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Save the Children shops suffer during snow and cold

first_imgSave the Children shops suffer during snow and cold AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Save the Children shops have seen a significant drop in donated items due to the severe weather conditions that are affecting the UK. The charity says the lack of stock is severely affecting their income.At the same time, Save the Children shops have experienced high demand for warm clothing from shoppers. Jayne Cartwright, Save the Children’s Head of Retail, said: “we have seen a huge demand for jumpers, coats, fleeces and boots. We are struggling to keep up with demand.”The charity is also keen to support those families on a tight budget that simply can not afford to keep warm.Cartwright added: “we are encouraging shoppers who can safely get to their local Save the Children store, to hand in their unwanted garments, in particular winter warmers and pick up some bargains to help support the charity”.In an attempt to counter the drop in donations the charity is offering a Freepost delivery service from all Post Offices so that people can post donated items to them. This will remain in operation until the end of February.The charity is also inviting large retailers to donate unwanted merchandise to help make up for the shortfall in donations.www.savethechildren.org.uk/shop Tagged with: Trading Howard Lake | 9 January 2010 | News  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Wounded rabbi pleads for people to stand up to anti-Semitism by filling temples

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Answering the call of a rabbi wounded in the shooting at a Southern California synagogue, scores of people have been filling temples coast to coast to stand up to anti-Semitism and more are planning to do so as the first Shabbat service since the attack approaches. Following the rampage Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in both hands in the attack, sent out a plea for Jewish people to pack houses of worship this Friday and Saturday.In an interview with ABC News, Goldstein said he believes he survived the attack in order to the spread a message of love. “I say to all Americans, no matter what religion you are, we’re here in America because God gave us a country that allows us to have religious freedom,” Goldstein said. “God gives us constitutional rights to be here and to be proud Jews and we’re not going to let anyone take it away from us. And this is what we’re going to take away from this.”“I have encouraged people of Jewish faith, this Friday and Saturday, fill up your synagogues,” he said. “Show them that it’s not going to deter us. We’re not going to give in to terrorism. Terrorism will not win. But peace and love will.”On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that the Jewish community in the United States experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018, with attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions doubling in number. The ADL recorded 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents across the country in 2018, the third-highest year on record since the organization began tracking such data in the 1970s.Those incidents included cases of assaults, harassment, and vandalism.Marnie Fienberg, whose mother-in-law, Joyce Fienberg, was among 11 people killed when a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, told ABC News that she heard of the California synagogue just hours after she attended a prayer service for the victims of the Pittsburgh attack.“My first reaction when I heard the news in California, was once again I was thrown back to Pittsburgh,” she said. “There’s a prayer service at the end of Passover that memorializes people who have died. And we had just spent a very emotional morning thinking about, praying for my mother-in-law and the other 10 that had died. So to have this happen again on that day was absolutely devastating. … I cannot believe this is happening again.”She said the shooting came about a week after she helped organize what she dubbed a “2 for Seder,” an initiative that encourages Jews to invite two non-Jewish friends to a Seder dinner. She said about 2,000 people participate in the event across the United States, Europe, Israel, and South America. Even a couple climbing Mt. Everest held a Seder at the Everest base camp.“The enthusiasm and the desire to have positive dialogue from everyone, from folks that are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindi,” Fienberg said. “They were all very excited to have a framework and a point where we can say, ‘Now’s gonna be an appropriate time to talk about religion.’ And I think that it was something people needed at this time. But I think based on what we’ve just seen on Saturday, we need to continue this.” Responding to Goldstein’s call to fill temples, congregants packed the Beth Menachem Chabad of Newton, Massachusetts, Monday night for a special prayer service for a 60-year-old victim who died in the California shooting, Lori Kaye, and survivors of the attack.“We are living in a land of freedom of religion. That freedom is gone when you have to pray behind a locked door with a police officer outside,” congregation member Devora Baronofsky told ABC affiliate station WCVB-TV in Boston.People also filled the Holocaust Memorial in Boston to condemn the California shooting and anti-Semitism.“We’re with you, we stand with you,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. The Jewish community and its supporters also held a gathering Monday night at Poway High School stand together against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.“We should not be afraid,” Tammy Gillies, regional director of the ADL of San Diego, told the crowd. “We’re coming together against hate.”Rabbi Moshe Matz of the grassroots advocacy group Agudath Israel of Florida was called on Monday to lead a prayer to honor the victims of the Chabad of Poway shooting on the floor of the Florida State Senate, where leader unanimously passed a anti-Semitism bill prohibiting religious discrimination in the state’s public education system.United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres sent out a message on Monday which noted that the Chabad of Poway shooting came on the heels of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead, and the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka at Christian churches and hotels, which took the lives of more than 350 people.“The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement,” Guterres said in the statement.Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel of the Chabad of Nashville said he will lead Shabbat services this Friday and Saturday at his synagogue with the spirit of Goldstein’s message on his mind.“As Rabbi Goldstein said in his words, ‘We are a united community and we the Jewish people have, are and will live on forever and more,” Tiechtel told ABC News on Tuesday. “It’s a time of pain and a challenge when something like this happens. I think the way to eradicate hate is with teaching love.”He said the general philosophy in Judaism is to “push away darkness with light.”Tiechtel said that his brother is the chief rabbi in Berlin, Germany, and that his family — which lost many relatives in the Holocaust — was against him moving to Germany more than 20 years ago.“My grandfather was not happy that he was moving there, but two years after he was there, my grandfather said to him, ‘This is the best revenge for Hitler,” Tiechtel said.He noted that this past Hanukkah, Germany’s president lit a 30-foot-tall menorah at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where in the 1930s and early 1940s Nazi flags flew under Hitler’s Third Reich.“That’s what I mean — to turn darkness into light,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin addresses concerns on defense for upcoming game vs. Falcons, Oct. 7 (Courier Video with Brian Cook)

