Redistribute unsold children’s comics and magazines to charities and hospitals, says recycling company

first_imgHe acknowledged that some shops might be concerned that the idea could reduce sales for them. He suggested that the scheme would initially be limited in scope to measure its impact.Hall added:“As a waste company we positively hate seeing perfectly good items destroyed,” he says, “And that’s why we want to see kids and comics reunited. It’ll be good for the environment, and it will be great for young imaginations, too.”  147 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 30 April 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Redistribute unsold children’s comics and magazines to charities and hospitals, says recycling company “While some of these are retained for the back issue market, huge numbers are simply destroyed within days of being replaced on the shelves by the next edition. And with recycling figures stalling, it defies logic.”He proposes an approved list of hospital children’s wards, nurseries, Sure Start centres and other organisations for young people which could receive a limited number of unsold comics and magazines for the enjoyment of patients and pupils.Opportunity for charitiesThe idea would have to be self-sustainable. Hall said:“It wouldn’t be a freebie. The magazines could be bought back from the wholesalers at a price to cover their costs, and could even be funded by charitable donations.” Each week tens of thousands of unsold comics and magazines are returned from shops to retailers who then send them to be pulped. Why not redistribute them to hospitals and charities where they can be enjoyed?That is the suggestion of recycling and waste disposal specialist BusinessWaste.co.uk.According to the company, there’s a particular problem with comics for children which have free gifts attached to the front cover, meaning they are often sent to be burned or buried in landfill.BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall says:“It’s an extraordinary waste. Because there are thousands of kids who’d appreciate those comics and gifts.”He added that all of these unsold publications are perfectly saleable.He explained: Advertisement  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Image: Why not? by Rogistok on Shutterstock.com Tagged with: Donated goods Recycling 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

Woman dead after possible shark attack off Maine coast, officials say

first_imgramihalim/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Officials are investigating a possible deadly shark attack Monday off the coast of Maine. If confirmed, it could be the first fatal shark attack ever recorded in the state.The Maine Department of Marine Resources said Monday evening that the Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the death of a swimmer in Harpswell. According to an eyewitness, the woman was swimming off the shore near Bailey Island when she appeared to be attacked by a shark, officials said. Kayakers brought the woman ashore, where she was pronounced dead by EMS responders, officials said.The U.S. Coast Guard said it also responded to the attack, which occurred Monday afternoon.The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of her family.The Maine Marine Patrol is now urging swimmers and boaters to use caution near Baily Island and to avoid schooling fish or seals.Shark attacks in Maine are “very rare,” James Sulikowski of the Sulikowski Shark and Fish Conservation Lab at Arizona State University told the Portland Press Herald. According to Sulikowski, there has only been one unprovoked shark attack recorded in Maine. In October 2010, an undersea diver filmed a shark attacking him off the coast of Eastport. The diver was uninjured, according to reports at the time.The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File has also recorded only one unprovoked shark attack in Maine since 1837.Based on the location of Monday’s suspected shark attack, Sulikowski told the Press Herald he surmised it could have been a white shark. Sulikowski’s organization recently detected white sharks in Southern Maine, and on Sunday, a seal carcass was found on the beach in Phippsburg, Maine, with a 19-inch bite wound, Sulikowski said.Shark attacks on humans are rare in general. According to the International Shark Attack File, there were 64 confirmed unprovoked cases last year, resulting in two fatalities. Shark attacks have been on the decline so far this year, too, the database reported, likely due to quarantine measures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Challenging media views of SA

