Corporate fundraising round-up for the end of August 2016

first_imgCorporate fundraising round-up for the end of August 2016  142 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Tagged with: corporate fundraising 5) ScottishPower FoundationScottishPower Foundation has awarded £41,266 to Maggie’s Glasgow to fund its programme of cancer care. The programme includes nutrition workshops, which cover treatment-related eating challenges, and offer the chance to ask questions about diet. The workshops are open to people with cancer and their families and friends. Other support includes courses on starting treatment, caring for someone with cancer, relaxation skills and how to adjust to the end of treatment.  141 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 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. Here are five corporate fundraising partnerships that have come to the attention of UK Fundraising this month.center_img 2) CBRECBRE has achieved its initial two year UK fundraising target of £500,000 for Shelter, and has extended its UK-wide partnership for a third year with a new target to reach by 2018 of £1,000,000. This target will be made up of £750,000 through employee fundraising and corporate donations, in addition to £250,000 of pro bono work and savings on behalf of the charity. Teams across the UK and from all levels of the business have participated in a mixture of fundraising activities including bike rides, rowing races, ‘tough mudder’ challenges, quiz nights, cake sales, marathons and climbing challenges along with effective volunteering and pro bono projects. 4) HermesHermes has helped to transport more than 5,000 boxes of clothes and medical supplies across the UK for shipment to displaced families and refugees in Syria and Iraq. The company is supporting Samara’s Aid Appeal in its role as the charity’s official logistics partner for 2016. So far the appeal has provided 11 ambulances, almost 3,000 first aid kits and 1,300 care packages for expectant mothers and babies, as well as clothing for more than 120,000 people. Melanie May | 25 August 2016 | News 1) ESPCProperty company ESPC has announced that Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) will be its chosen charity for the next year. Every year in June and July ESPC chooses a new charity to support with SKFF taking over from Royal Blind, its chosen charity for 2015/2016. ESPC’s support will help SKFF’s current project, which is to create a smooth transition for when the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) moves from its current position in Quartermile to Little France in 2017.Picture credit – Rob McDougall 3) Livingston FCLivingston FC is providing the Team Jak Foundation with an in-kind sponsorship package worth over £25k, which includes the charity’s name on the back of its shirts. The deal will help raise the profile of the charity which supports children with terminal llnesses and their families at respite centre Jak’s Den in Livingston, and also includes a celebrity charity match, following two successful matches over the last year, VIP tickets, access to the stadium for fundraising events, banners at the stadium and inclusion in all marketing material.last_img read more

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FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago FOMC Interest rates Mortgage Rates 2017-06-13 Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 13, 2017 2,030 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FOMC Convenes: What Could Happen to Mortgage Rates Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Tagged with: FOMC Interest rates Mortgage Rates Previous: A Look at What Experts Are Saying About Regulation Next: U.S. v. Shapiro: When is a Lie OK?  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer On Wednesday the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is set to finish its June meeting, and it is widely expected that they will raise interest rates in order to stabilize the economy, despite inflation holding at around 2 percent. In May, when they last met, members of the board chose to keep interest rates at their current level. The Economist is predicting that the Fed will raise the benchmark interest rate a quarter of a percentage point, and is also reporting that FedWatch, a monetary policy forecast estimation tool, is putting the probability of an increase at 91 percent. While unemployment numbers are the lowest its been since early 2000s—4.3 percent—there are other factors that The Economist says point to a hike in rates. Wage growth has slowed, even though it should be rising with low unemployment numbers. In that regard, inflation should be going up as well, but it is not. If the Fed decides to raise interest rates, what does that mean for the housing market and mortgage rates? Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, at First American believes nothing will happen. “The truth is,” he writes, “changes to short-term interest rates, like the Federal Funds rate, tend to have very little influence on mortgage rates. That’s because mortgage rates, particularly the very popular 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, are benchmarked to the 10-year Treasury bond.” For something as small as a quarter of a percentage point, he estimates the yield curve will flatten rather than spike. There are some that see a possibility that FOMC will keep interest levels at their current level. Bryan Rich, CEO of Logic Fund Management and staff writer at Forbes, thinks oil prices, which are hovering above $50 a barrel, and show no sign of dropping below that, will be a contributing factor to the Fed’s decision. Combined with falling yields, Rich sees a recipe for a big surprise when Janet Yellen holds her press conference and reveals the FOMC’s decision. Subscribelast_img read more

