Ben’s first national fundraising event raises £10,000 for mental health support

first_img Melanie May | 10 January 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  96 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: fundraising events mental health The event was part of a wider campaign around mental health, and was supported by celebrities Mike Brewer, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, while the day also saw Volvo UK tie up with Sky Atlantic on Twitter; Autotrader’s David Hawksworth raise £400 through JustGiving, and Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer encourage his fans to show support for the campaign.Zara Ross, chief executive of Ben, said:“We were delighted to see so many organisations supporting Hats on 4 Mental Health Day. We have been overwhelmed by the response we have had and the awareness surrounding the campaign has been phenomenal. One in three people will experience mental health problems at work, which means that over 260,000 people within the automotive industry will face these challenges at some point in their lives. The money raised from Hats on 4 Mental Health Day will go towards supporting those individuals to help them get their lives back on track.”The charity is planning to hold Hats on 4 Mental Health again in 2017. Ben’s first national fundraising event raises £10,000 for mental health support Ben, the charity that supports people in the automotive industry, has announced that its first national fundraising event has raised £10,000 to support automotive colleagues facing mental health challenges.Hats on 4 Mental Health Day took place across the UK on 10th November, and saw employees from around 90 companies wear their hats to work and donate to the charity. Participants were also to post their photos on social media under the hashtag #hatson4mentalhealth, which trended for several hours. 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.  95 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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Workers’ compensation fund in the black

first_img7 July 2011The Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund reported a surplus of R3.2-billion in the past financial year, as the number of companies registered with the fund grew to 420 000.The fund raised R5.2-billion in assessment revenue compared to R4.8-billion in the previous financial year, an increase of eight percent.The accumulated financial standing of the fund was R26.5-billion, fund commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto said in a statement on Tuesday.Five percent of this would go towards investment in job creation projects.“The compensation fund is the biggest medical aid in the country covering more than 11-million members, most of whom are workers and employers,” Mkhonto said.The fund, which is financed by levies paid by employers, compensates workers who are injured or suffer from diseases contracted during their employment. It also covers death resulting from such injuries or diseases.The fund became embroiled in controversy last year when a presentation to Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour revealed a R1-billion decrease in compensation paid out to injured workers in the 2009/10 financial year.Sapalast_img read more

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‘Conte one of the world’s best bosses’ – Valverde

first_imgChelsea ‘Conte one of the world’s best managers’ – Valverde defends Chelsea boss Iain Strachan 05:16 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Lionel Messi The Blues boss continues to come under pressure after an inconsistent campaign, but the Barcelona coach has defended his opposite number Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is “one of the best managers in the world”, according to his opposite number at Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde.The two giants of European football will face-off on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.AdChoices广告Despite two convincing home wins in the last seven days, the pressure remains on Conte after an indifferent defence of the Premier League title his side won last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Juventus boss continues to be linked with a move away from west London, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan all reportedly interested in his services next season.But Valverde insists his team will not be taking the Blues lightly while leaping to the defence of Conte.”Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches in the world,” he told a press conferene. “He’s got a fantastic CV, not just here in England after winning the league with Chelsea, but with Juve and with his national team.”His teams are well drilled tactically. They know what to do in every moment and it’s a real challenge.”We’re planning to change our dynamic a little bit away from home. They’re physical, they defend well. They’ve got players who can hit you well on the counterattack.”Tuesday’s clash will mark the 13th time Barca have faced Chelsea in the Champions League, with the Premier League outfit holding the recent edge.The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven games against the Blaugrana, though Barca have won three of the five knockout ties between the teams across two legs.Valverde admits he is looking forward to adding another chapter to their rivalry, but took time to remind his hosts of previous results.”History counts,” he said.”The main players change during the game. [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta might still be there, but I think it’s good that there’s been a little rivalry, it gives us a little bit more expectation.”Lionel Messi BarcelonaSurprisingly, Barca star Messi has never scored in 655 minutes of action against Chelsea, although Valverde knows his team will offer plenty of support to the Argentina international as he seeks to end that unhappy sequence.”This tie is important for Leo, for me, for everyone. For Barcelona. It’ll be tough, but it’s important because we want to qualify,” he said.”Leo perhaps hasn’t had much luck against Chelsea before, but Tuesday is a different game.”last_img read more

