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Daily Mirror offers 3,000 places on Great North Run

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 2 January 2010 | News Tagged with: Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Daily Mirror today offered 3,000 places in this year’s BUPA Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon.These places can prove very valuable to charities in terms of the sponsorship that runners can raise for them. This year’s event is expected to generate £12 million for charities.The 30th Bupa Great North Run will take place in Newcastle on Sunday 19 September 2010, where a field of 54,000 runners will take part.The deadline for entries is midnight on 8 January 2010. Successful applicants will be required to pay the £44 entry fee (£70 for overseas entrants). Unsuccessful entrants will be entered into the general ballot.Entrants must be 17 years or older.Successful entrants will be notified on or before 15 January 2010.www.mirror.co.uk/bupagreatrun/  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Daily Mirror offers 3,000 places on Great North Runlast_img read more

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Curb Appeal

first_imgWhether driving in our own neighborhood or going to visit friends or relatives, we all tend to compare our home landscape to others. There’s no denying that a well-landscaped house is very appealing to the eye and can make a home more inviting. Many real estate experts say that 10 to 15 percent of a house’s perceived value comes from a simple, though attractive, well-thought-out landscape. A large percentage of homebuyers decide whether or not to look at a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal. Whether you are in the market to sell your home or simply want to spruce it up, you can make your home more appealing by spending some time now on the exterior details.Curb appeal is basically others’ perception of your home as they approach it from the road or driveway. It is the first impression your property gives and it sets the tone for things to come.To improve your house’s curb appeal, you must take on the role of a visitor or potential buyer. Step to the front of your house or cross the street and take a good look at your house from that vantage point. Take note of any weaknesses and strengths you see.Then, ask yourself the following questions. What is your first impression of the house and the landscape? What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them? What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them?Make a list of the problem areas you discover. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend tackling the following cleanup and repair chores first, then investing some time into projects that will make the grounds more attractive.• Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof or driveway.• Stow away garden implements and tools.• Clean windows and gutters.• Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.• Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete and bricks.• Mow and weed the lawn.• Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.• Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the house’s roof. After you tackle many of these chores, take a closer look at the landscape. Decide if you plan on living on this property for a significant period of time or will be trying to sell it at a later date.Determining how long you plan to live on the property will help you establish an overarching idea for your house landscaping projects. If you are landscaping for yourself as a lifelong resident, you only need to consult your own tastes. But if your property is fated to be a real estate listing, you are essentially landscaping for other people’s tastes, namely the tastes of potential real estate buyers.Keep in mind these simple landscape design tips from UGA Extension. When selecting a landscape design, preserve as many mature, natural trees as possible. Large trees take decades to grow and can have a strong impact on the salability of a house. Use larger, upright evergreen shrubs on the corners of the house to frame it. When massing with smaller shrubs, always plant odd numbers. Odd numbers seem to appear more appealing to the eye and create a better sense of unity. Avoid planting shrubs in long, straight lines. Don’t go overboard with color. Sometimes keeping it simple looks better than adding multiple colors that can get lost in each other. Focus on using mass plantings of one color, such as white, blooming annuals in front of dark-colored evergreens. Consider using plants that provide year-round curb appeal. This not only includes flowering plants, but includes trees and shrubs that display great fall color and trees that have interesting, exfoliating, colorful bark. Select plants of different textures and shapes to add contrast.Pay particular attention to the arrangement of your plants. A symmetrical arrangement means that whatever you have on one side of the center of the home, you have on the other. Asymmetrical designs do not have the exact same design on both sides. Whichever you choose, repeat some plants or colors on both sides to create a unified landscape.Large, broad, curving beds that are well-maintained add great curb appeal. To create new beds, lay them out using a garden hose or extension cord. Don’t make the beds too curvy, too tight or too wavy or they can look poorly laid out from a distance, may be difficult to maintain and a nightmare to mow around.Remember, keep it clean and simple when it comes to curb appeal. Some of the best house landscapes have large, curving pine beds with hardwood trees and a turf area that stands out like a golf green. They often contain three to four types of plants around the home to frame it and to draw attention to an attractive, leaded, glass front door. A clean, newly painted house with a simple, but well-planned, landscape can add value and salability to any home.last_img read more

