20 Jun

Structure Committee calls for task force to recommend ways to…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Structure Committee calls for task force to recommend ways to reform July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm From what I know of the conversation, I don’t expect that it will end in the intractable morass of existential pondering, but rather in the Great Commission to proclaim the gospel, particularly to emerging generations and those who no longer feel (or never did feel) a connection to the body of Christ. I thank God for the Structure Committee and their hard work in developing this resolution. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Comments (4) Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm So, it is proposed that the Episcopal Church re-invent itself in three years! As the Articles of Confederation gave way to the U.S. Constitution during a period of passionate debate and earnest apologia, so is our church now poising itself on the cusp of turbulent–perhaps rancorous– discussion. We must be prepared for this! My one fear as that the pendulum of reform is swinging far and fervently into the region of deconstruction and super-individualism in the pursuit of relevance which, we must know, always ends in the intractable morass of existential pondering. If one day, we look back and long for the simple good old days, and the orderly structures, and the process of paced discernment–all founded on centuries of tradition–then I will strain mightily not to say to my church or what is left of it: “I told you so.” Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Samuel V. Wilson, Jr. says: John Perkins says: July 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm I had lunch with a friend who served on the Vestry with me when I was Senior Warden and our church was growing for the first time in 20 years or more. He told me that he felt that there would still be an Episcopal Church around for a funeral when he needed it some time in maybe twenty years or so.I’m not that optimistic for myself.May I recommend everyone read, or re-read, Fast Food Nation? There is much to chew on in that book that would inform a committee tasked with reorganizing the Church. Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Nurya Love Parish says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service By Melodie WoermanPosted Jul 9, 2012 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Stephen Voysey says: Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Structure Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 10, 2012 at 7:36 am I would have to say that most of the people with whom I work in the life of the Church are concerned first of all with the ongoing mission and ministry of their own parish, whether as clergy or lay persons. Some among them feel a genuine connection to the workings of the Diocese, and offer themselves on a volunteer basis to try to make a difference at that level. Very few have much of a sense of the mission and ministry which flows from General Convention and from the Executive Council between conventions. That is not to say that the work of GC is unimportant, but rather that it seems that it is very rarely on the minds of most folks I with whom I strive to share in the work of ministry. How the Church Center is structured seems to me to be secondary to the greater need for a much broader group of church people becoming aware of the mission and ministry at that level. I am enough of an historian to know that church structures and the cultures within which those structures exist are always changing. To my mind, there has never been a “good old days,” but rather continuous challenges and responses to challenges. I see no lack of spiritual concern and hope in the younger generation; the question is how will we be able to translate that concern and hope into mission and ministry. [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The Committee on Structure has drafted a blueprint for how General Convention can respond to the growing voices in the Episcopal Church calling for change.Resolution C095, Substitute, was adopted unanimously by the committee during its July 9 morning meeting. It grounds its action in the belief that “the Holy Spirit is urging The Episcopal Church to reimagine itself.”It creates a special task force of up to 24 people who will gather ideas in the next two years from all levels of the church about possible reforms to its structures, governance and administration. Their work will culminate in a special gathering of people from every diocese to hear what recommendations the task force plans to make to the 78th General Convention. Its final report is due by November 2014.The resolution mandates diversity in the task force membership and inclusion of people “with critical distance from the Church’s institutional leadership.” It is to be appointed by Sept. 30, 2012.Because the task force is being created under General Convention Joint Rules of Order 22, its membership must be appointed by the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. Committee members, however, said they want to make it clear that they expect inclusion of people who aren’t part of the church’s status quo, including young adults.The task force will be accountable only to General Convention and will be “independent of other governing structures, to maintain a high degree of autonomy.” It also must report to the entire church frequently on the work it is doing.Prayed for unanimityAfter the vote was taken, at the request of the Rev. Gay Jennings, the deputies’ chair of the committee who presided over the session, members and guests sang “Sing a New Church” by Sister Delores Dufner.Later Jennings said she had hoped and prayed that the committee would reach a unanimous decision and that “people would feel it was Spirit-driven, and I think that was the case.”She noted that the committee members represented “a broad spectrum theologically, politically, spiritually across the church,” and added, “It was clear that this committee, even though we come from very different perspectives, came to a common mind to build up the church to the glory of God.