Facebook Homepage BannerNews By admin – April 8, 2015 Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Campbell says Donegal is set for a bumper tourism year Previous articleWoman in her 90s left badly shaken after man forces his way into her home in DerryNext articleShiels hits out at delay in publishing HSE flood report admin The Chairman of Donegal County Council says the county’s tourism industry is set to have its busiest Summer ever.The Easter weekend saw thousands descend on the county, with attractions such as Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League and Mount Errigal seeing bumper crowds.A number of business owners around the county have also reported seeing a large increase in shoppers, with the current high sterling rate against the euro.Cllr John Campbell says the pointers are good for the months ahead…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/jcamtourism.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter
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The Homelessness HeroA few years ago, I decided to go homeless for three days. It was an artificial homelessness, because I knew that after 72 hours I could go back to a warm bed and a fridge full of food. But the people I met — and the misery they experience — were very real. They were not the lazy alcoholics and drug addicts I’d assumed them to be. They were ordinary people looking desperately for jobs but not getting them, mainly because they had no permanent address. Many had kids whom they called from payphones. All were ashamed of their situation.I decided to go homeless because I wanted to feel human again. For a few days, I wanted to close the widening gap between rich and poor, suburbanite and street dweller. Wealthy Americans consume over half of the world’s resources, while one billion people starve. Within our own borders, 3.5 million Americans sleep on the streets or in shelters each night, and nearly 20 percent of Americans go hungry. Most of them are children.For too long, I’d rationalized away these kinds of statistics: they need to get jobs and make better choices, I figured. It wasn’t until I spent three days on the streets that I realized the hollowness of my rationalizations. These facts have faces. These people are human beings, just like me.Homeless people are the ultimate endurance athletes and outdoor adventurists, I discovered. They hike for miles every day and camp out under the stars each night. They can start a campfire with a single match and a few twigs, and they can forage for food and wild edibles better than most mushroom-gathering hippies. They are thru-hikers without a Katahdin, trudging daily through rain and snow in search of their next meal or job interview.I wrote about my homeless experience for the magazine last year. The story received some decent feedback and thought-provoking chatter on the site, and I figured that was the end of it.But then an amazing thing happened. After reading the story, an avid outdoor enthusiast from Virginia named Chris Finlay decided to do something about it. He started a nonprofit called Shelters to Shutters, which provides housing and employment to the homeless. It’s a sustainable, scalable model built upon partnerships with apartment companies throughout the region. Shelters to Shutters now assists the homeless in several cities in North Carolina and Tennessee with plans to expand beyond the Blue Ridge.As a writer for over two decades, I’ve published hundreds of stories. Rarely do I see any lasting impact from them. It’s incredibly heartening to know that there are people like Chris Finlay, who find inspiration and then act on it.I am deeply grateful to all of the Chris Finlays out there who don’t just read about problems but do the hard work of creating solutions. Their stories don’t always get told; they’re often too busy working behind the scenes to help others or protect species or safeguard rivers. But they are the true heroes of our mountains and our magazine.
