Record breaking chicken nuggets tweet triggers $100k donation to charity

first_imgTo mark the breaking of the record, Wendy’s made a donation to charity of $100,000 or around £78,000. This was given to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit set up by the founder of Wendy’s in 1992. The record-breaking success of a US teenager’s tweet asking for a year’s supply of chicken nuggets from a fast food chain has generated a corporate donation of $100,000 to charity.Carter Wilkerson in Nevada tweeted to Wendy’s on 6 April, asking how many retweets he would need in order to receive a year’s free supply of chicken nuggets. Record breaking chicken nuggets tweet triggers $100k donation to charity Wendy’s replied within a minute or so, with a terse and seemingly insurmountable “18 Million”.That did not put Wilkerson off. “Consider it done” he replied. He took a screenshot of the Twitter conversation and posted it, asked for help from Twitter users in reaching that target. It wasn’t poetry, but it got noticed.  134 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Howard Lake | 10 May 2017 | News Eighteen million retweets is a tall order, given that the then record of most retweeted tweet was the 3.43m achieved by actor Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie of fellow actors at the Oscars ceremony.Yet Wilkerson’s tweet has now passed that, and is at 3.54 million retweets. 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.  133 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Tagged with: corporate Guinness World Record Humour Research / statistics Twitterlast_img read more

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Internships prove essential for jobs after college

first_imgInternships are becoming a key component for students when they apply for jobs after college.Career advice · A student during the February 2011 career fair talks to a prospective employer. Internships have been on the rise, and summer jobs spiked. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe youth labor force, defined as all people between the ages of 16 and 24 working or actively looking for work, grew to 22.7 million in July 2011, an 11.8 percent increase from last year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Aug. 24.Though the youth labor force usually expands during the summer, as young adults seek summer employment and internships, this summer’s spike is the largest since the recession hit in late 2007.Carl Martellino, associate dean for student affairs and executive director of the Career Center, attributed the influx of young adults in the labor market to an increased emphasis on internships as a gateway to full-time jobs.“Over the past several years there has been an increase in students seeking internships,” Martellino said. “Students are understanding with more clarity that internships are leading people into full time positions.”With an increasingly competitive job market, Elizabeth Adabale, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said she feels pressured to find jobs early.“I think it is great that more and more students are working,” Adabale said.  “But when there aren’t enough jobs for people who want to work, that’s when it becomes a problem.”Some students also feel the pressure to find a job to become financially independent. Monish Tyagi, president of Undergraduate Student Government, said in an email, however, students believe summer jobs are critical for their resumes.“There are several students who work out of financial necessity, but I also believe that the uncertainty in the economy and job market has caused students to think that if they do not spend their summers working, it will ultimately be detrimental to their future success,” Tyagi said.Other students believe taking classes is a better use of their time and provides better preparation for careers after college.“I don’t feel guilty because I took class instead of working,” said Nakul Joshi, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science.Aside from the uncertainty and pressure, students might be motivated to find a job to further their education.“I want an internship because my education would be relevant,” Joshi said. “It would be nice to use the things I learn at work.”last_img read more

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Victoria Mutual Building Society: Own your home in Jamaica

first_imgThe Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) – Florida Representative Office, in partnership with renowned Jamaican Developer, Richmond St. Ann, invites South Florida residents to meet the Richmond Estates Sales Team and VMBS Mortgage Specialists in the City of Miramar later this month.The real estate experts will assist and guide persons on their journey towards owning their dream home in Jamaica. A series of one-on-one meetings will be held on Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, 2018, at the VMBS Florida Representative Office, located at: 2600 S University Drive, Miramar, FL 33025 between 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Luxury properties in Richmond, St. AnnThe Richmond Estates Sales Team will interact with the Jamaican and Friends of Jamaicans Community in an effort to provide well needed information on Richmond, St. Ann’s luxury properties and gated communities, namely “The Crest”, and “Fern Court”. These properties include townhomes, grand-farm houses on 5-acre lots, and apartments, which are being developed in phases, all with amenities including brick paved driveway; quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathroom; and solar water heaters, just to name a few. Step-by-step guidanceDuring the two (2) days, the VMBS Mortgage Specialists will meet and provide step-by-step guidance on the mortgage loan process, as well as provide pre-qualification opportunities to purchase any of the units available in Jamaica. One other important feature of the VM Mortgage Loan process is the Society’s Mortgage Portal which will allow mortgagors the ability to track their mortgage loan approval process on-line, from commencement to the disbursement of the mortgage loan.Opportunity to purchase first or second Ja. homeAccording to VMBS Florida representative Suzette Rochester Lloyd, “the Society, through its Florida Representative Office provides our Members the opportunity to purchase their first or second homes in Jamaica, with a VM Mortgage loan which boasts an interest rate as low as 4.25 percent p.a. on United States (US) Dollar mortgages. Therefore, we do encourage persons who are thinking of acquiring their homes in Jamaica to contact our Office at 305-770-2643 for further information, as well as to reserve their space for a one-on-one meeting, along with light refreshments with the Richmond Estates Sales Team and Victoria Mutual Representatives”.last_img read more

