Supermarkets’ hot air over charity balloon event

Howard Lake | 9 August 2000 | News Supermarkets’ hot air over charity balloon event  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Supermarkets Somerfield and Tesco are in dispute over a charity fundraising event involving a hot air balloon.Read Supermarket rivals create charity row by Charles McKelvey at Marketing Week (registration required). 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Film Is Here

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic “Snowden” was released online Tuesday.The teaser offers very little in the way of substance. Instead, we get dramatic music, varied shots of a weathered American flag hovering upside down, and a very brief synopsis of the NSA whistleblower’s career. There’s no sighting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, or Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. The trailer ends with Stone providing his own edited version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which reads: “One Nation/Under Surveillance/For Liberty/And Justice for All.”When it debuts on Christmas, “Snowden” will be the first fictional account of Snowden’s life and eventual rise from NSA contractor to famed whistleblower and world fugitive to hit theaters. Last year, Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” claimed the Oscar for Best Documentary. The riveting story followed Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong, where they first met Snowden two years ago. Check it out:last_img read more

Matic wants to take back control

first_img Chelsea can expect contact from the Football Association on Tuesday over Ramires’ apparent elbow in the face of Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson that went unpunished, and assistant coach Rui Faria’s sending off for confronting fourth official Phil Dowd. Matic said Chelsea can ill afford to bemoan their Black Cats defeat if they want to salvage their silverware dreams. “I can say that we gave our best, I saw after the game that every player was sad because of the result,” the 25-year-old told Chelsea TV. “We tried, we fought until the end for the result, until the last minute, and we were unlucky not to win. “Everybody knew how important it was for us, this game, but that’s football. “Now we can’t do anything, we have to look forward, get focused on the Champions League, because as you know the Premier League title is going to be difficult to win.” Jose Mourinho suffered his first home Premier League defeat in 78 games on Saturday, and Chelsea are yet to face leaders Liverpool at Anfield on April 27. Chelsea will hope goalkeeper Petr Cech will recover from the virus that ruled him out of the Sunderland defeat in time for Tuesday’s Atletico trip. The Blues will also sweat on the fitness of midfielder Eden Hazard, who will need to train on Monday to have any chance of making Mourinho’s match squad for the Madrid battle. Brazilian midfielder Ramires could well have played his last Chelsea game this season too, after appearing to strike Sunderland’s Larsson in the face. Ramires’ strike was missed by referee Mike Dean, and the fact the official took no action leaves the door open for the FA to impose a charge. With his two prior red cards for the season, Ramires could be facing a five-match ban, and that would end his campaign prematurely. Chelsea assistant coach Faria can also expect FA censure after being sent off for overzealous criticism of fourth official Dowd. Blues manager Mourinho had to restrain Faria as he lost his cool, even grabbing his assistant by the hair. Chelsea must wrestle back control of their season in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid, according to Nemanja Matic. Midfielder Matic admitted Chelsea surrendered all the power in the Barclays Premier League title race with Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland. Loan star Fabio Borini’s penalty sealed Sunderland’s Stamford Bridge victory on Saturday, handing the striker’s parent club Liverpool the upper hand in the title battle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sophomore Safdar draws on lifetime of lacrosse to provide leadership for Syracuse

