5 upcoming charity fundraising events Secret World Wildlife Rescue Wildlife WondersSecret World Wildlife Rescue is holding its Wildlife Wonders event on the Bank Holiday weekend of 26 / 27 August. Activities will include a woodland-themed treasure hunt, meeting the centre’s birds of prey, talks about the animals it helps, and crafts and face painting. Forever Friends Appeal Newfoundland Dog DiveOn 22 September, Bath RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal is again offering people the chance to experience an ‘at sea’ Newfoundland dog rescue. The event will take place at Portishead Marina near Bristol, and is run by Newfound Friends on behalf of the Forever Friends Appeal. Last year, the inaugural event raised £5,000. — Leuka (@leadleukaemia) August 9, 2018Leuka Loves Afternoon TeaLeuka has launched its newest fundraising event, Leuka Loves Afternoon Tea, to coincide with Afternoon Tea Week. It is asking supporters to hold a tea one August afternoon from this Monday (13 August), and to register on its website to receive a ‘Leuka Loves Afternoon Tea’ kit. Leuka would also like people to share their activities on social media with the hashtag #LoveAfternoonTeaHateLeukaemia. To incentivise people to take part in this pilot event it will be thanking the supporter (or supporters) who raises the most in donations and the one with the most shares, likes or retweets from their Afternoon Tea event, with Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the Wolseley in Piccadilly, London. There are a plethora of fundraising events coming up over the next couple of months. Here are five different ways charities are raising funds. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Tagged with: fundraising events Fundraising ideas NHS70 Virtual RunEntries are now open for the official NHS70 Virtual Run. The ‘7 for 70’ event has been launched by Go Virtual Racing in partnership with NHS Charities Together with runners of all ages and abilities asked to sign up to run or walk 7.0 kilometres or 7.0 miles to raise funds for charity for which they will be awarded with a double-sided medal. All funds raised will be shared between all the hospitals involved in the NHS70 celebrations and distributed across the whole of the UK. Fancy getting a little bit fancy and holding an Afternoon Tea to raise funds for leukaemia research? Then come this way… https://t.co/D3L7zqZG6Z pic.twitter.com/KmWTgm86dv Advertisement Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Loop the LoopOn 18 August, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is challenging people to take to the air and loop the loop to raise funds. It has teamed up with Take Flight Aviation to offer the challenge, which gives people the chance to take off in the Slingsby Firefly and have a go at flying the plane themselves, and then have the pilot take over so they can fully experience the loop and the view. Main image: Members of #TeamLGT from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust 279 total views, 3 views today 280 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Melanie May | 13 August 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
But there are many examples of players who have headed for big clubs only to find they end up playing a peripheral role. Jack Rodwell, a rising star at Everton but now surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium, is a prime example. Dyke’s suggestion to improve the number of youngsters making the grade is to establish a new tier within the Football League to accommodate Premier League B teams. Hodgson is not entirely sure how to solve the problem. “We need to keep looking to see if there is a system that would help these 19-year-olds who are not playing in (Manchester) United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City first teams,” he said. “Is there a way of getting them into football on a regular basis to play against men that would improve them? It’s not as easy as all that. “You’d run into arguments that would the best thing for Raheem Sterling not playing for Liverpool to go and play in the English third division or the Conference? “Would that be the best way forward? It’s complicated. I’m glad we’re looking into it.” Hodgson thinks England should get more access to young players so they are ready for what awaits them if they make the step up to full international level. “We have to make certain that we get as much access as we can to the players in the academies, that we induct them fully into what we’re expecting,” he said. “We have to make certain that when the players come into our environment we induct them fully into what we are expecting, what we think being an England player means, not just in terms of behaviour and culture, but in terms of how important it is for you to play in a certain way, making certain we get our midfielders turning on the ball, receiving balls on the back foot, being positive. “We can do some work on that. We don’t just have to rely on clubs giving their 19-year-old a game in the first team or not. We can do that.” Roy Hodgson believes England’s brightest young stars will always struggle to break into the top Premier League sides because of expensive foreign imports. The chairman of the Football Association concluded in his report that the national team was heading for oblivion if it did not redress the shrinking number of English players in top-flight football. And Hodgson agrees the pathway to the top for the best young English prospects is not an easy one to navigate. “There’s always going to be a problem. It’s ridiculous to try to suggest there isn’t,” the England manager said. “The players we’re looking at who could be good enough to play for England at 18, 19, 20 years of age are quite often playing in the top five or six clubs. “That’s where the biggest stars are, and where the biggest money is and where the biggest chance of a blockage is in getting into the team. So let’s come to terms with that.” There are some examples of English youngsters who have climbed to the top. Raheem Sterling wowed the crowd in the Arena Amazonia against Italy with some of his touches despite being just 19 years old. And Andros Townsend scored a stunning goal on his debut against Montenegro last October having turned 22 just a few months earlier. England’s inexperienced squad were condemned to their quickest World Cup exit in history last Friday, less than 24 hours after their 2-1 defeat to Uruguay. Past World Cup exits have been followed by inquests into English football’s deep-rooted problems, but that has not been the case this time around as Greg Dyke conducted one before the tournament began. Press Association
The initiative looked to bring as many of their emigrant players as possible home to take on fifteen Gortnahoe/Glengoole men who stayed on Irish soil.Jet lag may have gotten to the returning expatriates as they lost the charity match-up by three points.The money raised will help support the North Tipperary Hospice and the Scoil Aonghusa special needs school in the county. The final score was Gortnahoe/Glengoole 0-10 Gortnahoe International 1-4.
