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Free not-for-profit app build on offer from Studio Graphene

first_img  184 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Melanie May | 23 May 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Free not-for-profit app build on offer from Studio Graphene Tagged with: app donated services Technology Charities have the opportunity to get a not-for-profit app built for free, through a new initiative from Studio Graphene.Build My App is open for entries until 31 May, with Studio Graphene calling for entrants to propose a not for profit app idea that will help bring about positive social change. Judging the applications based on their feasibility and potential impact for good, Studio Graphene will select one app idea and build it for free. Applicants are encouraged to consider how existing technology can be used in new, fun or innovative ways to promote a function that will have a strong, positive and immediate impact on a social issue.Studio Graphene is also welcoming submissions from the general public, solo founders and entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation teams from larger organisations as well as charities, and all app ideas must be not-for-profit. The winning idea will be announced on Tuesday 5 June, with the app being built for free and launched at Apps World Evolution 2018 – the event runs from 12 to 14 June as part of London Tech Week.Ritam Gandhi, Founder and Director of Studio Graphene, said: “Tech has the ability to positively transform the world on an unprecedented scale, particularly when it comes to addressing social challenges. While commercial technology has dramatically altered the way businesses and organisations operate and engage with their audiences, we are yet to see the same innovation in addressing social issues, such as in the charity sector. “Build My App seeks to change all this. We believe that tech companies with the skill-set and capability to deliver digital solutions should support not for profit causes as part of their social responsibility. This is why we have launched this competition, ensuring an idea with the potential to have a really positive social impact can come into being.”  183 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

