Jo Cox MP appeal is “largest and fastest growing UK campaign” on GoFundMe

first_img Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 June 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  156 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 The charity fundraising appeal in celebration and memory of the life of Jo Cox has become “the largest and fastest growing UK campaign” on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.The campaign raised over £550,000 in just over one day. In its first four hours it raised over £62,000, which jumped to over £150,000 after seven hours on Friday. It currently stands at £766,000, donated in just over two days, consisting of 24,367 donations.The previous largest campaign on the site was #Donate4Mike, which raised £452,511, of which £430,000 was raised in nine days.The record for the largest and fastest growing crowdfunding appeal anywhere in the world on GoFundMe to date was also set this week. In six days $5.4m was donated to the GoFundMe campaign for the victims of the Orlando Pulse mass shooting.  155 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Digital GoFundMe Research / statistics Jo Cox MP appeal is “largest and fastest growing UK campaign” on GoFundMe 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.last_img read more

Senator Beckers Legislation Would Limit Insurers’ Ability To Change Medications During Plan Year

first_imgFor TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—A Columbia City physician told a Senate committee how a diabetic patient’s health was jeopardized when, because of insurance, medication to manage pain was changed to opioids.“Now she is on opioids that make her dialysis even more difficult,” said Dr. Lisa Hatcher said as she testified Wednesday before the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee about Senate Bill 97.Dr. Lisa Hatcher and Sen. Vaneta Becker discuss a bill that would limit an insurers’ ability to change a patient’s medications. Photo by Zach Roberts, TheStatehouseFile.comThe bill, authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, would prohibit health maintenance organizations or other health insurance providers from modifying an individual’s coverage on a drug during the plan year.Becker said the bill is necessary because while under insurance and being prescribe to one drug it shouldn’t be changed to another drug.Hatcher said she has patients whose health is affected when insurers mandate changes to prescription medications she has ordered. In the case of the diabetic patient, the insurance company declined to cover the cost of the nonopioid medication but would pay for opioids.“This bill advocates for our patients in an effective matter,” Hatcher said.Proponents of SB 97 said that changing a stable patient’s drug in the middle of the year is unfair and can lead to bigger risks because of new drug interactions. It can lead to an increase in emergency room visits, doctors’ visits and an overall hike in medical bills.However, an insurance representative said insurers look for lower-priced drugs to reduce costs for all patients.“We do believe it will increase health care costs,” said Heather Willey, an attorney for CVS Caremark. SB 97,  if it passes, could hike costs between $2.3 and $5.2 million.The committee delayed action on the bill and needs more discussion.FOOTNOTE: Kiara Calloway is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Legislation Would Limit Insurers’ Ability To Change Medications During Plan YearBy Kiara Callowaylast_img read more

Hollandse Kust (zuid) I & II Tender Ready for Take-Off

first_imgThe Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State has approved the Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) for zones I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind project.A number of appellants have opposed the construction of the wind farm, including Coöperatie Kottervisserij Nederland (VisNed), the Free Horizon Foundation, as well as local residents.VisNed, who represented the local fishermen, claimed that the construction of the wind farm would lead to a reduction of area available for fishing. The Council rejected the argument due to calculations that the shrinkage of the surface would equal 0.26% and only for boats longer than 24 meters. Moreover, the fishermen have until 2021 to search for other locations.The Free Horizon Foundation argued the location of the wind farm, suggesting that it should be constructed in the IJmuiden Ver area, which is farther away from the beach, thus clearing the view on the North Sea. However, the Council dismissed the objection claiming that the Foundation has no valid arguments, and referring to the transfer of the location as additional costs.In addition, the Foundation claimed that the coastal municipalities will suffer major economic damage as a result of declining tourism due to the blocking of the free view. The Council stated that research has been carried out, including the worst-case scenario, which showed it is unlikely to occur.The Council also pointed out that the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) I & II zones would generate new jobs in the region, and that minor negative effects are acceptable in regard of the importance of offshore wind energy and positive effects involved.The projects planned under the Dutch Government’s current offshore wind program include 2,100MW at the Hollandse Kust zones. Of this, 1,400MW is planned in the Hollandse Kust (zuid): 700MW at sites I and II, and further 700MW at sites III and IV. An additional 700MW is planned to be tendered in 2019 in the Hollandse Kust (noord) zone.In October, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy for the site, with the application period starting on 15 December and closing on 21 December.The first phase of the tender will be based on the procedure without subsidies and companies will compete for a concession permit, while the contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.last_img read more

