Persecution may be ‘tip of the iceberg,’ say Peshawar Christians

first_imgPersecution may be ‘tip of the iceberg,’ say Peshawar Christians Julian Malakar says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 November 26, 2014 at 11:52 am Openly killing minority Christians with heroic welcome for killers in Pakistan by Muslim majority is State Sponsored hate crime against Christian, against all humanity. Obama government and all human right groups should pressure Pakistan for exemplary punishments for such heinous crime against humanity, as America put pressure against African countries where homosexuality is capital punishment. Pakistan government and its people are not savage like terrorists that by Pakistani public pressure government would overlook civilized legal demand bringing criminals into justice.Opening doors of Christian Cathedrals for Muslims worshipers for declaring their faith on their Allah is not the answer to bring criminal into justice. Establishing rule of laws in face of our earth is the answer to stop systematic Christian prosecutions around the world. Christian must wake up to raise their voice to live with equal rights in Muslim majority countries, as Muslims are enjoying freedom living in AMERICA, EUROPE OR IN INDIA with majority non-Muslims. Muslims must learn basic to live in peace with give and take peace among all faiths in this world.God will protect us from evil power as He did reconciling sinners like us with Him who is Holy thru birth, crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. May peace of God in all understanding be among all people of the World including Muslims as He promised by Advent! [Anglican Communion News Service] Christians in Pakistan worry that the persecution they have experienced to date may be “just the tip of the iceberg.”In the latest newsletter from the Diocese of Peshawar, a list of 22 incidents of violence against Christians in the country since 2013 accompanied a warning that “things are likely to get worse” because of the possibility of the presence of an extremist group called “Daish” (ISIS) in Pakistan.Along with the 2013 twin suicide bombing of All Saints’ Church, Peshawar – that killed 119 people and injured many more – the writer compiled other attacks on Christians in Pakistan from information provided by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.These included an assassination attempt on a Christian lawyer in Lahore; a 58-year-old man killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam; shops belonging to Christians in Islamabad being burned down; several people being killed for converting to Christianity; and Christian girls raped and, in some instances, forced to convert to Islam.The most recent incident was the burning of a Christian couple, Shahzad and Shama Bibi, in a brick kiln following trumped up blasphemy charges. [Read a report about it here].November’s special edition of the Frontier News newsletter, with the headline The Diocese Condemns!, contained a report of the protest march earlier in the month led by the diocese. It started at St. John’s Cathedral and ended at the Peshawar Press Club where church leaders held a press conference to condemn the murders.The newsletter author wrote, “According to the sources, Shahzad and his wife Shama Bibi came to Chak-59 for their livelihood. The owner of the kiln Yousaf Gujar, over a dispute about a non-payment of advance money, locked the couple in a room and called upon the villagers. He blamed the couple for blasphemy. After severely beating them, the infuriated mob threw them in the brick kiln and set them afire.“Once again, the personal vendetta against poor Christians is changed into the allegation of Blasphemy Law of Pakistan. This section of the law is always used, rather misused against the Christians for their persecution and extra judicial killings in Pakistan.”Speaking at the press conference, Bishop Munawar Rumalshah, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Peshawar, said the incident was “a national disgrace” and called the government to bring the killers to book.He added, “The Christians of Pakistan are law abiding citizens, and they respect other people’s beliefs. Christians believe in peaceful co-existence of different religions and always play a proactive and positive role for interfaith harmony in the region.”The diocese’s newsletter concluded: “Nowadays, talking against the blasphemy law in any manner has itself become an act of blasphemy. This is just the tip of the iceberg, things are likely to get worse as there are rumours of the presence of an extremist group called “Daish” (ISIS) in Pakistan.” Comments (1) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. 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The Fundraising Planner: A Working Model for Raising the Dollars You Need (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)

first_imgThe Fundraising Planner: A Working Model for Raising the Dollars You Need (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Lo que Iowa expresa

