Virgin Money Giving to let donors cover transaction fees

first_img Melanie May | 28 November 2018 | News 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. Tagged with: Finance Fundraising Regulator Virgin Money Giving “The purpose of the new Code and guidance for fundraising platforms is to ensure they work to the highest fundraising standards and make sure the public are clear about where their donation is going. By confirming that it intends to sign up to the Fundraising Code, Virgin Money Giving is sending a powerful message to both fundraisers and donors about its commitment to good fundraising and operating to the highest standards.” Virgin Money Giving has announced the roll-out of a new ‘Donor Covers Fee’ feature which will give donors the opportunity to cover the flat 2% transaction fee charities are charged to use the site.The new feature is initially available to ten major charity partners and will be rolled out to all Virgin Money Giving’s charity partners by the end of the year.It says it charges a 2% transaction fee to cover its running costs and to allow it to keep developing its service. Now donors will be offered the opportunity to pay that fee instead of the charity.Virgin Money Giving has also announced that it intends to sign up to the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice.    279 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Virgin Money Giving to let donors cover transaction fees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  280 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Donor Covers Fee in practiceJo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving said: “We are delighted to become one of the first major fundraising platforms to sign up to the Fundraising Code of Practice. We believe it is an important commitment at a time when the sector is being scrutinised and some practices are being called into question. As one of the leading brands in the sector, it is important to take the lead and make sure that charities and fundraisers understand our commitment to continue to operate at the highest standards.“Our ‘Donor Covers Fee’ feature will give fundraisers the option to pay our fee on behalf of charities, which will mean that even more money goes to those charities. Donors can be sure that the fee they pay for using Virgin Money Giving only covers our costs. In addition, we don’t charge a fee on the Gift Aid collected on behalf of charities as we strongly believe that 100 per cent of Gift Aid should reach the charities.”Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive at the Fundraising Regulator said: Advertisementlast_img read more

Rape culture and Rolling Stone

first_imgWith just the title of his article, a Washington Post writer has unwittingly spoken volumes about the issue of rape and sexual assault under capitalism.“Why do high-profile rape cases keep falling apart?” asks the writer, Radley Balko.He just can’t seem to fathom why the allegation of rape — already vastly under reported and under prosecuted in everyday society — is so consistently invalidated in “high-profile” cases.Is it really such a mystery — when the cases he cites involve allegations against members of 1%-connected institutions?Ralko’s article, despite its thoughtful — but deeply reactionary — tone, is part of a new growing journalistic niche: investigative rape-skepticism, where the concern is overtly for the truth, but the approach is one of aggressively rooting through the accuser’s history, social media communications and apparent inconsistencies in order to brand her a liar, hysteric or unstable.To cast doubt on allegations of rape, these pieces often rely heavily on instances where an accused rapist is exonerated by a university panel. Yet the whole point of the recent anti-rape documentary “The Hunting Ground” — as well as the federal investigation into over a hundred campuses — is that universities routinely cover up rapes.Saying that a university panel has cleared someone of rape is like saying that a police department has decided not to indict a cop for police brutality.“The Hunting Ground,” made by the Academy Award-nominated team behind the 2012 documentary “The Invisible War,” about sexual assault in the military, has come under attack by the investigative rape-skeptics, who are focusing on a Harvard University case featured in the film. “How ‘The Hunting Ground’ blurs the truth — filmmakers put advocacy ahead of accuracy” is the description from the website “Slate.”Emma Sulkowicz, who carried her mattress around Columbia University to protest the fact that her attacker was still on campus, was branded a “jilted love interest” by the right-wing website “Daily Caller,” which claimed she made a false accusation against Jean-Paul Nungesser because of a “savage hatred” for him.The rape-skeptic investigative pieces are easy to spot, appearing mostly in the “Daily Beast”; the right-wing “Daily Caller,” or the libertarian site “Reason.”What is not as easy to spot are the instances when rape-skeptic journalism bleeds into mainstream news sources like “Slate” or the Washington Post, both of which played a leading role in attacking the Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rudin Erdely about rape culture at the Thomas Jefferson-founded University of Virginia.Behind all the manifestations of rape-skeptic journalism lie the interests of the 1%, who want to preserve the exploitative, oppressive relations that exist under capitalism and prop them up.A striking fact is that the “jilted love interest” story spread about Sulkowicz is similar to the story that was spread about “Jackie” — the pseudonym for the University of Virginia student who said she was raped in a fraternity house and whose story was told in the November 2014 issue of Rolling Stone.But the magazine retracted Erdely’s article in December, and eventually took it off its website. Thus began a chorus of anti-Rolling Stone condemnation that ultimately landed on Jackie as well — complete with a narrative, similar to the one used against Sulkowicz, claiming she had invented the rape in order to attract romantic attention.Using Fox News-speak, TV host Megyn Kelly said to one of Jackie’s male classmates in a live interview that “some” have concluded that this “entire thing was a ruse to win your affection.”The Rolling Stone case was largely portrayed as a case of journalistic negligence. After the magazine retracted the article, the Columbia Journalism School “audited” the story. By the time the Charlottesville, Va., police suspended their investigation of the incident, it was widely assumed to have been fabricated.However, both the Columbia Journalism School’s auditors and the Charlottesville police made a point not to rule out the possibility that a rape had occurred.The auditors said they were primarily aiming their guns at Rolling Stone’s reporting lapses — and Charlottesville’s police chief publicly made a distinction between “suspending” a case and “closing” it, saying, “I can’t prove that something didn’t happen.”Nevertheless, in the media flurry that followed the Rolling Stone retraction, the hand of rape-deniers and misogynists was strengthened. The pile-on included everything from demands that the accuser be expelled from campus to Fox host Kelly asking her guests, “What do