Tesco for Schools & Clubs vouchers now available

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13  137 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 The Tesco for Schools & Clubs scheme is open again, offering UK schools and clubs the chance to acquire a variety of useful items in exchange for vouchers earned with shopping bought at Tesco. Last year the scheme gave over 440,000 pieces of equipment worth £9.3million to schools and clubs around the country.All schools in the UK are eligible to take part in the scheme, whether nursery, infant, primary, junior, middle, secondary or special needs. So too are all amateur clubs which are registered with their recognised governing body or local authority and which cater for children under the age of 18.Participating schools simply have to promote the scheme to parents, carers, and the public. One voucher is given for every £10 spent in Tesco stores and petrol filling stations in a single transaction (with some exclusions). At Tesco Express stores one voucher is given for every £5 spent.There are other ways to collect vouchers including 20 vouchers for donating a working mobile phone for recycling, and five for a non-working phone. Empty inkjet cartridges donated for recycling will also generate 10 vouchers.Tesco offers a range of free downloadable support materials to help organisations promote the scheme, including an A3 poster, PR toolkit, A4 letterhead and totaliser poster.The vouchers are available from 28 February to 8 May 2011. There are separate later deadlines for donating old ink cartridges and old mobile phones. The deadline for receipt of orders and vouchers is 1 July 2011.www.tescoforschoolsandclubs.co.uk Tagged with: Community fundraising corporate Tesco for Schools & Clubs vouchers now available 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. Howard Lake | 10 March 2011 | Newslast_img read more

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Lake Street Dive Shares Live Acoustic Performance Of “Hang On” [Pro-Shot]

first_imgEarlier this month, Lake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records. Today, as part of the band’s continuing media push behind to new album, Lake Street Dive has released a new live video performance of new album track “Hang On”. The video was filmed by Alex Chaloff at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville, where the band recorded the album. You can listen to Lake Street Dive’s new live video of “Hang On” below:Lake Street Dive – “Hang On” [Live Video][Video: Lake Street Dive]Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson, and recently-added keyboardist Akie Bermiss—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler. Notes a press release, “To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of the band’s purpose. In many ways, it is their most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs.”Lake Street Dive is currently on tour behind their new album, including upcoming shows with support from artists like Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Up next for Lake Street Dive is a pair of performances in Utah and Nevada this coming weekend. The band will continue to tour heavily through most of the summer and again in the fall, giving fans all around North America plenty of chances to catch them in concert. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates.Lake Street Dive Tour Dates:June 1 – Ogden, UT Ogden Music FestivalJune 2 – Stateline, NV Montbleu Resort CasinoJune 19 – Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater – FREE SHOWJune 20 – Cleveland, OH House of BluesJune 21 – Charleston, WV Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West VirginiaJune 23 – Ottawa, ONT Ottawa Jazz FestivalJune 25 – Toronto, ONT Toronto Jazz Festival SOLD OUTJune 26 – Royal Oak, MI The Royal Oak Theatre ~June 28 – Rochester, NY International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre ~June 30 – Tanglewood, Lenox, MA Live from Here w/ Chris ThileJuly 2 – Richmond, VA The National ~July 3 – Black Mountain, NC Pisgah Brewing (Outdoor Stage) ~July 5 – Baltimore, MD WTMD First Thursday (Free Show) >July 7 – Portland, ME Thompson’s PointJuly 8 – Marshfield, MA Levitate FestivalJuly 10 – Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall ~July 12 – Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art ~July 13 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~July 14 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse ~ SOLD OUTJuly 16 – New Orleans, LA House of Blues ~July 17 – Houston, TX House of Blues +July 19 – Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge +July 20 – Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory +July 21 – Austin, TX Austin City Limits, The Moody Theatre +August 30 – Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens SOLD OUTAugust 31 – Lexington, KY Manchester Music HallSeptember 1 – Peoria, IL The Monarch Music HallSeptember 3 – Iowa City, IA Englert Theatre SOLD OUTSeptember 4 – Omaha, NE SlowdownSeptember 6 – Morrison, CO Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 7 – Aspen, CO Belly Up AspenSeptember 10 – Bozeman, MT Bridger Brewing #September 12 – Missoula, MT The Wilma #September 13 – Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #September 14 – Portland, OR Revolution Hall # SOLD OUTSeptember 16 – Templeton, CA Whale Rock Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 18 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 19 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 20 – Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern #September 22 – Glen Ellen, CA Sonoma Harvest Festival > SOLD OUTSeptember 27 – Oklahoma City, OK The Jones AssemblySeptember 28 – Columbia, MO Roots N Blues BBQ Festival >September 29 – Memphis, TN Levitt Shell >October 11 – London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireOctober 25 – Louisville, KY Brown TheatreOctober 26 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst TheaterOctober 27 – Chicago, IL The Riveria Theatre >October 29 – Indianapolis, IN The VogueOctober 30 – Madison, WI The SylveeNovember 1 – Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumNovember 2 – Columbus, OH Newport Music HallNovember 3 – Ithaca, NY The State TheatreNovember 5 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre >November 6 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre > #November 9 – Washington, DC The AnthemNovember 10 – Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre~ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear supports+The Rad Trads support# Robert Finley supports> Non-bundle dateView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Benitez predicts race for the top four will go to the wire

