MSN creates fundraising search engine to benefit NSPCC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 9 April 2006 | News Online search company MSN has set up a version of its web search facility which will generate income for children’s charity NSPCC. The Clicks Count campaign will raise funds for every search carried out at clickscount.co.uk.Simon Webbe, former member of boy band Blue, joined soap stars Sheree Murphy and Shobna Gulati and GMTV weather presenter Claire Nasir to launch the new service.Elaine Dodds, the NSPCC’s head of corporate fundraising, said: “All the best fundraising ideas are simple and this one really couldn’t be simpler. Advertisement “Every day, millions of searches are carried out across the UK. Now, thanks to MSN, each search can also raise money for children who are in desperate need of help.”MSN Search is considering rolling out the initiative as a permanent fundraising support service in the future.Natalie Mead, Head of Community Affairs, MSN UK, commented: ‘Clicks Count’ turns each individual search into a direct contribution to the NSPCC. You get the search results you want and the NSPCC gets much needed funds – it really is that easy!” MSN’s new service is a first for a major search engine, but the potential to fundraise via web searching was first realised by everyclick.com in June 2005. The search engine gives 50% of its revenue to charities on a monthly basis.Polly Gowers, Managing Director of everyclick.com, welcomed MSN’s entry to the charity market. “Search has the potential to become a very important fundraising tool for any charity.”Everyclick.com is already supporting over 710 charities ranging from Save the Children and WWF to tiny voluntary run organisations. According to Polly, last week 70,000 people searched and shopped through everyclick.com to raise money for the charity of their choice.In addition, more than 90 companies, including Cadbury Trebor Bassett, use everyclick.com as a corporate socialresponsibility tool. 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.
Claude-Michel Schönberg, the French composer who first adapted the novel Les Misérables into a musical, has been announced as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College. He will succeed Simon Russell Beale in October 2016.The position of Chair of Contemporary Theatre, which was founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catz promotes both the study and the performance of contemporary theatre. Previous professors have included Patrick Stewart, Stephen Sondheim, Tim Rice and Phyllida Lloyd.Schönberg announced, “After a certain age you want to share what you have learnt about your work and pass it to the next generation. Everybody has to go through their own experience, there is no shortcut but I can help to bring to the surface what creators have deep inside so they can understand better the process of their alchemy: channelling the stream of your passion and being patient enough to be at work when the inspiration occurs.”Professor Roger Ainsworth, Master of St Catherine’s College, commented, “I am thrilled that Claude-Michel will be this year’s Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Claude-Michel’s eminent position and long-standing experience in contemporary musical theatre makes him an apt holder of this title, and it is wonderful that our students will have the opportunity to learn about this first-hand. It is an honour for St Catherine’s to be welcoming him and I look forward to his inaugural lecture later this year with great anticipation.”Claude-Michel Schönberg began as a record producer, singer and songwriter and began musical theatre composition in 1973 with the French musical La Révolution Française. This began his long term collaboration with lyricist Alain Boublil.In 1974 they began their musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which would go on to become a global success, winning eight Tony awards including Best Musical. It was adapted to film in 2012 for which Claude-Michel received nominations for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards for “Suddenly”.Schönberg has penned other successful musicals such as Miss Saigon (1989) and Marguerite (2008) and has received a Grammy for outstanding contribution to the creative community.Izzy Rose, second year Music student at University College is delighted by the news, and told Cherwell, “I think it sounds like a fantastic appointment, it’s so important to have strong representation of contemporary arts within the academic structure of the Oxford collegiate system. It’s an extremely effective way of making new artistic ideas accessible to the broader student body even if it’s not part of their degrees.”Issy Newell, Magdalen first year and producer of Magdalen’s garden play The Importance of Being Earnest had mixed feelings about the appointment. She told Cherwell, “As a fan of Claude-Michel’s work and musical theatre, his appointment is exciting news. It can’t be denied that he has reams of experience of the contemporary musical industry, and perhaps his appointment will result in a greater number of more adventurous modern musicals to be produced in Oxford.“However, musical theatre plays a small part in the very large contemporary theatre industry, and I can’t help feeling that he won’t be able to contribute much to Oxford drama. The most exciting student drama is the wonderfully creative interpretations of both contemporary and old plays, but with musicals I feel that such artistic exploration isn’t as possible.” read more
