Give David Beckham his knighthood and celebrate all the other donors too

We can’t quite make up our minds whether we want everything to be run like a village fête or a public company. But demographic and economic challenges mean the UK is going to need charity even more in the future. We also have to face the reality that the younger generation will be less able to give and is harder to engage.So, bashing celebrities who do their bit for charities is really not sound. Since when is everyone’s support for causes motivated by purely altruistic feelings? With the exception of those recycling ill-gotten gains, I have never really cared why someone is helping a charity. Frankly, I’m grateful they’re doing it in the first place. Of course, it would be nice if every time it was just for that warm glow of having made the world a little bit better, but let’s stop being naive.We also have a strange relationship with celebrities. We think we can call on them to do good whenever we want. In twenty-five years of working with charities, I’ve never assumed that celebrities are available on demand for any charity and at no cost. Let’s also not kid ourselves: we know why we want the celebrity there. They help us get more people in the room and raise considerably more money.If there is an expense involved to enable that celebrity to front our appeal, we factor that in too. In approaching celebrity agents, I have always taken the view that their clients have their pet causes and they’re not about to give up their time free for mine. So I’ve offered to pay half their appearance fee and it’s worked, with the return on that investment handsomely repaid every time. A first-class plane ticket costs a lot less than the fees our charity clients have sometimes paid and those investments undoubtedly paid off for the causes in question.This weekend’s outburst over the content of the hacked emails is misplaced. Yes, the language used in them is unpleasant, but that’s not the point. What is the point, in my view, is our rush to damn someone whose commitment to charity is exemplary. We have a strange relationship with charity in this country. We depend on it enormously – to the tune of £19bn in income from individuals every year.This is a sector of industrial proportions, which the Charity Commission estimates has a total income of over £60bn a year and employs over 800,000 people. Yet we still apply antiquated thinking in our dealings with it. Lionel Salama Give David Beckham his knighthood and celebrate all the other donors too Monday 6 February 2017 1:37 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Read more: Who made the list of biggest charitable donors in 2015?Every year, the Sunday Times produces a Giving List, which tracks the philanthropy of more than 300 of those who feature in its Rich List. In 2015, the Beckhams are listed at £7m or 2.92 per cent of their wealth. That percentage is well ahead of many far more financially able and well-known members of our society. And it should be celebrated, because they didn’t have to do it.Our curious relationship with charity also includes embarrassment over the opportunities to celebrate those who make a difference. Being British, we think it too vulgar. Rather people should give quietly and be grateful for the opportunity to do so.Our American cousins take a somewhat more pragmatic approach and look for every opportunity to acknowledge a donor’s support. That’s why fundraising in America is so successful, quite apart from the arguments over tax incentives. They have a culture that’s all about giving back and having that acknowledged. There are name plaques on everything possible. Each year, they publish league tables of the biggest philanthropists. Imagine that, people competing to give as much charity as possible to get into the top 10!Maybe we’ll never reach that point here, but if we want more from those who have much more to give (and we sure as hell need them to), we need to engender a climate with a stronger celebration of giving. Let’s focus on raising the money to help solve the social problems rather than carping about those who are doing their bit and deserve acknowledgement for that. 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Enough of Brexit, time for a Tory vision of modern Britain

