The three charities are:Against Malaria FoundationSchistosomiasis Control InitiativeGive DirectlyThe startup plans to add more charities to benefit, but not to expand it beyond Givewell’s recommended charities.An app is also planned to help make mobile purchasing via the browser even easier.Help https://t.co/kYYVV2bEzI raise money for highly effective charities (GiveWell approved) at no cost to you: https://t.co/bGYj1eKJhy— Peter Singer (@PeterSinger) August 1, 2017The browser extension has raised over $1,000 so far.Source codeThe source code of the extension is publicly available on GitHub for anyone to view, audit, and improve. As well as demonstrating transparency in how the extension works, this also means that other developers can participate in the development of the extension. 261 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: affiliate marketing How Altruisto works“Effective charities”It has chosen three charities to support, which tackle extreme poverty and global health. It has selected them based on recommendations from the Givewell site. This conducts “in-depth research into how well charities do what they are supposed to do and chooses the best one”.This chrome extension raises money for @givewell charities whenever you buy stuff online at no extra cost to you! https://t.co/1FvezCJoOj— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) August 7, 2017 Howard Lake | 13 April 2018 | News Altruisto is a browser extension which generates an affiliate commission for three charities when shopping at participating merchants’ sites.Altruisto has partnered with over 1,000 companies such as Barnes & Noble, AliExpress, eBay, and Microsoft.It is available for Chrome and Firefox, with versions for Opera and Edge soon to be available.After installing Altruisto, when you visit one of the partner stores you see a special box with a button stating ‘Start raising money’. When you click the box and confirm your choice you are redirected back to the partner store. From then on, whenever you buy something Altruisto receives a portion of the price you paid. This is typically between 1% and 6%.After deducting its running costs Altruisto donates the remainder of its income to three charities.The organisation is a Community Interest Company, meaning that it has an obligation to use its profits and assets for the public good. Consequently it donates 100% of the remainder income to charities.https://t.co/MmN56VIUHK – Do good just by shopping online https://t.co/FjxtwGWxNV— Steven Pinker (@sapinker) August 21, 2017 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 262 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Altruisto browser extension generates donations via online shopping AmazonSmileSince the browser was developed Amazon has extended its AmazonSmile donation service to charities in the UK. Does that remove the need for Altruisto when shopping on Amazon?Altruisto’s FAQ points out that its other partners “usually donate 2-12 times more through Altruisto (1-6%) than Amazon does through Amazon Smile (only 0.5% of the final price)”. In addition its partner stores include products or services that are not available on Amazon, such as financial products and sports clubs’ official apparel. Extension onlyAltruisto does not operate a web version of its service, with services like daily deals, product feeds, vouchers, and coupons. In this way it differs from existing charity affiliate services like GiveAsYouLive, The Giving Machine, Easyfundraising and GoRaise.co.uk. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Fundraising campaign launches to support mental health of Covid’s forgotten taxpayers — ForgottenPAYE (@ForgottenPAYE) August 4, 2020 Spokesperson, Ellie Phillips said:“We have seen rapidly increasing numbers of excluded taxpayers experiencing a steep decline in mental health. The same themes run through their cries for help: severe financial worries, worthlessness, confusion, hopelessness and feelings of being a burden on those around them.“While the #ExcludedUKAPPG has brought together record numbers of MPs, who are working to help find a solution to the financial exclusion, we felt it imperative that support be readily available now to help those whose mental health has already been affected.“Donations made will help Samaritans to continue to provide much-needed emotional support to those struggling during this difficult time.” 251 total views, 2 views today Melanie May | 5 August 2020 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 252 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Organisers of national campaign ForgottenPAYE have launched a campaign to raise £1 million to help support those struggling with their mental health as a result of falling through the gaps in the government’s coronavirus support schemes.MIND THE GAPS has been launched in association with a number of other campaign groups including ForgottenLTD, MaternityPetition, the BBC PAYE freelancers support group and New Starter Justice, and is fundraising for the Samaritans.It also has the backing of a number of UK celebrities, including Denise Welch, Brooke Vincent, Catherine Tyldesley, and Rebecca Ferguson.A huge thank you to @MandipGill @RealDeniseWelch @realshanerichie @RebeccaFMusic @CharlotteDawsx @huwstephens @wonderwomanshel @craigbigbro1 for supporting our #MindTheGaps campaign ??£5 can help @samaritans to answer one call for help. Please donate:https://t.co/sHiFtJbuaK pic.twitter.com/if5TASUAQJ Advertisement 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.
