ROI For Nonprofits: The New Key to Sustainability

first_img  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ROI For Nonprofits: The New Key to Sustainability Howard Lake | 6 December 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Anti-eviction campaign uses web, direct action

first_imgBrooklyn, N.Y. — Residents of the Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn are facing a crisis of gentrification. On Feb.22, organizers with “Before It’s Gone, Take it Back: Documenting Brooklyn, Fighting Gentrification” (B4G) met with 60 residents of the area to launch a web-based and direct action “This Is a No-Eviction Zone” campaign.The resident-led group “Equality for Flatbush” initiated “This is a No-Eviction Zone.” Its six-point platform calls for Brooklyn residents to stand with their neighbors “against foreclosures, forced evictions, buyouts and price-outs” by supporting and/or participating in “lawsuits, letter-writing campaigns, picket lines, rent strikes, eviction blockades, lobby days and other tactics to hold corporate developers and greedy landlords accountable.”The platform also calls on residents to support and patronize “businesses that are essential to low-to-middle-income people in my neighborhood” and “to pledge not to allow the NYPD [the New York Police Department] to unlawfully harass or violate the civil rights of my neighbors or myself. … Studies have shown that gentrification and police harassment go hand in hand.”Flyers, stickers and window signs in Spanish, Urdu, Russian and English were distributed to the crowd.B4G meetings are scheduled for other impacted neighborhoods in Brooklyn, including East New York on March 29 at 3 p.m., co-sponsored by Crystal House, an East New York project of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and Flatbush on April 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Third Root Community Health Center.On March 17, the Brooklyn Pride Center is hosting a B4G organizing forum on gentrification for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Brooklyn residents. The meeting will kick off a 10-week series entitled “Documenting Queer Brooklyn: Before It’s Gone, Take It Back.”A main goal of the B4G project is to launch a website hub — — that would serve as a self-documentary art archive for Brooklyn residents to share stories celebrating their lives and resilience in the wake of gentrification. The site would also provide vital housing, legal and organizing resources to help keep Brooklyn residents in their homes. Currently, organizers are engaged in a series of fundraisers and a crowdsourcing campaign to raise $8,000 by May 1 in order to finish construction, gather resources and launch the site.According to the “Equality for Flatbush” Tumblr page, gentrification is defined as a “concerted and deliberate effort to price out low-to-middle-income residents from neighborhoods by city government, corporations, real estate developers, and landlords in favor of renting, selling, and catering to people of higher and/or moreflexible incomes. We know from first-hand experience that the same unscrupulous property owners who use tactics to force longtime older tenants of color out of their rent-stabilized apartments will turn around and illegally overcharge incoming younger white tenants for the same apartment. For this very reason, we believe that all of us —longtime and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income and middle-class people — have a stake in the urgent struggle to save affordable housing in Brooklyn.”Victor Moses, a 24-year-old resident of East Flatbush and recent Morehouse College graduate, says: “I was born and raised in Brooklyn. My heart has been set on living and starting a family here, like my parents did. But with rents the way they are, I can’t manage that. That is something that I can’t and won’t accept — that’s why I fight.”Katie Hydell, a 34-year-old special education teacher who is a new B4G organizer and has lived in Bushwick for the last two years, says: “I believe that affordable housing is a human right for all. It is time to show the people at the top that having all the money does not mean having all the power and we will fight until we win.”Brooklyn residents can receive “No-Eviction Zone” signs, flyers and stickers, schedule a community meeting and get involved in the campaign by calling or texting Equality for Flatbush at (646) 820-6039 or en español (513) 445-8532. Emails can be sent [email protected] On social media follow the hashtags: #BeforeItsGone, #NoEvictionZone and #BrooklynisOURSThe Equality for Flatbush project (E4F) is a people of color-led multinational grassroots organization which does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the Flatbush and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn. E4F was founded in June of 2013 and seeks to “organize our communities for social change and justice through street outreach, social media campaigns, political advocacy and direct action.”Brooklyn residents can call E4F to consult or ask for organizers to help organize No-Eviction Zone strategies in their neighborhoods. E4F also currently offers housing, legal and community organizing resources to Brooklyn residents.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Standing Rock resistance to DAPL continues, links to Alabama pipeline explosion

