A Christmas charity campaign has raised an incredible €4,250 to support services for parents who suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.The EverGlow Project by Christmas Spirit LK was launched in 2018 to raise awareness of miscarriage via a powerful video.The heartbreaking film brought the silent grief of miscarriage to the fore. It made a large impact online, with over 100,000 people watching the Donegal-made production. EverGlow, directed by Charlie Doherty and starring local actors Jason Daly and Eavan Hennessy, charts the raw experience of a young couple who fall pregnant and must tragically deal with a miscarriage.Watch the film below:A fundraising campaign was linked to the video for anyone who was moved by the subject and wanted to support women and couples in grief.A donation of €3,250 has been made to the Gynaecology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital to help toward a special local project. Pete Rose from Christmas Spirit LK presenting a cheque to staff of LUH Gynecology UnitA second donation of €1,000 will be made to Nurture Health, an Irish counselling and training support service for women and partners dealing with difficulties with conception, pregnancy and childbirth.Money donated to Nurture Health will be used to start a special first of its kind hardship fund for couples and people who have suffered the loss of a child.This is the second successful Christmas Spirit LK campaign, led by local man Pete Rose. The goodwill project has raised almost €12,000 for local charities in the past six years.Powerful ‘EverGlow’ charity project raises €4,250 was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:christmas spirit LKdonationeverglow
SAN DIEGO — When the Giants named Farhan Zaidi the franchise’s president of baseball operations last November, Zaidi was immediately afforded the luxury of time.Ownership did not expect him to build a winning product overnight, giving Zaidi the flexibility to take chances on bargain additions over the winter instead of pursuing high-dollar, high-profile targets.As the calendar turns to July, time is no longer on Zaidi’s side.The Giants enter the month with a 36-47 record and a farm system …
It’s been a week since the 2019 World Cup started and joint-favourites India begin their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.India will be hoping to begin their campaign on a high and they start as favourites against battered and depleted South Africa who have already lost two in two in World Cup 2019.India are relatively fresh, considering their big boys of world cricket had close to 2 weeks of rest after Indian Premier League 2019.South Africa need to step up but as captain Faf du Plessis has put it, the Proteas have quite a lot of problems, predominantly injury concerns as they are in desperate need to get their campaign back on track.Recent formSouth Africa warmed up well to World Cup 2019, posting 338 vs Sri Lanka and beating the former champions by 87 runs in their first warm-up. However, Faf du Plessis’ men have had a horror start to their tournament proper.South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs in the World Cup 2019 opener by England. The hosts posted 311/8 and skittled the Proteas out for 207 after some of their star batsmen, including du Plessis, Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram failed with the bat.On Sunday, South Africa were handed a shock defeat by Bangladesh who took their weakened bowling attack to the cleaners, posting 330 on the board. South Africa lost the match by 21 runs, thereby registering their worst-ever start to a World Cup campaign.India, on the other hand, haven’t played a lot of ODI cricket in the lead-up to the World Cup. India had lost an ODI series 3-2 to Australia at home before IPL 2019. In the warm-ups, India thrashed Bangladesh 95 runs after hundreds from KL Rahul and MS Dhoni.advertisementPitch prediction – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton734 runs were scored when England hosted Pakistan in an ODI game last month. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton has been a batting paradise in the recent past but batsmen need to be wary of overcast conditions predicted for Wednesday.A green pitch is not going to be on offer for India vs South Africa but the surface had been under the covers on the eve of the big clash. Expect both teams to pack their teams with a few seamers for the Southampton match.Match predictionIndia’s top-order is vulnerable against swing bowling in overcast conditions but expect them to play safe cricket through the period and post a 300-plus total on Wednesday if they are sent in to bat. South Africa have lost Dale Steyn to an injury and will be without Lungi Ngidi for Wednesday’s clash after the pacer suffered a hamstring strain.The Proteas certainly lack the firepower to overcome India in the latter’s opening game but Pakistan taught us the other day that the “favourite” tag counts for nothing in World Cups.Predicted playing XIs – India vs South AfricaWhile South Africa have been battered by injury concerns, India’s injury issues seem to be getting better. Kedar Jadhav seems to be fit and is likely to return to the playing XI to add that bit of balance and flexibility Virat Kohli loves.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav.South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.Also Read | Feeling bad for Dale Steyn: Virat Kohli on South Africa pacer’s World Cup-ending injuryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso See:
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.
