London 2012: Wheelchair Rugby preview

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Going for gold: Ross Morrison is one of two ex-rugby players in Team GB aiming to make history at London 2012By Alan Pearey, Rugby World Deputy EditorTHE Great Summer of Sport is drawing to a close and they have saved the best till last. As the London 2012 wheelchair rugby gets underway at the Olympic Park, Team GB are hoping to medal for the first time following fourth-place finishes in the past two Paralympics.The 11-strong GB squad includes two players who broke their necks on the rugby field. Andy Barrow, from Greenwich, was injured playing for London club Charlton Park in 1997, while Ross Morrison, from Farnborough, suffered the same fate during a match for Portsmouth Grammar School in 1996.Both men competed at Beijing 2008, Barrow as captain, and have been assisted by grants from the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation. Both, too, are getting married after the Games, Morrison to a former wheelchair rugby referee who was involved in the sport before he was.A Harlequins fan, Morrison was a highly promising second-row before he suffered his catastrophic injury in a school match. “I got flipped in a tackle and landed on my neck,” he explains. “It was just a regular tackle, one that I’d taken thousands of times, but I landed in a funny way. It was a strange sensation: there was a lot of pain, then it cut out. I realised I’d damaged my nerves in some way. The ref knew it was serious and stopped play. Within 15 minutes I’d been taken to A&E where I received very good treatment.”Morrison’s spinal cord had been crushed and severed. He was just 16 but the way he dealt with such a devastating blow is an example to us all. Indeed, the mental fortitude shown by all Paralympians is what singles them out from others to have experienced extreme misfortune. A door may have closed but to them another has opened.“You go through a period (of reflection) but it’s very simple: you either face it or give up,” says Morrison, 33. “Those are the two categories of people. Some adapt and overcome, others give up and won’t engage in life, they stay in and watch TV. I’m an optimistic sort of person. I wanted to go and do something and now I’m playing in the Paralympics – that’s pretty cool!” It’s ten years since he made his GB debut and after near-misses in Athens and Beijing he’s desperate to win a medal at London 2012. Australia and America are regarded as the favourites, with GB, Canada, Sweden and Japan in the chasing pack and France and Belgium outsiders. Britain open against America, the world champions, before facing France on Thursday evening and Japan on Friday in a game that, if matches go to expectation, will determine who joins the USA as semi-finalists from Pool A.Ask Morrison if he would take a bronze and he hesitates. “Part of me would say yes,” he answers, “but part of me says I want a shot at gold.”center_img While Morrison was undergoing rehab in hospital, the London wheelchair rugby team did a demo that struck a chord with him. “I thought, ‘I can get to play rugby again and hit people again but in a wheelchair!’.” he says.He went to the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 as a spectator and was inspired by the dream of competing for GB. He started a biochemistry degree at Southampton University but withdrew from the course when he realised that international sport was a full-time commitment.“I spoke to the GB coach at the time, Neil Ross, and he told me what I needed to do. We set out some targets. Once you’re on the GB squad programme you get all the best advice on strength and conditioning, nutrition etc. The RFU Injured Players Foundation gives massive support to ex-players, with funding for equipment and training.”Morrison is a 2.5 player – he has no trunk or core muscles but good hands. GB coach Tom O’Connor says his passing ‘out the back door’ is reminiscent of Sonny Bill Williams. “I’m a primary ball-handler, an offensive player. The lowest-function players are just as important because I can’t do what I do without them.”last_img read more

Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten

first_img Area:  790 m² Area:  790 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/592578/garden-house-refugium-laboratorium-klausur-hertl-architekten Clipboard “COPY” Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl ArchitektenSave this projectSaveGarden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten Projects Save this picture!© Walter Ebenhofer+ 16 Share Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten Year:  Architects: Hertl Architekten Area Area of this architecture project 2014 Austria Houses 2014 ArchDaily Photographs CopyHouses•Steyr, Austria photographs:  Walter EbenhoferPhotographs:  Walter EbenhoferSave this picture!© Walter EbenhoferText description provided by the architects. Where in the past a small square marked the medieval gateway to the old town district of Ennsdorf, the garden house stands today. Arisen from an old farmhouse which was entirely ruinous it shapes the counterpart of the historical tollhouse. The traces of the past have slightly vanished, the wayside shrine, that once stood impressive in front of the tollhouse’s gable wall, has been moved to the right. The hedges have become too close to the free area.Save this picture!© Walter EbenhoferThe newbuilt garden wall follows the narrow contours of the Haratzmüllerstraße and recesses in alignment with the tollhouse’s gable. Thereby the suggestion of a larger square appears and the entrance to the garden house, which one can feel from outside as lush greens only, becomes clearly visible as a simple corner of the square.Save this picture!© Walter EbenhoferSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Walter EbenhoferWith its barriers the site ensures calmness but at the same time is open for guests who’d like to immerse into a place of being. We call it garden house because this describes the atmosphere of fusing intense green and space. The content is discribed by Refugium for retreating, Laboratorium for creative workshops, lectures and discussions, and Klausur for private viewings and small cultural events such as vernissages and concerts.Save this picture!© Walter EbenhoferThe old farmhouse is a ruin. The remaining outer walls create a large courtyard in which the new concrete volume is inserted. It’s a house-in-house concept. Two patios that are linked together beneath the small house into one space.Save this picture!SectionUpstairs there a guest rooms and the main entry. A staircase down to the level of the gallery courtyard is hidden behind a porose new wall which doubles the outer wall. As a reference light comes through small holes in the format of bricks. The new house cantilevers in the direction of the river Enns and creates an interior space outside the old walls. From here you can let your eyes wander across the water, where in the past the bank was used as a harbour for the rafts.Save this picture!© Walter EbenhoferSustainabilityIn terms of energy saving, resource optimisation and nature conservation issues the sustainability of the building is a land-use-planning one, it’s based on using existing structures in the city. This should become the most important ecological answer for whole Europe in future. To avoid constructing new buildings saves much more of everything than any other scheme.Save this picture!© Walter EbenhoferProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Round Up: Classics in BrickArchitecture NewsIn Residence: Xavier CorberoVideos Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/592578/garden-house-refugium-laboratorium-klausur-hertl-architekten Clipboard CopyAbout this officeHertl ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSteyrMies van der Rohe AwardHousesAustriaPublished on January 30, 2015Cite: “Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten” 30 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?室外花园林立,室内光影流离 / Hertl Architekten是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers (AFP Fund Development Series): A Guide for Nonprofit Boards

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers (AFP Fund Development Series): A Guide for Nonprofit Boards Howard Lake | 21 November 2007 | News  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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

Cancer charity announces third major corporate partnership

first_img 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. Cancer charity announces third major corporate partnership Howard Lake | 31 July 2008 | News Nationwide Building Society in Northern Ireland has teamed up with leading cancer charity, the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF), in a bid to raise £50,000 to help fund a major new support programme for cancer patients and their families.The announcement with Nationwide makes it a hat-trick of corporate relationships for UCF, with recent partnerships with BT and Lidl.Nationwide staff and customers, with support from UCF, will be encouraged to raise funds through a variety of fundraising activities over the next year.Ian Milligan, from Nationwide Building Society said, “We are really looking forward to working with UCF over the next 12 months and to the challenge that reaching our goal of £50,000 for this venture represents.“Across our 14 branches, our 250 staff are very enthusiastic about getting involved in the forthcoming fundraising activities and we hope that many of our customers will also help us to fundraise.Joyce Savage from UCF said, “Our charity partnership with Nationwide is our latest Personal Everest project. The £50,000 fundraising target will give a tremendous boost to the £150,000 we need to raise to fund a new support programme for local people who have been affected by cancer”.Nationwide staff and customers will be encouraged to organise fundraising events in their branches and communities as well as take part in a range of sporting events such as treks to Everest Base Camp, Ben Nevis, Canadian Rockies and the Inca Trail.www.ulstercancer.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Ireland  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Nationwide Foundation makes eight grants totalling £2.3 million

first_imgNationwide Foundation makes eight grants totalling £2.3 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis * Age Concern Camden (partnership with Age Concern London)* Age Concern Wirral* Centre for Policy on Ageing* Centre for Sustainable Energy (partnership with both Mendip and Somerset West Care & Repair)* The Haven* money advice plus (MAP) (partnership with national Women’s Aid)* The Runnymede Trust* Thanet Citizens’ Advice Bureau (partnership with Shelter Kent branch and Canterbury and Shepway Citizens’ Advice Bureaux)The Foundation’s involvement also includes consultancy support to build the robustness and infrastructures of the charities funded. This could include providing consultants and funding the training needs for staff and trustees.The Investor Programme has been developed following 10 years of grant-making experience by the Nationwide Foundation and it aims to “leave a long-term legacy of support” to the charities and causes supported.www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk Howard Lake | 23 October 2009 | News The Nationwide Foundation has approved eight grants totalling £2.3 million to help tackle the issues of housing and financial exclusion. The Foundation says that money will benefit up to 11,000 people who are either survivors of domestic abuse or older people.The funding marks the start of the Foundation’s new Investor Programme which will support the charities for three years.The charities are: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Funding  17 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

