Affiliates raise money selling videos

Blackstar, the online video retailer, is offering an affiliate programme to UK charities. Participating charities can earn income by directing their Web site visitors to buy videos from Blackstar.Their Shared Customer Programme pays 5% on sales generated. Unlike other affiliate programmes, any further purchases made by such customers also generated a 5% payment to the affiliate charity.Find out more from Blackstar and read UK Fundraising’s coverage of Internet affinity programmes. Advertisement 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. Howard Lake | 3 March 2000 | News  17 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Affiliates raise money selling videos read more

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Free-from becoming mainstream?

first_imgFree-from has hit the big time, according to speakers at a recent Food and Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) seminar, held last week.Speaking at the ‘FreeFrom Allergy and Intolerance’ event, held at the Staverton Park Conference Centre on 22 September, David Jago from market research firm Mintel said UK retail sales of free-from food were set to hit £519m by 2016, and were still growing at nearly 10% year-on-year.He added that, despite appearances, the dairy-free market has actually been growing faster than the gluten-free market.The seminar, chaired by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, whose Foodsmatter websites are a major resource for food allergy/intolerance and free-from food, were the third on this subject to be organised by the FDIN.Berriedale-Johnson said the underlying health problems and concerns which gave birth to the free-from sector in the 1990s had not lessened and, if anything, had become more acute. She said if the sector continued on its current trajectory, there was no reason why it should not become totally mainstream. Berriedale-Johnson added that she felt there were huge opportunities for free-from manufacturers to supply the foodservice sector.Other speakers included: Jeremy Woods, MD of Mrs Crimble’s; Lesley Cutts, a founder of the UK’s largest free-from online store Goodness Direct; and Julia Horlov of research and marketing insight consultancy McCallum Layton, who presented qualitative research on consumers’ attitudes to free-from.Horlov said that awareness of free-from was now very high among the average high street shopper, and that the quality and availability of these types of foods had greatly improved over the past few years. However, she added that it was still hard and time-consuming to buy free-from if you had a serious allergy.last_img read more

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Bills believe they’re better prepared for playoffs than 2017

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 12:54 IST Bills Believe They’re Better Prepared For Playoffs Than 2017 Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander acknowledges how Buffalo’s previous playoff appearance two years ago might have been a fluke. Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 31st December, 2019 12:54 IST COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander acknowledges how Buffalo’s previous playoff appearance two years ago might have been a fluke.”That 9-7 team that made the playoffs?” Alexander said, recalling how theThis year, the 13-year veteran said, is far different.”We’re legit,” Alexander said.How legitimate remains the question as the young and still developing fifth-seeded Bills (10-6) travel to face AFC South champion Houston Texans (10-6) on Saturday.Though the Bills clinched their playoff spot two weeks ago, and have their most wins since an 11-5 finish in 1999, it’s difficult to determine how much Buffalo benefited from a soft schedule.Buffalo went 9-2 against opponents who failed to make the playoffs, including a 13-6 season-ending loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, when the Bills rested a majority of their starters. Otherwise, they were 1-4 against playoff teams, including a pair of losses to New England, with Buffalo’s lone win coming against Tennessee in Week 5.That didn’t deter Alexander from suggesting the Bills aren’t afraid of any opponent.”We’re not scared to compete or see anybody in the playoffs,” he said.The confidence stems from how the Bills performed down the stretch in both wins and losses. Buffalo raised eyebrows by beating the Cowboys at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and then clinching a playoff berth with a Sunday night win at Pittsburgh.And the Bills are buoyed by how each ofThe second-year quarterback has made strides in various areas, including winning five games this season with Buffalo trailing or tied in the fourth quarter.And yet, Allen has overseen an offense that has been held to under 20 points eight times and limited to scoring two or fewer touchdowns 11 times — not including the mean-nothing season finale. Overall, the offense finished 24th in yards gained and 23rd in points scored in the NFL.The inconsistent production places an emphasis on Buffalo’s defense to continue effectively containing opponents. A unit that returned 10 starters from a year ago, finished this season ranked third in the NFL in yards allowed and second in points.Two years ago, Tyrod Taylor was Buffalo’s quarterback, and the offenseThe Bills made the decision the following offseason to start over at quarterback by dealing Taylor to Cleveland and accumulate draft picks to trade up to eventually draft Allen with the No. 7 pick.Allen’s performance Saturday will provide an indication of how far the Bills have come in two years — or, perhaps, how far they still need to go.WHAT’S WORKINGA defense that’s allowed just one 300-yard passing game (Ryan Fitzpatrick had 323 yards in Miami’s 37-20 loss) this season, while generating 44 sacks — the most by Buffalo since 2014. In a 20-13 loss at Houston in October 2018, Buffalo limited the Texans to a season-low 216 yards offense and sacked Deshaun Watson seven times.WHAT NEEDS HELPFinishing drives. Buffalo has scored 25 touchdowns on 44 drives inside an opponent’s 20, with the 56.8% touchdown rate ranking 17th in the NFL, and ninth among playoff teams.STOCK UPReceiver Isaiah McKenzie showed another dimension to his versatility by playing three snaps on defense against the Jets. McKenzie filled in at defensive back after Levi Wallace and Siran Neal were sidelined by injuries. Aside from his role as receiver, he has been used in running situations and plays special teams.STOCK DOWNLittle used fifth receiver Robert Foster had no catches on four targets in playing a season-high 63 offensive snaps. Sixth receiver Duke Johnson, by comparison, had six catches for 108 yards in his fourth game, and first after being inactive the eight previous weeks.INJURIESCoach Sean McDermott had no update on CB Wallace (right ankle) and right tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle), who were hurt Sunday.KEY NUMBER25 — Years since Bills’ last playoff victory, 37-22 home win against Miami in AFC wild-card on Dec. 30, 1994. Buffalo has lost its past five postseason games.NEXT STEPSIt’s on to Houston, where Buffalo has lost three straight and is 2-3 overall against Texans.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL last_img read more

