Dominican Republic moving toward self-sustainability by 2016

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Photo: Julius Ariail[Episcopal News Service – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] As the Diocese of the Dominican Republic continues toward self-sustainability, companion relationships and a growing sense of stewardship will remain a key component in the diocese’s plan for further growth and development.“It possible to reach self-sufficiency with the help of companion dioceses and the efforts that we put into local stewardship,” said Dominican Republic Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín.For the church to continue in its mission, he continued, it needs the support of the local churches, schools and other institutions, as well as the support Episcopal Church women, companion diocese and local individuals who support the church in its mission.The 2014 budget passed during the diocese’s Feb. 14-16 annual convention included provisions by which each of the diocese’s 55 missions would take on a larger share of their own operating costs and percentage of clergy salaries paid. The convention’s theme was taken from John 15:16, “We are called to bear lasting fruit.”During his address to the convention, during which Holguín officially called for the election of a coadjutor, he said that the diocese had been working hard to ensure its financial self-sustainability. It has had support, he said, on several fronts:Local congregations, most of which have limited resources, have begun to take responsibility for some of their own costs, stewardship, utilities, maintenance, clergy salaries, Christian education and social programs.Congregations have started entrepreneurial programs.The diocese’s schools, conference centers and institutions continue to grow in their own administrative capacities and the services they offer, increasing their income and contribution to the diocese and its mission in the country.The Dominican Development Group and the Episcopal Church’s annual subsidy provide continued support.The subsidy, however, will not continue forever and Episcopal Church’s Province IX dioceses spread across the Caribbean and Central and northern South America have begun to implement strategies for financial independence from the Episcopal Church’s historic block grant program, which in the current triennium allocates $2.9 million for Province IX.Dominican Republic Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín officially called for a bishop coadjutor during the Feb. 14-16 Diocesan Convention. Photo: Julius AriailRecently, on the recommendation of the Second Mark of Mission working group, a group convened by the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council during its Feb. 5-7 meeting in Maryland agreed to an 18-year plan for “self-sufficiency,” in support of sustainable mission and ministry in Province IX, which includes the Dominican Republic.“This is coming out of a need for Province IX that the leaders of those dioceses came to themselves,” said Sam McDonald, deputy chief operating officer and director of mission for the Episcopal Church.“We are trying to move into a spiritually healthier relationship built on mutuality and not dependency.”Beginning with the three dioceses closest to achieving self-sufficiency – the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Colombia – the plan calls for each diocese to receive an infusion of funds based on a strategic plan for self-sustainability. As they become sustainable, they are to commit to working with the province’s other dioceses to help them achieve the same goal.The other four Province IX dioceses are: Ecuador Central, Ecuador Litoral, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The Diocese of Puerto Rico is self-sustainable. The triennial budget also included an additional $1 million for Province IX with the goal of “strengthening the province for sustainable mission.” This money will be made available to the dioceses to further their progress toward self-sustainability.The next step is for the Dominican Republic and Honduras to submit proposals outlining how the money will be used to promote self-sustainability, said Martha Gardner, chair of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on World Mission, in a Feb. 13 telephone interview with ENS.Companion relationships, said Gardner, will play a major part in helping the dioceses reach self-sufficiency.Strength in numbersDominican Republic Bishop Julio Cesar Holguín ordained four deacons during the closing Eucharist of the 56 annual Diocese of the Dominican Republic Diocesan Convention. Photo: Julius Ariail.The Dominican Republic is a case in point.  