On a Thursday night at the Kurow Hotel, what would you expect people to be chatting about? Probably the weather, maybe stock prices – and almost definitely the Bledisloe Cup. You might not expect to hear patrons at the country pub talk openly about suicide, emotions and mental health. But that was exactly what was discussed when the Will to Live Speak Up tour came to town, drawing a crowd of about 100 people to the Kurow Hotel last Thursday night. Will to Live was founded last year by agricultural worker Elle Perriam (21) after she was faced head on with New Zealand’s mental illness crisis. Her boyfriend, Will Gregory, took his own life in December 2017. Miss Perriam said she was left with a lot of anger at how few support services there were for young rural people, especially men, and decided, in classic Kiwi fashion, to address the issue herself. She set up Will to Live with the help of her two sisters – Kate and Sarah – and others passionate about increasing … [Read more...] about Kurow speaks up for mental health
Stepping up how taking responsibility changes everything
For me, the first real disagreement I ever had with my husband happened during my first pregnancy. Before I was expecting, I'd never once thought about what I might name my child. But it turns out, my husband had. He felt strongly that our child should be named after a family member, and I wanted to broaden our options. What started out as a playful back-and-forth continued as the due date neared. I just presumed he would eventually come around to my view, especially as I was the one growing the baby and the one who had to birth it, but he would not budge. Countless times I would storm out of the room, often in tears, when we discussed names. With just days to go, we reached a compromise. Our daughter was named after a family member, but from my side of the family. Our baby had not even arrived, and already we'd been confronted with a task that sparked our first standoff. And this despite the fact that we consider ourselves easy going and willing to see each other's point where … [Read more...] about When two becomes three: how to babyproof your relationship
You’re not sure what to prioritise — your pension, mortgage or your Isa. You’re starting to lose sleep over whether you’re saving enough for your children’s education. And you can’t quite recall whether you have accumulated four, five — or was it six? — pension pots from previous jobs. Now may be time to consider a mid-life financial MOT.Savers and investors reaching their fifth decade face a series of choices about the right balance of spending and saving to strike as their earnings and expenditure typically peak and retirement planning picks up pace. Thorny questions include the suitable trade-offs between mortgage payments and pension contributions, savings and investments, the correct level of risk in an investment portfolio and the potential for breaching tax relief limits on pension contributions. Advisers say this time of life is precisely when people should consider conducting a thorough assessment of their finances in the round … [Read more...] about Your financial mid-life MOT: is it time for a tune-up?
Up to 14,000 new homes could be built across Nuneaton and Bedworth over the next 12 years after a masterplan for housing and development was rubberstamped. It was dubbed the "biggest decision that this generation of councillors will ever make" and during a heated meeting at the Town Hall the Borough Plan was given the green light – almost a decade after it was first created. But it was not a unanimous decision - all 17 Labour councillors voted in favour while 13 Conservatives and one Green Party representative voted against. However, it means that the contentious plan, which includes accepting the overspill from neighbouring Coventry, will now be sent to the Secretary of State. If no issues are raised, or legal objections lodged, the plan will be formally adopted. But impassioned pleas were made by residents prior to the crucial decision being made to throw it out altogether. What residents said Allan Gilbey raised concerns about an element of the plan to remove some pieces of … [Read more...] about Up to 14,000 new homes plan for Nuneaton and Bedworth approved
Wales 22 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48372707 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales has stepped down.Michael Garvey has been appointed the first executive director of … [Read more...] about National Orchestra director steps down