IOC internal memo minimises events in Tibet and boycott calls

first_imgNews March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News News Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of an 11-page internal memo which International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge sent to all IOC members setting out a communication strategy for the Tibet crisis and the debate about a boycott of the Olympic Games.”As the Olympic movement meets in Beijing, we were hoping the IOC would finally pluck up the courage to ask the Chinese authorities to stop the violence in Tibet and human rights violations in China,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Instead the IOC has sent its members a memo minimising China’s abuses and reiterating the position that the Olympic movement does not meddle in politics.”Ménard added: “Jacques Rogge needs to end the Olympic movement’s disgraceful silence, which is endangering the success of the Olympic Games. The IOC needs to tell the Chinese authorities that they have to respect the commitments they gave in 2001 when China was awarded these games.”The purpose of Rogge’s 17 March memo was to tell all IOC members what position they should take in response to the Tibet crisis and the media “speculation” about a boycott. In his introduction, the IOC president says the events in Tibet are disturbing but will not jeopardise the “success” of the Olympic Games. He also says that no “credible” government or organisation is supporting the idea of a boycott.The memo, written by the IOC’s public relations department, rules out any direct IOC involvement in resolving the Tibet crisis, even if it recommends that members express their concern. “China’s involvement in Tibet strictly concerns its social and political policy,” the memo says. “It is not related to the country’s hosting of the Games, nor to its relationship with the IOC.”The memo provides IOC members with a list of supposed human rights improvements in China. The announced resumption of dialogue between China and the United States, the signing of a UN covenant on human rights (that was never ratified) and China’s election to the UN Human Rights Council are some of the examples cited.”None of these three events have had the least direct effect on the human rights situation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “On the contrary, China is using its position on the UN Human Rights Council to sabotage resolutions in support of free speech worldwide.”The memo repeats several times that the Olympic Games are serving as a “catalyst” for a dialogue on Tibet and its independence but rules out IOC involvement in the resolution of the “complex” crisis. The message that Rogge wants to get across is that “The IOC shares the world’s desire for the Chinese government to bring about a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible.” But the memo adds on the next page that the IOC does not raise such matters with countries that host the games.Regarding the staging of protests as the Olympic flame passes, the memo says: “Demonstrators should understand that they take part in demonstrations at their own risk. (…) Actions of local authorities may include arrest, detention or restraint. The IOC will not interfere with the actions of local authorities.”Reporters Without Borders has learned that the IOC organised a training session on information in times of crisis for members of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) on 7 March in Beijing. “After seeing the propaganda put out by the authorities during the Tibet crisis, we question the effectiveness of the training offered by the IOC,” Reporters Without Borders said. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on China to go further April 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 IOC internal memo minimises events in Tibet and boycott calls April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

65th Anniversary of the Publication of Dianetics Celebrated at Pasadena Church of Scientology

