Migrants carry ‘parasites and protozoa,’ warns Polish opposition leader

first_imgHis comments caused an immediate stir, with some of his political rivals saying Kaczyński’s language smacked of the terms Nazis used to describe Jews.“This is a reference to old, dangerous and dishonest sentiments from the time of the war,” said Marek Sawicki, the agriculture minister with the Polish People’s Party, the junior member of the ruling coalition.Ewa Kopacz, the prime minister and leader of the ruling Civic Platform party, quickly said there was no secret plan to accept 100,000 refugees.In earlier comments made in the Polish parliament, Kaczyński warned of Muslim migrants who would seek to impose Sharia religious laws on Europe and who use churches as “toilets.”Migrants have already brought diseases like cholera and dysentery to Europe, as well as “all sorts of parasites and protozoa” — Jarosław Kaczyński.Although Kaczyński’s comments are offensive and disturbing to many, there is fertile ground in Poland for antipathy towards accepting migrants, especially Muslims. Poland is one of the most ethnically and religiously homogenous countries in Europe and recent opinion polls have shown that 56 percent of people are opposed to accepting refugees and only 8 percent are in favor. Warning that migrants carry “very dangerous diseases long absent from Europe,” the leader of the right-wing party that looks likely to win Poland’s October 25 parliamentary elections sought this week to turn Poles’ wariness towards Muslim refugees into a political issue.Speaking at a rally earlier this week, Jarosław Kaczyński, a former prime minister and leader of the Law and Justice party, warned that Poland could be forced to resettle more than 100,000 Muslims.He went on to say that migrants have already brought diseases like cholera and dysentery to Europe, as well as “all sorts of parasites and protozoa, which … while not dangerous in the organisms of these people, could be dangerous here.” Kopacz has also been unenthusiastic about accepting asylum seekers. Initially Poland, along with most other countries in central Europe, resisted a European Commission plan to resettle refugees across the EU. In the end, Kopacz buckled and sided with Germany, agreeing to accept about 4,500 of the 120,000 refugees being apportioned.Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic Church has come out in favor of being generous to asylum seekers, with the country’s leading bishop calling on parishes to accept people fleeing Syria and for them to be treated with  “brotherhood” and respect.At a time when Law and Justice is closing in on a parliamentary majority — a new opinion poll shows it with 36 percent support while Civic Platform has 24 percent — every effort is being made to both reach out to new centrist voters as well as cementing its hold on its traditional nationalist supporters.last_img read more

Airport deal to be considered; Comish to consider Tekoa bond

first_img Judge Branick said that this is a conduit issue, in that the court has the ability to issue many types of bonds within the county that do not necessarily involve the county directly, other than requiring its courts for processing.“They do not create any tax obligation or burden to county tax payers,” Branick said.The main reason this is going through this Commissioners Court is because the corporate entity that is taking on the bond is doing so to make the improvements to two addresses located in the county, 3145 39th Street and 3030 39th Street, both in Port Arthur. The commissioners will also look at economic development of the land around Jack Brooks Regional Airport, which involves both the county, as the leaseholder, and the Nederland Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), as the lessee, along with any commercial retail owners.Commissioner Brent Weaver said that this is something that the county and NEDC have been working on for a long time.“Anything that promotes the economic development of the county is a good thing,” Weaver said. “I believe it’s a great opportunity for growth and development in the county, and it’s an ideal location.”Kay Decuir, executive director of the NEDC, said that she was not even aware that these issues, which involve her organization directly, were on the agenda. Jefferson County Commissioners Court’s Monday agenda includes the possible approval of a resolution authorizing Judge Jeff Branick to execute an order approving a tax-exempt bond for $12 million dollars for the benefit of Tekoa Charter School, Inc.This bond, according to a PDF on the county’s website, is a revenue bond, which means that the holder of it, in this case, Arlington Higher Education Finance Corporation, is requiring the benefactor, in this case, Tekoa Charter School, Inc. to produce revenue in order to pay back the bond.In short, it should cost local taxpayers nothing.center_img “We’ve been on the agenda before, and then removed or tabled. It’s happened before,” Decuir said. “This time we didn’t even know it was coming up again.”Decuir assured that no decision could be reached without NEDC’s attorneys looking over the lease again for any changes that might have been made. She said those details will emerge at the meeting.Weaver is hopeful and optimistic that it will be a positive thing for the county.last_img read more


