BT Community Connections Awards open for 2009

first_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BT Community Connections Awards open for 2009 Tagged with: corporate Funding Technology 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. Applications are now open for this year’s BT Community Connections Awards from telecoms company BT. Community and charitable organisations, working in any field of community benefit, located throughout the UK or Republic of Ireland, can apply for a laptop and a year’s free broadband connection.BT Community Connections was established in 2000 by BT’s Corporate Social Responsibility Unit as a response to digital exclusion issues. The company has invested over £6 million in the scheme and has awarded more than 6,000 packages of IT equipment.Postal applications must be received by 9 June 2009, and online applications must be submitted by 11 June 2009.Previous recipients of a BT Community Connections award are invited to apply for a BTCC Cluster Award. These new awards are designed to encourage networking between community groups who have shared objectives, whilst enabling a substantial number of people to get online. Between three and five community and charitable organisations can apply together for a BTCC Cluster Award.www.btcommunityconnections.com Howard Lake | 20 March 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Indiana officially in a heat wave

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsWeather (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) After three days of 90-degree weather, Indiana is in a heat wave.National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Puma says that heat is going to last all week, with chances of rain and thunderstorms every afternoon.However, Puma says, these storms will be the usual storms that normally happen after daytime heating.In addition, Puma says, the heat index, which measures both heat and humidity, indicates that the combination of both throughout the course of this week will result in some muggy, uncomfortable weather.Puma adds that, during a heat wave, the most vulnerable populations are the elderly, young children and people who work outside for long periods of time.“You’ll want to just watch your outdoor activity, make sure you stay hydrated, remember to drink lots of water, use sunscreen when you’re outside, and remember to take some breaks and spend some time in air conditioning,” Puma said.In Michiana, daytime highs will top out in the low to mid 90s with humidity building in on Wednesday and Thursday. Heat indices may reach into the upper 90s, near triple digits.A stray shower or storm could be seen in the late afternoons to evenings the next couple of days. A few showers or storms will be possible Thursday evening but widespread storms look more likely Friday. That system will finally cut down on the heat. Daytime highs cool to the mid-80s over the weekend.Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot. Stray shower or storm possible. High 93.Wednesday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 94.Thursday: 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.Friday: chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. Mostly cloudy and hot, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 50%.Saturday: 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Previous articleElkhart closes pool and spray park over virus concernsNext article“Next Level Jobs” program expanded Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Indiana officially in a heat wave WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest By Jon Zimney – July 7, 2020 0 971 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Calleja, Price push Warriors past Crusaders

first_imgOJ Calleja had three rushing touchdowns, Ethan Price had two touchdowns on offense and two interceptions on defense and the Del Norte “road” Warriors outlasted St. Bernard’s for a 42-31 victory Saturday afternoon on the road at St. Bernard’s High School.“Today’s win was fantastic,” Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said. “It’s been a long time since we beat St. Bernard’s, so to finally come out here and get one is great for our team and our momentum heading into playoffs.”Saturday’s contest was …last_img read more

