With exactly six months to go to Beijing Olympics, Reporters Without Borders condemns broken promises

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the crackdown on journalists, Internet users and human rights activists in China and urges Parisians to take part in a demonstration, on 8 February, to press the Chinese authorities to respect the promises they gave in 2001 when Beijing was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics. News February 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 With exactly six months to go to Beijing Olympics, Reporters Without Borders condemns broken promises China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Help by sharing this information News There are just six months left until the opening of the Beijing Summer Olympics. The world’s biggest sports event will get under way in the Chinese capital on 8 August. The Chinese authorities gave very specific promises in 2001 in order to win the games for Beijing. They said the holding of the games would “help improve human rights” and that there would be “total press freedom” before and during the games.None of this has happened. About 80 journalists and Internet users are currently imprisoned in China. Some have been detained since the 1980s. The government blocks access to thousands of websites and the cyber-police watch Internet users closely. A total of 180 foreign reporters were arrested, attacked or threatened in China in 2007.There are no grounds for claiming that the situation has improved. The number of journalists imprisoned in China in 2001 was 14. Currently there are 32 journalists and more than 50 cyber-dissidents and Internet users in prison in China. The overall number of political prisoners runs into the thousands.The International Olympic Committee and the sponsors of the Olympic Games meanwhile remain silent, thereby discrediting the Olympic values.We do no think it is too late to get people released. There was evidence of this just two days ago, when the Hong Kong-based journalist Ching Cheong was freed two years before completing a five-year sentence. Some journalists, many well-known figures and even the authorities in Hong Kong had long been pressing for his release.The repression is continuing without any let-up, sidelining all those who dare to call for concrete improvements before the start of the games. Blogger Hu Jia, for example, is being held on a charge of “inciting subversion of state power” despite an international outcry. He is facing the possibility of a long prison sentence. Human rights activist Wang Guilin, who took part in a campaign with the slogan “We want human rights, not Olympic Games,” has just been sentenced to 18 months of reeducation through work in northeastern China. But IOC president Jacques Rogge keeps silent. And the Chinese government condemns attempts to politicise the games.Families, the forgotten victimsToday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, Reporters Without Borders would like to draw attention to the wives and families of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents. As well as the financial problems they must face, they are often the victims of threats and sanctions. At the moment is that of Hu Jia’s young wife, Zeng Jinyan, who is under house arrest in Beijing with their three-month-old daughter. Zeng cannot leave their apartment or communicate with the outside world. One of their friends, Yuan Weijing, the wife of imprisoned human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, is permanently watched by the police and by thugs recruited by the local authorities who recently threw stones at a German TV crew trying to interview her.The wives and partners of dissidents often lose their jobs. This has been the case with the partners of cyber-dissidents Yang Zili (held since 2001) and Ouyang Yi (held from 2002 to 2004). The wife and son of the publisher Hada, imprisoned in Inner Mongolia since 1996, have been subjected to all sorts of harassment. The son, Uiles, even served a two-year prison sentence for alerting international organisations about his father, who was given a 15-year jail term. The authorities refuse to give him ID papers as long as he “continues to create problems.”Protest in ParisReporters Without Borders today invited Parisians to condemn repression in China. Its activists stationed themselves in one of Paris’ busiest shopping districts from midday onwards and asked passers-by to let themselves be photographed wearing the “Beijing 2008” campaign T-shirt, on which the Olympic rings are shown as handcuffs. The photos will be used in a Reporters Without Borders campaign called “Parisians get involved” to show the extent of support for the protests.Some 30 leading European sports personalities and actors including Carole Bouquet, Vincent Perez and Isabelle Autissier have already agreed to take part in this campaign by wearing the “Beijing 2008” T-shirt.A video about the journalists and cyber-dissidents detained in China was projected on a gigantic screen at the entrance to the Citadium sports store, while activists also distributed postcards, badges and bracelets to passers-by.Reporters Without Borders hails the announcement on 28 January that Britain’s Prince Charles has decided not to attend the Beijing Olympics inauguration above all because of the violation of basic freedoms in Tibet, where free expression is even more restricted. Three Tibetans were given long prison sentences last year because of reports about repressions they had sent abroad.More information about Reporters Without Borders’ campaign: http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=174 March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Launch of the new “Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better” energy initiative

