Melanie May | 27 March 2020 | News 719 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 718 total views, 2 views today Julia and Hans Rausing have announced that they are giving £16.5 million to charities and causes tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, including £5 million to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal.Funds raised for the Covid-19 Appeal will be used to fund well-being packs for NHS staff and volunteers on wards/departments, the cost of travel, parking, accommodation for NHS staff and volunteers, as well as volunteer expenses, and other items as requested by NHS Charities that enhance the well-being of NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.The £5 million donation from Julia and Hans Rausing follows their £2.5 million grant announced last week to other Covid-19 related charities including the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Helpforce and FareShare amongst others. In addition to this, Julia and Hans have pledged a further £9 million in donations over the next six months for other Covid-19 related causes.Julia and Hans Rausing commented:“The Covid-19 Appeals launched by organisations such as NHS Charities Together provides immediate support to the well-being of the NHS staff who are at the forefront of this national emergency. All its staff and volunteers within the NHS are making huge sacrifices every day to care for those unwell and this is a rallying cry to inspire others to support these national heroes and provide vital support for those in need.”Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: Advertisement “This £5 million grant from the philanthropists Julia and Hans Rausing is an incredible gift and marks the single biggest donation from a family or individual in our appeal. We have increased our target to £100 million and we hope others join the appeal to support the awe-inspiring work being carried out by NHS staff and volunteers up and down the country to fight this pandemic.” Tagged with: COVID-19 Giving/Philanthropy Major gift Julia and Hans Rausing donate £16.5 million to Covid-19 causes 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.
Marta Milans will star in the New York premiere of Tanya Saracho’s Mala Hierba. Joining her in the cast are Roberta Colindrez, Sandra Marquez and Ana Nogueira. The production will begin performances as part of Second Stage’s twelfth annual Uptown Series on July 14 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. The play, directed by Jerry Ruiz, will open on July 28. View Comments The production will feature set design by Raul Abrego, costumes by Carisa Kelly, lighting design by Jennifer Schriever and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Mala Hierba follows Liliana (Milans), a seemingly impeccable trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas. But beneath her polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When her true desires break the surface, she is forced to decide between obligation and the price of freedom. Milans appeared as a series regular on ABC’s Killer Women; her additional screen credits include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Strangers and Shame. Colindrez’s stage credits include Fun Home, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill: vol 2. Marquez’s regional credits include The Motherf*cker with the Hat, The Upstairs Concierge and Mojada. Nogueira has appeared on the New York stage previously in Knives and Other Sharp Objects, I’m Pretty F*cked Up and The Boy in the Bathroom.
Statewide—The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched the Indiana State Trade and Export Promotion (IN-STEP) program to develop and expand export opportunities throughout the state, assisting Indiana small businesses with identifying, marketing and selling Hoosier-made goods in international markets. IN-STEP, which will support company growth and job creation by diversifying small businesses’ customer bases, offers eligible companies reimbursements of costs associated with export-related activities like participating in international trade missions, foreign trade shows and export educational programs, as well as other export services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Total reimbursements under IN-STEP cover up to 50%, or $12,500, of small businesses’ export expenses. The program, which is launching with the support of a two-year grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide up to $660,000 in funding for small businesses. Applications will be available on a rolling basis until all funds are distributed or up to August 31, 2021.Qualifying criteria is as follows: The business must be in operation for at least a year.The business must be new to exporting or market expansion.The business must be an Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) client. The business must be in accordance with SBA size standards, which categorize small businesses based on measures like industry, number of employees and annual receipts. Use the SBA’s Size Standards Tool to see if your company qualifies.The business’ goods must be made in the U.S. or composed of at least 51% U.S. material.
