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Best war movies DVD to raise funds for Help for Heroes

first_imgBest war movies DVD to raise funds for Help for Heroes Howard Lake | 22 February 2010 | News Tagged with: Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A DVD of the greatest war movies, as voted for in a recent nationwide poll, is now on sale, with £7 per copy going to the Help for Heroes charity.The DVD features scenes from Platoon, Schindler’s List, Zulu, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan, and others.Charity spokesman actor Ross Kemp said: “The money raised from this DVD will go towards helping some very brave young men and women who have been wounded in the service of our country.”‘The Greatest War Movies Ever’ is a limited edition DVD which will be on sale for just a few months. Help for Heroes believe that it will raise at least a million pounds towards a new Army Recovery Centre for seriously wounded soldiers.www.heroesdvd.co.uklast_img read more

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Finding our way

first_imgFrom research showing that adults in an Amazon village had about equal competence to Harvard students at basic geometry, Elizabeth Spelke drew a striking lesson.“Amazonian adults look like Harvard students, not like kids,” Spelke, a professor of psychology, told a packed room at the Barker Center Thursday night. “We learned that knowledge of Euclidian geometry can develop in the absence of schooling.”The surprising results from the study of Brazil’s Munduruku show that formal learning is not needed to develop navigational skills, said Spelke, director of the Laboratory for Developmental Studies.Spelke, whose lab is renowned for research into the development of language and other bedrock cognitive skills, focused in her talk on research into how animals and humans place themselves and navigate. The experiments involve spinning research subjects — whether humans or lab rats — until they lose their bearings, and studying how they reorient themselves in a spartan room.Infants and toddlers are adept at using geometric clues to orient themselves in three-dimensional space to find a hidden toy, but less so if their bearings have been disturbed. Lab rats had the same problem, and were unable to process complex decisions or to integrate more than one element. Somewhere along the development continuum, humans, whether at Harvard or in a village along the Amazon, develop the ability to integrate a second distinguishing characteristic — such as a wall painted a different color — to get their bearings. The function of navigation is innate to humans.The frontier is in understanding how it develops.“How does it become natural to us?” she asked.Spelke found no differences in navigational skills based on gender.“There are no sex differences,” she said. “People are really good at this. It’s something we do without being aware of it.”But with more dependence on computers and robots, our abilities might be at risk, she said, seizing on an audience member’s question about the effects of technology, such as smartphones, on child development.“I am worried we’re all going to be using GPSes all the time,” Spelke said. “The Mundurukus are better than Harvard students because they have to keep navigating all the time.”Drivers in modern societies rely heavily on GPS navigation. Looking at a map is almost old-fashioned.“I’m worried it will cause our systems to atrophy,” Spelke said.“We’re doing this enormous experiment on ourselves and our children and grandchildren,” she said. “Innate systems disappear if you don’t use them. It’s a real question of what’s going to happen with all this.”last_img read more

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Big Views, Big Purchase: 324 Acres Permanently Protected along A.T. in Roan Highlands

