Profits surge at Starbucks

first_imgWednesday 26 January 2011 8:55 pm Show Comments ▼ Profits surge at Starbucks whatsapp Share COFFEE giant Starbucks posted a 35 per cent rise in operating income yesterday, which nevertheless fell short of analyst forecasts for the full-year as the rising cost of coffee continued to dent margins. The world’s largest coffee chain has seen wholesale coffee prices increase by nearly three-quarters since last summer – due to poor weather, fears over crop failure and rising global demand. The firm reported an operating income of $501.9m (£315m) for the three months to 2 January, up from $370.9m a year earlier. Earnings per share stood at 45 cents, compared with 33 cents last year. Christmas trading, traditionally a strong period for Starbucks, saw a five per cent rise in international sales. The firm hopes to continue its aggressive expansion by opening 500 new stores in 2011, 400 of which will be outside the US. Starbucks shares, which have risen 47 per cent in the last year, lost two per cent in after-hours trading following the results announcement after the New York closing bell. “The strong momentum in our global business in fiscal 2011 positions us to deliver 15 to 20 per cent earnings per share growth compared to last year’s results, and to reaffirm our 2011 guidance despite dramatically higher coffee costs,” said chief financial officer Troy Alstead. Chief executive Howard Schultz credited some of the earnings jump to Starbucks’ foray into pre-packaged instant coffee, which grew 12 per cent in the period and now makes up six per cent of revenue. whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Ads Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content last_img read more

Long Island welcomes Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen

first_imgLong Island welcomes Assistant Bishop Chilton Knudsen Posted Apr 10, 2014 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm Blessings on you, Dear Bishop Knudsen! I was the beneficiary of your pastoral presence in the Diocese of Chicago and I am delighted that you still enjoy a rich and fruitful ministry. 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George Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Rev’d Maurice Charles, PhD says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal Diocese of Long Island press release] Bishop Chilton Knudsen, former Bishop of Maine and current Assistant Bishop of New York, has been appointed Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island.  Starting on September 2, Bishop Knudsen will be asked to share in Bishop’s visitations three weekends per month and provide oversight on behalf of Bishop Provenzano for the ongoing work and ministry of Episcopal Charities and Episcopal Community Services.  She will work directly under Bishop Provenzano’s pastoral direction and in collaboration with diocesan staff.  Of her appointment, Bishop Knudsen writes, “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Diocese of Long Island as Assistant Bishop and look forward to working with Bishop Provenzano in this part of the Body of Christ.”Bishop Knudsen received her M. Div from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1980.  She was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981, first serving a new mission in Bolingbrook, IL; she later served in other congregations, both in rural and inner-city areas.  In 1987, Bishop Knudsen was called as Pastoral Care Officer (later Canon for Pastoral Care) in the Diocese of Chicago, where she developed a nationwide ministry of consulting and training about Sexual Misconduct in church settings.  The material she developed continues to be widely used.While serving on diocesan staff in Chicago, Bishop Knudsen refreshed her high-school Spanish and served as supply priest and pastor for several Spanish-speaking congregations.  Her fluency was further refined as she helped establish La Mision de San Lucas in the Diocese of Maine.Additionally, Bishop Knudsen has a long and personal interest in issues of addiction and recovery, especially regarding systems (congregations, dioceses, organizations) that have experienced the subtle yet powerful effects of addiction-in all its forms-in clergy or lay leaders.  As Bishop of Maine, she planted three new Maine congregations (including Maine’s only Latino congregation) and led in the revitalization of several congregations, including congregations that suffered from the aftermath of addiction in their leadership.During Bishop Knudsen’s tenure in Maine, the Dioceses of Maine and Haiti inaugurated a Companion Diocese relationship with a number of ongoing partnerships in mission.  Bishop Knudsen herself served in 2009 as a missionary in Haiti, where she gained great respect for Haitian culture, learned to function liturgically in French, and built enduring friendships with clergy and lay leaders of that diocese.Bishop Knudsen was born into a Navy family and grew up overseas in Guam/the Marianas Islands, the Philippines, and Japan.  She studied biology/ecology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA, earning a BA in 1968. During graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh, she taught at her alma mater, developing interdisciplinary courses in Behavioral Biology and Ecosystem Analysis.  She later taught interdisciplinary courses at the community college level, and served as a counselor in women’s health clinics in Pittsburgh, PA and in Wheaton, IL.Married since 1971 to Dr. Michael J. Knudsen, a retired engineer and composer, Bishop Knudsen delights in their adult son Dan, golf, opera and classical music, coastal scenery, and cross-cultural experiences.  