Freemasons’ funding for HFT to help families caring for people with learning disabilities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 October 2008 | News  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis National learning disability charity, HFT, has been awarded £60,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to fund its Family Carer Support Service which helps families caring for people with learning disabilities. The £60,000 donation has been pledged to HFT by the Freemasons over a two year period.HFT’s Family Carer Support Service, which was established in 1993, provides national support for family carers of adults with learning disabilities and is dedicated to empowering family carers so that they and their learning disabled relatives can live full, well supported lives.Support and information is provided to over 4,000 family carers across the country through personal contact, workshop courses, news digests, a telephone helpline and online information, conferences and seminars.Robina Mallett, HFT’s Family Carer Support Service officer commented,“Family carers of people with learning disabilities may feel isolated and extremely concerned about the future of their learning disabled relatives. Often they are unsure where to seek information about the opportunities that might be available and how to access the support that they and their relatives should be entitled to. HFT’s Family Carer Support Service responds to individual approaches for support. We provide lots of information and run workshops around the country to help family carers.“The £60,000 donation from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is a very welcome and generous contribution which will enable us to expand our vital services in response to the increasing demand for information and support. Over the next few years we will aim to support more family carers, year on year, and to extend our service to those who are harder to reach, such as the increasing numbers of older carers. “In the year ended 30th November 2007, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity gave grants totalling over 5.7 million to worthy causes”, said Michael J. Flynn, J.P., Provincial Grand Master for Bristol Freemasons.“It is, therefore, both a pleasure and a privilege, on behalf of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, to have presented to HFT a cheque for £60,000 to aid the valuable work carried out by the Trust for people with learning disabilities and its associated Family Carer Support Service.”ENDSIssue Date: 14 October 2008For further information please contact:Irena Babic, HFT PR Consultant, Tel: 01275 343547email: [email protected] to editorsHFTPreviously known as The Home Farm Trust, HFT is a registered national charity for adults with a learning disability.HFT provides services for over 1,000 people in supported living, registered care homes, advocacy, supported employment and day services.The charity runs a Family Carer Support Service (FCSS) which provides support each year for 4,000 family carers of adults with learning’ Grand CharityThe Freemasons’ Grand Charity is the central grant-making charity of all Freemasons in England and Wales. Charitable giving has always been at the heart of Freemasonry and funding for The Grand Charity comes from donations by individual Freemasons and their Tagged with: Funding Freemasons’ funding for HFT to help families caring for people with learning disabilities 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.last_img read more

Watch Hamilton’s Performance at the Tony Awards

first_img Related Shows The story of tonight put Hamilton front and center, and it was anything but quiet uptown at the Beacon Theatre. Check out the revolutionary musical’s performance at the 2016 Tony Awards, which combined “History Has Its Eyes on You” with “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).” In addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the number highlighted his fellow Tony nominees Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, as well as Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Renée Elise Goldsberry. If your world has turned upside down, here’s the Hamilton performance to set things straight. View Comments from $149.00center_img Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamiltonlast_img read more

