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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Gift Aid Individual giving Research / statistics 30 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Majority of south coast charities positive about income for 2014 A survey of charities on the South Coast of England reveals that most of them are confident that their income will remain static or increase this year and into 2014.The Income Trends survey was carried out by Sussex-based chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers Carpenter Box LLP, together with other members of MHA, a national group of independent accountants and business advisers. They survey 163 not-for-profit organisations.Many charities surveyed are of course still experiencing difficulties: 36% reported a drop in donations during 2012/13 and 8% reported a significant decrease.Online and mobile giving income was “stable”. Gift Aid was actively promoted by 72% of the organisations.Although the majority of charities (66%) surveyed were exploring and testing new ways to generate income, 44% of respondents admitted that they had not considered the VAT implications of new income generation streams.Eileen Houghton, Head of the Not for Profit sector team at Carpenter Box said: “Maybe, unsurprisingly, the majority of charities surveyed are looking for new and unique ways to generate income, suggesting that the drop in donations is triggering imaginative solutions to new challenges. However, charities should not ignore the importance of researching the VAT and tax rules, the legal aspects and the governance issues before implementing any strategy.”She added that, even though few respondents had undergone a HMRC Gift Aid audit in recent years, there was a chance that, with returns now being filed online, “charities may see an increase in this type of check from HMRC.”Photo: Sussex coast by Floradora1 on Flickr.com Howard Lake | 16 October 2013 | News
Antarctic Peninsula Late Cretaceous-Early Cenozoic palaeoenvironments and Gondwana palaeogeographies
A review is made of stratigraphical, geochemical and palaeogeographical data from the northern Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Ocean for Late Mesozoic-Early Cenozoic times. Clay mineral and S/total organic C ratios are used to re-assess earlier scenarios, and it is suggested that eight climatic episodes affected the northern Antarctic Peninsula between Late Aptian and Palaeogene times. Evolving palaeogeographies in southern Gondwana allowed the connection of the inter-continental western Weddell Basin to the proto-Indian Ocean during Albian to Cenomanian times, and it is suggested that this caused an initial cooling of ambient temperatures in the northern Antarctic Peninsula area. This situation altered when the South Atlantic seaway was opened to equatorial regions, producing a Campanian warm episode. Throughout this period, the climate was humid and non-seasonal (ever-wet) and the adjacent seas were dominated by mineral-walled phytoplankton. A Maastrichtian to Mid-Palaeocene cool period is postulated following the establishment of more-polar ocean circulation routes along the southern edge of the Pacific Basin, and the climate became seasonally humid with phytoplankton production switching to organic-walled dominant. The global Palaeogene climatic optimum was a warm, ever-wet episode but as it waned from Mid-Eocene times, a further, relatively short, period of marked seasonality is recognised. Later, Eocene climates were again ever-wet and became progressively cooler. The Late Eocene-Early Oligocene opening of the Tasman Sea and Drake Passage seaways caused cold conditions on Seymour Island, followed rapidly by the earliest glacial sediments on King George Island and the establishment of mineral-walled phytoplankton dominance in the seas. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Limited. All rights reserved.
Star Files Chicago-born actress and 1985 Oscar nominee (Twice in a Lifetime) Amy Madigan has done TV, film and stage and is now about to make her London theater debut in Sam Shepard’s 1978 play Buried Child, opposite her husband, Ed Harris, with whom Madigan recently performed the play in New York. With previews at Trafalgar Studios about to begin November 14, Madigan took some time to discuss crossing the Atlantic, acting opposite your partner, and the introduction into the profession of a third acting member of the family—namely, the couple’s daughter Lily.How did it come to be that you are doing Buried Child in London?Our director Scott [Elliott] did The Spoils over there and they kind of said to him, we would love to continue a relationship with you. For us to get to reattack the play and work with all these wonderful British actors is really a dream come true. I’ve worked in films and TV but never in the West End. I am so excited, and I hope other people will be.What’s it like working once again with your husband, Ed Harris?Well, you want to work with really great actors, and Ed’s a great actor. People ask whether we take the work home with us, but the point is, we just really like doing it. It works for us. We kind of have a shorthand with one another as you might imagine.Didn’t you meet doing a play?Yes, many years ago—a play by Edward Allen Baker [in 1981 at the Melrose Theatre in Los Angeles]. We discovered then that we really, really like working together, in which case why wouldn’t you want to do that?Do you and Ed find yourselves consciously looking for things you can do together?We do, yes. And when this came up, I just remember Scott Elliott calling almost two years ago and saying, “I love this play; would you guys like to do it?” That was an easy one. It’s how you sometimes hope things will turn out.Do you have any sense of how Buried Child might play in London?Sam Shepard, of course, lived in London for a while many years ago, and I get the feeling that theater people love