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Why I think the National Grid share price can help you get rich

first_img The National Grid (LSE: NG) share price is hardly the most exciting blue-chip stock. However, it’s one of the most predictable operations in the FTSE 100. I think this predictability is one of the company’s most attractive qualities.Today, I’m going to explain why I reckon this can help you get rich and retire early.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Slow and steady  The National Grid manages the bulk of England’s electricity distribution network. The company is highly regulated and owns a portfolio of valuable assets, which are crucial for the UK’s national security and energy independence.What’s more, replicating this network would be virtually impossible. It would cost hundreds of billions of pounds and require years of legal wrangling. As a result, the company has a considerable competitive advantage. This makes the National Grid share price highly attractive, in my opinion. The unique nature of the group’s operations means that it’s unlikely to face any significant competition. That makes the firm’s bottom line relatively predictable. At the same time, the organisation is investing in its US network. This is the growth part of the business. National Grid already controls most of the UK distribution market, which limits the group’s potential for growth. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the company’s growth is just getting started.Management is investing billions in the US to grow its presence in the market. The investment should help the company’s bottom line to continue to expand for the foreseeable future.Time to buy the National Grid share price? All of the above suggests the National Grid share price can produce steady, growing returns for investors over the long term. As such, I reckon the stock could be a great addition to any retirement portfolio. The best retirement investments are those which investors can buy and forget. There are only a handful of companies I’d trust to look after my money on a multi-decade horizon. The National Grid share price is one of those.The company’s competitive advantages should protect its income stream and dividend to investors. At current prices, the stock supports a dividend yield of 5.4%, that’s extremely attractive in the current interest rate environment. Even if the stock doesn’t produce any capital returns over the next decade, thanks to the power of compound interest, this dividend yield could help you build your financial nest egg.According to my figures, an initial investment of £10,000 with subsequent monthly investments of £200 would be worth £426,000 after 40 years. That’s assuming an average annual interest rate of 5.4% and the reinvestment of all dividends. Based on these figures, I reckon the National Grid share price can help you get rich and retire early. Therefore, it could be worth including the stock in a diversified retirement portfolio today. 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Image source: Getty Images Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. If you are looking for other investments to include alongside National Grid in your retirement portfolio, some of our favourite investments on the market right now are outlined in the free report below. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 30th August, 2020 | More on: NG Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Dangerous ‘horror’ location transformed into refugee welcome center

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Dangerous ‘horror’ location transformed into refugee welcome center Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET A night time rescue of refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos.Photo: United Society[Anglican Communion News Service] A dangerous “horror” location on the Greek island of Lesbos has been turned into a 24-hour reception center offering shelter, food and medical care to vulnerable refugees. The work has been carried out by the church-based Lighthouse Refugee Relief (LRR) agency using funds provided through the Anglican mission agency United Society’s Rapid Response Appeal.The center is located in the Korakas area of north-east Lesbos, where hundreds of refugees are arriving daily by boat, tired, hungry and often traumatized.The LRR is running the center at night while other organization operate it during the day. “The immediate effect of providing help to those arriving at night was obvious,” LRR volunteer coordinator Henry Hartley said. “Our presence meant security in the area was tighter, and slowly all the ‘opportunists’ left the area.“Also, because of our night time presence, the teams during the day could start building infrastructure knowing that theft is no longer a problem. At present, the Korakas area is being looked after by LRR at night – with both medical and non-medical volunteers – and by CK Team and Migrant Aid Europe during the days.”Hartley said that in the eight weeks since they arrived, “the Korakas area has been transformed from a horror story for anyone landing there to being welcomed and received by a dedicated team of volunteers and medics.”The United Society used its donations to purchase a 4×4 vehicle for transporting refugees on rapidly deteriorating dirt roads, including emergency trips to hospital; as well as safety equipment, lighting and tents. They were also able to construct huts and a kitchen as well as daily running costs for things like petrol, firewood and food.“There are huge needs, particularly concerning unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and the most vulnerable among the refugees,” the Church of England’s Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid, said. “Your generous donations to United Society will be put to excellent use.”Hartley added: “In summary, the funding from United Society has been directly responsible for saving lives.”The United Society partnered with the Diocese of Europe last year to establish the Rapid Response Fund as it worked ecumenically to reach out to refugees during the current crisis. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJcenter_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Jan 19, 2016 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Refugees Migration & Resettlement Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

