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Tiggers for Christmas Melanie May | 9 December 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: christmas 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Thousands of children in the UK will receive a Tigger toy this Christmas, thanks to a partnership between In Kind Direct and Disney Store.Forty-six charities across London and the Home Counties, including hospices, nurseries and family welfare groups, will be receiving the soft toys from Disney Store this December, with parties and events organised to hand them out.Hornsey Lane Estate Community Association, which runs services to meet the needs of the local community and surrounding areas, is one organisation that will benefit from the scheme this year.Irene Winter, centre manager, said:“Our beneficiaries are from under privileged communities where In Kind Direct helps us to add a little bit of dignity to the lives of others. We will be using the Tigger soft toys for Christmas presents for all of the children using our services.”In Kind Direct redistributes usable products donated by UK manufacturers and retailers, such as overstock, cosmetically damaged goods, and end of line items, to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. Advertisement 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 www.thepurplepim.com.
Tractor Supply Company and Georgia 4-H have partnered to send kids to Georgia 4-H summer camps, and other 4-H competitions, through the annual Spring Paper Clover Campaign.Through the Paper Clover Campaign, customers donate $1 or more at checkout to support the endeavors of 4-H’ers across Georgia and the nation. Donations can be made in stores, online at www.tractorsupply.com and over the phone by calling Tractor Supply Company’s customer service number, 877-718-6750.Each spring and fall, Georgia 4-H and Tractor Supply Company hold in-store fundraisers at Tractor Supply Company locations statewide. This year’s campaign runs from Wednesday, April 11, to Sunday, April 22.Tractor Supply Company helps Georgia 4-H raise over $40,000 annually for programs that benefit 4-H’ers and communities around the state. This year’s donations will help send 4-H’ers to Georgia 4-H camps and provide them with opportunities to take part in other character- and leadership-building experiences.During the campaign, Georgia 4-H clubs will be at Tractor Supply Company locations around the state to greet customers as they arrive at the store.For more information about the campaign, visit www.tractorsupply.com/landing-pages_4-h_4h-tsc.
The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of innogy SE have not issued any recommendations to innogy’s shareholders on the voluntary public takeover offer of E.ON Verwaltungs SE.The decision follows an in-depth examination of the offer document, the boards said.Under the agreement reached in March, E.ON is to take over RWE’s 76.79% stake in innogy, whereas RWE is to obtain among other things all of E.ON’s major renewable energy activities and innogy’s renewable energy business, as well as a 16.67% minority stake in E.ON.On the basis of the information available and taking into account the fairness opinions of the investment banks involved, the boards regard the price per innogy share offered by E.ON to be fair in absolute terms. However, if the extensive exchange of business activities between E.ON and RWE are taken into consideration, the boards are not able to conclusively assess whether the offer price is fair for the minority shareholders, the statement said.“Due to private agreements between E.ON and RWE, we aren’t able to conclusively assess whether the offer price altogether is fair,” said Uwe Tigges, Chief Executive Officer of innogy SE.The boards also fear that innogy’s employees might suffer structural disadvantages compared with E.ON Group employees as part of an integration. Given these circumstances, the boards cannot support the transaction from the innogy employees’ point of view without additional safeguards in favour of employees.“Irrespective of the offer price, we are extremely concerned that the job cuts planned by E.ON will be unilaterally pursued to the disadvantage of the innogy employees. There has been some movement in the talks with E.ON, especially in the last few days. However, we will measure the success of the negotiations solely by whether innogy’s employees obtain binding and reliable commitments for a fair integration process,” Tigges said.The boards see the two companies as ”roughly of equal size in terms of market capitalisation, revenue and headcount”, and the company believes that there should be a legally binding agreement in place to ensure that the strengths of both companies are respected and that, where there are two people for one position, the most suitable employee ought to be chosen. The framework agreement should be monitored by an independent third party, the boards said.The proposed timeline of the takeover is also one of the reasons for concern, the boards pointed out.”According to the plans of E.ON and RWE, the potential transaction will not be closed until the end of 2019. That long period of time represents a considerable risk. E.ON thereby condones a situation where innogy’s employees will face uncertainty and qualified employees may leave the company in the time period until completion of the transaction,” the statement said.
