Sting To Join Paul Simon At Charity Concert

first_imgSting, Trudie Styler, Steve Martin, Ruben Blades, and Luba Mason have joined previously announced stars Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill, for a benefit concert that showcases some of America’s most talented families.Paul Simon will also take the stage, alongside wife Edie Brickell at this once-in-a-lifetime evening. The benefit marks the 25th anniversary milestone of the Children’s Health Fund, co-founded by Paul Simon and pediatrician Irwin Redlener, MD.A limited number of tickets to the October 4th fete at Radio City Music Hall will also be available to the public and can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets and the Radio City Box office.“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller will be honored by Children’s Health Fund with a Founders’ Award.Over the past 25 years, Children’s Health Fund has expanded nationwide to become the primary source of medical care for thousands of homeless and low-income families and now has 25 programs operating in 17 states and Washington, DC.Tickets range from $125-$1000. Click here for more info.last_img read more

Be A Bruce With Monty Python For Charity

first_imgA new charity auction is giving you a chance to be a “Bruce” with Monty Python!Video: A Once in Lifetime “Selfie” – Monty Python’s “Charity Bruce”The lucky winner of this prize will get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the much loved stars of Monty Python and enjoy a guest appearance during their fantastic Monty Python Live (mostly) show at the O2 Arena on Friday18th July 2014. You will feature in The Bruces sketch as a “Bruce” and be on stage with one of the world’s finest ever comedy groups; this really is a money can’t buy prize.All proceeds from the auction will go to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.The five surviving members of the comedy group – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin – have reunited for the last ever time for a run of 10 live shows at London’s O2 Arena. This will be the first time they have performed together live on stage since 1980, at the Hollywood Bowl, and 40 years after they last appeared on stage in the UK, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show will see a combination of new material and fan favourites and you can be a part of it.This truly is a unique and unforgettable experience, so make sure you bid now to join the stars of Monty Python in the most hotly anticipated comedy tour of 2014. The prize winner will also be given two tickets to the show, so you can bring a guest who will have the chance to only enjoy this fantastic show but also witness you take to the stage!To take part in the auction, click here.last_img read more

Jussie Smollett Raises 40000 To Fight HIVAIDS In Black Communities

first_imgWhen you ask Jussie Smollett — one of the breakthrough stars from Fox’s uber-successful TV show Empire — how he wants to be introduced, he always leads with the word activist.Jussie Smollett with Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson and Board Chair Grazell HowardFor many actors in Hollywood, that’s just a public-relations gimmick; not Smollett. In a recent interview, he shared how his mother would admonish him and his siblings as children, “There are two things you must do: Love one another and be an activist.” Note that being an actor did not make her list.With his mother’s voice and a sense of the type of real activism that generates change imprinted on his psyche, Jussie is not satisfied just using his voice and celebrity to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He recently leveraged his $20,000 gift to raise $40,000 for the Black AIDS Institute.Smollett and his five siblings, especially his younger sister actor Jurnee Smollett-Bell, took heed. Jussie and Jurnee have been HIV/AIDS activists since they were 15 and 12 years old, respectively. Both also have been inducted into the Black AIDS Institute’s “Heroes in the Struggle” Hall of Fame for their heroic contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today, Jussie currently serves on the Institute’s board of directors and Jurnee is an HIV/AIDS ambassador.“Jussie talks the talk, walks the walk and puts his money where his mouth and heart are,” says Phill Wilson, the Institute’s President and CEO. “We have many celebrities who support our work, and I am eternally grateful for their voices and time. But money fuels change. It takes dollars to test people for HIV; it takes donations to link people to care; it takes resources to resist the draconian and devastating attacks Donald Trump and his administration are waging on the HIV/AIDS community. If the President and the Republican-led Congress have their way, we are going to lose any opportunity to end the AIDS epidemic. Jussie understands that.”Individual gifts demonstrate not only the power of philanthropy but also of the impact that individual donations can have no matter their size. When faced with the Institute’s recent budget shortfall, Jussie immediately stepped up. Realizing the importance of engaging others, he had the foresight to make his $20,000 donation a challenge gift, where a donor makes a contribution contingent upon other donors also contributing.“So, in the end, we turned Jussie’s $20,000 contribution into $40,000. Those donations not only helped close our budget gap. They also helped us launch a testing campaign where we developed a monthly support group for 30 to 40 men,” says Wilson.Smollett’s next project for the Black AIDS Institute is chairing the 2017 Heroes in the Struggle Gala in September. “As a member of the Black AIDS Institute’s Board and past Heroes in the Struggle honoree, I’m so excited about this year’s event. I can tell you, this year’s awards presentation is going to be a huge departure from our past shows. Number one: All of the 2017 inductees are going to be women. I know from my personal experience, women have been so important to this fight. While I’m not going to give away all of our secrets, I can tell you one of this year’s honorees will be none other than my TV mom, Taraji P. Henson. The Gala promises to be one of the events of the year. The other “sheroes” are equally beautiful, talented and fierce as Cookie Lyon.”Jussie can be seen on the big screen in Alien Covenant, the latest installment of the Alien franchise. And of course, you can catch up on the life of Jamal Lyon when Empire returns to Fox for its fourth season, premiering on Wednesday, September 27, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central.For more information, or to learn how you can volunteer or donate to the Black AIDS Institute, go to, email, or call (213) 353-3610 ext. 105.Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people. BAI’s Mission is to end the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS. BAI, disseminates information, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance and capacity building, interprets and influences public and private sector HIV/AIDS policies, delivers prevention and linkage to care services, and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.last_img read more