first_img Alliance Bank JSC v Aquanta Corporation and others: QBD (Comm) (Mr Justice Burton): 14 December 2011 The claimant bank, based in Kazakhstan, alleged that the defendants had been party to a conspiracy to deprive the claimant of $1.1bn. The sixth, seventh and eighth defendants were brothers (the brothers). The sixth defendant was, at the material time, chairman of the board of the claimant. Between November 2005 and April 2008, it was alleged that the claimant was caused by the conspirators to acquire US Treasury notes called STRIPS, in a total value over the period of $1.1bn. The conspirators caused those STRIPS to be charged or pledged to two Cypriot banks as security for loans made by those banks to the first, second, third and fourth defendant offshore companies, who were beneficially owned by the sixth defendant. The loan funds were then paid out through circuitous routes to or via other offshore companies, owned by one or more of the brothers or a member of their family, and much of the funds ended up with the ninth defendant company, at the material time owned by the brothers. The claimant alleged that that had been a dishonest scheme. In April 2009, the claimant instigated a criminal investigation in Kazakhstan, conducted by the Kazakh general prosecutor. In October 2009, the sixth defendant was charged in the criminal investigation. In April 2011, the claimant was granted permission to serve proceedings claiming the value of the loans by way of subrogation out of the jurisdiction and a worldwide freezing order. In July 2011, the sixth, 11th and 13th defendants were convicted in Kazakhstan. The first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth defendants (the active defendants) applied, inter alia, to set aside the proceedings against them and service upon them, on the basis that the matter should be heard in Kazakhstan. The active defendants submitted, inter alia, that the UK was not the appropriate forum for the claimant’s claims because: (i) the litigation was a complex international fraud dispute; (ii) it was not the lender that sought to enforce the loan agreements but (unforeseeably) the claimant by way of subrogation; (iii) none of the defendants were based in the UK; (iv) there was a mass of documents and witnesses from the criminal proceedings in, or amenable to the jurisdiction of, Kazakhstan; and (v) the claimant itself had commenced proceedings in Kazakhstan, even though, in the event, they had, for the time being, come to an end. The claimant submitted, inter alia, that the fee of 3% of the $1.1bn claim levied by the Kazakh court was a substantial sum and would not be leviable in the UK. The application would be allowed. On the facts, the claimant had not established that the Commercial Court in the UK was clearly and distinctly the most appropriate forum, and that there were strong reasons or exceptional circumstances why the subrogated claims under the loan agreements should not be confined to the UK jurisdiction. There was an overriding Kazakh feel to all the claims being made. Almost all of the events had taken place in Kazakhstan; Kazakh law might have an important role to play; all, or almost all, the substantial quantity of documents would be in Kazakhstan. Above all, there had been detailed proceedings in Kazakhstan; which had resulted (subject to possible appeal) in the conviction of the sixth defendant and important findings of fact by the Kazakhstan courts. The evidence to establish certain allegations would be overwhelmingly in Kazakhstan. The 3% fee was not a sufficient juridical disadvantage to outweigh the otherwise appropriateness of the Kazakh forum (see [75] of the judgment). The service of the proceedings against the active defendants would be set aside (see [77] of the judgment). Service out of the jurisdiction – Alternative forum available – Claimant bank alleging fraud by defendantscenter_img Kenneth MacLean QC and Nicholas Sloboda (instructed by Slaughter and May) for the claimant; Steven Thompson (instructed by Fox Williams) for the first and second defendants; Richard Slade QC (instructed by Klein Solicitors) for the third and fourth defendants; Richard Morgan QC and Thomas Munby (instructed by Dewey & LeBoeuf) for the sixth defendant; Harry Matovu QC (instructed by Memery Crystal) for the seventh and eighth defendants; Rosanna Foskett (instructed by Stevens & Bolton, Guildford) for the ninth defendant; The fifth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th defendants did not appear and were not represented.last_img read more

Embattled Nesta Carter to race this weekend

first_imgEmbattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter will return to the track this weekend in his first meeting since he was stripped of his Beijing Olympics gold medal after a retroactive test uncovered a banned substance in his sample.Carter’s re-tested sample from 2008 was found to have traces of the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said last month.Jamaica’s 4×100 metres relay team that included Usain Bolt were stripped of their gold medals. Last year in Rio, Bolt completed a ‘treble treble’ of Olympic gold medals in winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 titles at three successive Games.Bolt has already returned his Beijing relay medal.Carter has said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The 31-year-old Carter, who has not raced competitively for 17 months due to injury and then because he was notified of the positive test, will run at the Western Relays in Montego Bay, his manager Bruce James told Reuters.Carter has not been banned by world governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and correspondence between Jamaican athletics authorities and the IAAF seen by Reuters confirmed he would be clear to run until his appeal had been heard. (Life goes on for ‘disappointed’ Usain Bolt after losing gold medal)”Having consulted the IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Department, it appears that Mr. Carter is not currently provisionally suspended,” IAAF chief executive Olivier Gers wrote in a letter in response to a query by Jamaican Athletics President Warren Blake.”He is eligible to compete in athletics competition pending the CAS proceedings.”advertisementCarter has until Feb. 15 to file his appeal with CAS.last_img read more

