Charity Bank offers free regional events for charity professionals

first_img Melanie May | 17 July 2019 | News  185 total views,  2 views today Charity Bank is running a series of free regional events this September and October, for trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations. Taking place in Edinburgh, London, Tunbridge Wells, Leeds, Reading, Derby and Manchester, the events will look at the state of the social sector and aim to give attendees practical insight and guidance to help their organisations survive and thrive.The Road to Growth events will last half a day and are being delivered in partnership with a range of national and local social sector partners. National partners include: The National Lottery Community Fund, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment.NCVO will present an update on the state of the social sector with sector specialists then engaging with the audience in unpicking some of the challenges and opportunities that exist.Panelists will share research and insights on the state of the sector, how political and Brexit uncertainty are impacting the sector, examples of how charities and social enterprises are responding, as well as the latest on funding and grants, regulation, technology and governance.Each event will be hosted from 9.00 – 12.00 at the following venues:Edinburgh, 12 September at the Greyfriars Charteris Centre (EH8 9RR)London, 18 September at Mercers’ Charitable Foundation (EC2V 8HE)Tunbridge Wells, 26 September at Thomson Snell & Passmore (TN1 1NX)Leeds, 3 October at St George’s Centre (LS10 4UZ)Reading, 8 October, Edith Morley Building in the University of Reading (RG6 6BT)Derby, 16 October, at YMCA Derbyshire (DE24 8UT)Manchester, 17 October at GMCVO (M12 6FZ)Ed Siegel, Chief Executive, Charity Bank said:“We’re hosting these free events as part of our mission and commitment to support the social sector. Attendees will receive high quality and practical insights, knowledge and ideas from our expert panelists, which they can then implement in their own organisations. The events will also act as an opportunity for delegates to network with like-minded peers who have similar goals. We’re really looking forward to hosting the events and meeting individuals in each region who are at the forefront of social change.” Advertisement 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis32center_img Charity Bank offers free regional events for charity professionals Tagged with: Events  186 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis32last_img read more