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Crowd expected at Versace for Gold Coast auction event

first_img6602/6 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point. “In our eyes everything stopped before the Games and during the Games, there was a lack of buyers,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our strategy was to wait until everyone comes back, people are more relaxed and back into the swing of things.”Among the properties on offer is a luxury penthouse at Paradise Point. Amir Mian’s auction showcase earlier this year.A GOLD Coast auction event at Versace will get underway at 11am with an array of properties including mega mansions, waterfront residences and blocks of land up for offer.The team at Amir Mian Prestige Properties are behind the event and are expecting a crowd The residence at 164 Sundance Way offers 21m of water frontage and an open-plan design.“Centrally located in Runaway Islands the property has a stunning north to wide water and almost point position aspect,” the listing states.“The property needs a little TLC but this is an opportunity for you to really add value.” The four-bedroom apartment at 6602/6 Marina Promenade offers a massive 374sq m floorplan with a private lift foyer, space for three cars in the basement and an 18m private mainra berth.A five-bedroom waterfront house at Runaway Bay will also be offered to the market. 6602/6 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point. In Ashmore, a four-bedroom family home built on a hill is also set to go under the hammer.The property at 15 Milparinka Terrace offers several entertaining areas as well as an open log fireplace and a poolside Bali Hut. “We’ve got a combination of properties from one end of the Coast to the other,” principal Amir Mian said.“That includes Helensvale, Sovereign Islands, Runaway Bay, Bundall, Hollywell, and Broadbeach Waters.”Mr Amir said his agency decided to wait until after the Commonwealth Games to stage their “auction showcase”. 164 Sundance Way, Runaway Bay. 15 Milparinka Terrace, Ashmore. Amir Mian, principal of Amir Mian Prestige Properties. Photo: Regi Vargheselast_img read more

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World Taco Day: the best Gold Coast houses to host a Mexican fiesta

first_img This is the perfect spot to enjoy a taco or two.The buyers of this property will be grabbing their tacos, hard or soft, and heading to the patio every Tuesday. The four-bedroom house at 55-57 Sierra Drive (ironically close to the word siesta) is on the market with a $779,000 price tag through Ray White Rural agents Emma Hawker and Cherie Todd. MORE NEWS: Insane $45m mega-mansion hits market Does World Taco Day have you inspired to buy a house to host a fiesta?IN celebration of World Taco Day we have found the best Gold Coast houses to host a Mexican fiesta. If you want an authentic setting to chow down your favourite taco, you won’t be able to go past this Tamborine Mountain property. It’s bright, it’s bold and the exterior will have you feeling like you’re walking the streets of the North American country. RELATED: Extensive renovation takes estate from dated to daring MORE NEWS: Curved beach house lands sweet seven-figure deal A grand estate at 25 Fyfes Rd, Gilston, would be the perfect spot for a fiesta. The fanciest of Mexican feasts could be made in this kitchen.If you’re looking for more of a luxurious abode to host a colourful fiesta, a grand Gilston property at 25 Fyfes Rd will fit the bill. Originally built for a Malaysian prince in the 1970s and once owned by ‘pyjama party king’ and property developer Bernie Else, the property is no stranger to a soiree. While it’s the epitome of opulence, the property has splashes of colour throughout and ample entertainment areas that make it the perfect spot for a fiesta. It is on the market with a $2.7-$3 million price guide through Michael Kollosche and Rob Lamb of Kollosche. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01 Speak Spanish? A Spanish-inspired manor at 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston, is seeking a buyer.And if Mexico’s many languages are enough to inspire you, this manor with touches of a Spanish castle might be a match. Limestone walls, soaring ceilings and an atrium are highlights of the four-bedroom house at 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston which has a $5.5 million price tag. So touch up on your Spanish and you’ll fit right in.last_img read more