first_imgDecades of determination are paying off for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) who, just two weeks ago, purchased 324 acres of terrain to preserve and protect the breathtaking views atop Hump Mountain. The founders of the conservancy first contacted the private owner of Hump Mountain, Oscar Julian, to show their interest in preserving the land in 1967.On a northbound trek along the Appalachian Trail, the recently protected property is visible directly to the left, covering the northern slopes of Hump Mountain. Photo by: Michelle PuglieseThe acreage lies just 500 feet from the Appalachian Trail, adjoining the Cherokee National Forest and Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area in the Roan Highlands of Tennessee.The permanent protection of this land was a project of high priority for the SAHC as well as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service. This section of Hump Mountain was, for years, the missing puzzle piece as a tremendous 1,400 acres on the NC side of the mountain were purchased during the 1980s by the U.S. Forest Service with help from the SAHC.This particular section of the Roan Highlands is well known in the hiking community for its stellar 360-degree views. As many thru-hikers ascend the ridges of Hump Mountain, they have ventured through long stretches of wooded areas, making this land a slice of heaven for all who get the chance to stand amongst its grassy meadows.“Our purchasing this tract ensures that future generations of hikers will be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the AT on Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands,” said SAHC executive director Carl Silverstein.Not just a victory for the hikers’ experience, the attained land is also a victory for nature as the purchase guarantees to keep any kind of development from tarnishing the landscape’s natural beauty, ecosystems, and thriving wildlife.The land was previously under the ownership of the Julian family who had a long standing tradition of passing the land from generation to generation. The family had previously turned down offers with the intention to use the land to build a resort area, and decided to give the land over to SAHC for preservation.“I have so many memories, from camping to picnics and hiking up to the AT with my parents. I will forever cherish and treasure those memories, and they are part of the reason why we are excited to pass this land to SAHC. Its serenity and beauty will remain intact because we are leaving it in good hands,” said Zack Julian, one of the landowners.The purchase of the property is sure to provide travelers with many recreational opportunities as it is home to habitat resources, the headwaters of Steel Creek and Doll Branch, and is surrounded by bird areas.Surrounded by Audubon Important Bird areas, the conserved tract will continue to provide habitat for neotropical migratory birds and other wildlife. Photo by: Michelle Pugliese“The purchase improves public access and will be open to many uses, such as hiking, camping, and hunting.  It’s a conservation home-run and we’re grateful to the Julian family for being such good stewards of this special place,” said Jay Leutze, SAHC President.The future of the land is looking up as the SAHC intends to own the property until the have the funds for it to become a new addition to the Cherokee National Forest.“This is an outstanding example of how federal, state and private partners can work together to achieve common goals,” said JaSal Morris, Forest Supervisor, Cherokee National Forest.In a time where land is increasingly taken over for mining and drilling throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is an outstanding step forward to see land being permanently protected rather than terminally destroyed.last_img read more

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Buyers rush finished project priced at less than $500,000

first_imgThe project has been attractive to southern buyers.Lanikai project manager Dean Muldoon said the location and high level of apartment finishes were attractive to buyers.“The developer Dankav has gone the extra mile in terms of the facilities and finishes and so far the buyers have been unable to find any comparable product elsewhere on the Coast,” he said.“They always come back and comment on how much better this is and the building speaks for itself on the comparison scale.”Lanikai is due for settlement in the next few weeks and a display has now been completed. The developers expect the last five apartments to sell quickly. Buyers have shown strong support for Lanikai apartments, Southport.BUYERS are rushing a completed Southport project, keen to secure an apartment before the $20,000 boosted Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant ends on June 30.Ray White Projects Gold Coast director Julian Sutherland said the limited remaining stock in the Lanikai project represented some of the area’s few finished apartments available for less than $500,000.Mr Sutherland said prime locations in this price bracket were becoming more difficult to find, as limited land availability in the centre of the Gold Coast was pushing up prices.“Currently we are inundated with buyer enquiry for completed stock, and with apartments in Lanikai starting at a low $465,000, there would only be a handful of completed product (like this) available on the Gold Coast,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Buyers from Sydney and Melbourne have been on a buying rampage in the last few months as the disparity between pricing in these locations and affordability have made it increasingly more attractive to buyers from the southern states.”last_img read more

