Donegal becomes a hive of creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

first_imgDonegal was a vibrant, youthful hive of creativity on Saturday 15th June as hundreds of children and young people participated in 31 events across the county as part of Cruinniú na nÓg.Now in its second year, this national day of youthful creativity has grown to incorporate 21 venues in 12 towns and villages across Donegal. Youth from Malin Head to Bundoran had the opportunity to explore creative opportunities such as songwriting, creative writing, music, dance, design, performance and more.Cruinniú na nÓg, Donegal, Scoil Forais Dungloe: Imagination at play outdoors at the Forest School at the river walk in Dungloe. Photo Credit: John SoffeDescribed by some participants as ‘the best day of their lives’, children loved exploring nature with outdoor events such as the Forest School in Dungloe, Art in the Park in Buncrana, and An Grianán Youth Theatre performance at Glenveagh. Online feedback from a young person described it as “awesome, informative and amazing” and called for “more outdoor events like today”. Glenveagh Alice in Wonderland: Lots of laughter at Glenveagh on Saturday with An Grianán Youth Theatres performance of Alice in Wonderland. Photo Credit: John SoffeImagination at play outdoors at the Forest School at the river walk in Dungloe. Photo Credit: John SoffeEileen Burgess, Culture Division Manager with Donegal County Council, expressed her delight with the success of the day –  “the weather was on our side and despite some light showers everyone continued in the creative spirit of the day. We are absolutely delighted with the response to all 31 events and the positive feedback from parents and young people themselves”.The Culture and Creativity Team within Donegal County Council specifically scheduled events to take place for as much of the day as possible to give everyone an opportunity to participate. Between 10am and 10pm paint was splashed, creations were made, dance was explored, instruments were tried, music experienced, songs were written and performed, the past was re-imagined, and words were written to the point where one child claimed he “almost exploded because I loved it.”It was a family affair at the Hand Print Pictures event at the Regional Cultural Centre. Photo Credit: Paul McGuckinCruinniú na nÓg simply means ‘The gathering of young people’ and is a highly engaging initiative of the Creative Ireland programme in partnership with Local Authorities. Ireland is the only country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people.Using a smart phone to recreate the past at the Photogrammetry and Artifact Digitisation workshop delivered by the CINE project at The Loft in Letterkenny. Photo Credit: Paul McGuckinThe date for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is yet to be announced but later this year Wainfest, Donegal’s Annual Arts and Book Festival for Children, will take place from the 5th to 13th October 2019 where young people and their families can ‘expect to connect’ with culture and creative activities across Donegal once again.For more details follow Donegal County Library on Facebook @DonegalCountyLibrary and Twitter @DonegalLibrary and visitwww.donegallibrary.ie and www.wainfest.ie. Donegal becomes a hive of creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cruinniú na nÓglast_img read more

South Africa’s tax bonanza

first_img4 April 2008Finance Minister Trevor Manuel praised the growing strength of the partnership between the South African Revenue Service (Sars), businesses, and individual taxpayers, following the announcement of the state’s preliminary revenue results.“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Sars collected a preliminary R571.8-billion during the fiscal year 2007/08,” he said this week, speaking via satellite linkup from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“I am extremely appreciative of the tremendous cooperation by many businesses, larger corporations and smaller enterprises, and individuals.”Manuel was in Ethiopia attending the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.The preliminary result, he said, was R0.8-billion above the revised budget estimate made in February 2008, and R15.2-billion above February last years estimate of R556.6-billion.Taking into account additional departmental revenue of R1.4-billion and deducting transfers to South African Customs Union partners, the preliminary main budget revenue estimate is R560.1-billion.“Our preliminary estimate of national expenditure is R541.6-billion, bringing the main budget surplus to R18.5-billion or 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP), which is 0.1% higher than the February 2008 estimate,” he said.Manuel said the results confirmed the continuing expansion of South Africa’s economy and growing strength of the partnership between Sars and taxpayers.The revised corporate income tax (CIT) target of R142.6-billion was exceeded by R448-million, with all sectors posting a positive tax growth.This was led by manufacturing, with 22% year-on-year growth, followed by mining with 12%, financial services with 11%, and the wholesale and retail sector with 10%, banks with 8% and the insurance industry with 7%.Personal income tax (PIT) was marginally higher despite higher interest rates and rising fuel food and fuel costs as a result of considerably higher wage settlements, singling out the public sector wage settlement in particular.“The growth in employee compensation from 10.6% in 2006 to 11.7% in 2007 and the increase in the number of jobs resulted in the strong growth of PIT,” said Manuel.Despite a slowdown in household spending the revised Value Added Tax (VAT) target of R147-billion was also exceeded by R2.6-billion, being benefited by inflation and a change in consumers’ spending patterns.“Our preliminary figures indicate that there has been a shift in the composition of VAT receipts,” Manuel said. “In the year under review, import VAT, including tax on equipment and producer goods contributed R1.1-billion more to VAT collection whereas domestic VAT contributed R2.7-billion less than estimated.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Crop Tour Recap I-75 Leg | Day 2

