Scope invites supporters to sponsor a shop

Scope invites supporters to sponsor a shop AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Disability charity Scope added another variant to the sponsorship model by inviting people to sponsor a new charity shop. Donors can loan or donate £50,000 to open a new shop, from which Scope will generate an even greater ongoing income.Since each shop generates up to £30,000 a year, according to Scope, the loan can be paid back “within two years”.The charity is promoting this model as The Scope Venture Philanthropy Fund.New shops already fundedScope has already successfully persuaded a number of people to invest in its fundraising in this way. Eight people donated and lent a total of £100,000 to open two shops this year in Ely and St Neots in Cambridgeshire.After a 12-month test, the charity is now looking to expand the scheme, and aims to attract enough people to open up to 15 new shops by March 2013.New patron Richard BradburyThe scheme should benefit from the expertise of former River Island chief executive Richard Bradbury who has joined the charity as a patron. He is already working with online retailer Boden, at which he is a non-executive director, and other brands to support the scheme.Bradbury said: “This scheme… offers donors an opportunity to not just support a service, but see their donation put to work, multiply and come to life in the form of a shop. This then provides a sustainable on-going income for Scope and the work it does to support disabled people and their families.”Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of Scope, added: “By helping us open a new shop, a supporter will see their donation triple in value in just five years. Scope is about making this a better place for disabled people – this new way of fundraising means we can run more campaigns and provide more services that help us achieve that vision”.Scope has 235 charity shops. In 2011/12 the shops generated £2.9 million of income for the charity’s work with disabled people, a 27% increase on the previous 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.  55 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 September 2012 | News Tagged with: Finance Major gift Trading read more

Roots, shoots, trees

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGardeners often get dirt under their fingernails. On “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” Sept. 5, Reeves gets mud up to his armpits, tames bamboo and grows mimosas. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens shows Reeves a muddy method to pot bare root magnolia trees. It proves clay isn’t always bad for plant roots and can leave them prepared for a healthy life. Bamboo can be a serious landscape pest. Once it escapes, it’s hard to get the roots and stems back into their designated spot. Reeves shows the difference between running bamboo and clumping bamboo.The flowers are attractive, and the trees are easy to grow. What’s not to like about mimosa? Well, it grows too easily, and it readily gets diseased. Walter highlights this common Southern plant.The show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site read more

Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample

first_imgAnthony Joshua’s next opponent Jarrell Miller has returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, says Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.American Miller, 30, is due to fight Briton Joshua, 29, at Madison Square Garden in New York on 1 June.Joshua is scheduled to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Miller, who has never fought for a world title. Hearn said Joshua’s “preparations continue” for his US debut.Hearn said he had been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) about the finding from a sample collected on 20 March. VADA operates within boxing and mixed martial arts.“We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon,” he said on Twitter.Miller’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, said: “We are in the process of obtaining further information about Vada’s finding and will have more to say soon on this developing situation. In the meantime Jarrell continues to train for his 1 June fight against Anthony Joshua.”Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham said they “will 100% be looking at replacement options” if Miller is not allowed to fight.Joseph Parker, who Joshua beat on points in Cardiff last year to win the WBO belt, said on Twitter he was “very ready and willing” to step in.Miller, nicknamed ‘Big Baby’, has 23 wins and a draw as a professional, winning 20 of his fights by knockout, but the unbeaten Joshua represents a huge step up in class.In his last contest, Miller weighed in at 22st 7lb – almost five stone heavier than Joshua’s weight before his victory over Alexander Povetkin in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony-Joshua-and-Jarrell-last_img read more

ACC Holds Boot Camp for Anyone Interested in Welding and Cutting Automation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Community College is still busy despite being out for the summer. The Welding and Cutting Automation Department hosted a weeklong manufacturing boot camp to anyone interested in learning more about the job of welding and cutting automation’s.“Manufacturing is very different from what it use to be years ago. So our opportunity to introduce people in our community to advance manufacturing techniques, and equipment that’s available to them and used in the field is very, very valuable to our community members,” TAACCCT Grant Director, Dawn Stone said. When it comes to welding, and other manufacturing jobs within the Alpena area there is a high demand for employment, which is a plus for the economy.“There is a lot here. It makes me feel really good about the economy to see people working. It makes me feel really good about Alpena as well. There’s work here. You go right out of high school, and move on to ACC, and boot camp, you have interviews with people that have these big companies. It’s a great safe way of entering the job market with some support for something that you make have never done before, for support for going into the full time labor force,” Student and Sliversmith, Betsy Lehndorff said. Stone said the key to boot camps at ACC is for future students to make sure they are ready to make commitments to their career choice.“Employment is a big commitment, education is a big commitment, so what better opportunity is it to get a taste of a piece before you decide what aspect you want to work for basically or potentially for the rest of your life,” Stone added.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, Manufactoring Boot Camp, Welding and Cutting AutomationContinue ReadingPrevious American Red Cross Holds More Blood Drives for Hospital Patients Throughout AreaNext National HIV Testing Daylast_img read more

