2016 sees rise in social awareness, says CAF research

first_img People are more inclined to volunteer and have become more politically and socially aware since the beginning of 2016, according to new CAF research.The Charities Aid Foundation’s research looks into how people feel about their community and society in the aftermath of the EU referendum, and finds that 18% of people feel more inclined to volunteer now than they did at the beginning of 2016, while 30% say they have become more active in a social or political cause. CAF suggests that these increases in social and political awareness have been driven by the Brexit vote.According to the research, which included a YouGov poll of 1,002 people:Nearly 14 million (26%) feel their community is more divided than it was at the start of the year. A significantly smaller number (12%) believe that community spirit in their area is more noticeable. About nine million people (18%) say they feel more inclined to volunteer in order to help their local community now than they did at the beginning of 2016. 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.  282 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 People are becoming more politically and socially active, with 30% saying they are more active in a social or political cause compared with the start of the year. This rises to 37% among those aged 16 to 24.center_img One in three people (33%) say charities are needed to support communities during the process of Brexit. Charities are also seen as the type of organisation most likely to provide effective support to those who need it at times of political and economic uncertainty, ahead of local authorities, government and opposition parties. Two in five (40%) say charities can help heal social divides.CAF has published a report including the findings, A Stronger Britain, which sets out its recommendations for how charities can help tackle social divides, embrace the growing public appetite for social activism and support government in developing Brexit policy.CAF chief executive John Low said:“The way people feel about the country and about their community has changed significantly in the past few months. At this critical moment in our country’s history, charities have a crucial role to play in developing a better society and building Britain’s new place on the global stage. Huge numbers of people have been motivated to become more socially and politically active. For many, charities offer an opportunity for them to channel this enthusiasm to make a real difference.”  281 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 5 October 2016 | News Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Research / statistics Volunteering 2016 sees rise in social awareness, says CAF researchlast_img read more

Milwaukee teachers, students, parents march against cuts

first_imgPhoto: Milwaukee Teachers Education AssociationHundreds of members of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, students and community supporters protested in Milwaukee April 18 to end cuts to K-12 and higher education, protest toxic testing and charter schools, and demand adequate resources and services for teachers, staff, students and communities.The April 18 demonstration is part of a series of mass protests since January when Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his 2015-17 austerity budget. They are a continuation of the people’s occupation of the state Capitol in 2011. The effects of the 2013-2015 state budget, which included the largest cuts to public education in Wisconsin history, are now painfully felt in every city, town and village. The vast majority of the state’s poor and working people are demanding: Hands off public education!The 2015-17 proposed austerity budget, like the previous one, attacks every sector of the working class and oppressed, including environmental and prevailing wage laws, unemployment insurance, FoodShare benefits, senior care, project labor agreements and public education. Wall Street organizations such as Americans For Prosperity, American Legislative Exchange Council and the Heritage Foundation are fast attempting to eviscerate progressive Wisconsin laws won decades ago through mass struggle.On behalf of Wall Street, Walker is now proposing at least a $300 million cut to the 26-campus, world-renowned University of Wisconsin System. He also wants to sever the system from legislative control and replace it with a “public authority” body. Although Walker hasn’t revealed specifics, research suggests the governor would appoint all board members of the public authority, leading to even more privatization of the UW System.Supporters of public education have grave concerns about how these moves would affect state employees. Once jobs are outsourced to private employers at below-poverty wages and inferior or no benefits, those workers would not be eligible for state pensions and health care systems. That would destroy the civil service system and strip tens of thousands of employees of hard-won rights.The proposed budget cuts would also impose hardships on working-class students, students of color, women and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer students who already faced tuition increases under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Now the UW System faces limited academic offerings, program closures and staff layoffs.Education is a human right!But faculty, staff, students and community supporters of the UW System are not accepting these austerity cuts. The proposals have sparked resistance at UW campuses and beyond statewide.Protests have been mounted by such organizations as UW Students Against Education Cuts, the UWM Coalition of Progressive Organizations, United Council, Youth Empowered in the Struggle and numerous faculty senates. Unions such as American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents UW System faculty and state employees, and a wide array of labor, community and African-American organizations are coalescing to beat back these attacks.Youth and student led protests have taken place at UW Green Bay, UW Stevens Point, UW Madison, UW Milwaukee, UW Eau Claire and other campuses. More are being organized. Solidarity is being built among many struggles, including public education, low-wage workers, the fight against police terror and union busting.Ben Herrenbruck, a student at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and a member of Fight Imperial­ism, Stand Together (FIST), is participating in many of these protests.“Education is a human right and should be free. The bankers, corporate thieves and their political servants fear us … around this slogan because it suggests a fundamental connection among various struggles. More are beginning to realize that austerity in education has the same root cause as other attacks, including police terror against Black, Brown and other oppressed peoples; union busting; low-wages; and imperialist war. The root cause is capitalism. As our resistance takes on an increasingly anti-capitalist character, it’s possible to form bonds of solidarity with all sectors of the 99% against the common enemy, Wall Street.”For more information, visit saveouruwm.com, facebook.com/groups/UWStudentsAgainstCuts and wibailoutpeople.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DuPont Pioneer Harvest Update 10/3/17

