European Court: Rulings to free two Turkish journalists. Urgent to carry out judgment, groups say

first_img March 22, 2018 European Court: Rulings to free two Turkish journalists. Urgent to carry out judgment, groups say RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alertscenter_img Turkey should immediately implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and release the veteran journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay without delay, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said today. Furthermore, Turkey must ensure that domestic remedies for human rights violations are effective, in particular by ensuring the urgent review of all cases of journalists and writers currently pending before its Constitutional Court.The organizations, which had intervened as third parties in the cases before the court, included PEN International, ARTICLE 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, European Federation of Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Index on Censorship, International Press Institute, International Senior Lawyers Project and Reporters Without Borders. The coalition welcomed the judgments announced on March 20, 2018. The rulings are the first by the court in the cases of journalists arrested and detained on charges in relation to the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. They set an important precedent for the other cases of 154 detained journalists in Turkey.‘We welcome these rulings, in particular the European Court’s recognition that a state of emergency must not be abused as a pretext for limiting freedom of expression,’ said Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International.In its two judgments, the European Court found violations of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to freedom of expression. The court made clear that criticism of governments should not attract criminal charges since, in addition to pre-trial detention, this would inevitably have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and would silence dissenting voices. ‘The decision stated that “the investigating authorities had been unable to demonstrate any factual basis” that indicate that both journalists “had committed the offenses with which he was charged. The Court repeats what we have been saying with our affiliates for years to Turkish authorities that journalism is not a crime and journalists, like writers or academicians in the country, must not be prosecuted for their work or opinions’, said Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists. While acknowledging the threat posed to Turkey by the attempted coup, the court crucially noted that “the existence of a ‘public emergency threatening the life of the nation’ must not serve as a pretext for limiting freedom of political debate, which is at the very core of the concept of a democratic society.”The European Court has also found that the journalists’ detention was unlawful under the right to liberty protected by Article 5 (1) of the European Convention. The European Court endorsed the January 2018 ruling of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, which held that there was not sufficient evidence to keep the defendants in detention and ordered their release.The judgment further sharply criticized the lower courts for refusing to carry out the Constitutional Court’s decision. In particular, the applicants’ continued pre-trial detention raised serious doubts as to the ability of the domestic legal system in providing an effective remedy for human rights violations, stating: “For another court to call into question the powers conferred on a constitutional court to give final and binding judgments on individual applications runs counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty.”‘We welcome the court’s finding that the right to liberty of the applicants was violated,’ said Caroline Stockford, Turkey Advocacy Coordinator for the International Press Institute. ‘The Court rightly criticised the refusal by the lower domestic courts to implement the Turkish Constitutional Court’s decisions and to release Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay.’The European Court decided not to examine the applicants’ complaint that the detention of the applicants was politically motivated, under Article 18 of the convention.‘In deciding not to rule on Article 18, the European Court dodges an important question at the core of this litigation, which is whether Turkey’s prosecutions of journalists just for doing their work is part of a larger campaign to crack down on independent journalism?’, said Torner.What the judgments mean for other casesThe judgments contain some important statements of principle on unlawful detention and freedom of expression. In particular, the European Court emphasised that it is not permissible to prosecute individuals on the basis of expression that is critical of the government.However, in practice, the judgments also imply that the European Court will wait for the Constitutional Court to rule on the other pending cases of Turkish journalists before proceeding to its own review. This is because the European Court still considers the Constitutional Court an effective remedy in general.Although the European Court was prepared to accept the length of time the Constitutional Court took