Local community film competition offers £1,000 prize plus charity donations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Local community film competition offers £1,000 prize plus charity donations Howard Lake | 23 April 2015 | News “You don’t need to be an expert at making films or have any special film equipment; you can use a smart phone, tablet or standard video camera. Films can be by individuals, groups or organisations and the competition is open to people of all ages and from all areas across the UK.”The competition closes on 31 May 2015.The prizesBest film:£1,000 for the winner plus £1,000 for the community group of their choiceBest film by a young person (under 16):£500 for the winner plus £500 for the community group of their choicePeoples’ choice (as voted for by the public on social media):£500 for the winner plus £500 for the community group of their choice Property specialist Leaders is running a film competition that offers a top prize of £1,000 plus three sums totalling £2,000 to be donated to three charities.The Love Living in competition will “shine a spotlight on what it is that makes the place people call home special”.Leaders’ marketing manager, Alison Guyton, said:“Love Living in is open to everyone across the UK. We are asking people to create a short film, no more than 3 minutes long, that demonstrates what you love about where you live. Entrants have the chance to win a selection of prizes of up to £1,000 plus £1,000 for a local cause or community group of their choice”.The company defines ‘community group’ as including schools, colleges, universities, sports and recreation clubs, charities and voluntary groups.She added: Advertisement Tagged with: Community fundraising Funding videocenter_img  92 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Image: you are here by Zudy on Shutterstock.com  91 total views,  5 views todaylast_img read more

Letter to President Mutharika urging him to repeal new press law

first_img MalawiAfrica In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume News February 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en October 10, 2012 Find out more Receive email alerts MalawiAfrica Help by sharing this information Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi February 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Mutharika urging him to repeal new press law News Organisation News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Follow the news on Malawi Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Bingu Wa Mutharika today urging him to repeal an amendment to Section 46 of the Penal Code that deals a very severe blow to media freedom. The organization said it was dismayed to learn that President Mutharika had promulgated the amendment, which was recently adopted by parliament.President Bingu Wa Mutharika (AFP) “It ushers in the reign of the arbitrary by empowering a minister to determine what is in the public interest and what is not,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said in the letter. “This is something that should be clearly defined rather that left to the personal judgment of a member of your government.“On the one hand, you claim to be champion of media freedom while on the other, you do not hesitate, as you did last August, to threaten to close newspapers which in your view ‘lie and tarnish’ the government’s image. Is the aim of this new law to allow you to crack down on newspapers that criticize your actions?”The letter adds: “We fear that the new law will encourage journalists to censor themselves or to be subservient towards the information minister, thereby depriving the press of their independence and their ability to speak out. You now have the opportunity to reassure observers about your commitment to media freedom. By repealing this law, you would send a strong signal.”Adopted without sufficient consultation with the sectors concerned, this new law states: “If the (information) minister has reasonable grounds to believe that the publication or importation of any publication would be contrary to the public interest, he may, by order published in the ‘Gazette,’ prohibit the publication or importation of such publication.”This law is both retrograde and contrary to article 36 of the 1995 constitution, which says: “The press shall have the right to report and publish freely, within Malawi and abroad, and to be accorded the fullest possible facilities for access to public information.”Germany’s economic cooperation and development minister, Dirk Niebel, has suspended disbursement of 2.5 million euros in assistance to Malawi in reaction to this law’s adoption and to the government’s refusal to discuss it, while a 12-15 February visit to Malawi by German deputy development minister Gudrun Kopp was cancelled. In a joint statement on 12 February, seven donor countries said they “share concerns voiced by many Malawians about certain negative trends.”Last August, President Mutharika said he had the power to close newspapers that criticized the government. He did not name any newspaper, but he was clearly alluding above all to The Nation, a privately-owned daily that has been deprived of state advertising. to go further May 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

