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‘Carry On Fundraising’ with United Utilities

first_img‘Carry On Fundraising’ with United Utilities Howard Lake | 23 June 2003 | News Utility provider United Utilities has chosen Macmillan Cancer Relief as its charity of the year, and Macmillan supporter Christine Hamilton joined in the launch in a day of ‘Carry on Fundraising.’Employees of United Utilities, the North West’s main provider of water, wastewater and electricity services, have voted for Macmillan Cancer Relief as the company’s charity of the year. The company has set itself a target of raising a minimum of £50,000 through employee fundraising events over the next 12 months, although it is confident it will exceed that total.Macmillan supporter Christine Hamilton joined in ‘Carry On Fundraising’, a day of challenges inspired by the comedy film series, devised to launch the new partnership. Advertisement  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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New Senior Research Director at Factary

first_imgNew Senior Research Director at Factary Howard Lake | 9 June 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Prospect research Recruitment / people Elizabeth Dixon is to join prospect research specialists the Factary as Senior Research Director, moving from her current post as Head of Research in the Development team at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.Chris Carnie, founder of the Factary, told fellow prospect researchers on the prospect-research-uk email list: “Liz has a wealth of experience with substantial campaigns both at the V&A and before that at the Royal Society of Arts, and has a keen grasp of the technical, management and human aspects of running a prospect research team.”She will take up her post in early July. Advertisement  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Ruling leads to change in Trocaire Lenten campaign

first_imgDespite this change Trócaire says that it is satisfied that the three elements of their Lenten campaign namely, fundraising, awareness raising and campaigning on UN Resolution 1325 (including the online petition) are still fully intact. In order to ensure a successful Lenten campaign Trócaire felt it had no option but to agree to this revised script.Trocaire says that advertising is a central element in ensuring a successful Lenten campaign and the work of the organisation is hugely dependent on the success of the campaign. RTE continues to carry Trócaire’s Lenten advertisements as originally submitted. Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 12 March 2007 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Trócaire has been informed by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland that it is confirming its initial decision in relation to Trócaire’s Lenten advertisement on gender equality, deeming that the campaign is toward a political end. This has forced Trocaire to amend the advertisement in the midst of its biggest fundraising campaign.The amendment, however, is so subtle that it is unlikely to have much impact on either awareness raising or fundraising. The BCI has proposed an amendment to the script of the advertisments as follows:“Support Trócaire to help end gender inequality.” The original script stated:“Support Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign to help end gender inequality.”The action of BCI has sparked a debate in Irish newspapers and broadcast media that has helped to draw further attention to the Lenten campaign. The section of the BCI code that relates to advertising states: No advertisement shall be broadcast which is directed towards any religious or political end or which has anyrelation to an industrial dispute. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Ruling leads to change in Trocaire Lenten campaignlast_img read more

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‘On the March’ toward a new May ‘68?

