Ramadan fundraising appeals round-up for 2017

first_imgPenny AppealThis Ramadan, Penny Appeal is asking people to donate to a number of appeals. People can sponsor a Hifz orphan for £786 for three years, support Orphan Kind by sponsoring an orphan for £15 a month, help restore sight with Open Your Eyes for £60 for one treatment or £5 a month, or build a well for £300. Melanie May | 1 June 2017 | News Muntada AidMuntada Aid is aiming to feed 500,000 people and support others affected by the Syrian civil war with its Stand With Them Ramadan appeal. Muntada Aid’s campaign will provide vital supplies to refugees in Sid, Serbia and to its other key projects: the Little Hearts Project and Broken Minds. The Little Hearts Project gives free life-saving heart operations to babies and children who suffer from congenital heart defects while the Broken Minds project provides Syrian refugee children with psychological treatment. Advertisement Islamic AidIslamic Aid is working on a number of special Ramadan programmes that it is asking people to support. The charity is inviting people to pay Zakat, Sadaqah, Fidya or Kafarah, which it will use to help distribute food packs to impoverished families, and provide Sahar and Iftar for orphaned children, and children at Madrasah. In 2016, Muslim Charities Forum estimated that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan. Here is a selection of the fundraising appeals taking place during Ramadan this year.Unicef UKUnicef is asking people to donate their Zakat (2.5% of their wealth) this Ramadan to help children in countries including Syria. It is raising funds through its site as well as through a JustGiving page, which has a link to a Zakat calculator to help people determine how much their donation should be. It says a £50 donation could help provide a healthcheck for 20 Syrian children, while £150 could help provide a ‘school-in-a-box’ to help at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Ramadan fundraising appeals round-up for 2017 Abaseen FoundationAbaseen Foundation has a number of projects for which it is seeking support this Ramadan. These including sponsoring a child for £10 a month, providing funds for eye cataract surgery for £25 a month, and helping to provide safe childbirth for £6 a month, all through Zakah, Sadaqah or Lillah. Tagged with: fundraising events [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJdiEOfjEc4[/youtube]Muslim HandsMuslim Hands is asking people to Save a Life Save Humanity this Ramadan, with a number of options including donating to its Iftar Fund to help people in need enjoy a nutritious meal after a day of fasting, to provide Itfar for 100 people by donating £75, to give to its Zakat Fund or to allow the charity to use their donation wherever it is most needed. Human AppealHuman Appeal is seeking support for a number of Ramadan projects this year, covering food, water, and specific countries, as well as its Ramadan Lighting Masjid Al Aqsa Project. Supporters can donate to provide, for example, a food parcel, to help feed a fasting family, to build a water well, or to help projects in countries including Yemen, Bangladesh, Iraq and Syria. Global OneGlobal One is promoting its £35 Box for Life this Ramadan. The box provides life-saving resources to Syrian mothers and their new babies in Beqaa Camp, Lebanon, and also contains resources to train local women to become midwives with a manual on how to produce reusable nappies and encourage women to become self-sufficient. Each box also doubles up as a cot.  441 total views,  3 views today  442 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33last_img read more

Relaxation station

first_imgIt’s a serene space, with the cooling color palette of a luxe spa — or even your pillowy dreamscapes. The Center for Wellness, now settling into its new home in Harvard’s Holyoke Center Arcade, has an updated look and more swoon-worthy offerings.Formerly located on the second floor of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), the center was in the right environment, but the wrong space. The center’s director, Jeanne Mahon, had a vision for change when the Holyoke Center’s Allston Room became available.“We wanted the space to be calming and relaxing, which was nice after fitting the center into an office suite for many years,” said Mahon. “And with the Holyoke Center location there’s a greater accessibility to students.”Planning began last fall and renovations wrapped up in time for this semester’s start. Though equipped with four large treatment rooms that can accommodate more classes and services, the Center for Wellness still utilizes the space in Monks Library at HUHS, and its classes are so in-demand they often sell out.Popular activities such as yoga offer many physical and mental health benefits, Mahon notes, such as weight loss, improved concentration, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and more.“Our offerings are proactive and preventative. It’s all about quality of life, stress reduction, reducing muscular fatigue, and tension,” said Mahon.The center also boasts special workshops in meditation, self-massage for migraine sufferers and runners, even knitting. The classes are for a fee, and participants in the Harvard University Group Health Plan receive a discount of up to 50 percent on certain services. On-site acupuncture, massage, reiki, and shiatsu appointments can be booked with a licensed professional, with students receiving special pricing for one-hour massage or acupuncture sessions. And on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the center, $12 will get you a 10-minute chair massage.“The Center for Wellness allows us to better demonstrate the importance of complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage in improving the overall health and quality of life for the Harvard community,” said David S. Rosenthal, director of HUHS.The center’s website lists all programs and workshops, and registration can be completed online. There’s also an interactive “relaxation room,” which can be activated on the website.The exercise — perfect for those stressful Mondays — flashes calming photographs of nature. Lulling music swirls in the background as the voice asks the viewer to breathe and let go of any tension.The only thing missing is a massage. But not for long.To view a listing of classes, workshops, and other services, visit the Wellness Center at the Holyoke Center Arcade, or its website.last_img read more

