TheGivingMachine’s Christmas campaign aims to pass £1m total

first_imgSecret Santa CampaignTheGivingMachine is also encouraging families, friends and work colleagues who run ‘Secret Santa’ groups to give presents to each other to use the site.Sponsored by play.com, TheGivingMachine’s Secret Santa campaign will let one team leader from each group signs up a ‘giving’ group on the website, and then send out invitations to all those nominated. Names are then scrambled and each participant is assigned a random Secret Santa recipient within their giving circle, and presents are then purchased through TheGivingMachine.Richard Morris, co-founder and managing director of TheGivingMachine, said:“The competitions we are offering over the next few weeks will give online shoppers the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes while they do their Christmas shopping. With each Christmas present that is bought by clicking through from TheGivingMachine, we are one step closer to raising £1 million and beyond for UK charities and schools.” Howard Lake | 24 November 2014 | News  45 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis TheGivingMachine’s Christmas campaign aims to pass £1m totalcenter_img Not-for-profit charity shopping site The Giving Machine has launched its Golden Hearts Campaign in the run-up to Christmas in an effort to take the site’s total raised for charities past the £1 million mark.The campaign offers online shoppers the chance to win prizes in return for doing their Christmas shopping online, while generating income for their favourite charity at no extra cost to themselves. Throughout the competition ribbon-wrapped golden hearts will be awarded at random to shoppers, entitling the shopper to a ‘Give and Win’ prize from a participating retailer that includes both a prize and a free donation to the winner’s chosen cause.At the end of the competition, a grand prize will be awarded to the person who receives the most hearts during the shopping period.Prizes on offerUpcoming prizes include:· Thursday 27th November: £100 John Lewis gift voucher prize and £15 for a chosen cause· Friday 28th November: £100 beauty bundle from The Body Shop and £15 for a chosen causeThe competition runs from 24 November to midnight on 31 December 2014. The grand prize winner will be announced in the first week of January.TheGivingMachine has over 83,000 ‘Givers’ or registered users, each of whom can split the money they raise from shopping via the site between up to four of the 6,700 charities and schools registered on the site.TheGivingMachine works with 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Apple, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Argos, Toys R Us, Disney Store, Sports Direct and ASOS.Thanks for Giving WeekendIn addition the TheGivingMachine is to run a ‘Thanks for Giving’ competition from 27th November to 1st December. Given that £450 million was spent online in the UK on ‘Cyber Monday’ last year, the social enterprise is encouraging shoppers to do their shopping during that busy day this year on TheGivingMachine. There will be extra offers and discounts available through the site’s Twitter and Facebook channels.Of course, all purchases made through the site will also be eligible within the Golden Hearts campaign. Advertisement Tagged with: christmas Digital Trading 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

Derek Trucks Plays Incredible Three-Fingered Solo Day After Fishing Accident [Watch]

first_imgBeyond his unbelievable guitar playing, Derek Trucks likes to spend his free time fishing on the open waters. On March 24 and 26, Tedeschi Trucks Band played at The Byron Bay Blues Festival, with a well-deserved day off in between. During this time, Trucks apparently injured his left index finger after an errant fishing knife incident in the Bay, requiring a few stitches in the process.However, the injury didn’t stop Trucks from leading the 12-piece band through an incredible night of music. Despite not being able to use his most prominent finger, especially as a slide player, Trucks still delivered a jaw-dropping guitar solo that erupted the crowd in praise.Watch the heroic performance of Derek & The Dominoes’ “Keep On Growing” below:last_img

USS Carr Recovers 780 Kilos of Cocaine

first_img Guided-missile frigate USS Carr and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) employed airborne use of force to stop a vessel suspected of transporting illegal drugs on October 25, in support of Operation Martillo. The interdiction operation recovered 780 kilos of cocaine with a wholesale value of $15.6 million. While Carr’s embarked SH-60B was conducting a routine patrol, they identified a fast moving speed boat. After closing in to investigate, the contact immediately altered course and attempted to escape. The SH-60B helicopter unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vessel, until disabling rounds were fired, bringing the speedboat to an immediate halt. Carr then launched their rigid-hull inflatable boat with the LEDET and boarded the speedboat. In a coordinated effort, Sailors from Carr and personnel from the LEDET recovered packages of various sizes from the water, later determined to be cocaine. Since the beginning of their deployment in June, Carr and the embarked LEDET have seized approximately 1,772 kilos of cocaine and 1,875 kilos of marijuana, with a combined wholesale value of more than $39 million. Carr’s home port is Norfolk, Va., and it is currently deployed in support of Operation Martillo, under operational control to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and C4F (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) while conducting Counter Transnational Organized Crime operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and U.S. Coast Guard District 11. COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports SOUTHCOM’s joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. By Dialogo November 01, 2012last_img read more

