303 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Tagged with: Funding Melanie May | 10 March 2020 | News Charities and community organisations have until 17 April to apply to a new £2m grant scheme, opened last week by the Communities Secretary.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s 2020 to the 2021 Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme aims to promote inter-faith and community work, and build bridges between people of all backgrounds. It is offering funding to established community organisations and charities for projects that meet at least one of the following aims:To promote shared values among people of all backgrounds through sustainable social integration & meaningful civic participationTo effectively tackle & prevent religiously & racially discriminatory behaviour & those acting against others because of their faith or raceFunding is for projects spanning the nine-month period from July 2020 to March 2021. Organisations are invited to apply for a minimum of £100,000, and up to £450,000, and will need to be able to demonstrate and justify the geographical reach of their proposed project as well as the intended reach and impact on faith or ethnic groups.Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:“Our country is home to people with a wonderfully diverse range of faiths and beliefs. The funding will help us celebrate this diversity, champion our shared identity and values and bring people together to create a better society.“The scheme will also help tackle discriminatory behaviour. This Government has a zero tolerance towards hate crimes against anyone of any faith and background, and we stand in support of all communities that suffer from prejudice and discrimination.” Advertisement More information on the criteria for funding, and on how to apply is available on the .Gov site. Successful bids will be confirmed in June with funding released in June/July 2020. 302 total views, 5 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 £2m grant scheme opens to bring communities together 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.
By Juan Diego GarciaGarcia is Colombian, residing in Spain. Published in lapluma.net on Jan. 1. Translation by John CatalinottoFor the people’s movements in Latin America and the Caribbean to come out ahead, achieving a high degree of political awareness and organization is insufficient — as long as the ruling classes, in one form or another, maintain control of the armed forces.When the traditional political system collapses, and its energy is exhausted, it is possible for popular movements to gain control of the government — in whole or in part — from those ruling classes. This certainly happened in Venezuela and Bolivia. It is quite different, however, to take economic power away from the ruling class — and media power, which is closely linked to the latter — although forms of state capitalism in popular hands allow fairly wide leeway for carrying out fundamental political and social reforms.President Nicolás Maduro with soldiers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces in El Pao, Venezuela, May 2019Of course, there always remains the greater challenge — which is, based on this state capitalism — to construct an essentially different economic order, one that allows the country’s economy to overcome its condition of playing a complementary, dispensable and secondary role in the complicated web of the world market. When the country has abundant natural resources, it will become a priority target for imperialist aggression in the struggle to secure raw materials, markets and areas of influence. This danger is by no means small.When, on the other hand, material and human resources are scarce or very limited, the challenge is even greater. Only nations that are very rich in resources or are of continental dimensions — such as Brazil or China — have the advantage of having the right material conditions for pushing a project forward that is at least nationalist — in the [progressive] sense of the word — and better still, though not necessarily, a project of broad and deep social reforms.‘Power from the barrel of a gun’Fortunately for those countries on the periphery of the system, there will always be intermediate strategies that will make it possible to overcome limitations and deal with internal and, above all, external threats. There is, however, one challenge that cannot be ignored: military power.It is not enough for these popular, democratic and nationalist movements to have an organized and conscious mass movement or a program of adequate reforms that will give solidity to the project. Nor is it enough to have a political vanguard with sufficient confidence in a leadership that is up to the challenges. All of this combined is still incomplete.As the Chinese poet and strategist pointed out, those who undertake processes of radical change must never forget that “in the final analysis, political power grows out of the barrel of the gun.” [Quote from Mao Zedong, founding leader of the People’s Republic of China, in “Problems of War and Strategy” – WW]A review of recent events in Latin America and the Caribbean shows how political regimes and social orders that have deeply deteriorated have lost all their legitimacy — as in the recent cases of Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Colombia — and have awakened enormous popular mobilizations that demand radical changes of the entire order.The people demand the departure of the current rulers, promote a new constitutional order and emphatically reject and unreservedly condemn neoliberal economic policy, police repression and the media manipulation promoted by the existing governments and by national and foreign economic interest groups. (Only those forces deny imperialist intervention who want and need to deny it.)These popular demonstrations also raise new banners that reflect the most recent popular demands — the defense of the planet plundered by capitalism, the demand for gender rights in their various aspects, the dignity of Indigenous peoples, national dignity.But neither the