to review these cases, the judgment is effectively putting the Constitutional Court on notice, saying that it will keep the situation under review and that it cannot continue taking this long to decide on cases.The coalition repeats its call for the immediate implementation of these two judgments and for the release of Mehmet Altan from prison and Şahin Alpay from house arrest. News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News News European Court of Human Rights. Credit: Frederick Florin / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe ‘These judgments are an important affirmation of the right to free expression and clearly state that the state of emergency is not a good enough reason to hold journalists and writers in detention for what they say’, said Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19. ‘The Turkish authorities must now immediately release them both and the Turkish courts should apply these principles to the many other cases of detained journalists in Turkey’, she added. April 28, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Wells Fargo Terminates Ocwen from Mortgage Servicing Deal

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo Terminates Ocwen from Mortgage Servicing Deal in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Wells Fargo Ocwen Financial Corp., the nation’s largest non-bank, non-government mortgage servicer, is losing the mortgage servicing rights in two bond deals, according to a report from Bloomberg on Thursday.The trustee for the deals, Wells Fargo, sent notices to bondholders informing them that Ocwen was being terminated, according to the report. Wells Fargo had solicited instructions from investors on how to proceed when downgrades of Ocwen’s ratings triggered defaults in the bonds. The San Francisco-based megabank said most investors had instructed it to terminate Ocwen from the transaction, according to the report.Wells Fargo said in the notices to stakeholders that the bank intended to transfer the servicing rights on the bonds to a unit of Credit Suisse Group AG, and Nomura analysts reported that ratings firms would need to approve Wells Fargo’s choices, the report said.”We regret the decision made by this particular group of investors who have been critical of Ocwen’s superior loan modification results, but are pleased that in the majority of the affected securities investors are keeping Ocwen as their servicer,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen, in a prepared statement. “We were also gratified to see reports earlier this week by Morgan Stanley and reported by Bloomberg confirming Ocwen has been more effective at keeping borrowers in their homes, and it is unlikely that investors will replace Ocwen in the small percentage of cases where the servicer ratings have fallen below the minimum criteria set forth in certain PSAs.”A spokesperson from Wells Fargo declined to comment.Ocwen’s regulatory troubles over its servicing practices have been well-chronicled in the last two years. Alleged servicing violations have resulted in Ocwen settling for $150 million with the New York Department of Financial Services in December and $2.5 million with the California Department of Business Oversight in January.Early in 2014, Wells Fargo agreed to sell $39 billion worth of mortgage servicing rights to Ocwen. In February 2014, that transaction was put on hold indefinitely by the head of the New York DFS, Benjamin Lawsky. Nine months later, in November 2014, Wells Fargo and Ocwen mutually agreed to call off the deal. Also in November, Lawsky’s office reported that a two-year investigation of Ocwen found that the Atlanta-based servicer had sent backdated foreclosure notices to about 7,000 borrowers after it was too late for them to obtain a loan modification. Lawsky’s investigation led to the $150 million settlement, an agreement which also included the departure of Ocwen chairman Bill Erbey, who founded the firm in the mid-1980s.Earlier this week, Ocwen announced it was selling an MSR portfolio worth about $9.8 billion to Dallas-based Nationstar. mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Wells Fargo 2015-02-26 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Previous: DS News Webcast: Friday 2/27/2015 Next: Clayton Holdings Hires New COO February 26, 2015 3,109 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Brian Honea Wells Fargo Terminates Ocwen from Mortgage Servicing Deal Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articleslast_img read more

PhD student explores minority health disparities

