Footballers take part in Shoot for Love challenge

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 www.thepurplepim.com. Footballers take part in Shoot for Love challenge Tagged with: Celebrity fundraising events sport AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Footballers around the world are taking part in a nomination-based challenge to raise money to help children with cancer. Shoot for Love is organised by Be Kind and the Korean Association for Children with Leukemia and Cancer. Since May, the challenge has raised over $200,000. Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is one of the latest footballers to take up the challenge, which sees participants take 10 shots at the target on a giant archery board from a distance of 10 metres.The target’s bull’s eye is worth 10 points, with the points reducing the further away the shot lands. For every point scored, sponsors including PlayDog Soft, make a donation to the Korean Association for Children with Leukemia and Cancer to help children with cancer.Patrice Evra recently shot to the top of the leaderboard, knocking down John Terry and Jonjo Shelvey into joint 2nd position.Kondogbia has now nominated Paul Pogba, Mario Lemina and Lucas Digne to take part in the challenge, while Evra nominated Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Paul Pogba.Jun Kim, director of the Shoot For Love Challenge, said:‘The campaign has already attracted football royalty from around the world, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Spanish legends Carles Puyol and Raul Gonzalez, Ricardo Kakà, Chelsea F.C. captain, John Terry, New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard, Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane, PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu, Patrice Evra and many others raising funds for children with cancer.”  347 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  348 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Melanie May | 11 April 2016 | Newslast_img read more

100 hurdles gold for Allison at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgJAMAICA’s Shanette Allison hit the tape in 13.26 seconds to mine gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas on Saturday.Allison finished ahead off Australia’s Lateisha Willis, who stopped the clock in 13.55 seconds.Willis only just earned her silver medal, as Canada’s Katarina Vlahovic breathed down her neck to finish in 13.58 seconds.The two, were as far behind Allison as they were ahead of England’s Philippa Earley, who was fourth in 13.72.The field stretched out uncharacteristically for a 100-metre hurdles event with South Africa’s Elsabe Atoinet van der Merwe, the 16-year-old clocking 13.80.Another Australian, Tiana Death, was sixth in 13.98, while Barbados’ Hannah Connell was seventh in 13.99.Canada’s Tyra Boug was the slowest of the pack in 14.19.last_img read more

BUNDORAN MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING GARDA

first_imgA BUNDORAN MAN is alleged to have punched a garda in the face leaving him with a bruised jaw during a roadside assault.Pat Barry, 53, from St Bridget’s Terrace in Bundoran, was being arrested by gardai for public order matters when he struck out at the officer, a court heard.Judge Des Zaidan ordered that garda statements be furnished to the defendant’s solicitor and he adjourned the matter for four weeks. The defendant appeared before Naas District Court charged with seriously assaulting Garda Rory Sheriff.He is also charged with threatening and abusive behaviour at Main Street, Sallins, Co Kildare on June 13 last year.Outlining the allegation, an inspector alleged that Barry struck a blow to Garda Sheriff, who suffered bruising, but no bones were broken and he made a full recovery. The judge adjourned the case to April.BUNDORAN MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING GARDA was last modified: March 15th, 2011 by gregShare 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

49ers draft: Which receiver will become Garoppolo’s go-to guy?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – The 49ers coveted the No. 2 overall draft pick so much they refused to swap it last month for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Could they instead use that pick on some new hot shot to catch Jimmy Garoppolo’s passes into the next decade?Hold on, there. Only five wide receivers have gone in the draft’s top two slots since 1970, and none in this year’s class are so highly perceived.Maybe, just maybe, if the 49ers trade down – rather than draft a defensive lineman for the fourth …last_img read more