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneInternational media perceptions of South Africa, and their effect on the country’s economic development, will come under the spotlight in May this year during the second International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA). The forum will bring together senior editors from the world’s most important media, as well as South Africa’s leading business decision-makers, government officials and communication professionals.Held at the Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg, the conference will aim to address challenges in communicating what South Africa has to offer the international investor community. Participants will discuss ways of building international confidence in order to attract foreign direct investment. The forum will also be a platform for critical dialogue between those who shape South Africa’s image abroad, and South Africans who can change their future for the better by the way they communicate the country’s news.According to organisers, the main points of discussion will be:How do international communications affect the economic development of South Africa?How important is the South Africa story globally compared with other developing world economies, and how can the country use the media better to compete?How is the media changing as a result of new media takeup?What does new media offer companies, organisations and countries, and how can it be harnessed for advantage?How can participants get their organisation and its missions covered in the media for positive results?How do leading international players use media relations to their advantage?Branding South AfricaBrand South Africa, tasked with creating a positive and compelling brand for the country, is a major partner in this event. Established by the presidency in 2000, Brand South Africa has a mandate to carry out proactive marketing and a communication strategy that promotes trade, tourism and investment. Through the “Alive with Possibility” campaign, Brand South Africa aims to build a strong and consistent brand that will mould a shared identity for South Africa, leading to a common mindset.Other partners include Business Unity South Africa; the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and media partners Business Day, Financial Mail, Summit TV and Kaya FM.Close to a thousand delegates attended the first forum in 2006, with representatives from the international media including the BBC, CNN, CBNC Europe, Al-Jazeera International, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.The big debateThis year, the programme has been stepped up to include a number of high profile speakers. They include The Economist deputy editor Emma Duncan, Financial Times Africa editor William Wallis, Hindustan Times of India foreign editor Amit Baruah and New York Times Africa correspondent Celia Dugger, who will deliver keynote addresses.Professor Anton Harber, head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, will chair one of the most important sessions at the conference. Simply entitled “The Big Debate”, this will centre on the common perception that international coverage South Africa is generally negative. Three viewpoints on this issue will be discussed.The first is that news organisations around the world don’t treat South Africa any differently from any other country, and that South Africa is given an equal amount of positive and negative coverage. The second argues that the international media only focus on the negative issues of crime, corruption, and Aids, with little or no balanced reporting, thus failing not only South Africa but also Africa as a whole. The final viewpoint is that the international media have a responsibility to cover what is happening. The responsibility rests with government and business to tell media what is happening.Presiding over the forum will be veteran journalist and Kaya FM radio presenter John Perlman. His role as chair will be to ensure that the debates are open and fair to all involved.“The role of the chairman is to ensure that the debate is as productive as is possible and that as many people as possible get to have their opinions heard,” he says. “Nobody is always right, and no one always wrong. It’s all about the quality of the debate.”Conferences of this nature, he says, are crucial. “I think this will help foreign journalists to have a deeper understanding of South Africa. While you don’t change people’s minds in one conversation, you certainly need one good conversation to start a debate of that nature.“Every country has many different layers, and it’s important that foreign media understand that. As long as we all engage in the right spirit, we will have a fruitful discussion. But if you arrive at the conference with the attitude that your opinion will triumph, then you are not going to get much of out of it.”One of the issues that will top the agenda is coverage of the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup. The question will be, how can both government and business media relations be improved to use the event to promote the future economic development of South Africa in the run-up to the tournament? Mike de Vries, chief executive of Germany Land of Ideas, will share the lessons he learnt from managing the task of changing perceptions of Germany for the 2006 World Cup.Themba Maseko, head of government communication in South Africa, will also deliver a paper on the view from the government. The GCIS is responsible for all government communications and acts as the mouthpiece for its thoughts and policies. Maseko will outline his priorities for government communication and its relationship with the international media.Useful linksInternational Media ForumBrand South AfricaSouthAfrica.infoGermany Land of Ideaslast_img read more

Nadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Read Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Dusan Lajovic, of Serbia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — It’s too loud under the U.S. Open roof for Rafael Nadal.Even though the U.S. Tennis Association tried to lessen the noise in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the retractable cover’s debut during last year’s tournament, there was still quite a bit of ambient sound when the top was shut because of rain Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT —a cellphone tower above the stadium’s broadcast booths was moved;—old air conditioning equipment in the same spot was replaced with modern units that he said are much quieter;—sound-dampening material was placed above other AC units located outside of Ashe.Widmaier acknowledged that last year’s “background noise level … needed to be, at a minimum, reduced, if not eliminated.”Told of Nadal’s complaint Tuesday, Widmaier agreed “it was loud in there today, especially with the roof closed.” He said the USTA plans “to continue to work with sound experts” to see what else can be done.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Too much noise, no?” the No. 1-seeded Nadal said after beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. “I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?”Nadal, who counts two U.S. Open championships among his 15 Grand Slam titles, missed the tournament because of an injury in 2016, when the $150 million sliding cover made its debut atop the event’s main arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSome players and spectators described the sounds last year as being similar to a rushing waterfall, a result of a combination of equipment in the stadium and 20,000-plus fans speaking.The USTA pledged a year ago to try to improve the situation and spokesman Chris Widmaier said Tuesday that steps had been taken: Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Another player who spent some time under the roof in Ashe on Tuesday was French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, whose first-round victory was completed there after being shifted from Court 17 because of the rain.“For me, was fine, but I was there only, like, three games,” she said. “Probably not enough time to really hear that noise or realize something like that.”Nadal said the noise under the roof at Flushing Meadows is worse than when the covers atop arenas at Wimbledon and the Australian Open are closed.“I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course. But under the roof, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no?” he said. “Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no?”Widmaier said the USTA expects things to be less problematic as the two-week tournament continues.“What we noticed last year is that during the first week of the competition, there was noticeable crowd noise, both with the roof open and closed. Of course, that’s exacerbated when the roof is closed. However, we also noticed that as the tournament progressed, and the matches became more compelling, the crowd noise reduced,” he said. “It is early in the tournament, and we expect that as the tournament goes on, there will be more of a hush in the seating.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Sania enters women’s singles quarters

first_imgSania Mirza returns a shot to Chan Wing Yau Venise of Hong Kong during the women’s singles tennis event at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Thursday, November 18, 2010.India’s Sania Mirza outclassed her Chinese opponent to make it to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles tennis at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Friday. Sania defeated Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2 to make it to the last eight. Sania – ranked 166th in the world – was on top of the game from the start and dominated Zhang, who is ranked much higher at 91. Sania had on Thursday defeated Hong Kong’s Chan Wing Yau Venise 6-1, 6-0 in just 50 minutes to book her meeting with Zhang. Sania – a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games held in October – has said she will strive to win a gold medal for India in the Asian Games.last_img read more

