AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 November 2007 | News Institute launches National Awards for 2008 The awards ceremony and dinner takes place on the first night of the IoF’s National Convention on Monday 7 July. The awards are a key component of the Institute’s ongoing commitment to champion best practice in fundraising and celebrate fundraisers’ hard work and successes. All shortlisted campaigns and charities will be profiled in a special blog on UK Fundraising dedicated to the awards.Nomination forms are available online and entries have to be in by Monday 3 March 2008. The Institute of Fundraising has launched its awards scheme for 2008.Nominations are open for the awards which will this time consist of 16 categories covering campaigns, techniques, individuals and teams. These include best business/charity partnership; best local/regional campaign; most innovative fundraising campaign; best use of direct mail fundraising; best use of telephone; volunteer fundraiser, fundraising team, and fundraiser of the year awards.New this year are best use of legacy fundraising and best use of payroll giving. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards 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. 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
An analysis by the ministry concluded that sampling of the published study is too small to be representative, while the article lacks adequate evidence to show the G4 virus has become the dominant strain among pigs.The ministry said it drew its conclusions after holding a seminar on the G4 virus’s impact on the hog industry and public health. Participants included Chinese veterinarians and anti-virus experts, as well as the leading authors of the PNAS study.The participants concurred that the G4 virus is not new, the statement said. Furthermore, such a strain has been monitored continuously by the World Health Organization (WHO) and related agencies in China since 2011, the statement said, citing a senior WHO official.In addition, the authors of the published study agreed that the G4 virus does not effectively replicate in the human body and cause disease, according to the statement.The ministry’s statement was authored by Yang Hanchun, a swine viral disease scientist at China Agricultural University who also serves the role of expert on a ministry anti-epidemic committee. Topics : China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that the so-called “G4” strain of swine flu virus is not new and does not infect or sicken humans and animals easily, rebuffing a study published earlier this week.That study, by a team of Chinese scientists and published by the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), warned that a new swine flu virus, named G4, has become more infectious to humans and could become a potential “pandemic virus”.However, China’s agriculture ministry said in a statement that the study has been interpreted by the media “in an exaggerated and nonfactual way.”
EL SEGUNDO >> Hours had already passed since D’Angelo Russell scored seemingly anytime he took a shot.But just because the Lakers’ loss to Cleveland on Sunday at Staples Center had ended, it did not mean Russell’s shooting would end. After becoming the youngest Lakers player in franchise history to post a career-high 40 points in a regular-season game, Russell carried that sharp shooting late on Sunday night at the Lakers’ practice facility.“If he was here doing it, I loved that,” Walton said. “But we’re all about developing habits right now. If that’s something he’s doing, let’s do it all the time. Good game, bad game and make that part of our routine. Like I said the whole year, he’s done a great job of working. He’s been putting in the extra time before and after practice. If he wants to come back to the gym at midnight, I’ll all for it.”Walton’s all for Russell’s improved play, obviously. Russell joined LeBron James (2004, 06), Stephon Marbury (1999) and Michael Jordan (1985) as the only players 21 or younger since 1983 to post at least 40 points and six assists while committing one of fewer turnovers. With Walton featuring Russell at the starting shooting guard spot again for when the Lakers (20-50) host the Clippers (41-29) in a designated home game on Tuesday at Staples Center, Walton expressed hope Russell’s effectiveness will not solely hinge on how often his shot drops into the net. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s when he’s engaged and doing other things, it allows him to make those type of shots because you’re in rhythm,” Walton said. “They tend to go in a lot more when you’re doing all the other parts of the game the right way. A lot of times if his shot is not going in, it’s natural for most young players, they rely too much on whether they’re scoring or not to affect how they’re playing the rest of the game. He seems to be disengaged when the ball is not going in for him.”Decision timeAfter spending most of the last year with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, David Nwaba caught the Lakers’ attention with his defense and athleticism.“David Nwaba was amazing,” Russell said. “I’m surprised he’s not on the team right now as far as a long-term contract.”With Nwaba’s 10-day contract expiring at the end of Monday, Walton talked with some of the Lakers’ front office about whether they would keep him. “He’s been great,” Walton said. “I want to keep him, but there’s also other guys we want to look at.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, averaged 3.