39 total views, 2 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. Tagged with: Funding Research / statistics The Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP), set up by UK grant research experts j4b and CVS and local authority funding advisers across Merseyside, has helped local organisations identify and secure over £250,000 in less than two years.The income figure was arrived at following a survey of 150 members. Sefton CVS believes that, with more than 1500 active members already using the MFIP website, the actualtotal it has helped groups raise could be as high as £2 million.For Sefton CVS, Capacity Building Manager, Philip Hurst said: “We approached j4b to help us deliver key funding information using a website and enthuse Merseyside people and organisations about funding opportunities available”.The MFIP site receives up to 250 visitors each day. Itis designed to help members including individuals, community groups, voluntary organisations, registered charities and social enterprises from throughout Merseyside.The website contains free advice, an online community and latest grant news. It also dovetails with j4b’s online database of more than 5,000 daily-updated funding opportunities.Last year the MFIP website won the ICT Hub National Awards for Most Effective Use of information and communications technology. The ICT Hub National Awards reward voluntary and community sector organisations for their applicationof ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and showcase their achievement as examples of good practice to inspire others.www.mfip.org.uk Howard Lake | 9 April 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis j4b and Sefton CVS website generates £250,000 for local organisations
By Dionte ColemanTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, under fire from his own party after allegations of sexual misconduct, has found a more welcoming reception from the Republican Attorneys General Association.The national group has picked Hill to be its vice chairman, joining Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was named chairman despite currently being under indictment for securities fraud.Hill, who like Paxton has denied wrongdoing, said he was honored to be elected by his fellow Republican attorneys general to help recruit candidates and to ensure “states are not overrun by the federal government.”“The chief law enforcement officer has a primary responsibility to protect the people. I’m proud to stand with Ken and the rest of my colleagues in working to elect more Republican AGs who will protect our communities and stand for the rule of law,” said Hill, who was elected to his first term as attorney general in 2016.Hill is the nation’s only Republican African-American attorney general and has previously served on the RAGA Executive Committee.In June, allegations surfaced that Hill had groped a legislator and some legislative staff at a March party celebrating the end of this year’s regular legislative session. Gov. Eric Holcomb and both Republican legislative leaders, House Speaker Brian Bosma and then-Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, called on Hill to resign.A special prosecutor, Daniel Sigler, was appointed to investigate the matter and declined to file charges.“I decided that there was no crime that could be proven,” Sigler told reporters in October, doubting that a jury would return a guilty verdict.“While there is no doubt the women involved viewed the touching as uninvited and rude, that is not the sole standard for a successful criminal prosecution,” Sigler said at the time.The women have announced their intention to file a civil lawsuit.The state’s inspector general Lori Torres, who also looked into the allegations, said in her October report that “multiple eyewitnesses provided statements that Hill’s conduct was inappropriate, ‘creepy,’ unwelcome, and made many of the women at the party uncomfortable.”The only way to remove Hill from office is by impeachment in the legislature. No Republican lawmakers have advocated that, and Holcomb has no role in that process.RAGA did not respond to requests for comment on Hill’s election to their leadership.According to the Republican Attorneys General Association website, RAGA is the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans into states’ chief law enforcement officer. RAGA works with current Republican attorneys general and recruits candidates, giving them help with research, message development, and financial support.It was founded in 1999 when 12 Republican attorneys general wanted to address the lack of commitment by other attorneys general to defend the idea of a centralized government, adhere to the law and apply a common sense, free-market approach to governing.FOOTNOTE: Dionte Coleman is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Chinese government has given a warm response to an Indonesian policeman who went viral on social media for singing the song “Jiayou, Wuhan” (Stay strong, Wuhan), saying it proves that “there’s warmth in humanity” as people across the world cheer for China to