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first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments (1) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC June 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm Esto me da ganas de aprender más de diseño e interiorismo. Muchas gracias. Submit a Job Listing Activistas interreligiosos en caminata de más de 300 kilómetros en apoyo a obreros agrícolas Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Por Amy Sowder Posted May 24, 2016 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Harold Halliwell says: Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Manifestantes portando pancartas, banderas y cornetas de aire mientras cruzaban cantando el Puente de Brooklyn hacia Manhattan el 21 de mayo, el séptimo día de los 18 que durará la Marcha de la Justicia para los Obreros Agrícolas, iniciado por el Ministerio Rural y Migrante. Foto de Amy Sowder.[Episcopal News Service] Un voto más.Si otro senador de Nueva York respalda la aprobación del proyecto de ley Normas laborales justas para los obreros agrícolas, ese proyecto podría convertirse en ley y afectar las vidas de más de 60.000 obreros agrícolas en todo el estado, muchos de los cuales suben escaleras para recoger manzanas, o se acuclillan para sacudirle la tierra a las cebollas y están de pie por horas para ordenar las coles en las cintas trasportadoras —con frecuencia durante 75 horas a la semana, sin ningún día libre, sin pago de horas extras ni compensación por lesiones de trabajo.“¿Qué queremos?” le gritaba el activista David Galarza a la multitud que portaba pancartas rojas en las que podían leerse: “Los obreros agrícolas de Nueva York merecen iguales derechos” mientras desfilaban bajo los icónicos arcos del puente de Brooklyn rumbo a Manhattan.“¡Justicia!”, replicaban los manifestantes al tiempo que agitaban banderas rojas y tocaban tambores africanos. “¿Cuándo la queremos?”, clamaba Galarza, “¡Ahora!”, replicaba el gentío.Casi 200 partidarios se incorporaron a la marcha en el segmento de Brooklyn y Manhattan de los 18 días de la Marcha por la Justicia del Obrero Agrícola, encabezada por el Ministerio Rural y Migrante (RMM por su sigla en inglés) una organización interreligiosa y sin fines de lucro de alcance estatal que dirige el Rdo. Richard Witt, director ejecutivo de RMM y sacerdote en la Diócesis Episcopal de Nueva York. La marcha se extiende por 321 kilómetros, desde frente a la oficina de John Flanagan, líder de la mayoría del Senado estatal de Nueva York, en Smithtown on Long Island y terminará en la escalinata del capitolio de Nueva York en Albany el 1 de junio.Un agente de la policía de Nueva York abre la marcha de los manifestantes al cruzar el puente de Brooklyn en dirección a Manhattan el 21 de mayo. Foto de Amy Sowder.El sábado 21 de mayo, el grupo hizo un alto para una conferencia de prensa en el Palacio Municipal de la ciudad de Nueva York, luego desfiló a través del SoHo para almorzar en la iglesia de San Marcos en el Bowery  [St. Mark’s Church-on-the-Bowery], prosiguiendo luego para participar en un mitin en Union Square antes de terminar el día en Washington Heights, en el extremo norte de Manhattan.“Esto es importante para todos los neoyorquinos de cualquier religión. Son los restos del racismo los que mantienen este problema vivo”, dijo el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat, D-por el Alto Manhattan, en las gradas del Palacio Municipal.Los obreros agrícolas están excluidos de los derechos y protecciones básicos que disfrutan los trabajadores de casi todos los demás ramos de la industria, una exclusión que los legisladores en el Sur exigieron antes de que convinieran con la aprobación de la Ley Nacional de Relaciones laborales de 1935 y la Ley de Normas Laborales Justas de 1938, ambas promovidas por el presidente Franklin Roosevelt. Los trabajadores domésticos estaban excluidos también, pero eso cambió en 2010, cuando se aprobó en Nueva York la Ley de los Derechos de los Empleados Domésticos.Los obreros agrícolas siguen estando excluidos. Los compradores de víveres que escogen unas cuantas relucientes manzanas Gala en su mercado local están disfrutando del trabajo de personas que se encuentran sepultadas en el fondo de la industria agrícola del estado [con un valor] de $5,400 millones repartidos entre 35.500 granjas, según el censo del Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA por su sigla en inglés) de 2012.Heriberto, de 26 años, es uno de esos obreros. Originario de Morelos, México, él trabajó por un salario mínimo cerca de 80 horas a la semana y sin ningún día libre durante más de cuatro años en una granja del valle del Hudson, cultivando pepinos, pimientos, cebollas, patatas y sandías.“Me gustaría ver un cambio. No sé por qué los obreros agrícolas no tienen derechos como los demás trabajadores”, dijo Heriberto, cuyo apellido no se da a conocer debido a su estatus migratorio, mientras desfilaba con el grupo: “No es un privilegio. Es una necesidad”.Él ha visto a compañeros, que se lesionaron en el trabajo, no poder trabajar y perder el empleo. Heriberto maneja un tractor y una grúa con elevador de horquilla, sin embargo le pagan como a un obrero no calificado. Las cosas, no obstante, han mejorado en los siete años que él lleva en Estados Unidos. Hace unos dos años, pudo negociar un aumento de salario y descansar los fines de semana, de manera que él es uno de los pocos obreros agrícolas que pudo participar en la marcha.El Rdo. Richard Witt, director ejecutivo del Ministerio Rural y Migrante, habló brevemente durante la Marcha por la Justicia del Obrero Agrícola en una conferencia de prensa en el Palacio Municipal de la ciudad de Nueva York a la que acudieron un senador estatal, una asambleísta, líderes de los derechos civiles, autores y clérigos de varias religiones. Foto de Amy Sowder.La mayoría de los manifestantes no tiene este tipo de experiencia de campo. Celia Baldwin estaba sentada en su banco de la iglesia episcopal de La Gracia [Grace Episcopal Church] en Hastings on Hudson hace unos nueve años, cuando oyó hablar a Witt sobre el Ministerio Rural y Migrante. Baldwin es maestra de una escuela elemental y no una “activista seria”, dijo ella, pero se sintió profundamente movida a ayudar una vez que tuvo conciencia de lo malas que eran las condiciones de trabajo para la gente que cultivaba los alimentos que ella consumía.“Esta organización representa una porción de la vida norteamericana que sólo puede expresarse a través de otros, y ellos son los que nos alimentan a todos nosotros”, dijo Baldwin mientras desfilaba. “¿Por qué participo? Yo como. Nadie puede decirte que no se relaciona con ellos”.El proyecto de ley por el que están manifestándose le brindaría a los obreros agrícolas pago de horas extras, un día opcional de descanso y el derecho a negociación colectiva.Manifestantes que reclamaban justicia para los obreros agrícolas, desfilaron, vocearon consignas y distribuyeron volantes a través del Bajo Manhattan el 21 de mayo durante la Marcha de la Justicia para los Obreros Agrícolas. Foto de Amy Sowder.Lentamente, las condiciones laborales para los obreros agrícolas de Nueva York han mejorado. En los años 90, la legislatura del estado ordenó que las fincas que tenían por lo menos cinco empleados, proporcionaran agua potable y baños en los campos. Hace unos 16 años, el salario mínimo para los obreros agrícolas  aumentó al mismo nivel que el salario mínimo estatal que recibe la mayoría de los otros trabajadores.Y después de una declaración del gobernador de Nueva York Andrew Cuomo a principios de este mes, el derecho a la negociación colectiva parece más probable. La Unión de Libertades Civiles de Nueva York presentó una demanda contra el Gobernador y contra el estado de Nueva York, en la que denunciaba que excluir a los obreros agrícolas del derecho a la negociación colectiva violaba la constitución del estado. El 10 de mayo, Cuomo se mostró de acuerdo. Ni él no el secretario de justicia del estado contestarían la demanda.