EHS graduate to be inducted to Maine Sports Hall of Fame

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Rob Pendergist donned his Maine state uniform for the 1988 National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, his father frowned at the sight.The knit fabric clung to Rob’s chest and bunched beneath the tank top’s undersized armholes.“That jersey is a little small,” Jim Pendergist said to his son, an Ellsworth High School junior at the time.Rob shrugged. The pair had just arrived at the University of Florida’s Percy Beard Track for his chance to compete among the country’s top high school athletes in the decathlon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I’m just happy to be here,” Rob responded. “I don’t give a damn if it’s small. As long as they spelled Maine right.”Rob won a silver medal that year at the championships sponsored by The Athletics Congress of the USA — the national governing body for track and field competition. His second-place performance helped him soar into national prominence, where his future track and field achievements kept him for the next decade.Now, at age 44, Rob has been selected as an inductee to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class.“It’s well deserved; he worked his butt off,” Jim said. “He was just so proud to represent the state of Maine.”Rob graduated from Ellsworth in 1989 after breaking numerous track and field records and winning state championships in the long jump, high jump, high hurdles and javelin as well as a national championship in the pentathlon.He went on to earn a full four-year athletic scholarship to Mount St. Mary’s College in Maryland, where he was an All-American in the decathlon and four-time pentathlon champion for the IC4A (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of American). His career landed him in his college hall of fame in 2004.“He’s got some God-given talent,” Jim said. “He wouldn’t admit that, but it’s true.”Rob reached the pinnacle of his track and field career in 1992, when the 21-year-old decathlete qualified for the Olympic trials in New Orleans with a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Track and Field Championships.At 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, Rob was both the youngest and one of the smallest U.S. decathletes that year. He placed 17th of 32 contestants, falling short of making the Olympic team. Injuries such as a torn Achilles tendon and tendonitis thwarted his future shots at competing in the international games.“I took my potential all the way to its maximum capacity,” Rob said. “There was no getting any more out of this frame.”Rob credits one injury, however, with directing him toward his career as a decathlete.Four years prior to the trials, the EHS junior and member of the cross-country team had just completed a run when a car sped around the corner into the school’s parking lot.“They were joy riding,” Rob recalled. “They almost ran over me.”Rob dodged the vehicle but landed wrong on his foot, resulting in a sprained ankle. Suddenly, his running career was put on hold.“I couldn’t run with one leg,” he said. “So I started doing throwing events.”A Mount Desert Island High School indoor track and field coach named Dan Koch quickly noticed Rob’s potential. With a maximum number of events in which one athlete can participate, Koch introduced Rob to a way around those limits.“He asked me, ‘Have you ever heard of a decathlon?’” Rob recalls.His answer, Rob said, was “no.”The decathlon — patterned after the Greeks’ five-event pentathlon — involves 10 track and field events over two days: 100-meter run, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter run, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run.Rob Pendergist, a Mount St. Mary’s College decathlete, competes in the 1991 Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM PENDERGISTRob had only competed in two decathlons before qualifying for the TAC-USA Junior Olympic National Championships, his first time competing at the national level. Along with his father, an Ellsworth American reporter named Tom Field accompanied Rob on his trip to Florida that July.Clad in an ill-fitting uniform and equipped with minimal decathlon experience, Rob stumbled through some of his middle events. He slipped as low as sixth among 23 competitors, but a first-place javelin throw put him back into medal contention.To solidify his position among the top three decathletes, he needed a strong performance in the final event: the 1,500-meter run.Field documented the hours leading up to the race: Rob calmly sat in the bleachers, discussing baseball and the upcoming school year. Jim anxiously figured the time and points necessary to overcome destined gold medalist James Milton and then-third place Willie Andrews.“His father told him he needed a big race, that he had to run in 4:25 or better,” Field wrote in an EA article. “Rob nodded, maybe ever shrugged. Then he went out and ran the race of his life.”At the gunshot, Rob began the heat in eighth place of nine runners, with Andrews and Milton leading the pack. Steadily, Rob overtook runner after runner and reached second with less than a lap to go.“It continues to be Andrews in front, with Milton now in third,” said the track announcer, overlooking the movement of Rob.But he couldn’t ignore Rob once he’d passed by Andrews.“That’s Robert Pendergist of Ellsworth, Maine, now out in front,” the announcer said.And Rob stayed in front.“Not by necks, not by lengths, but by meters,” Field wrote. “Then to the cheers of the crowd and frenzied delight of his father, Pendergist rolled across the finish line.”He’d won the race with a personal-best time of 4:23.86 seconds — seven seconds better than any of his previous 1,500-meter races and 13 seconds ahead of any other decathlete.“He may have earned only a silver medal, but it was a gold medal performance that clinched it,” Field wrote. “It won’t be forgotten.”To this day, Rob holds state high school outdoor track records in the javelin throw, which he set with a distance of 210 feet and 9 inches as well as two indoor track records in the high jump and long jump, with distances of 6-07 and 22-07.25.In 1989, Rob was named the Gatorade Player of the Year. Shortly after, his Ellsworth track and field jersey was retired.Rob, a father of three, now works as a financial planner in New Jersey by the shore.But Rob said no home could replace his first — a community that always supported him and where he’s still known as “Robby.”“Maine is very special,” Rob said. “It’s an amazing place to be from and tell people it’s where you were born and raised. I’m very proud of it.”Rob is one of nine athletes who have been selected for Maine’s hall of fame this year. The others include William Alfond, Peter Carlisle, Glenn Dumont, Anna Goodale, Roger Levesque, Marcie Lane Schulenberg, Eric Weinrich and Amy Winchester.They will be inducted on May 3 at the Augusta Civic Center.“I’m honored,” Rob said. “It’s an unbelievable thing for someone to place my name in indelible ink in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.” EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more


