first_img Tagged with: corporate Events Howard Lake | 30 September 2013 | News ITV’s Take a Moment campaign to inspire 50,000 acts of kindness  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of ITV’s This Morning programme, the TV company has launched a month-long campaign to inspire at least 50,000 people to complete a small meaningful act of kindness and give something back to their local community.The Take a Moment campaign began on 9 September and over the past month ITV shows and celebrities have taken part and encouraged others to become ‘MomentMakers’ themselves.The anniversary itself will see the show return on 3 October to its Liverpool location to feature guest appearances from original hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.ITV has been constructing a digital ‘Wall of Fame’ featuring some of the Moment Makers who have taken part, “recognising the kindness our viewers have shown and celebrating what we can achieve as a nation collectively”.To add to the impact of the campaign and to offer an incentive to viewers, the Government will be donating £5 to ITV’s Text Santa campaign for each of the first 50,000 meaningful acts shared with ITV.Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society said: “There are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others – from having a cup of tea with an older neighbour, to helping out in your local area or making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group.  That’s why the Government are supporting Take A Moment by pledging £5 for the first 50,000 acts of kindness registered through the ‘This Morning’ campaign.  We hope that this campaign can help raise awareness and encouraging people to get involved.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

first_imgDrama, drama, drama…Season 15 of the Bachelorette is a wrap with Hannah’s ring finger empty.This week’s two-night blockbuster finale came to a close last night, and – spoiler alert – so did Hannah’s relationship with Jed Wyatt.After taking both him and Tyler Cameron to meet her family in Greece, Jed’s ex-girlfriend decided to drop a bombshell.She claimed they were still together while he was on the show.That ended their engagement and before last night was over, fans got to see Hannah ask Jupiter resident, Tyler out on a date.We’ll see where it goes from here.Hannah should have listened to her parents who made it clear, Tyler is the man.last_img read more

first_img Champions weekend is almost here, when the pride of the counties head to Woodhall Spa in search of national titles.The men’s, boys’ and senior county champions will play in their respective events over Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, to find their champion of champions.All three events are played over 36 holes on the Hotchkin course. The boys play their championship on Saturday, while the men play on Sunday, and the seniors play one round on each day.The action begins at 0723 on Saturday when Cambridgeshire’s David Marris (The Links, Newmarket) and Yorkshire’s George Muscroft (Otley) tee off the boys’ championship.The field includes two boy internationals, Somerset’s Jamie Li (Bath) and Lincolnshire’s Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa). Among the other competitors are Jamie Amor (Marlborough) who has just helped Wiltshire to win the Boys’ County Championship (image © Leaderboard Photography).The senior event will be defended by Hampshire’s Alan Mew (Stoneham), who also won the title in 2012. Mew is a senior international and, together with fellow competitor Stephen East of Moortown, Yorkshire, will represent England in next week’s Senior Home InternationalsAmong the other players in this weekend’s senior field is Hertfordshire’s Doug Cameron (Moor Park) who won the title in 2011.Sunday’s challengers for the men’s title include two internationals. Yorkshire’s Jamie Bower (Meltham), represented England in the Home Internationals and was a semi-finalist at the English men’s amateur, while Shropshire’s Will Enefer, (Wrekin) is an England and GB&I boy international.Among the other contenders is Durham’s Richard Aisbitt (Brancepeth Castle), who won the English mid-amateur championship for the Logan Trophy by six shots.Full scores, news and images will be available on the championship webpages 9 Sep 2015 County champions prepare for title showdown last_img read more

first_imgFifth inning and her team was winning. Poised on the pitcher’s mound Julie was looking for a signal. Another 10-year-old girl was up – a strong batter, and her friend, Kathleen, was catching.She scratched into the dirt with her right foot: Once twice three times. But then she kept doing it. Her toe stopped scraping the dirt and started stomping. She covered her face with her mitt. Julie was crying.Her coach hustled out from the bench. He stood in front of her putting his hands on her shoulders. Still hiding behind the glove he could feel her tiny body shake and heave.“What’s the matter?”