“No toleraremos el abuso o la explotación de los obreros en ninguna industria”, dijo Cuomo. “Esta clara e innegable injusticia debe ser corregida”.El Buró Agrícola de Nueva York, la organización lobista de la agroempresa, es el principal opositor de este proyecto de ley. El buró dice que darles a los obreros agrícolas pago de horas extras —tiempo y medio por cada hora que sobrepase a la jornada de ocho horas diarias— hundiría a los pequeños granjeros que no pueden costearlo y que ya se encuentran en dificultades. El promedio de granjas de Nueva York gana anualmente unos $34.300 en dinero neto, según el censo del USDA de 2012.“Todo se vuelve un problema económico”, dijo Witt. “El Buró de Granjas argüiría que los obreros agrícolas ya están bastante regulados, pero no se trata de eso. Se trata de la igualdad para todos los trabajadores. ¿Qué tiene la agricultura para que dé una estructura moral diferente a la de cualquier otro negocio?”.Laura García, de 30 años, (al centro, vestida de negro) sacude una corneta de aire y sostiene un letrero mientras recorre unas cuantas cuadras por el distrito del SoHo al sur de Manhattan el séptimo día de los 18 que dura la Marcha por la Justicia de los Obreros Agrícolas. Como hija de un obrero agrícola, García se benefició de los programas del Ministerio Rural y Migrante para niños que le pusieron a su alcance oportunidades que estaban más allá de su experiencia y que le dieron esperanzas de un futuro más brillante. Hoy ella es la directora del programa Justicia Racial 1 para la YWCA. Foto de Amy SowderTom Toigo de la granja lechera Ronnybrook en Ancramdale, Nueva York, estaba vendiendo botellas de leche reciclables en el mercado campesino de Union Square cuando una mujer de las que desfilaba intentó entregarle un volante, y él le gritó que se largara.  Ella se marchó aprisa mientras Toigo la miraba con furia.“La mayoría de estas granjas no son grandes corporaciones. Son granjas de familia, y se irán a la quiebra”, decía Toigo con la voz más calmada al volver a ayudar a sus clientes. “Mi problema con el tiempo extra no es por explotar a la gente. Tiene que ver con la temporalidad del trabajo. Es la naturaleza de la industria agrícola”.El que los granjeros necesiten empleados que trabajen más horas durante la temporada alta no significa que no deban pagarles jornales de tiempo extra ni escalonarles sus turnos, según el RMM. Es un problema de derechos humanos, dijo Witt, y así opinó también el cardenal Timothy Dolan, el arzobispo catolicorromano de Nueva York, después que desfilara sobre el puente con el grupo y hablara en la conferencia de prensa.“No es una tontería”, le dijo Dolan a la multitud. “Se trata de derechos humanos básicos, de darle a los obreros agrícolas un poquito de dignidad y de respeto”.La Rda. Melissa DeRosia, vicepresidente de la junta del RMM y pastora de la iglesia presbiteriana de Gates en la zona densamente agrícola de Rochester, Nueva York, llevaba a su izquierda un enorme estandarte durante la marcha.“Esto es algo más que inmigración o justicia alimentaria”, afirmó. “Es acerca de la interconexión de todo ello y de cómo va a parar a nuestro plato”.– Amy Sowder es una escritora sobre temas de alimentación que reside en Brooklyn, Nueva York. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more


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first_imgWednesday Aug 23, 2006 Jonny Wilkinson huge hit on Emile N’tamack in 2000 A massive tackle here by flyhalf supreme Jonny Wilkinson, this time on French winger Emile N’tamack on the stroke of halftime in the Six Nations Match at the Stade De France in Paris on Febuary 19, 2000. Perfectly legal and once again showing that in his prime he’s one of the hardest tackling flyhalfs around, if not the biggest. England won the match 15-9.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyOlder Men Need to Know This 1 Weird Tip Before It’s Too LateSmart Life ReportsThe 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


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first_imgA military exercise by 5,400 troops from various African Union member states in South Africa is aimed at creating a continent-wide African Standby Force for engagement in peacekeeping and stabilization projects. Preparation began in late October and continued through the first week of November in the Northern Cape at Lohatlha.The AU mandated the ASF to deploy troops in states during civil wars and other kinds of instability in order to eliminate the rationale for Western intervention into Africa’s internal affairs.The Namibia-published Southern Times on Oct. 26 described the military exercise as Amani Africa II, which last year involved numerous countries, along with the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and other NATO troops: “The troops are being drilled to be part of the new 25,000-strong multinational force, which will be mandated to intervene in African countries rocked by genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.It is expected to be fully operational by early 2016.” The force will be comprised of “five brigades formed by Africa’s economic groupings including the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), East African Community (EAC), North African Regional Capability (NARC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).” Douala, Cameroon, will be its logistics headquarters.The report notes, “Africa’s evolving security challenges have further inspired the urgency for the operational readiness of the ASF and Rapid Deployment Capacity (RDC). Although the continent has witnessed a steady decline in … armed conflicts and intrastate conflicts, transnational security threats such as terrorist attacks from militant groups like Boko Haram have persisted in some parts of the continent.”These efforts require tremendous financial and material resources. Moreover, defining which states need intervention and under what circumstances will doubtlessly become a highly politicized process.Post-independence interventionSuch stabilization and peacekeeping efforts have taken place in Africa since 1960 with mixed results. Many armed forces sent into troubled states have originated from the same regions in the continent, while others have been more broad based.After the former Belgian Congo’s independence on June 30, 1960, the colonial-led and -trained paramilitary Force Publique mutinied, leading to a breakdown in social order. Newly elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba appealed to the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping force. That proved to be a disaster for the country and its revolutionary leader.With the U.N. forces’ assistance, Lumumba was overthrown, placed under house arrest and denied access to the media, resulting in his kidnapping and assassination, with the backing of imperialist governments, including Belgium, Britain and the U.S. Congo was plunged into decades of division and instability, while multinational corporations reaped billions of dollars in profits from exploitating the country’s mineral resources.Other peacekeeping efforts have enjoyed success, such as ECOWAS interventions in Liberia and Sierra Leone during the late 1990s and early 2000s, which, after years of setbacks, brought about some semblance of stability in these states.From 1998 to 2003, the SADC sent thousands of troops from Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, halting a U.S.