USA: volunteering more popular than voting

USA: volunteering more popular than voting 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. A Harvard University study reports more young people prefer to volunteer locally than to vote. The study, reported by VolunteerMatch’s October Volunteer Newsletter, found that “85% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 preferred volunteering in their communities to voting for political candidates.” VolunteerMatch concluded that “this report states that young people feel they are making a greater difference in their community by volunteering than by voting.” Howard Lake | 27 October 2000 | News Advertisement  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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County Board explain arguments in successful Callanan appeal

first_imgThe Premier County received a welcome boost last night when the Central Appeals Committee overturned the one-match suspension handed down to the Tipp full forward after it was first rejected by the CHC. The Drom-an-Inch native was sent-off in the League quarter-final against Offaly and had looked set to miss Sunday’s semi-final against Waterford.County Secretary Tim Floyd says their successful appeal at the CAC was based on three main points.last_img

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RFH Tower Players Present ‘Jekyll & Hide’

first_imgThe Tower Players of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School invite you to discover what’s behind the façade as they present Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, a tale of the epic battle between good and evil based on the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Set in Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll has a plan to cure his comatose father. Denied by the Hospital Board of Governors, he resolves to experiment on himself.Jekyll & Hyde ran on Broadway for four years. The Tower Players production, directed by Suzanne Sweeney with vocal director Vincent Mottern, features Harrison Best as Jekyll/Hyde, joined by Clare Fitzgerald as Lucy, and Mallory McGill as Emma Carew.Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the school auditorium, 74 Ridge Rd., Rumson.Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.The box office is located in the auditorium lobby and will open 90 minutes prior to each performance. Advance ticket forms can be found at the Rumson and Fair Haven libraries or can be downloaded from the school website RFHRHS.org.For information on ticket availability and additional box office hours call (732) 842-1597 ext. 300.last_img read more

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Letter: Witness to Joy

first_imgserved as a Grand Marshal at Brookdale’s graduation ceremonies. It was pure joy.When my favorite poet Billy Collins came to Brookdale some years back, I interviewed him for Brookdale Television, and asked him how he became Poet Laureate. He said it’s a mystery: there’s no short list, you don’t know you’re being considered. You just get a phone call out of the blue from the Librarian of Congress. Then he added, with sly wit, “It’s a good reason to have a telephone.”I thought of that comment as I stood for a couple of hours behind and slightly to the side of President Maureen Murphy as she stood, indefatigably, and greeted hundreds of graduates, one by one, congratulating each, shaking his or her hand, and presenting the tiny vellum scroll tied with a red ribbon that informed them that their actual diplomas would be mailed to them over the summer.Being able to attend a Brookdale graduation – to be offered by your graduate one of the six prized tickets – seems to me today to be a good reason to have a child.Over my 28 years on the faculty, I have dutifully attended many graduations. I admit ruefully that at some point they became a bit ho-hum, always sort of the same, as you might expect. We professors sit in the first few rows, excited and happy for our students as they proceed up a ramp from stage left, keeping an eye out for those we may have had in class among the many we have not. When we spot one, we immediately recall our impressions of that particular student. Then the moment passes, and after the first few hundred, our eyes begin to glaze over a little and we briefly disappear into our own thoughts.But for me, (this) was entirely different – and wondrous. I stood behind a table laden with baskets full of scrolls. One by one, as in a slow-motion relay race, my job was to hand a scroll to my fellow Grand Marshal Gerry Monroy, who passed it off to President Murphy, who put it in the student’s hand. Though I could not see her face, I am certain she was grinning the whole time, because earlier, in the Warner Student Center, as those of us who would be on stage donned our robes and made small talk while we waited to line up, she said to me and Gerry, emphatically, “This is why we do what we do.” She may have said it twice. She was just beaming, brimming with anticipation.I wondered then why she seemed so over the top about it all: another graduation. But very soon I understood: those young adults (and a few not so young) striding confidently toward us, up that ramp, each one’s name having been announced to the multitudes who filled Collins Arena to the rafters, their families gathered in clumps like synonyms in a thesaurus, suddenly and briefly whooping and hollering like all getout for their own, wonderful, accomplished college graduate who was about to be greeted (sometimes hugged) and congratulated by the President of Brookdale Community College. It was joyous. That’s all I can tell you.By Tim Burke.Burke teaches English at Brookdale Community College.last_img read more

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Leafs outlast Braves in Super Bowl day shootout

first_imgThe Braves pushed the Leafs to the limit before losing a wild one Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena 8-7.The last time the Leafs met the Braves at home Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win.Nelson, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins twice Thursday and Friday, now meet the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series.The teams open Friday in Castlegar before returning Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.The Rebels, following a weekend split against division leading Hawks, will finish second in the Murdoch and meet the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The Nelson Leafs continue to build for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs after pulling off a weekend sweep against the weaker sisters in the Murdoch Division.However, the way the Spokane Braves have been playing the Leafs, maybe it’s a good thing the American team is heading off to meet Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Green and White.last_img read more

