Can improving tackle technique reduce concussion?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Concussion and rugby. The two have become synonymous in recent months with rarely a week passing without the issue making the back pages. In December it was the George North head injury dominating the rugby news, this month Munster scrum-half Conor Murray, and the Six Nations is likely to bring more cases of players being knocked unconscious.Last week the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) published its annual report into the incidence of match-day injuries in professional rugby. First the good news: the number of match-day injuries are at their lowest since the study began in 2002. Now the bad news: concussion injuries have increased for the fifth consecutive season and now account for a quarter of all match-day injuries, a rise from 17% the previous year.Of course, one reason concussion cases have risen is that players are much more aware of the issue and what might a few years ago have been dismissed as a ‘slight bang on the head, you’ll be right as rain in a couple of days’ is now treated with due diligence.Health check: Conor Murray is sent for an HIA against Glasgow earlier this month. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Immediate Care in Sport programme has been educating coaches, officials and healthcare providers in recognising and treating concussion, but that is only half the education battle in the fight to reduce the number of concussion cases in the game, from grass roots to the top flight.As Simon Kemp, the RFU chief medical officer, told the BBC last week: “Thinking about tackle technique and ensuring tackle technique is performance-optimised while reducing the risk of head contact to the tackler, is something the game needs to work more on.”Which is were Ricky Whitehall comes in. A former hooker for England U18 and England Students, Whitehall turned professional with Coventry and then spent seven seasons playing for Lille in the French Fédérale 1 while also becoming a qualified coach.Last summer he returned to England to become boss of Midlands One West club Burton, coaching not just the 1st XV squad but also the kids’ section. “When I began coaching at Burton I found that parents were increasingly concerned about the physicality of rugby,” explains Whitehall. “And I understand that concern because I’ve been a dad for 18 months and if my daughter wants to play rugby I’d be worried about the long-term effects on her.”Whitehall believes that the RFU’s Head Case campaign has done some good work, and this month’s World Rugby edict about refereeing the tackle area is also a step in the right direction. But he says too many players in the modern game can’t tackle properly, reeling off the names of high-profile players who in the past couple of seasons have been knocked unconscious because of poor tackling technique. Wrong side: How many professional players could improve their tackle technique? Photo: Getty Images“I think part of the problem is down to complacency,” explains Whitehall. “Players in the professional game today are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before, but can they tackle better than their predecessor? From my own experience there isn’t enough emphasis on teaching players the correct tackle technique and it doesn’t matter how big or strong a player is, if he can’t tackle properly he’s probably going to get hurt at some stage.”Together with Jason Allen, Whitehall has developed a rugby tackle programme called 360 Coaching that they have just launched. “The programme is applicable from under-nines all the way up to international level,” explains Whitehall. “We’re in the process of speaking to Premiership clubs about providing specialist sessions for the contact area and carrying out studies on the reduction of injury and concussion through the programme’s application.”Whitehall uses a boxing analogy to make his point, saying that a boxer wouldn’t be sent into the ring knowing how to throw a punch but not avoid one. So rugby players need to be educated in how to score tries and how to stop them.Start young: The coaching programme aims to give mini rugby players confidence in tackling. Photo: Getty Images“It’s taken several months to develop the programme because we’ve broken the tackle process step by step,” explains Whitehall.“We’ve identified certain factors and stimuli involved in making a tackle, demonstrating that it’s a very technical skill and not, as you often see, just a case of plucking up your courage, closing your eyes, and hoping for the best as you run in to make the tackle. Ultimately we want to empower players so that they are confident they can make the tackle and see it not as something to be scared of but a vital part of the game.”As far as kids are concerned, the programme is fun, as well as educational, starting with gentle games of touch with the children being shown where to put their hands when they make a tackle. Gradually the programme introduces the kids to contact. “But all the while everything is done in a safe environment,” explains Whitehall. “If a kid has their head in the wrong place we’ll stop the game and ask the children what was wrong about that and why. We want them to teach each other.” A look at a new coaching programme that aims to improve players’ tackling technique and reduce the risk of concussioncenter_img Too high: Frans Steyn was sent off for this tackle on Johnny Sexton. Photo: Inpho Once the kids have learnt the basic principles of tackling, they are taught about more offensive tackling and how to enter a ruck, with the emphasis always on thinking about the correct technique. “We want to reduce the concussion in the game and boost the participation by taking the fear factor away from kids and also their parents,” explains Whitehall. “The best thing I’ve heard so far was a parent who told me his son used to run alongside the ball-carrier too scared to tackle but now he’s his side’s leading tackler.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Six Nations France 13-15 Ireland – Sexton “miracle kick” gives French just desserts

