first_imgMiquita Oliver lends her support to BHF, & other celebrity charity news snippets TV presenter Miquita Oliver is supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by encouraging the nation to shop sustainably and start a Reuse Revolution. This May, the BHF has launched its Reuse Revolution campaign, calling on shoppers to make preloved purchases as they get back out on the high street. The charity hopes to encourage shoppers to take up new sustainable habits which will save money as well as help save lives. As part of her support for the campaign, Oliver took part in a photo shoot, sporting items she found in her local BHF shops, to showcase the clothing, shoes and jewellery that can be found in charity shops, which also prevents them going to waste. Anton Lesser & Dementia Carers Count John Miles & Cri du Chat Support Group Anton Lesser, star of Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall and The Crown, is supporting Dementia Carers Count’s flagship fundraising event for 2021. Every Small Step is a walking challenge alongside a series of emotive and informative podcasts. Aimed at raising awareness and vital funds for DCC’s work, the event celebrates the lives and contributions of the families and friends caring for someone with dementia in the UK. Every Small Step 2021 will be a five-day celebration running from Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 June. Joanna Lumley & Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Amanda Redman & United World Schools  300 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Game of Thrones’ villain Iwan Rheon is to take part in a Zoom chat with fans to raise funds for national cancer charity, Maggie’s. The Welsh actor who stars as Ramsay Bolton in the cult hit series and who has many other film, theatre and TV credits including, Misfits, to his name, recently started supporting Maggie’s Cardiff.  Tickets are £5 per entry through JustGiving and five lucky fans will be selected at random to share the call with Iwan at 6pm on 27 May. Storm Keating & Cauda Equina Champions Charity Melanie May | 25 May 2021 | News Iwan Rheon & Maggie’scenter_img The STV Children’s Appeal has launched a new fundraising campaign focused on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Scotland’s children and young people, following research that suggests the Covid-19 pandemic will have a damaging long-term impact on young minds. Glasgow-born actor James McAvoy has joined other top Scottish talent – TV presenter Gail Porter, Booker Prize-winning author Douglas Stuart, comedian Janey Godley, Love Island star Laura Anderson and singer-songwriter Joesef – in recording video messages of support for the campaign. Actor Amanda Redman is supporting the Happily Ever Smarter appeal from United World Schools (UWS), which is working to make going to school a reality for thousands of children living in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities. The campaign is also UWS’s first UK Aid Match appeal with donations made until 29 July to be matched by the government. UWS aims to raise £2 million with Happily Ever Smarter to build, resource and equip 70 new schools, train 375 local people as community teachers and reach 10,000 more children with education.  Advertisement From Miquita Oliver’s support of BHF’s Reuse Revolution campaign, to Game of Throne’s actor Anton Lesser’s of Dementia Carers Count’s flagship fundraising event for this year, here are some recent snippets of celebrity news. Tagged with: Celebrity Cauda Equina Champions Charity (CECC) is pleased to announce Storm Keating, as the charity’s latest appointed ambassador.  The Australian fashion designer who is married to Boyzone’s Ronan Keating shared the news of her diagnosis with Cauda Equina syndrome last month, following a prolapsed disc that needed urgent spinal surgery when the condition escalated into this rare syndrome.   Joanna Lumley OBE, Sir Quentin Blake, Claudia Winkleman, Jane Asher, and more, have come together to create a range of illustrated artwork that can be sent as e-cards in support of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The idea is for people to send a thank you to those that have supported them through the most challenging of years. With the designs hosted on charity e-card platform DontSendMeACard.com, those sending the exclusive artwork can donate what they would have spent on cards and stamps. The donations go towards supporting seriously ill children across the UK. Miquita Oliver & BHF Cri du Chat Support Group has officially announced that progressive rock music legend John Miles has become its patron. The musician, singer/songwriter and music director will become only the charity’s second patron in the 30 years of providing support for those with, and families of those with, the rare genetic condition Cri du Chat Syndrome, including Miles’ grandson Marcus. Miles wrote his song Angel about his daughter Tanya in 1994 and released it in 2013 with the intention of raising awareness and funds for the support group. The royalties from the song, available on iTunes for just 79p, has helped over 300 families since then with grants towards specialist medical equipment, personal care assistants, respite and much more. James McAvoy & STV Children’s Appeal About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. 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first_imgCONCERN is widespread that proposed cuts in services at the Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom will affect the level of care.  Local politicians are calling for a reversal of the planned closure of a ward and operating theatre at the hospital, in existence since 1924. Cllr Patrick C Fitzgerald told the Limerick Post that generations of his family worked at the hospital, and claimed it would not be a financial burden to the HSE to continue running it at its current capacity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The hospital is the biggest employer in the Croom area and if staff are transferred to other hospitals, as has been proposed, their long honed orthopaedic skills will be lost,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.“The HSE say the services they want to cut are costing €8 million. Cutting down on bed numbers and closing an operating theatre would mean longer waiting lists for hip and knee replacements and people would have to travel to other counties for the procedures”.He added that major renovations and costly upgrading of wards had taken place at the hospital, making it nonsensical to close them. “If the HSE want to save money they should concentrate on tidying their own house, and looking at their top heavy administration”.Cllr Leo Walsh warned the Croom facility should not be downgraded.“Half of the hospital is closed. The Regional Hospital is expected to make up for the ward and operating theatre closure, but it is already inundated. The amount needed to keep them open is not much”.Cllr Patrick O’Donovan called for the HSE to clarify its position.