Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Sam Warburton talks Tour De Flats, conducting a choir and derby day in Europe Sam Warburton is more used to conducting turnovers than choirs but recently he had to take charge of a rendition of the Welsh national anthem at the Millennium Stadium.As well as conducting the Cardiff Blues Choir, the Wales captain also had to help David Flatman and Iain Balshaw master the lyrics of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers). So why did these former England internationals have to learn the Welsh national anthem?It’s all part of BT Sport’s Tour De Flats, with Flatman this year tasked with travelling to the four points of the World Cup – London, Exeter, Cardiff and Newcastle – and completing a challenge at each destination.In Cardiff the challenge was to sing Wales’ anthem and Warburton expalins: “They had a pad in front of them with the Welsh version, which they had no chance of learning, and another version that read phonetically.“Being from Wales I’ve been singing it since I was little, but the Welsh anthem is a million miles away from what they would have been singing before. They knew ‘Gwald, Gwald’ but the other 95% they struggled on! It was pretty amusing!” Music man: Sam Warburton tries his hand at conducting the Cardiff Blues Choir. Photo: Huw Evans Agency Both regions are well out of the running for the play-offs in the Guinness Pro12, so Warburton is looking forward to some knockout rugby. “It’s going to be awesome,” he says. “It’s probably the biggest game both sides have had for a couple of years, a derby and a quarter-final. I’m sure there’ll be a great atmosphere at Rodney Parade.”Watch all the goings-on from Tour De Flats on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight show on Monday evenings. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flower power: David Flatman and Iain Balshaw attempt to sing the Welsh national anthem. Photo: Huw Evans AgencyAs for having to conduct the choir, Warburton admits that the singers would have been better off not paying attention to his movements. “I don’t know what everyone made of what I was doing,” he laughs. “They had an actual conductor there and he told me to just stick to the beat. As I’ve got a metronome brain from playing the drums I thought I’d be okay at that. I’m sure the choir completely ignored me and looked at the proper conductor behind!”After two months in camp with Wales, focusing on a high-pressure RBS 6 Nations campaign, Warburton enjoyed being part of a more light-hearted afternoon at the Millennium Stadium. “Flats had to wear a daffodil on his head so I gave him a bit of stick; I think it suited him!” He also got a grilling from former prop Flatman – and you can watch the video of that here…This weekend it’s back to the rugby, though. Cardiff Blues make the short journey to Rodney Parade on Saturday to take on Newport Gwent Dragons in a lunchtime kick-off in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals. TAGS: Cardiff Blues
Howard Lake | 13 August 2000 | News US women outnumber men as Net users 11 total views, 1 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. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis MediaMetrix and Jupiter Communications report that, for the first time in the USA, more women than men are using the Internet. Girls aged 12-17 and women over 55 represented the most rapidly expanding age ranges, with the result that women now accounted for 50.5% of Internet users in May 2000. Find out more from MMXI Europe.
24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 April 2003 | News The Prince’s Trust has raised £1 million of its £5 million target to fund new technology businesses.The Trust’s Technology Leadership Group scheme, launched in 2003 to raise funds from the UK’s IT industry, has already received donations from organisations such as Microsoft, StepStone and Rubus. The income so far has been invested in around 33 start-up technology businesss. Tagged with: Technology Advertisement Prince’s Trust raises first £1m for new technology fund 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: Justgiving online fundraising sites AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 SalaamGiving, a faith-based giving platform that specifically caters to the needs of Muslims, has launched.Powered by JustGiving but with an independent advisory panel that features leading figures from the Muslim charity sector, grassroots Muslim communities and crowdfunding, the platform aims to make it easier for charity campaigns to be seen by a community of Muslim supporters. The platform specifies which campaigns are Zakat eligible, and also has a Zakat calculator.Campaigns can be launched at any time, or to coincide with specific holidays such as Ramadan. Any charity that already is on JustGiving can submit their campaigns to SalaamGiving in order for them to be featured on to the SalaamGiving community.The platform is currently running the £20,000 Ramadan Challenge, with charities that start fundraising with SalaamGiving this Ramadan automatically entered into the competition. Each day, the best performing fundraiser will win a further £300 for their cause, with the fundraiser that raises the most by the 27th night of Ramadan winning an additional £10,000 for their charity of choice. There are also weekly Jummah bonuses. Runners-up and other prizes are also on offer. 143 total views, 1 views today Melanie May | 21 May 2018 | News Faith-based fundraising platform SalaamGiving launches 144 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Advertisement 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.
