Lions 2013 Player Profile: Rory Best

first_img On the move: Rory Best makes a break during Ireland’s opening Six Nations win over Wales in CardiffA SHOCK omission from Warren Gatland’s original squad, Best was called up after Dylan Hartley’s verbal assault on referee Wayne Barnes in the Aviva Premiership final saw the hooker banned for 11 weeks, the Saint turned sinner ending his tour before it had even begun. Best was far more disciplined in his domestic final, although he couldn’t help Ulster overcome Leinster to lift the RaboDirect Pro12, and has proved to be a consistent performer since making his Ireland debut in 2005.WHY SELECTEDHe was unlucky not to be one of the 37 players announced on 30 April for he has probably been the most consistent hooker in the British Isles for the past three seasons. An accurate lineout thrower, a strong scrummager and a valued leader he is a strong addition to the Lions squad.TEST PROSPECTSGatland has already said that Best now has a chance to make the Test team following his call-up, so it’s clear the coaches appreciate the quality of play the Irishman can bring to the tour. He’s vastly more experienced than Richard Hibbard and Tom Youngs, but needs to show he can contribute as much in the loose as he does in the tight because his rivals for the No 2 shirt are effective with ball in hand.GREATEST DAYLeading Ireland to victory over Scotland in March 2012. Not only was he captain for the impressive 32-14 win at Murrayfield but he also contributed the first of Ireland’s four tries.IF HE WERE A FOODCheese – reliable choice, late addition to menu.New Lion: Best training in Hong KongFAST FACTS Odds for Test team 4-1Club UlsterAge 30 (15 August 1982)Born CraigavonDimensions 5ft 11in & 17st 4lbCountry IrelandTest caps 67Test points 35 (seven tries) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NOT FOR FEATURED Every 2013 Lions player is profiled in the July edition of Rugby World, with Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan giving his verdict on each member of the squad. Pick up your copy when it goes on sale on 4 June.last_img read more

Apopka business networking group celebrates two-year anniversary

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT And where is the Apopka Chamber? Just wondering. .. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply It seems like only yesterday a small group of business people started meeting for breakfast, and from that get-together, a larger network emerged and kept the monthly meeting going for two years.The Apopka Business to Business Meet & Greet was founded in March 2015 by local businessmen Harold Koppe, of Allways Promo, and Glen Savill, from China Import Services. The two felt there was a need for local businesses to meet regularly to share ideas and network in the Apopka area.  Bubbalou’s BBQ is where they have met since their first meeting, and monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8.30am.The Meet and Greet has grown considerably over the past two years as word got out and according to Savill, “attendees have included business people, city officials, and interested citizens.  We welcome anyone that would like to join us.”  In addition to networking, the meetings also offer businesses an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group, make a full presentation over breakfast or just exchange contact information.With help from Dexter Chase of We Insure on Facebook, the group has grown to over 200 unique visitors over the past two years.  Dexter says “it’s a great way to introduce your business to other local people and build relationships that lead to growth without the requirements and limitations of a formal networking group”.Debbie Turner of the Debbie Turner Cancer Care and Resource Center states that “Through this organization, our services have been provided to 3 additional families and many participants have added support to our fundraising events.  I even had my home remodeled by Ron at Enfinger Services.”The group has a Special Guest Speaker at the next meeting, Tuesday, March 7th to celebrate its two-year anniversary. Nancy Muenzway currently serves as the Director of Business Opportunity Programs for the Lake-Sumter State College and consults with the East Lake County Chamber of Commerce who has also been a great resource for the group. Joyce Brocker UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Previous articleFlorida Autism Center serves Apopka familiesNext articleMore than 40 restaurants closing in 2017 Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR February 22, 2017 at 7:49 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

HMRC publishes new CD toolkit to help charities boost Gift Aid income

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 21 October 2008 | News Tagged with: HMRC legacies  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a new CD toolkit to help charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) boost their income through Gift Aid.It contains clear, basic ./guidance, templates, an interactive claim form and other materials to help charities and CASCs get started with Gift Aid and use Gift Aid in a variety of fundraisingsituations.The toolkit is one of a number of measures for charities that were outlined in the 2008 Budget by the Chancellor.David Richardson Director of Charities, Assets and Residence at HMRC, said: “I hope that the Toolkit will encourage more charities – especially the smaller ones – to take up Gift Aid and boost their income. We have worked with charities to develop the Toolkit which should reduce administrative burdens. Our aim is to make Gift Aid easy for all charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs by providing the tools and ./guidance to help them at every step.”The new Toolkit can be obtained by calling HMRC Charities on 08453 020 203 or e-mailing [email protected]/incometax/relief-gift-aid.htm AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 HMRC publishes new CD toolkit to help charities boost Gift Aid incomelast_img read more

