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NEWS ARCHIVE - May to Aug 2002

The longest journey starts with a single step .....................................................ancient Chinese proverb

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AUGUST 2002


19th August 2002: Just reached five million visits! Very special time for us. Sorry no ongoing updates to this page (the bit below explains) but to find out about *some* of the new pagebuilding, see the CFR page.

SPECIAL NOTICE * 1st August 2002: A significant new Appeal has been added to the site - please see the 31st July entry (below). We would ask you to read this one in full - we need help publicising this across the world, if you're able to circulate details. Thank you!

The latest Newsletter gives details of what's been happening here recently, and there are also more entries on this page (below this notice) which you may not have seen yet. Please do take a look through the entries .... this Latest News page carries details of everything we add to the site, as and when it happens.

Today marks 50 months since Penny officially took over building this website. Approximately 1500 days down the track, she's taking a brief break from updating this page, to focus on a major pagebuilding task during August. Please do browse through the Latest News pages dating back over the last four years, the Newsletter archives and the site itself - there's so very much on line already (over 2000 pages) that there's plenty to explore, much of which you may never have seen unless you've been a visitor since the very beginning.

The next Newsletter is scheduled to go out some time during the first week of September 2002, bringing everyone up to date on what's been happening here. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy the resources of the site over the rest of the holidays!

The latest news items are on line below ....



JULY 2002


31st July 2002: We've been approached by people trying to help the islanders in some remote and isolated fishing villages in Tamilnadu on the edge of the Indian Ocean. What's happening there defies belief but no-one knows about it - and it's a highly complex situation, summarised on a webpage we've built for them here.

The focus of the story is the 1000 child fish workers - but the background to it is an entire community being put at risk by an appalling combination of circumstances. If you have time, please read the Tamilnadu page and forward it to everyone you know - this is a tiny corner of the world without the power to attract the publicity - and the help - that it needs.


30th July 2002: We're delighted to say that we have just added an entry for Whizz-Kidz to the Project HappyChild Directory of organizations helping children. Whizz-Kids helps disabled children and young people under 18 in the UK by providing customised mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and tricycles that are not available through the NHS, as well as providing help and advice to the children and their families and raising awareness of mobility-related issues through national campaigning.

Whizz-Kidz has also been added to the Syndromes Links Index page and we've included two of their events later this year on the Sponsored Events page - the Dublin City Marathon and the New York City Marathon. They have more sponsored events scheduled for 2003 [our calendar lists mainly 2002 events at present] and you can find details of these by clicking the "Events" link on their Directory entry.

We're deeply sorry to report that Millfield, the children's home run by the St. Pancras Foundation (est. 1776), which was previously in the Directory, has had to close its doors after being unable to find the £600,000 required to bring it up to modern Government standards. We understand however that the St. Pancras Foundation will use the proceeds from the sale of Millfield to help needy children in other ways. Our thanks to Sarah Harrison at the Ham & High, and to Chris Taylor of the St. Pancras Foundation, for information provided.



30th July 2002: As many of you will have seen from the headline graphic in recent days, we have finally been able to create an on-line "games" area for children. Inter-active java script was not an area we had touched on previously, and our thanks go to the Javascript Source for making available scripts which could be integrated to some degree with our existing page format.

The new "games area" includes two for memory development ("Pairs" and "Copy Cat"), a simple game called "Breakthrough" which helps with hand-eye coordination, and one called "Squares", an online version of a traditional pen-and-paper game with which most children will be familiar.


30th July 2002: At the other end of the scale, returning to the question of "spam" which has increased radically in recent months, we have contacted the Internet Watch Foundation with respect to e-mails which offer links to images of children. Whilst our ISP PlusNet aims to have a "spam filter" in place shortly, to filter the mail being received here, some of you reading this may well have received e-mails of this nature.

