Bates Wells Braithwaite to donate £1m of legal support for charities

first_img Howard Lake | 16 February 2016 | News Law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has committed £1 million of legal support for charities and social enterprises via its client tool, Get Legal.In partnership with NCVO and SEUK, the law firm, which specialises in charity and social enterprise law, is donating vouchers that will enable over 15,000 individuals and organisations to access and download bespoke legal documents, worth a total of £1 million.BWB Get Legal was created to give not-for-profit organisations access to high quality legal services. It has made bespoke legal documents “accessible and affordable for all charities and social enterprises”.Documents on the site are available for charities and social enterprises to purchase, “priced at about one-tenth of what it would cost to commission a solicitor to draft them”. Documents are kept up-to-date through regular reviews. The document-tailoring process is supplemented by detailed guidance and notes from BWB solicitors.Thea Longley, partner in BWB’s Charity and Social Enterprise team commented that the firm is well aware that many small charities cannot afford to take any legal advice. She added:“Our message to charities and social enterprises is that Get Legal is part of our commitment to the sector and has been designed to help you access more straightforward legal documents at a much lower cost. We encourage organisations to embrace this new, digital tool to ensure you’re up to date with duties and regulatory requirements on a range of issues from employment to governance and beyond.”BWB works with more charities than any other law firm in the country. Tagged with: Bates Wells & Braithwaite Law / policy social enterprise Bates Wells Braithwaite to donate £1m of legal support for charities Photo: legal advice online by Relief on Shutterstock.com Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13  189 total views,  1 views today  190 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 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

