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Women more likely to support charities than men says IoF & YouGov survey

first_img 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 Women more likely to support charities than men says IoF & YouGov survey “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men but for a long time it lagged behind in terms of getting the funds and profile it needed. To turn this around four years ago we dramatically revamped our brand to make it unashamedly masculine to increase its appeal and relatability to our core audience. We also focused our efforts on reaching out to men where they already are – whether that’s at their local sports club, at the rotary, through work or at the pub. We are careful not to exclusively target men, or a particular type of man, but rather to show that we are about men in everything that we do.“These efforts have really paid off, and have enabled us to see a threefold increase in income over the last 5 years. In addition, we actually see two-thirds of our income now coming from men – which is the exact opposite of the sector as a whole. From this experience I strongly believe that men are just as charitable as women, if engaged in the right way – so it’s just a case of meeting them in the right place and giving them the right opportunity.”The final Insights into Fundraising report can be downloaded from the IoF site.  69 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Women say they are more likely to donate to charity and support local causes than men, research from the Institute of Fundraising and YouGov has found.The IoF and YouGov surveyed more than 2,000 people on how likely they are to donate, what motivates them to give to charity, and the different positive actions they take after giving to good causes. The research found that women are more likely to have supported a charity in almost every activity asked about, including donating, with 54% of women saying they had given to a charity collection in the past 12 months, compared with 40% of men.Women were also more likely to say that they supported small or local charities. with 51% of women reporting this, compared with 36% of men. Women were also more likely to say they have taken additional positive action as a result of donating: 35% of women said they spoke to friends about the charity or cause after donating, compared with 22% of men.Different motivations behind donating to charity were also highlighted in the report. Women were more likely to say they would donate due to the charity being a cause they believed in: 37% of women compared with 31% of men. Women were also more likely than men to say they supported a charity because it had helped someone they know, at 24% compared to 17%.Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the Institute of Fundraising at the IoF said:“This research highlights the importance of fundraising for charities and the wider positive effect giving to charity has on an individual and society more widely. But within this we also see interesting differences in the way that women and men donate to and support the causes that they care about.The jury is out on why women say that they do more to support charities and are more likely to support local causes than men. There is an opportunity here to encourage more men to step forward and support charitable causes.”Prostate Cancer UK has already changed its approach to appeal to more men, James Beeby, Associate Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Research / statistics  70 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Melanie May | 21 August 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Dancer’s positive mindset allows her to return to the stage

first_img41st Jazz Festival gives guest musicians a chance to perform Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Classroom technology frustrates faculty, students + posts printA hip injury left a modern dance major facing two options: a steroid shot, which would delay the bone deterioration and let her keep dancing temporarily, or immediate surgery that would force her to put away her dance shoes for seven months, but protect her long term career.Leah Williams, a junior from Allen, Texas, said she cried when she got the news. She was told her left hip bone ground into a sharp point, which was pushing into her ligament. The timing of the surgery put Williams’ plans to audition for professional dance companies in jeopardy as it took away crucial practice time.  Her dance professor, Susan Douglas, said she was concerned. “Surgery is invasive,” Douglas said. “There is a risk in surgery, but I followed Leah’s positive outlook.”Williams opted for surgery and come Dec. 9, was dressed in a hospital gown and rolled into the operating room. Leah Williams asleep in the hospital bed before her hip surgery. Photo Credit: Freda Williams“I didn’t have butterflies because this surgery meant I could dance again,” she said. “I wanted this.” PerseveranceWilliams had undergone a similar procedure before.