Hello, Dolly! Ad Pulled from The New York Times

first_img Hello, Dolly! View Comments Dolly Levi wants you to put on your Sunday pantsuit, but The New York Times was not keen to have a political Hello, Dolly!  ad in its pre-election coverage. The paper declined to publish an advertisement for the Scott Rudin-produced revival on the front page of the November 1 special section. The ad would have featured the phrase “It Takes a Woman” underneath the Times’ profiles of presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.The proposed strip ad featured the classic lyrics in bold letters with ticketing and show information below. Though the ad seems to be in agreement with the Times’ endorsement of the Democratic candidate, the paper ultimately decided the placement was too political.An ad for The Humans, another Rudin production, ran in its place, with a full-page ad for Hello, Dolly! featured further in the section. Both shows’ advertising is handled by SpotCo.The production, headlined by Bette Midler (a vocal Clinton advocate herself) and directed by Jerry Zaks, is set to begin performances on March 15, 2017, at the Shubert Theatre.This isn’t the first time Dolly Levi has played a part in a presidential campaign. In 1964, less than a year after the musical premiered at the St. James Theatre, original star Carol Channing performed a reworked version of Jerry Herman’s title song in support of Lyndon B. Johnson at the Democratic National Convention. This was after producer David Merrick had Republican nominee Barry Goldwater cease his own usage of the tune as part of his campaign. Check out Channing’s performance below. Related Showscenter_img A proof of the proposed ad’s placement (left, courtesy of DKC/O&M) and the published version (right) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018last_img read more

Badgers win on Team Day, unbeaten in Big Ten

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoOn a beautiful autumn afternoon Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team notched another Big Ten victory as it defeated Northwestern 2-0 in front of a slew of local youth soccer teams at the McClimon Soccer Complex.With local elementary, middle and high school players in attendance for Team Day, the Badgers put on a show, scoring two scintillating second half goals to continue their unbeaten streak in the Big Ten.After successfully overcoming a challenging first half without conceding a goal, Wisconsin (6-3-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) entered the final period with guns blazing and an energized attack, and Northwestern (8-3-0, 1-2-0) was never able to mount a comeback.”I didn’t think the first half was well-played, and I didn’t think we were as sharp or crisp as we could be,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “But I thought we responded well at halftime with the way we came out in the second half. We kept the ball better, we were better going forward, our runs were better, our timing was better, our concentration [and] our touches were better, and, as a result, we were able to create a little more around the box, and we got a couple of goals for it.”Wisconsin snatched the lead in the 54th minute when sophomore Andy Miller whipped a cross to senior William Bagayoko at the edge of Northwestern’s box. In a moment of brilliance, Bagayoko received the cross and cleverly flicked the ball with his heel to senior Reid Johnson, who took the cheeky pass and chipped it over a helpless Northwestern goalkeeper.”I saw Reid was running with me, so I just flicked it into the area and he fought for it and put it in the back of the net,” Bagayoko said.Eighteen minutes later, Wisconsin scored the all-important insurance goal when sophomore Victor Diaz picked out fellow Spaniard Pablo Delgado on an overlapping run 30 yards from goal. Delgado made his defender look foolish with a crafty cutback and then slotted the ball past Northwestern’s keeper into the lower left corner of the net. “I felt like I had to score that goal,” Delgado said. “It was good for the team because we became more calm and it was easier to get the win. When I dribbled by my [defender], I just looked at the goalie and I had a space by the near post, so I just hit it.”In addition to the team’s success on offense, Wisconsin has also been playing stellar in the defensive third lately, tallying its second shutout in a row with Sunday’s win. While Rohrman admits his back line has plenty to do with the accomplishment, he extends the success to include both forwards and midfielders as well. “The back four have been solid the whole year and those five guys have done an outstanding job in terms of shutting things down,” Rohrman said. “It’s a credit to them for sure, but I also think that when we get shutouts, it extends even beyond those five — in terms of the midfielders in what they do in getting back, and transition, and getting behind the ball — those are the little things that we talk about that we have to continue to do well, and we’re going to continue to get shutouts if we do those things well.”After losing their first four Big Ten matches last season, the Badgers are determined to get conference revenge and continue their unbeaten Big Ten run as they look ahead to their three remaining Big Ten match-ups against Ohio State, Penn State and Indiana.While Rohrman’s squad is ultimately focused on Wednesday’s match-up with Mid-Con opponent Western Illinois, the team is also excited to continue its quest for Big Ten hardware.”We’ve got all of the confidence in the world right now — especially in Big Ten play,” Johnson said. “We’re all ready for Ohio State next weekend, we just have to take care of Western Illinois first. We’re definitely ready to keep rolling in the Big Ten though, that’s for sure.”last_img read more

