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FRSB to tackle poor fundraising practice among non-member charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Since its formation, it has of course received complaints about fundraising involving non-members. The Board now feels that it should consider playing a wider role in highlighting issues around poor fundraising practice amongst such non-members, if only to protect the reputation of its members.The issue has been raised by the recently formed FRSB Advisory Forum: some members report feeling more and more frustrated that their work and the high standards in fundraising that they follow are being undermined by instances of poor practice beyond the membership.However, the Board has made it clear that its adjudications and official three-step complaint procedure will apply only to FRSB members.Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said: “We believe that poor fundraising practice constitutes a reputational risk to our member charities – those who commit to and perform the highest standards of fundraising practice – and to the sector at large.“We hope that by addressing those organisations that practice fundraising in this way, we will encourage them to join with the rest of our membership in seeking to both set and maintain the highest standards in fundraising. In so doing, we are seeking to protect the long-term reputation of charity fundraising.”www.frsb.org.uk FRSB to tackle poor fundraising practice among non-member charities Howard Lake | 12 July 2009 | News The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is considering how it can best address the issue of non-member charities which demonstrate poor fundraising practice which reflects badly on its members and the sector as a whole.The debate took place at the last FRSB Board meeting on 2 July 2009. It did not, as reported and blogged about elsewhere, decide to adjudicate on complaints about non-members’ fundraising activities.The FRSB regulates its 1,078 members’ fundraising practice, and addresses those that have demonstrated standards of fundraising that are not compatible with the FRSB’s Fundraising Promise or the Institute of Fundraising’s Codes of Fundraising Practice directly. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy 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.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Housing protest shuts down developers’ summit

first_imgProtesters at Oakland City Council demand a moratorium on evictions.WW photo: Terri KayOakland, Calif. — Community activists organized by the Black Power Network marched into Oakland’s Kaiser Center Auditorium on March 18 demanding an end to development-driven displacement and calling for the city to declare a housing state of emergency.The protesters locked themselves across an entrance to the auditorium where the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Summit was about to begin. About a hundred strong, the remaining activists filed into the auditorium, chanting to the accompaniment of the Brass Liberation Orchestra.The BPN’s platform uses the key words “stop,” “stay” and “expand” to signal its demands: “Stop — declare a housing state of emergency with a moratorium on no-fault evictions; Stay — protect residents by passing a stronger rent stabilization and anti-eviction ordinance, restoring social services and building truly affordable housing; and Expand — create a right-to-return program to bring displaced Oaklanders home.”Effectively shutting down the proceedings, BPN continued to chant, “Housing is a human right! That is why we have to fight!” BPN organizer Carroll Fife said, “Oakland is not open for business until Oakland is open for business for everyone.” She was referring to the planned title of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s speech to the Chamber, “Oakland: Open for Business,” and to the fact that the average rent for an Oakland apartment is now over $3,000 a month.Several signs read: “Our housing crisis is not your profit opportunity. Eviction moratorium now!” Protesters demanded the City Council declare a housing state of emergency.Chamber of Commerce organizers had to formally announce the cancellation of the meeting, promising to reschedule the $95-a-seat affair. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had been scheduled to give the opening remarks and an investment economist was to have made a major speech on real estate opportunities in Oakland.This action follows on the heels of the City Council’s 6-to-1 decision on March 15 to approve a luxury development on the publicly owned East 12th Street parcel of land, ignoring a year of protests calling for 100 percent affordable housing on the site. The parcel overlooks Oakland’s Lake Merritt, making it prime property in developers’ eyes.The “Save E. 12th Parcel for the People Coalition” had developed its own counterproposal featuring 100 percent affordable housing under the slogan “Public land for public good.” People locked themselves to posts in the Council chambers as several hundred people filled the main floor and the two balconies, chanting until the Council walked out. Council members reconvened in the mayor’s private chambers and held the vote approving the luxury development, while the people continued to chant and protest just outside the room.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Nominations Open for Your Favorite Farm Mom

