¡Libertad para Oscar López Rivera y todas/os los presos políticos! ¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this El editorial del New York Times del 31 de diciembre titulado “Mr. Obama’s Trickle of Mercy” (“La misericordia en goteo de Obama”) criticó duramente el tacaño uso del proceso de clemencia presidencial por Barack Obama quien solo ha liberado a 95 prisioneros federales que estaban sirviendo penas de cárcel “absurdamente largas”.Oscar López Rivera no era uno de los 95, pero después de 34 años, sin duda él hubiera debido de ser uno de ellos. En cambio, el 6 de enero, cuando celebra su 73º cumpleaños en la Penitenciaría Federal de Terre Haute-Indiana, millones de personas redoblarán sus esfuerzos para liberarlo.Que el presidente Obama haya optado por ignorar a López en este punto, es un ejemplo del castigo especial infligido a los hombres y a las mujeres con principios inflexibles y con consciencia. López fue declarado culpable de “conspiración sediciosa” junto con otras/os miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional. Sus creencias políticas, su compromiso de por vida a la independencia de Puerto Rico y la autodeterminación para el pueblo puertorriqueño eran imperdonables a los banqueros y patronos especuladores estadounidenses y sus tribunales. Ahora sus compañeras/os han sido liberados y han regresado a casa. Ya es más que tiempo para liberar a López también.Todo Puerto Rico — desde el movimiento de independencia a las/os proponentes de estadidad y las/os estadolibristas (el actual estado colonial), a la juventud y las/os estudiantes que luchan por la educación, a las/os trabajadores puertorriqueños que luchan contra la austeridad y los recortes de pensiones — reclaman la libertad de López. El apoyo es tan fuerte que el gobernador de Puerto Rico visitó oficialmente a López en la cárcel. Y en la diáspora puertorriqueña, en las escuelas y organizaciones comunitarias que López y su hermano ayudaron a fundar en Chicago, en Nueva York donde el ayuntamiento aprobó una resolución para liberarlo, las voces son fuertes y unidas exigiendo la libertad de López.Desde 1898, cuando Estados Unidos derrotó a España y ocupó a Puerto Rico, Cuba y las Filipinas en su expansión imperial más allá del continente de América del Norte, la lucha por la autodeterminación y la independencia contra el colonialismo ha sido incontenible. En Cuba, la liberación del territorio ha sido ganada. La lucha continúa en Puerto Rico y las Filipinas.
This article is excerpted from a paper presented at the 2017 Left Forum panel hosted by the United National Antiwar Coalition, on which the author serves as an administrative committee member. It is reprinted from Pambazuka News.Africa policies [of the U.S.] have consistently remained destabilizing and predatory over the decades, despite the well-choreographed pretenses. It is this imperialism that has impeded the capacity of African nations to direct their future.With the ascendancy of President Donald Trump to the White House, a strong focus has been placed on his role as a promoter of racism and national oppression domestically, along with warmongering abroad.We observe keenly the escalation of tension in the Korean peninsula with the placement of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system. The president’s posture in relationship to the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea threatened the full resumption of an unresolved war just several weeks ago.There have been increasing aerial attacks against purported al-Qaida targets in Yemen while the people in this Middle Eastern state, the least developed in the region, are suffering immensely from the Pentagon-coordinated war involving Saudi Arabian and Gulf Cooperation Council bombings, which have continued on a daily basis since March 2015, killing an estimated 12,000 people and prompting the widespread outbreak of cholera, impacting over 60,000.The deployment of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast in Afghanistan represented a new level of warfare in that Central Asian country, which has been the focus of U.S. policy since at least 1979, when Islamist forces were unleashed against the Soviet-backed socialist government then in power. Since 2001, the Pentagon and NATO have laid waste to the country further, with thousands of foreign troops continuing to occupy the area.Somalia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Libya and beyondAlthough the Trump administration’s foreign policy towards Africa has gained far less attention by the Western media, it has continued already existing hostilities on the African continent. Somalia was singled out when Trump ordered the escalation of Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency personnel being stationed in this Horn of Africa state. A U.S. Navy Seal was killed by al-Shabab guerrilla units several weeks ago while embedded in the U.S. and European Union-backed Somali National Army.Although the administration claimed it was doing away with the supposed restrictions on military actions in Somalia imposed by former President Barack Obama, the interventions by the U.S. in Somalia go back as far as the late 1970s. When Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office, the U.S. encouraged an invasion by the government of then-President Mohamed Siad Barre against the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. The