first_imgApplication forms can be downloaded from the Vodafone website. Vodafone welcome applications to support projects which:(1) Extend the benefits of mobile technology to communities:— Seek to ensure that people of all ages have the opportunity to acquire the skills that will allow them to use new mobile technologies. Supporting adaptations of mobile technology for those with special needs — Make creative use of mobile technology in the areas of art and culture, healthcare (Telemedicine), education and employability. (2) Support Community Initiatives which Seek to Enhance Positive Social Interactions — Support Youth focused projects — Support projects which seek to integrate the disadvantaged — Support building projects Organisations may apply to the Foundation only for funding of the ‘fitting out’ phase of the capital project. Projects seeking funding must benefit and be open for use for the entire local community. Evidence of fully confirmed funding for the entire structural building costs of the project must be submitted with application to the Foundation. Confirmation of funding will only be approved by the Foundation on completion of structural building works. The Foundation will have a limitation of funding a maximum of 1 to 2 building projects per year dependant on cost and funds available. (3) Vodafone will also support the voluntary efforts of its employees seeking to improve their communities. (4) Protect the Environment Helping to enhance/protect the natural environment Using technology to help solve environmental problems. We do not support applications for projects:— which focus exclusively on core funding. — from individuals, other than Vodafone employees working with or on behalf of a registered charity or for the benefit of one individual. — for work that has already taken place. — for beneficiaries outside of Ireland.— for fundraising events, conferences, receptions or trips. — for the promotion of religious groups or political organisations. — from entities which are not Irish charities registered by the Irish Revenue Commissioners or are not a charity affiliated to such a registered Irish charity or are statutory organisations. — IT equipment, unless mobile network technology, products or services are incorporated as a primary requirement of the project.— project salary costs. Applications seeking funding for projects which have been or could be supported by public funding will not be prioritised and are very unlikely to be successful. The Foundation will be reviewing its grant programme for 2006 after this current round of applications. Tagged with: Ireland Vodafone Ireland Foundation is inviting applications for its next round of grant giving which will run until 8th November. Vodafone Ireland Foundation (VIF) funds a variety of projects which:(1) Extend the benefits of mobile technology to communities(2) Support Community Initiatives which seek to enhance positive social interactions(3)Support the voluntary efforts of Vodafone employees seeking to improve their communities(4) Protect the environment Advertisement Howard Lake | 6 September 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Vodafone sets new funding deadline 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

first_imgI mourn the loss of things that my children and I will never see—whether it’s the mass migration of passenger pigeons or the white blossoms of the American chestnut covering the mountains. Among these wounds there is indeed hope—a hope that can be seen, heard, and felt. For example, one can travel to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains to hear the majestic, ear-piercing shrill of an elk bugle. This species was once lost to our mountains but is beginning to recover and reclaim its native land.But I can’t ignore the silence of animals that can no longer be heard in the Smokies. Only a few decades ago, one could still hear the howls and cries of the red wolf. Though the red wolf has been silenced in the Smokies, it can still be heard in the wilds of eastern North Carolina. This swampy stronghold is the only place in the world where endangered red wolves roam free.The red wolf was nearly driven to extinction in the 1950s through aggressive predator control programs. The red wolf population was decimated so badly that it was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. As a last-ditch effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rounded up all of the remaining red wolves to rebuild an “experimental population.”In 1987, a breeding population of red wolves was released at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on an isolated coastal peninsula of eastern North Carolina. The wolves that were released included only four mating pairs. From this first generation, the population now includes over 100 animals.As the population has grown, the recovery program has faced increasing scrutiny and attacks from some unlikely foes. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently passed a series of resolutions that aim to undermine the protections for the red wolf and destroy the species outright. They say that it’s too challenging, too expensive, too contentious, and too late to protect the red wolf. I say, welcome to conservation.Too challenging?Conservation is inherently challenging, but since when has that stopped us? What if we had given up on the grizzly, the gray wolf, or the bald eagle? Can you imagine having our national symbol relegated to a mere picture on the back of a quarter? The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is only interested in a future without the red wolf. In my view the real challenge is revamping the apple-polishing good ol’ boy politics that pervade these agencies entrusted to serve the public.Too expensive?In 2007, the last year the data was compiled, a total of $1.4 million in federal money was spent on red wolf conservation efforts. This is less than 1% of what was spent on all endangered mammals combined. Compare that to the bald eagle, a recovered and delisted species, which cost $9.5 million.And just guess how much the state of North Carolina spent on red wolf recovery in 2007? A paltry and embarrassing $1,523. That’s roughly $15 per wild red wolf for the entire year. I would guess the NC Wildlife Resources Commission spends more than $1,500 a year on coffee and donuts for their meetings.Too contentious?When European settlers first began their war against the wild in the U.S., the only good predator was a dead one. We believed that with less predators came more game. We soon learned that ecology isn’t quite that simple as disease spread, ranges transformed to dust, and forests were denuded of new growth.Predator eradication policies of the past have damaged ecosystems and swung nature’s balance in radical directions. Nowhere have these lessons been more evident than in the East. We nearly lost all of our predators and even our prized games species. Today we celebrate the return of the white-tail deer, the wild turkey, and now the elk. But we are just now recognizing the incredible value of predators like the wolf and the cougar to these game populations and to entire ecosystems. For many agencies, though, outdated attitudes toward predators still persist.Too late?“We are doomed.” “Things have gotten so bad we are just going to have to live with it. “Species go extinct all the time with no real consequences.“ I have heard all of these statements from professional conservationists. It’s understandable to sometimes feel this way. Aldo Leopold, one of the founding fathers of conservation, wrote, “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.”Too often, though, we let these wounds fester rather than mend. Many of today’s conservation interests embrace pessimism, focusing on the magnitude of the challenge rather than the importance of the solution.It’s not too late for the 100 red wolves in east North Carolina. Do you think the red wolf wishes to pace the confines of a pen alone as the last member of its species? Is this the future we want for the world’s most endangered wolf? The red wolf will fight for its existence, and so must we. It’s never too late to try. We must not lose hope, because this is one wound we can heal.—Why is the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) proposing to end the Red Wolf Recovery program, and what can be done?As of January 2015, the NCWRC passed two resolutions that requested the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) end the Red Wolf Recovery Program and capture and remove all red wolves from private lands. This resolution threatens the very existence of the species. Over 27 years of recovery would be halted, and the species would once again go extinct in the wild. The reasons cited by the NCWRC are that the Recovery Program has been a failure, the wolves are hybridizing with coyotes, and sea level rise will force the wolves onto private lands. The latter is ironic since the state of North Carolina does not recognize the reality of climate change and passed a law banning any discussion on sea level rise until 2016.Public comments are crucial. Howl for the wolves: let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that the red wolves deserve protection and the Recovery Program needs to be continued. Email comments to Cynthia Dohner, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, at [email protected] and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, at [email protected] there any chance of ever bringing the red wolf back to the Smokies and/or southern Appalachians?Alligator River represents the only location where red wolves have been successfully reintroduced to the wild. Other reintroduction programs have been initiated but failed. Red wolves were released into Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1990s but were recaptured after the wolves left the park boundaries in search of prey. Fearing conflicts with nearby cattle farmers, the program was ended in 1998.For the red wolf to return to Southern Appalachians, human attitudes must shift. With sea level rise threatening the coastal population, the best hope for red wolves is to be returned to the vast stretches of public lands in western North Carolina.Are wolves and coyotes interbreeding? Are these coy-wolves a good or bad thing?While wolves and coyotes share much of their genes, they are classified as separate species and are managed as such. For most of their history coyotes and red wolves did not interbreed as most coyotes inhabited the western states and their migrations were suppressed by healthy wolf populations. As wolves were exterminated from their native