24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Debenhams raises £230,000 for children’s charities Debenhams staff and customers have raised more than £230,000 in the last year for the NSPCC, CHILDREN 1ST, and the ISPCC.The sum was raised through a range of in-store charity initiatives, including sales of Christmas cards, donations from Santa’s Grottos, and in-store bucket collections. In addition, Debenhams donated 20% of the retail price of all sales from its new Blue Zoo range for children during the range’s two-week launch. Over £38,000 was donated via the Debenhams’ charity Gift Card scheme.Debenhams head of PR Ed Watson said: “It’s very clear that the work that all three charities do resonates with our customers. It’s also great that the work we are doing is building each year – the Blue Zoo t-shirt being a great example. We look forward to raising even more money over the coming year.”Corporate Account Manager for CHILDREN 1ST Cassie Oliver said: “The Debenhams stores in Scotland raised over £22,000. This is a brilliant achievement and we’d like to thank them on behalf of vulnerable children across Scotland”. Corporate Fundraising Manager for the ISPCC Anne Cooney added: “I would like to thank everyone in Debenhams in Ireland for their enthusiasm and commitment in their support of the ISPCC”.The latest donations bring the overall total raised by Debenhams for the three children’s charities to over £700,000 since December 2007.www.debenhams.comPhoto: keepwaddling1 on flickr.com Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 17 May 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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.
So, now begins the Pizza Time Players’ “Farewell Tour,” as the Players will be gradually phased out of all Chuck E. Cheese’s locations over the next couple years. However, with such notable pretend rock stars heading into retirement in mass quantities, you can be sure that some tech-savvy nostalgic will acquire some Party Time Players of their own and craft some homemade animatronic musical magic in their garage. And now that they’re free from the creative shackles of the kids’ circuit, perhaps their best work is still ahead of them…[h/t – NPR] It’s the end of an era, kiddos: The Pizza Time Players, the animatronic animal band fronted by Mr. Chuck E. Cheese himself, are set to be retired by the nationwide kids’ entertainment/pizza restaurant chain.Music fans love recounting their earliest concert experiences, trading stories about the first show they saw, the first time a performance moved them in some way. Though they may not mention it as such (or even fully remember it at all), many fans’ earliest “concert” experiences took place at Chuck E. Cheese’s: “Where a kid can be a kid,” and where the self-worth of every kid under the age of 5 can be proudly measured in how many tickets they’d won and how big a toy they’ve been able to acquire from the prize counter.Led by the chain’s singing rodent mascot with a bad New York accent, The Pizza Time Players have been helping parents tire kids out after a long day of games, ball pits, sugar-y sodas, and all-around innocent bliss for more than 40 years. However, in today’s world–where young kids were born with smartphones and tablets and a whole spectrum of high-quality technological entertainment at their fingertips–Chuck and his robot animal backing band simply weren’t getting the same reactions they used to. As the band’s “manager”/Chuck E. Cheese’s CEO Tom Leverton tells NPR, “Back [in 1977],” he explains, ” kids’ expectations of technology were much, much lower. A child today has such high expectations for entertainment that the animatronics, even at their absolute best, can’t live up to those expectations.” And, of course, the animatronics were not always at their absolute best. In many of the older restaurants, the robots have been in comically bad shape in recent years–exuding vibes closer to “creepy cackling monster nightmare” than “innocent youthful fun.”Watch this compilation of the Top 10 Chuck E. Cheese Animatronic Malfunctions below via YouTube user TPMvids: read more
A teen was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was reportedly pulled from a canal in North Miami.The incident occurred at the Harry Cohen Complex in the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and 165th Street.According to the victim’s father, the teen was riding his bicycle in the area with friends when they decided to go to the pool.The friends were eventually kicked out of the pool so they decided to jump into the canal.According to the report, it was not the first time that the teens swam in the canal, however, at some point the victim began struggling. The friends reported that at first they believed the victim was joking, but after awhile they realized the situation was serious. One of the friends jumped back into the water in an effort to grab the victim, however, he began struggling himself and decided to swim back to shore.Another friend then called the police.Witnesses reported that the victim was underwater for about 8 minutes while officials with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worked to get to him.The victim was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. read more