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Dungy to enter Ring of Honor during Steelers-Buccaneers

first_imgIn this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy speaks during a Buccaneers NFL football Ring of Honor news conference in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tony Dungy will always be appreciative of the opportunity the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided when no other NFL team was willing to take a chance on him as a head coach.So long after transforming the Bucs from laughingstocks into championship contenders — only to be dismissed a year before the franchise won its only Super Bowl — the Hall of Famer is graciously returning to Raymond James Stadium to become the latest member of the club’s Ring of Honor.“I was fired from here, but I was also hired here,” Dungy said, not a trace of bitterness in his voice. “I was hired when I never had been a head coach. None of the other 31 teams gave me a chance.A coaching disciple of Chuck Noll, Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player with the Steelers and later became an assistant in Pittsburgh. Dungy was the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings when the Bucs called in 1996.Tampa Bay hadn’t had a winning record or made the playoffs since the 1982 strike-shortened season.“We needed a head coach who could foster a winning culture,” said owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer, whose father, Malcolm, hired Dungy and remained supportive when the Bucs began the young coach’s first season with five consecutive losses.“Despite the losing record,” Bryan Glazer added, “you could see we were building something special.”The Bucs won five of seven down the stretch to finish 6-10 in what turned out to be the only losing season Dungy would have during a highly successful 13-year run as coach of the Bucs and Indianapolis Colts.In a way it’s fitting he will enter the Ring of Honor on Monday night, when Tampa Bay (2-0) hosts the Steelers (0-1-1). Much of what he sought to do when he joined the Bucs he learned from his one-time mentor, Noll.Dungy wanted a team that not only won games and contended for playoff berths, but in which players connected with the city, got involved in the community and were role models on and off the field — like the Steelers.“He really shaped the identity of our whole organization,” Bryan Glazer said.The Bucs ended their long playoff drought in Dungy’s second season. In 1999, they came within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl.Two years later, the Glazer family fired Dungy, who was unable to get the team beyond the opening round of the postseason in 2000 and 2001.A long, meandering coaching search ended with the Bucs trading four draft picks and cash to the Oakland Raiders for the right to sign Jon Gruden, who — led by a dominating defense built by Dungy — brought Tampa Bay its lone NFL title in the 2002 season.Four members of that championship team — Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Mike Alstott, as well as Gruden and Malcom Glazer — are members of the Ring of Honor.Dungy was disappointed to not have a chance to finish the job, but went on to greater heights in Indianapolis, which won the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.His 54-42 regular-season record and .563 winning percentage with the Bucs are the best in franchise history. He led the team to four playoff appearances in six seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.“You think about coaching, you think winning seasons, you think about getting to the playoffs, you think about getting to the Super Bowl, all those things you hope and dream about,” Dungy said. “It’s not even in your mind to go in the Ring of Honor. It’s an awesome, awesome tribute and honor.”Five coaches whom Dungy hired as assistants in Tampa Bay — Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, Jim Caldwell, Herman Edwards and Rod Marinelli — went on to land NFL head coaching opportunities.Dungy and Smith met in the Super Bowl won by the Colts. Tomlin led the Steelers to the NFL title two years later.Tomlin, in his 12th season in Pittsburgh, was a young college assistant when Dungy brought him to the Bucs.“I could talk, I wouldn’t know when to shut up. Coach just provided a daily blueprint on how he approached it. He was himself every day. It was a steady focus and compass through unsteady waters that can be (encountered) in NFL seasons,” Tomlin said.“Guys knew where they stood with him. A clean communicator, and I think those are some of the key ingredients that allowed him to be successful,” Tomlin added. “Successful in multiple places, successful for a period of time.”Dungy’s impact on the Bucs is undeniable.And, he was — and continues to be — even more influential in the Tampa Bay community through various charitable endeavors.His name will be unveiled in the Ring of Honor on Monday night, however that’s just a small part of his legacy.“I hope they remember me as someone who helped shape the course of the franchise, got people excited about Tampa football again,” said Dungy, who maintained his home in Tampa, even while coaching the Colts.“I hope they remember me as a coach who had very good teams, but had some great young men playing and that I tried to lead those young men in the right way, in the right direction. That my focus wasn’t just on winning games, but it was on being the best we could on and off the field,” Dungy added. “If they think that, I’d be happy.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Rushing the ball, and defense – That’s what the Steelers must do to beat the Bengals (Mike Pelaia’s column Oct. 12)

