Mark Rhodes runs Marathon in memory of Whizz-Kidz cousin

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 April 2011 | News Tagged with: Celebrity London marathon Mark Rhodes runs Marathon in memory of Whizz-Kidz cousin 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.center_img Mark Rhodes, one half of cbeebies, This Morning, and Comic Relief Does Glee Club duo Sam & Mark, is running the Virgin London Marathon next week for Whizz-Kidz.Mark is raising funds for the young people’s mobility charity in memory of his nephew Tom Robbins who passed away in 2009. He says; “Tom received his last powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz and the charity means a lot to my family. I’ve never done anything like this before – but I’ve run 21 miles during my training so at least I’m confident I can get round!”His presenting partner Sam also supports the charity but won’t be taking part in this particular challenge. He added, “Mark’s seen first hand the difference the right wheelchair made to Tom, and we both dropped in on a wheelchair training day with Whizz-Kidz recently and saw kids learning new skills and pushing their independence. It’s a truly great charity.” Advertisement  59 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In November last year, Sam & Mark drew on their background as 2003 Pop Idol finalists to put on a tribute fundraising gig in Wolverhampton, for family, friends and fans.Fans can sponsor Mark’s Marathon fundraising effort, by visiting his Virgin Money fundraising page.last_img read more

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Law enforcement discusses safety with students

first_imgLocal law enforcement responded to questions about the new dorm swipe access policy, emergency blue lights on campus, discrimination at Notre Dame and other student safety concerns during a panel hosted by student government and the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) in the LaFortune Ballroom on Wednesday night.Panelists included NDPD captain Rob Martinez, NDPD major George Heeter, NDPD deputy chief Steve Smith and major Steve Noonan of the St. Joseph County Police Department. Attendees were invited to submit questions through the app, Poll Everywhere, or ask them publicly using a microphone.Natalie Weber | The Observer Multiple questions centered around whether NDPD has considered increasing the number of blue light phone systems, which are mainly located on the perimeter of Notre Dame’s campus. There are about 65 blue light emergency stations on campus currently, Martinez said. Smith said there has been discussion about increasing the number of blue lights, but currently, they are not used very frequently.“I think folks know where they are, and they know they can utilize them anytime they want, but to be quite honest, very few calls … are actually coming through those devices,” Smith said. “So if there is a need to increase [blue light emergency stations], we would certainly do that, but again we don’t get a lot of information or a lot of requests for service through those.”Several attendees also raised questions about safety following the implementation of the new dorm swipe access policy, which restricts students’ swipe access to their own dorms. Questions raised were concerns about people allowing strangers into their dorms, and attendees asked if there were any policies in the works to address this issue.Smith said he doesn’t know of any pending policies yet that are to be implemented in the dorms soon.“The one thing I would suggest is make sure you never leave a door propped open,” Smith said. “That’s been an issue in the past. … We encourage you not to do that, because it invites folks to come on in anytime they want. So to the extent that you can, I would ask that you monitor who comes in and not necessarily just let anybody in.”In response, one attendee submitted a question, raising concerns that women in particular might not feel comfortable turning away men who come to their dorms. The question asked if “full-time clerks” could be implemented in dorms to monitor who enters and exits.“That would be a great solution,” Smith said. “However, I think trying to staff an entrance like that is challenging.”Smith said NDPD has also considered installing cameras at the entrances of dorms to keep track of who comes into the dorm.“It’s early on in those discussions, but that is something that could help mitigate some of that,” he said. “And I understand it’s challenging. So what I would recommend, again, is getting to know your officers in the building. If there’s certain times of day that this is becoming an issue, let your officers know. Make them aware of that, and we can set extra patrols during that time.”In response, a student asked why the dorm swipe access policy was implemented, and suggested tracking students’ entrance to dorms with ID cards would be easier than other proposed safety solutions.“I think the University would have a perfect solution to address that issue, but it is very challenging to utilize a card so that every single person has to go through and that access is recorded, so we have documentation of that,” Smith said. “Again, that comes down to a University decision.”Martin added that the policy mirrored what other schools have enacted.“There was some benchmarking done on the process,” he said. “They’ve also been following some other universities that have actually implemented this policy.One question asked about how NDPD would response to racist slurs and threats to students of color on campus, especially in light of threats to minority students at Syracuse. NDPD is also investigating reports of “biased slurs” directed toward students Friday and Saturday that sparked a protest against hate speech.“Obviously, that’s something we want folks to report to us,” Smith said. “If you see behavior like that, or you learn of behavior like that, we want to know about it right away.”In response to a question about discrimination against LGBTQ students, law enforcement also encouraged students to report incidents to the police.Smith also discussed options for students who report sexual assault to law enforcement.“You have the option of saying ‘I want Notre Dame Police Department and the investigative team in Notre Dame Police Department to investigate that,’” he said. “Or, in St. Joseph County, we also have a Special Victims Unit … and as a student, you have the option of opting for them to investigate that crime as well.”When asked about safety in South Bend, Noonan recommended traveling in groups and being aware of one’s location. He also explained the situations that generally give rise to violence in South Bend.“Generally that violence is directed for a variety of reasons,” he said. “Sometimes it’s gang activity, sometimes a social media post can trigger violence. … The best thing for students is to stay in a group [and] always know where you’re going.”Heeter offered similar advice.“Know your surroundings, [there’s] strength in numbers, so always be with a group of other individuals,” he said.Tags: NDPD, St Joseph County Police, Student government, student safety summitlast_img read more