…Opposition deeply concerned over transaction…says future generations will have to carry debt burdenClose to one month after announcing plans to seek a syndicated bond worth $30 billion to assist with the revitalisation of the cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), it has been announced that Government was successful in acquiring this loan from several commercial banks.SPU/GuySuCo Head Colvin Heath-LondonHead of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Colvin Heath-London told sections of the media on Wednesday that the bond was secured at good rates with several banks, including Trinidad-owned Republic Bank being the major lender.He disclosed that the disbursement of this massive loan to GuySuCo could take place in two weeks’ time.Heath-London who also heads the new GuySuCo Board said discussions regarding a proposal for these commercial banks to take a sum in exchange for what is owed to them have also been initiated. According to him, those discussions are going well and it is hoped that these institutions will buy into the idea.The idea behind the borrowing of this syndicated bond is to assist the SPU with the reopening of the estates as an example to prove to potential investors that they are viable. Heath-London was clear that the loan will also assist with plans to make GuySuCo debt free and return the industry to profitability.He also disclosed that plans are being made to pursue several other new initiatives which include producing plantation white sugar and packaging sugar for concentrated markets, and starting a molasses and cane juice business, among others. He described the initiative as creating a new GuySuCo.The Opposition is of the firm view that the idea of securing a syndicated bond is mainly aimed at clearing the multibillion-dollar liabilities that GuySuCo has accrued, in order to give “handpicked” investors a clean slate and better opportunities to maximise their profitability when they purchase estates.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said the money Government hopes to acquire as a loan to fund the operations of these sugar estates should be acquired before mid-March. He also declared that revenues generated from the sale of estates and other assets would be used to repay the loan.Some 4000 sugar workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon were dismissed from their jobs following the downsizing of the sugar industry which began to take effect in late 2017.Opposition’s scepticismWhen contacted for a comment on the announcement by the GuySuCo Chairman, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is very concerned about the disclosure given the fact that Government had claimed falsely for months that the PPP had left the sugar industry indebted by $84 billion.Jagdeo said the loan or bond taken by this Government is bigger than any other loan that has ever been taken by the PPP. The Opposition Leader argued that if one were to do a closer analysis of the debt Government claimed was left by the PPP, one would recognise that a significant portion of debt is related to pension liabilities, long term debt (contracted on concessional terms), and payments outstanding to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).Jagdeo, an Economist by profession, stated that the $30 billion bond was a ‘commercial debt’ that may have not even been concluded on concessional terms. He said the public, like the PPP, is yet to learn what are the terms under which the bond was secured and what are the concomitant consequences of the move by Government.He questioned whether this move by GuySuCo and NICIL even fits in with the long-standing policy of the current Government to borrow long-term loans only on concessional terms.Jagdeo therefore expressed scepticism and worry over the fact that the proposal by the Government to spend $30 billion on three or four estates could result in a significant portion of the funds being “wasted” given the track record of the PNC Administration and no public statement fron the APNU/AFC Government.He was particularly concerned that future generations would have to carry the burden of paying back the bond that Government has received and will be stuck with the debt.The Opposition Leader said the PPP would be examining all aspects of the transaction over the next few days and will be seeking answers to ensure that the process to secure and disburse the bond is transparent. Jagdeo said Government will have to disclose whether it gave a Government guarantee as collateral to secure the bond or whether the assets of GuySuCo were pledged.Either way, he will be seeking pertinent answers and information about the transaction. read more