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IPL 2017: Umesh Yadav likely to return for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgUmesh Yadav is all set to play his first Indian Premier League game this season when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Yadav joined the KKR team on Monday and looks all set to play their first home game in the tenth edition of the tournament. (Also read: Good news for Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn could still play IPL10, Umesh Yadav joins trainning)Kolkata beat Gujarat Lions by a record margin of 10 wickets in their tournament opener but lost the second game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. (Also read: IPL 2017: Will Kolkata Knight Riders miss Chris Lynn for the entire season?)The 29-year-old, who has 35 wickets from 14 Tests in the last 12 months, was advised rest by the BCCI medical team for two weeks after the 2-1 series triumph against Australia.Yadav, according to the Indian team physio, had right hip and lower back soreness after finishing the four-match Test series against Australia, where he took 17 wickets.KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir was surprised initially to know about his top bowler’s absence in the first week of the tournament.”Umesh was a bit of a surprise because the form he was in, we thought if he could start it would have been a big advantage, but it gives others an opportunity. We have got a pretty good bowling attack, so hopefully the guys can deliver,” Gambhir had told reporters before the first match.On Tuesday, Umesh got down to the business straightaway, hitting gym and tweeting his photograph on joining the team.advertisementlast_img read more

How to Use Crowdfunding Websites for Nonprofits

first_imgCrowdfunding websites have proven to be extremely effective at fundraising for nonprofits as well as for private startups. The Internet and social media have made connecting with others much easier since email addresses are all handy, a message can instantly be sent to everyone you know, and there’s no cost involved.It can be awkward to ask a friend in-person to give money to your favorite charity, but social media makes it as normal and easy as asking people to come out to dinner. Face-to-face requests put someone on the spot, but social media is personal enough to make a connection but anonymous enough that there’s no embarrassment for anyone who does not wish to contribute.Multiple Projects Can Be Funded from One Crowdfunding WebsiteWhen you set up a page for crowdfunding, you are simply asking a lot of people to make a donation. One way universities are using crowdfunding for education is by setting up a page with a separate link for donating to each project they want to raise money for, such as sports teams, scholarships, and research equipment.Donors like to know that their money will be well-spent on things important to them, so a sports fan may be more likely to give money to help their team go to a national competition than to give to a general fund. Likewise, many people don’t care for sports, so they might not want to give money if they are concerned that it would just be used to hire a more expensive football coach, whereas they would be delighted to support adding a new collection to the library.Be sure to set up your crowdfunding site so that it provides information on each project you would like to fund.Why Fundraising Websites Work So WellYour online community is likely to be familiar with making Web-based donations. It’s hard to spend much time online and not buy something, and once that first purchase has been made, it continues to get easier for people to comfortably pay for things electronically. Some people exclusively pay or donate electronically because they like the immediate receipt and not having to keep up with paperwork, in addition to never having to haul around a checkbook or worry about cash.Make it clear on your crowdfunding page that you are asking everyone to make a charitable contribution by having a large “donate now” button on the page.Crowdfunding is based on donors sending their friends to a website to make their donations, too. Your reach is greatly increased by having friends tell friends, etc., so be sure to include icons that make it easy for your supporters to post your information directly into their own social accounts.Crowdfunding can be done successfully at little cost to you and makes it easy to reach a large audience. Utilizing these tips should make your efforts pay off more than ever before.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.last_img read more