-backed invasion by Ugandan and Rwandan armed forces, which was aimed at overthrowing the governments of Laurent Kabila and later, his son, Joseph.Nonetheless, there are political problems associated with plans to establish an ASF because the most serious interventions today revolve around AFRICOM. It was AFRICOM that led the destabiliation and bombing campaign that destroyed Libya, fostering instability throughout North and West Africa.Imperialism’s role in ‘peacekeeping’ operationsSince the war of regime change against Libya, the imperialist scheme to institute a neocolonial client regime there has created the major source of global human trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of people are smuggled through Libya and across the Mediterranean Sea, which has resulted in more than 2,000 deaths so far this year — with no end in sight.Acquiring and budgeting financial resources for the ASF is also a major issue, as declining prices for Africa’s export commodities have caused a myriad of economic, political and social problems. Even Nigeria and Ghana, hailed in recent years for their phenomenal growth, are now facing industrial workers’ actions over nonpayment of salaries, inflation partially due to declining currency values, and growing class divisions.Funding and logistical support from the imperialist states would immediately compromise the ASF’s political character, creating the potential for military units to become a surrogate army for the Pentagon and NATO. Numerous Western research centers, think tanks and periodicals have highlighted the central role of former colonial and neocolonial countries as primary funders of the continental military command.“Since 2004, the European Union has committed more than 1.3 billion euros to African peace operations, including [for] missions to Somalia, the Central African Republic and Mali,” reported Reuters. The EU and U.S. fund “more than 90 percent of AU peace and security efforts … although AU member states have pledged to provide a quarter of the funding for operations by 2020.” (Oct. 29)Reuters stressed, “[T]he EU is even bankrolling this month’s exercises, casting a shadow over the ‘African solutions for African problems’ mantra espoused by politicians in national capitals and the AU headquarters.”Consequently, these funding sources would automatically have a determining role about which countries are targeted for intervention. With Pentagon, NATO and EU funding, would these entities support an ASF effort to assist a state or group being attacked by imperialist interests, such as in Libya and Ivory Coast in 2011?In the Reuters article, David Anderson, African history professor at Britain’s University of Warwick, warned, “The external support for defense spending … is a major foreign policy handicap. African states will truly own their defense and security when they pay for it themselves. There is no greater marker of sovereignty and independence than security and ­defense.”This approach to continental military cooperation is a departure from what Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Republic of Ghana’s first president, envisioned when he advanced the idea in 1960 amid the Congo crisis. In his 1963 book, “Africa Must Unite,” Nkrumah emphasized that any African military force must be independent of NATO and its allies.This idea was supported by Libya’s former leader, Col. Muammar Gadhafi, who hosted the 1999 Sirte conference of the Organization of African Unity, the AU’s predecessor. The Sirte Declaration called for the ASF’s formation when the AU was formally initiated in 2002.Both Nkrumah and Gadhafi were overthrown at the instigation of and due to coordination by the Central Intelligence Agency, working at imperialism’s behest. Nonetheless, their formulations were correct. Only when Africa can establish its own independent military force will there be any hope for genuine peace and stability on the continent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai say they will break their strike if victims are in danger Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardaí say they will break their strike if victims are in danger.They’ve drawn up a list of priorities for Friday when thousands of members of the force will refuse to work as part of their pay row.Gardai across Donegal will take part in the strike scheduled for Friday.The Irish Independent claims that officers will only come out if there is an immediate threat to someone’s life.However less serious crimes like theft or traffic incidents may not be dealt with on the day.The groups representing rank and file Gardai, as well as Sergeants and Inspectors, are meeting with the Department of Justice this weekend in a last minute effort to avert the strike. By admin – October 29, 2016 Previous articleLetterkenny University Hospital receives two awardsNext articleClocks go back this weekend admin Facebook WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more


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first_imgTop Stories’It Is Obvious That Schools Have Incurred Less Expenditure Over A Prolonged Period Of Time’: Calcutta HC Orders Min 20% Reduction In Private School Fees [Read Order] Akshita Saxena13 Oct 2020 11:22 PMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Tuesday slashed the fees charged by private schools in the State by 20%. “From the month beginning April, 2020 till the month following the one in which the schools reopen in the physical mode, all 145 schools will offer a minimum of 20 per cent reduction of fees across the board,” the Bench comprising of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice…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 Calcutta High Court on Tuesday slashed the fees charged by private schools in the State by 20%. “From the month beginning April, 2020 till the month following the one in which the schools reopen in the physical mode, all 145 schools will offer a minimum of 20 per cent reduction of fees across the board,” the Bench comprising of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya ordered. The Bench further said that collection of non-essential charges for use of facilities, such as laboratory, extracurricular activities, etc., shall not be permissible during the months that the schools have not functioned in the physical mode. It has also directed: “There will no increase in fees during financial year 2020-21…Session fees traditionally charged periodically will be permissible, but again, subject to a maximum of 80 per cent of the quantum charged for the corresponding period in the financial year 2019-20.” (Further directions may be read at the end of this report) The order was passed in a batch of writ petitions filed by the parents whose children are students at 145 private schools in the State, aggrieved by charging of full fees despite suspension of physical classes. While allowing the petition, the Court observed that as a consequence of physical classes not being conducted over the last six months and more, though schools incur the fixed costs, but the variable costs must have come down. It thus observed, “When it is obvious that the schools have incurred less expenditure over such a prolonged period of time and may continue to do so for some time longer, allowing the schools to charge at the usual rate would be to give a licence to unjust enrichment beyond the judicially demarcated limits.” During the course of hearing, the private schools had questioned the maintainability of a writ petition against them, while claiming that they are not a public authority under Article 12 of the Constitution. Certain minority institutions had also argued that present proceedings amount to interreference with their Rights under Article 19 and Article 30(1) of the Constitution. They had further agitated an interim direction seeking furnishing of their audited books of accounts, as an infringement of privacy. Dismissing these arguments, Justice Banerjee clarified that performance of a “public function” is a self-imposed restriction, which cannot preclude it from passing directions in an unprecedented situation, such as the present pandemic. Justice Banerjee observed, “In the ordinary, everyday situation, the remedy under Article 226 of the