James Yap’s veteran presence keeps Rain or Shine steady in first win

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion James Yap provides calming presence for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESJames Yap has been in the league for quite a while that he’s no stranger to the rigors of a season’s first game.“During first games, in my experience, everyone is just too eager to play,” he told reporters in Filipino on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In the season-ending Governors’ Cup, the Elastopainters were simply out of their groove and finished 10th in the standings.“Momentum is important,” Yap said. “Everyone’s so eager to play, I’m just glad we were able to correct it, and absorb the pressure.”“Fortunately everybody played as a team,” he closed.Rain or Shine is set to face Barangay Ginebra in an out-of-town affair next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ So he took over. On all levels.Not only did he figure as a much-needed senior presence for an ElastoPainters side that just lost Chris Tiu to retirement, Yap provided the scoring blueprint as well, pouring 20 points—nine of which, came in succession from distance—to lead his team to their first win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYap ended the affair as the team’s best scorer while adding three assists to his stat line.“I just keep myself ready at all times,” said the 36-year-old Yap. “I always condition myself. Before practices, I do plyometrics. Coach (Caloy Garcia) told me that I should be ready this conference.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA memo won’t stop Arwind Santos from pulling off his Spiderman dunk again “That lingered in my head, in a way I’m thrilled. It came from coach himself,” he added.Aside from his mentor’s remark, Yap said he is motivated with the focus he’s seeing from his teammates.“We got the boot last conference, and we couldn’t forget about it,” he said. “Every practice, I can see everyone is focused because they want to redeem themselves.“We all know what it feels like to fall short, to not make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Yap’s last team-best performance came in July last year when he helped push Rain or Shine past GlobalPort and arrange to a semifinal duel against Barangay Ginebra in the mid-season conference. He had 27 in that game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Bret Bielema Spent Flight To NFL Draft Writing Mother’s Day Cards To Recruits

first_imgBret Bielema writes a mothers day card to recruits.Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.last_img read more

OCR Warns Prank Callers

first_imgPersons, who knowingly report false information regarding the well-being of children to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), could face criminal sanctions.The warning came from OCR Registrar, Greig Smith, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert System, held at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Tuesday, May 14.Mr. Smith informed that apart from the Child Care and Protection Act, there are various other legislation, which can be enforced to deal with persons, who make prank calls to the agency.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, who is an attorney by profession, informed that such individuals can be charged for creating public mischief.“If you knowingly make a false report, that is in fact a criminal offence and can be punishable under the law and even outside of the Child Care and Protection Act at common-law, there is the Offence of Public Mischief (for) burdening the state’s resources, knowing that it is in fact just mischief,” she said.The MoU, which was signed by various stakeholders is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Signatories included representatives from the Child Development Agency (CDA); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Office of the Children’s Advocate; Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ); and Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.It involves the mobilisation of stakeholders to get the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.The management of the Ananda Alert System, previously the ambit of the Local Government Ministry, was transferred to the OCR, which is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, on March 1, 2013.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Alberta poised to topple PEI as Canadas spud king

first_imgFrench fried, mashed, scalloped, hash browned — there’s almost no bad way to serve up a delicious potato!Alberta is processing more spuds than ever before. Last year, potato production in our province reached a record 20,500 hundredweight – or more than two-billion pounds.“We’ve seen potato production in Alberta more than double over the last 20 years or so, and we’re just actually right behind Prince Edward Island and Manitoba in third spot for potato production,” said Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial.P.E.I. is still Canada’s top producer. But that may be about to change.“There’s just not a lot more farming or agriculture space for them to expand,” Hirsch said. “As a result, I think Alberta will easily surpass Prince Edward Island … in the next few years.”One of the reasons for the rapid increase is the growth of value-added industries in southern Alberta.“Alberta really is on the map for processed potato products, frozen french fries, snack foods and the like,” he said. “Farmers have been responding to that by growing more potatoes.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,001.71, down 47.31 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 81 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.30 on 27.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $3.52, or 16.9 per cent, to $17.30 on 19.2 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Unchanged at 24 cents on 10.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 76 cents, or 9.2 per cent, to $7.49 on 10.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $9.03, or 13.6 per cent, to $57.28 on 8.7 million shares.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Consumer discretionary. Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares traded. The discount retailer’s shares had the worst day on the Toronto Stock Market after its second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures. Although the results were shy of forecasts, Dollarama’s profit in the fiscal second quarter rose to $141.8 million from $131.8 million a year ago and sales grew to $868.5 million.Transat AT. (TSX:TRZ). Down 57 cents or 6.5 per cent to $8.25. The tour package company and airline missed expectations as it swung to a loss of $4 million from a $26.6-million profit in the third quarter a year ago. Excluding non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted loss of $3 million or eight cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $26.9 million or 73 cents per share a year ago. Revenues fell five per cent to $696.6 million.Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Down 81 cents or 3.2 per cent to $24.25. The parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Ltd. said its fiscal first-quarter profit increased to $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago , when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan. On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago. Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.last_img read more