EasyJet passengers donate £1m to Unicef in five months

first_img Over the winter season passengers can donate on board from 1 December to 31 January.www.unicef.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: corporate Individual giving Howard Lake | 13 December 2012 | News EasyJet passengers donate £1m to Unicef in five monthscenter_img Passengers on easyJet flights have donated £1 million to Unicef through spare change and unused foreign currency in just five months. The milestone is being celebrated today with more than 50 Santa Clauses helping to unveil a branded ‘Change for Good’ easyJet aircraft.The partnership was launched in July 2012 and follows previous foreign currency collection campaigns by the airline. It runs across easyJet’s pan-European network of over 600 routes across more than 30 countries. It is part of UNICEF’s global ‘Change for Good’ programme in partnership with leading airlines around the world, which so far has raised £53 million.From 14 December easyJet crew across Europe will be dressed in Santa hats to encourage passengers to donate to UNICEF throughout the festive period. In addition, all passengers travelling with easyJet tomorrow will receive complimentary chocolates as a thank you for supporting the ‘Change for Good’ programme. Advertisement  44 total views,  2 views today 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.last_img read more

West Nile Virus Detected Throughout San Gabriel Valley, As Close as Altadena, But Not in Pasadena

first_imgPublic Safety West Nile Virus Detected Throughout San Gabriel Valley, As Close as Altadena, But Not in Pasadena Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | 4:06 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community Newscenter_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Top of the News While Pasadena remains free of West Nile Virus (WNV), according to Pasadena Health Director Michael Johnson, the virus has been detected throughout the San Gabriel Valley, with one WNV-positive dead bird reported next door in Altadena.Indeed, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District’s surveillance program has located 23 mosquito samples in Arcadia, Azusa, Pomona, San Gabriel and West Covina that tested positive for WNV and five dead birds with WNV found in Altadena, Monrovia, Temple City and Glendora.In Pasadena, as of July 26, Johnson says there have been no reported human cases of mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue fever this year. WNV, Chikungunya and Dengue are not contagious from person to person and are spread through mosquito bites.“We don’t have anything necessarily unusual going on in Pasadena,” he told Pasadena Now. “I think what we’re seeing is across the region and I’m counting really sort of the whole state of California. We’re seeing increased numbers of West Nile in these indicator flocks.”Johnson said there have been a total of 22 cases of human WNV across California lately, including four in Los Angeles county.Since its first detection in California in 2003, WNV has infected more than 5,588 people and caused 229 deaths statewide, according to the California Department of Public Health. The virus is now endemic in California and presents a public health risk every year.Officials say it is critical that residents remove all standing water on their property to prevent mosquito production.In Pasadena, Johnson says Public Health staff continue to monitor reports of mosquito breeding and make sure suspect areas are treated.“When we find that there might be issues where there’s standing water, and specifically if we see that there’s actual mosquito breeding on them, we’ll treat that with a larvicide, which is basically an oil that suffocates the mosquito larvae while they’re on standing water,” Johnson said. “Also, we can go in everybody’s backyard so the message that we want to get out is people need to look at their properties and make sure there’s no standing water.”Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in stagnant water such as neglected pools, buckets, miscellaneous containers, puddles, and ponds. Eggs can hatch and develop into biting adults in four to seven days.Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh offers the following tips to avoid WNV:Around the home:• Eliminate all outdoor sources of standing water• Use a scrub brush and hot soapy water to clean unused, outdoor containers you intend to keep, such as tires, buckets and flower pots, that have had standing water in them; then turn over those unused containers to prevent new standing water from accumulating inside• Keep swimming pools clean and water circulating; keep filter equipment in good repair• Check for larvae in ornamental water sources and treat as necessary with “mosquito dunks” available from hardware stores• Change bird bath water every five days• Keep ornamental and fish ponds stocked with mosquito fish; use a pump to keep water moving• Screen and cover rain barrelsAt home and when traveling:Wear repellants containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus• Wear repellants containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus• If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, as conditions permit• Regularly check yourself for bugs and bites if outdoors for long periods• Make sure your hotel or lodging has air conditioning and window screens• Check window screens for holes or tearsFor more on mosquito-borne diseases, visit www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes.For updates from the City of Pasadena, visit www.cityofpasadena.net and follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov (www.twitter.com/pasadenagov), on Instagram @PasadenaGov (www.instagram.com/pasadenagov) and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. The city’s YouTube channel is at www.youtube.com/pasadenagov.Citizens can call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District can be reached at (626) 814-9466 or online at www.SGVmosquito.org.Dead birds should be reported to the WNV hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD or (877) 968-2473, or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Christ Church bids au revoir to post-bop drunkenness

