Charity gets help online from darkest Peru

Paddington Bear has just launched his marmalade-covered Web site.Paddington Bear has just launched his marmalade-covered Web site. In the process he is helping medical research charity Action Research raise funds. Read UK Fundraising’s report.  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 January 1999 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity gets help online from darkest Peru 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. read more

ROTC helps clear stadium

first_imgBefore Notre Dame fans packed the football stadium last Saturday to cheer for the Irish, the Notre Dame ROTC units – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps – spent 12 hours shoveling snow out of the stadium to prepare for game day.Master Sergeant Marshall Yuen said the shoveling, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, was part of an agreement made between Notre Dame ROTC and stadium staff in 2008.“Back in 2008, before a Stanford game, the campus got hit by a really big snowstorm,” he said. “It was on a Thursday and Friday, and [Facilities Manager] Dan Brazo had a hard time getting all the snow cleared for the game. So after that, he called over here to coordinate a community response with us for the next time something like that happened.”Yuen said last Friday was the first time since 2008 that the ROTC was called to help clear the stadium, and in all, about 75 percent of students involved in the Notre Dame ROTC program helped shovel snow.“Quite a few of our cadets were [shoveling] in between class periods,” he said. “[Some of them] went to class at eight o’clock in the morning. They had an hour break, so they walked over to the stadium and did some shoveling and then went to their next class. Some did it over their lunch breaks.“Every one of the ROTC commanders was out there shoveling snow, and some of them were out there for six or seven hours.”Sophomore Naval midshipman Ian Tembe said involvement in ROTC service like this is personally important to him.“I like to participate in everything the battalion does,” he said. “For me, Navy ROTC (NROTC) is the main part of my life as far as my future and my career. … Another thing that I really like is the relationship between NROTC and Notre Dame, and I wanted to help further that [by participating].”Shoveling snow in the stadium also helped strengthen the bond between the four different ROTC units, Tembe said.“It’s important for the cadets to do [service for the University] so that [ROTC] can instill that ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ kind of ideal and that service to community,” he said. “It’s important to strengthen the relationship between the Navy, the Army, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and Notre Dame.”Senior Elizabeth Terino said the relationship between the four ROTC branches extends beyond shoveling snow together on Friday. The units have multiple events with each other throughout the year, she said. Tembe said this relationship between the branches is an important one.“The camaraderie between the units, we have kind of a sibling rivalry,” Tembe said. “But we’re really more tightly involved than you might think. And that’s important because once we graduate and become officers, joint relationships between the branches are very important to the military objectives of the United States. Each service would like to say they’re the one that does all the work, but really the work can’t be done without all the armed services.”Shoveling snow on Friday was a way to show ROTC’s appreciation for Notre Dame, Terino said.“Notre Dame is so supportive of the ROTC program,” she said. “Shoveling the stadium is just a small act of service that we can perform to give back to a University that gives us so much.”Ultimately, though, Yuen said the service Notre Dame ROTC provides to the University also benefits the cadets.“What it really teaches our cadets is that if somebody asks for help, you go out there and help them without expecting necessarily a monetary reward or a pat on the back,” he said. “When your community calls you to help, if you have time to do it, you go out there and do it.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, ROTClast_img read more

Costa Rica Adds Interceptor Patrol Boat to Fight Organized Crime

first_imgCosta Rica participates in Operation MARTILLO, a multinational mission to crack down on illicit drug trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. The operation, which authorities launched in January 2012, combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the U.S. – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. The nations’ security forces work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Eduardoño 450 patrol boat will help protect the country against organized crime and narcotrafficking groups. Transnational criminal organizations exploit the country’s geographical location by using it as a hub to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Interdictions at sea are highly coordinated, with the security forces of the participating countries partnering to identify, stop, and search suspicious vessels. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. “Costa Rica is aware that it should provide greater security within its territorial sea, and greater surveillance within the Exclusive Economic Zone,” said José Miguel Madrigal López, Deputy Director of the National Coast Guard Service within Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry. “Costa Rica is committed in the short term with this goal. By not having ocean-going vessels nor the necessary budget to buy or build them, we opted for this type of vessels to improve presence in these areas.” “We have strategic alliances with the governments of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. With Colombia and Mexico it is basically [about] information, with the U.S. it is about patrolling together and exchanging information, which has resulted in the success of operations,” Madrigal López explained. “We are making efforts to acquire more ships of this type in the short and medium term and to improve staff training and strengthen relations in this area with the aforementioned governments.” Costa Rica’s National Coast Guard Service (SNGC, for its Spanish acronym) recently continued to bolster its investment in the counter-narcotics fight by adding an Eduardoño 450-model Patrol boat to the fleet that the country uses to protect its territorial waters from transnational criminal enterprises. By Dialogo February 02, 2016 The investments have paid off, as the SNGC seized 16,433 kilograms of drugs in 2015, with 11,432 kilograms confiscated in the Pacific and the other 5,001 during operations in the Caribbean, according to Madrigal López. In 2014, Costa Rica seized more than 26 metric tons of cocaine – a record amount for one year and up from 21.8 metric tons seized in 2013. During the year, Costa Rican law enforcement authorities confiscated $13 million from narcotraffickers and broke up 124 national and international criminal organizations. In 2011, Costa Rica purchased four interceptor ships for drug enforcement operations for the first time. Before the country procured these vessels, security forces used ships that were donated or seized from criminals for drug interdiction operations. Also in 2011, the SNGC spent $600,000 to repair a 65-foot long patrol boat that was assigned to the Moin terminal in Puerto Limón, on the Atlantic coast. The SNGC also spent $200,000 to repair a 36-foot Interceptor boat and another $700,000 to outfit two other Interceptors with new equipment. In 2012, Costa Rica used $160,000 provided by the Ministry of Public Security to rebuild the SNGC base in Barra del Colorado. The new facility includes new dormitory buildings and additional storage and office space, according to a report in Nosotros, a Military magazine produced by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the SNGC to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on water, while the Drug Control Police has been at the forefront in the fight on land. The nation has also relied on its international cooperation as part of its strategy to prevent narcotrafficking or organized crime groups from exploiting Costa Rica’s land and close to 590 square kilometers of territorial waters.” Costa Rica purchased the boat a few months after it built a Coast Guard bridge in late 2015 in Barra de Colorado, on the Caribbean’s extreme northeastern coast. Acquiring the boat was the latest in a series of investments by Costa Rica into equipment and infrastructure that supports security services. New equipment and infrastructure International partnerships The 14 nations have combined to seize more than 71,000 kilograms of cocaine as part of Operation MARTILLO in the Eastern Pacific’s drug-trafficking zone in fiscal year 2015, which surpassed the totals of the previous years combined. The operation has led to more than 400 metric tons of cocaine being disrupted as of March 2015, denying narcotraffickers $8 billion in potential revenue, according to U.S. Southern Command. last_img read more

