Charity records turn tables on hit parade

Advertisement Tagged with: Events It might just be sour grapes that Sir Cliff has grabbed the number one slot against all odds, but music industry insiders today claimed that charity singles are harming the singles charts. There are five singles already released or about to be released that are being sold to raise money for charity.Read Paul McCann’s article Charities killing the hit parade in The Times. Charity records turn tables on hit parade  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 December 1999 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving. read more

South African may win FIFA goal of the year

first_img29 March 2016By Shamin ChibbaSouth African defensive midfielder Hlompho Kekana scored one of the best goals of the weekend when he shot from 70 yards out to beat Cameroonian goalkeeper Guy N’dy Assembe. Now, many are calling it a strong candidate for the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.Media, fellow players, coaches and supporters took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the strike.Don’t think I’ve seen hlompo score a normal goal only crackers #kekana #bafanavscameroon— Roger Da Costa (@rogerdac) 26 March 2016Wow!! @Hlompho_Kekana take a bow!! Incredible goal — Dean Furman (@de4no22) 26 March 2016Wow !!!! What a goal!!! What a strike!!!! by Hlompo— Bernard Parker (@BernardParker) 26 March 2016Kekana also took to Twitter, to thank his supporters.Thanks everyone for the messages. Feel honored to make South Africans proud, and now we look ahead to the next game.— Hlompho Kekana (@Hlompho_Kekana) 27 March 2016Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba said it was one of the best goals he had ever seen and had a chance of winning the Puskas Award. “And if doesn’t win the (Puskas) award in world soccer, then I would say there is something wrong.”Bafana Bafana drew 2-2 in their Afcon qualifier against Cameroon in Limbe on Saturday, 26 March. South Africa twice gave up the lead to give the Indomitable Lions a draw.Watch Kekana’s wonder strike:British media have been in awe of the 30-year-old since Saturday. The Guardian newspaper likened his goal to David Beckham’s against Wimbledon on the first day of the 1996-97 Premier League season.South Africa’s Kekana scores Beckham-esque goal in Cameroon draw. @ed_aarons (Pic: AP)— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) 26 March 2016Mirror Sport already believes Kekana has wrapped up the Puskas Award. Reporter Richard Innes suggested that it was even better than Beckham’s scorcher.“It’s not just that he scores from his own half. Plenty of players have got lucky with a long-rage ‘hit and hope’ in the past. This is not one of those instances,” he wrote. “There’s no luck involved; it is a very deliberate, brilliantly executed bit of skill. The Cameroon keeper doesn’t do much wrong; there isn’t even a lot of goal for Kekana to hit.”The game against Cameroon marked Kekana’s return to international football after two years. He said he had practised shooting from such range during his training sessions at Mamelodi Sundowns. “I’ve been practising that type of goal at my club for the past four months and am glad it all came together yesterday.“At training I would hit more than 10 such balls without success, so you can imagine the joy of that goal against such a powerhouse.”Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal against Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener at Soccer City was the first time a South African was nominated for the Puskas Award. However, he lost out to Turkey’s Hamit Altintop.Relive Tshabalala’s goal against Mexico:South Africa will host Cameroon at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium tonight. They will need to win their remaining three Group M matches if they are to qualify. They currently have two points from three games, five points behind leaders Cameroon.last_img read more


