first_imgDonate your leap year day to charity, urges Giving Campaign Howard Lake | 30 January 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Volunteering The Giving Campaign has launched The Big Leap initiative to persuade companies toencourage their employees to devote some or all of this leap year’s extra day to charity.This year is a Leap Year, and The Giving Campaign is focusing on the potential for charities of how to spend that extra day of 29 February.It has launched The Big Leap campaign, asking people to pledge just two hours of time or money each month to charity. Employees who choose to give money are encouraged to do so through their payroll, giving the equivalent of two hours pay. Twelve months later, those employees who have taken part in The Big Leap will havegiven a total of 24 hours – one full day to charity. Advertisement 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.  48 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I won’t be someone who scores and will just be quiet, if you can say ‘yehey’ at the very least then, go for it and we’re not a team known for holding back.”Cheng, who’s in her first game as the Lady Spikers’ captain, not only dictated the emotion of her team but also led their offense with 13 points to get the win in their first game of the season.And as the team’s leader, Cheng said she had to inject some spark in her team and become the starting point of emotions.“There should be someone out there to initiate, be the spark, and when that happens everyone will follow,” said Cheng.“So whenever I score a point, I will shout ‘yehey’ or something like that. We have to do that because when there’s no one doing that then who’ll lead my teammates?”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Any matchup between Ateneo and De La Salle in the UAAP is always sure to turn the intensity and ante up a notch.What started out as a rivalry in basketball, the rivalry has also spilled to other sports none more so than volleyball with the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers meeting in the title round for six straight years from 2012 to 2017.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ateneo may have failed to enter the title round in 2018, but the matchup between the Lady Eagles and La Salle always bring out a few memories here and there and that was what happened when the two teams met Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Defending champion De La Salle trumped the Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, and Desiree Cheng had herself a moment in the second set when she taunted Kat Tolentino after an emphatic block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCheng said she just celebrated her denial that gave the Lady Spikers a 22-16 lead at that point, and that she’s never a cocky player whatsoever.“It’s Ateneo-La Salle so there’s always a rivalry even if people say there isn’t,” said Cheng in Filipino. “It’s hard to get points so before the start of the game I told my self ‘I will celebrate every point we get.’” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

first_imgZimbabwe were seven wickets away from their maiden Test win over Sri Lanka on Monday after setting the hosts a target of 388 in their one-off match at the R. Premadasa Stadium.Sri Lanka were 170/3 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day, still needing another 218 to beat Zimbabwe, who also recently won their maiden One-Day international series against the hosts.Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 60 with Angelo Mathews, who stepped down as captain after the ODI series defeat, on 17 not out.Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer picked up 2/67 in Sri Lanka’s second innings to add to his five-wicket haul in the first innings.Earlier, Sikandar Raza’s first Test century helped Zimbabwe to 377 in their second innings after the touring side had resumed the fourth day on 252-6.Raza scored 127 and added 144 for the seventh wicket with Malcolm Waller, who made 68, to ensure his side set Sri Lanka a steep target to chase.Sri Lanka spin spearhead Rangana Herath picked up 6/116 – his 31st five-wicket haul in Tests – to total 11 wickets in the match.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth management scoffs at moaning Pellegriniby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth management were left “bemused” by West Ham’s meltdown at the end of yesterday’s 2-2 draw.It’s emerged Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed assistant boss Jason Tindall was influencing referee Stuart Attwell. An animated Pellegrini was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Tindall appeared to act as peacemaker, ushering the sexagenarian Chilean away from 41-year-old Howe near the dugouts of the Vitality Stadium. Howe later denied that the exchange was heated: “No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone’s got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.”Moments later Pellegrini, whose side are now third in the Premier League, offered his side in an uncharacteristic outburst. “No, I never talked about the VAR decision,” he said. “I talk about the assistant coach of him, the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. That’s all what I complain, not about the VAR. “Its