The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 opens to applications

first_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis How to applyTo take part in the Christmas Challenge, charities need first to register a charity profile on the Big Give site and then upload a project that requires funding to their profile. They can then click on the ‘Challenge Application’ button.Applications for the Big Give Christmas Challenge close at midday on 11 July 2014.  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities can now apply to take part in the 2014 Big Give Christmas Challenge, the annual matched giving campaign that helps charities double their donations in some cases from both new and existing donors.Last year’s Challenge raised over £10.5 million for the 387 charities that took part.The Big Give will be running regular, free, online seminars to guide charities through the Christmas Challenge. The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 opens to applicationscenter_img Tagged with: christmas Digital Major gift matched giving Howard Lake | 16 June 2014 | News [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

STATSCORE: Focusing on fully customised mobile betting services

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Treating the diversified online betting business as one misses the proper scope, writes Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, who thinks that while it would be an “obvious truth” to highlight changes in the market since it became digital, customer preferences are now more and more specific to mobile betting – a sector firmly on the rise.Let the numbers talk. According to the PEW Research Centre, 76% of adults in advanced countries own a smartphone (in countries such as South Korea, Israel, Sweden and the Netherlands this tops 85%), while even in emerging countries the median sits close to 50%. Real-time data from GSMA, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide, suggests that there are over 8.98 billion mobile connections in the world – more than the total population – which confirms that many use more than one device.In 2018, 58% of websites were opened from mobile devices, accounting for 42% of the total time spent online. If this does not convince you that we are witnessing a real online revolution, let me just add that – according to the research by Tecmark – a typical smartphone owner picks up his or her device around 200 times per day or more than 1500 times per week.It should not surprise us, therefore, that this impacts the betting sector. Mobile devices make betting more accessible for the fans, as they do not limit them to a certain time or place to bet. In order to join the competition, all you have to do is to reach into your pocket and make sure that you are online, bringing about a closer and more immediate individual betting experience.This is why more and more betting-based companies are focusing attention on their mobile services, making sure that they don’t just replicate the desktop experience, but go beyond to offer a completely new and fully customised experience. This is a strategy familiar to both my colleagues at STATSCORE, and our high profile betting partners.Christophe Michel is the Head of Digital at Ladbrokes Belgium, a major operator that works with two of our leading products – LivematchPro and PrematchPro.“We have been increasing mobile services for betting for a long time as we see how many of the final users prefer to use their personal devices to bet,” said Michel. “For this, we need fast and reliable live trackers to display the sports events in a nice and easy to follow way. We decided to use STATSCORE widgets due to their format and responsive design.”This mobile-first preference is, of course, driven by millennials, the most demanding target group for many businesses (including for gambling) whose preferences continue to shape the market.Unlike their predecessors, they tend to be more solipsistic, seeking contact only with those mediated with the use of media. Shopping, watching movies, listening to music – all of these hold common features: immediate access, individualised offers, and computer learning used to recognise personal needs. Mobile devices make a perfect entrance to this world.Betting and gambling already follow this path, which seems to be the only way to remain in touch with the powerful target group, whose importance will keep on rising in terms of buying power. They already are overcoming baby boomers in this area. This is why the betting experience for mobile devices is now being reshaped to meet their needs. A good example comes with the aforementioned STATSCORE sports widgets, whose popular trackers have been totally redesigned to meet the needs of the mobile users.Dariusz Łęczyński, STATSCORE Chief Product Officer, explained: “All kinds of widgets on mobiles have to be smart, compact and practical. These features can be treated and understood by each client differently. The key issue here is to let the client express his or her ideas regarding the default widget upgrade and then make sure these meet their expectations.”PrematchPro is aimed at delivering the pregame insights, ranging from league standings to recent results, head to head, key stats, squads and even Twitter accounts of the competitors.Meanwhile, LivematchPro brings the same depth of data, but served as the game progresses. The heart of this product is a live sports tracker that consists of a representation of where the event is taking place e.g. soccer pitch, race track or even ice rink.Many STATSCORE clients have recognised the upgrades made to these widgets, especially those that built their betting platform specifically for mobile betting.Marcin Doszczeczko is the Head of Sportsbook at EnergyBet, an online sportsbook and casino who, like Ladbrokes, has been utilising the products.“STATSCORE LivematchPro and PrematchPro widgets offer all we needed for the mobile users to keep them inspired to bet with their devices,” said Doszczeczko.The world is changing. The question for betting companies is no longer whether to consider the implementation of dedicated mobile services, but when and how you will get started. 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Why is Lucas Vázquez out of the Real Madrid squad? Because he dropped weights…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@lucasvazquez91)Advertisement 49cnu2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0taWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6qt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l0zjWould you ever consider trying this?😱9etb2Can your students do this? 🌚cft7bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Lucas Vázquez, a favourite of Zinedine Zidane, the ace Real Madrid winger has faced the most unfortunate of events. Having 129 appearances for the senior team in four seasons, the right winger has been the first choice when lining up the starting 11, especially in derbys. And now, he’s out for six weeks after dropping weight on his feet in the training gym, just before El Clasico!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@lucasvazquez91)As reported by the club officials, the Spanish international has ended up with a broken toe due to one mishap in the Valdebebas training ground gym last Wednesday.A statement was released on the Los Blancos’ website after diagnosis, which read:Advertisement “Following the tests carried out today on our player Lucas Vazquez by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to the distal phalanx in his left hallux.“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Advertisement Speculations are being made on the 28 year old’s recovery period, and guesses range between a month to one and a half. However, its pretty much confirmed that the Madrid youth academy graduate will miss out on the December’s derby at Camp Nou.A youth academy graduate, Vázquez played for the Real Madrid C and B squad, and secured senior team football in 2015 after a season long loan spell at RCD Espanyol. Advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs, Arsenal close gap