waning days of the George H.W. Bush tenure were marked by the invasion of 12,000 Marines into Somalia in the failed “Operation Restore Hope” beginning in December 1992, a plan inherited by Bill Clinton, which ended in disaster when the people rose up against the occupation.Since 2006, the U.S., then under President George W. Bush, has encouraged and sponsored intervention into Somali national affairs. First by seeking to empower warlords to subvert the efforts of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and, after 2009, by recruiting elements of the UIC into the interim federal regime, Washington sought to guide political events in the oil-rich state.Several neighboring states have been drawn into the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), which now has approximately 22,000 troops from Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Burundi and Uganda. Police officers from Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria are also a part of the mission.In 1998, Britain, the former colonial power, along with the U.S., the EU and others, began imposing sanctions on the government of the southern African nation of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), led by President Robert Mugabe. In 2000, when Zimbabwe passed legislation granting the right of the African people to radically redistribute land to the people, the sanctions and other forms of hostile propaganda deepened.During the period of 1998-2000, the administration of President Bill Clinton was in power. The same sanctions continued through the entire two terms of the Bush White House. When Obama took office in January 2009, his regime continued and intensified the punitive measures against the ZANU-PF ruling party and various political officials, including President Mugabe.Both Britain and the U.S. attempted to persuade South Africa, while former President Thabo Mbeki was in office, to impose a blockade on Zimbabwe. Britain also drew up plans for an evacuation of its settler population, who held United Kingdom passports. These suggestions failed and through the assistance of successive African National Congress governments, the support of the regional Southern African Development Community and the People’s Republic of China, Zimbabwe has been able to remain afloat.U.S. imperialism through AfricomThis, of course, was not the case in the oil-rich North African nation of Libya, which under the Jamahiriya system headed by Col. Muammar Gaddafi had attained the highest standard of living anywhere on the continent. It was the Democratic administration of Obama, with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, which coordinated a war of regime-change and genocide that destroyed Libya as a viable state. Gaddafi was driven from the capital of Tripoli in August 2011 and later captured and brutally murdered by imperialist agents on Oct. 20 of the same year.Today, Libya is a major source of instability and human trafficking internationally. Thousands have died off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea in attempts to flee the chaos and impoverishment there and throughout other regions of Africa and the Middle East. Now there are at least three identifiable regimes in Libya, which often engage in deadly military struggles for political and economic authority. The country has gone from being Africa’s most prosperous to dire poverty and balkanization. Numerous attempts by counterrevolutionary elements backed up by the White House, EU member-states and the United Nations to form a viable government have failed.The situation in Libya is a direct result of the foreign policy of Barack Obama towards the African continent. Since the launching of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) in 2008 under Bush, the presence of U.S. military forces on the continent has increased substantially. Obama announced just two years prior to leaving office that his administration would deploy in excess of 3,500 Special Forces and military trainers across 36 nations. A military base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti has been expanded and houses thousands of U.S. troops at Camp Lemonnier.Imperialism in Africa today is at a critical stage, impeding the capacity of nation-states to direct their own futures. Despite Africa’s vast mineral and agricultural wealth and its labor power, a renewed debt crisis compounded by Pentagon, CIA and State Department interference is reversing the gains made in previous years.Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of Pan-African News Wire.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The distribution of government funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has torn away any facade of the U.S. as a “democracy,” with equal access to wealth. Even as unemployment, poverty and hunger reach levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s, banks and corporations look to their puppets in Congress and the White House for giveaways far greater than even Trump’s 2017 billionaire tax breaks.In just five weeks from March 18 to April 22, as nearly 30 million workers lost their jobs, the U.S. billionaire class gained an additional $308 billion from government handouts — a wealth increase of 10.5 percent, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Some billionaires, including Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his