first_imgWater warriors, Standing Rock.A mass movement of Indigenous people — from within U.S. borders and internationally — continues to build resistance at Standing  Rock, N.D. Their struggle to stop the $3.8 billion crude-oil Dakota Access Pipeline, financed by Energy Transfer Partners, has been underway since April.The Oceti Sakowin (7 Council Fires of the Sioux) are leading a historic, militant struggle against the U.S. and state governments and their armed units as a colonizing force and capitalist institutions in league with Big Oil. In recent weeks, over 300 people have been arrested defending the sovereignty of the Oceti Sakowin people and protecting the region’s water supply.The North Dakota National Guard, police from seven states and private security guards have attacked nonviolent water protectors in a continuation of the racist wars waged against Native peoples in the region since the 1800s.In recent attacks, soldiers and cops have pushed into tipis with automatic weapons, marked those arrested with ID numbers on  their arms, and thrown them into subhuman jail conditions that were likened to dog cages. All those arrested have been routinely stripsearched, and one woman from Standing Rock was reportedly left naked in a cell overnight.Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder of the Yankton Sioux, earlier highlighted specific dangers for Native women, saying of the “mancamps”  of Western oil drilling sites: “We have seen our women suffer. One out of three women in our nation has been sexually assaulted by non-native people.” (, April 22, 2014)Erin Schrode, a CNN reporter, recorded a Nov. 2 attack by the state.  She wrote on her Facebook page that nonviolent water protectors “were seeking to cross the river to hold a prayer circle on Army Corps public land, but [were] halted by over one hundred hostile military police armed with and deploying tear gas, pepper spray, batons and rubber bullets, as well as assault weapons and the  threat of jail. … I was shot at pointblank range, dozens were maced and pepper-sprayed in the face, hundreds faced freezing waters.” That evening helicopters and airplanes harassed the resistance encampments with flyovers and flooding spotlights.Cops fire on water protectors attempting to cross river to sacred site at Standing Rock.‘The world is watching’Oceti Sakowin Camp Coordinator Phyllis Young condemned DAPL: “Since this company has arrived on our land, it has blatantly disregarded  the law and our people.” (, Nov. 6)Of the solidarity continuing to build, Sitting Bull College Visitor’s Center Coordinator Jen Martel emphasized in that article, “The world is watching and is saying it is time for us to stand up against corporate greed.”Supporters are arriving nonstop at Standing Rock camps as the world’s peoples affirm Oceti Sakowin sovereignty and their defense of #WaterIsLife. Youth runners from Flagstaff, Ariz., representing the Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo peoples, entered Standing Rock and received a standing ovation after a 1,400-mile run in late October.Representatives from Indigenous nations in South America have arrived with statements of support from their peoples.  Contingents from Canada to Japan and beyond have come.Solidarity actions are spreading across the U.S., particularly at banks financing DAPL and at local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ offices. In San Francisco, 12 people were arrested Oct. 31 for blocking elevators at the local Citibank headquarters. The bank is a major lender to DAPL.Another focus of solidarity actions will be on Nov. 15 at local Army Corps of Engineers’ locations to demand rejection of the DAPL permit and a full Environmental Impact Statement on the destructive project.Pipeline dangers: From Alabama to North DakotaAll those resisting at Standing Rock emphasize that inevitable pipeline failures will have dreadful consequences for millions of people beyond their own. On Oct. 31, the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline ruptured in Helena, Ala., exploding in a 150-foot geyser of fire, killing one worker and injuring eight more, some with critical burns. The double pipeline carries 100 million gallons of gasoline, jet and diesel fuel daily between the Gulf Coast and New York City. The 50-year-old pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline system in the U.S.This was the second Colonial spill in six weeks and its sixth polluting accident in 2016. A September break spilled from 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline near the uniquely biodiverse Cahaba River. The Oct. 31 incident flooded the land with 168,000 gallons.Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska, at the Standing Rock resistance, spread the word about the Colonial blast: “That explosion is case in point that pipelines are extremely dangerous and when they leak or explode, we’re not just talking about an isolated incident that can be fixed quickly, it can be hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline that can seep into the ground and into the drinking  water.” Houska, a citizen of Couchiching First Nation, is National Campaign Director at Honor the Earth, an environmental group supporting Native nations. (, Nov. 2)The connection between the pipelines was emphasized by Sarah Sunshine Manning (Shoshone-Paiute  and Chippewa-Cree), a reporter for Indian Country Today  Media Network, who was quoted in the same article: “For [the DAPL], slated to go under the Missouri River, there’s not the slightest  bit of confidence, that number one, it won’t break, but secondly, that the detection systems will be able to detect a burst in time.”The Cahaba, Black Warrior, Coosa and Hurricane Creek Riverkeepers of Alabama called pipeline owners to task in a Nov. 2 statement:  “We have every reason to believe that this old pipeline may have other deficiencies such as deterioration, cracks, and leaks. It is time for spills, leaks, and accidents from the Colonial pipeline to end in Alabama. We cannot afford to continue playing Russian Roulette with lives and our drinking water.” They asked for regulators and the company to inspect the line and issue plans for maintenance and upgrade. (, Nov. 2)But this plan places actions to protect people, water and earth in the hands of the colluding capitalist government and Big Oil. An independent report by pipeline experts recently concluded that the Army Corps of Engineers’ original environmental assessment of DAPL completely underestimated the risk of pipeline spills, inadequate construction, failure of regulatory oversight and the impact on both the Oceti Sakowin and everyone living downstream. (, Nov. 3)‘Listen to the water protectors’That the drive for capitalist profit constantly endangers people’s safety and lives was reflected in how the Wall Street Journal covered the Alabama pipeline disaster. The newspaper did not mention any of its environmental consequences or acknowledge by name Anthony Lee Willingham, 48, a 20-year veteran pipeline worker who died in the fire. The pro-big-business newspaper pontificated  on how the explosion would impact gas prices and gave tips on “How to Game the Colonial Pipeline“ by predicting the stock market’s response.The resistance at Standing Rock embodies the mass cross-alliance solidarity that can defeat the death-dealing forces of capitalism. Crucial to this battle are workers, like Willingham, who live  and work  in “right-to-work-for-less” states where legislation is stacked in favor of big business.While AFL-CIO President Trumka has defended the pipeline as “good for jobs,” Liam Cain, a member of Laborers  Union Local 1271 in Cheyenne, Wyo.,  and a spokesperson for Labor for Standing Rock, has a message for the DAPL workers represented by LIUNA.Cain, who has worked on many heavy construction sites and pipeline construction spreads, appeals directly to LIUNA workers:  “To the union laborers working on these projects, I would just implore you to listen to what regular folks are saying. Don’t just listen to the bosses, and not to just the echo-chambers on the spread. Listen to the water protectors, listen to folks talking about just transition, a view of the future. As the saying goes, ‘There’s no jobs on a dead planet.’” (, Oct. 30)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

War crimes in Yemen: Saudi bombs backed by U.S., Britain

first_imgPeople inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.With international silence and virtually nonexistent media coverage, Saudi Arabia continues carrying out its war crimes in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition has accelerated its strikes against Yemen on a daily basis, targeting homes, farms, cars and more.The U.S.-backed Saudi forces bombed a hotel near the Yemeni capital, killing 60 people on Aug. 23. At least 30 civilians were killed or wounded. An Aug. 25 coalition airstrike killed at least 16 people, including seven children. The Saudi government called the attack, which destroyed two residential buildings, a “technical mistake.”In the southern governorate of Taiz, nearly a dozen air strikes have destroyed civilian infrastructure, including a farm.Air raids and hovering drones have become a nightly occurrence in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a. The Saudi coalition attacks have hit several areas, including the September 21st Park, which commemorates the victories of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement. The raids in Sana’a damaged civilian homes and businesses. Along Yemen’s western coast, war planes launched over a dozen air strikes against areas of Hodeidah and Midi.Fighting backDespite the air raids, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees successfully repelled Saudi-backed mercenaries in Taiz, Marib and Hajjah. Yemen’s resistance also launched strong offensives in Najran and Jizan, where forces targeted Saudi mercenaries with rockets and destroyed military equipment.Yemeni forces have increased their assaults