“Croom has a proven track record of delivering excellent services“The skills they have built up are essential to ensuring that the centre of excellence, which exists there, can be further developed.“However, I do not believe that it is possible to pick up the service and move it to Limerick without disrupting the quality of care that is currently been given, and as far as I am concerned, the continuance of the service and the delivery of care is the most important factor in this whole issue”.The matter was discussed in a special meeting of Limerick County Council on Wednesday evening, when Orthopaedic Surgeon Eric Masterson told cllrs that he had been assured by Mr. Flynn, General Manager of the Mid Western Regional and Croom hospitals, that there were no plans to close down the latter.  The issue will again be raised at this month’s full meeting. Twitter Print Facebook Email WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleWar waged on killer minkNext articleSportsfans going back to basics admin Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsSave Croom Hospital plead councillorsBy admin – September 16, 2010 692 last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour has emerged as an early flashpoint in the fight for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The push to raise the wage is testing President Joe Biden’s ability to bridge Washington’s partisan divides. Some Republicans support exploring an increase in the minimum wage, but they are uneasy about $15 an hour and say such a big increase could lead to job losses. But Democrats appear poised to push ahead. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 and has not been raised since 2009.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Sunni Waqf Board’s counsel and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on Thursday told the Supreme Court that he and even his clerk are getting threats for representing the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case. As soon the hearing began, Dhavan told the court that a week ago, he received a threatening message on Facebook warning that “they will see him outside the court”. Moreover a minister has also said that they “own” the disputed site and the Supreme Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Some people also messaged him asking which side he was on and whether he is against the deity (Ram), Dhavan said adding that these things did not create a good atmosphere and that he is under pressure. Citing a contempt petition filed against an octogenarian for cursing him, he said that he cannot file contempt after contempt petition. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi strongly condemned the threat and said that this things should not happen. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”This should not be happening in the country. We deprecate such statements. Both sides are free to put their arguments before court without any fear,” Chief Justice Gogoi said. The court asked Dhavan whether he wants security and protection. Dhavan said that he did not need security and protection as the court assurance is enough for him. He said he had been non-partisan when it comes to arguing a case, which he did while arguing Kashi and Kamakshya cases in past. He also told the court his clerk also faces threats from other clerks and said: “Let me make it absolutely clear that I don’t argue against Hindu faith.”last_img read more

All-America forward Otto Porter is leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season and making  himself eligible for the NBA Draft.“The toughest part was knowing you’re going to leave a great place like this,” Porter said Monday at a news conference on campus alongside Hoyas coach John Thompson III. “I love this place.”Porter, ranked fourth overall among draft prospects by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, was the Big East player of the year and finished second in the voting behind Michigan’s Trey Burke for The Associated Press player of the year award. Burke, also a sophomore, is leaving college for the NBA as well.Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, both highs for Georgetown. Along with outstanding junior guard Markel Starks, Porter led a team that was unranked in the preseason to as high as No. 5 in the AP poll.The Hoyas were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, but lost their opening game to Florida Gulf Coast and finished 25-7.The 6-foot-8 Porter, from Sikeston, Mo., was Georgetown’s sixth All-America selection and first since Allen Iverson in 1996. He also was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.It’s Porter’s all-around game that impresses, with an ability to score inside or from beyond the 3-point arc, to rebound, to set up teammates and play defense.“Whatever they ask him to do, he’s going to be able to do,” Thompson said.Porter’s breakout performance — the one that put him on everybody’s radar — came on the road against Big East rival Syracuse on Feb. 23. Porter produced 33 points, eight rebounds, five steals and hit five 3-pointers while playing all 40 minutes in a Hoyas victory.After Porter had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists when Georgetown beat Syracuse again on March 9, Orange coach Jim Boeheim declared that Porter ought to be the No. 1 overall pick in the next NBA draft.Now everyone will get a chance to find out exactly where NBA teams think Porter stands.“On draft night, we don’t expect him to be sitting around too long,” Thompson said. read more

first_imgThe Air Force’s plan to defer retiring its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft until fiscal 2022 means that the service intends to complete the beloved attack plane’s departure from its inventory by Oct. 1, 2021, and was not meant to indicate the service planned to retain its full inventory of the aircraft until that time, officials clarified this week.“The budget defers the A-10’s final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35s on a squadron-by-squadron basis so we’ll always have enough aircraft for today’s conflict,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Feb. 2 when he previewed the department’s FY 2017  budget request.This week, though, a spokeswoman confirmed that the Air Force will begin retiring the aircraft in FY 2018 by divesting two squadrons, or 49 aircraft. The service will retire 49 aircraft in FY 2019, 64 in FY 2020, and 96 in FY 2021, reported Defense News.The multi-role F-35 will replace the A-10 — along with the rest of the service’s legacy fighter jets — although officials have said the fifth-generation fighter cannot match the A-10 as a single-mission close air support (CAS) aircraft.“We are losing CAS capacity, that’s what the Budget Control Act has done to us,” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday.The Air Force needs to begin divesting A-10 squadrons in FY 2018 to free up the necessary manpower to field the F-35 when it reaches full operational capability in FY 2021, Welsh said. The service is experiencing shortages in maintenance personnel, including crew chiefs and avionics specialists. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more