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Inspirational Bicycle Quotes

first_imgAlex started biking when he was 5 and never let go of his passion. He first learned how to ride a bike in 3 days, and he has been mountain biking ever since. Believing that this is the best way to be fit and have a great mental state, he uses his bike everywhere. He is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of 99bikereviews.com Does riding a bike make you a bit different from people who use other transportation methods? Some would argue that it doesn’t, but we think otherwise. Why is that? It is because riding is different from driving or flying a plane. You need to be a part of the bike in order to advance. As the great John Howard used to say “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine”.It is not as demanding as snowboarding, or some other sport, and you can do it everyday for the rest of your life. People in Copenhagen, where the weather is cold, ride even when it is snowing. The upside would be the fact that you can stress your body when riding, and you can let your mind wonder freely at the same time. One example is Albert Einstein who famously wrote that he had thought of ideas and principles used in the book while riding his bicycle.This is a point that Elizabeth West was sure to make when saying that “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. “But the sometimes stressed feeling you and I feel after a bad day at work has to clear out some time. You can either sleep or you can go and exercise a bit to get that weight off your shoulders. This was not a secret for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan DoyleHere are a few more inspirational quotes that refer to life as a bike ride:It never gets easier, you just go faster. ~ Greg LeMond.The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. ~ William G. Golding EnglishWhenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. WellsLet a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain — at least in a poor country like Russia — and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. ~ Leon TrotskyGet a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live. ~ Mark Twain Taming the Bicycle. 1884Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~ James E. StarrsThe bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann StrongYou never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day. ~ Daniel BehrmanThink of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. ~ Grant PetersenThe bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. ~ William Saroyan Nobel prize winnerThe bicycle, the bicycle, surely should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.~ Christopher Morely Nobel prize winnerBicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.~ P. Martin ScottWhoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity. ~ Lord Charles BeresfordLife is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles M. Schulzlast_img read more

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Argentine Navy Keeps Up Search for ARA San Juan Submarine

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo December 12, 2017 After three weeks of intensive efforts, the Argentine Navy continues to comb the area where the submarine ARA San Juan lost contact with its base on November 15th, with 44 people on board. Most of the 18 nations that participated in the search and rescue left the area of operations. Chile, the United States, and the United Kingdom continue to support the search for the vessel. Ships already swept the 40-kilometer radius area—where an explosion was detected on November 15th—twice. The task, however, is daunting. “It’s like finding a six-centimeter cigarette on a 100-by-40-meter soccer field,” Captain Enrique Balbi, spokesperson for the Argentine Navy, said at a press conference on December 8th. “And on top of that, the [cigarette] is green,” the captain said, alluding to the black hull of the submarine to prevent underwater detection. Capt. Balbi confirmed that the search would continue “until all available resources are exhausted,” explaining that no limit was set for partner nation support. “As of yet, no end date has been set for international assistance,” he reported. “What happens is that various ships, such as the Protector [from the United Kingdom], the Atlantis [from the United States], and the dispatch boat Puerto Argentino, leave the area of operations to resupply, and then rejoin the search effort. This international effort also includes the Chilean oceanographic research ship Cabo de Hornos. “The Brazilian Navy reports that the Argentine Navy discharged the three Brazilian ships that participated in the search for the submarine ARA San Juan,” the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Operations Command told Diálogo. “The icebreaker and oceanographic research ship Almirante Maximiano and the frigate Rademaker ended their participation on November 27th, and the submarine rescue ship Felinto Perry on December 2nd.” Search area to be widened The objective now is to expand the search area while objects detected on the sea bottom are inspected. “For now, there are plans to expand the circular area with the greatest likelihood of finding something to the north, which is where the submarine would have gone on its direct course to Mar del Plata,” Capt. Balbi explained at the press conference. “This afternoon [Friday, December 8th], the U.S. Navy research vessel Atlantis, which set sail yesterday from Comodoro Rivadavia with its ROV [remotely operated vehicle], rejoined the search,” Capt. Balbi said. “The Atlantis and the [Argentine Navy dispatch boat] Islas Malvinas [will operate] with their respective ROVs to inspect three different objects simultaneously.” The dispatch boat Puerto Argentino joined the search on December 9th, using its U.S.-made side-scanning sonar, while the British HMS Protector also arrived in the area of operations. “Although [the Protector] lacks underwater viewing equipment, it has sensors to sweep the area,” Capt. Balbi added. In recent days, search and rescue units detected two objects that were inspected and ruled out as small fishing vessels. Now, international teams examine objects detected at greater depths. For instance, the dispatch boat Islas Malvinas attempts to visualize an object at a depth of 830 meters, and the Atlantis will inspect an object at 770 meters. “Fortunately, weather conditions are favorable,” Capt. Balbi said. End of rescue stage On November 30th, despite the use of the most advanced search technology, Argentine authorities announced that hope to find the crew of the ARA San Juan alive were lost. “The Ministry of Defense and the Argentine Navy, as the enforcement authorities of the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, report that today, Thursday, November 30th, at 16:20 hours, the SAR [search and rescue] case for the submarine ARA San Juan ended and shifted to the search phase,” the press release read. The large-scale operation included 28 ships, nine aircraft, and 4,000 personnel from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, the United States, and 13 other nations. “Despite the scope of the efforts, locating the submarine was not possible,” Capt. Balbi said at the press conference. “The operation extended to more than twice the number of days estimated to rescue the crew.” In all, 18 nations swept over 557,000 square nautical miles with visual search and 1,049,479 square nautical miles (almost equal to the size of Argentina) with radar search. The initial efforts were done in a 482,000-square-kilometer area (nearly the size of Spain), later focused on the 40-kilometer radius where the explosion was detected. Despite all efforts carried out to depths of 300 meters, rescuers have not come into contact with the submarine or its life rafts.last_img read more