first_imgKomal Safdar started playing tennis as a toddler just for fun. She continued playing all through her childhood, but didn’t really consider her future in the sport until she was a teen.“I didn’t really start structured lessons in tennis until I was around 10 years old,” Safdar said.Now, Safdar is an integral player for Syracuse (2-5). Her preparation and energy have won over the entire team. On a team lacking senior leadership, the sophomore has stepped into that role through her attitude toward the sport.Safdar began playing in tournaments during her teenage years, discovering she had a knack for the game. She developed a love for the sport of tennis, a love that was organic, coming from her own enthusiasm.“It was also a lot self-motivated because my parents never made me play,” Safdar said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s that enthusiasm that makes her the effective leader of a team devoid of a strong veteran presence.“She’s probably the one that I really direct a lot of the students to,” head coach Luke Jensen said, “to talk to about how to study better, how to study smarter.”Jensen has even begun using a phrase of Safdar’s. Following an unsatisfactory grade on an assignment, Safdar said she needed to “reorganize and restructure the way I study.” Now, following a bad practice or bad stretch, Jensen will tell his team the same thing Safdar told him.When describing her practice habits, Safdar epitomizes the saying, “practice how you play.” Doubles partner Amanda Rodgers notices the passion Safdar brings to practice daily.“In practice she’s really intense and she’s really pumped up so it makes me pumped up and I think it makes the whole team really intense and really wanting to get better every day,” Rodgers said.Safdar’s performance on the court is derived from the mentality she brings to the court every single day.“She thinks about it,” Jensen said. “A lot of people walk out here and they just play tennis, you know, like it’s a recreational sport, and for her it’s an approach of ‘How can I better myself every single day in my area?’”The preparation extends to off of the court as well when partners Rodgers and Safdar review their plan of action.“The night before, she’s always really focused,” Rodgers said. “We always talk about doubles the night before and what we’re going to do and how we’re going to play, and so I think it’s really important because she’s already visualizing the match the next day.Safdar’s journey led her to Syracuse, but it is far from finished. She plans on following the structure of the SU program Jensen has developed, where the end goal is a degree, as well as a future in professional tennis.But before the professional stage, Safdar can continue to build upon her successes that have gotten her this far. Safdar is just a sophomore, but has compiled a 36-19 overall record (.528).  Teaming up with Rodgers, she is undefeated in four doubles matches this season.What will always stick with Safdar is her drive to become a better tennis player, something Jensen especially takes note of.“Purpose is her theme,” Jensen said, “and when I think of her, I think of someone who is very articulate and very driven and very focused, but lives with a purpose.”Her arrival at Syracuse was a step, but the ride isn’t done yet. There are no guarantees she has a future in professional tennis, but she hasn’t known anything other than the tennis court since she started playing as a child.Said Safdar: “I can’t imagine not playing tennis after college.” Comments Related Stories Doubles team of Safdar, Rodgers continues winning streak in home victory over West VirginiaTENNIS : Harman, Safdar provide Syracuse with formidable doubles tandem Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 12:52 am Contact Danny: [email protected]last_img read more

City Of Lacey Recruiting Youth Representatives To Council Advisory Boards

first_imgSubmitted by City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is still seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.Eligible candidates should be 16-18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area. Applications are accepted from April 1 to June 1. The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term.The Lacey City Council started this program in 2003 with the intent of enhancing youth involvement with local government. Youth representatives will be appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by Council, and will become a voting member of the Board or Commission.Interested volunteers can contact Peri Edmonds at (360) 438-2620, or by email at [email protected] You may also pick up an application in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, or download an application from the City’s website at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Thurston County Traffice: Weekend Work in Lacey Rescheduled

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThe around-the-clock closure of the Marvin Road (State Route 510) on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 in Lacey has been rescheduled due to equipment issues.If the weather cooperates, the busy on-ramp will close to all traffic at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27. The around-the-clock closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.The closure will allow crews to rebuild the on-ramp in an effort to upgrade the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Advance information about this project and other roadwork on state highways is available at the Thurston County construction and travel updates web page.last_img

Speed-camera operators vote for strike action

first_imgSpeed camera operators have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot counted yesterday (Fri). The trade union Siptu said its members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly backed industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot conducted on Friday, according to The Irish Times. Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said: “Our members were left with no option other than to vote for industrial action due to the continued refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation which confirms that it is Siptu representatives who have the sole right to negotiate on behalf of its members with management. “Our members have serious concerns relating to working conditions at the company. The employees of GoSafe were frustrated in their attempts to negotiate with their employer as it refused to attend the conciliation services of the State.”Mr Carr criticised what he described as “ the unacceptable practice of Government departments issuing contracts for State services to companies who refuse to engage with the industrial relations bodies of the State”.“This is a completely unacceptable situation when such companies are in receipt of large amounts of public funds.”He said Siptu wrote to Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to its members’ concerns. “Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action, which could impact on the operation of measures to ensure road safety. “Unfortunately, the Minister declined to intervene, despite the possible serious implications on road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”Speed-camera operators vote for strike action was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea man advises Markovic against Blues move

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman has told a Serbian newspaper that Lazar Markovic should think twice about a move to Stamford Bridge.The Blues have shown some interest in the teenage midfielder and were this week reported to be close to a deal to sign him from Partizan Belgrade.But Kezman believes Markovic ought to take note of other highly-rated youngsters failing to establish themselves after signing for Chelsea.“I hope that the quality and talent Markovic will be proved, but I’m afraid there are common examples of players who have ‘disappeared’, such as Romelu Lukaku,” Kezman told Sportski Zurna.“I had, at one time, an offer from AC Milan. However, I decided to go to PSV. For a young player, the Dutch or Spanish league is the best choice.”Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Open Source and Social Media: Community, Collaboration, Freedom

