first_imgThe man from Cádiz is born where he feels like it. So they say in Cadiz and there is no better example than Michael Robinson, which despite its British origin (Leicester, United Kingdom) he always felt from Cadiz. “Someone has said that I am British but it is not so, I am from Cádiz and it is already known, but bad tongues always say that” he said Robinson. Cádiz adopted him as a son and found his home in Olvera, “here I find spiritual peace”, he always repeated. His commitment to the town made everyone keep a special affection for him.Robinson arrived in Olvera thanks to the Peña Cadista de Olvera Michael Robinson, and quickly integrated with the townspeople. Paco Medina, president of the peña, affirms that “he was in Olvera about seven times. When he walked through the streets of the town, he greeted people as if he knew everyone. There is even a pub that named Robinson for the gin and tonic that he drank. “Paco Medina remember the last time you were with Robinson, an appointment that he considers a gift of life. “It was in October in Madrid, and I think it was a gift to be with him from six in the afternoon until around eleven, and because they told us to leave. He was an incredible person. We had spoken on WhatsApp several times, no I liked to disturb his schedule, but that day I passed in front of the SER chain and I went to ask about him. It didn’t take him two minutes to reply that he was waiting for him at the bar next door. There they gave us eleven at night with our beers and gin and tonics. I was like, ‘Michael, alcohol?’ And he said, ‘The doctor has told me that stress is not good for cancer, and I get stress if I don’t smoke and don’t drink.’ “When the club was founded, one of the members proposed the name of the Briton, they voted for it and it was approved by a majority, so Paco Medina got down to work to contact Robinson, although he admits that he did not have much hope. “I had doubts that this man came to a town of nine thousand inhabitants and, furthermore, we could not afford the trip either.” But to his surprise, “Robinson did not put any impediment, he took a flight and an AVE to be on the rock that afternoon, slept in a hotel and the next day opened the Peña Cadista de Olvera Michael Robinson. It was quite an event in town. “ On the day of the inauguration, the president of the club was in charge of helping him take care of his image. “He radiated affection, closeness. I controlled his image the first day he arrived in Olvera, a small town. People started to heat up in celebration and wanted to go to a pub carrying Michel on their shoulders. I told him that it seemed better to me that he go to the hotel to rest. Michael said goodbye to people and came to me saying, ‘You are a perfect bastard, but I’m going to sleep.’ I loved that. He was aware of the image he represented and that going to the pub could mean being publicly harmed. “Paco Medina stays with humanity and the professionalism of Robinson. “What has come to me the most, besides his humanity, is how professional he was for everything. He told me that he was so overwhelmed when he signed it Liverpool that he left town and called his mother to say he didn’t know if he would be able to meet people’s expectations. “Also when he worked on television, he was very demanding, Medina says,” he wanted everything, music, the lights … I wanted everything to be perfect. Michael Robinson was from another galaxy. “Such it was Michael Robinson’s commitment to Olvera, who had already planned a day at the Peña Cadista to help people suffering from cancer. “We had a day that, if it hadn’t been for the coronavirus, it would have already been done. I was going to come to Olvera to speak of cancer to an association of the people called ALUDA to encourage and push them to continue fighting. “Paco Medina describes Michael as “a person with a lot of humanity and with his little point of guiri, he had a heart that did not fit in his chest and he was always ready for anything. “And he adds,” he was shy, he liked giving more than receiving. “The one who will always be his town in Cádiz will pay tribute to him once the health crisis ends. “In Olvera we are going to prepare, when the COVID-19 passes, a tribute like he deserves and we want to have important people because it is the least we can do for him, because he was endearing, affectionate, friend …”.“I keep his smile and his desire to live,” he says. Paco Medina. All those who have been able to enjoy Michael Robinson, either personally or as a professional, will surely never forget his smile and his exemplary way of facing the blows of life. DEP, Michael Robinson.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chief of Party (COP) and Project Director of the World Council of Credit Union, Patrick Muriuki, has promised members of the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) that his organization will continue to establish more branches in the 15 counties of Liberia.Muriuki made the disclosure recently at the just-ended third General Assembly of LCUNA, held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.According to Mr. Muriuki, the establishment of more credit union sub-branches in the 15 political sub-divisions is intended to support the development of their activities by expanding savings and improve livelihoods of poor and low-income households through the Liberia Credit Unions Association.