you think should happen to her? Should she be publicly named?”This all-too-familiar backlash against a rape accuser was blamed on Rolling Stone and the article’s author, Sabrina Rudin Erdely. It was argued from every quarter that now, people who disbelieve rape accusations will be able to use this fabricated story as ammunition, which wouldn’t have been published if the magazine had properly fact-checked it.But with attacks from rape-skeptic investigative journalists growing, both on Columbia’s Sulkowicz as well as the Harvard case featured in “The Hunting Ground,” maybe it is possible to see the attacks on Rolling Stone in a different light.Maybe the attack on the Rolling Stone piece was a flagrant example of why it is hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward in the first place. Rolling Stone’s “flawed article” is the excuse, in this case, for the classic and time-honored practice of putting the victim of rape on trial.Is it possible to take seriously the attack on Rolling Stone for not properly fact-checking its story? That the standards of journalism are taken so seriously by society that apparent inconsistencies in the accuser’s story mean support for her is dropped?The reality is that, in the media that support capitalist property relations, the standards of journalistic integrity are violated every day, all the time, with impunity.Every media account of a murder of an unarmed African American features a prominent lie by the police that the victim was charging at the officer or “using their car as a weapon.” Every war, every bombing campaign, is sustained by multiple falsehoods spread by newspapers and TV networks that don’t do an iota of fact-checking when it comes to government claims.That’s because the primary role of the media under capitalism is to portray reality in a way that benefits the interests of the 1% — Wall Street, the banks and the rich.The most obvious example of this was the “weapons-of-mass destruction” lie spread by every news source in the country in the lead-up to the disastrous war against Iraq.Today, everybody knows this was made up by the Bush administration in order to go to war with Iraq. But in September 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney held up the New York Times as he was alleging Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and said: “You don’t have to believe me. Believe the New York Times.”The role that papers like the Washington Post and New York Times played was so bad that the Times issued a public apology in May 2004. But by that time, Wall Street had gotten the war it wanted. The Columbia Journalism School was not called in to investigate. No articles were retracted.So, in this case: why did Wall Street and the 1% want the Rolling Stone article killed and buried?Regardless of what happened at the University of Virginia, what Wall Street wants is to discredit a story that exposes on a national scale the violently misogynist culture of fraternities — which function as pipelines and training grounds for trading firms, stockbroker houses and banks.The media focus on the accuser’s inconsistencies served to keep the issue one of “he-said-she-said” — where the possibility exists that one side is not telling the truth. But in addition to depicting one instance of assault, the article was a full frontal attack on the rape culture perpetuated by fraternities and enabled by the elite universities that host them.Those institutions felt that attack and responded. The fact that this story was being told in a national magazine was a qualitative difference from the issue’s usual local-headlines exposure, where the role of universities, as well as local police, is to quiet the issue down in some way — whether by silencing the victims or simply refusing to find the perpetrators guilty.In this case, the rape story was in a nationally distributed pop-music magazine read by millions. It couldn’t be swept under the rug. The article itself got a record 2.7 million views — the most non-celebrity-related hits in the magazine’s history. The nexus of donor-dependent universities, Wall Street-backed fraternities and lawsuit-averse national fraternity organizations could not allow this story to exist as a credible piece of journalism.Misdirection from campus rape cultureIn addition to the usual practice of blaming the victim, the focus on the inconsistencies in the accuser’s account — inconsistency being a phenomenon not at all unusual for trauma survivors, especially in the case of rape — served a strategic function: misdirection from the article’s devastating portrayal of the systematic campus rape culture.Erdely’s article in Rolling Stone relates examples of known rapists, whose guilt was established by the university’s own adjudication process, being allowed to stay on campus; of failure by the administration to warn students when rapes had been reported; of university officials either trying to talk victims out of pursuing actions against their attackers or silencing them.The November 2014 article published the fact that, since 1998, 183 people had been expelled for honor-code violations such as lying or cheating on exams. But during that time, not one student had been expelled for committing sexual assault.None of these facts are being disputed — but Rolling Stone’s website no longer carries the article, now forever referred to as “discredited.”University of VirginiaIn 2013, the magazine The Economist, essentially the voice of the London stock exchange, ranked the University of Virginia’s business school as the third best in the world. The college’s law school is second only to Harvard’s in producing graduates who serve as counsel to Fortune 500 companies.The University of Virginia is an elite institution, known as the Ivy League of the South. Some of the school’s graduates have included Woodrow Wilson, Ted Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Katie Couric, Janet Napolitano and hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones.It is also the focus of an investigation by the federal government – which was forced to take action after decades of activism and demands by anti-rape activists — to determine whether it violated Title IX of the Education Amendments Act by failing to protect female students from sexual assault — i.e., interfering with their access to education. Even though it has a $5 billion endowment, the school does not want to risk the government’s penalty — cancellation of federal funds — which could affect the money it gets from donors as well.In fact, the article depicts campus officials lying to trustees about the nature of the federal government’s investigation of the school. They described it at a trustees’ meeting as a “routine compliance review.”This is a school with the motivation to discredit the story and the connections to do so. Did its officials get the Washington Post to go after the story? One of the paper’s columnists, Erik Wemple, wrote, “If Erdely had chosen some other campus, perhaps her skewed reporting wouldn’t have attracted such scrutiny.”He was referring to the school’s geographical proximity to the paper. But the University of Virginia was not the only powerful institution that wanted to discredit the story.FraternitiesErdely’s article also put a gigantic spotlight on the culture of fraternities