AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In California, celebrating a new name and affirming authentic identity for transgender Episcopalians Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA LGBTQ Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service By Pat McCaughanPosted Jun 12, 2019 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Jennifer Gonzales affirms her new name with “I am a new creation, grateful to embody Christ’s image” during the renaming ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Covina, California, with the Rev. Steve De Muth, rector. Photo: Pat McCaughan[Episcopal News Service] For Jennifer Gonzales, 49, participating in a June 7 Service of Renaming at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, California, near Los Angeles, was claiming her authentic self.“I knew I was transgender from a young age, even though I did all the boy stuff – biking, skateboarding,” Gonzales told Episcopal News Service after the ceremony. “My mom didn’t know, really. One time I told her, ‘Mom, I’m transgender.’ She laughed at me.”The ceremony is included in the Book of Occasional Services 2018, a liturgical resource of The Episcopal Church that was released in April 2019 and is available online. The Service of Renaming is intended for “when an event or experience leads a baptized person to take or be given a new name. … This new beginning is distinct from the new life begun in Holy Baptism.”The Book of Occasional Services is a companion to the Book of Common Prayer and offers ceremonies and rites for occasions that occur too infrequently to be included in the prayer book. Authorized by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, it includes rites intended to aid congregations in celebrating specific occasions, such as the Blessing of a Pregnant Woman, St. Francis Day animal blessings, and the Way of the Cross, which typically is used during Holy Week and represents Christ’s journey to the cross.Vicky Mitchell, 58, who attended the June 7 ceremony and identifies as a transgender woman, said the ceremony makes sacred what too often has been ridiculed and shamed.The renaming service can help counter “dead-naming,” the practice of referring to transgender persons by the names they used before transitioning to their new identities.“For trans people, identity is a really core thing,” Mitchell said. “It has to do with the divine image, with personal identity. Naming is just so special, having our name accepted, knowing that our name is lifted and that we have found the right one for us.”Many transgender people, including Mitchell herself, “knew years and years ago that the outward image that all the rest of you saw did not match the image within our hearts,” she said. “We didn’t know how to communicate that to you for so long. But we kept looking, kept seeing this, and finally one day, it was either let it out or harm ourselves.”“I knew I was female in spite of being the father of three children,” she added. “I tried for years to fit in with my male counterparts.”The discontinuity between inner awareness and outer appearance can lead to heightened suicide rates compared to the general population, she said.A 2018 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicated that more than half of transgender male teens, 29.9% of transgender female teens and 41.8% of nonbinary teens, or youth whose gender identity may fluctuate, said they had attempted suicide at least once.Additionally, a Human Rights Campaign online survey of 12,000 LGBTQ youth from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., revealed “heartbreaking levels of stress, anxiety and rejection” from family and others. It also indicated that all LGBTQ teenagers “overwhelmingly feel unsafe in their own school classrooms.”The 2017 report indicated that transgender youth were twice as likely to be harassed and mocked by family members. About 51% reported they are barred from using school restrooms matching their gender identity.‘I am a new creation, grateful to embody Christ’s image’After the April release of the Book of Occasional Services 2018, “Jennifer and I read the service together and we both started crying,” recalled the Rev. Steven De Muth, Holy Trinity’s rector. “I asked her if doing it would be a blessing, and she said yes.”Gonzales, who lives in Covina, said she felt nervous before the ceremony’s start, practicing again and again her one-line response: “I am a new creation, grateful to embody Christ’s image.”“I’m trying to memorize it,” she told De Muth, who officiated. The ceremony recalled scriptural name changes, such as “Sarai, who became Sarah; Jacob, who became Israel; and Simon called Peter,” and included prayers for the LGBTQ community written by Rabbi Heather Miller of Temple Beth El of South Orange County, California.“This isn’t my story to tell. I am simply a companion on the road,” De Muth told about 50 worshippers in a reflection during the ceremony.Speaking directly to Gonzales, he said: “Along the way, you captured our hearts with your willingness to participate in our ministry of feeding those who are hungry.“You captured the imagination of The Episcopal Church who, until they met someone who was transgender, the beauty of experience and the challenge of experience were just on a written page. For us, you’ve brought that to life.“It’s sometimes not until your heart is touched by someone you love that you begin to understand and to care.”The service was co-sponsored by the Covina and Pomona chapters of GLEAM – Gathering LGBTQ Episcopalians in Advancing Ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles. During a meal after the ceremony, they led a conversation about challenges specific to transgender persons.