“That’s why the hymn was so important to me,” she said. “That’s what we trying to do — sing a new church into being, one in faith, love and praise.”Writing group aimed for few constraintsThe framework for the final resolution was created by a writing group of 11 deputies and two bishops headed by Deputy Tom Little of Vermont and Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern Ohio.Little said the drafters wanted to provide the task force the power to decide how it would operate and organize itself. The Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, deputy from Iowa, said they wanted to give them “few constraints” and instead trust that they could determine how best to undertake their work.The Rev. Michael Barlowe, deputy from California, said he thinks the most important word in the document is reimagine. “We have talked about restructure,” he said, “but reimagine is what the Holy Spirit is calling us to right now.The Very Rev. Chris Cunningham, deputy from Southern Virginia, said a critical piece is the requirement that the task force share its work regularly with the entire church. He said they are to communicate “not to Executive Council or General Convention or some other CCAB, but report back to the church, on a regular basis, to everybody.”In response, committee member Fredrica Thompsett of Massachusetts said, “I see this as a brilliant document of trust.”The committee received more than 40 resolutions calling for structural change, and this new one will take the place of all those, many of which are identical or nearly so.The driving force behind those resolutions was a proposal last fall by Bishop Stacy Sauls, the Episcopal Church’s chief operating officer, calling for a special General Convention in 2014 to begin to make changes to the church’s constitution. Because amendments to the constitution can only take place at a regular convention, attention turned to how the spirit of change could begin to take shape at this convention and lead to options for its next meeting in 2015.The resolution also requests an allocation of $400,000 in the 2013-2015 budget. The task force can decide how it wants to spend the money to do its work.The resolution now moves to the House of Deputies, where it will be debated. If passed there, it goes to the House of Bishops for consideration.— Melodie Woerman is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention.The text of Resolution C095, Substitute, follows:Resolved, the House of ________ concurring, That this General Convention, believes the Holy Spirit is urging The Episcopal Church to reimagine itself, so that, grounded in our in our rich heritage and yet open to our creative future, we may more faithfully:Proclaim the Good News of the KingdomTeach, baptize and nurture new believersRespond to human need by loving serviceSeek to transform unjust structures of societyStrive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth;and be it furtherResolved, That this General Convention establish a Task Force under the Joint Rules of Order, whose purpose shall be to present the 78th General Convention with a plan for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration; and be it furtherResolved, That this Task Force shall be accountable directly to the General Convention, and independent of other governing structures, to maintain a high degree of autonomy; and be it furtherResolved, That the Task Force shall have as many as 24 members, appointed jointly by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies by September 30, 2012. The membership of the Task Force shall reflect the diversity of the Church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the Church’s institutional leadership; and be it furtherResolved, That, in order to be informed by the wisdom, expertise, and commitment of the whole body of the Church, the Task Force shall gather information and ideas from congregations, dioceses and provinces, and other interested individuals and organizations, including those not often heard from; engage other resources to provide information and guidance, and shall invite all these constituencies to be joined in prayer as they engage in this common work of discernment; and be it furtherResolved, That the Task Force shall convene a special gathering to receive responses to the proposed recommendations to be brought forward to the 78th General Convention and shall invite to this gathering from each diocese at least a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy, and one person under the age of 35. It may also include representatives of institutions and communities (e.g., religious orders, seminaries, intentional communities); and be it furtherResolved, That the Task Force shall report to the whole Church frequently, and shall make its final report and recommendations to the Church by November 2014, along with the resolutions necessary to implement them, including proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons of the Church; and be it furtherResolved, That the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance consider adding $400,000 to the 2013-2015 triennial budget, to enable this Resolution to be implemented energetically and successfully, “…for surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ General Convention 2012, Youth Minister Lorton, VA General Convention, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