She peeled back her mitt just enough for him to see her red eyes and trembling lip.“My dad is embarrassing me to death.”It’s happening around the country. As the weather breaks and the sport season moves outdoors, parents flock to watch their kids play their chosen sport. The fields and courts are full with soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis and other teams. The parents are in the bleachers or on the boundaries of the field. But not all of them have come just to watch: Some of them are screaming and criticizing the coaches, the assistants, other kids, and their own child – constantly.The sideline syndrome, a term I made up, has to do with winning. Parents – almost always the fathers – are so invested in the thrill of winning that they forget what playing on a team and being involved with sports is all about. They are so wrapped up in the success of their child and team that they do exactly the wrong thing – they verbally abuse others.Many school districts are taking up the challenge and asking parents to sign a code of conduct. A promise not to badmouth, taunt or berate anyone on the field. In 2010, the University of Maine produced a “Sports Done Right” report emphasizing seven core principles to be used in sports. The goal was to produce guidelines supporting an environment that encourages discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, and good citizenship.Repeatedly screaming at your daughter’s coach wasn’t one of their recommended activities.Statistics show that fewer than 200,000 of the 75 million school-age children who play sports will ultimately earn full-ride scholarships, which means that playing sports must offer more to children than learning to win.Psychologists know a good deal about what makes for success – not only in sports, but also in career and academic achievement. It is the difference between harmonious – versus obsessive passion. Children who engage in sports and other activities they find inherently enjoyable and in-tune with their identity have harmonious passion. They succeed at what they are doing because they enjoy it and invest time engaging in the activity. They learn to cultivate resilience in the face of losses, and keep at it because they love it.Obsessive passion happens when a sport or activity is done to get a reward, and not necessarily part of a child’s identity. If a young person feels they have to win to be acceptable they are likely to feel guilty, or believe they will be punished when they don’t. If a child feels compelled to engage in a sport to be accepted by a parent, they experience obsessive passion, and won’t do as well as those engaged harmoniously.The sideline syndrome parent is often alone, and believes he is doing the right thing. But if he really wants to help his child, the better way is to teach his son or daughter how to be resilient in the face of losing, and how to find a sport and activities in their life they’ll be passionate about. Dan Tomasulo holds a Ph.D. in psychology, an MFA in writing and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit his website Dare2BeHappy.com.last_img read more

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES ABEL LEZCANO, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “The turf was soft, so it basically fit her, she likes that. I just had my hands down on her and I waited, waited…In the stretch, I had no traffic, I was on the outside and I was in the clear, no complaints, no nothing.” KOSTA HRONIS, OWNER, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “She really loves this course here at Santa Anita and she loves the (distance of a) mile.”NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. JOHN SADLER, NANCY FROM NAIROBI, WINNER: “When I scratched her from the Santa Ana (March 26), she didn’t really miss much time. She just had of touch of colic a few days before the race, just enough, you know with a good horse, you don’t want to take a chance. So, we scratched her and it was hard because it was a really tempting spot and I really wanted to be in there.“The Gamely will be next. My other mare, Elektrum ran well too, went through traffic and came flying to be fifth. So we should have two for the Gamely, although we might try to separate them.”last_img read more

first_imgDinosaur farts may have caused global warming on Venus.Alternate universe #3652908 may have had the conditions for the evolution of silicon life.Mutation in a newt may have caused men to be more hairy than women.Cosmic rays could have started the geysers on Enceladus.Unseen planets between the galaxies might host advanced civilizations. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Anything goes in secular science news these days; it’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking, like Bob Berman said of modern cosmology (10/06/04).  Notice that mentioning current-day observational facts (like a meteor crater, a roundworm, or a fossil) does not validate a speculative claim.  The presence of a connectome in a roundworm says absolutely nothing about the human brain.  A crater on Europa says nothing about life.  Don’t be fooled; none of the observational props provide necessary or sufficient conditions to establish scientific validity to any claim that is (1) speculative and (2) incapable of verification.  