Why this Donegal man is now a National Treasure!

first_imgIt’s official – Portnoo man Gerald McHugh is a national treasure.He hasn’t played in 500 games for his country or presented Ireland’s longest-running radio quiz show.Gerald is one of the featured contributors in the brand new National Treasures Book, which is the latest instalment of the National Treasures project that captured the nation’s imagination on RTE television earlier this year. Gerald who brought along his Rabbit Trap to a National Treasures Roadshow in Belfast is one of a select few individuals to be featured in the publication which is sure to be a top seller around the country this Christmas.The trap tells the story of Gerald’s father, John McHugh, and his life a rabbit trapper in Donegal during World War 2.The National Treasures project was a campaign to collect objects cherished by people and families that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years.The aim was to gather objects, passed down through generations or relatively recently acquired, which revealed an aspect of Ireland’s history, culture and experience. Since then, the project has transformed from a website to nationwide roadshow events, a TV series, an exhibition and now a book containing some of the amazing objects and stories uncovered.Authors and producers of the National Treasures project, Ciarán Deeney and David Clarke said “It’s been a real treat to spend the past year meeting the people of Ireland and discovering so many amazing objects and the stories behind them. We’re forever grateful to all the people that participated and we feel that this book illustrates perfectly how the National Treasures project was a powerful insight into the fabric of a nation”With a foreword by RTÉ’s John Creedon, this fascinating book reveals a selection of 200 diverse and fascinating objects that were unearthed by the project and presents them alongside the owners and the personal stories attached.From a pair of Sonia O’Sullivan’s Olympic running shoes to a War of Independence grenade, the stories contained within are profound, entertaining, heart-warming and tragic.The National Treasures project was produced by EZ Films for RTÉ in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The book is available in all good book shops and online at www.nationaltreasures.ie/shop Why this Donegal man is now a National Treasure! was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:Gerald McHughNational TreasuresPortnooRTElast_img read more

Chetan Bhagat: I now know what it feels like to be a girl

first_imgHe’s been called ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’ by the New York Times and one of ‘100 most influential people in the world’ by TIME. As I walk into the capital’s India International Centre to meet author Chetan Bhagat, in town to launch his eighth book (and his second non-fiction title), I can’t help but notice the irony. IIC is often considered the mecca of literary activity in Delhi, thronged by the very people whose criticism Bhagat has had to battle ever since he embarked on a career in writing. But the venue is both lucky and par for the course now, for him, he tells me. Every single book of his that has been launched in Delhi has been at the IIC. We sit down to talk a few hours before his formal launch, which included a panel discussion with politicians Shaina N.C, Jay Panda and Murli Deora.Q. What is your new book Making India Awesome about?A. On TV debates and everywhere else, people are just shouting and fighting. That needs to stop. We need to get out of election mode and talk about how to actually confront the issues facing the country. I’ve divided the book into sections that talk about the various factors that go into making India awesome.Q. How do the non-fiction titles fare, compared to fiction, and what’s the target audience?A. What Young India Wants did better than expected; I’d say they sell about one-third compared to fiction. I’m writing for the same reader, but having said, that a lot of marketing heads and politicians read the non-fiction. Bill Gates was in India and we did an event together and he told me he’s reading What Young India Wants.advertisementChetan Bhagat’s new book Making India Awesome Q. Going by your career, from banking to writing to judging a dance reality show to endorsing Shaadi.com in ads, is a youth marketing consultancy next?A. Well, crazy things happen to me so I’ve learnt to say ‘never say never’, but I’m essentially doing that-providing free consultancy via my books. But no, I stepped into columns and non-fiction because I wanted to have range as a writer.Q. What did you read growing up, and what do your sons read?A. I read the usual, Enid Blytons, Hardy Boys, Ayn Rand. My boys read a lot, we make sure they do. They have a Kindle each.Q. And do you read on the Kindle as well?A. I’m still partial to paper books but I’ve just signed a deal with Kindle internationally to have all my titles available on it so I will be reading on a Kindle soon.Q. What made you accept Nach Baliye?A. I did realize there was a real risk of my credibility getting hurt by being on a reality TV show but I figured the audience that watches news debates doesn’t watch Nach Baliye, and vice-versa. There are two different Indias and I want to reach both. Nach Baliye has created unprecedented reach for me. There could be an auto rickshaw driver who watched me on the show and who may start reading my columns that appear in Hindi and Marathi papers, because of that.Also Read: Chetan Bhagat’s first-ever dance performance on Nach Baliye Finale Q. What was your experience on the show? Did you get enough fodder for a new book?A. It was fun and fascinating. It is accentuated reality and the editor has a huge role to play. You’re shooting for the entire day but the audience sees what the editor chooses to show. A book, not immediately, but who knows.Q. Your spectacles are gone, you’re looking slimmer, and now you’re sporting this voguish salt and pepper beard. All for the show?A. Well, when you’re on TV you’re being told about your appearance 10 times a day and then you start receiving all these tweets and comments. It’s tough. I now know what a girl feels like; I mean how do you get through the day?  Q. Any funny/mean tweet you remember?A. Ya, I once had this person write that I’m like the neighbourhood uncle who tells young girls not to wear tank tops!Q. What made you dance in the finale? You got a lot of flak for it.A. It wasn’t part of my contract but I thought ‘in my motivational talks I tell people to get out of their comfort zones, to confront their fears, and I can hardly preach if I don’t do that myself’. Dancing has always been a fear so I confronted it. It’s good to do crazy things, sometimes. As for the flak, it’s OK.advertisementQ. You’re pretty used to criticism, anyway.A. The criticism has actually shifted. First it was literary versus popular. But I’m kind of hard to slot for the so-called liberals. They want you to stay in your place, ‘why is he writing serious columns’ kind of thing. But both go hand in hand because my medium and my canvas are the masses. Most people who reach a certain level of celebrity don’t give opinions. But I do, that’s my job. Of course there are chinks in my armour; my methods are unconventional. I’m an English language novelist who’s judging a dance reality show. As for getting hate mail, a lot of people who express their opinions, especially women, get that. It’s that ‘How dare you’ mentality.Q. I saw a poster downstairs while coming up for an essay competition and the topic was ‘what does it mean to be a liberal in India’, and I thought I’d ask you that.A. It means being open-minded, secular, and open to change. It doesn’t mean being part of an elite crowd that thinks they’re better than other. It doesn’t mean being insensitive even to a regressive point of view. The problem is that everyone equates development with money. Money has come but cultural development hasn’t so obviously this will play out. People aren’t watching more theatre or reading more books or having dinner conversation with their children about music and art. So I see that as part of my job, to tell people about gay rights, about minority rights. There’s a large India belt that no one is talking to.last_img read more

