Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers

first_img Facebook Twitter Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers By Gary Truitt – Apr 22, 2014 Ted McKinneyThe Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting applications from Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.  The program recognizes outstanding livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices. Applications are due May 30, 2014. “Consumers are becoming more interested in learning how their food is produced and they want to know that farmers care about their animals, the environment and about producing wholesome, safe food for consumers,” said Ted McKinney, Director of ISDA.  “This is an opportunity I would highly encourage to all Hoosiers working within the livestock industry.”The Certified Livestock Producer Program provides training and other resources to help livestock producers tell their stories of sustainable and responsible farming to the general public.  To be recognized by ISDA as a Certified Livestock Producer, participants must uphold the highest industry standards in environmental protection, animal care, bio-security, emergency planning and community relations. They also agree to sign the Producer Promise, committing to meet or exceed the high standards of the Certified Livestock Producer Program as a commitment to the citizens of the State of Indiana.Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the program should contact ISDA Livestock Program Manager Kimmi Devaney at [email protected] To apply, please send applications to ISDA C/O Certified Livestock Producer Program, One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204.Certified livestock producers receive a variety of discounts from program sponsors, including Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, MWI Veterinary Supply, Townsends Sales Livestock Equipment, Cherry Brother Designs Farm Source Systems (Farm emergency plans) and Cowco Inc.The Certified Livestock Producer Program was launched in July 2008. Since that time, 93 Hoosier farmers have earned the certification and 26 are currently in the process. Indiana is one of only a handful of states to have a voluntary program that recognizes farmers for their commitment to innovative and top industry standards. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarm Bureau Says ‘Ditch’ EPA Water RuleNext articlePork Industry Concerned about New PEDv Rules Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producerslast_img read more

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first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more LINKS:- The European Parliament- The Council of Europe to go further News Until late summer 2001, the official policy of the 15 member-countries of the European Union (EU) about regulation of cyberspace dismissed any idea of systematic retention of Internet connection records and monitoring Internet activity. The 11 September attacks changed that.In mid-October, US President George W. Bush urged Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who was EU president at the time, to get a proposed amendment to the Directive on Protection of Telecommunications Data and Information altered to require “preventive retention” of data on Internet activity (traffic logs) as a means to fight terrorism. Bush expressed support for the British government (which, like the French, has introduced such data retention) and various EU police officials calling for new powers to monitor phone and Internet activity more effectively.Bush told Verhofstadt the United States was against automatic deletion of Internet connection records, a principle that was upheld in the proposed amendment. This position clashed with that of the European Parliament’s Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights Committee, which in July 2001 had approved a preliminary report by Radical MEP Marco Cappato for strict supervision of police access to traffic logs retained by phone companies and ISPs.Surveillance forbiddenThe Cappato report said that if such practices were to be allowed, EU member-states should be obliged to act under “a specific law comprehensible to the general public.” The measures would have to be “entirely exceptional, authorised by the judicial or competent authorities for individual cases and for a limited duration, appropriate, proportionate and necessary within a democratic society.” They should also be in line with EU human rights rulings, which forbid all forms of “wide-scale general or exploratory electronic surveillance.”But under intense pressure from the Council of the European Union (that groups all member-states) and despite energetic lobbying by many NGOs, Euro MPs approved the amended directive on 30 May 2002. Its article 15.1 obliges governments that do not yet have such legislation, to pass laws (within 15 months) to force ISPs and phone companies to retain all records of e-mails, Internet activity, faxes and phone calls that have passed through their hands and guarantee the police, the courts and some government bodies free access to it.A report by the Council of 15’s legal department released on 15 October 2001 had said however that EU governments already had the necessary powers to intercept telecommunications to fight terrorism.Convention on CybercrimeThe first International Convention on Cybercrime was opened for signature in November 2001 in Budapest. It details various procedures, such as searching computer networks and intercepting messages. The pact, which was four years in the making, comes into effect when ratified by at least five countries, three of them Council of Europe members. It has so far been signed by 34 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and South Africa, but only two (Albania and Croatia) have ratified it.The agreement was attacked by civil liberties campaigners, ISPs and cyberspace experts who called it anti-freedom, meddling and likely to encourage a new era of generalised surveillance. Especially criticised were its articles 19, 20 and 21, which give details of how to gather private Internet data and traffic logs and information of interest to security services for their investigations; gather records kept by ISPs; search websites and their ISPs and extend such searches to other computer networks if necessary; store the data seized; and if necessary gather in real-time records and traffic logs (with legal officials able to require ISPs to do this work themselves).”Generalised surveillance” of EuropeansThe situation may get even worse. The Danish presidency of the EU proposed a measure on 24 June 2001 that the Council of the European Union might adopt. It was called “information technology related measures concerning the investigation and prosecution of organised crime” and said that “in the near future, all member-states will need to have adopted suitable measures to oblige telephone companies and ISPs to retain all records of their traffic so security services can readily consult it in the course of their investigations.” The proposal also aims to standardise the laws of all European countries, including those seeking to join the EU. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Europe – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European institutions The European Union was once firmly opposed to any form of large-scale generalised or exploratory electronic surveillance, but it changed its position after the 11 September attacks. Its Council won a battle to impose the views of the 15 member-states on the European Parliament and push through laws to require systematic retention of data about telecommunications and Internet activity. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayslast_img read more

ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

first_imgNews News March 8, 2019 ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. United StatesAmericas ImprisonedWhistleblowers A federal judge in the US District Court ordered former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning into custody on March 8 for refusing to testify as part of an investigation into WikiLeaks, the website to which Manning shared information exposing the crimes and brutalities committed by the US military during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She will remain in detention until agreeing to testify before a grand jury or until the grand jury no longer operates. Manning previously served seven years in prison before former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she released in 2017. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned that US government whistleblower Chelsea Manning was sent to jail on March 8 for refusing to testify on WikiLeaks. This coercive measure by a federal judge has grave implications for press freedom under an administration that has vowed to crack down on whistleblowers. RSF_en Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas ImprisonedWhistleblowers WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more “This ruling is clearly a punitive measure against Chelsea Manning, who had already testified at length during her court martial in 2013 about the information she shared with WikiLeaks,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Officer for RSF’s North America bureau. “Rulings like these pose a grave threat to press freedom in the United States, where the bravery of whistleblowers like Manning inform some of the nation’s most impactful reporting. Whistleblowers must not be treated as criminals, and instead must be recognized for their critical role in maintaining a thriving democracy.” Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Threats against Semana journalists, phones tapped

first_img News News ColombiaAmericas Reports RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats against Semana journalists, phones tapped The news weekly Semana said yesterday that it was the target of threats and telephone tapping after publishing revelations about the negotiations under way between the government and right-wing paramilitaries. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to investigate this claim and make their findings public. Follow the news on Colombia ColombiaAmericas Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough investigation into allegations made by the Bogota-based news magazine Semana yesterday that its phone calls were tapped and threats were made against several of its journalists in the past week by right-wing paramilitaries or drug traffickers.”We are very worried about the safety of these journalists and their ability to work freely, given that the confidentiality of their telephone calls is not being respected,” the organisation said in a letter to state prosecutor Luis Camilo Osorio, noting: “If the confidentiality of sources is not guaranteed, there can be no investigative journalism.”Calling on the state prosecutor to conduct an enquiry and publish the findings, Reporters Without Borders added: “There must be a thorough investigation as state agencies could be involved.”In an editorial published in yesterday’s issue, Semana said several calls were illegally intercepted and threats were made against some of its journalists who it did not want to identify for safety reasons. The editorial said it was not known whether the threats came from paramilitaries or drug traffickers.In its previous issue (27 September), Semana published passages from the transcript of a confidential conversation between High Commissioner for Peace Luis Carlos Restrepo and several leaders of the paramilitary United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) in which Restrepo implied that President Uribe could prevent their extradition to the United States (where they are wanted for drug trafficking) if their followers demobilized. He also mentioned the possibility of a law being passed that would prevent their being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.The same issue also included an investigative report about the infiltration of far-right paramilitary groups by drug traffickers. The government opened talks with the main paramilitary groups on 1 July with the aim of getting them to demobilize by the end of next year. to go further October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Video: Hope Is a Verb