The Knudsens make their home in Bath, Maine. Youth Minister Lorton, VA April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm Good news for Long Island! 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Even with Albany bishop’s resignation, diocese’s path toward same-sex marriage…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Albany Bishop William Love speaks on Oct. 24 at the diocesan convention, announcing that he plans to retire as part of an agreement to resolve a Title IV disciplinary action. Photo: Diocese of Albany via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Albany Bishop William Love’s agreement to resign early next year removes one of the final barriers to marriage equality across The Episcopal Church’s domestic dioceses, with some congregations in the Diocese of Albany considering whether to begin offering marriage rites to same-sex couples upon Love’s exit.Love was one of the church’s most conservative bishops on that issue, and the only one to refuse to implement the compromise resolution passed by General Convention in 2018. A disciplinary panel determined on Oct. 2 that Love’s refusal violated church canon law and his ordination vows.On Oct. 24, at the upstate New York diocese’s convention, Love, 63, announced he had reached an agreement with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to resign effective Feb. 1, 2021, rather than face further disciplinary action for blocking same-sex weddings in his diocese. The agreement is the final resolution of the disciplinary case against him.In his announcement to the diocesan convention, Love called it a “very difficult, but necessary decision” that was made “after much thought and prayer, recognizing that whatever disciplinary action would be offered would not be anything I could in good conscience agree to.”“Given all that has happened, and that which was still to come, I believe that to stay any longer would be more of a detriment to the diocese than a help,” Love said.Under the agreement, which went into effect on Oct. 21 with the unanimous approval of the Disciplinary Board of the House of Bishops, Love will remain the diocesan bishop until Feb. 1 – three days before the 14th anniversary of his installation as the diocesan bishop – but will spend the preceding month on sabbatical. Love’s ban on same-sex marriage will remain in effect until Feb. 1, but so will the restriction on ministry Curry enacted in 2019 that prevents Love from taking disciplinary action against clergy or lay leaders regarding same-sex marriage. Love has also agreed to work with the presiding bishop’s office “to help foster a healthy transition.”The diocese has no other active bishops. Under church canon law, the diocese’s standing committee assumes ecclesiastical authority when there is no bishop. The standing committee will also oversee the election of the next bishop, although the diocese did not have a time frame for when that might happen as of Oct. 26.“I have tried by God’s grace and the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit to faithfully uphold my ordination vows, despite the recent ruling of the hearing panel,” Love told the convention. “I have tried to be faithful and obedient to God’s Holy Word as best I understand it, as revealed through the Holy Scriptures, recognizing its authority over my life and the ministry entrusted to me.”The day after Love’s announcement, the Rev. Glen Michaels, a supply priest in the diocese, led a Sunday service at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, New York. He avoided mentioning Love’s resignation in his sermon, but “it was the talk before and after the service.”“The hope people expressed was that we can move past this controversy,” Michaels said in a phone interview with Episcopal News Service. “I think most folks in the pews seem to consider Bishop Love’s strong anti-gay stance to be distracting from the main work of the church.”Even without Love as its leader, Albany still is known as a conservative diocese. It is based in New York’s capital city and includes more than 100 congregations, most of them in less-populated communities from the Canadian border to the northern Catskill Mountains. Many of the diocese’s priests and deacons were supportive of Love’s stance on same-sex marriage, but other clergy and some Episcopalians were frustrated that he continued to deny gay and lesbian couples the ability to marry in their churches. Uncertainty still looms over the diocese’s future.“I don’t think anyone should plan on wedding bells on Feb. 2. There’s a lot of healing that needs to be done here,” said Louis Bannister, a member of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany who serves as a lay leader on the cathedral’s chapter.Bannister, who is gay, has been a vocal proponent for allowing same-sex couples to get married in the diocese under General Convention’s Resolution B012. He doesn’t see Love’s resignation, however, as cause for celebration.“I’m prayerful, I’m hopeful, I’m optimistic, but I’m not convinced that we’re running clear,” he told ENS on Oct. 26. “I’m hopeful that we will all be able to walk forward and heal. The road has been long.”One of the diocese’s most prominent supporters of full LGBTQ inclusion in the church has been St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Albany. The congregation was one of at least three in the diocese that had been receiving pastoral oversight from bishops in neighboring dioceses because of tensions with Love.