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  • Linda Chisholm, Anglican educational network founder, honored with distinguished fellowship

    first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service]The founder of the official Anglican Communion network Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, Linda Chisholm, has been awarded the organization’s third distinguished fellowship. The network brings together further and higher education institutions from across the Anglican Communion. It was launched in Canterbury Cathedral in 1993, with Chisholm as its first general secretary. The honorary Distinguished Fellowship of the Colleges & Universities of the Anglican Communion is awarded to “individuals who model exceptional and active service to Anglican higher education globally.”Read the full article here. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA People Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA center_img 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 Washington, DC Featured Events Posted Mar 11, 2019 Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Linda Chisholm, Anglican educational network founder, honored with distinguished fellowship Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

  • 7 tips for fireworks safety

    first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.,The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S. and we often celebrate with fireworks, which are beautiful but can also be dangerous. Fireworks are intriguing to people of all ages – young people are intrigued by them and for adults, they can make us feel like a kid again. There are, however, some tips that will keep you and your family safe.1. Never let children play with or ignite fireworks without adult supervision, even sparklers. One quarter of emergency room visits on the fourth of July are from injuries caused by sparklers being held too close to the body.2. The stick on a sparkler burns at nearly 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s five times the temperature that causes water to boil! Glass melts at 900⁰ F. Do not for any reason touch the stick on a sparkler while it’s burning and have a small bucket of water handy for putting sticks in once the sparkler fizzles out.3. Follow all the directions on fireworks and never use them for anything more than they were intended—something pretty to look at.4. Always have water handy when dealing with fireworks. Having a hose is best, but a bucket of water will suffice in a pinch. Along these lines, you should also have your phone in case the fireworks become uncontrollable or start a fire you can’t handle.5. Only light fireworks on smooth, flat surfaces away from dry leaves and paper. Usually the best place is at the end of your driveway away from everyone else, just be careful of cars in the area.6. If fireworks malfunction and don’t completely fire correctly, don’t try to re-light it. This is when many injuries occur, as that firework is already primed to shoot off. Instead, douse it and soak it with water instead, then throw it away.7. Never ignite fireworks inside of a container. None of them will keep the firework contained. Not only will the firework potentially injure you, but containers that are made of glass or metal will potentially shatter and send shrapnel towards you and others.Last but not least, while staying safe, it is important to have fun and remember the reason for the holiday! TAGSFireworkssafety Previous articleWhy red, white and blue? …and other 4th of July triviaNext articleThe Fourth of July by the numbers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here  The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S. and we often celebrate with fireworks, which are beautiful but can also be dangerous. Fireworks are intriguing to people of all ages – young people are intrigued by them and for adults, they can make us feel like a kid again. There are, however, some tips that will keep you and your family safe.1. Never let children play with or ignite fireworks without adult supervision, even sparklers. One quarter of emergency room visits on the fourth of July are from injuries caused by sparklers being held too close to the body.2. The stick on a sparkler burns at nearly 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s five times the temperature that causes water to boil! Glass melts at 900⁰ F. Do not for any reason touch the stick on a sparkler while it’s burning and have a small bucket of water handy for putting sticks in once the sparkler fizzles out.3. Follow all the directions on fireworks and never use them for anything more than they were intended—something pretty to look at.4. Always have water handy when dealing with fireworks. Having a hose is best, but a bucket of water will suffice in a pinch. Along these lines, you should also have your phone in case the fireworks become uncontrollable or start a fire you can’t handle.5. Only light fireworks on smooth, flat surfaces away from dry leaves and paper. Usually the best place is at the end of your driveway away from everyone else, just be careful of cars in the area.6. If fireworks malfunction and don’t completely fire correctly, don’t try to re-light it. This is when many injuries occur, as that firework is already primed to shoot off. Instead, douse it and soak it with water instead, then throw it away.7. Never ignite fireworks inside of a container. None of them will keep the firework contained. Not only will the firework potentially injure you, but containers that are made of glass or metal will potentially shatter and send shrapnel towards you and others.Last but not least, while staying safe, it is important to have fun and remember the reason for the holiday!last_img read more

