Twin income opportunities from new will-writing service

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Twin income opportunities from new will-writing service The National Willwriting Advisory Bureau (NWAB) has launched a new service for charities, enabling them to offer their members an extensive range of will-writing services. Charities using the service can promote the value of leaving a charitable legacy, and they will earn commission on the will-writing products bought by their members.NWAB does not charge charities to join its service. Nor does it believe that promoting free ‘basic will-writing’ services is particularly effective.NWAB Director Shona McMillan said: “The vast majority of our clients require more than a basic will. From speaking with a number of charities, we found that many of their members were actually put off by a ‘free will service’, feeling that you get just what you pay for.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 12 July 2007 | News She added that the new service is designed to meet the different needs of both charities and their supporters. “NWAB has put into place”, she said, “a very workable will-writing service for charities, that’s not only free to set up but will actually pay a percentage back to the charity. And if the member agrees, then they can even receive notification of legacy donations. It’s not only a better deal for charities, it offers a quality service for their members too.” The National Willwriting Advisory Bureau works to promote best practice in all aspects of will-writing, ensuring that all of its registered legal consultants are members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters. NWAB has selected some of its most experienced consultants to provide a “professional yet friendly service” for members wishing to make a will or changing an existing will. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013 DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 30, 2013 586 Views center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe in Featured, Media, Webcasts About Author: DSNews 2013-05-30 DSNews Previous: Waushara County Adopts Electronic Document Recording System Next: New York AG Presses for Passage of Two Foreclosure Bills Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Diana Edwards. 69

first_imgDiana D. Edwards, 69, of Olean passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her home. She was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on August 17, 1947 the daughter of Charles and Georgia Jordan Smith. She was married to John Edwards and he preceded her in death. Survivors include one son Kevin (Sherry) Rutherford of Aurora; one daughter Kimberly (Eric) Minch of Vevay; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters Dorene Kash of Milan and Donna (Larry) Thomas of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Florine Eldridge, and her brothers James Smith and Charles Smith, Jr. Mrs. Edwards retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked as a supervisor. She had also been employed as a Corrections Officer at the Indiana State Women’s Prison in Indianapolis as well as jobs with Brockway Glass in Lapel an as independent truck driver for Ritz Management. Diana was a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be at the Busse Cemetery near Sunman. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Busse Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Clubless EXCO Members: GFA won’t change regulations- Prosper Harrison Addo

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association says it has no intentions of making amendments to its statutes with regards to individuals on its executive committee who are no longer affiliated to the teams that nominated them.This comes on the back of scenarios involving former Ash Gold CEO Fredrick Acheampong and subsequently George Amoako parting ways with the clubs that backed them for the position.According to the FA there isn’t appreciable reason to amend the current statutes on executive committee membership.They also insisted that doing so would lead to anarchy.“If you look at the forms that personalities fill to be vetted and to stand election it only requires you to have been nominated by a club not necessarily your club.“Indeed, if you want to stretch the matter and say that because a person has a left a club the person should be taken away from the executive committee it will lead to absurdity.“If there is a team owner who does not like somebody on the executive committee then the club will sack you.“Does that mean that whenever an executive committee member is sacked from a club we must hold fresh elections?It will lead to confusion and absurdity.If you look at our current rules in conjunction with that of CAF and FIFA when you win an election you stay the for the four years until elections are held again,” he told Citi Sports in an exclusive interview.last_img read more