remain strong in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.Hans, a police officer of Sorolangun Police precinct in Jambi recently made the news in Indonesia after a video of him singing the song dedicated to encouraging people in Wuhan — the epicenter of the virus outbreak — made the rounds on social media, even gaining him international fame as he was interviewed by Chinese media.In a video uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 2 by a user identified as Navid, Hans was seen singing the song with another man on singing app Smule, where Hans goes by the username ucok_hans and the other man went by username NavidLie88. The YouTube video description read “Singing with an Indonesian policeman”. “The virus is cold but there’s warmth in humanity,” Hua said in a briefing on Thursday.”Let this friend from Indonesia know that the epidemic will pass one day, and when that day comes, we welcome all who support Wuhan and China to visit China, especially Wuhan,” she added.Indonesia recently evacuated 243 people – comprising 237 Indonesian nationals, including students, five Indonesian diplomats and a foreigner and the spouse of an Indonesian citizen – from cities in Hubei, including Wuhan, back to Indonesia to escape the fast-spreading virus.They are currently undergoing a two-week observation period under quarantine in Natuna, Riau Islands. The Health Ministry confirmed on Monday that they were all healthy and not showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.”I am glad to hear that the Indonesian students are in good condition, and when the epidemic is over, they are welcome to return and resume their studies and life in China,” Hua said.As of Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus hit 636, with Chinese authorities confirming that more than 30,000 people on the mainland had been infected, AFP reported. The far-flung virus has spread to more than 20 countries, with two deaths confirmed in the Philippines and Hong Kong. (afr)Topics : An Indonesian-language Chinese media outlet later interviewed Hans, during which the policeman shared a bit about himself and said that although he had never been to China himself, he could sing several songs in Chinese. He also sang the “Jiayuou Wuhan” song during the interview, Antara reported.”To my friends in Wuhan, we always pray for and support you and hope that the [coronavirus] outbreak will soon end,” Hans said after singing the song.In response to the viral video, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that during such a difficult time caused by the outbreak, the Chinese government acknowledged that Wuhan and China “is cheered on through social media by so many lovely people from all corners of the world.”
Malory Goldin / The Badger HeraldPublisher Peter Hoeschele celebrates a touchdown in the Herald’s rout of the Dirty Bird in 2011. With the legendary Elliot Hughes under center, the Gentle Clowns are poised to trample their meager opponent in similar fashion.Baking soda and vinegar, whiskey and fireworks, sorority girls and Lakeshore dorm residents, Bret Bielema and an all-you-can-eat buffet, Keystone Light and Asian Kitchen. All of these pairs are dangerous when combined and make for catastrophic results. But none of these combinations is as dangerous and lethal as the annual flag football game between rival campus newspapers.With late Thursday downpours turning Vilas Park into something resembling a goose shit-ridden water slide from the depths of hell, Friday’s game between the Gentle Clowns of The Badger Herald and the Dirty Birds of the Daily Cardinal has been officially deemed “The Battle for a Pair of Dry Underwear.”“Another year, another Herald football win; God I’m getting sick of how one-sided this shit has been!” editor-in-chief and Fearless Dictator-for-Life Ryan “Durkin” Rainey screamed in unfathomable rage.The heroic, gentrified laborers of The Badger Herald look to defeat their wanton, loathsome filth of adversaries Friday with the help of a standout wide receiving corps more backwoods hillbilly than the cast of “Swamp People,” “Duck Dynasty” and “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” combined.“Growing up wit four othur brutherrs, momma and poppa didn’t have no room fer us in da shed,” Madison yokel and star receiver Nick “Hams” Korger whistled through his three remaining teeth. “Sew dey used ta keep us out in da backyurd and made uz play der futball teh decide who get ta sleep on da porch.”The noodle-brained Korger will be joined along the edges by newcomer and high school athlete has-been Sean Zak, who has been watching film of himself in high school in his run-down, rusty trailer home while drinking cases ofPBRand itching himself constantly.