At Llanelli, Phil Davies always used to say, ‘I expect you to make mistakes because if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying things’.I’d like Warren to give players a bit more room to express themselves.There were positives from the autumn. Our front five did fantastically well and Adam Jones has been at the cornerstone of that while second-rows Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones were excellent. Sam Warburton only played two games but has proved that he has the physicality required, as has Dan Lydiate. Those two have shown we have depth in the back row.George North is a real find too. He’s got good stature and is so hungry for the ball; he’s always looking for opportunities. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Former Wales and Lions scrum-half Robert Jones says it’s all about wins, not good performances in defeat, for Wales.“The main feeling I’m left with after the autumn is one of disappointment as Wales failed to turn some reasonable performances into results. Wales have gone seven games without a win now. A good performance in defeat is no good at the World Cup – it’s all about winning.My main concern – and I’ve said this for the past 12 months – is our creativity in midfield and the back three. We now have as good a front five as we’ve ever had and we have a platform to demolish sides in the scrum, so it’s worrying that we can’t create a lot more from the set-piece.Shane Williams can always do something out of nothing and has individual flair, but we don’t create enough as a team. Players aren’t offering angles or running lines or giving decoy options, and at times we look pedestrian. We’re quite one-dimensional in attack and we need to have options A, B and C so that players can change things as they see it.The one thing I’d question Warren Gatland over is our ability to change and to give players more freedom. The attacking play sometimes looks premeditated and while there needs to be structure, there also has to be balance and variety.We don’t look up and play with our heads or our eyes; we don’t play what’s in front of us and see the space. Dan Carter constantly scans and looks at what’s in front of him. He may go through 12 phases of using forwards to hit it up but when the opportunity arises he’ll go up a gear and exploit the space he’s seen. That’s what New Zealand are so good at – they’re patient and then have the ability to be ruthless when the opportunities come.We need to be more inventive in our attacking approach – the lines we run and the options we offer – and it’s not a case of changing personnel but changing the mindset. We’ve got a few players to come back from injury, so we should be in a better position to compete in the Six Nations. And we need to have a good Six Nations as this a tough season, with the World Cup a big carrot at the end of it.”Click here to see George North score two tries for Wales on his debut
22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ICFM seeks input for Convention 2001 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ICFM’s National Fundraisers’ Convention is looking for speakers.ICFM’s National Fundraisers’ Convention next year will take place between 16 and 18 July. ICFM is currently seeking presentation ideas and speaker suggestions for next year’s event. Members are currently receiving a form for this consultation.Contact Rachel Warn, Director, National Fundraisers’ Convention, at ICFM. For a list of other upcoming events for fundraisers visit UK Fundraising’s events directory. Advertisement Howard Lake | 14 August 2000 | 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.
Tagged with: Charity Commission Digital Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity Commission consults on impact of moving all services online The Charity Commission is planning to move all of its services online by 2012, but the charity regulator wants to be aware of any problems this might cause the many people and organisations that use its services. It has therefore conducted an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA), and is now consulting more widely on this.The Commission has been developing its online services for some years and the number of charities taking advantage of these is growing. Last year there was a 24% increase in the use of its online services from the previous year, with over 75% of annual return or update submissions by charities made online. Last year the Commission’s website had nearly 40 million page views.Financial pressures have played some part in the move online: the Commission’s budget has been cut in recent years, and its funding for 2010/11 is 16% less than it was five years ago. But the transition to online-only brings other benefits to people and organisations interacting with the Commission. For example, charity registration applications filled in online take less than half the time to complete and approve than those sent in by post.Andrew Hind, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission said: “A move to online services will have numerous benefits for charities and their advisers, the Commission, and the environment, but we want to make sure charities have their say about the potential impact of this.“We’re already asking charity advisers to communicate with us electronically, and extending this to all our customers will save us and charities valuable time and money. Of course we will always honour our responsibilities towards customers with disabilities and other very specific needs. However if we can adopt more online working, it will help us cope with what is likely to be a much more constrained budget.”The Commission will accept responses until 29 October 2010.www.charitycommission.gov.uk Howard Lake | 17 August 2010 | 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.