High drama at the Midmar Mile

first_img12 February 2007There was high drama at the world’s largest open water swimming event on Sunday when the final race, for boys and men aged 14 to 30, was cancelled due to bad weather – the first time in the Midmar Mile’s 34-year history that a race has been called off.Raced over two days, with four races each day, conditions for the Midmar Mile on Saturday were scorching, with the temperatures in the mid-thirties before the discomfort index was taken into consideration. On Sunday, it was a different story altogether.It rained throughout Saturday evening and into the new day. A light sprinkling of rain fell consistently through Sunday’s first race, the girl’s 13 and under and women’s 31 and older. During event two, the boy’s and men’s equivalent, conditions were much the same.By the third race, the women’s 14 to 30 year age group, the rain became heavier and the winds rose, bringing with them a biting cold.Shocked facesThen came an announcement from race organiser Wayne Riddin that only seeded swimmers would be allowed to contest the final race. There were plenty of shocked faces as it filtered through. Shortly afterwards the decision to cancel the race entirely followed.Within minutes it became clear why Riddin pulled the plug as the winds drove from south to north across the west to east course, causing choppy and sizeable waves to form, with a whispery mist blanketing the dam.It was a disappointing conclusion to the weekend, but the primary priority for the organisers is the safety of the competitors and Riddin felt that it couldn’t be guaranteed, thus his decision, which he reckoned was easy to make given the circumstances.For defending champion Troyden Prinsloo, who had flown out from the University of Georgia to attempt to become the first male swimmer to win the Midmar Mile three years in succession, it was a terrible blow. Prinsloo said he would have swum no matter the conditions – but he’s a world class swimmer, unlike the majority of the field.Hungarian successesThe cancellation of the race also brought to an end the ambitions of the Hungarian national open water swimming team, who had enjoyed a fine day, taking victories in the boy’s and girl’s 13 and under categories, as well as in the women’s 31 to 40 age groupA number of the Hungarians, though, will get the opportunity to swim at Midmar Dam, with the holding of the 10-kilometre open water swim on Monday.Hungarian coach Tamas Vadjda validated Riddin’s decision, saying he realised “safety was the first concern”.Open women’s raceIn the open women’s event, victory went to Australia’s Melissa Gorman, who won her ticket to the Midmar Mile by clinching the Gold Coast Mile Down Under. It was a tight race.Through the first three hot spots, at 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1 200 metres, South African international Melissa Corfe led, chased by Gorman and three-time defending champion Keri-Ann Payne of Great Britain.Gorman, though, had chosen the best line into the finish and she crossed the finish line in 19 minutes and 52 seconds, well off the record of 18 minutes and 21 seconds set by Payne in 2006. However, considering the choppy conditions and a testing headwind, it was a fine effort.Corfe followed in second position in just over 20 minutes, with the defending champion relegated to third spot.The Eight-Mile ClubEfforts on behalf of charities were extremely successful. Members of the Eight-Mile Club were responsible for raising over R700 000 and that figure is one that was calculated before the final day’s events.The swimmers taking part in the Eight-Mile Club swim each and every race whilst raising funds for a wide number of charities. Fourteen-year-old Myles Brown was astonishingly successful in both the races and in raising money. In seven races, he was first across the finish line on four occasions, and he also brought in R24 000.Olympic silver medal winner and Deaflympics star Terence Parkin was rather less fortunate. He suffered a bite from a spider and gritted his way through Saturday’s four races. However, that evening he had to be rushed to hospital as a result of the bite. A substitute swimmer, Andrew Campbell, took Parkin’s place to continue raising money for the Fulton School for the Deaf.According to Riddin, this year’s entry was in the region of 16 500 swimmers, although other figures provided lift that number to anywhere from 16 700 to 17 000. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Children the focus for January activations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s initiative, Play Your Part, will host activations in January that will focus on children’s education and livelihood. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The year has barely started yet Play Your Part is already planning activations for the month of January. The events will focus on  children’s education and welfare. On Friday, 29 January, Play Your Part will be at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batlharos Village, Northern Cape, where it will open a mobile library.The initiative will build on Shout SA’s libraries initiative. It also acknowledges that active citizenship is the key to move South Africa forward. Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singers Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane to find ways of making the country safer for all.Both singers will be at the activation, alongside Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, who is the chairperson of Read a Book SA. Representatives from two other stakeholders, the Square Kilometre Array and Hip Hop Foundation, will also be at the event.Play Your Part will also be involved in two GEM activities this month. On 23 January, Play your Part and GEM volunteers will make their way to the Refilwe Community Project in Lanseria near Johannesburg to spend the day with its 130 children. Apart from playing with the children, participants will also help to prepare meals for them.On 30 and 31 January, GEM and Play Your Part will run a clean-up campaign at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg’s city centre.To join GEM activities, download GEM Project via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or get the app from the App Store and Google Play. Once you have signed in, you will be able to see which volunteering opportunities are available in your area. When you have decided on a day and a place, the app will tell you how many Gems you will earn for volunteering on the project.last_img read more