breadth of these movements nor their obvious legitimacy have succeeded in ending the reign of neoliberalism. Neither in Chile nor in Colombia or Haiti — where the people have been constantly protesting — nor in Ecuador, which seems to be in a moment of suspension, do the current rulers seem willing to give in.In the existing regime’s most critical moments, when everything seemed to indicate that the head of state’s time had come to resign, a clear and emphatic voice saved the old system: the voice of the barracks and the police club, with a [large number] of dead, wounded, prisoners and disappeared that had not taken place for decades — except perhaps in Colombia, a “democratic” country where repression has always continued. There, the military operates not only outside the law but with total independence from government control.Venezuela: Rightists purged from state forcesOnly Venezuela seems to have resolved this dilemma — by literally purging from the ranks of the military and police those elements who resist progressive change and lack any truly nationalistic inspiration, lack any sense of national loyalty.That is why the many attempts at coups d’état, or using the barracks in defense of the traditional ruling class and foreign interests, have so far failed there, to the point that Washington and its European allies seem to have given up on getting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro out by force of arms and are now proposing a “negotiated way out.”This is a huge challenge. As long as the military and police are not at least neutralized, the mass popular movement always faces the danger of defeat — even if the movement has considerable breadth, high levels of consciousness and organization, and full legitimacy.However difficult this challenge may be, it is possible to overcome. It would not be the first time that from the barracks a group of nationalist and progressive military and police forces has allowed the people’s movement to achieve its objectives.Great reforms on the continent have been promoted by groups of nationalist military officers — in Argentina (Juan Perón), Brazil (Getúlio Vargas), Mexico (Lázaro Cárdenas and Plutarco Elías Calles) and Peru (Velasco Alvarado). These advances occurred despite the subsequent fate of each of these revolutions, which deep down revealed the weak constitution of a true national bourgeoisie and the popular movement’s insufficiency.No doubt these have been exceptional cases, but their impact on the history of the region is immense and shows that those in the barracks do not always react to popular protest — and the desire for change — by shedding the blood of the people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Trans-Pacific Partnership Takes a Hit By Andy Eubank – Dec 15, 2015 SHARE McConnell and TPPThe Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal recently suffered a huge setback after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview Congress should not take up the trade deal before the November elections. McConnell told the Washington Post that President Obama would be making a big mistake by pushing for a vote on TPP during the election cycle and he added there is significant pushback to the trade pact.McConnell opposed the TPP provisions that impact his state’s tobacco industry, Finance Chair Orrin Hatch opposes provisions that affect his state’s pharmaceutical industry and the GOP is reluctant to help Obama score a legacy trade twin. Democrats reliant on labor and environmental support also oppose the deal and congressional and presidential candidates may not want a vote during next spring’s primaries.American Farm Bureau trade advisor Dave Salmonsen says McConnell is speaking for groups that want issues with the TPP addressed.“Senator McConnell is just saying there are issues that different groups want addressed. Even after the agreement has been signed they want some more effort on these, and unless those are looked at and something is done about them, it will be hard to put together the support necessary to get enough votes for passage.”As for the prospects of bringing up the TPP during the lame duck session following the 2016 elections, Salmonsen says there are pros and cons.“If this is a chance to finally get this done after all the political pressures are off, then maybe there will be changes in control. If it looks like this may be the only opportunity to move it that may be an argument to try to get it done in a lame duck. The other argument to that always is lots of issues get put aside during an election year and the lame duck calendar tends to be pretty crowded.”He says the timing of the TPP vote will depend on the political dynamic six months from now. However, putting it off could mean leaving it up to the next President or even risking problems with TPP trading partners. Home Indiana Agriculture News Trans-Pacific Partnership Takes a Hit Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleGovernment Accountability Office: EPA Broke the Law on WOTUSNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank
Reporters Without Borders has urged the Bolivian authorities to carry out a full investigation into the disappearance of the journalist Christian Osvaldo Mariscal Calvimontes, who works for Canal Plus TV Tarija and has been missing since 19 January. Investigators first looked into the possibility that he had been involved in a lovers’ quarrel. The family’s lawyer said: “It is not possible that the investigation has made no progress in four months. Some development in local or national politics is holding it back.” Camille Soulier, head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas Desk, said: “This worrying disappearance must be investigated fully and we urge the authorities to make every effort to find Christian Mariscal.“The possibility that it is connected to his work must not be ruled out. The impunity enjoyed by those who attack journalists in Bolivia is of particular concern. “The double murder of the brother and sister Veronica and Victor Hugo Peñasco Layme, in which eight of the 10 suspects have been freed and the two alleged murderers have still not been tried, is a painful reminder of this.” The journalist’s girlfriend and her new partner were arrested by the authorities in February and were released on bail. On 28 April the two suspects were ordered to be placed under house arrest by the judge in charge of the case. Bolivia is ranked 94th of 180 countries in the 2014 edition of the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders. Slideshow: Eldia.com Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more BoliviaAmericas BoliviaAmericas to go further News News News May 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for new efforts to find journalist missing since January News Follow the news on Bolivia February 1, 2018 Find out more Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile November 18, 2016 Find out more
