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first_img Thinking of You is a mobile giving app, available from today, offering individuals a choice of ways to give via their mobile.Supported by The Charities Aid Foundation, the app is already being used by charities including Shelter, Stroke Association, Rethink Mental Illness, Children with Cancer and Make-A-Wish.Described as “the world’s most thoughtful giving app”, Thinking of You is designed to combine “strength of thought with ease of donation”. Founder and charity comms entrepreneur, Johnny Pitt explained why he developed the app. He said: “I’ve always been struck by the strength of the words ‘Thinking of You’, but also the lack of a quick and simple way to give on your mobile.  Thinking of You combines both and fills a big fundraising, emotional and societal need.”Comments Jo Loughran, Director of the mental health charity campaign Time to Change, which is featured on the app, explained how the app’s emphasis on thinking for others is valuable. She said that the charity’s research shows that many people are still wary about contacting friends or family whom they think are struggling with their mental health, because they think it might be difficult of awkward.However, “a message via text or an app can be enough to show you’re there and it can mean the world to the person on the receiving end. Thinking of You is an exciting breakthrough, a simple way for people to reach out while supporting some fantastic charities.”John Low, Chief Executive of CAF, explained why the charity was supporting Thinking of You. He said: “CAF’s mission is to support giving so we are always looking for ways to innovate and make it easy for people to give to causes close to their hearts. People give when they feel a close connection with a cause, so we are delighted to be working with Thinking of You to help them ensure that donations get to the charities that need them so much.”Charity advisersThe Thinking of You team members are being advised by an advisory council of charity leaders, including: Aisling Burnand, MBECEO, Association of Medical Research CharitiesAngharad McKenzieDirector, Hope and Homes for ChildrenBridgit RichardsDirector, Charities Aid FoundationMei Li PowellCOO, Borne Four ways to giveThe emphasis on thinking of others as well as giving to charity is apparent in the four options for giving that the app offers:1.    Send a thought and optionally donate in the moment to someone, to their charity of choice – whether a happy/sad occasion, anniversary, birthday, prompted or impromptu.2.    Create fundraising events (like a marathon or bake sale), and update supporters with a live fundraising feed that keeps mobile contacts in the loop about your progress.3.    Set up in memory and legacy fundraising campaigns4.    Donate directly to a charity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48  324 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48 Robin MeltzerDirector of Fundraising, Brain Tumour Research  323 total views,  1 views today One-way commsThinking of You focuses intentionally on ‘one way’ communications, with the intention of helping people avoid yet more overload through feeling they have to respond to each social media message.Using the add, the sender sends a thought and/or donation, the receiver receives, and a simple “thoughtful” automatic acknowledgement is sent. Thinking of You charges 2.5% from any donation to operate its service.It is available free from the iOS and Google Play app stores. Howard Lake | 26 November 2018 | News Mobile donation app Thinking of You launches Tagged with: app Charities Aid Foundation mobile 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

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. took home the Dirt Dominator crown and $1,000 Thursday, on Karl Perfor­mance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour practice night at Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Mike SpiekerQUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Feb. 8) – The second annual Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour got underway Thursday evening with practice night at Arizona Speedway. Following the night’s practice session was the inaugural Dirt Dominator, a $1,000-to-win, 16-car bracket race for the IMCA Modifieds.Chandler driver Ricky Thornton Jr. walked through the field to capture the overall victory. Thornton topped Jake O’Neil in the championship round, utilizing the inside line starting position.