A petition signed by 22,191 people has been handed in to the Welsh Assembly in an effort to persuade the Welsh Government to help protect Welsh charity shops from an increase in business rates.The petition calls upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to reject proposals which will restrict the vital business rate relief for Welsh Charity shops. If they are not rejected, the changes could cost charities £1.2 million, according to the Charity Retail Association.The campaign has been instigated by the Charity Retail Association with support from Welsh charity organisations WCVA, Tenovus, Oxfam Cymru, Paul Sartori Foundation, Ty Hafan, Protection for Cats, Marie Curie, British Red Cross and Hospies Cymru, representing over 250 Welsh charity shops. Advertisement Warren Alexander, chief executive of the Charity Retail Association, said: “Charity shops make a vital contribution to raising income for a huge range of good causes in Wales. 100 per cent of their profits go to charity, raising over £12 million every year in Wales.”Proposals which reduce business rate relief or restrict charity shops in other ways will reduce this income, and will cause charity shops to close, leaving more empty shops on Welsh high streets and threatening 700 full time jobs and 9,000 volunteering opportunities offered by charity shops in Wales. It would significantly reduce the services that charities are able to provide in Welsh communities, having a disastrous effect on many people all across Wales”. The Welsh Government is currently reviewing evidence and due to make a decision this month.www.charityretail.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Petition submitted to save Welsh charity shops Howard Lake | 11 January 2013 | News Tagged with: Charity Retail Association Law / policy Trading Wales / Cymru 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. 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Courtesy DC-Area Teens Action(WASHINGTON) — Nearly 300 students who will be among the thousands traveling to Washington, D.C., this weekend to rally for gun control do not have to worry about finding a hotel room in the nation’s capital thanks to a group of teenagers.Students from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, have organized a home-share network that has placed hundreds of students in the homes of their classmates’ families for free.“We want to get as many people to the march as possible to show politicians and corporations that if they won’t support us, we won’t support them,” one of the group’s organizers, Gabrielle Zwi, a 17-year-old senior, told ABC News. “The main barriers we saw were transportation and lodging.“Many of the people are under 18 which means they can’t book their own hotel room and the cost is a big issue too,” she explained.The student-led “March for Our Lives” was organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine’s Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.Zwi and her fellow organizers said they felt inspired by the Stoneman Douglas students, who have been outspoken on social media and lobbied politicians for gun control since the shooting.A bomb threat at Walter Johnson High School in February — on the same day some of their classmates were at a gun control rally in Washington — made the student organizers realize they had to do more than sit on the sidelines.“It was a scared and helpless feeling that there’s a possibility we could die and we don’t deserve to feel like this and no one else should have to feel like this either,” said Michaela Hoenig, 17, a senior at the school. “We’ve grown up our whole lives hearing about school shootings and we’re finally old enough to do something about it.”Hoenig, Zwi and their classmates, Kate Lebrun, Mai Canning and Emilio Calvo, started by asking on social media if any Walter Johnson families would be willing to open their homes to march participants to stay for free.They were overwhelmed, they said, with more than 400 responses. The organizers then reached out to Stoneman Douglas students on social media and asked them to spread the word that free housing was available.“We thought maybe we’d get 25 or 30 students and maybe a few hosts,” said Canning. “It’s really heartening and wonderful.”The Walter Johnson students have devoted hours outside of school to matching host families with visiting students. They also plan to host a welcome dinner with student speakers on Friday night before Saturday’s rally.