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Blue Peter 60th: How Sightsavers got its name

first_img Tagged with: anniversaries appeals BBC TV Melanie May | 17 October 2018 | News During the appeal, more than 32,000 bring-and-buy sales took place across the country, with the final total reaching over £2 million.Sightsavers liked the ‘Sight Saver’ name so much that the organisation re-branded and changed its name that year.Blue Peter Editor Biddy Baxter said at the time:“The appeal smashed all its targets and raised almost 20 times its original goal. Two million people in Africa will have their sight saved as a result.”Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, who fronted the campaign, said:“The 1986 appeal is one of the standout memories for me from my time on the programme.“I will never forget watching children walking hand in hand with their blind or partially sighted parents and grandparents guiding them across the villages.  I witnessed cataract operations performed by the Sightsavers team and saw the sheer delight when bandages were removed revealing eyes that could suddenly see again. I was totally in awe of this delicate work in tough conditions and with basic facilities.”“Our filming trip wasn’t without problems. We lost electricity many times at our accommodation and hot water was scarce – we often bathed in the lake! We travelled for miles over unmade roads in dusty, hot conditions but we knew how important our filming was in encouraging viewers to host or attend Bring and Buy Sales. The whole Blue Peter team was thrilled and proud that the 1986 appeal exceeded expectations.” Sightsavers is marking Blue Peter’s 60th anniversary by looking back at the 1986 Blue Peter appeal that gave the charity its name.  Blue Peter’s 1986 Sight Saver appeal asked children to host bring-and-buy sales to fund mobile eye units in Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania. The aim was to raise £100,000 for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, which was the original name of Sightsavers. Blue Peter 60th: How Sightsavers got its name Check out this throwback film showing the appeal and the incredible work done with presenter @MarkCurryBP #BluePeter60! pic.twitter.com/vq9x30dltK— Sightsavers (@Sightsavers) October 16, 2018 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5center_img  357 total views,  3 views today [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfcUANndBZo[/youtube]  358 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 The proceeds from the appeal helped to fund:Two mobile eye units in MalawiThree mobile eye units in Nigeria and TanzaniaTwo motorbikes in The Gambia, each with seven years’ running costsTraining for more eye care workersBuilding more operating theatres for cataract operationsThe anniversary edition of Blue Peter was the 5,037th episode. The one-hour live special, was broadcast on CBBC on 16 October at 5pm, and looked back over the past 60 years, welcoming past presenters including Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Anthea Turner, Konnie Huq and Tim Vincent. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Informed in Five: “Dell and Rollins – the $41bn Buddy Act”

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Informed in Five: “Dell and Rollins – the $41bn Buddy Act”On 30 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Dell and Rollins – the $41bnBuddy Actby David Kirkpartrick. Forbes (Europe edition, 19 April 2004.ThemesChairman of computer company Dell, Michael Dell, has justhanded over the CEO’s job to Kevin Rollins, a ‘long-time lieutenant’. Thecompany sells mostly PCs in the US market. Dell and Rollins reveal in this interview that they are‘starting to manage our cultural elements much the way we manage operationalexcellence’. They have a 360-degree appraisal process for the board andbelieve in a ‘free flow of information, no intermediaries, no boundaries, fastreaction times’, according to Dell. They say they will be looking at much larger markets in thefuture with increased demand for technology in Asia. They have no problem moving capacity to countries such asIndia, as this is part of their strategy to gain market share in thesecountries.  Messages Itis a mistake to outsource IT, companies ‘should fix their own IT departments’.ITis set for big growth. As Dell says, ‘The world is still very much in the earlystages of people figuring out how to use IT.’www.fortune.comInformed in five is a service fromthe Personnel Today HRDirectors Club to keep you on top of what’s in the top business journals.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Joel Cummins Talks Umphrey’s/Biscuits Prank War And Post-World Series Hang With The Cubs

