Warren Buffett gets philanthropy award

Philanthropic Foundations Canada announces search for new CEO Billionaire Warren Buffett’s giving is being recognized by a group of his fellow philanthropists. Buffett received a lifetime achievement award in philanthropy Wednesday at a private discussion of philanthropy Forbes magazine sponsored. CWB Group announces endowment fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Not only has Buffett pledged to give away nearly all of his fortune, but Berkshire Hathaway’s chairman and CEO has also encouraged others with more than $1 billion to give away at least half their fortunes. Video from the Forbes event shows U2’s Bono singing a version of Home Sweet Home that he rewrote in tribute to Buffett. In the song, Bono sings about how Buffett wants “No honours, no plaques, just a higher estate tax. Till his wealth is but a rich memory.” Bono says Buffett’s advice and encouragement helped him in his own philanthropy. Cymbria chairman makes $1 million donation to Toronto hospital charity Related news Keywords Philanthropy Associated Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

DC&SDC advise that support will continue over weekend for flood victims

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry City and Strabane District Council is continuing to offer its support to those affected by the recent flooding with the two Flood Help Centres at YMCA Drumahoe and the Community Centre in Eglinton remaining open over the weekend from 10am to 2pm.The two centres have over the past week become a central point for those affected by the floods, with Council providing a signposting service to engage with relevant representatives from various agencies and organisations to get the advice and support they need as they attempt to put their lives back together. The Council offices will also remain open during these times to facilitate requests for assistance relating to the Scheme of Emergency Financial Assistance (SEFA) at 028 71253253.More than £350,000 of grant aid has been issued to affected residents to date and additional payments will continue to be made next week.In addition to administering the SEFA Scheme, Council continues to be very proactive in assisting families and businesses clean out their premises by helping with the removal of affected material and the provision of skips. Staff will continue to work over the weekend offering advice and guidance and signposting to other agencies.The Council is also advising that our cleansing team is providing direct support to businesses. It’s business support team also can advise on a range of supports that are available including possible rates relief through Land and Property Services and advice from the NI Business website at www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk.DAERA continue to provide support and advice to farmers and those in rural communities with a series of advice clinics across the district details of which are available on their website at www.daera-ni.gov.ukMayor, Alderman Maolíosa McHugh praising the efforts of everyone involved in the flood recovery works said the multi-agency collaborative approach was key in helping the communities affected.“The recent floods have been devastating for our communities across the City and District especially for those in Eglinton, Drumahoe and the rural communities of Plumbridge and Castlederg. The support mechanism that has been put in place has been pivotal in helping these communities get the advice and assistance they need but it’s a long road ahead for many people as they try to get back into their homes and businesses.“I have been really impressed with the way in which all the agencies have come together to provide that support and help and also by the way the community have come out in force to offer their assistance. The Council has been inundated with requests from non-statutory agencies and volunteers offering their assistance and we are happy to sign-post any of these organisations to charities on the ground who are working to identify people’s needs and provide assistance.”Counselling and emotional support for those affected is also continuing and the special helpline set up by the Western Trust this week will continue to operate Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5pm – Tel 07903990897. Alternatively anyone who finds them in distress or in need of support is urged to contact Lifeline at 0808 808 8000 or the Samaritans at 028 71 265511. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – September 1, 2017 Twitter DC&SDC advise that support will continue over weekend for flood victims Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleStrabane farmer convicted for polluting waterwayNext articleIrish Water confirm water has been restored to all areas of Inishowen News Highland Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApplast_img read more

Hungarian Gyongyos open EURO season with +13

first_imgRelated Items:HEDO-B. Braun Gyöngyös ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHungarian Gyongyos have opened the European season in the best possible way. Hungarians beat Macedonian team RK Butel Skopje 34:21 with Bosnian left back Mirko Herceg as the TOP scorer with six goals.The second match will be played on the same place on Saturday.Here is the complete schedule of European League Round 1 for today.16:00 CEST: Benfica vs Fivers17:30 CEST: HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta vs HC Victor18:00 CEST: HC Butel Skopje vs HEDO-B. Braun Gyöngyös19:00 CEST: Club Futebol Os Belenenses vs RK Trimo TrebnjeFotó: Magyari Máté, Gyongyos Facebook ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Raddest Wool Cycling Jacket Ever?

first_imgNormally, one wouldn’t think to combine modern wool cycling fabric technology with retro hot rod styling courtesy of late 70’s/early 80’s movies. Thankfully for us, Stevil Kinevil of  Allhailtheblackmarket fame (infamy?) isn’t what most cyclists would consider normal, and that’s a good thing. If this Smokey and the Bandit wool cycling jacket/jersey, complete with the Trans-Am crest on the chest and Trans-Am Bandit shoulder patches, doesn’t scream American cycling, I don’t know what does.Not only are you almost guaranteed to be the only one in your local group ride with a Burt Reynolds inspired jersey, you will also be able to gloat about the fact that you own a custom Earth, Wind, and Rider Wool Jacket. As for Wool as a “technical” fabric, the new wools are really starting to gain more ground in the cycling apparel market, and for good reason. Just as EWR tells it, “Earth, Wind and Rider Jerseys: No scratch, no sniff.”Now, mind you, all of this epic style, and woolly goodness doesn’t come cheap at $160 a pop, but for a such a unique jersey/jacket with just a touch of irony, it’s hard to resist.Not familiar with the inspiration for this jacket? See it, along with all the info from Stevil after the break!From Stevil:My first goal was to ride my bike and drown my sorrows, which I handled immediately. After that I took to looking at the long term.With that in mind, aside from the Black Market kits, as well as other assorted goods, I knew that there was one project I wanted to see happen, and I can’t think of a better time for it to than here at the head of 2011. In association with Earth, Wind and Rider, I am very proud to present the All Hail The Black Market ‘Smokey and The Bandit’ wool replica full zip jacket/jersey. It is without even a hint of irony that I say this movie (Smokey and The Bandit number one, not number two, in which he actually wore this jacket) might very well be one of my top 20 favorite films of all time, and for those of you who understand, there’s no need to explain.For those of you who don’t, I can only say that I’m sorry for you.Like the Black Market kits, I have to sell these on a pre-order basis for two reasons.1) I don’t have the money to lay down for an initial minimum order.2) Even if I did, I don’t have room to sit on a bunch of these in hopes that they eventually sell.By doing it this way, each of these very customized garments will come in the specific size that you choose. It goes without saying that after this order is done, it will never happen again.…Unless the parasites from Urban Outfitters catch wind of it, and begin mass producing them at some crap-hole in China, which in turn *might result in some firebombing of their corporate offices, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.* Probably will.Anyway, the nuts and the bolts on the matter is this;Starting now, I have a 90 day order window. All orders need to be placed by Wednesday, April 6th. Should I be slapped with a cease and desist order, which my lawyers say is more than likely, then all the more reason to get your order in sooner rather than later.Each full zip jersey is painstakingly hand crafted out of Merino Wool, and are an absolute steal for 160.00 a piece. The Earth, Wind and Rider garment sizing is true, so as they say in their sizing chart, if you wear a large jersey, then a large size is what you should order. Or you can decide for yourself;as always, if you have any questions, please direct them to me at [email protected] Burt Reynolds mustache not included.last_img read more