first_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday This week marks the anniversary of the publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard. Released May 9, 1950, the past six decades have seen the popularity of this best-selling self-help book continue to grow. Dianetics is now available in 165 nations in 50 languages, more than 21 million copies have been sold, and it has appeared on 116 bestseller lists, making it a publishing phenomenon.Dianetics is also the book that sparked the movement that ultimately led to the founding of the Scientology religion, the only major religion to emerge in the 20th century.Scientology Churches and Missions around the world will hold events commemorating the Dianetics anniversary this week. Attendees will hear news of the application of Dianetics technology, its international popularity, and its grassroots expansion from New York to Nairobi, Boston to Bulawayo and Kansas City to Kaohsiung.In an essay titled “My Philosophy,” Mr. Hubbard wrote, “The first principle of my own philosophy is that wisdom is meant for anyone who wishes to reach for it. It is the servant of the commoner and king alike and should never be regarded with awe.”True to this principle, in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Mr. Hubbard states: “This volume has made no effort to use resounding or thunderous phrases, frowning polysyllables or professorial detachment. When one is delivering answers which are simple, he need not make the communication any more difficult than is necessary to convey the ideas.”L. Ron Hubbard went on to document his research into the spirit, mind and life in 18 Basic books, thousands of other written materials and nearly 2,500 recorded lectures—the Scripture of Scientology. To keep pace with the demand for these materials and make them available in every corner of the globe, all book and lecture CD production has been established in-house—the entire line from inception to distribution: printing, foiling, embossing, laminating, CD replication, packaging and shipping. Occupying massive new headquarters, the Church’s publishing arms, New Era Publications in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Bridge Publications, Inc. in Los Angeles, are now the world’s largest all-digital, print-on-demand facilities capable of producing 500,000 books and 925,000 CDs per week.Millions of people have begun the adventure described by L. Ron Hubbard in the first chapter of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: “You are beginning an adventure. Treat it as an adventure. And may you never be the same again.”For more information on Dianetics, visit the Dianetics website at For an interactive audiovisual overview of the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit Make a comment 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Faith & Religion News 65th Anniversary of the Publication of Dianetics Celebrated at Pasadena Church of Scientology From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 | 10:59 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese Tagged with: Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act House Financial Services Committee Housing Discrimination Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act House Financial Services Committee Housing Discrimination 2019-11-25 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Rep. Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, opposes the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed changes to the disparate impact standard of the Fair Housing Act. Waters said in a letter to HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson that the proposal would make it harder for victims of housing discrimination to get justice. The disparate impact standard holds people accountable for discriminatory impacts of their actions, regardless of whether the discrimination was intentional. “Without the disparate impact standard, a plaintiff would essentially have to prove malicious intent as plain as a ‘No Blacks Allowed’ sign in order to get relief,” Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to HUD. “Once a plaintiff proves that a challenged practice or policy has a discriminatory effect, the current standard allows defendants to respond to such a suit by providing legitimate business justifications for their policies and practices.” Waters wrote in her letter that although 31,202 people reported Fair Housing violations in 2018, many more go unreported. The National Fair Housing Alliance estimates that 4 million acts of housing discrimination occur each year. A 2008 survey of 10,000 adults in the nation’s 20 largest cities found that 1 in 4 people, or 68 million, believe they have been treated differently during their home search, Waters added. The Chairwoman said HUD’s proposed rule would weaken the standard by raising the burden of proof on plaintiffs and victims of housing discrimination, while making it easier for defendants to deflect allegations, disincentivizing the collection of demographic data that help have proactive strategies around fair housing, and creating safe harbors that make challenging algorthmic bias difficult. “We remind you that HUD’s mission includes building ‘inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination,’” the lawmakers wrote. “HUD’s ability to carry out this mission will be seriously compromised if it moves forward with this proposed rule, and this is no time to weaken our enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.”The Committee said the in 2018 the African-American homeownership rate was the lowest it had been since before the Fair Housing Act was passed. A 2019 study also found that African-American and Latin borrowers are paying $765 million more in annual interest compared to other borrowers. center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles 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. Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago November 25, 2019 1,971 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Where Smaller Mortgage Servicers Dominate Next: Could a Vacancy Tax Help Los Angeles’ Affordability Crisis? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

It’s tick season, beware of Lyme disease

first_imgIndianaLocalNews It’s tick season, beware of Lyme disease WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By Richard Bartz [CC BY-SA 2.5], from Wikimedia Commons You were asked to stay at home for a long time, then told it was time to get outside and get some exercise. You’re being warned that you could pick up ticks, whether you’re outside in the country or the city, and that you need to get them off of your body.If you find a tick, you should grab a pair of sterilized, fine-tipped tweezers, says Hoosier nurse practitioner Shannon Cook, with the Minute Clinic at CVS.“You want to make sure those have been sterilized and cleaned. Steps two and three would be to grab the head of the tick, as opposed to the swollen abdomen with those tweezers. And, it’s really important to pull straight out and not twist,” said Cook.She said the goal is to make sure the tick doesn’t break in half. If it does, she says to try to remove the mouthparts. If you can’t, Cook says you can leave them alone, that it will heal, or you can come into the clinic if you feel you need to.Cook said Lyme disease is the main concern with tick bites, but it is rare. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is also a concern but is also rare.The symptoms of Lyme disease, include a fever, but most prominently, a rash at the site of the bite.“You would want to look to make sure you’re not getting a bullseye ring. It kind of looks like a target sign,” she said.She said if you are concerned about Lyme disease, you can go to the doctor and be prescribed an antibiotic for prevention.Cook said after the tick is removed, you’ll want to wash the site and clean it with alcohol, and dispose of the remains of the tick in a small plastic bag.She said you should avoid home remedies for getting the tick off, especially burning it. She said that generally doesn’t work and may very well result in you burning yourself instead of the tick. By Jon Zimney – July 11, 2020 1 288 Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ Previous articleRepresentative Banks echoing President Trump’s call to get kids back to schoolNext articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robbery Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

World record holders Kipchoge and Mayer nominated for athlete of the year

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The world’s fastest marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and world decathlon record holder Kevin Mayer are among five nominees for the IAAF’s male athlete of the year, the federation announced on Tuesday.The Kenyan and Frenchman are joined on the shortlist by the quickest person over 60m indoors American Christian Coleman, European pole-vault champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden and Asian Games 400m hurdles champion in Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba.The contenders for the women’s prize were announced a day earlier with Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, 100m European champion in Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Colombia’s Diamond League long and triple jump title holder Caterine Ibarguen, the Bahamas’ 200m Diamond League gold-medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European heptathlon champion in Belgian Nafissatou Thiam all included.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Monaco on December 4 after voting from the IAAF’s Council, IAAF members and the public. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FBI: Bubba Wallace noose a “door pull rope” not a crime

first_imgThe FBI has determined that a noose found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was a door pull rope hanging in the garage since last year, according to the bureau. In addition, no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that garage.A statement issued by U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said that an investigation has concluded that no federal crime was committed.“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the bureau said. “Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”Further details were not immediately released. The FBI said no charges would be pursued in relation to the incident.last_img read more

Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award

first_img2 Feb 2018 Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award Four inspirational coaches who have taken the game to thousands of people are the finalists for the England Golf Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA.They are Phil Akers of The Belfry, Warwickshire, Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near Birmingham, Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire and Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire.Their achievements will be recognised when the winner is announced at the sell-out England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four coaches are absolutely inspirational in the way they grow the game. They go out into the community to share the pleasures of golf with people of all ages and backgrounds, who otherwise might not try it. Their success is of great benefit to their clubs, which gain new members as a result, and to the sport as a whole.”The finalists:Phil Akers, The Belfry, Warwickshire Akers has introduced over 1500 newcomers to golf since he joined The Belfry less than two years ago, and helped develop thriving club sections for juniors, women, improvers and advanced players.He started by working with local schoolchildren and more than 70 have joined his junior programme. Half of them are now members at The Belfry – and many of their parents have also taken up the game. Akers plans to build on this with a new schools’ coaching programme for 2018.Last year he introduced other programmes, including the successful This Girl Can Golf, which has resulted in 20 women taking weekly coaching sessions. His Start Golf programme attracted over 500 new players, learning basic skills to prepare for the Progress Golf class.Akers’ overall goal is to become a European Tour coach and his passion for growing the game has attracted  talented young golfers who have helped The Belfry’s junior membership grow by 29 in the last year, six of whom now represent their county.Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near BirminghamLansberry has been passionate about golf since he started playing as a small child and is now a full-time coach who concentrates on growing the grassroots game.He’s particularly keen on family, community and junior golf. He launched his first junior sessions in 2011, after becoming a PGA professional and graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.He started with eight juniors and now coaches 120 youngsters at the club and takes the game to schools, community and sports centres, where he involves both adults and children. He likes to encourage parents to join in, believing that if more of the family play golf they are more likely to stay in the game. Lansberry has also been asked to train fellow professionals on best practice for juniors.He has also recently been involved with projects to get more adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the game, as well as people with visual impairments.Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, LeicestershireMankert is a coach who changes lives, according to those who nominated him for this award.“We are nominating Anders for being a unique inspiration and primarily for introducing us to the sport which has changed our life,” said blind and visually impaired supporters. “He genuinely cares about growing the game, regardless of the standard of player he is coaching,” said another nominator.Mankert, an Advanced Fellow of the PGA, is passionate about increasing accessibility to golf for disabled people. He has coached and supported blind and visually impaired golfers free of charge for over 20 years and they shower him with plaudits, telling how he has raised their confidence and changed their quality of life.At his club Mankert encourages juniors with a scholarship scheme offering a year’s free coaching and mentoring. One now plays on the European Tour, another is a PGA professional and yet another is in England training. He also makes himself available to all, starting teaching at 7am to fit in with work and family commitments.Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire Turnock has inspired thousands of children and adults to try golf and supports new players as they get into the game.Over the last eight years he has worked with 50 schools, providing TriGolf sessions to 2000 children, giving many of them their first taste of golf and its benefits. Those who’d like to take the game further are encouraged to join his coaching academy and take out club membership, which is free for juniors.Turnock also aims to get more adults into the game and his Get into Golf courses successfully attracted 44 new members last year. He’s involved with the Stroke Association’s Get into Golf initiative, working with stroke surivivors to assist their rehabilitation. He also gained funding for a programme with four local disability groups which inspired 50 people to try the sport.Turnock is Mottram Hall’s junior organiser, running the new and rapidly growing junior section, and also the club’s competition manager, coming up with a range of formats to increase enjoyment and participation. Tags: Coach of the Year, PGAlast_img read more

Middletown Merges Development Hearings

first_imgResidential and Retail To Be Considered TogetherBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – When the township Planning Board resumes hearing the Route 35 Village proposal, it is to hear both the commercial and residential components.So, at the next hearing on the matter – scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal complex – the board will hear both the Shoppes at Middletown commercial aspect and the Oaks at Middletown residential component. Both are to be built on 118 acres basically bounded by Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane.Board Chairman John Deus announced consolidating the applications for the purpose of the Planning Board hearings at the Wednesday, June 15 meeting, when the board had the Shoppes at Middletown before it for the second time.On 52 of the acres fronting Route 35, John Orrico/Village 35 LP of Purchase, New York, proposes to build the Shoppes – 338,455 square feet of commercial space, including retail, restaurant and movie theater space. On the rear 66 acres, or at the Carriage Drive end of the property, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pennsylvania, wants to build the Oaks, a 350-townhouse complex – a breakdown of 280 units at market price and 70 units of government-designated affordable housing.A way to avoid “mass confusion” and “be fair to the public and the board is to consolidate the two hearings,” Deus said. This way, for example, the board and public could hear each’s engineering, traffic, and other related components at the same time, Deus said.“A consolidated hearing makes sense,” Board Attorney James H. Gorman said.As it stands, the Oaks application, which was filed after the Shoppes proposal in recent weeks, was still under review by the township Planning and Community Development Department. But, barring anything unusual, the department was expected to deem the Oaks application complete in the coming days.Outside of the June 15 meeting, members of the public raised concern about the development of the overall 118 acres, which is now a combination of some businesses and homes, but mostly woods and open land.“I see no need for it,” said Joan Blankertz, who lives in the Oak Hill Road area. “There’s so much vacant (commercial space), all along Routes 35 (and) 36. And all the trees that’ll come down.”“We don’t need another mega-mall when we have stores all empty,” said Dora Crisafulli, who lives in the nearby Middletown North development.Crisafulli also raised traffic concerns.“I think a big piece is the traffic,” said Phyllis Ronek, who lives in the nearby Kings Landing condominiums. “Kings Highway East, a beautiful, beautiful road now. Progress has to happen, but it has to happen the right way.”With the development, traffic will avoid Route 35 and use the Twin Brooks Avenue area, said Diana Fallon, who lives in the area she worries will be impacted.“That’s going to be a thoroughfare,” Fallon said.“I’m not against the development of the property, I’m against the overdevelopment of the area,” said Frank Renales, who lives in Kings Landing.Inside the meeting, Shoppes engineer Gerard Fitamant continued from the first hearing, laying out the commercial development plans. The public cannot give testimony until the appropriate time, but it was allowed to ask questions specific to what the applicant is presenting.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, or the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. Gary E. Fox, a lawyer representing Mountain Hill who has been attending the hearings, said his client is just trying to sell the property.“We’re here because we agree with what’s going on (before the Planning Board),” Fox said.last_img read more

Nelson’s Cam Keith picked to lead BCHL Trail Smokies

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters dipped into the professional leagues to hire Cam Keith as the new coach of the BC Hockey League franchise. Tom Gawryletz, president of the Trail Smoke Eaters, made the announcement Friday. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the Head Coach for the Trail Smoke Eaters and look forward to giving back to a community that gave me so much,” the former Nelson native said on the Smokies website. Keith, who played for the Smokies during his time in the BCHL during the 1999-2000 season, played 54 games with Trail, scoring 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. Keith also played for Victoria Salsa from 1997-1999. Keith comes to the Silver City after spending time as an assistant coach with Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League. The Cyclones are affiliated with Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, with is the minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Keith began coach after a 10-year playing career, spanning three leagues as well as overseas.   In 146 games in the AHL with Hartford, St. John’s and Peoria he amassed 36 points, (14 goals, 22 assists).  In 213 regular season games in the ECHL he scored 54 goals along with 98 assists for a total of 152 points.   In the ECHL he played for the Pensecola Ice Pilots and the Alaska Aces winning the Kelly Cup with the Aces in 2006.   The Partrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champions of the ECHL. In that playoff year he finished seventh overall on the Aces with 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in 17 games and was instrumental in helping his team capture the cup.  In post season contests, playing for the Kelly Cup, Cam was nearly a point-per-game player stockpiling 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 49 games. During his tenure in collegiate hockey, playing for University of Alaska-Fairbanks. he accrued 100 points with 41 goals and 59 assists in 144 games.  He finished in the Nanooks top six in scoring during each of his four seasons. “My past experience in Trail and my roots in the Kootenays have drawn me back to Trail hockey and the BCHL,” Keith said. “My history with the Trail community gives me the confidence  and pride to recruit the character players that best exemplifies Trail Smoke Eater Hockey.”   Gawryletz said the Smoke Eaters are also confident that Keith will bring those same attributes to our organization. Keith, the 14th coach in Smokies history, replaces Nick Deschenes, who was relieved of his duties as GM/Head Coach of the Trail Smoke Eaters in February. The Smokies finished the 2015-16 season in sixth spot in the Interior Division of the BCHL with a 23-33-2-0 record. Trail hosts a Summer Identification Camp July 8-10 in Couer d’ Alene, Idaho.last_img read more