Babe’s kin not impressed

first_imgHomer No. 715 not such a big whoop: As Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the career home-run list, a Ruth family member found the Bonds’ feat less than awe-inspiring. “What’s so great about passing a guy who hadn’t had an at-bat for almost 70 years and if alive today would be over 110 years old?” asked great niece, Ruth Ruth. “What’s Bonds going to do next? Beat Jesse Owens in a foot race?” Driver, move that school bus!: In an effort to revitalize its battered image to combat Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s efforts to take over Los Angeles Unified School District, the L.A. school board has hired “Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s” Ty Pennington to battle the mayor’s obvious public-relations advantage. “Before anything else, they have got to get rid of all that facial hair,” said Pennington. “Vandykes are so ’50s. Next, we knock down the mayor’s City Hall office and replace it with a nice split-level.” Mayor deals from the bottom: You know it’s war when Villaraigosa issues an LAUSD deck of cards complete with pictures of Roy Romer and school board members on the back of each card. “It’s not exactly a whole deck,” said an anonymous representative from the Mayor’s Office. “We just look at it as a bad hand.” Small favors: Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani both gave birth last week, and in a joint statement, both babies lauded their parents’ efforts, thanking God that they didn’t open their eyes to find Britney Spears was their mom. Thank you, General Math: The Pentagon announced the long-awaited decrease in our Iraq troop levels, with total military deployment going from 135,000 to 136,500. “That’s a reduction of a minus 1,500,” said one anonymous Defense Department official. “Keeping promises isn’t all that easy. Math is.” Katie Couric says goodbye to “Today show”: In a desperate attempt to keep from losing the all-important adorable quotient necessary to keeping the morning show’s now cute-barren ratings from falling off the chart, Matt Lauer has agreed to have his scalp bobbed. I don’t get the big deel:cq Who can question the excitemintcq or drama of children spelling wurdscq?cq Not ABC, which broadcast The Nationel Spelling Bea final rowndcq this past Thursday. What I don’t get is why spelincq is so importentcq. Hurricanes ready to do a heckuva job: The U.S. Weather Bureau is expecting a severe weather season. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say the lengthy advance notice will make for a much more difficult job to ignore the warnings. A little late: Katharine McPhee will be having her hair grayed and move to a small southern town. Cover blown: The Supreme Court decided that federal whistle-blowers will no longer be afforded the legal defense they once were. Meanwhile, those choosing the fluegelhorn will still receive 24-hour police protection. Two out of three: In an attempt to bring back customers, Ford Motor Co. said nearly all its 2006 vehicles will be eligible for zero-percent financing and $1,000 worth of gas (or two tankfuls, whichever comes first). Problem is … the car you get is still a Ford. Police step over the line: A man who had just been released from Mission Community Hospital in San Fernando stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance, leading police on a merry chase on the Golden State Freeway. The American Civil Liberties Union has announced it will sue the LAPD for impersonating an attorney. Serious reminder to get involved: Remember to vote this Tuesday. Otherwise, the choices will be made for you, which makes you ineligible to complain about the results. And how much fun would that be? Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX

first_imgFilm DamageMaking your footage look like you shot it on celluloid (or like a VHS transfer) is undoubtedly one of the most popular post-production techniques. Several resources can help you achieve this look — from buying scanned film grain from websites like RocketStock.com to film-generated plugins like FilmConvert. However, while these resources will add luscious film grain to your footage, what about making it look old and worn? In Resolve 15, we now have a Film Damage plugin that will make your clips look like long-lost relics of the early 1900s.Let’s use the effect to make our clip look like it’s from a WWII archive (with some creative leeway). When you first apply the effect, it doesn’t look right. It looks like generic stock footage.This is another effect where we have to dig deep into the settings to get the results we want. We have four control panels to work with: blur and shift, add dirt, add scratch, and add vignetting.The first panel is where you will alter the foundation of the overall image. We can do that with a blur increase or decrease, a temperature shift, and a tint shift. The default temperature and tint does an okay job of giving the footage a sepia feel, but I still think the sharpness of today’s technology is too much, so we should increase the film blur from 1.5 to 2.The dirt panel, of course, controls the dirt, and the scratch panel controls the scratch. The default dirt is where my problem with the preset originates. It looks very false. Therefore, I’m going to decrease the density, decrease the dirt size, and increase the dirt blur — so it blends more organically with the original media.I think the default scratch value is fine. However, I will increase the blur to match the dirt. The final control panel is for the vignette, and I’m only going to increase the vignette focal factor.To finish, I’ve added a black and white film grade, some camera shake, and a 4:3 letterbox.BeforeAfterI’m quite happy with the finished result, and this required no external plugin or additional expense.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more information on Resolve? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15Your Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci ResolveThe New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit PageGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureHow to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15 Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15 offers some expanded effects. Here’s what you need to know about two in particular.Continuing our deconstruction of new features in Resolve 15, today we’re looking at two of the new effects (ResolveFX) now available in Resolve’s extensive effects library.There have been several new additions to ResolveFX: Film Damage, Flicker Addition, Dust Buster, DeFlicker, Automatic Dirt Removal, Patch Replacer, Lens Reflections, and Aperture Diffraction. (Although only Film Damage and Flicker Addition are available in the free version of Resolve 15.)I often find that when discussing new effects there’s not much use in just listing the features of the effect. (That’s what the manual is for.) However, many of these effects are entirely shot-specific and are not as universal as explaining how to apply a lightsaber effect at point A and point B. Therefore, we’re going to run through the Lens Reflection and Film Damage effects to try to match a reflection that appeared in a previous shot, as well as making the clip look like archival war footage.Let’s take a look.Lens ReflectionsLens reflections (not lens flares) are visual elements that you typically need to eliminate before you begin recording. A number of things can cause reflections, such as light leaks or, as you can see in the still below, a reflection in a variable ND filter. This is a common problem caused by stacked polarizing filters.Adding a reflection in post-production is slightly different from adding a lens flare. With a reflection, we’re going to see elements of the scene itself reflected in the image. In the still above, we can see part of the window frame flipped in the lower right corner.In Resolve 15, we get a Lens Reflection effect that can help with this problem. Just like working with flares, there are some constraints to using the effect. For example, you’re going to need a bright light source in the frame for the effect to take hold. Without one, the effect won’t even appear. Let’s look at how you can apply the reflection FX to a clip.First, we need to head to the color page because you cannot use this effect on the edit page. With a new node created, open the effects panel, and scroll down to “ResolveFX light” to find “Lens Reflection.” Generally, Resolve has presets and plugins that need only a few tweaks here and there. This effect, however, isn’t one of them. You need to customize the reflection it generates to make it look believable in your shot.By default, the lens reflection effect will look a little something like this.However, you’ll find that when you apply the reflection effect to a different a shot, the generated reflection will differ. That’s because the reflection depends on the luminance values of your shot. That’s why it’s essential to have a bright light source within the frame, or this effect won’t work. Also, unlike a lens flare, reflections do not require any tracking. Resolve automatically moves the reflection in correlation to the highlight in the shot.The default effect, at the moment, looks nothing like the real reflection. Thankfully, there is a variety of presets to start from, and you’ll find that the plain preset will give you a less stylized effect.The Reflection FX panel presents different control settings, but the main ones you’ll use to make your reflection look realistic are the isolation controls and the global controls. The isolation controls determine which highlights generate the lens reflection, while the global controls give you overall command of the reflection’s properties, such as the brightness and colorization.When I compare the generated reflection to the organic reflection, we can see that it’s not as sharp. Therefore, to decrease the sharp edges, I’m going to increase “smooth” to the maximum value. The original reflection is also quite transparent, whereas the generated reflection is predominantly visible. However, you won’t find an opacity parameter in the control settings. Why? Well, remember the effect depends on the highlights of the frame; therefore, to lower the opacity of the reflection, you need to decrease the brightness or increase the gamma. An increase in gamma will reduce the opacity value, and a decrease in brightness will lower the opacity value but also decrease the area of the reflection.The reflection is starting to look a lot more realistic. To finish, I’m going to add a slight green tint to match the original, and I’m also going to add grain to this node to make the reflection appear more organic.last_img read more

Houston Takes Down Yanks, 1-0

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees relievers Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances each pitched an inning in their spring training debuts March 7, a 1-0 loss to the Houston Astros.Miller struck out Alex Bregman with two on to end the sixth. Miller will start the regular season as New York’s closer while Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-game suspension under baseball’s new domestic violence policy,Betances allowed the lone run in the seventh on Max Stassi’s double to left-center that should have been caught. Stassi then scored on Andrew Aplin’s double.“There’s plenty of time,” Miller said. “Being healthy is the most important thing.”The Yankees were an AL-best 73-2 when ahead after seven innings and 81-0 with a lead entering the ninth last year, with Betances and Miller at the back of the bullpen.Acquired from Cincinnati, Chapman threw a simulated game March 6 and could soon pitch in an exhibition for the first time this year.Mike Fiers gave up two hits and walked one over two innings in his first spring training start for the Astros. He worked out of jams in both innings against a lineup that featured six starters, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez.“As a pitcher, you want that,” Fiers said. “You want to pitch against their guys. You want to see the swings, and you want to pitch off that. It was a good day overall. Just another stepping stone.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Minimum Wage to go up in Six Weeks in TCI

first_img Editorial: Listen to your Mama Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Feb 2015 – It should be good news for the hourly wage earners across the country as government has decided on an implementation date for a minimum wage increase and the wait is almost over. A 25% jump in minimum wage was one of the big announcements coming out of Cabinet yesterday. The governor has been advised to issue an order to shift hourly earnings from a flat $5 per hour to $6.25 cents an hour. This move will take effect in about six weeks when the new fiscal year begins for TCIG. The official start date for employers to adjust from paying the $5 per hour to the $6.25 per hour begins April 1st, 2015. It had been argued by the PNP Administration that a hike in wages could lead to an increase in cost of living. Related Items:Minimum wage, pnp, TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more