Guardian charity award launched

Howard Lake | 4 April 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian charity award was launched yesterday at Charityfair. The Guardian charity award was launched yesterday at Charityfair. Five winning organisations will each receive £5,000. One of the winners will also appear in the Guardian’s Christmas appeal, which netted £30,000 for last year’s charity.Read about the award and last year’s winners in When wishes come true by David Brindle in The Guardian. For an application form contact: Gerry O’Connor, the Guardian Charity Award 2000, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3ER. Advertisement  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Guardian charity award launched About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Kennedy Center Names Q-Tip As First-Ever Artistic Director For Hip-Hop Culture

first_imgA hearty congratulations are in order for Q-Tip, as the A Tribe Called Quest artist will take on a new challenge: leading the Hip Hop Culture series at the famed John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The Kennedy Center’s inaugural Hip Hop Culture program will run from July 2016 through June 2017, and will highlight hip hop’s contributions to society.“With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “I want to begin at the beginning of the Culture to help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”The program will also see Q-Tip collaborating with Hi-ARTS, a visual design company that has been working with the Kennedy Center for 15 years. Bringing this level of detail to each production is sure to create some wildly exciting performances, especially with Q-Tip at the helm as Artistic Director. We can’t wait.[H/T Washington Post]last_img read more

Alumnae panelists discuss being women of color in college and beyond

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Department of Psychological Studies, the Black Student Union, Providing Options and the Career Crossings Office teamed up to present an alumnae panel to students Wednesday evening to address questions about how alumna of color use their Saint Mary’s education and make an impact on their communities after graduation.The panel included Romona Bethany ’04, JAG specialist at Washington High School, Leila Ellis ’15, a program manager at Notre Dame, Ashley Harrison ’07, director of finance at the Logan Center, Kimmi Troy ’00, co-owner of TSB Fitness Studio and Deanna Ward ’01, school counselor at Discovery Middle School. The panel was hosted by senior psychology major Acacia Malone.The panel began with each person describing their own experience at the College. Ellis said Saint Mary’s wasn’t initially where she most wanted to attend college.“My first choice was actually the University of Michigan,” Ellis said. “I actually didn’t find out that I was accepted there until after I had started [at Saint Mary’s], but I don’t regret anything. I got the best of both worlds here, with Notre Dame right across the street.” Ellis said it took some time for her to grow into her role on campus.“Use your resources and don’t be afraid to make connections,” Ellis said. “I was an extremely shy student and it was a little challenging starting off. I only managed to branch out once I went to Notre Dame. I found a home there and in making those connections I was able to bring those skills back to Saint Mary’s. It was my junior year where I felt I really prospered.”Much of Ellis’ success can be credited to the relationships she formed with employees of the College, she said.“Meeting the faculty and administrators really helped me to figure out what my niche was,” she said. “I’m finally on the right track and I owe that to Saint Mary’s.”Harrison said Saint Mary’s helps instill a confidence vital to professional success. “Saint Mary’s gave me confidence to tackle the things that I wouldn’t want to do,” Harrison said. “The school does a great job of instilling the values and virtues that I needed to succeed. My professors had a lot of confidence in me that I didn’t even have in myself. It’s not the classes or the subjects that help you succeed, it’s that feeling of empowerment.”Troy also said students should be open to new experiences and go to events. “You never know what’s going to come out of that event that you went to, but maybe didn’t want to,” she said. Of course, college is difficult, but Troy said she came to appreciate her time at Saint Mary’s after her graduation.“The love grows once you’re out,” she said. “I’m originally from Detroit and it was a difficult transition to make. I was suddenly in a small community with people who had never interacted with African-American women before or only knew what they had learned on TV. … Once you graduate that lack of knowledge or racial bias does not change. It morphs into something different. Those experiences helped shape me.” Troy also said there are many ways for African-American students to feel more welcome in the Saint Mary’s community. “For me it was the extremely present history of the college,” Troys said. “There are historical images, buildings and the stories of the founders and Sister Madeleva that are everywhere. Once I believed that I was a part of that, that this is my school too it sort of became an instant sisterhood.” Women of color should feel empowered to become more involved in the Saint Mary’s community, Harrison said. “It’s all about the mindset,” she said. “You really need to believe that this is where I am, I’m not going to leave. Get involved — recognize that it might be intimidating, but embrace what you have. You only have four years, make the most of it.”Offering some of her own advice, Ellis said students should be bold in building relationships.“Use your resources,” she said. “They could be anything, not just professors or faculty members, they could be your friends or upperclasswomen. Don’t be afraid to jump in, don’t be afraid to reach out or to keep in touch.” Ellis also said she encourages students to work to overcome the mental setbacks they may face. “If you let that voice in your head that says you can’t do it stop you, you’re always going to be stuck at point A. Don’t let it,” she said. Harrison said it is important for students of color to move past their feelings of fear in order to embrace the Saint Mary’s community. “Once you get over that feeling, know that it is a family,” she said. “Regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, we are a sisterhood.” The panel went on to discuss the importance of an education in breaking down prejudices.“There are a lot of stereotypes about me,” Harrison said. “But I have an awesome education and once I open my mouth I knock those stereotypes down and that’s what will help you succeed.”The panel then received questions from the audience. In response to a question about how Saint Mary’s could become more inclusive to women of color and attract more African-American students, Troy said the alumnae of the College need to stay in touch.“I think there needs to be more of a commitment to alumnae staying connected,” Troy said. “We need the school to facilitate the connection. … I don’t think you need outside firms, have women of color go to high schools around the country, even if just for an hour.” Ellis said her own experiences with Saint Mary’s recruiting reveal some of the problems of their current recruitment strategy.“When I was in high school and the Saint Mary’s representative came, it was honestly kind of off putting to have a Caucasian woman talking about diversity,” she said. “It made me wonder if she really knew what it was like to deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.”Faculty members at the College should emphasize being open to working with minority students, Ellis said.“Professors need to put that foot forward,” she said. “You don’t always get the warm and fuzzy feeling from teachers. In a lot of cases students will not share their stories unless they really feel comfortable.” Tags: alumnae panel, College Recruitment, Diversity, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Ways to Help and Explore the Outdoors Online

