State of Racism conference ends on hopeful note

first_imgState of Racism conference ends on hopeful note Unpacking racism is painful, scary, life-giving work, Mississippi bishop says Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Four participants talk about what they have learned during the Nov. 15-16 “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America” gathering at the Diocese of Mississippi’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Jackson, Mississippi] Judging by the report-back from three rounds of small-group discussion, participants in the Nov. 15-16 “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America,” left here with hope and renewed dedication.Navita Cummings James, chair of the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism, and the Rev. Angel Ifill, the church’s missioner of Black Ministries, moderated the gathering’s final discussions during which participants were asked to consider the top three things they had learned or had had reinforced during the gathering, how they would personally promote racial healing and understanding, and then how they would work to combat institutional racism.One group’s spokesperson said its members agreed that “the universality of pain” had been reinforced by the conversations of the past two days.“We need to have patience with those who would not come to a forum like this,” said one participant, reporting on what her small group had learned.In terms of promoting racial understanding and healing, another participant said his group agreed that it would be important “to trace out your own narrative or your own trajectory of racial experiences [because] it’s going to help you reach other people if you are clear on your own story.”More than one participant suggested that the conversations begun during the gathering needed to be continued, in the words of one, “whether that’s in our individual churches, the chamber of commerce or other groups that we may be a part of.”One of the younger participants noted that because of the gathering “even for someone in our group who has been in the movement for a long time, there is fresh hope.”In his closing remarks, Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray III noted that “more than a few folks have wondered – some of them out loud in my presence – about the appropriateness of a conversation on racism being hosted by the Episcopal Church in Mississippi.”Saying he understood those questions, Gray recalled what Martin Luther King Jr. said during his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago: “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”Gray said he “would be first to admit the wolf has not laid down with the lamb” in his state.The Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray Jr., the seventh bishop of Mississippi, son of the fifth bishop of Mississippi and father of current diocesan Bishop Duncan Gary III, listens to a presentation Nov. 16 on the second day of the “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America” gathering at the Diocese of Mississippi’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“Nor have we been transformed in an oasis of freedom and justice 50 years later and yet, yet, I am hopeful precisely because I am a child and a native son of this conflicted, heroic, tragic and often violent state,” he said.“I am hopeful that an honest look at our past and a willingness to listen to stories of individuals and communities that we had never known or wanted to know will move us in important ways toward healing, maybe even reconciliation.”The bishop said he was hopeful because “as I unpack the layers of racism deeply embedded in my own soul – often taking the form of very personal, sometimes unconscious racial profiling within my own soul – I have thousands of fellows travelers across this state, some of whom are here, who are doing that same very painful, very scary, very life-giving work.”Gray challenged the rest of the church and the country “if even Mississippi, a state sweltering with injustice and oppression 50 years ago can do this, why can’t others?”The Nov. 16 plenary sessions, workshops and discussions formed the second of two days of work examining the state of racism in the U.S., how far the country and its people have come, and considering the work yet to be done.The Rev. Jim Kodera, a native of Japan and the first Asian-American ordained a priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, tells a historical narrative of the plight of Asians in America and of Asian Americans during a Nov. 16 workshop that was part of the “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America” gathering at the Diocese of Mississippi’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceDuring one of six concurrent workshops that morning, the Rev. James T. Kodera, Wellesley College professor of religion and rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hudson, Massachusetts, presented a “historical narrative of the plight of Asians in America and of Asian Americans.” During a subsequent discussion with those who attended the workshop, he suggested “there have to be multiple histories. We have to reject any notion of established history, official history because every history is selective and purposive.”“You have to together write new histories,” said Kodera, a native of Japan who was the first Asian-American to be ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts. “I think it is our obligation to have the courage to write alternative history so that we can embrace multiple histories” in order to see a more complete picture of the country.The State of Racism gathering was sponsored by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi and held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.ENS coverage of the gathering’s opening session on Nov. 15 is here. An ENS series of video reflections from the conference are here.The Nov. 15 webcast, which included a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and two panel discussions, is available for on-demand viewing here. A discussion guide developed for the forum is available.A related bibliography and other resources are available here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Margaret Ayers says: Featured Events November 21, 2013 at 7:57 am While headlines in the newspapers highlight racial divides in the United States, it was helpful to me to come together with other like minded people who are working to continue the change that is ongoing in our cultures. I believe that many people are working in their communities to bring about change and need a conference to spark new vision as well as find out that no one is working alone. There are many who are working without recognition in their communities as mechanisms of change. But this is hard work and we all need to see were our racism lies hidden. The reason we ended in hope is that although we look as though we are stuck in place, there has been change. I now live in Mississippi and am amazed at the changes that have taken place. I have great opportunities to work for racial reconcilliation and awareness but whatever I do will not be noticed outside my community. I also believe there are thousands of people working in their communities without recongnition from anyone outside. Hidden work needs to be brought into the wider awareness or we do look like we are doing nothing of value.In the article above there are links to materials from the conference. Whatever we do, keep the conversation going in all cultures and contexts! Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA State of Racism Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 November 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm I am sorry, but what is the point of that headline, if it hadn’t ended on a hopeful note what on earth would the headling have been?I applaud the Diocese for putting on the Conference but the headline just seemed absurd to me Rector Collierville, TN center_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Tags November 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm Thank you, Margaret, for your words of hope and advice. I, too, believe that “hidden work needs to be brought into the wider awareness”. The work to overcome racism is a never-ending process. When events, articles, and daily words continue to show that racism still exists, we must do all we can to counter racism with more personal encounters by all people seeking reconciliation and better understanding. Thank you also for pointing out the links Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Nancy Mott says: Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Julie Watt Faqir says: Norm Morford says: The Rev. Mary S. Janda says: Submit a Job Listing By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 18, 2013 Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Rector Albany, NY November 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm There needs to be a network through which info may flow to those of us not in attendance.Muchas gracias! November 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm I’m seconding both previous comments. Having read Dr. Harold T. Lewis’s wonderful account “Yet With A Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church,” I’m heart-sickeningly aware of our church’s long history of conferences, studies and resolutions on racism ending with hope but not determination. I believe that deep-down we whites lack both 1) a real gut-level understanding of the complexity of racism in our country and in our Church and 2) true determination to repent and change. We give blithe lip-service to hopes for racial progress but don’t really put high in our priorities. And we totally don’t “get” how much we ourselves (whites) are also the losers in being so largely a White church. As James Baldwin said, “I have to be Black as long as you are White.” Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (5) last_img read more

