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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 MoreAddThis The Conservation Foundation, one of the first organisations to link business and the environment, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of its biggest award scheme to date, supported by mobile phone company O2.After a successful pilot in 2006, It’s Your Community is being re-launched with an increase in the number of projects able to benefit thanks to a major financial boost of £1 million. The programme has already supported more than 100 projects with grants of up to £1,000 and the new sponsorship package means up to 60 projects every month are now able to receive funding. Advertisement Conservation Foundation to fund up to 60 projects a month The Conservation Foundation has created and managed a wide range of award schemes over the past 25 years, starting with the Ford Conservation Awards in 1982, which after two years in the UK were extended throughout Europe and continued for 18 years. Other award schemes have included The Trusthouse Forte Community Chest which ran for ten years, Lloyds Alert, Co-op Save-our-Species, Disney Children’s Summit Awards and the Wessex Watermarks which are now in their 14th year and have helped nearly 500 environmental projects in the West Country. The Foundation also provides support to members of its nationwide Parish Pump Programme who can qualify for Parish Pump Priming Awards to turn ideas into action.In addition the Foundation has re-launched its award scheme for London’s Green Corners as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations. First awarded in 1991, these awards are aimed at thanking the creators of small, often secret gardens which are vital for the capital’s biodiversity. The 2007 awards are being run in association with the City of Westminster and BBC London, with support from Capital & Counties. 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 July 2007 | News
From a WWP Conference welcoming talk.Before two years ago, I’d never imagined making a speech about how I came to join a revolutionary party. I grew up in a conservative rural town in western New York. History lessons were a crash-course in anti-communism, with textbooks the Pentagon itself could have authored. All this, against the backdrop of 9/11 fear mongering.Throughout grade school I witnessed what the imperialists could do as live footage of Iraq’s destruction was broadcast worldwide. Images of Baghdad burning, the utter lack of humanity, the callous destruction of a sovereign country … haunted me. It was at that point that I stopped trusting what I was being told and began questioning the real motives behind these wars.I read about other U.S. wars and quickly realized who the real terrorists were, beginning with genocide against the Native peoples of the Americas and the horrific history of slavery, which manifests itself in today’s mass incarceration of people of color and racist police brutality.During university I became involved politically, but quickly became frustrated. I kept hitting brick walls because I was still working within the constraints of capitalist politics. Eventually it became clear that a system evil to the core cannot possibly be reformed for good.In 2011, when the U.S. began its bombardment of Libya, I found new political consciousness. I saw footage of the deaths and the destruction of the country, the murder of Gadhafi, the lynching and ethnic cleansing. I found Workers World when searching for a perspective that respected the sovereignty and right to self-determination of Libya.I was invited to attend the Party conference last year, where I met many of my dear comrades and gained a deeper political analysis that has guided my perspective ever since. But it wasn’t just a deeper understanding of political theory, of Marxist-Leninist analysis that was important at that conference.Putting politics into practiceLast year Gaza was being bombed mercilessly by Zionist occupying forces, and I was able to get out into the streets with Palestinians and other anti-war activists as we shouted in Times Square: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”It was the experience of being out in the streets and putting those politics into practice that I first experienced solidarity — solidarity with those resisting imperialism, those defending their sovereignty against occupying forces, those being exploited.I learned the real meaning of the word “revolution” at that conference. It means smashing the ruling class, smashing our oppressor. It means organizing against them. It means taking control of the means of production to create a just society. It means joining a revolutionary party.I decided to join Workers World Party because I knew it stood staunchly with the poor, the oppressed and exploited here in the U.S. and around the globe. I experienced a feeling of unity. I became part of the struggle.Workers World Party has always represented a party of solidarity, unity and struggle, one of complete support for the most oppressed, raising their struggles to the forefront. The Party’s perspective is critical to the movement for liberation and socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Receive email alerts October 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior minister says “no excuse” for threats to journalists over Corsica ferry dispute Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has written to Reporters Without Borders saying there is “no excuse” for the threats that have been made against journalists over the dispute about the Corsican ferry company SNCM.Sarkozy wrote to Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard yesterday after Ménard voiced concern about this issue in a meeting on 20 October with Sarkozy’s chief of staff, Claude Gueant, and his press and communication adviser, Franck Louvrier.