first_imgShowing their colours: Irish supporters enjoy a rare championship triumph in Paris (Getty Images)After the match, France coach Jacques Brunel pointed out that they were not responsible for the decision to impose HIAs, saying: “There were collisions. The HIA protocol was decided by an independent doctor. It wasn’t our decision.”The issue detracted from what Jeremy Guscott called a “miracle kick” by Sexton that denied France a shock victory. With the clock deep into the red, the Irish stand-off let fly with a drop-goal attempt from 44 metres and the ball just did enough to clear the crossbar.Sexton likened it to a similar effort he slotted against Treviso but this kick was of a completely different dimension. In giving Ireland an eighth successive victory, it keeps alive their Grand Slam hopes – and with three successive home matches to come. It’s only the fourth time Ireland have won in Paris in the past 66 years. Sad day: teenager Matthieu Jalibert receives attention for the injury that ended his France debut (Inpho)For Sexton too it spelt redemption of sorts because his poor penalty miss on 61 minutes prevented Ireland from going two scores clear; that attempt was from a similar spot to his 2013 miss against New Zealand that ended with the All Blacks winning with the final play.“I was just happy to get another chance to get victory for the boys,” said Sexton after his drop-goal heroics. “All our (tournament) goals would have crumbled today if we had lost.”It was easily the most dramatic of Sexton’s four Test drop-goals, the others coming against Wales in 2010 (27-12), Australia at RWC 2011 (15-6) and France in last year’s meeting (19-9), and it completed a sensational finish to what was largely a grimly mediocre match.It took about 50 minutes to attain anything like the energy levels we saw in the Wales-Scotland match in Cardiff and we were briefly treated to a rendition of La Marseillaise.Power struggle: Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong in a maul with Sébastien Vahaamahina (Inpho)Even so, we still seemed destined for a try-less encounter until, with eight minutes remaining, France wing Teddy Thomas capitalised on a disjointed kick chase to skirt round Rob Kearney and veer inside for a super 60m individual score.Anthony Belleau, a replacement for the unfortunate Jalibert, converted for a 13-12 lead but then missed a relatively straightforward kick that would have put France four points up with two minutes remaining.For France, the day was meant to be about Jalibert, the first teenager to start a championship match at fly-half since Ireland’s Billy McCombe in 1968 and, at 19 years 89 days, the youngest fly-half that France have ever fielded in a Five/Six Nations match.His nervy start included dropping a high ball, a wayward chip kick that went to Keith Earls and a missed tackle on Jacob Stockdale. He had started to settle down, however, when he hurt his knee tackling Bundee Aki and retired from the fray on 29 minutes.Green Day: Dan Leavy rushes to join the celebrations after the extraordinary finale in Paris (Getty)With so many new faces and little preparation time, France could arguably claim a moral victory against the tournament favourites. They probably benefited more than the visitors from the rain that reduced proceedings, at times, to an error-laden bore; Sébastien Vahaamahina conceded four penalties by himself, all verging on the ridiculous.But Ireland, whose kicking game caused no end of problems to les Bleus, rarely threatened the try-line despite 68% territory and possession. As Kearney admitted, they got out of jail with Sexton’s late act. “It’s massive for him, incredible,” said the full-back. “It’s the sign of a real champion to step up and go again (after his penalty miss) and that’s what he is.”Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier, who was making his first Six Nations start for nearly two years, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.To watch highlights of the match, click here.France G Palis; T Thomas, R Lamerat, H Chavancy, V Vakatawa; M Jalibert (A Belleau 29), M Machenaud (A Dupont, 66; Machenaud 75); J Poirot (D Priso 54), G Guirado (capt, A Pelissié 73), R Slimani (C Gomes Sa 54), A Iturria (P Gabrillagues 60), S Vahaamahina, W Lauret (M Tauleigne 66), Y Camara, K Gourdon.Ireland R Kearney; K Earls, R Henshaw, B Aki, J Stockdale (F McFadden 74); J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy (J McGrath 60), R Best (capt, S Cronin 67), T Furlong (Jo Ryan 69), I Henderson, Ja Ryan (D Toner 67), P O’Mahony, J van der Flier (D Leavy 36), CJ Stander.Referee N Owens (Wales). France 13-15 IrelandOn a day when World Rugby was again seen to be addressing the running sore that is squint scrum feeds, a potentially more dubious practice appeared to rear its head.Two young French half-backs, Matthieu Jalibert and replacement Antoine Dupont, both left the field with knee injuries that were classified as Head Injury Assessments. In the first instance, it bought extra time for France as they weighed up whether Jalibert would recover and be able to return (he didn’t); in the second instance, with France protecting a one-point lead, it enabled them to bring experienced scrum-half Maxime Machenaud back on for the closing minutes instead of being forced into a difficult reshuffle.Referee Nigel Owens was at pains to clarify that Dupont was being removed because the independent match doctor was instructing that an HIA was needed. The scepticism of players like Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton was plain to see.Will it or won’t it? Sexton watches his huge drop-goal just clear the bar for the winning points (Inpho)It’s less than eight months since Six Nations chiefs reprimanded France for infringing the replacement laws. In last year’s championship, their team doctor said that prop Uini Atonio needed to go off for an HIA, allowing renowned scrummager Rabah Slimani to reappear for a series of crucial scrums on the Welsh line.An official investigation found “no clear evidence” of sharp practice by France, rather just a break from HIA protocol, but the suspicion they are playing fast and loose with the laws will inevitably strengthen following the latest incidents at Stade de France.Six Nations Rugby Ltd was swift to act, announcing that their HIA Review Processor, Alligin (UK) Ltd, is looking at incidents from Saturday’s match. Depending on the findings, a further review by an HIA Review Panel could follow. Ireland needed a sensational Johnny Sexton drop-goal to salvage Six Nations victory against a France side at the centre of new controversy over use of the replacement laws LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSThe problem is that it’s nigh-on impossible to prove that Jalibert and Dupont could not have sustained a knock to the head in the tackle incidents that led to their injuries.Yet people in the game will rightly feel disgusted if they believe that the HIA law – commendably introduced to prioritise player welfare – is being abused.Paul O’Connell, part of the BBC’s panel of pundits in Paris, said: “In the directives given to the refs, there was a lot of talk about the values of the game, about players protesting (to) referees; we have to protect the values of the game. It’s just disappointing to see two players going off with knee injuries under an HIA.