Making a difference together – Marie Curie Fundraising Groups

first_img Howard Lake | 26 March 2013 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Volunteering 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  39 total views,  3 views todaycenter_img Marie Curie Cancer Care highlight the importance of their network of volunteer fundraising groups across the country.The video demonstrates the wide range of activities that groups get involved in, and shows the rewarding friendships and experiences that these groups can Advertisement Making a difference together – Marie Curie Fundraising Groups  40 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

“Our beaches are lovely and it’s really a paradise, but we Maldivians are being tortured here”

first_img April 23, 2018 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific At a press conference on 1 March 2004, organised by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in Geneva, journalist Ibrahim Lutfy told his story for the first time since his escape from prison. Now living in exile in Switzerland, Ibrahim Lutfy spoke out against the jailing of his journalist colleagues, torture and repression on this “paradise island”.Ibrahim Lutfy sent us a summary of his statements and reflections on the current situation in Maldives. September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF_en News News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Help by sharing this information “Before answering questions I briefed on two different presentations which I prepared for the conference.- Why Sandhaanu, a clandestine Internet e-mail magazine?- Torture on Paradise, Back of the sunny side of life.Before answering the first question I said I am not a politician neither I belong nor represent any political organisation. In spite of that I was asked, if I am working for a post in next government or aiming for a parliamentary seat. I said NO. I am a person who is very much conscious of the problems we have and trying to help solve them.When asked whether a boycott of tourism would help reform, I said, “I feel a trade embargo or boycotting tourism is immediately not necessary, but a little pressure could help. Our country is very vulnerable, the only industry we have is tourism and fishing.” Further I was asked if tourism were boycotted general public would suffer? I said that the first victims would certainly be them.Another reporter asked me if the promised reforms, which are taking, place due to international pressure and the media converge, be respected and how long would they last? “In the constitution there are good things written, and the President’s promises in the Parliament opening session on February 26 are really nice. But the problem with him is that his words and actions never match. When he is trouble he makes all sorts of promises and after a while he forgets them.” I said.Displaying the Evan Killing and the Maafushi Shootings censored reports to the press, I said: “Here you see the official report giving little details on the torture in our jails.” Again displaying my 1999 report, I said “In this 52 page report, I summarised the brutal methods applied in Maldivian jails and asked the President for a special appointment to further explain them. But the reward for writing this report was a 3 months holiday package in solitary confinement on a beautiful island where you all visit and spend your dreamed holiday. Its beaches are lovely and it’s really a paradise, but we Maldivians are being tortured in those.” “Today after four years of my report the government is compelled to accept the police brutality in the jails under President’s control.” I further said.”As a person who is deeply conscious about the police brutality, I am writing to help change, and of course writing helps and we see some changes. If my children commit a crime they should be arrested, interrogated, tried and punished by law, I do not want them to be brutalised by the police. I have seen so many young and old men being indiscriminately beaten by the police. Among them one is a former judge who lies in sick bed partially paralysed due to the injuries suffered to his backbone. In 1998 after a similar jail beating, inmates rioted to burn the Hinmmafushi jail complete to ground. The police killed a young man. To this day, no media coverage is given about this riot or killing, locally or internationally”, I said.When asked if I observe any changes due these new developments, I said: “The government has relaxed a lot. They do not allow political parities to operate. Recently, in February, some people have been arrested in connection with a political movement. But now, people express dissatisfactions a little openly. They do not simply arrest now. This is a positive sign.”When asked if I would ever think of returning to Maldives, I said: “Switzerland is developed and a beautiful county, but Maldives, semi or undeveloped is really much more beautiful. Unless they cancel the prison term given to me, I wouldn’t be thinking of that. But if they do I shall be very happy to return my country to serve and help the people. But as long as this government is in place or as long as there is no reform to the constitution or as long as the government dose not honour what is written in the constitution I wouldn’t be thinking of returning.” I further added: “There are lots of good things written in the constitution, but the problem is its not being honoured.”That is a little summery of a one hour meeting with press. After the official meeting I spend time explaining and answering questions to individual reporters. Four major newspapers have covered the stories and two of them on front page.I am preparing a Dhivehi version of the press conference for the Sandhaanu 11th issue.” to go further Receive email alerts RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers July 15, 2020 Find out more News News RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Organisation MaldivesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Maldives March 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Our beaches are lovely and it’s really a paradise, but we Maldivians are being tortured here”last_img read more