first_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Sermons and Lessons Video: Hope Is a Verb Delivered by REV. SALLY HOWARD, All Saints Church of Pasadena Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 2:55 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes This video was delivered by Rev. Sally Howard, Associate for Pastoral Care at All Saints Church on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Sally Howard found her way to All Saints Church as a parishioner in 1983, drawn to the church’s passion for inclusion and social justice. The centrality of the Eucharist resonated with the hospitality and gathering around lovingly prepared food, ways of life her mother and grandmothers had embodied, and the Episcopal Church her spiritual home. Over the years, Sally has been involved in a number of ministries at All Saints, including the Human Sexuality Task Force; the Shell boycott; Union Station; Adult Ed; Slow Food; Lay Counseling Ministry; and teaching Godly Play Sunday School.Sally and her husband Peter, are proud parents of an interfaith, intercultural, and interspecies family of three children and a Labrador retriever named Tess. Sally has an M.A. in Theology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary, and a Psy.D. in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She has been in full time private practice in South Pasadena since 1989, working with individuals across the life span, and has a special interest in couples and family therapy. Sally has served on the faculty of Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and taught at several psychoanalytic institutes in the Los Angeles area. She has published in the areas of the treatment of bi-cultural couples, and on the recovery of hope post dehumanizing trauma.Sponsored for ordination by All Saints, Sally was ordained as a priest in January 2014 and she is a part time member of the clergy staff, bringing a focus on healing of psyche and soul; whole and holy development across the life span; interfaith healing traditions; and interfaith couple and family development.All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit www.allsaints-pas.org. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentcenter_img More Cool Stuff Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Homeowners and Buyers More in Sync

first_img Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Home / Daily Dose / Homeowners and Buyers More in Sync Subscribe Tagged with: Home Prices Home Search Homebuyers Homeowners Homes HOUSING Listing premium homes Price Mismatch sellers Starter Homes Trade-up Homes Trulia Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 21, 2018 1,924 Views Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home Prices Home Search Homebuyers Homeowners Homes HOUSING Listing premium homes Price Mismatch sellers Starter Homes Trade-up Homes Trulia 2018-05-21 Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Homeowners and Buyers More in Sync Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Homebuyers and sellers are moving moving closer together on home prices for the first time in two years according to a study by Trulia, which found that the measure of the price gap between search interest and available listings remained flat from a year ago, but had dropped by 15 percent from 11.1 to 13.1 in the last quarter.This is the first such drop since prior to the start of 2016. “In other words, more homebuyers are searching at price points where listings are more common,” the Trulia study said.To evaluate the market mismatch, Trulia calculated the measure of the difference between the price points where searches occurred and price points of listed properties on a scale of 0 to 100 with zero being perfectly matched and 100 being completely mismatched. During the first quarter of 2018, Trulia found that the housing market mismatch score remained well above the 7.5 scored in the first quarter of 2016. During the same quarter-over-quarter period a year ago, the mismatch score grew 14.2 percent, the study found. It also revealed that 55 of the 100 largest metros saw their mismatch rates fall since the last quarter and 51 had fallen since the same quarter a year ago.According to the study, nationally, the mismatch gap shrunk to 11.1 from 13.1 last quarter as the share of searches for starter homes also declined to 28.7 percent from 31.1 percent. However, despite this shrinking gap, the study said that what looked like relief for homebuyers looking at starter homes might just be a sign of shoppers giving up. “Recent changes are driven by search activity growing more slowly for starter homes than for trade-up and premium homes,” the study found.It also found that premium home searches made up 41.4 percent of all searches and comprised 52.5 percent of listings, while San Francisco and Philadelphia saw the biggest improvement for starter home shoppers from the last quarter. This piece of information is particularly heartening for millennial homebuyers in San Francisco and Philadelphia, who make up one of the largest chunks of the homebuyer markets in these two cities according to Trulia.When it came to listings for premium homes, the study found that Austin and Boston topped the charts in this category even as searches were chasing short supply in the starter and trade-up home categories in these cities.In turn, sellers were feeling the recent shift in their favor in Ventura County, California; Austin, and Buffalo, New York, the study found. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Previous: The Most Prosperous City in America Is … Next: Sen. Schumer Calls for Flood Insurance Reform in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop Subscribe Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Banking JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargo 2020-04-14 Mike Albanese Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: One-Third of Americans Burdened by Housing Costs Next: A Snapshot of Mortgage Forbearance Trends Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Banking JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The spread of COVID-19 was visible on both the balance sheet for JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, with the banking giants announcing revenue declines in Q1 2020. Wells Fargo reported revenue during the quarter of $17.7 billion—down from $21.6 billion during Q1 2019. The bank also built a reserve of $3.1 billion. Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf said in a release, “Wells Fargo plays an important role in the financial system and the economic strength of our country, and we take our responsibility seriously, particularly in these unprecedented times.”CFO John Shrewsberry said the $3.1 billion in reserves reflects the “expected impact these unprecedented times could have on our customers.” The bank also reported a 46% annual drop in noninterest income form mortgage banking, falling from $708 million in Q1 2019 to $379 million in Q1 2020. JPMorgan announced a net income was $2.9 billion, which is down 69% year-over-year. Quarter-to-quarter, net revenue was down 3% to $29.1 billion. The bank also announced it built-in reserves of $6.8 billion. “The first quarter delivered some unprecedented challenges and required us to focus on what we as a bank could do—outside of our ordinary course of business—to remain strong, resilient, and well-positioned to support all of our stakeholders,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan. Home lending for JPMorgan was $1.2 billion for the quarter, which is down 14% annually. The bank said this is due to lower net servicing revenue and lower net interest income on lower balances. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted almost every sector of the economy and housing has not been immune. One of the hardest-hit areas has been the servicers, as forbearance programs are causing a liquidity shortage for mortgage servicers. In an effort to assist servicers, Ginnie Mae announced an All Participants Memorandum (APM) on, expanding its servicer assistance program in response to the spread of COVID-19. The APM introduces a new version of the existing Pass-Through Assistance Program (PTAP) for servicers facing a temporary liquidity shortfall related to coronavirus.  April 14, 2020 2,355 Views  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Forbearance Activity Dips Below 2.6M—a First Since April