“Fringe Elements Wearing Masks Of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations And Political Groups Creating Unrest”: Justice Kirubakaran Of Madras HC,Justice Hemalatha Dissents [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories”Fringe Elements Wearing Masks Of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations And Political Groups Creating Unrest”: Justice Kirubakaran Of Madras HC,Justice Hemalatha Dissents [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay19 Sep 2020 7:12 AMShare This – xWhile hearing the Bail plea of an alleged member of the banned organization called “Tamil Nadu Liberation Army”, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Friday (18th September) offered some intense observations against “fundamentalists” and “extremists” acting “against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.””This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active…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?LoginWhile hearing the Bail plea of an alleged member of the banned organization called “Tamil Nadu Liberation Army”, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Friday (18th September) offered some intense observations against “fundamentalists” and “extremists” acting “against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.””This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active in Tamil Nadu and wearing the masks of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations and political groups are trying to create unrest in Tamil Nadu by way of continuous propaganda through media especially social media instigating the people to protest, creating fear psychosis and spreading hatred among the masses. However, it is to be noted that many of the NGOs and Human Rights Organizations are really doing yeomen service to the people.Allegedly, the accused before the Court, was found to be indulged in various acts of violence disturbing the peace and tranquillity in the society in the name of the language, culture and separate country. In the process, he, along with the other members of his organization, caused the destruction of public and private properties apart from endangering the lives of people.After perusing the pamphlet, allegedly prepared by the Appelant/Accused, calling for “Liberation of Tamil Nadu” and “Tamil Language”, Justice Kirubakaran observed,”This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active in Tamil Nadu and wearing the masks of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations and political groups are trying to create unrest in Tamil Nadu by way of continuous propaganda through media especially social media instigating the people to protest, creating fear psychosis and spreading hatred among the masses. However, it is to be noted that many of the NGOs and Human Rights Organizations are really doing yeomen service to the people” (emphasis supplied)Justice Kirubakaran further said,”When these elements take “Tamil Culture”, “Tamil Race” and “Tamil Language” as weapons for their sinister plans, the Governments should be careful enough to see that no action of the Government would pave way for or strengthen the propaganda made by these elements especially, with regard to emotive language issues. Already political parties are waiting to make use of such positions to arouse linguistic chauvinism to harvest political dividends.” (emphasis supplied)Anti-national Movements on the rise: Justice KirubakaranFurther, Justice Kirubakaran opined that many “antinational movements” have been emerging in India and they are continuously contained by the Governments with the help of the people.Justice Kirubakaran, in an attempt to clarify and elaborate on what he meant by “anti-national movements”, said,”Violence, Destruction, Militancy, Assassinations, chaos, anarchy, mutiny, riots, Creation of conflicts based on religion, race and language, Secession, Separatism are synonymous with anti-national and separatist movements which are active in India to disintegrate our country by soft and violent militancy”He went ahead and even compared such “anti-national movements” with other violent movements namely, ‘Khalistan Movement’, ‘National Liberation Front of Tripura’, ‘Nagaland Liberation’, ‘United Liberation Front of Assam, (ULFA)’ and ‘People Liberation Army of Manipur’.Without placing any caveat, he even said that “our country is facing more danger in the hands of elements within the country rather than enemy countries. Therefore, the Government, as well as the people, should be very cautious about those elements.””Some Organisations…”Justice Kirubakaran made some general remarks about “some organisations” to make a point that these organisations, who claim to fight for the rights of the people, themselves do not have any faith in the system.Justice Kirubakaran was of the view that some of the organizations in the name of fighting for the rights of the people always raise their voice for rights, forgetting about corresponding duties. These people, in effect, they also do not have any faith in the system.Further, he remarked,”They always support separatists, secessionists forces and those who celebrate our enemy countries and criminals in the name of violation of human rights. Sometimes, these groups themselves make anti-national comments making use of “Right to Expression” and “Freedom of Expression”.”The lovers of the neighbouring nation”Justice Kirubakaran, while citing an example, which was unusual in an interesting way, aimed to explain, in brief though, as to “who are the lovers of the neighbouring nation.”He said,”The recent Galwan Valley conflict between India and a neighbouring country exposed people who are lovers of the neighbouring nation, as they openly support the enemy country. The shocking fact is that many such elements cropped up in the media to spread distorted news and exaggerate minor incidents.” (emphasis supplied)He further opined,”They are not giving straight forward NEWS and only disseminate their VIEWS with the name of NEWS to mislead people. These elements are a threat to our nation. The fundamentalists and extremists which are a threat to national integrity and unity have to be nipped in the bud as the propaganda and their acts go against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.”Our country is a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual and multi religious nation : Justice KirubakaranFurther, he stressed,”Our country is a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual and multireligious nation. Peace and Harmony have to be maintained. For that, Governments should make every citizen feel that his language, culture, religion, race are preserved and protected and not interfered with or suppressed by any action of the Governments. Even an apprehension should not be created in the minds of the people which would be certainly counterproductive”Lastly, Justice Kirubakaran also hinted at what is expected from the Governments. The following points, find place in the opinion of Justice Kirubakaran, as suggestions for the Governments to take note of:-(i) Not to create an impression in the minds of the people that their language is being discriminated or suppressed;(ii) Not to create any apprehension in the minds of the people that only a few chosen languages are given prominence and recognition especially when there are about 22 languages recognized and listed in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution of India which are entitled to equal treatment and protection so that all Indian languages are well-developed and preserved.(iii) To deal with communal elements, religious, extremist forces very firmly.The above suggestions, explained Justice Kirubakaran, are only in the interest of safeguarding the unity and integrity of the nation. There should not be any room for linguistic chauvinists to create any unrest in the name of languages in any part of our country.He also opined that the Governments should effectively deal with anti-national forces with an iron hand which are bent upon creating fear, unrest in the society in the name of “language”, “race”, “religion”, “region” or “ideology” and stall the development and divide the country.Therefore, opined Justice Kirubakaran, the Governments should deal with the above sensitive issues very carefully and cautiously to protect the largest democracy in the world, keep the destructive forces including chauvinistic linguistic forces at bay and to uphold our “Unity in Diversity”.Cautioning the Governments, he also said,”Any action of the Government, which is likely to create apprehension or giv the impression that their language is discriminated or any other language is given prominence, would amount to adding fuel to the mischievous propaganda made by these secessionist forces.”I do not subscribe to the views expressed by Justice Kirubakaran: Justice R. HemalathaWhile accepting that the Appellant shouldn’t be granted bail, Justice R Hemalatha, who was on the Division Bench along with Justice Kirubakaran, did not subscribe to the views expressed by Justice Mr.N.Kirubakaran.While observing that “learning languages is a matter of one’s personal choice”, she said,”I do not subscribe to the views expressed by Hon’ble Justice Mr.N.Kirubakaran with regard to the Tamil Organisations, the languages and the consequent suggestions given to the Government. They are not relevant to the present petition.”Lastly, as mentioned, the Court, while observing that the normal rule of bail not jail would not apply in this case, ruled that it would not be appropriate to grant bail to the appellant (charged with offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosives Act and IPC) in the present case, when the trial is almost going to be over. 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Public Health Ministry to reduce gaps in delivery of service