“I had hip surgery in high school and the doctors said it would take about four months to heal,” she said. “However, it took me about seven months because I wasn’t in the best environment to get back to dancing.”Williams said she felt her recovery time after her first surgery took longer than expected because of her negative attitude. “I was angry with God and asked him why he put dance in my life and wanted to take it away from me,” she said.Dance has been a part of Williams’ life since she was three-years-old, dancing in her aunt’s studio. When she received the news she needed her first surgery, she felt like her life was crumbling. She said she wanted to have a better outlook for her second surgery.After the surgery, Williams said her hip mobility was limited, but she was able to regain hip flexibility and strength from physical therapy built into her dance classes. “In physical therapy, we did roll downs and squats to get my body moving and muscles to realign,” she said. “I also did pilates classes.” Williams’ mother, Freda Williams, said recovery wasn’t easy, and she was disheartened when her daughter injured herself again. However, she also believed her daughter’s surgeries, while a struggle, increased the depth of her character – something Williams herself, agreed with. Leah Williams taking a selfie of her in the hospital room eating a cracker. Photo courtesy of Leah Williams.“It’s OK I’m not going 160 percent right now,” she said. “My time off has actually made me a better dancer now than ever before because I see dance differently by watching my peers.”Williams said her time off the dance floor allowed her to spend more time with her friends and family, mentally work on her choreography skills and teach additional dance classes to children at Arlington Dance.Those choreography skills came in handy when during recovery, Williams choreographed a contemporary piece that one of her students competed with during a national dance convention. “Out of the top-100 solos, my little girl placed in top 12 and now gets to travel to New York to perform it,” she said. “Once you teach kids there is no greater sense of love in the world.”Williams’ father, Brad Williams, said her recovery taught everyone a lesson of mixing fear, faith and perseverance to overcome adversities.Under the spotlightLeah Williams holding a light in the dance studio. Photo courtsey of Andrew Trihn.A month and a half after her surgery, Williams danced under the studio lights in front of an audience at the Brown Bag Dance. Her spectacular recovery, she said, was “a God thing” because she originally wasn’t supposed to dance for the entire semester. She said her faith and positive attitude over that month of recovery helped her find the strength to grow during her time away. “I just had a very positive mindset that comes with maturity because high school Leah did not know how to take care of herself like college Leah does,” she said. “I’ve learned how to do self-care and be my biggest ambassador.” Williams said she surprised her professors and peers as she leaped, turned and moved across the dance floor to a piece called, “The Sleepless Hour.” She choreographed “The Sleepless Hour” as a tribute to obstacles she’s faced in her life. The weeks leading up to her return to the stage gave her time to reflect on her anxieties and discover strength in stillness.Looking back and comparing the two recoveries, Williams said it was God’s intuition to challenge her in ways that made her grow as a dancer and as a person.  FutureWilliams said she is now preparing to finish the semester strong and continuing to grow artistically and technically as a dancer.When asked about her future, Williams said she wants to dance professionally for companies and teach at more studios and eventually own one. Williams said she has also found an interest in accounting and wants to use it in her future.“I want to understand how business and dance work together, so I can pay dancers and give them health benefits when they work for me one day,” she said.Professors, friends and her parents said they are excited to see what Williams’ future holds because of her hard work ethic and stage presence.Adam Mckinney, Williams’ ballet and modern professor, said he knows Williams will continue to impact the world in deep, meaningful ways. “She is a true and natural mover,” Mckinney said. “Her capacity to embody deeply felt emotions and express them through her body is exceptional to watch.” Her mother said she hopes for her daughter to touch the lives of hundreds of young dancers like many of her teachers did for her. Whatever path Williams encounters her father said, “we don’t ask what her real job is going to be because dance will be the real job.” Aardvark closes, Christ Chapel relocates Michelle Ross Twitter Rec center app aims to make scheduling workouts easier Michelle Ross ReddIt Michelle Ross Twitter Linkedin Michelle Ross is a senior Journalism and Communication Studies double major from Austin, Texas. When she is not in the newsroom, she loves to dance, go on random adventures and pet dogs on campus. Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Michelle Ross Linkedin Previous articleKenrich Williams cuts ‘iconic’ look, team has mixed reactionsNext articleTCU alumnus makes top 4 on MTV’s “Stranded With A Million Dollars” Michelle Ross RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michelle Ross TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebooklast_img read more

TV cameraman gunned down in bus near San Salvador