Heres how much it will cost you if you file your taxes

OTTAWA — As the deadline to file income tax returns looms, tax professionals have a dire warning for Canadians: Even if you can’t pay your tax bill immediately, filing your return after the deadline means you’ll face an even heftier bill.Regardless of whether you owe the government a dime, filing late may also delay the payment of your quarterly GST/HST credit or Child Tax Benefit.The deadline for individuals to file their income tax returns is a week away, on April 30. For the self-employed, the deadline is June 15.Navneet Negi of H&R Block says missing that deadline triggers charges that start piling up on your tax bill right away.“The one thing that people fail to take note of is there is a late filing penalty,” he said.Hey last-minute tax filers: Don’t make these common, costly mistakesChanges in your relationship status can have a major impact on tax returnIf you owe money for 2014, compound daily interest is charged starting May 1. But you’ll also face the late-filing penalty of five per cent of the amount owing, plus one per cent of the balance owing for each full month your return is late to a maximum of 12 months.That amount can bloat even further if you were charged a late-filing penalty for 2011, 2012, or 2013. If that’s the case, your late-filing penalty for 2014 may be 10 per cent, plus two per cent of your 2014 balance owing for each full month your return is late, to a maximum of 20 months.As well, you need to file a timely tax return to apply for the quarterly GST/HST credit, or if you or your spouse or partner want to receive the Child Tax Benefit.“Filing your return late may cause a delay or interruption of these payments,” Jelica Zdero, a Canada Revenue Agency spokeswoman, said in an email.“The CRA encourages Canadians to use its quick, easy, and secure electronic services to file their income tax and benefit returns on time and pay any amounts owing.”Even if you’re missing information, tax professionals say you should file your return on time anyway to avoid the penalties.You can file the changes later, once you get the information, when you receive your notice of assessment from the CRA. You’re also able to request changes to tax returns for the previous 10 years if you realize you failed to claim deductions you were entitled to. read more

Board of Iowa insurance pool travels far for public meetings

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Board members of an obscure Iowa government insurance program have spent tens of thousands of dollars in public money travelling to out-of-state resorts for meetings.A review by The Associated Press finds that directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool hold two meetings annually at posh locations such as Florida in February and Michigan in August.Meeting minutes and spending records show that the practice makes the meetings virtually inaccessible to the public while increasing costs to the pool, which includes roughly 750 counties, cities, towns and other municipalities.One county supervisor says the board’s spending may be excessive, and an attorney calls the out-of-state meetings ridiculous.Board chairman Jody Smith defended them, saying the Florida meetings coincide with a national conference and Michigan was close to the pool administrator.Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral to visit Islamabad Kabul Tehran and Vienna

The visit to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran would follow the Secretary-General’s trip to Tokyo, where he will attend the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan from 21 to 22 January as part of an official visit to Japan set to run through 23 January, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. The Secretary-General will travel from Tokyo to Islamabad on 23 January before heading to Kabul on 25 January and then on to Teheran for a visit the following day, according to the spokesman. At the end of that tour, Mr. Annan will make an official visit to Austria, arriving on 27 January. “In Kabul, [the Secretary-General] will be meeting with the head of the Interim Administration, Hamid Karzai, the other members of the Interim Administration and the International Security Assistance Force leaders,” Mr. Eckhard said, adding that Mr. Annan would tour parts of Kabul that had been particularly damaged by the war and visit with ordinary Afghans.Concerning the Secretary-General’s stops in Islamabad and Tehran, Mr. Eckhard recalled that the UN had long been calling on Afghanistan’s neighbours to support peace in the country. “If the neighbours, who in the past have backed various warring factions in Afghanistan, continue to do that, then their influence on the country will be divisive,” he noted. “Most critical will be Pakistan and Iran, and he’ll be urging them to work more closely together to keep the security situation in Afghanistan stable, arguing that it’s in their common interest to do so.” read more

