Hello summer break!

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter May 27, 2018 at 4:52 am TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleMoving Time?Next articleThe forgotten history of Memorial Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How fortunate you are Don. You are so very rich yet in family and in a grand potential for joy. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 charles towne InspirationBy Don LindseyIn August of last year, I wrote a column saying goodbye to a great summer break that my family and I had experienced.  With my kids having their last day on Wednesday, I find myself looking forward to what this year has to offer.  While we have no set plans outside of visiting my mother in law in Fort Pierce, I am looking forward to what I enjoyed most about last year.Spending time with my family and watching my kids grow up.I didn’t realize last summer just what I was watching until I sat back when they went back to school and thought about all the things we did as a family and how spending that time with the children showed me just how much they had grown.  This school year has seen them become even more and not only from a physical standpoint even though our middle son is just as tall as I am now and will be shooting past that soon I am guessing, but they have grown emotionally as well.  The latter has helped them break out of their shell in my opinion, and I’m starting to see more of their personalities emerge.For my daughter Emma, that means that she stepped out of her comfort zone this school year and started to do things that she may have been hesitant to do before such as performing in her school’s talent show. I, unfortunately, couldn’t see that, but when I picked her up from school that day, a couple of the teachers were gushing about how beautiful she was singing.  The night before, she was so nervous, and I sat with her for a while reassuring her that she’d be fine and would do an excellent job.  I had no idea how right I would be, and I was so proud of her just seeing how happy and confident she was from that performance.  For her, she has a full summer planned.  Camp in a couple of weeks, hanging out with friends and partaking in whatever we do as a family should keep her busy and I cannot wait to see how far she’s come once the summer is over.My middle son Kyle has plans as well, and it’s been great seeing how far he’s come this year.  His grades were a concern early, but he stepped it up big time and finished the year very well.  I’ve already mentioned how tall he is getting, but he’s also growing in maturity.  For him, this summer is full of possibilities. He’s not into camp anymore but at 15 years old is starting to catch the working bug and is looking to earn some money of his own so that he can buy some of the things he wants.  I am also seeing him take more of an interest in what’s going on around the world as he and I have had intense discussions about the current political and social climates in this country alone right now. These are fascinating conversations for me because he is the one going to school every day with the fear and knowledge of all the mass school shootings we’ve seen.  As a parent, I worry, but I think that I got so caught up in my fear that I underestimated how scary it must be knowing that these types of tragedies happen everywhere.  I’ve watched this kid grow up so much in the last six years and to see him continue to be the inquisitive, good-hearted soul that he is while starting to embrace the idea of hard work outside of the home environment is a beautiful thing to see.Last but never least is our oldest son Jesse.  This guy has always amazed me as I’ve mentioned in past columns by overcoming autism and excelling in everything that he puts his mind to.  It’s hard to believe that the little guy I met when he was ten will be a junior heading into next school year.  I’ve been impressed and proud of how he has stepped out of his comfort zone like his sister and is doing things that I never dreamed he would.  He took musical theater this year and enjoyed going to the plays and helping.  As I see him continue to grow, my pride for who he’s turning into is growing with him. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this kind-hearted, and talented young man.The main thing I am going to focus on this summer break is not missing the moments when they happen and only thinking about them after the summer is over.  I want to catch them as they happen and enjoy every moment I have with my kids because after all, childhood is a lot like summer, here one day and then gone before you know it.  Happy Memorial Day weekend and God bless. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2 COMMENTS Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply Reply Please enter your comment! Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. May 27, 2018 at 10:13 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Don Lindsey Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Indeed. My biggest lesson has been slowing down enough to take it all in. God has blessed me with so much and I don’t want to miss anything because I am too focused on what’s in front of me.Thanks for the comment Chuck and God bless!-D.L Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Top 15 charities sign up to ImpACT coalition

