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22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 October 2007 | News Tagged with: Major gift Prospecting for Gold, with its partners Action Planning and CCR Data, has released the 2007 version of the Wealth Intelligence database.The Wealth Intelligence database – already the UK’s largest database of the wealthy and influential – was launched at the Action Planning ‘Raising Funds from the Rich’ conference in London, and contains over half the UK’s millionaires. Every name held on the database is capable of making a donation of £5,000 or more and only factual information on each name is held. The 2007 release includes 300,000 names with up to 30 attributes for each name. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Wealth Intelligence database launched Because the Wealth Intelligence Database has been developed by fundraisers, for fundraisers, it has published the database on three different systems to make prospect research accessible and affordable for all types of not-for-profit organisations – charities, hospitals, universities and colleges, membership organisations, campaigning organisations, faith-based groups, heritage groups and hospices. Prospecting for Gold can offer a free initial audit of any not-for-profit’s database which will give a count of how many of the Wealth Intelligence names are already supporters or prospective supporters of the organisation. 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.
A demonstration “to let Hobby Lobby know how we feel about the recent SCOTUS [Supreme Court of the United States] ruling” was held in front of the Hobby Lobby store in Williamsville, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb, on July 12. It was initiated and organized mainly by young women from in and around Buffalo, who work for Planned Parenthood or other health care services.They were outraged by the June 30 Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. It curtails women workers’ rights to contraceptive coverage in employers’ health plans and grants more rights to right-wingers and corporations.The protest was held on a busy six-lane road. It drew nonstop honks, thumbs-up and raised fists in solidarity from passing motorists. The action strengthened the protesters’ determination to picket more Hobby Lobby stores and carry the fight forward. Media coverage was good.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Isabel Rosado at 105.Conocida simplemente como “Isabelita” o “doña Isabelita”, Isabel Rosado ha sido referente de la lucha por la independencia y soberanía puertorriqueña. Cuando el pasado 15 de enero sus restos fueron sembrados en su querida ciudad natal de Ceiba, muchas fueron las memorias compartidas por miles de puertorriqueñas/os tanto en las islas – Puerto Rico es un archipiélago (Isla Grande-[Puerto Rico], Vieques y Culebra, además de muchas isletas no habitadas), como en el exterior. Rafael Cancel Miranda, héroe nacionalista y ex prisionero político junto a Alicia Rodríguez, también ex prisionera política, despidieron el duelo.Más de un siglo de ser testigo del proceso colonizador y de las luchas del pueblo puertorriqueño por su total emancipación, esa fue la vida de Isabel Rosado. Mujer extraordinaria que dejó de ser individuo para convertirse en pueblo, solidaria hasta sus días finales sobre todo con las luchas para liberar a las y los prisioneros políticos que luchaban contra el colonialismo.Sus últimos reclamos fueron para exigir la libertad de Oscar López Rivera. Recordamos su imagen con fotos de este prisionero político, a quien el imperialismo aún retiene por más de 33 años simplemente por abogar por la independencia de Borikén.Nacida en Ceiba, ciudad costera al noreste de la isla grande un 5 de noviembre de 1907, apenas nueve años después de la invasión gringa. Estudió, como muchas mujeres de esa época, magisterio en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, ejerciendo esta labor principalmente en escuelas rurales.Isabelita, combatiente nacionalista Fue la Masacre de Ponce el domingo de ramos, 21 de marzo de 1937 lo que impactó a Isabelita y la ató por siempre a la lucha nacionalista anticolonial. Este horrible incidente ocurrió al comenzar una marcha de las/os miembros del Partido Nacionalista para protestar por el encarcelamiento de su líder máximo, Don Pedro Albizu Campos. Bajo las órdenes del entonces gobernador gringo, Blanton Winship, un masivo destacamento policial arremetió contra las/os manifestantes, dejando al final 19 muertos, 14 de ellas/os nacionalistas y más de 200 heridos. La indignación que sintió Isabelita la hizo integrarse al Partido y se convirtió en una fiel colaboradora del Maestro (Albizu Campos).Estuvo encarcelada en tres ocasiones, pasando más de 11 años en prisión. La primera fue en 1950, por violación a la Ley de la Mordaza o Ley 53, la primera legislación anti-sediciosa aprobada en Puerto Rico que finalmente se derogó en 1957. Esta ley estaba basada en la anticomunista Ley Smith estadounidense. Bajo esta ley se prohibía toda actividad independentista, incluyendo hasta la posesión y exposición de la bandera puertorriqueña. En esa ocasión Isabelita fue arrestada luego de la Insurrección de Jayuya, y gracias a la simpatía demostrada por su pueblo y sus estudiantes, su sentencia se redujo a quince meses en prisión, siendo destituida como trabajadora en el sector público.El segundo encarcelamiento, en 1954, fue el más prolongado, a raíz del ataque armado al Congreso de Estados Unidos por la/os miembros del PN Lolita Lebrón, Irvin Flores Rodríguez, Rafael Cancel Miranda y Andrés Figueroa Cordero. Isabelita había ido a la ciudad de Nueva York con la misión de organizar tareas conducentes a la revolución de Puerto Rico, incluyendo ataques a posiciones claves en EUA. Días después, de regreso a la isla, la policía arremete disparando contra la sede del partido donde se encontraban además de Isabelita, Albizu, don Pepe Sotomayor, Doris