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 2.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes through 10 games (eight as a reserve and two as a starter).“It’s been a great experience playing at this level,” Nwaba said. “I feel more confident in my game But I still have a long way to go before feeling fully confident in myself.”Hot takeWalton has proudly worn a University of Arizona T-Shirt in recent days out of support for his alma mater in the NCAA Tournament. Though he has remained encouraged with the Wildcats’ play, he did not like the tournament only featured four Pac-12 teams in Arizona, USC, UCLA and Oregon.“It shows again the biased committee cheated the Pac-12 teams,” Walton said.Injury updateLakers guard Nick Young practiced on Monday after he missed Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of the flu. Lakers reserve guard Tyler Ennis missed the end of Monday’s practice after tweaking his left shoulder. The Lakers will reevaluate Ennis on Tuesday before tipoff. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
At Old Trafford, United produced a comeback reminiscent of the glory years of the watching Alex Ferguson to continue their recent upturn.But they had to do it the hard way, with Ibrahimovic initially denied an 18th goal of the season in a contentious incident late in the first half.Leaping to meet Anthony Martial’s left-wing cross, the Swede jabbed the ball past goalkeeper Victor Valdes at the near post, only for referee Lee Mason to rule it out.United’s players, and Jose Mourinho, contested the decision, and there was worse to come when Grant Leadbitter drilled Boro in front from Alvaro Negredo’s knock-down in the 67th minute.But Ibrahimovic did get his goal in the 85th minute, tucking in Martial’s cross, and barely a minute later Pogba headed in the winner from Juan Mata’s cross.It was the perfect ending as Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 75th birthday!Champions Leicester City claimed a much-needed win, beating West Ham United 1-0 courtesy of Islam Slimani’s 20th-minute header to climb six points clear of the relegation zone.Swansea City made a demoralising start to life without sacked manager Bob Bradley, slumping to a 3-0 home defeat against Bournemouth that kept them at the foot of the table.Goals from Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Josh King gave Bournemouth victory, with first-team coach Alan Curtis taking temporary charge of Swansea.Andre Gray became the first Burnley player to score a Premier League hat-trick as Sean Dyche’s men beat third-bottom Sunderland 3-1 to climb to 11th place.Gray scored three times in the first 53 minutes at Turf Moor, with Ashley Barnes netting a penalty before Jermain Defoe replied for the visitors.Matt Phillips and Wales’s Euro 2016 star Hal-Robson Kanu scored as West Bromwich Albion came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton, who had centre-back Virgil van Dijk sent off late on for two bookable offences.Share on: WhatsApp Willian extends Chelsea run, Pogba sinks BoroLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Willian scored twice as Chelsea claimed a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory by beating Stoke City 4-2 on Saturday to provisionally move nine points clear at the summit.Stoke twice hit back to level after falling behind at Stamford Bridge, but Willian’s second goal and a late Diego Costa strike saw Chelsea match Arsenal’s run of 13 wins within the same season from 2001-02.Antonio Conte’s side pulled nine points clear of second-place Liverpool, who host third-place Manchester City later in the day in an explosive climax to the calendar year.Manchester United came perilously close to seeing their own winning streak end, only for late goals by star signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to secure a 2-1 home win over Middlesbrough.It was sixth-place United’s fifth straight league win and took them to within a point of fourth-place Arsenal, who host Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.Chelsea welcomed back N’Golo Kante and Costa from suspension for the visit of Stoke and took a 33rd-minute lead when Gary Cahill headed in a corner from Cesc Fabregas.Bruno Martins Indi equalised within seconds of kick-off in the second half, slotting in after Peter Crouch nodded down Charlie Adam’s free-kick.After Willian had restored the hosts’ lead, lashing in from Eden Hazard’s lay-off, Crouch drew Stoke level again in the 64th minute when he tapped in Mame Biram Diouf’s cross.But Willian put Chelsea back in front a minute later and Costa’s late strike sealed victory.– Gray hat-trick –
In this May 25, 1965 file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger, Sonny Liston, shortly after dropping him with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. In 1964 he changed his name from Cassius Clay and adopted his Muslim name. (AP Photo/John Rooney)Nobody knew quite what to make of the handsome young boxer whose mouth seemed to be his greatest weapon. What they did know was that Cassius Clay didn’t stand a chance.Not against Sonny Liston, the fearsome pug and ex-con with mob ties who wore a perpetual scowl as he knocked out almost everyone put in front of him in the ring. Not even when Clay predicted in verse that a new heavyweight champion would be crowned that February night 50 years ago in Miami Beach.