Facebook256Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Wesport WineryWestport Winery will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Saturday, March 31, with several significant events happening at their headquarters located halfway between Aberdeen and Westport on the Washington Coast.Westport Winery’s 10th anniversary celebration will take place on March 31 at their headquarters. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryAll the members of their wine club are invited to an aerial fireworks’ show high above the winery’s 20-acre destination garden resort. Blain Roberts, co-founder of the venture said, “We are working with some close friends who put on the fireworks show for the Statue of Liberty’s 100-year celebration. They guarantee this show will blow your socks off!” (In fact, they asked if the Roberts wanted the show to be seen from Aberdeen, Ocean Shores and Westport for those who are not in the wine club.) The celebration for wine club members will begin at 8:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to share transportation and arrive early as parking is limited.Carrie Roberts, now a co-owner of the winery with her parents and brother, said, “Our most popular wine in recent years is an incredible Bordeaux blend called Smoky Nor’wester and it has been sold out for months. We thought our anniversary would be the perfect time to release the latest vintage to our wine club members. We even designed a beautiful commemorative bottle that we’re super excited to reveal that evening.” The frosted and decorated bottle is designed to be recycled for use with the winery’s extensive selection of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.Her brother and head winemaker Dana Roberts also has a special new feature to share with his fans. “I’ve been working for years building my own ‘barrel program’ for aging our red wines. I’ve finally acquired enough oak barrels that we created a room just to house them that will reflect the true romance of wine-making.” This new space will be revealed that evening to ten-year club members and will become the final stop on his Backstage Winemaker’s Tour offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The tour is free for wine club members and their guests and is $5 for those who do not belong to the club.Kim Roberts, the family matriarch said, “We are also hosting a private party for those wine club members who have been with us the entire decade. They deserve our unflinching gratitude for investing in this unlikely venture from the very beginning. At this point many are dear friends and feel like a part of our family.” Ten-year club members need to bring their invitations with them for entrance to this private celebration.Since its inception in 2008, the winery has garnered numerous accolades including over 500 medals in national and international wine competitions. Winemaker Dana Roberts began his career producing wine for his family’s business with his first harvest at age twenty-two marking him as one of the youngest winemakers in the state at that time. He said, “I’m not sure what my parents were thinking when they invested their entire life’s savings–and a lot of borrowed money–in the notion that I could learn to make world class wine, but I’m so appreciative that they did.”His sister Carrie, now the company’s general manager said, “I don’t know what Dana and I would have done if the folks hadn’t decided to build this winery. Although we had our degrees, neither one of us had a particular passion that would have lead us to anything close to this opportunity.”The family credits former county extension agent Don Tapio with suggesting they, “Plant a vineyard and build a winery. It will be historic.” The original 12-acres of grapes, which were never able to produce ripe fruit, has evolved into 20-acres of display gardens including 55 outdoor sculptures commissioned by the family and crafted by local artists. The gardens and art have been Kim’s creative outlet. “I always tell people this land is my canvas and I want to paint on it for the rest of my life.” They hope someday that this destination will be the Butchart Gardens of Washington State.The entire family, including Dana’s wife Rikki (and a plethora of critters between the various family homes) all live on the property. Blain said, “For us, the greatest blessing is working every day with our kids, being their neighbors, and having the chance to really get to know them as adults. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world to share this property and the business with the people I love most.”On top of all this, during the winery’s first decade, the Roberts’ family has contributed a portion of the proceeds from each of their wines to forty local charities with contributions totaling over $400,000. The family agrees that this has been their greatest achievement.In 2017, Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Westport Winery’s new location at 810 Broadway in Seaside is open daily from 11am to 6pm and until 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224. read more
PRAMERICA Managing Director Henry McGarvey has called on Ireland to ‘build on its achievements of the past’ in looking to the future.Mr McGarvey is the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland’s North West region and called for strong support for foreign direct investment in the North West and nationwide, at an event to mark the organisation’s 50th Anniversary.Speaking at a Gala Dinner attended by representatives of the US multinationals in the North West, Mr McGarvey said: “US companies directly employ over 100,000 people nationwide and in the North West there are 30 foreign companies responsible for 5,000 jobs and many thousands more indirect jobs. “This strong base of 600 US multinationals here contributes to the economic success at both national and regional level.“Throughout Donegal, Leitrim, and Sligo, we have a strong track record in the Financial and Professional Services, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, and Advanced Manufacturing sectors. These are now global companies that serve the world from their bases in the North West of Ireland.”“US Companies play a vital role to Ireland’s economy,” McGarvey explained, “they spend in excess of €16 billion annually on payroll and services and contribute more than €3 billion in corporation tax.“In 2011 over 11, 000 jobs were announced by IDA Ireland and three quarters of these were by US Companies. Total exports are to exceed €170 billion for the first time, with US companies accounting for almost €100 billion of this vibrant element of Ireland’s economy.” “The legacy of successful business operations established by US companies here over the past five decades has helped secure additional investment in Ireland. US Companies now have $165 billion invested in Ireland, and this is more than the combined total in Brazil, Russia, India and China.