first_imgBirmingham Airport & Birmingham Royal BalletBirmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Airport have officially launched their year-long partnership with an exclusive event showcasing the talent of one of BRB’s most long-standing and impactful programmes, Freefall Dance Company. The partnership will focus on both Freefall and BRB’s Dance Track talent identification programme. Through the partnership, Birmingham Airport will provide funding to enable one new school in the North East area of Birmingham to join the Dance Track programme. There will also be other activities throughout the year such as dance workshops with Birmingham Airport staff in the BRB studios and live performances from Dance Track and Freefall.  1,650 total views,  14 views today Thinking of You & Parkinson’s UKCharity mobile start-up Thinking of You has announced its 50th charity partner, Parkinson’s UK, which will join charities including the likes of Shelter, Children with Cancer UK, Brain Tumour Research and Make-A-Wish on the Thinking of You app. The app enables users to send a thoughtful message to someone and add an optional donation to the chosen charity of the recipient or sender. Users will be able to select Parkinson’s UK for one-off or regular donations, and to choose Parkinson’s UK as their favourite charity for fundraising campaigns too. Tagged with: corporate 50 charity partners, another great milestone for #ThinkingofYou.A very warm welcome aboard to @ParkinsonsUK— Thinking of You (@ThinkingofYouHQ) July 3, 2019  1,651 total views,  15 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis45 Surf & Trussell Trust Laundry brand Surf has partnered with the Trussell Trust to donate a quarter of a million washes to people visiting food banks in their network over the next year. To mark the occasion, Love Island 2018 winner and Surf ambassador, Dani Dyer, visited Hackney Foodbank, a member of the Trussell Trust’s network, to lend a hand in sorting through donations. Culture Recruitment & Cure LeukaemiaA number of businesses have come together to sponsor Cure Leukaemia’s year’s London 2 Paris ride during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The co-founders of Birmingham business Culture Recruitment will be participating in the event while the business is also sponsoring the final day of cycling from Beauvais to Paris, and a team of physios/masseurs from Roadside Therapy at the event which runs from 12-15 September. The lead sponsors for each day of the event have now been announced, with London to Calais on day one backed by protein supplement whey’d, and day two – Calais to Abbeville – by Rudell the Jewellers. Day three, from Abbeville to Beauvais, has been sponsored by Honky, whilst Crewe-based caboodle technology, are sponsoring the kit being worn by the back-up crew. Gatehouse Bank is proud to announce @macmillancancer as it’s charity of the year. #HomePurchasePlans #BuyToLet #RealEstate #UKResidents #UKExpats #InternationalResidents #Property #Finance #Investments #SpecialistBanking #Charity #Macmillan— Gatehouse Bank (@gatehousebank) July 4, 2019 We’ve partnered with @Donate4Refugees! Simply purchase any of our products and we will donate a FREE Microspray to Donate4Refugees. Essential protection will be provided to the most vulnerable refugees in their battle against disease and infection:— THEYE Mosquito Repellent (@THEYE8) July 2, 2019 Gatehouse Bank & Macmillan Gatehouse Bank has named Macmillan Cancer Support as its inaugural Charity of the Year, chosen by staff. To support its new Charity of the Year, employees of Gatehouse Bank will take part in a fundraising event every month. Staff have already competed in the Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon on 6th May as well as 5k and 10k races at Run Regent’s Park on 9th June. Employees are also being encouraged to come up with their own fundraising activities for the charity, while donation boxes supplied by Macmillan are being placed in the reception areas of Gatehouse Bank’s offices in central London and Milton Keynes. Greetings cards donated by an employee based in Milton Keynes are also being sold for donations to Macmillan. Joie Baby & Variety, the Children’s CharityJoie Baby, in partnership with Variety, the Children’s Charity presented Kent’s St. Nicholas School with a Variety Sunshine Coach, at a ceremony at Nizels Golf & Country Club, Tonbridge. The coach is the first of a fleet of ten donated by Joie Baby to be delivered to Special Educational Needs schools across the nation. The Sunshine Coach will support the 250 students at St. Nicholas School which provides education for children aged between 2 and 19 who have profound severe & complex learning difficulties. The donation will help ensure students are able to integrate with those at mainstream partner schools in Canterbury and take part in sporting events. People’s Postcode Lottery & Dogs TrustPeople’s Postcode Lottery has announced that over £12million has been awarded to Dogs Trust since their partnership first began in 2013. The money raised so far by lottery players has allowed the charity to invest in additional skilled staff in several different rehoming centres including Canine Carers, Greeting Staff, Transfer Drivers, Maintenance Operatives, Training and Behaviour Advisors and Assistants, Volunteer Co-ordinators, Foster Home Co-ordinators, Vet Nurses and Assistants and Hydrotherapists. The money has also helped enable the charity to maintain and improve its rehoming centre facilities, with funds currently contributing towards the redevelopment of its Darlington rehoming centre into a world-class facility that will better cater to the needs of thousands of dogs, staff and visitors in the North East. THEYE & Donate4RefugeesTHEYE, West-Yorkshire based manufacturer of travel essentials and mosquito repellent products, has recently announced the launch of a new partnership with the charity Donate4Refugees, in which the company will donate products from its new mosquito repellent range to refugees across Europe, providing protection for the mosquito-borne diseases which are providing a risk to many refugees in the current climate. Those who purchase THEYE products throughout July will be assisting, with the company donating a microspray to the charity for every purchase. Partnerships between businesses and charities can bring a lot of benefits – for both sides – and here is a round up of some of the recent activity that has been going on around the UK, from fundraising to event sponsorship, donated items and more. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis45 Melanie May | 19 July 2019 | News Foresters Friendly Society & Rays of SunshineRays of Sunshine has been chosen by mutual provider Foresters Friendly Society as its annual charity from June 2019 to June 2020. Each year, Foresters Friendly Society’s incoming President chooses a charity for the mutual’s members to support. In addition to ongoing charity fundraising around the country, the President will host a National Afternoon Tea event in September 2019 in aid of Rays of Sunshine. With the money raised, Foresters Friendly Society hopes to help the charity continue to grant wishes to the children it supports. 10 great corporate partnerships: from fundraising to sponsorship, donated items, and more Advertisement Toyota & Guide DogsThe Toyota Production System has been used to help improve the efficiency of the Guide Dogs’ harness-making, as part of Toyota GB’s three-year partnership with the charity. The Toyota team reviewed every aspect of the production and distribution of Guide Dogs’ harnesses and discovered a high level of inventory owing to a ‘just in case’ principle. Toyota recommended that the ‘Just in Time’ pillar of TPS could be applied to reduce surplus inventory. Improvements included production of kanbans (a tool used in the Toyota Production System to operate the production system as a pull system. It is a system that provides for conveying information between processes and automatically orders parts as they are used), visual signage and shelf labels. The measures resulted in zero parts shortages and improved efficiencies with a 24-hour turnaround on new orders. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

first_imgWhen it comes to being a fan, jam bands are a lot like pro-sports teams…It’s a sound explanation to dispell your “normal” friends and families’ confusion when they ask if you’re still following “that one band” around, or if you’ve finally gotten your fill. Their hesitation at the concept is understandable. At face value, it sounds like a deranged obsession—going and seeing the same band over and over again, meticulously following their performances when they’re on the road. It’s tough for a lot of people to wrap their heads around.But, swap out your favorite band for your favorite sports team, and the obsession suddenly seems a bit less strange. Year in and year out, sports fans watch their favorite teams, follow their players, and fly their colors. When they get the chance to see their team play live, they jump at the opportunity. But even when they don’t, they still watch from their couches or listen on the radio or, at the very least, check the stats and scores online.They follow their team’s beat, root for them. It’s a gratifying distraction to feel like a small part of something bigger than yourself—something to grit your teeth and be loyal to one year and to wear as a badge of honor when they raise a championship banner to the rafters during the next. Sports fans don’t watch games to see their favorite player recreate that one play they saw on SportsCenter. They watch to see these masters of their craft do what they do best—and put faith in their ability to once again do something remarkable.Jam band fans approach their favorite bands in much the same way. You’re not going to the concert hear that one song from the record, just like you’re not going to the game to see Steph Curry do that one crossover he did last week in Houston. When you watch a game, or you watch a show, you always know roughly what’s going to happen. How many periods, who the players are… Often, you can make some educated predictions based on what’s happened in the past, but the results are really anyone’s guess. Within the set parameters of the game, of the show, anything is possible.Of course, that also means that sometimes what happens in the arena on a given night is straightforward, a blowout. While it’s still fun to watch at the time, it quickly fades into the background, unremarkable amongst the thousands that have come before it. But sometimes, often out of nowhere, this dance they’ve done over and over again produces something truly special—an event that reverberates much further and louder than the moment in time in which it took place. It’s why we have things like ESPN Classic that dramatize and celebrate old games. It’s why people trumpet specific decades-old shows as revered and timeless works of art.Before the opening whistle blew on the night of Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point game, it was just going to be another night of basketball. Now, it’s a historic and unfathomable feat that will likely never be duplicated. Before Phish went to Utah two days after Halloween in ’98, it was just an inconvenient show that many fans on tour skipped. That night, unannounced, they decided to play Dark Side of the Moon all the way through, cementing the show as a landmark “anything can happen” moment in the band’s history.The deeper you dive into the comparison, the deeper the connection runs. Fans of sports teams and jam bands both might pay less attention early on in the season or tour when the stakes are lower and the kinks are still being worked out. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty and the big games (like the playoffs) and shows (like holiday runs) come around, ever more casual fans are drawn in by the increased potential for fireworks. Then, there are the championships—like a headlining festival play, or maybe a New Year’s show—when the stakes are at their highest, and even people who don’t necessarily identify as “fans” turn their attention toward the event, as something so big and significant is notable, even if you don’t fully know what’s going on.Sometimes players retire or leave unexpectedly before making a triumphant return, though not before the fans let them know that they feel spurned. That storyline is as true for a band like Phish as it is for NBA legends like Michael Jordan or LeBron James. And everyone knows that, at the root of it, your personal connection to the team, to the band, is mostly insignificant. They exist without you, independent of you. They existed before you started paying attention, and they probably will long after you stop. It’s all just entertainment, after all. But what it does do is give you something to root for, something to be connected to, something that can consistently get you excited, time and time again. And that’s not so hard to understand after all.last_img read more

first_imgWith this, Afolabi became the sixth beneficiary of the scholarship that is awarded yearly by the management of the Greensprings School.Speaking at the gala night to climax the end of the one-week camp, Executive Director of Greensprings School, Mrs Lai Koiki‎ said essence of the annual is to help the youth developed and bring out the best in them.“The camp another way Greensprings is impacting children from other schools. Our purposes for the camp is to get young people engaged, to develop their football skills further because we realize that the future of football in Nigeria depends on the young children as well as to catch them young. We want to continue the Greensprings’ commitment in helping to mould the character of young Nigerians to become mature and well-rounded adults ready to face the challenges of tomorrow’s ever changing world. Sports generally and football in particular instils in them lessons and skills that are essential in life. It provides opportunity for young impressionable youth to learn values like discipline, team work and help them to concentrate because they need to be focused and be self-confidence,” Koiki said.She added: “All the awardees have always been from public schools. All I want to say is that we are blessed to be a blessing and what we are doing is to ensure that whatever it is that God has entrusted into our hands, we are reaching out to empower other people, to empower families and to develop children for the future. At times when you think that you are doing something for someone else, you are actually doing it for yourself and in reality, it is our future that we are protecting by ensuring that this children are well taken care of”.Dotun Coker, a member of the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), who represented the chairman, Oluseyi Akinwunmi commended the management of Greensprings school ‎for helping the state and country at large.His words: “In the evaluation that we have done, we found out that the impact of what Greensprings have been doing with our trainers and we have seen the coaches returning to their various schools and academies, trained those youth and they have impacted on the skills of the students. We will remain grateful to the management of the school for keeping faith with the camp despite the economic challenges across the country. I hope and believe that these children will become stars like Kanu Nwankwo and Jay Jay Okocha and Greensprings will always be in their mind.”Among the products of the camp who are now member of the National U-13 team are Musa Ali and Elvis Onyese. Over 138 participants drawn from schools across the country took part in the week-long coaching clinic meant for children between ages 5 and 17. The exercise was handled by foreign coaches and instructors from England and the Netherlands with support from their Nigerian counterparts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For displaying exceptional skills coupled with his off-the-field conduct during the 5th annual Kanu/Greensprings Football Camp, 10 year-old Yusuf Afolabi has been awarded scholarship by the management of Greensprings School in Lagos.This gesture is part of the school’s usual act to reward outstanding participants at the annual football camp.The primary six pupil of the Lagos Island-based Anwarul Islam Primary School emerged the best player in the camp and the scholarship will give me the opportunity to study in one of the best schools in Nigeria as well as hone his skills ‎in football.‎Afolabi who is a product of the Eko Football initiative, which advocates combining football with education, thrilled the coaches at the camp with his ‎uncanny skills and understanding of the game.last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA —  And on the 26th day of training camp, all was right with the world.Antonio Brown walked off the field with his teammates Tuesday at the Raiders’ facility, carrying what coach Jon Gruden said was an NFL-approved helmet.Courtesy of a “Hard Knocks” tease for episode three, Brown said his frostbitten feet have a “new layer of skin,” paving the way for full-on practice and putting him on track to be his old, play-making self when the regular season begins Sept. 9 at the Coliseum …last_img