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FireStricken Maersk Honam Berths Starts Discharging Cargo

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Maersk Line’s ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, May 27, after a two-month long ordeal at sea.The remaining hotspots on board were extinguished last week and the vessel is reported to be stable.“The discharge operations have commenced and are estimated to last approx. four to six days, all going well,” Maersk Line said in a statement.Now that the ship has finally berthed, its condition will be inspected and damages fully evaluated.As pointed out earlier, the company plans to repair the ship.The berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship are expected to result in high extraordinary costs, as confirmed by Maersk Line.The company has declared General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident.A full investigation in collaboration to determine the cause of the fire is underway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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NPSS students collect donations to install lockers for homeless residents in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPSS Senior Alternate program has successfully been working on projects to benefit both Fort St. John, and the international community.  Right now they are wrapping up a year-long project to help the homeless in our community.Throughout this past school year, the program has completed projects such as sending Christmas shoeboxes, which are small boxes filled with gifts, to less fortunate children of Africa. The program also sponsored a family during Christmas and bought them Christmas dinner and gifts which hopefully helped the family have an amazing Christmas.In addition, they have also cleaned up the school grounds and they have brought greeting cards to the seniors at Peace Villa Care Home to brighten their day. Earlier this year, the class held a clothing and coin drive to provide warm clothing and supplies to the shelter. Walmart Canada also contributed a $1000 grant to this project.Currently, Ronin Medcalfe, who is the lead organizer for the homeless project, is working on getting lockers for the homeless living in our community to use to keep their belongings safe.“I think it makes them feel good like somebody cares,” said Ronin Medcalfe. He’s been working on this project since last year when his proposal letter was read at City Council.“They need somewhere to put their stuff where it won’t be stolen;  their wallets, ID’s, things that they treasure most,” said Medcalfe. Right now Ronin is working on the final stages of buying the lockers and getting them installed at the homeless shelter.“Every homeless person in Fort St. John who uses the shelter will have access to the lockers,” said Medcalfe. The Salvation Army was more than happy to work with Ronin and the other students on this project.“Receiving these donations means a lot to the community that we serve,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Northern Centre of Hope. “It shows our guests that people do care about them and it shows our frontline staff that the community supports their work.” This article has been submitted by Cassie Westergaard a student at North Peace Secondary Schoollast_img read more

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Registration nearing a close for Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride

first_imgOrganizers realized that not everyone can bike 150 kilometres, so they added a 75 km bike race, a 10 km run, and a 5 km walk to this year’s program. In 2016 and 2017 the event had 18 riders and collectively raised $38,000 for the Foundation.To register for the Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride click here. The deadline for residents to register is July 23rd. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride is weeks away from closing registration.Tour of the Peace is a charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and awareness for children living with type-1 diabetes. The event teams up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation every year in hopes of one day finding a cure.The event includes a 150km bike ride as well as a family-friendly barbecue at the end of the race. The bike ride starts at Peace Island Park and follows highway 97 and 29 all the way to Hudson’s Hope. The bike route is shown below:bike route. photo by Joanna Webster.last_img read more

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Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

first_imgLepine says Mikisew doesn’t quite have a “veto” on opening the new pit but the agreement puts pressure on Teck and makes it difficult for north pit mining to proceed if the First Nation isn’t satisfied.Mikisew was the last of 14 local Indigenous groups to sign support agreements with Teck last fall, just before the project went to a joint federal-provincial review panel that is expected to render a decision next summer.Teck manager of Indigenous affairs Robin Johnstone says the deal includes what amounts to a “no-development option,” adding that leaving unsettled part of the legal agreement with the Mikisew Cree was a “real step-out” for his company.“We essentially said we think that we can mine the north pit in an environmentally appropriate manner, but we’re going to take the first 30-odd years of mine life to actually prove to you that we will do that,” he said during a panel discussion at the Forward Summit Indigenous business conference in Calgary.“When it’s coming to the end of our mine life and we’re having to proceed to mine the north pit, we’re going to go through a process that’s going to include a ‘no development option’ and we’re going to work through that with you. So we’re really putting things on the line.” CALGARY, A.B. – The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed last fall with developer Teck Resources Ltd. includes a provision requiring new negotiations before the company begins to mine its north pit, which would take it closer to Wood Buffalo National Park than any previous oilsands development.She says Teck will have to prove that it will address environmental concerns about water flow and quality in the Peace-Athabasca River delta from Frontier, which is designed to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day for 41 years.last_img read more

