The Institute of Fundraising launch Trustees guide to Fundraising

first_img  46 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Fundraising launch Trustees guide to Fundraising The Institute of Fundraising (‘Institute’) has launched a new definitive guide for charity trustees; The Trustees Guide to Fundraising. This new Guide, funded by the Institute’s tax-effective giving initiative, includes updated and revised fundraising information and details on trustee obligations. The Guide takes into account the recent changes in law as part of the Charities Act 2006, as well as the self-regulatory scheme for fundraising.The Guide is in response to fundraisers need to ensure their trustees are fully engaged in the fundraising process – and contains significant detail on all the elements of fundraising which require the understanding of – and buy in from – trustees. The Trustees Guide to Fundraising includes sections on:– Trustee obligations– Sustainable future planning– Fundraising techniques and principles– Tax-effective giving– Law, ethics and fundraisingA limited number of free copies are available from the Institute of Fundraising, with guides thereafter charged at a rate of £10 each for non-members of the Institute of Fundraising, and £5 per copy for Institute of Fundraising members. The Guide is also available to download at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 5 September 2007 | News Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Prospect researchlast_img read more

Doherty says some Irish in Australia are struggling

first_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Doherty says some Irish in Australia are struggling Twitter Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Google+ By News Highland – September 7, 2012 News WhatsAppcenter_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Some of Ireland’s newest emigrants to Australia are struggling with exploitation and financial difficulties.30-thousand young people moved to Australia last year, and and while most of them are reporting successes, some are experiencing difficulties.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty is currently in Australia, where he’s meeting with Irish emigrants in four cities this week.The Donegal SW Deputy says voluntary groups there have been explaining some of the hardships emigrants face…………..[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous articleNew bloc to open at LGH next ThursdayNext articleStaff suspended from Gransha unit as abuse claims are investigated News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Pellegrini pleased with rotation

first_img Kompany was dropped to the bench along with Pablo Zabaleta and Edin Dzeko, while Samir Nasri and Fernandinho missed out on the squad completely as City beat the Foxes 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Central defender Kompany had come in for particularly heavy criticism after City’s damaging losses to Barcelona and Liverpool in the past week and Pellegrini decided to act with the season threatening to unravel. “Maybe Leicester is at the bottom but if you see their results – they drew 2-2 against Liverpool and against Everton and were very unlucky not to draw against Arsenal.” City created a number of chances but were denied on several occasions by veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. Yet they still lacked their usual spark and Leicester were aggrieved to have been denied penalties on three occasions while Riyad Mahrez hit the post. Asked if his side should have had penalties, Foxes boss Nigel Pearson said: “Yes. Simple answer. Three throughout the game – (Andrej) Kramaric in both halves, the second one you could probably say was a bit more marginal but there was contact. The third one on the line is in the box.” Pearson would not get drawn into criticising referee Robert Madley, who also frustrated Leicester with some of his decisions in an FA Cup tie in January. He said: “I am not talking about them (referees), sorry. Not tonight. You can talk about them and ask the relevant authorities. I don’t think there is any point me talking about the referee. Same one we had against Tottenham.” The result left Leicester bottom of the table but Pearson has no doubts about the spirit in his squad. He said: “They are a resilient group so we will have to get on with it. We can’t do anything about it. It is up to the authorities. Our players give everything they have got and they have done again tonight. “There are lots of positive and we have to take them into the remaining games. There is no point dwelling on negative aspects of situations that we have no control of.” Press Association Asked to explain his selections, Pellegrini said: “For the same reason Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko – that were playing normally – I think it was important to refresh the team mentally and physically after two difficult games. “We have the squad we want so it was a good moment to refresh the team.” Pellegrini added that Kompany, normally an inspirational presence in the side but in poor form of late, took the decision “very well, without any problems”. City, trailing Chelsea by five points in the Barclays Premier League having played a game more, were not at their fluent best against the Foxes. But they got back to winning ways with goals late in each half from David Silva and substitute James Milner. After a difficult few days, in which Pellegrini’s future has been the subject of speculation, the result was a relief. Pellegrini said: “I think always when you don’t have the result you need the next game is very difficult. That is why the most important thing was to win the three points. “We dominated the game and had a good possession of the ball. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt he needed to “refresh the team” and leave out captain Vincent Kompany for his side’s much-needed win against Leicester.last_img read more


