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first_img 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Updates and errata from DSCcenter_img The Directory of Social Change has added a new section to its Web site listing updates and corrections for its various paper publications. For example, these include new grant-making trust correspondents, and corrected telephone numbers.The Directory of Social Change has added a new section to its Web site listing updates and corrections for its various paper publications. For example, these include new grant-making trust correspondents, and corrected telephone numbers.Visit the DSC Bookshop Errata. Advertisement Howard Lake | 25 May 2001 | Newslast_img read more

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first_img Howard Lake | 1 July 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ukfundraising Twitter follow button 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.center_img 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Leaderboard right 120 x 60last_img read more

Argentina and the longed-for turnaround that ended four years of savage capitalism

first_imgPublished by tlaxcala-int.org and lapluma.net on Jan. 1. Aznárez is an Argentine Marxist journalist and the director of the e-magazine resumenlatinoamericano.org. Translated by John Catalinotto.Argentinians celebrate an electoral victory over the right wing, Oct. 27, 2019, with the banner, “We won! All, united.”There are years that seem to last so long that, according to the popular saying, they are like a century. Argentina has not been exempt from this comparison in this difficult 2019 that has just ended.Such has been the burden of pain, suffering and signs of impotence that the population has had to endure because of the savage capitalism the government of President Mauricio Macri has imposed–even the smiles have been erased from the faces of many people.It is not easy to describe the mood of the largest sectors of the population as the statistics rang in their ears every day. These generated a mixture of anguish and fury, especially since this government, which at last no longer exists, was imposed on them, not by military boots as in other times, but by the people’s vote — a vote rigged and manipulated. Ultimately it was voluntary.Macri’s atrocious setbacksLet’s go over some facts to get the picture. Macri left behind a final measure of poverty estimated at 35.5 percent. Beyond the percentages, this amount placed us once again in a scene that we had already witnessed in 2001: children eating from garbage pails; standing in endless lines with parents as hungry as their children; at the door of luxury restaurants when at midnight they dump the leftovers of the day’s meals into the street in large barrels — those leftovers that had remained on the plates of people who could still afford to have three meals a day.Another familiar picture is repeated daily in slum neighborhoods, where, out of solidarity, social and popular organizations provide dining halls to feed thousands of mouths.What can we say about inflation, which as never before has swept away everything that stood in its way — when at the end of the year the rate is 54.5 percent. This, as everyone knows, is not just one more piece of information; its repercussions hit the pocketbooks of the population every day, with astronomical prices, increases in fares for essential services and the constant rise in the price of gasoline and its derivatives, which in turn produce more increases in trips on public transportation.Unemployment was another atrocious chapter in the Macrist era. The number of men and women who lost their jobs is around 400,000, and there are studies that put it at around half a million. The foreign debt, which is illegitimate from every point of view, is already very close to $300 billion U.S., which means that every Argentine is already in debt to the [International Monetary Fund] for about $6,310.In every area during the last four years that could be analyzed, there have been gigantic setbacks, and in some cases the disappearance of historical conquests by the working class — both those of lower economic standing and those of sectors of the middle class, which the crisis has brought down several notches.The people challengeEducation, health, housing are the sectors most affected by these policies that have not been applied only in Argentina, but are now being challenged in the streets by millions of people around the world. Examples of this challenge are in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Haiti, Panama — even in the France of Macrón and its capitalist right wing. [That country] has reached the end of this year with all its cities paralyzed by an unlimited anti-neoliberal strike. The constant and courageous weekly fight of the Yellow Vests Latin Americanized the rebellion in France.The people are fed up. They go out to put their bodies on the line in a thousand possible ways, and Argentina was no exception. That’s why August was a key month to launch the battle and shorten a year that had been hitting the workers hard. The electoral explosion that the PASO [primary elections] signified and the 15-point lead of the Frente de Todos [the winning electoral coalition] over the Macrismo candidates changed the mood of the Argentine people.From then until October it seemed like there was a long road ahead, but the people were aware that the victory they had won was not going to be marred by the narrow rightists and their puppet masters in Washington.Of course, as many people in struggle proposed, the ideal outcome would have been to corner Macrismo in the streets under the slogan “Fight and they will leave.” That’s what is happening today with Sebastián Piñera [Chile] and Iván Duque [Colombia], but we [in Argentina] already experienced a 2001 in which it seemed that the revolt was going to end in revolution — yet this was not possible.That is why this time the effort was made to reaffirm the feelings of the masses, and what seemed impossible a year earlier (for fear of fraud and Macri’s alliances with the U.S. empire) became a reality.[The presidential/vice presidential ticket of] Alberto Fernández/Cristina Fernández won, without leaving any doubt, and this past Dec. 10, within 24 hours, the joy and the celebration overcame all the accumulated sadness and pain when millions were cheering and celebrating their inauguration.Gains at home within weeksNow that a new stage of the struggle has begun, we know that it will be difficult and in some ways uncertain because of the threats of a local and international right wing who refuse to concede and who, in the first hours of the new government, has already shown its teeth.But we already have much: a needed economic emergency law; wage increases for private and state workers, including special bonuses for retirees; a national plan against hunger; increased taxation of sectors of the agricultural-livestock oligarchy; intervention in the intelligence services; radical changes in the leadership of the security forces; and an end to the criminalization of abortion, which had been demanded unsuccessfully for decades.Foreign policy changesAnd there’s also a turnaround in foreign policy: by showing support and refuge to President Evo Morales, overthrown by a coup d’état; receiving with all state honors Cuban President Miguel Díaz Canel and Bolivarian Communication Minister Jorge Rodríguez; and a long list of advances, projects and concrete accomplishments that Alberto Fernández’s government has put in place in only two weeks.Of course, this is no panacea, and there is still a long way to go, but it is clear that these are measures that the people have longed for and will resolutely support. It is even more clear since we know that the right wing has not stopped conspiring and that those the Macrista policy favored ad nauseam are already paralyzing the country and threatening more forceful measures.Moreover, the International Monetary Fund and Donald Trump will try to collect a debt that the people did not contract for; and if they do not succeed in collecting it as they wish, they will generate further waves of destabilization.In the face of this probable future, we must remember that this is once again the hour of the people, and every step taken to oppose capitalism’s insane strategy will only be won if the people struggle and put their bodies on the line in the streets. As did the 30,000 disappeared people in their time and more recently the feminists and sexual minorities.No one concedes anything without being pushed, and that is the great lesson we must learn from the recent past. It is not with flirtation or misplaced moderation that an enemy who cares only about accumulating profits is neutralized — but only with resistance, struggle and unity, to defend what gains might be made and to make sure that politics is no longer deformed by the lovers of bourgeois democracy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