first_imgThat is why what happened yesterday is so encouraging. In her foreword to the book, Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, warns that, distracted by Brexit, her party has “failed to focus on the massive challenges that face our society in a fast-changing world. Unless the Conservatives start to focus on that bigger picture, we could well find ourselves out of power for a generation.” Share If those of us on the centre-right believe in competition, then we have to believe in competition of ideas: putting forward a range of proposals and letting the best win through. Indeed, the contributors have been drawn by Freeman from across the Tory spectrum: left and right, north and south, urban and rural, Leave and Remain. whatsapp Robert Colvile Theresa May’s premiership is almost over – but there is just time for one last undignified squabble. The Prime Minister reportedly hopes to spend a few billion on her key domestic priorities, in an attempt to add some black ink to the sea of red in her political ledger. There’s not remotely enough room to share the full contents of the book – whose 380 pages feature everything from Penny Mordaunt on how Britain can make more of its soft power assets, to Nicky Morgan on the nature of capital, to Tom Tugendhat on the return of the nation state, to Jesse Norman on how to tame the tech giants. I’m not pretending that, on its own, this book will fix the Tories’ problems. Far more is needed, in particular on issues such as home ownership, which has been a major focus of our own in-house. The truth is that May never really had a domestic agenda to start with. The vision set out in her first speech on the steps of Number 10 – about building a country that worked for everyone – was hugely inspiring. But there was never a convincing sense of how to actually get there. Even if she had won a landslide in 2017, May’s manifesto contained precious few policies that voters were actually keen on – and these were mostly Cameron’s leftovers from 2015, which his successor didn’t want to talk about. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Will the same fate befall the next leader in line? Opinion And politically, the rise of the Brexit Party means that if Brexit isn’t delivered, there won’t be much of a Tory party left to lead – something on which all the candidates agree. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 24: Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2019 in London, England. The prime minister has announced that she will resign on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) There are pieces on helping coastal communities, making the public sector more entrepreneurial, reviving local manufacturing, 21st-century feminism, early-years education, reviving estates, reforming taxation, caring for the elderly, and far more. It feels like the May premiership in miniature: the domestic agenda sacrificed, one last time, on the altar of Brexit. But that isn’t quite right. It is obvious that Brexit will dominate the new premiership: even in the best-case scenario, in which the EU finally sees sense on the backstop and a withdrawal agreement is passed, there will still be years of tortuous negotiation ahead. Tuesday 11 June 2019 5:00 am Those on the left, meanwhile, insist that they are the ones making the intellectual running – even though most of their proposals are reheated 1970s leftovers, pulled out of the policy deep-freeze. But Philip Hammond is insisting on keeping his Brexit war chest locked tight. As you’d expect, not all of the pieces agree with each other, or indeed with what we have argued for as a think tank. But that’s the entire point. Enough of Brexit, time for a Tory vision of modern Britain But if there’s one thing we’ve learned recently, it’s that both politically and practically, sticking to the status quo is not an option: voters are crying out for change, and it’s incumbent on everyone in politics to deliver their best suggestions for what it should look like. Edited and assembled by George Freeman MP, it contains essays from almost 40 Conservative MPs setting out their policy ideas for the future – including several of those now contesting the party’s leadership, such as Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, and Matt Hancock. More importantly, they will have failed to do what every political party should: come up with concrete ideas to make voters’ lives better. whatsapp Yes, it was the official start of the Tory leadership race. But it was also the day that we at the Centre for Policy Studies published a new book, Britain Beyond Brexit. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance But while delivering Brexit may be necessary, it is not sufficient. The domestic policy vacuum has left voters with no clear idea of how the Tories propose to make their lives better, of what the party stands for beyond sound finances and not being Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. It was notable, when the Prime Minister gave her resignation speech in Downing Street, that the section on her domestic accomplishments contained few signature achievements beyond getting the deficit down and keeping employment growing – both impressive, but built on the foundations laid by David Cameron and George Osborne.last_img read more

