Read4Charity.co.uk raises £5,000 in first five months

first_imgRead4Charity.co.uk raises £5,000 in first five months Publishers involved in providing books for Read4Charity.co.uk include Hodder Headline, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Penguin.Funds generated are passed to the recipient charities on a quarterly basis. Current charity partners include Scope, Shelter, Harvest Help, Breast Cancer Haven, and CLAPA – Cleft Lip and Palate Association. Each of them receive a branded webpage on the Read4Charity website, which the charity can then direct its supporters to.The site is open to other charities to participate. Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Read4Charity.co.uk, the online books site that donates 15% of sales to charities, has raised over £5,000 so far this year.The site will be launched officially at the Hay Literary Festival this week, one of the largest literary festivals in the world.Compared to Amazon.co.uk, the site features a very small range of books for sale, all of them at a discount. Nevertheless, the focus on a relatively small number of titles in the various categories might prove attractive to some shoppers. Advertisementcenter_img  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 May 2006 | News 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.last_img read more

O’Neill backs forwards to win games

first_img O’Neill said: “International football is a wee bit like that these days, teams not running away with matches much. “It would be nice to be hard to beat because you feel you would have enough ability to create something. “[Aiden] McGeady in the final third has terrific feet and is a genuine danger. His own attacking instinct, he wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position on the park.” Poland represented a significant step up in class after Latvia, but Ireland took the game to them in the early stages and might even have gone ahead when defender Stephen Kelly saw a 21st-minute header loop up off the ground and over the bar. But the Poles stepped up a gear as the game wore on and exerted sustained pressure, although keeper David Forde did not have a save of note to make. O’Neill said: “That’s true, and I should look at that as a positive. The level of opposition was not in question. Poland are a wee bit unlucky not to be involved in play-off games. “It was tough and was always going to be. I made seven or eight changes, getting players into the fold and feeling they are part of it.” The manager, his assistant Roy Keane and their players flew back to Dublin in optimistic mood after a more than satisfactory first get-together, although they will not reconvene until March next year ahead of a home friendly against Serbia. Press Association That is something to which O’Neill, who has spent the past 23 years working day-to-day in club management, will have to get used in between international breaks. He said: “We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won’t see them for some time. “I’ll have withdrawal symptoms – I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players. “I might be on the phone to them, but I’m not sure they are looking forward to that.” Martin O’Neill is confident Ireland have the firepower to win games if they continue to be hard to beat. The 61-year-old saw his team fight its way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Poland four days after launching his reign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Latvia. Where flowing football was the order of the day against the Latvians, Ireland had to show their once traditional grit at the INEA Stadium in Poznan to keep Robert Lewandowski and his team-mates at bay, and that was a source of contentment for their manager. last_img read more

Dodgers’ three-run sixth inning rally secures win over Rockies

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start UP NEXT: Dodgers vs. Giants, 1 p.m., Camelback Ranch. TV: none Radio: 570-AMRelated Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire THE GAME: The Dodgers (9-6-1) scored three runs in the sixth inning to beat the Rockies (6-9-2) 3-0 before an announced crowd of 11,091 at Salt River Fields.HITTING REPORT: Russell Martin (1 for 2) and David Freese (1 for 2) led off the sixth inning with back-to-back singles off Seunghwan Oh. With two outs, Justin Turner (1 for 3) and Max Muncy (1 for 3) hit back-to-back RBI doubles off Oh. … Joc Pederson (1 for 3) collected his third Cactus League hit, a double in the seventh inning against right-hander Bryan Shaw. … Kiké Hernandez (1 for 3) is batting .423 this spring.PITCHING REPORT: Julio Urías threw three shutout innings, walking one batter and striking out two. … Tony Cingrani, J.T. Chargois, Joe Kelly, Dylan Floro and minor leaguer Layne Somsen each threw a scoreless relief inning. … Minor leaguer Yordy Cabrera allowed a solo home run to veteran Mark Reynolds in the eighth inning for the Rockies’ only run. … Cabrera came back to strike out Tyler Nevin with the bases loaded to end the inning.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It just felt nice to get out there and catch a really good pitcher – a couple really good pitchers.” – Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, on his return to the lineup from a sore back. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pacquiao Says He’ll Beat Mayweather

