Playwright’s paintings offered for charity auction

first_img Tagged with: auction fundraising events Ireland Howard Lake | 24 July 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  187 total views,  1 views today Advertisement An auction of paintings belonging to the late Irish playwright Brian Friel and his wife is expected to raise €100,000 for a homelessness charity.The paintings from the collection built up by Brian Friel and his wife Anne will be sold in September in Dublin in a sale of Irish art. The auction will take place at Adam’s auctioneers on St Stephen’s Green, and the funds raised will be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust.“We very much appreciate Anne’s very generous support and kindness in donating this collection of paintings,” Fr McVerry of the eponymous Trust told the Irish Times.“Proceeds from the sale of the art will greatly help us to provide our services to the growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness,” he added.Amongst the paintings is Basil Blackshaw’s Three Sisters, which was the image used on the cover of the programme of Friel’s translation of Chekhov’s play which premiered at Derry’s Guildhall in September 1981. In 2016 the Trust had an income of €16 million, of which €6.5 million came from fundraising. The charity raises 43% of its income from individuals and continues to add new donors from its annual insert in the Irish Times. Image: Three Sisters (translated by Brian Friel) programme cover, 1981. Includes Basil Blackshaw’s Three Sisters painting. Source: Field Day Playwright’s paintings offered for charity auction  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Data breach may have exposed personal information of thousands of SBA emergency loan applicants

first_imgThe personal information of thousands of small businesses applying for federal disaster loans was potentially exposed to other applicants, marking the latest glitch in the rollout of government programs designed to help companies crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 8,000 applicants to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) — a long-standing program run by the Small Business Administration (SBA) — may have been affected. In a statement, the SBA said that it “immediately disabled the impacted portion of the website, addressed the issue, and relaunched the application portal.” The emergency relief program typically issues loans to small businesses recovering from tornadoes and wildfires. But last month, the SBA expanded the program to include those hit by the coronavirus’s unprecedented economic fallout. EIDL funds are separate from the Paycheck Protection Program, which the White House and congressional leaders have been scrambling to replenish after its first round of funding ran out. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Piketty’s focus on inequality may also set a blueprint for the study of economics

first_imgThomas Piketty garnered international acclaim after his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, about inequality, became a best seller. But it’s not without its critics. He’ll speak at the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. Watch him on the live broadcast on 3 October on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4:30pm. There will also be live stream on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been praised and criticised. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Facebook) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture  • What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality?  • Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant  • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named  • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home Chris Edwards, University of East AngliaThe economic and political focus is increasingly on the inequality of income and wealth as they both rise in Europe and the US. At a conference on Inclusive Capitalism held near the end of May at London’s Guildhall, Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), claimed that rising inequality posed a threat to growth and financial stability and that governments need to narrow the gaps through imposing more progressive taxes.When even the right-wing IMF criticises rising inequality, then perhaps it is no surprise that the publishing world should witness the huge success of a book on inequality written by Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics. What might be more surprising is that one crucial effect of his work might be nothing to with inequality or capital whatsoever, but could instead help to refocus how we study economics and arrive at less biased conclusions.Piketty’s basic argument is simple. He argues that over the past four decades the growth of incomes in the rich countries of Europe and the US has averaged 1% or 2% a year whereas the return on wealth or capital has been running at more than 4% a year. Under such conditions, wealth concentration grows as does political tension. We are, he says, returning to a sort of Downton Abbey world of the late 19th and early 20th century; a “patrimonial” capitalism in which inherited wealth dominates and a world in which the economy is characterised, not by talented individuals, but by family dynasties making up only 1% of the population. To join this exclusive club it is more sensible to marry into wealth than to work for it. It might be said that skiving and seducing are now better than striving (whatever Britain’s prime minister might say).Data minePiketty’s contribution has been to look at the pattern of wealth and income inequality in capitalist economies over at least the past 100 years. He, with the aid of a number of colleagues, has assembled a huge collection of statistics on income and wealth distribution in some 20 countries.What comes out of this is his claim that over the past century in Europe and more particularly in the US, the share of income going to the richest 1% has followed a U-shaped arc. In 1910 the richest 1% received around a fifth of total income in both Britain and the United States. By 1950 that share had been cut by at least half, but since 1980 the share of this 1% has surged so much that in the US that it’s back to where it was a century ago. The same pattern has been followed by the distribution of wealth.This U-shaped arc is the opposite of what was supposed to happen according to Simon Kuznets, a Belarusian-American economist who, in the 1950s, forecast an inverted U-curve for income distribution as an economy grows. In other words, according to Kuznets, as economies mature they are supposed to be more equal. According to Piketty, the opposite is happening with Europe and the US, heading back towards a Dickensian world of inequality.To avoid this, corrective steps are needed. Piketty favours a graduated wealth tax, imposed globally, an income tax of 80% on those with the highest salaries and an enforced transparency for all bank transactions.The controversyPiketty’s book has been broadly supported by economists in the centre of the political spectrum. Paul Krugman (the Nobel Prize-winning US economist based at Princeton University and the op-ed columnist for the New York Times) has praised it profusely. There have been attacks from both the political left and the right but particularly from the right. The Wall Street Journal has been apoplectic and the London-based Financial Times has been none too pleased.In these circles of the political right, arguments about the distribution of income and wealth invariably follow two routes. One is to deny that the rich are doing exceptionally well. The other is to claim that the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth and are really job creators not predators.The first of these counterattacks was launched by Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor. He argued that Piketty was wrong to claim that inequality has grown over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. Statistics on income and wealth distribution are problematic. But, in my experience, income and wealth equality is generally over-stated rather than under-stated in rich countries – and this is true of the UK . It is to Piketty’s credit that he has shown all the statistics that he has used and he has said that: “I have no doubt that my historical data series can be improved and will be improved in the future”.In the meantime the general conclusion about the attack on Piketty by the FT seems to be summed up by the centre-right Economist magazine, namely that “the analysis does not seem to support many of the allegations made by the FT or the conclusion that the book’s argument is wrong”.Thus, the counterattack seems to fail. Inequality does seem to have increased over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. What about the second defence? Do the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth? Piketty argues “no” because the marginal productivity of managers is unmeasurable and economic performance has not improved since the 1960s while the pay of top managers has exploded.A critical assessment from the left has come from David Harvey, a Marxist professor at the City University of New York. Harvey criticises his book on a number of grounds. Here I have the space to focus on just one, namely Piketty’s failure to make the link between the increase in inequality, the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession that followed. Harvey argues that a rise in inequality increases the likelihood of slow growth as demand dries up and under-consumption takes hold.Interestingly, Harvey’s focus on the link between inequality and slow growth brings us back to the IMF in which a recent study by a number of economists finds that countries with high levels of inequality have suffered lower growth than nations that have distributed incomes more evenly.Despite his misgivings, Harvey does praise Piketty’s collection of statistics and it is here that we might find a final, and possibly enduring legacy from Piketty’s work.Krugman has said Piketty’s work will “change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics”. Perhaps. If the latter is true, it will be a breath of fresh air to those groups of students who have protested recently about the non-empirical, neo-liberal bias in the teaching of economics in British universities. It might be too much to hope that we can entirely detach macroeconomics from ideology, but the weight of authority brought by Piketty’s – and his colleagues’ – reliance on deep data analysis might at least offer us a blueprint for a better way of debating the dismal science.Chris Edwards, External Research Associate, , University of East AngliaThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