Treadwell points to experience in campaign for governor

first_imgEconomy | Energy & Mining | Interior | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentTreadwell points to experience in campaign for governorAugust 13, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Mead Treadwell says he would draw from his business and government experience if he’s elected governor. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Mead Treadwell is trying to make up ground in the race to win the Aug. 21 primary to become the Republican candidate for governor.When Treadwell says why he should be governor, the former lieutenant governor talked about the sheer range of issues he’s faced in business and government.“You need a candidate with experience to be your governor,” he said. “The odds are very strong that the Republicans are going to win this race. The Democrats and Bill Walker are, you know, going to be dividing up the left. And I want the Republicans to put forward a strong candidate who has actually worked on Alaska’s economy all over the state.”Treadwell is 62 years old. He grew up in Connecticut.Treadwell said his father was admirable in many ways, but that he abused alcohol.“I came from a family, which had a great dad when he was sober,” he said. “He was mayor of our town. He had actually just cut the ribbon on a fire department the day before our house burned down and the fire department was pulling him out. He died in that fire and the rest of us got out.”He came to Alaska with his grandmother in 1974, and served on Walter Hickel’s unsuccessful campaign for governor four years later. He spent most of the 1980s working for a company trying to develop the Asian market for Alaska’s natural gas. After Hickel was elected governor in 1990, Treadwell joined the administration as deputy commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation.He has three children who he largely raised on his own after his first wife Carol died from brain cancer.“When she died, she left me a kindergartner, a first-grader, a fifth-grader and a minivan,” Treadwell said. “And I drove that minivan to scouts and to volleyball and to the ski hill. And had we not been able to come together as a family and spend those weekends, every weekend at the cabin, I’m not sure we would have survived.”Treadwell remarried, to Virginia McClure.Hickel remains a powerful influence on Treadwell. Hickel told Treadwell near his death in 2010 to continue the state’s longtime fight for more control over its land.“Another thing he said is: ‘Stay free,’” Treadwell said. “We engraved it on his gravestone where he was buried standing up, so he didn’t have to get up to fight, he said. But the main thing about ‘stay free’ is this: Don’t be set with conflicts. And make sure that you have your principles, but be creative enough in your thinking and pragmatic enough in your thinking to get things done.”His business experience included work with an investment firm he started with his friend John Wanamaker and two others. Wanamaker credits Treadwell’s persistence with the success of some of the companies they invested in. They include Immersive Media, which developed the 360-degree cameras later used for Google Street View.“The reason why we got there is my buddy just kept beating that horse,” Wanamaker said. “We just kept working it and working it and working it when, you know, some of us thought, ‘Hey, maybe it’s a cool technology, but there’s no application.”Treadwell’s campaign website doesn’t lay out many specific policy proposals. He does say he supports setting permanent fund dividends at the full amount under the formula used until 2016. Treadwell hasn’t spelled out how he would pay for it. He says he would look to lower the cost of state government while improving what he calls government’s  “outputs,” in areas like high school graduation rates and the rate that prisoners commit new crimes.“I’m not going to tell you a division I’m going to eliminate or anything else,” he said. “I’m going to make sure that we look at outputs as well as inputs.”He noted his experience with Street View and another business that provided anti-piracy technology for films.“We could be attracting those kind of companies here,” he said.He said he would look for opportunities to develop manufacturing and other industries that would add value to the state’s natural resources.“I’m wearing a belt that’s made out of salmon leather right now,” he said. “We’ve got to be ferocious in bringing jobs back to the state.”Treadwell’s immediate rival is former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy. The senator’s brother and others have bankrolled a group backing Dunleavy.“I don’t see a problem with Mike Dunleavy having the capability to get elected,” Treadwell said. “I do see a problem with Alaska having a governor who doesn’t have a whole lot of experience. And there was what I’ll call checkbook deterrence to others who wanted to get into the race … I finally decided that I’m going to go up against this paper tiger and I won’t have as much money. But I’ve started companies where we didn’t have as much money as somebody else and we made things happen.”Treadwell said he’s gaining support from Republicans, as well as from undeclared and nonpartisan voters.Share this story:last_img read more

