Clangers to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

first_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Stephanie Smith, Alzheimer’s Society director of fundraising, said: “We are very excited about the launch of these pin badges. The Clangers will appeal to many generations and for many of us will bring back childhood memories. Next year will be a very nostalgic time for us as a Society as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2004. We hope that retailers will come onboard to sell the badges, to help make 2004 a year to remember.” The pin badges will be offered for a donation of £1 each.The Big Badge Company, a division of CRM agency Louis Kennedy, is producing the pin badges, supplying its marketing services at no cost to the Society.center_img Howard Lake | 10 December 2003 | News Clangers to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society The Alzheimer’s Society has been granted a licence to use the cult 70’s children’s TV characters the Clangers in a pin badge campaign.Five exclusive pin badges, manufactured by The Big Badge Company, featuring members of the Clangers family and the Soup Dragon will be available. They will be launched to coincide with the Society’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Week in July 2004 and will raise money for people with dementia, their carers and families. The use of children’s TV characters is apt because Alzheimer’s Awareness Week 2004 aims to help children and young people understand what dementia is and how it might affect someone they know – a parent, grandparent or neighbour. Advertisementlast_img read more

Born a boy, feeling like a girl: the journey of a transgender child

first_imgStuff 23 May 2015“Whatever you write about me, please, don’t say, Marco was born a boy and now he’s a girl. I was always a girl, it just took some time to share it with the world”.We’re sitting around the kitchen table of a family’s home, mum and dad and two daughters, a shaggy dog in the background. The rest of the family is listening quietly as Marco, now 21, explains how, even though she had been raised a boy, she had always identified as a girl, and how she slowly shared it with the rest of the world.“When I was little, maybe five or six, something felt off, different. I couldn’t find the words to describe it. I didn’t really understand it. It didn’t really bother me but I really enjoyed doing things that boys typically weren’t meant to do. I wanted to look the way some of the girls did.”Marco first heard the word transgender at the age of about nine, but it wasn’t anything to feel good about. The transgender people she first saw were bizarre fiends on TV crime shows or distressed people yelling at their relatives on tabloid-style day time TV.“I was really seeing a very warped, exaggerated, kind of horrible version of what it means to be transgender. I went into this massive identity crisis and denial. For the next few years it was a cycle of denial, then eventually I’d acknowledge it and take a step slightly out of the closet, but that would be too much, just horrible, and I’d go running back. I felt very alone.”Despite a close, loving family, life was bleak and confusing for Marco for some time, until a lesbian friend at high school suggested coming along to a support group for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. read more