first_imgEmail Twitter NewsLaunch of the new “Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better” energy initiativeBy Staff Reporter – January 20, 2015 723 Print Advertisement Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up TAGSJan O’Sullivan Education minister Lets Conserve Energy Better Together launch Jan O’Sullivan, the Limerick minister who will be involved in the launch this Friday of the new energy initiative ‘Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better.’This Friday January 23, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan will join the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) to launch a new energy initiative, ‘Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better’ at an event held at the Limerick College of Further Education.The new programme will see the LCETB become the first educational training board in the country to undertake such an energy initiative with 49 facilities participating in the initiative across Limerick and Clare.It will be implemented across all LCETB schools, further education centres and administrative offices throughout counties Limerick and Clare with the primary objective of reducing overall electricity and thermal energy usage by over 50 per cent per annum.Funding for this initiative is being facilitated through the European Commission Technical Assistance Facility provided by the European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) Programme.Also in attendance at the launch will be George O’Callaghan, chief executive of LCETB and Zarpana Massud-Baqa, assistant vice president, Asset Management–Environmental and Social Capital, Deutsche Bank AG (Acting Fund Managers of the EEEF). WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Jan O’Sullivan, the Limerick minister who will be involved in the launch of the new energuy initiative “Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better.” Previous articleIreland Squad announced for Women’s RBS 6 Nations 2015Next articleLimerick to benefit from Irish TV Munster Hub Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Supreme Court Directs Rajasthan Private Schools To Give 15% Deduction In Annual School Fees; No Student To Be Debarred For Non-Payment Of Fees