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 10, Episode 8 Recap:…

first_imgTVUncategorized‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 10, Episode 8 Recap: Facts, Chills, and Kisses to Start the SeasonThe first night of performances brings powerful dancing, heavy competition, and a big night of smoochies.By Renee Camus – June 26, 2013874ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s only the first week of performances and the competition on SYTYCD is already sky high. Everyone is so strong, even the couples who got lukewarm responses only looked marginally uncomfortable with their assigned style. Who knows how America will decide? We just hope viewers can figure out the complicated new voting system. It took Cat Deeley a good 10 minutes to describe it. (Not really, but it felt like it.)  We’re getting ahead of ourselves. First we were treated to an incredible group number from Tabitha and Napoleon, all done in one long, well coordinated take. Herb Alpert’s rendition of “Puttin’ On the Ritz” was fun and energetic and we did notice his cameo (we were wondering what Stan Lee was doing there). Resident judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe joined in the fun, as did this week’s choreographers: NappyTabs, Travis Wall, Sean Cheesman, Jason Gilkison, and Christopher Scott (Sonya Tayeh and Tyce Diorio didn’t appear in the number). Talk about using your space. Starting outside in the driveway, the dancers traveled through every bit of the studio, the offices, the backstage, and finally ended up in front of the audience, changing outfits along the way. Amazing.With the official start of the live show, we met the dancers, coupled alphabetically, and Cat introduced guest judge Wayne Brady. Cat, though still gorgeous, looked downright subdued compared to the eye-catching, quirky outfits she usually wears. Not a bit of sparkle on her. Still, she wears hot pink well.We met each couple with a ten-second rundown and bullet-list commentary of facts, starting with krumper Mariah—because we saw almost none of her during the auditions. She paired with contemporary dancer Carlos (which Cat pronounces Car-loss) for a frenetic jive routine. The judges complimented them on their energy and performance but the routine was a little rough and the lifts labored. We also wanted to see a bit more actual jive; the footwork was certainly jive but nothing much in the partnering resembled swing. Nigel was right: Mariah did look like Debbie Harry from Blondie. They may be in some trouble this week, but we hope she sticks around. We’re curious to know what happened to her front teeth.Travis Wall did back to back routines, one contemporary, one jazz. Alan and Not Crazy Cat Lady Jasmine M. danced the contemporary routine—while blindfolded. Are you kidding? It looked like a mesh blindfold, so perhaps they weren’t as blind as it seemed, but that was clearly challenging choreography. They did it beautifully, with lots of contact and a few exhilarating blind catches, launching their partnership with a big smooch. Malece and Jade’s jazz routine impressed the judges but didn’t thrill us. The music was repetitive and the concept got lost (we thought she was going to slit his throat at the end, a la Sweeney Todd). Malece did dance with maturity and Jade is terrific—and also a cat lover. Yay for men who love cats.Jenna and Tucker (Team Tuna, presumably from Tucker’s childhood dream of being a merman?) danced a 1940’s style Broadway routine choreographed by Tyce. Tucker looked adorable and they both danced well, canoodling in the sheets. Nigel called them a power couple (the first of the night), and Wayne compared him to Donald O’Connor and her to both Cyd Charisse and Gwen Verdon. High praise indeed. Jenna got lipstick all over Tucker’s face, prompting Cat to send him off with her own lipstick smack on the cheek.Ballroom Brittany finally made an impression with the striking Afro-Jazz routine she did with animator BluPrint. Sean Cheesman’s choreography was exciting and energetic, and both dancers were strong, especially considering how out of their respective wheelhouses the style was. We loved that terrific lift into the cartwheel over BluPrint’s shoulders. And Cat cracked up the judges with her own rendition of Afro-Jazz . . . which looked more like a hoedown. No wonder Wayne found it so funny. That’s going to be the new move du jour.After a clip of Adam Shankman and Nigel hamming it up in preparation for National Dance Day (July 27), tapper and Belieber Alexis and adorable Nico struggled through Christopher Scott’s first hip-hop routine, which Mary downgraded to “pleasant-hop.” It didn’t move well on the dancers who, as Nigel said, seemed to have decided they “don’t do swag and just accepted it.” There was a good bit of mugging, and the awkward moves were played humorously, but it didn’t quite fly. (Nico pulled himself up by his groin. Bizarre.) It’s a shame, because we really want these two to stick around. Scott’s second routine suited Hayley and Curtis much better, though it took a while to get into the hip-hop part, and the concept was a little belabored. But adorable Curtis really turned on the sex appeal, which was unexpected. He may be one to watch.Contemporary dancer Makenzie and Latin dancer Paul, who somehow had never danced ballroom before, performed Jason’s Viennese waltz choreography. Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You” is a great waltz, but it seemed incongruous with the costumes and the silliness of the video package. Still, the dancers pulled it off with lovely effortless lifts, though that flouncy dress was hideous.Jasmine H. and Aaron killed Sonya’s jazz routine, while Amy and Fik-Shun finished the evening with Sonya’s contemporary. Both are power couples, though the judges only awarded the title officially to Jasmine and Aaron. She was terrific, and the judges were impressed with him, but he’s still an unknown. He partnered well, assisting Jasmine with those exciting across the floor kicks—to the head. The replay made them look that much more jarring. Amy and Fik-Shun had great control in the angsty contemporary routine and gave Cat her “first chills of the season.” Sonya’s move du jour was not as obvious in either number, though it was there, and Fik-Shun was reminiscent of Leroy from Fame, though it was probably the cornrows… and the shirtlessness. After tonight’s intense but exciting competition, we’ll be sorry to see any of the couples go in next week’s first elimination. TAGSCat DeeleyEpisodeL.A CultureMary MurphyNappyTabsNigel LythgoeRecapSo You Think You Can DanceSonya TayehSYTYCDTelevisionWayne BradyPrevious articlePaicheNext articleGay Marriage is Legal! Where Should I Party in Los Angeles?Renee Camus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsGorgeous Hotel Pools in L.A. Where You Can Cool Off Without Booking a RoomWhy You Should be Listening to Mexican-Born, L.A.-Based Rapper Niña Diozlast_img read more