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Roma will not let Pjanic go?

first_imgItalian premier league football club Roma said to representatives of Real Madrid and Barcelona to forget about Miralem Pjanic, adding that the clause on his purchase of 45 million EUR is not valid for the winter transfer period.Spanish giants are interested in B&H national team player, who is playing one of the best seasons of his career.According to the “Il Messaggero”, the President of AC Roma James Pallotta shut the doors for any offer for the 25-year-old player who scored 9 goals and enrolled 6 assists in 21 matches this season, as reported by Football Italia.Interested parties will not be able to activate a clause on his leaving of the club for 45 million EUR, due to the fact that it is valid only for the summer transfer period. This means that Pjanic will stay in Roma at least until the end of the season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Calm seas provide plenty of offshore options

first_imgRockfish, Pacific halibut, tuna, and even salmon. It’s been an arduous wait, but we finally have a variety of offshore options to choose from along the North Coast — and a pretty nice ocean to boot. The Pacific halibut season opened back up on Tuesday, but the ocean and the halibut weren’t fully cooperating for the Eureka boats. They were reportedly biting pretty good in Trinidad, however. After being stuck inside the bay or not fishing, boats finally made their way easily to the Cape, where …last_img

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Panthers prevail, move on in NCS

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves pitched six-and-a-third perfect innings on Wednesday to lead the Panthers to a comfortable 5-0 win over visiting Kennedy High in the opening round of the North Coast Section playoffs.Gonsalves struck out 15 and was untouchable for most of the game, and only a late error and base hit kept her from completing the perfect game.“You can’t really complain about a shutout win,” said Gonsalves, sho struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced. “I felt really good out …last_img

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Poverty summit gets experts thinking

first_imgRory Brooks is the founder of the Brooks World Poverty Institute which researches methods to reduce and eradicate poverty. (Image: Ray Maota) The inaugural Global Poverty Summit has given experts in global poverty reduction a platform to deliberate on ways in which poverty can be alleviated throughout the world. The summit was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17 -19 January 2011 and is the brainchild of businessman Dr Rory Brooks of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), based at the University of Manchester.At the summit, 50 experts on the subject of poverty discussed whether the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Development Agenda talks will be able to reduce poverty in developing countries.Also on the agenda were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Development Programme. These are a set of goals endorsed in 2000 by nations around the world in an attempt to reduce global poverty by 2015.Brooks said: “Over the last decade, the plight of the poor has come under the microscope and talking about ways to reduce it, is the first step to its reduction.”He added that when funding research into global poverty eradication strategies, it’s vital that the research is able to go on and influence policy, which ultimately produces improved outcomes.“This is why we felt it was important to support this Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg,” he said.BWPI research director Rorden Wilkinson said: “Johannesburg is a good example of the stark inequalities within the city. That’s why we chose to host the summit here.”Speakers at the summit included Nobel economics laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; and David Hulme, professor of development studies at the University of Manchester.Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration from which eight MDGs were drawn. Leaders accepted collective responsibility to reduce poverty in their own countries as well as globally.The MDGs are:to eradicate extreme poverty and hungerachieve universal primary educationpromote gender equality and empower womenreduce child mortalityimprove maternal healthcombat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesensure environmental sustainabilitydevelop a global partnership for development.“The MDGs have been a success because they have provided the moral underpinning and have catalysed collective action,” said Hulme. “It is vital that we all continue to strive to meet the targets set out in the MDGs, but the MDGs represent a bare minimum of what needs to be done to reduce poverty and halt the growth in inequality.”At the summit, delegates reached a consensus that for MDGs to succeed, especially in Africa, it was necessary to establish national plans specific to individual countries.Trade talksDiscussing the impact of the Doha round of talks on food security, delegates endorsed a proposal that countries should have the right to implement measures to combat food price volatility.“The Doha Development Agenda negotiations started a decade ago but they have yet to bring any meaningful contribution to reducing poverty,” said Stiglitz. “It is time to bring the talks to a close, but successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries. They’ve got to accept that they are going to have to pay for the change.”Wilkinson said: “No industrial country got to where it is today without significant state intervention. Global trade negotiations need to recognise this reality.”The delegates also came to the conclusion that trade rules cannot be applied equally to rich and poor countries, but that there should be provision for countries at different stages of development.For example, developed countries could grant duty-free and quota-free access to their markets for least developed countries, and these developed countries could also boost the export capacity of lesser countries through trade assistance.Other topics under discussion included intellectual property rights and agriculture.The Brooks World Poverty InstituteEstablished in 2006, the Brooks World Poverty Institute is based at the University of Manchester, where Rory Brooks graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in management sciences.BWPI founder Brooks also runs MML Capital, an investment firm which has invested over US$1.4-billion (R9.8-billion) in more than 70 emerging companies across Europe and the US.Brooks and his wife Elizabeth support various causes, including the Institute of Cancer Research in London.BWPI aims to create and share knowledge that will help eradicate poverty and inequality in the North and South; and to bring about change in international policies that foster poverty.last_img read more