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Glen Head Man Nabbed in Mob-Trash Ring Bust

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A reputed Gambino crime family soldier from Glen Head is among 32 suspects federal authorities rounded up Wednesday in a massive crackdown on mob-run trash-hauling companies in New York and New Jersey.Anthony Bazzini is facing up to 40 years in prison on federal racketeering and extortion conspiracy charges. The 53-year-old suspect was scheduled to be arraigned with most of his co-defendants at Manhattan federal court.“Organized crime has many victims—in this case small business owners who pay for waste removal, potential competitors and the communities infected by this corruption and its cost,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.Prosecutors and FBI investigators alleged Bazzini was among alleged mob soldiers who took control of an unnamed waste removal company that a cooperating witness had incorporated.Bazzini was involved in loansharking, mail and wire fraud and stolen property offenses in order to enhance the mob’s power, line their pockets and keep its victims in check by threatening economic and physical harm, authorities said.The suspect, who was among a dozen of the 32 defendants facing the top charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, is accused of dictating which trash pick-up stops that companies could use and extorting payments in exchange for “protection.”By enforcing purported “property rights” over the routes, the suspects excluded competitors, in effect imposing a criminal tax on businesses and communities, authorities said. They also allegedly stole property of competitors and defrauded customers.Aside from the Gambino family, suspects include members and associates of the Genovese and Luchese—three of the five organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra that coordinated through the use of “sit-downs,” authorities alleged.last_img read more

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Dawson to serve ban

first_img “It’s one of the areas that would lend itself to technology. “The game has stopped and there’s time before we restart the game to have a look at something. That would provide the concrete evidence that would get the decision right. “We’ve been open-minded to things like the goal decision system which has made a great difference and a great benefit to referees in the Premier League. “We need to see what other technology can be used to get refereeing decisions more accurate. He added: “We need to test it in live football. Until we do that, we won’t know the impact on the game. “Technology can be helpful but we don’t want to destroy the fabric of the game, the fast-flowing spectacle we all love.” The Football Association has confirmed the defender will be banned instead of McAuley. Referee Neil Swarbrick sent McAuley off by mistake after Dawson had fouled Wilfried Bony in the Baggies’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. Craig Dawson will serve a one-match ban after Gareth McAuley’s mistaken red card was transferred to his West Brom team-mate. Swarbrick apologised, via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, and the case of mistaken identity has been accepted by an Independent Regulatory Commission. An FA statement confirmed: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Monday 23 March 2015], a claim of mistaken identity in relation to West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley was successful. “The player was dismissed during the game against Manchester City on Saturday [21 March 2015] for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. “The standard punishment of a one-match suspension has been transferred to Craig Dawson and will be served with immediate effect.” Dawson will miss Albion’s clash with QPR at The Hawthorns on April 4. The incident marked the second time in a matter of weeks that the wrong player has been sent off in a Premier League game, after Roger East dismissed Sunderland’s Wes Brown against Manchester United for an offence committed by fellow United old boy John O’Shea. PGMOL general manager Mike Riley has called for the introduction of video replays to assist officials in such cases. Riley told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The referee has got to make his decision based on what he thinks he’s seen. His instincts often lead him to trust his judgement. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Williams, Walls kick-starting offense for women’s soccer

