Mercy Ships UK has appointed Sarah Balser as its new Head of Fundraising. Following an 18 year career with the NSPCC, Balser joins Mercy Ships from Chickenshed, where she was Director of Fundraising for the last two years.Mercy Ships runs the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Crewed by more than 400 volunteers, it provides free medical and humanitarian aid to the world’s poorest people.Balser said: “Joining Mercy Ships is a dream come true. Having been raised in Nigeria on the west coast of Africa, I truly understand what an amazing difference Mercy Ships can make to the people of this region who have very little access to healthcare”.www.mercyships.org.uk Howard Lake | 17 May 2010 | News 72 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 New head of fundraising at Mercy Ships 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1
Published on December 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s win over CornellStorify: Syracuse community reacts to SU’s 67-46 win over CornellPoll: Grade Syracuse’s performance against Cornell and vote for the player of the gameWhat we learned from Syracuse’s win against Cornell Michael Gbinije pounded his dribble at the top of the key as the first-half clock wound down. When it hit four seconds, Gbinije shook his torso to try and get space against the 6-foot-2 Robert Hatter. But Hatter poked the ball, forcing the 6-foot-7 point guard to bobble it before hoisting an off-balance 3 at the buzzer.“Damn man!” Gbinije yelled to himself after the shot rimmed out, and it was a rare flash of frustration for a player who’d had everything going for him this season.But for the first 20 minutes on Saturday, Cornell limited Gbinije by double-teaming him off every ball screen. Hatter, giving up 5 inches, pestered him all over the court. It led him to walk into the locker room with a scowl on his face, and come out of it with a refocused mindset of distributing the ball instead of scoring it.As a result, Gbinije didn’t lead the Orange (8-3) in scoring for just the second time in 11 games. Instead he complemented a season-low 12 points by tying a career-high with eight assists. In the second half, Gbinije’s five assists equaled his number of field-goal attempts and Syracuse pulled away from Cornell (5-5) for a 67-46 win in the Carrier Dome.The fifth-year senior also finished with seven rebounds, putting together his most complete line of the season despite his worst shooting display since SU’s season-opening win over Lehigh in which he shot an identical 3-for-15 from the field and 2-for-9 from 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There are pros and cons to everything,” Gbinije said. “I don’t want to get double-teamed, but at the same time I got two on me and there’s definitely somebody open. You just have to find them.”On the Orange’s first possession of the game, Gbinije came around a ball screen from Tyler Roberson and was met by the outstretched arms of 6-foot-7 forward Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof. The next time down, Gbinije got a high screen from Dajuan Coleman and Cornell center David Onuorah jumped out to double team. Coleman rolled to the basket and, after collecting a lob pass from Gbinije, laid in two at the rim.After another Coleman bucket a few possessions later, the Big Red defense doubled Gbinije and packed its three other players in the paint to stymie the pick-and-roll. That gave the Orange open looks on the perimeter, but Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson shot a combined 1-for-6 on first-half 3s. Gbinije went 2-for-6 to put the team’s halftime total at 3-for-12.Heading into the break, Cornell trailed 30-26 despite making just four of its 16 3-point attempts. After the break, Gbinije absorbed the increased pressure and his teammates stepped up accordingly.“When a guy becomes elite status their whole game plans are designed to stop him,” SU interim coach Mike Hopkins said of Gbinije. “That’s why it’s so important for the Malachis, and the Trevors, and the Tyler Lydons, and the Robersons, and the Colemans, and the (Frank) Howards, and the (Kaleb) Josephs, and the (Chinonso) Obokohs.“That the key, you have to have those guys stepping up and making plays.”Hopkins ran Gbinije off more baseline screens in the second, which made it harder for Cornell to double and easier for him to create for his teammates. Cooney snapped an 0-for-11 3-point shooting slump by hitting three straight 3s. Roberson scored nine second-half points. Richardson missed his only 3 attempt in the second, but scored eight by attacking the rim.Gbinije, the only Syracuse player to score in double-figures in every game this season, was left with just four points in the closing frame. He came into the game averaging 19.8 points a game, good for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but his team was at its best Saturday when he was looking to do everything but score.“I didn’t know that was going to happen today,” Gbinije said of how Cornell played him. But he also knows it won’t be the last time this season that a team gets creative to shut him down, and how he handles that will be reflected in the Orange’s results. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Harrison Ford has urged the US to invest in conservation in a new interview with the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan.Video: Harrison Ford: ‘Humans need nature’.In the interview, the actor – alongside Conservation International Chief Executive Officer Peter Seligmann – talks about how the lack of water and food in developing countries could become a national security issue for the US.