“St. Andrew’s in Albany, New York, has long favored the inclusion of all people in the sacraments and the life of the church of Jesus,” Roland LaScala, senior warden at St. Andrew’s, said Oct. 26 in an email to ENS. “There is therefore no need for a discussion of same-sex marriage by the vestry. It is a decided matter for us. We have only wanted to walk in faith with our sisters and brothers as General Convention, guided by the Holy Spirit and Holy Scripture, has revealed it.”The Rev. Matthew Stromberg, rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady, New York, told ENS by phone that Love’s opposition to Resolution B012 has frustrated members of his congregation as well.“Our congregation tends to be a bit more open to the idea of same-sex marriage,” Stromberg said. “We have a number of gay parishioners and people involved in our leadership who are gay, and I think most everybody at St. George’s wanted the bishop to relent on this particular issue and have long been frustrated by his opposition.”Clergy and lay leaders at St. George’s have not yet discussed the possibility of offering marriage rites to same-sex couples in the future, partly because no couples there now are planning to get married, Stromberg said. But if he were to agree to celebrate a same-sex wedding, he doesn’t think his congregation would object.“It would be completely uncontroversial in my parish,” said Stromberg, who has been rector for four years.Trial use of rites for same-sex marriage ceremonies were first approved by General Convention in 2015. Three years later, as Episcopalians prepared to gather in Austin, Texas, for the 79th General Convention, the conservative bishops of eight domestic dioceses – Albany, Central Florida, Dallas, Florida, North Dakota, Springfield, Tennessee and the Virgin Islands – continued to block same-sex couples from marrying in their churches.Resolution B012 was a compromise. It didn’t advance as far as advocates preferred toward including the rites in the Book of Common Prayer, but it established that the rites should be available to all couples and emphasized that clergy have the authority to use them. Seven of the eight holdout bishops said they would implement the resolution, with some of them interpreting provisions of the resolution as allowing them to delegate pastoral oversight for same-sex marriages to fellow bishops.Love refused, calling homosexuality “sinful and forbidden” in a November 2018 pastoral letter that outlined his decision to block the use of those rites in the diocese.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry responded in January 2019 by partially restricting Love’s ministry and initiating the process that led to his Title IV disciplinary hearing under the church’s canons.Michaels, in addition to serving the diocese as a supply priest, is vicar of All Souls Memorial Chapel, a summer chapel in St. Huberts in the Adirondacks. That congregation’s vestry voted soon after General Convention in 2018 to allow same-sex weddings at the chapel, and Michaels was prepared to officiate at such ceremonies even after Love issued his directive forbidding it.Since Michaels is a part-time priest who also works full time as an assistant New York attorney general, he reasoned that his livelihood wouldn’t be affected by any attempt by Love to punish him. But that scenario never materialized. Michaels was “ready and willing,” but no one asked to be married at All Souls. He and others interviewed for this story were not aware of any congregations that have challenged Love by marrying gay or lesbian couples.“I really do wish Bishop Love well. I’m just really sorry it had to come to this,” Michaels said. “When he issued that pastoral letter in November 2018, it was so attacking and divisive. It wasn’t just saying, ‘Here’s what I believe, folks.’ It was calling same-sex marriage the work of Satan. That was such a turnoff for so many people, and most congregations that I work with, regardless of their feeling of same-sex marriage, don’t want this to be the focus of the Diocese of Albany.”Stromberg, the Schenectady rector, was somewhat surprised that Love announced at the convention that he intended to resign, but it was “the best choice for everyone involved,” Stromberg said.“It would have been disruptive to me to see the bishop deposed,” he said. “He’s the bishop that ordained me as a priest. We haven’t always seen eye to eye on everything, but he’s always been supportive to me. … It would have been very sad for me to see it end that way.”A request for comment from the Very Rev. Leander Harding, dean of the Cathedral of All Saints, was directed to the diocese. Bannister said he wasn’t aware of any gay or lesbian couples who have yet sought to be married at the cathedral.Bannister partly attributes that fact to an exodus of LGBTQ Episcopalians from the diocese’s churches. “The message has been very clear, that we are not welcome here or that we are second-class Christians,” Bannister said, though he said has always felt welcomed at the cathedral.“People need to feel like they can come back to the church, those that have left. People need to feel that it’s safe to stay in the church,” he said. He is concerned that Love’s resignation may appear like a “win” by The Episcopal Church over the diocese on this issue, when “there’s still division yet to come” – even in his own congregation.“I know that the majority of people in the cathedral congregation would support [same-sex marriage], but there are some who would prefer to follow Bishop Love,” he said.Love has received support throughout the process from bishops affiliated with Communion Partners, a group of Anglicans dedicated to preserving traditional marriage and advocating for tolerance of their views across the Anglican Communion. Love’s supporters include most of the U.S. bishops who oppose same-sex marriage but have allowed it in their dioceses under the canonical provision that allows another bishop to provide pastoral oversight.Eight Episcopal bishops – including the bishop of Honduras – signed a letter supporting Love in September 2019, after it was announced that he would face a disciplinary hearing.