Tate’s Buy a Brushstroke pixel ads campaign raises £550,000

first_img 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Donations have been received from all over the UK and there have also been contributions from as far away as Singapore, United States, Japan, Russia and Australia.Sufficient funds had to be raised before 20 March otherwise the painting would have been exported following its purchase in June 2006 by an overseas collector. A fundraising appeal launched by The Art Fund and Tate in January has raised over £550,000 online from 11,000 donors with the result that Turner’s painting ‘The Blue Rigi ‘ has been saved for the nation. The ‘Buy A Brushstroke’ campaign emulated the successful pixel ad income generation campaign of Alex Tew’s milliondollarhomepage.com.According to the Tate, this campaign has been “one of the most successful public appeals ever”. Members of the public have been pledging their support by ‘buying a brushstroke’ for £5 each from The Blue Rigi, by visiting a special website created by The Art Fund for online donations, as well as by telephone and post. Advertisementcenter_img  63 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 March 2007 | News Tate’s Buy a Brushstroke pixel ads campaign raises £550,000last_img read more

Vermont report that shows today’s youth more engaged because of civics education efforts

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz has returned from the National Civics Summit in Minneapolis where she addressed national leaders in civics education and secretaries of state from around the country.  Markowitz released a report titled The Impact of Civics Education on the Attitudes, Behaviors and Disposition of Youth. The report analyzes the effect of mock election programs on young people s attitudes about government, politics and their own ability to be engaged and active citizens.Markowitz said, The report shows that the newest generation of Vermont adults will be more active and engaged than the ones before it. It also affirms the value of civic education programs and, in particular, mock election programs that teach kids the importance of voting.In 2007 the Secretary of State s Office undertook a study of Vermont students to assess the impact of the Vermont Votes for Kids mock election program on civic attitudes, behaviors and dispositions.  With the assistance of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the entire senior class of 2007 was surveyed.  Students answered questions about their participation in mock election programs during their school career and how they intend to participate in the democratic process in the future.  Students who were exposed to mock election programs were significantly more likely to say they are better informed about politics, understand the issues facing our country, and will vote in the future.  Students who accompanied a parent to the polling place scored even higher, confirming the belief that parental involvement is a key factor in shaping civic attitudes. These findings demonstrate the value of investing in civics education programs like Vermont Votes for Kids, said Markowitz.  When we teach young people the mechanics and value of voting, and provide them opportunities to develop and practice the skills necessary to be engaged citizens, we see results.Markowitz continued, It is our hope that the findings of the VSAC survey and this report will encourage educators, government officials, and opinion leaders to see the importance of civics education so that in future years every Vermont student is given an opportunity to participate in a civics education and mock election program.A copy of the report is available by calling 802-828-2148 or by visiting the Secretary of State s website at www.sec.state.vt.us/Mock_Election_Report.pdf(link is external).The Impact of Civics Education on the Attitudes, Behaviors and Disposition of YouthKey Facts and FindingsVermont s Mock Election Program.Vermont s first statewide mock election program was developed in 1999 by the Secretary of State s Office.  The program is currently called Vermont Votes for Kids.Vermont s mock election programs are voluntary.  Schools can choose to participate but are not required to do so.Mock election programs are offered every two years around the time of the general election and include classroom activities, curricular materials and a mock election that is held on or before Election Day.The VSAC survey showed that 72 percent of the seniors remembered participating in at least one mock election over the course of their school careers.Correlation Between Participation in a Mock Election Program and Civic Skills, Knowledge and Disposition.A. The key finding of the VSAC survey is that there is a strong correlation between students participation in a mock election program and their positive feelings about their civic skills, knowledge and dispositions. Students who participated in more than one mock election were 68 percent more likely than students who did not participate in a mock election to agree with the statement when political issues are discussed I have something to say.These students were also 84 percent more likely than non-participants to agree with the statement I am better informed about politics than most students.Students who participated in multiple mock elections were 62 percent more likely than non-participants to agree with the statement my education has helped me to understand the political issues facing the country. B. Students who participated in mock election programs reported greater civic knowledge and skills than their counterparts who did not experience a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 78 percent more likely to say that they had learned how to research candidates for political office than those who had not participated in a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 65 percent more likely to say that they had learned how to examine social problems than those who had not participated in a mock election program.Students who participated in mock elections were 59 percent more likely to agree with the statement I learned how our elections work than those who did not participate in a mock election program.  C.  Students who experienced more than one mock election reported a better understanding of how to solve problems in their communities than their non-participating counterparts.These students were 55 percent more likely to report that they had learned ways of addressing community problems than students who had never experience a mock election.These students were 77 percent more likely to say that they had learned how political action groups can solve problems than students who had never experience a mock election.These students were 61 percent more likely than non-participants to agree that they had learned about individuals responsibility to community.D. Students who experienced more than one mock election reported at a higher rate than students who did not participate in a mock election that they would vote in a state or presidential election.The vast majority of students reported that they would vote in the presidential election.  However, of those students who participated in at least one mock election, 96 percent reported that they planned to vote for president, while only 78 percent of those students who did not participate in a mock election reported that they would do so.Seventy percent of the kids who did not participate in a mock election reported that they planned to vote in a state election, while more than 90 percent of those who participated in at least one mock election reported that they would do so.last_img read more