Torresola Roura y Carmín Pérez. A doña Isabel y a Carmín Pérez las condenaron a 17 años de prisión por auto defenderse y por posesión de armas, pero por un recurso de Habeas Corpus lograron salir a los 11 años.Durante ese largo encierro, Isabelita se destacó por ayudar y defender los derechos de las mujeres en la cárcel.Vieques, su misión especialAlbizu le había dado a Isabelita la tarea de sacar a la marina de guerra estadounidense de la isla municipio de Vieques, tarea que marcó su activismo nacionalista.Famosa es la foto que recorrió el mundo en 1979 cuando a sus 70 y pico de años, su menudo cuerpo se veía atrapado bajo el peso de una corpulenta mujer policía en las arenas de la isla municipio de Vieques quien la esposaba, cara en arena, por “invadir” los terrenos de la marina en un acto de desobediencia civil. Años después la Marina estadounidense salió de Vieques en el 2003.Gracias a Isabelita, la figura del General Antonio Valero Pacheco de Bernabé es conocida. Este general puertorriqueño luchó por la liberación de varios países latinoamericanos y batalló junto a Simón Bolívar durante la guerra en Perú. Su estatua en Fajardo se debe a la incansable labor de Doña Isabel Rosado Morales.Isabelita ¡PRESENTE!!!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Follow the news on Slovakia Organisation February 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Slovakia’s seven leading dailies – SME, Pravda, Hospodarske Noviny, Novy Cas, Plus 1 Den and Uj Szo – protested against the new media law today by bringing out issues with front pages that are completely blank aside from a black-bordered editorial criticising the law, which parliament adopted two days ago.A similar protest was staged on 7 March.The new law was also criticised in a statement issued yesterday by Miklos Haraszti, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s representative for media freedom. “Just the fact that the law exists is already a serious limitation on editorial freedom,” Haraszti said. “It is not difficult to imagine where this will lead – newspapers getting flooded with replies from individuals or political forces unable to accept criticism.” 10.04 – Parliament passes controversial reform of press lawThe Slovakian parliament yesterday adopted a very controversial reform of the press law despite the unanimous condemnation of the national media and the disapproval of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).Although some changes were made, the new law still provides for direct culture ministry control over media coverage of a range of subjects considered sensitive, as well as automatic right of response for anyone who, rightly or wrongly, thinks they have been defamed or insulted.“It is unacceptable for a European Union member state to adopt a law so much at variance with democratic standards, especially as regards press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A law that limits the editorial freedom of the news media by subjecting them to official criteria arbitrarily imposed by the government is completely unacceptable and must be withdrawn.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call on the European authorities to insist that the Slovakian government withdraw this law and initiate a debate aimed at finding a solution that complies with European standards.”Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government had a big enough majority to get the press law passed, but it needs the opposition’s votes to ratify the European Union’s new Lisbon treaty. The opposition pledged several weeks ago to block ratification if the government pushed the press law through.In a protest against the proposed law, Slovakia’s six leading daily newspapers brought out issues on 7 March with nothing on the front page except seven of its articles that have been dubbed the “seven deadly sins.” SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia April 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven leading dailies appear with blank front pages in protest against new media law to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more
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News UpdatesCentre Extends Due Date For Income Tax Returns Of 2019-20 FY Till Nov 30 [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 Jun 2020 11:13 PMShare This – xIn view of the challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting the statutory and regulatory compliance requirements across sectors due to the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Government brought the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 on 31st March, 2020 which, inter alia, extended various time limits. In order to provide further relief to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn view of the challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting the statutory and regulatory compliance requirements across sectors due to the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Government brought the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 on 31st March, 2020 which, inter alia, extended various time limits. In order to provide further relief to the taxpayers for making various compliances, the Government has issued a Notification on June 24 in exercise of powers under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Ordinance.The salient features of the notification are : I. The time for filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) has been extended to 31st July, 2020. II. Due date for income tax return for the FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) has been extended to 30th November, 2020. Hence, the returns of income which are required to be filed by 31st July, 2020 and 31st October, 2020 can be filed upto 30th November, 2020. Consequently, the date for furnishing tax audit report has also been extended to 31st October, 2020. III. In order to provide relief to small and middle class taxpayers, the date for payment of