Emerald Ash Borers

first_imgFor years foresters and invasive insect experts have been on the lookout for the arrival of an unwelcome guest in Georgia. Now that it’s here, they hope the public will help restrict its spread within Georgia. The Georgia Invasive Species Task Force will launch a public outreach plan to try to curb the spread of this pest in the near future. This task force consists of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Forestry Commission, UGA, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Georgia’s five species of native ash trees usually grow along stream banks. While ash only makes up about 1 percent of Georgia forests, they play an integral role in preventing the erosion of stream banks and keeping silt out of natural waterways. Ash is also a popular landscape tree, with 2.9 million trees planted around Georgia homes, businesses, parks and greenways. The value of these city trees in Georgia is estimated to be around $725 million. In July, researchers found adult emerald ash borers in survey traps in DeKalb and Fulton counties. A follow-up ground survey found larvae in nearby ash trees, confirming an established emerald ash borer infestation. People can help slow the spread of this beetle through Georgia by not moving firewood and by helping others to understand how dangerous it can be to move firewood from one area to another. To help reduce the spread of the emerald ash borer in Georgia, homeowners with ash trees should have a certified arborist check their trees for signs of emerald ash borer infestations. “To prevent the spread of emerald ash borer, it is important not to move firewood in which the insect can hide,” said Kamal Gandhi, associate professor in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “Buy local firewood, whether camping or for your home.” Since 2005 University of Georgia invasive species experts have conducted an extensive trapping program in Georgia to screen for the emerald ash borer. For more information about the emerald ash borer and how to protect ash trees, visit Suspected infestations should be reported immediately so that foresters or arborists can understand how the infestation is spreading. This will aid in the development of effective methods to reduce its spread and impact. Although the adult beetle is an active flyer, it is believed that the primary way the beetle spreads is by hitching a ride on infested ash firewood, logs and nursery stock. Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by burrowing serpentine tunnels in the inner layers of bark, preventing the tree from transporting water and nutrients to and from the tree canopy. For more information about spotting signs of emerald ash borer infestations, view experts on the Emerald Ash BorerKamal Gandhiassociate professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural [email protected] studies the spread of invasive insects, including the emerald ash borer, and has been developing techniques to save infested trees and control ash borer populations. The public can report suspected infestations by: Using the SEEDN (Southeastern Early Detection Network) website Using the SEEDN Smartphone App [available for iPhone or Android devices] .Emailing one of the Experts listed below; or by contacting a representative of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources or their local, UGA Cooperative Extension agent. The small, iridescent-green beetle has killed millions of ash trees across a wide swath of Canada and the upper Midwest since it was first detected in 2002. The emerald ash borer — Agrilus planipennis— has spread south and west from infested areas over the last decade. “The faster (scientists) can track the spread of the insect, the faster they can work to stop it,” said Joe LaForest, integrated pest management and forest health coordinator at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Rick Hoebeke associate curator of arthropods, Georgia Museum of Natural [email protected] Hoebeke helped identify the first emerald ash borer specimens found in metro Atlanta. He started his entomology career in Upstate New York studying the emerald ash borer and has tracked it southward down the Eastern seaboard. David Moorheadco-director, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and professor of silviculture, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources [email protected] develops and provides educational information and outreach programs on silviculture, forest regeneration, forest health and invasive species management. Joe LaForest integrated pest management and forest health coordinator, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem [email protected] develops protocols for identifying and mitigating harmful invasive pests in Georgia. He has helped develop apps and websites to educate the public about invasive species and streamline the invasive reporting process. Keith Douceco-director, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and professor of entomology, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental [email protected] Douce develops and provides educational information and outreach programs on forest entomology, forest health, invasive species and regulatory program issues. Will Hudsonprofessor of entomology, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental [email protected] is responsible for educational programs covering management of insect pests of commercial and recreational turf, ornamental plant production, pecans, sod farms and Christmas trees.last_img read more