first_imgIt’s a Sunday afternoon home game against Northern Iowa and play has just gotten under way for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Seven minutes into the match, redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams burns the defense up the right side and delivers a perfectly timed cross, slicing through the defense and connecting with fellow senior forward Cara Walls who promptly knocks it in for the upper-ninety goal.It’s the kind of chemistry that takes years to perfect.Whether it’s on the practice field, in the conditioning room or during games, UW head coach Paula Wilkins has watched her star strikers grow from the inexperienced freshman first stepping onto the pitch, to award-winning captains of the No. 9 team in the nation.“I think they complement each other, both as people and as players,” Wilkins said. “Kodee’s a little bit more fiery, a little bit more aggressive, while Cara’s a little bit more calm and steady. Not to discredit Kodee at all, it’s a compliment because if they were both similar, it would be kind of boring. I think they add a different dimension together so one’s steady and one’s kind of aggressive.”Having been dealt her fair share of adversity over the years, perhaps the fire and passion Williams brings to the field on a daily basis has been the key factor in getting over the obstacles she has faced. After a promising start to her UW campaign, which included 17 starts, four goals and four assists as a freshman, a devastating ACL injury the following off-season put her career in jeopardy.Although she had to watch from the sideline for the season and start back at square one physically, Williams wasn’t going to let one setback ruin her career after years of hard work to get to where she had been. After months of grueling physical therapy and strength training in the 2011-12 off-season, she had finally made it back off the bench the following season. It was a comeback that would earn her the UW Unsung Hero award and inspire the program as a whole.Whether it was during her recovery period or now, at the peak of her performance, Williams has always been able to count on Wilkins to keep the game engaging for her and the whole team as well.“I think Paula does a great job of changing things up for us at practice and during games,” Williams said. “In the offseason, she really keeps things interesting to keep us interested in soccer and I think that she has also made some awesome changes as a coach that have been passed down to us in terms of our communication styles. What she tells us, how she’s telling it to us, and that’s just really fueled the team I think.”As for Cara Walls, consistency has defined her career thus far. Before she ever took a step on the field for the Badgers, she had already staked her claim as a top national prospect following her performance for the FC U-18 Milwaukee club team, leading her squad to the national championship.Her career as a Badger has been more of the same kind of success. UW’s offensive player of the year in 2012, Second-Team All Big Ten in 2013, and a No. 88 ranking in the 100 Best Women’s College Soccer Players by Top Drawer Soccer are just a few of her highlights so far at the Division 1 level for the Badgers. With seven goals already in the team’s six games this season, it’s hard for anyone to really gauge her full potential.Sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle, who has contributed as the team’s top 2014 setup player with five assists, said both Walls and Williams “lead by example” both on and off the field.“They work really hard and have very good work ethic which makes us want to work hard too,” Lavelle said. “Off the field, they’re just great people, they get the team together which is great for our team chemistry.”The accomplishments of her teammates should not be discounted by any means either. In just over a year, Lavelle has collected a series of individual accolades, including 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the year, 2013 All-First Team Big Ten and a selection to Soccer America’s preseason All-American Team. Junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll was just named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as the Division I Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer Sept. 9 following her dominating two-goal, two-assist performance on the West Coast this past weekend.Looking ahead, the biggest test for the Badgers’ offense will come this weekend with Big Ten play opening up on Friday against undefeated Michigan State before concluding the weekend on Sunday at Michigan (4-2-0).As the Badgers try to continue their hot start through Big Ten play, both Walls and Williams will have to continue their chemistry that produced that early goal against Northern Iowa.last_img read more

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Black Challenge crash out at Amputee World Cup

first_imgGhana crashed out of the 2012 Amputee Football World Cup after a 1-2 to Argentina on Thursday in their last group match in Kaliningrad, Russia.The Black Challenge needed just a draw to go through but went down by two goals early before managing a consolation later, which was little enough to boost their quest for a historic semi final berth.The Argentines, who beat the Ghanaians at the last World Cup 5-0, were more tactical in their play, keeping one player permanently at the top with a more skilful support from their danger man, Augusto Alonso.After their first half goal, the Argentines intensified their game for their second goal in the other half of the game, putting the Black Challenge in a very difficult situation as the minutes tickled away.The South Americans doubled the lead minutes later before Collins Gyamfi, reduced the tally with his fourth goal of the tournament.Ghana will now play England in the play-off for fifth place on Saturday. The Black Challenge finished sixth at the last championship held in Argentina in 2010.Meanwhile, Francis Adjetey Sowah, President of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa (AFFA) and the Ghana Amputee Football Federation (GAFF) will be contesting for the Second Vice President of the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) during the congress on Friday.last_img read more