first_img Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Mar 10, 2015 SHARE Farm mom nominations openDo you know the woman who should be America’s farm mom of the year? Well, there is a contest to honor her and the nomination window is open from now until March 31st. The 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest is sponsored by Monsanto, and a regional winner last year, Stephanie Essick, the Midwest Farm Mom winner from Iowa, says farm moms play many roles, “Whether you deliver the food or you are the actual farmer,” she told HAT.“I actually farm fulltime and I have for the last 15 years after graduating from Iowa State, and I do everything to combine, to plant and the accounting. Moms can be very involved and do just about anything in agriculture anymore.”HAT spoke with Essick recently at Commodity Classic. Like a lot of farm moms she is very involved in the industry.“I’ve always been passionate about agriculture and wanted to be involved. Right now I’m on the Iowa Soybean Board and am very excited about the future of agriculture. I’ve been here this week at board meetings and delegate sessions.”The program is coordinated by Tracy Mueller, Monsanto brand communications manager.“Any deserving farm mom, whether it’s your sister, your mother, a friend, someone you admire in the community, anybody you feel is a deserving mom can be nominated.”This is the 6th year for the contest which awards $5,000 to the 5 regional winners and an additional $5,000 to the national winner announced just before Mother’s Day. Mueller says it’s important to recognize the incredible moms from America’s farms.“We are just so proud to celebrate women in agriculture and all the contributions they make. They’re amazing women and I don’t even know how they do everything they do in a day. They’re phenomenal women who are really outspoken about agriculture. They’re passionate and wonderful people to know.”American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, will be helping select the semi-finalists.“It is so heart-warming to read the nominations from family members of all ages. They share personal stories and memories of everything women do day in and day out and year in and year out to keep their family and farm going. They’re super heroes to their families,” says Donnell Scott, AAW’s vice president of education, who is leading the judging efforts.Visit AmericasFarmers.com during the nomination period and be prepared to submit a brief essay online about how your nominee contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture.The five regional winners, which are selected from the semi-finalists, will be announced at the end of April, and profiles of the winners will be posted to AmericasFarmers.com, where the public can vote for the one national farm mom winner.Complete eligibility requirements and official contest rules are at the website or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: Sue Dillon, 349 Marshall Ave., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63119. Previous articleUSDA Supply and Demand Report Recognizes Ethanol Industry’s Increased EfficiencyNext articleTPP Negotiations Taking Place This Week Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Nominations Open for Your Favorite Farm Mom SHARE Nominations Open for Your Favorite Farm Momlast_img read more

French Olympic committee chief explains human rights badge ban

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific April 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French Olympic committee chief explains human rights badge ban Follow the news on China RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more ————-15.04.2008 – French Olympic committee capitulates to pressure from IOC and China for ban on “For a better world” badgeReporters Without Borders is dismayed by the decision of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) to ban French athletes from wearing a badge saying “For a better world” during the Beijing Olympic Games.”The International Olympic Committee has clearly imposed its hard line on CNOSF president Henri Sérandour and forced him to take a bad decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The right of the athletes to free expression has been sacrificed in a complete capitulation to the demands of the Chinese organisers.”The organisation added: “The message chosen by the French athletes was taken from the Olympic charter. Why do the IOC and CNOSF prefer the virulently nationalistic and anti-West campaign under way in China to the French athletes’ peaceful and universalist message? This is a harsh rebuff for Sérandour and French sports minister Bernard Laporte.”Reporters Without Borders urges athletes not to comply with the Chinese government’s orders and to go to Beijing with the press freedom organisation’s badges saying “Freedom” in Chinese characters. Reporters Without Borders had these