that makes on-campus rape inevitable.Erdely quoted a 2002 study of college sexual assault that describes how the frat drinking-and-hookup culture provides the perfect cover for serial rapists to go after first-year students. “They’re not acting in a vacuum,” said the study’s author. “They’re echoing that message and that culture that’s around them: the objectification and degradation of women.”The public image of fraternities is that of college institutions that have crazy parties and hazing rituals that sometimes go too far.In reality, they are standalone institutions that pay for their own dwellings (thus allowing universities to admit more students) and are backed to the hilt with lawyers, painstakingly written insurance policies that routinely exempt them from responsibility when drinking causes injury or death, and national fraternity organizations that lobby on their behalf in Washington.Not to mention the hidden and not-so-hidden hand of Wall Street. A Bloomberg News article reported : “Donors [i.e., rich alumni] rebelled when Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, made fraternities go co-ed after a drunk student broke his neck in a shallow Psi Upsilon pool. … With a private-equity veteran, real estate investor and stock analyst among grads condemning the school’s efforts, Trinity President James Jones decided to resign a year earlier than planned.”The fraternity-Wall Street pipelineIn December 2013, Bloomberg News did a study to investigate why Wall Street was so male-dominated.The answer: an interwoven network of connections between colleges and Wall Street the authors dubbed “the fraternity pipeline.” Interviews with three dozen fraternity members, the article stated, “showed a network whose Wall Street alumni guide resumés to the tops of stacks, reveal interview questions with recommended answers, offer applicants secret mottoes and support chapters facing crackdowns.”The article focused primarily on how Wall Street players guided fraternity members into lucrative jobs — but noted, “The fraternity pipeline works in reverse, too.” Meaning that members of firms use their considerable resources to offer money, help and influence to any fraternities that find themselves in trouble.And what do fraternities typically do when they find themselves in trouble? Huddle and get their stories straight. The book “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy” describes how a tepid Dartmouth university investigation into hazing rituals at the SAE fraternity was met by a well-organized wall of denial. The frat members denied all charges — even though they were true — and discussed in detail how to respond when questioned.“That night I realized the frat brothers were far more clever than the administration, not to mention many steps ahead,” wrote the book’s author, Andrew Lohse, a former member of that frat. “The pledges lied admirably in their interviews. The investigation was dropped.”Later in the book, Lohse writes, “I needed two hands to count all of my friends who’d been raped at Dartmouth.” Dartmouth is also the school where, in January 2014, a student posted a how-to-rape guide on a school website.Dartmouth is the epitome of the frat-dominated university whose administration is powerless in the face of routinely dangerous activity that threatens the lives of students and endangers women. Efforts by the school’s administration to address the fraternity culture have ranged from ineffectual attempts to outright capitulation.Not long after he was elected president of Dartmouth in 2009, Jim Yong Kim met with alums and reassured them he had no intention of overhauling the fraternities. “One of the things you learn as an anthropologist,” he said in an interview, “you don’t come in and change the culture.’” Kim is now head of the World Bank.Dartmouth is also one of the Ivy League schools most closely tied to Wall Street. “Statistics show,” reported a 2012 Rolling Stone article, “that roughly a quarter of each graduating class find jobs in finance and business — a figure many students consider low, given Dartmouth’s prominent ties to its Wall Street alumni, who often come back to campus to recruit.”The article continues with this fraternity student quote: “I’ve been at our house when a senior partner from a financial-services firm and a chief recruiter from someplace like Bain are standing around drinking with us as we haze our pledges.”Rolling StoneIf it seems odd to quote a 2012 Rolling Stone article when recently the magazine was publicly reprimanded for bad reporting, it helps to know that the magazine’s consistent exposure of Wall Street crimes is part of the story.Through the corporate media, Wall Street’s attack on Rolling Stone is also fueled by vengeance. The basis of this vengeance is not based on the magazine practicing bad journalism, but based on it practicing good journalism — in a series of articles exposing how Wall Street caused, profited from and never went to jail for the 2008 housing crash.That’s not to say that Rolling Stone is to be commended for its handling of the University of Virginia story — most notably because when the attacks on the story came, it jumped on the blame-the-victim bandwagon. The magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, called the student “a really expert fabulist storyteller” in the New York Times on April 6.But it was a series of Rolling Stone articles after the housing-bubble crash — most famously including the 2010 piece calling Goldman Sachs a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” — that exposed exactly how Wall Street caused the crisis and never went to jail for it.With articles titled “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?,” “Looting Main Street” and “The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia,” Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi relentlessly exposed corporate crimes.Kill the messengerFor anyone with a political memory, the media attack on the Rolling Stone article should remind them of the mid-nineties attacks on journalist Gary Webb.Webb was the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposed the CIA for selling drugs in U.S. cities to finance its war in Nicaragua. With the crack epidemic destroying cities, Webb’s articles were welcomed by communities as proving the drug war was aimed at them.Led by the Los Angeles Times, which hired 17 reporters to debunk Webb’s reporting and was then joined by the Washington Post and the New York Times, the mainstream media served as attack dogs for capitalism’s interests in Central America. Webb’s editors at the Mercury News backed off the story and wrote a public apology for it in 1997. The very next year, Webb’s reporting was vindicated by the CIA itself.In 2014, 10 years after Webb’s death, he became the hero subject of the Hollywood movie “Kill the Messenger.” The New York Times’ reviewer called it a movie about a reporter “wrongly disgraced.”Why do high-profile rape cases keep falling apart?Everybody saw Eric Garner’s killer choke him to death on video, and his case never went to trial. Technically, his case “fell apart” — a grand jury somehow decided there wasn’t enough evidence to even charge the officer.Obviously, institutionalized racism is the key to understanding this. Similarly, if you don’t take into