BBC to host Big Night In for Comic Relief & Children in Need

June 16, 2021 0 Comments

first_img 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 BBC to host Big Night In for Comic Relief & Children in Need AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20  698 total views,  5 views today The BBC is hosting a special fundraising event to raise funds for its biggest charity partners, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief and their work supporting those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The special night of programming, The Big Night In, will be on BBC One on Thursday 23 April from 7-10pm and will see BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief come together for the very first time for a special night of television.The live show, produced by BBC Studios Entertainment, will offer entertainment whilst also celebrating and rewarding those going the extra mile to support their communities during the current crisis.It will feature some of the country’s favourite famous faces as well as surprises, ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, and live music performances from artists’ homes. “Throughout this extraordinary time the kindness and community spirit of people across the country has been outstanding. The Big Night In is the perfect opportunity to praise the heroes who are caring for us, feeding us, and lifting our spirits as we continue to help people most in need.” Tagged with: BBC Children in Need Comic Relief COVID-19 TV  699 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Funds raised on the night will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes across the UK to help those most in need. This funding will provide vital emergency support to ensure vulnerable people of all ages are safe, warm and fed, and will also ensure that they are able to continue to learn, and stay connected in order to combat isolation and loneliness.Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, commented:“These are challenging times for all of us, and the pandemic will have a significant impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. The Big Night In will offer the chance for everyone to (virtually) get together to celebrate the kindness and heroism of those making a real difference in their communities, and to support people across the UK who need our help now more than ever.”Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, added: Advertisement Melanie May | 8 April 2020 | Newslast_img read more

Call for the release of two French journalists who work for L’Express

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img January 28, 2021 Find out more French journalists, reporter Marc Epstein and photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who work for the French news weekly L’Express, were arrested yesterday in Karachi for violating regulations governing the “circulation of foreigners”. Reporters Without Borders also voiced concern that there was no word on the whereabouts of Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, a Pakistani journalist who accompanied them as their fixer. News RSF_en to go further December 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for the release of two French journalists who work for L’Express News Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called on the Pakistani authorities to release two French journalists, reporter Marc Epstein and photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who were arrested yesterday in Karachi for violating regulations governing the “circulation of foreigners” by travelling to Quetta near the western border with Afghanistan.The organisation also voiced concern that there was no word on the whereabouts of Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, a Pakistani journalist who accompanied them to Quetta as their fixer.Reporters Without Borders said the imposition of visa and travel restrictions on foreign reporters obstructed investigative journalism, and it urged the Pakistani government to review its rules regarding the provision of visas to the foreign news media.Epstein and Guilloteau, who work for the French news weekly L’Express, were taken to the headquarters of the Federal Intelligence Agency (FIA) in the southern city of Karachi following their arrest by police. A French diplomat was allowed to visit them there.They had press visas for Pakistan but, because their investigative reporting required discretion, they had not requested the necessary special permits for their trip to Quetta, in the frontier province of Baluchistan.They were taken today before a Karachi judge who must reach a decision on their case within six days. They face up to three years in prison. Their lawyer plans to request their release on bail tomorrow. The immigration authorities have meanwhile said they want to interrogate their fixer without indicating whether he has also been arrested.A few days before their arrest, Epstein and Guilloteau were briefly detained by police on the road between Quetta and Karachi. Another person was also reportedly arrested for giving them an interview. Police confiscated a computer and notebook from Epstein, and digital camera memory cards and videotapes from Guilloteau. Epstein (picture) and Guilloteau have done a lot of reporting in Pakistan. In 2001, Epstein received the Diplomatic Press Prize for a report he and Rizvi produced on the situation in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Organisation News News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cisco pioneers self-service style staff induction

May 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgCisco pioneers self-service style staff inductionOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today New employees at Internet company Cisco put themselves on the payroll and then order their own mobile phones, business cards and company credit cards in a form of self-service HR.Once recruited, members of staff log on to Cisco’s “New-Hire Dashboard” and bypass many tasks usually carried out by HR.Mike Williams, HR director for Cisco Europe, the Middle East and Africa, gave these examples of how personnel will operate in the future at a conference on e-HR last week in London. The company has grown tenfold to 36,000 employees in the past five years, and is the fastest growing company in the history of Nasdaq. Each employee earns the company $379,200 (£260,000).One of the main lessons Cisco learnt was that HR had to revolutionise processes through IT and business partnership. “You don’t want to mechanise the quill – you want to do something completely different,” he said.Williams advised HR professionals involved in developing new systems to focus on the needs of the business rather than on making life easier for themselves. Since technology is changing so fast, he said, it was fruitless waiting for the perfect system. “You’ve just got to get in there and do it,” he said.At Cisco managers can access policy on recruitment, training and development, performance reviews, salary and bonuses online without contacting HR at all.Williams told delegates at the Linkage International-organised conference that its growth was a result of embedding the Internet in the culture of the firm and HR.HR professionals had to embrace the Internet if their companies are to survive. As a result their role would become less administrative and more strategic, identifying business needs and developing solutions.Sixty-one per cent of Cisco’s recruitment is through a web site which allows employees to refer potential recruits.www.linkageinc.comBy Lisa Bratby Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

BRO-TV: Day on the Trail

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOn May 1st, Leah and I joined forces with the folks over at Visit Southern West Virginia to host a hike on one of West Virginia’s many fabulous trails. The Grandview section of the park was our destination, and with sunny skies, cool weather, and a great group of folks, we couldn’t have asked for a better time! The Grandview Rim Trail overlooks the New River, and there are awesome overlook platforms along the way that make for great photo opps! The trail is partly shaded by rhododendron and mountain laurel, making it a great destination when the plants are in bloom.To top off the hike, the wonderful team over at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, W.Va., met us at the end to prepare a delicious lunch: polenta cakes, grass-fed burgers, and salad with homemade dressing. Delicious! Thanks guys! We’ll be back for those avocado brownies 😉The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.Looking to the horizon.Looking to the horizon.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin' the selfie.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin’ the selfie.IMG_8372Another view of the New River from a Grandview Rim overlook.The whole gang!The whole gang!The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day.The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day. last_img read more

Hottest celebrity holiday home up for grabs

October 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Broken Head property. Chris Hemsworth stayed at the property next door with his family.CoreLogic records show the property is owned by the Layton family, who built the contemporary residence in 2015.Speculation that Damon was buying in Byron Bay has been circulating for weeks.However, it would be difficult for him to buy an existing property in Australia because of foreign ownership rules, which do not allow overseas buyers to purchase existing properties. Blackwood House.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The bedroom at Blackwood House.It has been on the market since February with a price guide of 3.8 million.Marketing agent Frank Mlikota, of Parkinson Real Estate, declined to comment but confirmed he was close to selling the home to a local family, not Damon.The exclusive property, which sits on an 59ha block and has sweeping views of the coast, has been a holiday home to some of Hollywood’s biggest superstars.Liam Hemsworth and partner Miley Cyrus were recently staying at the home while Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky have leased the property next door.center_img Celebrities Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth stayed at the Broken Head property earlier this year. Picture: Nigel Hallett Hollywood superstar Matt Damon is reportedly renting a Byron Bay home.A BYRON BAY celebrity hideout could sell by the end of the week. Hollywood A-lister Matt Damon is reportedly leasing the Broken Head property, known as Blackwood House, for the next few months.last_img read more

Locke bounces back, Pirates beat Cubs 3-1

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAndrew McCutchen (22) warms up on-deck during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  by Will GravesAP Sports Writer  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Locke insists he didn’t need a confidence boost after a late summer swoon. A return to basics and a little help from his teammates provided one anyway.Flashing the form that made him a surprise All-Star in July, Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night to move into a tie for first place in the NL Central.Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“Nothing’s really changed with me mentally,” Locke said. “I still try to go out and be aggressive. Tonight was an example of everything working out the way you’d like it to.”Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates (85-61) win their fourth straight. They pulled even with the Cardinals, who lost 5-3 to Milwaukee.Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with an RBI double for Pittsburgh. Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI single for the Pirates, who hardly appear content with their first winning season in 21 years.Pittsburgh crossed the 82-victory plateau on Monday night in Texas and followed it up with two more wins in a sweep of the Rangers. Locke and some stellar defense kept it going against Chicago.First baseman Justin Morneau saved at least one run with a snow-cone catch in the fourth. Mercer tossed in a spectacular jump throw from deep shortstop to end the sixth, and Gold Glove center fielder Andrew McCutchen laid out to take away a sinking line drive off the bat of Junior Lake in the seventh.“I already told ‘Cutch that as a pitcher you see a lot of balls go over your head and you see him and you say there’s no way he can close that gap,” Locke said. “Before you know it, he’s belly-up with the ball in his glove. Unbelievable play.”The Pirates needed Locke to be sharp after Chicago’s Chris Rusin continued his impressive run. Rusin (2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings for the Cubs, looking every bit like a player who plans to be on the opening day roster next spring.“He’s been right there with (Travis Wood) as our most effective starter over the last (few weeks),” Chicago manager Dale Sveum said. “Ever since he’s got into the rotation, he’s done pretty much a great job every outing.”It was the kind of performance that Locke put up regularly during the first half. Yet he entered Thursday winless since beating Cincinnati on July 21. He struggled through August and never worked more than 5 2-3 innings in any start as his ERA slowly rose from 2.11 to 3.23.Despite fighting control issues, Locke stressed he wasn’t fatigued and appeared to find something last week against St. Louis, giving up just two earned runs while battling through five innings. He carried it forward against the Cubs, who were coming off an impressive series win against the Reds.“It was intent, conviction and execution,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “All three of them were covered off the mound tonight by Jeff.”The Pirates were given a long ovation when they walked onto the field, as a crowded PNC Park in mid-September — a rarity over the last two decades — let a generation of frustration out in 30 seconds of pure joy.“It was pretty impressive to get a standing ovation like that just to hit the 82 mark,” Mercer said. “We’ve still got a lot of work left to do. There’s unfinished business.”Rusin did an admirable job of trying to spoil the fun. The 26-year-old is part of Chicago’s future. He pitched that way once again against a team that typically batters left-handers.The Pirates came in hitting .266 against lefties but only touched up Rusin in the fourth. Byrd singled home McCutchen, and Alvarez singled to deep right to bring home Morneau.NOTES: Pittsburgh All-Star closer Jason Grilli will work in middle relief for the time being as he works his way back from a right forearm injury. Melancon will remain the closer while LHP Tony Watson and RHP Kyle Farnsworth work in setup roles. … Pittsburgh LHP Wandy Rodriguez threw 67 pitches in a simulated game. Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since June 5 due to discomfort in his arm. … The Cubs have switched to a six-man rotation for the final two-plus weeks of the season to give RHP Scott Baker more work. Baker is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery. … The series continues Friday when Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44 ERA) faces Chicago’s Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.28).___Follow Will Graves at Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) celebrates as he heads for the dugout after a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. 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Understanding Food Expiration Dates Can Save You Money

August 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid WasteMany printed dates are for peak quality and not for food safety                                                                           Did you know the average American family wastes as much as 25 percent of the food they buy? For a family of four, that adds up to anywhere between $1,600 and $2,300 worth of food that’s thrown out in a year! Part of the reason for this waste of food, money and resources can be tied to confusion about food expiration dates.Many people are throwing out food that’s safe to eat, thinking that any food that’s past its printed “expiration date” is unsafe to eat. According the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), those expiration dates are not safety related. Instead, they are an indication of a window of peak quality. And those dates are determined by the food’s manufacturer—not by the USDA or other regulatory agency.To further complicate things, there is no universal system used for food-dating in the United States. Best if Used By:, Best if Used Before: and Use By: are all labels that food manufacturers use to show the period they consider to be the peak quality for the item—not whether the food is still safe to eat. According to the USDA, foods that are past those printed dates can still be “safe, wholesome and of good quality if handled properly.”The key take-away here is that these labels, however they’re worded, are not indications of safety. In fact, with few exceptions, there are no federal safety regulations that guide the process of dating foods.So, how can you tell if your food is still good to eat? Your senses are still your best tools! If it looks right, smells right and tastes right, and if you know it’s been handled and stored properly, (e.g.; it hasn’t been sitting in a hot car all day) then it’s likely safe to eat. On the flip side, foods that are slimy, off-color or that have a strange odor or flavor—those foods could have bacterial contamination and you should not eat them.Thurston County families could save money and waste less food just by getting the facts. You can find a lot more information, tips and tricks on this topic, plus information on the proper ways to store and handle foods so that they last longer and stay safe to eat. Just search “expiration dates” on the USDA web site, or visit to get started.If you want to learn more about how to keep more food out of the landfill and keep more money in your wallet, go to You can explore our SMART tips and tricks that will help you waste less food, and learn more about the environmental and economic impacts of wasted food.To schedule a fun and free group presentation on how to waste less food, contact Gabby Byrne at [email protected] or (360) 867-2284. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Lovato Carries Middletown South Lineage Into Super Bowl

August 4, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgWhen Lovato takes the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it will be a scene that resonates with Antonucci’s current players and a moment the longtime Eagles head man will use to teach his student-athletes about more than just the game of football.“Every kid that comes into our program, we talk to them about playing at the next level, but also using their experience over these four years to better themselves as people,” Antonucci said. “And when you have a player and a person of Rick’s character carrying the program with them to the highest levels of the game, it’s a tremendous example to take to the guys we have here.”Lovato and the Philadelphia Eagles will square off with the Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.The game will be televised by NBC with coverage starting at noon, followed by a National Anthem performance from Pink and a half time show starring Justin Timberlake.This article originally appeared in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Lovato, who was an All-Conference lineman for the MHSS Eagles as a senior, will be the fourth Middletown South alum to appear in a Super Bowl, joining Moreno, Simonsen and Christian Peter, who was part of a New York Giants team that fell to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.“The Middletown South football program is a family and Rick is one of my brothers. I couldn’t be more proud of him and everything he’s accomplished,” said Peter.“We’re all pulling for Rick, especially because he needs to end the losing streak for us,” said Peter, referencing the Super Bowl losses suffered by all three previous MHSS players and their respective NFL organizations. “With all the adversity Rick has faced in his career, he’s never given up, and now he’s one of the most revered long snappers in the NFL playing in a Super Bowl. It’s a great story, and I think it’s going to end with him and the Eagles on top,” Peters predicted. By Chris Rotolo |center_img MIDDLETOWN — For the third consecutive season, members of the Middletown High School South football program will have one of their own to root for on Super Bowl Sunday.Earlier this week a framed Philadelphia Eagles jersey was placed prominently in the school’s trophy case, recognizing the monumental achievement of MHSS alumnus Rick Lovato.A 2011 graduate, Lovato will serve as the Eagles’ long snapper in Sunday’s title bout against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, making it three straight Super Bowls that South coach Steve Antonucci will watch a former standout from his program compete for the Lombardi Trophy. Lovato joins Knowshon Moreno, who played with the Denver Broncos in 2016, and Scott Simonsen, a member of the Carolina Panthers in last year’s game.“I just saw Rick’s father this past week and we spoke about how proud we are of him. It’s sort of a ‘proud father moment’ for both of us,” said Antonucci, who completed his 20th season at the helm of the Middletown South program this past fall.“Over the years, our coaching staff has spent so much time with Rick and Knowshon and Scott, as well as their families, so when they get to this level and they’re playing in the biggest game of the year where the entire country is watching, you feel that sense of pride, because you feel like you were a small part of their journey,” he said.last_img read more


August 2, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBOLO TO CONSIDER SURFACE SWITCH TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON MARCH 12 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2016)–A Kentucky Derby hopeful a year ago, 4-year-old Bolo proved himself a nationally prominent turf horse Saturday at Santa Anita, as he ran down heavily favored Obviously late to take the Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes by a neck under Flavien Prat. Trained by Carla Gaines and idle since July 4, Bolo negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.09 and is now undefeated in three tries over the Santa Anita lawn.A measured second, two lengths off the favorite past the half mile pole, Bolo got outside pressure from eventual third place finisher Om going to the far turn, shook him off turning for home and gradually wore down Obviously to win going away at the wire.“I couldn’t watch at the end,” said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool, on behalf of the ownership of Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack, LLC. “I couldn’t watch, but it was unbelievable. Carla did just an incredible job, incredible. Her patience over a seven month period drives me crazy, but then in one day, it all comes together.”Off at 7-1 in a field of five older horses, Bolo paid $17.40, $7.20 and $3.00. A Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City, he notched his fourth win from nine starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $408,700.“You have to be closer on the turf the way it’s playing, so it worked out well,” said Prat, who rode Bolo for the first time. “I knew the pace was already fast (set by Obviously; 22.70, 45.67, 1:09.13 and 1:20.99) but I had to get out and go (around the far turn) because Obviously was still in front of me. When I came up next to Obviously, he picked it back up…but I knew Bolo can get the distance and in the end, Obviously came back to us.”Although all four of his career wins have come on turf, Brackpool left the door open for a possible return to dirt in the mile and a quarter $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12.“It seems like every other horse I hear about is being considered for Dubai,” he said. “So we’ve got lots of options.”As for Gaines, she was obviously pleased with the way Bolo came back running off the bench.“The horse had a terrific trip,” she said. “All I told Flavien was to let him break and find his place in the race. I felt he’d be sitting right behind the leaders and he would still have a kick home. That’s exactly what happened. I’m just so thrilled…Did I think he was going to get there? I’m not sure. I was screaming very loud.”Irish-bred Obviously, one of America’s best turf milers dating back to 2012, was cutting back in distance from a mile and one eighth and appeared to have things his own way on the lead.“He settled great and he ran really well,” said Mike Smith, who was aboard the 8-year-old for the first time in the Arcadia. “They went in (one) thirty three to beat us. That’s pretty impressive. I wouldn’t say the this track favors speed, but…He just got run down today.”Off at 4-5, Obviously paid $3.00 and $2.10.Om, who came off a rousing win here in the Grade II Mathis Brother Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, sat a comfortable third early with Gary Stevens and went after the top two going to the far turn, but proved third best. The second choice at 8-5, he paid $2.10 to show.last_img read more

Warriors big man Jordan Bell on second season:”I know what to expect now”

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgOAKLAND – During his first training camp last season, Jordan Bell would frequently stargaze at his superstar teammates Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.Just months removed from his final collegiate game, the thought of standing next to pillars of the 2017 championship team still didn’t seem real.Now, as he begins his second season with Golden State, he’s quitting that habit while he tries to put a rocky rookie season behind him.“I know what to expect now,” Bell said Tuesday …last_img read more