Constitution is confined to the public law domain and the words used in the provision must be read in the context of the company that they keep. In a breakdown scenario, however, the words in the provision give ample authority to travel beyond the public law domain, though extreme caution and circumspection must be exercised in treading into hitherto uncharted territories. …The reading down of the several limbs of the provision in everyday use does not imply that in an unprecedented situation, or in a breakdown scenario, the full meaning of the width of the authority conferred by the provision may not be realised and injustice allowed to prosper with a superior court as a High Court folding its arms in impotent obeisance to the doctrine of self-restraint.” Having said that, he added, “When a private body or person or any form of juristic entity takes upon itself the burden of imparting education it takes up a public duty and such public duty aspect of its functioning is open to judicial review in the usual course without even considering the much broader authority available under Article 226 of the Constitution.” In her concurring verdict, Justice Moushumi said, “Writ courts not only have the power to issue the five writs but also to issue orders and directions having the force and effect of the five writs, separately or together, for enforcing the rights guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution.” She recalled the wide berth of the writ jurisdiction contemplated by the Supreme Court in Dwarka Nath v. Income Tax Officer, AIR 1966 SC 81, as an enabler for tailoring the reliefs to fit the shape and peculiarities of the case and stretching the parameters of the power “to reach injustice wherever it is found”. These “striking words”, Justice Moushumi said, “have resonated in recent decisions of the Supreme Court which held that the powers of the High Courts in exercise of its writ jurisdiction cannot be constricted by strict legal principles so as to immobilise the Court in upholding the rule of law.” Coming to the protection granted to minority institutions under Article 30(1), Justice Banerjee said, “Without detracting from the extent of the right of religious and linguistic minorities reserved in respect of educational institutions under Article 30(1) of the Constitution, it goes without saying that even minority educational institutions need to adhere to certain fundamental norms, the most basic of them being that they cannot be run for the purpose of making profit. The essence of such basic requirement is that the fees charged must have some reasonable correlation with the facilities provided.” On the issue of infringement of their right to carry on any occupation under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution, Justice Banerjee said, “Since schools cannot be run for business or commerce, the right under Article 19(1) of the Constitution may not be regarded as absolute and subject to reasonable restrictions… Private unaided schools must be left free to determine their fee structures, as long as there is no element of profit-making.” Justice Moushumi referred to the Supreme Court’s verdict in the case of TMA Pai and recounted that despite recognizing the right of minority institutions to administer their affairs, the Court reprimanded them against profiteering and commercialising of education. In this backdrop she said, “In the case at hand, our aim is not to intermeddle in the internal affairs of these institutions or supplant the present governing bodies of these institutions with a court appointed agency; but to figure out a best-fit in a disparate set of schools and guardians and that also for a limited period of time, with the paramount interest of the students in mind.” As for privacy, Justice Banerjee said, “every person is entitled to his accounts not being opened up to all and sundry unless mandated by law as in the case of public companies or some categories of trusts or societies. But the ordinary right of privacy is not so absolute as to deny a constitutional court the authority to assess whether a wholesome charge of unjust enrichment or profiteering is substantiated by calling for such accounts or by having the accounts evaluated by an expert.” Justice Moushumi clarified, “The right to privacy, taken at its most obvious connotation, is the right of a person to draw his or her boundaries in terms of sharing of information. It is a pro-individual right where the person can choose the company he keeps and the time and the agency to disclose what he wishes to. It is a right aimed at preserving the spatial and intellectual integrity of an individual in matters of choice and acts as a springboard for the connected freedoms which are guaranteed under the Constitution.” She said that the argument against disclosing of accounts by the schools is not acceptable for two reasons: “There is an unfounded apprehension that the court is trying to ferret information out to the detriment of the concerned schools. This is far from the court’s intention. Even if it is assumed that the schools are being called upon to disclose their revenue surpluses, there should be a semblance of parity in the standards of assessment of relative financial strength. For assessing the financial position of a guardian, the concerned parent may be called upon to furnish income statements. The schools should also be required to do the same in order to fairly ascertain whether a refusal to provide further concessions to a parent is justifiable on the basis of facts.””A comparative assessment of financial solvency is to facilitate the process of reaching a solution. The schools cannot be permitted to take an unreasonable position to put speed breakers in that path. As noticed in several decisions impacting minority institutions, Article 30(1) was contemplated by the framers to serve as a shield and not as a sword. After all, can these schools bypass the statutory requirement of filing their periodic audited financial numbers to the concerned authorities?” Significantly, many schools had urged the Court to categorize the schools by their linguistic and religious minority status, the concessions already offered, the fee-instalment schemes proposed and the socio-economic profile of students. Viewing this plea from the lens of equality under Article 14 of the Constitution, Justice Moushumi observed, “Schools cannot be simplistically categorised according to the financial profile of the guardians and whether as such they need a fee-reduction for their wards. There are many parents who are diverting a substantial part of their disposable resources, at great personal sacrifice, to get their children admitted to high-end schools with superior educational infrastructure and amenities. Such guardians would greatly benefit from a relaxation in the quantum of fees under the current financially stressed times.” She admitted that at first, the Court was tempted to customise individual/special – fits due to the diversity of the demographic in this case. However, it refrained from doing so as “taking such a course would result in creating several classes and classifications of unintelligible differentiation based on arbitrary presumptions which would cause more injustice to those before us.” Further directions passed by the Bench are reiterated as follows: The minimum figure of 20 per cent reduction in the monthly tuition fees will be on the basis of the tuition fees charged for the corresponding month in the previous financial year.For the financial year 2020-21, a maximum of five per cent excess of revenue over expenditure will be permissible; the balance excess (without any mathematical precision) should be passed on by way of general concession or special concession in individual cases of extreme distress. If any school makes a loss as a consequence of following these directions, such loss can be made up in