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first_imgRafael Bejarano10925241823%$1,132,782 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Mike Puype4147610%$336,790 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AFFIRMEDProspect Park is one of five 3-year-olds entered in a small but select field for Sunday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes, a race Cliff Sise Jr. hopes will be a start to bigger and better things this summer for the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod.Prospect Park drew the No. 5 post position in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.“I’m happy with the outside post,” Sise said. “It gives us options on strategy. I see him sitting outside, second or third, and doing his thing in the stretch.”Prospect Park will be making his first start since April 4, when he finished a troubled fourth behind front-running winner Dortmund in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.The Affirmed, race three of nine: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 2-1; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 6-5. Gary Stevens1953326%$501,450 Philip D’Amato41136432%$689,940 Tyler Baze13524152418%$1,295,340 Drayden Van Dyke76109713%$439,442 Eddie Truman1361246%$223,150 Tiago Pereira4589518%$341,040 BLUE COLLAR PEDROZA TAKES RED EYE TO NEW YORKWhile Kent Desormeaux, Martin Garcia, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens are already ensconced in New York gearing up for their stakes commitments on Belmont Stakes Day tomorrow, Martin Pedroza was taking care of business first at Santa Anita today.He is scheduled to ride four horses, including Half Dome Dude in the eighth and final before taking a red-eye to the Big Apple where he rides multiple Grade I winner Private Zone in the Grade I, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday.It’s just business as usual for the blue collar rider, who turns 50 on July 20.“Today we start racing at 4 o’clock,” said Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “The last race should be over by 7:30, we should be out of here by 8, his plane leaves at 11:32, so we have plenty of time. Martin has time to go home and have dinner first if he wants to.“For Marty, today is just another work day.” FINISH LINES: Tough Sunday, the “Medical Miracle” California-bred trained by Steve Miyadi for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, is breezing steadily as he prepares for his return to the races after being sidelined since late January, and could run against California-breds later this month if an overnight race fills. “That would be a prep for the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar,” Miyadi said. “He’s doing great.” Tough Sunday worked five furlongs Friday in 1:05.40. “The time was slow,” said Miyadi, who saddled She Hums to an $18 upset in yesterday’s first race, “but we’ll give him a sharper work next time.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, ticketed for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked five furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday in 59.40. Other stakes winners that breezed for the Hall of Fame trainer included Sahara Sky and Wild Dude, five furlongs in 59.60 and 59.80, respectively, while Sam’s Sister went six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.20 . . . O’Neill’s No. One: Trainer Doug O’Neill has four horses entered today. Three drew the inside post, while the other, Diamond Stilettos, landed in the No. 2 slot next to stablemate One More, who got the rail in the third race . . . A piece by CBS Evening News on Victor Espinoza promoting the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown can be viewed on the following link: . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Western Harness publicist Bob Wellman, who passed away May 26 at age 73 in Hemet, California . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing tomorrow of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .The Pari-mutuel, ADW and Simulcast Committee meeting of the California Horse Racing Board scheduled for Thursday, June 11, at Los Alamitos Race Course, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be determined site . . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess atthe popular dining and drink destination atClockers’ Corner, is wearing a party hat these mornings with a cobra on it in support of American Pharoah‘s pursuit of theTriple Crown, but she won’t go on record verbally. “No comment,” is all she would say. “I don’t want to jinx him.” Mario Gutierrez3553714%$259,348 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas43155435%$765,270 Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado62812913%$337,450 Mike Smith3278322%$604,310 Santiago Gonzalez7361568%$308,376 Gonzalo Nicolas7666138%$222,508 (Current Through Thursday, June 4) Kent Desormeaux5158610%$266,334center_img Doug O’Neill781315917%$617,628 Jerry Hollendorfer47612613%$447,294 MOST HORSEMEN FAVOR ‘PHAROAH’ IN BELMONTPEDROZA GOING FROM ONE ‘ZONE’ TO ANOTHERPROSPECT PARK POISED FOR SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED Fernando Perez891614918%$582,950 Joseph Talamo951761818%$666,008 Martin Pedroza77511136%$297,844 Vann Belvoir3446512%$150,590 Bob Baffert2252523%$224,610 Felipe Valdez8271369%$321,900 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Mandella3087427%$656,410 AMERICAN PHAROAH RECEIVES TRIPLE CROWN MANDATEBe it loyalty or logic, Santa Anita-based horsemen see