X Factor finalists’ single to benefit ACT and Children’s Hospices UK

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The 16 finalists from this year’s X Factor TV series will be releasing a charity single in aid of ACT & Children’s Hospices UK. They will perform a cover version of Rose Royce’s ‘Wishing On A Star’. The finalists will record the single in London this week, and it will be available via download from 20 November and as a single one day later.All net record company proceeds from sales of the single will go to ACT & Children’s Hospices UK.ACT & Children’s Hospices UK works to ensure that every life-limited and life-threatened child, young person and their family gets the best possible care and support from the moment of diagnosis, wherever they live and for as long as they need it.Simon Cowell said: “Having worked close hand with this charity and seeing the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support, I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.”The single is the fourth charity release from X Factor, following last year’s cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, 2009’s cover of Michael Jacksons’s ‘You Are Not Alone,’ which supported Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and 2008’s ‘Hero’ which raised over £1.3 million for the ‘Help For Heroes’ charity.www.actchildhospice.org.uk Howard Lake | 12 October 2011 | News X Factor finalists’ single to benefit ACT and Children’s Hospices UK  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Trading 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

Air Miles’ staff talks bring options instead of closure

first_img Comments are closed. Air Miles could change its plans to close its Crawley call centre after analternative proposal was put forward by its staff during consultation. The company had proposed to close the call centre at its HQ in Crawley, Sussex,with the loss of up to 240 jobs and double the size of its custom-built callcentre in Warrington in order to increase efficiency and to cut costs. But Air Miles, which had guaranteed jobs to employees who agreed torelocate, invited staff to put forward alternative cost-saving suggestions andcounter proposals during a 12-week consultation period. Drew Thomson, Air Miles’ managing director, said one of the proposals thestaff representative body Viewpoint came up with has a good chance of being adoptedand could result in part of the call centre remaining open. He said, “One of the proposals could change what we plan to do, itcould result in some call centre functions remaining at Crawley. I am quiteexcited about that. “What is the point of having an involving culture if you don’t includeyour staff on a decision of this magnitude?” Air Miles’ HR team set up a series of briefing sessions to inform staff ofits plans to close the Crawley call centre, and also held a workshop in whichmanagement shared all the financial information that had led to the plannedchanges. This week, the new proposal will be put to all staff, who will give theirviews in a questionnaire. Thomson said the results of the questionnaire survey would be revealed atthe Viewpoint meeting later in the week, and this would decide whether thealternative put forward by the staff representative body was adopted. Air Miles will then hold detailed one-to-one discussions with all staff onthe options open to them. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Air Miles’ staff talks bring options instead of closureOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Wander the Kitchens and Fields of Barbara Kingsolver