first_img DREAMING SUPPORTERS “It is true our supporters can dream,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. Second-place Tottenham lead Arsenal on goal difference, while City’s second straight home loss kept the team six points behind Leicester, with their squad beginning to look stretched as they go for trophies on four fronts. In the other match, last-place Aston Villa slipped to their heaviest home defeat in 81 years, losing 6-0 to Liverpool. The visitors had six different scorers, including Daniel Sturridge in the injury-prone striker’s first league start for more than four months. Relegation candidates all of last season, Leicester are dealing with a different kind of pressure this time round, but failure to handle rising expectations wasn’t the reason behind the defeat at Emirates Stadium. The biggest factor was probably the sending-off of right back Danny Simpson after two yellow cards in the opening nine minutes of the second half. Leicester were then leading 1-0, thanks to Jamie Vardy’s penalty on the stroke of half-time – his league-high 19th goal of the season. Substitutes came good for Arsenal. Theo Walcott equalised with 20 minutes to go, with Arsenal’s first shot on target and fellow sub Welbeck, who came on in the 83rd minute, headed in Mesut Ozil’s free kick. “Everybody is extremely happy for him because he has been out for 10 months. That is an eternity for a player,” Wenger said. Spurs capped a successful day for the north London clubs by completing a league double over City, another sign that they are ready to finally challenge for the championship under Pochettino after years of underachievement. Harry Kane put Tottenham in front in the 53rd from a penalty that was controversially awarded for a handball against Raheem Sterling, who turned his back to a cross from Danny Rose. The ball appeared to strike a combination of his elbow and back, with his arm not outstretched. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalised in the 74th, only for Eriksen to race onto Erik Lamela’s through-ball and slip a low finish past goalkeeper Joe Hart. With 12 games left, City are now dependent on three teams above them dropping points. “The first problem is our team,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “We need to improve in a lot of things.” It is the first time since 1985 that Tottenham has been second at this stage of the season. After Sturridge and James Milner secured a 2-0 lead at half-time, Liverpool scored four goals in 13 second-half minutes – through Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure – to seal their biggest win under Juergen Klopp. Liverpool climbed to eighth place, three points behind fifth-place Manchester United, while Villa are eight points from safety. MANCHESTER, England (AP): Arsenal and Tottenham grabbed late winning goals against title rivals yesterday to move two points off the lead as the race to win the English Premier League tightened up. Leicester started the weekend with an unlikely five-point lead, but conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lose 2-1 at Arsenal, with Danny Welbeck scoring the winner in his first match back after 10 months out because of injury. “This strengthens our belief that we are in the fight,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “It would have been massive for us to lose.” It was only Leicester’s third loss of the season – and two of them have been inflicted by Arsenal. Christian Eriksen didn’t leave it quite so late for Spurs against Manchester City, slotting home in the 83rd minute to also seal a 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium. It will be regarded as a landmark win for a young Tottenham team that is going for the club’s first league title since 1961.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho raves about ‘top-class’ Manchester United debutant