Africa to be declared polio-free

first_imgIt was endemic around the world until a vaccine was found in the 1950s, though this remained out of reach for many poorer countries in Asia and Africa. As late as 1988, the WHO counted 350,000 cases globally, and in 1996 said there were more than 70,000 cases in Africa alone. Thanks to a rare instance of collective global effort and financial backing — some $19 billion over 30 years — only Afghanistan and Pakistan have recorded cases this year: 87 in total.  The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to certify on Tuesday that the African continent is free from wild polio, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria.”Thanks to the relentless efforts by governments, donors, frontline health workers and communities, up to 1.8 million children have been saved from the crippling life-long paralysis,” the WHO said in a statement.The official announcement is due at 1500 GMT in a videoconference with WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and key figures including philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.  Inaccessible children The security situation remains highly volatile in the region, with the jihadists of Boko Haram and a local Islamic State affiliate controlling vast areas around Lake Chad and the border with Niger. “International agencies, local governments, donors — all partners took the bull by the horns to find new strategies to manage to reach these children,” said Dr Musa Idowu Audu, coordinator for the WHO in Borno. In these “partially accessible” areas, vaccination teams worked under the protection of the Nigerian army and local self-defense militias. For areas fully controlled by the jihadists, the WHO and its partners sought to intercept people coming in and out along market and transport routes in a bid to spread medical information and recruit “health informants” who could tell them about any polio cases.”We built a pact of trust with these populations, for instance by giving them free medical supplies,” said Dr Audu. Today, it is estimated that only 30,000 children are still “inaccessible”: a number considered too low by scientists to allow for an epidemic to break out.Despite the “extreme happiness and pride” felt by Dr Audu, he never fails to remember the 20 or more medical staff and volunteers killed for the cause in northeast Nigeria in recent years. The challenge now is to ensure that no new polio cases arrive from Afghanistan or Pakistan and that vaccinations continue to ensure that children across the continent are protected from this vicious disease. “Before we couldn’t sleep at all. Now we will sleep with one eye open,” said Dr Funsho. Trust Nigeria, a country with 200 million inhabitants, was still among the trouble-spots in the early 2000s. In its northern Muslim-majority areas, authorities were forced to stop vaccination campaigns in 2003 and 2004 by Islamic extremists who claimed it was a vast conspiracy to sterilise young Muslims.It took a huge effort in tandem with traditional chiefs and religious leaders to convince populations that the vaccine was safe.  “People trust their local traditional leaders who live with them more than the political leaders,” said Grema Mundube, a community leader in the town of Monguno, in the far north of Nigeria. “Once we spoke to them and they saw us immunizing our children they gradually accepted the vaccine,” he told AFP. However, the emergence of violent Islamist group Boko Haram in 2009 caused another rupture in the program. In 2016, four new cases were discovered in Borno state in the northeast in the heart of the conflict. “At the time, we couldn’t reach two-thirds of the children of Borno state — 400,000 children couldn’t access the vaccine,” said Dr Funsho. center_img Topics : “Happiness is an understatement. We’ve been on this marathon for over 30 years,” said Tunji Funsho, a Nigerian doctor and local anti-polio coordinator for Rotary International. He said it marked a crucial step in the total eradication of the illness at the global level.”It’s a real achievement, I feel joy and relief at the same time,” he added. Poliomyelitis, or “wild polio” is an acutely infectious and contagious disease which attacks the spinal cord and causes irreversible paralysis in children. last_img read more