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Directs Rajasthan Private Schools To Give 15% Deduction In Annual School Fees; No Student To Be Debarred For Non-Payment Of Fees LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 May 2021 4:05 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has permitted the private unaided schools in Rajasthan to collect annual school fees from their students as fixed under the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act 2016, for the academic year 2019-­20.The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, however, directed the schools to provide deduction of 15 per cent on that amount in lieu of unutilised facilities by the students during the relevant period of academic year 2020­-21.”The appellants (school Management of the concerned private unaided school) shall collect annual school fees from their students as fixed under the Act of 2016 for the academic year 2019­20, but by providing deduction of 15 per cent on that amount in lieu of unutilised facilities by the students during the relevant period of academic year 2020-­21″, the Court ordered in the case Indian School, Jodhpur Vs. State Of Rajasthan and connected cases.The Private School Managements had approached the Apex Court challenging the Government orders regarding deferment of collection of school fees including reduction of fees limited to 70 per cent of tuition fees by schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education and 60 per cent from the schools affiliated with Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, in view of reduction of syllabus by the respective­ Boards due to aftermath of pandemic (lockdown) from March 2020. The High Court had upheld the Government order.The following directions have been issued:The amount so payable by the concerned students be paid in six equal monthly instalments before 05.08.2021 as noted in our order dated 08.02.2021.Regardless of the above, it will be open to the appellants (concerned schools) to give further concession to their students or to evolve a different pattern for giving concession over and above those noted in clauses (i) and (ii) above. The school Management shall not debar any student from attending either online classes or physical classes on account of non­payment of fees, arrears/outstanding fees including the installments, referred to above, and shall not withhold the results of the examinations of any student on that account.If any individual request is made by the parent/ward finding it difficult to remit annual fees for the academic year 2020­21 in the above terms, the school Management to consider such representation on case ­to ­case basis sympathetically The above arrangement will not affect collection of fees for the academic year 2021-­22, as is payable by the students of the concerned school as and when it becomes due and payable. The school Management shall not withhold the name of any student/candidate for the ensuing Board examinations for Classes X and XII on the ground of non­payment of fee/arrears for the academic year 2020­21, if any, on obtaining undertaking of the concerned parents/students.BackgroundIn the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan Government deferred the collection of school fees for 3 months by the private schools recognized by Primary and Secondary Education Departments (vide order dated 09th April). Subsequently, the above deferment of collection of fees was extended till the opening of the schools with the stipulation that the name of any student shall not be struck off for non-payment of school fees (vide order dated 07th July). These orders of the State Government were challenged by filing writ petitions before Rajasthan High Court. The single bench of the High Court disposed of (vide order dated 07th September) with the directions to the schools’ management that:- Allow the students to continue their studies online, Allow them to deposit 70% of the tuition fees element from the total fees being charged for the year, 70% of the tuition fees to be deposited for the period from March 2020 in three instalments, and On non-payment of the said fees, student(s) may not be allowed to join online classes but they shall not be expelled from the school.While the Writ Appeals were pending, the State Government vide order dated 28.10.2020 issued following directions:- Collection of school fees after opening of the schools to the tune of 70% of tuition fees by the schools affiliated with the CBSE & 60% from Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education affiliated schools with on the basis of reduction of syllabus by the respective Boards. Before opening of the schools, it was directed that the private schools which are conducting online classes shall be entitled to collect 60% of the tuition fees as “Capacity Building Fees” from the students who are availing the facility of online classes and that too after taking consent of the guardians. Such Capacity Building Fees shall be collected in equal monthly instalments The fees prescribed for the last academic session will not be enhanced. The private schools shall not recover the fees for the facilities which have not been provided by them such as laboratory facilities, sports facilities, extra co-curricular facilities etc.The High Court issued several directions but observed that the private schools recognized by the Primary and Secondary Education Department shall be entitled to collect school fees from the parents of their students including the students of pre-primary classes in terms of the order passed by Government.Before the Apex court, school management contended that none of the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 or the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 or Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, authorizes the State Government to reduce the quantum of fees to be collected by the private schools. The bench made the following observations:Directions issued inconsistent with 2016 ActAfter analyzing the scheme of the Act of 2016, at least two aspects are amply clear. The first is that a firm mechanism has been specified under the Act of 2016 regarding determination of fee structure in the form of approval by the SLFC and, if required, adjudication by the DFRC and the Revision Committee. There is no express provision in the Act or Rules authorising the stated functionaries/authorities to modify the school fees once finalised in the manner provided by the Act of 2016. Whereas, the explicit mandate in the Act of 2016 is that, the fees so fixed by the concerned functionaries/authorities shall be binding on all concerned for three academic years. This is a clear indication of not altering the school fees unilaterally after it is fixed under the Act of 2016 in any manner for the specified period. If we may say so, it is in the nature of prohibition or a mandate to continue the same fee structure for at least three academic years, after it is fixed by the concerned authority under the Act. By its very nature, the direction given by the State Government is in conflict with the scheme of finalisation of fee structure under the Act of 2016 and 95 also the binding effect thereof for the specified period of three academic years on all concerned. Thus understood, the direction issued by the State Government in the form of order dated 28.10.2020 does not satisfy the twin tests of being consistent with the provisions of the Act; and also being necessary or expedient for carrying out the purposes of the Act, as the case may be.State Government also cannot exercise power under Article 162 of the ConstitutionIt is one thing to say that the State may regulate the fee structure of private unaided schools to ensure that the school 101 Management does not indulge in profiteering and commercialisation, but in the guise of exercise of that power, it cannot transcend the line of regulation and impinge upon the autonomy of the school to fix and collect “just” and “permissible” school fees from its students. It is certainly not an essential commodity governed by the legislation such as Essential Commodities Act, 1955 empowering the State to fix tariff or price thereof. In light of consistent enunciation by this Court including the Constitution Bench, that determination of school fee structure (which includes reduction of fixed school fee for the relevant period) is the exclusive prerogative of the school Management running a private unaided school, it is not open to the Legislature to make a law touching upon that aspect except to provide statutory mechanism to regulate fees for ensuring that it does not result in profiteering and commercialization by the school Management. Ex consequenti, the State Government also cannot exercise power under Article 162 of the Constitution in that regard.No power under DMA to issue order and directions in respect of school fee structure because of the pandemic situationHaving regard to the purport of the Act of 2005, it is unfathomable as to how the State Authorities established under the stated Act can arrogate unto themselves power to issue directions to private parties on economic aspects of legitimate subsisting contractual matters or transactions between them inter se. In any case, the impugned order has not been issued by the State Authority referred to in the Act of 2005. It is not enough to say that the same was issued under the directions of the Chief Minister of the State. For, the Chief Minister is only the Chairperson (Ex officio) of the State Disaster Management Authority established under Section 14 of the Act of 2005. Suffice it to observe that there is no provision in the Act of 2005 which concerns or governs the subject of interdicting the school fee structure fixed under the Act of 2016..The Act of 2005 is not a panacea for all difficulties much less not concerning disaster management [Section 2(e)] as such. As noted earlier, there is no express provision in the Act of 2005 which empowers the Director, Secondary Education (or the State Government) to issue order and directions in respect of school fee structure because of the pandemic situation.Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act cannot be invoked to reduce school fees of private unaided schoolsThe measures enunciated in Section 4 of the Act of 2020 in no way deal with the “tariffs” of air, rail, road, hospital, temporary accommodation. It only enables the Authority to prohibit any usage or activities which the Government considers sufficient to spread or transmit epidemic diseases and for that purpose to inspect various places suspected of being infected with such diseases. Indeed, it can regulate or restrict the functioning of offices, Government and private and educational institutions in the State. That, however, would be only in respect of manner of its use and its timings including to observe standard operating procedures to ensure that epidemic diseases do not transmit or spread on account of activities carried out therein. That power to regulate cannot be invoked to control the tariffs, fees or cost of goods and services and in particular economic aspects of contractual matters between two private parties or so to say school fees of private unaided schools.School Management cannot be heard to collect fees in respect of activities and facilities which are, in fact, not provided to or availed by its students due to circumstances beyond their control.The court, even though held as above, observed that the same does not give licence to the school managements to be rigid and not be sensitive about aftermath of pandemic. “The school Management supposedly engaged in doing charitable activity of imparting education, is expected to be responsive and alive to that situation and take necessary remedial measures to mitigate the hardship suffered by the students and their parents. It is for the school Management to reschedule payment of school fee in such a way that not even a single student is left out or denied opportunity of pursuing his/her education, so as to effectuate the adage “live and let live”.”In law, the school Management cannot be heard to collect fees in respect of activities and facilities which are, in fact, not provided to or availed by its students due to circumstances beyond their control. Demanding fees even in respect of overheads on such activities would be nothing short of indulging in profiteering and commercialisation. It is a well­known fact and judicial notice can also be taken that, due to complete lockdown the schools were not allowed to open for substantially long period during the academic year 2020­21. Resultantly, the school Management must have saved overheads and recurring cost on various items such as petrol/diesel, electricity, maintenance cost, water charges, 120 stationery charges, etc. Indeed, overheads and operational cost so saved would be nothing, but an amount undeservedly earned by the school without offering such facilities to the students during the relevant period. Being fee, the principle of quid pro quo must come into play. However, no accurate (factual) empirical data has been furnished by either side about the extent to which such saving has been or could have been made or benefit derived by the school Management. Without insisting for mathematical exactitude approach, we would assume that the school Management(s) must have saved around 15 per cent of the annual school fees fixed by the school/adjudicated by the Statutory Regulatory Authorities for the relevant period.”We would assume that at least 15 per cent of the annual school fees would be towards overheads/expenses saved by the school Management. Arguendo, this assumption is on the higher side than the actual savings by the school Management of private unaided schools, yet we are inclined to fix that percentage because the educational institutions are engaged in doing charitable activity of imparting and spreading education and not make money. That they must willingly and proactively do. Hence, collection of commensurate amount (15 per cent of the annual school fees for academic year 2020­2021), would be a case of profiteering and commercialisation by the school Management.Case: Indian School, Jodhpur Vs. State Of Rajasthan [CA 1724 OF 2021]Coram: Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh MaheshwariCitation: LL 2021 SC 240Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentTagsRajasthan School Fee Supreme Court Justice AM Khanwilkar Justice Dinesh Maheswari Next Storylast_img read more