News / Booming air freight exports to US a logistical headache in Vietnam

first_img By Sam Whelan in Vietnam 26/09/2019 Vietnam’s booming exports to the US are causing a logistical headache for freighter operators as the trade gap between the two countries continues to widen.AirBridgeCargo (ABC) saw a 53% increase in Vietnam volumes so far this year, after upping weekly lift from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to two and three flights respectively.Eric Lamare, the carrier’s vice president Asia and Pacific for scheduled cargo operations, told The Loadstar the impressive growth had been largely fuelled by US demand.“We put into place dedicated operations into the US for specific customers, and this is where the biggest growth is happening,” he said on the sidelines of the Air Freight Logistics Vietnam conference in Ho Chi Minh City last week. © Yuriy Kirsanov center_img “Also, because of the shift in production from China to Vietnam, we see more demand into the US, which is naturally showing faster growth from Vietnam than Europe at the moment.”Mr Lamare said the manufacturing shift from China was not solely down to the trade war, however, and was so far limited in scope. There could be a larger shift in 2020, he believed, given the time it takes to move production.Still, Vietnam’s exports to the US, its biggest trading partner, surged 33% year on year, to $36bn for the first seven months of 2019, according to US Census Bureau data. US exports to Vietnam were valued at $5.9bn, meaning the trade deficit increased 39% on the same period last year.“For us, the imbalance is huge,” said Mr Lamare. “We already operate two stops on these Vietnam flights; most of the inbound cargo is going to other destinations like Singapore or Taiwan.“Then we have to position the flights for exports from Vietnam. Only around 30% of the tonnage arriving is for Vietnam, meaning we need to operate smartly with freighters to make these operations profitable.”He said inbound volumes included project cargo, aircraft engines and some pharmaceutical products, while exports remained dominated by garments, footwear  and, increasingly, electronics.Another challenge is Vietnam’s creaking infrastructure and its capacity for future growth. National volumes jumped 13% to 1.5m tons last year, with additional growth of at least 10% expected this year. Officials predict annual throughput to reach 2.2m tons by 2020.“The airports are already quite congested with passenger aircraft, and there’s something like 80 freighters a week out of Hanoi and 50 from Ho Chi Minh, which is more congested. Plus there’s seven Vietnamese airlines and they don’t have freighters yet,” explained Mr Lamare.“So slots will be an issue. We already have restrictions on freighters, so it will be a challenge when we need to increase the frequency of the flights to cope with demand.”There is a new airport planned outside Ho Chi Minh City at Long Thanh, but Mr Lamare said it was “doubtful” the $5.4bn project would be completed within five years.As for the remainder of 2019, he said most customers were not expecting a strong peak season from Vietnam.“But still, if we look at China, from where we still operate most of our capacity, there are new product introductions planned before the end of the year for some customers and we’ve received additional capacity requests.“How long it will last? Most think probably not more than two and a half months, best case scenario.“The question is more what’s going to happen next year with this shift of production. It will take time, but I think China will stay very strong.“The other countries around cannot cope; they don’t have the facilities or the manpower, and most of the production to Europe will stay in China,” Mr Lamare added.last_img read more

Repeal of medical deduction prompts tax bill pushback

first_img WASHINGTON — The medical expense deduction targeted for repeal by GOP tax writers has helped to offset costs including nursing home care and fertility treatments, laser eye surgery, and travel out-of-state for a second opinion on a rare cancer.Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable deduction under the House GOP bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying to save it. About the Author Reprints What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Politics STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP GET STARTED What is it? Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Associated Press Nov. 7, 2017 Reprints Repeal of medical deduction prompts tax bill pushback Associated Press Tags policylast_img read more

In Pictures: Laois Martial Arts successfully compete in 11th competition of the year

first_img GAA GAA By Dáire McDonald – 20th October 2019 Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Twitter Facebook Her sister Amelia Reinhardt (13 yrs) had terrific fights competing also in both Pointfighting and Light Contact, securing a well earned bronze in Light ContactBoth Anthony Conroy and Aodhan Sherwin had a great day of competition in both points and light, coming away with some great experience from the event.Head Coach Shane Culleton, commented that he always stresses to his fighters that fighting is all about progress.He said: “We train well so we can progress from every competition, progress does not always mean winning or getting a medal but once a child steps on to the mats, stands up tall and puts the best version of themselves forward on the day, then they are winners in so many ways.”Shane further elaborated that sometimes we can get lost in the medal hunt and that is never healthy especially for children.Next up for the busy club is the Northeast Open in Co. Monaghan, which will wrap up the year of fighting for the club.That brings a total to 12 events for the club this year as well as2 international events.For details on Kickboxing in Co. Laois Find us on Facebook at Laois Martial Arts or call 0863399287Amelia Reinhardt, Hannah Reinhardt, Aodhan Sherwin, Anthony Conroy, Peter McInerneyHannah Reinhardt The Rumble Champion 2019SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Laois GAA players enjoying huge success abroad Pinterest Laois Martial Arts were in action again in Citywest competing in their 11th event of the year, The Rumble.A team of 5 competing at the event in both Pointfighting and Light Contact.The youngest member of the team, Peter McInerney (5yrs) competed in Light Contact, earning a 2nd place in the under 7’s Boys Novice.Hannah Reinhardt (10 yrs) had a great day competing in 3 sections on the day.Her first section, Intermediate points saw her winning First place. She went on to win a bronze in the advanced Pointfighting and bronze in Intermediate Light Contact.center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Facebook Home Sport Other Sport In Pictures: Laois Martial Arts successfully compete in 11th competition of the… SportOther Sport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, October 20, 2019Next articleProperty Watch: Five homes currently on the market in Durrow Dáire McDonald TAGSLaois Martial Arts In Pictures: Laois Martial Arts successfully compete in 11th competition of the yearlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

