The Actors Fund announced today that actress Holly Robinson-Peete will honor her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.As previously announced, The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education), Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); the youth cast of NBC’s THIS IS US (The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness) and the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s film DETROIT (The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service).Hosted by Corbin Bleu, the fourth annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting. The evening features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live entertainment and the awards ceremony.The full list of honorees is as follows:Dolores RobinsonThe Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parentingpresented by Holly Robinson-PeeteHonoring the parent of a former young performerKellie MartinThe Looking Ahead Award for EducationHonoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their lifeLaz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams DETROITThe Looking Ahead Award for Community ServiceHonoring a former young performer (or cast) who exemplifies giving back to the communityCharlotte RaeThe Shirley Temple AwardHonoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performersEris Baker, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Faithe Herman, Logan Shroyer and Hannah ZeileTHIS IS USThe Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social AwarenessHonoring a current young performer (or cast) who is raising awareness about an important societal issue through a current roleThe Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 400 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Sextant Wines and Devotion Vodka.TICKETING INFORMATION:Individual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $5,000 and include multiple press/branding opportunities as well as VIP tickets for The Looking Ahead Awards. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.
Volunteering in South Africa is a richlyrewarding experience.(Image: Aviva) Volunteering is an increasingly popular form of responsible tourism, otherwise known as voluntourism, and in South Africa opportunities abound for those who wish to do good while they enjoy the local sights and sounds.Volunteering in South Africa falls into two main categories: community- or conservation-based. There is an abundance of worthwhile projects located across the country.Organisations such as Aviva, All Africa Volunteers, Cross-Cultural Solutions and i-to-i, to name a few, facilitate volunteering trips to the country. Most are based locally. Some run their own programmes, while others merely suggest volunteering options – either way, with projects already screened and selected, it could not be easier.Invaluable experienceVolunteering not only gives tourists an opportunity to experience the country as a useful member of the community, but offers a host of other priceless benefits: self-growth, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, new skills and new friends.Many travellers have been able to settle on a career through insight gained while working as a volunteer.“When I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” wrote Hallie Stover of her South African experience with Willing Workers in South Africa (WWISA). “When I found the WWISA website I knew that this place [South Africa] would change my life.”After her return home, Stover was inspired to go back to university, where she submitted a thesis based on her experience with HIV/Aids youth prevention programmes. She now has a Master’s degree in International Politics and Human Rights.Stephen Thornburgh of Ireland, 23, spent his time with Aviva’s six-week penguin rehabilitation project. He described it, in a testimonial, as a “unique experience”.“With the project itself you get to do pretty much everything from cleaning and feeding to giving medication and learning about penguins and other coastal birds … it was the greatest time of my life which was really made by the people you meet and the activities you can do, like safari and shark cage diving.”Volunteers leave a legacy in indirect ways too – as they explore the country outside of their project, their support of local businesses, crafters and tourism operators results in upliftment for families and the community.Volunteer organisations agree that pitching in to do something tangible is a far better approach than merely donating money, which can lead to reliance on aid, corruption and financial instability. Volunteers, by donating their time and energy, help to set up a sustainable solution that outlasts the short-term effects of financial donations.Nuts and boltsVolunteer fees vary between organisations. The average price is around US$528 to $660 (R4 000 to R5 000) per week, but this is an inclusive fee which covers all programme-related costs such as airport transfers, accommodation, meals and transport.In most cases, once the host organisation has deducted their expenses, the rest of the fee goes to a local charity.The duration also differs from project to project, but most offer a stay of between two weeks and three months. Individuals as well as groups can be accommodated. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own travel documentation, but host organisations provide all the information required.WWISA oversees a number of short- (two weeks) and medium-term (three weeks or more) projects. Short-term projects range from building new houses and renovating old ones, to children’s camps and environmental programmes.Medium-term projects include teaching at a nearby primary school, assisting at a daycare facility, teaching English as a second language, and microorganic farming in community gardens.All Africa Volunteers, based in the Eastern Cape province, has a wider range of projects covering wildlife, marine, sport, community and cultural issues. A wildlife sanctuary, great white shark and dolphin research, penguin rescue, a community surfing school and a pre-school are just some of the choices on offer.The Volunteer Centre in Cape Town takes volunteers into the townships, where they work amongst impoverished communities. The organisation also arranges six-month youth exchange programmes in partnership with Mozambique-based Ajude and Canada World Youth.UK-based i-to-i offers a variety of volunteer tours, mostly involving community and wildlife work. These include teaching children to read or working in a children’s hospital, animal rescue, and helping raise lion cubs.A number of travel organisations offer their own programmes, such as Backpack and Africa Travel Centre, which runs a football coaching and teaching volunteer project, or Dyer Island Cruises which gives volunteers the chance to learn about shark conservation.These are just a sample of the rewarding tours on offer for those willing to devote a slice of their time to uplifting the lives of humans or animals.