Girls soccer Northstars blank Warriors, 3-0

first_imgWhen the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool and girls soccer teams met up last Thursday night at Archie Hall Stadium, it was at a delicate point in the season for both of these rivals.Sporting young rosters and enduring plenty of setbacks, their head-to-head match would reveal that, at least on this occasion, the Northstars were further along, defeating the Warriors 3-0.Going out in front for good, C-NS gained a 2-0 advantage in the game’s first 30 minutes, and then did an effective job protecting that lead with a defense that held Liverpool to just three shots all night. Pacing the Northstars’ attack, sophomore Juliana Marullo scored twice, with senior defender Taylor Howard adding a goal. Victoria Ianotti got credit for an assist as C-NS overcame 10 saves by Liverpool goalkeeper Brittany Burns.Liverpool was still winless when it began a stretch of four games in six nights at Skaneateles last Monday, but it was here that head coach Nicole Murphy got her victory as the Warriors edged the Lakers 2-1.A first-half goal made the difference, Liverpool up 1-0 at the break and then answering Maeve McNeil’s second-half goal for Skaneateles. Jailyn Parrotte and Caroline Stevens had the Warriors’ tallies, with Alexandra Rancier earning an assist as each of Burns’ four saves proved important. Just 24 hours before playing C-NS, Liverpool hosted Bishop Grimes and earned its second win of the season, finding the net three times in each half on the way to shutting out the Cobras 6-0.This night mostly belonged to Stevens, whose three goals produced her first varsity hat trick as she added an assist. Erin McCarthy and Anne Gullo each had one goal and one assist as Molly Ryan also had a goal. Assists went to Abby Brancato and Kaitlyn Blanch.After the C-NS loss, the Warriors were at it again Saturday, against visiting Carthage, but were able to break out with its attack in the course of a 7-0 romp over the Cougars.Already up 3-0 by halftime, Liverpool kept going as Rancier not only scored twice, but dished out three assists. Stevens added two goals and one assist, with single tallies going to Ryan, McCarthy and  Julianna Colavita, who joined Blanch in the assist column.C-NS, who was 1-4 going into the Liverpool match, had  just taken a 4-1 defeat to West Genesee two nights earlier.The Wildcats jumped out 2-0 by halftime and then added to the margin despite a second-half goal by Grace Engle. Sarah Petrus had two of WG’s four goals, with Northstars goalie Avery Byrnes and Ava Field getting 10 saves between them.This made the win over Liverpool more impressive, and C-NS did not have a letdown, either, playing again a day later against Christian Brothers Academy and using a late surge to shut out the Brothers 2-0.Thwarted throughout the early going by CBA goalie Emily Jones, who finished with nine saves, the Northstars broke through in the second half as Iannotti and Madelyn Jackson both scored, with Marullo picking up an assist.C-NS would now take a two-game win streak into its trip to Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday before Saturday’s non-league game at Chittenango and a Sunday match against Athens (Pennsylvania) at Bragman Stadium.Just as busy this week, Liverpool plays three times, hosting Baldwinsville Thursday in between  trips Tuesday to F-M and Saturday afternoon to CBA.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSgirls soccerliverpoollast_img read more

Takeaways: A’s offense sputtering during winless road trip

first_imgIt looks as though turning the page on the A’s current slump will take more than a simple flip of the calendar.With the loss on Wednesday, the team dropped its season series against Boston, 4-3, after going 3-1 in the first series versus the World Series champs. It was the first time since 2016 that Oakland had dropped a season set to the Red Sox.The Athletics’ second consecutive sweep was the fifth series sweep they’ve suffered this season.“It’s frustrating to lose one game,” said starter …last_img read more

