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FACE TO FACE – LIZ HAIGH-REEVE, Director of Fundraising, The Children’s Trust

first_imgQ. How did you get involved with The Children’s Trust?A. I am director of fundraising so my role is to drive the whole fundraising operation. I have been here for seven years. I’ve always worked within the voluntary sector. I previously worked for three other charities including the National Society for Epilepsy. Some 80% of the children here have epilepsy, as a result of brain injury or their condition, so I’ve known about the Children’s Trust for a while.Q. How did the tie-up between The Children’s Trust and National Doughnut Week come about?A. It was something that we were very keen to get involved with. National Doughnut Week gives us the chance to really spread the word about The Children’s Trust to a wide audience, nationally.Q. Who are craft bakers helping by raising money through National Doughnut Week?A. We have up to 75 children here who have multiple disabilities and very complex medical needs. These are the most disabled children you will find anywhere and they come from all across the UK. They may be children that cannot walk or talk or communicate in all but the most basic ways; some of the children would struggle to blink if you asked them a question. These are children that probably cannot swallow. Some of them cannot see or hear. Many of them are tube fed or helped to breathe with the use of a ventilator. Some of the children were born with their disabilities. Some became disabled as a result of a degenerative condition. Others were perfectly normal children who have become suddenly disabled as a result of an accident, where the child has suffered a traumatic brain injury. They need very specialist nursing and care from the staff. Q. What do bakers have to do to get involved with the campaign?A. Every independent baker who enrols is sent a pack, which invites them to register and take part. The cost of this is sponsored by BakeMark UK, who have been fantastic; without them we would be struggling. There is an incentive from BakeMark of free product to cover the cost of the registration. It is a real win-win situation for the bakers and we encourage as many of them as possible to take up the challenge of supporting The Children’s Trust.Q. How does the scheme work for participating bakeries? A. Bakers will receive point-of-sale material to promote National Doughnut Week and The Children’s Trust gets a percentage of sales, which is fantastic. The amount depends on each individual bakery, and they can decide how much they want to contribute.Q. How much would a typical bakery shop hope to raise?A. It is completely variable and it depends on the individuals involved. Some bakeries really take it to their hearts and do all sorts of fundraising initiatives during the week. They encourage people to buy their doughnuts with wacky promotions and different flavoured doughnuts. It seems to me the more that people endorse it and get involved, the more they get out of it, and certainly the more the Trust will be able to raise from their efforts.Q. How much money did you make last year?A. We made £40,000. We wouldn’t be fundraisers if we weren’t hoping that every year we were going to improve on the year before. Hopefully we’ll beat that target this year.Q. How was that money spent?A. We’ve had some exciting developments at the Trust in the last year. Since National Doughnut Week 2005 we have built and opened two new children’s houses on the site and they have made an enormous difference to the children, and particularly to their families. When parents make the difficult decision to let their child become residential, they have to wrestle with a whole lot of emotions, including guilt. The buildings previously did not match the level of care that the children were receiving – they were dark, miserable and dingy. Now, I see more families visiting. Brothers and sisters tear in and out of the multi-sensory rooms and the ball pools. They really enjoy the new environment.We have also established a new service to provide nationwide support in the community for children who have had a serious brain injury. Children who come to the Trust for rehabilitation make tremendous progress, but when they go home and back to school they can struggle because they do not have that intensive service. Kids are already benefiting from that.We have also trained volunteers to take the kids on outings, from farm visits to abseiling.Q. What are your plans for the money raised this year?A. At the moment, we think there are about between 5,000-10,000 children with profound multiple disabilities in the UK. The Trust is meeting the needs of a few hundred of them in the course of any one year. We want to meet the needs of far more of those children.Q. How do you see National Doughnut Week developing in the future?A. I hope it goes from strength to strength. I’ve had an amazing time. I was coming back from Cornwall some weeks after National Doughnut Week had finished last year and I came off the motorway at Oakhampton to get something to eat. I drove into this tiny hamlet in the middle of nowhere and passed a little bakery. And, blow me, there’s a signature in the window saying, ‘Thank you from Liz Haigh-Reeve’. I said ‘That’s me!’ and the woman replied, ‘Oh, have you been round to see all the bakers?’ Q. What message would you like to send to Britain’s craft bakers?A. My message would be please, please register. It is a great way to raise money and drive sales. And it’s a great way to help children who need all the help they can get. Childhood is the only thing some of them will ever have.last_img read more