“We stand in solidarity with him,” the bishops wrote. “We are dismayed that latitude is extended to some in the enforcement of canons, but not to others.”The same group of bishops wrote another letter in support of Love after the hearing panel’s decision this October.“We support unreservedly his convictions on the church’s traditional teaching on marriage,” they wrote. “If members of the church who hold the traditional teaching on the question of marriage have ‘an indispensable place’ in our church, as the General Convention has said, then securing that place needs to be a priority. Again, now is the time. This indispensable place should not be an unstable one.”In an email to ENS last week, Dallas Bishop George Sumner, one of the signers, said the church has been inconsistent in the enforcement of its canons.“We recall over the past 15 years many occasions when bishops took liturgical actions contrary to the canons in the name of ‘the prophetic,’ and hope for a similar latitude for our friend Bishop Love,” Sumner wrote, speaking on behalf of the Communion Partners bishops, before Love announced his resignation.Another signer, West Texas Bishop David Reed, told ENS the letter “was not meant to oppose the hearing panel’s decision, but to remind our church, and maybe our brother and sister bishops in particular, of things our church has said about the ‘indispensable place’ of more traditional Episcopalians in the life of the church.”“The hearing panel had the difficult task of deciding on a narrow canonical question, and I don’t question the accuracy of their decision,” Reed said. “My hope, for the sake of the whole church, and for the sake of the church’s witness to the world, is that we will refuse to give up on one another, despite a few profound differences and strongly held beliefs.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Same-Sex Marriage Even with Albany bishop’s resignation, diocese’s path toward same-sex marriage remains unclear Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Patagonia community raises $20m for planet in 17 days with matched giving

first_img  668 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 19 December 2019 | News Patagonia’s community has raised $10 million in donations to 1,043 grassroots environmental organisations in 17 days, which is being matched by the company.On Black Friday, Patagonia committed to match individual donations made between 29 November and 31 December 2019, to a $10 million limit, and that figure has now been met, meaning that environmental NGOs will benefit from a $20 million cash windfall.Mihela Hladin Wolfe, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Europe, Patagonia, said:  “The enthusiasm of our community to donate in their thousands, in support of environmental protectors, is something we never anticipated. In Europe, this means we can more than double the money that we will be giving to grassroots NGOs in 2020. To face the crisis ahead we will need vigorous collective action – something that this campaign has demonstrated in spades.”Donations were made through Patagonia Action Works, a platform that connects individuals with local grassroots organisations to take action on pressing issues globally.Patagonia Action Works launched in Europe in September 2019 with over 100 environmental NGOs currently on the platform, working in the areas of biodiversity, climate, communities, land and water. Almost all of these NGOs received at least one donation, with the most successful group receiving more than €70,000 from community giving, to be matched by Patagonia.UK-based NGO The Carbon Literacy Project was one of those to benefit from the campaign. Dave Coleman, Managing Director, said: Advertisement “At the end of a whirlwind year on the climate agenda, Patagonia’s donation-match has been a huge boost to The Carbon Literacy Project, and all the NGOs Patagonia supports. Thanks to this additional funding, we’ll now be able to reach hundreds more businesses and thousands more individuals. With the extra capacity it has given us, we can now help them gain access to relevant climate change knowledge and skills even sooner, to directly initiate their action against the climate crisis, at work and home, even faster.”Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland, added:“This has given Friends of the Earth Ireland a major boost as we end the year.  We are working to change policy and legislation in Ireland that will allow Ireland’s energy system – which is currently 90% dependent on climate polluting fossil fuels – to transition to clean, renewable power, owned and embraced by citizens and communities. With this match funding we will be supporting schools across Ireland to lead the change and go solar in 2020, and we will be working to make the laws easier for everyone to follow suit.”Globally, tens of thousands of individual donors contributed to the $20 million donation, which will go to over one thousand organisations in the US and Europe.In addition to its $10 million donation match, Patagonia will donate, as it has for more than 30 years, one percent of its 2019 sales to nearly 1,200 grantees, through 1% for the Planet. To date, the company has donated more than $110 million to nonprofits working on environmental problems facing communities and the planet. Tagged with: corporate matched giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Patagonia community raises $20m for planet in 17 days with matched giving  669 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Bangladesh terror attack ‘a bad sign for future’