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ecstasy: Bundee Aki and Johnny Sexton celebrate the fly-half’s drop-goal winner in Paris (Inpho) France – Try: Thomas. Con: Belleau. Pens: Machenaud 2.Ireland – Pens: Sexton 4. Drop-goal: Sexton.last_img read more

Transition from Rugby Player to Coach

first_imgThe move from playing squad to back-room team is a path well trodden. But there are different routes to take, as we find out This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Transition from Rugby Player to CoachYou may have spent your career turning out for your village side on a soggy pitch with cold showers or on a pristine carpet of grass in front of 80,000 people, but at some point you have to retire.For amateurs the change is less jarring, but for pros there is not only the time commitment but also the financial implication of finishing work in your mid-30s. Some find jobs in the real world, some go into broadcasting, but others stay in the game through coaching.To find out what the transition is like, Rugby World spoke to five people who have gone from rugby player to coach…Bernard JackmanFrench lessons: Bernard Jackman during his time at Grenoble (Getty Images)Jackman had spells playing at Connacht, Leinster and Sale, as well as with the Irish national team, but by the time he retired in 2010 he had plenty of coaching experience.“When I was 23 I was contracted at Connacht and got asked if I could help out Tullow, my home club,” he says. “Geographically it was a nightmare, it was taking me three hours to get to training, but in Ireland there is a Gaelic football mentality and you go back and help out your club.”Jackman got Tullow promoted and then took his leave. When he signed for Leinster in 2005 he took up another coaching post, this time at Newbridge. He was there for two years, then took another break before joining Coolmine. “I had coached at three clubs before I retired. Then I went back to university to get my Masters and coached Clontarf.”It was after his spell at Tullow that Jackman started to see coaching as a career option. “From then on I would watch my coaches. I would watch how they gave information, how they set up tactics for that week, how they built relationships. I think you can learn a lot from watching other people coach; specifically how they try to create a mindset within the squad.”Jackman’s first professional role was as a skills and defence coach with Grenoble in the ProD2. “I think a lot of ex-players dive into being technically sound, which lends itself to a role like skills coach. As you get more coaching experience, you get a better balance of how much information to give.”After five years, Jackman moved into the head coach role in the Alps. “I went from 100% coaching as an assistant to 90% non-coaching in the head coach role. We didn’t have a director of rugby so I was doing all the retention and recruiting, so you basically become the head of a department.”Jackman’s playing days went hand in hand with his burgeoning coaching career. Now back in Ireland at Bective Rangers, for him it was an easy segue into coaching. But not all former pros are as prepared for the end of their careers.Jamie HamiltonOn camera: Jamie Hamilton is now the All Blacks’ performance analyst (Getty Images)Hamilton played his entire professional career with Leicester Tigers, winning the Heineken Cup in 2001 and 2002. “When I retired in 2003 I was asked if I wanted to help out with the half-back coaching and at that point I didn’t really know what I wanted to do post-playing career, so I did that for one year.“I was living with someone who was in charge of technology at the English Institute of Sport. He suggested that if I wanted to take my coaching seriously I should get a camera and analyse what the guys were doing.”The Tigers’ coaching staff saw what Hamilton was doing and asked if he wanted to do that for the first team. “It was right at the start of performance analysis in rugby and I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I gave it a go and I really enjoyed it. I just taught myself.”Hamilton stayed with Leicester before moving to New Zealand and the Crusaders in 2008. He feels that his experience of playing at the highest level has aided his new career, saying: “It helps to have an understanding of the game. It has also helped to have coaches trust me because they know I understand the pressures that are part of the game. It makes it easier to build relationships with players and coaches.”The path from player to coach is well trodden but player to analyst is less common. Most analysts in rugby now have four to six years of university education behind them but that was less of a problem for Hamilton.“When I came in it was quite archaic. I’ve learnt as I’ve gone along but I would struggle if I started now because it is so technologically advanced. Current players will know some of the key stuff about analysis because they are so involved, but I think many players have the ambition of going down the coaching route rather than analysis.”Although Hamilton’s current role is as an analyst with the All Blacks, he still steps into coaching when required. “I’ll help out Aaron Smith if he asks and give technical feedback to the guys. I don’t have an ambition to go into coaching, but I enjoy dabbling and working with the guys when they ask.”Hamilton carved out his own role when he stopped playing and now works with the world’s standard-bearers. Players inadvertently landing on coaching is something of a theme.Russell EarnshawExperience: Russell Earnshaw worked as an assistant coach with England Sevens (Getty Images)Earnshaw was with Bath when they won the Heineken Cup in 1998 and went on to play at Bedford, Rotherham and Pertemps Bees (Birmingham & Solihull), the final two seasons as player-coach.