first_imgGM: Well Barber is a wild card, and when an urge strikes him he usually obliges, so I would bet it was just time for a nap.Joel Cummins: For sure. [laughs]GM: All joking aside, I have always found it cool to watch the relationship between your two bands over the years. It must have been nice to have another band you get along with so well coming up at the same time to motivate and inspire you guys, or even to look at and say maybe we should or shouldn’t do it that way.Joel Cummins: One really funny thing is that I applied to Penn, and that was the only place I got rejected, so The Disco Biscuits could have been a two keyboard band. I think over the years we’ve got a lot of things in common and have had a friendly rivalry going, but now more than anything, it really feels like family. It’s great to hang when we are at festivals together, and it’s just gotten better and better over the years. It’s always good to have someone who can push you and motivate you, and hopefully, we do that for each other.The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner Talks Prank War With Umphrey’s, Spotify, And BCAOne thing that always stays the same is trying to come up with ways to have fun with each other. Like at Langerado one year, we had Barber come and sit in with us, and he and Brendan [Bayliss] staged a fight on stage. In Aron [Magner]’s interview, he referenced the time when I came to sit in with Conspirator. For the record, I’d like to share the real story. [laughs] That was their idea for me to come up on stage from the crowd, and the funny part is, I went down to the crowd about fifteen minutes before I was supposed to go up there, and I couldn’t get anyone’s attention. Nobody in the band was making any kind of eye contact with anyone in the crowd. [laughs]. I told them after the gig, “Guys, this is a problem, you need to interact with the crowd a little more.” [laughs] I’m down there jumping around trying to get their attention, and of course when it’s time for the sit-in they are looking for me side stage, like “Where is Joel?” God bless the security guys because they could have ripped me to shreds but were very gentle. [laughs]GM: That’s hilarious. So last thing before I let you go. Last time we spoke, it was last June and the Cubs were in the midst of a historic and miraculous run to their first World Series Championship in 108 years. I heard you got to go to Game 7. What was that experience like?Joel Cummins: First of all, I have to give a shout out to my buddy Jason Morris who is the Cleveland Indians fan who got me a ticket. So I went to the game with an Indians fan. It was really fun and obviously, it was such a back and forth game. There were moments where I thought we had it and others where it felt like, “Oh no, we are going to blow it again.” It was simply the most incredible sports experience ever. One of the things I kept thinking was that whoever decided that the World Series should be a 7 game series, this is exactly what they were hoping for. Every pitch had the whole stadium on the edge of their seats. I don’t think there will ever be a more frenzied and intense game 7 ever.Unfortunately, my dad passed away last year. When we first sang the anthem at Wrigley in ’06, the Cubs gave us all uniforms with our names on them. I gave mine to my dad, and he wore it to countless cubs games and Umphrey’s shows. One thing that was really cool was that before the game, I swung by my mom’s place, grabbed the jersey, and wore it to the game. It had a couple mustard stains on there from a dog or a brat, which just made it perfect. I got to watch the Cubs win the World Series in my dad’s jersey, which made it even more special.GM: I’ve seriously got goosebumps just thinking about that game right now. Joel Cummins: For sure. What was also really cool is that I was flying back into Chicago for a recording session with Umphrey’s and was in town for the parade. They had asked Brendan to play a private party for the players and their families. After a bunch of crazy flight cancellations and delays, I got there right at the end of this party and ended up going to Ryan Dempster’s party after that and got to hang out with the players throw back a few drinks with those guys. So I get there and am talking to one of Kyle Schwarber’s friends from high school and asked if he could introduce me. The guy turns and yells, “Hey Kyle, come take a picture with this guy!” I was like, “Whoa no no no no [laughs]. I just want to shake your hand and thank you for everything you’ve done.” He was really cool and I got to tell him about my dad and how I saw the only game he played in before he got hurt that year and thank you. We talked for awhile about how insanely hard he had to work to get back for the World Series and how impressive it was. At this point, I wanted to let him go and he’s like, “Soooooo, you don’t want a picture?” [laughs] and basically forced me to take a selfie with him. It was awesome and just an amazing way to cap that all off.GM: Wow, that is like every Cubs fan’s dream right there. So our magic number is 20 and it seems like we are starting to hit our stride. How do you like our chances this year?Joel Cummins: I get the MLB package every year, so I watch a ton of games. Pretty much, you just gotta get into the playoffs and get hot and you never know. Fortunately, the NL Central has been a little weak this year, but we’ve gotten hot recently. We’ve got Contreras and Lester coming back, and if we can stay healthy, I think we should be in good shape and should make the playoffs. That’s all you can really ask for.GM: Absolutely. I’m gearing up for another stressful fall. I am pretty sure I cried more last October than I have in the rest of my entire life combined. Joel