first_imgWell-known Donegal priest Fr John Joe Duffy has urged people to vote ‘No’ in Friday’s referendum on Marriage Equality.Fr John Joe DuffyIn a hard-hitting Homily given in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, Fr Duffy says the public should not rush in like fools to follow the example of politicians.In the lengthy homily, Fr Duffy urges people across Donegal not to be ‘A La Carte’ with their religion.This is his homily in full.Donegal Daily continues to carry statements from both the Yes and No campaigns.Marriage is from God and made a sacrament by Jesus Christ.It is a covenant promise by which a man and woman establish betweenthemselves a partnership and it is ordered by nature to the good andfor the will of man and woman, for the procreation and education ofchildren. God alone is the author of marriage. The well being of theindividual person and of both the human and Christian society isclosely bound up with the healthy state of family life and marriage.The first miracle performed by Jesus Christ was at Cana in Galileewhen he came to the aid and assistance of a couple at their weddingfeast when they experienced a difficulty. Marriage unites a couple in faithful and mutual love. it is a caringand sharing for one another in a lifetime commitment. It bestows upona couple the greatest gift of all – the giving of new life. Marriageis the vehicle to respond to the call God, to that greatest gift, thewonderful gift the of love. We are called to share the love of Jesus Christto the world, the union of man and woman in marriage is a mirror imageof the love of Christ for humanity. It calls upon the couple to be asign of the love ofChrist in this our earthly journey. Our faith is based on theseprinciples.Marriage is a noble high calling, recognised as central to ourChristian faith, it blesses married couples with the gift children andit has been seen as such by the writers of our own constitutionwritten in 1937 and more laterally by the people of Croatia, Slovenia,and Slovakia who voted in large majorities against redefiningmarriage. Only 17 out of 198 countries have redefined marriage and noEuropean country has ever introduced same sex marriage by aReferendum.This Friday the 22nd through this referendum we are been presentedwith a political redefinition of Marriage – that is what we are votingon “a political solution to a refined meaning and understanding ofmarriage”. This impacts on everything I as a Priest, as a Christian,as an individual believes in and on everything that I believe and holdto be right and true. Marriage as we know it, as we believe in it isthe very corner stone, the key stone of humanity and of society. It isbased first of all on Natural Law.We are been told through the media and by our political leaders thatthis is an equality issue, an equality question, that is a veryemotional line we must all agree. But, the truth is – this referendumis not an equality issue, nothing could be further from the truth. Wemust realise that equality does not mean the same and not all thingsare possible to make equal. There are many things with the bestintention and will in the world that we cannot make equal, that wecannot make the same, neither before God, humanity or Natural Law. So can I as a servant of God, as a Priest, as an individual do so? CanI espouse same sex marriage?Firstly, it dismantles the foundation stone of the family as ordainedby God and natural law, the family unit and the constitutional rightsof the family and marriage. Secondly, this 34th amendment of theconstitution (Marriage Equality) Bill, 2015, if successful willpolitically redefine Marriage without any consideration for children,for their rights, for mothers and fathers and for our Christian andother faith beliefs.Thirdly, it seriously erodes and destroys our belief that Marriage isordained and given to us by God and ordered by Natural Law. And whatthe Marriage Referendum gives to same sex couples, it takes in a fargreater amount from conventional married couples. In the politicalredefinition of Marriage, they disadvantage and indeed destroy therights of conventional couples. Since 1937, Ireland uniquely gaveconstitutional rights to the family, to marriage, now as part of thisconstitutional amendment, the family and marriage will be redefined,which can open the floodgates to further refinement in future years.While we are asked to vote in this same sex referendum, we may forevercompromise the rights of the family, the rights of a child to have amother and father. We are eroding the very essence and fabric of thefamily and of Irish society.Adoption and surrogacy rights for same sex couples will be equal tothat of conventional parents, a mother and a father. We are beenemotionally and blindly lead into this, we are been hoodwinked. Bygiving constitutional rights to same sex couples in our constitutionthen we convey the exact same rights to adoption, surrogacy rightswhich can later be defined by the Dáil without reference to the Irishpeople because of the provision that will be inserted into theconstitution by way of this referendum.This we cannot support. I cannot support the hidden consequences ofthe Referendum which we will not be able to reverse if it is passed.The consequences are too grave for those who are vulnerable. I havestudied 3 places that introduced same sex marriage. In Canada, Christian organizations have been fined for refusing toallow use of their facilities for same sex post marriage celebrations.Priests and clergy cannot make public arguments about human sexualityas per our Christian faith. People have been