first_imgParis, April 13 — President Emmanuel Macron is right: “France is back!” But not postcard France — angry France! Its anger broods at the foundation of French society and has its reasons, plenty of them. There is no need to review them all; one article would not be enough.But one factor dominates all others: for decades, the continued, stubborn pursuit of neoliberal policies has torn apart the social fabric, impoverished the working class, made jobs more precarious, compressed wages, thrown masses of people out of work, shredded ties of solidarity, sharpened selfishness, glorified the despicable values of capitalism, promoted the crude reflexes of consumerism and promoted an attitude of submission.And we would expect the people not to react?Appointed by Macron, the current government, led by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, supposedly “neither right nor left” (but then what? “extreme-center”?) has eliminated the tax on extreme wealth and increased fees paid by employees and retirees. He has offered astronomical grants to transnational corporations that lay people off, but compressed public service budgets. Day-by-day, drop-by-drop, he pushes the country toward a Europe that is anti-social, authoritarian and subordinate to U.S. hegemony.Although Macron has a parliamentary majority under his total control, he is pushing through his employer-dictated program by a parliamentary maneuver that enacts a bill without a vote. Such ordinances bypass the deputies even of his own new party, La République en Marche (On the March). Macron also has announced new privatizations, as if neoliberalism had not long proven its universal failure.This is why a revolt is growing in France.The backdrop to the rising conflicts lies in defeats suffered by workers in recent years. One was the fight against pension “reform,” which the disunited unions lost in 2010. Then came the fight against labor law “reform,” which started out as the “Macron law” and then was renamed the “El Khomri law,” which likewise lost last year. [El Khomri was minister of labor in the last Hollande government.] This battle to defend the rights and interests of workers was led by the CGT (General Confederation of Labor) until late 2017.Because it fought alone, or almost alone, the CGT could not prevail, especially since some of its leaders are less than combative. The unions had to resist the repression directed at these struggles. This repression extended to the “criminalization” of such trade union actions as the “sequestration of executives” at Goodyear, the “tearing of executives’ shirts” at Air France, and resistance at Peugeot and in other companies where activists have been discriminated against and even condemned to suspended prison sentences.This is why struggle is intensifying.For the moment, these struggles are scattered: railway workers’ strikes (currently two days out of five, until June), Carrefour retail store staff (April 13), Air France (March 30), education and research (March 10), territorial medical and social services (Feb. 14), hospitals (Jan. 31), institutions serving the elderly (Jan. 30) and postal workers (Jan. 9). In addition, workers in social service organizations, the gas and electricity company, the chemical and oil sectors, the civil service. …Even temporary workers were able to lead strikes — which is unprecedented — including those in fast food outlets and Afro hairdressing salons. In no particular order, the unemployed, homeless, undocumented, retirees, pacifists, anti-fascists, ecologists and other activists have also protested.All over France on March 22, nearly half a million protesters were in the streets for a big day of action against the “Macron reforms.”For weeks, students have been mobilizing. Many of them oppose the government’s education “plan” to make university entrance more selective. They have totally blocked several university centers, including those at Paris 1 (Tolbiac), Paris 8 (Saint-Denis), Montpellier and Toulouse. The authorities responded to the student uprising by sending in the CRS national police brigades on April 9 to club young rebels on the Nanterre campus!The university at Nanterre is where the May 1968 revolt began. At the entrance to one of the occupied universities, one can read this banner: “May ‘68, were they afraid? 2018, we will make them more so!”Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre National Recherche Scientifique, who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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China Has Culled 200,000 Pigs Due to Swine Fever Outbreak

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News China Has Culled 200,000 Pigs Due to Swine Fever Outbreak Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Oct 21, 2018 China, the world’s largest pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs from its herds due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever. A Reuters report says Chinese health officials made the announcement last week. That number represents a small part of the 700 million pigs that China slaughters every year for food consumption. However, due to restrictions on transporting animals that are designed to help curb the spread of the disease have created tight pork supplies in parts of the country.Forty-one disease outbreaks have affected 27 different cities across the country. The Chinese Animal Health and Epidemiology Center say the disease, which is deadly to pigs but not to humans, is very hard to detect and prevent. China has culled pigs on each of the farms hit by outbreaks, as well as all the animals on other farms within a three-mile range of each outbreak. Most of the swine fever outbreaks have happened in northeast China. That’s an area which typically sends its hogs to slaughter in the south, closer to consumption centers.The U.S. has suspended pork imports from Poland last week after an outbreak of African Swine Fever in that country. According to porkbusiness.com, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service also has concerns over Polish export protocols. APHIS discovered that a Polish export facility shipping pork to the U.S. didn’t follow the requirements designed to help prevent the spread of serious livestock diseases. The USDA also says a second facility in Poland is under review.The USDA is also working with Customs and Border Protection staff to enhance screening of passenger bags coming from Poland. The checks aim to ensure that restricted products are not brought into the country. African Swine Fever has not yet been detected anywhere in North America. The disease is highly-contagious among domestic and feral pigs, but it poses no danger to human health.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE China Has Culled 200,000 Pigs Due to Swine Fever Outbreak SHARE Previous articleHoosier Ag This Week: Preview the National FFA Convention and AgTech Shaping the Ag IndustryNext articleFarm Bill on the Campaign Trail NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Break-in at publisher and news agency specialising in women’s affairs