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Joel Pereira back at Heartsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is back at Hearts.He has returned from injury in time for their derby clash with Hibernian this weekend.Jambos manager Craig Levein said: “Joel’s come back up from Manchester United and is feeling good. “The problem he had was a thigh strain, so we’ve not done an awful lot of kicking to this point, just to make sure we give him plenty of time to recover.“That’ll be the last thing he has to do. If he gets through that, then he will be available as well.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty firm Ajnara group on Tuesday said it will invest over Rs 300 crore to develop a housing project in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The company will construct 450 units in this 5.6 acre housing project at Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad. Total saleable area in this project would be 7.85 lakh sq ft residential and 1.25 lakh sq ft commercial. As housing market is facing multi-year slowdown, there has been a limited launch of new project ahead of festival season as developers are focusing on selling their unsold inventories. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “With all the government clearance in place, we are coming up with a new project – ‘Ajnara Fragrance’ with an investment of more than Rs 300 crores,” Ajnara India CMD Ashok Gupta said in a statement. The company will meet project cost through internal accruals, he added. Ajnara’s Pramod Gupta said the basic selling price has been fixed at around Rs 2800-3,350 per sq ft. In about three decades, Ajnara has delivered 64 projects comprising over 25,000 units across Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. It aims to deliver around 4,000 units in FY 2019-20,” Gupta said.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit accuses the federal government of maliciously supplying false information about terrorist-related activity to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to secure lucrative military contracts for Canada’s defence industry.Perienne de Jaray’s lawsuit claims her life, reputation, fortune and future were critically damaged by the actions of Canadian government officials in an investigation that resulted in criminal charges, which were later dismissed.Her statement of claim filed in August says federal officials acted deliberately and maliciously in order to make an example of de Jaray because of pressure coming from the U.S. State Department to crack down on terrorist activity and create more prosecutions related to illegal exports.A court in the United States granted the British Columbia woman’s application to dismiss a similar legal action in the United States before she filed the lawsuit in Canada.A statement issued by de Jaray through her lawyer says she and her family suffered years of fear and anxiety over accusations that were baseless.The Canadian government has not filed a response to the civil claim.The lawsuit names the Attorney General of Canada as the defendant. The Justice Department referred requests for comment to the Canada Border Services Agency, which said it is reviewing the lawsuit and it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.None of the allegations contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court.De Jaray is a former co-owner and executive of Apex USA, once a multimillion-dollar subsidiary of electronics maker Apex Canada, which her father founded.She has alleged she suffered years of baseless investigation on both sides of the border after the Canadian government told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 that it had intercepted a shipment of illegal, weapons-grade electronics from Apex — a claim later revealed to be false.All criminal charges against de Jaray and her father were stayed in 2011. The charges were eventually dismissed.De Jaray’s written statement says there has been no repercussions for the federal government over her treatment, the loss of her home in the United States, or the loss of confidence to pursue her career.“I have been left for dead,” she says.“I suffer from debilitating flashbacks and severe emotional trauma that I have and will continue to spend years in an arduous attempt to manage.”The statement of claim argues the federal government is liable for damages for violating her charter rights, malicious prosecution and infliction of nervous shock.last_img read more

first_imgPrizeo — the celebrity-based charitable fundraising platform —has launched The Murray Bros. Caddyshack Experience with Bill Murray, which offers one lucky winner the opportunity to join the star and his five brothers to participate in their annual Charity Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Florida.In 2001, Bill Murray and his five brothers – Andy, Brian, Joel, John, and Ed – opened Murray Bros. Caddyshack at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, Florida. Along with the opening of the restaurant, the brothers created the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament with the mission to partner with various charities to raise monies that provide medical services, educational programs, lifesaving equipment, and fundraising opportunities to better the lives in communities across the country.“This is a time when I enjoy Florida’s humidity and spend time with my brothers and friends for great golf, music and food,” said Bill. “And we also manage to do some good things for people.“If you’re not a golfer, don’t let that stop you. I’ll show you some tips and even if you just come to hang out with me on the course and for the parties – it will be worth it.“All I’m asking is that you make a small donation — even just $5 — so that we can raise money to help provide life-saving services to communities all across the country, but you can look to the right to read more about that.“Get ready though, ’cause all I hit are hole-in-ones. If you win this experience, just smile and try to keep up.”The winner of the experience will play golf with Bill Murray, as well as attend the VIP party upon arrival and the VIP concert and party following golf with Bill. The prize includes two nights in Florida and flights from anywhere in the world for two people.Prizeo, which was acquired by philanthropist Todd Wagner earlier this year, is a sister company to charity video network Chideo and charitable online auction platform Charitybuzz.last_img read more

