Ronni Ancona announced as Sightsavers ambassador

first_img“When we finished after five days and 107 kilometres, it was total euphoria. Word had got out about the pop-up clinic in the village, and seeing the throngs of people being treated by doctors and nurses, was just fantastic.“I am thrilled to be invited to become an Ambassador for Sightsavers. I look forward to helping the charity raise awareness of the work I witnessed and in particular how little it can cost. For example £8 can pay for an operation for someone with the advanced stages of the blinding condition, trachoma. For less than a round of drinks down the pub, Sightsavers can restore someone’s sight! ”Ends/For further press information, photos or interviews, please contact Julie Jenner in the Sightsavers media team on 01444 446690, [email protected]  For media enquiries out of hours, please call 07775 928253. Notes to editors/1.     Ronni Ancona is a British actress, impressionist and author. Ancona won the Best TV Comedy Actress award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards for her work in Big Impression.2.     Sightsavers was one of the charities to benefit from Red Nose Day 2011. A percentage of money raised went towards helping Sightsavers continue its vital work in developing countries and specifically towards developing its work in Marsabit, Kenya. This year, Comic Relief is focussing on eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases, one of which is trachoma. Ronni met trachoma patients during her time in Kenya3.     Sightsavers is a registered UK charity (Registered charity numbers 207544 and SC038110) that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people who are blind and visually impaired.  www.sightsavers.org4.     There are 45 million blind people in the world; 80% of all blindness can be prevented or cured.5.      Every sixty seconds another child loses their sight; only 2% of children who are disabled in the developing world attend school6.     In the six decades since its foundation, Sightsavers has:–       Treated over 206.8 million people for blinding and potentially blinding conditions –       Carried out over 7.1 million operations to restore sight –       Trained almost 0.5 million primary eye care workers –       Carried out rehabilitation training to 91,000 people. Follow us on Twitter @Sightsavers Like us on FacebookSightsavers works with partners in the developing world to combat avoidable blindness.  115 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Ahead of International Women’s Day 2013 (Friday 8 March), comedienne and actress, Ronni Ancona has become Sightsavers newest Ambassador. Ronni has experienced first-hand the charity’s work preventing blindness and restoring sight in the deserts of Northern Kenya. Ronni first became involved with Sightsavers in February 2011 when she took part in the 100km BT Red Nose Desert Trek across Northern Kenya along with other celebrities, such as fellow ambassador, Lorraine Kelly and Olly Murs. During her time in Kenya, Ronni witnessed Sightsavers’ work in the area and helped to raise more than £1.3 million for the charity through Comic Relief.Ronni says: “During the trek we went into villages with people from Sightsavers and identified those who had extremely bad sight problems. Those in the area have appalling risks of blindness, mainly from trachoma and cataracts. Advertisement Ronni Ancona announced as Sightsavers ambassadorcenter_img 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. Tagged with: Celebrity Howard Lake | 7 March 2013 | Newslast_img read more