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Tagshomelessnesshousing crisis LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty) In Los Angeles, a planned tiny home village for the homeless is costing the city big bucks.Each of the 39 properties in the city’s first tiny home village, scheduled to open in January, is costing about $130,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.The shed-like homes are less than nine feet by eight feet and total 64 square feet. Other cities have developed similar tiny homes for about a tenth of what L.A. is paying to develop them, according to the report.The units themselves are relatively cheap — L.A. is paying Washington-based company Pallet about $8,600 each for them. The high overall cost of development is because of the cost of infrastructure around them.The contract to prepare the inaugural site is worth $1.5 million. Then there’s $122,000 for underground utilities, $253,000 for concrete foundations, $312,000 to build an office and staff restroom, $1.1 million for mechanical, electrical, and fire alarms, the report noted.Another $626,000 is allocated for permits, fees, designs, project management and inspection costs.High development costs plague affordable housing projects in L.A. as well, often making them too pricey to develop. That roadblock contributes to the overall shortage of housing in the region.City Attorney Mike Feuer said L.A. did all it could to reduce costs, “but not at the expense of safety and hygiene, or of greater overall costs.” That could have included relaxing building code requirements for stormwater runoff and parking, for example.Other jurisdictions that have purchased similar shelters have not provided as robust infrastructure for its villages.The city plans to open more villages next year and expects to spend about $82,000 per unit if bids come in on budget, according to the Times.[LAT] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink
Home » News » Marketing » Fine and Country returns to TV advertising previous nextMarketingFine and Country returns to TV advertisingStory-telling agents say that television advertising increases their brand awareness by over 5%Sheila Manchester27th September 201601,456 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:TV advertising is a brave investment – does it bring results? Fine & Country is re-launching its story-telling TV advertising campaign advert following the success of their advertising campaign in March. The re-launch will run from this September until the end of October.This time the TV advertising campaign gets snappier – with a ten-second advert rather than thirty-seconds. The advert will run again on More 4, Home, 4oD and two new channels Drama and Yesterday. Using the theme of ‘story telling’, the advert focuses on the importance of choosing the right agent who understands how to turn a home into a bestseller.The original thirty-second version of the advert will still be available on the Fine & Country website and YouTube channel. That version shows different life events that happen inside the home, from an exciting birthday party, to the everyday happiness like being with the family dog and a little girl playing in her bedroom.“This is an exciting time for Fine & Country,” said David Lindley, CEO of Fine & Country. “Brand awareness has increased by over 5 per cent within the first three months of the first advert running, and has been viewed over 13 million times. We want this figure to keep growing.”The story telling style is a great idea and when somebody turns from the television to their iPad or phone, the theme continues:“Your home is an unfolding story. Imagine if people could see your home as you see it. What it looks like, sounds like, what it feels like to explore, to live, to laugh and to love. At Fine & Country, we sell more than bricks and mortar. We sell the story of your home, the way you have lived it. Properties like yours require a bespoke and imaginative promotional approach. This is why, when marketing your home to potential buyers, we enhance the lifestyle of your property, focusing on your favourite features and the reasons why you chose to buy it. Your story deserves a happy ending. At Fine & Country we do more than sell houses, we turn your home into a bestseller.”A closely linked print campaign will feature in the national press at the same time.http://www.fineandcountry.com/uk/campaignHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:TV advertising is a brave investment – does it bring results?marketing advertising September 27, 2016Sheila ManchesterAbout Sheila ManchesterRelated 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
View post tag: europe View post tag: Spanish Navy The Spanish Navy minehunter ‘Tajo’ rescued the crewman of a sailboat who was about to sink in rough weather in the Ionian Sea between Italy and the Greek coast.The minehunter received a distress call from a 52-year old Israeli sailor, the only crewman of a sailboat, informing that he was about to sink and requested urgent help.The ‘Tajo’ was 9 miles away and proceeded to rescue the crewman despite the high winds and heavy seas. Although exhausted, the man was in good physical health. Because of the storm, the ‘Tajo’ had to abandon the sinking sailboat informing of her exact position to the Regio Calabria Rescue Center. After riding out the storm during the whole night, the ‘Tajo’ sailed towards the Greek coast to disembark the rescued sailor.Minehunter ‘Tajo’ set sail on June 19th from her home port in Cartagena (Murcia) to integrate into the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG-2) currently conducting surveillance and protection tasks in the Mediterranean Sea.The ship’s crew is made up of 37 people plus 3 EOD divers from the Spanish Navy Diving Center.[mappress mapid=”16384″]Image: Spanish Navy Spanish Navy Picks Up Shipwreck Survivor Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy Picks Up Shipwreck Survivor View post tag: Survivor View post tag: Shipwreck View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Ionian Sea July 2, 2015 Share this article