Players in the tourism industry are being urged to show appreciation to their workers, who have been and continue to be critical to the success of the sector.The Ministry of Tourism is taking a lead role in this regard by identifying and rewarding first-class service through its annual Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA).Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the commitment to service excellence has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s appeal as a premier tourist destination.He notes that Jamaica’s impressive 42 per cent repeat-visitor rate is a testament to “the yeoman service” being provided by hotel workers and which should “never be taken for granted”.“The service is what keeps visitors coming back again and again. Whether an individual is travelling for business or pleasure, the level of customer service that visitors receive on their trip will help determine whether they come back for another visit or warn friends to stay away based on bad experience,” he points out.“I am proud to say that it is the top-quality service that keeps bringing visitors back to the destination and distinguishes Jamaica from the rest of the competition,” he adds.Mr. Bartlett says it is very important for everyone in tourism, from the most senior person to those who work at the most junior level, to understand that doing a great job adds value to the product that visitors pay to enjoy.He notes for example, the members of the Red Cap Porters Association, who he says, have for decades been the bedrock of the industry’s success. The porters assist persons arriving and departing from the airport.“Now, these are the people who are among the first point of contact for a guest visiting Jamaica. That first point of contact is very important as, usually, that is where that first impression is formed. That, right there, can be critical as it relates to the overall experience of that guest while in Jamaica,” the Minister notes.He commends those entities that take the time to recognise and encourage their team members.“I am a strong proponent of programmes that reward excellence. They help to raise the bar in service as well as drive a sense of ownership and pride throughout the sector. In doing so, they also foster national development,” he says.Mr. Bartlett says that at this year’s TSEA, “we will roll out the red carpet for those outstanding individuals and organisations that have made an exemplary contribution to the sector”.“The TSEA are an integral part of my Ministry’s efforts to raise our tourism sector’s competitiveness by motivating stakeholders to create compelling experiences and adopt best practices,” he notes, adding that it is a great way to show appreciation for those who make visitors “keep wanting to come back to Jamaica”.A total of 21 persons and entities will vie for honours at the TSEA slated for Saturday (March 17) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.They were selected from 126 nominees and cover the regions of Ocho Rios, Negril, Kingston, the south coast and Montego Bay.The semi-finalists, who represent various categories within the industry, including accommodation, ground transportation, attractions and the craft industry, were chosen by a panel of judges based on their performance during 2017, following a series of evaluations and interviews.Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDC), Andrew Spencer, says development of human capital is the surest way for tourism to maximise its full potential.“People represent the strongest link in this tourism chain. We want to continue to lift the standard of our already creative people; therefore, we often create programmes that place emphasis on our people,” he notes.For his part, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, General Manager of Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, which recently had its annual awards function to recognise workers, says showing such appreciation for quality service cannot be understated.“While it is important to stay ahead of the competition and do all that is necessary to ensure that the work gets done, we can never forget to say ‘thank you’ to the staff and the people that make tourism possible,” Mr. Kosvogiannis notes.“We here at Melia Braco are a hotel that has accomplished greatness, luxury, recognition, and is run especially well and exclusively by Jamaicans. This is something we are also proud about,” he points out. Players in the tourism industry are being urged to show appreciation to their workers, who have been and continue to be critical to the success of the sector. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the commitment to service excellence has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s appeal as a premier tourist destination. He notes for example, the members of the Red Cap Porters Association, who he says, have for decades been the bedrock of the industry’s success. The porters assist persons arriving and departing from the airport. Story Highlights
APTN National NewsTo say it was a tough weekend in Nunavut would be an understatement.A man in one Nunavut community was shot by RCMP.In another nearby community, an RCMP officer was charged with sexual assault.And as APTN’s Kent Driscoll tells us Nunavut’s RCMP commander is concerned with the type of calls coming in