first_imgRafael Benitez believes the race for a top-four finish will go to the wire.The Chelsea interim manager is under pressure to secure a Champions League place for next season, with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool also in the running.A win against second-placed Manchester City on Sunday would be a major boost for the Blues, who are third despite their patchy results under Benitez.“If we can win this game we will be closer [to City]. If we cannot, we still have to keep fighting [for a top-four finish] because it will be very close,” said Benitez.He added: “I think the race for the top four will go until the end of the season.“Our last game is against Everton, so I am sure that until the end of the season we will be winning games, losing games or whatever, but it will be very close until the end.“There is Arsenal and we have still to play Tottenham. One game can make the difference and until the end it will be difficult for everyone.“I think we can fight to be in the top two. If not, again we have to fight to be in the top four.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Scientists Not Always Trained to Be Critical Thinkers

first_imgA trainer of graduate students at a prestigious university wants to put the Ph back in PhD.Can scientists be good at detail work but dumb at logic? Gundula Bosch thinks so. She directs the R3 Graduate Science Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. In Nature, she says she’s on a campaign to “Train PhD students to be thinkers not just specialists.” She explains an alarming trend in graduate schools that betrays the historic purpose of a top-level education:Under pressure to turn out productive lab members quickly, many PhD programmes in the biomedical sciences have shortened their courses, squeezing out opportunities for putting research into its wider context. Consequently, most PhD curricula are unlikely to nurture the big thinkers and creative problem-solvers that society needs.As a result of the pressure, “That means students are taught every detail of a microbe’s life cycle but little about the life scientific.” Without formal training in philosophy of science, scientists can become very skilled at detailed lab procedures but clueless about logic. Can they recognize a logical fallacy? Are they being forewarned of the pitfalls of flawed research?Above all, students must be shown the scientific process as it is — with its limitations and potential pitfalls as well as its fun side, such as serendipitous discoveries and hilarious blunders.Some blunders are not so hilarious. There can be societal consequences for not thinking ahead. But some serendipitous discoveries are hilarious, like when Kekule said he discovered the structure of benzene after dreaming about a snake eating its tail. Cases like that led to Murphy’s Technology Law, “All great discoveries are made by mistake.” Don’t omit the corollary: ‘The greater the funding, the longer it takes to find the mistake.” There are lists of these, like the one at Mental Floss, which lists 24 serendipitous discoveries of everything from Velcro to Viagra.I was startled by the oft-expressed opinion that scientific productivity depended more on rote knowledge than on competence in critical thinking.The lack of training in critical thinking shows up in retractions, corrections and the worrisome “reproducibility crisis” (4 April 2017). It also leads to public mistrust of science, like when nutrition scientists have reversed their positions on eggs, sugar, fat, the Food Pyramid, and other matters over time.Blunders and dangers of this sort prompted Bosch to start a program at her institution, Johns Hopkins, to put the Ph back in PhD: Doctor of Philosophy. Before William Whewell coined the label “scientist,” investigators of the natural world called themselves natural philosophers. A specialist in any scientific world is really not worthy of the letters PhD without some philosophical training.We call our programme R3, which means that our students learn to apply rigour to their design and conduct of experiments; view their work through the lens of social responsibility; and to think critically, communicate better, and thus improve reproducibility. Although we are aware of many innovative individual courses developed along these lines, we are striving for more-comprehensive reform.Lemmings, by JB Greene. Used by permission.Her program encourages students to evaluate case studies in fraud and misconduct, as well as poor design that leads to flawed conclusions. Somewhat surprisingly, she’s running into resistance from science faculty. They don’t think they have the time for this mushy stuff: nothing a cup of coffee can’t solve:Introducing our programme to colleagues in the Johns Hopkins life-sciences departments was even more sensitive. I was startled by the oft-expressed opinion that scientific productivity depended more on rote knowledge than on competence in critical thinking. Several principal investigators were uneasy about students committing more time to less conventional forms of education. The best way to gain their support was coffee: we repeatedly met lab heads to understand their concerns.Once hearing their concerns, Bosch sought to convince them it is worth the time. She argued, “better critical thinking and fewer mandatory discipline-specific classes might actually position students to be more productive.”Discussions about the bigger-picture problems of the scientific enterprise get students to reflect on the limits of science, and where science’s ability to do something competes with what scientists should do from a moral point of view.Bosch strives for “a better, more rational world” with these efforts. In her final sentence, Bosch accepts the fraught idea that science is “self-correcting,” but she believes it should also be “self-improving.” Such aspirations are not peculiar to science. Each individual, each institution, and each country should strive for the same.Don’t teach Darwinians critical thinking! It will destroy their whole cult! It would make them have to think of better explanations than, “It evolved” and “Stuff happens.” That’s too big a challenge for those needing to get molecules to become human brains. Good grief, they’ll have to stop using the Master List of Logical Fallacies as their “how-to” textbook!Bosch’s suggestions are good, but we wish she would add some material about groupthink, consensus, and courage to think outside the box. Notice that her suggestions presuppose values that should be aspirations for everyone: logical consistency (philosophy) and a commitment to honesty (morality). And yet we have a professional “science” enterprise dedicated to the proposition that we’re all products of a blind, amoral, unguided natural process. How do you “evolve” philosophy and morality out of that? As we repeatedly have to emphasize, naturalism is self-refuting. We quoted C. S. Lewis on that a few days ago (11 Feb 2018). Another of his quotes points out that there is really nothing truly unique about scientific thought except for its subject matter. This is another good quote to memorize:The physical sciences, then, depend on the validity of logic just as much as metaphysics or mathematics. If popular thought feels ‘science’ to be different from all other kinds of knowledge because science is experimentally verifiable, popular thought is mistaken. Experimental verification is not a new kind of assurance coming in to supply the deficiencies of mere logic. We should therefore abandon the distinction between scientific and non-scientific thought. The proper distinction is between logical and non-logical thought. (Visited 637 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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CWG fiasco is a metaphor of our daily experience

