A personal column by the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers It’s a newspaper’s job to tell what’s happening and who’s saying what, no matter how shocking.But I still wasn’t surprised by the controversy generated by this newspaper’s report on street begging and rough sleeping in print and online last week.Harrogate's incredibly brave Lauren wins top Yorkshire award On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the hostel run by Harrogate Homeless Project to interview two people who’d been rough sleepers themselves in the past.Both were successful people whose lives had been much the same as your’s or mine - until they’d been derailed by a simple twist of fate or circumstances beyond their control.Were it not for the comfort and support of the volunteers of HHP and Harrogate Borough Council, they might still be living on the streets now – or worse.When the same local authorities doing such great work tell you that … [Read more...] about Dear Reader: Helping homeless people + tension over traffic congestion ideas
It starts like this: you open your inbox and there’s an email from a woman called Elizabeth.“Tell me three of what you consider to be your greatest failures,” she writes.What you reply with will become the bones of a 40-minute interview, which the world will be able to hear.If you agree to the challenge, what do you say are your failures? The time you missed the penalty kick in a school soccer final? Or that time in work when you were promoted after you stole a friend and colleague’s hard-earned thunder?The first would lead you down a shallow path, discussing the loss of a would-be victorious sporting moment. The other down the road of discussing friendship, honesty, loyalty, betrayal, Machiavellian-ambition, and deceit.Anyone can talk about missed kicks, but how comfortable would most people be admitting the shadier side of themselves to the world?Yet, in leadership, both in politics and in the corporate world, the admission of failure is a rare, if … [Read more...] about Why the secret to success is admitting your failures
opinion Foster Friess Opinion contributor Published 10:29 AM EDT Apr 4, 2019 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, I hope you will say “yes” to the invitation we sent to your office last week to be my dinner guest Friday, April 5th? The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will induct 12 new members for 2019 that evening in Washington D.C.. From Oprah Winfrey, President Ronald Reagan, Maya Angelou to Condoleezza Rice, Horatio Alger members started life in “humble” conditions and worked hard to achieve the American dream. Over 100 students who receive Horatio Alger college scholarships will be in attendance. All of which overcame challenging life and economic adversity and worked hard to achieve remarkable success in their high school years. Meeting these amazing students inspires us to remember our own humble starts and to celebrate all that is special about the unique opportunities that … [Read more...] about Dear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will you honorself-made success stories?
A TAKE That fanatic is jumping for joy following the shining success of her new exercise class at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School. Philippa Young has been a fan of Take That – famous for hit songs including Shine, Greatest Day, Never Forget, The Flood and Back For Good – since the early 90s when the band was first formed. She decided to shake things up by combining Take That music with a hard workout. “I put on the first class as a trial but it turned out to be a real success. People were loving the fact they could have a dance to Take That and get fit at the same time,” said Philippa. “Because it was so popular I’ve decided to do it every Monday. I think there are lots of Take That fans out there and that’s why it works.” Lead singer Gary Barlow even tweeted about the class after seeing it online. “One of my clients put a video of the workout online and Gary saw it. He tweeted her back saying he loves what we are … [Read more...] about Take That fan jumps for joy following success of her new exercise class
There is no confirmed scientific link between success and cannabis use - but Paula Bennett claims she's never met a successful person who had smoked weed every day. Ms Bennett was appointed the National Spokesperson for Drug Reform on Tuesday, and appeared on the AM Show on Wednesday morning to discuss the role and her opinions on the legalisation of cannabis. "I'm yet to meet someone who's incredibly successful and having a great life that smokes dope every day," she told host Duncan Garner. Hundreds of celebrities and successful people in the world have used or currently use marijuana, but multiple studies from all over the world still argue whether success is related to cannabis use. New Zealand's cannabis hotspots New Zealanders 'don't need' legal cannabis - Mark Richardson Support for legalising cannabis getting higher - NZ Drug Foundation A report released in 2017 by a Californian research firm said that cannabis smokers made up a higher percentage of master's degree … [Read more...] about Five successful people who smoked weed