Strong side named for Scarlets

first_imgIreland U-20 outhalf Paddy Jackson is added to the panel and he will be hoping to get his first taste of Magners League action, having previously appeared on the bench against Munster on New Year’s Day. Ian Humphreys is also named despite being forced to leave the field early against the Ospreys with a shoulder injury. Brian McLaughlin has named in a strong 32 man squad to face the Scarlets in the Magners League on Friday evening (KO 19.05).Ireland trio Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace and Tom Court have been released from 6 Nations duty by Declan Kidney to get some game time, but Rory Best and Stephen Ferris will remain in Dublin with the squad. Their availability will be a huge boost to Ulster Coach Brian McLaughlin after a narrow 23-22 defeat by the Ospreys on Sunday. Trimble, Wallace and Court will no doubt be looking for a big performance to force their way into the starting XV against Scotland next week. Both teams will view this match as must win if they are to realise their ambitions of a top four finish. The Scarlets have lost their previous 5 matches in all competitions, but despite this poor form they currently occupy 4th position, two places ahead of Ulster. Defeat for Ulster on Friday would see them lose further ground on their rivals so they will be intent on producing a big performance.The match day squad will be named at a later this week. TAGS: Scarlets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Insurance broker selects Macmillan Cancer Relief as charity of the year

first_imgJudy Beard, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan said: “We are delighted to be working with Warren Hill and wish them great success on their 40th Birthday. Their support willenable us to provide more specialist cancer services for people living with cancer.” Howard Lake | 16 January 2003 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving. National commercial insurance broker Warren Hill is celebrating its 40th anniversary by choosing Macmillan Cancer Relief as charity of the year. The company’s directors and staff will mark the anniversary by committing themselves to raising money for the charity throughout 2003.Warren Hill is joining Macmillan’s major national events such as the Macmillan Mile campaign in May and the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September. Staff will also be taking part in a variety of events such as sponsored abseiling, race nights, fun runs, dress-up days (where staff pay to wear evening dress at the office for the day) and much more. Macmillan will also be holding fundraising events on Valentine’s Day, Bonfire Night, Halloween, and other traditional celebrations.As well as organising and holding a series of fundraising events the company will also involve its customers and insurance company partners. For example it will send birthday cards to them all, including a request for a donation. Advertisement  13 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Insurance broker selects Macmillan Cancer Relief as charity of the yearlast_img read more

Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Calls GOP Plan “a Tax Cut for the Rich Parading as Healthcare Reform”

first_img Business News Community News Subscribe Community News Citing a report released Monday by the nonpartisan and independent Congressional Budget Office, Pasadena Congresswoman Judy Chu pointed to its conclusions that if the Republican health care plan, introduced last week, were enacted today, it would reduce the number of Americans with insurance by 14 million by next year, and by 26 million by 2024.Reacting, Chu said that “Republicans have made clear that their priority with their healthcare bill is access, not actual coverage, and now the independent CBO has shown us exactly what that will mean.”According to the CBO’s expert analysis, Chu continued, “millions will lose their health insurance, in large part because of cuts to Medicaid and subsidies that allowed 20 million uninsured Americans to finally find the security of health insurance for the first time. For those kicked off their plans by this ‘Pay More for Less’ bill, access to healthcare is meaningless if they can’t afford it. The bill goes even further by defunding Planned Parenthood, removing a primary care option for women around the country. That is why it cannot be denied that this bill is a massive step backwards for our country. And the CBO report proves it. This bill is primarily a tax cut for the rich parading as healthcare reform.”“But what it really means is that fewer Americans will have healthcare, and that is unacceptable. I cannot support a bill that cuts coverage for poor families in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Republicans are attempting to force an unnecessary retreat to the days when sudden illness could ruin a family. I remain open to changes that improve the current Affordable Care Act, but not if that means kicking millions of people off their insurance. We know that through changes like increasing subsidies, we can increase coverage for more Americans, making our country healthier and more stable. But this bill does not do that and that is why I am strongly opposed to this plan.”The text of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report can be found here. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Government Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Calls GOP Plan “a Tax Cut for the Rich Parading as Healthcare Reform” Published on Monday, March 13, 2017 | 2:17 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Pomegranate wine, is this a super wine from the super fruit?

