The festival has raised more than $1.2 million for local charities over the years, he added. Started by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise as a one-day clambake in the early 1990s, the event’s popularity exploded over the years after organizers adopted the Mardi Gras theme, turning the festival into Simi Valley’s biggest charity fundraiser. Randy Greene, the festival’s chairman, called the event a hometown tradition for him and thousands of others. “We’ll go over the $1.3 million mark this year with charity fundraising. That’s just huge,” he said. “That’s why I do it. I was born in Simi Valley. My passion is for my hometown.” The site has grown by 40 percent compared with last year, he said, and organizers expect more than 100 vendor and crafts booths. SIMI VALLEY – With its Mardi Gras parade, zydeco music and delicacies such as alligator on a stick, the Simi Valley Cajun and Creole Music Festival has evolved into one of Southern California’s more exotic Memorial Day weekend events. The event, which used to attract mostly adults, has turned into a family-oriented festival, with a new Cajun Kids area and children marching in the parade, throwing beads to spectators. This year’s event at the sprawling Rancho Santa Susana Community Park is expected to attract about 17,000 people to the city next weekend. “The people of Simi Valley are proud to have an event like this recognized around the nation as one of the top Cajun music festivals,” said Gary Stewart, president of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, which sponsors the event. “We have people visiting us from all over the nation, including Louisiana.” At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a Gator Run will be held at the park to raise money for the Ventura County Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial Fund. Festival attractions both Saturday and Sunday include the Cajun Kids area with bounce houses, climbing walls, demonstrations of Frisbee-catching by the Purina Incredible Dog Team and demonstrations of crime-solving skills by the Simi Valley Police Department’s K-9 police dog unit. There is a children’s arts and craft center and dance instructors will be teaching kids how to do Cajun dancing. The festival benefits a variety of organizations, including the Simi Valley Boys & Girls Club, the Ventura County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society, the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, the Association of Retarded Citizens, the YMCA of Simi Valley, the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley, the Simi Valley Friends of the Library, the Simi Valley Senior Center and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602 If you go The Cajun Creole Music Festival will be held at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., at 11 a.m. both Saturday and next Sunday. The festival ends at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Parking is available at the park, at the Metrolink train station across the street, and at Simi Valley High School, about a mile east of the park at 5400 Cochran St. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, go to www.simicajun.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Manchester United forward Anthony Martial (R) celebrates with midfielder Jesse Lingard after Lingard scored a goal on July 23, 2017 in Santa Clara, CaliforniaMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Jesse Lingard stepped off the bench to rescue Manchester United with a brace as they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.Jose Mourinho’s side found themselves trailing 2-0 at the interval after Ashley Barnes broke the deadlock in the third minute, before Steven Defour doubled the Clarets’ lead with a superb free-kick on 36 minutes. But Lingard, who was brought on at half-time along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, pulled one back with a cheeky backheel and struck again in stoppage time to earn a share of the spoils.The visitors made a dream start after Marcos Rojo was booked in the second minute for a foul on Johann-Berg Gudmundsson, whose free-kick was lashed home at the far post by Barnes after United failed to clear their lines.Scott Arfield was inches away from doubling their lead on 12 minutes when he steered Gudmundsson’s cross from the right just over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.The Red Devils had a couple of half-chances before Luke Shaw went close in the 17th minute as space opened up for him on the left, but his driven effort from 22 yards out was parred away by Nick Pope.The Burnley keeper pulled off an even better save four minutes later when he clawed away Paul Pogba’s header from a corner, and it proved crucial as his team went 2-0 up on 36 minutes. David De Gea had no answer to Defour’s curling free-kick which found the top-left corner of the net from 25 yards out.The hosts almost halved the deficit two minutes later from Pogba’s exquisite diagonal ball that found Rashford on the left, with the forward cutting inside