BNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneurs

first_imgEmail Kasia Zabinska and BNest, Eamon Ryan, BNest Founder (centre back) with some of the participants from the 2017-18 BNest social enterprise incubator. Picture: Cian ReinhardtBNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland held a free Ask&Advise evening at the Bank of Ireland Workbench space, O’Connell Street Limerick.The Ask&Advise evening allowed organisations with an aim of making a positive social impact to share advice, tips, and useful contacts with organisations and people making a social impact in our communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest said, “Our idea was simple – gather together in one room those who work on making a positive social impact and anyone willing to help them and give them advice.“Events like Ask&Advise shows the power of people’s minds when they let themselves loose and share problems with other like-minded people. There is nothing more powerful.”Chris MM Gordon, Founder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network and Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland was the host of the evening.Mr Gordon said the evening is beneficial for social enterprises who often find themselves “caught between two stools,” as they are trying to make profits selling products and services but are also trying to achieve the social aspect.BNest is an initiative created specifically to help social entrepreneurs nurture their start-ups, it aims to bridge the gap between achieving social impact and running a business, while also supporting its participants on their personal journeys.Applications for the 2018/2019 BNest annual six-month programme will open July 1, 2018. The programme teaches emerging social entrepreneurs how to get their new organisations off to the best start by focusing on key areas related to developing their enterprises, in terms of business, social and personal aspects. Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleEVA tour and talk Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Kasia Zabinska of BNest says, “We want BNest to be the go-to place for social impact businesses and Ask&Advise events help to increase connectively amongst them and anyone willing to help, because together we can achieve so much more!” adding, “What we’re doing here, is bringing people closer together. Every question asked received great, outside-of-the-box, practical suggestions, and so many useful contacts were shared.”While a third AskAdvise evening is being planned for the second half of the year, BNest encourages everyone interested in this space to attend their event, ‘Social Entrepreneurship – A Path For Me?” which will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 3pm at the Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick. The event is a half-day interactive and practical workshop to give you insights into the reality of social impact business. It will let you explore the social enterprise space using actual stories of local businesses, non-profits, and community enterprises and help to understand a little more of the possibilities it might offer you. While the workshop is free, they are asking all participants to contribute €25 towards a local charity, Milford Hospice. For more info contact [email protected] the Limerick Post Business section for similar stories. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up NewsBusinessBNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneursBy Cian Reinhardt – May 11, 2018 2139 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TAGSBank of IrelandBNestbusinessCommunitysocialWorkbench Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more

