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About Ben
I am a Multimedia Journalism student at the University of Northampton and I have just finished my second year of study. I am striving to be a sports journalist in the future and I have gathered experience in live sporting events but I am after new experiences and opportunities.
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Whale Watching Cruises with Saga

17 Apr 2024  |  travel.saga.co.uk
For over a decade, Saga Cruises has collaborated with marine charity ORCA, hosting their experts on cruises for research and enhancing passenger experiences with whale and dolphin watching, guided excursions, and educational talks. ORCA, established in 2000, focuses on the study and protection of marine mammals in UK and European waters. Passengers on Saga cruises, particularly to Norway, Iceland, and the Mediterranean, have the opportunity to volunteer for data collection, participate in talks, and join wildlife excursions. These cruises have successfully spotted a variety of marine wildlife, including numerous species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and birds.

Babies initially sent home with the wrong parents in 1953 meet 70 years later

29 Dec 2023  |  mcdowellnews.com
Mary Faye Parsons and Juanita Brucke, born on the same day in 1953 at Wilkes General Hospital, were accidentally sent home with the wrong parents. The error was quickly discovered and corrected, and the two women lived separate lives in Wilkes County, North Carolina, with the story becoming a family anecdote. They met for the first time 70 years later in Wilkesboro, sharing a meal and discovering similarities between their families. The incident influenced how they handled the births of their own children, ensuring they kept their babies in sight.

Babies initially sent home with the wrong parents in 1953 meet 70 years later

29 Dec 2023  |  journalnow.com
Mary Faye Parsons and Juanita Brucke, who were mistakenly sent home with the wrong parents by Wilkes General Hospital in 1953, met for the first time in December to celebrate their shared birthday. The error was quickly corrected 70 years ago, and the two women grew up in Wilkes County, North Carolina, living separate lives despite having mutual friends. They shared a meal at Coach's Neighborhood Grill in Wilkesboro, where they discovered coincidences between their families and reflected on the impact of the hospital's mistake on their lives.

Babies initially sent home with the wrong parents in 1953 meet 70 years later

29 Dec 2023  |  hickoryrecord.com
Mary Faye Parsons and Juanita Brucke, born on the same day in 1953 at Wilkes General Hospital, were mistakenly sent home with the wrong parents. The error was quickly discovered and corrected, and the two women lived separate lives until they met for the first time 70 years later in Wilkesboro. They shared a meal and stories, discovering coincidences and similarities between their families. The incident has been a lifelong anecdote for both, influencing how they handled the births of their own children.

Races begin to take shape for Iredell County's 2024 election

10 Dec 2023  |  mooresvilletribune.com
The first week of filing for Iredell County's 2024 elections has concluded, with several candidates having filed for the Iredell County Board of Commissioners, North Carolina House of Representatives District 84, and Iredell-Statesville Schools District 2. The Republican side has four candidates for the Board of Commissioners, while the Democrats have one. Three seats are available on the Board. Other filings include candidates for local school districts and North Carolina District Court Judges. Filing ends on the following Friday at noon.

Taking responsibility: Jury of their peers guides Teen Court in Iredell County

02 Dec 2023  |  mooresvilletribune.com
Iredell County's Teen Court program, facilitated by Piedmont Mediation Center, offers restorative justice for young offenders by allowing them to be judged by their peers, avoiding a criminal record while taking responsibility for their actions. The program includes Teen Courts in Statesville and Mooresville and an informal Circle setting for those with learning disabilities or high anxiety. The process involves the offender, the victim, and peers to understand the impact of the offense and work towards repairing the harm. With less than 25% recidivism, the program is deemed successful by its coordinators, Jessica Lemons and Sandra Donawa. The program also seeks volunteers, including middle and high school students.

Financial crises damage people’s mental health – our global review shows who is worst affected

27 Nov 2023  |  www.propertychronicle.com
Financial crises lead to significant mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and increased suicide risk. Vulnerability varies based on gender, age, job type, and family status. Manual workers, small business owners, the very young and old, families, less educated individuals, and those with long-term health conditions are particularly at risk. Men are more likely to experience increased suicide rates during and after financial crises.