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Anglican provinces around the world suspend public worship as COVID-19…

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican provinces around the world have joined churches of other denominations to suspend public worship as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. The death toll on March 24 stood at 14,510 people, according to the latest figures issued by the World Health Organization, which is working with governments around the world to limit the effects of the virus.The archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, called for the Church of England to change radically as they announced the suspension of public worship in England. They said that this was not about “shutting up shop” but about adopting to a different way of worship. “Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote in a letter to clergy. “Our life is going to be less characterized by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterized by the prayer and service we offer each day.”Read the full article here. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Anglican provinces around the world suspend public worship as COVID-19 continues to spread Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Posted Mar 25, 2020 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Anglican Communion, Health & Healthcare Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC COVID-19, Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

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Smaller email lists have higher open rates, says email list manager

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Smaller email lists have higher open rates, says email list manager 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.  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tom Kulzer, CEO of Philadelphia-based email communications service AWeber Communications, Inc, has found that publishers sending email communications to smaller distribution lists achieve higher open rates than those who send to larger lists. His findings are based on two and a half years of data and “thousands” of his companies’ small business clients.Writing in his new blog, Tom Kulzer said: “You can see that the smaller the list the more tuned in the subscriber base is to the message.” This is good news for smaller charities and for those who have just started building up their email subscriber base.The bad news is that it gets more difficult to sustain these open rates as the subscriber base grows. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 24 July 2006 | News The range of results, according to Kulzer, is quite striking. Emails sent to lists of fewer than 1,000 subscribers have achieved open rates of between 60 and 95%, whereas those sent to more than 50,000 subscribers achieve open rates of between 18 and 41%.Looking at the 105,922 text/html email campaigns that his company has handled for clients, Kulzer suggests three reasons for this relationship between list size and open rate.First, smaller lists tend to mean newer subscribers, who are more likely to be interested in the emails’ content.Secondly, it can prove increasingly difficult to make sure messages offer something to everyone in a large subscriber base.Thirdly, as email lists grow it is easy to lose focus on the individual subscribers and consider them more as a group rather than as individuals. Tagged with: Digital Research / statisticslast_img read more

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Radio journalist missing for nearly one month

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more August 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist missing for nearly one month Organisation MexicoAmericas RSF_en News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports News Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the fate of journalist Jesus Mejía Lechuga of Radio MS-Noticias in Martínez de la Torre (in the southeastern state of Veracruz), who has been missing for almost one month.In a letter to Vera Cruz state governor Miguel Alemán Velázco, the organisation’s secretary-general Robert Ménard called for a thorough investigation to locate the journalist and determine the causes of his disappearance, and asked to be kept informed of progress in the enquiry.Mejía was last seen on 12 July when he interviewed Alfonso Alegretti, a representative of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the local municipal government.In his programmes “A Primera Hora” and “Voz y Palabra,” Mejía had accused Guillermo Zorilla Pérez, a PRI representative in the federal parliament, of being linked to local drug traffickers. MS-Noticias said three of its reporters have been physically attacked in recent months, one of them by a group of Zorilla supporters.Veracruz state prosecutor Pericles Namorado Urrutia maintains that Mejía is on the run because he is a suspect in the theft of a car. It turned out that a car he had been lent was a stolen one. But his wife Magdalena Maza Mendoza insists that it is inconceivable that he chose to disappear. A local journalist said if Mejía had gone into hiding, the police would have found him by now and, anyway, his family would not have reporting him missing on 13 July. MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go furtherlast_img read more