former spouse MacKenzie Bezos, Zoom founder Eric Yuan, Tesla founder Elon Musk and former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer saw their net worth surge by over $1 billion each. (Guardian, April 26)In early April, the federal government passed an economic stimulus package called the Paycheck Protection Program with $349 billion in forgivable loans to help small businesses cover payroll. Now it appears that billions of dollars from this program went directly to major chains or indirectly as fees to banks. Around 150 publicly traded companies received a combined $600 million from this program. It is estimated that banks received over $10 million just for processing these loans.With national hotel and restaurant chains receiving millions of dollars in grants, the program was basically drained of funds. Genuine “small businesses” saw their loan requests denied because banks either refused or failed to process them. Major companies that received mega-millions include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a $250 million chain with 150 locations which received $20 million. The Potbelly chain, with over 400 locations valued at $89 million, received $10 million in mid-April.Off the coast of Miami, the members-only resort Fisher Island, where residents’ incomes average $2.2 million, received $2 million in aid. New York City-headquartered Shake Shack, valued at $1.6 billion, got a $10 million grant, which it subsequently returned after news of it surfaced.Many of the more than 70 publicly traded corporations, which had little difficulty securing federal funds, got assistance from JPMorgan Chase to secure their loans. A statement from the Wall Street bank acknowledged that its commercial banking unit, serving larger clients, was able to assist in completing the applications. (Washington Post, April 20)$1,200 for workers, $1.6 million for millionairesOn April 24 Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to provide additional funding for small business loans, health care providers and COVID-19 testing. It also contained provisions for direct corporate payouts under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.Under CARES, some 43,000 U.S. millionaires, who made too much money to qualify for Trump’s earlier coronavirus $1,200 individual stimulus checks, will instead get an average of $1.6 million each. The act lets owners of businesses taxed on their individual income, rather than corporate income, claim an unlimited amount of deductions against nonbusiness income, including capital gains. (Washington Post, April 27)But it does not stop there. Now vulture capitalists are holding out their hands for more, this time without any of the strings or limitations contained in previous stimulus legislation.On April 28, the Federal Reserve, along with the Department of the Treasury, announced an upcoming program to provide billions in “emergency aid” to large U.S. corporations. The Fed is not requiring that companies use the funds to save jobs. It has put no limits on payments to executives or shareholders.Companies are free to lay off workers and cut wages and benefits, all the while padding executives’ pockets.Under the plan the Fed will buy up to $500 billion in bonds to cover the debt of large corporations which will be required to pay it back with interest. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the agreement has congressional approval, even though all previous corporate-bailout coronavirus programs forbid companies from using funds for dividends, while placing limits on executive compensation.Energy companies line up for their shareNo corporate feeding trough would be complete without energy companies demanding a portion of the slops. With oil and gas prices plummeting due to overproduction and shoddy investments, even before the impact of COVID-19, the Independent Petroleum Association of America wants the Fed to give energy companies their maximum $25 million loans to offset their previously existing debt. (Reuters, April 20)Oil and gas companies and energy equipment providers, some with close ties to Trump, have already benefited to the tune of $22 million from the “small business” loan program. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, taxpayers were already subsidizing energy companies with around $20 billion annually.In signing an executive order in late April, invoking the Defense Production Act to mandate meat and poultry processing plants stay open, Trump stipulated that plant owners should not be held liable if workers sicken and die on the job. Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is following suit, asking that the next COVID-19 stimulus package provide liability protection for U.S. corporations against pending COVID-19-related claims from workers and consumers.All this comes amid a mounting push by right-wing, neofascist and white supremacist groups to reopen businesses, despite evidence that the limited lifting of stay-at-home restrictions has already caused a spike in COVID-19 cases.Under threats that refusal to resume work could result in the loss of unemployment benefits that many are still struggling to receive, pressure is also mounting on workers to return to jobs that have proven to be deadly. But will workers submit to this pressure without a fight?Months of struggle to win concessions from bosses for hazard pay and vital personal protective equipment has shown workers the potential power they hold in their collective hands. Unionized workers have won major concessions. The Transit Workers in New York City fought for and won a guaranteed $500,000 death benefit for families of members who died after contracting the virus on the job. Even non-unionized workers at Amazon, Whole Foods and other major corporations have succeeded in extracting concessions from their employers.Once the power of the workers is unleashed, there may be no going back.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