first_imgIn Queensland news Touch Football Queensland will be launching their State of Origin campaign this Friday in conjunction with Australian gold medal winning beach volleyballer Natalie Cook. She will be launching her new Beach Touch competition at the same time. For all the news on this launch check out the TFA website later today.  In other State of Origin news, NSW have announced their sides that will challenge the Queenslanders in August this year. With Australian Junior Representatives left, right and centre, the sides are sure to be tough come August. To see the full list of sides check out The latest edition of the TFA newsletter has been uploaded onto the TFA website. To view the newsletter simply click here: TOUCH-e-TALK JUNE 2006. To subscribe to the newsletter email database visit the ‘subscribe’ section on the TFA website. Touch Footy is going to take centre stage in the NRL on Saturday June 18, with TFA Chairman Michael Sparks and Victorian Technical Director Michael Lovett organising a 30 minute promotional Touch game before the Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders game (from 1:25-1:55pm). To further the state rivalry, the competition will be between Victoria and the ACT in Womens and Mixed Open. For more info check out the following flier or visit the TFA website later today. The TFA online shop is now open for business…you can enter the shop by clicking on the TFA Merchandise link on the home page and then scroll through the different categories to view all of the available items. Check out the new Touch Football shoes available from Esus and also the DVD’s. You can also purchase your referees gear, technical resources and more! The WA North West Championships were held over the weekend, keep an eye on the TFA site for the full wrap. TFA would like to wish our data entry and office assistant Bec a happy birthday for yesterday! We also want to say happy birthday to Media Scholarship holder, Lisa Plummer for her birthday this Wednesday. We hope you both enjoyed a great day with your family and friends. The 2006 Touch Football South Australia State SAPSASA Championships has a record 71 teams competing over 2 days. The School Championships commence with the Year 4/5 boys and girls teams competing on Wednesday 14th June followed by the Year 6/7 boys and girls on Thursday 15th June at Park 17, Greenhill Road, Eastwood.center_img TFA are also selling copies of the Raw Footage taken of the 3 Open finals. All 3 finals come on the same DVD and the footage is shot from the tower camera. There is no commentary, interviews or skills sections, simply the raw footage and the communication from the referees who were recorded during the matches. This DVD is available for $30 and is a great resource for coaches, players and referees. Many customers are already purchasing copies of one or both of the DVD’s and orders can be placed by phoning 1800 654 951 and speaking to Rachel, or emailing [email protected] with your order details, postal address and credit card details. Don’t forget that the Touch Football Queensland branch have moved offices, their new address is:Level 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan QLD 4111Ph: 1300 654 002Fx: 3420 4664 Welcome to 60 Seconds in Touch for the start of winter (for all those living in a state of non-cold bliss during your winter competition remember those poor Touchie colleagues of yours skating around on fields of ice this winter season) and stay tuned to the TFA website for all the news in the second half of 2006! TFA has released DVD’s for sale, with the Fox NTL Package selling for $20 (this includes highlights of the Mixed and Womens Open finals, full footage of the Mens Open finals, commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad, interviews and skills sections.) Esus, the official footwear of Touch Football Australia, are getting busy selling their new shoes online. The shoes have been tested by various groups Australia-wide and will soon be on the feet of many of our NTS members. Keep an eye on the website for news and stories regarding Esus and their new range of Touch shoes. Esus are planning to have the shoes in retail outlets within the next 2-3 months. If you have any info for this weekly column feel free to send it to [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton draw

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says their support will be key at West Ham.United fans will be out in force at the London Stadium and, now in his ninth season at the club, De Gea knows exactly how significant our travelling supporters are for the team.“They are vitally important to us,” said the goalkeeper.“Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!

first_imgInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Backcountry owner estimates his store might not open until next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The owner of Backcountry in Fort St. John says that the extent of the damage sustained during a break and enter that saw a man drive a pickup truck through the store’s exterior wall means he might not be reopening until next week.At around 4:30 Tuesday morning, a man at the wheel of a stolen pickup truck smashed through Backcountry’s exterior cinderblock wall before driving right into the store. Backcountry co-owner Steve Hewitt said that while nothing was stolen from the business, the suspect caused a “massive” amount of damage to the store and its contents.Hewitt said that the suspect struck one of the building’s main support columns, and the store’s owners are waiting for an engineer to assess whether the building is still structurally sound. He estimated repairs to the exterior wall could be anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, while at least $75,000 worth of the store’s merchandise, displays, and equipment was also wrecked. Despite the unfortunate incident, Hewitt added that the feedback from the community has been incredibly positive as the store cleans up from the B&E and prepares to reopen.“We’ve just been inundated with calls from friends, customers, fellow business owners, everyone just offering help in one form or another,” said Hewitt. It’s kind-of reestablished our faith in humanity after having that stripped from us.”Hewitt said the store’s owners should have an update on when they’ll reopen after the engineer’s assessment is complete.last_img read more

HRD to implement 10 quota for general category sans funds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s decision to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category may cost dearer to the public institutions as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has put on hold the fund allocation procedure to higher institutions for meeting the expenses to be incurred in implementing the quota.The HRD Ministry’s proposal to provide financial assistance of about Rs 4,000 crore has been stuck in the model code of conduct. As per official sources, the ministry in its communication with institutions has stated that the proposal would be approved only after the formation of the government and till then the institutions would have to bear the additional expenditure of their own. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing the enforcement of model code of conduct due to ongoing general elections in the country, sources in the HRD Ministry said, “Given the value of the amount, the Election Commission is reluctant in approving the proposal.” The sources further that the EC is reluctant in permitting the HRD ministry to provide funds to institutions as the proposal has not been passed by the Cabinet. The sources also said that institutions would have to implement the quota without any dedicated funds for it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn January, the government had allowed a reservation of 10 per cent for poor people in educational institutions and government jobs. Soon after the decision, the HRD Ministry had announced that it would increase 25 per cent seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate the beneficiaries of 10 per cent quota to poor upper caste without disturbing seat share of other reserved categories. The HRD Ministry had also sought details from higher institutions about the financial burden on them for increasing 25 per cent seats. As per the HRD officials, all higher institutions, including IITs, IIMs, Central universities, NITs, IISER, had sought Rs 5,676 crore financial support for creating 2.15 lakh additional seats.last_img read more