Hall of Fame to correct ‘Pete’ Hill’s information

first_imgIn addition, the Hall of Fame will concurrently update Hill’s library file to fix his birth year.“New information has shown that the genealogical information and history of his birth were not correct,” said Brad Horn, senior director of communications and education at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.The organization’s formal acknowledgement of the new data is based on a packet of documentation and source materials Culpeper historian Zann Nelson submitted to them in January, following six months of intense research that included field visits to the local mountainside hamlet where Hill was born.“What this does is shed new light on the person of Pete Hill,” said Horn, adding, “Zann’s research was excellent.”In shedding that light, Culpeper can now officially lay claim to its second Hall of Famer, John Preston “Pete” Hill, born circa 1884, the son of former slaves, in the rural community of Buena, near Rapidan in the county’s southeastern corner. Eppa Rixey, a White National League ballplayer born 1891 in the town of Culpeper, was inducted into Hall of Fame in 1963, two months before his death.Hill was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame in 2006, more than five decades after his death in 1951. He went by the nickname Pete and was considered one of the greatest outfielders and hitters in Negro League history.“He was a hit machine,” noted baseball historian Phil Dixon at the time of his induction.During his 20-year career, Hill, standing a powerful 6-1 and weighing 215 pounds, hit better than .300 eight times and twice topped .400.“I’m yet to find a box score in which he doesn’t have a hit,” Dixon said.When Hill finally got his due from the Hall of Fame four years ago along with 16 other Negro League Players he was erroneously named “Joseph” on his plaque. Further, Hall of Fame library records and research reported that he was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1880.Baseball researchers from around the country have sought to right Hill’s personal Hall of Fame information for years, but it wasn’t until Nelson picked up the trail that things started happening.Former director of the Museum of Cul­peper History, Nelson wrote a comprehensive three-part series, “Correcting History,” for the Star-Exponent and in December, documenting indisputable evidence that Joseph Hill was actually John Hill and that he was born in the rural south and not in urban Pittsburgh.“I am just ecstatic about being part of something that rights a pretty significant inaccuracy significant in the sense that this was a real, living human being,” Nelson said. “When the wrong name and wrong birthplace are given, the individual’s true heritage is eradicated.”Ron Hill of Penn Hills, Pa., the great-nephew of Pete Hill, agreed.“Up to this point, I didn’t know where we came from,” said the retired major with the Allegheny County Jail. “It has brought a lot of closeness to our family.”Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Ron Hill had heard about a baseball player somewhere in the family tree, but never knew the extent of his great-uncle’s achievements.In fact, Pete Hill started his career with the Pittsburgh Keystones in 1899 before joining the Cuban X-Giants in 1901. The child of Lizzie Seals and Reuben Washington Hill, Pete, by 1900, had left his Virginia birthplace on the side of Cedar Mountain the same name as the Civil War battle that occurred nearby in 1862 and was living in Pittsburgh with his mother, stepfather and two brothers, census records show. Lizzie Seals was born 1857 in Orange County, just south of Culpeper, likely into slavery, contended Nelson.“I cannot find her father or Pete’s grandfather on his father’s side living as freemen in the 1860 census,” she said. “If they were free, they would have been listed.”Nelson believes Hill’s humble roots drove him to work harder, to do what was necessary to achieve more, even if meant leaving home.“They had their eyes set on something a whole lot better, and that is what they kept focusing on,” she said of struggles faced by Blacks in the newly emancipated South, and later the restrictive Jim Crow years.“They went where the work was where they could get an education. It’s those kinds of characteristics perseverance and resilience that were instilled in Pete and his siblings.”Ron Hill said today’s youth should embrace the example of his great-uncle.“Children today should be able to go out there and do anything,” he said. “He came out of nothing and made something of himself his mother was only 20 years out of slavery when she came to Pittsburgh.”Life in the North wasn’t easy for Black ballplayers of the time either, Ron Hill said, describing how if they wanted to eat in area restaurants, they had to go around back.“It was rough these guys went through hell,” he said.Nevertheless, many in the Negro League like Pete Hill accumulated impressive stats on the field. An outfielder for the Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants and Chicago American Giants, Hill was a “giant among Giants,” the Hall of Fame described “one of the greatest line-drive hitters of his era.”As captain of the legendary Leland Giants, he helped lead them to a record of 123 wins and six losses. With Philadelphia, he participated in two league championships.Hill also starred in the Cuban Winter League, playing against major league clubs, including the Detroit Tigers and Ty Cobb.Pete Hill “could do anything a White player can do,” the Chicago Defender wrote in 1910. “He can hit, run, throw and is what is termed a wise, heady ballplayer.”Hill ended his baseball career in 1925 as manager/player with the Baltimore Black Sox and a career batting average of .326. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ron Hill sponsors the Pittsburgh Black Sox, a Little League team.In the 1920s, census records show Pete Hill living in Chicago with his wife, Gertrude, and son Kenneth. By 1930, he was divorced and living in Buffalo, N.Y., working as a railroad porter, which he did until his death some 20 years later, Nelson found.There, the trail of Pete Hill goes cold. Many of the same researchers dedicated to correcting the story of Hill’s roots are now focused on determining his final resting place. His death certificate only says that he was buried in Chicago.Researchers contend Hill is the only Hall of Famer whose burial site is unknown, though Horn, the organization’s communications and education director, said it is not uncommon for older inductees, particularly 19th century stars, to have unknown death sites.Either way, the fact that the Hall of Fame will verify and correct Hill’s first name and birthplace will hopefully go a long way in the search for his grave, a search that may include help from PBS’s “History Detectives,” according to Nelson.For now, the focus remains on what is to come in John “Pete” Hill’s legacy, that is, the unveiling of a new plaque Oct. 12, his birthday, in Cooperstown. When inducted the first time, no family members or supporters were present because Joseph Hill was unknown to them.This time, various family members from around the country plan to travel to New York for the redo. Relatives from Los Angeles, Boston, Ohio and Pennsylvania came to Culpeper last month to retrace their ancestor’s steps, proudly embracing their history.Horn said this is not the first time the Hall of Fame has recast a plaque. It’s the third this decade alone.In 2008, the Hall of Fame redid Jackie Robinson’s to reflect the star hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ contributions to breaking the race barrier.In 2000, the plaque of Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente Walker was redone to reflect Walker, his mother’s maiden name, as his last name. It was previously cast as Roberto Walker Clemente.“It’s important to have this information correct,” Horn said, noting Hill’s plaque was cast in 2006 using the best available information at the time. He said all the changes to Hill’s history would be made in unison.Kent State University professor Leslie Heaphy has written extensively on the Negro Leagues, including articles referring to Pete Hill as Joseph Hill from Pittsburgh. She said last week that Nelson’s updated information “continues to fill in the gaps of the Negro Leagues’ history, especially the earlier years.”“It is always important to try to be as accurate as possible with our understanding of history and facts,” she said. “We need to keep checking and finding new information and updating what we know so we are always learning.” “PETE” HILL by Allison Brophy ChampionCULPEPER, Va. (AP)—When the National Baseball Hall of Fame recasts the plaque of Negro League standout and Culpeper native “Pete” Hill later this year, changing his given name and birthplace, it will officially give Culpeper County its second inductee into the game’s most sacred institution. CAST IN BRONZE —This handout photo from the National Baseball Hall of Fame is the bronze Hall of Fame plaque of Pete Hill. Hill was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, July 30, 2006 in Cooperstown, N.Y. last_img read more