Over the past 20 years the number of companion relationships has grown from four to 15; over the past 15 years, the diocese has grown to include more than 11,000 Episcopalians, 55 churches and more than 30 schools and institutions. The diocese has a $1.1 million annual budget.In 1998, the Dominican Development Group was formed with the primary goal of seeking the “human, material and financial resources that are required to maintain the diocese’s rate of growth and to provide the diocese with the ability to maintain ‘quality’ programs.”In 15 years, the DDG has raised more than $10 million to finance the building of infrastructure, including churches, schools, day-care centers and medical clinics, in the Dominican Republic. It is held up as a model of entrepreneurship across Province IX.While “self-sustainability” means that the church in the Dominican Republic eventually will no longer be dependent on the block grant program, the DDG will plan an important role in helping it to sustain the growth underway already, said Bill Kunkle, the group’s executive director.“The goal would be to continue the growth, we wouldn’t want to stagnate,” he said. “That’s where the teams come in in support of the growth, expanding the ministries and partnerships.”As executive director, Kunkle serves as the diocese’s U.S.-based companion-relationship liaison. Along with Karen Carroll, an Episcopal Church missionary who has served in the Dominican Republic for nine years, he helps to coordinate from 50 to 70 mission teams that travel to the Dominican Republic to help build and maintain church properties, run vacation Bible schools and conduct medical and other missions.Mission teams often visit the Dominican Republic annually; what can begin as a “colonial” type relationship in which North Americans want to direct projects and initiatives, over time gives way to solid partnerships in which each party benefits.The Rev. Adolfo Moronta describes the construction progress in San Isidro to Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley and Bill Kunkle, the executive director of the Dominican Development Group. Photo: Julius Ariail.It was the notion of partnership, rather than just sending money to support projects, attracted and has sustained the companion relationship between the Dominican Republic and the Diocese of Eastern Michigan.“We’ve been in ‘colonial relationships’ and this is something different,” said Eastern Michigan Bishop Todd Ousley, who attended the diocesan convention.It’s also clear, said Northwest Texas Bishop Scott Mayer, whose diocese also has a companion relationship with the Dominican Republic, that the Episcopal Church’s domestic dioceses could learn a lot from how the diocese plants its missions.“They plant missions where they see a need, we plant churches where we see a growth track,” he said.Diocesan Convention attendees broke into groups for round-table discussions on the Five Marks of Mission. Photo: Julius Ariail.Self sustainability plans take shapeDuring a July 2013 meeting of lay and ordained leaders of Province IX and church center staff, the consensus was that “the current relationship between the dioceses of Province IX and the rest of the Episcopal Church is influenced by the nature of the historical block grants that establish a relationship of dependency. This is not spiritually healthy, either for the ‘dependent’ or the ‘depended upon,’” according to a document that was released following the meeting.The document created by the Mark 2 Mission group was born of a longer conversation that began in earnest in March 2011 with a conference in Tela, Honduras.In March 2012, during a Provincial Synod meeting in the Dominican Republic, the dioceses officially adopted sustainability as a focus. In May 2013, the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference held in Bogotá, Colombia, also focused on self-sustainability.Each diocese is at a different stage in the process. Even though dioceses of Province IX share a common language, some are well established, some new. The province’s newest diocese, Venezuela, for example, has only officially been a diocese of the Episcopal Church since 2006. The Dominican Republic celebrated 100 years as part of the Episcopal Church, and 116 years of existence, in 2013. Colombia celebrates 50 years this year.Bishop Victor Scantlebury has served for two-and-a-half years as the provisional bishop in the Diocese of Central Ecuador, which looks very different from the Dominican Republic.“My job is to rebuild the diocese, and at the same time help them begin building a plan for self-sustainability,” said Scantlebury, adding that his three main areas of focus include helping the church find its identity, retain members and teach stewardship.The 18-year-plan, he said, takes the diocese to 2030.“It would seem like we have a long time, but not for me,” Scantlebury. “I’m working vigorously to make clergy and laity aware of the fact that we are in this process, and that soon the Episcopal Church [block grants] will not be there anymore.”Part of that challenge is, he said, that in Latin America, where the Roman Catholic culture continues to dominate, parishioners typically give an offering to the church during services, but people don’t think of themselves as “stewards,” he said.In the Dominican Republic, the diocese has already begun to take on the role of stewardship, which also leads to a healthier dynamic within the diocese and encourages priests to develop their own strategies for self-sustainability.