Labour MP’s Twitter retweet campaign nets £14k for Comic Relief

first_imgLabour MP’s Twitter retweet campaign nets £14k for Comic Relief She summed up the result:  58 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 Tagged with: Celebrity Comic Relief Digital Others retweeted her with the clear aim, perhaps politically motivated, of trying to make her pay as much as possible. Similar retweet campaigns for charities by companies have experienced such ‘support’.Mactaggart responded to some of these arguing that she was making a genuine offer, did have the cash, would not reclaim it on expenses, and was hoping to have some fun and “to remind twitter folk to give”. She acknowledged that she was “twitter naive” but was committed to make the donation. Ms Mactaggart is the daughter of the later baronet Sir Ian Auld Mactaggart, who left her one fifth of his £6.5 million estate.Before becoming MP for Slough in 1997 she worked for NCVO. In June 2003 she became a junior minister at the Home Office with responsibility for charities and the voluntary sector. Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart has said she will donate £14,268 to Comic Relief after offering on Twitter to donate £1 for every retweet received in the next hour.At 8.25pm she tweeted:center_img Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 March 2013 | News She continued today by urging people to give direct to Comic Relief: At 9.01pm she tweeted: Her campaign showed once again how some Twitter campaigns, especially those that don’t cost Twitter users a penny, can take off quickly and effectively in terms of the sum unlocked for charity. CriticismMs Mactaggart was criticised by some Twitter users who accused her of self-promotion and encouraged her to make the donation personally. Others questioned whether she would make the money, or indeed whether she could afford it, with others suggesting she might even try to claim it back via her parliamentary expenses. 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

The cosmopolitan moss Bryum argenteum in Antarctica: recent colonisation or in situ survival?

first_imgSince the onset of glaciation following the Oligocene (30–28 Ma), the prevalence of increasingly cold conditions has shaped the evolution of the Antarctic biota. Two hypotheses, postglacial recruitment from extra-regional locations and in situ persistence, have been proposed to explain the biogeography of the contemporary species-poor terrestrial Antarctic biota. Bryophytes, which form a major group of the Antarctic flora, exhibit a strong, inherent ability to survive cold conditions but also have high long-distance dispersal capacities, which are compatible with both hypotheses. Here, we test these hypotheses by means of population genetic and phylogeographic analyses of the cosmopolitan moss Bryum argenteum. We find evidence for at least three independent colonisation events of the species in Antarctica. Ancestral area reconstruction coupled with molecular dating suggests colonisation times of the different Antarctic clades ranging from four million years for the oldest lineage to half a million years for the youngest lineage. This suggests multiple colonisation events of Antarctica by this species during several glacial cycles within the Pleistocene, Pliocene and possibly late Miocene. This is the first study to demonstrate in situ persistence of bryophytes in Antarctica throughout previous glaciations.last_img read more

GCC register first-innings lead against GDF in two-day second-division cricket

first_imgLED by a half-century from youngster Mavendra Dindyal, Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) were able to take a first-innings lead against Guyana Defence Force (GDF) when action in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Noble House Seafoods, second division two-day cricket competition re-started yesterday after the Christmas break.The visiting army team had little answers against the home team’s bowlers at the world-famous Bourda ground, after they won the toss and opted to take first strike.Skipper Leon Andrews, who is key with the bat, was sent back without scoring by pacer Carlos La Rose.La Rose also got rid of another dangerous batsman in the army side, Damian Waldron, who was trapped lbw for 15.Stephon Wilson was also clinical in his delivery.  The left-arm spinner took 3-28 from nine overs.  He got the wicket of Dameon Ross, who had batted himself in, Deamon Whitney and T. Johnson.Ross, who had belted Wilson for a six, the lone six of the innings, was bowled for a top score of 35 (1×4, 1×6), while Whitney finished with 10 and Johnson four.Teenage off-spinner Darrius Andrews helped to clean up the lower order with 2-3 from just three overs as GDF fell for 91 in 30 overs.In reply, it was the Dindyal show.The West Indies U-16 batsman belted four sixes and two fours in a top score of 72. He came to the crease at the fall of Martin Pestano-Belle (3) and built the innings with Thaddeus Lovell. The pair added 63 runs for the second wicket, before Lovell fell to Randy Lindore for 37 (2x4s, 2×6).  Dindyal and R. Phillips then added a further 63 for the third wicket and a first-innings lead, before the former fell.At the close of play, Phillips had reached 24 (2x4s), while Deonarine Seeogobin was also not out (3) to push the home team to 145-3.last_img read more