Some Without Water Thursday After Main Break

first_imgSome downtown Batesville residents were without city water for the majority of Thursday afternoon after a water main break occurred around 1 p.m.It happened on N. Walnut Street, between Franklin St. and Hillcrest Ave., forcing traffic down to one lane for about five hours.The Batesville Police Department confirmed the water main break had been repaired at 6:03 p.m.last_img

Smith praises Australia’s ‘exceptional’ bowlers

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – Captain Steve Smith has praised the collective efforts of his “exceptional” four front-line bowlers for contributing to Australia’s crushing 4-0 Ashes series win over England yesterday.The Australians rounded off a dominant five-match series with an innings and 123-run hammering of the beleaguered tourists on the final day of the fifth Sydney Test.Mitchell Starc, John Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon all finished with 20 or more wickets in the series to take 87 in total to dominate the England batsmen.Despite this, Smith was not prepared to rate them higher than the quartet of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Lyon who bowled Australia to a 5-0 whitewash in the last Ashes series in Australia in 2013-14.“I think all the bowlers did an exceptional job,” he told reporters.“All of our bowlers have over 20 wickets which showed that the guys have bowled together as a group, bowled in partnerships, bowled for one another and helped us take the 80-odd wickets that we’ve needed to take four Test matches.”But he stopped of declaring them a better bowling unit than their predecessors four years ago.“I think they are all great bowlers. I can’t put any of them ahead of each other,” he said.“I think both attacks were outstanding and got the job done. I can’t say any one is better than the other.”Cummins, who captured four for 39 to finish man-of-the-match in Sydney, finished as the leading wicket-taker in the series with 23 at 24.65 and played in all five Tests.Starc claimed 22 wickets at 23.54, Hazlewood 21 at 25.90 and Lyon 21 at 29.23.Lyon, the leading all-time Australian off-spinner, has now taken 290 wickets at 31.64 in 74 Tests.“Nathan has been exceptional with the way he’s bowled and the consistency he’s had has been outstanding,” Smith said.“For me the moment that changed the whole series was Nathan Lyon and his run-out (James Vince on 83) at the Gabba, that was such a huge moment in the series.“Those sort of plays can change a series and I think that was a series-changing moment.”Smith, who was the undoubted man-of-the-series with 687 runs including three centuries at 137.40, praised the entire team’s input into the triumph.“Everyone has had a role to play and had some impact on this series,” he said.“That’s what has been so special about it, it hasn’t just been one or two guys stepping up and doing the job. You can’t really win an Ashes series when that’s the case.“Looking at the series as a whole, England had their foot in the door in most Test matches.“But we just won the key moments in the games and didn’t let England back into the games, which was crucial. I was really pleased that we were able to do that.”last_img read more

