AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New funding criteria from the Nationwide Foundation The Nationwide Foundation has announced new funding criteria for registered charities in the UK. Its new Money Matters and Homes Matter grant programmes will help tackle the issues of housing and financial exclusion.Under the programme the Foundation will make grants to registered charities that:* Tackle financial exclusion, affecting disadvantaged groups across the UK;* Address housing issues and homelessness among vulnerable groups in the UK.The Foundation will offer, through its Investor Programme, three-year grants of up to £300,000 to registered charities with incomes not exceeding £10 million. The Investor Programme is open for applications until 31 May 2009.The Foundation’s Small Grants Programme is also open for applications. It makes grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities with incomes of under £500,000 on an ongoing basis.www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk Tagged with: Funding 23 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 April 2009 | News 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.
Trinity 8th Week has got to be the elephant’s graveyard of serious drama. All the big productions with your Chanyas and your Charlies have come and gone, most punters are too busy revising, drinking, or punting to venture to the theatre, while those who do would rather see something light-hearted in a garden. Meanwhile on George Street, undaunted by seasonal moods, Meg Jayanth is turning the OFS into a Sisters of Mercy video.Genet set his play in a Parisian bordello during an unspecified revolution and Jayanth delocates it further by having all the cast dressed up in modern bondage gear. Unsurprisingly, this removes all the glamour from the setting. Anyone who’s ever been in the Gloucester Arms on a Saturday night will know what I mean. It’s just across Friar’s Entry from the Madding and I often try and tempt people there after shows as an alternative but summer’s really not the time for leather and PVC, now, is it?Having dispensed with the city’s visual allure, Jayanth makes the play even less attractive by draining most of the excitement one usually associates with Parisian uprisings out of it. True, Jayanth and half a dozen-odd members of the cast and crew have just finished their finals, and while this swan-song is very much being put together on the trot, this is no excuse for the often plodding, occasionally leaden pace at which the play lumbers. The dialogue is abstract and denatured enough as it is, and while the rare moments of action come off well, they are so few and far between that they don’t do much more than wake up the audience. Much of the blame for this has to go to Melissa Julian-Jones, who, as Irma, the madam of the brothel, needs to hold the piece together and provide the crucial link between the whores on the inside and the pre- and post-revolutionary figures from out. Her acting aims for stylized, but overshoots it so far that she makes herself look ridiculous. She even manages to look over-the-top twirling strands of her hair. Moreover, she inflects the dialogue with so little that it turns into psycho-babble. Kimberley Trewhitt, as one of the whores, looked profoundly bored to be on stage with her. I sympathized.As her former lover and the chief of police, Robert Morgan initially provides a nice contrast to Julian-Jones with an understated laconic menace that occasionally bubbles over and does so very well. Caleb Yong tries to make his court envoy’s lines similarly threatening, but instead comes off, camp as camp can be, as Dr. Fu Manchu. It’d work in a pantomime, maybe, and it did mildly amuse me before it got infuriating, but his scene with the coffin drags on interminably and by the end I was imagining him cackling through his Evil Plan To Take Over The World. Likewise, David Coghill’s Bishop seems to be going for the Brain (of Pinky and the Brain fame) as a washed-up sexual pervert, and while he’s very good at it, it’s hard to imagine him ever in a position of power as the script demands.I’ll confess that I never had a goth phase, and, though the S&M theme and the mirrors reflecting the audience are ambitiously rendered, they’re really not to my taste. I don’t, however, think I’m alone there. In any case, the overbearing sense is of a production that’s missed its time. In another term this could have worked quite well, and with so many finalists on board, there’d be more time to make the pace snappier. As it is, though, The Balcony coughs and wheezes over the finish line. I know, goths’ familiarity with sunlight is passing at best, but for the rest of us, what with the weather, there are better ways to spend your last few weeks. Max Seddon
After coaching the Irish for 33 seasons, winning two National Championships and earning her place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, former Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw is setting her sights on a new opponent — hunger.In partnership with the Alumni Association, Bread of Life Food Drive and Holtz’s Heroes, McGraw is launching Meals with Muffet, a nationwide food drive geared toward alumni, clubs, families and members of the Notre Dame community. Courtesy of Muffet McGraw Former women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw is welcomed at a house to pick up food as a part of her “Meals with Muffet” initiative.Throughout September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month, Meals with Muffet aims to collect over 100,000 pounds of food. Thanks to the support of the Notre Dame community, McGraw is well on her way to achieving that goal with 52,000 pounds of food and $27,000 already donated.Meals with Muffet encourages any member of the Notre Dame community to set up a food drive to benefit a local food bank. Participants simply coordinate with a local food bank, spread the word about the food drive and log the donation through the Meals with Muffet website.Everyone who participates and submits a donation will have a chance to win a signed basketball from Coach McGraw or a signed football from a member of Holtz’s Heroes.This nationwide effort began with a simple idea — safely helping those in need during the pandemic. McGraw frequently volunteered at the food bank over the summer or during coaching breaks, so starting her own food drive seemed like a natural step amidst the pandemic.As more people lost their jobs due to the pandemic, food security took on a new level of importance for McGraw. Like many others in the community, she searched for a way to help others through these uncertain times.