PYJ Prepares for Victory in October

first_imgMr. Porte speaking in an exclusive interviewMany Liberians continue to limit or confine the political influence and activities of Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson (PYJ), who is also the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), to his native county. But this no longer seems to be the case as Johnson has appointed a very eloquent and articulate son of Montserrado County (specifically Croizerville), Togba R. Porte, to head his campaign team.The veteran union organizer, who has over 15 years of union organizing experience under his belt as an executive member (second in command) of the Healthcare Union of New York City, has been charged with the responsibility to ensure that the MDR, “a fast growing progressive political institution,” wins at the polls in October.Mr. Porte told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the 2017 elections is the ideal time for transformation in Liberia. “We need to create a better Liberia and a good atmosphere for the citizenry of this country. The leadership of this country owes it to them. And because we want to commit ourselves to this cause as a party, this is why the requisite people who will ensure that these things are done are being recruited by our political leader,” he said.“I come with a wealth of experience to this post and I think with my team we would do a very great job for the MDR, ensuring that we liberate our people from these leaders, who instead of serving our people continue to marginalize them.”He indicated that the entire country needs a total overhaul, including its infrastructure and institutions.Porte said many partisans and supporters of MDR know Senator PYJ as a man of his word and of principles, adding: “He is a man who does what he says and says what he does. Senator Jonson strongly believes that we need to make our people comfortable in their own country—and this is what we are endeavoring to do upon ascending to state power.”Porte said the MDR platform is built around the acronym: SHARE – Security, Health, Agriculture, Reconstruction and Education. “Included in our platform is all the solutions that this country needs to be transformed, and the MDR has committed itself to these,” he added.“I have known PYJ for over 20 years now but we only became close in the past six years and a half; and I have known him to be a very straightforward leader. He is the kind of leader that Liberians need currently. He is a man of his word and a straightforward person. This is why we are coming on board to ensure that his vision for this country is brought on the national scene.”The MDR campaign manager, who is the son of E. Julius Porte, Sr. of Croizerville—a cousin of the legendary constitutional analyst and pamphleteer, Albert Porte, noted that he and his team are now drawing up their strategies that will ensure that MDR is victorious at the polls, which is just under eight months away.“We will ensure that our party is victorious and we are employing all the requisite strategies to make it happen. We are good at organizing and we will use these skills to command victory,” he noted.He said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration has failed the Liberian people and there is a need for a paradigm shift in the governance structure of Liberia. “Leaders need to be servants of the people and not masters. Leaders need to learn how to stick to their promises. We need to be serious in this country,” he said.After refuting claims that PYJ’s only stronghold is his native Nimba County, Porte used the occasion to disabuse every critic who feels that way by saying, “We attract our membership from all across the country. People are attracted to our political leaders from all fifteen counties of this country.”Meanwhile, Porte’s claim that Senator Johnson’s influence or political persuasions are not only restricted to Nimba County was clearly proven  in the 2011 general and presidential elections when he surprised the nation by accumulating the third highest votes in the presidential election—making headways for himself, particularly in Lofa, Bong, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties.PYJ was third behind Madam Sirleaf of the Unity Party and Winston Tubman of the CDC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Friel welcomes €10M outdoor recreation fund to get Downings-Carrigart greenway off the ground