Children are the face of conflictfuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan –

As the conflict in the world’s youngest country enters its fifth year, UNICEF said in a new report entitled Childhood Under Attack, that more than half the children of South Sudan are “in the throes of tragedy” – victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling.“No child should ever experience such horrors and deprivations,” said Leila Pakkala, UNICEF’s Regional Director in Eastern and Southern Africa, “and yet children in South Sudan are facing them on a daily basis.Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a ‘staggering impact on children,’ threatening an entire generation, according to the report entitled.The numbers tell a grim story, said UNICEF, noting that almost three million children are severely food insecure; more than one million acutely malnourished; 2.4 million forced from their homes; two million out of school, and if the current situation persists, only one in 13 children are likely to finish primary school.Moreover, an estimated 900,000 children suffer from psychological distress; more than 19,000 have been recruited in into armed forces and armed groups; and more than 2,300 have been killed or injured since the conflict first erupted in December 2013 – with hundreds of rape and sexual assault incidents against children having been reported.Despite the huge challenges faced in a country that ranks among the world’s most dangerous for aid workers, UNICEF has been delivering lifesaving assistance to children across the country since the crisis started in December 2013, warning that while it required $183 million in 2018 to provide critical assistance to children and women, currently it is $141 million short. Impact of conflict Education Food insecurity and malnourishment Children under attack AUDIO: ‘Childhood under Attack’ in South Sudan fighting | UNICEF read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v Purdue

Junior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) advances the ball while senior wide receiver Corey ‘Philly’ Brown blocks a defender during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s matchup against Purdue.1. Can the Buckeyes overcome the West Lafayette blues?After last week’s 63-14 win against Penn State, the Ohio State football team (8-0, 4-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games. The last time OSU lost a football game was Jan. 1, 2012, against Florida, 24-16 in the Gator Bowl. That was the tail end of a four-game losing streak that started with the Buckeyes’ last road matchup against Purdue. The Boilermakers won, 26-23, in overtime. OSU had an extra point attempt late in regulation that would have won the game, but the try was blocked. It was the third time in OSU’s last four trips to West Lafayette that Purdue had beaten the Buckeyes. The game before that, in 2002, was also a tough one for OSU, who came in ranked second in the country and escaped with a win only because of a play known simply as “Holy Buckeye.” For whatever reason, West Lafayette, Ind., gives the Buckeyes trouble whenever they visit, something that needs to be remedied if they hope to keep their championship dreams alive.2. Can Carlos Hyde keep rolling?Since Big Ten play began Sept. 28 against Wisconsin, senior running back Carlos Hyde has been averaging 137.3 rushing yards per game, and has tallied seven touchdowns. This has come against some of the nation’s top run defenses. The Boilermakers come into Saturday’s matchup giving up the 93rd most yards on the ground to opponents, by far the lowest ranking of any team the Buckeyes have faced since Hyde returned from his three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Hyde will hope to exploit a Purdue team that allowed 388 rushing yards to Wisconsin Sept. 21.3. Will Devin Smith and Corey “Philly” Brown continue to grow up?Coming into the year, perhaps the Buckeyes’ weakest offensive position was considered to be the wide receivers. As the year has progressed, though, junior Devin Smith and senior Corey “Philly” Brown have gone on to become two of the most threatening receivers in the Big Ten. Both players are in the top 10 in receiving yards in the conference. Each receiver has recorded at least three catches in every game this season except for the season opener when Brown only caught two balls for 25 yards. If these two can continue to grow as players, their presence could cause problems in the Boilermakers’ defensive secondary and allow for junior quarterback Braxton Miller and Hyde to find more space running the ball.4. How will Bradley Roby play?Purdue does not necessarily have a high-powered offense by any stretch of the word (it averages a B1G worst average 13.1 points per game), but OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby has had his ups and downs since returning from a one-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July. He is still confident in his abilities, though, and said Saturday getting beat is “part of being a cornerback.” His assessment could be accurate, but it will be interesting to see if he will gamble against the poor Boilermaker offense to try to intercept freshman quarterback Danny Etling.5. If the game is in hand in the second half, will OSU coach Urban Meyer call off the dogs?The Buckeyes’ blowout of Penn State last weekend helped to shrink the gap between OSU and No. 3 Florida State in the BCS standings. Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff began taking starters out of the game early in the second half against the Nittany Lions, but with the way the BCS works, style points are a must for the rest of the season. Don’t be surprised if Meyer keeps his foot on the pedal until the clock hits zero Saturday. read more