badges made in the five colours of the Olympic rings, and they are meant to be worn by athletes, journalists and members of the public going to Beijing.The CNOSF ban was announced yesterday by Sérandour on the French television station L’Equipe TV. “You cannot wear a badge for this or that cause,” he said. “We are going to respect the charter, which says no concrete demonstration of any kind during the sports events or during the processions in the opening and closing ceremonies.”The proposed badge was chosen two weeks ago by the French athletes with the agreement of the CNOSF and the support of Laporte. It shows the Olympic rings and the words “France” and “For a better world.” The athletes had intended to wear it during the 8-24 August games in Beijing in a show of support for human rights.But, after travelling to Beijing, IOC president Jacques Rogge ruled out the idea of a French badge, saying he had promised China that athletes would not express their views during the games.The opening chapter of the Olympic Charter says: “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.”Article 51-3 of the charter says “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more – 17.04Reporters Without Borders notes that Henri Sérandour, the head of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, and David Douillet, the head of the French Athletes Committee, gave a press conference on 15 April to explain the ban on French athletes wearing their proposed “For a better world” badge during the Beijing Olympic.“This was an entirely French badge but if there is any demonstration in Beijing, everyone must agree to it,” Sérandour said. He and Douillet pointed out that they had on 4 April voiced the desire to see the human rights message become an international one as long as the Olympic Charter was resepcted.“Full-blown negotiations are under way with (IOC Athletes Commission president) Sergeï Boubka and IOC president Jacques Rogge,” Douillet said, adding that French President Nicolas Sarkozy supported this “initiative by the French athletes.”Sérandour added: “I am not a turncoat. I am still with the athletes in this initiative.” News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Creation of first independent journalists’ union against a background of repression

first_imgNews February 3, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders welcomed the creation of Hurriyat (Freedom), the first independent media watchdog in Syria on 9 May 2005 and urged the authorities to officially recognise it.”Hurriyat could play a key role in the liberalisation of the media and the decriminalisation of press offences which we have been demanding for years,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The new centre has been founded by a number of journalists and human rights activists, such as cartoonist Ali Farzat, writer and political commentator Michel Kilo and lawyer Anwar Bunni. “Since the promulgation, in September 2001, of a new press law, the Syrian authorities have stepped up a crackdown on the media. Recent events confirm this total control of the press and the need to create a Syrian press freedom organisation such as Hurriyat,” Reporters Without Borders said.The latest incident of censorship was on 11 May, when the May issue of the privately-owned financial monthly al-Mal (Money) was seized for dealing with sensitive issues. They included an interview with the former finance minister, Issam Zaïm, headlined, “The new direction of the link of the Syrian pound to the dollar is worrying”, a letter sent to President Bashar al Assad by an entrepreneur whose business was seized by the ruling Baath Party in the 60s and an article about corruption in the private sector.In another case, the Syrian authorities halted a series of four programmes about the Syrian press put out by US Arabic-language television al Hurra (The Free One). The day after the first programme was broadcast live from Damascus on 19 April, al-Hurra announced that it was cancelling the rest of the programmes following “harassment” of its team in the capital. On the first programmes guests freely discussed “press legislation and the red lines not to be crossed”.Elsewhere, on 5 May, a defamation trial opened against journalist and writer Hakim Al Baba after he wrote several articles criticising Imad al Shuaibi, a doctor of political science known to be an unofficial government spokesman. The complainant is seeking five million Syrian pounds in damages (around 100,000 dollars).The Syrian secret services have already several times summoned al Baba who regularly writes articles in various Arabic newspapers, using humour to criticise the Syrian political system. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomed the creation of Hurriyat, the first independent media watchdog in Syria on 9 May 2005 and urged the authorities to officially recognise it, against a background of repression. The May issue of the privately-owned financial monthly al-Mal was seized for dealing with sensitive issues. In another case, the Syrian authorities halted a series of four programmes about the Syrian press put out by US Arabic-language television al Hurra. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News News March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Creation of first independent journalists’ union against a background of repressionlast_img read more