Economic Consequences at the Household Level of Maternal Complications in Bangladesh

first_imgPosted on May 30, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Colleagues at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) recently published a paper, Costs of Maternal Health-related Complications in Bangladesh, in the Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition that explores the economic repercussions on households of maternal complications in a rural setting in Bangladesh.Abstract:This paper assesses both out-of-pocket payments for healthcare and losses of productivity over six months postpartum among women who gave birth in Matlab, Bangladesh. The hypothesis of the study objective is that obstetric morbidity leads women to seek care at which time out-of-pocket expenditure is incurred. Second, a woman may also take time out from employment or from doing her household chores. This loss of resources places a financial burden on the household that may lead to reduced consumption of usual but less important goods and use of other services depending on the extent to which a household copes up by using savings, taking loans, and selling assets. Women were divided into three groups based on their morbidity patterns: (a) women with a severe obstetric complication (n=92); (b) women with a less-severe obstetric complication (n=127); and (c) women with a normal delivery (n=483). Data were collected from households of these women at two time-points—at six weeks and six months after delivery. The results showed that maternal morbidity led to a considerable loss of resources up to six weeks postpartum, with the greatest financial burden of cost of healthcare among the poorest households. However, families coped up with loss of resources by taking loans and selling assets, and by the end of six months postpartum, the households had paid back more than 40% of the loans.Read the full paper here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

New Research Challenges Excess Mortality Risk of Adolescent Mothers

first_imgPosted on September 7, 2012March 31, 2017By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Over the course of the Safe Motherhood movement, the common wisdom has been that adolescent women have a highly elevated risk of maternal death —roughly two times higher —compared to women in their twenties, and this has led to calls for a focus on the unmet maternal health care needs of adolescent mothers. But research commissioned by the MHTF reveals that —averaged across 38 countries— the maternal mortality ratio for women age 15-19 is just 28 percent higher than among women age 20-24.Ann K. Blanc, PhD, former MHTF Director, and her colleagues, William Winfrey, PhD, and John Ross, PhD, analyzed available survey data to produce age-specific maternal mortality ratios using Demographic and Health Surveys data from 2000-2008.  The result is a paper titled, “New Findings for MM Age Patterns August 10”. The surprising finding on the comparative mortality risk of adolescents could have significant impact on future policy advocacy and program development.Filling knowledge gaps is a critical component of the MHTF mandate, and this paper does just that. Challenging assumptions and pursuing neglected areas of research is certain to have positive implications for achieving our collective goal of eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in our lifetimes.I hope you find this paper as useful and as illuminating as I have. We welcome your comments.Access the PDF of the paper here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

mHealth for Maternal Health: A Conversation With Boston University School of Public Health

first_imgPosted on April 1, 2014November 7, 2016By: Abby Beaudette, MPH; Ashley Thomas, MPH; Caitlin Denning, MPH; Dr. James Wolff, ; Justin Maly, MPH; Marion McNabb, MPH, Boston University School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Could you give us an overview of your projects in mHealth and/or maternal health?At Boston University School Of Public Health we have developed a project-based course, Using Mhealth Technology to Improve Health Outcomes, that creates partnerships between student teams and global public health organizations to design and develop mHealth applications. Our mobile applications have included a developmental screening application for anganwadi health workers in India, a comprehensive chronic disease survey tool for a remote area in Mexico, and a decision support tool for community health workers in Namibia.Other than the technology, what are key factors that can affect the success of an mHealth initiative?People. Knowing your end user is a large determinant of whether or not your application will be a success. Do you know your end user’s literacy level? Their technological literacy level? What about the amount of time that they have to dedicate to the application? Are they being paid to use the application, or are they using the application themselves? You need to make your end user happy. The overall functionality and design of an application is rendered useless if uptake is minimal, or if the target end user is encumbered by its use. This issue is likely more ubiquitous than should be the case, but there also have been innovative solutions that demonstrate an intimate knowledge, not only of the environment, but the intended user population.Within maternal health, where do you see mHealth as having the highest impact or highest potential for impact?Consider these two facts:Coverage for most MNCH interventions (except for immunization) is hovering somewhere around 50%. That means that half of all mothers and children are not getting access to lifesaving health care. To improve health outcomes, we are going to have to increase coverage of key MNCH services by building demand, expanding access to and improving the quality of these services.By 2019 there will be 9.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions and over 5 billion of these will be mobile broadband subscriptions. One billion of those with cell phones will continue to have very limited access to health care.  For those people with cell phones but limited health care access, phones have the potential to expand access, increase demand and improve quality and accountability of health services that will directly result in greater coverage of the population.Taking these into consideration, we believe that mHealth could have the highest impact on health education, both for clients as well as health care workers (HCW). mHealth can support HCWs to follow protocols for treatment, and connect patients to the nearest health facility in the event of an emergency.Are there limitations to the extent to which mHealth can be used to improve maternal health?mHealth applications are rarely a solution in and of themselves, but merely one piece of a puzzle that constitutes a greater campaign or program. Highlighting this, the risk of maternal mortality is highest intra- and post-partum and is often caused by complications such as hemorrhage and obstruction, which are challenging to address with mHealth tools.Further, while the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants have access to a cell phone, over a billion people lack access, either because they can’t afford one or because there is no cellular reception in their area. Worryingly, this 1 billion represents the population that we often need to reach the most urgently.Do you have an opinion on the role mHealth can play to improve maternal health? What do you see as the biggest advantages of mHealth? The limitations? If you are interested in submitting a blog post for our ongoing guest blog series on mHealth for Maternal Health, please email MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani at ymm108@mail.harvard.edu.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Women in Philanthropy Profile: Emily Roisman

