks includes setting people on fire, stabbing and beating them while shouting racist insults.“The Organization of American States has been the principal body working on behalf of the U.S. to launch an international campaign against Venezuela. As a result, Venezuela left the OAS.“Now there is a real danger of a military intervention. Two days after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with President [Donald] Trump in Washington, Colombian army tanks were mobilized to the border with Venezuela.“During these days, we aim to: expose the U.S. government and media’s role; show the truth behind these demonstrations; and express solidarity with the Bolivarian people and their government.”Solidarity from coast to coastA determined crowd picketed at the Ron Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Calif., on June 2 to demand “U.S., CIA, hands off Venezuela.” Holding signs in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution and against U.S./OAS threats against Venezuela, the picketers faced jeering chants from a small but vocal group of right-wing Venezuelans.The pro-Maduro forces chanted, “Not U.S. land, not U.S. oil — Hands off Venezuelan soil;” “No more wars for Big Oil, Hands off Venezuela;” “U.S, CIA, Hands off Venezuela;” and “U.S.A. makes endless war; Venezuela feeds the poor.”The event was initiated by the IAC, the International Committee for Peace, ­Justice, Dignity, and the Haiti Action C­ommittee. Endorsers included the ­Answer Coalition; Arab Resource and Organizing Center; Bay Area CISPES; Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition; International League of People’s Struggle-U.S.; Marcha Patriotica de Colombia/California Chapter; Socialist Action; San Francisco County, Santa Cruz County & Sonoma County Peace and Freedom ­Party; Task Force on the Americas; United National Antiwar Coalition; and ­Workers World Party.Workers World Party’s Durham, N.C., branch sponsored a film screening of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela on June 4 at the Durham Solidarity Center.In New York City, a viewing of the same film on June 3 was attended by a large multinational, multigenerational and multigender audience. William Camacaro, of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York, brought a delegation of Venezuelans to the screening, which was sponsored by the IAC and WWP. A protest in solidarity with the Venezuelan Revolution will take place at New York’s Times Square on June 6.Other actions are being planned in ­Atlanta; Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; ­Detroit; Houston; Huntington, W. Va.; Los ­Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Salt Lake City. For more information visit ­iacenter.org/4832/venezuela/.Terri Kay and Sara Flounders ­contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgThe shooting of Republican politicians practicing baseball on a ball field in Alexandria, Va., was an anomaly — that is, something that deviates from what is standard, normal or expected.And what unacknowledged crimes have become standard, normal and expected? Racist cops shooting or choking unarmed people of color and getting away with it. Unknown bigots killing trans women of color and getting away with it.Especially since the election campaign and Electoral College victory of president #45, hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims, often against immigrants mistaken for Muslims such as Sikhs and other people from South Asia, have occurred with regularity. Attacks by vigilante militias against people near the southern U.S. border whom the racists believe are from Mexico or Central America have become standard crimes.These attacks often lead to an immediate murder. They have been taking place at the same time that another assault, more gradual but also murderous, is going on. Led by the president and the Republican Party, this assault is on the working class, especially the poorest workers, which in the United States all too often but not always means people of color.Then, in Alexandria, Va., on June 15, there was an anomaly. The targets of the shooting were reactionary Republicans. If the reports in the corporate media are accurate, the person carrying out the shooting felt threatened by the Republicans’ attacks on the poor. Police shot and killed him on the spot.When it comes to wars abroad, both Democrats and Republicans support U.S. military adventures and support U.S. imperialism in general. Those who understand the role of imperialism know that all these politicians are ready to kill millions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and maybe some thousands of U.S. soldiers, too.Back in the U.S., a prime example of the attack on the poor is the Republican attempt to eliminate whatever was progressive about the Affordable Care Act. This assault threatens to remove the more than 20 million people from health insurance that the ACA provided.It is not surprising that a person dealing with a serious but treatable illness could believe that the Republicans are out to kill them and that the Democrats are either complicit or at best are doing nothing to stop their death.Taking a step back and looking at it from an objective, Marxist viewpoint, it becomes clear that the Alexandria action arises out of the current climate of growing reactionary terror in the streets, aided and abetted by the cops and the corporate flunkies of both parties in Washington.This climate is exacerbated by frustration when the means of organized resistance are either repressed or seem inadequate to stop the right-wing assault.The lesson then is that revolutionaries need to get better organized, to get more militant, to find the means of mass resistance and self-defense that will make it impossible for the ruling class to continue its deadly assault on the masses. Mass action, combined with revolutionary optimism that a future of justice for the workers and oppressed can be achieved through the struggle for socialism, will be a potent antidote to the killings, cutbacks and contempt for the people shown by the capitalist ruling class and its minions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgAug. 31 meeting at Roxbury bus yard in Boston celebrates Takiyah Thompson, second from right.By Steve GillisFinancial Secretary, USW Local 8751BostonMembers of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston school bus drivers’ union, gave a raucous, pre-school, fightback orientation to the Veolia/Transdev corporation at the Roxbury bus yard on Aug. 31, when Takiyah “Tear ‘Em Down” Thompson from Durham, N.C., showed up to a sheroe’s welcome.Drivers had heard that Thompson — the North Carolina Central University student and Workers World Party leader who, on Aug. 14, climbed a ladder to topple a mass produced, Jim-Crow-era Confederate statue — would be in town, and conspired to welcome her right. When she came to the floor, the crowd erupted in a celebratory dance to Grievance Chair Garry Murchison’s blasting of the song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!”Many drivers who grew up in Southern states knew Thompson’s name before she arrived, as they had been closely following the action, news of which has swept the country. Some remarked about how as children they had witnessed these Ku Klux Klan propaganda tools go up in their hometowns during the Civil Rights Movement, and they had always wanted to tear them down.Many drivers who grew up in Haiti had also participated in similar actions, tearing down symbols of the brutal French slavocracy and U.S. dictatorship and replacing them with liberation fighters like Toussaint L’Ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and John Brown. Everybody wanted their picture taken with Thompson.Angie Cardosa, a union stalwart and pastry chef extraordinaire, presented Thompson with a red-velvet sheet cake smothered in glorious cream cheese frosting on which she had inscribed, “Thank You Takiyah Thompson AKA Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Monica Moorehead, Coretta Scott King, Local 8751.” Drivers presented Thompson with Local 8751 honor placards that read, “Build Monuments to Freedom Fighters! Tear Down White Supremacy!” and “Drop the Charges on the Durham, N.C., Freedom Fighters!”As part of the national days of action Sept. 11 through Sept. 17, USW Local 8751 will be calling the witch-hunting Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews off the hook to demand he drop the bogus charges; propagating resolutions in the labor movement; and sending material aid for our sheroes’ and heroes’ legal defense.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgAt a “Street Speakout Against U.S. War & Racism,” organizations representing struggles against U.S. imperialism on the Korean peninsula, the Philippines, Iran, and Central and South America, as well as here in the U.S., gathered on the United National Antiwar Coalition’s national days of action. These marked the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7.Organizers from the International Action Center, BAYAN-USA and Anakbayan — all members of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle and UNAC — initiated this rally at a metro stop at Vermont and Wilshire. They gathered names for petitions and invited rail riders to join the fight to end all U.S. wars feeding racism, poverty and repression both here and abroad.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgOccupy ICE occupation in Portland, Ore., July 6.By Roy St. Warren, Josh Allan and Lyn NeeleyPortland, Ore.#OccupyICEPDX continues to face off with federal agents after three weeks of developing a thriving, organized resistance with more than 50 tents, hundreds of protesters and tremendous community support. Occupiers shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here for two weeks and began a hunger strike on July 4.Protesters are not intimidated by the cops’ use of arrests, tear gas and sharpshooters. They say they are here to stay until their demands are met: Abolish ICE, reunite immigrant families and stop incarcerating asylum seekers.The occupation has developed a sophisticated community structure centered around a common anti-ICE, anti-capitalist program. Occupy teams include maintenance and engineering, food and water distribution, medical, child care and even group meditation. The People of Color caucus organizes 24-hour guard duty, security guidelines and decisions concerning interactions with cops, and policies concerning photos and videos. They hold nightly vigils and regular rallies centered around the voices of people directly affected by U.S. imperialism.#OccupyICEPDX has forged ties between various leftist groups in Portland and raised more than $15,000 for Pueblo Unido, a Portland legal defense fund for immigrants.Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said the ICE agency was “on the wrong track” and that the city would not attempt to clear the occupation camp. He said there were no plans to interfere with the peaceful protests.However, Portland police have a sordid history of violating the city’s sanctuary city status by supporting ICE and Department of Homeland Security agents. On June 28, city cops helped DHS agents by closing streets in the vicinity of the ICE office to make way for a raid of the encampment. They cleared the sidewalk in front of the building’s entrance and erected a “no climb” fence around the perimeter of the facility.The fence obstructs the sidewalk on all sides, yet the city has not issued any citations for blocking public property — as they routinely do for houseless people. It makes the sidewalk inaccessible for those using mobility devices, in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.On July 3, the Portland facility reopened. Several media outlets reported that the occupation was disbanded.Yet the truth on the ground is very different: the occupiers maintain they will not stop until ICE is abolished. They see the U.S.-manufactured im/migrant crisis as a crisis of imperialism and a direct result of U.S. intervention. People seeking asylum in the U.S. aren’t fleeing from natural disasters, but rather from the violent, unlivable conditions created by U.S. hegemony in countries around the world.OccupyICE has spread to other cities around the country. It echoes other occupy movements of workers and oppressed, like the Paris Commune, the general strikes of the early 20th century, Occupy Wall Street and Standing Rock. It presents an opportunity to expand the workers’ struggle into deeper arenas of the class struggle and build.A broad-based, global anti-war movement is intrinsic to solving the im/migrant and refugee issue. While the capitalist media frame immigrants and refugees as a crisis, the real crisis results from capitalism itself. Unaffordable housing and health care, extreme inequality, racist police violence, pollution and climate change are all real issues facing workers and oppressed peoples.Racist attacks on migrants and refugees by the U.S. ruling class serve to divide the working class and distract us from the real culprits behind the serious problems we face today. But through continued proletarian internationalism, workers in both imperialist core countries and in colonized countries can fight together against their common enemy: the ruling class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgCuba turns back Bay of Pigs invasion. Fidel explained, how in that forgotten area of small, impoverished coastal villages, the revolution had brought education and dignity to the people for the first time. They were not going back.This article about the Cuban Revolution by Workers World Party founder Sam Marcy first appeared in the WW issue of Feb. 17, 1994.What has made the Cuban Revolution unique? Why is it such a beacon to the workers and oppressed masses, not only of Latin America and the Caribbean but around the world?There have been many uprisings, guerrilla wars, progressive electoral victories and military coups in Latin America in the course of this century. But the triumph of Fidel Castro’s guerrilla army over the Batista dictatorship did something that no previous struggle had accomplished.It broke up the old state apparatus. The revolution did not merely change governing groups, as had happened so many times before. It unseated the bourgeoisie itself from its role as the ruling class by demolishing its instrument of rule, the bourgeois state.It once again proved the monumental words of Karl Marx on the Paris Commune: that one of the fundamental characteristics of a change of class structures is the crushing of the old state apparatus and its replacement by a new state based on the popular consent of the masses.This is what happened in Paris in 1871, when popular revolutionary committees took over the functions of government. Such committees of the urban masses had first appeared in the French Revolution of 1789, when the bourgeoisie had to call out the workers and artisans to be able to completely uproot the old feudal order. In 1871, the popular committees or communes appeared again, but this time they represented the revolutionary struggle of the proletariat against the bourgeoisie.In Cuba, the Committees in Defense of the Revolution became the eyes and ears of the new class power and its most important line of defense against U.S. imperialist sabotage and invasion. The bourgeoisie especially scorned and maligned the CDRs because they were the living proof that a new type of state, based on the workers, had taken over in Cuba in 1959.Political revolution in MexicoIt is instructive to compare this to the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1917 which, for all its great achievements, did not go beyond progressive, bourgeois democratic reforms. It did, of course, expropriate the big land owners and distribute much of the land. This is a great revolutionary measure in the struggle against the big land holders, both feudal and capitalist. But it is not a socialist measure.The history of peasant rebellions in both Europe and Latin America demonstrates that they ultimately deteriorate. The landlords eventually lay their hands again on the best and most fertile areas, and the struggle continues until another round of revolutionary peasant uprisings.Peasant uprisings alone, even if they have some working-class support, do not abolish the basis of landlord and capitalist exploitation.The Mexican Revolution was a political revolution that reformed the state. This explains why Mexico today, despite all its historically important great reforms, is a bourgeois country. Different groupings may hold the governing positions, even at the summits of power, but this does not change the class structure of society.The imperialists themselves recognize that such reforms do not alter the character of their exploitation. They have cynically described their relations with Mexico in its revolutionary period as “continuing to do business during alterations.” Even when Mexico nationalized the lands of the foreign oil companies in the 1930s, its relationship with the U.S. continued more or less as before.The Cuban Revolution came more than 40 years after the Mexican Revolution. It came after the great October socialist revolution in Russia and the revolutions in China, Vietnam and Korea. The industrial development of Cuba was greatly advanced compared to some other areas of Latin America, despite the constraints imposed by imperialist control and ownership — and the poverty and underdevelopment of much of the countryside.Why Cuban Revolution went furtherWhile Cuba had not reached the level of the European capitalist states, the objective basis for socialist revolution had matured there. It must always be remembered that Cuba lives in the shadow of U.S. finance capital, which until the revolution controlled its most important economic arteries.Liberal writers in the U.S., some of them very well-meaning, spread confusion about the socialist revolution in Cuba. Some of it was actuated by friendly desires not to cast Cuba in communist revolutionary colors, for fear of giving aid to imperialism.Projecting a moderate image of Cuba seemed necessary in order to withstand the utterly unprecedented vileness of the imperialist press and the increasingly shrill calls by the most extreme elements for intervention. It continued even in the face of a possible nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and Cuba over the latter’s alliance with the USSR.Many liberal and socialist elements in the U.S. closely studied the Cuban Revolution. Probably the best account was by Leo Huberman and Paul Sweezy in the book “Cuba: Anatomy of a Revolution” (Monthly Review Press, 1960). While the Cuban leaders at that time spoke of the revolution only in terms of specific reforms, Huberman and Sweezy had “no hesitation” in concluding that “the new Cuba is a socialist Cuba.”In the United States, the discussion of the class character of the Cuban Revolution came to a rather abrupt end when Comrade Fidel Castro, in a speech made just as CIA planes were bombing Cuba during the April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, for the first time put it quite explicitly: “What the Yankee imperialists will not forgive is that we have made a socialist revolution right under their very noses.”Strong unions and Communist PartyIt’s important to note that before the rise of the 26th of July Movement that launched the revolutionary struggle for power, Cuba had for many years had a strong Communist Party and trade unions that survived years of repression. The early liberal and progressive literature in the United States about the Cuban Revolution often overlooked this. But objective and subjective conditions in Cuba had matured to the point where a strong Communist Party was possible.Mexico in 1910 did not have the conditions for the existence of a revolutionary working-class party. There were no communist parties yet in existence anywhere.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgThe following excerpted article first appeared online Sept. 14, 2016, to mark the 45th anniversary of this historic uprising of incarcerated workers and revolutionaries.  The story of Attica, Sept. 9, 1971, is the story of how prisons can be incubators of revolutionaries — like George Jackson, assassinated 2 ½ weeks earlier at San Quentin State Prison.Attica has been described as the biggest deployment of state violence since the crushing of the Native uprising at Wounded Knee — 81 years before.The significance of the Attica uprising as a prison rebellion transcends prison. Attica was a high-water mark in the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It was almost the Black Liberation Movement’s Paris Commune of 100 years before in France in 1871.Attica was spontaneous, but to the extent that it was led, it was organized by revolutionaries — highly political individuals who considered themselves Marxists, Maoists, Black liberationists. They organized committees for food and for negotiations. They put together 28 demands in a few hours!Their demands addressed every aspect of survival in prison: health, food, an end to solitary confinement, legal rights, the right to family visitation, the right to get political material in the mail. Particularly noteworthy, in relation to yesterday’s national prison strike, is that almost one-third of their demands addressed prisoner labor rights.This is from their statement: “We demand an end to prison labor exploitation. . . . Prisoners who refuse to work are punished and segregated. This is a class issue.”Their demands included: Prisoners should be considered workers. The work day should be eight hours. Prisoners should have the right to form a union. Prisons should be made to conform to New York state labor laws, including wages and workers’ compensation for accidents. Prisoners should have access to vocational training, union pay scales, union membership.Workers World Party played an important role at Attica. The Party had a tremendous reputation with prisoners, through both Youth Against War and Fascism and the Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee, and was known in all state prisons. We did work, ranging from solidarity with political prisoners and legal help, to providing buses to take prisoners’ families for visits to upstate prisons. We were also known for our political program: “Prisons are concentration camps for the poor! Tear them down!” Our reputation was such that the Attica negotiating committee asked that a leading comrade, Tom Soto, be an observer during negotiations with the state.Ultimately the repression came. Nelson Rockefeller, the oil billionaire then the governor, gave the orders to crush the uprising. He had a reputation as an Eastern liberal, but he was actually a ruling-class monster with presidential aspirations, so he ordered in more than 1,000 troops, guards and state troopers from four to five states around, to shoot indiscriminately. The state killed more than 30 prisoners and 10 hostages. The bourgeois propaganda was that the prisoners had killed the hostages, with the media giving all sorts of lying details. But it later came out that all who died, died of bullet wounds — and the prisoners had no guns. Surviving prisoners were tortured, without their wounds being treated.The ruling class made their point: “There is a price to pay” if there is ­rebellion.Organize prisoners, NOT cops and guards!But the uprising opened up the question of prisoners’ rights and liberation. From then on, the cutoff, isolated prisoners became a much bigger issue in our movement, as well as the issue of prisoners as workers.This brings us to yesterday’s strike, on Sept. 9. The prison population was perhaps under 500,000 in 1971. Now it is six to seven times that, and there is the prison-industrial complex. More than one million of those prisoners work within the prisons. They do construction and clearing land; they do clothing manufacture; or they work for McDonalds, ATT or Walmart. Many, many corporations are using prison labor.The prisoners are a detachment of the working class, working under prison slave-like conditions for pennies a day. For yesterday’s strike, unionization and minimum wages were among the many demands, as well as abolition of prisons.It is noteworthy that foremost among the forces helping the prisoners are anarchists, members of the International Workers of the World, who are also working with low-wage workers. As revolutionary Marxists we have many differences with anarchists, but we should give credit where credit is due.The I.W.W. writings on why they are motivated should be read by unionists. These make clear that while they are supporting prisoners to have workers’ rights, their ultimate objective is to abolish prison slave labor. This is a good reminder to labor unionists that our ultimate objective should be to end slave labor.This is a reminder to the labor movement of the necessity to adopt revolutionary methods in the labor struggle. Revolutionaries aid in the organization of the working class so that workers can better their conditions.However, revolutionaries never forget that our ultimate goal is not merely improving the conditions under which workers’ labor is exploited, but rather the abolition of exploitation, the abolition of all wage slavery and capitalism.The strike raises larger issues. For instance, in 1977 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case brought by a North Carolina prisoners’ union that the prisoners do not have rights as workers.But when has the claim of “no rights” ever stopped us from organizing workers?Fighting for legal rights is part of organizing! We fight for workers organizing in the right-to-work states in the South, for undocumented workers who don’t have bourgeois rights as workers.One problem for some unions is that they have cops and prison guards in these unions. That makes it harder for the union to take anti-racist and solidarity positions. They should get rid of the prison guards and organize the prisoners!The working class is changing. Now a big section is temporary and unorganized. The Black Lives Matter movement is part of the working class in motion and is demanding a stop to killing Black and Brown workers and demanding jobs and employment.Our Party has to take the lead in acknowledging who is at the forefront of working-class organizing. If you have a Marxist view of the working class, our class is far from disappearing — it is expanding! End prison slave labor! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Previous articleNew Coalition Petitions USDA over Herbicide Tolerant CropsNext articleFarm Bill Process Remains Contentious Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Domestic Fuels Act Highlighted at RFA Legislative Forum By Andy Eubank – Apr 18, 2012 Home Energy Domestic Fuels Act Highlighted at RFA Legislative Forum To weaken imported oil’s grip on Americans we must expand the availability and use of domestically-produced renewable fuels. That was the message of Senator John Hoeven at the inaugural Renewable Fuels Association’s Washington Legislative Forum. Hoeven detailed the elements of the bipartisan Domestic Fuels Act introduced last month and expressed the importance of making all fuels available to American consumers and businesses through market-based measures that increase competition and remove bureaucratic obstacles to producing and marketing fuels. He said it’s about giving customers choice and better prices at the pump by empowering retailers to market multiple fuels using the same equipment.The Domestic Fuels Act would streamline the process so all fuels can be stored and dispensed with common equipment; provide liability protection for retailers that meet the streamlined EPA standards; and establish a new pathway for retailers to ensure their equipment is safe and legally recognized as compatible to sell new fuels. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the legislation is a perfect example of the kind of thoughtful policies that can be created when all stakeholders work together for the common good. He adds that the Domestic Fuels Act responds to the specific desire of Americans to have more options at the pump.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

first_img The Environmental Protection Agency has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sorghum checkoff chairman Bill Kubecka says this is a significant step forward for the sorghum industry. He says this will make sorghum a more profitable biofuel feedstock for the renewables industry – thus increasing the value and demand for sorghum. The checkoff says the ruling further affirms their belief that grain sorghum is perfectly suited for starch-based ethanol production. Sorghum Checkoff Renewables Director John Duff says this new opportunity to produce advanced biofuel will increase demand for the crop and lead to greater profitability for producers across the nation.According to the EPA – ethanol produced from grain sorghum emits 32-percent less greenhouse gas than the baseline petroleum it replaces and uses one-third less water than some other biofuel feedstocks. Sorghum also produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel and has 34-percent protein content.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleASA Urges Yes Vote on Russia PNTR BillNext articleAg Wants President to Step in on River Navigation Issue Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Dec 4, 2012 Home Energy Grain Sorghum Approved as Eligible Feedstock Under RFS Facebook Twitter Grain Sorghum Approved as Eligible Feedstock Under RFSlast_img read more

first_imgHigher soybean prices may make yield-enhancing crop inputs attractive – but before using a foliar fungicide – DuPont Pioneer Senior Research Manager Steve Schnebly says it’s important to scout and determine the type of disease or diseases present. Scouting should be done prior to the R3 growth stage – especially if the weather has been rainy or humid – according to Schnebly – since these conditions are most favorable to foliar diseases. If these conditions continue – he says these diseases spread faster – making scouting vital to help reduce damage. He specifically notes two diseases to scout for this summer – frogeye leaf spot and septoria brown spot. Symptoms of frogeye leaf spot appear as light gray lesions surrounded by dark borders that may coalesce to farm larger irregular spots on leaves – according to Schnebly. As for septoria brown spot – he says growers should look for small, angular, red-brown spots on unifoliate leaves – which can be more pronounced on lower leaf surfaces – though they also develop on upper leaf surfaces. If left untreated – frog eye leaf spot can significantly reduce yields and septoria brown spot can cause economic losses.To help manage both of these diseases – Schnebly recommends a foliar fungicide application if disease levels exceed thresholds – which can be found by contacting your local DuPont Pioneer agronomist or state extension specialist. Both diseases can be easily controlled – Schnebly says – with a combination of good crop scouting, good management and good variety selection. For more information – visit www dot pioneer dot com (www.pioneer.com). Scout Fields for Foliar Diseases in Soybeans SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Scout Fields for Foliar Diseases in Soybeans Facebook Twitter Previous articleMaster Farmers Pay Tribute to their Many MentorsNext articleOrganizations Join, Urge House to Pass Immigration Reform Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jul 30, 2013 last_img read more

first_img Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Disney Frozen Interrupts Tom Vilsack During Senate Finance Hearing STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Facebook Twitter Name Sym Last Change SOURCEPolitico SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Home News Feed Disney Frozen Interrupts Tom Vilsack During Senate Finance Hearing Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Previous articlePurdue Ag Students Engage Campus Wide During Ag WeekNext articleMorning Outlook Jon Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Facebook Twitter Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was in front of U.S. Senators today being questioned about the TPA free-trade agreement proposal. While he was speaking, he was interrupted by the popular Disney song “Frozen.”Republican Sen. Pat Roberts cell phone ringtone “Let It Go” blared while he was interrogating Secretary Vilsack. The whole room laughed as Pat Roberts muted his phone. All quotes are delayed snapshots By Jon Truitt – Apr 16, 2015 last_img read more