House EP / Ulisses Morato de Andrade

first_imgSave this picture!© Daniel Mansur+ 19 Share Photographs Houses House EP / Ulisses Morato de Andrade Photographs:  Daniel MansurText description provided by the architects. This construction occupies the top of a hillside and is projected over an immense valley framed with a chain of mountains, a predominant relief in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In the surroundings of Nova Lima – MG, where the construction was erected, a considerable part of the houses are influenced by the language of Portuguese colonial architecture and uses manual techniques of construction.Save this picture!© Daniel MansurRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsThe house was projected for a young executive with a bold entrepreneur profile. Our architectonic proposal created a contemporaneous language tuned to the owner’s profile and, at the same time, it incorporated the constructive techniques and materials available in the region. With this conceptual arrangement we were able to articulate constructive tradition to contemporaneous design and open space to a new approach of architectonic solution for local houses. Save this picture!© Daniel MansurThe place chosen for the house was determined by the generous native landscape in the surroundings. In this context, space definition privileged the possibilities of relationship of house users with the exuberant natural landscape. As for the relation House x Nature, we decided for the contrast, i.e., the radicalization of a geometric and rational design in opposition to natural organic shapes. Therefore, the “natural order” and “cultural order” are mutually distinguished and valued. Save this picture!ground floor planThe house was built in a land with three distinct levels. This arrangement lead to a better use of declivity and, at the same time, great plasticity to architectonic elements. Pure volumes receive interference from inclined columns, from discontinuous covering planes and from the red wall that crosses the house. The reference to the Brazilian modernist architecture is maintained and nevertheless unconstructed and reorganized.Save this picture!© Daniel MansurProject gallerySee allShow lessArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2010: The FinalistsArticlesVideo: The New CityArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Nova Lima, Brazil House EP / Ulisses Morato de AndradeSave this projectSaveHouse EP / Ulisses Morato de Andrade Architects: Ulisses Morato de Andrade Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officeUlisses Morato de AndradeOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesNova LimaBrazilPublished on February 02, 2011Cite: “House EP / Ulisses Morato de Andrade” 02 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardWindowsMitrexSolar WindowAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesBulbs / SpotsCocowebLighting – Compact Gallery White TracklightConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSealantsEffisusCrossing Perforations on RoofsWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodValchromat Panels for Interior DesignWindowspanoramah!®ah! MotorisationHingesSaliceHinges – PactaDrawers / Filing Cabinets / ShelvesBeneStorage Partition – PORTS StorageMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Brazil ArchDaily “COPY” Area:  213 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2004 “COPY”last_img read more

