Irish electricity company sets up new foundation

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 25 July 2005 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irish electricity company sets up new foundationcenter_img Ireland’s national electricity suppler ESB is to donate ‚€1 million a year into a new foundation which will support care for the homeless and suicide prevention programmes. The two areas chosen by the company will be funded under a new scheme known as the ESB Electric Aid Ireland Fund.The themes which will benefit from ESB Electric Aid were arrived at by way of a staff ballot and ESB chief executive Padraig McManus predicts that the ‚€1 million figure per year will grow. This new funding initiative partners ElectricAid, the social justice fund of ESB staff and pensioners which was set up in 1987 to contribute to the relief of poverty and emergencies in Ireland and abroad. Advertisement 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. This partnership means that ElectricAid will now mainly focus attention on long term sustainable improvement in disadvantaged communities overseas while ESB Electric Aid Ireland will devote specific funding to address targeted areas of disadvantage and need on the island of Ireland. Grants will be allocated on a quarterly basis, with most grants in the order of ‚€10,000, although there is provision for larger grants. The ESB website has details on how to apply or you can phone James Foley on 01 7027732.last_img read more

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Who’s really behind Trump, besides Trump

first_imgThe Republican National Convention produced as many flat-out lies as there are flies on a dung heap. Quite a few of the lies have been exposed in various capitalist media. But there’s one lie regarding Donald Trump and his followers that gets repeated as good coin by those who know better.It’s that Trump’s constituents are workers. That his rabid, bigoted trash talk rings a bell with white workers, who are uneducated and lack refinement, just like Trump.Well, that’s a lot of hooey. The people who cheered Trump at the RNC are racist and anti-immigrant, all right, but they’re not the ones who are feeling the real economic pain of a system that has impoverished so many while wildly enriching the very, very, very few on top, including Trump.When Trump rails about immigrants taking “American” jobs, and the crowd cheers, are they really all yearning to work as nannies, or pick crops, or be day laborers, or toil in a factory that will soon shut down because the company moves its plant overseas?No, the RNC delegates who were so enamored of Trump were not under-paid or unemployed workers. After the primaries, exit polls showed Trump voters to be quite a bit richer than the rest of us, with an annual median household income of $72,000 compared to the estimated real median household income in 2014 of $53,657. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014)Other Republican primary voters had even larger incomes — those who voted for Kasich clocked in at $91,000, for instance. So it’s true that within the Republican electorate, Trump appealed to the not oh-so rich. But still, the base of this multimillionaire is definitely not in the working class. (See “The Mythology of Trump’s ‘Working Class’ Support,” tinyurl.com/jh5ncd4.)In 2011, half the people in the U.S. had a median household income of less than $50,000, and they made up the bulk of the multinational working class. One quarter of U.S. households took in less than $25,000 a year, and they were generally headed by women and/or people of color. Since then, workers’ incomes have risen only slightly.Trump delegates well-heeledThe delegates who cast ballots for Trump at the convention were of course even better off than those who voted for him in the primaries. It takes money to be a Republican delegate. The party’s California delegates were advised that their accommodations alone would cost them between $3,000 and $6,000. They stayed at hotels where rooms ranged between $300 and $400 a night. (cagop.org/national-delegation)And there was plenty of wining and dining, you can be sure, as well as transportation costs. In that one week of reactionary frenzy, a delegate could easily have dropped what it would take a low-wage worker three or four months to earn.Of course, if the delegates played their cards right, someone with even more money might eventually pick up their tab. Or so they would hope.Workers or middle class?The neoliberal capitalist media have slandered the working class by linking white workers to Trump. What makes this even more ironic is that for a long time, the myth in this country was that there was no working class any more. If someone earned a living wage without having to work two jobs, that worker was suddenly, presto change-o, in the “middle class.” At the same time, the most oppressed workers were referred to as the “underclass.”