207 total views, 1 views today MAG BBC Radio 4 Appeal is highest performing of the year Melanie May | 17 November 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 208 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 September’s BBC Radio 4 Appeal for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has become the most successful BBC Radio 4 fundraising appeal of the year to date, raising over £90,000 for the charity and reaching two million listeners.The donations will also be doubled under the UK Aid Match scheme. MAG’s BBC Radio 4 Appeal aired on 24 September 2017 and was presented by journalist Colin Freeman. In it, he shared the story of Saadla, a farmer near Mosul in Iraq, whose son stepped on a landmine, killing him instantly. Saadla’s story moved thousands of BBC Radio 4 listeners to donate, raising the record-breaking amount.The radio appeal marked the launch of MAG’s Walk Without Fear campaign, which runs until 24 December, with all donations matched by the UK government.Jane Cocking, CEO of MAG said:“The generosity of the British public is extraordinary. We are so grateful for each and every donation, which will help us continue our lifesaving work around the world, from Angola to Zimbabwe, allowing people to walk without fear.”The Radio 4 Appeal features a different charity each week, with appeals running from Sunday for seven days. Listeners are directed to donate online on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal page, by phone or by cheque.September also saw new Chair of Trustees Karen Brown join MAG. Brown was previously Chair of Oxfam. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Tagged with: radio
Five-piece jamgrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass has announced the addition of a late-summer tour date to their extensive 2019 touring schedule.On Sunday, September 8th, Greensky Bluegrass will offer their debut performance at San Diego, CA’s Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Most recently, the band has played at San Diego’s The Observatory North Park when their touring schedule takes them through Southern California.Along with Greensky’s summer tour, the newly-added date joins previously announced appearances at major festivals across the country including the band’s own Camp Greensky, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 4848 Festival, The Peach Music Festival, and more. Greensky Bluegrass is also scheduled to head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a three-night run of shows in September.The band notes that fans can expect more fall tour date announcements in the coming weeks.Tickets for Greensky Bluegrass’ upcoming San Diego show go on sale this Saturday, April 6th at 10 a.m. (PST) here.For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
By Dialogo June 21, 2010 Ruling-party candidate Juan Manuel Santos promised a hard line against the FARC after defeating independent Antanas Mockus by a wide margin in the Colombian presidential election, in balloting marked by abstention and violence. Santos won 69% of the votes, compared to 27.5% for Mockus, according to official results. In his first words after the results became known, Santos, a member of the Social Party of National Unity (‘La U,’ rightist), emphasized that the nine million votes in his favor were the highest vote total “ever obtained” by any candidate in Colombia and called for unity around the administration that will take office on 7 August. “No more useless confrontations. The time for unity has arrived,” he said. In his speech, Santos thanked his political mentor, outgoing president Alvaro Uribe, characterizing him as “one of the best this country has had,” and acknowledged Mockus as “a serious contender, who made Colombia think about the value of life, of transparency, and of legality.” “We share those values, and I invite him to join us in keeping them at the forefront,” he added. For his part, Mockus, a member of the Green Party, who obtained more than 3.5 million votes, affirmed that he will act as a “fair observer” of the new administration and emphasized that his political organization will remain in place as an alternative to the ruling party. Santos, a former defense minister in Uribe’s administration, promised a “hard line” against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling on the group to free the individuals it has kidnapped and continues to hold. “Time has run out for the FARC, for those who resort to violence. And the Colombian people know very well that I know how to fight them,” he said. At the same time, he sought cooperation in improving Colombia’s delicate relations with its neighbors, especially Ecuador and Venezuela, although without mentioning them directly. “In relationships of conflict, there are always two alternatives: looking bitterly to the past or opening paths for cooperation for the future,” he noted. Shortly afterward, Uribe congratulated the president-elect in a televised address, in which he expressed gratitude for “his nobility in debate, his love for Colombia, and the hope he inspires in us.” The outgoing president also highlighted the role played by Mockus, “who is not planning to engage in baseless opposition, but has rather proposed the beautiful task of deliberating about how to construct an alternative vision of our homeland, and not opposition to our homeland.” The balloting was characterized by low turnout, with an abstention rate of 56%, and by violence that took the lives of seven police and four military personnel. Nevertheless, Uribe emphasized that in his eight years in office, elections have been “held with decreasing violence each time.” “Democratic security has restored the political liberties that we were in the process of losing due to the terrorists’ actions,” he said. Going into the balloting, Santos obtained the support of the major parties in the governing right-wing coalition, the Conservative Party and the Radical Change Party in particular. In contrast, Mockus did not enter into any alliances with other parties for Sunday’s second round, for which he campaigned on a platform of restoring “legality and transparency” to government. Mockus, a mathematician and philosopher, derives his popularity from his two terms as mayor of Bogotá. This was his second campaign for the presidency, following a loss to Uribe in 2006. Santos’s vice-president will be Angelino Garzón, a former union activist and labor minister, who has promised to devote himself to social issues and ensure respect for human rights, an issue on which Uribe’s administration has a tarnished record.
Ghanaian weightlifting duo, Christian Amoah and Richmond Osarfo, have won six medals at the ongoing Africa Weightlifting Junior and Youth Championship in Kampala, Uganda.Amoah, who is a member of the Black Cranes, impressed in the 85kg category during which he won gold in snatch with a lift of 135kg, bronze in clean and jerk with a lift of 160kg and a silver medal in total with 295kg.Osarfo, who also competed in the 105kg, won silver in all three categories of snatch, clean and jerk and the total.The Kampala Championship, according to the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, who broke the news to the Graphic Sports is to keep the two athletes in shape as they prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games slated for Gold Coast, Australia.Amoah’s performance has brought a lot of hope to the GWF and Ghanaians since the two are among Ghana’s medal hopefuls at next year’s games.Earlier, Amoah participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, where he snatched 135 kg and made 162kg for clean and jerk and finished with a total of 297kg. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will present the final list of athletes who will make it to the Gold Coast Games by October 31.Meanwhile, Patrons and Executive Board Members of the GWF have congratulated Christian Amoah for his consistent performance in the sport and wished him the very best of luck in future competitions.