“The crowd did not dream when they put up the money,” he roared, “that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.”Oddsmakers thought the fighter known as the Louisville Lip was as crazy as his poems. They ignored the 22-year-old’s boast that he would win in eight; they made Liston a 7-1 favorite.“I’m the champ of fightin’,” Liston sputtered to Clay, “but you the champ of talkin’.”They met as the nation was on the eve of massive change, which few could foresee and even fewer could understand. Still deep in mourning over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just three months earlier, the country would be rocked by race riots in major cities in the long, hot summer ahead. Civil rights activism was gearing up, the conflict in Vietnam was moving into U.S. headlines, there was new music in the air.In fact, on their frenzied first visit to America, the Beatles stopped by the gym where Clay was training, to check out this fighter who, like them, was prepared to take on the world.The world itself would soon want to check out Cassius Clay. Those starting to pay attention liked some of what he offered, such as the poetic collaborations with cornerman Bundini Brown.“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” the two would chant together.A lot of it they didn’t like. In Liston they had a fighter they knew, even if they did not respect the big puncher who was as surly outside the ring as he was ferocious inside it.Clay was unlike anything they had ever seen, and it wasn’t just because he couldn’t seem to stop talking. Clay’s own father accused the Black Panthers of brainwashing his son. There were reports he was a confidant of Malcolm X, and a new disciple of the Black Muslim religion that frightened many in White America. Promoters managed to keep Clay quiet about his religious leanings until after the fight.The silence didn’t last long. The day after the big fight, there was more to talk about than just the heavyweight championship of the world.“I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” said the young champion who would take the name Muhammad Ali. “I’m free to be who I want.”In this March 1, 1964 file photo, Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion, right, stands with Malcolm X outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater on Broadway at 49th Street in New York. They had just watched a screening of films on Ali’s Feb. 25, 1964 title fight with Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Two days after the fight with Liston, Cassius Clay announced he was a member of the Nation of Islam and was changing his name to Cassius X. He would later become Muhammad Ali as he broke away from Malcolm X and aligned himself with the sect’s leader, Elijiah Muhammad. “What is all the commotion about?” he asked. “Nobody asks other people about their religion. But now that I’m the champion I am the king so it seems the world is all shook up about what I believe.” (AP Photo)The man who would become arguably the most recognized figure in the world as Ali had trouble getting noticed at first, even after winning the gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Clay was fast and he was good, but it wasn’t until he charged in the ring ranting and raving at Liston after the champion knocked out Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1963 that he got a shot at the title.The contracts were signed in Denver, where Liston lived and where Clay traveled in a secondhand airport bus he decorated with signs like “Sonny Liston Will Go in Eight” and “World’s Most Colorful Fighter.” Clay headed straight to Liston’s upscale house (where 32 for-sale signs suddenly sprouted in the neighborhood after he moved in a few months earlier), honking his horn and shouting in the air at 1 a.m. for the man known as the “Big Bear” to come down.Former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano was among those who thought Clay was making a big mistake. Clay’s own lawyer advised him against the fight.“Cassius does not try to learn anything from one fight to the next and really doesn’t care about becoming one of the finest heavyweights who ever lived,” attorney Gordon Davidson said at the time. “All he wants is to be the richest.”The deal was a good one for both fighters, with Clay getting 22 percent of the gross and Liston 40 percent. There was talk of it being one of the richest fights ever, and Clay wanted to use his share to fulfill his dream of living in a $100,000 house on a hill with a swimming pool.On the morning of the bout, Clay arrived wearing a blue denim jacket that said “Bear Huntin’” on the back for a weigh-in unlike any boxing had ever seen. Clay seemed on the verge of hysteria as he shouted at Liston.“Don’t let everyone know what a fool you are,” the sullen Liston said in a low voice.The doctor conducting the prefight exams reported Clay’s pulse went from a normal 54 to 120. There was talk the fight could be called off if he didn’t find a way to calm down.“This is a man who is scared to death,” Dr. Alexander Robbins told reporters. “He is living in mortal fear.”A few hours later, Clay proved how wrong both Liston and the ring doctor were.