How to Keep the Lines of Donor Communication Open

first_imgSend Regular UpdatesAfter you’ve thanked your donors, send them regular updates detailing the ongoing impact of their gift. They’ll be pleased to know that their donation is being put to good use and might even be inspired to give again! If yearly holiday appeals are the only time you contact your donors, chances are good that they aren’t feeling needed or cherished. So stay in touch—very close touch. Here’s how:Send AppealsWhen you first make the ask, let your supporters know why you need them. You can ask your donors to help in any way that they can and let them know how their help will lead to the achievement of your mission.Send Thank You NotesMake sure your thank you letter is timely and lets donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit in the future. Consider sending a second thank you note that asks for feedback and shows your continued appreciation. Send NewslettersNewsletters are a great way to describe what your organization has been doing. You can report on the impact of all donor contributions and help maintain your supporters’ interest. Don’t forget to remind your fans how important they are to you.RepeatRepeating this cycle of communication won’t annoy your supporters-it will make them feel involved in what you’re doing. To learn more about staying in touch with your supporters, check out our webinar Nonprofit 911: Turn First-Time Donors Into Repeat Donors with Tom Ahern and Jay Love.last_img read more

The Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving!

first_imgThe Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving! Peer to peer giving, or peer fundraising, is catching on like crazy because it’s a fun way for supporters to engage their friends with your cause, and it’s an easy way for them to help you raise money.What Makes Peer to Peer Giving So Popular?Peer fundraising has taken off because it is all done online and is largely carried out through social media. The most popular channels for peer fundraising are Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest can all be used.Peer funding has become a more acceptable form of fundraising because the popularity of crowdfunding has taken away the stigma of asking for money. In the past, asking for money was sometimes a delicate subject, and by some, even considered to be rude. But, now it is perfectly acceptable to get on a soapbox and proclaim “I gave to this cause and I want you to do the same!” The beauty of the online venue is that anyone who wants to can respond with “Yes, I will,” but those who are unable to contribute or choose not to, simply don’t reply and are not put on the spot. There are no awkward excuses required, and no apologies necessary for asking.The peer to peer fundraising model garnered a lot of attention with the ice bucket challenge last summer. Each participant was encouraged to challenge their friends, so with each person adding two or three friends to the game, it grew quickly.The “yes I will” participate/donate is a great place for supporters to add the “and I challenge my friends to join me/match my donation,” etc. That’s where the fundraiser becomes peer to peer rather than just a challenge that you proclaim—and where the opportunity comes to reach new donors by connecting with your current donor’s networks.To learn more about peer fundraising, download our free eGuide, The Crowdfunding Craze. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

Because You’re Awesome

first_imgTo our customers, our partners, our readers:  thank you for doing the good that you do.Every day we’re in awe of you.We’re so grateful for the amazing things that are accomplished by the nonprofits we work with: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the homeless, saving animals, preserving the environment, fighting for justice, nurturing the arts, and so much more. Each day you are making the world a much brighter and more hopeful place with your passion and creativity. We know it’s not always easy, and we appreciate your dedication. We know that your work matters in a very real way to your communities and the lives that you impact. And this is why we come to work each day: to make it easier for you to focus on helping those that you serve.From all of us here at Network for Good, thank you. We are grateful for you and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.last_img read more