Cummins: [laughs] I hear you.GM: Well, thanks again for taking some time to talk today. Looking forward to hearing you at Brooklyn Comes Alive and Go Cubbies!Joel Cummins: Hell yeah man. Go Cubs![Photo: Phierce Photo]Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! Joel Cummins is a founding member and keyboard player for Umphrey’s McGee. Before Joel hits the road with Umphrey’s later in the fall, the keys player will perform a number of non-Umphrey’s shows, including two sets at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place on September 23rd and 24th.We had the chance to catch up with Cummins ahead of his two Brooklyn Comes Alive performances on Sunday, September 24th. The keyboard wizard will perform a special brunch solo piano set (as he’s done in the past on Jam Cruise) and then follow it up with a supergroup set with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield, and Motet guitarist Ryan Jalbert. We got the opportunity to talk to Joel about what he’s looking forward to at Brooklyn Comes Alive, plus responded to Magner’s statements on the friendly Disco Biscuits/Umphrey’s prank war and shared about his experiences hanging out with The Cubs after they won the World Series. Check it out below!Gary Mellini is a music lover in Denver by way of Chicago and is one of the creative forces behind the Noise Behind The Sound Podcast and events like J2G Live’s Dance Party Time Machine concerts.GM: Hey Joel, thanks for taking some time to talk today. How’s the time off the road with Umphrey’s McGee been treating you?Joel Cummins: Well, it’s only been a couple days off the road, so I’m just getting into it. I did get to go back to Chicago over the weekend and got to check out Ween and Primus at the North Coast Fest on Sunday, which was really fun. It’s nice to be the person being entertained as opposed to being the entertainer sometimes. But yeah, I’m working on a few solo piano sets coming up, so I’ve started getting ready for those. I’ve got one back in Chicago next weekend at The Tonic Room and one as part of the brunch thing at Brooklyn Comes Alive. John Cleary is doing one day and I’m doing the other, so excited for that stuff.GM: I’m glad you brought those up because I wanted to discuss the solo gigs you’ve been doing. Obviously, those gigs have to be a different experience than when you play with Umphrey’s or your other side projects. What’s the biggest thing you get out of playing those types of gigs?Joel Cummins: For me, it’s a different opportunity to really focus on just playing well by myself. I think there is a little more pressure that kind of comes with it. When I’m up on stage with Umphrey’s, there are five other guys up there. If I do something that is unexpected or make a mistake, more than likely, the other five guys are going to pick me up or cover it up, you know? [laughs] So there is a little extra preparation required because you are out there on your own. It’s really nice because when I do solo piano stuff, I do a mix of classical stuff, some jazz, some Umphrey’s tunes, some covers that I’m saving—there is a whole different spectrum with it. It’s good for me to get out there and see what I can do. Obviously, the other big thing is that when I am up on stage with Umphrey’s, there are five other guys playing music, so I typically have to do a whole lot more to fill up the space when I am playing by myself, and I like the challenge.GM: The other thing you’ll be doing at Brooklyn Comes alive is playing with Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Mike Greenfield, and Ryan Jalbert on Sunday, September 24th. When I interviewed Magner about the gig, we couldn’t really think of another time the two of you have worked together officially on a project like this. Obviously, you guys have both sat in with each other for various different projects, but is this the first time you guys will actually be collaborating on a project like this in an official capacity?JC: I think so. We’ve just done a lot of sitting in with each other over the years and having fun with it that way. I’ve played with Brownie in a couple of Everyone Orchestras, but it will be nice to turn the tables and have the two keyboardists out numbering the one guitar player on this for once. [laughs]GM: I was going to ask about that. Are you looking forward to ganging up on the guitar player for a change?Joel Cummins: [laughs] Always. Honestly though, I really enjoy playing with other keyboardists. I was in Digital Tape Machine with Joe Hettinga, who is an outstanding player, for a number of years, so I do have some experience with playing with an additional keyboardist. I think it really opens things up sonically with what we can do. Everyone playing in this group is such a good listener, so it should come together nicely.GM: Have you guys started kicking around ideas as to what things might sound like or some song choices?Joel Cummins: Yeah, we have. We just got that process started and are going through some ideas and flushing some things out at the moment. I’m sure we’ll have some fun songs that we will do, then keep some of the parts of the show looser, since everyone is a pretty experienced improv player too.GM: So Umphrey’s McGee and the Disco Biscuits have