President’s lawsuit ends with jail terms, huge fine for newspaper directors and columnist

first_img EcuadorAmericas News July 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President’s lawsuit ends with jail terms, huge fine for newspaper directors and columnist EcuadorAmericas Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is shocked by yesterday’s court ruling in the western city of Guayaquil sentencing three directors of the El Universo daily – Carlos Pérez, César Pérez and Nicolas Pérez – and columnist Emilio Palacio to three years in prison and ordering them to pay a fine of 30 million dollars and 10 million dollars in damages in a libel suit by President Rafael Correa.“Even if the columnist’s comments were excessive, we condemn the three-year jail sentences and the exorbitant fines and damages awards imposed on him and El Universo’s directors,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These sentences are all the more inopportune for coming at a time when the future communication law is being debated.“Contrary to the general trend in Latin America of decriminalizing media offences, Ecuador’s legislation still provides for prison sentences for defamation. Jailing someone for a media offence is contrary to the jurisprudence established by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which Ecuador is required to follow as a member of the Organization of American States.“This kind of judicial persecution suggests that the authorities are pursuing a strategy aimed at silencing the country’s media, which are heavily criticized by President Correa in his radio and TV broadcasts known as ‘cadenas’ and ‘enlaces.’ We call again for the decriminalization of media offences and we urge the courts to overturn this ruling. Upholding it will just encourage self-censorship.”Filed on 21 March, President Correa’s complaint against El Universo and its former columnist requested three-year jail terms and 80 million dollars in damages. It was prompted by a column by Palacio on 6 February headlined “No to lies!” about the president’s response to a mutiny by police officers on 30 September 2010.Without naming Correa, the column called him a “dictator” and said he could be tried for “crimes against humanity.” (Read the column in Spanish).In a hearing that Judge Juan Paredes held behind closed doors on 19 July, although such hearings are normally open to the public and press, the newspaper’s directors proposed an out-of-court settlement under which they would publish the correction that the president deemed necessary (read their proposal in Spanish). But President Correa rejected the offer, although he had previously said he would withdraw his lawsuit if the El Universo published a correction.Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Correa on 1 April asking him to withdraw his lawsuit against El Universal and another one against Juan Carlos Calderón and Christian Zurita, the authors of “Big Brother,” a book about the president’s elder brother. No answer was ever received.The El Universo case is similar to the kind of lawsuit specifically designed to intimidate and silence critics that is referred to in English-speaking countries as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or SLAPP. It is carried out with the aim of forcing the target, a news media or NGO, to fold or retract because of legal costs or the threat of a ruinous damages award.According to El Universo’s directors, more than 4,000 people would be put out of work if the newspaper were forced to close. Palacio resigned as one of its columnists on 7 July in the hope that it might induce the president to withdraw his suit against the newspaper.Reporters Without Borders has already highlighted the positive aspects of the proposed communication law, which offers a chance to democratize the media landscape in Ecuador. But the organization would like the proposed law to include the decriminalization of media offences and to drop the concept of “good information.” April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation News RSF_en Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more December 24, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Ecuador Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped to go furtherlast_img read more

Gardai appeal for witnesses to Sligo Town assault

first_img WhatsApp Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ By News Highland – April 8, 2014 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Previous articleMc Conalogue claims Donegal is losing out in what’s become a “two tier economy”Next articlePresident Higgins begins 4 day state visit to the UK News Highland WhatsApp Gardai in Sligo are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the town in the early hours of this morning that has left a man with serious injuries to his face. At around half past three Gardai were called to a house in Avondale where they found a man in his twenties seriously injured.He was taken to Sligo General Hospital where he’s being treated for serious facial injuries.Two men in their twenties were arrested and are currently being questioned at Sligo Garda Station.An examination of the scene is ongoing and Gardai are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai appeal for witnesses to Sligo Town assault Facebook Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more

Car seized following Covid-19 checkpoint in Letterkenny

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – April 26, 2020 Twitter Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleHarris welcomes drop in Coronavirus ICU casesNext articleLoophole in Covid-19 travel restrictions sparks frustration in Donegal News Highland Car seized following Covid-19 checkpoint in Letterkenny WhatsApp WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook Gardai in Letterkenny have seized a car following a Covid-19 checkpoint.Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit observed a car turn back from their checkpoint in Letterkenny yesterday evening.The car was stopped and it transpired that the driver is disqualified so they are not insured to drive.Gardai say the car was seized and Court proceedings will follow.last_img read more

