Scottish Lottery board criticised

first_img 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. Scottish Lottery board criticised Howard Lake | 14 June 2001 | News The Independent reports that members of the panel which distributes National Lottery funding to Scottish film projects have been accused of “favouring colleagues’ films.”The Independent reports that members of the panel which distributes National Lottery funding to Scottish film projects have been accused of “favouring colleagues’ films.”Read Scottish Lottery board members ‘gave themselves funding for films’ by David Lister, Media and Culture Editor at The Independent. Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 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

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New community fundraising benchmark developed

first_img Howard Lake | 7 March 2008 | News New community fundraising benchmark developed Ten major charities in the UK have developed a benchmark job description for community fundraisers that identify and the key tasks and person specification for the role. The benchmark was developed following a scoping study by members of the THINK Community Forum.The benchmark reflects the growing importance of community fundraising which grew by 17 per cent in 2006/07, according to the most recent Fundratios report. It is also designed to help attract more people to the role, one for which the charities reported finding “incredibly difficult” to recruit good candidates.Charities that participated in the study included Cancer Research UK, RNLI and the Royal British Legion. They identified key areas of knowledge for community fundraising, such as stewardship, local ‘political’ awareness, people and volunteer management, and strategic planning.Liz Showell, senior consultant at THINK Consulting Solutions, who runs the THINK Community Forum, said: “What our study shows is that community fundraising requires an inordinate range of skills. The sheer diversity of skills means you need a multi-talented person to carry it out. It’s not just about being an expert in one category of fundraising; you have to be an expert in several.“That’s why community fundraising is perhaps the best entry level job in fundraising as it gives you a grounding in every discipline you’re likely to need throughout your career.”THINK Consulting Solutions set up the Community Forum in September 2006 as a consortium of charities that aimed to raise the profile and change the sector’s perception of community fundraising, and explore strategic issues relevant to community fundraising.The agency is now looking at how it might expand the reach of its community fundraising support by introducing a second tier of the Forum for smaller organisations.www.thinkcs.org Tagged with: Community fundraising Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  30 total views,  1 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.last_img read more

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Free the MOVE 9!

first_imgPhiladelphiaAugust 8 marked the 35th year of incarceration for the surviving eight members of the MOVE 9. On Aug. 7, a panel of activists addressed a gathering at the Rotunda in Philadelphia to discuss the fight to get them out on parole, for which they have been eligible since 2008.In 1978, Philadelphia police attacked the communal house of the MOVE organization. In the fight that followed, one police officer was killed and nine members of MOVE were arrested. The police vendetta against MOVE led in 1985 to the actual bombing of their row house by a police helicopter loaded with incendiary devices. The resulting firestorm demolished the MOVE family house and most of the residences on the block, killing 11 people, five of them children. None of the authorities responsible for this incredible atrocity ever went to jail, but the MOVE 9 remain behind bars.Speakers also raised the struggles to free political prisoners Lynne Stewart, Sekou Odinga, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Russell Maroon Shoats, B. Manning and Leonard Peltier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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“Change China before it changes us”