“It puts such stress on some of the most fragile nations in the world,” he says. “We’re all interconnected. For example, a simple lack of fresh water can lead to population dislocation, which can lead to political radicalization, which can lead to great pressure on the states that receive refugees because of a migrating population.””It’s a lot cheaper to intervene before it becomes a national security issue,” Mr Ford said. “Every dollar that we spend on international conservation comes back to us.”When asked why it is so important to him so personally, Ford replied “I’m human, I have children, I’m interested in their futures. I’m interested in nature in many many ways. And I’m also interested in the moral responsibility of human beings – to each other, to themselves, to the future.”To watch the entire interview, click here.
Labour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”
PHOENIX — The Latest on a dead newborn found at an Amazon facility (all times local):8:50 a.m.Phoenix police say investigators have located and contacted the mother of a newborn baby girl found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.A police statement doesn’t say whether the woman of the baby discovered Wednesday night is an Amazon employee and that her identity is being withheld.The statement issued Thursday said the police investigation will continue in consultation with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.___6:30 a.m.Phoenix police say a newborn baby was found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.Sgt. Vince Lewis says the baby was found Wednesday evening and that Phoenix firefighters responded and confirmed that the baby was deceased.Lewis says a death investigation is underway.Amazon says in a statement it’s working with police to support their investigation and calling the incident “terribly sad and tragic.”The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.The gender of the baby was not disclosed.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight
CALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has announced that it is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.KML also announced that under current circumstances, specifically including the continued actions in opposition to the Project by the Province of British Columbia, it will not commit additional shareholder resources to the Project.However, KML will consult with various stakeholders in an effort to reach agreements by May 31st that may allow the Project to proceed. The focus in those consultations will be on two principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through BC; and, adequate protection of KML shareholders. “As KML has repeatedly stated, we will be judicious in our use of shareholder funds. In keeping with that commitment, we have determined that in the current environment, we will not put KML shareholders at risk on the remaining project spend,” said KML Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean. The Project has the support of the Federal Government and the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan but faces continued active opposition from the government of British Columbia.“A company cannot resolve differences between governments. While we have succeeded in all legal challenges to date, a company cannot litigate its way to an in-service pipeline amidst jurisdictional differences between governments,” added Kean.“Today, KML is a very good midstream energy company, with limited debt. The uncertainty as to whether we will be able to finish what we start leads us to the conclusion that we should protect the value that KML has, rather than risking billions of dollars on an outcome that is outside of our control,” Kean said. “To date, we have spent considerable resources bringing the Project to this point and recognize the vital economic importance of the Project to Canada. Therefore, in the coming weeks we will work with stakeholders on potential ways to continue advancing the Project consistent with the two principles previously stated.”Trans Mountain has spent C$1.1 billion (approximately half of which has been spent since the KML IPO) and made unprecedented efforts to develop the Project since its initial filing with the National Energy Board in 2013.If we have to, Alberta is prepared to do whatever it takes to get this pipeline built – including taking a public position in the pipeline.Put another way, Alberta is prepared to be an investor in the pipeline. This pipeline will be built.#ableg #abpoli #KeepCanadaWorking— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) April 8, 2018The federal government put pressure on Horgan to back away from his opposition to the project, with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr describing it as “crucial” to expanding Canada’s export markets for its natural resources while creating thousands of jobs. “The government of Canada calls on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to end all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion,” Carr said in a news release. “His government’s actions stand to harm the entire Canadian economy.”Carr said under Canadian law, Ottawa has the jurisdiction to approve the project.“We are determined to find a solution,” he added. “With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options. As our prime minister has said, this pipeline will be built.”