Tenant Purchase Scheme under scrutiny

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Tenant Purchase Scheme under scrutiny DL Debate – 24/05/21 The Tenant Purchase Scheme has come under scrutiny.Leas Cheann Comhairle and Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has branded the scheme a total failure.It has been revealed that since January 2016, only 11 homes nationally have been transferred into the tenant’s ownership, none of which in DonegalDeputy Gallagher is calling on the Government to review the current terms of the scheme and to make it more workable:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cope10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCalls for more investment in Donegal IslandsNext articleMan assaulted in Derry News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest By News Highland – November 4, 2017 WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

C & A’s exit sees high street rivals swoop on staff

first_imgC & A’s exit sees high street rivals swoop on staffOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Just as there has been a nostalgic run on C&A goods since the news that the store is to pull out of Britain, so too has there been a rush for C&A staff.The clothes retailer has been forced to set up a new department to deal with requests from employers and agencies keen to snap up their employees. “Since the announcement we have had more than 200 approaches for our staff,” said head of HR Suzanne Chevous. Employers who have registered an interest include mid-market arch-rival Marks & Spencer, Harrods and new US-inspired discounters such as TK Maxx. At Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, the closure of the C&A store has led to 22 staff finding jobs with new tenant Next.“We have had low labour turnover in the past and I suspect employers recognise that they would be getting well-trained, motivated staff,” said Chevous.The surge has mirrored a sudden run on C&A goods that had been selling poorly until the firm announced it was leaving the UK high street outposts it had acquired since arriving in 1922.The firm has committed itself to 9000 training days to help staff with CV-writing, job hunting and interview skills. Three major stores are to close in December, with the rest set to follow in January 2001.last_img read more