Uh Did The Selection Committee Actually Get It Right

Welcome to the return of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast! On today’s episode (March 19, 2019), we discuss Mike Trout’s deal before we jump into March Madness. It looks like conference tournament wins didn’t help out with bracket seeding for a few key men’s teams, and Jay Williams of ESPN’s “First Take” makes the case that the tourneys shouldn’t be considered. We also ponder why UConn was awarded a second seed in the women’s tournament — and if geographic advantage is an appropriate consolation.In our second segment, we weigh recent moves in NFL free agency and hear Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports Radio contemplate the role of culture in structuring a young team.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the week is a deep dive into Geoff’s very specific ideas of what makes a great NCAA mascot.Here’s what we’re reading this week:In the wake of Mike Trout’s new historic deal, we’re looking back at Neil’s piece reflecting on Mike Trout’s dearth of championships.Our March Madness guides for both the men’s and women’s bracket — which wouldn’t be complete without our full predictions for the tournaments.Kevin Clark put together a great retrospective on the NFL free agency period for The Ringer. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight read more

Man told wife impaled by tree branch he would not let her

first_imgMr Davison described “frantically” breaking small branches from the tree so he could get to his wife and flagging down a passing ambulance to help.The inquest heard that Mrs Davison was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation.A post-mortem examination found that she had died from injuries consistent with the branch of a tree penetrating through her abdominal wall.Michael Ferries, watch commander with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, attended the scene on the evening of November 11 2010 and said the weather conditions were the worst he had experienced.He told the inquest Mrs Davison had been “impaled” by the branch, which he described as being 12-13ft long and 7ins in diameter at its widest point.He said he became concerned about the condition of remaining trees because of the “cracking” noise they were making.The inquest heard that Mr Davison had given a negative breath test on the evening and collision investigations found no evidence he had been speeding, the vehicle was in good condition and there were no problems with the road surface.Mr Hinchliff said Mr Davison would have had no prior warning of the branch falling and would not have been able to avoid the impact. The inquest heard how the windscreen was pressed in over Mr Davison and his wife and he could see something “wood-like” pressing against Mrs Davison’s stomach through a hole in the glass.Mr Hinchliff said to him: “You describe going into what you say was a blind panic.”You asked Elaine if she was OK, but she said ‘no, I’m hurt’.”He continued: “Elaine was saying she couldn’t breathe, she was holding the tree branch up against her stomach, she was saying ‘get it off’.” The inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court, which is due to last around 10 days, was adjourned until Tuesday. A husband has described how he told his wife he would not let her die after she was impaled by a tree branch, which crushed their car in gale force winds.Elaine Davison, 55, suffered fatal injuries after the 13ft branch crashed through the windscreen of the car she was travelling in with her husband in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in November 2010.Edward Davison struggled to contain his emotions as he told an inquest about the events leading up to his wife’s death.Mr Davison, who had been in a relationship with Mrs Davison for 30 years, told the jury of seven women and four men that his wife told him she was hurt after the tree hit their Vauxhall Zafira.He said: “The only other thing she said to me was ‘don’t let me die, will you?’ and I said ‘no, I won’t’.”That’s one of the hardest things. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to lie to her and I can’t take it back.”Coroner David Hinchliff read Mr Davison’s statement to him and described how the couple had been to visit their daughter at Pinderfields Hospital before setting off to return home to Pontefract.Mr Hinchliff said: “You said it was very windy and recalled Elaine pulling her coat collar up to keep the wind out.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Elaine was saying she couldn’t breathe, she was holding the tree branch up against her stomach, she was saying ‘get it offEdward Davison Mr Davison said he could see small tree branches on the road and feel them beneath his car as he drove along the A642 Aberford Road.The coroner said: “The wind was actually blowing your car along, you could actually see the car shaking from side to side while you were driving.”You remember Elaine saying to you she ‘didn’t like this’ and appeared nervous. She asked if you were speeding, which you told her you were not. You could see she was frightened at the time.”You reassured her ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be tucked up in our pyjamas in 20 minutes’.”Mr Davison described a sudden “banging and crashing sound” as the tree branch fell into the road directly in front of the car, before hearing “silence” after the impact.last_img read more

Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled

first_imgWe can’t let this creep into Ireland. We have seen it with clothing and young children, and that is now being dealt with, but these contests have no place in this country.Earlier this year, the pageant organiser Annette Hill denied that pageants, such as the one she is organising, sexualises young children.She said they are not looking at children in such a way, “so if you’re doing it, then that is disturbing and disgusting. We’ve been around for eighteen years. Don’t you think if we were sexualising kids, someone would have said something by now?”SwimwearMs Hill, from Texas, organises the beauty pageant which is open to both girls and boys, with one heat of the competition having the children wear swimwear.Annette Hill started pageant company in 1995, with the website stating that she wanted “a pageant to be a positive learning experience for contestants to learn competition, positive self confidence and striving to be the best”.Here is a clip of one of the winners in 2012:(MissUniversalRoyalty/YouTube)Read: ‘Beauty pageants do not sexualise children’ says contest organiser>Read: French Senate votes to ban child beauty pageants> IRELAND’S ANSWER TO a ‘Toddlers in Tiaras’ style beauty pageant is to take place this weekend in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan.However, in the Seanad today Jillian Van Turnhout has called for the child beauty pageant to be cancelled.Only yesterday, the French Senate voted to make it illegal for anyone under 16 to be entered into these competitions, with any organisers of such a competition facing two years in prison.Over the last two years the the children’s beauty pageant known as the Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant has caused controversy, with critics stating that such contests sexualise girls at a young age.The pageant’s Facebook page has this video to advertise a meet and greet that is taking place with Annette Hill, the event’s organiser. Here is another clip:(Eden Wood/YouTube)Sexual exploitationSpeaking to, Senator Van Turnhout said she commended the French Senate for imposing criminal sanctions. She said that the beauty pageant taking place this weekend is “horrendous,” adding, “it has no place in Ireland”.She said that she wanted the competition to be cancelled this weekend and said she would be looking into how legislatively it can be handled in the future.“Contests like this are about the early sexual exploitation of children, simple as that. The pageants have a very negative effect on a child’s development. I understand that there is well-meaning parents out there who enter their children into these contests, but we have the evidence, we have the research that states that this can have a devastating effect on a child’s development,” she said.She added:last_img read more

Column Whats it like to be Jewish at Christmas time in Ireland

first_imgTHERE WAS AN anecdote in an Australian paper last week, about a couple who never received the festive ham they ordered because the driver spotted a mezuzah on their front door. (A mezuzah is a small Hebrew scroll, attached to the right doorpost of a Jewish home, usually in a decorative case.)Certain that this was a Jewish family, the postman assumed the address was wrong and returned the ham to the depot. Turns out the mezuzah had been forgotten there a decade before by previous Jewish owners, and once the mistake was realised, the ham was safely returned to the happy customers!This week, as shopping centres heave with last minute shoppers, frenziedly hoovering up iPads and Playstations, clothing and jewellery, to the incessant strains of Jingle Bell Rock, what do the Jews do?Very little, is usually the answer for traditional Jews. There is no visit to Santa’s grotto, no choosing of a tree to wrestle home and decorate. There is no big festive dinner, no roast turkey (with or without chestnut stuffing), no hanging of stockings or removing spiky objects from the hearth to protect late night visitors. For Jews in the diaspora, Christmas is a little like a spectator sport, happily observing our neighbours and friends carve out a small niche in time to celebrate with family and friends; to laugh and smile together, to pray and eat together, to give and share together.We may not have Santa – but we do have ChanukahBut all is not lost for those of the Mosaic persuasion. We may not have Santa, or even Santy, but we do have Chanukah (often pronounced Hanukah), which usually falls around the same time of the year. Chanukah commemorates the ancient Jewish survival from Syrian-Greek oppression and forced Hellenisation (165 BCE). It also marks the “miracle of the oil,” where a small jar of olive oil burned in the Temple candelabrum for eight full days.These miracles, of survival against the odds, and of “Duracell” oil are celebrated by lighting a menorah or chanukiya (an eight branched candelabrum, lit with candles or olive oil) every evening after dark for eight days. The family gathers around for the lighting, and then spends time together relaxing, playing dreidel (a kind of spinning top game) and eating unhealthy fried foods to symbolise the oil, such as latkes (similar to hash browns) or doughnuts. In a hectic world, where the quality time meant for our spouse and kids is often robbed by work deadlines, emails and text messages, simply sitting together with those we love, without distraction, is something to treasure. This is something hopefully all faiths share equally.The power of faithChanukah is only one of the festivals in the Jewish calendar, and is actually one of the minor ones, but its messages are universal. The messages of Chanukah are freedom of religion and freedom from oppression; the power of hope and the power of faith. Ireland today has a growing number of different faith communities, and a completely different social makeup than it did just a decade ago.The Jewish community, despite its early roots back in the 13th century, has always been very small here, yet has always been free to practice its faith freely. In the latest census, the number of those professing to be of Jewish faith in Ireland was just under 2,000, so few in fact that there is no longer a “Jewish” box on the form to tick… just an “other” box which you can fill in yourself, along with practitioners of the Jedi faith. The highest count for the Jewish population here was never more than 5,000 (in the ‘50s), but Jews in Ireland have always felt welcome and integrated well into society, some even becoming quite public figures.There is no escaping the fact that Ireland closed its borders to Jewish refugees during the war, but the Jews who did arrive in Ireland were afforded a secure and friendly environment, which allowed them to integrate quickly and fully into society… and as they succeeded and flourished, they were able to give back to those around them in so many ways.For the Jews who fled here from Eastern Europe, used to vilification and violence, Ireland was a safe haven, a fair country where if you worked hard you were allowed to be successful, and that is all these immigrants really wanted — a chance to work hard and put bread on the table, to give their children a good education and the chance of a better life.A devout Jew and an Irish patriotIn Robert Briscoe’s autobiography he writes of his father Abraham, who arrived here from Lithuania at the age of fourteen. Abraham Briscoe was both a devout Jew and an Irish patriot. His son Robert writes how he was raised in a fully kosher and traditional Jewish home here, yet also a proudly Irish one. He writes:… all the time I was growing up I was also learning from my father the dark, storm wracked, history of this country. I learned about the druids and the Firbolgs and the Irish kings … I learned of the great Irish leaders, of Wolfe Tone, and Robert Emmett, of Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell…Briscoe’s narrative is one that many in the Jewish community can identify with — the need to strongly preserve our personal traditions and heritage and pass them on to future generations, shared with the desire to be proudly Irish, in every sense of the word. This country has allowed and encouraged that to happen, and the list is relatively long of those from our small community who contributed, and still contribute, so proudly to Irish society, whether in the arts or in politics, in medicine or in business, or in numerous other fields.There is an amusing story told of Briscoe, Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time, leading the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1956. Two Jewish men were watching the parade, and one said to the other, “Did you know that Robert Briscoe is Jewish?” “Amazing,” replied his companion, “It could only happen in America!”So, as we batten down the hatches to prepare for the school holidays, let’s focus on the aspects of this holiday season which all faiths share together: the need to care for the poor and homeless, those less fortunate in society; the need to care more for others and less for ourselves; the need to reconcile with those we have fallen out with, and the need to share quality time with our loved ones. If we can work on those things together, whether we light up a menorah or a tree, the world we live in will be a better one for all.Beannachtaí an tSéasúir daoibh uilig,Rabbi Zalman LentCandles Burning on Golden MenorahImage by © David Buffington/CorbisZalman Lent is Rabbi at the Dublin Hebrew Congregation. You can contact the office at read more