in Najran, Jizan and Asir provinces in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war. These provinces are technically on the Saudi side of the border, but were previously part of Yemen’s territory. Yemen’s highly skilled Sniper Unit operates specifically in these areas.Humanitarian disasterAccording to a leaked U.N. report, Saudi coalition forces operating with support from the U.S. and Britain have killed 502 children and injured at least 838 more. (, Aug. 16) They have also destroyed nearly 30 schools. Local organizations estimate the number far higher.The report also recommended adding Saudi Arabia to a list of banned international countries for its chronic human rights violations abroad.Saudi Arabia and its allies have killed thousands in Yemen since 2015 — with full support from the U.S. government and Western powers. The U.N. Human Rights Office has documented 13,829 civilian casualties, including 5,110 people killed, in the two-year war. Many believe the overall death toll is much higher.The impoverished country is also experiencing a globally unprecedented epidemic of cholera, which is mainly caused by unsafe drinking water — in Yemen’s case, from widespread bombing of the infrastructure. Some 500,000 are estimated to have become infected, and more than 2,000 have already lost their lives to the disease since April.For updates, visit thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

No arrests after shooting attack on TV crew covering Sindh flooding

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Organisation News February 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No arrests after shooting attack on TV crew covering Sindh flooding Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders deplores the lack of any significant police response to an incident in which snipers allegedly in the pay of an influential landowner fired on reporter Talat Hussain (picture) and cameraman Haider Ali of the DawnNews TV channel when they were doing a story about the social impact of recent flooding in Thatta, in the southern province of Sindh, on 4 February. No one was fortunately injured.The press freedom organization calls on the provincial authorities to lose no time in carrying out an exhaustive investigation into this shooting attack on journalists, which could have been fatal. No attempt has been made to identify and arrest those responsible although the incident was condemned by Sindh’s chief minister, Qaim Ali Shah, and its governor, Ishratul Ebad Khan.“The crew was fired on and luckily they escaped unhurt,” DawnNews editor Mubashar Zaidi told Reporters Without Borders by telephone from Karachi.The shots were fired by men using submachine guns and other high-calibre firearms who apparently saw the journalists as troublemakers because they were talking to local residents. Villagers said the gunmen were in the pay of Ghulam Qadir Malkani, a former adviser to the Sindh chief minister and they accused Malkani of taking advantage of the flooding to expel them from the land they were occupying.The incident took place when one of the villagers led the TV crew to the area from which they had been evicted. According to Ali, the villager stopped some distance away, saying he could not go any further because armed guards would detain and beat him. Ali and Hussain then walked ahead. Hussain identified himself in a loud voice and called out but no one replied.Suddenly, snipers opened fire on Ali and Hussain and then several gunmen pursued them as they fled. They finally managed to escape to a safe area. Ali had meanwhile not turned off his camera and was able to record the incident.Ranked 151st out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Pakistan is Asia’s most dangerous country for journalists, with 11 killed in 2010. This year got off to a bad start with the murder of Salman Taseer, the governor of the northeastern province of Punjab and owner of the English-language Daily Times, the Urdu-language daily Aaj Kal and the TV station B-Plus, on 4 January was because of his opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Wali Khan Babar, a Geo News TV reporter, was gunned down nine days later while out reporting in Karachi. The Pakistani government must make every effort to end the impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and to prevent a climate of terror from taking permanent hold within the media. June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Concern about safety of journalists amid violent demonstrations over constitutional reform