and beating Pope but Ben Mee was there to clear off the line.Pogba then came close two minutes before half-time with a curling shot from 20 yards out that flew narrowly past the right post, although the Clarets were deserved leaders at the break.United were quickly on the attack after the restart with Pogba flashing a shot a few feet over the bar from 25 yards out in the 46th minute, while half-time substitute Lingard somehow failed to score five minutes later when he steered Ashley Young’s cross from the right against Pope’s face and onto the bar from two yards out.But he struck just two minutes later with a sublime finish from another Young cross, which was flicked into the bottom-left corner of the net off his heel.Pogba looked to replicate Defour’s feat on 70 minutes as he curled a free-kick just over the bar from an almost identical position to the opener, before Mkhitaryan steered a header well off target from Young’s cross on the right 10 minutes later.Just when it looked like Burnley would record a rare win at the Theatre of Dreams, Lingard popped up at the death to fire home from 16 yards out after Juan Mata’s free-kick dropped at his feet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Southampton have no interest in signing Charlie Austin from QPR, it is being reported.The 25-year-old is being strongly linked with a move from Loftus Road after impressing during an ultimately disappointing campaign for the west Londoners.Austin netted 18 goals in his maiden Premier League season and the QPR striker is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Newcastle, West Ham and Chelsea.Southampton have also been mentioned as a potential destination, but Press Association Sport understands he will not be moving to St Mary’s this summer.Contrary to reports, Saints have not made a bid for Austin and they do not have any interest in the striker whose form recently led to a first England call-up.It is understood Ronald Koeman is not actively looking for a striker right now, with the Southampton manager’s priorities lying elsewhere.Southampton have already made two signings this summer, bringing in Spain international Juanmi from Malaga and Sporting Lisbon right-back Cedric. 1 Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin
Bafetimbi Gomis in action for Swansea 1 UAE side Al Ahli have had a bid rejected for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.The striker joined the Premier League side on a four-year deal last summer after his contract with Lyon expired.The 29-year-old went on to score 10 goals in all competitions during his first season, leading to interest from several clubs.However manager Garry Monk is keen to hold onto the Frenchman despite sides offering the Swans significant profit on a player they signed for free.Indeed, according to L’Equipe, Swansea have now rejected an offer from super-rich UAE side Al Ahli.The offer was believed to be in the region of 6m and would have also included a large tax-free wage for Gomis.
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Letterkenny General HospitalDeputy Pearse Doherty has blasted the Government over the spiralling costs of employing agency staff at Letterkenny General Hospital.Deputy Doherty’s comments come after it was revealed that since coming to power back in 2011, the amount of money spent on agency staff at the hospital had more than doubled by the end of 2014 under the coalition partners.Deputy Doherty said that fFollowing the introduction of the general moratorium on recruitment and promotions across the public sector back in March 2009, both the public and civil service have seen a huge reduction in staffing levels – including the numbers employed within the health service.“This has meant that the HSE has been prevented from hiring permanent staff members and, save for certain exemptions which were made for the recruitment of specified grades, positions within the Health service have had to be filled via the use of costly and often unreliable agency staff.” “This has created a situation where the amount of money which hospitals have had to spend to employ agency staff such as nurses, doctors and consultants has ballooned over the last few years – this has also been the case at Letterkenny General Hospital.”“In fact, before the current Fine Gael and Labour Government came to power, the cost of employing agency staff at Letterkenny General Hospital was €2,974,000 in 2010. Fast forward four years later, and this cost had more than doubled to €6,724,000 in 2014 under the current Government parties.”“In essence, after less than four years, Fine Gael and Labour have managed to increase the dependency on agency staff at Letterkenny General by such an extent that expenditure on agency personnel at the hospital has gone up by over 125% – this is simply scandalous.”