first_imgImpACT was set up in July 2005 by Alan Gosschalk, Director of Fundraising at Shelter. As Chair of the ImpACT Coalition he said: “Each of these organisations has made a vital commitment to improving transparency and accountability within their own organisation as well as contributing to improve public understanding of the sector. “Every charity has the opportunity to play their part in raising awareness around how charities work, in order to improve public trust and confidence of our sector.”Gosschalk is now assisted by John Grounds, Director of Communications at NSPCC and Campbell Robb, Director of Public Policy, NCVO as Vice Chair and Secretariat of the ImpACT coalition, respectively.The coalition has already published a principles paper, six key themes to be promoted in their work, a question and answer document that helps charities to answer common questions from supporters and the public in a consistent and coherent way, and the success criteria on which progress can be monitored. The coalition is using media analysis and evaluation company Metrica to monitor media coverage of the voluntary sector from 2006 onwards, highlighting key issues such as fundraising costs. Metrica will establish a baseline of media coverage and monitor progress against this baseline.Although the coalition expects to recruit more member charities, large and small, its actions this year will focus on showing charities what they can do and giving them ./guidance about how they can educate and equip staff with the key messages to raise understanding about they way they work amongst their donors.Current members include the Bible Society, NSPCC, Blue Cross, Oxfam, BOND, PDSA, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Plan International, British Heart Foundation, RNID and Buckinghamshire Community Action.www.impactcoalition.org.uk Top 15 charities sign up to ImpACT coalition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  39 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy ImpACT Coalition Institute of Fundraisingcenter_img Over 50 top charities, including the top 15 by voluntary income, have joined the ImpACT (Improving Accountability, Clarity and Transparency) Coalition, committing themselves to increasing public understanding of charities’ work.By joining impACT the charities commit themselves to communicating with clarity and openness by fulfilling pledges such as being transaparent about the fundraising process; reporting on achievements, successes and setbacks; and collaborating in actively promoting sector-wide initiatives aimed at enhancing donor understanding that charities operate openly, honestly and effectively.In particular, impACT members pledge to be transparent about how much is invested in raising money and how this helps meet the needs of beneficiaries. Advertisement Howard Lake | 3 January 2006 | News 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.last_img read more

Telling our Story: MacIntyre celebrates £8,100 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

first_imgTelling our Story: MacIntyre celebrates £8,100 Heritage Lottery Fund grant ENDS  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now MacIntyre Memories is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. MacIntyre Memories will capture the history of a service supporting people with learning disabilities. The Milton Keynes centre is undergoing a major refurbishment of the iconic building, central to services for the past 25 years. Traditional methods such as creating individual memory boxes, scanning photographs and documents for archiving, creating exhibitions for display in community buildings will run alongside the use of websites and social networking sites to record the building works from planning approval through to celebrating the reopening in Autumn 2013. The project will also provide a positive channel to support individuals during this period of change. All Our Stories About MacIntyre Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the MacIntyre Memories as they embark on a real journey of discovery.” MacIntyre is a national charity dedicated to providing the widest range of learning, support and care services to over a thousand children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. In Milton Keynes we offer creative, personalised solutions that encourage independence for each person, whatever their level of disability, and support them to lead fulfilling lives. All Our Stories is a new, simple, funding programme for 2012 with grants available ranging from £3,000 -£10,000 developed so everyone can get involved in their heritage. From researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the origins of street and place names All Our Stories will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and share what they learn with others. This programme is now closed to new applications and decisions were made in October 2012. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Commenting on the award, Claire Kennedy, Head of Fundraising at MacIntyre said “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant. It’s a momentous time for the people we support in Milton Keynes as they look ahead to some major changes to the learning centre. They are really looking forward to pulling together stories and memories from the past 25 years and are excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.” Heritage Lottery Fund Howard Lake | 6 December 2012 | News This exciting project, MacIntyre Memories in Milton Keynes and led by MacIntyre, has been given £8,100 to capture the history of a service supporting people with learning disabilities.center_img Advertisement The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people. www.macintyrecharity.org TV presenter and historian Michael Wood, said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Milton Keynes have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.” BBC Learning plays a central part in meeting the BBC’s purpose of promoting education and learning. Utilising the power of the BBC’s big brands and key talent, the department puts learning right at the heart of the BBC and provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities for children, teachers, parents. BBC Learning Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk. All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage. MacIntyre is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, it was announced today. Notes to editors Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Funding 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.last_img read more