first_img RSF_en New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Venezuela November 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about safety of journalists amid violent demonstrations over constitutional reform Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the safety of Venezuela’s journalists amid mounting clashes between supporters and opponents of a constitutional reform that was recently adopted by the national assembly. The demonstrations have stepped up since the National Electoral Council formally convened a referendum on the reform for 2 December.According to Agence France-Presse, four students sustained gunshot wounds when gunmen fired on a demonstration by constitutional reform opponents yesterday on the Central University of Venezuela campus in Caracas.“Whether working for pro-government or opposition media, journalists already became the target of the rage of demonstrators on both sides during the December 2006 presidential election,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This situation is being repeated now on an even more serious scale. We call on political parties and organisations taking part in the demonstrations to calm their activists and ensure respect for press freedom. Everyone has a duty to see that the referendum debate is a peaceful one.”On 25 October, just before parliament approved the proposed reform, Paulina Moreno of TV Ávila (a public television station owned by the pro-government Caracas city hall) was injured by a home-made explosive device while covering a forum at the Caracas Institute of Teaching, while a TV Ávila cameraman was beaten and sprayed with insecticide by opponents of the reform.Under the proposed amendments to the 1999 constitution, the president will empowered to declare a state of emergency of unlimited duration (article 338) that could include the suspension of certain basic rights and freedoms, including press freedom (article 337).———-26.10 – National assembly approves constitutional reform restricting access to in formation under state of emergencyIn an almost unanimous vote (160 in favour and seven abstentions), Venezuela’s national assembly yesterday approved a constitutional reform increasing the president’s powers and enabling him to decree an unlimited state of emergency without needing the supreme court’s approval (article 338). The right to a fair trial and access to information would henceforth be among the constitutional guarantees that can be suspended under a state of emergency (article 337). The amendments are to be put to a referendum on 2 December.“As modified, article 337 is in its own right a setback for basic freedoms in general and press freedom in particular,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is reason for even more concern about the use of this article in combination with the following one, empowering the president, on his sole authority, to proclaim an unlimited state of emergency.”The press freedom organisation added: “According to the judicial precedents set by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, to which Venezuela is bound as a member of the Organisation of American States, a state of emergency must not be indefinite. Furthermore, it must not be used as a convenient way of reducing press freedom in a country in which the media are already very polarised.”_________________________________________________17.10.07 – National Assembly urged to rethink proposed constitutional charges that violate press freedomMadam Deputy Desiré Santos Amaral First Vice-President of the National Assembly CaracasDear Madam Deputy,Reporters Without Borders would like to share with you its concern about the reform of the 1999 Bolivarian Constitution, which is being debated by the National Assembly and which is to be put to a referendum next December. We fear that the proposed changes to articles 337 and 338 of the constitution, if approved in their current form, are liable to violate press freedom.In its original form, article 337 allows certain constitutional guarantees to be suspended in a state of emergency decreed by the government, but specifies that inviolable rights such as the right to life, protection of physical integrity and the exclusion of any use of torture, the right to communicate, the right to a fair trial and access to information cannot be suspended. The new version of article 337 excludes the last two from the range of rights considered inviolable, even in a state of emergency.The fact that the right to a fair trial is no longer guaranteed in such circumstances is already a source of concern for the rule of law. But a state of emergency does not affect the public’s right to be informed and the media’s right to inform them. The amendment to article 337 violates press freedom. As a professional journalist, how could you accept this kind of restriction?The amendment to article 338 compounds the danger of abuses already mentioned. The original wording says “the state of emergency can last 30 days, and can be renewed for the same period, or in cases of internal or external conflict, it can last as long as 90 days, and can be renewed for the same period.” The amended form drops any mention of a deadline for renewal and allows the president to proceed without referring to the Supreme court.As you know, these provisions violate judicial precedents set by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, to which Venezuela is bound as a member of the Organisation of American States. The court has ruled several times that a state of emergency cannot last indefinitely, especially as regards the compromising of basic freedoms. As you also know, public opinion is deeply divided on these two