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2015 ACC Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgACC tournament bracket for 2015 season.The 2015 ACC men’s basketball tournament is set to begin this Tuesday, March 10 and conclude on Saturday, March 14. It will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. Here’s the bracket, along with the times for each game. Ticket information is available here. 2015acctourney(@LifeOfADukeFan)Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network. dukeFavorite: DukeVirginia clinched its second straight ACC regular season title after finishing 16-2 in conference play and 28-2 overall. The Cavaliers are a good bet to clinch a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and have perhaps the toughest defense in the nation, but right now it is hard to argue against Duke as the hottest team in the league. After a shaky (by Duke standards) 4-3 start in ACC play, the Blue Devils rattled off 11 straight wins to finish with a 15-3 conference record. Duke’s explosive offense hasn’t been held under 70 points since January, when it became one of only two teams to beat Virginia, knocking off the Hoos 69-63 in Charlottesville. Duke has the most talented post player in the country in Jahlil Okafor, a terrific guard combo in Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones, and a dynamic wing player in freshman Justise Winslow. There should also be plenty of Duke fans making the trip to Greensboro, which gives Coach K’s team a definitive edge over most ACC foes. ncstateSleeper: North Carolina StateIt is hard to get a read on the Wolfpack this season. Mark Gottfried’s team is capable of losing to the ACC’s bottom feeders (88-84 at Wake Forest, 79-63 at Boston College), but it also holds wins over Duke, Louisville, and North Carolina this season. The ‘Pack is coming off of a very nice season-ending win against Syracuse, defeating the Orange 71-57 in Raleigh. N.C. State enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 7 seed, and will face Pittsburgh, a team that it defeated 68-50 in early January, in its first game. With a win, the Wolfpack will have a chance to pick up a second win against Duke. N.C. State fans should also have a strong showing in Greensboro, as they did last year, when the Wolfpack made a run to the semi-finals, helping push the team off the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament. The Wolfpack are no lock for the Big Dance, and can help themselves with a good performance in Greensboro once again.last_img read more

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Is it time to kill To Kill a Mockingbird

first_imgAn Ontario school board is taking a hard look right now at the use of To Kill A Mockingbird as the text that starts the race discussion. It’s old, sure, which isn’t a problem. But it’s also a book about race written by a white person, with a white protagonist and a white man as its hero. So, when parents of black teens raised concerns, the board said it would look at changing the books it uses to spark class discussions on racism. As you may imagine, the idea of removing Harper Lee’s novel, which finds itself at or near the top of many all-time lists, didn’t go over well with everyone.Which books should we use to teach our kids about racism and other sensitive subjects? If it’s a modern topic that is directly relevant to the lives of many students in the class, why is a 60-year-old book the place to start the conversation? How should teachers and school boards prepare lesson plans in a city and country that values multiculturalism? And who determines whether a book that many consider one of the true classics of literature gets removed from the curriculum of a class supposedly dedicated to teaching exactly that?Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1029.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Tory senator signals plan to drop probe of ViceAdmiral Mark Norman case

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative senators are expected to drop their bid to conduct an inquiry into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Members of the Senate defence committee will meet later this afternoon where Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais has indicated he plans to withdraw his motion to hear from Norman and other witnesses about the case.Dagenais’s motion to examine the circumstances that led to the military’s second-in-command being suspended and charged with breach of trust was successfully adopted last month with help from fellow Conservatives as well as Independent Sen. Diane Griffin and unaffiliated Sen. David Richards.But in a letter to committee chairwoman Gwen Boniface, Dagenais says time has run out for the committee to hear from Norman, chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and others.Dagenais says Liberal senators need to agree for the committee to sit past Thursday, but that such agreement does not appear to be forthcoming.The National Post has reported that Norman’s lawyer Marie Henein also wrote a letter to the committee on Sunday, questioning the value of the committee’s planned probe given its lack of time and the complexity of the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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