Olympia Fire Department Earns Class 2 Rating

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe Olympia Fire Department was just notified by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) that it’s insurance rating has been upgraded from a Class 3 to a Class 2. WSRB evaluates all Washington communities for their fire protection/suppression capability using a schedule approved by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. WSRB assigns each community a Protection Class of 1 through 10, where 1 indicates exemplary fire protection capabilities, and 10 indicates the capabilities, if any, are insufficient for insurance credit.Our business community will have an opportunity to reduce their fire insurance costs by an estimated 15% or more. The Class 2 rating makes Olympia more attractive to businesses that may wish to relocate because of lower costs of doing business.During the grading process, the WSRB evaluated four major areas: Fire Department, water supply, emergency communications, and fire safety control (fire prevention, public education, and building code enforcement). The Fire Department was reviewed for distribution of fire stations, engine companies, ladder companies, pumping capacity, apparatus maintenance, department personnel and training. The water supply was reviewed for fire flow capabilities, hydrant locations, and system maintenance. The community’s 911 system is evaluated on its ability to receive and handle calls for emergency services. Lastly, the Fire Prevention Division and Building Inspection Services were evaluated for their abilities to inspect new construction and existing businesses in the City, as well as application of local codes and ordinances. Olympia is one of only four fire departments statewide that have a Class 2 rating. Seattle, Bellevue, and Federal Way are the only other Class 2 rated communities. No one in the State of Washington has achieved a Class 1 rating.last_img read more

The hero

first_imgIt was going to be hard to top his MVP performance from last year’s come-from-behind victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, but Vince Young did it and then some. Young scored the game-winning touchdown on an 8-yard run with 19 seconds remaining, his third touchdown of the game. He finished with a Rose Bowl-record 467 yards of total offense. THE GOAT AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 99 Combined career touchdowns by USC’s LenDale White and Reggie Bush, the most by teammates in NCAA history. White and Bush, both juniors, combined for four touchdowns on Wednesday night to break the previous record of 97, set by Army’s Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard from 1943-46. QUOTE “It’s so beautiful, don’t y’all think that piece of crystal is beautiful? It’s coming home all the way to Austin, Texas, baby.” _ Texas quarterback Vince Young, after being handed the national championship trophy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Pete Carroll left the game in the hands of his defense when he went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Texas 44-yard line and USC didn’t get the first down. The defense failed. Vince Young led Texas on a dramatic final drive and Vince Young went untouched into the end zone on the game-winning touchdown. A face-mask penalty by Darnell Bing kept Texas’ final drive alive. STAT OF THE GAME last_img read more


first_imgA Ramelton man has received the probation act after being fined €400 for theft and criminal damage incidents.Jonathon Devine of Castle Street was charged with smashing windows at Steve’s Cafe on March 18th, 2012.He was also charged with the theft of newspapers valued at €75 from Whoriskey’s Spar, Ramelton on the same date. The 23 year old had had the case adjourned to allow him to come up with €400 in compensation for the two injured parties.Judge Paul Kelly heard Devine was very intoxicated when he carried out both incidents.He applied the probation act in both cases.MAN WHO STOLE NEWSPAPERS AND BROKE CAFE WINDOW FINED €400 was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:criminal damagedonegalJonahton DevineRameltontheftlast_img read more