“WOCCU raises the awareness of credit unions, facilitates the exchange of information and ideas about financial cooperatives, and works with policymakers to improve the legal and regulatory environments for credit unions,” said Mr. Muriuki.He said most of the credit union centers in the country have been operating like a ‘savings clubs’ otherwise known locally as ‘susu,’ where they have to save and withdrew their funds at the end of the year or a little earlier in the year.By that, WOCCU’s chief of party said that the people would not achieve any things. He added that the establishment of the centers would encourage more local Liberian business entrepreneurs to improve their lives as well as their businesses.These 15 sub-branches, he noted, would help build smaller credit unions’ capacities and strengthen LCUNA’s ability to establish and maintain a network of safe and sound credit unions in the country.The chief of party of WOCCU also disclosed to LCUNA’s member that for the past four years, WOCCU has recruited over 2000 members nationwide and as well as generate the amount of L$5 million for the organization.“This is a boost for credit union members in the country,” he assured them.Currently, Mr. Muriuki said there are 2,000 credit unions affiliating with LCUNA and serving 36,000 members as well as four new regional credit unions, which will serve a minimum of 40,000 new members by the end of May 2017.For his part, the managing director of Liberia Credit Union National Association, Yarkpazuo Gborzowuoi, thanked WOCCU for the level of support that is giving to his organization.Gborzowuoi said the credit union is pivotal to the ongoing recovery of Liberia fledging economy.He noted that reconstruction of the country can only be achieved if citizens are given the needed support that will enable them partner with government to implement the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).At the same time, he wants government to empower the Liberia Credit Union so that it can perform to the expectation of international standard.He, however, called on members to refrain from negative devices that will obstruct the growth and development of the Union.Meanwhile, WOCCU is an international trade association with headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and was founded on January 1, 1971 as the global trade association for credit unions around the world.WOCCU has also worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA) to build Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperatives in Afghanistan.Members of WOCCU include regional and national credit union associations, cooperative associations and business service organizations in 97 countries throughout the world. WOCCU’s member associations account for over 54,000 credit unions with 186 million members worldwide.It also provides micro-enterprise through access to saving and credit services as well as increasing access to finance through democratic participation.In 2006, WOCCU received $6.7 million grant from the Gates Foundation to develop credit unions in Africa and Latin America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe first wrongful death trial in the case, stemming from a 2002 lawsuit, ended in a mistrial when it emerged that city lawyers withheld evidence from the plaintiffs. Last week, attorneys on both sides of the family’s still-active wrongful death lawsuit agreed to enter into mediation presided over by a magistrate judge. The second trial in that case, set for February, has been delayed indefinitely as a result. The family of slain rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. “Notorious B.I.G.,” was dealt a legal setback this week when a judge dismissed its secondary wrongful-death lawsuit against the Los Angeles and a disgraced LAPD Officer, officials said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted the city and Rafael Perez’s request to dismiss the case yesterday, ruling that Wallace’s family did not file a claim against the city within the necessary time frame in an ancillary wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in April. Perez was a central figure in the Rampart division corruption scandal that hit the LAPD in the late 1990s. Wallace was shot to death on March 9, 1997, as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. His family claims that rogue LAPD officers were involved in his murder. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonRest stops have a long history in California – nearly as old as the state itself. The state’s earliest rest areas began popping up along highways in 1868 as wayside stations to provide water and shade to travelers and livestock. Although times have changed, the need for rest stops has not. Feeling drowsy while on the road remains a top reason to pull over and take a break, said Montgomery. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002 estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. These crashes cause more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, as well as $12.5billion in productivity and property losses. “The big thing is making sure there’s a parking area where people can feel safe taking naps,” said Montgomery. “You find that restaurants don’t like you doing that, so it’s good to have public parking space where you can sleep.” By 2009, all 87 state-run rest stops should be in compliance with the federal disability act, bathrooms expanded, sidewalks repaired and lighting improved, according to Caltrans officials. If you’re one of the 7.1million Californians hitting the highway this holiday season, you may get a nice surprise: Cleaner, brighter and more accessible rest stops. At a cost of about $13million a year, nearly half of the state’s 87 rest stops have gotten makeovers since 2000 and all are supposed to be up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards by 2009. “You need to have good rest stops on the road. They are valuable,” said Marie Montgomery, Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman. “If people have this idea that they will be grungy, then there’s a reluctance to stop.” Visited by more than 100 million people each year, the state’s rest areas were largely built during the 1960s and 1970s during the heyday of new freeway construction. In fact, the last rest stop to be built in California was back in 1984, said Caltrans spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson. Eighty more rest stops are needed in California, according to a plan developed in 2000 by the Office of State Landscape Architecture. Caltrans is first looking to build three new rest areas on the Golden State Freeway between Kern and San Joaquin counties. An additional four are under consideration for Southern California deserts. David Rizzo, Fullerton-based transportation expert, argues that the state does not need any additional rest stops, because today’s highways are no longer isolated from cities and people, as they were during the 1960s and 1970s. “There are hardly any desolate places in California anymore,” said Rizzo. “The suburbs have encroached.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed that he and wife Majella are spending Christmas hundreds of miles apart.Due to family commitments Daniel is to stay at home with his mother Julia while wife Majella is jetting to Tenerife to be with her parents.The globe-trotting couple will have to wait until December 27th to open eachother’s presents when the singer heads out to Tenerife to join his wife and step-son Michael. A source revealed “Daniel wants to spend Christmas at home with his mum and family. Julia has had a tough year.“Majella had already made plans to be with her parents but Daniel will get out as soon as he can.”The couple have plenty of time to be together when Majella treats her husband to a secret holiday away when he turns 50 on December 12th.“Majella and I are going away for a couple of days, but I don’t know where yet! But I have insisted and she has assured me that it will be somewhere quiet and low-key,” claimed Daniel. The millionaire singer helps the people of Dungloe to get into the festive spirit later today when he officially turns on the town’s Christmas lights at 4pm.“I will be officially turning on the Christmas lights and I’m sure we will have a few songs! That’s just in case any of you are within striking distance of Dungloe!,” he said.DANIEL SINGING THE BLUES AS HE AND WIFE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS APART was last modified: December 4th, 2011 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:CHristmasdaniel o’donnellMajellalast_img read more

first_imgTHEY’RE ALL LIVEWIRES AT LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Community Centre Livewire camplast_img read more

first_imgFollowing Wednesday’s contest, the Bulldogs head to Evansville to face the Purple Aces Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. Earlier this season the Bulldogs defeated Evansville, 81-65, in Des Moines. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes While Timmer’s scoring pushed Drake ahead of Missouri State, it was Nick McGlynn’s three critical blocks to tie a career high that helped keep the Bears’ offense from gaining traction in the final minutes. Additionally, the junior is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game to rank 13th and fifth, respectively, in conference play. He is one of just six MVC players to average at least 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Live Stats Drake’s resurgent season continued Saturday thanks to senior Reed Timmer’s (New Berlin, Wis.) game-high 24 points against Missouri State with 18 of them coming in the second half to rally the Bulldogs for the victory. The performance was his ninth 20-point game of the season and moved him even closer to becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer as his 1,737 points moves him just 53 points away from becoming Drake’s all-time scoring leader. Live Audio Buy Tickets The Drake University men’s basketball team hosts its second-straight clash of first-place teams at the Knapp Center when the Bulldogs welcome fellow Missouri Valley Conference leader Loyola to the Knapp Center Wednesday, Jan. 24. Tipoff between the two teams with matching 6-2 MVC records is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast locally on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3.The Bulldogs continue their homestand after defeating previous MVC leader Missouri State, 61-58, at the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated at home this season. The Ramblers make their annual trip to Des Moines riding a five-game win streak with a 16-4 overall record. Story Links The Ramblers’ efficient offense converts on 50.6 percent of its shots with four of its top five scorers all shooting 50 percent or better. Clayton Custer leads the way with 12.8 points per game while Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram add 12.1 and 11.9 points, respectively. The Ramblers swept the weekly MVC awards this week with Ingram claiming Player of the Week honors while Cameron Krutwig was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week. The freshman center averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in last week’s wins. Live Video last_img read more