State of the Nation: all eyes on Zuma

first_img13 February 2014All eyes will be on President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night as he delivers the sixth and final State of the Nation address of the current administration. The speech will be delivered to a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town at 7pm, and broadcast live on national radio and television.SAnews features editor Chris Bathembu takes a glance at the highlights of Zuma’s previous five addresses.2009It was a cold winter afternoon on 3 June 2009 when Zuma delivered his first State of the Nation speech following the elections of that year. The world economy was reeling from the effects of the recession. More than 900 000 South Africans had lost their jobs between 2008 and 2009, while some companies continued to cut staff due to rising costs of oil and energy.It was not going to be an easy speech for Zuma. Some cringed when he announced that between June and December 2009, the economy would have created about 500 000 job opportunities. The key element to the jobs drive would be the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which had achieved an initial target of one-million jobs by 2009.Zuma also knew that something needed to be done fast to cushion the poor from the aftermath of the most devastating economic crisis since the great depression. He announced the introduction of the training layoff scheme. Though it was met with opposition from Cosatu and the National Youth Development Agency, the plan would help to protect workers who would ordinarily have faced retrenchment. Companies in distress would also be assisted to train inexperienced workers. In the end, these workers would, instead of being retrenched, be kept in employment for a period of time and re-skilled.Zuma also announced that a scaled-up Industrial Policy Action Plan would be developed. The lead sectors in this were to be the automotive, chemicals, metal fabrication, tourism, clothing and textiles, and forestry sectors.This paved the way for the development of the New Growth Path (NGP) a year later. The NGP identified five key priorities, namely education, health, the fight against crime, creating decent work, and rural development and land reform, which would form the focal point for the rest of the five-year term of the current administration.Zuma ended that speech by saying: “Since the implementation of our programme will take place in the face of the economic downturn, we will have to act prudently. No wastage, no rollovers of funds – every cent must be spent wisely and fruitfully. We must cut our cloth according to our size.”2010It was 11 February, and this speech was to be delivered in the evening and broadcast on national television, to allow working people to follow it from home. There was much hype around it, as the date coincided with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.As expected, Zuma began his address by reminding South Africans of Mandela’s release, a watershed moment in the country’s history. Then it was down to the business of the day.Zuma reminded the nation that the global economic crisis had cost the economy about 900 000 jobs. He announced that to provide a safety cushion for the poor, the government would extend its child support grant to children over 14 years of age, and over the following three years to children aged 15 to 18 years.More than 480 000 public works job opportunities had been created, he said, which was 97% of the target set the previous year. The jobs were in construction, home and community-based care, and environmental projects.Zuma’s major announcement for 2010 was the R846-billion he said the government would spend on public infrastructure. The New Growth Path, he added, had been adopted as the official framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy.Zuma also announced that all grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils would henceforth write literacy and numeracy tests that were independently moderated. The government had set a target of increasing the number of matric students who were eligible for university admission to 175 000 a year by 2014.Zuma wrapped up that speech by saying: “Inspired by our icon Madiba, it is my honour to dedicate this 2010 State of the Nation address to all our heroes and heroines, sung and unsung, known and unknown. Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.”2011This speech, delivered on 10 February, was all about jobs. Zuma announced the establishment of a Jobs Fund to the tune of R9-billion over three years to finance new job-creation initiatives. The Industrial Development Corporation had set aside R10-billion over five years for investment in economic activities with high job potential. Up to R20-billion was to go towards tax allowances or tax breaks to promote investments, expansions and upgrades in the manufacturing sector.Zuma also announced that South Africa had joined the Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) grouping of influential emerging economies.He noted that more than 400 000 additional people had been connected to the country’s water supply the previous year, while about 81% of the country was now electrified, compared to 63% in the year 2000.About R44-million had been recovered from public servants illegally benefiting from housing subsidies. Just over 5-million HIV tests have been conducted since the launch of the testing campaign the previous April.Zuma concluded that speech by saying: “We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.”2012This speech, delivered on 9 February, focused on several key things that government would have to do to grow the economy, introducing the National Development Plan (NDP) as key to the elimination of poverty and inequality over the next two decades.Zuma used this speech to report back on a number of issues. The Jobs Fund, which was announced in 2011, had begun operating and 2 500 applications had been received in the first round. Project allocations of over R1-billion had been committed. In addition, seven projects with an investment value of R8.4-billion had been approved for the R20-billion tax incentive announced in 2011.Transnet would invest R300-billion over seven years in capital projects. Of this amount, R200-billion had been allocated to rail projects and the balance to projects in the ports.Zuma said the state would develop a major new south-eastern node to improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s linkages with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. In the former Transkei, part of the Eastern Cape, a dam would be built using the Umzimvubu River as the source in order to expand agricultural production.More than 220 000 solar geysers had installed in homes nationwide. The target was one-million solar geysers by 2014-2015.Zuma wrapped up that speech with these words: “I would like to appeal to all our people to join hands as they always do, as we deal decisively with the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Nobody will do this for us, it is in our hands. And we are all equal to the task.”2013Zuma began this speech by referring to the crisis in the Eurozone, which is South Africa’s major trading partner, accounting for around 21 percent of the country’s exports.He also spoke at length about the National Development Plan (NDP), which outlines interventions to put the economy on a better footing. The speech set the target for job creation at 11-million by 2030 – while noting that the economy needed to grow threefold to create the desired jobs. Zuma said that the government would have spent about R860-billion rand on infrastructure since 2009. Various projects were being implemented around the country.The Judicial Commission of Inquiry, led by Judge Ian Farlam, had been appointed to probe the tragedy in Marikana, where more than 44 people were killed during a strike by miners.Investments amounting to R400-million in green economy projects had been approved for municipalities, other organs of state, community organisations and the private sector across all provinces.The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units had secured over 363 life sentences, with a conviction rate of 73%, for crimes against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18 years of age.Zuma ended the speech by saying: “As South Africans, we should continue to have one primary goal – to make our country a truly great and prosperous nation.”Source: read more

UNC Releases Notice Of Allegations, Which Includes “Lack Of Institutional Control”

first_imgUNC Notice Of Allegations letter form the NCAA.UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterUNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.last_img read more

