THIS year's 4 Corners Festival theme is 'Dreams... Visions for Belfast', marking the 60 years since Rev Dr Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream speech' in Washington DC when he advocated a better, more just America.
DURING this cost-of-living crisis, the last thing you need is to be slapped with a big fine. But you could face a £1,000 fine if you flout a little-known parking rule that bans parking on the wrong side of the road at night.
THREE days before the deadline for restoring the Executive, Deirdre Hargey’s Department for Communities published a report by an independent advisory panel reviewing welfare mitigation schemes. This report is not part of an anti-poverty strategy as such, but it does discuss measures designed to mitigate some of the worst effects of the British Government’s ‘welfare reforms’ of the past decade. The immediate crisis of energy costs and inflation is another matter.
Nuair a scairt siad orm ó NASA shíl mé go mbainfeadh sé le fógra éigin a dhéanamh. Ag an am sin, thig liom a rá (agus ní bheadh sé ceart ag duine ar bith mórchúis a chur i mo leith) go raibh mise, David Robert Jones (cé go raibh sé faoi ainm eile) i mo racréalta cáiliúil, go raibh clú orm ar fud an domhain agus go raibh mé molta go forleathan. Chomh maith leis sin, i measc mo chuid amhrán bhí méid nach beag a raibh baint éigin acu leis an spás agus le ficsean eolaíochta, amhráin a dtiocfadh leo bheith fóirsteanach don iliomad tionscnamh a bhíonn ag NASA.
Trócaire’s 2022 Lenten Appeal launched last week on Ash Wednesday and this year’s appeal is focusing on the challenges facing people in Zimbabwe who are facing the twin threats of drought due to climate change and Covid-19. SEVEN million people living in poverty, especially women, in drought-prone southern Zimbabwe have been disproportionately affected by the long-term impacts of Covid-19. Families were already unable to grow enough food to feed themselves because of drought and climate change, and now these challenges have been further exacerbated by the impact of the virus. Women, who are the primary producers of food, have faced a massive increase in violent gender-based violence since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Travel restrictions have also resulted in far fewer opportunities for people to earn a living and poverty levels have increased.
UK government support for charity Lent appeal will help thousands in Zimbabwe fight devastating impact of Covid-19 and climate change TRÓCAIRE, the local overseas development charity, has launched its annual Lent appeal with an announcement that the UK government will match public donations in Northern Ireland which could result in up to £2 million of extra funding. The ‘UK Aid Match’ initiative will see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) double donations from the public in the North during the Lent campaign which starts this Ash Wednesday 2nd March. This year’s appeal highlights the challenges faced by people in Zimbabwe who are struggling in the face of the effects of climate change and the added challenges of Covid-19. Siobhan Hanley, Trócaire’s Head of Region in Northern Ireland, said: “Around the world, Covid-19 and climate change have already taken so much from so many. People in Zimbabwe were already facing a daily struggle to provide food, water and education for their families and facing droughts due to climate change, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made this struggle even harder. People living in poverty, especially women, in drought-prone southern Zimbabwe have been disproportionately affected by the long-term impacts of Covid-19. “The generous support of the public in Northern Ireland for Trócaire’s Lenten Appeal will provide vital support for families as they strive to become self-sufficient. Donations are being doubled by the government through UK Aid Match, meaning even greater impact. “We are incredibly excited to have received this support from the UK government and it is a recognition of the loyalty and generosity of our donors. It comes as we hope for a more ‘normal’ Lenten Appeal with Mass attendances back, schools open and the iconic Trócaire Box back in homes once again. We are asking the public to support our Lenten Appeal so that we can maximise this matched funding. We are asking supporters to pick-up Trócaire boxes from their local Catholic church or make their donation online at trocaire.org. “The Lenten Appeal this year features Thandekile, a young mother with two small children who lost her husband to Covid. Thandekile longs to be self-sufficient, so that she can provide a better future for her children. The overarching theme of this year’s appeal is about creating long term, positive change in people’s lives. Ultimately, a drive towards these families being self-sufficient without having to rely on aid. Trócaire turns your compassion into action so that together we can conquer the greatest fears, poverty and injustices in developing countries for positive, permanent change for families like Thanekile’s. “This Lent, every pound the public in Northern Ireland and across the UK donates by 1st June 2022 will be matched by the UK government up to £2m, doubling the help you bring. These matched funds will enable thousands of people in Zimbabwe like Thandekile to continue feeding their families through climate shocks. We know that there is a lot of pressure on people here at home with rising costs but no matter what the challenges we face here the people of Northern Ireland always step up to the plate when it comes to supporting those less well off,” said Siobhan Hanley. To find out more about this year’s Lenten Appeal or to make a donation visit www.trocaire.org or call 0800 912 1200.
IT’S the end of an era as the last Citroën C1 rolls off the production line at the plant in the Czech Republic. Changes to working patterns, restricted vehicle usage in city centres and the need for an ultra-affordable electric solution in response to a host of new urban mobility needs have led Citroën to refocus on an innovative solution: the Ami Electric. Launched in 2005, the C1 amassed almost 1.2 million sales thanks to its stylish design, practicability for city driving, compact 3.46m length and its urban agility. Restyled for a second generation in 2014, the C1 could adapt to offer customers three and five-door versions, as well as an electric cabrio-style canvas roof on Airscape models. As the C1 finishes its production run, the Ami Electric prepares to launch here in the spring.
LOCATED on the opposite east side of the River Lagan in County Down, Baile Mhic Gearóid – McGarrett’s townland – in the early 1830s was an isolated place of 428 acres, surrounded by vast swathes of countryside, settled with some mansions and numerous cottages, occupied mainly by handloom weavers, who provided the staple industry of the locality, defining its cultural traditions and heritage. It was here that John Keats, the famous poet, passed, whilst walking from Donaghadee to Belfast in 1818.