first_imgNews Organisation El SalvadorAmericas Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media October 7, 2020 Find out more El SalvadorAmericas Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Salvadorean authorities must not obstruct coronavirus coverage April 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV cameraman gunned down in bus near San Salvadorcenter_img News News to go further Alfredo Hurtado, 45, a cameraman employed by the privately-owned TV station Canal 33, was gunned down in bus in the town of Ilopango, near the capital, yesterday evening as he was on his way to work. The motive is not yet known.Reporters Without Borders expresses its support for Hurtado’s family and colleagues and the entire Salvadoran media, now in mourning. The police have launched an investigation in the area of the shooting in Ilopango, where two gangs, Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha, are active.According to the autopsy, Hurtado was shot 11 times, three of them in the head. No immediate information was available as to the possible motive for a shooting of such violence. Hurtado’s family said he had not been threatened.“We urge the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on this tragedy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “El Salvador’s extremely high level of criminal violence may account for it but, although gangs are active in the area, the police should not rule out other possibilities.” RSF_en Follow the news on El Salvador June 12, 2020 Find out more News April 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Calls for additional temperature sensor for road gritting decisions in Inishowen

first_img Twitter Calls for additional temperature sensor for road gritting decisions in Inishowen WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are calls on Donegal County Council to install an additional temperature sensor which is referred to in road gritting decisions to be installed in North Inishowen.  Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – January 14, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 It follows a number of collisions in the peninsula believed to have been caused by black ice – one in December and most recently, the Burnfoot to Muff road was closed for a time today after a multi-vehicle collision.The council has said that on both occasions all relevant checks were carried out and confirmed that the road at Sappagh was gritted this morning prior to the crash.However, it was agreed that a sensor to be located in North Inishowen, in addition to the existing one in Burt would be welcomed.Councillor Albert Doherty says the sensor is vital for road safety:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleGreencastle and Buncrana learn FAI Junior last 16 opponentsNext articleDefeat for Ronan Whyte in Malta News Highland last_img read more

Colorado school training kindergartners to high schoolers to respond to an active shooter

first_imgABC News(DENVER) — Amelia Guana is 5 years old.She believes in superheroes, but she also wonders about “a bad guy coming” to her school. “That’s why we have lock out,” said the girl, wearing an orange flower headband.In a classroom filled with smiling and giggling children, art work on the walls and brightly colored chairs, a new reality unfolded recently for Amelia and the kindergarteners of Pinnacle Charter School outside Denver — a drill to help them deal with the specter of an active shooter.Told to hide and be “quiet as a mouse,” peek like a turtle to check if the coast is clear and follow their teachers like ducklings, the training had overtones of storytime. But at its core is a frightening reality.“It’s scary to think that there’s never a safe place,” said Cynthia Enriquez, whose son, Joshua Ruiz, a sixth grader at the school, also underwent the training. “You can’t even go to the grocery store or send your kids to school or go to the movies without having to worry about, ‘What if?’”From kindergartners to high school seniors, all of the roughly 2,000 students at Pinnacle Charter School began this school year with a program teaching how to react in an active shooter scenario.Active shooter drills are a growing and controversial part of the education system in the United States with an estimated 67 percent of districts conducting active shooter exercises, according to the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). While many say the drills are necessary to confront the reality of the mass shooter era, others question their effectiveness and say that they stoke fear and create the potential for psychological damage unnecessarily.‘Unfortunately it’s come to this’The program, run by TAC*ONE Consulting, aims to give children the confidence that they’ll need to make smart decisions quickly in stressful situations. Staff members at Pinnacle were trained, too.The age-specific active shooter curriculum, with levels of intensity tailored to each grade level, was held in school the last week of August. Students were aware of the drills before they happened.Joshua said he and his classmates practiced evacuating and barricading, as well as self-defense training and how to incapacitate a gunman if necessary.“Shootings scare me the most ’cause school is where I’m at, like, 24/7,” Joshua said. “So it’s like, what if that were to happen at our school? But that’s why we’re doing this training so we know and can prepare ourselves.”“I had mixed feelings about the training. It’s sad and it shouldn’t be something our children should have to think about,” his mom told ABC News. “It’s taking away from their innocence.”Enriquez said she worries every day about her son’s safety.