Print WHEN Tesco Ireland made a donation of a van load of festive goodies for the people living in their family hub in Limerick City, they went a step further by donating the van as well.The former home delivery van has integrated refrigeration units, a freezer and cupboard compartments that will enable Mid West Simon to store food until it can be donated to people in need or distributed to charity partners across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.And that’s not forgetting the van’s contents which included toys, turkeys, hams and all the trimmings for a festive feast.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are absolutely thrilled to accept this generous donation from Tesco this Christmas” said Mid West Simon chief executive Jackie Bonfield.“Since we launched our services in 2014, we have grown exponentially and we now support 7,000 people regularly through our services. Tesco has been with us since the start.“The surplus food donations that we receive each week from the local Tesco stores make all the difference in the level of service we can provide to those who need it the most. With this new delivery van, we will also be able to cater for more people,” she added.Mid West Simon chief executive Jackie Bonfield with Tesco Coonagh store manager Joe Rooney.Over the past year, Mid West Simon has seen a 30 per cent increase in the need for their Food Bank services. The charity also provides family and housing services and drop-in services for people who need professional advice, basic supplies, or somebody to talk to.“We are delighted to be able to help Mid West Simon this Christmas, along with several other organisations who make a difference in their local communities,” said Tesco Coonagh store manager Joe Rooney .“We have been working with Mid West Simon since 2014 and have donated more than 100,000 meals worth of surplus food to them. We hope that we have been able to make a little Christmas magic for the organisation today and we look forward to working with them further in 2018”.Tesco stores in Kilrush, Ennis, Coonagh and Roxboro have given surplus food to Mid West Simon several times a week as part of their ‘No Time for Waste’ programme. Tesco was also the first retailer to launch a nationwide surplus food donations programme with Food Cloud.They are now calling on community groups who could benefit from surplus food donations to register hereMid West Simon volunteers and Tesco staff at the delivery of the special Christmas donation.More news here Send a bar of Cadbury chocolate for free! Linkedin TAGSChristmasCoonaghdelivery vandonationfamily hubfood bankfood cloudJackie BonfieldJoe RooneylimerickMid West SimonNo Time for Wastesurplus foodtesco NewsSociety#WATCH Tesco donation to Limerick family hub included delivery vanBy Editor – December 27, 2017 4923 Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleThe Class of 2017 – One Year in Music in LimerickNext articleLimerick donors warned of unregistered charity collectors Editor Facebook Delicious Wiltshire Farm Foods brightening your days in Autumn Missing you this Christmas Email Merry Christmas from the Limerick Post Show RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Flying home to Limerick for Christmas Twitter Limerick Post Show | Christmas Special
Press Association Red Star Belgrade have announced they have accepted a £5.1million bid from Liverpool for their teenage midfielder Marko Grujic. The Serbian club claimed to have received three offers for the 19-year-old, from Belgian club Anderlecht, German side Stuttgart and the Barclays Premier League Reds. In a statement posted on their official website they revealed they had “unanimously accepted the offer of the English giants”, and had agreed a package that would see Grujic remain with them on loan until the summer. Red Star said: “The board considered the offer and unanimously accepted the offer of the English giants. Liverpool will pay the money immediately, and the player would stay in Red Star until 01/07/2016.” Grujic came through the academy system at Red Star and has represented Serbia at various youth levels, although he is yet to earn his first senior cap. He could become Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Anfield after the German took the reins in October, and Red Star insist the financial issues at the club meant they had to accept the Reds’ offer for Grujic. The Serbian club, for whom the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Dejan Stankovic and Nikola Zigic have all played for, nearly went out of business 18 months ago and expect the sale of Grujic to ease their financial concerns. Their statement added: “Red Star Belgrade in the last 10 days received three formal offer for the transfer of our player Marko Grujic, from Anderlecht – two million, of Stuttgart – five million, of Liverpool we received an offer worth seven million euros and 10 percent of the next transfer. “All in Red Star sincerely want to see Marko Grujic playing in our uniform for the next 10 years, but the financial situation of our club dictates the adoption of a different decision.” As well as negotiating a 10 per cent sell-on fee, Red Star also revealed they met Grujic’s father’s wish to see him stay in Belgrade on a loan deal until the summer. “Marko Grujic should go to a player that continues to develop in one of the biggest clubs in the world; the club is probably the dream of every player on the planet,” Red Star’s statement said. “We are convinced, just like the people from Liverpool, Marko Grujic has the quality for a great club and that in England he can make a great career.”