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification To most people, the term “open source” immediately conjures an image of two geeks sitting in a dark room (probably a basement) — curtains drawn, McDonald’s remains strewn across the desk, and 42 oz sodas within arms’ reach — coding away at their computers, listening to Linkin Park or a game soundtrack. People automatically associate it with endless lines of code, back-end technology, server rooms, computer science labs, and experimental (read: unsafe and buggy) technology.In reality, open-source software provides stable solutions, created by people and for people and used by companies of all sizes. Use Firefox? That’s open-source software. Google Chrome? It too is based on an open-source code. Ever look up a term on Wikipedia? The site is completely built on user-generated code and content. “In fact,” says Allison Randal, Program Chair of OSCON, “chances are you’re using a lot more open-source software than you know: on your computer or powering you favorite websites.”With the Open Source Convention (OSCON) set to take over San Jose tomorrow, we’ll provide a glimpse here of open source in layman’s terms and the potential intersection of open source and social media.Author: Ravit Lichtenberg is the founder and chief strategist at — a boutique consultancy focusing on helping companies succeed. Ravit works with CEOs, marketing groups, and social media managers to craft customer-centric engagement strategies that result in higher customer value, stronger customer community, improved monetization, and higher profitability. Ravit authors a blog at Is Open Source?“The ideas behind open source are about freedom,” continues Randal, “that people should have certain basic rights in the software that they use, the same as every other part of life. It’s about people’s rights to create things they’re passionate about.”Mozilla‘s founders, who spawned Firefox, walked away from the ashes of Netscape with a desire to change the Web browsing experience. Drupal and Joomla are content management systems that enable unlimited options in website building and publishing. Remember how difficult it used to be to build your own website? Now building one is free, open to all, flexible, and extendable: anyone with a passion or idea can build for it, and numerous companies are taking Drupal and Joomla and building easy-to-use website templates that anyone can use, no programming needed. Don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office? You can use OpenOffice for free — it will serve most of your needs.In essence, these projects, developers, and organizations address mature, business-critical issues in better, faster ways. This form of crowd-sourcing enables businesses to use solutions that would otherwise have required a lot more time and/or people to develop at a much higher total cost.Open Source Is EvolvingYou may have heard the phrase, “Open Source is free as in speech, not as in beer.” This phrase refers to the notion that while everyone can freely start and contribute to any project, the actual use of open source solutions may still come with a price tag — often for services and additional product layers that a company bundles with the open code. But for corporations that already spend millions of dollars just to keep the lights on, investing in open source increasingly makes better business sense. For the CIOs and CTOs of these companies, it’s not about the price tag of each solution but rather about the total cost of ownership over time, especially in a downturn economy.In a study conducted by Gartner and reported by Matt Asay at CNET, CIOs reported they have increased investment in open-source software and decreased investment in proprietary software. CIOs reported that by investing in open source they were able to do the following:Reduce costs by 87% (while meeting or exceeding expectations),Improve quality by 92%,Ease integration and customization by 86%,Quicken pace of innovation by 82%,Improve support by 84%,Increase standards compliance by 91%,Decrease time to market by 82%.Michael Fauscette, Group Vice-President of Software Business Solutions at IDC, recently highlighted changes in the adoption of open source. IDC found that as recently as 2007, CIOs were reluctant to adopt social media software for fear of IP infringement and poor support: two mission-critical elements of any enterprise. By 2008, says Fauscette, CIOs reported that they preferred open-source software precisely because of the quality of support it comes with. And as for their fear of IP infringement, that was no longer at the top of the list because of standards and self-policing.Open source doesn’t only serve IT companies, though. It is now being explored for government and health care data management and access. Open-source software, in other words, has moved from the basements of Linkin Park fans to the desks of the largest corporations in the US.Sound familiar? The evolution of open source may sound a bit like the evolution of another web-related phenomenon, what has become known as Web 2.0 social media and social networking. Like open-source software, social media is about the basic human right to communicate, organize, and maintain control of one’s own experiences. And both address the needs of companies to do more at higher quality with less money. Both social media and open-source software involve communities and are fed by content: code in the case of open source, and media content in the case of social media.But unlike open source, social media has thus far primarily been a consumer play and is only now being explored by enterprises. Living on the Web, social media is also hardware and distribution-channel agnostic: it does not require pre-installation and does not compete with pre-bundled proprietary products. Historically, open source, being hardware dependent, has had greater distribution challenges: unless the software came pre-loaded on your hardware, notes Fauscette, you would rarely seek out alternatives to replace what you already have. Without a channel for hardware, distribution was driven primarily by hard-core tech enthusiasts.Seeds of ChangeCompanies that erected insurmountable barriers to protect their source code now realize that the cost of innovation and competition may be just too much compared to that of their competitors that use open-source software. Take Google’s Android, an iPhone competitor built on the open-source platform Linux. Android started off as closed-source software but very quickly became an open-source project. Developers can now build applications on top of Android’s platform and then use the code for their own Android-like products, just as developers use Firefox code to build their own browsers.2008 saw another significant milestone: the establishment of the Symbian Foundation to oversee the development of the Symbian operating system as an open-source platform, licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL). The Foundation’s members include Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, Samsung, LG, and AT&T. With this development, a once highly protected closed-source cell-phone operating system has opened up.Caleb Sima, Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, calls this “a clear move on Nokia’s part to try to catch up to the competition by using open source and the community to help evolve its features to those of smartphones.” Companies are now realizing that open-source software is a competitive advantage.What Open Source Means to Social MediaOpen source is the natural platform for fast-evolving social media and social networking. Forget about having to scale the walled gardens of social networks or having to upload, download, and link together multiple applications. With open source, everything is seamless and transparent. Picture a huge festive dinner table, set with dozens of mouth-watering dishes for you and your guests to pick from. You can heap whatever you like on your plate or, better yet, just dab your bread into whatever dish your please, all while seeing what others are putting on their plate and seeing whether they’re using a fork or a spoon and hearing the conversation around the table.But with all of these capabilities and openness, people will face new challenges on the Web. One big challenge will be to make the Web more personal and make it possible to simulate live interaction. One of the most promising companies to address this is Kaltura, maker of the only open-source online video management platform, with a free community platform, now used on over 35,000 websites and soon to be integrated into Wikipedia for user co-creation of rich media content. (Disclaimer: Kaltura is one of my client companies.)“Extensions like Kaltura make the Web real,” says Fauscette. “Video is in fact one of the big things we’ll see. This is an opportunity space, and first-mover advantage will be big.” For Fauscette, trust is a major sticking point: with the proliferation of networks, friends, followers, and brands online, helping people figure out who and what to trust will be key to making the Web personal.Whoever tries to control people’s relationships will lose. Whoever enables people to create and share experiences that are relevant to them across any website, with anyone, the way they want will win. And open source will create many more winners than losers.More About Open SourceOSCON is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this coming week in a four-day conference in San Jose, California. In addition to the usual technical tracks, OSCON has added people and business tracks and many free events. You can register for a free pass to the expo hall (yes, free as in beer) and attend the “Birds of a Feather” un-conference, Ignite party, Hackathon, and much more (all free). Check out the list of events.Great resources online include Open Source InitiativeOpen Government, Open Data Initiatives, SourceForge (where you can find a list of ongoing projects and downloads), Open Video Alliance, and the excellent short and sweet write-ups by open-source experts such as CNET’s Matt Asay.Oh, and there’s always Wikipedia (where smiles are always open). ravit lichtenberg from ustratecenter_img Tags:#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