first_imgUp to 100 croissants were handed out free to Christ Church College students at the end of their freshers bop last week, with the aim of reducing drunkenness.The distribution of pastries was one of several measures undertaken by the college stewards in an attempt to mitigate intoxication, after one Christ Church student fell out of a window at a Trinity term bop.Security was also tightened at the college’s gates during the first bop of term, and restrictions on guest students from outside Christ Church were increased.A spokesperson from the college told Cherwell: “As far as the croissants were concerned, these proved very popular with our students at the summer ball, and we were delighted to offer them again at the end of the evening.”Christ Church JCR Entz rep, Jason Pilsbury, told Cherwell he was “glad to hear that some people enjoyed it.”Speaking about the initiative, he said: “It will have helped some people but not others. It probably helped more people in avoiding the treacherous journey to Hassan’s.”Ella Thomas, a first year Christ Church student, told Cherwell: “It was buttery and delicious… someone fed it to me.”A Christ Church student commented: “There was a lovely array of French patisserie that we enjoyed at our bop.“It helped to soak up the Bollinger that I consumed in copious quantities. It was the best bit of a quality night”.The introduction of croissants and additional security measures comes after a series of drunken incidents at a Christ Church bop in Trinity term. These were allegedly inspired by the playing of Robbie Williams’ hit song ‘Angels’.last_img read more