iStock/Thinkstock(BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C.) — A white former North Carolina police officer, who was captured on body camera video in 2017 beating and using a stun gun on an African-American man stopped for jaywalking, was the subject Thursday in a criminal arrest warrant for assault and communicating threats, the Buncombe County district attorney announced.The warrant against Christopher Hickman was issued by Chief Magistrate D.L. Cowan on charges of assault by strangulation, assault inflictin serious injury and communicating threats, according to a press release from District Attorney Todd Williams.The announcement, which also said no further comment would be forthcoming, comes days after the Asheville Police Department, where Hickman worked at the time of the alleged assault, submitted the results of its investigation into Hickman’s actions.The announcement comes after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which had declined to open its own investigation into the matter, said the FBI had launched a criminal investigation into the case.Federal agents were asked by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the criminal probe against Hickman, officials said.Patty McQuillan, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Investigation, said the decision to bring in the FBI was made after discussions with the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.“The SBI director has discussed this with the district attorney and has declined to open a separate state investigation at this time given that the SBI is already assisting with a federal criminal investigation which will encompass most, if not all, of the issues set forth in the district attorney’s request,” McQuillan said in a statement to ABC News. “A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation.”That did not deter Williams from asking the SBI director for a probe as late as March 2, according to a letter tweeted by the D.A. after the disturbing video was leaked to a news organization.The criminal probe stems from an incident on Aug. 25, 2017, when Hickman and a partner he was training stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush for allegedly jaywalking in Asheville.Video taken by Hickman’s body camera, which was leaked to the Citizen Times of Asheville, shows he and his partner stopping Rush and telling him they had warned him four times to use a crosswalk instead of jaywalking and trespassing on private property.“I don’t care. I just got off of work, man,” Rush told the officers.Rush went on to tell the officers, “You ain’t got nothing better to do besides mess with me, and I’m trying to go home?”Hickman eventually ordered Rush to put his hands behind his back, but Rush backed away and started to run, the video shows.As Hickman ran after Rush, he radioed a dispatcher, saying, “black male, tank top, thinks its funny.” Then he yelled at Rush, “You know what’s funny is you’re going to get f—– up hardcore on the ground.”Hickman tackled Rush and the two men wrestled before Hickman’s partner and at least two other back-up officers helped hold Rush down.The video shows Hickman punching Rush in the head repeatedly and then shooting him with a yellow stun gun.As officers held Rush on the ground and handcuffed him, Rush is heard on the video screaming in pain and yelling, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe.”Rush is shown in the footage being put in the back of a police car and paramedics checking his bloodied face and head.As the footage continued, Hickman told an arriving supervisor that Rush “tried to drag the Taser out of my hand.”“I beat the s— out of his head. I’m not going to lie about that,” Hickman is heard saying.Rush was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, impeding traffic and resisting a public officer.In a report to the Asheville City Council on Monday, City Manager Gary Jackson wrote, “The use of force shown in the recordings is, understandably, a source of great anger and concern within the community.”“I am concerned that the public does not presently have access to all of the information necessary for it to judge the City’s response to this officer’s actions, and that absent that information, this matter will continue to negatively impact the community’s perception of its police department and the way which the city responds to misconduct by its employees,” Jackson wrote.Jackson wrote that as soon as Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper saw the video on the night it was taken, she ordered Hickman to “to turn in his badge and gun.”On Sept. 15, 2017, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams dropped all charges against Rush.Jackson wrote that Hickman ordered a review of all body camera footage taken by Hickman while on duty. He said 58 hours of footage was reviewed and “revealed four other instances where Hickman displayed discourteous and rude conduct to members of the public.”“The administrative investigation into Hickman’s arrest of Rush concluded that Hickman had engaged in excessive force in violation of [Asheville Police Department] policy, as well as unbecoming conduct and failing to meet the responsibilities of duty,” Jackson wrote.Chief Hooper fired Hickman on Jan. 5, according to Jackson.“The community deserves to know that the City takes Hickman’s misconduct seriously, and that APD employees who engage in excessive force will be held accountable.”Efforts by ABC News to reach Hickman for comment were not successful.During a community meeting Wednesday night, many Asheville residents said Hickman should have been arrested and charged with assault.“This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should’ve been charged from day one,” DeLores Venabel, local Black Lives Matter leader, said during the meeting. “If no one would’ve leaked it [the video] or said something, we would be in the dark.”During the meeting, Hooper repeated an apology to the community she first publicly issued on March 1, saying, “I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Gastonia Police Department(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A massive search effort is underway in southwest North Carolina where a young boy with autism vanished over the weekend after going to a local park with his father.The search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch ramped up on Sunday as the FBI joined more than two dozen local and state law enforcement agencies to look for the boy, who was last seen at a park in Gastonia, North Carolina, about 20 miles west of Charlotte, authorities said.