Naomh MhuirePlease note that the Club AGM is fixed for Friday the 14th of December at 7pm in the club house. Forms are available for Nominations and Motions for the AGM from an Runai Declan Martin or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a nomination/motion form. Forms have to be returned to An Runaí before Tuesday the 11th of December at 5 o’ clock.Peil na mBan: The ladies board club presentation night will take place at the clubhouse at 6pm sharp Friday 7th December. Food to be served to the players/members and initialled hoodies will be presented to the u16’s and trophies to selected parties from all other teams. The Ladies board are holding a social evening at the Viking House Hotel from 9pm Friday 7th December with Music Tapas and Craic cost is €15 per person we are inviting all committee members of Naomh Mhuire, and all supporters and everyone who helped us to make 2012 a successful year. We are asking for all interested to confirm that they are attending by 5th December and by texting their name and number by text to the ladies club phone 087 954 0756. Donegal u14 Trials Saturday in Convoy at 10.30 and players to be there early and togged. Courses Database – The club would like to put together a database of courses attended by club members over the last number of years. Have you attended a coaching course or maybe a child protection course? Please check out the Bord na nOg facebook page or visit our website.Peil na mBan annual 5k shore challenge takes place on Boxing day again this year. The challenges we are setting for participants this year are; For the Runners, we are setting out a fine coastal cross country route where you can push it to the max for your best time over 5K! For the Jogger we challenge you to better your times over the course! For the serious Walkers we challenge you to examine the possibilities that you may be able to jog the course and be ready to challenge the runners this time next year! For the children we challenge you to get everyone in your families to take part and have a great family day where everyone can take part and have fun! For the People out for a Dander, what better way to burn off the turkey than a nice Dander over the very best of our coastal scenery of Dunes and beach! Refreshments and good craic guaranteed afterwards. WHO WILL ACCEPT OUR CHALLENGES?We now have O’Neill 22″ kit bags for sale priced at €28. Test O863189931 to order. Leave your name and number and someone will contact you.Lotto details for week 28th November. Jackpot 800 euro. No jackpot winner. There were two match 3 winners: Amber & Sheila McDyer – Anagaire agus Mary Ward – Beal na Cruite. Numbers were 5-7-11-24. 100club winners for November: €400; Kevin Sharkey – Killandarrach/Australia. €200; Paddy Bán Boyle – Baile Mhaineas. €100 each; Fionn Doherty – Oilean na Cruite, Kevin White – Loch an Iuir. €50each; Wee John – Rann na feirste, Seamus Ó’Séarcáigh – Coilcheim, Robert O’Donnell(s) – Anagaire, Aiden Hughes – Mullachdubh, Declan Martin – Beal na cruite agus Pauline Carey – Mullachdubh.Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie. GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 4th, 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:Naomh Mhuire GAA Club notes
The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the latest in a series of white papers examining the impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The latest white paper, issued April 19, outlines and seeks comment on the impact of the RFS on the agricultural sector.Following the release of the white paper on agricultural sector impacts, ASA provided extensive comments highlighting the importance of the RFS to the soybean and biodiesel industries and reinforcing the fact that the RFS does not drive higher commodity or food prices.”Soybean farmers have played a major role in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry and biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean producers,” wrote ASA in its comments. “However, first and foremost, policymakers must understand that markets and prices for soybeans are driven by demand for soy meal as a protein feed source for livestock. The portion of the soybean used in biodiesel production is the oil, not the meal.””Additionally, in considering the use of soybean oil for biodiesel production, it must be understood that demand for U.S. soybean oil for food use began to decline significantly following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action in 2003 to require food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutrition labels beginning in 2006,” added ASA. “The increase in the use of soybean oil for the biodiesel market has essentially taken up the reduced demand for soybean oil in the food sector associated with trans fat labeling as the food industry shifted away from the use of partially hydrogentated soybean oil to various oil blends and the increased use of palm oil.For a full transcript of ASA’s comments, please click here, and for a copy of the committee’s whitepaper, please click here. ASA encourages all members to utilize the comments and urge their Members of Congress to support the RFS and support biodiesel.