self-assessment tax in the case of a taxpayer whose self-assessment tax liability is upto Rs. 1 lakh has also been extended to 30th November, 2020. However, it is clarified that there will be no extension of date for the payment of self-assessment tax for the taxpayers having self-assessment tax liability exceeding Rs. 1 lakh. In this case, the whole of the self-assessment tax shall be payable by the due dates specified in the Income-tax Act, 1961 (IT Act) and delayed payment would attract interest under section 234A of the IT Act. IV. The date for making various investment/ payment for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of the IT Act which includes section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim), 80G (Donations) etc. has also been further extended to 31st July, 2020. Hence the investment/ payment can be made upto 31st July, 2020 for claiming the deduction under these sections for FY 2019-20. V. The date for making investment/ construction/ purchase for claiming roll over benefit/ deduction in respect of capital gains under sections 54 to 54GB of the IT Act has also been further extended to 30th September, 2020. Therefore, the investment/ construction/ purchase made up to 30th September, 2020 shall be eligible for claiming deduction from capital gains. VI. The date for commencement of operation for the SEZ units for claiming deduction under section 10AA of the IT Act has also been further extended to 30th September, 2020 for the units which received necessary approval by 31st March, 2020. VII. The furnishing of the TDS/ TCS statements and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificates being the prerequisite for enabling the taxpayers to prepare their return of income for FY 2019-20, the date for furnishing of TDS/ TCS statements and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificates pertaining to the FY 2019-20 has been extended to 31st July, 2020 and 15th August, 2020 respectively. VIII. The date for passing of order or issuance of notice by the authorities and various compliances under various Direct Taxes & Benami Law which are required to be passed/ issued/ made by 31st December, 2020 has been extended to 31st March, 2021. Consequently, the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN would also be extended to 31st March, 2021. IX. The reduced rate of interest of 9% for delayed payments of taxes, levies etc. specified in the Ordinance shall not be applicable for the payments made after 30th June, 2020. The Finance Minister has already announced extension of date for making payment without additional amount under the “Vivad Se Vishwas” Scheme to 31st December 2020, necessary legislative amendments for which shall be moved in due course of time. The said Notification has extended the date for the completion or compliance of the actions which are required to be completed under the Scheme by 30th December, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. Therefore, the date of furnishing of declaration, passing of order etc under the Scheme stand extended to 31st December, 2020. Deferment of the implementation of new procedure for approval/ registration/ notification of certain entities u/s 10(23C), 12AA, 35 and 80G of the IT Act has already been announced vide Press Release dated 8th May, 2020 from 1st June, 2020 to 1st October, 2020. It is clarified that the old procedure i.e. pre-amended procedure shall continue to apply during the period from 1st June, 2020 to 30th September, 2020. Necessary legislative amendments in this regard shall be moved in due course of time. The Finance Minister has already announced reduced rate of TDS for specified non-salaried payments to residents and specified TCS rates by 25% for the period from 14th May, 2020 to 31st March, 2021. The announcement was also followed by the Press Release dated 13th May, 2020. 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News Updates[Bihar Election] Political Parties Can Put Up Hoardings At Private Properties With Owner’s Consent: Patna High Court [Read Order] Akshita Saxena22 Oct 2020 10:16 PMShare This – xThe Patna High Court has paved way for political parties to raise hoardings/ banners at private properties, as part of their election campaign, after obtaining written consent of the owner/ occupier of such property. The Single Bench of Justice Ashutosh Kumar held that permitting only individual candidates to raise hoardings and precluding political parties from such benefit…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Patna High Court has paved way for political parties to raise hoardings/ banners at private properties, as part of their election campaign, after obtaining written consent of the owner/ occupier of such property. The Single Bench of Justice Ashutosh Kumar held that permitting only individual candidates to raise hoardings and precluding political parties from such benefit will “emasculate” the intention of the legislature in enacting the Defacement of Property Act, 1987. “A person of persons contesting an election to whom, the Representation of People Act, 1951 is applicable, either as an independent candidate or on the symbol of a recognized political party is permitted to use the private property for the purposes of election campaign. The reference to Representation of People Act and the symbol of a recognized political party do indicate that persons would include a political party also. A political party does not exist in vacuum and is not an abstract entity. It consists of persons,” the Bench held. Background The observation was made in a writ petition filed by Century Businees Pvt. Ltd., a private company engaged by the Bhartiya Janta Party to put up 950 hoarding on private properties as part of election campaign in Bihar. The company had sought the Chief Electoral Officer’s permission for putting up the hoardings with the permission of the owners of the properties as mandated under the Defacement of Property Act, 1987. The request