About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The UK and India’s leading social glitterati, dignitaries, charity ambassadors and veteran stars of Indian cinema, Waheeda Rehman, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, gathered on Saturday 2nd of March 2013 at Vinopolis in London to celebrate The Sparkle Ball – a glittering night of haute couture fashion to raise vital funds for The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK, the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme, which feeds and educates some of India’s poorest, underprivileged childen. Other attendees included LN Mittal and family, the Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK Harin Thaker,and the advisory board members, Yogesh Mehta, Prashant Jhawar, Nirmal Banthia, to name some.The beautifully restored Victorian Arches of the Great Room at Vinopolis hosted 400 of the leading lights from the High Net Worth (HNW) Indian community in London and India. Renowned TV personality Konnie Huq oversaw proceedings as she hosted the night with her characteristic charm and humour. Proceedings began with a champagne reception followed by a gastronomic journey showcasing the best of Indian fusion cuisine.A highlight of the prestigious event was the exclusive unveiling of celebrated Indian designer Anamika Khanna’s new Luxury 2013 collection. The Kolkata based fashionista, who has designed for Bollywood royalty Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, has the notable honour of being the first designer from India to launch an international label, and is one of the first Indian designers to show at Paris Fashion Week. The distinguished guests were mesmerised by Anamika’s ravishing designs, which included traditional garments infused with modern touches to create a hybrid of striking pieces. Beautiful models sashayed down the catwalk to flashlights and hearty applause, as Anamika emerged at the end of the fashion show, to take her much deserved bow and meet members of the press eager to interview her. Advertisement Tagged with: Celebrity Events Research / statistics £300,000 raised at Akshaya Patra Foundation UK’s The Sparkle Ball AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 March 2013 | News The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK raised a staggering amount of funds via a special charity auction, which comprised of a range of bespoke items and memorable experiences such as front row seats and after-party tickets to this year’s party of the year, the Victoria Secrets Fashion Show, luxury breaks such as a two-night stay at the luxurious 51 Buckingham Gate in London, an Anamika Khanna couture outfit, and a dazzling pair of diamond and jade cufflinks donated by one of India’s most esteemed fine jewellery designers, Bina Goenka. The centre piece of the auction was the ‘Adopt a School’ appeal, where for £2,500 donors could sponsor school lunches in a single school for an entire year.The successful event concluded with a special after-party in the Cellars of Vinopolis, where DJ Raj entertained guests until the early hours of the morning.Speaking about The Sparkle Ball event in aid of The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK, the UK President Dipika Khaitan said: “We are thrilled at the success of this evening and were delighted by the VIP and celebrity turn out who pledged their support. It was a fantastic event in aid of such a very worthy cause and a good night was had by all. A highlight of the event was the magnificent fashion show by the talented Anamika Khanna, who amazed guests with her new Luxury 2013 collection of inspired and absolutely beautiful new creations. I’ve had very positive feedback about the fashion show, with guests loving the whole look, staging and theme of the show.“The UK chapter of The Akshaya Patra Foundation has so far raised funds to provide meals in approximately 250 schools which is 75,000 children. The funds raised by peoples’ enormous generosity has been so beneficial in helping us to continue our vital work to feed and educate some of India’s poorest and deprived children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation often provides a lifeline for children to eat well, which in turn aids their educational development, which then can help them to achieve their full potential.“My heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended this event, and those who have and continue to support our vital work – it is very much appreciated.”The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a leading charity pioneering a school lunch programme that addresses two of the most immediate challenges facing India: hunger/malnutrition and access to education. It is the first Indian NGO to have been selected for a case study by the Harvard Business School of USA. The organisation began in Bangalore with the ambit of feeding 1500 children in five schools. For many children it is their only complete meal of the day. This meal gives them an incentive to come to school, stay in school, and provides them with the necessary nutrients to develop cognitive abilities, enabling them to focus on learning. Ultimately, this aids in helping them to become self-sufficient and gainfully employed. The organisation has the impressive projection of feeding five million schoolchildren in India everyday by 2020. This essential work is partly funded by the Central Government of India, the respective state governments, corporates and benevolent individuals.Today, The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides freshly prepared, nutritious meals daily to over 1.3 million underprivileged children in over 8000 schools