Help by sharing this information “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out more April 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Russian police step up harassment of Kazakh opposition newspaper editor Read in russianReporters Without Borders protested as the repeated harassment of Irina Petruchova, editor of Kazakh opposition weekly Respublika and a Russian national, because of her political stand towards the Kazakh government. She was arrested and held for two days by police in Volokolamsk, 120 kilometres west of Moscow.”This illegal arrest provides new proof of the Kazakh authorities hounding of one of the rare dissident voices in Kazakhstan,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said, adding, “We urge the Russian interior minister to in future take responsibility for the protection of their national to shield her from all harassment whatever form it may take.”Four police officers swooped on Petruchova on 23 April 2005 at the town’s police station passport office immediately after she had collected her new identity documents. She was then taken to the main police station and held in custody for around 48 hours until 25 April. It was her second arrest by Russian police this year and it prompted a demonstration in her support by more than 100 Kazakh journalists.The Interfax news agency reported that the Kazakhstan prosecutor-general had sent Moscow an extradition request for Petruchova, quoting a tax fraud case that went back to 2002. The prosecutor took the view that the case was too old to justify her extradition.Since she is a Russian national, Petruchova is protected by Article 61 of the Russian constitution, Article 464 of the criminal code and Article 57 of the Minsk Convention of 22 January 1993 and therefore cannot be extradited to another country in any circumstances.Police in St Petersburg arrested and questioned the journalist for four hours on 9 March 2004, after receiving an arrest warrant from the Kazakh authorities. Police handed her a document from the Russian interior ministry showing that the Kazakh fiscal police were seeking her arrest for infringing the tax law under Article 222-2 of the criminal law.Petruchova had been forced to leave for Russia in 2002 as a result of constant harassment that she was suffering in the Kazakh capital of Almaty. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison on 4 July 2002, and then immediately amnestied, for failing to declare her Russian nationality.On 22 May of the same year, the weekly’s offices in the centre of Almaty were wrecked in a fire bomb attack. Three days earlier, the body of a decapitated dog was found hanging in front of the entrance to her apartment. A funeral wreath had been sent to her on 8 March 2002.More than one hundred Kazakh journalists demonstrated their support for Petruchova in front of the Russian Federation consulate in Almaty on 25 April 2005. Respublika, with a circulation of 40,000, is one of the country’s most read opposition papers. News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia
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“Hundreds of children start smoking every day and 100,000 smokers die each year in the UK from this deadly addiction. The tobacco industry truly is morally reprehensible and I find it hard to believe that any students with half a brain could come to any other conclusion.”In a statement, the Oxford Union commented, “The Oxford Union was approached by Imperial Tobacco with a proposal for sponsorship of a debate we were holding on the tobacco industry. As with all sponsorship proposals, The Standing Committee explored this possibility.After consideration, the Union decided not to proceed with the discussions before a formal sponsorship agreement was made.“All speakers who expressed an interest in speaking in the debate were informed of the possibility of sponsorship.”The Union emphasised in their comment that “a formal sponsorship agreement” was not yet made at the time of speaking with Dr. Rees. The Union declined to commenton whether the Standing Committee are able – even if it is not common – to reject a sponsorship deal before deciding to investigate further, as well as on whether all sponsors are allowed or obliged to have a recruitment stall at the event.They likewise refused to comment on whether the decision to end negotiations was in any way due to the unhappiness of Dr Rees or other speakers regarding this idea of sponsorship by the tobacco industry.Dr Vaughan Rees, a lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard University, uncovered the sponsorship negotiations when he was called by the Union regarding the interest he expressed in the debate. He told Cherwell that “the status of sponsorship was unclear” following a second discussion by telephone.Rees commented, “The concern from the tobacco control community is that the sponsorship was not made clear with the initial invitation, and that the sponsorship basically ‘bought’ a tobacco company an opportunity to engage directly with Oxford students. “The Union initiated the second discussion to let me know that the plan for sponsorship had been abandoned and to see if I was willing to attend on that basis. I saw the Union’s plan to drop sponsorship more as a reflection of their desire to attract speakers who would not support a tobacco industry sponsored event, rather than a genuine response to concerns about taking money from a tobacco company (a policy held by Oxford University).”Rees was also confused as to the terms on which sponsorship negotiations had ended, commenting, “As the call wrapped up, I told her that I intended to let others in the tobacco control and public health communities know what was going on, as deceptive industry behavior has been a concern for many of us.