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Limerick women urged to raid wardrobes for charity

first_imgLIMERICK women are invited to dig out once-loved and lightly worn dresses from their wardrobes and donate them to a pop-up sale taking place in the city in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre this weekend.Popular Irish singer Imelda May has also come on board to officially launch the Buy My Dress campaign. Supported by Kellogg’s Special K, the charity event will take place in the Clarion Hotel this Sunday, May 25 from 11am to 5pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The unique fundraiser is being arranged by Caragh O’Shea and Mairead McMullin. The pair are now calling on all the ladies of Limerick to donate their dresses to any of the Carraig Donn stores at the Jetland, O’Connell Street and Crescent Shopping Centre. Other donation points include Curves Gym in Ballycummin Village, Powers pharmacy in Kilfinnan and Chawkes service station in Castletroy.Since its inception funds raised for the Down Syndrome Centre through Buy My Dress sales have gone directly to help support families and children born with down syndrome. For more details visit www.buymydress.ie. Print NewsLocal NewsLimerick women urged to raid wardrobes for charityBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2014 773 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebook Linkedin TAGSCarraig DonnDown Syndrome CentreImelda MayKellogg’s Special KMusic Limerick Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy center_img Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick’s election hopefuls pledge to support fight on sex traffickingNext article70 jobs created by Limerick Local Enterprise Office Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

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From the ‘Fruit Belt’ to the lab

first_img Related Turning College dreams into reality Part of a series on the impact of Harvard financial aid on students.Sahar Ashrafzadeh grew up in Stevensville, a town of about 1,000 in Michigan. But there’s more to her story.Pursuing education, her Iran-born father moved with his wife to Calgary, Canada, where Ashrafzadeh was born. After her father completed his degree, a job offer brought the family to Stevensville, where Ashrafzadeh and her older sister, Sepideh, grew up.“I lived in a rural area called the ‘Fruit Belt’ along Lake Michigan,” she said. “There were beaches, apple orchards, vineyards, and farms, so it was a lovely place to grow up.”Ashrafzadeh is the first person from Lakeshore High School to attend Harvard College, where she is pursuing a concentration in molecular and cellular biology. She will graduate this spring and plans to attend medical school.“Harvard’s financial aid made it possible for me,” she said. “Even compared to my state school, Harvard made it so the cost of College was not even relevant in my decision.”Harvard College Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons explains, “Most people don’t realize that a Harvard education costs the same or less than a state school for 90 percent of American families, based on their incomes and Harvard’s financial aid. Harvard really is possible for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.”More than half of Harvard students receive financial aid, and for 70 percent of aided students, their grant covers the cost of tuition. For the 2018 academic year, the cost to attend the College will be $65,609, including $44,991 for tuition, approximately a 4.1 percent increase from 2017, maintaining Harvard’s standing as one of the least expensive schools in the Ivy League.The majority of undergraduates receiving financial aid pay just 10 percent of annual family income, with the average net cost to parents being about $12,000 a year. One in five Harvard undergraduates comes from a family earning less than $65,000 a year, and their families pay nothing toward the cost of their education. These students now also receive a $2,000 start-up grant that helps with move-in costs and other expenses incurred in making the transition to College. “In this first year of the program, we have awarded nearly $650,000 in start-up grants to support our students,” said Sally C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid for Harvard College. “Students have used the additional funding in a number of different ways, including purchasing books, setting up their dorm rooms, and buying computers. We have received very positive feedback that these dollars have really helped students cover unexpected costs of starting College and have allowed them to fully engage with their new classmates.”Harvard’s commitment to ensuring that all students can take full advantage of their College experience extends farther. Harvard provides more than $6 million in additional funding annually to aided students, supporting everything from new winter coats to music lessons to studying abroad to public service internships to research experiences in a lab.Ashrafzadeh has benefited from this additional support in various ways, most recently as a Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) Fellow last summer. She used the funding to work on her just-submitted senior honors thesis, which explores the intersection of computational and wet lab research to study the health effects of DNA mutations in a gene, LRRK2, as a novel therapeutic treatment for Parkinson’s disease.“As long as I can remember, I have been interested in the sciences,” she said. “In particular, I have been interested in biology, not only because I find human biology and physiology fascinating but also because I feel that medicine is the field through which I personally can contribute the most to my community in my future career.”PRISE is a 10-week summer program that seeks to foster a vibrant intellectual and creative community among Harvard undergraduate researchers in the physical/natural, engineering, life, and applied sciences. PRISE Fellows work on projects with Harvard-affiliated researchers and live together in one of the College’s Houses, where they participate in academic and social programming each evening. The selection of PRISE Fellows is need-blind, with all fellows receiving a stipend and partial board. Aided students also receive an additional award to satisfy their summer savings requirement.“It is difficult to say that anyone can take full advantage of the Harvard experience. The opportunities to learn and grow are truly limitless,” said Ashrafzadeh. “I can say that all of the opportunities I was able to take advantage of have been extremely valuable to me, and that Harvard’s resources and financial support have made it possible for me to perform independent research, travel abroad, present at conferences, and afford tuition. For this, I am incredibly grateful.” Harvard’s financial aid program helped Shaunte Butler ’14 along her path to helping others last_img read more