News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned to learn that Domenico Quirico (photo), an Italian journalist working for the Turin-based daily La Stampa, has been missing in Syria for the past three weeks. The Brussels evening newspaper Le Soir has also revealed that Pierre Piccinin de Prata, a Belgian academic and political scientist who was reporting for the paper, has also disappeared in Syria.Reporters Without Borders is outraged by what is happening to professional news providers in Syria. As well as being victims of the chaos and ubiquitous violence, journalists are also being deliberately targeted by the various parties to the conflict. The abduction of foreign reporters has become commonplace.Quirico has been missing since 9 April, when he told a colleague he was on the road to Homs. There has been no word from him since then. An experienced international reporter, he has covered conflicts in the past including in Sudan, Libya and, recently, Mali. He entered Syria from Lebanon to do a series of reports from the Homs region.In agreement with his family, La Stampa announced his disappearance on 29 April.Piccinin’s disappearance was reported on 24 April by Le Soir, which had published several of his stories. The exact circumstances in which he went missing are not known. He had visited Syria several times in the past.“We call for the immediate release of Quirico and Piccinin and we urge those holding them to respect international law, under which journalists must not be targeted by the various parties to a conflict,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is high time that the Syrian government stopped displaying complete contempt for its international obligations. All branches of the opposition must also realize that they have responsibilities and must stop attacking media personnel.”Three other foreign journalists – Austin Tice, James Folley and Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi – are still missing or are still being held by abductors.With 23 journalists killed and 22 imprisoned, and with 55 citizen-journalists killed and 18 imprisoned, Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for news providers. It ranks 176th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa May 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more foreign reporters missing, war’s collateral victims Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further
Class One match official Yakubu Nuhu Liman has been appointed to take charge of the ‘Super Clash’ between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko on Sunday.The Wa-based referee will be centre official for the Glo Premier League’s top liner this weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium.Nuhu Liman will be assisted on the lines by Augustine Akugre and Osman Ouedragou in the match-day-24 clash.Samuel Gyasi is the fourth official.Sunday, May 5Match: Hearts of Oak v Asante Kotoko Venue: Accra Sports StadiumReferee: Yakubu Nuhu LimanAssistant 1: Augustine AkugreAssistant 2: Osman Ouedragou4th Official: Samuel Gyasi
Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes were left in tatters by an eight-minute hat trick from Andy Carroll in a thrilling 3-3 draw at West Ham.Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser rescued a point for the Gunners after they had blown a two-goal lead during an extraordinary spell either side of half-time.But Arsene Wenger’s side, who realistically needed to win every remaining game to stand a chance of catching leaders Leicester, could find themselves 13 points adrift with just 18 to play for by Sunday evening.They were 2-0 up and seemingly cruising to a third straight victory thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. But Carroll, making a rare start in what has been another injury-hit season for the Hammers, turned the game upside down with his first treble since August 2010 for Newcastle, staking a late claim for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship was all but confirmed after they lost 2-1 to Bournemouth at Villa Park. Bournemouth took the lead two minutes into first-half stoppage time through Steve Cook, the assist coming from Simon Francis following a corner.Ciaran Clark was at fault for the second goal, Josh King taking advantage to net in the 74th minute. Jordan Ayew pulled a goal back in the 85th minute but there was to be no way back.The win moves Bournemouth past the 40-point barrier, while Aston Villa are now 15 points adrift of safety with only five games to play.Newcastle may not be far behind Villa after they lost 3-1 to Southampton, and now sit six points adrift of safety with six games to play.The Magpies fell behind after only four minutes, Shane Long getting past Steven Taylor before scoring past Karl Darlow. Southampton continued to dominate and it was 2-0 seven minutes before half-time as Graziano Pelle capitalised on poor defending to double the advantage. Victor Wanyama bagged the third ten minutes after the interval, and although Andros Townsend pulled a goal back it was no more than a consolation.Rafa Benitez, who has not won a match since replacing Steve McClaren four games ago, will now have to produce the great escape to prevent a second relegation for the Magpies under the ownership of Mike Ashley.Crystal Palace all but assured their place in the Premier League for another season with a 1-0 win at home to Norwich City — their first in the league since Dec. 19.Jason Puncheon scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute, collecting a pass from Joel Ward before curling a shot past John Ruddy. The victory moves Palace 10 points clear of Sunderland in the final relegation place, and while the Black Cats have a game in hand it seems unlikely that Alan Pardew’s men will now be dragged into trouble.Norwich still have a four point cushion over Sunderland, who have two games in hand and entertain leaders Leicester City on Sunday.Manchester City came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri.Stephane Sessegnon put West