first_imgEmily Roisman, Chief Legal Officer and Board Chair for PRoTECHOS, a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit established in 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, is dedicated to providing roof reconstruction and related vocational training to residents of underserved communities throughout Puerto Rico.Community BuildingHow did PRoTECHOS start?My husband and I came to Puerto Rico on vacation and fell in love with the island. The more time we spent here, the more we never wanted to leave, and we decided to make it our home. We found warm and welcoming people who included us in family events, essentially “adopting” us, beautiful surroundings, and perfect weather, in a location that is a part of the United States, although many people in the US do not know this. When Hurricane Maria hit, we had only been living here for a few years, but it had already become our island, and our home. This was personal.Out of frustration with the continued lack of power and the failure of the US to respond to the crisis, I wanted to help to bring solar power to the island. Through a friend, I was directed to Jonathan Marvel, an architect in Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, New York, who started Resilient Power Puerto Rico, which is installing solar panels on 100 community centers spread throughout Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities.  Jonathan told me that RPPR was finding that the damage to roofs was making it difficult to install solar panels, and he had been considering starting a separate nonprofit to build resilient roofs and teach people the skills needed to do exactly that. He already had an idea for the name—“PRoTECHOS”—but he had not set up the nonprofit corporation, nor did he have the time to do so. I offered to take the ball and run with it, and I haven’t stopped running ever since.What does PRoTECHOS do in the community?PRoTeCHOS pays for the materials needed to repair and strengthen roofs in disadvantaged communities and provides training to those in the community who would like to learn basic carpentry. I believe we may be the only nonprofit in Puerto Rico that pays trainees in a “learn and earn” program. Most people in these communities cannot afford to take time off from working to go to school—they still have to eat and feed their families. Hurricane Maria damaged more than the homes and power lines here—it damaged the psyches and self-confidence of many people who were already living on the edge. I can’t think of a better way to build a person’s self-image than giving him or her education and valuable skills so they can find employment. Teach a man to fish, as the saying goes.We decided to start with two “proof-of-concept” roofs, which were built by students from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture under the direction of Professor Francisco Gutierrez, who is also a skilled builder with his own construction company. We paid for the materials and reimbursed Francisco’s construction company  for the hourly wages paid to the students while they learned how to build. And it worked.A local pastor helped us find the homeowners who were most in need. We wanted someone from the community assessing who needed what. He told us who was elderly, who was infirm, who had children. From an initial list of 10 roofs, we’ve completed six. In the process, one man we trained became our project manager.What do you hope to achieve with PRoTECHOS?I don’t want to just put a band-aid on something. I want it to last. I want the training portion of our program to be  turnkey,  so that training is easily replicable and trainees can easily become trainers.We’re currently looking into how PRoTECHOS might be able to assist the Puerto Rico Department of Education with a new construction vocational training program offered to seniors at several Puerto Rico high schools. The students who graduate from that program will need hands-on experience, and we could offer that experience building and reinforcing roofs in a pre-apprenticeship program. The goal would be to help them find an apprenticeship with a local construction company following the completion of our training program. Right now the demand for construction workers on the island far exceeds the supply. People here need jobs and roofs. PRoTECHOS can help to solve both of those problems by training people to build roofs—while actually re-building them.What attracts you to working in the nonprofit sector?I see a problem and I want to solve it. That’s also what I love about my job as a lawyer. The problems here in Puerto Rico will not be fixed without the help of nonprofits. I’m not going to save the world, but I want to fix the problems that I can see. One of the tenets of Judaism is “tikkun olam,” which means “repair the world.” I love that idea.I enjoy in sharing my enthusiasm with other people who understand our mission. Fundraising is proof that they get it. When you receive a donation, you know you were able to communicate the importance of your mission to someone else, who grasped it so thoroughly that it moved them to action. That’s a good feeling.Women in Philanthropy is an ongoing blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring some of the incredible women Network for Good has the pleasure to work with.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Abdul Yusuff