course of the next two financial years, 2021-22 and 2022-23, if normal physical functioning resumes by March 31, 2021.No amount towards the arrears on account of revision of pay to teachers or other employees can be passed on in the fees for financial year 2020-21. The amount on account of arrears may be recovered in 2021-22 and 2022-23, if normal physical functioning resumes by March 31, 2021.There will be no increase in salaries of teachers or of other employees during financial year 2020-21. If any individual school has given effect to a higher pay-scale, the difference must not be realised out of the school fees during the financial year 2020-21.Parents and guardians of students are requested not to avail of the reduction in schools fees, if their financial situation does not merit the reduction. However, if any set of guardians or parents obtains the benefit, no questions in such regard can be asked.In addition to the across-the-board reduction, every school will entertain applications from parents or guardians for further reduction or waiver or exemption or delayed or installment payments, as the case may be. Every application in such regard must be supported by the financial statements of the parents or guardians so as to justify the request. The financial statements should be certified by any qualified auditor and accompanied by a declaration by the applicant parent or guardian verifying the particulars to be true and correct.Each application will be considered on merit. Such applications have to be filed before the respective schools by November 15, 2020 and every application should be dealt with on an individual basis and a decision communicated to the applicant by December 31, 2020. Till the decision on the individual application is communicated and for a further period of two months thereafter, no coercive action should be taken against the relevant student. In other words, the student must be allowed every facility that a similarly placed other student would enjoy, including the name of such student being put forward for the board examinations, subject, however, to the fees payable to the board being tendered within time on behalf of the relevant student.When an application for further reduction or waiver or exemption or delayed payment of fees has been disposed of by the relevant school but the parents or guardians are aggrieved by the decision, an application may be filed, upon deposit of Rs.1000/-, to a committee for further adjudication of the request and to assess the decision communicated by the relevant school. Such application has to be filed within 10 days of the rejection, in full or part, of the request being communicated to the relevant parents or guardians.The committee referred to in the immediate preceding clause will be headed by Mr Tilok Bose, Senior Advocate as its chairperson and will be assisted by the Headmistress or Principal (the occupant of the higher of the two offices, if they are two) of Heritage School and Ms Priyanka Agarwal, Advocate for the parents in WPA 5890 of 2020. The committee will be empowered to engage an auditor or a firm of chartered accountants to assist the committee. The committee and the auditor appointed by the committee will look into the extent of reduction or exemption or the like sought and the feasibility thereof on the basis of the accounts of the relevant school for the financial year 2019- 20 and the financial figures for the first six months of the financial year 2020-21 as certified by the auditors of the relevant school. The two other members of the committee will assist the chairperson of the committee to arrive at an appropriate decision, but the chairperson will have the final say therein.The deposit obtained by the committee will be retained by the committee and Rs.800/- therefrom disbursed to the auditor or firm of chartered accountants for the first time the accounts of a particular school need to be assessed by the auditor or firm of chartered accountants. For every repeat exercise, meaning studying the accounts of the same school from the second time onwards, Rs.500/- per case will be paid to the auditors. The balance amount in the hands of the committee will be used for the purpose of secretarial and managerial services the committee may be required to obtain. Any ultimate surplus has to be made over to court for the same to be dealt with in accordance with law. No remuneration is provided for any of the members of the committee and the court hopes that the members nominated graciously accept this onerous task in the larger public interest.By November 30, 2020, the committee should indicate a dedicated e-mail account whereat the appeals against the decisions of the schools may be filed. The e-mail ID should be communicated to Advocate-on-record for the petitioner in the lead matter for it to be disseminated to all parents and guardians. The money required to be deposited will be tendered in cash to a secretary or manager as may be indicated by the committee. The application will be deemed complete only upon the grievance in writing being forwarded to the relevant e-mail account and the deposit being made. No application will be entertained without the deposit being tendered. Full accounts of the monies received and expenses incurred must be maintained and presented in court, when sought.All schools should have the accounts for the financial year 2019-20 ready and also the accounts for the period of April to September, 2020 ready to be furnished within two days of the demand therefor by the committee.Every application made before the committee must clearly indicate the name and other particulars of the student involved and furnish the e-mail ID of the school and its Principal or the like for the committee to communicate with the school.The committee must endeavour to dispose of every application within 45 days of the receipt thereof and the decision of the committee will be binding, subject to the relevant schools having a right to apply to this court in the present proceedings for the reconsideration thereof on cogent grounds. Till a dispute between the parents or guardians of a particular student and the relevant school is finally decided, no coercive action against the student may be taken by the school, whether to disallow the student from attending class in any form or taking any examination or for the candidature of such student being forwarded for any board examination (subject to the board’s fees being tendered).The quantum of fees to be charged for every month will be indicated by the individual schools on any website and the notice-boards of the schools and informed to Advocate for the petitioner in WPA 5890 of 2020 for the same to be put up on a website that such petitioner must set up for this purpose. The fees payable for every month and the other periodic charges, like session fees, for the entire financial year 2020-21 should be indicated by the individual schools and put up on the website to be set up by the petitioner in WPA 5890 of 2020 by October 31, 2020. By November 30, 2020, the fees payable in terms of this order for the period up to November 30, 2020 should be tendered on behalf of all students of the 145 schools. To the extent the parents or guardians of the students apply for further reduction or waiver or exemption, they can pay the amount as possible by November 30, 2020 and copies of the applications for further reduction or the like should be deposited by such date.With effect from December 8, 2020 all schools will be entitled to disallow students whose fees have not been paid in full in terms of this order and those who have not applied for reduction or waiver or the like. However, schools should ensure that this extreme step is taken only after exercising due care and caution. xx. No student will be entitled to apply for a transfer certificate without the full quantum of fees in terms of this