Bazm e –Khas An evening of classical music

first_imgMusic washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”last_img read more

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

2012Ohio34.444.1+9.737.51 3-POINT PERCENTAGE YEARSCHOOLREG. SEASONFIRST 2 TOURN. ROUNDSDIFFERENCEREMAINING TOURN. GAMESNO. REMAINING GAMES Source: Sports Reference 2015UCLA36.851.7+14.923.11 2013Oregon33.348.5+15.235.71 2013Ohio State35.648.5+12.931.62 2013La Salle37.746.2+8.539.02 2014Iowa State35.848.8+13.037.51 2012Xavier35.148.0+12.920.01 Sweet 16 teams that ran hot through the opening weekend 2016Iowa State38.648.810.2—— 2016Villanova35.148.9+13.8—— 2015Xavier35.147.2+12.117.61 2012Louisville31.840.0+8.238.03 2011Wisconsin37.450.0+12.624.11 2013Syracuse33.542.9+9.429.33 2011San Diego State34.945.5+10.631.81 Jay Wright teams shoot a lot of threes. Since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova went to the Elite Eight largely on the strength of Wright’s four-guard lineups, the team has been associated with perimeter offense. So when No. 2-seed Villanova plays No. 3-seed Miami tonight, it’s going to toss bombs. The question, given the team’s season-long shooting slump and its recent hot streak, is how many of them are going to fall.Some years, Wright’s team is very good from deep — last season’s squad made 38.9 percent of its attempts, the second-most for a Wright-coached Nova team. And others Villanova is just a bunch of chuckers — the 2012 team made 31.5 percent of its threes, and four Wildcats shot under 30 percent. But throughout Wright’s decade and a half on the Main Line, the team has dogmatically stuck with its perceived strength and has consistently ranked among the top half of Division I in 3-point attempt rate, or the percentage of field-goal attempts that are threes.This year’s team ranked 24th nationally in 3-point attempt rate, the most of any Big East team. Individually, several Wildcats have taken more than 100 threes a piece. In a lot of ways, this was a culminating season for the Wright-era Wildcats. Just one problem: The team wasn’t very accurate.During non-conference play, 49 percent of the team’s shots were threes, and the Wildcats connected on just 30.9 percent of those attempts. That didn’t get any better during the first month of conference play: 39 percent of Nova’s shots came from deep, and but just 33.5 percent were makes. What helped boost their offensive efficiency ranking, which topped the Big East for all but two weeks of conference play, and why VU could get away with such mediocre shooting and still win 16 games in the conference (and 27 overall) was the squad’s 2-point field goal percentage, which was 55.3 percent throughout league play.In February, a few more threes began to drop — 36 percent — and when Villanova entered March, the team’s offense consisted almost solely of a perimeter barrage. More than 41 percent of its attempts were from beyond the arc, led by Kris Jenkins, a Draymond Green-in-training who, at 6-foot-6, has the size to match up with opposing 4s but is an offensive nightmare because of how he moves around the perimeter. It was helped also by Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s become more and more consistent throughout his four seasons. From March 1, when Villanova played a home game against DePaul, through its annihilation of Iowa last weekend (1.26 points per possession), the team has converted 44.7 percent of its threes.Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, VU led the first two rounds in both 3-point percentage (48.9 percent) and differential between its perimeter shooting during the regular season and March Madness. Considering each Sweet 16 squad since the 2011 tournament, only four made a bigger leap in perimeter shooting than Villanova’s 13.8 percentage point improvement from the regular season to the first two rounds. The table below shows the Sweet 16 teams since 2011 with the most drastic improvement in 3-point percentage from the regular season to the first two rounds; of those, only five moved on to the Elite Eight. On the one hand, this is evidence that teams tend not to sustain out-of-character starts, which is obvious. On the other, two teams — 2013 Syracuse and 2012 Louisville — went on to the Final Four. 2014Virginia36.946.4+9.533.31 On their face, these results are a good reason to disbelieve the Wildcats’ streaky shooting — but the improvement has been steady and recently fueled by crisp ball movement and superb player spatial recognition just as much as it has by sheer coincidence. That’s good, because Villanova will need more than luck against Miami and potentially Kansas (its probable Elite Eight opponent), which are adept at guarding the perimeter and have skilled close-out and ball-screen defenders. 2011Marquette34.943.5+8.612.51 2012South Florida31.640.6+9.013.31 2012Baylor38.347.5+9.231.02 2015North Carolina35.852.9+17.161.51 2013Arizona37.1%56.3%+19.233.3%1 2013Miami (FL)36.244.7+8.530.81 2011Ohio State42.356.0+13.737.51 read more