“I didn’t decide to become a coach until two years after I’d finished playing. I had all my coaching qualifications but I didn’t make a conscious decision until then,” he says. “I got an opportunity to work with England Sevens and I was out of my depth. You think you’re quite good but I was a million miles away. I had good people around me but I didn’t understand why we did certain things.”His initial experience was filled with self-doubt but his coaching improved as he reflected on what his coaches had done. “You retrospectively think about coaches you have had and decide what you want to take and, most importantly, what you don’t want to copy.”Earnshaw admits he was a journeyman professional and he believes that playing the game at a high level might not make you a better coach. But it does help in terms of getting employed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “The decision-makers, the owners, aren’t necessarily looking for the best coaches, they are looking for people they can trust. They might be looking for someone who minimises risk.”Being a former pro might get you a job, but with modern owners and bosses often getting involved in the day-to-day running of teams, it might not be a role you want. “There are a lot of coaches who aren’t allowed to be themselves, are spoken to badly, and spend a lot of their time thinking, ‘Will I be gone before they (the decision-maker) is?’”.Earnshaw no longer works in a traditional coaching environment. He co-founded Magic Academy with former Newcastle and Yorkshire Carnegie coach John Fletcher to provide coach development for a number of sports at any level.His distance from the pro game has led him to believe rugby is doing it wrong. “In sports where there isn’t much money they can make ‘risky’ decisions and bring in people who don’t fit the mould. In the really high-value sports, like the American sports, those coaches have learnt their craft and often they are ex-teachers, not ex-players.”Earnshaw believes rugby is stuck in a rut, with coaches being employed because they fit the typical coaching profile. That is good news for ex-players but not necessarily for the sport. One area where clubs have shown invention is bringing in coaches from rugby league.Les KissKeeping busy: Les Kiss gets stuck in during a London Irish warm-up (Getty Images)Today, hiring a league coach to sort out your defence is the de facto decision for many clubs. That wasn’t the case in 2001 when Kiss was asked by South Africa boss Harry Viljoen to come in as defence coach, with his previous experience just a brief stint with the London Broncos rugby league team.“My first union coaching was in the middle of the Springboks as the first foreigner to coach at that level. I saw these big players and they were looking down at me thinking who is this scrawny little Aussie? That is where if you are yourself you can succeed but it was a little daunting, to say the least.“It probably formed a part of my ability at that level because it was right at the deep end. There were eight-week training camps and there is no escape, you sink or swim. I think playing at the top level helped because they all respected that I had played in the State of Origin and I could tell little lies about how tough I was.”Yet Kiss, now head coach of London Irish, doesn’t believe a high-level playing career is a requirement to being a coach. In fact, he thinks that coaches in other sports and even theatre pros could add something to a set-up.“I don’t think you need to be a professional to be a good coach. Someone like Pep Guardiola would do a great job in rugby because there are transferable skills, like people skills, understanding the competitive nature of groups, how to manage conflict.“All those things are fundamental skills from coaching which transfer. I’d actually like to get the person responsible for the staging of Hamilton to come in because I think they’d see things that we didn’t.”League coaches are ubiquitous in the game but truly world-class pros are still under-represented in back-room teams, with most successful coaches known because of the work they have done off the field. However, recently there has been a trend for the best players in the world to move into coaching.Dwayne PeelAdvice: Dwayne Peel working with Ian Madigan at Ulster (Getty Images)Peel played the first half of his career in Wales with the Scarlets and the second in England with Sale and Bristol. He is Wales’ second most-capped scrum-half (after Mike Phillips), a Grand Slam winner and a Lion. He was a superstar who has stayed in the game as a coach and is currently an assistant at Ulster.He says: “Towards the latter part of my career I was actively looking to move into coaching. As a player I was always intrigued by looking at the opposition and working out how to break them down, so it was a natural progression.”The technical and tactical details came quickly but the player management took longer. “The thing that takes time is the people management and your ability to get your point across. When you first go into coaching you may have a lot of knowledge as a player, but being able to share that knowledge is the key.”There are now more world-class players going into coaching. Think Ronan O’Gara at the Crusaders and La Rochelle or Paul O’Connell with Ireland U20, then Stade Français. “I think the competition is big and certain types of players thrived on the competition,” says Peel.“Also, the game only went professional in 1995. In Wales we didn’t really go professional until the early 2000s. If you think about the generation of players who have only been professional, the guys retiring now are the first of that generation.“In the past, coaching would have been a side job, now it has the potential to be a full career. I was very lucky, I signed a professional contract straight from school, I’ve never worked outside of the game so that was all I knew. It was the natural progression.”Any professional retiring now would be unusual if they had held a job outside of rugby. And we will continue to see younger coaches stepping straight out of playing and into major coaching positions. Owners and fans want big names in the staff and players trust coaches who have been in their shoes.Other sports have dismissed that thinking. Baseball selects back-room talent as much from Ivy League economics classes as former playing ranks. Football has embraced the amateur. Juventus won the 2019-20 Italian league managed by Maurizio Sarri, who was a banker until he was 40.It might not be too long until rugby looks away from the professional game. Until that point the rugby player to coach pathway will stay open, even if there are varying routes to take. Switch: Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel is now assistant coach at Ulster (Getty Images & Inpho) last_img read more