Worn clothes can make a difference

first_imgLightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycled and resold will benefit girls from disadvantaged backgrounds as the proceeds from the sales will go to an educational fund.The founders of For Black Girls Fashion Trade, Hlumisa Mbanga, Nasiphi Fazi and Kuhle Dumeduze at the launch, with the co-founders of Black Creatives Forum, Jamiel Soeker and Rashied Rahbeeni.Ray MaotaAn education fund will be set up from the proceeds of the sales of lightly worn clothing donated by the public. A non-profit organisation that trades fashion for education, For Black Girls Fashion Trade, is behind the initiative.Launched at the end of 2016, For Black Girls Fashion Trade collects lightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycles the items with the input of up-and-coming fashion designers, and resells the clothing for a profit. This profit is then invested in an education fund that is used to help black girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with school fees, school books, school uniforms, school shoes, sanitary products, mentorship, and career and life guidance.For Black Girls Fashion Trade is a coming together of young, black women who want to give back to black communities, especially young girls.These women are: founder, marketing and communications director Nasiphi Fazi, digital marketing director Hlumisa Mbanga, and financial director Kuhle Dumeduze.Their initiative was well received by the media; so much so in fact, that before the trio had even launched the organisation, Fazi was being interviewed on national TV.“I polished up a press release that had sat on my desktop and mailed it to TV shows and radio stations and then a national TV breakfast show called that same day,” she said.She added: “We had to buckle up. So we started Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We bought a domain and launched the website.”The public can arrange a donation by visiting For Black Girls Fashion Trade or emailing [email protected] the organisationGiven the flurry of interviews and interest, the partners had to launch the organisation quickly.The launch took place on 4 November 2016 at the GSB MTN Solution Space in Philippi, in Western Cape.Fazi said: “We just had to hustle. We got Shoprite Checkers to cater for the event and Cape Town College of Fashion Design came on board for the upcycling of the clothes. A friend who works with fibreglass brought us mannequins, and we got GSB MTN Solutions Space to let us use their venue in Philippi.”At the intimate evening, attended by close friends and family, as well as business partners and sponsors, the 50 guests could make their first donation, learn more about the organisation and bid for an item of clothing. The proceeds were donated to the cause.The reception the initiative received means the team now has to juggle their careers as well as the organisation, while trying to make sense of their own lives.“The publicity got us to a place where we had to pull our socks up because we’re in the public eye, and that’s what I like – it motivates me and gets me going,” said Fazi.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Gambhir has to decide whether he’ll play in Champions League: SRK

first_imgFilm star Shah Rukh Khan, who is also a co-owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Friday said that it depended on the injured captain — Gautam Gambhir — whether he would be playing in the Champions League Twenty-20, which starts on September 19. Gambhir, who returned from the England tour after suffering from a mild concussion, was included in the 15-member KKR squad, announced on September 4. Asked to clear the uncertainties whether Gambhir, who for the first time led KKR to the top three in the IPL, would be playing in the Champions League, Shah Rukh said it was unfortunate that he was injured. “He is suffering from so many injuries. We are in touch with him. But final decision to play will be his. If he is not there, we will ask him to come and cheer us in one of the games,” Shah Rukh said. “Professional players have to take their own decisions. In sports, there are injuries. Injuries have to be carefully handled by team managements as well. We try to do it at KKR,” he added.last_img read more

Canada hard to define but easy to celebrate poll suggests

first_imgTORONTO – What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty, a choice made by just a quarter of respondents.Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they’d most like to have dinner with, and the top choice — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — earned just eight per cent of votes.The survey even found dissent on some of the country’s most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.Canadians did display more loyalty to animals that have come to be seen as national symbols, with 85 per cent of respondents standing by the beaver and 82 per cent expressing fondness for the Canada Goose.Canadian beer also earned the support of 72 per cent of participants, who proclaimed it among the best in the world.Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself.“I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “We’re a country where people come from everywhere, have different views, and I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.”The survey results hinted at what some of those core values might be, Wilson-Smith said, pointing to the only two findings to garner any kind of widespread support.A quarter of respondents used the words freedom or liberty to describe Canada, while 20 per cent identified the word home as their descriptor of choice.Wilson-Smith speculated that those words are particularly appealing to a diverse population, many of whom have routes in countries where freedom could not be taken for granted.The variety of other responses on words to describe Canada, which included best, opportunity, equality, multicultural, and inclusive, attest to a diversity of national priorities, he said.Consensus was even harder to attain when discussing famous Canadians that might make for good company over dinner.Trudeau’s eight per cent support from respondents was followed by Quebecois singer Celine Dion, who secured five per cent of respondents’ support. Former Prime Ministers Sir John A. MacDonald and Pierre Trudeau and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky rounded out the top five, the survey found,The poll also explored Canadians’ favourite home-grown inventions, finding a greatest appreciation for the electric oven (44 per cent of respondents), IMAX films (32 per cent), and the snowmobile (25 per cent).One thing Canadians do seem to agree on is a desire to celebrate the country’s upcoming 150th birthday.About 80 per cent of the survey’s 1,003 respondents said they planned to acknowledge Saturday’s sesquicentennial in some way.The Ipsos poll was completed using an online panel between June 7 and 8. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