Revolut to let customers round-up card payments & donate change to charity

first_img“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver the greatest impact for children who need it most. Together with Revolut, we’ll raise awareness and funds for our life-saving work, give children a platform to share their stories and continue doing whatever it takes to build a better future for children everywhere.”  443 total views,  2 views today  444 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 Digital banking alternative Revolut has announced a new feature, Donations, that allows its five million customers to instantly round-up their card payments and donate the difference to charity.Revolut is working with three charities initially, ILGA-Europe, Save the Children and WWF, which have been chosen for their appeal to Revolut’s global user base. Revolut’s association with each charity will be ongoing and the fintech add additional charities throughout the year as it rolls out the new feature.One hundred percent of the amount donated by customers goes to each charity, with Revolut charging no fees and taking no cut from donations. There is no minimum donation amount and the feature can be turned on and off by customers at any time.Customers can also donate via one-off, weekly or monthly recurring payments.Nik Storonsky, Founder & CEO of Revolut said:“Supporting social causes is really important to us and many of our users. A lack of transparency and time consuming processes are issues commonly experienced when donating to charity. So at Revolut we’ve decided to help make charitable donations simple by building an easy and secure tool to enable our community to give back, even if it’s only a little spare change. We’re excited to see how far Donations can go and the impact we can make together.”Gemma Sherrington, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Save the Children said: Advertisement Revolut to let customers round-up card payments & donate change to charitycenter_img Tagged with: Digital Melanie May | 4 July 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

19th annual dinner honors political prisoners

first_imgSome of the organizers, former political prisoners, relatives and supporters at tribute dinner, Jan. 17.All seats at the Service Employees Local 1199 auditorium were full on Jan. 17 for the “19th Annual Dinner Tribute” raising support for political prisoners and funds for prisoners’ commissary needs. The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee called this very moving political program in recognition of political prisoners’ sacrifices and the urgency to defend and support them all. The organizers urged all present to stay in the battle to stop mass incarceration and racist police.One of the evening’s organizers, Orie Lumumba, stated eloquently, “Our political prisoners of war are people who have dedicated their lives to the transformation of this country; who put the benefit of their communities ahead of themselves; who believed that transformation was not only possible, but was worth dying for to end brutality, racism, economic discrimination, imperialism and war.”Visit TheJerichoMovement.com website to find out how you can support their campaigns for prisoners.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Otonomo, Leading Platform and Marketplace for Vehicle Data, to List on Nasdaq Through a…

first_img TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Previous article4 Weight Loss Tips From a Woman Who Lost 140 PoundsNext articleUganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s win Digital AIM Web Support Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Pinterest Otonomo, Leading Platform and Marketplace for Vehicle Data, to List on Nasdaq Through a Business Combination with Software Acquisition Group Inc. II By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

EU Parliament voting to scrap roaming charges

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released EU Parliament voting to scrap roaming charges By News Highland – April 3, 2014 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Roaming charges on calls, text and mobile data could become a thing of the past.The European Parliament is today expected to vote in favour of ending roaming charges across the EU, by December 2015.North West MEP Jim Higgins says the European Commission is also targeting poor quality broadband…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/jhigsroaming.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme News 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Previous articleMan robbed at knifepoint in DerryNext articleSlowey wants widespread consultation on new council chamber News Highland last_img read more

