Concern Fast is run online for the first time

As well as being able to register to take part online, individuals taking part can send e-mails to their friends and relatives asking them to visit the site and sponsor the Faster online. The site’s online sponsorship facility also allows visitors to sponsor one of the celebrities taking part in the Fast or simply make a donation to is being promoted through offline activity (radio ads, bus backs and direct mail) and through banner ads on a number of Web sites (including, and It is sponsored by UTV Internet and the site was designed by Anderson manning Associates.The Fast takes pleace on 7th December. To date over 20,000 people have registered, 10% of whom have done so online. Ireland’s largest charity is using the Internet for the first time this year to support its 24 Hour Fast.Concern is Ireland’s largest charity and has run the Concern 24 hour Fast as a mjor fundraising event for over 20 years. Last year it raised over 1 million pounds.This year, the Fast is being run online in addition to traditional channels. Individuals, companies and schools are being encouraged to register online for the Fast. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 November 2000 | News Concern Fast is run online for the first time 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.  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more


first_imgWheat prices are very volatile at the moment and the impact on this industry should not be underestimated (pg 4). A few months ago bread prices going over the £1 mark made headlines in many of the national newspapers. Last week I wrote about a range of Sainsbury’s in-store speciality breads now selling at £1.69.Everyone is going to have to get used to paying realistic prices for bread, and industry suppliers throughout the whole chain must have their fair share!The pressure on wheat is from all sources – most recently the apalling weather – as well as low world stocks and demand for bioethanol. If farmers believe that bioethanol offers an increasing market, more will go for it and ’grow for it’.Certainly ABF, parent company of Allied Bakeries and Allied Mills, believes it has massive potential. ABF cites the government’s commitment to biofuel production as a key reason for its tie-up with BP and DuPont this week (pg 8). The company expects its £200m biofuel plant to be built in Hull will show a fast return.Meanwhile, commodity price increases for bread, cake and biscuit ingredients are also taking effect, so another flour price rise before the harvest will hit hard.Apart from price volatility, another problem this industry faces is getting its point across to those who need to hear it in government. We need to speak with a united voice on major issues – or be ignored altogether. It is a point made by our Friday Essayist this week, John Gillespie (pg 13). I seem to be forever reading about the Meat & Livestock Commission and the Potato Council. These industry bodies speak with one voice; baking speaks with about a dozen. I know there are differences between the plant and craft industry, for example, but for lobbying purposes surely all can unite under one banner, supported by the millers and ingredient and equipment suppliers? For me the obvious place to start is the Federation of Bakers. By sheer size of members (not numbers), it has the loudest voice.Bakery is the biggest, the very biggest, single sector of the food industry. Yet not enough youngsters are training in bakery, the milling or cereal food science. And that’s just one issue! We need a Bakery Council or Bakery Commission. We need to be heard with one voice.last_img read more

AVB: I’m not the gloating type

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas insists there will be no gloating on his part if he proves his doubters wrong by delivering Tottenham a top-four finish. The Portuguese is looking to end the season above former employers Chelsea, who are two points behind Tottenham having gone through a difficult year characterised by supporter revolt and yet another managerial sacking. He said: “At the end of the season I won’t be so egocentric to consider it a personal success. That is not my type, but hopefully at the end of the season we are able to achieve what the club expects from the team.” Tottenham’s impressive form continued on Thursday night when they swatted aside Inter Milan 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas’ rampant team have another chance to deliver a big blow to one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Liverpool, who are 10 points below the top four. “I think it will probably end their hopes (of Champions League qualification) if we win, but you never know,” Villas-Boas said. Spurs have fallen away in the last third in the previous two campaigns to miss out on the Champions League, but Villas-Boas insists his squad is made of stronger stuff this time around. “The (unbeaten) run is still there and hopefully we can sustain it,” Villas-Boas said. “It was probably at this time last year that things shifted, but I think with this team’s willingness, we are able to bounce back because the players are really up for it because of what they suffered last season and they really want to be in the Champions League.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Surrey Golf’s Young Ambassadors prepare for BMW PGA Championship

