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26 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Charities Trust is introducing ‘The Xtra Factor’ to its payroll giving scheme through which employees will be able to increase their payments by a small amount each year.The idea is being introduced at Home Retail Group – parent company of Argos and Homebase – with the first annual increase of three per cent coming into effect in June 2007. The percentage is a ‘suggested’ amount, but donors can choose their own level of increase. This is designed to counter the often static donations given via payroll giving. Many payroll giving relationships are long-standing and once they are set up, often not amended.Charities Trust sales and marketing manager Jason Doherty said: In 2005 payroll giving donations in the UK reached almost £100m. If every donor signed up to payroll giving and agreed just a small nominal increase of three per cent, for example, Th Xtra Factor would deliver a staggering £3m additional revenue for chariites and good causes. Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 December 2006 | News First index-linked payroll giving scheme from Charities Trust
You can imagine even the quirky Brian Wilson entering the Dodgers clubhouse for the first time in August with a bit of trepidation.Wilson, the former Giants closer who owns a dastardly beard and interesting vibe, had come to resurrect his career with his former rival. But the awkward transition was comforted by a friendly face in the corner of the clubhouse: Juan Uribe.The former Giants teammates, who won a World Series together in 2010, bonded again instantly. Their must-see pre-game dominoes tilts filled with cash, loud voices and swear words in two languages, commenced.“You play dominoes to be calm mentally and relax and get ready for the game,” Uribe said. “It’s a way to do it where everyone can see. For me, this guy is a good guy and a good teammate. “He likes winning like me. He’s a guy you want on your team.”Wilson didn’t talk to Uribe before he signed with the Dodgers, but they picked up where they left off in a hurry. “I’ve always known what kind of caliber teammate Uribe is, and I knew he’d be a great fit here,” Wilson said. “As soon as I found out I was coming over, the friendship is basically the same — laughing, joking, having a good time. Playing some serious dominoes.”This isn’t about dominoes, of course, but they do have that in common. And dominoes are more entertaining to watch than a player working on a crossword puzzle.This is about a friendship between an infielder from the Dominican Republic and a pitcher from Massachusetts who together helped win the ultimate prize in baseball. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Reuniting feels so good, even if it’s in Southern California — where Wilson lives in the offseason — and not Northern California where their friendship was born. They’re trying to team up to win a World Series again, this time with the Dodgers.“He knows about winning,” Uribe said. “That’s a guy you want to be on your team.”Uribe will be relied on heavily for his postseason swagger as he and Carl Crawford are the only two Dodgers starters with World Series experience. Jerry Hairston, Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker also have World Series experience.The Dodgers last made the playoffs in 2009 and last won a World Series in 1988.Wilson is a big story not only for his personality, wit and beard, but because he’s pitching again after his second Tommy John surgery.The Giants didn’t re-sign him after the 2012 season, in which he pitched in just two games but still was with the team for its second World Series win in three years. He hadn’t pitched since April of 2012 before returning to the mound for the Dodgers last month. The Dodgers gave him a chance, and he’s seemingly been there forever, even with a getaway-day black suit complete with dark pink shirt and black shoes with pink trim and skeleton heads.It’s about the people and pitches, not the shoes or that scraggly beard. Even when Wilson faced the Giants in September, he didn’t get emotional.“Not at all. It’s another team,” Wilson said. “Everybody wants to think it’s something it’s not. It’s hitters that I’ve known for a while. It’s me getting my three outs or whatever my team needs me to do.”Uribe hit a career-high 24 home runs in 2010 in the Giants’ World Series championship season. He struggled in his transition with the Dodgers, hitting just .204 with four home runs in 77 games in 2011 and .191 with two home runs in 66 games with the Dodgers in 2012, all the while battling injuries.He’s so well-liked by his teammates, that even when Uribe was the victim of the hidden-ball trick against Tampa this season, Adrian Gonzalez was the first to present him with the third-base bag and a shoe taped to it as a prank. Uribe can laugh about it all, especially because he’s hitting and seemingly has his groove back. Wilson already has the Dodgers’ back like he’s been bleeding blue forever. After the Dodgers clinched the National League West in Arizona, he came to his team’s defense. Arizona Senator John McCain was one of many people to complain about the Dodgers’ celebration in the Diamondbacks’ pool. McCain tweeted the Dodgers were “No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats!”Wilson tweeted a stinging — and funny — response: “Senator McComplain knows a thing or two about coming in second and watching someone take a plunge in the pool (I mean poll) #PooLITICS.” For Wilson, he’s simply happy to be pitching again. He led the National League with 48 saves in 2010 but didn’t have a contract to pitch with any team when the season started in April. He worked out on his own and was confident he was ready in August. The Dodgers were ready for him, especially if he can live up to his Twitter Avatar, which demonstrates he’s proud of two things:“Twitter of a world champion, and a world champion beard.”He and Uribe don’t have a beard in common, but that doesn’t mean Uribe doesn’t understand that unruly abundance of black facial hair that should have its own name. “It’s good. I like it,” Uribe said. “Some people don’t. But I like it. Fans do, too.”They’ll like Uribe and Wilson even more if they can bring another World Series title to Los Angeles.
