DSC publishes its first guide to new grantmaking trusts

first_img  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Howard Lake | 2 June 2011 | News The Directory of Social Change is expanding its range of guides and directories for trust fundraisers with a new title, The Guide to New Trusts. It features 100 grant-making trusts and foundations which were almost all registered in 2010, none of which “have appeared in print in any of our publications before”.The trusts have been established by companies, families and individuals. Some of the more well-known names behind these new trusts include entrepreneur James Caan of the Dragons’ Den, Chelsea FC footballer Salomon Kalou, and former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. Another trust has been set up by a National Lottery winner.As with other DSC trust directories, The Guide to New Trusts includes grantmakers’ beneficial areas, contact details and preferred method of application, trustees’ names, funding areas considered and exclusions where known, and other information available on grant-making policies and practices.Editor Tom Traynor acknowledges that “many of these funders don’t yet have any formal published guidelines for potential applicants or an established application process – they appear to be adopting a ‘suck it and see’ approach where they respond to applications they receive and develop their strategy and policies accordingly”. As a result the directory includes advice on how to research and approach these trusts.The Guide to New Trusts joins other established titles for trust fundraisers from DSC including The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts, Trust Fundraising, Guide to the Major Trusts part 1 and Guide to the Major Trusts part 2.The 32-page The Guide to New Trusts costs £24.95 from the Directory of Social Change, and it can also be ordered from Amazon.co.uk. DSC publishes its first guide to new grantmaking trusts 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.last_img read more

Red alert as traffic light vandals put pedestrians in danger

first_imgDamage caused by vandals to traffic lights in Letterkenny is putting the lives of both old and young people at risk.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh revealed the lights were taking up to 45 seconds to change to allow people to cross the busy Glencar Road.He had called on the local council to report the problem to the supplier and have repairs carried out as soon as possible. Councillor Kavanagh had asked the council to look at the lights and determine if the waiting time to change for pedestrians could be shortened.He said “It was taking 45 seconds for the lights to change and children in particular were not waiting and were taking chances by running across the very busy circular road.”The council revealed that following their inspection of the lights they discovered that the lights had been vandalised resulting in delays to the changing intervals.Cllr. Kavanagh welcomed the council’s commitment to getting the issue addressed but expressed disappointment that the lights had been vandalised. “It’s alarming that anyone would vandalise the lights and in the process put people, particularly children, in danger with such reckless behaviour,” he said.Red alert as traffic light vandals put pedestrians in danger was last modified: October 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdangerletterkennytraffic lightslast_img read more

Government has prioritised energy security to enable economic growth and development

first_img• Government is aware that the country’s economic growth performance needs to be improved in a sustainable manner and has therefore made the resolution of the energy challenge an immediate priority.• Progress has been made on stabilising the energy supply, in particular, maintenance practices have been improved; short term power purchase programme contracts of 1 350MW of electricity has been approved for 2015/16; and request for proposals of 2 500MW of coal-fired power has been issued.• Efforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800MW to the grid.• The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.South Africa and the renewable energy programme• South Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme.• Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put South Africa among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.• Notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.last_img read more

The Xenia Effect in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. The Xenia Effect refers to the effect of foreign pollen on kernel characteristics. Cross-pollination occurs in corn because it is a monecious, which means that it has both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowers on a single plant. The Xenia effect occurs when pollen from the tassel of one corn variety moves from one field to another, landing on the silks of another variety which fertilizes and produces. The picture above is an example of the Xenia effect, found by SC agronomists. Flint corn was planted a short distance from a field of hybrid dent corn. Both the flint corn and dent corn were flowering at the same time, allowing the flint corn to pollinate some kernels on the dent ears. The cross-pollination exhibited by the Xenia Effect can influence testing procedures and production of specialty corn crops.last_img read more