Santa Anita-basedAmerican Pharoah becoming the 12th winner of racing’s Triple Crown and the first since Affirmed in 1978 when the streaking son of Pionnerof the Nile runs in Saturday’s final jewel, the mile and a half Belmont Stakes.Following is a sampling of their thoughts on what horse might win:Barry Abrams: “American Pharoah, but Materiality and Frosted are horses to worry about.”A.C. Avila: “I saw him jog on TV and he was jumping, kicking and bucking. When a horse feels like that, it’s a very good sign. I’m afraid of Mubtaahij. Michael de Kock is a super trainer.”Richard Baltas: “I hope he wins. It would be good for the sport, but I’ve seen too many times when it didn’t happen. It might be Baffert’s turn, though.”David Bernstein: “If it rains, he’s a cinch. It’s always hard to pick against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.”Ray Bell: “He’s the best horse with the strongest constitution. We’ll find out. If any horse can beat him, I think it’s Frosted.”Vann Belvoir: “He looks pretty salty in there. There’s no speed to go with him.”Jim Cassidy: “He’s got a great shot. I hope he does it, but he’s got everything going against him, the distance, fresh horses, but if Victor (Espinoza) doesn’t get in trouble, I hope he does it.”Phil D’Amato: “No doubt he’s got a great chance.”Keith Desormeaux: “I think we’ve all had similar thoughts when there have been Triple Crown possibilities, which has been often in the last 20 years. You’re so excited about it and you want so much to see it happen that you always feel it’s going to be accomplished. I don’t recall ever having the feeling that a horse going for the Triple Crown was going to get beat in the Belmont. I thought California Chrome would do it, Big Brown, War Emblem, Real Quiet. It’s easy to see why they got beat after the race, but I think we’re all fans going into the Belmont.”Caesar Dominguez: “We’re going to have a Triple Crown winner. It will be good for the jockey, good for the trainer, and good for the owner who spends a lot of money in the sport and deserves a Triple Crown winner.”Neil Drysdale: “I would think he should do it.”Ron Ellis: “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got a great shot, and I hope he does it.”Paddy Gallagher: “I said this before: American Pharoah floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Dortmund is like Mike Tyson. There have been others going for the Triple Crown I hoped could win, but it’s not about hope with Pharoah.”Mark Glatt: “I don’t see anything in there that can beat him.”Jorge Gutierrez: “I think he’s going to do it. The race sets up nicely for him. My only concern is Frosted. He’s fresh.”Eoin Harty: “It will be a tough contest but I think he’s up to the task.”Bruce Headley: “He’s a cinch, a super horse, bigger, better and faster than all of them.”Jerry Hollendorfer: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse all right.”James Kasparoff: “I’m on the fence. There are some fresh horses in there, but if he won, it would be great.”Craig Lewis: “I’ll say this: American Pharoah is the only horse in the race that can win the Triple Crown.”Mike Machowsky: “I think American Pharoah will win, but my value play will be a 6-7 (Frosted-Keen Ice) exacta box. American Pharoah will be pretty tough to beat.”Gary Mandella: “American Pharoah is not a forgone conclusion in my opinion, with three races in five weeks on a very tight schedule. Frosted is a fresh horse.”Richard Mandella: “This is the year. This is it. American Pharoah looks that good.”Ron McAnally: “I’ve picked him all the way through and I can’t get off him now.”Sean McCarthy: “If he has the luck and energy, he’ll win it. He’s the best horse.”Steve Miyadi: “If it rains, there will be a Triple Crown winner. If it doesn’t, there won’t.”John Sadler: “A cinch. Everything’s lined up for him. He’s got the speed, a couple of horses got hurt. I don’t think it’s close.”Gary Stute: “American Pharoah wins rain or shine. Bob (Baffert) deserves it. I watched replays of Real Quiet getting beat (by a nose in the 1998 Belmont) the other day. Bob’s paid his dues.”Eddie Truman: “Absolutely. We’re going to be celebrating, all the stars are aligned.”Dennis O’Neill: “It’s a two-horse race, Frosted and American Pharoah. If it rains, it’s a one-horse race.”Hector Palma: “He looks like the best horse, but Materiality could be tough. He had a lot of problems in the Derby. It would be nice for a Mexican (Victor Espinoza) to win the Triple Crown. He’ll be a bigger hero than Pancho Villa.”Jorge Periban: “I love that horse. He’s going to do it. I don’t think anybody will beat him this time.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “As good as he looks on video, I don’t see how he can get beat. He has a stride I haven’t seen in a long time.”Tim Yakteen: “American Pharoah, of course. Let’s get lucky.”Ted H. West: “It’s so tough. It looks like he’s a super horse, but he has to win three races in five weeks. I hope he wins.”Dan Ward: “I hope he does it.”Howard Zucker: “I’ve been calling American Pharoah the Triple Crown winner for the last four months. I’m not stopping now.”First live post time at Santa Anita tomorrow is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:50 p.m. Pacific Time. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Peter Miller561413425%$549,080 Mark Glatt3846711%$231,554 Robertino Diodoro2252323%$153,690 Flavien Prat911718919%$1,079,100 John Sadler4759811%$281,038 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320last_img read more