order being first discharged.For the purpose of clarity, it is reiterated that fees payable by students to boards for examinations or otherwise shall have to be paid in addition to the monthly fees and other charges in terms of this order and no waiver or reduction of the fees or charges payable to the boards may be sought or granted.There will be no refund of the fees already paid. However, to the extent fees have already been paid which are in excess of the directions contained herein, suitable adjustments will be made over the remaining months of the financial year, unless the parents agree in writing otherwise.The expenses incurred for developing the infrastructure of the schools should not be passed on to the students during the current financial year, though it will be open to recover the same from the students from financial year 2021-22 onwards, if the physical functioning resumes by March 31, 2021The cap of five per cent of the revenue over expenditure for the year 2020-21 will be subject to the exception that it may exceed the five per cent only if the general reduction afforded to the parents is not availed of by any of the parents and no student in financial distress has been denied additional concession despite being worthy.No unusual expense should be incurred during financial year 2020-21 and no development or infrastructure expense should be incurred unless absolutely unavoidable. These directions will continue till such time that physical functioning of the schools resumes in the normal course.The above directions for any form of concession will not apply to any of the 145 schools where the average monthly fee (calculated on an annual basis over the year from April, 2020 to March, 2021) is less than Rs 800/-. However, such schools may voluntarily take such measures as deemed fit. The exception carved out is perceived to be reasonable since the quantum of concession in such cases will be nominal and the elaborate exercise may be unnecessary as the extent of possible profit is unlikely to be significant. But the monthly fees payable in such cases must be put up on the notice-boards and websites as in the other cases and without exception.The other private unaided schools in the State should also abide by the directions mutatis mutandis, particularly since the matter has been heard extensively and as public interest litigation. However, only the disputes pertaining to the 145 schools included in WPA 5890 of 2020 may be referred to the committee constituted herein; and not the disputes pertaining to other private unaided schools in the State. The Bench has clarified that this order shall not be used as a precedent for regulation of school fees in future and is only a one-time measure under the present extraordinary circumstances. Further, the Court has kept the proceedings pending, till the physical classes are resumed in the schools and the directions contained herein are worked out completely. The matter is now listed for compliance on December 7, 2020.Picture Courtesy:Telegraph India Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more


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first_imgNews UpdatesBar Council Of P&H Warns To Go On ‘Agitational Mode’ If Decision Regarding Court’s Physical Functioning Not Taken By Jan 11 Sparsh Upadhyay3 Jan 2021 7:34 AMShare This – xStating that there is large scale resentment amongst the lawyers’ fraternity as the courts are not working physically, the Bar Council Of Punjab & Haryana released a press note today warning that if no decision is taken to start the physical hearing by 11th January 2021 “then the action committee should resort to agitational mode”. The Press note states that a meeting of the…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?LoginStating that there is large scale resentment amongst the lawyers’ fraternity as the courts are not working physically, the Bar Council Of Punjab & Haryana released a press note today warning that if no decision is taken to start the physical hearing by 11th January 2021 “then the action committee should resort to agitational mode”. The Press note states that a meeting of the Bar Association representatives i.e. Presidents/Secretaries of the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh including the High Court Bar Association was convened under the Chairmanship of Sh. Karanjit Singh Chairman Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. This meeting was attended by Advocate General, Punjab Sh. Atul Nanda, Sr. Advocate, 19 Members of Bar Council, President and Secretary of High Court Bar Association, office bearer of Senior Advocates Bar Association and 110 Presidents/Secretaries of the District and Sub Division Bar Associations of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh. “All representatives of Bar Associations of Punjab, Haryana & Chandigarh were of unanimous view that physical hearing of the Courts should be started immediately,” the press note states. As per the Press Note, the Advocate General expressed his views that the courts should be opened for physical hearing in a phased manner and by March 100% functioning of courts should start. Apart from that, About 60 speakers expressed their views and have given suggestion regarding opening of courts and starting of physical hearing. Further, the meeting unanimously resolved as under: – An Action Committee of 15 members be constituted consisting of 4 Presidents of Bar Associations from Punjab, 4 Presidents of Bar Associations of Haryana, President High Court Bar Association and President of DBA, Chandigarh and 5 member from amongst Bar Council Members. This Committee shall be headed by Chairman Bar Council, This Committee will coordinate with all Bars and take necessary decisions to achieve 100% physical working of courts. The Committee would meet the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court immediately for making representation and conveying the sentiments of the legal fraternity. The Chief Justice be requested to give specific directions to all the District & Sessions Judges in the States of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to list all the cases in all courts with specific direction giving priority for listing of old cases concerning senior citizens, destitute ladies, matrimonial cases etc so that courts should start working with limited cause list. The direction be also be given that interim applications can be decided via V.C. however, other cases should be heard by open court by listing cases ripe for arguments, urgent nature of proceedings, evidence cases and while doing so specific time slot be indicated in the list itself for taking up the cases for hearing. The lawyers would also extend full cooperation to make the courts function physical.It may be noted that addressing a letter to the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, the Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana on Friday (02nd October) had requested the CJ to at-least start physical hearing in 50% courts simultaneously with virtual hearing. “The Bar Council is sending this representation on behalf of all the Advocates of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with earnest hope that the Hon’ble Chief Justice will heed to the request of legal fraternity and start the physical functioning of 50% courts by 12.10.2020, otherwise, the Bar Council will have no other option except to resort to peaceful agitation in order to provide some comfort to the advocates who are keenly waiting for the re-opening of Hon’ble Courts”, read the letter. Click Here To Download Press NoteRead Press NoteNext Storylast_img read more