the language in his plays. I also think by now that there’s a general appreciation of the play itself. We’re working on this with some very young actors and actresses and they all know Buried Child as this iconic American play.Do you think it might seem an especially American piece of writing when seen in London?That’s an interesting question. You know, I think [the play] really changed people’s ideas of what a family drama can be in America: it was as if Sam had reinvented it in some way. There’s love in this family, as well as secrets and betrayal and a lot else, but whatever else these characters are, they are a family. They are in this house.How would you describe your character, Halie?She’s the family matriarch—the sort of glue in this house. She’s the one in the end who knows what’s going to happen and that somehow or other they will continue. But what’s funny is that I’ve now worked on the play a lot, and I still don’t entirely know what it is. There’s something bottomless about it.What about getting the British and American accents all to sound alike?Except for a few stray vowel sounds here and there, these guys are great. I’ve got no worries about that. [The supporting cast includes Jeremy Irvine from the film War Horse and Game of Thrones’ Charlotte Hope.]Is it difficult for you to both to uproot, however temporarily, to London?It’s pretty easy. Our daughter Lily just graduated from Reed College in Oregon, so she’s away from home, and, as actors, being able to pack up and go is part and parcel of who we are: you just do it.Is she following in her parents’ footsteps?She is in fact! She’s a really great stage performer. She was an English major and her expertise is Middle English: she loves language. She did the Sarah Kane play 4:48 Psychosis and we saw her do Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. At the moment, she’s trying to figure out where she wants to be—she might end up in London or Ireland.When you’re not on stage, do you like to go to the theater?Very much so. Ed was working in New York over the summer and I came out to visit and that is all we did. We went to the theater every night. We saw Jessica Lange in Long Day’s Journey into Night, and I was thrilled she got the Tony, and we saw Hamilton and were knocked out. I also loved The Humans—that was my favorite play of last year.Was it especially interesting seeing Jessica in that part, since you were Stella to her Blanche on Broadway in 1992? We have stayed in touch since doing Streetcar and we’re friends, and I was aware that she had done [Long Day’s Journey] before in London. But what was so amazing was that she was doing it again, and talk about a family drama! I love that play and I was so excited to see Jessica, who was exquisite. I love listening to the language in that piece and being part of it.Do you have other stuff coming up that we should mention?I did an independent film musical; called Stuck, which I hope gets to play somewhere, and that was a lot of fun, and Ed has always got a million things he’s doing, including Westworld on HBO.A film musical? Tell us more!I was a musician for a long time; I love it, and I miss it a lot. That was back during the time in Chicago, where there were people like John Malkovich and Gary Sinise doing theater and music was my fulltime pursuit. But I don’t have the voice of a Broadway musical theater person or anything like that. No one is knocking down the door to get me into a musical.Really—not even a different kind of musical?I think I’d need someone like Lin-Manuel Miranda to find something for me. Oh my God, wouldn’t that be a nice thing? 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ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth pitcher Matt Burnett was selected last week as one of eight finalists for Mr. Maine Baseball.Burnett was named a finalist last Tuesday prior to Ellsworth’s Northern Maine title game showdown with Hermon. He joined fellow nominees Trejyn Fletcher of Deering, Will Neleski of Greely, Lucas Francis of Lisbon, Colton Carson of Oxford Hills, Dylan Miner of Sacopee Valley, Charlie Spiegel of Searsport and David Barre of Waterville.Burnett had previously been chosen as Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year after guiding Ellsworth to the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight season. He finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA on the mound and a team-best .447 average at the plate.In the playoffs, Burnett struck out 23 batters and didn’t allow a single run in 15 2/3 innings of work to lead the Eagles to their first state title in 31 years. The senior allowed just five total hits in complete-game wins against Medomak Valley and Freeport and also closed out the game in Ellsworth’s win over Hermon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBurnett was scheduled to play in Thursday’s Maine Senior All-Star Game along with teammate Conner Wagstaff, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. He will pitch in college next season at the University of Southern Maine.On Thursday, Fletcher, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of this year’s MLB draft, was named Mr. Maine Baseball.
Dan Krupinsky, the coach of the Hat Tricks minor league hockey team in Danbury, wanted to make it clear to his players that he expects “respect” for the anthems. He told his team that they are not the women’s soccer team, we are not the NFL…He told them “If there’s anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear and get the f**k out now because you’ll never see ice in this area.” He told his players you can protest on your own time. He added as a coach, it is his job to make sure his team is in line and says they’re the most patriotic sport in a patriotic city. (WARNING: Video contains expletives)A hockey coach Connecticut is making headlines after a video of him telling his players to respect the anthem or leave went viral.
Ike Taylor is helped off the field by team members during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor have been playing alongside each other for a dozen years, a union even longer than Polamalu’s marriage.Fate dealt the cornerstones of the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary an unwanted separation.Taylor underwent surgery Monday to repair the right forearm he broke in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 37-19 win over Carolina, the most serious of a handful of injuries that tempered some of the joy of a dominant performance.“I’m deeply affected by it,” Polamalu said. “But he’s tough and I know he’ll be back.”Just not anytime soon.The Steelers (2-1) also lost linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones in the third quarter. Shazier sprained the MCL in his right knee when linebacker Lawrence Timmons accidentally collided with the rookie at the end of a play. Jones went to the locker room with a busted wrist moments after causing a fumble by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton that swung the momentum permanently in Pittsburgh’s favor.Shazier spent Monday walking around with his right leg in a brace, while Jones had his wrist evaluated. Neither injury is expected to be season ending. Taylor’s situation is far more precarious, a stunning development for a player who has missed just seven games since 2003.“It’s a shock because Ike never gets hurt,” cornerback Cortez Allen said. “He’s the most durable guy I know.”One of grittiest too. While some of Taylor’s teammates dropped to a knee upon seeing his arm dangling after a freak collision with Timmons while the two tried to complete a tackle, Taylor turned to the sideline and told nickelback William Gay to get ready.“He gave us that look when he left the field, like, ‘You all better win this game, because I broke my arm for you,’” Gay said.The substitutes more than held their own. The Steelers led 16-3 when Taylor disappeared into the tunnel. An hour later they were walking off the field with their most impressive road win in four years.Gay moved outside to take over for Taylor. Sean Spence completed his remarkable recovery from a gruesome knee injury two years ago to fill in capably for Shazier, while Arthur Moats was a disruptive force with Jones out.“As a competitor, you want to go in there when the game is heated like that and it’s still a meaningful game,” said Moats, signed in the offseason after spending the first four years of his career in Buffalo. “Going in there at blowout time, it’s cool, but it’s great when you’re actually in there when you’re scratching and clawing for every inch.”Not that the game stayed close for long. After going eight quarters without reaching the end zone, the Steelers crossed the goal line four times over the final 26 minutes. Jones’ forced fumble was the first turnover created by Pittsburgh this season. The special teams added the second when Shamarko Thomas blew up Carolina punt returner Corey Brown early in the fourth quarter and Robert Golden fell on the loose ball for a score that made it 30-13.That was more than enough on a night running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount each topped 100 yards rushing – the first time two Steelers have done it in the same game since 1986. The Steelers hardly looked like the team that was overwhelmed in a loss to Baltimore in Week 2.The reality of the injuries, however, set in less than 24 hours later. Instead of cutting up his teammates in a meeting room, Taylor began the day in the hospital. Shazier spent the afternoon getting treatment and a pep talk from Spence, whose career nearly ended in the final game of the 2012 preseason when he tore two ligaments and suffered nerve damage in his left knee when it gruesomely buckled.Shazier will return. So will Jones. Taylor’s outlook is cloudier. The 34-year-old took a significant pay cut to come back for a 12th season. He’d already ceded his role as the team’s shutdown corner to Allen this fall. Replacing Taylor’s onfield leadership, however, is another matter.“It’s a big void that has to be filled,” Allen said.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Co #2 will host its annual fundraiser, “Make it a Full House for Colts Neck Vol. Fire Co. #2’s Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will serve as honorary chair, and will be attending the event.The fundraiser will take place in the Triple Crown Room at the company’s firehouse, 50 Conover Road. Players will participate in tournament-style play, with a $150 buy-in for advanced registration, and $175 at the door, with pay-out prizes for the top 10 finishers. A 50/50 raffle will also take place on the night of the event.“We’re all very excited to be re-introducing the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament back into our fundraising plan,” says Art Raskin, event co-chair. “The event has been a huge success in past years, and we’re looking forward to making this our best year yet, with the addition of Assemblywoman Casagrande.”Funds raised at the event will go towards covering costs to maintain the firehouse and all of the mandatory equipment that is needed for the volunteer firefighters to continue doing their job effectively.For more information on advanced ticket purchase and event details, visit the event’s website at coltsneckfireco2.org or find them on Twitter @CNFireCo2 or Facebook by searching the event name.
Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to tip the hat to the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Allie Zondervan, Maddie Sternloff, Naomi Perkins, Kyra Burkart, Laurel Halleran, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Jena Wheeldon, Hailee Gerun, Taylor Zimmer, McKenna Bennett, Noa Butterfield, Tara Yowek, Emma Wheeldon, Darian Voisard, Camille Gebhart, Emily Taylor, Sofia Arcuri, Hanna Quinn, Maya Ida and Merissa Dawson.LVR opens against St. Michael’s University before playing Holy Cross of Vancouver Thursday.Friday, the Bombers close out the round robin draw against host Crofton House.The winners of each pool advance into the final four.The championship game is set for noon Saturday. The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode a stellar defence and timely scoring to another Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Title.The Bombers disposed of local rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail (2-0) before dumping David Thompson Lakers of Invermere in the final (3-0).LVR now advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships beginning Thursday hosted by Crofton House in Burnaby.