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Pennsylvania releases COVID-19 update with report on health care workers

first_imgThe health department says that of the statewide total deaths, 1,614 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  HARRISBURG, Pa (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Health Department gave a statewide update on the coronavirus on Saturday. The health department reports 187,071 negative tests to date. They have provided an age breakdown of the patients who have tested positive. The breakdown is as follows: Nearly 1% are aged 0-4Nearly 1% are aged 5-121% are aged 13-18Nearly 6% are aged 19-24Nearly 38% are aged 25-49Nearly 27% are aged 50-64Nearly 27% are aged 65 or older Additionally, they say approximately 2,989 of the total positive cases are health care workers.  For statewide updates on the coronavirus, visit pa.gov.center_img Pennsylvania residents can sign up for AlertPA, which is a notification system for health, weather, and coronavirus updates. Residents can sign up online at this link. The health department has provided a report on nursing and personal care homes in the state. They say there are 8,827 cases among residents and 1,148 among employees. That makes a total of 9,975 in 478 different facilities.  The health department reports 1,334 additional positive cases, which brings the statewide total to 48,305. They also say there are 64 additional deaths, bringing the total to 2,418 For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgAlex Meruelo purchased a 95% stake in the team less than a year ago and signed general manager John Chayka to a long-term contract extension early in the 2019-20 season.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.Cohen practiced as a corporate attorney in Phoenix before joining the Coyotes.PURDUE-EASSTERN TRANSFEPurdue’s top defender to enter basketball transfer portal —Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has opened the door for professional sports to return to the state. Ducey said on Tuesday that professional sports, including MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL can resume without fans on Saturday. The state is slowly starting to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.—As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six weeks of preparation for the season at the same time.— The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak. This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.— The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut. Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions.— USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year. The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021. Mariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cutsSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31.The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31.In other virus outbreak-sports news: TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed cornerback Kevin Peterson to a one-year contract.The 26-year-old Peterson played in 14 games last season and started three.He was pushed into a bigger role because of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension and Robert Alford’s season-ending injury. He had 16 tackles, two passes defended and six special teams tackles after joining the team off waivers from the Rams in September.In other NFL news:—Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis’ nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million.  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — First, Nojel Eastern entered his name in the NBA draft. Now the rising senior has put his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.Either way, it sounds as if the Purdue guard could become the second veteran in a month to leave the Boilermakers program after coach Matt Painter made the announcement Tuesday. Center Matt Haarms announced in April that he would play his final season at Brigham Young.As a junior, Eastern averaged 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting just 42.0% from the field and 48.5% from the free-throw line. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: No MLB economic plan in 1st session with playersNEW YORK (AP) — As Major League Baseball made an opening presentation to the players’ union Tuesday on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season.center_img — On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.” The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”—London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital. The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”— Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.NFL-CARDINALS-PETERSON Update on the latest in sports: A person familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press that MLB did not make an economic proposal during its opening presentation. The meeting lasted between three and four hours. An agreement with the players’ association is needed to play ball.Baseball owners gave their go-ahead to their proposal on Monday, a plan that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans.Players agreed March 26 to a deal in which they would be paid a prorated share of salaries based on the portion of the 162-game schedule that is played. As part of the deal, if no games are played they would receive service time for 2020 matching what they earned last year. Players are more interested in medical protocols and testing designed to protect them from and detect the new coronavirus.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized major leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further. A member of the family that controls Hyatt hotels, Pritzker’s net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $3.4 billion.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-MARINERS Associated Press NHL-COYOTES-COHEN OUTAP Source: Coyotes president Cohen no longer with teamGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen is no longer with the organization, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made. No other details were provided.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.last_img read more