The Internet Watch Foundation advises people to visit its website and: "report using our online form by entering the website address in the relevant field; or by inserting the entire email in the description field. Using the form enables our system to automatically check if we have had other reports of the same site, we often have hundreds of reports of the same site which is being distributed in this type of email and it enables us to target our limited resources at finding material which has not yet been actioned ... Just to clarify we don't have the authority, resources or remit to deal with the distribution of the spam but will look at any potentially illegal website content which it advertises." Non-UK-source notifications received by the IWF are sent to the National Criminal Intelligence Services for forwarding to overseas authorities.


26th July 2002: Many of you will have seen our page about September 11th 2001, which remains on line as a permanent record of this tragedy. We have today added details of the John J Harvey, a retired fire boat built by New York City in 1931, decommissioned in 1994 and sold to new owners in 1999, which pumped millions of gallons of water to the World Trade Center in the days after the disaster. The hydrants west of Ground Zero had no water, but the John J Harvey took its water straight from the river.

It's now based at Pier 63, just north of Chelsea Piers and twice a week if the weather allows, is piloted into the harbour, playing "God Bless America" as it passes the Statue of Liberty. The boat's eight cannons shoot water out of the river at the rate of 18,000 gallons a minute, making rainbows on sunny days, and some days there are trips where children and adults can travel on this boat free of charge (the boat's ongoing costs are funded by sales of T-shirts, sweatshirts etc.).

See the Peace page for more details and a link to the John J Harvey site which has its own record of the help given on September 11th and subsequently, as well as a calendar of scheduled events for this summer.


23rd July 2002: Cannabis is in the news lately, with the recent proposed changes to UK law on drugs. "CANNABIS ..... the gateway" explores this subject from both teenage and adult viewpoints, and is written by a Trustee of Project HappyChild.


19th July 2002: Project HappyChild News for July/August 2002 is now on line.


18th July 2002: Regular visitors to this page will have been surprised by the lack of regular updates in recent weeks! For this our apologies - so much has been going on here behind the scenes that updating this page has been left until things settled down a little, and an unscheduled emergency hospital op meant that the Newsletter has also been delayed, but a combined July/August issue should be going out very shortly.

The major news items of the last few weeks are given below, along with details of the Manchester United charity match of which we learned this evening; other items will be added to this page over the next few days but the immediate priority is the issue of the Newsletter which will be sent out to all subscribers as soon as completed.



18th July 2002: VIRUSES: Firstly, the heavy load of virus-carrying e-mails has been entirely dealt with by our wonderful ISP, PlusNet, who now block the e-mails from downloading here as well as notifying the sender of the problem, preventing us from having to do so.


18th July 2002: SPAM: "Spam" has also increased radically over the last few weeks, to e-mail addresses featured on the site; PlusNet is working on a spam block we can use but in the meantime we have to a large degree protected the site by modifying the html code for e-mail addresses (some 80,000 of them) on all the site pages, in an attempt to block "harvesting" programs which lift e-mail addresses from the site pages. This is a partial but probably not total solution, and further measures are planned to camouflage e-mail addresses so they're still usable but not accessible by harvesting software, to safeguard the integrity of the site as a whole.


18th July 2002: STATS: Our unremitting thanks to Gareth Horth (a Director at GJG Electronics) who has set up dedicated Webalizer stats (with cron) to complement the Webalizer stats recently put in place by PlusNet, giving us detailed and comprehensive visit and "hits" figures across the board. June was amazing with over 1.35 million "hits" recorded [our on-site visitor count records only "visits"], with visitors coming from 117 countries worldwide.

Gareth's kind offer came via the PlusNet internal newsgroup (his "day job" relates to design of a vast range of electronics applications, for example electronic scoreboards) at a time when we weren't receiving any reliable stats, which of course are needed for the ongoing effective maintenance of the Project HappyChild site. The stats Gareth has kindly provided have made a significant difference in providing an accurate "picture" of the site as a whole, and we've recorded Gareth's contribution on our "Sponsors" page.