Cuba: ‘We don’t deny anyone our assistance’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued the following letter April 16 calling on the international community to come together to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.The impact of COVID-19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, the unquestionable damages to the world economy, production, trade, employment and personal income of millions of people.Cuban medical brigade traveling to Mexico to fight coronavirus.It is a crisis that goes well beyond the scope of health. The pandemic has emerged and spread amidst a scenario previously marked by overwhelming economic and social inequalities within and among nations. With it, unprecedented migratory and refugee flows, xenophobia and racial discrimination have reemerged. The remarkable advances of science and technology, particularly in the area of health, focus in the pharmaceutical business and commercialization of medicine, rather than in securing the well-being and healthy living of majorities.COVID-19 has come into a world overburdened by production and consumption patterns, especially in highly industrialized countries and among the elites of developing countries, that are unsustainable and incompatible with the finite character of natural resources upon which life on the planet depends. Before the first case was identified, there were 820 million people suffering from hunger worldwide, 2.2 billion people with no access to fresh water, 4.2 billion without access to safely managed sanitation services and 3 billion lacking basic amenities for hand washing.This scenario becomes more inadmissible when it is known that globally around $6.7 billion is spent on a yearly basis only in advertising, while military expenditure amounts to $1.8 trillion that are completely useless in the combat against the COVID-19 threat, which has already taken the lives of tens of thousands of people. The virus does not discriminate. It does not distinguish the rich from the poor.However, its devastating effects multiply where people who are most vulnerable and get the lowest incomes live, in the poor and developing world, in the pockets of poverty of large industrialized cities. Its impact is specially felt where neoliberal policies and social spending cuts have limited public administration capacities of the state.C0VID-19 has taken more lives where governmental public health care budgets have been cut. It has caused more economic damages where the state has little or no options to bail out those who lose their jobs, close their businesses and suffer the dramatic reduction or loss of their personal and family income source. In most developed countries, the death toll is higher among the poor, migrants and, in the specific case of the United States, among African Americans and Latinos.Challenges for global communityTo top it all off, the international community has to deal with this global threat while the biggest military, economic, technological and communicational power of the world implements a foreign policy that seeks to incite and promote conflicts, divisions, chauvinism and supremacist and racist positions.At times when the worldwide combat against the COVID-19 pandemic requires boosting cooperation and the leading role of international organizations, particularly the United Nations and the World Health Organization, the current U.S. administration attacks multilateralism and seeks to disqualify the established leadership of WHO.It also insists in its petty strategy of taking advantage of the circumstances to impose its dominance and attack countries whose governments it has discrepancies with. Some examples serve to illustrate that, like the recent and serious military threats against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the announcement, the day before yesterday by the U.S. president, of the Pan American Day and Week from April 14 to 18, accompanied by Monroe Doctrine-inspired neocolonial statements against Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, reminiscent of the Pan-American Conference condemned 130 years ago by José Martí.Around those same days but in 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion took place. Another example is the immoral and persistent attack against Cuba’s selfless efforts to assist countries that have requested cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.Instead of promoting cooperation and a collective response, top officials of the U.S. State Department devote their time to issuing statements threatening governments that, faced with the drama of the pandemic, exercise their sovereignty and decide to request Cuba’s assistance. The United States officials are knowingly committing a crime, when in the midst of a pandemic they attack Cuba’s international cooperation, seeking to deprive millions of people from their universal human right to health care services. The magnitude of the current crisis compels us to cooperate and practice solidarity despite political differences. The virus knows no boundaries or ideologies. It threatens the lives of all, and therefore it is up to all of us to fight against it.No country should assume it is big enough, rich enough or powerful enough to defend itself, isolating itself and ignoring the efforts and needs of others. Sharing and providing valuable and reliable information are urgent. Steps have to be taken to allow for the coordination of the production and distribution of medical equipment, personal protection equipment and medicines, with a sense of justice. Countries with more available resources should share them with most affected countries that are least prepared to cope with the pandemic.Putting people’s needs firstThat is Cuba’s approach. The humble contribution of a small nation with limited natural resources and submitted to a long and brutal economic blockade. For decades we have accumulated experiences in the development of international cooperation in the area of health, as generously acknowledged by the World Health Organization and our counterparts. In the last few weeks, we have responded to cooperation requests without hesitance to consider political coincidences or economic advantages.So far, 21 brigades of health care professionals have been deployed to join in the national and local efforts of 20 countries, that are added to or strengthen existing medical collaboration brigades in 60 nations, that have now joined efforts to combat COVID-19 in the countries where they were already providing services. We have also shared some medicines produced by Cuba that according to our practice have proven effective in the prevention of or therapy against the disease. In addition, our health care personnel have taken part from Cuba and via teleconferences in consults and discussions on specific treatments for patients or groups of patients in several countries.All these actions are undertaken without neglecting the responsibility of protecting the Cuban population, a duty that is rigorously fulfilled despite the huge limitations imposed by the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade. Those who are interested may find the data supporting this assertion as they are publicly available. Anyone with a shred of decency will understand that the blockade poses remarkable pressure on Cuba to ensure the material inputs and equipment that support the public health care system and those specifically required to address this pandemic.A recent example was an aid cargo from China that could not be shipped to Cuba because the carrier claimed the U.S. blockade banned it. On that matter, top U.S. State Department officials had the nerve to say that the United States does export medicines and medical devices to Cuba. Nonetheless, they have failed to support those fallacies with a single transaction between the two countries. It is common knowledge and widely substantiated that the economic blockade is the main obstacle for Cuba’s development, prosperity and for the well-being of Cubans.That harsh reality due solely to the obstinate and aggressive behavior of the United States government does not prevent us from providing our help and solidarity. We don’t deny anyone our assistance, not even to the country that causes Cuba so much harm. Cuba is convinced that these times require cooperation and solidarity. Cuba pursues a politically unbiased international endeavor that seeks to develop and share the scientific research results and experiences of several countries in the prevention of the disease, the protection of the most vulnerable, and social behavior practices that will contribute to shorten the duration of the pandemic and slow down the loss of lives. Cuba strongly believes the role and leadership of the United Nations and the World Health Organization are indispensable. If we act together, the propagation of the virus will be halted, in a faster and more cost-effective manner.Then we will have to deal with the economic and social crisis the pandemic is causing, the dimensions of which nobody has dared predict yet. However, we cannot wait for that day to come to join efforts to overcome the huge problems and threats we shall find ahead and deal with those that were piling up before the pandemic took the first lives. If developing countries are not guaranteed access to technologies that are mostly available in highly industrialized nations, especially in the area of health, and if they fail to share science developments and their products in an unimpeded and selfless manner, the vast majority of the world’s population will be as exposed or even more exposed than today in an increasingly interconnected world.If politically motivated coercive economic measures against developing countries are not lifted, and if they are not exempted from the payment of the burdensome and unpayable foreign debt and freed from the ruthless tutelage of international financial organizations, we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that we will be in a better position to respond to the economic and social disparities that, even without a pandemic, kill millions of people every year, including children, women and elders. The threat against international peace and security is real, and constant attacks against some countries only made it worse. It can hardly be expected that the eventual end of the pandemic will lead to a more just, secure and decent world, if the international community, represented by each country’s governments, does not press forward to agree and adopt decisions that have proven stubbornly elusive so far. Similarly, questions will arise as to how well prepared is humanity to face the next pandemic.There is still time to act and mobilize the will of those who are responsible. If we leave it up to future generations, it may be too late.last_img read more

Farm Co-ops Get Section 199 Fix in Tax Bill

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 19, 2017 The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives praised lawmakers for their work in providing a fix for the repeal of the section 199 Deduction. NCFC applauded Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Senator John Thune of South Dakota for their work in adding the language to the tax bill, along with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. Previously, NCFC said the tax legislation would result in a tax increase on farmers if the deduction was removed in the bill, as planned. National Milk Producers Federation President Jim Mulhern says the final bill still repeals the deduction, but “allows cooperative members to claim a new 20 percent deduction on payments from a farmer cooperative.” Cooperatives would also be able to claim the 20 percent deduction on gross income less payments to patrons, limited to the greater of 50 percent of wages or 25 percent of wages plus 2.5 percent of the cooperative’s investment in property. Mulhern says the favorable treatment for gross income “will help minimize any potential increase in the tax burden on farmer-owned cooperatives.”Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Previous articleSenator Todd Young Talks Tax Reform, NAFTA and RFS on the HAT Tuesday Morning EditionNext articleCruz Proposes Renewable Fuel Credit Cap Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Co-ops Get Section 199 Fix in Tax Bill Farm Co-ops Get Section 199 Fix in Tax Billlast_img read more