Brom ahead in the fifth minute with a neat right-footed finish from just inside the box However, it didn’t take long for Manchester City to hit back as they were awarded a penalty after the Baggies’ goal scorer fouled Aleksandar Kolarov inside the area. Sergio Aguero calmly converted the spotkick by dispatching it in the bottom right corner meaning the two sides were locked at 1-1 at the break.After the interval, Samir Nasri found the net in the 65th minute after being assisted by Aguero from six yards out to put City ahead for the first time in the game.Pellegrini’s side held out for the rest of the game with the extra three points ensuring fourth spot is theirs for at least another week.Chelsea suffered their first defeat under Guus Hiddink as Swansea ran out 1-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium. Jefferson Montero delivered a cross which Matt Miazga failed to deal with effectively, and Gylfi Sigurdsson made no mistake in converting the loose ball in the 25th minute.The defeat puts a dent in Chelsea’s slim hopes of forcing their way into next season’s Europa League.FA Cup semifinalists Watford and Everton played out a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road – both goals coming within second of each other at the end of the first half.Miguel Britos lost possession with a terrible piece of control, and that allowed James McCarthy to score the opener in the first minute of added time. But moments later the Hornets were level as Ben Watson’s corner was converted by Jose Holebas.Everton now sit 14th on 39 points, a point and a place above their hosts.
30 Jul 2016 International field to contest Reid Trophy The Reid Trophy returns ‘home’ next week when an international field of U14 boy players head to Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.The Reid Trophy – or the English U14 boys’ open championship – is one of the most prestigious titles in the junior game and the golf will be of the highest standard. The 54-hole event will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 2-4.The English challengers include Dominic Clemons, 14, and Conor Gough, 13, who have already made an impact in the U16 McGregor Trophy this season.Clemons (Gog Magog) scored 68 in the last round and finished on three-over, sharing fifth place, while Gough (Stoke Park) tied ninth.The Reid Trophy is the legacy of Malcolm Reid, a great supporter of junior golf and a long-time member of Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.He always believed there should be a national competition for under 14s and in 1995, two years before his death, he launched the Reid Trophy at his club.Over the years the championship has grown to become a thoroughly international event, attracting the best boy players from across England, Europe and beyond.Past winners include England’s Eddie Pepperell, now a successful European Tour player and Scotland’s Bradley Neil who went on to become the Amateur Champion and a Walker Cup player before turning professional. England international Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) won the trophy in 2011.The Reid Trophy was hosted at Porters Park for its first five years before moving to other courses around the country, but regularly returning ‘home’.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
RED BANK – Shaping Red Bank, a coalition working to prevent obesity and improve health and well-being, introduced a bilingual consumer health program today at El Guero Grocery, a bodega on the Westside of Red Bank.Twenty third-grade students from Red Bank Charter School were the first to get a lesson on the coalition’s “Healthy Pick” program, which includes a visual system to assist consumers in selecting foods and beverages that are lower in salt, sugar and fat, and to encourage lean meat and poultry, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.“Through the Healthy Pick program, the Shaping Red Bank Coalition aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Red Bank families,” said Sandra Van Sant, health officer for the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, a leader in organizing the coalition.Yellow “Healthy Pick” stickers in Spanish and English readily identify the healthier options on the store shelves at El Guero and shoppers are also receiving bilingual healthy tip cards when they check out as part of the education program.The program piloted by El Guero, is one of three healthy living initiatives developed by Shaping Red Bank and funded with a $7,500 grant from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. In addition to Healthy Pick, the coalition is working with faith-based communities to improve their members’ knowledge of good nutrition and with the borough Parks & Recreation Department to improve and promote walking in Red Bank.The Coalition got its start over a year ago when the health commission, The Community YMCA, the Parker Family Health Center and the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation began working on the obesity prevention grant. Since then, several more local organizations have joined the local effort to prevent obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles among borough families.“By working together, community organizations can better address the growing dual health crises of diabetes and obesity,” Van Sant said, noting that New Jersey has the highest rate of obesity in the country among children 2-5 years old.The Shaping Red Bank Coalition is part of Shaping New Jersey, a statewide obesity prevention partnership of over 150 organizations dedicated to curbing obesity in New Jersey. Local organizations and businesses that comprise Shaping Red Bank are: the Brookdale Network, El Guero Grocery, Juanito’s, the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, the Parker Family Health Center, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank schools, Red Bank Borough Department of Parks & Recreation, the Red Bank Library, the Red Bank Resource Network, Riverview Medical Center and The Community YMCA.