“We have to be creative and think of what we can do,” said the Rev. Vicente Peña, who, for instance, worked with the government to allow the diocese to use the cultural center free of charge for its Sunday worship service to close convention because the cathedral wasn’t large enough to accommodate the more than 1,500 people in attendance.In its conversations about self-sustainability and the healthier dynamic it would create between the Province IX dioceses and the Episcopal Church, the Mark 2 team acknowledged “the pragmatic reality that there is a potential future of diminishing revenue at a churchwide level to sustain the historical block grants.”And it said, “It may be that this is a providential convergence of the desire and recognition of the spiritual importance of being free of dependency and the very likely reality that current models are not indefinitely sustainable.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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It seems the North East borders with Haiti area is not on the radar for Dominicans or Haitians. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising has been publishing since 1994. Now it’s the turn of Australian fundraisers to enjoy the benefits of a specialist Web site. UK Fundraising has been publishing since 1994. Now it’s the turn of Australian fundraisers to enjoy the benefits of a specialist Web site. AusFundraising,/a> has just been set up by Martin Johnson, Communications Manager at Martin Johnson at Wesley Mission in Sydney. The site includes a number of resources for fundraisers including its own articles. There is even an online bookshop where you can buy some of the books available on Internet fundraising. UK Fundraising readers might remember Martin Johnson’s research into online fundraising by Australian charities. Read UK Fundraising’s September 1998 report about his survey and subsequent report “On-line donations to Non-Profit Organisations”. Advertisement AusFundraising Martin has also just published Non-profit organisations and the Internet, an article based on his research, in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal First Monday. Howard Lake | 8 February 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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Estibadores cierran puertos en Área de la Bahía el 1º de Mayo

first_imgOakland, California, 01 de mayo – Una vez más las/os miembros del International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Sindicato Internacional de Estibadores y Almacenes) Local 10 realizaron una valiosa hazaña cuando votaron por cerrar todos los puertos en la Área de la Bahía y marchar a la Alcaldía de la ciudad de Oakland en contra del terror policial. El enfoque político en el momento de la decisión fue el asesinato por la policía, de Walter Scott el 04 de abril en Carolina del Sur. Scott tenía fuertes vínculos familiares con la Asociación Internacional de Estibadores (ILA) allí, y el ILWU Local 10 votó para mostrar su solidaridad con el ILA.“Yo sometí la resolución para cerrar el puerto porque me siento orgulloso de la historia de resistencia de mi sindicato, y sentí que era tiempo de que los trabajadores se manifiesten fuertemente contra el terror de la policía”, dijo Stacey Rodgers, el miembro de ILWU que inició la acción del puerto. “Estamos en un momento histórico en nuestro país. Los trabajadores siempre han sido parte de los momentos históricos de este país, y continuamos ese legado el Primero de Mayo”.Luego Freddie Grey fue asesinado por la policía de Baltimore.Hoy, Día Internacional de las/os Trabajadores, la membresía del ILWU y más de 1.000 miembros de la comunidad salieron para mostrar su rabia sobre los recientes homicidios policiales y todos los casos de terror policial.  El Local 10 y varios grupos comunitarios y otros sindicatos organizaron una manifestación en el Puerto de Oakland, seguida de una marcha por los Proyectos Acorn en West Oakland y otra manifestación en la Plaza Oscar Grant frente a la Alcaldía de Oakland.En el puerto, las/os trabajadores portuarios denunciaron el terror policial, incluyendo a la familia de Jeremiah Moore, un hombre autista que la policía mató a balazos en Valejo, Calif., el 20 de octubre de 2012, y el tío de Richard ‘Pedie’ Pérez, un hombre desarmado a quien miembros del Departamento de la Policía de Richmond dispararon el 14 de septiembre.La banda musical del ILWU encabezó la marcha.  Las/os manifestantes llevaban banderas, incluyendo una que decía “Justicia para Yuvette”.  Yuvette Henderson fue asesinada el 3 de febrero por la policía de Emeryville.  En otras se leía: “¡Primero de Mayo!, ¡A luchar por Freddie Grey!”, “No a la ejecución por falta de atención médica, libertad para Mumía Abu-Jamal” y “Alto al terror policial, ILWU Local 10”.Las/os estudiantes en los parques de recreo de una escuela primaria y una escuela secundaria en la ruta de la marcha saludaban y gritaban jubilosamente al pasar las/os manifestantes.  