Obama & Romney Are Ignoring America’s Hottest Export: Big Data

first_imgWith as many as 67.2 million viewers worldwide, the latest round of U.S. presidential debates were the most closely watched since 1980, when Ronald Reagan delivered a crushing blow to then-President Jimmy Carter.Yet with that great an audience, in all three appearances, President Barack Obama made one of only two brief mentions of information technology as an American asset.  “If we don’t have the best education system in the world, if we don’t continue to put money into research and technology that will allow us to create great businesses here in the United States,” stated the President toward the end of the third debate Monday, “that’s how we lose the competition.”Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney followed up, literally in the last few minutes, by framing U.S. digital technology in terms of its value to China:  “They’re stealing our intellectual property, our patents, our designs, our technology, hacking into our computers, counterfeiting our goods,” Gov. Romney said.Regardless of one’s feelings of how the candidates performed over the past few weeks,  the absence of any substantive discussion of the key success story of American industry — information technology – makes the divide between politics and reality crystal clear.  The debates offered more than ample opportunity to frame this country as the champion of free information and the harbinger of the fastest growing industry since petroleum. Big data, the cloud, and information services delivered over the Web are the key to small business growth. But it was as if neither candidate had time enough to glance at the world outside their jet cabin windows.Virtual Product, Real IndustryThe rise of big data as big business points to the urgent need to restructure data centers. This comes in response to three factors that have completely changed in just five years:The almost inconsequential cost of data storage, precipitated in no small part by the declining cost of overseas manufacturing labor;The explosion in processing power per megawatt, which led to rapid deployment of parallelism that enables analytics functions that were impossible for single-threaded processors;The sudden appearance of Web-based languages that enable lightweight apps to perform the same tasks that, just a few years ago, required mainframes and even supercomputers.It may be difficult to calculate the value of big data contribution to the nation’s gross national product. But the longer we go without including data as an economic product, the more we may be blinding ourselves to an aspect of true American recovery – along with the jobs and brighter futures that come with it – happening right in front of our faces. Jack Norris, who’s the VP of marketing for San Jose-based MapR — which I introduced you to last December – leads the promotional efforts for one of the commercial vendors of Hadoop, the open source big data technology.  As Norris helped verify, a recent Indeed search for full-time Hadoop-specific jobs advertised as earning at least $100,000 per year, yielded 1,377 results. At the top of the list: Hadoop Deployment Manager for Intel.  Norris has been generating these searches over the past year, and has noticed an exponential job demand curve, from literally nothing to colossal.Norris agrees with IBM’s Anjul Bhambri, whom I interviewed last February, about the growing necessity among businesses for a new kind of role called the data scientist. “It’s not the statistician/PhD, necessarily, that will be the data scientist of the future,” remarked Norris in an interview, citing Google’s now-classic principle that simple algorithms in bulk can outperform complex arithmetic. “What we’re seeing is, when you throw data at simple algorithms, you don’t have to have complex models to approximate what the truth is. You take all the data, and you find where the patterns are, the issues – that’s the wave of the future.”Rethinking The Database ApplicationHadoop has come unto its own as an analytics resource, for observing patterns in huge collections of data across multiple volumes, and reducing those patterns to explainable variables and formulas. One tool in Hadoop’s toolkit, called MapReduce, is the origin of MapR’s brand name.Because big data methodologies, including Hadoop, are transforming the data center, research that years or even months ago could not have seemed feasible, are now not only conceivable but remakably inexpensive. One example Norris cites comes from Ancestry.com, which now offers customers an at-home DNA sampling kit. Through the compilation of an unfathomably massive genetics database, Ancestry.com is uncovering thousands of genetic links between distantly related individuals – links that history alone could never have illuminated.Consider if the same resources were applied to highly important, federally funded projects that mostly or entirely rely upon database analysis, such as comparative effectiveness research.  This is the long-term historical evaluation of medical diagnosis and treatment strategies. Specific aspects of this research qualify for federal grants, including $1.1 billion in funding to the National Patient Advocate Foundation just for the database. Big data technologies could conceivably reduce the costs required to run this database by three orders of magnitude.Which would be more than enough to save Big Bird.Unifying The Unifiers The types of innovations necessary to facilitate such cost reductions are being unveiled literally by the day. Just Tuesday, MapR announced the M7 edition of its database architecture, which reduces the number of engine components yet again. The company’s goal is a unified database structure where “big data” and “data” are essentially the same – where HBase and dBase, if you will, are mere format distinctions.“The premise, driven by the original Web 2.0, that Hadoop can be its own ecosystem with its HDFS [file system] API to which you rewrite everything, doesn’t really recognize what’s happening in a lot of organizations,” explained MapR’s Norris. “The ability to take Hadoop and open it up through open standards like NFS, ODBC, or REST for management, or Kerberos for security, so it can easily integrate with existing processes and solutions, is a huge step.” He cites the case of one MapR customer, aircraft maker Boeing, which reduced the cost of a database integration project to near-zero. Instead, it used M7 to avoid rewriting a million lines of legacy code in Java (which would have been required for M5), and integrate existing data with M7’s big data store.“Big data is an approach where you’re doing compute and data together,” he continued, “and you’re not concerned about the data that you’re handling. You don’t have to pre-process it, segment it, decide what type it is and then route it to different clusters or silos. It’s just there. The developer doesn’t have to understand what his limitations are; he can just process the data.”So if anyone out there is looking for suggestions to fill in those missing details on how the budget cuts Obama and Romney keep arguing about can be implemented… we’ve got our hands up over here. 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Ginebra PBA provincial games ‘coincidental’ but Willie Marcial happy for them