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African folklore explored in animated short film

first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more

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B V P Rao elected archery association president

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) B V P Rao was Saturday elected president of the Archery Association of India in the controversial polls held here under a High Court-appointed administrator. Rao, who represented Archery Association of Assam, beat Rupak Debroy of Tripura by 49 votes to 36 in the contest for the president’s post at the elections held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. A retired IAS office of Assam cadre, Rao earlier served as vice president of the archery association of the northeastern state. He was also earlier associated with Sports Authority of India in various capacities. For the last four years, he served as an Advisor to Telengana government before resigning to contest for the AAI top job. He had also fought elections unsuccessfully against Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who served as AAI President for 40 years from 1973 to 2012, when it was de-recognised by the government for not following the sports code. Maha Singh was elected as secretary while D K Vidyarthi won the contest for treasurer. Sunil Sharma was elected senior vice-president while Rajendra Singh Tomar and Purnima Mahato will be the vice presidents. No observer from the Indian Olympic Association and Sports Ministry was present during the much-delayed elections, which were held under controversial circumstances as both bodies wanted the polls to be postponed. But the Delhi High Court-appointed administrator and returning officer S Y Quraishi was adamant on conducting the polls on Saturday as per a Supreme Court’s directive. The Sports Ministry, IOA and the current interim office bearers of AAI had objected to certain clauses in the amended constitution submitted by Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India.advertisement Their objections are based on the ground that the amended constitution, in parts, did not tally with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011. Quraishi’s amended constitution focusses on the revised draft of the sports code and Justice Lodha’s recommendations for the BCCI. After his election to the top job, Rao said he would work hard to help Indian archers win the elusive Olympic medal. “I will focus the management of archery in the country which suffered a lot for the last several years,” he said. Rao had announced a seven-point action before the elections. IOA officials refused to comment on the elections of the AAI as they were held under the supervision of the court. After the elections, several Olympian and international archers such as Dola Banerjee, Limba Ram, Purnima Mahato, Chekrovolu Swuro and Bheigyabati Chanu, under the banner of Archers Commission of India, wrote a letter to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, requesting to grant recognition to AAI. “We would like to inform you that today is a historic day in the 45 years of existence of the AAI as the elections were conducted in a democratic way. This election will be a landmark as sportspersons like us got the right to vote in a sports association to choose its leaders,” the letter said. “Now that these elections are held according to Sports Code, you are requested to to grant recognition so that the sport of archery will not suffer any more,” it added. The former archers also requested the minister for a meeting to discuss issues relating to the establishment of Archers Commission of India. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