May said she’s perfectly fine with Green popularity pushing other parties to raise their games on climate. While both the Liberals and NDP claimed their motions had been in the works before the byelection result, May said there is no doubt in her mind that Paul Manly’s winning and the NDP and Liberals finishing distantly third and fourth, “had almost everything to do with” the motions.The NDP motion failed because it called for Canada to drop plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, a pipeline May also opposes. The Liberal motion hasn’t yet gone to a vote.The Green climate plan also calls for Canada to double its cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and get emissions to zero by 2050. That plan includes no longer selling combustion-engine cars after 2030 and replacing all existing combustion-engine vehicles by 2040.Canada imports about a million barrels of oil a day and produces four times that much. In 2017, Canada produced 4.2 million barrels of oil, and exported 3.3 million of those. Domestic refineries handled 1.8 million barrels. OTTAWA, O.N. – Green party Leader Elizabeth May says saving the world from climate change requires Canada to get off oil before the middle of the century.In the meantime, she wants Canada off foreign oil as soon as possible.The promise to make Canada energy independent is _ perhaps unexpectedly _ in line with the economic and climate strategy of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer’s plan calls for Canada to import no foreign oil by 2030, partly by planning an energy corridor across Canada that could simplify the construction of pipelines able to move Alberta oil to any coast. He sees it as a way to find additional domestic markets for Canada’s oilsands, in a bid to increase their production.May’s plan, to “turn off the taps to oil imports” is only a stop-gap measure to keep foreign oil out until Canada can break its oil habit altogether.By 2050, May wants bitumen to be used in Canada only by the petrochemical industry for plastics, rubber, paint, and other such products.“As long as we are using fossil fuels we should be using our fossil fuels,” said May.May’s climate plan is likely to get more scrutiny than its predecessors in past elections.The Liberals and NDP already proved they are paying close attention to the rising threat of Green support, with both pushing similar motions to declare climate change an emergency in the House of Commons earlier this month. Both motions were tabled less than a week after the Greens elected a second MP in a Vancouver Island byelection, and not long after a provincial wing of the party formed the official opposition in Prince Edward Island. Canada’s oil producers already pump enough product to meet domestic demand but there are two problems: there is no pipeline from the oil-rich west to refineries in the east, and even if there were, those refineries aren’t equipped to handle the heavier bitumen that is the Alberta oilsands’ trademark.For Canadian refineries in the east, bitumen from the oilsands must be upgraded to synthetic crude. May’s plan is to invest in upgraders to do it.She acknowledges weaning Canada off foreign oil won’t happen overnight, given existing contracts Canadian refineries have and figuring out how to build the upgraders and then ship the product.Privately, Liberal government critics suggest there is no way to have Canada’s east coast use Canadian oil without building a new pipeline to get the products there. May does not support a new pipeline anywhere, and argues the raw bitumen could be transferred by rail as long as Canada invests more in its rail services.The proposed Energy East pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the east coast fell apart in 2017 amid significant opposition in Quebec, opposition that continues under the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government.Scheer’s plan is to establish an energy corridor that would allow an Energy East-like pipeline to proceed alongside interprovincial electricity grids, with only one right-of-way required.May said the Greens are the “only party that have a plan that allows human civilization to survive.”“It’s not a Canadian lifestyle choice,” she said. “All of humanity is at risk.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, will be in Fort St. John on August 7 and 8.According to a release by the Sunrise Rotary Club, Vavrek will be touring the PeaceCountry and learning about the area with fellow Rotarians.Vavrek says she is looking forward to visiting Fort St. John to learn more about how Rotarians are serving the community and beyond. “What I most look forward to during my visit is learning more about how Rotarians in FortSt. John are serving their local communities and people in need around the world.”Vavrek is the new District Governor for 2019-2020 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five, serving as a liaison between Rotary International President Mark Maloney, and Rotarians in her Rotary District.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District.