WDM calls for alternative Band Aid lyrics

first_imgWDM calls for alternative Band Aid lyrics Does it matter that the words are wrong and misleading if the single can still achieve so much good work by selling in its millions? WDM argue that it does: “the lyrics are important and will be heard in every home and shop in Britain over the next couple of months” argues the organisation.WDM say that they don’t want to discourage people from buying the new version of the song, but they are encouraging people to come up with alternative and more realistic lyrics. They are hoping for “lyrics that inspire people to take powerful action and lyrics that explain the real reasons why Africa remains poor.”You can submit your improved lyrics at WDM’s Web site, or read some of those already offered. The new version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ might be doing fine work by generating income for the Band Aid Trust, but the World Development Movement (WDM) has condemned its lyrics for “promoting a negative and inaccurate picture of Africa and its problems.”WDM certainly have a point. The lyrics of the Band Aid single were naff in 1984, and there has been no attempt to correct or update them with the new version. “There’s a world outside your window, And it’s a world of dread and fear, Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears” together with “Where nothing ever grows”, “No rain nor river flows” and “(Here’s to them) underneath that burning sun” certainly give a misleading view of Africa and the reasons for poverty and food shortages. Advertisement  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 December 2004 | Newscenter_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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Read More..

American Air Forces Fight Climate Change

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 24, 2017 The XXIV Operations Committee of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym) was held March 6th–9th with the goal of organizing cooperative strategies and coordinating a combined exercise that will focus on disaster situations in Chile. The event was held at the Air Combat Command No. 5 of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) in Rionegro, department of Antioquia. Delegations from the air forces of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay attended the event. “The main objective [of the meeting] is to exchange experiences, knowledge, and training with the goal of raising the capacities of air forces in the Western Hemisphere, to ensure the success and security of combined operations during natural disasters and emergencies in support of the civilian population,” Major General Tadeo Borbón, chief of air operations for FAC, told Diálogo. Results During the event, SICOFAA member countries agreed that Exercise Cooperación (Cooperation) V will be held in Chile from September 26th to October 7th. More than 210 officers and specialists from the 20 nations comprising the apolitical organization will participate in the event, as well as 23 aircraft. The hypothetical scenario will involve an earthquake, a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, and the capsizing of a cruise ship transporting 5,000 passengers. “Thirteen countries expressed their commitment to participating, which could make it the largest cooperation exercise to date,” U.S. Air Force Colonel Anthony G. Cook, secretary general of SICOFAA, told Diálogo. Within the strategic planning project for the training in Chile, the air forces will conduct search-and-rescue and parachuting missions, air drops, aeromedical evacuations, passenger and cargo transport missions, and operations on semi-prepared airstrips. “The joint exercises help standardize procedures and increase the synergy among partner nations. Air forces learn from each other and leadership is created. The more we become integrated and get to know each other, the better our joint operations will flow,” Maj. Gen. Borbón said. SICOFAA has also established mechanisms and strategies to strengthen the medical response during disasters. And in order to ensure the interoperability of the manifold capacities of air forces throughout the Americas, it was also able to improve transportation logistics. For example, a team of seven officers and a Black Hawk helicopter belonging to FAC will participate in the combined exercise. However, it is difficult to transfer the fully outfitted helicopter to Chile. “FAC is analyzing the possibility of transferring the aircraft on board a U.S. Air Force plane,” Maj. Gen. Borbón explained. Planning and coordinating logistics in a joint manner allows the air forces to achieve greater progress. FAC also reported in a press release that members shared knowledge in the areas of science, technology, doctrine, and advances in aerospace medicine. “The XXIV Committee served as the main planning conference for Exercise Cooperación V and it facilitated coordination among a great number of SICOFAA member air forces,” Col. Cook said. A delegation from the committee toured the National Center for Personnel Recovery in FAC’s Military Transport Air Command (CATAM, per its Spanish acronym). The center brings together Colombia’s humanitarian aid organizations and the ministries of Social Protection and Interior to optimize response time during natural disasters, the recovery and evacuation of personnel injured during combat, and medical care to victims in emergencies. Coordinated aid “None of our countries are immune to natural disasters. Cooperación V gives us the chance to meet and train together in realistic scenarios so we can be prepared to respond together when faced with such an emergency,” Col. Cook said. “During Cooperación V, we have a set of shared procedures, shared doctrine, and even shared software,” he noted. “The greater the participation, the greater our confidence in our procedures will be, and the greater our capacity to integrate our efforts in the air forces of the Americas for the fast and efficient use of air assets in response to a disaster,” he added. Because a large majority of countries in the region and around the world do not have their own capacity to respond to large-scale natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and fires, coordinated action by partner air forces – such as in Peru in March – becomes indispensable. The SICOFAA cooperation system demonstrated its usefulness during the emergency caused by the coastal El Niño, a meteorological phenomenon that battered Lima and northern Peru. On that occasion, the air forces of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States joined efforts to help the victims of the heavy rainfall and flooding in Peru. “Humanitarian exercises are indispensable because they allow the hemisphere’s armed forces to adapt their operations in the fight against the effects of climate change,” César Ortiz Anderson, president of the Peruvian Association for Public Safety, told Diálogo. SICOFAA has participated in diverse combined training exercises. The most recent, Cooperación IV, took place in April 2016 at the 4th Air Brigade of the Argentine Air Force in Mendoza. On that occasion, officers from 14 partner air forces conducted virtual search-and-rescue operations and had support duties in the affected areas. “The air forces of the Americas are a huge added value for our hemisphere. We have regional stability, we share confidential information, and we maintain strong, healthy relationships,” Maj. Gen. Borbón said. “SICOFAA seeks to ensure the sovereignty of the airspace belonging to each of the territories it is composed of, to combat any transnational threat, and provide humanitarian assistance.” In response to recent disasters, SICOFAA has managed to create a sense of unity among the air forces of the Americas. “One definition of this cooperation could be ‘today for you, tomorrow for me.’ In SICOFAA we like to go further and say, ‘united allies,’” Col. Cook concluded.last_img read more