The Evening Fix now with added spooky photographs

first_imgThousands of paper protestors, including paper versions of celebrities, positioned on Parliament Square in central London this morning as part of Fairtrade Fortnight Go Further campaign, which calls for David Cameron to do more for smallholder farmers ahead of the G8 summit which takes place in June. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA WireHERE’S ALL THE things we learned, loved and shared todayTHINGS WE LEARNED#SHOOTING The gardaí are appealing to customers at the Cabra House pub in north Dublin last night, where a 25-year-old man was shot dead, to contact them. They would also like to speak to anyone who was on Fassaugh Avenue at around 7pm last night and saw anything unusual or suspicious.#OFF THE BALL The team behind the Off the Ball sports show on Newstalk have left the station. The show will now be anchored by sports editor Ger Gilroy, who will be joined by Cian Murtagh, David McIntyre and Joe Molloy. It is expected the team will make a statement soon.#JILL MEAGHER The man accused of murdering Irish woman Jill Meagher, Adrian Ernest Bayley, has been charged with the alleged rape of two other women. It is believed one of the alleged attacks, in July, relates to the rape of a Dutch backpacker. A filing hearing on the charges is listed for Friday.#IBRC IBRC staff have voted to support a campaign for ‘fairness and respect for all staff in IBRC’, and to take industrial action if necessary. They are due to meet the liquidator on Wednesday.#HORSEMEAT The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has said that 29 out of 634 beef products it tested had more than one per cent horse DNA. The FSAI said that in addition to the industry tests, 50 samples of beef products will be taken by its inspectorate between now and the end of the month as part of EU-wide tests. Meanwhile, frozen burger sales are down 42 per cent.#COURTS A former Fianna Fáil councillor appeared in Cork District Court today charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder. Gary O’Flynn was remanded in prison and will appear again via video link next Wednesday. The charges allege that O’Flynn solicited a man to murder three people, including a detective garda and a Revenue Commissioners officer.“Beyonce”, “Justin Bieber” and “Madonna”, (or rather, their sort-of ‘lookalikes’) at the launch of the Jervis Shopping Centre’s competition to win a brand new Kia Cee’d car. Photo:Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland.THINGS WE LOVEDAh, learning Irish in school. Peig, Gluais Liom, and the dreaded modh coinníollach… here are more of our memories.Apology cakes. We love cakes, and if they come with an apology, all the better. (Some adult language at that link)This lovely StoryCorps video tells the story of Ronald McNair, who died on the 1986 Challenger mission. He is remembered by his brother. (storycorps/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDThe Irish Independent covered the story today of the types of food that are served to patients in Irish hospitals. Here is the full rundown of the HSE’s tender for frozen food products to be served in hospitals here.Did Batman hand in a suspect to the police? According to this video, the caped crusader did indeed bring a wanted man into a police station in West Yorkshire.A ghostly and poignant look at Cass Tech, a high school in Detroit that is now abandoned, through photographs of when it was a lively school… and as it is today.last_img read more

