Stars raise £7,000 for Oxfam’s coronavirus response in eBay auction

first_img Melanie May | 30 July 2020 | News  432 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Celebrities and artists including Dame Helen Mirren, Paloma Faith, and Fatboy Slim have raised more than £7000 for Oxfam’s coronavirus response after their donations were auctioned on eBay.Other participating celebrities and artists included Arizona Muse, Basement Jaxx, Deborah Meaden, Michael and Emily Eavis, Fatboy Slim, Katya Jones, Liam Gallagher, Rankin and Simon Pegg.Liam Gallagher’s tambourine went under the hammer for £2,650, Simon Pegg’s Star Wars cufflinks, which he wore to the UK premiere of The Force Awakens, sold for £620, Basement Jaxx’s signed artwork went for £822 and Fatboy Slim’s amplifier netted £770. The total amount for all the items came to £7,789. Fee Gilfeather, from Oxfam’s Trading team, said:“We’re so grateful to the celebrities for parting with some of their favourite possessions, as well as the fans who bid on the items, to raise money for Oxfam’s coronavirus response. The funds raised will go to helping people fight Covid-19 in some of the poorest countries in the world, such as providing soap and handwashing facilities.”Oxfam is working with local partners, governments and key UN agencies in 65 countries in response to the crisis. This includes preventive measures like distributing soap and building handwashing stations in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, delivering clean water, sanitation and hygiene in Zaatari camp in Jordan and providing beds, handwashing facilities and protective clothing in quarantine centres in Gaza.  431 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Stars raise £7,000 for Oxfam’s coronavirus response in eBay auction 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

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92 confirmed cases, no new deaths from Covid-19

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications There have been a further 92 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.No new deaths relating to the virus have been reported.Of the cases notified today:52 are men / 38 are women69% are under 45 years of age46 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case11 cases have been identified as community transmission31 in Tipperary, 17 in Dublin, 7 in Clare, 7 in Wexford, 5 in Kildare and the remaining 25 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Wicklow.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread. Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – August 25, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleCalls for review into guidance on face masks for NS pupilsNext articleEuropean defeat for Derry City in Lithuania News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter 92 confirmed cases, no new deaths from Covid-19 Pinterestlast_img read more

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Viterbi students build, deliver satellite to start-up

Vector Space Systems will send its CubeSat satellite into orbit to test technological advancement. (Photo Courtesy of Space Engineering Research Center) “It feels like a big accomplishment to send something that actually will get launched into space and being able to take a lot of the theoretical knowledge that we’ve gained and turn it into an actual product that will send data back down from space to Earth,” said Rogers, who graduated from USC’s graduate astronautical engineering program last May. “I think it turns a lot of what our dreams were into reality.” Early in March, these students finished building and delivered USC’s third CubeSat satellite, which is about the size of a breadbox. David Barnhart, a research professor in the astronautics department, led the students selected from the Space Engineering Research Center through the year-long building process of the satellite. “We learn about this in classes but applying it to actual hardware is very different,” Rughani said. “The hardware doesn’t always cooperate with you unlike a simulation on a computer. And then, you run into things that you wouldn’t even think about when you’re designing.” “It’s definitely a huge success because we’ve spent the past year or so working on this and we’ve been able to start from pretty much nothing and create a CubeSat that’s ready to go to space,” said Rahul Rughani, a doctoral student and systems engineer for the team. Rogers said creating the satellite allowed her to gain experience and discover her career aspirations in different aspects of engineering. “Size matters in space relative to payloads and power and things so it can’t do a lot by itself but … we provide a platform, in essence, to carry their electronic boards to validate that they work,” Barnhart said. Rughani said working on the satellite allowed students to apply the skills they’ve learned in classes and solve real-world problems. The CubeSat satellite will be used for technology development, testing the company’s payload when sent to space. Once in orbit, the satellite will generate power and send a signal to the ground, indicating that everything is functional. The customer’s payload will then send data to Vector, while the satellite’s sensors simultaneously send information to the ground to ensure everything is operating as expected. Rebecca Rogers, the team’s integration and test director, said this was a rare opportunity for students to have an internship-like experience before entering the workforce. The team has successfully delivered the satellite to its customer, Vector Space Systems, a start-up developing satellites and launch vehicles. Vector will use this newly built satellite to test its technology in space and ensure it works before selling it to customers. “I just think that was really valuable for me to just get experience in all these different things and [see what] a job in any one of these subsystems [could] be like day to day,” Rogers said. A team of students in the Viterbi School of Engineering have taken one small step toward space and made one big leap for their careers. read more

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Selkirk Saints score BCIHL Three-Peat with sweep of SFU Clan

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints accomplished what no other team has done in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League — score a Three-Peat.The Saints swept out Simon Fraser University Clan 4-2 Saturday night in Castlegar to capture the schools third consecutive BCHIL banner before a boisterous crowd.Goals by Jamie Vlanich and Ryan Edwards 90 seconds apart in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie to power the home side to the victory.The game, coupled with a 3-1 decision Friday, completed the best-of-three series sweep 2-0.The series win was the second time in three seasons Selkirk has defeated SFU to win the title.The first time came in 2013 in Nelson.In 2014 Selkirk defeated Trinity Western University to capture the crown. Thomas Hardy, third star in the contest, put Selkirk on the board during a penalty-filled first period, finishing a fine individual effort with a backhand goal from the slot.The goal marked his team’s first successful power-play effort following a 0-for-6 performance in Game 1.Jared Eng replied for SFU early in the second period, as the Clan played their strongest hockey early in the middle frame.But the Clan couldn’t solve Saints netminder James Prigione, paying the price when a pair of BCIHL rookies snapped home goals to give Selkirk a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes.The two Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stars, Vlanich and Edwards, scored late in the frame.Vlanich was named the game’s first star.In the third Saints defenceman Ryan Procyshyn iced the game with a goal into the empty net.SFU forward Adam Callegari scored with 20 seconds left on the clock, but the result was no longer in doubt.Prigione, selected star number two, picked up his fourth straight postseason win with a 23-save effort while Jordan Liem took the loss in the nets for SFU despite playing a strong game for the second time in as many nights.Final shots were 28-25 Selkirk.With files from BCIHL website.last_img read more

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