How Editor Paul Machliss Cut Baby Driver in Real Time on Location

first_imgDive into the real time production and post-production workflow of this tightly synced film.Top image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Editor Paul Machliss, ACE has cut some of the most ambitious film and television projects. Most recently, he cut the hit musical thriller Baby Driver.Image via TJ Maher.My brother and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon Machliss’s presentation at NAB 2017 at the Avid booth. He discussed Baby Driver being the most difficult edit he’s ever had to manage. He also talked about his previous experiences working with director Edgar Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End, and Spaced. You may also recognize his comedic editing style from other television series, like The IT Crowd.Cutting Baby Driver on SetThere’s a very good chance you’ve already heard plenty about Baby Driver and the film’s rave reviews. If not, here’s a look at the trailer.The film follows the story of a getaway driver, Baby. The main thing to note is that Baby has tinnitus, and to cancel out the hum in his ears, he is constantly listening to music. Thus the birth of an action film set to the soundtrack of the main character’s collection of iPods and mixtapes.That means the film is constantly set to the music, and much of the action unfolds to musical cues. In Paul Machliss’s presentation, he immediately came out and said “that [Baby Driver] was the hardest job I’ve ever worked as an editor.”Image via Working Title Films.While describing the film, he mentioned that Baby’s “life becomes regimented by music. That, he always seems to have the right track for the right mood.”The music “helps set everything up . . . We had to clear all the tracks first, because we only knew these scenes would only work with these songs. And of course the beauty of it, all the music is commercial . . . It’s commercial music roughly over a 40 year period.”Image via Working Title Films.As for the choreographed musical style of the film, Machliss is quick to comment that Wright had a very distinct vision that didn’t wait for audio cues; action would naturally fall to the beat: “I wouldn’t say it’s a musical, it’s a film full of music. But the integration of the two is quite unique.”The goal was “not make it feel like a musical where everything is heavily choreographed. We didn’t want you to notice that someone puts a bottle down on a chair. It may happen to be on the beat, but we don’t want you to think we are waiting for that moment.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.The distance between production and post-production on the film was seemingly non-existent: “Baby Driver is probably the ultimate expression of the way Edgar and I work together. Built from some reshoots we did on Scott Pilgrim, then to The World’s End we put together a lot of the action scenes together with me on set. To this film, where actually Edgar saying ‘Yeah, you know I think I might want you out there everyday’ basically…”For the film to work just right, Machliss had to be on set editing to verify that the timing of each shot was perfect: “To make it work you had to sort of be there at the moment of creation . . . I was there every day of every moment of every take. Edgar would do a take and yell ‘Cut!’ and then from the other side of the set go ‘How was that Paul?’ . . . and sort of wait until you went . . . ‘Yes it’s good.’ Then he felt he could move on. The advantage, of course being, we knew that six months down the line we weren’t gonna go ‘Ugh, we missed a trick here,’ ‘This didn’t work.’”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.To keep up with the production, Machliss had to be mobile and fast. He managed to put together an editing cart, pictured above: “This was the edit cart, basically, which was loaned to me by the sound department when we very quickly learned that I had to be absolutely mobile.”The cart is pretty bare bones — a MacBook Pro, some external hard drives, “[Avid] Media Composer with an A-grade monitor which doubled either as a second screen for Media Composer, or as a full screen in its own right when Edgar wanted to come over and say ‘How does that look?’” Also, take note of the keyboard in the picture above. You’ll see it again once production wraps.If you look at the monitor on the cart, you’ll notice the film’s storyboards embedded in the edit. That’s because nearly every sequence underwent meticulous calculation in pre-production to properly sync the action and music. As Machliss recalled, “I had the storyboards running on a lower video layer, because . . . it’s very important to realize in things like this, you can’t do a shot that slightly runs over. Normally you go, ‘Oh, ok, the shot’s about a second longer,’ but when you start to put it together and you start to realize ‘Oh I’m now two and a half seconds out from the music track’ that becomes a problem.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Since this film’s protagonist is a getaway driver, that meant Machliss would have to take his editing bay on the road: “Roadside editing, you know, this is anywhere, anytime basically. This was for a climactic chase sequence, and you could literally wheel it out of the main truck and be ready for Edgar in minutes.”In a unique setup, Machliss also found himself riding on the back of a process trailer editing the car conversations being shot behind him.Images via Paul Machliss / Avid.“Edgar said, ‘We’re filming on the road, I’d like you to be with me editing as we’re filming’ . . . So basically, we lashed up to an apple crate . . . and on this particular day, this is how it worked.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was editing quite literally on the fly. Edgar sitting next to me yelling ‘Cut,’ I could immediately grab the shot from video assist, and we’d put this little sequence together exactly in this manner.”By the end of production, Machliss’s gear was worn by the elements. Remember the keyboard?Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was the keyboard after we had taken it out on location after 15 weeks. Once we wrapped on this . . . I took it home . . . and framed it. It’s on the wall, retired. It’s the keyboard that did Baby Driver and nothing else.”You can watch Paul Machliss’s entire presentation on Avid’s website.Edit in the Style of Edgar Wright FilmsWant to follow in Paul Machliss’s steps and cut your own Edgar Wright-style films? Check out these video tutorials.Create Audio Swell TransitionsThis tutorial will show you how to manipulate SFX to build anticipation for the next shot. You can read more about the technique in this article from RocketStock.Create Custom Swipe Transitions in Premiere ProMuch like the transitions used in Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz, you can easily create custom swipe transitions in Premiere Pro with some simple masking and keyframes. You can read more about the process here.Visual Comedy in the Style of Edgar WrightThis classic Every Film a Painting episode dissects Edgar Wright’s knack for visual comedy. A great video essay to help inspire better storytelling through editing tricks and transitions.Cut on Avid Media Composer FirstReally want to edit like Paul Machliss? You now have access to a free copy of Avid with Media Composer First. You can read more about the program in our review. Download it and take it for a spin.Have you ever edited in real time? 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9 months agoValencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressure

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressureby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino accepts his job is under review.Los Che drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, heaping more pressure on the head coach.”My job strengthens me and it gives me comfort,” he said. “I do not feel anything else because we are not winning at the moment and all I want to do is win.”I have never been given an ultimatum; it is a personal matter.”We are winners and when we do not win, we cause disappointment.”The other day [against Valladolid], we deserved to win but we just were not capable of turning it into a victory.”That is what saddens me the most.”It has happened to us a lot just lately and when it happens frequently, we begin to feel disillusioned.”I was already aware of the meeting before the game and I am not worried because if the owner decides he wants to get rid of the coaching staff then there is nothing I can do about it and I have to respect his decision.”I am convinced that we are on the right track and because of that I am optimistic and confident that our luck will soon change.”We have scored 17 goals from 263 chances.”This is something that has to change; it cannot last forever.” last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to the Elimination of Child Labour

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is committed to the elimination of all forms of child labour in Jamaica.He informed that this objective is anchored on the recognition that the eradication of abuse against children is directly linked to the development of a safe society for all citizens.“Our determination in this goal is unshakable and we will remain engaged with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Union, and other international and local partners in this endeavour,” he assured.The Minister was presenting the keynote address at the World Day Against Child Labour 2013 forum, held at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, on June 12. The day was observed under the theme: ‘No to Child Labour in Domestic Work’.Child labour, as defined by the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention of 1973, is a form of abuse, which refers to any work done by children which is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to them and interferes with their education.Under the country’s Child Care and Protection Act, it is an offence to employ a child under 13 years old. The law, however, makes an exception for children 13 to 15 years old to be employed, but only under circumstances where they are allowed to do only light work.Minister Kellier further pledged that children in hazardous work – one of the worst forms of child labour – which either threatens to harm the health, safety, wellbeing or morals of the children involved, will not be condoned in Jamaica “in any shape, size or form”.He pointed out that in this vein, the Ministry has increased its capacity to introduce, implement and enforce new legislation for this purpose.“(Our country) programmes, among other things, seek to strengthen the capacity of national and local authorities, social partners and civil society in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of policies to fight the scourge of child labour,” he said.The Ministry, he informed, has also achieved the integration of child labour education in various relevant national plans.Mr. Kellier also pointed to the work of the Tackling child labour through education (TACKLE/ILO) project office, which he said, continues to work to increase the ability of a range of social partners to play an integral role in policy dialogue and practice in their own organisations.He said all Jamaicans also have a role to play in the fight against of child labour, noting that many culturally accepted practices and perceptions must be overcome in order to eradicate the practice.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Advisory Board, TACKLE Project, Errol Miller, informed that approximately 16,000 children are involved in some form of economic activity in Jamaica.He noted that the figure is contained in a survey carried out by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica in 2002. The study revealed that the chief child labourers were street children, including market vendors, mainly in urban areas; commercial agricultural workers; urban formal sector workers, and domestic workers.