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao worried about the punching power of Miguel Cotto. He knew Juan Manuel Marquez was a slick counter puncher, and wondered how he’d fare against a fighter the caliber of Oscar De La Hoya.He’s got no such worries about Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the eve of boxing’s richest fight ever.“I cannot say he is that difficult an opponent,” Pacquiao said. “My confidence right now is different than the other fights I had. I feel excited, this is it. I have to prove something.”Just hours after arriving in this boxing capital in a motorhome from Los Angeles, Pacquiao oozed confidence at a rally attended by about 1,000 people at the Mandalay Bay hotel.The mostly Filipino crowd watched Pacquiao’s latest music video and was entertained by dancers and singers before the fighter himself made a brief appearance.“I know I’m going to win the fight in the ring,” Pacquiao told the crowd. “So relax.”Oddsmakers aren’t so convinced, with Pacquiao remaining about a 2-1 underdog for a fight expected to earn him more than $100 million.But Pacquiao didn’t even have to break a sweat to win over the crowd that came to the hastily arranged pep rally in a convention area at the hotel.“You’re excited,” Pacquiao said to the cheering crowd. “I’m very excited.”Mayweather was greeted by a much bigger crowd at the MGM Grand hotel, where the May 2 welterweight title fight will play out.The Southern University marching band entertained and a mariachi band played outside before Mayweather arrived 20 minutes early.For many, it was their only chance to see the two fighters without reaching deep in their pockets. Tickets for the fight itself were being offered online starting at $3,800 and going over $100,000 near ringside, while even the $10 tickets for Friday’s weigh-in were being offered for $100 or more.“Five years ago this was a $50 million fight for me and $20 million for him,” said Mayweather, who is expected to make $180 million or more to $120 million for Pacquiao’s camp.With the real work already done, both fighters were going over game plans for a bout that was five years in the making. Pacquiao said he had two or three different strategies for the fight, depending on whether Mayweather wants to try to win with his defense or comes out attacking.“If he wants to fight me, good for me,” Pacquiao said. “If he’s running and moving around the ring we’re prepared for that, too.”Mayweather said that Pacquiao will be trying the same game plan that 47 others have failed to implement.“Everybody’s game plan is to come forward and throw lots of punches,” Mayweather said. “It hasn’t worked in 19 years and 47 fights.”It didn’t work for De La Hoya, who lost to both men while helping make them the pay-per-view stars they are today.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was in De La Hoya’s corner in 2007 when De La Hoya won most of the early rounds before fading and dropping a decision to Mayweather.It’s a fight Roach believes De La Hoya could have won had he kept jabbing. More importantly, Roach said it was a fight he learned a lot about how to take on Mayweather.“I really did learn from the Oscar fight. It was a good lesson to me,” Roach said. “Floyd is tricky but not very complicated. But if you get behind him and start following him around the ring he will set a trap. I have trained Manny not to let that happen. When he sets a trap, Manny will walk away.”De La Hoya said his head tells him Mayweather will win the fight, but his heart is with Pacquiao. He said the Filipino has an advantage with Roach in the corner, and will have a strategy to counter Mayweather’s defensive moves.“I believe this fight is going to be more exciting today than five years ago because both guys are not as agile on their feet,” De La Hoya said.“Mayweather has lost a step or two with his legs and so has Pacquiao. Pacquiao will have a chance to connect a few punches on Mayweather and vice versa.”What he doesn’t want to see, De La Hoya said, is Mayweather fighting just to win the fight. That strategy has helped Mayweather win all 47 of his fights, but fans are often unenthused about his performances because he thinks safety first.In the most anticipated fight in recent times, that is not enough to stand the test of history, De La Hoya said.“It’s sometimes unfortunate that his mentality is I’m undefeated and I’m going to think I’m the greatest because nobody has beaten me,” he said.“It just doesn’t work that way. You have to dare to be great and when you are to be great you’re going to face the toughest challenges. People are going to see that and people are going to respect that.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: West Indies not feeling pressure to restablish dominance, says Holder

