The Ireland Funds has released ./guidance on setting up a Giving Circle for donors.A Giving Circle is formed when individuals come together and pool their funds, decide together where to give the money (and perhaps volunteer time or expertise) and learn together about their community and philanthropy.The 11 page ./guidance says a recent study by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grant-makers in the United States found that 140 Giving Circles have generated nearly $90 million, primarily in the last five years.The Ireland Funds document, which was prepared by Helen Fullen and Jordan Campbell for the Ireland Funds, says there are ten steps to establishing a successful Giving Circle, including setting up a structure and mission, selecting beneficiaries and making grants.Experience to date shows that most Giving Circles set annual level of donations from €120-€1000 a year to €5000 to €20000.The ./guidance provides an example of an Irish Giving Circle, the Core Group, which was set up in 2004 and to date has made donations of €150,000.www.irlfunds.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Ireland Funds publish Giving Circle guidance Tagged with: Individual giving Ireland 31 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 April 2011 | News
During the exercise, Harris will act as the commander of Multinational Forces South. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. “The governments of the countries participating in PANAMAX share common interests and this exercise enhances those links by fostering friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating militaries,” Harris said. “This multinational exercise also contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations.” This year’s annual PANAMAX exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of the nation’s emerging and enduring partners’ security forces to achieve common desired goals, while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces. The exercise will conclude on August 16. PANAMAX 2013 is a U.S.-sponsored, multinational annual exercise that, this year, includes participants from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. Approximately 160 military personnel, including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, and personnel from 19 nations arrived at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters Aug. 12 to begin exercise PANAMAX 2013. By Dialogo August 14, 2013 U.S. and partner nations train in the execution of stability operations under the support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions; provide interoperability training for the participating multinational staffs; and build participating nation capability to plan and execute complex multinational operations. We watched with admiration another exercise performed by the Americasâ€™ Military at PANAMAX â€“ 2013, under USAâ€™s South Command inspiration and coordination. This event, as always, has a positive effect, strengthening the Americasâ€™ forces cooperation on land, sea and air, which aims to guarantee inter-American defense integration and security for the development of these countries. It contributes, as a moral factor, for social peace at the region. This event comes in good time to stimulate international relations research and studies, especially when it focus the importance of sharing maritime power among the countries. Receive my compliments, the eventâ€™s success is guaranteed by all participantsâ€™ high interest level.Ney de Araripe Sucupira â€“ Public Relations Director – AssociaÃ§Ã£o dos Diplomados da (Graduates Association) Escola Superior de Guerra – ESG – SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil
The Batesville Bulldogs Basketball Program is going to hold its seventh annual Alumni game on November 27, 2015.2015 Batesville Bulldogs Basketball AlumniThe games will be played at Batesville High School and the schedule is as follows: 1:00 p.m.: All former players can participate.Admission will be $5.00 for fans attending the game. We hope to offset all costs and raise funds for the basketball program. Additionally, if any of you have interest in sponsoring or a contact that would be interested, please forward them information. We do $100 sponsorships and sponsors are included on the t-shirt.Be sure to check out the new Batesville Basketball website.Welcome to the home of Batesville Boys Basketball!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett.
Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced UP coach Godfrey Okumu said he liked what he saw from his players especially in the third set where they responded from a spirited fightback by Perpetual Help.“The team showed they’re able to take pressure even though, sometimes they’re in a hurry,” said Okumu. “Hopefully, we learn how to slow it down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“But that’s how we train. We train under pressure for us to be able to adjust during the game.”The Lady Maroons played minus their team captain Tots Carlos, who is recovering from a shin injury. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines steamrolled University of Perpetual Help, 25-10, 25-12, 25-23, to open its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Isa Molde led the Lady Maroons’ dominating debut with 14 points, eight coming off kills, while Marian Buitre added seven points.ADVERTISEMENT Tokyo 2020 organizers say venue delays won’t hit test events MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs UP, however, didn’t need Carlos on Saturday with Molde showing the way and getting ample help from the others.Jowie Versoza scored even points for the Lady Altas, who reeled to their third straight loss in as many stints.Perpetual Help struggled on the offensive end with only seven excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
More importantly than trying to finish off the preseason undefeated, the Raiders (4-0) hope to use Thursday’s game to help determine which players will make their final 53-man roster, which needs to be set by Saturday. There are a number of position battles going on, mostly involving backups, but there are at least 37 … Here’s where you’ll get live scoring updates, news and analysis from the Raiders’ final preseason game when they take on the Seahawks in Seattle on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Here we are in the millennium of science, and we are still trying to figure out how animals do such nifty things. Some of their nifty tricks we didn’t even know about till researchers took a look. With high-tech monitoring tools, we might even learn the tricks for our own good.Owl fowl: The flapping flight of owls is being studied carefully by German scientists for clues to better aerospace engineering. Live Science has a picture of their sophisticated monitoring apparatus. Owls are good for studying flapping flight because they start out sl-OWL-ly. The researchers coax their pet barn owls, Happy and Tesla, with food to get them to fly through the apparatus where eight cameras follow their every move. “In addition to revealing more about bird flight,” the article said, “the information could be applied to small, unmanned aerial vehicles.” Live Science accompanied the article with a gallery of nine photos of various owl species, including the “Harry Potter owl” (snow owl) with a wing span of 5 feet.Ant rafts: Fire ants will drown alone, but in groups, they have an ingenious method to survive floods: join hands and make a living raft. The abstract of a paper in PNAS dubbed the phenomenon a “self-assembled hydrophobic surface.” The authors, Mlot, Tovey and Hu [Georgia Tech], explained, “We find that ants can considerably enhance their water repellency by linking their bodies together, a process analogous to the weaving of a waterproof fabric.” An eye-catching video at Inside Science shows the ants flowing like a living fluid when encountering various novel situations. To hold onto one another, they have to exert forces 400 times their own weight. The ant balls are like a “super-organism” that can float for weeks in water. How do they resist drowning?“The ants are so tightly knit together, that air pockets form between the water and the ants, and water cannot penetrate through any part,” said Nathan Mlot, a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and one of the study’s authors. The bottom layer of ants rests on top of the water’s surface, and others pile on above them. Even when they do get submerged, the pockets of air bring them back to the surface quickly – and allow them to breathe. When they get submerged, the ants flex their muscles in unison to form a tighter weave.Speaking of ants, a paper in PLoS One is entitled, “Ants in a Labyrinth: A Statistical Mechanics Approach to the Division of Labour.” That paper begins,Both human and animal societies display a division of labour, in which there may be an unequal distribution of effort between or within particular tasks, according to age or experience, sex, physiology or morphology. Such specialisation has long been known to improve collective productivity because learning allows individuals that focus on a subset of tasks to perform more efficiently than generalists (note however the exception to the rule provided by Dornhaus, 2008). Division of labour is most advanced in the societies of insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites.The division of labor promotes homeostasis (dynamic stability) in colonies of ants and other social insects. The paper did not discuss evolution or the origin of this collective efficiency. Although the authors referred to division of labor in human societies, they did not address differences between the phenomenon in insects and humans. “Division