Tagged with: Events philanthropy Melanie May | 3 April 2020 | News 695 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 GivingTuesday announces extra May date in response to Covid-19 GivingTuesday has announced an extra day of global action, #GivingTuesdayNow, in response to Covid-19.Taking place on 5 May, #GivingTuesdayNow will be a global day of giving and unity, designed to drive ‘an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and non-profits around the world’.People will be encouraged to show their generosity in a variety of ways, such as helping a neighbour, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or donating financially. According to GivingTuesday, the day will emphasise opportunities to give back to communities and causes in ways that comply with public health guidelines.As well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PayPal, which are #GivingTuesdayNow Leadership Supporters, confirmed partners include original #GivingTuesday co-founder the United Nations Foundation, the CDC Foundation, Facebook, LinkedIn, Guardian News and Media, the Aga Khan Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Candid, The Communications Network, Global Impact, Philanthropy Together, Teach for All, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS).GivingTuesday is also committing $200,000 to launch The Starling Fund, aimed at supporting its existing network of official community and country leaders. Priority will go to leaders in the regions of greatest crisis or lowest resource in order to strengthen their #GivingTuesdayNow initiatives.Planned initiatives include corporate and foundation partners activating employees, providing technical resources, and matching funds in support of efforts against Covid-19, opportunities from GivingTuesday Kids to mobilise young people, GivingTuesday Military activating its network of military service members, families, and veterans around the world to engage with their communities, and giving platform partners committing to sharing data and collaborating on research into giving patterns, interest, and impact.The GivingTuesday Data Commons will also be in action, collaborating with online giving platforms around the world, and conducting research to provide analysis on giving trends and donor behaviour in times of crisis, as well as recommendations for the sector.Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday, said:“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organisations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities.“#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. Every act of kindness is not only a beacon of hope, it’s a critical act of civic and social solidarity.”A landing page along with resources and ideas will be available soon. Non-profits can also sign up to learn more here and there will be a Getting Ready for GivingTuesdayNow” webinar on 9 April. Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 696 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4
Vladislav WojciechowskiPhoto: BorotbaJan. 6 — Four Ukrainian anti-fascist activists detained in the Donetsk People’s Republic for two weeks were freed Jan. 3 and have now safely returned to Crimea in the Russian Federation.Meanwhile, an Odessa activist tortured and held for almost four months by the U.S.-backed Ukrainian regime was freed Dec. 26 in a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and people’s militias in the Lugansk People’s Republics.All five are members of the revolutionary Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle).Victor Shapinov, Maria Muratova and Maxim Firsov had been held by the Special Division of the Vostok Battalion of the people’s militia since Dec. 21. They were arrested by soldiers while on a solidarity visit to Donetsk to meet with activists and officials. Alexei Albu was detained Dec. 26 while trying to win their release. The activists have been living in exile in Simferopol, Crimea under threat of arrest for their anti-fascist activities in Ukraine.Initial reports of the arrests stoked fears that they might be handed over to the Ukrainian regime as part of a prisoner swap, endangering their lives.Their detention and subsequent expulsion from Donetsk highlights the sharpening class struggle and political contradictions in the People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region, also known as Novorossiya, which declared independence from Ukraine following a far-right coup in Kiev last year.Odessa massacre survivor freedVlad Wojciechowski survived the May 2 massacre of anti-fascist activists at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, where he suffered serious head trauma at the hands of a neo-Nazi mob. In September, he was arrested by the SBU, the Ukrainian equivalent of the FBI, on trumped up charges of “forming a terrorist organization.” He was subsequently imprisoned and tortured.Wojciechowski was finally liberated just before the New Year in an exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and the Donbass republics.In a statement published at Borotba.su, Wojciechowski said, “I am very angry with the fascist government of Ukraine, which proved once again with its barbaric acts that it is willing to wade through corpses to defend its interests and those of the West.