On a July evening in Cairo, Hussein Omar and I walked into “The place” or “Makan” as it is known to Egyptians. Outside, through the tiny window in the office of the director,policemen march up and down the street chatting loudly. The air is heavy and warm. It is here that we hear the Zar, an ancient female exorcism ritual still considered superstitious by many. A huge woman variously called Fatma, Azza or one of her other names, tells a story about love, backed by seven drummers and a tamboura (a kind of harp) player. Her job is to banish bad spirits through music, dance and song.When we saw this, we knew that we had found something rare, an art-form that speaks to the audience regardless of whether they understand what is said. I’ve always hoped that it is possible to be touched deeply by something in an act of theatre, regardless of the language one speaks, the culture one is embeddedin, and the politics one holds. We set off to Egypt, without a great deal of money, but with Mike Lesslie’s adaptationof Caldéron de la Barca’s The Constant Prince and an idea: to make a piece of theatre that would be a positive collaboration with Eegyptian musicians, and to present our work to an audience we had no knowledge of. I cast dancers, singers, actors and musicians all in the same piece in an attempt to broaden what we were offering, who we could speak to, to open up possibilities, and to try and forget what kind of thing we should be doing with a play, not least because we had no idea what to expect. I had originally hoped to devise a piece without set, lights or music, reliant on simply creating a space where we happenedto be. It soon became clear that this wasn’t to be. Instead, we created a show that was adaptable, but that clearly belonged on a stage. Lighting became a necessity, especially when we met with Saad Samir, a young Eegyptian lighting designer. He lit the show with a dance piece in mind, leaving only the musicians in a small flood the whole way through. They became witnesses to what the actors were doing, occasional participants, always commentators, accompanying the action throughout. This is a model of performance in some way borrowed from the Zar, in which the musicians get up and dance with their drums, joining the narrator, who has been standing throughout. The idea, presented in the show, of a stage needing “feeding” also grew out of our experiences in Eegypt: at the beginning of the piece, the musicians walk on and start playing to the empty space. Ragab Sadek, one of our musicians, explained that this prepares it for the story to take place.The tour was exhausting in many ways. Producing theatre in is a fraught business, and Avery Willis, in a superhuman feat, made the whole thing possible. We played in Cairo and Alexandria, always using independent venues, partly to avoid censorship, but also to make the play more accessible and to ensure that tickets were either free or cost next to nothing. The problemwith this was that some venues considered four hours to be ample get-in time, and whole diplomatic missions had to be undertaken to change this.The most grueling experience was perhaps our trip to Eel Minia. Ddescribed by Lonely Planet as the most dangerousplace in Egypt, we were required to have an escort, though this turned out to be not so much a motorcade as the local policeman. Run by a wonderful group of people, the theatre is the only cultural space in a town of one million, though this didn’t seem intimidating at all. On our way back we looked at our scant water supply and listened to our driver swearing on his mobile, and began to worry. Though in the end the play wasn’t allowed to travel to Minia, one day I hope to return, to meet the audience that packs out the tiny theatre in the desert every time a show comes to town.The company perform in London, 21-27th November. www.arcolatheatre.comARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005