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Medical schools sign MOU to create Caribbean disaster medicine centre

first_img 235 Views   no discussions Share PEMBROKE PINES, USA (Caribbean News Now) — American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HMFP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), with the aim of establishing a centre of excellence for disaster medicine in the Caribbean.“As a medical school with its main campus in the Caribbean, AUC is ideally positioned to develop medical education and training opportunities in the areas of hurricane preparedness and emergency response to benefit the region and beyond,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, MBA, executive dean at AUC. “We’re excited to work with HMFP to explore a wide range of collaborative efforts, and apply our combined expertise to the challenges facing the country of St Maarten and the region.”HMFP is the academic physician group exclusively affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate in Boston. HMFP deploys members of its emergency medicine department to collaborations across the globe to build capacity in disaster preparedness and response systems, and provides continuing education and training to healthcare professionals and first responders.“This collaboration with AUC offers a uniquely positioned platform to develop academic, research, and operational capacity in a region where hurricanes and tropical storms pose a threat,” said Gregory R. Ciottone, MD, FACEP, FFSEM, director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at BIDMC and associate professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “We’re looking forward to engaging with experts in the Caribbean through this centre of excellence in disaster medicine, and exposing more medical students to this challenging and immensely rewarding field.”Currently in the planning stage, the centre could potentially include academic exchanges involving faculty and medical students, continuing education and training programs, conferences and symposia, and on-site teaching on AUC’s St Maarten medical sciences campus by Harvard Medical School faculty, and leverage the wide range of medical and healthcare resources and programs within Adtalem, the parent organization AUC in St Maarten, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in Dominica and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in St Kitts.Adtalem has recently become embroiled in a massive controversy over its decision to relocate RUSM from Dominica to Barbados following Hurricane Maria in September 2017, thus impacting some 30 percent of Dominica’s economy and thus its ability to recover from the devastation caused by Maria. Share HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional Medical schools sign MOU to create Caribbean disaster medicine centre by: – August 9, 2018center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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MSOC : Freshmen defenders Thomas and Murrell bring chemistry developed in Canada to SU

first_img Published on September 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Skylar Thomas received a rude introduction to college soccer. In his first start for Syracuse, the freshman was overwhelmed by the speed and strength of Colgate’s players.Compared to high school, it was a different game.The only form of familiarity Thomas found was in Jordan Murrell, a fellow freshman defender and his teammate on the Canadian national U-18 team. And Murrell’s presence on the field helped calm Thomas’ nerves.‘I was actually really nervous. I wasn’t used to the college game, I guess. I didn’t know what to expect,’ Thomas said. ‘It was a little sense of relief but I’m pretty sure he was as nervous as me, probably.’Thomas and Murrell have known each other almost six years, having played against each other in club soccer matches in Canada and then together on the national U-18 team earlier this year. Both have earned starting spots in their freshmen seasons at Syracuse, a goal they set together and pushed each other to accomplish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Canadian teammates have been in the starting lineup for all of the Orange’s (2-2) four games to this point. They’ll get their first taste of a big game for Syracuse this weekend when the team plays Cal Poly (2-1-2) and No. 16 New Mexico (4-0-1) at the University of Akron Tournament.Both are still getting accustomed to this level of play, but playing against tougher competition before SU opens its Big East schedule is something head coach Ian McIntyre hopes will benefit the young defenders.‘I think Jordan and Skylar have started very well. This will also be another big test for them,’ McIntyre said. ‘… But they’re learning a lot on the job. It’s been a good start to their Syracuse careers.’The good start has been a product of the chemistry they had already established playing together in Canada. They’re friends off the field, and Thomas said having someone making the same transition to the college game helps ease the growing pains that come with it.Thomas showed his inexperience on Sunday in SU’s 2-1 overtime win over American. His mental lapse late in the game on a play in the box led to the Eagles scoring their lone goal. He said he’s still working on staying focused for all 90 minutes.But focus is one of the few parts of his game that needs improvement.During a tournament with the national team earlier this year, Thomas didn’t play much for the first half of Canada’s schedule. But when Thomas finally saw time, Murrell said he noticed a change in Canada’s defensive unit for the better.‘He came on, he made a very big impact, he held his own,’ Murrell said. ‘And after that, the whole camp, he started every game.’During their time with the Canadian team, they had no idea they’d ever be teammates at Syracuse and never discussed the possibility.But when SU assistant coach Mike Miller told Thomas he was recruiting a player named Jordan from the Toronto FC Academy, Thomas immediately knew Miller was talking about Murrell. Soon after, Thomas went on Facebook and contacted Murrell, who told him he was indeed going to play for the Orange.The teammates developed a relationship playing together for Canada. The more they played on the same field, the better they got at communicating with each other.And that level of communication has carried into their first four games for SU as starting center backs.When Thomas yells ‘watch your shoulder’ to Murrell during games, Murrell knows exactly what he’s talking about and which shoulder he needs to watch.‘When we have to mark a defender, and we both step, and we’re both talking and we’re both encouraging each other during the game,’ Murrell said. ‘We just communicate very well. Even off the pitch, we’re always hanging out and talking.’When they got to Syracuse, Thomas and Murrell talked about their individual goals for the season. Both wanted to start even though they didn’t expect to. Still, they challenged each other to work hard during the preseason to achieve their shared goal.It paid off as they outplayed their competition on the Orange defense and McIntyre made them starters.‘We made it our goal to start,’ Thomas said. ‘We put as much effort toward it as we could. We made it, I guess.’After four games, the transition has gotten easier. It’s still the same game Thomas and Murrell were playing in Canada. But when times get tough again, Thomas knows he can turn to Murrell.‘It’s good I have someone to talk to,’ Thomas said. ‘I know him as a player and as a friend, so we’re able to build on that relationship and go further.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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True Colors