Gophers look to keep momentum rolling in final home meets

first_imgReiter is set on it not happening again, and his teammates and coaches have taken notice.“I know he’s got a little more motivation this time,” Kuhlman said. “I know he wants to show him that last year, beating him ” it’s not going to happen again. And it’s just kind of a drive inside him that makes a difference. You’ll see coming through the week he’ll be pushing a lot harder.”Russell said, “It will be easy for him to get fired up for that match.”Russell also said Travis Lang and Kuhlman likely are Minnesota’s starters for the rest of the season at 125 and 197, respectively.He said finally having all the starters set will with help the team’s continuity.“As of right now they’re the guys,” Russell said. “It’s getting so late in the season it would be hard to change. Obviously you don’t want to mess with a guy’s psyche this late in the year. Hopefully it’s settled. If it’s not settled already, hopefully it’s settled soon.”And that’s exactly what Minnesota is looking for out of its final home weekend ” continuity, momentum and getting everything in order in a friendly environment for that push to the finish.If you ask the Gophers, they don’t envision it happening any other way.“I don’t see us facing a letdown,” Lang said. “I just think we’re wrestling too well to have that get in the way. And as long as we keep going at guys and keep going at the pace we have been the last couple months, I see us doing very well.” Gophers look to keep momentum rolling in final home meets David McCoyFebruary 3, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAt 16-0, Minnesota is off to its best start since going 19-0 in duals in 2001-2002.It’s been much longer since Minnesota’s Sunday opponent, Indiana, has beaten the Gophers in Minneapolis.In fact, the last time the Hoosiers beat the Gophers in Minneapolis was more than 35 years ago.But the Hoosiers also are the best they’ve been in years. Ranked 13th, Indiana (11-2, 2-2 Big Ten) will try to do what it hasn’t done since Jan. 20, 1968, and all Minnesota wants out of the weekend is a little more momentum.“It’ll help us carry over,” 197-pounder Mitch Kuhlman said. “It’s very good momentum that we’ll need. We’ve got two big duals in the next two weeks, and we’ve just got to build on it.”With the next two Sundays featuring tough duals against No. 2 Oklahoma State on Feb. 12 and No. 4 Michigan on Feb. 17, Minnesota is looking to gain a helpful push in its final two home duals of the season ” at 7 tonight against No. 24 Wisconsin and at 2 p.m. Sunday with Indiana, both at the Sports Pavilion.“It’s really for momentum,” assistant coach Joe Russell said. “We’re on a roll right now and we need to keep it going, sending positive statements for us and letting the rest of the country know that we’re going to be a tough team to wrestle. We definitely want to keep sending those statements.”What the Gophers don’t want to keep doing is what they did the past two years against the Badgers ” lose.Wisconsin won 18-17 largely on the strength of then-12th ranked Tom Clum’s 6-3 upset of then-fourth ranked Mack Reiter at 133 pounds.Out of all his successes, Reiter never has beaten Clum, losing to him twice ” in last year’s duals and in the third place match at NCAAs ” though ranked higher than Clum both times.last_img read more

Ferromex and Ferrosur order EMD SD70ACe

first_imgMEXICO: Electro-Motive Diesel of the USA is to supply 19 SD70ACe locomotives to freight operator Ferromex and 15 of the same type to its sister company Ferrosur, EMD’s parent Progress Rail Services announced on September 24. The locomotives are due to enter service by June 2015 under contracts which both include an 11-year maintenance agreement.While Ferromex already operates the 4 300 hp SD70ACe, this is the first order that Ferrosur has placed with EMD. Its 15 locomotives are to be built to a special design to improve operation in tunnels.‘The 97 SD70ACe locomotives we have received have achieved very high and consistent performance and fuel efficiency’, said Rogelio Vélez, CEO of Ferromex and Ferrosur. ‘The 34 new additions will be key to our plans for 2015 and beyond, where Ferromex will continue to grow at higher levels than the average of the North American railroad industry’.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 13, 2015