Haiti’s Justice and Public Security Minister Heidi Fortune has banned Custom agents from carrying firearms “under any circumstances” as a strike by the workers entered its 10th day on Tuesday.“This temporary measure is adopted in order to prevent any untoward incident likely to endanger public order,” Fortune said in a statement after the National Police of Haiti (PNH) said they were taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the various customs posts of the Republic.Tension increased recently after Economy and Finance Minister, Jude Alix Patrick Solomon, reportedly made arrangements to unload refrigerated products and products for assembly plants with the help from the PNH.“Saturday, we made arrangements to allow customs officers who want to work to do so. PNH officers occupy customs entrances to prevent untimely disruptions to those who put pressure on employees who want to work,” said Solomon.The executive committee of the Association of Haitian Customs (ADH) Sunday dismissed a call from the Finance Minister to return to work claiming that the government had been disrespectful including not implementing the memorandum of understanding signed in October 2017 providing for salary increases and special status of Customs officers.However, the ADH said areas have been established within the main Customs offices to allow for the clearance and delivery of medicines, antiretroviral drugs, human blood bags, aid shipments, oxygen cylinders and the bodies of nationals, who died overseas.
SAN JOSE — As expected, forwards Joonas Donskoi and Gus Nyquist signed with teams other than the Sharks on Monday.Donskoi, author of one of San Jose’s most memorable playoff goals, signed a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche a deal that carries an average annual value of $3.9 million, a raise from the $1.9 million he made each of the last two seasons with the Sharks.Nyquist’s time with the Sharks lasted just three months, as the winger signed a four-year deal with the Columbus …
(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The most dangerous ideology is the one that doesn’t acknowledge its worldview assumptions.Several articles from the science news were partly successful noting the risk of assumptions in scientific theories. Unfortunately, none of them recognized the fundamental assumption of naturalism.Time for one universe: Adam Frank, writing frankly for NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture blog, thinks physics may have gotten “something really important really wrong.” That something important is the idea of a multiverse, a concept that cosmologist Lee Smolin championed but is now abandoning in his new book with philosopher Roberto Unger, The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time. Frank makes this amazing statement that undermines the popular notion of science’s triumphal march of progress:When the path towards progress in a field becomes muddied, the best response may be to step away from all the technical specifics that make up day-to-day practice and begin pulling up the floorboards. In other words, rather than continuing to push on the science, it may be best to ask about the unspoken philosophies supporting that research effort.Based on a workshop he attended organized by Smolin and Unger, he feels more than ever that string theory and multiverse theory have led scientists astray. The bullet points from the conference: (1) There is only one universe (which should be intuitive from the definition of the word), (2) Time is real, and (3) Mathematics is selectively real. “Taken together, these three claims constitute a significant departure from mainstream ideas in physics,” Frank says. Smolin and Unger recognize the importance recognizing the philosophical underpinnings of science. The new book “constitutes just an outline — a beginning — for a new approach to physics,” but does it go far enough? Is philosophy itself derivable from matter and energy in time?Human exceptionalism: Could we upload a brain to a computer? asks Richard Jones (U of Sheffield) in The Conversation. And if we could, should we? Jones takes a historical look at transhumanism up through modern ideas and on through future trends. A brain is more than molecules, he says with logical finesse, even if it were possible to replicate its wiring diagram:This points us towards a deeper conceptual difficulty. Just because we can simulate some aspects of the way the brain works, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are completely emulating a real brain, or indeed a mind. No conceivable increase in computer power will allow us to simulate the brain at the level of individual molecules. So brain emulation would only be possible if we could abstract its digital, logical operations from the messy molecular level detail.It’s as hopeless as trying to deduce the logic of a computer by watching the electrons flowing. Smith does a good job debunking transhumanism, even to the point of calling it dangerous or at least a distortion of science’s priorities. But he also says, “But no-one designed a brain – it evolved – so there is no reason to expect any simple mapping of its operations to digital logic.” Pardon, your materialistic worldview is showing. And it is self-refuting. By Smith’s own statement, if his own brain evolved without design, there is no reason to expect it to be logical.Explaining right but not left: Simon Oxehham, writing for New Scientist, purports to explain “Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the far right.” As he points to immigration and other social movements, relying on explanations by sociologists, he depicts conservatives as driven by emotion, as if he stands on a dispassionate