SA a nation of givers: survey

first_img19 December 2005South Africa is a nation of givers. A recent survey has revealed that a massive 93% of the country’s people support charities and other social causes, with 54% donating money, 31% giving food or goods, and 17% volunteering time to help the needy. For the first report of the State of Social Giving series, commissioned by the Centre for Civil Society, National Development Agency and SA Grantmakers’ Association, researchers questioned more than3 000 South Africans over the age of 18 in all parts of the country, including informal settlements and rural areas. The project cost of R9-million and took three years to complete.Extrapolating their results to the entire population, the researchers found that South Africans contribute an average of R920-million a month to poverty alleviation and development – a full 2.2% of the monthly income of the working age population.In addition to giving to formal charities, 45% of people donate money and/or goods directly to the poor – street children, people begging on the street and so on.“We found that a massive 93% of respondents gave (time, money or goods, to a cause or individual) in the month before being interviewed,” the researchers say.“We deliberately cast the net as wide as possible: these figures include respondents who made monthly financial contributions to a charity as well as those (for example) who gave a sandwich or cold-drink to a street child begging at a traffic light.”An inclusive culture of givingThe survey found that the culture of giving cuts across race and income levels in South Africa.“Giving seems to be ingrained in respondents,” the researchers say. “Giving is not the domain of the wealthy: it is part of everyday life for all South Africans, rich and poor alike.”A total 77% of those surveyed gave money directly to charities, causes or organisations or to poor people directly, adding up to a total of R100 571 at an average of R44 per respondent who gave money.“We can extrapolate these findings to the population as a whole. South African citizens mobilise almost R930-million in an average month for development and anti-poverty work. From one perspective, this is a massive amount of money. Seen in context, it amounts to 2.2% of the total monthly income for the working age population (as measured by Census 2001).”The causes supported are dominated by those serving children or youth (22%), followed by HIV/Aids (21%) and the poor (20%). These are followed by people with disabilities (8%) and the elderly (5%).South African giving behaviour by race (Source: State of Social Giving report)Giving behaviour is roughly the same across the racial groups. Some 96% of Indians donate money, goods or time, followed by 94% of blacks, 90% of coloureds and 89% of whites.An interesting finding was that Gauteng, South Africa’s wealthiest province, gives less than the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces.Other findings are that men give more money than women, but women give more time. While white South Africans give to organisations more than black South Africans do, blacks give more time.A feature of giving in South Africa is the amount passed to extended families, which is not accounted for in philanthropic studies. Fifty-nine percent of blacks give to their extended families, compared to 58% of Indians, 42% of coloureds and 39% of whites.VolunteeringSeventeen percent of South Africans give their time to serve worthy causes, with women volunteering slightly more than men. African volunteers give the most time, followed by coloured people, Indians and lastly whites.The average amount of time volunteered is constant among young people and adults – between 10 and 11 hours – and only rises among those aged over 60 years of age, to an average of 12 hours.Poor people (23%) are more likely to volunteer than the more wealthy (17%). “Volunteering, in South Africa, is not the preserve of the middle class with time and resources at their disposal, which we also saw was true of other types of giving,” the researchers say.Reasons for givingTwo-thirds (68%) of South Africans give to the needy for feelings of human solidarity: “We should give because the poor have nothing, or are suffering, or are in need, or deserve something from us.”For 10% of the population, it is more of a rational decision to help tackle poverty. Almost one in 10 of those surveyed answered the question in religious terms, with 3% saying they give because their God requires it of them and 6% because by giving they will be blessed.A third (34%) give to people in immediate need, with a fifth saying both short-term need and long-term solutions deserve their support – in other words, that both charity and development have a support base to draw on.South Africans are highly motivated to give to local causes, but less so to global issues – only 8% have ever given money specifically to international causes.Download the full text of the State of Social Giving report in PDF format here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more