Financial crises damage people’s mental health – our global review shows who is worst affected

23 Nov 2023  |  theconversation.com
Financial crises have long-term negative effects on mental health, causing increases in depression, anxiety, and suicide risk. Vulnerable groups include manual workers, small business owners, the young and old, families, those with lower education, and individuals with long-term health conditions. Men face higher suicide mortality rates, while women are more at risk of poorer mental health due to increased responsibilities. Recommendations to improve resilience include being open about financial distress, seeking social support, joining unions or employee assistance programs, and finding identity beyond work roles. Strong welfare systems and accessible health services can mitigate the mental health impact of financial crises.

Reese's remarkable Thanksgiving turkey drive strikes again

22 Nov 2023  |  Mooresville Tribune
12-year-old Reese Grandelli collected 230 turkeys, totaling 2,862 pounds, for her annual turkey drive to support FeedNC, showcasing compassion and community spirit. The drive, promoted through social media, received community support and donations. Reese, with years of experience, negotiates sale prices for turkeys to maximize donations. Her family, including her parents Nicole and Casey Grandelli, supports her efforts. Reese's initiative reflects her desire to help those in need, inspired by seeing a tent city at age 6. This year, she was able to distribute meals at FeedNC, providing a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those who might not have had one.

Lisa Pearson sworn in as new city council term gets down to business

23 Oct 2023  |  statesville.com
Lisa Pearson was sworn in as the new councilwoman for Ward 6 in Statesville, replacing Fred Foster. Pearson expressed excitement about working with her co-council members to manage the city's growth while maintaining its unique characteristics. Foster, who served since 2019, was praised for his dedication and service by fellow council members and Mayor Costi Kutteh. The council now includes four women, marking a historic moment for Statesville. Foster encouraged residents to actively participate in council meetings to support Pearson and address Ward 6 issues.

AFLW: O'Dea dominant in first win

07 Oct 2023  |  www.melbournefc.com.au
Elise O'Dea delivered an outstanding performance with 26 disposals, five tackles, and a goal, leading Melbourne FC to a victory over Collingwood at Victoria Park. Despite her individual success, O'Dea emphasized the importance of team effort and continuous improvement. The Demons focused on strengthening their defense after conceding 59 points in the previous match, successfully restricting Collingwood to just one major score. The team looks forward to their next game against Brisbane after an eight-day break.

Babies initially sent home with the wrong parents in 1953 meet 70 years later

01 Oct 2023  |  News Herald
Mary Faye Parsons and Juanita Brucke, who were mistakenly sent home with the wrong parents from Wilkes General Hospital in 1953, met for the first time in Wilkesboro. The mix-up was quickly rectified, but the incident left a lasting impression on both families. The women shared stories and photos, reflecting on the 'what ifs' of their lives. Despite the initial confusion, both women led fulfilling lives and found humor in their shared history. Their meeting highlighted the similarities between their families and the lessons learned from the experience.

King assist not enough for Watford as they were crushed by West Ham

28 Dec 2021  |  Dagsavisen
Watford FC suffered a defeat at the hands of West Ham United FC, with no points gained for the relegation-threatened club. Despite an early goal from Emmanuel Dennis assisted by Joshua King, West Ham turned the game around with goals from Tomás Soucek, Saïd Benrahma, Mark Noble, and Nikola Vlasic. In other matches, Southampton FC played a draw against Tottenham Hotspur FC, and Crystal Palace FC won against Norwich City FC.

Fifth Street Ministries takes fundraiser online due to coronavirus

23 Jul 2020  |  statesville.com
Fifth Street Ministries in Statesville had to cancel their 20th annual Christmas In July fundraising event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Executive Director Patti West expressed the bittersweet nature of the situation and the organization's plans to hold an online auction to raise funds. The pandemic has increased the community's need for Fifth Street Ministries' services while also making fundraising more challenging. The organization has provided shelter and meals to many in need and anticipates an increase in demand with the end of the federal eviction moratorium. West remains hopeful, citing the community's history of responding to needs and sharing resources.

A subdued feeling of patriotism on the 4th of July

03 Jul 2020  |  statesville.com
The 4th of July in Iredell County is subdued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no public fireworks and smaller, private celebrations. A study by NORC at the University of Chicago indicates Americans are the unhappiest in 50 years, and the pandemic has heightened political divisions, particularly around issues of public safety and personal freedoms. The absence of the Olympics and winding down of conflicts abroad have also dampened the usual patriotic spirit. Social distancing is cited as a reason for the lack of outward displays of patriotism.