  • Survey finds many financial advisers do not promote tax-efficient giving

    first_img  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Survey finds many financial advisers do not promote tax-efficient giving According to a MORI study commissioned by the Giving Campaign and released today, many financial advisers do not tell their clients about new tax-efficient methods of giving to charity.Many advisers admit they are simply not well-informed about these opportunities. Indeed, 57% of the independent financial advisers (IFAs) and nearly half the stockbrokers surveyed never or hardly ever give such advice. Three quarters of IFAs and nearly two thirds of stockbrokers said that the biggest constraint was a lack of information and training. Amanda Delew, Director of the Giving Campaign, said: “I think the research shows that we have a lot of work to do to ensure that financial advisers are equipped with the information and motivation to give advice on tax-efficient giving to their clients. UK charity tax reliefs are amongst the most generous in the world and we need to give everyone the chance to give money in the most effective way.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 18 October 2001 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

  • Wootton George to develop fundraising strategy for Albany Theatre

    first_img  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Wootton George Consulting has been retained by the Albany Theatre in South London to develop a new fundraising strategy and to conduct a feasibility study for a capital appeal.Trustees of the Albany are taking a strategic view of the future and have therefore sought outside help with securing sustainable funding and with reviewing plans for a major refurbishment of the current premises.The Albany is home to 18 community and arts organisations including: Drake Music Project, Heart n’ Soul, UK Online and Deptford Vietnamese Young Peoples Project. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Wootton George to develop fundraising strategy for Albany Theatre Tagged with: Capital appeal Consulting & Agencies 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 | 19 January 2006 | Newslast_img read more

  • Blackbaud achieves certification under EU-US Privacy Shield

    first_img  147 total views,  1 views today Blackbaud is one of the first organisations to certify to the US Department of Commerce that it adheres to the new EU-US Privacy Shield principles. These replace the Safe Harbor mechanism which for years many UK companies, including charities, had relied on legally to use the data processing services of US organisations and digital platforms.Safe Harbor was struck down in October 2015 by the European Court of Justice following a legal challenge.The Privacy Shield bridges the gap between U.S. privacy laws and those of the EU, and permits the unfettered flow of data from European countries to companies in the U.S. that certify their compliance with the Privacy Shield.The European Commission adopted the Privacy Shield because EU law prohibits the transfer of data belonging to EU residents to other countries whose laws may not protect personal information as stringently as in the EU.Now certified, Blackbaud can lawfully receive and process data from European customers and donors. Specifically the company’s participation in the Privacy Shield applies to all personal data that is subject to the Privacy Shield Principles and is received from the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland.The new framework requires all US companies to safeguard data better, provide clear notices, limit their collection and use of data, and give EU data subjects certain rights to access and correct their data.Jon Olson, senior vice president and general counsel, said:“Adhering to the principles of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield aligns with our values and our pledge to our customers to always hold the protection of their data as paramount. The new robust framework provides clarity for global businesses like ours and peace of mind for our customers that their data is safe.”You can view the Blackbaud Privacy Shield Certification Notice and Blackbaud’s listing in the Privacy Shield Register. Tagged with: Blackbaud data data protection Law / policy Howard Lake | 5 October 2016 | News Advertisement  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Blackbaud achieves certification under EU-US Privacy Shield 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11last_img read more