first_imgCatherine Pérez describes herself as a first-generation student in every sense of the word. Photo of Catherine Pérez from USC News.“I’m first-generation … high school graduate, first-generation college, first-generation doctoral program,” she said.Pérez, a Ph.D. candidate studying gerontology at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, is researching health disparities with regard to different social determinants. Though her research is with older adults, the information she has gathered about socioeconomics has allowed her to observe the importance of such issues among first-generation students.She uses population-level data to compare health patterns across demographic indicators. Pérez’s educational background has allowed her to observe patterns that are visible in first-generation students who, when given inadequate support, can find college difficult.Through her research, Pérez has evaluated how inadequate support for first-generation students can make college difficult.“[We must think] about how that chronic stress builds up and how it affects life course outcomes,” she said. “We know that stress is also strongly associated with depression and anxiety and these are issues that lead students to drop out of school and this impacts life chances because education is associated with income, occupational status and health.”When Pérez first began her research, she was interested in delving deeper into the relationship between socioeconomic disadvantages and health.“I read and have done my own research that the association is that being socioeconomically disadvantaged is what affects health,” she said. “Why things are socially patterned the way that they are is basically how it influences [people] and you have to dig deeper looking at association.”The success of first-generation minority students is dependent on available resources, she said.“I think it’s important to point out first-generation students do require more resources at least at the university level just because statistically speaking first-generation students are more likely to be poor compared to [other students] on the campus,” Pérez said. “[They] are also more likely to not have been adequately prepared for college.”She was motivated to pursue this research by her own role as a first-generation student and as a daughter of Puerto Rican and Honduran immigrants.“[I wanted to get] more of that sense, more of that hyper-awareness of how identity really affects health,” Pérez said. Pérez first began exploring her interest in minority groups and health as an undergraduate at UCLA, where she took classes in Chicano studies and health disparities. It was further developed after she took interest in sociology of health and medicine.“I started to see there are these really vast differences in health outcomes,” Pérez said. “I became very interested and concerned because if we’re not in our optimal health how are we supposed to do anything? If you’re sick you can’t work; if you’re sick you can’t help take care of other people; if you’re sick you can’t take time for yourself to develop or find your life purpose.”Pérez’s research is primarily quantitative. She takes secondary data sets from sources like the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study and the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey and analyzes them using computer programs such as Stata or Mplus. Usually, she formulates her research questions on variables she is interested in and the story she is trying to tell.“We can make inferences about the population at large,” Pérez said. “We can uncover patterns of what’s going on in our nation’s societies. [I fell in love with] understanding how we can take larger communities of people and understand what is going on at a national level and understand how macro- and micro-level influences are working simultaneously to produce these health differentials that we observe.”Editor’s note: This article has been updated for clarity.last_img read more

About Town

first_imgCounty Library Acquires ‘Identity’ Collage from Arts Council HIGHLANDSIt’s time to break out the chili powder for the Highlands Business Partnership Chili Cook-Off fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Off the Hook, 1 Navesink Ave.More than a dozen of Highland’s best-known chili chefs will put their recipes to the test at this hot competition. Those attending this first-ever event will be able to come eat the heat and sample delicious chili while washing it down with plenty of beer. Tickets are $25 and include snacks, chili tasting, beer and two voting ballots.There will be two contests, the “professional” cook-off will begin at 4 p.m. and the “amateur” cook-off will begin at 5 p.m. Once the chili lovers have tasted all chili, they will vote for their favorite and drop their ballot in the ballot box. The results will be tallied and the winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.Grand Marshal Rebecca Kane and Deputy Grand Marshal Dave Parker will be among the panel of five independent judges for another contest.Sponsors of the event include Off the Hook, Shore Point Distributors and Brown-Forman, a Jack Daniels company.Additional information about the partnership’s programs and other special events is available by visiting www.highlandsnj.com or calling 732-291-4713. COLTS NECKCedar Drive Middle School will host its first Colt Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, for students in grades 6-8.The goal of the event is to help middle school students develop the characteristics of highly successful teens while building our school community.Students will attend sessions that focus on character development while introducing them to a number of great activities that are available to them in their community.Participating in the event will be a number of community members and organizations. A DJ from The Breeze will be the emcee and will be accompanied by a live local band. Key sponsors and contributors are the Colts Neck Alliance, the Colts Neck Police Department, the Colts Neck PTO and the Cedar Drive Middle School staff.All sixth-grade students will