RHTY&SC Cricket Academy to start July 15

first_imgTHE 10 cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, (RHTY&SC), in their continuing quest to remain the leading cricket club in the Ancient County, would be hosting the Annual Cricket Academy from July 15, 2019.The two-week Academy would be held at the Area ‘H’ Ground, with the management of the club targeting a total of 120 participants between ages eight and 18.Assistant Secretary/CEO, Simon Naidu, who would serve as Director of the Academy, stated that the Academy serves as the main output of cricketing talent for Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation. The academy would be conducted by coach Delbert Hicks in the absence of regular head coach Winston Smith, who is currently overseas.The Academy starts at 09:00hrs and ends at noon daily, with the organisers providing meals and refreshments to the youths. Naidu noted that the RHTY&SC welcomes youths across Berbice to join the Academy as they can go back to their respective clubs with new-found knowledge.The main objectives of the Academy would be to assist the youths to improve their cricketing skills, to improve their knowledge of the game, its history and laws, to promote the importance of education and physical fitness, while classroom sessions would be done to get the youths to understand their role as ambassadors of their Club, Berbice and Guyana.Among the topics to be discussed during the classroom lectures are Drug Abuse, Career Choices, Importance of Education, Importance of Discipline, Personal Hygiene, Role of a Sports Ambassador, Rules of Cricket, Captaincy, History of Cricket, Public Speaking and Dealing with the Media.Long-standing RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, will spearhead the classes along with some highly qualified and successful personnel, including doctors, social workers and head teachers.Naidu noted that admission to the academy is free, with the RHTY&SC and several of its sponsors covering the costs related to meals, gear, refreshments, educational materials, trophies, medals and gifts.Since 1991, RHTY&SC Cricket Academy has served as a nursery and feeding ground for the success of the five-time Guyana Cricket Board Club-of-the-Year Awardee.The Club, which won the Award in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016, has over the last 29 years won over 60 major championships and produced numerous players for Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies.The Academy, over the years, has produced over 2 000 young cricketers with over 100 going on to play for Berbice, while over 60 have represented Guyana at either the junior and senior level.Among players who came through the Academy are Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Eon Hooper, Renwick Batson, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Plaffiana Millington, Mariam Samaroo, Dominique Rikhi, Ashkay Homraj, Khemraj Mahadeo, Shawn Pereira, Delbert Hicks, Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Keith Simpson, Sylus Tyndall, Murphy La Rose, Melanie Henry, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall, Dian Prahalad, Uma Matadin and Neil Williams.Interested parents, who wish to register their children, can contact the RHTY&SC on 337-4562 or email: [email protected] Registration can also be done through Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu on 643-9040.last_img read more

Researchers link mechanism with two diseases

first_imgUSC researchers recently discovered a cellular mechanism that accounts for at least 10 percent of each amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia cases. The gene mutation in the C9 gene increases the risk of ALS and frontotemporal dementia cases. Photo from USC Keck School of Medicine News Release.The mechanism limits the number of “cellular janitors,” like lysosomes, in the nervous system leading to increased risk for the two neurodegenerative diseases.Yingxiao Shi and Shaoyu Sebastian of the Justin Ichida Laboratory at USC said that a mutation in a gene labeled “C9ORF72” leads to toxicity in nerve cells, which is a factor in at least 10 percent of both ALS and frontotemporal diseases.The C9ORF72, or C9 gene, produces a protein required to make lysosomes that grab and remove toxic proteins and garbage, according to Ichida, an assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. It acts as a cellular chain reaction. Without a normal number of lysosomes, the motor nerve cells collect toxic garbage, which includes a large toxic protein produced by the C9 mutation and molecules that receive signals from the glutamate and die.“We figured out how the most common form of ALS causes nerve cell death, and nerve cell death is what causes patients to become paralyzed or lose control of neuromuscular functions,” Ichida said in a news release from Keck.To understand the process, the researchers removed blood from ALS patients carrying the C9 mutation and reprogrammed these blood cells into motor nerve cells that degenerate and die in the disease, according to the news release. In addition, they extracted blood from healthy patients, reprogrammed these blood cells into motor nerve cells and used gene editing to delete the C9 gene, according to the news release.Both groups with the mutated motor nerve cells had a reduced number of proteins normally made by the C9 gene. By adding the supplemental C9 protein, the researchers were able to stop the motor nerve cells from degenerating.The Ichida Lab is now using the patient-derived motor nerve cells to test potential drugs, focusing on those that affect lysosomes. They are looking to find potential drugs that slow or stop degeneration of these motor nerve cells, and hope to eventually use these drugs on patients, according to the news release.last_img read more