More than 80 events were held across the U.S. around the theme of “Not 1 More Deportation!” on April 5, the date immigrant rights activists estimated that the 2 millionth person would be deported under the administration of President Barack Obama. The actions were coordinated by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, which says that the 2 million deportations are “2 million too many.”The following is a sampling of the actions that took place.Tacoma, Wash.Many people and organizations are rallying to the side of a prisoners’ hunger strike that began on March 7 at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Despite retaliation, the immigrant strikers continue to press their demands against brutal racist treatment and an end to the plague of deportations.The strike has also spread to prisoners in at least one other prison, in Conroe, Texas. The GEO Group Inc., which calls itself “the world’s leading provider of correctional and detention services,” owns both the Tacoma and Conroe prisons.More than 100 demonstrators gathered in front of the Wells Fargo bank building downtown on April 5, then marched through downtown and down to the detention center. Wells Fargo owns a huge amount of GEO stock.At the detention center, the protesters joined with hundreds of others holding banners and with many families with children. They marched in front of the detention center, chanting “¡No están solos!” (“You are not alone!”) loud enough for the prisoners to hear. The march and rally were organized by El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social and Latino Advocacy, both of which have been in regular contact with the prisoners.It was announced that 20 prisoners who had been placed in solitary confinement in retaliation for the strike had been released to the general population. This victory happened with the help of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit charging violation of the prisoners’ First Amendment rights.But five other prisoners remain in solitary. They include army veteran Hassall Moses, who was penalized for typing an appeal for a work stoppage along with the hunger strike. The prisoners demand an end to slave wages of $1 a day.Spouses and loved ones of the prisoners spoke out against long-term imprisonment on petty charges, which keeps their families separated. José Moreno, an organizer of the hunger strike who just got out on bond, demanded that the prison be shut down.Two weeks ago, Washington Rep. Adam Smith led a delegation into the prison to talk to the prisoners. Later, Smith criticized the prison conditions and the country’s deportation policy, but GEO and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have changed nothing so far.The Washington State Labor Council held a week-long women’s fast, starting March 31, to demand an end to deportations and for comprehensive immigration reform. They also held an all-day vigil at the detention center and collected funds for the prisoners’ families.On March 23, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, along with Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson, representing 400,000 workers, visited with prisoners’ supporters as well as their family members outside the prison. After being informed of the oppressive prison conditions, the two labor representatives spoke out against them and against the policy resulting in the deportation of 2 million workers in recent years.The strike continues because of the prisoners’ iron determination. The hunger strikers have posted an eight-page handwritten letter in which they “demand that the Federal Executive (Mr. President Barack Obama) use his presidential authority and order a total stop to the unjust deportations that are separating families, destroying homes, and bringing uncertainty, insecurity and unhappy futures to our children, our loved ones.” The detention center prisoners also have demands against the brutal conditions at the facility.Solidarity could become a rising tide as more support actions are planned.HoustonHoustonIn Houston, a militant protest took place outside the Harris County jail in downtown Houston, where the sheriff has detained and turned over thousands to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Houston Sheriff Adrian Garcia was a focus there because he enthusiastically uses ICE’s “287(g)” and “Secure Communities” programs to detain immigrants and criminalize people for working and supporting their families.Speaker after speaker faced the jail and condemned Houston cops and sheriffs for taking people from their families and communities. Many are arrested for “crimes” such as not having a driver’s license, which the undocumented cannot get in Texas. Then they are turned over to Immigration and deported. One focus of the demonstration was the ongoing hunger strike at the Joe Corley Detention Facility, located 40 miles north of Houston in Conroe.Adelina Cáceres spoke at length about the conditions her spouse is protesting and why he became one of the leaders of the hunger strike. The strike began on March 17, after the detainees were inspired by the hunger strike they saw on television being