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Termites: If You Can’t Lick ’Em, Mimic ’Em

first_imgTermites, despite their bad rap, have something to teach human homebuilders.  Their mounds are self-sufficient, air-conditioned, environmentally friendly and cheap to run, according to a story in EurekAlert.  “The mounds incorporate a complicated network of tunnels and air conduits designed to channel air flow for the control of internal air quality, temperature and moisture levels.”    A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the UK is studying termite “smart” mounds in 3D for ideas on how human habitats could “meet all energy, waste management and other needs on site.” Maybe the termites in your walls are trying to tell you something: “This is no way to build a house!  Watch us.”  We humans tend to build rectangular things.  The free-form design of termite mounds strikes us as sloppy or makeshift, when really there is a deeper design that provides more efficiency, if we would only shake off our miter-box chauvinism.    Some “cave men” have lived in structures that look remarkably like termite mounds and possess some of the same benefits.  In Cappadocia in the land of Turkey, people have lived in natural cone-shaped caves for thousands of years (click here for pictures and history).  The dwellings are “naturally air-conditioned; cool in hot summers and warm and easy to heat in harsh winters,” according to the Hidden Turkey travel site.  (For wonderful photos of these dwellings, order the Turkey CD-Rom from Bible Places.)  If the trend in biomimetics (engineering that imitates nature) continues, wouldn’t it be an interesting skyline to see New York as a cluster of buildings resembling termite mounds.    This otherwise interesting story is marred by Darwinite hot air that adds nothing but halitosis:“Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites could inspire new types of building that are self-sufficient, environmentally friendly and cheap to run.”“Furthermore, the termites have evolved in such a way that they out source some biological functions, for example, digestive functions to a fungus that they farm inside the mound.”“In fact, in physiological terms, the termites have evolved to outsource many of their homeostatic functions, such as thermo-regulation, respiration, moisture regulation, and even digestion, into the mound structure itself.”As usual, the Darwinites fail to tell us how these termites came up with their efficient and intelligent designs by chance, but just assume they did so, somehow out there on the hot plains of Africa.  Apparently necessity is the mother of emergence (see 02/25/2003 commentary).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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We accept with humility: Mandela

first_img17 May 2004It was twenty-one minutes past noon in Switzerland when the envelope was opened, its contents withdrawn and Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s long-awaited words, barely audible above the noise, were spoken.At 12:21 on 15 May 2004, history had been made: it was the time of Africa and South Africa to stage the world’s greatest sporting festival.“I am delighted that an African association has earned the right to host the Fifa World Cup”, said the head of world football’s governing body as the South African bidding delegation embraced before a press conference at the World Trade Center in Zurich.Meanwhile elated journalists, many sporting workman’s helmets, blew “vuvuzela” plastic horns and sang the traditional African “Shosholoza” anthem in the packed auditorium.The South African team, including former president Nelson Mandela, bid chairman Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan, were invited onto the stage to answer questions.With 14 votes to Morocco’s 10 and Egypt’s none, South Africa had been chosen as hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup from the first round of voting.“Each member of the executive committee was called on by the general secretary to cast his vote by secret ballot. Under these conditions, we can only know the choice of each executive committee member by asking them individually”, Blatter said in reply to a journalist’s question before giving the floor to the winning delegation.“This is for Africa”, said a remarkably controlled Irwin Khoza. “For 44 million South Africans, this is for you. We have the jewel in the crown of sporting events.”‘I feel like a young man of 15’Over recent months, Nelson Mandela had campaigned tirelessly to promote his nation’s bid.Sitting next to Blatter, South Africa’s former president, who spent 27 of his 85 years in prison under the apartheid regime, could not hold back his tears, and they fell freely down his cheeks.“I feel like a young man of 15”, Mandela said to laughter. But, typically, his first thought was for others – the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. “You must not be discouraged”, Mandela said. “It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier.”“South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal”, Mandela said with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spine, prompting one Egyptian journalist to stand up and say: “We love you Nelson Mandela”.‘It is wonderful to be an African today’Speaking through experience, Danny Jordaan, who had been involved in South Africa’s one-vote final-round defeat four years ago, also took time to sympathise with his African “brothers”.“The World Cup decision is a big victory for one and a massive defeat for others”, he said. “But let us join hands and move forward to deliver an outstanding world cup – so we don’t have to wait 100 more years to stage another one.“The dream of a nation has come true today”, Jordaan said. “Some South Africans may not have food or a job, but they now have hope. Fifa has said Africa is worthy. It is wonderful to be an African today!”Speaking later, Jordaan said he believed the World Cup would not only be a success, but help unify a nation.“We have talked about this moment for four years. The world cup will help unify our people. If there is one thing on this planet that has the power to bind people together, it is football.“My country is ready to welcome the world”, Jordaan said. “With our colourful dress, songs and dances, I can assure you 2010 will be something the world has never seen before at a World Cup.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Sophie Kanza plays her part in building a supportive, united and tolerant society