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first_img By Jaine Treadwell Plans to add parking spaces to Brundidge Station have drawn opposition from taxpayers.A group of Brundidge citizens met with Mayor Jimmy Ramage Tuesday to request that the city council reconsider its plans to construct additional paved parking spaces at Brundidge Station, which houses the city’s nutrition center and is available for community functions.The city council voted on Sept. 20 to spend $65,000 to correct a drainage problem at the location and pave 30 to 39 additional parking spaces. On Monday preparations were being made to begin the paving project, which is counter to plans by community groups to develop the area into a downtown park. Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Parking lot plans draw ire in Brundidge Ramage said the city discarded plans to develop the area into a park in an effort to remediate a recreation park built with grant funding that was taken out of service about 25 years ago.“The area was not approved for use as a remediation park,” he said.With those plans foiled, the city council voted Sept. 20 to repair a drainage problem at Brundidge Station and pave the additional parking spaces. You Might Like Chief retirement, swearing in this week The City of Troy will host a retirement reception for Police Chief Anthony Everage at 1 p.m. Thursday in the… read more Margaret Ross said that is the vision of a downtown park for Brundidge.“We want a park with grass, brick walkways, trees, park benches and swings, maybe a gazebo,” she said. “We want a pretty place downtown for people to enjoy.”Homer Homann moved to Brundidge about seven years ago because he was attracted to the small town with friendly people.“One thing that is unique to Brundidge is our naturally fluorinated water,” he said. “That would be something that could be incorporated into our park plans.Hollis has long suggested the plans for the park include a decorative fountain that flows with the city’s fluorinated water.Shehane said plans for the downtown park also include an amphitheater with the old lone-standing cotton warehouse wall as a backdrop.“We want to have a stage where we can have concerts and other outdoor events,” she said. “We want a focal place in our downtown that our citizens and visitors can enjoy.”Delatha Mobley said that “everyone wants to work for the good of Brundidge.”“We’ve got to remain motivated,” she said. “We would like for the city to do the drainage and then let us all work together to develop the park.”Homann asked the mayor if the paving project is a done deal.Ramage said that he didn’t know.“The council meets on Tuesday,” he said. “The public is always welcome.” By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Dixie Shehane said the decision to add the paved areas at Brundidge Station came as a surprise and “took the air out of our sails.”“A park there has been in the plans and discussed for several years,” she said. “It was included in the city’s strategic plan that was just completed. Asphalt was not a part of those plans. It would take away from the natural beauty of the park.”The plans for a downtown park date back to when a group of citizens traveled to Ponchatoula, La., the state’s antique city, to explore the possibility of replicating the downtown project. In addition, to the many antiques shops, Ponchatoula had a large downtown park.“We came back with the idea for our own antique city,” said Jimmy Hollis. “But, like someone said, not everybody is going to shop for antiques. So, we needed to also have a bench, a shade tree and a cup of coffee available for those who come.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Skiplast_img read more


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first_imgIngredients supplier, Beacon Foods, has joined forces with a group of academics and food industry professionals with the aim of developing food industry skills in the country.The new group, Food Industry Skills Strategy Group, will oversee and direct the Food Industry Skills Project. Other members in the group include leading food producers, Premier Foods and Northern Foods, which seek to provide expert advice on the needs of the industry in order to provide employees and graduates with the skills and experience they need.The Higher education Funding Council has allocated £250,000 of funding to the project, which will go towards the development and design of a Masters course, and other industry specific short courses. The project also seeks to create a bursary scheme for food science related degrees at Welsh Universities. The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), Food Centre Wales and Improve are among a number of higher education institutions and skills groups that will focus on the developing professionals in the industry, specifically through skills delivery.“This group has pan-Wales representation and we have deliberately chosen companies from across a majority of key sectors, covering various products and processes like dairy, meat and organic produce,” said Helen Taylor, UWIC’s Food Industry Skills co-ordinator and chair of the group.Linda Lloyd, Beacon Foods’ human resources director, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative and to be associated with a project that increases awareness of the food industry in Wales.”last_img read more


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first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter (Photo supplied/U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski) Second District Representative Jackie Walorski spoke with Michiana’s Morning News on Wednesday.The Congresswoman talked about this week’s Primary vote in the Hoosier state, the latest coronavirus information, and the recent nationwide unrest.Hear the conversation by clicking here. Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePolice investigating car vs. motorcycle crash in St. Joseph CountyNext articleFort Wayne among Top 10 cities with COVID unemployment increase Tommie Lee Facebook By Tommie Lee – June 3, 2020 0 526 Twitter Pinterest Jackie Walorski on virus, violence and voteslast_img read more


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first_imgBeloved bassist Oteil Burbridge has been a busy man of late. Fans could catch him all over town at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and ever since then he’s been putting his time in with the newest Grateful iteration, Dead & Company. Playing alongside three of the band’s legendary members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, is no easy feat, let alone musicians like Jeff Chimenti and John Mayer getting into the mix.When we last spoke to Burbridge, he was just a few shows into the band’s debut fall tour. With some more Grateful Dead experience under his belt, including some fun New Year’s shows, a few late night TV performances, and this week’s performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, we caught up with the esteemed bassist to talk all things Dead & Company.Read on for our exclusive chat with the one and only Oteil Burbridge.L4LM: The last time we spoke, you were just a few dates into your tour. What was it like bringing such an iconic catalogue to venues across the country last year?OB: The catalogue is the most fun thing about this band. The breadth and depth of it is so huge. Stadiums are gonna be a new experience for me too. I’ve never wanted to see a band at a stadium. I come from a jazz background more than a rock one. I’ve only seen one stadium show in my life and it was GD 50 at Santa Clara. It’s gonna be a trip doing those. With this music, those venues can actually sound good too, because the dynamic range is so drastic. We can play quietly for so long that you can really hear things a lot better than if we are just blasting at full volume every song.L4LM: The Fillmore is such an important venue in the Grateful Dead’s, and rock and roll’s, history. What was it like performing there?OB: Knowing the history of the Fillmore and being older made playing there with Dead & Co pretty mind blowing. When I got there, there was a picture in the dressing room and Bob looked like he hadn’t turned 20 yet. Bill Graham looked so young in it too. It stops you in your tracks. I found the poster of when I played there with Aquarium Rescue Unit opening for Bruce Hornsby and headlining with Vida Blue. This week on: “You Tell Me!”, did Oteil enjoy playing a free show, for the hometown San Francisco fans, at the Fillmore, with three original members of the Grateful Dead???   