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Reports RSF_en MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns a break-in that was discovered yesterday morning at the Mexico City offices of CIMAC, an NGO that publishes reports about women’s issues and runs its own news agency, Cimac Noticias. Most of its computer equipment and much of its archives were stolen. July 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Break-in at publisher and news agency specialising in women’s affairs Receive email alerts to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Mexico News News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a break-in that was discovered yesterday morning at the Mexico City offices of CIMAC, an NGO that publishes reports about women’s issues and runs its own news agency, Cimac Noticias. Most of its computer equipment and much of its archives were stolen.“We add our voice to the voices of all the organisations that have publicly condemned this act of vandalism and we express our support for CIMAC,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope an investigation will quickly establish who was responsible.”CIMAC editorial coordinator Caroline Velásquez told Reporters Without Borders: “We think this break-in definitely has to do with CIMAC and the work we have been doing for years to defend human rights and free expression.”Cimac Noticias has recently covered many sensitive stories including a case of sexual abuse of young girls by police officers, rapes of indigenous women by soldiers and harassment of Lydia Cacho, a freelance journalist who has written about paedophile rings (see release No. 16013).CIMAC has reported the break-in to the judicial authorities and 10 NGOs representing social workers, journalists and human rights activists have issued a joint appeal for the break-in to be investigated as quickly as possible. Organisation last_img read more

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Tánaiste happy about reduction in Limerick unemployment

first_imgNewsLocal NewsTánaiste happy about reduction in Limerick unemploymentBy Alan Jacques – May 7, 2015 775 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanfeaturedLabour Partylimerickmarriage equality referendumMinister for Social Protection Joan Burton Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Labour Ladies at the Clarion Hotel, where they held a round table interview with local media last Friday.Joan Burton,Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection and Jan O’Sullivan TD Minister for Education and Skills.(Picture: Keith Wiseman)Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, at the Clarion Hotel, where she held a round table interview with local media last Friday.(Picture: Keith Wiseman)TÁNAISTE Joan Burton welcomed the fall in unemployment numbers in Limerick during a low-key visit to the city last Friday.According to the CSO, all regions saw a drop in unemployment in the last year, with the Mid West recording the largest drop at 13.8 per cent.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Burton welcomed the latest figures while in Limerick to launch her party’s ‘Make It Happen’ campaign ahead of the marriage referendum on May 22.Speaking at the Clarion Hotel, the Social Protection Minister said that the improved employment situation means a lot of people are going back to work on the back of “very good announcements which have come continuously over the last two years and which have increased significantly in recent times.”The latest CSO figures indicate that the number of people on the Live Register has fallen to 343,551, a reduction of 45,008 – or 11.6 per cent – since April 2014. Long-term unemployment has fallen to 158,488, a reduction of 19,737 – or 11.1 per cent – since the same time last year.Asked if the fall in unemployment could be attributed to emigration and employment schemes such as JobBridge, Ms Burton said the Government would be getting the figures in relation to emigration from the CSO quite shortly. “In terms of 2014, all the evidence is in fact that we are beginning to see a return of people to the country. I think parents, grandparents and indeed the GAA have seen this all around the country.“If you look at the jobs being announced in Limerick a lot of them are very high level jobs for people who are very well educated and I anticipated and hoped that people having gained good experience abroad would now look at returning.“The overall figure for Limerick city and county in terms of the decrease on the Live Register to April 31 of this year is 16 and a half per cent. That is a very strong fall. It means a significant amount of people, up to 3,000 of them,  have left the Live Register and gone back to work.“The number who are involved in Back To Education, community employment schemes, Tus and JobBridge have stayed very constant over the last number of years. I developed the Tus and JobBridge schemes as ways of getting people different kinds of experience, and they’ve been very successful,” she said.In relation, to securing a Yes vote in the upcoming marriage equality referendum, she said the response on the doorstep has been very positive.“We’re campaigning nationally and the response is very good, particularly from younger people who are very engaged. We want to send a message to them that they need to carry that support right to the ballot box on polling day. This is critical.”Labour Ladies at the Clarion Hotel, where they held a round table interview with local media last Friday.Joan Burton,Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection and Jan O’Sullivan TD Minister for Education and Skills.(Picture: Keith Wiseman)Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan agreed that the challenge would be to make sure that people actually go out and cast their vote.“A lot of people that we’ve engaged with are quite surprised at the idea that it wouldn’t pass. We’re saying it is important to go out and vote,” she said.The Tánaiste also told Limerick reporters that she believes some of the posters deployed by the No campaign are upsetting and pointed out that surrogacy has nothing to do with the marriage equality referendum.“Since time began, people have been born into circumstance other than that of a perfect family. People who have been widowed, widowers, lone parents those raised by aunts and uncles.“Some of the No posters have been very negative and upsetting for people and also focusing on issues that have nothing to do with the referendum. Surrogacy is an issue in Ireland, but surrogacy is mainly an issue for heterosexual couples and couples who are very often desperate to have a baby. It’s one of the avenues they resort to, so that’s an issue that has to be dealt with,” she concluded.Leaving Limerick, the Tánaiste was met outside the Clarion Hotel last Friday by two Anti Austerity Alliance supporters holding aloft posters with the message “Labour sold out”.“Come and face us,” one of the protesters shouted.center_img Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleMundy returns to his YouthNext articlePallas Foods asked to clarify plans for Limerick plant Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Email Print Twitterlast_img read more

