first_imgA new brand has been developed by Údarás na Gaeltachta for the promotion of Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas and the excellence of their products worldwide under one inclusive brand.‘Gaeltacht na hÉireann’ (Ireland’s Gaeltacht) will act as a stamp of approval for everything that originates in the Gaeltacht and will be a visual representation of the vibrancy, enterprise, cultural richness, provenance and unique language of the Gaeltacht regions.Údarás na Gaeltachta Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, is launching the brand today at an event in Na Forbacha in County Galway alongside client companies from all Gaeltacht counties – Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath. Amongst the companies supporting the launch were Folláin Teo., Táirgí Cáise Buabhall Mhaigh Chromtha Teo. (Macroom Buffalo Cheese), Nemeton, Criostal na Rinne agus Potadóireacht na Caolóige (Louis Mulcahy), Marine Harvest, Irish Seaspray, Randox Teo as well as other Gaeltacht companies and organisations. Ireland’s Gaeltacht is promoted as a vibrant and creative region unique in its language, history, culture, people and landscape and an attractive place in which to live, work, locate a business or to visit. The Gaeltacht na hÉireann brand values reflect what this distinctive region represents.· Provenance· Quality· Community· Gaeilge (Irish Language)· Pride· CultureThe brand will be a resource to promote the Gaeltacht and all aspects of Gaeltacht life to assist with the strengthening of the Gaeltacht community and the Irish Language. The ‘Gaeltacht na hÉireann’ brand was developed so as to maximise the benefit of the natural features of the Gaeltacht and to realise the region’s best possible potential in terms of the development of resources and employment and to attract mobile investment. The Gaeltacht na hÉireann logo is a visual emblem and an agreed identity which will assist those located in the region to tell their own story and to develop specific recognition in national and international markets which confirms their origin as being rich in culture, natural beauty, a creative spirit and an innovative mindset.The logo will be will be available for companies and organisations located in the Gaeltacht to use on promotional material and branded communications, on signage, online and on printed marketing materials, on products, packaging and uniforms.Launching the new brand Údarás na Gaeltachta Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair said, ‘the Gaeltacht is an organic identity that can be easily imagined with a brand of its own. Due to the number of fantastic developments happening in this special region, it is particularly satisfying for the Board that Údarás na Gaeltachta have developed a specific brand to promote the regions excellence worldwide.”Údarás na Gaeltachta, Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh added “The brand is available for everyone located in the Gaeltacht to use- our clients, other Gaeltacht businesses, community organisations, the tourist sector, the Arts and other sectors. Companies and organisations who wish to use this stamp of approval will be able to use it on their services or products to inform their customers that their products are being made in the Gaeltacht, by a Gaeltacht workforce and supporting the economy of the Gaeltacht and surrounding areas.”New brand developed for the promotion of Gaeltacht areas was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Gaeltacht na hÉireannÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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first_imgOn 16 March, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget 2016 speech. Below is a round-up of the key announcements with a bearing on employee benefits:The government plans to limit the range of benefits that can be offered under a salary sacrifice arrangement. This will not apply to pensions, childcare and health-related benefits, such as bikes-for-work schemes, which will still attract relief on tax and national insurance contributions.From April 2017 individuals aged 18-40 will be able to open a Lifetime individual savings account (Isa). The government will add a 25% contribution to a maximum of £4,000 a year to any savings placed into the account before the individual’s 50th birthday. The savings and government bonus can be used in retirement or to buy a first home. Savings can be withdrawn for other purposes at any time but will be subject to a 5% charge and will not benefit from the 25% bonus.The government’s new tax-free childcare scheme will be rolled out in phases in 2017. Parents of the youngest children will enter the scheme first, and all eligible parents will be brought into the scheme by the end of 2017. Existing childcare voucher schemes will remain open until April 2018 to support the transition to the new scheme.The government is to consult on extending shared parental leave and pay to grandparents. The consultation will launch in May 2016.The tax-free personal allowance limit will rise to £11,500 from April 2017, and the higher-rate tax threshold will increase from the current £42,385 to £45,000 in 2017-18.The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) will increase by 0.5% to 10%. This will come into effect from October 2016.The government will continue to freeze fuel duty at the current rate of 57.95p a litre.Public sector employer pension contributions are to increase from 2019-20 following a review of the discount rate used to set employer contributions to unfunded public service pension schemes.The government is to restructure the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise to form two new guidance bodies. This will take the form of a pensions guidance body and a new-slimmed down money guidance body that will be responsible