…refuses to renew contract of former GMThe Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has a new General Manager, with the announcement being made on Tuesday that acting General Manager Eondrene Thompson has been elevated to the substantive position at the entity.Thompson, who acted in the position for some eight months, is the former substantive Finance Manager of the Gold Board. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2018. A statement from the GGB said the Board of Directors took a unanimous decision that the organisation needed to proceed in a new direction, under new leadership.New General Manager of the Guyana Gold Board, Eondrene Thompson“The Board holds in high regard the integrity, skills, and commitment of Miss Thompson to positioning and leading the organisation forward,” the release said.According to the Gold Board, Thompson has been at the Gold Board since March 2010 after a 15-year-stint at the Bank of Guyana.Non-renewalThompson takes over the position held by former General Manager, Lisaveta Ramotar, who along with her assistant Andrea Seelochan and legal officer Suzanne Bullen, were sent off on administrative leave in April 2017 to facilitate a Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) probe.While no charges for Ramotar ever came out of that probe, the release stated that the contracts for all three officers were left in an expired state.“In keeping with its visions of new direction and new leadership, the Board of Directors decided not to renew the contractual relationships,” the Board’s statement noted.Former GM Lisaveta RamotarRamotar had always professed her innocence in the fiasco. In a letter to SOCU, she had denied being involved in the alleged corruption in her entity.In the letter, Ramotar said: “I wish to assert strongly that I am absolutely innocent of any wrongdoings. I have discharged my duties at the Guyana Gold Board professionally and based on the important metric of declaration, it was under my tenure that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana obtained its highest ever declaration to date.”AllegationsShe also sought to clear up a number of issues that were influencing the probe. One such allegation was that embattled gold dealer Saddiqui Rasul sold gold several times per day using his mining company, indicating a washdown several times per day. However, Ramotar explained that the Guyana Gold Board was required to buy all gold presented to the organisation, not to verify production.As it relates to allegations that Rasul’s company did not pay the two per cent tax, Ramotar said under a regulation which she has seen, mining companies are not required to pay the two per cent Withholding Tax.Rasul was himself charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretence. He was accused of defrauding the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry $956 million.
Coláiste Ailigh held its annual Awards Ceremony last month on Thursday, 16th May with special guests and special moments for all the students and staff. This ceremony is one of the highlights of our school year where staff take the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the students in the same academic year.Guest speaker on the night was Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, who praised the achievements of students in both academia and extra-curricular activities. Other guest speakers on the night included Henry McGarvey of LYIT, Anne McHugh, CE of Donegal ETB and Dr Micheál Ó Gailín, past pupil of the school.The night was organised to celebrate the schools most successful year in Coláiste Ailigh’s history, with the school bringing six national titles back to Donegal, across a diverse range of activities from basketball to ladies soccer, and from science to music.See a collection of photos from the awards ceremony below…Proud moments at the Coláiste Ailigh Prize Giving – Picture Special was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should,Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should leave me out mate,” quipped coach Geoff Marsh who sat next to Roy Jr at the table. Seconds later, auctioneer Richard Madeley threw a white cricket ball into the basket, declaring Ganguly unsold, having failed to attract a single bid from any of the 10 franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he had fondly shaped four years ago with filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and his investors.Ganguly, watching the proceedings on television at his home, did not react on his Black Sunday. He later played a game of basketball with his daughter Sana and her friends and switched off his handset to avoid repeated calls from prying reporters who had gate-crashed his south Kolkata home.Almost 48 hours later, a crestfallen Ganguly told the owner of a sports channel, “I was dropped unceremoniously. It is sad and should not have happened; it is humiliating.” He was one of the icon players when Lalit Modi started the cash-rich league and held his usual, celebrity-infested reality auctions for low-brow television. Now, the same Ganguly was among the three of the 48 capped Indian players up for auction but who remained unsold, the others being Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. Worse for him and his supporters was the selection of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, both members of the 35-plus brigade.advertisement As the two-day bidding process got over, it was clear that Ganguly will not be playing in the fourth edition of the world’s richest cricket league. Subrata Roy made one last effort on January 12, faxing Ganguly an offer letter to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns the Pune Warriors team.It seemed like a backdoor call to get Ganguly into the IPL and many wondered whether it would be wise for Ganguly to accept such an offer at a time when KKR remains non-committal. “The decision was purely professional, our focus is on young players,” said KKR director Joy Bhattacharya. Agrees former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi, “How can Ganguly handle the Twenty20 pressures? He has not played competitive cricket for the last two years.