Environmental Health Reminds of Sanitation Law and Fines

first_imgChief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Tassie ThomasDominicans are reminded of the Environmental Health Act that imposes heavy fines for unkept premises.According to Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas, individuals can be fined or confined if reported for nuisance infestation due to an unclean environment.Property owners can be fined an amount between $1,000 and $5,000 or face up to six months imprisonment for unsanitary surroundings.Thomas says, “If anything in your yard is constituting a nuisance, when the environmental health officer visits your place, he or she has a right to give you a verbal notice for cleaning up of your premises, or giving you a written notice to clean up your premises to get rid of the nuisances. If not, then the matter can be taken to court where you can be fined or confined.”She described poor sanitation as “you have old fridges, old stoves, tins, cans, bottles, coconut shells, all these kinds rubbish in your yard or anywhere on your premises capable of creating that kind of harborage for mosquitoes, rodents and other vermin, you are committing an offense.“The environmental health officer also has a right to admonish you accordingly, either verbally or through a written notice, with the end result being either you are taken before the court where you are fined or confined.” Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 109 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Environmental Health Reminds of Sanitation Law and Fines by: – December 23, 2019last_img read more

Hertel holds press conference on special investigation

first_imgSouth Bend, IN—Ric Hertel, the prosecuting attorney in Ripley County, has been appointed to investigate the June 16 shooting where, Eric Logan, was shot and killed by South Bend Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill at the Central High Apartments.According to Hertel, they will specifically be from southeast Indiana. They’re going to be detectives, crime scene investigators, and evidence technicians. Hertel has asked state police to give him a team of investigators to assist him throughout the investigation specifically from southeastern Indiana.A press conference was held Tuesday to discuss his role. Hertel says his responsibility is to investigate, re-investigate, or oversee and review the shooting of Logan.“When I’m asked about a time frame, my response is going to be, ‘As long as it takes.’ I don’t want to rush the detectives or the crime scene investigators. We want to make sure that it’s complete when we are finished,” Hertel said. Hertel says he will not be giving updates while the investigation is going on.last_img read more

Thelma A. Bedel, 90

first_imgOn November 21, 2019, our dear Mom, Thelma Bedel, passed from this world into the loving hands of our Heavenly Father.  She was born in Decatur County on May 26, 1929 to Bernard and Mary (Berkemeier) Oesterling.  She attended grade school In St. Maurice and high school in Kingston.   She married the love of her life, Johnnie Bedel, on June 10, 1950 and, then they moved to Greensburg, IN.   Thelma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg and a 60+ year member of St. Lawrence Ladies Auxiliary.  Mom enjoyed crochet, embroidery and sewing.  We will all remember her roast beef, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and tomatoes as the best ever set upon a table.  Our mom enjoyed the outdoors, walking trails in state parks and especially the gorgeous sunsets out the back window. She was an avid Larry Bird and Pacers fan.   Mom loved to play Bunco, Bingo and spending time with family and friends.  She spent her life selflessly taking care of others.  In her first job she was a nanny.  Mom also worked outside the home as a seamstress in the dress factory and enjoyed working in the high school cafeteria.  Later she raised all five of us to become successful adults.  Recently she was a tireless caretaker for John in his final years. Thelma leaves behind two sons, Victor (Jackie), Fountaintown, Vernon (Mary), Muncie. In addition, Thelma has three daughters, Margie (Jack) Williams, Rose (Paul) Remmler, Wyoming Michigan, Annette (Tom) Faust, Greensburg.  Her grandchildren are Cary Fuller, Erin Mayes, Matt Bedel, Paul Bedel, Michelle Williams Burt, Gabe Williams, Mark Remmler, Steven Remmler, Ryan Bottorff, Chris Bottorff, Jamie Bottorff.  She has eight great-grandchildren.   Thelma also leaves behind Lou Bedel, brother-in law and several nieces and nephews.   Thelma was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John Bedel, parents Bernard and Mary Oesterling, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and Ben Bedel, a beloved grandson.  Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home to pray the rosary.   Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   The family will also receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg following the Mass. The family wishes to thank Mom’s caregivers at Decatur County Memorial Hospital and Morning Breeze Retirement Community.  Thanks to everyone for your kindness, understanding and prayers.  Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Barkley’s future hangs in the balance