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Manchester United Jose Mourinho has praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly following their Manchester United debuts in the 2-0 pre-season win over Championship new-boys Wigan.The Armenian attacker, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract earlier this month, played the opening 45 minutes of the victory, and was one of the bright sparks in a fairly laid back performance from the Red Devils.He was not on the pitch when either goal was scored – Will Keane and Andreas Pereira netting in the second half – but his performance was well received by United fans, and his new manager at Old Trafford.VIDEO: Keane and Pereira score for Man United in pre-season! Watch the goals here“Mkhitaryan is a top-class player and currently at the best stage for a footballer – 27/28 years old,” Mourinho told MUTV following the game.“He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it’s so sweet how he touches the ball. He can play in different positions behind the striker. He doesn’t have the sharpness yet but his performance was very positive.”Fellow summer signing Bailly also made his first United appearance at the DW Stadium, playing 82 minutes at the heart of the defence alongside Daley Blind first and then Phil Jones.He was rarely troubled during his time on the field of play, but Mourinho was suitably impressed by his showing, and believed the fans were also happy with what they saw from the 22-year-old Ivorian international.The United boss continued: “With Eric, the way the fans showed how much they liked his performance when I changed him is enough.“Of course he is a very young boy coming from a very different environment, but you could see what he is at this moment. I will give him everything to try to make him better and better like I did with other central defenders I’ve had in my hands. He has showed the potential we saw when we decided to buy him.”SEE ALSO: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the signing of the season!’ Manchester United fans react to new signing’s debut 1last_img read more

The World Against I.D.

first_imgThe Inter-Academy Panel (IAP) on International Issues, a global network of scientific academies, has issued a statement endorsing cosmic and biological evolution.  It urges “decision makers, teachers, and parents to educate all children about the methods and discoveries of science and to foster an understanding of the science of nature.”  Though the statement does not specifically mention intelligent design or creation, a report on BBC News says its release “follows fierce debate about whether so-called intelligent design (ID) should be taught in biology courses in schools, mainly in the US.”  It opens with this veiled reference to opposition: “We, the undersigned Academies of Sciences, have learned that in various parts of the world, within science courses taught in certain public systems of education, scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with theories not testable by science.”  The document lists 68 member societies, including the US National Academy of Sciences.    Next, it calls for “evidence-based” teaching about at least four subjects that, while having details still open to question, “scientific evidence has never contradicted” – (1) The Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a universe 11-15 billion years old, (2) Earth’s geology and environments have continued to change since its formation, (3) Life appeared at least 2.5 billion years ago, followed by the evolution of photosynthetic organisms which transformed the atmosphere, and4. Since its first appearance on Earth, life has taken many forms, all of which continue to evolve, in ways which palaeontology and the modern biological and biochemical sciences are describing and independently confirming with increasing precision.  Commonalities in the structure of the genetic code of all organisms living today, including humans, clearly indicate their common primordial origin.The statement affirms a view of science based on observation, formulation of testable hypotheses leading to theories, and prediction.  It says science is an open-ended process subject to correction and expansion, and that questions of value and purpose are outside its scope.  The BBC has made the full text available.One can imagine that in the time of the Reformation, every Catholic academy across the Latin world would have unanimously risen up to condemn Luther.  The list of signatories would have been impressive.  It must have been a fearful moment for Luther to stand alone against the tidal wave of illustrious scholars and officials arrayed against him, and say, “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.”    Don’t be impressed by the number of signatories to this dogmatic document (that, ironically, claims science is not dogmatic; if they really believed that, they would recognize the possibility that evolution is wrong and listen seriously to the claims it has been falsified).  A position statement issued by the upper echelons of management of a scientific society no more reflects the views of all scientists than a labor union’s political endorsement reflects the rank-and-file workers.  How many of them even knew this document was being published?  Most of the scientists in those societies don’t even study evolutionary biology in their day-to-day work, and probably many who accept evolution don’t feel that strongly about it.  Probably one or a few activist leaders at a meeting of these academies wrote the statement and pushed it through for a vote; perhaps it included “Yves Quere, co-chair of the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues,” whom the BBC article quoted: “So in this statement we say you cannot teach this to children, it is wrong.”  Here’s a guy with an agenda.    Even if I.D. is a minority view at this time (but not among the public, only among Big Science organizations), science does not advance by majority vote.  As we saw from the case of Grote Reber (02/06/2003), the Lone Ranger is sometimes the good guy.  There have been many instances in the history of science where a maverick had to fight long and hard against entrenched ideas – sometimes for decades, facing official opposition that was sometimes strident and personal.  What’s important in science is not to be popular, but to be right.  There are notable nonconformists within the scientific societies.  Though pro-ID letters from scientists are routinely censored by most mainstream journals, Evolution News found a well-written letter to the Journal of Clinical Investigation that should be held up alongside the IAP document and any other saber-rattling position papers attacking intelligent design.  Read it and see who is taking the reasonable scientific position on this issue.    The IAP statement, despite its self-righteous condemnation of anything that questions evolution, is noteworthy for what it does not say.  The BBC article ended with a statement by Steve Fuller, who promotes teaching the controversy.  Fuller thought it was “pretty mild” and “really doesn’t hit on the kinds of issues that would separate either contesting schools within evolutionary theory or evolution versus intelligent design.”  It lacks, for instance, any reference to a naturalistic mechanism – including Darwin’s – that could lead from hydrogen to humans.  Once you scrape away the rust of evolutionary assumptions masquerading as evidence, there’s really not much left to argue with: the universe appeared, life appeared, photosynthesis appeared, geology changes and science should be falsifiable.  Remove the E-word here and there, and nothing is offered to demonstrate all living things arose from a common ancestor by an undirected natural process.  (For a refutation of the argument from similarity, see Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells.)    The statement also attacks a straw man.  No ID-friendly school board or organization is advocating removing the subject of evolution in the public schools, or replacing it with young-earth creationism.  Where has Quere been?  The whole controversy is about teaching the controversy and removing the artificial moat that protects Charlie’s castle from monitoring by independent inspectors.  One would think that scientific societies, committed to an open-ended process of inquiry and the formulation of falsifiable theories, would welcome the scrutiny.  So what if Darwin’s ideas are found to be false?  Great; science marches on.  So what if intelligent design wins?  Great; now we have another paradigm for trying to make sense of the natural world.  What’s the problem?  The only people working to conceal, deny and confuse the issue are the Darwiniacs.    Official denunciations like this suggest an underlying insecurity.  There would not be a need if evolution were so obvious.  Instead of engaging their opponents calmly with rational discussion, they entrench themselves behind their castle walls and talk tough.  Wouldn’t it be cool to lob boxes of Ann Coulter’s Godless over the wall, just for the fun of watching their pointy heads turn red and explode.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