first_imgDirector of Regional Health Services at the MoPH,Dr Kay ShakoThe option of reintroducing Regional Health Authorities is being explored by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). The ministry is working to narrow gaps in healthcare delivery in Guyana and has noted that Regional Health Authorities are necessary if there is to be more control over financial resources.Director of Regional Health Services (RHS) at the ministry, Dr Kay Shako, explained that re-introducing the health authorities can have a direct impact in rolling out efficient healthcare delivery in the regions. She said they would be responsible for the health sector in the various regions and help manage resources for the sector’s development. Dr Shako made these observations at the Regional Health Officials second meeting for 2016.“We are thinking of not introducing but to some extent re-introducing Regional Health Authorities because it was first established in Region five and Region Six, so we think that if the Ministry of Health can have more control over its financial resources we can make a greater input in our healthcare,” Dr Shako said.The RHS Director further explained that the Regional Health Authorities will also ensure that all the health facilities within respective regions are properly staffed with specialised healthcare professionals. This will reduce the number of referrals to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and other Regional hospitals, the Government Information Agency reported.It would also see a decrease in the need for medical evacuations and surgical outreaches as patients’ needs would be addressed within the regions. This will save money that can be later be utilised in other areas of the health sector’s development, Shako pointed out.“A very good example will be the Lethem hospital… by the end of this year the hospital will have the required specialists to function in terms of having the surgeries (done) so that we can reduce on our surgical outreaches and also our ‘medivacs’ that usually go to Georgetown Hospital,” she elaborated.When the decision is finalised by the ministry, the reintroduction of the Regional Health Authorities, should address some of the inefficiencies in the present system where some health programmes are the responsibility of Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs).The health authorities will also be directly responsible for the efficient delivery of drugs to the respective regions. Expeditors responsible for the delivery of drugs and other medical supplies to hinterland regions are overburdened with duties assigned by the region. This contributes to the late delivery of health supplies causing unsatisfactory health service provision.It has been noted that Regional officials are forced to prioritise sectoral projects and often, the health sector is not given priority in the delivery of drugs, staff provision and improved infrastructure.However, the need for inter-agency collaboration remains important to the total healthcare delivery system. One example is the Public Health Ministry depending on the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Public Service to provide nurses and doctors to the Public Health system.last_img read more

Dungloe’s plan to make their Main Street dazzle this Christmas

first_imgThe community of Dungloe are launching a unique Christmas lights campaign to make the town’s Main Street dazzle this festive season and many more into the future.The new lights will be switched on by the 2019 Mary from Dungloe Roisin Maher.The Children’s Parade committee has taken delivery of almost 2000 bulbs and brackets (Angel Wings) which will light up and criss-cross the Main Street from top to bottom. In order to pay for the new lights we have embarked on a ONCE OFF ambitious fundraising campaign.A committee spokesperson said “At the moment we are selling the bulbs around the town and on-line for €5. We have asked the people of Dungloe and surrounding communities to remember someone who is absent this Christmas with a dedicated Christmas bulb to make DUNGLOE GLOW.“Our volunteers worked tirelessly last year to erect the old lights and they will do so again this year to put up the NEW LIGHTS.“Moving forward we need your help to make the lights a reality.” “So we are pleading with you to sponsor an Angel Wings (bracket) which will hold up the lights at points throughout the main street.”The committee said this is a once of plea for help, in this the first year, as every year after volunteers will erect the lights and no further money will be needed.The spokesperson added that they will offer YOUR BUSINESS FREE publicity THIS YEAR and EVERY YEAR after that on social media with your business being named as a sponsor throughout the social media spectre, when the Childrens Parade takes place each year.The spokesperson added “With your help the Dungloe can look forward to a Christmas glow and create an atmosphere our children and future generation of our community will enjoy.“Whatever amount you can contribute to this worth cause will be most welcome and without your support it would not be possible.” Dungloe’s plan to make their Main Street dazzle this Christmas was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motlanthe visits Eastern Cape schools

first_img12 January 2012 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe paid a visit to schools in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. Motlanthe, who was accompanied by Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty and Eastern Cape government officials, visited Endulini Junior Secondary School and Lutshaya High School. Motlanthe and Surty used the time to interact with pupils from Grade R to 9 as well as school management and the school governing body as part of an intervention to respond to pupils’ challenges at the schools. Eastern Cape education has been placed under the microscope by the national department and President Jacob Zuma as they attempt to reform the provincial department’s finances, planning and human resource management.Race to fill vacant teaching posts The Eastern Cape Education Department is scrambling to fill vacant teaching posts in some of the province’s most understaffed schools. Department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said on Wednesday that officials were busy issuing letters of employment to over 500 temporary teachers in 10 of the province’s districts. “These teachers are qualified and registered with the South African Council of Educators,” Pulumani said. “This is an interim measure to ensure that all schools have teachers while the process of finalising permanent post provisioning continues.” He said the post provisioning process would entail moving teachers from overstaffed schools to schools where their services were urgently required. He added that once the process was finalised, the department would have a reliable profile of teacher needs in the province, enabling the department to issue a valid recruitment bulletin that would result in permanent employment into vacancies. “That will assist us to ensure that the majority of teaching posts are permanent and that all teachers’ services are optimally utilised. This is crucial for finally ensuring lasting stability in education in the Eastern Cape,” said Pulumani. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more