attend a session on first aid and CPR. All seventh-graders will attend a session on Internet safety by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Eighth-graders will attend a session on safe dating by Prevention First.The students then will choose three additional sessions for the rest of their schedule from a list that includes surfing, weight training, mountain biking, self-defense, makeup session by Sephora and Nordstrom, hairstyling, video games, jam session, cooking and cake decorating, ballroom dancing, break dancing, fashion and baseball-hitting instruction.Students also can sign up for a study hall/open gym time from 2:30-4 p.m. that day. Snacks and refreshments will be served from 4 to 4:30 p.m. while dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m.The cost is $5. A brochure and sign-up sheet will be available at the school. SHREWSBURY – The Monmouth County Library Commission has acquired Identity, an art collage created by teen artists from the Monmouth County Arts Council, to add to the library’s permanent art collection.Identity has been on display to the enjoyment and delight of patrons at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury for most of the past year, and the Eastern Branch will now have the artwork on permanent display.The Monmouth County Library Commission has acquired a collage, Identity, from the Monmouth County Arts Council. Photographed with the collage are, from left, Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz, Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County Arts Council Arts Education Director Sandy Taylor and Janet Kranis, Eastern Branch manager.“The library as a community anchor, a gathering place to sharpen our educational experience and a platform for creativity, is acquiring Identity, an artwork created by Monmouth County teen artists that speaks of joy, of youth, of energy and of imagination,” said Renee B. Swartz, Monmouth County Library Commission chairwoman. “Come enjoy this home-grown Picasso now on permanent display at the Eastern Branch and feel enriched by its inspiration!”The collage of 12 canvases individually painted and lettered was created at the 2012 Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the arts council in collaboration with Brookdale Community College.The annual festival is an exceptional experience for emerging teen artists of all disciplines to come together in a creative atmosphere of workshops, evaluations and fun. Last year, close to 1,900 teens registered to participate in the festival, according to Sandy Taylor, arts education director for the Monmouth County Arts Council.Each year, a theme is presented to the teen artists to explore in an art installation project that is created only during the two-day festival. Students from around the county mix and mingle, work alongside each other and share ideas in conversation and in painted images.“Our artistic high school students come from almost 30 schools from around the county – from Allentown to Keyport and in between – and work together on each year’s themed installation piece,” Taylor said. “It has been a very fulfilling process, one that the students, teachers and the community have enjoyed immensely.”The theme for 2012 was Identity, a theme conducive to many interpretations which gave teen artists a direction for inquiry, exploration, inspiration and discussion, according to Taylor.With the guidance of an artist facilitator, the teens painted canvases in six sessions during the two festival days. Their collaboration created a mixture of butterflies, inspiring words and portraits that together expressed their individual and group concept of “identity.” One of the guiding phrases was “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”“The library has been a staunch supporter of the Monmouth Arts Council and its Teen Arts Festival, and we are pleased to give Identity a permanent home,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Library. “The core theme of Identity is ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ And it’s encouraging to see the creativity and imagination and the talent of our teen artists on display.”Since 2009, the Monmouth County Library has displayed the teens’ themed installation projects from the annual festivals throughout its branch libraries, enabling the public to view the art. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Janet Kranis, branch librarian for the Eastern Branch library. “Our teen patrons in particular have been very interested in the pieces we display,” she said.Of the previous teen festival projects, only the Identity piece remained in the possession of the Monmouth County Arts Council, according to Taylor.The public is invited to view the creative work of art. The piece will continue to be displayed in the main reading area of the Eastern Branch at 1001 Route 35. RUMSONThis year the Rumson Garden Club once again will award The Rita Morgan Boyle Memorial Scholarship.The scholarship will be presented to a Rumson resident who plans to attend or is attending an accredited college and has a demonstrated interest in any area of horticulture, landscape design or environmental studies, i.e., conservation, marine sciences or earth science.The applicant is required to write an essay outlining his or her interests and accomplishments as well as academic studies