first_imgA NEW greenway from Carrigart to Downings could benefit from a multi-million euro fund announced by Rural Development Minister Michael Ring, a local Fine Gael candidate has said.Eimer Friel, who is standing in the Milford Electoral Area, has welcomed an ongoing consultation project by Donegal County Council.“So many brilliant projects in Co Donegal have benefitted from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme since it was introduced in 2016,” said Friel. “I know Donegal County Council are carrying out a consultation and planning process for a proposed greenway/cycleway from Carrigart to Downings and I would urge everyone to engage so that the council application for funding is ready on time.“It is estimated the cycleway would cost around €300,000 and it would be of enormous benefit to the area, linking the two areas, allowing cyclists to enjoy and explore the wonderful Atlantic Drive. It will be a huge draw for tourists and a wonderful amenity for local people all-year-round.”Ms Friel added: “In January the Fine Gael-led Government invested €343,660 to support the development of great local outdoor projects with the Great Arch Trail at Pollet, Fanad Head getting funding of €136,200; the Glenties Alter Trail being supported with €30,400; and investment of €177,060 on the Creeslough to Falcarragh stretch of the Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway.“I want to thank Donegal County Council officials who work so hard to bring a new imaginative use for outdoor recreation. I would urge them to have all the planning conditions in place so that Carrigart to Downings cycleway/greenway can benefit from this latest round of funding.”Minister Ring said: “Recreational tourism continues to be a significant growth area, and the natural resources available to us here in Ireland offer great potential to avail of the economic benefits that this type of tourism can bring to rural areas. Over 600 projects throughout the country have been supported by the Scheme since I introduced it in 2016. “Increasing Activity Tourism is a key pillar of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, and the type of facilities which will be funded through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme will include greenways, blueways, walking trails and other recreation infrastructure which will showcase the stunning scenery and wonderful places that Ireland has to offer.“The amenities funded through this scheme will enhance the quality of life for people who live in, or close to, the supported projects. It will also create better experiences for visitors to rural areas, enhance the tourism offering and support sustainable economic development in rural areas.”Friel welcomes €10M outdoor recreation fund to get Downings-Carrigart greenway off the ground was last modified: March 29th, 2019 by John2Share 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:CarrigartCouncil candidatecyclewayDowningsEimer FrielgreenwayMilfordNa Dunaibhlast_img read more

How bazaar! Inishowen has some of the best ones for Christmas

first_imgThere is no better way to get into the festive spirit this year than to visit a local Christmas Bazaar.They’re truly magical places that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside with fairy lights, Christmas decorations, festive stalls, raffles and delicious treats!Two of the favourite annual Christmas Bazaars taking place across Inishowen this year will be in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh from 8pm on Tuesday 3rd December and in the Malin Head Community Centre from 2pm on Sunday December 8th 2019. Supervisor at Colgan Hall Community and Resource Centre, Jeanette Longwill, said the annual Christmas Bazaar in the Colgan Hall is our main fundraising event of the year – and one of the best in Inishowen!“Final preparations are currently under way with our hall promising a fantastic festive event full of wonderful prizes to be won – including a Dyson V7 vacuum cleaner, 32” Smart Television, kitchen appliances, Berg Go-Kart and of course our famous hampers packed with luxury Christmas food and drink.“I’d therefore encourage as many people as possible to come along and support our event!”Manager of Malin Head Community Centre, Ali Farren added: “Our Christmas Bazaar has been on the go for almost 40 years now – and every festive season is a major fundraiser for the Malin Head Community Association. “I’d like to take this opportunity to say that our Christmas Bazaar wouldn’t be a success without the fantastic donations from our local businesses and the wonderful support of the public who always fill the hall!“All money raised from the Christmas Bazaar also importantly helps to sustain our centre and reduce our debts.”Shauna McClenaghan, Joint CEO of Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), which has worked with both Colgan Hall and Malin Head Community Centre over the years, said Christmas Bazaars are an excellent way of showcasing local products and encouraging people to buy local.“The Christmas Bazaars in the Colgan Hall and Malin Head Community Centre this year promise to be great family events and the perfect way to start the festive season”, she said.“Importantly, Christmas Bazaars across the Inishowen peninsula are growing from strength to strength and are such a welcome addition to our festive calendar. “Indeed, they are not only providing a great opportunity for people to buy a wide range of festive gifts and sample local produce, but also to meet up with family and friends and win some fantastic prizes!“They’re also a magical mix of all things Christmas whilst at the same time supporting local community groups, businesses and craft producers.“I’m therefore looking forward to seeing the community come out to support our local bazaars this year which are guaranteed to be great festive celebrations for the whole family to enjoy!”For further information on this year’s Christmas Bazaars and events over the festive season in the Colgan Hall and the Malin Head Community Centre find us on Facebook @colgan.hall and @malinheadcommunity How bazaar! Inishowen has some of the best ones for Christmas was last modified: November 28th, 2019 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)last_img read more

