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first_imgGrahams Bakery in Dromore, Northern Ireland, has announced a partnership with charity Barnardo’s. As part of the bakery’s corporate and social responsiblity programme it has launched promotion packs to raise funds for the charity and has involved staff by encouraging them to fund raise at events. “We are constantly looking at ways to improve as a business, and want to get the community involved with what we do, and the obvious choice was a charity,” explained sales and marketing manager, Alistair Toal. The bakery then invited interest from a number of charities, involving their staff in the decision, before deciding that Barnardo’s was perfect choice.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “The [current expected credit loss (CECL)] standard is an unnecessarily complex accounting method for credit unions and only adds to mounting regulatory stress,” argued NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt in a letter ahead of a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing today to examine the standard’s potential impact on financial institutions and the economy.The CECL accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requires financial institutions – including credit unions – to record expected losses whenever they make a new loan. This is causing concern within the industry as it could mean financial institutions may have to either raise more capital or lend less.“NAFCU maintains that credit unions should never have been included within the scope of the CECL standard because they were not part of the poor lending practices that precipitated the financial crisis,” wrote Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel. She then reiterated NAFCU’s request to exempt credit unions from CECL requirements, “either by FASB or through regulatory or legislative action.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia Fischer Fifa South Africa media office +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] www.fifa.com RELATED ARTICLES • Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark • Ten stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Host cities for the 2010 Fifa World CupNicky RehbockWith just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.last_img read more

first_imgJailhouses are rocking across the country as the cricket fever knows no bounds. In the country’s most famous prison Tihar, each of the 180 barracks has a TV set. Even the nine common rooms have one each.”If need be, we will relax our curfew timings for the matches,” says Tihar public relations officer Sunil Gupta. In Chandigarh’s high profile Burail jail, authorities installed 20 TV sets just before the World Cup. The prison authorities are also rooting for cable connections to be installed in some jails and have constituted a committee for it.In the Karnataka Central Prison, 4,300 prisoners can watch TV in their respective barracks, 14 in all. West Bengal is a step ahead with 300 special cable connections already installed across 55 prisons so that jailbirds can watch even matches that Doordarshan doesn’t air. B.D. Sharma, Inspector General of Correctional Services, West Bengal, doesn’t mind the “nominal expense” that the state exchequer has to incur to bring World Cup live to the prisoners. “Some of the inmates even offered to pay for it,” says Sharma.Even the high-security prisoners, otherwise barred from watching TV, have been allowed to see the matches. The 30,000 inmates housed in Bihar jails are not as lucky. They get to watch only India’s matches on Doordarshan.In February, at a small jail in Gulabpura in Bhilwara district in Rajasthan, all the 20 prisoners went on a fast unto death to get a TV set to watch World Cup matches. They finally procured one through a private donor.Rajasthan has 108 jails and while big ones have TV sets, very few sub-jails have them. The state prison authorities are a little stricter with inmates not allowing them to stay up after 10 p.m.advertisementIn Andhra Pradesh too, prisoners are not allowed to watch TV – only Doordarshan – after 10 pm.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2013 GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2013 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22. Applications for both programs are available at www.grammyintheschools.com.

GRAMMY In The Schools Live! is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music’s Biggest Night. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).Tickets are available here.Source:Grammy.org The fourth annual GRAMMY In The Schools Live! concert will take place Feb. 6 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.The concert will feature a special guest performance by Latin GRAMMY- and GRAMMY-winning artist Juanes with members of GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session along with student alumni from GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Signature Schools.GRAMMY In The Schools Live!— A Celebration Of Music & Education is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, with support from Best Buy and Converse.

GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools are programs designed for U.S. high school students and high school music programs, and are part of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools offerings. GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities.

High school singers and instrumentalists are eligible to audition for GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Selectees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards, participate in high-profile GRAMMY Week performances and recording sessions, and attend the GRAMMY telecast.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs. last_img read more

Govt issues new sugar guidelines for Jamaica

first_imgKingston, Jamaica July 17, 2017 The Jamaican government through the National Compliance & Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has issued new guidelines for sugar packaging which carry steep fines if not followed. The guidelines which took effect July 1 state that all sugar for sale must be packaged, sealed and labelled. The revised standards require detailed labelling. New labels must include product name, brand name, net content, name and address of manufacturers, distributors, importers or vendors, storage conditions, country of origin, lot identification, date markings, and instructions for use. Facilities preparing sugar for sale are also now required to implement food-safety systems and all potentially hazardous foreign materials must be removed from packages before sealing.The NCRA has warned that breaching these guidelines can result in confiscation of product and steep fines.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavecenter_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, jamaica, National Compliance & Regulatory Authority, sugarlast_img read more