“The only thing that could scare Sonny was a crazy person who defied any kind of logic,” said Robert Lipsyte, who covered the fight as a young reporter for The New York Times. “I think Clay understood you could psyche out Sonny Liston by some show of insanity. And I think that’s exactly what he did.”In this May 25, 1965 file photo, perspiration beads on the face of world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo)If the fight wasn’t won at the weigh-in, it was when the two men stripped off their robes in the ring. All the talk had been about the beast Liston was, but when the two stood in the center of the ring Clay was clearly the bigger man.He dominated almost from the opening bell, peppering Liston with jabs and throwing fast combinations that seemed to bewilder the Big Bear. Except for a brief moment Clay got something in his eyes from Liston’s gloves and begged trainer Angelo Dundee to stop the fight, he was in complete control.Still, it was shocking when the seemingly invincible Liston quit in the corner after the sixth round, claiming a shoulder injury.“Look at me: I’m still pretty,” Clay said afterward.There was talk that the fix was in, and a Senate subcommittee wasted little time in announcing it would investigate a contract that promised a rematch between the fighters. But the world had a new heavyweight champion, and he didn’t take long to make some news outside the ring.Two days after the fight, Clay announced he was a member of the Nation of Islam and was changing his name to Cassius X. He would later become Muhammad Ali as he broke away from Malcolm X and aligned himself with the sect’s leader, Elijiah Muhammad.“What is all the commotion about?” he asked. “Nobody asks other people about their religion. But now that I’m the champion I am the king so it seems the world is all shook up about what I believe.”Gene Kilroy, who would later become Ali’s business manager, said Ali often talked about how his faith was the key factor in winning the fight“Elijiah Muhammad told him, ‘How can you lose when Allah is on your side?’” Kilroy said. “That was his belief and he was strong with it. It gave him the confidence that he couldn’t lose to Liston.”Ali and Liston would meet again the next February in, of all places, Lewiston, Maine. The fight ended quickly in the first round with a right hand few saw that clipped Liston’s jaw and put him on the canvas, where Ali towered menacingly above him.In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 1977 file photo, artist Andy Warhol, left, photographs Muhammad Ali, his infant daughter, Hanna, and wife, Veronica, at Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. (AP Photo)He’s an old man now, his body ravaged by Parkinson’s Syndrome and his voice long since muted. The world has known him as Muhammad Ali for a half century, and he’s as revered now as he was once reviled.The changes in society in those 50 years seem almost as unimaginable as young Cassius Clay winning the title in the first place. Ali was squarely in the middle of some of them in a way no athlete had ever before been.“I really think in my mind the ’60s really began with that fight,” Lipsyte said. “Kennedy was recently dead, which was the end of the ’50s, and here we are on the verge of this new world of civil rights, anti-war demonstrations, and anti-authoritarianism. The Beatles were in that mix, Malcolm X was there. It seemed like there was a confluence of all those factors that would be the foundation of the ’60s and the changes that would come from that.”The military draft notice that had loomed for Ali since before the first Liston fight would arrive during the prime of his career, and he famously refused induction in 1967, saying he was a conscientious objector who would not serve in the Army of a country that treated members of his race as second-class citizens. By this time, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war was escalating, and supporters and opponents were hardening their positions.“I ain’t got no quarrel with those Viet Cong,” he said, setting off on a path that cost him more than three years of his career and nearly put him in prison. Ali became a symbolic, if unlikely, figure of the anti-war movement, though his mind was always more on resuming his career than furthering the cause.Even when he was cleared on a technicality by the U.S. Supreme Court he was a pariah to many.“They can’t hate me or dislike me any more than they do now,” Ali said in 1969.Ali would go on to be the first man to win the heavyweight championship three times, engaging in epic fights in faraway places that were so big they had names like “Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manila.”And when he stood trembling, torch in hand, to light the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, many of those watching couldn’t help but tremble along with him.More than a fighter, he was for many an athlete who transcended sports as a champion of principle and human rights. More than just a man, he had become a figure of almost mythic proportion.“You can’t interview him anymore, but he still has this kind of marvelous physical presence. He still seems to glow,” Lipsyte said of Ali, who’s now 72 and living in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I have obviously not had any substantive conversations with him in years but I still smile and feel good in his presence. He has that effect.”Liston would fight for several more years, though he never got another chance at the title. He was found dead in 1970 in his Las Vegas home in what was ruled a drug overdose but what some of his contemporaries thought might have been a mob hit.“Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston. 1932-1970,” reads the tombstone near the city’s airport. “A man.”They were both men, different men who both wanted the same thing. It was Feb. 25, 1964, and in Miami Beach, the man who would become Muhammad Ali did what he said he would and shocked the world.And the world would never be the same.
