DEC marks 50 years of emergency appeals

first_img Howard Lake | 2 July 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis DEC marks 50 years of emergency appeals Tagged with: DEC  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img “For 50 years the Disasters Emergency Committee has done monumental work and I am delighted to sign-up and pledge that this government will continue to support you.  You’ve been able to do all this because of the extraordinary generosity of the British people.  A generosity that means millions around the world have lived who otherwise would have died.”DEC Chairman Clive Jones said:“The history of the DEC is one of extraordinary collaboration between major aid agencies, British broadcasters and blue chip companies.  Ultimately though, all our collective achievements are really just a product of the staggering generosity of the UK public.  This is above all their story and we want to take this opportunity to thank them for their extraordinary support.“The DEC was unique when it was founded because of the way it brought a whole nation together when there is a major overseas emergency. We are pleased to say that since then it is a model that has been admired and copied around the world.”The documentary about the DEC is entitled ‘A Very British Appeal’ and it will be broadcast on ITV at 10.35pm tonight.  The documentary team had unprecedented access inside the DEC during the run up to the Syria Crisis Appeal and also filmed on location in Haiti. 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. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is marking this 50th anniversary this year. Tonight ITV will broadcast a document about the organisation, which has launched 63 appeals, raised £1.1 billion and helped provide emergency aid to tens of millions of people around the world.The DEC was formed on 18 December 1963 to co-ordinate overseas aid and went on to launch its first appeal in response to the August 1966 earthquake in Varto, eastern Turkey.  Since it was founded the DEC has launched 63 appeals, raised 1.1 billion pounds and helped provide aid to tens of millions of people around the world.Prime Minister David Cameron said: Advertisementlast_img read more

Watch Turbo Suit Jam Out To New Original ‘Back To Life’ In The Studio

first_imgFunky livetronica act Turbo Suit has shared a live studio performance from their upcoming EP release entitled Back to Life, due out in early April. Back to Life consists of original music, including the title track “Back To Life.” While in the studio, the band decided to hit record on the cameras and give a little sample of what’s to come.The band is in the middle of Zoot Suit Tour with Zoogma that sees both groups in Colorado in early March and the Midwest in April, with an EP release show at The Vogue in Indianapolis, IN on April 2nd. For full dates, visit the band’s website.last_img read more

What happens when election results are contested?

first_imgEven before Election Day, armies of lawyers for the Trump and Biden campaigns were preparing for an onslaught of litigation. Mr. Trump has long pushed allegations of voter fraud without evidence and raised questions about the validity of the mail-in vote. – Advertisement – “This election won’t be resolved until a losing candidate concedes defeat and congratulates his opponent,” said Edward B. Foley, an Ohio State University law professor. “And if the candidates don’t give us finality that way, then the legal process has to give it to us.” – Advertisement – As the country waits for ballot tallies in a handful of crucial battleground states, the Trump campaign has pursued lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and said that it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.If lawsuits and recounts persist — and if vote margins are razor thin in key swing states — it could be weeks before President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. is named the winner. In some scenarios, the contest could drag into 2021, and might look something like this:last_img read more

Holcomb recognizes public safety communications workers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. – Public Safety Telecommunications Week originated in California in 1981 and was nationally recognized by an act of the United States Congress in 1991.  In Indiana, Public Safety Telecommunications Week has been recognized statewide since 1999, most commonly by a proclamation from Indiana’s Governor.Public Safety Telecommunications Week reminds all Hoosiers that the first step in receiving help is the initial call to 911 and hearing the voice of a local city, county, or state public safety dispatcher.  These are the men and women that collect the initial information to pass along to law enforcement officers in the field.  Often times they are able to give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way.  And the service of a telecommunications operator extends well beyond taking calls from citizens as they are the lifeline to the police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper out on patrol.In short, the telecommunications operator is the two-way lifeline link taking calls for service.  Whether the call comes by phone from the public, or over a radio from a law enforcement professional, telecommunication operators are one of the most important and under-recognized components of public safety.Attached with this Indiana State Police Go. Delivery news release is a PDF copy of the proclamation issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb recognizing April 8 – 14, 2018 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.last_img read more

Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health finds new home

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has found a permanent home.Health Department officials say they will be relocating to 2570 4th Southwest, next to Hobby Lobby. The department was displaced from its long-time headquarters at Mohawk Square after a roof collapse in May after a weekend of severe storms. The department was relocated temporarily to the Community Health Center downtown with other services scattered through various mobile outreach methods.The Health Department plans to open for business in their new location next Monday, with the immunization clinic and STD/HIV testing clinic being closed on Thursday and Friday of this week to complete the movelast_img read more

Kenyan marathon champion Sumgong gets four year drugs ban

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping, Athletics Kenya said Tuesday.“Sumgong will serve the four-year ban as from (April 3) when she was provisionally suspended,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.The 32-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.Erythropoietin is a natural hormone that stimulates red cell production. For a runner, injecting an artificially produced version increases oxygen absorption which allows them to run harder and faster without tiring.Sumgong, who also tested positive for a banned substance in 2012, starred at the London Marathon in 2016, defying the odds to win despite suffering a bruising fall.Steeled by her success in London, she then became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold, defeating Ethiopia’s world champion Mare Dibaba in Rio to confirm her status as the world’s top marathon runner of 2016.Due to her suspension she was unable to defend the titlein London this year.Earlier this year, Sumgong was one of a number of top Kenyan athletes who welcomed a new initiative to eradicate doping, which has tarnished their image, agreeing to be monitored by doctors appointed by the IAAF and Athletics Kenya. “It will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises,” said Sumgong.The move came after an investigation by German television channel ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper last July alleging that doping was rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Kenyan athletics boss chief Jackson Tuwei warned that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected to represent the country in international competitions.“Forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code,” he said earlier this year.Sumgong’s former training partner, the 2014 Chicago and Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, is serving a four-year ban after also testing positive for EPO.In 2012 Sumgong tested positive for steroid Prednisolone following the Boston marathon. She only served half of a two year ban after a successful appeal blamed the failed control on treatment for a hip injury.last_img read more

The Little School That Could

first_img[singlepic id=1076 w= h= float=none]There was no evidence of controversy when one of Mater Dei’s most famous graduates, Brian Williams, and his wife Jane Stoddard, attended the Save the Seraphs Gala Saturday night at the Shore Casino to benefit the high school.If anything, many people who were there were happy to see him and said his presence brought the school national attention.“Brian’s generosity and support of the Mater Dei community is fantastic and getting us closer to our goals,” said Joan Gotti of Rumson, of the Class of ’78.In his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News, Williams was his old self. He was charming, friendly, and eager to renew friendships with former classmates, and obviously happy to be with families and friends with whom he shared many good times between 1974 and 1977.Friends and fans wanted to shake his hand and tell him they were happy he was there.Eager to acknowledge everyone who tried to crowd around, Williams, who few knew was attending the event, smiled broadly and shook his head at one alumni who held out his tie, flipped it upside down, and asked if the newscaster would sign it sometime during the night.Williams received a standing ovation after Gerry Harper, Class of ’71, whose family was the main sponsor of the event, gave a speech and then thanked Williams for coming and expressed support for him personally and “from the entire Mater Dei family.”And Williams had strong praise for his former high school. “This is Mater Dei. It’s been a very, very important part of my life,” he told The Two River Times at the event. “I had four great years here. I did not know it then, but it was the last degree I’d ever earn in my life.” Although Williams attended Brookdale Community College, he accepted an offer to pursue his journalism career before earning an associate’s degree and never continued higher education following almost immediate success on television.Before being pulled away by yet more attendees who wanted to talk to him, Williams said, “It’s a wonderful school, and it should be open for a long time, for everybody. I feel I was very fortunate I was able to go here. It was great.”Those in attendance only reaped praise on the Mater Dei alum.Williams attendance, as reported exclusively on the Two River Times website – – captured the attention of the national media because it was his first public sighting since his suspension.“The fact that so many news organizations picked it up, it gave us quite a bit of exposure,” said Little Silver resident Kathy Flood Cashes, Class of ’73. “It gave us national attention,” having Williams appear, to offer his support for his high school, she said, “for this little school that could.”Cashes hadn’t been aware of Williams’ intention to come to the event and was happily surprised. “When he walked in the door, I was like ‘Oh my God!’” she said. His support was certainly welcomed, she added.“It shows the spirit of the school,” she added.Chip Robertson, Class of ’78 who now lives in Cresskill, came south for the event.“It was an amazing gathering of our Mater Dei family,” said Robertson. “Hard times are a true test of family ties and this one is unbreakable. Special thanks to Brian Williams for his amazing show of love and support.”Joseph Buzzanco, who is now Red Bank dentist, gave Williams credit for showing his support for his alma mater, given the shadow Williams had been under for the last month.“I got to give it to Brian,” Buzzanco said. “It couldn’t have been easy for him to come out that night. Being in the business he understood it would draw attention.”And attention it did draw, which likely helped with the efforts to save the school, Buzzanco said.“Obviously, it had a very positive effect,” he said.“I think it was as much fun for him as it was for us,” Buzzanco added.Joe Rapolla was equally pleased.“It was great to see Brian there and so many of our friends willing to show our support, which further demonstrates the depth of character of the MDP family,” said Rapolla of Oceanport, Class of ’79. His band, Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square, donated their time and performed at the fundraiser.Williams was just one who made a “generous” donation to the fund,which is aimed at helping the school to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation visit — By Muriel J. Smith and John Burton. Several Two River Times staffers also contributed to this report.last_img read more