20 Jun

Nations, interfaith community reaffirm commitment to cut carbon emissions

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Lynette Wilson Posted Nov 21, 2016 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Greenpeace stages a protest outside the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, Nov. 18, 2016. PHOTO: Youssef Boudlal/REUTERS[Episcopal News Service] Nations worldwide convened Nov. 7-18 in Marrakesh, Morocco, to hammer out the details of the Paris Agreement in a shift toward implementation and action on climate and sustainable development.“Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond,” reads the Marrakesh Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development issued at the close of the 22nd Conference fo the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.“We welcome the Paris Agreement … its rapid entry into force, with its ambitious goals, its inclusive nature and its reflection of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances, and we affirm our commitment to its full implementation.”In December 2015, world governments and officials met in France to reach a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions and arrest global warming. Since then, 111 countries, including the United States have signed the Paris Agreement, which went into effect on Nov. 4.The agreement calls on the countries of the world to limit carbon emissions, which will require a decrease in dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources; and for developed countries, those responsible for the majority of emissions both historically and at present, to commit to $100 billion in development aid annually by 2020 to developing countries.The proclamation calls for strong solidarity with those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; for all parties to strengthen and support efforts to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and to take stringent action to deal with climate change challenges in agriculture; to close the gap between current emissions trajectories and the pathway needed to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement; and for an increase in the volume, flow and access to finance for climate projects, alongside improved capacity and technology, including from developed to developing countries.“The Marrakesh Proclamation declares ‘irreversible momentum on climate,’ we now pray and discern our way to take part in this momentum,” said California Bishop Marc Andrus, who attended the United Nations climate conference in Marrakesh as an Episcopal delegate representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.“The Episcopal Church has an ecumenical and interfaith stance that impels us to work on building vibrant relationships with other denominations of Christianity and with other religions – again, we can ask what this diverse, complicated and increasingly integrated set of relationships offers to climate action.”An interfaith climate statement signed by close to 300 religious leaders from 50 countries was presented Nov. 16 to a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team. The interfaith statement calls on nations to justly manage the transition to a low carbon economy and urges governments to shift trillions of dollars of investments in fossil fuels into renewable energy, goals in line with the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.The United States is the world’s largest economy and its second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, which trap heat in the atmosphere and make the planet warmer.The Nov. 8 election of Donald J. Trump as the next U.S. president cast a pall over the climate conference, as he has vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and curb the country’s commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. The president-elect has called human-caused climate change a “hoax.”“In the first week, the general pulse of the COP gathering was one of shock, denial, grief and anguish when the results of the U.S. elections became known. It was characterized by gloom, even tears, as many felt that the hard work that had been done was just about to go down the tubes,” said Lynnaia Main, global partnerships officer for the Episcopal Church and its liaison to the United Nations, who also attended the conference on behalf of the presiding bishop.The mood, however, began to change at the start of the second week, she said, “we began to hear signs of hope and reaffirmation of the willingness to remain together and push forward on climate action.”For instance, said Main, faith-based groups in attendance at the conference pledged to continue their work, with a focus on city and state governments and at the global level; while continuing to engage with the U.S. government.“These smaller actors have the potential to make big strides in curbing emissions, and as advocates, we can plug into this potential through urging local structures to play their part in the international climate effort,” said Jayce Hafner, the Episcopal Church’s domestic policy analyst based in Washington, D.C., and a member of Curry’s delegation.On Nov. 16, major corporations and investors called on President Barack Obama and president-elect Trump, to continue low-carbon policies and investments, and to stay committed to the Paris Agreement.On Nov. 18, Trump announced three cabinet picks, all on the record as climate deniers. That same day, some of the world’s poorest countries strengthened their pledges to move toward renewables to meet 100 percent of their energy needs.For its part, the Episcopal Church engages in environmental and climate justice advocacy using as a basis resolutions passed by the Church’s General Convention and its Executive Council, which in 2008 adopted support for the Church’s long-term carbon neutral goals.The 2015 General Convention passed legislation to create a task force on climate change, which will provide resources that parishes can use to “green” their churches and educate members on what they can do to address climate change in their everyday lives.“As the Episcopal Church mobilized in the early years of this century to embrace and forward the United Nations goals to reduce extreme poverty globally, so we can work in partnership with non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies to create a sustainable world,” said Andrus, at the close of the climate conference in Marrakesh.“The Episcopal Church has enormous resources – chief among them are what [Holocaust survivor and filmmaker] Pierre Sauvage called ‘weapons of the spirit’ – prayer and our spiritual values, the sacraments, the Scriptures, the Body of the faithful, and the Holy Spirit. All of these spiritual realities inform and support our action in the world – finance, advocacy, ‘greening the Church,’ resistance, solidarity, protest.”Many Episcopal churches have installed solar panels. And this year, Church Divinity School of the Pacific installed the largest solar panel grid of any theological institution in the country.The Diocese of North Dakota is working on an energy sustainability project in its seven native ministries and congregations, including churches on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, near where protesters have for more the six months opposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the tribe’s water supply and sacred sites. Andrus recently joined more than 540 clergy and lay leaders in a day of solidarity and witness with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Environment & Climate Change Rector Belleville, IL Ronald Davin says: November 21, 2016 at 5:29 pm So, does this mean that our refrigerators and airconditioners may not be taken away, as John Kerry suggested ? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis November 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm While Bishop Andrus babblessed people walk away from a secular body playing church finding is clergy shallow secular and boring. Nations, interfaith community reaffirm commitment to cut carbon emissions Interfaith leaders from 50 countries sign climate statement Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Comments (2) Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Advocacy Peace & Justice, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Donald Heacock says: Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA last_img read more