“My first thought was school kids. What about their lunches?” McGraw said. “They’re not in school, how are they going to get their lunches?”This simple question became the starting point for McGraw’s efforts, and she began driving around collecting food for local food banks, setting a personal goal to collect 20,000 pounds of food.“I thought, here’s something I can do,” McGraw said. “I just started stuffing mailboxes and picking neighborhoods and having food drives.”Supporters in the community would place their food donations near their mailboxes and wave from the front door as McGraw collected food items to deliver to local food banks. Donning her mask and gloves, McGraw ensured safe and contactless pickup.As the coronavirus continued to spread, McGraw began to think beyond her local community. After talking with Dolly Duffy, executive director in the Alumni Association, McGraw wanted to find a way to encourage the various clubs associated with Notre Dame to host their own food drives.Inspired by her personal commitment to helping others while in retirement, the Alumni Association partnered with McGraw to take the food drive to the national level through Meals with Muffet. By leveraging their vast alumni network and teaming up with Holtz’s Heroes and Bread of Life Food Drive, the Alumni Association helped McGraw spread the word and encourage participation across the country.According to Dan Allen, associate director of spirituality and service at the Alumni Association, the circumstances of the pandemic have intensified the need for food security.“Hunger is a constant issue in our country and world, but the challenges related to the pandemic have made the need more acute,” Allen said in an email. “Things such as unexpected deaths or prolonged illnesses, job losses and reduction and uncertainty about the future have made the need for food assistance increase substantially.”McGraw emphasized similar concerns about the need for food.“We probably all know somebody who just got furloughed … They’re not getting paychecks, and they’re living in your community, and you don’t even know it,” McGraw said.Increasing awareness about hunger in local communities is another one of McGraw’s goals through this initiative. McGraw said it can be hard to get started or hard to know what steps to take, but Meals with Muffet makes fighting hunger simple.“This is so easy,” McGraw said. “All you have to do is get something going in your own neighborhood.”The threat of the coronavirus adds another layer of challenge to helping the community, but Meals with Muffet provides people with an opportunity to help others even in today’s unique circumstances.“We are trying to highlight the opportunities that this is presenting. We would likely not have thought to do this if it were not for the pandemic,” Allen said. “Instead of lamenting the challenges, we want to encourage one another to reach out in service.”Tags: Alumni Association, food drive, holtz’s heroes, meals with muffet, Muffet McGraw
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Reports of the A’s starting pitching deficiencies may have been greatly exaggerated.It’s early in the season, but the A’s starting rotation has been downright dominant. Mike Fiers was the latest starter to shine on the mound as he held the Boston Red Sox scoreless through six innings of work in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory. The A’s have now held the Red Sox scoreless through the first two games of their four-game …
10 August 2012 South Africa’s Olympic gold medallists, Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos, arrived home to a warm welcome from a cheering crowd at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday morning. The crowds braved the chilly weather to greet the Olympic swimming champions with blowing vuvuzelas, waving flags and placards that read: “We are proud of you Chad and Cameron … Welcome back golden boys”. When their flight touched down at OR Tambo International Airport from London at 7am, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula was among the first to welcome them. Looking emotional and completely surprised by the huge crowd, Van der Burgh said: “We didn’t really expect this. It was so amazing to walk out here and see this huge crowd. Chad and I could not believe that this is for us.” Van der Burgh received a gold medal in London after winning the 100m breaststroke in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Le Clos, who was in a jovial mood while displaying both his silver and gold medals, also used the opportunity to show the country his appreciation. “I just want to say to all the women out there – Happy Women’s Day! The support that we received from home while in London was so incredible; it meant so much to us, we really appreciate it.” Le Clos beat United States swimmer Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200m butterfly before taking silver medal by tying for second position in the men’s 100m butterfly. Asked