for identifying gaps in the financial guidance market.The limit on income tax and national insurance (NI) relief on employer-arranged pensions advice is to be extended from £150 to £500. The government also plans to consult on the introduction of a pensions advice allowance and on the introduction of a single, clear definition of financial advice.The government has committed to ensuring that the pensions industry designs, funds and launches a pensions dashboard by 2019.The government is imposing an individual lifetime limit of £100,000 on gains eligible for capital gains tax exemption through employee shareholder status. This will apply to employee shareholder status arrangements entered into from 17 March 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgLalit Kala Akademi is presenting  Inner Voices, a solo show of artist Vijendra Sharma from December 13 which will go on till December 19, in its gallery number three and four. The exhibition is to curated by Uma Nair.  Vijender the artist is quiet for contemporary taste. The paintings look at his Desire series that deal with the pressures and struggles of life as well as images that speak of ambition, of self realization, of the new woman and a few other large canvasses.”The New Woman” is a surreal work of a young girl sitting on a chair completely covered with a newspaper wrapping from head to toe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Influenced as a young artist by realism ,he made one of the most astonishing leaps in Indian contemporary art – transforming himself into a painter of hyper realist abstractions and studies of human portraits and choreographed compositions. He was particularly attracted to subjects and thinkers who looked beneath the surface of the modern world — to create corollaries where even a stone wall seems to have a secret life“Vijender Sharma  has always painted dream worlds, a world that is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence. Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the mythic and religious Indian epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with modern myth and full of complexity”, says curator Uma Nair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe wants to convey a profound view of existence, one suggesting that, to borrow Thoreau’s words, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This show, includes many of his archetypal figures from reality myth and his own idea of fantasy: a young girl wrapped up in newspaper, a hairy man breaking out of a sheath that looks tight ,a wrinkled pair of hands held in clenched closeness while the flowers around speak of the power of the human spirit. “My subjects are born out of everyday realities. Not only do they offer me a rich visual source, the human experience also reveals the ritualistic, experiential and decorative nature of contemporary art trends – a point which sets the modern millennium story apart from the traditional legends. During and after my travels all over the world and in India ,images of human habit provide the inspiration and visual sources enabled the me to crystalise my exploration of an aesthetic style in terms of the hyper realist idioms,” says Vijender Sharma.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas district administration is keen on improving the socio-economic condition of the people involved in various Self-Help Groups (SHGs).The district administration has chalked out an elaborate plan for the development of infrastructure so that more people can be inducted into various Self-Help Groups, thereby strengthening the socio-economic condition of people in the rural areas.It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid enormous stress on the formation of various SHGs in the villages, so that the rural youth become self-reliant. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district sets a target of linking nearly 25,000 SHGs with banks. According to sources in the district administration, around 20,000 SHGs and bank credit linkages are on the verge of completion, while 5,000 new linkages are yet to be done.The scheme has got an impetus after the Chief Minister, during her recent administrative meeting, instructed the administrative officials to ensure that more SHGs get bank loans.The district also has a plan to distribute Kishan Credit Cards (KCCs) among 1.69 lakh people across the district. Sources said that more than one lakh KCCs have already been distributed, while the rest will be covered this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe average credit limit for each individual is around Rs 43,000, an official said.The district administration is on constant touch with the banks and other financial institutions, to ensure that the farmers are not denied loans.It may be mentioned that there were some allegations that the distribution of KCCs and also the credit linkages were not satisfactory and there was a delay in the whole process.The district is encouraging people to get involved in bee-keeping, poultry farming, or preparing various handicrafts through the SHGs. There is a plan to impart training on beekeeping among unemployed rural youth, particularly in Bongaon and Basirhat sub-divisions. The youth would be trained by forming small groups. According to the plans, the district horticulture officials would conduct awareness campaign among rural youth, to encourage them for bee-farming. It would also convince the people to take up bee-keeping as an occupation to increase agriculture products.Bee cultivators would soon get their identity cards. The scheme would not benefit the poor beekeepers but it would increase the overall production of honey.The state Horticulture department would ensure that beekeepers get a good price for their produce in various state government markets.last_img read more