first_img Tagged with: corporate Supermarket Asda is donating 250 gifts to Marie Curie nurses who gave up their own family Christmas to care for terminally ill people over Christmas and the New Year.Gifts include luxury bouquets of flowers and an Olay Double Action Day Cream.Lisa Burnett, head of Asda in the Community, said: “We are delighted to offer a festive thank you to the wonderful Marie Curie Nurses whose care and dedication meant someone with a terminal illness could spend their last Christmas at home. These nurses put so much hard work and dedication into caring for patients and their families that we wanted to say thank you at a special time of year.”Every nurse who gives availability to work over Christmas or the New Year will have their names put into a hat. Those drawn will have the gift delivered to their door by The draw will take place AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Asda donates gifts to Marie Curie nurses for their Christmas care Howard Lake | 14 January 2008 | Newslast_img read more

first_imgFor Nadya Okamoto ’20, there has rarely been a time when life wasn’t unsteady.Whether living with friends in high school during a time of financial instability for her family or amid her non-stop multitasking as a student/social entrepreneur/public speaker, the junior from Portland, Ore., is relentlessly searching for balance.“I’m a work-hard-play-hard kind of person,” said Okamoto. “People assume because I’m Asian that I have a ‘tiger mother,’ but that’s not the case. I have no pressure from my mom around school or academics. She just wants me to have mindfulness in my life and follow my passions.”The demands of co-founding PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement in high school, running for public office as a first-year, and constant speaking engagements kept Okamoto, 20, off campus as much as on during her first year at Harvard. Since founding PERIOD in 2014, Okamoto has helped expand the nonprofit to more than 230 campus chapters around the nation and abroad. It has distributed enough products for more than 380,000 periods to those in need. In addition to her academic and entrepreneurial lives, she also made an unsuccessful run for Cambridge City Council last year, and signed a book deal for “Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement,” which just came out.“We both had books in the works at Simon & Schuster,” said a bemused Jonathan Hansen, a senior lecturer on social studies who taught Okamoto in Social Studies 10. “While I was writing my biography on Fidel Castro, she was working on ‘Period Power.’ Nadya faced a tight window. My book was overdue. I could relate to the pressure.”Okamoto, who was on full financial aid for her first two years of school, wrote much of “Period Power” at Hemenway Gym and the Schlesinger Library, before finishing it during last year’s Wintersession.“I would put Post-its all over my stair climber with my headphones, and start talking into my recorder and then transcribe it,” she said. “I was writing it for all the little sisters out there, for my own sisters, and for myself.”Inspiring Okamoto to activism was a period without a home of her own. She was 16 in 2014 when financial insecurity set in. Though it was temporary, she met homeless women during that time who were using toilet paper, newspaper, and cardboard to meet their menstruation needs.“There was a never-ending cycle of organizations not prioritizing menstrual hygiene, and thus not feeling any need to invest in tampons and pads. On the other side, homeless menstruators did not feel comfortable advocating for their menstrual needs, because menstruation is something that most want to hide,” wrote Okamoto in “Period Power.” Since founding PERIOD in 2014, Okamoto has helped expand the nonprofit to more than 230 campus chapters around the nation and abroad. It has distributed enough products for more than 380,000 periods to those in need. Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellow leading the way “There’s a lot of talk of altruism in this generation, but Nadya is more than talk,” said Hansen, noting that her sense of humor matches her activism. “One day she walked into class with cookies in the shape of tampons and all types of contraception. We discussed Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ while eating IUDs.”Hansen said Okamoto “fit right in during the seminar. But the second class ended, she was on her phone and out the door, rushing to the airport” for meetings and speaking engagements.“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20 years at Harvard. She’d fly in for a class and right after she’d be on the phone attending to company matters,” said Hansen. “This juggling act exacted a toll. Nadya is obviously smart, but I wasn’t getting her best every week. I was not the first to suggest she consider taking time off from School, though I was perhaps a little more adamant. Social studies is immensely difficult. I told her: ‘We need all of you, or it’s not going to work.’”Okamoto agreed, and is using the time off this fall to grow PERIOD and promote the book.