  • USDA Plantings Report Shows Lowest Soybean Acres Since 2013

    first_img Previous articleIndiana FSA Extends Prevented Plant Crop Reporting Deadline for Non-insured, Non-NAP ProducersNext articleFarm Management Tour Host Planning for Success with 20″ Row Corn NAFB News Service SHARE SHARE By NAFB News Service – Jun 30, 2019 USDA Plantings Report Shows Lowest Soybean Acres Since 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Plantings Report Shows Lowest Soybean Acres Since 2013 Facebook Twitter The USDA issued its June 1 Acreage and Stocks Report last week. USDA is estimating that U.S. farmers planted 80 million acres of soybeans, down 10 percent from last year. That number represents the lowest soybean planted acreage in the United States since 2013. Compared to last year, acres planted to soybeans are down in all 29 reporting states. Corn planted area came in at 91.7 million acres, three percent higher than last year. The all-wheat planted area for 2019 is estimated at 45.6 million acres, five percent lower than 2018.The Stocks Report shows a lot of old crop commodities in storage. Soybean stocks totaled 1.79 billion bushels, which were 47 percent higher than June 1 of 2018. On-farm soybean stocks came in at 207 million bushels, 58 percent higher than last year. Corn stocks in all positions as of June 1 are 5.2 billion bushels, down two percent from last year. On-farm storage is 2.95 billion bushels, up seven percent from last year. Old crop wheat storage estimates came in at 1.07 billion bushels, two percent lower than last year. However, on-farm wheat stocks were up 58 percent over last year, coming in at 207 million bushels. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • Football faces biggest challenge yet against explosive Sooners

    first_imgColin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter Facebook First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post printHaving lost four games by seven or fewer points, losing three quarterbacks, and starting five true freshmen on defense this year (second-most in the nation), TCU has certainly seen some tough tests this season.Nevertheless, the Frogs will undoubtedly face their biggest test of the year this Saturday when they travel to Norman to face the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners.“You always got to get excited to play the best,” cornerback Julius Lewis said. “They’ve been the best in the conference since I’ve been here, so you always get ready to play them.”TCU gained some momentum last weekend when they defeated Texas Tech 33-31 in Lubbock to end a two-game skid. The win held even more meaning to the Frogs since they had lost all four of their games that ended within one score this season.Quarterback Max Duggan (15) will have to have a near-flawless game for TCU to have a chance against Oklahoma. Photo by Heesoo Yang.“It was a huge win, especially when we’re trying to make it to a bowl game,” center Kelton Hollins said about the win over Texas Tech. “This is big-time football, so anytime you come out and you get a dub, that’s big time.” First-year quarterback Max Duggan was pivotal in TCU’s victory, recording a career-high 398 total yards of offense without throwing an interception.With two games remaining, TCU just has to obtain onemore victory to reach bowl eligibility for the 17th time in headcoach Gary Patterson’s 19 years at the helm. On the other hand, the Sooners enter the game teeming with confidence after overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat No. 13 Baylor 34-31 last Saturday. The win was the biggest comeback in Oklahoma history and kept their slim chances at a College Football Playoff bid alive. Despite their early deficit last week, Oklahoma’s electric offense changed the course of a game in an instant. Behind 581.1 yards per game, the Sooners rank first nationally in total offense, while their 47.0 points per game rank third.“They’re athletes,” head coach Gary Patterson said on what makes the Sooners difficult to defend. “They don’t let you overload. They do a great job of keeping you spread out.”Oklahoma’s national prominence on the offensive side of the ball stems from quarterback Jalen Hurts, who once led Alabama to two-straight national championship appearances. Hurts, who is currently ranked second in ESPN’s Heisman watch, ranks first in the Big 12 in individual total offense with 402.2 yards per game on his own.The seasoned signal-caller represents a threat both in the air and on the ground, as his 28 passing touchdowns are paired with 15 rushing scores.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) stiff arms Baylor defensive tackle TJ Franklin (90) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Waco, Texas. Oklahoma won 34-31. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)“We’ve played a lot of running quarterbacks,” Patterson said. “You can’t think you’re going to go kill him, because that’s not what’s going to happen if you blitz and you come three. They can pull away from you.”Hurts’ primary target this season has been receiver CeeDee Lamb (983 yards and 13 touchdowns); however, Lamb’s status for Saturday is currently “up in the air,” according to head coach Lincoln Riley, due to injury.Lewis emphasized that Lamb’s potential absence doesn’tchange TCU’s preparation mindset, as the Frogs always prepare like they’replaying “the best.”TCU will be shorthanded in the secondary on Saturday, as cornerback Jeff Gladney will be out for the first half of the contest due to a targeting penalty last week against the Red Raiders.Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) hauls in his third touchdown reception in front of Texas defensive back Brandon Jones (19) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Dallas. Lamb finished with 171 receiving yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma won 34-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)First-year corners Kee’Yon Stewart and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinsonwill likely see time in Gladney’s absence.“When they’ve been in ball games, Tre against Baylor and then Kee’Yon against some guys, they’ve all done pretty well,” Patterson said.While Oklahoma is known for their offense, the entrance of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has brought the Sooners to second in the Big 12 in total defense, second only to TCU.Led by 2019 Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of theYear Kenneth Murray (70 tackles, 2.5 sacks on the year), Oklahoma will look toput pressure on Duggan, forcing him to make quick decisions.Duggan saw such pressure against Oklahoma State and Baylor, throwing three interceptions in both games.Pressure or not, Duggan can’t afford to give the ballaway on Saturday, as possessions are valuable against the high-flying Sooners.Kickoff in Norman is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on FOX. This is the Frogs’ first night game since they played Purdue on Sept. 14. “As usual, we have our hands full on both sides of the ball,” Patterson said. “[It’s a] normal ‘OU’ team—very athletic—so you have to get ready to play, especially when you play them in Norman.” TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellocenter_img ReddIt + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleOn-campus a cappella group offers performance opportunity and communityNext articleVenezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in Colombia Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/last_img read more