account the way rape is a function of women’s institutionalized oppression, then it could seem mystifying why rape survivors’ stories get picked apart by people who want to invalidate the claim and silence the accuser.The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) says that 97 out of 100 rapes receive no punishment at all. The culture, institutions and legal system all routinely make it so that it is the accuser who gets put on trial or is afraid to report in the first place.Then, when it comes to the cases mentioned in the Washington Post article that asked this question – where the accused are tied to powerful institutions — rape goes from being an unaddressed crime to an outright hoax.The Rolling Stone case took on the University of Virginia and Psi Kappa Phi, a fraternity founded in 1852. The women who accused the Duke lacrosse players took on Duke University and lacrosse teams, which also serve as a pipeline to Wall Street. Emma Sulkowicz took on Columbia University. Kamila Willingham took on Harvard University.While you’re at it, throw in Nafissatou Diallo, whose case “fell apart.” She accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn — he was head of the International Monetary Fund, one of the most powerful banking entities on the planet. Or Tawana Brawley, whose case is still widely regarded a hoax: she accused Dutchess County’s assistant district attorney, whose father and uncle were judges. The case couldn’t even proceed at first because prosecutors assigned to the case kept resigning; they didn’t want to have to put a member of the top cop’s office behind bars.The writers who want to pick apart these cases want to promote the idea that rape is hard to prove, that it all comes down to “he-said, she-said.” Sure, rape is terrible, they say, but let’s not get carried away when it could all be based on drunken encounters. Their goal is to block out the way rape, along with sexual harassment, objectification, domestic violence and job discrimination, function to oppress women – which is why the perpetrators routinely get away with it.The full-court-press attack on the Rolling Stone story was supposed to be for its violations of the standards of good journalism. In actuality, Sabrina Rudin Erdely’s “crime” was that she all-too-accurately portrayed the rape culture fostered by fraternities and the University of Virginia.The entire episode epitomizes what Marxists call the difference between form and content. The form was professed concern for Rolling Stone’s failure to fact-check its article.The content was a wholesale attack on a woman who said she was raped.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Free Mumia and push back the Fraternal Order of Police!

first_imgA new, historic phase in the struggle against white supremacy and capitalism has begun. Millions of workers and oppressed peoples have taken to the streets, the largest uprising against racist police terror and exploitation in decades. And yet there are still revolutionaries from the last major Black, Brown and Indigenous national liberation struggles of the 1960s and 70s who are still behind bars, like Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Ruchell Magee, Jamil Al-Amin and many more.Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of those revolutionaries. Held in a Pennsylvania dungeon for nearly 40 years, Mumia is one of the most internationally renowned political prisoners in U.S. history. While still in his teens, he joined the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panther Party. He distinguished himself as a savvy and fair-minded reporter and became the president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Abu-Jamal befriended and defended the stalwart revolutionaries of the MOVE Organization. For his reporting and activism, he drew the ire and contempt of the Fraternal Order of Police and arch-reactionary, cop-mayor Frank Rizzo, who publicly denounced Mumia and swore vengeance upon him. And in December of 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal was shot by Philadelphia police and then framed for murder.Within the story of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s frame-up are all the elements of the current struggle, decades later: police lies and police violence; a crooked and racist justice system that is structurally incapable of bringing killer cops to justice; and the mafia-like racket and dictatorship that police hold over political institutions.Today’s hypermilitarized Philadelphia Police Department is the terrorist fantasy of Rizzo, police commissioner from 1968-71 and mayor until 1980, who boasted that his cops could “invade Cuba and win.” A line can be traced from the riotous tear-gas attacks on 52nd Street and the Vine Street Expressway earlier this month to the murderous assaults on the MOVE Organization in Powelton Village (1978) and on Osage Avenue (1985), to the dehumanizing arrests following police raids on various Black Panther offices. These are the forces that framed Mumia Abu-Jamal.The uprising has brought about the long-overdue removal of Rizzo’s statue. But the Fraternal Order of Police and the capitalist state have been able to keep Mumia Abu-Jamal behind bars, despite an international campaign spanning decades that has saved Mumia from state execution and from murder by medical neglect.As the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party wrote in a late-June statement, “There is only one way to end the police dictatorship in our cities. The prison gates must open, and Mumia Abu-Jamal — the most famous political prisoner in the world and a living symbol of the struggle against racist police repression and for the Black Liberation movement — must walk through to freedom. And it must happen now!”“There can be no further real discussion in Philadelphia about reining in police racism until Mumia is free. If the system fails to do that, then the system is the enemy of those marching everywhere for justice.“If that is not done, there is no way that this country can move forward from this moment toward a future without racist police terror.” This is why we are holding a protest against police terror on July Fourth at 12 noon at the Philadelphia Municipal Service Building — where the Rizzo statue used to be. (tinyurl.com/y7gxlg8s)Join us for a webinar Thursday, July 2 to hear from the dedicated organizers who need your help to win a major victory against the cops.  (tinyurl.com/yclbch6h)Free Mumia! Free Them All! Abolish the Police!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Accidental Electrical Fire Destroys Buildings at Pasadena Waldorf