Iowa company’s soy-based product helps scrub the mess protesters leave behind

first_imgMany recent protests have left public places marred by spray painted slogans and an Iowa-based company is helping clean it up, in locales ranging from Old Capitol in Iowa City to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Jeff Gard is spokesman for Natural Soy Products, headquartered in Brooklyn, Iowa. Gard says the company’s Graffiti Remover is made with soybean oil and it’s 100-percent eco-friendly.The user either sprays it on and depending on the surface, it can be wiped off with a rag or a towel,” Gard says. “Several places that are using our product right now are spraying it on, letting it sit for 10, 15, 20 minutes, and they’re using a high-pressure sprayer to take it off.” The product is designed to removespray paint from nearly any surface, including brick and concrete. Gard says their clients include the City of Los Angeles which used it on the L-A Post Office and along the Walk of Fame, while others are much closer to home.“The City of Iowa City, a couple of weeks ago with all the situation going on there, has purchased a substantial amount of our product,” Gard says. “That’s what they’re doing, cleaning up all of the graffiti that’s been tagged on all the local municipalities and the statues and everything.” The University of Iowa is also a client. The company uses soybean oil in a host of industrial products, including a paint stripper, a concrete sealer and a highway joint compound.naturalsoyproducts.comlast_img read more

BC Leaders Debate

first_imgThe B.C. election campaign is entering the stretch run after a testy leadership debate, which saw the two major party leaders again exchange verbal shots over gang violence, the economy and a variety of social issues. NDP leader Carole James once again challenged the Premier, on the lack of an increase in the provincial minimum wage… [asset|aid=1327|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-James_10_Pub.mp3] For his part, Mr. Campbell stuck to his argument, that increasing the wage will just further damage, an already badly damaged economy… [asset|aid=1328|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-Campbell_3_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Green Party leader Jane Sterk said the minimum wage is red herring in both the major party platforms, and proposed instead, a guaranteed livable income for all BC residents. She also repeated her contention, albeit with some shaky grammer, that voters have had a belly full of the Liberal/New Democrat blame game…. [asset|aid=1329|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2adc3101b1c784e05d6ee21b3401772a-Sterk_3_Pub.mp3] A post debate Ipsos-Reid online poll suggests, James narrowly won the debate, with 36 percent of those voting, rating her performance the best of the night.Advertisementlast_img read more

SA’s Baker is Mavericks champ

first_img8 February 2006Durban surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker has claimed the prestigious Mavericks surf title at Half Moon Bay in California, in a contest dubbed “The Super Bowl of Surfing”.Baker made it into the big wave contest, often labelled “the most dangerous surf contest on the globe,” only after online voters of Surfer Magazine decided he deserved a spot in the line-up. He didn’t disappoint those who showed their support for him.‘An impossible dream’Twice he scored perfect 10s to walk away with the win and $30 000 in prize money. “I never thought this was possible for me,” Baker said. “For someone from South Africa, this is an impossible dream.”As is the case for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa (BWA), surfed at Dungeons off Cape Point in South Africa, the Mavericks contest is surfed only when the conditions are deemed right and on Tuesday they were.Baker came up big early on, scoring his first perfect wave in the third heat of the first round. Then, when it counted most, he notched his second 10 in the final to capture the honours.It was the first time a non-Santa Cruz-based surfer has claimed the victory. With the local guys (Santa Cruz is about 100 kilometres from Mavericks) having the opportunity to experience the testing waves year round, they had always previously won, but not this time as Baker delivered a magical performance.‘The best I’ve ever surfed’“That’s the best I’ve ever surfed,” said Baker afterwards. “There were 20-foot waves out there.big bombs. I had a hideous wipeout. I made a couple rides that I shouldn’t have. What a day!”Contest organiser Jeff Clark, the man who discovered the break at Mavericks, commented: “Every wave at Mavericks is a challenge.”Daryl ‘Flea’ Virostko, a three-time winner of the event, and a visitor to South Africa for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, failed to make an impression this time round, while defending champion Anthony Tashnick, who has also contested the BWA, was knocked out early on.Santa Cruz local Tyler Smith finished second to Baker and took home $10 000 for his efforts, while Brock Little pocketed $5 000 for third place.last_img read more