Ford joins Toulon coaching team

first_imgFormer Bath Head coach and Ireland defence coach Mike Ford has joined the coaching staff at French side Toulon.He’s taken on the role of backs coach.Ford, who’s also previously worked with England, left the Recreation Ground at the end of last season after the club finished ninth in the Premiership.last_img

Gallinari, Schroder score 20 each as Thunder beat Dallas

first_imgLast Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:01 IST Gallinari, Schroder Score 20 Each As Thunder Beat Dallas Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each scored 20 points, Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-101 on Tuesday night. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:01 IST COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each scored 20 points, Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-101 on Tuesday night. Paul scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who have won seven of their last eight games to move into seventh place in the NBA’s Western Conference standings. The Thunder (18-15) are three games above .500 for the first time this season. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but he and Maxi Kleber each missed a potential tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds. Dallas played without usual starters Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed the game due to injuries. Dallas led by as many as 12 points in the first half thanks to 23 points by Doncic, who was listed as questionable to play after he suffered a left wrist sprain and back contusion after taking a hard fall on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.But the Thunder closed to within 51-50 by halftime and twice led by six points in the third quarter before Dallas took a 78-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Dallas led 99-92 after a 3-pointer by Doncic with 2:56 left, but Oklahoma City took a 102-101 lead when Paul hit a 17-foot jumper with 40.9 seconds left. Gallinari poked the ball away from Doncic at the other end, leading to two free throws by Schroder with 19.9 seconds left. After Kleber and Doncic both missed their 3-point attempts, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sealed the win with two free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. DALLAS STARTERS OUT One of the Mavericks’ usual starting guards, Hardaway, missed the game due to a left hamstring injury he suffered in the loss to the Lakers. Coach Rick Carlisle said before the game he doesn’t know when Hardaway will be ready to play again. Jalen Brunson replaced Hardaway in the starting lineup and scored seven points. Porzingis also missed the game due to right knee soreness. His absence was unexpected, as he had been listed in the starting lineups that were delivered to the media and scorers before the tipoff. Kleber started in place of Porzingis and played well, finishing with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. TIP-INS Mavericks: Dallas hit 15 of 51 3-point attempts, the 21st straight game in which the Mavericks have made at least 10 3-pointers. … Doncic’s 17 first-quarter points tied for the most by a Thunder opponent in a quarter this season. D’Angelo Russell had 17 in a quarter for Golden State on Nov. 9.Thunder: Guard Hamidou Diallo played for the first time since hyperextending his right elbow on Nov. 22 against the Lakers. He scored four poits. … The Thunder won despite making only 6 of 27 3-point attempts … Centers Steven Adams (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Nerlens Noel (12 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double. UP NEXT Mavericks: Start a season-long six-game homestand on Thursday against Brooklyn.Thunder: Begin a four-game road trip on Thursday at San Antonio. FOLLOW USlast_img read more


