Clare’s Wish Foundation helicopter request

first_imgNewsClare’s Wish Foundation helicopter requestBy John Keogh – April 24, 2015 668 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories  CLARE’S Wish Foundation, a Limerick-based charity that helps to grant the wishes of adults who have a life-threatening or terminal condition, is seeking the service of a helicopter to carry out a very urgent wish request for a person with a serious illness. Anyone who may be able to help can contact the Foundation on 061 633301. Previous articleCaoimhe and Saoirse get all grown up for RapunzelNext articleNeville exasperated by failure to erect signs John Keogh Print Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSClare’s Wish Foundationlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Willemijn Verkaik Will Return to Wicked in the West End

first_img View Comments Willemijn Verkaik in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Matt Crockett) The West End’s Wicked will welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba on January 30, 2017. Sue Kelvin and Sarah McNicholas are also scheduled to start performances on that date as Madame Morrible and Nessarose, respectively.Verkaik has played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany, at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. Verkaik recently starred as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany and provided the singing voice of Elsa in the Dutch and German language versions of Disney’s Frozen. Her other stage credits include Germany’s Mamma Mia!, London’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Aida in Germany and Elisabeth in Switzerland. She has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the U.K.Kelvin is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler… and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include Barmitzvah Boy and Private Lives. McNicholas most recently performed in the Dominion Theatre’s Evita, as well as on its U.K. and European tours and in the musical Carrie at Southwark Playhouse.Rachel Tucker is currently leading the company through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Anita Dobsonis plays Madame Morrible and original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones continues as Nessarose. Wicked will celebrate its 10th year in London on September 27.last_img read more

ESG roundup: French award, AXA exits tobacco, German trends

first_imgThe French government has launched an award to promote and recognise best practice in climate-related disclosure by investors under new mandatory reporting requirements.The ministry of the environment is partnering with the 2° Investing Initiative (2°ii), a French multi-stakeholder think tank, on the award initiative.Its main purpose, according to a statement, is “to foster the emergence of best practices on climate change reporting, consequently providing food for thought for existing international initiatives on climate-related disclosures for investors, and setting the bar for French investors”.The criteria for the award have yet to be decided, but they will be based around the reporting requirements introduced by Article 173 of France’s “loi sur la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte” (LTE), the law on the energy transition for green growth. The law is believed to be the first to introduce mandatory disclosure on climate change by institutional investors, and the launch of the award seems in keeping with the French government’s apparent efforts to maintain, if not intensify, the momentum behind the COP21 climate agreement reached in Paris in December.The award will be presented at a ceremony in November, to be hosted by Ségolène Royal, the environment minister.In other news, French insurer AXA Group has announced that it will no longer invest in tobacco and will be selling all of its “tobacco industry assets”, currently valued at some €1.8bn.The insurer will offload immediately all of its equity holdings in tobacco companies, worth around €200m, and refrain from making any new investments in bonds issued by tobacco industry companies.It will hold on to the bonds, valued at around €1.6bn, it is already invested in until they mature.In a statement, Thomas Buberl, who will become chief executive at AXA in September, said the decision to divest “has a cost for us, but the case for divestment is clear. The human cost of tobacco is tragic – its economic cost is huge.” In divesting from tobacco, AXA follows in the footsteps of other institutional investors that have to one degree or another turned their back on the industry – large ones such as the Norwegian oil fund and smaller ones such as the pension fund of the London Borough of Croydon.In a contrasting move, however, CalPERS, one of the world’s largest pension funds, is reconsidering whether it should invest in tobacco again after research estimated it missed out on up to $3bn (€2.6bn) of returns. In Germany, meanwhile, 42% of institutional investors surveyed by asset manager Union Investment do not expect the global climate agreement reached at the December UN conference in Paris (COP21) to have notable consequences on the capital markets. Alexander Schindler, responsible for institutional business at Union, said “this result is surprising” given that tougher climate change mitigation requirements have valuation and risk-management implications for investors that “cannot be underestimated”. However, the majority of surveyed investors – 203, with around €3.5bn in assets under management – expect the political drive to reduce greenhouse gases to influence the capital markets. The sustainable investment survey, carried out between February and April, found that 21% of German institutional investors take climate change into account in their investment policies.Of those that don’t, 24% said they planned to do so over the next five years.last_img read more