“Middle class” and “underclass” were code words meant to separate white workers from their class sisters and brothers, who historically have been paid less because of this country’s legacy of racist oppression, beginning with the conquest of the Indigenous peoples, then reinforced by the vile institution of chattel slavery, by importing underpaid Asian workers to build the railroads and more recently by immigrant workers forced to work at low wages.This is not to say that there’s no racism among white workers. But looking at who came out for Sanders and Clinton, it is clear that most white workers have not bought into Trump. And his standing with Black and Brown workers is of course in the sub-basement.Trump’s program, if it can even be called that, since he appears to be making it up as he goes along, is to capitalize on the frustrations of those in the middle class who had dreams of becoming as rich as he is, but saw their ambitions thwarted by the crisis that began in 2008, just around the time that Obama was elected president.How convenient for Trump that he could blame the first Black president for a capitalist downturn that had nothing to do with Obama. At the convention, he didn’t even have to say “Black” or “immigrant” (which Trump insinuates with his “birther” nonsense about Obama). All he had to do was mention Obama’s name to evoke the most disgusting displays of concentrated racist hatred.The Trump campaign has given a green light to the misogynists, the racists, the flag wavers, the “law and order” cheerleaders for police brutality. That is its main danger — ratifying and encouraging a return to the “good old days” that unfortunately aren’t over. Even the Nazis and Klan have scuttled out of the woodwork under Trump’s protection. David Duke, a notorious former Klan grand wizard, got into the spotlight by endorsing Trump and then announced his own candidacy for the Senate. Trump, asked if he would repudiate Duke’s support, pretended not to know who he was.Trump is trying to capitalize on reaction to the progress that has been made against oppression after decades of mass struggles in the streets. This comes at a time when Black Lives Matter, the movement for LGBTQ rights, the struggles against deportations and mass incarceration, the women’s movement for reproductive freedom and the low-wage workers’ movement all have fought hard and raised consciousness, resulting in some legal gains — not a lot, but enough to inflame the right wing.Trump, Clinton and the PentagonThe one area where Trump has mouthed sentiments that seem to go against this grain is the military. Unlike all other imperialist candidates for decades, he has talked about pulling back troops fighting abroad, kind of lumping it in with ending or “re-negotiating” trade agreements.What Trump would really do as president is another thing. The U.S. imperialist state relies heavily on its ability to create havoc around the world to pave the way for super-exploitation by transnational capitalist enterprises established here. It also provides contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars to the politically powerful merchants of death. But right now Trump seems to be tapping into war-weariness, among even those who might be considered a bastion of pro-war sentiment.Of course, part of this is undoubtedly to outflank Hillary Clinton, who is a proven hawk. But that his stance resonates among conservatives should be taken note of, especially as the crisis of miserably inadequate health care and drug addiction among military veterans reaches epidemic levels.A recent study by the University of New Hampshire showed, “According to U.S. Department of Defense records, rural youth enlist in the military at a higher rate than urban and suburban youth, and in all but eight states, soldiers from rural areas make up a disproportionately high share of the casualties.” These are the geographic areas where the Republican Party is strongest.The one bright spot in this election cycle is the determination of the progressive movements to stay in the streets and not be cowed by threats or persuaded by their “friends” that militancy is “counter-productive.” The demonstrations in Cleveland at the RNC and, as we are writing this, in Philadelphia at the DNC are strong and underscore that it is the struggle, not the capitalist two-party elections, that will bring to birth a better future. Right on to that.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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From the Camp Grounds to the Track American Ethanol Shines in…