Éstos, a su vez se pararon para enseñarles consignas como “Toda la noche, todo el día, lucharemos por Freddie Grey”.Cat Brooks, de ONYX y el Proyecto Anti-Terror Policial, dijo en un comunicado de prensa, “La única forma que este país nos va a tomar en serio es si interrumpimos su comercio y hacemos un impacto en su economía. No funciona el simplemente apelar a su humanidad.  Si ese hubiera sido el caso, la epidemia de genocidio negro a manos de la policía hubiera terminado hace décadas”.En un mensaje leído a la multitud en la Plaza Oscar Grant, Clarence Thomas de la Local 10 dijo: “Esta movilización de hoy es más que una protesta.  Es un acto de resistencia. El Local 10 está cerrando el tránsito de los cargamentos internacionales.  Al silenciar las grúas en los puertos, nosotros, la clase obrera, hacemos que escuchen nuestras voces fuerte y claramente por todo el mundo hoy. . .  La tarea suprema de la clase obrera es desafiar a la América corporativa – de frente — como parte de un nuevo movimiento popular para todas/os los trabajadores y oprimidos en este país”.Cat Brooks, Stacey Rodgers y Jack Heyman, miembro jubilado de ILWU, co-presidieron la manifestación en la Plaza Oscar Grant.  Otras/os oradores fueron Fred Hampton, Jr., el tío Bobby (el tío de Oscar Grant), Jeralynn Blueford (madre de Alan Blueford, quien fue asesinado por la policía), mesha Monge-Irizarry (madre de Idriss Stetley), el rapero Boots Riley y Judy Greenspan del Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero.Las/os organizadores incluyeron miembros de base del Local 10, el Proyecto Anti-Terror Policial, Comité Organizador de ONYX, el Centro Alan Blueford por la Justicia, Community Ready Corps, Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero, la Campaña Amor y no Sangre, y Answer.  Los endosos sindicales incluyeron al Local 1021 de los Empleados de Servicio (SEIU), la Asociación de Educación de Oakland, el sindicato de Estudiantes-Trabajadores de la Universidad de California (Local 2865 de Trabajadores Automotrices Unidos, UAW) y la junta de minorías del Sindicato de Electricistas de San Francisco.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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U.S. and 11 puppets approve military intervention in Venezuela

first_imgPublished in Al Mayadeen TV Español, translation by Internationalist 360°.The United States and 11 Latin American countries spoke out in favor of a possible military intervention against the Venezuelan government. They did so through an assembly of the Organization of American States which activated the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), a 1947 agreement that commits to mutual defense among nations in the Western Hemisphere — that is, the possibility of establishing an armed coalition.“This decision acknowledges the fact that the depth of the Venezuelan crisis obliges us to appeal to all mechanisms,” said the chief of staff of the secretary general of the OAS, Luis Almagro, who has defended the possibility of military intervention in Venezuela for the past year.Mexico, one of the countries that opposed the activation of TIAR, published a communiqué in which it affirmed that it “categorically rejects the invocation of the TIAR to intervene in the internal affairs of states because it considers it unacceptable to use a mechanism that contemplates the use of military force.” It also noted that this step “brings us dangerously close to a point of no return.”The Venezuelan government condemned those within the OAS who took the step to activate TIAR, including the governments of Argentina, Colombia and Brazil. In a communiqué, the Foreign Ministry stated: “It is necessary to remember that TIAR was imposed on our region by the United States in the framework of the Cold War, and its purpose was to legitimize military interventions in Latin America for ideological reasons. This was the case in Guatemala in 1954, in Cuba in 1961, in the Dominican Republic in 1965, in Grenada in 1983 and in Panamá in 1989.”“The threat of the use of TIAR — of the use of implicit force in the TIAR convocation — is completely absurd, it contradicts all the principles of coexistence and peaceful solution of controversy and self-determination of the peoples,” said Celso Amorín, former foreign minister of Brazil.Part of the agreement reached between the 12 countries is to convene during the United Nations General Assembly, which will take place at the end of September, to decide what measures to take. They also agreed to report the decision to the United Nations Security Council.The activation of this mechanism had been requested for several months by sectors of the Venezuelan opposition that insist the only way to obtain political power is through a foreign military intervention, an invasion of a mercenary army from outside or an internal coup by a sector of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB).The