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Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeat

first_imgFormer England captain Alastair Cook has questioned the team’s preparations for their West Indies tour, after the visitors crashed to a humiliating 381-run defeat in the first Test in Barbados on Saturday.England came into the contest having drawn their two warm-up games in the Caribbean against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI team earlier this month but Cook said the two-day matches had not fully sharpened the instincts of Joe Root’s side.”Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail. That has become a cliche in sport but overuse does not erode its essential truth. Look at England over four days in Bridgetown,” Cook wrote in his column for the Sunday Times.”They didn’t have their fighting edge, and that is not surprising when you consider their pre-Test schedule.”West Indies, underdogs in the three-match series, bowled out England for 246 in the second innings after dismissing them for 77 in the first to seal the match.”I know what it’s like at the start of a tour. Physically, you might feel a bit tired by the end of the first week after the fitness training and nets, but mentally you’re relaxed,” Cook added.”It’s imperative that you then undergo proper competition… England did not get that. However hard they tried in the two warm-up games, those fixtures added up to less of an experience than four-day first-class cricket would have offered.”At the bare minimum, they should have had a two-day game in which 15 players were used… followed by a four-day match featuring the probable Test XI.”advertisementCook, who retired in September as England’s most prolific batsman, said the tourists would be hurting ahead of the second Test which begins in Antigua on Thursday.”If they weren’t match hardened before, they will be now. This side has a history of bouncing back,” Cook added.Also Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Japan prepare for Touch World Cup

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe National Touch League is no stranger to having international teams compete alongside the best sides in Australia and with the Touch World Cup only weeks away, one of the participating nations is taking full advantage of the opportunity.The Japanese mixed open side is in Coffs Harbour, nailing down their final preparations for the sport’s showpiece.This is not the first time Japan has played at the NTL. They have done so for the past few years and even gone up against the likes of Scotland, Papua New Guinea as well as the top Australian regions.They started their 2015 campaign off with a 9-2 victory against South West Queensland Swans. “We lost all games here last year but this year, with the same people, same team, we are doing really well,” Japan’s mixed open coach Satoru Ozawa said.The Touch World Cup will see 93 teams from 25 countries competing across nine divisions.And like most nations since the 2011 Touch World Cup in Scotland, Japan have been preparing for next month’s version for years.“We’ve been training for the last two and a half years. We’ve been getting better in the last six months,” Ozawa said.“Everyone knows how to play. Everyone played social park touch until then, now in the last six months we are doing proper training for the World Cup. Everyone knows how to do the proper things.”Ozawa said his team will have two camps left in Japan – one next weekend and the other just before the commencement of the World Cup.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the 2015 Touch World Cup in the following ways: Websites www.internationaltouch.orgwww.touchworldcup.comwww.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus  Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksTouch World Cuplast_img read more

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3 days agoReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.” last_img

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Quebec lawmakers pass controversial law obliging citizens to uncover their faces