The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014

first_img2. Tigris and Euphrates dams influence Islamic State expansionConflicts over water have a long history. In 2014, a new analysis described the links between drought, climate change, water management, and the Syrian civil war. By the end of the year, the region’s major dams were targeted for control by the Islamic State (IS) and used as weapons to flood parts of Iraq and to divert water away from some communities for political purposes. IS forces near these dams were also targets of allied air strikes because of the dams’ strategic importance. 3. U.S.-China climate agreement includes water-energy provisionsOn Nov. 12, 2014, the president of the United States reached a momentous accord with the president of China to cap greenhouse gas emissions and do a whole lot more for Mother Earth and its human inhabitants.The agreement encourages collaboration between the world’s two largest economies to much more quickly put into place new tools, practices, and especially markets to contend with radically different ecological and economic conditions.The agreement includes two provisions to secure freshwater supplies in energy production. The two nations are 1) investing in research to improve efficiency and conservation in water supply for energy generation and 2) developing a carbon-sequestration demonstration project in China to put to good use the water that is displaced from deep beneath the surface during CO2 storage. 4. The U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40 amid mounting safety lapsesIn the year that the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act turned 40, Toledo, Ohio, Charleston, West Virginia, and towns along North Carolina’s Dan River were the victims of pollution incidents that highlighted the continued challenges in safeguarding water supplies and protecting public health.Toledo shut down its water supply after poisonous algae toxins developed in Lake Erie. Charleston’s water supply was fouled by a chemical spill that prompted the Justice Department to indict the plant’s owners for water-quality violations and obstruction of justice. In North Carolina, a storage basin failure at a Duke Energy power plant sent more than 35,000 metric tons of coal ash, a noxious waste product, flowing into the Dan River, a drinking water source. 6. America becomes more water-efficient as U.S. water use drops dramaticallyThe United States is using less water nationally, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued in November. The federal science agency found that water use dropped to 355 billion gallons a day in 2010, the lowest level since 1970.California continues to be a leader in efficiency and conservation. It withdrew 38 billion gallons of water per day in 2010, a 17 percent decrease from 2005, and the lowest tally since 1965. The USGS report updates the last national water supply and use survey, which collected data from 2005, when national water use was 410 billion gallons per day. In effect, a nation of 309 million people in 2010 used as much water as 205 million Americans did 45 years ago. 9. Water-saving renewable energy technologies become mainstream`The Energy Information Administration reported that for the first time solar, wind, and geothermal power sources overtook hydropower in 2014 as the largest sources of renewable electricity in the United States.Wind and solar, which typically require little or no water per unit energy produced, also competed with natural gas as the largest new sources of electrical generating capacity in the United States. Through November, half the new generating capacity came from natural gas while solar and wind accounted for 44 percent, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The transition to water-saving renewable energy is accelerating. Less than a decade ago, U.S. hydropower plants accounted for three times as much generation as non-hydro sources. In 2014, said the EIA, wind, solar, and geothermal energy accounted for just over 6.6 percent of U.S. electricity generation and hydropower accounted for just under 6.6 percent. “By 2040,” said the EIA, “non-hydro renewables are projected to provide more than twice as much generation as hydropower.” RELATED ARTICLES The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasDrought Forces Tough Choices in the WestWhat Is “Xeriscape” and Why is it Important?In the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’Water in a Drought-Prone Era 1. The California drought becomes an emergencyCalifornia’s multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. By the end of the year, California had experienced the driest and hottest 36 months in its 119-year instrumental record. Some researchers described the drought as 1) the worst in over 1200 years and 2) evidence of rising temperatures globally as climate changes accelerate. As of mid-January, the drought is continuing.As