New Race for Life campaign launches to encourage wider participation

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 5 March 2019 | News New Race for Life campaign launches to encourage wider participation There are four films: one 30-second advert and three 10-second adverts. The shorter spots, which hero individual characters from the longer film, will also be used across social and digital. Out of home will feature the iconic Race for Life back signs with inspiring slogans such as “We don’t break records. We beat cancer” and “Everyone wins this race (except cancer)”, while radio adverts will spoof interviews between sports presenters and athletes.Sarah Pickersgill, Head of Events Marketing at Cancer Research UK, said:“Our new campaign puts our amazing Race for Life participants and the cause right at the heart. We want everyone to feel inspired and know that you don’t need to be fittest or fastest, and every penny you raise, whether it’s £10 or £100, helps fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into more than 200 cancers.” Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Race For Life  749 total views,  5 views today Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone to ‘Join the Race for Life’ this year, in a new ad campaign for the event by creative agency Anomaly.Race for Life has raised £860 million over the past 25 years. This year it has been revamped to let men participate for the first time and to include new events. As well as the original 5K and 10K, participants can also now choose a Pretty Muddy obstacle course in both distances as well as a Pretty Muddy Kids course.To encourage more people to consider taking part, the ad campaign celebrates “ordinary people doing something extraordinary”, showing that anyone can make a difference, not just the athletic, rich and famous.The ad, directed by Indy8 director Jake Dypka, launched on 1 March and features a diverse cast to represent the diversity and energy of Race for Life events. It will be seen on television, on video on demand, radio, outdoor, digital, PR, and social media. Advertisement  750 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 [youtube height=”450″width=”800″][/youtube]last_img read more

Trump, Russia and the Democrats: The enemy is at home

first_imgAs the inauguration of the president-elect approaches, the popular movement that has arisen to oppose his reactionary program is facing a vital political decision.The most important first step for this movement is to reject the attempt to focus the criticism of the new president on the alleged “outside intervention” in the U.S. election.The question facing anti-racist and anti-war activists who side with the working class is how to work with this new movement to keep it from being diverted by powerful forces within the capitalist system in a pro-militarist direction.The movement sprung up almost spontaneously in reaction to the unexpected election of Donald Trump. It spans a broad spectrum of political views, including Hillary Clinton supporters on the right and Bernie Sanders’ supporters, migrant and Black Lives Matter activists, unionists and others more to the left.Had Clinton won, many of these people might have stayed passive and accepted her presidency. That they are afraid or angry enough now to fight against Trump, however, provides an opportunity that left radical forces must not ignore.The president-elect’s rhetoric alone encourages racism, misogyny, Islamophobia and immigrant bashing. In alliance with the Republican Congress, he threatens reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, medical care for poor women and poor people in general, public education, Social Security, Medicare and the rights of workers to join labor unions, while his climate-change denials endanger the environment.Attempt to divert movement and attack RussiaWhen the Democratic Party leaders, the corporate media and the imperialist spy agencies focus withering attacks on alleged “Russian hacking,” blaming this for Clinton’s loss, this allows the Democrats to avoid confronting the Republicans on these other issues. It is exactly these issues that concern U.S. workers and all oppressed people and why they want to fight the new administration tooth and nail.By blaming Russia for their defeat, the Democratic Party leaders, including Hillary Clinton, divert the movement from their own failures. Released email exposed their sabotage of the more pro-worker Bernie Sanders’ campaign. In the unlikely event that’s why Clinton lost the election, the Democrats are responsible.But the attacks on Russia are parroted by establishment liberals like Bill Moyers and by spokespeople for groups like that have a role in the fight against Trump. Their anti-Russian statements impose this issue on the new movement.More revolutionary forces should expose the hypocrisy behind the anti-Russian position and convince the new movement to oppose deploying NATO troops on the Russian border and increasing economic sanctions on Russia. These are pretexts for a new arms race.Look inside the U.S., not to Russia, to see why the election is undemocratic. The Electoral College system, which the Democrats haven’t fought, handed the election to Trump, even though Clinton had nearly 3 million more votes.Then there are voting obstacles the Republicans have thrown up that disenfranchise African-American voters and naturalized U.S. citizens, poor people, prisoners, young people and more who don’t have “official” identification. Even though the Democrats would get most of those votes, they chose not to do battle on those issues. The Democratic leaders know that more poor people’s votes push electoral politics to the left.Some good signsFortunately, not only the revolutionary media — like Workers World — are exposing the anti-Russian offensive. Progressive journalists who have historic credibility in this new movement are also responding.Investigative reporter Robert Parry, who broke many of the 1980s’ Iran-Contra stories, wrote an article Dec. 13 with the headline “Hypocrisy Behind Russian Election Frenzy.” ( Solomon, co-founder of, wrote an article criticizing progressive media that repeated uncritically what the spy agencies and corporate media shouted. Its headline was “Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy.” (, Democratic Party leaders continue to use the anti-Russian offensive to join Republicans like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham and all the so-called neocons who provoked the aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria in the first place. This includes Hillary Clinton.They threaten to charge Trump with treason. To some this seems a relatively easy way to push him aside and join a dangerous bandwagon that raises the spectre of a nuclear war.This must be battled within the movement. Not only Trump, but the Democratic establishment promises nothing to those targeted by the new administration. The revolutionary left must be shoulder to shoulder with the people against Trumpism, and bring to all in the new movement the lesson that their fight must stay independent of both capitalist parties.Not just the Trump forces but Democratic Party leaders are also the foes of the workers and oppressed peoples in the U.S. and in the world. The enemy is at home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New Orleans: Mass rally confronts racists over Confederate monuments