first_img Share A couple days ago I decided to get some salt for my softener. I went to Walmart and wrestled two 40 pound bags into my shopping cart. I went to the parking lot and lifted the tailgate of my vehicle and contemplated getting the bags from the cart to the interior of the SUV. I started to lift a bag and a young man approached. I believe his name was Jeremiah. At any rate he said, “Let me do this.” He proceeded to put the bags in the vehicle. What a nice experience for an old man to receive from a young man. There may be, yet, hope for this world.Kenneth J. CantineLaguna Vista Donald Trump now is the front runner in the polls for the GOP. Many political pundits expected him to be irrelevant and the contrary is happening. He is dominating the narrative everywhere. Special to the PRESSTo the Editor There have been many different analyses on why is the public responding so favorably to what Donald Trump is saying.center_img Dear Editor, When he focuses on Mexican Immigrants as rapists and drug runners, he reaches a public that has been given this narrative and now that he is saying it in public it is logical that the public responds to what they have been hearing.Mexico produces and moves drugs, but remember these drugs are consumed here in the U.S. and many banks have been fined for laundering drug money. Sexual exploitation is everywhere, including in the U.S. and I am sure Mexico has the same problem.There is a problem with the immigration issue that could have been resolved and it is not. The reasons are that many businesses benefit a lot by paying low salaries to those who are not legally in this country and it is good to have a dysfunctional system that helps those companies to make more profits.Also, we had programs like NAFTA and corporations like Monsanto and many others who go to Mexico and displace a lot of people from their land and their farmlands, again for the purpose of making a profit.Racism kills as we have witnessed recently. Racism also is and has been a very profitable tool to exploit others as has been exposed recently here in the U.S.We also have internalized racism and this is when Mexican people who have had no access to their history and the fact that The Treaty of Guadalupe – Hidalgo between U.S. and Mexico has been violated by prohibiting the use of our language, Spanish, and land expropriation and violations. The results are not pretty, people are alienated from their history and dispossessed. Mr. Trump knows that and he had stated that Latino people love him because he offers them jobs. It has happened before; people who have been colonized tend to identify with their oppressor more and even verbalize support for them. However, we also can look at history where people rise up and resist at every moment and change the status quo.Many of us Mexicans who are familiar with both U.S. and Mexican culture know our history of both countries and we know that Mr. Trump with his White Privilege has made himself a very wealthy man. Do understand Mr. Trump that I would only admire you if you had to make a living by working in the conditions of the many Mexicans who have made you rich.Remember we Mexicans did not cross the river, the river crossed us in 1848.Mr. Trump knows that both U.S. and Mexico have the same Economic Model that is not working for all the people in both countries and soon there would be a lot of people like me who have one issue in common with Mr. Trump.He is wealthy and can say anything he wants. I am not rich and I am like Mr. Trump not afraid to say that your system is not working. All you have to do is see all the killings, hunger, poverty and corruption, in the U.S. and internationally with all the Drones, wars, planes, CIAs, etc. Your system promotes the issue of terrorism when the Imperialist model is being rejected by the whole world right on our door steps.The John McCain issue resonated with the public because even when he was in prison, Mr. McCain with all he suffered he did not learn the basic lesson, which is not to promote war like he does now. He was captured in an illegal war and every time he opens his mouth to advocate killing others.Donald Trump, you expose ugly truths and I will be glad to help you expand on them even if you become the President of the United States. Like you, I have nothing to lose.Yolanda Garza BirdwellLaguna VistaWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Remembering Joe BeautifulBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] I was in a rut— working scattered hours in a coffee shop, a couple years out of college and thinking I’d never realize my dream of turning my passion into a career. It was during one of those shifts at the coffee shop…February 23, 2018In “Editor’s Column”HATEFUL SPEECHFamily in ‘shock’ after man shouts anti-Muslim epithets By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A family vacationing on South Padre Island is still reeling after they say a man harassed them by yelling anti-Muslim and sexually explicit epithets at them on the beach. “Total shock” is how Ahmed, one…May 12, 2017In “News”FAREWELL VOYAGE: Veterans gather to tell USS Ranger goodbyeBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] He came from Nashville, Tenn. to say goodbye to what he called a piece of history. “It was sad. And, (it provided) closure, too,” said Daniel Costin as the silhouette of the USS Ranger slowly faded from view at the far end of…July 24, 2015In “News”last_img read more