of labour characterises all levels of biological organisation as well as human and artificial social systems,” the paper ended. “Our spatial fixed-threshold model links this organisational principle with the statistical mechanics approach to complex systems and provides testable hypotheses for future experiments.”Beetle bling: In a projection theme reminiscent of the old motivational sermon “Acres of Diamonds” (Russell Conwell), a press release from the Optical Society of America begins:Costa Rica was once regarded as the poorest of all the colonies of the Spanish Empire, sadly deficient in the silver and gold so coveted by conquistadors. As it turns out, all of the glittering gold and silver those explorers could have ever wanted was there all along, in the country’s tropical rainforests—but in the form of two gloriously lustrous species of beetle.Accompanying the article are photos of dazzling silver and gold beetles – the shimmering metallic color covering their entire bodies, as if they had been dipped in liquid metal or been fashioned by a skilled jeweler. The authors surmise that the iridescent color, which can be seen from any direction, allows the insects to blend in with the numerous water droplets in the rainforest. So why is an optical society suddenly taking interest in entomology? “Today, the brilliant gold- (Chrysina aurigans) and silver-colored (Chrysina limbata) beetles have given optics researchers new insights into the way biology can recreate the appearance of some of nature’s most precious metals, which in turn may allow researchers to produce new materials based on the natural properties found in the beetles’ coloring.” The article then described how the light is produced not by pigment but by light refraction through a complex series of protein tissue interfaces. A result of this study might be the production of not real gold, not fool’s gold, but what might be called ID gold: “This potentially could lead to new products or consumer electronics that can perfectly mimic the appearance of precious metals,” the article said. “Other products could be developed for architectural applications that require coatings with a metallic appearance.” Wouldn’t Coronado be stunned by the sight of a future city of ID gold, only to learn that it was inspired by the beetles he would have unwittingly stepped on.Cute lil fish: Many households only know of cuttlefish through the cuttlebone they put in the parakeet cage. Actually, cuttlefish (not fish, but cephalopods) are some of the most amazing light-show magicians in the animal world – able to change their appearance from “camo to tuxedo in less than a second” (Science Daily). “A new study led by Sarah Zylinski of Duke University shows just how good these animals (relatives of octopus and squid) are at this quick change routine.” (See also 06/06/2007.) Dazzling video of cuttlefish changing color in wave-like patterns on their bodies is featured in the third volume of the film series Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution from Exploration Films. More footage of cuttlefish doing instant camouflage can be seen in the film God of Wonders from Eternal Productions (GodofWondersVideo.org, available at Go2RPI.com). The latter shows a male camouflaged on one side, but simultaneously displaying bright color on the other side to attract a female, then switching the colors rapidly when she swims on his other side.Caterpillar robots: What child has not been tickled by the movements of a caterpillar on his or her arm? Scientists have another goal in mind: according to Science Daily, they want to build robots that use the same locomotion method. Robots don’t have to be tin-man contraptions; they can be soft and silky. “Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots” is the headline. “Despite their extreme flexibility and adaptability, current soft-bodied robots are often limited by their slow speed, leading the researchers to turn to terrestrial soft-bodied animals for inspiration.” We all know how they crawl, but did you know caterpillars invented the wheel? “Some caterpillars have the extraordinary ability to rapidly curl themselves into a wheel and propel themselves away from predators,” the article said. “This highly dynamic process, called ballistic rolling, is one of the fastest wheeling behaviours in nature.” (That statement would have to exclude cellular motors, like the flagellum or ATP synthase, which are rated at tens of thousands of RPM.) Within a split second, the caterpillar turns itself into a wheel and rolls rapidly out of harm’s way. GoQBot is the latest test model at Tufts University of a robot that imitates ballistic rolling. It can reshape its linear self into a letter Q in 100 ms and then roll at over a half meter per second. “Not only did the study provide an insight into the fascinating escape system of a caterpillar, it also put forward a new locomotor strategy which could be used in future robot development.” Robots of the crawling kind are being inspired not only by caterpillars, but by snakes and worms, the article said.Rock eyes: A dispatch article describing chiton eyes made of rock (see 04/23/2011) is open-source on Current Biology for those wishing to read more about how they work. “The eyes on the backs of molluscs