aspects of the proposed constitutional reform and the divisions extend to the parties in the ruling coalition. The Communist Party of Venezuela, Patria para Todos (Homeland for All) and Podemos (We Can) had expressed their disapproval and have called for the referendum to be postponed so that the Venezuelan people can learn more about the proposed amendments.Students who came to demonstrate outside parliament against the amendment of article 337 on 15 October were dispersed by the police. Two journalists, Francia Sánchez of RCTV Internacional and Diana Carolina Ruiz of Globovisión, were physically attacked as the police looked on without intervening.It is vital, under these circumstances, that the National Assembly should take the time to have a proper debate and act with care. We hope you will help this come about.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely,Robert Ménard Secretary-General to go furthercenter_img VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more News Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News August 25, 2020 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Don’t worry, the music is coolHot Summer Nights opens today at Noel Plaza

first_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Don’t worry, the music is coolHot Summer Nights opens today at Noel Plaza WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Local Newscenter_img Mariachi Armonia opens tonight with a dynamic mariachi ensemble of Odessans and Midlanders experienced in the Mexican tradition of mariachi. The variety of music being offered this summer is really something. Really. Everything from mariachi to jazz to classic rock. And it is all free. Hot Summer Nights is part of Downtown Odessa and the Odessa Arts and offers free Friday night concerts most Fridays from June to August. Food truck set up and Odessans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music, which starts at sundown. The events typically end about 10 p.m. and are at Noel Heritage Plaza, 321 W. Fifth St. (across from the library). Tonight opens with Mariachi Armonia. Their website,, describes them as a dynamic mariachi ensemble of Odessans and Midlanders experienced in the Mexican tradition of mariachi.COMING THIS SUMMER June 14: The Permian Playhouse presents “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The musical was on stage at the Playhouse in February and is a musical review of lyrist Jerome Leiber and composer Mike Stoller’s greatest tunes. Their names may not be household names but their music is certainly recognizable. They helped create a number of rock icons with their music including The Drifters, The Coasters, Ben E. King, Dion and the Belmonts, Elvis Presley and more. June 21: Disco Daze. June 28: West Texas Jazz Project. July 12: Basin Big Band featuring Eric and Emily Baker. The Bakers are well known to Permian Basin audiences. The couple came to the Permian Basin in July 2006, where Emily Baker served as the assistant choir director at Bonham Junior High for one year and as the music teacher at Hays Magnet Academy for two years. In 2009, Mrs. Baker resigned her full time teaching position to stay at home with her three girls, Piper, Keller and Harper. In addition to directing the Voices of the Permian Basin Youth Choir for the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, she sings regularly with The Jumping Giants and teaches fourth to sixth grade music on Fridays at Midland Classical Academy. Eric Baker was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years and in July 2006 became co-principal trumpet with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. He has also performed with the Big Spring Symphony, and the San Angelo Symphony, the Legend Brass Quintet, the West Texas Trumpet Workshop, and the Salt River Brass Band. He also performs regularly with the Lone Star Brass Quintet, Current Nine, The Pinstripes Jazz Quartet, and Emily & the Rhumba Kings. He performed with the touring production of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, and has performed on stage with The Temptations and The Four Tops. He free-lances all over West Texas, and is a highly sought-after marching band clinician and private teacher. He was appointed to the position of Director of Bands at Odessa College in 2009 where he conducts the Concert, Jazz, and Athletic bands, teaches the trumpet studio, conducts the opera productions, and serves as Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department. July 19: Lone Star Attitude is an alternative Dallas party band. Since 2005, this Dallas rock band has played corporate parties and private events Texas. Aug. 2: Free Spirit. Aug. 9: Victor & Penny. The website details that the group delivers swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. Victor & Penny were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articleOAT060819 Quarter Century 03Next articleMindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Gardai investigating Carndonagh couple’s deaths make an appeal