18th July 2002: GUESTBOOK: Our thanks to Alex Prince of TCI Nursery in the Gambia (whose Appeal in the website Guestbook was mentioned in our June newsletter) for sending full postal and telephone contact details. These have now been added to the Guestbook page - the most critical need the Nursery have is still for food for the children, and any help would be much appreciated.


18th July 2002: EVENTS: Our thanks to Paul Flack for sending in details of an unusual children's event, the "Swaines Green Festival", being held over the weekend of 17th and 18th August, in Epping, England. The event features Britain's only solar-powered green circus, as well as a children's paper-making workshop, games, farm animals, organic food, and story tellers. Artists taking part are scheduled to include acts from Croatia, Japan, Israel, Canada, Finland, Belgium, Portugal, the USA, and various parts of Africa. Funds from the event are being chanelled towards helping save the festival land from development and to purchase the land to protect it for future generations. E-mail Paul Flack - boobah (at) garlands.fsnet.co.uk - for further details.



find out about the amazing underwater world, from Dolphin Man, Tony Crabtree 18th July 2002: THE "DOLPHIN MAN": We have a new - and very unusual - advertiser on the site this month - Tony Crabtree, who has devoted his life to exploring the ocean - and who regularly gives presentations to schools on a number of linked themes.find out about the amazing underwater world, from Dolphin Man, Tony Crabtree

The "Dolphin Man" website has a breathtaking range of colour photographs, with no less than 75 *free* worksheets for schools (and home-schooling parents!) to make use of, described as "thematic, cross-curriculum ... develop a skill-based approach to topic work ... and can be used effectively in relation to aspects of the National Curriculum". A series of 4 interactive CD-roms (only £19.99 each plus p&p) are also available, complementary to the free worksheets (which have been written and beautifully illustrated by a Group 5 Primary Head Teacher).

On-line shopping facilities are not yet in place but it's possible to pre-order the inter-active CD roms and individual underwater photos for printing on A4, using the contact form at the "Dolphin Man" website.


United for UNICEF18th July 2002: FOOTBALL MATCH: UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, has just announced that Manchester United will play Boca Juniors of Argentina at Old Trafford on August 10th (kick-off 3pm) in a benefit match that will raise money to help support some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Tickets for the game will go on general sale tomorrow (19th July), and prices range from £20 for the best seats to just £5 for children and over-65s. Fans can order tickets via the internet - email: bocajuniors (at) manutd.co.uk , by post (Ticket & Membership Services Dept., Manchester United, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 ORA) or buy them in person at Old Trafford. From 2nd August tickets can be purchased by telephone (0870 4421999).

UNICEF have also joined forces with the Times Education Supplement to encourage schools to take part in a national fundraising appeal - "Children helping Children" - to help rebuild the education system in Afghanistan, and schools as far afield as Spain, Germany, Mauritius and Saudi Arabia have also become involved - see the TES website.

UNICEF have recently appealed for for US$17 million to help save six million children affected by the severe food crisis in Southern Africa - see their Emergency page.


18th July 2002: The European Commission has asked us to publicise a competition for children aged 10-15 - to celebrate the European Day of Disabled People (December 3), they are organising a drawing competition. 10 to 15 year olds are asked to draw what they would change for disabled people in 2003 – the European Year of People with Disabilities. One winning drawing will be selected per country, and that drawing will be used as an official European Year postcard and e-card. Each national winner will also win a trip to Brussels for an Awards Ceremony. The closing date for receipt of entries is October 15, 2002 - see the competition page for more details. [Editor's note, 15/03/13 - link removed as the domain name is now shown as for sale.]



JUNE 2002


30th June 2002: ACCELERATED LEARNING: Michael Tipper's latest Feature Article is now on line: Applying Multiple Intelligences to Art, centering on Van Dyck's famous "Samson & Delilah" picture housed at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

See the notes below the Article for details of the Dulwich's wide range of courses for children (as well as artist-led workshops at schools, as optional follow-ups to group visits), private views for teachers, and special arrangements for children and young people with medical and physical disabilities (including wheelchair use); also Special Needs outreach to schools.