Quick Hits: March 2019 Outdoor News

first_imgColonel Don Fallin of Cullen, Ala., served as a helicopter pilot in the army for 34 years. After retiring, he hiked the entire 2,190-mile trail, using his adventure to raise money for fellow members of the military. With a Twitter bump from actor Gary Sinise, he raised over $17,600 for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.  Coal ash contains toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead, which are known to cause cancer and heart disease.  A.T. legend Bob Peoples has operated the hostel for 23 years. He will serve ice cream to the 25,000th hiker.  Three-year-old missing in NC forest said a bear kept him safe Casey Hathaway, a North Carolina three-year-old who went missing from his grandmother’s yard, has been found alive after spending two nights in the forest in freezing temperatures. The wind and rain became so bad while Casey was missing that authorities urged volunteers to stay home. But when rescuers, who searched the area with helicopters, drones, K-9 units, and divers, heard a crying kid, they found Casey tangled in thorny bushes, cold and wet but otherwise healthy. The boy told rescuers, and later his family, that a friendly bear kept him safe during his ordeal. Bear experts say the story is likely imagined. Regardless, the child escaped with a few scratches, asking rescuers for some water and his mother. He then recuperated in the hospital eating Cheetos and watching his favorite show, Paw Patrol. A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that men who completed 90 minutes of physical activity a day were 39 percent more likely to reach 90 than their peers who exercised for less than 30 minutes per day. Each additional 30 minutes of exercise was associated with a 5 percent increase in turning 90. Women who exercised 30 to 60 minutes each day improved their chances of reaching 90 by 21 percent. Moving more than 60 minutes each day did not have a significant impact on longevity in women. In the U.S., the average life expectancy in men is 76 and 81 in women. Runners at the Arrowhead 135-mile ultramarathon in International Falls, Minnesota faced temperatures of minus 35 degrees and wind chills as cold as minus 68. Polar vortex weather pounded the 146 racers who toed the line this year in four disciplines: running, cycling, skiing, and kick-sledding. Only 13 runners finished, the last one coming in after nearly 57 hours. Study shows 11 of Georgia’s 12 coal-powered plants are leaking chemicals into the groundwater. Kincora A.T. Hostel will reach the 25,000-visitor milestone next month. Andrew Otazo completed the Miami Marathon carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his back. Otazo has been cleaning up parts of a nature preserve near his home in Florida, removing an estimated 6,500 pounds of garbage over the past year. The marathon was part of a fundraiser for Miami Waterkeeper. Otazo raised over $4,600, which will help clean beaches and mangrove forests and aid in advocating for the reduction of single-use plastic items. Man completes marathon carrying 30 pounds of garbage on his back 1,700 Runners complete 135-mile ultramarathon during polar vortex  Here’s how much exercise you need to make it to age 90 Number of bikes donated to disadvantaged kids by the late Avrum Morrow, who passed away in January at the age of 93. The Montreal-based Morrow had been anonymously gifting the bikes via the Sun Youth Organization for more than three decades. For his 60th birthday, Morrow, who became known as “Bike Man” until his identity was revealed after his death, decided he wanted to celebrate by helping others, so he started a program with help from the non-profit that annually sought applications for 100 kids in need of bikes. The program ran for 34 years, during which Morrow, who made his money in manufacturing, spent an estimated $600,000 on the two-wheeled gifts. In 2015 he (without revealing his identity) explained his motivation to the Montreal Gazette: “I remembered that when I was a kid, I couldn’t get a bicycle because my parents didn’t have the means. But I kept begging them, and they finally gave in and bought me a red Raleigh bicycle. I loved that bike so much that I cleaned the spokes with a toothpick.” Retired Colonel Hikes A.T. for Fellow Soldierslast_img read more

