And finally…Don’t forget there’s plenty of action GKIPA Championship action on telly this Easter weekend! What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive Championship It was a case of deja vue for Plymouth at Headingley on Sunday. Albion shipped 40 points against a Carnegie outfit who look a good outside bet for promotion, for the second time in eight days.Leeds, who led 28-0 at the interval, and in all ran in six tries against Albion, now face a tricky trip to Rotherham, also in from of the cameras on Saturday, with kick off at 5.15pm. This could well be a dress rehearsal for the play-off semi for both clubs.High five for Exiles as Bright thwarts the BluesLondon Scottish 19, Bedford 15Bright spark: Scottish’s Mark BrightDespite No8 Mark Bright’s fine individual try two minutes from time that gave Scottish the lead for the first time at the Athletic Ground on Sunday, the Exiles now cannot progress to the play-offs. However, they are assured of fifth place, which will be their highest Championship finish to date.In a scrappy game where both sides eschewed conditions perfect for adventurous rugby, Bedford held a 15-7 lead in the final quarter, thanks to tries from Pat Tapley and Brendan Burke, before Sam Stuart finished off a trademark driving maul and Bright nicked it at the death.Titans pace punishes tiring PiratesCornish Pirates 20, Rotherham 40Despite leading 20-7 shortly before the interval at the Mennaye Field on Sunday, Pirates were unable to dispel the blues from the previous week’s late defeat at the hands of Pontypridd in the British & Irish Cup. Rotherham upped the pace in the final quarter, adding a further five tries against a visibly wilting Pirates outfit.Relegation worries deepen for IslandersLondon Welsh 45, Jersey 7Relegation battlers Jersey were unable to build on a 3-7 lead at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, as the Exiles underlined the gulf in class between the top and the bottom of the division, running in six tries in the process.This was Welsh’s seventh GKIPA Championship win on the bounce with two tries from John Quill and one each from Joe Ajuwa, Tyson Keats, Matt Corker, and Toby L’Estrange, and sets them up nicely for Friday’s trip to Bristol. By Richard GraingerEaling earn chance of reprieveEaling Trailfinders 37, Nottingham 35Ealing looked dead and buried three weeks ago, but this fine win against Nottingham leaves them just three points behind Jersey, who were put to the sword at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.To make things even better for the west Londoners, they picked up a try bonus point in this four-try apiece thriller at Vallis Way.Scrapping past: Calladine and Manu Tuilagi in 2012Ealing looked to have put daylight between themselves and the Green and Whites, leading 37-23 going into the last 10 minutes, before Tom Calladine and Harrison Lee-Everton crossed for the visitors. But when Matt Jarvis’ attempt struck the upright and stayed wide, Ealing were able to run the clock down. But these late scores, when Ealing were reduced to 14 men meant that Nottingham, who are not entirely disengaged from the relegation dogfight, travelled home with two vital bonus points.Ealing look forward to hosting play-off bound Rotherham next Saturday, who won 79-9 back in September at Clifton Lane, and then a trip to Plymouth for the final round of matches. One win will be enough to keep then in the second tier unless Jersey can take a four-pointer from either London Scottish or Bedford.Bristol beat the Billesley BogeyMoseley 24, Bristol 33Bristol notched their eleventh consecutive victory in the GKIPA Championship, ending a run of four winless trips to Billesley Common. Following their usual script, Bristol permitted Mose – cast in the role of Lazarus – to rise from the dead with a second half comeback that brought a collective sigh of relief from had the visiting support, come the final whistle.With an interval lead of 7-26 and the bonus pint in the bag, Bristol allowed the Midlanders to cross for three tries and to come within eight points of a major upset.After four tries in the opening quarter, director of rugby Andy Robinson had every expectation of a rout, but Moseley had other ideas.“Our discipline was poor and that’s an area that let us down on Saturday,” said Robinson. “We will look at that because we conceded too many penalties in that second half.” Bristol welcome both London Welsh and the Sky cameras to the Memorial Ground on Good Friday, kick off 7.45pm.Two in a row as Carnegie class showsLeeds 40, Plymouth 14 With comfortable wins for the top four clubs cementing their play-off slots, attention turns to the titanic struggle for survival at the foot of the Greene King IPA Championship table. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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Nordoff Robbins charities merge into single UK-wide organisation Melanie May | 2 October 2018 | News 92 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 “This move to merge with our sister organisation Nordoff Robbins Scotland is a significant moment in the charities’ history. It is a moment which brings with it scope for greater work, broader reach and more lives changed through music. In our hopes to achieve our objectives, we move forward stronger, and with the support of our Scottish colleagues we look to the future with vigour and confidence.” Tagged with: merger Nordoff Robbins and sister organisation Nordoff Robbins Scotland have announced that they have merged, bringing the two together to form a single UK wide Nordoff Robbins charity.The merger was finalised on 1 October. Under the merger, all staff from Scotland will be absorbed into the Nordoff Robbins staff network, keeping roles as they currently stand.Julie Whelan will continue to be CEO for the unified Nordoff Robbins charity, and senior Managers, Directors, and board members at Nordoff Robbins Scotland will now join respective leadership and board teams at Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins Scotland has also come in under the general Nordoff Robbins branding and central website.Last year the two helped almost 9,000 people through music therapy. The single Nordoff Robbins charity aims to expand its reach and help more vulnerable and isolated people.David Munns, Chair of Nordoff Robbins said:“Nordoff Robbins has always been proud to support our sister charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland and by officially joining forces we will be able to change the lives of even more people through music. I am thrilled to welcome the chair of Nordoff Robbins Scotland, Heather Gardner, to our unified Nordoff Robbins Board of Trustees, as we embark on a new and exciting journey.”Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 91 total views, 1 views today 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.