the California and western drought continued in 2014, storage reservoirs in the region were drawn down to record lows. In July 2014, Lake Mead reached the lowest levels since the lake was filled in the 1930s.center_img 7. China’s south-north water transport canal opensChina turned the spigot on the central line of its South-North Water Transfer Project, sending the first gush of water from Danjiangkou Reservoir along the 1,432-kilometer route to Beijing and other cities in the country’s dry North.Together with the transfer project’s eastern line, which began operating in December 2013, and a planned western line, the massive diversion will siphon as much as 44.8 billion cubic meters (11.8 trillion gallons) of water each year from the Yangtze River Basin, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua. It is the largest project of its kind in the world, with a price tag upwards of $81 billion. 8. Algal blooms foul water worldwideDecades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have produced more scientific knowledge but achieved few results to solve two of the most dangerous threats to the world’s oceans and fresh water reserves. In fact, according to a growing body of scientific evidence, algae blooms and near-shore ocean dead zones are growing larger and more numerous while endangering important fisheries and drinking water consumed by millions of people. 10. Water shutoffs in Detroit are factor in largest U.S. municipal bankruptcyThousands of residents of Detroit — a city under emergency management that is reeling from decades of deindustrialization and neighborhood decay — were cut off from drinking water supplies last year. Roughly 17,000 residences were shut off between March and August because of overdue bills. Residents pushed back, taking water from fire hydrants to drink, cook, bathe, and flush their toilets, and community leaders organized emergency water deliveries.Meanwhile, the accountants, lawyers, and traders collected tens of millions of dollars in fees to complete the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The problem in Detroit raised questions about whether the shutoff of water violates the UN-declared human right to water, which requires delivery of a basic amount of water independent of ability to pay. 5. Evidence of the link between climate change and extreme hydrologic events grows strongerThe evidence of the links between climate change and extreme hydrologic events grew more powerful in 2014. A series of scientific reports addressed heat waves in Europe, coastal damages in the Eastern United States during extreme tides and storms, flooding in the UK from more intense rain storms, drastic loss of Arctic ice, and droughts in Australia and the Southwestern United States.Lloyd’s of London concluded in May that the influence of rising sea levels increased the damages from Hurricane Sandy by $US 8 billion in New York alone. Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city and located close to the water-rich Amazon Basin, suffered its worst drought. Peter Gleick is president of the Pacific Institute. J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue. This post originally appeared at Huffington Post and is reprinted here with the permission of the Pacific Institute.last_img

Chris Froome unhurt but bike ‘totaled’ after hit-and-run case

first_imgTour de France champion Chris Froome said on Tuesday that he had escaped unhurt while having his bike written off by an impatient car driver in a hit-and-run incident.The 31-year-old three-time winner of the world’s biggest bike race, tweeted a picture of the twisted remains of his “totaled” training bike, saying he had been deliberately knocked off by the driver.Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay ?? Bike totaled. Driver kept going! Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017The Team Sky rider said he was “okay” after the incident that happened during a training ride near his home in the south of France.Sky News reported that it understood Froome would be reporting the incident to police.”Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!”, the Team Sky rider wrote, adding an emoji of hands clasped in prayer.Team Sky said the Monaco-based Froome had continued his training session after returning home to get a spare bike.Froome is training for June’s Criterium du Dauphine, his familiar warm-up event before the Tour de France between July 1-23. He is favourite to win the event for a third successive year.The incident was just another reminder of the continued perils faced by professional cyclists on the road during training rides.It occurred less than three weeks since the death of 37-year-old Michele Scarponi, the former Giro d’Italia winner, who was struck by a van while training in Italy.advertisementHis team, Astana, described the death of Scarponi, a husband and father of two, as a ‘tragedy too big to be written’.last_img read more