2nd June 2002: GUESTBOOK: An Appeal has been received from Juliet Nabunje in Uganda, hoping to find a sponsor to see her through the remainder of her education and possibly university. This has now been added to the Guestbook and linked also from the page for Appeals & Projects in Uganda.


1st June 2002: Project HappyChild News for June 2002 is now on line.



MAY 2002


31st May 2002: GUESTBOOK: An appeal has been received from Bishop Teddy Nshome, struggling to meet his budget for the orphanage, children's home and hospital for poor children in Kitwe, Zambia. He needs to raise a total of around £6000, and would greatly appreciate any donations towards this.


31st May 2002: SPONSORED EVENTS: Our thanks to Penny Knopp at the National Eczema Society for sending details of the "Sponsored Wrap" which schools and companies can do any time of the year, to raise funds for the NES. Contact details (and how to get your "wrap packs") given on our main Sponsored Events page [scroll down].


25th May 2002: ACCELERATED LEARNING: Michael Tipper's feature article this month is now on line: "An Interview with Dominic O'Brien". As many of you will know, Dominic has won the World Memory Championships an astonishing *eight* times. What might not be so widely known is that in the past Dominic was classifed as a dyslexic child with ADD and had to overcome many challenges on his path to success. He is now using the knowledge he gained along the way, to help others: "His total belief in this issue of balance, coupled with his research into the brain, neuro-feedback and photic-stimulation have led him, with a colleague, to develop the unique Brainwave Conditioning System™. This is a system that has been used to help condition peak performance in athletes and sportsmen and is now being used to help in the treatment of dyslexia and ADD, resulting in extremely rapid changes" ..... click here to read this extraordinary article for yourself.


18th May 2002: GUESTBOOK: We have received an urgent appeal for assistance from the TCI Nursery in The Gambia; the school is struggling to stay afloat and provide food for impoverished children, despite Christian volunteers working in the school. Please see their Guestbook entry for details of the help they are seeking.


these two are playing against one another using Team Xtreme - *both* without assistance .....14th May 2002: SPECIAL NEEDS: We were delighted to learn earlier today that Pathways Development Group in Seattle have received CE Mark certification for their interface for the Nintendo® N64 console. This means that this wonderful invention which allows disabled kids to play the N64 on an equal footing with their able-bodied friends, can now be sold in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as other areas of the world. Click here for details of the interfaces and switches currently available to allow disabled children to use the NES, SNES and N64 consoles, or here for the Area 12 page relating to Pokémon [the part about interfaces and switches for use with Nintendo consoles is near the bottom of the page].


7th May 2002: SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE: Links to Schools and Universities in the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago of islands in the Pacific, are now available through Schools Interchange - click here.


1st May 2002: Project HappyChild News for May 2002 is now on line.


This page is part of the main News archive of the site-building "as it happened" going back to 1998/9. Click here for Latest Site News or select from the table below for archived Newsletters and News pages:
Newsletter archives: 2007-2014 2005 2003/4 2002 2001 2000 1999
Virus-related items: SHELLSHOCK BASH HEARTBLEED SASSER WORM NETSKY VIRUS DOOM VIRUS * *
Virus-related items: Sobig-F Bugbear     Klez     BadTrans Magistr SirCam LoveBug
News page archives: Jan-Dec 2009 Jan-Dec 2008 Jan-Dec 2007 Jan-Dec 2006 Sept-Dec 2005 May-Aug 2005 Jan-Apr 2005
News page archives: Jan-Dec 2004 May-Dec 2003 Jan-Apr 2003 Sept-Dec 2002 May-Aug 2002 Jan-Apr 2002 Sept-Dec 2001
News page archives: May-Aug 2001 Jan-Apr 2001 Sept-Dec 2000 May-Aug 2000 Jan-Apr 2000 1999 Kathryn

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