Vigils held for Burundi as African Union warns of genocide

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Vigils held for Burundi as African Union warns of genocide Anglican Communion This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release [Anglican Communion News Service] Coventry Cathedral was set to take part in a vigil for Burundi Dec. 18 as the African Union warned of an impending genocide in the east African country. And staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London also paused to pray for peace for the troubled country.There has been increasing violence over the past few months and an attempted coup following the decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek re-election for an unprecedented third term – an election that he won.Earlier this month a boy was killed and two people injured during an attack on St. Mark’s Church in the Ngagara district of the capital Bujumbura. He was one of several hundred to have been killed since the violence began. Friday of last week saw the deadliest day of the violence with about 100 killed in clashes.Responding to the recent upturn in violence, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urged “all actors in the current crisis, including political leaders and state authorities at the highest level, to take every step possible to stop this deadly escalation and engage in a meaningful and inclusive dialogue.” He warned: “With this latest series of bloody events, the country seems to have taken a new step towards outright civil war and tensions are now at bursting point in Bujumbura.”The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has been discussing the situation in Burundi and agreed on the text of a communique. The text will be released later, but in a series of tweets from the meeting, the AU said that “Africa will NOT allow another Genocide to take place on its soil.”The tweets said that the AU Peace and Security Council members were “exchanging views on the situation in Burundi” and discussing “the urgent need for action to stop the killings.” They were also discussing contingency plans for the possible deployment of African Union peacekeeping troops to the country.Coventry is home to the largest community of Burundian people in the U.K. They were set to join with the city’s faith and community leaders for a peace vigil on Dec. 18 to raise awareness of the recent struggles in the country.“In the last two weeks, political unrest has resulted in the death of over 100 Burundians as Politicians struggle to find a way to stop the country sliding in to civil war,” the Coventry Burundian Community’s vice-chair, Lise Ndiyo, said. “Coventry welcomes refugees and stands for peace and reconciliation, and we’re hoping this peace vigil will raise the profile of what is happening there as we all come together as a multi-cultural community.The canon for reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, the Rev. Canon Sarah Hills, said, “The struggles of the people in Burundi have been in our thoughts and prayers for a number of years. We, at the cathedral, will be standing side-by-side with the Burundian Community showing our support and praying for peace.”In September, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion called on “Christians of all denominations to pray fervently for Burundi.”In a statement issued after receiving reports from the situation in Burundi at that time, the Standing Committee members called on “those in leadership to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable ahead of their own interests.”They added: “We call on the UN, the African Union and the East African Community to renew all possible efforts to support peace . . . and we call on the leaders in Burundi earnestly to seek peace and pursue it and especially to call the various political leaders to resume immediately serious and inclusive dialogue.“Reconciliation is always a demanding process, but bears fruit in saved lives and stable communities. May Burundi be blessed with leadership that brings true and generous reconciliation!”The vigil begins with a march from the city’s council offices to University Square, outside the cathedral from 4 p.m., and a vigil from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Rev. Canon Phil Groves, director of the Continuing Indaba program for the Anglican Communion, has invited staff at the ACO to gather for prayer in the chapel of St. Andrew’s House. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Flight Centre partners with British Heart Foundation

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 10 April 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The British Heart Foundation has been nominated as charity of the year for 2006 by high street travel retailer, Flight Centre.550 Flight Centre staff in 85 stores are aiming to raise £30,000 for the foundation through a series of activities from sponsored bike rides to fun runs. Staff will also fundraise through involvement in the UK Corporate Games 2006 and Flight Centre UK Awards Ball. The Brirish Heart Foundation is the largest independent funder of heart research in this country. The Foundation also plays an important role in funding education, both of the public and of health professionals, and in providing cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and patient care. Advertisement 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Flight Centre partners with British Heart Foundationlast_img read more