first_imgMIKE PELAIACOURIER STEELERS CENTRAL James Conner leaps for a TD in the Oct. 7 victory vs. the Falcons. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook)The Steelers have one of the best quarterbacks in football with Ben Roethlisberger.  It’s undeniable.They also have the best wide receiver in football, with Antonio Brown.  Another fact that can’t be argued.Yet, the key to their success comes from rushing the ball with James Conner and when he returns, Le’Veon Bell and playing defense with fury.When the Black and Gold do that, they win football games. Period.  And that’s what they’ll need to do again this upcoming week, Oct. 14, against the Cincinnati Bengals if they want to win the game. I don’t see it any other way.I understand that Roethlisberger can put up gaudy numbers but those numbers don’t always translate to putting up the “W.”  And that’s all that he, or anyone affiliated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, wants.Before I go further, let me be clear; I’m not suggesting the Steelers turn Roethlisberger into a game manager, far from it. I’m merely suggesting the Steelers reduce his throws, control the clock by utilizing the rushing attack and get their defense going.It’s their secret formula to winning ball games.In the Steelers games this season, this is how it broke down in their two wins and one tie.Week 1 at Cleveland, tied 21-21: 159 Rushing yards, 135 rushing yards by Conner. 41 Roethlisberger throws. Seven defensive sacks.Week 3 at Tampa Bay, won 30-27:  78 rushing yards, 61 rushing yards by Conner. 38 Roethlisberger throws. Three defensive sacks.Week 5 vs. Atlanta, won 41-17:  131 rushing yards, 110 rushing yards by Conner. 29 Roethlisberger throws. Six defensive sacks.Do you see the trend?  Rushing yards higher, sacks up, Roethlisberger’s attempts were more limited (the Cleveland game was a bit high on the throws, but they didn’t win, they escaped with a tie)In their two losses this season so far, here’s what happened.Week 2 vs. Kansas City, loss 42-37:  33 rushing yards, 19 rushing yards by Conner. 60 Roethlisberger throws. One defensive sack.Week 4 vs. Baltimore, loss 26-14: 19 rushing yards, 19 rushing yards by Conner. 47 Roethlisberger throws. Two defensive sacks.Do you see the trend there?  Far less rushing yards, far more Roethlisberger throws and a limitation on the defensive sacks.If the Steelers plan to go into Cincinnati this week, Oct. 14, and come out victorious, which they normally do when going into Ohio, they need to follow the formula above.They’ll need to allow Conner to rush the ball around 25 times, gaining 100 yards, or more.  They’ll need to keep Roethlisberger’s pass attempts to around 35, allowing him to still distribute the ball to Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, still getting close to 300 yards and a couple of TDs, but not throwing it so often that the clock doesn’t move. You may love the passing yards in today’s NFL but I don’t believe Ben needs 450 yards for this team to win. I think Roethlisberger is more effective, and more dangerous for that matter, when he has the ability to run some play-action, which, if this team effectively runs the ball, he can do.Play-action will allow Brown more opportunities and this entire offense will run more smoothly.What they’ll also need to do is get after Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Sunday afternoon and put him to the ground four or five times. When this Steelers defense is getting to the quarterback, they protect a weak secondary. The secondary didn’t look bad against Atlanta and when playing against guys like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, good secondaries are made to look foolish, let alone ones that are down right bad (with the exception of Joe Haden).They’ll face a challenge in Bengals receiver AJ Green this week so once again, I believe, the best defense they can put out is one that rushes the quarterback frequently and doesn’t allow plays to extend.  Keeping the ball away from AJ Green and the Bengals offense, via the pass rush as well as keeping the Steelers defense off the field through a ball control offense, is the way this team will find its way to the win column this coming Sunday and every other Sunday onwards.I believe this is the game plan that will be implemented and executed.Steelers 27, Bengals 23 Rushing the ball and defense, that’s what Pittsburgh does.last_img read more

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