16 Jun

Donor Strategy surveys fundraisers’ software needs

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. Donor Strategy surveys fundraisers’ software needs Howard Lake | 7 April 2008 | News  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CRM, fundraising and alumni database providers Donor Strategy have launched their annual Spring survey, offering participants the chance to win a Sony camcorder.This year the company is researching issues including:• What charities would like their database to do in the future• Views of online technologies that support fundraising• Ranges of fundraising activities undertaken in relation to staff resourcesThe company is inviting charity workers, and in particular fundraisers, to complete the online survey before 17 April 2008.Managing Director, Jonathan Air, said: “Our research is about keeping in-tune with the sector and delivering relevant software. We have also been carrying out the survey at recent major events so we don’t limit research to web users.”In 2007, Donor Strategy researched how charities look for a database supplier and what factors are most important. Asking other organisations ranked highly, with functionality and ease of use often being more significant than cost. Over 120 participants took part.www.donorstrategy.com/survey/2008.php AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Technologylast_img read more

16 Jun

More EU funding for Northern Ireland likely

first_img Howard Lake | 1 February 2013 | 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. Peace 3, which provided £300 million, follows Peace 1 and 2 which were set up to support the peace process after the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994. Peace funding is given to a wide range of social and economic projects in Northern Ireland and the border counties. www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Further EU funding is more likely for peace projects in Northern Ireland, according to First Minister Peter Robinson.Mr Robinson was addressing a conference in Brussels on the impact of European peace funding in Northern Ireland over the past two decades. The European Union has provided Northern Ireland with more than £1 billion of peace funding since 1995.There is no specific commitment from the EU on the size of fund but the figure of £120 million has been mentioned. Previous EU money has funded scores of community groups as well as high profile capital projects. Advertisement  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis More EU funding for Northern Ireland likelylast_img read more

16 Jun

Givey Share transforms any digital content into a social fundraising tool

first_img Tagged with: Digital disaster Givey selfie social Howard Lake | 29 April 2015 | News Givey Share transforms any digital content into a social fundraising tool  127 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3center_img Online giving platform Givey has introduced Givey Share, a social fundraising function that “turns every bit of digital content into an opportunity to fundraise”.Givey Share lets the public share digital content in a way that encourages charity donations. It “transforms every photo, article, video – or anything on the web that social media users are already sharing anyway – into a chance to donate to charity and encourage others, too”.How does it work?Users can simply copy the URL of a video, image, link or any digital content and paste it into Givey Share, choosing one of more than 8,000 charities to donate to. There is a minimum donation of £1 to share an element of content.This content can then be shared on linked social media channels, allowing others to easily, within a few clicks, donate to the same or a different cause as a direct result of the content.David Erasmus, Chief Executive at Givey explained:“One of the obstacles for charities today is creating engaging content that is not just shared, but inspires people to donate, too. We want Givey Share to change the way we think about digital content, transforming those that share the content into digital ambassadors for the charity.“Givey Share is the next step in social donations platforms. Millions of people share photos, links and articles that move them – what we’re doing is giving them a simple way to turn that emotion into action. With thousands upon thousands of shares, imagine if just 1% of people that shared that giraffe photo, or a link to it, donated to an animal conservation charity – and that’s just one example.” Advertisement Nepal earthquakeErasmus added that the tool would work well to raise funds following the earthquake in Nepal, and has set up a campaign to support Tearfund’s work in Nepal.As you can see from that campaign, people can create their own content or use existing content and share it via Givey Share. Indeed, that selfie-based campaign demonstrates how Givey could be used to further monetise selfie campaigns. While many selfies do stimulate donations, imagine how much more might be raised if each selfie raised at least £1 simply by being posted and shared on Givey.Here is Erasmus explaining the tool:[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVbIWcryBps[/youtube]Givey passes 100% of donations, including Gift Aid, to charities. It is free for both users and charities, with no set-up fees or ongoing charges.The platform was launched in May 2011 at the launch of the government’s ‘Giving White Paper’ event. 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