Some of the crops that are being plagued with pests and diseasesSome of the crops that are being plagued with pests and diseasesFarmers in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have raised concerns over the lack of technical support and advise from Agricultural Extension Officers dispatched to the region.According to the farmers, this issue has been ongoing for the past four years, and as such, they are requesting answers from the relevant authorities as to why these trained officers are not of any assistance to them.Reports reaching Guyana Times indicate the farmers who plant banana suckers, plantain and citrus crops are losing income as a result of diseases and pests which are significantly impacting their production. They said the losses are due to the lack of much-needed advice on pest and disease control techniques; this cycle goes on with farmers incurring high figures of cultivation cost and low figures of profit.The concerned farmers related to this publication that all attention is now being given to the coconut farmers in the lower Pomeroon, while the other crop farmers in the Upper Pomeroon are completely being ignored. These affected farmers are suggesting that the authorities send officers back into the fields to do research so that they can come up with solutions to the problems affecting the farmers. This, they say, will help them get sufficient income so they too can survive.According to a farmer, more scientific reliable and cost-effective farming can provide more jobs, more quality produce, more demands, better markets, and affordable prices. The farmer added that in addition to this, they are also faced with a long dry spell which is affecting the growth and markets for produce.Another farmer said the cost of living in the Pomeroon region is very high, “we have children to send to school who have to use boats for transportation, no drinking water, we have to pay high cost to go to Charity to purchased food, water and other household items and getting nothing for our crops, we have no say those purchasing our produce are the ones calling the prices,” he stated.When Guyana Times reached out to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) on Friday, an official said the Institute has no knowledge of the issue.“We send extension workers out and the purpose of them going there is to provide assistance to the farmers, if it is that these farmers are complaining that they are not getting any help then we will have to go there and talk to the farmers themselves to find out what’s going on,” the official stated.
Indian defender and drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was overwhelmed after receiving the Asian Player of the 2018 award from the Asian Hockey Federation and thanked fans and supporters for their continuous backing. Harmanpreet expressed that the Indian hockey team feels blessed to have so much of public support and promised to give his best in 2019.”Okay! Where do I began to thank you for your consistent support, for inspiring me to be the best I can possibly be .. for giving me strength to fulfill your expectations .. by embracing your blessings. We as team is very blissful by your support ..”A big thanks to Asian Hockey Federation for presenting me the award of Asian Player of the year 2k18 .. I promise I will give my best in 2k19 n in coming years also .. with all your support n ofcourse with my hardwork …,” Harmanpreet said on Twitter.Okay! Where do i began to thank you for your consistent support, for inspiring me to be the best i can possibly be .. for giving me strength to fulfill your expectations .. by embracing your blessings . We as team is very blissful by your support .. pic.twitter.com/KYINK0wI2OHarmanpreet Singh (@13harmanpreet) February 25, 2019A BiG THANK to ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION FOR presenting me the AWARd of ASIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2k18 .. I promise i will give my best in 2k19 n in coming years also .. with all your support n ofcourse with my hardwork …Harmanpreet Singh (@13harmanpreet) February 25, 2019Harmanpreet was an integral part of the Indian team in the Hockey World Cup that happened in Bhubaneswar last year, where India lost their quarter-final of the Netherlands.advertisementHarmanpreet was a major contributor in India’s silver medal-winning performance at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda last year and was also part of the team that won the Asian Champions Trophy 2018.Indian men’s hockey team winning the silver medal at the Champions Trophy was a historic feat as they repeated their success from the 2016 edition of the tournament.The Indian men’s team was awarded with the Best Performance of The Year for being the only Asian side to have reached the top eight at the World Cup in Bhubaneswar.Hockey India is proud to announce that the Indian Men’s Hockey Team was bestowed with the title of the ‘Best Performance Award 2018’ by the @asia_hockey in Gifu on 22nd February 2019.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/ddzw6MQMBVHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 23, 2019Apart from that, Indian women’s team striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of The Year award. The 18-year-old Lalremsiami impressed one and all at the 2018 World Cup and the Asian Games, where Indian women won a historic silver. She was also a part of the Youth Olympics squad in Buenos Aires last year, where the under-18 team won a silver medal.Hockey India congratulates our promising Forward Lalremsiami for being presented with the award for the ‘Rising Player of the Year 2018 – Female’ by the @asia_hockey in Gifu on 22nd February 2019.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/rskmIqTUCzHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 23, 2019