first_img Twitter Gardai investigating Carndonagh couple’s deaths make an appeal By News Highland – October 24, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleGaelscoil in Strabane evacuated as police search for ‘suspicious device’Next articleMeeke drops out of contention in Spain News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai say they are keen to trace the movements of a vehicle as part of their investigation into deaths of Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy at their home in Churchtown, Carndonagh.A 42-year-old man, arrested by gardai investigating the deaths of the couple remains in garda custody in Buncrana. The man is understood to be the couple’s son.A hatchet found at the house is being examined as part of the investigation.Superintendent Eugene McGovern made this appeal earlier on the Shaun Doherty Show:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Tributes continue to be paid the Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy today.Jimmy was a retired teacher while Kathleen was a retired nurse.Local Councillor Albert Doherty knew both of them personally:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Supreme Court Directs High Courts To Reconsider And Update Rules Relating To Execution Of Decrees

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Directs High Courts To Reconsider And Update Rules Relating To Execution Of Decrees LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 April 2021 11:33 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court directed the High Courts to reconsider and update all the Rules relating to Execution of Decrees, made under exercise of its powers under Article 227 of the Constitution of India and Section 122 of CPC, within one year.The bench comprising former CJI SA Bobde, Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat observed thus while issuing directions to reduce delays in the execution proceedings which shall be enforceable till the Rules are updated by High Courts. The court said that it must be ensured that the Rules are in consonance with CPC and the directions (issued now), with an endeavour to expedite the process of execution with the use of Information Technology toolsThe court said that directions are issued in larger public interest to subserve the process of justice so as to bring to an end the unnecessary ordeal of litigation faced by parties awaiting fruits of decree and in larger perspective affecting the faith of the litigants in the process of law. The court was considering an appeal arising out of an execution proceedings which is pending for over 14 years. While dismissing the appeals, the bench observed that these appeals portray the troubles of the decree holder in not being able to enjoy the fruits of litigation on account of inordinate delay caused during the process of execution of decree. The court said that there is steady rise of proceedings akin to a re-trial at the time of execution causing failure of realisation of fruits of decree and relief which the party seeks from the courts despite there being a decree in their favour.”We further direct all the High Courts to reconsider and update all the Rules relating to Execution of Decrees, made under exercise of its powers under Article 227 of the Constitution of India and Section 122 of CPC, within one year of the date of this Order. The High Courts must ensure that the Rules are in consonance with CPC and the above directions, with an endeavour to expedite the process of execution with the use of Information Technology tools. Until such time these Rules are brought into existence, the above directions shall remain enforceable”, the bench said in its order.Till such Rules are brought into existence, the following directions shall remain enforceable:In suits relating to delivery of possession, the court must examine the parties to the suit under Order X in relation to third party interest and further exercise the power under Order XI Rule 14 asking parties to disclose and produce documents, upon oath, which are in possession of the parties including declaration pertaining to third party interest in such properties. In appropriate cases, where the possession is not in dispute and not a question of fact for adjudication before the Court, the Court may appoint Commissioner to assess the accurate description and status of the property.After examination of parties under Order X or production of documents under Order XI or receipt of commission report, the Court must add all necessary or proper parties to the suit, so as to avoid multiplicity of proceedings and also make such joinder of cause of action in the same suit.Under Order XL Rule 1 of CPC, a Court Receiver can be appointed to monitor the status of the property in question as custodia legis for proper adjudication of the matter.The Court must, before passing the decree, pertaining to delivery of possession of a property ensure that the decree is unambiguous so as to not only contain clear description of the property but also having regard to the status of the property.In a money suit, the Court must invariably resort to Order XXI Rule 11, ensuring immediate execution of decree for payment of money on oral