first_imgHealth care workers not only have the stress of serving on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the added stress of coming home at the end of the day and potentially exposing their loved ones to the virus.  A Facebook group called RVS 4 MDs seeks to change that, offering health care workers a safe and isolated place to stay between shifts. The idea is simple, the group connects health care workers needing a safe place to stay with RV owners willing to donate the use of their RV. When a connection is made, RVs are transported and set up at the home of the health care worker, providing temporary shelter. The group is growing quickly and has nearly 8,000 members.  Virtual Everest event seeks to fundraise for out of work Sherpas Backpacker Magazine has released a 3D map of the Appalachian Trail, which highlights the footpath’s best views and trail towns. Virtual hikers can travel through Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, “climb” the trail’s highest peaks, and read tips from other hikers or share their own. The map is best viewed on a desktop or tablet. Click here to check it out.  Daily for the next two months, Arnette will outline what happens on Everest each Spring, from arriving in Kathmandu to trekking to Everest Base Camp. Through this platform, Arnette has set up crowd-funding sites, collecting money in April and May that will go directly to the impacted Sherpas.center_img COVID-19 has closed Mount Everest this year, leaving Sherpas who lead climbers up the world’s largest mountain without a job. Mountaineer Alan Arnette has devised a way to support the Sherpas through this difficult time, organizing a Virtual Everest event on his website.  You can’t thru-hike the AT right now, but you can virtually explore the trail with this 3D map Have an RV you aren’t using right now? A Facebook group connects RV owners with health care workers Photo of Sherpa Mountain Guide and his Client on Mountain Footpath from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Blizzard Could Dump 2 Feet of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Old Man Winter apparently has no sense of time.With a week until spring, Mother Nature has decided to threaten Long Island with the most powerful winter storm of the season—a major nor’easter that could dump upwards of two feet of snow on parts of the Island.The latest update from the National Weather Service’s Upton office says LI could see anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow, a slight upgrade from an earlier forecast that called for 20 inches.Earlier on Monday the weather service issued a blizzard warning for most of Long Island, excluding the East End, which will go into effect midnight Monday and last 24 hours. Eastern Suffolk County is under a winter storm warning but could still face more than a foot of snow.Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the precautionary step of declaring a state of emergency across all of New York. Cuomo ordered that the MTA suspend express subway service after Monday evening’s rush hour commute in order to store trains underground. Warning of future disruptions, Cuomo urged Long Island Rail Road commuters to avoid using the system on Tuesday.“With heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions expected from upstate to downstate, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said.If the storm stays on track, it should enter the region after midnight Monday and pick up steam Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The storm could be at its most dangerous from the morning into the afternoon, with forecasters predicting snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour.The blizzard could make traveling dangerous due to whiteout conditions. Aside from rapidly falling snow, Long Islanders may have to contend with powerful wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, forecasters said. Local utilities were issuing warnings early Monday about the potential for power outages from the severe storm.And that’s not all. The South Shore could be in for a beating. A coastal flood warning was issued from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday for those communities, as moderate coastal flooding is expected around high tide.The late winter storm is threatening millions of Americans along the East Coast. Hundreds of flights have already been cancelled.“The airlines are currently in the process of adjusting their flight schedules in advance of tomorrow’s storm,” Long Island MacArthur Airport reported. “Travelers are advised to check with their air carrier for the most updated information on delays and/or cancellations.”Officials on Long Island took to the cameras Monday to urge residents to stay off the roads, as the early predictions do not bode well for the Island. In preparation, officials have already instructed crews to treat roads before the white stuff begins accumulating and are mobilizing workers in advance of the storm. In past blizzards, the biggest obstacle to attacking snow-covered roadways is the blowing wind, which makes navigating sleek roads difficult for plow operators.For the region, this severe winter weather, which could be the strongest storm of the season, comes after one of the warmest Februaries on record.last_img read more