first_imgSería precipitado el tratar de predecir los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos basado en lo que pasó en Iowa el 1 de febrero. Iowa no es típico del país. Si las/os participantes se hubieran movido políticamente hacia la derecha, podría ser desestimado como algo no representativo de las grandes masas populares concentradas en las grandes ciudades. Todo el país en su totalidad es mucho más multinacional, con muchas más personas de color que en Iowa.Pero las/os votantes no se inclinaron a la derecha. Las/os de la asamblea del Partido Demócrata casi seleccionan a Bernie Sanders como su candidato, y las/os republicanos optaron por no elegir a Donald Trump, cuyo veneno racista y antiinmigrante es superado en cantidad sólo por su inmensa fortuna.

Trump se ha posicionado como alguien ajeno al pútrido establecimiento y como guerrero que lucha en contra de ese sistema – como si sus miles de millones no lo pusieran en el mismo centro de ese nido de víboras.

Desde el punto de vista que refleja la lucha de clases, todo el proceso electoral es muy sesgado. Algunas de las acciones más militantes tomadas por las/os trabajadores de bajos ingresos en estos días involucran a las/os inmigrantes, muchas/os de ellos indocumentados a quienes no se les permite votar. Por eso, el impacto que tienen sobre los sindicatos y en la conciencia de clase en general, no se refleja en las elecciones – salvo que ha levantado una conciencia general sobre la opresión y la necesidad de un cambio, particularmente entre las/os jóvenes.

Sin embargo, considerado todo esto, no podemos ignorar lo que parecen ser señas perceptibles de un cambio en el ambiente político, reflejado en los votos de Iowa.

El hecho de que Sanders, el senador de Vermont que se describe a sí mismo como un socialista democrático, quedara a tres décimas de punto porcentual detrás de Hillary Clinton, una veterana del establecimiento político del Partido Demócrata, merece un análisis. Probablemente fue una sorpresa para muchos que han vivido toda su vida en un ambiente político donde el socialismo ha sido considerado como una traición o hasta satánico.

En Europa, donde el capitalismo ha sido igual de corrupto y asesino como en EUA, desde los días de puro colonialismo hasta el dominio imperialista de hoy sobre las finanzas del mundo, un “socialista democrático” en la política no es gran cosa. Las clases dominantes de allá saben cómo coexistir con los partidos que “pacíficamente” transan con el sistema, con la esperanza de poder extraer algunas concesiones. Pero en EUA, la expresión de apoyo al socialismo de cualquier tipo por las/os votantes ha estado totalmente suprimida desde los días cuando Eugene Debs se postuló para presidente desde la cárcel en 1920.

Sanders en realidad no representa ningún partido, lo que puede ser parte de sus fortalezas en este punto de la carrera, cuando el establecimiento político es altamente sospechoso. Él es un independiente, pero  corre como demócrata en las primarias.

No hay duda de que el profundo dolor sentido por grandes sectores de la clase obrera y muchos en la clase media, también haya influido en este resultado electoral. Ya sea por la salud, el desempleo, las deudas, el encarcelamiento, por depresión y desesperación, por el deterioro de la infraestructura o la creciente crisis climática – la mayoría de la población se ha venido desencantando con el sistema. Esto se está convirtiendo en ira contra los súper-ricos y sus peones políticos. En muchos casos, ha llevado al activismo en torno a un mar de causas sociales, la mayoría de ellas progresistas, aunque no todas.