New statutory funding group at Institute of Fundraising?

first_imgNew statutory funding group at Institute of Fundraising? 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 Researching massive growth in giving. The Institute of Fundraising is considering setting up a new Special Interest Group (SIG) for statutory fundraisers.The new group would work like the other Institute SIGs, with regular meetings and an e-mail discussion group focused on this area of fundraising.Anyone interested in this idea should e-mail Natasha Greig at the Institute of Fundraising and ask to be put on the enquiry list. Advertisement Howard Lake | 6 October 2003 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Classified memo reveals government strategy for “managing” foreign journalists

first_img News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation March 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Classified memo reveals government strategy for “managing” foreign journalists News June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has obtained a classified memo from Chinese sources that sets out the behaviour that government officials should adopt with foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. It tells them to display openness but also to try to control and influence the international media’s coverage.“While introducing more flexible rules for foreign journalists in January 2007, the Chinese authorities also established a nationwide policy for supervising and influencing the international media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Parts of this classified memo show there is a real concern to provide better information to foreign journalists, but it also reveals that the authorities never abandoned their intention to censor the news.”The press freedom organisation added: “While the Olympic flame is on its way to Beijing, we call on the International Olympic Committee to condemn any attempt by the Chinese authorities to obstruct the work of foreign journalists. The practices revealed by this document contradict the Chinese government’s undertaking in 2001 to allow complete press freedom.”Dating from 2007 and entitled “Working recommendations for reinforcing management efficiency after the ‘Rules for interviews by foreign journalists during the Beijing Olympic Games and their preparatory period’ take effect,” the memo obtained by Reporters Without Borders consists of instructions from the national authorities to those in charge of a province (including the local propaganda department and public security) on how to handle public relations and control press coverage.The introduction explains that the aim of the recommendations is to respond to China’s needs during the holding of the Olympic Games. The public relations plan has six parts: creating an interview strategy, improving the news release system, building a propaganda system for foreign media, creating positive opinion online, controlling opinion in a crisis and training officials in public relations.The plan has positive elements such as training officials and holding news conferences for foreign journalists, but it also entails serious obstructions to the free flow of news and information. The memo also confirms that the authorities have an active policy towards online information content. It asks the provincial officials to “reinforce the work of commenting on the Internet and increase the level of opinion orientation on the Internet.”In line with the crisis management law adopted in 2007, the provincial officials are also ordered to “influence coverage” on public emergencies and crises. And they are told in general that “positive propaganda must be reinforced” with a view to catching the attention of foreign journalists.The government’s aggressive campaigns against foreign journalists and its accusations of foreign media bias are also unacceptable at a time when tens of thousands of journalists are preparing to come to China in the next few months to cover the Olympic Games. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts to go further News ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more Related documents China Memo EngMSWORD – 26 KB March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters without borders denounces harassment of radio journalist Daniel Mermet

