MSF stops accepting funding from the EU and its member states

first_img  72 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: Law / policy refugees statutory Howard Lake | 17 June 2016 | News Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has taken a principled stand to stop accepting funds from the European Union and Member States in protest at their policies towards refugees. The decision takes immediate effect and applies worldwide.The decision comes three months after the implementation of the ‘one out, one in’ deal between the EU and Turkey. For each Syrian refugee trapped on the Greek islands who is returned to Turkey, one Syrian asylum seeker in Turkey will be accepted into Europe.The deal has significantly reduced the number of refugees crossing to Greece, but at a great cost to the notion of protecting refugees in MSF’s view.The charity wrote in May an open letter to the leaders of EU Member States and institutions expressing its profound concern about the deal.Jerome Oberreit, International Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières, today said:“For months MSF has spoken out about a shameful European response focused on deterrence rather than providing people with the assistance and protection they need. The EU-Turkey deal goes one step further and has placed the very concept of “refugee” and the protection it offers in danger.”He announced today that the charity would no longer accept EU funding and funding from its constituent countries “in opposition to their damaging deterrence policies and intensifying attempts to push people and their suffering away from European shores”. Advertisement How much will this cost the charity?Unlike some other international agencies, MSF does not rely primarily on major statutory grants for much of its work: 92% of its work is privately funded by 5.7 million individual supporters. Nevertheless it is currently in partnership with nine European Member States, including the UK.In 2015, it received €19m funding from EU institutions and €37m from EU member states. In addition, it used €6.8m received from the Norwegian Government.This is still a sudden drop in income for MSF. But its principled stance might well attract more donations or larger donations from existing supporters, who welcome its moral approach to funding. The organisation reassured donors via Facebook that:“MSF will use our reserve funds, usually set aside for emergencies, to make sure this decision does not affect our patients”.In the UK, the decision comes less than a week before Britons choose whether to remain or leave the European Union.In the last 18 months MSF medics have treated an estimated 200,000 men, women and children in Europe and on the Mediterranean Sea. The organisation is currently caring for refugees and migrants in Greece, Serbia, France, Italy and on the Mediterranean as well as in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. MSF stops accepting funding from the EU and its member statescenter_img  71 total views,  1 views today Image: European map by Koya979 on AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Gardaí recover ammunition, cash, suspected drugs, and fireworks after questioning man…

first_imgFacebook Twitter Print A routine stop and check of a man who had parked in a disabled bay in Limerick city resulted in gardai recovering ammunition, cash, suspected drugs, and illegal fireworks.The cache, seized yesterday (June 16), included 100 rounds of ammunition, €4,000 cash, €600 worth of suspected cannabis herb as well as €250 worth of fireworks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí said a man in his 20s was arrested in connection with the haul and later released without charge pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.“Gardaí from Roxboro Road were on Operation Disruption patrol when then saw a car parking in a disabled bay on Cecil Street. Gardaí spoke to the driver, a man in his 20s, who handed over a container with €80 of suspected cannabis herb,” a garda spokesman explained.“The driver then fled on foot running down Catherine Street and was chased by Gardaí, who also seen him discard another package. He was arrested a short distance away and brought to Roxboro Road Garda Station.”“A search of the car was then carried out and Gardaí seized €300 cash and a mobile phone. The discharged package was also recovered and also contained €320 suspected cannabis herb.”During a “follow-up search later carried out at a house in Thomandgate, Gardaí seized almost 100 rifle cartridges, €250 fireworks, approximately €3,800 cash, and €200 of suspected cannabis herb”.“The man has since been released and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The suspected drugs and ammunition will all be sent for analysis,” added the spokesman.Gardaí said Operation Disruption was set up as a “proactive response in Limerick City targeting organised criminal activity”.“The primary focus of this operation is to impede the movements of criminals and their associates, thus reducing crime. The operation utilises both uniform and plainclothes Gardaí.” NewsCrime & CourtGardaí recover ammunition, cash, suspected drugs, and fireworks after questioning man who parked in disabled bayBy David Raleigh – June 17, 2020 1802 Emailcenter_img Previous articleLimerick Pride 2020 to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community onlineNext articleThreshold has dealt with 669 cases in Limerick over past year David Raleigh WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

French parents no longer allowed to smack children.

first_imgDaily Mail 30 December 2016Family First Comment: More political ideology being forced on parents (which is why Brexit and Trump won!)“The ban was proposed by a group of ecologist and socialist MPs as an amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill…” Interesting name of the bill, but here’s the wackiest bit…“As part of the law, brides and grooms will be reminded during the civil marriage service of their obligation not to use violence against their children.”Adultery? Fine. Divorce? If you have to. Smacking? Heck no!Parents in France no longer have the right to beat their children after a new law banning corporal punishment came into force this week.The move leaves Britain as one of only four countries in Europe where smacking remains a legal way of disciplining children.The French law now defines parental authority in the Civil Code as excluding ‘all cruel, degrading or humiliating treatment, including any recourse to corporal violence’.Now the UK, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are all expected to receive mounting demands to pass a similar law against smacking.French centrist MP Jean-Christophe Lagarde has described his country’s new law as ‘ a ridiculous attempt to micromanage family life’.The ban was proposed by a group of ecologist and socialist MPs as an amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill, which went before parliament earlier this year.The legistlation says it aims to ‘set out a clear principle, which should be repeated to fathers and mothers and influence their future behaviour’.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Fred Pappoe withdraws from GFA Elections after polling 6 votes in first round

first_imgFormer Ghana Football Association Vice President, Fred Pappoe has withdrawn from the Presidential race after polling only 6 votes.The elections, which are heading for a second-round, after none of the six candidates were able to poll over half of the votes cast, also saw Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah drop out of the race after not securing a single vote.The two frontrunners are Dreams FC CEO Kurt Okraku who polled 44 votes and  George Afriyie who tallied 40.The final candidate in the second round, Nana Yaw Amponsah, finished with 27 votes.The delegates are currently voting again to determine a clear winner.However, in the event that none of the three candidates polls over half of the votes, a third and final round will be held.If results remain inconclusive, the position will remain vacant until the next Elective Congress.The GFA’s Congress has a total of 120 delegates with the Division One League clubs accounting for the largest group; with 48 delegates.However, only 117 votes were counted with one rejected ballot and two absentees.Pappoe was hoping to replace his former boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned from the post following damning revelations in an exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.The elections were allowed to proceed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an injunction appeal by a disqualified Presidential aspirant, Wilfred Osei earlier on Friday.last_img read more