En ninguna parte el dolor se siente con más intensidad que en los pueblos oprimidos – negro, latino, indígena, musulmán, y en las/os inmigrantes documentados e indocumentados. Todos los índices sociales muestran los efectos devastadores del racismo y la discriminación en este país.Aquí es donde Sanders ha mostrado debilidad. Y las encuestas de Iowa lo revelaron. El voto negro allí, de acuerdo con informes preliminares, favoreció mayormente a Clinton.El enfoque de Sanders sobre las/os trabajadores – o “clase media” – en su conjunto, deja de lado las enormes desigualdades que existen, incluso después de siglos de lucha por las/os negros, latinos e indígenas contra la opresión e incluso contra el exterminio a manos de los colonizadores europeos y sus descendientes. Está bien que Sanders hable de mejorar la economía, atacando la enorme disparidad de ingresos y luchando contra los criminales corporativos, pero no es suficiente.Sin solidaridad no puede haber un avance real por la clase obrera en EUA en contra de la explotación y la opresión despiadada impuesta todos los días por los patronos capitalistas y su estado represivo. En este país, el mayor obstáculo para la solidaridad ha sido el racismo y la opresión nacional.Fue bueno que el movimiento Las Vidas Negras Importan no esperó por las elecciones para salir a las calles y movilizarse contra el terror racista de la policía y todas las otras injusticias de este sistema. Aquí es donde va a ocurrir el avance real—por lo mismo que tomó un movimiento de derechos civiles para acabar con la segregación como sistema legal.El Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero está corriendo sus propios candidatos en esta elección presidencial—Monica Moorehead para presidenta y Lamont Lilly para vicepresidente, ambos afroamericanos—para hacer hincapié en que la lucha contra el racismo y la opresión nacional es la clave para derribar con éxito este decadente sistema capitalista. Creemos que este es un buen momento para llegar a las masas, no sólo para conseguir votos, sino para inspirar a aquellas/os que ya están hartos del capitalismo y necesitan saber que construyendo solidaridad multinacional de clase desatará el poder que necesitamos para ganar ese cambio revolucionario.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Men’s basketball bounces back with road win over Oklahoma State

Facebook printThe Horned Frog defense didn’t allow Saturday’s close loss against Vanderbilt to turn into a losing streak as it propelled TCU to a victory over Oklahoma State Tuesday night in Stillwater, 79-66.TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) attempts to block a shot by Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith (1) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)“Good win, we did it with our defense, we’ve been preaching that,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. ”It’s been our weakness, but it seems to be getting better. We held them to 41 percent and outrebounded them by 11. That was the key for us, especially in that second half when we pulled away.”TCU forward Ahmed Hamdy (23) dunks despite pressure from Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Hamdy scored 9 points in the 79-66 TCU win over Oklahoma State.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)The Horned Frogs led by just five, 36-31, at the half, leaving Tuesday looking like it would be another tense Big 12 game for TCU.Following a layup from Oklahoma State forward Mitchell Solomon just 13 seconds into the second half, the Cowboys came as close as three points, 36-33, but the TCU sprinted ahead with an 18-6 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. TCU forward Ahmed Hamdy’s dunk with 13:55 to go gave TCU a 54-39 advantage, and Oklahoma State couldn’t get closer than six points the rest of the night.The key to TCU’s surge was its play around the rim, where the Horned Frogs outscored Oklahoma State in the paint by 22 points, 42-20, and out-rebounded the Cowboys by 11, 37-26.Hamdy returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt due to sickness. He scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds within 16 minutes off the bench. TCU guard Kenrich Williams scored 13 points in addition to nine rebounds and six assists, and in doing so became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club. He currently ranks 34th all-time in career points at TCU with 1,007 points. Williams also became the eighth person in TCU history with over 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.TCU guard Desmond Bane lays up a shot in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State, in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Bane scored 12 points in the 79-66 TCU win over Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)TCU point guard Alex Robinson added 13 points and four assists, leaving him six assists shy of tying Jamie Dixon (353) for eighth on TCU’s career assist list. TCU guard Desmond Bane added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Horned Frogs, who had five players score in double digits.The Horned Frogs entered Tuesday ranked 13th in the nation with a 50.3 shooting percentage and topped that with a 56 percent night from the field.The win was TCU’s first in Stillwater since a 37-16 victory during the 1924-25 season.Up NextTCU returns home to Schollmaier Arena Saturday for its first matchup against the No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Facebook TCU guard Desmond Bane, center, takes a shot under pressure from Oklahoma State forwards Mitchell Solomon, left, and Cameron McGriff, right in the second half of a NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Bane scored 12 points in the 79-66 TCU win over Oklahoma State.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleEquestrian earns major victory over Texas A&MNext articleTunnel of Oppression shows students scenes of suffering Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas read more