first_imgWorkers World received the following statement from the Socialist Party of Bangladesh, a revolutionary organization in that country, following the bombing of a restaurant in Gulshan, a neighborhood of the capital, Dhaka.July 2, 2016 — Comrade Khalequzzaman, general secretary of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh-SPB, on July 2, 2016, in a statement condemned the attack on innocent people in Gulshan, a well-protected and aristocratic residential area where foreign embassies are located.Khalequzzaman in his statement termed the horrendous murders of 20 persons after they were taken hostage “heart-rending and a terror act,” adding that this incident was a bad sign for the future.He called upon people to ponder as to why such a situation could have been created where aversion to life, revenge out of frustration, wrong ideological and philosophical indoctrination, sheer excitement of adventure, attainment of heavenly bliss and providing proof of their existence to the world can lead to this kind of brutal terror attack.The SPB general secretary said that nowadays it has become a world phenomenon due to the moribund imperialist-capitalist system linked with religious fundamentalism and all other obscure ideas, thought and customs nurtured by the capitalist class to get rid of unrepairable crisis. Bangladesh is no exception.The emergence of fanatic religious forces and the indifference of the government to tackling this menace have led to such a situation in the country. The situation further worsened as the ruling-class parties are engaged in endless feuds and fights for power by any means, fair or foul. What is happening and going on if allowed to go will spell disaster for the country. The time now demands an all-out democratic reform for a democratic-progressive rule and sharp ideological battle in all spheres of life, especially in education and culture.Khalequzzaman in his statement stressed the need for building an alternative political platform to fight this, uniting all democratic progressive forces, individuals, groups and people of all strata.Sender: Bazlur Rashid FirozMember, Central Committee, SPBEmail: [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prisoners call for national strike

first_imgOakland, Calif. — A deadly atrocity took place at Lee Correctional Institution, a South Carolina maximum security prison, on April 15. The jailers intentionally set up what was essentially a gladiator fight, housing rival groups of prisoners together in densely overcrowded cell blocks, locking the gates with no means of escape and turning their backs for hours. It was a setup that led to the deaths of seven prisoners.In response to this, a core group of organized inmates, including prisoners in the collective, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, have issued a call for a national prison strike from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9.August 21 is the anniversary of the assassination of Black Panther Party Field Marshal and prison activist George Jackson in 1971. September 9 is the anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion, which erupted two weeks after Jackson’s assassination.In an April 24 press release, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak stated that the Lee uprising “could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.” (sawarimi.org/national-prison-strike)Incarcerated people from at least 17 states have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming strike. They have asked for solidarity and support from people outside the walls in a number of ways. Hashtags for solidarity messages and actions are #prisonstrike and #August21.Prison strike demands and supportJailhouse Lawyers Speak lists these 10 demands from “men and women in federal, immigration and state prisons”:Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under U.S. jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and Brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in Southern states.An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and Brown humans.No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.State prisons must be funded specific­ally to offer more rehabilitation services.Pell grants must be reinstated in all U.S. states and territories.The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pre-trial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!Jailhouse Lawyers Speak also announced that the strike will have multiple strategies, including work strikes, sit-ins, boycotts and hunger strikes. They emphasized that some work strikes may also generate “a local list of demands designed to improve conditions and reduce harm within the prison.”Inmates ask for solidarity through various actions, such as contacting relevant “local, state and federal political representatives” about their demands, especially that prisoner votes be counted. They ask supporters to spread up-to-date news of the strike to other places of detention and community organizations. For the media, inquiries can be made to [email protected] Supporters can connect to local prisoner rights organizations through ­[email protected] ask that financial boycotts of services to prisoners be based only on the stated wishes of those inside.WWP supports the prison strikeWorkers World Party is one among a large number of organizations nationwide that have endorsed this call for a national prison strike. In addition to helping publicize it, many of our branches across the country are supporting solidarity actions and have also reached out to our comrades inside the walls to make their voices heard.Workers World newspaper recently published interviews with individuals inside Lee Correctional, including