FBI revives cold credit union murder case

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The FBI provided enhanced photos from a 13-year-old robbery-murder case Monday and reiterated its $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person sought.In 2003, the wanted individual robbed a branch of Xerox Federal Credit Union – now Xceed Financial Credit Union – in Webster, N.Y., killing one member and injuring another. continue reading »last_img

Phone signal jammers ‘last resort’ – BJMP

first_imgMondejar, meanwhile, saw nothing wrong withthe use of signal jammers at the IDJ. He said these devices in fact enhance thesecurity measures at the prison facility./PN ILOILO – “Last resort.” This was howSuperintendent Gilbert Peremne, assistant regional director for administrationof the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), described his office’sdecision to install cellphone signal jammers at the Iloilo District Jail (IDJ)in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town. Six signal jammers were installed at the IDJin June to prevent inmates with mobile phones from making outside transactionssuch as trafficking illegal drugs. This Nov. 19 the SP committees on Public Orderand Security, Transportation and Communication and Public Utilities will beconducting an ocular inspection at the IDJ. Representatives from the NationalTelecommunications Commission Region 6 would be joining the inspection, too.The focus would be the range or coverage of the signal jammers. “In the event the inspection would show thatthe coverage is over 20 meters, the SP could issue a resolution calling for itto be scaled down to only within the IDJ vicinity para indi maka-apekto sa mga residents sang Barangay Nanga,” said Mondejar. BJMP tried everything to stop the smuggling ofcontrabands such as illegal drugs and mobile phones into the prison facility,he said, such as inspecting jail visitors and the things they bring inside. For his part, Palabrica urged the localoffices of concerned government agencies – National TelecommunicationsCommission, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, andBJMP – to draw up a plan to secure the IDJ but at the same time relieveBarangay Nanga residents of the inconvenience caused by the signal jammers. “This matter has serious implications on theeconomic and social life of residents in this barangay. They cannot optimizetheir livelihood activities or stay in contact with families and relativeselsewhere. Life nowadays is so dependent on cellular communications,” Palabricastressed. According to SP member June Mondejar,chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Security, the inspectionshould settle the matter. “Residents within the 300-meter radius of thefacility cannot send text messages or make phone calls or use the internetadequately. The main center of the barangay which is 100 meters away isseverely affected, too. Official communication to other government agencies,especially in emergency situations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamentedPalabrica.center_img Peremne clarified that the BJMP nationalheadquarters is in fact requiring all jails with over 1,000 inmate-populationto have phone signal jammers. Last week, Palabrica said the signal jammerswere inconveniencing Barangay Nanga residents living nearby. Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member MattPalabrica, however, slammed the move as a cover-up to the incompetence of jailguards to secure the prison facility. Signal jammers are not the answer to thenagging issue of drug or contraband control and apprehension, added Palabrica. Iloilo District Jail (IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The IDJ, designed to accommodate some 2,000inmates, currently has a population of 1,529, said Peremne. Peremne, however, insisted that the IDJ signaljamming devices have a radial coverage of 20 meters at the most. “The answer lies in the integrity andcompetence of the leadership and personnel of the BJMP,” he said.last_img read more

Cardinals Basketball Results

first_imgThe 5th Grade SLS Basketball Cardinals defeated St. Paul’s Monday, December 8 by the score 42-15.Abe Streator and Hunter Laudick led the team in scoring while Kyle Salatin played an “all-around” good game.The Cardinals will play St. Paul’s again, Wednesday, December 10 at SLS Activitiy Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.The St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team had their undefeated record broken last night by the SEI Tigers 34-29.The game was hard fought by both teams. St Louis led at half 18-15 but the Tigers came back in the second half to tie the game at 29 and with less 2 minutes to go in the game forced a turnover and turned it in to two points to take the lead. St. Louis was unable to score on their next possession and the Tigers made key free throws down the stretch to win the game by the score of 34-29.The Tigers were led by Elisha Moore 20 points. The Cardinals were led defensively by Sam Voegele and Riley Schebler and offensively were led by Andrew Oesterling, Max Giesting, Wil Freeland, Kurt Siefert, Sam Voegele and Michael Wanstrath.St. Louis plays St. Michael’s on Thursday with the 5th starting at 6:00 and the 6th at 7:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Maiden rugby forum successfully staged