first_imgMONTREAL – Calling it a North American first, the Quebec government passed legislation Wednesday forbidding anyone from receiving or giving a public service with their face covered — and even while riding the bus.The opposition said the law doesn’t go far enough, while members of the province’s Islamic community said it targets Muslim women and violates their fundamental right to express their religion as they see fit.“This has been a debate that’s been tearing Quebec apart for the past few years,” Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters. “We need to hail this exercise. We need to remind people we are the only jurisdiction in North America to have legislated on this issue.”Bill 62 is the Liberal government’s attempt to enshrine into law what is considered to be a fundamental Quebec value that the state should not promote religion of any kind.Due to the historical omnipresence of the Roman Catholic Church in the lives of Quebecers, some activists in the province see the movement for secularism — including laws banning religious expression in public institutions — as the natural evolution of modern Quebec.The Liberals’ bill is not as strict as the values charter tabled by the Parti Quebecois but which did not become law because the Liberals swept the sovereigntist party from power in 2014.Bill 62 has two basic components: it bans the wearing of face coverings for people giving or receiving a service from the state and it offers a framework outlining how authorities should grant accommodation requests based on religious beliefs.Couillard said he expects some people to challenge the law, but he defended the legislation as necessary for reasons related to communication, identification and security.“The principle to which I think a vast majority of Canadians by the way, not only Quebecers, would agree upon is that public services should be given and received with an open face,” he said.“I speak to you, you speak to me. I see your face. You see mine. As simple as that.”In Ottawa, the Bloc Quebecois asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Commons whether he could categorically state his government would not challenge the law.Trudeau responded by saying he would “continue to work to make sure Canadians are protected by the charter (federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms) while at the same time respecting the choices made by various parliamentarians at different levels.”“But here, at the federal level, we defend the rights of all Canadians.”Trudeau later tweeted a link to a speech he gave in 2015 condemning face-covering bans, adding that his position hasn’t changed.“It is a cruel joke to claim you are liberating people from oppression by dictating in law what they can and cannot wear,” he said in the speech.How the new law will be enforced is still unclear, particularly for bus drivers who fear becoming the fashion police.Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee, who tabled the bill, said guidelines on how the law would be enforced would be phased in by next June 30, after consultations.She told reporters the law also affects women who choose to use public transit while wearing Islamic face coverings, such as the niqab or burka.“The obligation to uncover your face is for duration of the public service rendered,” she said. “Not just for the veiled woman, but think also of hoods or tinted glasses.”Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said he remains uncomfortable with the legislation, especially as it applies to the city’s public transit.“What does it mean? We have niqab police as bus drivers?” Coderre asked. “Will we refuse to provide them (women wearing face coverings) services if they are freezing with their children?”A spokesman for the union representing Montreal bus drivers, ticket takers and subway employees says it isn’t interested in enforcing the law.“Bus drivers don’t want to have the responsibility of applying Bill 62 at this time,” Ronald Boisrond of the Canadian Union of Public Employees said in an interview.Andre Lamoureux, political scientist and spokesman for a Quebec-based movement for secularism, said the niqab or burka “has no place — not even on the bus.”His group was one of many who testified during the legislative hearings into Bill 62.“(The niqab) is not a religious sign,” Lamoureux said. “It’s a political symbol of the enslavement and de-empowerment of women that is supported by the most repressive regimes on the planet.”Eve Torres, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said the face veil itself is not the issue.“Whether it pleases Mr. Lamoureux or me — that’s not the question,” she said. “The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms allows women to express their way of interpreting their religion.“Whether I’m OK with it or not is not the point.”Lamoureux said the majority of Quebecers are against the niqab and the burka due to historical considerations.“Before the 1960s there was terrible social pressure on women, on couples,” he said. “The church was against abortion, controlled women’s bodies. When women went to the confessional, the priest would demand they get pregnant. The church was everywhere, in the schools. Even my hockey coach was a Jesuit.”He said Quebecers don’t care if people practise their religion in private, but they are sensitive to signs that religiosity is re-entering public institutions.Torres said the government has switched roles with the church.“The government has passed a law forcing women to uncover a part of their body against their will,” she said.“I am aware of the past, but the past also tells us that women have come a long way but there is still a lot of work to do. This law does not add anything to the advancement of women in society.”Another spokesman with the National Council of Canadian Muslims said the organization is “looking at its options” with regards to a possible court challenge.Fo Niemi of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations said the law could eventually be challenged in front of the United Nations.“It is foreseeable…the law will end up before the UN because it can be deemed to be a violation of certain rights protected by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,” Niemi said.Vallee said she believes her bill passes the legal test.“In every piece of legislation, there’s a risk of it being contested by those who don’t agree with it,” Vallee said. “We consider that this bill is solid, it’s strong, it’s a bill that’s respectful of civil rights.”last_img read more

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