TCU outmuscles Arkansas to capture victory on the road, 28-7

first_imgTCU running back Sewo Olonilua barrels through the Razorback defense. Photo by Sam Bruton. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier + posts ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleSNL Comedian brings laughs, generosity to TexasNext articleHoroscope: September 10, 2017 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Garrett Podell Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook ReddIt printThe Horned Frogs went back to their roots against Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday by playing stifling defense, dominating the time of possession through their run game and limiting their mistakes en route to a 28-7 win.“Our defense definitely didn’t give anything,” TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said. “That’s what you want, to play physical like that and get a win.”The TCU defense limited Arkansas to 267 yards after giving up only 65 yards in the season opener against Jackson State.The Horned Frogs held on to the ball, 33:52 to 26:08.  The Razorbacks were only able to extend drives on four of their 14 third downs.“That’s the only way you can beat a team like this,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “You have to play good on first down and on third down. A lot of that has to do with us rotating four or five linebackers, eight or nine defensive linemen, three corners, and a couple safeties.”That’s the kind of depth TCU lacked in its 41-38 double overtime loss to Arkansas in Fort Worth a year ago. Junior defensive end Ben Banogu, a transfer from University of Louisiana Monroe, shined  with eight tackles. He set the tone for the game with a strip-sack of Razorback quarterback Austin Allen on Arkansas’ opening possession.“I had watched film on 62 [right tackle Johnny Gibson] and saw how he was setting up to pass-block,” Bangou said. “So I told my teammates that if I get a chance, I’m going to get my hands on the ball and you have to find it. I didn’t know it was going to come that early, but I think our defense was feeding off it.”Patterson was creative with his d-line rotation – there were always fresh bodies on the field.”The addition of Ben [Banogu] allowed Ty Summers and LJ to rest, Boesen as well,” Patterson said. “It really makes a difference when you have four guys who can go play that you can rotate.”The Horned Frogs established their running game with the opening possession.The first score of the game came with Hill on the sidelines. Per NCAA rule he had to sit out a play after his helmet popped off.  Backup quarterback Shawn Robinson took a turn and lined up as a wide receiver toward the left sideline, while running back Sewo Olonilua lined up as the quarterback in the wildcat formation.  Instead of a time out, Olonilua plunged into the end zone to put TCU on top, 7-0. The scoring drive traveled 45 yards in eight plays, taking 2:42 off the clock.“That’s been something we’ve been doing since the spring, that wasn’t just an Arkansas thing, that’s an everyday thing,” Patterson said. “In the offseason we had to get back to being physical, and I thought we started that direction on offense.”The Razorbacks responded with their only scoring drive. They went 75 yards in six plays. They finished with 267 total yards, only adding 10 to that total in the second quarter.“They did a good job on Arkansas’ screen game and plat-action crossing game, and we worked on it, but finally we stopped the tight end screen,” Patterson said.After the Razorbacks totaled 236 rushing yards in Week one against Florida A&M, the Horned Frogs limited them to 130 yards on the ground Saturday.“When you stop the run, the pass rush gets you off the field,” Banogu said. “We stopped their game plan on how to beat us, so that opened up lanes for me and the rest of my teammates.”Another element that kept the defense on the field was the Horned Frog’s bruising running game. Sophomore running back Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown, Olonilua ran for two touchdowns and 14 yards on his two carries and Kyle Hicks contributed 45 yards and a touchdown.“Whenever they’re able to run the ball and chew up the clock, it means that the opposing defense is out on the field longer and that gives us more time to rest,” Banogu said. “It gives us as a defense more time to catch our breath and play at a higher level when we’re on the field.”The running game also made Hill a better player, as he completed 21 of his 31 passes for 166 yards, in addition to chipping in 41 yards on 11 carries. The production from the running backs meant Hill didn’t need to put up gaudy numbers, he just had to take care of the ball.“You see the way those guys were running today, it’s a quarterback’s best friend, being able to hand it off with the o-line stepping up big time,” Hill said.Hill would have had an even better stat line had it not been for two drops, including one by freshman Jalen Reagor in the end zone and interception, as well as a botched snap from center Patrick Morris, but Hill said that’s just something the offense has to tighten up going forward.“It felt like in some big situation we would hit the big plays, but in other spots we didn’t,” Hill said. “I want to be consistent and hit them all, all of those third downs.”Hill and the offense converted 10 of their 14 third downs into first downs.With the game tied at seven back in the first quarter, the TCU quarterback made his one big mistake. Hill became ambitious and attempted the hit wide receiver KaVontae Turpin over the middle through triple coverage. The ball was bobbled momentarily by Turpin and then snatched out of the air by Arkansas defensive back Santos Ramirez. Other than that play, Hill managed the game well, allowing the running backs to dictate the tempo.Kenny Hill tries to squeeze a tight pass through triple coverage to KaVontae Turpin. Photo by Alex Jones.“I’m pretty upset about that pick though, it just came out of my hand bad,” Hill said. “It just came out wrong but the defensive back made a great play on it. Overall I think we did pretty good today, but we still have a long way to go.”Both Hill and his head coach were pumping the brakes on the excitement over a road win against an SEC team because it’s still just one game.Patterson repeatedly brought up the 2005 season as a reason for TCU not to get ahead of itself. Twelve years ago, the Horned Frogs upset Oklahoma, but proceeded to drop its game the following week against SMU. Now, TCU faces SMU next week after a triumphant win in Fayetteville.“Any game on the road, if you can get a win, you’re going to be pretty excited about that,” Hill said. “It was a nice little celebration, but it wasn’t anything too crazy. We know we’ve got a lot ahead of us.”Patterson said that he “couldn’t wait to get on the bus and watch SMU.”The Horned Frogs return to action at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Amon G. Carter Stadium against the Mustangs. Twitter Garrett Podell https://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award last_img read more