first_imgIn response to another devastating loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sept. 30 against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Mike Tomlin discusses his strategies for defensive pressure and how the Steelers will attempt to solve their recent shortcomings against the Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 7. The New Pittsburgh Courier’s Brian Cook reports from Heinz Field. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d-7vlnARbI&w=560&h=315]Web post created by:Gianna Griffin, For New Pittsburgh Courierlast_img

G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

first_imgIn this April 6, 2018, file photo, Erie BayHawks’ Josh Magette drives past Raptors 905’s Alfonzo McKinnie in an in NBA G League tournament basketball game, in Erie, Pa. Jack Hanrahan, Erie Times-News via AP MIAMI (AP) — The G League will begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. The G League said Thursday that it is establishing a working group to develop that process and other criteria, and that there will be no cap on how many players could be signed to a select deal.“We recognize that talent assessment is inherently subjective,” G League President Malcolm Turner said. “But as the name would suggest, this working group will be charged with identifying the relevant pool of players who may be offered a select contract. It’s not as if any player can unilaterally raise their hand and dictate that they will join the league playing under a select contract.”Players will be eligible to sign the select deal if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. The move follows recommendations released earlier this year by the Commission on College Basketball, a group that was chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was tasked with reforming the college game.The commission report said “elite high school players with NBA prospects … should not be ‘forced’ to attend college.”Turner said the move addresses that concern.“We’ve tried to answer the basketball community’s call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way,” Turner said.Players who receive the select contracts all will become eligible for the NBA draft the following year. Their rights would not be retained by an NBA club beforehand, no matter which G League affiliate they wind up with.Under current rules, players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until they are a year removed from high school — though that is expected to change through an amendment to the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players in time for the 2022 draft.The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.While it is apparent there are still details to be ironed out — such as how these select players will be allocated to G League teams — NCAA President Mark Emmert said he appreciates the G League’s plan.“Obtaining a college education continues to provide unmatched preparation for success in life for the majority of student-athletes and remains an excellent path to professional sports for many,” Emmert said. “However, this change provides another option for those who would prefer not to attend college but want to directly pursue professional basketball.”And this could put the G League and some big-name NCAA programs on a collision course.Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there’s nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits — whether they’ve signed or not — won’t consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season. That means the potential is there for some awkward situations if a player signs with a school, and later backs out of that commitment to turn pro.The G League’s working group is expected to be formed and functioning within the next couple of weeks, but it’s unclear when the process of players contacting the league and vice versa will begin. It is expected that there will be an advisory council to tell athletes who contact the G League about their potential eligibility for a select deal, much like how college football players can ask about their potential NFL draft status.“There might be some collision points, but our role and what we intend to do is educate and inform the marketplace,” Turner said. “We’re also not going to be targeting those who have already made their decisions.”Earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called the NCAA model “corrupt” and said he would suggest to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver a plan to expand the G League and turn it into more of a farm system with an eye on truly preparing young talent for the NBA.“As the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league,” James said in February, when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “And if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time.”Through the first two nights of this NBA season, 35 rookies — most of them having left college early — made their debuts. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) fumbles the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins tackles him, causing a turnover in the final minute of the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill) New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis (56) sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during an NFL football game in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. New Orleans won, 31-28. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point in it. Spending too much time looking back and not enough time looking forward can be just as dangerous as any of the missteps or handful of questionable calls that have hit the Steelers (8-6-1) during a slide that’s seen them drop four of five to fall behind Baltimore for the top spot in the AFC North.“The bottom line is when they’re done, they’re done, you move on,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “What truly defines you (are) the plays that lie ahead.”Maybe, but the sting of a 31-28 loss on the road in New Orleans on Sunday could linger well into the offseason if Pittsburgh can’t slip past the Ravens to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Steelers need to beat Cincinnati and hope Cleveland beats Baltimore on the road after letting another fourth-quarter lead slip away against the Saints.Pittsburgh had its chances. But its final three possessions in New Orleans ended with two fumbles sandwiched around a fake punt in which up back Roosevelt Nix was stopped a foot short of a first down that would have allowed the Steelers to bleed the clock. The Saints responded by driving for the go-ahead score, one abetted by a fourth-down pass interference call against cornerback Joe Haden that gave New Orleans a first down.Several Steelers contended Drew Brees’ pass intended for Michael Thomas was tipped at the line, which would have negated the penalty. The league reviewed it and agreed with the call on the field. So did Tomlin, at least to a point: Tomlin doesn’t believe defensive end Stephon Tuitt got a hand on the ball either, but did offer an addendum.“I also don’t believe it was (pass interference),” he said.It was the second pass interference call against Haden on the day. He drew a 33-yard penalty in the first quarter when officials ruled he illegally prevented New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara from trying to haul in a Brees pass that sailed well over the head of both players. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram bulled over from 1 yard on the next play.center_img Tomlin, a member of the NFL’s competition committee known to critique the officiating at times, refused to blame his team’s current position on one iffy call. Asked to describe how a team responds to a tough break, the father of three shrugged.“How do you deal with it when your kids don’t listen?” Tomlin said. “You move on. You focus on the things within your control.”That’s an approach — for this week anyway — that might not have any impact on whether the Steelers play into January. The beat-up Bengals (6-9) have won a single game since Halloween and oddsmakers have already made Pittsburgh a heavy favorite. Yet, even a convincing win won’t matter if the Ravens turn back the Browns and the season-ending matchup between Indianapolis and Tennessee on Sunday night ends in a tie.Tomlin pointed out Sunday won’t be any different than any other weekend, when the results from other games have a ripple effect on the course of Pittsburgh’s season. It’s just that it will be monitored more closely. He’s got enough to worry about without spending the day glancing up at the scoreboard.The loss in New Orleans wasn’t much different than most of the five defeats that came before it. The Steelers turned over the ball more than they took it away and couldn’t get a defensive stop when they absolutely needed one.Five of Pittsburgh’s six losses have come by a touchdown or less. The margin for error is small. Too often the Steelers have been on the wrong side it.“We’re not going to make it to be something mystical, or pretend it’s something out of our control,” Tomlin said. “It is preparation, detail, schematics, coaching. All of those things are very tangible. We’ve fallen short for a variety or myriad of reasons.”NOTES: S Sean Davis (quadriceps) and LB Vince Williams (toe) could be limited early in the week after getting hurt in New Orleans. … Tomlin is optimistic RB James Conner could be available. Conner has missed each of the last three games. … Tomlin defended his decision to call for a fake punt on fourth-and-5 at the Pittsburgh 42 with just over four minutes to play. “We’re not going to play not to lose,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to play to win. The guys understand it. That’s just how we live.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more