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News New Governor and Ag Heavy Hitters Headline Indy Conference Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 19, 2017 New Governor and Ag Heavy Hitters Headline Indy Conference Previous articleFarm Leaders Taking Part in Inaugural Parade FridayNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank 2017 ACI conference previewEducate, Advocate and Lead is the theme of the upcoming Agribusiness Council of Indiana annual conference and expo, January 27 & 27 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott. ACI plans the event for its membership which includes grain and feed, ag retail, and the chemical and fertilizer sectors. But the president of ACI Beth Bechdol says the range of speakers and important topics from nutrient management to consolidation in the industry will touch anyone in Indiana agriculture.“When you look at a number of these topics, everything from talent to consolidation to regulatory issues, policy, and the health of the ag economy, I’m really excited about the fact that we’ve broadened the level of interest and opened this up to an event that a very broad audience can really get something from,” she told HAT.ACI conference growsSpeakers will include Governor Eric Holcomb in his first ag address since taking office and Jason Henderson, Associate Dean for the Purdue University College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension will discuss the Forces at Work in Our Agriculture Economy. After his address Thursday afternoon Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director, Jay Vroom, President and CEO at CropLife America and Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives will discuss what the world will look like for agribusiness post U.S. election.“We’re excited to have all three of them. they’ve all been a part of President-elect Trump’s farm agriculture advisory committee in one way, shape or form. Jay and Chuck especially, coming from Washington, I’m not sure I can even count the number of farm bills those two individuals have worked on in various roles and capacities and now in their work with national agribusiness trade associations.”About McKinney Vroom and ConnorOne of the Friday morning sessions deals with consolidation and what it means for agriculture, customers and ACI itself. The panel, moderated by Dr. Allan Gray from the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business, includes Rajan Gajaria, Vice President of North and Latin America for Dow AgroSciences, Harold Cooper, CEO and General Manager of Premier Companies, and Vern Hawkins, President of Syngenta Crop Protection.You can still register to attend at https://inagribiz.org/resources/register-conference/. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home CROPS May 10th USDA World Outlook Highlights This report presents USDA’s initial assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand prospects and U.S. prices for 2017/18.  Also presented are the first calendar-year 2018 projections of U.S. livestock, poultry, and dairy products.  Due to spring planting still underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and being several months away in the Southern Hemisphere, these projections are highly tentative.  Forecasts for U.S. winter wheat area, yield, and production are from the May 10 Crop Production report.  For other U.S. crops, the March 31 Prospective Plantings report is used for planted acreage.  Methods used to project 2017/18 harvested acreage and yield are noted in each table.WHEAT:U.S. wheat supplies for 2017/18 are projected down 9 percent from 2016/17 on lower production, which is partially offset by higher beginning stocks.  All wheat production for 2017/18 is projected at 1,820 million bushels, down nearly 500 million bushels from the prior year.  The year-to-year decline is due to a sharp reduction in planted area and projected lower yields.  The all wheat yield is projected at 47.2 bushels per acre, down 10 percent from last year’s record.  The first survey-based forecast for 2017/18 winter wheat production is down sharply with the lowest harvested area in more than a century and lower yields.  Winter wheat benefited from diminishing drought conditions in the Plains and Midwest.  However, a late April snow storm affected large portions of the Hard Red Winter wheat belt, especially western Kansas.  Combined spring wheat and Durum production for 2017/18 is projected to decline 10 percent on lower area and a return to trend yields. Total use for 2017/18 is projected down 2 percent on lower exports and feed and residual use.  Exports are projected at 1.0 billion bushels, down 35 million from the previous year’s revised level but above the five-year average.  The EU is expected to regain export market share following last year’s small crop and quality problems.  U.S. feed and residual use is projected down 20 million bushels on lower supplies.  U.S. ending stocks are projected to decline 245 million bushels to 914 million, the lowest in three years.  The season-average farm price is projected at $3.85 to $4.65 per bushel.  The mid-point of this range is up $0.35 from the previous year’s low level.   Global wheat supplies are projected to decline fractionally as higher beginning stocks are more than offset by a production decline following last year’s record.  Total wheat production is projected at 737.8 million tons, the second highest total on record.  Global wheat consumption is projected down slightly from last year’s record with reduced feed and residual usage partially offset by increased food use.  Global imports are expected to be a record for the fifth consecutive year.  Global ending stocks are projected at a record 258.3 million tons, up 2.9 million from 2016/17.COARSE GRAINS:The U.S. feed-grain outlook for 2017/18 is for lower production, domestic use, exports and ending stocks. The corn crop is projected at 14.1 billion bushels, down from last year’s record high with a lower forecast area and yield. The yield projection of 170.7 bushels per acre is based on a weather-adjusted trend assuming normal planting progress and summer weather, estimated using the 1988-2016 time period. The yield model includes a downward stochastic adjustment to account for the asymmetric response of yield to July precipitation. The smaller corn crop is partly offset by the largest projected beginning stocks since 1988/89, leaving total corn supplies down from a year ago but still the second highest on record.  Total U.S. corn use in 2017/18 is forecast to decline 2 percent from a year ago as a slight increase in domestic use is more than offset by lower exports.  Food, seed, and industrial (FSI) use is projected to rise 80 million bushels to 7.0 billion due to increased use of corn to produce ethanol for fuel and expected growth in non-ethanol FSI. Corn used to produce ethanol is up 50 million bushels, reflecting expectations of gasoline consumption growth, reduced sorghum used to produce ethanol, higher expected blending and continued global ethanol import demand.  Projected feed and residual use declines as a smaller crop and increased use of ethanol by-products more than offsets growth in grain consuming animal units.U.S. corn exports are down 350 million bushels, as a 1.0-billion-bushel year-over-year increase in the combined corn exports of Brazil and Argentina during 2016/17 (local marketing years beginning in March 2017 and ending February 2018) is expected to cut into the 2017/18 U.S. shipping season.  With total supply falling faster than use, 2017/18 U.S. ending stocks of corn are down 185 million bushels. The season-average farm price is projected at $3.00 to $3.80 per bushel, unchanged at the midpoint from 2016/17.The global coarse grain outlook for 2017/18 is for lower production, increased use and sharply reduced ending stocks. Corn production is forecast down from a year ago, with the largest declines in China and the United States.  Partly offsetting are larger crops projected for the EU and Canada. Global corn use is up 9 million tons (1 percent), while global corn imports are projected to increase 7 million tons.  Notable increases in corn imports include Vietnam, Egypt, the EU, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Iran.  Global corn ending stocks are down from last year’s record high and if realized would be the lowest since 2013/14.  The drop largely reflects forecast declines for China and the United States. For China, total corn supply is down 14 million tons in 2017/18, based on projected declines in beginning stocks and production.  Area is reduced based on planting intentions published by the National Bureau of Statistics.On the demand side, feed and residual use is expected to increase based on continued relatively low internal market prices, efforts by the government to promote use of domestic supplies and reduced imports of corn substitutes.  Projected FSI use is higher based on expectations of growth in domestic use and exports of corn-based industrial products.OILSEEDS:The 2017/18 outlook for U.S. soybeans is for higher supplies, crush, exports, and ending stocks.  The soybean crop is projected at 4,255 million bushels, down 52 million from last year’s record crop with a forecast lower trend yield more than offsetting higher harvested area.  With sharply higher beginning stocks, soybean supplies are projected at 4,715 million bushels, up 4 percent from 2016/17.  The U.S. soybean crush for 2017/18 is projected at 1,950 million bushels, up 25 million from the revised 2016/17 forecast.  Domestic soybean meal disappearance is forecast to increase with expected gains in U.S. meat production.  U.S. soybean meal exports are forecast at 12.4 million short tons, leaving the U.S share of global trade slightly lower than in 2016/17.  With increased supplies and lower projected prices, U.S. soybean exports are forecast at 2,150 million bushels, up 100 million from the revised 2016/17 projection.  Despite sharply higher beginning stocks in South America this fall, a smaller projected harvest in early 2018 leaves 2017/18 total supplies almost unchanged from 2016/17, limiting projected gains for South American soybean exports.  With forecast global soybean import growth of 5 percent, the U.S. soybean export share is projected at 39 percent, up slightly from 2016/17 and near the 5-year average.  U.S. ending stocks for 2017/18 are projected at 480 million bushels, up 45 million from the revised 2016/17 forecast.  The 2017/18 U.S. season-average soybean price range is forecast at $8.30 to $10.30 per bushel compared with $9.55 per bushel in 2016/17.  Soybean meal prices are forecast at $295 to $335 per short ton, compared with $320 per ton for 2016/17.  Soybean oil prices are forecast at 30.0 to 34.0 cents per pound compared with 31.75 cents for 2016/17.The 2017/18 global oilseed supply and demand forecasts include higher production, crush, and exports compared to last year. Global oilseed production is projected at 572.1 million tons, up 6.0 million from 2016/17.  Growth in rapeseed, cottonseed, peanut, sunflowerseed, copra, and palm kernel is partly offset by lower soybean production.  Soybean production is projected down 3.4 million tons to 344.7 million mainly on declines from last year’s records for the United States, Brazil, and Paraguay as yields return to trend levels.  Conversely, soybean production is forecast up for Canada, China, Bolivia, and Ukraine. SHARE By Andy Eubank – May 10, 2017 May 10th USDA World Outlook Highlights SHARE Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 11, 2017 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

first_img Previous articleCoronavirus Emphasizes Challenges for Rural CommunitiesNext articleA Special Note to Our Listeners and Readers Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Canadian Parliament Passes USMCA SHARE Prior to taking a three-week break to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters is reporting that the Canadian Parliament ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.Canada was the last of the three countries to ratify the agreement. After initially signing the agreement with then Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November of 2018, President Trump signed it into law on January 29 of this year.According to Reuters, the only remaining step is formal approval by the governor-general – the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state – which is a formality.In a statement, United State Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, lead negotiator of the deal, said, “Now that the USMCA has been approved by all three countries, an historic new chapter for North American trade has begun. This landmark achievement would not be possible without President Trump’s leadership and determination to strengthen our economy, and the hard work of our negotiating partners in Canada and Mexico. USMCA is the gold standard by which all future trade agreements will be judged, and citizens of all three countries will benefit for years to come.”Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue added, “USMCA is a great victory for America’s agriculture industry, and I am pleased to see Canada’s Parliament approved the deal today. USMCA locks in and expands access to our neighbors to the North and South. I thank President Trump for negotiating this deal and for always supporting America’s farmers and ranchers. We will continue to work with both Canada and Mexico in implementing this agreement.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Canadian Parliament Passes USMCA SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 15, 2020 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgLive Oak Reading Series opens students’ minds to new ways of writing printTrump and Clinton: Where are the campaign signs? from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, many in the TCU area have noticed something different about citizen participation in this election cycle.Throughout campaign history, voters have typically shown their support by publicly displaying which candidate they are backing. In the 2012 presidential race, Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan logos seemed to be everywhere.Images courtesy of CNN Politics. + posts ReddIt ReddIt Previous articleStudy abroad office plans new opportunityNext articleVietnamese Student Association hosts “Born with Horn” event Hannah Gibson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU students take part in adopting horned frogs Facebook Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ TCU students give a voice to the voiceless Linkedincenter_img Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook TCU alumnus competes in renowned fishing tournament However, TCU student and Tarrant County GOP Hispanic Engagement Field Director Jacob Velasquez said this election season has broken the trend of propaganda posters.He said there are hardly any yard signs or bumper stickers around, at least in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.“It’s just an interesting phenomenon that’s going on,” Velasquez said. “A number of people on both sides are just sort of disinterested in the election cycle.”As an employee at the Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, Velasquez said people have refrained from purchasing yard signs for fear of vandalism or judgement.“People have been stealing signs and vandalizing signs. I’ve gone into different neighborhoods before where people say they don’t want to express their political views because they could feel retaliation from their neighbors,” Velasquez said.Other reasons for this phenomenon are plenty and varied, according to TCU political science professor Dr. Ralph Carter.Aside from vandalism, Carter said voters are not using candidate propaganda because they simply are not interested in either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.“It’s strange but it’s a sign of how polar things have gotten. I think Americans would agree we have a choice of two flawed candidates,” Carter said. “As a result of that, I think the enthusiasm level in the campaign has been muted by what it normally is.”In an interview below, Velasquez said the most discouraging part is the lack of citizen participation across the board, including voting.Early voting in Texas took place Oct. 24 through Nov. 4.Americans will still have the chance to vote on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find a convenient voting location, visit Vote Texas.Fort Worth citizens participated in early voting in the Brown-Lupton University Union at TCU. (Sam Bruton/TCU360) Twitter Hannah is a junior broadcast journalism major and a studio art minor. She is writing for TCU 360 and will be covering Student Organizations this semester. TAGSaudioimagephotosvideo Hannah Gibson Linkedin Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

first_imgprintFormer Executive Members of YAF, Erica King (left) and Margaret Ginn (right) pose with Steve Forbes after his lectureTCU’s Young American’s for Freedom club hosted an American publishing executive and two-time candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President to speak about “how capitalism is the only thing that can save the us.”Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief for business magazine Forbes, spoke during the hour-long event regarding issues that are preoccupying the United States such as healthcare.“Steve Forbes is a great role model for all Republicans,” said economics major Hannah Saffle. “When TCU’s YAF offers us the opportunity to sit for an hour and listen to topics that are important to our Nation, I couldn’t say no.”Students, staff and community members applauded Forbes as he walked on stage with his arm in a sling due to a broken elbow.After introducing himself and explaining his injury, Forbes did not hesitate to start his lecture.“Capitalism is moral,” he said. “If you look at the real world, how do you succeed?”Forbes related success to capitalism, saying people succeed by meeting the needs and wants of other people.“Without people knowing it, they become attentive to other people,” he said. “You ask people to buy something you’re selling. If they don’t want it then you won’t sell it, and if they do want it then you sell it and you both gain something.”One example Forbes used to explain his theory is the construction for healthcare. He said the healthcare policy in America needs to be reformed.“We don’t have real free markets in healthcare because the patients are not in charge,” Forbes said.He said there needs to be nationwide shopping for health insurance because right now it is ran state by state. He added that people need to know exactly what they are paying for and how much their insurance is going to cover before walking into the hospital or clinic.“We need to require hospitals and clinics to post their prices, deals, and how many people have died after they were admitted online or somewhere for the public to see,” Forbes said. “They also need to do a little more on flex billing because for example not everyone needs pregnancy coverage.”Saffle said she agrees with Forbes idea of health insurance being a choice.“If you want to live a certain way of life then you should suffer the consequences and the negative effects that it has if you do not get health insurance,” she said. “If you do get it and can afford it, then you can get the positive side of having it.”“These changes are not going to happen overnight, but huge breakthroughs are coming and cures are in the light,” Forbes said. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Former Executive Members of YAF, Erica King (left) and Margaret Ginn (right) pose with Steve Forbes after his lecture. TCU’s IFC gives out free hot shaves to kick-off Movember TCU’s innovative offense led them to victory against West Virginia Shelby Kitson Website| + posts SGA helps relieve student stress during finals week ReddIt Facebook Fraternity and Sorority Life hires seven new hall directors to enhance safety, promote community Shelby Kitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-kitson/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Shelby Kitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-kitson/ Facebook Shelby Kitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-kitson/ ReddIt Twitter Previous articleFort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years of James BondNext articleAmazing Vietnam 2017 brings cultural diversity to TCU Shelby Kitson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shelby Kitson is a senior journalism student at Texas Christian University. When she is not in the newsroom or writing stories, she enjoys spending time with family and wake boarding. Linkedin Shelby Kitsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shelby-kitson/ Linkedin Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter ReddIt Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Linkedin Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ ACT, SAT scores now optional for students applying to TCU in 2021 Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Michael Rogers Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/center_img ‘Unchartered territory’ as Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized Linkedin printThe aftermath of a college football game day tailgate: red solo cups, empty cans, plates and shrink wrap scattered throughout the backyard or driveway.As one popular saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and in the case of TCU students Devin Gallemore and Chandler Fields, that statement couldn’t be more true. They decided to come up with a trash clean up service for student tailgaters. Together, they are the “Dumpster Divers.”“It’s Uber for trash,” junior economics major Gallemore said.  “It’s on-demand trash pick-up. What we do is if there’s piles of trash on your property that won’t fit into your waste bin and you call us, we’ll come in and take care of it.”Gallemore said other trash collection services around campus charge students around $100 dollars for a similar service, but their service charges only $20.Gallemore is the creator of the service and both him and Fields are in the early stages of recruiting more drivers. Drivers for “Dumpster Divers” keep 70 percent of the $20 profit per pickup, roughly $14.  The business itself keeps the other 30 percent.“To go from TCU to the Waste Management dump costs $2.17 in gas,” Gallemore said.  “You profit just over $11.”Gallemore said the idea came to him when he came back to school this year and people kept calling him to take their trash out because he had a truck. He said his partner Chandler Fields ran into the same issue and they both thought it would nice if they could make some money off of taking out the trash.“We started this to help the TCU community out and make sure things are done the right way to try and reduce littering and illegal dumping,” Fields said.Both Gallemore and Fields said they were unaware of how popular of a demand the trash service would have until they read about the new Texas littering law and the tailgating fines which allows judges to sentence offenders to 60 hours of community service if caught littering.More than just making money and helping the community follow the law, Fields said their trash collection service is their way of living up to the mission statement of TCU.“Part of the TCU mission statement is to ‘educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.’” Fields said. “We want this to be a platform for other students to make a difference that is bigger than themselves.”Currently, “Dumpster Divers” is not sponsored through TCU, but the two have been in contact with landlords who have expressed interest in using the service.Both Fields and Gallemore are looking to find a way to put their service on an app where more drivers can register and users can request trash pickups by alerting drivers on duty. They both also hope to sustain the company after college and are looking to expand their business to other colleges and universities.For more information contact Dumpster Divers at (682) 207-5623. TCU, SMU students collaborate on app for students, businesses Previous article“Penny Swap” could mean $23 million boost for Fort Worth schoolsNext articleTurner MacLean leads Frogs in Nike Collegiate Invitational Michael Rogers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter ReddIt TCU students look to do their part in combating tailgating fines with new service. + posts last_img read more