Middletown’s Unforgettable Thanksgiving Day Football Game

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – On Thanksgiving the township’s two public high schools come together – and then square off – for the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game. For years the game has also served as Senior Day, when seniors are recognized for their contributions to the football teams, band, cheer and dance teams. With both Middletown South and Middletown North knocked out of the NJSIAA playoffs, emotions were high at the game, the last hurrah for the students involved in their beloved Friday Night Lights. There was also romance. At halftime, Raritan High School history teacher Gregory Casha proposed to his girlfriend, Middletown South cheerleading coach Cristina Fox, surrounded by the cheerleading squads and lots of cheers from the crowd. Middletown South went on to win the game 21-7. Pamela Rogers, school board president, presented them with the coveted Middletown Cup.center_img Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more


Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats Volleyball

first_imgAll season long the Mount Sentinel Wildcats had visions of adding another blue banner to the gymnasium at the South Slocan-based school.In the end, the team may have won more than a banner after capturing the bronze medal at the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships held recently at the Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar. The Cats overcame a lot of adversity and, powered by the home crowd, pulled off a 2-0 sweep of White Rock Christian in the best-of-three bronze medal match. After the match senior Jessie Rehwald said winning the medal was like winning the entire tournament.Kelowna Christian defeated Immaculata to win the gold medal.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad on their crowning achievement by selecting them Team of the Week.The team includes, from left, assistant coach Brittney Soobotin, Malin Chernoff, Jessie Rehwald, Kyra Makortoff, Kaitlin Minvielle, Lynnea Carr, Zahra Askary, Madia Rehwald, Breanne Minor and head coach Joe Moreira.last_img read more


STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2016

first_imgFUTURE PROMISING FOR BOLO; DE TREVILLE MAKES U.S. DEBUTBolo’s neck victory in the Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13 could be a precursor of bigger and better things, says Mike Smith, who rides the four-year-old Temple City colt in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Grade II Arcadia was Bolo’s first race in seven months.“He went really well,” Smith said of Bolo’s three furlong blowout Tuesday in 36.40. “He’s happy and galloped out real good. He’s a nice horse.“I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet. He’s had his ups and downs but if how he ran first back this year is an indication of how he’s improved, that was about as good as it gets.”De Treville makes his U.S. debut in the Kilroe. The four-year-old English-bred colt has not raced since last Aug. 4, but has been training forwardly for John Shirreffs.“He has very nice European form,” Shirreffs said. “It looks like he wants to be close, from what his form shows overseas.”The Kilroe: Om, Gary Stevens, 3-1; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Bolo, Mike Smith, 2-1; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Midnight Storm, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and De Treville, Tyler Baze, 8-1. Mike Smith77971312%38%$1,053,545 Mike Puype63711411%35%$330,725 DONWORTH COULD BE THE ONE TO CATCH IN BIG ‘CAP IT’S SMITH’S CALL ON DANZING CANDY IN SAN FELIPEBEST IS YET TO COME FOR BOLO IN GRADE I KILROE COASTLINE RETURNS TO DIRT IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSDRYSDALE ENTERS FOUR IN SUNDAY’S SAN LUIS REY DRYSDALE HAS FOUR FOR THE MONEY SUNDAYNeil Drysdale entered four horses in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf, two of them females: Energia Fribby and Gaga A.“There is nowhere else to run them,” the Hall of Fame trainer answered when asked why he has four of the 12 horses entered in a race he has won six times. “What am I going to do? I’ve got to run the horses.“We’ve run against males before.”And he’s won the San Luis Rey before, in 2014 with Fire With Fire (he also saddled runner-up Lucayan); Bourbon Bay (2012 and 2010); Fourty Niners Son (2007); Single Empire (1999); and Prized (1990).The lineup: Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Power Foot, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 5-1; Life’s Journey, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1; Energia Fribby, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Highball, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 20-1. Doug O’Neill14822212115%43%$1,172,483 David Lopez1302191716%36%$633,671 Martin Pedroza79119614%33%$307,865 Martin Garcia1031691116%35%$923,919 Fernando Perez1421315199%33%$690,444 Steven Miyadi54912917%56%$327,117 Kent Desormeaux9113231614%57%$1,068,485 Mark Glatt7398512%30%$402,865 Abel Lezcano6172411%21%$294,964 Richard Baltas9115131316%45%$1,034,714 Drayden Van Dyke12313141711%36%$774,464 BARRY ABRAMS HAS SUCCESSFUL OUT-PATIENT PROCEDURE            You can’t keep a good man down. So goes the adage and it more than applies to trainer Barry Abrams, who has battled the effects of cancer with quiet resolve and steely tenacity for more than 10 years now.Abrams, who has limited use of his esophagus due to radiation therapy, underwent an out-patient procedure yesterday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital and returned home early last evening.“Everything went good,” said Abrams by telephone this morning. “They had to do a procedure on my prostate and there’s no cancer. I should be okay to come back to the track in a couple days, but I’ve got a little fever and I don’t want to risk getting an infection with rain coming. I’ll stay here and keep dry and hopefully I’ll be feeling strong enough in a couple days.”Best known for claiming perennial California leading sire Unusual Heat for an $80,000 tag on June 10, 1996, Abrams has won three races from 27 starts at the current Winter Meet.Born in Minsk, Russia, Abrams turned 62 on March 4.FINISH LINES: Three-time champion Beholder worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.20. “She couldn’t look better,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes who is about to embark on her campaign as a six-year-old. “Everything’s just perfect.” . . . San Gabriel and San Marcos winner Flamboyant worked six furlongs for Paddy Gallagher in 1:14.20 under Brice Blanc, who rides the French-bred gelding in the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 26. Blanc departs for the Middle East on March 23 . . . Santa Maria winner Tara’s Tango went six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 1:11.80 with Martin Garcia aboard . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan said Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line “is just about ready to start galloping” after being on the shelf since last year’s Preakness Stakes . . . The main track closed for training at 9 a.m. due to impending rain, but not before 243 workouts were recorded after 201 were on the tab Thursday . . . Apprentice Brayan Pena has been suspended three days (March 17, 18 and 19) for an infraction aboard One Bye Two in Thursday’s eighth race . . .Illuminant, impressive allowance winner of yesterday’s seventh race, is headed back to graded stakes competition, according to her trainer, Michael McCarthy . . . The Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting March 16 in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Room at 10 a.m. The agenda and package of materials, which are for discussion only, focus on horse welfare and expanded out-of-competition testing, including a ban on anabolic steroids. The horse welfare items would mandate the transfer of records pertaining to joint injections for claimed horses, require trainers to maintain records of veterinary treatments, and insure that all treatments are justified by a medical condition and based on advice from a veterinarian . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Rafael Bejarano21349392323%52%$2,100,027 Peter Miller1071291511%34%$514,830 BIG ‘CAP LEAD COULD BELONG TO DONWORTH            On paper, there appears to be no clear cut pacesetter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.But Doug O’Neill says if the lead is there for the taking, Donworth and his jockey, Mario Gutierrez, will be glad to accommodate his rivals.“The great thing with him breaking from the three hole is at a mile and a quarter you’ve got plenty of run to the first turn,” O’Neill said of owner Paul and Zillah Reddam’s recent acquisition, who was third, beaten only a half-length, in the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes, Donworth’s first race in more than seven months.“Hopefully he breaks well. Mario will put him in a good spot. If he’s the only one who wants the lead, so be it. Another horse would have to go out of his established running style to challenge us on the lead, the way it looks on paper.”Richard Baltas, meanwhile, doesn’t expect Imperative to be too far back.“”We think we got an OK draw (eight) and we’ve got a whole quarter mile to get to the first turn, so it’s plenty of time to find a spot and sit off the pace,” the trainer said. “Santiago (Gonzalez) is just going to have to make the right decisions on when to move.“The horse is doing great. Obviously, I hope the pace isn’t too slow.”The field for the Santa Anita Handicap, the 10th of 11 races: Point Piper, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; General a Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Effinex, Mike Smith, 2-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano, 12-1; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; and Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.Fans at Santa Anita tomorrow will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time Saturday is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Mario Gutierrez16020292113%44%$1,210,729 Tyler Baze21423313111%40%$1,144,171 Jerry Hollendorfer10917101516%39%$1,109,996 SANTA ANITA STATISTICScenter_img JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez23042302718%43%$1,620,961 John Sadler69128617%38%$553,999 (Current Through Thursday, March 10) Flavien Prat20535353017%49%$2,102,821 Edwin Maldonado14226141518%39%$905,660 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 D’AMATO DECIDES ON SAN CARLOS FOR COASTLINETrainer Phil D’Amato had been considering either the Kilroe Mile on turf or the San Carlos on dirt for Coastline before deciding on the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for the gray son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown.Seven of Coastline’s 19 career races have been on grass, including a victory last out in the Clockers’ Corner at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course on Jan. 24.“We know he likes the hill, but when we claimed him, he won on the dirt that day pretty impressively at Keeneland,” D’Amato said of a victory in a $62,000 claiming race Coastline won in the mud last Oct. 3.“The sprint division isn’t the strongest here, so we’re taking a shot on the dirt and seeing if he likes it. If he doesn’t, we can always run him back in the San Simeon three weeks later (a Grade III race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 2).”The San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Mystery Train, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 2-1. Agapito Delgadillo811110714%35%$316,962 Carla Gaines4072218%28%$469,560 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SISE LEAVES STRATEGY UP TO SMITH; CUPID SCRATCHEDWith ample speed in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown candidates, it might seem foolhardy to make firm pre-race strategy commitments on the 1 1/16-mile race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.That was the mindset Friday of Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of promising Danzing Candy, winner of his last two starts virtually wire-to-wire by a combined margin of nine lengths under Mike Smith, who retains the mount in the San Felipe.“I’ve looked at the race on paper,” Sise said, “but when the gates open, it will be Mike’s decision.”Unless Cupid was trained by Barry Fitzgerald, Mickey Rooney or the Marx Brothers, or others who have made whimsical racing films that have little to do with reality, he won’t be running in the San Felipe, which is precisely the case.The $900,000 gray son of Tapit trained by Bob Baffert was scratched after working six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:11.60 under Mike Smith.Baffert said Cupid’s next race would be “somewhere out of town.”The San Felipe: Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith, 7-2; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 2-1; I Will Score, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2. Joseph Talamo19021232511%36%$1,138,864 Philip D’Amato10822191920%56%$1,172,735 Kristin Mulhall4196322%44%$346,265 Gary Stevens53117821%49%$1,169,603 Vladimir Cerin3794524%49%$316,699 Bob Baffert8418121321%51%$1,306,915 Peter Eurton7712201116%56%$767,057 George Papaprodromou4274617%40%$222,335 Jeff Bonde3473521%44%$177,710 Victor Espinoza6999613%35%$728,265last_img read more