had a long-standing, good-natured, and friendly rivalry going for a while now. You’ve had a lot of fun with each other over the years. Most recently, you guys had some pretty funny All Access Passes made for your summer tour with a picture of Barber sleeping backstage at one of your shows. When I spoke with Magner about them, he said “shots fired” and “there will be revenge.” Do you care to comment at all on the latest iteration of the Umphrey’s versus Biscuits prank war or would you rather let sleeping Barbers lie?Joel Cummins: [laughs] I’d be happy to comment. It’s kind of funny because the Biscuits guys—I think it was back in 2006—during a tribute to a friend of mine that had passed away, thought it would be funny to lower a dildo from the top of the stage, and you know, I don’t think there will ever be any payback that will make that even. [laughs] But I do find it interesting that they are perturbed about something that wasn’t even a public thing or something the band did. It was done by our crew guys.I think the best advice to learn from this is simply if you are going to go to someone else’s show as a guest, it’s probably not a good idea to pass out backstage during the show. Maybe they should be more upset with Barber as opposed to us. [laughs] As far as I know, one of our crew guys was just worried about this guy that was passed out backstage. One question I would have for Barber is was it the music, the tempos? What was it that had him so bored he decided he needed to go to sleep backstage? [laughs] ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

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Concerns raised about posting domestic violence records online

first_imgConcerns raised about posting domestic violence records online May 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Concerns raised about posting domestic violence records online Associate EditorNow that the big job of balancing privacy and public right to access issues with online court records is back at the Florida Supreme Court, Robin Hassler Thompson hopes her concerns about domestic violence victims will be heard.Thompson, senior public policy consultant for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was a Senate president appointee to the legislative Study Committee on Public Records. But she was a non-voting advisory representative, and at times, she said, “I felt like a voice in the wilderness.”When the committee issued its report February 15 — calling for a two-year moratorium going online with “certain court records not part of the official records” as determined by the Supreme Court — there was no mention of Thompson’s concerns about protecting battered women from having their addresses adrift on the Web, making it easy for their abusers to track them down.So she wrote a minority report, but it was not included on the Florida government Web page www.myflorida.com along with the final report of the Study Committee on Public Records. (See April 15 Bar News for a story on the final report.)“They didn’t deal with it,” Thompson said. “Both in the state and nationally, there is a great deal of concern about domestic violence records online.”The bottom line, Thompson wrote in her minority report, is that “public interest in access to public or court records simply should not supercede the safety and privacy interests of domestic violence victims and their children.”Because the courts are a “primary forum for battered women to achieve the safety and independence to which they are entitled by law,” Thompson says, “any policy established by the courts or others must not undermine these essential promises of the legal system.“That is why I am deeply concerned that the Final Report of the Study Committee on Public Records fails to address the very real dangers that victims of domestic violence face when the courts and other systems do not keep information about the victims and the victims’ children confidential. Identifying and personal information about victims of domestic violence is found in court filings, official records, and agency records. Public and Internet access to this information enables perpetrators to locate, stalk, and even kill their victims.”Knowing that information will be easily available online, Thompson argues, could keep victims from going to court to file injunctions for protection against domestic violence. She said such information can also be used against battered women by discrimination in housing, employment, insurance, and other matters.Any future efforts dealing with online court records, Thompson recommends, should focus on the following:• Permanently exclude injunction for protection and family law court records and official records from remote access.• Allow victims of domestic violence of other violent crimes to exclude official and court records from remote access — and in some cases public access — if they contain information that would jeopardize their safety.“This information should be excluded from the time of request through the court’s determination, with very clear and predictable qualifying standards,” Thompson wrote.