first_imgWhatsApp Print Email Facebook Twitter Linkedincenter_img Advertisement FOR centuries, the pomegranate has been recognised as a super fruit, containing A, B, and C vitamins as well as being rich in antioxidants but for the last six years the Nachmias family, have been producing the only pure 100 per cent pomegranate wine in the world!Rimon is the exclusive producer of the world’s only 100 per cent pure pomegranate wine. Since 2003, father and son, Gaby and Avi Nachmias have been producing a unique pomegranate wine from their orchard located on a mountain in Upper Galilee, Israel.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cultivated a “super fruit” that is sweeter, deeper in colour, and richer in vitamins and antioxidants than other pomegranate varieties, the end result is famous for its high juice content, soft tannins, sweetness and rich flavours.The health-giving properties of the fruit are also still contained in this unique wine, it has three times the antioxidant power of normal red wine or green tea, as well as a wealth of vitamins and minerals.All Rimon wines witch include a dry, dessert and port style pomegranate wines are produced according to the highest quality winemaking standards and all are certified Kosher.At present they are only available at Waitrose stores in the UK, but Irish customers can buy from the website on NewsPomegranate wine, is this a super wine from the super fruit?By admin – August 27, 2009 936 Previous articleCAO points surge signals career preferencesNext articleMy perfect market pesto adminlast_img read more

Industry Impact: President Trump’s Call to End GSE Conservatorship

first_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Industry Impact: President Trump’s Call to End GSE Conservatorship Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Company News Fannie Mae Hugh Frater Subscribe March 27, 2019 3,509 Views Company News Fannie Mae Hugh Frater 2019-03-27 David Wharton Wednesday proved to be a significant day for the GSEs. Even as the topic of housing finance reform saw discussion in Congress, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The White House memo directed that this plan be delivered “as soon as possible.”The President’s PlanThe President specifically called for a “comprehensive” plan for removing Fannie and Freddie from the government conservatorship under which they have been operating since September 2008, during the housing crisis.The memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.”As such, the Presidential memo calls on federal agencies to:End the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and improve regulatory oversight over them.Promote competition in the housing finance market and create a system that encourages sustainable homeownership and protects taxpayers against bailouts.The memo also notes that the administration wants to work with Congress in order to bring about a comprehensive reform plan, adding that “sustainable homeownership is the benchmark of success for comprehensive reforms to government housing programs.”“I look forward to working with FHFA, HUD, Congress, and other stakeholders to address the need for housing finance reform as laid out by President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum,” said U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin in a statement. “We support a system that provides for access to lending for hardworking Americans, while also protecting taxpayers from risk. An effective and efficient federal housing finance system will also meaningfully contribute to economic growth.””A sustainable housing finance system is critical to providing liquidity and security to the housing market and protecting American taxpayers,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global. “I look forward to the mortgage industry participating with federal agencies and Congress toward common-sense process reforms that promote responsible homeownership and better safeguard against future economic downturns.”National Association of Realtors (NAR) President John Smaby said in a statement, “While NAR believes the GSEs must be transitioned out of conservatorship, this must be done in a responsible manner that will protect taxpayers and retain the enterprises’ public mission, and these actions must be driven by Congress. This is the only way to secure an explicit government guarantee, a public mission and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, critical components of a robust U.S. housing market. That point will remain NAR’s primary focus as we continue GSE reform conversations with the Senate, House, and the administration.”You can read the full memo here. To read more about this week’s Senate Banking Committee hearings on housing finance reform, click here and here.Fannie Mae’s New CEOFannie Mae today announced that it has appointed Hugh R. Frater as CEO effective March 26. As CEO, Frater will set the overall enterprise vision and strategic direction of the company. In addition to his role as CEO, Frater remains on the Board of Directors. Frater previously served as Interim CEO.“Following a six month nationwide search of qualified candidates, I am pleased to announce Hugh R. Frater as Fannie Mae CEO. Hugh’s deep understanding of the housing and the financial services industries, broad experience, and strong leadership skills make him an ideal choice to lead Fannie Mae,” said Jonathan Plutzik, Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors. “Hugh’s contributions as Interim CEO over the last several months demonstrate his commitment to strengthening the company and delivering value to our customers and partners. This appointment also provides continuity in Fannie Mae’s leadership team as we fulfill our mission to provide liquidity and support to the mortgage market.”“I am honored with this opportunity to lead Fannie Mae and to play a part in the company’s important contributions to the housing finance system,” Frater said. “The Fannie Mae of today is customer focused, innovative, and committed to leading a housing finance system that is safe, sound, and sustainable for taxpayers and creditworthy borrowers of all income levels. I look forward to continuing to work with this outstanding leadership team to deliver on Fannie Mae’s strategic priorities and transform the mortgage experience for our customers and partners.”Rocky Stubbs, SVP, Direct Lending for Flagstar Bank, told DS News, “Hugh Frater’s announcement is being warmly received by the industry. His reputation is outstanding and there is a high degree of confidence in his capabilities. Fannie Mae was featured in John Collin’s classic Good to Great. One of the key findings is that Level 5 leaders usually come from within the organization. I’m just thrilled that after diligently scouring the market, their search led them right down the hall.”Not all industry experts are without reservation, however. “I always get nervous when the CEO of a government agency such as Fannie Mae pledges to ‘transform the mortgage experience,” said Edward Pinto, Co-Director, American Enterprise Institute Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “In a 1994 press release, James Johnson, Fannie’s CEO, made a similar pledge. The transformation wrought by the 1994 pledge nearly cratered the world’s economy.”Frater served as Fannie Mae’s Interim CEO since October 16, 2018, and on Fannie Mae’s Board since 2016. He has held a number of executive and management roles throughout his career. Frater currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of VEREIT, Inc. He previously led Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, a national commercial real estate company providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties.He served as Chairman of Berkadia from April 2014 to December 2015 and he served as CEO of Berkadia from 2010 to April 2014. Earlier in his career, Frater was an EVP at PNC Financial Services, where he led the real estate division, and was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc.This news follows the announcement of similar impending changes at Freddie Mac. Earlier this month, Freddie Mac announced that Donald H. Layton will retire as CEO and that the Board of Directors has appointed David M. Brickman to succeed him effective Monday, July 1. Brickman will become a member of the Freddie Mac Board of Directors at that time. You can read more about that story here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Savings Clauses in Foreclosure Next: Diving Deeper Into Housing Finance Reform David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Industry Impact: President Trump’s Call to End GSE Conservatorship Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