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Giving Back Accidental Electrical Fire Destroys Buildings at Pasadena Waldorf Altadena Country Club offers space for childcare, thanks in part to Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 1:58 pm Make a commentcenter_img On Friday August 29th at approximately 5:30pm, an accidental electrical fire destroyed the building housing Pasadena Waldorf School’s first and second grade classrooms at their historic campus on Mariposa Street in the foothills of Altadena. Everything inside the classrooms from desks and chairs to art supplies, handcrafted items, books, the school’s sound system, and more were also lost. The fire department responded immediately and further damage was contained to that building. Fortunately, no children were on campus at the time and no one was injured, but the start of school was delayed.The school’s parents immediately came together to replace the one-of-a-kind handmade items that are unique to the Waldorf curriculum. The school’s faculty and staff worked quickly and efficiently with the goal of welcoming back students to a safe campus just two weeks later. Working parents had to quickly find childcare and the PWS Parent Council jumped in to organize after-care workers and alternative venues for the children.Thanks to outreach from PWS parent and a phone call made to general manager Craig Sloane at Altadena Country Club, by Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis, the Altadena Country Club offered their space for childcare needs with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Five Acres. According to Parent Council Co-Chair Peter Listro, “we could not have done this without the Boutakidis family and the Altadena Country Club. We tried every local venue we could think of, and then this generous offer came through that could serve more than 18 children for 5 days.”After a particularly emotional opening-day “Rose Ceremony” on Monday September 15, all the children returned to their regular classes. School Administrator Douglas Garrett stated that, “the entire Pasadena Waldorf School family has been deeply moved by the outpouring of support to help us though this challenge. We are truly blessed by the people who make up our wonderful community and equally grateful for the help offered by our extended local community. It was a particularly generous and helpful gesture that The Altadena Country Club opened their doors and their hearts to our students to provide a venue for childcare so that our working parents had a place for their children to be while their school was made safe and ready for their return.”Despite the loss of two classrooms, the school was able to reorganize spaces to accommodate all students, and plans are now underway to replace the destroyed building and create two new classrooms that will be even better than before. Pasadena Waldorf School’s high school, located a few miles away on the campus of William Carey International University, was unaffected by the fire.For more information about Five Acres, visit http://www.5acres.org/.For more information about Pasadena Waldorf School, visit http://www.pasadenawaldorf.org/. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Business News Community News 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Five things you need to know today, June 20

first_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Shawn Munn hits out of a bunker during day two of the North American One-Armed Golfer Association Championship at the Odessa Country Club Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Social Security and Medicare trust funds are nearly depletedNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: June 20 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Wednesday, June 20. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. Odessa’s economy is growing at a white-hot pace — evident in everything from surging employment and hotel stays to general spending and home and auto sales.2. After another round of heated discussions Tuesday night, Ector County Hospital District board members voted to keep Mary Thompson as the current board chair.3. Odessa police and the United States Marshals Service arrested a man Tuesday afternoon on a charge of felony capital murder.4. Ector County Independent School District released scores for the 2018 administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests Tuesday and said they show growth in many areas.5. IN SPORTS: Jesse Florkowski surged to the top of the Getchell Division standings Tuesday on the second day of the North American One-Armed Golfer Association Championship. Home Local News Five things you need to know today, June 20center_img OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Local News Five things you need to know today, June 20 By admin – June 20, 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

Permian graduates return to their roots“Friday Night Lights” class comes back for 30-year reunion

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter 051309nw PHS 1989 Reunion webPhoto by Cindeka NealyCristy Scott Batte, from left, Amy Kight Hooks, and Julie Fowler Freund are planning Permian High Schools 1989 High School reunion. Permian High School’s graduating class that donned the “Friday Night Lights” moniker is returning to West Texas for their 30-year reunion.Many graduates from the 1989 class living outside of the Permian Basin are eager to come back and relive their high school days for another weekend.The class of “Friday Night Lights” will begin their reunion with a kick-off celebration at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the Odessa Country Club. The reunion weekend continues with a tour of Permian High School at 10 a.m. June 22 and the reunion starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ratliff Ranch Pavilion.“We had a really good class and everyone really enjoyed being around each other,” said Amy (Kight) Hooks, who will be flying to Odessa from Las Vegas. “We were probably a closer knit class than some of the other ones. It’s exciting for me to come back and see old classmates and old friends. It’s exciting that everyone is still excited to come back together and see each other.”This will be the third reunion for the 1989 graduating class.Permian’s graduating class was featured in the H.G. Bissinger book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream.” It’s a book that follows the 1988 Permian Panthers in their attempt to win a state football championship. Permian lost in the 5A semifinals to Carter High School in Dallas, but won a state and national championship a year later.The seven main people featured in “Friday Night Lights” were James “Boobie” Miles, Mike Winchell, Brian Chavez, Ivory Christian, Don Billingsley, Jerrod McDougal and Coach Gary Gaines.During their 20-year high school reunion, the “Friday Night Lights” film was released about four years earlier and Gaines was set to return for his second stint as Permian’s head coach football.Former PHS student Bill Hicks, who is now an attorney that lives in El Paso, has watched from afar the Odessa-Midland area change throughout the years.“The city has grown, but all the growth has been on the outskirts of town from when we were there,” Hicks said. “I’m seen it grow, so it’s not as much of a shock to me as people that coming in that haven’t been here for 10 or 20 years.“We always knew that Odessa and Midland would physically grow together, but now that it really has happened. … It’s kind of shocking to drive (Highway) 191 and never really see countryside like you used to. It’s kind of amazing to see the growth.”Former Permian cheerleader Kaylene (Steding) Hindman believes her enthusiasm for high school football was spurred from her upbringing around the Permian football program.She lives in Austin and her son, Luke, will be a senior quarterback for Hyde Park.