From environmental disaster to Ohio’s first conservation district

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Roosevelt toured the Great Plains with some leaders telling him to just abandon the region and let it go, it wasn’t worth the effort. Roosevelt said he could see in the people’s eyes that they intended to stay and survive. Hugh Hammond Bennett and other visionaries scheduled Congressional Hearings in 1935 on the creation of the “U.S. Soil Conservation Service” (SCS).Later as the enabling legislation was approved by Congress, Ohio finally passed legislation to authorize the formation of conservation districts on May 16, 1941. Under the legislation, local communities were asked to create locally led conservation districts. As “Conservation Districts” were created by local citizens, SCS would have the authority to provide technical assistance through that “District” to the landowners, with the District Supervisors overseeing the state and federal programs on behalf of those local land users.Highland County submitted its petition to the newly formed Ohio Soil Conservation Committee on March 25 1942. There were 72 residents who attended that hearing supporting the formation of a District in Highland County. That Petition being accepted, Highland County held the first required public referendum on April 18, 1942. The enabling legislation required 75 voters to pass a petition. Highland County registered 696 total voters and it passed by a 70% affirmative vote, making Highland County the first conservation district in Ohio on April 18, 1942. There were several counties planning to create districts that year, Champaign and Clark counties held their referendums a week after Highland and by the end of the year those three were joined by Butler, Coshocton, Morrow, Noble, Guernsey, Monroe, and Tuscarawas counties, for a total of 10 counties forming Districts in 1942.Later in June of 1942, the first Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor election was held in Highland County with Herbert Williams as chairman. Finally, the first Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Soil Conservation Service was signed and the work began. By the end of the 1940s, 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties had held their referendums and created soil conservation districts, the last of the 88 forming Districts was Lucas County in 1963.On a state level, the supervisors of Highland, Clark, and Butler counties met in September of 1943 to form an Association to represent the interests of all the supervisors in the state. They met, adopted by-laws and formed “The Ohio Federation of District Supervisors,” now known as “The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.” That private organization formed for the purpose of representing all district supervisors and guiding the formation and evolution of soil and water districts in Ohio.The conservation problem here in Ohio and the Corn Belt was not the wind erosion that had so dramatically defined the problems of the “Dust Bowl” across America’s Great Plains. Rather, the equally as damaging issue in the Midwest was water erosion creating gullies so big they could hide a truck or a tractor. Recognizing the problems and the practices that led to the problems took strength, resolve, and most-importantly local knowledge and leadership. The solutions and the processes to adopt and install those solutions were painful to accept and took courage by all involved. As the farmers and conservationist took on these challenges, they literally transformed agriculture across this country, making it a model for the entire world to follow. The genius of the movement was incorporating the locally-led component, which the SWCD continues to bring to the table in 2017.In the 1930s and 1940s, farmers were asked:1. To plow on the contour, to build terraces that slowed down the water runoff,2. To plant over 18,000 miles of windbreaks to help stop the wind,3. To leave crop residue on the surface, and4. To turn the most fragile areas back to their natural state of native prairie grass. Locally, farmers were building erosion control structures and healing the gullies created from poor rotations and bad water management. The country had made a pact with the American farmer: “We will help pay for the application of conservation practices if you will install them, maintain them, and become better stewards of the land.” Everyone should be proud of the fact that all of these programs remain voluntary today.The decade of the 1950s saw significant progress in the conservation movement in Ohio as county commissioners were authorized to appropriate funds to assist “Districts” which would be matched by the state. The 1954 Public Law 83-566, Watershed Protection and Flood Control Act authorized small watershed projects through SCS. In Ohio, the first two pilot projects were the Upper Hocking in Fairfield County and Rocky Fork in Highland County.The ‘50s also saw a growth in district education programs with sponsorship of 4-H camps andThis restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD. This restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD.the distribution of soil stewardship materials through area churches. In 1957, Conservation offices and staff in and around Highland County co-sponsored the World Conservation Exposition and Plowing Matches held in Adams County. This was the first such exposition held in the United States and represents the largest such expo ever held in southern Ohio.Conservation agencies worked for decades to complete soil surveys and publish them on a county-by-county basis. Highland County was surveyed from 1963 through 1968, and the document was printed in 1977. These surveys represent perhaps the most intensive study of the land and the soils that has ever been undertaken. Soil surveys provided the basis for all land disturbing activities and fertilization for crop production. Citizens can access all the findings of the soil survey, and use its findings to guide their land-use decisions.Highland County has always been a high priority for intensive land treatment practices and operations. Not so much that its farmers are that much more committed, but rather because geography and geology requires more vigilance. Highland County sits right on the terminal of the great glaciers of North America. Land from Leesburg northward being dominated by row-crop agriculture, having been leveled by the glaciers. South of Hillsboro is unglaciated steep wooded areas with fewer crops and more livestock. That border is an important region for conservation.No-till and minimum tillage became the most dominant method of controlling cropland erosion in the decade of the 1970s. No-till was not an easy step for agriculture to adopt, but as chemicals and equipment refinements have continued, farmers have been able to increase yields and reduce input costs, to the benefit of the land in reduced soil erosion. In 1986 Highland county was awarded the State Conservation Farmer, the top no-till corn yield and the top no-till soybean yield in the state. These were significant accomplishment from a southern Ohio county.Perhaps the single greatest advancement in private lands conservation was the passing of the 1985 Food Security Act (Farm Bill) as it was dominated by conservation provisions and led to many tools still in use today. The Food Security Act designated acre-by-acre which land would be considered highly erodible (HEL) land. The Act created the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and increased the public commitment to help agriculture protect lands for future generations. Highland County was one of the leaders in the State with more than 25,000 acres of highly erodible land set aside in grasslands or trees through CRP.Statewide, SWCDs are constantly striving to help land users make good decisions with the land they are trusted to use. From education programs, to providing direct technical assistance to land users for conservation practices, the offices continue to help apply practices that prevent cropland erosion, manage our pasture and woodlands, enhance wildlife cover, and improve water quality. Yes, the Soil and Water Conservation District is as relevant today as it was when created 75 years ago.An event was held in April to commemorate Highland Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th anniversary with a presentation by former Director of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Larry Vance.last_img read more