Horoscope: October 23, 2020

first_imgTwitter printA baby born today has a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Capricorn until 8:17 a.m., when the Moon enters Aquarius.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Oct. 23, 2020:Energetic, quick and resourceful, you have a talent for improvisation, and this year you use that to not only survive but thrive. 2021 is your most successful and most stable year to date. If single, a passionate yet stormy relationship is on the horizon. If attached, you and your partner are in for a genuinely joyful year and will experience a life-changing trip. PISCES never bores you as others do.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★New horizons beckon. A phase of your professional life is ending and another one is beginning. Be receptive to changes. Tremendous ambition and pressure to succeed in your career are building. Today promises rewards, but you have demands to meet first. Tonight: Relax.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★Expect conflict between the needs of the heart and a desire to achieve. Shy away from romantic involvements that lack sincerity. Don’t take others for granted; associates might not be as they first appear. Tonight: Catch up with an elderly family member.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★★Today favors study and travel. Journeys of the mind also will take you to new places. You can touch the hearts of others with your eloquent writing and speaking. Communication and understanding will be greatly improved. Tonight: New concepts broaden your outlook.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★Transformation that has already begun will reach new potentials. Life is full of sparkle, but resist the temptation to control. Recognize and respect synchronicity. Allow destiny to play her hand, and you will triumph. Tonight: A night full of wonderment.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★Legal matters can be concluded successfully today. Listen and concentrate. Kindness and patience are needed. Romantic involvements and friendships are subject to special stresses. Don’t overextend yourself financially. The head and heart will be in harmony. Tonight: Special date night.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★Create healthy attitudes about finances and maintain relaxed working conditions today. Add fresh apples to your diet. The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” applies to you now. Tonight: Friendships can impact your career, both positively and negatively.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Today brings teamwork and cooperation to assure success. Charming and talented associates create opportunities for you to fulfill a cherished wish. A new project can be shared with one you love and admire. Tonight: Celebrate as only a Libra knows how.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★Your thoughts will center on home life and understanding family members. Avoid a change of residence while Mercury is still in retrograde until Nov. 3 though, as the move would prove troublesome. Tonight: A talkative evening with relatives who all have something to say.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★Vehicles can be unreliable or directions and car keys lost. Use care in communication during this time, for messages can be lost or misconstrued. Concentrate on clarity, and the mental cobwebs will be swept away and you’ll find your path again. Tonight: Emails and calls.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★Today indicates that a creative idea could turn into a profit-making venture. Earning enough to pay for new treasures will absorb your attention. Enjoy all that you have rather than lamenting that which eludes. You’ve been concerned about security. Tonight: Give yourself a break.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★★You’ll have tremendous energy and motivation, but could be quick to irritation. Aromatherapy and home remedies suggested by friends can help. Focus on only constructive thoughts and actions, and the world will be at your feet. Tonight: Exactly as you want it.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★There will be a yearning for solitude today. Deep peace and satisfaction come through time spent in solitary reverie. Quiet good deeds and kindnesses performed will deepen your personal happiness. Expect to notice a stronger rapport with wild places. Tonight: Early bedtime.Born today: Comedian Johnny Carson (1925), soccer player Pele (1940), director Ang Lee (1954) ReddIt Facebook Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Twitter Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Facebook Linkedin + posts Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Linkedin ReddIt Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Previous articleSoccer beats No. 8 Kansas, claims top spot in Big 12Next articleWhat we’re reading: Final presidential debate, cold front coming to Fort Worth Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/last_img read more

