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Magic Breakfast beats targets to raise £1m with Covid emergency appeal

first_imgMain image: credit Ginger Pixie Photography Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Children’s food charity Magic Breakfast has raised over £1 million with its emergency fundraising appeal ‘Keeping Breakfast Going’.The charity launched the appeal in March with an original target of £250,000 in response to the Covid-19 crisis. With Magic Breakfast providing nutritious breakfasts and support to over 48,000 children across 480 schools in England and Scotland, its aim was to ensure that pupils who would normally receive a free, healthy breakfast at school wouldn’t go hungry at home during school closures.The campaign’s supporters included corporate partners, major donors, Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and celebrities such as Dele Alli and Russell Tovey. All funds raised from the Keeping Breakfast Going appeal ensured that all children affected by morning hunger from Magic Breakfast partner schools continued to receive a nutritious breakfast each school day during lockdown and school closures, including over half term and the school summer holidays, with the charity adapting its delivery model by replacing breakfast clubs and playground bagels with home deliveries and take-home packs of food.Alex Cunningham, CEO of Magic Breakfast said:“We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve had from our generous supporters and partners in response to our Keeping Breakfast Going fundraising appeal. The indicators show that the number of children going hungry is increasing at an alarming rate – and we cannot let this happen.“As a result of the pandemic we had to swiftly adapt our food delivery model to reach hungry children at home as well as school. However, we also suffered an immediate drop in income through the cancellation of fundraising events due to social distancing, and the devastating impact on the hospitality industry. It has been a difficult time for very many people and charities have seen many challenges, so we are incredibly grateful that our appeal has raised over £1million to help fight child hunger.”  399 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: appeals COVID-19 Magic Breakfast beats targets to raise £1m with Covid emergency appeal Melanie May | 5 October 2020 | News  398 total views,  2 views today 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.last_img read more

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Letter-to-the-Editor: Making science animations: new possibilities for making science accessible to the public

first_imgLubchenco challenges scientists to: ‘‘ address the most urgent needs of society, in proportion to their importance; communicate their knowledge and understanding widely in order to inform decisions of individuals and institutions; and exercise good judgment, wisdom, and humility’’. As participants in the International Polar Year (IPY) of 2007-08, we hope we contributed to the first challenge. Here we address the second challenge, effective science communications.last_img

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Edge Hill renovation project boosts property value by $300,000

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 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 Rate1xFullscreen5 wow rural home sales around Australia01:03AN Edge Hill home has prospered among properties in the suburb that has stagnated in price over three years. Elite Real Estate Services residential sales specialist David Galloway-Penney said Edge Hill was generally regarded as an area of high capital growth, making it a popular suburb for renovators.“Also the age of the properties (appeals) – you’ve got a lot of ’70s and ’80s built homes in that suburb,” Mr Galloway-Penney said.“They’re also big homes.” Savvy Cairns home owners are renovating existing properties and selling them at a profit only a year or two later. Elite Real Estate agent David Galloway-Penney sold this 1970s home at Edge Hill for over $800,000, returning a tidy profit to the sellers. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKECoreLogic data showed that over a 10-year period, median house prices in Edge Hill have risen by 1.5 per cent.However, there has been no overall change in the past three years, making 30 Junction St, pictured, a standout. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoIt was bought in 2016 for $520,000 and sold in March this year for $820,000, after undergoing $130,000 worth of renovations over an eight-month period. The 1975-built home was originally a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home. It was sold with one additional bedroom and bathroom. “It was a multi-level home and upstairs had the main bathroom, so any guest visiting had to go upstairs to use the bathroom,” Mr Galloway-Penney said. “They rearranged the floor plan and they turned the downstairs laundry into a powder room. It was an architecturally designed home on a cascading block, so it had a lot of potential.”He said the previous owner had begun renovating within a week of purchasing, replacing garden beds with outdoor patios and ripping up flooring and terracotta tiles to polish the concrete underneath.last_img read more

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PECO BACKPEDALS ON SABOTAGE YARN