first_imgGilas with two injured big men as next Fiba window nears SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Kings will also play in Davao del Sur, where they will collide with Blackwater on Feb 9. Their last road game will be on March 23 against NLEX at Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga, another match moved out of town due to venue and schedule conflicts.Marcial, however, is happy things worked out that way.“It’s no secret that our fans outside Manila have always clamored for a Ginebra game and I guess, this is an opportunity for them to be able to watch Ginebra live,” said Marcial. “So in a way, I’m happy that we suddenly find ourselves with a lot of Ginebra games in the provinces.”Every Ginebra game out of town represents a big sacrifice for the PBA, which earns more when the Kings play in Metro Manila. That, plus the fact that the league wants equal exposure for all of its teams in provincial sorties, limits the chances to send Ginebra out of town.The only out-of-town schedule this conference without the Kings will be on March 16, when San Miguel Beer battles Phoenix in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES But as glad as he is that things worked out that way, commissioner Willie Marcial said the league’s most popular team going on the road that many times is a mere coincidence—a product of schedule and venue conflicts.“It’s a result of several factors,” said Marcial. “Hindi namin sinadya.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe added: “For example, the game between Ginebra and Rain or Shine was supposed to be held in Guam. But because of a tight schedule for certain requirements, we were not able to push through with it. And it would be impossible already to squeeze it into the Metro Manila schedule.”Instead, the Kings will play at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan on Jan. 26. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ PLAY LIST 02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra as the PBA’s Kings of the road?If the schedule of road games in the Philippine Cup is to be used as basis, it may seem so as the Gin Kings will be booked for three of the four out-of-town matches scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more

Kevin Love returns for Cavaliers after missing 50 games

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0), in street clothes, waits to greet teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Love took part in a contact scrimmage Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, and could be days away from playing in a game. Love has been out since late October after undergoing surgery on his left foot. He played in just four games before the pain became too much and he opted to have surgery.(AP Photo/Howard Simmons, File)WASHINGTON— Kevin Love returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup on Friday after missing 50 games following surgery on his left foot.Love started and played the first six minutes against the Washington Wizards, scoring four points. He shot 1 for 5 from the field, missing all three of his 3-point attempts. Love made two free throws and had a rebound and an assist.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s definitely going to be a minute restriction. It’s been a few months since I’ve been out there playing,” Love said at Friday’s shootaround. “More than anything, it will be great to blow it out.”Love did not return after exiting the game midway through the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLove signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers in July. He played the first four games of the season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds, before undergoing surgery. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pistons’ lack of flexibility evident in deadline moves View commentslast_img read more

Video: Softball Player Pulls Off Ridiculously Impressive Bat Trick

first_imgGirl does bat tricks in her backyard.Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks? pic.twitter.com/M2JqHXR08l— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.last_img read more

Former FSU RB Says It’s “Dumb Sh*t” For Jimbo Fisher To Start Jacques Patrick Over Mario Pender

first_imgFormer Florida State running back Karlos Williams is upset – and a little misinformed. Saturday afternoon, Williams, who is clearly watching his alma mater take on Syracuse, tweeted out his displeasure with head coach Jimbo Fisher for starting freshman Jacques Patrick over junior Mario Pender at running back in place of injured star Dalvin Cook. The only problem? Pender is out for the contest, still recovering from a collapsed lung he suffered back in September.Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 12.17.23 PM Williams later realized his mistake.Pender ain’t dressed. Wtf— Karlos Williams Sr (@Karlos_29_SR) October 31, 2015 Pender did return to practice this week, for what it’s worth. But he’s been listed as out since Thursday.Fisher also said that Terrance Smith, Mario Pender, Marcus Lewis, Derrick Kelly will be out for Syracuse. Ryan Hoefeld is questionable.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) October 29, 2015Another reminder to never tweet.last_img read more