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Trojans drop in sexual health rankings

first_imgTrojan® brand condoms released its annual study this month, ranking USC 51st in its 2010 Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, dropping from 37th place in last year’s report. The report ranks the availability of sexual health resources at universities across the country.Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s Best Places, the public relations firm that works with Trojan to produce the report each year, said the rankings were indicative of year-to-year changes and not necessarily trends in sexual health.“Everyone is making progress overall, but they can change position because another competitor is either doing better at the moment or lagging behind,” Sperling said. “Some schools might make some improvements in their websites or change certain policies, such as increasing their hours to their student health center. When that happens, other schools will get bumped down the list.”The study evaluated 141 schools in 12 categories, including the availability of contraception and STD testing, health center hours of operation and the existence of resources such as student peer groups and lecture or outreach programs.USC has numerous services for students’ sexual health, said Paula Swinford, director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services at USC.HPPS, located in the University Park Health Center, has a resource center, where students can get free condoms and rapid anonymous HIV-antibody testing. Students can also talk to peer health educators, fellow students who undergo training to administer STD tests and answer questions regarding sexual health.“It’s good that this report continues the conversation about safe sex among students,” Swinford said. “Sexual health is an important aspect of any young person’s overall well-being, and the USC community works extremely hard to provide various options for its students.”Swinford also noted that one reason why USC might have dropped this year is because the university also focuses strongly on other aspects of student health, such as preventing alcohol or substance abuse, promoting an active lifestyle and reducing stress.These factors, all of which were not included in the data analyzed by the report card, make up many areas of the “I am a Healthy Trojan” campaign, aimed to increase the well-being of students on campus.Swinford said, however, that she would still like to see the health center make new options available for students in the future, such as Ask Alice, an online forum where students can ask questions anonymously. This program was started at Columbia University and is a major contributing factor to its No. 1 ranking.Javid Pour-Ghasemi, a peer health educator at USC, agreed that this idea could help raise awareness on campus.“I’ve noticed a lot of people are shy to come in here and ask questions. Something like Ask Alice could increase our exposure and make people feel more comfortable asking questions that they wouldn’t otherwise ask,” said Pour-Ghasemi, a senior majoring in economics and biological sciences.Many students on campus said they still remain unaware of some of the available resources, but they also say that safe sex is a priority for them.“The university could definitely stress sexual health a lot more. They seem to focus on alcohol and drug safety, but not how to be sexually safe,” said Andrea Farfan, a freshman majoring in psychology. “Still, from what I have heard, safe sex is not that much of an issue at USC. People here seem to be pretty smart about that kind of stuff.”Columbia University, Michigan State University and Ohio State University earned the top three spots in the rankings, with DePaul University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Idaho ranking as the bottom three schools for sexual health resources.last_img read more

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Racism the catalyst for outspoken remarks, says Fury

first_img“I felt I had to act out a role to seek publicity and to do that I had to be controversial and shock people with how I talked,” said Fury.“To some degree it worked. But playing the role got to the point where I didn’t know what was real and what was the act.”Fury, whose greatest moment inside the ring came with his sensational defeat in 2015 of Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko to become unified heavyweight world champion, said he is indebted to his wife Paris for sticking by him.Paris — whom he met when he was 17 — had thought about leaving him when he indulged in a cocaine and alcohol binge but fearful he would commit suicide, she stayed.“I can’t really put into words how much it means to me that Paris stuck with me and the pain it causes me when I look back to how low I brought her, because she didn’t deserve it,” says Fury.Fury, whose most recent sporting activity saw him beat Braun Strowman in a World Wrestling Inc (WWE) bout in Saudi Arabia on October 31, says his low self-esteem was at the base of it.“I confess I didn’t react as I should have done and I regret how I came across at times,” he said.“I was angry and felt under-appreciated.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Tyson FuryLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury said his outspoken remarks which have caused huge offence to many are down to the racism aimed at Travellers he experienced as an amateur.The 31-year-old Briton — who is of Irish Traveller descent and is nicknamed ‘The Gypsy King’ — drew a hail of criticism with controversial comments such as ‘a woman’s best place is in the kitchen’ and claiming it would only take the legalisation of paedophilia in addition to the decriminalisation of abortion and homosexuals to see “the devil come home.”However, Fury — who has battled demons such as substance abuse and mental health issues which he claims prompted him to think of committing suicide — says he made the comments to fulfil the role of being an outsider.“I started playing this part, being arrogant and cocky,” Fury writes in his autobiography “Behind The Mask” which comes out on Thursday.“I eventually lost myself in this character.“When I started out as a pro, I made a decision which on reflection played a big part in exacerbating my moments of despair.“I went into the paid ranks off the back of an amateur career during which I was aware of racism against travellers.“This made me an outsider and so I felt that for me to get the attention I needed to be an attraction in the sport, I had to play the outlaw.”Fury, who is due to have a rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on February 22 after their thrilling first bout ended in a draw, said he became unable to distinguish between reality and the role-playing.last_img read more