first_imgNews to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China French: Le Monde Spanish: El Mundo English: Taipei Times Korean: Kyunghyang Daily Chinese: Apple Daily News Taiwan Mongol: News.mnJapanese: Sankei Shimbun April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts In a congress beginning on 18 October, the Chinese Communist Party will extend President Xi Jinping’s term by another five years and will incorporate his “Chinese dream” doctrine into the constitution of the People’s Republic. China’s “New Helmsman” is an enemy of constitutional democracy, universal human rights, civil society and media freedom. And how does he see journalism’s role? While visiting the state TV broadcaster’s headquarters in 2016, he urged journalists to relay “the party’s propaganda” and to “love the party, protect the party, and closely align themselves with the party leadership in thought, politics and action.”In China – ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2017 Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – dozens of journalists and bloggers are in prison for resisting orders from the party central committee’s propaganda department. A digital censorship system dubbed the “Great Firewall” keeps China’s 750 million Internet users apart from the rest of the world. Article 35 of the constitution vainly proclaims “freedom of expression and the press.” After demanding these freedoms, Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo paid with his life as result of a lack of medical care in prison.The party’s goal is not just controlling news and information domestically. China wants to establish a “new world media order.” Li Congjun, who used to run the Chinese state news agency Xinhua and is now a member of the party central committee, explained the strategy in 2011. He said the goal was to overturn an obsolete world order in which information flowed solely “from West to East, North to South, and from developed to developing countries.” Citing a 1980 UNESCO recommendation, he called for the world’s media to become “an active force for promoting social progress.” Progress with “Chinese characteristics,” obviously.In 2009, the Chinese government created the World Media Summit, sometimes dubbed the “Media Olympic Games,” an initiative entirely designed, organized and funded by Xinhua. In 2014, China also launched the World Internet Conference, to which thousands of businessmen from hundreds of countries flock every year. China even canvassed this year for the post of director-general of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which is the UN agency responsible for media issues.Beijing is succeeding in influencing the media world beyond its borders. The Communication University of China is working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to open a “journalism university” in India. China spends a lot of money on inviting journalists from Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region to come to “develop their critical spirit” in Beijing. Economic pressure forces content providers all over the world to censor themselves in order to access the Chinese market. Even the Cambridge University Press almost got sucked in when it recently purged its China catalogue of around 100 articles that would offend Beijing. It backtracked after an outcry but other less prestigious publishers are not in position to do this.China is stingy with the press visas it issues to foreign reporters but Xinhua plans to have opened 200 international bureaux by 2020. Xinhua is much appreciated by the world’s autocrats because of its policy of “non-interference” in the domestic policies of the countries it covers. Such leading international broadcast media as TV5, VOA and the BBC are unavailable in China outside of luxury hotels but the English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian-language broadcasts of China Global Television Network (the former CCTV) currently reach 85 million viewers in more than 100 countries.Finally, China exports its censorship and surveillance tools. A Portuguese-language version of China’s leading search engine, Baidu, was launched in Brazil under the name of Busca. Content regarded by Beijing as “sensitive” was clearly blocked by Busca although, after protests, this censorship was apparently lifted. China is also trying to promote international adoption of its unencrypted instant messaging service, in which it can access all the data, including conversation detail. If the democracies do not resist, China will not only never be able to enjoy press freedom but will also gradually extend its own lid on free speech to the rest of the world. This is why it is important to change China before it changes us.This column was published in the following media: ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PredatorsFreedom of expressionUnited NationsUNESCORSF PrizeNobel Prize By Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Photo Yann Stofer ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PredatorsFreedom of expressionUnited NationsUNESCORSF PrizeNobel Prize News Organisation News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison October 23, 2017 – Updated on October 26, 2017 “Change China before it changes us”last_img read more

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Journalist wounded in blast at offices of Dunya Radio

first_img Organisation News May 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist wounded in blast at offices of Dunya Radio News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Read in farsiReporters Without Borders deplores the attack today on the station Dunya Radio in Parwan Province and urges the police to conduct a thorough investigation to find those behind the attack.An improvised explosive device destroyed the office of the station’s director in the early hours. A journalist, Mohamad Agaha Ghane, was injured by flying glass and suffered hearing loss. His injuries were not life-threatening. The attack on the radio station, which has been broadcasting for the past three years from the provincial capital Chaharikar in north-east Afghanistan, was the first on a media outlet in Parwan. The director, Mohammad Shafi Moshfegh, said he had received no threats and no group claimed responsibility.“I believe only enemies of freedom of expression would attack a media organization that defends the truth and whose mission it to inform,” Moshfegh told Reporters Without Borders. “Other than that, we have no enemies.”The attack on Dunya Radio, whose offices are located near the police station, occurred nearly six years after the murder of de Zakia Zaki, the director of the station Sada-e-Solh (Peace Radio) in Parwan Province. This voice of peace and resistance was brutally silenced in June 2007 and her killers remain at large thanks to the climate of impunity that prevails in the country. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says to go furthercenter_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” March 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Love delivers for Utah State in 59-28 win over UNLV

first_img Tags: Football/Jordan Love/Mountain West/Utah State Aggies October 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Love delivers for Utah State in 59-28 win over UNLV Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love passed for 322 yards and five touchdowns, including four in a dominant first half, and Utah State rolled to a 59-28 victory over UNLV in Mountain West Conference play on Saturday.After Lexington Thomas’ 1-yard TD plunged staked UNLV to an early 7-0 lead, Love took over. He connected with Jordan Nathan for a 24-yard TD to knot the score and gave the Aggies (5-1, 2-0) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish with an 80-yard scoring strike to Jalen Greene. Love sandwiched TD passes of 26 yards to Savon Scarver and 7 yards to Ron’quavion Tarver around Baron Gajkowski 16-yard return of a blocked punt and Darwin Thompson’s 7-yard TD run for a 42-7 halftime lead. Love threw just three passes in the third quarter, including his final TD toss — a 29-yarder to Tarver — before sitting out the rest of the game.Dominik Eberle booted a 24-yard field goal and Henry Colombi added a 37-yard TD run to cap the scoring for the Aggies. Greene finished with five catches for 132 yards.Max Gilliam threw for 250 yards and three TDs for the Runnin’ Rebels (2-4, 0-2).Utah State piled up 598 yards of offense. Associated Presslast_img read more