Read More..

WBB : SU guards struggle to score, complement post players in spite of victory

first_img Published on February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img For Quentin Hillsman, it didn’t matter that his perimeter players had struggled offensively once again.As he listened to a question about whether or not he would like to see more production from his guards, the Syracuse head coach responded quickly.‘No, I like that,’ he said, pointing to the box score on the podium in front of him. ‘I like winning.’Even though the Orange got the 70-49 victory over lowly Villanova on Saturday with a dominant performance by its frontcourt, the scoring struggles that plagued the team in its recent three-game losing streak returned in the second half.SU hit just two field goals through the first 15 minutes of the second half, and its guards couldn’t find their stroke from deep throughout the game. Fortunately for Syracuse, its post players repeatedly got to the line in the second half to provide the team’s scoring and kept the game out of reach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s a team thing,’ sophomore guard Elashier Hall said. ‘Overall, we have to have inside and outside play. But loading the ball inside is working for us, so we’re going to keep going with it.’The Orange’s first field goal after the break came on a quick inbounds pass to sophomore center Kayla Alexander nearly five minutes into the action. The next field goal didn’t come until Alexander scored again in the post with 9:35 left in the game.‘We just slowed the game down,’ Hillsman said. ‘We knew that unless we turned the ball over, we couldn’t lose the basketball game. There weren’t enough possessions in the game if we didn’t turn it over and we got shots.’But the slower pace doesn’t explain a 29 percent shooting performance in the second half. And that number was even inflated by four late SU jumpers with the game already in hand.Those four shots — three by guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas and one by point guard Tasha Harris — were the only eight points scored by any of Syracuse’s perimeter players in the second half. Senior Erica Morrow sat out the last 25 minutes of the game after aggravating a thumb injury, and Hall missed all three of her shots after the break.Those four players’ scoring issues have not been limited to Saturday’s game. In the Orange’s three-game losing skid entering the matchup with Villanova, Tyson-Thomas was the only one of those four to reach double digits in any of those games with 16 points Tuesday against DePaul. Against Notre Dame and Rutgers, the quartet shot 19 percent from the field, making just 9-of-47 attempts.‘I wouldn’t say we struggled (in recent games), but we’ve just been more hesitant on our shot selection,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’ve just thought about it more, and so when it’s not there, we won’t force it.’Against the Wildcats on Saturday, the perimeter play was overshadowed by the Orange’s dominance inside against a physically overmatched team. But when the action got bogged down in the second half as SU slowed the pace, free throws were the only way Syracuse could manage any scoring for most of the period.For Hillsman, a win is a win, and he will take it however he can get it. The game plan against Villanova was to get the ball inside, and the Orange executed. Alexander finished with 22 points, and forward Iasia Hemingway tallied 15. Syracuse got to the free-throw line 30 times compared to none for the Wildcats.Still, the lack of perimeter success may not be a good sign for a Syracuse team that needs every win it can get on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. It was a major factor in the recent losses and could lead to more if it isn’t fixed. Tyson-Thomas, for one, thinks it will.‘I think it’ll come,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’ll come, it definitely will. But we had the advantage down low, and we took advantage of it. That’s what we’re supposed to do.’[email protected]last_img read more

Read More..