Lucas says Conference Committee Work a Legislative Miracle

first_img Facebook Twitter Lucas says Conference Committee Work a Legislative Miracle SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 28, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News Lucas says Conference Committee Work a Legislative Miracle Facebook Twitter SHARE Lucas on the miracleHouse Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (AP photo)A Farm Bill Conference Report has been released which means just two votes and one signature are the obstacles left before there’s a 2014 farm law. The first of those votes will likely happen Wednesday morning on the floor of the U.S. House.Plenty of farm groups and legislators are pleased with the farm bill conference report released this week. House Ag Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Farm Bill Frank Lucas says the Farm Bill Conference Report is nothing short of a miracle given the political atmosphere in Washington.“We had to take a process by which we had no money to work with. We had to achieve substantial savings, $23 billion less spent on this coming farm bill than was spent on the previous farm bill; where you have a House of Representatives where almost half the body was not around for the 2008 debate and didn’t understand the process. You’ve got the divided political nature of Congress, a very conservative House and a very liberal President, and nobody really in charge in the Senate. All of that together and to wind up with a bill that has a strong safety net for producers, makes reforms in both the commodity title and the food stamp title, a farm bill that will work for rural America, will continue to make sure we have the ability to raise the food and fiber we need, in this environment we’re in it’s just a political, a legislative miracle.”Lucas says the dairy title was the most difficult to overcome, but he says the overall bill is market-driven.Major reforms in the Agricultural Act of 2014 include elimination of the direct payment program, streamlining and consolidating numerous programs to improve their effectiveness and reduce duplication and cutting down on program misuse. The bill also strengthens the nation’s commitment to support farmers and ranchers affected by natural disasters or significant economic losses and renews a national commitment to protect land, water and other natural resources.The American Farm Bureau Federation released a statement by its President, Bob Stallman, who urged “House and Senate members to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The bill will provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming year and allow the Agriculture Department to begin planning for implementation of the bill’s provisions.“We appreciate the hard work of the conferees to get the farm bill to this point. They had many tough decisions to make, but were able to move forward with a solid bill that includes many Farm Bureau-supported provisions. We are particularly pleased with provisions to provide risk management to fruit and vegetable farmers and to support livestock farmers during disasters. We now urge House members to bring it on home by voting in support of the bill.“It is imperative that all of agriculture unify behind this farm bill, for the good of the whole of American agriculture, consumers, our hard-working farm and ranch families and the rural communities they support.” Previous articleSevere Cold Generating Premiums for Corn DeliveryNext articleFarmers Manage Risk Through Purchasing Crop Insurance Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Pasadena’s Operation Gobble Gobble Lands for 13th Year

first_img Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Mayor Terry Tornek, Ralphs Grocery Company and Food 4 Less will host the 13th Annual “Operation Gobble Gobble” beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015 in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. to distribute 450 Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings to local human service agencies.In about 90 minutes, a whirlwind of charitable goodwill envelopes the area in front of City Hall as volunteers dash about to distributed the donated food to a long line of pre-determined charitable organizations that receive the items for re-distribution to their clients prior to Thanksgiving.Including this year, more than over 4,500 Thanksgiving feasts have been provide to the Pasadena community by Ralphs and Food 4 Less, the equivalent of about 45,000 meals, as part of Operation Gobble Gobble.“Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to give thanks for the many blessings we’ve received throughout the year,” Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said. “I’m pleased to continue the tradition of Operation Gobble Gobble with Ralphs Grocery Company and Food 4 Less, who make it possible to extend a Thanksgiving blessing to many of Pasadena’s most needy families.”Ralphs and Food 4 Less are generously donating the Thanksgiving turkeys, along with stuffing, canned vegetables, potatoes and pumpkin pie. In addition, volunteer representatives from the companies will team up with Pasadena firefighters and other community members to help distribute the food.Representatives of community organizations including, among others, Pasadena Unified School District Healthy Start, Union Station Homeless Services, Armenian Relief Society, Ronald McDonald House, Mother’s Club, Friends in Deed Pantry, Lutheran Social Services, Walter Hoving Home, Elizabeth House, and Door of Hope will receive the food for distribution to the community.“Ralphs and Food 4 Less are pleased to be active citizens in Pasadena, and we are proud to join with Mayor Tornek to help make this Thanksgiving special for many people who otherwise might not have the resources to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings,” said Kendra Doyle, Public Relations Vice President.For more information about “Operation Gobble Gobble’” contact Rhonda Stone at (626) 744-7147.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Make a comment Business News Top of the News Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s Operation Gobble Gobble Lands for 13th Year On Saturday, November 21 Published on Friday, November 20, 2015 | 12:51 pmlast_img read more