first_img Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Deaths Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 16th February 2021 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDeaths in Laois Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Council Previous articleTalking Sport Podcast: The ban, a new hurling chairman and Shanahoe ladies football featureNext articlePositive news for Laois village as work underway for high speed broadband connection LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Br. Cyril (Jerry) CollinsDe La Salle Brothers, Castletown, Laois / Kiskeam, CorkBr, Cyril (Jerry) Collins, De La Salle Brothers, Miguel House, Castletown, Portlaoise Co. Laois and formerly of Doon, Kiskeam, Co. Cork. February 15th. 2021. Predeceased by his sister Hannah. Greatly missed by his sister Nora (O’Keeffe), The Shamrock House, Ballydesmond, Co. Cork, brother Andy, Skerries, Dublin, sister in law Patricia Collins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and by a host of friends and past pupils, staff in Miguel House and especially his confreres in religion.In line with Government HSE advice and to insure the safety of all a Private funeral will take place (limited to 10 people). Br. Cyril’s Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday (17th. Feb.) at 2pm in the Monastery Chapel, Castletown, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Br. Cyril’s family and the De La Salle Brothers would like to thank you for your understanding and support at this sad and difficult time.Ben McCormackKillenard, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully in the loving care of the staff of Oakdale Nursing Home Portarlington. Loving husband of the late Kathleen and dear brother of the late Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving sons Mike, Ber and Pat, daughter Angie, daughters-in-law Mary and Ann Marie, son-in-law Mick, grandchildren Nicola, Alison, Shauna, Michelle, Aoife and Zoe, great-grandchild Nova, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions A Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from Mahers Chapel of Rest, Portarlington on Thursday at 11:20am arriving St John’s Church, Killenard for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. People are welcome to stand along the route to the Church, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Social Distancing being observed at all times.Ben’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on: https://laoisfuneralslive.com/johnmaherfuneraldirectorEileen Carroll (née Deane)Bride Street, Ballinakill, Laois / Birr, OffalyEileen passed away peacefully in her 96th year at Fennorhill Nursing Home, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny. Pre-deceased by her husband Paddy, daughters Brenda and Mary and grandson Anthony. Sadly missed by her daughters (Lila Carroll, Roscrea) (Eileen Dooley, Attanagh) (Teresa Dunne, Ballinakill), sons-in-law Frank, John and Peter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours and a large circle of friends.Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11am in St. Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill followed by interment in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Due to government regulations, max 10 people in church. Funeral Mass may be viewed on https://www.ballinakillknockparish.com/Elizabeth McCormack (née O’Neill)26 The Grange, Portlaoise, Laois / Ballinakill, Laois / Newtown, KildareElizabeth passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home. Loving wife, mother, foster mum and grandmother. Formerly of Sarto Park, Naas and Kilkenny Rd, Ballinakill. Sadly missed by her loving husband Tommy, sons Martin and Ray, daughter Caitriona, foster daughter Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughter-in-law Karen, sons-in-law John and Michael, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, extended family and friends.A private Funeral Mass will take place in St Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill at 2 o’c on Tuesday followed by burial in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Funeral Mass may be viewed on ballinakillknockparish.com Due to Government advice 10 people max in church.Iris Mohan (née Cole)Ballyfin, LaoisIdeford, Devon, England and formerly of Ballyfin, Laois. Beloved wife of Barry and much loved mother of Wendy, David and Paul. She will be forever loved and dearly missed by her husband, sons and daughter, son-in-law Phil, daughter-in-law Dawn, her grandchildren Danielle, Natalie, Thomas, Patrick and Lauren, sisters Sheila, Frances and Violet, brother Hughie, sister-in-law Sheelagh, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.Due to Covid guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for immediate family only on 25th February at St Mary’s Church Ideford, Devon, England.Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to www.irismohan.muchloved.com.Patrick (Paddy) MurphySpa Hill, Mountrath, LaoisPatrick (Paddy) Murphy, Spa Hill, Mountrath, Co. Laois. – Feb 14th 2021 (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, sons Matthew and Patrick, daughter Carole, son in law Lorcan, grandchildren, nephews in particular Philip who offered him such care and attention in his later years, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to government advice regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place on Tuesday (16th Feb) in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath. You can view the Funeral Mass live on webcam from 10 o’clock. Webcam link: https://www.mountrathparish.ieKathleen Dooley (née HOGAN)Hillview, Camross, Camross, LaoisKathleen Dooley, (neé Hogan), Hillview, Camross, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died 12th February 2021, (unexpectedly) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. Predeceased by her son Noel, deeply regretted by her loving husband Joe, and dear mother of Thomas, Moyra, P.J., Lourda, Paul, Catherina, Dermot and Josephine. Sadly missed by her adoring grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.In accordance with current government / HSE guidelines and in the safety of our most vulnerable, a private family Funeral Mass will take place will take place on Monday morning in St. Fergal’s Church, Camross, at 11am (max of 10 people in church), followed by burial in the adjoining cemeteryKathleen’s Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Camross Community Pastoral Council Facebook Page.Jack KellerLea Road, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully, at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, family Frank, Mary, Paddy, Ann, Bernadette, Kate, Jim, John, Rosemary and Ruth, brothers Jimmy and Bobby, sisters Mary and Ann, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private family funeral will take place. Removal from Maher’s Chapel of Rest, Portarlington, on Tuesday at 11:20am arriving to St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington. People are welcome to stand along the route to the church, in the churchyard and in the cemetery with Social Distancing being observed at all times.The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Jack’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-michaels-church-portarlingtonSEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, February 15, 2021 Facebook Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Indian women experience far more Covid-related hardship than men, research finds