South Sudan expels another journalist, second in two weeks

first_img South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years November 7, 2019 South Sudan expels another journalist, second in two weeks Renouil told RSF that officials questioned him about his previous reporting from South Sudan and threatened him with imprisonment. South Sudan’s Media Authority had nonetheless given him the go-ahead to visit the country. South Sudan is also one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters. Ten journalists have been killed with complete impunity since 2013. No serious investigation has ever been carried out to identify the perpetrators and circumstances of the August 2017 murder of Christopher Allen, a freelance reporter with British and US dual nationality,. South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the clampdown on reporting in South Sudan, which has just expelled another foreign journalist, the second in two weeks, and urges the authorities not to jeopardize implementation of a peace accord by preventing the international media from doing their job. to go further The second journalist’s expulsion has come at a critical political moment, with a unity government due to be formed on 12 November, along with the expected return of Riek Machar, the historic leader of the opposition to President Salva Kiir. “Peace and democracy cannot take hold unless the freedom to inform is guaranteed,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “By expelling foreign journalists, the South Sudanese authorities are liable to jeopardize the peace process. We urge them to end these arbitrary expulsions and to review their recent decisions, so that these two journalists, who did nothing wrong, are free to resume their reporting.” His expulsion was preceded by that of AP correspondent Sam Mednick, a Canadian reporter. Based in South Sudan for the past three years, Mednick had to leave after being notified on 23 October that her press pass had been revoked because of a story about tension in the run-up to the formation of a unity government. Crédit : France 24 The authorities have often expelled journalists since a civil war began in 2013. The Media Authority announced in June 2017 that it was refusing to issue or renew visas for 20 foreign journalists because their reporting was “unsubstantiated” or had “insulted” South Sudan. August 25, 2020 Find out more South Sudan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen Help by sharing this information December 23, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on South Sudan August 21, 2020 Find out more News News RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on Receive email alerts News French journalist Bastien Renouil, the France 24 TV news channel’s East Africa correspondent, was arrested on arrival in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, on 3 November and was expelled the next morning. RSF_en last_img read more