[Petition By Former NLSIU VC Challenging NLAT 2020] LIVE UPDATES from SC

first_imgTop Stories[Petition By Former NLSIU VC Challenging NLAT 2020] LIVE UPDATES from SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Sep 2020 12:39 AMShare This – x…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?LoginLive Updates 11 Sep 2020 1:02 AMORDER: “In the meantime, the exam for admission notice in pursuance of 3rd september may take place but neither results be declared nor admissions be secure thereto.”11 Sep 2020 1:00 AMORDER: “List the matter on September 16. A Rejoinder if any be filed by the next date”11 Sep 2020 1:00 AMORDER:”Looking to the importance of issues, respondent may be permitted to file a counter affidavit to the writ petition. Shri Datar submits that he will file counter within three days. All respondents to file counter within 3 days….”11 Sep 2020 12:58 AMORDER:”Petition has challenged the notice dated 3rd september 2020 by NLSIU for admission to the 5 year law course. Counsel for petitioner submit that NLSIU was already notified about the clat postponement and that no separate exam could have been held or notified to be held…11 Sep 2020 12:57 AMSankaranarayan: Some states under lockdown. Datar: Exam is online.Narsimha: This decision was kept secret by them. Highly serious issue.11 Sep 2020 12:55 AMSenior Adv. PS Narsimha: Highly serious issue.My concern is that the Consortium will collapse if exam is permitted to take place.Justice Shah: We are passing orders today. Save your energy for the next date.11 Sep 2020 12:55 AMDatar: College has to start the admissions and begin our year.Justice Bhushan: Have to decide on the permissibility of the exam.11 Sep 2020 12:53 AMJustice Shah: You have already fixed the examination for tomorrow, you hold the exam but the result will not be declared.11 Sep 2020 12:52 AMDatar: This is only 1 year, next year we will go back to the CLAT11 Sep 2020 12:52 AMDatar says that if admissions were not completed within time by September then the institute would have lost 16 crores by not admitting the 120 UG students and other PG students. >Load MoreSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Accurate Numbers Of Covid Cases Needed To Ensure Supplies Of Oxygen, Drugs, Vaccines Are Based On True Figures: Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesAccurate Numbers Of Covid Cases Needed To Ensure Supplies Of Oxygen, Drugs, Vaccines Are Based On True Figures: Madras High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas17 May 2021 6:56 AMShare This – xDuring its suo motu proceedings instituted to take stock of Covid management in the State, the Madras High Court directed the State to ensure underreporting of Covid cases did not occur.Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy underscored the necessity of “ensuring that accurate numbers are indicated so that adequate supplies of O2, drugs, vaccines can be based on true figures…”In any case, recording of true numbers is necessary to maintain true and accurate records for a study for the future, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee records in the order, pointing out that the Prime Minister had also advised against underreporting.Other directionsDistribution of drugsThe Bench, after referring to the Centre and State Government’s documents, expressed that there appeared to be certain anomalies in distribution of essential drugs particularly on basis of positive cases. With this observation, the Court directed the Advocate-General to look into basis of allocating drugs. In its Order, the Court referred to the papers presented on behalf of the Centre which made a reference to additional drugs which are necessary to deal with virus. As far as Tocilizumab is concerned, it is indicated that country is dependent on imports and there is limited supply, it was recorded.The Drugs Controller General indicates there are domestically produced drugs equal to or better than Tocilizumab (Itilizumab, Dexamethasone and Methyl prednisolone), the Court recorded in the order.On need to check prices of drugs dispensed by private healthcare institutionsWhile drug is directly reached to private hospitals, there must be check on prices charged since one of the difficulties faced by ordinary citizens is the massive bills generated by private healthcare institutions, the Court stated.On ensuring oxygen to persons not affected by CovidNeeds and concerns of others must be kept in mind and addressed, patients other than those affected by covid must receive oxygen in the usual course. Local authorities should ensure continuous supply for such purpose, the court instructed.Supplies of RemdesivirAdverting to overcrowding at a Remdesivir distribution center in Nehru Stadium, the Court was informed that the state has stopped the distribution of Remdesivir from the Nehru stadium, apprising the Court that the drug would be directly distributed to hospital upon background check and patients necessity.”While