12 Jun

Two journalists killed in Baghdad, a third killed in Al-Khalis

first_img Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Follow the news on Iraq The Union of Journalists reported that veteran reporter Hamid Abd Sarhan, 57, was ambushed and killed as he drove home yesterday in the south Baghdad district of Al-Saydiya. Gunmen blocked his car’s passage and shot him several times, killing him instantly. Aged 57, he had worked for more than 30 years for the state-owned news agency until Saddam Hussein’s ouster. Since the US invasion, he had worked for the privately-owned news agency Iraqioun.According to a police report, Zeena Shakir Mahmoud, 35, a journalist with the newspaper Al-Haqiqa, the mouthpiece of the Democratic Kurdish Party, was shot dead in Intisar, in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, on 24 June. It has not yet been possible to confirm the report of her death with her newspaper.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Imad Al-Khaza’i (photo), the correspondent of the privately-owned TV station Al-Baghdadiyah in Diwaniya (180 km south of Baghdad) was detained for several hours by Iraqi security forces for failing to respect a ban on approaching the scene of a bombing. The ban was decreed last month by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. Organisation June 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists killed in Baghdad, a third killed in Al-Khalis Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 15, 2021 Find out more A total of 187 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003. Two are missing and there has been no news of 14 others since they were kidnapped. News Receive email alerts News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has learned that three more Iraqi journalists were killed in the past two weeks. They bring the number of media workers killed in Iraq since the start of the year to 36. “We extend our condolences to the families of the victims,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Iraqi journalists put their lives in danger each time they go to work. More and more Iraqi media are leaving the capital for safer locations in the Kurdish north or in neighbouring countries, but their local correspondents are left without any protection and their killers continue to operate with impunity.”One of the many victims of a bombing in Al-Khalis (55 km north of Baghdad) on 11 June was Aref Ali Falih, 32, who had been the correspondent of the independent news agency Aswat Al-Irak (Voices of Iraq) in the northeastern province of Diyala since December. He was the third Aswat Al-Irak journalist to be killed since 30 May.The offices of the public TV station Al-Iraqiya in the southern province of Maysan were destroyed in an arson attack on 18 June in which no one was hurt. Mohammed Al-Anwar, the correspondent of the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, sustained an injury to his hand when a car bomb went off in the centre of Baghdad on 19 June.Poet and journalist Rahim Al-Maliki (photo) was killed in a suicide-bombing at the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad on 25 June while a meeting of tribal chiefs was taking place. Maliki, 39, who hosted two cultural programmes on Al-Iraqiya, had been covering the meeting. The two cameramen accompanying him were not hurt. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

2 Jun

WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation

first_img Twitter WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Local NewsWorld News Twitter Previous articleUnited States Healthcare RTLS (Real-Time Locating Services) Market Report 2020-2027 – Market Opportunities with the Increasing Usage Of Smartphones, Tablets & Pads to Boost Adoption of Solutions – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Clinical Diagnostics Market to 2026 – Focus on Lipid Panel, Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, Infectious Disease Testing, Others – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  last_img read more