15% increase in offers made at LYIT

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter 15% increase in offers made at LYIT DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest There’s been an increase of 300 in the number of places offered at Letterkenny Institute of Technology this year, with the majority of them representing first preference choices.LYIT President Paul Hannigan says it’s a reflection of the continued growth of the facility, which has campuses in Letterkenny and also in Killybegs.There’ll be open days for people on both campuses on next Wednesday for people who have questions about what to do next, including information on vacant places for people currently without an offer.Paul Hannigan says this year has seen significant milestones……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019paulh.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford 2019 Course requirements at LYIT – Level 8Level 6/7 AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous article23 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleHarps U19s boss expects difficult Drogs game News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 16, 2019 Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Teens wanted after cars damaged in Twin Towns

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Two teenagers are wanted in connection with vehicle damage in the Twin Towns. The incidents happened at a local yard on Thursday and Friday of last week.The yard in question is near the entrance to the Meenglass Road on the Donegal Road in Ballybofey and it is used to store 2nd hand vehicles.While the owner saw and spoke to the two youths in question, it was only after he realised that some his vehicles had been vandalised.Gardai Grainne Doherty has been giving more details about the case and a description of the youths involved:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/carvandals1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleGardai renew appeal over fatal crash in south DonegalNext articleJoin St. Patrick’s Festival for a feast of Ireland News Highland Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – March 16, 2021 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Teens wanted after cars damaged in Twin Towns Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

800 soldiers, rushed to Middle East, return home to Fort Bragg

first_imgChmiel/iStock(FORT BRAGG, N.C.) — Fort Bragg welcomed home 800 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division Thursday. They had been rushed to the Middle East in late December to assist with regional security after protesters attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.It was unclear when the remaining 2,700 soldiers who were deployed to Kuwait in the days that followed, will return to the United States as well. The bulk of the 82nd Airborne’s 1st Brigade rushed from North Carolina to the region as tensions with Iran were heightened following the U.S. drone strike in January that killed a top Iranian general.“Nearly 800 Paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, along with members of the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, the 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment and several enabler teams from the Immediate Response Force Brigade (IRF) began their redeployment from the Middle East back to Fort Bragg, N.C.,” according to a statement from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.“The remainder of the 1st Brigade Combat Team remains deployed providing support to the CENTCOM Commander for any missions deemed necessary,” the statement continued.A complement of about 500 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade was ordered to rush to Kuwait on Dec. 31, following the storming of the outside perimeter of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iranian-backed militiamen. Hundreds of these forces were surged into Baghdad as reinforcements, while hundreds of U.S. military forces serving in administrative roles were taken out of Iraq.The entire 3,500-soldier unit was ordered to Kuwait following the heightened tensions with Iran after the Jan. 2 U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the top commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force.The drone strike led to concerns that the United States and Iran might be drawn into a regional conflict, but tensions eased following Iran’s retaliatory missile strike on two bases in Iraq that housed American troops.A U.S. defense official said that the 800 troops that returned to Fort Bragg were among the first to have deployed to Iraq shortly after Iranian-backed protesters stormed the outside perimeter of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.“The situation is more stable,” said the defense official when asked why the troops were returning to the United States.But the official noted that while U.S. military commanders continue to assess the Iranian threat situation in the region, it was determined that enabler units that might not be fully needed for the ongoing mission could be redeployed back to the United States.“We could not be more proud of these Paratroopers and it is an honor to welcome them home,” said Maj. Gen. James Mingus, the 82nd Airborne Division commanding general. “These great men and women honored the tradition of Paratroopers that came before them by answering their Nation’s call on a moment’s notice.”While deployed to Kuwait the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment served as U.S. Central Command’s Immediate Response Battalion and carried out realistic training in case they were needed elsewhere. Now, back at Fort Bragg, the unit will prepare for an upcoming exercise in Europe this Spring.Designed to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours of receiving the orders, the Immediate Response Force Brigade’s deployment in January was described as the most significant no-notice deployment of combat forces in 30 years.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more