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Attacks on journalists and media in Iraq and Yemen, two bloggers freed in Saudi Arabia

first_img Follow the news on Saudi Arabia to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News RSF_en Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img News June 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on journalists and media in Iraq and Yemen, two bloggers freed in Saudi Arabia March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation IRAQReporters Without Borders condemns the recent attacks on journalists by the Iraqi security forces. The authorities are resorting to every kind of method to censor the news, including physical attacks, lawsuits and raids on news media offices.Reporters and cameramen from local and international satellite TV stations were beaten and detained by the security forces while covering a demonstration in central Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on 25 May. Biladi TV reporter Omar Abdul Al-Razak and cameraman Hassan Ghazi, Russia Al-Youm cameraman Hussein Ali Hussein and Ain news agency photographer Akeel Mohamed were repeatedly hit, their cameras were smashed, their mobile phones were seized and they were forced to leave the area.A unit of interior ministry special troops stormed the headquarters of local radio station Sawt Al-Nahda Al-Democratiya on 22 May after it broadcast a programme about the housing crisis and other difficulties being experienced by the population. Founded in April, the station had just filed an application for a licence. Its recording and transmitting equipment was seized.Many journalists were physically attacked and briefly detained on 8 May in Ramadi, 100 km west of the capital, while covering a demonstration to demand the departure of US troops. They included Al-Rashid TV reporters and cameramen, Ifaq Al-Qadaya correspondent Saad Al ‘Ani and Al-Itijah correspondent Azhar Shalal. As well as being prevented from covering the protest, their equipment was damaged.Lawsuits are also being used to obstruct the work of the media. In addition to the legal action against Hashem Hassen, in which the first hearing has been postponed until tomorrow (http://en.rsf.org/iraq-star-journalist-sued-by-head-of-21-05-2011,40332….), a complaint has been brought against the daily Al-Mada by Chamber of Representatives speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi. He is demanding a formal apology and 150 million dinars (90,000 euros) in damages from editor Fakhri Karim and reporters Daoud Al-Ali and Ali Hussein for articles criticising the maintenance of quotas in the selection of parliamentarians, bargaining over posts and the shortcomings of a law cutting parliamentarians’ pay.Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release of two Iraqi journalists. One is Watheq Abbas, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party and editor of the newspaper Dar Al-Islam, who was released on 16 May, six days after being arrested during a raid by security forces on his home in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Ghazaliyya. His was one of a series of arrests carried out jointly with the US army after a bomb explosion in Ghazaliyya.The other is Ali Ibrahim Khalil, a sports presenter on Diyala TV, who was released on 15 May, 10 days being arrested in Baqouba (70 km west of Baghdad) while on his way from home to work.While hailing these releases, Reporters Without Borders points out that Hussein Zaboon Muhsin Muhamadawwi, the editor of the Shiite newspaper Iraquna, has been held ever since his arrest at his east Baghdad office on 8 May by 18 armed men. They did not say why he was being arrested and it is still not known where he is being held. Reporters Without Borders demands his immediate release.YEMEN Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the attacks on journalists and news media offices that have been taken place. Security forces fired on the headquarters of Suhail TV on 25 May, apparently because of its news coverage. The headquarters of the Al-Sahwa Net news website and the Saba news agency were attacked the day before.Suhail TV cameraman Kamel Mahfadi was kidnapped on 25 May while covering clashes between security forces and supporters of Sheikh Sadeq Al, the leader of the Hashid tribe, which is fighting for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s overthrow.Mohamed Marsh, the head of Al-Saida Al-Mustaqila TV, was kidnapped on 23 May and taken to an unknown location before being released a few hours later.SAUDI ARABIAReporters Without Borders hails the release of Moustafa Badr Al-Moubarak and Hossein Kathem Al-Hashem, two bloggers who had been held in a police station the city of Safwa since late April. It urges the authorities to follow suit by releasing Nazir Al-Majid, a writer who was arrested in the eastern city of Khobar on 17 April (http://en.rsf.org/saudi-arabia-from-tripoli-to-manama-no-let-up-02-05-20…). 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Traders vent anger at city’s decline

first_imgFacebook Print AMID threats to withdraw payment of rates and make city council bankrupt, traders did not mince their words of condemnation when they demanded immediate action from City Hall in order to save what remains of Limerick’s city centre’s retail business.They pointed to, and requested:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up * Poor garda presence on the streets* expensive parking* dirty streets* magnificent wide paths but no footfall* beggars and heroin addicts causing intimidation* incentive for shoppers to “come into town”* first hour of on-street parking free* paint the frontages of the premises in the Opera Centre or demolish it entirely* more ground floor parkingSpeaking at a meeting with Mayor Kevin Kiely and Fine Gael councillors, they said that compared to Dublin, Cork and Galway, Limerick city is not on the map.Chief executive of Limerick Chamber, Maria Kelly, was acutely critical of the lack of co-operation and goodwill between the Limerick City and County Councils.“There is no messing in Cork’s city centre because there are gardai all over, and in terms of image, Limerick’s is the worst in the country. We have no visitors at the weekends unless there’s a big match – we need to make this a destination city. In Cork, everyone is involved – we need to do the same as what we have now is a crisis situation – people held at knifepoint in their premises is terrible”. Over 100 traders told the FG councillors that they are now literally on their knees. The mayor, on behalf of the nine FG councillors had invited them to voice their concerns which they, as the “pro business party” on the council, would take to the city manager.“We are pro-business and have to decide how best to promote you the traders and stabilise jobs,” Cllr Ger Fahy told one trader, who wanted to know what City Hall is going to do to maintain business in Cruises Street, William Street and throughout the city.Calls were made for free parking days from 11am. It was said that landlords need to be penalised for leaving their premises to run down, “when as it is, we are being served fines for €300 for putting out signage to promote our businesses”.Ger Clancy of Clancy Electrical, said his family had been trading on O’Connell since 1936. They moved to the Parkway Roundabout last autumn, asserting that they had no option as City Hall had ignored their calls for essential parking.“I now have a pup’s chance of letting this main street premises in this ghost town. We must bring in a cardboard clock system of parking which would give people a chance to set the clock for one hour free parking – this would bring people in to do three or four messages at a time”.There was enthusiastic support for another trader’s call to demolish the empty premises in the Opera Centre area.“The few businesses that are still there are isolated and vulnerable, it’s not safe to walk there and in the summer months there is a revolting smell coming from some of these buildings”,The general manager of Brown Thomas said it is essential that a major anchor sets up in the city. The meeting heard from a female retailer how she has been held at knifepoint in her shop on three occasions. Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email NewsLocal NewsTraders vent anger at city’s declineBy admin – February 18, 2010 604 Previous articleMinimum 12 hour wait for 46% of A&E patientsNext articleWorrying ‘remedy’ to drugs debt adminlast_img read more

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Minister accepts principle of O’Domhnaill bill on fishing infringements

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleDeputy Pringle in talks to set up new political alternativeNext articleUlster Club Final – The Glenswilly Players Preview admin Twitter By admin – November 28, 2013 Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Newscenter_img Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Minister accepts principle of O’Domhnaill bill on fishing infringements Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Marine Minister Simon Coveney has confirmed he will accept the main elements of Fianna Fáil’s bill seeking to decriminalise minor fishing infringements.Minister Coveney was speaking after the ‘Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Bill 2013’ was debated in the Seanad.It was moved by Senator Brian O’Domhnaill, who says Ireland is the only significant maritime jurisdiction in the EU which doesn’t have administrative penalties for minor fishing infringements.Welcoming the minister’s comments, Senator Ó Domhnaill said he will work with the department to progress the bill as quickly as possible……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/brianfishinfringements.mp3[/podcast] Pinterestlast_img read more

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Aid agency merger will help improve humanitarian efforts around the world

first_imgAid agency merger will help improve humanitarian efforts around the worldOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today HR professionals in the voluntary sector have welcomed a merger between twoaid agencies that provide staff to work in humanitarian emergencies such asIraq. The merger of the International Health Exchange (IHE), which specialises inhealth professionals, and RedR, which concentrates on engineers, logisticiansand managers, will provide charities with a ‘one-stop shop’ for recruiting andtraining aid workers. Annie Macklow-Smith, director of HR for the aid agency Merlin, which usesboth IHE and RedR, said the new organisation would help meet recruitment needsin the sector, which is gearing up to meet the post-war humanitarian crisis inIraq. “Engineers and health professionals are the people we recruit most, soto have them together is an advantage,” she said. Oxfam’s director of international HR, Andrew Thompson, agreed the mergerwould allow a more integrated approach to humanitarian work. Bobby Lambert, director of RedR, told Personnel Today that the twoorganisations were providing very similar services but with different groups ofstaff. Each maintain registers of professionals prepared to work in emergencies anddeliver training programmes for aid workers. “By merging, we become a one-stop shop for agencies, as well as for aidworkers who want professional development,” he said. The skills of health workers and engineers were complementary, he added. “If you look at Basra, the thing that affects health almost immediatelyis water and sanitation. That’s where you need both engineers and health professionalsworking together.” The merger comes as both organisations struggle for funds. Each has avariety of funding streams, including the Department for InternationalDevelopment, smaller grants and training fees. But many small agencies arecutting their training budgets as they come under pressure to keep downmanagement overheads. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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One of a kind