The latest tallies for Glenties Electoral Area

first_imgHomepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The latest tallies for Glenties Electoral Area Twitter Twitter By admin – May 25, 2019 center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous articleHarps U17s have to settle for draw after late Dundalk equaliserNext articleLatest Donegal Electoral Area Tallies admin Early tallies for the Glenties electoral area show that Independent Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is the early front and runner on course to retain his seat. 15 boxes have so far been opened and tallies have indicated that Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig has 14.9% of the vote followed closely by SF Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher at 14.3%.Other candidates who seem to be faring well include Fianna Fail Candidate Noreen McGarvey at 11.1% and Anthony Molloy at 9.8%.It’s very early days yet though with the majority of boxes for this area yet to be open.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has been giving his assessment of what’s on the table so far:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Park faces litter issues

first_img Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Thomas said he contacted Mark Dunning Industries to find out how often the dumpster was serviced and learned that it was emptied once a week.“The city requested that the dumpster be emptied twice a week, and hopefully that will alleviate any problems like the one that occurred over the weekend.”Thomas said it’s possible that those who are using the dumpster at Galloway Park are not residents and are coming into town to dump their trash. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories The cameras could provide law enforcement with images necessary to identify those who are dumping illegally.Brundidge Station, which houses the Robert E. Barr Nutrition Center, will receive cosmetic improvements in the way of a floor-lift beginning Monday.Thomas said the floors of Brundidge Station were originally stained with an acid compound much of which has worn off with use.The floors need to be redone, Thomas said, in presenting a cost estimate by the contractor who is doing similar work at Williams Chapel United Methodist Church. Park faces litter issues A drive-by dumping over the weekend left Galloway Park in Brundidge littered to the point of complaints by residents in the area.Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told the Brundidge City Council members Tuesday that Council Member Arthur Lee Griffin approached him about the litter in the park.“We have a lot going on at Galloway Park, but the cameras that we have in the area showed the littering was not done by those using the park,” Thomas said. “A bronze pick-up truck was caught on camera dumping garbage in the dumpster. When the dumpster could not be closed, people just left their garbage bags beside the dumpster, and over night, dogs got in the bags and that was the cause of the litter.” “The floors are not in good shape, and what the contractor recommended is an expensive product, Vibra-Stain,” Thomas said. “However, it’s permanent and will greatly improve the looks of Brundidge Station.”The cost of the new stain for the 5,000-square-foot building would be $11,500. The council voted to award the contract to Manny Hernanbev of Dothan.Thomas said Brundidge Station is rented often, and there have been complaints about the television and computers being used by the renters.Thomas suggested purchasing a new television and placing it in a roll-away cabinet so it can be stored when the nutrition center is closed.The council voted in favor of the new television and agreed it should be stored, along with the computers during the time the nutrition center is not in operation.In other business, Terry Casey was re-appointed to represent Brundidge on the Board of Equalization.Thomas also reviewed the city’s financials through May with the council and with the assurance that the city’s budget is tracking well.The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Email the author This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Troy listed in Top 20 in Alabama for new homebuyers A recent online survey named Troy one of the top 20 cities for first-time homebuyers in Alabama. The study was… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip By Jaine Treadwell By Secrets Revealedlast_img read more