first_imgI see your true colors, shining through. I see your true colors and that’s why I love you. So don’t be afraid to let them show. (from the song ‘True Colors’ by Cyndi Lauper). Hey everbody, 72 hours ago the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Cincinnati Bengals and sent them packing back to Cincy, “teefless.” The Bengals finally showed their “true colors.” This was a contest that was hyped, hyped and more hyped, you dig…This was supposed to be a clash between a “pride” of young, hungry cats from the jungle pitted against a group of old grizzled hunters who had lost their edge. The 2011 Steelers were supposed to be at an extreme disadvantage because their sense of smell, hearing, vision and all of the elements that make great hunters and sportsmen were declining rapidly. This was billed as the last Safari, the final chapter in the book of the great “Bwana.”There is one thing that I wish to make perfectly clear. We can change our cleats, clothes, buy a new car and exhibit the external components that the world sees to define you on a daily basis but there is one component that cannot be changed; our genes.The Steelers have created a different sort of “Genome” than the rest of the NFL. There was one point in the career of legendary Coach Chuck Noll that every player on the field was drafted by the Steelers. The league fines them, has less than “stellar” officiating and at times seems to implement a few other questionable practices and all the men of Steel continue to do is win, win, win.In 1969 when “The Chief” hired Noll to be captain of his vessel he unknowingly hired a mad scientist who was far more interested in linking individual components together as opposed to whether he personally liked them or not. His primary mission in the laboratory was to design a system. His secondary mission was to get the materials on which to build his system. Hey y’all you can’t build a 100 story skyscraper out of mud. Okay, I take that back, you can but just don’t invite me for lunch at the penthouse suite because I tell you now, I ain’t coming. Now as I was saying Noll was more than just a coach concerned with wins and losses, he was concerned with the Steelers “machine.” He identified and utilized the body types and psyches that were needed to function at a high level within his system.The Steelers evolved from mediocrity to greatness not because all of their athletes were superior, although many of them were. They attained and sustained greatness because they developed a system that emphasizes the “whole.” There were many athletes that were far more gifted than some of the athletes drafted by Noll but he knew early on that it doesn’t matter about the $20,000 paint job that your car has if it is broke down; looks can be deceiving. Steelers management does not care what the outside world thinks. They truly believe that they can take a Yugo, plug it into their system and a Cadillac might develop.The Bengals have not been short on talent over the years but what they have been lacking is a clear cut direction and purpose. The Steelers understood that they had to lose for a few years to create a legacy of victory and accomplishment that would last for decades. In 1969 the Steelers were a blank canvas waiting for the colors of victory to be applied. Charles (Picasso) Noll was the one with a palette of “true colors” waiting to leap over onto the canvas of the NFL and create his own masterpiece. He didn’t try to imitate and emulate other systems; he created his own because he knew that the guy who sells the “Get Rich with Me” book is the only one that becomes rich.When the Rooney family hired the two young coaches that succeeded Noll, they made sure that Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin understood one thing; they could tweak the system a bit but they were not going to reinvent the wheel. With the Pittsburgh Steelers you have to blend in from the inside or you will be watching from the outside.Let’s visit the “zoo” and focus on ex-Bengals Chad Johnson, oops I meant Chad Ochocinco or is it Chad Givemedinero. This ex “cat” can’t even focus on who he is. Oh, pardon my misstatement; the point is that he is a bit too focused on who he is. Wherever he goes it will always be about, me, mini-me and me.We can’t leave ex-Bengals QB Carson Palmer out of the mix. He was also infected with the “mini-me” syndrome. With Pittsburgh it is us, us, us or you’re on the next, bus, bus. In an era of corny blazers, suits and ties, Noll’s players sported capes and plexiglas shoes with live goldfish in the heels. Noll knew that happy individuals made a productive, less stressed team. All I can say is, many teams have tried to imitate but few can duplicate the Pittsburgh Steelers.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

