Nicest Job in Britain picks new national philanthropy manager

first_img  94 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Nicest Job in Britain picks new national philanthropy manager Biggar takes over from Luke Cameron who held the post last year, helping a wide range of charities including: The British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Brain Tumor Research, Help For Heroes, Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Parkinson’s UK and the Donkey Sanctuary.Cameron said:“Having already done the Nicest Job in Britain – it’s humbling to be able to give another incredible individual the chance to do my old job, and help so many amazing people and causes.”The programme is run by NicestJobs.com and its partner Givergy, and charities interested in participating in the programme in future can be nominated online at: www.nicestjobinbritain.co.uk/charities  93 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 The new holder of the Nicest Job in Britain has been announced, with Alice Biggar from Southampton winning the £30,000 a year position.The role will see Biggar travel the country for 12 months to help 40 charities: one a week.As well as making a 60-second video explaining why they wanted the job, applicants had to win votes in order to make the shortlist, with the final eight set a challenge before the interview of raising as much money and awareness for one of The Nicest Job’s 40 new charity partners as they could. Just over £13,000 was raised for the eight chosen charities in 10 days.Biggar is the creator of the blog, Challenge Alice, which covered the challenges she set herself in 2015, including living on £1 a day for a month, and hitch-hiking through Europe for one month to raise money for charity. Her two-month campaign for the Nicest Job in Britain saw thousands of people including celebrities Steve Kitchen and Hugh Dennis support her efforts. As part of her finalist challenge she raised £1,600 for the RSPCA by crawling on her hands and knees through Bristol city centre for 5km.center_img Melanie May | 12 October 2016 | News Tagged with: givergy jobs philanthropy Recruitment / people 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. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Debate reveals tension about east side growth

first_img Pinterest Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Previous articleOdessa to become a TEDx siteNext articleELDER: Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon? admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – January 11, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Debate reveals tension about east side growth Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterest Twitter Construction proceeds on the downtown hotel and convention center Wednesday after a heated debate at Tuesday’s city council meeting became a focal point between investor Sondra Eoff and city councilman Malcom Hamilton, which was supposed to be a discussion about the “pros and cons of single-member district representation, at-large representation, and strong mayor representation.” Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Home Local News Government Debate reveals tension about east side growth Odessa’s District 5 City Councilman Filiberto Gonzales said his opposition to a proposal to restructure the City Council is really not about civil rights for him. Gonzales also said he does not see the changes as a way of weakening Hispanic voting strength for positions on a board he argues does not make racially polarized decisions.“To me this is about power — this is about power” Gonzales said in an interview after the meeting, adding “I have never used the word racism, discrimination. At the end of the day I want to make sure that we go with facts. I want to go do what’s right for the city of Odessa.”It was a significant acknowledgement that came less than a week after Gonzales lent his support to a group opposing the proposed changes that said the restructuring would illegally discriminate against Odessa minorities by diluting their votes. If voters approved the changes, an attempt to block them from taking effect could hinge on that being true.But Gonzales’ comments also framed the full council’s discussion of the restructuring proposal on Tuesday — a more than 45 minute debate on Odessa development, focusing on the east side of town that opponents of the proposed council restructuring say the changes would favor.The meeting Tuesday at times became contentious, with council members and citizen speakers talking over each other.Three members of the City Council — Gonzales, District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton — combined last month to deny a May election so voters can decide on the restructuring proposal that would add a new council position elected by voters city wide and give the mayor a vote. Graff had argued the changes would be discriminatory, and so did Hamilton, who also said they are “evil” and “racist.”But Gonzales said his concern is not that the at-large positions would disadvantage Hispanics — it’s what he said is a wealth gap in the eastern part of town and other parts of the city, combined with a greater amount of registered voters in east-side District 2.“I don’t see it as a racially motivated agenda for anybody,” Gonzales said.In any case, the denial prompted a petition drive that is underway to force an election.On Tuesday, the entire City Council had been scheduled to discuss “pros and cons of single-member district representation, at-large representation, and strong mayor representation.” But they barely did so.Hamilton at point engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Sondra Eoff, who with her husband is investing about $50 million in the city-supported downtown hotel and conference center, as she tried to make the case for her support of the council restructuring proposal. She was also arguing that east Odessa, where she lives, is part of the city where the City Council should support development.Hamilton questioned her altruism in pursuing the multimillion facility in his district, which city officials sought as a way to kick off a broader redevelopment of the long blighted area.“You are doing it for your own benefit as private business, let’s be clear about that,” Hamilton said.Eoff said called the remark “unbelievable and ungrateful,” said Hamilton had “done nothing to help us in this project.”She said she wanted to help south Odessa, where she used to live. And Eoff, who is Hispanic, said efforts to paint the restructuring proposal as driven by racial prejudice as offensive to her.“To say that everyone in District 2 is rich and powerful and doesn’t care about the rest of Odessa, I take offense to,” Eoff said.Often confusion and inaccuracy reigned, as the City Council revisited a controversial decision in May to deny incentives for an oilfield equipment supplier, Weir Oil and Gas, that eventually abandoned plans to build a $25 million facility in Odessa in favor of Midland. Graff said the Weir vote by her, Hamilton and Gonzales was the impetus for the restructuring plan.“There was no plot with this,” Graff said, before claiming incorrectly that plans had once called for developing the building in Ector County, instead of a portion of Odessa in Midland County. And she again aired suspicions about multiple entities being involved in a commercial real estate deal, which is not uncommon.At another point, Gonzales and Hamilton argued that Odessa does not benefit from the businesses and neighborhoods built in Odessa over the Midland County line.Gonzales asserted, incorrectly, that homes and businesses past the county line do not pay property taxes (later he said in an interview that “not all do,” an apparent reference to tax abatements the council sometimes awards to major projects). He and Hamilton also said that city pays for infrastructure costs such as utilities and roads that developers almost always pay.District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner and District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant had pushed back on the arguments against supporting development in the portion of Odessa in Midland County, saying the city still collects sales and property taxes, while benefitting from any jobs created by businesses. The councilmen, and Mayor David Turner, had said developers are guided by business decisions and available land.“If we are going to grow Odessa, you can’t make a developer grow it where you want him to grow it,” Gardner told Hamilton at one point.Bryant and Gardner support the proposed council changes.Fellow supporters of the council restructuring argue the change would mean more council members would be accountable to Odessa voters, and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of just five people representing single districts, often with little to no voter input.But an attorney for a group formed to oppose the special election, Odessa Together, had described the proposal as “intentional discrimination in order to disenfranchise Latinos and African Americans in Odessa in order to empower a group that has, even though they are minority in population, they are still a majority of the voting bloc.”The attorney, Domingo Garcia, a former Dallas politician who specializes in personal injury law and was proactive in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas in the early 1990s, had also threatened to sue individual organizers of a petition drive.But Gonzales also distanced himself from the threat Tuesday, telling reporters that he would not be a part of any lawsuit. He said he wants to instead keep bringing up the proposed changes at the regular council meetings twice a month.In the instances when council members discussed the proposed restructuring, it was in general. Graff, for example, had argued single-member districts were more effective because “we are different” so representing the smaller area better serves constituents than at-large representation would.She and Gonzales had said the city may need to add more single-member districts but should wait until after the next census in 2020.“If you don’t like what’s going on right now: Well next year, there’s an election,” she said. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Facebook Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeTexas Fried ChickenFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