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GREAT ANTIDOTES FOR BLOATED EGOS

first_img“It’s like drinking from a fire hose. It’s overwhelming,” says Nate Beeler, a conservative staff cartoonist with The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, whose work also is distributed by Cagle Cartoons.“You can’t keep up,” says Adam Zyglis, who draws five cartoons a week for The Buffalo (NY) News and is the president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. “You have to prioritize. You could easily do two, three, maybe more cartoons a day.”And on the receiving end of this avalanche of cartoons are the nation’s opinion editors, who often struggle to give political “balance” to the commentary they present to their readers.In emails and calls to their colleagues, editors have been searching for conservative – yes, especially pro-Trump – columnists and cartoonists. Some also are looking for columnists to explain how the largely ignored people who live in the fly-over states were able to surprise all those “brilliant” political pundits by electing Trump.Editors are looking for the Holy Grail of “balance” for their pages. And the job is made tougher in this Trump era by 2016 voters handing control of Congress, as well as the White House, to the Republican Party.“Power corrupts, no matter who is in power,” says the conservative Beeler, explaining that it is his job “to take on people in power.” And with few exceptions, those people will be the Republican politicians, who now have absolute power.This imbalance has happened before, when absolute political power has shifted to one political party or another after an election. But it seldom lasts. Usually within an election cycle or two, fickle voters return to divided government, splitting up power between parties in Congress and the White House.But in the meantime, the life of an opinion editor can be pure hell, with readers screaming about what they perceive is bias in the newspaper’s sometimes lopsided criticism of those in power.Good luck achieving some ideal concept of balance in an opinion section, when there is little balance of power in the halls of government. And with the election of Trump, there is also no shortage of criticism.The president’s critics are not confined just to the Democrats, snotty cartoonists and the “dishonest media.” They include many people in his own political party.With Trump showing no signs of mellowing and a small group of advisors in the White House egging him on, the fire-hose-flow of controversies shows no sign of abating, and neither does the flow of cartoons that criticize and ridicule the president.During last summer’s presidential campaign, Daryl Cagle, a cartoonist, who worked for more than a decade drawing The Muppets, and was later on the staff of The Honolulu Advertiser and MSNBC before creating his Cagle Cartoons syndicate, wrote prophetically about how a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton administration would look in cartoons.“Cartooning is a negative art and a supportive cartoon is a lousy cartoon. Hillary is a rich character that we have known for decades. There is a grand history with Hillary and Bill Clinton that gives us many more clichés for a broader cartoon palette.“If Trump loses in November, we should enjoy four years of great Hillary cartoons. If Trump wins in November, the Trump-monster cartoon-apocalypse will continue. God save us.”And, indeed, it has continued. In fact, Trump seems to be invigorating cartoonists.“We have a newfound mission,” Zyglis says. “What we do is important. It always has been. But there is more immediacy today. This is a time we are needed the most.”“Editorial cartooning becomes more important as democratic institutions are threatened,” Zyglis says, noting the insults Trump throws at just about every institution that stands in his ways, including the courts, intelligence agencies and news media.“It is clear how much he despises the media. And in authoritarian regimes, satire is the first target. Look how ‘Saturday Night Live’ gets under Trump’s skin. An editorial cartoon is just a single panel form of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.”But Beeler is confident his colleagues will stand strong and prevail against Trump’s attacks because “editorial cartoons are great antidotes to bloated egos.” GREAT ANTIDOTES FOR BLOATED EGOSBy  Dianne HardistyYou can almost hear the screams of editorial page editors: “Find me a pro-Trump cartoonist!”Good luck finding a “pro-Trump” cartoonist of any political stripe, including conservative, these days.“A real editorial cartoonist is not pro-anything,” explains Rick McKee, a staff cartoonist with The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. His work is distributed to hundreds of newspapers around the country by the Cagle Cartoons syndicate.“Editorial cartooning is a negative art. You may be more supportive of a certain point of view. But it’s criticism. You don’t want to be a cheerleader for any particular politician,” says McKee, who takes a conservative approach to most political issues.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January, editorial cartooning has kicked into high gear. And the new president’s combative nature, compulsive tweeting, political stumbles and thin skin have been the gifts that keep on giving to the nation’s cartoonists. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Extensive Summer Reunion Tour