and extracurricular activities. Essays may be mailed to the Rumson Garden Club, Attn: Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 121, Rumson, NJ 07760 or emailed as an attachment to [email protected] deadline for applications is May 1. TINTON FALLSJersey Shore Rose Society’s March meeting will feature information about photographing roses.Attendees will learn how a rose photo can become a work of art. The organization meets from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 23 in the community room of Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.During the meeting there will be a beginner clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. that will be conducted by members. The session from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. will have the main meeting and lecture by professional photographer Michael Miller.The event is free.Additional information is available at www. jsroses.com/ map.html.center_img * * * * *The Colts Neck Reformed Church community is very excited and pleased to have expanded its campus to include a newly built ministry center and church offices. This new building will assist in the ongoing vital ministry of this historic congregation.All are invited to an open house to see the three major buildings of church campus, including the new ministry center, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7.Visitor are asked to stop by and spend as much time as they would like.The church buildings are located at 72 Route 537 west, a quarter-mile from the intersection of routes 34 and 537. * * * *Youngsters are invited once again to come together for dinner, dessert and a classic movie from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd.Beginning in 2011, 40 to 50 children have gathered once a month, at no charge, for the event. Most of the children come from the Boys & Girls Club of Red Bank, but others are welcome to join the festivities.Dinner is donated by local restaurants and volunteers, usually from local high schools, serve as waiters. Following dinner, ice cream is provided by a husband and wife who have supported Lunch Break projects for several years. The events are held the fourth Thursday of each month.Those who would like to attend are asked to call Lunch Break and speak to Sharda Jetwani at 732-784-7360 to be included in the official guest list. Jetwani also can be contacted at [email protected] Attendees should leave their name, the names of the child or children, and telephone number or email address. All children must come with an adult who will also stay for the dinner and the movie.The movie this month was chosen in celebration of Black History Month. It’s the true story of Ruby Bridges, a courageous African-American girl who, at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans.To learn more about Lunch Break’s activities and services, please visit www.lunchbreak.org. MIDDLETOWNHigh school juniors and seniors who live in Middletown are invited to submit essays about their local government for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in the 2013 Louis Bay second Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.The scholarship is offered through a joint venture between local mayors and the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Each student must write an approximately 500-word essay on the theme, “What My Mayor and Governing Body Do Best,” to be included in the contest. The theme is chosen by the state League of Municipalities, Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger said.All essays must be received by March 8. Middletown will select one essay to forward to the League of Municipalities in Trenton as a semi-finalist. The League of Municipalities will then choose 15 finalists and three scholarships winners. Winners will be announced in May. Winning essays will be featured in the New Jersey Municipalities magazine.Applications are available at area schools and the mayor’s office in town hall at 1 Kings Highway and at www.middletownnj.org.For more information, students should check with their high school or call the mayor’s office at 732-615-2024. RED BANKThe Navesink Garden Club has invited a representative from Edible Jersey, a quarterly magazine, to speak about the sustainability of foods in the Garden State.The presentation is free to the public and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Ave.Edible Jersey is distributed via Whole Foods, Sickles, Dearborn and many other stores, restaurants and wineries in our area. The magazines spotlights the growers, producers, retailers, artisans, chefs, home cooks, and others who energize New Jersey with regionally-based food choices.The Navesink Garden Club’s programs are open to the general public and free of charge on the third Tuesday of the month in September, October, November, January, March, April and May at The Atrium. The club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc.Additional information about the garden club and its program is available by contacting the membership chair, Katherine Pojawa, at 732-772-0488.last_img read more

Soccer, life skills for Zandspruit youth