Florida to offer paper applications for unemployment benefits

first_imgOn Thursday the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Ken Lawson, said that the state of Florida will soon offer paper applications for unemployment claims.Recently, the number of unemployment applications have soared due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Floridians, in specific, have reported having issues with the unemployment filing process.Now, Floridians will have the option to print out the paperwork and mail it in.Lawson said his agency is contracting with an outside vendor to increase call volume, and they’re also working on improving the website with a mobile version.Get more information about applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, click here or call the Claims Assistance Center at 1-800-204-2418.Record 6.6M Americans file for unemployment amid coronavirus crisislast_img read more

AP source: Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal

first_imgBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, March 3, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins spent part of his off day on Sunday shopping at Costco.He was wise to stock up, because he’ll be staying with Brooklyn for at least a little while longer.The Nets plan to sign Collins to a second 10-day contract, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23, becoming the NBA’s first openly gay player, and it expires Tuesday.The Nets then will re-sign him for another 10 days on Wednesday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plans haven’t been made public.After that, the Nets would have to sign him for the rest of the season if they wanted to keep him.Collins played the final 2:41 of the Nets’ 96-80 victory over Chicago on Monday, receiving a standing ovation from a sellout crowd of 17,732 that included former NBA Commissioner David Stern when he entered. Collins missed his only shot.“It was cool. It was a lot of fun to go into the game,” he said. “The most important thing was that we got the win.”Collins said before the game that he wasn’t aware of any deal, leaving those details up to his agent. Coach Jason Kidd said those discussions were between management and Collins’ agent, but said his former teammate has been “great, on and off the court.”“Twin is a good friend of mine and he’s a basketball player, but he’s a great person and so that’s why we wanted him on this team and we felt he could help us win,” Kidd said, referring to Collins by the nickname he had during his original stint with the Nets from 2001-08.The Nets still practice in New Jersey even after moving to Brooklyn before last season, so that’s where Collins was Sunday after the Nets got back from their road trip that ended Saturday night in Milwaukee.“It’s kind of funny. Yesterday on my day off I’m driving around Jersey on Route 17 and bringing back a lot of memories from when I was here before,” Collins said.He’s much more famous now after revealing he was gay in a Sports Illustrated article last April. He had been out of the NBA from then until signing with the Nets.Collins said he had plenty of ticket requests from family and friends for Monday’s game, and also saw a number of familiar faces from the old days. The pregame press conference and the overall media attention are new, and Collins believes it won’t last, but understands that for now his sexuality makes him a big story.“Over time it will go down, but as far as doing interviews and talking about it, I’m getting comfortable with the microphone or the camera on me,” he said.He’s more comfortable on the court, even in the limited minutes he gets. Finally finished with his lengthy list of pregame obligations, he was looking forward to helping the Nets in whatever way he could.“Now that that’s all settled, I’ll go out there and just try to focus as much as I can on the game,” Collins said.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: read more

Reps Reilly Webber cast votes to enhance recreational opportunities statewide

first_img Categories: Reilly News 07Mar Reps. Reilly, Webber cast votes to enhance recreational opportunities statewide Proposal includes developments in Oakland CountyOakland County state lawmakers Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber today voted in favor of a plan allocating funds for two separate developments of the Paint Creek Trail as part of wide-ranging legislation advancing through the Michigan House.Webber and Reilly helped secure $228,400 to develop the Northern Trailhead for the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township, which will provide a new access point, parking and rest facilities for trail users to enjoy the scenic statewide Iron Belle Trail system.“Many Oakland County residents and thousands of tourists from across the state come to Paint Creek Trail to enjoy our area’s natural beauty and take part in our community’s events,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “This project benefits Oakland Township’s economy and businesses, and gives our community the opportunity to share our recreational offerings.”Reilly and Webber also secured $300,000 for Orion Township to develop additional trail along the south side of East Clarkston Road to connect to the Paint Creek Trail near Kern Road. The project will fill a critical gap in the Iron Belle Trail route, and connect the Polly Ann Trail with the Paint Creek Trail. A Transportation Alternatives Grant Program through the Michigan Department of Transportation will also be supporting the project.“When complete, visitors will be able to roam pristine pathways and boardwalks over Oakland County’s most-cherished wetlands and forested land,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “The Paint Creek Trail junction will connect trail users to a variety of alternative paths and bring in more visitors to support Orion Township.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 acquisition projects statewide. The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process recently started within the House Appropriations Committee.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.House Bill 4244 advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more