Iran creates “Halal Internet” to control online information

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Online freedoms CorruptionViolenceInternet RSF_en Organisation September 6, 2016 Iran creates “Halal Internet” to control online information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is yet again obliged to condemn the increase in Internet censorship and persecution of online information activists in Iran. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts News News Two news agencies and several information websites have been blocked since 4 September, a week after the official unveiling of the “National Information Network,” also known as “Halal Internet,” while the Centre for Monitoring Organized Crime (a Revolutionary Guard offshoot) has reported the arrest of around 100 Internet users in recent weeks.The Mojnews and Bornanews press agencies and at least two other news websites including Puyesh and 9sobh were blocked on the orders of the Committee for Determining Content that Constitutes Internet Crime, which is headed by prosecutor-general.They were censored for reposting documents about the Tehran city hall’s sale of city-owned land and apartments to senior officials and municipal council members or reposting criticism of the judicial system’s inconsistency in its attempts to combat corruption. Memarinews.com, the first website to post the documents, was blocked on 29 August.The first phase of the National Information Network was formally celebrated on 27 August by several government officials including the first vice-president, the minister of communication and information technology and the secretary-general of the Cyberspace Supreme Council.However, they restricted their statements to the usual slogans and did not explain how this National Information Network will work and what consequences it will have for Iran’s Internet users, who are officially estimated to number 30 million.“The accessibility of information will create new business, political and social opportunities and will contribute to the country’s economic development,” First Vice-President Esshagh Jahangiri said, adding that more than 20 billion toman (58 million euros) have been invested in this “great project.”Communication minister Mahmoud Vaezi said, “the National Information Network imposes no limits on Internet users” but this was contradicted by deputy minister Nasrolah Jahangard, who said: “In the Network, all connections including mobile connections have identification; without identification, you will not be able to use the Network’s services.”As well as such propaganda-style statements, the authorities cite the need for protection as justification for the network – protection against cyber-attacks, protection of the country’s sensitive data and the personal data of individual users, and finally protection of Iranian society’s “morality.”In fact, this National Information Network can be likened to a big Intranet, in which content is controlled and all users are identified, an Intranet that can be completely disconnected from the World Wide Web when the authorities so decide. It is a personal Internet or “Halal Internet” based on “intelligent filtering.”The speed and bandwidth on this national Intranet may well be higher than those currently available to Iran’s Internet users but they will be used to provide more propaganda, not independently reported news and information or freely gathered data.RSF points out that Reza Taqipour Anvari, the communication minister during the previous Ahmadinejad administration, already announced the launch of the first phase of a “National Internet” in July 2011. During this first phase, he said the connection speed available to users would initially be 8 Mps and then 20 Mps.Read: Government blocks Google and Gmail, while promoting National Internet For the past year, different sections of the Revolutionary Guards have been announcing the dismantling and systematic arrest of networks of people who act “against society’s moral security,” “modelling criminals” (those who have photos and videos of models) and those who “insult religious beliefs.”RSF has registered more than 800 cases of this kind since the start of 2016. The Centre for Monitoring Organized Crime, a Revolutionary Guard unit that polices the Internet, announced on 23 August that “450 individuals responsible for pages on social networks such as Telegram, Whatsapp and Instagram” had been summoned and arrested.“We do not dispute Iran’s right to crack down on online crimes but the definition of these crimes in Iran’s laws and their enforcement do not conform to international standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has signed,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk.“This policing and censorship is officially supposed to protect the Iranian public from immoral content but in practice it extends to political information about religion and to websites about fundamental rights, including women’s rights.”Imprisoned software and website designer Saeed Malekpour is a case in point. He was sentenced to death in 2010 on charges of creating pornographic sites and “insulting Islam’s holy principles” because he created a photo-uploading programme that, unbeknown to him, was used by porn sites. A Canadian resident, he was arrested while visiting his family in Iran in 2008.The debate about “intelligent filtering” has intensified within the Iranian regime in recent months. The conservative camp, with its legal arm (the judicial system) and its military arm (the Revolutionary Guards), has been pressuring President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to increase the level of Internet control in general and, in particular, to filter Telegram, which is officially reported to have more than 15 million users in Iran.Although formally banned, apps and social networks such as Telegram, Facebook and Twitter play a major role in the dissemination of content in Iran. Both government ministers and conservatives agree on keeping the pressure on Telegram in order to facilitate access to its servers and use intelligent filtering.This does not stop Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei from having his own “intelligently filtered” Instagram account.Iran is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Online freedoms CorruptionViolenceInternet Follow the news on Iran News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