49ers vs. Giants: Game still on schedule amid smoky air

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Tonight’s 49ers game against the New York Giants remains scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. kickoff at Levi’s Stadium, despite poor air quality from the Camp Fire in Butte County.Here is what you need to know:THE AIR: Even though the air quality index was at 120 and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” Monday morning, that is a little better than the previous couple days and well below the 200-API that would prompt the NFL to postpone the game. Breathing masks are not expected to be …last_img

Back from injury, Willie Cauley-Stein will learn on the fly

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein is returning from injury ahead of schedule.Originally set to be re-evaluated at this time, Cauley-Stein is expected to play Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns after recovering from a right foot sprain he suffered prior to training camp. It will be his first on-court introduction to the team after signing a two-year, $4.4 million deal in July.“Finally,” Cauley-Stein said of the wait Wednesday. “It was long, but they kept me busy. I was …last_img

Red Devils too hot for Pirates

first_img23 July 2008In front of a festive crowd, Manchester United overcame a combative Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening, leaving the Buccaneers with a tough path to the final of the Vodacom Challenge in Pretoria on Saturday.After the Red Devils drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend and then beat Pirates, Pirates know they will need to beat Chiefs, not draw, when the Soweto rivals meet in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to determine who will face Manchester United for the silverware.Buccaneers’ coach Rudi Krol surprisingly opted to give some of his leading players a rest in Durban; he must rate Pirates’ chances of beating Chiefs on Thursday. Sir Alex Ferguson also gave some of his star players a break, but kept them on the bench.Seized the initiativeEarly on, the missing stars from the Soweto club’s line-up showed as United seized the initiative. Only after the Sea Robbers had fallen behind did they begin to find their way, but shoddy finishing meant they couldn’t make up the deficit.The first chance of the contest went the way of Manchester United when a corner found Red Devils’ central defender John Evans, but his header was too high and passed over the crossbar.Left winger Lee Martin then tested goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa with a shot low to the keeper’s right. Carlos Tevez was next to ask questions of Meyiwa.GoalThen, after 22 minutes, Frazier Campbell set Martin up with another chance by heading the ball into his path. Under pressure from Happy Jele, Martin kept his cool and chipped over Meyiwa, as the goalkeeper tried to cut down the angle, to put United in front.Meyiwa had to come off his line quickly shortly afterwards, but this time he was successful, preventing Campbell from getting a shot in.Shortly before the break, United looked hard done by when they were denied a penalty by the referee Cornelius Mwanza after Martin, who caused Pirates plenty of problems down the left, was taken down in the penalty area by Lucas Thwala.Rio Ferdinand’s vociferous appeals for the spot kick earned him a yellow card and the English champions had to settle for a corner kick.Half-timePirates would have gone into the break with some relief as United had enjoyed far more opportunities, with the Buccaneers mustering just a single shot on goal in the first half.After halftime, however, the Soweto club lifted their game and created the first chance of the second half. It was a good one. Tlou Segolela was set free by a long ball, which allowed him to get behind the United defence. His shot, though, lacked control and composure and he failed to find the target.Oohs and aahsLebohang Mothibantwa drew some oohs and aahs from the crowd with a powerful long-range effort that forced Red Devils’ net-minder Ben Foster to knock the ball over the crossbar for a corner.Joseph Makhanya then tested Foster with a blistering shot, but the United man was up to the challenge.At the other end of the field, Paul Scholes, on as a substitute, brought a good save out of Meyiwa before Jele forced Foster to fist way a strong shot.Pirates versus ChiefsBased on the evidence of Manchester United’s two games so far, Chiefs should be favoured when they take on Pirates on Thursday. They matched up better against the European club champions than their great rivals, but.derby matches are never as simple to predict as taking a cursory glance at form.After all, Manchester City did the double over United last season. United finished it as the English Premier League and Uefa Champions League title-holders. City ended ninth and manager Sven Goran Eriksson was fired.Also, one wonders how much one should be read into Pirates’ performance when coach Krol opted to sit his leading players.Should they fail to get the better of Chiefs in Port Elizabeth, that decision could come back to haunt him because he would have taken on one of the world’s leading club sides without giving his best team a chance of lowering United’s colours.The only way for Krol to avoid the second-guessing is for Pirates to make the final and tackle Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges for a second time.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A 1 000 SA voices against gender violence