Zuma named Africa’s best president

first_img12 November 2009South African President Jacob Zuma was named Best African President at the 2009 Africa Consciousness Media Leadership Awards, which honour those who have contributed to the liberation and development of the continent.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Zuma urged African leaders to keep the promises they had made to their people.“We have pledged to our people that we will strive for the eradication of poverty, disease and conflict. We have pledged to promote trade, investment, economic growth, skills development and stability on the continent.”Zuma called on African leaders to use partnership agreements as instruments to advance the cause of the continent.He was referring to pacts such as African Peer Review Mechanism, established to promote good governance in Africa, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which aims to foster economic integration and development.“If we deviate or if we falter, we expect all of you – ordinary citizens, civil society, academics and the media – to sound the warning bells,” Zuma said. “Good leaders heed these warnings and respond constructively. They do not consider themselves to be above their people.”Miriam MakebaZuma was not the only South African recipient of an award. The late Afro-pop legend Miriam Makeba was given the Great Daughter of Africa award for using music to address the challenges faced by Africans during the colonial era.The Pata-Pata songbird, who was exiled for years after she was banned by the apartheid government, travelled the world not only performing her songs but also sending the message to the world about Africans’ challenges.The late First Lady of Nigeria, Stella Obasanjo, was named Best African First Lady of the Year.Zuma said the awards served as a reminder that nothing could be achieved without the confidence, trust and support of fellow Africans.Leadership ‘about service and sacrifice’“A true leader is guided by the needs and the collective wisdom of his or her people. These awards should therefore not be about status or prestige. They should be about service and sacrifice. Let us work together to ensure that they achieve these goals.”African statesman and former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda also attended Tuesday’s event. He wished South Africa all the best in hosting a successful footall World Cup in 2010.He said it was Africa’s turn to show the world what she was capable of, adding that he was confident that the tournament would be a turning point for Africa’s economic and tourism development.Kaunda urged African leaders to emulate the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jomo Kanyata, Oliver Tambo and Kwame Nkrumah, who fought tirelessly for the liberation and development of the continent.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Tourism ‘vital to South Africa’s growth’

first_img27 June 2012South African tourism will continue to grow and play a key role in the country’s economy through a stronger focus on emerging markets and responsible tourism, says Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa.Speaking to BuaNews on the weekend following her return from the International Responsible Tourism Conference in London, Xasa said the country’s national tourism sector strategy aimed to make South Africa one of the top 20 destinations in the world by 2020.In terms of the strategy, South Africa aims to create 225 000 new jobs by 2020 while increasing tourism’s contribution to the economy from R189.4-billion in 2009 to R318.16-billion in 2015 and R499-billion by 2020.Responsible tourismWith South Africa continuing to emerge as an important global player, the government also wants a new focus in the tourism sector to explore the opportunities presented by “responsible tourism”.“Responsible tourism” is an approach to tourism management aimed at maximising the economic, social and environmental benefits while minimising the costs to destinations. Its focus is on creating “better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”.Xasa said the youth employment problem in South Africa had created a renewed sense of urgency for action, and suggested that developing opportunities in tourism could be one of the solutions.Developing emerging marketsAccording to Xasa, South Africa has started to attract large amounts of tourists from emerging markets, particularly the rest of Africa and Asia.“We continue to grow in these regions, and as such there’s a special focus now on growing and developing that market. We are opening offices on these continents,” she said.Despite South Africa’s core markets in Europe and North America remaining the major source of long-haul tourists, the country’s overall tourism growth in 2011 was largely due to a 14.6% growth in the emerging markets of Asia – driven by a growth of 24.3% from China and 26.2% from India.“The responsible tourism conference for us served as a platform to further convince those markets that South Africa’s position as a leisure destination remains firm and unshaken,” Xasa said.What emerged from the conference was that most countries failed to sell their culture to tourists.“The whole world is so keen on learning about cultures. In South Africa we have this rich cultural diversity … we have a host of products to develop within that range that would then add onto the products that South Africa had been providing,” she said.“People are looking for authentic experiences when they travel, and that is what South Africa presents.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BitHub brings digital currency to South Africa