first_imgLastyear, Tammie Daly became the country’s first occupational health nurseconsultant and, to date, remains the only OHN in such a post. She explains herexperiences over the last year, what she has achieved in her job and her plansfor the future.  By  Nic PatonWhenTammie Daly became the country’s first occupational health nurse consultantlast year, she expressed the hope that her appointment would open the door forother OH professionals to become nurse consultants. But one year on, she isstill alone.“Itis very sad. I believe there are two or three areas that are looking to draw upthe papers to make a submission, but, yes, I am still the only one,” sheadmits.Dalytook up her new post in June last year, moving over from managing theNottingham City Hospital OH department – primarily a management role – tohaving a position that encompasses the Queen’s Medical Centre (where she is nowbased), City Hospital and Nottingham University.“Alot of what has happened over the past year has not been mega change, but thatis just the way things go. It is a gradual process, bringing about change,rather than a sudden blast,” she explains. TheNottingham OH team is a large one, including a clinical director, anotherconsultant, two specialist registrars, a nurse manager, four specialist OHnurses, two trainee OH nurses, and a team of OH nurse advisers, as well asclerical and administrative staff.Itserves about 18,000 NHS workers and provides a range of services to commercialorganisations and small- and medium-sized enterprises, something it has beendoing since well before the Government launched NHS Plus. “Wegive OH access to industries such as bakeries and foundries, and have beendoing so since the 1980s. We have some small garages that we go to just once ayear. It is getting quite difficult for small firms to get OH advice because anumber of the bigger organisations have stopped doing outside work, so we thinkit is important,” says Daly.“Butwe have to look after the NHS first, as that is our core service,” she adds.Inthe past year, Daly has seen the team take on yet more referrals and give outan ever-widening range of advice. The nurses now undertake BCG vaccinationclinics and she has helped to organise a back pain clinic with the Nottinghamspecialist back pain team.“Wehave one of them come into the department and run a clinic every Friday, sothat if someone is coming to us with any type of back pain, they can get expertadvice or we can refer them back into the correct system,” she says.TheOH team is also looking to work closely with the trust’s dermatology nurseconsultant. “We now have much closer links with the dermatology nurses, and weare able to share and update knowledge much better. We’re hoping to develop aformalised referral system, and there is going to be a meeting in September tothis end,” she adds.Becominga nurse consultant, she believes, has not substantially changed herrelationship with her trust management – which was always good – or herreputation within the trust, which, again, was always good. “They recognise OHis there to help the managers, so they are usually appreciative that we arethere to help,” she says. Perhapsthe biggest change for Daly has been moving from a role where the core functionof the job was the management of a single site to a combined clinical roleacross a number of sites. “Thishas probably been my biggest hurdle. When I was just running one department, Iknew exactly what was going on because I was looking after it. Now I am givingout expertise to, and working with, three different departments,” she explains.“Itis much easier to work in a single department where you know everyoneintimately. I know of nurse consultants who have simply been drawn back intothe management structures,” she says.Shehas a clinical commitment – it is one of the requirements of being a nurseconsultant – but Daly is also keen to try to step back and look at the serviceas a whole, with fresh eyes. “Ineed at least one day a week where I do clinical work, so I try to have a setday, as it is very easy to slip back into just doing management things, andfind you have lost the focus of being a nurse consultant,” she says.“Youneed to question why you are doing certain parts of your practice. You may bedoing basic health screening, but is that right for the individual? Could we bespending our time in a better way? Why are things being done this way?”Thisnurse consultant role brings with it extended responsibilities, too, bothwithin the trust and in the profession as a whole. Daly has found herselfworking much more closely with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), offeringadvice and support on a wide range of areas.