first_imgOver the past few weeks, Smashing Pumpkins began formally teasing the idea of a reunion tour. Earlier this week, the band launched an official countdown clock, with many speculating the clock was counting down to the new tour’s announcement. Though much of this week was marred by the back-and-forth between frontman Billy Corgan and original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who has informed a number of outlets that she was purposefully excluded from the reunion, today, Smashing Pumpkins announced their “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour.For the “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour, the majority of the founding members of Smashing Pumpkins—save Wretzky—as well as the band’s current longtime guitarist, Jeff Schroeder, will hit the road together and celebrate the band’s first five albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina.The band has announced an expansive list of dates for the new tour, which range from July 12th through September 7th. The tour will take the band across the United States during its two months, with a quick dip into Canada at the start of August. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 23rd, at 10 a.m. (local), and are available on Smashing Pumpkins’ website.last_img read more

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A new take on Title IX

first_imgGAZETTE: What are some of the other major changes you and your colleagues have worked hard to implement over the summer?MERHILL: One that a lot of individuals are concerned with is the new requirement that colleges and universities provide live hearings when instances of sexual misconduct are reported. Advisers for both parties must be allowed to engage in cross-examination of the parties, witnesses, and advisers during these hearings. This marks a very big change. There were a lot of questions to consider — how do you protect the privacy, and safety, of the parties involved under this new model? Who is going to preside over these hearings — will they be University officials or representatives from outside the University? We’re already at work on building a space for these hearings in the Smith Campus Center that will be designed to preserve the safety and privacy of community members involved in the filing of a complaint of misconduct.GAZETTE: The DOE has also changed the standard of evidence that can be used in investigations of sexual misconduct, has it not?MERHILL: Yes. Previous federal guidance mandated that colleges and universities use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in determining responsibility during the investigation of formal complaints involving sexual harassment and assault. The new Title IX regulations afford institutions the flexibility to choose either a “preponderance of the evidence” or “clear and convincing” standard. In short, “clear and convincing” requires a higher burden of proof.During our conversations with academic leadership, students, faculty, and staff this summer, the overwhelming response was for us to maintain the “preponderance of the evidence” standard in our procedures for formal complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct, and this is what we are going to do.GAZETTE: What are some of the other prevailing decision points that community members helped you navigate over the summer?MERHILL: Let me reiterate just how appreciative I am for all of the thoughtfulness, care, and patience of all of those who have worked with us over the previous few months. There have been many. One example which I already briefly touched upon has to do with identifying who should serve as the decision-maker in a live hearing. Would we have a single hearing decision-maker or multiple ones, would it be made up of individuals internal to the University, or persons external?What we heard from people is that it would be beneficial to have some internal individuals who are familiar with the culture and structures at Harvard, along with some external to Harvard. We also heard pretty much unanimously from community members that we should have a panel as opposed to a single decision-maker. Based on this input, Harvard will adopt a hybrid panel of two individuals from a list of trained administrators and faculty, and one person from a list of external attorneys.Another point of decision-making was around the responsible-employee model. Prior to the new rules, and according to Harvard policy, any staff or faculty member who receives notice of harassment, meaning either if someone actually comes to them with a concern, or they’re aware of a potential concern within their community more broadly, is required to share that concern with either a Title IX resource within their School or unit, or with the University Title IX Office. The new Title IX regulations no longer follow the responsible-employee model, and instead identify a much smaller group of individuals as responsible for sharing concerns with Title IX. In meeting with community members throughout this summer we heard, again overwhelmingly, that community members want Harvard to keep this model in place. Again, based on this feedback, the responsible-employee model will remain across both of our new policies.GAZETTE: What can community members do if they’d like to learn more about, or offer input regarding, the interim policies over the coming year?MERHILL: It’s important that everyone at Harvard knows that all existing Title IX resources, including those related to training and support, reporting, and investigations, remain in place, even during the difficult times of this pandemic. School and unit Title IX Resource Coordinators remain the primary points of contact for students, staff, and faculty, including for the provision of supportive measures. Title IX trainings, including bystander-intervention training, trainings around gender inclusivity and other topics, continue to happen, along with updates on what is changing with Title IX rules and in the world. An example: Updates to training modules actually now also include an example of harassment on Zoom. We have new prevention initiatives online that individuals can access via our website. Anonymous online reporting still exists. And ODR continues to be able to receive, and investigate, formal complaints — they have long been able to do so, and had remote processes in place long before the spread of the coronavirus.I’d encourage everyone to read our At-a-Glance document for a quick overview of the changes to Harvard’s policies and procedures on sexual harassment and misconduct. As President [Larry] Bacow has said in the past, all of us at Harvard have a role to play in ensuring that each of us who calls this University home feels welcome, and safe. We’re grateful for the opportunity to engage with so many caring and thoughtful individuals across Harvard’s Schools and units. Today, new U.S. Department of Education (DOE) rules on Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds, took effect. In order to comply with the new federal regulations, Harvard has implemented interim policies and procedures. The Gazette spoke with Title IX coordinator Nicole Merhill to discuss what has changed and how the University was able