First United Methodist Church is Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies

first_img Community News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Summer is here and that’s FUMC’s cue to start collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker (ACAC) back to school program. Everyone’s help over the past years has made it possible for children in the foster care system to start the school year with supplies for their specific needs. A collection box for supplies will be placed at the Church inside entrance to Fellowship Hall starting Sunday, June 28th and continuing through the middle of August. For those who have questions please contact Diane Harris at (626) 665-6786. See the list of school supplies that are needed. Large, sturdy backpacks are recommended as most of the caseworker clients are middle and high school age.Other School Supplies Requested:#2 pencils, ballpoint pens (red, blue or black), 3-ring binders (preferably 2 inch), college-ruled filler paper for 3 ring binders, tabbed dividers, 12” rulers, pocket pencil holders (for 3 ring binder), yellow highlighters, single-subject spiral notebooks, pink wedge erasers, 24/box crayons, 12/box colored pencils, glue sticks, composition notebooks, English dictionary and thesaurus (pocket size), small calculators for older grades. NO SCISSORS PLEASE!First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit fumcpasadena.org. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Faith & Religion News First United Methodist Church is Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies Article and Photo courtesy of FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Published on Friday, June 26, 2015 | 6:18 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Passing the fitness test

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Passing the fitness testOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Arthur Andersen’s recent debacle has reminded us all of the importance ofupholding financial services standards.  Phil Boucher examines HR’s new responsibilities in regulating asector particularly vulnerable to the actions of rogue employeesFirst there was D-day. Then VE-day and VJ-day. And morerecently Y2K-day. But if you work in HR within the financial services sectoryou are probably more concerned with the N2-day that took place on 30 November2001. On N2 day there was no end to war and the world didn’t fall into anIT-inspired Armageddon. In fact, the only thing that happened was someseemingly harmless legislation – the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 –came into operation. But hidden beneath its exterior lurk some important implications for a wholerange of HR issues including recruitment, whistleblowing, employment contractsand training within the financial sector. HR departments that fail to stayabreast of these are likely to incur the wrath of a newly invigorated FinancialServices Authority. Put simply, the N2 regulations have created a single regulatory regime forthe financial sector. The intention is to create a system where all financialservices employees are closely regulated by the FSA, in the hope that itprevents the Nick Leesons of this world from rearing their expensive heads everagain. As a result HR now has to keep meticulous records of all its employees’ jobmovements and promotions. It also has to ensure that all financial workers are registeredwith the FSA. This is having a major effect on the recruitment of new workers. Olivia Sinfield, solicitor at Osborne Clarke, says: “Anybody who’semploying now has to ensure that the people they are taking on are authorisedby the FSA. They have to check that they are fit and proper for their role,check that they’re up to doing the job, check that they are competent, andcheck all of their qualifications thoroughly.” If HR doesn’t do this and it later transpires that an employee isunqualified or even banned from working in the financial markets, the firm isliable to face action from the FSA. To head off this potential problem at the recruitment stage, employers haveto take up all references, check academic and work histories, and possibly analysethe candidate’s financial situation. It may even be prudent to run a search forcounty court judgements – although the individual’s consent must be obtainedfirst. Jonathan Carr, associate at Allen & Overy, says: “HR has to checkanything that affects a candidate’s fitness to work in the City. They have tothink about anything that may affect the honesty and integrity of the personand anything that might damage the standing and reputation of theemployer.” The FSA has indicated that the approval process should not take long tocomplete, as only those who are new to the sector will face a full examinationof their character. But the FSA has a period of up to three months in which todetermine whether someone is fit to do a specified job. To smooth this process employment lawyers suggest it is best for HR to makethe responsibilities of the job as clear as possible during the recruitmentprocess. This includes detailing the level of supervision the position willhave. “Regulatory clearance has always been important but now it’scrucial,” says Anna Fletcher, associate in the employment team at Wragge& Co. “HR recruitment needs to make sure that the person meets thestandards of fitness and propriety laid down by the FSA. And this can beaffected in so many ways that recruiters have