brought before humanrights commissions and in some cases before human rights tribunals forspeaking up for Christian marriage. Teachers cannot speak publicly infavour of marriage between a woman and man. Same sex marriage must bedepicted positively in all classrooms in Canada and in Boston, USA.Boston schools by law have to hold Gay appreciation days in theirschools and their libraries have to have books promoting same sexrealities and books also must contain same sex relationshipbiologically explicit material. This is something I would not like mynieces or nephews to be subjected too. But parents will have no choiceas was clearly demonstrated in Boston when David Parkers took a caseseeking that his children would not be taught about same relationshipsand same sex marriage. The judgment was that “the school actually hada duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children”.In Scotland John Mason, Glasgow of the SNP said he “was fearful thatanyone opposed to same sex marriage would be victimised if the billwent through without more robust protections”. I am much more fearfulin our situation where same sex marriage will be constitutionallyguaranteed. No business, no parish hall, no church, no school, noteacher will have “an opt out” conscience protection clause. Buildings andservices will have to be made available on request to same sex couplesand their celebrations as this will be enshrined in the constitution.It will compel everyone, Parents, children, clergy, teachers, businessand service providers, voluntary and parish organisations, regardlessof our beliefs, our consciences to redefine our understanding andvision of the family and Marriage. If passed there is no opt outconscience provision, and there will be not opt out conscienceprovision, as we have been toldEquality does not mean the same. The civil Partnership Bill gives samesex partnerships, civil guarantees ,protects property rights, kinship,pensions and social welfare, just like how married couples arepresently protected under civil law. Therefore in essence the equalityagenda is fair, balanced and constitutionally protected at present. So why a Referendum? What are we voting on? That lack of freedom todebate this question has been frightening- never have so many peoplebeen afraid to make clear their voting intentions. That’s wrongeveryone has the right to express their views. It is only by debatingwill we be certain of the facts before we decide how to vote.The Taoiseach was asked 3 weeks ago to point out 2 advantages thatsame sex marriage would give over civil partnership to same sexcouples; he was unable to do so. He was unable to give even onereason. It is difficult to enter into a debate that is based onemotions and face the wrath that goes with that. But as one Politiciansaid one time, “moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery inbattle or great intelligence. Yet it is essential, it is a vitalquality…” it is a vital quality for those who desire for the truth,true freedom and freedom of speech.I ask you before you mark an X on your ballot paper—Why the Referendum?What am I really doing here by following Politicians on a matter ofconscience? On a matter of conscience that will have far reachingconsequences for each of us and for Society?Politicians and conscience- I worry. Politicians and blanketguarantees that all will be well- I worry even more. I supportequality but not when it is impossible to make happen. I support thosein civil partnership. I support people who are gay. We all know peoplewho are gay and people who are in same sex partnerships. Amongst mybest friends are some of them. They are the most genuine and caringpeople in the world. The Church supports and loves all people. PopeFrancis is very clearly showing this and we are all open to findingways forward, but ways that are genuine. This Referendum is notequality lead. It is an attempt to redefine Marriage and the family,an attempt to recreate the very essence of creation- the cornerstones,the key stones of the Christian union of Man and Woman. It does notadd to family rights, it does the opposite in that it erodes familyrights.It is a wise man and woman, all of us indeed, that stands up and askswhy? to think Why?, when every political party and almost everypolitician is advocating a Yes vote. There has been no proper debate,no probing of this legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas – thislegislation was not subject to committee stage debate in the Dáil, nochallenging, no amendments taken, no questioning of it in an informedmanner. This has to be very worrying.We need to be cautious what we write into our constitution as we haveseen in the early 1980’s with Abortion legislation- because once weinsert anything into our constitution as a right- the later andsubsequent interpretation of that is a mater for the courts only.Let us think first, think long and hard and draw from our own beliefs,understanding and life’s experience. What kind of society are wecreating? What kind of country do we want for our Children? We cannotredefine that which is a gift from God, defined by Jesus and orderedand supported by Natural Law.I will vote No. I ask you to consider all the facts carefully before you vote.We cannot be a La Carte about our Faith or our beliefs.Where Politicians rush in, dare we be fools to follow.DONEGAL PRIEST URGES PUBLIC NOT TO FOLLOW POLITICIANS INTO REFERENDUM LIKE ‘FOOLS’ was last modified: May 18th, 2015 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)Tags:donegalFr John Joe Duffymarriage referendumStranorlarlast_img read more