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Cops: 100 Naxals suspected to be involved in Dantewada ambush

first_imgRaipur: At least 100 Naxals are suspected to be involved in the attack in which a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a police official said on Wednesday.Police have also recovered a GPS device of Naxals from the site in which the rebels had set the location of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) used in the incident. Bheema Mandavi, the BJP MLA from Dantewada seat, and four personnel of his security staff were killed when Naxals blew up their vehicle near Shyamgiri village on Tuesday, just two days before the first-phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “We have received inputs that around 100 Naxals, including 50 to 60 armed and rest militia (lower rung) members, led by commanders Deva and Vinod, were involved in the attack,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI over phone. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Malangir area committee of the banned CPI (Maoist), which is active in the area, along with Kerlapal area committee and some cadres of Jagargunda area committee jointly executed the attack, he said. Three weapons, including a 9 MM pistol and two rifles, were reported to be missing from the attack site, he said. “According to ground inputs, it was a pre-planned attack as a large number of armed cadres could not gather in such a short span of time. It could have been a trap laid for the MLA,” Pallava said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, it was Mandavi’s third visit on the route in the election season. The SP said the area was sanitised twice by the District Reserve Group (DRG) in last five days, but the IED can be planted in a day only. On Monday, Mandavi passed through the same route but that day, de-mining exercise was done by security forces and he was escorted by an additional team of DRG, Pallava said. That day, the MLA is suspected to have told some villagers that he would attend the fair held in Shyamgiri on Tuesday, or somebody from the village would have invited him for it, he said. “We are checking the call details record of the MLA to ascertain if any person from the area called him,” he said. The MLA’s mobile phone is missing and it might have been taken by Naxals, the official said. On Tuesday also, Mandavi was being escorted by additional security of 50 DRG personnel on 25 motorcycles, during his poll campaigning. But when he sought that security be withdrawn citing that he had completed his campaigning for the day, the security forces returned, he said. The MLA then suddenly decided to head to towards Kuwakonda in his bullet proof vehicle, following which his security staff in the escort vehicle informed the police. The Bacheli police station head officer immediately called the MLA, asking him not to take that route due to security reasons, he said. “In the meantime, the MLA left behind his piloting escort vehicle. He, along with four security personnel in his SUV, and another vehicle behind carrying five policemen, headed towards Shyamgiri, ignoring the advisory,” he said, adding two escort vehicles followed his SUV. After spending a couple of minutes at Shyamgiri fair, the MLA headed towards Kuwakonda.last_img read more

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BJP will get more than 280 seats, NDA’s tally 300 plus: BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao

first_imgNew Delhi: Dismissing his colleague Ram Madhav’s assessment that the BJP will need the support of allies to form government, senior leader P Muralidhar Rao says his party will get more than 280 seats while the NDA’s tally will be 300 plus. Regional leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are irrelevant in the national context, the BJP’s national general secretary told PTI. Taking a potshot at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said everybody is thinking of becoming prime minister regardless of the numbers their parties might get in the elections. Discussing Madhav’s comment in a recent interview that the BJP will require the support of allies to form the next government, he said, My entire party does not agree with him. It is not me alone. My party president, my PM candidate and my party have expressed the opinions disagreeing… And I have also learnt that he has changed his view after his interview.” Rao said the BJP has got a clear advantage and this perception has increased phase by phase. So, in my view, we will either not be less than 300 (with NDA allies) or 280 plus on our own, Rao said. We will be calling it NDA government. In 2014 also, we formed the NDA government but we had our own majority. So the same situation will continue, he said. Modi said in a rally in Bihar this week that the BJP will cross the 300 mark on its own. According to Rao, the Congress and opposition parties have been unable to put up a united front to fight the BJP. Though they were desirous of giving a united fight, they could not translate it into action, the senior party functionary said ahead of the last round of the seven-phase election on May 19. To a question on the party’s probable tally in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, Rao said the BJP is seen as a party with a “Delhi advantage”. Because of this, people think Mayawati is no choice for Delhi. Akhilesh Yadav is no choice for Delhi. Even the voters of these parties think… why should we vote for this party when they are not relevant in the Delhi context,” he said. Referring to the SP-BSP alliance in UP, Rao said their politics will not work in the state and the BJP will be able to improve its position in UP and the entire north India. I don’t see a great deficit or shortfall (there), Rao said, when asked whether the BJP will be able to maintain its 2014 tally of 71 in Uttar Pradesh. Reacting to KCR’s reported statement that the next prime minister should be from south India, Rao said everybody is thinking of becoming the prime minister, whether or not they have the numbers. When he (KCR) is saying so he must be having his own name (for becoming the PM). Mamata Banerjee is contesting 42 seats in Bengal… She is also available for PM. So everybody is thinking (of becoming the pm), he said. Rao said the party will get all the seats in Rajasthan this time too. In a state like Rajasthan where we had 100 per cent seats, all 25, we cannot win more seats. So our entire effort is to retain that number and achieve that number again. With the kind of feedback we are getting in MP and Rajasthan, we will be able to get the same number if seats we had in 2014, he said. The party got 27 of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh in the last general election. Talking about Bihar, he said Modi wave is at its peak in the state. The feedback is our alliance is going to do very well in Bihar and we will be adding one or two seats to our previous result as we are going to do in Karnataka, Rao said. BJP has joined hands with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. Rao said the issues of corruption and the Rafale jet deal raked up by the Congress and the opposition parties has gone against them. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and all the opposition parties will realise this after May 23 results. I have gone to many parts of the country and there I have talked to people and there they are not willing to accept that Modi can be corrupt… So attacking him has not given any advantage to Congress or to the entire opposition, Rao said.last_img read more

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Carlos Hyde separates himself at running back defense matures for Ohio State

The Ohio State football team capped off its spring practice session with its annual Spring Game Saturday in Cincinnati, but the coaches and players believe there is still substantial work to be done. OSU’s assistant coaches met with the media Wednesday to discuss the improvements that need to be made, which players have stuck out during the spring and how they hope the leadership of last year’s seniors will be replaced. Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith: separating themselves from the rest Senior running back Carlos Hyde ran for 970 yards in his first season as a full-time starter in Meyer’s spread offense. His 16 rushing touchdowns led the team, and according to running backs coach Stan Drayton, Hyde and junior Rod Smith are going to be the main contributors for the position this fall. “I do believe that Carlos and Rod have separated themselves from both (sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball),” Drayton said. “I feel like we have depth that can bring productivity to our offense which is something that is an unbelievable luxury to have. Carlos is clearly the starter, and I think Rod has separated himself from those guys right now.” Drayton went on to say Hyde has grown into a “phenomenal leader.” “It was critical that he establish himself with a young group of guys,” Drayton said. “He was like a coach out there. It was really good to see.” For the front seven, leadership is the key With former starters John Simon and Johnathan Hankins gone, linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said the biggest thing that the defense has lost is leadership. “I think you’re always concerned about the leadership and the mentality and the way those guys are handling everything,” Fickell said. “You worry about how they gel together, how the leadership guys step up, how they make the other guys around them better.” Fickell said he was happy to see a number of guys “really maturing” this spring though, including junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who Fickell sees in the starting lineup with junior Ryan Shazier and sophomore Joshua Perry. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said the line made “good progress” during the 14 spring practices. The coaching staff and the players, though, are “not putting a lot of stock” in the 11 sacks the defense had during the Spring Game. Vrabel said the defensive line was more productive during scrimmages earlier in the spring than during the game because “you saw more consistent plays in the run game, runs that we’re going to see. Some of those guys in that first group didn’t see a whole bunch of runs (during the Spring Game).” Vrabel said that juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett in particular have made significant progress. “I think Joel Hale improved. I think we saw some things from him that we hadn’t seen from him last year,” Vrabel said. “Michael Bennett had a good spring. He was consistent, he was there every day. He was a leader for us and gave us a physical presence inside.” read more

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