in NINE states from 19 kitchens.Among its many accolades, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been named as one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal in its 2013 edition titled “Top 100 NGOs Annual Ranking”. For the Annual Ranking, The Global Journal considered a pool of approximately 450 NGOs based on three key criteria: impact, innovation and sustainability. Akshaya Patra was listed in 23rd position alongside some extremely established and well-known NGOs such as Action Aid, MSF, and Path. The charity was first place in the ‘Children and Youth’ category.The Akshaya Patra Foundation has an esteemed list of Trustees and Advisors in India, the UK and the USA, who advise and guide the charity’s operations on a daily basis. Some of its renowned supporters include: My Narayanmurthy, Deepak Chopra and Fareed Zakaria.The international communications agency Sterling Media was proud to be the event’s official Event and PR partner. -Ends- Notes to EditorsAbout Akshaya Patra: www.akshayapatra.co.uk 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis For further information, please contact:Natasha MudharSterling MediaTel: 020 7801 0077Email: [email protected]
Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsEvents FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsEvents Organisation News News Follow the news on France RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information News June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Memorial for Journalists in the northern French city of Bayeux together with the loved-ones of journalists who have been killed in connection with their work.Those attending included Elena Milashina, the close friend and colleague of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building elevator exactly ten years ago today.“That day, Putin said Anna’s journalistic work was not very important,” Milashina said. “And in the weeks that followed, Novaya Gazeta’s staff were very isolated. But the existence in the world of a place like this memorial shows that some people have not forgotten the importance of journalism.”Milashina has continued the work of Politkovskaya, whose investigative coverage of the Chechen conflict exposed many human rights violations and atrocities by the Russian army.Maryvonne Lepage, the mother of Camille Lepage, a French photographer murdered in the Central African Republic in May 2014, also stressed the memorial’s importance.“The first time I came to the Memorial for Journalists, it was very difficult, it was like burying Camille a second time, and I promised myself I would not return,” she said. “But then I realised that the best tribute you can pay to a person who has died is to remember them by talking about them.”Those present also included Boshra Jerf, the wife of Naji Jerf, a Syrian journalist murdered in Turkey on 27 December 2015; Claudine Kent, a close relative of David Gilkey, a photo-journalist killed on 5 June 2016 in Afghanistan; and Deo Namujimbo, the brother of Didace Namujimbo, a Radio Okapi journalist murdered in Bukavu, in the east of the DRC, in November 2008.A new monument to journalists “Missing In Action” was inaugurated in the presence of members of the Nérac, Thirion, Caron, Kieffer and Flynn families.Created at the request of the families of reporters and photographers who went missing while on assignment, it shows the silhouette of a reporter-photographer, symbolizing the physical absence of those whose bodies were never found and of whom the memories will never fade in part because they could not be mourned properly.RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire used the occasion to reiterate RSF’s appeal to the United Nations for more effective action to protect journalists.“The need to ensure the safety of journalists is greater than ever,” Deloire said. “RSF has been campaigning tirelessly for the UN to appoint a special representative. I hope to be able to come back next year with an undertaking from the next UN secretary-general to establish a mechanism that helps to combat impunity.” News June 2, 2021 Find out more October 7, 2016 – Updated on October 12, 2016 RSF and relatives pay tribute to dead and missing journalists in Bayeux RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out more
June 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by the arrests on 16 June of journalist Tor Dagfinn Dommersnes and photographer Fredrik Refvem of the Norwegian daily Stavanger Aftenblad, who have been declared “persona non grata”.The international press freedom organisation called on the Moroccan authorities to allow the journalists, who complied with all the necessary formalities, to be allowed to travel freely. It recalled that Norwegian journalist Erik Hagen was expelled on 5 April 2004 and French journalist Catherine Graciet with French photographer Nadia Ferroukhi on 28 January 2004.”The Moroccan authorities keep a close watch on the activities and movements of journalists and try to stop any independent reporting on Western Sahara,” said the organisation.”We have accounts from foreign journalists who had not even interviewed their contacts when they were arrested and expelled. It is obvious that foreign journalists are followed and their phones tapped. These arrests and obstruction of press freedom are extremely serious. We call on the Moroccan authorities to cancel the decision to expel Tor Dagfinn Dommersnes and Fredrik Refvem”.Four security agents arrested the two journalists in their rooms at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat on the grounds that they were “persona non grata” and were “breaking Moroccan law”. The