“Yeah, I was all-state back in the day, no big deal,” Zak bragged, putting a big plug of Skoal in while brandishing his favorite grease-stained Dale Earnhardt Jr. shirt as his beer gut hung out of his sweat pants. “With the help of some in-depth advice from TZ.com and a longer mullet, I’m looking forward to stomping those fecal-eating, mushroom-faced fart sandwiches at the DC on Friday.”Several ambulances, a fire truck and a local funeral home will be on standby at Vilas Park as Editorial Board member and perennial defensive anchor Sarah Witman returns for one last mission of vengeance against the dirtiest of birds. Training in an undisclosed, mountainous, snowy-as-fuck region of Siberia with Sylvester Stallone, Yoda, Chris Borland, Al Roker and Charlie Sheen, Witman has returned to Madison sporting a full beard and an accent thicker than the borscht Vladimir Putin’s grandmother made for him. “SARAHSMASH!” screamed Witman between incredible leaps and bounds, destroying new pavement and plowing over innocent commuters on foot during stand-still traffic on Charter Street.A random urine test on Deputy News Editor and shutdown cornerback Elliot Hughes came up clean, although rumors persisted that Hughes used the Original Whizzinator and squirrel urine to hide his usage of methamphetamines, painkillers, Beer 30 and low-grade cattle growth hormone.But nothing compares to the pain-bringing demon of the newest defensive end on the Clowns, skull-crusher and feline aficionado Katie “Cat Lady” Caron.Born and raised by feral cats in the wilderness of the god-forsaken lands of Minnesota, Caron developed super-reflexes and a taste for Meow Mix but, as a result, can only communicate in broken English because of her limited time in civilization.Fellow cat lover and all-around badass Taylor Nye serves as Caron’s translator and the Herald’s defensive coordinator. Nye revealed in the last few days she’s been dreaming up blitzing schemes so complex they would make Stephen Hawkings’ head explode.“I wouldn’t say this game is going to be as one-sided as the quality of the papers … but who am I fucking kidding”? Nye said in her Thursday press conference, which was attended by her cats, dressed in suits.The Clowns still have an ace up their sleeve as well. Somewhere, in the unexplored depths of Mendota Lake, lies the notorious and feared design department of The Badger Herald. Rising every night from the icy waters only to feed on Skittles and finish special design requests, it remains unclear if Angus “Bear Killer” McNair and Sigrid “Flapjack” Hubertz will awaken in time to partake in the rotisserie-style slaughter of the Dirty Birds.The Herald’s injury list is lengthy, with free safety Leah Linschied doubtful (Taylor Swift addiction), outside linebacker Reginald Young questionable (Bieber Fever), head coach Ian McCue on thePUP(not athletic), Kelly Erickson probable (gingervitis) and leading tackler Leopoldo “Polo” RochaMIA(overslept).
The noise at Husky Stadium was deafening, a sea of 72,364 fans packed in and roaring as their No. 4 Huskies took the field against No. 20 USC on Saturday night.But by the end of the first half, as sophomore running back Ronald Jones II dove into the end zone to put the Trojans ahead by double-digits — the biggest deficit for Washington this season — the crowd had fallen silent, the only noise coming from a small pocket of USC fans in the southeast corner of the stadium.“U-S-C, U-S-C,” they chanted, met with little resistance from the Husky faithful.For fans of a Trojans’ team that was 1-3 and dead in the water seven weeks ago, it must feel like cloud nine. With a stunning 26-13 road upset over the undefeated Huskies, USC has won six straight games and its once-lost season is more than revitalized.“I told our team how proud I am of them,” head coach Clay Helton said. “They’ve believed in each other … This was the next step to go out on the road in a hostile environment versus a top-ranked team and play playoff football. We got an opportunity to continue our dream of winning a Pac-12 South title and we would not have been able to do that if we didn’t win tonight.”An interception by junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson — his second of the game — late in the fourth quarter with the Trojans ahead by 11 sealed the deal. The defense added a safety to extend the margin of victory, rightfully capping a game in which it dominated. USC held Washington to just 276 yards of total offense, well below its season average of 499.4 yards per game. The Huskies’ 13 points was also far under the Pac-12 leading 48.3 points they score each game. Their run game was non-existent rushing for just 17 yards total.“We shut down the run game and forced them to pass,” sophomore defensive end Porter Gustin said. “When that happened, I was able to get off the ball better, knowing I was pass-rushing and didn’t have to read anything.”Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards in the win over Washington – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanRedshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold outdueled Jake Browning, the Heisman-trophy contending quarterback for Washington. Darnold completed 23-of-33 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown.Browning, meanwhile, finished 17-of-36 for 259 yards and a touchdown, but had a 105.7 quarterback rating. He was sacked three times and threw two interceptions.