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If you’re not sure what you’ll be doing this Mandela Month, why not join GEM and Brand South Africa in helping those in need. With a wide range of organisations and initiatives to choose from, you can find something that appeals to you.The GEM Project invites you to join its group of volunteers who are going the extra mile to help the needy on Mandela Month. (Image: GEM Project, via Facebook)Not sure how you’ll be spending your 67 minutes this Mandela Month? Download the GEM Project app and find out what opportunities there are to play your part in your area.With a wide range organisations and initiatives in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Howick, you can find the right place for you to help build a better South Africa for all through active citizenship.The GEM Project App is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Blackberry App Store, ready to get you set on Nelson Mandela International Day and the days that follow.Where to goSome of the opportunities open to volunteers:Cape TownIkamva Youth – grades 10 and 11 tutoringVolunteers are expected to support learners with their homework and tutor them in concepts they find challenging.Subjects include mathematics, physical science, business studies, electrical technology, mechanical technology, engineering graphics and design.Proteus Technical High School, Reygersdal Drive, Atlantis, Cape TownLadles of Love – soup kitchen for the homelessJoin GEM in giving homeless people in Cape town nourishment and love. It’s the @Ladles way and every bit helps.Doppio Zero, St George’s Mall, Cape Town CBDUpcycle and UcookVolunteers help to set up the kitchen and other activities.Claremont Civic Centre, 231 Main Road, ClaremontDomestic Animal Rescue GroupThere are 10 volunteer stations for those who want to meet the animals. There is also a children’s corner and a book sale.Hout Bay Road, Hout BayTears Animal RescueLoads of activities are planned to make rescued tails wag and kittens purr.4 Lekkerwater Road, SunnydaleCart Horse Protection AssociationVolunteer at the Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at the Firlands Equestrian Estate in Somerset West. Help clean the roofs, stable walls and paddocks.Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Firlands Park, Helderberg RuralJohannesburgThe Gift of JoyThe organisation is hosting children from a children’s home for a day of fun at Gold Reef City. Spend time with the children by joining them on the rides.Gold Reef City, OrmondeArk Animal CentreThe day is about spoiling the dogs. Walk, brush, play or just love the canines. Or for those who want to spruce up the place, you can paint or garden.17 Howard Avenue, ChartwellSandton Community Policing ForumJoin the Sandton Community Policing Forum as it cleans, fixes and repairs the Sandton Police Station.2 Summit Road, Morningside, SandtonWestbury Youth CentreHelp the Westbury Youth Centre serve senior citizens tea, coffee and lunch. Then help to clean the centre.Westbury Youth Centre, cnr MacMillan and Du Plessis streets, WestburyEthembeni Children’s HomeHelp facilitators at the home with daily chores before spending time with the toddlers.84 Davies Street, DoornfonteinPretoriaNew BeginningzVolunteers wash windows and walls, clean the balcony, plant vegetables and paint classrooms. You can also donate fresh fruit and veggies, non-perishable food, baby formula, wet wipes, nappies and pocket change for the children.558 Bengal Street, Laudium, CenturionHowick, KZNLove Howick & Oasis ChurchThe church calls on individuals, families, churches, businesses and the government to help clean up the Howick CBD. Take black bags, gloves and scrapers to remove illegal posters.70 Main Street, Howick, KwaZulu-NatalBe sure to keep an eye on the GEM Project App for any updates or new additions to their list of volunteering events.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Need an online portfolio in a hurry? Not all of us have the time, energy, or skill to build something from scratch, or the resources to farm out the job to more capable hands. Happily, some great tools are available that make it a breeze to build a good-looking personal website without actually building much of anything at all. Something simple that looks good can serve as a placeholder – and you might end up liking the it enough to keep it around. Whether you need a basic resume page, a photo portfolio, or a springboard to your (or your brand’s) profiles on sites like Twitter and Facebook, these sites get the job done quickly and easily – and free of charge. Fully Flexible and Socially Promiscuous: FlavorsFlavors has a lot in common with AOL-owned About.me, but the former was first and we’ve always been partial to it. Sign up for a free Flavors account and you’ll get access to a social Swiss army knife’s worth of webpage tools. It’s dead simple to make an attractive site – particularly a sparse, modern one; less is more, after all. Add your essential info to a basic landing page and get to work tweaking the background image, fine-tuning the colors, fonts, and alignment, and you’ll have a great looking result in no time.If you spring for