to implement these changes in the very short timeline set forth by the DOE, with the input of community members across Harvard.Q&ANicole MerhillGAZETTE: Would you provide some of the context around the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to issue new Title IX rules?MERHILL: In November of 2018, the DOE published proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations, specifically as applied to sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions.Consistent with the rule-making process, individuals were invited to comment on the proposed regulations. Ultimately, the department received over 120,000 comments, which they were then required to review and consider. This process took over a year and a half and resulted in approximately 2,000 pages of preamble to the final rules themselves, where the department responded to the comments and concerns that were raised during this comment period. The final Title IX regulations, published in May 2020, go into effect Aug. 14, 2020, which means all Title IX policies and procedures must be updated to reflect the new regulations by Aug. 14, 2020. Which brings us to today.GAZETTE:  That sounds like a quick timeline for implementation.MERHILL: It is. The DOE gave 70 working days to read and understand a document with more than 2,000 pages and then to implement changes corresponding to that document. By comparison, in October 2014, the DOE published the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, and afforded institutions nearly nine months (until July 2015) to make changes to ensure compliance with the new amendments. That’s a big difference to begin with and the changes to the Title IX regulations are far more expansive than those included in the VAWA amendments. And now, we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, with the vast majority of our community members in remote settings, which makes it even more challenging. Of course, we deeply value the input of Harvard’s students, faculty, and staff, and without it, it would be next to impossible to navigate the critical decisions we’ve been forced to make with regard to changing our rules and regulations on Title IX.GAZETTE:  Yet here we are. Our new Title IX policies and procedures must take effect today, according to federal law. How was the University able to put together these new rules and regulations with all of these hurdles in place?MERHILL: First and foremost, I am grateful that so many community members did engage in this process this summer, despite the fact that we are all doing our best to navigate the current pandemic, and living and working in towns and cities all over the world. Over the past few months, my team has engaged a diverse set of groups across Harvard, including with students and staff from our Title IX liaison working groups, staff members from the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), response peer counselors, care peer educators, and members of Our Harvard Can Do Better (OHCDB). We’ve met virtually with the co-presidents of the Undergraduate Council, and with individual students, staff, and faculty members, all of whom provided key input on decision points related to the new requirements set forth by the DOE, and how we could best implement them here at Harvard. There were meetings with individual deans as well as discussions at the Provost’s Council to assure that the viewpoints of many constituencies were represented.As a preliminary matter, everyone agreed that in light of the challenging timeline, current circumstances, and the importance of these decisions, these policies and procedures should be interim ones. We knew that we must all work together to ensure that they protect the safety of everyone within Harvard’s community, while providing fair processes for the parties involved when instances of sexual harassment or misconduct occur. Over the next 12 months, we will incorporate the experiences and perspectives of community members into closely examining the interim policies and procedures, while making modifications as appropriate to meet the needs of the community and ensuring compliance with the law.Harvard will enact two interim policies: The first — Harvard University Interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy — was developed in response to the recent changes to the Title IX regulations, issued by the Department of Education on May 6 of 2020. The second — Harvard University Interim Other Sexual Misconduct Policy — will address misconduct that falls outside the jurisdiction of the first and was previously addressed under the University’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy.Why do this? Because Harvard remains committed to going beyond the minimum requirements stipulated by the new Title IX regulations and to addressing the same types of conduct we addressed prior to the DOE’s changes.GAZETTE:  I think you’re beginning to get at one of the major changes required by the DOE, which relates to how sexual harassment is defined according to Title IX, and how Harvard has decided to address this change.MERHILL: That’s right. Under the new regulations, sexual harassment is defined as conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education, work programs, or activities. The new definition does include quid pro quo harassment, which was included in the prior rules, as well as four new categories of conduct now considered per se sexual harassment. These include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The alleged conduct must happen against a person in the United States on University property or in connection with a University program or activity. The new Title IX regulations require that we dismiss those matters that do not meet this definition but they do allow schools to address the allegations under other misconduct policies within the institutions themselves.This is a substantial shift from the old definition of sexual harassment as unwelcome conduct that is severe, persistent, or pervasive: concerns have been raised about the use of the conjunctive “and” in the new definition instead of the disjunctive “or” in the old definition, as being more restrictive. Additionally, the old regulations did not require the conduct to take place in the United States and did not include the prescriptive requirement of dismissal, which allowed institutions to go beyond the minimum regulatory requirements.Many students have raised concerns about the new definition of sexual harassment, in particular as it relates to conduct during study-abroad programs or as part of field sites. Taking into consideration the feedback from the community, we decided it was essential to adopt a second policy — the Other Sexual Misconduct Policy — to address conduct no longer addressed under the new Title IX regulations, including but not limited to conduct that takes place outside of the United States. “Harvard remains committed to going beyond the minimum requirements stipulated by the new Title IX regulations and to addressing the same types of conduct we addressed prior to the DOE’s changes.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Vermont to get $14 million from 2011 Trade Adjustment Assistance initial funding allocations