“The Episcopal Church has been way ahead” in supporting LGBTQ persons, Robert Amore, coordinator for GLEAM’s Pomona chapter, told the gathering. He described “as groundbreaking” the General Convention 1976 Resolution A069, which affirmed the full and equal claim of homosexual persons as children of God deserving of the love, acceptance and pastoral concern of the church.From the election of the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson as the first gay bishop in 2003 to renaming ceremonies, “we just keep going,” he said. “Here I am, 64 years old, and things are opening up and I’m so grateful.” Speaking of his experience at the renaming service, he said, “I could just feel the joy in God’s spirit, and this is how we go forward – in joy.”Accepting new names; new understandingsWhen Gonzales first selected Jennifer as her new name, “the people I told laughed at me,” she told ENS.Others dead-named her, “almost weaponizing my former name and calling me by it to make me feel bad. It makes me really mad,” Gonzales said.“When I was a guy, I didn’t like myself. I was really self-conscious. I couldn’t even go into a place or a building that had people in it, I hated myself so much. But I don’t care now. I go wherever I want, and if somebody’s hateful to me, I say to myself, ‘Just give it to God.’”The Rev. Julie Kelly, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Riverside, California, told the gathering she is “the proud mom of a young bisexual man, two straight young men and a nonbinary transgender transmasculine child as well” and that dead-naming is a very real and very damaging occurrence.“‘Dead name’ sounds so powerful and hurtful for some people,” she said. “Some trans persons don’t use the word because they appreciate their history, their previous name, but they also know that is not representative of who they are now.”As a member of several support groups for transgender parents and children, Kelly said parents often have difficulty with the new names chosen by their children.“It doesn’t mean that we’re ever denying the love, the intentionality, the nurturing of that person. It’s just a name we picked before we knew the person, and now the right name has risen up and that is a sacred thing,” Kelly said.“We rebirth our children over and over again. That’s what parenting is. We rebirth, we go through the pain and we watch them become a person on their own in the world. When we let the dead name go and we acknowledge how important that is, we give them that breath, just like the first one they take after they are pushed out of the womb.”She said it is vital for communities to understand the importance of and to support the acceptance of transgender persons’ chosen names.“It is such a tiny thing for us, and yet for a trans person, it is everything,” Kelly said. “It is lifesaving. It is breath. I invite you into that as a mom who has seen what happens to my kid every time they’re dead-named. … I hear a little part of them die. I invite you into that practice because it’s lifesaving.”Maria Guadalupe Sanchez, 61, a Holy Trinity parishioner who also attended the celebration, said both ceremony and conversation felt wonderful.“I am very proud of my church,” Sanchez told ENS. “It is very open, very human. We really try to help everyone believe they are made in God’s image. We celebrate our diversity, and our dignity, that we are all God’s children.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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TAGSabortiontrue life choice Previous articleThe True Cost of Raising a Child – Part 3Next articleApopka Art and Foliage Festival Offers Art and Nursery Tours Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Registration Now Open for 2016 Walk for LifeThe 2016 Walk for Life will be held Saturday, April 30 starting at 9:00 AM at Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park, Orlando. This event has been taking place for over 25 years and draws hundreds of walkers each year representing over 50 area churches. Participants in this family friendly event will enjoy a 1 or 2 mile walk/fun run, breakfast food trucks, kid’s activities, live music and more.“Many people have a heart for the sanctity of life, but aren’t sure how they can best support the cause,” said Vicky Botsford, Executive Director of True Life Choice. “Participating in the Walk for Life is a step everyone can take to raise funds and awareness in our community.”According to True Life Choice there are more than 11,000 reported abortions annually in Central Florida and only 12,000 live births annually.This year’s Walk for Life is especially significant as it will True Life Choice relocate its Clinic to downtown Orlando near one of the busiest late term abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood and to expand its services.Walkers of all ages can raise funds to support the ministry of True Life Choice.True Life Choice operates Choices Women’s Clinic, a non-profit medical pregnancy center providing Hope, Life and Help in Central Florida. For 32 years True Life Choice has been serving individuals in unplanned pregnancies. They provide free services such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counsel, prenatal and pregnancy classes, resources and referrals. These services are provided through the generosity and care of churches, businesses and individuals who are concerned and compassionate about men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy and the decency of unborn life.Walkers and Sponsors can register online for the 2016 Walk for Life at www.TrueLifeChoice.org.For more information call 407-244-5529. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here
Construction: Photographs Houses ArchDaily PVDRS Photographs: Bharat Aggarwal Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Kohler, PERGO, Siemens, Asian Paints, Changi, Hettich and Kich, Nexion, Options (local store in Ahmedabad), Techtona Grandis, Trimble Navigation, Xion, Zebra Area: 960 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Ahmedabad, India Architects: Modo Designs Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Bharat Aggarwal+ 20Curated by Hana Abdel Share Shreenath Developers Foliage Unlimited ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/941495/the-elemental-house-modo-designs Clipboard 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/941495/the-elemental-house-modo-designs Clipboard Interior Designer: Year: Landscape: India The Elemental House / Modo Designs Projects The Elemental House / Modo DesignsSave this projectSaveThe Elemental House / Modo Designs “COPY” Design Team:Arpan Shah, Ameeta Kanakhara, Jaydeep RathodConsultants:Jhaveri AssociatesEngineering:Sarjan ConsultantsCity:AhmedabadCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bharat AggarwalText description provided by the architects. This house situated in one of the developing parts of north west Ahmedabad is a dwelling place for three generation of a family. The site has linear proportions with an existing neem tree on western part, and the house layout exploits this linearity of the site through a unique organization of three layers of open spaces, the front garden, the central courtyard and the backyard. Essentially the spaces are around the central open courtyard that lets the natural light and ventilation within the spaces and connects the spaces to the natural elements. The central court is open ended on north and is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional enclosed courtyard of Indian dwellings.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe ground floor houses the living, dining and kitchen areas along with parents bedroom and drawing area towards the front garden.The first floor is segregated into two zones with west part belonging to the elder son and his daughter while the east part is for the younger son and his kid. This floor is released through outdoor terraces from each of the son’s rooms. These terraces become private spaces for both the sons and encourages a lifestyle that connects to the natural elements.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe second floor located in south east part houses the entertainment room with a small terrace. This floor is located such that it is not much visible from court and front west side garden and thus scales down the house.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalSave this picture!ElevationSave this picture!© Bharat AggarwalThe material uses externally are exposed concrete, mandana stone cladding, wood paneling and door windows, creating mostly an earthy palette. Internally the ambiance is in contrast and more finished with natural stone flooring, white painted walls and ceiling.Save this picture!© Bharat AggarwalProject gallerySee allShow lessLoft Green Office / Maxim CalujacSelected ProjectsSerendah Hill Retreat / A3 ProjectsSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeModo DesignsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAhmedabadOn FacebookIndiaPublished on June 14, 2020Cite: “The Elemental House / Modo Designs” 13 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 13 May 2007 | News Advertisement Retailer Argos has chosen Leukaemia Research and Barretstown as the company’s next charity partners, taking over from its current partners Help the Hospices and the Irish Hospice Foundation. The new partnership will begin in July.The partnership will run under the campaign theme of “Saving and improving lives together”, with funds raised in the UK being donated to Leukaemia Research, and Argos’ 31 stores in the Republic of Ireland fundraising for Barretstown, a castle in Co. Kildare where children with cancer and serious blood diseases regain their confidence and self-esteem through residential activity programmes. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate 52 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Argos announces its next charity partners 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.
Larry HolmesWW photo: Larry HolmesExcerpts from the Nov. 17 talk given by Larry Holmes, WWP First Secretary and Secretariat member, at the Workers World Party Nov. 17-18 conference in New York.There is a contradiction that we face as communists, as militants. We have to have two levels of consciousness simultaneously — to be concerned about the struggles that we are in and that our allies are in and know their consciousness.Being determines consciousness.If you’re being evicted, you know where your consciousness is but also have that global consciousness. We can’t have an unnecessary division between those who are fighting in the communities and those who are sitting up somewhere discussing big issues, historically and analytically, using Marxism or whatever else, seeming to be separate from the masses.Our job as a revolutionary party of the working class, most importantly of the most oppressed, is to minimize that dichotomy.We are going to hear a lot about the so-called “fiscal cliff.” It is worldwide austerity in Greece, in Spain, in Portugal, in Ireland, in South Africa, all throughout Latin America and here in the U.S.From the point of view of the capitalists, the idea is to fix their system on the backs of the workers. They can’t get it from profits because of overproduction, so let’s just go literally into the body of the workers and get more pounds of flesh by stealing things from them. It is a mad, insane exercise in destruction, social destruction.It really should be called “the terminal crisis-of-capitalism cliff.”There was the first pan-European strike against austerity on Nov. 14. Twenty-three countries participated. Not all were general strikes. This was the first attempt at a pan-European workers’ action. It is a big step.The problem is that as wonderful as this pan-European workers’ action was, it must go further.What is necessary is a complete revival of the revolutionary socialist perspective among the vanguard organizations and the working class.For so many years now, it has been the perspective in the working-class movement — even among the best elements — that we can’t make a revolution.Since we don’t see it on the horizon, we fight a more limited battle to defend workers’ interests, for reforms. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and anybody who tells you that is not helpful.However, when you have a crisis of this magnitude, the imperialists are no longer interested in negotiating with you. They want to rip up contracts and rip up your unions. And they are not just fighting you on a local level. They are very global — they are very centralized even though they may be fighting each other on a certain level.And when they are coming after you with carpet bombs, it is hardly effective for us to be having little guerilla battles — each country, each city, each region. That is going to take place, and that is inevitable. But we have to have a perspective about being able to rise to the assault that is upon us. Part of that is reviving the revolutionary perspective.It is time to say it is time for socialist revolution, on a worldwide basis. That orientation informs how we fight.Occupy movement reflects crisisThe Occupy movement had contradictions. Occupy activists had, generally speaking, very little knowledge of oppressed people and the national question. Some of them have evolved and gotten better.I think this Occupy movement is a worldwide movement of youth. It is on a higher level than the anti-globalization movement that it seems to resemble, but it really is different. Occupy is a part of the working class. It may resemble Seattle. But this Occupy movement is part of the working-class rebellion — mostly youth rebelling because capitalism no longer promises them a future.To popularize Occupy, you don’t just have to demonstrate. You don’t just have to march. You can sit-in someplace. You can take over what is yours anyway.The Occupy movement reminds us that the working class is changing in form and shape. It is more flexible. It doesn’t look like a stereotype of the working class 20, 30 or 40 years ago. It is not just organized by trade unions. It is not just regional. We are not just many movements — we are many movements that make up just one class.All the boundaries that seem to divide all these movements — we have to work hard to eradicate them. In some ways, OWS helped that. OWS helped push labor here until the elections came and threw water on the labor movement. I believe the Occupy movements in Europe fought for the perspective of a pan-European workers’ strike.We’ve got to look at our working class differently. Karl Marx talked about the different stages of trade union development based on the level of the productive forces. With this highly messed-up state of world capitalism, with this permanent crisis, it is clear that you’ll only get so far struggling in a limited way.The elections were a big problem. The Democratic Party just sucks out all the energy and all the resources out of most every movement.The demographics of the working class are changing. This was the first time that an African-American president was reelected based on an electorate that was 45 percent Latinos/as, African Americans, Asians, women, lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer, and so forth.Obama won 80 percent of those demographics. He only won 39 percent of the white vote. This is a cultural and political shock to white supremacy. We’re being led into the darkness on top by [the Democratic Party]. But below, that is significant. It bodes well for the future.The majority of the Democratic Congressional Caucus is women. It is not revolutionary, but it is a big change. The problem is that it is trapped within this bourgeois party that says don’t fight, don’t occupy, don’t demonstrate. It needs to break out. Imagine if the demographics that were displayed in the election were in the street flexing their muscle together.Our party can play a helpful role in reviving the revolutionary perspective in this country and worldwide. We are not interested in small polemics to make ourselves look good or just to put down someone else. We’d rather sit down and see if we can make common cause, and if we can’t, we move on. We can be helpful in uniting socialists. We are still excited about what happened about three years ago in Venezuela when the socialist party there had a conference and they invited socialists and communists to talk about forming a Fifth International.Finally, with the People’s Power Assemblies, we have learned something from the youth in OWS, and many of them will be with us. Maybe we can in many ways proceed to get deeper and deeper into the most oppressed sections of our class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Americas Americas January 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americas Reports Violence, polarization still obstruct reporting in AmericasJust as the emergence of major protest movements (and ensuing crackdowns) had a big impact on the rankings of certain countries in 2011, so a decline in the protests has logically also had an impact a year later. Chile, for example, rose 20 places to 60th in the index after the previous year’s student protests abated in 2012. Crackdowns were concentrated in the Aysén region, which saw big protests in the first quarter. But Chile’s improvement must be put in perspective. Its media landscape is skewed, community broadcast media are criminalized, especially in the Mapuche region, and journalists have run into difficulties when trying to investigate the 1973-90 military dictatorship.For similar reasons, the United States rose 15 places to 32nd, recovering a ranking