first_img SHARE DuPont Pioneer Harvest Update 10/3/17A lot of the corn and soybeans in Southern Indiana got planted in April, and those early planted fields are maturing fast and yielding well. Bill Meachem, with DuPont Pioneer,said, “Corn yields have been really good. Many of our test plots have been yielding 204 bpa and more. Much better than we had anticipated.” He added this was a year when full season hybrids really did well.The warm and dry weather that has dominated the state for the past two months has helped the early planted crop mature fast and dry down quickly, “The weather has also helped harvest move along without any major problems.” He said moisture levels have been dropping nicely over the past few weeks. Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 2, 2017 Home News Feed DuPont Pioneer Harvest Update 10/3/17 DuPont Pioneer Harvest Update 10/3/17 Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleSenate Agriculture Committee Sends Nominees Censky, McKinney to Full Senate Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

“International community’s attention must not wander”

first_imgNews Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders hopes that the Commonwealth ministerial mission, which is to investigate the circumstances of last week’s change of government, will also shed light on the takeover of MNBC, the use of threats and violence against certain journalists and media, and the threats to which several journalists continue to be exposed.The Maldives is ranked 73rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-1012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.The 8 February press release News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist July 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the threats to Maldivian journalists and media since the events of 7 February, when Mohamed Nasheed was replaced as president. Adam Shareef, the former director-general of the state-owned national TV broadcaster, the Maldivian National Broadcasting Company (MNBC), has told Reporters Without Borders that the police and army used force to take it over on 7 February.Shareef’s account is confirmed by local media reports and a video posted online today shows a police officer using a gun to get into the MNBC’s headquarters.“The international community must take full account of the danger to the media and to freedom of information in the Maldives,” Reporters Without Borders said. “For the moment, media coverage of the incidents taking place in this Indian Ocean archipelago is limiting the violence against journalists.“But, once the international community’s attention moves on, we fear that media personnel, especially those who are branded as ‘pro-Nasheed,’ could be exposed to reprisals by supporters of the new government or by the security forces, which may not be fully under the new government’s control.”As protesters converged on MNBC headquarters on 7 February, a police officer used a firearm to force the door giving access to the building, allowing fellow police officers, soldiers and other protesters to enter. Armed with sticks, steel bars and other blunt objects, they took control of the building and from there began broadcasting the opposition television station VTC, subsequently renamed Television Maldives (TVM).It should be noted that Maldivian policemen are not normally equipped with handguns.Watch the video footage of the takeover of MNBC: News Help by sharing this information February 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “International community’s attention must not wander” MaldivesAsia – Pacific News to go further Once inside the building, the protesters smashed doors and windows, destroyed equipment, threatened journalists and ordered them to stop working.In this telephone interview with Reporters Without Borders, Shareef gives a detailed account of the takeover of MNBC and his summary dismissal by the authorities: Related documents adam_shareef.mp3MPEG – 7.43 MB RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates RSF_en September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Emergency meeting called over escalating rat infestation in Derry