American Gymnasts Are Exceptional On The Vault

But in the Olympics’ event finals, when gymnasts can win individual medals on apparatuses, the then-16-year-old American landed on her behind on an easier vault. That landed her the silver medal.Maroney wasn’t impressed, but she wasn’t deterred either. She returned next season with the same tough skill and won her second world vault title.Maroney is the highest flier in a recent line of fantastic American vaulters. But before 2005, only one American woman had ever won a medal in vault at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Brandy Johnson tied for silver in 1989. A decade-and-a-half later came Alicia Sacramone, who won four of the eight medals the U.S. has claimed in the event since 2005 — gold (2010), silver (2006) and bronze (2005 and 2007). And since 2009, the American women have won four world vaulting titles.There’s a good chance the medal streak will continue in 2014. Maroney is sitting out the world championships this week in Nanning, China, following knee surgery, but Simone Biles (the current U.S. and world all-around champion) and Mykayla Skinner have qualified to compete in Saturday’s vault final. Of note, Biles posted the highest qualifying score for the vault, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around.Long gone are the days of the perfect 10. In vaulting finals, gymnasts perform two vaults from two groups, and each earns two marks — one for difficulty and one for execution. The difficulty score is predetermined and higher if there are more saltos and twists. For example, the Amanar that Maroney and Biles (below) generally perform has a 6.3 difficulty value, downgraded in 2013 from a 6.5; Skinner’s Cheng is worth 6.4.The execution mark is out of 10 and considers the gymnast’s form on the vaulting table and in the air; her height and distance from the table; and how she lands (i.e. whether she “sticks” the landing). Those values sum to produce a total score for each vault. The average of the two total scores determines the gymnast’s final score.So, Americans are good at vaulting, but just how good are they at eking out the best scores for particular vaults? I used results provided by USA Gymnastics to plot the 76 vaults completed in the most prestigious vaulting event each year since 2009 (for every season except 2012, an Olympic year, that event is the world championships). As the chart below shows, U.S. gymnasts have generally received some of the best execution scores for vaults at the highest levels of difficulty. (A technical note: I plotted only the raw difficulty and execution marks prior to penalties. I omitted four vaults that received a total score of 0.00; a gymnast earns a 0.00 if, for instance, she fails to land on her feet first, or touches the springboard or table without completing the vault.)The two outliers in the bottom right corner belong to Yamilet Peña Abreu of the Dominican Republic, who lacked in execution while performing the demanding Produnova at the London Games and the 2013 world championship. (At the 2011 world championships, she landed on her back and earned a 0.00.) Last year, the vault — a front handspring onto the table followed by two front somersaults — was downgraded by 0.1, to a difficulty score of 7.0. Peña Abreu was the first gymnast to complete it in competition since its namesake, Elena Produnova, in 1999. Two others have landed it in competition in 2014. You may not remember the vault. You probably remember her face.In 2012, McKayla Maroney performed at the Olympic Games what was deemed by women’s gymnastics judges and commentators as perhaps the best-executed vault in the history of the sport. Her jaw-dropping Amanar, which includes two-and-a-half twists, came in the team portion of the competition: read more