his assistant. I think they don’t need it because they are a good team that play offensive football. I think Eddie has done very good work here – his assistant doesn’t need to do those kind of things because I don’t think it’s fair for the referee.”A source close to Bournemouth’s management told the Daily Mail: “Eddie and Jason are bemused as to why the West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist and not happy about it. “They seemed to have a problem with Jason being on the touchline but everyone knows Eddie and Jason come as a team. They are always on the touchline together and did nothing different than in any other game. “But they felt hard done by on VAR and weren’t afraid to make that known. For some reason Pellegrini had an issue with it. Why? Probably because, deep down, he knows they were right and West Ham were lucky to come away with a draw.” last_img read more

first_img Mr. Henry noted that the contribution of the music industry could be strengthened once the proper systems and structures are in place. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says protection of Jamaica’s music and creative works is critical to national development. Story Highlights “We must protect our music, which is being marketed to the world, more so now than we have done in the past. The Government has moved to increase protection in revising the Copyright Act, which has increased the number of years of protection of your creative work from 50 to 95 years,” he noted. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says protection of Jamaica’s music and creative works is critical to national development.“We must protect our music, which is being marketed to the world, more so now than we have done in the past. The Government has moved to increase protection in revising the Copyright Act, which has increased the number of years of protection of your creative work from 50 to 95 years,” he noted.Mr. Henry noted that the contribution of the music industry could be strengthened once the proper systems and structures are in place.“We have to be strategic in our business approach to music and it has to be done with a sense of purpose. We know where there are so many rivers to cross but we are Jamaicans and we can cross it,” he added.Mr. Henry was speaking at the eighth staging of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Heritage Competition Awards Ceremony, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, St. Andrew, on November 26.The function was held under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Music, the stage for growth and development’.Mr. Henry, who has portfolio responsibility for the JIS, congratulated the agency, led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donna-Marie Rowe, for staging the annual heritage competition.He noted that it plays an important role in encouraging students to think about national issues and to express ideas about “where we are as a people and what our heritage means to our national identity”.Mrs. Rowe, for her part, said that one of the objectives of the competition is to integrate the JIS brand into the fabric of the school community.She congratulated the students for participating noting that “we do not underestimate (your) intelligence and capability.”“In fact, we look forward to raising the bar each year and watching our students rise to the challenge every time,” she said.She lauded the judges for their work and expressed gratitude to them for helping to evaluate the various submissions.Mrs. Rowe also commended the sponsors and the parents for their support.Opened to primary, secondary and tertiary students, the competition consists of essay, poster and photography components.The essay segment targeted primary school students aged nine to 12, who were required to write on the topic ‘How has Jamaican music contributed to the country’s growth and development’. The essays were judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills.The poster component targeted high school students and was judged based on interpretation of the topic, originality, neatness and presentation.Meanwhile, the photography component was opened to tertiary level students, who were required to submit photographs depicting the theme. This category was judged on interpretation of the topic, originality, composition, technique and impact.A total of 15 students were awarded for participation in the competition.Gianni Willie of George Headley Primary School placed first in the essay component; Mahalia Ulett of Ardenne Prep and Extension High School won the poster component; and De’andra Calvert of the University of Technology took top honours in the photography component of the competition.Other prizes were awarded for best researched entry, judge’s special award, best use of language and most creative entry, among others.The function included a display of music artefacts from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).last_img read more