26 May

Person Who Has Not Drawn The Cheque Cannot Be Prosecuted U/s 138 NI Act Even In Case Of Joint Liability: Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesPerson Who Has Not Drawn The Cheque Cannot Be Prosecuted U/s 138 NI Act Even In Case Of Joint Liability: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 March 2021 6:53 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court observed that, even in case of a joint liability, in case of individual persons, a person other than a person who has drawn the cheque on an account maintained by him, cannot be prosecuted for the offence under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.”A person might have been jointly liable to pay the debt, but if such a person who might have been liable to pay the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court observed that, even in case of a joint liability, in case of individual persons, a person other than a person who has drawn the cheque on an account maintained by him, cannot be prosecuted for the offence under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.”A person might have been jointly liable to pay the debt, but if such a person who might have been liable to pay the debt jointly, cannot be prosecuted unless the bank account is jointly maintained and that he was a signatory to the cheque.”, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed.In this case, the original complainant, a lawyer, raised a professional bill for the legal work done by him to represent a couple in the legal proceedings. The cheque issued by the husband got dishonoured. The lawyer filed a complaint against both the accused – husband and wife for the offence punishable under Section 138 of the NI Act.  According to him, it was the joint liability of both the accused to pay the professional bill as the original complainant represented both the accused. The accused wife approached the High Court seeking to quash the criminal complaint filed against her mainly on the ground that she was neither a signatory to the cheque dishonoured nor there was a joint bank account. This petition was dismissed by the High Court.In appeal, the Apex Court bench, referred to Section 138 of the NI Act, and observed that before a person can be prosecuted, the following conditions are required to be satisfied: i) that the cheque is drawn by a person and on an account maintained by him with a banker; ii) for the payment of any amount of money to another person from out of that account for the discharge, in whole or in part, of any debt or other liability; and iii) the said cheque is returned by the bank unpaid, either because of the amount of money standing to the credit of that account is insufficient to honour the cheque or that it exceeds the amount arranged to be paid from that account.The bench rejected the contention of the complainant that the complaint against wife-accused is maintainable as the cheque was issued towards discharge of legal liability of both the accused. The court observed:”Therefore, a person who is the signatory to the cheque and the cheque is drawn by that person on an account maintained by him and the cheque has been issued for the discharge, in whole or in part, of any debt or other liability and the said cheque has been returned by the bank unpaid, such person can be said to have committed an offence. Section 138 of the NI Act does not speak about the joint liability. Even in case of a joint liability, in case of individual persons, a person other than a person who has drawn the cheque on an account maintained by him, cannot be prosecuted for the offence under Section 138 of the NI Act. A person might have been jointly liable to pay the debt, but if such a person who might have been liable to pay the debt jointly, cannot be prosecuted unless the bank account is jointly maintained and that he was a signatory to the cheque.”Section 141 NI Act  cannot be made applicable to the individualsYet another contention was that the accused can be convicted with the aid of Section 141 of the NI Act is concerned. Rejecting the said contention, the court said: Section 141 of the NI Act is relating to the offence by companies and it cannot be made applicable to the individuals. Learned counsel appearing on behalf of the original complainant has submitted that “Company” means any body corporate and includes, a firm or other association of individuals and therefore in case of a joint liability of two or more persons it will fall within “other association of individuals” and therefore with the aid of Section 141 of the NI Act, the appellant who is jointly liable to pay the debt, can be prosecuted. The aforesaid cannot be accepted. Two private individuals cannot be said to be “other association of individuals”. Therefore, there is no question of invoking Section 141 of the NI Act against the appellant, as the liability is the individual liability (may be a joint liabilities), but cannot be said to be the offence committed by a company or by it corporate or firm or other associations of individuals. The appellant herein is neither a Director nor a partner in any firm who has issued the cheque. Therefore, even the appellant cannot be convicted with the aid of Section 141 of the NI Act. Observing thus, the bench allowed the appeal and quashed the complaint against the accused (wife).Case: Alka Khandu Avhad vs. Amar Syamprasad Mishra [CrA 258 OF 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation: LL 2021 SC 146 Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

26 May

Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea For Deportation Of Illegal Immigrants Including Rohingyas

