Empty Stockings Prompt Outpouring of Kindness for Many Families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the past month, the Charlotte Observer has run a series of stories on particular struggling families that signed up to get toys from the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas program. And dozens of readers responded to the stories with offers of cash, toys, furniture and groceries.“In one case, a couple accepted an invitation to lunch at Wendy’s, where a reader presented them with a check for $15,000 on behalf of an anonymous philanthropist.”In another, a little boy and his sister received a delivery of 100 books, after the Observer article shared that he loved his Charlie Brown book that he got last Christmas through the Empty Stockings program.One of the biggest responses from readers followed the story featuring a 58-year-old disabled woman raising two small grandchildren. The three, living in public housing and surviving on food stamps, wanted three beds, since the family had none.“After reading the story, one Huntersville man arranged to have new beds delivered to Ross’ home, along with bed linens he collected through his bridge club,” reports the Observer.He and other donors filled their home with toys on the children’s’ Christmas wish lists and a much-needed clothes dryer.(READ the story from the Observer)Photo credit: brent flanders (CC license) / Story tip from Kelly HarringtonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

St. Lucia on high alert for Zika virus

first_img Share Share NewsRegional St. Lucia on high alert for Zika virus by: Caribbean 360 – December 10, 2015 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene FredericksCASTRIES, St. Lucia – The Ministry of Health has put the public on high alert following recent announcements by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of the confirmed presence of Zika Virus in a Caribbean territory.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks indicated that the Ministry of Health has ramped up its surveillance and testing procedures for Zika virus as well as dengue and chikungunya. Zika is spread in a similar manner as dengue and chikungunya – by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.She said that although there are no confirmed cases of Zika virus on the island, it is only a matter of time before it spreads to the rest of the Caribbean, including St. Lucia.“To date we have noticed no abnormal trend. We are actually below the normal level that we see for these sort of illnesses – what we call undifferentiated fever, dengue, chikungunya – so we are actually at a very low level right now. We are doing random testing of certain samples when persons come in with fever and joint pain, even if we believe it’s dengue or chikungunya. We’re also taking some samples to send to CARPHA as ask them to check for Zika virus as well,” the senior health official said.Zika causes an illness which is very similar to symptoms experienced with dengue fever and chikungunya, such as fever, muscle or joint pain and sometimes development of a rash. However, unlike dengue and chikungunya, Zika causes redness of the eyes in some cases.Fredericks highlighted the recent alert by CARPHA for pregnant mothers to take special caution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.“We would like to give a special warning to pregnant mothers. Mosquitoes actually prefer pregnant mothers. When someone is pregnant the body temperature increases and that’s one of the things that actually attracts mosquitoes,” she explained.The Chief Medical Officer also noted that in Brazil and other countries experiencing a Zika outbreak it has been observed that there is an increased incidence of a congenital abnormality called microcephaly.“In some cases, if a pregnant mother gets infected with Zika early in her pregnancy during the time that the baby is developing in the womb, the baby can actually have an abnormality where the head is smaller than it should be…They have also realized in countries with ongoing epidemic that although most of the cases are mild and many persons who have it don’t even know they have it, in a few instances person can develop what is called Guillain Barre Syndrome which is a temporary weakening and sort of paralysis of the muscles which can be mild or severe and most times persons would have to be treated in hospital,” she added.Fredericks advocates wearing long clothing, particularly at dusk and dawn when the Aedes aegypti mosquito is known to be most active, and advises that bed nets, window and door screens and insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites.She emphasized that the public needs to prepare for the disease by employing similar prevention strategies as with dengue and chikungunya: limit the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and reduce the overall mosquito population.Prevention, she said, had to start in the home with ensuring that yards are clean and free of debris; bulky waste is disposed of at the landfill; tires are disposed of, shredded or filled with soil; drums are covered properly; and flower vases filled with soil and not water as the Ades aegypti mosquito breeds mainly in clear stagnant water. 240 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Basketball players, officials to be rewarded financially today