first_imgThe US Department of Labor has announced initial funding allocations for Trade Adjustment Assistance for states to assist workers who lose their jobs due to outsourcing and foreign trade. Vermont will get nearly $14 million to cover jobs lost to foreign competition. This announcement includes two funding levels for states under the program: one under the current, expanded level of authorized funding, and one at a reduced level that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011, if Congress fails to renew the expanded TAA program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. If the expanded program is not renewed, states stand to lose approximately $267 million in initial allocations, and thousands of workers could be excluded from the program. Additional reserve funding would be lost as well.”The Recovery Act has allowed us to serve more Americans through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, giving workers access to essential services in a time of need,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Returning TAA to pre-expansion funding levels and eligibility guidelines would leave a staggering number of workers in states across the country without access to this important program.”TAA provides workers with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources and support needed to gain re-employment. Funds are used to provide career training, employment and case management services, and to pay for associated administrative costs. States will receive funds according to these allocations once the department receives its fiscal year 2011 congressional appropriation.The Recovery Act included a major expansion and reform of the TAA program, and authorized an increase in the maximum amount of TAA funds that may be used for training nationwide, from $220 million to $575 million. If Congress does not renew the expanded program before Jan. 1, 2011, funding will revert to pre-Recovery Act levels, and service industry workers will no longer be covered by the program.Funds announced today are the initial allocations for fiscal year 2011 for both the expanded and reduced levels. The remaining funds are being held in reserve by the Labor Department for distribution as needed throughout the year.  Kansas$1,397,111$743,098 Missouri$13,408,136$5,651,273 Vermont$873,842$528,898 StateTotal FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $575 Million Training Level*Total FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $220 Million Training Level* Colorado$3,690,552$1,565,884 New Mexico$3,129,322$1,420,353 Nebraska$1,159,748$716,459 Missouri7,4582,77137.15% Delaware$616,408$481,944 Georgia$10,127,786$4,466,586 Montana61627644.81% District of Columbia$0$0 Indiana15,0162,96919.77% Idaho$6,139,516$2,645,829 Illinois$16,828,636$6,776,605 Total$446,962,500$180,200,000 Arizona8,3724,83257.72% New Hampshire$1,462,784$770,937 New Mexico2,4001,55864.92% Louisiana$1,977,091$959,206 Virginia9,3923,99742.56% Maryland$976,878$603,513 Iowa4,1191,32332.12% Montana$3,461,566$1,454,567 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Wisconsin$18,656,325$7,755,725 Nebraska1,15472462.74% South Dakota92535037.84% Michigan$57,129,772$21,353,658 Nevada$502,420$0 Connecticut3,0661,76257.47% DC000 Wyoming4600.00% New York$11,329,275$4,189,378 North Carolina$39,199,147$16,295,004 Georgia4,6821,51132.27% Ohio$26,862,367$9,191,913 Arkansas3,50771720.44% Delaware1,27680.63% Pennsylvania$22,116,022$9,410,643 North Carolina17,3738,73150.26% North Dakota905905100.00% South Carolina$12,569,797$5,602,451 Hawaii4343100.00% Texas$15,077,456$6,208,649 New York10,4155,40151.86% Indiana$23,734,414$9,085,254 Wyoming$0$0 Texas16,65510,00960.10% Virginia$9,750,747$3,715,915 Louisiana1,661663.97% Florida5,4472,39844.02% Alaska$541,773$0 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audiotape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Florida$3,375,973$1,269,050 Meanwhile, Solis today issued the following statement on the extension of the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program:”Last year, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress made the wise decision to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility to service sector workers adversely impacted by trade.  