Posting that meme doesn’t make you an ally

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Details I’m no World War II historian. My rudimentary knowledge of history leaves me believing this, though: Showing up as one of the ally powers required more than just a statement of commitment.FDR didn’t call Churchill to say, “Hey, bro, I’ve got your back. I can’t really understand what you’re going through, but man . . . thoughts and prayers, y’know? And if there’s anything I can do to help, you let me know. I’m here for you.”It didn’t go that way because when an ally joined the forces, they were not joining someone else’s war: An ally joined the fight because the cause was their cause; they believed in the world they envisioned on the other side and could not tolerate the alternative that would exist if the wrong side won the war. There were sacrifices made, resources fully devoted, a commitment to victory no matter the cost.The word “ally” is being thrown around a lot these days . . . mostly in labels that we white people apply to ourselves, tied to a hashtag or an inspirational quote. It doesn’t mean nothing, but it also doesn’t hold the power it should. We are calling ourselves allies without going beyond words of solidarity.Don’t be mistaken: Solidarity is better than silence, but on its own, it isn’t action that affects change. It won’t help win the war against systemic racism. To get there, we must truly align with this cause. We must believe this fight is ours and we must act with a commitment equivalent to that belief.Credit union leaders are uniquely positioned to be true allies in this fight and to leverage our personal and business resources for systemic change. Many of us as individuals have power or influence in our communities, as well as the privilege of being (well-compensated) executives in a movement that was built for the purpose of social change.If dismantling systemic racism and the economic inequity that accompanies it is not our fight, what is?Your public declaration of allyship shows what side you are on. Now, take the action that supports it by deciding what resources you’ll bring to this fight, both personally and organizationally. There are many lists available to share how white people can work toward anti-racism. Here are some credit union-specific ideas that also support your fight toward economic equality, access to financial services, and your desire to be a top employer:Join or start community coalitions that address community well-being and economic inequality and its root causes.Create safe spaces for your black employees to talk about their experiences. Listen with empathy and actively choose to relegate any leadership-centric approach (because statistically, most of your senior leadership is probably white).Participate in or offer Individual Development Account programs that help people obtain wealth-building assets for the first time in their families’ histories.Scrutinize lending policies and practices to ensure you are lending to minority-owned businesses and minority homebuyers.Have advisors (Board members, community partners, paid staff) that are of the community you want to serve. Listen to their input and look for ways to take action. If this is not happening or you don’t believe the talent is there in your community, access a resource that can help you look deeper.Support college scholarships for first-generation college students, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or through the United Negro College Fund (personally or through your credit union’s existing scholarship fund).Join the African American Credit Union Coalition or make a donation (personally or through your credit union). When you become a member, support their programs and build your knowledge, taking responsibility to better understand the experiences of our black colleagues in the credit union space.Educate yourself by reading work by black authors, watching documentaries by black filmmakers, or listening to podcasts by black producers. (A friend recently recommended 1619 to me, and I pass that on to you.)Shop at minority-owned businesses.Consider hosting a book circle to discuss your learning (personally or at your organization). I recommend Me & White Supremacy or Blind Spot to start, though the stack is growing daily. The Circle Way can provide a structure that gives equal voice to participants in these conversations. (If you have your own favorite learning tools, please use the comments below to share resources for the benefit of all.)This list of ideas is infinitesimal compared to the work that lies ahead. Each bullet point is just one tiny action, but they are actions that may add up to something that matters if we all show up like the allies we have declared ourselves to be.This credit union system is one that accomplishes much when we come together. I can’t imagine a finer bunch of allies or a better industry to work in for addressing systemic racism. If I can help you in taking action, please reach out: I’m ready to serve.last_img read more

DR Congo Holds World Cup-bound Super Eagles

first_imgCentral defender, William Troost-Ekong, whose partnership with Leon Balogun kept the Congolese at bay, was the unlikely scorer of the opening goal barely 14 minutes into the packed arena.He skillfully slotted home a loose ball in the box after Leicester City man, Kelechi Iheanacho, failed to latch on to a nice free kick taken by Ogenyi Onazi.Eagles were the better team into the first half break as they enjoyed better ball possession to the delight of cheering Port Harcourt fans.But the Congolese fought back gamely in the 78th when Issam Mpeko converted a penalty resulting from an infringement inside Eagles’ box by Ola Aina who was barely minutes into the game after coming in as substitute for Elderson Echiejile.Although it appears that most Super Eagles players played with caution to avoid unnecessary injury that could stop them from going to the Mundial in Russia. Iheanacho was the major culprit with his lackadaisical attitude on the ball.Earlier, the game was not without several moments for Nigerian ball fans to cheer. As early as the third minute, FC Crotone Simeon Nwankwo’s left-footed shot from inside the box hit the crossbar with the DR Congo goalkeeper stranded.Iheanacho similarly had moments to show his stuff but struggled on the poor looking pitch and so could not put away another clear-cut chance after he was put through on goal from midfield.Congo’s Bournemouth striker, Benik Afobe, tested the agility of Francis Uzoho after he evaded the marking of the Nigeria defenders before his goal-bound shot was somehow kept away by the young Deportivo La Coruna shot stopper.Ekong was named Man of the Match, and was rewarded with N1million cash and 10 bags of Big Bull rice by NFF partner TGI.He also got a brand-new Apache TRT 1600 model motorcycle, as well as a brand-new Tricycle from NFF partner Simba Group. Coach Gernot Rohr got a brand-new Apache TRT 1600 model motorcycle as well.On Wednesday, the delegation will fly to London aboard a chartered aircraft, for Saturday’s prestige friendly against England’s Three Lions (also Russia –bound) at Wembley Stadium.Speaking after the match, DR Congo Head Coach, Florent Ikwange Ibenge, told THISDAY that he was happy with the result of the match.He stressed that he came to Nigeria with his strong squad in order to give Gernot Rohr and his coaching crew the opportunity to gauge the team they are taking to the World Cup“We came here to ensure that Nigeria coaches select a very good team to represent Africa at the World Cup,” stressed the Simba of Congo coach.Ibenge however said that despite the draw, Nigeria is capable of making a good showing in Russia if the right players are selected from the array of stars available to pick from.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in Port HarcourtWorld Cup-bound Super Eagles were forced to a one-all stalemate by Democratic Republic of Congo at an international friendly played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt yesterday evening.The three-time African champions who played the game without four regular players in the starting line up like John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi, showed flashes of a great team in the making but lacking quality in the full backs.last_img read more

