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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Analysis from online giving site virginmoneygiving.com has found that 86% of runners in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon used the event to raise funds for charity. It also found that runners who set themselves a fundraising target raised 58% more than those who did not.The analysis found that the average amount raised by those who set a fundraising target was £1,328 excluding Gift Aid, compared with £842 excluding Gift Aid by those who did not.Starting early also pays off. Runners who set up their fundraising pages when their place was first confirmed in 2010 raised an average of £1,511 including Gift Aid compared with £1,374 for those who waited and started in 2011.Gift Aid was reclaimed on 88% of all London Marathon donations via virginmoneygiving.com.Fundraisers who used the site raised £13.8 million of the £51.8 million total raised from the event. This is a considerable increase on the £8.3 million raised last year. The number of donations for the Marathon received through virginmoneygiving.com was up by 70% on the previous year: 364,500 donations were received for the 2011 race compared to 214,405 in 2010.Similarly, the number of runners using the service rose from 6,246 in 2010 to 10,231 people in 2011.The figures are revealed in a report produced for charities by Virgin Money Giving designed to help them make the most of next year’s event.Jo Barnett, executive director at Virgin Money Giving said: “Setting a target clearly pays off, even if fundraisers do not hit the target, as the 58% difference in average amounts raised demonstrates.”Virginmoneygiving.com has now raised nearly £75 million for charities since it was established in October 2009.www.virginmoneygiving.com London Marathon runners with fundraising targets raise 58% more Howard Lake | 13 September 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Tagged with: Funding Melanie May | 23 August 2017 | News Grants of up to £10,000 available through Community Business Trade Up Programme 124 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 The School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change, is looking for applicants to its Community Business Trade Up Programme.The Community Business Trade Up Programme helps leaders of community businesses and community-focused social enterprises in England increase their sales, with a fully funded learning programme of 12 days spread over six months, a grant of up to £10,000, and a community of people running organisations like their own.Applications are open until 1pm on Wednesday 11 October, and the School for Social Entrepreneurs is looking for 100 community businesses across England to help. Applicants must have a community business at an early stage: it will have already started, and will have plans to grow its trading (income from sales) by at least £10,000 in the next year. They must also be committed to and working towards these criteria:Locally rootedAccountable to the local communityTrading for the benefit of the local communityMaking a broad communityMore information and an application pack is available online. 123 total views, 3 views today Advertisement 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.
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Facebook LifestyleArtsNewsKing John’s Castle is Ireland’s most innovative tourist attractionBy Editor – February 8, 2017 2082 Linkedin Limerick Post Show | Keywest Advertisement King John’s Castle to be part of a virtual Culture Night celebration as Shannon Heritage ramps up marketing campaign RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email WhatsApp Previous articleCalls for more direct rail services to DublinNext articleCity Gallery’s unique platform for The Painting Show(s) Editor Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games King John’s CastleKing John’s CastleKing John’s Castle has been named as Ireland’s most innovative tourist attraction.The castle, which in recent years underwent a massive redevelopment programme to its visitor facilities, received the award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards ceremony at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on Friday, February 3.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD gave the coveted award to Brian Nevin from King John’s Castle at the gala event in Dublin.Despite facing a very strong and competitive field, the awards ultimately identified King John’s Castle in Limerick as a worthy winner.Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan said: “This award is recognition of the great work that has taken place at King John’s Castle in recent years. The development of its visitor centre, café and exhibitions means that it is now a tourist attraction with world-class facilities. The team at King John’s Castle have all worked exceptionally hard to make this a reality. As a Limerick representative, I am hugely proud that this award went to King John’s Castle.”Speaking at the event, Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation said: “This award validates all of the hard work that the team at King John’s Castle have put in in recent years to make it a world-class attraction. They face some very stiff competition in this category, and it speaks volumes about the high level of the Castle’s facilities and its overall tourism offering that it is the winner. ITIC hopes that this award will further enhance King John’s Castle as one of Ireland’s must-visit tourist attractions.” Print €2.6 million approved for Shannon Heritage TAGSKing John’s CastleMinister Patrick O’Donovan Limerick Post Show | i.NY launch in King Johns Castle