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily 2021-03-19 Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / Forbearance Activity Dips Below 2.6M—a First Since April Previous: The Recession’s Effect on Black and Latinx Homeowners Next: Home Flippers Cash in as Market Slides in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Forbearance activity dropped below 2.6 million for the first time since last April, according to the latest report from Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker.After the previous week’s largest weekly decline since early in January, the number of active forbearance plans fell again this week, Black Knight said in its report. Active plans fell by another 16,000 from the previous Tuesday as servicers continue to work through the large volume of scheduled end-of-month expirations.Of the 1.2 million homeowners in forbearance whose plans were scheduled to expire at the end of this month, some 620,000 March-end expirations remain.As of Tuesday (March 16) 2.59 million homeowners remain in forbearance, representing 4.9% of all homeowners with mortgages.Say the researchers at Black Knight, “this week’s declines were driven by improvements among both GSE/(Fannie and Freddie) (-13,000) and FHA/VA plans (-8,000), while active plan volumes rose among portfolio-held/PLS mortgages.””Early extension activity suggests servicers continue to approach forbearance plans in three-month increments, with the bulk of would-be March expirations being extended out through June,” they noted.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced extensions of several measures that the agency says will align COVID-19 mortgage relief policies across the federal government. This announcement, which extends temporary measures (previously set to expire March 31) until the end of June follows the White House’s February 16 moratoria extension applied to all federally backed mortgages through the same period.Said measures include provisions for borrowers with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages who may be eligible for an additional three-month extension of COVID-19 forbearance, according to a press release. This additional three-month extension allows borrowers to be in forbearance for up to 18 months.”With 620,000 plans still listed with March month-end expirations, we’ll be watching the numbers closely over the next few weeks as servicers continue to review upcoming expirations for removal or extension based on recently revised HUD and FHFAs allowable terms of up to 18 months for early forbearance entrants,” Black Knight reported. “Extension/removal activity is worth keeping a close eye on through the final two weeks of the month and into early April, as these next weeks will be very telling re: what to expect in coming months.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Forbearance Activity Dips Below 2.6M—a First Since April The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 19, 2021 1,307 Views last_img read more

“Menstruation Stigmatized In Our Society, No Reason To Call Menstruating Women Impure”: Gujarat High Court

