Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion

first_imgNews VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation News August 25, 2020 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Local, national and international NGOs are extremely concerned about an international cooperation bill that the National Assembly is due to begin examining on an emergency basis since yesterday in response to a formal request from President Hugo Chávez. Reporters Without Borders defends freedom of expression and freedom of information with complete impartiality. Our vigilance and our right to criticize are directed at any government in any country, whatever its tendency, whenever an issue arises that comes under our mandate. This is our only criteria, and so it should be.We are concerned above all about the following points in this proposed law:1 – The bill was already approved on first reading on 13 June 2006. Why was it then ignored for the next four years? This is relevant to the question why it should be examined on an emergency basis now.Consultation with NGOs before a debate during the next parliamentary session beginning in January – when the opposition will again be sitting in the National Assembly – would help to reduce the divisions that the bill will inevitably occasion and that already afflict Venezuelan society sufficiently. A broad consensus could be achieved in this manner.2 – Certain aspects of the bill need to be clarified or amended.Article 14 of the bill says that the Venezuelan state “will stimulate the participation of organized communities, non-governmental organizations, universities, companies and other social entities linked to international cooperation.” The article does not however specify the level and form of this state “stimulation.” Would it entail control over the statutes and mandates of the NGOs?Articles 15 and 16 of the proposed law would establish a register in which the NGOs concerned would have to be registered. The source of concern here is above all the creation of a new “decentralized body” of a governmental nature whose functions would include “direction, control, coordination, monitoring and evaluation” of cooperation activities (article 9). A transitional provision requires NGOs to comply with the “provisions and directives” of this state entity within six months of the law’s promulgation.This provision is obviously the most controversial one. There is a very clear similarity to the way NGOs were placed under supervision by a law on the functions of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) which was voted at the Peruvian government’s request in November 2006 and which President Alan Garcia subsequently withdrew following protests from national and international NGOs.3 – The circumstances surrounding the vote on the proposed law also raise questions about its future application. “How could we permit political parties, NGOs and leading figures of the counterrevolution to continue to be financed by the millions and millions of the Yankee empire?” President Chávez said on 23 November, urging swift parliamentary approval of the bill.In other words, an NGO receiving foreign funding, especially from the United States, would necessarily be guilty of “counterrevolutionary activities.” Such funding, even if only partial, would mean that the NGO’s sole goal was to overthrow the Bolivarian Republic’s government. Under this vision of permanent conspiracy, an NGO would just be the tool of a hostile power. These attacks betray a lack of any understanding of the activities of most NGOs, which are forced to find many sources of funding in order to survive, and a failure to appreciate their insistence on independence. The grave and deplorable precedent of the April 2002 coup attempt against President Chávez and U.S. political dominance in Latin America and elsewhere must not be used as grounds for systematically accusing all those who criticize or disagree with the Venezuelan government of plotting another coup. Which NGOs was President Chávez referring to in his speech?A bill of this importance needs something other than an emergency vote. It requires a debate and the opinions of the relevant institutions of the Organization of American States. We call for such a debate to take place. There is still time. Follow the news on Venezuelacenter_img News December 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela RSF_en Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News January 13, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

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Education Foundation awards teacher grants