first_imgHopes are pinned on a born-again West Indies to relive their glory days but skipper Jason Holder says the upcoming World Cup is “a case of creating our own legacy”.Windies have a proud history at the World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament and making the final of the third. After struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England recently lifted their spirits.”Not personally,” Holder told the ICC when asked if he feels pressurised to re-establish their dominance, adding, “It’s just a case of us creating our own legacy.”We obviously know our history what the past players have done. We will take it stage by stage, step by step, not get too far ahead of ourselves.”The presence of big players such as Andre Russell and Chris Gayle have helped, acknowledged the 27-year-old skipper.”Guys like Andre Russell make it easy for me, they tend to give a lot of support. I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me, I know they continue to rally behind me.”It’s important for us to continue to build as a group. It’s a relatively young side and we have got one or two experienced heads in the cam it’s a good mix.”He has rated hosts England as the favourites in the showpiece. “England are the number one side in the world for good reason, you now they are playing some very good cricket, lot of hype around them, they have obviously got the home advantage.advertisement”I guess got to give them respect being the number side in the world … All teams are practically equally matched, they are well-balanced sides, sides that can defeat anyone on any particular day.”We have just got to take it game by game, give everyone the respect they deserve and we will have to execute our plans,” Holder said.”It’s a dream,” opener Evin Lewis was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website when asked about the prospect of West Indies lifting the title.”Everyone will be glad to be playing in the World Cup. When we won the T20 World Cup in 2016, it was a great feeling, just looking forward to the fifty-over World Cup this year. Hopefully, we can get over the line.”All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, whose heroics won West Indies the World T20 title in 2016, echoed those sentiments.”Being here with the team, preparing for the World Cup means a lot to me,” he said.”As I always say, putting on the West Indies shirt is always a great feeling and a privilege to do it on the world stage, with the ten best teams fighting it out for the trophy, is something special.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hopeful of England posting a 500-run totalAlso Watch:last_img read more

MOL Steps Further into Subsea Support Vessel Business

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MOL Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is moving further into the subsea support vessel business as it decided to buy a stake in Norwegian AKOFS Offshore AS.As informed, MOL and Mitsui & Co have entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire shares in AKOFS Offshore AS, which is owned by Aker Group’s Akastor ASA.“After in-kind contribution of the company of owner and leasing the subsea support vessel, Skandi Santos, which MOL, Mitsui & Co., and AKOFS are jointly operating since November 2016, MOL’s acquisition amount will be about JPY 8 billion,” the company said.The move will enable MOL to become more involved in the operation and ship management of subsea support vessels, as explained by the company.AKOFS currently operates three subsea support vessels. Two of them, including the Skandi Santos, are chartered to the Brazilian state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro, while another is planned to be chartered by Equinor Energy AS.MOL said it anticipates stable demand and earnings in the subsea field and plans to get involved in every phase of subsea support vessel operations, from research of sea bed petroleum and gas fields to construction, maintenance, repair work, and removal, as the company strives to expand the business.Additionally, MOL, Mitsui & Co., Akastor and Aker have agreed to seek new opportunities to expand their collaboration based on a long-term perspective.last_img read more

Help Raise 100K For Firefighters With Only The Brave

first_imgTo help support brave firefighters like those depicted in the film Only the Brave, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is teaming with the social change platform Pixhug to raise up to $100K for the Granite Mountain Fund, an organization that drives donations to support firefighters.Jeff Bridges’ Facebook PostPixhug and their sponsor, TheBayFestival.org, kicked off the nationwide initiative with a $50K donation. In an effort to double the donation, fans are invited to turn their “likes” into money to support firefighters. Fans can like Jeff Bridges’ Facebook post to help!“With the inspiring and heroic effort to battle recent horrific wildfires and mudslides in California, we are thankful for organizations such as the Granite Mountain Fund that offer support for firefighters, first responders, and their families,” says Hans Koch, Executive Producer of TheBayFestival.org. “Only the Brave is an emotionally captivating film that speaks to the dangers of the brave firefighters the Granite Mountain Fund hopes to support with this important social campaign.”Pixhug is a social change platform that connects social media with social responsibility by uniting people with causes and the companies that support them. The app turns “likes” into donations, giving everyone the power to make a difference simply by sharing and liking photos and videos. With every photo posted to the Pixhug™ social platform users can then choose a charitable campaign to donate all their likes to, such as the Granite Mountain Fund. Every like is worth 10 cents, and the money is donated by TheBayFestival.org.“We have reached an exciting point in time where a powerful story, like the one told in Only the Brave, not only depicts a real-life event but, through Pixhug, allows its audience to engage with and support the cause alongside the stars of the movie,” says Mido DeSanti, Founder, CEO of PixHug.To use the Pixhug app to support the Granite Mountain Fund: 1 Download the Pixhug app from the iTunes store or Google Play 2 Select the “ONLY THE BRAVE” campaign 3 Tap “Support this cause” 4 Take a photo and post it on Pixhug and Facebook and the sponsor will donate 10 cents for every like you get!Granite Mountain Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the film Only the Brave, drives donations to support firefighting as well as the towns and families connected to and impacted by hotshots and their work. Donations for The Granite Mountain Fund will benefit the following organizations: Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Eric Marsh Foundation, Kevin Woyjeck Explorers Foundation, Prescott Firefighter’s Charities, California Fire Foundation and Carry The Load. The Granite Mountain Fund is partnered with the Tides Foundation, a registered 501c3 organization. 98.5% of the donations raised through the Tides Foundation will go directly to the charities the fund supports. Tides will receive a 1.5% administrative fee.Based on the true American story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that gave their lives to protect their community, ONLY THE BRAVE is an intense tale of brotherhood, sacrifice and inspiration. ONLY THE BRAVE was shot and mastered in 4K and debuts on digital and 4K digital with HDR January 23 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, the acclaimed ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, Crazy Heart, 2009), James Badge Dale (The Departed), with Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001). The Blu-ray and DVD also include digital versions of the movie, redeemable via the all-new Movies Anywhere App.last_img read more