first_imgMcCartney said the Feb. 22 deadline is just way too short for a thorough review. Accordingly, his organization withdrew from the review and returned the funding given to help it gather research to make its case.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said the fact that environment groups are already planning another lawsuit is proof of the energy industry’s contention that environmentalists don’t want proper consideration given to the project, but rather want to delay it enough to eventually kill it.“They will just do everything to stop it.” “They’re going through the motions but they’ve already made up their mind,” he said. “I don’t know what confidence they’re trying to inspire in people to trust this review.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said many times the pipeline is going to be built. His government stepped in to buy it and build the expansion itself when political opposition left Kinder Morgan and its shareholders unwilling to continue. In an interview last week Trudeau said any decision to move forward again will be made as the review process is completed.“What’s at issue here is not just this pipeline,” he said. “It’s our capacity as a country to get our resources to market.”However, McCartney said the government’s actions suggest the Liberals are going to approve it again no matter what and he warned they should expect another lawsuit as a result.“Absolutely there will be,” he said. “People are already talking about that.”The federal cabinet approved Trans Mountain in the fall of 2016. That approval was challenged by several environment groups and Indigenous communities who argued the original review didn’t properly consider impacts on marine life from the extra oil tankers required to carry more oil away from the marine terminal where the pipeline ends. OTTAWA, O.N. – A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if, or they believe when, the federal government re-approves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion next year.The Wilderness Committee returned $25,000 in participant funding to the National Energy Board last month citing the short timeline for the board’s new review on the marine impacts of the proposed expansion.Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the committee, says the timelines are so short it underscores his belief the government is doing this just to fulfil the Federal Court of Appeal’s concerns with the original review, rather than to seriously reconsider the approval given to the project.center_img Indigenous communities also felt their concerns had not been addressed as is required by the constitutional duty to consult them.The Federal Court of Appeal agreed and in August tore up the cabinet’s approval for the project, halting construction in its tracks.In response, the federal Liberals ordered a new round of Indigenous consultations and also asked the NEB to go back and do a more thorough look at marine impacts. There is no specific timeline for the Indigenous consultations but the government gave the NEB only until Feb. 22 to complete its work.The NEB’s original review did conclude that there would be negative impacts on marine life, including killer whales. But the board said marine impacts were outside its jurisdiction and, therefore, had no impact on its decision to approve the project.last_img read more

first_imgBhubaneshwar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded special category status from Centre for his disaster-prone state, saying it faces natural calamities almost every year.In his first interview since Cyclone Fani that ravaged the coastal districts killing 41 people, he said special category status is the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth of the state. “In fact, this is one of the our main demands before the Union government. Odisha faces natural calamities almost every year. The assistance we get from the Centre is mostly for temporary restoration of infrastructure. We have to spend a lot from state’s own funds to work for the long-term,” Patnaik told PTI in an interview. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”This puts too much stress on our finances. Precisely for this reason, Odisha should be considered for special category status. In the last five years we had Phailin, Hudhud, Titli and now Fani. In addition to this, we has massive floods,” he added. Patnaik, who was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time in 2000 and is now seeking the consecutive fifth term, said it was necessary to accelerate the growth rate of the state. “We are maintaining a growth rate higher than that of the country. We are doing so well in all our socio-economic indicators. Proving special category status will help us accelerate growth,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWhen asked about if Cyclone Fani should have been declared a national calamity considering the magnitude of the damage, he said special category status will solve the purpose. “If the Centre declares the special category status , everything will be taken care of,” Patnaik said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1000 crore assistance for Odisha and he also did an ariel survey of cyclone ravaged area. He praised the people for cooperating with the administration before the calamity hit the state and applauded Patnaik for timely relocation work to minimise the causalities. He also promised to provide all possible help from the Centre. “It is the teamwork coupled with technology that helped in this mammoth exercise. I am grateful to everyone involved, especially to our people,” Patnaik said on the praise received from the prime minister. He also admitted that considering the storm coincided with the general and assembly elections , it was an even more difficult task for his government. “And also summer cyclones are a rarity,” said the 72-year-old Biju Janta Dal president. Fani is unlike the other storms that Odisha is accustomed to, as most of them occurred between October and December. Asked how challenging it would be now to bring Odisha back to normalcy, he said his government is leaving no stone unturned to do it quickly. “We are putting our best efforts in bringing back normalcy. Power infrastructure has been completely destroyed, especially in Puri and parts of Khurda districts where we have to re-electrify completely. Also lakhs of houses have been destroyed in addition to serious damage to tree cover and plantation crops,” he said.last_img read more