first_img Google+ Emergency meeting called over escalating rat infestation in Derry By News Highland – February 6, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter Google+center_img An Emergency meeting is to be held tomorrow over what’s been described as a major rat infestation in Derry.According to residents, the infestation centres on the Bogside area of the city with sightings of rodents reported in peoples homes, gardens and laneways.Measures had been taken in the past to address the problem however the infestation is said to have escalated in recent months.Local Councillor Patricia Logue believes that a multi agency approach is needed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/loguerats1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Previous articleSocial housing plans progressing in DonegalNext article23 people awaiting admission at LUH today News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Killing of two California high school students took just 16 seconds: Official

first_imgcarlballou/iStock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) — What should have been a normal Thursday spiraled into a nightmare for students and teachers at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, north of Los Angeles. A male student, on his 16th birthday, was in the school’s quad around 7:30 a.m. when he took a pistol from his backpack and unloaded the entire magazine, shooting five classmates and himself. “From the time that he withdrew the handgun from his backpack to the time that he was on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head was about 16 seconds,” Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters late Thursday.Choir teacher Kaitlin Holt said one girl, shot in the hip and shoulder, was rushed into her classroom by other students. She gave the wounded student first aid and called 911. “I’m not typically a calm person,” Holt told ABC News, “but in that situation, for my students, I think that kind of kicks in.” Two of the five victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, died in the hospital a few hours later.Now, as the community wades through the chaos and grief, authorities are desperate for answers. “We have not yet established a motive or a nexus between the subject and his victims other than to say that they were all students at the high school together,” Wegener said. The suspect remains in the hospital in critical condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. The three surviving victims are a 15-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, who are all in stable condition.First responders arrived on scene just minutes after receiving the initial 911 call. The six wounded students were transported to local hospitals, according to authorities. The William S. Hart Union High School District, which includes Saugus High School, canceled Friday classes at all of its schools in the wake of the attack.A .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol was recovered from the crime scene, and investigators have served a search warrant at the suspect’s family home in Santa Clarita, just a couple miles from the school. As authorities search for a possible motive, there’s no evidence so far to suggest the suspect acted on behalf of a group or with any co-conspirators.Investigators were alerted to a social media page after the shooting that purportedly belongs to the suspect and contained a post that read, “Saugus have fun at school tomorrow.”“I can confirm that that was posted to his account, and I can also confirm that it has been changed since this incident, which means there is somebody else that has access to this account — be it a hacker, be it a friend that has his password,” Wegener told reporters. “That was posted at one point. We are aware of it and we are researching the source, when it was posted and when it was taken down.” The suspect’s mother and girlfriend are both speaking with detectives, according to authorities. Many students and their families, overcome with emotion, congregated at vigils Thursday night, where they held a moment of silence for the victims, prayed and embraced each other. Jeff Turner, a father of three Saugus High School students, said his daughter “was beside herself, hysterical” after she fled the school because she “thought she should have stayed and helped the kids she saw shot, feeling terrified and guilty all at once.” “I broke down in tears,” Turner told ABC News. “Had to pull myself out of it to help her.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Favero named Rawlings WCC Player of Week going into final week

first_img Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/Nate Favero/Rawlings WCC Player of the Week/WCC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSenior infielder Nate Favero of BYU has been named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week.No. 3 Stanford hosts Favero and BYU baseball on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT in the Cougars’ final road game of the season.Last week, Favero batted nine for 13 for a .692 average in the three game-series at San Francisco for a slugging percentage of 1.231. He improved his batting average from .245 to .277 in all games and from .237 to .303 in league games.The Cougar first baseman doubled and hit three singles in five at bats in the 9-2 win in game one at USF. The senior from Vienna, Virginia singled, doubled and belted a two-run towering homer well above the right-field ribbon netting in four at bats of the 9-7 win in game two against the Dons. He doubled and singled, tying for the team lead with a pair of hits in the 6-2 loss in game three at USF.Following Tuesday’s Stanford game, Favero and his teammates prepare for BYU’s final home games of the season in a three-game series starting Thursday evening against University of the Pacific.  Thursday and Friday’s games will be at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s game celebrating Favero and four other seniors will start at 1 p.m.The BYU game against the Cardinal will have a live video stream on Stanford’s website.  All three of the BYU games vs. Pacific will be televised live by BYUtv.  ESPN 960 AM Radio and BYU Radio will have live broadcasts of all four Cougar games this week.​ May 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Favero named Rawlings WCC Player of Week going into final week Robert Lovelllast_img read more

