Sport Relief Web site jumps to top of Hitwise Community rankings Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Web site for Sport Relief made a huge leap up the rankings of community-related Web sites at the beginning of this month, becoming the 594th most visited site in the UK, according to Hitwise UK.According to Hitwise UK, Sport Relief’s relaunched Web site at sportrelief.com jumped 19,647 positions within a week. It moved from 20,241st of all UK sites ranked by Hitwise on 1 May to 594th on 5 May. It was 4th in the community-related section of sites by 6 May 2004. This is an outstanding leap in online popularity.The site also currently tops the Community – Humanitarian subcategory, ahead of fellow charitable organisations do-it (www.do-it.org.uk) and Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org) with an impressive 12.9% of market share. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hitwise clickstream data confirms the usefulness of having the BBC’s support both online and offline to Sport Relief, and presumably sister telethon Comic Relief. The data shows that the site is receiving most of its visits from the BBC Sport web site (news.bbc.co.uk/sport) which features a prominent link to Sport Relief 2004 on its homepage. BBC Sport is providing more than 25% of traffic to Sport Relief. Howard Lake | 23 May 2004 | News
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: First American Title Appoints VP of IT Strategy Next: Quicken Loans Reaches Agreement With U.S. Government Related Articles Detroit Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage 2019-06-14 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Detroit Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Detroit is one of the leading cities in the nation in reverse mortgage foreclosures, according to reporting from Detroit Free Press. USA Today analysis estimates there has been around 1,884 reverse mortgage foreclosures in Detroit between 2013 and 2017, the highest number in the country.Looking at data from the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Free Press found that urban, African American neighborhoods, such as those in Detroit, were hit particularly hard by reverse mortgage foreclosures. “Many were targeted by reverse mortgage brokers after the recession when money was tight in neighborhoods where credit was traditionally less accessible.”Reverse mortgage foreclosures are not the only foreclosure issues hitting Detroit, but measures are being taken to prevent these foreclosures. According to a recent study from Quicken Loans, property tax foreclosures in Detroit are at a 14-year low. In 2018, 2,920 properties faced property tax foreclosure auction, down from 6,052 in 2017, and far below the peak of 15,000 in 2015.According to the Quicken Loans, the efforts of the Quicken Loans Community Fund and its Neighbor to Neighbor partners led to 4,136 occupied homes being pulled from the Wayne County tax foreclosure auction.“Tens of thousands of Detroit residents have been displaced by property tax foreclosure, and on top of the human impact, many of these homes fall into disrepair and become blighted, perpetuating a harmful cycle that destroys vibrant communities,” said Laura Grannemann, VP of Strategic Investments for the Quicken Loans Community Fund. “By working with community partners, we are stabilizing housing in Detroit, preventing future blight and helping homeowners and occupants find sustainable, long-term solutions for their property tax burdens.”Although outreach programs have helped improve Detroit’s tax foreclosure issues, the city still faces other foreclosure-related challenges. According to GOBankingRates and data from Zillow, 34.4% of homes are currently underwater, and the median home value at the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro-area level is $161,300, far below the national median of $226,300. GOBankingRates puts Detroit second on its list of U.S. cities most likely to enter a housing crisis. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 14, 2019 3,079 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Motor City’s Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Problem Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Motor City’s Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Problem Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
USO/iStock(ENNIS, Mont.) — A teenager who encountered a bear in Montana on Sunday was pinned to the ground by the animal but managed to escape using bear spray, authorities said.The 17-year-old boy told wildlife officials that he was walking down a hill in a remote area some 30 miles south of Ennis on Sunday afternoon when he heard a noise behind him. The teen said he turned around to find a bear charging at him, according to a statement from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.The boy was carrying bear repellent in his backpack, but the animal pushed him up against a tree before he was able to react, he told wildlife officials.The teen said the bear held him up against the tree momentarily before letting go. The boy fell over and tried to crawl between two trees for protection, he told wildlife officials, but the bear “pinned him face-down on the ground.”He managed to reach over his shoulder and grab the bear repellent from his backpack. He sprayed the bear, which then backed away and left the area.The boy made radio contact with his family, who were staying at a cabin in the area. He was taken to Madison Valley Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.Wildlife officials will continue to monitor the area, which is well within occupied bear habitat, but no further management action is being taken at this time, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.“Based on the teen’s description of the bear’s behavior, the bear was mostly likely a grizzly bear,” the department said in the statement Monday. “The bear’s behavior in this incident appears to be typical of surprise close encounters.”The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks recommended the following tips for avoiding negative encounters with bears:Be prepared and aware of your surroundings.Carry and know how to use bear spray.Travel in groups whenever possible.Stay away from animal carcasses.Follow U.S. Forest Service food storage regulations.If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Back away slowly and leave the area. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2016 high school graduates as recipients of scholarships administered by the Foundation:Bosse High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Kayla WarnerCentral High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Chas BueningCentral/Stringtown Four Year Renewable Scholarship ($20,000): Abbey RagsdaleCentral/Stringtown Four Year Renewable Scholarship ($20,000): Tara MillsCedar Hall (Pearl the Pig) Scholarship ($1,000) Mariyah BakerGuthrie & Alice May Vocational Education Scholarship ($500) Nicholas AmickHarrison High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Ta Sharra HardinRobin Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($500): Shelby SebreeNorth High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship/Kenan &Debbie Schultheis Family Scholarship ($1,000): Kaylen MeeksNorth High School Endowed Scholarship ($5,000) Savannah FarneyTom Egan Memorial Golf Scholarship ($500) Emma KieferReitz High School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000): Kennedie RobinsonKay Herron Jaggers Memorial Scholarship ($4,000): Patrick KercherMindly L. Meisler National Forensics Scholarship ($2,000): Zoe MeuthGary West Memorial Scholarship ($2,000): Aaron EulerDavid W. Horton Family Scholarship ($1,000): Karli LewisDierlam Family/Bell Martin Scholarship ($1,000): Jeremy BelliChris Singleton Lineman Scholarship ($1,000): Logan BoehmReitz Class of 1970 Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): Chloe WytovakRay Clark Aeronautical Studies Scholarship ($500):Lauren (Becca) LaxRobin Thompson Memorial Scholarship ($500): Breanna WadeSignature School:Public Education Foundation of Evansville Scholarship ($1,000):Vamish SatoorTOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED: $ 66,500.00About PEFThe Public Education Foundation is an independent not-for-profit agency that provides direct funding to local public schools and teachers for innovative, student-centered programs. For more than 30 years, the PEF Board has provided thousands of students with professional-level, hands-on experience via direct support for its signature projects such as the House Building Project, Summer Musical, Missoula Children’s Theatre and academic team competitions. Annually, PEF provides over $325,000 in program support, teacher grants and student scholarships.The mission of the Public Education of Evansville, Inc. (PEF) is to inspire and reward student-centered innovation in public education. PEF board, supporters and staff believe that high quality public education is fundamental to the economic, cultural and civic health of our society; and that all students deserve the best possible public education in order to realize their full potential.Follow PEF on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Education-Foundation-of-Evansville-Inc/), Twitter (PEFEVV), and at www.pefevansville.orgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
71, of Bayonne, passed away at his residence on May 7 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Robert was a local Teamster and was the father to Paige Navaretta and her husband Brandon Gomez and grandfather to Charlize & Lola Gomez. Surviving Robert are his mother Josephine Frizziola, brother Vincent Frizziola and sister Donna Navaretta Grubbs, as well as a host of other family members and friends. In lieu of any flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to The American Lung Association with envelopes provided at the funeral home or with a link on Robert’s obituary page at www.MigliaccioFuneralHome.com. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.
By TIM KELLYIt’s Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in Ocean City, but it could pretty much be any day. The sun is out, the birds are out and so are the pickleballers.The pickleball courts behind the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1901 Bay Avenue are abuzz with post-pandemic social distancing measures in place, with the emphasis on social.The pop-pop-pop staccato of wooden paddles smacking the yellow perforated pickleballs fills the air — as does laughter, game-related chatter, and some occasional trash talk.It will continue on like this all morning and into the afternoon, with a slight drop-off around the dinner hour, but not much.“Some of us can’t get out here until after work,” says pickleball aficionado Don King, of Ocean City, who has been playing the game for more than a decade. “There are usually people playing here until it gets so dark it’s hard to see.”That’s how loyal Ocean City’s pickleball community is to the game, invented in Washington State in the 1960s as a parent’s backyard diversion to entertain some bored kids. Though it’s been around for some time, the sport’s popularity has exploded in Ocean City and other South Jersey beach resort towns since the mid-90s.Ocean City’s pickleball courts are a cacophony of the sounds of the game and the players.Ricci Muzslay, 77, said she loves pickleball because “it makes me feel like a kid again.”She’s been playing for more than 12 years and remembers when the players would use tape on tennis courts to mark off a pickleball court.“That got old fast,” Muzslay said. “It took a few years (of gathering community support) but we have our own place now.”In 2016, the city converted the old tennis courts behind the school into a state-of-the-art pickleball complex. Eleven courts comprise the area, most of them in continuous use, said Larry Heller of the Ocean City Recreation Department.“The people here are great,” Heller said of the players. “Before the pandemic, we’d have 44 players and as many as 30 waiting to play most of the time. The only difference is now we have 44 players and only 15 waiting,” because of social distancing practices, he explained.Players place their rackets on a rack, in a queue. There is a two-game limit per doubles team. Those who want to keep playing must then place their paddles back in the line. Because of all the interest and demand for court time, singles matches mostly occur during non-peak hours.“To get out here and run around, get some strong physical activity and to laugh with your friends, is the best way to start off the day,” said Muzslay.The action is fast and furious at the Ocean City pickleball courts behind the Intermediate School.The 20-by-44 foot court resembles a badminton layout and the game is an athletic brew combining elements of tennis, racketball, volleyball and ping-pong. The small court is one of the more popular aspects with the more mature set.“There’s not so much court to cover, so not as much running,” said King. “You can be older and still compete. You can have bumps and bruises and aches and pains and still compete. You’re not running as far but it’s still an intense cardio workout.”Heller says the game attracts former racket sports enthusiasts, endurance athletes, surfers and others who sought out something different, but also to hang out with their friends.“It’s a great way to meet people, have fun and get or stay in shape,” King said.On the morning we visited the courts, the genders seemed evenly divided. While the crowd demographic skewed older, there was a decent minority of younger folks as well, with plenty of interaction across the generations. Everything moved along with a kind of laid-back precision.As with most other activities these days, social media plays a big role in organizing and getting the word out about the sport.Several local Facebook pages document the local scene, including local pages for Ocean City, Ventnor, and other towns with pickleball communities.Nick Puschak’s Facebook page has a broad focus, providing information, news, and event schedules on a more regional basis.Puschak calls his page “Pickleball is Life.”“That’s because pickleball IS life,” he said with a grin.Nick Puschak’s shirt advertises his Facebook page, “Pickleball is Life.” Rose Marie Quirk and Steve Sands enjoy each other’s company from a social distance awaiting a pickleball game.