“There is no excuse for such actions,” Sarkozy said in his letter. “No cause, no political or labour struggle can possibly justify this type of individual behaviour. Such acts should be treated for what they are. First and foremost, they are criminal acts that are punishable under the law.”The full text of the letter follows:Dear Secretary-General,In your letter of 19 October, you expressed to me your fears and your more general concerns about the threats and even acts of violence of which some of your fellow journalists have recently been the victims.Your outrage is entirely legitimate and I share it fully, as a citizen, obviously, but also and above all as a government minister.The interior minister is clearly responsible for maintaining public order and security but it is too often forgotten that he is also the minister for civil rights and that it is his job to ensure on a daily basis that French citizens can enjoy such key civil rights as personal security, freedom of movement and press freedom.Let me tell you that, in my view, press freedom belongs to a special category of primary freedoms, ones that are so fundamental that they can be considered as part of the very foundation of our democratic society and as primordial conditions for its progress and for the personal development of each of its members.There can be no freedom of the press without freedom for the journalist. It is an obvious fact that can be overlooked: the quality and independence of a newspaper, and indeed all news media in general, is chiefly a function of the quality and independence of those who produce it.It is therefore the state’s duty to protect journalists against any intimidation attempts and or acts of violence to which they could be exposed in the course of their work. In a country like ours, with our traditions, it is unacceptable that journalists may be harassed or threatened on account of their views. Nothing and one should be able to prevent them from freely transmitting the information they have acquired or the opinions they hold.Let me assure you, Secretary-General, that whenever freedom of the press and communication is the target of attacks or pressure, I will be at your side. And you may immediately count on the full cooperation of all those who come under the authority of my ministry in the adoption of all appropriate measures in response to the facts described in your letter.There is no excuse for such actions. No cause, no political or labour struggle can possibly justify this type of individual behaviour. Such acts should be treated for what they are. First and foremost, they are criminal acts that are punishable under the law.Sincerely, Nicolas Sarkozy June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Robert Ménard spoke to interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s chief of staff on 20 October about the threats and violence that several journalists in Corsica have suffered as result of their coverage of the dispute over the SNCM ferry company. In a written reply to Reporters Without Borders yesterday, Sarkozy said: “There can be no freedom of the press without freedom for the journalist.” News Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on France News May 10, 2021 Find out more News
The Arab League’s 22 member countries are nonetheless far from being unanimous about the proposal. In fact, the battle lines have been drawn between those in favour and those against. The pro camp centres on Saudi Arabia and Cairo. Those already clearly defined as members of the contra camp include Lebanon and Qatar. When Arab information ministers meet in Cairo on 24 January they are to discuss a joint proposal by the Egyptian and Saudi governments for the creation of a regional office to supervise Arab satellite TV stations. News The original proposal for such an office was made in February 2008 by Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa. It was recently revived by the Saudi government, which controls Arabsat, and the Egyptian government, which controls Nilesat. It seems that Riyadh and Cairo hope to ride a current that supports the reaffirmation of traditional values. The main TV stations targeted by the proposal are Al Jazeera, the Hamas station Al-Aqsa TV and the Hezbollah station Al-Manar. The proposal is partly a response to bill adopted last month by the US House of Representatives that could result in satellite operators themselves being branded as “terrorist entities” if they contract their services to TV stations classified as “terrorist” by the US Congress. It is also an outcome of discussions begun by the Arab League in 2008. RSF_en Organisation This “Office for Arab Satellite Television” would be in charge of enforcing guidelines aimed at ensuring that Arab TV stations respect the ethical standards and moral values of Arab society as well as ensuring that they no longer serve as fronts or outlets for “terrorist” organisations. January 23, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Disturbing moves to create super-police for Arab satellite TV stations There are many stumbling blocks on the road to agreement. Some fear this office would end up controlling content on privately-owned TV stations. Others have voiced concern about loss of sovereignty. Technical questions have been raised. Who will be members of this office? How will they be appointed? What will their exact powers be? And what punishments will they be able to impose? The issue of funding has also been raised as well as the more symbolic question of where the office will be located. Will it be attached to the Arab League’s secretariat or to the Standing Committee of Arab Media? “This proposal is disturbing, to say the least,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The danger is that this super-police could be used to censor all TV stations that criticise the region’s governments. It could eventually be turned into a formidable weapon against freedom of information.” Help by sharing this information
With the deadline now extended to 16 May, there is still time to get your entries in for this year’s Baking Industry Awards.Entry forms are available from Stephanie Smallwood, tel: 01293 610433 or e-mail: [email protected] are 11 categories, championing the achievements of all aspects of the industry, with awards for training, manufacture, craft bakery, customer focus, the best in-store bakery and a newcomer this year – plant product of the year. Entrants for the Baker of the Year award must have hands-on baking experience. (See the March 14 issue of British Baker for full details of the awards and the sponsoring organisations.)The 2007 awards were a great success, with more than 900 people from across the industry, celebrating the achievements of the award winners and all those who had entered.Remember that all finalists attend free and can bring a partner to the awards at the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair on Monday, 15 September.l Join the British Baker team as we launch our bigger and brighter format at this year’s Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE). We will be celebrating our relaunch on 7 April at 3pm on stand G28B. This year’s exhibition, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 6 to 9 April, has many new features including artisan masterclasses and a demonstration theatre. For details, see [http://www.bakingindustryexhibition.co.uk]
Just last month, Gregg Allman bowed out from a tour scheduled that included am extensive residency at NYC’s City Winery, instead deciding to take time off and to focus his energy on healing. Allman had previously checked into the Mayo Clinic with a severe case of pneumonia, assumedly due to the rigorous touring schedule that he played during the first half of 2016.Though Allman’s health has been an issue over the last months, the famed Allman Brothers Band founder has quietly rescheduled all of the shows that were previously cancelled. That includes four June nights in Macon, GA – Allman’s hometown – as well as a series of shows through the Southeast. He’s also rescheduled the City Winery run for July 2017, and will even play Birmingham in the middle of October, 2017.If those dates seem far away, it’s because they are. Allman deserves a lengthy break from performing after 45+ years of life on the road, and we’ll continue to send our best wishes for his full recovery.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head here for details.Gregg Allman 2017 Tour DatesJune 2-3, 5-6 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera HouseJune 9 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli TheatreJune 10 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica HotelJune 13-14 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreJune 16-17 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre for the ArtsJuly 2-3, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17 – New York, NY – City WineryOct 18-19 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Today is April 20th, a cold and rainy Monday morning here in New York.Typically, Mondays are pretty dreary days anyway, marking the end of weekend festivities and a return to your work week.In marijuana smokers’ circles, however, today is a day of special celebration. Across the country and around the globe, devotees of the green, leafy cannabis plant are rejoicing—and smoking—en masse.It is a truly Happy Monday, indeed, for these THC tokers. Forget the weather, their heads are up in the clouds…of smoke.That’s because each year on this exact date, known as “420,” “4-20,” “4/20,” “Four-Twenty” and “4:20,” users’ love for the psychoactive drug takes center stage, with festivals, concerts and countless smoking sessions held to celebrate its existence and mind-altering effects.420 is a universal code term among smokers to express their mutual adoration of the funky weed and partake in its freaky, stoned-out effects, a term that became associated with the plant in the 1970s.Some stoners get “baked”—slang for getting high by smoking marijuana—every day at 4:20 p.m. Others use the term as a catch-all for getting high or scoring some of the wacky stuff, and of course, April 20th, became a sort of stoner’s holiday.A “High Holiday,” for example, which began this past weekend and is continuing throughout Monday in Denver, Colo.—where the statewide recreational use of marijuana was legalized, as well as in the state of Washington, in 2012—has drawn thousands of users and boasts a large “public smokeout” and High Times magazine-sponsored “Cannabis Cup” that awards individual buds and growers, according to a recent article by 7News Denver and other media outlets.The date is referred to as “national Hooray for Hash Day” in a recent article about celebration ideas by the Colorado Springs Independent. A 2010 and 2011 Press story about the day’s meaning—the latter titled “What is 420?”—stated its affectionate “National Pot Smoking Day” billing among marijuana enthusiasts (though also pointing out it is obviously not a recognized national holiday).But why? Why April 20th, of all days and all times?No, it is not Jerry Garcia’s birthday! (That’s August 1st, silly rabbits!)It’s not California Penal Law code for a marijuana bust, either. (A “420” is obstructing entry onto public land, Bob Marley fans!)As for this catch-all term’s origin, citing High Times’ creative director and former editor Steven Hager in a 2009 article, The New York Times states it all began with a few pot-smoking friends.“Mr. Hager said the significance of April 20 dates to a ritual begun in the early 1970s in which a group of northern California teenagers smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 p.m.,” it reads. “Word of the ritual spread and expanded to a yearly event in various places. Soon, marijuana aficionados were using ‘420’ as a code for smoking and using it as a sign-off on fliers for concerts where the drug would be plentiful.”Whatever its genesis, the term has become synonymous with “Mister Baby Leaf-Leaf,” which goes by a long list of slang names across the globe: “Dope,” “Weed,” “Barney,” “Detroit,” “Blifter,” “Freakus,” “Harris,” “Davis,” “Doobie,” “Bongo,” “Jay Tokenstein,” “Lula,” “Old Toby,” “Mary Jane,” “Bobby Brown,” and “Reefer,” among them.Though hailed by some for its medicinal and otherworldly effects, marijuana has been slammed by others as a “Gateway Drug”—which can lead to deadlier, harder drugs—that spews carcinogenic smoke, possesses the physiological and psychological consequences of dry mouth, loss of short-term memory, motor skills impairment and eye irritation, among other problems, and the drug’s detrimental neurological impacts, such as its potential link to schizophrenia. Marijuana use has also been found to increase appetite, a phenomena smokers refer to as “The Munchies.”Read “5 Facts about New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law” HEREMedical marijuana became legal in New York State last year and there has been growing debate about the prospect of the overall legalization the drug and shedding federal restrictions against medical marijuana, but it is still illegal here, and can result in hefty fines and imprisonment for its possession, sale and trafficking.So don’t put that in your pipe in the Empire State.