SANTA ANITA TO AGAIN OFFER FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE CONNECTING GREAT RACE PLACE TO ARCADIA GOLD LINE STATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will again offer fans free shuttle service connecting The Great Race Place with the Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station beginning opening day of the track’s 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 30.Beginning tomorrow, the Santa Anita shuttle will run on all race days and will operate in conjunction with Arcadia’s Transit Shuttle, providing fans with a non-stop trip to and from Santa Anita.The Santa Anita Shuttle will operate with pickup and drop off service available every 20 minutes, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each racing day.Santa Anita Ambassadors will be available to assist fans who may have questions regarding their visit to Santa Anita.In addition to the Santa Anita Shuttle, the Arcadia Transit Green Line Shuttle, which features stops at Santa Anita, Methodist Hospital, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall and the L.A. County Arboretum, will operate seven days a week from 7:10 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.Regular post times are 12:30 p.m. on weekends and 1 p.m. on weekdays. For closing week post times, please visit santaanita.com. TRACK’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.last_img read more


Companies on Wikipedia: Apple’s Fans Get it Right

first_imgAccording to a new study by Milan-based consultancy firm Lundquist, Apple has the best Wikipedia entry among Fortune Global 500 companies. Lundquist ranked Wikipedia pages according to the quality of the data in the infobox, page features like links and citations and the quality and availability of page sections like company history and charts.Today, 489 out of the Global 500 companies are featured on Wikipedia, though the majority of companies scored very low on Lundquist’s scale. The average score was just 11 out of a possible 25 points. Apple’s entry scored 22 points.Top Wikipedia PagesApple (22 pts)BT (21.5 pts)Nokia (21 pts)Royal Dutch Shell (21 pts)Ford Motor (20.5 pts)Toyota Motor (20.5 pts)BAE Systems (20 pts)Bank of America (20 pts)BP (20 pts)Dell (20 pts)Wikipedia is one of the first entry points for Internet users who are looking for more information about a company. A lot of companies score very low on Lundquist’s scale, however. Quite a few entries, for example, don’t even mention what geographic area the company serves or display any data bout the company’s board members or number of employees. According to the company’s researchers, entries for companies in the computer and IT services industry have the highest average score, while the entries for pharmaceutical and health care companies rank the lowest.According to Lundquist, Sumitomo Electric Industries and the French financial services group Crédit Industriel & Commercial have the worst Wikipedia pages of all the Global Fortune 500 companies.What Can Companies Do to Improve Their Pages?As the report’s authors point out, companies are strongly discouraged from editing their own articles on Wikipedia. There are some things, however, that these companies can do to enhance their entries. Here are three recommendations from the report, which don’t just apply to large companies: respect the rules of Wikipedia make copyright-free images available to the Wikipedia community only edit factual information like quarterly results or management changes (Wikipedia actually encourages companies to do this, though it’s probably best to explain the edit in detail) use discussion pages to interact with editors engage and help editors who are interested in the company or the company’s products monitor your company’s Wikipedia article for updates and vandalism Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#news#user-generated content#web center_img frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more



Could your hands predict your sporting success?

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “The ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females,” explained Dr. Tomkinson, adding that there is some evidence to suggest that the digit ratio is influence by the levels of testosterone present during the early development of the fetus. “The more testosterone the fetus produces, the longer the ring finger, so the smaller the digit ratio.”The father-son team set out to look at whether the digit ratio could possibly be linked to muscular strength, which in turn could be linked to sports performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe pair recorded the age, digit ratio, body mass and right handgrip strength of the participants, who were all aged 13 to 18 and attending Jordan’s school, the Sacred Heart School in East Forks, Minnesota, in the United States.They found that adolescent boys with lower digit ratios did indeed show a better handgrip strength, irrespective of their age or body size. 5 reasons to give badminton a try Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Image: monkeybusinessimages/Istock.com via AFP RelaxnewsNew research has revealed an unusual way of predicting sporting success: finding that the length of the ring finger of teenage boys could indicate their prowess at sports. The study is the first to attempt to measure this relationship.Carried out by the University of South Australia’s Dr. Grant Tomkinson and his son, 11-year old student Jordan Tomkinson, the research looked at the digit ratio (the difference in length between the index finger and ring finger) of 57 adolescent boys.ADVERTISEMENT “Testosterone is the natural steroid hormone that enhances sport, athletic and fitness test performance. In general, people with smaller digit ratios are better athletes,” explained Dr. Tomkinson.“Given that muscular strength is an important determinant of success in many youth sports and athletic events, our finding suggests that the digit ratio may predict performance in youth sports and athletic events requiring high strength,” he added.As muscular strength is also an important indicator of good health, the findings also suggest that teenage boys with lower digit ratios might enjoy better health in general.The results were published online in the journal Early Human Development. JBADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more