Motorola Xoom Gets Price Launch Date in Leaked Best Buy Ad

first_imgThe Motorola Xoom is coming soon. And it ain’t gonna be cheap. The much anticipated Android Honeycomb tablet will be hitting the market on February 24th, according to a Best Buy circular that popped up online. At launch, the device will carry a rather lofty $799.99 price tag.The flier also shed some light on the Verizon plan for the device, which is set to start at $20 a month for 1GB. You can upgrade that up to $80 a month for $19GB of data. As Engadget points out, those are the same prices currently being offered for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.AdChoices广告Motorola also celebrated last night’s Super Bowl ad by launching the official Xoom page on its site.last_img

ExTrump campaign chief hit with more fraud charges

first_img Share2 Tweet Email Image: CQ-Roll Call/SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate.Paul Manafort and his former partner Richard Gates were hit with fresh charges of tax and bank fraud yesterday.Already indicted for money laundering and tax evasion, Manafort and Gates were charged in a separate 32-count indictment with defrauding the US Internal Revenue Service and lying to US banks in order to get some $20 million (about €16.3 million) in loans.As with the indictment of the two released by Mueller on 30 October, the new charges are unrelated to Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.Instead, they grew from the work Manafort and Gates performed for Russia-backed former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych between about 2006 and 2014.Mueller’s team alleges that the two laundered $75 million (about €61 million) through offshore accounts, many of them in Cyprus, bringing a large portion of the proceeds into the US as loans and purchases to avoid income tax.“Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. From approximately 2006 through the present, Manafort and Gates engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money,” the new indictment said.‘Innocent of the allegations’ A spokesman for Manafort said he “is confident that he will be acquitted”.“Paul Manafort is innocent of the allegations set out in the newly filed indictments and he is confident that he will be acquitted of all charges,” the spokesman said in a statement.A long-time Washington and international political consultant, Manafort served as Trump’s election campaign chairman from June to August 2016, with Gates as his deputy.Mueller’s primary investigative focus is on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump tried to obstruct his investigation.But the mandate for Mueller, a former FBI director, is broad, and he has used it to go after Mueller and Gates for earlier behaviour, with some analysts saying Mueller hoped to turn them into witnesses against others in Trump’s circle.On 3 January Manafort sued Mueller for overstepping his mandate, calling the Russia probe “completely unmoored” from the special counsel’s original jurisdiction.- © AFP 2018 Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. Read: Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooterRead: Australia deputy PM who had affair with staffer finally bows to pressure and resigns Feb 23rd 2018, 7:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ex-Trump campaign chief hit with more fraud charges Paul Manafort and his former partner were already indicted for money laundering and tax evasion.center_img Paul Manafort 7,605 Views Friday 23 Feb 2018, 7:59 AM Paul Manafort Image: CQ-Roll Call/SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP No Comments last_img read more

Prosecutors to get support for tax evasion crackdown

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s Alternate Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis and Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos on Tuesday agreed to boost the efforts of financial prosecutors to crack down on high-level tax evasion.The additional staff is aimed at bolstering prosecutors’ attempts to investigate thousands of potential tax-dodgers from a series of lists. The latest list was given to Greek authorities last month by Germany’s western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It includes more than 10,000 data sets on Swiss bank accounts held by Greeks.Just a few weeks after receiving the list, prosecutors raided the offices of UBS in Athens and collected the bank details of 200 depositors.According to sources, the finance minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, Norbert Walter-Borjans, is due in Athens on January 16, when he and his Greek counterpart Euclid Tsakalotos are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding.During a meeting with Alexiadis and Papangelopoulos on Tuesday, the financial prosecutors repeated their demand for another 300 tax inspectors and IT experts to boost their efforts to curb tax evasion.Their work has also been facilitated by a legislative amendment that was passed into law last week, which permits the use of evidence that has been illicitly obtained to crack down on criminal offenses.(Source: Kathimerini)last_img read more

HMRC receives reports of 251000 flexible pension payments

first_imgSome 251,000 flexible payments from pensions were made in the six months since the pension freedoms were introduced in April 2015, according to statistics from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Its Flexible payments from pensions: October 2015 statistical bulletin found that 121,000 flexible pension payments were made in the second quarter of 2015 and 130,000 in the third quarter.Around 84,000 pension savers received a flexible payment between April and June 2015, while 81,000 received a payment in July-September.The value of all flexible pension payments reported to HMRC for April-September 2015 totalled approximately £2.72 billion, £1.56 million of which was in the second quarter of 2015 and £1.17 million in the third quarter.The figures are based on data reported to HMRC; they are not comprehensive because mandatory industry reporting does not come into effect until April 2016.last_img read more

RollsRoyce registers second highest car sales in its 113year history

first_imgRolls-Royce Wraith Black BadgeRolls-RoyceBritish luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has recorded milestone sales in 2016. The BMW-owned marque sold a total of 4,011 cars in more than 50 countries last year. This is the second highest annual figure of the automaker in its 113-year history.Also read: First Rolls-Royce SUV Project Cullinan teased; to be launched in 2018Rolls-Royce also registered an increase of 6 percent in sales last year compared to the calendar year 2015. The company has increased sales in all global regions except the Middle Eastern countries.The firm recorded its highest-ever sales in both American continents combined (up by 12 percent), Europe (up by 28 percent) and Asia Pacific (up by 5 percent). Individual markets such as Japan, Germany, UK, China and the USA also exceeded previous sales records. The sales in the company’s new stronghold, the Middle East, came down post economic and political uncertainty. Despite the setback, Middle East was the third largest market of the company in 2016 and the Dubai dealership is the highest selling outlet globally.”2016 has proven the perfect year to sign off the successful first chapter of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce. Success for Rolls-Royce is success for Great Britain and we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining the Home of Rolls-Royce in the UK,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.The company opened six new dealerships in 2016, bringing the global dealership network to 136. The Wraith, Dawn and Ghost family of luxury cars are key products behind the spike in sales. Rolls-Royce brought new Black Badge variants for both models last year, which further enhanced sales. The year 2016 was also the final year of production for the seventh-generation Phantom, the flagship vehicle of the marque.The company opened its first ever Rolls-Royce Boutique in Dubai in October 2016. Boutique includes an inspiration studio, bespoke atelier, Pinnacle cafe, affinity partner display, virtual reality configurators and staging for bespoke one-of-one motor cars and newly-launched collections.last_img read more

US envoy for religious freedom to visit Bangladesh

first_imgSam Brownback Photo : WikipediaAmbassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will visit Bangladesh this week, officials said.He will discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities, says a media note issued by the US Department of State.His travel will include a visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.The Ambassador will travel to Turkey and Bangladesh April 13-20, the media note says without giving specific date of his arrival in Dhaka.Sam Brownback was sworn in as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom on 1 February 2018.He served as Governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018. Previously he served as a US Senator (1996-2011) and a U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives (1995-1996) from Kansas.last_img read more

Texans Evacuate Hours Before Harveys Arrival

first_imgEvacuation lane of NB I-37 has opened between Corpus Christi and San Antonio for folks fleeing #HurricaneHarvey. This is NOT contraflow.— TxDOT San Antonio (@TxDOTSanAntonio) August 24, 2017 People in Matagorda prepping for #HurricaneHarvey w/ a bit of humor. Mandatory evacuation ordered for Matagorda Co:— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 25, 2017 #UPDATE: More northbound traffic south of Pettus #HurricaneHarvey evacuation— Marcus Moore (@MarcusMoorewfaa) August 25, 2017 A surprising number of folks tell us they’re planning to hunker down in Aransas Pass, under a mandatory evacuation. #Hurricaneharvey— Jeremy Schwartz (@JinATX) August 25, 2017 The Selena statue in Corpus Christi, TX is ready for #HurricaneHarvey !— Just Cris (@corpuscris73) August 25, 2017 Evacuations are being issued across multiple Texas Counties ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.Citizens are boarding up their homes in businesses, as well as gassing up for what may be a long time on the road.The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are preparing for hurricane Harvey, in an effort to provide assistance to any evacuees. The city and county activated its Emergency Operations Center Thursday as the threat from Harvey grew.Hurricane lanes on Interstate 37 between Corpus Christi and San Antonio are now open and its possible contraflow, where both sides of the highway move in one direction, could be activated. The Texas Department of Transportation has released maps of evacuations routes across the state, and will continue to update as the storm advances.You can find a list of current evacuation orders here.@ETMC first responders arrive at staging area near San Antonio for #HurricaneHarvey evacuation— Tylerpaper (@Tylerpaper) August 25, 2017 Sharelast_img read more