RSU 9 board discusses budget proposals

first_imgFARMINGTON – Regional School Unit 9 directors discussed $38.4 million in proposed expenditures, additional supports for students when they return to in-class instruction and revenue sources at Tuesday evening’s board meeting, conducted via videoconferencing.The board utilizes a budget committee of seven directors who attend full-day presentations on proposed expenditures and revenue figures, prior to its presentation to the entire board. Directors on that committee this year include Chair Cherieann Harrison of Wilton and Directors Carol Cole of Starks, Kirk Doyle of Farmington, Jeff Harris of New Sharon, J. Wayne Kinney of Farmington, Angela LeClair of Wilton and Dennis O’Neil of Farmington.The budget presented at Tuesday’s meeting included $38,477,311 in general fund expenditures, an increase of $1.35 million over the current fiscal year or 3.64 percent.Approximately 66.1 percent of the K-12 budget would be paid for via the district’s General Purpose Aid, funds provided by the state. As is the case in previous years, state subsidy is up through a combination of increases in enrollment – Superintendent Tina Meserve said that the district had gained 141 students in the past three years – as well as changes at the state level, such as additional funding for system administration and career and technical education through the Foster Career and Technical Center. The district also will begin seeing the benefit of participating in a regional service center.As presented, the proposed budget would utilize $20.3 million in state funding and $10.4 million in locally-assessed funds required to garner that full state contribution. Beyond this Essential Programs & Services funding, established through a state formula, is the additional local allocation which covers a variety of programs either not covered by the state, such as athletic positions and after school programs, or adds additional money, such as adding teaching positions and subsequently reducing class size. The additional local allocation is up $189,741 in the proposed budget, although that is somewhat offset by a $138,010 decrease in the required local allocation.In response to a question from a board member, Meserve said that the district did anticipate having funds left over at the end of the fiscal year, due to the schools being closed to in-classroom instruction and the district’s budget freeze, of between $2 and $2.5 million. Those funds could be spent only after the auditor reviewed the district’s finances and reports to the state in December 2020. The money could then be used by the district to help pay for the 2021-22 budget or potentially be used to absorb a curtailment, should the state withhold funding due to revenue losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.The proposed budget does include $500,000 in balance forward revenue, the same as the previous year.Per the district’s revenue figures, the impact of the K-12 budget on local tax assessments would be an increase of 0.25 percent or $33,372. That increase would rise to .45 percent, or $61,395, when Adult Education expenditures are added into the budget. The projected change would lead to decreases in three town’s assessments and increases in the other seven. Specifically, Chesterville would see a decrease of $25,386 or 2.39 percent; Farmington would see a decrease of $70,221 or 1.46 percent; Industry would see a decrease of $24,597 or 2.64 percent; New Sharon would see an increase of $22,044 or 2.11 percent; New Vineyard would see an increase of $26,856 or 3.51 percent; Starks would see an increase of $33,095 or 6.88 percent; Temple would see an increase of $4,228 or .98 percent; Vienna would see an increase of $15,593 or 2.13 percent; Weld would see a decrease of $16,959 or 3.42 percent; and Wilton would see an increase of $47,548 or 1.72 percent.Historically, over a five year period, the local assessment associated with the K-12 school budget has increased an average of .55 percent annually, counting the proposed budget. Local assessments went down 2 percent in FY17 and FY18, then up 6.25 percent in FY19, up .27 percent in FY20 (the current fiscal year, set during last year’s budget process) and up .25 percent in the proposed FY21 budget.Increases in the budget include raises for salaries employees – the school board previously approved increases to support staff and administrator pay and is currently negotiating with teachers – as well as moving another teacher out of federal classroom reduction grant and into the budget and moving an English Language Learning teacher from part- to full-time and $24,000 for school supplies. The budget also includes $110,000 to move six ed tech positions currently working 5.5 hours to full-time, which would extend benefits to those positions. Directors on the budget committee and Meserve said that was designed to try and retain employees.“We can’t keep these positions filled,” Director LeClair said. “People come here, get trained and go to a different district for a little more wage or benefits.”Special Education would see a nearly $400,000 increase, or 6.5 percent, due to additional personnel. The budget also includes $60,000 for an assistant superintendent position, with a third of that cost mitigated through an associated reduction in Curriculum Coordinator funding. Other increases include the second step of the summer salary accrual plan, $80,000, additional funding for nurses, the Extended Year Program, student assessments, the local share of the cost of two buses through the Volkswagon emissions settlement, or $78,000, among other expenses.The budget also includes facility improvements ranging from replacing exterior doors that are rusting, installing additional cameras in some buildings, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades at the Academy Hill School and Cascade Brook School, replacement equipment including a kitchen steamer at Cape Cod Hill School, an environmental control system at Mt. Blue Middle School, desks and tables designed to accommodate additional students at MBMS, among other items.Foster Tech’s budget is up nearly $400,000 for a variety of new programs, including criminal justice, an emergency medical technician class and an electrician satellite program. All of that increase is being covered by the state; due to changes in the funding for vocational programming, that money is now separated from general purpose aid funding and can only be spent of Foster Tech.The Adult Education budget is proposed to go to $465,972; the local allocation would increase by $28,025 to $209,717.Directors discussed several elements of the budget Tuesday evening, eventually moving to continue deliberations at their next scheduled meeting in two weeks.Some directors spoke to the importance of adding a position to address drug and alcohol issues at MBHS, a $80,000 licensed counselor that did not make the proposed budget after the committee process. Director Irving Faunce said that addressing that issue was important, particularly given the extra months students had spent away from school supports.“We’re in a place we’ve never been before,” Faunce said. “Particularly in education.”Meserve said that expenditure had been considered but that with additional Title 4 funding anticipated in relation to COVID-19 pandemic relief, funds to support students with substance abuse issues could be made available.Another item not in the budget that directors spoke in favor of was funding for the Success & Innovation Center. The center provides a place for students to come to get help on projects, help accessing resources for specific problems or help coping with day-to-day life. The center is staffed by a teacher and an ed tech and has been funded by a GEAR Up grant for three years, ending this year.Director Craig Stickney of Chesterville said that he wanted to see that $110,000 program placed in the budget, as he had heard positive things about the SIC’s impact. He suggested removing the assistant superintendent position and pushing more district expenses into grant funding to encompass the increase. That latter move was cited as a possibility by Meserve earlier in the meeting, as restrictions on federal Title money are being relaxed due to the pandemic. That would allow for the possibility of keeping an extra teaching position and/or some technology funding in the Title money, rather than paying for it as part of the EPS or above-EPS funding.Additional federal revenue may be available, equaling 80 percent of the district’s Title 1 funding or roughly $600,000, but Meserve noted that receipt of that funding wasn’t certain.Information about the budget committee’s presentations and deliberations can be found here, including video from the meetings.last_img read more