first_img4 May 2012 Surrey Golf’s Young Ambassadors prepare for BMW PGA Championship Surrey Golf’s team of Young Ambassadors are gearing up for their volunteer roles at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May. They will help to run the practice ground and operate one of the scoreboards, working alongside some of the world’s best golfers at The European Tour’s flagship event. Earlier this month the group visited Wentworth to take the Golf Foundation’s Junior Golf Leaders workshop. They followed up with a session on the driving range with PGA Regional County Development Officer Fiona Brownto create and design new golf games for children using Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme equipment.  Their visit coincided with the BMW PGA Championship media day on the West Course and they were also able to go celebrity spotting. Young Ambassador Nick Rowlands proudly showed off Petr Cech’s autograph, which he had obtained as the Chelsea goalkeeper came off the course. The Young Ambassadors were recruited in February by the Surrey Golf Partnership, which works to grow the game in the county. Since then, they have been working on golf projects in clubs and schools encouraging children, young people and adults to take their first steps in golf. They’ve assisted PGA professionals to coach and extend their outreach work to local communities around World of Golf (New Malden), Horne Park, Milford, Redhill, Pine Ridge, Goal Farm, Coombe Wood and Clandon Regis Golf Clubs.  One of the Ambassadors, Ben White, said: “This training will help me become a better communicator and a better coach. I have learned new teaching skills which will help make golf learning more interactive and encourage children to become more engaged and enjoy what they are doing.” James Desanges said he felt the training would help towards obtaining a Level One coaching qualification. He added: “we are all bonding as a group and they are a great group of people.” Pierre Marini, an exchange student from France who is also President of the European Organisation of Youth, said: I am enjoying this opportunity of a lifetime. Everyone in the team is friendly and very nice.” Merrist Wood College student Tom Shaw has been working on social media projects for the group, setting up a dedicated Twitter account (@eurotourlegacy) so that the Young Ambassadors can share information and blog about their experiences.  Tom said the project was “an awesome opportunity to work alongside the world’s best players and to see the action right close up”, a view shared by Adam Hulin and Raphael Akkouche, also from the college, who said it had been “a fun experience meeting new people”, and that the championship would be “our time to shine“. Novice golfers Samantha Hopkins and Sandy Mesiah have been learning to love the game as much as the others.  Sam has been taking lessons at World of Golf (New Malden), and says she hopes that she can be an example to encourage more women to take up the game. Sandy said: “I have undergone a U-turn from thinking golf is boring to feeling excited about being involved in my first ever golf tournament.”last_img read more

Wranglers wrestle Keystone Cup away from Knights

first_imgA goal at 12:39 of the third period by David Jantzie snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Wranglers to the title.Sherwood Park held a 1-0 lead after one period before Blackfalds tied the contest in the second.Sherwood Park outshot the Wranglers 44-34 but goalie Tanner Schalin stood tall in the nets to lead Blackfalds to the victory.In the bronze medal game Saskatchewan’s Pilot Butte Storm scored four times in the final 40 minutes to knock off the Panthers from Victoria 5-3.Richmond Sockeyes and 2010 KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies had won the Keystone title the past two years.The Arborg Ice Dawgs of Manitoba and Thunder Bay of Ontario were the other teams at the tournament. There will be no three-peat for B.C. at the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior B Hockey supremacy.Cyclone Taylor champ, Peninsula Panthers of Victoria, lost out in the bronze medal game to the Pilot Butte Storm. The Panthers finished the round robin in third spot with a 3-2 record.In the final, Blackfalds Ford Wranglers of Lacombe defeated Alberta rival and host Sherwood Park Knights 2-1 in the final to claim the Keystone Cup.last_img read more

Glendale approaches its 100th anniversary of cityhood

first_img The ranch was broken up as the fortunes of the Verdugo family fell in the 1800s. By 1887, a small community called Glendale had established itself around what is now the Glendale Avenue-Wilson Avenue area. The city fathers kept the Glendale name when the city was incorporated. Late in the 1920s, the Grand Central Air Terminal had opened in Glendale as the first airport in the Los Angeles region. In July 1929, Charles Lindbergh flew out of Grand Central to New York, establishing America’s first regularly scheduled transcontinental airline service. But Glendale’s history also included periods current residents deplore. Decades before the civil-rights movement, restrictive real estate covenants prevented blacks from owning land in the city. In the 1960s, Glendale became the western headquarters of the American Nazi Party, which later moved to El Monte and operated there through the 1970s. “There was an attempt (by the Nazi party) to establish headquarters here, and the city was unfortunately tarred with a reputation for harboring racism and prejudice,” said Arlene Vidor, president of the Glendale Historical Society. “And this (reputation) is something that those of us who feel the city gets its strength from its diversity are certainly overcoming.” Glendale is also where some touchstones of American and Southern California culture have their roots. Hollywood legend John Wayne, who was then known as Marion Morrison, went to Glendale High School in the 1920s. And Southern California eatery Bob’s Big Boy got its start in Glendale in 1936, when Robert C. Wian opened his pantry in the city. In 1976, the Glendale Galleria opened and became a regional draw for shoppers. The city also became headquarters of Nestle USA, the International House of Pancakes and DreamWorks. Another change came in the 1970s through the 1990s, with several waves of Armenian immigration to Glendale. It is estimated that 45 percent of the city’s residents are of Armenian descent, and there have been tensions over the years as the Armenian-American population grew in Glendale. “I see these tensions as the kinds of tensions that other immigrant groups went through,” said Levon Marashlian, who teaches history, political science and ethics at Glendale Community College. Irish newcomers, for example, encountered discrimination in their first big wave of U.S. immigration to the East Coast in the 19th century, he noted. “So in the process of blending in and assimilating, (there) is that period between when you are a fresh immigrant and when you are an acculturated American” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “He just basically gave Glendale a big push, a head start on massive growth,” said Juliet Arroyo, author of the book “Early Glendale.” A commercial corridor grew rapidly along the rail line, and the city eventually expanded to include smaller communities. The 1918 annexation of Tropico, an agricultural community to Glendale’s southwest that was famous for its strawberries, was key to Glendale’s growth. Glendale’s population quickly grew from 13,756 in 1920 to 62,736 in 1930. During the 1920s, Glendale called itself the fastest growing city in America, according to the Web site for the Glendale Historical Society. By the city’s 50th anniversary in 1956, there were 115,000 residents. The area that is now Glendale was once inhabited by the Tongva tribe of American Indians. Later, during Spanish rule, Jose Maria Verdugo received permission from the Spanish governor in 1784 to establish Rancho San Rafael in the area. GLENDALE – One hundred years ago, Glendale rolled toward cityhood with a streetcar line that passed through open ranch land and stretched to its northern end at a bucolic tourist destination called Casa Verdugo. Now, the Jewel City of Glendale has more than 200,000 residents and is headquarters for some major corporations. Also home to Southern California’s largest Armenian-American community, it has become one of the most diverse cities in the United States. The area was mostly undeveloped ranch land when capitalist Leslie Brand and city father Edgar Goode worked to bring a Pacific Electric streetcar line to Glendale. The city was incorporated in February 1906, nearly two years after the Pacific Electric line started operating, connecting the area to Los Angeles. Brand, who acquired the rail right of way along what is now Brand Boulevard, profited handsomely by selling off land he owned around the rail line, which spiked in value after the streetcars started running. last_img read more

Loggers roll into Lakin tourney final with win over Fortuna

first_imgArcata >> The Eureka Loggers won this season’s Big 5 League title on the backs of a deep pitching staff, solid defense and a contact-hitting lineup.All that was on display during Thursday’s Charlie Lakin Championship Baseball Tournament semifinal game, as the Loggers (16-9 overall) scored early and rode starting pitcher Ethan Fischel’s efficient outing to a 9-2 victory over the Fortuna Huskies (11-11) at the Arcata Ball Park.“When we take care of the baseball and score early and often, we’re …last_img read more

Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts.  Could they last millions of years?In Geology, a scientist from Brown University with three colleagues reports finding glass spherules containing organic plant material:Impact cratering can destroy life from local to global scales and result in sudden turnovers of dominant genera and/or species. Here we report that it can also preserve components of the local biology present at the time of impact. We have investigated floral matter encapsulated within Cenozoic Era impact glasses produced by separate bolide impacts into the loessoid sediments of Argentina that occurred between 9.2 Ma (Miocene) and 6 ka (Holocene). The encapsulation preserved not only macro-scale morphological biosignatures such as vascular bundles, veins, phytoliths, and papillae, but also structures down to the cellular level. In the best-preserved samples we also found evidence for organic matter. While fossilization typically occurs over an extended time period as minerals slowly replace organic matter and the host rock lithifies under pressure, the process documented here is instantaneous.A press release from Brown University, titled “Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years,” claims that at least 7 impacts have occurred in the study area in Argentina between the 6,000 and 9 million year dates.  “These glasses preserve plant morphology from macro features all the way down to the micron scale,” lead author and Brown U. geologist Pete Schultz said. “It’s really remarkable.”The team found “Bundles of vein-like structures found in several samples are very similar to modern pampas grass, a species common to that region of Argentina.”   Schultz likened the preservation process to deep-frying: “The outside fries up quickly but the inside takes much longer to cook,” he explained.  Yes, but even then, the inside gets hot.The BBC News added more information, such as quoting Schultz that “sensitive chemicals” were preserved in the glass.  If the material is from multiple impacts, there were too many events in that area (about the size of Texas) by a factor of three, according to models.After explaining the findings, the paper and the press release both launched into pure speculation, adding that if this process can preserve living material on Earth, it might have done it on Mars, too.  Schultz got titillated by the thought.  “Impact glass may be where the 4 billion-year-old signs of life are hiding,” Schultz said. “On Mars they’re probably not going to come out screaming in the form of a plant, but we may find traces of organic compounds, which would be really exciting.”Someone get radiocarbon dates on this!  How come the secular scientists never think of that?  The moyboy dates are imposed on the data, not extracted from the data.  Anyone see any evolution in the 9 million imaginary years?  The same pampas grass is found living in that area today.  Nine million years is plenty of time for Darwin to work his magic.  If a chimp became a man in just 6 million imaginary Darwin years, a plant would have plenty of time to grow legs or a brain.last_img read more

24 graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive leadership program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twenty-four farmers and agribusiness professionals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute Class VIII. Started in 2008, AgriPOWER is an intensive, yearlong leadership training program that helps participants develop important skills so they can become effective community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Over the course of the year, they learned about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry. Sessions took place in Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Georgia.Class VIII graduates are Linda Ayres-Louiso of West Union, Nate Bair of Upper Sandusky, Ryan Conklin of Plain City, Amanda Crawford of North Canton, Haley Davis of Bucyrus, Paul Dorrance of Chillicothe, Jessica Draganic of South Solon, Charlie Ellington of Louisville, Tracy Emrick of Doylestown, Britta Fenstermaker of McComb, Jerri Furniss of Westerville, Dave Green of New Washington, Brad Guckian of Camden, Andy Hollenback of Utica, Seth Middleton of Sidney, Bennett Musselman of Orient, Rita Myers of Oregon, Jessica Parrish of Mechanicsburg, Racine Ramsey of Mechanicsburg, Jan Shannon of Orient, Macy Staggs of Seaman, Nathan Vandenbroek of Findlay, Clark Walker of Vinton and J.D. Winteregg of Troy.Over the last year, AgriPOWER participants attended multiday sessions where they learned about public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. The sessions, which helped participants develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, included spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more.“The intensive training that farmers and agribusiness professionals received will serve them well whether they’re speaking at a county commissioners meeting or with their member of Congress in Washington, D.C.,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Heartland Bank, Champaign Premium Grain Growers, Ohio FFA Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Wright & Moore Law Co. LPA, Agland Co-op, Ag Credit, Bob Evans, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation and Farm Bureaus in Hancock, Licking, Lucas, Pickaway, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Union and Wyandot counties.Applications for the next class, Class IX, are due April 14. Visit for the application and more information.last_img read more