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Update: Leafs sweep road swing through South Okanagan, shutout Penticton 4-0 and drub Summerland 9-2

first_imgNews flash: The Nelson Leafs can win away from home.The Nelson Leafs swept a pair of road games in the South Okanagan, completing the two-game set with a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win over Penticton Lakers Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.Nelson opened the weekend Friday by drubbing the Summerland Steam 9-2. Patrick Martens continued his torrid start the KIJHL season scoring four times to lead the Leafs. Heading into Saturday’s game Martens was riding an eight-game scoring streak which the speedy forward had accumulated 20 points. He led the Leafs with 23 points, including a team-high 13 goals.Friday Martens scored in each period, including two in the third, to lead the Leafs to its ninth win of the season — the most in the KIJHL.After Jeff Penman scored on Leaf netminder Patrick Defoe less than two minutes into the game, Nelson reeled off seven unanswered goals — three in the first, one in the second and three more in the third — before the Steam scored a power play marker.Colton Schell added a pair while singles went to Nik Newman, Max Mois and Brett Norman.Schell also had four assists to finish the game with six points. Martens had five while Riley Henderson, Matthew Naka, Mois and Norman each had two points.Nelson, improving to 10-3-0-1 in the Murdoch Division, retains its three-point advantage over second place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks also won twice on the weekend, edging Spokane 3-1 in the Lilac City Friday before outlasting West Kootenay rival Castlegar Rebels 7-4 Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest.The two Murdoch rivals meet Nelson Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: The monster night by Patrick Martens allowed the skillful forward to overtake teammate Matti Jmaeff for the lead in the Nelson scoring race. . . . Brett Norman is tied for second with Jmaeff with Colton Schell fourth, six in back of [email protected]last_img read more

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Vatican women strap on their boots for first time in World Cup year

first_img0Shares0000The small group that makes up the Vatican’s first-ever women’s team play in the shadow of St Peter’s © AFP / Andreas SOLAROROME , Italy, Jun 4 – More than three decades after it first put out a men’s team, women are finally strapping on the Vatican’s colours of yellow jersey and socks and white shorts and bearing the keys of St. Peter and papal tiara crest.For 35 years the world’s smallest state has put out a men’s team that for one match in 2010 was coached by European Cup winner Giovanni Trapattoni, while eight teams have competed in its men’s championship has for nearly half a century, with players coming from the iconic Swiss Guards, Museums and the economic services. “We thought the time was right to try to organise something, training and matches, also for women,” Danilo Zennaro, a representative of the Vatican sports association, told AFP.And for a few months now, a group of about 20 women — including Vatican employees, wives and workers from the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital administered by the Holy See — meet once or twice a week to train on the grounds of the Pius XI sports centre in the shadow of the Dome of St. Peter.The training kits are mismatched, the level of play variable with a lot of toe-poking going on, but serious effort is being made ahead of a match with Serie A side Roma and then a tournament in Vienna later this month, with the session continuing until late into the night.“We are a very heterogeneous group, there are young people aged about 25 and 50-year-olds,” said 35-year-old Vatican employee Maura Turoli, who has little footballing experience but now plays as a defender.“It’s wonderful to be on the pitch and see husbands and children waiting for us and supporting us on the other side of the fence.”– ‘Goes beyond sport’ –The players from the Vatican’s first-ever women’s team want their side to go “beyond sport” © AFP / Andreas SOLAROAlthough Pope Francis recently spoke of football as “the most beautiful game”, the three words “football”, “women” and “Vatican” are not necessarily ones people would put together in the same sentence.However Turoli says that they “will try to disprove this idea and show that we have our place”.Teammate Floriana Di Iorio, who was already part of the women’s team at the Bambino Gesu hospital, says this team “goes beyond sport” and wants to “spread a message of great openness”.“The main objective is to convey a message of union, to be consistent, to keep our enthusiasm and perhaps also to be examples in places where the role of woman is still seen as a little marginal.”A “spirit of union” is also what team coach, Gianfranco Guadagnoli, who works in the Vatican Post Office, wants to achieve.“We’ve just started this group, the first training session was one of pain, problems … But they are doing better than expected,” said Guadagnoli, who also coaches the men’s team.“We’ve never played a 11-a-side and on a big pitch, but Roma have come forward and … we will try, even if our means are not those of a Serie A team.“It does not matter, we go with our qualities and whatever happens happens, without problems or dramas.”The match proceeded as expected, with a game understandably reduced to two 20 minute halves ending in a double-figures defeat and a baptism of fire for a trailblazing team.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Is Adenine Additive?