first_imgThe Ghana rugby family has successfully held its 2014 Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum under the theme “From Eaglets to Eagles” at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014.Ghana Rugby Football Union, Mr. Herbert Mensah, was elated about the historical event and noted, “Not only was it the first time ever that all Rugby Stakeholders were involved in the process of drafting a Blueprint or Roadmap for Ghana Rugby, it was also the very first time that coaches were presented with IRB (International Rugby Board) Level 1 Coaching certificates for both 15s and 7s coaching.”The Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum 2014 (GRSF 2014) was held after approximately three months of intensive assessment of the state of Ghana Rugby that included numerous meetings with associations, clubs, sponsors, players and many others who desperately want to see Ghana rugby soar higher.The GRSF 2014, attended by more than 40 stakeholders, allowed for constructive discussion and collaboration as well as presentations by various stakeholders with ample time for questions and answers.In line with the values of Rugby, the emcee Mr. Ernest Afloe who is also a Board member, ordered the Forum to start on time despite the fact that there were only a few delegates who arrived on time and despite the fact there was no power at the time.Mr. Mensah who opened the GRSF 2014 stressed the fact that Rugby in Ghana is not for the Ghana Rugby Football Union Board, but for the Rugby family in Ghana and abroad that include a wide spectrum of stakeholders ranging from players, schools, clubs, associations, coaches, referees, administrators, government bodies, supporters and fans as well as the sponsors and donors without whom there will be no growth in Ghana Rugby. To ensure constant interaction, the draft Blueprint was published on the Ghana Rugby website – for stakeholders to continue with their inputs.Mr. Ernest Hanson, Vice President of the GRFU Board, summed up the essence of the Blueprint that broadly consists of three sections namely: the current state of Ghana Rugby; the preferred state of Ghana Rugby; and guidelines for action to achieve the preferred state.He emphasised that the Ghana Rugby Family faces many challenges and called for sacrifices and patience from stakeholders.“Enormous efforts are required on the fronts of governance and structure, building technical capacities in terms of both coaching and officiating, implementing the development framework that stretches from junior 6 year old level to senior national team level for men, women, boys and girls across the various forms such as ‘Get Into Rugby’, Tag or Touch Rugby, 7s, 10s and 15s,” Mr. Hanson said. He also noted that the establishment of regular tournaments for junior and senior level players as well as for Ghana’s national teams, the Eagles and Eaglets, are essential.Mr. Hanson reminded the Forum that the new Ghana Rugby Board started their administration with about GHS 240. Funding of Rugby is therefore the key priority of not only the Board, but indeed of everybody involved in Rugby, he said.Mr. Michael Ako Wilson, President of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA), highlighted stumbling blocks that players faced in the past. They included medical insurance, player registration and records, rugged playing pitches, inadequate competitions, poor camping conditions, unfair wages and treatment, ineffective coaching, awful travelling conditions.“We as players simply ask for a vibrant media and PR agenda, a proper blueprint, feasible projects, laudable policies, strong Rugby Family relationships and involvement in overall management,” he said.Upper East Mr. Emmanuel Linford Bamfi, who presented the development of Rugby in Zone 4 (Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions), said the Zone has seen no development to date.“We should not be rushing the development but rather make sure that establish a manageable and sustainable programme starting at grassroots level with the selection of a few willing schools in each Region that can also take part in meaningful and sustainable tournaments. Senior rugby will flow logically from this if we can do it right,” Mr. Bamfi said.When he took his turn, Mr. Sydney Yankson in charge of financing and sponsorship for the GRFU Board took participants through Brand Exposure, Event activation, Consumer Engagement, Supporter database, Interactive Social Media and Potential Target Sponsors.Mr. Yankson also stressed the importance of the image of Ghana Rugby and advised members to root out indiscipline, bad management and washing dirty linen in the public. Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah shared his experience when he visited the International Rugby Board. “When I visited the IRB (International Rugby Board) soon after the June election of the new Board it was made abundantly clear that after eleven years Ghana  Rugby is not ready to become a full member of the IRB. The positive message from the IRB, however, was that Ghana Rugby just have to get a few basic aspects in place to qualify.”Mr. Mensah stressed that new policies and procedures in line with the IRB policies and procedures guidelines will be issued, but noted that those would not be his or the Board’s dictates, but global requirements.Mr. Mensah assured participants that his outfit will incorporate all inputs to the draft Blueprint and to transform the Blueprint into succinct communiqué for various stakeholders.“The most important aspects is that we have now come to the point where blueprint must transform to action. Many project teams – committees don’t work – will be formed and it will be for the project team leaders to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and with their chosen project team members turn dreams into reality,” Mr. Mensah said.Even though organizers said invited the National Sports Association (NSA) and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) were invited to contribute to the forum and success of rugby, no official from the two institutions responded to the invitation.last_img read more