first_imgPhoto supplied by Sophie KanzaPlay Your Part ambassador, Sophie Kanza is the co-founder of the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation, which she runs with her sister Louise, with whom she migrated to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo over 20 years ago. The Foundation is a fully self-funded, fundraiser and youth led organisation. It focuses on recruiting youth as volunteers to collect and distribute food, clothes and toiletries to those in need. Sophie hopes that by encouraging youth to go out and make a difference in other people’s lives, she is playing her part in building a supportive, united and tolerant society.Through the Foundation, Sophie uses Pan-Africanism to spread love, unity, peace and tolerance in a number of youth volunteerism projects. The Foundation’s volunteers are made up of mostly Congolese and South African youth. Other African nationals also participating are from other countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Gabon and Malawi.In efforts to encourage love, unity, peace and tolerance, the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation created a social awareness campaign called ‘#Singabantu – We Are Human’ to challenge the negative stereotypes of foreign nationals living in South Africa. Out of this campaign came a short film of the same name. The film was shot in the remains of a Rosettenville house burnt to the ground during service delivery protests that turned into a nationwide wave of attacks  believed to have been driven by xenophobia. The film has, since its launch on Africa Day 2017 (25 May 2017) won the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Plural Plus Award and been nominated at the Soeul Film Festival South Korea, which took place in May 2018 and the Africa Film Festival NYC USA which is in  August 2018.For more information on the Sophie A. Kanza Foundation, follow @SophieKanza on Twitter.last_img read more

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New Study Finds Correlation Between Social Media and Financial Success

first_imgA new study released by enterprise wiki provider Wetpaint and the Altimeter Group shows that the brands most engaged in social media are also experiencing higher financial success rates than those of their non-engaged peers. To determine this relationship, the study focused on 100 companies from the 2008 BusinessWeek/Interbrand Best Global Brands survey and the various social media platforms they used like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, and forums. Although it’s difficult to prove for certain that the companies’ involvement in social media has led to their increased revenues, the implication behind the new data is that it has. After examining the companies and their social media activity levels, the brands were ranked on an “engagement scale” where scores ranged from a high of 127 to a low of 1. Those brands that were the most engaged saw their revenue grow over the past year by 18% while the least engaged brands saw losses of negative 6%.Four “Engagement Profiles”The study grouped the brands into one of four engagement profiles that related to the number of channels they’re involved in and how deep that involvement is. At the top of the list are “mavens,” the brands heavily engaged in seven or more social media channels – like Starbucks and Dell, for instance. “Butterflies” are like wannabe “mavens,” and are also engaged in seven or more channels but are spread too thin, investing in some channels more so than others. “Selectives” focus on six or fewer channels but engage customers deeply in the ones they’ve chosen. Finally, there are “wallflowers,” or brands engaged in six or fewer channels with below-average engagement; these include companies like McDonalds and BP. Out of the top 10 brands engaged in social media, the mavens dominate the list. All of the top 10 are mavens and have seen financial success even in a down economy:1. Starbucks (127)2. Dell (123) 3. eBay (115) 4. Google (105) 5. Microsoft (103) 6. Thomson Reuters (101) 7. Nike (100) 8. Amazon (88) 9. SAP (86) 10. Tie – Yahoo!/Intel (85)$$$ Does Social Media Pay? $$$Of course what everyone really wants to know is whether or not social media actually pays off in terms of dollars and cents. This study seems to show that it does. The most-engaged brands are significantly outperforming their peers across numerous industries in both revenue and profit performance. They have even sustained strong revenue and margin growth in spite of the economy, notes the report. Whether this correlation is actually a causation cannot be proven with the data on hand, it can only make the implication. Given the large number of companies analyzed and the consistent findings, it seems probable that social media has had a major impact on the companies’ financial success. It’s also worth noting that the level of engagement appears to be a factor, too. The companies deeply engaged in fewer channels (“selectives”) delivered higher gross and net margins than those only lightly engaged in more channels (“butterflies”). It other words, as the report says, “it’s not about doing it all, but doing it right.”The ENGAGEMENTdb Web SiteAlong with the complete study, available here, an accompanying web site has also been launched at www.engagementdb.com. On the site, companies can compare their social media efforts with the top 100 cited in the report. They can also opt to detail their social media efforts for inclusion in the online database at the site for future research and study. sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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15 days agoChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regrets

first_imgChelsea keeper Kepa insists no Real Madrid regretsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he has no regrets missing a move to Real Madrid.Kepa was all set to leave Athletic Bilbao for Real in January 2018, only for Zinedine Zidane to block the switch.He recalled: “It was a few months in which my grandmother saw me more in the newspaper than in person. There was a lot of talk about me. Also because of an injury I was not going through good times.”I was finishing my contract and since January I could talk to teams. I didn’t get to see what happened. “I ended up renewing and with the idea of staying and after six months I left. It’s the only contradiction.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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