first_imgA paper in PNAS argues that adenine can form in plausible prebiotic conditions.1  Does this add to the story of chemical evolution leading to life on Earth?    Some chemists at the University of Georgia explored the chemical steps necessary to form adenine (one of the bases used in DNA).  Adenine has been found in extraterrestrial environments.  They found that ammonia or water can act as a catalyst to get the incipient molecule past some of the energy hurdles of ring formation.  After describing their investigation in detail, they remarked, “Finding a viable, thermodynamically feasible, step-by-step mechanism that can account for the formation of adenine did not prove to be easy.”  Nevertheless, they felt that their success will motivate others to find how the remaining DNA bases could have formed naturally.    The authors went far beyond merely elucidating the mechanism behind the formation of adenine in meteorites or interstellar space.  They explicitly claimed that it contributes to understanding how life originated:Our report provides a more detailed understanding of some of the chemical processes involved in chemical evolution, and a partial answer to the fundamental question of molecular biogenesis.  Our investigation should trigger similar explorations of the detailed mechanisms of the abiotic formation of the remaining nucleic acid bases and other biologically relevant molecules.In fact, the first line in the paper is, “How did life begin?  The presence of biomolecules was a prerequisite, but the origin of even the simplest of these remains a fascinating but unsolved puzzle.”  Understanding the origin of adenine, to them, thus would constitute progress in the story of life’s origin.1.  Roy, Najafian and Schleyer, “Chemical evolution: The mechanism of the formation of adenine under prebiotic conditions,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print October 19, 2007; 10.1073/pnas.0708434104.Did you notice the logical trick?  It is one question to account for the observed extraterrestrial formation of a chemical, but quite another to suggest it is relevant to the origin of life.  This presupposes naturalism—the very question that ought to be up for debate.    If that is what they wanted to do (prove naturalism) they should have stated their presuppositions and goals objectively, but they didn’t.  They snuck their presuppositions into the paper as if nobody would notice or care.  Well, we care.  We are not going to let them suggest that explaining adenine has anything to do with supporting philosophical naturalism, any more than would explaining water, dust, plasma or the laws of nature.  This is like a Democrat claiming, “We explained the mechanism of voting machines, therefore President Bush stole the election.”  Voters used voting machines, but that has no bearing on the very different question of how they were used.  They might as well explain the chemical pathway of a component of a computer chip as support for the belief that computer software wrote itself.  Adenine is a substrate used in life for coded messages.  Just like understanding the chemistry of paper and ink says nothing about the origin of the message in a book, understanding the chemistry of adenine says nothing about the genetic code.  Is a cathode-ray tube aware that Survivorman is playing through its electrons?  Did the CRT organize itself for this purpose?  Neither does adenine form for the purpose of self-organizing into a living system.    We must not allow materialists to invoke the chemistry lab as support for their philosophy.  That is called begging the question.  Only by assuming that life is no more than chemistry can they make that connection.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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