first_img19 June 2015South Africa’s first digital currency incubator and hub is up and running in the form of BitHub, headquartered at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town.A cross section of traders, consumers, tech geeks and bitcoin enthusiasts were at the launch. Together they created an atmosphere of optimism and excitement at the potential of digital currency across all levels of commerce and tech.Speaking at the event, Joshin Raghubar, the chairman of the Bandwidth Barn, said: “We are entering into a new age in banking and finance and are in need of a platform and community for innovation within this space. BitHub aims to amplify the community of development in digital currency, and this launch event, focusing on the payment space of digital currency, forms a great segway to greater innovation within digital currency.”Financial technologyIan Merrington, the chief executive of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (Citi), added: “We’ve been looking at the fintech space for a while, and the recent Bitcoin Conference lit a spark that we are excited to take further. Here is a platform that has potential for disruptive innovation that can solve Africa-specific needs, serve the unbanked, and also play a transformative role.”The formal banking sector was showing a keen interest in the digital currency and innovation space.“That’s why BitHub’s launch is timeous and vital,” he said. “Now there is a place to gather, to learn, to innovate; a community where digital currency entrepreneurs and developers can meet, swap ideas and solve problems. Citi is geared to help unblock constraints, backed by a business-friendly local government.Learn how bitcoin works:Legislation“We recognise that there are several challenges to overcome. Legislation around fintech needs to change, educating consumers and merchants on the philosophy and principles of digital currency, and an immature infrastructure, to name a few.“But there are also amazing opportunities; big banking is starting to invest in fintech development, we can unleash the Western Cape as a frontrunner in the development of fintech, and create awareness and positive discussion around the social impact offered by this technology through its open protocol.”Roslyn Lavers, the business development manager at PayFast, the payments processing service for South African websites, spoke about trends merchants such as Takealot, which accepted bitcoin, were experiencing.“In July 2014, PayFast’s decision to allow buyers to accept payment with bitcoin was largely exploratory, but we have been surprised by how much it is actually being used. The first week we saw payments totalling R50 000, and since then a steady trade value has been maintained.“Now we have in excess of 30 000 merchants that have bitcoin enabled, with the current trend being tech merchants embracing the bitcoin payments, and coffee and beer merchants following close behind.”Early adoptersHowever, it was still early days for bitcoin use in South Africa. “Early adopters are using this, and are using it consistently, which is a good sign, and has exceeded our expectations.”Francois Paul, a developer from BitX, a global bitcoin wallet, exchange and merchant service, explained why bitcoin was better than traditional payment methods.“Bitcoin allows for free flow of value, without a trust element in the equation,” he said. “It is a digital asset that cannot be copied, that has no counterparty risk and no charge back – it is not reversible. So the potential for fraud and scams is eliminated. It is borderless, fast, cheap and easy, and once people realise how easy it is to use, and the saving on transactional fees, consumer demand will spark a merchant response.”In South Africa, Landmark Computers was the first seller to accept bitcoin. Its chief executive, Andrew van der Nest said there was no risk and the network was incredibly safe.“We have had no issues with bitcoin as a merchant; the money is guaranteed in our account and cannot be reversed. Plus we love how ownership, control and responsibility are now absolutely in the hands of the end user, where traditionally it is the bank or merchant’s responsibility. Times are changing and we are changing with it.”Regarding education and legislation, Enrico Calandro from Research ICT Africa called on governments to become involved. “Digital currencies benefit the people, especially the poor, due to the low fees synonymous with virtual currency, and the ease of access thanks to smart phones.”Developers soughtIn closing, Merrington called on developers and entrepreneurs to participate in the growth of the technology. “We want to create a stronger community by collaborating with established players and incubating and supporting new ideas in this space.”BitHub will host regular workshops and events on digital currency and fintech innovation.Citi was established in 1998 to develop Cape Town and the region as a global technology cluster and hub for innovation that is a significant contributor to economic growth. It has become a blueprint for industry and public sector collaboration models for sector development.The Bandwidth Barn, a Citi operated initiative, has been recognised as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator. It also offers shared office space for entrepreneurs.Source: BitHublast_img read more