first_imgThe Shandon Hotel which has been closed since 2012 is up for auction next month.A Donegal Hotel that has been closed for the last couple of years is up for auction in Dublin next month.The Shandon Hotel and Ocean Spa once believed to worth around €6 million is now going under the hammer for less than €700,000.A reserve range price of between €670,000 – €730,000 has been put on the vacant premises. The hotel is located in a stunning setting that overlooks the beautiful Marble Hill Beach in Portnablagh.It was a hugely popular hotel when it was in business and regularly attracted tourists from all over Ireland and the UK.The location of the hotel as well as the fantastic spa facility ensured its popularity with those who stayed there.However, after it was initially taken into receivership in February 2011, the hotel was forced to close shortly after. The Shandon Hotel was managed by local couple Dermot and Catherine McGlade before Bank of Ireland officials called receivers in.There was a significant number of jobs lost when the Shandon closed, but it is hoped that if the hotel is bought, that it will be re-opened which would create more jobs in the area.Despite the closure of The Shandon Hotel, Dunfanaghy has been a tourism hotspot over the last number of years and most weekends sees a steady influx of tourists to the scenic seaside village.If the Shandon were to re-open under new owners it would strengthen the tourism industry even further in Dunfanaghy.The prospect of job creation if the Shandon were to re-open would also be added bonus to the local economy. DONEGAL HOTEL ONCE BELIEVED TO BE WORTH €6 MILLION – GOING UNDER THE HAMMER FOR €700,000 was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:auctionBusinessDunfanaghynewsPortnablaghSALEThe Shandon Hotellast_img read more

26th Cattlemen’s College set to enhance management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Staying a step ahead in the cattle industry is no small challenge. Cattlemen and women looking to find that extra step will be attending the 2019 Cattlemen’s College in New Orleans, La., Jan. 29-30.More than a thousand producers are expected to attend the event, sponsored by Zoetis and produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. It is being presented in conjunction with the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.A highlight of the event will be a Jan. 29 afternoon session that features Dr. Temple Grandin conducting a cattle handling and facility design presentation. A reception will follow that afternoon, with a full slate of concurrent educational sessions to follow the morning of Jan. 30.Keynote speaker at the Cattlemen’s College Opening General Session Jan. 30 will be Bill Cordingley, managing director and head of the Chicago office of RaboBank Wholesale Banking North America. He will speak on “Greater Expectations, Bigger Opportunities,” touching on the different forces that work together to yield a complex demand story for beef. Beef for the Opening General Session breakfast is being provided by Certified Angus Beef.Eight Cattlemen’s College session tracks will follow, including business, cattle health, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, grazing management, consumer interest, and industry hot topics. Because many sessions run concurrently, attendees will be able to view videos of missed sessions online following the college.For the second year, the college begins with a special Producer’s Choice collection of sessions Jan. 29. An online vote conducted prior to the schedule finalization determined that three educational sessions will be offered for a “first look”: Programming Your Cow Herd for Success, Unraveling Secrets of the Rumen, and Practical Management to Reduce Disease Challenges.Overall, the 2019 Cattlemen’s College will feature an impressive collection of the beef industry’s most talented, experienced people with impressive presentation skills, according to Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education. He says thought-provoking sessions will also spark discussions that lead to innovation and advancement in what has become a rapidly changing industry.“Thousands of cattlemen and women through the years have benefited from their attendance at Cattlemen’s College,” White. “And, each year we learn a little bit more about what works effectively to get the education delivered. We know our 2019 event will be outstanding; a culmination of a quarter century of providing valuable information that makes the cattle industry the best it can be.”An education package for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, which includes a ticket to Cattlemen’s College, is $1,025. Tickets for Cattlemen’s College alone are $300 per person, and require a two-day or full convention registration. Tickets for students are available for $150.For more information on the 2019 Cattlemen’s College classes and sessions, go to www.convention.beefusa.org/events-meetings/cattlemens-college.last_img read more

U.K.’s Architype Wins Ashden Award for Commitment to Sustainable Design

first_imgBy at least one estimate, the buildings U.K. architecture firm Architype has designed since its inception 25 years ago have produced 35% less carbon dioxide than comparably sized structures built to code.And while some Architype designs incorporate renewable-energy installations, the superior performance of its buildings derives largely from an emphasis on airtight shells, thorough insulation, passive solar gain, and natural ventilation – essential precepts of Passivhaus design. That approach, and the firm’s longtime commitment to the use of sustainable materials, earned it a 2009 Ashden Award during a ceremony in London last month.Architype, with offices in London and Hereford, was one of two finalists in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy’s business category, and won a prize of 15,000 pounds (about $24,000 U.S.). Awards also were given to charities, schools, and local governments for sustainable-energy achievements, and in international and outstanding-achievement categories.Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are intended to both publicize the work of green-building advocates and practitioners and help them further develop that work.As noted in an Ashden Awards press release, Architype hasn’t stopped trying to improve the performance of the projects it works on: the buildings in its portfolio that are scheduled for completion in the next two years are expected to be 65% more energy efficient and generate 75% less CO2 than they would if they were built to code.last_img read more