journalists had press visas and permission to take photographs.They had arrived three days earlier and were about to interview someone about the Western Sahara question at 10am. Dommersnes had phoned the contact from the hotel the evening before to make an appointment.”The security services were very probably aware of the phone call and that led to our arrest,” Dommersnes told Reporters Without Borders by telephone as he was about to be expelled to France.Reporters Without Borders recalled that on 5 April 2004, Norwegian journalist Erik Hagen was deported from Laayoune in southern Morocco to Mauritania. Police arrested the journalist who had travelled there to meet human rights activists and former political prisoners.He was questioned by police for several hours about the reasons for his visit to the Sahara and was accused of working with the Polisario. He was expelled to Mauritania under escort by two police officers on a 26-hour bus ride. His passport was returned to him at the border. Knowing that journalists were not welcome in Western Sahara, he had said he was a tourist. “The authorities never even asked what permission I had during the questioning. It was because I was going to meet human rights activists, considered by police to be separatists and because my visit was a ‘provocation’ to the kingdom that I was expelled,” Hagen told Reporters Without Borders.French freelance journalist Catherine Graciet and French photographer Nadia Ferroukhi were expelled on 28 January 2004 when they arrived in Laayoune to meet human rights activists who back independence for Western Sahara. In the morning, before leaving Agadir, they had talked to students about the Western Sahara question. They were arrested a few hours later at a roadblock in Tarfaya and were questioned at length by security forces then taken back to Agadir and deported to France. The French Consul, who had asked to see them since they were French nationals, was unable to meet them. Receive email alerts Two Norwegian journalists threatened with expulsion June 8, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say
October 2, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News SingaporeAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders condemns a Singapore high court ruling yesterday finding the Hong Kong-based Wall Street Journal Asia in contempt of court and fining it 25,000 Singapore dollars (12,700 euros) for publishing two editorials and a letter by an opposition leader questioning the country’s judicial system. The newspaper is owned by Dow Jones & Co.”Even if the fine is not colossal, the ruling very clearly shows that Singapore’s judges have no intention of letting the foreign media express themselves freely about the country’s judicial system, which is lacking in independence,” Reporters Without Borders said.”Another Dow Jones publication, the Far Eastern Economic Review, has also been prosecuted in Singapore,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The way this company is being hounded by the government and judicial system – which takes its orders from Lee Kuan Yew and his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – is utterly deplorable. We urge the Singaporean authorities to stop prosecuting foreign news media.”A Dow Jones spokesman told Reporters Without Borders: “Dow Jones is extremely disappointed with the ruling of the high court and strongly disagrees with the court’s analysis that the editorials and letter to the editor constitute contempt of court. Also, contrary to what the attorney general has alleged, the Wall Street Journal Asia has not engaged in a ‘campaign’ of any sort against the Singapore judiciary. We will in the future continue to defend the right of the Wall Street Journal Asia to report and comment on matters of international importance, including matters concerning Singapore.”The prosecution was brought by the attorney general, who said the editorials and the letter, published in June and July of this year, “impugned the integrity, impartiality and independence of the Singapore judiciary.”In his verdict, a copy of which has been obtained by Reporters Without Borders, judge Tay Yong Kwang said that some of the passages had outraged the country’s judges and that “words sometimes mean more than what they appear to say on the surface.”Denying any illegal intent on the part of the newspaper, its lawyer, Philip Jeyaretnam, said it had simply wanted to inform a readership that knew the difference between information and criticism.The letter was written by Chee Soon Juan, one of the leading members of the Singaporean opposition. It was an article about Chee that led the prime minister and his father, Lee Kuan Yew, to sue the Far Eastern Economic Review. The high court ruled at the end of September that the magazine had libelled the Lees ordered it to pay damages. The size of the damages award has not been released. April 10, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts November 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wall Street Journal Asia unjustly found in contempt of court and fined to go further Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Help by sharing this information SingaporeAsia – Pacific RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Follow the news on Singapore Organisation News News