North Carolina judge denies public release of body camera videos in fatal shooting of Andrew Brown

first_imgCourtesy of the Brown family(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) — A judge has denied a request from a North Carolina county sheriff and multiple media outlets to immediately release the body camera videos purporting to show sheriff’s deputies fatally shooting Andrew Brown, a 42-year-old Black man.Pasquotank County Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster issued his ruling after hearing arguments for and against releasing the videos, including a plea from the local district attorney to reject the request because it could jeopardize the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation’s ongoing probe of the deadly April 21 confrontation outside Brown’s home in Elizabeth City.While Foster said the videos will not be publicly released, he found that Brown’s family, specifically his adult son, Khalil Ferebee, should be allowed to see all of the footage. But he wants at least 30 days to pass to give investigators time to complete their probe. The judge ordered that all faces and other potentially identifying features such as badges and name tags be blurred out in the footage.Pasquotank County authorities informed Foster that there are four different body camera videos and a police dash-cam video that capture the shooting.Foster asked the state to notify the court as soon as its investigation is complete and said he would again reconsider Wooten’s request to publicly release the videos. But he said that decision will be “based on the factors as they exist at that time.”Brown’s family and their attorneys issued a statement saying they were “deeply disappointed” by the judge’s decision.“In this modern civil rights crisis where we see Black people killed by the police everywhere we look, video evidence is the key to discerning the truth and getting well-deserved justice for victims of senseless murders,” the family’s statement reads. “Just look at the murder of George Floyd — if the world had not seen that clear and disturbing footage, there might not have even been an ounce of accountability for those officers. We refuse to be discouraged and vow to keep the pressure on these agencies until we get to the truth. We will not stop saying his name. Andrew Brown Jr.”Seven Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. Their names have not been released.Foster’s order came as Brown’s family and their attorneys held news conferences on Monday and Tuesday demanding transparency in the investigation and that all of the body camera footage, law enforcement dash-cam video and any security camera footage be immediately released to the public.The family expressed outrage that they were only shown a 20-second clip of the shooting on Monday.Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble disputed an account given by an attorney for Brown’s family who viewed the short video on Monday and told reporters during a news conference that Brown was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car that was stationary when sheriff’s deputies arrived and immediately opened fire on him.Womble told Foster that Brown’s car made contact with deputies twice before shots could be heard on the footage.“As it backs up, it does make contact with law enforcement officers,” Womble said.He said Brown’s car did stop briefly but then started to “move forward.”“It is in the direction of law enforcement and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then and only then that you hear shots,” Womble said.Judge Foster said that while the public release of the videos “would advance a compelling public interest,” he listed seven factors for not releasing the footage.He said the videos contain confidential information that is exempt from disclosure under state and federal laws and if made public could reveal “information regarding a person that is of a highly-sensitive and personal nature.” He said the release of the videos could also harm the reputations and jeopardize the safety of individuals seen in the footage.He also said the release of the videos “would create a serious threat to the fair and impartial, and orderly administration of justice.”“Confidentiality is necessary at this point to protect an active internal and criminal investigation or potential internal and criminal investigation,” Foster said.The judge considered two petitions, one from more than 20 news media organizations and another from Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II on behalf of Ferebee, who was among those allowed to view a snippet of the video.Foster first denied the request from news organizations, saying the media had no standing in the case because it is “not a person requesting or seeking to obtain evidence to determine legal issues in a current or potential court proceeding.”The shooting unfolded around 8:30 a.m. on April 21 when deputies from Pasquotank and Dare Counties went to Brown’s home to attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Brown that stemmed from a felony drug investigation, officials said.Attorneys for Brown’s family said Brown was shot four times in the right arm and shoulder and once in the back of the head based on an independent autopsy they commissioned.Wooten declined to say how many deputies discharged their weapons.H.P. Williams, an attorney identified as representing the deputies involved in the incident, said his clients oppose the release of the video out of concern for their own safety. In addressing the court, William said he was speaking on behalf of several other attorneys and their clients, all of whom wish to remain unnamed because of safety concerns.“The officers are very distraught over what happened, they feel for the family of Andrew Brown,” Williams said. “But as Mr. Womble described to you, we believe that the shooting was justified.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New storm brings fire danger, strong winds, snow and possible tornadoes