10 Things You Need To Know About Census 2016

first_imgThe Census provides us with invaluable information on a wide range of topics and is widely used by a range of both national and local government agencies and bodies, as well as community and voluntary bodies and businesses.Census data feeds into the planning stage of most aspects of Irish life, be it new schools or nursing homes, train and tram lines, childcare facilities or shopping centres.The greatest strength of the census is the provision of detailed population figures at local level. This data is used to; for example, identify the most appropriate location for new local roads and bus routes, new local schools and hospitals, areas of relatively high unemployment and the best location for new factories.Here are the 10 most important things you need to know about the Census 2016:1. The next census will take place on the night of Sunday 24th April 2016.2. The last census was held on Sunday 10th April 2011. The population as measured at that time was 4,588,252 persons.3. 4,660 enumerators will be recruited to work for a ten week period from Monday 21st March until Monday 23rd May.4. Census 2016 will be the 25th census taken in Ireland.5. More than 2.3 million census forms have been printed by the Central Statistics Office.6. Enumerators will earn approximately €2,400.7. The census forms will be delivered between 21st March and 24th April.8. For census purposes, the country is divided into 44 designated ‘regions’ each comprising ‘field districts’. Each field district is subdivided into an ‘enumeration area’, and each enumerator is assigned an enumeration area.9. The census form contains 30 questions.10. The first results from Census 2016 will be published about 12 weeks after the field operation ends.Recruitment of enumeratorsIf you would like to get involved with this year’s Census, the application process for Census enumerators will open on Tuesday January 5thBetween 21 March and 24 April 2016 specially employed census enumerators will hand deliver census forms to every home in the country.Each household will be asked to fill out their census form on Sunday 24th April. This is known as census night and everyone who is in Ireland on that night will be included on a census form.Between 25th April and 23rd May the enumerators will call back to every home and collect the forms. The forms are then sent to the CSO in Swords, County Dublin where the information on them is captured and analysed. The census results are then published on the CSO web site and all census data is free for everyone to use. All applications will be taken online (www.census.ie) between Tuesday 5th and Friday 8th January although the competition will close once the number of applicants reaches 15,000. Past experience of enumerator recruitment suggests that early application is advised.Each enumerator will report to a local Field Supervisor and will be responsible for the successful enumeration of all homes in their area (about 400) between 21 March and 23 May. Working times vary to facilitate personal contact with households and, based on previous experience, typically requires 22 hours per week mainly in the evenings and at weekends.It is estimated that enumerators will typically earn in the region of €2,400 for the 10 week period. Pay is by means of an interim amount of €100 (net) a week with the remainder paid 4 weeks after the end of their contract and once all duties have been satisfactorily completed.All enumerators are required to be signed up as Officers of Statistics whereby they agree not to divulge any information obtained as part of their official duties.For more information please visit www.census.ie Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook By admin – December 22, 2015 Previous articleLatest man to be arrested in Mc Cauley investigation is released on bailNext articleLittle Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health admin center_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter 10 Things You Need To Know About Census 2016 WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Snow Spoils Gauchos Homecoming

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGLENDALE, Ariz (October 13, 2018) — After Glendale scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 11:27 left in the first quarter, the fifth-ranked Badgers posted 59-unanswered points over the next three quarters to roll to a 66-6 victory over the Gauchos on Saturday. With the win, Snow improves to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in WSFL action.The Badgers tallied 475 yards of total offense that included 325 yards rushing and 150 passing. Jaylen Warren led the team with 217 yards rushing, two touchdowns, and was credited with two receptions for 26 yards. Warren averaged a gouging 16.7 yards per carry against GCC. He was credited with a long of 55 yards, in addition to a 49-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gave Snow a 14-6 lead.It wasn’t just the offense that led to scoring production against the Gauchos. The defense and special teams also found the endzone in the victory. Alton Jones, Jr. was credited with a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the first quarter to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead. And Leon Morgan outran the coverage for a 77-yard punt return early in the second quarter, giving the Badgers a 21-6 lead.Defensively, the Badgers held Glendale to 219 yards of total offense, including just 118 yards rushing and 101 yards passing. The defense held the Gauchos to just 2-of-14 third-down conversions. Kahi Neves led the Badgers with seven tackles on the night, including two tackles for loss. Parker Workman had a team-high 3.5 tackles for a combined loss of 14 yards.The game marked the fifth time in six games Snow has scored 56 or more points in a game. The Badgers are averaging 60.1 points per game, while holding opponents to an average of 21 points per game.Snow College will take the week off before traveling to Yuma, Ariz., on Oct. 27. Mike Traina Written bycenter_img October 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snow Spoils Gauchos Homecominglast_img read more