first_imgLogically, junior quarterback Matt Barkley’s pending decision is a no-brainer. Even USC coach Lane Kiffin cannot delude himself with the notion that Barkley has anything left to learn at USC under his tutelage.“I’m probably not supposed to say this but unless he just wants to do it to be a special Trojan, he ain’t coming back,” Kiffin said. “Who’s playing better than Matt in the country? How do you not draft that kid, knowing the player he is and knowing what the kid is?”Record setting · USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley threw 39 touchdown passes this season, breaking Matt Leinart’s previous 2003 USC record of 38. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanPer NFL rules, NCAA student-athletes can declare for the NFL draft three years after graduating from high school.As a junior, Barkley meets this minimum condition after posting perhaps the greatest single statistical season of any USC quarterback — without the benefit of a Pac-12 championship rematch against Oregon and an additional bowl game to pad his statistics.“It’s not a deal where he’s going in the late first [round],” Kiffin said. “He’s every bit ready to go to the NFL.”Before the season, Kiffin indicated that for Barkley to emerge as an elite quarterback, the junior’s final statistical line should feature 30 or more touchdown passes, fewer than 10 interceptions and a minimum 70 percent completion percentage.Barkley posted a 39-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio while completing 69.1 percent of his passes.In other words, Barkley shattered Kiffin’s loftiest expectations that were meant mostly to ensure the unquestioned team leader did not become complacent after his successful sophomore campaign.Entering the season with three new starters on the offensive line and junior Khaled Holmes shifting from guard to center, there was concern as to whether Barkley would have enough time in the pocket to throw before pass rushers bore down on him.But with his pocket awareness and elusiveness, Barkley was sacked just eight times — a new USC record.Yet, Barkley, nonetheless, might op to head toward the professional ranks.“I haven’t given up [on Barkley staying],” Kiffin said. “It’s just going to be a decision … does he want to do something that’s really unique, and he might be the kid to do that. I think 90 percent of kids would not.”Perhaps the only precedent at USC for an underclassman quarterback as talented and accomplished as Barkley staying for his final year of eligibility is former quarterback Matt Leinart, who stayed for his redshirt senior season in 2005 after winning a BCS National Championship and Heisman Trophy.Barkley broke Leinart’s single-season school and conference record of 38 passing touchdowns after connecting with sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods for his sixth touchdown during  the 50-0 rout of UCLA.But for all of Leinart’s impressive accolades, Kiffin maintains the comparison between Barkley and Leinart is not all that instructive because Barkley is a better professional prospect than Leinart was at the same stage of their USC careers.“Whenever people discuss guys staying and losing money, I think you can’t do that,” Kiffin said. “Nobody said Matt Leinart was going in the top-three picks.”In the summer 2010, Barkley faced the media once news of the sanctions reverberated across the college football landscape, hoping to communicate USC’s intent to persevere. His leadership earned him the distinction of becoming USC’s first sophomore captain. With all he has sacrificed to navigate USC through its draconian sanctions, there is no question that Barkley deserves to make his decision unencumbered by a belief that he owes USC anything.“I know it sounds weird, but I look up to Matt Barkley,” Kiffin said.last_img read more

Šetkić and Brkić in Semifinals of ITF Tournament in Antalya

first_imgB&H tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Tomislav Brkić qualified for the semifinals of the ITF Future tournament in Antalya, worth 10.000 dollars.In the quarterfinals Šetkić won against Bastian Trinker from Austria with 6:3, 6:7 (5/7), 6:2, while Brkić won against Mario Haider-Maurer, also from Austria, with 7:6 (7/3), 7:6 (7/4).In the fight for the finals, Šetkić will play against Tucker Vorster from South Africa, and Brkić against Tim Nekic from Germany.(Source: Fena)last_img

Raiders minding their manners with Rams coming in

first_imgNAPA — With eight of 16 practices in the books during the Napa portion of Raiders training camp, you’d think the team with the most rough and tumble reputation in the NFL would have had a dust-up or two.Yet even during the warmest weather after the morning fog burns off, the Raiders have kept their cool.Once upon a time, good friends such as Greg Biekert and Steve Wisniewski would fake a fight to get things going. It wasn’t uncommon for coaches to step back and allow real altercations to to …last_img read more