application.In a suit for payment of money, before settlement of issues, the defendant may be required to disclose his assets on oath, to the extent that he is being made liable in a suit. The Court may further, at any stage, in appropriate cases during the pendency of suit, using powers under Section 151 CPC, demand security to ensure satisfaction of any decree.The Court exercising jurisdiction under Section 47 or under Order XXI of CPC, must not issue notice on an application of third-party claiming rights in a mechanical manner. Further, the Court should refrain from entertaining any such application(s) that has already been considered by the Court while adjudicating the suit or which raises any such issue which otherwise could have been raised and determined during adjudication of suit if due diligence was exercised by the applicant.The Court should allow taking of evidence during the execution proceedings only in exceptional and rare cases where the question of fact could not be decided by resorting to any other expeditious method like appointment of Commissioner or calling for electronic materials including photographs or video with affidavits.The Court must in appropriate cases where it finds the objection or resistance or claim to be frivolous or mala fide, resort to Sub-rule (2) of Rule 98 of Order XXI as well as grant compensatory costs in accordance with Section 35A.Under section 60 of CPC the term “…in name of the judgment- debtor or by another person in trust for him or on his behalf” should be read liberally to incorporate any other person from whom he may have the ability to derive share, profit or property.The Executing Court must dispose of the Execution Proceedings within six months from the date of filing, which may be extended only by recording reasons in writing for such delay.The Executing Court may on satisfaction of the fact that it is not possible to execute the decree without police assistance, direct the concerned Police Station to provide police assistance to such officials who are working towards execution of the decree. Further, in case an offence against the public servant while discharging his duties is brought to the knowledge of the Court, the same must be dealt stringently in accordance with law.The Judicial Academies must prepare manuals and ensure continuous training through appropriate mediums to the Court personnel/staff executing the warrants, carrying out attachment and sale and any other official duties for executing orders issued by the Executing Courts.Case: Rahul S Shah vs. Jinendra Kumar Gandhi [CA 1659-1660 of 2021]Coram: CJI SA Bobde, Justices L. Nageswara Rao, S. Ravindra BhatCounsel: Adv Shailesh Madiyal, Adv Paras JainCitation: LL 2021 SC 230Click here to Read/Download Order TagsExecution of Decree Supreme Court CJI SA Bobde #Justice L. Nageswara Rao Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt Next Storylast_img read more

“State Failed to Protect Right to Life of Citizens, We All Have Failed” Delhi High Court On The Death Of Advocate’s Relative Who Pleaded For ICU Bed

first_imgNews Updates”State Failed to Protect Right to Life of Citizens, We All Have Failed” Delhi High Court On The Death Of Advocate’s Relative Who Pleaded For ICU Bed Srishti Ojha30 April 2021 8:54 AMShare This – x”We only want to say that the state has failed in fulfilling its fundamental obligations of protecting the fundamental rights.” Remarked a division bench comprising of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli on being informed during the course of hearing that a relative of a lawyer appearing before the Court had passed away.The lawyer whose relative was in dire need of an ICU bed, had preferred a writ petition in the High Court seeking intervention of the Court for providing help in the matter. During the course of hearing today, the Bench had asked if the help was still needed. On this, the lawyer, who broke down before the Court, informed thus:”The help isn’t needed anymore. He just passed away. I have failed.”At this juncture, Justice Vipin Sanghi orally remarked “No the state has failed. We all have failed.” Condoling the death, the Bench recorded the same in the order.”We’ve been informed during hearing that Counsel’s relative has passed away. We only want to say that the state has failed in fulfilling its fundamental obligations of protecting the fundamental rights.” The bench observed.The order passed by the bench said :”During the course of the hearing, Mr. Amit Sharma, who has filed the said petition has informed us that the patient i.e. Mr. Atul Kumar Sharma has expired.. We can only say that the State has failed in fulfilling itsobligations of protecting the basic Fundamental Right i.e. Right to Life acknowledged in the Article 21 of the Constitution of India. 23.This writ petition is accordingly disposed of as infructuous”The Bench was hearing a bunch of writ petitions concerning Covid 19 situation and dearth of oxygen supply in the national capital.Edited by Nupur ThapliyalClick here to read/download the orderTagsDelhi High Court Covid death COVID -19 second covid wave Next Storylast_img read more