248 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 British Gas has reprised its Christmas Twitter campaign on behalf of Shelter, donating £100,000 to the homeless charity in response to 100,000 shares of its hashtag on Twitter.The original target was £25,000. To unlock a £1 donation from the energy provider you simply had to tweet #TweetForShelter. British Gas employees introduced the campaign on a video. British Gas Twitter campaign raises £100,000 for Shelter 247 total views, 1 views today British Gas sensibly published terms and conditions for this campaign. Other hashtag-to-donate campaigns have proved wildly popular with the corporate donor ending up having to donate more than was planned. Some terms and conditions can help limit the chances of that.For example, British Gas stipulated that it was only open to Great Britain residents aged 18 or over. In addition it stated that the campaign would run from 9am (UK time) on Monday 28th November 2016 until 11.59pm (UK time) on Sunday 4th December 2016 .This year the campaign did remarkably well, with over 100,000 tweets of the hashtag. Consequently the company decided to quadruple the size of its original donation to £100,000 at the end of the one week campaign. Not surprisingly Shelter’s staff were delighted: Last year’s campaignIn November 2015 British Gas ran the campaign for the first time, aiming to raise £10,000 for Shelter in the same way. In the end, 16,564 people took part so British Gas rounded that up and donated £20,000. Fundraising consultant John Thompson (originator of the FiverGiver campaign idea) wondered publicly whether, based on last year’s campaign result, British Gas might just be persuaded to double its donation to £200,000, given the number of people who were continuing to retweet the hashtag after the £100,000 level had been reached. Tagged with: christmas corporate hashtag Twitter Howard Lake | 8 December 2016 | News 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.
Read Full Story Black Americans are gaining in life expectancy, according to new federal data. In 1990, the gap between black and white life expectancy was seven years; by 2014, it was down to 3.4 years, with life expectancy at 75.6 years for blacks and 79 years for whites.The gains have come from declines in the suicide rate among black men, and declines in black infant deaths, the black homicide rate, and cancer deaths among blacks.Despite the gains, blacks are still at a major health disadvantage compared with whites, according to David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Williams said in a May 8, 2016 New York Times article that the excess in premature deaths among blacks is the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every day.“We have had this peculiar indifference to this unprecedented loss of black lives on a massive scale for a very long time,” he said. “That to me is the big story.”Read the New York Times article: Black Americans See Gains in Life Expectancy
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Clara JanzenClara Rose Janzen, of Wellington, died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 96.Clara was born the daughter of Robert and Lulu (LaFave) Crouch on Saturday, September 21, 1918 in Adobe Springs, Oklahoma.On July 16, 1939, Clara and Alvin Janzen, Sr. were united in marriage in Oxford, Kansas. Together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 1998.Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Pearl, Bertha, Robert, Orville “Pete”, Johnny, Brozey, Ruby, Phillip and an infant sister, Elizabeth Ruth.Â Survivors include her son, Alvin Janzen, Jr. of Wellington, granddaughter: Shari Borger and her husband Jim of Andover,Â grandson, Robbie Janzen of Wellington, great-grandson, Alec Borger of Andover, and a great-granddaughter, Kendall Janzen of Wellington.Â Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015.Â Graveside services for Clara will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 in the Waco Cemetery, Waco Township, Kansas.Â To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