how he felt after beating the most decorated Olympian of all time, Le Clos said: “A lot of people know that Phelps is my hero, and when he won the gold medal in Athens [in 2004], I was 12 years old. I could not believe that I beat him, but I wanted [to] because gold is fantastic.” Le Clos said after getting out of the pool, Phelps gave him some words of encouragement. “He also wished me luck for the future,” said Le Clos. Mbalula praised South Africans for their support. “South Africa is a winning nation. Today our people are gathered here and everywhere in the country with joy … Sport unites our people; it is a time [to] come together to celebrate and remember that we are South Africans. “You will go down in history as heroes of our people, you are real heroes,” Mbalula told the two swimmers. Mbalula encouraged South Africans to increase their support for sporting teams. “We might not get the target of 12 medals set by Sascoc, but already there’s gold … thanks to Chad and Cameron. Long live to them and the rowing team.” The Olympians who are still competing in London will come back home next Tuesday. The Games wrap up on 12 August. Source: SANews.gov.za
Accepting the special award on behalf of the CMA on Friday, former chairman and present board member Peter Proctor dedicated it to Vic Clapham, the founder of the Comrades Marathon. SAinfo reporter The congress, the first of its kind to be held on the African continent, will see delegates from over 300 AIMS-affiliated running events from all over the globe descend on South Africa’s east coast city. “It was indeed a proud moment for the CMA to represent the legacy of Vic Clapham and South Africa at this prestigious AIMS International Awards Gala, in Athens, Greece, the birth place of the marathon 2 502 years ago,” Boshoff said. “The global family of road running recognised the Comrades Marathon as a pioneer of the running movement, and we were privileged to accept the award on behalf of all South Africans.” The association used the occasion to highlight the contributions of the world’s oldest marathons to the sport of road running. South Africa’s Comrades Marathon Association received a special award at the 30th anniversary gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Athens, Greece on Friday. The Comrades Marathon was honoured for being the oldest marathon and ultra-marathon on the African continent. It is also the world’s oldest ultra-marathon and, of all marathons run globally, it is third in age, behind only the Boston and Yonkers Marathons. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material CMA general manager Gary Boshoff, who is also an executive board member of AIMS, described the award as “due recognition of the Comrades Marathon, not only as the oldest marathon on the African continent, but also as the oldest and biggest ultra-marathon in the world; and the third oldest marathon in the world after The Boston and Yonkers Marathons in the USA. ‘Due recognition’ 12 November 2012 ‘A significant achievement’ The status of the Comrades Marathon was further underlined when the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) was chosen to host a highly successful 2012 AIMS Children’s Series Race in Durban on 2 June this year. Children’s Series events will also be hosted in 2013 and 2014. The CMA was also recently awarded the hosting rights for the inaugural AIMS Regional Conference, which will be held in Pietermartizburg in February 2013. It will also host the AIMS World Congress in Durban in May 2014. Addressing an audience which included race directors from 52 AIMS-affiliated races worldwide, Proctor highlighted the fact that the Comrades Marathon was started as a remembrance to the soldiers who perished during the First World War. “We are grateful for this accolade and thank everyone who has had a hand in making Comrades the success story that it is today.” CMA chairman Dave Dixon commented: “Receiving this prestigious acknowledgement from AIMS is a significant achievement in the history of the Comrades Marathon and is further evidence of the exciting times that lie ahead for the CMA and ‘The Ultimate Human Race’. AIMS conferences
A Kashmiri youth studying in an aeronautical engineering college was tied to an electric pole and allegedly beaten up by a mob in Neemrana town of Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Wednesday night. The mob claimed that the youth, dressed in a woman’s clothes, was looking suspicious.The youth, identified as Mir Faiz, 25, belonging to Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, has lodged a complaint with the police for assault by the mob. Though the police have launched an investigation in the matter, they were also checking the youth’s credentials.Based on Mr. Faiz’s complaint, a First Information Report under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 505 (intent to cause hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code was registered at Neemrana police station.Intelligence agencies Bhiwadi Superintendent of Police Amandeep Singh Kapoor told The Hindu on Thursday that the police were scrutinising the Kashmiri student’s mobile phone, laptop and social media accounts and had searched his rented accommodation. He said the intelligence agencies were also inquiring into the matter and would independently interrogate the youth.‘Took his for ATM thief’Mr. Kapoor said the mob grew suspicious of Mr. Faiz’s movements as he was attired in a woman’s clothes while coming out of an ATM kiosk. “The people who overpowered him probably thought that he was trying to hack the ATM machine,” he said.No person has been arrested so far on the complaint lodged by the student and nothing suspicious found from the latter, according to police sources. Mr. Faiz is a final-year student of BTech (Aeronautical Engineering).