first_imgPhotos by Annie Laura / 621 StudiosOn the outskirts of Abingdon, Va., lies the most dedicated farm-to-table restaurant in the South.Founded by Barbara Kingsolver and her husband Steven Hopp, Harvest Table sources its food less than two miles from its sister farm—yes, that farm — the one featured in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Harvest Table also works with over 50 local farmers to meet additional needs and demands, and in so doing, slashes its carbon footprint while securing the freshest, most delectable produce available.All of that produce ends up in the hands of culinary wizard Phillip Newton. In a 2011 New York Times review, Newton’s menu of year-round seasonal, regional cuisine was described as being so good it would “make Harvest Table an instant hit in a progressive, urban enclave like Brooklyn or Berkeley, California.”But the restaurant itself is uniquely Appalachian. The gorgeously renovated dining room features wide-plank, locally salvaged hardwood floors, street fronting plate-glass windows, custom-carpentered tables and bar, and an open kitchen featuring a pizza oven crafted of bricks repurposed from a century-old chimney.“Harvest Table is, at heart, the outgrowth of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” says Hopp, professor of environmental studies at Emory & Henry College.  “It’s sold over a million copies and more-or-less subsidizes the restaurant.”In 2005, Hopp, Kingsolver, and their family (daughters Camille and Lily) engaged in a somewhat radical experiment. Sick of the artificial and unsustainable lifestyle inherent to living in that manmade, oasis-in-the-heart-of-the-desert behemoth, Tucson, Arizona, and wooed by the promise of a wholesome, country life, the family cut out for Hopp’s Blue Ridge Mountain homestead. Nestled in the backwoods of rural southwestern Virginia, the property would provide the family with a means of getting back into the flow of seasons and reconnecting with that great and often overlooked sustainer of life, the land.harvest-table-kingsolverOver the course of the ensuing year, Hopp and Kingsolver vowed to grow as much of their own food as possible. Could they live completely from what they could grow or buy locally at the farmer’s market? Each family member was granted a free-pass, non-local selection for the year. Steven, for instance, opted for fair-trade, organic coffee. But for everything else, the family would eat locally and seasonally. The resulting experience was so fundamentally game-changing that Kingsolver and Hopp were compelled to craft a book: 2007’s wildly successful New York Times bestseller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a nonfiction mash-up consisting of memoir, food writing, science-backed environmental and agricultural poliitics.Buoyed by the success of the book, Hopp decided to up the ante. Why not carry the dine-locally-by-the-seasons experiment a giant’s step further? Thus, Harvest Table was born.“We’re looking to find a way to bolster the local economy and, in so doing, foster community,” says Hopp. “This is traditionally a farming region, but, in order to make a substantive living, these small, family farmers require a new model. That’s what we’re hoping this restaurant can help provide.”Much of the restaurant’s produce is grown at the Kingsolver-Hopp family farm, a 4.5-acre homestead positioned on a mildly sloping hillside. Sam Eubanks, an App State graduate in agro ecology and sustainable development, manages the farm’s operations.“Here we utilize every square inch of what is, acreage wise, a fairly small tract of land,” says Eubanks. Freshly returned from the town-over farmers’ market, she was wearing a pair of colorful, patchwork overalls and handmade, locally crafted earrings. She pointed out rows of vegetation contoured across the hillside to check erosion and maximize planting space. Hoop houses were chock full of staked, vertically grown heirloom tomatoes. Equipment barns doubled as curing facilities for garlic, onions, and potatoes.While the farm is gunning for ultra-premium efficiency, it is also seeking to create an ecosystem. Take, for example, the beneficial insects garden, marked by a hand-painted sign flanking an array of brightly flowering, dazzlingly colored shrubs and bushes. “Aren’t you supposed to be growing food?” I asked.“That garden helps the food grow,” said Eubanks. “Not only do those flowers bring in bees and other insects to pollinate the crops, they also attract insects that eat pests instead of the produce.”That same symbiosis is at work in the restaurant, where Eubanks and 50 other local farmers work closely with chef Phillip Newton. A big man with broad shoulders, dark eyes, and a salt-and-pepper streaked goatee, Newton explains that Eubanks is “constantly updating me on what’s happening on the front lines—who’s got what coming in, when it’ll be available, what to expect next week.”Prior to each season’s planting, Newton and Eubanks plan what and how much of each particular crop they’ll be growing at the farm. Then Eubanks begins contacting other local farmers to determine who can fill the gaps.“We want to serve as an example for the present, but also create a model for the future, when the system of transporting vast quantities of produce thousands and thousands of miles isn’t possible anymore,” says Eubanks.last_img read more