“I know I am a football fanatic and I know some people in Austin think I’m crazy about it,” Kaylene Hindman said. “When you are from Odessa Permian, you got to love football. When people find out where I’m from, it kind of justifies the craziness around the love for football.”Former student Greg Gasaway lives in Bedford, a suburb of Fort Worth, and works for Grand Canyon University College of Doctoral Studies as university development counselor.He believes there’s a sense of pride of being part of the “Friday Night Lights” graduating class.“Regardless of what you think about the book or what you think about the movie, it’s a cool thing to see people you know and see your high school,” Gasaway said. “That was part of your growing up experience. I take great pride in saying that I’m part of the class of ‘Friday Night Lights.’”Since Hooks, Hicks, Hindman and Gasaway don’t live in Odessa, all four are excited about the opportunity to eat at Taco Villa.Hicks explained there’s a mix of nostalgia and truly enjoying the food that the fast food restaurant offers.“It was the place that we would break (away to) whenever we got to leave campus for our 15-minute lunch,” Hicks said. “We would drive like mad men to get something to eat and get back to campus on time.“Taco Villa is unique because it was unique to the Permian Basin and Lubbock.” WhatsApp Local Newscenter_img Twitter TAGS  Facebook Permian graduates return to their roots“Friday Night Lights” class comes back for 30-year reunion Previous articleLocal law enforcement to host memorial serviceNext articleAwards of Excellence 14C Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more

Last surviving parent of Bloody Sunday parents passes away

first_img WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous article26-year-old woman killed in crash outside Donegal TownNext articleSchool caretaker who abused four boys jailed for 14 years for abusing four News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – July 18, 2011 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Google+center_img Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest The last surviving parent of Derry’s Bloody Sunday dead died on Sunday.84-year-old Lawrence McElhinney, died after a short illness. His son Kevin was 17 years of age when he was shot dead by the Army in January 1972.Mr McElhinney was the only parent to survive to see the Saville report published. It cleared all those who were killed or injured.Speaking on behalf of the Bloody Sunday families, John Kelly said the death of Mr McElhinney was “the end of an era”…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jkelly11.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Last surviving parent of Bloody Sunday parents passes away HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Flat Buyers Entitled To Just & Reasonable Compensation For Gross Delay By Builders In Handing Over Possession: SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesFlat Buyers Entitled To Just & Reasonable Compensation For Gross Delay By Builders In Handing Over Possession: SC [Read Judgment] Ashok Kini24 Aug 2020 7:00 AMShare This – x”To uphold the contention of the developer that the flat buyer is constrained by the terms of the agreed rate irrespective of the nature or extent of delay would result in a miscarriage of justice.”The Supreme court has observed that failure of the developer to comply with the contractual obligation to provide the flat to a flat purchaser within a contractually stipulated period amounts to a ‘deficiency’. In cases where there is a gross delay in the handing over of possession beyond the contractually stipulated period, the jurisdiction of the consumer forum to award just and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme court has observed that failure of the developer to comply with the contractual obligation to provide the flat to a flat purchaser within a contractually stipulated period amounts to a ‘deficiency’. In cases where there is a gross delay in the handing over of possession beyond the contractually stipulated period, the jurisdiction of the consumer forum to award just and reasonable compensation is not constrained by the terms of a rate in builders agreement, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph said. The Court also said it cannot be oblivious to the one-sided nature of Apartment Buyers Agreements which are drafted by and to protect the interest of the developers. It also observed that execution of the Deed of Conveyance by a flat purchaser does not preclude a consumer claim being raised for delayed possession In this case, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, dismissed a consumer complaint filed by 339 flat buyers, accepting the defence of DLF Southern Homes Pvt. Ltd. and Annabel Builders and Developers Pvt. Ltd. that there was no deficiency of service on their part in complying with their contractual obligations and that despite a delay in handing over the possession of the residential flats, the purchasers were not entitled to compensation in excess of what was stipulated in the Apartment Buyers Agreement.Disagreeing with this approach, the Apex Court bench observed that, in the instant case, there has been a gross delay on the part of the developer in completing construction ranging between two and four years. The court observed: A failure of the developer to comply with the contractual obligation to provide the flat to a flat purchaser within a contractually stipulated period amounts to a deficiency. There is a fault, shortcoming or inadequacy in the nature and manner of performance which has been undertaken to be performed in pursuance of the contract in relation to the service. The expression “service‟ in Section 2 (1) (o) means a service of any description which is made available to potential users including the provision of facilities in connection with (among other things) housing construction. Under Section 14(1)(e), the jurisdiction of the consumer forum extends to directing the opposite party inter alia to remove the deficiency in the service in question. Intrinsic to the jurisdiction which has been conferred to direct the removal of a deficiency in service is the provision of compensation as a measure of restitution to a flat buyer for the delay which has been occasioned by the developer beyond the period within which possession was to be handed over to the purchaser.” Courts cannot be oblivious to the one-sided nature of ABAsThe bench also observed that it cannot be oblivious to the one-sided nature of ABAs which are drafted by and to protect the interest of the developer. Perusing the instant ABA, the court said that the same was manifestly one-sided: the rights provided to the developer for a default on the part of the home buyer are not placed on an equal platform with the contractual right provided to the home buyer in the case of a default by the developer. The bench observed:  “Flat purchasers suffer agony and harassment, as a result of the default of the developer. Flat purchasers make legitimate assessments in regard to the future course of their lives based on the flat which has been purchased being available for use and occupation. These legitimate expectations are belied when the developer as in the present case is guilty of a delay of years in the fulfilment of a contractual obligation. To uphold the contention