BYU-South Florida Football Extend Series Through 2023

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Tuesday morning, BYU football announced a two-game extension of their currently existing series with South Florida.This additional two-game series has the Cougars visiting the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium of Tampa September 3, 2022.South Florida is slated to return the favor October 28, 2023 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.The squads are scheduled to meet in 2021 at Provo.The Bulls lead the all-time series 1-0 as South Florida prevailed 27-23 over the Cougars October 12, 2019 at Tampa. Written bycenter_img February 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local BYU-South Florida Football Extend Series Through 2023last_img read more

Senator Braun On Purdue’s Mitch Daniels: “The Henry Ford of Higher Education”

first_imgAs college costs rise, Purdue’s Mitch Daniels has provided a national model for universities right here in Indiana. Senator Mike BraunLafayette Journal & CourierAugust 27, 2019https://www.jconline.com/story/news/opinion/letters/2019/08/27/senator-purdues-mitch-daniels-the-henry-ford-higher-ed/2129135001/For parents who spent this weekend loading up the family car with laundry bags that would knock over Santa Claus, schlepping your son’s not-so-mini fridge up cramped dorm staircases or struggling to apply fitted sheets to lofted bunk-beds that sit three to four inches from the ceiling, I don’t need to tell you that sending kids to college is a stressful affair.Where it hurts the most, however, is not the week of aching knees that follows, but in the four years of endless assault on your bank account.Since the 1980s, the inflation-adjusted cost of a college degree has nearly tripled, with tuition and room and board increasing at a rate eight times higher than wages. Higher education is now the only sector of the economy whose price balloons at a faster pace than our broken health care market: not a record that needed beating.Enter Mitch Daniels. When the former Indiana governor took up the mantle as president of Purdue University, I was curious to see how his track record as an innovative and staunch fiscal hawk – nicknamed “The Blade” by President George W. Bush – would translate to such a bloated and anti-competitive industry.Six years later, Mitch Daniels has shaped Purdue into the national model for making college affordable, attainable and actually worth it.Daniels first made headlines in 2013 for freezing tuition across the board for all students at Purdue.  Critics doubted he would be able to keep it up for long, but if your son or daughter enrolled at Purdue any semester since Daniels took the helm in 2013, they would have graduated without paying a nickel more per term than when they started.Purdue has held firm against ballooning tuition costs nationwide because Daniels approached the problem as a businessman would: digging deep in the balance sheet to find waste and lower fixed costs, holding all segments of the enterprise fiscally accountable and tapping into new sources for revenue, such as energizing the university’s alumni network through the Purdue Day of Giving program and even brewing a university-branded beer.Other universities would do well to emulate Daniels’ success on another critical issue: reducing debt among graduates.  One solution Daniels has implemented is income sharing: a program in which the university will pay for a student’s education in exchange for a fixed percentage of the graduate’s income for a fixed time. These agreements align the priorities of students and universities, shift the risk off of new graduates and onto the lender, and incentivize universities to help graduates find gainful employment as soon as possible.Due to these innovations and holding costs down for students, the average debt owed by a Purdue grad has declined every year since Daniels took the reins, and while the national student loan default rate falls somewhere between 7 percent and 8 percent, Purdue’s is a third of that.As I’ve crisscrossed Indiana this year, one question that comes up in every town is workforce development.  By 2025 Indiana is expected to have 1 million job openings, and nationally there are already over a million more jobs than there are unemployed Americans.  Universities must align their priorities with the needs of employers, and President Daniels has met this challenge by investing in workforce development programs throughout Indiana with the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and in online learning.Daniels’ move to acquire Kaplan University and rebrand it Purdue Global last year – the first time a state university has acquired a for-profit college, and for the low price of $1 – conveys his long-term vision for what the modern university can be: a resource for students of all ages and stages of life to learn skills to help them compete in the modern workforce and fill great-paying jobs that are available now for those with the necessary training. This year, Purdue Global counts over 2,000 Hoosiers as students – predominately women — with an average age of 34.As someone who is also trying to bring a business mindset to a bloated and arcane system — in my case, the U.S. Senate — I respect what Mitch Daniels has done in post-secondary education all the more.  Fresh ideas are what we need, and Daniels’ success at Purdue is proof that fiscal responsibility and long-term thinking over short-term gratification are the principles for prosperity whether it be in government, business or education.If the university system fails to heed President Daniels’ warnings, it may be at their peril.  Already, many small colleges and universities have begun to collapse under the weight of large overhead costs, and if the perceived value of a college degree continues to fall as tuition costs continue to rise, you don’t need to be a math whiz to know what might happen next.However, if universities do follow Mitch Daniels’ first-rate example at Purdue, he’ll be rightly remembered as a watershed innovator for the industry: the Henry Ford of higher education.