first_imgIn the two and a half years that Abdul Yusuff has been a fundraising sales consultant with Network for Good, he has consistently built relationships with prospective clients about the connection between their fundraising and their mission, the critical areas that they need help with, and whether Network for Good would be the right partner to help them get where they want to be.“If you want to make any type of change in the world, people have to come together. No one can do anything alone. When I hear of an organization trying to pool all their resources to attack a major problem or a concern or an area of improvement—that whole concept is inspiring.”Q&A with Abdul Yusuff, Fundraising Sales ConsultantWhat is your experience with nonprofits outside of Network for Good?I have participated in numerous different nonprofits, including religious organizations (my dad’s a chairman of the board of an international religious organization), youth development, and sports and recreation. I spend most of my time focused on youth development and just joined the board of a youth development organization in Ohio. Also, I’m a donor and event speaker for Cause I Care, an organization dedicated to empowering black women in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that my best friend started last year. I just spoke at their Brown Girls and Big Hats Tea Party this past April. It’s exciting to see the people that she’s mentoring and how they’re being impacted by the mission.They had an essay contest where the winner won a laptop. I spoke about all the entries and shared with their parents, family, friends, and mentors what they were writing about and what was important to these individuals. As a young kid, I was a recipient of a computer, so it was cool to be able to pay that forward now as a young adult.What attracts you to nonprofits?The impact that you’re able to make when you bring people together. Spiritually and religiously, it’s always been instilled in me that what I do with my life and my resources is what matters the most. So being able to provide impact to other people and the environment around me, those are the most valuable things that I can do while I’m on this earth. I’ve always had a passion and dedication for finding ways to continue that work. I’ve done a little work internationally and I see the power of getting people together in underdeveloped countries where a lot of things are less established. You can see what one organization can bring to a small country.What do you enjoy most about the work you do at Network for Good? I enjoy making a sale because that’s my five-minute reward for countless hours of work. And the impact of that sale is huge. I can touch many people with that sale—board members that I don’t know, my contact at the nonprofit who is struggling to do their job, my colleagues here in the office. I get to collaborate on a lot of moving pieces all for one single goal.What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?My favorite thing to do is to be active. I’m really into sports and all the benefits that it brings—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally. If you want to test your mental fortitude, find a way to compete on a physical level. I play flag football and coach wrestling at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Those two things help me escape the day-to-day.Who is your favorite athlete of all time?I have to give it to Michael Jordan because of his behind-the-scenes story. This guy was never satisfied. You can trace his accomplishments back to his mindset and the respect that he put into everything that he did. The thing that was most inspiring was his baseball career. He went from being a megastar to a nobody. His commitment level and the attention to detail that he put into a sport that wasn’t going to give him the same kind of rewards that he’d gotten in his basketball career. He showed everyone how to be part of a team and not overshadow what that team was doing. That highlights what sports is all about.Lightning RoundDream vacation? Saudi ArabiaMost recent book read? The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon and Brent AdamsonLast movie seen in movie theater? Us Your theme song? Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack”Favorite color? PurpleRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more