SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES CAPTURED IN UNIQUE DONEGAL EXHIBITION

first_imgA superb collection of Olympic Games posters and related memorabilia, from 1900 right up to this year’s London Olympics has juts gone on display at the County Museum in Letterkenny.This exhibition draws on Paul Foley’s Olympic poster and memorabilia collection.It is a diverse collection of images includes official posters for the football tournament held in the summer games. The posters broad popular appeal and ability to relay messages through eye-catching and memorable imagery means that many of them are now prized souvenirs or collectable works of art and design.From 1896 to 2012, various different cities have hosted the Summer Olympiads (three were missed due to war).Each host city has created its own unique promotional poster, the design of which often reflected the prevailing cultural and artistic tone of the period.Throughout the history of the games, Olympic posters have provided a unique visual record evoking everything from time, geography and style. They are considered one of the major ways to spread information on the Olympic movement and convey the Olympic spirit. Olympic posters are not only a piece of art but every poster has a story to tell, it is not only a memento of the Olympic Games but it celebrates physical and sporting achievement and offers inspiration to the athletes of tomorrow.Football has been included in every Olympiad except the first games in 1896 and 1932, as a men’s competition sport. While football tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games, these were contested by various clubs. The games of 1908 were the first international tournament.“I think people who visit this exhibition will be inspired. Even people who are not normally interested in sport will enjoy visiting the exhibition because the posters and memorabilia are snapshots in time – a visual record of sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture,” said Caroline Carr, Assistant Curator at Donegal County MuseumAdmission is free and all are welcome. SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES CAPTURED IN UNIQUE DONEGAL EXHIBITION was last modified: July 18th, 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:Donegal County MuseumOlympic Games exhibitionlast_img read more

Retirees outpace pension funds

first_imgJust 4 percent of California’s counties have fully funded their retirees’ health benefit costs, a California State Association of Counties survey has found.The survey of 48 of the state’s 58 counties also found the number of retirees statewide has grown by 12 percent in the past five years, while the amount counties are spending annually on their health care has tripled from $169 million to $567 million.“What’s been really dramatic is the substantial increase in costs due to the increased number of retirees as a result of the baby boom phenomena and medication inflation,” CSAC Legislative Coordinator Steve Keil said Thursday.The findings come as counties begin calculating the total unfunded liabilities of providing health care to retirees under a Government Accounting Standards Board rule going into effect next year.Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the county has a “pay-as-you-go” system and plans to hire an actuary this spring to calculate its unfunded liability for retiree health benefits.The county grand jury recently estimated the unfunded liability at $9 billion.Janssen said the CSAC survey is to help counties explore how to either reduce or pay the future costs.One option being considered is issuing bonds, similar to the $2 billion pension bond the county issued in the early 1990s.While other counties have the option of negotiating with employee unions to limit or eliminate retiree health benefits, Janssen said a 1982 state law requires Los Angeles County to provide retiree health benefits.“We’d have to change the law first,” Janssen said. “We obviously want to take a look at attempting to minimize the cost in the out-years in discussions with the unions.”Keil said he expects many counties to explore bond issues and reducing health benefits provided to retirees.“There will be no easy fixes,” Keil said. “There will be significant new costs if they want to prefund the liabilities and amortize over 20 years. It could increase by 300 percent to 400 percent the cash flow costs as they pay down the unfunded liabilities.”Although the survey did not estimate the total unfunded liabilities for retiree health care, Keil noted Los Angeles County has about 140,000 active and retired employees while the state has 1.5 million city, county, state and special district active and retired employees.The survey also found that 98 percent of retirees are eligible for health benefits and about nine out of 10 plans provide benefits past age 65 to dependents and survivors.In Ventura County, Chief Deputy Executive Officer Paul Derse said the county’s unfunded liability for retiree health care costs is about $40 million.But he said the county has already eliminated retiree health benefits for new managers and is considering eliminating a subsidized retiree health benefit program.“We don’t expect this to have a significant impact on our budget,” Derse said. “We knew they were out there, have started to have a little more serious discussion on the issue and have already eliminated one program.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com(213) 974-8985 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Education Issues Negative Campaigning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Yes, I support the fight to re-evaluate the Education Funding Formula. This has not been done since the Education Reform Act of 1993, under Governor Celluci. I would also favor additional language that would make the formula automatically reviewed after a certain number of years. The economic conditions of our Commonwealth change, school systems change, and therefor the language to keep Chapter 70 an advanced and productive means to fund our educational system must change as well. I believe that the fiscal 2019 Budget does address some funding shortfalls with $100m more dollars to chapter 70, as well as regional school bussing, charter school reimbursement, and Special Education Circuit Breaker funding; however these changes are only for next year and we need to take a good look at how the formula should work for the long-term betterment of our schools’ futures.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I take umbrage with this question — and beyond the not-so-subtle implication that Democrats engage in a superior form of politics than Republicans. Politics is the arena for a battle of ideas. Voters should take into account a variety of factors about a candidate: intelligence, experience, community involvement, history of accomplishment and service, etc. If a fellow candidate lacks these crucial characteristics, that is well within the arena and must be discussed. If a candidate holds beliefs that another candidate finds potentially damaging to the contested district or state or body, that must be shared and if it warrants strong speech, so be it. “Negative campaigning” is in the eye and ear of the beholder and it is too often defined along party lines. For me, truly negative campaigning is any action or speech that promotes no agenda and only works to reduce the process itself. And that is something I refuse to both engage in — nor suffer quietly. As the saying goes, let the best candidate win!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”last_img read more

In a first Sensex crosses 31000mark Nifty nears 9600 level

first_imgHealthy buying in metal and automobile stocks, and a strong rupee took the Indian equity markets to a record high during the mid-afternoon trade session on Friday.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE crossed the 31,000 mark for the first time to touch a new high of 31,034.30 points intra-day. At 1.45 pm the Sensex traded at 31,008.24 points — up 258.21 points or 0.84 per cent from its previous close at 30,750.03 points.The wider 51-scrip NSE Nifty also traded close to the important 9,600 level. It traded at 9,584.10 points — up 74.35 points or 0.78 per cent.The Nifty, too, touched a new high of 9,592.15 points intra-day.last_img read more