CROWNING: Pike County’s Grace Arnette: An ‘Angel’ among us

first_img Email the author Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Two-year-old Grace Arnette missed the Alabama Angels pageant in Montgomery this March due to sickness, so local Alabama Angels volunteer Sara Jo Burks set up a special, individual ceremony to give Arnette her tiara and goodies. Above, from left, Teen Miss Troy Mary Catherine Dulaney, Miss Troy University Mary Beth Moore, Arnette and Burks pose for a formal photo. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 4, 2017 You Might Like CROWNING: Pike County’s Grace Arnette: An ‘Angel’ among us Burks said the Alabama Angels Pageant is a noncompetitive pageant for anyone, male or female, of any age, with a medically diagnosed physical or mental impairment.“Alabama Angels is not a competition,” Burks said. “It is an opportunity to participate, to experience the fun and excitement of what it’s like to participate in a pageant. It’s an opportunity to know what it’s like to have a tiara placed on your head and a sash over your shoulder.”Burks, who volunteers to work with hair and makeup, said for many of the participants the Alabama Angels Pageant is their first experience having their hair done or makeup applied.“Being involved with the pageant is a unique and rewarding experience,” she said. STARS & STRIPES: Qualls’ patriotism on display at downtown store The Perkins and Parish tune about stars falling on Alabama has new meaning in a certain store on the Square… read more Print Article By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content “The idea for a pageant of this kind originated with a lady in a dress shop. She was assisting a customer that was buying a prom dress for her daughter. The younger daughter was confined to a wheelchair. The lady noticed how excited the young girl was about the pretty dresses her sister was trying on so she asked the mother if she could choose a dress for her younger daughter.  Seeing the happiness it brought to the girl in the wheelchair motivated and inspired her to design a pageant so that every person could experience being a queen or king for a day.”For Burks, being a volunteer with the Alabama Angels Pageant is a heart-warming experience.“It’s something that I can do that brings happiness to others,” she said. “On an average, there are around 150 participants in the Alabama Angels Pageant. That’s a lot of happiness.” “We wanted the presentation of her tiara and sash to be special for Grace so we decided to make the presentation more formal,” said Sara Jo Burks, a local volunteer with Alabama Angels. “Miss Troy Mary Beth Moore and Teen Miss Troy Mary Catherine Dulaney assisted with the presentation at the fountain on the Troy University campus. Grace was happy and excited. It was special for her and all of us as well.”Grace has Down syndrome and participating in pageants makes her happy, said her mom, Layla Arnette.“Grace loves pageants but she sometimes gets sick and doesn’t get to participate,” Arnette said. “She has been in several local pageants, the fundraising, charity type ones. She was excited about getting her Alabama Angels tiara and sash. Getting it at Troy University made it special for her. We really appreciate those that went out of their way to make Grace feel special. I really want to thank them. Grace is a wild and funny little girl. She always has a happy smile. To us, she is an angel.” Two-year-old Grace Arnette had wanted to participate in the Alabama Angels Pageant in Montgomery in March but she was sick and receiving medical treatment in Birmingham. She missed the pageant and the fun and excitement of participation. However, she was treated royally by “Miss Sarah Jo” and the hometown folks at a “crowning” ceremony held especially in her honor.Grace received her Alabama Angel tiara, her sash and bag of goodies at a special individual ceremony at Troy University Wednesday. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