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Finger Lakes School of Massage loses accreditation and former CEO faces lawsuit

first_img Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Tagged: ACCET, Finger Lakes School of Massage, lawsuit, national labor review board According to ACCET Document 32 – Teach-out Closure Policies, plans need to accommodate current students until the end of an agreed-upon term and provide for refunds to students who will not complete their education by the time the institution closes.Losing accreditation does not mean that FLSM is forced to close. The decision to deny reaccreditation can be appealed, and the school could seek accreditation through a different agency recognized by the Department of Education. The lawsuit filed by Kuzari, however, alleges several issues beyond the loss of accreditation threaten the school’s future.Related: Accreditation council examining concerns at Finger Lakes School of MassageThe complaint filed by Kuzari’s attorneys alleges Merwin and Robinson lied about the company’s status throughout sales negotiations. “Defendants consistently lied about the health and capitalization of the company, hiding the mounting debt and crippling financial distress from Kuzari through blatant lies and omissions. Defendants’ pattern was to hide the truth and then, when wholesale lies no longer worked, to release small truths little by little until eventually the whole truth could no longer be hidden,” the complaint reads.The complaint alleges Merwin and Robinson concealed that $670,000 in accounts payable were significantly past due, including more than $400,000 due to key vendors who put the company’s accounts on hold. “The inability of the Company to continue to purchase textbooks, supplies and other key items from its existing partners poses a significant threat to the Company’s ability to operate,” the complaint states.The complaint alleges Trumantra owed more than $160,000 in credit card payments, as well as $170,000 in rent. After receiving an eviction notice for the Mount Kisco campus, the complaint alleges Merwin and Robinson concealed the litigation and that Merwin entered into an unauthorized settlement and payment plan after Kuzari took majority ownership of the company. Kuzari did not become aware of the settlement until January 2019, when “it became clear that Merwin had also caused the Company to be in breach of the settlement plan payments,” according to the complaint.The complaint cites emails allegedly sent by Merwin to suppliers indicating he was aware of Trumantra’s financial problems while concealing them from Kuzari. He allegedly referred to a Department of Education investigation in an email to a supplier on Nov. 2, 2017, writing, “I’m telling you this is the worst situation I’ve been in during my 15 years as owner. I’m not sure what to do at this point, because if I can’t get our results up I’ll lose my Title IV status and if I lose that I will shut the schools down.”Finally, the complaint alleges that while the company was in financial distress Merwin embezzled funds through an entity owned by him and his wife, made side payments to an entity owned by him and Robinson, and paid for personal expenses through the company’s credit card and bank account.Related: Former staff speak out about changing culture of Finger Lakes School of MassageMerwin was terminated for cause on Feb. 26, and the lawsuit was filed on March 28.Shannon Yerkic, who has worked in multiple capacities for Trumantra since early 2017, was promoted to CEO after Merwin’s termination. Yerkic has been at the center of complaints raised by employees at FLSM’s Ithaca campus, who in previous interviews with The Ithaca Voice alleged a hostile work environment. Yerkic was one of two supervisors employees demanded be investigated during a September walkout.Seven of the employees who raised concerns about the school’s operations in September subsequently lost their jobs. They brought charges to the National Labor Review Board, and after an investigation, the agency found that their charges had merit. The employees reached a settlement with FLSM and their charges were withdrawn on April 30.The Ithaca Voice was unable to