first_imgNews Updates”Menstruation Stigmatized In Our Society, No Reason To Call Menstruating Women Impure”: Gujarat High Court Sparsh Upadhyay9 March 2021 5:05 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court’s recent 15-page order proposing to prohibit social exclusion of women based on their menstrual status at all private and public place sets out the ways in which Menstruation has been understood by the Society and across religions. The Plea before the CourtThe Bench of Justice J. B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora was hearing public interest litigation…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 Gujarat High Court’s recent 15-page order proposing to prohibit social exclusion of women based on their menstrual status at all private and public place sets out the ways in which Menstruation has been understood by the Society and across religions. The Plea before the CourtThe Bench of Justice J. B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora was hearing public interest litigation (PIL) filed in connection with an unfortunate incident wherein, over 60 girls in a hostel of Shree Sahjanand Girls Institute in Bhuj town of Kutch were reportedly forced to strip to “prove” they were not menstruating. Writ Applicant (Nirjhari Mukul Sinha) moved HC seeking direction for a law to specifically deal with the exclusionary practice against women on the basis of their menstrual status. It was specifically submitted before the Court that the practice which is being followed and encouraged of exclusion of women on the basis of their menstrual status is violative of human, legal and fundamental rights of women, more particularly, those as enshrined under Articles 14, 15, 17, 19, and 21 respectively of the Constitution. Court’s observations Acknowledging the ground reality, the Gujarat High Court observed that Menstruation has been stigmatized in our society and that the stigma has built up due to the traditional beliefs in the impurity of menstruating women and our unwillingness to discuss it normally The Court, in a way, also expressed its astonishment as to why society, through ages, has been referring to menstruating women as “unclean” and that all religions (excluding Sikhism) refer to menstruating woman as “ritually unclean”. In Indian context, the Court observed, the mere mention of the topic has been a taboo and even to this date the cultural and social influences appear to be a hurdle for the advancement of knowledge on the subject. The Court also traced the origin of the myth, i.e., the women who menstruate are impure, to the Vedic times and said, “It is often been linked to Indra’s slaying of Vritra. For, it has been declared in the Veda that the guilt, of killing a brahmana murder appears every month as menstrual flow as women had taken upon themselves a part of Indra’s guilt.” Noting that in the Hindu faith, unless and until women are “purified”, she isn’t allowed to return to her family and day to day chores of her life, the Court said, “However, scientifically it is known that the actual cause of menstruation is ovulation followed by missed chance of pregnancy that results in bleeding from the endometrial vessels and is followed by preparation of the next cycle. Therefore, there seems no reason for this notion to persist that menstruating women are “impure.” What women aren’t allowed to do? The Court observed that girls and women are subjected to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. Such restrictions are: – Not entering the “puja” room is the major restriction among the urban girls whereas, not entering the kitchen is the main restriction among the rural girls during menstruation. Menstruating girls and women are also restricted from offering prayers and touching holy books. It is further believed that menstruating women are unhygienic and unclean and hence the food they prepare or handle can get contaminated. However, the Court noted that as long as the general hygiene measures are taken into account, no scientific test has shown menstruation as the reason for spoilage of any food in making. “Such taboos about menstruation present in many societies impact on girls’ and women’s emotional state, mentality and lifestyle and most importantly, health. Large numbers of girls in many less economically developed countries drop out of school when they begin menstruating”, the Court noted. Lastly, the Court issued certain directions which could be read in detail here. The important ones are mentioned below: – Prohibit social exclusion of women on the basis of their menstrual status at all places, be it private or public, religious or educational; Spread awareness among its citizens regarding the social exclusion of women on the basis of their menstrual status through various mediums; Empowerment of women through education and increasing their role in decision-making can also aid in this regard; Sensitization of health workers, Accredited Social Health Activists and Anganwadi Workers regarding menstruation biology; Allocate necessary funds for the implementation of the directions; The State Government should prohibit all educational institutions, hostels, and living spaces for women-studying working and others, private or public, from following social exclusion of women on the basis of their menstrual status in any manner. Case title – Nirjhari Mukul Sinha v. 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Memorial Day programs honor fallen veterans

first_imgLatest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Stone said the names that will be read are of those who left Pike County to serve their county. About 30 soldiers will be honored. Sponsored Content Email the author Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Troy BOE OKs personnel actions The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved end-of-the-year personnel changes, including five non-renewals and three new hires during a… read more By The Penny Hoarder American Legion Post 70 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 70 will host a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday at Bicentennial Park in Troy.Otis Stone, Post chaplain, said the service will be a traditional Memorial Day Service with special recognition given to the service of MIAs and POWs. Memorial Day programs honor fallen veterans Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The guest speaker for the service will be American Legion Post 50 Commander Bob McLendon.“As a part of the service the names of all Pike County veterans, World War I and forward, who lost their lives in service to their country will be read,” Stone said. “As each name is called, a bell will be rung in remembrance.” “Post 70 and Unit 70 will place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in recognition of all veterans,” Stone said. “Prior to the Memorial Day Service, names will be added to the Memorial Wall and flags in remembrance of decease veterans from Pike County will be presented during the service.”Charlie’s Angels will be the honor guard for the service. “Following the Memorial Day Service, all in attendance will be invited to have lunch together at the American Legion Post 70 home on the corner of Market and East Walnut streets, one block off the square in Troy,” Stone said. “We encourage everyone to join us as we pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.” Skip By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2016 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more