Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - News - Harlem Globetrotters To Appear This Weekend In Jackson County - News - Harlem Globetrotters To Appear This Weekend In Jackson County: "Harlem Globetrotters To Appear This Weekend In Jackson County

POSTED: 7:20 am CST December 7, 2005
UPDATED: 7:33 am CST December 7, 2005

MOSS POINT, Miss. -- The Harlem Globetrotters will be on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend to entertain victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Western Union partnered with America's Second Harvest of Chicago, Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile, Ala., and a Jackson County church to bring the team to Moss Point.

Officials said the Globetrotters will bring their comical and athletic performance to the city to raise the spirits of Mississippians affected by the Aug. 29 hurricane."

UK Fundraising | News | CAF launches new Gift Aid Charity Voucher

UK Fundraising | News | CAF launches new Gift Aid Charity Voucher: "CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has teamed up with St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and York Minster to create a revolutionary new Gift Aid Charity Voucher.

The face value of each voucher includes tax already reclaimed from HM Revenue & Customs through Gift Aid. So for £100, UK taxpayers can buy a book of 20 Gift Aid Charity Vouchers worth a total of £122.40 to distribute to their favourite charities whenever they choose. The vouchers were developed initially to help churches enable their parishioners to make tax-efficient donations into the collecting plate."

Katrina's Emotional Damage Lingers

Katrina's Emotional Damage Lingers: "Katrina's Emotional Damage Lingers
Mental Health Experts Say Impact Is Far Beyond What They've Ever Faced

By Ceci Connolly
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 7, 2005; Page A03

NEW ORLEANS -- 'I've been thinking the last couple days the best thing to do is die.'

The man, speaking on a dull monotone, was slumped in a chair inside the steamy convention center here, waiting to see a doctor. He didn't want to come to the makeshift hospital, but a friend insisted."

ExxonMobil and Its Employees and Retirees Contribute More Than $15 Million to United Way in Houston -- Baytown Areas


ExxonMobil and Its Employees and Retirees Contribute More Than $15 Million to United Way in Houston -- Baytown Areas: "ExxonMobil and Its Employees and Retirees Contribute More Than $15 Million to United Way in Houston -- Baytown Areas

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 6, 2005--ExxonMobil announced today it will contribute $10,777,467 in cash to the United Way in the Houston and Baytown areas following completion of its 2005 employee and retiree campaign. The funds will assist those benefiting from services provided by the nonprofit and its affiliated agencies. Of that amount, $9,540,911 will address needs of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and some $1,236,555 will benefit the United Way of Baytown.

The company contributed an additional $4.9 million through ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program grants to various United Way affiliated agencies, gifts-in-kind donations, and corporate loaned executives and administrative personnel to assist with the heavy work load at already burdened social service agencies. Also included in this amount are the $500,000 cash donation ExxonMobil made to the United Way Katrina Relief Fund and the $500,000 donation to the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross, a United Way affiliate, to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina who came to the Houston area seeking assistance."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Communications breakdown

Communications breakdown: "Communications breakdown
First responders look for new ways to keep communications flowing in emergencies

Feds rush mobile communications to aid relief efforts [Federal Computer Week, Sept. 5, 2005]

Disasters were not an e-gov priority [Federal Computer Week, Sept. 12, 2005]

Congress pushes for more resilient telecom [Federal Computer Week, Sept. 26, 2005]
First responder communications

What worked:

* Interconnection devices that bridge two-way radio communications with incompatible handsets, and landline and wireless phones.
* Portable communications gear that uses voice-over-IP technology to send voice over data networks, including satellite links.
* Paging and two-way messaging that sometimes helped emergency response teams communicate when voice systems failed.

San Francisco Examiner: Business

San Francisco Examiner: Business: "Bobbi Silten took on her new role as chief of the Gap Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the San Francisco clothing retailer, just one week after Hurricane Katrina hit.

“My transition has been a rather rapid one,” said Silten, who set aside her first-week plans in order to dive right in to relief efforts.

Gap Inc. (GPS) donated to the American Red Cross, sponsoring a double match for employee contributions. In addition, the company helped 1,300 employees displaced by the Hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi with pay, housing, clothing and job-placement assistance."

Monday, December 05, 2005

Buccaneers - News

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Buccaneers - News: "Actually, they were literally money plays, as well. Barber had previously pledged to donate specific sums of money to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts for every “big play” he made against the Saints in two games this year. He estimates that his three interceptions and eight tackles will lead to a donation of about $9,000."

ASU student offers Pakistan quake aid

ASU student offers Pakistan quake aid: "ASU student offers Pakistan quake aid

Dan Shearer
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 3, 2005 12:00 AM

Zach Makawi knows he's about to step into something big.

He just wants to be sure he's ready for it.

The 22-year-old Arizona State University student is joining about 20 other Valley men and 150 from throughout the United States who are headed to northern Pakistan to build shelters for the victims of a devastating October earthquake. He left today. "