reach company management for comment Wednesday. center_img ITHACA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes School of Massage has been denied reaccreditation through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, the agency’s accrediting commission announced Wednesday.The news comes just one day after the National Labor Review Board closed a case in which seven former employees alleged they were retaliated against for speaking up about concerns at the school’s Ithaca campus, after the employees and FLSM reached a settlement.ACCET’s decision to deny reaccreditation is appealable, but if upheld, could carry serious consequences for the school, which also has campuses in Mount Kisco, New York and Frederick, Maryland. While ACCET is an independent organization, it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an authority on compliance with educational standards.At the same time, the investment group that owns a majority share of the Trumantra Education Group, FLSM’s parent company, is suing former owners David Merwin and John Robinson for concealing the school’s financial distress, including allegedly hiding the possibility that it would lose its accreditation and Department of Education licenses. The lawsuit was filed March 28 in the New York State Supreme Court.In April 2018, Kuzari Investor, LLC bought an 80% stake in the Trumantra Education Group, which includes FLSM’s three campuses as well as four campuses in Arizona. Robinson cashed out during the deal, while Merwin retained a 20% stake in the company and remained CEO. The lawsuit brought by Kuzari asks for judgments against Merwin and Robinson on counts of breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, requesting both compensatory and punitive damages.While ACCET’s accreditation review and the lawsuit are independent issues, the loss of accreditation could affect Trumantra’s financial standing.“The Company is an educational institution that is regulated closely by Department of Education and its accrediting agency, ACCET. Being excluded from Title IV funding or losing accreditation would have very severe, even fatal, repercussions on the Company,” the complaint filed by attorneys representing Kuzari reads.Related: Employees reach settlement in case against Finger Lakes School of MassageQuestions arose about the school’s accreditation after an on-site inspection by ACCET staff at the Ithaca campus in September. The inspection, along with complaints submitted to the commission by FLSM students and staff, raised concerns about the school’s record keeping, curriculum, human resources procedures and compliance with certification rules.When the ACCET commission met in December, FLSM’s application for reaccreditation was deferred until April. The commission cited 14 areas of concern that needed to be addressed, including several related to financial and personnel record keeping. The commission said an unannounced follow-up inspection would take place to assess whether the issues were adequately remedied.On February 14, ACCET sent a letter to Jerry Barber, FLSM’s campus director at the time, notifying him that the school had been issued an “Institutional Show Cause” directive. Based on a two-day site visit conducted at the Ithaca campus Jan. 9-10, the commission determined FLSM needed “to show cause why its accredited status should not be withdrawn.”The letter states, “This action is taken as a result of substantive concerns regarding the institution’s continued operations,” and cites “egregious noncompliance” with standards related to human resource management, record keeping, financial aid and scholarships, program and instructional materials, supervision of instruction, student satisfaction, employer and sponsor satisfaction, and completion and job placement.FLSM was required to submit a “Teach-out Plan” detailing the steps it would take to close its Ithaca campus, “due to the Commission’s serious concerns regarding the institution’s continued operations,” the letter continues. Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: last_img read more

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New environmental programme launched for Strabane and Lifford