carried out in Tacoma. Their demands include stopping the deportations and the resulting separation of families, reducing the number of detainees in one cell, fixing deplorable health violations and the lack of health care, and an end to local and state police cooperation with ICE.The spouse of Manuel Martínez Arámbula, Ernestina Martínez, and one of his daughters spoke at the April 5 rally. On April 3, Manuel Martínez Arámbula, one of the strike leaders, turned 50 years old. On his birthday his spouse and daughters, along with many supporters, held a birthday party with cake and refreshments outside of the detention center where he was being held.In the middle of the night after the party, Martínez was deported. He has lived here in the U.S. since he was eight.The family had spoken with Martínez, who said he is determined to come home. They emphasized on April 5 that they were determined to fight his unjust deportation. His daughter said, “I miss my father. I want him to come home so we can be a family again. This makes me very sad, but we will fight until he can come home where he belongs. His family is here.”Chanting “Education, not deportation!” and “¡Obama, eschucha! ¡Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama, listen! We are in struggle!”) the crowd marched a block to the 287(g) office and took over the reception area. Security was alarmed as the room filled with sign-carrying protesters chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “Stop deportations!” Those who could not squeeze inside demonstrated outside.The protest was held by the Southwest Defense Network, La TUYA (Texas Undocumented Youth Alliance), Alianza Mexicana, Third Ward Defense Network, the Houston chapter of Industrial Workers of the World and Houston Anarchist Black Cross.While GEO continues to profit from the exploitation of immigrants inside Joe Corley Detention, and ICE continues to use extreme retaliation tactics, hunger strikers and the community vowed to continue exposing deportations and inhumane conditions until their demands are met.Also on April 5, another Houston event to demand “Not 1 More Deportation” was held by the Living Hope Wheelchair Association and the Fe y Justicia Worker Center.AtlantaAtlantaThousands of immigrants and their allies from labor, community and faith organizations walked from the Georgia state Capitol to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Atlanta, demanding an end to mass deportations. The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights initiated the action, once again showing the power of its grassroots organizing.Buses, vans and cars brought participants from north, middle and south Georgia, many adults accompanied by their small children. Colorful banners and signs all called on President Obama to act now and prevent the deportation of even one more immigrant. Bright yellow balloons were inscribed with “Stop deportations” and “Not one more.”Once at the ICE office, the demonstrators surrounded the fence-enclosed building. After listening to the stories of families broken apart by the unjust immigration policies, hundreds of signs bearing the names of those Georgia men and women deported or being held in detention were affixed to the iron bars and the balloons released.Dianne Mathiowetz, Jim McMahan and Gloria Rubac contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Rev. Edward Pinkney in Benton Harbor, MI, May 26, 2012.On July 26, the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney. Convicted in Berrien County, Mich., this community activist has already served over 19 months for supposedly altering dates on a recall petition against then-Benton Harbor mayor James Hightower.His sentence of 2.5 to 10 years in prison has him currently locked up in the remote Marquette Branch Prison, almost 500 miles from his family and friends.The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from Rev. Pinkney’s attorney on May 11. Amicus briefs were also filed by the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union, which was given leave to also argue before the court. Four issues were raised on appeal.The first issue revolved around whether the alteration of dates on the petitions was even a felony under the specific law he was charged with violating. The law specifies acts by government officials who violate election laws. The court, however, ruled that the provision in Pinkney’s case also applies to any individual, not just officials.In an outrageous argument, the court held that “sufficient evidence was presented to support the jury’s guilty verdicts” based entirely on the facts that Rev. Pinkney was “the leader in the recall efforts,” “had previously sponsored several recall campaigns,” “circulated 33 of the 62 recall petitions,” spoke at city commission and other meetings about the recall and “demonstrated animosity towards [Mayor] Hightower in various ways.” The court decided that this alone is enough “to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”Rev. Pinkney is an African-American man from a city that is 90 percent African American, but he was tried in front of an all-white jury by a white prosecutor and a