â€? The veteran spinner found support from Anil Kumble, chief decision maker of Royal Challengers Bangalore, “It is the new reality of modern cricket. The franchises are looking at three years and not one year.”KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, who flew to South Africa a day before the start of the auction, merely told reporters in Durban that he would meet Ganguly on his return to ease tensions in Kolkata where fans threatened boycott of KKR matches. Though Ganguly’s supporters argued that the former Indian captain had immensely enhanced KKR’s brand value, the professional management brought in by the owners thought exactly the opposite. Come to think of it, wasn’t KKR the only franchise that didn’t have any of its owners at the auction?Yet, speculation continued as to why everyone ignored Ganguly. Members of some of the IPL teams confirmed that the former Indian captain’s backroom politics often created serious problems, both on and off the field. “He is a dangerous person to have in the dressing room, often instigating one player against another. And such politicking is routine with him. He comes with a lot of baggage,” remarked a KKR insider, adding, “Age was never an issue for dropping him. It was his attitude. Everyone in Indian cricket is aware of his dressing room politics.” Incidents of such tension between Ganguly and other players were evident during the previous IPL editions when Shah Rukh Khan had to replace him as the captain of the side with New Zealander Brendon McCullum.There were other reasons as well. Ganguly, despite being an integral part of KKR, had started discussing a possible shift to Pune Warriors months before IPL 4 was being planned. “He was being told by the KKR bosses that they would like to have him in a mentor’s role and groom the side but he would not play. He said nothing to that offer,” said Bhattacharya. Immediately after the weekend auction, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said: “It’s something he will have to think about and if he is interested, I couldn’t be happier.” A sulking Ganguly did not respond.For Pune Warriors, the issue was even trickier. Ganguly, long associated with the group, had played the Bengali card well enough with the Roys and was almost guaranteed a place in the side till Marsh played spoilsport and raised serious fitness and man-management issues. The coach, it is reliably learnt, also touched upon the issue of the fees that Ganguly, for reasons known best to him, suddenly raised to Rs 1.86 crore. But nothing was put on paper. Even the Sahara Group, which Ganguly till recently considered his safest batting ground, remained neutral in the blame game. “How can we take him when the chief coach and his juniors are totally against him? It is not as if all 10 franchises had gone to the auction with a mindset that the likes of Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Brian Lara were not to be touched. The coach is the best person to pick the side,” said Abhijit Sarkar of the Lucknow-based group.advertisementNo one disputes Sarkar. The fourth auction round, minus the glitz and glamour that accompanied the previous ones, predictably demolished all existing myths about the sport and business. Any sentimental value of legends up for auction was drowned within the first hour. There was a growing realisation that it is safer to invest in Indians than chase overseas mirages. Even Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir did not think he would lead the pack of multi-millionaires with a whopping $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore), followed by Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa $2.1 million (Rs 9.66 crore) and Rohit Sharma $2 million (Rs 9.20 crore). Three others-Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Saurabh Tiwari-are also not very far from the $2-million mark. “Contrasting these figures with the highest paid overseas player, Mahela Jayawardene ($1.5 million), and the other two foreigners, David Hussey and Dale Steyn, in the $1-million bracket, will give you an instant insight into the mindset of the moneybags controlling the franchises,” said Alan Wilkins, veteran cricket commentator with ESPN Star Sports, the world’s largest sport broadcaster, adding, “Remember Mahendra Singh Dhoni got $1.5 million in 2008 and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen’s price tag was $1.55 million the following year. Now you have a clutch of brash young kids bought for over $2 million each. This trend will continue in coming years as well, as this league is meant for youngsters.”Wilkins knows his IPL. The league is no longer an audacious and untested experiment where the portfolio concentration was on a high-risk, high-return strategy with teams built around a few stars. With the proportion of the budget used to buy the five most expensive players falling sharply, the IPL 4 auction was more about building winning selections than thirsting for marquee crowd-pullers. “It is like a mutual fund manager designing his equity portfolio. It’s obvious that IPL team owners will behave like venture capitalists,” said noted cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle. “Forget the stars and let’s focus on the unknowns whose valuations have soared in successive IPL auctions.” Bhogle pointed out that 20 players had seen a 10-time salary hike, eight saw their valuations increase between 500 and 1,000 per cent and 21 saw their valuations increase between 100 and 500 per cent since the cash-happy IPL started.advertisementExpectedly, the upshot in the new list of stars has forced some dropouts: Ganguly is one of them. Spare a teardrop for his farewell. No wonder, Kolkata’s widely circulated Ananda Bazar Patrika cryptically commented: “There’s no life after death.”