• Information that is protected from remote access must not be disclosed through summary court documents, such as docket sheets. She cites a report from the National Network to End Domestic Violence that says: “Even a victim’s name coupled with the name of the court in which she has filed a petition gives an abuser all the information he needs to track her down.”• Make sure judges and lawyers are educated about how to create final judgments so personal identifying and sensitive information is minimized.• In cases under F.S. Ch. 61, the law allows a party to furnish his or her address to the court in a separate confidential filing if, for safety reasons, the party requires that the location of current residence be confidential.• Encourage courts to develop processes for preventing and remedying failures to properly exclude information from public access, such as conducting regular technology audits, and removing information that was posted online in error.• Make sure litigants and victims groups are notified about electronic record keeping, including whether the information may be disclosed, to whom it may be disclosed, the steps the person can take to limit disclosure of their information, how long their information will be retained, how to correct inaccuracies, and what protections are in place to guard against inaccuracies.As Jonathan D. Kaney, Jr., general counsel for the First Amendment Foundation and vice chair of the legislature’s Study Committee on Public Records, said in summing up the main final report: “What we want the court to do is tailor the moratorium so it deals with problematic categories of files, such as family law files or juvenile files. I know they will want input from the clerks before drafting an order on Internet restrictions. . . . This process needs to be a clear and open process.”Thompson said she hopes to be a voice in that process, too.She embraces the philosophy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence that “respectfully requests that victim and witness identities receive the same amount of protection as a judge’s notes, a court clerk’s health insurance claims, and a business’ revenue projections.”The NNEDV went on say: “The sad truth is that victims of domestic violence are never truly safe. Even if a victim manages to escape her batterer, and relocate to a new city or state, she constantly looks over her shoulder to ensure that she’s not been found. And she has good reason — batterers devote tireless energy to seeking out victims who have fled. Some abusers want to locate their victim so that they can continue to inflict physical injury. Others want to emotionally abuse their victims by stealing their identities and wreaking havoc in their lives. The World Wide Web is far and away abusers’ best tool for finding and continuing to harm their victims.”last_img read more

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Chelsea is dream job for Guardiola as Pep is attracted by new style at the Bridge

first_imgThe former Barcelona boss plans to return to the game next summer and has made it clear to friends he sees his future at Stamford Bridge.After winning three La Liga titles and two European Cups in four seasons at the Nou Camp, Guardiola, 41, quit this year and is in New York on a sabbatical with his family.When he announced he was taking a year off he was sounded out by Chelsea about taking over but he rejected the club’s approaches.Roberto Di Matteo was made to wait more than three weeks after Chelsea’s Champions League final win last May before being appointed full-time manager on a two-year deal.Chelsea, overtaken at the top of the Barclays Premier League by Manchester United on Saturday, are struggling in the defence of their European title and play Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat them a fortnight ago in the Ukraine, at home on Wednesday.After his success in Spain – he had a staggering 72 per cent win record in La Liga – Guardiola could have the pick of Europe’s top clubs but has made it known to his close circle of advisers that Chelsea is his preferred choice. There has been a noticeable shift in the type of player Chelsea are signing. Juan Mata, who signed in summer 2011, along with this season’s recruits Eden Hazard and Brazilian midfielder Oscar, have all been schooled to play a certain way.That has attracted Guardiola and there is pressure on owner Roman Abramovich as he considers his long-term plans for the club.Guardiola is credited with the evolution of Frank Rijkaard’s 2006 Champions League-winning team and took Barcelona to another level when they beat Manchester United in the final at Wembley in 2011.Lionel Messi thrived under him while Xavi and Andres Iniesta, both substitutes in the 2006 final against Arsenal, are now regarded as the two best midfielders in the world.Although Manchester City are monitoring Guardiola’s position, the champions are committed to Roberto Mancini. But that loyalty will be tested if they go out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive season.Mancini’s relationship with his players is once again fractured, and he is demanding a response against Ajax on Tuesday.City’s new chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain were at Barcelona during the glory years.last_img read more

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