“They failed to break me. And my will has become tempered steel. Now I’m even more convinced that it is impossible to save Ukraine without defeating fascism on its territory.”Ukraine’s government in Kiev, backed by U.S. and European Union imperialism and NATO, has carried out a bloody war against Donetsk and Lugansk, targeting homes, schools, hospitals, the civilian infrastructure and killing thousands.In December the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s aggression with the so-called “Ukrainian Freedom Act.” Among its provisions are millions of dollars in additional aid to the far-right junta of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and neo-Nazis in Kiev, along with the direct supply of weapons and war materiel.International solidarity to free antifascistsDespite the distraction of year-end holidays, the four Borotba activists detained in Donetsk drew wide international support demanding their release.Groups in solidarity with the Donbass republics and Ukraine anti-fascists issued an international appeal to Donetsk officials. It read in part:“The four activists and their organization have been steadfast leaders of the anti-fascist movement since the first days of the U.S.-NATO-backed coup in Ukraine. … These comrades have been essential to building international solidarity with Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the anti-fascist movement inside Ukraine. They are valuable allies of your struggle against the Kiev junta and NATO expansion.“Mistakes happen in war time. It is not always easy to tell friend from foe. There is no shame in this. But there is still time to correct the mistake before it becomes a tragedy.”The appeal, initiated by the U.S.-based International Action Center, was co-signed by Colombia’s March Patriótica movement, Britain’s militant RMT Paddington No. 1 Branch of the transit workers’ union, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Joe Lombardo of the United National Antiwar Coalition, and solidarity groups from Britain, France, Greece and the U.S. (The full appeal can be read at No2Nato.org.)Borotba members in Donetsk, in Simferopol and others exiled in Europe worked around-the-clock to free their comrades. Together with international solidarity activists, they appealed to influential individuals to speak out, and many responded, including Donetsk-based journalist Graham Phillips, military analyst Boris Rozhin (Colonel Cassad), Italian punk band Banda Bassotti, Russian champion athlete and communist youth Maryana Naumova, and leader of the Russian Communist Workers Party Victor Tyulkin.In a statement issued following their release, Shapinov, Muratova, Firsov and Albu noted that direct appeals for their release from high government officials, including vice chair of the Donetsk People’s Soviet Denis Pushilin and parliamentary leader Boris Litvinov, went unheeded by the Vostok Battalion leaders.“After two weeks of detention in the Special Division,” the activists report, “members of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) came.They told us that we would be immediately taken to the Russian border and deported from the DNR. They also reported that we are forbidden to enter the territory of the DNR and the Lugansk People’s Republic.“In response to a question about the motives of deportation, Ministry officers said, ‘Now you are with us for one thing, and then we do not know what you want to do.’ Apparently, there is a view that as representatives of the communist movement, we could start an opposition to the activities of the current DNR leadership.“At the moment we do not have enough information to make an unambiguous conclusion about what is behind our arrest and expulsion from the Donetsk People’s Republic — banal excessive vigilance of intelligence agencies, political denunciation or some kind of political order. In any case, such actions with respect to sincere friends of the Donbass rebellion only harm the reputation of the People’s Republics.“Despite this unfortunate incident in which we were unwitting participants, we have not changed our attitude to the People’s Republics and the anti-fascist uprising in the Donbass. We remain bitter enemies of the Kiev regime of oligarchs and Nazis, and friends of all who oppose fascism.“However,” they continue, “some recent developments, including our arrest and deportation, give rise to legitimate concerns — whether the original spirit of the anti-fascist and anti-oligarchic revolt will continue, or will it be buried in favor of commercial and political interests of various groups operating in the republics?” (The full statement in English can be accessed at Borotba.su/newsen.html.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
January 1, 2006 News and Notes January 1, 2006 News & Notes News and Notes Robert Josefsberg of Podhurst Orseck was the recipient of the 2005 Jurisprudence Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League. Gregory G. Jones of Tampa has been elected to membership in The American Law Institute. Howard D. Rosen on Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen in Coral Gables presented “Asset Protection Planning with Offshore Trusts” to the Washington State Bar in Seattle. Mark Eiglarsh presented, “Winning in Criminal Court Every Time,” at the South Florida Paralegal’s Annual Seminar. Laurie Zimmerman of Mallard & Zimmerman coordinated a mock trial for students enrolled in the Legal Psychology/Criminal Justice program at the University of South Florida in Sarasota. Jason J. Guari of Murray & Guari Trial Attorneys in West Palm Beach lectured on “How to Prepare a Witness for Deposition” for a Lorman seminar titled “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions.” Burton A. Landy of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was