24 May 2013South African scientists, with government backing, are working on a project to recycle disused telecommunications dishes spread out over a number of African countries in order to create an African network of radio telescopes.In June last year, the board of the African Renaissance Fund, which is located in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, approved R120-million in funding for the initial work to construct a network of radio telescopes in Africa’s nine Square Kilometre Array (SKA) partner countries.The Department of Science and Technology has been working with its counterparts in South Africa’s eight SKA partner countries – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia – since 2009 on ways to fund an African-owned network of radio telescopes.The African VLBI Network project, which is being driven by SKA South Africa and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg, aims both to fill a major gap in the global VLBI network and, by boosting engineering and science skills development across the continent, to pave the way for the arrival of the SKA.Simulating a telescope thousands of kilometres wideVery long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is an astronomical technique that uses widely separated radio telescopes in unison to simulate a single telescope hundreds or thousands of kilometres in diameter, producing the clearest, highest resolution images of some of the most distant objects in the universe.The greater the distance between the telescopes, the greater the resolution of the images produced in this way. Africa’s large north-south geographical spread would therefore make for a powerful VLBI network.The costs of setting up such a network, however, seemed prohibitive – until HartRAO’s Mike Gaylard came up with the idea of converting satellite dishes, rendered obsolete by the arrival of fibreoptic telecommunications cables, into radio astronomy antennae.According to SKA South Africa, there are at least 26 satellite ground segment dishes, possibly more, spread out over Africa which could become a part of the new VLBI network.Where countries do not have existing antennae suitable for conversion, converted dishes from other parts of Africa could be “transplanted”. In some cases, new dishes will be built.The 26-metre radio telescope at HartRAO in South Africa is currently the only VLBI-capable instrument currently operational in Africa. However, work has begun on converting a 32-metre satellite communications antenna at Kuntunse in Ghana, which was donated to the country’s science ministry by telecoms company Vodafone Ghana.If this succeeds, it will provide a model for similar dish conversions in other SKA partner countries.A new generation of African astronomersIn the meantime, a training programme is being developed in South Africa to equip members from each of the partner countries with the requisite technical and scientific skills.The idea is to have a new generation of African radio astronomers in place when the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is completed in the mid-2020s.“We want to make very sure that Africa delivers the best possible instrument, and that African engineers and scientists can maintain and support it,” SKA South Africa’s Anita Loots told scientific journal Nature in August.Tom Muxlow, of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics near Manchester in the UK, was quoted in the same Nature article as saying that the African VLBI Network also stood to benefit global VLBI science, significantly enhancing the work carried out by VLBI networks in the US and Europe.“The addition of a dedicated array of African antennas observing the equatorial sky, by itself or in combination with global arrays, has the potential for a truly transformational step in imaging quality,” Muxlow said.SAinfo reporter read more
5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout There is simply nothing like Twitter for being a fly on the wall. People sit at work and tweet about what they’re doing. They tweet at night, they tweet in the morning and they tweet a lot on the weekends – find a vein of good tweets from a group of people you want to learn from, watch it over time and the world is your oyster.That’s my theory, anyway. One of the things I’m interested in tracking are the streaming music services. So tonight I built a Twitter list of people who work at Rdio, Pandora, Mog and Spotify. (Then I remembered Grooveshark!) Give it a click and you can follow it too. I’ll show you how I made it below – and of course this process could be applied to any field.Step 1 – I knew where the list of Rdio staff members was, because I had asked my darling virtual assistants at FancyHands by email to find it for me a few weeks ago. So tonight I sent that link to them as an example and asked them to find similar lists of staff members curated by other companies in the space. I asked for Pandora, Spotify and Mog. I remembered Grooveshark later.Becky from Fancyhands sent me back great links for lists to Pandora and Spotify right away. The list she sent from Mog wasn’t so great but no one appeared to have made a list of Mog employees yet.Step 2 – I made a list of Mog employees by searching for them on LinkedIn. Then I trained the point-and-click database creation tool Needlebase to go to that