“We need to create a climate which secures this existing investment and allows us to expand that investment and attract new FDI to Ireland. In creating that environment, it is clear that we must actively manage our own road to recovery”.“The story of FDI in the North West is one of longevity” according to McGarvey, who pointed out that “the region has established many successful long term relationships with some of the largest employers not just in the region but nationwide, such as Abbott since 1974 and MBNA since 1997.”McGarvey said the North West community is one of the critical factors for success. “I value the tremendous partnerships that exist between our businesses, local and multinational, with county and town councils, the local Chambers of Commerce and of course the American Chamber, along with Fás and the third level institutes and the IDA. Together we have forged a team spirit, with which we all move together towards greater prosperity.”Of the future Mr. McGarvey said the Chamber is “adopting the voice of optimism.” He added: “We firmly believe that while the problems in our public finances and the banking sector cannot be downplayed, we must recognise that that we are now laying the foundations for a more positive future.”“Global FDI is predicted to grow by up to 20% this year” stated McGarvey, “and Ireland is well positioned to benefit from this. The latest IBM Global Trends Report has shown that Ireland is the number one location worldwide for winning FDI jobs, on a per capita basis.”Companies participating the American Chamber’s North Western Region include:Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division, Abbott Ireland Diabetes Care, Abbott Ireland Pharmaceutical Operations, Abbott Nutritional Devices, Elanco Animal Health, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, LotusWorks, Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, MBNA Ireland, Pramerica Systems Ireland, UnitedHealth Group, Zeus Industrial Products (Ireland) Ltd. McGARVEY URGES BUSINESSES TO BUILD FOR THE FUTURE was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
Seconds out, round two.Pull up your ringside seat and get ready for the latest instalment of your friendly neighbourhood west London derby.As you may have heard by now, QPR go toe to toe with Chelsea at Loftus Road for the second time in three months as the pair clash in Saturday’s fourth-round FA Cup tie.In the first game we had two red cards, a plethora of yellows and a shock win for Rangers – even if they were outplayed by nine men for the majority of it.Oh, and John Terry was alleged to have racially abused Anton Ferdinand.Apart from that, it was pretty dull.Last time around Rangers had the element of surprise, with Chelsea seemingly unaware this was a London derby.“Hopefully amidst all the bad feeling a football match will break out and if it does, expect Fernando Torres to miraculously rediscover his shooting boots.”They began to get the picture when they stepped off the team coach into a bear pit, while their Spanish playmaker quickly realised the art of taking a corner while a baying mob are breathing down your neck is not simply a case of mind over Mata.Once they threw caution to the wind, the Blues looked a formidable outfit but QPR somehow held on for what was arguably Neil Warnock’s greatest win at the club.This time, the game will have the added spice (like it needs any) of former Chelsea darling Mark Hughes at the helm looking to put one over his old paymasters.Sparky has been busy this week, signing Taye Taiwo on loan from AC Milan and Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha.I already tried cracking the lame gag that if QPR win on Saturday, Hughes will order his players to do a lap of Onuoha, but after the pasting I received on Twitter, rest assured I won’t be repeating it on here.Chelsea, meanwhile, have gone off to Mallorca for some warm weather training ahead of Saturday’s game, although if they wanted to properly acclimatise they’d have been better off soaking in the white hot atmosphere of Mount Vesuvius.The two clubs took the unusual step of issuing a joint statement warning fans about their conduct at the match, while there were rumours that Ferdinand had been asked to shake Terry’s hand – although if I were him I’d adopt the Elvis Costello stance and let it dangle.The bookies meanwhile, never ones to miss a trick, were giving odds of 20/1 that the pair swapped shirts afterwards. I think more accurate odds would be slim to none and slim’s left town.Just in case fans hadn’t got the message, QPR issued a reminder on their website the day after the statement, which read: “Queens Park Rangers Football Club is committed to confronting and eliminating discrimination, whether by reason of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability, nationality, religion or belief or gender reassignment.”All very admirable, but where exactly does marital status fit in to the insults category?Bound to score.Can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone shout: “Oi, you @!*@$!* divorcee, do you want some?”Hopefully amidst all the bad feeling a football match will break out and if it does, expect Fernando Torres to miraculously rediscover his shooting boots.The Spaniard has netted five goals in 42 appearances for the Blues so far – or £10m a pop if you prefer – and has long since broken David Blaine’s 40-day world record for doing nothing inside a box.But QPR are usually very accommodating when it comes to helping players rediscover their form – or hosting Loftus Road parties for champions elect on the final day of the season, so Torres will never have a better chance of filling his boots.The striker mis-fired again in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Norwich, with manager Andre Villas-Boas insisting he was simply “unlucky”.Sorry, AVB, I don’t buy that. If you want proper misfortune, I’ll refer you to the words of Tommy Cooper: “I’ve always been unlucky – I once had a rocking horse and it died.”Rangers meanwhile enjoyed back-to-back wins for the first time this season as the rather fortunate defeat of MK Dons was followed by a more comprehensive victory over Wigan.Tommy Smith and Akos Buzsaky held their own goal of the day competition, while Joey Barton was playing his first game since his Twitter rant at Warnock.Booed by some Warnock loyalists and serenaded with “Joey Barton, he Tweets what he wants” by others, the midfielder had a decent enough game, given that he’d missed the last three through suspension.Personally I think he should put down Nietzche and George Orwell for a while and drink in the words of that other well-known philosopher Ronan Keating, who sagely opined “You say it best when you say nothing at all”.This week Barton joined representatives from every Premier League club in naming their favourite books as part of a worthy initiative aimed at encouraging children to read.He opted for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the choice that caught my eye was made by Newcastle’s Mike Wiliamson – Bob Wilson’s Ultimate Collection Of Peculiar Sporting Lingo.Words fail me.Follow Chris on Twitter read more