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Energy From the Camp Grounds to the Track American Ethanol Shines in Michigan From the Camp Grounds to the Track American Ethanol Shines in Michigan By Andy Eubank – Jun 14, 2012 SHARE Both American Ethanol drivers and spokesmen Kenny Wallace and Austin Dillon will be on the track at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. On Saturday, Kenny Wallace will run in the No. 99 Family Farmers car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  In addition to running in the Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon will be busy throughout the weekend as he attempts to qualify for the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday in the No. 33 American Ethanol Chevrolet.Race attendees will see many innovative American Ethanol promotions at the track thanks to Michigan corn growers and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. Farmers will share the story of modern ag with fans at the track and in the campgrounds where they will reward fans for flying American Ethanol Green Flags to show support for ethanol. These prizes will be distributed throughout the weekend with eligibility solely contingent upon flying the green flag with which they will be presented at the weekend’s beginning.Austin Dillon will join this effort, touring the campgrounds in an American Ethanol Chevy Silverado Friday evening.  While there, Dillon speak with fans about the E15 campaign and a sweepstakes to win one of three trucks similar to that he will be driving.The National Corn Growers Association urges members and agvoates tune in Friday to SPEED for continued American Ethanol coverage during practice and qualifying broadcasts beginning at 11:30 AM ET. Catch the American Ethanol Fast Facts throughout the broadcasts and find out the moment that Kenny and Austin qualify.“When our drivers succeed, American Ethanol succeeds as well,” said NCGA NASCAR Chair Martin Barbre.  “The brighter the spotlight on Austin of Kenny’s car, the more prominent the coverage of American Ethanol becomes.  So, tune in and turn up the message that American today needs the benefits of this viable, sustainable, domestic alternative fuel.”On Friday at 7:00pm ET on SPEED, Austin Dillon with be interviewed live on Trackside about his continued success in the Nationwide Series and his hopes for running the American Ethanol Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series race on Father’s Day.On Sunday, the E15 campaign continues during the TNT broadcast coverage. Catch the new spot, which features Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick, promoting the many benefits of ethanol.  This piece will air many times throughout the national broadcast of the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan at 12:00pm ET.For more go to www.AmericanEthanolRacing.com.Source: NCGA Previous articleNational Event Looks at Future Food SecurityNext articleIndiana Drought a Serious Drag on Crops Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Strong Support for FFA from State Government

first_img By Gary Truitt – Dec 23, 2013 Strong Support for FFA from State Government Ted McKinneyWhen it comes to keeping Indiana’s FFA program strong, state funding plays a role, and state leaders are pledging strong support for FFA during a time of tight budgets. While Indiana FFA may be facing a reduction in state funding, incoming ISDA director Ted McKinney said he will work hard to find the resources that FFA needs to continue to thrive, “We can’t just throw money at an issue, but we cannot let slide what is already a growing momentum in youth development.” During his first press conference McKinney said that Indiana FFA and 4-H represent an outstanding example of youth development. While he would not get specific on funding levels, he did say, “We will do whatever it takes.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Strong Support for FFA from State Government SHARE While not getting specific, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann stated support for FFA may come from a variety of areas, including increased funds for Science and Technology education or STEM, “We did have funding in the budget to increase STEM education and providing incentives to get more teachers to come into STEM.  And 30 of the STEM teacher slots were designated for ag teachers.” Ellspermann made it clear that agriculture is part of STEM education, “Someone needs to say it: ag is STEM.”  She added that Purdue has been selected as one of the state universities that is receiving grant dollars from the state to get more ag teachers into Hoosier high schools. Strong Support for FFA from State Governmentcenter_img Facebook Twitter Increasing opportunities for vocational education is a key part of the Pence administration platform, making sure FFA is a part of that will be the focus of efforts in 2014. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleArgentina Files Suite Against EU Biodiesel RestrictionsNext articleStudy Calls for Changes to Cellulosic Tax Incentives Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Closure of Nobel laureate’s human rights organisation condemned

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en December 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closure of Nobel laureate’s human rights organisation condemned June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information News June 9, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s closure of the Tehran-based Human Rights Defenders Centre by some 20 plain-clothes police. Headed by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and launched in 2002, the centre provided free legal aid to journalists and human rights activists. “We urge the international community and human rights activists to press for the reopening of the centre,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After the imprisonment of six journalists and intimidatory measures against those who express their views online, this is a new attempt by the regime to silence its critics. We fear further arrests. The circle must be able to continue to defend those who use their right to free speech and those who defend that right. We call for it to be allowed to reopen.” The police raided and closed the centre as Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2003, was about to preside a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Run by lawyers and human rights activists, the centre defends free speech and human rights. The government has regarded its activities as “illegal” since 2006. Ebadi told Reporters Without Borders today that “a request for a permit was submitted to the interior ministry as soon as the circle was created, but it was always turned down.” She added that the circle intended to challenge the closure. “We will exhaust all legal channels in an attempt to affirm our rights,” she said. Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that intelligence officials arrested blogger Esmail Jafari (http://www.poutin.blogfa.com) on 18 December. Jafari was sentenced to five months in prison on 6 December in the southwestern city of Bushehr for covering a demonstration in April by about 20 workers protesting against their dismissal. It is not known where he is held. Officials have confirmed that blogger and women’s rights activist Shahnaz Gholami (http://azarwomen.blogfa.com) has been transferred to a prison in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where she had been held with common criminals since 9 November. Neither her lawyer nor her daughter has been able to see her. Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries towards journalists and bloggers, who are punished severely if they criticise the government. Three cyber-dissidents and six journalists are currently in prison. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Three-year jail term for human rights website editor

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders deplores the three-year jail sentence that human rights activist and blogger Huang Qi was given at the end of a 15-minute hearing yesterday in Chengdu.“There is still time for the judicial authorities to reach a just decision on appeal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We again urge the judges to act humanely as this resolute activist’s health is now very precarious.”Huang’s wife, Zeng Li, and his mother, who were the only people allowed to attend yesterday’s hearing, challenged the verdict and sentence as soon as they were announced. Huang was quickly escorted out of the courtroom by police officers but he had time to shout that he wanted to appeal. He was then driven away in a police van without being allowed to speak to his family.Zeng requested a copy of the court’s verdict but was refused on the grounds that Huang himself would submit his own appeal. Under Chinese law, his lawyer should be given a copy of the verdict within five days. Huang has 10 days to file an appeal.——-A court in Chengdu, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is due to issue its verdict in the trial of leading human rights activist and website editor Huang Qi on Monday, 23 November.“We urge the judges to display humanity by freeing a seriously ill man who has already spent more than six and a half years of his life in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also hope the court will remember that all this courageous human rights activist did was provide information about the Sichuan earthquake victims, which cannot be considered a crime. If Huang were given another long prison sentence, we fear it could be fatal.”Huang’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, has confirmed that the Wuhou district court in Chengdu is about to issue its verdict in the trial that began with a closed-door hearing on 5 August. Arrested in June 2008 after giving interview to foreign news media about the fate of the victims of the previous month’s earthquake in Sichuan, Huang was charged with “illegal possession of state secrets.”The founder and editor of the Tianwang human rights website, Huang has been held in very harsh conditions since his arrest although he has been suffering from very bad headaches.More information about Huang Qi: http://www.rsf.org/Huang-Qi-did-what-any-Chinese.htmlhttp://www.rsf.org/Cyber-dissident-Huang-Qi-kidnapped.html Follow the news on China to go further June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three-year jail term for human rights website editor News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Newslast_img read more

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Residents put in fear over large gangs

first_imgNewsBreaking newsResidents put in fear over large gangsBy Staff Reporter – March 27, 2014 722 by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up RESIDENTS in the Garryowen of Limerick are being terrorised and live in fear of a gang of up to 80 youths who congregate every night, according to a Fianna Fail TD.Deputy Willie O’Dea says that residents have told him of the escalating numbers that gather every night and although he has seen groups numbering half of what is claimed, he says the matter is very serious and requires more action by An Garda Siochana.“I’ve been told that up to 70 or 80 people congregate and I don’t know if that is an exaggeration but I have certainly seen a crowd gather there myself that must have numbered 40 or 50 so it is quite a serious situation.Speaking this week, Deputy O’Dea added that gardai are unable to deal with the gang which he claims is responsible for vandalising property.Anti-social behaviour in the area is now escalating and Deputy O’Dea warns that a rapid and more robust response is needed to tackle and dissuade the group from congregating.Asking the gardai to step up their presence and action in response, Deputy O’Dea called for “a more robust, more direct and a more effective response” to tackle the issue.He said that is what “is going to be needed here, but I wish the gardai would get on and do it because it is a serious worry to a large amount of people who are struggling to get by and pay their mortgage etc – they don’t need this extra burden.” Email Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Linkedin Print WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick teenagers voice concern over social issuesNext articleCouncillors express support for sulky racing track in City Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Empty Stocking nears end