search result page URL, click through each person’s profile link, check and see if they had a Twitter profile linked there and if so scrape it for me. (My tutorial.) I created a new list of Mog employees myself and added each of those people to it. Step 3 – I only had a small handful of Mog employees so far and I knew there were more on Twitter, so I searched for mentions of Mog in Twitter bios using Twellow. At that point I had 8 Moggers and was ready to move on with my life. Then I remembered Grooveshark and saw that they had a nice staff list they had created themselves.Step 4 – I was complaining on Twitter today about how hard it is to splice multiple Twitter lists together and my new pal David McKinney said “try Formulists!”I did and it was AWESOME. Click click boom, thank you Formulists, here now is a list of exactly 140 people (coincidence!) on staff at the 5 leading streaming music services:Streaming Music Industry PeopleGive that link a click, follow the list, then either visit the link on your Twitter page or add it as a column in Tweetdeck or Seesmic and just like that, you’ll have a front row seat for conversations between some of the hippest cats online. Hey, Team Rdio, thanks for the music – I’m so happy I subscribed! 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#How To#music#web Related Posts read more
Trying to make a cinematic short film, but feel like you just can’t get it right? Check out a few common beginner mistakes to avoid.When I was starting out in film school, I came up with many short film ideas that I thought were amazing, but when I shot them, they came out completely different than I had imagined. I believe many student filmmakers share in this experience – you try your hardest to make a quality short but it always seems to come up . . . short. Thankfully, Dr. Karen Pearlman, a lecturer in screen production at Macquarie University, teamed up with the popular YouTube channel This Guy Edits to show you how to improve your short film and bring it closer to your original vision.1. Mistaking Your Own Experience for CinemaWhen brainstorming ideas, the first place that people usually turn is their own experiences. After all, everyone is the protagonist in their own life story. In your mind an experience might seem cinematic and emotional, but to others it’s probably not. You have to objectively look at your story and see what can be improved upon. This is why some “Based on a True Story” movies don’t follow the original story to a T – exaggerating the truth helps your audience engage and empathize with your story.You can get an objective view of your story by having different sets of eyes on your script before you start shooting. This will give you multiple perspectives on your idea, rounding it out to a script that audiences will receive well. You can also achieve objectivity by handing off the footage to an editor. If you edit your own footage, you may keep things that you think must be in your final product. But a lot of the times, that’s not the case. When you hand off the footage to a different party, it removes the emotional ties to whatever you’re cutting.2. Casting Too QuicklyAhh, yes. The arduous task of casting your project in film school. It can get awkward. You either have to ask your friends to be actors (they normally aren’t actors), or you have to just leave it up to an open casting call (normally only a few people show up). Sometimes, the options are extremely limited.Take your time with this process. Don’t just choose an actor because they’re available. You might have to make sacrifices if you’re on a strict project deadline, but if you plan ahead and give yourself more time for casting, you can try to seek out the right person for the role.When you do hold a casting call, direct the actors to change up their performance after their first try and see how they react to the changes. Sometimes the best actors for your projects are the ones who listen to your direction well, compared to those who just look the part.3. Dialogue Written as ExpositionOne of the biggest problems in many student projects is that the dialogue mirrors the characters’ actions almost exactly. It’s a storytelling crutch that completely takes the viewer out of the moment. For example, a character announces they are leaving by saying, “I’m leaving.” It’s obvious they are leaving…they are walking out of the door. Instead of moving along the story, it slaps your audience in the face with whatever it is you want to convey.If you want invested viewers, you have to let them draw their own conclusions. Take the phrase “Show, don’t tell,” to heart. Show the audience that the character is sad through their actions. Why do you think silent films are so timeless? Because you don’t need dialogue to tell a story.4. Repeated Emotional BeatsI wish someone had told me this when I first started shooting my own projects: Not everything has to be shown. Your first instinct might be to show everything that your character is doing because that’s what seems natural. But cinema is wildly different from real life. You have to condense your story to make it engaging. Nobody wants to watch 22 minutes of someone getting out of bed. You