Wanted: Digital Whizzes to Work in Agriculture

first_imgAs Farmers Retire, Their Families Face Difficult Choices Robots with fingers designed to pick mature tomatoes, among the most delicate of crops. A Fitbit-like collar that monitors the wellbeing of a cow. Drones with sensors to identify dry areas of a field or discover crop production inefficiencies. STATELINE-May 9, 2019By: April Simpson Young Farmers Can’t Farm Without Land When schools are unable to fill positions with certified candidates, openings are filled with teachers from alternative backgrounds, but advocates say the field requires subject-specific knowledge.Several states — including Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont — have no agricultural teacher preparation programs, according to a national teacher supply and demand study by the American Association for Agricultural Education.“We know one of the best reasons anyone does anything is because someone says, ‘Hey, I think you have a lot of potentials,’” said Ellen Thompson, the National Teach Ag Campaign project director for the National Association of Agricultural Educators.Big IdeasEventually robots will take over the fieldwork that’s typically the domain of migrant workers, and someone will need to control the machines, said Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, professor emeritus at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California-Davis and founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science.She and others say the next generation of farm labor and agriculture workers will require more advanced skills. Today’s farm laborers will control the robots that will need round-the-clock maintenance. Meanwhile, through 4-H youth development programs delivered locally through University of California Cooperative Extension Offices, laborers’ children will be encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) paths in agriculture, de Leon Siantz said.Building a pipeline that starts early, as in elementary school, is part of UC Davis’ ambitious plan to revolutionize agricultural technology. It’s looking at creating a major in digital agriculture and agriculture technology that would involve training in the use of autonomous vehicles, such as tractors, for agriculture.The school also has invested in a course on the Internet of Things, during which students create devices that use the internet to turn equipment on and off, and smartphone interfaces and program controls to manage irrigation or environmental control systems for vertical farming, said David Slaughter, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering who’s managing the Smart Farm initiative.Virginia Tech is in the midst of its own Smart Farm evolution to develop partnerships between researchers and industry.“The agricultural system is so complex and has so many players in it that sometimes people feel like they’re on the outside,” said Duncan, associate director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. “They might think they’re not really part of that system, but in reality, we’re all users or players in some part of that system.”Advocates in other states are reaching out to young people in urban areas to tap a different audience. In Nebraska, where 4-H programs reach about a third of young people between ages 5 and 18, there’s a push to reach those who may not have heard of 4-H before or live in underserved communities, said Kathleen Lodl, 4-H program administrator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.In Maryland, where agriculture is a critical industry, there are Future Farmers of America chapters in all but one county, and three in Baltimore City alone said Shank, who’s also an executive director for the Maryland FFA Association.Binns, also president of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, has over the past six years helped rebuild chapters on the University of Maryland campuses of College Park and Eastern Shore, and at the University of Delaware, and launch the MANRRS Leadership Institute for underrepresented Maryland high school students, he said.This past fall, Binns said, saw its highest number of students enter the agriculture college at the Eastern Shore campus. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare A House bill supported by the Maryland Farm Bureau that would encourage each county board of education to start an agricultural education program that includes integrated classroom and laboratory instruction failed for the second year to pass the state Senate, though in both years it passed unanimously in the House.“We get a lot of bills in our committee, and we’re kind of saying that if it doesn’t take us forward, if it doesn’t do anything, if it’s just a feel-good, we shouldn’t make it law,” said Maryland state Sen. Ron Young, a Democrat from rural Frederick County who voted against the bill because it would not mandate the changes.Maryland educators such as Terrie Shank, assistant director of high school and post-secondary education for the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, said legislators representing urban areas without farms often do not appreciate that agriculture isn’t all fieldwork.“I think some of the reasons the legislature fails is because they don’t see farming as being a viable occupation for students,” Shank said.Young pushed back against that assertion too.“We’ve allowed farmers to have all kinds of activities on their farms to produce money, like wineries and breweries and things like that,” Young said. “We’re constantly trying to do things. Agriculture is the state’s No. 1 job creator, so we do what we can.”Finally, there’s long been a shortage of certified agricultural teachers. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, agricultural educators are expected to manage labs and community-based programs and serve as the faculty adviser for high school students’ agriculture organizations. Wanted: Digital Whizzes to Work in Agriculture “It’s very hard to tangibly hand somebody a piece of agriculture and say, ‘That’s why you should be in this industry.’”Karl Binns Jr., lead development officer and former recruiterSCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE According to an April 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, digital technologies that collect and analyze large amounts of data, typically by agribusinesses, researchers and public sector officials, can help inform decisions on how to fertilize for soil conditions, apply pesticides to targeted areas, use limited water resources effectively, and estimate the potential profit and economic risk in growing one crop over another.Precision agriculture could even help address global challenges, such as how to feed a population the United Nations projects will reach 9.6 billion by 2050.But too few college graduates have the skills employers need.The food and agricultural production sectors influence more than 20% of the U.S. economy and 15% of U.S. employment, or 43.3 million jobs, according to a report from Virginia Tech University and Tyson Foods. To be sure, digital technologies already have made an impact.But if farms and producers had the digital technologies and expertise they needed, the United States could boost economic benefits by nearly 18% of total agriculture production, based on 2017 levels, according to the USDA report. That’s $47 billion to $65 billion annually in additional gross economic benefits.The USDA report recommends colleges equip a new workforce for careers in high-value technology. Occupations focused on food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment will need about 57,900 college graduates a year through 2020, but as of 2015, only about 35,400 available candidates graduated, according to a 2015 report from the USDA and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.“People coming out of the communities really understand the farmer, and that colors the way they’re going to think about building the technology that suits the needs of the farmers,” said Sara Williams, head of recruiting at Farmers Business Network, a fast-growing agronomic information startup.Who’s Team Ag?But agriculture can be a tough sell to students when other flashy majors are competing for attention. Engineering programs, for example, often have ample resources and funding. Computer science academies can give students computers, said Karl Binns Jr., lead development officer and former recruiter for the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, a historically black university.“It’s very hard to tangibly hand somebody a piece of agriculture and say, ‘That’s why you should be in this industry,’” Binns said.Binns and others said the agricultural industry can feel insular and difficult to break into for those who didn’t grow up on a farm, in a rural area or with an industry connection.While there are efforts to expand the representation of farmers and agricultural professionals, the industry continues to be racially homogenous: Roughly 95% of agricultural producers are white, though the number of female producers grew by roughly 27% from 2012 to 2017, according to the 2017 agriculture census.“Outside of the racial disparity, whenever you go to these agricultural conferences, it’s always people who are already on team ag,” Binns said. “If you’re only talking to people who agree with you, you’re not reaching a new audience.”States vary in their support of agricultural education. In Maryland, for example, there are 56 high school agricultural education programs among 235 high schools, according to the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, a ratio that advocates say is typical for states. “In 30 years, what we’re doing or seeing as innovative now will be viewed as tradition,” said Susan Duncan, associate director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg.Science and technology will be core to the farming revolution, which teachers and agricultural leaders envision as including robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images and GPS technology, alongside big data that affects everyone — suppliers, farmers, traders, processors, retailers and consumers.But agricultural educators and advocates are concerned about the future of agricultural education, given the industry’s broad needs and the lack of qualified job candidates. They say part of the problem is marketing: Most people, including students, equate agriculture with farming. The industry gets limited media exposure, they said, but also needs to do a better job of promoting itself, particularly as high-tech.“We rely on software developers probably as much as Silicon Valley does,” said Eric Haggard, director of human resources, talent management and diversity and inclusion at AGCO Corporation, a Duluth, Georgia-based agricultural equipment manufacturer.The issue is important to states seeking to protect their agricultural interests and grow their economies. For example, in Virginia, agriculture and forestry are among the largest industries, according to Virginia Tech, with an annual economic impact of more than $91 billion and nearly 442,000 jobs.Precision agriculture — using technology to take detailed measurements and adjust on the fly — is intended to boost the efficiency and productivity of the farm and the health of the land.last_img read more