to go further RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal There has been no sign of any resolution of the legal and diplomatic tangle surrounding Assange in the past two years. Shortly after WikiLeaks posted confidential US documents in 2010, the Swedish judicial authorities began investigating allegations against Assange of sexual misconduct. Assange, who was in London at the time, fled to the Ecuadorean embassy after a British court approved Sweden’s extradition request. He then asked Ecuador to give him political asylum. His request was granted two months later.Persecuted in the USAlthough still the subject of an extradition order to Sweden, what Assange really fears is extradition to the United States, where the Department of Justice and the FBI began investigating him in 2010. The investigation is secret because it concerns allegedly criminal activities involving national security but, under US Code, Assange could be facing the death penalty.“As the First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to gather and publish information, Julian Assange should not be the subject of an investigation,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The Obama administration has launched a war against WikiLeaks although the information it has published is of public interest.”Sweden and UK should rule out extradition to USIf it wanted to, Sweden could rule out any possibility of Assange being extradited to the United States. Its government has the right of veto over extraditions and extraditing Assange would anyway be illegal as extradition on political or military ground is excluded by article V.5 of the extradition agreement between Sweden and the US.Furthermore, the precedent set by the 1989 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Soering v. United Kingdom prevents Sweden or the UK from extraditing anyone to a country where they might face the death penalty.The Swedish government must undertake to respect the law and not approve any US extradition request. United KingdomEurope – Central Asia RSF_en WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has just completed his second year under permanent British police surveillance in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he sought refuge to avoid extradition to the United States via Sweden and a possible death sentence there. March 23, 2021 Find out more February 12, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts February 11, 2021 Find out more Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing Organisation News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia June 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Assange completes second year in Ecuadorean embassy in London News Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United Kingdom
WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – June 20, 2010 Facebook Officials from the Donegal International Rally are attending a memorial service on Sunday afternoon following the death of one of their competitors yesterday.Thomas Maguire was co-driving a car which crashed during a race yesterday afternoon.Mr Maguire from Longwood, Co Meath, was a co-driver in a car which crashed on a bad bend between Fanad and Ramelton, Co Donegal, at around 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.Emergency services were at the scene within minutes but they were unable to save him.The driver of the car was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he is in a critical condition.Donegal Motor Club says it deeply regrets the incident and in light of the tragic events and as a mark of respect to the Maguire family, the remainder of this year’s Rally has been cancelled.Competitors and club officials are attending a memorial service for Thomas at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Previous articleRally cancelled as mark of respect to dead co-driverNext articleMan critical following hotel window fall News Highland Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp Facebook News Twitter Google+ Memorial service held for dead rally driver Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest
September 24, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local No. 18 BYU takes on Troy in return after COVID-19 outbreak Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Troy Trojans Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNo. 18 BYU resumes its season against Troy after postponing a game at Army due to a small cluster of COVID-19 cases.It’s the home opener for BYU. Fans won’t be in attendance at LaVell Edwards Stadium due to updated restrictions in Provo, Utah.The Trojans are coming off a 47-14 win over Middle Tennessee. The Sun Belt Conference certainly began the season in fine fashion, with three wins over Power Five teams on Sept. 12.