was declined while stating that Section 3(3) of the 1987 Act specifies that the owner or the occupier of a private property can give written consent and permit only “person or persons” contesting an election. It was contended that the legislature had deliberately excluded political parties as a class from the privilege of putting up hoardings because: “a candidate has a budgetary limit for campaigning and, therefore, he or she would be rather discreet in putting up hoardings or posters over private buildings as it would entail expenses. No such limit has been prescribed for any political party and if a political party is permitted, even after seeking permission from private property holders, to put up hoardings, the entire State would stand defaced and it would be very difficult to restore the same without spending huge public money.” It was submitted that the statute has to be interpreted in its “literal sense” unless it causes any mischief and if the language of an Act, as in the present case, is clear, then, it does not require any artificial rule of interpretation to be applied. Petitioner’s Case The Petitioner-company had argued that any “person or persons”, who contests elections, either does it independently or under the banner of any political party, when symbol of such political party is given to it. In that case, ousting a political party from the clause “person or persons” in Section 3(3) of the 1987 Act would not be justified. It was also pointed out that in the State of Jharkhand also, there is similar local law with respect to defacement of property and the Chief Electoral Officer, Jharkhand permitted the political parties to put up the hoardings. Thus, not allowing the political party to put up the hoardings would actually defeat the very purpose of controlled campaigning during the elections. Findings The Court has held that the expression “person or persons” would include political parties, inter alia, for the following reasons: The purpose behind the enactment of the local law regarding defacement is to prevent defacement and to limit squandering of money in restoring the property; be it public money or private money and the Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties takes care of the aforesaid spirit behind the enactment of the Act. It has clearly specified the manner and method in which such permission from the private property holders shall be obtained. Even in States, where there is no local law on the subject of defacement of property, the Model Code of Conduct insists for doing minimum damage or defacement of public / private properties.With the strict measures suggested in the Model Code of Conduct and guidance, it would be easier for the authorities to track the entity for recovering money or asking them to restore the defacement caused during elections. The hoardings by a political party, which would include a large group of persons including candidates contesting on the symbol of such political parties, would prevent piecemeal and sporadic hoardings and there would be lesser chances of defacement of public and private property beyond redemption. Further, the Court agreed with the Petitioner’s contention that when political parties were permitted to put up hoardings in Jharkhand, “no two standards can be applied in interpreting an Act or Rule in two different contiguous States.” On the State’s contention about rules of interpretation of a statute, the Bench clarified, “The golden rule of construction is to be preferred first but subject to the caveat that if any mischief is caused while strictly interpreting the rules, there would be no harm in reading it down by infusing practically into the rule in question.” It added, “Unless, the phrase “person or persons” the rule is supplemented by or understood to mean political parties, the entire force and life of the intention of the legislature would stand emasculated.” Know the Law It was observed in the past that during the elections, political parties indulged in defacement of public as well as private buildings by sticking posters and wall writings and that too many a times without permission of the owner of the buildings. After the election were over, the cost of removing the posters and wall writings had to be borne by public exchequer in case of public buildings and the individuals in case of private buildings. In either case, it was the general public at large which had to bear the loss for no fault of theirs. To avoid this, the Defacement of Property Act, 1987, was implemented. Defacement, under the Act, is defined as impairing or interfering with the appearance or beauty or damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring in any other way whatsoever a property, which could be building, structure, wall, tree, fence, post or any other erection. Defacement could be by way of decoration, lettering, ornamentation etc produced by the stencil, which would come within the domain of ‘Writing’. Section 3 of the Act prescribes that any person guilty of defacement shall be punishable with imprisonment for term which may extended to six months or with fine, which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both. Further, the Election Commission, in exercise of its powers of superintendence under Article 324 of the Constitution of India, has come out with the Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties and candidates. Clause VI of part – 1 of Model Code of Conduct provides that no political party or candidate shall permit its followers to make use of individuals’ land, building, compound wall etc without his permission for erecting flagstaffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc. Furthermore, most of the States have their local laws to prevent such defacement and bring the guilty/ defaulters to book. Case Title: Century Business Pvt. Ltd. v. Chief Electoral Officer & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
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