You can observe a robin in your yard; that does not give you the right to claim in the name of science that it got its avian lung from the ancestor of a monitor lizard 270 million years ago.  “Well, it might have” is no excuse.  Scientists need to stop imagining things; they need bigger vigor in their scientific rigor.center_img Things no one could possibly ever know are being reported by science journals and news sites as things worthy of scientific faith.Here are some far-out speculations coming from science sites recently:Asteroid that killed dinosaurs might have sent life to Mars (BBC News).A roundworm’s mind may be the first step toward understanding the human brain (Live Science).One-way breathing may have evolved 270 million years ago (Live Science).An ancient “fig wasp” lived 100 million years before figs evolved (Science Daily).A meteor may have delivered the building blocks of life to Europa (Space.com).Exoplanet hunters may find ET by glut of alien corpses (New Scientist)Life was possible in the early universe in the cooling glow of the big bang (Nature News).  This weakens the Anthropic Principle and the need for a multiverse.For the last claim in the list above, comments to PhysOrg‘s version of the story came from many who felt the subject was far too speculative and therefore unscientific.And yet these same priests and prophets of scientism, who take on the role of delivering scientific truths to the masses, routinely become filled with rage at critics of Darwinism, claiming they are enemies of science, that they don’t understand science, that they are religious nuts.  Casey Luskin just reported on Evolution News & Views a new case where bullies threatened disruption of a non-credit, optional class on intelligent design vs. evolution, and succeeded in getting the administration to cancel the class (for fear of bad publicity).  Hypocrites; the bullies belong to a group that calls itself the “Freethought Oasis.”Not a single one of the claims in the above list could be demonstrated by observation or experiment.  The perhapsimaybecouldness index for each one is exorbitantly high to the point of fantasy.  Any one of us could speculate wildly on similar subjects with equal credibility.  Try it; it’s fun:last_img read more

first_img(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Birds are as smart as apes, even though long separated in ancestral time according to Darwin.Check out this snowy oil pictured on PhysOrg. It can fly 6,000 miles between the East Coast and the Canadian Arctic. A large male named Baltimore, the article says, was outfitted in 2014 with an advanced transmitter, allowing scientists to follow his movements. This bird can navigate, find food, escape predators like wolves. That takes a lot of brain power and know-how.Scientists are wondering how birds can be just as smart as apes despite having gone their separate ways on Darwin’s tree of life since the first tetrapods climbed out of the water hundreds of millions of years ago in the evolutionary timetable. Scientists find that their brain architectures are remarkably similar in terms of wiring and basic architecture. Even dodos, PhysOrg now claims, were not the dummies they are often made out to be. They “might have been quite intelligent, a new study says.”When comparing the size of the birds’ brains to their body sizes, Gold and collaborators found that the dodo was “right on the line.”“It’s not impressively large or impressively small—it’s exactly the size you would predict it to be for its body size,” Gold said. “So if you take brain size as a proxy for intelligence, dodos probably had a similar intelligence level to pigeons. Of course, there’s more to intelligence than just overall brain size, but this gives us a basic measure.”An article on Science Daily disputes the size proxy. “While ape brains weigh 275 to 500 gram on average, birds, who are just as skilful [sic] despite lacking a cortex, only manage 5 to 20 gram.” It’s not the size but the programming. Yet the article puzzles over the fact that “The mental abilities of corvids [crows, ravens] and parrots are as sophisticated and diverse as those of apes,” an evolutionist from the University of Vienna admits. How can this be? The “Origin of similarities is unknown”—It is not known how these similarities have evolved. Either their last common ancestor passed the neuronal basis to birds and mammals. Or — and the authors consider this more likely — they evolved independently of each other, because both animal groups faced the same challenges. According to the researchers, this would mean that certain wiring patterns in the brain are necessary to boost cognitive performance.Necessity may be the mother of invention, but not for blind, unguided processes. No bird sat around thinking, “I’m going to need this wiring pattern to face this challenge.” The simplest solution is to just go extinct. A hurdle can’t make a human jump over it just because it’s there. To have one group of animals hit upon a working brain by chance is miracle enough; to have two groups arrive at it multiplies the miracles beyond belief.Evolutionary theory fails within the Class Aves, too. PhysOrg reports that penguins have not suffered brain loss due to the loss of flight. There are differences between the skulls of fossil penguins and modern penguins, but these cannot be accounted for by the change in habitat or