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare For the first time in our history, we did not have to euthanize ANY animals due to a lack of space. This is an astronomical achievement more than 60 years in the making. We are so proud of these statistics and while we know there is work to be done with medically or behaviorally special-needs animals, it’s fantastic that no healthy adoptable animal was euthanized simply because there was no room for them.In 2008, the first full year after our Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic opened, we had to euthanize 1,804 animals. This is a pretty heartbreaking number, and it was pretty typical of most other years prior to that. But look at how euthanasia rates have changed since then:2009: 1,9512010: 1,382                2011: 1,3382012: 1,0342013: 7802014: 5482015: 4582016: 4042017: 2952018: 282We have decreased euthanasia by 85% since our Spay & Neuter Clinic opened!!This is a huge accomplishment and there are almost no other contributing factors. Although other animal welfare agencies have appeared recently, they do not affect our intake or euthanasia numbers. For example:Another Chance for Animals pulls exclusively from Evansville Animal Control. ACA does not affect our intake numbers in any way.It Takes a Village Rescue deals almost exclusively with dogs only, whereas 2/3 of the animals we deal with our cats.Many foster-based groups also warehouse dogs for years upon years. Their number of dogs served does not always separate the number of new intakes, but usually includes animals who have been in “foster homes” for years.Other counties’ agencies have significantly smaller capacities. In fact, we have transferred animals into our facility every year from almost all other county facilities when they run out of space.In a perfect world, no animal would have to be euthanized. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Every single animal that was euthanized was an individual. Every single one had a name and a story. And every single one received love and equal care during their time with us, however long that was. What’s important to remember is that we need to tackle these problems in our community at the source:– socialization, obedience, & behavior training for all puppies and their owners beginning at a young age, no matter where the puppies come from– widespread spay & neuter to prevent overpopulation and genetic health & behavior problems. The most at-risk population in our community is cats & kittens, and we must do better to ensure that owned cats and free-roaming cats are spayed or neutered.– enforcement of current Vanderburgh County ordinances that require a breeder’s license and a limit on the number of animals per household– responsible ownership, including providing regular vet care for the duration of the pet’s lifeMany local shelters & rescues work collaboratively together toward these goals. They, along with the Evansville Police Department and a local veterinarian, make up EPAW: the Evansville Partnership for Animal Welfare. This is an organization formed in 2013 to collaboratively address issues in our community.227 Transferred OutThese are animals that we sent to other facilities who had more space. The majority of these are cats who went to less-crowded shelters in Chicago. We continue to struggle with the overcrowding of cats every year at VHS.83 Returned to Owner + 2 Returned to Field“Returned to Owner” (RTO) are animals who were lost and came to the VHS as strays, and their owners were able to reunite with them. Many of these were due to microchips and/or collars with up-to-date tags. Microchipping is offered every Saturday at our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic starting at 8:00 am for $25.“Returned to Field” (RTF) are animals, typically cats, who have been living successfully outdoors and are brought in as strays by kind local citizens. The cats, if not reclaimed, are returned to where they were found roaming after being spayed or neutered.235 “Kitten Nursery” Graduates and a 9% Reduction in Kitten Mortality in 1 YearIn the summer of 2017 after attending the HSUS Animal Care Expo, VHS staff converted a former dog isolation room into a Kitten Nursery. 2018 was the first full year using the Nursery and we have seen very positive results.This room has its own separate exterior entrance and contains a stainless steel bank of 7 cages plus its own sink and cabinetry. It allows for the kittens in that room to be cared for completely separately from the rest of the shelter. Most Nursery residents have orphaned kittens and/or bottle babies. While we try to find foster homes for as many kittens as possible while they grow up, the Nursery is fantastic for very fragile kittens who need staff close by to give them fluids or medication if needed.When there are kittens in the Nursery, staff & volunteers wear smocks, gloves, and boot covers while cleaning to prevent the spread of disease. All clean supplies are taken into the room before kittens are handled. Kittens are weighed daily and fed multiple times a day to ensure that they are gaining weight at an acceptable rate.In 2018, neonate kittens (aged 8 weeks and under) accounted for 43% of our total cat intake. That’s huge, and it doesn’t even account for kittens aged 8 weeks – 6 months! This shows that there is still so much work to be done with regard to spay & neuter to reduce the flow of kittens into area shelters. It’s imperative that the public help us get every single cat in the community fixed, whether that’s an owned cat or a free-roaming community cat. Our Spay & Neuter Clinic will fix cats & kittens no matter where they’re from for a very reduced cost.We believe that the Kitten Nursery directly contributed to a 9% reduction in kitten mortality in 2018.25 Dogs Treated for HeartwormsHeartworm treatment costs an average of $250 for one adoptable shelter dog. It’s a significant expense that VHS incurs, and that cost is never passed on to adopters. The public can make a donation specifically to the Maxine Fund at www.vhslifesaver.org to help us treat heartworm-positive dogs in 2019.612 Animals Benefited from Foster CareOur foster care program serves a variety of animals. These include:– unweaned puppies & kittens– sick or injured animals– undersocialized animals– animals who are severely stressed in the shelter environment (particularly large dogs)– pets enrolled in the Safe Pets program for domestic violence victims (see below)The public can find information about fostering a pet in need at www.vhslifesaver.org/foster.26 FIV+ Cats AdoptedFor many years, being positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) was a death sentence for shelter cats. Now we have much more knowledge about this disease, and we can put positive cats up for adoption. Many cats live long, happy, healthy lives with FIV, and can even live with cats who are negative!7 Pets Housed through Safe PetsThis program is designed to provide a resource for pets belonging to people fleeing domestic violence situations. We work closely with human agencies such as Albion Fellows Bacon Center and the YWCA. The VHS will house victims’ pets free of charge for up to 30 days while they