ALAMEDA — The Raiders are in the process Saturday of reducing their roster from 77 to 53 players in advance of a 1 p.m. deadline:Here is the initial 53-man roster as reported by the Raiders:INJURED RESERVEDefensive tackle Justin Ellis: Slowed by a knee injury, Ellis missed considerable practice time as well as half the season last year. General manager Mike Mayock said a big thing with coach Jon Gruden is availability and Raiders decided to go younger. If the Raiders had kept Ellis on the …
The preservation of structures and original proteins in fossils has just been pushed back to the Triassic.A new paper in PLoS One adds to the growing corpus of literature documenting soft tissue preservation in “old” bones. Two reptile species categorized as archosauromorphs (“ruling lizard shapes”) were examined by a team including Roman Pawlicki, who has argued since 1966 that original biomolecules can be preserved in dinosaurs. The specimens from Poland, a nothosaurid and a tanystropheid (aquatic and terrestrial diapsid reptiles), were analyzed multiple ways with spectroscopy, imaging, and mass spectrometry. The team photographed structures that resemble “blood vessels” (quotes theirs) preserved in iron minerals. Within the bones, amino acid residues indicative of collagen were found.Pawlicki and the others recognize that their findings buck the conventional wisdom.The conventional wisdom states that no original organic components remains associated with Mesozoic vertebrate bones over geological time. It is based on models using unrealistically harsh chemical conditions as proxies for time. However, half a century ago, one of us (RP) was the first to demonstrate, by describing fossilized cells, collagen fibrils and vessels from Cretaceous dinosaur bones from the Gobi Desert, that this conventional wisdom may not hold for all fossils.The references list many previous papers assessing soft tissue in dinosaurs, including those by Mary Schweitzer, who also discussed this paper with the authors and offered suggestions. The authors wanted to be careful to refute the “biofilm” and “contamination” counter-arguments; they used a recent marine iguana bone as a control, and compared their measurements with the surrounding non-organic matrix. They also analyzed material from the interior of the bone which they reasoned is impervious to contamination.Most of the paper goes into the weeds about their methods for preventing contamination and eliminating biofilms from bacteria or fungi. Since it’s open-access, readers can learn about how many times they soaked, blasted, irradiated and rinsed their samples. Some readers may find space for criticizing their inferences here and there (for instance, some spectra were “not completely unambiguous” for amino acids). Overall, though, the multitude of methods and cross-checks gave them confidence to conclude that original biomolecules and structures had indeed been detected.This finding demonstrates that the possibility of the preservation of original soft tissue in iron-oxide mineral coatings may be greater than commonly believed and that molecules preserved in this way are structurally relatively undamaged and identifiable via spectral methods.Not surprisingly, it was not their intent to cast doubt on the conventional ages, but rather to explain how they might have been preserved through deep time. Their theory is that iron oxide minerals like hematite and goethite, derived from the animal’s tissues (such as hemoglobin), provide protective coatings around the biomolecules.Our study provides clear evidence that fossil molecules could survive through rapid, early diagenetic iron radical cross-linking. These biomolecules could effectively be preserved in iron-rich minerals when the minerals precipitated directly onto soft tissues, such as vessels and cells, and tightly covered their original structure. It can be assumed that the persistence of protein remains of endogenous origin in Early Triassic bones was the result of early post- mortem mineralization processes on the walls of blood vessels. Our observations confirm the hypothesis, that iron oxides can act as protective envelopes enabling the preservation of endogenous biomolecules in dinosaur bones from the distant geological past.The bones, though, are dated in the paper to 247 million years old, much earlier than the dinosaurs examined by Schweitzer. That’s a long time to believe nothing happened to degrade these biomolecules completely and replace them with minerals. A lot of geological, physical and biological change can occur in just thousands of years, let alone hundreds of millions of years. To assume iron oxides protected the biomolecules, they needed the “protective envelopes” to form rapidly and then stay intact for hundreds of millions of years. That sounds like special pleading. “This phenomenon of rapid fossilization must have occurred during early diagenesis, most likely immediately after the death of the organism,” they say. Why were these reptiles, one in the water and one on land, buried rapidly? What made them fossilize immediately? How often does that happen?We know about human history in the 103-year range, but no human has experienced millions of years. Does anyone “know” that amino acids and collagen can last that long? The syllogism relies on assuming the major premise: (1) the earth is old, (2) biomolecules are found; (3) conclusion: the biomolecules are old. What if #1 is false?This paper may not make the strongest case, but it’s interesting and adds to the evidence. The most parsimonious explanation is that these bones were never that old. The reference list provides interested observers with resources for further investigation going back decades, including all of Mary Schweitzer’s published papers.“Conventional wisdom” is an interesting term. It’s not often very wise. When you see the term, push on it like these scientists did and see if it falls over.(Visited 107 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins had to stop when he saw some soybeans being harvested between Galena and Sunbury in Delaware County with two very different combines running in the same field. The one Perry Buxton was driving looked like many green and yellow combines you see this time of year. The other machine was of the same brand but, after 50 sun-faded harvests under its belt, had a slightly different shade of the iconic colors. Take a look at this Cab Cam, driven by Fennig Equipment.