Angelina Jolie Addresses UN Security Council On Syria

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday warned that the international community must do everything possible to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in the Middle East before it becomes irreversible.Angelina Jolie addresses the Security Council on the continuing conflict in Syria and the humanitarian and refugee crisesCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“The situation in the Middle East is a cancer that risks spreading and metastasizing. If things continue this way, we could see future developments spin out of control, independently of our will and with increasingly dangerous global consequences,” he warned in an address in New York to the UN Security Council.The High Commissioner said the regional spillover effects of the Syrian conflict were taking on dramatic proportions. “Fourteen million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq. Security threats to neighbouring countries are growing. As a result, we have been observing a steady deterioration in the protection space for Syrians trying to escape the conflict,” Guterres said.He added that UNHCR was seeing a growing fatigue on the part of the hosts and, in some areas, harsher policies imposed on refugees. There were increasing tensions between communities. Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies like UNHCR and the World Food Programme struggled to meet needs. Many, desperate to escape, were risking their lives on Mediterranean crossings.And dangerous coping mechanisms were on the rise, he said, with more and more families forced to send children to work or marry off their teenage daughters. There are also reports of refugees resorting to survival sex to make ends meet.Guterres said that only a political solution could end the suffering, but stressed that so long as that remained a distant prospect the international community must do all possible to prevent the crisis spiralling out of control. “First, some immediate priorities must be addressed: providing more humanitarian aid to refugees and vulnerable host communities, and stopping the horrific loss of life in the Mediterranean,” he stressed.“Second, there has to be massively increased support to the neighbouring countries. The funding announced in Kuwait last month to support the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan is an important signal of hope and must now be disbursed quickly. But it is also essential for the structural investment programmes presented by the host governments to receive development funding from the international community.”The High Commissioner called for a rethink of development cooperation policies to help host countries cope better with the extra burden.Thirdly, the High Commissioner said, “We have to recognize the increasingly protracted nature of this refugee crisis. UNHCR’s ultimate priority objective remains voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity, in line with what most refugees prefer. But we have to recognize that for Syrians, this option is not immediately in sight.”“In the meantime, neighbouring countries will require adequate help to manage the vast economic, demographic and fiscal impacts of the refugee influx,” he noted, while adding: “With more support across the region, we could help turn refugees’ situation around from one of dependency and unsustainability to one where their economic self-reliance becomes an option, allowing them to also contribute to the development of their host societies.”But Guterres predicted more bad times ahead. “One thing is clear: the situation in the region has become utterly unsustainable. After Iraq became so dramatically engulfed in the Syrian conflict with the attacks on Mosul and Tikrit last year, I do not know where the next disrupting shock will take place. I only know that it will come, and that things risk getting even worse,” he said.Meanwhile, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt, who has made 11 visits to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Turkey and Malta since the crisis erupted in March 2011, told the Security Council that the United Nations was failing the people of Syria.“So on behalf of Syrian refugees, I make three pleas to the international community: The first is an appeal for unity. It is time for the Security Council to work as one to end the conflict, and reach a settlement that also brings justice and accountability for the Syrian people,” she said.“Second, I echo what has been said about supporting Syria’s neighbours, who are making an extraordinary contribution,” Jolie Pitt added. “If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety.” The Special Envoy said her third plea was for a greater response from the international community to the barbarism of those inflicting systematic sexual violence.“We also need to send a signal that we are serious about accountability for these crimes, for that is the only hope of establishing any deterrence. And I call on member states to begin preparations now so that Syrian women are fully represented in future peace negotiations, in accordance with multiple resolutions of the Security Council.”Source:UNHCRlast_img read more