This Years Indians Are Secretly Better Than Last Years

2007NL WestSDPARI1.09.3-8.3ARI *Second place in the 2017 AL Central division is currently tied.Excludes strike-shortened seasons in 1981 and 1995.Sources: Retrosheet, ESPN Stats & Info WINS 1992AL WestMINOAK1.08.7-7.7OAK 1997NL EastATLFLA4.09.8-5.8ATL 1972NL EastPITNYM5.013.3-8.3PIT 1989AL EastBALNYY6.011.2-5.2TOR The Indians are on pace to outplay their World Series versionProduction per 162 games for 2016 and 2017 Cleveland Indians So the good news for Cleveland is that it’s badly outplayed both of its would-be division challengers. The bad news is, that’s not always enough. Among the midseason division leaders on the list above, only two-thirds of them ended up eventually winning the crown, despite starting off with an average lead of 3.3 games.Even so, FiveThirtyEight’s MLB Elo ratings give the Tribe a 70 percent chance of winning the Central and an 81 percent shot at making it back to the playoffs, despite what’s shaping up to be a crowded AL wild card picture. You wouldn’t guess it from the standings, but if the Indians just keep playing the way they have been, they should be right in the thick of things again come October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1985NL EastSTLNYM3.09.1-6.1STL 2008AL CentralCHWMIN1.07.8-6.8CHW 2008NL EastPHIFLA1.08.9-7.9PHI 1989NL WestSFGHOU2.08.6-6.6SFG 2017AL CentralCLEMIN*2.010.9-8.9— 1993AL WestCHWKCR1.06.7-5.7CHW Nobody has secretly dominated like the 2017 IndiansDivision leaders with largest difference between actual and Pythagorean-predicted leads through 82 games, 1969-2017 YEARDIVISIONLEADERNO. 2ACTUALPYTHAG.DIFF.WINNER 1973AL WestOAKANA1.06.3-5.3OAK 1971AL EastBALBOS3.09.3-6.3BAL 1985NL WestSDPLAD2.08.4-6.4LAD Difference-7.7+1.6+0.1 2017AL CentralCLEKCR*2.08.5-6.5— 2012AL CentralCHWCLE2.08.6-6.6DET 1969AL EastBALBOS12.018.1-6.1BAL The biggest factor holding Cleveland’s record back has been a distinct lack of clutch hitting: Tribe hitters have the majors’ third-worst on-base plus slugging (OPS) with two outs and runners in scoring position, and its second-worst OPS in “high leverage” situations. But their vaunted relief pitching — led by do-everything relief ace Andrew Miller — has been as good as advertised, as have starters Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. Although Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor have all been various degrees of disappointing in the first half, third baseman Jose Ramirez has enjoyed a breakout season (he ranks 11th in the majors in WAR). Taken altogether, Cleveland is playing just fine.But the team happens to be caught up in one of the most misleading division races ever, as far as the standings go. Through 82 games apiece, the AL Central-leading Indians’ record was two games better than those of the Royals and Twins.2Cleveland played its 82nd game on July 4, while Kansas City and Minnesota have currently played 83 games. But according to Pythagorean records, Cleveland “should” be 8.5 games up on Kansas City, and 10.9 games up on the Twins, whose -54 run differential is almost exactly the negative mirror image of the Indians’ mark.That 8.9-game difference between Cleveland’s actual and Pythagorean leads over Minnesota is the biggest gap between a division leader and runner-up at this stage of the season3Through 82 games. in the history of divisional play (since 1969): 201786.992.847.1 1976NL WestCINLAD6.013.5-7.5CIN 1970NL EastNYMPIT2.07.1-5.1PIT SEASONACTUALPYTHAGOREANWINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs DIVISION LEAD 1998NL CentralHOUMIL7.013.2-6.2HOU 201694.691.247.0 Just like its struggling World Series counterparts in Chicago, things haven’t been easy for the Cleveland Indians’ pennant defense this season. The team that was one ninth-inning run away from stunning the Cubs last November looked even stronger heading into this season. The core of young talent was intact, a pair of aces missing from its postseason run were healthy, and the normally frugal Indians’ front-office shelled out $60 million for a new slugger. But despite an enormous on-paper advantage in talent, the Tribe hasn’t exactly blown the doors off the American League.Cleveland was trailing in the American League Central as recently as the last week of June; even now, they only lead the second-place Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals by a game and a half each. For a franchise that hasn’t made back-to-back playoff appearances since 1999, the 2017 Indians appear on the surface to be headed for disappointment, just like every other season on the Cuyahoga since 1948.But unlike the Cubs, who’ve mostly earned their disappointing sub-.500 record, Cleveland has played much better this season than their Ws and Ls would indicate. The team’s +58 run differential ranks seventh-best in major league baseball, placing it firmly in the next tier of contenders below the dominant Dodgers/Astros/Diamondbacks/Yankees/Nationals group at the top of the game’s pecking order. According to both the Pythagorean expectation (which converts a team’s run differential into an expected winning percentage) and total team wins above replacement1All mentions of WAR in this story will refer to an average between the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. (WAR), the 2017 Indians have been superior to the 2016 version that ultimately ended up winning the AL pennant: read more