opposition includes, for example, María Corina Machado, Antonio Ledezma, and the right-wing gang gathered in Miami.Juan Guaidó, for his part, had attempted to maintain a position of balance between the parties, proposing that all options were open, from dialogue to TIAR, as long as he achieves his objectives, condensed in the following formula: cessation of usurpation [meaning President Nicolás Maduro has to resign], transitional government, free elections.Guaidó’s problem was that he never decided on what steps to take: the leadership always came from the United States and, to a lesser extent, from his Popular Will party, which he was not a leader of when he proclaimed himself president.And the directions given by the United States are marked by questions following the dismissal of John Bolton as security advisor. His exit took place in a framework of disagreements with Donald Trump on several conflicts, such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and in particular Venezuela, where the president stated that Bolton had “crossed the line.”Bolton’s dismissal came at a time of greater tension between Venezuela and Colombia, in a scenario where Nicolás Maduro said that the government of Ivan Duque seeks to activate “a false positive to create an armed conflict” between the two countries. Bolton, as he expressed in different open geopolitical disputes, was in favor of a forceful solution in the case of Venezuela and was in charge of publicly attacking the dialogues in Barbados mediated by Norway.The escalation of tension between the two countries was denounced by Maduro as a principal route used by the United States and the Colombian and Venezuelan right to reach a scenario that could provoke a military clash. Was that the line Bolton crossed? Trump did not specify and did not respond to the possibility of meeting with the Venezuelan president.The policy against Venezuela will continue to be carried out by men like Elliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo, along with the new acting security advisor, Charles Kupperman, advisor to former President Ronald Regan between 1981 and 1989 and second in command under Bolton.Meanwhile, the head of foreign policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, spoke in the framework of her tour of Cuba, Mexico and Colombia in favor of the resumption of dialogue between the two countries. Her statement was given while TIAR was being activated, which brought into clear view the two contending lines: one that insists on an overthrow by military action and one that is committed to dialogue in order to reach an agreement.The U.N. General Assembly will be the next arena where siege diplomacy against Venezuela will play its hand. Both in the sphere of TIAR, and the positions of Duque and Maduro, who will confront each other: the first affirming that Venezuela protects the Colombian guerrillas; the second pointing out that Colombia seeks to fabricate a war where there are already covert actions and for which the Venezuelan government has mobilized the Bolivarian Armed Forces in border exercises.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Indiana Lands National Agritourism Convention

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Lands National Agritourism Convention By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 29, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana Lands National Agritourism Convention Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced that the nation’s foremost agritourism convention is coming to Indiana in 2019. Hosted by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Hamilton County Tourism, the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Inc. (NAFDMA) convention will take place February 1-7, 2019, and consist of educational sessions, workshops, a business exchange, and farm tours around the state. Agritourism operators attend NAFDMA to get critical tools, tips and information to help them better market and grow their businesses. Their membership is comprised of u-pick fruit and vegetable farms, wineries, farmer’s markets, destination dairies, tree farms and the like.“We are excited to welcome NAFDMA to the Hoosier State,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “I’m privileged to serve as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development and oversee the Office of Tourism Development, and today’s announcement emphasizes the value we place on this sector. Agritourism is a vital part of our state’s economy and appeal and we look forward to the opportunity to host the 2019 convention.”NAFDMA is a membership-based association dedicated to advancing farm direct marketing and the agritourism industry. As the association’s flagship event, the annual convention will take place at the soon-to-open Embassy Suites Conference Center in Noblesville and bring together agritourism operators from all over the United States and Canada. “Given our rich agricultural heritage and the rise in demand