49ers Shanahan critiques Breida, Pettis after shutting them down for finale

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida and Dante Pettis emerged as two of the 49ers’ best playmakers and injury replacements in this sideways season, but they won’t make it to the finish line.Breida’s often-aggravated ankle injury and Pettis’ knee injury Sunday will keep them out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle …last_img

Bala is goodwill ambassador

first_imgLoyiso Bala, South Africa’s King of R&B, and now a South African UNAids Goodwill Ambassador.(Image: Just Curious)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sade StarkeyOffice Administrator+27 011 465 0005Aneshree NaidooLoyiso Bala may be known as South Africa’s king of R&B, but now the much-loved entertainer has an official title to his name: South African UNAids Goodwill Ambassador.The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) announced his appointment on 21 October. As a goodwill ambassador, 34-year-old Bala will use his public platform to reduce the stigma of HIV infection and fight discrimination against people with HIV. He will also speak out against gender inequality and gender violence.“We are delighted to welcome Mr Bala to the UNAids family here in South Africa,” said Dr Catherine Sozi, the UNAids country co-ordinator in South Africa. “He has a powerful role to play in helping us highlight critical issues in the HIV response.”Bala was quick to tweet his new job: “I’m honoured to announce my appointment as the UNAids Goodwill Ambassador. UNAids is the Join United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids.” The UN-funded organisation works with prominent individuals in the arts, entertainment, sport and other fields of public life, to build awareness of HIV and Aids.Speaking to, he said: “The UN is known for its extraordinary good work in South Africa, Africa and the world. To be given the opportunity to be a part of this team is for me a great honour. After all, I don’t sing to only entertain but to also make a difference. Being a UNAids Goodwill Ambassador provides me with the best platform to carry this forward.“I get many opportunities to address young people either through music or through speaking engagements. I will take the opportunity to raise some of the issues surrounding HIV/Aids in our country within my UNAids targets. This will hopefully open a dialogue about this issue in our nation.I believe that the more we can talk about it, the better we can understand it and the closer we will be to defeating it.”Guiding young peopleAccording to the Statistics South Africa May 2013 mid-year population estimate, the number of HIV-positive people in South Africa increased from an estimated four million in 2002 to 5.26 million in 2013. The South Africa 2013 Global Aids Response Progress Report states that while progress has been made in reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination, much needs to be achieved by the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline.The sixth MDG relates to HIV and Aids, with Target 6.A to have halted and begun to reverse, by 2015, the spread of HIV/Aids. The UN reports that new HIV infections continue to decline in most regions. More people than ever are living with HIV as a result of fewer Aids-related deaths and the continued large number of new infections, with 2.5 million people newly infected each year. Comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission remains low among young people, along with condom use. More orphaned children are now in school because of expanded efforts to mitigate the impact of Aids, it says.Target 6.B of the MDGs is to achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/Aids for all those who need it. The UN reports that while the target was missed by 2011, access to treatment for people with HIV increased in all regions. At the end of 2011, 8 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV. It says this total constitutes an increase of over 1.4 million people from December 2010. By the end of 2011, 11 countries had achieved universal access to antiretroviral therapy.According to the Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2012, the reported number of adults – people aged 15 and over – in South Africa receiving antiretroviral therapy was 2 010 340.Gender inequalityGender inequality is also a major challenge in South Africa, reflected in the preliminary findings of the Human Sciences Research Council National Household Survey recently. Results show that young women and girls between 15 and 24 years old are three times (17.9%) more likely to be HIV-positive than young men and boys in the same age group (5.6%).In light of this, Bala will play a key role in inspiring people – young people in particular – to get tested for HIV. If they know their status they will be more able to make informed decisions about leading healthy and productive lives. HIV testing encourages disclosure and openness about the disease.