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Shardlake star Arthur Hughes on the duel ‘burden’ and ‘superpower’ of disability | Ents & Arts News

Shardlake star Arthur Hughes on the duel ‘burden’ and ‘superpower’ of disability | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] British actor Arthur Hughes says it’s a great step forward to have a disabled character leading the cast in a show that isn’t about disability. The 32-year-old plays the titular detective in new drama, Shardlake, about a lawyer who solves crimes while navigating the religious reforms and political intrigue of Tudor England. Hughes told Sky News: “The show isn’t about disability, it’s a Tudor piece… And it’s not about Shardlake being disabled… It’s an important asset… “It can be a burden. It can be his superpower. It’s the thing he can hide behind, so you might think he’s weak. He’s actually strong. You might think he’s less. He can actually be more.” Hughes, whose breakout TV role was in 2018 supernatural series The Innocents on Netflix, was born with radial dysplasia, a rare condition which affects his right arm. He made history in 2022 when he became the first disabled actor to play Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hughes says that as with himself, Shardlake’s disability is “the least interesting thing about …

Amid Budget Shortfall, San Francisco Reexamines Tax Burden On Big Businesses

Amid Budget Shortfall, San Francisco Reexamines Tax Burden On Big Businesses

[ad_1] Authored by Brian Back via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Facing mounting budget woes this election year, as spending far outpaces revenues, the City of San Francisco is scrambling to reform its infamously large and complex tax burden on business. Several San Francisco companies have been mired in tax disputes with the city. Above, a view of downtown on Feb. 6, 2019. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) San Francisco’s five largest employers now account for nearly a quarter of the city’s total business tax revenue, according to an April 14 report in the San Francisco Examiner. If any were to relocate outside of the city, such would leave San Francisco—currently facing an $800 million budget deficit—vulnerable. As such, Mayor London Breed and city officials are currently negotiating with business and labor leaders to devise tax reform measures for the November ballot that could simplify its tax code and even out the load on top businesses, the San Francisco Examiner reported. In particular, city officials say they would like to see changes that would not incentivize businesses …

‘The story of being a burden has been told too many times’: how dementia-friendly theatre is changing the narrative | Theatre

‘The story of being a burden has been told too many times’: how dementia-friendly theatre is changing the narrative | Theatre

[ad_1] When my grandma was a child, she wanted to be a star. She would hide behind the kitchen door when her parents had friends over and do her best opera singer impression, hoping to be discovered. In her last years, when she was living with dementia, singing to her was one of the few guarantees of hearing her laugh, the words to the songs often still as clear as they had ever been in her mind. Music has long been known to help rustle up the joys and memories that make a life, which dementia can obscure. “When I’m singing,” says one participant of Our Time, a drama group at Leeds Playhouse for people living with dementia, “I don’t feel that I’m on my own.” These sessions are led by Nicky Taylor, a researcher and practitioner who radiates enthusiasm for changing the stories we tell about a condition that affects more than 900,000 people in the UK. “People with dementia are often written off,” says Taylor, “but our participants are sometimes contributing right up until the …

Free school meals for all may reduce childhood obesity, while easing financial and logistical burden

Free school meals for all may reduce childhood obesity, while easing financial and logistical burden

[ad_1] School meals are critical to child health. Research has shown that school meals can be more nutritious than meals from other sources, such as meals brought from home. A recent study that one of us conducted found the quality of school meals has steadily improved, especially since the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act strengthened nutrition standards for school meals. In fact, by 2017, another study found that school meals provided the best diet quality of any major U.S. food source. Many American families became familiar with universal free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ease the financial and logistical burdens of the pandemic on families and schools, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued waivers that allowed schools nationwide to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. However, these waivers expired by the 2022-23 school year. Since that time, there has been a substantial increase in schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal policy that allows schools in high poverty areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all attending students. …

It’s no burden – we have a duty to pay tax | Tax

It’s no burden – we have a duty to pay tax | Tax

[ad_1] Jack D Stephen is looking for a phrase to replace “tax burden” (Letters, 10 March). I can help him with an alternative I’ve been using: replace the word tax with duty, as we currently do at airports. Which figure could remain in public life if found to have avoided, let alone evaded, duty to their country? My tax isn’t my burden, it’s a duty to my country that I should be proud to be able to contribute. How would articles in a newspaper read with this one small change? I’d like to see.Chris WhittakerStithians, Cornwall In his letter pointing out that the phrase “tax burden” is rightwing, Jack D Stephen struggled to come up with an alternative. The Guardian’s excellent style guide recommends using “simpler, less politically loaded terms such as tax, taxation or tax bill”.Sean FarrellRamsgate, Kent Tax, like a subscription to a golf club, is a fee for the privilege of membership of a wealth-creating society, and ought to be charged proportionally to the amount of financial benefit individuals derive from participation in …