“Unfortunately it’s come to this,” she said. “Before school was a safe place, and that’s where we were most secure about our children being all day. But now that, you know, the shootings and just the world being an ugly place, I think it’s really important for them to have this, you know, knowledge on how to react.”Spate of mass shootingsDespite concerns the drills could shatter their innocence or stir up anxiety, kindergartners and elementary schoolers were included because the training is expected to build on itself over the years, said Chad Miller, Pinnacle Charter School’s CEO.For the youngest kids, instructors gingerly start the discussion by asking generally about how to stay safe in schools. Kindergartners are taught how to find a good hiding spot and listen to their teachers to evacuate safely.“We start with a very open discussion,” Joe Deedon, a former sheriff’s deputy and SWAT team member who founded TAC*ONE, told ABC News. “We let them lead the conversation and it blows parents’ minds, it blows teachers’ minds… how much they truly know about the topic, even though we try to shelter them.”Miller says the kindergartners are spared from more detailed talk that might disturb them.“We’re not going to talk about people dying and active shooters and those types of things,” he said. “It’s a danger. And we need to all be on the same page and acting as a team so that we can keep each other safe.”Joshua said he watches the news with his mom because “you need to know what’s going on… especially kids.”But knowledge doesn’t always feel powerful. Joshua was scared to go to the movies for years after the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012 his mom said.“It makes me angry that I always have to think about this,” Joshua said, “because every time I hear the [intercom] announcements [in class] it’s like, ‘What is it gonna say?’ My stomach has a weird feeling ’cause you never know.”Mass shootings on the riseThe active shooter trend appears to be on the rise nationwide, according to FBI data, and six in 10 people are worried about a mass shooting in their community, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.Of the 27 active shooter incidents in the country last year, four were at a high school and one was at a middle school. Those five school shootings left a total of 29 people killed and 52 hurt, according to the FBI.There were 20 shootings each in 2014-2016 and 30 in 2017. But the number of casualties (killed and wounded) skyrocketed in 2017, according to FBI data, from 214 the year before to 729 that year. In 2017, a gunman opened fire on the Vegas strip, killing 58 and wounding 489.Colorado is no stranger to school shootings.In April 1999, two students opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, gunning down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves.This May, one teenager was shot dead at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a Denver area charter school.One of the impacts of the mass shooting era has been on emergency drills in schools.About 95 percent of schools had lockdown drills in the 2015-16 school year and 92 percent had written shooting or active shooter plans in place, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.But a lower percentage — about two-thirds — conducted active shooter drills per the GAO. As of the March 2016 report, nine states required districts to conduct active shooter drills.“While our survey did not ask why certain drills were required more than others, Education officials told us that as part of emergency management planning, schools need to assess the likelihood of active shooter incidents, which present a smaller risk than other emergencies,” the GAO report said.The active shooter drills have sparked some criticism. For instance, in Indiana, “terrified” teachers were shot with pellets during a shooting simulation earlier this year.A 2015 paper in the Children’s Legal Rights Journal notes that legislation prescribing drills is “vague” and that “this discretion has led to a number of problems with heightened simulations that are often terrifying to the students, especially when those simulation drills are carried out without any advance notice from the school district.”James Alan Fox, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, said that while he supports students talking through active shooter scenarios, drills are “overboard.”He says on average 30 students are killed each year commuting to school, like in pedestrian or bike or school bus crashes — but bike helmets are not required in all states.“Excessive security and overuse of active shooter drills can incite fear as opposed to alleviate it,” he told ABC News. “I don’t believe that it serves a good purpose to have kids repeatedly go through drills, even things like barricading doors and crouching in the dark, it’s just very scary for kids.”But he does support drills for teachers. He made the comparison to airlines — when passengers get on a plane many don’t pay attention to the flight attendant’s safety announcement.