Image Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement 6dz0NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbeccWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ess( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c3lWould you ever consider trying this?😱7n6Can your students do this? 🌚g2eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The night skies of Kolkata witnessed history as the first day of the inaugural Day-Night test was completed. Despite both countries dealing with the pink ball for the very first time, it was India who took away the honours on Day 1. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduWinning the toss and electing to bat first, Bangladesh fell in trouble right away with their top order troubles catching them up from Indore. The first hour saw the demise of the top order, sharp catches and a couple of DRS calls.The Indian bowling attack ran riot with Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami in red hot form. They wrecked as the middle order failed to register even a single run.Advertisement Things went from bad to worse for the Bangla tigers as they lost Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan as a result of vicious bouncers from Mohammad Shami. The replacements did not boost things up as the team crumbled down to 106 in just 30 overs, which marks a new record for the Men In Blue.Ishant Sharma brought up just his second five-wicket haul in home soil with his first one coming a long way back in 2007 against Pakistan.Advertisement Batting under the floodlights, the openers fell quickly after a brief start before Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli stitched a steady stand to grab the lead in quick time. Though Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed soon after reaching his fifty, Virat Kohli stays unbeaten alongside Ajinkya Rahane ahead of the second day.Read Also:Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin explains why Indian bowling attack is lethalSchool team in Mumbai are all out for 7 and lose match by 754 runs Advertisement
…GRA hosts tax sensitisation campaignMembers of the Linden business community were encouraged to be tax compliant, as the Communication and Tax Advisory Services of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) took the final leg of its Regional Tax Sensitisation Campaign into the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community on Tuesday.Assistant Commissioner of VAT Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond addressing a section of the gathering at the GRA Regional Tax Sensitisation Campaign in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice)The objective of the exercise, which was hosted at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN), was to promote taxpayer education and compliance. It was facilitated by a team of experts including Assistant Commissioner of Value Added Tax (VAT) Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond, Tax Specialist Christopher Roberts, Representative of the Linden Integrated Regional Tax Office Ronesha Ajeday and Communication Officer Fabian Clowes.Speaking with this publication, Clowes stressed the importance of the exercise.“Each year we go across the country to talk to residents – individuals and corporate taxpayers, about what is new with the GRA, what we expect of them and what changes have taken place with the law that they should know about…it’s part of GRA’s mission to promote compliance through education. The mission is to promote compliance through service, enforcement and education,” he explained.Those in attendance were educated on topics such as VAT registration and de-registration, VAT refunds, what is meant by “zero-rated”, “exempt supplies”, “partial exemptions” which according to Clowes are all things that VAT registrants should know about if they are to engage the GRA. Attendees were also educated on VAT return submissions and penalties.In referencing the topic of tax invoice versus sales invoice, which was also discussed, Clowes pointed out that there are some businesses which refuse to give persons VAT receipts, noting that if they issue a receipt then the person will have to pay VAT. This is an issue which he noted clarity was needed on. Facilitators in their address also warned against this practice as they stressed the importance of businesses registered for VAT to issue receipts.Clowes further stressed that businesses are expected to be tax compliant if they wish to obtain certain licenses from the GRA.In addressing business professionals who were present, Assistant Commissioner of VAT Audit and Enforcement Lavina Waldrond pointed to several issues as she urged that they be more compliant. In this regard, she stressed the timely payment of taxes, citing penalties.Waldrond also highlighted that tax returns have been sent back to the GRA due to persons failing to sign to receive same. To this end, she said the GRA is working to improve its services by putting more suitable measures in placeMembers of the business community were also given an opportunity to share concerns and make recommendations.