first_img9 November 2011 Working together makes it possible to achieve more – but somebody has to make a start. That’s one of the lessons to be taken from Singcono Masisonke Football Club, which is giving the youngsters of Zandspruit informal settlement much more than just football skills. It took a long time and many people to play their part to get it where it is today. But it took the vision and initiative of four people in particular to get the ball rolling. Back in 2009, Pastor Simon Mosia was mentoring a number of teenage boys at the Thandanani House of Refuge in Zandspruit, an informal settlement north-west of Johannesburg, every afternoon, and playing soccer with them. Mosia then approached two youngsters in the community, Shimi Mathebula and Peter Malinga, to assist him when his workload became too heavy. Philen Naidu, who was a missionary in the community at that time – having just founded the My Life My Africa Children’s Foundation – joined hands with Shimi and Peter to lend support. They partnered with the Emthonjeni Community Centre, cleaned up a patch of land into a soccer field, and began to develop a football club.‘Together, we are better off’ The children and youth of Zandspruit have no facilities to keep them occupied in the afternoons and evenings. Without something to keep them occupied, most them spent their time on the streets. This was where the gangs, drugs, alcohol and womanising started, which was destroying the youth. Naidu explains: “We came up with the name ‘Singcono Masisonke’ (together, we are better off) because we wanted to unify the community. We believe that for the youth to break free of the shackles of poverty and neglect, it is imperative that they build positive and healthy relationships through unity and peace.” Currently, there are about 120 boys, aged 9 to 19, who train at Singcono Masisonke Football Club from Monday to Sunday. They have an Under 10, 13, 15 and 17 division. The group also partnered with Golang Education Outreach and look after a number of their children. Naidu says they are a values-based club and they take their lead from the teachings of the Bible: believing in peace, love, grace, forgiveness and tolerance, but also believing that a person must have a heart that is willing to be re-shaped in order for the group to work with him. They also partnered with the Panorama Football Club in 2011, and played against Orlando Pirates and Wits this year, together with matches against local schools and clubs in the area. An extra-mural learning environment The vision of My Life My Africa is to facilitate and nurture the growth of an extra-mural learning environment and culture for the young people of Zandspruit – to keep them off the streets and steadily equipped them for a bright future. “Our first boy in the club has reached Grade 12 this year, and we managed to secure him 31 hours of private tuition to help with his preparations for the matric finals,” says Naidu. “From here, we are planning to implement a sustainable after-school tuition structure to support all high school children with their studies, homework and career planning. We also have a youth gathering every Tuesday evening to go into closer mentorship through life issues that the youth have. “Our vision is to have a Zandspruit Community that is filled with practical, emotional, spiritual and educational activities and learning opportunities for the youth – Monday to Sunday.” Shimi and Peter have been sponsored this year to complete their Grade 12. Both have been trained as childcare workers and have been employed by Golang. The foundation has a few partners who help keep it strong and get things going.Getting people to engage Naidu says they need to be “westernised” in how they deal with the westernised sector of society, which is where the funds have to come from. But at the same time they have to be mindful and sensitive to the cultures within the community. This is the challenge. “Funding is never easy – unless you are a well-established organisation, government and corporate are not even interested in talking to you. “And then to approach small and medium business, churches, individuals and groups is also frustrating, because people are lavish with praise and vocal support, but to move them from their comfort zones to actually step into Zandspruit to engage with the people is not so easy,” says Naidu. “It’s difficult to motivate people to give financially unless their hearts have been moved, and this seldom happens if individuals do not engage with the impoverished sector of society.” What he appreciates most about the project is to watch the visible change come over the faces of youth and young adults in his care. To see them as confused, disruptive and ill-disciplined people when they arrive, and then to watch them grow in humility, service, gratitude and hope is a great reward. Their focus remains on equipping those who are in their care to be the leaders of the ones who are younger than they are. The vision is to have sufficiently equipped and competent leadership teams in place by the end of 2012, so that all their work in Zandspruit takes on community “ownership”. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

How to Get Social Selling Wrong