“We all assume that the crew has been trained and if something bad happens they will get on the PA and they’ll tell us what to do,” he said.As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes and critics often cite, school shootings are exceedingly rare with school-associated homicides “consistently” accounting for less than 2% of youth homicides, according to a study of incidents from 1994-2018. Of the school-associated homicides during that period, 90 percent only involved one victim, the CDC said in its report.While the rate of single-victim homicides have stayed largely the same during that time period, multiple-victim homicides, the cases that tend to make headlines, have increased “significantly” from June 2009 to the 2017-18 school year, the CDC said.Despite the rarity of school shootings, “they are devastating for families, schools, and entire communities,” the CDC said and the number remains “unacceptably high.”Time for a changeMiller, Pinnacle Charter School’s CEO, said after the STEM shooting he knew it was time for a change in preparedness. Kids regularly practice fire and tornado drills, Miller said, yet he feels an active shooter may be a more likely threat in schools today.Pinnacle Charter School used to conduct mock lockdowns in the same manner many other schools do across the country, Miller said, but he realized that those drills — led by teachers — left students scared and anxious.“It just made sense to bring in that empowerment piece to this,” Miller said — because if children are facing an active shooter, they must be decision makers, too.Deedon said from his experience most schools’ lockdown drills only teach students how to do just that — lock down in a room. He said the problem with offering just one option is if locking down doesn’t stop the threat, students tend to freeze.“Whatever they do within the 15, 20 seconds of an event is gonna be extremely critical,” Deedon said.Instead of adding to students’ stress, Deedon said, “Our training’s gonna build empowerment and give them the confidence to make good decisions under pressure.”Even kindergartenAs Pinnacle Charter School kindergartners sat on the floor of their bright-colored classroom, Deedon folded himself onto a kid-sized chair, leading them in a discussion on hiding spots and evacuations.“It’s very low stress, obviously,” Deedon said. “They can still work together, and that’s the biggest thing.”“We have been discussing how when bad things happen, that it doesn’t happen to everybody,” said Samantha Davis, Amelia Guana’s mom. “I don’t like having to have them go through it, but with the world now I’d rather them learn at this age, ‘cause as they get older it’ll be easier for them.”“I think it’s a really good thing for them to start learning,” she added. “It makes me feel more at ease knowing that they know what to do.”Amelia’s kindergarten teacher, Tara Martin, has been at Pinnacle for eight years. She says the training has made her and her kids as safe as possible, but says she has seen how the threat of a school shooting weighs on young minds.“It was right after we had a lockdown at our school and they asked if they were going to die,” Martin said. “It makes me want to cry I it. It gets you right in the heart, and you know just thinking that a 5-year-old can picture themselves have been in a situation where they’re going to die or somebody’s going to kill them is very traumatizing to you.”‘Zero anxiety, zero fear’Meanwhile, older students were taught how to barricade themselves in classrooms and how to fight back.In one fifth grade class, students were taught to work together to quickly pile desks against the door, in the hope the makeshift barricade would convince a gunman to move on.“We teach them to identify the most realistic object that they could quickly move,” Deedon said. “We tell the kids, ‘hey it’s not Hollywood, we’re not trying to make this door bulletproof.’ All I want is 6 feet of stuff high and 25 feet deep, that weighs 800 pounds.”They also learned a “calculated evacuation” to avoid “running blindly in the halls” in a panic, Deedon said — the same way police officers are taught to move through a building without backup.These skills can be applied beyond the school walls, Deedon stressed — students can use what they’re learning if faced with a shooting in a mall or movie theater.The high schoolers’ training also included examining decisions made by students during the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.“They can run that scenario through in their own mind and understand how they would react,” said Miller. “Could this type of training helped in that situation? I don’t know. But I hope it would have.”During the new training Miller said he saw a change on his students’ faces — “zero anxiety, zero fear.”“I think now you see a bunch of empowered kids walking around,” he said. “They’re engaged, they understand why they’re doing this.”Though some may find the training extreme for children, to Miller, it may be lifesaving.“Are we gonna bury our head in the sand and hope for the best?,” he asked. “Or are we gonna give our kids the training so they’re empowered, whether it’s here or outside of here, that they can hopefully save their lives.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah Volleyball Releases Full 2018 Schedule