of the developer that the flat buyer is constrained by the terms of the agreed rate irrespective of the nature or extent of delay would result in a miscarriage of justice. Undoubtedly, as this court held in Dhanda, courts ordinarily would hold parties down to a contractual bargain. Equally the court cannot be oblivious to the one-sided nature of ABAs which are drafted by and to protect the interest of the developer. Parliament consciously designed remedies in the CP Act 1986 to protect consumers. Where, as in the present case, there has been a gross delay in the handing over of possession beyond the contractually stipulated debt, we are clearly of the view that the jurisdiction of the consumer forum to award just and reasonable compensation as an incident of its power to direct the removal of a deficiency in service is not constrained by the terms of a rate which is prescribed in an unfair bargain. ” The Court also observed that the decision in DLF Homes Panchkula Pvt. Ltd. v. D S Dhanda, does not prescribe an absolute embargo on the award of compensation beyond the rate stipulated in the flat buyers‟ agreement where handing over of the possession of a flat has been delayed. The decision, does not lay down that there is an absence of jurisdiction in the adjudicatory fora constituted under the CP Act 1986 to award remedial compensation to a flat buyer for the delay of the developer in handing over possession on the agreed date, the bench observed. Execution of the Deed of Conveyance by a flat purchaser does not preclude a consumer claim being raised for delayed possessionAnother issue considered by the court was whether a flat buyer who seeks to espouse a claim against the developer for delayed possession can as a consequence of doing so be compelled to defer the right to obtain a conveyance to perfect their title? This issue arose, since the court noted that the flat buyers were given an option by the developers to either retaining their right to pursue their claims (in which event they would not get possession or title in the meantime) or to forsake the claims in order to perfect their title to the flats for which they had paid valuable consideration. The Court said: “It would, in our view, be manifestly unreasonable to expect that in order to pursue a claim for compensation for delayed handing over of possession, the purchaser must indefinitely defer obtaining a conveyance of the premises purchased or, if they seek to obtain a Deed of Conveyance to forsake the right to claim compensation. This basically is a position which the NCDRC has espoused. We cannot countenance that view. The flat purchasers invested hard earned money. It is only reasonable to presume that the next logical step is for the purchaser to perfect the title to the premises which have been allotted under the terms of the ABA. But the submission of the developer is that the purchaser forsakes the remedy before the consumer forum by seeking a Deed of Conveyance. To accept such a construction would lead to an absurd consequence of requiring the purchaser either to abandon a just claim as a condition for obtaining the conveyance or to indefinitely delay the execution of the Deed of Conveyance pending protracted consumer litigation. ” Thus the court disapproved the view of NCDRC that flat purchasers who obtained possession or executed Deeds of Conveyance have lost their right to make a claim for compensation for the delayed handing over of the flats. The court rejected the contention that the execution of the Deed of Conveyance by a flat purchaser precludes a consumer claim being raised for delayed possession. Developer Liable To Provide Amenities As WellThe court also rejected the contention flat purchasers have no right, title or interest in respect of the amenities which were to be constructed by the developer as a part of the larger township of New Town. The court said:Developers sell dreams to home buyers. Implicit in their representations is that the facilities which will be developed by the developer will provide convenience of living and a certain lifestyle based on the existence of  those amenities. Having sold the flats, the developer may find it economically unviable to provide the amenities. The flat purchasers cannot be left in the lurch or, as in the present case, be told that the absence of facilities which were to be provided by the developer is compensated by other amenities which are available in the area. The developer must be held accountable to its representation. A flat purchaser who invests in a flat does so on an assessment of its potential. The amenities which the builder has committed to provide impinge on the quality of life for the families of purchasers and the potential for appreciation in the value of the flat. The representation held out by the developer cannot be dismissed as chaff. True, in a situation such as the present it may be difficult for the court to quantify the exact nature of the compensation that should be provided to the flat buyers. The general appreciation in land values results in an increase in the value of the investment made by the buyers. Difficulties in determining the measure of compensation cannot however dilute the liability to pay. A developer who has breached a clear representation which has been made to the buyers of the amenities which will be provided to them should be held accountable to the process of law. To allow the developer to escape their obligation would put a premium on false assurances and representations made to the flat purchasers. Hence, in factoring in the compensation which should be provided to the flat buyers who are concerned in the present batch of appeals, we would necessarily have to bear this issue in mind.The Court, however, noted that eleven flat purchasers have entered into specific deeds of settlement with the buyers and therefore bound by it. The bench issued the following directives:(i) Save and except for eleven appellants who entered into specific settlements with the developer and three appellants who have sold their right, title and interest under the ABA, the first and second respondents shall, as a measure of compensation, pay an amount calculated at the rate of 6 per cent simple interest per annum to each of the appellants. The amount shall be computed on the total amounts paid towards the purchase of the respective flats with effect from the date of expiry of thirty-six months from the execution of the respective ABAs until the date of the offer of possession after the receipt of the occupation certificate; (ii) The above amount shall be in addition to the amounts which have been paid over or credited by the developer at the rate of Rs 5 per square foot per month at the time of the drawing of final accounts; and (iii) The amounts due and payable in terms of directions (i) and (ii) above shall be paid over within a period of one month from the date of this judgment failing which they shall carry interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum until paymentCase detailsCase name: Wg. Cdr. Arifur Rahman Khan and Aleya Sultana and Ors. vs DLF Southern Homes Pvt Ltd. (now Known as BEGUR OMR Homes Pvt. Ltd.)Case no.: Civil Appeal No. 6239 of 2019 Counsel: Adv Prashant Bhushan and Sr. Adv Bishwajit Bhattacharya, Sr. Adv R Balasubramanian, Sr.Adv Pinaki MisraCoram: Justices DY Chandrachud, KM JosephClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Mama’s Comfort Camp ‘Motherhood is a Joke’ event fosters community despite the pandemic