Billionaire wants to drive out Detroiters

first_imgBillionaire Dan Gilbert and his company, Quicken Loans, are hailed across the U.S. as the “saviors” of Detroit. However, a recent court case exposed their role in racist, predatory lending that destroyed Detroit’s neighborhoods with 65,000 mortgage foreclosures from 2005 to 2009, and the tens of thousands of property tax foreclosures that ensued.These predatory practices, of which Quicken is one of many perpetrators, led to 56 percent of Detroit mortgage-foreclosed homes between 2005 and 2014 becoming blighted, demolished or foreclosed for nonpayment of taxes. (Detroit News special report, June 2015, goo.gl/A8oJgd)In July, a federal court ruled in favor of West Virginia plaintiffs suing Quicken Loans in a class-action lawsuit for inflating property values by fabricating “owner estimated” home values to appraisers. The court gave Quicken an $11 million fine and called Quicken’s actions “unconscionable” and “truly egregious.” Attorneys for the plaintiffs have said that Quicken’s practices in the case were consistent across the country. By Quicken artificially inflating home values without carrying out a true appraisal, homeowners were subjected to foreclosure when their mortgage payments were adjusted upward and they could not refinance their fraudulent subprime loans. (metrotimes.com, July 26)How Gilbert sees DetroitGilbert insists that Quicken is “one of the good guys” and denies liability for the company’s predatory practices. In fact, Quicken directly carried out 1,058 foreclosures in Detroit, 52 percent of which were on subprime loans. (Subprime loans have interest rates at least 3 percent above the prime rate.)But that only tells part of the story. From 2003 to 2008, Quicken Loans approved subprime mortgage loans, sold them immediately to banks Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and faced no consequences when an estimated 70.6 percent were foreclosed within 24 to 36 months of originating. (Mortgage Fraud Investigations Miami, Feb. 2015) This practice, done by mortgage companies everywhere, was one of the biggest causes of the 2008 housing crash.The subprime loans based on inflated appraisals that Quicken originated also led to the highest number of property tax foreclosures in the city of Detroit since the Great Depression. Between 55 percent and 85 percent of these foreclosures were done at a rate higher than the 50 percent market-value limit set out in Michigan’s Constitution. (illegalforeclosures.org)Since Gilbert and others caused so many homes to be blighted, the Obama administration in 2013 convened the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, funded primarily with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Hardest Hit Funds originally intended to keep families in their homes. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appointed none other than Dan Gilbert as a chairperson of the task force.The Duggan and Gilbert collusion goes deeper than letting Gilbert be the one to develop the homes that he helped blight. If the Gilbert empire isn’t destroying homes through the blight task force, they are buying up unconstitutionally foreclosed homes for pocket change through auctions. People who have been foreclosed are barred from participating in these auctions.On July 21, Bedrock, one of the main companies of the Gilbert empire, revealed a racist Freudian slip when they put up a mural on a downtown building declaring “See Detroit Like We Do” and depicting only white people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick FC join campaign to end direct provision

