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21 July 2006

Consumers Union:

Consumers Union:

Last month, Congressional offices began to adopt new software that blocks the delivery of email their constituents send from a wide range of nonprofit organization websites. The Internet has opened up democratic communication between millions of Americans and their elected representatives. This new, higher level of participation should be welcomed, not disabled. This new technology--launched just a short while ago and already in use by more than 30 Representatives--requires you to answer a "logic puzzle" question before you can submit a comment.

PND News - USA Funds Awards $8.2 Million in Scholarships to Low-to-Moderate-Income Students

PND News - USA Funds Awards $8.2 Million in Scholarships to Low-to-Moderate-Income Students

Indianapolis-based student loan guarantor USA Funds has announced scholarships totaling more than $8.2 million to help 5,497 low-to-moderate-income students nationwide pursue higher education.

In this round of funding, $3.5 million was awarded to 2,334 first-time recipients of USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year. In addition, $4.7 million renewal scholarships were awarded to 3,163 students who previously had received awards under the program.

To qualify, students must come from households with annual incomes of $35,000 or less. Full-time and half-time undergraduate students, as well as full-time graduate and professional students, are eligible for the $1,500 scholarships. Recipients who maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may have their scholarship renewed annually until the student receives a degree or certificate, or the total amount awarded reaches $6,000, whichever comes first.

19 July 2006

CareerLink Pittsburgh

CareerLink Pittsburgh

Free Biotechnology/Medical Device Manufacturing Training, Biotech Manufacturing Training Project
Biotechnology/medical device manufacturing is one of the fast growing industries in our region. Pittsburgh/Allegheny County CareerLink is participating in a medical device manufacturing training project. This project will allow PA CareerLink customers to obtain a FREE 40-hour training certificate from CCAC. The program includes instruction, course materials, and parking. Classes are available for 5 days in July and 5 days in August. For more information click here or contact your local PA CareerLink office by call 1-866-317-JOBS, 1-877-TTY-JOB1.

PND News - IRS Warns Tax-Exempt Groups to Avoid Campaigning

PND News - IRS Warns Tax-Exempt Groups to Avoid Campaigning

In notices to fifteen thousand nonprofits, church denominations, and tax preparers, the IRS detailed its Political Activity Compliance Initiative, through which the agency will expedite investigations of claims of improper campaigning. No longer waiting for an annual tax return to be filed or the fiscal year to end, the agency has empowered a three-person committee to make an initial review of complaints and then vote whether to pursue the investigation in detail. "While the vast majority of charities and churches do not engage in politicking, an increasing number did take part in prohibited activities in the 2004 election cycle," said IRS commissioner Mark W. Everson in a statement.

Since that year, the IRS has investigated more than two hundred organizations, and determined that sixty-two were in violation. Three nonprofits lost their tax exemption and fifty-nine received warning letters, with some ordered to pay an excise tax.

PND News - IRS Accused of Investigating Churches for Political Activity

PND News - IRS Accused of Investigating Churches for Political Activity

An Internal Revenue Service threat to revoke the tax-exempt status of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, because of an antiwar sermon delivered there during the 2004 election cycle has some watchdogs saying it's part of a larger federal effort to suppress political activity at churches and nonprofit organizations, the Los Angeles Times reports.

17 July 2006

The Japan Times Online - Better schools trump caste preferences

The Japan Times Online - Better schools trump caste preferences

Better schools trump caste preferences

By ARINDAM CHAUDHURI

BOMBAY -- The United States has long been divided over what it calls "affirmative action," a system of racial preferences intended to overcome the lingering consequences of slavery and discrimination against black Americans. India is now becoming divided in much the same way, and for much the same reason -- the emerging system of "reserved places" aimed at redressing centuries of caste discrimination.

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Arindam Chaudhuri is honorary dean at the Indian Institute of Planning and Management and editor in chief of Business & Economy Magazine. His most recent books are "Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch" and "The Great Indian Dream."
Copyright 2006 Project Syndicate (www.project-syndicate.org)
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