higher plane. Example: “Instead, people find ways to explain what is happening around them that lay the blame with someone else.” In this, he betrays a severe case of the Yoda Complex. Could not a conservative write a mirror-image piece (if New Scientist would print it) about the rise of the far left? How would a neutral observer determine who is left, and who is right?Car evolution: Two scientists mentioned by Science Daily used Darwinian evolutionary theory to analyze the evolution of automobiles (which everyone knows are intelligently designed). This is a turbo-charged case of Berra’s Blunder, explains Evolution News & Views. Readers may wish to consider whether natural selection is a case of circular reasoning, as Stephen Talbott argues for the Nature Institute. Talbott is neither creationist or intelligent design advocate, but he recognizes the problem that many evolutionary explanations amount to little more than storytelling and tautologies.What is matter? Never mind: A refreshing trend away from storytelling in scientific publishing is being undertaken by a new journal called simply, Matters. “Stories can wait. Science can’t” announces the explanation page, “Why Matters.” This journal promises to publish single observations from anyone who can show credible evidence subject to triple-blind peer review. An embedded video shows how traditional publishing stifles the lone scientist wishing to make public an important observation by forcing him or her to make up a story that fits the consensus. Unfortunately, the video misrepresents the Galileo Affair, portraying church fathers with “I love Jesus” tatts stomping on his neck. With that kind of misunderstanding of history, will Matters stifle a submission with a credible observation of design, like powered flight?To begin to unravel the stranglehold that materialism maintains on “science,” one needs to point out its worldview dependencies. This gets the materialist off his pedestal, so that real dialogue can begin. Then, one needs to proceed by showing how the materialistic worldview is self-defeating, because it relies on concepts that cannot be reduced to be particles. Those concepts, further, must be non-evolving, else they become unworthy of trust.Your job is to remove the Yoda Complex mask from the materialist. It acts like one of the new-fangled Virtual Reality headsets, creating universes the wearer can adapt with his own actions. Sooner or later, the wearer bumps into an object in the real world. When you see a scientist acting strangely with his Yoda headset on, a few well-placed obstacles can help bring him to his senses, forcing him to take the mask off by himself. Then, smile and talk to him about reality. Expect this to take a little time during the transition from Storyland, which just looked so real to him. It can be jolting.
President Jacob Zuma gets into the spiritof the occasion, at the handing overof 85 new tractors to small-scale farmers in Mpumalanga province (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Noncedo VutulaDept Agriculture, Chief director, communication and information+27 12 319 7348 or +27 82 523 4904RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Food production up in Africa • Farming in the heart of Joburg • Bumper maize crop for SAJanine ErasmusThe first handover of hi-tech equipment to black farmers, under the R500-million (US$65.3-million) government-driven Masibuyele Emasimini programme, took place in mid-June in Mpumalanga province.Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson and President Jacob Zuma were on hand to witness a number of small-scale farmers of Marapyane village taking delivery of 85 new tractors.The vehicles were distributed to all three districts of the province – Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala.Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration, Meshack Malinga, was also in attendance.The Masibuyele Emasimini tractor mechanisation programme is a four-year initiative aimed at addressing the ongoing problem of food security and sustainable livelihoods – but instead of providing mere garden implements the department has decided to make a more substantial investment. An initial allotment of R100-million ($13.1-million) is to be followed by an amount of R50-million ($6.5-million) to each of the country’s nine provinces.Through the scheme, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to encourage black citizens back into the agricultural sector. At least 10 500 farmers are expected to benefit.Improving food securityAbout 14-million South African households face uncertain futures because of food insecurity, and more than 2-million others have already felt the effects. With the new equipment, small-scale and subsistence farmers will increase their output and ensure their families’ wellbeing. They will also be more competitive in the domestic and, hopefully, the international market.The National African Farmers’ Union has been calling for government to take this step for many years, but with no luck, until now.Zuma has endorsed the programme, which will be implemented in the provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal within the next two years and will then roll out to the rest of the country.