first_imgNewsLimerick FC join campaign to end direct provisionBy Editor – September 26, 2014 941 Advertisement A young asylum seeker at the recent direct provision protest in Limerick.Limerick Football Club are the latest organisation to pledge support for the call to end Direct Provision, the controversial system of accommodating asylum seekers in Ireland.The system has been the centre of increased media attention in recent weeks, with repeated calls for its abolition coming from asylum-seeking residents and NGOs nationwide. The past month has seen protests in Direct Provision centres across the country, including a public day of action in Limerick city centre in August which saw over 200 people support the call to end the system of Direct Provision and close Mount Trenchard, a centre which has been described as one of the worst of the 34 centres nationwide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Following increased demands for an end to the system, Limerick Football Club contacted Doras Luimní, the Limerick-based human rights and migrant support organisation, to pledge the club’s support for the cause.Club chairman Pat O’Sullivan said “Limerick FC are fully supportive of the work carried out by Doras Luimní and particularly their call for an end to Direct Provision.  Football is the truly global sport and we, as the regions only professional club are committed to using the sport as a tool to break down barriers on and off the pitch.  We fully believe that Direct Provision in its current form runs against our club ethos of inclusion and acceptance for all, and the sooner an alternative solution for these families is found the better.“Having had our home in Knockalisheen up to very recently, we made some great friends from within the community and we are delighted to be welcoming residents of Direct Provision centres in Limerick as guests to our game against Athlone Town”, he added.Doras Luimní chief executive Karen McHugh, added “We are very grateful to have the support of Limerick FC, who are a very influential voice in Limerick and will be a great help in raising awareness on this issue among the general public. We are hoping that other organisations and businesses will follow their lead and join us in the call to finally bring an end the system of Direct Provision.”“Thousands of men, women and children are suffering as a result of the Government’s policy of Direct Provision. Many have been living in these deplorable conditions for as long as ten years. Children have been born and raised in these centres, here in Limerick and nationwide. Now is the time for us to stand together and send a clear message to the decision-makers that enough is enough, this system has failed. There can be no more excuses.”A number of interested individuals, organisations and residents of Direct Provision centres in Limerick have recently come together to form an action group – Limerick Against Direct Provision – to further progress the campaign to end Direct Provision and close Mount Trenchard centre in Foynes.The Limerick Against Direct Provision group is seeking support from local organisations and businesses who may be in a position to assist with the campaign and publicly pledge their support for the call to end the system of Direct Provision. Print Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleMilk Market to host President’s freedom of city ceremonyNext articleSensational start to Limerick Jazz Festival 2014 Editor Linkedin Twitter Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDirect provisionDoras LuimnífeaturedKaren McHughlimerickLimerick FCmount trenchardPat O’Sullivan Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

87-year-old Donegal man to be sentenced next week for raping granddaughters

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ Previous articleAnne Sweeney ‘withdraws’ from Donegal SW by-electionNext articleCold snap set to hit North West and Ulster this weekend News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Newscenter_img By News Highland – November 23, 2010 Twitter Facebook Pinterest 87-year-old Donegal man to be sentenced next week for raping granddaughters An 87-year-old man who raped and sexually abused five of his granddaughters over a 19-year period will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court.The man “groomed” each girl in an almost identical fashion. He started off by talking to them about sex when they were around seven, before moving on to molest them “to show them what boys expected” of them.When the girls were around 11 he started raping them and, with the exception of one victim, this would continue several times a week until their mid-teens.The Co Donegal man, who cannot be named to protect his victims’ identities, pleaded guilty to 45 sample counts of rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault at various locations in his rural community between July 1993 and September 2009.A detective garda stationed in the area told prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin that the abuse emerged after one of the victims detailed what happened during a counselling session, causing the others to come forward.An incident room was set up in the local garda station and the man was arrested soon after.When the man was arrested, he admitted some of the incidents in interview but claimed the girls had often initiated the sex.Victim impact reports were read in court on behalf of the women. They detailed how the abuse ruined their trust in their family and in men. One woman said she had tried to commit suicide several times and abused alcohol and drugs because of the abuse.Mr Justice Paul Carney adjourned final sentencing until next week and remanded the man in custody until then Pinterest Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Ithaca city charter changed to redistribute benefit funds to firefighters