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Mr. and Ms. TCU nominations open ReddIt + posts Record 20,000 first-year applicants for fall 2018 Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Facebook Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Frogs for Wellness looking to expand peer education program Kate Redfield is a journalism major with minors in design studies and comparative race and ethnic studies. A California native, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, “gifting” her opinion, writing, and eating good food. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Bookstore hosts release party for student-authored cookbook Twitter print“Veggie burger bowl” recipe. (Photo courtesy of Claire Hargis.)While some students came to college banking only on their ability to microwave Easy Mac, sophomore strategic communication major McKenzie Amaral was writing a book on simple, college-friendly recipes, inspired by NaNoWriMo this year.Amaral said she noticed students were tired of unhealthy, overcooked cafeteria food so she channeled her passion for the eating “experience” into her cookbook, “Dormet.”“I became so frustrated with the lack of experience that surrounds the college meal,” Amaral said. “A meal is supposed to be an experience that not only nourishes the body but also nourishes the soul.”“Apple pizza’s” recipe. (Photo courtesy of Claire Hargis.)She wrote her book with students in mind, accommodating for some of the challenges college students face when cooking, mainly: having to cook in a dorm room.“Unlike most college food options, ‘Dormet’ features recipes for simple, nutritious meals requiring minimal equipment and space,” Amaral said.Every meal featured in “Dormet” has a prep time of ten minutes or less and requires simple utensils, so students don’t have to sacrifice study time to pull together a meal.Despite being a student with study demands of her own, Amaral said writing the book actually helped improve her stress levels.“Cooking and writing have always been stress relievers for me,” Amaral said. “Being able to combine them both has proved to be the ultimate stress reliever.”The book will be available for purchase on Amazon sometime this March and a book release party will be held in April at the TCU Bookstore. Amaral said she also plans to reach out to other booksellers and retailers around the country, targeting college student and young adult markets.As for her future in the writing and wellness industries, she said she hopes this hobby can be cooked into a business. Kate Redfield Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Previous articleNo. 14 beach volleyball drops to 3-3 after pair of lossesNext articleBrodziansky, Williams earn All-Big 12 Honors for consecutive seasons Kate Redfield RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ TAGSfoodHealth Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

first_imgReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podell Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. ReddIt + posts Facebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU guard Desmond Bane soars to the hoop during his 26-point performance that led to a two-point victory over Oklahoma State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. printTCU guard Desmond Bane soars to the hoop during his 26-point performance that led to a two-point victory over Oklahoma State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoJunior guard Desmond Bane earned his first Big 12 award for TCU this week as he was named the conference player of the week.Before he was earning accolades for the Horned Frogs, Bane wasn’t even sure if he would play college basketball. The talented athlete from the basketball-crazed state of Indiana almost didn’t even wind up at TCU. Now, he’s the Horned Frogs’ leading scorer as well as one of their leaders, as TCU attempts to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1952-1953. “Desmond is one guy we don’t have to worry about motivation, he’s in the gym endlessly, he’s working hard, and he’s gotten better for us defensively,” head coach Jamie Dixon said. “And, he’s a great leader. I’m really looking forward to the growth of this team.”The Richmond, Indiana native averaged 21.5 points in leading TCU to a 2-0 week which included a win at No. 17 Iowa State, the Frogs’ first win over a ranked team on the road in 21 years. He tied a season-high with 26 points, on 6-9 shooting from the three-point line in their win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 6. He followed up that performance with 17 in the victory over Iowa State on Feb. 9.Bane’s basketball career started early in his great-grandparents’ living room at the age of three. “His mom wasn’t quite grown up yet, so we just decided to take him in and take care of him,” Fabbie Bane, Desmond’s great-grandmother said. “He was two years old when we took him, and we had a basketball hoop set up in the living room. Des gravitated toward it.”Desmond almost didn’t even choose basketball as his primary sport when the time came to dedicate himself to just one his sophomore year of high school.He was good at football, basketball and baseball. His great-grandparents’ attic is lined with the numerous home run balls he hit during his baseball days.“When he told me he didn’t want to play football or baseball anymore, I hated to see him give it up, but I could see why,” Bob Bane, Desmond’s great-grandfather said. “We’ve got a goal for him out here in the street, and he would shoot three-pointers from way out in the street.”After Desmond made the decision to stay on the hardwood, he went through the difficult realization that schools in his home state of Indiana weren’t going to come calling as he put up huge numbers for Seton Catholic High School, a 1-A classification school — the lowest in the state. Bane averaged 30 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.2 blocks per game during his senior year, leading his team to a 23-4 record with a regional appearance. He even posted a 62-point effort his senior season, yet no one in state reached out. “Growing up looking at the candy cane stripes playing at IU, it’s just like every kid’s dream pretty much, and then the Purdue is there, a program that Matt Painter has done a great job with to get them going, and Notre Dame’s one of the best schools for academics and their basketball program was thriving just a few years ago, any of them would have been great,” he said.Not even Indiana State, a team TCU has defeated twice this season, once by 20 in Fort Worth and again by 14 at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, offered Bane a spot. “You don’t get the same respect and the same love being at the level where Seton Catholic was, so I mean we had to go out and win some games and prove to people that we were as good as we as we were and it worked out for the best,” Bane said.His first Division 1 offer came in November of his senior year from Furman, a member of the Southern Conference. “It was pretty late my first Division 1 offer, Furman in South Carolina, I took a visit down there,” he said. “They have a really beautiful campus, good coaching staff too, so I got them, a couple more mid-majors throughout the year and there were some high-majors flirting with me. So I waited and waited and waited, and they didn’t end up coming. I was going to commit to Miami Ohio, a little school in the back right down the road from from my house.”Miami of Ohio would have been a safe choice since it was only 30 minutes from Desmond’s childhood home. However, his family wasn’t sure that was the right move. “They wanted him so bad, and it was like playing out of your backyard,” Bob Bane said. “He would want to come back here a lot, and since he really wanted to make it to the highest level, we wanted to support him in that.”Desmond’s great-grandparents wanted him to take him all over to play basketball, so they traveled to Dallas for the Adidas Gauntlet tournament, one of the bigger AAU events. That’s where he became a target on TCU’s radar. “First, we saw him as a high character guy, which is very important for us, and his high school coaches, AAU coaches and everyone else had high praise for him,” TCU associate head basketball coach Ryan Miller said. “It was at the Adidas Gauntlet tournament in Dallas, so there’s a lot of high major teams and players who were competing, so watching him play against those guys, guys who are going to play in the Big 12 and recruits that are going to play in these other major conferences, and he was doing well to where he was one of the leading scorers in the Adidas Gauntlet. We thought he could fit in here and do well here.”His Horned Frog recruitment came together abruptly just before he graduated high school. “Coach Dixon came calling to get me down on a visit ASAP,” Bane said. “I came out, loved it, and jumped out on a limb to come down here about two weeks before I graduated high school. I graduated and then next day after I graduated, I had to be here on campus.”Immediately, he was thrown into the fire, averaging 20 minutes a game for the Horned Frogs during their NIT Championship run his freshman season while putting up seven points per game and shooting 77 percent at the free throw line to go along with 38 percent shooting from three.“I didn’t necessarily expect it coming in, but I knew I could to be a part of this team and be on the floor, and I mean it happened for the best since I was able to play in and win championship games with a bunch of older guys while learning from them,” he said. Two of the seniors his freshman year, Brandon Parrish and Karviar Shepherd, made an effort to mentor Bane.“They really just took us under their wing and taught us how to be great men and great basketball players,” Bane said. “They’re just so level-headed. They were never going to be caught off the court and getting in trouble, and good game or bad game there, you’re never really going to be able to tell the difference in their attitude and mood. They’re just really level-headed guys and always encouraging everyone around him to be the best version of themselves.”Bane said he learned how to be a more hands-on team leader from last year’s seniors Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams. “I saw from Kenrich Williams and Vlad how to lead a team and how to really get a group of guys to buy in together to reach one goal, and that’s something that I took from them and something I’m trying to instill into some of these other guys we have on our roster,” he said. TCU’s Desmond Bane (1) drives to the basket past Georgia Tech’s Quinton Stephens, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the NIT Thursday, March 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)As his leadership role has grown, so has his on-court performance. Bane leads the Horned Frogs in scoring with 15.2 points per game while hitting nearly 40 percent of his three-pointers and nearly 90 percent of his free throws. “I let things like schools not recruiting me or accolades other people get and I don’t receive fuel me,” Bane said. “I always find ways and my family back home helps, they keep me hungry and humble. I feel like once guys reach a certain level they begin to get comfortable and that’s something that I feel isn’t in my DNA, being comfortable. I always want to strive to be better and improve.”TCU head coach Jamie Dixon presents Bane with a commemorative basketball after he broke the 1,000-point plateau in his Horned Frog career prior to Monday’s game against Kansas. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto That sentiment doesn’t surprise his family one bit.“We raised a great, hard-working, and respectful young man,” Bob Bane said. “He has given TCU back what they’ve put in him, and that’s big time to me. They didn’t blow or waste it on him.” Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Previous articleThe Skiff: February 14, 2019Next articleFirst-year commuter students’ experiences at TCU Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Corrine Pennington TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Corrine Penningtonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corrine-pennington/ Previous articleFootball look to move on from Texas, start quicker against Oklahoma StateNext articleThe Leap 10/29/19 Corrine Pennington RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ella Gibson, a sophomore pre-business major and treasurer of the club, had nothing but praise for Moore’s leadership and determination.“She did everything from the ground up last year and got us all wanting to do it and keep coming back,” Gibson said.Practicing beam routines. Photo credit Corrine Pennington.Mary Ellen, the associate director of programs at TCU, said the key to being a successful sports club is having good leadership — something Moore demonstrates on a daily basis. “We are so proud of Abbie’s leadership skills,” Ellen said. “She has done such a great job at building the club up.”Kaitlyn Cihak, a sophomore neuroscience pre-med major and vice president of the club, said they are still working to make the club more well-known. “It is a good club here and we have a national title for TCU gymnastics which is a big deal,” Cihak said. “It deserves more recognition.” printTCU’s gymnastics club has come a long way in two years. In 2017, there was only one member on the team. Now, they’re TCU’s first club team to win a national title. Abbie Moore giving teammate Kaitlyn Cihak tips. Photo credit Corrine Pennington.Abbie Moore, a junior speech pathology major, was a president in search of a team after the 2017 season.During her first year as president in 2018, Moore was able to consistently get eight to 10 people to show up to practice and five to six people at meets.“I was super excited to get back into it and wanted to keep it going,” Moore said.As president, Moore has led the club to two national championship appearances and a national title in 2019. This year, the club has about 30 members, and 12 of them are going to compete.Moore said she is thrilled to see more people wanting to be in the club.“For me, it has been an incredible opportunity to continue my love of the sport,” Moore said. “Just to be at a place where it is available and making it bigger has been really exciting.” TCU Polo president opens club to everyone ReddIt Twitter Corrine Penningtonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corrine-pennington/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution center_img Twitter theEnd brings weekend entertainment Moore said her goal is to make sure the club is set up so it will continue after she graduates. Gibson and Cihak were the first to join the team last fall after Moore took over the club. Cihak will take over as president when Moore graduates. The TCU gymnastics club competes in the NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs), and their season will begin in the spring. Linkedin Linkedin Corrine is a sports broadcasting major and journalism minor at TCU from Boise, Idaho. + posts Facebook ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

first_imgTCU News Now 3/17/2021 Twitter printWelcome to the first episode of Open House, the podcast about all things SGA. My name is Kyle Atwood, and I look forward to introducing you to the people and projects of student government. Tune in to hear my interview with Azhan Hasan and a brief description of how SGA works. Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ TCU News Now 4/1/2021 Noah Parker Linkedin Previous articleHoroscope: February 7, 2020Next articleMen’s tennis suffers another loss on the road Noah Parker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ TCU News Now 2/10/2021 ReddIt Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Linkedin ReddIt Despite projected results, key days still ahead in post-election process 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Facebook 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable News Organisation September 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for parliamentary enquiry into spying on journalists Intelligence chief resignsPrime Minister Beatriz Merino announced at a press conference on 17 September that the government had accepted the resignation of Alfonso Panizo Zariquiey, the head of the Peruvian intelligence service, the CNI. The government had no intention of spying on journalists, she said. Panizo will be replaced by retired general Daniel Mora Zevallos, who will be the seventh person to hold the post in two years.______________________________16.09.2003Reporters Without Borders today called for a parliamentary enquiry into alleged spying by the Peruvian intelligence agency, the Consejo Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI), on journalists working for “Ventana Indiscreta” (Indiscreet Window), a programme on the privately-owned TV station Frecuencia Latina, and journalists with other TV stations. The allegations were made by Ventana Indiscreta in a broadcast on 14 September.”The CNI’s alleged actions are serious because they jeopardise the confidentiality of sources, the cornerstone of press freedom and investigative journalism.” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to congressional president Henry Pease García.”It is unacceptable that the CNI’s chairman, Alfonso Panizo Zariquiey, should try to justify the use of totally illegal and illegitimate methods by citing the need to identify those responsible for internal leaks,” Ménard added.In its 14 September broadcast, Ventana Indiscreta showed two internal reports allegedly written by the CNI. The first, entitled “Enrique 2003” and dated 18 August 2003, indicated there was a plan to identify government employees who were supplying the press with classified information on senior CNI officials. It contained details (background, qualifications, address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) of members of the Ventana Indiscreta team headed by Enrique Flor Zappler and it accused Flor Zappler of hiring private security companies with a judge’s complicity to tap the telephones of senior CNI officials and other officials.The second report, entitled “Enrique II,” covered the CNI’s surveillance of Flor Zappler and said there had been a “detailed investigation” of incoming and outgoing calls from the Ventana Indiscreta offices. Cecilia Valenzuela, the programme’s presenter, said the following journalists had also been subject to surveillance: Cesar Hildebrandt, presenter of the programme “La Boca del Boco” (The Wolf’s Mouth) on Frecuencia Latina; Juan Carlos Tafur, editor of the daily Correo; and Jaime de Althaus, presenter of the news programme “La Hora N” on the cable TV station Canal N.In an interview carried by the daily El Comercio on 15 September, CNI chairman Panizo Zariquiey acknowledged that the reports shown on the TV programme were authentic when he said his intelligence agency did not want to target the press but just wanted to identify which of its employees were guilty of leaking information.”The reports broadcast on Cecilia Valenzuela’s programme were leaked by employees of this agency who want to have my head and destabilize the CNI,” Panizo Zariquiey said on Canal N. He also announced there would be an investigation into those who wrote the reports, and he claimed to have been previously unaware of their existence. News Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites December 4, 2019 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting to go furthercenter_img News February 10, 2017 Find out more Receive email alerts PeruAmericas RSF_en Follow the news on Peru April 1, 2020 Find out more News PeruAmericas last_img read more

first_img Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses DisappearancesCitizen-journalists September 25, 2018 – Updated on September 26, 2018 Saudi authorities asked to explain Yemeni writer’s disappearance April 28, 2021 Find out more The letter also urges the Saudi authorities to clarify Al-Muraisy’s current situation. His family has not seen him or heard from him since he was arrested at his home on 1 June. They do not know why he was arrested or where he is being held. News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses DisappearancesCitizen-journalists News News At least 11 journalists and citizen-journalists are officially imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, while around 15 other professional and non-professional journalists are being held without any official confirmation. Saudi Arabia is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Local human rights groups say Al-Muraisy is very popular and influential online and has more than 100,000 Twitter followers. His arrest may have prompted by a few critical tweets and his links with activists, intellectuals and journalists who have been held since last year. Related documents saudi_arabia_-_25_september_2018_en._ar._f_1.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 66.52 KB NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and five other NGOs have written a joint letter calling for the immediate release of Marwan Al-Muraisy, a Yemeni writer and citizen-journalist held incommunicado for the past four months in Saudi Arabia, where he has lived since 2003. Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Signed by ALQST for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, PEN International, English PEN, Index on Censorship and RSF, the joint letter can be read in both Arabic and English language versions here. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img May 16, 2017 USA – RSF joins coalition letter to West Virginia Capitol Police regarding reporter’s arrest June 3, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment News News United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, The NewsGuild-CWA, the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists in the following letter to the West Virginia Capitol Police after they arrested reporter Dan Heyman last week for attempting to ask US Health Secretary Tom Price a question. The letter urges the police to respect the First Amendment when journalists are clearly engaged in news gathering activities and pose no threats to physical safety. Receive email alerts Organisation to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says May 16, 2017Kevin [email protected], Division of Protective ServicesWest Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.Building 1, Room W-400Charleston, WV 25305Re: Arrest of Reporter Dan HeymanDear Mr. Foreman:The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the news mediaassociations listed below are deeply concerned with the West VirginiaCapitol Police’s arrest of Public News Service reporter Dan Heyman onTuesday, May 9.As we understand the situation, Mr. Heyman, who has been a journalist forabout 30 years and with Public News Service since spring 2009, approachedHealth and Human Services Secretary Tom Price at the statehouse. Mr.Heyman, who had press credentials in plain view, had cleared security priorto meeting Secretary Price to ask him a question. In attempt to obtain aresponse from Secretary Price, Mr. Heyman posed his question repeatedly,with his phone placed near Secretary Price to serve as an audio recorder.After his inquiry persisted for almost a minute, the Capitol Police moved himto one side of the hallway and arrested him, charging him with willfuldisruption of governmental processes.While the particular facts are often in dispute in situations like this one, itseems clear that, even assuming that the statements made by the arrestingofficer in the complaint are true, an arrest of Mr. Heyman was not warranted.There is no doubt that Mr. Heyman was a reporter and was asking questionsof a public official. The complaint contains no indications that he was actingin a threatening or suspicious manner. Any actions he took were to cover anewsworthy event, not interfere with the workings of government.The West Virginia statute under which he was charged imposes a penalty if aperson “willfully interrupts or molests the orderly and peaceful process” of agovernment office; but at the same time, it acknowledges the importance ofrespecting First Amendment rights by adding that “any assembly in apeaceable, lawful and orderly manner for a redress of grievances shall not bea violation of this section.” W.Va. Code § 61-6-19. Under this statute,protected activities should not lead to an arrest, particularly when they do not even truly interrupt a government function. While the statute addresses an“assembly” for a “redress of grievances,” the same protections should be afforded tothose who are trying to inform the public about important matters.When it is clear that someone is engaged in newsgathering, Capitol Police officers mustrecognize the First Amendment rights at stake, as the West Virginia statute does, as wellas the public interest in the important work that reporters like Mr. Heyman do. If areporter is talking too loudly, an instruction to lower his voice may well be appropriateand reasonable. If someone who is clearly a reporter does breach a security line, shecould be held off or moved from her location without interfering with her ability to covera newsworthy situation. A more serious remedy like arrest would only be warranted if ajournalist clearly threatens someone’s physical safety. And extending an audio recordertoward a subject is customary behavior among journalists that should not set off alarms.We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on training programs to ensure thatofficers and reporters understand each other’s interests in these situations going forward.Sincerely,Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Committee to Protect JournalistsFreedom of the Press FoundationThe NewsGuild-CWAOnline News Association Reporters Without Borders Society of Professional Journalistscc: Lawrence C. Messina, Director of [email protected] Image credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Africa RSF_en A report broadcast today by the France2 TV channel’s investigative programme “Envoyé Spécial” challenges the official account of the murders of Dupont and Verlon, who worked for Radio France Internationale. The official investigation has stalled because of the limited judicial cooperation between the French and Malian governments. The French government has classified many relevant documents as “defence secrets,” thereby preventing their use by the judicial authorities, while the security situation in northern Mali has prevented any visit to the murder scene. No witness has ever been questioned. Geoffrey Livolsi, one of the journalists who did the “Envoyé Spécial” report, told RFI this morning that most of the people they tried to speak to “both in France and in Mali and Niger” had been contacted by the “the local intelligence services, who had made it clear to them that they should not speak to France2’s journalists.” The “Envoyé Spécial” reporters were also unable to get the French authorities to give them an interview or provide any comment. “This case continues to be shrouded in complete darkness,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We want answers and more transparency in the handling of this investigation. There are people who have information. They must be questioned by judicial officials so that we can finally find out the truth.” RSF registered as in interested civil party in this case in France on 13 January. The same day, it joined the Association of Friends of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon and RFI’s Society of Journalists in staging a protest outside the main law courts in central Paris to demand progress in the investigation. Mali is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. France is ranked 45th. Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. to go further MaliFranceAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImpunityJihadism News MaliFranceAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImpunityJihadism February 2, 2017 RSF decries mystery about murders of two journalists in Mali News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the French and Malian authorities to shed light on the many unexplained aspects of the murders of French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali more than three years ago. News News Receive email alerts Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigerialast_img read more

first_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns blogger Ahmed Hassan Basiouny’s trial by court martial, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow, and calls for the immediate withdrawal of the charges against him. He is the second blogger to face a court martial in Egypt.Basiouny is being prosecuted for creating a Facebook page in 2009 that offered advice and information to young people thinking of enlisting in the Egyptian army. He is charged under articles 80 1/2 and 85/3 of the criminal code and article 5/B of the military justice code with disseminating defence secrets online and “disclosing information about the Egyptian armed forces.” Reporters Without Borders has learned that Basiouny was a recent guest on “Youth Panorama,” a programme broadcast live by the state-owned radio station Al-Shabah Wal-Reyada (Youth and Sport). He was asked to talk about the Facebook group he had created and was described by the station as “a good model for Egyptian youth.”It was a few days after his appearance on the programme that he was summoned for questioning by the military police bureau of investigation. He was then briefly detained until a decision was taken to try him before a military court.The first blogger to appear before a court martial was the young student Ahmed Abdel Fattah Mustafa. That was on 1 March, after he had been held incommunicado for several days for posting an article about a case of favouritism in a military academy on his blog Maza Asabak ya Watan (“What has happened to my country”) in 2009.Charged with defaming the Egyptian armed forces, “trying to undermine the public’s confidence in the armed forces” and publishing false information, he was release on 7 March after posting an apology on his blog (read the article). Reporters Without Borders has included Egypt on its list of “Enemies of the Internet” above all because of the way it harasses and prosecutes bloggers (http://en.rsf.org/internet-enemie-egypt,36679.html). When the blogger Kareem Amer was released earlier this week, Reporters Without Borders urged the government to use the occasion to restart its relations with the country’s netizen community. The Basiouny case is a new test for online free expression in Egypt.Ahmed Hassan Basiouny’s Facebook page Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more November 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial by court martial for creating Facebook page for would-be army recruits News RSF_en Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe Pashtun tribal areas adjoining Afghanistan are a mystery for the outside world. Divided into seven districts – Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai, Mohmand, Bajaur, North Waziristan and South Waziristan – this mountainous region has 3.4 million inhabitants.Officially called the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the region is run by tribal councils and political officers whose job is to implement the policies of the federal government in Islamabad. Koranic laws and a legislative hangover from the British empire called the Frontier Crimes Regulation apply only to the tribal population. All this is orchestrated by tribal chiefs called maliks.Many Al Qaeda members found refuge in the tribal areas after the US attacks on Afghanistan’s Tora Bora region in December 2001, and there were clashes between thousands of Taliban fighters and the Pakistani army for several years.Repeated harassment and arrests by the Pakistani army and Taliban fighters have made it very difficult for journalists to work in this region. University academics and journalists are nowadays trying to promote the emergence of local media and to improve the quality of news coverage of the tribal areas.A website solely about the tribal areas, Karwan-e-Qabial was created on the initiative of TUJ president Sailab Mehsud. Its reports are written in Urdu and English by journalists based in the region, one from which the foreign press is banned. News February 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Karwan-e-Qabial – a news website about Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Organisation RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further Members of the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation, have created the first news website entirely dedicated to the situation in the areas of Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan. News Follow the news on Pakistanlast_img read more