get back on their feet. For information on this program, visit www.vhslifesaver.org or call (812) 426-2563 extension 220.863 participants in Cardio for CaninesThe VHS’ newest program began in June 2016 and has exploded in popularity! Anyone can come to walk or run with a shelter dog at Garvin Park on Saturday mornings from 8:00-9:30 am. The program is free to the public. All dog walkers must be 18+, but children and/or strollers are welcome to tag along! For additional details about CFC, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cardioforcanines or on Instagram at @cardioforcanines.6,640 surgeries performed through the Davidson Rausch Low-Cost Spay & Neuter ClinicThis is divided between approximately 2200 dogs, 4200 cats, and 150 rabbits. It includes shelter animals, publicly-owned pets, and animals on transports (see below.)Please note that we were in the process of hiring a new veterinarian from September-November 2018 so the surgery numbers are lower than a normal year.Of those surgeries, 977 of them were free-roaming community cats. These are cats who live primarily outdoors and do not have one specific “owner.”51 pit bull-type dogs were fixed through our Pit Stop Program in 2018. This initiative focuses on spaying/neutering pit bull-type dogs in Vanderburgh County at no cost to their owners. By reducing the number of unaltered dogs like these running the streets, we can greatly improve their chances of survival in shelters, keep our communities safer, and eventually eliminate the negative stereotypes that these wonderful dogs face in the media.We also provide surgeries and/or transports for 14 other animal welfare agencies in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, and Perry counties in Indiana; and Henderson, Hopkins, Hancock, & Daviess counties in Kentucky. This includes Evansville Animal Care & Control, Another Chance for Animals, It Takes a Village, Feline Fix, PAAWS, Warrick County Animal Control, Warrick Humane Society, Posey Humane Society, and more.Our Clinic has altered more than 73,000 local animals total in 12 years. Spay & neuter is the only permanent solution to overpopulation, and we are making a drastic impact throughout the Tri-State.3,033 Kids Served Through 43 Humane Education ProgramsPart of our mission is to provide humane education to the public so we can tackle our community’s animal-related issues at the source. We provide programs for people of all ages and abilities through our Humane Education Department. Program topics include responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and many others. Those would wish to inquire about setting up a program or tour for a school/preschool, Scout troop, church group, or business, should call Cyndi at (812) 426-5263 extension 206.More Than 6,000 lbs. Of Pet Food Served To ~400 Families Through Emergency Pet Food AssistanceOur pet food bank is there for low-income pet owners who are temporarily having a hard time making ends meet. Rather than having to relinquish their pets to a shelter, programs like this help ensure that more pets can stay in their homes until their families get back on their feet. Food assistance operates once monthly on the 3rd Monday of each month (excluding major holidays) from 12:00-3:00 in the rear lobby. A driver’s license must be provided and preference is given to those whose pets are spayed or neutered. VANDERBURGH HUMANE SOCIETY RELEASES FIGURES AND STATISTICS DEMONSTRATING COMMUNITY IMPACT IN 20182,903 Animals Sheltered, At Least 68% From Vanderburgh County(Please refer to infographic attached & below for 2018 numbers. Some of these statistics are highlighted and elaborated upon below)VHS is an open-admission shelter, which means we do not turn away any owner-surrendered animals. People do not have to live in Vanderburgh County/Evansville to surrender an animal. In fact, note the percentages of our intakes who came from Gibson, Warrick, Posey, and Henderson counties as well. We are one of the largest animal welfare agencies in the entire Tri-State. We pride ourselves on being open-admission and on the standard of care we provide. We accept owner-surrendered animals, stray animals as space allows, and we also transfer in animals (mainly dogs) from other area shelters who are full as often as we can. We accept any type of domestic animal (with the exception of horses & cows due to lack of housing.) Of the 130 animals, we sheltered in 2018 besides dogs, cats, and rabbits, among them were guinea pigs, birds, potbellied pigs, rodents, a duck, and even hermit crabs.2,111 AdoptedOur adopters come from all over the Tri-State and even across the country. People do not have to live in Vanderburgh County to give our animals a home.155 of these adoptions were cats who found homes through our adoption partnership with River Kitty Cat Café! River Kitty opened in July 2017 and houses anywhere from 8-12 of our adoptable cats at any given time. Their total number of adoptions from then to now totals more than 215. We are their exclusive “Purr-fect Adoption Partner.” For more information on River Kitty, visit www.riverkittycatcafe.com.Also among these adoptions were 12 rabbits adopted through our adoption partnership with Pet Supplies Plus on South Green River Road. We are grateful that instead of selling rabbits for profit who were intentionally bred for retail sale, their business chooses to partner with us to adopt out homeless rabbits. 282 Euthanized + 21 DiedThis is always a hard number for people to read. But we are open about our practices and why euthanasia still happens. There are still animals who arrive at shelters with severe, life-threatening diseases. There are also incoming animals with behavior or aggression problems that would be considered unsafe in almost any home. It is likely that some of these animals could be rehabilitated with an unlimited amount of funding, personnel, and time, but those resources are not unlimited in real life. We are not a “no-kill” shelter and we do not claim to be. “No-kill” is a misleading and often overused marketing term in the animal welfare industry. For more information on that, check out our blog post entitled, “The No-Kill Myth:” https://www.vhslifesaver.org/news/the-no-kill-mythIn 2018 at the VHS:– 21 animals died of natural causes in our care, either from unforeseen medical issues or of old age. Many of these were young kittens with “failure to thrive” due to being born outdoors to feral mothers and having no veterinary care before coming to us.– 282 animals were euthanized: 163 for aggression, lack of socialization, or behavior problems; and 119 for severe health issues compromising the quality of life.last_img read more