Prior to that, the program focused solely on workers in the manufacturing sector.  The expanded program offers a crucial lifeline to many working families whose breadwinners lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  “In fact, between May 2009 and the end of September, more than 155,000 Americans who may have otherwise been ineligible for assistance were certified to receive the income support and training that they desperately needed.  TAA benefits can help participants keep food on the table for their families, and training ensures they are prepared for new employment opportunities.  “Unless Congress takes action, however, the expanded TAA program will expire at the end of 2010.  That could leave a great many trade-impacted workers across the country without needed support and services.  And it would undermine the progress we are making as a nation toward economic recovery.”It also merits underscoring that those who receive TAA have lost jobs through no fault of their own and many are actively pursuing training for new careers. In other words, these are experienced workers, firmly committed to putting in the effort to get back on their feet. As a group, they have strong work records, and they are a tremendous asset to our economy. Continuing to help them gain the skills needed to enter good jobs contributes to the overall health of our economy, and it just makes sense.”As this issue comes to a head over the coming weeks, federal legislators will have an important choice to make.  I urge them to keep in mind that America’s families still need our help, to make the responsible decision and to extend the expanded TAA program.  It is also my hope that Congress acts on our no-cost technical fixes to the TAA Community College and Career Training Program that will help this new program succeed and benefit a broader population of unemployed workers.” Utah$3,765,926$1,529,840center_img Nevada873439.08% Oklahoma$3,218,115$1,644,148 Alaska33100.00% West Virginia$4,537,397$1,975,437 Mississippi$3,455,817$1,438,379 South Dakota$1,955,398$802,322 Illinois18,5816,06732.65% Oregon11,3615,82851.30% Oregon$15,804,810$5,794,776 New Jersey$3,895,246$1,949,997 Colorado3,0692,33075.92% Tennessee12,1283,15826.04% Idaho1,9711,48975.55% Iowa$7,258,088$2,439,507 Minnesota$8,244,122$3,133,521 Maryland97159961.69% Puerto Rico$488,909$0 North Dakota$653,372$0 Kentucky8,0873,25240.21% *Includes training, administrative and case management funds Ohio31,4657,74324.61% Kentucky$11,628,652$4,678,271 Vermont89328431.80% Michigan45,33013,29629.33% Kansas1,55495061.13% Mississippi2,49291336.64% Massachusetts$8,977,944$4,130,816 Utah3,2682,18666.89% Rhode Island$3,208,666$1,463,611 California23,67816,22368.52% New Hampshire1,02180178.45% New Jersey5,4654,81788.14% Washington$11,989,030$4,682,929 Minnesota7,2463,45247.64% Connecticut$4,014,079$1,596,745 Hawaii$0$0 Massachusetts8,2285,37565.33% Oklahoma1,6681,36882.01% Alabama$8,754,884$3,539,184 Tennessee$8,317,583$4,003,082 StateTotal Workers Certified Since Recovery Act ExpansionWorkers Covered Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act ExpansionPercent of Workers Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act Expansion Maine2,44677131.52% Arkansas$9,741,945$3,749,887 California$13,135,465$5,724,425 Rhode Island1,20152843.96% Maine$4,789,892$1,782,059 South Carolina7,1273,36247.17% Washington6,3002,01431.97% Pennsylvania22,1527,28832.90% Puerto Rico77900.00% West Virginia3,6022,93281.40% Wisconsin11,9263,82732.09% Arizona$3,032,300$1,278,272 Alabama8,8003,90644.39% Total367,427155,14742.23% Source: U.S. Department of Labor WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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