first_imgYears ago when Muhammad Ali proclaimed that he was the greatest, he was the greatest. As heavy weight boxing champion of the world he had defeated every possible challenger and his claim was merely a statement of that fact. Muhammad Ali has never been known for modesty, but sports figures like Federer and Woods, though arguably the greatest of all time in their chosen sport, rarely bring up the subject on their own. Their greatness is claimed by others around them. Indian public life by contrast is a daily barrage of hyperbole, arrogance, false claims and often outright lies. With virtually nothing to back them, the Indian Commonwealth Organising Committee makes public and international statements so outlandish and arrogant, to be laughable. The Commonwealth Games will be the best ever. The stadia are better than Beijing. The facilities are 5-star…As if to remind the claimant of his conceit, a ceiling buckled at a stadium. Just when the Chief Minister was calling a waterlogged city of broken roads, world class, as if on cue, a bridge collapsed.InflationWhen the daily sights and sounds are of failure, hyperbole and superlatives become essential even for the most mediocre of accomplishments. Hailed as the pride of India, Delhi’s international airport has been designed and built by a consortium of foreign companies. Yet the insistence by the Prime Minister that the structure was a symbol of Indian ingenuity was a desperate call to all those within hearing distance that India had arrived. Even if we were not better than others, we were at least almost like them. In every utterance there is an urgent need to repair the shaky confidence of a nation riddled with daily signs of ineptness and greed.advertisementSo desperate is the urge to falsify reality, that its replacement is not a modest parting of relevant information, but hopeless exaggeration. Public remarks are coated in either misinformation or vagueness. Or are just clever rebuttals. The Naxals are not anti-national, but are a problem to the nation-state. We can’t distribute the rotting wheat; it has to be done through the Public Distribution System. The judiciary is not above the law, the judiciary is the law.Part of the problem lies with a society that despite its claim to modernity, still refuses to think outside of the family. Nothing of national, regional or local interest can be of any value to people whose allegiance is firmly stuck in the private progress of the household. Indian business models seem quaint but outmoded to foreigners when the management of sizeable industrial resources are shared amongst relatives: brothers and sons as MDs, wives and daughters as sleeping partners. Ministers’ sons are natural contenders for succession, even if more qualified candidates are available. Every year the railways most successful expansion program is linked to setting up stations at the minister’s ancestral village, however remote. With easy availability of national resources, progress of the Indian family is always possible?Moreover, the incapacity to do, is intrinsically linked to the capacity to pass responsibility. Even a cursory glance will reveal that India has an extensive institutional and public framework for governance that consistently fails to deliver. In forestry alone there are several national institutes and departments doing research, experimentation, afforestation, surveys, management, species development, preservation, conservation, land control etc.. Yet India ranks amongst countries with one of the highest levels of depleting forest cover in the world. There may be a surplus of wheat in India, but without its distribution, India also has the highest deaths from malnutrition. Government departments continue to research and publish papers on new improved fire retardant thatch for village homes, but fund only the construction of pucca cement roofs. The disconnect between the resolve and the reality is so complete