Fortistar’s portfolio company TruStar Energy, will market and deliver the produced RNG fuel The facility’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits will be sold to Chevron. (Credit: Jiří Fröhlich from Pixabay) Fortistar and Paloma Dairy have started the construction on the Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project, a dairy digester renewable natural gas (RNG) facility.The new facility is expected to produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of vehicle fuel per annum, for the Class 8 trucking sector, which is adequate for traveling 10 million miles (16million km) freight.Fortistar’s portfolio company TruStar Energy, is expected to market and deliver the RNG fuel.The Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project is expected to contribute to the community environmental benefits and cost savings for the fleets using the fuel.Also, the project would create 50 construction jobs and six permanent positions in Gila Bend, Arizona, helping the local economy.Fortistar president Mark Comora said: “This one project will help provide solutions for two important American industries. We are using our expertise to create new revenue streams for dairies while capturing methane and repurposing it to decarbonize the transportation sector.“We are excited about partnering with the Van Hofwegen family on the Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project to create the lowest carbon transportation fuel on the market.”The biofuels project will be interconnected with Southwest Gas CompanyMontrose Water and Sustainability Services, a division of Montrose Environmental Group, has completed the design and engineering for the project along with equipment procurement.The company’s team would provide construction supervision, starting up and commissioning support for the project.Industrial Services Company (ISC) is expected to lead the construction of the biofuels project.The project is expected to be be interconnected with Southwest Gas Company, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits will be sold to Chevron under a long-term deal.The Sunoma Renewable Biofuels Project is the third of 12 new Fortistar RNG projects that are expected to begin over the next year.Paloma Dairy family business patriarch Robert Van Hofwegen said: “The decision was easy. We saw a great environmental and economic opportunity in the management of our manure and emissions.“The key was finding a partner that could execute and unlock the potential value. We believe we found that partner in Fortistar and we look forward to working with them on this most exciting project.”
Home » News » What a morning! Now Zoopla suspends its estate agent fees entirely for up to nine months previous nextProducts & ServicesWhat a morning! Now Zoopla suspends its estate agent fees entirely for up to nine monthsThe 100% fee reduction for agent comes in two packages, one requiring them to leave Rightmove and lasting nine months, the other lasting for five months.Nigel Lewis20th March 20202 Comments7,569 Views Zoopla has followed both OTM and, this morning, Rightmove and entirely cut its portal fees to estate agents, but with some strings attached.The portal is to pause its fees for up to nine months for agents with fewer than 30 branches, or 80% of its customer database.Zoopla is offering two packages – nine months for free if an agent leaves Rightmove, and up to five months for free if they don’t.Both packages then require agents to sign up to an 18-month contract after the free listing term has ended and the portal’s normal fees resume.Zoopla has also committed not to increase its fees during these new 18-month contracts.Agents are able to sign up to either deal up until the end of April 2020, with the new terms to take effect from 1st May 2020.Charlie Bryant, CEO, Zoopla (left), said: “We have said consistently that agents are at the heart of everything we do, and today’s actions demonstrate the role we can play in helping to secure the long-term success of our agent partners.“It’s our aim to support and work alongside agents to unlock new opportunities, deliver the utmost value for money, and to bolster them during this difficult period.“This isn’t something we wanted to rush; we have taken the time to speak to our customers to get these options right for them. We know each agent is different, which is why we have two compelling offers available.“Both options are simple, concise, and there are no hidden clauses. Available to new and existing customers, we hope that they provide a financial cushion for agents that alleviates pain points and meets their respective needs.Zoopla fees Zoopla fees reduction Zoopla coronavirus Rightmove OnTheMarket Zoopla March 20, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPam Batth, nu move Online Estate Agents nu move Online Estate Agents 20th March 2020 at 1:50 pmRM 75% off for 4 months, OTM 33% off, Zoopla free if you ditch RM for 9 months, Choices, Choices, Choices Hmmm, they need to smell the coffee and take notice from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies just released now, it can take a year before we see results. i would suggest the 3 major portals should do for free for a year. no if’s no buts.If the interest rate can be reduced from 0.5% to 0.1% with one week so can the portals reduce to ZERO.If we go to lockdown which could happen very very soon,how on earth will Vendors and Landlords exercise social distancing? and how do we know who has the virus on viewings?Time is of the essence and the whole property