selected to serve as chair-elect of the World Services Group. Charles E. Rutherford of Rutherford Mulhall was named The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year. Additionally, Rutherford was appointed to serve as 2005-2006 chair of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Jim Kunick of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Frankfurt, Germany, gave a presentation on “Learning from Market Standards for Outsourcing Agreements in the U.S.: What Concessions Should Your Supplier be Ready to Make?” at the 2005 European Banking & Insurance Fair in Frankfurt. Michael McAuliffe of Rosenberg & McAuliffe in West Palm Beach was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the Children’s Home Society for Palm Beach County. Robin Rosenberg of Rosenberg & McAuliffe was appointed to the AAA’s National Research Exchange Panel. William D. Townsend of Bilzin Sumberg addressed an audience of attorneys, accountants, corporate treasury, compliance executives, and tax managers about significant state and local tax developments affecting Southeast U.S. at the NYU Institute on State and Local Taxation. Victoria Mendez of Miami was re-elected to the board of directors of the Cuban American Bar Association for a two-year term. Thomas S. Harmon of Davis & Harmon spoke at the Nursing Home Litigation Conference in Tampa. Christine D. Hanley of West Palm Beach presented “Collaborative Re-Engineering: An Alternative Approach” at the 27th Annual Human Resources Florida Conference in Orlando. David R. Carlisle of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Desirée M. Cuason of Katz Barron was appointed editor of the Tax Bulletin of The Florida Bar. Cuason will serve for a two-year term, effective with the September 2005 edition. Christopher B. Hopkins of Cole, Scott & Kissane served on the faculty for the “Find it Free and Fast on the Internet” seminar in West Palm Beach. Jack R. Reiter of Adorno & Yoss spoke at the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, general membership meeting, “The Importance of Florida Board Certification.” Shannon McLin Carlyle and Chris Carlyle of The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm were presented with a proclamation that recognized their contribution of services to the City of Orlando by Mayor Ernest Page, District 6 commissioner for the City of Orlando. Joanne Harvest Koren was elected chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board. David Pratt of Proskauer Rose in Boca Raton spoke on Family Limited Partnerships at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Estate and Financial Planning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. Martin A. Soll of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services was admitted to The National Academy of Arbitrators. Mikki Canton was honored with the Judge Learned Hand Award presented by the American Jewish Committee. Robert R. Lindgren was selected as president of Randolph-Macon College. Christina McKinnon of The Law Office of Christina A. McKinnon was selected for the Mayor’s Taskforce on Urban Economic Revitalization in Miami-Dade County. John E. Brown of Dunlap & Moran was named a Sister Cities International 50th Anniversary Distinguished Volunteer. Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Tampa participated in a mock negotiation of a corporate acquisition at Columbia Law School in New York City . The mock negotiation was presented to the students of the law school. Jerome Wolf of Berger Singerman in Boca Raton was elected to the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach authored a chapter in the book Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for ADR published by Aspatore Books. Dye’s chapter focuses on applying negotiation strategy to litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Marlene Quintana of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was elected to serve a one-year term as vice president of the Cuban American Bar Association.
22/10/2004. View from hot air balloon flying over Brisbane’s suburbs – aerials.QUEENSLAND has seen a surge in expectation of capital growth coming out of houses, a sentiment survey involving one of the Big Four banks has found.The latest ANZ/Property Council Confidence Index found a six point rise in Queensland to 134 overall, but houses saw a 10 point jump.The quarterly results saw both residential and commercial property recover to healthy levels of expected growth, with house capital growth expectations up 10 points to 12, recovering from a recent dip. The rise came despite negative results for state government performance (-13) and debt finance availability (-10).More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoQueensland still lags NSW and Victoria which set a blistering pace the past few years. Picture: Marc Robertson.It was the fourth consecutive quarter of rises, according to the quarterly survey, though Victoria (145) and NSW (147) were still seeing higher confidence levels.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said despite the positive results, Queensland could not afford to rest on its laurels.“The results show a sunny outlook for Queensland, but an increasing amount of daylight evident between us and the other major states. As we head into a state election, it is critical that Queensland policymakers embrace policies which will unlock growth, create jobs and build confidence. “A greater level of infrastructure investment is key to supercharging our recent confidence boosts.”