first_img By admin – May 8, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Education Foundation Odessa. Pinterest The Education Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 to ECISD teachers for innovative projects in the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year.The Education Foundation hosted a dinner at The Barn Door South Forty for all grant recipients. The dinner on May 3 honored all grant recipients for their hard work and commitment to providing the students in ECISD with the best education possible, a news release said.“We are honored to be able to award ECISD teachers with funds to go above and beyond in their teaching for our students,” Education Foundation Executive Director Celeste Potter said in the release. “All of the applicants are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to enhancing the learning process for the students in ECISD.”Spring 2018 grant recipients include:Carver Early Education CenterTeacher(s): D’on PaquetteSing to Learn While Learning to Talk: $975.Unlocking the 5 Senses 1 Play at a Time: $997.Blackshear ElementaryTeacher(s): Ronda RodriguezSmall Scientists in the Making: $2,493.33Teacher(s): Valarie ShrevesFlex Your Math Muscles: $3,295.Cameron ElementaryTeacher(s): Michelle WhetstoneCashing in on Good Behavior 2: $1,500.Cavazos ElementaryTeacher(s): LaLonnie KingBeyond our Campus: $1,247.50.Teacher(s): Lindsey LeeSound All Around – $1,021.36.Teacher(s): Jennefer Hunt, Kimberly McCrury, Shanna SmithWorkstations Galore: $1,500.Teacher(s): Claudia Lopez and Sonia RochaProgramming Students’ Minds to Success: $4,560.Teacher(s): Rhonda TippitJust the Facts Jack: $3,295.Dowling ElementaryTeacher(s): Valerie RiveraKids Deserve It: $1,125.Teacher(s): Jo Ann SerranoA Virtual Field Trip: $3,650.Teacher(s): Nora GonzalezDream Big Project: $1,490.Teacher(s): Raquel IkerCount Me In: $1,160.Teacher(s): Kimberly Quiroz, Raquel Iker, Nora Gonzalez, Diana RichardsonChromeology: $1,937.40.Hays ElementaryTeacher(s): Deborah PinaOpening the Doors of the Mind: $559.80.Ireland ElementaryTeacher(s): Danna ChurchHelping Dyslexic Students Succeed: $2,188.37.What Happens Next?: $1,000.Building Up STEAM in the Library: $2,559.90.Judging a Book by Its Cover: $1,000.Bluebonnet Books for Everyone: $760.25.Teacher(s): Rebecca Owens and Kim DavisLet the World Talk to Me!: $1,199.88.Teacher(s): Sandra ElmsIt’s Newsworthy – $1,450.Noel ElementaryTeacher(s): Shayna MathewsReading is Essential to a Child’s Development: $3,050.Pease ElementaryTeacher(s): Lizbeth JimenezCentering Around Reading: $1,909.41.Teacher(s): Shelley CarrilloExtra! Extra! Read All About It!: $2,153.98.Teacher(s): Janie Granath“Hey, I Didn’t Know That!” — Exciting Discoveries: $4,075.50.Reagan ElementaryTeacher(s): Amy BarnesYoung Authors: $3,300.Teacher(s): Janice WilsonBiography Book Purchase: $5,000.Teacher(s): Tara BrowningRevolutionizing Learning with Technology: $9,407.20.Teacher(s): Deborah Carrasco, Anese Forsyth, Shelly Madrid, Jennifer Carrasco and Darlene CarrelliThink, iCreate, iCollaborate: $9,839.95Innovation Department and Hays ElementaryTeacher(s): Gabriela Granado, Deborah Johnson and Penny ArnoldRoach Research for the Real World: $3,032.14.LBJ Elementary and Buice ElementaryTeacher(s): Vanessa Brower and Johnna RossonGT Trained-Gained-Obtained: $2,000.Bowie Middle SchoolTeacher(s): Christopher BartlettThe Book Buddy Program: $3,500.Wilson & Young Middle SchoolTeacher(s): Whitney RutledgeBrass Overhaul: $2,940.Alternative Education CenterTeacher(s): Nancy Woodard, Shawn Oates, Michelle Boner, Rey Duran, James PorterTier 3 Remediation: $5,151.30.OC TECHSTeacher(s): Lorissa Bright and Shelley WagnerRube Goldberg Rocks: $216.81.Falcon ECHSTeacher(s): Elizabeth GrayStudents to Present Space Station Experiment in D.C.: $3,358.Odessa High SchoolTeacher(s): Cheryl SellarsWe Need to Pass!: $3,648.36.Teacher(s): Cheryl Sellars and Amy HerndonMake Us Mobile: $2,241.Teacher(s): Aide (Shelli) EmilianoPhenomenal Physics: $7,256.93.Teacher(s): Janet Weyant and Michelle PressPeek-A-Boo, I See You: $15,429.80.Teacher(s): Jimmy Olague and Steven DojahnAn Evening of Percussion: $2,000.Teacher(s): Steven DojahnSmartMusic for Smart Musicians: $2,399.Advanced Academics DepartmentTeacher(s): Heather BlandEverybody Has a Story — The Butterfly Effect: $4,516.65.Literacy DepartmentTeacher(s): Amy HarveyKeeping the Arts Alive: $8,660.Instructional Technology DepartmentTeacher(s): Wendy Boatright, Avery Hathorne, Lyn Domsten, Jessica Dominguez, Renee JonesTrain Us to Train Them!: $6,830.Education Foundation of OdessaMore Informationcenter_img Twitter Education Foundation awards teacher grants Twitter Local NewsEducation Pinterest Previous articleDonations to support Trans-Pecos firesNext articleLandgraf endorses plan for Ector Middle School adminlast_img read more

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North West set to be hit with snow this weekend

first_img Twitter North West set to be hit with snow this weekend Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Donegal and the wider North West are set to be hit with snow this weekend.Wintry showers of sleet and snow are being forecast for Saturday night, with the worst to come on Sunday.There will also be frost and icy patches in places as temperatures drop to 0 degrees.Met Eireann forecaster John Eagleton outlines the areas which will be worst affected:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/weaghgfhgfhgfhther1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebookcenter_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleConcern growing over ongoing closure of Buncrana Leisure CentreNext articleBlaney claims Fianna Fail HQ are meddling with election chances News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 8, 2019 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestlast_img read more

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