“The issue of rural development and land reform is very high up on government’s agenda,” said Joemat-Pettersen, “as there are some real opportunities in the way of decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The state is committed to affording all players in this sector sufficient support and infrastructure.”She added that transformation was an ongoing priority, and that her department was supporting black farmers and encouraging their development into key players in the sector – although the experience and importance of white farmers, who have traditionally been the county’s agricultural mainstay, will not be overlooked. They too will receive governmental support.Joemat-Pettersen said that the Masibuyele Emasimini initiative was aligned with government’s goal of improving service delivery during 2010, and helping communities to achieve a better standard of living.Millennium Development GoalsChair of the Parliamentary committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries Mlungisi Johnson said the initiative also fell into line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which aimed to halve worldwide poverty by 2014, among other ambitions.According to Buanews, the government’s news service, various private sector companies have expressed interest in contributing to the scheme.US department store chain Walmart would like to develop a mentorship programme and a model for market access to its outlets, and South Africa’s Old Mutual has pledged R10-million ($1.3-million). Major bank Nedbank has set up an agricultural fund to the tune of R6-million to support local farming projects.Joemat-Pettersen said that private-public partnerships would be of tremendous benefit to South Africa as it works to develop its agricultural sector.
RELATED ARTICLES By LEW SICHELMANRichard Bruce is looking forward to moving into his new Austin, Texas, home with his wife by year’s end. When construction is complete, the 1,700-square-foot abode will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, plus lightning-fast Google Fiber internet service. But here are the real selling points: the geothermal heating and cooling system and photovoltaic (PV) panels which will ensure the new house produces as much energy as the couple consume.“It’s an exciting new community,” says Bruce, 62, who works for the Veterans Health Administration. “It’s using all the newest eco-friendly technology, and it’s going to save us money on energy bills.”The couple, who are relocating from Oklahoma City for a job opportunity, are among the first buyers in the master-planned community of Whisper Valley, the largest “net-zero” housing development in the nation. The roughly 7,500 eco-friendly standalone houses, townhouses, and rental apartments are designed to be completely energy-self-sufficient, sending as much power back to the grid as residents use. Zero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’Revisiting Net Zero EnergyMy Net Zero ConundrumBest Practices for Zero Net Energy Buildings The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroNet-Zero Energy versus PassivhausDenver Developer Focuses on Zero-Energy Homes Largest net-zero project in the U.S.The $2 billion community, which opens in the next month or so, is sprawled over more than 2,000 acres about 8 miles east of Austin.“This is the largest zero-energy project of its kind anywhere in the United States,” says Lorenz Reibling, co-founder of Taurus Investment Holdings, the developer of the community.Until recently, net-zero houses have been sporadically built on single lots, or in small subdivisions. But rising energy costs combined with widespread concerns over environmental damage and global warming — and lower costs of eco-friendly tech — have given the concept a big boost.Whisper Valley amenities will include a geothermal-heated community pool, electrical vehicle charging stations, community gardens, and miles of hiking and biking trails. The first units will range in price from the high $100,000s to the $300,000s.Bruce is particularly excited about the pool and community meeting space, along with the smart, energy-efficient features with which the home will be equipped.“I’d like to see more communities go this way,” he says. Would a ‘passive’ approach to green design be better?But not everyone is sold. Austin architect Peter Pfeiffer, a pioneer in green building, isn’t a big fan of Whisper Valley. He favors clean home layouts that maximize energy efficiency rather than “clean by gizmo,” he says.Pfeiffer believes the houses at Whisper Valley would perform just as well if they were designed to take passive advantage of the sun’s rays.“We are so wrapped up in efficiency by technology that we forget about design,” he says. “If most of the windows are oriented properly, either north or south, you can save 30% on your heating and cooling bills right there.”Plus, a quarter-century is a long time to be paying off those geothermal and other energy systems.“There are a lot of infrastructure costs,” says Altes, the realtor. And with continued advances in technology, “most of that [energy] system will be obsolete in 25 years.” Demand is highAbout 150 would-be buyers have already signed up for the first 30 houses.That’s not exactly surprising because the homes are expected to cost less than many other, less energy-efficient properties currently for sale. For example, the median home list price is $455,000 in Austin and $371,000 in East Austin, according to realtor.com.“They’re competitively priced with conventional homes,” says Realtor Ken Altes, of Eco Homes Austin, who specializes in green homes in the area. Plus, “a lot of people are concerned that the cost of conventional fuels in the future is uncertain [and could rise].”The development is expected to foster a strong sense of community among residents who are all committed to reducing their carbon footprint.That’s an incentive for Kimberly and Herman Juarez, who also hope to move in later this year. The couple want to downsize from their 2,800-square-foot Austin home now that their son is about to leave for college. They chose Whisper Valley for its location, eco- and budget-friendly features, and like-minded neighbors.