first_imgIndian women experience far more Covid-related hardship than men, research finds New research has revealed that women in India have suffered much more than men during the coronavirus pandemic, and in more ways than is usually recognised, due to pre-existing gender inequalities.Professor Bina Agarwal from The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute found that women have suffered more job losses than men under the COVID lockdown, and their post-lockdown recovery has also been much lower. They face economic insecurity due to meagre savings and assets, double work burdens, digital inequalities, and restrictive social norms.Urban women reported substantial or total loss of income during the lockdown. Those employed as domestic workers were laid off in large numbers – many went back to their villages, and most have not returned since as they are not easily rehired. Even the women who have managed to find jobs, or have re-established their trades as self-employed workers, have not had an equivalent restoration of incomes.Poorer women with limited or no revival in earnings have had to deplete their meagre savings. Many have become indebted, and, in time, could be forced to sell their limited assets such as small animals, bits of jewellery, or even their tools of trade, such as carts. A loss of assets would seriously jeopardise their economic futures, and raises the spectre of deepening poverty, even destitution.Indeed, women are disproportionately affected even when men lose their jobs. For example, the return of unemployed male migrants to their home villages has led to overcrowding in local jobs that women depend on. Women’s housework burdens – cooking, childcare and fetching firewood and water – have also risen substantially. The burden of food shortages has also tended to fall more on women, due to social norms where women eat last and least.In addition, overcrowding of homes under COVID has intensified domestic violence, but many women cannot report this to the authorities due to lack of access to mobile phones. The research also found that male mortality due to COVID has adversely affected widowed women, who face restricted mobility and hence increased social isolation.Despite all this, Agarwal’s research shows that rural women’s livelihoods have remained more viable when they are based on group enterprises. This is particularly apparent in Kerala, where the state government promoted women’s neighbourhood groups for savings and credit, and the members of these groups then took up joint enterprises, especially group farming.Most of the 30,000 women’s groups in Kerala that had been cultivating collectively pre-COVID were largely protected from economic fallout, since they had group labour for harvesting, and many sold their produce to women-run community kitchens. In contrast, many individual male farmers lost their produce due to labour shortages or a lack of buyers. In eastern India, those farming in groups reported being more food secure, since they had higher foodgrain yields than the individual small farmers who had to depend on the less-reliable government public distribution system.Agarwal argues that India has huge potential for expanding group enterprises among its 6 million self-help groups. During the pandemic, an estimated 66,000 women members of these self-help groups survived by producing millions of masks, hand sanitisers and protective gear. In rural areas, group farming could provide sustainable livelihoods for these groups.The full report is available to view at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X20304393#b0185. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:childcare, community, coronavirus, domestic violence, gender inequalities, Government, India, isolation, Jewellery, mobile phone, mortality, Professor, sustainable, university, University of Manchester, womenlast_img read more