Black, white SA ‘interdependent’

first_img21 February 2005President Thabo Mbeki has spoken out against perceptions that black economic empowerment only benefits a small elite and that his administration’s policies amount to “reverse racism”.The future of black and white South Africans was closely intertwined, he told Parliament during the debate on his State of the Nation Address: the one could not succeed without the other.Several political party leaders argued during the debate that the government was leaning too much towards black South Africans in its policies on poverty alleviation, language, gender parity, land reform, black economic empowerment and the reading of history.Responding to the claims, Mbeki said that the government was operating from the premise that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”, consistent with the Freedom Charter and the country’s Constitution.The government, Mbeki said, was working to create “a developed and prosperous South Africa whose citizens will, through their collective efforts, defeat poverty and underdevelopment as well as create a non-racial and non-sexist society”.There were some, Mbeki said, who believed it impossible to rescue millions of black South Africans from poverty without discriminating against white South Africans. The President described this view as “distorted”, saying that both races needed each other for the country as a whole to succeed.To achieve this, both races had to agree to compromise, agree to fight racism and underdevelopment, and act together to achieve a common goal of national cohesion and “a shared destiny within a common motherland”.South Africa’s collective future, Mbeki said, “depends on the ability of all our people to understand that the success of black South Africa is conditional on the success of white South Africa, and that the success of white South Africa is conditional on the success of black South Africa”.South Africans, both black and white, ought to ask themselves what they needed to do to ensure that both succeeded, thus sharing in the country’s wealth.“In answering this question, we [will] have to make a determination about the price each one of us is ready to pay to contribute to the greater good, without which our better future cannot be guaranteed.”On equality, Mbeki said that Pretoria would draw lessons from the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom to improve its race relations.Regarding black economic empowerment, Mbeki said that government had awarded billions of rands in contract and service procurement to black businesses.“I am confident that if the honourable members checked the names of those who got these contracts, they would not find the names of those that are always given as examples of BEE benefiting the few politically connected individuals.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Give youth a voice