“She asked that I wait because they were ‘still under contractual obligation’ with Imperial. I was incredulous because the whole discussion we had been having was based on the notion that she had abandoned sponsorship. When I challenged her on this, she said the decision had just been made in the past hour following a discussion with Imperial. I don’t know if they just needed time to formalise the plan to drop sponsorship, or whether they were trying to see if I would bite after hearing that no industry money would be involved.“In my opinion, the Oxford Union was operating in such a manner as to limit the information they shared with invitees in order to favour the interests of a tobacco company. “The Oxford Union seems to be oblivious to the irony of their own rather reprehensible actions in light of their motion that the tobacco industry is morally reprehensible.” Dr Rees also expressed concern for the content of the debate, commenting, “The nature of the debate itself is deeply disturbing. The tobacco industry has a history of engaging in deceptive behaviour to further their interests while improving their public image. More recently, they have attempted to adopt principles of “corporate social responsibility” and I see this debate as part of that effort. “Even a cursory consideration of social responsibility would confirm that an industry that knowingly sells a product that promotes addiction and kills consumers, has no claim for social responsibility. This industry is responsible for the deaths of some 100 million people in the twentieth century. Only a morally reprehensible industry would continue to operate with this knowledge.”He continued to explain that “Oxford’s students will comprise a substantial proportion of future generation of leaders,” and therefore, “for obvious reasons, the tobacco industry is anxious to gain influence among these kinds of people”.The Union and the University are separate institutions and therefore Oxford University did not comment. However, the University’s policy on tobacco is very clear, according to Arnott, who said, “The University’s ‘Committee to Review Donations’ does regard money that has come from tobacco as unacceptable.”A spokesperson for Imperial Tobacco told Cherwell, “Imperial Tobacco, as a strong supporter of free speech, continuously seeks opportunities to promote quality, open debate in appropriate forums. As part of this, Imperial proposed an Oxford Union debate about the ethics of tobacco. “Imperial offered to not only take part but also to meet the costs of the arranging the event. As discussions progressed, however, we were informed by the Union that invited tobacco control advocates were unhappy to take part in an event made possible with financial assistance from a tobacco company. As a result, the Union regrettably informed us that it would no longer be prepared to accept this assistance from Imperial. “Imperial subsequently made it clear that it was prepared to take part in the proposed debate regardless of how event costs would be met. Ultimately, however, agreement could not be reached on our right to veto who would appear alongside the Imperial representative on our side of the debate and discussions ended. (We would never seek any restriction on the individuals invited to appear on the opposing side of the debate). As a supporter of quality debate we are pleased to note that, according to the Cherwell website, the event is still scheduled to take place – although it’s a pity that this will be without industry representation.”Tobacco is the subject of the world’s first health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which binds 180 countries to “denormalise…activities described as ‘socially responsible’ by the tobacco industry”. The Oxford Union has backed out of an offer by Imperial Tobacco to sponsor a debate on the morality of the tobacco industry following an investigation.This follows outrage and unhappiness from speakers invited to oppose the tobacco industry. They contacted Cherwell as they were concerned about the nature of the sponsorship, the fact that the tobacco industry was targeting student communities, and the fact that they had not been immediately informed when invited to speak that the debate might have a sponsor from the tobacco industry.Imperial Tobacco had originally proposed to sponsor the Union’s debate, ‘This house believes the tobacco industry is morally reprehensible’, scheduled for Thursday of 3rd Week.In their invitation to Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health, the Union said they had “confirmed speakers from Imperial Tobacco and FOREST”, but neglected to mention their ongoing negotiations regarding sponsorship with the tobacco company.Arnott commented, “I am deeply concerned about the misleading nature of the invitation I, and many others, were sent by the Oxford Union inviting us to speak in the tobacco debate. It made no mention that Imperial Tobacco was planning to sponsor the event in return for the opportunity to set up a recruitment booth at the venue. It’s disgraceful that the Oxford Union should have tried to pull the wool over people’s eyes.”She added, “It’s shameful that it was only once the tobacco industry’s involvement was revealed that the Union accepted that such sponsorship was untenable.This is an industry whose products kill when used as intended, and which has been judged in court in the US to have lied, misrepresented and deceived the public about the devastating health effects of smoking and environmental tobacco smoke to the public and the young people they avidly sought as ‘replacement’ smokers.
Bob Gill built many prominent homes and businesses in Ocean City including TD Bank on 9th Street, PNC Bank on 9th St., the Masonic Lodge on 10th Street and more than 1,000 homes in Ocean City and the surrounding area.Robert A. Gill, 92, of Ocean City, NJ passed away Thursday, August 8, 2014 at his home.Born in Moorestown, NJ Bob moved to Ocean City with his wife, Josephine after mustering out of the Army in 1946. Worked as a carpenter with H.C. Pontiere & Co. and became a partner in 1956. Married Josephine in January 1943. Graduate of Moorestown High School class of 1940.Member of the Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 Free and Accepted Masons, Valley of Central Jersey of the Scottish Rite, Shriners, Ocean City Exchange Club, Ocean City Yacht Club, OC Marlin and Tuna Club, Coast Guard Auxiliary, VFW Ferguson Foglio Post No. 6650. Served as a commissioner for Ocean City Housing Authority in the 1960s and 1970s. Co-founded the first Coastal State Bank in 1971 and served as president and board member. Co-founded and served as vice chairman and board member of the second Coastal Bank in 1988. President of Robert A. Gill Construction Company, Inc. until his retirement in 1975. Was one of the founding partners of Pleasure Marina at Seventh Street and Pleasure Avenue in Ocean City. Served on various other boards, including the Ocean City Building and Loan Association. Also served as the supervisor of construction for various family businesses, including Dockside Cafe and Marina, Island Beach Gear and TackleDirect until the age of 89 when, due to failing health, he could no longer work.Bob is survived by his wife of 70 years, Josephine (nee Thomas) Gill, his daughter Suzan LaRosa (John), son, Thomas Gill (Beverley), grandchildren, Mary Ellen LaRosa, Rachel Illari (Jason), Patrick Gill, and Leigh Ann Metzler, and great-grandson, Daniel Illari. Bob is also survived by his sister, Doris Blyler of Moorestown, NJ and, many nieces and nephews from the Moorestown, NJ and Wilmington, DE areas. He is predeceased by his parents, Roy and Hazel Gill of Moorestown, NJ. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 11 o’clock at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th Street at Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where a Masonic Funeral Service will be offered at 10 o’clock followed by Burial Office and Requiem Eucharist at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ. The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to either Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund or Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club. Flowers, condolences, information www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
The Co-operative Group is overhauling its bakery department, as part of a new strategy to make its 3,000 shops “more exciting”.The group launched a “truly irresistible” premium brand this week, including speciality bakery products, benchmarked on quality against Marks & Spencer. Co-op category development manager, produce and bakery, Jill McCann told British Baker that while shoppers trusted the Co-op, they tended to only buy basics at its shops, not dinner party and indulgent foods.New ranges started to roll out this week across a variety of categories, with bakery a priority area. Facings of standard plant bread have been reduced and new premium products brought in.McCann said: “Plant bread is still very important to our business but the range has been trimmed. The new products include batch seeded, white and wholemeal loaves and rolls, supplied by British Bakeries, as well as topped Ciabatta and Cheese and Onion Focaccia, supplied by La Fornaia.The Co-op has also reviewed its in-store bakery range and plans to relaunch that from April 28. And the retailer is experimenting with an in-store bakery own-brand at five trial sites in the south west and south east. It will measure the success of the own-brand at these sites across 2007, before rolling it out.
Food to go and casual dining businesses are being encouraged to use seasonal-themed packaging to mark special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.Food packaging manufacturer It’s a Wrap says it recommends that its customers incorporate seasonal trends into their greaseproof paper for serving and wrapping food.“Whatever it is you are wrapping or serving, make your product stand out from the crowd,” added It’s a Wrap sales co-ordinator Sam Cullinane.Atlas Packaging, which works with clients including food and confectionery suppliers, said Valentine’s was an important occasion for the business.“Valentine’s Day is a big event for Atlas Packaging, with planning taking place months in advance,” they said.According to research carried out by Mars Inc, 33% of consumers choose baked gifts during the Valentine’s season.Both businesses will be exhibiting at the Pro2Pac event, held at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London from 20 to 22 March this year.