first_img Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Update: After being forced to suspend printing for five days, the opposition daily Azadlig resumed publishing a print edition yesterday after finding a way to pay a third of the money it owes the company that prints the newspaper.But Azadlig’s problems have not been solved. The printer has given it until 15 August to repay all of its debt. If the state-owned newspaper distributer GASID continues to refuse to pay arrears to Azadlig, the daily will again be forced to suspend publication.—————————–06.08.2014 : Despite holding Council of Europe chairmanship, Aliyev government steps up its campaign to silence independent voices. The main opposition newspaper in Azerbaijan, Azadlig, was forced to halt publication once again on 1 August. This new blow to media pluralism took place as the authorities stepped up their campaign to eradicate critical voices in the country. The atmosphere is increasingly suffocating for Azerbaijan’s few remaining independent voices such as Azadlig. Azerbaijan is ranked 160th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. In May, the country assumed the chairmanship of the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It is currently the most repressive of the human rights organization’s 47 member countries. (Photo : Zerkalo) Zahid, who has spent more than two-and-a-half years in prison on a ridiculous pretext, said: “Azadlig, which means ‘freedom’, will live since freedom is the very essence of man and mankind. We have a clear understanding of the meaning of our name and the mission it implies, and that is why we shall fight for freedom of expression in our country.”“We know that the fight for basic freedoms has no borders and that dictators all use similar methods to crack down on these freedoms. But we shall not give in.” The online version of Azadlig is still being published. Zahid said the print edition should reappear in about 10 days’ time. Reporters Without Borders urges everyone to join the campaign of support launched by the newspaper on its Facebook page. Like Azadlig, the Russian-language independent newspaper Zerkalo was forced to stop publishing on 31 May after it was deprived of income. The crackdown on the last few independent voices and on civil society has been stepped up significantly in recent days. On 2 August, the human rights activist Rasul Jafarov was arrested on three months’ pre-trial detention on trumped-up charges. Three days earlier, the noted human rights campaigner, Leyla Yunus, was also arrested and was joined in prison yesterday by her husband, Arif. The couple were charged in the same case as the journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov, who has been in custody since 18 April awaiting trial. Numerous NGOs and their heads have also come under pressure, including having their bank accounts frozen. These include organizations that support the media such as the Media rights Institute (MRI), the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) and the Azeri section of International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more The state-owned distribution network, GASID, has failed to transfer some of the proceeds of its sales back to the newspaper. The company now owes Azadlig more than 70,000 manats (67,000 euros). Deprived of this income, the newspaper has accumulated debts of 20,000 manats (19,000 euros) with its printers, another state-owned company. “Azadlig is once again the victim of the pernicious strategy of financial censorship being implemented by the authorities,” said Johann Bihr, head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk.“The government of Ilham Aliyev is in the process of completing its campaign to obliterate pluralism in defiance of the values of the Council of Europe, of which it is the current chairman. The international community cannot stand idly by while the last critical voices are silenced in Azerbaijan.” Government control of the advertising market deprives Azadlig of ad revenue and a series of recent changes in the law has increased the newspaper’s dependence on GASID. In 2011, street traders were banned, and in 2013 the sale of newspapers was banned in the underground. Together, these two sales channels accounted for up to 30 percent of the newspaper’s income. Receipts from GASID also fell considerably after 2012 when the newsstands run by the network were closed and replaced by shops that for the most part do not sell independent newspapers. Ganimat Zahid, the editor of Azadlig and one of 100 “information heroes” highlighted by Reporters without Borders on 3 May this year, noted that it was not the first time that the newspaper had to stop publishing temporarily. Azadlig was censored several times during the 1990s and has been subjected to increasing harassment by the authorities. In 2012 and 2013, the payment arrears by GASID made Azadlig insolvent and forced it to stop printing temporarily. In addition, Azadlig was hit with several astronomical fines which led to the freezing of its bank accounts on several occasions. to go further August 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Main opposition newspaper forced to halt publication Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img April 23, 2018 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News July 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minivan correspondent freed after being held more than three months Follow the news on Maldives News September 12, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalistcenter_img MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today hailed the release on 24 July of Mohamed Yushau, a correspondent of the opposition newspaper Minivan, who had been held on a terrorism charge since 9 April after publicly opposing the leader of the atoll of Thinadhoo at a conference. He has also often written about the difficult living conditions of Maldivians.A court ruled in May that he should be released on bail but left it to the police to set the amount. The police demanded 35,000 rufiyaas (2,165 euros), which Yushau refused to pay, calling it extortion. According to Minivan he was released unconditionally after a judge finally said he should be freed without any bail being required.Reporters Without Borders recently published a full report on the situation of press freedom in the Maldives: Full report———–14.04.06 – New offensive against Minivan, with one correspondent arrested and another being prosecutedReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about a wave of harassment and arrests of journalists working for the opposition newspaper Minivan.Mohamed Yushau, its correspondent in the south of the country, was arrested on 9 April for allegedly refusing to respond to a police summon and was put in Dhoonidhoo prison near Male.Musa Ismael, a correspondent in the southwest, has been harassed by the authorities and thinks he could be arrested. Abdullah Saeed, another of its journalists, has been held in Maafushi prison, south of the capital, since 27 March 2006. Photojournalist Jennifer Latheef is meanwhile under house arrest after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for “terrorist” activities.”The security services should not be obstructing the work of the independent and opposition media in this fashion, as it is contrary to the pledges which the government gave in its recent road map to democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Yushau’s release, an end to the harassment of Minivan’s journalists, including Ismael, and due process for Saeed.Yushau, who is also a member of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, has written many articles about the lives of ordinary Maldivians, especially fishermen on Thinadhoo atoll. The police waited two days before telling his family he had been arrested.Ismael, who is accredited as Minivan’s correspondent on Faafu atoll, southwest of Male, has been summoned several times by the authorities and has told his editors he fears he could be arrested. Saeed, who is better known as Fahala, is serving a two-month prison sentence for refusing to undergo a urine test. He is also being prosecuted for possession and trafficking in drugs. The police claim they found drugs in his clothes when he went to a police station. Minivan says this is a trumped-up charge. Saeed faces life imprisonment.Reporters Without Borders fears that Saeed is being prosecuted just to put an end to his work as a journalist. When he appeared in court yesterday, he was handcuffed and wearing a prisoner’s uniform. The judge, who insisted on not being named, is obstructing the rights of the defence, observers said. Saeed’s lawyer has accused the police of planting the drugs on his client. Nothing was found on him in a first search. The drugs were found by a policeman during a search of his clothes a few minutes later after he had undressed and when his back was turned. His lawyer was not present for these searches.Latheef, who has been under house arrest at her Male home since 21 December 2005, is still receiving threatening visits from prison authority officials and sudden court summonses in connection with her appeal. The authorities have not replied to her request to be allowed to go abroad for treatment for spinal pain resulting from the blows she received at the time of her first arrest.Originally just an online newspaper (http://minivannews.com), Minivan got permission to produce a print version in July 2005. But the company that was printing it ceased to do so at the end of August as a result of political pressure, and now only a photocopied version is distributed in the archipelago. Six of its reporters and contributors are at risk of being arrested. RSF_en News to go further RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidateslast_img read more

first_img News February 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five Falun Gong members jailed for posting “fabricated” news online Reporters Without Borders has condemned jail sentences handed down to five members of the Falun Gong movement on 19 February, ranging from five to 14 years in prison.They appeared before Court No. 1 in western Chongqing on 19 February accused of helping to post news on an web site about ill-treatment in prison of a student member of the movement.The international press freedom organisation also called for the release of all 22 Falun Gong members now imprisoned for posting news on the Internet. “The crackdown on members of this spiritual movement is completely unjustified,” it said. “The five Internet-users were convicted for posting online what is already very well known to human rights organisations, that members of Falun Gong are systematically tortured in prison.”In its verdict, the court said that the report published online “tarnished the image of the government by broadcasting fabricated stories of persecution suffered by cult members.” Lu Zengqi, accused of writing the incriminating document, and Yan Qiuyan, who was said to have helped him published the article, were both sentenced to 10 years in jail. Li Jian, who reportedly posted the article on a site run by the movement, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.Chen Shumin, head of the company where Lu Zengqi worked was jailed for 12 years. Yin Yan was sentenced to five years but without any evidence being given of the part he played.Apart from the five people sentenced on 19 February 2004, 17 members of the Falun Gong movement are currently in jail for using the Internet.- Seven cyberdissidents, Jiang Yuxia, Li Chunyan, Li Yanfang, Lin Yang, Ma Yan, Huang Kui and Zhang Yuhui, were arrested for posting news on the Net.- One cyberdissident, Zhang Haitao, is in jail for creating an Internet site about Falun Gong.- Nine Internet-users, Meng Jun, Dong Yanhong, Liu Wenyu, Wang Xin, Wang Xuefei, Wang Zhenyong, Yao Yue, Zhang Ji et Quan Huicheng, were simply charged with downloading and spreading news about the movement and repression of its members.Reporters Without Borders has already drawn attention to repression against Falun Gong members in its report “The Internet under Surveillance”. This report also explains that the Chinese authorities block access to all sites that refer to the movement and bans discussion of the subject on online discussion forums. Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has condemned jail sentences handed down to five members of the Falun Gong movement on 19 February, ranging from five to 14 years in prison. “They were convicted for posting online what is already very well known to human rights organisations, that members of Falun Gong are systematically tortured in prison”, it said. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Chad’s media regulator to rescind the sanctions it is threatening to enforce against several media publishers and editors, who will either have to be replaced or else see their publications closed down because, under a new law, they lack the necessary academic qualification to hold these positions. Enforcing these sanctions would eliminate many newspapers and would deal a very serious blow to the freedom to inform in Chad less than a year before its next presidential election. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports News December 1, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation News About fifteen newspapers are threatened with closure in Chad. N’Djamena, 10/06/2020. Credit: Martin Inoua. to go further ChadAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression center_img Follow the news on Chad Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Receive email alerts News Chadian police attack TV crew covering coronavirus measures The threatened publications include N’Djamena Hebdo, which brought its first issue out 31 years ago, when Hissène Habré was Chad’s dictator, and which may have to stop publishing within weeks. Like more than a dozen other independent publications in Chad, it could be forced to close by the end of the year. The High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) has just sent letters to at least three media outlets asking them to comply with a provision in the 2018 press law under which publishers and managing editors must, at the very least, have a postgraduate degree in journalism.N’Djamena Hebdo publisher Djendoroum Mbaininga told RSF the aim is to “persecute newspapers that provide serious reporting and annoy the authorities.” Mbaininga, who trained as a teacher, joined this biweekly in 1992 after a competitive recruitment process in which he came fourth out of more than 400 candidates. Ironically, he was named editor by his predecessor, Dieudonné Djonabaye, in 2005, when Djonabaye left to become the HAMA’s president.The weeklies La Voix and L’Éclairage are the other two publications that are known to have just received similar letters. The HAMA already closed 12 publications – a quarter of the Chad’s privately-owned print media outlets – at the start of September on the same grounds.“No qualification or degree criteria can be used to restrict access to journalism or to the management of a media outlet,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The desire to professionalize the media cannot be realized by sidelining journalists who have in some cases been working for decades, or by closing historic titles”. “We urge the media regulator to rescind this decision and we urge the authorities to amend the media law so as to abolish these restrictions on access to the position of media editor or publisher. With just months to go to the presidential election, the disappearance of around 15 publications would deal a major blow to media pluralism in Chad and would be seen as driven by a desire to silence critical and independent journalists.”The presidential election is due to be held on 11 April 2021. Chad’s president since 1990, Idriss Déby has not yet announced whether he will seek a sixth consecutive term.Chad is ranked 123rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. November 27, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression October 7, 2020 Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad April 3, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img News Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site Orbán has for a long time been getting oligarchs linked to his ruling Fidesz party to take over media outlets in order to get them to adopt pro-government editorial policies. This latest move will in practice allow him to disseminate his propaganda with a single voice via  radio, TV and print media. December 3, 2018 Unprecedented merger poses threat to survival of media pluralism in Hungary In another disturbing development, László Puch, the owner and publisher of the Budapest Sunday newspaper Vasarnapi Hirek, has announced that it is to be closed after 33 years and merged with opposition newspaper Népszava. Although rumoured for some time, it is an additional blow to media pluralism in Hungary. Puch also announced that he has sold his agricultural weekly Szabad Föld to Mediaworks, a leading pro-Fidesz media group. News Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression May 4, 2021 Find out more Orbán’s steadily tightening grip on the Hungarian media since his return to the premiership in 2010 has had the effect of driving Hungary down RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. It is now ranked 73rd out of 180 countries. HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression Follow the news on Hungary AFP Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more “How far will Viktor Orbán go?” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The merger of so many media outlets that support the same party has not been seen in Hungary since the end of the communist regime and is unprecedented in the European Union. Such a level of concentration makes us fear for the very survival of media pluralism in Hungary.” to go further The owners of most of these pro-government media outlets, which include TV news channels, news websites, tabloids, sports newspapers, radio stations and magazines, announced almost simultaneously on 28 November that they were donating them to the Central European Press and Media Foundation (CEPMF). A non-profit entity created in August with the declared aim of “ensuring the preservation of national values,” the CEPMF is owned by Gabor Liszkay, a close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Organisation It therefore poses a grave threat to media pluralism and the survival of the few remaining independent and opposition media outlets. Already deprived of advertising income, outlets such as Radio Klub and the news website Index.hu have been struggling for years to make themselves heard. News News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about last week’s announcement that around 500 pro-government media outlets in Hungary are to be brought together in a single umbrella group with the aim of preserving “national values.” The move threatens the very survival of media pluralism. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders’ project Media Ownership Monitor reveals oligopolies and lack of regulation, provides fresh data and analysis of the Colombian media market, public website www.monitoreodemedios.co launched in October.Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the international press freedom organization, launched its Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) project, a global research and advocacy effort for promoting media pluralism, in partnership with the Federación Colombiana de Periodistas (FECOLPER).During a press conference organized at Centro de la Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación, the two organizations presented the research conducted during three months in Colombia, the first country where this project based on a standardized and transparent methodology is being implemented.Data and findings are available on the website www.monitoreodemedios.co.The MOM Colombia looked at all types of media (TV, radio, print and the Internet) included in the EGM (Estudio General de Medios) 2014 and concentrated on the ten largest outlets in each category.Among key findings, it was established that, at a national level, the top four newspapers (Q´hubo, ADN, El Tiempo and Al Día) garner two thirds of the total readership and the largest two TV channels post over two thirds of market reach and some 78% of TV advertising revenues.It was also revealed that three corporations – Ardilla Lülle, Santo Domingo (Valorem) and Sarmiento Angulo – accumulate 57% of market reach across all types of traditional media (printed press, TV and radio), due to their ownership of respectively 18 (Adrilla Lülle), 6 (Santo Domingo) and 17 (Sarmiento Angulo) media outlets.In regional newspaper markets, the publishing group El Periódico, property of businessman Eduardo Suárez Burgos, represents a particularly interesting case. With its 11 newspapers already established, it now extends to other areas of the country through the daily “Extra”, which currently has 18 local editions.The investigation also produced evidence of the dominance of free and tabloid newspapers, mostly owned and operated by the same traditional publishing groups. Additionally, a trend towards pay TV subscriptions was identified with over 50% of the total television consumption.“Media pluralism is a cornerstone of any diverse and open society and for this reason, high concentration of media ownership – as we see it here in Colombia – puts democracy and freedom of opinion at risk,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). He also referred to the annual World Press Freedom Index produced by Reporters without Borders where Colombia ranks only 128th out of 180 countries.“Media ownership means power to shape public opinion,” states Adriana Hurtado, President of FECOLPER: “Every citizen in this country who uses the media should be concerned about who is controlling what. Media is not just like any other business!”, she adds.“The difficulty for us was the lack of publicly available market data,” explains RSF project manager Nina Ludewig, “which is in the public domain in many countries but here in Colombia, it seems kept like a state secret!”The team also encountered transparency problems in other fields, such as public spending on advertising, for example. “We believe that more than 500 billion pesos are spent annually by the government to buy airtime or pages in newspapers. This is a huge subsidy, but it remains mostly unclear where the money goes and what the deals behind might look like,” says Adriana Hurtado.“Given the high degree of concentration, but also the economic and political stakes of media owners, it should not come as a surprise that journalism in Colombia is characterized by extensive self-censorship,” points out Christian Mihr. He adds: “We call on the government and legislators to impose strict, effective regulation to break media oligopolies in Colombia.” Organisation RSF Latin America officeEmmanuel Colombié[email protected]: (+55) 21 97 36 88 558 / (+33) 1 44 83 84 68 April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters without Borders GermanyUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer, media relations [email protected]: (+49) 30 60 98 95 33-55 RSF_en Media Contacts October 21, 2020 Find out more January 8, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Concentration of Ownership inhibits Media Pluralism in Colombiacenter_img Reports to go further Receive email alerts Federación de Periodistas Colombianas FECOLPERAdriana Hurtado, [email protected] (+57) 310 334 5050 / (+57) 313 400 0810http://www.fecolper.com.co News ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Help by sharing this information News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Colombialast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Loan of bullet-proof vests and helmets Thanks to the support of the French defence ministry, in particular, the Office for Defence Information and Communication (DICoD), Reporters Without Borders renewed its stock of bullet-proof vests and helmets in January 2011.Bearing the word “Press,” this equipment is lent to affiliated journalists, who just have to leave a deposit. More than 30 journalists went to war zones in such countries as Iraq and Afghanistan with these vests and helmets in 2010.Reporters Without Borders also provides journalists with distress beacons. Organisation News The intensity of the violence against foreign journalists in Egypt in early February served as a reminder that media personnel often become targets when they are covering unrest. To help protect journalists when they travel abroad, Reporters Without Borders offers:- Insurance policies covering war risks- The loan of bullet-proof vests and helmets- A free “Press SOS” hotline for journalists in trouble- A Handbook for Journalists- Training for reporters going to war zones- Information about the trauma that can result from covering war and disasters, and psychological support. March 10, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Safety resources for journalists travelling abroad Preparation and information Proper preparation and appropriate information about the dangers in the war zone or area of tension to be visited can help journalists limit the risks they run. The information in the Handbook for Journalists, which Reporters Without Borders wrote in partnership with UNESCO, and the practical training offered by the DICoD are vital resources for any reporter about to leave for a high-risk area. Press SOS hotline Thanks to a partnership with American Express, any journalist in trouble can contact the Reporters Without Borders team immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling +33 1 4777-7414 or by going to any local American Express agency.Depending on the problem, a Reporters Without Borders representative will provide the journalist with advice or contacts, or will alert local or consular authorities. Psychological supportProtecting journalists in war zones is not limited to ensuring their physical safety. Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the psychological damage that can result from covering armed conflicts or other traumatic events. In cooperation with experienced war reporters, Reporters Without Borders informs journalists about detecting the trauma that can result from such missions and puts them in touch with professionals who can help them. Insurance policies tailored to journalists’ needs Because of a lack of information and the prohibitive premiums requested by traditional insurance companies, journalists often set off for war zones and disasters without medical and repatriation cover. As a result, Reporters Without Borders has developed specialized policies in partnership with a Canadian insurance company. Designed for freelancers of any nationality, or staff journalists not covered by an employer insurance policy, this partnership provides access to policies that include war risks cover. The “reinforced” policy covers reporters who are embedded with a military or government unit.Signing up for a policy is fast. The only requirement is affiliation to Reporters Without Borders. For more information and a summary of the cover offered by the two kinds of policy, go to: http://en.rsf.org/insurance-for-freelance-17-04-2007,21746.htmllast_img read more

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific March 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities openly threaten those who circulate information with “torture” News to go further RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the policy of terror openly pursued by the Chinese authorities in Gan Lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (甘南藏族自治州) in the northwestern province of Gansu, where the police have posted notices in public places in which “criminals” who circulate certain views and information are threatened with “beating” and “torture” (རྡུང་རྡེག).The existence of the notices was revealed by Tibet Post International, a Tibetan news website based in Dharamsala, in northern India. The site operates under the aegis of the Himalayan Literacy Trust, a Reporters Without Borders partner organization.“The aim of these torture threats is to instil terror in all those who might circulate information about the government’s repressive policies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By posting warnings of physical reprisals, the Public Security Bureau is directly violating article 2 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which China has signed. This article says that ‘An order from (…) a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.’“We call on the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, to open an investigation based on this notice published by the Chinese authorities and to condemn their use of such threats. The police must immediately withdraw these posters and stop legitimizing the use of torture and physical mistreatment for criminal actions that are deliberately defined in vague, loose terms open to broad interpretation.”According to a report yesterday on the Tibet Post International website, the notice has been posted in at least six of Gan Lho’s counties and one city-county. Gan Lho is part of Amdo, the northernmost of the three traditional regions of Tibet.The notice calls on the public to inform on “criminals” who “threaten the social stability of Gan Lho” and lists a series of prohibited activities that include “corrupting” the public with “ideas of splitting the nation,” inciting “illegal activities,” harming national security, destabilising society, “agitation between ethnic groups” and promoting “illegal organizations.”All of these actions “will be met with violent beating/torture by the Public Security Bureau,” the notice says.The list of illegal activities also defines the means of communication and information whose use is forbidden for “criminal purposes.” They include “speech and the distribution of written information,” “cartoons,” “home-made materials,” “videos,” “websites,” “emails and audio files,” and “SMS texts.”The notice finally promises informers that they will get protection, confidentiality and a reward of 5,000 Chinese Yuan. Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation News News Receive email alerts News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information Translation of the notice (as translated by Tibet Post International):Notice: Gan Lho Public Security Bureau (PSB) requests the public to inform on criminals who threaten the social stability of Gan LhoProtect social and political stability in Gan Lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and quickly establish a harmonious Gan Lho! Establish a better economic environment for investment! Be vigilant of and crack down on criminals who threaten Gan Lho’s social stability! Directly inform on criminal lairs!The following directives have been authorized by the security department:I) Damage to national security, the destabilization of society, the destruction of ethnic unity.All the following actions will be met with violent beating/torture by the PSB:1) The disturbance of relations between ethnic groups, public agitation between ethnic groups, the destruction of national unity.2) The corruption of the public with ideas of the splitting of the nation, through speech and the distribution of written information, cartoons, home-made materials, videos etc – all acts destructive to social discipline and stability.3) The membership, promotion of, or the making of donations to illegal organizations – all of which harm national security and destabilize society.4) The incitement of the public to illegal activities through websites, emails and audio files, all acts destructive to ethnic unity through websites and SMS texts, and other major criminal actions against the security of society.5) The engagement in criminal activities such as grievous bodily harm, destruction of property, arson and looting etc, and the coercion of others into criminal acts that damage the security of society.II) Any member of the public who informs the police about the above criminal acts or gives the police information about the perpetrators will be guaranteed personal protection by PSB officers, personal confidentiality and a reward of 5,000 Chinese Yuan.III) This directive is to be applied with immediate effect. 0941 – 669 6271, 6696272In a 23 February press release, Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm at the blackout imposed by the Chinese authorities on coverage of the ongoing protests in the provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai and the autonomous region of Tibet. According to organizations that defend human rights in Tibet, at least 30 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, have set fire to themselves since March 2011.China fell six places in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 174th out of 179 countries. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img January 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to Somaliland’s president about his unequal battle with newspaper Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Mr. Dahir Rayale KahinPresident of the RepublicHargeysa, SomalilandParis, 18 January 2007Dear Mr. President,Justice has played very little role in what has happened with the newspaper Haatuf. Ever since the arrest of Yusuf Abdi Gabode and Ali Abdi Dini, the entire case has been marked by unfairness, procedural irregularities, personal revenge and the denial of democratic principles. These journalists are being prosecuted by the Somaliland government on charges of “insulting” the president and his aides under the 1962 Somali criminal code, although it was superseded by the 2004 press law.With no other means of defence than their lawyer, they have had to face the entire repressive arsenal available to the government – police, judicial system and prisons. Jailed in violation of the democratic principle that imprisonment is a disproportionate punishment for press offences, they have not been allowed visits. You can see that the battle is not an equal one.Somaliland is not the first country where a president or prime minister has been cut to the quick by a newspaper and has brought his wrath to bear on the journalists responsible. It is, unfortunately, very common in Africa. But government by means of revenge not only violates the freedom which the press needs, but is also dangerous for the country concerned. Jailing journalists for what they have written does nothing to repair the misconduct for which they may have been responsible. On the contrary, instead of obtaining redress in a fair and balanced debate, you have ended up being blamed for two high-profile political prisoners and a discredited judicial system, and with a reputation for inflexibility and inhumaneness.Rightly or wrongly, you now appear to have been motivated by a desire for personal revenge rather than acting as guarantor of justice and national harmony. Furthermore, having the editors of a popular newspaper imprisoned is not the way to keep the peace. On the contrary, by polarising and swelling the ranks of your opponents, your ill-considered attack on Haatuf has just served the cause of division and anger. In short, this is not how Reporters Without Borders sees freedom of expression.The time has come to heal the wounds. The authorities must do two things. Firstly, they must free Haatuf’s journalists and employees. And secondly, they must begin a frank and constructive dialogue with the press. While, regardless of their political views, Somaliland’s journalists must come up with new and original ideas to win the confidence of the authorities. This is the only way that a degree of calm will be restored, that the press will be able to work freely and without hindrance, and that the government will be able to claim to have guaranteed one of the basic principles of democracy in a geopolitical environment in which war cries have tended to dominate for decades.Somaliland’s independent journalists today feel they have entered a period of defiance, hostility, vengeance, suffering and threats, and the only ones to benefit are those who would like to shake the edifice that has been built since 1991. Reporters Without Borders hopes you will be open to these arguments and that you will be able to take the appropriate measures.Respectfully,Robert MénardSecretary-General Organisation News March 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Somalia SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more News News News SomaliaAfrica RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland regionlast_img read more