known as chitons are shadow and motion detectors, the lenses of which are made of birefringent aragonite,” author Michael Land wrote. “These provide a focus both in and out of water.” As for how these evolved, he appeared to have more questions than answers.Most of us are repulsed by cockroaches, but before you stomp on them, spray them or loathe them, take a moment to understand what makes them so successful. New Scientist posted a description of the cockroach family, noting that only a couple of the 5,000 known species have adapted to living in human dwellings. New Scientist accompanied the description with a gallery of nine photos of the critters, noting that they are among the fastest-moving insects on earth. “Their scuttling movements are so distinctive that they have inspired modern six-legged robotic systems.” Maybe someday a cockroach-inspired robot will invade your kitchen to help with the housework.The “acres of diamonds” – opportunities for wealth creation and inspiration – truly are all around us in the living world. Help young people see the potential for design-inspired science to provide exciting careers and improve our lives. No Darwin Party membership required. It might even be an encumbrance, like an albatross around the neck. Study the albatross by design and make a better glider instead.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
16 January 2014Floyd Mayweather, universally recognised as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday. The boxing great will spend a week in the country in a bid to boost boxing in the Rainbow Nation.Mayweather’s visit came about after an approach from South Africa’s Department of Sport and Recreation. His schedule will include an exhibition in a gym in Soweto, and visits to Bloemfontein and East London. He is also hoping to visit Robben Island to view the late Nelson Mandela’s former jail cell.On his tour, Mayweather will conduct motivational talks with amateur and professional boxers, interact with local promoters, and engage with the corporate sector to mobilise funds to support South African Boxing.Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that the boxing legend’s visit had not cost his department a cent.‘No expense’“There was no expense involved from government’s side, so you can rest assured that not a cent from the tax payers or the department has been used to support this endeavour,” Mbalula said. “We would not have been able to afford Mayweather anyway, because his fee for one fight alone is more than a quarter of the budget for the Department of Sport and Recreation! This is good will on his behalf.”Interviewed on Radio 702, Mbalula said: “Floyd Mayweather has done exceptionally well for himself and for humanity in terms of the sport of boxing. He is one of the champions of the world at the present moment. He is the Muhammad Ali of our lifetime.”In recent times, boxing administration in South Africa has been mired in controversy, but Mbalula said he was focused on turning the fortunes of the sport around.“I am on a roll in terms of reviving boxing, and there’s no better person to partner with. I’m very happy that Floyd has agreed to come here, and I think there are greater things to come out of this for the sport of boxing and the partnerships we are looking forward to building with him.“He will come inspire us to succeed with the sport that is so loved by our people, but is a sleeping giant in this country. This is part of the reawakening of the giant,” Mbalula said.Unbeaten over 45 fightsNicknamed “Pretty Boy” and “Money”, Mayweather is unbeaten in a 45 fight career, which began in late 1996. His record includes 26 knockouts, but he has seldom been challenged even in points victories, thanks to his speed, movement and punching accuracy. He has won eight world titles in five divisions.Mayweather’s career is littered with impressive victories, including a seventh round knockout of South Africa’s Philip Ndou, who at the time of their bout in 2003 sported a record of 31 fights and 30 wins by knockout.Mayweather’s other victories have included defeats of Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.According to a number of sources, his net worth is in the region of US$172-million (R1.87-billion).‘Rejuvenating our sport’Gideon Sam, the president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), said in a statement on Thursday: “A visit from a truly global fight icon, like Floyd Mayweather, is right on the money in terms of rejuvenating our sport and awakening the sleeping boxing giant in South Africa.“The timing of his visit could not have been better as it slots perfectly into the resolutions of last year’s important Boxing Indaba and the implementation process,” Sam said.“I have no doubt that those privileged to be in the areas that Mr Mayweather visits will be abuzz with excitement and eager to soak up his experience and tips to promoters, trainers and coaches.”Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy commented: “We welcome Mayweather to our country, and we are fortunate to have a renowned boxing champion visit our nation and interact with our athletes. We hope the excellence Mayweather has shown in the sport of boxing will encourage and motivate our boxers to aim higher and excel at international level.”