the premium version, you can mask the Flavors.me domain with a custom url and no one will be the wiser. Flavors connects to just about every social network we use (and some we don’t), letting you display content from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and many more. Since the content dynamically loads on your new profile page, this is a great way to feature portfolio fodder like writing or photos that you can host externally (and easily). Cherry-pick your best work, publish it on a (less versatile) site like 500px, plug it into Flavors and voilà.Eminently Searchable in a Snap: Google+Google+ is the quick and dirtiest of the quick-and-dirty options. Want to fast-track your name to great SEO? Invest a little time sprucing up your profile page on the social platform crafted by the search king itself. Google tweaks its search secret sauce regularly, but you can bet that putting in the time to flesh out and maintain a Google+ profile page will pay off in search rankings. In our casual testing, we searched for a handful of folks we know, from both within and without our G+ circles, and a Google+ profile popped up in the top five results every time. (If you’re one of the John Smiths of the world, well . . . good luck to you.)Beyond its SEO advantage, Google+ is a pretty solid – if uninspiring – way to funnel people to your links and social accounts. The About section of a Google+ user page includes a tagline, an introduction section (your bio can go here) and a section dedicated to any links you didn’t sneak into your introduction. But be sure to enable the “Profile discovery” option toward the bottom of the Google+ profile edit page (found just above the “Other profiles” link section) to allow search engines to index your G+ profile – that’s how the magic happens. If you’ve got some kind of author page floating around out there on the web, Google+ would be happy to link up your profile with what you publish. You’ll have to jump through a few hoops, but the result is a little pic of you that pops up next to your links in search. Photographers in particular will appreciate Google+’s attractive lightbox view and well-implemented photo sharing and organization features. Related Posts Tags:#Publishing Services#web Social Data Infused with Style: VizifyVizify is the newest tool on this list, the least traditional, and definitely the most fun. If you’re interested in an eye-catching, ultra-modern spin on a traditional landing page, this one will be right up your alley. Vizify is so new on the scene that you’ll need to request an invite. But once you’re in, it couldn’t be simpler to set up. Choose which social networks you’d like Vizify’s engine to cull data from, pick a flattering color scheme and you’ll quickly be met with an elegant array of brightly-colored data nodes arranged into a web of personal info.You can drill down and get as granular as you want, adding individual images from Instagram or highlighting your pithiest moment on Twitter, or just see what Vizify comes up with organically. It’s untraditional, sure, but that’s the point – all of the important stuff is there, from the links you want to highlight to your current position and location . . . it’s just arranged more playfully than you might be used to.Whether you want something flexible, practical or fun, between Flavors, Google+ and Vizify, there’s likely an option here to inspire you to landing page greatness. Got a Web profile creator that didn’t make this list? Let us know and we’ll take it for a spin. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting taylor hatmaker
Here’s how shooting with a shallow depth of field can immerse your audience like nothing else.Top image via Hulu.Choosing how you will shoot your project might be just as hard as writing the script. With all the different lenses and cameras available today, choosing the right piece of equipment can be difficult. The creator and director of 2017’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a shining example of knowing exactly how to communicate ideas and tell stories — all through the lens.The recent upload from nerdwriter1 dives into the significance of Hulu’s latest brilliant series. The video explores what makes the show stand out and why it’s important to consider the story when choosing lenses. Without giving too much away, it’s important to know the show’s director Reed Morano (who usually works as a director of photography) was methodical with her approach to framing and shooting the central characters.Morano chose to shoot on the ALEXA Mini at an aperture of up to 1.4, creating a razor-thin depth of field, which allowed the filmmakers to guide the audience through each shot. This workflow carries more weight than you might think. Morano and DP Colin Watkinson created a hauntingly beautiful and disturbing visual motif that also serves as a fantastic example of the power of a shallow depth of field.Capture the Point of ViewImage via Hulu.By using a Zeiss 28mm T2.1 Lens and placing it mere inches from the lead actor (Elisabeth Moss), we get shots like the one you see above. Given the circumstances of the show, the central character, Offred, has experienced true tragedy