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Plenty of Jon Stewart in Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut

first_imgFrom there, the tapes rolled out the first Noah-hosted news clip montage—from NBC to CNN to Fox. Noah critiqued the overhyped media coverage of Pope Francis and expressed disappointment in House Speaker John Boehner’s abrupt resignation. He wasn’t so much upset about the Ohio Republican’s departure as he was over the loss of good comedic material.“I just got here!” Noah complained. “I got a fancy suit and a new set. I learned how to pronounce your name.”But all is not lost. There’s still the 2016 presidential election. In the mean time, he took on this more immediate issue: Who will the Republicans pick to replace Boehner as their Congressional leader?After all, Noah noted with with longtime Daily Show “correspondent” Jordan Klepper, if the wrong guy got the job, it could lead to a complete disaster.“I mean, wow, those are big shoes to fill,” Noah said.“I’m sure they’ll find someone extremely qualified,” Klepper said matter of factly.“But this is John Boehner!” responded Noah with feeling. “Whoever takes that job will probably fall flat on their face in front of the entire nation.”“I get how you’re feeling,” remarked Klepper. “Taking over for John…Boehner is hard.” Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trevor Noah welcomed viewers from behind a new fancy wooden desk, part of an entirely new studio set. The opening words sounded the same, but with a twist: “From Comedy Central’s World News Headquarters in New York, this is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”And so began the second most anticipated transition in late-night television this year–after Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took over for David Letterman–Noah’s replacing Jon Stewart.“Growing up in the streets of South Africa, I never dreamed that I would one day have, well, two things, really,” the 31-year-old comic said. “An indoor toilet and a job as host of The Daily Show. I’m quite comfortable with one of them.”Who could blame him? Viewers may recall Trevor Noah as a Daily Show correspondent before Jon Stewart’s final episode on Aug. 6, but the skeptical media labeled him as the South African-raised outsider and a young millennial draw-in who was “stepping into big shoes.” Noah paid tribute to his predecessor by vowing to continue Stewart’s near legendary “war on bullshit.”No pressure there.According to Noah, he wasn’t Comedy Central’s first choice. He wasn’t even their second option. Women and men declined the offer, Noah explained in his opening.“So, once more,” he quipped, “a job Americans rejected is now being done by an immigrant.”But he harbored no resentment. Actually, he sounded almost grateful.“And to you, the Daily Show viewers—both new and old, at home or on your phone—thank you for joining us as we continue the war on bullshit.” Moving on, the discovery of water on Mars and an interview with superstar comedian Kevin Hart took up the remainder of the show. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Mars segment was the debut of Roy Wood Jr. as The Daily Show‘s newest correspondent. As for Hart, he dominated the interview, which is not surprising given his dynamic personality.It’s difficult to compare Noah to Stewart. Where Stewart verbally assaulted deserving media and political buffoons, Noah analyzed topics from multiple angles and then carefully dissected his way to a story’s rotten core. He didn’t attack his targets.Jon Stewart will sorely be missed, but audiences should not expect Noah to be his clone, either—something Stewart’s arch nemeses are probably grateful for.In short, Comedy Central’s promo motto for Noah’s Daily Show takeover was no joke: “Same chair, different ass.” Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Showslast_img read more

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Fanning announces he is to leave Leinster

first_imgThe 29 year old says it wasn’t an easy decision to walk away from a sport and a job that he loves but he thinks the timing is right and he wants to give everything he has to the next chapter in his life.The province has wished Fanning well with his new business venture.last_img

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