Beginning in March, Hozier will mount a 26-date North American tour in support of his forthcoming sophomore LP, Wasteland, Baby! After starting in Buffalo, NY on March 10th, Hozier will make his way to a number of markets throughout the South and the Midwest in addition to a handful of west coast gigs before wrapping up in Spokane, WA on April 14th.See below for a full list of upcoming dates. For ticketing information, head to Hozier’s website. Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is the latest to try his hand at the Spotify Singles series. In addition to a new rendition of his recent single, “Movement”, Hozier recorded a sparse, soulful recreation of Destiny Child‘s 1999 smash hit, “Say My Name”. You can listen to both tracks from Hozier’s Spotify Singles session below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In a tweet about the Destiny’s Child cover, Hozier notes, “This was one of those tunes that found its way onto the tour bus playlist rotation, it felt right to cover it for the #SpotifySingles and it has been great fun to play live.” He also shared a clip of him performing the cover live, which you can watch below. Hozier 2019 North American Tour DatesMarch 10 – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts CenterMarch 11 – Albany, NY @ Palace TheatreMarch 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome TheatreMarch 14 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler HallMarch 16 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial AuditoriumMarch 17 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens AuditoriumMarch 19 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason TheaterMarch 20 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey TheaterMarch 21 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney TheaterMarch 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy TheatreMarch 24 – Nashville, TN @ The Opry HouseMarch 26 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum TheatreMarch 27 – New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore New Orleans – Music HallMarch 29 – Dallas, TX @ Southside BallroomMarch 30 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music CenterMarch 31 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody TheaterApril 2 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The CriterionApril 3 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady TheaterApril 5 – Denver, CO @ Bellco TheatreApril 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event CenterApril 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl (Las Vegas)April 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever CemeteryApril 10 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington TheatreApril 12 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Grand TheatreApril 13 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert HouseApril 14 – Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Performing ArtsView Tour Dates
A man works in a steel distribution factory in Monterrey in northern Mexico, on May 31, 2018. – Mexico announced sweeping retaliatory tariffs on a host of US goods Thursday after the United States slapped steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. (Photo by Julio Cesar AGUILAR / AFP)The mineral was extracted illegally and was part of illicit activities of the Knight Templar drug cartel. The criminal group has the most links with Chinese mafias and businesses related to steel, because it controls steel mines in Michoacán, the Mexican state with the most steel reserves. According to authorities, more than 200,000 tons of illegally mined steel had been seized in previous months, and most of it was destined to China, the BBC said.Integration is urgentAccording to Leal, the way to combat China’s impact is to advocate for regional countries to conduct stronger integration processes that allow for measures to halt the impact of unfair competition, and increase and support the added value of the Latin American production.“The battle’s success depends on the political and economic integration of Latin American countries to create efficient barriers against the excessive and illegal entry of Chinese steel products. The world seeks to defend itself from China’s overcapacity, and countries defend themselves by creating standards to mitigate the effects of this unfair trade,” said Leal.“We should also be concerned by our inability to maintain a productive chain that generates added value to our industry. The focus now shouldn’t be to only protect the steel industry by imposing tariffs to level the competitive playing field among local and Chinese producers, but to protect products that have a significant added value and that struggle in unfair conditions,” he concluded. By Gustavo Arias Retana / Diálogo August 23, 2019 Unfair Chinese practices in the commercial exchange of steel products affect Latin American businesses and exacerbate the region’s deindustrialization. During 2018, China’s indirect steel trade exports to Latin America –– products manufactured with steel components such as automobiles, home appliances, and machinery –– registered a 17 percent increase to almost $47.47 billion, according to a May 19, 2019 report from the Latin American Steel Association (Alacero, in Spanish), an organization that brings together steel companies from 20 Latin American countries.The increase is worrisome to Francisco Leal, Alacero general director. Chinese steel companies are frequently accused of using unfair trade practices such as dumping, which consists of selling a product for less than its regular market price or even less than its production cost to eliminate the competition, take ownership of the market, and vastly recover the investment.