first_imgIn an interviewwith Don Dolido over DyFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo’s “Bombohanay sa Udto”program, Cacho denied that he categorically accused the said powercompanies of conniving with each other to sabotage PECO.  Kintanar furtherexplained that their team tried to put back the plant online but the unstablegrid voltage caused delays in starting the plant’s auxiliaries, ultimatelyaffecting the start-up of the power plant unit.  Unfortunately,Unit 3 also tripped off due to an imbalance in the boiler. For its part,PCPC, owner of the CFBC Power Plant in Concepcion, Iloilo, clarified that theirplant was hit by an unplanned outage caused by an external grid event.  He admitted thatit was just speculation, saying, “We can only speculate. As ofnow, speculation lang na ang saamon.” “Nobody wantedthis to happen. The negative impact caused by the power outage affected notonly our power consumers but also us in PCPC. We want to assure all ourcustomers that we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver our commitment ofa stable power supply,” said Kintanar. ILOILO City – Aday after Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC), the National Grid Corp. of thePhilippines (NGCP) and Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC) issued clarificatorystatements about the twin blackouts in Panay Island last week, Panay ElectricCo. (PECO) denied accusing rival MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) ofpower of sabotage and black propaganda. “The drop in gridvoltage caused by the trip of the power plant in Iloilo City resulted in anautomatic trip of our plant.  This is a protective system meant to preventmajor damage to our facility,” said PCPC Operations and Maintenance (O&M)head, Engineer Albin Kintanar, in a statement. For his part,MORE Power pesident Roel Castro expressed disappointment in PECO. Je added: “Giventhe sad state of their system plus a master electrician running the operations,there is no need for a sabotage for the extended blackout to happen.”/PN In a report,PECO’s head of Public Engagement and Government Affairs Marcelo Cacho wasquoted as saying, “The coal plant shutdown and the almost-simultaneous polefires in different areas of Iloilo make me wonder if there’s somethinghappening behind the scenes, or is this sabotage by those who want to ease usout of Iloilo to force our hand to give up?” To recall, PECOin press releases early this week described the power outages that hit IloiloCity on Oct. 29 and 30 as highly irregular. The tripping alsocaused critical issues in the boiler and turbine of the Concepcion plant; thiscaused the plant to get back online in three and a half days. Global BusinessPower Corp. (GBPC). for its part. explained that the Oct. 29 power outage was atechnical problem which caused Unit 1 of PEDC’s coal-fired power plant to tripoff. PECO then notedthat Roel Castro, president of MORE Power, used to head PCPC. NGCP, on theother hand, explained that the Oct. 30 blackout was due to the trippingof the submarine cable connecting Negros to Panay islands. Normalcy wasrestored though after two hours, thus adding it was not their fault if IloiloCity suffered a 12-hour power blackout. The widespreadpower outage occurred when power distributorship in Iloilo is being contestedin the courts by franchise-less PECO and franchise holder MORE Power. With this, PEDC’sUnit 2 as well as Unit 3 started up by around 10 p.m. on Oct. 29. “Just provefactually and objectively there was sabotage. Prove before making anystatement,” said Castro.last_img read more

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GOA president ‘tight-lipped’ on cost and funding of new headquarters

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) president K.A. Juman-Yassin on Saturday announced the move of the entity’s headquarters from High Street, Georgetown, to Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, calling it “a move that was long overdue”.However, while Yassin pointed out that the GOA’s having their own home is something their affiliates unilaterally endorsed, the long-serving president was tight-lipped about the estimated total cost and where they were able to source the funding for the massive structure.In an article published in a September 16, 2014 Chronicle Sport, Yassin said that the GOA had spent $60M to complete the fencing of the one-acre piece of land and foundation works to the two-storey building that is situated adjacent to the Amerindian hostel.The former Chief Magistrate had told this publication in 2014 that construction of columns and beams as well as the sealing of the top floor had cost in the vicinity of $30M.Back then, GOA point man said a further $12M will be needed to cover the cost of completing the top floor which will house an auditorium to accommodate approximately 350 persons.Fast-forward almost three years later, Yassin, when quizzed by this publication about the overall estimated cost, stated “those are difficult questions to answer because it’s difficult to tell you what the total cost will be”.Speaking in the boardroom of the newly constructed, but incomplete building, Yassin added, “We started this project about six years ago and the only thing we could’ve done was put up a fence, and then as funds come in and as we save, put a bridge and then we started downstairs so I can’t tell you what the final cost will be.”“What I could say is that; we had a vision, we had a dream and that dream was shared by all the associations, because before we embarked on this project, there was a meeting with all the associations and they all endorsed this is the way we should go. And so this is a project that’s been blessed by the associations generally. It was a dream, it was a challenge, and we’re seeing that dream coming to effect,” said Yassin.Where is the funding coming from?It is no secret that the GOA benefits from International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity; an IOC Commission aiming to organise assistance to National Olympic Committees (NOCs), in particular those with the greatest need of it, in order that NOCs may fulfil their responsibilities to the Olympic Movement.Olympic Solidarity manages the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games which belongs to the NOCs, and redistributes these funds through programmes offered to all NOCs recognised by the IOC.The Olympic Solidarity fund is, however, assistance given to the GOA through programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values.The athletes’ programmes try to ensure that athletes with talent have an equal chance of reaching the Games and succeeding in the Olympic arena.“We have been able to save some funds, we were given by the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) US$200 000, we were able to get some funds for development from Olympic Solidarity, but that is it. I’m hoping that when we finish here, we will go to some of our business houses as sponsors and they will be able to sponsor the building,” said Yassin.The GOA new office numbers are 222-6023, 222-6024, 222-6028 and 222-6029.last_img read more

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