News UpdatesSuppression Of Material Facts Is Not Advocacy: Allahabad HC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Jun 2020 1:05 AMShare This – x”Frivolous and groundless filings constitute a serious menace to the administration of justice.”Suppression of material facts is not an advocacy. It is a jugglery, manipulation, maneuvering or misrepresentation, the Allahabad High Court observed while dismissing a contempt application last week. Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, a journalist and others had filed a contempt application alleging that the Varanasi Development Authority violated order passed by the Division Bench of the High…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?LoginSuppression of material facts is not an advocacy. It is a jugglery, manipulation, maneuvering or misrepresentation, the Allahabad High Court observed while dismissing a contempt application last week. Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, a journalist and others had filed a contempt application alleging that the Varanasi Development Authority violated order passed by the Division Bench of the High Court which had directed it to ensure that no further constructions within 200 meters from the highest flood level at banks of river Ganga at Varanasi is made. While considering the application, Justice Surya Prakash Kesarwani noted that the work in question is being carried under the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Special Area Development Board Act, 2018 after due permissions/ NOCs and consent of the expert committee. It observed that the facts in this regard have been conveniently suppressed by the applicants which itself is contemptuous in nature. Taking serious note of this suppression of fact, the judge observed: A person who approaches the court must come with clean hands and put forward all the material facts otherwise he shall be guilty of misleading the court and his application or petition may be dismissed at the threshold. If an applicant makes false statement and suppresses material facts or attempts to mislead the court, the court may dismiss action on that ground alone. The applicant cannot be allowed to play ‘hide and seek’ or to ‘pick and choose’ the facts he likes to disclose. Suppression of material facts is not an advocacy. It is a jugglery, manipulation, maneuvering or misrepresentation. This rule has been evolved in the larger public interest to deter unscrupulous litigant from abusing the process of court by deceiving it Frivolous and groundless filings constitute a serious menace to the administration of justice The Court then dismissed contempt application with costs observing that it is based on gross suppression and concealment of material facts and misleading averments, which itself are contemptuous in nature. It observed that frivolous and groundless filings constitute a serious menace to the administration of justice. The Court added: Courts across the legal system are choked with litigation. More than nine lakh fifty thousand cases are pending in our High Court. In such situation, frivolous and groundless filings constitute a serious menace to the administration of justice. They consume time and clog the infrastructure. Thus, resources which should be deployed in handling of genuine cases are dissipated in attending frivolous and groundless cases like the present one, which has been filed to obstruct public interest.Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesSevere Restrictions On Entire Media Not Called For Just Because A Few Channels Have Gone Out Of Control: NBSA Tells Bombay HC Nitish Kashyap16 Oct 2020 7:03 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the News Broadcasting Standards Authority(NBSA), told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the practice of “media trial” is followed by only a few channels, and that should not be a reason to tighten the control over the entire electronic media.He was making submissions before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni…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?LoginSenior Advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the News Broadcasting Standards Authority(NBSA), told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the practice of “media trial” is followed by only a few channels, and that should not be a reason to tighten the control over the entire electronic media.He was making submissions before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni of the Bombay High Court in a batch of petitions seeking regulation on “media trial” in the context of reporting of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.He submitted that self-regulation of media is the norm in all civilized countries and that state control over media can affect press freedom.While hearing the Additional Solicitor General for the Union of India, the bench had expressed concerns over the lack of statutory regulation on electronic media and that the concept of self-regulation of media has failed.’Self-Regulation Of Media Has Failed’, Says Bombay HC In Plea Against ‘Media Trial’ In SSR CaseResponding to such concerns, Mr. Datar submitted :”Media is the eyes and ears of the public. The press is considered a trustee and it discharges its duty. A free press, a free electronic media is the heart and soul of democracy. To maintain this freedom, the opportunity of self-regulation is given. Once there is state regulation, there will be multiple problems. Self-regulation of media is the norm in all civilized countries. In most democracies, by and large, there is no fetter on free speech and free expression. India has taken the path of Article 19(2) after the first amendment. If you add restrictions beyond a point where the functioning of the press becomes a problem, then that has been struck down.”Citing the example of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Sahara case where a plea a for statutory regulation was expressly rejected, Datar said that the