IS IT TRUE we are getting the impression that the leadership (McGinn-Mosby and Weaver) of the Evansville City Council are thinking that the only way they can get us out of the major debt crisis facing the City is to borrow and tax their way out? …its time for the most qualified person on budget and financial matters serving on City Council to speak up and put her life experiences and educational degrees to work? …when Anne Hargis-CPA ran for City Council all she talked about was her having a CPA degree? … she also stated she will be a major asset to the City Council if she is elected to that body because CPA certification?? …it’s time for her to come forward to show us whats she’s made of?IS IT TRUE we find it extremely interesting during the last City Council budget hearing the Mayor requested that Council give Mesker Park Zoo $660,000 to start the design and engineer work for an outdoor penguin exhibit? ..Zoo Director Amos Morris predicts that the penguin exhibit would cost about $5 million to build? …its interesting Amos made no prediction how much this exhibit would cost per year to maintain?IS IT TRUE the former Zoo Director and present Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn is stating that this will be considered a “World-Class” exhibit when complete and that it would increase the Zoo overall revenue? …this sounds like a similar statement he made when he was pushing for his “Wild Jungle Plants” exhibit when he was Director of the Zoo? …we wonder how much McGinns “Wild Jungle Plants” exhibit cost the taxpayers to maintain each year? …we wonder how much revenue this exhibit has bought in since it was built? …does anyone know how much did past Zoo Director McGinns “Wild Jungle Plants” exhibit costs the taxpayers because of “unexpected costs overrun” while constructing this project?IS IT TRUE we were told when past City Council Financial Chairman John Friend CPA tried to explain some information in the budget to Councilman Dan McGinn he got little results? …we hope that Mr. McGinnis budget comprehension skills has improved since then? …if not, maybe Anne Hargis CPA could be of help?IS IT TRUE its time for the Evansville City Council to consider amending the “per meeting stipend policy” in order to be fair and equable to all individuals serving on part-time Boards and Commissions? …we are told some members serving on Evansville Boards and Commissions are being paid a stipend between $300 to $7,000 annually? …some individuals are receiving a per meeting stipend of $25 to $50 per meeting for serving on part-time Boards and Commissions? … many people that are serving on part-time Boards and Commissions appointed by Council are receiving nothing?IS IT TRUE the past City Council reduced the funds from not-for-profits organizations the local main stream media made “one hell of a to do about it“? …when the current City Council did similar this month we wonder why the local main stream media didn’t take one Council member to task? …we wonder if they ever heard of “Whats Good For Goose Is Good For The Gander”?IS IT TRUE taking away City Employees Health Care plan from all part-time elected and appointed members serving on Boards and Commissions would save the City many hundred of thousands of dollars in the 2017 city budget?IS IT TRUE the following elected Vanderburgh County officials are running unopposed and are worthily of your complimentary vote? … we urge you to vote for: State Rep. Wendy McNamara, County Treasurer Susan Kirk, State Senator Valetta Becker, County Surveyor Jeffrey Mueller for re-election?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to hear that a State Grant was given to the City to repave and re-repair roads and sidewalks located on Riverside Drive? …we hope that all the water and sewer lines, electrical and gas transmission delivery lines repairs issues have been addressed before work begins?FOOTNOTES: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday or Monday?Todays READERS POLL question is: Does a political candidate with a strong military background get your attention at the ballot box?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “AUGUST BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Ocean City Fine Arts League announced the winners of the “Black & White with a Touch of Color” Art Show & Exhibition in February.First place: “Molly,” print and watercolor by Janet McShain, of Dennisville.Second place: “The Rosy Finger of Dawn: Italian Morning,” mixed media by Barbara Rosin, of Margate.Third place: “Sylvia,” acrylic by Lolli Grilli.Honorable Mention: “Scruffy,” mixed media by Alisa Harris, of Ocean View, and “Belties,” acrylic by Merryl Cool, of Smithville.The Fine Arts League is mixing it up for the March art show and exhibition, so artists may use any media to create their masterpieces.The league is located at 711 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City and is open seven days a week. All artwork is for sale. Proceeds support local artists.In addition to the artwork in the exhibition, the gallery showcases watercolor, glass, mixed media, pottery, photography, oil, acrylic, textiles, jewelry and sculpture. All are made by professional local artisans.For more information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org and like us on Facebook.Winning first place was “Molly,” a print and watercolor by Janet McShain, of Dennisville. Taking second place was “The Rosy Finger of Dawn: Italian Morning,” a mixed media creation by Barbara Rosin, of Margate.