Toni Smith, in 2003, turning her back on U.S. flag.Toni Smith-Thompson is a former member of the Manhattanville College women’s basketball team who protested the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 by turning her back on the U.S. flag during the playing of the National Anthem on court. In a written statement, she explained her actions saying: “For some time now, the inequalities that are embedded into the American system have bothered me. As they are becoming progressively worse and it is clear that the government’s priorities are not on bettering the quality of life for all of its people, but rather on expanding its own power, I cannot, in good conscience, salute the flag.” (WW, March 6, 2003) Below is an edited version of a letter she tweeted on Aug. 30 in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sat during the playing of the National Anthem on Aug. 25 in protest of police brutality. You can tweet her at @mstonij for the original version.Toni Smith-Thompson today.Hey Colin, it’s Toni. Forgive my informality; it’s just that in the past three days you’ve become something of a mirror-image for me. Don’t worry, I don’t expect the feeling to be mutual. You may have heard by now that I also refused to salute the American flag during the playing of the national anthem. It was a different time and a different venue, but for similar reasons. This country has yet to fulfill on the promise of freedom and justice for all. In fact, that promise, for you, me, our brothers and sisters and ancestors, was not in the original plan of this country. This promise was granted to us as an afterthought, like the last kid to be picked during a pickup game or in gym class. Once that became clear to me — that Black and Brown people are still last to be picked or never picked at all to play for the American Dream, the pain of blind patriotism became greater than the consequences of stepping onto that ledge called protest.I am writing to let you know, I stand with you.You’ve got a ton on your plate right now and it’s likely to be like this for a while. I won’t pretend your story is the same as mine but perhaps this will provide even the smallest comfort or inspiration as you stand on that ledge.Perhaps being a professional athlete already in the public eye has softened your plunge into the media firestorm. That was not so for me. There was no preparation, no time to build a thick skin or refine my talking points. Worse, what I didn’t know when I faced away from the flag that first pre-season game in 2003 was that each game, each protest, would be harder than the last.Your stance instantly brought me back to that year. I am 21 again. Most of my team and I are not on speaking terms. I’ve received death wishes and death threats and, although there are cameras all over the gym, reporters calling my dorm, mail by the bushel, and people I consider friends, I am alone. I am careful with my words. I am scanning people’s judgments as I move about campus. I immunize myself to the unrelenting vitriol, which leaves little room to embrace the outpouring of support. I am a hardened shell, unrecognizable to myself as the funny, social, student I had been mere weeks before.With millions of eyes watching you and more and more at stake with each praise, each critique, it can truly feel like the weight of the world. I see no signs of you changing your mind anytime soon about your decision to sit out the national anthem. There was never a doubt for me either that my stance must continue. In fact, each criticism confirmed that. Still, there were days when I wanted it to be over. I didn’t want to be told to die in a foreign land. I didn’t want to be called slurs. I didn’t want to be threatened. I didn’t want to feel like an outcast. I just wanted to play basketball. I just wanted the crowd’s roar over a blocked shot. I wanted the hugs and high-fives of the teammates I once called family. I wanted to hang out at a bar without seeing my face on ESPN. I wanted that pit in my stomach to finally dissipate. You, too, may have those days.Just as the world was watching and waiting, each game cheering for me to rise still or buckle under the pressure, the world is watching you. But, the world is not watching the whole you. It may be your whole spirit sitting while your team stands, but that’s not what the critics see. They see a single act, which they are determined to defeat even if it means destroying your spirit in the process. I am not concerned about whether or not you will continue your protest. You’ve given your word on the matter and I believe that. It’s your spirit that concerns me, which I am speaking to now. While your protest is you, you are not your protest. You can define your protest, but don’t let it define you. You are still who you were on Friday and the world needs you to still be that, for that is the person it took to do what you’ve done, what you are still doing. The haters will attack your character, your motives, your values. They will tell tales about your life, so much so that you may start to think Google knows more about you than you do. They do this out of fear. They fear that if they ingest your message, they’ll have to wake up from the dream of equality and be moved to take action, as you have.As you become more and more infamous for your courageous protest, remember that you are still multidimensional, you will still make mistakes, and sometimes your spirit will need healing. As much as possible, reach out to family and friends. They may want to support you but don’t know how. Continue to laugh, continue to cry. Continue to use your platform to bring us all closer to freedom and justice, but don’t feel it is your job to do it alone. Your protest is not expected to fix our country’s injustices overnight. But it is an important milestone along the way.I’d like to think I knew back then that my protest would someday matter again. I hoped, without promise, that one day again the fight for justice would find its way back onto a court … or field. After all, why shouldn’t it? Oppression doesn’t happen out there somewhere, separate from our lives. It happens here and now, while we walk, work, learn, love, drive, live, and play. So then, protest must happen everywhere, too.Fight on, my brother. But don’t lose yourself. For when this chapter is over, we’ll need the whole Colin Kaepernick — not his hardened shell — to march on toward justice. And I’ll be marching with you.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this