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Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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BSP will corner UPA on Land Acquisition Act: Mayawati

first_imgBSP president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday said that her party would corner the UPA government in Parliament on the issue of Land Acquisition Act.”The Congress ruled the country for over 50 years and has not done anything for the welfare of the people, specially dalits. It even failed to review the archaic Land Acquisition Act and the BSP will raise this issue vociferously in the coming monsoon session of Parliament,” Mayawati said at a convention of BSP workers from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Orissa.Taking a dig at Congress for backing the farmers’ protest at Bhatta Parsaul against the land acquisition, she said the Congress did not do anything all these years to replace the old Land Acquisition Act, though farmers were opposed to it.The BSP supremo also said that Congress had failed to do anything on bringing back black money in foreign banks. If this money was reclaimed, it would end the poverty of 50 per cent of the people living below poverty line, she said.She blamed Congress’ economic policies for the backwardness of the people and alleged that its policies were intended to benefit the industrialists close to the party.Mayawati said that her own party was run with donations only from common people, and therefore the BSP government’s policies only aimed at the welfare of the common people.BSP had a fair chance of becoming an alternative to the Congress and BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Orissa, she asserted.advertisementShe also said that BSP would organise nationwide protests against the hike in the petrol prices.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Sony launches Xperia E3 and E3 Dual at 11,990

first_imgAfter an unveiling at IFA 2014, Sony has officially released its budget feature phone into the Indian market. The Sony Xperia E3 and its sibling the Xperia E3 Dual will be available for purchase today onwards. The smartphones are priced at Rs 11,990 for the single SIM variant and 12,990 for the dual-SIM version. Sony has released the 4.5 inch screen devices with a feature set in competition with the Android One and Xiaomi’s RedMi 1S devices. The Xperia E3 devices come packing a capacitive panel set at a tame 854 x 480 pixels, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, quad-core processor underneath along with 1GB RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU for considerable gaming performance. These handsets run Android 4.4 KitKat and sport 4GB internal storage with options to expand it to 32GB through microSD card. Both phones measure in at 8.5 mm thick and weigh in at 144 grams. What is generally touted as Sony’s forte -imaging, has been a bit disappointing in the E3. the primary camera is a decent 5 megapixel shooter with Full HD video recording. The 0.3 megapixel front camera though is a pittance in comparison to the generally 2.0 megapixels found in this price bracket and even much cheaper rivals, nowadays.The E3 and E3 Dual both come with a 2330mAh battery and Sony’s STAMINA mode for enhanced battery performance. Connectivity features standards like 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS.Competition in this price segment has grown exponentially in recent months and the Android One range of smartphones  launched by Google is also strict competition with pretty much the same feature set at a  considerably cheaper price. advertisementSony’s Xperia E3 and E3 Dual seem like a rushed attempt that comes in a bit short and a tad too late along the line.last_img read more

