274 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 The owner of a £1m Knightsbridge flat is offering it as a £5 raffle prize, with a proportion of the proceeds from entries going to London homeless charities.Lord Roger Hickman, the owner of the property, decided to launch the Win A Knightsbridge Flat competition after previously trying to sell the flat, to both find a new owner and help some of the city’s homeless charities.The ground floor flat has a double bedroom, a separate sleeping area with a full sized bunk bed, a bathroom and a large reception room. It was offered for sale by a local estate agency over a year ago for nearly a million pounds, and is close to Knightsbridge Green, Sloane Street and the National History Museum.Entries to the competition are £5 each, and Lord Hickman hopes to sell 300,000 tickets in order to cover costs including bank charges, stamp duty, legal fees, and charity donations, with the aim of selling up to 500,000 tickets in total to enable a bigger donation to homeless charities.Lord Hickman will donate 5% of all the first 300,000 paid entry ticket sales to homeless charities, named as Emmaus, Shelter, and Crisis in an interview in Get West London. According to the same interview, Lord Hickman wishes to sell the flat to buy a property in the country nearer his 100-year-old mother, and the draw will be undertaken by someone nominated by the Charity Commission.If the target of 300,000 entries is achieved before the closing date of 15 December, all additional ticket sale revenue will also be donated, minus a percentage to cover finance and marketing costs. Should the competition not hit its target of 300,000 paid entries by 15 December, the owner will choose to either determine that the property has been won, extend the competition, or offer the cash as prize. Either way, the charities will still receive a portion of the ticket price.House sales for charityHere are three more current properties up for sale that will generate a donation to charity:• Win A Country House is offering £25,000 to St John’s Hospice and £5,000 to National Youth Advocacy Service. It closes at the end of this month. 273 total views, 3 views today Advertisement Tagged with: competition London Raffles Melanie May | 19 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 • Win Your Dream Home is offering £25,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support. It also closes in December 2017. • HomeRaffler is offering £25,000 to Psoriasis Association and £25,000 to Wateraid from the sale of a house in Westcombe Park, South East London. It closes in December 2017. Knightsbridge flat raffle to give percentage of proceeds to homeless charities About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Pat Rice’s “fighting spirit” will help win his battle against cancer. On the pitch, Arsenal will be out to consolidate their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League when they travel to Cardiff on Saturday. The Gunners beat Marseille 2-0 on Tuesday night to all but secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Left-back Kieran Gibbs missed the European tie through illness, but Wenger revealed he would be back in contention this weekend. The 24-year-old returned to the England senior squad over the international break and has been enjoying a good run of form. Gibbs has been through his share of fitness problems, following a broken metatarsal in November 2009, not to mention a double-hernia operation and in January this year a torn thigh muscle sidelined him for some two months. The defender’s consistency, having started all 12 Premier League matches so far, is keeping Spain international Nacho Monreal in reserve. With Everton’s Leighton Baines facing an injury lay-off himself, now could be the perfect time for Gibbs to set down a marker for the 2014 World Cup. “I think this year I have moved up a level. I have stayed fit and finally shown what I can do,” said Gibbs. “Hopefully I can stay fit as possible and play as much as I can. “I feel strong and I have taken a good look at myself physically. “I have done a lot of gym work and preparation and even after games I have worked hard. I have to stay ahead of everything and make sure I don’t fall behind or pick up any silly injuries. “I am more relaxed knowing I can trust my body. You can get on with the game and that is all I wanted to do. “The games will come thick and fast now all the way through the winter, that is going to be an important test for me.” To come through such a hectic schedule unscathed and with continued form on into the spring, Gibbs could well move a step closer to booking a summer ticket to Brazil. “England was a big positive for me, especially as Roy Hodgson had three left-backs in the squad, but he told me that he felt he had to bring me in because of the way I have been performing,” Gibbs added in the official Arsenal matchday programme. “That gave me a lot of confidence. I managed to sneak on against Germany as well and get another cap. “I am really happy to be back involved in the set-up and it is obviously a good time to be back in the squad in World Cup year.” The former Gunners captain, 64, and assistant boss to Wenger since 1996, is undergoing treatment in hospital. Belfast-born Rice started his career in the Arsenal academy and went on to lead the side in the 1979 FA Cup final win over Manchester United before after making some 528 appearances for the Gunners, the Northern Ireland defender finished his playing career at Watford. Press Association He received an MBE from the Queen in 2013 ahead of his retirement as Arsenal assistant manager at the end of last season, having been persuaded to stay on in the dugout by Wenger. Thousands of Arsenal fans took to social media sites to offer their support for the club legend following confirmation of his illness, and Wenger wishes his good friend a speedy recovery. Speaking to the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com, Wenger said: “It is very sad news. Not only do we love him, but of course we are very grateful for what he has done here. “We are in touch with him, but I trust his legendary strength to get over it. “I am confident that he still has the fighting spirit he always had to get over it and that he will come out in a successful way.” Wenger continued: “That is what he needs now (strength of character) – he has that. In such a difficult period, it is a huge resource. “His mental state is very determined, very strong as he always has been. “He will fight for that, I have complete trust that he will come out in a very strong way and of course let us hope for the best.”