House prices increase sharply despite pandemic

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Previous articleAn Post to allow free postage to and from nursing homesNext articleWeather warning in place for Donegal News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction House prices increase sharply despite pandemiccenter_img Twitter Facebook Google+ Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest By News Highland – October 19, 2020 House prices have increased sharply despite the economic shock of the pandemic — with a national increase of 4.8 per cent in the third quarter of this year. Researchers at Daft-dot-ie say it’s an unexpected trend in their data, given elevated rates of unemployment.However the number of homes being sold on the site has fallen to just 17,700 — down a around a third on last year — and the lowest level since 2006.In Donegal, prices in the third quarter of 2020 were 9% higher than a year previously, compared to a fall of 2% seen a year ago.The average house price in the county is now €154,000, 35% above its lowest point.Professor Ronan Lyons from Daft.ie says the market for houses and apartments has had a very dramatic turnaround between July and September:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/lyons8am-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Funeral services scheduled for fifth grader who died after classroom fight in South Carolina

first_imgFamily Photo(WALTERBORO, S.C.) — The family of a fifth grader who died after suffering injuries from a classroom fight with another girl announced that funeral services would be held for the 10-year-old this week.A “celebration” to honor the life of Raniya Wright was scheduled for noon Wednesday at Saints Center Ministries in Walterboro, South Carolina, an obituary said.On Monday, Raniya’s father, Jermaine Van Dyke, and his lawyers held a news conference outside of Forest Hills Elementary School, where Raniya was involved in a fight with a classmate on March 25. She died March 27.“I’m here today looking for justice for my daughter,” Van Dyke said. “I wanted just to find out what happened, how it happened and who was involved.”The lawyers said they had spoken “at length” with the teacher who was in the classroom that day.Lawyer David Aylor said Monday that Van Dyke had had “little to no contact” from anyone, including the school district, regarding Raniya’s death.“We’ve been extremely disappointed,” said Mark Peper, a lawyer for Van Dyke.On March 25, a staff member at the elementary school called 911 to report that a student had collapsed, according to an incident report released by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.When first responders arrived, the student was at the nurse’s station, unconscious but breathing, the report said. She was taken to a medical center and later airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Health in Charleston, according to the school district.Authorities did not initially release the names of the two students involved in the incident because they were both younger than 17, but last Wednesday, the Colleton County School District identified Raniya as the student who died.In a statement on its website, the Colleton County School District said that after the “fight” occurred in Raniya’s classroom, “school administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school.”The family said that she’d been unresponsive and in critical condition since the incident, according to ABC News affiliate WCIV-TV.Raniya’s mother, Ashley Wright, shared her grief on March 27 in a public Facebook post, saying: “My baby girl has [gained] her wings.”As of Monday, a GoFundMe page for Raniya’s family had raised more than $54,000.Lawyers for the Wright family said in a statement Friday that relatives were “struggling to make sense of the incident that took her life.”“Raniya’s untimely passing leaves a void in this family that will never be filled…They are awaiting answers to questions regarding the circumstances surrounding Raniya’s tragic death including was there appropriate supervision in the classroom, and what, if any, steps did school administrators take to intervene in the fight,” lawyers Margie Pizarro and Myesha Brown said in a statement Friday.Pizarro and Brown said they would be requesting the complete investigative file and pertinent information from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department and the Colleton County School District regarding the incident.Peper said Monday that his team and Wright’s lawyers were “forming one unified front” to get justice for Raniya. He added that his team had spoken with some parents of schoolchildren. He declined to share the details.“This week needs to be about the community coming together in an effort to heal,” Peper said during the news conference. “Justice will be served.”No weapons were involved in the incident, said Shalane Lowes, a police information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.The other student involved in the altercation has been suspended from school “until the investigation is complete,” the school district said.“Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. We are deeply saddened…Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with this family in the difficult days ahead,” the school district said in a statement. “The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this matter is investigated.”The Colleton County school board held an emergency meeting Thursday about Monday’s incident. Board member Tim Mabry said specific details from the discussion could not be shared because of the ongoing investigation and student-privacy laws.In a statement Friday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said it would release its findings and autopsy results “at the appropriate time.”“We do not have a time table for the conclusion of this investigation. We expect some aspects to take at least several weeks. We will do whatever is necessary, and take as much time as is necessary to ensure a thorough investigation,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “This investigation is continuing.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Barbados to host maritime security drill Tradewinds 2017

first_img Barbados to host maritime security drill Tradewinds 2017 Barbados will be hosting this year’s edition of the multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise Tradewinds which is starting June 6.Some 2,500 participants from 18 nations are set to take part in the Caribbean drill.This annual exercise includes executive-level leadership and provides an opportunity for participating nations to collaborate on challenges and ensure regional security.Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, U.S. Southern Command commander, said the U.S. truly values the strong relationships forged during Tradewinds.“The exercise helps ensure a seamless partnership, and, by cross training with service members from all over the globe, ensures a better response to natural disasters, and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking in the critical region,” Tidd said.Two phases of the exercise will be conducted in the Caribbean. The first phase will take place in Barbados June 6-12, while the second one will be conducted in Trinidad and Tobago June 13-17.Held annually sine 2013, Tradewinds is a joint, combined exercise, conducted in conjunction with partner nations to enhance the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and terrorism, and to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.Partner nations participating in the exercise include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago as well as military personnel from the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. View post tag: Tradewinds Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Barbados to host maritime security drill Tradewinds 2017 Authorities June 2, 2017last_img read more

Pop-up innovation space showcases library projects

first_imgThe Labrary, open for public exploration through December 21, is a storefront space envisioned and realized by students in Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen course. Projects that explore and celebrate the library of the future include:Bookface, Nicholas RivardBookface is an online photo opera that invites Labrary visitors to reflect on their relationship with the digital while posing in a murder mystery photo booth–death by technology.Recon-Texts, Gabrielle PatawaranRecon-Texts is a platform for publishing literary mix-tapes, composed by copy and paste collections gleaned from the ‘library’ that is the Internet, and takes the form of a textbook/notebook hybrid for the creation of new narratives.Graham Grams, Rola Idris, Pablo RoqueroThink information lasts forever? Print an edible telegram with Graham Gram, a graham cracker and icing printer.The Speaking Library, Chris MolinskiThe Speaking Library is an online archive at www.speakinglibrary.org. The anonymous audio recordings document an oral history of the library. What is your earliest memory of a library?Digita Table of the Present Time, Arielle Assouline-LichtenDigita is a snapshot of the way we digitize information today, freezing the speed of digital technology into the physical reality of a wood table top.last_img read more

3 Data Center Best Practices Every Mid-Market Organization Should Follow

first_imgIn today’s digital world, businesses are built on data. That data has value not only to the organizations that house it, but also to external and internal threats. In order to ensure that your business has the digital services it needs, you need trusted infrastructure. Research by ESG and Dell shows the return on investment, as well as risk reduction, that is obtained from running a trusted data center is significant. On the spectrum of Leader and Laggard IT organizations, 92 percent of leaders surveyed reported that investments in infrastructure technologies to maximize uptime and availability and minimize security risk have met or exceeded ROI forecasts.Mid-market organizations must quickly respond to changing business needs in order to get ahead of the competition when everyone is ‘always-on.’ How do companies maintain trusted data centers and compete to become the enterprises of tomorrow while also managing IT budgets very closely? The answer is in efficient solutions that enable businesses to do more with less and securely extend the value of their investments. Brands must also have the confidence and peace of mind that vital business data is protected and recoverable no matter where it resides.Why does leading in data center trust matter? The cost of being less secure is high. Surveyed firms estimate that their average hourly downtime due to security breaches cost is $30,000 to $38,000. Notably, 38 percent of line of business executives have serious concerns about IT’s security capabilities and controls. Additionally, security professionals are in high demand and hard to find.ESG has identified three best practices among trusted data center leaders, and how Dell Technologies solutions and PowerEdge servers help organizations achieve and support those best practices in an ‘always-on’ landscape.1. Prioritize market-leading BIOS/firmware security.Data flows in and out of servers faster than ever before, and it is crucial for organizations to protect this data. That’s why organizations need to ensure BIOS and firmware are up to date. Organizations that prioritize BIOS/firmware security are 2x more likely to say that their security technology delivers higher than expected ROI.And, it’s not just about BIOS improvements: it’s all the other features and functionality that helps ensure that technology continues to get better and more secure as you go along. Trusted data centers have increased functionality for security.2. Refresh server infrastructure frequently.ESG highlights the role hardware plays in the trusted data center and the benefits leaders who refresh their server infrastructure experience. For example, optimized infrastructure results in 41 percent reduction in downtime costs in a modern server environment. Organizations with modern server environments (servers that are less than 3 years old) save as much as $14.3M/year in avoided downtime versus organizations with legacy servers.That’s because old hardware can’t take on new threats. In the mid-market space, companies may not be aware of new threats that are emerging or may not think they’re big enough to be considered a target. The reality is they could be, and it is even more important to make sure that data center hardware is secure and up to date.Unfortunately, IT hardware doesn’t get better with time; the older it gets, the less reliable it becomes. It’s going to cost more to monitor and maintain older servers in head count, parts and resources needed to get those servers back up and running versus purchasing optimized hardware on a refresh cycle. It makes sense to refresh more quickly to make sure you’re getting all the latest technology. With more advanced systems, if you do experience issues, you have more failover capabilities.3. Automate server management.Highly automated organizations are 30 percent more likely to delivery highly reliable application and system uptime and reduce data loss events by 71 percent. Leaders are seeing tremendous value from automating their server management –they reported saving an average of 10.5 person-hours per week.How are Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers built to support trusted data centers? With so much at stake, security is one of the primary values that Dell builds into every single product we deliver. Our PowerEdge servers are engineered with security in mind for optimized infrastructure that lays the foundation to implement best practices.Security is an evolving landscape and so is server management; “secure today” does not guarantee secure tomorrow. Fortunately, PowerEdge servers provide security that is built-in, not bolted on, and all models leverage the same management capabilities. Automation is essential and Dell is continually expanding remediation and threat detection through our OpenManage Application, including new capabilities around power management for reducing overall power consumption.Dell Technologies infrastructure enables organizations to easily manage IT environments to solve their biggest challenges. To learn more about how Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are designed with the reliability, simplicity and security features needed to implement the above best practices, watch the ESG Trusted Data Center and Server Infrastructure Webinar (registration required).last_img read more

GAO makes new recommendations related to pandemic response

first_imgThe U.S. Government Accountability Office is making some new recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The office has continued to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the pandemic. One recommendation is that the Department of Health and Human Services should create an expert committee that includes knowledgeable health care professionals from the public and private sectors, academia, and nonprofits or use an existing one to systematically review and inform the alignment of ongoing data collection and reporting standards for key health indicators.last_img