England might have won the Cricket World Cup 2019 but they are yet to win a 50-over final in the showpiece event. Confused? Well England were declared winners of the final against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday but the match was officially tied.England ended up on the same score of 241 set by New Zealand in 50 overs after Ben Stokes carried the team with an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls while Jos Buttler made 59.The tied score meant the two teams had to play out a Super Over but even that couldn’t separate the teams and once again both England and New Zealand ended up on the same score of 15.In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17, a decision which left Kiwi fans and some cricket pundits unhappy.England were featuring in their fourth 50-over World Cup final and finally managed to get their hands on the trophy without even winning the summit clash. They had suffered defeats in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals before this one.England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Highlights | ReportThe only major ICC trophy England had managed to win before this one was the T20 World Cup in 2010 when they beat Australia in the final.Chasing 242 for victory, Ben Stokes’ scintillating knock helped the hosts tie the see-saw contest, forcing the Super Over where more nail-biting excitement unfolded.Jos Buttler and Stokes took 15 runs off Trent Boult’s Super Over without losing their wickets.advertisementNew Zealand also scored 15 runs off Jofra Archer’s over but England won on boundary count, triggering wild celebrations at Lord’s as the hosts capped a stunning turnaround and ended a 44-year wait to bring home the World Cup trophy.Also Read | Should New Zealand, not England have won World Cup 2019?Also Read | Allah was with us: Eoin Morgan takes pride in diverse cultures in World Cup-winning England teamAlso Read | Clear mistake: Former umpire Simon Taufel gives his verdict on overthrow controversy
Zenit set to reject Chelsea bid for Paredesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have turned to Leandro Paredes as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.The Evening Standard believes the Zenit star is now the man they want to add competition in midfield.But the Blues opening bid of £26.8 million and bonuses is seen as too low.It is likely it will be rejected by Zenit, as it is the same figure they paid to get the player from Roma in 2017.The Russians will only sell the 24-year-old central midfielder if they can make a tidy profit.It means Chelsea will have to stump up close to double their initial offer for a realistic chance at signing the player this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
DAWSON CITY, Yn – Unseasonably warm weather in Yukon is cold comfort for residents of Dawson City who depend on an ice bridge across the Yukon River to connect the community during the winter months.The territorial government’s plans to create an “ice Band-Aid” to the Yukon River outside the community have been suspended because balmy conditions are thwarting efforts to freeze a 90-metre gap of open water between Dawson and West Dawson.Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced $200,000 last month to spray ice water over the gap in an effort to promote freeze-up.A social media post from him on Monday says warm weather has impeded the project.Daytime temperatures did not fall below freezing on several days last week, although Environment Canada lists the average January high for the community at -22.A ferry connects Dawson City in the summer and the river usually freezes shortly after the ferry stops operating, but the ice has not formed for the second year in a row, forcing at least 100 residents to make a 10 to 15 kilometre detour by foot, ski or snowmobile.At the time the ice bridge plan was announced in December, Mostyn said he was “fairly confident” of success but offered no guarantees, saying the territory would have to be innovative because “the climate is not what it once was.”Mostyn’s latest update on the project says the government will have more details about it in the coming days. (CKRW)