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A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when we are looking for two things – a bit of sunshine or a chance to improve our homes.B&S Credit Union in the Twin Towns has the answer to both.Whether you’re looking to borrow to help with your household expenses or for a larger purchase like that dream kitchen or new conservatory, B&S Credit Union have the right personal loan to suit you. And if you’re happy with your home but think a nice trip to Lanzarote or a cruise will do you and your family the world of good, then B&S can help with that too.They have made it easy to borrow as little as €100 or up to €55,000 at a fair, affordable rate with no application fees and no early repayment charges.And with their easy-to-use calculator on their website https://www.bandscu.ie, you can see exactly how much you will be paying back.It couldn’t be simpler. That much-needed break or that dream makeover is only a click away.Visit www.bandscu.ie or call in and chat to a member of staff today! A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B&S credit unionBallybofeyFinanceloansmoneyStranorlarlast_img read more

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Mining groups invested in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa’s economy was built on its mineral wealth. Now mining houses are re-investing in the communities that have grown up around their operations. (Image: Brand SA) • Focus on African resources at Mining Indaba • Machel, Blair head to South Africa for Mining Indaba • Working towards sustainable mining • Robots that can save miners’ lives • Johannesburg – from mining camp to big city Sulaiman PhilipMining – and its unparalleled influence on the South African economy – began with the discovery of the Eureka Diamond in 1867. But it was the discovery of a rich seam of gold in 1886 on the Rand that turned the South African economy from largely agricultural to the richest gold mining area in the world within a decade.Fortunes were made and lost on the golden Rand. For the majority of the large pool of labour that travelled to the mining camps that became towns and then cities, however, the mines were just a means to an end. The poorer end of the white labour market saw the riches of the mines as a way to supplement income from farming or to pay tax bills. For African men, labouring on the mines was the fastest way to earn enough to pay lobola and buy a piece of land to farm.Mining is the foundation on which the South African economy was built. Between 1860 and 1910 as a mining-centred economy evolved and old farming and trading traditions died, mining houses used their wealth and political power to create a migrant labour force through the need to pay new taxes or the appropriation of land.Then, in the 1970s Anglo American, through its Urban Foundation, began upgrading education and infrastructure in the townships. And American companies operating in South Africa during apartheid were subject to the Sullivan Code. Devised in 1977, it was a set of principles that compelled American companies to run their South African operations using American human rights and social justice principles.By 1994, as the old political and economic system died, working conditions on the mines for the migrant labour put mining houses in the harsh glare of the resurgent, politically powerful union movement. To the unions, these philanthropic acts were window dressing that did little to change the conditions on mines or alleviate the suffering of communities once operations stopped. Dark villageNaledi Trust is a village of 34 households close to Kroonstad in Free State. Since 2009, the community has been without electricity because it owes Eskom R47 000 – an insignificant amount to the big mining houses, but it might as well be R4-billion as far as the community is concerned.Mohapeloa Komane, the principal of Lovedale Primary School in Naledi, grumbled that lack of electricity made it difficult for her charges to study. “For instance, some homework to do with weather forecasts was difficult to do because they needed to have watched the forecasts on television. But because they had no electricity, they could not get to watch television,” she told the Weekly newspaper.Now, thanks to a world-first project led by Anglo American and its partner, Ballard Power Systems, the lights are on in Naledi. The mining house and the Canadian company are testing a power cell that converts fuel