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — After a wild weekend of weather and tornadoes, a new storm is bringing a threat for fire danger, heavy snow and severe weather from California to Texas.Ahead of the new storm, gusty winds and low humidity has brought wildfires to Kingman, Arizona, where 200 homes have already been evacuated.As the storm moves east, heavy snow is expected from California to the Colorado mountains where more than a foot of snow is possible.Critical fire conditions are expected Monday from eastern Arizona to South Dakota where winds could gust up to 65 mph and relative humidity could be as low as 5%.This same storm system that brought all the winds to the Southwest will move into the Plains and parts of the South with more tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail threats on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the Northeast and the Midwest are getting ready for the warmest air of the season with a taste of summer temperatures this week.Temperatures are expected to hit the low to mid 80s from Chicago to New York City this week.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Strive for greatness to keep the top talent

first_imgStrive for greatness to keep the top talentOn 27 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. We all have different views. Views on the way we dress, the food we eat,religion, politics and work. We make decisions based on our views andprinciples – those things that are important to us. For those people who choose to work, it is vital that they enjoy their job,feel motivated to deliver and are treated with respect and dignity. Recognising that its products and services can be replicated by competitors,organisations are increasingly aware that their real differentiation is people.They need the best talent and capabilities and this is the driving force behindorganisations setting out their stall under the banner, ‘a great place towork’. There is a strong business case for doing this. Employment legislation isincreasing, technology is changing the shape of work, economic conditions areforcing the need to be more efficient and people are demanding differentlifestyles, often re-addressing the balance between work and home. This forcesorganisations to find more creative ways of improving their offer to potentialemployees while often being forced to make tough commercial decisions to becompetitive in a difficult trading environment. Once people have chosen their new employer, they want to live out theirperception of what it would be like actually working in the company. This goesbeyond pay. They ask themselves: “Will I get on with the people I workwith? Will I be trusted and treated fairly with openness and honesty?” Inducting new people into an organisation is the key to sharing its cultureand managing employee expectations, so new staff are left with no surprises orfeelings of being let down. To retain people, organisations must put in place a compelling employmentoffer, supported by leading-edge policies. The more employers focus on theformer, the more pressure they will be under to further develop it. Goodemployers, for example, consider the offer of flexible benefits the norm andhave no debate as to whether it is a good thing to offer employees or not. But what is it that sets apart a good employer from a great place to work?It is culture, and the benefits that support that culture. It could be that anorganisation creates a culture that means it is a fun place to work, or thatthe jobs are challenging, or that the training is world class, or that there issupport in the form of childcare solutions, or that staff discounts related tospecific products and services relevant to the organisation are offered.Whatever it is, one thing is clear: an organisation’s offer to its people hasto be unique to its culture and it must be something that cannot easily bereplicated. By Denise Keating, Head of people proposition, Marks and Spencer Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Stallions Edge Fleet Saturday

first_img Written by Robert Lovell The Stallions visit the Atlanta Legends this Sunday. Tags: Alliance of American Football/Salt Lake Stallions FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Joel Bouagnon ran for a two-yard touchdown as the Stallions edged the San Diego Fleet 8-3 in AAF action on Saturday.  Josh Woodrum hit Jordan Leslie for the two-point conversion as Salt Lake improved to 3-and-5.  April 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Stallions Edge Fleet Saturdaylast_img

Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems Hosts First Sea Lord

first_img View post tag: Naval Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems Hosts First Sea Lord View post tag: Centre February 13, 2015 The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, has visited a facility in Portsmouth dedicated to the advancement of maritime technology.Adm Zambellas visited the Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems (CMIS), in Portsdown Technology Park, to see some of the cutting edge technology focussed on using unmanned boats, underwater vehicles and aircraft in a maritime environment.The facility brings together specialist teams including, academics, scientists, engineers and naval experts.With funding from Government, Industry and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the dedicated research centre is designed to build on the UK’s leading expertise in next-generation maritime intelligent systems, delivering a broad range of solutions such as mine counter measures and long-duration intelligence gathering.It is a market that could be worth an estimated £9 billion-a-year for the UK economy.The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:The Royal Navy is pursuing a powerful instinct to exploit maritime autonomous systems, and we have been working with the Defence Growth Partnership for over a year now, in support of the Prime Minister’s initiative to deliver an innovative, competitive and vibrant Defence sector.The Centre of Excellence will help to transform not just how we deliver maritime security, but also help invigorate the global market for this new, leading-edge and game-changing technology.The CMIS centre is supported by the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) – a joint initiative between Government and Industry to strengthen and grow the UK’s defence sector.[mappress mapid=”15123″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems Hosts First Sea Lord View post tag: Lord View post tag: hosts View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first Share this article View post tag: Maritime View post tag: UK Navy Authorities View post tag: Systems View post tag: Intelligentlast_img read more