more appropriate to the “country of the First Amendment.” Its previous year’s fall was due to the fact that the crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement did not spare reporters in the field. Canada, on the other hand, fell ten positions to 20th, losing its status as the western hemisphere’s leader to Jamaica (13th). This was due to obstruction of journalists during the so-called “Maple Spring” student movement and to continuing threats to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and Internet users’ personal data, in particular, from the C-30 bill on cyber-crime.The clearest new trends are to be seen in the south. Brazil fell again, this time 9 places to 108th, after falling 41 places in 2011. Its media landscape is also badly distorted. Heavily dependent on the political authorities at the state level, the regional media are exposed to attacks, physical violence against their personnel, and court censorship orders, which also target the blogosphere. These problems were exacerbated by violence during the campaign for the October 2012 municipal elections.Media wars and coup precipitate fallsParaguay fell 11 places to 91st following President Fernando Lugo’s June 2012 removal in an “institutional coup d’état,” which had an almost immediate impact on the news media. A full-blown purge of employees in state-owned media created by the Lugo administration was accompanied by frequent programme censorship. The few community radio stations with broadcast frequencies were also scared of losing them. Despite a high level of physical violence against journalists, Peru rose 10 places to 105th, now topping Brazil, itself one place above Bolivia (109th), where several media were the targets of spectacular arson or dynamite attacks and both national and local polarization are having an impact. Ecuador fell 15th places to 119th after a year of extreme tension between the government and leading privately-owned media. This left it two places below Venezuela, where several media were closed arbitrarily, a journalist was killed and more than 170 cases of violence were reported in a “media war” climate.Although on a less dramatic scale, polarization is becoming a concern in Argentina, which slipped a few places to 54th amid growing tension between the government and certain privately-owned media, above all the Clarín group, which is resisting full implementation of the 2009 Ley de Medios, a law regulating the broadcast media. On the other bank of the River Plate, Uruguay continued its climb, this time to 27th position, within 10 places of Costa Rica, still Latin America’s leader at 18th.There has been little change in the marked contrasts that were seen in Central America in 2011. A lack of pluralism, intermittent tension with the political authorities, harassment and self-censorship are the main reasons for the scant change in Nicaragua (78th), Guatemala (95th) and Panama (111th), where attacks on journalists tripled in the space of a year, local unions said.On the other hand, El Salvador owes its enviable 38th place to government efforts to combat violence crime, even if journalists and media often complain about the lack of access to state-held information. The Dominican Republic rose 15 places to 80th because of a decline in violence against journalists and legal proceedings that threaten freedom of information. But it is still far behind its neighbour Haiti (49th), where the situation is still largely unchanged although some journalists have accused President Michel Martelly of hostility towards them.Caribbean turmoil, same countries at the bottomPolitical tension and judicial harassment account for the ranking of other countries in the Guyanas and Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago (44th) still has not stopped its illegal monitoring of journalists’ phone calls and attempts to identify their sources, although it promised to stop in 2010. In Surinam (down nine places to 31th), the often stormy relations between President Desi Bouterse and many journalists are unlikely to improve after the passage of an amnesty law for the murders of around 15 government opponents, including five journalists, three decades ago when Bouterse was Surinam’s dictator. He returned to power through the polls in 2010.The seven-member Organization of East Caribbean States fell eight places to 34th because of often direct pressure from the political authorities on news media and the failure to move ahead with the decriminalization of defamation. Similar pressure was reported in Guyana (69th), whose ranking continues to suffer from the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting.In the bottom third, Honduras was 127th because two journalists were killed in direct connection with their work and because the status quo imposed by the June 2009 coup remains unchanged. There has never been any let-up in the persecution of opposition media and community radio stations, or in the criminalization of human rights activists and grass-roots movements that provide information about such sensitive issues as land disputes, police abuses and minority rights.Although hopes have been raised by the latest negotiations between the government and FARC guerrillas, Colombia (129th) still has its paramilitaries-turned-drug traffickers, who are the enemies of all those involved in the provision of news and information. Another journalist was killed in 2012 although there was a slight decrease in the number of physical attacks.With six journalists killed, Mexico (153rd) has maintained its status as the hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media. Violence and censorship were particularly noticeable during the controversial July 2012 elections, which restored the presidency to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Cuba, the hemisphere’s only country to tolerate no independent media (or with few exceptions), got the region’s lowest ranking – 171st. The past year has seen a renewed crackdown on dissent and the island now has two journalists in prison, one of them a state media employee. RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go further