the drug is directly reached to private hospitals there must be a check on price charged by private hospitals since one of the difficulties faced by ordinary citizens is the massive bills generated by private institutions affording healthcare facilities..”, the Court mandated.Facilities in PuducherryDuring the hearing, intervenors brought to the Court’s attention that there may not have adequate beds in Puducherry proper. The Court pointed out that figures furnished by the Union Territory indicate adequate supply of Oxygen, remdesivir, and beds at Kayathar, Mahe, Yanam. However, there appears to be a dearth of beds, ventilator and oxgyen beds…with even the website showing the same, the Court recorded in its order.”It is submitted on behalf of the Union Territory that patients form bordering districts in TN have taken admission at the Pudicherry hospitals which may have resulted in the shortage…Be that as it may, the endeavour to augment no of beds should continue as number of cases on daily basis is quite heavy though rate of increase has shown a dip”, Court recorded.Disposal of dead bodiesIt was also submitted that the manner in which dead bodies were kept in the hospital wards several hours after the death of the patient and the manner in which some deaths are not attributed to Covid.It was also stated that dead bodies in wards demoralise other patients, surely authorities need to remove the dead bodies as soon as possible.The Court appreciated the possibility of number of deaths being higher than mortuary facilities at hospital, but emphasized that the aspect of the case being a Covid death had to be considered. “If there has been a covid death, even if overwhelming factor was the co-morbidities, body has to be disposed based on COVID protocol so that the body does not become a source of infection”, tChief Justice Sanjib Banerjee emphasized in his order.”All should endeavour to accord a level of dignity to the departed, at least for a final time,” the Court additionally said.Conversion of ESI hospitals to COVID hospitals The Centre’s statement revealed that the Centre had two ESI hospitals in Tamil Nadu, while the rest were under the control of the State.In its order, the Court opined that ESI hospitals could have wards dedicated for Covid treatment but could not be converted completely into Covid hospitals. “Should be kept in mind that ESI hospitals for those who contribute, though covid wards can be created,” the bench specifiedDrawing from suggestions made during the hearing, the Court opined that ESI dispensaries may be used as vaccine centers as and when vaccine drives are set into motion in the state and Pudicherry.Need for more stringent conditions of lockdownThe Court left it to the government and local bodies to decide on the need to heighten the stringency of the lockdown”If you go to areas where fishermen stay, slums… 10 people cramped together in 1 house, can you expect them to stay inside all day? All don’t have lawns and bungalows within walls of homes..”, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee remarked during the hearing today.On vulnerability of children to infectionOn this count, the Bench highlighted the need to set plans in place by the State and Union Territory to tackle the issue.”Children are more difficult to control even if admitted to hospitals and beds are available. Children need additional care and may not respond to unknown persons in absence of parents and known relatives…This area needs to be addressed, should the pandemic divert its attention to children in the near future”, the Bench stated in its Order.Overcrowding in prisons After this aspect was raised by one of the Counsel, the Court directed that undertrials be released on lines of Supreme Court’s order so as to ensure there is no overcrowding in correctional homes.On workmenIn a related matter taken up prior to the suo motu case, the High Court expresses a hope that industries exempted from lockdown maintained COVID19 protocol strictly in the interest of workmen. State should take immediate steps, in larger interest, if any of the industries were found as not following protocol, the Court said.Click here to download the OrderTagsSuo Moto COVID-19 Case Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy COVID -19 Next Storylast_img read more

As nation mourns Sante Fe shooting victims, Texas governor tries to find ‘solutions’

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) — Prayers were said at churches across Texas and the nation on Sunday for those killed and wounded in the nation’s latest school shooting as investigators tried to learn what motivated a teenager to allegedly go on a rampage with his father’s guns and homemade bombs.Texas Gov. Doug Abbott attended a service at Arcadia Baptist Church in Santa Fe, where congregants prayed for the loved ones of the eight students and two teachers gunned down and the 13 people wounded. They even prayed for the family of the suspected killer.