lifestyle.It’s difficult to know why modern penguins’ brains look different than their ancestors’ brains, Proffitt said. It’s possible that millions of years of flightless living created gradual changes in the brain structure. But the analysis shows that these changes are not directly related to initial loss of flight because they are not shared by the ancient penguin brain.Another surprise for evolution is the diversity of early birds from the Cretaceous. PhysOrg describes a new “basal bird from China” that from the artist’s reconstruction looks all the world like a modern tropical bird. It had perching feet, a beak, and the whole suite of flight feathers. Where is the evidence for ancestry in the article’s spring egg song about how it “sheds light on evolution”?Over the past three decades, representatives of all major Mesozoic bird groups have been reported from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China. A new species, Chongmingia zhengi, reported in the journal of Scientific Reports on 25 January 2016, sheds light on the early evolution of birds. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is basal to the dominant Mesozoic avian clades Enantiornithes and Ornithuromorpha, and represents a new basal avialan lineage. This new discovery adds to our knowledge regarding the phylogenetic differentiation and morphological diversity in early avian evolution.The source paper finds a lot of “homoplasy” (convergent evolution or mosaicism) in this bird. “The skeleton of Chongmingia highlights the mosaic evolution in early avian history, and demonstrates that the early evolution of birds was complex and homoplastic,” the authors say, attributing the mixture of features to some kind of “evolutionary experimentation” —by whom? The bird? “The unique combination of features present in this species demonstrates that numerous evolutionary experimentations took place in the early evolution of powered flight.” No wonder that bird had good brains. It was a lab researcher.Birds and apes are smart because the same smart Designer designed them both. That fits the observations. Convergence, mosaicism, “evolutionary experimentation” and other made-up phrases do not. They are merely confabulations concocted out of Darwin Flubber, pretending to explain while they sidestep empiricism to maintain a dogma that must be believed, facts be damned.Andrew Sibley discusses the Jehol Biota in a recent article for Creation Ministries International. He shows how evolutionists fudge the dates on different parts of the strata in order to keep their “phylogenetic analyses” in line with the hard data from the fossils. The Jehol was originally assigned to the Jurassic, for instance, but that would put bird evolution too early, so it was reassigned to the Cretaceous. “Instead of adjusting the hypotheses to fit the new discoveries, evidence has been forced to fit the prevailing paradigm, sometimes through misleading interpretations and occasionally through apparent fraud.” He documents examples in the article.last_img read more

first_imgAir New Zealand has launched an online artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango – Oscar for short.Oscar will initially assist passengers with commonly asked queries, saving them time and offering a more personalized experience than searching a traditional Frequently Asked Questions section online says the airline. Air New Zealand says that as with other AI technology, Oscar will learn based on the conversations people have with him, becoming more user-friendly and more helpful the more he interacts. Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Avi Golan says “Oscar has been launched as a beta product allowing customers to play an active role in training him.’’“This is a new approach for us, getting Oscar out fast and in the early-development stages so that we can build and co-create with our customers. Given Oscar learns natural language it makes sense he learns directly from our customers the types of information they want to know and the language they use, rather than airline jargon.“The world’s best digital companies foster a culture of customer-led design and collaboration and for the airline to meet its big digital ambitions we must embed this culture of thinking, acting and doing as leading digital companies do.”The airline has initially launched Oscar as a help chatbot to assist with Air New Zealand Lounge, Airpoints™ and baggage queries but the airline says it has big plans for him, including integration with the Air New Zealand Mobile app, via both voice and text, and with other chat platforms and in-home digital assistants.“Over time we want Oscar to become a virtual travel assistant helping customers across every stage of the journey, with the ability to recognize who you are, inform you about your flights, make or change a booking, select seats, check you in, and offer to help sort you a taxi to the airport,” says Mr Golan.“There’s no doubt that AI is the future, allowing customers to better self-serve within their channel of choice, further improving the customer experience.”Customers with queries about Airpoints, baggage or Air New Zealand lounges are asked to put Oscar to the test. He can be found in the Help & Contact section of the airline’s New Zealand website.last_img read more