10 Christmas fundraising ideas for 2015

first_img10. Produce a Christmas singleYou might not reach number one but a Christmas single can generate income and interest. St Martin’s in the Fields in London is well known as a home of fine music and of a project that supports homeless and vulnerable people.  This year it is promoting its Christmas appeal with a song.Of course, it helps that the charity is the perennial subject of the Radio 4 Christmas appeal. Here is actress Felicity Finch announcing the Christmas Appeal song, ‘I See You’. 9. Advent – multiply the opportunities to get involvedAdvent is used by plenty of charities to issue multiple or different asks, or invitations to get involved. The Advent calendar is a common hook.But there are others. The Church Urban Fund is inviting supporters to organise a sponsored Advent Sleepout – in a church, community hall, school or garden shed; and to invite lots of others to join them. That’s just one night of discomfort in the period of Advent. 3. Process your Direct Debits on timeDon’t miss processing your regular gifts by Direct Debit around the Christmas break. Bacs have published the Christmas and New Year dates for Direct Debit processing. 4. Set an extra space at the tableHere’s an idea from last year. Hunger charity Mary’s Meals encouraged people to set an extra place at a virtual Christmas table and donate £12.20, which will feed a needy child in a place of learning in some of the 13 countries it works in for up to a year.The charity is running the OneMoreForChristmas campaign again this year. Tagged with: christmas corporate Digital Events 1. Raffle a day off workCancer charity Marie Curie is encouraging employers to raffle an extra day (or days) off at the Christmas party, and help pay for Marie Curie nursing care at Christmas. [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube]  2. Show the impact from one Christmas to the nextCrisis has shown the impact it can make in one year to one person. In 2012, Tony was one of the charity’s guests at Crisis at Christmas. In 2013, he returned as a volunteer. Advertisement 7. Secure a supermarket partnershipThis year Sainsbury’s has partnered with Save the Children and John Lewis with Age UK for their Christmas TV adverts. John Lewis produced two films – one its corporate Christmas ad in partnership with Age UK but with no charity branding or logo, and a second one which was a direct appeal on behalf of the charity. Howard Lake | 23 November 2015 | News  191 total views,  1 views today 8. Sell branded merchandiseChristmas is a sales bonanza of course. Help for Heroes is selling its branded his and hers Onesie to help its supporters stay warm this Winter. 5. Make sure you’re getting the most from your Christmas card partnershipsThe Scrooge Awards may be no more, but their work is not quite done it seems. Some commercial ‘charity’ Christmas card publishers are not giving as much of their proceeds to charity as one might hope.According to Civil Society, “A Which? investigation into the percentage of Christmas card pack prices that major retailers donate to charity has found that the Co-Operative and Lidl give the least – 7 and 8 per cent respectively”.center_img [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube]Main image: Christmas collecting tin by Chris Brignell on 6. Auction a unique hand-crafted Advent calendarParcelhero is auctioning a “unique advent calendar” on eBay in aid of Oxfam. The company gave a handful of our favourite artists and bloggers a chance to turn a plain wooden box into a beautiful hand-made Advent calendar. The auction closes on 26 November.  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 10 Christmas fundraising ideas for 2015 [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] According to JustGiving, more people give online in the week before Christmas than at any other time in the year. To help you make the most of this opportunity, here is our first collection of 10 seasonal fundraising ideas and campaigns to inspire you.First, the stats from JustGiving: [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Lessons of the Clinton-Trump debate

first_imgCNN reported that the Sept. 26 debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., was the most watched ever. Some 84 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen ratings. Those figures exclude the millions who watched from other countries.In one way, it is difficult to understand why any thoughtful individual with a sense of justice, equality and peace, would bother to watch the spectacle. The two candidates are among the most hated presidential candidates in U.S. history. Ever.One is a racist misogynist buffoon who has galvanized white supremacists and anti-immigrant thugs. The other is a practiced warmonger whose history in politics has aligned her with the forces that created mass incarceration and increased poverty, especially among workers of color.Clinton has the blood of Hondurans, Haitians and Syrians (and more) on her hands. Trump has lied, cheated, stolen and exploited thousands on his way to becoming a billionaire. Trump proves that you don’t have to be smart to get rich. You only have to be merciless and coldblooded.Both are dangerous to the workers and oppressed, not only in the U.S. but around the world.So why watch the debate? Frankly, this writer does not have the answer.It is, however, important to tune into the public spectacle that is the 2016 presidential elections, no matter how painful, no matter how hard.Put on your class-conscious glassesWhy? Because the elections give an important lesson for understanding the society we