Celebrity involvement has diverted attention from college coaches at heart of ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal

first_imgIf the parents involved had been ordinary rich people, then the “Varsity Blues” scandal would be positioned where it belongs: on the sports pages, near the very top of the list of the worst episodes in the history of college sports.Some of those rich people, though, also were famous: movie-star famous, TV-star famous, fashion-world famous, all of the varieties of fame that functioned to push this toward the lead of the network news and the cover of People magazine. This was doubly a shame. Because at the core of everything that happened, beyond the scheming admissions counselor and the megalomaniacal parents, there are the coaches who agreed to sell out their sports for money.MORE: Poll reveals most fans don’t think college football will happen this yearUnless you’re talking about Dave Bliss, there never has been a worse scandal in college sports. Because the sports involved are not football or men’s basketball, however, the coaches at the heart of this outrage are not receiving the contempt they’ve earned.(A mighty huge asterisk is warranted here: *Because Jerry Sandusky no longer was a Penn State coach when he was arrested and convicted, we’re not considering that horror for the purpose of this discussion.) The young men who denigrated the sport of college basketball in the 1950s point-shaving scandal at least had the excuse they weren’t paid for their athletic endeavors and perhaps had legitimate financial needs. The four college basketball coaches caught up in the 2017 FBI sting could rationalize they were taking money from a clueless mark who thought he’d invented a new way to build a sports agency. (The guy was an undercover FBI agent, and all four wound up with felony convictions).Jorge Salcedo, who pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, had the best job in men’s college soccer. When the scandal broke in March 2019, he was in his 15th season as head coach at UCLA, the four-time national champions, the school that produced Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Benny Feilhaber, Paul Caliguiri and Joe-Max Moore, the campus so beautiful it might have borrowed the blueprints from Eden.Salcedo was being paid a base salary of $227,000, and yet still he admitted to accepting $200,000 to facilitate the admission of two students to UCLA as soccer recruits. One was a young woman for whom an artificial soccer bio was created; another was a young man who did not play the sport.One of the underrated advantages of being a highly competitive athlete is the opportunity to receive preferred admissions from colleges that want to field winning teams in the sports they sponsor. Rick Singer, who operated a college counseling business, was aware of this. At some point, he decided to exploit this circumstance by bribing coaches to use their influence to secure special admissions on young people who either weren’t legitimate prospects as college athletes or weren’t athletes at all.The key to this scheme: coaches who were willing to take money to violate the most sacred tenets of their sports. One would hope such miscreants would be in short supply, particularly in an era of college athletics when money was not. At the high-major level, head coaches now are well-compensated, and not just those earning multimillion-dollar salaries in football and basketball.  Alas, Singer found willing participants at many elite universities.The former tennis coach at Georgetown, Gordon Ernst, was charged with accepting $2.7 million from Singer over a period of years. Ernst pleaded not guilty. Rudy Meredith was women’s soccer coach at Yale and allegedly received nearly $1 million in exchange for recommending admission for students with fabricated athletic credentials; he pleaded guilty in March 2019. There was a women’s soccer coach at Southern California, Ali Khosroshahin, and a tennis coach at Texas, Michael Center. They took plea deals.The public, largely, did not know any of these names before. And they’re still not known, because Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are. They were two of the many parents charged with involvement in the scheme. Huffman, one of the most honored television actors of the past two decades, was sentenced to 14 days in jail and served 11. Loughlin, a sitcom star married to fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli, agreed in May to serve a two-month sentence. Gianulli agreed to a five-month term.Those who follow college sports likely have heard of at least one of the Division I assistant coaches who pleaded guilty after the FBI investigation into the basketball talent game: Chuck Person or Book Richardson or Tony Bland or Lamont Evans. In general, they took less money than the “Varsity Blues” coaches in exchange for dubious promises to guide athletes to agent or money managers that mostly were unfulfilled.Plenty of incidents described in the Varsity Blues charges actually happened: Students were granted admission to many prestigious schools ahead of more deserving students — and certainly more deserving athletes. The victims included the schools themselves, those young people denied admission to their preferred universities and, more than anything, the institution of intercollegiate athletics. So many millions of young people have benefited from participating in soccer, tennis or swimming at the Division I level. The coaches willing to sell the integrity of that experience deserve far more scorn than they have received as a result of this scandal.They were able to execute these schemes because their sports did not enjoy high profiles, and that has helped them to remain obscure.In the colloquial sense of the word, that is a crime.last_img read more