Minister urges business to reap benefits of CSR

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Stephen Timms, the new minister for corporate social responsibility explainsto Ross Wigham why employers should be taking the the initiative and buildinglinks with the communityWhy did the Government produce a CSR strategy? “It’s increasingly clear that corporate engagement in some of the big problemsthat government is addressing, like regeneration in disadvantaged areas,raising standards in schools and environmental issues, can be a reallysignificant part of the solution. “When I was leader of Newham Council we set up the East London Partnershipand all kinds of very useful relationships were formed. It helped raisestandards and regenerate a deprived part of East London. “The document sets out what we’re proposing and it is the second reporton CSR. It draws attention to some areas where a strong contribution can bemade by employers. Will the Government look to form CSR legislation? “The thing about this whole area is we don’t control the levers, and inmy view it’s the voluntary nature of CSR that is it’s strength. There are callsfor a more regulatory approach where organisations would be compelled in someway, but that’s the completely wrong way to approach this. It would be a realdead hand on the innovation, creativity and imagination now coming out of thebig corporations. “We’ve not set any quantitative targets but we’ve set a direction – wewant to encourage organisations and there’s no shortage of willingness. We wantto work with people to make the most of CSR. “I think regulation by and large isn’t the way to build on what we’reseeing at the moment.” Would you support European legislation to encourage greater CSR? “We need to keep very close to what’s happening in Europe because theEuropean Commission will be publishing a CSR communication document this month.There’s growing interest at the European level and in policy terms there’s asignificant engagement with the thinking in Europe. We want to encourage Europenot to go down the regulatory route and take the approach that we’ve taken inthe UK which has been very successful. “I think the situation varies in different countries and theassumptions are different. In terms of thinking in Brussels our experience hasbeen very influential. I think regulation would be very, very counterproductive and that’s a point we’ve made strongly. What sort of guidance or incentive is offered to employers? “There is a huge amount of interest in CSR because in terms of buildingbrand loyalty, increasing employee motivation and getting a good reputationamong stakeholders this kind of activity it very effective. “It’s very important that people see the benefits of CSR as beinglinked to the mainstream objectives of the organisation because that way it’will be sustainable. “We don’t want CSR to be completely dependent on altruism. We’d like itto come out of an enlightened understanding of what the organisation is tryingto achieve. How big is the current contribution to CSR from business? “We’ve estimated around £3.5bn. There are increasing numbers ofcompanies taking an active interest. We welcome that and we want to work withit. I’d like to see a higher level of participation and I think we’re at anearly stage in seeing the benefits of CSR. How can HR teams become stakeholders in local communities and amongstaff? “By building relationships between employers and local organisations,voluntary bodies and sector organisations. They should also give staff theopportunity to get involved in schools and the community.” What’s the next challenge for CSR? “I think to scale up from what we’ve achieved already is a bigchallenge. We also have to maintain the sense of engagement with business. I’mkeen to talk to those with ideas about CSR to see how we can take it forward.This is a very important area in achieving our social and economic aims.” Minister urges business to reap benefits of CSROn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Deputy Accompanies His Father On Honor Flight

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Sheriff Dave Wedding paid his respects to a group of veterans this past Saturday who took part in the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. The group departed Evansville Regional Airport for Washington, D.C where the veterans toured the National Mall and Memorial Parks and met with supporters and admirers.Our own Detective Joe Beckwith accompanied his father Ray, who is a Korean War veteran. Sheriff Wedding stated, “The Honor Flight commander explained to me how Detective Beckwith stepped up without being asked and assisted veterans as they entered and exited the bus. Some of the veterans had restricted mobility and Deputy Beckwith’s assistance was greatly appreciated.”The veterans returned home Saturday night to a hero’s welcome at the airport. Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization created solely to honor Indiana’s veterans. Indy Honor Flight transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.FOOTNOTE: Pictured (left to right): Sheriff Dave Wedding, Sgt. Ray Beckwith and Detective Joe Beckwith.last_img read more