Caregivers face not only burden, but reward and benefits in their journey: Study

Caregivers face not only burden, but reward and benefits in their journey: Study

[ad_1] “For the caregivers, there are burdens, but there are actually benefits and rewards in the caregiving journey, throughout the caregiving journey,” she added.  “There is a sense that they’re able to manage, cope with the everyday caregiving needs, anticipate future challenges, and that they’re able to do self care of their own well-being and work towards a balanced life.” Previously, the focus of caregiving has always been about the burden that they face, said observers.  Ms Harding said: “It was always about the stress. But now with this study, we’re able to also identify that there’s the positive side to caregiving.”  She added that the project can also help to change their mindset of clinicians, so they can get to know the caregivers early on.  On how this study can help Singapore plan better, Ms Harding said it can be used to engage stakeholders such as policy makers to pay more attention “on the caregivers, not just always the care recipients”, and how support could be channelled to help caregivers identify their aspirations and …

Tax should not be considered as a burden | Budget 2024 (spring)

Tax should not be considered as a burden | Budget 2024 (spring)

[ad_1] In the weary discussion leading up to last Wednesday’s budget, much was made of the fact that the current level of taxation is at its “highest level since 1948” (Budget 2024, 6 March). I have seen no mention of the fact that the taxes then were designed to benefit the whole population through the Attlee government’s establishment of a different way of running a country. Poor people would, for the first time, have access to the benefits of a modern welfare state: health, social care, education and libraries, all free at the point of use, and new standards of housing at modest cost. It’s sad that our national debate now is narrowly mean-minded. Implicit is a view that the poor (as opposed to “hard-working families”) are out to live a life on benefits and so must be curbed and controlled, the wealthy have the right to have as much access to the dwindling welfare benefits of society as do the less well-off, and that healthcare, through the NHS, can continue to be run on …

‘Carry the burden’: Anger grows in Israel over military exemption for ultra-Orthodox

‘Carry the burden’: Anger grows in Israel over military exemption for ultra-Orthodox

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/03/2024 – 17:59Modified: 04/03/2024 – 18:01 02:58 People take part in a protest against an exemption to military service for ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem on February 26, 2024. © AFP As more and more Israelis are drafted into the military amid the war in Gaza, an issue that has long stoked debate is turning increasingly bitter and divisive – an exemption to military service for the country’s roughly 1.3 million ultra-Orthodox Jews. Read more on related topics: [ad_2] Source link

GPS say planting more trees will ease burden on NHS | Nature | News

GPS say planting more trees will ease burden on NHS | Nature | News

[ad_1] GPs believe planting more trees could help reduce the financial burden on the NHS, a poll has found. The survey of 255 doctors from practices across the country showed 94% are calling for more trees around urban schools to combat lung diseases like asthma while 77% backed more shrubbery to ease pressure on the health service. Seven in 10 doctors surveyed by the Woodland Trust said they should be able to prescribe time out in nature to ensure the health of future generations. Dr Darren Moorcroft, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, said: “This powerful research, from trusted medical professionals, shows the need to prioritise the environment to reduce the burden on the NHS and save lives. “Policymakers must take heed of these results. A startling 96% of GPs – who are on the frontline of healthcare in this country – want environmental issues moved up the political agenda. “They recognise the potentially life-giving benefits of a cleaner, greener world, ever more important due to the greater effects of climate change – and want …

Should Lakers trade LeBron? He’s as much burden as benefit

Should Lakers trade LeBron? He’s as much burden as benefit

[ad_1] LeBron James tweeted an hourglass emoji after consecutive blowout losses last week, seemingly pushing the Lakers to make improvements before Thursday’s trade deadline. When asked Saturday if he wanted to clarify the tweet, he said, “No.” This is so tired. LeBron James has a $51.4-million player option in his Lakers contract for next season, meaning this summer he could pack up all of his baggage and walk away. When asked Saturday if he knew what he was going to do about the option, he said, “No.” This is so lame. For all his greatness, James remains a passive-aggressive pain in the butt who annually cryptically threatens the Lakers if they don’t give him a championship roster. Yet while he delivers weird nudges and noogies about the team’s problems, he’s continually ignoring the obvious. He’s the problem. He’s the team’s most tradeable asset, yet the Lakers don’t feel they can trade him. He has to win now, which means the Lakers can’t build for the future. He runs the team, which means coach Darvin Ham …