Snuggie Alert: Weezer’s New Album Release Signals Decline of Western Civilization

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags: #humor#web center_img Centuries of struggling by artists and musicians to make a living have come to this. While the rest of the music industry is fighting to figure out how to stay viable when so much content is available for free on the internet – the band Weezer may have solved the problem. Weezer released its latest album today, with a Snuggie. See the video below.ShareFans interested in the music alone can purchase the album sans blanket-with-arms for a mere $9 on Amazon. (Update: $4 today – sale!)It’s pretty funny, really. People do seem more willing to buy these ridiculous blankets with arms than they are to pay for music these days. I think that’s the point.Thanks to Yahoo’s Christian Heilmann for bringing this to our attention. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Alora determined to finally beat Cambodian rival if they meet in AIMAG

first_imgRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses A familiar face, though, could stand in her way once again with Cambodian Sorn Seavmey also in the competition and Alora is looking to turn in a different result if they meet.“Of course it still hurts,” said Alora in a round table discussion at College of St. Benilde on Thursday. “But I need to move on and keep fighting because I might face her once more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Right now, I want to beat her but the Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games and I want to get a podium finish.”Seavmey beat Elora 13-6 in the final of the women’s kyorugi -73 kilogram event marking the fourth straight time the Filipina lost to her Cambodian opponent.center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaFilipino jin Kirstie Alora said she still feels the pain of losing in the gold medal match in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games two games ago.But with new challenge coming up in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 17-27, Alora is determined to leave her Malaysia frustrations behind.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP Season 80 Preview: New look, same goals for FEU Tamaraws Alora, who will stay in her weight division, said her disappointment in the SEA Games will be her motivation come the Aimag.“The Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games, and the loss was a learning experience for me.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more