it is hard to know when to laugh, when to cry.KnowledgeA recent article described the inauguration of a speed breaker on a national highway. While the speed breaker was decorated with Rangoli, the road was closed for the day. In the evening, a Hindu priest recited shlokas, and the minister of Surface Transport got on all fours and broke a coconut against the speed breaker. Though the inauguration caused a 12 km truck traffic jam, the event was perceived by all to be essential, a successful integration of new infrastructure with traditional ritual. I reread the piece to figure out whether this was a serious report or satire. But even after several readings could not tell. In most situations, it is hard to tell the two apart.advertisementTry stopping someone on the road for directions. He points vaguely in the direction that your car faces, and asks you to continue to go straight, then gesturing towards the right with his arm he will ask you to turn left; and suggest you ask someone there. By ensuring that you are now doubly confused, he will have at least conveyed that he is in the know of things, a man about town; his vanity must be salvaged at all costs.Rarely will someone say “My knowledge of this neighbourhood lacks the urban coordinates, landmarks and magnetic pole positions that would allow me to do justice to your enquiry. Could I direct you to someone better informed, more trustworthy and infinitely more courteous than myself.”UnrealPart of the Indian failure to complete the preparations for the Commonwealth Games on time was the inability to realistically assess situations, and to say, No, Give it to Fiji. They’ll do a better job. At every press conference pointed questions about tardiness and sloppy work were addressed with phrases like, “We are doing our best. We are giving everything we have. The whole nation is praying for success. We must put our best foot forward. It’s in God’s hands.” Public briefings and press releases speak to a nation as if addressing a child’s birthday party.Everyday, every paper, every report becomes a mix of the serious and frivolous, part truth, part moral indignation, part hope. A cover for the darker stains of India. Thieving forest officials, military attacks on Naxals and Kashmiris, food godowns brimming with rotting wheat, rural malnutrition and farmer suicides, incomplete international games, falling bridges, waterlogged cities, the daily upheavals are tinged with comedy. In a place with an increasing quantum of daily human suffering, heightened public expectation, and the cartoon characters that pose as potential providers, comic relief becomes the only way to assuage collective guilt. Laugh and forget.Some years ago, in a supposedly successful television campaign to sell the country to foreigners under the title of Incredible India, a television ad showed a variety of images: a Kuchipudi dancer, a remote Rajasthani palace, a set of sand dunes, a snow covered mountain, an empty beach, a Buddhist monk in a hill side monastery. Every image distilled into a picture book pastoral stillness. So removed was it from the real experience of India, that the campaign was bound to succeed. An outright lie, it reinforced every picturesque stereotype of traditional India. Wherever possible, words, images and other forms of sensory stimulation are an essential buffer from the real India. The unreal, the imagined, the hoped for, the preferred, the recalled, eventually become a messy amalgam in the daily life of the country. It is hard to tell one from the other.When my son was just a kid I’d take him to Appu Ghar to ride in Bump’Em cars. He would maneuvre his car very carefully, giving signals and ensuring he didn’t hit any one, and I would need to goad him into active hostility: Drive like you are on a Delhi road. The real world was an outright lie. It has taken him a few years to learn, but he has.advertisementThe writer is an architectlast_img read more