first_imgNews Receive email alerts FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en News June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Francecenter_img September 13, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters without borders denounces harassment of radio journalist Daniel Mermet Help by sharing this information RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders today denounced legal action being taken against French radio journalist Daniel Mermet for having re-broadcast an interview last year with a doctor who once performed scientific experiments on prisoners in the World War Two Auschwitz concentration camp in Germany.The journalist, who works for France-Inter, is accused of “stirring up racial hatred” by the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra), Lawyers Without Borders and the French Jewish Students’ Union (UEJF) for having aired the interview with the doctor, Hans Münch, at a time of crisis in the Middle East. He appeared before a Paris court on 10 September and the verdict will be announced on 15 October.”These groups, which have already criticised Mermet for a number of broadcasts on the Middle East, are lumping things together in an unacceptable way and aiming at the wrong target,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.”Mermet’s only purpose was to show the odious and racist nature of this legendary person. Such permanent harassment and abusive legal action must stop so journalists can do their job without pressure and self-censorship.”The interview with Münch, originally done in 1998, aimed to destroy the myth that had grown up around the doctor, who was the main assistant of the notorious Dr Josef Mengele and was acquitted by a court in Krakow (Poland) which said he had saved Jews at the time of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp.The programme, which was called “Such a nice Nazi” and put out on Mermet’s regular radio programme “Là-bas si j’y suis” (“Life on the other side”), revealed the true character of Münch, who made racist remarks about Gypsies, calling them “a wretched lot” and saying that “sending them to gas chamber was the only solution.”Reporters Without Borders notes that it was Mermet himself who alerted Licra and the Movement against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP) to Münch’s remarks during the interview. The journalist’s work enabled Münch to be put on trial and Mermet gave evidence in court for the civil parties in the case.The case against Münch was initially dismissed on grounds that he was senile. On 19 September last year, when the appeal was to be heard against the dismissal, Mermet broadcast the interview again to show that Münch was in fact lucid and coherent. Münch was convicted by a French court in 17 October that year of “stirring up racial hatred” and “justifying crimes against humanity.”For having re-broadcast remarks stirring up racial hatred, in the very tense atmosphere of the Middle East crisis, Mermet’s former allies, with the exception of MRAP, are now suing him. May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Collopy to appeal murder conviction

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCollopy to appeal murder convictionBy admin – October 15, 2012 1079 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter A LIMERICK criminal, convicted of the murder of Daniel Fitzgerald in 2009 after he shot him in the head and leg, is to appeal his conviction and sentence at the Court of Criminal appeal. 22-year-old Kenneth Collopy, with an address at Kilonan, Ballysimon, is serving a life sentence in the Midlands Prison after he was convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court in March of last year. The jury found him guilty of shooting 25-year-old Daniel Fitzgerald twice, in the head and leg, as he left his uncle’s caravan in Ballysimon on December 8, 2009.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Collopy denied the murder and that he intended to kill anyone but he had admitted firing the shots in revenge for an earlier arson attack on his mother’s van.Collopy was in Limerick Circuit Court last week defending two charges of reckless endangerment by driving a scrambler type motor bike on a footpath in the direction of a pedestrian.He  denied the charge and was acquitted on a first charge of driving with reckless endangerment by forcing a car to swerve and mount the footpath during a high-speed chase in St Mary’s Park in May 2009.He  was identified by gardai in a patrol car who said they were forced to brake suddenly when the scrambler emerged from a side road and crossed in front of them.A chase ensued and Collopy drove at speed along the footpath towards the pedestrian who was forced to jump out of the way.The jury found Collopy guilty of that reckless endangerment charge but not guilty of forcing the car to swerve suddenly a short time later during the same chase.Sentencing him to four years in prison, Judge Carroll Moran acceded to a defence request  that he serve the sentence in Limerick Prison due to his grandmother’s  ill-health. Emailcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleO’Connell returns for MunsterNext articleCourt briefs admin Print Advertisementlast_img read more