“I knew it was going to be tough. Jake (O’Neil) has been really good,” Thornton said from victory lane. “I picked the bottom because I only ran one lap on the top. I knew I just had to get out front and not mess up.”Thornton took the lead coming to the flag stand off turn four after taking the green flag down the backstretch. O’Neil put his no. 0 machine on the cushion but Thornton was too strong on the bot­tom and ran unchallenged en route to the victory.Thornton defeated Delbert Shannon in the opening round before knocking off Russell Allen and Tim Ward. With the win, Thornton Jr. is locked into the Dirt Dominator season finale, which will comprise of 16 Dirt Dominator winners throughout the season seen on IMCA.TV. The final Dirt Dominator event will boast a $10,000 check to the winner.The Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour officially kicks off Friday night (Feb. 9) at Ari­zona Speedway in Queen Creek as part of the Snowbird Classic, featuring the IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet IMCA Northern SportMods.The tour heads back to Arizona Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 10 before heading to Casa Grande for a pair of events on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 12 at Central Arizona Speedway.Tuesday, Feb. 13 will offer a practice night at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria and will feature the $1,000-to-win King of the Hill bracket race. Racing action continues Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15 as a part of the Desert Classic at Canyon before race teams head to the final track, Cocopah Speedway in Somerton for a trio of shows Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18 during Winter Nationals.Each night along the tour, Modified drivers will be competing for a hefty $1,500 to win top prize in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events while Northern SportMod drivers will be racing for $600 to win.A record 117 Modifieds and 52 Northern SportMods are pre-registered for the second annual Karl Per­formance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour.last_img read more

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — Forecasters from the National Weather Service estimate most areas in eastern Indiana have already received between 1 and 1/12 inches of rain as of Wednesday morning. Low-pressure will continue to track over the tri-state creating a wet period through Thursday night when rain is expected to change to snow. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.Forecasters expect a nearly 40-degree temperature swing from noon Thursday to noon Friday.The low-pressure system is expected to strengthen Thursday bringing periods of heavy rain to the area.By the time the system passes three-and-a-half inches of rain could fall.During a flooding event, officials from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security say:During a Flood:Get to higher ground.Evacuate if flooding is possible.Have alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.Take pets with you if you evacuate. However, many shelters usually do NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions so plan accordingly.Do NOT try and drive through water. As little as 2 feet can wash away most vehicles, and just a few inches can stall a vehicle or wash away the roadway.Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot.  As little as a few inches can knock an adult off their feet.Monitor TV, radio and social media to find out what actions to take next.Officials remind motorists that most flood deaths occur in vehicles- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!For more information from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security please click here.last_img read more

first_img The 22-year-old, who qualifies via his maternal grandmother, was handed a first senior call-up for Wednesday night’s friendly in Cyprus and is thrilled to be given a chance on the international stage. He started his career at Southampton’s renowned academy, where he was a year above England and Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but dropped down to Sky Bet League One when he was released by the Saints. Press Association Reeves has taken well to the task, scoring 10 times this season from midfield and catching the eye of Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill in the process. “My nan is from Fermanagh and a lot of my Mum’s side still live over there, so I always knew it was a chance for me to play for Northern Ireland,” he told Press Association Sport. “I was ecstatic when I got the call, so was my family and everyone at home too. “It would be unbelievable to play international football; it’s an incredible opportunity and it would be an honour to represent Northern Ireland.” Ironically, Reeves’ new international captain, Steven Davis, is one of the men who forced him out of St Mary’s when he was signed to bolster the club’s Premier League credentials in 2012. Reeves holds no grudges on that front, though, and is hoping his week away with the likes of Davis and Chris Brunt can help him become a better player. “I trained with ‘Davo’ a lot at Southampton and it’s good to know someone when you’re coming into a squad and meeting a lot of new people,” he said. “He’s an easy guy to get on with, everyone likes Steven. You can always improve and training with these players can only help. “Working with guys from different styles and different cultures is good, especially when they’re international players. “You need to learn from them and then take it back with you and improve.” center_img MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves is eager to make the most of his “incredible opportunity” with Northern Ireland.last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on November 21, 2018 at 8:57 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman After two straight losses at Madison Square Garden and its worst four-game start since the 87-88 season, Syracuse (3-2) rebounded, picking up a 77-56 victory, its 53rd straight win against Colgate (4-2). The Raiders held a lead for most of the first half, but a 33-5 second-half run by the Orange opened up the game, which ultimately ended in a blowout.Here are three takeaways from Wednesday night’s game.Cursed CylinderSyracuse opened the game shooting at an abysmal clip, a little over 35 percent, giving Colgate a slight lead for most of the first half.Oshae Brissett was responsible for most of the struggles, shooting 2-for-9 in the first half. He dominated the offensive glass against the Raiders’ 6-foot-10 Rapolas Ivanauskas with seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes, but couldn’t capitalize on the second-chance points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn one sequence midway through the first half, the 6-foot-8 forward secured an offensive rebound against Ivanauskas but couldn’t hit the rim. Off the miss, Brissett recovered and shot again, but it was no good. With his third-consecutive rebound, the sophomore tried one more time with three Raiders in his face but again couldn’t convert.Six-straight points from Bourama Sidibe with under three minutes left in the half and an open 3 from Tyus Battle disguised the Orange’s 12-for-34 first-half performance, as SU went into the break up 35-32. Its early woes eventually corrected themselves, and Syracuse opened up their lead in the second half.Close CallAfter Colgate went into the half down three, the Raiders’ Jordan Burns opened the second period with an open 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Ivanauskas did the same, turning a three-point deficit into a quick advantage.The two teams traded baskets to start the second half, with no one taking more than a five-point advantage until seven minutes in. Battle started to heat up when he began to drive into the lane, usually beating Burns or Tucker Richardson at the elbow and laying the ball up with little to no contest.Eventually, a 43-41 Orange deficit was erased by back-to-back 3s from Elijah Hughes and Battle. But Colgate hung around with their perimeter shooting from Burns until Battle took matters into his own hands, eventually running the score to 65-46 seven minutes later.Burst of BattleBattle was Syracuse’s second-leading scorer with eight points in the first 20 minutes, only behind Sidibe with nine. But with SU down a bucket early in the second half, Battle took over. He scored 11 of the Orange’s next 14 points, only broken up by a Hughes triple after his first layup.The junior didn’t resort to his usual mid-range jumpers though. He attacked guards at the arc to get to the rim, and when they backed up, he stepped back to shoot 3s instead of fadeaway twos. As Syracuse’s 28-3 scoring run came to an end, he added to his point total in the fast break.Battle finished with 24 points in 26 minutes of action. He checked out of the game at the eight-minute mark, and head coach Jim Boeheim let Jalen Carey, Buddy Boeheim and Howard Washington take over. In the end, Battle’s quick swarm of buckets turned a game that was back-and-forth for its first 30 minutes into a blowout.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgBart’s Oil Field Services, LLC has an immediate opening for a water truck driver needed.Driver needed to operate a tank truck to haul loads of water and other oil/gas fluids and transfer them between various locations. Will also perform service jobs for local oil companies. Job work is short hauls around Sumner County.This position is hourly with benefits, and will include overtime. Job reporting site is Wellington.For more information on the position e-mail: [email protected] Barts Oil Field Services, LLC operates under DOT safety regulations as a federal motor carrier. Applicants will be required to have a Kansas CDL License.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–Sunday Rules, scratched out of last Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, took on the boys for the first time in her nine-race career and responded with a rollicking 2 ¼ length win in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint today at Santa Anita.Trained by Phil D’Amato, the Nick Alexander homebred 5-year-old mare by Tribal Rule was ridden by Edwin Maldonado and stopped the timer for six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.42.“She’s a small filly, but she has such a long stride,” said Maldonado, who hadn’t ridden her since August of 2013 at Del Mar. “I just want to thank Phil and Nick Alexander for giving me the opportunity to get back on her…I was confident she could win this race.”The second choice at 9-5 in a field of seven, Sunday Rules paid $5.80, $4.80 and $3.80. Out of the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, she picked up her eighth career win and with the winner’s share of $90,000, increased her earnings to $534,840.