first_img Brad James June 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Volleyball Releases Full 2018 Schedule Written by Tags: Beth Launier/Pac 12/Utah Women’s Volleyball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Tuesday afternoon, Utah women’s volleyball head coach Beth Launier announced her squad’s 2018 fall schedule.The slate for the Utes consists of three different preseason tournaments, 14 home contests and 16 televised matches.Off the heels of a 24-10 season in 2017, the Utes’ season commences at home as they host the Utah Volleyball Tournament.Participating with the Utes in this event will be UC Irvine, St. Mary’s and Denver.The Utes start the season August 24 by hosting the UC Irvine Anteaters at 7:00 pm MDT at the Huntsman Center.They will face St. Mary’s August 25 at 12:00 pm and then they draw the Denver Pioneers later that day.On August 31, the Utes travel to Missoula, Mont. to compete in the Montana Invitational, facing the host Montana Grizzlies and Gonzaga later that evening. September 1, the Utes wrap up this tournament by drawing Iowa State.Friday and Saturday September 7 and 8, the Utes will be at Villanova, Pa. to compete in the Villanova Invitational. September 7, the Utes draw the host Villanova Wildcats and will face High Point and Temple September 8.In their non-conference portion of the season, the Utes draw four squads that made the NCAA Tournament last season: Denver, High Point, Iowa State and BYU.The Utes will commence conference play September 19 at Boulder, Colo. against the Colorado Buffaloes and will host Arizona State November 11 to conclude the home schedule. This match represents senior night for the Utes. Two Utah volleyball players will be honored during the match.The regular season commences November 21 at Corvallis, Ore. against the Oregon State Beavers.The Utes will also host their annual red/white scrimmage on Saturday August 18.last_img read more

Safe Travel For Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgMemorial Day weekend traditionally starts off the summer travel season, and this season is shaping up to be the busiest in years. With race weekend coming up here in Indiana, Lieutenant Tony Delello, Commander of the Pendleton State Police Post, would like to remind all motorists that there will be extra troopers on the roadways this upcoming holiday weekend.  Troopers will be working federally funded overtime during the “Click it or Ticket” Campaign and Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, to help insure safe family travel.The “AAA” Motor Club suggests leaving early if planning to travel this holiday weekend, as they are predicting that 39.3 million Americans will be traveling. The increase is expected to be the highest volume for holiday travel since 2005.With the expected increase in traffic, it’s important that motorists follow the safety tips below:·   Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.·   Never drink and drive-If celebrating make sure to have a designated driver.·   Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.·   Always watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic ahead, especially when approaching construction zones.·   When stopped in traffic be watchful of traffic approaching from behind and be ready to take evasive action if it appears traffic is approaching too fast to stop.·   If you’re planning to travel a long distance, make sure you are well rested.   A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.·   Avoid tailgating.  Remember the two-second rule, and always increase following distance in construction zones.·   Leave early, expecting heavy traffic, and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.·   Remember to ALWAYS SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER for emergency, utility and highway service vehicles.The Pendleton District covers the eight counties of Delaware, Madison, and Randolph; Henry, Wayne, Union, Rush and Fayette counties.  Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.For summer travel safety tips please visit LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: New projects see UK space firms tackle Southeast Asian challenges

first_imgThe harmful effects of tropical forest fires affect over 20 million people in Southeast Asia, having a negative impact on people’s health as well as contributing to global CO2 emissions. Many fires occur over drained peatland areas and this project in Indonesia and Malaysia will use satellites to map peat conditions, even when under a forest canopy. Monitoring water levels in this way will enable the risk of fire to be significantly reduced.The second project being funded will see earth observation data being used as a dengue outbreak early warning system in Vietnam. Early detection will enable public health authorities to mobilise resources to those most in need. The project will also provide forecasts of dengue fever under a range of climate change scenarios. By linking earth observation data with climate forecasting and a land-surface model the impacts of various elements (such as water availability, land-use, climate), on the likelihood of future dengue epidemics can be predicted for the first time.Satellite technology and data will also be used to help the Philippine government tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in its waters. The work aims to support the sustainability of the fisheries sector and the 4 million people who rely on it for their livelihood. The project will use a wide variety of data sources, including satellite data to understand the location, time and behaviour of specific vessels at sea.Nicola Willey, South East Asia Director