Solskjaer in spotlight as Liverpool target Christmas No. 1 spot

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of Manchester United for the first time this weekend as their on-fire rivals Liverpool aim to become the Premier League’s Christmas number one.Former United striker Solskjaer, named caretaker manager at Old Trafford this week following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, is gunning to make a statement on Saturday at Cardiff City, where he flopped as coach in 2014.At the top of the table, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have a chance to open up a four-point lead over Manchester City at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, with Pep Guardiola’s team not in action against Crystal Palace until the following day.Third-placed Tottenham, five points behind second-placed City, face a tricky trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton while Chelsea host Leicester and Arsenal, smarting after Southampton ended their 22-game unbeaten run and League Cup defeat to bitter rivals Spurs midweek, welcome Burnley to the Emirates.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League.Can Solskjaer restore Man United magic?Manchester United’s rotating cast of players have failed dismally to live up to the club’s tradition of swashbuckling football in a dire season that led to Mourinho’s dismissal.All eyes will be on caretaker manager Solskjaer as he begins his attempt to turn around the club’s fortunes at Cardiff. Among the issues facing the Norwegian are bringing Paul Pogba back into the fold, liberating stifled attacking players and tightening up a leaky defence.Solskjaer, who managed Cardiff from January to September 2014, has a special place in the hearts of United fans and has talked about the “very talented squad”.Disgruntled supporters will not be expecting miracles but they will want to see an immediate change in style.Liverpool keep feet on the groundManchester City started the season as hot favourites to defend their Premier League crown but Liverpool have turned the campaign into a genuine title race.If Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten leaders beat Wolves on Friday it would be their seventh league win on the bounce and guarantee them to be top of the table on Christmas Day.Each of the past four sides to be in front on December 25 have gone on to win the title, though Liverpool themselves were the last side to fail to do so, in 2013/14.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Jean Barton: US beef on shelves in South Korea stores

first_imgGranddaughter Erin Borror works as an economist for the U.S. Meat Export Federation and was excited about the news that the 13 Costco warehouses in Korea will be selling 100 percent U.S. chilled beef. This means 15,000 metric tons of U.S. beef new business for American beef producers. The average weight of a live beef is 1,370 pounds. The following is the press release from USMEF.The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international …last_img

a month agoBerlusconi hits out at AC Milan after defeat to Inter

first_imgBerlusconi hits out at AC Milan after defeat to Interby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at his old team after defeat to Inter Milan.The Monza owner has questioned the hiring of Marco Giampaolo.”We didn’t advise anyone, Milan chose him and he had seemed to everyone to be a good Coach. I’ve never met him, so I cannot pass judgment.“Suso is a great champion, but he needs to play as a support striker or behind two strikers. He needs to be put in the right condition to receive the ball, which so far hasn’t happened.”Berlusconi had particularly snide remarks for current Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.“Next question… Let’s just say that I cheered them on when they were players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

8 days agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t want to buy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t want to buyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits they will not try to buy in January – if the decision is down to him.Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen have entered the final year of their contracts and can leave for nothing in the summer, while the likes of Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier failed to secure exits before the season started.Asked ahead of Saturday’s visit of Watford if the club would be busy in the January window, Pochettino said: “No, I don’t believe so. I believe in the players we have, the players that are at Tottenham today.”I respect the opinion of people who say we need to change something, in or out. But if it is my decision, I am going to stick with players because I know they have the quality. It’s only to unlock some situations that are going on in their minds. We have great quality to achieve the things we are expected to.” last_img read more

Canada endorses Venezuelan opposition leader as interim president

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.A government source who was not authorized to speak publicly says Canada will issue a formal statement shortly, following the lead of the United States.The move comes as Guaido declares himself interim president, just two weeks after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a contested second term.Canada has accused Maduro of seizing power through fraudulent, anti-democratic elections in May of last year.Earlier this month it rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s new presidential term, calling on him to immediately cede power to the democratically elected National Assembly until new elections are held.Canada said the suffering of Venezuelans would only worsen should Maduro continue to cling to power.The Canadian Presslast_img