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta man with mental health issues has been sentenced to five years in jail for stabbing his parents.Nigel Vermeulen, who is 29, had pleaded guilty in Lethbridge court to one count of attempted murder and another of assault with a weapon.Court heard he stabbed his 72-year-old father in the neck and his 62-year-old mother in the leg.The sentence was recommended as part of a joint submission by the Crown and defence.An assessment at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre determined that he was fit to stand trial and did not meet the criteria to be found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.Vermeulen has been diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, delusional disorder and an unspecified personality disorder.“It seems to me there is no rational explanation for the perpetration of these crimes by Mr. Vermeulen,” Provincial court Judge Eric Peterson said Wednesday before delivering the sentence.“He is mentally ill, but not to the extent that it would excuse his conduct.”Court heard that Vermeulen’s parents became aware of his mental health problems when he was still very young.He continued to live with them as an adult, having quit school early and never got a job.Vermeulen would only leave the house to go for walks with his father or to get groceries with his mother.On Feb. 11, Vermeulen’s mother woke to her husband screaming and a sharp pain in her knee.She called out to Vermeulen but then found her husband bleeding heavily from the neck and called 911.The Crown says he was lucky to survive the wound.Lethbridge Police later found Vermeulen not far from home and took him into custody.During an interview in which he would only respond by writing, Vermeulen said he felt the only way he could start his own life was by killing his parents.Police also found a journal entry that Vermeulen had entered into his computer before the stabbing attacks.“Can’t sleep, hungry, so might as well kill my parents,” he wrote according to the agreed statement of facts. “Going to knife them and hope it works … all that matters is killing them.”The Crown also noted that aside from the remorse demonstrated by entering a guilty plea, Vermeulen hasn’t shown any other signs of empathy towards his parents. (LethbridgeNewsNow)last_img read more

The NBA playoffs can sometimes come down to key role players knocking down clutch shots in important moments. But mostly, it’s all about the stars. The league revolves around its top players more than any other sport, and those players usually determine where the championship resides each season.So which playoff team has the most star power? One way to measure this is to break players into tiers based on their performance metrics. A few years back, my boss Nate Silver devised a system called “star points,” which awarded teams a score based on how many stars it had on its roster. Players in the top tier of stars (“Alphas”) are worth 3 points apiece, those in the next (“Betas”) are worth 2, and the lower tier (“Gammas”) are 1 apiece. Teams generally need at least 5 of these star points in total to begin thinking about a title run, and 7 star points is where a championship roster really begins to take form.Perhaps surprisingly, there aren’t any teams with 7 or more star points this season. The Golden State Warriors would have had 8 if DeMarcus Cousins hadn’t been injured Monday night, but Cousins is out indefinitely with a torn quadriceps and may miss the rest of the playoffs. That drops the Warriors into the co-lead with 6 star points, alongside Toronto. And that could mean a more wide-open postseason than we’ve been used to, in which role players might take on an even greater degree of importance.To calculate star points this season, I turned to the constantly updating player talent ratings from our CARMELO projection-system depth charts. (In the previous iteration of star points, Nate used an amalgam of various advanced metrics, but that was before our player ratings updated in-season.) After resetting the cutoffs for each tier to maintain a similar number of players of each type,1An Alpha now has a CARMELO-projected overall plus/minus of +5.5 or greater; a Beta has a projected plus/minus of less than +5.5 but at least +4.0; and a Gamma has a projected plus/minus of less than +4.0 but at least +2.5. I found that the NBA has six current Alphas (four of whom are active in the playoffs), 13 Betas (12 of whom are in the playoffs, but one of those — Cousins — is injured) and 17 Gammas (13 whose teams are in the playoffs, with two injured). PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/- The NBA’s championship-caliber players, 2019 edition2019 NBA player tiers based on CARMELO-projected plus/minus talent Houston Rockets17531105 ConleyMEM+2.6 San Antonio Spurs15480000 Detroit Pistons14250022 * Star points are based on a weighted total of a team’s stars, in which Alphas are worth 3 points, Betas are worth 2, and Gammas are worth 1.Team totals do not include injured players.Sources: ESPN, Boston Celtics16410113 HardenHOU+8.0WestbrookOKC+5.3LeonardTOR+3.7 DurantGS+4.6Oladipo*IND+3.1 * Out indefinitely with injuryPlayers in italics are on teams that missed the playoffs.Sources: ESPN, Check out our latest NBA predictions. IrvingBOS+4.1WalkerCHA+2.8 JamesLAL+6.3TownsMIN+4.9HolidayNO+3.2 Cousins*GS+4.1BledsoeMIL+2.8 How the playoff teams stack up on star powerCurrent CARMELO ratings and star points* for 2019 NBA playoff teams Brooklyn Nets14780000 AntetokounmpoMIL+6.9GeorgeOKC+5.2HorfordBOS+3.4 Players By Tier ButlerPHI+4.0MillsapDEN+2.8 CovingtonMIN+2.7 Oklahoma