first_img Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: Tagged: common council, Company 9, ithaca fire department 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 ITHACA, N.Y. – The City of Ithaca depended on volunteer firefighters in its early years, and its city charter was written accordingly. In lieu of salaries and formal benefits, two relief funds for active and retired firefighters were originally set up to pay for expenses like medical costs and funeral services. With the city now relying primarily on professional firefighters, however, Common Council voted Wednesday to eliminate the century-old relief funds and to redistribute future revenue earmarked for the benefit of active firefighters among professionals and volunteers.Across New York, fire departments receive benefit funds from a 1.8 percent tax on out-of-state fire insurance policies. These so-called two percent monies are meant for “the benefit of, as determined by the members thereof” the fire companies receiving the funds, according to state law. Departments with multiple companies, including career and volunteer firefighters, are required to split two percent funds among them on a pro rata, proportionate basis.The Ithaca Fire Department is comprised primarily of professional firefighters, with the Ithaca Professional Fire Fighters Association representing about 65 members. However, the department also includes a volunteer company, Company 9, which maintains a membership of about 10 volunteers.As IFD changed from a volunteer department to a predominantly professional one over the years, the city charter section allocating benefit funds stayed the same. Volunteers reaped the majority of two percent funds distributed through the city’s firemen’s relief funds. According to Chief Tom Parsons, Company 9 and the Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Association – a social organization for retired volunteer firefighters – have gotten about 75 percent of two percent funds in recent years, while the larger IPFFA has gotten about 25 percent.That distribution is not in line with current New York state law. Ithaca’s city charter section establishing firemen’s relief funds pre-dated relevant New York law and was grandfathered in, allowing the city to continue giving a majority of two percent funds to volunteer firefighters even as their number dwindled.Parsons told Common Council in December that the distribution specified in the city charter was outdated and unfair.“It was written when Ithaca was recognized as a volunteer department,” Parsons said. “In fairness, the money should go to the people who are providing the service,” he said, whether they are career or volunteer firefighters.Common Council had limited options when it came to changing the distribution of funds. When they first discussed the issue in December, City Attorney Ari Levine explained they faced two choices: they could leave the city charter unchanged, or they could bring Ithaca into compliance with current state law. Your government news is made possible with support from: Given those options, council members said they supported repealing the charter and redistributing funds proportionally between the IPFFA and Company 9. The Active Firemen’s Relief Fund has accumulated a balance of about $90,000, while the Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Relief Fund holds about $9,000. A vote to repeal the charter would allocate the balance of the Active Fireman’s Relief Fund, as well as future two percent fund revenue, to the IPFFA and Company 9 on a pro rata basis. A one-time transfer would give the $9,000 balance of the Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Relief Fund to the Veteran Volunteer Firemen’s Association.Council agreed to table the matter at December’s meeting to allow more time for discussion, in light of objections from members of Company 9 and the Vets. They voted as expected Wednesday, however, and repealed the charter section despite a final plea from Company 9.Bill Gilligan, of Company 9, asked council to delay the charter change until next year’s funding cycle.“I would urge you not to make a rash decision that is irreversible,” Gilligan said during public comment. Gilligan said decreased two percent fund revenue would make it harder to recruit and train new volunteers, and said Company 9 uses funds for necessary equipment.While multiple council members recognized the important contributions of volunteer firefighters and agreed the city should work to recruit more volunteers and expand their role in future years, they said funding for those efforts should come out of the city budget rather than the two percent benefit funds.“I am appreciative of how this has highlighted the functions of our volunteer firefighters, and that there has been an active dedication among our volunteers to try to nurture and grow the volunteer company. I think that is important,” said alderperson Cynthia Brock, in a comment many of her colleagues echoed.She said she was nevertheless voting for the change because it would more equitably distribute funds meant to benefit all active firefighters, including career firefighters.After the unanimous vote, Gilligan said he wished the city had taken more time to consider how the cuts would impact Company 9. He said the company has used two percent funds to buy equipment like a vehicle, rain gear, and radios volunteers can take home, which haven’t been given to volunteers by IFD.“I’m just disappointed,” he said. “We feel that if there had been more time to discuss the options further, perhaps there would have been a different solution.”Gilligan said he hopes Common Council members stand by their stated commitment to fund volunteer firefighters’ recruitment, training and equipment so that volunteers can continue to play a vital role in Ithaca.“I’m particularly concerned about the future of volunteerism… I hope that the Common Council does provide assistance and help get the word out that we want people to volunteer,” he said. Devon Magliozzi last_img read more

Michael Jackson tribute concert this week

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017 The Coffee County Arts Alliance will present “MJ Live—A Michael Jackson Tribute Concert” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center.Ginny Cannon, CCA marketing, said the concert is coming to Enterprise directly from Las Vegas and brings the energy, excitement and spectacle of the “King of Pop.”“Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star of his era,” Cannon said “He was one of the defining stars of the 20th century. Print Article Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Michael Jackson tribute concert this weekcenter_img Skip By The Penny Hoarder Tickets are available locally at The Printing Press in Troy.Performances are made possible by support from corporate and individual memberships, by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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 HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like JCA receives $50K from Daniel Foundation The Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy has received a $50,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama. The… read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Jackson is portrayed by Jalles Franca who, Cannon said, looks like, sounds like and dances like Jackson as much as anyone can dance like Michael Jackson.Franca will treat the audience to some of Jackson’s most famous songs including “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “The Man in the Mirror,”  “Billie Jean” and  “Bad.”Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students. Day of the event tickers are $30 for adults and $23 for students. last_img read more