EPF Provisions Applicable To Private Security Agency Providing Personnel To Its Client: Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesEPF Provisions Applicable To Private Security Agency Providing Personnel To Its Client: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Dec 2020 11:15 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has observed that the provisions of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act are applicable to a private security agency engaged in the expert service of providing personnel to its client, if it meets the requirement of the EPF Act.The bench comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Surya Kant observed thus while dismissing an appeal filed by…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 has observed that the provisions of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act are applicable to a private security agency engaged in the expert service of providing personnel to its client, if it meets the requirement of the EPF Act.The bench comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Surya Kant observed thus while dismissing an appeal filed by Panther Security Service Private Ltd. against the High Court order affirming the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner’s order  holding it liable for compliance with the provisions of the EPF Act  and to deposit statutory dues.In appeal, the contention was that since the salary was paid by the client and who had the ultimate control over the security guards deployed with them, the company was not the employer of these security guards and neither were they their employees. The court noted that Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 defines a private security agency under Section 2(g) as an organization engaged in the business of providing security services including training to private security guards and providing such guards to any industrial or business undertakings or a company or any other person or property.”We have no doubt in our mind that the appellant is engaged in the specialised and expert services of providing trained and efficient security guards to its clients on payment basis. The contention that the appellant merely facilitated in providing  Chowkidars cannot be countenanced. The provisions of the Act of 2005 make it manifest that the appellant is the employer of such security guards and who are its employees and are paid wages by the appellant. Merely because the client pays money under a contract to the appellant and in turn the appellant pays the wages of such security guards from such contractual amount received by it, it does not make the client the employer of the security guard nor do the security guards constitute employees of the client.”, the bench observed.The court also said that since the company never made available the statutory registers under the Act of 2005 to the authorities under the EPF Act, it should be held that it actually withheld relevant papers. While dismissing the appeal, the bench observed:”That the provisions of the EPF Act are applicable to a private security agency engaged in the expert service of providing personnel to its client, if it meets the requirement of the EPF Act. The question is no more res integra evident from the discussions contained in Group 4 Securitas Guarding Ltd. vs. Employees Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal & Ors., 184 (2011) DLT 591, G4S Secure Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. vs. The Regional Provident Fund Commissioner­I and Ors., ILR 2018 Karnataka 2527, Orissa State Beverages Corporation Limited vs. Regional Provident Fund Commissioner & Ors., 2016 LLR 413, Roma Henney Security Services Private Limited vs.  Central Board of Trustees, EPF Organisation, 2012 SCC OnLine Del 3597, Sarvesh Security Services Private Limited vs. University of Delhi, 2017 SCC OnLine Del 12209.”Case: PANTHER SECURITY SERVICE PRIVATE LIMITED vs. EMPLOYEES’ PROVIDENT FUND ORGANISATION [ CIVIL APPEAL NOs.4434­4435 OF 2010] Coram: Justices Navin Sinha and Surya Kant Counsel: Adv S. Sunil, Adv Divya RoyClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

US women’s soccer team ends mediation in equal salary fight, looks forward to trial

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPavel1964/iStock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. women’s soccer team rarely loses on the pitch, and it is not about to settle for what they consider an “L” in the courtroom either.The reigning World Cup champions walked out of mediation talks being held Wednesday over an equal pay lawsuit filed against the U.S. Soccer Federation earlier this year. The two sides had agreed to go to mediation just before the World Cup kicked off in France in June.“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of USSF full of hope,” Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the U.S. women’s national team, said in a statement. “Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the Federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior. It is clear that USSF, including its Board of Directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed. We want all of our fans, sponsors, peers around the world, and women everywhere to know we are undaunted and will eagerly look forward to a jury trial.”The lawsuit cites the discrimination in pay, but also the denial of “at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment.”The USSF fired back at the U.S. women, calling their actions “aggressive” and saying they had presented “misleading information” for months.“We have said numerous times that our goal is to find a resolution, and during mediation we had hoped we would be able to address the issues in a respectful manner and reach an agreement,” the USSF said in a statement. “Unfortunately, instead of allowing mediation to proceed in a considerate manner, plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach that follows months of presenting misleading information to the public in an effort to perpetuate confusion.”“We always know there is more we can do,” the statement continued. “We value our players, and have continually shown that, by providing them with compensation and support that exceeds any other women’s team in the world. Despite inflammatory statements from their spokesperson, which are intended to paint our actions inaccurately and unfairly, we are undaunted in our efforts to continue discussions in good faith.”The U.S. women ran undefeated through the 2019 World Cup in June and July, including a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final. It was the second consecutive World Cup victory for the women, who have also won three of the last four Olympic gold medals.The women have been leaps and bounds better than the U.S. men’s team, which did not qualify for the most-recent World Cup and whose best result, third place, came 89 years ago.When it comes to the actual legal issues at play, the suit points to two federal laws: the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits paying employees unequally based on sex, and Title VII, which prohibits employers discriminating on the basis of sex.“The U.S. women’s soccer team does not need to be the best in the world in order to earn equal pay. The point of non-discrimination law is that employees doing similar work should be paid equally,” Suzanne B. Goldberg, director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at the Columbia Law School, told ABC News earlier this year.In July, a U.S. Soccer spokesperson told ABC News, “The women are paid under a different structure than the men, which they preferred and specifically negotiated for, but that doesn’t mean they are compensated less by U.S. Soccer.”Women earn guaranteed yearly contracts and benefits, while men are paid for individual match appearances.Regardless of the trial results, fans spoke out loudly following the World Cup. Attendees in France chanted “Equal pay” after the women won, while similar chants echoed in the Canyon of Heroes days later when the team paraded through lower Manhattan. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img August 15, 2019 /Sports News – National US women’s soccer team ends mediation in equal salary fight, looks forward to triallast_img read more