to think very carefully about theaction they take.” If the applicant is judged as a fit and proper person to perform therelevant function then the application will be granted. However, this may taketime and require the starting date for employment to be moved back. Once the individual starts work they must continue to remain fit and properand observe the standards of conduct expected by the FSA. HR also has to keepthe FSA informed of any promotions or transfers. More importantly, the employermust explain to the employee that any career advancements are subject to themcontinuing to have regulatory approval. If an individual is promised promotionwithout these conditions attached and it is subsequently denied because theirapproved status is withdrawn or refused, there is a risk that they could resignand claim constructive dismissal on the grounds that the duty of mutual trustand confidence has been breached. Given that an unfair dismissal claim can now net up to £51,700, it is aneventuality that HR will want to avoid if at all possible. As Carr says:”It is basically ensuring that people are in the right place by beefing upall the regulations around promotion and staff assessment.” The surest way of doing this is to make sure that employees know everythinghinges on them maintaining fitness and propriety. Line managers responsible forin-house promotion must also be informed that any offer is made with thecondition attached. Job offers, job descriptions, letters of appointment,contracts of employment and staff handbooks must all set out that an individualis obliged to act in accordance with the statements of principle issued by theFSA. This should be continued for the induction process and any appraisal ortraining documentation. And most importantly, this paper trail has to be kepton file in case of proceedings at a later stage. Jonathan Chamberlain, partner in the employment team at Wragge & Co,says: “N2 requires increased monitoring throughout the employmentrelationship. The intention is that from an HR perspective all yourdocumentation, training and appraisals are in order and accountable to theFSA.” In extreme cases the FSA can remove a firm’s licence to trade if it is foundto have knowingly allowed negligence and gross misconduct to occur. However,this is only likely if there is a continued and blatant flaunting of theregulations. In most instances it is the individual alone who will be sanctioned,resulting in anything from the removal of FSA approval to unlimited fines and apublished statement of misconduct. HR can limit the extent to which this reflects on a firm’s reputation byopenly taking a proactive approach. If the FSA can see that a firm is takingthe issue seriously it is less likely to interfere. The best way of doing thisis through a written disciplinary procedure that stresses individualaccountability. The FSA is also likely to allow managers to escape unpunishedunless it can be proven that they have knowingly allowed the misconduct tooccur. The arrival of N2 has put much greater emphasis on the whistleblower.”N2 creates a positive duty to blow the whistle within anorganisation,” says Carr. “HR has a role to play in developing theidea that it is every employee’s professional duty.” While the FSA may have increased powers, it looks set to take a fairlylow-key approach and allow the 10,500 firms involved to run their own affairswhere possible. However, HR has to ensure that all employees are competent,appropriately supervised and trained, and capable of performing their job to ahigh standard of competence, and it is here that the paper trail is mostimportant. If the FSA discovers that the firm has failed fully to check theemployee’s performance and suitability for the position it is liable to facefurther action – even if the individual is by then working for someone else. Staying on the right side of the FSAThe FSA handbook does not describeprecisely what HR has to do as a result of the new regime. But these are someof the issues that HR should be aware of in the short term.Recruitment Check the background of potential recruits. While HR has a dutyto look into a person’s history, it has to be done within the confines of theData Protection Act and the new code of practice. This means all applicationshave to be treated on their individual merits, as the background checks must beboth necessary and relevant to the position.Along with checking references HR hasto find out if a candidate is financially sound. The easiest way of doing thisis through an agency. For this it is vital to get the consent of the subject,particularly when vetting for issues such as past disciplinary action,bankruptcy or CCJs.Employment contractsN2 emphasises the need for a high standard of professionalcompetence. If people fall below the required standard HR needs to be able totake action. For this reason, financial employees’ contracts of employmentshould be changed to allow for dismissal in circumstances where standards offitness and propriety are breached or FSA rules broken. This will make it fareasier for employers to dismiss for gross misconduct in such situations. Disciplinary proceduresWhile it used to be the case that disciplinary notes were spentafter a couple of years it is now important to keep hold of them for far longerunder N2 because you may need to produce them a couple of years down the lineto show what action an employee (or former employee) has faced. last_img read more