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures January 17, 2018 – Updated on December 3, 2018 China: Uyghur citizen-journalist completes fourth year in prison Follow the news on China He was given a life sentence on a separatism charge at the end of a trial held behind closed doors eight months later in Urumqi, the capital of the western province of Xinjiang, which has a large Uyghur community. He is now aged 48. News RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more A teacher at Beijing’s Central University for Nationalities, Tohti was arrested on 15 January 2014, the day that the authorities closed the news website that he edited, Uighur Online (Uighurbiz), and detained all those writing for it. Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionPredatorsRSF Prize News Organisation China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. PHOTO: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP After visiting him prison in July 2016, his family said they feared for his health because he had lost a lot of weight. RSF shares their concern. Both Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace laureate, and Yang Tongyan, a blogger, died last year after being denied medical care in detention. Other leading Chinese detainees such as Liu Xiaobo’s widow, Liu Xia, the journalist and RSF laureate Huang Qi, and the blogger Wu Gan, risk the same fate. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the world not to forget Ilham Tohti, a leading Uyghur academic and citizen-journalist who was arrested exactly four years ago this week and who is serving a life sentence for what he wrote about Uyghur issues. Help by sharing this information to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes The European Parliament nominated him for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in September 2016. ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionPredatorsRSF Prize “The situation of Ilham Tohti, a citizen-journalist condemned to spend the rest of his life in prison for running a news website, is typical of the massive human rights violations taking place under President Xi Jinping,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “It should be noted that he was calling not for separatism but rather for a dialogue to reach a peaceful solution to his community’s problems.” March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img RSF_en April 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine editor gets two years in prison or stiff fine Follow the news on Eswatini The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 29, 2020 Find out more EswatiniAfrica Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to learn that the Swaziland high court hassentenced Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation magazine, to a fine of 200,000 emalangeni (16,700 euros) or two years in prison, with the jail sentence to take immediate effect if the fine is not paid within three days. The sentence was passed on 17 April after Makhubu was found guilty of contempt of court for criticizing Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi.“The two-year jail term passed on Bheki Makhubu is out of all proportion,”Reporters Without Borders said. “This harsh sentence, which violates freedom ofexpression, was handed down by a court acting as plaintiff and judge at the sametime. We urge the high court to respect Swaziland’s constitution, which guaranteesmedia freedom.”According to the local media, the contempt charge was based on two articles thatappeared in November 2009 and February 2010 in The Nation, which is owned bySwaziland Independent Publishers.The Nation is the only independent magazine in Swaziland, which is ranked 155thout of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.King Mswati III has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators ofPress Freedom” for years.More information about media freedom in Swaziland Help by sharing this information Press releasesList of Predators of Press Freedom News EswatiniAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more News June 15, 2020 Find out more Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage to go further Reportslast_img read more

first_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News November 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities in Baidoa free two journalists, return their cameras and phones RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en center_img News January 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News Two journalists working for privately-owned radio stations who were arrested on 24 October, Mohammed Adawe Adam of Radio Shabelle and Muktar Mohammed Atosh of HornAfrik, were freed on 2 November and were able to resume working with any problems, Reporters Without Borders has learned from its partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).A third journalist who was arrested with them, Fahad Mohammed Abukar of Radio Warsan, was held for only four days. He was released after being questioned by the federal transition government’s security forces.NUSOJ said Adam and Atosh were given their digital video cameras and mobile phones back, and no charges were brought against them. Their long detention was due to their refusal to answer questions. The security forces had suspected them of spying for the Union of Islamic Courts.————-30.10.2006 – One journalist freed, two others arrested in continued harassment by authorities in BaidoaReporters Without Borders welcomes the release of journalist Fahad Mohamed Abukar of Radio Warsan, but condemns the arrest of two other journalists from the same radio station, Abdulkadir Barre Moallim and Nur Barre, as well as brutality against freelance journalist Idle Moallim Omar in Bossasso, Puntland. “The release of Fahad Mohamed Abukar is an inadequate step on the part of the Baidoa authorities since two of his colleagues – Mohammed Adawe Adam and Muktar Mohammed Atosh – are still in custody and two others were arrested,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We remind the Somali transitional government as well as the authorities in Puntland that brutality and unfair arrests will only alienate the entire press and tarnish their image”.Fahad Mohamed Abukar was freed on 28 October 2006, after having his camera, tape-recorder and mobile phone returned to him, Reporters Without Borders learned from its Somali partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). On the same day, Idle Moallim Omar, who works for the Swedish-hosted website somaliwyen.com was brutally beaten by security guards employed by General Adde Muse, President of the self-proclaimed state of Puntland, at the Panorama Hotel in Bossasso. He was taken to hospital for treatment.Police arrested Abdulkadir Barre Moallim and Nur Barre the following day on the orders of Haji Mohamud Barbar, governor of the Bay region in the south of the country before being released early evening. The governor had complained to the director of Radio Warsan. Abdifatah Mohammed Ibrahim, after the radio broadcast news relating to the swearing in of a member of the local council of Bay region.——————————-25.10.2006 – Baidoa-based government urged to release three journalists arrested by its troops Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of three journalists working for privately-owned radio stations who were arrested yesterday near the southern city of Baidoa by militias loyal to the transitional federal government after they filmed evidence of the presence of Ethiopian soldiers on Somali territory.“These journalists were undesired witnesses of the bloody poker game being played by the belligerents in Somalia,” the press freedom organisation said. “In view of the very worrying situation in which our three colleagues now find themselves, we urge the government to respect the press freedom guarantees contained in the federal transition charter it signed.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The public has a right to know the realities of the fighting that is taking place in Somalia. President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed must therefore order the release of these journalists, as they were just doing their job in an extremely dangerous situation in which news manipulation is one of the weapons being used.”Fahad Mohammed Abukar of Baidoa-based Warsan Radio, Mohammed Adawe Adam of Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle and Muktar Mohammed Atosh of Mogadishu-based HornAfrik were arrested yesterday morning in Daynunay, a village 15 km outside Baidoa, where the government has its headquarters. They were coming from Burhakaba, a place about 60 km away where government troops have been fighting militias loyal to the Islamic courts that control Mogadishu. Three people travelling with them were also arrested.They were taken to Baidoa for interrogation at the headquarters of the criminal investigation police. The Reporters Without Borders partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists, said they are now being held in the city’s prison.The three journalists were caught in possession of a digital video camera containing footage of the body of an Ethiopian soldier of Somali origin killed in Burhakaba, as well as footage of Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia, a local political source told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity.The transitional government, which is recognised by the international community, has been battling for several months for control of southern Somalia with the Islamic courts, which have proclaimed a jihad against Ethiopia. The Islamic courts, which control Mogadishu and nearly two thirds of the provinces, claim that Ethiopian troops are fighting alongside the government militias. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has acknowledged sending “about a hundred trainers at the most” to Somalia. 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first_img to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders is concerned at an upsurge in harassment and obstruction of journalists since the 11 January ruling barring huge numbers of reformist candidates from contesting 20 February parliamentary elections. The international press freedom organisation has called on the authorities in the Islamic Republic to allow journalists to freely report on the political crisis currently shaking the country. Reporters Without Borders also urged the authorities to grant visas to all foreign journalists who apply for them. News Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts February 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to stop harassing journalists and allow free coverage of the electoral crisis Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned at an upsurge in harassment and obstruction of journalists since the 11 January ruling barring huge numbers of reformist candidates from contesting 20 February parliamentary elections. The international press freedom organisation has called on the authorities in the Islamic Republic to allow journalists to freely report on the political crisis currently shaking the country. Reporters Without Borders also urged the authorities to grant visas to all foreign journalists who apply for them.Eight reformist dailies – Yas-e no, Sharq, Nassim-e Sabah, Tosseh, Aftab-e Yazd, E’temad, Hambastegi, et Mardomsalari – were threatened by the legal authorities in the week of 29 January for their coverage of the sit-in by reformist deputies in front of the parliament.Prosecutor Said Mortazavi has called on the Ministry for Culture and Islamic Orientation to issue a warning to these newspapers accusing them of “sowing discord”. The prosecutor went even further on 8 February with the threat, “Any newspaper carrying articles about the election boycott will be immediately closed down.”Five journalists have also been officially summoned by the Justice Ministry:- Shadi Sadr, journalist at Yas-e no and publisher of the site www.womeniran.com is due to appear shortly before a court in Qazvin to respond to a complaint from the prosecutor’s office.- Abdollah Nasseri, head of the official IRNA news agency, was summoned by Section 1083 of the Teheran court to respond to complaints from the prosecutor’s office linked to his coverage of the political crisis.- Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, editor-in-chief of several major banned reformist newspapers, was summoned on 28 January by the 6th section of the Teheran court over his articles on the parliamentary crisis.- Abdolrassul Vessal, publisher of the daily Iran, was summoned by the 6th section of Teheran court over its report on the government spokesman’s speech during the reformist deputies’ sit-in at parliament. He is accused of “publishing false news”.- Rassul Montakhabnia, reformist deputy and journalist, was summoned by the Clergy Court over a highly critical article about a speech by the Guide of the Islamic Republic about the press in Iran.Throughout the country and particularly in provincial cities, journalists have confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that they have received phone threats over articles about the political crisis. Courts have summoned some newspaper bosses this week on the basis of complaints laid many months or even years earlier.Finally, several media have been shut down:- The weekly Hadith-e Kerman, in Kerman province was closed on 7 February for coverage last year of serial killings committed by armed militia.-Another weekly in Khorrassan province, No Andish, was suspended for one year on 4 February on the order of the 7th appeal court in Mashhad, on the basis of a complaint from the prosecutor’s office. The editor-in-chief, the publisher and a journalist were fined five million rials (about 500 euros at the official rate) and another journalist was fined 1 million de rials (about 100 euros). Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

first_img Around 100 people gathered outside Al-Jazeera’s Damascus bureau, accusing it of “lying” and “exaggerating” in its coverage of the anti-government protests that began in Syria in mid-March. April 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 People gathered outside Al-Jazeera’s bureau News RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img

first_img Receive email alerts August 14, 2020 – Updated on August 17, 2020 RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist UzbekistanKyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information News June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Organisation News June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Bobomurod Abdullaev News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says UzbekistanKyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate release of Uzbek journalist and RSF scholarship holder arrested by the Kyrgyz authorities at the request of the Uzbek secret services and calls for the withdrawal of the extradition request to Uzbekistan against him.Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev was arrested in Kyrgyzstan on 9 August at the request of the Uzbek government as RSF tried to organise his safe return to Germany. Bobomurod Abdullaev, a scholarship recipient from the emergency aid programme of RSF’s German section, was expected in Berlin. “Bobomurod Abdullaev is in prison because he allegedly recently published articles that are critical of the Uzbek government under a pseudonym – but he denies this,” said Michael Rediske, President of RSF Germany. “We call on the Kyrgyz authorities to immediately release him and facilitate his safe passage to Germany. He must not under any circumstances be extradited to Uzbekistan, where he faces prison and torture.”Bobomurod Abdullaev works as a freelance journalist for the independent news website Ferghana and is a former correspondent for Radio Osodlik (the Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He is the founder of the news website Osod Owos (English: Free Voice), which was banned after the Andijan Massacre in 2005. Over a period of fifteen years and until his conviction in 2018, Abdullaev published articles criticising the regime of former dictator Islam Karimov under the synonym Usman Haqnazarov.Torture and forced confessionsAbdullaev was arrested for the first time in Uzbekistan in September 2017. The Uzbek law enforcement authorities accused him of calling for the violent overthrow of the government and endangering the constitutional order of Uzbekistan. Abdullaev claimed that he was tortured and forced to make false confessions in prison. In May 2018, after seven and a half months in custody, a court in Tashkent sentenced him to 14 months of community service.He left Uzbekistan in November 2019 and spent three months in Berlin as part of the RSF Emergency Assistance programme. He then moved to Kyrgyzstan to begin a scholarship programme at the American University of Central Asia. When the programme ended, RSF was trying to organise his safe return to Germany when he was suddenly arrested in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on 9 August. The next day a court ordered him to be detained for 30 days, until September 8. Abdullaev’s lawyer, Timur Karabayev, confirmed that Abdullaev is under criminal investigation in Uzbekistan, and that the authorities there have requested his extraditionThe Uzbek secret service has been following the journalist closely again since spring 2020. It suspects him of posting articles criticising President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on social networks, using the alias “Kora Mergan”. On July 25 Abdullaev publicly rejected these accusations on his Youtube channel, and told RSF that he had not published any reports under a pseudonym since his sentence in 2018. Kora Mergan also contradicted the allegations on 11 August and said that there was no connection between him and Abdullaev.The situation for journalists in Uzbekistan has improved since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office four years ago, but his claims that he is committed to press freedom have often not been borne out by facts. There have been repeated cases of critical bloggers being sentenced to prison. The case of Abdullaev shows that the regime is now also pursuing critical voices abroad.Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are ranked 156th and 82nd respectively out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.  News to go furtherlast_img read more

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Read in Turkish / Türkçe The third hearing in well-known independent journalist Erol Özkoray’s trial on a charge of insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his book “The Gezi phenomenon” gets under way before a criminal court in Istanbul tomorrow.Published in July 2013, the book is a social and political analysis of “Occupy Gezi,” a protest movement that the police crushed in the summer of 2013. At least 153 journalists were injured and 39 were arrested while covering the protests.Özkoray is facing a possible sentence of 12 to 32 months in prison under article 125 of the penal code in a connection with a chapter of the book about the slogans and graffiti painted on the walls of Istanbul during the unrest. The trial began on 20 March.“A year after the demonstrations, the authorities continue to criminalize the ‘Occupy Gezi’ movement and the way journalists covered it,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “By attacking such a well-known person as Özkoray, they are sending a clear warning to Turkey’s entire civil society.“It is unacceptable that a journalist should be facing the possibility of imprisonment just for reporting comments. We call for an end to this prosecution and the dismissal of all charges against Özkoray. This case yet again underlines the urgency of a complete overhaul of Turkey’s legislation, including the decriminalization of defamation and insult.”The indictment signed by public prosecutor Hasan Bölükbasi mentions the fact that Özkoray’s book quotes such slogans as “Don’t be an ass, listen to the people,” “You are disgraced, resign” and “Tayyip, it is not your fault that you were born.” The book’s co-author, Nurten Özkoray, is not being prosecuted.“After violently attacking peaceful (demonstrators), resulting in eight deaths and 10,000 injured, the Islamist government is trying by all possible means to make people forget this uprising, of which the slogans are an integral part,” Özkoray said.“They had to be compiled for the collective memory because they are very creative, ironic and full of humour. They belong to the people, to the six million people throughout the country who revolted. They are therefore anonymous. Attributing them to me and me alone is a judicial travesty.”Winner of the 2014 Prize for Freedom of Thought and Expression, awarded by the human rights group IHD, Özkoray is the author of many key books and articles about the army’s once dominant position in Turkish politics, and was prosecuted more than a dozen times from 2000 to 2006, when he edited the Idea Politika website.All of these cases, in which he was usually charged with “denigrating the Turkish armed forces,” ended up being dismissed. He testified in defence of Reporters Without Borders in Paris in May 2002 in a lawsuit brought by Turkish armed forces chief of staff Hüseyin Kivrikoglu over a protest about military pressure on the Turkish media.Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey News April 2, 2021 Find out more News June 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading journalist facing jail over book about Gezi protests News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Related documents cp_ozkoray_tr.pdfPDF – 58.98 KB to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editorlast_img read more