Astronaut updates students on LIT space project

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Gregory Johnson pictured after the symposium. Picture: Alan Place.Gregory Johnson pictured after the symposium. Picture: Alan Place.INTERNATIONAL Space Station (ISS) astronaut Gregory Johnson touched down at Limerick Institute of Technology recently to give a talk on the college’s experiment that was launched into space in September.Mr Johnson gave a presentation to national and secondary school students from Limerick and Clare on LIT’s experiment examining whether plants can be grown in space, which was sent on a 22 million kilometre round trip to the ISS.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He also talked about his two space shuttle flights, revealing that he grew 4.3 centimetres in space.The symposium was LIT’s anchor event for Science Week, which was coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme.The event saw the first unveiling of the 1.5 litre box containing the clover plant that was flown to the space station and spent 31 days there in the care of astronauts until it arrived back to earth earlier this month.Mr Johnson, now manager of the ISS US National Laboratory, said that LIT’s recent space initiatives are remarkable for an institute of its size. “I think it’s fascinating what LIT is doing up in space in plants. All root systems are based on gravity so what happens when they don’t have gravity. That’s going to be very interesting information.“For an Institute here in Ireland to have had an experiment on the final space shuttle mission and now one to the ISS speaks to the energy and dedication of the faculty and the community. It also shows it has followed its own dream to have a significant impact on the next generation of space scientists and explorers,” added Mr Johnson.LIT’s principal investigator for the ISS experiment, Professor Gary Stutte, said: “It’s been an exciting few weeks, getting our experiment to the ISS and back. And having Gregory here validates a lot of what we are doing.“Our work has also pretty much identified LIT as a platform in Ireland for launching experiments to space and we are already intent on sending our experiment back up to the ISS for more research.” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Facebook Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img NewsAstronaut updates students on LIT space projectBy John Keogh – November 12, 2014 857 Print Previous articleTeen assault victim claims off duty gardai sought prostitutesNext articleBreaking down those city walls John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSeducationGregory JohnsonInternational Space StationlimerickLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT)Prof Gary Stutte WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Limerick to take a stand against water charges

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSArthur’s Quay ParkCmhlr Séighin Ó CeallaighlimerickRight2WaterSinn Fein Facebook Twitter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleThe different skin I’m inNext articleThe Hitchers to rock the Kasbah Social Club this Saturday Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Email RIGHT2WATER have organised a protest in the city this Sunday, June 28. The march will meet at Arthur’s Quay Park at 12.30pm to take a stand against water charges and austerity. Limerick’s Sinn Féin councillors will join the rally. “This is a chance for the people of Limerick to turn out in force, to let the Fine Gael and Labour government know that we do not accept their austerity measures, which include water charges and cuts to lone parents,” said Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh. The City East representative insists that people simply can’t afford to pay yet another tax. Meanwhile, We Won’t Pay is organising a ‘burn the bills’ bonfire outside City Hall this Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 3pm. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsLimerick to take a stand against water chargesBy Alan Jacques – June 26, 2015 731 Advertisement WhatsApplast_img read more

JROTC fundraiser set for Thursday

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleCHAREN: A special kind of givingNext articleOdessa woman killed in NYE crash admin Twitter OHS logo Odessa High School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will be raising money for the organization on Thursday through a partnership with Chili’s Grill and Bar.By printing off a flyer for the event, which can be found on OHS’s JROTC Facebook page, and presenting the flyer on Thursday, Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the event day sales back to the organization.The event is set for 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and will only be valid at Chili’s Grill and Bar located at 5025 E. 42nd St. The Give Back flyer is required with each check to receive credit for the sale.On the nethttps://www.facebook.com/OHSArmyJROTC/ Local News Pinterest By admin – January 2, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter JROTC fundraiser set for Thursdaylast_img read more

Possible $2.5T Stimulus Bill Brings Optimism

first_img 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. Possible $2.5T Stimulus Bill Brings Optimism March 24, 2020 1,013 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus stimulus bill Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Applying Previous Lessons to Mortgage Servicing’s COVID-19 Response Next: Majority of Homeowners Concerned About Mortgages The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Possible $2.5T Stimulus Bill Brings Optimism Related Articles Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi countered the Republican proposal with a $2.5 trillion bill that would put a halt on mortgage payments for up to a year as Americans deal with the fallout of COVID-19. The bill, according to a report from Bloomberg, said it would order the Federal Reserve to provide loan servicers with liquidity to allow borrowers to stop paying mortgages for up to 360 days. Bloomberg adds that public housing residents would get temporary relief from rent and student loan borrowers would have $10,000 of debt forgiven. To support homeowners and address the industry impact that COVID-19 may have, under the direction of the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA), leaders from across the mortgage industry are joining forces to create the COVID-19 Mortgage Industry Task Force (ITF) to coordinate on processes, procedures, and policies related to the crisis.More than 25 mortgage banks and nonbank servicers, legal professionals, and service providers will take part in the coalition.A bill presented by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was blocked Monday by Senate Democrats, as several Democrats voiced concern that the $1.8 trillion plan lacked transparency and oversight. “The Senate Republicans’ bill, as presented, put corporations first, not workers and families. Today, House Democrats will unveil a bill that takes responsibility for the health, wages, and well-being of America’s workers: the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act,” Pelosi said in a statement. The Speaker of the House said the new legislation requires that any corporation that takes taxpayer dollars must protect their workers’ wages and benefits. Pelosi told CNBC Tuesday morning during an interview that there is “real optimism” a deal could be reached sometime on Tuesday. “We believe that is not only good for the works, the right thing for the country but also good for the economy,” she said. The Washington Post reported that Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said Tuesday morning there are a “small number of issues” needed to be wrapped up, but added, “we are looking forward to closing a bipartisan deal today.”News of a possible stimulus bill brought stocks to their best percentage gains since 1933. The Dow Jones on Tuesday rose 11%—2,112.98 points—to 20,704.91. The S&P 500 grew 9.4% and had its best day since 2008. The Nasdaq Composite increased 8.1% for its best day since March 13. Both the Dow and S&P 500 were coming off their lowest levels since late 2016.CNBC states the Dow fell 582.05 points, or 3%, on Monday to a new three-year low. It was on pace for its worst calendar month since 1931. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Coronavirus stimulus bill 2020-03-24 Mike Albanese Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