Elkhart County woman, 105, receives second COVID shot to fight the second pandemic of…

first_img Facebook Elkhart County woman, 105, receives second COVID shot to fight the second pandemic of her life Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend Public Safety approves SBPD Use of Force policyNext articleBrookings Institution: Indiana has too few good-paying jobs Tommie Lee WhatsApp (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) We’re living through a major global pandemic. But there’s a woman in Elkhart who is living through her second.In March, Nellie Yoder will celebrate her 106th birthday. The Elkhart Truth spoke with her after she received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.Yoder was infected during the Spanish Influenza pandemic when she was three years old. That strain of the flu created havoc worldwide in 1918 and 1919 after the First World War and killed roughly 50 million people.She calls the COVID vaccine “a shot for progress.” In recent days Elkhart county’s seven-day positivity rate has slipped under 5% for the first time since March. If that level persists, the county could go from yellow to blue on the Indiana COVID color map. Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter By Tommie Lee – February 17, 2021 0 276 WhatsApplast_img read more

The Floozies & Lettuce’s Ryan Zoidis Collaborate On Vibe-Enhancing “Honeymoon Phase” [Video]

first_imgThe Floozies always bring the futuristic funk. Their electronically-oriented grooves never fail to incite a dance party, and having completed their work on the Granola Jones EP and tour, the electro-funk duo aren’t due for a break just yet. In May 2016, they released a new song and video, “Honeymoon Phase,” featuring Lettuce’s Ryan Zoidis of The Shady Horns.Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of The Shady Horns will join The Floozies at Fool’s Paradise next weekend to perform this song, in addition to several other new collaborations from their upcoming album, together for the very first time.See how “Honeymoon Phase” unfolded last spring:The song came together in a matter of six days, with a cinematic video to go with it. Impressive!Complete with old-school family videos, live performances, and tropical vibes, this song is sure to be a banger all summer long. Enjoy “Honeymoon Phase” featuring Ryan Zoidis:Going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the possibilities are limitless as to what else might take place. Be sure to catch Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large at Fool’s Paradise on March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL. Learn more here!last_img read more