first_imgNews NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts May 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Justice system still targeting editor seven months after his releasecenter_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Ali Anouzla, the editor of the Lakome news website’s Arabic-language version, continues to be targeted by the justice system seven months after his conditional release.He should have appeared before an investigating judge today, but the judge’s secretary called Anouzla’s lawyer, Hassan Semlali, on the eve of the hearing to postpone it without setting a new date. She said the hearing could not be held because the judge was taking a vacation.Anouzla was arrested in Rabat on 17 September for posting a link to an article in the Spanish daily El País, which in turn had a link to a video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).He was freed on 25 October after five weeks in “preventive detention” but continues to face a possible sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison on various charges including providing “material assistance” to a terrorist organization and “defending terrorist crimes.” Both the Arabic and French-language versions of Lakome have been blocked since 17 October despite his requests for an end to the blocking. On 7 January, he submitted a request to this effect to the National Agency for Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT), which subsequently told him by phone that he should address his request to the prosecutor’s office. Anouzla has received no response to the request to the prosecutor’s office that he submitted in early January.“We condemn the investigating judge’s endless postponement of Anouzla’s hearings,” said Reporters Without Borders research director Lucie Morillon. “The judicial authorities are deliberately dragging this case out. We call on them to have the courage to drop all the charges and finally close a case that is embarrassing them for good reason. They must also stop blocking his website.”After creating an Anouzla support committee, journalists and media freedom defenders have undertaken all the necessary steps for the creation of a media freedom NGO in Morocco. But the Rabat prefecture has refused to consent to the NGO’s registration twice, on 9 and 12 May.A staunch media freedom advocate, Anouzla recently received the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy’s “Leaders for Democracy” award and was one of the “100 information heroes” that Reporters Without Borders published on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information Text of the letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair:Dear Prime Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, would like to express its concern to you about an increase in the Cuban government’s repression of independent journalists despite the fact that the European Council agreed on 13 June to extend the suspension of sanctions against Cuba for a year while at the same time condemning “the measures taken by the Cuban authorities with the aim of limiting freedom of expression and assembly and press freedom.”We would like to remind you that Cuba is currently the world’s second biggest prison for the press. A total of 24 journalists are imprisoned in Cuba and the press freedom situation there is getting worse and worse.Albert Santiago Du Bouchet Fernández, the editor of the independent Havana Press news agency and a member of the board of the Assembly to Promote Civil Society’s magazine, was sentenced to a year in prison in a summary trial on 9 August for “civil disobedience” and “resisting” the authorities at the time of his arrest while covering unrest in Artemisa (in Havana province) on 6 August. He was not able to have a defence lawyer.Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero of the Nueva Prensa Cubana agency was also convicted on 9 August of “civil disobedience” and “resisting” the authorities. She was sentenced to seven months of “conditional freedom.”Reporters Without Borders has registered many other cases of attempts to intimidate independent journalists, but will cite just the two most recent instances here. Lázaro Raúl González’s home was searched without any reason by members of the National Revolutionary Police on 19 August and he was taken to the police station for refusing to surrender his identity document. Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, who has already spent six years in Cuban prisons, was attacked by two members of the armed forces on a motor-cycle on 22 August.We must also mention the 22 July arrest of Oscar Mario González, who is now waiting trial under the draconian Law 88 and faces up to 20 years in prison.We are convinced that in these circumstances extending the suspension of sanctions against Cuba for a year would violate the Common Position adopted by the European Union in 1996, which aims to “encourage a process of transition to a pluralist democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”We therefore call on you to ensure that, when the European Union’s position on Cuba is next examined, the release of the imprisoned independent journalists is made a basic condition for suspending sanctions. While the Cuba government has made a few symbolic gestures of democratic opening (including letting the Assembly to Promote Civil Society hold a meeting in Havana in May), the situation is far from improving for the independent press, despite the European Union’s diplomatic efforts.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely, Robert MénardSecretary-General October 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News Follow the news on Cuba Organisation News CubaAmericas Following a new crackdown on Cuba’s independent journalists in which several have been arrested, Reporters Without Borders has written to the British government, the current holder of the European Union presidency, expressing concern and asking it to make any softening in the EU stance on Cuba strictly conditional on the release of the independent journalists imprisoned in Cuba.center_img to go further May 6, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council August 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU’s British presidency asked to intercede in new crackdown in Cuba News News Following a new crackdown on Cuba’s independent journalists in which several have been arrested, Reporters Without Borders has written to the British government, the current holder of the European Union presidency, expressing concern and asking it to make any softening in the EU stance on Cuba strictly conditional on the release of the independent journalists imprisoned in Cuba. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation June 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New killing brings journalists’ death toll to 98 since the start of the war, 23 since start of 2006 Reporters Without Borders expressed sympathy to the family and colleagues of Ibrahim Seneid, journalist on the daily al-Bashara, who was murdered in Falluja on 13 June 2006 while on his way to work.The international press freedom organisation strongly condemned the targeting of journalists by different parties to the conflict, particularly by the insurgents. “Once again we call on the Iraqi authorities to do their utmost to guarantee their safety,” it said.Leaflets accusing al-Bashara of being in the pay of the US Army and producing political propaganda for the United States and calling for the paper’s closure, had been circulating in Falluja during the first week of June.Ninety-eight journalists have been killed and 48 abducted, since the start of the war in March 2003. Of those kidnapped, five were killed by their abductors (four Iraqis and the Italian Enzo Baldoni). Thirty-two of the kidnappings took place in Bagdad and its surrounding area.Journalists Rim Zeid andt Marwan Khazaal of Iraqi al-Sumariya television, as well as an employee in Baghdad of Agence France-Presse (AFP), Salah Jali al-Gharrawi, are still being held hostage in the country. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 28, 2021 Find out more News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Jean-Lou Chameau, the eighth president of the California Institute of Technology, announced his intent to step down from the position in a letter to the Caltech community today. Chameau plans to leave later this year.President Chameau has served Caltech with excellence and distinction, stimulating innovation and expanding resources for high-risk, high-reward research,” said David Lee, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are extremely grateful for his leadership as president, and we wish him success in his next endeavor.” Chameau informed the full Board of Trustees of his decision today.Caltech was named #1 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2011 and 2012. The international publication noted that Caltech’s faculty have the highest research citation rate in the world and are regularly recognized with the top honors in their fields. Since 2006, Chameau has promoted Caltech’s multidisciplinary approach to research and education, supporting the development of programs in areas of societal impact, including energy, information technology, medical science, and the environment. Chameau also led initiatives to enhance students’ educational experiences, increase the diversity of the community, advance entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty and students, and enhance the partnership between Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.As Chameau reflected on his tenure at Caltech, he identified the greatest accomplishments as belonging to the Institute’s faculty and students, whom he described as talented colleagues who share a commitment to excellence and the desire to have a disproportionate impact on science and society. “The discoveries, recognition, and impact of the Caltech faculty in a typical year are the envy of our peers. The opportunity to interact with such a special group, and to support their endeavors, is a reward in itself,” said Chameau.Upon his resignation, Chameau will lead the recently created King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Chameau, holder of the Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair at Caltech, was formerly provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).Board chair David Lee continued, “Caltech is in a much stronger position now compared to a few years ago. Together with John Dabiri, chair of the faculty, we are organizing the presidential search committee to recruit and select the next president to serve Caltech.”About the California Institute of Technology: Caltech is a private university in Pasadena, California, recognized for its highly select student body of approximately 900 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students, and for its outstanding faculty. Since 1928, Caltech’s faculty and alumni have garnered 32 Nobel Prizes and 68 have been awarded the National Medal of Science or Technology. Over one‐third of Caltech’s 300 faculty members have been elected to the U.S. National Academies. In addition to its prestigious on-campus research program, Caltech operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, the Palomar Observatory and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). For more information, visit www.caltech.edu. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Subscribe News Feature Stories Chameau to Step Down as Caltech President From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 3:38 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * This year 1,600 people will have the opportunity to get outside, many for the first time, and explore America’s waterways.The influx of participation is a result of the Paddle Nation Grant Program, an initiative connecting young people to their rivers, streams, lakes and oceans, funded by Outdoor Retailer, National Park Service and many paddle-sport manufacturers, retailers and stakeholders. Notably, Confluence Outdoor has given $10,000 in funding, ensuring support for the best and most effective projects that introduce paddling to a new generation.The Laurel Foundation received $2,500 to support its work to engage 105 children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS in a summer paddle program. “We are excited to partner with Paddle Nation to get the kids outdoors and experience paddling on the open water!” Margot Anderson, the founder and Chief Executive Officer stated.Unique in the outdoor industry, the Paddle Nation Grant Program was launched in 2012 with financial support and leadership from Outdoor Retailer and many companies in the paddle-sport industry including Confluence Outdoor, Johnson Outdoors, Rutabaga Paddlesports, OARS, BIC Sports, Glenbrook, Advanced Elements, River Sport Outfitters and ACK. Leveraging this industry support, the National Park Service joined as a major funder in 2013, significantly expanding the grant program.Since its inception, 67 paddle projects have been funded with more than $162,000 given to noteworthy projects. Working with nearly 30 different retailers, 9,730 individuals have gotten outside on waterways including 6,023 youth. In totally, nearly 90,000 hours have been spent outside paddling.“Thanks to the leadership and support of our partners, we are investing in the ideas, and projects that drive a significant increase in participation on our waterways,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation. “Through these Paddle Nation Grants, young people across the country will explore rivers, lakes and streams through a variety of activities – resulting in a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.”About The Laurel FoundationThe Laurel Foundation’s mission is to empower children, youth and families living with HIV and AIDS by providing a diverse range of educational and support programs in an emotionally and physically safe and trusting environment. The Laurel Foundation, based in Pasadena, annually helps more than 500 low-income, at-risk, needy participants living primarily in Southern California.To accomplish its mission, The Laurel Foundation programs consist of resident camps, mentorships, day programs and support programs. Each program aims to eradicate the pain and isolation associated with HIV and AIDS by teaching participants the important life skills (e.g., independence, trust, problem solving) needed to overcome the adversity of HIV and AIDS. In addition, programs focus on building social support systems with peers, developing bonds with volunteers who serve as crucial role models, and educating participants on health life choices and the consequences of at-risk behaviors. All programs support social and emotional development, boost self-esteem, and help participants reach their full potential in life. For information on how to make a donation or volunteer please visit www.Laurel-Foundation.org.The Outdoor FoundationFounded in 2000, the Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through youth engagement, community grant-making, and groundbreaking research, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In just five years, the Foundation has invested $4 million into 785 not-for-profit and college programs that have connected 200,000 young people to the outdoors. Importantly, 90¢ of every dollar goes. 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first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Materia, Inc. announced effective today that its Board of Directors has appointed Nitin Apte as the Company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased that Nitin has agreed to lead Materia,” said the Company’s Chairman Ray Roberge. “Nitin has successfully led advanced materials businesses at SABIC and GE, and he brings deep market knowledge in the performance materials sector and a proven track record of leading growth businesses.”The Materia team has done an extraordinary job in advancing its Grubbs Catalyst® technology and Proxima® polymer platforms,” said Nitin. “I am excited to join such an innovative company and help expand the use of its catalyst and high performance resin products in key sectors worldwide.”Nitin brings to Materia over 25 years of experience in global assignments spanning P&L leadership, marketing, innovation, supply chain, Six Sigma, manufacturing and product management. He joins the Company from SABIC, among the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers, where he led the High Performance Products division. Previously, Nitin led Strategic Growth and Innovation for SABIC’s plastics business unit and managed its Specialty Resins division. He also held key leadership positions at GE Plastics before its acquisition by SABIC.Nitin succeeds Co-Founder Dr. Michael Giardello who has transitioned to a new role as Senior Advisor to the Company. Mike will focus his attention on process scale up and project execution of Materia’s resin plant expansion in Huntsville, Texas to support key growth initiatives. “Nitin is a proven business leader, and his vast experience in performance plastics materials will be a huge asset in accelerating the Company’s growth,” stated Mike Giardello.Mike served as President, CEO and CTO of Materia since 1999. During this time, the Company successfully commercialized its olefin metathesis catalyst and high performance resin platforms. Among the Company’s achievements are the adoption of its catalysts by the pharmaceutical industry to create groundbreaking new therapeutics and the development of a new class of thermoset resins which have been adopted by the oil & gas industry for subsea insulation for deepwater HPHT applications, high performance buoyancy and tools for horizontal drilling.About MateriaMateria develops and manufactures catalysts and advanced materials that solve complex problems facing today’s chemical, electronic, energy, industrial, pharmaceutical, and transportation companies. With applications ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to subsea oil & gas production to structural composites, Materia’s Grubbs Catalyst technology and Proxima polymer platform create differentiated value for its customers. For more information, visit www.materia-inc.com. Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Business News Materia Announces New President and CEO Nitin Apte Materia, Inc. has appointed Nitin Apte as the Company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 2:28 pm More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_img More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. On the second Sunday in May, moms across the country are deservedly showered with attention on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, while most moms are being treated to breakfast in bed or flower deliveries, tens of thousands of women spend their Mother’s Day living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic violence.Heartbreaking statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center state that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. According to a national study from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, approximately 25 percent of homeless women are homeless because of violence in the home.As a way to show love and appreciation to mothers this Mother’s Day, Two Men and A Truck® Pasadena recently hosted its Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring.This year, the Pasadena moving company worked with local businesses such as Wonder Dog Ranch and Togo’s Eateries to collect essential and comfort items. More than 860 donations were collected and delivered to Elizabeth House of Pasadena.“We are so grateful for [their] support and the tangible way [they] are expressing care and compassion to women and children in crisis. [Their] support is enabling us to carry on this much needed work. With each newborn cry and with each child in residency that calls Elizabeth House their “home,” I am full of gratitude for [their] support and care,” stated Debora J. Unruh, Executive Director of Elizabeth House.This spring marked the ninth anniversary of Movers for Moms®. Since its introduction, the program has expanded nationally to all 39 states and more than 300 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year to-date, with more than 230,000 items collected for donation to hundreds of shelters across the country. This year, Two Men and A Truck®’s goal was to collect more than 300,000 items for moms in need across the country.Follow Movers for Moms® online at www.twomenandatruck.com/moversformoms, www.facebook.com/MoversforMoms, or @MoversforMoms for more information.Two Mean and A Truck® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 319 national locations and 2,300 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates 340 locations and 2,600 trucks. Two Men and A Truck® has performed more than 5.5 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 53 months of consecutive record growth. Each location is independently owned and operated. Community News Local Moving Company Sponsors “Movers for Moms” Drive to Help Mothers in Shelters Community-Supported Program Aids Moms in Crisis on Mother’s Day From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 1:31 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News Subscribe Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgEarnings of 50-60 euro per day not uncommonA SIZEABLE number of Limerick taxi drivers are living on the bread line, with some earning less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to one taxi driver, who did not wish to be identified, colleagues are considering leaving the business and going on the dole.“Excuse the pun, but we don’t know what road we are going down. Our very livelihoods are at stake.“Two years ago, it was not unusual for taxi drivers to make 100-150 euro per day…it is now down to 50-60 euro per day”.Accepting that the downturn in the economy had affected business, their situation was exacerbated, he added, by the fact that the Regulator continues issuing plates.The taxi drivers cause has been taken on board by Limerick City South Fianna Fail candidate Tom O’Callaghan, who has called on the Regulator to grant a special exemption for Limerick and stop granting taxi licensesHe has written to the Commissioner Ms. Kathleen Doyle, pointing to the increasingly difficult environment in which taxi drivers are forced to operate.“There simply are too many taxi plates operating. It’s crippling those people who are trying to earn a living and support their families. There simply isn’t enough work to go around. “If some decide to go on the dole not only will we be paying out a lot more in social welfare payments, but there will be fewer cars on the roads and people will start finding it very difficult to get a cab as they’ll be so few about”.The taxi owner who contacted the Limerick Post said that the cost factor of operating a taxi was extremely high.Typical outgoings are: Insurance 2,000 euro; car depreciation, 2,000 euro; petrol for year 5,000 euro; car loan, 3,000 per year; taxi plate renewal 125 euro, repairs 500 euro; accountant 300 euro; general maintenance (car wash, etc) 200 euro.To lease a radio cost an additional 3,600 per year.“Let us look at earnings where a driver is going home with 60 euro per day over 360 days, amounting to 21,600 per annum. Subtract overheads and he/she is lucky to come out with 9,000 euro.“On the dole, he/she would have 180 euro per week, plus 70 euro rent allowance, giving 13,000 euro per year”.He also pointed out that it was not possible for unemployed taxi owners to sign on at the unemployment exchange. “Try to sell your license and you will find there are no buyers out there and that leaves you in a catch-22 situation”.Taxi drivers, he added, were obliged to work crazy hours, for little return.“Just look at the number of cabs outside the railway station or other designated taxi ranks in the city and see how many are out looking for business.“You could sit for three hours and get a fare of 10 euro.“Night time trade has almost disappeared, and with fewer people shopping in the city centre there are less runs to our housing estates. Something needs to be done…immediately”. Previous articleNews in briefsNext articleRoad crash claims two lives admin Facebook Print Linkedin Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Email NewsLocal NewsTaxi drivers at crossroadsBy admin – May 14, 2009 973 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLIMERICK-based journalist Arthur Quinlan has died at the age of 92 having worked as a freelance reporter in the Mid West for over 50 years.A native of Dublin, he was raised in Quin, Co Clare and spent most of his life in Limerick. He was well known for reporting the news from Shannon airport where, along with covering state visits and celebrity stopovers, he secured many news stories for the national and international press.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was one of the few journalists to interview South American revolutionary Che Guevara, and former Yugoslavia President Josip Broz Tito. He interviewed every US president from Harry S Truman to George W Bush and is also said to have taught Cuban Fidel Castro how to make an Irish Coffee.He worked as Mid West correspondent with the Irish Times and RTÉ and was a long-time member of the National Union of Journalists, having served as president of the Mid West branch for many years.NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley said that the union had lost “a loyal, committed and distinguished member”“He was a kind and generous colleague, full of stories and blessed with a wonderful sense of fun. Arthur was a passionate advocate for the development of the Mid West region, especially Shannon Airport, and as a national correspondent was recognised as ‘Mr Limerick’.”“Arthur was a member of honour of the union, the highest accolade awarded by the NUJ. He served as chairman of the Irish South West branch and was especially committed to the welfare of members,” Mr Dooley said.A keen golfer, he was a member of Castletroy and Lahinch Golf Clubs where his late wife Vera served as lady captain. He was also a longtime member and former president of Shannon Rowing Club.He is survived by his son Tom and daughters Ann and Joyce.The late Arthur Quinlan, who inspired and assisted several generations of young Irish journalists WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsJournalist’s final deadline was met with calm and classic styleBy admin – January 4, 2013 652 Facebook Email Advertisement Linkedin Twitter Print Previous articleHealth concerns over Shannon chemical spillNext article80 Limerick pubs are nearing “crisis point” adminlast_img read more

first_img TAGSed hospitalfeatured Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement WhatsApp Email Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended center_img University Hospital Limerick has appealed to members of the public not to attend the emergency department in Dooradoyle today (Wednesday)  unless it is absolutely necessary. The emergency department has been under extreme pressure this week following an upsurge in attendances and the situation escalated this morning with a total of 37 patients on trolleys. This had been reduced to 23 after lunch.A hospital spokesman said the increased pressure follows a rise in the number of surgical and medical patients presenting “although quite why it has reached such proportions is not clear. The hospital’s escalation policy is in place with every available bed being deployed and extra ward rounds will be held this afternoon to try and provide more”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The public is asked to co-operate  and not to present at the hospital save in the case of a genuine emergency. All GPs in the area are also being contacted to request their co-operation. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL First Irish death from Coronavirus Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Previous articleUL and MIC to meet in Fitzgibbon CupNext articleTaylor “happy” with Limerick FC squad Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsStay away from hospital ED – requestBy Bernie English – December 11, 2013 681 No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

first_imgNewsFree disability awareness training in cityBy John Keogh – November 28, 2013 1579 TAGSawarenessdisabilityhealth Hospital bosses deny claims of manipulating trolley figures Free counselling service for carers of Limerick’s estimated 2,500 stroke survivors Print Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleTesco Facebook row rumbles onNext articleTesco supporting Lions Club appeal John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vicky calls for right to die with dignity by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CAMPAIGN aiming to kickstart a national conversation on disability is offering 100 Limerick people the chance to participate in a free training initiative.As part of a nationwide awareness campaign, social enterprise Kanchi has launched ‘Kanchi 500’ an initiative to provide free disability awareness training to 500 people across the country between December 2 and 6 to coincide with the International Day of Persons With Disabilities on December 3.The campaign, entitled ‘Let’s Start The Conversation’, will see a free training initiative hosted at Dell in Raheen Business Park on Thursday December 5. The training has been designed to be relevant for all members of the public.Commenting on the launch Kanchi Network Manager, Nikki Hegarty said; “We often find that stigma and lack of confidence in discussing disability are some of the biggest barriers to inclusion.”“Through our training we aim to remove that fear of ‘causing offence’ or ‘saying the wrong thing’ that prevents many of us from talking about disability or even from talking to people with disabilities. Given that almost one in five of us has a disability, it’s so important that we get more comfortable talking about it,” said Nikki.Kanchi wants to encourage businesses to up-skill their employees and also welcomes members of the public interested in finding out more about disability. For example, volunteers who may work with people with disabilities in their role, or someone that might want to be more confident in talking about disability. Anyone that has ever had a question or concern about the language of disability is welcome to attend. The course is free, but registration is required. Details can be found at www.kanchinetwork.com via the Kanchi500 page. Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWatch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print TAGSElite SinglesMusic Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday TWO hundred Limerick singletons are currently registering every month on a matchmaking service aimed at lonely hearts looking for longterm relationships.The Elite Singles website, which aims to help its members find love, revealed that almost ten per cent of its Irish members hail from Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Women make up for 51 per cent of the site’s Limerick members and men the remaining 49 per cent. The average Limerick person using the dating site is aged 37.And while love is the name of the game, according to a new survey from Elite Singles, frequent sex is the key to a good relationship. In a recent poll, 80 per cent of Irish members unanimously agreed that some ‘hanky panky’ was required at least several times a week.The Irish survey also revealed women to be more impatient when it comes to waiting for sex. When asked how long they’d be prepared to wait in a new relationship, while 55 per cent of men would give their partner as much time as necessary, the same was true of just 39 per cent of women, with close to 40 per cent wanting sex within a few weeks.Lorraine from Limerick, an Elite Singles member, confessed that when to jump into bed with a new partner would really depend on the level of connection.“If I feel like I’ve built a level of trust with someone, I would feel ready within the first two to three weeks. But it really depends on the man and whether I feel I can trust them sharing the intimacy,” the 35-year-old from Shelbourne Avenue revealed.“I’m divorced, so I’m definitely looking for a longterm relationship. But since joining the site in January I’ve met up with two guys and slept with one. I can’t complain!” Lorraine told the Limerick Post.Manager of Elite Singles in Ireland, Tim Sonmez commented, “As a dating site committed first and foremost to finding our members long-term relationships, this survey is definitely interesting to us.“The results showed how importantly people see sex as a measure of a healthy long-term relationship, and without doubt sexual intimacy is a key way to keep a relationship close in the long term.” WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Emailcenter_img Previous articleIrish Water charges for Limerick ‘shrouded in secrecy’Next articleMinister told to tackle animal abuse gangs in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Linkedin #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter NewsLocal NewsFlirty Limerick singletons looking for loveBy Alan Jacques – April 17, 2014 1252 New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

first_imgTwitter Previous articleGAA – Limerick minor side named to face CorkNext articleTriathlon – Keane and Hayes claim Hell of the West title Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCannabis grow house discovered in County LimerickBy Staff Reporter – July 1, 2015 650 Facebook Advertisement Emailcenter_img Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up CANNABIS plants with an estiimated value of €115,000 have been discovered by gardai following a planned search at a house in Athlacca, Bruff County Limerick earlier this week.A male in his early 20s has been arretsed in connection with the find and is due to appear in court it is understood.The search, carried out by gardai from the Divisional Drugs Squad, is part of an ongoing, intelligence led, operation set up to target the cultivation of cannabis in the Limerick and Clare region. WhatsApp Linkedin Printlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible THOUSANDS of participants brought humour, colour and sound to the streets of Limerick City on Saturday, July 7, to celebrate LGBT+ Pride as the week-long festival came to a close.Although the parade and encompassing festival brings fun and a touch of frivolity to the city, there was also a timely reminder of what Limerick and other Pride festivals are about, showing solidarity among the community as well as highlighting the rights that are denied to people of the LGBT+ community in several other countries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Pride 2018 Parade makes its way up Henry Street.In his speech at the garden party in the Hunt Museum after the parade, Limerick Pride Parade Grand Master Richard Lynch said: “In Russia now, people are being murdered for who they love, what they look like, who they are, it’s so wrong.“We need to stand in solidarity with these people, they’re not as lucky as us. Anti-LGBT discrimination, based on people’s sexual orientation, gender identity, arrests, job discrimination, it’s happening all over the world,” he said.“Some people are not here today because they were afraid to come,” he explained highlighting some of the issues those in rural Ireland may face.“People in rural Ireland are still not being accepted by our communities, that’s why we are here today marching, it’s for those people,” he said.video by Luke Culhane for www.ilovelimerick.com Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Email NewsCommunityLimerick Pride highlights global issuesBy Cian Reinhardt – July 11, 2018 1366 center_img Print Previous articleBD opens new state of the art R & D facility, creating 85 new jobs for LimerickNext articleResidents air serious concerns over work on Northern Distributor Road Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Could Alfie be the new Nose of Tralee? Facebook TAGSCommunityFestivalLGBTLGBT LimerickLimerick PrideRichard Lynch Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgLimerickNewsPedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in PallaskenryBy Alan Jacques – June 14, 2019 820 Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Adare-RathkealeNash’s CrossPallaskenry Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedincenter_img Email WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Outspoken Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan with a portrait of Eamon De Valera who he worked with as a member of the President’s Garda protection unit.Photo: Cian ReinhardtCOUNCILLORS in West Limerick are bemused over the installation of a pedestrian crossing at Nash’s Cross in Pallaskenry, which they claim “must have fallen out of the sky”.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien said at the AGM of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District this Tuesday that the mysterious crossing was a “cause of concern” for residents.“This issue has been raised repeatedly. The pedestrian crossing is too near Nash’s Cross and could cause a traffic accident. Has a traffic count been taken to determine the need for a pedestrian crossing at this location?Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “On whose authority was this installed?” the Pallaskenry man asked the council executive.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan considered the installation of the pedestrian crossing to be a complete “mystery”.“It must have fallen out of the sky as it was never discussed at this table. If we now have to look at spending money to move it — that’s unfortunate.“It is a pity a few more of them don’t fall out of the sky,” Cllr Sheahan added. Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleNew mayor wants to replace Brown Thomas with a fountainNext articleBallyhoura Development CLG Initiative needs your vote Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