fraternity needs support and to take action. WAKE UP PORTALS.The Government needs the back bone SME’s otherwise its curtains for many, and they will do everything possible. so it is times for the portals to show loyalty and goodwill.Log in to ReplySteve Way, Oxlets Ltd Oxlets Ltd 20th March 2020 at 10:08 amCount me in Zoopla – I’ve been looking for a good reason to kick Rightmove into touch, even though they’ve countered with a reduced fee. Rightmove have for too long bashed us agents for high rates and now’s the time to tell them enough is enough and walk away. I’m with OnTheMarket too and to be honest, the leads from both Zoopla and OTM combined have been steadily increasing to the point where I don’t think I actually need Rightmove anymore. Massive saving to my business too (I’m a one man outfit in Oxfordshire). All we have to do is make sure the searching public know that they will miss out on their dream home if they blinker their searches to RM only. I for one will be using the money I save to push into social media advertising to pull in more tenants! Viva la Revolution!!!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Matt and Luzett DeChristopher, of Washington Township, give a donation to a charity at Staintons Gallery of Shops Sunday with Director of Operations Bridget Buchanan, left, and associate Keyanna Brown in back. By Maddy VitaleWhen Ocean City High School graduate Bridget Buchanan was hired as Director of Staintons Gallery of Shops in Ocean City, she went right to work with serious goals in mind.The former manager in two stores at Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City, who grew up in Upper Township, wanted to add a bit of her expertise to the iconic Asbury Avenue landmark, when she started in May.But making sure the vendors had all they needed to display their wares or that the tables looked inviting and warm to the customer, were only parts of her mission.What Buchanan, 43, really wanted to instill in the 70-plus vendors, Ocean City and surrounding towns, was that a business cannot truly thrive unless it becomes a part of the community.To that end, her giving nature and need to help others began, at Staintons.Each month, Buchanan, with the help of the vendors and employees, select a charity to partner with, and place two donation boxes on the counters by the register. Each box explains in detail the cause and exactly where the customer’s donation is going to.The charity for December is “Matt’s Stocking.” Staintons is partnering with Coastal Christian in Ocean City, for the cause.Last month Staintons joined with the Ocean City Police Department, to raise funds for “Shop with the Cop.”“We normally raise between $100 to $150 each month. A penny here, and a penny there, adds up,” Buchanan said.Bridget Buchanan stands next to a gift basket made by Staintons vendor, Barbara Batdorf, of “A Bit of Whimsy.”Year-round Staintons partners with area charities for one reason, Buchanan said.“It is needed all year long. It is not just during the holidays. The interaction with the customers is great when they become aware that a you are partnering with someone for a good cause,” Buchanan said.Partnering with the local charities and organizations, also gives the causes more exposure, Buchanan said.“They are able to reach so many more people because we partnered with them,” Buchanan explained. “In addition to the donation boxes up at the registers, we also will share the information through our Facebook page and on our website.”Each month Staintons posts the selected charity of the month, along with specific information about the cause, on the gallery’s website, www.staintons.com.In addition to raising monies for area charities, Buchanan said Staintons also has an ambassador program, in which the vendors help out.“Instead of asking them to come in to work, some of them make up baskets we could donate to causes,” Buchanan said.She said the baskets, which have been given to hospitals and organizations, showcase to the public in areas of Ocean City and outside the community, some of the items sold at Staintons, but they are also giving to worthy causes.Everything from soaps, to jewelry, toys, clothes and other special gifts, make up the baskets, she noted.Buchanan said she is really enjoying her role at Staintons, not only because of the efforts to offer unique and special gifts to the public, but because everyone works together and knows how important it is to give back to the community and to give to those less fortunate.She recalled a time when she worked in management at the Tanger Outlets. Some charity work was done company wide, others were done through Buchanan’s specific store.Bridget Buchanan, left, poses at an Atlantic City park, where she and colleagues tied scarves to trees for the homeless. (Photo Courtesy Bridget Buchanan)One year, she and her staff delivered donated coats, scarves and mittens to Atlantic City parks where homeless people were known to stay.“We hung scarves on trees and mittens on posts with notes,” Buchanan said. “I went back to check the next day and they were all gone.”One of her fondest memories was when she and her staff bought gifts for 30 children staying at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.“We raised $300, so we could only spend $10 on each child. The mission gave us the wish lists. We could get each of them something,” Buchanan said. “We bought them basketballs, dolls, nail polish. At least everyone got something on their list.”Staintons is located at 810 Asbury Ave. For more information call 609-545-8688.