first_imgSacred Heart College pupil, Masego Mafata urged South Africans to give youth a voice.(Image: Shamin Chibba) IkamvaYouth’s Gauteng regional director, Patrick Mashanda, said the media must celebrate South Africa’s achievements.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Documentary filmmaker Khanyisile Magubane said the media sets the agenda for youth’s aspirations.(Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s future hinges on today’s youth, and their concerns need to be heard if we are to prosper. This was one of the major outcomes of the Johannesburg leg of the National Development Plan (NDP) Youth Dialogues hosted by the Mail & Guardian newspaper and Brand South Africa.Education, youth unemployment, and the role of the media were debated at the event, which was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank on 26 June. Panellists looked at how youth could engage with the NDP, and one way this could occur, they concluded, was by giving young people a chance to voice their concerns on matters affecting their lives.Godfrey Phetla, the director of policy and research for the Enterprise Development Unit in the Department of Trade and Industry, said the government must create the platform for youth to express themselves, and must seriously consider what they had to say. “We always have to speak on behalf of young people. We are not giving them a voice. This is where we have gone wrong as a country.”One of the young audience members, Masego Mafata, a pupil at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg, urged society to give young people the chance to speak. “Most of the time people do not really get our perspective.”And Langalethu Manqele, the chairperson of the Johannesburg branch of the Black Management Forum (BMF), encouraged young people to use their energy, passion and questioning nature to make the future favourable for them. “They have a unique energy and value system the rest of the population does not have. They need to bring that energy with them to turn things around or else society will always arrest them.” Entrepreneurship the answerEntrepreneurship was put forward as a solution to the country’s rising youth unemployment figures, which, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on South Africa, was 48% at present. The president of the Junior Chamber International South Africa, Angel Kgokolo, opened the debate by saying enterprise development was important in addressing inequality and to achieve the transformation that was needed to secure a future for young citizens.GEM’s Entrepreneurial Framework Conditions had to be promoted, which would ensure the needs of young businesspeople were met. These conditions include the cultural and social norms of a country, market dynamics, research, development and education.The GEM report states that just 40% of South Africans believe they are capable of being entrepreneurs, well below the 52% average of similar efficiency-driven economies. It adds that the country’s education, which is one of the framework conditions, has affected the vastly negative perceptions people have of their entrepreneurial capability. “Education was given the lowest mean score by the national experts, indicating that South Africa’s education system is not effectively developing individuals with the skills and confidence required to consider entrepreneurship as a valid career choice,” the report states.Only 14% of South Africans intend to pursue business opportunities in the next three years, which is lower than the average of 27% for efficiency-driven countries. Kgokolo pointed out that a number of young start-ups were unprepared and were set up to fail. “They do not have the capacity to face the challenges of being entrepreneurs.”The founder of recycled products manufacturer Eco Smart, Lisa Kuhle, said this was due to a lack of mentorship. Businesses, she added, failed because there was no support. “Starting a business out of poverty is almost impossible. There are [high] costs to incur.” She suggested the government and corporates contributed by supporting small businesses run by young entrepreneurs.Matsi Modise, the national executive director of South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum, felt it was important for the government and business to work together to ensure young entrepreneurs had access to opportunities. “The government does play its part and has put together policies. But any environment must have a cohesive effort.”However, the BMF’s Manqele thought entrepreneurship was over-emphasised and that there were other solutions to unemployment. He said the country should rather deal with its skills shortage by encouraging young people to get educated. “Not all of us can own and run businesses. We need scientists, too. It is much harder to escape poverty via a business because you need networks. People who have these networks are insiders.”Erica Kempken, a senior consultant at ProServ South Africa, said all additional skills one would need to thrive in the workplace were not taught in schools. “We can teach so many more skills than we are currently doing.”Education, Kempken insisted, started in early childhood and the “NDP is incredibly clear about how important that is”. Furthermore, she said, creativity should be encouraged in the classroom and that it needed to be harnessed in a guided fashion. Schools first needed to teach children skills and afterwards allow them to “put it into practice in a creative way”. Media shapes youthAccording to journalist and documentary filmmaker Khanyisile Magubane, young South Africans are becoming media savvy and are quickly understanding its power. “The knowledge base an average 13-year-old has now is way more than a 13-year-old from 20 years ago. Technology has played a big role in that.”As a result, Magubane believed the media set the agenda for the youth’s aspirations – the way they reflected themselves had a lot to do with the way the media portrayed them. “If you look at the programming on radio and television aimed at young people, it is shallow, it dumbs down the minds of young people. So the question we should be asking is which young minds are going to play a role in shaping the National Development Plan.”She said the media could play a beneficial role in developing the youth by telling stories that portrayed young people who were affirmed in their families. She referred to the SABC 1 television drama Skeem Saam as a good example of how this could be achieved. “[The show] traces how families deal with [problems]. You see [situations] where families are saying to their children ‘You have messed up but it is not the end of the world’. That child walks away with an understanding that ‘I have made a mistake but I can learn from it.’”Patrick Mashanda, the Gauteng regional co-ordinator of the education development NPO IkamvaYouth, said news media had a habit of reporting negative stories, a practice which many in the audience believed could affect the youth. He called for the media, instead, to “celebrate South Africa’s achievements so as to inspire people”.He also urged South Africans to continue working towards a better future, regardless of whether their actions were reported in the media. “Sometimes the media is not accessible. So people should just take action and continue with those programmes for the sake of the nation and our youth.” Youth need confidenceMagubane also said young people needed to learn how to articulate their thoughts. “This comes from being taught how to be confident in yourself and who you are.” Confidence and the kinds of thoughts young people had were directly linked to the way they were brought up.While producing the six-part documentary series Why Are We So Angry? which aired on SABC 1 in 2012, Magubane had come across a number of young people who were intelligent but lacked confidence. “We are not seeing young black kids from the township schools being affirmed enough to say they are okay in their existence, that they are good enough and their mind is good enough.”She said the lack of access to quality education was one of the factors driving this low self-esteem. “I think they are at that stage where they want more but they do not have access to it.”last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Mocks Women Sports Fans On Twitter, Claims He Was Hacked

first_imgCardale Jones posts seeral tweets about women and sports.Cardale Jones Women Sports Fans 4Twitter hasn’t been the best place for Cardale Jones. There was, of course, the “I didn’t come here to play school” incident a couple years ago. There has also been the trolling of Joakim Noah and the transferring to Akron prank that upset some of his fans. Then, last night, the Ohio State national champion-winning quarterback appeared to mock women sports fans during the NBA Finals. Jones’ account tweeted the following last night: Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.11 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.31 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.45 AM@CJ12_ Jones, though, claims he was hacked.I need to change my Twitter password— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015BTW, those wasn’t my tweets about females and sports, I don’t comment on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics or gender, goodnight— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015people wait patiently just to see when you screw up, go stalk someone else’s social media— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015The “I was hacked” defense when some poor-tasting tweets are sent out is an unbelievable one in most cases, but maybe Jones is telling the truth.last_img read more