first_imgOdessa Police DepartmentAs part of National Police Week (May 13-19), members of the Odessa Police Department, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Lubbock Police Department and other local agencies will conduct a memorial service to honor fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty on Friday.The service begins at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 6801 East Highway 80.OPD will honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty the past year in Texas, including eight local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty: Ector County Sheriff Deputy Thad West, Cpl. Gordon “G.T.” Toal, Officer Scott Stanton Smith, Lubbock Officer Rodney Kendricks, Cpl. Arlie “Lee” Jones, Cpl. John Scott Gardner, Cpl. Abel Marquez, and Midland County Sheriff Deputy Mike Naylor. Pinterest Local NewsCrime WhatsApp By admin – May 15, 2018 Twitter Twitter Pinterest National Police Week, memorial service Previous articleGarage Sale FundraiserNext articlePavement Restoration admin Facebook WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Local News Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleOAT122520 Isly’s Fine Jewelry.jpgNext articleSchool Nutrition expands meal program Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  center_img Courtesy PhotoIsy’s Fine Jewelry is the winner of the first Merry and Bright Window Nights Downtown business holiday decorating contest. Their Christmas spirit shone brightest, making Isy’s Fine Jewelry the winner of the first Merry and Bright Window Nights Downtown business holiday decorating contest. The event was spearheaded by Downtown Odessa, Inc. Isy’s, whose décor theme was “jewelry winter wonderland,” received a cash prize of $500, according to a press release by Downtown Odessa, Inc. The second place winner, Keep Odessa Beautiful, received a cash prize of $250. Their theme was “upcycled Christmas.” A total of seven downtown businesses were in the contest; the others included: Home Hospice, Basin PBS, Proteus Salon, SIDE Bar Grill, Par II Companies and The Guardiola Law Firm, according to the press release. Various criteria were used in the contest judging, including creativity and aesthetics. The contest was judged by members of Downtown Odessa, Inc. All seven businesses are now eligible for the second round of the contest which will be determined by the public. “Fan Favorite award” voting begins today. To cast a vote for a business, contact Downtown Odessa contest coordinator Alexa Moulakis at 432-335-4682 or [email protected] The contest is one of several Winterfest events hosted by the non-profit Downtown Odessa organization. The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt will run through 10 p.m., January 3. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. A Magical Christmas is an augmented reality event that invites participants to use their cell phones to find and view various 3D images, including a giant Santa and his reindeer floating in the sky. There are 6 augmented reality stations set up around downtown that participants can activate by using a QR code. For more information about the events, visit www.downtownodessatx.com/christmas. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 24, 2020 Isy’s Fine Jewelry wins downtown decorating contestlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Twitter Local NewsBusiness Previous articleRevelation Biosciences Inc. Completes Dosing of Five Single Dose Cohorts and Receives Approval to Initiate a Multiple Dose Cohort to Phase 1 Clinical Study of REVTx-99, an Experimental Treatment for Respiratory Viral Infection, Including COVID-19Next articleFootprint Announces Its Ocean Hero Award Winners Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Facebookcenter_img Victory Park Capital Expands eSME Strategy With Credit Facility to Cap Hill Brands WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsApp CHICAGO & SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Victory Park Capital (“VPC”), a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced the close of a multi-year credit facility with Cap Hill Brands, a technology-driven consumer goods platform that acquires and operates e-commerce brands with an initial focus on Amazon-first brands. The credit facility marks the third deal that VPC has closed in the e-commerce sector since Q3 of last year, having most recently closed a credit facility with Perch, which also acquires and operates Amazon third-party sellers. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005471/en/ Cap Hill Brands was founded in July 2020 by Kevin Saliba and Jason LeeKeenan, two former Zulily executives who helped grow the business into one of the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce retailers with nearly 6 million active customers. The credit facility from VPC will fund new acquisitions of e-commerce brands that exhibit strong growth and have an established track record. “We’re incredibly grateful to partner with VPC given their deep understanding of the industry and breadth of the market opportunity,” said Kevin Saliba, co-founder and co-CEO of Cap Hill. “This comes at a time when Amazon third-party sellers and digitally native brands more broadly are in need of capital and operational expertise to help grow and scale their businesses, especially given the e-commerce boom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.” “We could not be more excited to have value-add investors who believe in Cap Hill Brands’ mission,” added Jason LeeKeenan, co-founder and co-CEO of Cap Hill. “VPC’s investment will support our commitment to providing liquidity to brand owners who have lacked access to capital up until now.” “We are proud to partner with Cap Hill Brands, particularly co-founders Kevin and Jason, who have significant experience with consumer brands and e-commerce platforms and have already generated substantial momentum,” said Tom Welch, partner at VPC. “Cap Hill Brands joins a number of companies that are working to consolidate the fragmented third-party seller ecosystem and support small e-commerce businesses, and we look forward to seeing the company’s competitive differentiation play out in the market.” In October 2020, VPC provided a similar financing solution and partnered with Perch, a technology-enabled consumer products company that acquires and operates Amazon FBA businesses at scale. “Partnering with VPC has allowed us to completely focus on growing our business,” said Chris Bell, founder and CEO of Perch. “It is important to us that we work with investors who share our vision and are able to scale with us over time, and we are proud to have found that in VPC.” Victory Park Capital’s Outlook on the E-Commerce Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (eSME) Sector Digital marketplaces are growing at a rapid pace and are accelerating their market share gains over traditional brick-and-mortal retail. By providing better overall shopping experiences, quick door-step delivery options and greater selection of inventory, e-commerce has reshaped retail marketplaces and entrenched itself into consumer preferences. Increased internet saturation, social media tools to identify customers and the introduction of new payment technologies, including buy-now-pay-later financing solutions, have further accelerated the shift towards digital marketplaces. The Amazon third-party seller ecosystem is an attractive area for investment given its expansive ecosystem. According to Marketplace Pulse, there are 1.6 million active third-party sellers transacting across eighteen global marketplaces, generating north of $295 billion of Gross Merchandise Value annually. The global network of third-party sellers is both robust and highly fragmented, with 280,000 merchants generating annual sales over $100,000. The marketplace continues to expand at a rapid pace, with over 1.2 million active third-party sellers joining one of the eighteen Amazon platforms worldwide in 2019. “This ecosystem has become increasingly complex for eSMEs to manage growth, leading to many brand owners having considerable personal wealth tied up in one asset with no clear options for financing or an ultimate liquidity event,” added Don Richman, principal at VPC. “VPC is positioned as a value-add partner to the ecosystem through deep domain expertise, coupled with solution-oriented financing structures.” About Victory Park Capital Victory Park Capital invests in emerging and established businesses across various industries in the U.S. and abroad. The firm’s differentiated offerings leverage an extensive network of industry relationships, disciplined deal origination, creative financing capabilities, broad credit structuring and special situations expertise. The firm was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago with additional resources in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. VPC is privately held and a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. For more information, please visit www.victoryparkcapital.com. About Cap Hill Brands Cap Hill Brands acquires and operates high quality, enduring consumer brands. Founded by e-commerce veterans in marketing, operations, and strategy, Cap Hill Brands is a consumer products company that acquires and operates great brands at scale. Cap Hill Brands has raised north of $150M in capital and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. For more information, please visit www.caphillbrands.com. About Perch Perch is a technology-driven commerce company that acquires and operates Amazon FBA businesses with winning products in their respective categories. Perch seeks high-quality products and brands that have a steady history of strong customer reviews, are consistently one of the top three products within their category, and have potential for expansion. Perch quickly evaluates opportunities, guaranteeing entrepreneurs a 48-hour response on their businesses’ fit with its model and valuation range, providing a fast and risk-free way to understand their company’s potential. For more information, please visit: www.PerchHQ.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005471/en/ CONTACT: Victory Park Capital Jordan Niezelski, Edelman [email protected] Hill Brands Kevin Saliba, Cap Hill Brands [email protected] Colleen Martin, Zer0 to 5ive [email protected] KEYWORD: ILLINOIS WASHINGTON UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT ONLINE RETAIL RETAIL FINANCE BANKING SOURCE: Victory Park Capital Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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first_img Facebook Twitter Twitter Previous articleAP Interview: Salvador Illa, Catalonia’s quiet gamechangerNext articleUnited States Lung Cancer Market 2021: Pipeline Products, Market Analysis, Epidemiology, Key Products Marketed, Drugs Sales and Market Shares – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp WhatsApp ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– 3CLogic, the premier voice-enabling solution and cloud contact center platform, announced its latest integration with Zoom. The combined offering will streamline organizational communication and provide call center agents easy access to internal team members so they can receive help and information in order to provide an exceptional customer service experience. “We are excited to extend this new integration to our current and future enterprise customers who are eager to improve collaboration and communication within their organization,” states Denis Seynhaeve, CEO of 3CLogic. “Enterprises have accelerated their adoption of Zoom in the last year due to the rapid shift to remote work. This joint offering will make it easier for customer-facing agents to access internal experts and resources across departments to enable the highest level of customer service.” The integration between 3CLogic and Zoom will allow for a number of key use cases and features, including: Automatically syncing agent availability between 3CLogic’s Cloud Call Center platform and Zoom to minimize disruptions, streamline communication, and optimize call performanceAllow agents to easily accept incoming 3CLogic calls from within Zoom to ensure a consistent and seamless experience for your customersAbility to transfer or conference in Zoom users to assist Call Center Agents with unique customer service inquiries or active issuesLeverage the 3CLogic and Zoom integration to complement any CRM or cloud platform, such as ServiceNow, to maximize agent performance and the customer experience “As organizations around the world continue to operate remotely and support a distributed workforce, the adoption of cloud-enabled technologies to enhance customer engagements and streamline collaboration between departments will be key to any long-term success,” explains Denis Seynhaeve. “We look forward to continuing to expand our portfolio of features for this integration between 3CLogic and Zoom in order to support our current and future customers as their enterprises evolve.” The announcement comes as 3CLogic continues to expand its global enterprise presence across industries and divisions including Sales, Customer Service, Employee Services, and IT Help Desks. About 3CLogic 3CLogic is the premier voice-enabling solution for cloud platforms. The cloud contact center solution transforms cloud platforms or CRMs by seamlessly integrating voice with existing digital channels. Built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), 3CLogic enables organizations to achieve seamless integrations with leading cloud-computing platforms such as ServiceNow, Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, and SugarCRM. Its innovative solutions extend CRM and data platform capabilities for Global 2000 firms by enabling advanced and scalable features such as optimized self-service experiences, virtual and live agent interactions, and conversational analytics. For more information, please visit www.3clogic.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005122/en/ CONTACT: Janet Mesh [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CANADA MARYLAND INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMMUNICATIONS VOIP TECHNOLOGY TELECOMMUNICATIONS OTHER COMMUNICATIONS SOURCE: 3CLogic Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 04:11 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 04:11 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005122/en Local NewsBusinesscenter_img Pinterest Facebook 3CLogic Announces Cloud Contact Center Integration for Zoom TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_img Suspected hypothermia deaths in homes mount in Texas Twitter Pinterest Local NewsStateUS News Brett CoomerFILE – In this Feb. 15, 2021, file photo, Eithan Colindres wears a winter coat inside after the apartment his family lives in lost power following an overnight snowfall in Houston. With the snow and ice clearing in Texas after the electricity was cut to millions as temperatures plunged as people struggled to stay warm in their unheated homes. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Twitter Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 20, 2021 TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleOilers beat Flames 2-1 to open home-and-home seriesNext articleRaptors score last 11 to defeat Timberwolves 86-81 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

first_img TAGS  Suffolk Hires Iraj Ghaemi as VP, National Transportation in West Region Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebook Local NewsBusiness WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful real estate and construction enterprises in the country, has announced it hired Iraj Ghaemi as Vice President, National Transportation in the West Region to expand the firm’s expertise in the transportation sector nationally and specifically in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. In his new role, Mr. Ghaemi will be responsible for driving business development, leading growth strategies, transportation project oversight, and client relationship management in the transportation sector. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005145/en/ Suffolk hires Iraj Ghaemi, seasoned executive with experience managing sophisticated aviation projects and policy planning, to expand its presence in the sector. (Photo: Business Wire) “We’re thrilled to welcome Mr. Ghaemi to the Suffolk team as we continue to diversify our portfolio into new sectors in the west region,” said Sam Sleiman, Executive Vice President, National Transportation at Suffolk. “As the transportation sector continues to navigate the impact of the pandemic, we believe it is vital for builders to have a profound understanding of client needs and the necessary experience to guide them through the construction process. With the addition of Mr. Ghaemi to our team, Suffolk is well-positioned to be a major player in the transportation sector on the west coast and nationally.” Mr. Ghaemi has 40 years of experience in transportation and aviation construction and policy enactment. Before joining Suffolk, Mr. Ghaemi served as Vice President, Aviation Sector Manager at SNC-Lavalin, where he directed and oversaw the firm’s assignments, activities, and resources. In that role, he collaborated with federal, state, and local agencies; managed client relations and financial performance; and ensured quality control and safety for various aviation projects. Prior to his tenure at SNC-Lavalin, Mr. Ghaemi spent 21 years at the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, where he was the Director of Facilities Development and oversaw the planning and implementation of the Capital Improvement Program, managed workforce planning, funding allocation, contractor interaction, job scheduling, and quality controls. He also oversaw the Centralized Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC) planning and implementation of the first Public-Private Partnership (P3) project at the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. Mr. Ghaemi currently serves as National Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU). About Suffolk Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment, and innovation research/development. Suffolk is a national company with $4.0 billion in annual revenue, 2,500 employees, main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk serves clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman, and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #23 on the Engineering News-Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” For more information, visit www.suffolk.com and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005145/en/ CONTACT: Dan Antonellis, 617-517-4232 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ARCHITECTURE COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY BUILDING SYSTEMS URBAN PLANNING OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY INTERIOR DESIGN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE SOURCE: Suffolk Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005145/enCopyright Business Wire 2021.Suffolk hires Iraj Ghaemi, seasoned executive with experience managing sophisticated aviation projects and policy planning, to expand its presence in the sector.last_img read more

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Yale Law School Files Amicus Brief in ‘Stripping Off’ Mortgage Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court Chapter 7 bankruptcy Connecticut stripping off mortgages U.S. Supreme Court Underwater Mortgages 2015-03-23 Brian Honea Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Yale Law School Files Amicus Brief in ‘Stripping Off’ Mortgage Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court Yale Law School’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC) have filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondents in a case to decide whether underwater homeowners in Chapter 7 bankruptcy can legally eliminate the liability on second mortgages, a process known as “stripping off,” according to an announcement on Yale Law School’s website.Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, which provides legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford private counsel, and the CFCH, which represents homeowners in foreclosure litigation and counsels about 1,800 homeowners per year, filed the brief on behalf of David Caulkett and Edelmiro Toldeo-Cardona, two Florida homeowners in bankruptcy who had their second mortgages with Bank of America extinguished by a bankruptcy judge following the housing crisis of 2008 based on the fact that they were underwater – they owed way more than their houses were worth.When Bank of America appealed the bankruptcy judge’s rulings, both cases were both decided in favor of the homeowners by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in May 2014. Bank of America appealed the decision by the appellate court, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in November to hear the cases.The SCOTUS blog describes the issue in the case of Bank of America v. Caulkett as “Whether, under Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, which provides that ‘[t]o the extent that a lien secures a claim against the debtor that is not an allowed secured claim, such lien is void,’ a Chapter 7 debtor may ‘strip off’ a junior mortgage lien in its entirety when the outstanding debt owed to a senior lienholder exceeds the current value of the collateral.”In the brief, Yale’s clinic and the CFHC contend that investors holding second mortgages, which are often large banks, often obstruct arrangements that would be beneficial to homeowners and first mortgage holders, and that homeowners would be able to stay in their homes if they were allowed to strip off second mortgages that had no value.According to the Yale clinic, the bankruptcy code allocates the debtor’s assets by prioritizing certain secured loans, and it allows financially-burdened borrowers to get a fresh start. Functionally, underwater second mortgages are no different from unsecured debt, such as credit card debt.”In the aftermath of the housing crisis, fully underwater second mortgage holders have often been able to use their hostage power to destroy workouts that would be beneficial for first mortgage lenders, homeowners, and surrounding communities,” said Alexa Milton, a Yale law student intern in the Clinic. “The Bankruptcy Code is designed to prevent exactly this kind of collective action problem.”The students at Yale Law School contend that second mortgages do effectively promote homeownership the way first mortgages do, and therefore the “American dream” of homeownership is not undermined by removing unwarranted protection for underwater second mortgages.”Second mortgages really play a peripheral role in a healthy housing market,” said Beezly Kiernan, another law student intern in the clinic. “In fact, piggyback second mortgages contributed to an unhealthy housing market—as well as the financial crisis and subsequent recession—in the mid-2000s.”The Yale Law School has a particular interest in the Caulkett case because Hartford, Connecticut, is the most underwater city in the United States with a 56 percent negative equity rate. Connecticut also includes three other cities in the top 100 in the nation in negative equity rate, including New Haven, where Yale is located.Arguments in the case of Bank of America v. Caulkett are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 24, in the nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision in June, according to the press release. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Chapter 7 bankruptcy Connecticut stripping off mortgages U.S. Supreme Court Underwater Mortgages Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Fannie Mae: Economic Growth Slows in Q1; Economy Still Expected to ‘Drag Housing Upward’ Next: Ocwen Refutes RMBS Investors’ Claims in Letter to Trustees Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! 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first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Census Bureau: Optimistic Outlook for Economy US Census Bureau Data 2017-09-13 Joey Pizzolato Previous: Wells Fargo CEO Looks Toward the Future Next: Freddie Mac Updates Servicing Guidelines in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribe The U.S. Census Bureau announced new comprehensive data for dates ranging between 2015 and 2016, which shows improvements in income, poverty and health insurance coverage.Median household income increased by 3.2 percent, from $57,230 to $59,039. 2016 marks the second year in a row that the median household income in the U.S. increased. According John Ydstie of National Public Radio, “that’s the highest median income ever recorded, but the Census Bureau cautions that a big change in its survey in 2014 makes historic comparisons very difficult. We’re essentially back to about the same levels as 2007, just before the Great Recession.”Real median income for family households sat at $75062, an increase of 2.7 percent from the 2015 medium. Nonfamily household’s medium income was $35,761, which was an increase of 4.5 percent.The official poverty rate dropped 0.8 percentage points, from 12.7 percent in 2016, or 40.6 million people in poverty, which is 2.5 million people fewer than in 2015. This is also the second year in a row the poverty rate reduced. The report does note, however, that the poverty rate in 2016 is not much different than the poverty rate in 2007 (12.5 percent), right before the Great Recession.Those covered by health insurance also rose year-over-year, which is another indication of a strengthening economy. In 2015, the number of Americans without health insurance for the full calendar year was 29.0 million—a year later that number fell to 28.1 million.The report also breaks down median incomes, earnings, poverty, by region, race, sex, ethnicity, and age. To access the full breath of the Census Bureau’s report, you can go directly to the agencies website, here. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: US Census Bureau Data Census Bureau: Optimistic Outlook for Economy September 13, 2017 1,167 Views Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Joey Pizzolatolast_img read more