range, the range of the coyote expanded. With wolves becoming more isolated, healthy wolf pack dynamics broke down, and wolves in search of mates began to interbreed with coyotes. This interbreeding has caused genetic introgression of coyotes into the red wolf populations and has produced coyote/wolf hybrids sometimes referred to as coy-wolves. Only a healthy population of red wolves that is allowed to expand can overcome the biological invasion of coyotes.last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Bernd Leno has established himself as Arsenal’s No.1 goalkeeper since signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 (Picture: EPA)Bernd Leno came close to joining Manchester City from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 before Pep Guardiola opted to sign Ederson instead, a new book has revealed.Guardiola was on the lookout for a new shot-stopper in 2017 to replace Claudio Bravo after the Chilean had struggled in his debut campaign in English football while Joe Hart was also deemed surplus to requirements.According to Lu Martin and Pol Ballus’ new book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a superteam’ Guardiola had settled on a two-name shortlist to fill the problem position featuring Leno and Ederson, both of whom suited his tactical philosophy which encourages playing out from the back. Comment Pep Guardiola almost signed Arsenal star Bernd Leno for Manchester City before buying Ederson instead Advertisement Advertisement Ederson has proven to be an inspired purchase for Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Ultimately, City plumped for Ederson, landing the Brazilian international in a £35m deal from Benfica, while Leno had to wait another year to seal a switch from Leverkusen, eventually joining Arsenal last summer for £22.5mAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDiscussing Leno and Ederson’s merits, City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain said: ‘They both fitted the bill.‘One was more expensive to buy, the other required a higher salary. I left it up to the coaches to choose.’Guardiola’s decision to sign Ederson in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper ever has certainly been vindicated with the 26-year-old playing a pivotal role in City’s success over the past couple of seasons.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Brazil international has missed just one Premier League game from a possible 85 since joining City, was named in the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season and has won five major honours including two Premier League titles.While Ederson made an instant impact on English football upon his arrival, Leno had to bide his time patiently at the start of last season with Unai Emery initially preferring the now-retired Petr Cech between the sticks.However, the Germany international has since established himself as a regular first-team player for the Gunners, making 45 appearances for the club in all competitions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 2nd in a three-way match at Greensburg Golf Course.Greensburg shot 191. Batesville 208 Lawrenceburg 211.Emma Weiler was the meet medalist with a score of 37.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

first_img The South West pairing of Amanda Mayne and Jo Shorrocks made up a two-shot deficit to score a narrow win in the Brenda King Foursomes at Coxmoor Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.They finished the second round with scores of birdie, par, par and won by one stroke from the Surrey partnership of Debbie Richards and Felicity Christine. The 36-hole medal foursomes event is contsted by pairs from all over the country and is the annual finale to the English senior women’s season.“We are very pleased,” said Mayne, a former England senior international and a member at Saltford in Somerset. “We have never played with each other before –we generally play against each other at County Match Week.” Shorrocks is a member at Bigbury and represents Devon.After their first round of five-over 79 they trailed Richards and Christine by two shots – and were still two behind with three holes to play.On the par five 16th Mayne holed a 14ft downhill putt for birdie to reduce the gap to one. They caught up with their playing partners with a par three on the 17th and edged one ahead with a par on the long 18th.“It was a little bit tight!” said Shorrocks after they returned a second round 80. “It was quite exciting and to a certain extent it was almost like playing matchplay.” Both Shorrocks and Mayne are working to promote senior golf in their counties and encourage more players to take part.Richards (Burhill) and Christine (Woking) took second place with rounds of 77 83. Richards was a member of England’s winning teams at last year’s European senior championship and the Senior Home Internationals, while Christine is a past British senior champion.Third place went to Sue Penfold and Andrea Stockdale of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, who scored 86 79, pipping Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire) and Carol Simpson (Horsley Lodge) on countback.Caption: Amanda Mayne (left) and Jo ShorrocksClick here for full scores 30 Sep 2015 South West pair snatch Brenda King victory last_img read more