Harvard responds to Haiti crisis

first_imgA catastrophic earthquake in Haiti Tuesday (Jan. 12) sent tremors all the way to Boston, prompting rapid, broad-based medical and humanitarian assistance from Harvard University and its affiliates.Two faculty members from Harvard Medical School (HMS) are traveling today (Jan. 13) to Haiti, where they will join others already engaged in rescue operations, medical care, and relief efforts.En route is Joia Mukherjee, medical director of Harvard-affiliated Partners In Health (PIH), a not-for-profit aid group with community-based clinics in Haiti and eight other countries.Also on the way is David Walton, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who is associated with PIH and is an instructor in medicine at HMS. In 2008, he helped to set up a 54-bed hospital in La Colline in Haiti’s rugged Central Plateau.Mukherjee and Walton will help medical and aid efforts in the shattered Caribbean island nation. Once they report back, PIH will send the appropriate supplies and personnel to provide relief.Already laboring in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital near the quake’s epicenter, is physician Louise Ivers, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, who used e-mail earlier today to broadcast an urgent plea for help. “Port-au-Prince is devastated,” her e-mail said, “lots of deaths. SOS, SOS. … Temporary field hospital … needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”Ivers is clinical director in Haiti for PIH, which opened its first clinic in rural Haiti in 1985 and has since opened eight others. PIH also has community-based medical operations in Peru, Russia, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. The clinics are staffed by local medical personnel as well as by Harvard faculty and students.All faculty and students involved with PIH in Haiti are reported safe, said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS.Meanwhile, the situation on the ground in Haiti is an “overwhelming tragedy,” he said. “We all share in the shock and grief over [Tuesday’s] devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Our hearts go out to the millions who have been affected, both in Haiti and closer to home.”Flier also expressed concern that some members of the Harvard community “may be experiencing personal losses, and we want to offer them our compassion and to provide them with the support they may need.” Members of the Harvard community who would like counseling services or referrals are asked to call Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program at 877.327.4278 or to contact their Human Resources representatives.Other Havard-related relief efforts are also rolling out. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), a University group of disaster-relief specialists, is working with nongovernmental organizations to assess immediate medical needs and other required assistance, according to spokesman Vincenzo Bollettino. HHI will offer regular updates on its Web site and on Twitter concerning Harvard’s relief partners and affiliated programs and hospitals, he said.Brigham and Women’s Hospital has dispatched an emergency response team, including HHI’s director of education, Hilarie Cranmer, who is a physician and clinical instructor. The team will work with United Nations and Dominican officials to address the immediate needs of displaced people.HHI fellow and physician Miriam Aschkenasy, a public health specialist at Oxfam America, is also working on Haitian relief. HHI is in touch with Alejandro Baez, a physician and former faculty member at Brigham and Women’s who now runs disaster services in the nearby Dominican Republic. They will assess the needs for further disaster response.PIH’s main hospital, L’Hôpital Bon Sauveur, is in Cange, about 20 rugged miles outside Port-au-Prince. It experienced a strong shock from Tuesday’s powerful quake, but no major damage or injuries.The hospital and its satellite clinics — already serving a flood of medical evacuees from the capital — are run by Zanmi Lasante, PIH’s sister organization, which means “Partners in Health” in Haitian Creole.The earthquake, measured at 7.0 on the Richter scale, was centered 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince and has affected one in every three Haitians, about 3 million people. Many thousands of Haitians are believed dead.“The earthquake has destroyed much of the already fragile and overburdened infrastructure in the most densely populated part of the country,” according to the PIH Web site. “A massive and immediate international response is needed to provide food, water, shelter, and medical supplies for tens of thousands of people.”Communications throughout Haiti were disrupted. In theory, Zanmi Lasante has Internet access and cell phone communication via satellite.HMS student Thierry Pauyo is working at Zanmi Lasante. But the Harvard School of Public Health does not have any students in Haiti on regular winter session travel courses, nor are there students registered who come from there. Harvard University does have a student from Haiti, said Sharon Ladd, director of the Harvard International Office. The student’s immediate family is reported safe.Zanmi Lasante means “Partners In Health” in Haitian Kreyol (Creole). Its main site — now a vital center of stability in a devastated land — is one of the largest nongovernmental health care providers in Haiti and the only provider of comprehensive primary care.It has a 104-bed hospital with two operating rooms, adult and pediatric inpatient wards, an infectious-disease center, an outpatient clinic, a women’s health clinic, ophthalmology and general medicine clinics, a laboratory, a pharmaceutical warehouse, a Red Cross blood bank, radiographic services, and a dozen schools.Zanmi Lasante employs about 90 community Haitian health workers and serves an estimated 500,000 people in the Central Plateau.last_img read more