Student Journalists Focus On The First Amendment In Statehouse Event

first_imgStudent Journalists Focus On The First Amendment In Statehouse EventMarch 7, 2018 By Quinn FitzgeraldTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Two hundred student journalists, journalism advisers and more gathered in the south atrium of the Statehouse Wednesday to support the accomplishments of their peers.The Indiana High School Press Association held its annual First Amendment Symposium to honor student journalists and hear from journalism educators and professionals on the importance of the profession.IHSPA Student Board members kicked off the event by taking turns to talk about their proudest journalism experiences and why scholastic journalism is important.Marisa Kwiatkowski, an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star, speaks at the First Amendment Symposium. Photo by Quinn Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.comIndianapolis Star investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski shared details of her team’s coverage of the U.S. Gymnastics and Larry Nassar scandal. Their investigation revealed how the Olympic organization failed to report multiple allegations of sexual abuse by coaches to authorities. Larry Nassar, a physician for the team accused by multiple gymnasts of sexual abuse, is now in prison.Kwiatkowski urged student journalists to pursue a career in journalism because of the good they can do for people who are unable to tell their own stories.“For many people, we are the only voice they have before the public. We’re the only people who can share their stories with the communities,” Kwiatkowski said.The event concluded with contest awards for First Amendment graphic design, sports coverage, and essay writing.Before announcing the 2018 Indiana Student Journalist of the Year, IHSPA Director Ryan Gunterman took time to share the news of House Bill 1016, a bill that would have extended First Amendment press freedoms to Indiana middle and high school students. The bill had died in the House earlier in the session.Andrew Tapp, high school student from Southport High School, receives his award for the 2018 Indiana Student Journalist of the Year. Photo by Quinn Fitzgerald,“Had those representatives met students such as [the student journalist finalists] and such as yourselves, I don’t know how with a clear conscience they could have voted against giving protections for you, protections you deserve,” Gunterman said.This year’s Student Journalist of the Year is Andrew Tapp from Southport High School. Tapp is also one of five student board members for IHSPA.Finalists were Audrey Gacsy from Crown Point High School, Andrea John from Crown Point High School, Jared Rigdon from Lawrence North High School, and Claire Rightley from Avon High School.In April, Tapp will represent Indiana at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, California.FOOTNOTE: Quinn Fitzgerald is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hoboken waterfront hotel proposal open house Tuesday

first_img× HOBOKEN — KMS Developers will host an open house for members of the public interested in learning more about a proposal to build a new Hilton Hotel on the south end of Hoboken’s waterfront, on the spot of the parking lot and loading dock for the United States Postal Service at 89 River Road.The open house will take place Tuesday Jan. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second floor of The Dubliner at 96 River St.Project representatives and professionals will be on hand to provide information pertaining to the redevelopment proposal and to answer any questions you may have.For more information on the project go to www.hobokenwaterfronthotel.comlast_img read more