Council puts kibosh on allowing backyard hens

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council voted in favour of not reopening the issue of allowing residents to keep hens in their backyards, citing concerns from the SPCA.Last April, discussions to potentially allow residents to keep hens in their backyards were included in Council’s June strategic planning sessions. But on January 8th the discussion item, which included discussions about the hens along with cat regulations, was dropped from Council’s Works in Progress list after Mayor Lori Ackerman indicated that the topics weren’t included in the strategic plan.Resident Lance Bayet wrote a letter to Council at the end of last month, asking for the issue of allowing backyard poultry to be reconsidered. A motion was passed to reaffirm that the topic of backyard hens be dropped from Council’s Works in Progress, effectively quashing any further discussion on allowing backyard chicken coops. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. Mayor Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for.last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Mayor shares the finder of the throne was fitting

first_imgAccording to social media posts, Kevin and Birgit Sharman found one throne near the community on Tuesday.Bertrand shares he did not know about the Throne that is placed near a popular frozen waterfall destination which is a low strenuous hike, yet perfectly situated.It is not clear on social media if the Throne will remain on site until Sunday or Monday yet if you would like to try to see the Throne in person for yourself the following directions were posted to Brigit Sharman’s FB profile.Directions to the throne from Brigit Sharman:  To get to see the throne, drive south of Tumbler Ridge on Hwy 52 for 20 km, which is 1 km past the turnoff to the Peace River Coal Mine on the Core Lodge Rd. There’s a pullout on the right side. The throne is there, beside Babcock Creek. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Mayor Keith Bertrand shared it was a fitting accomplishment for the finders of the Game of Thrones, Throne that was hidden near Babcock Creek.Bertrand goes on to share, he knows the couple that found the Throne and they are very outdoors people. He goes on to say they have been a big part in the creating and maintaining a lot of the trails in the area so its a fitting accomplishment for them.The TV show will start it’s last season this April and held a contest to find six thrones hidden all around the world.last_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12), under pressure, puts the ball in the air against Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The host Wolverines won, 14-7. Credit: Courtesy of TNSLocation: Madison, Wisconsin2016 record: 11–3 (7–2)Head coach: Paul Chryst2017 record so far: 2-0All-time record vs. OSU: 18-58What has happened thus far in 2017Wisconsin made quick work of Utah State and Florida Atlantic, outscoring both by a combined score of 90-24. Its offense rode the legs of two running backs, freshman phenom Jonathan Taylor and redshirt sophomore Bradrick Shaw. Taylor ran all over Florida Atlantic, racking up 223 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Badgers have been lights out against their opponents, limiting them to an average of only 276 yards per game and just 24 total points. Wisconsin travels to Provo, Utah, to take on BYU in its next test Saturday.Impact playerWhile eyes might gravitate to 6-foot-6, 249-pound senior tight end Troy Fumagalli, the Badgers’ season hinges on the play of redshirt sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook. He’s been steady through the team’s first two games, throwing for 445 total yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Hornibrook grew into the starting role last season, and though his numbers from a season ago indicate he might not put up eye-popping stats, he should be able to, at least, remain a steady presence for the team under center.StrengthsWisconsin fields another all-around solid team in 2017. There’s plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, but the Badgers’ offensive line has the potential to be the best unit on the team. If redshirt sophomore left guard Jon Dietzen can stay healthy, the line could provide Hornibrook with some of the best protection in the conference. With Taylor and Shaw also lining up in the backfield, Wisconsin boasts its latest grouping of talented running backs.WeaknessesYou’ll be hard-pressed to find someone willing to pencil a different Big Ten West team ahead of Wisconsin. Why? The Badgers are extremely talented and have one of the easiest schedules in the country, with neither Ohio State nor Penn State on the docket. The problem with the Badgers last year, though, was their inability to close out games, losing by seven points to Michigan, to Ohio State in overtime and then to the Nittany Lions in the conference-title bout. Wisconsin must come out on top in those kind of matchups if it is to take the next step this season. read more