“We’re going to explore all possibilities, including abduction,” FBI Special Agent Jason Kaplan said Sunday, “but we’re also going to make sure we search every inch of land around here to make sure that he’s not simply lost.” Maddox, who is described as nonverbal, was walking near a lake at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when his father lost sight of him, authorities said.“They were walking around the lake,” Rachel Bagley, Gastonia spokeswoman, told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC. “They got around to the back side of the lake. He started running, according to the parents, and when they started running after him, they lost sight of him, and no one has seen him ever since.” In addition to the FBI, at least 24 local and state law enforcement agencies and more than 100 volunteers are helping with the search, according to the Gastonia Police Department.Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said officers were searching the lake, reviewing the park’s surveillance footage and interviewing residents in the area for clues. “If you were at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday and saw Maddox or took video or photos of their outing at the park, call us,” Helton said Sunday. “We know a lot of people were in the park and we have spoken to many of them, but we have not spoken to everyone.“No piece of information is too small. Something you may think is insignificant could be helpful to our case,” he added. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is also assisting in the search, said Maddox may be in need of medical attention, according to a statement on its website.Police said Maddox is 4 feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words “I am the man” and black shorts.Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s special tip line at 704-869-1075.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
LOCKN’ lineup announcements continued this afternoon, as the festival has officially added a very special funky set by Foundation of Funk: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Meters. Fresh off receiving their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last month, original The Meters members George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste will use Foundation of Funk—the duo’s most recent project featuring a rotating cast of all-star musicians—to give love to the origins of funk music with help from some of the music scene’s brightest stars. The group will hit the festival’s Main Stage on Saturday, August 25th, at 3:30 p.m.While original keyboardist Art Neville is no longer playing these days, the Neville family will be thoroughly represented, as Art’s brother, Cyril Neville, son, Ian Neville, and nephew, Ivan Neville will all join the party, in addition to Ian and Ivan’s Dumpstaphunk bandmate, Tony Hall.The special “Foundation of Funk: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Meters” set joins previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Widespread Panic, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets over two days) Sheryl Crow, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Spafford, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Suffers, and Ghost Light. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released tomorrow. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here. Check out the most recently updated schedule below, with more announcements to come.
[Video: Justin Newton][H/T Billboard] Foo Fighters are no strangers to special guest appearances during their live shows. For example, in the past year alone, the band has invited high-profile music figures like John Travolta, Billy Idol, and Rick Astley, among others, to the stage to join them. However, the band led by Dave Grohl seemingly loves to give lesser-known musicians a time in the spotlight as well, inviting up their fans, such as the now-viral sensation “Kiss Guy”, to perform.Most of all, Foo Fighters relish the opportunity to give children a chance to share the stage with them, having invited a number of young kids out to show off their musical prowess, including Dave Grohl’s young daughter, who sat in on drums during a show in Iceland. As part of an ongoing campaign to let young musical talents jam with the band on stage, on May 4th, during a performance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Foo Fighters welcomed another talented kid to the stage—one that goes by the moniker Little Fonzie.Little Fonzie, an eight-year-old drummer, certainly milked his brief time on stage, intentionally or unintentionally refusing to leave the stage during his cameo on Friday night. Taking Taylor Hawkins’ spot at the drum kit, the precocious and skilled drummer tore through the first segment of his solo, much to the delight of the audience and the band members on stage. After Grohl re-introduced Little Fonzie and shook his hand—a cue for the kid to leave—Little Fonzie went right back into it.As the solo continued, the band members on stage seemed flabbergasted—at one point, Grohl muttered into the mic to one of his bandmates “I don’t—I don’t know what to do.” Between uncontrollable laughter and bewilderment and shaking their heads, it was clear the Foo Fighters had no clue as to how to get the kid to vacate the stage politely. Grohl also tried hinting to their young guest drummer that he needed to leave, announcing that “there were a couple more songs we wanted to do tonight” and asking “Hey, Little Fonzie, can I have my concert back?” before eventually calling in Little Fonzie’s father to get him off stage.You can watch the hilarious interaction and Little Fonzie’s amazing cameo with Foo Fighters below.