and finds herself in this strange and terrible world. This isolation and trauma draws a remarkable performance from the actor, and the closeness of the camera to her face amplifies this work. Given the extremely shallow depth of field, the audience identifies with Offred and understands that due to the lack of control she has over life and body, “Your only agency is mental.” Moss’s incredible performance brings power to Morano’s vision.Create the WorldImage via Hulu.The women in the world of this show are forbidden from reaching out to the outside world — or reading anything in general. This lack of knowledge and understanding of the world around them creates a level of disconnect that we see expressed as an out-of-focus environment. The shallow depth of field gives us an excellent view of their perspective and the isolation they experience. This method of shooting your actors isn’t anything new; some of the best working cinematographers like Hoyte Van Hoytema and Lubezki have used this technique in the past. What makes this particular use of shallow depth of field so effective is how dedicated and consistent this vision is throughout the course of the show. This dedication proves how engaging one’s work can become with enough planning and care.Connecting the NarrativeImage via Hulu.The Handmaid’s Tale moves back and forth through time, giving us a glimpse of Offred’s past life, before Gilead. Straying away from the precise Kubrickian framing and acute angles of the present, the flashbacks are still shallow. Given the brilliant nature of the show, this decision to shoot both worlds the same way makes the audience think. Given the disconnect and isolation in Gilead, these themes were still present in the real world (our world), and Morano is communicating this through her camera work. Shows and films like this that live on past the screen and start conversations are vital, and they give us hope for the future of the medium.
APTN National NewsAfter years of legal wrangling a preliminary hearing started Tuesday in Ottawa looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nation children living on reserves.That’s a claim advanced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.The allegation is that Ottawa shortchanges children on reserves when it comes to providing services.The result is more First Nation children are in care compared to off-reserve children.Both sides argued Tuesday over the ground rules for the hearing and about witnesses.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.
Aizawl: Aizawl FC ended their I-league campaign on a high, notching up a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Churchill Brothers FC here Saturday. Churchill Brothers drew first blood through Willis Plaza in the 4th minute but an unfortunate own goal in the 42nd minute from Hussain Eldor of Churchill Brothers brought up the equalizer for Aizawl FC. Kromah then converted a penalty in the 87th minute to earn the win for Aizawl. Aizawl FC goalkeeper Lalawmpuia was adjudged the hero of the match. With this win, Aizawl FC finished their I-League campaign in the seventh place with 24 points, while Churchill Brothers finished their campaign three places above with 34 points. Churchill started on an attacking note, putting pressure on the home side right from the first minute. They were penetrating deep quite easily into the Aizawl FC defence and the results soon showed when Churchill Brothers drew first blood as early as the 4th minute. Plaza scored his 21st goal of the season through a beautiful cross from Nicholas Fernandes to make it 1-0 in Churchill Brothers’ favour. Churchill never really stopped attacking, thereafter, constantly trying to extend their lead, but full marks to Aizwal FC defenders Richard Kassaga and Govin Singh and goalkeeper for not allowing Churchill Brothers to score. Aizawl FC looked settled by the half-hour mark and started creating chances through the combination of Issac, Lalrinchhanna constantly supplying to Kromah and Lalkhawpuimawia but Churchill’s defence was up to the task. Aizawl finally managed to get an equalizer in the 42nd minute through an own goal from Churchill’s Hussain Eldor. What was interesting about this goal was the pressure that Aizawl FC created on Churchill’s defence when an outstanding cross from Lalrinchhanna to Lalkhawpuimawia was hastily interrupted by Eldor, but rather than clearing the ball safely, it ended up straight into the goal. The second half began with the hosts leading the attack to find a lead. Aizawl FC forwards Kromah and Lalkhawpuimawia kept the pressure up on Churchill Brothers but a combination of great defending and goalkeeping from the visitors ensured that Aizawl do not find a way to the back of the net. Churchill Brothers, on the other hand, started with their attacks on the counter initially and found their way into the box as well, but lack of a good finish saw both the teams tied at 1-1 for a major part of the second half. Aizawl FC finally found their lead when Kromah made no mistake converting a penalty to hand Aizawl FC a 2-1 lead in the 87th minute. Churchill Brothers FC Goa, thereafter, tried to restore parity but it was already too late.