“It felt like Jake was off his spot all night from our defensive pass rush,” Helton said.With a sizable lead in the second half, the Trojans bent, but did not break. Ahead 17-6, USC quickly let Washington back in the game when Browning found John Ross for a 70-yard touchdown reception. Ross put a few moves on Jackson to get open down the sideline. It was Browning’s longest completion of the season and also Ross’ longest reception to pull the Huskies within four points.Then, the Trojans gave the ball back immediately to the Huskies, as Darnold was intercepted in USC territory. But freshman defensive back Jack Jones blocked Washington’s field goal attempt to give possession back to USC.And the Trojans took advantage. Four minutes and thirty seconds later, Darnold led the Trojans down the field and found sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe in the back of the end zone on third and goal to extend the lead to 24-13. It was a pinpoint pass, through the seam of the defense, right to where Imatorbhebhe could reach up and grab it.Daniel Imatorbhebhe makes a leaping catch in the win over Washington. He had five catches in the night. – Nick Entin | Daily Trojan“I don’t question Sam anymore,” said Imatorbhebhe, who finished with five catches for 78 yards on the night. “I know he’s going to put it right where I can catch it, so it’s my job to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field.”USC took its first lead on an impressive drive early in the second quarter as Darnold led them down the field. He completed a third-down pass to senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers and then a 23-yard connection to Imatorbhebhe that set up USC in the red zone.Then, on second and 11, Darnold bided his time and found Rogers again, this time in the back of the end zone to give the Trojans a 10-3 lead. It was yet another example of the mobile quarterback staying calm when the defense took away his first option.“The play was a post route, but it wasn’t there,” Rogers said. “I saw him roll to the right, and I kept rolling to the end zone. He found me right then and there, believed in me and I caught it.”Darnold, his usual humble self postgame, said it’s on him to stay calm and collected, especially in the loud environment of Husky Stadium.“I think you have to [stay calm] as the quarterback,” Darnold said. “As the guy who runs the offense, you can’t show too much emotion … I try to stay as poised as much as possible, especially when you’re in a loud atmosphere like that when it’s rocking all the time. That’s when you really have to stay calm and show you team that we can win this one.”After the Huskies kicked a field goal on their next drive, the Trojans answered with a two-minute drill executed to perfection to go up 17-6 at halftime. In just over two minutes, they drove 82 yards in nine plays, with Darnold zipping passes all over the field. Consecutive long completions to Imatorbhebhe gave USC a first and goal at the five yard line, and Jones punched it in for the score.USC’s 17-6 halftime lead was the first time Washington had trailed by double digits this season. Darnold had 185 passing yards at halftime, more than Washington’s 159 yards of total offense.“I think we were very confident with the way our team was responding to all of the different punches Washington threw at us and I thought we responded really well,” Darnold said.Both teams kicked field goals in the first quarter. USC made a couple of errors when Darnold threw an interception on a pass into triple coverage intended for sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett and sophomore tight end Tyler Petite dropped a third down completion in the red zone.But Darnold made several quality throws to junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for first downs that kept drives alive and was enough to keep up with Ross’ three catches for 49 yards in the quarter for Washington. Jackson also intercepted Browning on a deep ball.A 38-yard field goal by redshirt junior placekicker Matt Boermeester evened the score a 3-3 heading into the second quarter.For several USC players, this marked one of the signature wins of their college careers.“Number one,” redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins said. “This tops them all. This is one of the most exciting atmospheres I’ve ever been in.”As the second half went on and the Trojans fended off push after push from the Huskies, the crowd grew restless and quiet, the possibility of a national championship slipping away becoming more real by the minute. And after the final seconds ticked off amidst the “We are ‘SC” chants, all the noise came from the corner of USC fans as Banner stood on a ladder with a sword and led the marching band in “Conquest.”These were the sweet sights and sounds of a road upset that could not have gone more perfectly for a team still fighting for its shot at a Pac-12 title. USC plays UCLA in a rivalry game next week at the Rose Bowl, looking to keep its splendid second half going.“It’s not always how you start,” Jackson said, “but it’s how you finish and I feel like we’re taking these steps to make that justice for our season.”