“The government’s recruitment embargo, which we were told would reduce the cost of running the health service, has had precisely the opposite effect and our acute public hospitals – including Letterkenny General – have subsequently been crippled by spiralling wage costs and chronic understaffing.” “Over the last number of years, hospitals have been subject to rigid employment control measures which have seen hospitals having to comply with employment ceilings and staffing targets, all of which have simply increased reliance on agency staff and overtime.”“While the Government claims that the control framework on employment has helped to deliver a more effective and efficient public service overall, this couldn’t be any further from the truth; they have merely decimated frontline services not to mention forced highly skilled and experienced nurses and doctors out of the country.”“Instead of aiming to make savings in the public sector pay bill by narrowing the enormous pay disparity which exists within it such as Sinn Féin has long been calling for, lower paid workers have borne the brunt of Government cuts while newly qualified graduates have been blocked from even having the opportunity to enter the sector.”“Worringly, despite the Government’s spin about an easing of the recruitment embargo within the public sector, this year the wage bill for agency staff at Letterkenny General looks set to match if not surpass last year’s figures with €6,387,000 having already been spent as of August this year.”“This colossal spend comes at a time when overcrowding at our acute public hospitals has reached record levels as was seen earlier this year during the crisis at Emergency Departments across the state.” LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL DOUBLES COST OF AGENCY STAFF – SINN FEIN was last modified: November 15th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:agency staffCosthospitalletterkennySinn Fein
Today’s decision not to sell of harvesting rights on Irish forests shows the public interest has been put first, Senator Jimmy Harte has said.“The government has decided after an extended period of consulting with interested groups not to proceed with the sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights. This is decision is in the public interest, and people can know that public access to forests is secured for generations to come.“While the government needs to raise revenue for investment in jobs and stimulus, our forests must be declared not for sale, and with today’s decision by Minister Howlin they can be declared safe in public ownership,” he said. He commended Minister Howlin for this decision.“The decision not to sell off Coillte harvesting rights shows the value of Labour in government, protecting this vital publicly-owned asset,” he added. IRISH FORESTS NOT FOR SALE – SENATOR HARTE was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CoillteforestsSenator Jimmy Harte
Johannesburg – Thursday 19th September 2019 – Brand South Africa has partnered with Touch HD and Soweto TV, to host the first ever soccer match aptly named the Game of Heritage, Pride and Unity on Heritage Day, 24th of September.The game is the brain child of media personality Thabo Molefe, fondly known as Tbo Touch. He established an online audio platform in 2008 with a vision to be a world class service that provides podcast and audio live streaming services that bring the benefits of low data rates to the market.Speaking on the game, Thabo says “Nothing draws people together more than sport and soccer is huge in South Africa. We want to celebrate Heritage Day not just through embracing our different cultures (something that makes SA so beautiful) but through doing something that brings about a spirit of unity and patriotism through the friendly game of soccer between South African celebrities and sports icons”.“Brand South Africa is proud to be part of the inaugural Game of heritage, pride and unity. As an organisation we have to consistently find ways that promote nation building, pride and patriotism in order to unite the people of South Africa and this collaboration helps achieve our mission. Sport has the ability to unite nations and what better way to also showcase our diverse and colourful heritage,” said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela.Cultural pride will be in the air with different proudly South African pop up shops and stalls selling everything cultural from clothes, food, art and jewellery. Spectators are encouraged to come dressed in ways that represent their pride in their heritage and country.Kick off will take place at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto in Soweto from 11am. Gates open at 10am.Entrance on the day is a South African Flag. These will also be available on sale at the venueJoin the celebration and follow us on #GameofHeritage #PlayYourPart #HeritageMonth2019 #InspiringNewWays