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About Town

first_imgLINCROFTThe public is invited to commemorate Martin Luther King Day at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1475 W. Front St.The program “The Selma March: Now and Then” is sponsored by the Mon­mouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congre­ga­tion of Monmouth County. Two ministers, the reverends Gil Caldwell and John Licitra, will discuss the experience and meaning of the historic 1965 Selma march and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.For more information please call Unitarian Univer­salist Meeting House at 732-747-0707 or email Lynn Dash at [email protected] FAIR HAVENWriter, editor and tour leader Rick Wright will present “In Search of the Great Horned Mop” at the Mon­mouth County Audubon Society meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road in Fair Haven.The public is welcome; admission is free.Even the best birders make mistakes identifying birds – but not every birder collects those mistakes. Join Wright for this entertaining journey through 35 years of blunders and bobbles. From the Great Horned Mop to the Russet-crowned Notmot, Wright’s “sightings” over the years have led him to develop a set of birding rules that, for the most part, help him avoid repeating the same mistakes – and may help you keep from committing them yourself.A native of southeast Nebraska, Wright studied French, German, philosophy and life sciences at the University of Nebraska before earning his Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures at Princeton University. He served as a department editor at Birding magazine from 2004 to 2008, then signed on as managing director of WINGS, a birding tour company, from 2008 to 2010. Wright is a widely published writer, a popular lecturer at birding events, and an enthusiastic tour leader in Europe and North America. His time afield is documented in his blog, Birding New Jersey; his forthcoming publications include the ABA Guide to New Jersey Birds and the Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows.Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via e-mail at [email protected] HOLMDELThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Founda­tion will host Dr. Saul Broudy at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, as he presents his musical program and lecture titled “Oh You Saigon Girls, Can’t You Dance the Polka? – Folksongs of Americans in the Vietnam War.”The program will be held at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, Exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway.Broudy will sing many of the helicopter pilots’ songs in his repertoire, and will talk about the role songs and other folklore played in military life in Vietnam and how they reflect everyday life “in country.” Be aware that most of them deal with adult themes, and should be considered “PG-rated.”The program is funded by the Horizon Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Council for the Humanities.Broudy served with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in Vietnam in 1966-67. While there, he befriended helicopter pilots, through whom he discovered a widespread tradition of Army Aviation folksong – songs written by and generally known among the pilots. He collected songbooks and tapes from them, and this tradition became the subject of his master’s in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania.For more information, check out the Vietnam Veterans Oral History and Folklore Project at faculty.buffalostate.edu/fishlm/folksongs.center_img SHREWSBURYThe Shrewsbury Com­mun­ity Garden officially closed for the growing season on Dec. 1 after a very successful inaugural year. Plans are already under way for next year.The community garden committee invites current and prospective gardeners to attend the annual gardeners meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Shrewsbury Historical Society.During the meeting, members will have the opportunity to review the past season’s operations and successes, discuss possible areas of concern and explore opportunities for improvement for the 2013 planting season.Seasoned veteran Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, Bob Mellert and Ellen Simonetti, will be keynote speakers. Attendees can stop by and learn how they can become a part of this vibrant, growing community.last_img read more