for experiential travel among consumers, we recognize the tremendous growth potential of agritourism and believe our state is well positioned to deliver unique farm-based and food-based experiences,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s Executive Director. “After attending the 2016 conference and engaging in extensive conversations with staff and board members, it became clear that NAFDMA and Indiana’s priorities aligned. Activities that bring authentic local flavor experiences and working landscape experiences to consumers are important to both of us.”The 2018 convention will be held in Orange County, California. In an effort to ensure members get a glimpse of businesses located all over North America, the convention moves to a different region each year. Last year over 400 NAFDMA members attended the convention in Mystic, Connecticut. “NAFDMA’s decision to choose Indiana, and Hamilton County, for its 2019 meeting underscores what a player the state and Central Indiana are in agritourism,” said Brenda Myers, President/CEO of Hamilton County Tourism. “Central Indiana is home to a number of agriculturally-themed attractions that pay tribute to our state’s heritage. We are thrilled this prestigious group will bring some of the nation’s biggest and best agritourism operators to the state for sharing.”This announcement comes on the heels of the recently launched Indiana Culinary and Agritourism Strategy, which was developed by IOTD and ISDA to advance culinary tourism and agritourism as an economic driver for Indiana. According to ISDA, Indiana has more than 300 farms across the state that engage in some form of agritourism.Interim ISDA Director Melissa Rekeweg said, “Agriculture is part of our state’s identity and legacy, which is why we’re thrilled to host the nation’s foremost agritourism convention in Indiana in 2019. Our agritourism destinations continue to bring together farmers and countless families across the U.S., and having this convention in Indiana not only allows us to showcase these operations, but also discover new ways to grow this important sector of our rural economy.” Rekeweg added that the timing of this announcement is particularly exciting since it follows the recently released Indiana Culinary and Agritourism Strategy, which was developed by ISDA and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to advance culinary tourism and agritourism as an economic driver for Indiana.Source: ISDA/IOTD Previous articleU.S. Ethanol Production Remains StrongNext articleCan Donnelly and other Democrats be Swayed on Tax Vote? Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Whistle-blower gets four and a half years, has 45 days to appeal

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-and-a-half-year jail sentence that a Tel Aviv court passed yesterday on online journalist Anat Kam for copying classified military documents while she was doing obligatory service with the Israel Defence Forces and for passing them to a journalist with the Tel Aviv-based daily Haaretz.The court also imposed a suspended sentence of an additional 18 months in prison. Kam has 45 days to appeal.“This severe sentence violates the right to the confidentiality of sources and sets a dangerous precedent that could encourage reporters to censor themselves,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Without taking position on the content of these documents and their classification, we point out that the media must be able to report law-breaking and must be free to tackle sensitive subjects, such as the IDF, without risk of being prosecuted.”While doing military service from 2005 to 2007, Kam was a clerk in the office of then central military region chief Gen. Yair Naveh. She used her position to copy 2,085 documents and pass them to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, who in turn used them for a series of articles critical of the IDF.One of his stories reported that the IDF defied a Supreme Court ruling by ordering soldiers to kill members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad who could have been arrested. The story was approved at the time by the military censors. For the time being, Blau has immunity from prosecution.After completing her military service, Kam worked for the Walla news website. She has been under house arrest in Tel Aviv since 2009. The two years under house arrest will not be deducted from her jail sentence. News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa October 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Whistle-blower gets four and a half years, has 45 days to appeal Haaretz reporter Uri Blau Anat Kam, 10.30.2011 Follow the news on Israel News News Organisation RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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HUD to Terminate Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulation

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule Department of Housing and Urban Development Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD to Terminate Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulation July 23, 2020 2,496 Views  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HUD to Terminate Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulation Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule Department of Housing and Urban Development 2020-07-23 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Trio of Storms Raise Concerns on Potential Property Damage Next: Share of Mortgages in ‘Financial Hardship’ Improves in June The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson announced the Department will terminate the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation.This regulation was issued in 2015 and, according to HUD, proved to be “complicated, costly, and ineffective.” HUD added that Secretary Carson suspended the regulations 92 question grading tool in January 2018.“After reviewing thousands of comments on the proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, we found it to be unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with, too often resulting in funds being steered away from communities that need them most,” said Secretary Carson. “Instead, the Trump Administration has established programs like Opportunity Zones that are driving billions of dollars of capital into underserved communities where affordable housing exists, but opportunity does not.“Programs like this shift the burden away from communities so they are not forced to comply with complicated regulations that require hundreds of pages of reporting and instead allow communities to focus more of their time working with Opportunity Zone partners to revitalize their communities so upward mobility, improved housing, and homeownership is within reach for more people. Washington has no business dictating what is best to meet your local community’s unique needs.”HUD’s new rule—Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice—defines fair housing to mean housing is affordable, safe, decent, free of unlawful discrimination, and accessible under civil rights laws.The rule defines “affirmatively furthering fair housing” as any action rationally related to promoting any of the above attributes of fair housing.“Now, a grantee’s certification that it has affirmatively furthered fair housing would be deemed sufficient if it proposes to take any action above what is required by statute related to promoting any of the attributes of fair housing,” HUD states. “HUD remains able to terminate funding if it discovers, after the investigation made pursuant to a complaint or by its own volition, that a jurisdiction has not adhered to its commitment to AFFH.” Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Share Save About Author: Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Rick Burgess to share message in Troy

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The ManUp Conference at the Troy Recreation Center on Saturday is sold out, but that doesn’t mean that other people around the area won’t get a chance to hear Rick Burgess of the popular radio program “Rick and Bubba” speak.Burgess will speak at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at Bush Memorial Baptist Church in Troy on Sunday.“Since the Saturday conference is sold-out, the Sunday morning services will give people another chance to hear this popular radio personality,” said Dwayne Norman, church pastor. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The ManUp Conference is sponsored by the Salem-Troy Baptist Association and other churches throughout the county. It is the realization of a dream that began about two years ago when Norman and 12 other men attended the Gridiron Men’s Conference in Tuscaloosa.“Rick Burgess was the featured speaker and he is funny but he also has such a powerful and meaningful message,” Norman said. “We all came away from the conference dreaming and asking ourselves, why not have him in Troy?”Thus was born the idea of the ManUp Conference. But the idea was bigger than Bush. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Email the author Rick Burgess to share message in Troy Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Walk this way Hundreds support annual Heart Walk Tuesday evening was good for Dianne LeVeque’s heart in more than one way. The heart… read more Skip Print Article Sponsored Content “The ManUp Conference is the result of many churches, many denominations coming together,” Norman said. “All 1,000 tickets have been sold but, with Rick speaking at Bush Sunday morning, more people will have the opportunity to hear his powerful message and it will be different from the one he delivers Saturday night.”Norman said he was able to get Burgess to speak at Bush Memorial as a result of his being the featured speaker at the ManUp Conference.“I thought that might be a possibility since he was probably going to stay overnight in Troy anyway,” Norman said.“I contacted his agent and we got it worked out. Bush will pay the additional fee and everyone is invited and it is absolutely free. We just want as many people who will to come.” By The Penny Hoarder Published 5:24 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Norman said the 9 a.m. service has been added so that members of other congregations may attend prior to their worship services. By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