live in. More important, they are a glaring example of the need for the working class to put on its class-conscious glasses, break from both parties and fight like hell to build a movement that fights for fundamental revolutionary change.The debate did, indeed, take up issues that are relevant to workers and people of color. Moderator Lester Holt asked about income inequality, police violence and so-called national security.But the answers and the content of the debate were far from relevant to the reality that people face every day.What follow-up, for example, arose from an earlier Democratic Party debate, the issue of the water in Flint, Mich.? None. Flint’s water crisis is now out of the headlines despite the problem still being dire.Trump’s answer to police brutality was “law and order.” Those are code words for more repression, more militarization of the police and a thoroughly pro-cop orientation. Clinton, who has been forced to address the issue more, given the historical reliance of the Democratic Party on the Black vote, paid lip service to the issue.But neither called for the jailing of killer cops, which would be the first just step in addressing the epidemic. Neither would ever call for what the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding, which is abolishing the police altogether, a righteous demand.The debates are a good example of how the ruling class of this country has fine-tuned to the nth degree the ability to distort reality. Trump and Clinton argued about the Trans Pacific Partnership. Trump makes it sound as if he is against trade agreements that shut down factories in the U.S., lay off workers and allow companies to flee abroad for cheaper labor. Clinton flip flops on trade agreements depending on which way the wind is blowing.No candidate mentions that it is these trade policies that have brought on the greatest forced migration of workers in history.But the reality is that despite their rhetoric, neither would ever wage the necessary genuine fight to stop abusive capitalist trade policies, because both are loyal to capitalism. Both want the riches and plunder that come from the profit system. One wishes only to reduce the pain on the people; the other is just plain lying in order to attract disenfranchised white workers.As one journalist, Max Ajl, wrote, “Which presidential candidate will be the more effective evil remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: no matter who is elected, U.S. voters lose.” (teleSUR, Sept. 27)The candidates debated national security — but who is fighting for the security of the Syrian children? Not them. Instead, a Clinton presidency would mean more displacement, more bombs, more imperialist domination of Syria. A Trump presidency would mean, well, it would mean abundant chaos.The pain of this election is real. It is painful for young people who had their hopes on an anti-Wall Street candidate; it is painful for every Black person whose communities are being ripped apart by police terror, whether they know the victims or not; it is painful for every Muslim who attempts to board a plane, for every immigrant child who fears their parent may not come home.It is painful to read in the Sept. 24 New York Times, “And in Richardson, Tex., the Alamo Drafthouse had to switch to a bigger room after overwhelming interest in a screening [of the debate] with refreshments like a ‘build a wall around it’ taco salad.”Imagine how the inevitable migrant worker in that restaurant felt that night.A woman of color posted on Facebook recently the following: “As I picked up my coffee this morning and watched CNN on the screen, the hatred spewing from Trump’s spokesperson brought me to tears. Right there, in the coffee shop, in public while alone, I burst out crying.”Her post ended with a call to her Facebook friends, to, despite the contradictions, hold their nose and vote for Hillary Clinton to assure that Trump would not get in.She is not alone in this view.Hold your nose?Indeed, the sight of Trump and Clinton, their arrogance, their cynicism, their manipulation, can demoralize the senses. It can lead us all to tears any time anywhere.But the pain of watching Donald Trump or the fear of warmonger Clinton should not lead to despair — or simply to voting for the “lesser evil” Democrats.It must lead to building a revolutionary movement where the movement for Black Lives is central to the leadership, where Black and Brown people are in utmost solidarity, fighting for and defending the issues that matter to the vast majority of people, young and old, of every color and nationality, gender or gender nonconforming, abled bodied or not, etc.This movement should be and is inspired by the heroic and momentous resistance at Standing Rock, N.D., by long-oppressed Indigenous people.This movement must be class conscious. It must understand that it is the workers and the oppressed who have the real power in society. It must fight for a long-term solution: socialism.This is the kind of program WWP candidates Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly are addressing as they travel the country on their campaign.The revulsion aroused by the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has widened the opportunity for that kind of movement to develop.Why class consciousness?It is important to give an example of why class consciousness is important.Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein, who many millennials and others are turning to in growing numbers, spoke on Democracy Now! in the aftermath of the debate. In response to the issue of police violence, she said her platform calls for a truth and reconciliation commission to address police violence.Sadly, this is a dead end. Class consciousness, Marxism and revolutionary thinking demonstrate that the oppressed, who are being brutally occupied by the police and have been for centuries, cannot reconcile with their oppressors.The interests and needs of the workers and oppressed are irreconcilable with the bosses and oppressors. Understanding this truth will lead to a great revolutionary socialist movement in this country.Gutierrez is manager for the 2016 WWP Presidential Campaign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Plea Over Non-Implementation Of Swachh Bharat Mission In Nagaland: Gauhati High Court Issues Notice To UOI & Nagaland Govt.