Gasum to open Lieto LNG station

first_imgOver the lifecycle of the fuel, liquefied natural gas can help to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 20 per cent compared to diesel and filling up with renewable biogas can achieve emissions reductions of up to 85 per cent. Since biogas can utilize the same infrastructure as natural gas, the switch to biogas is both easy and cost effective. The Nordic energy company Gasum will expand its LNG filling station network with a new facility in Lieto. “The heavy-duty transport filling station being built in Lieto is part of our network of filling stations in the Nordic countries and adds to it in Finland while strengthening the possibilities for heavy-duty transport to fill up in Southwestern Finland,” Markus Kaarlela, development manager, traffic, Gasum, said. Demand for alternative fuels has grown at an incredible rate as companies pursue increasingly more environment-friendlier transport kilometers. The new gas filling station in Lieto together with the existing filling station in Turku will serve logistics customers and companies in Southwest Finland. Image courtesy of Gasum For logistics company Kuljetus Harri Mikkola, which operates out of Oripää and Kaarina, the new filling station has allowed the company to place an order for its first LNG-fueled vehicle. Kuljetus Harri Mikkola operates contract runs for Lidl Finland and alternative fuels are a significant way for the company to reduce emissions. The station, located in the Avanti business and industrial area of Lieto, will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for the needs of long-haul transport. The station will open in the summer of 2020, Gasum said in its statement. last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Wrestling Awards

first_imgThe BHS Wrestling team wrapped up the year with their awards banquet.Malachi Kirby – Most Improved – JV.Jonah Chase – Bulldog Award – JV.JT Linkel – Pin Champ and Bulldog Award – Varsity.Michael Deal – Takedown Champ and Most Valuable Wrestler – Varsity.Ethan Meyer – Most Improved – Varsity.Courtesy of Batesville Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img

The Latest: St. Paul Saints to hold a virtual home opener

first_img May 13, 2020 Associated Press Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic. The federation said Wednesday that 10 league matches and five Republic Cup matches will be staged from June 3 to July 29. The Albanian Cup final will be held Aug. 2.The federation says holding the matches will follow the strict sanitary protocol it earlier drafted in consultation with UEFA and FIFA.___Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino next to the racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday.General manager Wayne Smith says state and health officials have given the go-ahead to do so with new health and hygiene protocols in place. The cycling organization said the first major event for the sport since early March will take place June 5-7 using protocols established under Oklahoma’s reopening guidelines. In addition to heightened sanitation practices, race organizers will allow for extra space between riders in the starting chutes and will ask participants to leave the finish-line area directly after races.___Albania’s soccer federation says league and other matches will resume in June but without fans in the stadiums, and the matches will follow a strict medical protocol.Play has been suspended since mid-March following the country’s total lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Saints have dubbed the event “Nopening Day,” which will begin on Tuesday night at CHS Field with curbside pickup of free T-shirts for fans and end with a fireworks display at the empty 7,000-seat ballpark. The Saints will then re-broadcast on their social media platforms the 2015 home opener that marked the first game at CHS Field in the Lowertown area of Minnesota’s capital city.The team’s usual off-the-wall in-game promotions will be staged from the homes of various staff members. Then on a serious note, video clips honoring front-line workers at Twin Cities hospitals will be aired.___USA BMX is restarting racing next month at its headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ___Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.The system will otherwise remain the same.Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: St. Paul Saints to hold a virtual home opener ___The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13.The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government.Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A along with four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.center_img The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The St. Paul Saints will hold a virtual home opener next week, with the independent minor league baseball club unable to start their defense of the American Association championship due to the virus-related restrictions in place. Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%. ___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.___ The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.Rutgers said the new policy would enable contact-free entry into all venues and offer greater convenience and safety. The Big Ten Conference member said fans can access their ticket accounts through the Scarlet Knights’ app supported on Apple and Android devices.The policy would cover football tickets and parking passes, men’s basketball tickets, parking and hospitality, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse tickets, and wrestling tickets. Rutgers also said fans will have the ability to transfer tickets electronically.The university will work with ticket holders at events should either their cell phone run out of power or they don’t have one. The casino will operate at 33% capacity, staff and visitors will have their temperatures checked upon entry and must wear masks, and guests must show ID in case contact tracing is needed.Inside the casino, gamblers will be limited to every other slot machine, there will be no more than three players per blackjack table, craps will be limited to three players per side of each table, and live roulette won’t be open.Oaklawn’s racing season ended May 2 without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.___Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Three Questions: Wisconsin vs. Troy