By Chris Rotolo |A recent study on electronic cigarettes and vaping devices indicates that users of these products are exposing themselves to cancer-causing toxins, and the report is eliciting action from local schools.According to the study’s lead researcher, Mark Rubinstein, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, urine tests from the bodies of teens who used electronic cigarettes and vaping devices revealed elevated levels of five different toxins that are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), all of which are known or suspected carcinogens.Adrian Pristas, M.D., a pulmonologist for Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center, said these VOCs can only become carcinogenic when they are heated to a certain temperature and though vape devices are not believed to produce that level of heat, the fact that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has led him to raise questions.“Why would you take the chance? This is a situation that is not much different than what we’re facing with (marijuana), in that the use is way ahead of the medical knowledge,” Pristas said.“The fact is we don’t know a whole lot about what vaping is doing to the human body. We can only compare it to other inhalation exposures. Vaping is potentially dangerous.”Rubinstein’s study indicated that traces of these potentially harmful VOCs were detected at a rate up to three times higher in users than in those teens who did not vape.“Many of these compounds are carcinogenic. Will they definitely cause cancer? We don’t know that, but it’s ordinarily not a good idea to put these compounds in your body, especially if you’re a youngster who is going to use these devices for many years and live with the impact of DNA mutation over that time,” said Norman Edelman, M.D., senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association.Though touted as a healthier option to traditional combustible cigarettes, the recent study on these VOCs tells a more threatening tale, especially when considering that addictive properties like nicotine are still present inside the liquid used within an electronic cigarette.“It’s been proven that these devices do produce nicotine. These things are not free and clear like they’ve been made out to be,” Pristas said. “And they appear to be an addictive gateway device that leads to cigarette use, as studies have shown that those who are 14 to 30 years of age and vape are four times more likely to start smoking.”One of Pristas’ biggest concerns surrounding the vaping issue is the latest marketing trend that appears to be targeting younger users with various flavors, including Bananas Foster, Rainbow Candy, Berry Splash and many more. These tactics are also troubling to Oceanport resident Kim Murphy, who helped found the borough’s Drug Education Initiative committee (DEI).“All of these flavors, all these marketing tactics, they’re absolutely trying to draw in younger users, and as a parent it’s very upsetting,” Murphy said. “I’ve read that they’re primarily targeting young girls, because the vapors smell like their perfume, so they can get away with it easier. But the fact is the marketing is working. Young kids are very into it. These companies are making a lot of money. And it’s our job to educate our families.”Murphy and the DEI committee are taking an initial educational step by inviting local parents to “Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know,” a presentation on March 20 at the Maple Place School, which will display information on the dangers of vaping, trends concerning kids, the cosmetic makeup of vaping devices and the flavored liquids that are available.According to Murphy, the presentation is a response to the lack of easily digestible and readily available information on the issue, and the recent increase in questions she and the DEI committee have received from concerned parents.“It’s been the No. 1 question people have had and it’s a topic that we personally don’t know much about,” Murphy said. “We don’t know what our kids were facing. We don’t know why it’s so easy for them to do it. It’s obvious that times are changing. Kids really aren’t smoking cigarettes anymore. But this is a new threat. And we need to create different platforms for professionals to come and educate us on what we’re dealing with.”The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. and led by PJ O’Connell, Shore Regional High School’s security director, who hosted the same session at his high school in January.“We’re very excited to have PJ leading the presentation, because he’s a retired police detective who worked in Ocean Township, so he’s able to speak from experience. He’ll show what it is that your kids are doing. He’ll let you smell the different scents. He’ll show what the different devices look like so you can identify them at home. Vaping is very accessible to our kids, but PJ is here to help.” Murphy said.Earlier this month a presentation was held at Middletown High School South for district parents to attend and acquire information about vaping, and several other Two River-area townships are addressing, or have addressed the issue.When the calendar turned to 2018, Red Bank Regional Superintendent Louis Moore issued a policy update to his school community, reminding students that in 2010, the state of New Jersey had implemented a vaping ban prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in all indoor public places, businesses and schools. Moore’s update also stated that possession and use of these devices on school property or at school functions “may result in serious consequences for students, including suspension, police referral and a mandatory substance screening.”On April 25, all Freehold Regional School District parents are invited to Colts Neck High School for a special presentation titled “Vaping: The Smoke Screen our Parents Need to Know About Vapes, E-Cigs & Cloud Pens.” The 45-minute event will be led by Douglas S. Collier of Drug Education Awareness, and will include a Q&A session for attendees.This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