“The message is apt for Jamaica – we are also guilty of child labour,” he said. Mr. Miller therefore called on all Jamaicans to say a resounding “No, to child labour!”For her part, Head of Delegation, European Union, Paola Amadei, pointed out that the closest ally of child labour in the developing world is poverty.She noted that, as such, the EU is engaged in combating the root causes of the problem through a number of programmes, including the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).Ms. Amadei also informed that as a main supporter in the rural sector, the EU hopes that by improving the conditions and prospects for rural farmers, there will be a run-on effect on improving the conditions which allow child labour to fester.She noted that the data on child labour in Jamaica is over a decade old, and called on the Ministry of Labour to embark on research, which will provide new statistics in this area. This, she said, will assist in strengthening the government and other stakeholder efforts in fighting the problem.The ILO estimates that children make up nearly 30 per cent of the world’s estimated 50 to 100 million domestic workers.June 12 was designed World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 by the ILO, with the objective of focusing attention on the extent of child labour globally and the efforts being made to eliminate the problem.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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263 Teams Take Part in SDC Community Cricket Competition

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. McKenzie commended the sponsors for investing in the competition, which he said will assist in helping to build true community spirit at all levels. “Private sector involvement in community activities is very important,” he said. Speaking at the official launch, held on June 22 at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in Kingston, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the competition can unearth talented individuals who may go on to represent the country at the regional level. A total of 263 teams from communities across the island are competing for $6 million in cash and prizes in the 11th staging of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition. A total of 263 teams from communities across the island are competing for $6 million in cash and prizes in the 11th staging of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition.The tournament, which began on April 30 with the preliminary rounds, will see teams over the next four months compete at the parish and regional levels, with the final two teams vying for top honours in August in St. Ann.Speaking at the official launch, held on June 22 at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in Kingston, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the competition can unearth talented individuals who may go on to represent the country at the regional level.“This can be a stepping stone to develop the kind of talent that is required to save West Indies Cricket,” he said, urging the participants to make use of the opportunity.He lauded the SDC for undertaking the initiative, adding that the annual cricket competition is geared towards advancing community development through sports.Mr. McKenzie commended the sponsors for investing in the competition, which he said will assist in helping to build true community spirit at all levels. “Private sector involvement in community activities is very important,” he said.Providing an overview of the competition, Executive Director, SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, said the national champion will earn $1.2 million.“It is about camaraderie, it is about identifying talent that is there, so they can also benefit in terms of their own economic activities, because the cricket does generate a lot of economic activity at each venue. So, you have economic value, you have social value, and, more importantly, the peace that it maintains,” he said.Team players, on reaching the semi-final stage of the competition, are required to work to develop a community project that will be financed by a minimum of 15 per cent of winnings from the competition.“Everybody who wins, at whichever stage, has to give back 15 per cent to the community in a project, but that money is retained by the SDC and paid directly to the project to ensure that it is done, and the teams are required to complete the project before they get their earnings,” he said.Some of the sponsors include Lasco MoneyGram, Lasco Distributors, National Integrity Action, Food For The Poor, Road Safety Unit, Jamaica Cricket Association, Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited, Nutrimix and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).last_img read more

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As Olympics near South Korea agonizes over postGames costs

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey centre, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”last_img read more

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