a member of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. (workers.org/author/jared-ware)In California, the Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee has been formed and is organizing a mobilization and call to action on Aug. 25 at San Quentin State Prison. Its objective is “raising awareness of the inhumane conditions, treatment and policies that afflict those held in these gulags throughout amerikkka.”Prisoners are part of the working class, being forced to work as slave laborers under the most inhumane conditions. Workers World Party not only supports their right to organize and strike, but is for the complete abolition of prisons and mass incarceration, which are tools of capitalist rule and white supremacy. We are for the abolition of all exploitation, wage slavery and capitalism itself.Note from the editors of Workers World: Prisoners denied their right to receive any issue of Workers World newspaper should file a grievance. Workers World Party has demanded in our complaints to prisons that $100 be given to every prisoner denied an issue of our paper. If prisoners agree, that demand should be part of their grievance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s hate speech law

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Russian bill that would force social networks to remove “unlawful” content within 24 hours of notification. It is based very closely on a law that was adopted in Germany on 30 June.The Russian bill shows that when leading democracies devise draconian legislation, they provide repressive regimes with ideas. Submitted to the Duma on 12 July by members of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, the bill’s references to the German law are explicit.RSF repeatedly criticized the German law on hate speech in social media as it progressed though Germany’s parliament because of its potential for abuse.“Our worst fears have been realized,” said Christian Mihr, RSF Germany’s executive director. “The German law on online hate speech is now serving as a model for non-democratic states to limit Internet debate.”The German law has also inspired the United Kingdom. A UK parliamentary report in April cited the German example when it recommended making social networks pay large fines for failing to remove hate speech quickly enough.Growing censorshipPassed on first reading, the Russian bill would invite Internet users to report “unlawful” content and would give social networks 24 hours to remove all originals and re-posts. Several Russian legislators have proposed making social networks pay fines of up to 50 million roubles (735,500 euros) if they fail to comply.To avoid being fined, social networks would be tempted to extend the scope of their censorship, especially as the bill’s definition of what constitutes unlawful content is very vague. Social networks subjected to government scrutiny would be obliged to send all notified content to the authorities every three months.Subjugated Russian InternetThe proposed law, which if approved could take effect in early 2018, would contribute to the subjugation of Russia’s Internet. Several hastily-negotiated bills in recent months would step up censorship of search engines and messaging services and would restrict access to software for anonymizing communications and bypassing website blocking.“This proposed law would take mass Internet censorship one stage further in Russia,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The goal is clear – to further restrict freedom of expression and information in a country where the number of imprisoned Internet users doubled in 2016.”Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en July 19, 2017 Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s hate speech law June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RussiaGermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Economic pressureFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijancenter_img News News June 8, 2021 Find out more News RussiaGermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Economic pressureFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Australian journalist banned for human rights articles

first_img Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) protested to the Indonesian government today against its refusal to grant a work permit to Australian journalist Lindsay Murdoch, calling it an illegal attempt to stifle reporting on human rights. “This is a blatant violation of the 1999 press law that protects Indonesian and foreign journalists against censorship and being banned,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Indonesian foreign minister Nur Hassan Wirajuda. He urged the government to reverse its decision, which he said was “a shocking and authoritarian” attempt “almost certainly” aimed at punishing Murdoch for articles on human rights in Indonesia he had written in the Australian daily papers The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. The two papers announced on 17 March that Murdoch’s journalist visa was not being renewed by the Indonesian authorities and that he had not been able to work for the papers since 10 March, when his old one expired. An Indonesian foreign ministry official, quoted by the French news agency AFP, said the newspapers had been told three months ago that they should appoint a new correspondent because Murdoch’s journalist visa would not be renewed.  “We have given him a business visa, which allows him to enter the country but not to work as a journalist,” said the official, who refused to explain why. Murdoch said the decision was connected with two articles he had written about human rights that reportedly angered senior Indonesian army leaders.  