Shelagh plunges 10,000ft in ‘terrifying’ skydive to raise almost £2,000 for North-east childrens’ charity

A cancer survivor took to the skies to raise money for a North-east children’s charity.

Shelagh Reid, 59 of Drumoak, braved a skydive, plunging from 10,000 feet, to raise nearly £2,000 for Charlie House.

The charity supports North-east children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

But Shelagh revealed the “terrifying” skydive did not go without a hitch – with her leg getting caught on something as she jumped out of the plane.

Violin teacher Shelagh has already raised £35,000 for cancer charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, which aided her through her fight.

But this is the first time she has looked to aid a children’s charity.

On her decision to raise cash for Charlie House, Shelagh said: “I’ve been an educator all my life, and I haven’t had any kids of my own, so my pupils have really become like my family.”

She added she had been moved by the experiences of some of her pupils, saying: “One child in particular had stomach cancer, the same as mine.

“Thankfully, they caught it in time, they’re back at school and they’re a great child. But that’s what brought it home for me that we really need more for children in the North-east.”

Shelagh, who is now cancer free, said of the jump: “I was absolutely terrified, but it was fine once we got out of the plane.

“My leg got caught on something as I was jumping out, then the instructor managed to get my leg free and away we went.

“It wasn’t the most elegant of jumps, I have to say.

“Some of the things that I said on the way out definitely wouldn’t be printable!”

She also endeavoured to dispel a rumour, saying: “I can absolutely confirm that, even when you don’t have a stomach, you definitely still get that lurching feeling when you’re doing something like this.”

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Source:: Evening Express – All articles

Runners urged to sign up for Great Aberdeen Run

Runners from across the country are being encouraged to pull their trainers on and sign up for this summer’s Great Aberdeen Run.

Following success last year when more than 7,000 people pounded the pavements of the Granite City, the race is returning to Aberdeen.

Entries for the events on Sunday, August 26 have now opened, with options including a family mile down Union Street, a 10K and a half marathon.

To mark the launch, six inspiring participants were put through their paces by a personal trainer at Aberdeen Sports Village.

Jacqui Longrigg had her last dose of radiotherapy for breast cancer just hours before taking part in the session and is now working towards being ready to tac-kle the 10K.

The 46-year-old from Elgin has been using the services of charity CLAN Cancer Support while going through treatment and will use her race entry to raise money for the organisation.

She said: “I was diagnosed with cancer last May so the year has been pretty hard on me with the chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Hopefully when my skin heals I can start training again and this has given me something positive to focus on.”

Meanwhile, Gail Irvine’s speedy son provided her with the motivation to start running again after an eight-year break.

The 38-year-old last ran at distance in 2010 after limping across the London Marathon finish line with a time of five hours, 16 minutes.

“I decided to take eight weeks off to recover,” she said. “The weeks turned into years and I never picked my trainers up again.

“In those eight years I’ve had children, so exercise has been the last thing on my mind.”

Things changed last year when Gail signed up to take part in the family mile with her three-year-old son, but admitted: “I struggled to keep up with him.”

But she added: “I loved the atmosphere and it …read more

Source:: Evening Express – All articles

How to navigate Facebook’s privacy notifications and lock down your profile (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has started asking users to go through their settings and make sure they’re happy with the amount of data they are handing over.

That’s thanks to a new European law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which comes into effect on May 25.

That law makes it much harder for companies like Facebook and Google to collect and make money from your data — especially without your explicit consent.

It also means Facebook can’t access sensitive information like your sexual preferences, religious beliefs, and political beliefs without your proactive consent.

Now Facebook has to make sure you look at your settings before May 25 — or risk being fined 4% of its annual turnover, which represents billions of dollars.

Here’s how to navigate those new settings and keep your data private.

SEE ALSO: Facebook will soon ask if you really do want to share whether you’re gay or straight online

1. If you use Facebook in Europe, you will probably see this notification pop up. It’s hard to miss.

2. The notification looks dry as dust — but there’s one big update Facebook is trying to push on European users: Facial recognition.

Facebook’s ability to recognise people’s faces in photos to make tagging easier hasn’t been available in Europe since 2012. Now it’s introducing facial recognition by stealth, according to critics.

But more on that later.

3. First, Facebook will ask you about ‘specially protected data.’ This refers to your political views, your sexual orientation, and your religion — which you might have shared with Facebook when you first created your profile.

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Source:: Business Insider

With knowledge and rhythm, Jenny Cavnar’s T.V. play-by-play debut in Rockies vs. Padres was a historic success

Jenny Cavnar.

Courtesy Root SportsJenny Cavnar.

“Fire up the fountains. She’s gone!”

With that line to describe a first-inning homer by Nolan Arenado, Jenny Cavnar — who during Monday’s Rockies-Padres game became the first woman since Gayle Gardner in 1993 to call play-by-play for an MLB game — didn’t just punch a few holes in sports broadcasting’s glass ceiling.

She smashed through it.

The 12-year major league reporting veteran best known for hosting pre- and post-game shows on AT&T SportsNet in addition to past work as a Rockies radio commentator demonstrated knowledge and rhythm in the booth in her debut, even in a game that turned into a broadcaster’s nightmare when the Padres broke open a 13-5 blowout with a never-inning seventh inning.

Cavnar had no previous play-by-play experience, and the opportunity for her to fill in came about because the Rockies’ usual play-by-play commentator, Drew Goodman, is missing a handful of games this year to be an assistant coach for his son’s team at Arapahoe High School.

With her T.V. broadcasting debut, Cavnar joins Gardner –who was the first female to call major league play-by-play when she announced a Rockies versus Reds game in 1993 — as well as Suzyn Waldman (Yankees) and Jessica Mendoza (color for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball) as female baseball broadcasting pioneers.

Fire up the fountains! @jennycavnar’s first home run call during a regular season Rockies game on TV. Nolan cuts it to 4-2 Padres.

— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) April 24, 2018

Five takeaways from Monday’s game:

No. 1 — Through the first four games of a six-game home stand, the Rockies have allowed 20 runs with two outs, including seven the Padres plated in nine-run seventh that lasted nearly 45 minutes.

No. 2 — The Rockies surrendered a season-high nine runs in the seventh, while also setting a season high …read more

Source:: The Denver Post