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A private equity firm emerged Tuesday as the winning bidder for the Weinstein Co., the studio forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.The Weinstein Co. announced in a statement that no other bidder made a better offer than Dallas-based Lantern Capital, which made a “stalking-horse” bid last month to pay $310 million in cash for the Weinstein Co.’s assets. The emergence of another qualified bidder would have triggered an auction leading to higher sale price.The sale is subject to approval by a Delaware bankruptcy court, which has set a sale hearing for next week. The sale faces numerous objections that must be resolved, some from actors including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt, who claim they are owed profit participation from projects.The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy in March, succumbing to a fate it had tried to avoid since the scandal that forced Harvey Weinstein’s ouster as CEO in October. Some 80 women, including prominent actresses, have accused Harvey Weinstein of misconduct ranging from rape to harassment.The New York company’s primary assets are a lucrative 277-film library, a television production business, and an unreleased film portfolio that includes four distribution-ready films and other projects in various stages of development.Lantern also has agreed to assume about $125 million in project-related debt and to cover obligations related to the assumption of certain contracts and leases.“We are honoured by the board’s recognition and acceptance of Lantern’s planned acquisition,” Lantern said in statement.The company said it was “committed to providing premier content with a diverse workforce and a safe environment founded on a culture of respect and creativity.”In a last-minute twist, a company formed by Broadway producer Howard Kagan made an offer Tuesday, asking for an extension to complete due diligence. But the Weinstein Co. declined to consider the bid, saying it lacked “a purchase agreement, a financing commitment, a deposit, or a number of other requirements for a qualified bid.”Kagan’s offer had the support of five women who have filed a class action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. In a statement, the plaintiffs said they opposed the sale to Lantern because it contained no guarantee of a settlement fund for Weinstein’s accusers.In a letter, Kagan outlined a plan that would have included $25 million, along with 4 per cent of the equity of the company, for a fund for Weinstein’s accusers. He also proposed a cash payment of $5 million plus 1 per cent of the equity in the new company for employees and former employees with claims against Weinstein.“What really should happen here is that the company should be sold in a way that the victims are taken care of,” Kagan told The Associated Press.Kagan, a former hedge fund manager-turned-Broadway-producer, often works alongside his wife, Janet. They won Tony Awards for the 2013 revival of “Pippen” and the 2012 revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Their most recent foray onto Broadway ended disastrously. Having taken “Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812” to Broadway with Josh Groban, the Kagans faced criticism over how they handled replacing the pop singer.Lantern has been in talks for months about acquiring The Weinstein Co. It had been part a group of investors led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet that had been involved in long and ultimately unsuccessful negotiations to buy the company.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Weinstein Co.’s employees, had urged any bidders for the company to include compensation for the victims.“From the start, we’ve underscored the importance of adequately compensating victims, protecting current employees, and ensuring that wrongdoers are not rewarded,” said Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for Schneiderman’s office. “We’ll continue to push for those critical goals.”
Mumbai: Singer Akriti Kakar says she composed “Jobless” from her personal experience, and was pleasantly surprised when director Tigmanshu Dhulia decided to include the song in “Milan Talkies”. Akriti has sung the song with Sukriti and Prakriti. “I had composed ‘Jobless’ from a personal experience for my then boyfriend and now husband. I wrote the lyrics out of relatability saying ‘I feel jobless when he goes out of town and doesn’t pay attention to me, how I keep looking at my phone all day for it to ring, anticipating a message from him’,” Akriti said in a statement. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “But I guess these are the side effects of love and even though we know how it drives us crazy, we still love being in love. The song mysteriously reached Tigmanshu Sir and he contacted me two years ago saying he would like to include it in his film ‘Milan Talkies’ whenever it would be made,” she added. The singer was left speechless. “He told me he will create a situation for the song in his film, and made me realise how fond he was of the song. I am overjoyed since it was going to be my first song for a film composed, written and sung by me. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “For me, it has been such a ‘pinch me’ experience, especially because I had not created this song keeping in mind a film but from personal experience…it’s a really special feeling,” she added. Talking about the song, Dhulia said: “Every love story has to have a breezy love song but I wanted something else instead of a duet. I thought the girl should express what she feels after she has fallen in love.” “Milan Talkies” is a love story set against the backdrop of single-screen theatres. It stars Ali Fazal and Shraddha Srinath, and is slated to release on March 15.