But Plummer, who has three years left on his contract and is due $5.3 million in 2007, is reportedly balking at the possible trade. The Oakland Raiders opened the free agency season by meeting with Jeff Garcia on Friday, but the highly sought after quarterback plans to talk to other teams before deciding where to sign for next year. The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis on Friday, making two bold moves in the opening hours of free agency. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract. Allenby is ahead Robert Allenby finished his round around lunchtime, and left PGA National thinking he’d be within two of three shots of the lead by day’s end. He ultimately was wrong, and probably thrilled. Allenby shot a 2-under 68 Friday, getting the Australian to 5 under after two rounds of the Honda Classic and into a tie atop the leaderboard with first-round leader Charlie Wi – who shot a wild round of even-par 70. England’s Oliver Wilson eagled the 11th and 15th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand. Wade examined Dwyane Wade had his dislocated left shoulder examined Friday by specialist Dr. James Andrews, and Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said there’s no rush for a decision on whether season-ending surgery or rehabilitation is the best treatment. “It doesn’t make any difference,” Riley said. “We know he’s gone – four weeks, six weeks, the rest of the year.” Utah coach to leave Utah basketball coach Ray Giacoletti will leave at the end of the season, the school announced Friday. The Utes (11-17) are mired in their worst season in decades and are just 6-9 in the Mountain West Conference before Saturday’s game at rival Brigham Young. “No one wanted our team to succeed this year more than my staff and I, but that just wasn’t the case,” Giacoletti said in a statement. His tenure, which started with a 29-win season in 2004-05, will likely end at next week’s Mountain West Conference tournament unless the Utes somehow rally to win it. That’s the only way Utah can make the postseason. Gonzaga reserve player Theo Davis has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest with starting center Josh Heytvelt after a traffic stop in Cheney last month. The Mountain West Conference reprimanded Wyoming coach Steve McClain on Friday for published “negative remarks regarding the TCU men’s basketball program.” The remarks were published Thursday and violated a rule against public criticism of a member institution, the conference said in a statement. Neither the conference nor Wyoming officials would confirm what the remarks were or where they appeared. Tennis Ch. Open Just over eight hours after he found out that he’d be playing in the quarterfinals Friday, Evgeny Korolev advanced to the semifinals in the Tennis Channel Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow 19-year-old Sam Querrey in Las Vegas. Korolev, from Russia, got back into the event when the ATP Tour reversed its decision to give top-seeded James Blake the controversial quarterfinal spot. Blake, the 2006 winner, led Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-1 on Thursday in round-robin play when del Potro retired because of respiratory distress. Korolev, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Blake in their opening-round match Tuesday, initially was declared the group winner based on his completed victory, but the tour reversed that decision Thursday night before switching back to Korolev on Friday. Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela advanced to the Mexican Open final Friday night when compatriot Agustin Calleri retired after pulling a leg muscle. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain faced eighth-seeded countryman Carlos Moya, the 2002 and 2004 winner in Acapulco. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four months after the death of team patriarch Red Auerbach, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge reunited in grief Friday to say goodbye to former Boston Celtics teammate Dennis Johnson. The trio of Celtics stars joined about 1,000 mourners who shared tears and laughter during Johnson’s 1 -hour funeral. “He was a great basketball player, a guy that was dedicated to the game, and he showed that by staying in it and going to the minor leagues to coach and try to move his way up,” Bird said. Plummer retiring? Jake Plummer’s status with the Denver Broncos was in limbo Friday. The quarterback who lost his starting job during the 2006 season reportedly would rather retire than accept a trade to Tampa Bay, the NFL Network and other media sources reported Friday afternoon. The Broncos and Buccaneers had reportedly worked out an agreement that would send Plummer to the Buccaneers in exchange for a middle-round draft pick. “D.J. was a huge part of championship teams and was a guy that everybody liked,” McHale said. “He was a fun guy, and he had a personality that fit with us because we had a bunch of guys who enjoyed each other.” Johnson, who was coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Development League, died of an apparent heart attack after practice last month. He was 52.