first_imgSome 1,200 people came out on May 7 for a loud and proud “second line” celebration of the demand to remove all symbols of white supremacy in New Orleans. In New Orleans parades, the second line of dancers or marchers come in behind the official first line.For six decades anti-racist, civil rights activists in New Orleans have been demanding removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Take ‘Em Down NOLA renewed this fight leading to a City Council resolution in 2015. The fight waged on, however; finally, the city took down one in the middle of the night, claiming it was unsafe to do so in daylight.The march was led by veterans of this struggle, who walked the entire route. They carried banners calling for “Power to the people” and “Bury white supremacy,” along with giant enlargements of Rev. Avery Alexander and of Capetown, South Africa, students toppling statues of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes.This took place May 7 despite violent threats from fascist Nazis and KKK vermin, claiming they were coming to New Orleans to do battle to keep the racist monuments, and despite the city asking Take ‘Em Down NOLA to cancel its demonstration.Resolute and organized, the “second line,” with chanting and a brass band, marched from Congo Square through the French Quarter to the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument. All along the route both Black and white residents and tourists cheered the march.City gov’t uses violence threat as pretextTake ‘Em Down NOLA has said the city has falsely used threats of violence to justify middle-of-the-night removal and no ceremony. The city’s statement shows that New Orleans’ white capitalist establishment wants the masses excluded so no new civil rights struggle arises.Wesley Lynch III, a 25-year-old unemployed African American, told the May 6 New York Times that the statues are “living symbols of a social order that, from his experience, wanted people like him to rise only so far.“They’re putting that image right in our face and saying, ‘Blacks at the bottom, whites at the top,’ That’s what they’re saying.”The white ruling class loves the food and culture of New Orleans, but hates the masses. The last thing they want is for the people to make the connection between the white supremacy of the Confederacy and the white supremacy of New Orleans today.After the first removal, racists and fascists were allowed into the city. Despite an ordinance that bans firearms from protests, the cops let them carry loaded machine guns and pistols for weeks as they camped out around monuments. This created a tense situation in the majority Black city, and it created several spontaneous confrontations.In this situation Take ‘Em Down NOLA called for an open celebration in the streets. The group decided to walk a traditional New Orleans second line, this time to “Bury white supremacy.” It was called for May 7, the last day of Jazz Fest, which is an annual giant tourist attraction, the darling of New Orleans’ tourism capitalists.The racists responded by calling for reinforcements. Calling the confrontation “the second battle of New Orleans,” they drew in an assortment of around 150 violent KKK and Nazis. The city blasted the threat of violence on local media to try to discourage people from coming to the celebration.They put an equal sign between Take ‘Em Down and the racists.  The media portrayed the conflict as those for or against monuments, rather than as between civil rights activists and Klan scum.None of this stopped over 1,200 New Orleanians from taking to the streets to celebrate the people’s victory. TEDNOLA leaders encouraged the crowd to not be intimidated, and led them to the Lee statue where the racists were posted all morning.Intimidated by the numbers and confidence of the crowd, the racists avoided attacking the parade and instead fought among themselves. TEDNOLA claimed its territory, moving barricades up to the monument to address the crowd.Take ‘Em Down NOLA is planning a national conference.For more information and to support, see thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Three men arrested in Derry after cross border chase