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea Over Non-Implementation Of Swachh Bharat Mission In Nagaland: Gauhati High Court Issues Notice To UOI & Nagaland Govt. Sparsh Upadhyay21 Jan 2021 9:25 PMShare This – xThe Gauhati High Court on Tuesday (19th January) issued notice to Union Of India, State of Nagaland and others in a plea filed by the petitioner-Society (Global Trust Club) raising an issue pertaining to non-implementation of schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission in the State of Nagaland.The Bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua was hearing the plea…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gauhati High Court on Tuesday (19th January) issued notice to Union Of India, State of Nagaland and others in a plea filed by the petitioner-Society (Global Trust Club) raising an issue pertaining to non-implementation of schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission in the State of Nagaland.The Bench of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua was hearing the plea filed in the nature of a public interest litigation, alleging non-implementation of schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission in Nagaland inspite of funds being given by the Government of India for the said purposes. The Petitioner-Sociey further alleged in the plea that as a result of non-implementation of schemes, the development work, particularly relating to supply of drinking water to rural areas and other such works of public purposes are not being properly implemented in the State of Nagaland. After hearing the parties, the Court, while issuing notice of motion returnable in 4 weeks, said, “We are, prima facie, of the opinion that the petition raises an issue of public importance. Consequently, we issue notices in this case.” The respondents have been asked to file their counter affidavit within a period of 3 weeks. It may be noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) on 2nd October 2014 to accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put the focus on sanitation. The ‘Abhiyan’ was launched on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary.Case title – Global Trust Club v. Union Of India & 4 Ors. [PIL/1/2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

New storm takes aim, bringing blizzard conditions, flooding and maybe more tornadoes

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A massive storm developing in the Southwest is starting to head east — bringing blizzard conditions from Colorado to the Dakotas, flooding to the Plains and Midwest and potentially severe weather to the South. The storm is in the Southwest Tuesday morning, drenching Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas with rain. By Tuesday night the storm will move into the central Rockies with a cold front extending into western Texas, which could lead to damaging wind, large hail and possibly a few tornadoes. By Wednesday and Thursday, Colorado, Nebraska and the Dakotas are forecast to see blizzard conditions with strong winds and heavy snow. Twelve to 18 inches of snowfall is possible from Colorado up through the Dakotas. Meanwhile, the Plains and the upper Midwest may see major river flooding. Along the Gulf Coast, where Alabama residents are still reeling from last week’s deadly tornadoes, severe storms may bring damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes on Wednesday and Thursday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hurricane latest: Dorian ‘ready to unleash its fury on our state,’ NC governor warns

first_imgStay out of flood waters!Turn around – don’t drown!!— North Charleston FD (@NCFDSC) September 4, 2019Residents who didn’t heed earlier evacuation orders are now urged to shelter in place as the powerful winds — with gusts reaching 73 mph in Charleston Harbor — down trees and power lines.“Please do not leave your home unless your life is in danger there,” the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Thursday morning. Make sure you are in a safe place to protect you from heavy rain & strong winds tonight as #Dorian moves through N. Chas. Emergency response is SUSPENDED when winds are sustained above 50 mph.— North Charleston (@NorthCharleston) September 5, 2019The forecastHurricane Dorian, which regained strength as a Category 3 late Wednesday, has prompted hurricane warnings for the entire South Carolina and North Carolina coastline as the storm churns north.More than 200,000 homes and businesses are without power across South Carolina Thursday morning and at least eight tornadoes have been reported in the Carolinas.In North Carolina, the Brunswick County Sheriff tweeted this video of the aftermath of one apparent tornado. No one was injured, the sheriff’s office said, but residents were told to stay inside.One storm-related death struck the Carolinas before Dorian did. An 85-year-old man fell off a ladder while preparing his Columbus County, North Carolina, home for the storm, Gov. Roy Cooper said.South Carolina is in the thick of Dorian before the hurricane’s powerful winds take aim on North Carolina on Friday.On Friday morning Dorian will likely make landfall along North Carolina’s barrier islands, the Outer Banks, as a Category 2 hurricane.“Hurricane Dorian is ready to unleash its fury on our state,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned Thursday morning. “Get to safety and stay there. Don’t let your guard down.”“This won’t be a brush by,” Cooper added. “Whether it comes ashore or not, the eye of the storm will be close enough to cause extensive damage.”The coastal Carolinas could see up to 15 inches of rainfall. The combination of relentless rain and a dangerous storm surge as high as 8 feet could cause life-threatening flash floods in some areas, depending on how close the eye of the storm comes to shore.Even those in inland North Carolina should pay close attention to flood watches and be ready to evacuate if asked to by local officials, the governor said, noting that flash floods can hit and cars can be washed off roadways in just a few inches of rain.Tragedy in the BahamasBefore approaching the United States, Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record. The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, leveling dozens of buildings, flooding roads and submerging an airport.The official death toll from the storm is now at 20 but that number is expected to rise in the coming days as authorities assess the destruction on the ground, according to Bahamian authorities.The Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Wednesday that Dorian has left “generational devastation” across the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, which are both in the archipelago’s northern region, east of southern Florida.Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is now the only hospital capable of treating the most seriously injured from across the 700-plus islands and cays, according to Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway, medical chief-of-staff at the hospital.Burnett-Garraway said the hospital has received at least 38 patients, including children, who were medically evacuated from hard-hit islands. Many were subjected to floodwaters and intense winds for days. Their injuries range from severe dehydration to lacerations and broken bones to acute kidney injuries. One patient had to have his upper arm amputated, she said.“A whole family was in a car and a roof blew off and fell into their car. A 7-year-old is badly hurt. The family was taking shelter from the storm,” Burnett-Garraway told ABC News, recalling some of the patients they have treated thus far.Storm conditions have made it difficult to evacuate patients. Three men died immediately after arriving at Princess Margaret Hospital, according to Burnett-Garraway.Prime Minister Minnis said, “our response will be day and night. Day after day, week after week, month after month, until the lives of our people return to some degree of normalcy.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Stay where you are. Dont aimlessly drive around just to take a look at the conditions. #HurricaneDorian #IOP #BeachPolice— Chief Cornett (@ChiefCornett) September 5, 2019center_img ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian is pummeling the coastline between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., Thursday morning before the powerful storm moves “to unleash its fury” on North Carolina.The latestDowntown Charleston’s narrow, low-lying streets — already prone to flooding — are now underwater, and the northbound portion of the city’s expressway has been shut down since Wednesday due to flooding.A flash flood warning has been issued for Charleston, where more than 4 inches of rain have fallen since Wednesday.The historic waterfront city is expected to see 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour throughout Thursday.last_img read more

Weddell Sea abyssal sediments a record of Antarctic Bottom Water Flow

first_imgDeep circulation in the Weddell Sea is a clockwise gyre, with bottom water formed by mixing along the southern and western margins. Most Antarctic Bottom Water originates here, leaving the Weddell Sea to the east (depths > 4500 m) or to the north (depths 16 m/Ma. Sediments from the deep Weddell Basin are hemipelagic muds with ash laminae and (mainly in the centre of the gyre) distal turbidites derived from the southwest. Thin debris flows occur near seamounts. The hemipelagic muds become coarser from the centre to the edge of the gyre. Winnowing by strong bottom currents is localised along the northern margin of the basin. The absence of diatoms from the Weddell Basin sediments may result from dissolution as well as low productivity. Sediments from Jane Basin consist of alternating diatomaceous and barren hemipelagic muds, considered to represent interglacial and glacial conditions respectively. The diatomaceous sediments contain more silt, suggesting that bottom water flow increases during interglacial periods.last_img read more

Challenging property market to continue, warns Hunters boss

first_imgHunters’ Chief Executive Glynis Frew (pictured, above) has warned investors that the challenging property market is unlikely to improve “in the foreseeable future” and that industry consolidation will continue.The comment are made by her within its half year results published this morning. They reveal a perky performance from its lettings division,  a net gain of three new branches to its network but flat-lining overall revenue.Hunters says its performance has been ‘robust’ given the grim market conditions in many parts of the UK, particularly for property sales which Hunters says have dropped by 9% so far this year.Despite this its franchised offices paid Hunters 2% more income while cost savings pushed up its profits by 7%.Property marketBut the property market’s difficulties aren’t far away within its results. Although Hunters opened eight new branches including the conversion of six existing businesses and two cold starts, it has just three more branches than a year ago.Other highlights of its half year include the purchase of 11 lettings portfolios via its recently-launched franchisee financing programme and a 14% increase in lettings income overall.“Hunters is underpinned by our strategy to grow and develop the franchise network and we are bolstered by the pipeline of prospective franchisees interested in joining Hunters,” says Glynnis.“We are especially encouraged [by] the increase in strength of prospects we have registered reinforcing our view, especially in this environment, of the comparative benefits of joining the Hunters network.“The continuing work and support displayed by our staff and the franchise network is a great credit to the Group. I offer, on behalf of the Board, our gratitude to everyone that has been involved.” Glynis Frew Hunters half year results 2018 September 6, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Challenging property market to continue, warns Hunters boss previous nextHousing MarketChallenging property market to continue, warns Hunters bossDespite both a strong performance by its lettings division and increased franchisee revenue, the 203-branch company says the difficult sales conditions will rumble on.Nigel Lewis6th September 201801,399 Viewslast_img read more