SC Directs States To Provide Dry Rations For Identified Sex Workers Sans Insistence On Identity Proof & File Affidavit On Benefits Accrued

first_imgTop StoriesSC Directs States To Provide Dry Rations For Identified Sex Workers Sans Insistence On Identity Proof & File Affidavit On Benefits Accrued Sanya Talwar28 Sep 2020 11:43 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed State Governments to provide dry rations for identified sex workers by National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and State Governments sans insistence of identity proof.A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Ajay Rastogi further directed the State Governments to file an affidavit stipulating the implementation of the instant order…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed State Governments to provide dry rations for identified sex workers by National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and State Governments sans insistence of identity proof.A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Ajay Rastogi further directed the State Governments to file an affidavit stipulating the implementation of the instant order for directions along with relevant particulars and the number of sex workers who were benefitted thereon within 4 weeks.Further to this, the Court asked the Union government to inform in four weeks, whether it can extend financial assistance given to transgenders during pandemic, to sex workers also.The top court passed this order while hearing a plea highlighting the distress faced by sex workers on account of the ongoing pandemic in the proceedings of Budhadev Karmaskar V. State of West Bengal & Ors., in which a panel was set up to improve the living conditions of the community.Court noted that in 2011, an order was passed in the case of Budhadev Karmaskar, wherein it was observed that sex workers have a right to live with dignity as they are human beings and a committee was constituted by the court to look into the conditions of the sex workers in the country.The PIL further highlights that the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India estimates that there are over 8.68 lakh female sex workers in the country and 62,137 Hijra/transgender persons in 17 states, of which, 62% are engaged in sex work.The order comes in the backdrop of directions to Centre & State Governments by the apex Court last week, urging them to provide food and financial aid to sex workers.”….we are of the opinion that the relief as sought for in the I.A needs immediate attention of this Court. The learned Additional Solicitor General and the learned counsel appearing for the State Governments are directed to get instructions regarding the modalities for distribution of monthly dry rations and cash transfer to the sex workers without insisting on proof of identity,” the bench had remarked on the last date.Today, Senior Advocate Anand Grover informed the Court that there existed a huge gap in identification of sex workers so as to claim reliefs which were averred in the PIL.Court took note of the same and expressed concern regarding providing of dry rations to sex workers for their survival in light of the ongoing pandemic, as many did not possess identity proofs.This PIL has been filed on behalf of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), the country’s oldest sex workers’ collective.Appealing to the Supreme Court, which has held that:- “sex workers have a right to live with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution of India since they are also human beings and their problems need to be addressed”, the Kolkata based group highlighted that sex workers’ have been left out of the COVID-19 response because of social stigma and marginalisation and are in frantic need of support.DMSC’s application has pointed out that a large number of sex workers have been excluded from aid measures due to lack of, or deficiencies in their identity documents such as Aadhar and Ration cards. This, despite the fact that the Supreme Court had directed the Central and State Governments to ensure access to ration cards, voters identity cards and bank accounts, based on recommendations of a Court-appointed Panel in 2011 looking into rehabilitation and empowerment of sex workers.The Application by the Collective has also suggested the following reliefs:-Provide sex workers with relief, till the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, in terms of monthly dry rations, cash transfer to the tune of Rs. 5000 per month, additional cash transfer to the tune of Rs 2500 for those with school-going children, Covid-19 prevention measures such as masks, soaps, medicines and sanitizers delivered through Targeted Intervention Projects/ State AIDS Control Societies and Community Based OrganizationsDirect coordination and monitoring of Covid-19 relief efforts at the Centre and State levels through committees comprising representatives of health and social justice/welfare departments, the National Legal Services Authority and the State Legal Services Authorities as well as Community Based OrganisationsDirect the State Labour Departments and the Unorganized Workers Social Security Board to register sex workers and provide them social welfare measures that all unorganized workers are entitled to.DMSC also stated in in the plea that it had consulted and received inputs from various Community Based Organisations and NGOs working with sex workers across the country. The application cites a 5-state assessment undertaken by Taaras, a coalition of women in sex work and their organizations among 1,19,950 sex workers to draw attention to the challenges of the community in accessing critical services during the COVID-19, which included:-Lack of access to social protection services: Sex workers do not have access to social protection measures such as pension, health benefits and labour rights. The five-state consultation shows that only 5% of sex workers had received a bank transfer of Rs 1000/- on the basis of a Labour Card for registered workers. Barring Tamil Nadu, where CBOs have managed to obtain labour cards for sex workers by enrolling them as domestic workers, vegetable vendors, street hawkers etc., no other State has extended this facility to persons engaged in sex work;Lack of access to essential services: Around 48% members did not receive ration through PDS (Public Distribution System). Out of 26,527 members who reported illness, around 97% (25,699) are unable to access primary care services – both public and private. 20% of members have children attending private schools and of them, 95% (23,425) are not able to pay the schools fees. Of the approximate 61% of members who live in rental housing, 83% are unable to pay rent and electricity bills;Impact on livelihood: Almost 71 % (81,433) members don’t have any other source of income to meet their essential day to day needs. Even those who have some income are having difficulty in securing three meals a day for the past four months.Next Storylast_img read more