by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow â€” For years the Wellington Lady Crusader basketball team was somewhat of a laughing stock around the AVCTL. Long losing streaks and blowout losses had become the norm.But that changed five years ago when Kevin Hackerott was named girls basketball coach. Now, after numerous wins and a state tournament appearance Hackerott is gone.Â Wellington was again looking for a new coach. Unlike last time when it was looking for someone to take over a struggling program, this time they needed someone who could not only keep the momentum going but exceed the now higher expectations.Eric Adams, a 1988 Wellington High graduate, has been pegged as the man for the job.Adams is a Wellington native who is no stranger to girlsâ€™ athletics at WHS. Eric and his wife Coni have two daughters. Erianne, who graduated in 2012, was a member of the team that went to State that year and also the 2011 State Championship tennis team, and Peyton who is going to be a junior at WHS this coming fall plays softball and tennis for the lady crusaders.Adams spent last year as the leader of the South Haven Lady Cardinals basketball team. In just his first year at the Helm he led the Lady Cards to a league title and birth in the State tournament.It should come as no surprise though. Adams spent nine years as the head coach of the WMS Lady Knights, winning multiple league titles in his time.Adams said it was hard to leave South Haven because of the bond he had formed in such a short time, but that coming to back to his hometown to coach was a dream come true.â€œExcitement, that was it,â€ Adams said when asked what he thought upon being named the new head coach.When it comes to playing style he said that it will be very similar to the brand of basketball fans have become accustomed to seeing.â€œFull court pressure, great defense, and great rebounding,â€ Adams said.Basketball season is still months away but Adams is already hard at work getting ready for the season.The Crusaders have team camp June 2-7, and will also be playing in a league with about 12 other teams from the area. They will be hosting games Monday night June 10th. Adams encourages fans to attend to get a little preview of what the season will hold.The Crusaders will also head to Wichita State for a camp later in the summer.As for what he expects from this season. Adams simply had one thing to say. He wants to continue what has been built.â€œWearing Wellington across your chest in girlsâ€™ basketball means something now,â€ Adams said. â€œAnd I plan on it staying that way.â€So come on out June 10 to support the Crusaders and see what they and their new coach have to offer. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down John · 375 weeks ago Congrats Eric. Do not feel that you have something to live up to, you have already proven yourself more times than most can count. Again Congratulations. Keep on winning. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Two England teams will set out to defend the Nations Cup in next month’s McGregor Trophy – the English U16 boys’ open championship – at Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex. Team one is James Cooper of Wiltshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire and Hugo Kedzlie of Lincolnshire. Team two is Charlie Daughtrey of Yorkshire, Charlie Hilton of Sussex and Charlie Salter of Northamptonshire. Cooper, Goddard and Daughtrey all represented England in the U16 international against Spain last month. The McGregor Trophy will be played from 12-14 July and the Nations Cup will be decided over the first two rounds, with the best two scores counting from each team on each day. England won the Nations Cup last year on 14-under – and were 17 shots clear of the runners-up. The players: Team One James Cooper, 16, (Cumberwell Park) was runner up at the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park and ninth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) is the North of England U16 boys’ champion, was third in the 2015 German Junior Masters and ninth in this season’s Fairhaven Trophies. Hugo Kedzlie, 15, (Spalding) was ninth in the U16 spring championship,16th in the Midland boys’ county championship qualifying and 24th in the Fairhaven Trophies. Team Two Charlie Daughtrey, 15, (Rotherham) was ninth in last year’s North of England U16 boys and had a top 20 finish in this season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy. Charlie Hilton, 15, (Ifield) shared 14th place in the spring U16 championship and was ninth in last year’s Scottish U14 boys’ championship. Charlie Salter, 16, (Northamptonshire County) won the Midland boys’ county championship qualifying and also tied 14th in the spring U16 championship. 14 Jun 2016 England boys’ teams to defend Nations Cup