A global pandemic could cost $1 Trillion

first_imgFor now, central bankers and governments continue to bet that the coronavirus will not damage the world economy by much, and perhaps allow it to enjoy a rapid rebound once the illness fades. But that confidence is being tested.While the International Monetary Fund currently reckons the virus will only force it to knock 0.1 percentage point off its 3.3 percent global growth forecast for 2020, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said in a Yahoo Finance interview that a pandemic declaration would risk “really downside, dire scenarios.”The head of the World Health Organization called the new cases “deeply concerning,” but said the outbreak isn’t yet a pandemic.Still, the protracted shutdown of Chinese factories that were supposed to be back online and the spread of the virus to South Korea, Iran and Italy’s northern industrial heartland raise the specter of much greater death and disruption. The virus risks tipping Italy into a recession that could hurt the rest of Europe too. The ghastly prospect that the coronavirus outbreak could become the first truly disruptive pandemic of the globalization era is renewing doubts over the stability of the world economy.With the death toll approaching 3,000, over 80,000 cases officially recorded and an outbreak in Italy now shutting down the richest chunk of its economy, some economists are beginning to war game what an untethered outbreak could mean for global growth.Those at Oxford Economics reckon an international health crisis could be enough to wipe more than $1 trillion from global gross domestic product. That would be the economic price tag for a spike in workplace absenteeism, lower productivity, sliding travel, disrupted supply chains and reduced trade and investment.Investors are already nervous, with US stock benchmarks slumping more than 3 percent on Monday and the S&P 500 Index dropping the most since February 2018. South Korea’s economy is being buffered, with consumer confidence plunging the most in five years.UBS Group AG Chairman Axel Weber is already far more pessimistic than the IMF and warned global growth will experience a massive drop from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent and China will shrink in the first quarter.“The much larger downside risk is that this continues to be a problem,” the former Bundesbank president told Bloomberg Television in Riyadh, where Group of 20 finance chiefs hinted at collective worries at the dangers of the virus.How to assess the risk is complicated by doubt over how far the coronavirus will travel.In an analysis that predates the current outbreak, the World Bank reckons a destructive pandemic could result in millions of deaths, and points to how even conservative estimates suggest such an experience might destroy as much as 1 percent of global GDP. A disastrous health crisis akin to the 1918 Spanish flu, which may have killed as many as 50 million people, could cost 5 percent of global GDP, the Washington-based lender said in a 2015 report.A March 2016 paper co-authored by former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers likened the annual financial impact of a pandemic flu to the long-term yearly cost of global warming. It calculated that if pandemic deaths were to exceed 700,000 per year, the combined cost to the world economy of premature lives lost and illness, along with lost income, would total 0.7 percent of global income.Oxford Economics’s tally of the impact from a global pandemic stemming from the current outbreak suggests a cost of $1.1 trillion to global GDP, with both the US and euro zone economies suffering recessions in the first half of 2020. It describes such a scenario as a “short but very sharp shock on the world economy.”Aside from containment of the disease, one mitigating factor — and a major unknown for economists modeling the outcome — will be the actions of central banks and governments to cushion the effects. Yet for Drew Matus, chief market strategist at MetLife Investment Management, monetary policy alone would probably be insufficient.“My guess would be you actually can’t solve it with interest rates,” he told Bloomberg Television. “People are worried about their families, worried about their health — 25 basis points doesn’t do it, in terms of encouraging people to go out there and spend.”Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMJakarta councilors, residents demand Anies pull the plug on Formula E

first_imgFollowing the discovery of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, Jakarta councilors have pressured the administration to cancel the Formula E race, which is slated to be held for the first time in June.Mujiyono, the Jakarta Legislative Council’s head of Commission A overseeing administrative affairs, said the city would suffer losses due to low ticket sales since many countries had issued travel warnings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  “It will be a loss because some countries will not send athletes to come to Indonesia due to the coronavirus. Foreign tourists, too, will think twice about coming to watch the race because of the outbreak,” the Democratic Party politician told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He suggested that city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), the event organizer, ne… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Google Topics : Formula-E Jakarta-2020-Formula-E Monas FIA-Formula-E FEO Montreal anies-baswedanlast_img read more