first_img Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Three men arrested in Derry after cross border chase Google+ Three men have been arrested in Derry following an incident in which a van collided with police vehicles on both sides of the border.The incident began in the Carranbane Walk area of Shantallow this morning.Police in Derry say that at approximately 9.30, yesterday morning  it was reported that a number of men had tried to gain access to a house and then rammed a car parked at the property before driving off.A short time later a van collided with a police car causing extensive damage.The white van, which had a Donegal registration, then crossed the border and was involved in a further collision with two Garda vehicles responding to a request for assistance.The van collided with a parked Garda vehicle in Muff. Thirty minutes later it hit another unmanned Garda car at Manorstowncross near Burnfoot. Both Gardai vehicles were extensively damaged, but no-one was injured.The van then crossed back over the border, and was finally stopped by PSNI officers on the Groarty Road, and three people aged 26,32 and 33 were arrested.Detectives at Strand Road are investigating. Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Newsx Adverts Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Previous articleAlzheimer Society stresses need for social interractionNext article26 people have died from Pseudomonas in the North in past four years News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest By News Highland – February 15, 2012 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal bucks national trend with January Live Register increase

first_imgNews Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook By News Highland – February 3, 2011 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Previous articlePearse Doherty accused of misleading public on his educationNext articleGardai investigate Buncrana armed robbery News Highland Donegal bucks national trend with January Live Register increase Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The number on the Live Register in Donegal last month increased, in contrast to the national figure,  which saw a slight fall.There were 21,835 people on the Live Register in Donegal at the end of January, 123 up on the previous month, and 362 up on the figure for January 2010.Month on month, the highest percentage increase was recorded in Killybegs, with 1,296 on the register, up almost 7%.There were 2,289 people signing on in Ballybofey at the end of January, up 1% on the December figure. Donegal Town also saw an increase of 1%, with 1,453 on the register there.In Letterkenny, the increase was 0.6%, with 6,005 people signing on, while there were 4,938 people signing on in Buncrana, an increase of just 0.1%.The remaining three offices in Donegal saw a slight fall in the numbers signing on, with 1,597 on the register in Ballyshannon, down 1%, 1,650 in Dunfanaghy, also down 1% and 2,207 in Dungloe, down 0.3%. Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Funeral takes place of “a man who could rename a city”

first_img Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Mourners at the funeral of BBC broadcaster Gerry Anderson were told today that he was “a man who knew who he was” and “a man who could rename a city”.Requiem Mass for the radio presenter was held at St Eugene’s Cathedral, in his home of Derry/Londonderry – the place he renamed “stroke city”.The award winning broadcaster, who died on Tursday after a long illness started his 30-year career in the city, working as a radio presenter at Radio Foyle in 1984. He was 69. By admin – August 24, 2014 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire News Twitter Previous articleRamelton kidney recipient wins four medals at Transplant GamesNext articleDonegal Marathon hailed a huge success admin Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Funeral takes place of “a man who could rename a city” Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Family home in Glenfin burgled

first_img Google+ Family home in Glenfin burgled Gardai are warning homeowners in Glenfin to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity as there was a number of break-ins in the Reelin Bridge area yesterday.Out of one of the houses that was burgled cheques, cash, a laptop, a digital camera and the family car was stolen.The robbery is believed to have happened between 5am and 6am.Bernie Bonnar, who’s car, amognst other items was taken, says no-one in her house heard anything….[podcast][/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous article20-year-old man jailed for robbing two schools and OAPNext articleNew Mills womans new life after life saving operation News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook By News Highland – April 2, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more