Rebrand to flag up ’good times’

first_imgFollowing its purchase from Northern Foods a year ago, savoury pastry brand Pork Farms is re-establishing its brand with a new look.The re-brand, commissioned by general manager Nigel White, is designed to give it a more modern and contemporary look. “The Pork Farms brand is category leader, worth over £80m, with strong emotional loyalty,” said White. “People see our products as sociable foods, linked to good times and togetherness.”We need to communicate more clearly our natural, wholesome food values.”last_img read more

Inflation reaches new high

first_imgInflation hit a 20-year high in September, rising to 5.6%, official figures confirmed today.The Retail Price Index (RPI) figure was last higher in 1991 – when it reached a whopping 5.8% – the Office for National Statistics said. Consumer Price Index (CPI) reached 5.2% during the month – a three-year high – and matching its record.The CPI measure is way ahead of the Bank of England’s target rate of 2%. However, Bank governor Mervyn King still expects inflation to begin falling next year, once factors such as January’s VAT rise drop out of the equation.CPI has never been above 5.2% since the introduction of the measure in January 1997. Analysts had expected the annual rate to jump to 4.9% from 4.5% a month earlier.The September figure should represent a peak in the rate of inflation, with petrol price rises and January’s VAT hike falling out of the year-on-year comparisons in the fourth quarter and the new year respectively. Commodity prices, which tend to lead consumer prices, have fallen by just over 10% from the peak seen in February, which also suggests we should see some further downward pressure on inflation. Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, the financial information services company, said the September figure should represent a peak in the rate of inflation and warned that, with consumer spending “very subdued”, retailers would have to focus on “discounting to win sales in coming months”.last_img read more