The steady drip, drip, drip of water from stalactites should provide a way to calculate the age of cave formations, right? Don’t be too sure. A scientist at Florida State found that calcite deposition is a function of how the cave “breathes,” reported New Scientist. This finding “pours doubt on ancient climate records derived from these structures.” Climate researchers have no way of directly recording temperature for dates before about 1850. They use “proxy measurements” from tree rings, ice cores, cave formations and written descriptions. Tree ring measurements have come under fire lately with the Climategate scandal. It appears the use of cave formations for estimating prehistoric climate records is now subject to question. “Some records of ancient rainfall may be skewed, as estimates based on stalactite formation assume year-round mineral deposition,” the article said.The point to remember here, without getting into details about the extent of possible misinterpretation, is that all dating methods make assumptions. A geologist sees the steady dripping from a stalactite, measures the calcite deposition on the stalagmite below, calculates the deposition as a function of drip rate, and then extrapolates the measurements hundreds of thousands of years back in time. Can any geologist possibly know all the factors that could affect the deposition rate? This article pointed out one, but there could be many others. The estimation of ancient climate is just as fraught with assumptions. If the geologist establishes a plausibly reliable deposition rate under current conditions, he or she might infer from slight differences in composition in a cross-section of a stalactite how the climate cooled or warmed over time. But some factors might not correlate together. They could counteract one another in all kinds of ways. To show this story is not an isolated case in Florida, recall the 01/19/2006 finding in Texas about kinetic factors including the angle of the glass plate a scientist might use to collect data, or the presence of a warm human body in the cave. South African scientists, frustrated with anomalous measurements, concluded that “the constant speleothem growth rate we assume is simplistic” (10/12/2004, bullet 4). The unknown factors are the most worrisome. This story points out that theory-destroying factors no one ever thought about, like cave bears, could be lurking in dark passages.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Mpumelelo is the first of many schools that Nestle will adopt and assist. The company’s communications director, Ravi Pillay, explained: “The plan is that where Nestle has an operation, the model will be implemented. “Education,” he said, “is everyone’s business”. She paid tribute to the school’s principal, WB Maphanga, and his staff for the success, saying they made all the difference. The success has been achieved despite the school facing some tough challenges, such as having only eight classes for 560 pupils, most of whom come from indigent families, whose parents are mostly unemployed and have no formal education. A culture of learning Established in 2007, Mpumelelo High School has been a tremendous success – the name in fact means “success” – and a source of pride to people in the area. Nestle South Africa has become one of the first corporates in the country to respond to the recently launched “Adopt-a-School” campaign. The company “adopted” Mpumelelo High School, near Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, at a ceremony on Tuesday. Nestle South Africa has now joined the likes of banking group Absa, financial services group Alexander Forbes and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in becoming part of the movement with its own “Adopt-A-School” initiative. Addressing the pupils, parents and guests in attendance, Mchunu added: “At my age, there are not many things that inspire me, but today I am inspired by this school.” Linda, a parent, told SAinfo afterwards that she was proud to have four children in the school. One of her children had failed grade 10 at the local high school in Estcourt, but after moving to Mpumelelo had passed with flying colours. Now, with Nestle on board, that is about to change, and the school is about to be blessed with some invaluable educational aids; Nestle will build a science laboratory, a computer lab, a school library, provide water, and also install a sports field, which the pupils have not yet been able to enjoy. The company said its Adopt-A-School intitiative was in line with Nestle’s worldwide “creating shared values” business strategy, which states that for a business to be successful in the long term, it has to create value for the communities in which it operates. Maphanga, in his address, said the school’s excellent results had come about because a culture of learning had been instilled. “The key to resolving government’s challenges is to create meaningful partnerships with the private sector in community development projects such as this Adopt-A-School initiative,” KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Senzo Mchunu said at Tuesday’s launch. 