City Thunder16730204 Orlando Magic15340102 GasolTOR+2.5 JokicDEN+6.8GobertUTA+5.1GreenGS+3.3 LowryTOR+4.0GreenTOR+2.8 Utah Jazz16990102 In an unusual twist, two of this season’s Alphas — LeBron James and Anthony Davis — actually missed the playoffs. (Their intertwined soap opera is worth its own set of charts.) But among the postseason’s remaining star power, there are some interesting mixes of player tiers on the top teams.The Warriors might be a surprise with only one Alpha (Stephen Curry), one Beta (Kevin Durant) and one Gamma (Draymond Green). Durant didn’t quite qualify for Alpha status, in part because he ranked only ninth in Real Plus-Minus (and 18th in Box Plus/Minus) this season. Meanwhile, Green was downgraded to a Gamma because of a weak offensive season,2According to our mix of RPM and BPM, he was 0.9 points per 100 possessions worse than the average NBA player on offense, though his defense more than made up for it. Klay Thompson barely broke even in projected plus/minus talent (+0.1), and Cousins now appears to be lost for at least most of the playoffs. The usual caveats about the Warriors’ sometimes lax regular-season efforts apply, but based on performance metrics, this team’s name recognition might outpace its actual star power at this point.And yet, only the Raptors match the Warriors in that regard among postseason teams. They also did it in a very different way: Unlike Golden State, Toronto boasts no Alphas, but it does have one Beta (Kyle Lowry) and four Gammas (Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green and Marc Gasol). Wait … Lowry is a Beta and Leonard is only a Gamma? The difference between the two (+4.0 vs. +3.7) is so slim as to be splitting hairs, but Leonard had a surprisingly down year in RPM, ranking just 37th in the league, while Lowry ranked 20th. The broader point, however, is that Toronto has assembled an unusually deep stable of star talent. The team has long been known for its depth down the roster, but a series of moves helped turn that depth into something slightly different: a collection of quasi-star-level talent at the top of the lineup. Golden State Warriors17941116 Milwaukee Bucks17391014 ALPHASBETASGAMMAS Denver Nuggets16731014 Philadelphia 76ers16730215 The Rockets and Sixers rank just below the Warriors and Raptors in star points with 5 apiece, but where in that group is Milwaukee, the East’s No. 1 seed? The Bucks have perhaps the Alpha of all Alphas this season in Giannis Antetokounmpo. But only one other player around him qualified as a star: Eric Bledsoe is a Gamma, while Brook Lopez barely misses the cutoff. Milwaukee’s overall lack of supporting star power would make it a historical anomaly if it does end up winning the NBA title.The Utah Jazz, in the midst of a brutal first-round matchup against the Rockets, also has very little star power (one Beta in Rudy Gobert). But they have a bunch of guys who just barely missed Gamma status: Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Ekpe Udoh and Donovan Mitchell all had CARMELO plus/minus ratings under +2.5 but greater than +1.5. If we added an extra category for “Deltas” — worth, say, a half-point per player — the Jazz would leapfrog Boston and be much closer to the top of the heap than the bottom.Regardless, there’s a reason that star points don’t track perfectly with a team’s CARMELO rating or its championship odds. Depth does matter some, even if the effect is less of a factor as rotations shorten during the postseason. And sometimes teams are simply built with a blueprint that helps them perform better than their star power would suggest (the Bucks are a good test case there as well), while others aren’t quite as good as their multiple stars say they should be (the Sixers could be lumped into that group).Before they blew a 31-point lead Monday night — and, more importantly, lost Cousins to injury — the Warriors were looking every bit the star-studded machine we thought they’d be all season long. Now, they are still sizable favorites to win it all, but their edge in star power is not quite as decisive as it’s been in recent seasons. We’ll find out soon enough whether that will matter in Golden State’s quest for a third straight championship, or if another team near the top of the rankings above can finally supplant the Warriors and build a star-powered legacy of its own. CurryGS+6.6PaulHOU+4.9Nurkic*POR+3.3 TeamCARMELO RatingAlphasBetasGammasStar Points VucevicORL+4.5SiakamTOR+3.0 Portland Trail Blazers15810102 EmbiidPHI+4.4GriffinDET+2.9 Toronto Raptors17750146 Los Angeles Clippers15000000 DrummondDET+2.7 DavisNO+5.8LillardPOR+4.7SimmonsPHI+3.1 Indiana Pacers15440000 read more

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Aug 2015 – With little time to raise the cash, the Dominican poachers were last week unable to produce the $5,400 fine they all faced after being caught red handed fishing illegally in TCI waters. The 28 men plead guilty to the eight charges, including having nearly 2,000 pounds of lobster, parrot fish and conch and are now remanded for six months likely at the detention center. Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Related Items:dominican, fine, poachers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poachers Dominican poachers arrested and chargedlast_img read more