“I believe passionately in young people and in making a difference in their lives. This new partnership with UNAids provides me with a way to speak to them about issues which affect them. I am where I am today because of the guidance I received from people who loved me and guided me as a young person. I hope I can provide the same inspiration to my audience,” said Bala.Born in Uitenhage, in Eastern Cape, Bala began his career singing in church at just three years old. He trained classically as a schoolboy at the world renowned Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. After completing school, his career rocketed with his family group, TKZee, the famed kwaito outfit. As a solo artist, he is now a multiple award-winning R&B and gospel musician and a triple platinum selling artist.He has performed alongside international artists Elton John, Will Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, Brian McKnight and Jamelia, and for dignitaries and celebrities such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson. He has been nominated for MTV Awards and has been named You and GQ magazines’ most stylish male in the country.Bala is also an ambassador for the social justice organisation, 46664; the child-focused charity, Smile Foundation; and the charity, MaAfrika Tikkun. He also uses his celebrity status to talk about HIV education in South African schools. He is married to publicist Jennifer Odjidja; the couple had their first child this year.last_img read more

Rudy Gobert sets dunk record, Jazz cruise despite Devin Booker’s 59

first_imgUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Phoenix Suns’ De’Anthony Melton (14) and Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns, who got 59 points from Devin Booker.Booker topped his previous season high of 55, set in December in a triple-overtime loss to Washington. The fourth-year guard made five 3-pointers and shot 19 for 34 despite drawing several double-teams as the Jazz sought to prevent him from reaching 60 points. He also made 16 of 17 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Still, some of the loudest cheers of the night were for a Suns player. Jimmer Fredette, the Naismith Award winner at nearby BYU, went 1 for 10 for six points in 14 minutes in his second game back in the NBA after completing his season in China.After a tight first quarter, the Jazz scored 14 unanswered points, capped by Mitchell’s 3-pointer, to open a 40-23 lead in the second quarter. Booker scored 18 second-quarter points but the balanced Jazz outscored Phoenix 36-22 in the period to take a 62-43 halftime advantage.The Jazz had the most difficult schedule in the NBA at one point but are now capitalizing on facing a host of teams outside the playoff race. This win was the first game of a four-game homestand against teams well below the .500 mark.The Suns have lost six of seven and four in a row.Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing most of their firepower due to injury. T.J. Warren (18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced some players to be more aggressive offensively and Booker to carry a heavy load despite a lot of defensive attention.ADVERTISEMENT Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio each had 18 points and Joe Ingles added 14 as the Jazz won for the seventh time in their last eight games.Gobert’s alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell in the second quarter was his 270th dunk of the season. The 7-foot-1 center’s 275 dunks are the most in the NBA since the statistic started being tracked in 2000, besting Dwight Howard’s 269 slams in 2007-08.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGobert had six dunks in the game — he missed a no-look reverse attempt in the third period — and averages 3.7 per contest. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering the night.Thanks to Booker’s shotmaking the Suns were only down 14 entering the final quarter, but Utah’s dunk-fest continued, even though Gobert was on the bench. Favors had two jams around a rare dunk by Ingles and the Jazz cruised from there. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:47Lacadin implicates Albayalde in 2013 drug sting in Pampanga01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivingcenter_img TIP-INSSuns: Richaun Holmes got two quick technical fouls and was ejected after getting whistled for a rebound foul just before halftime. … The Suns didn’t run a complicated offensive system as they mostly screened for and passed to Booker but still committed 22 turnovers. …Jazz: Utah outscored Phoenix in the paint, 70-32. … Gobert’s previous season best was 26 against Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. … The Jazz had 31 assists and made 10 of 21 3-pointers.UP NEXTSuns: Return home to play Houston Wednesday, the first game of a five straight at home.Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Theres More To Measuring An Olympic Course Than Just Measuring It