Gillian McKeith Wants Wild Animal Circuses Banned In Scotland

first_imgScottish TV presenter and nutritionist Gillian McKeith has spoken out on why circuses with wild animal acts should be banned in Scotland.“When I was a wee girl, I was taken to the circus by my family, as many of us were,” she said via Animal Defenders International. “I watched tigers jump through fiery hoops and a ringmaster perform what appeared to be death-defying stunts with lions. As I grew up I realised those few moments of entertainment came at a terrible price for the animals. Once I was aware of the suffering involved, I vowed never to take my children to a circus with wild animals; I hope you will too.”On tour“Circuses aren’t based in just one place; they tour towns and cities across the country. The animals are forced to endure constant travel and small, temporary accommodation. It is hard to imagine what this must be like for wild animals who would naturally be hunting prey, roaming the African plains and living with their extended families.”Dominance“Training these often dangerous animals to perform unnatural tricks requires dominance and close control, which commonly leads to violence. Undercover investigations of circuses by organisations like Animal Defenders International have shown how animals are whipped and beaten into submission. Several circus workers have been convicted for animal cruelty as a result of their shocking findings.”Constant chaining“The UK’s last circus elephant was probably also one of the last wild circus animals to visit Scotland. Elderly and arthritic, Anne was officially ‘retired’ from performing, yet she was still forced to tour with the circus so that spectators could pose with her for photos. One year when the Bobby Roberts Super Circus came to Scotland, Anne was loaded into a transporter for a 25 mile journey. The drive itself lasted 45 minutes, but Anne was locked inside for over 17 hours.“Animal Defenders International continued to monitor Anne and later exposed her constant chaining and terrible beatings at the circus’ winter quarters in 2011. The public was outraged, and Anne was re-homed. Her circus days are now behind her, but the door is still open for circuses to tour Scotland with wild animals.”Risk“Although no Scottish circuses currently feature wild animal acts, circuses from elsewhere do tour here and if we don’t act now, we could once again see elephants and other wild animals performing in Scotland. Across the border in England, there are two circuses still forcing wild animals to perform tricks, one with lions and tigers.“Animal experts, politicians and the public all agree – wild animals do not belong in circuses. Circuses using wild animals teach children that it is okay to force them to perform tricks for our amusement instead of fostering compassion and inspiring education.”Consultation“Scotland has a chance now to ensure that we never see wild animals suffering on our soil again. We have until midnight tonight to speak out for circus animals in the Scottish Government’s consultation. I am joining Animal Defenders International to call for a ban on wild animal circuses, and I hope you will too.“Please visit or call Animal Defenders International on 020 7630 3340 to take part before the consultation deadline tonight.”last_img read more

Dynamo Helps Design Wallpaper Collection

first_imgPrince’s Trust Ambassadors Kelly Hoppen MBE and Dynamo have teamed up to create a magical new wallpaper collection.Dynamo and Kelly HoppenA percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Trust.The world-renowned designer, Kelly Hoppen, and Trust-supported magician, Dynamo, have created a distinctive range of illusion wallpaper, in collaboration with Graham & Brown.Using the newest printing technology, realistic imagery and clever design, the pair have created an optical illusion of depth, which forms a sense of additional space within the home.The collection will launch at the end of January and is available in two designs: 1. Enigma – a 3 dimensional effect giving protruding pillar effect 2. Paradox – which replicates an angled jutting wall of stone“I was thrilled to work with Dynamo, creating a unique and exciting design for people to enjoy in their homes,” said Kelly. “One of the reasons we wanted to work together is because we share the same vision to inspire young people to be creative and entrepreneurial.”Dynamo, who started his magical journey through the Trust’s Enterprise programme, added: “I’m thrilled with the results and even more delighted that part of the profits will go to The Prince’s Trust who were so key in helping me start my magical journey.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

SC collegium recommends Justice V Ramasubramanian as CJ of Himachal HC

first_imgChennai: Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most judge of the Madras High Court, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, according to a resolution passed by the Supreme Court collegium. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, passed the resolution on May 10. In its resolution, the Supreme Court collegium said, “The office of the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly consequent upon elevation of Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice of that High Court, to the Supreme Court, in terms of a recommendation made by the collegium on May 8.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made, the SC said. Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most Judge from Madras High Court, is functioning on transfer in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, it said. While making the above recommendation, the collegium has also taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one Chief Justice from the Madras High Court.last_img read more