“Iam able to give advice to other people in different areas. I hope people willstart to get to know me and will know they can come to me. I think it isespecially important for nurses who are working alone, as it is nice to knowthere is someone you can call. It is an important part of my role as anadvocate for OH. Nottingham OH has always tried to do that to an extent, butyou have to do it while ensuring you do not let your own organisation suffer,”she explains.Goodexamples of Daly and the team providing support include the SARS outbreak andthe debate over smallpox immunisation, when she worked closely with both hertrust and the relevant authorities to provide OH-based advice.Anotherissue has been forging ever-closer ties with local GPs. The relationshipbetween GPs and OH professionals when it comes to sickness absence is movinginexorably closer, with many GPs even keen to pass sickness certification overto OH nurses.“IfGPs do not fully understand our role, and why should they, they cannot alwaysgive the best advice and that is what we are trying to do,” Daly argues.Shewould like to see more clarity emerging about the role of OH, particularly inrelation to GPs. “From the doctor’s point of view, there has to be clarityabout what the role is and how it is going to evolve.”Buther primary role has to be to her own team at Nottingham, acting as an OH guideand mentor. Among her qualifications, Daly has a masters degree in education,and passing on experience is, she considers, a primary function of anyeffective nurse consultant.“Myrole is to ensure the team is happy and working to the best of its ability,”she explains.“Partof that is helping other team members progress. I am trying to formalise thetraining needs much more, so that when staff attend conferences and training,they can provide me with feedback, so we can decide whether the organisationshould be changing practice. The feedback will also be passed on to the rest ofthe team if appropriate. I organise monthly training sessions for all nurses,and clerical staff can attend if content is suitable.“Itis about getting the staff away and giving them time to study, but still makingsure it is done in an appropriate way and with an appropriate member of theteam.”Forthe year ahead, Daly says she would like to see some more OH nurse consultantscome into the frame. “The OH speciality is very different from some of theother hospital-based nurse consultant roles, who have to deal with issues suchas bed allocation and waiting lists. So, it would be great to have someone elseto talk to in the OH field to bounce ideas off,” she says.Whileit may be lonely being the country’s only OH nurse consultant, it may not bewholly surprising either. The fact an OH nurse consultant position was createdwas in itself a message that, for the first time, clinical skills in OH were ofas much value as management skills when it came to career progression. It wasalso a recognition of the increasing importance NHS managers are putting on thehealth of the workforce, both that of the NHS and the people who come through thedoor as patients.Withinthis, inevitably, there are issues of funding. Because OH nurse consultantswill, most likely, like Daly, have been nurse managers, appointing a nurseconsultant effectively means finding the funding for two new roles, because thetrust will still need a nurse manager. Maybe this is why the pay is nowherenear the £45,000 often quoted.Perhaps,more importantly, though, there are issues of perception and education. Whatsort of OH nurse do NHS trusts want? What sort of qualifications should theyhave? What should be the extent of their role?WhileDaly may be blazing a trail, others are inevitably being more circumspect. “Theidea of an OH nurse consultant is still in its early days,” says Daly. “Peoplemay be waiting to see what happens.”Whatis the role of a nurse consultant?–Nurse consultant posts, first announced in 1999, are designed to offer nursesan alternative career track that does not mean they are forced to go intomanagement–They were created largely as a means of keeping experienced nurses in clinicalpositions, but by and large have gone to nurses in ‘frontline’ and acute carepositions–Those filling such posts, which command a salary of up to £45,000, are expectedto be experienced practitioners with advanced educational qualifications–They are expected to combine expert practice with professional leadershipskills, consultancy, education, service development, research and evaluation–Posts must include a firm commitment to keeping 50 per cent of the time availableto work directly with patients–To get a nurse consultant, a local organisation has to make the case for thepost; a request that then goes up through the regional office to the Departmentof Health, after which, if agreed, the post is advertised–The NHS Plan set a target of creating 1,000 nurse consultants by 2004 One of a kindOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. 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