first_img13 July 2010 As Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. “You have shown the world that you can achieve anything and its time now that you show the rest of Africa that it can achieve anything,” Blatter told South Africa at a post-tournament press conference in Johannesburg on Monday. “There were many pessimists in the beginning, but as I always said it is a question of trust and confidence, and we trusted South Africa and they have delivered. “South Africa has not only managed to stage a incident-free world cup, it has left a good impression to the people of the world, and you can be proud of that; the compliments should go to you, not to Fifa.” Despite the elimination of Bafana Bafana in the first round of the tournament, the ambience and excitement of the competition continued among South Africans, who made the event a resounding success, Blatter said.Viewership, attendance Several records were achieved during the 30-day event, including never-seen-before television viewership figures. The number of people who attended the 64 matches at stadiums stood at just over 3.1-million, the 3rd highest in the history of the World Cup. It has been estimated that the tournament created up to 695 000 jobs and had a gross impact of R94-billion on South Africa’s economy. More than 500 000 tourists are confirmed to have visited the country to watch or to be part of the tournament, higher than the initial estimation of about 450 000 expected visitors. The country now plans to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, and the success of the World Cup is said to have bolstered these plans.Shifting perceptions Analysts say the indirect spin-offs from improved perceptions abroad could have an even greater, longer-lasting impact, not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. The successful World Cup could help shift the perceptions that a large number of foreign investors have held of Africa, while the infrastructure that has been created as a result of the World Cup is expected to assist the country’s long- and short-term development goals. “It is infrastructure like Soccer City that will tell many people that this World Cup for us has really been an investment more than anything else,” said Local Organising Committee Chairperson Irvin Khoza. He said that having this infrastructure and the success of the World Cup would end the perception that in Africa “you cannot get things done”. “What this World Cup has done is to eliminate all the [mis]perceptions the world had of us, and the iconic nature of our infrastructure, not only the stadiums but also transport, will send a message to the [world’s] sporting bodies that they can rely on this country for any future sporting event,” Khoza said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgSADC has been one of the fastest growing regional economic communities in Africa.“Improving competitiveness is key to lay the foundation for a solid future,” said Caroline Galvan, Lead Economist for Competitiveness and Risks in Africa at the World Economic Forum. (Image: WEF)According to the World Economic Forum’s Lead Economist for Competitiveness and Risks in Africa, Ms Caroline Galvan, South Africa performs very well in the “more complex areas of competitiveness, such as innovation, technological readiness, and financial market development”.Delivering a presentation on “Competitiveness in the Southern African Development Community” at a special workshop hosted by Brand South Africa and the World Economic Forum on Thursday 7 April, Ms Galvan said fundamentals such as infrastructure, health and education and a higher uptake of new technologies will be necessary for sustained growth to occur within the SADC region. The seminar precedes the annual session of the World Economic Forum’s meeting on Africa which will be hosted by Rwanda in Kigali from 11 to 13 May 2016.SADC has been one of the fastest growing regional economic communities in Africa. However, in recent years, especially following the 2007-2008 global economic crisis, the region has stopped performing as well. Low commodity prices and turbulent global financial conditions have been affecting the region’s growth prospects. In light of these conditions, the workshop interrogated how the SADC region could regain its growth momentum in a sustainable way by 2020.Premised on the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, the workshop – which brought together leaders from the business sector, policymakers and development experts – provided an overview of the performance of SADC countries, which shows that productivity has slowed down in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade.“Low productivity impacts negatively on sustained, long-run growth in the region and levels of quality employment. Improving competitiveness is key to lay the foundation for a solid future,” added Ms Galvan.However, the region has an opportunity to increase its competitiveness, which can contribute to improved economic growth, job condition and social conditions, by amongst others investing in infrastructure, the development of its human capital and technological readiness. Creating an enabling environment for investors to do business efficiently within the region will also contribute to improved levels of competitiveness.Follow the conversation on #SAinKigaliWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more