“We like the concept of it being all green and eco-friendly,” says Kimberly, who works at Whole Foods. Her 49-year-old husband is a financial executive at an insurance company. “Having a child, we look out for his future and that of our other nieces and nephews.” Ground-source heat pumps heat and coolWhat makes Whisper Valley most unique is its energy-efficient heating and cooling system that makes use of the earth itself. The homes will be hooked up to ground-source (“geothermal”) heat pumps that are 50% to 60% more efficient than traditional HVAC systems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The system at Whisper Valley will cycle water through the homes and then through a series of water-filled underground coils. In summer, the water will absorb the excess heat from the home, then cool off as it runs through the coils. The cooled water is then sent back to each house, where a compressor turns it into cool air. In the winter, the process is reversed.In addition, each house will feature solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and smart home products that will adjust thermostats to their owners’ schedules.Homeowners don’t pay a dime upfront for the geothermal system, PV panels, energy-efficient appliances, or even the maintenance on them. Those green amenities are estimated to cost about $30,000 to $50,000 per house, according to developer Taurus.Instead, buyers are on the hook for a 25-year financing program to pay off those amenities. They’re expected to shell out about $175 a month through the program — about what they’d spend on their monthly utility bills, according to the the developer.“By taking this approach, we will make a significant impact by making high-performance homes much more affordable,” says Douglas Gilliland, president of Taurus of Texas, a segment of Taurus Investment Holdings. Lew Sichelman writes a nationally syndicated column on housing and mortgages. This post originally appeared at realtor.com.
Former West Indies cricketers have called for the dissolution of the Dave Cameron-led West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), in line with the recommendations of the Caricom review.The legends, including Gary Sobers and Vivian Richards, have also insisted on the establishment of an interim board and the creation of a new structure to replace the WICB and manage the game in the region.In a statement released after a meeting in Grenada on Tuesday, the players have called for the WICB to honour a promise it made to accept the recommendations of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Governance Review Panel.WICB had given a commitment to implement the recommendations during a meeting with the legends and Caricom chairman Keith Mitchell in Grenada year ago, but has since been accused of reneging.”We, the legends call on the WICB to honour its solemn promise to Caribbean prime ministers in April 2015, to accept and implement the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel – the immediate resignation of current directors, the establishment of an interim board, and the design of a new board structure,” the statement said.Legends participating in the meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort, last Thursday were Gary Sobers, Wes Hall, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Deryck Murray, Charlie Griffith, Desmond Haynes, as well as former West Indies players Dinanath Ramnarine and Roger Harper.The West Indies men’s T20 captain, Darren Sammy and sports psychologist Rudy Webster also attended the meet.The legends’ statement also called on Caricom to appoint an independent auditor to carry out a detailed forensic audit of the board and requested that sponsors of West Indies cricket make good governance a condition for financial support.advertisement”Continual backing of an inefficient board and an out-of-date structure will result in irreparable damage to West Indies cricket,” said the statement.The statement also pointed to structural reforms to the Australia, New Zealand, India and England and Wales cricket boards, while accusing the WICB of resisting “all recommendations for structural change”.”In recent years, it has rejected the proposals of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Committees,” the legends said.”And a few months ago, it did the same thing to the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Committee.”Pressure has been mounting on Cameron’s WICB to step down after Sammy’s emotional criticism of the board, minutes after the West Indies won the World Twenty20 in India recently.The legends, who have led a dominant era when the West Indies were world-beaters, say they are bent on protecting their rich legacy.”Throughout our history, West Indies teams and West Indies players have had great triumphs. We are very proud of our legacy,” the statement said.”We cannot now, in good conscience, stand idly by and watch everything that we fought so hard to build and achieve disappear right before our eyes because of the actions of inept board members and an incompetent board.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves rival Aston Villa for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politicby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves have joined Aston Villa in the race for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politic.The 19-year-old has alerted scouts from both clubs with his performances for the League One club this season.Football Insider says Wolves are compiling a dossier on the winger as they weigh up their options for the January transfer market.The Romania youth international has been fast-tracked into the first-team after spending most of last season on loan at Salford City.