first_imgTHE Football Association of Ireland has paid a touching tribute to the late Conor Boyle, the young Rosses man who died two months ago.The brave 18 year old from west Donegal passed away in September, two weeks after a road traffic accident in England.Conor was a fine young sportsman and played soccer, gaelic football and was a good boxer. On Friday night FAI boss John Delaney invited Conor’s parents Sheila and Hugh and brothers Liam, James, Darragh, Shane and Owen to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to watch Ireland take on Latvia.A tribute to Conor was included in the match programme.Conor played soccer with Keadue Rovers.“Conor was a very caring and popular character away from the playing fields, full of fun and very popular with everyone,” said the tribute. A number of other relatives bereaved in tragic circumstances were also at the match. FAI BOSSES IN TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO CONOR BOYLE was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Conor BoyleFAI TRIBUTElast_img read more

first_img1 April 2009South African consumer confidence rebounded in the first quarter of the year despite the global economy deteriorating further since November 2008, with the FNB/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) consumer confidence index rising by five points.According to First National Bank (FNB) and the BER, economic growth has contracted sharply in many countries, with share prices collapsing and millions of workers losing their jobs.“The global economy is heading for its biggest contraction since the Second World War,” First National Bank chief economist Cees Bruggemans said in a statement this week.“Consumer confidence has dropped to record lows in the USA. In light of these developments, the increase in the [FNB/BER index] bucks the US trend.”Positive developmentsAccording to Bruggemans, a number of developments supported consumer confidence in South Africa during the survey period and partly explain the increase in consumer confidence.This included the 150 basis point interest rate cut since December, with prospects for further declines (the survey was conducted before a further 100 basis points cut was announced on 24 March); a drop in the petrol price between November and February; the decline in inflation; a relatively stable rand exchange rate; and a confidence boosting national Budget announced on 11 February.“The Budget was positive for households,” Bruggemans said. “Households will benefit indirectly, as the fiscal stimulus partly counters the slump in economic activity.”The Budget included a number of measures to increase the disposable income of households directly, such as the additional R13-billion set aside for social grants and the R4.1-billion for the expanded public works programme.“Furthermore, the personal income tax scales were adjusted to fully compensate for inflation,” he said. “However, the increase in the fuel levy will partly offset the benefit of the tax rate adjustment.”Economy, households, durable goodsThe FNB/BER consumer confidence index survey is based on three questions, namely the expected performance of the economy, the expected financial situation of households, and the appropriateness of the present time to buy durable goods (such as furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, and motor vehicles).Despite the net percentage of consumers rating the present as an inappropriate time to buy durable goods remaining more or less unchanged relative to the fourth quarter of 2008, the net percentage expecting their own finances and the economy to improve during the next 12 months increased.The own finances sub-index increased from +9 to +15 and the economic performance sub-index from -5 to +4.“The reason why the own finances sub-index increased during [the first quarter of 2009] is probably because the positive impact of the interest rate cuts, lower petrol price and national budget fully countered the adverse impact of the job losses and fall in house prices,” said Bruggemans.High debt, no creditPossible reasons why consumers continued to rate the present as an inappropriate time to buy durable goods are their high debt burdens, increased difficulty in obtaining credit, a stock effect and the decline in residential building activity.The low level of the time to buy durable goods sub-index indicates dismal growth in spending on durable goods, Bruggemans said, adding that credit spending would also remain weak.“With the time to buy durable goods sub-index low and the economic performance and own finances sub-indices high, any rise in real disposable income should lead to increased consumer spending on non-durable goods and services,” he said. “Such a rise in real disposable income could happen if the positive impact of the lower interest rate and inflation continues to outweigh the negative effect of job losses.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it. Perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It didn’t matter. What did matter was that our home became an almost exclusively English-speaking household, with the occasional Konkani conversation.We were not alone. Clustered throughout the affluent sections of urban India are many families such as ours, predominantly speaking English and not the tongues they grew up with.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img read more