“Our Father, there is no way that I could even imagine what it would be like for my child to go off to school and not come back. There are no words to take away the hurt and pain, but Father, you have something that can give us peace in spite of the pain,” the Rev. Jerel Watkins, pastor of the church, prayed.Following the service at Arcadia Baptist Church, Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, went to Santa Fe High School, where Friday’s mass shooting unfolded, and laid flowers at a growing memorial in front of the campus.Abbott has also called for a statewide moment of silence at 10 a.m. on Monday to honor the victims killed in Santa Fe.“We’re here today for a day of prayer. We come here today with hearts that are aching, knowing there are parents today without children. I know these parents have no idea what the pathway forward is,” Abbott told reporters at the school.The suspected gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school, allegedly stormed an art classroom Friday morning armed with a shotgun and a pistol authorities say he took from his father’s gun cabinet.Pagourtzis allegedly traded gunshots with police when they arrived at the school, including one who was wounded. The alleged gunman was arrested and charged with capital murder.Pagourtzis’ parents released a statement saying they were “as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events,” and that the portrayal of their son in media reports “seems incompatible with the boy we love.”Abbott said the suspect also tried to use several improvised explosives in the attack.“It’s my understanding that he had several different types of explosive devices. He had CO2 devices, I’m told. He had Molotov cocktails … some that he threw into the classroom, some that were found in his home,” said Abbott.“So it’s clear that he wanted to try to use explosive devices, but he did not put them together in a way that they did explode,” the governor said. “It shows this killer was intent on trying to inflict horrific damage on these kids. And I hope he gets swift Texas justice.”The students who died in the attack were: Shana Fisher, 16; Angelique Ramirez, 15; Christopher Jake Stone, 17; Jared Black, 17; Christian Riley Garcia, 15; Aaron Kyle McLeod; Sabika Sheikh, 17; and Kimberly Vaughan. Two teachers, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, 64, were also killed.The first funeral was held Sunday at the Masjid Sabireen mosque in the Houston suburb of Stafford, Texas, for Sabika Sheikh, an exchange student from Pakistan.While investigators have yet to share a possible motive for the massacre, Shana Fisher’s mother told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston that Pagourtzis romantically pursued her daughter for months despite her repeated refusal to date him. The mother, Sadie Rodriguez, said her daughter finally stood up to Pagourtizis in front of other students less than a week ago and told him to leave her alone.Abbott said that beginning on Tuesday he’ll hold the first of several roundtable discussions with experts and family of the victims killed in Santa Fe and in a mass shooting in November that left 26 people dead at the First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, to come up with ideas to protect schools. Abbott, a Republican, said he’ll also invite people who support gun rights and those who advocate gun control to participate in the roundtables.“I’ve personally spoken to more than 100 people in the Santa Fe area and consistently get the same solution offered up, and that is better security at our schools, better control of ingress and egress to schools, and perhaps metal detectors. I don’t know if that’s a solution or not but these are all the kinds of things that need to be put on the table,” Abbott said.“Those are just some of the ideas. There are many many more that I’ve already identified that I’ll be putting on the table as we begin the meeting process this next week,” he said. “But importantly, it’s essential that we hear from the experts before any hard and fast conclusions are arrived at so that we can have all the information placed on the table and find the right solutions.”He also cited a study in Lubbock, Texas, that was effective in identifying students with mental health challenges and those who pose potential threats to their schools.Abbott said another program in some Texas schools is one that attempts to assess students social media posts for red flags.“For example, this murderer had T-shirts on his website, Facebook page, [that said] ‘Born to Kill’ and there were certain markers that were potentially threatening,” Abbott said. “Obviously, some of these suspects in other areas that have committed these heinous murders also have demonstrated signs in the past in their postings. So this is a new tool that school districts need to consider using to make sure that they have the ability to identify any potential threat.”He said his goal is to “ensure swift and meaningful action.”“The people here in Santa Fe, as well as schools across the state of Texas, deserve swift action, which is exactly why we’re going to begin these roundtable discussions on Tuesday,” Abbott said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How alleged Air Force deserter was found 35 years later living under fake name