LÉ NIAMH Recovers 25 Bodies after Migrant Vessel Capsizes

first_img View post tag: Recovers View post tag: Migrant View post tag: LE Niamh August 6, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today LÉ NIAMH Recovers 25 Bodies after Migrant Vessel Capsizes Irish Navy confirmed that, in an operation which started yesterday, its vessel LÉ NIAMH managed to rescue 367 migrants after their vessel capsized, recovering 25 bodies.LÉ NIAMH was tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) to come to the assistance of a fishing vessel 110 kilometres north-west of Tripoli with an estimated 600 persons on board. When the Navy vessel arrived on scene it deployed two rhibs (rigid hull inflatable boats) on either side of the vessel as per standard operating procedure, however the vessel capsized. The LÉ NIAMH immediately deployed all available assets including rhibs and life rafts.The Italian vessel MIMBELLI sent a helicopter to the scene to deploy additional life rafts and two further vessels, the Italian SIRIO and Médicins Sans Frontiére DIGNITY 1 were on site assisting with the efforts.Further updates are expected soon.LÉ NIAMH has rescued 1280 migrants before this operation.Image: Irish Defence Forces View post tag: Naval View post tag: Capsizes View post tag: $25center_img View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bodies LÉ NIAMH Recovers 25 Bodies after Migrant Vessel Capsizes View post tag: vessel Share this articlelast_img read more

Phish & The Aquarium Rescue Unit Jammed For An Insane “YEM”, On This Date In ’93 [Listen]

first_imgPhish and The Aquarium Rescue Unit were both staples of the early ’90s jam scene as members of the first H.O.R.D.E. tour along with Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, The Samples, and The Spin Doctors. Even before this iconic tour, however, the bands were friendly, having shared bills around the country and supporting one another in various regions. While many of the individual members of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit have sat in with Phish over the years, it was rarer that the entire ARU would join Phish on stage.However, on May 5th, 1993, the Aquarium Rescue Unit did just that, joining Phish on stage at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, exactly 25 years ago today. After a rocking performance that featured some great work on classics like “Stash”, “It’s Ice”, and “My Friend, My Friend”, Phish launched into “You Enjoy Myself” to close out the second set. Instead of the traditional vocal jam that concludes the song, the group launched into a musical jam and welcomed a number of great guests to the stage, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and The Dude Of Life. With Jon Fishman on vacuum, the nine musicians go to town on their instruments, inciting a full-on musical celebration.Listen to this monster jam session, via fromtheaquarium, below:Phish — Palace Theatre — 5/5/1993 — Full Show[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 5/5/93Set 1: Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Foam, Sparkle, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice > Glide > Maze, Golgi ApparatusSet 2: Runaway Jim -> My Friend, My Friend[1] -> Manteca -> My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart > Weigh > Big Ball Jam > Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself[2] -> Jam[3]Encore: Amazing Grace[4], Cavern > Take the ‘A’ Train > Cavern[1] Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.[2] Unfinished with no vocal jam.[3] The Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Dude of Life. Fish on vacuum.[4] Without microphones.Notes: It’s Ice contained a tease of Pop Goes the Weasel from Page and Maze contained Mission: Impossible theme teases from Page. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey dedicated Ya Mar to Sue on her birthday. Ya Mar subsequently included a Two Princes tease. YEM contained a La Marseillaise tease from Page and Yield Not to Temptation teases, did not contain a vocal jam, and was unfinished. The jam after YEM featured The Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Dude of Life, and Fish on vacuum. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. The soundcheck’s Funky Bitch Blues contained a Funk #49 tease.[Originally published 5/5/18]last_img read more