“What we know is that Chinese steel is a problem caused by all the subsidies the industry receives,” said Leal to Diálogo. “The world seeks to defend itself from Chinese enterprises’ global overcapacity; many European countries impose measures to mitigate the effects of unfair trade. Latin America is behind in that process.”The impact on the Latin American industry is clear, when analyzing the weight Latin America currently bears as an indirect market for Chinese steel, Leal says. In 2016, according to data from Alacero, the region received 7 percent of China’s global indirect steel trade, while in 2018 that number rose to 11 percent, a four percentage point increase.“Current anti-dumping cases show there’s a reaction from Latin America to China’s unfair trade, even though the method doesn’t seem efficient or sufficient, since China triangulates its steel to Latin America and finds any means possible to position its steel in the region,” Leal said.There are currently 42 Latin American complaints against Chinese companies related to steel dumping, according to data from Alacero.Employment takes a hitAlacero’s director says the situation directly impacts job creation in Latin America because Chinese companies’ unfair practices end up affecting regional industries and businesses are forced to cut their operations and avoid hiring staff.“China exports high productive-chain and job-management products, while Latin America exports products with less added value that compromise its job creation potential,” said Leal. “As such, there’s a direct relationship between import substitution due to increased industrialization as a regulatory tool for the trade balance and apparent domestic consumption.”Mexico and Brazil are the most affected countries, as they’re the main consumers of indirect steel from China in Latin America. Together they consume 56 percent of total imports in the region.Organized crimeThe Latin America-China relationship around steel production also involves organized crime, especially Mexican drug cartels.For example, in March 2014, the Mexican Armed Forces intercepted Chinese cargo ship Jian Hua, which transported 68,000 tons of undocumented steel, the BBC news agency reported.
15 Views no discussions LocalNews Whales Have Accents and Regional Dialects: Biologists Interpret the Language of Sperm Whales. by: – May 16, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Photo credit: xray-mag.comScienceDaily (May 12, 2011) -Dalhousie Ph.D.student Shane Gero has recently returned from a seven-week visit to Dominica. He has been traveling to the Caribbean island since 2005 to study families of sperm whales, usually spending two to four months of each year working on the Dominica Sperm Whale Project. One of the goals of this project is to record and compare whale calls over time, examining the various phrases and dialects of sperm whale communities.When they dive together, sperm whales make patterns of clicks to each other known as “codas.” Recent findings suggest that notonly do different codas mean different things, but that whales can also tell which member of their community is speaking based onthe sound properties of the codas. Just as we can tell our friends apart by the sounds of their voices and the way they pronounce their words, different sperm whales make the same pattern of clicks, but with different accents.Caribbean and Pacific whales have different repertoires of codas, like a regional dialect, but the “Five Regular” call — a pattern of five evenly spaced clicks — is thought to have the universal function of individual identity because it is used by sperm whales worldwide. These discoveries were recently published in the journal Animal Behaviour, in an article authored by University of St.Andrews PhD student Ricardo Antunes, Dal alumnus Tyler Schulz, Mr. Gero, Dal professor Dr. Hal Whitehead, and St. Andrews faculty members Dr. Jonathan Gordon and Dr. Luke Rendell. Mr. Gero and Dr. Whitehead explain that the sperm whale’s biggest threat is human pollution. Not only do humans introduce toxins into the ocean, but they also generate harmful sound pollution. Increased shipping traffic, underwater explosions caused by searching for oil, and military sonar all contribute to ocean noise that masks communication between whales. “No one wants to live in a rock concert,” says Mr. Gero, adding that noise pollution isespecially troublesome in the ocean because “it is a totally different sensory world.” The sperm whales can dive to depths of over 1000 metres and depend on sound for communication and navigation in the pitch black of the deep water.The Dominica Sperm Whale Project hopes to understand more about sperm whale society because, as Mr. Gero says, “it is infuriating that we know more about the moon than the oceans.” He hopes to communicate a better understanding of life in the oceans to people by using these beautiful whales as examples, and by placing an emphasis on “how similar their lives actually are to ours.” The whales live in matriarchal social units composed of mothers, daughters, and grandmothers. Once males reach adolescence, they are ostracized from the group and travel towards the poles until they are ready to breed. Consequently, little is known about the males, but the roles of females in relation to their young have been studied extensively by Mr. Gero and Dr. Whitehead.Female whales will baby-sit each other’s offspring while mothers are diving, forming a strong community that revolves around theupbringing of calves. “They are nomadic,” explains Dr. Whitehead, “so the most important things in their lives are each other.”Dr. Whitehead enjoys researching sperm whales because of their “fascinating and complex social lives.” He hopes the Dominica Sperm Whale Project will be able to trace how whale communities change through time. Part of Mr. Gero’s PhD includes studying how calves acquire their dialect. Baby sperm whales babble at first, and Mr. Gero is interested in discovering how the babies’ diversity of calls gets narrowed down to the family repertoire.“One of the most exciting parts [of returning to Dominica] is to go down and see who’s around,” says Mr. Gero, admitting that he has “become attached to the individual whales.” For the first time, sperm whales can be studied as individuals within families, with such lovable nicknames as “Pinchy” and “Fingers.” The family that includes these two whales is recognized as “the best studied social unit of sperm whales in the world.” Mr. Gero would like to continue working with the same groups of whales because a long-term project will offer a better understanding of their social developments. He “feels a responsibility to speak on [the whales’] behalf” and hopes to move toward conservation, while still remaining in the field of biology.More information about the Dominica Sperm Whale Project can be found at: http://whitelab.biology.dal.ca/dswp/
2019 has been an incredible year for all sporting fraternities, from major FIFA tournaments to world athletics games.There have been some incredible sporting achievements in 2019 with a number of significant world records broken with even more daunting records set in their place..Names like Eliud Kipchoge, Allyson Felix, Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontey Wilder, and many others can be named for setting personal records, national records, and world records.Here are some 5 records that were set or broken in 2019 by athletes and clubs.Eliud Kipchoge (sub-two-hour marathon):The Kenyan runner holds the record for completing a full marathon under two hours, breaking the mark he set in the 2018 Berlin Marathon.His mark is not recognized as a world record because it was not run under official open marathon conditions.The 35-year-old has won a lot of medals in various categories including 5000 metres, marathon, and 3000 metres.Kipchoge has won eleven gold medals, four silver medals and two medals across all sprinting disciplines he has participated in.Manchester City (Beyond the limit, THE FOUR):English side, Manchester City has seen an upward surge in the last decade and 2019 crowned many years of hard work and investment.The Manchester-based club last season won all domestic trophies.They defeated Chelsea Football Club twice, first in the Community Shield, later in the Carabao Cup finals.Pep Guardiola’s men went ahead to pip Liverpool to the league. Winning the title with 98-points, beating The Reds by just a point.They crowned the season with a win against Watford in the FA Cup final to complete the domestic trophy haul.As such, they surpassed all records to become the first club to win all domestic laurels in a single season.Allyson Felix (Surpassing Usain Bolt):American female sprinter, Allyson Felix broke Usain Bolt’s record after winning her 12th gold medal at the 2019 World Championships on the mixed-gender 4x400m relay team.She now holds the record for the most gold medals for all track and field World Championships.Felix, 34, had only returned to the sport in July after a 13-month absence after giving birth to her daughter Camryn.Her 12th gold medal now surpasses Jamaican legend Usain Bolt who held the record with a tally of 11 at the world championships.In total, Allyson Felix now has an incredible 26 medals, a staggering figure which includes six Olympic gold medals.Felix, who competed in her ninth straight world championships, has accrued more World Championship and Olympic honours than any other track and field athlete in history in both male and female categories.Andy Ruiz Jr (Beating the AJ):Andy Ruiz Jr, after defeating British boxer, Anthony Joshua, became the first Mexican to win a heavyweight title.He became the unified heavyweight champion, having defeated Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in June 2019.The Mexican however, on December 7, 2019, lost the titles to Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia.Lionel Messi (The Messix Classic):The Argentine and Barcelona forward won his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy on December 2, 2019, beating the likes of Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk and arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.The 32-year-old was tied on five Ballon d’Or laurels with Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi, won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot after scoring 54 goals in 58 games across all competitions.
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By John BurtonThe proposed choice for the replacement of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge was met with a cool reception but eventual acceptance by local officials. It could, however, mean the loss – or at least relocation – of a couple of Sea Bright businesses.Members of the public, Monmouth County and state officials and those they are labeling stakeholders, including local officials, attended an Oct. 4 session to discuss the plan to replace the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge. After studying eight options, the plan to construct a new movable drawbridge was chosen. The proposal calls for a bridge alignment that would be 10 feet south of the existing bridge.The present span extends from Rumson Road eastward across the Shrewsbury River connecting with Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/Route 36 running north and south.The decision of which proposal to choose was made by a consulting engineering firm, Monmouth County engineers and representatives from various state departments following a series of meetings in Rumson and Sea Bright that began in February, according to Martine Culbertson, the contracted community involvement facilitator for the project.The plan calls for the bridge to have sidewalks, shoulders and designated bicycle paths, features that members of the public said they wanted, said Bruce Riegel, project manager for Hardesty and Hanover, LLC, an engineering firm contracted for the project.The existing bridge could continue to operate while the new one is being constructed.But having the bridge built just south of the current one would mean officials will have to acquire a commercial property. The site, 1002-1006 Ocean Ave., is the location of a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Sea Bright Service Center, a gas station and repair shop.“They would look to relocate that business,” Culbertson told Sea Bright representatives present, including Mayor Dina Long and council members William J. Keeler, Marc Leckstein and C. Read Murphy.The borough officials were troubled by the loss of a business in their community.“There’s no place to relocate a Dunkin’ Donuts or a gas station in Sea Bright,” Leckstein said. “They’re gone.”“It’s a bridge replacement but it’s an important component for both communities,” Culbertson acknowledged. She said that if the choice moves forward, every effort would be made to accommodate the businesses.The site owner, John Regan, 85, of Oceanport, said his father bought the property more than 60 years ago. While he has kept tabs on the various proposals for a new bridge, no one has informed him about the proposed design chosen by the panel.“It makes no difference to me whether they buy it or not. If they want my property and have enough money, buy it,” he said.Regan disagrees with the proposed plan. He feels the bridge should be constructed on the northern side of the existing one and should be a fixed span bridge. A drawbridge, he said, simply snarls road traffic during the summer. “The whole town of Sea Bright suffers,” he said.The location has had a gas station there going back to the late 1920s, according to Regan.Attempts to contact the service station owner were unsuccessful.The Dunkin’ Donuts, next to the gas station, has been there for a little more than nine years, said its owner, Dominic Sequeira, when reached by phone. He also has not been contacted about this proposal and what it would mean for his business.“If it happens and that’s the way it’s going to go, we’ll see what happens and what our options are,” said Sequeira, whose franchise agreement limits his ability to make public comments.During the Oct. 4 meeting, those involved in the project said they had rejected options, like a fixed span bridge because the public comments were strongly opposed to it. That plan would also increase construction costs. Other proposals would have a temporary bridge erected while the old one was dismantled and a new one built.Another rejected option called for the old bridge to be taken down and traffic detoured for approximately two years while the new bridge is built. That proposal was met with fierce resistance from much of the public and local officials, Reigel said.Initially, local officials from Sea Bright and Rumson Administrator Tom Rogers weren’t happy with the preferred plan.“You guys are not listening to what we said,” Rogers told those working on the project.A new bridge should be constructed to allow for four lanes of traffic – two each way – to keep it moving during the busy summer months, he said.The bridge is designed for two lanes, but local officials noted in reality it operates as four with the shoulder.Sea Bright Councilman Murphy reiterated a longstanding complaint about a state ban on turning right on red for those who want to go south on Ocean Avenue after crossing the bridge. The State Department of Transportation currently prohibits it and has been reluctant to change it, citing safety concerns.“Our town is a parking lot, a parking lot all summer and that’s because of the Rumson Bridge,” Murphy said.“There’s all kinds of problems with the traffic pattern,” Rogers agreed.Reconfiguring the design, especially to expand the bridge to allow four lanes, and to redo Ocean Avenue to allow for additional right- and left-turn lanes, would add costs to the project, Culbertson said.With that in mind, Rumson and Sea Bright officials huddled and agreed to accept the preferred option as the best plan. “What we were asking probably wouldn’t go forward,” Rogers acknowledged.“I’ve been saying all along replacing this bridge is a good thing,” Long said later, with a hint of irony in her voice, but acknowledging it has to be done given its current state.The bridge’s overall condition is “serious,” Riegel said, beyond the point of being able to simply repair it. “Ultimately if the condition isn’t addressed, the bridge will have to close.”The project will be paid for with federal transportation funds. Tentative plans call for construction to begin in April 2016 and take about two years to complete.Representatives plan on conducting a public input session in November, before any final decision is made about the design, Culbertson said. No date has been selected.