Troy native vies for spot on ‘Sunday Best’

first_img Troy native vies for spot on ‘Sunday Best’ Print Article Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like New season of ‘Suppertime’ underway The curtain went up on the 14th season of Alabama’s Official Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” at the We… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopencenter_img McClure is auditioning for a Top 100 spot on Black Entertainment Television’s “Sunday Best” and he needs the votes of homefolks if he’s going to “break in.”“B.E.T.’s ‘Sunday Best’ is a gospel program similar to ‘American Idol,’” McClure said. “The television audience votes on their favorite singer. They can go on-line and vote for me through Nov. 7.”If McClure is among the top 100, he will automatically earn a spot before the judges when “Sunday Best” comes to Atlanta. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 12:12 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Sponsored Content Brandon McClure started singing when he was in daycare and heard a nursery rhyme put to music. He’s never stopped.“I love music,” McClure said. “I love to sing and I love to play the piano and organ. And, I love to hear others sing. Music is my world.”McClure is a native of Troy and a 2005 graduate of Charles Henderson High School. He owns and operates a business on Butter and Egg Road that specializes in music and photography but he is hoping to expand his “world” beyond the place he calls home. “You can’t go wrong with it.”And, too, McClure knows a lot about God’s amazing grace.He has never had a singing lesson or a piano or organ lesson but he can sing and he can play.He plays by ear and that, he said, is a gift from God.“I don’t know how it works, but I can hear a song and, in about 10 minutes, I can play it,” he said. “It’s a blessing that I received through the grace of God. Once I start playing, I don’t ever want to stop.”Music sets the tone for every day in McClure’s life.“Music is such a part of my life,” he said. “If I’m having a bad day, I sit down at the piano and play or sing. It has a calming, uplifting effect on me.”McClure recommends a song in the heart as a stress reliever.“I believe that anyone can sing – at least good enough to carry a tune,” he said. “If you can talk, you can sing.”McClure’s hopes are that his audition for B.E.T.’s “Sunday Best” will be successful and that other opportunities will be available to him in the field of music.But, if not, he will continue doing what he is doing, playing music and taking photographs, with the assurance that he will always find contentment in doing what he loves to do. By The Penny Hoarder “They will have a huge number of people wanting to audition for the show but the 100 that get the most votes on-line will get to audition ahead of all the others,” he said. “I really would like to get a chance to do this.”Voters may cast a vote for their favorite ‘Sunday Best” gospel singer every 24 hours by logging onto www.sundaybestcasting.com/people/brandonmcclure.For his audition, McClure chose, “Amazing Grace.”“We had a list of songs to choose from and I chose ‘Amazing Grace,’” he said and added with a smile. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more