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DISCOVER THE 10th AUSTRALIAN MASTERS GAMES

first_imgSeriousSport and SeriousFun…The 10th Australian Masters Games. You see, while I’m living in Canberra now, I’m a South Australian at heart, having lived there for most of my life. So when told the Games were heading `home’ to Adelaide, I jumped at the change to chat with Games General Manager Lachlan Clark about the event and how it’s coming together. The Games are being held from October 7-16 this year, with preparations well underway for an expected participant base of well over 10,000 people. The last Australian Masters Games were held in Canberra and the Nations Capital certainly put on a show, I was involved in helping out with the running of the Touch competition and enjoyed the event and the atmosphere of the competition. Already though, Lachlan can see the 10th Games being even bigger and better. “Participant numbers are very good at this early stage. We are ahead of the 9th Australian Masters Games at the same stage and they ended up with 10,300 participants. We would really like to see the 10th Australian Masters Games the biggest Australian Masters Games ever. “Preparations are going extremely well. The Ceremonies program is complete, the planning for the Games centre is well underway and we have had some great assistance from the South Australian Government.” With over 10,000 participants logistics is always complicated and one great initiative that this year’s Games will see is that all accredited participants, accompanying people and volunteers will be able to travel free of charge on the existing Adelaide Metro public transportation network for the ten days of the Games. Competitors for the Australian Masters Games are largely from Australia itself, with about two thirds of the participants expected to travel from interstate for the event. However, Clark and his team have already had many international entrants from Guam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, and the USA In Canberra in 2003, the Games had 52 sports with this number jumping to a record 64 sports for the Adelaide event. “The increase in the number of sports means that there is indeed something for everyone. It is also an opportunity to have a go at multiple sports. If you have registered a team to play touch but you also want to bring your bike and have a bash at Mountain Biking, you can simply pay the sport fee associated with Mountain Biking and have a go,” said Lachlan. “The leading sport at the moment is Golf, which is expected as there is a maximum of 300 participants, so if you are interested in playing Golf at the Masters Games, get in early. The other big sports at the moment are Athletics, Basketball and Softball.” But what about Touch? Yes, I hear you asking! Well, according to Lachlan the competition is hot. “The Touch competition is looking great and the Touch venue is fantastic for the Games,” he said. “I play in a mixed comp on Thursday nights and Touch SA really has a great set up and they are very well organised. So far we have teams entered from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand so I think it is going to be a great competition.” It’s not just the sport that makes the Australian Masters Games an event not to be missed, but it is also the opportunity to enjoy the Games’ nightly entertainment and a chance to catch up with friends from around the country or meet new people. It’s not just about winning medals, but also about getting out and giving it a go. Lachlan also believes that for those from interstate and overseas, you can’t go past the sights of South Australia. And for a true-blue South Aussie like me, I agree with him. The 10th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide offer a fantastic opportunity to come and explore South Australia. One of the best things about visiting Adelaide is that most of the other 11 tourist regions of South Australia are no more than three hours drive away. Catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island and wander among the sea lions. Cycle through stunning valleys of vineyards on the 27km Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley. Cruise down the river on a paddle steamer in the Murraylands. Chug along on the infamous 115- year-old steam engine, the Pichi Richi, through some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery in the Flinders. Hire a limousine and experience the best wines in the world in style as you tour the Barossa Valley. Come out for the Games and at the same time discover the secrets of South Australia. If you would like any more info on the 10th Australian Masters Games check out www.AustralianMastersGames.com If you would like any more details on the Touch competition, contact Marianne Maguire from Touch SA on [email protected] or phone 08 8373 3222. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img
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Video: Michigan Musical Theater Grads Sang An Amazing Version Of “The Victors” During A Graduation Party

first_imgMichiganmusical theatre grads gather to sing a song.Michigan The VictorsMichigan’s “The Victors” is one of the most recognizable fight songs in college football, but we’re not sure if it’s ever been performed quite like this. This video emerged over the weekend, and it features 22 Michigan musical theatre grads doing their own rendition of “The Victors” at a graduation party. The footage was posted by Scott Orr yesterday. This version of the song is very different, and pretty impressive.  Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015last_img

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