Spirit of Odisha

first_imgSet up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international,Set up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international agencies and the Government.”The uniqueness of our institute is the pervasiveness of Jesuit values in all our work and actions, the predominance of collegial culture that encourages questioning and debates and the free and fair exchange of ideas,” explains Father Paul Fernandes, vice chancellor of Xavier University and director of XIMB. “These deep rooted cultures and values percolate down to the students who come from diverse educational and social backgrounds, having varied academic and industry experience. Our ultimate goal is to help our students to understand the true meaning of compassion, caring for others and at the same time spread the entrepreneurial spirit,” he adds.Last year XIMB set up the Xavier University (XUB). Located on a sprawling campus at Kurki, XUB has started offering management programmes using the latest in infrastructure and technology. The six programmes include postgraduate degree in business management (MBA), postgraduate degree in human resource management (MBA- HRM), postgraduate Community development, international exchanges and social entrepreneurship are just some of the highlights of campus life at the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar. By Sonali Acharjee degree in rural management (MBA- RM), part-time MBA, doctoral programme in management (ph.D) and the MBA in global management. The courses offered under each programme are of two types – core courses and elective courses.”We want to offer courses that cater to the emerging needs of the society and business – the content and delivery is updated regularly in consultation with experts from academics and industry,” says Fernandes. Interestingly, despite the job slowdown in the country, the institute achieved 100 per cent placement for students in MBA, MBA- HRM and MBA-RM in the last year. XIMB is also one of the few campuses in India where the Mahindra Group conducts their annual summer internship and placement event ‘war room’. “We have developed an extensive international network for collaboration with many international business schools. There are also over a dozen students’ societies in the field of academic, culture and sports. These societies are completely managed by students thus giving them the chance to learn beyond class rooms and to hone their soft skills,” explains Fernandes. For those interested in research and writing, the institute also publishes several noted journals that include Vilakshan, International Journal of Development and Social Research (IJDSR), Journal of Case Research, Journal of Research Practice and the Research World.advertisementCurrently the total number of students enrolled under various programmes at XIMB, XUB is around 1,090. This includes 140 rural management students, 145 human resource management students, 600 MBA students, 96 in the executive MBA course, 35 doctoral students and 14 Global MBA students. Additionally there are around 60 students in the school of commerce. “As part of our commitment to the development and growth of Odisha, conscious effort is always made to have about fifty percent of the students from the domicile of the State,” emphasises Fernandes.The institute is also home to a number of specialised centres which include the Center for Case Research, Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC), Center for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CRRCSR), Incubation Center. “Our social venture incubator aims to accelerate the successful development of social ventures through an array of business support resources and services. The incubator defines a social venture as a venture which focuses on achieving social change. It may or may not be a for-profit venture,” says Fernandes. Some of the social ventures aided by the incubator include Grassroutes (rural and tribal tourism venture); Dhriti (working with rural entrepreneurship); Milkmantra (a part of the country’s white revolution); Earth 360 ecoventures (pioneer in value-added millet products); Onergy (providing energy solutions to grid villages) and Wondergrass (aims to harness the potential of bamboo products).On the other hand, the EDC works to support institutions that are working in the development sector including NGOs and other agencies in the state. The cell provides expertise through consultancy and training programmes,. It also helps the institutions in the implementation of various developmental schemes in the field.In the last few years the institute has also been successful in securing several accreditations that include the SAQS Accreditation by the Association of Management Development Institutions in south Asia (AMDISA) and the NBA Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation. The institute is currently in the process of obtaining recognition by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well. Whether it’s the beautiful campus, unique extra-curricular activities or simply the idea of being a part of an institute that remains committed towards fair student development, XIMB is quickly becoming a favourite with management students across the country.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: Our best hope is fourth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho: Our best hope is fourthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says a top four finish is the best they can hope for this season.United are reeling after their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Mourinho said afterwards, “We can still finish fourth. “It’s not easy, but for sure we are going to finish in the top six like all the other historically top teams but the best we can get is the fourth position. Right now we need to look to fifth and probably later we can look to the fourth.” last_img