have the unique opportunity to make an essential highlight reel of life – just skip to the good parts and cut out the filler.Here’s a tip to figure out what parts can be cut: Read your script out loud and time it. Does every moment in your script seem to follow the same time blocks? If it does (and it probably will), try to make your script more dynamic. Make sure that your emotional beats aren’t cookie-cutter versions of themselves. With some editing, your script will come out a lot more believable than it was before.5. Failing to Answer the Question, “What Is This Film About?”One of the classic mistakes students make when creating a film is forgetting what their film is really about. They may know the plot, the climax, and the resolution, but not what story they are trying to tell. Theme is important here. You can map out a story all you want, but if it doesn’t have a convincing theme, it’s just not going to work.I like to use the film No Country for Old Men to provide an example of this. You can track the plot of this film easily – a man finds a bag of cash in the desert and goes on the run from the man trying to get it back. But, is that really what the film is about? Not exactly. The overarching theme is more fundamental and more human – it’s about the sheriff encountering evil in a new world.A theme should be just vague enough that if done right, everyone can relate to it on some level. When writing your film, try to condense your story to just one line. Is is something that you still connect with? Then explore that one line and expand upon it to create your vision. read more
Australia had little choice but to regret their decision not to force England to bat again after the tourists took the second Ashes Test into a fifth day, bowling coach David Saker conceded on Tuesday.Australian captain Smith could have enforced the follow-on when England made 227 in reply to Australia’s 442/8 declared on Monday but decided to send his openers out to face England’s attack in the night session.A resurgent England bowling unit make early inroads under the Adelaide lights and finished the job in the sunshine on Tuesday, dismissing the Australians for 138.?????? #Ashes pic.twitter.com/RB0donjhY8- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 5, 2017Only South Africa captain Dudley Nourse against Australia in 1950 had previously lost a Test after failing to enforce the follow-on but Smith could join him with England 178 runs from victory with six wickets in hand.”In hindsight it probably is (a regret),” Saker told reporters.”There’s probably different reasons why you’d go out and have a bat. One, is to give your bowlers a rest but it’s also to give the opposition bowlers another go because it’s a five-game series and it can have an impact if you get some overs in them.”We probably didn’t think it was going to move around like it did. It was tough but Jimmy (Anderson) was magnificent.”Anderson took 5/43 in Australia’s second innings after getting the pink ball moving and England captain Joe Root marshalled the run chase with 67 not out.Saker, who spent five years as England bowling coach, said Australia were still in a strong position to take a 2-0 lead in the series.advertisement”I’m confident tomorrow morning, if it’s a nice day, our bowlers can still get the job done,” he said.”I’d back them to get the job done more often than not in those conditions.”Australia will have to do it without any DRS referrals, however, after Smith used up both the unsuccessful reviews each team is allowed in each innings on Tuesday.Two reviews burned in three balls, not ideal…#Ashes pic.twitter.com/TJLMZ7ulOR- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 5, 2017″We got it wrong today without a doubt,” Saker added. “It’s frustrating not to have any in the bank going into the last day.”Saker said Smith would not be dwelling on the failed referrals nor the decision not to enforce the follow-on.”He’s a very determined guy so he’ll think about things tonight and make sure when we turn up we’ll be right to play,” he said.”He’s obviously frustrated about with what’s happened but I don’t think he’s ruing the decision. I think he’ll be positive tomorrow and the whole dressing-room will be positive we’re in a better position than they are.” read more
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.Smith Rowe has impressed at the club this season, scoring three goals from his six first-team appearances, in the UEFA Europa League and Carabao Cup.The 18-year-old has also featured in Premier League matchday squads but is yet to make his league debut.The Gunners confirmed Smith Rowe has made the move in order to gain more playing time on the pitch under his belt.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Emile is a promising young player. This move will get him valuable competitive action which is important as he continues his development,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said, according to Sky Sports.Smith Rowe joins Reiss Nelson, who’s currently on loan at TSG Hoffenheim, as the second Arsenal player on loan in the Bundesliga.Leipzig currently in fourth place in the German League with 34 points from 19 games. read more