Can’t wait to put up the poster from that show at my house!L4LM: So how excited are you for Dead & Company’s summer tour?OB: Excited like you can’t imagine. Last year was so much fun but I can tell the band is in a new place this year. Having the support from the fans really frees you to not think so much and just be responsive to the moment. In rehearsals we’re hitting some grooves and jams that are going in some beautiful directions. It’s so nice when everyone has agreed to take side roads and get lost together. There’s some of that on tape from the Fillmore show we just did. Directions we’ve never gone before. You can’t beat that.L4LM: Now that the band has spent some time together, is the rehearsal process different than it was during the initial practices?OB: Not really. It can be really slow sometimes. Sometimes I worry that it’s a little hard for the original guys to get too excited about John and I always having to play catch up. But then again I’m sure the songs feel different with John and I, so that probably mitigates some of the possible boredom. It’s a process of fine tuning. I think we have more confidence now but the focus is always on how we can make the show better. When you a have a group with as much collective experience as these musicians, that can be an incredibly fun process too.L4LM: Any chance you can fill us in on any new songs Dead & Company might debut?OB: Now that would really take the fun out off all the hard work we’re doing to surprise you guys wouldn’t it? We busted out a few new ones at the Fillmore. “Queen Jane,” “Days Between.” Jesus that song is amazing. We’ve got more coming too!L4LM: It must have been intense to learn dozens of songs from the Grateful Dead catalog. Which tunes came the most naturally and which were more of a challenge?OB: The bluegrassy, blues and country ones are probably the easiest, but then you never know because the vast majority of GD songs have some little twist in there to catch you. You can’t be bored playing this music. As soon as you think you have it down, something will trip you up. I take them one at a time. Each song hits you on multiple levels as far as the content of the lyrics and the mixture of musical styles. I spend so much more time reading the lyrics in the Teleprompter now that I know the music part a little better and it really changes the way I play it. My awareness of the song grows over time. The process is like a vine growing. That also makes it less intimidating.L4LM: One of the clips that got passed around a lot was your bass solo in “Eyes Of The World” at MSG. Was that an “oh my god” moment? Did you have a lot of those on tour?OB: Yes that was nice. A relief. It gives you the confidence to not worry. The real objective for me as a bassist is to help the whole band have those moments collectively. Last night at the Fillmore was no exception. We definitely had some of those moments! The history of that place had much more of an impact on me now that I am older. I’ll never forget that show for the rest of my life. I’m SO glad that show is on tape.L4LM: You guys seemed like you were having a blast on the two late night shows of 2016. What were those experiences like?OB: TV is always a challenge for bands like Dead & Co and the Allman Brothers Band cause you have to cut everything so short. But we got to play some longer songs on the Kimmel Show because it was outdoors and we did a couple that were not shown on TV. I know our fans were happy about that!Dead & Company Heats Up ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ With Smokin’ Five Song SetL4LM: Are you looking forward to Bonnaroo? Any chance we’ll see you join forces with some friends at the festival?OB: I’m not sure what our schedule is there yet. Sometimes we play and then split immediately. If I’m able to I always like to see other groups and sit in too. I really wanna go to the stand up comedy stage!L4LM: The Dead & Company New Year’s show was out of this world! What was the planning like for that? Did you get to smoke any of the giant joint?OB: Haha, there was no weed in that joint! I don’t think…..  It was such an amazing night for me. Planning shows like that is always so much fun. I’m not part of a lot of big production decisions like giant flying joints but musically and otherwise this band is about creating memorable events in people’s lives. There are so many things that are considered and tossed around toward that end.L4LM: Bob Weir recently spoke about a dream he had, where he saw you with white hair playing in Dead & Company long after he was gone. Are you planning to fulfill his prophecy?OB: You know my lot in life seems to have been primarily to help classic rockers keep their flames fed, stoked and oxygenated. And while I’m honored that Bob, Bill and Mickey feel that way, I don’t like to talk or think about when they have passed on. It is so amazing when you have nights like the Fillmore and people who saw the Dead there back in the old days tell you how much they loved your show. To be a part of that history is simply overwhelming. I don’t know how else to put it. I really freaked out that night. In a good way. John Mayer And Bob Weir Discuss Dead & Company’s Future Plans, Possible AlbumBut I guarantee you I will be playing this music for the rest of my life. Plus I still have so many tunes to learn. It’s possible that it’s gonna take me the rest of my life! The one thing that I will say about life after the original members have passed on is thank God for the Chimentis, Kimocks, and Kadleciks out there to help the future generations get it just right. Their insights concerning this music have been a huge help to me. They are true apostles of this music. They have they’re own things too to be sure. But I don’t know who knows this music any more thoroughly than them.L4LM: John Mayer has gotten some media attention for his “conversion” into the Grateful Dead culture. What was that process like for you?OB: Media is what it is. It’s a truly scary thing. It can turn so mean and brutal on a dime. I seriously want to ignore it but it’s impossible in the Internet age. You have to just embrace it. On the other hand part of the media trip has been really fun. I feel like I helped pull off the extremely improbable/impossible: Converting Deadheads to John Mayer fans! Having all of that play out in the media was a wild ride! I’ll never forget it! It taught me a lot too. About being judgmental. Also, let me say that John’s radar for paparazzi is amazing. Fame is a weird, weird thing. I’m really glad I can still go to the grocery store!L4LM: If the Allman Brothers were to reunite down the line, would you participate in those shows as well? Is there enough room in one brain for the whole of Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers catalogs?OB: I’ve got plenty of room left in this brain. You should see what I learned just for New Orleans Jazz Fest alone! You literally would not believe it. Dead & Co only does about 20-30 dates right? There’s PLENTY of time left for an ABB tour. We’ll see what happens. I’m game for it. Playing in both bands in the same year would certainly be cool. Never think your best days are behind you. Even if you’re on your deathbed……..L4LM: Thanks so much for everything, Oteil. Looking forward to seeing you and Dead & Company out on the road!Dead & Company’s tour begins on June 10th and wraps around the country. Don’t miss out!last_img read more


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