SDSU unveils 3 billion plans to expand onto SDCCU Stadium site

first_imgSDSU unveils $3 billion plans to expand onto SDCCU Stadium site 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University Wednesday unveiled a $3 billion plan to expand the campus into Mission Valley and redevelop the SDCCU Stadium property over the next 15 years.The project encompasses 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.”When we look to the future needs of SDSU, Mission Valley represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a proximate property where we can grow,” Roush said.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus.”When SDSU has the opportunity to grow, the region is better served, both in the development of a diverse, highly educated workforce suited to meet San Diego’s growing needs, and in the opportunities provided to all San Diegans by way of inclusive economic stimulus,” Roush said.Kratzer said the design will bring a college campus feel to the property.”It speaks to the scale of the buildings, it speaks to how open spaces are used, it speaks to paseos and how students and pedestrians use the place, it speaks to the fact that automobile traffic is outboarded and out of the way,” Kratzer said. “This is not a commercial development plan — this is a campus plan.”He promised a transparent development process that would include a full environmental review.SDSU officials have for years eyed the city-owned Mission Valley site for expansion, and the property became available when the Chargers left for Los Angeles.A group of influential SDSU alumni and supporters, who are collecting signatures for an initiative that would grant the school rights to the land, said Tuesday that they were on track to picking up the 71,000 valid names to qualify for a vote, likely in November 2018.After the SDSU West details were unveiled, they sent City News Service a statement that said SDSU “has thoughtfully developed an initial site plan that benefits all San Diegans and creates a regional hub of innovation, education, housing and entertainment. SDSU West is the sole initiative that allows for this vision to become a reality.”Their initiative would probably complete with another development plan, called SoccerCity, which has already qualified for the ballot.SoccerCity Project Manager Nick Stone said the two plans are virtually identical.”Both feature a new multi-use stadium with similar seating capacity, a large river park and space for SDSU to grow and flourish,” he said. “The major difference is that SoccerCity will be built without a dime of public funds in a legally binding initiative and lease with the city, while the SDSU West plan offers no binding commitments and will leave taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars.”SoccerCity opponents question whether commitments made on behalf of the project, but not spelled out in the initiative, are actually legally binding.Representatives for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, endorsed SoccerCity long before the SDSU West plans were unveiled, did not respond to a request for comment.SDSU officials said they need to stay out of the political process for legal reasons but have been under pressure to release details of what San Diegans could expect to go onto the site. Roush acknowledged the “very valid observation” that SDSU officials haven’t “clearly articulated” their vision and needs until now.Gordon Carrier, of the design firm Carrier Johnson + Culture, said the land would be divided into an upper plain for the campus buildings and stadium, and a lower area for the river park. The river flow would be redirected into a more natural flow, and tributaries would be brought within the campus.He said most of the buildings would be kept within three to six stories in height, and parking would be accommodated by around 5,000 below-grade spaces.The project also includes a 250-room hotel and conference center, which could also make use of the stadium, and a second 150-room hotel, according to Carrier. He said the housing would be for faculty and staff, and upper division and graduate students, and  would include both market-rate and affordable units.On Thursday, Aztecs athletics officials are scheduled to unveil more details of the stadium portion of the plan. Roush, athletic director John David Wicker, football coach Rocky Long, and Scott Radecic, the founder and senior principal of the Populous stadium design firm, are scheduled to participate.According to Kratzer, the stadium would be part of the first development phase and take two years to build. , Posted: November 29, 2017 November 29, 2017 Updated: 9:25 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more