first_imgBrand South Africa attended the A Thousand Voices Against Abuse conference held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Friday, 18 October. The day embraced South African women, who have played an essential role in the country’s democracy.The almost 1 000-strong audience, mostly women with a few men, came from across the country, and dancing, singing, clapping, ululations, and poignant reflections were the order of the day as emotions ran high at the event.As the conference celebrated the feminine and acknowledged mothers and gogos, sisters and aunties, wives, girlfriends and daughters, the prominent message was that South Africa needs drastic change to stop violence against women and children.ORDINARY SOUTH AFRICANSBrand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela believes that South Africans need to work together to deal with the crux of society’s issues The conference saw ordinary South Africans, academics and representatives from the Department of Public Service and Administration and NGOs attend.“In 1994 there was a powerful, positive shift in South Africa and the country embraced freedom. Twenty years on society is encouraged to reflect on the present; to shape conversations; to commit to dialogue and raise its voice. It needs to bring ubuntu and humanity back into South African culture,” says Khumo Mohlamme, co-founder of A Thousand Voices.“It is a conversation that we have started as South Africans to make sure that we celebrate women that have contributed to our democracy for the past 20 years. We also are increasing the awareness on the plight of gender violence.”Brand South Africa’s brand manager, Sithembile Ntombela, insists that South Africans need to work together to fight crime and deal with the root of the society’s problems.“We need to encourage the importance of social cohesion in nation building. We see it in sport, the feeling of ubuntu and togetherness. We need to adopt this same attitude into society.”She adds, “We must stay true to our identity. SA is inspiring new, creative ways through our values. We need to stand strong by our pillars; these define our fortress, our pillars of ubuntu, creating innovation, sustainability, diversity and possibility. We are a proud nation and we need to all play our part.”CHANNELS OF ENGAGEMENTThe A Thousand Voices movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, the private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life, to profile and eradicate gender-based violence. It is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency and empower citizens.Mohlamme says the main issue is that the justice system is not doing enough to implement government policies as far as women abuse is concerned. She says that there are great policies; however government needs a partner to make sure that people on the ground speak up against abuse.“Last year we had 64 515 cases reported cases of rape and of course statistics do show that only one out of nine cases are actually reported, because there’s a lot of stigma that is associated with rape. There’s a lot of fear and intimidation. So we have not seen great progress, the stats are going higher and we have polices and we have talked about it but it is time we do more than talk,” Women Against Rape director, Pearl Kupe said.Ayanda Dlodlo, Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration calls for activism to never end (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)She says that the country has been sweeping woman abuse under the table, and even though there has been more discussion about it, there doesn’t seem to be any progress.“We have lovely polices and I think if you were to interrogate you [would] find that we have lovely strategies on national crime prevention and everything but we are not seeing the benefits of it translate. So we need to interrogate those strategies, we need to see if they have been implemented. If they have not been implemented we need to ask why,” Kupe said, adding that South Africans need to pick themselves up and redefine themselves.EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITYOutcomes from the conference were that South Africans need to ask themselves how they can stem the tide of abuse and to step up, as it’s all South Africans’ responsibility.Brand South Africa also said that the widespread abuse hampered the country’s reputation abroad.Ayanda Dlodlo, deputy minister for Public Service and Administration proudly said: “This is a momentous occasion as this open partnership with government is encouraging power back to the people. We need to make sure that activism never ends. People and government must have a relationship of value, not politicking, but one of value. We need openness, transparency and good governance. Let’s not walk in the dark, let’s become beacons of hope and make it a priority to meet the basic needs of people.”Ntombela believes that, together, the country can build pride and patriotism, drive mass mobilisation, lift the spirit of the nation and achieve widespread support. She believes that united, SA must incite a strong call to action.Brand SA’s main aim is to inspire, and believes that South Africans can work together to promote optimism and never lose sight of hope.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more