As Google Video Shuts Its Doors, Here’s How to Save the Content

first_imgaudrey watters Long before Google acquired YouTube, it had its own rival video service, aptly titled Google Video. True, Google Video never had the viral power of YouTube, but it was a place where you could upload video content that was longer than YouTube’s 5 minute limit. And even though the site hasn’t allowed uploads since 2009, there’s still a lot of content there – some 2.8 million videos, according to Google Operating System.Google Video became a video search engine rather than a storage and sharing site, but now it’s official: it’s shutting down. Effective April 29, videos will no longer be available for playback. If you’ve uploaded files there, you have until May 13 to download your content.Google has emailed video owners to that effect, notifying them of the need to download their files and host them elsewhere. There is no push button to migrate to YouTube, no plans to move the videos en masse. There can’t be, really, as there would be licensing and copyright issues galore with a merge of the two systems without verifying ownership. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Download the Videos, Archive the VideosInstead, Google instructs users to download their videos manually. (You’ll see a “download” option next to your videos, which will change to “already downloaded” once you’ve succesfully done so.)Of course, users might have been wise to have started this process when the service axed uploads in 2009,. But if they haven’t, there’s no time to waste. If they don’t, the content will be effectively lost.“It’s really disappointing,” says Google Operating System, surmising that a lot of content probably won’t be moved. To that end, the Archive Team are scrambling to save as much material as possible. The Archive Team helps preserve dead and dying websites, and with a month’s notice before Google Video is shuttered, they’re working to set up ways to scrape and save the data. (Those interested in helping can find more information here.) has donated 100 TB for storage in support of the effort.Image credits: Google Operation System Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more