Top StoriesSupreme Court Vacates 2-Yr old Blanket Ban Restraining Other Courts From Hearing Disputes Related To BCCI, State Cricket Associations Mehal Jain12 Dec 2020 1:54 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated its nearly two-year old blanket ban restraining other courts from hearing disputes related to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state cricket associations.The apex court, on March 14, 2019, had restrained all other courts across the country from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to cash-rich BCCI and state…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated its nearly two-year old blanket ban restraining other courts from hearing disputes related to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state cricket associations.The apex court, on March 14, 2019, had restrained all other courts across the country from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to cash-rich BCCI and state cricket associations till the court-appointed mediator and senior advocate P S Narasimha submitted his report on pending disputes.A bench comprising justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi, on Wednesday, took note of submissions of various lawyers on behalf of state cricket bodies and decided to vacate the order.”The learned Amicus Curiae submitted a report on 09.05.2019 to this Court. Majority of the State Associations became compliant with the Lodha Committee’s report as accepted by this Court by its judgment dated 09.08.2018, pursuant to which elections have been conducted”, noted the bench. In 2017, the apex court had appointed CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.As regards Contempt Petitions complaining of the non-compliance of the directions issued by the Lodha Committee by the Kerala Cricket Association and the Committee of Administrators, the bench was of the opinion that the contempt petitions deserve to be closed. However, it permitted that the petitioners can pursue other remedies for implementation of the recommendation made by Justice Lodha Committee. ” This order is in modification of the order passed by this Court on 14.03.2019 by which there was a restraint on all other Courts from entertaining any petition pertaining to the BCCI and any other State Cricket Association till the process of mediation by the learned Amicus Curiae was completed. As stated above, the learned Amicus Curiae has submitted a report of completion of the mediation and the order restraining the other Courts from adjudicating disputes brought before them need not continue”, said the bench.Further, only except the application filed by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for the release of funds, all the other interlocutory applications were dismissed as infructuous as no objection was raised by the counsel appearing in the interlocutory applications.”Due to the efforts made by learned Amicus Curiae, majority of the associations have resolved their disputes…Mr. Balaji Srinivasan, learned counsel appearing for the Karnataka Cricket Association argued that certain issues have not been resolved and requested this Court to hear the applications. The applicants participated in the mediation process and have signed an agreement. We are not inclined to accept the contention of Shri Srinivasan and keep these interlocutory applications pending as the disputes relating to the Karnataka Cricket Association stood resolved through mediation”, recorded the bench, disposing off a batch of Interlocutory Applications.As regards certain interlocutory applications where there is a contest which the bench would like to hear, the bench required the same to be listed on 20th January, 2021. This included the BCCI’s earlier application in the apex court for approving the amended constitution which sought to waive the three-year cooling period fixed by the Lodha committee. Since the court did not deal with the applications, this gave BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah a short breather to continue in their respective posts at least till the beginning of next year as the Supreme Court deferred hearing on the board’s plea to waive the three-year cooling-off period for office-bearers in view of the draft amendments to its constitution. As regards applications filed by the Telangana Cricket Association seeking impleadment and clarification that it would be granted Associate Membership within BCCI, Mr.Siddharth Luthra, senior counsel submitted that these interlocutory applications can be disposed of with liberty to the Telangana Cricket Association to approach the BCCI and make a representation for grant of Associate Membership in BCCI. “Permission granted. Interlocutory applications are disposed of with liberty to the applicants to submit a representation before the BCCI which shall be disposed of in accordance with law”, allowed the bench.”The LPAs that are pending before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court can be adjudicated upon by the High Court on their own merits”, said the bench.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