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice On Plea For Deportation Of Illegal Immigrants Including Rohingyas Akshita Saxena27 March 2021 1:21 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a PIL filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, seeking immediate steps for deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators, including Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. A Bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian has tagged the plea with a writ petition field by Mohammed Salimullah in 2017, against deportation of Rohingya refugees who have been detained in Jammu. It may be noted that the Supreme Court has reserved orders in the said matter. In the instant petition, Upadhyay seeks directions to the Central and State Governments to identify, detain and deport all illegal immigrants, including Bangladeshis and Rohingyas within one year.”Under the Foreigners Act, 1946 and in exercise of the powers contained therein, the Central Government and State Governments must take concrete steps to detect and deport illegal immigrants,” the plea states. It is alleged that large-scale illegal migrants, particularly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have threatened the demographic structure of bordering districts of India and have seriously impaired the security and national integration. In this context, it refers to the 175th Report of the Law Commission, noting that entry of illegal migrants into India poses a grave threat to its democracy as well as its security, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and the eastern States. In its report, the Law Commission had observed that influx of migrants from Bangladesh has remained unabated and has acquired “frightening proportions”. In his plea, Upadhyay states that such large-scale influx of illegal immigrants has led to large tracts of sensitive international borders being occupied by foreigners. “This has not only serious implications for our internal security, but also infringes upon right to life and liberty of Indian Citizens guaranteed under the Article 21,” the plea states. It further highlights the plight of bordering districts of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, that have recorded growth of population higher than the national average. “The unabated influx of illegal migrants… threatens to reduce the Assamese people to a minority in their own State, as happened in Tripura and Sikkim…There is a tendency to view illegal migration into Assam as a regional matter affecting only the people of Assam. It’s more dangerous dimensions of greatly undermining our national security, is ignored,” the plea quotes from a report submitted to the Union Government by then Governor of Assam in 1998. The plea goes on to state that many Rohingyas indulge in anti-national activities such as mobilization of funds through hawala channels, procuring fake Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and human trafficking. It is contended that many of them have even managed to acquire fake/fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents i.e. PAN Card and voter cards. Thus, it is urged that stern action be taken against such travel agents, government employees & other such people, who directly/indirectly provide PAN Card, AADHAR Cards, Ration Cards, Passport and Voter Cards to illegal immigrants and infiltrators. The Petitioner has also sought a direction to the Government authorities to amend the respective laws to make illegal migration and infiltration, a cognizable non-bailable and non-compoundable offence.It is stated that the such people cannot be granted protection under provisions of Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967, since India is not a signatory of either of them. The petition is filed through Advocate RD Upadhyay. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderTagsRohingya Refugees Rohingya Deportation #Supreme Court illegal immigrants Myanmar Refugees Next Storylast_img read more

8 May

US women’s soccer team readies for NYC ticker-tape parade

first_imgJuly 9, 2019 /Sports News – National US women’s soccer team readies for NYC ticker-tape parade Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlex Grimm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Charles Lindberg was awarded one after his solo transatlantic flight, and then-General Dwight Eisenhower was honored with one for his leadership of the Allied Forces. Astronauts, world leaders, a pope and war veterans all have been honored with ticker-tape parades in New York City’s famed Canyon of Heroes. Now, the Women’s National Team will be the center of the celebration on Wednesday, commemorating its World Cup win in France on Sunday.The team’s been piling up historic titles, but this parade will also mark another first: In addition to being the second women’s team to win back-to-back World Cups, it’s the first women’s athletic team to be honored with back-to-back ticker-tape parades in the Canyon of Heroes.After their 2015 World Cup triumph, the team became the first women’s team to be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade — also the last time a ticker-tape parade was held in New York.“On and off the field, this team represents what’s best about New York City and our nation. The confidence, grit, and perseverance of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team serve as an inspiration to all who watch them,” New York City mayor and current presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said in announcing the parade.The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a ceremony at City Hall an hour later.The Canyon of Heroes is a man-made section of Broadway in lower Manhattan that spans a little over half a mile, from Bowling Green Park to City Hall Park. The city has hosted 206 parades in the past, starting with the first — celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty — in 1886.The women will now join the ranks of sports teams that have been honored multiple times, including the New York Yankees, who have had nine such parades, and the New York Mets, who have had three. Five Olympic teams have had parades in the Canyon of Heroes. The Women’s National Team will now be tied with the New York Giants with two parades a piece.“New York is incredibly proud to join the rest of the country in celebrating this exhilarating World Cup Victory,” New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray said in a release from the mayor’s office. “We applaud the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s athletic prowess, their advocacy in fighting for equal pay, and their use of their international platform to speak out against injustice.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more