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team has bounced back in a big way after falling to Alabama in their season opener, dominating Miami (Ohio) in a 58-0 victory. Now, here are three questions to consider as UW looks to continue to build up momentum against Troy Saturday.Can the Wisconsin backfield improve on their strong second-half performance against Miami (Ohio)?At the conclusion of the first half of last week’s game against Miami (Ohio), UW tailbacks Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal combined for a total of just 54 yards on 18 carries.But the running backs put the poor performance behind them and stepped up as the game rolled into the second half. By game’s end, Ogunbowale and Deal had a combined 30 carries and a grand total of 157 yards on the ground, with third-string running back Caleb Kinlaw accumulating 30 yards on seven carries of his own.With would-be starting running back Corey Clement officially ruled out until the Big Ten opener against Iowa, it will be Ogunbowale’s backfield for the next couple of games with Deal filling in on short yardage situations. If Wisconsin wishes to maintain a balanced offensive attack, they will need to produce on the ground like they did in that second half.Will the Badgers’ offensive attack continue to move through the air rather than on the ground?While the team is attempting to remain balanced, they’ve still managed to be a pass-heavy offense through the first two games. That has been circumstantial given Clement’s status and the questions that continue to surround the offensive line — and UW has still been very effective throwing the ball.Through their first two outings of the season, starting quarterback Joel Stave has thrown 69 passes for a total 491 yards, while UW has totaled just 228 yards on the ground. While these numbers do stray away from the typical ground and pound style of a Badgers offense, it hasn’t affected the offensive rhythm of the team, and Stave has looked sharper than he ever has.If they get a big lead against a lesser opponent in Troy, Wisconsin may let their ground game go to work in an attempt to milk the clock. But expect the UW offense to come out firing through the air to start, hoping to remain productive as a unit.Can UW’s defense continue to force timely turnovers?Against Miami (Ohio), the Wisconsin defense and special teams forced a total of four turnovers, with Leo Musso intercepting two passes, Tanner McEvoy picking off one and cornerback Sojourn Shelton forcing a fumble on a Miami punt in the first quarter.Turnovers are something defensive coordinator David Aranda emphasized coming into this season. A game in which the defense forced four turnovers is a great performance to build on.Takeaways not only make the offense’s job easier, but they also cause huge shifts in momentum, so look for Aranda’s defensive unit to continue the aggressive play, especially against a weaker non-conference opponent.last_img read more

RELIEF AS TRAVELER GROUP LEAVE DUNGLOE BUT WHERE TO NEXT?

first_imgThe Traveler group who had been staying in the carpark of ALDI in Dungloe have moved on.The caravans parked in Ballybofey before they moved on.The group of 20 camper vans moved on just after 1.30pm after a stand-off which lasted two days.The group had previously been located at the SuperValu carpark in Ballybofey. A clean-up operation is underway in the ALDI carpark after a number of items were left behind by the group.It is understood the group may now be heading to Falcarragh. RELIEF AS TRAVELER GROUP LEAVE DUNGLOE BUT WHERE TO NEXT? was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALDIdungloeFalcarraghTRAVELERSlast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Brighton 0

first_imgBrentford were left frustrated by solid defending after having much the better of the first half.As in the 4-2 win over Huddersfield last Saturday, the Bees started on the front foot but this time couldn’t turn their superiority with the ball into clear-cut chances.Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos shot over the bar early on after good work from Alan Judge and Lasse Vibe, who both looked bright in the first 20 minutes.Brighton, who had been unbeaten all season until last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough, did go close in fortunate circumstances when Rajiv van la Parra’s cross deflected off Tomer Hemed and went wide.But the third-placed Seagulls were largely forced to dig in and keep their shape as Dean Smith’s Brentford probed.John Swift and Vibe had shots blocked by a hard-working Brighton defence, while former Fulham keeper David Stockdale gathered an effort from distance from Ryan Woods.As Brentford cranked up the pressure late in the half, Chelsea loanee Swift sent a low drive just past the post and Woods drilled over from just inside the box.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Vibe. Subs: Bonham, O’Connell, McCormack, McEachran, Saunders, Jota, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Africa must learn from its past: Manuel

first_img24 May 2013As a continent, Africa needs to pause and reflect on the history of the past 50 years and begin to develop lessons for the next 50 years, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.Speaking at the African Renaissance Conference in Durban on Thursday, Manuel said Africans needed to ask “what we learnt from the various strategies we used to regain our independence. What progress have we made? What are our successes and where have we failed?”Manuel said the key lesson that Africa should take was responsibility, adding that Africans could not allow their agenda to be set by anyone else.“We cannot expect things to be done for us. If we want to advance, we need to catalyse the change we want to see through better planning and more effective implementation. We need to use the resources at our disposal to drive the agenda of raising the standards of living of our people.”According to Manuel, Africa needs regional integration that draws on the respective strengths of the different countries that make up the continent in order to overcome its shortcomings.Countries should draw on each other’s strengths to build “the desirable” for all countries – not for one country to develop on the back of the suffering of another.“To progress as a continent and take advantage of the favourable position we find ourselves in, we must move from the premise that we can only benefit from each other’s strength.”However, for this to work, the continent would need careful planning, a ruthless focus on implementation, and political stamina.Manuel said that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, is clear about the importance of education and training as a key foundation for social development and progress.In order to improve the continent’s skills base, a concerted effort was required, starting with correcting the basics.“We must raise the bar for all concerned to ensure that the education that all our children, regardless of where the school is located or whether it was a former Model C school, provides the highest quality possible,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more