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WPVI-TV(NEW YORK) — A woman died after a Southwest Airlines jet suffered engine failure and made an emergency landing on Tuesday, marking the first accidental fatality on a domestic flight in nine years, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.Flight 1380 was en route from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport to Dallas Love Field when the plane was forced to land at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday morning.Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico died after she was partially sucked out a window near the engine, according to witnesses. Officials did not immediately confirm that account.“Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight No. 1380,” her family said in a statement. “Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured.”“But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support from family, friends and our community.”Riordan previously worked in marketing at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center.“Jennifer was an amazing community leader, team member, wife and mother,” Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor for Health Sciences Center, said in a statement. “Her passion for our community, our students and our future was unwavering. We are committed to carrying on her work to ensure quality education and career opportunities to New Mexico’s youth. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family during this difficult time. She will be forever missed by her Lobo family.” Passenger Matt Tranchin said the flight took a turn when he saw a “huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me.”“Flight attendants rushed up,” he said. “There was momentary chaos. Everyone kind of descended on where this hole was. As passengers, we weren’t sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke. There was ash coming through the ventilation system.”“We started dropping,” Tranchin told ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. “Some of the crew couldn’t hold back their horror. And some were crying as they looked out through the open window onto the engine.”Passengers posted photos from inside showing descended oxygen masks, a blown-out window and the remains of an engine.Jim Demetros, a passenger who said he was about three rows ahead of where the engine failed, told ABC News that everybody was looking at “the woman who was sitting next to the window that had blown out.”“It was a pretty harrowing experience,” he said, adding that the crew did a “fantastic” job “keeping everyone calm.” Another passenger, Cassie Adams, said she was sitting “right over the engine” and could see the damage immediately after it failed.A few minutes after the oxygen masks came down, the window two rows behind where Adams was sitting blew out, and the woman was “sucked out,” she told ABC News.“Two brave men immediately responded and helped grab her and tried to pull her back in,” Adams said.The men were able to pull her back in and performed CPR on her, Adams said. One of them then stood in front of the broken window so no one else would get hurt, she said, adding that she thought “the plane was going down.”“It was terrifying,” Adams said. “Those men are heroes.”Another passenger, a woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, also confirmed that a female passenger was “partially sucked out of the window.”“I talked to the guy who pulled her back in, and he said that her head, when she flew out the window, hit the window and she died on impact,” the woman told ABC affiliate KOAT-TV. “And then there was a nurse who helped to pull her back in, but before we knew what was really going on, you could feel the plane instantly dropping.”Seven people suffered minor injuries and weren’t taken to hospitals, officials said. The NTSB said 144 passengers and five crew members were on board.Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly expressed gratitude that no one else was seriously injured, but described the passenger’s death as a “tragic loss.”“This is a sad day, and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased customer,” Kelly said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.Kelly said he was not aware of any issues with the Boeing 737, which was last inspected on Sunday. No issues with the plane or engine were reported at that time, he said, calling the Boeing 737 the “workhorse of the airline industry.”The engine that failed had gone through 40,000 cycles, Kelly said, adding that it had been 10,000 cycles since it was last overhauled. Engines are typically overhauled after 30,000 cycles, Kelly said.The accident appears to be the first of its kind for the company, Kelly said. “To my knowledge, it’s the first time we have lost a window.”Kelly commended the crew and described the flight’s captain as “very experienced,” adding that he started at the company in 1994 and has been a captain for “well over a decade.”“They did their jobs superbly today,” Kelly added.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt described the emergency as engine failure. The crew reported damage to the main body of the plane, an engine and a window, the Federal Aviation Administration said.Kelly said in a statement that the victim’s family are the company’s “immediate and primary concern, and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time and the difficult days ahead.”“I’m immensely grateful there are no other reports of injuries, but truly this is a tragic loss,” Kelly said. “Please join us in offering thoughts and prayers and support to all of those affected by today’s tragedy.”In a statement, Boeing expressed its “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family.The runway was closed for more than two hours before reopening.The NTSB and the FAA still are investigating, and Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest is cooperating.The NTSB has asked witnesses with videos or images to contact the agency directly via email.The last accidental domestic airline fatality was in 2009, when Colgan 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 on board and a person on the groundCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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