white judge.The court completely brushed aside the effect on the jury of the prosecutor harping again and again on the defendant’s activist history. The court argued that “the jury was properly instructed several times that it could only consider the other-acts evidence for motive purposes” and that “jurors are presumed to follow their instructions.”The Court of Appeals then argued that even if Rev. Pinkney was not the one who altered dates on the petitions, he could be convicted for aiding and abetting another person who might have done so because Pinkney was “leader of the recall campaign.”Court condemns Rev. Pinkney for activismFinally, the court upheld the introduction of Rev. Pinkney’s long career as a community activist as “motive” to commit election violations. These included “his radio show,” “his recall efforts in the local community,” “his speaking engagements across the country” and “his search for justice and equality in general.” According to the three judges, this “showed that defendant had a motive to alter the dates on the recall petitions, thus providing evidence of the identification of the perpetrator.”This last conclusion can condemn every political activist in the country to be guilty of any political crime just for being an activist. This threat to free speech is one reason for the intervention of the NLG and the ACLU in this case.On July 27, Rev. Pinkney wrote to his supporters: “We are living in a time when the court system and the prosecutor don’t need evidence to send a man to prison. I know they don’t have any evidence, because I didn’t do it. And the prosecutor knows I didn’t do it.“You have got to be very, very careful today,” he continued, “because if you take a stand against the system they’ll do everything in their power to crush you. Now they can send you to prison and keep you there without evidence. Better keep your eyes and your mind on freedom, and keep freedom on your mind.“What do you do now? Now that you can be sent to prison with no evidence? What’s the next step for you? Now that there is a 100 percent chance of you being convicted if you are charged, what can you do? What should you do? This is the question I hope we are all asking ourselves.”It is expected that the case will be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court in the next few months. Donations toward Rev. Pinkney’s defense can be made at bhbanco.org. Write to Rev. Edward Pinkney #294671, Marquette Branch Prison, 1960 U.S. Highway 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia An announcement by the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) on 24 March that only the state television channel will henceforth have access to players’ dressing rooms and other non-public areas in stadiums during league, cup and international matches constitutes an act of censorship against Hannibal TV, Tunisia’s first privately-owned television channel, Reporters Without Borders said today.”The Tunisian authorities cannot open up broadcasting to the private sector and at the same time prevent Hannibal TV from working and from covering events such as football matches,” the press freedom organization said, suggesting that the ban was linked to the success of the station’s sports programmes.The organization added: “The country’s first privately-owned TV station is not even allowed to talk freely about sport. That says a lot about the attitude of the Tunisian authorities when they talk of ‘liberalizing the news media.’ One can easily imagine the censorship that is brought to bear on Hannibal TV on more sensitive subjects than football.”The stadium ban on Hannibal TV came after it carried reports about corruption in sport, a subject carefully avoided by the state-owned TV stations. Sports programmes are amount the most popular programmes in Tunisia and attract many advertisers.The FTF’s federal office announced that: “Television stations other than the ERTT (the state radio and TV broadcaster) are banned from accessing the secure areas and dressing rooms. The match supervisor will ensure that this measure is adhered to and will give permission for interviews after the match. Clubs that have private arrangements or contracts with other TV stations must inform the Federation.”When Hannibal TV was launched, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali said he wanted to ensure that “freedom of expression constitutes the basic rule in the elaboration of Tunisia’s approach to news and information.”The Tunisian authorities decided to open up broadcasting to the private sector in November 2003. A privately-owned radio station, Radio Mosaïque, started up, offering mainly music, and was a big success. The launch of Hannibal TV on 13 February 2005, broadcasting digitally on the Nilesat and Arabsat satellites, ending the two state-owned channels’ monopoly on TV broadcasting. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts March 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hannibal TV banned from football stadiums News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more to go further News November 12, 2019 Find out more