for Science and Innovation at the British High Commission Singapore, said: “Tropical fires, dengue outbreaks and illegal fishing are problems affecting countless people across this region. It’s great to see that the UK’s world-leading research and technology is being used to positively impact on so many people’s lives through working with partners across Southeast Asia.”About the International Partnership ProgrammeThe UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme uses UK space expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real world problems across the globe. This helps some of the world’s poorest countries, while building effective partnerships that can lead to growth opportunities for British companies.The successful projects, worth £38 million in total, are led by a diverse range or organisations from the UK’s growing space sector, from large companies such as Inmarsat and CGI, to start-ups such as Guildford-based Earth-i. The UK Space Agency and industry are working together to grow the UK’s share of the global space market to 10% by 2030.UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:“The UK’s space sector is going from strength to strength. It pioneers new technology and provides jobs for 40,000. Today I can announce that the space sector’s capabilities are being put to use to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.“The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme will help developing countries tackle big issues like disaster relief and disease control, while showcasing the services and technology on offer from our leading space businesses.”The International Partnership Programme is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): a £1.5 billion fund from the UK Government, which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.First round projectsThere are 22 existing projects already delivering benefits, including a partnership between Inmarsat and the Philippine government to reduce the impact of natural disasters using satellite communications, which was called into action in December and January when tropical storms killed hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands more to evacuation centres. The project used British technology and expertise to help relief workers get information in and out of the disaster zones which greatly increase the effectiveness of the response effort, helping them save lives and restore critical infrastructure.Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said:“Inmarsat was originally founded to save lives at sea and we are proud that, almost 40 years later, our robust, reliable satellite communication services are deployed throughout the world to assist following natural disasters and humanitarian crises, wherever they occur.“With the invaluable support of the UK Space Agency, we have been able to pre-equip disaster response teams in the Philippines with vital satellite communications solutions. This meant that when two deadly cyclones hit the country over a two week period, resulting in loss of life and serious damage to terrestrial communications infrastructure, Philippine authorities were able to utilise Inmarsat’s mobile connectivity services to assess the damage and identify the needs of those regions most affected.”All IPP projects are match-funded by consortium members and international partners to ensure maximum value for money. The programme is fully compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) with the Independent Commission for Aid Impact recently reporting that the UK Space Agency had developed robust procedures for ensuring ODA eligibility and was thorough in its ODA compliance screening.Details of all ten global projects announced today can be found here and here.More information about the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme can be found at this link.last_img read more

Words matter when describing addiction

first_img Read Full Story Using judgmental words like “junkie,” “crackhead,” or even “substance abuser” can increase the stigma associated with substance use disorders and can end up driving people away from the treatment they need, according to an Oct. 4, 2016 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).“The basic message is that words matter,” said Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in an Oct. 5, 2016 Huffington Post article. Koh co-authored the JAMA “Viewpoint” with Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Fear of negative reactions from neighbors, community members, and employers can keep people from seeking treatment for substance abuse disorders, Koh said.But choosing words without negative connotations can help, Koh and Botticelli wrote. For instance, the commonly used term “drug abuser”—potentially stigmatizing—could be replaced with “person with a substance use disorder.”Said Koh, “Changing the language can reduce stigma that isolates people and remove barriers that hold too many people back from receiving the treatment they need and deserve.”last_img read more

College accepts 964 early-admission applicants for Class of 2022