If, like me, you thought measuring a race course — marathon, race walk or otherwise — was as simple as driving a car around the circuit, you would be mocked by Katz and company. Turns out that a car’s odometer is fairly imprecise and that the preferred method of course measurement is much more artisanal. It requires only a calculator, 100-meter steel tape, a bicycle fitted with a GPS, and a device called a Jones Counter, which counts the rotations of the bike’s front axle — almost exactly 11,000 “counts” per kilometer.To calibrate the bike for the official course measurement, Katz used the steel tape to measure out 300 meters on the course, taking into account any possible expansion or contraction of the tape from the day’s temperature (there’s an adjustment coefficient for that). Then Katz rode the bike back and forth from Point A to Point B to see how many counts of the Jones Counter occurred over that 300 meter mark. Voilà! The bike was ready to track the rest of the course.“It’s very simple — I can teach you everything that I know about measuring if you have 15 minutes,” Katz told me. So then what makes him so good? “I’m a little bit more detail-oriented; I’m an official pain in the ass,” he said.It’s not quite as simple as Katz lets on, but it is a simpler method than I expected from the person ultimately responsible for ensuring that any records set in road races at the Olympics are in fact records. “He’s exactly the person whom we need for a high stakes measurement like the Olympics,” said Imre Mátraházi, the technical manager of the competitions department of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for track and field.The trickiest part of course measurement, said Katz, is cutting the tangents. These can be corners or other parts of the course where athletes could find a shorter route. “If I was going to race you down the road for a million dollars and the road undulates, how are you going to run?” Katz asked. “You’re going to take the shortest path.”During the official measurement process, Katz biked the course, usually less than a foot away from the curb or barricades, to make sure that an athlete couldn’t physically run anything less than the course he’s measuring. He did it several times, biking every possible route that someone could take on the course to ensure that none is too short. But there’s an extra precaution built in as well, known as the short course prevention factor: All international races must be an extra 0.1 percent long — meaning today’s 50 kilometer course is actually 50.05 km, or an extra 50 meters long. Photograph by Allison McCann David Katz is the official course measurer for the race walk at the Rio Olympics. Allison McCann Katz has had help at this Olympics, as is customary, from a Brazilian husband and wife, members of the organizing committee for the Rio Games. They did the initial measurements before Katz came through with the final verdict. “My measurement came out a little better than their measurement,” Katz said matter-of-factly, but he praised their work too. “They are top-notch measurers.”With just over an hour left in the race walk, everything was going smoothly — no London race walk barricade disasters, at least. The current world record holder — France’s Yohann Diniz — was on pace to break that record (he would eventually fade well off pace). At the 25-km mark, he was almost 2 minutes ahead of Slovakia’s Matej Tóth, who eventually won. No world records were broken, so it’s unlikely that someone will re-measure Katz’s course after the Olympics are over. “I’m scared stiff about making a mistake; I double-check everything,” Katz said. But when I asked him whether he’s ever made one, he can’t remember a time he has. Photograph by Allison McCann We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — It’s 7 a.m. The sun has barely risen, but for the better part of an hour, David Katz has been riding his bike around the course for the men’s 50-kilometer race walk later this morning. “More, more, more!” he shouts in the direction of a crew of guys arranging cones on the course, unhappy with the gaps around the second turn. Authority radiates from his neon orange vest, which reads: ROAD COURSE MEASURER.This is not Katz’s first Olympic course measurement rodeo. Or his second or third. He was the official marathon and race walk course measurer for the 2012 London Olympics (there’s only one official measurer, tasked with ensuring that the length of a road course is measured to spec, but usually several others help) and is back again in that role in Rio. He’s been involved with Olympic course measuring as far back as the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. And he’s been organizing and measuring road course races in New York in his spare time for more than 40 years.He’s a bit of a legend, as far as course measurement nerds go. “He is one of the best in the world,” said Wang Tak Fung of Hong Kong, a 20-year veteran of the course measurement game who came early to the race walk event to watch Katz in action. He seemed very impressed that Katz had lugged his steel measuring tape with him — a necessity only during official measurements (which were done weeks ago) and not for this morning’s slight tweaks and adjustments. The day of the race isn’t for official measuring; it’s for double-checking that the measurement is still accurate even after cones, barricades and water tables have been added to the course.“Not too many people do a measurement like that, but I will do it right before the start of the race,” said Katz, a retired science teacher who lives on Long Island in New York. His attention to detail can be heard in every one of his shouts toward race organizers. He wasn’t pleased with the placement of the cones around the second turn of the race walk — they were creating too sharp an angle — so he rolled out his tape measurer (just a regular one) and adjusted them, ensuring that “no athlete has to compete for one extra centimeter.” read more