SA scientist joins top MIT class

first_imgProf Thembela Hillie will join a distinguished group of alumni when he completes his MIT Sloan MBA in 2012.(Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Thembela Hillie  CSIR research group leader: low   dimensional systems  +27 12 841 3874 RELATED ARTICLES • Fostering South Africa’s young scientists • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • Synthetic biology honour for students • SA scientists win AU awards • SA students tops at science awardsShamin ChibbaTake a young man out of his small hometown, put him on the road and see how far he will go. Many will guess that if he has enough determination, he will go further than he could ever imagine.This can surely be said of nanotechnology expert Professor Thembela Hillie of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), who hails from the small town of Butterworth – also known as Gcuwa – in the Eastern Cape and now finds himself in the classrooms of one of the most prestigious universities in the US.Hillie was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan) to pursue a one-year mid-career fellowship in innovation and global leadership. He also received a Dean’s Fellowship Award worth $90 000 (R740 000).According to the CSIR website, the Sloan fellowship combines financial courses with electives in technology strategies, giving Hillie the opportunity to augment his scientific background with business skills.He arrived at MIT Sloan in May 2011 and opted for a full-time executive MBA course that will run until June 2012.Hillie said the course is designed to prepare a group of mid-career managers from different parts of the world to magnify their impact as leaders.Distinguished MIT Sloan alumni include Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; Benjamin Netanyahu, ninth prime minister of Israel; Calie Pistorius, former principal of Pretoria University; and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of the Ford Motor CompanySurrounded by great mindsHillie, who holds a PhD in solid state physics, was chosen for the class of 2012 through an application and a series of interviews.The nanotechnologist believes his leadership in projects involving the India-Brazil-South Africa alliance, the UN International Development Organisation’s expert group on nanotechnology, and the World Economic Forum convinced MIT to select him.He described his first three months at MIT as hectic, as the group had to quickly learn about business fundamentals. What he had learnt thus far was like “drinking from a hosepipe”.“This was to prepare us to take electives and form study groups with second year MBAs,” he said, adding that being surrounded by so many great minds – some of them Nobel laureates who are willing to give up their time to help – has humbled him.He said MIT Sloan also allows him to interact with faculties from other schools.“Being here also gives me the opportunity to cross register with Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance for some electives,” he said.Since his arrival, Hillie has been interacting with a cohort of mid-career global leaders from a diverse range of industries, including engineers and entrepreneurs, who have an average of 14 years’ work experience.He and his contemporaries have been discussing problems with business leaders of technology-based corporations, leading scientists and economists. Through discussion, they have been able to link knowledge generation and technology development, and create a toolkit for technology innovation.About emerging technologiesAccording to Hillie, the concept of emerging technology refers to new technologies that use an interdisciplinary approach. This includes nanotechnology, synthetic biology and converging technologies.“These are relatively new technologies with a potential to have a positive impact on society,” he said.He added that such technologies can add economic and social value to materials, products and processes that can bring about global prosperity.Emerging technologies, especially nanotechnology, can be used to overcome a number of pressing challenges such as energy generation and storage, health care, climate change and food security.South Africa is ready for nanotechnologyIn recent years there has been a lot of hype surrounding nanotechnology, both positive and negative. However, Hillie said the negative press is subsiding and the science is now taking over.The national Department of Science and Technology can take much of the credit for changing the country’s attitudes towards nanotechnology, through its public awareness campaigns that educate people on the technology’s benefits.“We are teaching students the fundamental science at nano scale – this excites them and brings more talent to science,” said Hillie.He believes South Africa is ready to implement emerging technologies, and confirmed that there are numerous national strategies around the country that are accompanied by research activities.However, he said the only thing South Africa lacks are the tools to convert the research into products, which is something Hillie is currently learning at MIT.As far as integration into daily life is concerned, he said that we already live with nanotechnology, mostly as enhancements to existing technologies such as computer memory, scratch resistance coatings, packaging material and televisions.“It can also be applied in water purification, drug delivery and energy sources,” he said.He does believe that there will come a time when the technology will be advanced enough to change the way we do things.Emerging technologies bring scientists togetherResearch into emerging technologies is conducted at different levels in various countries and is dependent on the amount of financial support researchers receive.Hillie said scientists from developed nations are leading in research efforts because they obtain greater funding compared to their developing counterparts.In this regard, Africa lags behind many other countries. But despite the financial gap, there is one positive that comes out of emerging technologies research, according to Hillie, and that is that it’s brought scientists together from around the world.“Never has collaboration amongst international bodies been so extensive,” he said.Hillie himself has led a group of Indian, Brazilian and South African nanotechnologists for six years. And when he graduates next year, he will be collaborating with  powerful leaders that include the alumni of MIT, MIT Sloan, and the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT.last_img read more

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