“We missed the Santa Monica because of a spider bite,” said Alexander. “Her hock blew up, but it was the spider that caused it…I know it’s (taking on males) not always something you should do and I was ready to take the blame for it, but it worked out.”“As soon as (runner-up) Raised a Secret came to her, she spurted out a length or so and I thought she’d maintain it,” said D’Amato. “Edwin got her in a great rhythm and she maintained it all the way to the wire.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Raised a Secret was off at 16-1 and paid $11.40 and $7.40Solid Wager rallied from last around the far turn to finish third, 1 ¾ lengths behind Raised a Secret. Off at 15-1, Solid Wager paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race, which were all set by the winner, were 21.61, 44.26 and 55.98.last_img read more

first_imgCLARK, ELLIOTT, LEPAROUX, MURPHY & STEVENS TO FACE NATIONWIDE VOTE OF THEIR PEERS ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide.Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the prestigious trophy that has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.One of the most coveted awards in all of racing, the Woolf Award, which can only be won once, is presented to a different jockey each year and it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, was regarded as one of the top big-money riders of his era. Known affectionately as “The Iceman,” he was revered by his colleagues, members of the media and fans across America as a fierce competitor and consummate professional who was at his best when the stakes were high.The 2017 Woolf ballot, which will be distributed to active jockeys across the country, features five highly regarded riders who have plied their trade with honor and distinction.A Louisiana native who catapulted to national fame by winning the 2015 Kentucky Oaks at the age of 56, Kerwin Clark has long been respected by fans, horsemen and his fellow jockeys as a rock-solid rider who has conducted himself with a quiet distinction for more than 40 years.The son of a jockey who started at bush tracks in his native Louisiana, Kerwin Clark rode his first winner at Fairgrounds in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 1976. When asked about his Oaks victory, which came some 39 years later, he simply responded, “Best day of my life.”Through Dec. 2, Clark has 2,997 career wins.Born in Toronto, Canada and best known for his Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories aboard Smarty Jones in 2004, Stewart Elliott shows no signs of slowing down at age 51. Through Dec. 2, Elliott has amassed 4,707 wins. Regarded as a strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2015 and has quickly established himself as one of the circuit’s top riders.The son of a jockey-turned trainer, French-born Julien Leparoux is a 10-time leading rider at Keeneland and is regarded as one of America’s elite young riders at age 33. Known as a “finesse” rider who enjoys tremendous success on turf, Leparoux, in a 2012 interview, said “I just try not to fight so much with my horses. I try to be gentle around their mouths.”Married to the late trainer Mike Mitchell’s daughter, Shea, Leparoux ranked 12th nationally by money-won last year and appears poised for superstardom at this stage of his career. A winner of seven Breeders’ Cup races, his most recent BC triumph came at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, when he won the Juvenile with trainer Mark Casse’s Classic Empire. Through Dec. 2, Leparoux had won 2,329 career races.An iconic figure at Sunland Park near El Paso, Glen Murphy broke his maiden at Sunland on Oct. 28, 1984, and he notched his 3,000th career victory at Zia Park on Dec. 18, 2015. Sidelined due to a fractured pelvis incurred in a paddock mishap in February, 2015, he rebounded quickly and enjoyed a fine year.A model of consistency, Murphy, 50, who is a graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso, has been among the nation’s top 100 jockeys by money-won every year since 2012. Through Dec. 2, he has 3,047 career wins.Long active in the support of his fellow riders, Scott Stevens has overcome life-threatening injuries to become one of America’s most highly respected jockeys in every respect. A member of the Canterbury Park and Idaho Racing Halls of Fame, Stevens is now within striking distance of 5,000 career wins, as he has amassed 4,616 victories through Dec. 2.At age 55, Stevens is currently based in Phoenix, Az., and he’s showing no signs of slowing down at Turf Paradise, as he booted home 118 winners over the 2015-16 meeting, good for his eighth “Turf” riding title.The older brother of Hall of Fame jockey Gary, Scott Stevens broke his maiden on May 30, 1976, at Le Bois Park in Boise, Idaho.For more information on the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more