JD Equipment announces promotions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Butcher has been promoted to Agricultural Sales Director and will lead JD Equipment’s strategy and execution for all agricultural equipment sales. Ben began his career with JD Equipment in 2009 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the Marion Store in 2013. Ben is a native of Kenton and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Business and Applied Economics.Arin Severt has been promoted to Turf and Utility Sales Director and will lead JD Equipment’s strategy and execution for all turf and utility equipment sales. Arin began his career with JD Equipment in 1995 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the New Albany Store in 2014. Arin is a native of Springfield.Cody Kirkpatrick has been promoted to Aftermarket Sales Director and will lead the company’s strategy and execution for all Parts and Service Departments at JD Equipment. Cody began his career with JD Equipment in 2002 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the Washington Court House Store in 2011. Cody is a native of Washington Court House and graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in Ag Business.Peter Gallant has been promoted to Aftermarket Sales Manager and will direct the Parts and Service Department Managers and implementation of strategies and goals. Peter recently joined JD Equipment and brings broad equipment industry experience including parts management, equipment rental and equipment sales. Peter is a resident of Columbus and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 with a degree in Political Science.Peter Kibby recently joined JD Equipment as Executive Director of two subsidiary companies, J.D. Power Systems and J.D. Power & Tool. J.D. Power Systems is a recognized leader in sales and service for standby electric generators in Central and Southern Ohio. J. D. Power & Tool is an equipment rental and sales business with two locations in Central Ohio. Peter will lead strategy development and execution for both companies. Peter’s experience includes equipment sales, sales management and dealership general management for John Deere construction dealers as well as other major equipment lines. Peter is a resident of the Hilliard area and a graduate of Miami University.“These promotions serve to position JD Equipment for long term success, while at the same time ensuring our commitment to customers that JD Equipment is ‘Serving YOU for the Future,’” said Jeff, Mitchell, CEO of JD Equipment.For more information, please contact JD Equipment via email ([email protected]). Please visit for location information.last_img read more