Fighting for education, and nation’s future

first_imgIt’s exciting when Geoffrey Canada steps to the podium. The driving force behind the Harlem Children’s Zone, which the New York Times has called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time,” Canada unleashed his trademark passion and fire for his ongoing work on a captivated crowd Wednesday at Longfellow Hall.“The country is in real peril,” cautioned Canada, who cited research that indicates the nation’s failing public education system is hurting a wide swath of middle-class families. “It’s not about a few kids anymore.”He warned the future educators and administrators in the audience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) to get ready for the toughest fight of their lives, noting how his own work has been widely criticized by those who feel threatened by innovation.“Be prepared to be attacked,” he said.  “This is not for the faint of heart. This is hand-to-hand combat trying to save these kids.”Canada was on campus to receive the Harvard Graduate School of Education Medal for Educational Impact, the School’s highest honor that recognizes those who demonstrate an outstanding contribution to the field of education.During a special Askwith Forum, HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney introduced Canada as “a trailblazer whose passion for education equity has inspired a generation. He is a visionary who saw a need, and built an organization to meet it. He is an innovator who created a solution that others strive to emulate.”In the ’90s, Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit with a revolutionary approach to community development that includes a network of medical, educational, and social services. What began as an effort to help one square block in Harlem now serves more than 10,000 children, and more than 7,000 adults with its network of programs and services.Canada’s work has gained national attention and is the inspiration behind the Obama administration’s Promise Neighborhoods, an initiative that funds organizations that develop similar, inclusive, school-based, community models.“It is so good to be back home,” Canada, who received his master’s degree from HGSE in 1975, told a full house.His talk focused in large part on his transformative year at Harvard and his connection with “powerful forces” at the School. They were educators, he said, “who hit the ground and absolutely worked with me hand in hand in the trenches on this work.”Dean Kathleen McCartney introduced Canada as “a trailblazer whose passion for education equity has inspired a generation.”Canada, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2011, studied psychology and sociology as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College, hoping to save “children like myself,” from underserved communities with little chance of success in school.But the schoolwork, he said, was heavily based on theory, with no clinical approach. “I didn’t know what to do with this stuff,” he said. When he excelled in pharmacology and physiology classes, the school’s top officials told him he should become a doctor. And Canada seriously considered that until he realized, “I didn’t like sick people.”What he loved were children who needed all sorts of help. Tired of hearing the refrain that education wasn’t considered a serious profession, he came to Harvard because it was “the most serious place.”In Cambridge, he searched out the people applying science to education, and those working in the field, getting their hands dirty. “I wanted science. I wanted to know what it would take,” he said. Harvard Professor Bruce Baker, who was using the field of behaviorism in the classroom with children, was one of those “powerful forces.”Canada went on to work with Baker after graduation in a camp for disabled and emotionally troubled children. The camp only admitted the most challenging kids, he recalled.For Canada, Baker constantly set an example as someone who refused to give up on any child, no matter how troubled.“Do you know what that taught me?” said Canada. “I never doubted again that every kid could learn. … That’s the leadership I learned.”Another life-changing mentor for Canada was Harvard’s John Schlien.With a wife and two children to support, Canada took the first job offered to him. It was a teaching position in a new school in Boston founded by Schlien, who collected the most troubled public school high school kids, many of whom were fueling the Boston riots during busing desegregation, and put them together under one roof.“I had never seen outright racism until I came to Boston,” said the South Bronx native who called his experience with the angry students “the teacher’s equivalent of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.’ ”But, supported by Schlien, “the real deal,” who showed him the importance of supporting students by connecting with them using a holistic approach, he succeeded, and thrived.“People wonder why I supply all these supports to these kids. I found out early on in my career that this other stuff is important as human beings. It’s important to all of us. Why would it not be more important to these kids who are growing up with nothing?”From his Harvard time, Canada said he learned other important lessons that he uses daily in his work, like holding people accountable, using the scientific data available, and trusting the evaluation process. Above all, he said, he learned never to accept defeat.“If you want to be in education,” said Canada, “you can’t be prepared to accept failure.”last_img read more

Squigs Sketches a Moonlit Portrait of Max Crumm & the Cast of The Fantasticks

first_img View Comments The Fantasticks Follow, follow, follow Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson to the Snapple Center to pen a whimsical portrait of the hit musical The Fantasticks! The world’s longest running musical tells the story of Matt (Max Crumm, right), a lovestruck boy who falls head over heels for Louisa (Samantha Bruce, left). Squigs caught a recent performance of the romantic tale, then sketched Crumm, Bruce and the rest of the cast, including Michael Sharon, Dan Sharkey, Kevin R. Free, MacIntyre Dixon, Michael Nostrand and Pierce Cravens. Check out Squigs’ latest work of art, then see the love story unfold off-Broadway. Related Showscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 4, 2017last_img read more

India’s Tata Power closing uneconomic 500MW coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Power Company has decommissioned ‘Unit 6’ of 500 megawatts at its Trombay thermal power plant in Mumbai, citing the high cost of generation and its inability to get a power purchase agreement after the earlier one expired in March 2018.The Trombay unit has an installed generation capacity of 1,580 MW, which supplies electricity to the majority of consumers – both bulk and retail – in Mumbai.“We have informed the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) regarding retirement & decommissioning of Unit 6. CEA has approved the same and sent us a letter in this regard,” Tata Power said in a response to an email query from ET.The decision to retire Unit-6 (500 MW) of Trombay thermal power station has been taken by Tata Power Company, based on its own techno-economic reasons, and based on its decision, the capacity of this unit is being deleted from the database of All India Installed Capacity, CEA said in a letter which ET has access to.“It is seen that the decision to decommission Unit-6 of Trombay TPS has been taken by Tata Power Company due to the high cost of generation and capacity tie-up could not be achieved after expiry of PPA on March 31. The approval for decommissioning of Unit-6 (500 MW) at Trombay TPS has been accorded by the competent authority on 30.07.2019,” CEA said.Tata Power has an installed capacity of 10,957 MW, with renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 30 per cent of the company’s portfolio.More: Tata Power decommissions 500-MW unit at Trombay in Mumbai citing high cost India’s Tata Power closing uneconomic 500MW coal plantlast_img read more

Martha L. Simmermeyer

first_imgMartha L. Simmermeyer, age 74 of St. Mary’s, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  Born October 1, 1942 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (Nee: Brandes) and Valentine “Jack” Simmermeyer.  Martha was an employee at McPherson’s Printing before retiring and a member of St. Mary’s of the Rock Church.She is survived by her sisters Jackie Armbruster of Aurora, Indiana, Melly Allgeier of Greensburg, Indiana, Rosie Weisenbach of Morris, Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Doris Doll, Barb Lecher and brother Frank Simmermeyer.Visitation is Tuesday, May 9th, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 10th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.last_img read more