2 November 2011 In the mornings, the pupils have to walk to school very early, carrying water with them, because there is no water supply at the school. The first of many ‘Creating meaningful partnerships’ Nestle SA managing director Sullivan O’Carroll said that Nestle had brought in its partners, those companies it does business with, to help bring about the big contribution the company was making to Mpumelelo High School. The food and drinks maker employs 420 people at its coffee and beverages factory in Estcourt, and thus a nearby school was chosen as the first beneficiary of the initiative. The Accord on Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools campaign, launched in October by Brand South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and the National Economic Development and Labour Council, encourages businesses to “adopt” schools and donate educational facilities to them. Education, he said, was about giving people an opportunity to compete in the world. “It may vary in terms of detail, but the primary objectives will be the same – to ensure skills development and enhancing quality of life. But most importantly, it is our way of contributing towards rural development.” Tough challenges It is this kind of dedication that led Nestle to choose to assist Mpumelelo. More success is surely on its way, yet life as the staff, pupils and parents at the school know it is about to become a lot better, thanks to Nestle’s decision to “Play its Part” in making this happen. A dedicated teacher, Maphanga arrives at school at a quarter-to-six every morning. Upon arriving, he checks whether any overnight rain has been caught to boost water levels. If not, he fetches water himself. In its first year, it produced a 75 percent pass rate. The following year that figure was up to 85 percent. In 2009 and 2010 that mark was a perfect 100 percent. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The adoption of IPv6 is a key technology in the Internet of Things, because every object connected to the Internet requires at least one IP address. There will be huge demand for Internet addresses and IPv6 is more than capable of handling that.Intel invests $25 Million in Internet of Things ResearchIntel announced this week that it will invest NT$750 million (US$25.8 million) in joint research with Taiwan’s top-ranked university, National Taiwan University. The research project, named Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, will focus on Internet of Things. Specifically it will look at smart sensing, “green sensing” and context analysis.Vida Ilderem Burger, vice president and director of Intel’s integrated platforms research, said thatit’s Intel’s first such center and will probably eventually expand to China. This is significant, because as we noted last week China is well ahead of the U.S. on IoT implementation.The Quantified Self: RunKeeper Emphasizes IoT Platform Fitness-tracker RunKeeperannounced this week that its iPhone app will remain free, after formally being a paid app. Instead of making money from its apps directly, RunKeeper is going to focus on building a platform for exercise and health data. Other companies have already built RunKeeper integration into sensors, ranging from heart rate monitors to sleep monitors and bathroom scales. RunKeeper says it will launch a public API (Application Programming Interface) this year. Running coaches are already selling training programs on the RunKeeper site and power-users can pay for the RunKeeper Elite level of service. For more explanation and context, read Marshall Kirkpatrick’s analysis of RunKeeper.French Intelligent CitiesBruce Sterling, who runs the excellent Spime Watch on his Wired blog, pointed us to a report on “smart city” development in France. The telecoms company France Telecom Orange has been running two smart city pilot projects at Cagne-sur-mer, a city with 40,000 residents located near Nice, and in the Grenoble city center. Reports Louise Joselyn from new Electronics:“At Cagne, the pilot project has involved the deployment of sensors to monitor, measure and even control certain aspects of the city environment, including water metering in public buildings, street lighting control and the environment.[…]So far, the Cagne project has worked well, handling 100 or so sensors. The challenge is to support multiservices simultaneously and to scale to tens of thousands of sensors.” QR Codes Track Ancient Artifacts As we reported earlier this week, the Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is now using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts. The CEPAP team has been testing this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process.Sao Paulo Cancer Hospital Uses RFID to Respond to Heart AttacksA report in the RFID Journal this week explained how a Brazilian hospital is making use of RFID in medical emergencies. The system “not only alerts responders in the event of a cardiac arrest, but also tracks response times, thereby providing the clinic with information that it can utilize to improve its response processes.”The RFID implementation has been a success so far and the hospital is planning to extend it to “tracking and managing clinical assets, as well as for environmental monitoring of temperature and humidity in patient care areas, and in hospital refrigerators and freezers used to store tissue samples and medications.”That’s a summary of some Internet of Things highlights from the past week. Feel free to share in the comments other interesting Internet of Things developments that you spotted this week. Every Thursday evening PT we review Internet of Things developments from the past week. Internet of Things is a term for when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. It’s becoming an increasingly relevant trend for the Web and media, so we want to keep you updated with the latest news. Tune in every Thursday evening for our updates.This week’s stories include a big IoT investment by chip maker Intel, two French cities building smart cities, RunKeeper’s platform for exercise and health data, and more. Also we continue the countdown to the Internet address apocalypse!5 More Days Until the Internet Runs Out of IPv4 AddressesAs we noted last week, it’s getting down to the wire for IPv4 Internet addresses. It’s now down to 5 days, according to the Twitter account @ipv4countdown (data sourced from Hurricane Electric). This time next week, it’ll be Armageddon! Well… not really, the Internet will continue to run and most of us won’t notice any difference. For the technically inclined though, the age of IPv6 will have officially arrived. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market