first_img Facebook Empty Stocking nears end WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Hairstylists get more training than Texas cops?THE POINT: That’s unacceptable.Next articleSULLUM: Trump’s election conspiracy theory requires followers to join him in an alternate universe Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – December 17, 2020 center_img Local News Facebook With only 1 day to go in the 26th year of the Empty Stocking Fund our goal of $100,000 won’t be met without your help. The fund is low this year and is used to help needy families in Ector County. The annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army is used for a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree. The gifts will be handed out today and we are down to the wire. Donations may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., or the Odessa American, 700 N. Grant, Suite 800. ZIP codes for both are 79761. Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738. The Empty Stocking Fund was created by the Odessa American in 1995 and has raised more than $2 million. Donate online at tinyurl.com/vh5fjdz ON THE NETtinyurl.com/vh5fjdz TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Repair works to Ivy Bridge set for coming weeks

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Repair works to Ivy Bridge set for coming weeks Previous articleMagheraroarty Pier allocated €6000 fundingNext article50th Anniversary of Duke Street Civil Rights March to be marked in Derry News Highland Pinterest Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Works to repair the Ivy Bridge in Cloghan are set to begin in the coming weeks.Donegal County Council has confirmed a schedule of works to reopen the bridge are due to go out to tender later this month.The bridge has been closed to traffic after part of the parapet wall collapsed a number of weeks back.A second phase of works is due to commence in 2019 and will involve the removal and replacement of the parapet walls of the bridge.Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District, Councillor Patrick McGowan has welcomed the Council’s commitment to a long-term solution for the iconic bridge:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/mcgowanwebbridge.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ By News Highland – October 6, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

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Prosecutors mulling charges against woman who pushed friend off bridge

first_imgKATU-TV(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Prosecutors in Washington will consider charging an 18-year-old woman who pushed her teenage friend off a bridge, sending her plummeting 60 feet to the river below and leaving her with multiple injuries, officials said Tuesday.Clark County Major Crimes unit investigators wrapped up their probe of the incident that occurred earlier this month at the Moulton Falls Bridge near Vancouver, Washington, and are turning over their findings to prosecutors, said Brent Waddell, a spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.“The case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate charging,” Waddell said in a statement.Waddell said the suspected pusher, Taylor Smith, has been cooperating with investigators.Smith allegedly pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off the bridge on August 7, officials said.Surveillance camera footage shows the girl was standing on a bridge ledge and was pushed off by another girl standing behind her.Holgerson initially wanted to jump off the bridge after she saw a friend do it, she told ABC affiliate station KATU-TV in Portland. But Smith allegedly pushed her from behind before she was ready to leap, officials said.Holgerson hit the water with a belly flop, leaving her with several broken ribs, a bruised esophagus and an injured trachea.“I went to the top of the bridge and my other — my friend … she came up to the bridge with me,” Holgerson told Portland. “And so, she was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it. And I was like, ‘No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.’ And then, she pushed me.”Holgerson said she didn’t feel any pain but adrenaline hit her after she was pushed into the water.“And then an EMT that was off-duty helped me onto the rocks and just a whole bunch of people surrounding me were helping me, calming me down,” Holgerson said.“In the air I was trying to push myself forward, so I could be like straight up and down that make my head hit first but that definitely did not work,” she told KATU during the interview at a hospital.She said she’s just grateful to be alive.“I am happy to be OK,” she said.Smith did not return ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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