Draft budget now on public exhibition

first_imgDraft budget now on public exhibition Armidale Regional CouncilA Draft Operational Plan and Budget with a focus onback to basics service delivery and improved financial results is now on publicexhibition until Thursday, 24 June 2021.The draft documents were endorsed for publicexhibition on Wednesday at the Council Meeting and detail the proposedactivities and budget and supporting rates, charges and fees for the 2021-2022financial year. The 2021-2022 financial year will also see the introduction ofthe harmonisation of rates between the former Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra ShireCouncils proposed to be undertaken over four years.Armidale Regional Council General Manager JamesRoncon said it was important for residents to have their say on the proposedincreases to fees and charges, the budget and financial direction of Council.Community consultation is also being undertaken on the proposed four year ratesharmonisation implementation framework.“This budget is the first step of a long anddisciplined road in maintaining levels of service to the community andimproving Council’s financial position,” said Mr Roncon.“The Council’s financial position is dire but thisyear’s budget is about bringing Council to a point where we can deliver basicservices and set a foundation that addresses the requirement of the PerformanceImprovement Order that Council is operating under.“This also means we need to keep saving money tobuild up our available funds for at least the next three or four budgets toenable Council to address the condition of some of our assets that aredeteriorating. At the moment we are predominantly relying on State and Federalgrants to address deteriorating assets and fund new ones. This isn’tsustainable and Council needs to be able to have cash reserves available tocontribute to improving our assets or for any unexpected situation.”Council’s financial position has been impacted by therecent drought, bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021-2022Draft Operational Plan and Budget attempts to mitigate these impacts as far aspossible without cuts to services. The budget position will be supported withstrategies to ensure costs are tightly controlled and financial managementacross the business is a key priority.“When you review the proposed budget you will see amodest surplus has been forecast for the general, water and sewer funds, whichlooks positive and is testament to the hard work of Council officers butdoesn’t really tell you the complete picture,” said Mr Roncon.“Considerwhen you do your own family budgets. The house needs a new roof but you willneed to save up over many years to pay for it. You’d also like a new car. It’snot essential but wouldn’t it be nice. If you try to fix the roof quickly andbuy the new car you’ll spend all your available budget in that year and youwon’t have enough money left to live on. This is the same for council’s budget.“Our assets are similar to fixing your roof. We’dreally like to do it now but don’t have enough cash in reserves, it will takemany years of saving and reducing our annual expenditure. This includes newprojects that would be great assets to the community but are not essential atthis time.”There is some good news to come out of the 2021-2022Draft Operational Plan and Budget. Council has been able to take advantage ofconsiderable stimulus funding provided by State and Federal Governments tocombat the negative effects of the drought, bushfires and the pandemic.Council was also successful in obtaining approval toturn a temporary Special Rate Variation into a permanent one from 2021-2022financial year. This will provide critical funding for asset renewal.In 2021-2022 Council will direct $5.8 million intokey asset renewal programs including kerb and gutter and footpath replacement,urban and rural road re-sealing, gravel re-sheeting, stormwater drainage andbuilding renewals.With the inclusion of over $36 million in capitalgrants, Council’s 2021-2022 capital program totals $65 million.“Critical infrastructure renewal like the DumaresqDam wall strengthening, Puddledock Dam pipeline rehabilitation and thesignificant expenditure on the essential improvements to the Kempsey Road wouldnot happen without support from the State and Federal Government,” said MrRoncon.“However it must also be remembered that theseprojects also require expenditure and resources from Council’s own finances,further straining and lengthening the time it will take to restore Council’sfinances.”Council is encouraging the community to have yoursay on The Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022 until Thursday 24 June,2021. The suite of documents on public exhibition include:·Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022 (includingthe operational and capital budget);·Draft Revenue Policy 2021-2022 (includingproposed four year rates harmonisation implementation framework); and·Draft Fees and Charges 2021-2022These documents and a number of fact sheetshighlighting proposed changes to rates and charges are available to view onCouncil’s your say online engagement hub. Yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.auHard copies will also be available at the CivicAdministration Buildings in Armidale and Guyra and at the libraries.Council will be hosting two information sessions.In Armidale on Tuesday 8 June from 5.30pm at the Council Chambers and in Guyraon Wednesday 9 June from 5.30pm in the Guyra Council Chambers. Staff willpresent the Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022 and conduct a Q&Asession. Registration is essential via yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.au if you wouldlike to attend in person or you may choose to watch the sessions live on ourYouTube channel. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, bushfires, community, Dumaresq, Exhibition, Federal, federal government, Government, Guyra, infrastructure, Kempsey, local council, pipeline, resources, stormwater, sustainablelast_img read more