into electricity.Part Anglo corporate social investment (CSI) project and part pilot project, the fuel cells in Naledi use platinum, methanol and hydrogen to generate 15kW of power used for cooking, lighting, televisions and to run the fridges donated by Anglo American Platinum.There are business advantages for Anglo – a cheap, constant power supply not dependent on Eskom – but the Naledi test is also a major programme in the mining house’s CSI unit. If the 12-month test is successful, Anglo will begin to roll out the technology to the 600 000 South African households that Eskom does not reach.For Anglo, if the test phase is successful, the project could lead to the development of a high-tech manufacturing business. A new rural electrification industry means jobs in manufacturing, design and installation maintenance which will support and sustain Anglo mining jobs.But none of this matters to Doko Petrus Mvundle, a 90-year-old resident of Naledi, who simply sees a brighter future for his community: “This electricity will change our lives. I have always hoped that one day the lives of our children and grandchildren will be better than ours.”A 2014 report measuring the performance of listed companies when it came to their spending on CSI found that the mining industry spent the most on CSI programmes. In total, the industry invested R3.9-billion a year on programmes, most of it in communities around their operations. Next Generation’s Reanna Rossouw, a management consultancy, says that companies have started to look at CSI as an investment rather than as a hand-out. “The days of ‘feel good’ programmes are over. Boards want to know how CSI will benefit business.”Tough economic times and the regulatory environment mean companies are looking to measure the effect of their programmes not just in terms of return on investment for shareholders but also in terms of effect on beneficiary communities. Sustainable businessThe mining industry has embraced a new way of doing business. “Organisations have entered a new era of doing business in communities to whom products and services are sold and on whom mining companies depend for future sustainability and profitability. CSI forms an integral part of the sustainable organisation of the future.”Across the group, including its Chairman’s Fund, Anglo American spent R643-million on CSI projects, part of the R50-billion the private sector spends on CSI programmes a year, in 2014. Like other mining houses, the money was invested in projects in education, business development, health, community development, art and culture, and sports development.For Norman Mbazima, the chairman of the fund, the company is investing in the future of the country and the company by helping to build dynamic, enabled communities. By harnessing the company’s strengths and the country’s resources, Anglo American is helping South Africans take control of their lives. “We’re committed to not only being a good corporate citizen but to making a genuine difference in the communities surrounding our operations, and in South African society as a whole. In all our efforts as a company, we work towards delivering sustainable value that makes a real difference now and for the future.”We commit ourselves to building a humane, equitable and caring global society, cognisant of the need for human dignity for all.The South African government enacted legislation after 1994 requiring CSI-linked support for socio-economic development. Legislation like 2002’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act changed the environment in which mines operate. It vested ownership of the nation’s mineral wealth in the state an introduced obligations for mining companies that sought prospecting rights or mining licences.After the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, a framework was developed to strengthen the partnership between the government and the private sector. The JPOI (Johannesburg Plan of Implementation) called on industry to contribute towards sustainable development. For mining houses this meant that sustainable development influenced all aspects of their operations, from prospecting to post-closure.After 2002, the International Council on Mining and Metals’ stated objective became a “need to contribute first and foremost towards improvement of the quality of life of the communities in which [mines] operate”.last_img read more

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Randers GeoTour of Denmark (GT81)