3 Reasons to Develop a Middle Donor Program

first_imgThe word “middle” doesn’t always have the best connotation. From having “middle child syndrome” to being “middle of the road,” this word’s often associated with those things that are unfavorable or just plain innocuous.Another middle to add to this list is “middle donors.” These are the people who give your organization more than a typical annual gift, but not enough to warrant personal attention as a major gift prospect. Depending on your organization, those gifts can range anywhere from $500 to $50,000. It can be tricky to find the right balance of outreach and attention for this group of supporters, but I think it’s worth the time and effort to find that balance.Think about it this way: we all know the ubiquitous gift pyramid. Its design is based on perfect symmetry and alignment. Those middle stones are integral to the stability of the pyramid. That’s why developing a middle donor strategy is time well spent.There are three reasons why your organization should consider developing a middle donor program:Today’s Middle Donors = Tomorrow’s Major Donors? This group of donors is your pipeline to your future major gift donors. If you don’t have a donor giving circle, this is a good place to start. And if you do have some higher annual fund giving society, you are on the right track! A giving circle recognizes the higher annual investment of these donors by allowing them special access to your work through invitation-only events or special publications. Building those relationships now could lead to bigger donations in the future. They Are A Valuable Source of Regular Revenue: While every middle donor is not going to become a major gift prospect or donor, these donors have self-selected a higher level annual gift to your organization with relatively little effort. Retention rates among this donor group are usually higher than with smaller donors. So, just think about what potential may exist for increased annual revenue with a little more personalized level of communication about your work and special opportunities that deepen their connection. Inspire Others to Give More: Developing and promoting a middle donor program also gives smaller donors an incentive to upgrade their own giving. For some donors, knowing that they will get a distinct set of “benefits” and recognition in your annual report, on your website, and in other ways with a slightly bigger annual gift may just be the incentive they need to commit to a larger level of support.A middle donor program should feature manageable “benefits” for donors that celebrate their support at this level and provide them with special “access” to your leaders and programs. You also want to combine a higher-level communications calendar of electronic and print materials with some staff management.Your development staff who manage this program (can be one or two people depending on the size of the donors in this giving level), will be handle a larger portfolio of donors than their major gift colleagues. So they won’t be able to develop a personal relationship with every donor in this group. But they will prioritize the middle donors, make or coordinate personal solicitations for larger annual gifts, and capacity screen these donors to recommend who might be good major gift donor potential. This program is also a good way to involve volunteers who give at this level. You might think of appointing a chair and/or small (emphasis on small) committee whose charge is to solicit other middle donors to encourage the peer-to-peer solicitations.I think you’ll be amazed what a wonderful investment a middle donor program can be for your organization’s fundraising efforts.last_img read more

Why Non-Communicable Diseases Must Be Part of Any New Development Goals

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 19, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In a recent post on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog, Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation, and Ann Keeling, Chief Executive of the International Diabetes Federation, argue that post-MDG development goals must include non-communicable diseases in order to see significant reductions in poverty and improvements in development.From the post:In 2000, world leaders drafting the millennium development goals (MDGs) addressed many of the great development challenges, but they made one serious mistake: they omitted any mention of NCDs, which together cause nearly two out of three deaths in the world (80% of those in developing countries).As the CEOs of the leading advocacy organisations fighting two of those NCDs, we believe this omission has resulted in a double whammy to NCDs – no attention, no funding – despite the fact that NCDs are overwhelmingly a poverty issue and related to all eight MDGs.“What gets measured, gets done,” says World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan. But NCDs are not getting measured and therefore not “getting done”.Read the full post here.Share this:last_img read more

Snapshots of Gender and WASH Innovations in India

first_imgPosted on March 7, 2013June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following guest posts provide snapshots of the work of three recipients of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants for work on innovative WASH and gender interventions in India.By Akhila Sivadas,Project Director, Center for Advocacy and Research, New Delhi: Rajasthani camp, a cluster of 600 households in South Delhi, is one of the 27 settlements where the Center for Advocacy and Research is facilitating the formation of Women’s’ Forums, which enable the community to collectively negotiate with the municipality for better sanitation services. Like all other settlements we have worked in, the women of Rajasthani Camp were frustrated with broken toilets, clogged drains, and garbage heaps in their community. The Women’s Forum launched a multi-pronged initiative this past fall. Armed with the community-specific disease data that emerged from a health conversation we convened, the Forum raised their concerns with a local leader who pressured authorities to fix the situation. Their persistence and determination has already paid off: toilet renovations are currently underway.By Sampath Kumor,Project Director, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, The Self Help Groups of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust provide potent platforms to discuss and disseminate the objectives of the WASH and gender project. Women from socially and economically marginalized groups have now found a forum to discuss subjects that have always been disapproved and stigmatized. For communities with little choice but to defecate in the open, the process of identification of the risk and vulnerability of the same (particularly for adolescent girls) is a step closer towards the aim. In addition, targeted Self Help Groups for young women are utilizing peer-to-peer discussions to address menstrual hygiene management. The march is on!By Kathleen O’Reilly, Texas A&M University: In our research on successful sanitation habits in rural West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, we have learned that using a toilet is so commonplace for mothers with young children that they often do not recognize the advantages gained by having a toilet. Despite casual replies to questions about the convenience of a household toilet, observation of mothers’ daily routines reveals that they take advantage of the toilet’s proximity by leaving children unattended when they use it. We have found that the toilet has become so useful and so habitual that women are no longer conscious of the burden it would be to take children with them for open defecation.For more in the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more