News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News Reporters Without Borders finds it surprising and disturbing that Egypt is hosting next week’s Internet Governance Forum, at which important decisions about the Internet’s future will be taken or announced. Representatives of foreign governments, international organisations, universities and ICANN (Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are all due to attend the forum taking place from 15 to 18 November in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh.“Egypt’s legitimacy to host such a meeting is questionable as it has repeatedly been guilty of violations of online free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is astonishing that a government that is openly hostile to Internet users is assigned the organisation of an international meeting on the Internet’s future.”The press freedom organisation added: “Egypt is one of the enemies of the Internet and if Internet governance requires a degree of regulation, it should be of a liberal nature and not the kind that the Egyptian government would like to impose.”There have four reminders of Egypt’s readiness to censor the Internet in the past two weeks alone.Police arrested two young bloggers, Mohamed Adel, 20, and Amr Osama, 19, and their lawyer, Amr Ezz, in central Cairo on the night of 3 November on charges of “spreading false news and rumours liable to disturb the peace” and gave them a beating after escorting them to El-Azbakeya police station. They were released the next morning. Adel was previously detained for three months and tortured after being arrested in November 2008.At the end of October, the authorities abandoned an investigation into a police officer, Ashraf Aglan, and his brother, Ahmed Aglan, who attacked another blogger, Wael Abbas (see his blog http://misrdigital.blogspirit.com/). The prosecutor said it was dropped for lack of evidence although three medical reports confirm Abbas’ injuries.Ayman Nour, a human rights lawyer who defends freedom of expression, was forbidden to leave the country on 4 November, as he was about to fly to the United States. He was given no reason for the ban.Reporters Without Borders received no reply to its recent letter to President Hosni Mubarak requesting the release of Kareem Amer, a blogger who has been held for three years (since 6 November 2006). His release would have been seen as a sign of support for free expression on the eve of the Internet Governance Forum. Sign the petition for Kareem Amer’s release: http://www.rsf.org/en-petition21993-Kareem_Amer_.htmlEgypt is ranked 143rd out of 175 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 6, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff February 1, 2021 Find out more News November 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violator of online free expression to host international Internet meeting January 22, 2021 Find out more
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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Erin Vandewiele’s last words still haunt her friend.“He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away from him today,” she wrote to Stacey Morris in a desperate text conversation on July 8.That was the last time Morris heard from Vandewiele, who had moved from Wisconsin to Colorado with a man named Joseph Mayer less than a month before that conversation.A few weeks later, on July 23, after messaging another friend that she was sleeping at a railway station, Vandewiele mysteriously went out of touch from everyone in her life.Mayer was arrested in Colorado on Aug. 19 for starting a fire in a creek and that was when police realized he was listed on a national database as a dangerous fugitive wanted by authorities in Wisconsin on drug and burglary charges, Capt. Joe Harvey of the Golden Police Department told ABC News.Mayer was extradited to Wisconsin, where Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith confirmed he is currently incarcerated on outstanding warrants.Family and friends of Vandewiele, frantic with worry, are passing out flyers, setting up pages on social media and traveling across states to meet police in a concerted effort to find the 40-year-old.“It’s killing me that I don’t know where she is,” Mandi Schmidt, her sister, told ABC News. “She always kept in contact with somebody. It’s not like her to not let her kids know where she is. We just really miss her.”The Denver Police Department is also searching.“Friends, can you help us find Erin Vandewiele?” it wrote in a Facebook post. “If you see her or know her whereabouts, please call 720-913-7867.”Vandewiele’s personal belongings were found in a hotel in Denver and her ID and social security card were found on a bus, Schmidt said. In Vandewiele’s last text conversation with the other friend, Shane Cook, she told him she had been sleeping in Union Station in Denver for five days by herself, and sent him a picture of herself at the station.“I am in Denver Colorado and need to get the f— away from this stupid woman beating a—— and go home,” she told him.“I have $90 to my name … am so stupid for coming here,” she added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.