These productions faced perilous circumstances and devastating consequences in an attempt to overcome the odds of a dangerous set.Top image via roarthemovie.comLet’s take a look back at some of the high-risk set locations used in Hollywood productions of the past, and how those involved were affected.Remember: Always make your cast and crew’s safety your main priority. For instance, avoid nuclear test sights.The Viking (1931)Video via Justin OakeyThe production of The Viking (1931) was actually relatively straightforward — until the end of principal photography when the filmmakers went in search of more environmental footage. Joining a seal-hunting expedition, director and producer Varick Frissell took some of his crew onboard a ship packed with ice-shattering explosives.At some point, the explosives were compromised and unexpectedly detonated. Twenty-seven people were killed, including Frissell himself. Evidently, even those who take proper precautions are subject to freak accidents.The Conqueror (1956)Video via Aaron LewisOne of the more controversial occurrences in terms of crew safety, the production of The Conquerer in 1956 ultimately led to the belated death of forty-six crew members due to widespread radiation poisoning. The film was shot near St. George, Utah — shortly downwind of a nuclear testing site. Due to false reassurances from the federal government at the time, the production was permitted over the course of a few weeks, during which time many developed cancer.This fiasco is perhaps most infamous for possibly leading to the death of the classic American movie star, John Wayne. Wayne himself even argued his terminal lung cancer was a result of his smoking habits, but undoubtedly, many of the deaths over the ensuing years were attributable to consistent radiation exposure.L’arche de Noe/Noah’s Ark (1928)Video via Nachthymnen CarcharothSupposedly in an effort to properly follow up 1923’s The Ten Commandments, Darryl F. Zanuck and Michael Curtiz sought to recreate the story of Noah’s Ark. In a stubborn attempt to maximize realism, the production team chose to reenact a life-sized flood across the existing set, using over 600,000 gallons of water.Unfortunately, the immense volume of water overwhelmed the crew and drowned three people. This later led to the implementation of more stunt safety regulations, and spurred accusations of carelessness for the crew’s safety. The tragic occurrence can actually be seen in the movie, which still used the footage in the final cut.Roar (1981)Video via Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie FilmsRoar, a 1981 drama thriller, perhaps embraced realism too wholeheartedly in its production. Portraying a private zoo filled with over 100 wild animals, the film actually used a large number of legitimately dangerous wild animals on set.As a result, over seventy of the cast and crew were severely injured. While no injury proved fatal, some crew members required hundreds of stitches to repair their various wounds, which included bites, maulings, broken bones, scalpings, and even cases of gangrene. Gruesome stories such as this one make modern CGI technology all the more appealing in faking on-screen wildlife.The African Queen (1951)This early-1950s adventure film was shot on location in the Congo and Uganda, Africa. At the time, shooting in Africa was far from common, and potentially due to lack of preparation, the cast and crew were exposed to harsh heat, poor nutrition, and widespread dysentery.Video via Danios12345Director John Huston and lead actor Humphrey Bogart were the only two to avoid illness, having only consumed imported whiskey throughout production instead of the contaminated water that caused the outbreak.With modern visual effects, stricter safety regulations, more versatile transportation, and better available stunt equipment, movie production is fortunately much less treacherous now than it was throughout the 20th century.What production environments have you found the most interesting? Let us know in the comments below. read more
Former Portugal boss Paulo Bento has been appointed as the new head coach of South Korea.Bento replaces Shin Tae-yong, who was not offered a new contract in July after South Korea’s group-stage exit at the World Cup in Russia.The Portuguese will be in charge of the South Korean team till the 2022 World Cup in QatarBento became available in July when he was fired by Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan.”After reviewing his plans, we believe Bento is a coach who can develop South Korean football if we can support him for four years,” Kim Pan-gon, the head of the Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee, told a news conference Friday. “His results at Euro 2012 were very good and he is professional, charismatic, passionate and confident.”Bento was chosen over candidates on a shortlist that was reported to include Vahid Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, and Quique Sanchez Flores, a Spanish coach who has had stints at La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Valencia as well as Watford in the English Premier League.Bento’s first game in charge will be a home exhibition against Costa Rica on Sept. 7.(With AP inputs) read more