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Selling isn’t easy. Most attempts to make selling easy—especially prospecting—only make it more difficult.In all human relationships, fast is slow, and slow is fast. Shortcuts take more time than the more difficult path. And the more difficult path is quicker. Ineffective activity isn’t much better than no activity.Don’t target your dream clients. Believe that everyone is a prospect, and remember that you need to call on all of them. It doesn’t matter who you are pitching. Believe that targeting is a waste of time. In fact, if you are in the business of sales performance improvement, you might even pitch my friend, Jeb Blount . I have a couple great exchanges with Mike Kunkle about how much research is necessary before you call a prospect. It’s less than you think, but it’s more than none!Send a LinkedIn invitation. Since you know that almost everyone accepts a LinkedIn connection, send one to every person possible. Don’t personalize it. Don’t suggest how you found them or why you are connecting. Just get the connection. You can count the connections you make to prove that you have good activity, even if it is ridiculously ineffective and a complete waste of time. How exactly is this different from blindly dialing through an un-targeted lead list? Sending a LinkedIn invite just to log activity isn’t social selling; it’s sloppy selling.Pounce on the connection. As soon as someone connects, pounce on them immediately with a very broad, impersonal, non-value creating pitch for a phone meeting. Make sure that it is entirely clear that you copied and pasted the text, and you get bonus points for ensuring varied font colors and sizes throughout the email. This is not better than picking up the phone and calling your dream client directly. This isn’t social.last_img read more

Farmers to defy govt. ban on GM crops

first_imgFarmers supporting cultivation of genetically modified (GM) varieties of crops in the country are all set to defy the government ban on cultivation of GM crops as they plan to sow seeds of banned herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton in Haryana, next month.The pro-GM supporters are demanding that the Centre allow cultivation of GM crops across the country as they claim the crops were absolutely safe for consumption. They argue that the farmers be allowed to reap benefits of modern technology, which would help them boost their income by fetching better returns.To show anguish“We have decided to sow herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton, the banned GM variety, in the field of one of our fellow farmers at Sarangpur village in Haryana’s Hisar district on July 5,” Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Haryana unit president Gun Parkash told The Hindu.Mr. Parkash said, “We want to defy the ban to show our anguish… to protest and force the government to pay heed to our demands. A few hundred farmers on June 10 had gathered at Akot village in Maharashtra’s Akola district and sowed herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton to register their protest. Later, Maharashtra Police registered cases against at least 12 farmers under the IPC sections that deal with cheating and dishonesty along with sections of the Environment Protection Act and the Seeds Act.”“With the use of GM technology the costs are reduced, insect-pest attacks are lower and the yield is higher, but our farmers can’t reap the benefits because it’s banned. We want the government to allow cultivation of GM crops,” said Mr. Parkash.He added that in July, farmers under the BKU banner also plan to plant GM brinjal in Haryana. “We are currently preparing nurseries of GM brinjal in polyhouses. Once the saplings are ready, we will plant them in fields,” said Mr. Parkash.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenham

first_imgBayern Munich deny Hummels in talks with Chelsea or Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mats Hummels.Bild claimed this week that the Bayern Munich defender’s agent was in London to discuss a January move to the Premier League giants.However, Bayern’s chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved swiftly to deny Hummels will depart the Allianz.He said: “We had a conversation with Mats a few days ago and he will play for Bayern Munich in the second half of the season.”The Bundesliga side’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “We talked to Mats, it was a good conversation.”Mats feels very well in Munich, and if a player does not always play, it’s clear that there are discussions.”Mats wanted to talk to us. We explained our point of view to him and he explained his point of view.”I think that we came to a common denominator.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Petco Foundation Honors Animal Welfares Best In Show

first_imgThe Petco Foundation gathered approximately 500 guests at this year’s “Celebration of Love” awards gala, which recognized seven organizations and individuals from across the country for their dedication, determination and actions to create lifesaving impacts for pets in need.The Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes Award, presented by Natural Balance, went to Houston-based non-profit Mission K9Hosted by the animal-loving emcee, Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”, “Glee”, and “Best in Show”), the evening also featured the first-ever “Innovation Showdown.” In partnership with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, two organizations had the opportunity to pitch their innovative lifesaving ideas for pets to a panel of expert animal welfare investors.