Hummingbird Bakery to go global

first_imgThe Hummingbird Bakery will be opening a fifth outlet in London’s Angel Islington this month and also plans to expand overseas during 2012.The new bakery, located in the Angel Building on St John Street, will open its doors on Friday 27 January. It will be The Hummingbird Bakery’s second London-based branch to open in the past 12 months, taking on 17 new members of staff to create its infamous cupcakes, and other baked goods.The Hummingbird Bakery will also expand further this year as it looks to create an international presence, offering individuals the oppportunity to manage franchise outlets. Tarek Malouf, founder of The Hummingbird Bakery, said: “I’ve long wanted to open a branch in Islington and I’m delighted to finally be doing so. The local area, including Upper Street, filled with its cafés, restaurants and boutique shops, makes the perfect home for us. Many of our customers and residents of the area have suggested we open a branch here and I now look forward to personally welcoming them to The Hummingbird Bakery Islington.”Fit-out specialist Portview and design company RPA Vision are currently completing the fit-out in line with the style of The Hummingbird Bakery’s Soho and Spitalfields branches.Malouf first opened The Hummingbird Bakery in 2004 on Portobello Road, Notting Hill, as a self-funded business, which has achieved a consistent 20% year-on-year growth in the past three years.To find out more about The Hummingbird Bakery’s plans to grow internationally, read the next issue of British Baker magazine (13 January).last_img read more