Supreme Court and High Courts have zealously guarded the freedom of the press. Datar then responded to the Court’s query why there was no statutory body like the Press Council of India for electronic media, Datar said :”With due respect, it is not correct to say that electronic media is completely unregulated and is going wild. The NBSA has passed several orders over the years. The Code of Conduct adopted by the Press Council is exactly similar to the NBA code of conduct. The Ministry has taken action against channels. Electronic media is subject to a statutory framework The conduct of three or four channels should not be taken to paint the entire media in a poor light.Just because a few channels have gone out of control, that should not be a ground to impose severe restrictions on the entire electronic media. We cannot discount the fact that the media in India, through investigative journalism or sting operations, have exposed many irregularities.Not just in India. The Watergate scandal was brought out by 2 journalists (Bob Woodword and Carl Bernstein)”Thereafter, Datar referred to certain orders passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asserting that appropriate action can be taken in case of any violation. He then submitted that the current NBA chairman is a former Supreme Court judge, referring to Justice AK Sikri, who is the chairman. NBA is capable of deciding a violation of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, Datar said.Sr Advocate Datar also cited the examples of instances where the designated authority under the I&B Ministry passed an order warning or putting out an advisory for violation of the programme code. When the Court enquired who was passing the order exactly, Datar submitted it was the Director of Broadcasting, who has passed the order in most of the 200 such instances cited in the compilation submitted by one of the petitioners. “Is there any channel against which action was taken for taking part or indulging in media trial?”, CJ Dipankar Datta asked.”Not so far I think, I will check and get back”, Datar responded.”Most orders are in the nature of warnings and advisories. There is a regime of warning and advisories”, Justice Kulkarni remarked, referring to examples cited by Adv Datar of action taken by the ministry and authority under it.In the 2018 Common Cause case, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to inform about the grievance redressal mechanism available to the public against broadcast and radio stations, Datar continued.The Ministry issues advisories to news channels from time to time. Advisories were issued in the context of Ayodhya judgment asking channels to show restraint while debating on the verdict. Advisory was also issued to the media for coverage of anti-terrorist operations. Such advisories are not sent to the print media, Datar urged.He further submitted that there is an advisory on selective leaks by the police to the media. In 2010, the Home Ministry issued an advisory on police briefing for the media. Now, some channels are given selective information, which are reported attributing to “sources”, Datar added.Datar then began reading the NBSA’s order against Aaj Tak, Zee News, India TV and News24 for insensitive reporting of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.Referring to NBSA’s order imposing a fine of Rs.1 lakh on Aaj Tak, Datar conceded that the fine amount is not big for any channel these days but the direction for public apology can have serious consequences as it affects the credibility of the channel, he argued.At this juncture, Court interrupted Senior Advocate Datar and asked him to continue his submissions on the next date of hearing which is Monday, October 19.Before rising, Chief Justice Datta pointed to a quote he saw in the background in Advocate Datar’s office and said if everyone follows this the world will be a better place.”Yes your Lordship, I really believe in this Zoroastrian teaching of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds” Adv Datar said with a smile. 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Tagged: new year’s, TCAT, tompkins county, transit, travel TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Bus riders, make sure to plan ahead as a holiday schedule is in effect for Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit. TCAT will not offer service on New Year’s Day, which falls on Tuesday. Kelsey O’Connor TCAT says it will not have service on New Year’s so that “all employees can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.” On Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28, and the days leading up to New Year’s, several routes have modified service. Routes operating as normal include Routes 14, 14S, 40, 41 and 65. There is no service for Routes 10, 81, 83, 90, 92 and 93. There will be modified service for Routes 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 30, 31, 32, 36, 37 and 43 (Express), 51, 52, 53, 67 and 82. To see the route adjustments and holiday schedule, visit TCAT’s full news release. Service will also end early Monday, Dec. 31, and service will be reduced throughout the holiday season. Service will return to normal Wednesday, Jan. 2. Administrative offices will be closed Jan. 1. Regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Jan. 2. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
U.S.C.G. Southeast via TwitterBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(MIAMI) — When Capt. Chase Cornell noticed a blip on the radar of the charter boat he was operating off the coast of Florida, he said he initially thought it signaled it was going to be a good day of fishing for his six passengers.As he maneuvered his boat, dubbed the Southern Eagle, toward where the radar was directing him and instructed his crew to ready fishing rods to cast, Cornell said a chill went up his spine as he realized the blip in the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles offshore from Fort Pierce, Florida, was a lone man clinging to the tip of a capsized vessel.“For us to cross paths, it was nothing short of a miracle,” Cornell told ABC South Florida affiliate station WPBF-TV.He said the early morning deep-sea fishing trip on Friday suddenly became a dramatic rescue of the stranded boater.“As we got closer, I saw the gentleman raise his hand up and start waving at me,” Cornell said. “And that’s when I knew we weren’t fishing anymore. We were actually there to rescue somebody.”Cornell said he immediately ordered his crew to put down the fishing rods and get up to the bridge.Crew members Robert Lynch and Jack Hendrix said the sight of the castaway in the middle of the ocean will stick with them forever.“Next thing you know, Chase is upstairs saying, ‘It’s a person! Help him! It’s a person,’” Hendrix recalled in the interview with WPBF.Lynch added, “You have to help. And that’s just what we were doing.”Lynch said he grabbed a life preserver and tossed it to the man, who dove onto the ring.Cornell and his crew said that when they got the man, who was wearing a life jacket, aboard their 18-foot boat, he recounted a harrowing journey that started in Bimini, Bahamas, two days earlier.“I’m on the bow talking to him, and I got a little bit of brief information: how long he’d been out there if there were others or not,” Lynch said.He said the rescuee, a Jamaican national whose name has not been released, told the crew he was with six fellow passengers who remain lost at sea after they were all thrown overboard when their vessel flipped over in rough waters. Lynch said the man told him and his crewmates that he’d been in the water for about 36 hours and had drifted more than 100 miles north.“He was very, very weak, so we got him a bunch of fluids, food, basically anything we could for him,” Hendrix said.Cornell said he and the crew, including boat owner Peter Busch, realized the man had also been floating in gasoline that leaked from the overturned boat.“His skin was really burned. His clothes were soaked and drenched in gasoline,” said Cornell, adding that he and his crew cleaned him up with soap and fresh water and wrapped him in blankets as they waited for a U.S. Coast Guard rescue ship to arrive.The Coast Guard announced on Monday that it had suspended the search for the six people who were in the boat with the man. The Coast Guard said the lone survivor was recuperating at a hospital.Capt. JoAnn Burdian, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami, said the search was suspended after rescue crews, including a Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol crew, spent more than 140 hours searching 10,694 miles of ocean.“The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never one we come to lightly,” Burdian said in a statement. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those involved during this difficult time.”On the same day the crew of the Southern Eagle rescued the man, the Coast Guard also launched a second search for 10 people believed to be Cuban migrants who were thrown off a 6-foot homemade vessel constructed of Styrofoam and wood. A good Samaritan boater discovered the empty makeshift vessel adrift off the Florida Keys.Coast Guard officials said the Cubans set sail from Havana on Friday.The search was suspended on Monday evening after rescue crews unsuccessfully searched for about 86 hours, combing an area of roughly 12,300 square miles, according to the Coast Guard.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The Group Trainer’s HandbookOn 12 Dec 2006 in Personnel Today Author: David LeighPrice: £27.50Publisher: Kogan PagePages: 192ISBN: 0749447443Buy this book at AmazonDavid Leigh has attempted to provide an indispensable source of practical advice and assistance for training and development, accessible to every reader, ranging from the student to the professional trainer. The layout is particularly helpful, in that chapters are mapped out clearly. The summary of training methods identified are very useful in terms of breadth and analysis, with the benefits of each highlighted. The coverage on managing difficult behaviours echoed my own experiences of the different behaviour types: the ‘Talking Terror’, the ‘Jolly Jester’, and the ‘Pot Plant’. The identification of the cause of behaviours and the advice offered was extremely useful. The section on room layouts was a surprising, but worthwhile, inclusion. But while the section on building rapport covered the basics, it really needed to include some more sophisticated approaches.Leigh has kept theory to a minimum to ensure it remains a practical guide, but his desire to create a comprehensive and thorough reference source means that, at times, it can be too descriptive and analytical. While there is great value in having one source for a wealth of information, this book may be of greatest value for someone with limited knowledge in this area who wants to learn more. An experienced trainer might find the tips rather obvious, and may crave more innovative ideas. Useful? Four out of five starsWell-written? Five out of five starsPractical? Five out of five starsInspirational? Three out of five starsValue for money? Two out of five starsOverall? Three out of five starsReviewed by David Owen, business and life coach, New Steps More book reviews Related posts:No related photos.