Dajuan Coleman scores a season-high 13 points against Montana State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Dajuan Coleman split two Montana State defenders before laying in his first bucket of the game. He hit a right-handed hook shot on his second. To start the second half, Coleman pulled up and hit a deep 2-point jump shot.The Bobcats didn’t have a player taller than 6 feet 8 inches in their starting lineup — four were all 6-foot-4 or shorter — and they didn’t have an answer for Coleman either.“Coming into the game,” Coleman said, “I just told myself if I had the hook shot, definitely take it.”Coleman’s season-high 13 points helped SU (9-3) beat Montana State (5-7), 82-60, in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. Just three weeks removed from playing his least amount of minutes all season, Coleman had his best offensive performance and fueled an Orange run at the start of the second half. The starting center finished 5-for-5 from the field, 3-for-3 from the foul line and pulled down four rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.He was especially effective at the start of each half, with 11 of his 13 points coming before the two under-16 -minute television timeouts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Sometimes he rushes a little bit,” Hopkins said. “I thought he was in control, and it caused them a problem.”Coleman’s low-post production gave Syracuse some much-needed balance. Typically, Syracuse gets about 37 percent of its points from beyond the arc. Hopkins said teams will switch and move out on SU’s shooters because of its success from beyond the 3-point arc, but Coleman’s success in the post didn’t allow Montana State to do that as successfully. Against the Bobcats, Coleman led the Orange to score 44 points in the paint, more than 50 percent of its total of 82.“He was huge,” freshmen forward Tyler Lydon said. “He played real physical down low, he was able get a lot of offensive rebounds.”During the first half, Syracuse’s lead peaked early at 12 before bottoming back out at seven. The Orange eventually ended the half with a 14 point lead. When Coleman came back on the floor in the second half, he rattled off seven of SU’s first 10 points of the frame as SU traded baskets with the Bobcats.On his last bucket of the night, which came fewer than three minutes into the second half, Coleman backed down Montana State forward Danny Robison, who fell down onto the court, before laying in two.In the locker room after the game, Coleman held up a bag of ice and called for trainer Brad Pike over. Pike took some wrap and rolled it around Coleman’s leg and the ice as the center held the bag steady.“The last couple weeks, I’ve been feeling fantastic,” Coleman said of his surgically-repaired knee, which kept him out for 22 months before this season.And about three weeks ago, Coleman played just five minutes in Syracuse’s first loss of the year. After that game, in which the Orange fell to Wisconsin and was dominated in the paint, Coleman questioned whether SU head coach Jim Boeheim trusted him on the court.But since Mike Hopkins took over as the interim head coach against Georgetown, Coleman has averaged about 17 minutes per game and he hit a stride on Tuesday.“He’s been playing playing really well these past few games,” SU forward Tyler Roberson said. “He’s really coming into his own.” Commentslast_img read more

French President Shares Lunch with Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgPresident Trump is in France for the G7 economic Summit.After arriving earlier Saturday, Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron over lunch that the US has a very good relationship with France despite their differences.Trump said the two have “a lot in common” and have been friends for a long time.Later, President Trump and the First Lady will attend an official dinner.France is hosting the annual gathering of world leaders this year at the seaside resort town of Biarritz.last_img

Michigan State Football: Plaxico Burress Rips Nick Saban, Implies He Once Chased Money Too

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Former Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress rang in the new year with a shot at the integrity of his former college coach Nick Saban. Today, the former NFL star again took to Twitter to rip Saban. His mini-rant came after Saban made comments this morning at SEC Media Days suggesting some Alabama players played not to get hurt in their Sugar Bowl loss because they were distracted by their NFL Draft status. I recall Nick Saban telling me to stay in school finish what I started, I wasnt 1st round pick and he left for LSU b4 the season was over— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban goes on tv saying that kids are distracted by NFL projections. Well, the kids are just chasing a dream that you were. $$$— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015N Saban looked his players in the face at the Duf, said he wasnt leavin, I’m committed to the program” and was gone the next day. Tru story— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban players are being distracted by the NFL and chasing a dream, haha tell your story Nick. LSU showed you $$, you was GONE! Ha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Nick Saban actually told me I was a second round pick. I said, “where are you getting your info from? Are you watching these games? Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015 Well, still doesn’t look like Plax and Nick will be sharing dinner or drinks any time soon.last_img read more

Auburn Lands Commitment From 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

first_imgOne of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. austin troxell retweetsTroxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more