Melbourne's ANZAC Day Eve Guernsey revealed

16 Apr 2019  |  melbournefc.com.au
The Melbourne Football Club will honor its members who died in World War I and II by wearing a special red and blue guernsey on ANZAC Day Eve against Richmond. The guernsey will feature the names of the 30 fallen men and the phrase 'Lest We Forget.' Club legend Ron Barassi, whose father was one of the casualties, was presented with the jumper as a keepsake. The guernsey is sponsored by New Balance, whose country manager expressed pride in the tribute.

Why developers should play a big role in your next marketing campaign

06 Mar 2019  |  martech.org
Marketers are advised to involve developers in their marketing campaigns, as developers are primary users of new products and can influence organizational purchasing decisions. The article suggests allowing developers to test products, prioritizing documentation, monitoring developer forums for feedback, and consulting with internal developer teams. These strategies aim to improve product adoption, gather critical feedback, and ultimately lead to successful marketing outcomes.

'I've lived the dream': Read Ben Gibson's farewell letter to Middlesbrough fans

06 Aug 2018  |  www.gazettelive.co.uk
Ben Gibson pens a heartfelt farewell letter to Middlesbrough fans as he leaves his hometown club, which he has supported and played for, to join Burnley in the Premier League. He expresses his gratitude to the club's management, staff, players, and fans, and reflects on his journey from a 10-year-old in the Academy to captaining the team. Gibson acknowledges the pain of relegation but cherishes the memory of promotion two years prior. He believes Middlesbrough is in great hands and looks forward to an exciting future with Burnley.

Treloar can return successfully this season: Dal Santo

27 Jun 2018  |  www.sen.com.au
Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar is out until late August due to a tendon injury in his left hamstring. Former athlete Nick Dal Santo, who experienced a similar injury, believes Treloar can make a successful return later in the season. Dal Santo advocates for surgery, which Treloar has opted for, and shares his own recovery experience. Despite Treloar also having a right hamstring injury, Dal Santo is confident in Treloar's professionalism and commitment to recovery. Collingwood is currently fourth on the ladder with nine games left before finals.

Simmons will become 'one of the greats'

26 Jun 2018  |  sen.com.au
Ben Simmons, mentored by Kevin Goorjian during his high school career, has been named the NBA Rookie of the Year and is predicted to become one of the all-time greats in the NBA. Despite some criticism of his shooting ability, Goorjian is confident in Simmons' future improvement. Simmons is also committed to representing Australia in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Lynch feels like a one-club player at the Crows

26 Jun 2018  |  www.sen.com.au
Adelaide forward Tom Lynch has signed a three-year contract extension with the Crows, expressing his pride in feeling like a one-club player despite starting his career at St Kilda. Lynch, who has played 115 AFL games, emphasized his commitment to Adelaide, citing the club's people and the contract length as key factors. He dismissed rumors of discontent following a pre-season training camp and is expected to return from a side strain for the upcoming match against West Coast.

Football isn't everything to Watts: Lyon

13 Jun 2018  |  sen.com.au
Garry Lyon commented on Jack Watts being dropped from the Port Adelaide team for the upcoming match against the Western Bulldogs, noting Watts' own view that football isn't the most important thing in his life. Watts, who transferred from Melbourne Football Club last year, has been underperforming, and Lyon suggests that his lack of desperation on the field is a contributing factor. Despite some Melbourne supporters feeling vindicated by Watts' omission, Lyon believes it's a result of the team's depth and Watts' need to regain form in the SANFL.

AFL CEO says score review errors are unacceptable

13 Jun 2018  |  sen.com.au
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan expressed frustration over errors in the score review system, stating such mistakes are unacceptable. Despite recent scrutiny following an incorrect review during a game between Essendon and Brisbane, McLachlan defended the system, arguing it does more good than harm and dismissing the idea of getting rid of it. He suggested a discussion on refining the system's scope rather than scrapping it entirely.

Quick delivery: ECB bars door to foreigners but Wessels slips in

15 Apr 2011  |  Mail Online
The England and Wales Cricket Board has successfully lobbied the Home Office to change immigration rules, preventing foreign cricketers from using a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa loophole, which Riki Wessels used to sign with Nottinghamshire. Immigration Minister Damian Green confirmed the visa system changes. Meanwhile, Paul Collingwood is recovering from knee surgery, Graham Onions returned to cricket with a five-wicket haul, and Samit Patel aims to impress England's coach Andy Flower after being left out of the World Cup squad.

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