  • GIVING BACK: OC gets grant for workplace safety courses

    first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleFator on stage at Wagner NoëlNext articleRichard Milburn Acadmy logo RGB.jpg Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest GIVING BACK: OC gets grant for workplace safety courses Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Bob Barnes, board member and immediate past chair of Texas Mutual’s board of directors, talks to those attending a check presentation for workplace safety courses in the Zant Community Room at OC Thursday. With a $100,000 infusion from Texas Mutual Insurance Co., Odessa College plans to ramp up its driver education programs to help make the Permian Basin a safer place to live.The funds also will be used for workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public.The check was presented to OC President Gregory Williams and Associate Dean of Continuing Education Louis Gonzales Thursday in the Zant Community Room in the Saulsbury Campus Center on campus. Faculty, students, OC officials and community leaders were on hand.Bob Barnes, board member and immediate past chair of Texas Mutual’s board ofd directors, and Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual presented the oversized check.Gonzales said the funds would be used for general and driver safety.“… We know that driver safety is really needed and so we’re going to look at how can we help not only citizens (and) community members, but can we customize training for certain industries, too,” Gonzales said. “We really want to look at commercial driving. …”He added that they also want to ensure that people get home to their families safely every night.The funds also could be used for driving simulators.Right now, Barnes said, the Permian Basin has a fatality rate five and a half times above the state average. So you’re five and a half times more likely to know someone in accident, he said.“Texas Mutual wants to do something about that. We’ve got people all over the state trying to make a difference. We work with TxDOT; we’ll work with the DPS — anyone who wants to work with us,” Barnes said.He said Texas Mutual can work with its policy holders, but sometimes they get a little uneasy about the insurance company coming in. But they will work with Odessa College.“We’ll give you this money today. We know you’ll probably get the opportunity to get that money again, hopefully for many years to come,” Barnes said. “We are really grateful to have OC as our newest partner.”A native Odessan, Barnes lived here for decades and was in the restaurant and real estate business. He now lives in Fort Worth.He said he moved there because he had opportunities there and needed to be a little closer to them.Barnes said he is a Permian High School graduate and went to OC.“I’ve followed it over the years; helped it where I could,” Barnes said.“But I’m just proud of what OC’s done,” he added.Continuing Education may be reached at 432-335-6575. WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