Editor’s note: This is the first weekly NBA column by Mark Heisler for the Los Angeles News Group. Heisler has covered the NBA for more than 30 years and is among a select few writers honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy award.Donald T. SterlingSterling World Plaza Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210Dear Donald,Forgive me for being out of touch. As you know, a lot can happen for someone over the course of an offseason.So, how are you? What do you mean, “I’ll be back?”Back where? To the Clippers? You sold them?How in the name of ‑ I’m trying to think of the worst sports owner of all time but let’s face it, it was you ‑ Donald T. Sterling could that happen?Oh, it was all a big misunderstanding?Well, I’ll bet they brought a pretty penny. …Two billion dollars?That’s two hundred billion pennies. You’re telling me someone came up with five times what Forbes said they were worth, and $500 million more than the Lakers were worth?(Of course, the Laker price has gone up by $1-2 billion. A consortium of Laker fans might get up $10 billion to get them out of the Buss kids’ hands.)Wait, I’ll get a pencil: B-A-L-M-Y. … Oh, OK, B-A-L-L-M-E-R.What can I say? Parting is such sweet sorrow with someone who’s meant as much ‑ two easy columns a year since my first piece in 1988 when I sat courtside next to you and your guests, Roseanne Barr with then-husband Tom Arnold, who was yelling back and forth at some fan.To drop the schtick for a moment, last spring’s fall from what little grace you had prompted enough stories to suggest that your life wasn’t just an amusing pratfall but a tragedy all around. Worse, if there was one common theme, you were as help-proof in life as in the NBA.I’ve got it! How about buying joining the ownership group seeking a team in Seattle? There could be a hole in their financing with Balmy … err, Ballmer out of the picture.Where else can they find an owner with your NBA experience and billions?Always,Mark HeislerSteve BallmerLos Angeles Clippers1111 S Figueroa St.Los Angeles, CA 90015As the greatest Owner Upgrade in sports history, you must be up to here with people fawning all over you, so I just want to say one thing:I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!I can’t tell you what it means to have someone with your intelligence, your resources, your gravitas. …Oh, oh.That’s not you in that Youtube video titled “Steve Ballmer going crazy,” running back and forth at a Microsoft presentation, hopping up and down and uttering blood-curdling cries, is it?Clipper fans haven’t seen anything like that since Stanley Roberts tried to run the court on a fast break.But, hey, this is a time of hope and new beginnings. You just bought the greatest fixer-upper of all time.This is like a vacant lot at Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive … except it’s better. Given the miracles that built the present team in Donald’s last years ‑ even as he continued running off or losing the people who did it from Mike Dunleavy to Neil Olshey to Vinny Del Negro ‑ it’s like a stunning new high rise at Wilshire and Rodeo!There’s just one hereditary problem. … Almost no one knows you’re here.The media covers you thoroughly, although not as maniacally as the Lakers. You have signature fans ‑ Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall, James Brooks, Clipper Darrell ‑ just not very many. There are enough fans to fill Staples Center, if courtside seats are $700, or $1,800 less than the Lakers.Aside from that … crickets.Pathetic as they are with enraged fans base alternating between scapegoats ‑ Jim Buss (old faithful), Kobe Bryant (selfish, get him out of here), Carlos Boozer (play Ed Davis), Jeremy Lin (remember the good old days with Steve Nash?), Mike D’Antoni (oh, right, he’s gone) ‑ the Lakers are the elephant in the room of local sports.Hits on Lakers stories outnumber those on Clipper stories 8-1 on local news sites. Lakers game radio broadcasts outdraw Clipper broadcasts by 9-1.It’s not just your problem but an “everyone else in town” problem. A Lakers exhibition story last month got more hits than that day’s Dodger-Cardinals playoff game.Finishing ahead of the Lakers (by 11 and 30 games the last two seasons) is easy, as is kicking them around on the floor. You can put up a shining, functional organization in place of the old haunted house but that won’t do it either.You have to win titles. That’s how the Lakers got where they are, by winning 10 since 1980, which is why nothing but No. 11 will ever satisfy their fans.Everyone needs a challenge. You remember when you guys turned the pre-Microsoft world on its head?That was nothing.Yours, like it or not,Mark [email protected] on twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year, the league announced on Saturday. Kansas City @Chiefs QB @PatickMahomes5 is the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year! #NFLHonors (by @microsoft) pic.twitter.com/ueNQq6JfG2— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2019Patrick Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018. Mahomes tallied 30 votes while Brees received 16.DeAndre Hopkins and Todd Gurley each got two, according to Pro Football Talk. Mahomes beat out Drew Brees who finished second in the voting. The Saints veteran threw for 3,992 yards with 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. Related News NFL Honors 2019: Giants RB Saquon Barkley wins Offensive Rookie of the Year The Chiefs fell in the AFC Championship game to the Patriots 37-31 in overtime.