Ronaldo Souza’s positive coronavirus test hangs over controversial UFC return

first_imgWhite’s controversial plans to stage a fight card in April on an Indian tribal reservation in California were thwarted.But he got the green light in Florida to hold bouts without spectators from Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville, headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.Both fighters made weight on Friday at a weigh-in where media members and most UFC staff were kept at a distance, those closer to the fighters wore masks and the scale was sanitized.Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo and former champ Dominick Cruz both made weight for their title bout as well.With the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all on hold — along with the US PGA Tour and LPGA — White touts the return of UFC as a step toward normalcy and a boon for sport-starved fans.And he said US President Donald Trump would be watching, in a conference call with US sports league leaders back in April.“The president’s take on it was we have to get live sports back first,” White told the Los Angeles Times.“Show everybody how to do it safely. Give people who have to stay home some entertainment so they’re not bouncing off the walls.”“From there, we can figure out how we get people back to work and how we get kids back to schools,” he added.He said by going first, he hoped other leagues might also reopen.White attempted to avoid California’s lockdown measures when he planned the April 18 event on Indian casino land, but Walt Disney Co — owner of UFC broadcaster ESPN — later asked him to postpone.Florida governor Ron DeSantis opened the door when he gave “essential services” status to employees at pro sports and media productions with a national audience. Brazil’s Ronaldo Souza was dumped from the UFC’s Florida event after the middleweight tested positive for Covid-19Miami, United States | AFP |  The controversial mixed martial arts card scheduled for Saturday in Florida will go ahead as planned despite one of the undercard fighters testing positive for coronavirus.Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was dropped from the Jacksonville event after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday. He arrived in Florida earlier in the week.Two of Souza’s cornermen also tested positive.“UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19,” organizers said in a statement late Friday night.“All three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises.”Middleweight Souza, of Brazil, was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall on the undercard of the televised Ultimate Fighting Championship 249 event which is being held without spectators.Souza attended the weigh-in wearing a protective mask and was kept at a distance from Hall who also had a mask and gloves on.Although Souza — who is not showing symptoms — will not fight, the other 11 bouts will go ahead. Officials said the other 23 fighters on the card have tested negative.“Brother I know it sucks. I’m sorry you have to go through this. I am beyond devastated for the missed opportunity,” Hall tweeted on Friday night.The card is UFC chief Dana White’s attempt to drag the mixed martial arts series out of coronavirus quarantine.White, who has also announced cards for May 13 and 16 in Jacksonville, insisted before Souza tested positive the production won’t put anyone at risk.“Listen, we have families, too,” White told CNN Sport. “I have a family; I don’t want to hurt my family. I don’t want to die.“This isn’t just some crazy, this is a well thought-out plan. We’ve had very, very smart people, doctors and people that have been involved with the UFC for a very long time working on this thing non-stop since it started.“We believe that we have this thing in a place where it can be as safe as it can possibly be.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Houston QB Watson surprises mom with home renovation