  • ‘Children Are The Wealth Of This Nation’, Patna HC Issues Slew of Directions For Providing Immediate Relief To Children In Bihar [Read Judgment]

    first_imgNews Updates’Children Are The Wealth Of This Nation’, Patna HC Issues Slew of Directions For Providing Immediate Relief To Children In Bihar [Read Judgment] Sparsh Upadhyay19 Sep 2020 1:38 AMShare This – xOn 6th July 2020, the Patna High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of the plight of children in the District Bhagalpur, Bihar due to non-availability of mid-day meals following shutting of schools and Anganwadi centres amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar had taken cognizance of the matter based on a news report run by the…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?LoginOn 6th July 2020, the Patna High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of the plight of children in the District Bhagalpur, Bihar due to non-availability of mid-day meals following shutting of schools and Anganwadi centres amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar had taken cognizance of the matter based on a news report run by the Indian Express which pointed out that children had been forced to indulge into begging, garbage picking and scrap selling, due to non-availability of food.On Friday (18th September), the Court, after taking note of the unfortunate situation concerning the children in the State of Bihar, deliberated on the following issues:-A. Whether the State is fulfilling its statutory and constitutional mandate of providing food and nutritional security to children who have been adversely impacted by the closure of schools and Anganwadi centres due to the COVID-19?B. What measures can be undertaken to ensure that the right to education of children in the State is not adversely impacted during this time, and to prevent school children from indulging in begging and garbage collection?Child’s Right To Food- In The Times Of PandemicThe Court was of the view that the Right to Food is an implication of the right to life enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India. It encompasses the right to have regular, permanent, and unrestricted access to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food. This emanates from the right of every human being to live with dignity and freedom from hunger.The Judgment of the Apex Court in the cases of Francis Coralie Mullin v. UT of Delhi (1981) 1 SCC 608, Shantistar Builders v. Narayan Khimalal Totame (1990) 1 SCC 520 and Kapila Hingorani v. State of Bihar, (2003) 6 SCC 1 were taken into account by the High Court to conclude that, although the right to food does not feature directly as a fundamental right under Part III of the Constitution of India, but various pronouncements of the Top Court have read the right to food into Article 21 of the Constitution.Accordingly, the Court held that it is the legal and moral obligation of the State, under the constitutional provision and international treaty obligations to ensure that the children and their families are provided with means to feed themselves so as to not, owing to their substandard conditions, be forced into activities like beggary and rag-picking.Child’s right to education- in the times of pandemicThe Court was of the view that the importance of education is highlighted by the fact that the Right to Education is enshrined as a fundamental right under Article 21A of the Constitution of India as well as Directive Principles of State Policy under Articles 41 and 45 of the Constitution of India.Right to education is also recognized as a statutory right under the provisions of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.In the State of Bihar, as observed by the Court, more than 1.19 Crore children cannot attend school on account of Covid-19. To keep them engaged, as the learned Advocate General informed the Court, the State has come out with programmes of imparting teaching through the platform of television.However, the Court was concerned about the feasibility of these programmes and questioned the state as to whether the Children are able to avail the benefit of such programmes.The Court acknowledged the fact that State has a responsibility to prioritize its efforts in building capacity to support the system and citizens that are Below Poverty Line (BPL) and lift them above the poverty threshold.In the context of children, the Court’s reference to BPL was not in purely economic terms, rather the idea of a life of deprivation which exists below a certain accepted level of wellbeing.Further, the Court observed that,”For a child, BPL has to be something more than meeting a nutritional threshold and be extended to include capacity building towards holistic development, which includes nutritional, educational and psychological needs of the child. Unless the State can empower these children to think independently and choose their path in life, it would be a significant failure of our developing society.”The amicus curiae averred before the Court that the economic hardship imposed by the ongoing pandemic is putting millions of children at risk of being forced into child labour, which could lead to the first global rise in child labour after 20 years of progress.To this, the Court remarked,”Rag-picking is one of the worst forms of child labour plaguing our society. This deplorable activity exposes young children to a host of health and psychological issues. It increases the children’s susceptibility to frequent injuries, chemical poisoning and infections, which when coupled with malnutrition, leads to disease, and stunted growth.”Further, the Court noted,”Despite the fact that India has passed a number of constitutional protections and laws abolishing and regulating child labour, including the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act of 1986, it still persists in our country, hindering the growth and development of our children.”The Court observed,”Children are the wealth of this nation. Our failure, or delay in acting on the present situation could lead to incorrigible long-term consequences on the health, development, and general well-being of our children.”Further, the Court also remarked,”Malnutrition in young children leads to chronic health diseases in the long term, as well as runs the risk of underdevelopment of the mind along with the body. Other than the detrimental increase in illiteracy in the country increased dropout rates of children would also lead to a consequent increase in the instances of child labour, rag-picking, child marriages of girls, and other forms of exploitation.”Directions given by the Courta. Continue schemes like the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the Sarwa Shiksha Scheme to provide meals or ration as feasible along with textbooks and notebooks to government school students.b. Ensure that statutory benefits under the Food Security Act are disbursed in a timely manner, and updated records are maintained for the same.c. Monitor the nutritional health of children by leveraging the reach of Anganwadi workers, who can keep track of children’s growth by recording the weight and height of children at regular intervals.d. Work with the experts to procure and prepare digital lectures for students of all classes and age-groups.e. Enhance the role of Anganwadi and NGO workers in every district, to help spread the message of the importance of continuing education via remote learning platforms. Parents to be educated, for ensuring the child’s continuous engagement in education during the pandemic.f. Install community-level television sets and distribution of radio sets, ensuring the increase of reach of remote learning platforms. Perhaps, at the community level, small batches of children can be shown lectures on televisions, while maintaining social distancing norms.g. With mobile handset penetration and telephone penetration in the State of Bihar being greater than Television and radio set penetration, the concerned authorities to consider, devising and implementing an action plan to utilize these mediums. To ensure engagement, consider expanding the possibility of waiver of telecom charges on the mobile handset or telephone being used for accessing educational programmes.h. Use Telecom/digital infrastructure to mark the daily attendance of students. A call placed on the designated toll-free number may be programmed to record the daily attendance of the concerned student.i. Organize a robust “Back to School” campaign in the wake of this pandemic, to ensure that a minimal dropout rate is achieved.j. Further, workshops and training for teachers ought to be provided to ensure that they are well equipped in dealing with post-pandemic psychosocial needs of children.Lastly, the Court said that,”The above directions, if implemented well, have the potential to provide immediate relief to more than 1 crore 19 Lakh school-going children across the State, also tuned to establish long term machinery which shall support their development and care. We have no doubt that any elementary issues of data protection owing to the monitoring that may arise would be dealt with adequately by the authorities.”Case Details:Case Title: Court on its own motion v. State of BiharCase No.: CWC No. 7124/2020Quorum: Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. KumarClick Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