Thinking Clearly About the 3 Levels of the Building Enclosure

first_imgWhy it matters“OK, that’s all well and good,” you’re thinking about now. “But what does this mean to me?”Here’s why it’s important to understand the distinction between these three levels of the building enclosure. Products have ratings. Sometimes it’s the material that’s rated. Sometimes it’s an assembly. And sometimes shady salespeople try to confuse prospects by blurring the lines between what was rated.Let’s take the case of foil-faced bubble wrap. It’s a product made up of a couple of materials: plastic and aluminum foil. But when used in the building enclosure, it’s only one part of an assembly.By itself, foil-faced bubble wrap has an R-value of about R-1, almost entirely due to the air trapped in the plastic bubbles. Yet go to a trade show and you’ll see sellers of these products claiming much higher numbers. At the Southeast Building Conference a few years ago I asked a foil-faced bubble wrap seller what the R-value of his product was. He claimed a whopping R-15.4.No! That’s not for the bubble wrap itself. That’s for bubble wrap in a particular assembly, and I’m skeptical even of that. Martin Holladay covered this topic really well in his article, “Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap.” (See especially the section of his article titled, “Blurring the line between product R-values and assembly R-values.”)Of course, R-value isn’t the only place you need to understand the distinction between material, assembly, and enclosure. Here are a few others:Windows. U-factor and solar heat gain ratings apply to the whole assembly, not just the glass.Blower door tests. Done for a whole enclosure. Permeance. Individual product ratings must be combined with the other materials in an assembly to find the net drying capacity of an assembly.An assembly problem or a material problem?Here on GBA, Peter Yost recently explained an interesting failure on his home. (It’s the “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” which you should go read if you haven’t yet.)He had mold growing on his fairly new wood clapboard siding. The first thing most people with some understanding of building science would look for is a moisture problem. Maybe there’s a failure in the drainage plane, or maybe the builder should have used a vented rainscreen, or…In his case, though, the culprit wasn’t a problem with an assembly. It was a material problem. I won’t spoil it for you, though. Go read it now and find out what caused his mold.A blower door test won’t tell you how tight an assembly isHere’s one final example to help you understand materials, assemblies, and enclosures. Blower door testing tells you how tight a whole building enclosure is. It doesn’t tell you how tight each wall assembly or window or floor or ceiling is. You could have a really airtight enclosure overall and still have a failure in one location if a lot of your air leakage happens at that one place. Blower doors don’t tell you how good individual assemblies are. That’s why visual inspections are still necessary.The building enclosure is what determines how well a building will perform. To get a good building enclosure, though, you need to use good assemblies. And for the assemblies to perform, they’ve got to be made with good materials. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES Understanding Air Barriers, Vapor Barriers, and Drainage PlanesGBA Encyclopedia: The Building EnvelopeHow to Become a Building Enclosure Control FreakThe Importance of Defining the Building EnclosureAll About Water-Resistive BarriersDo I Need a Vapor Retarder?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersBlower Door BasicsLstiburek: Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier? When you approach the subject of building science, especially regarding heat, air, and moisture flows through a building enclosure, it’s easy to get confused. There’s a lot to learn: blower door testing, insulation grading, R-value, vapor permeance, radiant barriers, combustion safety, solar heat gain coefficients, and on and on. That’s why we break things down into simpler pieces. In science, that process has led to all kinds of discoveries (atoms, nuclei, quarks, organs, cells, bacteria…).In building science, the first big breakdown that I find helps people grasp the basic ideas is seeing the house as a combination of the mechanical systems and the building enclosure. I heard an analogy on the radio once that helps make sense of this: Your HVAC system is the faucet; the building enclosure is the cup. The mechanical systems are very important, of course, but they depend on the quality of the building enclosure. And that’s where another important classification clarifies things.The building enclosure is the boundary between the conditioned space and various types of unconditioned space (outdoors, garage, attic…). It’s a key concept in building science and in understanding the house as a system. This is Building Science 101. But there’s a hierarchy here. We should be thinking of this in three levels:MaterialAssemblyEnclosureThe enclosure includes floors, walls, and ceilings. Each of those components is typically made up of assemblies. And assemblies are made of materials.last_img read more

Former Assam Cong. leaders join BJP

first_imgFormer Rajya Sabha member Santiuse Kujur and former Minister Gautam Roy joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday, less than 24 hours after quitting the Congress in Assam. Former Youth Congress president Hiranya Bhuyan joined them too. The three senior leaders joined the BJP at the State headquarters in Guwahati in the presence of Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and State BJP president Ranjeet K. Dass.last_img