first_imgBy an hour ago In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, right, poses with his mother Deann after an NFL football news conference in Houston.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s mother spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams.center_img Now that Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL, the Houston Texans quarterback is giving back to her by renovating the home he grew up in.“She is my rock, my hero,” Watson said. “She always was there giving 100 percent each and every day to try to be the best she can be to help her kids be successful.”It’s been well-documented that the Watson family received a home from Habitat For Humanity when Deshaun was 11 years old in Gainesville, Georgia. His mother still lives in that house, but now that he’s receiving NFL paychecks he decided it was time to spruce it up.His mother is a survivor of throat cancer and watching her fight through the disease made him even more determined to do something special for her.“She deserves it,” Deshaun said. “It’s been a solid home for us for … over 12 years now. (But) living room, kitchen and dining area, those areas need a little touch up. Everything she went through, this is really the smallest thing I can do for her.”Watson chronicled the spiffy makeover of his mother’s living room, dining room and kitchen on an online show called “My Houzz,” which can be seen here , and used the renovation website to plan and carry out the project.Watson worked with a contracting team he found on the website, but he selected everything for the renovation. He picked the perfect lights, the color scheme, artwork for the wall, the right bar stools and kitchen cabinet, among dozens of other additions. Watson was thrilled to learn he could add a fireplace, something his mother had long wanted.He was pleased when told there’d be no need to build a chimney because it was an electric fireplace that starts with the flip of a switch.The 23-year-old Clemson graduate got a look at the completed project before unveiling it to his mother, and he loved how everything turned out. When his mother arrived, he greeted her outside and held her hand as she closed her eyes before he led her into the fabulous upgraded space. When she opened her eyes and gazed around the room, a huge smile spread across her face. Her son’s smile was just as broad.He was right about the fireplace, too. It was one of the first things Deann commented on.“I love my fireplace,” she said. “I love it.”She walked around her renovated home with wide eyes, taking in all the beautiful changes. She was also excited to see that her microwave, which formerly took up counter space, was now built into one of the cabinets.“I never thought it would be like this,” she said. “It’s beautiful.”Watson enjoyed the challenge of leading this project, but the best moment came when he saw the joy the gift brought his mom.“I could just see it in her eyes,” Watson said. “She was very moved. Everything that she saw, she loved it. Being a son and being able to take care of your momma and help her out felt good.”___More AP NFL coverage: and read more

Alaffia Named Winner of the 2018 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by AlaffiaThe U.S. Department of State announced today that Alaffia will be awarded the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women’s Economic Empowerment at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on October 5, 2018. The award will be presented by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh, who oversees the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department.Alaffia founders Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the award.Tchala, who is currently traveling in West Africa, expressed his gratitude for the prestigious award. “All of us at Alaffia are humbled to receive this recognition from the U.S. State Department and its wonderful embassy officials who serve around the world.”“We are especially grateful this will shine additional light on the need to create economic opportunity for women and better education for children, something Alaffia has worked tirelessly to do in West Africa,” said Tchala.“Economic engagement in our collective poor communities means a safer, more peaceful world. On behalf of the more than 14,000 women who are members of our fair-trade cooperatives in Africa, and our U.S.-based employees in Tumwater, Washington, we express our deepest appreciation for this tremendous honor.”Alaffia employees and contract “gatherers,” who are mostly women, number more than 14,000 in West Africa. They collect shea nuts, coconuts, herbs and grasses, and, at Alaffia fair-trade cooperatives in Togo and Ghana, create shea butter, coconut oil, baskets and essence used in Alaffia beauty and body care products. These raw materials are then shipped to Alaffia’s manufacturing plant in Tumwater where 145 people are employed. The materials are refined, packaged and prepared for distribution throughout the U.S. and 10 countries.Alaffia’s non-profit empowerment and sustainability initiatives have resulted in 59,775 trees planted, 34,640 school supply recipients, 8,253 bikes distributed, 25,588 eyeglasses donated, 12 schools constructed and more than 4,800 babies safely delivered in West Africa.About AlaffiaAlaffia was founded in 2003 in the Olympia, Washington garage of husband and wife team, Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde. Alaffia crafts popular beauty and body care products using traditional African methods. Alaffia is “Fair for Life” certified by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), one of the most renowned international inspection and certification agencies for organic and fair trade accountability. To learn more, visit read more