Police Commissioner Issues Press Release

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2014 – Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar explained the RTCIPF will issue a press release on the results of the sufficiency hearing in the case of suspended officer, Constable Mikhail Hinson, who was on Friday released from answering to the five charges of setting fire. The court determined there was not enough evidence to go forward with the case. Hinson, 24, was arrested, suspended and remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison for the late September arson at the Chalk Sound police station where the building and four vehicles were set ablaze. Magnetic Media in a letter of concern cited that the Police Force continues to be standoffish with media and the public about major crimes in the country, our company adding that perhaps this is among the reasons there is such lackluster of support from the general public when it comes to investigations. Still outstanding: sufficient leads and evidence in the murder probe of businessman Robert Been Sr from March 4 this year; an update in the new investigation of Damaris Martinez of the Dominican Republic; the jury returned a not guilty for Romano Howell on October 8… however it is certain the woman was murdered by someone and her body dumped on the roadside here in Provo; no updates in the case of North Caicos’ Quincy Gardiner where media is still waiting on the results of an autopsy and for an update on what will happen to the man once held for questioning the case. And now Police will have to start over in the case to find who is responsible for the torching one of the new police patrol vehicles. These are but some of the cases where it is reported that evidence is insufficient to move to a full trial. Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:arson, chalk sound police station, Colin Farquhar, damaris martinez, mikhail hinson, murder, quincy gardiner, robert been, romano justice howell Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targetedlast_img read more

Jamaicas DPP talks fake news at CBU conference in Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – The seriousness of fake news was a major topic tackled by Paula Llewellyn at day two of the Caribbean Broadcasters’ Union annual general assembly being staged at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.    The Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica explained that reputation is a valuable commodity in the media business and advised against publishing unchecked information.In an era when invented information comes in as easily and as believably as credible information, 48 media houses from 23 countries within the region listened intently as Llewelyn gave the legal ramifications of fake news and irresponsible journalism.   #PaulaLlewellyn is the first woman DPP of Jamaica.The theme of the conference which ends on August 24th is Digital Developments in Caribbean media.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PaulaLlewellynlast_img read more