Load remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda The first annual Big Weekend event wrapped up last night in Chicago. The idea behind the event’s inception was to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the city, while spreading bands out across various venues. With Umphrey’s McGee not playing their hometown of Chicago nearly as much as fans would like, last night’s Umphrey’s show at the Aragon Ballroom was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the Big Weekend.Perhaps in a nod to their favorite city, they opened up with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Dump City.” Following “Maybe Someday”, “Spires” was up next and stretched out slightly, which Umphrey’s fans will always welcome considering most versions barely exceed the four-minute mark. “Syncopated Strangers,” a song that almost always contains some sort of unique bridge, opted for an easy “Bright Lights Big City” jam in place of any cohesive improvisation. All in all, the first set was a solid 70 minutes of UM, with the band evidently feeling at home.The second set opened up with an unusually placed “Forks,” but from there, Umphrey’s McGee upped the ante and took the jamming to the next level. Fan favorite (and quintessential UM Chicago song) “In the Kitchen” had some very danceable jamming that went deep, as the band extended the jam, eventually ending up in “Half Delayed.” Despite what the band had planned on the stage setlist, they never returned to the ending of “In the Kitchen.” Sing-along “Women Wine & Song” graced the middle of the set, and the straightforward song had a tasty jam that segued into “Rocker 2.” A frenetic and high-energy “August” closed out the second set.For the third time of the band’s three-night weekend run, they encored with a cover, this time with Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” A raucous applause erupted from the crowd as the band thanked the audience for their continued support. As people began to exit the venue, with many heading towards the Spafford late night show to finish the Big Weekend, the gratitude for the hometown Chicago show was palpable among the UMphreaks.You can check out a gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show last night at Chicago, IL’s Aragon Ballroom below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018Set One: Dump City, Maybe Someday, Spires > Partyin’ Peeps, Seasons, Slacker, Syncopated StrangersSet Two: Forks, In the Kitchen > Half Delayed, Roctopus, Women, Wine & Song > Rocker 2, AugustEncore: Live and Let Die w/BLBC jam dedicated to South BendUmphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda
In April, Roanoke, Virginia will install a bike share system similar to those found in New York and D.C. Bike Share will place 50 bicycles at 10 stations throughout the city, allowing anyone to use them and drop them off. Private donors contributed money to purchase the bikes and bike stations that will be set up around the city of 97,032. Roanoke is one of the smallest cities to adopt a Bike Share program.“It’s a small enough city that you can get from point A to Point B and you can do your shopping you can run your errands you can do whatever you have to on a bike,” said Chris Heslin, owner of UnderDog Bikes, told Roanoke news station WDBJ.Pricing has not yet been determined. In D.C., Bike Share is free for the first half-hour and increases to a few dollars per hour. Annual and 3-day passes for Bike Share are also offered at discounted rates.Learn more here.
So, your 2018 strategic planning session is in the books. You came. You spoke up. You filled dozens of sticky pads with ideas. Now what?Fast forward to September 2019. Which of those ideas have you put into practice? Which ones are still sitting undone? How would you explain it if someone asked why you didn’t complete your objectives? Would it go something like this?“Well, I just didn’t have time to get that project.” “You didn’t have time? Why not?” “I got busy doing something else and just never got around to it.”Good Intentions. Poor Results.All too often, we tell ourselves little white lies. Worse yet, sometimes we even believe them. We trick ourselves into thinking that getting “X” done now will give us the freedom to do “Y” later. The reality is we let too many menial tasks flood our schedules, and we never get around to the important things that matter.When we focus all our energy on completing those “quick projects” on our to-do list, the major objectives and decisions that will have a significant, positive, lasting impact on our organization never even get started, let alone finished. The little tasks sneak in and steal our attention. If they feel urgent, we’re inclined to move them to the top of our priority list. And when that happens, it’s all too easy to put off “Y”—and maybe even “X”—until tomorrow. And in the words of the great philosopher, Garth Brooks, tomorrow never comes. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr