Children helping children

first_imgNewsChildren helping childrenBy Staff Reporter – September 20, 2013 639 Previous articleVolunteers needed for ‘Aware’ FundraiserNext articleFianna Fáil selects Limerick council candidates Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Email Linkedin ‘Children Helping Children’ will hold their National Day of Prayer and Share on October 11th to raise money for children in developing countries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Children Helping Children is an initiative set up by World Missions Ireland that sees Irish children raising money for projects to assist children in third world countries.1500 schools throughout the country will take part in the fundraiser and last year 49 projects in Africa and Asia benefitted from the fundraising efforts.The initiative helped to build an orphanage in Sri Lanka for children left bereft and destitute after the Sri Lankan tsunami.“I have received so much support and help from schools right around Limerick and county and for this I am so grateful. We couldn’t do it without them”, said Jackie Pallas, National Secretary of the Society of Missionary Children. Printlast_img read more

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Ten Tips for Canoeing With Kids

first_imgThe idea of taking your young kids canoeing can be a daunting proposition. There are so many factors to account for and the downside of screwing it up can be hours of crying leading to a hatred for being on the river. Whoa, why would you even do it? Because it’s awesome.Recently my wife and I hit the river with our 3 year old and our 1 year old. It would be our youngest’s first float. We were joined by some good friends of ours, Dave and Tashia, and their son Silas. Dave and Tashia are long time friends from West Virginia, transplanted to C-Ville, and this was going to be Silas’s first time in a canoe as well. It was a beautiful day on the river.Tips For A Successful Canoe Trip With Kids:Pick a short float. Both our girls have had their first canoe trip on the same section of the James River. In the James River State Park there is a 2 – 2.5 mile float from the Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. The entire trip is within the park and the livery will even run shuttle for you for a small fee. It is the perfect river trip length for younguns. If they get to cranky, paddle fast, you’ll be at Dixon in no time.Sunscreen and hats. This is simple. Sun burning your kids will prove unpleasant for both them and you. And people will look at you funny as you carry around a screaming 14 month old tomato.unnamed (2)Pack lots of snacks. All parents know, snacks solve lots of problems. Ziplock bags or snack cups full of crackers, popcorn, etc. will keep them happy on the river. We also pack coconut water boxes for sipping on something sweet.Bathtub Chalk. Seriously. If you can handle a little mess in your life and aren’t too OCD about the appearance of your canoe, bathtub chalk will provide lots of entertainment for your kids. And comfortable seating. I’ve found that a camp chair or kayak seat is a perfect resting place for our little ones.Bubbles make everything awesome. It’s a scientifically proven fact.unnamed (3)Plan a river trip that includes a good lunch/ swimming spot. Breaking up the paddle and tiring the kids out with some good ole fashioned river play is essential. Playtime is where the real memories are made. My 3 year old will tell you, now her favorite part of the canoe trip is playing in the rapids. Make it fun.These first few trips are not about you having your perfect day. They are about setting the stage, building a foundation of recreating outside, that will plant the seeds for future trips. It’s in those future trips that the joy will come. Some of the early trips will be tough. Deal. It gets better.  Eventually you could even get to this point, sitting up front, while your wife pilots the canoe, casting for fish while your kids snack it up.Keep it calm and keep it upright. Nothing capsizes a canoe faster than erratic movements. Even if your little tyke breaks out into a fit, stay zen, and find an immediate solution that does not involve quick, unbalancing action. Most of the time, little toddlers will enjoy sitting up front in the bow, between their parent’s legs. They’re in the action and easily entertained.Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 11.42.35 AMGive your kids their own paddle as soon as they are ready. Our 3 yr. old got her first “real” canoe paddle for Christmas this past year, a Bending Branches Twig. She was psyched to get in on the action and help paddle.PFD, PFD, PFD. Make sure everyone is wearing one. If a kid goes in the drink, they need to float and if you have to go in to get them, it’s best you have one on as well. I always wear my PFD on the water. How else can I expect my kids’ to follow that rule if I do not?Taking your kids on the river can be a daunting prospect, but with a little planning and a cool head, you can have a good time. The first trip might be bumpy, but keep trying, because the payoff is a lifetime of appreciation for outdoor recreation. Our state parks are a great place to start. Every year my wife gifts me annual passes to our VA State Parks. It’s the perfect gift because I get to share it with my girls.last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund sees losses following exclusion decisions

first_imgNorway’s sovereign wealth fund has seen its portfolio underperform the benchmark by 1 percentage point over the last decade, as a result of its decision to exclude more than 60 companies.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) said that, at the end of 2015, it excluded 65 companies from its investment universe, in line with the Ministry of Finance’s mandate for the NOK7.5trn (€796bn) Government Pension Fund Global.The decision to exclude companies for violations of international treaties, which should not be confused with NBIM’s risk-based divestment of firms, saw the fund underperform its benchmark by 1.17 percentage points, according to the manager’s inaugural performance and risk report for 2015.NBIM said that, of the 65 companies excluded, 54 would have been represented in its benchmark index, with a combined market value of NOK127bn. “When companies are excluded,” the report states, “this alters the risk and return characteristics of the index, as remaining companies are assigned a higher weight. Since 2006, these exclusions have had a cumulative performance impact of -1.17 percentage points.”Excluding tobacco firms – at NOK 61.8bn, accounting for nearly half of the excluded companies’ market value – caused NBIM to lose 0.68 percentage points in return from 2006 to 2015, followed by the aerospace and defence sectors.Notably, the exclusion of mining companies boosted returns by 0.04 percentage points, while the exclusion of companies within the industrial metals sector boosted returns by 0.01 percentage points.NBIM said the impact of excluding certain companies within the chemicals sector, and construction and materials sector, was flat.The fund, Europe’s largest asset owner, recently announced an annual return of 2.7%, outperforming its benchmark by 0.5%.last_img read more

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