“The Petco Foundation’s awards gala is an inspiring evening for all animal lovers,” shared Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. “The organizations and individuals honored at this year’s event offered unique, eye-opening stories and testimonials of the dedicated hard work taking place across the country to create lifesaving communities for animals.”Dog behaviorist, Victoria Stilwell (“It’s Me or The Dog” host and author), and State Farm presented Karl Booker with the special “Unsung Hero Award” for his dedication to tirelessly working to save Lifeline Animal Project’s hardest-to-place dogs.The other 2017 awards and recipients included: • Paul Jolly Compassion Award presented by Central Garden and Pet to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association: Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the association led a dramatic shift in saving animal lives. In 2012, the lifesaving rate was at 35 percent, jumping to 63 percent in 2014, and eventually to 91 percent in 2014, staying greater than 81 percent ever since. • Spay Neuter Award presented by Merrick Pet Care to the Los Angeles Coalition for Pets and Public Safety: The organizations’ high-impact spay and neuter clinics, which first started in the city of Los Angeles, have expanded to the greater Los Angeles County, sterilizing over 100,000 animals, helping to reduce shelter intake in these often underserved communities. • Helping Heroes Award presented by Natural Balance to Mission K9: A Houston-based non-profit serving retiring and retired Military Working Dogs, Contract Working Dogs, and other Dogs Who Serve, was recognized this year for their work to reunite these heroes with their former handlers or adopt them into new loving homes. • Love Amplified Award presented by Petco to NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations for Clear the Shelters: In recognition of NBC and Telemundo owned stations marketing and community outreach efforts, in partnership with hundreds of animal shelters across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, the stations’ “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption campaign was inspired by a local pet adoption effort spearheaded by NBC 5 (KXAS) and Telemundo 39 (KXTX) in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas and expanded nationally in 2015, resulting in more than 70,000 pet adoptions. • Lifesaving Impact Award presented by Blue Buffalo was given to Atlanta’s Lifeline Animal Project: Recognized this year for achieving a nearly 90 percent save rate despite taking in more than 16,000 animals in 2016. • The Founder’s Award was presented by Lucy Pet to Brian Devine: As former Petco CEO and Chairman, Brian Devine was honored this year for his creation of and commitment to the Petco Foundation.About the recognition, Mission K9’s founder’s Kristin Maurer said, “Receiving the Helping Heroes Award from Petco Foundation was such an incredible honor as well as a surprise. The Petco Foundation has done so much for Mission K9 Rescue already by providing life-changing financial support that we never expected more. This award not only gives us legitimacy in the non-profit community, but it also makes us proud that people recognize our work with retired working dogs!”Friday’s “Innovation Showdown” competition between animal welfare finalists – the Brandywine Valley SPCA and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) – to present their unique ideas to save lives also drew attention from attendees and a celebrity and expert panel of judges that included Daymond John (“Shark Tank,” NY Times Bestselling Author, Founder/CEO of FUBU, and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama administration), Jackson Galaxy (cat behaviorist, author, entrepreneur, founder of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, and host of “My Cat from Hell”), and Susanne Kogut (Executive Director for the Petco Foundation).Both Showdown finalists received investments from the Foundation to bring their lifesaving ideas to life, which included: • Brandywine Valley SPCA who presented “Mama in the Box,” a kitten feeding solution with a portable design to make care for bottle-baby kittens easier and safer. • Animal Care Centers (ACC) of NYC who pitched “The ACC Digital Shelter,” a digital kiosk experience that brings adoptable pets directly to where New Yorkers are as they go about their day. This interactive experience is designed to keep shelter pets top-of-mind.“Building an active animal welfare community is the key to making a city the best it can be for our animals and the people who love them,” explained Risa Weinstock, President and CEO of Animal Care Centers of NYC. “By bringing ACC directly to the people through our digital shelter platform, we are giving our animals the best chance at finding loving homes. The lifesaving investment the Petco Foundation has made to make this idea a reality will touch the lives of all New Yorkers and help to end animal homelessness in New York City and across the nation.”To help celebrate and honor all the finalists and award recipients, the awards gala also featured a paw-printed red carpet with “pawparazzi” and a photo booth for guests to capture selfies with adoptable puppies and kittens.To learn more about the Petco Foundation and awards gala, visit: www.petcofoundation.org.last_img read more