Cricket News Adelaide green wicket gives Virat Kohli’s India decisive advantage

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough’s words that the wicket used for the first Test between Australia and India beginning on December 6 will be music to the ears of both Australia and India. Both teams have magnificent pace bowling depth and will be eager to exploit the conditions on offer. However, the promise of a green wicket gives India a decisive advantage. In the past, when presented with similar wickets, India has actually managed to turn the tables on the hosts and come out as decisive winners. Even if one ignores the recent collapses of the Indian cricket team in the series against South Africa and England, the batting resources available to Virat Kohli’s side are much more equipped to the conditions than the Australian batsmen.In the past, Indian batsmen would flounder mentally when confronted with green conditions. The technique of the players from the sub-continent, notably from India, would be exposed. The mantra for the opposition when it came to playing India in their conditions in the past would be to present them with a green wicket and run through their batting line-up with swing and seam. However, in the past couple of seasons, the ploy to employ green wickets against the current Indian batting line-up has actually backfired.Prospering in Green conditionsThe first instance of the Indian cricket team prospering in green conditions and shattering the perception that India would be undone by swing came in 2002 at Leeds. In overcast conditions and on a green wicket, Sourav Ganguly chose to bat and a brilliant effort from Sanjay Bangar (68) and Rahul Dravid (148) weathered the swing and bounce of the England bowlers. Their efforts were built on by Sachin Tendulkar (193) and Ganguly (128) as India reached 628/8 declared. India turned the tables on England to register a spectacular innings and 46-run win.Read More |Adelaide Oval could see green wicket for Australia vs India TestIndia repeated their fondness for performing well on green conditions during the Lord’s Test in 2014. On a pitch which looked greener than the outfield, India was inserted into bat but they were rescued by the class of Ajinkya Rahane who smashed 103. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 6/82 and fifties from Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar helped India set England a target of 319. Ishant Sharma picked up 7/74 as India won the match by 95 runs for a famous win.Read More |Virat Kohli’s India aim to avoid collapse syndrome in Australia TestsSuccess Down Under and in South AfricaIt is not just England where India has had success on green decks. During the Johannesburg Test of 2006, India made 249 with Ganguly smashing 51. Sreesanth produced a magical spell of 5/40 to bowl South Africa out for 84. Armed with a big lead, India set the Proteas a target of 402 and they were bowled out for 278, giving India not just a 123-run win but their first win on South Africa soil.Read More |India are learning quickly from mistakes in Australia tour: ManinderIn 2008, with India down 0-2, India headed to Perth and was greeted with a wicket which had plenty of swing and bounce on offer. Dravid’s 93 and Tendulkar’s 71 helped India reach 330 but RP Singh, Irfan Pathan all extracted plenty of movement to give India a 118-run lead. VVS Laxman hit 79 and India set Australia a target of 413, which the hosts fell short. This was the last win for India Down Under and they have not managed to win a game since.Hope for jinx to end?Before heading to the tour, Kohli said in the press conference, “We are all feeling good about the fact that we have a great bowling attack now. They know exactly what they want to do. After a long time we feel we can pick up 20 wickets in every Test we play, which I think is a great feeling to have.”In England and South Africa, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar have all run through oppositions in varying conditions. With the Australian batting line-up missing Steve Smith and David Warner, they are very thin on experience. Aided by a potential green wicket and with the quartet available, Indian are all set to continue their good run on a green wicket. The onus is now on the batsmen to step up and ensure no collapses take place. last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin receives No. 8 in first College Football Playoff rankings

first_imgWisconsin helped build its top 10 case after defeating current-No. 10 University of Nebraska last Saturday in a 23-17 overtime thriller at Camp Randall Stadium.Prior to Tuesday night’s verdict, the Badgers were also ranked as the eighth-best team in the country by the AP Poll. While the Badgers didn’t budge in the new CFP poll, this wasn’t the case for most teams.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…The committee delivered its first top 25 poll of the 2016-17 season  ruling the current four playoff contenders as No. 1 University of Alabama, No. 2 University of Michigan, No. 3 Clemson University and No. 4 Texas A&M University.Undefeated and AP No. 4 University of Washington was the lone team from the AP’s top four that did not align with the playoff committee’s original cut Tuesday night. This may come as a surprise to some considering Texas A&M — the team that replaced the Huskies at No. 4 in the CFP poll — already suffered a 19-point loss to Alabama earlier this season.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Overall, the Big Ten fared well in the College Football Playoff rankings compared to the previous AP Poll evaluations. While the conference lacks any representation between the No. 13 and 25 spots in the new rankings, the Big Ten managed to land five teams inside of the top 12. The SEC was a close second as the only other conference to boast five teams inside of the top 15.With Michigan currently occupying the No. 2 spot and a one-loss Ohio State team looking in from the outside at No. 6, the Big Ten is in a prime position to make a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.As of now, it appears the winner of the Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) game is the team most likely to represent the conference in the 2016 playoff.While the possibility is hanging on by a thread of probability, Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is still technically alive in the playoff race. For this to happen, they would not only need to win out, but they would also need some help from Nebraska.Football: Wisconsin feels the loss of its physical and emotion leaderJack Cichy will not step on the field again for the University of Wisconsin football team this season. A torn Read…If the Buckeyes can hand the Cornhuskers their second loss in Columbus this weekend, Wisconsin’s chances — though still slim — would increase. This is because a 10-2 Wisconsin team would hold the head-to-head advantage over Nebraska, which appears to be the Badgers’ greatest competitor in the Big Ten West title chase.If the Badgers can win all four of their remaining games to win the West, they would still need to defeat an unbeaten Michigan, or perhaps a one-loss Ohio State team, in the conference championship game to claim one of the four most coveted spots in college football. The College Football Playoff selection committee named the University of Wisconsin football team No. 8 in the nation Tuesday night.last_img read more