Kochi, Aug 7 (PTI) Cricketer S Sreesanth today said he is “grateful to God” after the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Sreesanth said he has started preparations for playing the game and his aim was to find a place in the Kerala cricket team.The Kerala Cricket Association said it would take a positive decision on Sreesanths bid to play in state cricket tournaments.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”It is to be noted that there are no incriminating evidence to pinpoint Sreesanths involvement in sport fixing deal,” the judge said. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict. PTI TGB BN
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Ashley makes honest admission to Woodwardby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley knows how he’s seen within the game.The Evening Chronicle says he dubbed himself ‘the most unpopular man in football’ in a meeting with Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward, according to a report.The Magpies recently earned a crucial 1-0 win over the Red Devils earlier this month as Matty Longstaff capped his Premier League debut with the winning goal.The win lifted Steve Bruce’s side out of the relegation zone and relieved the pressure that had been building on the Newcastle manager.The same cannot be said for Ashley, though, with Magpies fans growing tired of his unpopular 12-year reign.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – In the time it takes for a red light to turn green, Leonard Sciascia can get his sports bets made, turn around and head home.The 39-year-old man from New York City’s Staten Island runs his own business selling advice on which teams to bet on. But when he wants to take his own advice, he needs to leave home and cross the border into New Jersey — the only place near him where sports betting is legal.He drives across the Bayonne Bridge, stops at the first traffic light, logs in to his mobile betting account with playsugarhouse.com, make his bets, turns around and drives back home. The whole process takes 25 minutes, door to door. He considers the $6.50 toll part of the price of doing business.“I’m looking at (betting) lines all day,” Sciascia said. “If I see something I like, I jump in my car and go.”Sports betting is all over the New York area — on the airwaves, billboards, train station ads and publications. But in order to actually place a legal sports bet, gamblers have to be within New Jersey’s borders. It’s the only game in, or rather near, town right now for people in New York and Pennsylvania who want to bet for the Philadelphia Eagles, against the New York Giants, or a thousand other options.So they travel into New Jersey.Some drive across bridges, or through tunnels. Some take a PATH train under the Hudson River from New York City into Jersey City or Hoboken. And some even ride their bicycles just over halfway across the George Washington Bridge, hoping the geolocation technology on their smartphones will realize they’re in New Jersey, however briefly it might be.And it’s all perfectly legal, as long as they are physically in New Jersey. They can bet in person at most Atlantic City casinos, as well as at racetracks in East Rutherford and Oceanport, New Jersey. Or they can bet anywhere in the state on their mobile devices.FanDuel says 9 per cent of its sports book customers live in New York and 4 per cent live in Pennsylvania. DraftKings has a similar breakdown, and says about 10 per cent of its active customers visit New Jersey from other states to place bets.Maurice Shalam travels each Sunday morning from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where he catches a train into New Jersey.“I’ll get off the train and stand right in the station, a few steps from where I got off, take out my phone, do my bets right there, and go back home,” he said. The 30-minute round trip across the river and back, along with the $5.50 fare, is just part of the price of playing, he said.The 23-year-old uses the FanDuel and DraftKings mobile apps, depending on whose odds are better that day.“I’m a big ‘over’ guy,” he said, referring to a bet that the total number of points scored in by both teams in a football game will exceed a certain number. “I bet a lot on the Chiefs and the over this year, and I’m doing pretty well with that.”New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting if they choose. So far, only five do: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi, but others are considering it, and Pennsylvania is about to join soon.Since New Jersey began taking sports bets in mid-June, over $336 million has been wagered on spots in New Jersey.Laurence Berner lives in Philadelphia but works in a Trenton, New Jersey, rail yard for Amtrak. He places his bets during his morning rest break.Pennsylvania will begin allowing sports bets in a few weeks, but for now, New Jersey is the only option for the 31-year-old Berner, who makes $5 bets on eight-team parlay cards that pay off hundreds of dollars — providing he picks all eight games correctly. Two weeks ago he won $895 on one such bet.“It’ll definitely be easier when it comes to Pennsylvania, but for now, I’m at work in New Jersey, so I can do it there,” he said.For fellow Pennsylvania resident Anthony Tonzelli, sports betting is his job. The 44-year-old professional gambler from Bensalem crosses the Ben Franklin or Burlington-Bristol bridges over the Delaware River into New Jersey five days a week to make sports bets — lots of them. He has made $380,000 worth of sports bets since August, and is down about $3,000 since then.“This is just like going to a job for me,” he said. “Driving over the bridge and paying a toll really doesn’t matter when you’re putting $300 on a game,” said Tonzelli, who estimates he bets $5,000 a week on sports.Sometimes he’ll sit at a bar or restaurant and watch how his picks did; other times he’ll continue east to Atlantic City and play poker there. And when sports betting starts in Pennsylvania, Tonzelli still envisions himself crossing into New Jersey whenever the odds on a particular game are better.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of DraftKings users crossing into New Jersey is 10 per cent, not 20 per cent.