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FINN VALLEY’S MCGLOIN HAS IMPRESSIVE GREAT IRELAND RUN

first_imgFinn Valley athlete Teresa McGloin put in a terrific display at today’s Great Ireland Run to be the third Irish lady home.Teresa McGloin in full flightThe Letterkenny-based runner finished in a very impressive time of 35.41 in a very impressive field.Teresa was with the leading pack until the 7th kilometre when the pace became a little too much. However, Teresa can hold her head high after this battling performance. FINN VALLEY’S MCGLOIN HAS IMPRESSIVE GREAT IRELAND RUN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valleyGreat Ireland RunTeresa McGloinlast_img read more

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IDC to invest R5-billion in jobs

first_img14 June 2005South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to invest “just over R5-billion” in job-creation projects over the next financial year, the Sunday Times reports. The newspaper says corporation chief executive Geoff Qhena wants to boost investment in small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), backing projects that will create jobs. The target is to create26 000 jobs in the new financial year.“When we emphasise development, what is over-arching is jobs,” Qhena said. “We will have a bias towards projects that create jobs. We will still do major projects as we need the balance; they feed the SMEs and the SMEs feed into them.”A key element of the corporation’s promotion of SMEs is backing franchisees, including those in fast-food chains such as Nando’s and McDonald’s, the Sunday Times reports. It has also discussed franchise deals with Sasol.“Franchising is an opportunity for us,” Qhena said. “We are talking to the franchisors, where we can enter into an agreement with them or we can make facilities available. When we do that, we insist that they have an adequate black economic empowerment component.“Franchising is one of the growing SME areas. The failure rate is minimal, as the franchisors want to make the business work.”At an IDC-backed black economic empowerment conference in Mafikeng last week, Qhena said the organisation wanted to back more businesses in rural provinces such as the North West, Free State and Limpopo.“We need to interact with provinces and local government,” Qhena told the Sunday Times. “We have realised that is where the resources are.”Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape benefit the most from IDC backing.“We will be talking to all the provinces,” Qhena said. “We could stay at home and we would surely find propositions from the three richest provinces. But now we want to develop other provinces.”The IDC is likely to play a leading role in the restructuring of the diamond industry, according to the Sunday Times, prompted by the government’s desire to see more diamonds beneficiated in the country and as a result of the planned amendment of the Diamond Act.De Beers has offered the government a partnership in the SA division of its diamond trading company Diamdel. And in her recent budget speech, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the government may look at forming one major diamond trading company for SA diamonds.“We are very excited about what is happening in diamonds,” said Qhena.He stressed that each company in the IDC’s portfolio – whether it was one in which the IDS held a stake, or one to which it provided financial backing – was making a real effort to transform, and not just at an equity level.“We want to see the transfer of skills,” said Qhena.The Sunday Times also reports that the IDC might still sell stakes in listed companies such as Sasol and BHP Billiton, but only when the time is right.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Holbrook & Manter acquires the TLC Group, Ltd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Holbrook & Manter, CPAs Professional Services Firm with offices in Columbus, Dublin, Marion and Marysville recently acquired The TLC Group, Ltd.For over 20 years, The TLC Group, Ltd. built strong relationships with the businesses and individuals that relied on their expertise to perform various accounting services. As a part of this acquisition, Holbrook & Manter, CPAs is thrilled to welcome The TLC Group, Ltd. clients and team members to the H&M family.Keith Copeland, owner of The TLC Group, Ltd. shares his thoughts about the acquisition, “My priority was to find a firm who shared our values of client service and a “family” feel while maintaining the ability to give our clients the high-touch, down-to-earth service that we are known for.  After discussions with a multitude of accounting professionals in the Columbus area, I felt confident that Holbrook & Manter, CPAs would be an outstanding fit.”H&M’s Managing Partner, Bradley Ridge shares, “We realized immediately that with Keith’s foundational beliefs in life and his passion for helping people that we could be very successful together.  The owners of family businesses that have been attracted to Keith and his family over the last two decades are precisely the type of clients that H&M has served and helped achieve their dreams through our almost 100 years of existence.  And also from our Firm’s growth initiatives, this acquisition adds to and compliments, our significant Columbus Metro presence.  We wish a warm welcome to the TLC clients and team members! ”Holbrook & Manter, CPAs is a professional services firm specializing in family and closely held businesses. Since its origination in 1919, H&M has been dedicated to providing superior accounting, tax and management consulting advice to both businesses and individuals. H&Mprovides cost effective, high quality technical service combined with sound personal attention. They are able to serve clients in virtually all areas of business, including those that require specialized expertise.last_img read more

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