  • De Blasio admin opposes Corey Johnson’s land use overhaul

    first_imgCity Planning head Marisa Lago, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson (Getty)City Council speaker Corey Johnson is facing an uphill battle on getting approval for his proposed overhaul of the city’s land use process, especially now that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has come out against the proposal.City Hall officials, including Department of City Planning head Marisa Lago, will testify against the bill during a Council hearing later today, the New York Daily News reported. The reason? It’s too expensive.According to estimates from the Office of Management and Budget, the bill would cost the city close to $500 million per decade, with much of that going toward carrying out environmental impact assessments for different development scenarios. Johnson’s proposal calls for having stakeholders weigh in on three land-use scenarios for each community district when a change is proposed, each of which would require its own assessment.The bill, which Johnson introduced in December, lays out a 10-year planning cycle that incorporates more opportunities for community members to weigh in on land use decisions in their neighborhoods.But it has already faced pushback from the usual sources outside of City Hall. A coalition of community groups, including Soho Alliance (which opposes the rezoning of Soho and Noho) and Voices of Gowanus (which opposes the rezoning of that Brooklyn neighborhood), have joined forces against the legislation.Land use attorneys also see issues with the plan. “The idea of additional community input into each of these aspects raises two questions, the most important of which is, how do you balance citywide needs with local concerns? That is a fundamental conundrum,” Kenneth Fisher, an attorney with Cozen O’Connor and a former City Council member, told The Real Deal in December.The Council hearing on the bill will begin at 10 a.m. [NYDN] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Full Name* Bill de Blasiocorey johnsonPoliticsRezonings Tagslast_img read more