first_imgThis summer, we are back! With our geocar, from Geneva, we will try to discover news places and of course enjoying them. A big thanks to each owners who show us a part of his country with a different eye. It’s like that the best ! Greetings from Switzerland! – Blackrose76 SharePrint RelatedGeoheimnisse der Region Hannover GeoTour (GT31)November 17, 2017In “GeoTours”Schatzhüterin GeoTourOctober 7, 2015In “GeoTours”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News” Today, the trip went to towards Randers to get some more of the geotour caches. The weather was perfect for geocaching and it was a nice trip along the small roads. Some exciting places and some exciting stories, so it was a pleasure to be on the tour. – TogLYou can earn up to three different GeoTour Randers geocoins when you find at least 22 qualifying geocaches. With so much to see and do, it is recommended that visitors set aside at least two days to complete the entire Randers GeoTour!Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours here. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!Share with your Friends:More Many thanks to all owners for the effort with their works, the fun for us with the caches, the showing of some great places, the integration in various beta tests (including a maintenance round) and a generally nice time during this summer ! – ANNI181 Randers is Denmark’s sixth largest city and offers all the amenities of a modern city without losing the connection to its past. Its proximity to nature allows for an active holiday with biking, hiking, or kayaking in the beautiful surroundings. Where else in Scandinavia will you find a tropical zoo akin to a jungle with over 200 species of animals living freely under three geodesic domes representing South America, Africa, and Asia? Or find a replica of Elvis’ home Graceland where you can learn about his life, music and see the world’s 10th largest collection of his belongings? GC738E7 – Udbyhøj Lystbådehavn, Udbyhøj Yacht Harbour feeds into the mouth of Randers Fjord.What else can be found in Randers? Denmark’s only GeoTour, GeoTour Randers (GT81), which is as diverse as the city that hosts it. So, grab your passport (for travel and geocache logging purposes) as you discover the 67 caches on this GeoTour!Galleri Grevelsgaard BL Geotour RandersTraditional Cache | GC7RMEJ | D1.5 / T1.5GC7RMEJ – Galleri Grevelsgaards creative owner and glass artist has designed the one-of-a-kind glass geocache container.This geocache, placed in collaboration with the creative owner of Galleri Grevelsgaard, sits proudly among many unique art pieces, including flowers made of glass, deer made of manipulated wood fibers, and a decoration made of 100% quality geocache material. You may mistake the cache container for another part of the outdoor collection, as it is sheltered by its own properly decorated matching glass hjem (home in Danish)!Memphis Mansion, Geotour RandersMystery Cache | GC70DCV | D2.5 / T2.5GC70DCV – Memphis Mansion, identical to Graceland in Memphis, houses the only Elvis Museum outside the USA.Memphis Mansion is a tribute to the King of Rock’n’Roll, and the exterior is identical to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. As the only Elvis museum outside the USA, it is also the only Elvis museum to host the final of a Mystery Cache on its grounds! The five stages take visitors to different sections of the museum, gathering vital information and Elvis trivia before arriving at the solution for the final coordinates. The city even enjoys a Randers City Blues Festival in the month of June. If visiting the city in August, don’t miss the annual Garden Party on location!VisitRanders, Geotour RandersTraditional Cache | GC75J1Q | D3 / T1.5GC75J1Q – Find the VisitRanders information building in the cozy square in the old city center of Randers.The building for VisitRanders, a destination for any and all tourist information, stands in the central, and very cozy, square in the old city center of Randers. On top of the building, you can see sculptures of the Neptune, god of the sea, Mercury, god of commerce, as well as the Vulcan, god of metalworking, Vulcan, as symbols of the most important sources of income of the town: shipping, commerce, and industry. During business hours, there is a Traditional Cache container cleverly tucked away inside the building that is more difficult to sign than you might think.What geocachers are saying:last_img read more

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Could have done little to prevent celebration, say police

first_imgA day after the video of a rousing welcome being given to seven accused in the Bulandshahr violence that led to the murder of a police officer by a mob in December 2018 went viral on social media, the police said they could have done little to prevent the “immoral” behaviour of their supporters and family members.In the video, people could be seen garlanding the accused as they come out of the district jail in Bulandshahr after they secured bail from the Allahabad High Court in the sedition charge that was sanctioned by the Uttar Pradesh government. Slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ could also also be heard.Santosh Kumar Singh, SSP, Bulandshahr, said: “We felt bad as they are accused in a case where a fellow officer was killed, but we could not have prevented family members and supporters from welcoming the accused granted bail by the High Court. The slogans were not provocative either.”Mr. Singh added that the accused didn’t come out in a group. “They trickled out one by one.”The accused included Shikhar Agrawal, a member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Upendra Raghav, former district president of Bajrang Dal, and Jitendra Malik, an Army man. The video suggests that a party was also given in their ‘honour’. “We were not aware of it. Even the media was not invited. The photos have been circulated by the supporters,” the SSP told The Hindu.The seven are out of the 44 people booked by the police in what they described as a “watertight” case. They were allegedly part of the mob that set Chingrawati police chowki on fire after a cow carcass was found in the area. In the violence that ensued, SHO Subodh Kumar Singh was killed and a local, Sumit, also lost his life. ‘Not murder accused’“Those who have been granted bail are not accused of murder. Apart from sedition, they have been charged with rioting and inciting violence,” said Mr. Singh.Retired police officer Maxwell Pereira said the celebration of crime and criminals is an “immoral act” but there is very little police could do in such cases.last_img read more

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