Need more proof that the Era of Big Work is over? Here it is

first_imgFor much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then.Now, freelancing is the new normal. And a new study released yesterday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows what we’ve been saying for years.The report, Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits, details a number of interesting findings.Here are a few that stood out:The independent workforce may be as much as 40% of the population — a number that is significantly larger than previous estimates.Contingent workers are 2/3 less likely to have access to retirement plans.More than 85% of self-employed and independent contractors report job satisfaction, while other contingent workers are more likely to be dissatisfied.What does all of this mean?First, as the stability of traditional work wanes, so does its appeal. Leaving the rat race behind is incredibly liberating– 88% of our members say they’d never go back to full-time work. They value their time, and the work-life balance it affords.Second, though freelancers come from tremendously varied socioeconomic backgrounds, they’re vulnerable in similar ways. Migrant day laborers, freelance graphic artists, Uber drivers, and self-employed CPAs, all experience up-and-down income, double taxation, no benefits, no safety net, and a government and culture that still doesn’t understand them or the way they work.The silver lining here is that common challenges can promote cohesion—and eventually, common strength.That’s why Freelancers Union is bringing independent workers together to build smarter solutions to health care, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. It also explains why more labor unions, social purpose companies, and nonprofit organizations should be empowered and encouraged to do the same.The data is clear: freelancing is the future of work. And we need a new economic infrastructure that supports the way that 53 million Americans are now working.last_img read more

CP NewsAlert Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister keeps seat

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister has recaptured his seat of Fort Whyte in southwest Winnipeg in the provincial election.Pallister first won the seat in a byelection in 2012 after he became party leader.He was handily re-elected again in the 2016 election.The Fort Whyte seat was created in 1999 and has always been held by the Tories.last_img

Jeff Gordon And Nile Rogers To Be Honored At Angel Ball

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research will host its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday, October 20th at Cipriani Wall Street.This black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, will honor His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba; four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Jeff Gordon; Mr. Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of the Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited; and multi-Grammy Award- winning music legend Nile Rodgers.The signature fundraising event of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, the Angel Ball stands out as one of the highlights of the New York social season and features a cocktail reception, dinner, show and both live and online auctions. This star-studded event will feature a musical performance by honoree Nile Rodgers and his band Chic and several additional musical “surprises.” The Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure.“This year we honor four outstanding individuals who have all made significant contributions to cancer research,” said Co-Founder Denise Rich. “I am proud to stand beside them as we work together toward a common goal of eradicating cancer in our lifetime.”“We are proud to be in partnership with Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation in their work to develop more effective therapies for cancer patients around the world,” said Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited. “Working together, we are all determined to make cancer history.”Board Member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz serves as this year’s Gala Chair. United Airlines is the Official Angel Ball Airline and Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci will serve as Décor Sponsor. Champagne for the event will be provided by Champagne Taittinger. Each table will be draped with the beautiful Emilio Pucci “Aracaju” print in one of two vibrant color variants, either blue or pink. The décor will be complimented by a Mediterranean floral arrangement that will enhance the striking print.Simon de Pury will serve as this year’s auctioneer during the live auction portion of the evening. In conjunction, Charitybuzz.com will feature a global online auction with additional experiences and items which will run from October 14 through November 4, 2014.This year’s Gala Co-Chair Committee includes Paola Bacchini, Dori Cooperman, Maria Theresa Fauci, Desiree Gruber, Michele Herbert, Victoria Hunter, Pamela Johananoff, Heidi Klum, Inga Kozel, Heather Levin, Allison Lutnick, Danielle Merollo, Brooke Milstein, Laura Nicklas, Camilla Olsson, Cynthia Ott, Bonnie Pheifer Evans, Donna Poyiadjis, Michele Rella, Alisa Roever, Nancy Rogers, Beth Rosenthal, Charleen Sacks, Ofira Sandberg, Catherine Saxton, Susan Shin, Kiva Silberfeld, Felicia Taylor, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Marcy Warren and Sally Woodward.Individual tickets start at $1,500 and tables begin at $15,000. For ticket information, please contact Inez Weinstein Special Events at (212) 254-6677 or (212) 614-0400 or email: tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tickets are also available for purchase through the Foundation’s secure online store here. For more information about the Angel Ball and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research please visit www.gabriellesangels.org.last_img read more