first_imgMy grandmother picked cotton in the Texas fields with only a second grade education. Her granddaughter got accepted to Harvard College tonight. All glory to God. #Harvard2022 @Harvard @applytoharvard— Molly Martinez (@mollymartinezm) December 13, 2017 All the hard work was worth it. I got accepted to Harvard at 16!! #Harvard #Harvard2022— Tha Little Man (@AyrtonLittle) December 13, 2017 Harvard College’s Class of 2022 has 964 prospective members, as notifications were sent Monday to the 6,630 students who applied for admission under the Early Action program. Last year 938 of 6,473 applicants were admitted.“From small towns, suburbs, and cities — from throughout the United States and around the world — the Class of 2022 promises to be among the best classes in Harvard’s long history,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “The wide range of their intellectual and extracurricular excellences combined with the diversity of their life experiences and backgrounds will add immeasurably to the education of fellow classmates over the next four years.”All measures of economic diversity rose for students applying for early admission to the Class of 2022. First-generation college students make up nearly 10.6 percent of students admitted early, compared with 8.7 percent last year. Nearly 58 percent have applied for financial aid so far, up from 57 percent last year, and nearly 13 percent have requested an application fee waiver, well over last year’s 10.7 percent.“Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program played a major role in attracting so many outstanding students to apply early this year,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “Thanks to our generous need-based aid and no loan requirement, Harvard costs the same or less than most public universities for 90 percent of American families.”Harvard’s leading financial aid program continues to send a strong message of access to outstanding students from all economic backgrounds. Since launching the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in 2005, Harvard has awarded nearly $1.8 billion in grant aid to undergraduates. The undergraduate financial aid award budget has increased more than 131 percent, from $80 million in 2005 to more than $185 million in 2017. Further, Harvard’s net-price calculator makes it easy for families to get a sense of the College’s affordability.The Class of 2022 promises to be exceedingly diverse. African-Americans make up 13.9 percent of students admitted early, compared with 12.6 percent last year; Asian-Americans 24.2 percent, up from 21.7 percent last year; Latinos 9.8 percent, a 1 percent increase over last year; and Native Americans/Native Hawaiians 1.8 percent, compared with 1.1 percent last year.Women make up 47 percent of the admitted class so far, compared with 48 percent last year. Geographic origins and intended academic concentrations are similar to those of the Class of 2021.“We are very grateful to our undergraduates for all they have done to recruit such a strong applicant pool,” said Anne De Luca, associate dean for admissions and financial aid recruitment.Recruitment continues to be vitally important in attracting a strong early admissions group each year. In the coming months Harvard undergraduates will be working hard to reach out to the admitted students. The Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP), Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), Harvard First Generation Program, Harvard College Connection, and the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) all play crucial roles in recruitment efforts.“Our not-so-secret weapon in assembling classes of distinction is our 10,000 alumni who attend college nights, interview candidates, host admit parties, and telephone admitted students,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “They make an enormous difference in enrolling such outstanding classes each year.”Members of the teaching faculty and admissions and financial aid officers will write personal notes, telephone, employ social media, and meet with admitted students as part of Harvard’s comprehensive recruitment efforts. Students will also be invited to attend Visitas, a weekend visiting program that offers them a wealth of information about life in Cambridge. This year’s Visitas will be held April 21–23, although students may visit at other times as well.Affordability will be very important as admitted students consider Harvard among their college choices in the coming months. One of five Harvard families has an annual income of less than $65,000 and pays nothing toward the cost of their student’s education. These students also receive a $2,000 “startup” grant to help them as they make the transition to College. More than half of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid, and the average grant for a financial aid student is $53,000. Families with incomes up to $150,000 and typical assets pay 10 percent or less of their annual incomes. Families with higher incomes receive need-based aid depending on individual circumstances.In addition to the 964 admitted students announced yesterday, 4,882 were deferred, 611 denied, and 173 were incomplete. The deadline for regular action admissions is Jan. 1, and students will be notified of admissions decisions on March 28.Harvard’s Early Action is nonbinding, so students are now free to apply to other institutions and compare other admission and financial aid offers until May 1, the national common reply date.Some Class of 2022 students took to social media to show their excitement after reading their acceptance letters.center_img read more