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No-till farming sounds simple. Just don’t till the soil, right?Farmers know better.Adopting no-till requires understanding how it affects drainage, soil structure, organic matter, weed control, and the application of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, all of which influence both yields and environmental impacts, said Randall Reeder, retired agricultural engineering specialist with Ohio State University Extension and executive director of the Ohio No-Till Council.That’s why the council offers a series of events throughout the year to support farmers interested in adopting no-till for its ability to control erosion, conserve soil moisture, minimize fuel and labor costs, and build soil structure and health. Done properly, no-till systems can meet or exceed conventional tilled crop yields while reducing fuel and equipment costs.The next event, in cooperation with OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and other sponsors, is the Ohio No-Till Summer Field Day, Aug. 31 on the Jan Layman Farm, 15238 Twp. Road 119, Kenton.OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Several sessions at the field day will address the use of cover crops in no-till systems, Reeder said. Participants will be able to compare different types of cover crops planted after wheat harvest earlier this summer.“Soil that has been farmed for 100 years has lost a lot of organic matter,” Reeder said. “For the typical farmland in northwest Ohio, the organic matter is probably less than half of what it was before they started farming that land.“But by using continuous no-till, cover crops, proper rotation and a few other techniques that provide a continuous living cover, you’re mimicking nature. You’re not just conserving soil, but building soil.”Using cover crops in a continuous no-till system could help alleviate phosphorus runoff and the resulting toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and other waterways in the region, Reeder said.At the field day, participants will be able to see how cover crops affect the soil underground, including infiltration testing, by viewing a soil pit during one of the demonstrations.One session, “Digging Deeper into Soil Health,” will be led by Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator. His talk will focus on soil microbes, particularly beneficial fungi.“During years of drought, or dry years like we’re experiencing now, it’s very beneficial to have these microbes in the soil,” said Hoorman, who will be leaving OSU Extension in mid-August for a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil health and cover crop specialist for Ohio and southern Michigan.“Just about every nutrient we’ve studied has something to do with these mycorrhizal fungi. They really enhance plant nutrition.”Hoorman said the fungi need five to eight months with some type of crop growing on the land to reproduce in soil. Corn and soybeans are normally on the land only four to five months.“So, there’s not much time to get a lot of mycorrhizae growing,” he said. “Planting cover crops can bridge that gap and allow the mycorrhizae to complete their life cycle and reproduce more efficiently.“Tillage destroys the mycorrhizal networks, and as a result, it can take three, five or even up to seven years for no-till soil to recover when a farmer changes from a conventional to a no-till system. Cover crops and no-till together speed up the process.”Hoorman’s presentation will provide detailed information about the process to participants.Among others on the agenda are Norm Fausey of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Columbus, who will offer a “Water Management and Water Quality Update”; and Dan DeSutter, an Indiana no-till farmer who has 5,000 acres of cover crops, who will discuss “The Economics of Resilience.”Equipment demonstrations include Aqua-Till, which uses ultra-high-pressure water jets to cut into the soil for planting, and a John Deere 2510H dry fertilizer injector.Early registration for the event is $40 by Aug. 22. On-site registration is $60.Registration includes lunch.A complete agenda and both online registration and a printable, mailable registration form are available at ohionotillcouncil.com/2016/06/29/hardin-county-event/. Anyone with questions about registration may contact Bret Margraf at [email protected] or 419-447-7073.The event is being sponsored by the Ohio No-Till Council, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, OSU Extension, OARDC, NRCS-USDA, theHardin Soil and Water Conservation District, and Ohio’s Country Journal.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calculative risk helped his pacers reduce West Indies to 51 for two at lunch on the final day of the second Test match chasing a victory target of 281 from 83 overs.Resuming at 229 for three, the Indians declared their second essay at 269 for six with VVS Laxman emerging as the top-scorer with 87 runs. He hit eight boundaries but was unlucky to miss out on another Test match hundred.Dhoni’s sporting declaration gave his bowlers enough chance to get 10 West Indies wickets.His new ball bowlers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar responded nicely to their captain’s call removing Lendl Simons (14) and an out-of-form Ramnaresh Sarwan (8) during the opening session leaving the home team to score another 230 runs from 67 overs.The best part about Dhoni’s captaincy was the timing of declaration. The target is such that any team would be tempted to chase and especially West Indies who need to restore parity would like to have a go at it.Simmons pushed at a fuller delivery from Ishant offering a simple catch to Rahul Dravid in the first slip. Sarwan who is in danger of losing his Test spot hit a boundary but tried to cut a Praveen delivery when he wasn’t offered any room.The resultant slash was taken by Suresh Raina in the thrid slip reducing West Indies to 27 for two. Dwayne Bravo (5 batting) could have been the third one dismissed when he edged one from Abhimanyu Mithun but the ball fell short of Dravid.- With PTI inputsadvertisement