Secretary-General Ban shows off his metro card. At left is Yukio Takasu, UN Under-Secretary-General for Management. UN Photo/Mark Garten While taking the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) number 6 underground train to meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Secretary-General Ban is greeted by a fellow passenger. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exchanges gift with Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall. UN Photo/Mark Garten “Big cities like New York generate and create some problems, but at this home of innovation, we can find solutions from this great city,” declared the UN chief following a meeting with Mayor de Blasio this afternoon at City Hall in downtown Manhattan.The Secretary-General welcomed the Mayors’ pledge for making New York a “green” city and also his framework for sustainable cities, which Mr. Ban flagged as a “very important innovative initiative.”With these and other measures in mind, Mr. Ban said he has invited Mayor de Blasio to the UN climate change summit, which will be held at Headquarters on 23 September. “I hope you will bring your ambitious visions for climate change to the Member States, so that the many cities around the world can emulate your leadership and vision,” he told the city’s top political official.“And I really appreciate your initiative in organizing New York Climate Week,” continued Mr. Ban, pledging to participate during the event.He went on to say that he and the Mayor, who assumed his post on 1 January 2014, had discussed a host of other issues, including, how large cities and the wider United Nations can work on emergency preparedness and also on reducing risks from disasters. On his way to meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) number 6 underground train, Secretary-General Ban takes time out to sign an autograph. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Mayor Bill de Blasio and other New York City officials, at City Hall. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exchanges gift with Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › “I’m very glad that the Office of Emergency Management of New York City and the United Nations Emergency Preparedness Support Team have already been working very closely on this matter,” said the Secretary-General adding that the UN has also tried to be helpful with post Super Storm Sandy recovery.Mr. Ban said the United Nations draws great inspiration from its home in New York. “UN staff love living here because like New Yorkers, they are wonderfully diverse. New York is the city that never sleeps; the United Nations works around the clock, around the world, to address global challenges.”Looking beyond Manhattan’s famed skyline, the UN chief said that at a time of “test and transformation for the entire world” the UN is working to end the bloodshed in Syria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali and Libya, and also working very hard to help de-escalate tension in Ukraine.“This is something which we have discussed during our meeting and you can count on us. At the same time, we count on the [United States] US leadership of President Barack Obama and other world leaders on these matters,” said Mr. Ban, expressing determination to deepen global foundations of peace and security through our efforts to advance development, create decent jobs and protect human rights.“I know these are among the hopes and hallmarks of your new administration,” he told Mayor de Blasio, adding that success in New York can send a powerful message around the world because you are a centre for economy, social development and innovation. “You know the famous saying: if you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere,” declared Mr. Ban.
“It is impossible to separate a people’s cultural heritage from the people itself and their rights,” Karima Bennoune, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, said in a press statement. “Clearly, we must now understand that when cultural heritage is under attack, it is also the people and their fundamental human rights that are under attack.”On 1 March, a pre-trial procedure, known as a confirmation of charges hearing, was opened in The Hague by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a case related to alleged cultural destruction in Timbuktu, Mali.While stressing that she does not want to prejudge the ongoing individual case before the ICC, Ms. Bennoune said that the destruction of cultural heritage by States and non-State actors must be urgently addressed by the international community.“When mausoleums – as well as ancient Islamic manuscripts – were being destroyed by armed groups during their 2012 occupation of Northern Mali, various forms of cultural practice were also under attack, including music and religious practices,” she said.The UN expert welcomed the decision of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office, for the first time, to charge the destruction of cultural and religious sites, as well as historical monuments, as a stand-alone war crime.In a report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday 10 March, the expert will address further the links between destruction of cultural heritage and violations of cultural rights. She will also make key recommendations, including for international cooperation and technical assistance.She said that cultural heritage professionals on the frontlines of the struggle against destruction must be provided with the conditions necessary to complete their work, and asylum when necessary.“We must not wait to rally to the cause of at-risk cultural heritage defenders until we are mourning their deaths,” the human rights expert said, while honouring the memory of Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad, retired chief of antiquities for Palmyra, killed in 2015.Moreover, tribute should be paid to ordinary people who step forward to defend cultural heritage, like those in Northern Mali who reportedly hid manuscripts beneath the floorboards of their homes to protect them or those in Libya who tried to peacefully protest destruction of Sufi sites, Ms. Bennoune said.The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Independent human rights experts, appointed by the Council, address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. They are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization. They serve in their individual capacity and do not receive a salary for their work.