The first one reported that Indonesian officials were refusing to allow parents from Timor to recuperate their children who had been placed in orphanages in Java.  The second was an investigation of the death of a four-month-old baby from Aceh after soldiers had thrown boiling water at the child. Murdoch, 48, has been working as a journalist in Indonesia for the past three years.  He is known for her reports on East Timor and has won several prizes.  The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Jakarta attacked the visa decision as being contrary to the government’s promises not to curb freedom of expression.  The Sydney Morning Herald gives plenty of coverage to the situation in neighbouring Indonesia. In 1986, its investigation into corruption involving President Suharto led to all Australian journalists being banned. The present incident is the first time since the Suharto regime fell that a resident foreign correspondent has been banned from working.  Hundreds of foreign journalists cover Southeast Asia from Jakarta.  However, several have been arrested or deported in recent years, especially after reporting on the situation in the province of Irian Jaya.  In December 2000, Oswald Iten, a reporter for the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, was arrested in Jayapura (Irian Jaya).  He was freed 11 days later and deported. Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts News News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Follow the news on Indonesia August 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation center_img On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News March 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Australian journalist banned for human rights articles November 19, 2020 Find out more Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program

first_imgCommunity News LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program Money available to help prevent job losses and business closures CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 4:12 pm Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Make a comment Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Subscribe The Los Angeles County Development Authority launched a small business loan program today to help prevent job losses and business closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Pasadena businesses are eligible for the loans, according toElisa Vasquez, the development authority’s director of communications and public affairs.The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is funded with $10 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration through a federal COVID-19 relief act.Loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million will be given to eligible businesses that have been in operation for at least two years, are seeking working capital, equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.“The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is once again harming the vitality of small businesses in the county of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis said in previewing the program last week.“The launch of LACDA’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will help guide our local small businesses to recovery and set them on the path to long-term prosperity. Our economic healing depends on the wellbeing of this sector and their employees. I urge our small business community to take advantage of this new program,” Solis said.Business owners who want to apply for a loan must attend a webinar to learn more about the application requirements. Once the webinar is completed, LACDA will connect the applicant with a technical assistance provider who will assist with the application. Technical assistance is available in various languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin) and Korean.Details are available at BizStabilization.LACDA.org and applications will be accepted indefinitely.“Earlier this month, the LACDA launched the BizHelp webinar series to help business owners navigate these difficult economic times, and today we offer yet another lifeline in the form of financial support — the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program,” LACDA Executive Director Emilio Salas said. “We will continue prioritizing the needs of Los Angeles County businesses and doing what we can to keep their doors open.” STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

80% of Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or fewer

first_img Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic It is estimated around 80 per-cent of the Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or less.The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection will meet today to consider pupil/teacher ratios in small Gaeltacht schools today.There are worries among communities that these schools are particularly vulnerable to changes in the pupil-teacher ratio’s which were announced in the 2012 budget.Committee member and Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalouge is calling on the Education Minister to ensure no further cut-backs to small schools:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/06mcco1.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp 80% of Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or fewer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleThree quarters of Irish childcare facilities in breach of regulations last yearNext articleDeadline to register for property tax extended to 8pm this evening News Highland Twitter News Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – May 29, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more