first_img Previous articleAlmost 19,000 teachers to strike todayNext articleCouncil Mica Redress Committee to meet in two weeks time News Highland Facebook A new environmental project focusing on cross-community and cross-border relations in the Strabane, Lifford, and surrounding area has been launched.The EU funded Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project will run until December 2020, 110 participants taking part in a series of programmes to be delivered over the next six months.The project is being led by Derry City and Strabane District Council, working with Donegal County Council.The project manager is Julie Finlay…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/julieenvWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pic – Derry City & Strabane District Council Mayor Michaela Boyle and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the launch of the Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project. Alongside the mayors are Annie Mullan, Butterlope Farm, Damian Devine, Dennett Anglers’ Association, Lawrence McBride, Far and Wild outdoor adventure, Julie Finlay, Environmental Officer, and Mary Claire Kerlin, Project Officer with Peace IV.*************************Statement in full -New Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project announcedA new exciting environmental project focusing on cross-community and cross-border relations in the Strabane, Lifford, and surrounding area has been announced.  The Derry City and Strabane District Council project will see them working with Donegal County Council and community groups on both sides of the border to deliver an innovative programme of activity.The Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and will run until December 2020, with programmes to be delivered over six months and opportunities for 110 participants in the area to take part. The various programmes include a Practical Action Group, which will involve work days focused on improving the environment, the Environmental Explorers, which is designed to help people realise how much the local environment has to offer, and Learning in the Landscape, which will involve structured courses that bring all sides of the community together to learn more about their area. On Wednesday, companies that will be involved in the delivery of those project areas were announced.There will then be a final celebration event in the Autumn, and with an Environmental Action Plan being produced across the duration of the project, with full community input and support, it will ensure that the work that takes place will have a lasting and positive effect on Strabane and the surrounding areas.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Michaela Boyle, said she was looking forward to seeing the project in action.“This is a really exciting project and one that I would encourage everyone to consider getting involved in.“As a Council we are strongly focused on both the protection of our environment as well as the continuous positive strengthening of relations between all sides of our communities.“The future of our planet is something rife in world news at the minute, and this Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project allows us to play our part in educating ourselves about what we have and how, together, we can protect it.“I am looking forward to seeing the work that takes place as the year progresses.”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan also welcomed the project, which he described as innovative and with the potential to bring people together to work on issues that are common to everyone. “Moving to a low carbon climate resilient society is a priority for everyone and is a cross-cutting issue not just in Ireland but across the globe” says Cllr. Crossan.  “And the only way we can address these challenges is by working together to change attitudes, to change practices and behaviours and to educate people that small everyday changes can have a huge impact on the environment.  I think this project could be an exemplar for other regions and I would like to commend the Peace IV Board for funding and supporting such an exciting initiative.”Council Environmental Officer Julie Finlay, who is managing the project, explained that it is an inclusive and informative way of making people more aware of the environment around them while also building positive relations across all sides of the community.“We are delighted to announce the deliverers involved in the Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project and we’re looking forward to the year ahead, and beyond.“The purpose of this project is to increase environmental awareness and provide environmental education for groups and communities within the Strabane, Lifford and surrounding areas, whilst establishing sustainable relationships amongst those communities through peace and reconciliation.“We will be meeting with members of the public, private and voluntary sectors and hosting a number of taster events in February and March that will explain more detail about the exciting events ahead.“As an environmental programme, this project will leave a legacy of specific skills in the local area, and a framework for the strategic management of the environment. It will also leave a legacy of improved relationships between different communities which will have economic as well as social impacts, so we’re looking forward to getting started.”Alison Wallace, Chair of the PEACE IV Board for Derry City and Strabane District Council, added: “We’re delighted to see the Strabane and Lifford Environmental Project moving forward.“It has been important to the Board that our PEACE IV Programme benefitted the entire council area geographically, and this is one of our key projects in Strabane town and in the immediate surrounding rural and cross-border areas. The project, whilst different to, was deliberately designed to complement the forthcoming Riverine Capital project.”Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland. 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Mother distracts armed robber with a taco as she went to ask for help

first_imgLos Angeles County Sheriff(LOS ANGELES) — A taco helped saved a family of six and put a man behind bars on Sunday in Industry, California, authorities said.The family was heading back from a day at a waterpark when they pulled over to get carne asada tacos before the ride home, a statement on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page said.Juan Rodriguez, rding a bike, approached the family while they were eating their tacos and “began to intimidate and terrorize both parents and their four children,” the statement read. “He began flashing a gun, that was concealed in his waist band, showed them a badge and told them he was an undercover cop,” the statement continued.The mother knew something wasn’t right. So what did she do? She offered him a taco. She offered to get him napkins from the taco truck. As she walked away, the man kept showing his gun and went through the mother’s purse.Once at the taco truck, the mother saw the line of people waiting to order and told them what was going on.“She asked them not look back towards her family’s van and asked them to please call 911 or help her,” the statement read.As police responded, Rodriguez allegedly threw his gun into the family’s van and tried to climb inside, the sheriff’s department said.Rodriguez faces several felony charges, including child endangerment, impersonating a peace officer, and outstanding warrants, according to the statement.None of the family members were injured.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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