Campus Dining, students discuss changes to food options on campus

first_imgGarbanzo Mediterranean Fresh opensChris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, said the decision to bring Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh to the Hesburgh Center for International Studies was part of the University’s ongoing evaluation of its restaurants.“With the new Jenkins-Nanovic building there, we wanted to create a dining experience that was also reflective of the global aspirations that the new Keough School, etc., aspire to, because they have visiting scholars, folks like that [who] come in,” he said.Abayasinghe said while Au Bon Pain Express used to be located in the Hesburgh Center in place of Garbanzo, it was more of “a catering operation.”“One of the charges we set for ourselves was to really help enliven the dine-in experience. And that’s what we’ve seen with Garbanzo,” he said.Abayasinghe said Campus Dining does not yet know the full financial cost of replacing ABP Express with Garbanzo. When asked if he had an estimate, Abaysinghe responded that the University would know the full amount by the end of the fiscal year.The restaurant has gotten business from a number of students, Luigi Alberganti, director of student dining said. As Campus Dining anticipated, Garbanzo’s customers primarily consist of faculty and visitors, but the students were a nice surprise, he said.Julia Glago, a sophomore, was one such student who visited Garbanzo on Friday. She said many of her friends had recommended the restaurant but warned her about long lines.“I really liked it,” she said. “It’s a lot different than what a lot of other on-campus food restaurants have to offer.”Senior Caizi Qi, who also went to Garbanzo on Friday with her friend Yi Fan, said she appreciated the options the restaurant offers.“This is a more healthy option instead of the fast food,” she said. In addition to the opening of Pizza Pi, Campus Dining rolled out several changes this semester, including the opening of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and the closure of express location, a la Descartes, in Jordan Hall. The organization is also continuing to evaluate its dining options and plans to announce changes to the meal plans during the fall semester.“We’re always looking at new work, especially with technology now — it’s changing a lot faster,” director of student dining Luigi Alberganti said. “So we’re always looking, we actually go to conferences and whatnot, and see what the newest trend is.” Future changesThis fall, Campus Dining plans to announce updates to the meal plan system. Abayasinghe declined to comment on how the meal plans would be adjusted, saying he was not ready to discuss the changes yet. “Last semester, students received an update from Student Affairs specifically in and around that but also announcing that we were going to go through the process in the fall to speak with students and what have you,” he said. “Yes, we do intend to do that.”When announcing incentives to keep seniors on-campus, the University said last spring it intends to introduce “block meal plan options.” These plans would offer a certain number of swipes per semester instead of swipes that expire weekly. The email also referenced “even more flexible meal plan options” for seniors.Last fall, then student government co-director of student life Eduardo Luna said Campus Dining had been considering changes including a meal-block plan, a flex points based system, decreasing meal swipes, offering unlimited meal swipes and getting rid of late lunch.When asked about possible modifications to the LaFortune Student Center, Campus Dining administrators said they had not confirmed any changes yet.“We’ve looked at many concepts and we engaged with several student groups, professors and whatnot, to see what possibilities we have there,” Alberganti said. “But we haven’t monetized anything.”Tags: a la descartes, Campus DIning, garbanzo, garbanzo mediterranean fresh, Jordan Hall, LaFortune Student Center, LaFun, meal planscenter_img À la Descartes closesAlongside the opening of Garbanzo, campus also saw the closing of a la Descartes, an express location offering to-go food and coffee in Jordan Hall. The location was difficult to maintain because it did not have special facilities, such as a hand-washing station, and items had to be brought in, Alberganti said. When the Duncan Student Center opened, its new restaurants also took away business from a la Descartes, he added.“We thought it was going to be a minimal impact,” Alberganti said. “But after a year of seeing the volume that we had over there, it just became financially unsustainable to maintain.” Alberganti said having the Duncan Student Center near Jordan Hall offers students more options.“The decision of closing a la Descartes was based on we’d rather give the opportunity of expansion and an experience like Duncan Student Center, where you not only can have coffee but it’s complemented by the homemade gelato program, pastries and smoothies and whatnot,” he said.Director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe added that locations such as Au Bon Pain in the library, Decio Cafe and the Duncan Student Center could offer alternatives to a la Descartes. He also said the University is continuing to evaluate its dining options and is piloting a personalized coffee machine in the School of Architecture’s building.However, not all students found these alternatives helpful.Senior and biology major Colleen Ballantyne said she frequented a la Descartes for coffee and enjoyed talking to friends who worked there. When she noticed the express location had closed, she emailed Campus Dining to see if the closure was permanent.“The closest place would be ABP, but that’s a 10-minute round trip plus the actual buying the coffee,” she said. “It’s not really feasible. I’ve just gotten so used to being right there.”Senior and science-business major Evan Slattery, who was working in the study area near the now-closed cafe Tuesday, said a la Descartes was a convenient place to pick up a coffee or snack between classes.“I actually liked this [location] more than Duncan because it’s just a little store that you can grab whatever you want,” he said. “Over there, it’s just a few restaurants. It’s always long lines. This is way more convenient. If I wanted a coffee, I would never go to Duncan. I would go right here.”Not all students had strong feelings about the closure, however. “I used to come here often but … I’m not really mad about it,” sophomore and biochemistry major Vita Zhang said.last_img read more