“I haven’t been able to invest in nurturing good relationships with professors because I don’t have time to meet with them. I was getting good grades, but I didn’t read most of the books, and I wasn’t deeply learning,” she said. “Professor Hansen’s comments on my essays felt brutal sometimes, but honest. I didn’t want to feel like 50 percent of my time here has gone by and I haven’t taken full advantage of it.”Born in New York, Okamoto grew up in Oregon. Mother Sophia Tzeng ’95 and classmate Vincent Forand, a junior at Cornell, helped found PERIOD. At the time when she founded PERIOD, she was getting out of an abusive relationship in which she experienced sexual assault, and was starting to realize the abuse that she said existed in her relationship with her father.“I’m fiercely proud of being Generation Z. I get very frustrated with the world around me,” she said. “‘I’m just going to do it’ is my attitude, and I don’t worry about the qualifications I need. I just go for it.”Okamoto is not sure what she ultimately wants to do with her young life, but said: “I love public speaking, traveling, and meeting new people. I don’t know if I want a future in politics or a nonprofit or the corporate world. But I am drawn to studying social studies because it’s all the subjects I like in one. I wanted to learn how to think critically, and it’s a small concentration where you get a lot of individual attention.”Regardless of future studies or her career, Okamoto set herself a personal goal for the school year “to get better at chill time.”“I have to make myself make time, even for sleep. It’s hard for me not to think about it as a waste of time. Running for office or running a nonprofit — I feel like I can always be sending more emails, and doing more — and it’s been a learning experience to push myself to take downtime and enjoy that.” When her life is over, she’ll have lived First-year student, a Native American, promises herself to blaze trail for others Courage, sadness, and compassion have all shaped senior Elsie Tellier’s response to her lethal disease. But not bitterness. Staying grounded ‘Pathway to public service’ Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgAsia tops Europe as leading region for offshore wind investment in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Total investment in offshore wind power projects in Asia Pacific (APAC) came in at almost double that of Europe in 2019, as the fast-moving emerging market eclipsed the sector’s historic heartland for the first time, according to new research from the Renewables Consulting Group (RCG).Led by Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam, the capital spend in APAC surpassed $10bn, while in Europe just over $5.5bn was invested – a differential largely explained by the “maturity of the [latter] market and intense competition” which have driven down the levelised cost of energy per megawatt by over 50% in recent years, said the UK analysts.Overall, by RCG’s calculus in its Global Offshore Wind: Annual Market Report, Europe saw just under 1.4GW of offshore wind plant reach financial close last year, while for APAC this was nearly 2GW.“Taipei’s offshore wind development plan, supported by a feed-in tariff, is starting to bear fruit [in Taiwan] with five projects reaching financial close in 2019, totaling almost 2GW in cumulative capacity,” said RCG director Lee Clarke, noting that the financial investment decision (FID) reached on the Changfang and Xidao projects in the first quarter of 2020 suggested the “mechanisms and procedures that can be adopted in emerging markets in order to attract investment and lower project costs.”Clarke also spotlighted break-out FIDs for the Vietnamese and Japanese markets, via Tra Vinh 1 and Akita projects, respectively reached the same milestone. Though 2019 was a “particularly strong year” for the APAC region in locking up project investment, other markets “continue to advance,” emphasized Clarke, pointing to RCG’s forecast that 8-13.5GW of cumulative capacity will reach FID in the next four years worldwide.“Europe and the Americas laid the foundations for similar project progress from 2020-2023, with significant lease auctions, power purchase solicitations and legislative changes taking place in the past year. In the UK, France, the Netherlands, and the US, large-scale offshore wind solicitations have positioned more projects closer to financial close than in any previous year in the history of the offshore wind market,” said Clarke.[Darius Snieckus]More: Asia offshore wind power capital spend eclipses Europe’s for first timelast_img read more

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