The Personal Finance team will be presenting a 90-minute webinar on The Time Value of Money on Tuesday, February 21 at 11 a.m. ET. Learn more about the event.By Carol ChurchIn the past, I’ve worked as a freelance contractor for various companies, a position that can be interesting and exciting but a bit unpredictable. One thing about freelancing is that sometimes it takes quite a while to be paid, either because a project is long-term (and “payable upon delivery”) or because clients are late with checks!While my family was not financially dependent on my relatively small freelance contribution, it felt frustrating to know that money was “out there” for me, but not yet delivered. One reason it bothered me? Something called “the time value of money.”What is the Time Value of Money?The idea behind the time value of money is that money we have NOW is worth more than money we will get in the future. This is because the money we have now—today–can be put to work today!Clock by steinchen. CC0 via Pixabay.com.Let’s say I plan to put my $2,000 freelance check in my savings account, since it’s not money we rely on for daily expenses. Even though on the surface, it might seem like $2,000 now and $2,000 in six months should be equivalent, that’s not the case. If I have it and can put it in the bank now, I can earn interest right now. But if I have to wait six months to receive a check for work I already did, I can’t earn interest during that six months. Or, thinking about it differently, let’s say I want to buy something with that money, such as a new air conditioner. In six months, a new A/C unit might cost more, since prices typically (not always) go up over time. My money is worth more now that it is later.How TVM Affects UsSo what are some ways that the time value of money, or TVM, affects us in our everyday life? There are a lot, and they may or may not work in our favor, depending. For instance, when we buy something we cannot afford to pay for right now, put it on a credit card, and end up paying a larger total for it in the end, that’s the credit card reminding us of the TVM. (We couldn’t pay them now, so they are charging us to make up for TVM, since they had to wait to be paid.)One very simple way to think about TVM and make this simple, but powerful principle a part of your mindset is to think about any purchase, especially an optional purchase (say, a luxury item such as a trip or a piece of jewelry) and consider TVM. Imagine that I’m thinking about going on a $2,000 vacation with my freelance check. I can spend that $2,000 now, and enjoy the experience. Or I could invest that money in a financial account that earns me 6% per year. If I can then hold off on spending it, not just today, but for 10 years, I’ll have $6,773! So what’s worth more to me: the vacation now, or the $6,733 later?Understand TVM to Make Wise ChoicesIn many cases, saving might be the right choice—but not always. Maybe I’m taking my vacation with teenagers who will have graduated from high school and moved on in 5 years. Maybe I haven’t been on vacation in a long time, and this is a dream trip I’ll always remember. And, of course, in real life, things are more complicated than a simple TVM makes it seem. Inflation eats away at our savings, interest rates fluctuate, opportunities may appear and disappear, and life happens.The point is, understanding the TVM (and even calculating it!) lets us make a more clear-eyed decision about purchases. This doesn’t mean we won’t make them—it may still be worth it. But we can think more carefully about what we truly prioritize.TVM calculators are available on the web for those who are curious about calculating this in their own lives. Here’s one. For directions, click on the “How to Use” tab.We’ll be using calculators, both manual and online versions, in our February 21 webinar on this topic. Learn more here.
Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday formally announced the candidature of Mukta tilak — a scion of the Bal Gangadhar ‘Lokmanya’ Tilak family — as mayor for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).BJP Pune unit chief Yogesh Gogawale said the party chose senior Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Navnath Kamble as it’s deputy mayor candidate. Ms. Tilak won her fourth successive civic election from the city’s Kasba Peth area. She was long touted as a sure-fire contender for the city’s top post.This time, the mayoral post in the PMC has been reserved for a woman candidate elected from the open category seat. The new civic body is to be constituted on March 15, with elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor to be held and concluded on the same day.The BJP snared 98 of the 162 seats in the PMC, and 77 of the 128 seats in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Ms. Tilak, with a strong base in the old Pune area, has been a BJP leader in the PMC since 2009.The choice of awarding the deputy mayor’s post to Mr. Kamble has come across as a surprise, given the BJP’s fraught relations with their smaller allies, like Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha and Mahadev Jankar-led Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.However, unlike Mr. Shetti, who broke with the BJP to ally with the Shiv Sena in the Nashik civic polls, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale allied with the party in the PMC polls. The BJP has also named Shrinath Bhimale as the leader of the party in the new civic body.