How coffee loves us back

first_imgAlberto Ascherio, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at HMS, has been studying the potential anti-Parkinson’s effects first suggested in the 2001 findings. That study showed that four or five cups of coffee daily cut disease risk nearly in half compared with little or no caffeine.Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine Frank Hu, who leads the diabetes section of the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, has become interested in whether coffee drinking affects total mortality.“I’m not a huge coffee drinker, two to three cups a day,” Hu said. “[But] I like it and, thinking about the extra benefits, that’s comforting.”Last year, a Harvard team led by then-research associate Marilyn Cornelis — today an assistant professor at Northwestern University — traced coffee’s fingerprints to the human genome, discovering six new genes related to coffee consumption and reconfirming two others found earlier. The six genes included two related to metabolism, two related to coffee’s psychoactive effects, and two whose exact purpose in coffee consumption is unclear, but which are related to lipid and glucose metabolism.Daniel Chasman, an associate professor of medicine at HMS and associate geneticist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who worked with Cornelis on the study, said caffeine consumption habits are highly heritable and that the genes they found appear to explain about 7 percent of the heritability. That’s a significant amount, he said, considering how strong an influence culture also plays on coffee consumption.Though the links between coffee and better health have become considerably clearer, what exactly confers the benefit remains murky. Caffeine alone does not explain the effects. For starters, some of the benefits are seen even with decaf, which has prompted researchers to turn their attention to the many other active compounds — including antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid — in your morning cup.“Coffee is a complex beverage. It’s very difficult to pinpoint which component of coffee is responsible for the benefit,” Hu said. “There are numerous bioactive compounds.”Other highlights from Harvard research include:A 2005 study exploring concerns that too much coffee was bad for blood pressure found no link between higher blood pressure and coffee and found some suggestion that it improved blood pressure.Regular coffee drinking was linked in a 2011 Harvard study to lower risk of a deadly form of prostate cancer.Also in 2011, a study showed that drinking four or more cups a day lowered the rate of depression among women.A 2012 study tied three cups a day to a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma.A 2013 Harvard study linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk of suicide.Also in 2013, a Harvard analysis of 36 studies covering more than a million people found that even heavy coffee consumption did not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and that three to five cups of coffee daily provided the most protection against cardiovascular disease.Also in 2014, Harvard Chan School researchers found that increasing coffee consumption by more than a cup a day over a four-year period reduced type 2 diabetes risk by 11 percent.The same study showed that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17 percent.“That first cup of coffee in the morning is happiness.” Chopra said. “It’s a real joy.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Coffee, said the Napoleon-era French diplomat Talleyrand, should be hot as hell, black as the devil, pure as an angel, sweet as love.Bach wrote a cantata in its honor, writers rely on it, and, according to legend, a pope blessed it. Lady Astor once reportedly remarked that if she were Winston Churchill’s wife, she’d poison his coffee, to which Churchill acerbically replied: “If I were married to you, I’d drink it.”Coffee is everywhere, through history and across the world. And increasingly, science is demonstrating that its popularity is a good thing.Harvard scientists have for years put coffee under the microscope. Last year, researchers announced they had discovered six new human genes related to coffee and reconfirmed the existence of two others. The long-running Nurses’ Health Study has found that coffee protects against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are continuing to follow up on 2001 findings that it protects against Parkinson’s disease.The work at Harvard is just part of an emerging picture of coffee as a potentially powerful elixir against a range of ailments, from cancer to cavities.Sanjiv Chopra, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been so impressed he’s become something of a coffee evangelist. The author of several books, Chopra included a chapter on coffee in his 2010 book, “Live Better, Live Longer.”Chopra first became aware of the potentially powerful protective effects of coffee when a study revealed that consumption lowers levels of liver enzymes and protects the liver against cancer and cirrhosis. He began asking students, residents, and fellows on the liver unit to quiz patients about their coffee habits, finding repeatedly that none of the patients with liver ailments drank coffee.Chopra himself makes sure to have several cups a day, and encourages others to do the same. Though other researchers are less bold in their dietary recommendations, they’re convinced enough to continue investigations into the benefits.last_img read more