Notre Dame’s third request for relief from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring the University’s insurance plan to cover contraception was denied Feb. 21, but the Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 25 on other cases against Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of the Department of HHS.The Court will rule on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two consolidated cases brought by companies owned by Christian families.Like Notre Dame’s lawsuit, these two cases center on contraceptive coverage and religious liberty. Currently, the University must provide contraceptive coverage under an “accommodation” that allows it to use its third-party health care administrator Meritain Health.In its most recent request for relief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Notre Dame argued that this agreement with Meritain Health regarding the University providing birth control is against its Catholic beliefs.Notre Dame law professor Richard Garnett, who specializes in freedom of religion and constitutional law, said the University and the companies fall under different rules due to their institutional differences.“Notre Dame is obviously a ‘religious’ institution and a non-profit, while Hobby Lobby is a for-profit business operating in the commercial sector,” he said. “The ‘accommodation’ that Notre Dame is currently subject to is different in form from the rule that applies to Hobby Lobby.”Because Hobby Lobby is not presently eligible for the accommodation Notre Dame has, Garnett said the company is seeking a different exemption under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).“Hobby Lobby is seeking an exemption, under RFRA, from the requirement that they include certain contraceptives — not all, in Hobby Lobby’s case — which Hobby Lobby believes can operate as abortifacients,” he said.Garnett said while the Constitution, as the Court has interpreted it, “almost certainly does not entitle Hobby Lobby to an exception,” RFRA was enacted by Congress precisely for the purpose of providing more generous accommodations to religious objectors than the Constitution requires.Accommodating religion by statute is more flexible, he said, but if the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, Congress has the chance to respond and change the final outcome.“If the Court rules for Hobby Lobby and Congress disagrees with that result, it has the authority to revise RFRA and, say, exclude business corporations from the Act’s coverage,” Garnett said.The parallels between Notre Dame’s case and Hobby Lobby’s center on the institutions’ understanding of their “religious exercise” rights, he said.“In all of these cases, the employers are saying that it would burden their legally protected ‘religious exercise’ rights to apply the relevant preventative-services-coverage provision to them,” he said.A February statement from Paul Browne, University vice president for public affairs and communications, maintained that Notre Dame is “concerned that if government is allowed to entangle a religious institution of higher education like Notre Dame in one area contrary to conscience, it’s given license to do so in others.” Garnett said this concern is “certainly legitimate.”“Of course, to say that the concern is legitimate is not to say that other burdensome regulations that interfere with or burden Notre Dame’s Catholic character are guaranteed, or to predict what form they will take,” he said. “But, the logic of the government’s argument in the HHS mandate context is one that underemphasizes and underappreciates the extent to which the University of Notre Dame does ‘exercise religion,’ and does have a religious-liberty right to pursue a distinctive vision and mission, animated by a distinctive charism.”Browne told The Observer on Tuesday that Notre Dame’s attorneys “are engaged in a review of options available to us” concerning the case. Tags: HHS, Hobby Lobby
Wood & Wood Inc.,The leading international sign industry source magazine, Sign of the Times, featured Wood & Wood, Inc, of Waitsfield, Vermont, in the December series of traditional handcrafted-sign case studies entitled ‘From These Hands.’ The article showcased the company’s innovative branding solutions for Jay Peak Resort’s Tram Haus Hotel and Aroma CafÃ©, Tower Bar and Alice’s Table restaurants. Completed in December 2009, this project was Phase 1 of Jay Peak’s three year resort development plan.Sparky Potter, the owner of Wood &Wood, and his team of craftspeople reviewed the material and fabrication techniques used to integrate classic hand carving, artistic painting and custom metal hanging brackets as well as goose neck lighting components used to create these classic resort village signs. Wood & Wood also designed a metal sculpture from a reclaimed Jay Peak ski lift bull wheel complimenting the Tram Haus Lodge sign graphics. Wood & Wood is currently finishing production and installation of Hotel Jay and Conference Center’s wayfinding sign system and signature amenity signs opening during the 2011/2012 winter season.Other Wood & Wood regional resort exterior/interior wayfinding sign systems projects include: Sugarbush Resort’s recent Lincoln Peak Phase 2 development at The Farmhouse and The Schoolhouse along with the Clay Brooke Luxury Hotel signage; Spruce Camp at Stowe, Spruce Peak at Stowe vehicular signage and Stowe Mountain Lodge. Wood & Wood, Inc., has been designing, fabricating, installing, and maintaining signs and displays since 1972. The company is well known for their ability to marry old-world craftsmanship with innovative cutting edge technology using a variety of materials. As a result, the company is proud to be the recipient of over 60 national design awards and recognitions of excellence. The shop is located at 98 Carroll Road, Waitsfield, Vermont. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm. For additional information call (802) 496-3000 or visit the website www.woodandwoodsigns.com(link is external).