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Breaking: Purplebricks reveals plans to change fixed-fee pricing

first_imgPurplebricks has revealed that it is to consider overhauling the agency’s pricing structure and move away from its fixed-fee model of £1,399 in London and £899 elsewhere.Recently-installed CEO Vic Darvey has also admitted that charging vendors even if their home doesn’t sell may not be working in some areas of the UK.“In certain markets, in certain pockets of the country where houses aren’t moving quickly, there is a moment of hesitation from customers saying: ‘I know I can save £10,000 but actually do I want to commit to an £899 upfront fee when my house may not sell?’,” he said.Darvey also believes the changes may be necessary if the number of homes sold each year in the UK dips following Brexit, and that he’s unhappy that its current pricing structure has been the same for five years.“With any successful business, you need to adapt and evolve your pricing strategy,” he said.In separate comments to PA, Darvey also said the company’s US and Australian operations had been a ‘huge distraction’ for the company’s board, and admitted that ‘some mistakes’ had been made in the past.“I think we’ve been really clear in admitting that we’ve made some mistakes and we need to learn from those,” he said.Other changes confirmed by the CEO include a swing away from only plugging its low-price fixed fees and promote its ‘exceptional service’ as well.And contrary to industry rumours, Darvey confirmed that Purplebricks is to continue operating its profit-making Canadian business.fixed fees Purplebricks vic darvey August 27, 2019Nigel Lewis3 commentsChris Reed, Self Employed Self Employed 27th August 2019 at 9:55 amSo they will be introducing commisery?Log in to ReplyMike Holland, TPA TPA 27th August 2019 at 3:24 pmGood point!Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 27th August 2019 at 3:54 pmI think the whole commisery line has been dropped, if their latest ads on TV are anything to go by.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Breaking: Purplebricks reveals plans to change fixed-fee pricing previous nextAgencies & PeopleBreaking: Purplebricks reveals plans to change fixed-fee pricingCEO Vic Darvey has this morning also revealed that in areas where the sales market is slow, its current fixed fee structure puts some vendors off.Nigel Lewis27th August 20193 Comments3,717 Viewslast_img read more

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Fire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industry

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Fire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industry previous nextLand & New HomesFire safety scandal threatens to engulf house building industryReport into Persimmon’s failure to install cavity wall fire barriers in some of its homes likely to expose construction failings across industryNigel Lewis19th December 201901,128 Views A fire safety scandal threatens to engulf the house building industry after Persimmon was heavily criticised by housing sector Robert Jenrick after an independent report forced the builder to check 16,000 homes.The comment by the minister urged the builder to address the problem immediately while a Ministry of Housing spokesperson told Housing Today that in future house builders which did not meet the required standards of safety and quality might not be given access to Help to Buy cash.Persimmon’s problems began when the company appointed Stephanie Barwise QC to head a wide-ranging review of the company following criticism of its construction quality and huge bonuses for senior management.Fire safetyIt has subsequently found that many homes built by Persimmon were not fitted with cavity wall fire safety barriers and that the failure put many homeowners who bought its timber-framed homes at an ‘intolerable risk’.Jenrick (left) has released a statement that says: “Persimmon has published an independent review of its business and they will want to take immediate action to address the concerns raised.The minister has also said that problems at Persimmon highlight the need for greater home buyer protection, and support his plans to establish of a housing ombudsman which, when introduced, will cover all sectors of the industry.Earlier this year investigations by both the BBC and London Fire Brigade found problems at developments built by two other high-profile developers, Bellway and Berkeley Homes.Bellway Robert Jenrick persimmon Berkeley Homes December 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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