first_imgSubscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: GSE Reform Impact on Communities Next: How Many Interest Rate Hikes Inbound in 2018? Share Save February 20, 2018 2,000 Views Home / Daily Dose / Home Values: On the Rise  Print This Post Entry-level Home Great Recession Home Values HOUSING Housing Market Outlook Survey Zillow 2018-02-20 Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home Values: On the Rise The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Entry-level Home Great Recession Home Values HOUSING Housing Market Outlook Survey Zillow Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The housing market has been growing at a consistent pace, but it will take another five years for it to emerge from the shadow of the Great Recession, according to experts surveyed by Zillow in its Home Price Expectations Survey.The quarterly survey of more than 100 economists and real estate experts across the U.S. asked them to offer their expectations for growth in the U.S. Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years, as well as offer their opinion on a series of supplemental questions related to the housing market.The survey found that according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index home values grew at an average annual pace of 3.6 percent between 1987 and 1999. If home values had continued to grow at the same pace year-after-year, the median U.S. home would have been worth $214,500 at the end of 2017. However, as of December 2017, the median U.S. home was valued at $206,300 despite six years of an average annual home value growth of 5.3 percent during the recovery period after the Great Recession.According to the survey panelists home values were expected to climb 4.8 percent in 2018, with annual appreciation slowing to 3.7 percent in 2019, and 2.7 percent by 2021, before accelerating to 2.8 percent annual growth by 2022. Though the most pessimistic of them said they expected only 1.6 percent annual growth in the market, most respondents surveyed said that they expected the average annual growth rate at 3.4 percent over the next five years.When asked how the recent passage of the new tax law impacted their overall outlook for U.S. home values over the next five years, 41 percent of panelists said their outlook was more pessimistic, compared to 31 percent who said their outlook was more optimistic.The panelists said they expected bottom-third, entry-level home values to grow 6 percent in 2018, down from 8.5 percent annual growth currently but still double the expected pace of top-third annual home value growth, which is expected to be 3 percent in 2018, the survey found. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market August 13, 2019 2,113 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: New York Fed Gives Unfavorable Review of Housing Sector Next: Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurers Loan Non-Performing Re-performing 2019-08-13 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Loan Non-Performing Re-performing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Launches 13th Re-Performing Loan Sale The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae Launches 13th Re-Performing Loan Sale Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Fannie Mae recently began marketing its thirteenth sale of re-performing loans, or mortgages that were previously delinquent but are performing again because payments on the mortgages have become current with or without the use of a loan modification, as part of the company’s effort to reduce the size of its retained mortgage portfolio. The sale consists of approximately 29,600 loans, having an unpaid principal balance of approximately $5.1 billion and marketed with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. as advisor. Pools are available for purchase by qualified bidders. Interested bidders can register here.The sale is being offered in six pools, all serviced by Mr. Cooper:Pool 1 is approximately $755.9 million in UPBPool 2 is approximately $1.5 billion in UPBPool 3 is approximately $1.1 billion in UPBPool 4 is approximately $ 586.9 million in UPBPool 5 is approximately $552.2 million in UPBPool 6 is approximately $679.9 million in UPB.Earlier this year, Fannie Mae announced the results of its twelfth reperforming loan sale transaction. The sale was originally announced on June 13 and included the sale of approximately 16,500 loans totaling $2.6 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided into four pools, marketed with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as advisor. The winning bidders of the four pools for the transaction were DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc. (Credit Suisse) for Pools 1 & 2, Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company (Goldman Sachs) for Pool 3, and 510 Model I, LLC (400 Capital Management) for Pool 4. The transaction is expected to close on August 27, 2019.Before this, Fannie Mae announced the winner of its fifteenth non-performing loan sale, which included 4,300 loans totaling $770.13 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided among four pools. The winning bidders of the four pools for the transaction, expected to close on July 23, 2019, were Igloo Series IV Trust (Balbec Capital, LP) for Pool 1, MFRA Trust 2015-1 (MFA) for Pool 2, Elkhorn Depositor LLC (Roosevelt Mortgage Company, LLC) for Pool 3, and VRMTG ACQ, LLC (VWH Capital Management, LP) for Pool 4.Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s NPL sales are part of the FHFA’s three strategic goals as conservator of the Enterprises, including maintaining foreclosure prevention activities and credit availability, reducing taxpayer risk, and building a new single-family securitization infrastructure, the Unified Mortgage Backed Security. Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Related Articles About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Addressing Hispanic Homeownership Next: Fannie Mae Examines Economic and Housing Trends Serious delinquency rates have declined while originations have remained conservative with 1.4 million in Q1 2019, according to a new report from TransUnion. The report found that where there is growth, it is coming from the Gen Z demographic who are 18 years or older.The Q2 2019 TransUnion Industry Insights Report states that Approximately 14 million Gen Z consumers (44% of this group) were carrying a balance as of Q2 2019, up from 11 million in Q2 2018. Additionally, the number of Gen Z consumers who were credit eligible (18 years or older) increased by 4.5 million in the last year, rising to 31.5 million in Q2 2019. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that another 13 million Gen Z consumers will become credit eligible.“Both the newest and oldest members of the credit-eligible Gen Z generation are beginning to enter the credit market for the very first time,” said Matt Komos, vice president of research and consulting at TransUnion. “The rapid growth in Gen Z credit activity is occurring despite many of these individuals having grown up during the Great Recession. Though the recession itself lasted less than two years, its impact was felt for several years afterward. As we see more members of this group come of age, we naturally expect continued growth in credit activity by Gen Z, which we will monitor closely to compare to the behaviors of previous generations.”Just 319,000 of Gen Z carries a mortgage, compared to 68,368,000 of all generations. Despite the low base, mortgages had the largest year-over-year growth rate spike with Gen Z consumers (112%). Gen Z also saw significant year-over-year gains in other credit products, including auto loans (42%), credit cards (41%), and personal loans (45%). Credit cards are the most popular product among Gen Z at 7,746,000 customers as of Q2 2019, followed by auto loans at 4,376,000 carrying a balance. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago credit Gen Z loans mortgage 2019-08-14 Seth Welborn Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 14, 2019 1,284 Views Gen Z Home Loans Catching Up Home / Daily Dose / Gen Z Home Loans Catching Up The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: credit Gen Z loans mortgage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Previous: National Lender and Servicer Announces Executive Changes Next: The Week Ahead: Measuring Delinquencies and Foreclosures Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 4, 2019 3,003 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the September issue of DS News.There are many business reasons to focus attention on diversity and inclusion. Two news items this summer about the changing demographics of today’s housing market illustrate the need. The first, from The Wall Street Journal, was a report that Hispanic Americans are experiencing the largest homeownership gains of any ethnic group in the U.S. This represents “a turnaround for the population hardest hit by the housing bust that could help buoy the market for years,” according to the Journal. Yet, the very same edition also contained a troubling story about the homeownership rate for African-Americans, which is hitting its lowest level on record according to census data.The reasons for this divergence in homeownership are complex and involve issues of history and culture, as well as economics. Understanding the forces in play in the real estate market and how the specific experiences of individual consumers impact their decisions to engage in, or avoid the market, are increasingly important factors in the success of brokers, developers, lenders, and insurers. Knowing that these forces and factors exist is the baseline objective of a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative.  Aside from the business imperative, taking D&I into account is the right thing to do. American workplaces, neighborhoods, and even families are becoming more diverse as people of different backgrounds and ethnicities come together to live and work side by side. In order to get along and thrive in such an environment with people who have an infinite number of individual experiences, it is important to exercise respect and understanding. It is proven that workplace cultures that foster diversity and inclusion are in turn more innovative, more resilient, and more competitive.According to research from the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., “Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians.” Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns, the research says. In terms of talent and recruitment, a D&I orientation not only expands the universe of possible employees to hire, but it also helps companies attract and keep top talent who are drawn to workplaces with a variety of people.   When it comes to decision-making and innovation, an organization with a diversity of informed views can identify anomalies, opportunities, and potential errors of thinking as well as develop solutions and alternatives more quickly and efficiently than groups of people who share the same assumptions and perspectives. Organizations are smarter and more responsive to customers and employees when they have more people contributing their ideas and knowledge.  The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) provides resources to help mortgage and real estate finance professionals lean in to D&I. They offer a list of tactics and themes rather than prescriptions because, as MBA says, “There is no single right way to develop your D&I program.” Many sources show that leadership is an indispensable ingredient to D&I success. Building a workplace environment where everyone can contribute begins with a commitment from the top to achieving specific goals through a variety of programs. Demonstrating that D&I is a priority in the C-Suite sends a strong message to the rest of the company that diversity is of strategic importance. The progress is often slow and incremental but that’s because meaningful diversity cannot be realized through a memo or by just checking the box. Companies and their leaders must be committed to truly making diversity a part of their culture.One way leadership can commit to D&I is to join the efforts of their peers. For example, PwC has created the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. The pledge has been signed by more than 750 business leaders across various industries. By signing the pledge, organizations have committed themselves to a set of actions designed to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas and employees are welcomed.Partnering with private or public organizations to access underserved communities and provide help with down payment assistance programs, consumer education, and financial literacy resources can also be key. For customer satisfaction, by committing to diversity, organizations can better align themselves with their customers’ perspectives and expectations. This will help boost your and your customers’ knowledge and raise your profile in new markets. This is especially important for companies in the real estate space where 44% of the largest generation of potential homebuyers—millennials—are minorities. Additionally, millennials are increasingly making consumer-driven decisions based on the values and commitment to D&I of the organization they are choosing to be a part of. One of the keys to entering these new markets is having employees that reflect these communities.  However, implementing D&I efforts is often easier said than done. While verbal commitment is extremely important for morale, steps must be taken to ensure the success of these initiatives. From the people we know to the things we watch on television, we’re continuously using our experiences to draw conclusions about the world around us. However, these snap assessments can lead to biases. And those biases can affect the success of a company’s D&I efforts. For example, a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback.  If a company is inadvertently limiting its applicant pool, efforts to diversify will be stifled. But biases aren’t always conscious or intentional. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased. We imagine we’re good decision-makers, able to objectively size up a job candidate or a venture deal and reach a fair and rational conclusion that’s in our, and our organization’s, best interests. However, more than two decades of research confirms that, in reality, most of us fall woefully short of our inflated self-perception.” Recruiting diverse talent is important but it’s not enough on its own. Companies need to cultivate talent through a pipeline approach that supports the people they hire with mentors and promotion opportunities throughout their careers. Companies can offer opportunities to connect with seasoned executives to share skills and insights in order to develop the next generation of professionals, while also spreading knowledge throughout the organization.  The real estate market is changing quickly and frankly, our industry has not always kept pace. But we are learning fast. One thing we’ve discovered is that diversity and inclusion don’t just mean programs focused on race, gender, or sexual orientation. It includes thoughtful accommodations to individual needs such as work schedule flexibility and giving back to the community together.  For instance, as part of our commitment to making Radian a diverse and inclusive company, we have enhanced our programs and policies aimed at providing flexibility for our people to strike the right work/life balance while continuing to meet the needs of our clients. These programs include paid paternal leave providing up to two weeks to assist and support parents or balance other family matters; a floating holiday for employees to use when their religious practices do not match the company holiday schedule; flexible work hours; telecommuting opportunities; and a flexible professional dress code.Companies must also be committed to building a culture of health and community by supporting employees’ volunteer pursuits. Providing employees with a variety of opportunities to serve the community including donation drives and volunteer events, is a great way to share D&I efforts with the communities in which your employees work and live. Additionally, it provides opportunities for employees to connect with their colleagues on a human, common level outside their day-to-day responsibilities.While all these programs and services are achievable for many organizations, every company is different with its own challenges and its own path to D&I. It’s important to grow D&I efforts in a responsible and organic way. Because we’re talking about a business enterprise, setting a measurable goal allows you to focus efforts and resources as well as assess your progress and make timely course corrections. D&I goals should be aligned with your company goals because the demographics of your market are rapidly changing and your business success is riding on your ability to understand your customers better and anticipate their needs.   And creating an enduring D&I culture requires steady sustained education about the reasons why change is necessary and why it has benefits for everyone. When people understand the rationale and the goal they will be better able to take ownership of the program and help educate others.  Diversity matters, especially in an industry such as mortgage finance that is deeply connected to peoples’ aspirations and expectations of a good life. When we do our job well we help make the American Dream a reality for millions of people. But to do the best job possible we need to know who those people are, what obstacles stand in their way, and what powers are within our control to make their dreams real. The good news is that, increasingly, the people that are making the American Dream a reality, are us. Share 1Save Home / Daily Dose / The Diversity Imperative About Author: Anita Scott As Chief Human Resources Officer for Radian, Anita Scott is responsible for all humanresources management. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the global financial services industryand is a member of Radian’s Corporate Citizenship Program Committee. 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first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago November Jobs Report a ‘Significant Surprise’ Previous: GSEs Appoint Common Securitization Solutions Head Next: GSEs Move Closer to Public Offering Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 6, 2019 1,191 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. About Author: Mike Albanese Home / Daily Dose / November Jobs Report a ‘Significant Surprise’ The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.5%. “It’s a significant surprise because economists were ready to go with the idea that payroll growth was slowing down because the job market had gotten tight,” said Stephen Stanley, Chief Economist at Amherst Pierpont in an interview with Bloomberg. “The whole tenor has changed in terms of job growth. We’re back at steady-as-she-goes at a robust pace.”Bloomberg reported the jobs report is the best since January and topped all estimates, with its latest survey projecting 180,000 jobs to be added. It was also the first month General Motors Co. workers returned after a 40-day strike, adding 41,300 jobs to automaker payrolls. “Overall, this positive report should provide no reason for the Federal Reserve to move away from a ‘hold’ stance towards future rate cuts,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie Mae. November’s unemployment rate of 3.5% matched the lowest since 1969. The unemployment rate of 3.2% for both men and women over the age of 20 was unchanged from the month prior. The African-American unemployment rate held steady at 5.5% and the Hispanic unemployment rate was also unchanged at 4.2%. Additionally, average hourly earnings for all employees rose by 7 cents in November to $28.29. Wages have grown by 3.1% year-over-year. Duncan said the one piece of “lackluster news” was that residential construction posted a small decline in November. The Bureau reported that the employment of residential specialty trade contractors fell 2.3% from October. He noted that the “hopes for an acceleration of housing supply growth will be disappointed.”Odeta Jushi, First American Deputy Chief Economist, said the outlook for consumer economic strength remains strong as 70% of the U.S. economic growth is driven by consumer spending.“Today’s numbers point to a more competitive housing market next year. …Housing is the most durable consumer good we’ll ever buy and surging house-buying power fuels greater potential demand in a supply-constrained market,” Kushi said. “There’s no evidence that these dynamics will change in 2020.”center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Economic Growth Economy Jobless claims 2019-12-06 Mike Albanese Tagged with: Economic Growth Economy Jobless claims Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The mortgage fraud case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort has been dismissed, according to Law360. Manhattan, New York Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley threw out the indictment on Wednesday morning, which charged Manafort with residential mortgage fraud, attempted residential mortgage fraud, scheme to defraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records, Law360 reports.Manafort had pled not guilty to the charges in June, and in September, his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case, which accuses him of plotting and executing a mortgage fraud in New York “to illegally obtain millions of dollars,” according to prosecutors.His lawyers argued that the indictment was “politically charged” and an “improper attempt at successive prosecutions”“This is politics at its worst, and while we expect that Mr. Manafort’s rights ultimately will be vindicated in this case, he should not be further punished in the interim through pre-trial detention on Rikers Island,” Manafort’s attorney, Todd Blanche of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP wrote in the May letter, in which he also previewed his double jeopardy defense.A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said an appeal would be forthcoming.”We will appeal today’s decision and will continue working to ensure that Mr. Manafort is held accountable for the criminal conduct against the people of New York that is alleged in the indictment,” Manhattan DA spokesman Danny Frost said.Manafort is currently serving a 7½ year federal prison term for two separate convictions: in Washington, D.C., for obstruction and unsanctioned lobbying work, and in Virginia for bank and tax fraud.In a written order, Judge Wiley said in order to qualify for an exception to New York’s “relatively broad statutory protection against double jeopardy,” prosecutors needed to show that each offense contains a different element, and that the statutory provisions defining the offense are designed to prevent “very different kinds of harm or evil.”While the government has shown the federal and state charges contain different elements, Judge Wiley said their aims are too similar to warrant an exception to the protection against double jeopardy. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago December 18, 2019 3,650 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2019-12-18 Seth Welborncenter_img Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Court Dismisses Manafort Mortgage Fraud Case Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Court Dismisses Manafort Mortgage Fraud Case Previous: Wolters Kluwer Gains Industry Recognition Next: ‘Confidence and Stability’ Coming to Housing Market Subscribelast_img read more

first_img 2020-09-03 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share 2Save Forty of the nation’s top 50 metro areas have reported a decline in housing supply since February, according to new data released by Redfin. Among the most dramatic examples of metros witnessing an evaporating housing inventory are San Antonio, which found its number of homes for sale down 21% year-over-year in July—back in February, the Texas city recorded a 1% uptick in available homes for sale—and Baltimore, which also saw a 21% year-over-year declines. Three metros—Frederick, Maryland; Newark, New Jersey; and Chicago—each saw 20% decreases from one year earlier. However, some of the more densely populated and pricier areas are seeing more homes on the market, most notably the San Francisco metro area with a 51% year-over-year spike in July after having dropped 2% in February. Other notable increases were found in New York City (up 13%) and San Jose (up 7%). Nationwide, the fierce competition among buyers has driven up home prices, which climbed 8% year over year to a record high of about $323,000 in July. Redfin agent Dan Borowy said he’s seeing this play out in the Baltimore area.“Buyers are willing to pay more for a house than I’ve ever seen—I’m talking $30,000 to $50,000 over the listing price, compared with maybe $5,000 or $10,000 over before the pandemic,” he said. “They’re desperate because homes are flying off the market so quickly. I’m selling all of the homes I’m listing within three days.”Redfin attributed the overall sharp decline in inventory to record-low mortgage rates encouraging a new wave of homebuyers coming into a market where supply is nowhere near the level of demand. And rising home prices has not bothered would-be buyers.Further exacerbating inventory woes is the growing trend of homeowners who are staying longer in their residences, with no eagerness to relocate. And complicating matters is the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sparked an increase in relocations—mostly away from expensive coastal markets to more affordable inland areas.  Still, this is not an abrupt development, with Redfin acknowledging a lack of significant new home construction in the years following the 2008 financial meltdown. But that situation might be changing: Residential construction projects in the U.S. in July were up by 23.4% compared to the previous year while building permits rose by 9.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.5 million. “Builders got burned big time during the housing bubble, but they’re finally starting to climb out of the hole as homebuyer demand rebounds, which is a good sign for U.S. housing supply,” said Redfin Lead Economist Taylor Marr. “What remains to be seen is whether lumber producers, which are facing slowdowns due to the pandemic, will be able to keep up.”  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 3, 2020 1,401 Views About Author: Phil Hall Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Despite Protections Mass Evictions Are Predicted Next: Servicers Prepare for COVID-19 Aftermath Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Nationwide Housing Shortage Intensifies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Nationwide Housing Shortage Intensifieslast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / New Challenges for Self-Employed Borrowers The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Homeowners of Color Benefiting Less From Forbearance Programs Next: Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Beginning December 14 it will be a little more difficult for self-employed borrowers to secure a Fannie Mae-backed mortgage loan.As of mid-month, the GSE will require self-employed loan applicants to provide their most recent three months of business bank statements, which will need to back up submitted profit and loss statements. Fannie Mae previously required just two months’ worth of statements. And, some predict that lenders’ tightening credit requirements could further frustrate self-employed homeowning hopefuls.The vulnerability of small businesses in the time of the COVID-19 health crisis has industry pundits pondering the implications of increasing borrowing restrictions on the self-employed.Jeff Lazerson, a mortgage broker writing for mortgagegrader.com—and a contributor to The Sun—writes in his column that “tying three recent bank statements to the entire year-to-date P & L can easily become a nightmare for borrowers and underwriters.””If you own 25% or more of any business entity, corporation, LLC and the like, you are self-employed, even if you are a W-2 employee of your corporation,”  Lazerson explained. “Or if you have Schedule C income on your 1040 tax returns (independent contractors, for example), you also are self-employed.”Tim Rood, Head of Industry Relations for SitusAMC and an expert in the subject matter at issue, said he finds it difficult to blame any lender or guarantor for requesting an extra bank statement “to determine the capacity and creditworthiness of a self-employed borrower in the face of literally hundreds of thousands of business closures during COVID.”He adds that “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are arguably the best credit risk managers in the business and they see unambiguous stress in the self-employed market, and are taking modest precautions.””The bigger challenge for self-employed borrowers,” he said, “is that the extraordinary demand for mortgages has exhausted the capacity in the lending industry so any loan that requires any extra effort or stresses the judgment of an underwriter—like self-employed borrowers—is put on the back burner until there’s more capacity in the system.”And then there is the issue of tightening credit requirements.”Fannie guidance allows underwriters to dig deeper for things like updated business plans, cash flow analyses, and month-to-month trending analyses to help rule the business owner in,” wrote The Sun columnist Jeff Lazerson. “Discretion and doubt can also make lenders just say no. Lenders have a clear memory of being second-guessed in days gone past and required to buy back what lenders believed to be responsibly underwritten mortgages.”And to make matters trickier for these borrowers, the extra time and underwriting costs that accompany the above have motivated Fannie and other lenders to raise FICO credit requirements.”Some lenders added self-employment charges in the form of points,” Lazerson noted, underscoring his point. “One lender is requiring a 780 middle FICO score along with a warning of a much longer underwriter line. Another lender won’t take you in if you are not an existing self-employed client.”For the self-employed, borrowing has long had its challenges. As Rood puts it, they’ve “been getting the Heisman from originators every since Dodd-Frank was passed and the Qualified Mortgage rule was implemented. There was simply too much ambiguity and risk with originating mortgages for self-employed borrowers for lenders to take the business risk.”He said an amended QM rule slated to go into effect within the next year “should eliminate many of the regulatory risks from underwriting self-employed borrowers.”Lazerson’s column goes on to analyze the questions brought up by all of this: What about Fair Lending? Can lenders stick self-employed borrowers with tighter underwriting standards or pricing adjustments? What about other forms of discrimination like disparate impact? Why not give marginal, self-employed borrowers a break? (And you can read his assessment here.)He concludes, “COVID is nobody’s fault. Self-employed borrowers are a huge economic cog. They deserve a hand, not a shove. Fannie should put the welcome mat out for marginally qualified borrowers during this pandemic.”  Print This Post Related Articles About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. 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first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordable Housing Foreclosure Legislation New Jersey The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill designed to reduce foreclosures while providing new assistance to municipalities seeking to rehabilitate vacant properties.The bill (A-5130/S3244), titled the “New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act,” would create the New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Prevention Program within the state’s Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA). The bill would enable the HMFA to purchase eligible properties and mortgages assets from their institutional lenders in order to create new affordable homes.The bill also gives the HMFA the ability to allocate grants to nonprofits, municipalities, and other governmental agencies to purchase eligible properties for redevelopment into nonprofit or affordable housing or to provide foreclosure and mediation assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure.Funding for these programs would come from a new $350 fee collected from purchasers of foreclosed properties at a sheriff’s sale. The bill was approved on January 7 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is being taken up today by the full Assembly. A vote is scheduled for the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on January 14.According to the bill’s text, “During each month from April 2020 through August 2020, the number of New Jersey households that deferred or did not pay their mortgages exceeded 160,000.” Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, D-Essex, co-author of the bill, said the bill to mitigate loss and stave off foreclosures from this wave of pandemic-impacted housing crises.“New Jersey’s foreclosure rate is still the highest in the nation, and we are fearful that this situation will be dramatically exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Jasey in an interview with the radio station WKXW-FM. “Foreclosed properties fall into disrepair and adversely impact neighborhoods and pose a threat to safety and health.”According to data published by RealtyTrac, New Jersey had a foreclosure rate in November of one in every 11,096 residential properties. ATTOM Data Solutions determined New Jersey had the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in 2019, but in the third quarter of 2020 the state ranked fourth in the nation for foreclosures. Last month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that nearly half (44%) of the nonperforming loans sold by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the first half of the year came from New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates Affordable Housing Foreclosure Legislation New Jersey 2021-01-11 Phil Hall Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Phil Hall Subscribe Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Previous: What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? Next: How Are Mortgage Delinquency Rates Changing? January 11, 2021 1,624 Views last_img read more

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2021-04-01 Christina Hughes Babb in D&I, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily HUD’s Fair Housing Month Theme: ‘More Than Just Words’ April 1, 2021 1,105 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today recognized Fair Housing Month. The Fair Housing Act was enacted 53 years ago.HUD said its 2021 theme, “Fair Housing: More Than Just Words,” reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing.”Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our nation’s obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a public address. “Unfortunately, housing discrimination still exists, from individuals and families being denied a place to call home because of the color of their skin or where they come from, to landlords refusing to allow persons with disabilities to keep assistance animals, to individuals being denied a place to live because of who they love. In this moment of unprecedented crisis, fair housing is more important than ever. 53 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, our journey to justice in housing continues.”HUD annually hosts activities related to fair housing during the month of April. Last year’s Fair Housing Month, for example, focused on sexual harassment in housing.In the past year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 7,700 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. During that period, the categories with the highest number of complaints were disability and race, respectively, according to a press release from HUD, which said it also received complaints that alleged lending discrimination as well as numerous complaints from women who faced unfair treatment, including sexual harassment.”Although the Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, we still have major challenges ahead of us,” said Jeanine Worden, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.“This April, on the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, HUD is renewing its commitment to level the playing field so every person has the same opportunity to live where they choose and benefit from all of the opportunities this nation offers.”Fudge’s full remarks are featured in the video below:  Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / D&I / HUD’s Fair Housing Month Theme: ‘More Than Just Words’  Print This Post Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: How Federal Actions Helped Keep Americans in Their Homes Next: Courts Find CDC Lacked Authority in Nationwide Moratorium on Evictions Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more