first_imgThe Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation [GABF] will stage an Awards Ceremony today to honour the players and management staff for their historic triumph at the CBC Pre-Qualifiers in Suriname. The event will be staged at the Burnham Court from 18:00hrs and will witness each member of the playing and management staff receiving medals and $GYD100, 000 for the accomplishment. This was revealed by GABF President Nigel Hinds. History was created June 31st as Guyana secured the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers championships, defeating Antigua and Barbuda 83-70 in the final at the Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, Suriname.The Guyanese also secured wins over Grenada, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Barbados en route to the title.  The local players who will receive accolades are Stanton Rose [captain], Shane Webster, Harold Adams, Orland Glasgow, Travis Burnett, Travis Belgrave, Kevon Wiggins and Timothy ThompsonThe overseas players who will receive their monies via wire transfer are Ray Victor, Anthony Moe and Denzel Devonish. On the management side, head-coach Junior Hercules and assistant-coach Dennis Clarke are also among the awardees.last_img read more

Tony Kenny – William Hill – BOS Speaker – The importance of a broad sponsorship mix

first_img StumbleUpon Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Tony Kenny looks after the PR/Communication and activation of William Hill’s sponsorship portfolio, which includes the Scottish Cup, Premier League and World Darts Championship.Kenny will be on our ‘Different Ball Game’ panel at Betting on Sports 2016 (September 15-16), speaking about how betting companies can reach new audiences via sports partnerships.SBC: William Hill has always had a broad sponsorship portfolio; as an organisation, how do you think you’ve benefited from this?TK: I think we’ve moved with the times and used our sponsorship mix effectively across our business both internally and externally. The industry’s current situation with Horse Racing shows the importance of not having a reliance on one sport.SBC: In its current context, do you think betting is too entwined with football marketing? Does the industry require fresh thinking?TK: For us, football sponsorship and partnerships remains an important part of our mix. It’s a competitive marketplace and it’s important to be front of mind when it comes to football betting – however there are emerging crossover sports where you can indirectly engage with a similar audience.SBC: Do you think that the marketing and communications for sports partnerships within the industry have become too formulaic? How do industry stakeholders create fresh and appealing campaigns?TK: I think betting companies need to look at their overall business objectives and strategy before jumping into football sponsorship. Then generate their campaigns based on their target audiences rather than going for the global 3.6 billion audience. They also need to engage more with fans through interactive content and stop thinking about supporters as numbers on their PowerPoint presentations.SBC: How can smaller sports with a unique audience make themselves more appealing to sports betting operators?TK: I think it’s really making themselves more appealing to the wider world. The UFC, Boxing and Darts are sports have revamped their images and have now become aspirational events to watch and attend.SBC: You are speaking at BOS on extending the betting industry’s reach within wider sports; what do you want delegates to take away from your session?TK: I hope they will get an insight into the importance of having a broad sponsorship mix and our successes both inside and outside of football sponsorship.____________________________________Are you interested in how betting companies can reach new audiences via sports partnerships?Make sure you’re at the largest sports betting industry conference of the year, Betting on Sports!#bettingonsports #BIGnBOSlast_img read more

Kofi Manu eyes Aduana CEO position

first_imgJoy Sports sources indicate that reigning Glo Premier League champions Aduana Stars, are considering an option of appointing management member Kofi Manu as new Chief Executive of the club.Aduana are on top of the league table after two matches but are without a Chief Executive Officer.The Dormaa based club must now decide handing the job to either Kofi Manu or former CEO of Asante Kotoko Major RTD Yaw Larsson.Management member of Aduana Stars Kofi Manu expects to take up the job if considered.“I am a citizen of Dormaa Ahenkro. I have been working assiduously to make sure that Aduana achieves something,” he saidHe added if the board makes an offer for him to head the team it will be difficult to turn down the offer. Source: Joy Sportslast_img read more

Ibaka, Lopez get one-game bans for swinging punches

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties NBA: Westbrook’s 35th triple double powers Thunder win MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) lands a strike on Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during a scuffle during second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for exchanging punches during an altercation.Ibaka, who was born in the Republic of the Congo but plays internationally for Spain, and US 7-footer Lopez were given technical fouls and ejected from the game after swinging blows with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto’s 122-120 overtime victory over visiting Chicago on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ibaka will miss the Raptors’ game Thursday at Miami while Lopez will serve his ban Wednesday night when the Bulls play host to Detroit.Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro but also plays globally for Spain, and acting as other than a peacemaker during the same altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAt 42-29, the Raptors are on a three-game win streak and one-half game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, 33-38, are two games behind Miami for the eighth and final East playoff berth. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more