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Mangeshkar sisters to be awarded Tana-Riri Sangeet award

first_imgLata MangeshkarNoted playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha will be awarded the Tana-Riri Sangeet Sanman Award today for their contributions in the field of music.The Gujarat government has instituted this award to mark the golden jubilee celebration of the two-day Tana Riri festival this year, Bhagyesh Jha, Youth & Sports Secretary, told PTI.The festival is organised every year in the memory of Gujarat’s classical music duo Tana and Riri.The award will be presented to Usha Mangeshkar by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, Lata will not be present at the occasion, Jha said.Beside the Mangeshkar sisters, Dhari Panchamda, who began her record-breaking classical music endeavour near the tomb of Tana-Riri in Vadnagar on November 11, will also be honoured for completing singing about 109 ragas for 99 hours, 99 minutes and 99 seconds this afternoon, Jha said.”Dhari’s world record will be the truest tribute to Tana and Riri,” state Cultural Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela said.last_img read more

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Kris HoldenReid joins cast of Vikings

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The actor who became a fan favourite playing a centuries-old, supernatural creature on Canadian series Lost Girl is joining the cast of Vikings.Kris Holden-Ried, Dyson on Lost Girl, has been cast in the recurring role of Viking warrior Eyvind in the History series’ fifth season, to air in 2017. Twitterlast_img

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Bahamas Police  Woman stabbed teen stabbed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – Police reports confirmed that around 12:30am Wednesday, a woman was found stabbed to death at her Peter Street home, off Market Street. Neighbours reportedly found the woman’s lifeless body on the floor in her home and phoned the police.  Police are now searching for a male suspect in connection with the stabbing after witnesses said he was last seen leaving her home before they discovered her dead. Police also confirm the stabbing of a student of HO Nash  junior high during a fight with another teenager.   Senior ACP Stephen Dean says they have a boy in custody and labeled the stab wounds of the other boy, as minor and done with a knife with a small blade. #MagneticMediaNews#twostabbingsinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twostabbingsinNassaulast_img read more

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Backers of SoccerCity development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State

first_img Sasha Foo, January 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, SoccerCity FacebookTwitter Backers of ‘SoccerCity’ development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State Sasha Foo San Diego voters will get the chance in November to decide between two development plans for the Mission Valley site that was once Qualcomm Stadium.On Tuesday, supporters of the proposal to expand San Diego State turned in their signatures, as part of the process to qualify their plan as a voter initiative.Not to be eclipsed, proponents of the rival “SoccerCity” plan produced more arguments today to support their measure.KUSI’S Sasha Foo has the story. Posted: January 18, 2018last_img

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