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A man who allegedly deserted the U.S. Air Force and vanished without a trace 35 years ago was found at a California home living under a fake name, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release.William Howard Hughes Jr. allegedly deserted the Air Force in July 1983 after coming back from temporary duty in Western Europe, the Air Force said.At the time, Hughes was single and assigned to an Air Force center in New Mexico, where he had responsibilities including “classified planning and analysis of the NATO command, control, and communications surveillance systems,” the Air Force said.He had been sent to the Netherlands July 18, 1983, to work with NATO officers and was due back in Albuquerque on Aug. 1, the Air Force said.But he disappeared. Hughes was last seen in the Albuquerque area withdrawing $28,500 from his bank account at 19 different branches, the Air Force said, though not indicating when.Law enforcement agencies searched in the United States and overseas but couldn’t find him. Friends and co-workers also didn’t provide any information, the Air Force said.The Air Force said it declared Hughes a deserter Dec. 9, 1983.But federal authorities were interviewing a man named Barry O’Beirne last Tuesday as part of a passport fraud investigation, and when they challenged him over his identity’s inconsistencies, he said he was Hughes and had deserted the Air Force in 1983, the news release said. Agents from the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations took Hughes into custody at his California home Wednesday, the Air Force said.Hughes said he had been depressed about being in the Air Force so he deserted, made up the O’Beirne identity and moved to California, the Air Force said.Hughes’ sister, Christine Hughes, told The Associated Press in 1984 that her brother wouldn’t desert and wouldn’t vanish without leaving a note, according to The Washington Post.“We do not feel he disappeared voluntarily,” Christine Hughes said at the time, according to the Post.William Hughes was taken into custody without incident and is at Travis Air Force Base in California awaiting pre-trial confinement, the Air Force said. The Office of Special Investigations declined to comment further on the case, telling ABC News the Air Force has nothing more to add until its legal department moves forward with a recommendation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Learning for life: Musculoskeletal disorders

first_imgLife Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. Traditionally the causes of computer-related injuries are: a) High speed, low pressure, poor equipment b) Low speed, high pressure, poor equipment c) High speed, high pressure, poor equipment d) High speed, low pressure, expensive equipment 2. David’s at risk of injury because: a) He has no secretary b) Of e-mail c) His secretary is on leave d) His secretary cannot use e-mail 3. Risk factors for WRULD include: a) Static load, poor posture, stress b) Static load, poor posture, home working c) Static load, home working, stress d) Home working, poor posture, stress 4. Static load is: a) Lifting and handling b) Unloading a vehicle c) Moving a computer d) Holding muscles with little or no movement 5. Kane (1984) reports that the strain on the neck can lead to pain inthe: a) Neck b) Head c) Arm d) Wrist 6. Stress is: a) The result of bad work b) Highly objective c) The result of overwork d) Highly subjective 7. What skills do schools not teach today? a) Language b) Typing c) Word processing d) Secretarial 8. What is the limiting factor in voice recognition? a) Open plan office b) Noisy office c) Hot desking d) The general public 9. Which lucky NHS worker gets a PC on their desk? a) Nurse manager b) Physiotherapy manager c) Departmental manager d) Medical consultant 10. Who first identified mental stress as a key factor in the developmentof musculoskeletal injuries? a) Ramazzini b) Trevethic c) Pheasant d) Harrington Feedback1.c A great deal has been written and researched about the effects of usingPCs and DSE/VDUs. Poor workstation and poor job design are the main culprits.Refresh your memory and update your knowledge by undertaking a literaturesearch. 2. b David does not have any typing skills and this is anadditional factor putting him at risk of WRULDs. 3. a 4. d Refresh yourmemory on the physiology and health effects of static load. 5. c 6. dHSE publish an excellent resource pack Mental well-being in the workplace thatincludes information how to deal with stress in the workplace. 7. b Canyou type? Can your colleagues? How did they learn? Is there a need for acomputer typing teaching package in your organisation? Would this help toprevent WRULDs? 8. a Discuss with your colleagues the implication ofvoice recognition software in your organisation and whether this would have animpact on the OH department, either directly or indirectly. If OH is aboutpreventative rather than reactive health care, then what changes should the OHdepartment be considering with the introduction of such software? 9. dNo comment! 10. a Previous Article Next Article Learning for life: Musculoskeletal disordersOn 1 Dec 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more