first_img J.T. Stone ITHACA, N.Y. — In the spirit of Mother’s Day, community members celebrated the vital and often underappreciated role of mothers in American society over the weekend with a night of mama comics, live music and S’mores, all while following COVID-19 safety protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing.The event, Motherhood is a Joke, took place at Firelight Camps on Saturday, May 8. Eight local moms performed stand-up comedy about motherhood struggles, touching on topics including childbirth, empty nest syndrome and the coronavirus pandemic. Over 100 people attended the event, which also featured a singing workshop, live music, and food and beverages provided by Mama Said Hand Pies, Ba-Li Cravings, The Piggery and Firelight Camps. Motherhood is a Joke was organized by Yael Daphna Saar, founder of Mama’s Comfort Camp (MCC), a project of Cornell University’s Center for Transformative Action. The goal of MCC, which is in its 10th year of service, is to offer “emotional and practical support to thousands of mothers around the world and across the street.” Saturday’s event was part of the organization’s Listen to the Mothers initiative, which is a series of programs inviting community mothers to share their motherhood stories through creative outlets such as comedy, poetry and songwriting. “The idea for Motherhood is a Joke has been with me for a few years,” said Saar, who is also a mother of two. “A lot of the work that happens at Mama’s Comfort Camp is attending to the person while they’re in this struggle, helping them find their footing, not by trying to fix them but by walking the hard path with them… Right now, it’s a time when we stomp together and walk this uphill path together, but someday we’re all going to look back and laugh about it.”Local mom Lillian Yavits performs stand-up comedy. (Edna Brown Photography)By inviting local mothers to share their stories through comedy, Saar saw an opportunity to help empower parents while also putting on an enjoyable show for the community. “The act of storytelling is not only entertaining to the listener, it is healing and empowering to the person with the story… When struggles don’t have an outlet they fester and they become anxiety and depression, so this is a mental health service, it’s not just an artistic endeavor. It’s a first rate healing process that has a beautiful side product that is art.”As a postpartum depression survivor, Saar is a passionate activist when it comes to the wellbeing of nurturers and believes the daily struggles must be normalized and addressed in order to create a better society not just for mothers, but for everyone. “We can’t expect flowers to become fruit if we don’t water the roots,” she said. Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Tagged: jt stone, Mama’s Comfort Camp, Mother’s Day, motherhood Saar founded the organization PPDtoJoy (which is now MCC) in 2011 to provide mothers with a support network and its Facebook group now has over 3,000 members. After years of helping to foster this supportive community, Saar decided it was time to help people get out of their comfort zones and later launched the Listen to the Mothers initiative as a way to elevate the voices and stories of mothers in the larger community.“We create the space where the struggles are attended to lovingly, but it was really time to also create the vehicle for the stories of those struggles to transcend our protected safe space and be told in ways that the healing is heard and seen by an audience.” Preparation for Motherhood is a Joke began in the fall of 2019 as a collaboration with the Ithaca Kitchen Theatre with a performance set for March 31, 2020. 15 mothers came together over the course of four months to turn their struggles into comedy in workshops facilitated by Saar, Alison Fromme, Elbonee “Trece” Stevenson, Kenneth McLaurin and R.J. Lavine. However, the pandemic derailed the sold-out show a week before it took place. Since the pandemic started, some of the mothers continued meeting over Zoom to modify their acts for a future performance date, which was ultimately able to happen in person over Mother’s Day weekend 2021. Lillian Yavits, one of the mama comics, said this experience created a safe space that helped make parenting easier during the pandemic. “As a nurse working in the Ithaca community through the pandemic, the past year has heightened all of the stressors of everyday life and parenthood. Motherhood is a Joke has offered a sanctuary to make meaningful connections and find light and humor in the dark places. It has been wonderful to have an authentic outlet at a time when it has been most needed.”Shira Evergreen, who is currently producing a documentary about MCC, agreed that the organization provided community during the pandemic. “Yael’s work to embolden and create a space for mothers and nurturers is profound… Little did she know that I have been wanting to take a stab at stand-up for years but never thought I would have the time or opportunity. This series has renewed my love of writing and performance, and brought me into community during a time of isolation caused by the pandemic. My hope is that the completed documentary will capture not only the performances, but some of the very hilarious and poignant behind-the-scenes process of moms coming together to get creative during turbulent times.”Funds from the event will be used to edit the documentary and for operational costs for Mama’s Comfort Camp. Further donations can also be made here.The next program in the Listen to the Mothers initiative will be Songs from the Abyss, inviting community mothers to write poetry about their motherhood experiences and collaborate with local musicians to create original songs, which will take place this summer. Anyone interested can find more information and support on the organization’s website.Featured image by Kate Frazer J.T. Stone is a contributor for The Ithaca Voice and a 2020 graduate of Ithaca High School. Questions? Story tips? Email him at [email protected] More by J.T. Stonelast_img read more

Scoil Íosagáin a step closer to completing major school project

first_img Twitter Scoil Íosagáin a step closer to completing major school project FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img By News Highland – January 25, 2021 AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Scoil Íosagáin has moved a step closer to completing their major school project.It’s been announced today that the project is now progressing to Stage 3 Tender Stage.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh says the news is greatly welcomed for the school which he says has been on a long journey to get the project over the line.He confirmed also that there is a clear commitment from Government to deliver on all school capital projects outlined in the Capital Plan:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/mchugh5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article‘FUTURE Ballyshannon’ launched todayNext articleInpatient and day surgery restrictions continue at LUH News Highland last_img read more