The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s biggest charity, returned 15.4% on its investment assets for the year to 30 September 2014, boosted partially by its in-house team.The return was £2.5bn (€3.1bn) on an investment portfolio value of £16.4bn at the start of the year, with investment assets now worth £18bn, after cash payments to fund medical research, the Trust’s main activity.Danny Truell, the trust’s chief investment officer said: “Our internal investment team and external investment partners have again added significant value across the board, enabling us to perform better than global stock markets with considerably lower volatility.“Prospective investment returns are now lower, but, with strength in breadth and depth across our investment team and the businesses and partnerships in which we invest, I am confident that we can continue to reinforce the Trust’s robust financial position.” The trust has returned an average 10.2% per year over the past ten years, and 10.4% per year for the six years since the start of the global financial crisis in September 2008.All major elements of its portfolio – public equities, hedge funds, buyout funds, venture capital and property – made double-digit returns for the year to 30 September, and have made positive returns over one, three, five and 10 years.Nearly half – 49.4% – of the trust’s assets are invested in public equities, with 25.8% in private equity, 11.1% in hedge funds, 10.3% in property and the rest in cash and bonds.The trust does not invest in companies deriving a material turnover or profit from tobacco or tobacco-related products.In their annual report, the trustees said: “A key common feature across the portfolio was the stronger performance from our directly-managed assets compared with those outsourced to external managers.”The proportion of assets managed directly, excluding overlays, rose by 6 percentage points to 42%, up from 26% four years ago. The trust expects it to reach 50% by 2016.The report said that while there were areas where the trust was content to pay higher fees to external managers in order to access superior net returns, managing assets directly has several advantages.The approach allowed the trust to express long-term views on parameters such as the US dollar or technology by using an integrated combination of its very stable and liquid equity Mega-Cap Basket (MCB), plus a number of overlays including the new commodity overlay, which were al liquid enough to cover billions of dollars of notional exposure.The trust said the function could simply not be outsourced.Furthermore, almost 60% of the trust’s public equity exposure was in directly-held equities, principally the 31 stocks in the MCB and the 12 stocks in the Optionality Basket. The average holding size of $200m (€162m) meant that individual names can impact overall returns.The report said: “Our focus is on 10-year total return targets. Hence we can focus on the evolution of long-term business models rather than short-term share prices in a way that is much harder for an external manager.”This philosophy extends to its property holdings (90% directly held). For example, in agriculture, the trust acquired the Farmcare farming business from the Co-operative Group for £249m last August to become the UK’s largest lowland arable farmer.Private equity also produced substantial gains over the year, especially from initial public offerings. Eight companies in which the trust had at least a $10m stake were listed or acquired during the year, boosting an overall cost of under $300m to a realised or unrealised value of almost $1bn.The largest monetary gain of $191m was made in Twitter, the social networker, while the trust’s stake in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company, made $162m.Turning to the global outlook, Wellcome said it would retain its US bias for the present.The report said: “Having approximately 60% of our assets in US dollars has helped us considerably over recent years, as the US equity market has outperformed world markets by 25% in the past five years and its private equity and venture markets have similarly been robust.”But it was less sanguine about Europe, where it sees little immediate prospect of resolving structural problems.It said: “In many countries including the UK, France, Spain and Italy, populist politics appear to have largely derailed progress in driving public-sector supplyside reforms to restore fiscal balance through greater efficiencies. The European Central Bank monetary stimulus programme has stalled, while banks remain constrained from supplying credit.”The trust has hedged out exposure to the euro and is holding sterling exposure to just over 25%, as it considers both currencies appear vulnerable to further depreciation against the US dollar.It said: “Overall, our long-run expectations, whilst still attractive, have moderated. We are not persuaded that there will be a substantial return premium for higher risk or illiquid assets after the strong performance of the past five years.”It concluded: “We shall remain opportunistic and seek to broaden our sources of net returns using our intrinsic competitive advantages, but with a focus on preserving our real wealth.”
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Submitted by City of LaceyLongtime Lacey Museum volunteer Susan Goff was recently named as the city’s 2013 Historian of the Year by Mayor Vigil Clarkson and the Lacey City Council. Lacey’s Historical Commission unanimously approved Goff’s nomination in recognition of her decades-long support of the museum, where she began as a volunteer cataloging historical photos in 1987.Over those years, Goff, who holds a diploma in Cultural Conservation, was responsible for creating the museum’s indexing system for photographs and negatives, conducting historical research, and assisting with exhibit design. She has also donated many locally-significant items to the museum’s collections.The award was made during the city’s observance of Lacey History Month. Several community members have received the honor over the last decade, including Goff’s daughter, Andrea Taylor.For more information on the Historian of the Year program or the Lacey Historical Commission, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation department at (360) 491-0857. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0